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Wednesday, 25 July, 2012 Ramadan 5, 1433

People’s anger boils over outages LAHORE/GUJRANWALA/ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

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HE government on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to withdraw orders for reopening corruption cases against the president in a legal wrangle that has already cost one prime minister his job. Earlier this month the apex court leveled a veiled threat to remove new Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from office as well unless he agreed to pursue multimillion dollar graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The judiciary has been trying for years to force the administration to write to the Swiss authorities to reopen investigations into corruption allegations dating back to the 1990s. Ashraf’s predecessor, Yousaf Raza Gilani, was thrown out of office on June 19 after the Supreme Court found him guilty of contempt because he refused to write to the Swiss, saying Zardari had immunity from prosecution as head of state. Judge Asif Saeed Khosa had ordered Ashraf to submit a report on July 25 “regarding compliance... failing which this court may initiate any appropriate action under the constitution and the law” — hinting that he too could be disqualified. But government lawyers struck a defiant posture on Tuesday, saying the administration could not carry out the court orders. “The prime minister cannot be asked by means of the aforesaid orders for implementation of an un-implementable direction given by the Supreme Court,” the government said in a written submission. It said the court orders ran contrary to the constitution, which granted immunity to Zardari against trial in any court while he was president. Attorney General Irfan Qadir, for the government, urged the court to recall the orders “to meet the end of justice”.

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Govt asks SC to drop orders for Swiss letter AG says PM cannot be asked to implement ‘unimplementable’ directions Option of contempt of court against PM now over SC returns reply with objections, asks govt to file review petition for revisiting order Zardari summons high-level meeting today

Prolonged and unscheduled power outages continued to irk the routine life as well as trade activities in various cities of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday forcing the citizens and traders to come on to the streets whereas Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf took strong exception to the long hours of load shedding in many areas of the country during the last two days despite the fact that the power generation in the country had gone up to around 14, 000 MW but the people were still facing a high level of load shedding. The prime minister made this observation during a high level meeting of Energy Committee at the PM House on Tuesday which was attended by Minister for Water and Power Ch Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain and Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira as well as the secretaries of relevant ministries. Hundreds of enraged protestors in different cities including Lahore, Gujranwala, Jhang, Multan, Mansehra, Balakot and other areas of both provinces held protest demonstrations against 15-20 hours of load shedding which has made life miserable for them. The citizens in Gujranwala criticised the government for not fulfilling their promises of eliminating load shedding in the month of Ramadan. The government has gifted Gujran-

wala with increased load shedding in the month of Ramadan, Asim Azeem, a resident of Fareed Town, said while talking to Pakistan Today and added that it was very difficult for the inhabitants of the area to take full part in the religious activities as beside high temperatures of July load shedding was making life miserable. In Lahore, power supply to various parts of the city remained suspended owing to technical fault in the heavy transmission lines near Kala Shah Kaku area which is a great trouble for the masses during the holy month of Ramadan. Sources said that electricity was suspended to areas including Gawalmandi, Gulberg, Model Town and Ravi Road. Moreover, power supply was also cut to Green Town, Garhi Shahu, Samanabad, Ichhra and Baghbanpura. The protesters burnt tyres and chanted slogans against the government. They said that they were compelled to stage the protests as long and unscheduled power load shedding had turned their lives bitter. They said that even during sehar and iftar there was no power supply. The traffic remained jammed for several hours in various cities due to tyres burning and big hurdles placed by the enraged protestors. In a surprise move, the prime minister left the meeting, along with the all the participants of the meeting, and paid a surprise visit, without protocol, to National Power Control Centre (NPCC), Islamabad, to ascertain exact position of power generation and its distribution.


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MQM kick starts dialogue for dual nationality bill support MQM delegation meets PML-Q, more parties to be contacted later g Four more MQM lawmakers staring suspension in the face over dual nationality g

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Under immense pressure to protect its dual national lawmakers, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday initiated negotiations with coalition partners to seek their support for getting the bill passed from parliament that seeks setting aside the bar on dual nationals from becoming lawmakers. In the first instance, the MQM leadership has approached the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and Jamaat-e-Islami to gather support for the bill. A source in the PML-Q, requesting anonymity, said the MQM delegation in its meeting with Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain sought his party’s support for the controversial Dual Nationality Bill 2012 meant to protect dual national legislators. However, MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil told Pakistan Today that the dual nationality bill was not on the agenda. The MQM is already in a tight corner following the suspension of the membership of MNA Farhat Mohammad Khan and Sindh Assembly member Nadia Gabol by the apex court in dual nationality case. Moreover, the only supporter of the MQM in the PPP, Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, has also been in dire need of such legal protection as he has yet to present a certificate in the apex court to confirm the revocation of his British nationality, though he has already been re-elected to the Senate. Farahnaz Ispahani, spouse of Husain Haqqani, is also facing suspension of her membership for having dual nationality. The MQM Rabita Committee had issued a statement on June

27 to extend public support to the government’s dual nationality bill, stating that the MQM welcomed the prime minister’s initiative to propose legislation terming it “a good and virtuous step”. “The MQM delegation conveyed a message from MQM chief Altaf Hussain and sought the assistance of the PML-Q over the dual nationality bill. Dr Farooq Sattar also told Shujaat that his party had also taken up the issue with President Asif Ali Zardari who had asked them to consult other two major coalition partners, the PML-Q and Awami National Party (ANP), as the PPP lacked the required strength to get the bill passed,” the source said. The PML-Q and ANP have both opposed the Dual Nationality Bill 2012 and have sought some amendments. Through their amendments, both parties have suggested that any dual national would have to revoke his/her foreign nationality after being elected. Following opposition by both coalition partners, the PPP had decided to shelve the dual nationality bill for good. But source said the MQM wanted the PML-Q to support the bill in its original form and the delegation urged Shujaat to review his stance as there were millions of overseas Pakistanis who wanted to contest elections in their home country – Pakistan. An MQM source said the decision had been made to consult other political parties, even those having no representation in parliament, to build pressure on the ruling party. “The PPP leadership knows that we have to save at least our four more dual national lawmakers from suspension”.

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E A D E R S of two archrival political parties, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and MQM, held their first formal dialogue at the former’s headquarters in Mansoora, Lahore, and agreed to maintain political contacts in future and work jointly for the security and integrity of the country. The MQM delegation led by Federal Minister Dr Farooq Sattar met Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan and Secretary General Liaquat Baloch here on Tuesday during which the JI invited MQM to join the “Go America Go” movement and also to join the grand alliance for timely and transparent elections in the country. Others present during the highly significant political meeting were Farid Paracha and Salman Butt from the JI side and Provincial Minister Faisal Sabzwari, Waseh Jalil and some other MQM leaders. The two sides discussed the prevailing political situation, in the context of Karachi and Balochistan, challenges to the national security and the forthcoming general elections. Later, while talking to media, Dr Farooq Sattar said that

they discussed all the important issues with JI leaders and said the MQM had decided to contact all parties to resolve issues facing the country and build a national consensus to ensure national security. He said all the political parties should work for strengthening of democracy, political stability and holding of elections on schedule or before in a transparent manner. He said they also discussed with the leaders of JI killings and lawlessness in Karachi. He said there was need for an agenda by all political parties

Pakistan should stop blaming foreign intervention for internal challenges: Munter KARACHI iSMAil DilAWAR

The multiple internal challenges Pakistan is facing would not be solved by blaming outsiders or foreign intervention, said the outgoing American envoy in Pakistan Cameron Munter. “Pakistan must look to its own people and its own potential to meet these challenges,” said the US ambassador in his farewell message to the Facebook community in Pakistan. The outgoing US ambassador also welcomed Pakistan’s active role in building a stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. Richard Olson, a veteran diplomat and former ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, would be replacing Munter in Pakistan. Security, energy, education, and economic development are the significant internal

challenges, Munter said, Islamabad was still facing. The US envoy expressed his strong belief that Pakistan could overcome these challenges. “As it does so, the United States will stand behind Pakistan,” he said. As Pakistan leads, he said, the US and Pakistan’s many international friends would follow with support, assistance and encouragement. The outgoing US ambassador was upbeat about the future of Pak-US ties which he said had “suffered”. “Today is my last day in Pakistan as the US Ambassador. Throughout my tenure, the United States and Pakistan have faced tremendous challenges. Our ties have suffered,” he wrote. But, Munter said, his belief was that he was leaving at a time when the two countries’ enduring relationship was poised to find new areas of mutual interest, enhanced cooperation and increasing productivity. ”With NATO supply lines open and with Prime

Minister Ashraf having just concluded a successful visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan has demonstrated its intention to be a key player in fostering regional stability and taking an active role in building a stable, secure, and prosperous Afghanistan,” the American envoy said adding “The United States welcomes this role.” On a personal note, the ambassador thanked the people of Pakistan for the “incredible warmth, hospitality, and kindness” they all had shown to him and his wife, Dr Marilyn Wyatt, during their tenure in Pakistan. “You have truly made this our home, and a place to which we hope to return often,” he said. Despite the differences between Washington and Islamabad and the difficulties the two governments faced, he said, it was the people he met here that had given him the faith that Pakistan would achieve its potential and embody its promise.

which could give hope to the poor, improve economic situation and promote peace. Dr Farooq Sattar demanded a round table conference to find out solution of problems to national security on priority basis. Munawar Hassan said they welcomed the MQM leaders at JI headquarters and hoped that contacts would continue between the two parties in the future. He pleaded for a grand alliance to ensure timely elections fearing that there were speculations whether the elections would be held on time or not.

Hand grenade thrown at Sherpao’s office in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao President Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao on Tuesday narrowly escaped a terrorist attack when unidentified persons hurled a hand grenade at a party office in Hayatabad. On person was injured in the attack. Police said Sherpao was the target of the attack but he and his brother Sikandar Khan Sherpao were not present in the office when the incident occurred The injured man was identified as Muhammad Amir Khan Achakzai. Sources said windowpanes of nearby buildings were broken by the intensity of the blast while fear and panic prevailed in the area after the attack. Police later rushed to the crime scene and cordoned off the area and started investigation. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf directed the Interior Ministry to provide foolproof security to Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and telephoned Sherpao to assure him the provision of adequate security arrangements for his safety. OnlinE


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Oxygen cylinders, gum boots, torches, uniform, multi-gas monitors, winch (a machine that pulls men out in case of emergency)

Over 70 Christian sanitary workers have died since

The ratio being 60 to 40, Christian sanitary workers say they are discriminated against by their co-workers who make them do all the dirty work LAHORE yASiR HAbib

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hile monsoon is considered a blessing by many, it comes as a death warrant for those who are assigned to clean the city’s choked gutters. Before and during the monsoon, many people who work in sewers meet a tragic end during the course of their work. Most of the people who work in these terrible conditions are Christians. lack of equipment, insufficient training and negative attitude of authorities towards these workers are the reason why these men work in such perilous conditions.

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Many people are unwilling to talk about these problems including the members of the civil society – let alone the concerned authorities. “i am Christian by faith and i work in the sewers. i am a daily wager for City District Government, lahore. every year i see members of my community dying of inhaling poisonous gas the process of desilting the chocked gutter,” said a 40 year old man. “i expect to meet the same fate. in terms of proportion, ratio of Christian and Muslim working in the sewers is 60 percent to 40 percent but i hardly hear a work order for a Muslim worker.” TOO MANY DEATHS: last week, a man named Darshan Masih, a daily wager of Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), went deep down into the gutter in Qalandar Pura, harbanspura and suffocated to death because of the poisonous gas. his colleague, George Masih, tried to rescue him but failed to save his life. later, George fell unconscious and was hospitalised. Unsurprisingly, this death also went unnoticed. WASA Managing Director Muhammad Abdullah said he would ask the chief minister to announce some compensation to the victim’s family as only regular employees were entitled to have financial reward in case of death during at work. WASA official Naveed Ahmed said that Darshan Masih was asphyxiated while cleaning a choked sewer without a mask or an oxygen cylinder. “This isn’t the only case of this kind. every year, several such incidents

1988 due to harmful sewer gases

are reported and the main reason behind these unnoticed tragedies is lack of equipment and training,” he added. he said that three people had died due to poisonous gas while cleaning a gutter in January. They were trying to clean a chocked gutter between Sheedi Village and london

“I am Christian and every year I see members of my community dying of inhaling poisonous gas in the process of de-silting chocked gutter. I expect I will meet the same end,” a WASA daily wager Town in Saharish Nagar area. Dhani Baksh, 40, entered the gutter to clean it and when he did not come out, his 17-year-old son Zafar Abbas and two neighbours Muzafar Jafferi and Sanaullah also enter the gutter. however, they too fell unconscious due to poisonous gutter gas. later, edhi volunteers and police were summoned, who recovered and rushed them to hospital where all three died. According to a report, over 70 Christian sanitary workers have died

since 1988 because of inhaling toxic gas while cleaning the sewers. Most Christian sanitary workers said that they were discriminated against by their Muslim co-workers, who did not indulge in any sanitation work, even after recruitment. The Minority Rights Commission (MRC), in a report titled ‘Working Conditions of Sanitary Workers and Sewer men in lahore’, said that since 1988, the WASA management had changed nine times, each promising to change the situation but to no avail. Per statistics, sewer man Skindar Masih died due to inhaling toxic gas in March. he was buried at a Christian graveyard. Convener World Minorities Alliance J Salik had strongly protested against Skindsar Masih’s tragic death, demanding provision of safety equipment to sanitation workers and payment of adequate compensation to the family. Two sewer men were suffocated to death shortly after they entered a gutter to clear the silt at Badian Road in May. Sewer men, identified as Asif Masih and Ghulam Masih entered the gutter near Jammu bus stop at Badian Road. They tried to come out of the gutter due to the poisonous gas but failed. LACK OF EQUIPMENT, TRAINING: haider Masih said that sewer men constantly worked under the shadow of death. “in the absence of oxygen cylinders, gum boots, torches and uniform, they are forced to work in inhumane conditions and are exposed toxic gases like sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen peroxide inside manholes,” he said. “Often

sewer men have to experience itching caused by toxic gases and litter,” he added. last year two WASA sewer men died while working in a drain situated opposite a bank located on Upper Mall near Qurban lines. After the incident, WASA purchased safety equipment worth Rs 25 million but the sewer men did not know how to use them.WASA official imtiaz Ghori, however, said that the agency had issued new directives to the section concerned asking it to follow the set guidelines for using safety measures to avoid any untoward incident. he said that WASA had already instructed its sewer workers that they should be equipped with safety gadgets while doing their jobs. “We have more than 50 multi-gas monitors to detect gases including hydrogen sulphide and Carbon Dioxide, 50 disaster monitors fixed with sewer men to sound an alarm if no movement is detected within 15 minutes. A 30 man winch (machine used to pull out sewer man in emergency), 200 light-fixed helmets, 10 compressors used for oxygen, 30 trolley-fitted breathing machines and masks are the safety equipment we have for our workers,” he added. WASA has a training centre at Noha Kot near Gulshan Ravi to provide digital age training to sewer men. experts believe that three types of invisible dangers can be found in sewer manholes or confined spaces which are explosive gases, lack of oxygen and hydrogen Sulphide gas and unless the workers are not trained, there is a very high chance that they will keep losing their lives.


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By AAKAR PAtEL It is easy to feel admiration and not a little respect for President Asif Zardari, who turns 57 this week. Like Manmohan Singh, he rarely allows himself to be interviewed by his own media because journalism on the subcontinent is quite poor. And so, while there is much reported about him, and rightly, his defence is rarely taken up. Let’s look at him as he enters the most difficult period of his tenure. Zardari’s official website says that after school he “further pursued his education in London where he studied Business”. This is the subcontinental code for “attended some sort of institution but couldn’t get a degree”, so clearly he didn’t pursue it well. There’s no shame in this and it

doesn’t preclude a successful career in our politics. Not a single member of the NehruGandhi family was able to graduate from college between Jawaharlal Nehru (who passed from Trinity College in 1910) and Rahul Gandhi in 1994. In these eight decades, two generations of the dynasty studied and flunked. Indira failed in Oxford and Rajiv failed in Cambridge. Child prodigy Sanjay could not even clear high school. Widows Sonia and Maneka passed school, but married early and never attended college. Priyanka graduated around the same time as Rahul. Zardari may not have academic skills or interests, but he is first rate at understanding problems. Like all Indian prime ministers since 1991, he has been in power without a parliamentary majority for his party. But he has been skilful at playing with a poor hand. He is like one of the later Mughals who had to use tact and guile rather than force, which was unavailable to them. Like those hapless royals, he heads a state with expenses far in excess of revenue and a military not entirely in his control. Even so, he has weathered more crises than any Pakistani leader: memogate, NRO, Raymond Davis, judges’ restoration, CIA, drone strikes, energy shortage, corruption in this cabinet, an aggressive

Supreme Court and an aggressive media. And he has done this without losing his cool or exhibiting signs of distress. With great skill, he has kept the Pakistan Peoples’ Party together. He has united it in its anger at how the judiciary has behaved with it. Initially sulking leaders like Amin Fahim have stayed with it, and Zardari continues to command the loyalty of men of the calibre of Aitzaz Ahsan. As president, he doesn’t have executive power, but there is no question that he is the undisputed leader of the PPP. His word is final. The jiyalas have unconditionally accepted him as the heir to the house of Bhutto. This has mainly to do with his marriage, but it helps that he is temperamentally a PPP man. Internationally, he’s seen as moderate, more so than Nawaz Sharif or Imran Khan. It is Zardari, more than his rivals, who is more aligned with what the rest of the world thinks on the war on terror. As a politician, Zardari has no equal in Pakistan. He has kept his disparate coalition together and managed the difficult MQM brilliantly. He has coolly let go those partisans of his whose passions got the better of them — Zulfiqar Mirza and Babar Awan. His patient response to what many see as the excesses of the judiciary will eventually

benefit him. His political goals are modest. Unlike Imran, who says he will transform Pakistan in three months of power, all Zardari wants to claim is heading an elected government that finished its term, a first for Pakistan. Flexible (except for his unbending posture on the Swiss letter) and pragmatic, he’s the sort of leader Pakistan should have. If he had a freer hand he would have normalised ties with India. As a man, he is personally courageous and there is no other example of a Pakistani leader who faced being jailed with such stoicism. There was a BBC report, which claimed Zardari attempted suicide in jail during Nawaz Sharif’s second term. If true, this was probably tactical more than out of frustration. Zardari is not the sort of man who gives up because a few things are going against him and his years as president have shown us this. He looks ahead and doesn’t wring his hands too much. The election of Abdul Qadir Gilani, despite the ganging-up against him of the PML-N, the PTI and the Jamaat-e-Islami should give pause to those who think Zardari’s popularity is approaching single digit. Multan is home ground for Shah Mahmood Qureshi and this result should also worry the tsunami-wallahs. Happy birthday, Mr President!

PCNS directs FO to implement all parliamentary recommendations ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) Chairman Raza Rabbani on Tuesday stated that committee members had reservations over the non-implementation of some of parliament’s recommendations by the Foreign Office. The in-camera session of the PCNS was held at the Parliament House on Tuesday. Earlier, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar briefed the committee members on Pakistan’s stance over Afghanistan and related issues. The members expressed confidence in the implementation of some recommendations of parliament, but had reservations over non-implementation of some other recom-

mendations. They directed the foreign minister to take necessary measures. Briefing reporters later, Rabbani said the members had mixed sentiments on the briefing, adding that the foreign minister was directed by the PCNS to implement recommendations of parliament about reviewing relations with NATO, the United States and Afghanistan. Rabbani said the foreign minister had briefed the committee over the recent visit of prime minister to Afghanistan. He said the next session of the PCNS would be held on August 6 to analyse the proposed legislative measures by the committee over the missing person’s issue. ONLINE

Dunya News adopts code of conduct for anchors LAHORE: In an apparent effort to avoid controversial situations and promote transparency and objectivity in the field of electronic journalism, the management of DunyNews TV channel has come up with a code of conduct for their anchors, after a much publicised saga involving two of their primetime talk show hosts, Mubasher Lucman and Mehar Bukhari, and a property tycoon, Malik Riaz, involved in an ongoing case against the son of Chief Justice of Pakistan, put the channel in the way of many a scathing word and searing eye. The code of conduct, the implementation of which will be overseen by a threemember editorial board, calls for “honesty, accuracy, objectivity and transparency” as its “guiding principles”. The code also states that the current affairs talk shows have four objectives, namely; a) facilitating an informed popular discourse; b) bring to the public different views on various issues; c) differentiate between facts from fiction and information from disinformation/propaganda; d) and to provide accurate information and an objective analysis. STAFF REPORT

PESHAWAR: A boy injured in a toy bomb attack in Darra Adam Khel on Tuesday is brought to lady Reading Hospital for treatmnent. INP

Krishna to undertake 3-day visit to Pakistan from September 7 ISLAMABAD inP

Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will undertake a three-day visit to Pakistan from September 7 to review the second round of the bilateral dialogue process with his counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar. Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal met Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Tuesday and

informed him about the dates for Krishna’s visit, diplomatic sources said. The dates for the visit were earlier suggested by the Foreign Office. The Indian envoy and Jilani also discussed bilateral issues, including preparations for Krishna’s visit. Krishna will review the dialogue process, which resumed last year after a gap of over two years in the wake of the Mumbai attacks,

during a meeting with Khar on September 8, the sources said. Following the review, Krishna and Khar are expected to prepare the framework for the third round of the resumed dialogue. During his stay in Islamabad, Krishna is expected to call on President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and some key political

leaders, including PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and PML-Q leader Shujaat Hussain. Following the resumption of the dialogue process, India and Pakistan have made significant progress in normalising trade relations. Islamabad recently switched to a negative list regime for trade with Delhi, paving the way for giving India Most Favoured Nation-status by the beginning of next year.

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The judiciary has appeared unwilling to end a showdown with the coalition government which could force elections before February 2013 when it would become the first in Pakistan’s history to complete an elected, full five-year mandate. Judges have said that Ashraf was “bound to implement the relevant directions of this court”, just like Gilani. The allegations against

Zardari date back to the 1990s, when he and his late wife, former premier Benazir Bhutto, are suspected of using Swiss bank accounts to launder $12 million allegedly paid in bribes by companies seeking customs inspection contracts. In 2009 the court overturned a political amnesty that froze investigations into the president and other politicians, ordering that the cases be reopened. However, the Supreme Court

Registrar’s Office on Tuesday returned the federation’s reply submitted by the attorney general in the NRO case after objecting to the requests made in the reply. The court said that instead of submitting a reply, a plea needed to be filed to review the court’s orders. The federal government submitted in its reply in the NRO case that the cabinet was yet to make a decision to write the letter to Swiss authorities. The reply further stated that the prime minister was constitutionally

bound to the advice of the cabinet; therefore the court should review its ruling of July 12. The attorney general said the option of contempt of court against the new prime minister was now over. The reply said that under Article 90 of the constitution, the advice of the federal cabinet was binding on the prime minister and the cabinet had not yet made a decision to write to the Swiss officials. The reply further said that the seven-member bench on January 3, 2012 had no

authority to amend the ruling of the seventeenmember bench and now option number two relating to the contempt of court was not applicable to the new prime minister, therefore, the court should review its July 12 verdict. The Supreme Court, however, declared inadmissible the government’s reply and returned its with objections. The court will resume hearing in the NRO implementation case today (Wednesday).

PRESIDENT CALLS MEETING: Following the development, President Asif Ali Zardari formally summoned a high-level meeting of top leaders of the party for today (Wednesday). The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Ashraf and senior members of the party, and will review overall political scenario, contempt of court case, Pak-US relations and tensions, while some key decisions are likely to be made as well.

women stoning case: Khanewal dPo made oSd LAHORE: The Punjab inspector general of police has demoted Khanewal DPO Mohammed Waqar and appointed him an officer on special deputation (OSD) for negligence in the woman stoning case. According to Punjab Police spokesperson, IGP Habibur Rehman said in the Supreme Court that the culprits were being arrested and the husband of the deceased woman had been taken on board in the case. The IGP reviewed the report of the incident, which accused the DPO of negligence and not taking timely action. ONLINE

Hit maintains int’l standards RAWALPINDI: Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), the manufacturer of different indigenous machinery right from state-of-the-art Tanks to Armed Personnel Carrier (APC), has been maintaining international standards to upkeep its over half a century long reputation, said a spokesman of HIT while talking to a selected group of media-person here Wednesday. APP


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Deputy Director Schools hurt in Quetta firing QUEttA AGEnCiES

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday injured Deputy Director Schools Abrar Ahmed here at Shawakshah Road on Tuesday. According to police, three gunmen opened fire on Abrar’s vehicle when he reached his office at Education Directorate. The deputy director was injured as a result of firing. However, he managed to injure one of the attackers by running over him with his car. The injured attacker later succumbed to his injuries. Abrar was shifted to CMH while the body of the attacker was sent to Civil Hospital. Police reached the site after getting information and recovered two pistols from the culprits while further investigation is underway.

Toy bomb injures 7 children in Darra Adam Khel QuETTA: The bullet-riddled windscreen of the vehicle of Deputy Director Schools Abrar Ahmed after unidentified gunmen ambushed him near his office on Tuesday. INP

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LHC rejects Malik Riaz’s plea to quash arrest warrant

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The Rawalpindi Bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rejected property tycoon Malik Riaz’s request pertaining to lack of confidence in a judge and quashing an arrest warrant against him. A two-judge bench of the LHC’s Rawalpindi Bench heard Riaz’s request pertaining to quashing an arrest warrant against him. The request said the judge of the anticorruption court did not have the authority to issue arrest warrants and therefore the warrant should be quashed. The bench rejected the request after which the warrant against the real estate tycoon remains valid. Speaking to reporters, Riaz’s counsel Dr Abdul Basit said in light of the high court’s ruling, the anti-corruption court did not have the authority to hear the case. Earlier on July 23, an anti-corruption court re-issued non-bail-able arrest warrants for Riaz, his son Ali Riaz and seven other accused in a land fraud case. The case pertains to acquisition of 1,401 kanals of land near Rawat in 2009 on basis of fake documents.

Americans don’t understand cricket, but they like it, particularly of the diplomatic variety between friend India and ally Pakistan. “We’re for cricket. We don’t understand it, but we like it,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at the daily briefing amid laughter Monday when asked to comment on resumption of India-Pakistan cricketing ties. “We share the interest of people in India, (and) people in Pakistan ...in seeing these two countries continuing to improve their relationship,” she said reiterating US support for a continued dialogue between the two South Asian neighbours. Welcoming the “considerable progress on the economic side,” Nuland said, the US “encouraged them to do better on issues like sharing counterterrorism information and dealing with threats to both countries,” but it was up to New Delhi and Islamabad how they move forward. “We have been supportive in all of our diplomatic encounters at every level with the Indian side, with the Pakistani side in

some of the progress that they’ve made,” she said. “They’ve made considerable progress on the economic side,” Nuland said. “We are encouraging them to do better on issues like sharing counterterrorism information, dealing with threats to both countries, moving forward to work on trust and political issues.” “So we will continue (to) support dialogue between them at every level, but it’s obviously up to Indians and Pakistanis to continue to work on this,” she said. The issue of dealing with the aftermath of the Mumbai bombings and bringing people to justice, Nuland said, comes up in all of US discussions with Indians and with Pakistanis. “And we’ll continue to advocate for full justice being served, not least because Americans lost their lives as well.” The spokesman also said that the US was satisfied with the improved pace of transportation through Pakistani bordercrossings into Afghanistan, with hundreds of containers finding passage via the country’s previously blocked overland routes. “What I will say on Pakistan is that we’ve got good news with

regard to the ground lines of communication,” Nuland said at the daily briefing. “As you know, they’ve been open for some week and a half, two weeks now, and we have some 400 trucks either having passed or getting ready to pass through. And so that is working very well,” the spokesperson added. The Pakistani routes, the shortest and the most cost-effective were closed in November 2011 in reaction to the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in cross-border American aerial strikes on the country’s border posts. For almost seven months, the USled NATO allies had to rely on arduous northern distribution network that transported supplies into landlocked Afghanistan after long winding routes via Caucuses, Russia and several Central Asian states. Washington spent as much as $100 million in extra cost each of the months the Pakistani routes remained closed. The standoff was resolved when Secretary of State Hillary publicly apologised to Islamabad for the loss of Pakistani soldiers earlier this month, paving the way for revival of the country’s ground lines of communication.

At least seven children were wounded when a toy bomb went off in Darra Adam Khel, a small town near Kohat district, officials said. According to the local political agent, children were playing with the toy bomb that exploded, resulting in injuries to seven minors. Local residents rushed to the scene and shifted the injured kids to Peshawar hospital. Medical officials in Peshawar said condition of two of the kids was critical while the rest were out of danger. Political administration has started investigation into the blast. Police said the house where the toy bomb exploded was that of a cousin of a TTP commander.

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At least seven militants were killed when jetfighters shelled their hideouts in upper Orakzai Agency, official sources said on Tuesday. Security sources said that jetfighters pounded the hideouts of militants in Mamuzai and Kotakhel areas of upper Orkazai – considered to strongholds of Taliban militants in the tribal agency – which resulted in the killing of seven terrorists and injuries to several others. Three hideouts of militants were also destroyed in Tuesday’s attack, security forces sources added. Earlier on Monday, 14 militants were killed in military operation in the same area.

Pressure on afghan refugees to leave Pakistan mounts PESHAWAR inP

Due to strong opposition by the people of Pakistan over the long presence of Afghan refugees, officials are putting pressure on the estimated 2.8 million registered and unregistered Afghan refugees to return to their homeland by the end of 2012. The government has said it will not renew the ID cards of the 1.8 million registered Afghan refugees. They have been living in Pakistan for the last 23 years and would not go back unless and until forced to leave. Because of their presence, the crime rate in all the major cities has increased manifold. They have also been a source of increasing unemployment because they have occupied some of the jobs of Pakistani work force. Officials said the UNHCR and other agencies would pressurise Pakistan to accept their further stay but due to strong opposition from the people and the provincial governments, it would not be possible to accede to their request. Last week, Ministry of States and

Frontier Regions Secretary Habibullah Khan was quoted by the media as saying, “The international community desires us to review this policy but we are clear on this point. The refugees have become a threat to law and order, security, demography, economy and local culture. Enough is enough.” “After December 31, there is no plan to extend the validity of the POR [proof of registration] cards of Afghan refugees. Those currently registered will lose the status of refugees. They will be treated under the law of the land. The provincial governments have already been asked to treat the existing unregistered refugees as illegal immigrants.” “Asylum space is narrowing given that the government of Pakistan is pretty serious about returning most of them to Afghanistan,” said Aamir Fawad, protection officer with the UNHCR. “We are talking to the government to extend, but it is unclear what will happen.” In June, the government agreed to delay the forced repatriation of 400,000 Afghans who were rounded up in Peshawar for being in the country illegally.


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he Ministry of Climate Change has asked Pak-environment Protection Agency to close down the environmental Monitoring System installed a few years back to monitor air quality and other related indicators across the country. The project began with the assistance of Japan international Cooperation Agency (JiCA), which set up a valuable countrywide network for air pollution monitoring, linking regional offices to the central laboratory in islamabad. With the installation of this project it had become easier for experts, policy makers, media, and even for civil society to remain updated about the level of air pollution and environmental degradation in the federal capital as well as all provincial headquarters. This is considered to be an outcome of

devolution that the project is being closed down due to non-availability of funds, as it is no more mentioned in the next fiscal year’s public sector development program. After devolution, the federal segment of the project became limited to the capital area and the equipment installed in provincial headquarters was handed over to them. Unfortunately there were reports that provincial laboratories were non-functional due to lack of proper heed and finances, and now the Ministry of Climate Change is closing down the islamabad office too. Senior officials at the Ministry informed APP that the project had been ordered to be shut down since June 30, but no decision had been taken about the employees at the project’s islamabad office or the valuable instruments installed in the laboratories. This project was initially identified, prepared and implemented by Pakistan

environmental Protection Agency (PakePA), under the then Ministry of environment. it was formally approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) in February 2003, and a sum of Rs1233 million had been allocated to it. The project was also endorsed by the executive Committee of National economic Council (eCNeC) in 2004. Out of the total allocated amount, Rs973 million was to be funded by JiCA, under the auspices of Grant Aid Component while remaining Rs260 million was to be funded by the Ministry of environment, under Public Sector Development Program (PSDP). Meanwhile, Pak-ePA is trying to revive the project for another six-month period, keeping in mind the project’s vitality and the poor response of the provinces in maintaining the equipment and performance. Officials at the agency also confirmed that it was asked to shut the project

down, from June 30 this year although the fate of the employees and the equipment was unclear. Although this project had a certain life span, experts believe that closure of this project will not only leave employees jobless but will also prove to be a blow to the environment. Being a subject on the Concurrent list, the Pakistan environmental Protection Act, 1997 (Pepa) was enacted by parliament in islamabad and asked for the formation of a federal environment protection agency in the Capital and agencies in each of the provinces to enforce the provisions of the law. later, after the local Government Ordinances of 2001, the enforcement of environmental issues was further devolved to the district level. however, the provincial environment protection agencies were not granted financial independence to function on their own.

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HE Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday asked the government to take serious steps to ensure food security in the country as an international food crisis can engulf the world soon. America, one of the major global exporters of food, has been facing the worst drought since 1956, which has reduced output of wheat, corn, Soya bean etc. pushing their prices to new heights, it said. Prices of commodities have surpassed the peaks of the 2007-08 crises that sparked food riots in more than 30 countries, said PEW President Dr Murtaza Mughal. He said that crisis in 2007-08 was a result of speculation which is real currently, calling for enhanced focus on agriculture. This is not a local problem that Americans are facing, he said, adding that the impact of the crisis would be felt across the globe. Dr Murtaza Mughal said that vulnerable and the poor would be hardest hit who spend as much as 60 to 75 per cent of their income on food.He said that situation at home is far from encouraging; flawed policies have left almost all the federal and provincial departments related to agriculture as dysfunctional. Dr Murtaza Mughal said the system of calculating food and input requirements, projections, targets, coordination etc. has ended with the demise of Federal Committee on Agriculture and now market forces are deciding everything. He added this is the reason behind skyrocketing prices as mechanism of timely imports does not exist anymore. The government should take steps to undo blunders done in the name of the 18th Amendment. It should convene an emergency meeting of all stakeholders to discuss the implications of the crisis. The matter should not be taken lightly as during the last crisis 30 countries witnessed food riots while many governments were sent packing.


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ROWTH is a prerequisite for poverty reduction, but growth alone does not suffice. Pro-poor policies and equitable growth are essential for vulnerable segments of society. This was the main message emanating from ‘Poverty and Inequality’ dialogue series being organised by the World Bank. Francois

Bourguignon, director, Paris School of Economics, an eminent authority on micro determinants of poverty and a former chief economist of the World Bank Group, delivered the keynote presentation at the occasion. “Absolute poverty reduction has to be the main goal of development,” said Bourguignon during his presentation entitled ‘Policies for Inclusive Development in a Globalising World.’ “Global experience shows that while globalisation and growth can lead to

inequality, it needs not necessarily be so. Domestic policies can reduce inequality without impairing growth,” he added. The last decade has seen remarkable growth, poverty reduction and improved education and health outcomes in the world, in general, and in South Asia, in particular. Pakistan was no exception to this progress. Both the poor and the rich populations enjoyed the growth benefits. Thus, it can be safely inferred that

the decline in poverty has strictly relied on growth and that important challenges still remain on the inequality front for Pakistan. In his speech, Federal Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh reiterated the government’s resolve to accelerate growth, reduce poverty and address inequality. He highlighted four measures the government has introduced for bridging inequity: 1) agricultural pricing policy that helps the farming sector;

2) increased expenditures on social safety nets with emphasis on better targeting of the poorest and vulnerable segments of society; 3) under the new formula for sharing federal resources with provinces and 4) deliberate effort is being made by the federal government to have regionally balanced development of infrastructure throughout the country. He welcomed the World Bank’s initiative of expanding the development discourse in Pakistan.

FATA’s LB system elicits mixed reaction ISLAMABAD APP

Minister of State for Trade Senator Abbas Khan Afridi has said that the introduction of local government system in FATA is in the interest of the people of FATA as it is a part of democracy and, if introduced, will solve many problems of the people of the area. On the other hand, tribal leaders believe that new experiences should not be applied to the FATA. They said tribesmen should be taken into confidence before taking any step in this direction. Talking to a private radio channel, leader of the FATA Grand Alliance, Malik Khan Marjan, said, “In my opinion, the move will prove to be a futile experience in FATA at this stage. It is impossible to convince the tribesmen on the move. The better way to eradicate corruption is the formation of a tribal council. No other system can succeed without the consultation of the tribesmen in the FATA.”

attractive iftar packages being offered at restaurants ISLAMABAD APP

There is no space in restaurants and hotels of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi owing to advance reservations for Ramadan Iftar parties. Local hotel managers, while talking to APP, said people prefer to enjoy Iftar parties with their friends, colleagues and families. That’s why different hotels come with new special Iftar offers in Ramadan. “We are busy in advance bookings on the basis of first come first served,” a manager said. A customer, Jaffer Abbas, complained that the restaurants overcharge in Ramadan and said that the authorities concerned should make proper arrangements to control quality of food and prices during the holy month of Ramadan. Regarding reservation of Iftar parties, the officials of restaurants claimed that they offer special buffet packages for Ramadan to facilitate people with delicacies in Iftar.

British diplomat robbed of Rs 350,000 ISLAMABAD OnlinE

Unknown thieves took away Rs 0.35 million and a laptop from the house of a British diplomat in Diplomatic Enclave on Tuesday. According to police, Thomas Simon, a British diplomat, lodged a complaint that his possessions were stolen from his house. He suspected that his maid had committed the theft. Secretariat police have registered a case against the housemaid.

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Through the Higher Education Commission’s Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs (IPFP) Programme, 1,041 Pakistani PhDs have been successfully placed as assistant professors at public sector and private sector universities across the country. These scholars belong to diversified fields like water resource management, biotechnology, food engineering, animal nutrition, biochemistry, plasma physics, supply chain management, water resource engineering, cell biology, civil and environmental engineering, fish molecular biology, pharmaceutical chemistry, high energy physics, biomedical textiles, leadership, culture & social preferences, geophysics, math-

ematics, computer sciences, business education, social sciences, humanities, environmental sciences, biomedical textiles and other disciplines. These scholars have been initially employed for one year on a salary package of Rs 104,000 per month. They may be hired on permanent basis on completion of their tenure through the normal selection process of the host institution. The HEC also offers these scholars a startup research grant of Rs 0.5 million upon joining the host institutions. So far, the IPFP programme has processed around 1,416 applications while 233 applicants are at different stages of placement. The commission is not only striving to provide opportunities to the aspiring scholars to pursue higher degrees, both at domestic and inter-

national levels, it has also devised the IPFP programme for facilitating the placement of these scholars at academic and research institutions. This comes as a result of the visionary approach of the HEC to ensure proper utilisation of the manpower being trained through huge investments in the scholarship programmes. The HEC’s Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs Programme is underlying two-pronged approach; primarily it provides the lucrative avenues of employment to the fresh PhD professionals and secondly it meets the faculty requirement of public and private sector universities for ensuring quality teaching and research, which is one of the core strategic aims of the HEC. The IPFP provides to all Pakistani fresh PhD graduates an opportunity

to be placed as assistant professors on a tenure-track system-based assistant professor position for maximum period of one year. The qualified applicants are placed only in those universities which are ready to offer these professionals a fair chance of absorption on permanent posts through normal selection process within the one-year contract period. Moreover, each IPFP beneficiary is also provided with Rs 0.5 million startup research grant to initiate a feasible research project at his host university immediately upon joining. This ongoing regular programme is open to all fields. The placed scholars have found this programme quite useful and effective and termed the programme quite helpful in countering brain drain at the national level.


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HILDREN who exercise more also tend to do better in school, a new analysis of past studies published this week suggests. Playing on sports teams and having more time to run around during recess is known to be good for children’ physical health, but whether it also gives them a mental boost has been a subject of debate especially as schools cut physical activity time in favour of more academic test prep, Natural Health News reported. The finding just helps to continue to show the importance of exposing children to physical activity, said Sandy Slater who has studied recess and physical education at the University of Illinois at Chicago but wasn’t involved in the new research. “There’s obviously the long-term links between physical activity and health, but this is another reason to try to continue to keep some dedicated amount of time for physical education or recess or some other types of physical activity in the school day,” she told. Amika Singh, who worked on the new study, said the findings mean that schools should prioritise both academics and exercise and families can have the same attitude at home. “Maybe it’s an activity break, stand-up every half an hour in class and do something,” Singh, from VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, said.

“It might mean going to school by bike. Any kind of physical activity you can think of. It doesn’t mean only the physical education standard class.” Singh and her colleagues reviewed 14 studies that compared children’ physical activity with their grades or scores on math, language and general thinking and memory tests. Those included two types of reports. In 10 so-called observational studies, researchers asked parents, teachers or students themselves how active they were then followed them for a few months to a few years to track their academic performance. In the four other studies, one group of children was given extra time for PE classes and other health and fitness exercises and their test scores were later compared against a group of children who didn’t get extra exercise. Reports that only recorded whether or not children were on a sports team didn’t find a link between participation and academic success. But when researchers asked students how much time they spent exercising, they found that those with higher rates of physical activity did better in the classroom. Three of the four studies involving an exercise intervention found that students given more exercise time scored higher on measures of academic performance. For example, in one report from the United States, second and third graders who got an extra

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90 minutes of physical activity per week did better on a test of spelling, reading and math, along with gaining less weight over the next three years. That could be because children are better behaved and can concentrate better when they get enough exercise, or because physical activity improves blood flow to the brain and boosts mood, the researchers wrote in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Singh said that while the findings do suggest physical activity and academic success can go hand in hand, they can’t be used to give direct advice to school administrators about how much time to devote to PE, recess and other types of exercise. Amy Eyler, a physical activity and policy researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, said that type of data is hard to come by, but it’s what missing from convincing school districts to prioritize physical activity. “That’s what the school administrators and policy makers need to know, how much will make a difference,” Eyler, who wasn’t involved in the new study, said. In the meantime, she said, parents can value physical education and make their voices heard. “Every one wants quality education for their children,” Eyler said. “If this is a way to increase that quality, parents should be concerned and that’s something they should.

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British prosecutors Tuesday charged Prime Minister David Cameron’s exmedia chief Andy Coulson and former tabloid editor Rebekah Brooks with phone hacking as the scandal lapped at Downing Street’s door. The Crown Prosecution Service announced that eight people, all either current or former employees of Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, would face charges of illegal interception of voicemails. The eight will face charges of conspiring to unlawfully intercept the voicemail messages of some 600 people, including Hollywood stars Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jude Law as well as politicians and crime victims. Prosecutors said the other people targeted included England footballer Wayne Rooney and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney. “I have concluded that a prosecution is required in the public interest in relation to each of these eight suspects,” senior prosecutor Alison Levitt said in a live televised announcement. The others facing charges include Stuart Kuttner, the News of the World’s former managing editor, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmonson, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, and reporter James Weatherup. The last person is private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed for phone hacking for six months in in 2007. Australian-born media tycoon Murdoch, 81, was forced to close the News of the World last July amid a storm of revelations that its staff hacked into the voicemail messages of a murdered schoolgirl and a slew of public figures. Coulson, 44, edited the News of the World from 2003 to 2007 and went to become Cameron’s spokesman, but resigned in January 2011 after he was questioned over the scandal.

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YRIA’S rebels accused strongman Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday of moving chemical weapons to the country’s borders, a day after his beleaguered regime said it would use its stockpiles if attacked. Helicopter gunships strafed rebel neighbourhoods of second city Aleppo, as heavy fighting forced the closure of a third of the shopping malls of what is Syria’s commercial capital, pro-government media said. The rebel Free Syrian Army said the regime’s chemical arsenal had been moved in a bid to pressure the international community, much of which has called for Assad to step aside in the face of the more than 16month uprising against his rule. “According to our information, the regime began moving its stocks of weapons of mass destruction several months ago... with the goal of putting pressure on the re-

gion and the international community,” a statement said. At a Damascus news conference on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi acknowledged that Syria has chemical weapons and said the regime would use them if attacked by outsiders, although not against its own civilians. “Syria will not use any chemical or other unconventional weapons against its civilians, and will only use them in case of external aggression,” Makdissi said. “Any stocks of chemical weapons that may exist, will never, ever be used against the Syrian people,” he said, adding that in the event of foreign attack, “the generals will be deciding when and how we use them.” US President Barack Obama warned Assad not to make the “tragic mistake” of unleashing chemical weapons. “Given the regime’s stockpile of chemical weapons, we will continue to make it clear to Assad and those around him that the world is watching,” Obama told an au-

dience of US veterans in the western state of Nevada. “They will be held accountable by the international community and the United States should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons,” he added. Analysts said they doubted whether in the current conflict Assad’s regime would resort to using a chemical weapons stockpile that was developed as a counterbalance to Israel’s presumed nuclear arsenal. “It’s not at all in the interest of the Syrian army to use these weapons — there is no tactical interest given the nature of the current conflict which is mainly urban,” said Olivier Lepick, specialist in chemical weaponry at the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris. “The regime knows that if it did so it would lose the support of China and Russia.” As rebel fighters suffered setbacks, notably in Damascus, the opposition Syrian National Council bickered over whether it would accept a transition led temporarily by

a member of the regime if Assad steps aside. An offer to do so by SNC spokesman George Sabra was contradicted just hours later by SNC spokeswoman Bassma Kodmani. “There was never any question of a national unity government led by a member of the regime,” Kodmani told AFP. — ‘Road to oblivion’ — Despite the disarray in opposition ranks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country hosts the rebel leadership, said he was confident it was close to victory. “The ruthless killings committed in panic in recent days show the world that the Syrian regime is on the road to oblivion,” he said. Neighbouring Iran warned it would not tolerate the collapse of its key regional ally. “The Syrian people and the friends of Syria will not allow regime change,” Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, the deputy chief of Iran’s joint armed forces, was quoted as saying.

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Americans got a first look at presumed gunman James Holmes at a brief court hearing Monday, but remained perplexed over what triggered his alleged movie house shooting frenzy that took the lives of 12 people. His hair dyed orange, eyes staring out blankly, Holmes made a bizarre first appearance in court, three days after the rampage that also wounded 58. The deadly shooting occurred shortly after midnight Friday at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, outside Denver, as moviegoers packed the first screening of the latest Batman film, “The Dark Knight Rises.” Wearing a maroon prison jumpsuit, the 24-year-old graduate school dropout didn’t speak as lawyers read out a list of accusations during the short procedural hearing at Arapahoe

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It was not known if he was on medication and there was no indication when the young man accused of one of America’s worst-ever mass shootings might undergo psychiatric evaluation. Holmes gave himself up outside the cinema, still clad in the body armor witnesses described the gunman as wearing. He is expected to face 12 murder charges, 58 attempted murder charges for those he wounded, and additional charges related to his boobytrapped apartment. Holmes is being held in solitary confinement in the Arapahoe County jail, with no bail allowed. He is to make a second court appearance next Monday when he will enter a plea. A first year doctoral candidate, Holmes unexpectedly dropped out of the University of Colorado last month after failing part of his endof-year exams.

Morsi names outgoing minister as egypt PM

CAIRO: Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi named outgoing irrigation minister Hisham Qandil, a reputed independent, as prime minister on Tuesday and tasked him with forming a new government. The appointment comes 25 days after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s first civilian and freely elected head of state to replace president Hosni Mubarak, who was driven from office in a popular uprising in February 2011. Qandil was irrigation minister in the outgoing government of Kamal Ganzuri, whom he replaces. “This appointment of a patriotic and independent figure comes after much study and discussion to choose a person able to manage the current scenario,” said Morsi spokesman Yassir Ali. “Dr Qandil had no affiliation to any political party before or after the revolution,” said Ali. After talks with Morsi at the presidency, Qandil thanked the president and called on all forces to help achieve the goals of the revolution. “I want to thank the president of the republic for the trust he has placed in me for this important, heavy and difficult task, and I ask God to help us,” Qandil said. He urged “all political forces and the people of Egypt to support us in this difficult mission ... We must exert all efforts to achieve the goals of the revolution.” Qandil stressed that his government would be made up of technocrats and that appointments will “not be based on (political) orientations.” “Competence will be the basis for choosing the ministers,” he said. AFP

Tensions over competing claims in the South China Sea could escalate into conflict, with an arms build-up among rival nations raising the temperature, an international think tank warned Tuesday. Prospects of solving the disputes “seem to be diminishing” after a recent failure by the 10-nation ASEAN grouping to hammer out a “code of conduct” that would govern actions in the sea, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said. “Without a consensus on a resolution mechanism, tensions in the South China Sea can easily spill over into armed conflict,” warned Paul Quinn-Judge, the ICG’s program director for Asia. “As long as ASEAN fails to produce a cohesive South China Sea policy, a binding set of rules on the handling of disputed claims cannot be enforced.” China claims sovereignty over nearly all of the sea, which is believed to hold vast amounts of oil and gas, is one of the region’s most important fishing grounds and is home to shipping lanes that are vital to global trade. The Philippines and fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as Taiwan, claim parts of the sea. The rival claims have for decades made the area one of the region’s potential military flashpoints, with Vietnam and China engaging in sea conflicts in 1974 and 1998 that left dozens of military personnel dead.

250 embryos discovered in Russian forest MOSCOW AFP

A group of Russians have stumbled across hundreds of embryos stashed in four huge vats while taking a weekend stroll through woods, police said Tuesday. The 50-litre (13-gallon) containers of formaldehyde in the woods of the industrial Ural Mountains region contained 248 embryos in all, the police said. The four strollers noticed the contents because some of the lids to the vats had popped open when they were dropped and some of the embryos had spilled to the ground. A spokesman for the regional police said the embryos appeared to have been illegally dropped off by a local hospital that treated biological waste for four nearby medical facilities.


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Democracy’s uncertain future Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

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Preparations for elections A huge task

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t is for the first time in the country’s history that elections are to be held under a genuinely independent Election Commission and a consensus caretaker setup. This arouses hopes of an election free from military interference and wherein money and muscle power are not allowed affect the results. With each one of the three major political parties claiming the support of the majority of voters, any perception that the elections were stolen could prove to be catastrophic. A flawed election would reduce voter confidence in the ballot box and encourage violence as an option for political change. This would not only help the extremist groups but also provide the offstage players an opportunity to weaken - if not oust - the civilian leadership. There is already a talk about an Orange Revolution and a Pakistani version of the Tahrir Square despite the two holding little relevance for a country with an independent judiciary, a free media and absence of political repression. The election will test the promise made by Fakhruddin G Ibrahim while taking oath on Monday to hold free, fair, transparent and impartial elections “so that no one should ever be able to raise finger on its impartiality”. The CEC is a man of impeccable integrity and a visionary. While these qualities are highly valuable, they have to be accompanied by fool proof arrangements to make the elections a milestone. Despite his vast experience, the aging CEC will be able to perform his duties best by devising an efficient system for holding the elections. A code of conduct binding on all contestants will have to devised and publicised at the earliest. Thankfully, the printing of electoral rolls for all provinces, except Punjab, has been completed while work on some districts of Punjab, according to Justice Shakirullah Jan, is likely to be finished in days. The CEC should invite suggestions from all political parties and civil society organisations for holding fair elections. The Pakistan chapter of Transparency International has already sent a number of suggestions which need to be analysed. Some of these like calling on the military to supervise the elections both inside and outside the poling stations and introduction of EVM’s are likely to raise eyebrows. Suggestions like posting on the EC website the declaration of assets by all candidates, providing electoral rolls with photographs of voters to polling agents and installation of web cameras in all 68,000 polling booths throughout the 272 constituencies need serious consideration.

By Rabia Ahmed

beleaguered beyond belief

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akistan can be described as a democratic country with an elected government that functions under a more or less liberal democratic constitution. The 18th and 20th constitutional amendments have expanded the scope of provincial autonomy and reduced the powers of the president to the minimum. The National Finance Commission Award that became operational in 2010 has made the provinces more viable financially. Despite these positive developments, there is also a downside of working of democracy in Pakistan. It manifests the weaknesses of the transitional democracy — from a militarydominated political order to elected civilian governance. The goal of turning Pakistan into a full democracy may not materialise because it sets the high standards of constitutional liberalism, equal citizenship, civil and political rights on a non-discriminatory basis, and the rule of law. Pakistan faces five major challenges on way to achieving these ideals. The first challenge to the future of democracy comes from the people and groups who want to use the democratic procedures and By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi elections as a means to implementing their peculiar political ideas or a hard-line puritanical Islamic order. For them, democracy has instrumental relevance and elections provide an established way to access power. Once political power is achieved, they can use the electoral legitimacy to turn Pakistan into a state based on their ideological framework. There is no commitment to democracy as an ideal but it is viewed as a means to something else. The second major threat to genuineness of democracy in Pakistan comes from the non-elected state institutions like the bureaucracy, the military and the judiciary. The bureaucracy has often supported or worked with other non-elected institutions to expand its authority over the elected institutions and the people. The military has traditionally undermined the prospects of democracy in Pakistan through its direct and indirect rule. The military’s direct and indirect rule and the attempts to restruc-

ture the political system to its satisfaction and cooption of a section of the political elite helped to entrench the political power of the military. It did not solve the problem of fragility of political institution that enabled the military to assume power. The military has been out of power since 2008 but it continues to be a powerful political player from the sideline. The judiciary was supportive of the military’s expanded role in the past. It endorsed the direct assumption of power by the military on all four occasions. Since the restoration of the present Chief Justice and other judges in 2009, the Supreme Court and the High Courts have engaged in a high pace judicial activism and have built pressure on the elected parliament and the elected federal government. The comments of the judges, as published in the media, have political implications in the politically divided political context. The Chief Justice has argued more than once that the parliament is not the supreme institutions and that the Supreme Court has an overriding power with reference to constitution. This has created uncertainty about what the parliament can or cannot do, especially after one prime minister was convicted by the Supreme Court on contempt of court and sent home. The key issue is that democracy requires institutional balance and restraint rather than one state institution dominating all others, especially the elected ones. The confrontation between the elected executive and non-elected judiciary is not a good omen for democracy. Unrestrained competition among the political players is the third threat to democracy. Though all important political parties are in power either at the federal level or in provinces, the focus is on the PPP-led federal government. The PPP and its allies are struggling for political survival and attempt to hold on to power by all possible means. The opposition parties, especially the PMLN, are often engaged in a free-for-all effort to dislodge the federal government. As the PMLN cannot replace the PPP-led federal government in the National Assembly, it has attempted to resort to street agitation to achieve this objective. It also hopes that the Supreme Court or the military will remove this government. The Punjab Chief Minister (PMLN) has openly preached defiance of and street agitation against the federal government on electric power shortages. The open support to culture of violence is a dangerous development because, in the long run, street agitation and vio-

lence undermine democracy. The fourth major threat to democracy is religious extremism and terrorism that can cause the break-up of the society. Religious extremism is not confined to far and remote areas of Pakistan. It is publicly practiced on the mainland. The killing of people by a frenzied mob on some religious account is not an unusual phenomenon in Pakistan. The religious minorities are targeted by extremist societal groups. Islamic sectarian conflict, especially the killings of Shias, is more common now. The most unfortunate aspect of such extremist incidents is that the political and religious leaders shy away from publicly condemning the groups that take the responsibility for such acts. They criticise violence and sectarianism only in general terms, arguing that Islam does not sanction such violence. Religious and cultural intolerance and terrorism are the antithesis of democracy. The fifth major threat to democracy comes from poor governance by the federal and provincial governments. The popular support for democracy is bound to decline if the democratic governments do not deliver services and security to the people. The governments need to adopt policy-measures to reduce socio-economic pressures on the common people and assure them security of their life and property. All governments have performed poorly, causing alienation among the common people. Pakistan’s economy is in real trouble. The opposition leaders talk of the troubled economy only to criticise the federal government. They have no concrete ideas to suggest solutions. They are also not prepared to adopt a joint strategy to cope with economic challenges. The Islamic parties and some of the mainstream political parties are talking of tough disposition towards the western countries which will isolate the federal government and make it impossible to salvage the economy. Pakistan is currently facing deeprooted structural problems that can cause a total collapse of the political system or it may function only at the minimum level. All political parties and state institutions need to work together within a democratic constitutional framework to address these problems. If the current power struggle continues unabated, neither the present democratic order nor an authoritarian or technocratic arrangement can salvage the situation. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.

Linguistic bling They departed for the heavenly abode. Or more simply, they died...

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ears ago, when one didn’t need to be so alert to personal safety, my father and I would discuss interesting things while driving around Karachi. I told him once of a theory I had which to me explained if not excused the suffering in life. It was that each person was the only real being to exist in his world, the rest existed only in his mind; and so there were as many worlds as individuals alive. For why, after all, should a person suffer because of another? But my father said this was a dangerous theory, one already in existence, called ‘solipsism’ and was not the best theory to subscribe to. I was a bit peeved that what I had imagined to be a brilliant idea of my own was not, after all, original. It was rather annoying therefore to find that another pet theory of mine already existed and has a name and all. Not that I was sur-

prised this time, it must have occurred to many people. Called the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, it is associated mostly with the writings of a certain Benjamin Lee Whorf (not to be confused with the Klingon of Star Trek fame), and his mentor Edward Sapir. Benjamin L Whorf was a linguist and, incongruously, a fire prevention engineer while Sapir was an anthropologist and a linguist. There are two versions of their hypothesis, one less absolute than the other. The more absolute version says that all men are totally a product of the language they speak. The milder and today more acceptable version says that the words people use and the concepts behind the language they speak help shape them to some extent. It studies the ways in which language and culture influence each other, the relationship between linguistic differences, and the differing world view of people speaking dif-

ferent languages. Keeping that in mind: on the news not a day goes by without someone or several people unfortunately becoming ‘luqma-e-ajal’. Translated, that means that they became ‘morsels of food for death.’ This could be expressed more simply in Urdu by saying that: (woh) mar gaye (they died). And so people become ‘athishi ka shikar’, or ‘apnay khaliq-ehaqeeqi say ja milay’, which means that they ‘became victims of fire’, or ‘joined their True Maker’, which could be more simply expressed once again in Urdu as ‘jal gaye’, or the ubiquitous ‘mar gaye.’ (I keep giving the example of dying, I know, but it tends to happen so often here). So a wife, sister, father, or mother are not beewi, behen, baap, or maa respectively, but a shareek-e-hayaat (partner in life), a humsheera (person who has fed

by the same mother), walid-emuhtarram (respected father) or walida majda (respected mother), and let’s not forget the ‘piece of a person’s liver’ or a lakht-e-jigar… beta or beti in simple Urdu, in English ‘son’ or ‘daughter’. If this isn’t a feast for Whorf and Sapir I don’t know what is. What do these florid terms, in daily use even by the press, say about us as a people? The first undoubtedly is that as a society we are inclined to be respectful, bordering on obsequious. Could the second be that we are emotional, bordering on irrational? One would expect the media to have certain guidelines regarding the language used in the delivery of news. People are dying in droves all over the country, today in Karachi, tomorrow in Peshawar, the day after somewhere else, not due to old age but because they are shot at, blown to bits or drowned

as a result of flooding that could have been prevented. Bringing in eternity or the Maker into reporting such events on the national news suggests an element of inevitability, or transference of guilt from those who should be held responsible to an irrevocable fate, not to mention that it fudges the issue at hand. A blunt ‘mar gaye’ is all that is required. It calls for investigation into the matter, a search for the earthly reasons behind such temporal tragedies. After all why does the stark reality of such deaths need to be surrounded by this linguistic bling? Emotional terminology promotes religious and political clichés. These clichés are successfully used by haranguers to sway emotions and opinions to irrational conclusions. Small wonder then these haranguers are brought into roles of authority and are seldom questioned when they abuse their positions.


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on the arakan conflict Recently, a number of readers have raised quite justified concern over persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. However, I was taken aback to see how the social networking sites are being bombarded with hate material supported by concocted pictures of alleged Muslims massacres in Burma. Most of the pictures were modified or in some cases blatantly not just edited but re-titled being of events elsewhere in the world such as the insurgency in Thailand and Tibet-China, Chinese earthquake victims burial etc. Previously, a number of extremist organisations have used such tactics to fan hatred and prejudice against other communities in the world. The prevailing tension between Rohingya Muslims and Rankine Buddhists is not something new; it’s been ongoing for decades, there were even several riots in the colonial period. There are a number of Muslims living elsewhere in Burma but not facing any state-sponsored persecution, therefore, problem in Arakan state needs to be viewed in its historical perspective. A brutal junta was ruling Burma for last many decades which indulged in inhuman oppression of most of the communities and ethnic groups – the Rohingya people were not exception. Now Burma is moving back to democracy; we shall expect that in due course all the ethnic groups will win their rights – a pre-requisite for the nation’s integration. Intercommunal and ethnicity-based tensions are not new to this region whether it’s India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Afghanistan. In all these countries, you will find communities coming face-to-face due to lack of resources and economic hardships. We should not blindly believe whatever is being posted on social media. Most of the time this behind-the-veil media becomes a curse when used by some narrow-minded people. There is no doubt that at the end of the day, such propagandists will look forward to set up some charity to collect funds in the name of this or that. Let’s try to find out the facts for ourselves and not be swayed with whatever is being received on the net. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia

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dealing with poverty The rise in poverty is a global phenomenon and developing countries like Pakistan seem to be the worst victims. Recession in the US and the European Union has increased the already high levels of poverty in many developing countries and there seems to be no solution to this problem. According to the latest World Bank Report, Pakistan is ranked at number 43 in the list of countries most exposed to poverty. As per bout 63 % of the people in the country earn less than $2 per day and around 23 % live on under $1 per day.

Unequal distribution of income in Pakistan is a major underlying cause of poverty in the country. About 10 % of the total population earns 27% of the total income of the country. Another World Bank report highlights the fact that 37.4% of the children in Pakistan below the age of five are underfed. The Planning Commission has revealed that the poverty rate in Pakistan has increased by 14 % in the previous three years. In recent times, there has been a decrease in government spending for the society’s welfare which has reduced the

More policewomen In Pakistan, there is a limited trend of women joining the police department. There are several hurdles for women whenever they want to join the police professionally. Women comprise 50 percent of our population and can help the police workforce become better and more representative. Female representation is very little as compared to their population in the country. The educated women of Pakistan could be an asset for this department and can play an active role in uplifting society. The police department in Pakistan is dominated by males with little participation by women. Violence against women is not reported in police stations as they are discouraged to report it due to fear and shame; thus, violence against women goes unnoticed. Women do not feel free to share their problems with the males. The laws that are formulated for the women are not in practice and most of the women do not know about these laws. Presence of women in police department will help in highlighting the problems faced by women in the society such as domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence etc. Women police workers can be properly utilised in community policing. We have to motivate the educated women to join the police and convince society to accept women in the security sector as protectors of law. The job quota in police department for women has been increased from five percent to 15 percent which is a positive sign. Bringing a real change in policing practices is not possible without achieving a gender balance in police. MUHAMMAD UZAIR NIAZI Mianwali

Hats off to gayari diggers Whenever the body of a shaheed is found from the Gayari sector, it raises the hopes of scores of families who are still waiting to see their loved ones. The unfortunate incident which took place on the night of 7 April was a great shock not only for the families of the buried brave soldiers but for the nation also. Army rescue efforts were immediately launched. Once the fog cleared, we came to know that a massive landslide, about a kilometre long and 80 to 100 feet in height, had engulfed the area. The task was daunting and uphill but the determination

standard of living for the people in the country. The high rates of inflation and the unavailability of consumer products does no good to pull the country out of this misery. Although rising poverty levels in Pakistan is an alarming situation, it is not something which cannot be curtailed. The politicians need to stop fighting over their position in the government and should concentrate on solving the issues surrounding the country amongst which poverty is one. There is a need for considerable effort to increase jobs and employment

of the army was also rock solid. The foreign experts visited the area and left after few days because it was a mission impossible for them. The army continued its efforts and during his visit to Gayari, Chief of the Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said, “We are trying to reach the trapped soldiers. In the face of inclement weather, no stone will be left unturned. We are not far away from them and will dig them out, no matter how long it takes.” The resolve and steadfastness of the army at last bore the fruit when the dead bodies of the martyrs were found after rigorous day and night efforts. Fifty bodies have been recovered so far and the search for the others is still continuing. The patience shown by the families of these shuhada is a beacon of light and source of inspiration for all of us. Similarly, hats off to the hundreds of soldiers who are working round the clock to bring their comrades out. BILAL SHAHID Islamabad

Misuse of immunity? Americans are known to be sticklers for the rule of law, equality and fairness; notions that seems to be only applicable for their own society and homeland. When it comes to their application in other countries, particularly those belonging to the third world, they think that these considerations can be outright disregarded. One frequently confronts the news/sightings of US diplomats in their bullet proof SUVs, refusing to divulge their antecedents or disallowing the search of their vehicles for presence of lethal weaponry taking shelter behind the subterfuge of diplomatic immunity. I think they are all well-versed with the provisions of the Vienna Convention which doesn’t allow the diplomats to carry weapons unless issued requisite licenses by the host country. While no when can pull such a trick in US, yet the American officials serving in the US Embassy think that they can get away with these kinds of actions. The demeanour of the US diplomats also tends to give away a feeling that Americans are using the façade of diplomatic immunity to help their intelligence operatives run amok in Pakistan; something that can’t be tolerated even by countries enjoying best of relations with US.

opportunities for the people. The government should focus on investing in developing infrastructure which would automatically create jobs in the country. Other than that, efforts should be made to improve the law and order situation in the country so that there is reinstatement of business activities so that poverty could be reduced and still there is question that how to control it or how to remove poverty from our beloved country. ANITA FARID KHAN Karachi

Pakistan must be firm and enforce the writ of law within the parameters defined by the canons of the diplomatic immunity and ensure that the privileges based on decency and reciprocal courtesies are not misused by foreign diplomats. GUL RAHMAN WAZIR Peshawar

Fake passports fiasco Reports that NADRA - which was supposed to be a safe house for a secure database of all citizens of Pakistan - has become a source for issuing fake identification documents are very disturbing. The working of NADRA impacts directly on our national security. Every sovereign nation compiles a database of their nationals to prevent aliens and terrorists from assuming fake identities for their ulterior motives. Why else, other than for fulfilment of illegitimate purposes, would somebody resort to having a fake identification, whether it be a national identity card or a passport? Billions have been invested in this project. To run efficiently, it required the services of professionally qualified IT and computer science specialists, instead of being reduced to yet another institution to be dedicated to the welfare of cronies or retired officers of our uniformed services. Those involved in this racket have compromised not only our national security, but the international credibility of our passports and national identity cards. Why were billions invested in making intelligent machine passports and NIC, if those entrusted with the task were not to be properly scrutinised, or were not qualified. The fact that this lapse has occurred and was not exposed by the security within the system shows that things are seriously wrong within NADRA and our intelligence services such as FIA. Mere denials by officials will not serve any purpose. Things were so wrong that nothing happened till the matter was reported in the international media. Mere suspension of those involved in this corruption will be nothing but eyewash and only serve to encourage others to indulge in anti-state activity. A severe punishment is necessary to serve as deterrence. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore


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Miranda denies her marriage with Orlando has hit the rocks

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heN she was spotted outside without her wedding ring rumours swirled could be set to split from her hollywood star husband. But Miranda Kerr's manager has spoken out to blast reports her marriage to lord of the Rings actor Orlando Bloom was in trouble. it comes after magazine Famous alleged she was so busy she was neglecting their relationship, despite the fact they have started a family together. The Victoria’s Secret model's new manager Annie Kelly told the Australian Daily Telegraph: 'There is absolutely no truth in the headline or story.' Miss Kelly, who took control of the Miranda's business affairs recently following a switch in agency, reacted swiftly to the story, which was sparked after the Australian clotheshorse went walkabout in New York earlier this month. And as Orlando, 35, had also been seen without his band on earlier this year, it sent gossip merchants into overdrive. A 'friend' of the couple has told Famous magazine that the relationship 'might be in trouble.' nEWS DESK

heroine's first look shows Kareena in different shades

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picture is worth a thousand words and the first look of Madhur Bhandarkar's "heroine", with Kareena Kapoor lying upside down, wearing a golden attire, surrounded by film magazines, and an empty glass of wine thrown away, does just that for the movie. "heroine" delves into the behind-thescenes life of an actress in the indian film industry and the first poster of the film itself is self-explanatory. it indicates where the glitz and glamour of the film world can take an individual. She displays the range of a Bollywood actress in another poster, in which it seems she has gone back to her "Chameli" and "Chammak challo" avatar. She looks chic in a unique, red sari teamed with a daring, blue net blouse. The look is for an item song titled "halkat jawaani", and is also reminiscent of Vidya Balan's look from "The Dirty Picture". The film's plot itself is a reminder of Bhandarkar's National Award-winning film "Fashion", which uncovered the dark reality of the indian fashion world and the fate of models who taste success and their gradual downfall. Will "heroine" be a mix of "Fashion" and "The Dirty Picture" is something viewers will have to wait until its release Sep 21. nEWS DESK

London: volunteers enact olympic sporting events at the olympic Stadium on tuesday, three days before the start of the London 2012 olympic games. AFP

Mallika to holiday with Antonio Banderas in Paris? NEWS DESK After the reports of her 'intimate dance' with Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas surfaced, now Mallika Sherawat is apparently going to Paris on his invitation. The 'dirty dance' snap taken during the Cannes Film Festival in May has reportedly caused a rift in Banderas' 15-year-long marriage to Melanie Griffith. A video of the dance shows Banderas cosying up to Mallika, who is seen in a sheer black dress. But the Murder star is paying no heed to it. Mallika Sherawat, who is currently shooting for Kismat Luv Paisa Dilli, will take off for Paris on August 7 to meet the Hollywood star. "Let me be very clear about the facts. On date, Mallika and Antonio are indeed very close. In fact, after getting to know each other in Cannes, they have stayed in touch," the actress' friend told Mumbai Mirror. "Antonio has invited her over. She is leaving on August 7. In fact, he is very keen to work in a film with her. Right now, she is going to Paris simply because Antonio has invited her. And nobody knows how many days she plans to stay over," the tabloid quoted the friend as saying. We wonder what's up with Miss LA!

Brooke’s ‘virgin love’ for George Michael NEWS DESK

Blake lively imitates iconic Marilyn Monroe

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lAKe lively has revealed that she gets so selfconscious and insecure at times that she pretends to be blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe just to cope. "i have insecurities like any girl," the Daily express quoted her as saying. "Walking the red carpet is scary so i pretend to be Marilyn Monroe someone who owned their sexuality and projected this incredible aura of self-confidence. Besides channelling the legendary icon, the 24-year-old also admitted that cooking also helps boost her selfconfidence. "Cooking makes me feel sexy," she said. "i think there's something so sensual about it: the smells, the touches, the flavours, the experience of creating something. And, you know, when you are doing it with someone you love, creating that together, i think it's really attractive. italian food is my favourite," she added. nEWS DESK

It has been revealed that actor Brook Shields hoped to lose her virginity to her then boyfriend George Michael, who later revealed that he was gay. Shields, who proudly confessed to being a virgin in her autobiography, On Your Own, was dating the 49year-old British singer. “My clothes were practically falling off me,” the Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying on the chat show The Talk, when the singer told his driver to go around the block as he was taking her home. Sadly, it was not meant to be for the former wife of tennis star Andre Agassi, who also dated actor John Travolta and the late Michael Jackson. The Careless Whisper singer, who has since revealed that he was gay when he was arrested in 1998 for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public toilet in a park in Beverly Hills, California, ended the relationship, insisting that he needed to concentrate on his music. The actor remained a virgin until the age of 22, a fact that the now 47-year-old Shields regrets. “I wish I had just gotten it over within the beginning when it was sort of OK,” she told Health magazine.


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HERLYN  Chopra  might  have  done  some  Bgrade movies, but for Playboy she's a Bollywood  legend.  In  a  write-up  describing Sherlyn,  the  starlet  has  been  tagged  as  a Bollywood legend in the accompanying pic. Sample this: "Since winning a beauty pageant at the age of 17, she’s moved to the city of Bollywood, Mumbai,  to  appear  in  numerous  Bollywood films."  Sherlyn  Chopra  is  the  first  Indian model to pose for Playboy. The starlet also posted  a  series  of  her  nude  pictures clicked during the photoshoot for Playboy magazine.  She  later  tweeted:  “I  shud  b given  a  Bharat  Ratna  award-d  highest civilian award of d Republic India given 4 d highest degree of service 2 the nation. Seriously! sic)". The 28-year-old admitted that she  misses  Hugh  Hefner  and  her  friends  in the  Playboy  mansion.    "With  Ava  Fabian-a five time Playboy cover girl and my new BFF! With a sweetheart at the Mansion. M gonna miss  all  my  playboy  friends......never mind though, will be back soon! The one place I'm gonna miss the most at the Mansion is the dining area...Huge thanks to the entire staff (sic),” she added. ON  SLEEPING  WITH  HUGH  HEFNER:  It’s known to be an unsaid rule that all Playboy cover girls must share the bed with the porn magazine’s  mogul,  Hugh  Hefner.  But,  our very own starlet Sherlyn Chopra, 28, says she did not sleep with the 86-year-old to land the jackpot deal. “I did not sleep with Mr Hefner. No one at the (Playboy) mansion has till date made an indecent proposal to me. I love my naked skin. Felt quite comfortable displaying my  nakedness  …  that  is  all,”  says  Chopra. The Sherlyn cover will hit stands in December. “It is the first time that the magazine has executed as many as 15 concepts for a model.  When  people  see  me,  they  will  go wow,” she says, undeterred by the backlash. “People back there could not believe that an Indian could do this!”  HOW SHE BAGGED THE DEAL: It all started when she got in touch with Hefner over email in May this year, and expressed her desire  to  be  on  the  cover.  “While  most girls  are  first  called  for  a  test  shoot,  I should thank him for having faith in me by providing me the opportunity without an audition.”

Cruise 'to buy home in NY to be near Suri' Tom Cruise is searching for a luxury home in New York so he can spend as much time as possible with daughter Suri. Following his divorce the star intends to increase his time in the city, where his ex-wife Katie Holmes is making her home. The actress was granted primary custody of their six-year-old in their settlement, with Cruise retaining visitation rights. A source told the New York Post newspaper: 'Tom's looking for a new home here. He wants a fresh start.' 'He doesn't want to go back to the East Village apartment where he was living with Katie. 'He's looking for something that's very private where he won't have to deal with going through a lobby, and people outside all the time.' Cruise kept the couple's home in Beverly Hills, where he lives with his son 17-year-old Connor. His eldest daughter Isabella, 19, lives in an apartment nearby. The 50-year-old told friends his main concern is having enough space for Suri to play in. One friend said: 'He also wants to have a nice amount of space for Suri, with outdoor space. 'That could mean high-end luxury apartments, but he's also looking at houses outside of the city or in gated communities.' Cruise flew into London yesterday after spending the previous three days with Suri in New York. The Minority Report actor, 50, looked a little tired from his travels and grueling film schedule of late. It is believed Cruise is in London to prepare for his next film, All You Need Is Kill, after having just wrapped filming on Oblivion, which was shot in Iceland and then California. NewS DeSK

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eMi Moore is said to be "devastated" by her estranged husband's Ashton Kutcher relationship with Mila Kunis. Kutcher was pictured recently getting cosy with his former 'That '70s Show' co-star, although both have not yet confirmed a romance. According to Radar Online, Moore was already finding it difficult getting over the breakdown of their six-year marriage and now this new relationship has made it worse. "Demi is devastated that Ashton has moved on so quickly and is dating Mila. She is beyond heartbroken," Stuff.co.nz quoted a friend as telling the site. "even though Ashton cheated on her all the time, it was with random girls, it wasn't a relationship like it is with Mila and that is what is killing Demi now. Seeing photos of him kissing another woman is too much for her to handle, it's like having her nose rubbed in it time and time again. "each time Demi hears about Ashton and Mila it breaks her heart. nEWS DESK

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OMeDiAN Russell Brand plans to return to his comedy roots as his movie career has left him "unfulfilled". Brand rose to fame as a TV presenter and stand-up comedian and later landed roles in movies like 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', 'Get him to the Greek' and a remake of Dudley Moore's Arthur. But the 37-year-old star, who recently shared the screen with Tom Cruise in a recent movie musical 'Rock Of Ages', wants to take a break from acting and focus on his stand-up comedy show, 'BrandX.' "i started to feel a little bit unfulfilled. i missed being around an audience, i missed being really honest and truthful..," the Daily express quoted him as telling The Sunday Times Culture magazine. "People went, 'Do you want to star in movies?' i went, 'All right, i'll try all of that.' nEWS DESK

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ATMAN actor Christian Bale has spoken for the first time about the massacre which killed 12 and injured 58 at a midnight showing of his new movie in a Denver cinema. The star expressed horror and grief for the victims of Friday's shooting spree in a statement released by his spokeswoman Jennifer Allen. he said, "Words cannot express the horror that i feel. i cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them." James holmes, 24, is in police custody and accused of the crime in which 58 others were injured. nEWS DESK


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- but are sworn to secrecy by organisers T has become one of Britain’s most closely guarded secrets. But now it is in the hands of 62,000 people lucky enough last night to watch a dress rehearsal of Danny Boyle’s extravagant £27million Opening Ceremony that will spark London 2012 to life. Fans invited to the sneak preview in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London, were urged personally by the Slumdog Millionaire director to ‘save the surprise’ for the one billion around the world who will watch on Friday night. Organisers invited London 2012 volunteers, competition winners and others connected to the Games on the proviso that they kept quiet about what they saw. The ceremony’s artistic

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director Danny Boyle addressed the huge crowd and called on them to reveal nothing ahead of Friday’s showpiece by not posting any images on social networks. The hashtag #savethesurprise was also emblazoned on giant screens inside the Olympic Stadium, according to people at the event, before trending globally on twitter. It is already common knowledge that the stadium has been transformed into a British rural idyll. The stadium will be packed with at least 62,000 spectators, 16,000 athletes, 10,000 performers, 70 sheep, 12 horses, ten chickens, three cows, two goats and even dogs and geese. Traditional

countryside cottages will stand together with a mining wheel, harking back to the country’s proud industrial heritage, all drenched in faked pouring rain to reflect Britain’s typical weather. And mimicking scenes across the country every weekend, a cricket pitch has even been laid with a game planned for during the ceremony. But in the main the contents of the three hour multi-million pound extravaganza is still a complete mystery. Movie director Boyle and his creative team have done their best to keep details of the opening ceremony secret and it seemed that most spectators at last night’s rehearsal followed their wishes by not revealing any of the shows big surprises.

Many took to Twitter to show their support. Dan McNeil tweeted: ‘I am now sitting on my seat in the Olympic Stadium. But I shall #savethesurprise and not tweet details of the ceremony. Sorry.’ While Prashant Mistry wrote on the micro blogging website: ‘I have to #savethesurprise, but today’s opening ceremony dress rehearsal was epic! you guys are in for a treat on Friday!’ The event, which is expected to be watched in the majority of countries worldwide, received hundreds of other glowing reviews from those lucky enough to be at the rehearsal. Pete Hendrick tweeted: ‘If you’ve got plans Friday night, cancel them. Opening ceremony is out of this world. Danny Boyle, I salute you.’  COURTESY DAILY MAIL

Sally Ride, first US woman in space, dies at 61 Streaking through a cloud-flecked Saturday morning sky, the space shuttle carried Sally Ride into history, the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983. Ride was more than just a physicist, educator and astronaut. She carried the hopes and aspirations of a generation on the flight, a symbol of the ascent of American women in our nation’s working life. Ride, 61, died Monday in La Jolla, Calif., of pancreatic cancer. In her lifetime, she twice visited space, took a leading role in NASA’s response to both space shuttle disasters and devoted herself to education, seeking to inspire more young women to pursue life in science. “Sally was a national hero and a powerful role model. She inspired generations of young girls to reach for the stars,” President Obama said in a statement. “The nation has lost one of its finest leaders, teachers and explorers,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, said in a statement. “Sally Ride broke barriers with grace and professional-

ism — and literally changed the face of America’s space program.” Ride was part of the first class of female astronauts in 1978, a turn away from the exclusively male, military pilots of the Apollo era to mission specialists, doctors and scientists in the space shuttle era. “The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it,” Ride said in a 2008 space agency interview. “I didn’t really

think about it that much at the time …but I came to appreciate what an honor it was to be selected to be the first to get a chance to go into space.” Her launch riveted the nation, the seventh space shuttle trip sent to orbit and the second by the space shuttle Challenger. “People pulled off the road in Florida to see the launch, waving signs that said ‘Ride, Sally Ride,’ for miles around. It was a very big deal,” says space historian Margaret Weitekamp of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. “She never really traded on her celebrity. She saw being an astronaut as a way to advance science and allow other young women to take the same opportunities she had.” Ride took part in reviews of NASA failures after the 1986 Challenger and the 2003 Columbia tragedies, as well as the 2009 blueribbon panel that set the course for the space agency’s current astronauts’ plans. It was in education, particularly inspiring girls to pursue careers in

science, engineering and technology, that Ride focused her efforts after leaving NASA to teach at the University of California-San Diego. She also founded her own company, Sally Ride Science, which organized camps, festivals and an academy to inspire kids. “She was on the short list of many administrations to head NASA, but she never pursued that track. She could have. She was always more interested in education,” says Roger Launius, who was NASA’s chief historian during Ride’s flight. A private person despite her fame, news of Ride’s death after a 17month battle with pancreatic cancer surprised many in the space community. “Sally lived her life to the fullest, with boundless energy, curiosity, intelligence, passion, commitment and love,” said a statement from Sally Ride Science on Monday. In addition to educator Tam O’Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years, she was survived by her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Whitney, the statement said. COuRTESy uSA TODAy

husband refuses to take wife to hospital during pregnancy scare until she made him luNCh A man whose wife suffered a pregnancy scare the day after he viciously beat her in a row over money refused to take her to hospital until she had made him lunch. Riasaf Ahmed, 25, who would attack Ruqayyah Ghani on the orders of his ‘controlling’ mother, frequently left his wife covered in bruises and in fear of her life. And on Christmas Day 2010, Ahmed, from Middlesbrough, launched an horrific hour-long attack on his pregnant wife, punching her in the face and grabbing her wrists to get her to hand over money as a crisis loan. The following day he even refused to take Miss Ghani to hospital for treatment for stomach pains unless she made him a meal. She was then led to fear for her life when he told her: ‘If I’ve got to go to jail, I might as well do things properly.’ But he has avoided jail, in a decision that has angered domestic abuse charities. The court was told how Miss Ghani was effectively kept prisoner in the family home in Middlesbrough for four years. She was not allowed a house key and Ahmed and his family took all of her money away from her. A lock on the telephone meant she could not contact her family in West Yorkshire. Miss Ghani’s family had taken her back to West Yorkshire in August 2010 after finding her bruised when they became seriously concerned by their daughter’s silence. She had returned to her husband after discovering she was pregnant to try to make the marriage work, but nothing changed. His own defence barrister branded the former call centre worker a bully as a Teesside Crown Court judge handed out a suspended sentence for common assault and an assault causing actual bodily harm. Judge Tony Briggs said Ahmed’s campaign of brutality and humiliation was disgraceful, but gave Ahmed the suspended jail term after hearing he has a serious medical condition. Jonathan Walker, mitigating, said Ahmed had struggled after losing his job and was suffering from ulcerative colitis. He said: ‘He is not a teenager, but he is a fairly vulnerable, fairly immature young man who seeks to blame others for his failings.’ Domestic violence campaigners said that Ahmed’s sentence did not reflect the nature of the ‘horrific’ assault. Sandra Horley, chief executive of domestic violence charity Refuge, said: ‘It takes a huge amount of courage to testify against a violent partner or expartner. ‘It is crucial that victims feel protected by having the full weight of the law behind them. ‘It is very disappointing that the severity of this horrific assault does not seem to have been reflected in the sentence.’ COuRTESy DAily MAil

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new study has revealed that modern humans were probably a greater threat to the Neanderthals than major natural events like extreme cold weather or volcanoes. The British-led research was based on an analysis of volcanic ash that showed the largest known eruption in Europe came after traces of the neanderthals had largely disappeared, News24 reported. Researchers studied the remnants of ash from the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption about 40 000 years ago in sites in Greece, the Aegean Sea, Libya, and four central European caves. “Our results confirm that the combined effects of a major volcanic eruption and severe climatic cooling failed to have lasting impacts on Neanderthals or early modern humans in Europe,” the study revealed. “We infer that modern humans proved a greater competitive threat to indigenous populations than natural disasters,” it added. Neanderthals lived in parts of Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East for up to 300 000 years but appear to have vanished some 40 000 years ago. Why they died out is a matter of sharp debate. Earlier theories have hypothesised that these upright but stooped cavemen were crowded out by modern humans, and that their demise may have been hastened by a series of harsh winters. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. nEWS DESK


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Team to give positive results in U-19 World Cup LAHORE STAFF REPORT

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AROON Rasheed, manager of Pakistan U19 cricket team, believes that the team under Hammaz Azam would produce positive result in the upcoming three-match series against Australia and the Under-19 World Cup. “It is a talented combination which is together for the last one year during which it struck encouraging results and a lot is expected from it in the coming two assignments,” he said before leaving for Australia here on Tuesday. Pakistan U19 will play three one-day matches against Australia before its participating in the Cup from August 11. Pakistan will open its World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on the first day of the event. He said during past one year the team participated in good number of tournaments abroad and its recent showing in Junior Asia Cup was quite commendable as it finished as joint winner with India before doing good in South African tour. “Expectations are high from this

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team and there is dire need to show consistency on part of players,” said the team manager. H said: “The three match series ahead of Cup will help the players to adjust with the playing conditions in Australia and by that way the players will get into rhythm and action to display

their best in the Cup.” Haroon said the team has a variety of specialists in it. “If you look at the composition of the team, you can find good spinners of different types, in depth batting with all rounder who can bat even at the number eight position.” He said the cup is a real test of

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Former Test cricketer Moin-ul-Atiq has joined the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as sports psychologist and motivational speaker. “Yes I have done a few courses in sports psychology and hold a degrees in sports management from England and will be using my experiences to help players to overcome their problems,” he reported to have said on Tuesday at the National Stadium in Karachi. “Being a former international cricketer myself, it will be easy for me to understand the problems of the players and help them overcome them,” added Moin, who played one Test and five One-Day Internationals between 1988-89 for Pakistan. Speaking about his previous experience as a motivational speaker, he said that he had conducted motivational assignments for Pakistan’sunder-15 squad for the West Indies tour a couple of years ago and was also hired by the board for its under-19 players at different regional academies across the country. Moin said sports psychology and sports management were major subjects across the world and he was looking forward to his role in helping players at all levels. Earlier in June, the PCB had chosen a psychologist to work with fastbowler Mohammad Amir who is serving a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC). Maqbool A Babri, also known as Max Babri, is a practicing psychotherapist and a certified clinical hypnotherapist will be working with the pacer. PCB chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad had said the board had decided to hire a sports psychologist after a growing number of incidents of players going astray.

team’s skills as it has not yet played top teams including Australia, England and New Zealand and collective efforts and fighting spirit laced with hard work and commitment can lead the side to success. Team’s coach, Sabih Azhar predicted team’s success in the Cup saying “it is fully capable of winning the grand event keeping in view its recent productive performances. “We are going to Australia with a high hope to win the Cup and players are fully motivated and in good shape to launch their campaign on a confident note in the mega event,” said the team official. He termed Junior World Cup a “tough competition” as world’s best teams are taking part in it. “It is not going to be easy at all, its every match is important and any weaker opposition cannot be taken as a undermine strength. Team’s captain Babar Azam said after winning the team Asia Cup jointly with India team’s morale is very high and players are fully determined to maintain the flow of their recent victories. “World Cup is a different tournament and we will be playing it with full commitment and professional approach to win the title,” he added.

The former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt has welcomed the planned revival of bilateral ties with India but insisted that Pakistan must ask the BCCI to compensate it financially for the cancelled series of 2009. "It is a good thing that finally the Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited Pakistan to play a short series this year in India. But my concern is, the PCB needs to gain something more out of the series than the resumption of ties," said Butt. The PCB has already accepted the invitation from the BCCI to tour India in December to play three-match ODI series and two Twenty20 matches. It would be the first bilateral series between the two countries after India suspended cricketing ties with Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 and cancelled a full Test tour to the neighbouring country in early 2009. The suspension of ties and cancellation of tour took place during the tenure of Butt. Butt, who was replaced by Zaka Ashraf last October, said during his tenure he had held meetings with the BCCI President, N Srinivasan in the presence of former ICC chief, Sharad Pawar and put forth a formula for revival of the ties. "I had given the BCCI some options but the crux of these options was that India must compensate us financially for the cancelled tour of 2009. As per the ICC FTP regulations whenever Pakistan and India play against each other it will be Pakistan's turn to play host," he said. Butt admitted that as a part of his options he had agreed to Pakistan going and playing in India to revive ties but had asked for the income from media rights to go to the PCB. "My

condition was that the BCCI should allow the income from media rights to us because we lost lot of estimated income when India didn't tour Pakistan in early 2009," said Butt. "The way we estimated things we had lost around 45 to 50 million dollars when that series was cancelled and my argument was simple that Pakistan and India needed to revive bilateral ties on reciprocal basis if required even at neutral venues like Sri Lanka, Malaysia and England. I had even agreed that to revive bilateral ties we would send our team to India but the emphasis was on getting share of the income from media rights," he added. The former Test player said that he had told Srinivasan clearly that BCCI also needed to commit to a return series with Pakistan. "I had told them that they only made promises and we needed a firm commitment so that we could also m a k e money. Because when Pakistan goes to India, the BCCI income is around 100 million dol-

lars. "The same things were repeated when I met BCCI officials and Indian government functionaries during the 2011 World Cup semifinal in Mohali," he said. A PCB spokesman, however, said that Pakistan would not be discussing sharing of revenue generation for the series as its only interest was to see bilateral cricket ties revived. Butt, meanwhile, said he had also briefed Ashraf about all his meetings with Srinivasan and Pawar. The former PCB chief said that he was not aware under what conditions Pakistan had agreed to now play in India and accepted the BCCI invitation. "Obviously, Zaka Ashraf has his own vision and policies but my belief is that we need to have bilateral ties with India on equal basis. They need to tour Pakistan and play a couple of matches," insisted Butt.

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Hashim Amla's family in Durban was very much happy to see his triple hundred in the month of Ramadhan. Speaking exclusively from Durban, his elder brother, Ahmed Amla, also the professional cricketer, said: "We are very pleased for him. Someone had to be the first to achieve the 300 and it couldn't have happened to a more deserving human being, never mind that he is an amazing batsman." Interestingly, Amla rarely misses fasting during this holy month. However, on this tour he has not been fasting but has vowed to make it up once the tour is over. He has been spiritually following Moulana Yunus Patel, a reputed South African Islamic scholar and a Sunni practitioner. His appeal of alcohol-promoting logos be not produced on his merchandise and playing gear has readily been accepted by Cricket South Africa (CSA). "We only watched a little more than 30 minutes. Rather South Africa won the Test match and he played a match winning innings. We always have more to smile about when the team wins", he said minutes after the South African won the match against England by an inning and 12 runs on Monday.

alpine club mountaineering team meets dg PSB LAHORE STAFF REPORT

A group of 12-member Mountaineering team led by President Alpine Club of Pakistan, Lt. Col retd Manzoor Hussain met with the Director General, Pakistan Sports Board on Tuesday at Islamabad. The team has arrived after completing an expedition of Spantik Peak in record time of 13 days. This expedition was organized jointly by Pakistan and China on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Pakistan & China, celebrated in 2011, said a spokesman of PSB here. The expedition comprised six climbers from China Mountaineering Association (CMA) headed by Mr. Luo Shen and six climbers from Alpine Club of Pakistan under the leadership of Lt. Col retd Dr. Abdul Jabbar Bhatti. Director General, PSB warmly welcomed the team and congratulated them on completion of the expedition in record time of 13 days. D.G, PSB also greeted the President of CMA and Alpine Club of Pakistan on the successful conclusion of the expedition. DG, PSB desired that such programmes should be continued between the two neighbour countries and more exchange of youth mountaineering camps will also be organized and encouraged in future.


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VItALI SHAPOSHNIKOV SOON after Amir Khan suffered his KO loss to Danny Garcia, rumors concerning the future of Freddie Roach coaching Khan had developed. In a various interviews Khan had mentioned Roach’s name and how he would like to change up with Freddie. Many boxing fans took their thoughts to forums, and countless fans had interpreted that Amir was either pondering or had already decided to move on and separate from Freddie Roach. In case you were one of those people worried about the future of the popular duo, don’t be concerned. According to a recent interview of Freddie Roach by RingTV.com, this is not the case at all. When asked about this subject, Roach said the following: “I spoke with Amir and his dad yesterday, and the idea of changing trainers never came up. I told them that if they think that I'm too busy, and 'if you need help getting somebody else, then I'll help you.' They said, 'no, no, everything's

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Amir sticking with Freddie Roach changing trainers does lead to better results, those are very rare occasions, with most of those decisions leading to further debilitation of a fighter’s already learned skills. For Khan, who has been with Roach for a long time and has learned Freddie’s way of training, going a different direction would be a self-induced career suicide.

fine.' They said 'we just need to maybe get better sparring partners.' So I had a very nice breakfast with Shah Khan and Amir. So we had a nice meeting yesterday, and no one talked about getting fired." I had my doubts when it came to the idea of Khan separating from Roach because it is Roach who polished Khan and was able to successfully prepare him for numerous tough opponents. There are too many different opinions of Roach out there—some good and some not so good—but, all in all, Roach is a world-class trainer with a massive amount of knowledge and the ability to effectively transfer that wisdom to his students. While sometimes

"We talked about fighting again in December. So I was open to December because I have Chavez in September and Pacquiao in November. We figured that we could come back in December and that would work out fine. They want to fight in December so that there won't be any interference with anybody else," continued Roach. Seems like team Kahn had talked to Roach about the fact that he no longer wishes to be number two during his training and wants to have all of Roach’s time and attention when preparing for a fight. In previous training camps, Roach would interlace Pacquiao’s and Khan’s preparation, flying Amir out to the Philippines for part of his training camp. I think that as a young

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ACEMEN Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews each grabbed three wickets to set up Sri Lanka's comfortable nine-wicket win over India in the second one-day international on Tuesday. Perera finished with 3-19 and Mathews with 3-14 as India were dismissed for 138 off 33.3 overs after electing to bat in windy conditions in the day-night match in Hambantota. Sri Lanka achieved the modest target with 181 balls to spare, with Upul Tharanga (59 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (50) adding 119 for the opening wicket to help their team level the fivematch series 1-1. It was India's secondbiggest defeat by balls remaining in one-day internationals, their worst (209 balls) also coming against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2010. Tharanga cracked eight fours in his 60-ball knock while Dilshan, who was dropped early in his innings by Virender Sehwag in the slips off seamer Irfan Pathan, hit five boundaries. The Indian bowlers failed to keep pressure on the Sri Lankan openers, with fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Pathan conceding 13 runs in wides. India were earlier let down by their batsmen, with opener Gautam Gambhir alone defying the Sri Lankan attack with a 96-ball 65. He was the last man out, caught behind off paceman Lasith Malinga (2-36) after hitting four boundaries. Ravichandran Ashwin (21), opener

afghanistan looking forward to australia odi SHARJAH AFP

Afghan cricket chiefs Tuesday said the team was "anxiously waiting" for the country's first international against Australia in the Middle East next month, as they focus on becoming an established side. The emerging cricketing nation will play Australia in a one-day match in the desert venue of Sharjah on August 25, their second contest against a major cricketing country after playing Pakistan at the same venue in February. "The value of the match in terms of increased experience as well as confidence and skill building will be immeasurable," Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Hamid Shinwari said. "Our players and supporters greatly admire and love cricketers from Australia and the opportunity to play them has created widespread interest and excitement and they are anxiously waiting for the day to come." Waleed Bukhatir, vice chairman of Sharjah Cricket Club, said it will be great to watch the fledgling Afghan team play Australia. "Afghanistan has a national team that is definitely on the rise and we can put our hand out," he said. "I think it’s the responsibility of every cricket-loving country to develop the game and to reach out to a country in need."

inDiA: 65 G. Gambhir c Sangakkara b Malinga V. Sehwag c and b Perera 15 1 V. Kohli c Sangakkara b Perera R. Sharma b Mathews 0 1 S. Raina b Perera MS Dhoni c Sangakkara b Mathews 11 irfan Pathan c Perera b Malinga 6 21 R. Ashwin run out Zaheer Khan lbw b Herath 2 5 P. Ojha c Sangakkara b Mathews u. yadav not out 0 11 Extras (b2, lb4, w5) Total (for all out; 33.3 overs) 138 Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Sehwag), 2-33 (Kohli), 3-38 (Sharma), 441 (Raina), 5-60 (Dhoni), 6-79 (Pathan), 7-107 (Ashwin), 8-113 (Zaheer), 9-132 (Ojha), 10-138 (Gambhir). bowling: Malinga 7.3-0-36-2, udana 6-0-42-0 (w5), Perera 83-19-3, Mathews 7-2-14-3, Herath 5-0-21-1. SRi lAnKA: u. Tharanga not out 59 50 T. Dilshan c Dhoni b Ashwin 6 D. Chandimal not out Extras (lb10, w14) 24 139 Total (for one wicket; 19.5 overs) Fall of wicket: 1-119 (Dilshan). bowling: Zaheer 6-0-39-0 (w9), Pathan 4-0-27-0 (w4), yadav 4-0-38-0, Ashwin 5-1-18-1 (w1), Ojha 0.5-0-7-0. Result: Sri lanka win by nine wickets Toss: india umpires: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRi) and bruce Oxenford (AuS) TV umpire: Ranmore Martinesz (SRi) Match referee: Chris broad (EnG) Third one-dayer: Colombo (Saturday)

Sehwag (15) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11) were the others to reach double-figures in a dismal Indian batting performance. The Sri Lankan pacemen were backed by wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who held four catches. Perera jolted India when he took three wickets, including those of the pre-

vious match's main scorers Sehwag and Virat Kohli (one), in his opening three overs without conceding a run. Kohli had made an impressive 106 and Sehwag a brisk 96 in India's victory in the opening match on Saturday. Perera struck in his first over when he held a superb return catch to dismiss Sehwag and then had Kohli caught be-

hind to put pressure on India. Mathews reduced India to 38-3 when he bowled Rohit Sharma for no score before Perera removed Suresh Raina (one) for his third wicket. India retained the side which won the first match while Sri Lanka replaced injured paceman Nuwan Kulasekara with debutant seamer Isuru Udana.

Galaxy Sports Academy summer camp ends LAHORE STAFR REPORT

The second summer camp of Galaxy Sports Academy concluded here at the historical Railways stadium in which girls from 10 to 16 years old participated. Galaxy Sports Academy chief operating officer and international hockey player Rabia Qadir trained the girls as a coach. The participants were provided all the necessary equipments and facilities free of cost. At the end of the camp, chief guest Pakistan Railways Sports Board officer and international hockey umpire Rashid Butt gave away prizes and certificates among the participants. Women hockey team coach M Mushtaq, M Pervaiz, Pakistan junior hockey team captain Amina Mir, a great number of parents and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest congratulated Galaxy Sports

Academy president Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur and COO Rabia Qadir on holding the summer camp for the second consecutive yea. He advised the girls to continue both study and hockey simultaneously with great determination and dedication and by working hard, earn good name for the country. Rabia Qadir on the occasion said:

“Though girls are discouraged to come into the grounds but our academy is striving hard to groom our girls physically and mentally and we want to produce some quality players who may play for the national team and bring laurels for the country.” Rabia thanked the supporters and sponsors and urged them to continue their support for good cause.

and obviously emotional fighter, Amir needs that full attention, as it would benefit his self-esteem as well as his state of mind. Personally I am not a big fan of his, but Khan is still a world-class fighter with tremendous potential. If only he filtered some of the things that he sometimes says, he would limit the negative attention he receives. When touching on the subject of his current loss and a possible rematch, Roach said: "It's just a situation where Amir got caught. He made a mistake and he got caught by a left hook. He went out there a little too early and he got caught. We had planned to out-box this guy. But then Amir started to exchange with him. That's when he got caught pulling away. He had his hand down. That's something that we worked on during the fight, but it happens. This happens in boxing. If we get a rematch, we will out-box him. I would like the rematch right away. There's no sense even thinking about 147 until we show that we can beat this guy at 140.”

americans like cricket if Pakistan, india play; nuland LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Cricket is not played in America, with majority of Americans not understanding the sport, but they like it when it’s between arch rivals Pakistan and India. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland responded to a question about the resumption of cricketing ties between the two nations by saying, “We're for cricket. We don't understand it, but we like it.” “We share the interest of people in India, (and) people in Pakistan ...in seeing these two countries continuing to improve their relationship,” she said. Pakistan-India cricket matches serve as a means to improve bilateral relations between the two rival nations by opening discussion forums as well as allowing visits of cricket followers from and to both countries. “We have been supportive in all of our diplomatic encounters at every level with the Indian side, with the Pakistani side in some of the progress that they've made,” Nuland concluded. The cricketing ties that suspended five years back are likely to resume in December 2012 with the BCCI hosting a series of One-Day International and Twenty20 matches.

Four-time olympian venus eyes rio 2016 LONDON AFP

Venus Williams may be about to become the first American tennis star to feature in four Olympics, but she intends to keep playing until the 2016 Rio Games when she will be 36. Williams, the singles gold medallist at Sydney in 2000, and doubles winner with sister Serena in 2000 and 2008 in Beijing, has no intention of calling it quits despite her world ranking having slumped to 69. "I'm aiming for 2016. Serena and I both want to play there. I have played a lot of Olympics and to keep adding to them is amazing," said Venus after her first hit at Wimbledon on Monday. Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus was a first round casualty at the Grand Slam event earlier this month, her worst defeat in south-west London since her 1997 debut. But she and Serena then went on to win their fifth doubles title at the venue where the London Olympics tennis tournament is taking place. "I had a great Wimbledon. I was very happy with the results and getting the doubles title. You can't win every one in singles," said Venus, whose build-up to Wimbledon had been hit by Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease, which left her lacking energy. "Thankfully I have been able to be a champion here, so I am grateful for that and if I could triumph in the Olympics, that would be even more amazing."


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International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge expressed his confidence on Monday the London Olympics would leave a lasting legacy for the city. The 70-year-old, speaking at the opening of the IOC session at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, praised London for the way the UK capital had previously twice come to the aid of the Olympic movement by staging Games at short notice. London, who stunned long-time favourites Paris by winning the right to host the Games at the vote in Singapore in 2005, will become the first city to host three Olympics when they officially open on Friday. Rogge, who was elected to his post in 2001 when the late Juan Antonio Samaranch stepped down, said he believed the Games would reflect the greatness of the city. "I am confident these Games will capture the spirit of this great cosmopolitan city," said Rogge. "I am confident these Games will leave a lasting positive legacy for London." Rogge, who is presiding over his last Olympics in his present role as he steps down in September next year, said London was a city steeped in Olympic history, especially when times were hard. "London has a special place in Olympic history," said Rogge. "London will be the first city to host the Games three times. But that fact alone does not capture the full impact of London's contribution. "In 1908, London helped the fledgling Olympic movement remain on track by serving as host after Rome pulled out as a result of the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. "By instituting higher standards for referees and qualification guidelines for competitors, the 1908 Games are remembered as the first truly modern Olympic Games.

Social media buzzing with ceremony 'secrets' LONDON AFP

Social media was buzzing Tuesday with leaks from a rehearsal of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony, despite director Danny Boyle's plea for spectators to "save the surprise". Tens of thousands of spectators attended a technical rehearsal on Monday, one of the final run-throughs before Friday's ÂŁ27 million ($42 million, 34.5 million euro) spectacular. The ceremony's artistic director, filmmaker Danny Boyle, pleaded with the audience -- which included guests of the Games organisers and families of those taking part -- not to leak out details about the event, which is set to be watched by billions worldwide on television. The Twitter hashtag "savethesurprise" was emblazoned on the stadium's giant screens. Boyle, 55, who directed the hit films "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire", and his creative team have done their best to keep most details of the opening ceremony secret. But the Oscar winner acknowledges that in the age of social media and camera phones, keeping everything under wraps will be impossible.

London: Pakistan hockey team warms-up during a training session at the old Loughtonians Hockey club at chigwell on the outskirts of London three days before the official start of the London 2012 olympic games. AFP

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OGER Federer and Maria Sharapova are among a host of top tennis stars who have snubbed the Athletes' Village in a bid to avoid the travel headaches that have plagued the build-up to the Olympics. While the majority of their compatriots competing at the Games will be staying at the village at the Olympic site in Stratford, east London, Federer, Sharapova and many of their peers will be on the other side of the capital in plush rented accommodation within walking distance of Wimbledon, which is staging the nine-day tennis event. Several athletes arriving in London for the Games have already complained about traffic problems, while some of the staff hired to drive competitors around the city have got lost en route to their destinations. India's Somdev Devvarman, given a wildcard into the men's singles, is one of the few to use the village and he has already fallen foul of the lengthy journey to and from Wimbledon. "Here's Milos passed out during the 2 hour ride back from the All England Club to the Village. Yes I said 2 hours!" Devvarman tweeted with an attached picture of a sleepy-looking Milos Raonic of Canada. The prospect of being stuck on a grid-

locked coach for up to two hours just to get from the Village to the All England Club has convinced many of the game's stars to stick to their regular Wimbledon routine. For Federer, back at Wimbledon just three weeks after winning the grasscourt Grand Slam for a record-equalling seventh time, that means near the venue in the leafy south-west London suburb. World number one Federer, bidding to add a singles' gold medal to

his glittering CV, said: "No village for me. I've done it twice. I've had the Olympic experience now in the past. I just thought it's impossible for London. "I've almost got to do now what I do best, do my routine really, not change because it is the Olympics. "So I will do the same here for this one and rent the same house and do the same routine again and hopefully be successful." Unlike Federer, reigning

French Open champion Maria Sharapova will be competing in her first Games and the Russian is relishing the chance to carry her country's flag at Friday's opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. But even for Sharapova, the chance to beat the travel blues makes staying the Athletes' Village a non-starter. "Yes, it's too far to be in the Athletes' Village." she said. "It's unfortunately so far, as it's like over an hour's drive. I wish I could, but that would be too much." Britain's Andy Murray, beaten by Federer in the Wimbledon final, lives a short drive from the All England Club in Cobham, Surrey and he will return to his home comforts in time for the start of the tennis event after sampling life in the village for two nights. "I'm going to stay at the Olympic Village for a couple of nights and then, once the tennis starts, I'm going to go back to my home," Murray said. "It's only 15 minutes away from Wimbledon and I think it's better with my preparation." Novak Djokovic, the world number two and reigning Australian and US Open champion, will stay in a house near Wimbledon with compatriots Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic. "It would be nice to stay in the Olympic Village with the other athletes but I think we will have to settle for Wimbledon village instead," Tipsarevic said.


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HOUSANDS of VIPs including some 120 national leaders will jet into London for Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, with guests ranging from Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama to the king of Swaziland. The expected record number of heads of state and government will watch the Olympic cauldron lit by a mystery personality in a £27 million ($42 million, 35 million euros) extravaganza of music, dancing and pyrotechnics, amid a flurry of A-list parties in the British capital. Germany's Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda are among the leaders set to attend what will be a suitably British and eccentric show, featuring live sheep and dancing surgeons from the National Health Service. Britain's 86-year-old monarch Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the Games at the ceremony, whose exact contents are a secret -- but which is also said to include a scene in which magical fictional nanny Mary Poppins vanquishes Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort. First Lady Michelle Obama will head the US delegation, and while there are no plans for her husband President Barack Obama to attend, his electoral rival Mitt Romney will be in the crowd wooing foreign leaders ahead of November's election. Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, credited with breathing new life into the country's monarchy, will appear along with a flock of Euro-

Malaysian olympians can postpone ramadan fast KUALA LUMPUR AFP

Malaysian Islamic and Olympic officials said athletes from the predominantly Muslim country are excused from fasting for Ramadan while competing at the London Games. The London Olympics which open Friday mark the first time the Summer Games will be held during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan since the 1980 Moscow Olympics. During Ramadan, which began last weekend, Muslims are expected to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until sunset, when they break their fast with a meal known as Iftar. But a senior member of the National Fatwa Council, Malaysia's top religious authority, said athletes can postpone their fast until after the Games as they are competing at an international event for the nation's honour. "They are going to the Olympics to bring fame for the country. They can fast when they return to Malaysia," Mufti Harussani Zakaria, the top religious official for the Malaysian state of Perak, told AFP on Monday.

iOC branded 'cowards' over munich non-tribute LONDON: The widow of one of the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre has branded Games officials "chickens and cowards" for refusing to hold a minute's silence at the London opening ceremony. Ankie Spitzer, whose husband Andre was among the 11 Israeli athletes killed in the attack by Palestinian extremists, will on Tuesday deliver a petition of 103,000 signatures to International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge. Rogge has refused to commemorate the dead during Friday's opening ceremony, but held a minute's silence when he toured the Athletes' Village in London on Monday. Spitzer accused Rogge of hiding behind half-hearted "tricks"."I have told Rogge to make a stand, make history," she said, in comments reported in The Times newspaper. "He told me his hands were tied. I said, 'My husband's hand and feet were tied when he was taken hostage and murdered at the Olympics'. He does not have the balls to make a stand." Spitzer believes a few simple words, if not a minute's silence, at the opening ceremony would send a potent message, but she fears that the IOC's refusal is motivated by worries about an Arab boycott of the Olympics. "The whole leadership should take a responsible moral stand and say, 'Not on my turf'. But they are chickens and cowards. "There is not going to be an attack or boycott just because they say, 'Let us not forget what happened in Munich'. To buckle under threats is ridiculous." In a statement sent to AFP, Spitzer dismissed Rogge's tribute in the Athletes' Village in London. "We, the families of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, consider the 'private moment' president Rogge had... in the Olympic Village, only as a general rehearsal for what we expect him to do during the opening ceremony in London. "We will continue our efforts to have the memory of our loved ones honoured at the opening ceremony on Friday." Rogge has said there would be no minute's silence on Friday because "we feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident". AFP pean royals including Prince Albert of Monaco. Russia's delegation will be led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, while strongman President Vladimir Putin has indicated he may fly in later purely to watch the judo, in which he is himself a black belt. British football legend David Beckham is expected to appear at the cere-

mony despite not being selected for Team GB -- his non-selection drew public anger. The contingent of heads of state and government, which the Foreign Office says will peak at about 120 for the ceremony, outstrips about 80 who attended the Beijing ceremony in 2008 and about half that number in Athens four years earlier.

Idowu called to account over injury LONDON AFP

Brtish triple jumper Phillips Idowu has been called to account over the injury which has clouded his Olympic Games build-up. The 33-year-old Idowu, a silver medallist in Beijing in 2008, failed to travel to a pre-Games training camp in Portugal on Monday. That has led to the British Olympic Association (BOA) to ask him to explain why he missed the trip and to clarify the details of the injury. BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel told the Press Association: "Our chief medical officer Dr Ian McCurdie wrote to Phillips and his agent yesterday asking that he provide to Dr McCurdie the relevant medical records relating to his injury and the treatment he is currently receiving." "Those should be provided to our chief medical officer on a confidential basis. The basis for doing this is a clause in our team members' agreement that says athletes are required to provide details of any injury or illness that may impact on their performance during the Games." Idowu is continuing to receive treatment on the hip injury that saw him pull out from this month's London Grand Prix just 25 minutes before his event was due to start.

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Britain drafted in another 1,200 troops Tuesday to perform security duties at the London Olympics in the continuing fallout from the failure of a private security firm to provide enough guards. The announcement takes the extra troops drafted in for the Olympics to 4,700 after security giant G4S said it could not provide the 10,000 guards it had originally promised. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the numbers

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21ST OlyMPiC GAMES in 1988: Venue: Seoul, South Korea Dates: September 17 to October 2, 1988 numbers of Sports: 27 (263 events) numbers of nations: 160 numbers of Participant: 8391 (6197 men and 2194 women)

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In a statement on Monday, Idowu's coach Aston Moore said: "In training recently Phillips has had an ongoing injury problem and we have not been able to go at things 100 percent. "At the weekend Phillips told me he would continue to seek treatment from a private physio in London and would not travel to prepare in Portugal, although he may join us here later. "He is an experienced athlete who I have worked with for more than four years and we will assess the situation again in the coming days."

Idowu has not jumped competitively since a meeting in Oregon in the United States on June 1, when he took three jumps before sitting out the remainder of the meet. He subsequently withdrew from meetings in Oslo and Paris and the British Olympic trials in Birmingham. Idowu said before the London Grand Prix he had never mentioned an injury and was happy to let the "rumour mill stir itself," but pulled out of the competition at Crystal Palace with a hip problem he felt while warming up.

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to be provided by G4S "continue to rise significantly" but that ministers would "leave nothing to chance" in Britain's biggest ever peacetime security operation. In total, 18,200 soldiers are now helping to guard 10,500 competitiors at the Games, alongside thousands of private guards and police. Meanwhile, the London organisers were struggling to keep secret the details of the opening ceremony overseen by "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle after spectators at a rehearsal leaked images and video

through social media. Tens of thousands of people attended a technical rehearsal on Monday, one of the final run-throughs before Friday's £27 million ($42 million, 34.5 million euro) spectacular. Boyle pleaded with the audience, which included guests of the Games organisers and families of those taking part, not to leak details about the event. The Twitter hashtag "savethesurprise" was emblazoned on the stadium's giant screens.

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five-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry continued hearing a number of identical petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act 2012 on Tuesday, with the CJP saying the contempt of court law was an important tool to make sure that court orders were implemented and the new contempt law seemed to be against the de-

livery of justice. The CJP said the practice of changing laws in haste was not correct. During the proceedings, the petitioners continued their arguments against the recently approved contempt law. Liaqat Qureshi argued that the required debate and deliberation was not done before the enactment of new contempt law. The CJ questioned that could this law be abolished on such basis. On behalf of the Karachi Bar Association President Mehmoodul Hassan, lawyer Hamid Khan argued that the contempt law was a copy of 1976 law except that a new

clause regarding the president, prime minister, governors, chief ministers and other ministers had been added. “Section 4 of Contempt of Court Act is an attempt to make court’s decision ineffective while it is also contradiction of Article 189 of the constitution,” he argued. “The new contempt law was presented and approved in haste while its structure is also against the constitution,” Hamid Khan said. The CJP remarked that the Section 4 has been added so that the punishment could no longer remain ef-

fective. He also said that it seems as if it’s the mistake on the part of the draftsman. Furthermore, addressing the petitioner, Justice Khawaja said one should not rely on media reports in the absence of a record of parliamentary proceedings. The petitioner also said the opposition had staged a walkout from parliament when the law was tabled. Justice Khawaja remarked that with the new law, an attempt had been made to provide immunity to the privileged class. In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry

said the new contempt of court law had even rendered Article 204 ineffective. He said amending laws in a rush was not a good tradition, as laws were made for the public’s wellbeing. Earlier outside the Supreme Court building, Attorney General Irfan Qadir said the parliament had unlimited powers and amendments passed by it could not be challenged. Talking to reporters, the attorney general said it was incorrect to say that parliament could not reduce the powers bestowed upon the judiciary.

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Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said there was a constitutional breakdown and a complete lack of order in Balochistan. Resuming hearing in Balochistan law and order case, the three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said, “The court’s orders are not being obeyed and administration has not been able to implement orders.” The bench expressed annoyance over the absence of the provincial chief secretary. Justice Chaudhry said judicial orders were not being implemented and the court could summon the PM’s principal secretary because the civilian administration, police, FC and the army had not been able to resolve any single issue so far. The provincial interior secretary presented in court the inquiry report of the abduction and killings of coal miners, telling the SC that they had arrested two accused involved in the case. Raja Irshad, the counsel for spy agencies, told the SC that the people wearing FC uniform carried out the attack

on coast guards. In a written statement, Irshad said the agencies had conducted “internal inquiries” and found the group of missing people “was not held in the custody of FC”. It said in many cases, insurgents dressed in FC uniforms committed “high profile acts of terrorism and heinous crimes... thus bringing a bad name to this federal organisation”. The chief justice said he was not satisfied with the FC’s reply. “There is an apparent failure of the executive machinery to control law and order,” the CJ said. “Tell us straight that you have done nothing in the case, you have put your hands up, no force, including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence, are working properly. We have been seeking resolution for the last six months, but the result is still insignificant,” the chief justice added. “The Balochistan chief secretary will have to write to SC that the administration has failed to maintain law and order,” the CJ added. Later, the court wrote in its order that constitution was not being implemented and demanded answers from the provincial and federal governments. The court then adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday).

lAHORE: Enraged protesters confront a motorcyclist during a demonstration against prolonged, unscheduled electricity load shedding on Tuesday. MURTAzA ALI

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Suspects include five female employees of nadra LONDON/LAHORE AGEnCiES

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore has taken into custody 20 people, including two travel agents, passport office employees and an official of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) involved in a fake visa scandal. Four employees of passport office were suspended over the issue. According to details, FIA officials on special directives of Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik launched an operation against people involved in the fake visa scandal and conducted raids in various localities of the city. During the raid, the FIA arrested 20 people in connection with the fake visa scandal. Four officials of Garden Town passport office were suspended for cooperating with the elements involved in the fake visas issue. Five female employees are among those arrested by FIA. Meanwhile, a key suspect of the scandal, local politician Abid Chauhdry, has gone into hiding and raids are underway for his arrest. Adviser to Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik told reporters that an investigation team was constituted to probe the Olympics visa scam and police had arrested several officials of NADRA involved in the scam, while the name of travel agent Abid Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.

Chaudhry had been placed on the Exist Control List (ECL). Legal action would be taken against officials of the Sports Board if they were found involved in the scam, he added. However, Abid Chaudhry told a private TV channel that he had nothing to do with the passport scandal. He said the news was a conspiracy to malign Pakistan’s image. Meanwhile, in London, a Downing Street spokesman said that highly-trained British agents have been in Pakistan working with authorities to prevent security breaches during the Olympic Games in London. The news came as The Sun reported that a crime ring in Pakistan was offering to provide fake passports and visas, as well as help smuggle bogus individuals into Olympic venues posing as members of athletes’ support teams. Asked about the report at a daily media briefing in Westminster on Tuesday, the prime minister’s spokesman said: “My understanding is that we are confident that we have the checks in place and the arrangements in place to deal with these issues. The delegation lists for the Olympic Games are very tightly controlled and when it comes to Pakistan we have had highly-trained staff based in Pakistan dealing with the authorities there to deal with this.” Editor: Arif Nizami

Militants draw first blood after NATO supply resumption PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

A man was killed and another injured when unidentified militants opened fire on three NATO containers near Teddy Bazaar in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber agency on Tuesday. Officials said three containers, loaded with supplies for NATO were on way to Afghanistan when they were attacked in Jamrud. Witnesses confirmed that one of the drivers was killed and another was left injured. All three vehicles were partially damaged in the ambush. Two containers also went missing after the attack for which search was underway. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials believed Taliban, who have been voicing their angst over the reopening of supplies to foreign forces in Afghanistan, might have launched the attack. The body of the deceased driver was shifted to the office of Jamrud assistant political agent, while the injured was admitted to a hospital. It was the first attack on NATO supply vehicles following the restoration of NATO supplies on July 4. Meanwhile, security forces continued aerial strikes against militants in the inaccessible Tirrah Valley of both Khyber and Orakzai agencies. Authorities claimed killing seven militants in the latest offensive on Tuesday.


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