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Judges should not rule nation, Judges ensure authorities says chief justice of India comply with constitution: CJ Chief Justice Kapadia says judges should go strictly by the constitutional principles which clearly demarcated the separation of powers among judiciary, legislature and executive
India’s Chief Justice SH Kapadia has asserted that judges should not govern the country or evolve policies as he wondered what would happen if the executive refuses to comply with judiciary’s directives, the Hindustan Times reported on Saturday. According to the HT report, Justice Kapadia asked judges if they would invoke contempt proceedings against government officials for not complying with their decisions and disapproved a recent Supreme Court judgement which said “right to sleep” was also a fundamental right. “Judges should not govern this country. We need to go by strict principle. Whenever you lay down a law, it should not interfere with governance. We are not accountable to people. Objectivity, certainty enshrined in the basic principles of the Constitution has to be given weightage,” he said, delivering a lecture on ‘Jurisprudence of Constitutional Structure’ in New Delhi at the India International Centre. Kapadia said judges should go strictly by the constitutional principles which clearly demarcated the separation of powers among the judiciary, the legislature and the executive. “Right to life, we have said, includes environmental protection, right to live with dignity. Now we have included right to sleep, where are we going? It is not a criticism. Is it capable of being enforced? When you expand the right, the judge must explore the enforceability. “Questions which judges must ask if it is capable of being enforced. Judges must apply enforceability test. Today if a judge proposes a policy matter, government says we are not going to follow, are you going by way of contempt or implement it?” he asked. The Indian CJ said judges must abide by the principles of constitution while dealing with Centre-State relations, federal policy etc in the wake of the recent scandals but clarified he was not mentioning the “coalgate” scandal.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday said courts had the power to revoke any law if it was found in violation of or in conflict with the fundamental law. During a law conference in Sukkur, the chief justice said it was the court’s responsibility to see that the government and other institutions followed the constitution. Moreover, he said the constitution gave protection to the fundamental rights and the court was working for peace and stability in the society with the help of bar and bench. He said the judiciary as the third pillar of the state in a constitutional and democratic dispensation, operating under the system of “separation of powers”, was required to define and interpret the law and the constitution. “Besides the interpretation of law, the judiciary is also required to dispense justice by resolving conflicts and deciding disputes. The primary objective before judiciary is to restore and maintain peace, security and tranquility in society. It is to encourage trade, business and commercial activities and attract foreign/local investment. This is the surest way to advance and develop, and to achieve technological and industrial/commercial progress,” the CJ said. He said the courts undoubtedly adhered to law and constitution, thereby encouraging good governance and clean administration.
Should PM go to court? allies mull strategy today PM meets law minister, attorney general to seek opinions g Zardari tells Ashraf to brave courts like Gilani g Former PM asks PPP to change strategy or have ‘another Gilani’
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The ruling coalition leaders are going to attend an exclusive brainstorming meeting at the Presidency today (Sunday) to fine-tune the government’s strategy to deal with the consequences of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s court hearing on Monday. Background interactions with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders revealed that the party’s core committee meeting could not agree on a unanimous strategy and the meeting had authorized President Zardari to devise a strategy in consultation with leaders of the allied parties. During the meeting, Nazar Mohammad Gondal had suggested that there was no need for the PM to appear in court and his counsel may represent him on Monday. He said there was no legal bar on the PM to appear before the court on the first hearing. But Zardari is keeping his cards close to his chest and with him seeking
proposals from other party leaders, the president might just surprise the court as well as the media on Monday. The apex court had disqualified former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on June 19 after convicting him of contempt in the NRO implementation case, while his successor, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has also been summoned by the top court on August 27 under a show-cause notice served on him. Prime Minister Ashraf held a round of meetings with his legal aides on Saturday and also met Law Minister Farooq Naik and Attorney General Irfan Qadir separately. Naik called on the prime minister to discuss in detail his hearing in the apex court. However, an official handout stated that both leaders discussed legislative business in parliament, matters pertaining to the Ministry of Law as well as other legal issues. The prime minister expressed confidence that the Ministry of Law would continue to dispose of all issues requiring their legal opinion so that the working of
the government continued smoothly. According to Geo News, President Zardari told Prime Minister Ashraf during the meeting to face the apex court out of respect just as former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani had done. But former PM Gilani was of the view that the PPP should change the strategy this time around. Gilani begged to differ with the president regarding Ashraf’s appearance before the court, the channel quoted its sources as saying. “The prime minister should not head to court this time, the party leadership should give second thoughts to it, otherwise they would have another Gilani,” the former PM told the meeting. Several senior ministers put their weight behind Gilani’s suggestion, however, Zardari said he was aware of the possible outcome, but prime minister’s avoidance of court would leave a bad impression. He added that the ultimate beneficiary of the ordeal would be the government.
“In constitutional democracies like Pakistan, the courts play an important role to ensure that the state institutions and authorities fully comply with the constitution,” Justice Chaudhry said. Emphasizing on cordial relations between the bench and bar, the CJ said the bench and the bar were two pillars on which the edifice of justice rested. Both the judges and the lawyers were involved in the process of dispensation of justice and in building a credible and efficient judicial system, which enjoyed public trust, confidence and respect, the CJ added. He also expressed his concern on the falling standard of education in the country.
NWA jirga opposes military action, threatens migration to Afghanistan PESHAWAR Shamim Shahid
Opposing the proposed military operation in North Waziristan, a combined jirga of tribal elders and religious clerics from the tribal agency threatened migration to Afghanistan in case the government attacked their area. The jirga was held on Saturday in the Eidak area of Mirali, the second biggest town of North Waziristan Agency. It was attended by the elders of Uthman Wazir and Dawar tribes settled all over the agency. During the meeting, several elders and clerics spoke at length against the US demand for a military operation in the tribal agency. Some of them even contradicted media reports and claims on the presence of foreign militants, particularly the Haqqani network, in the area. The jirga members also passed a resolution, urging the government to drop the idea of conducting a military operation in North Waziristan. They threatened to resist
any such much, adding that they would migrate to Afghanistan and join hands with the Afghan government. The jirga members also said that the tribesmen and the “mujahideen” (militants) were abiding the peace agreements made with the government in September 2006 and onwards. However, they accused the government and security forces of violating such agreements. The jirga said that certain elements were creating rifts and misunderstanding between the local tribesmen and the government at the behest of “someone else”. However, the jirga members stopped short of explaining who such elements were. The jirga also called on the tribesmen across the agency to remain united against aggression, and oust all foreigners and strangers from their areas. The jirga also urged the tribesmen to extend all possible support to the administration for maintaining law and order. It may be mentioned that the
banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) headed by Hakimullah Mehsud has already opposed military action in North Waziristan, and threatened to “welcome the armed forces with suicide bombers”. However, the militants headed by Hafiz Gul Bahadur are still silent. Several religious figures associated with Hafiz Gul Bahadar attended Saturday’s jirga. Maulvi Gul Ramzan, Sadar Abdul Rehman, and Peace Committee Chief Malik Jaan Faraz also attended the jirga. The former two are considered influential religious figures, and associated with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam of Fazlur Rehman.
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no justice expected from PPP govt: Jamil bugti
INFotAINMeNt man in malaysia bitten by crocodile during toilet break
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Imran Khan to march against drones as per schedule
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Met office predicts more rains
LAHORE: Dismissing doubts about his party’s resolve against US drone strikes, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced on Saturday that his party was determined to hold a long march towards Waziristan to protest against the attacks on Pakistani territory. “We are expecting over 100,000 participants in the march and Tehreek-e-Insaf is fully determined to hold the long march,” he said while addressing a press conference after meeting several delegations from Waziristan. “We just have to determine the dates for the long march, and today’s meeting with tribal delegations is a step in this regard,” he added. On Friday, a news agency claimed that the PTI had cancelled its march towards North Waziristan, that the march would now be headed to South Waziristan. Without referring to North or South Waziristan, Imran told reporters that the detailed route and logistical plan was being prepared for the march. “The tribesmen will themselves arrange security for the participants,” he said, adding that no other party could dare going to that area. nni
Capital residents, realtors reject asset declaration by PTI leaders ISLAMABAD: Residents of the federal capital have vehemently rejected the declared value of the assets declared by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan and other party leaders on the party website and termed them unrealistic and beyond truth. Property dealers in the federal capital have offered to purchase Khan’s sprawling farmhouse spreading over 300 kanals in Banigala for Rs 300 million. According to the dealers, the worth of the farmhouse declared on the website was not even 10 percent of its market value. They said instead of mentioning the current worth of the property, the PTI chairman declared the cost price, which was unfair. Residents of Islamabad appreciated the PTI step to declare their assets, but said undervaluing the worth of the assets was meant to hoodwink the people. They said they knew the actual worth of the farmhouse that was far more than the once declared. A number of people associated with the real estate business said the worth of one kanal of plot around Khan’s farmhouse was between Rs 2 to 2.5 million. inP
Policeman among two killed in Gilgit GILGIT: Two men, including a policeman, were killed and another was injured in separate incidents in Gilgit on Saturday. Gilgit Superintendent of Police (SP) Tanweerul Hassan told APP that policemen intercepted a motorcyclist near Rux Chowk and seized the motorcycle. There was an exchange of hot words between the police and the bike owner but later he was allowed to go home. “He went home, returned with a pistol and opened indiscriminate firing on the policemen, injuring one of them,” he added. The SP said the injured policeman was taken to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. “We have identified the culprit and a search operation for him is underway,” he added. Separately, the SP said a shopkeeper Karamatullah alias Papu was shot at by two masked men in Basin Khari, who died while being taken to hospital. According to the police, the third man was injured in an exchange of fire with a police party. He was admitted to a hospital where his condition was stated to be out of danger. aPP
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The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Saturday forecast more rain and thundershower at isolated places of Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Hazara and Peshawar divisions. According to the Met Office, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan while monsoon currents are penetrating in upper parts of the country. Isolated rain/thundershower is expected in northeast Punjab, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Islamabad, during the next 24 hours. However, weather will remain dry in rest of the province. Isolated rain and thundershower is expected in Malakand, Hazara and Peshawar divisions during the next 24 hours. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of Sindh and Balochistan In Kashmir, isolated rain and thundershower is expected during the next 24 hours. Mostly partly cloudy weather is expected in most parts of Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours.
QUETTA: Out-Patient Department of Bolan Medical Hospital is closed on Saturday due to a strike called by doctors across the province. ONLINE
Passport validity to be raised to 10 years: Malik Interior minister says govt to launch operation wherever necessary; North and South Waziristan to be cleared of terrorists g
LAHORE STaff RePORT
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday that the validity of passports would be increased from five to ten years from September 15, adding that special task forces would be formed at all airports to root out corruption. While inaugurating the new IBMS system at Allama Iqbal Airport, Malik said the task forces would comprise of officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) and Civil Aviation. He said the new IBMS system at the airport would check human smuggling, and help collection of taxes. He said that there would be separate counters at the airports for immigration and security. He said the proposed ban on prepaid SIMs (Subscriber Identity Modules) had nothing to do with the Supreme Court or mobile phone companies. He said the ban would target the
SIMs issued on fake and stolen national identity cards to prevent acts of terrorism. He said a detailed plan in this connection would be announced in the next few days. He said that on the night before Eid, when mobile phone services were closed, not a single incident of targeted killing occurred in Karachi. About cross-border incursion, he said that terrorists hiding in Afghanistan were carrying out terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said the government had warned the countries whose forces were present in Afghanistan to take notice of the presence of militants on Afghan soil. He further said that the government would not hesitate to launch an operation in FATA, Swat, Malakand, and at all those places where military intervention was required. He added military action would also be taken in North and South Waziristan to clear the area from terrorists. While talking about the incidents of terrorism in Gilgit and other cities of the country, the
interior minister said that some “third hand” was behind these activities. He promised to expose “the third hand” in the “coming days” with proofs. He said that Pakistan had nothing to do with Badruddin Haqqani, reportedly killed in a drone attack on Friday, adding that Pakistan had no information about his death.
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edItorIAl Snatch the hour: A step in the right direction.
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Saad Rasool says; Misplaced priorities: Campaign finance and Asghar Khan case.
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Govt wants to keep Christian girl in jail for ‘security reasons’ report says 11-year-old girl should be kept in prison until matter ‘cools down’ g
Kamra attackers had no inside support: report A preliminary investigation report on the August 16 attack on Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Kamra air base claims that the attackers had no insider help, DawnNews reported on Saturday. According to the report, the weapons used by the attackers were of Russian origin and that the militants used five hand grenades and fired three rocket propelled grenades in the attack. During inspections, investigators also collected 223 spent casings of AK-47 rifles used by the assailants in the attack. Two of the attackers have been identified and one of them was reported to be a resident of Taxila. mOniTORinG deSK
HE Interior Ministry has asked the Islamabad police to oppose the bail request of Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old Christian girl accused of burning pages of the Holy Quran, on the pretext that her release would put the lives of Rimsha and her family in danger, BBC Urdu reported on Saturday. According to the report, the Interior Ministry has also asked the Islamabad police not to arrest any person involved in the violent demonstrations against the minor girl. An Interior Ministry official, asking not to be named, told BBC Urdu that the Intelligence Bureau and the Special Branch of the Islamabad Police had informed the Interior Ministry in writing that there was serious threat to the lives of the Christian family if the girl, reportedly suffering from Down Syndrome, was released on bail. The official said that Rimsha was more safe in jail and the administration should keep her in custody until the matter was fully
resolved and public sentiment ‘cools down’. The report said that the matter could turn more serious if it was tried to resolve in haste. Investigating officer of the case, Munir Hussain Jaffery told BBC Urdu that the police prosecution branch had not received any notice from the court regarding Rimsha’s bail application, the hearing for which has been scheduled for August 30. The BBC Urdu report said that the Islamabad Police had sent a preliminary report to the Interior Ministry which said that Rimsha could not read or write but she had admitted to setting the holy pages on fire. The police have also decided to set up a medical board to ascertain the age and mental health of the accused minor girl. Additional Deputy Commissioner Farasat Ali Khan told BBC Urdu that the police had asked the Polyclinic Hospital to form a medical board and Rimsha would be presented for examination before them on August 27 (Monday). The board will present its report within one week, he added.
Christian girl held on blasphemy cannot read: Vatican VATICAN afP
French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on Saturday went to the defence of the young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she “cannot read or write.” Interviewed on Radio Vatican, Tauran, who is in charge of interfaith dialogue in the Vatican, said “that before asserting a sacred text has been the object of scorn, it is worth checking the facts.” Rimsha, aged 11 to 16 according to different reports, is accused of burning pages from a children’s religious instruction book inscribed with verses from the Quran. She was arrested and remanded in custody last Thursday. But Tauran said that Rimsha “is a girl who cannot read or write and collects garbage to live on and picked up the fragments of the book which was in the middle of the rubbish. The more serious and tense the situation, the more necessary it is to have dialogue,” added the cardinal, who was the late pope John Paul II’s foreign minister. He also told the daily Il Sussidiario, that he believed it “impossible in the light of the facts that the girl had tried to express her scorn for the sacred book of Islam.” The youngster reportedly has Down’s Syndrome and her arrest has prompted outrage from rights groups and concern from Western governments. Rights groups say the legislation is often abused to settle personal vendettas. Rishma had been due to appear in court on Saturday but police and her lawyer said Friday that the hearing had been put back to August 31.
Altaf stands by his statement on Jinnah’s Shia faith MONITORING DESK Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday defended his statement in which he said that Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah belonged to Shia Asnae Ashary school of thought, Dawn News reported. Speaking on telephone to Shia scholars belonging to different parts of the country, he said he was ready to face those who think that he did not tell correct historical facts about Quaid-iAzam’s faith. Hussain said he would happily accept the challenge of proving these facts legitimate. “I am a Sunni Muslim…but at the same time I believe that killing innocent people
merely on basis of their religious beliefs is open injustice,” he added. Earlier in the week, Hussain said that Quaid-i-Azam belonged to Khoja Shia Asnae Ashary school of thought and when he died two separate funeral prayers had been offered, one led by Allama Shabbir Ahmed Usmani and the other by Shia Maulana Aneesul Hassan Rizvi. Speaking to Shia community in Lahore today, the MQM chief said he did not support Shias but innocents and vowed to continue raising his voice for righteous. He said he was against killings of innocent people due to any reason. The MQM chief said he was raising voice to end hatred, prejudices and would continue to do so without any fear of repercussions.
TI draws FBR’s attention towards violation of cargo tracking rules favoring a single company ISLAMABAD Tayyab huSSain
The Transparency International (TI) Pakistan has diverted the attention of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem towards alleged violation of Tracking and Monitoring of Cargo Rules favoring a single company for creating a monopoly and creating exclusive rights for business of Rs 800 million per annum. In a letter written by TI Pakistan (TIP) Executive Director Saad Rashid to Hakeem, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, it was informed that Transparency TIP had received a complaint against SRO 413 (I)/2012-Tracking and Monitoring of Cargo Rules, with allegations that the commercial terms made statuary therein being stated to be beyond the mandate of FBR under the Customs Act 1969, with objective to favor only one company M/s TPL Trakker Ltd and creating entry barriers for other serv-
ice providers, were in direct conflict with the fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 8, 18 and 25 of the constitution and in violation of Section 4 of CCP Act 2010 and PPRA. Following are the allegations; 1. That FBR initiated the process of tendering for Tracking and Monitoring of Cargo in February 1, 2011, after company of CEO of M/s TPL Trakker, who is Member of Advisory Committee of the Federal Tax Ombudsman M/s TPL Trakker Ltd gave a presentation in 2010. The terms of the tender were not discussed with any other stake holder, i.e other over a dozen tracking companies already operating in Pakistan. 2. That coincidently, CEO of M/s TPL Trakker was also appointed by Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, minister of finance, as a member of the Reform Co-ordination Group (TRCG) of FBR. 3. FBR sent a letter of invitation to 16 op-
erating companies, and 12 companies were shortlisted, and then financial proposals were requested on September 10, 2011 from five companies and opened on September 25, 2011. 4. That Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, minister of finance, and FBR chairman met PakAmerican Business leaders at IMFWorld Bank Meetings in USA on September 24, 2011. 5. That on September 27, 2011, CEO of M/s TPL Trakker Ltd signed a $20 million agreement for their building project in Karachi by TPLK Holdings with IFC of World Bank in presence of the minister of finance and FBR chairman. 6. That on October 5, 2011 the committee of FBR recommended that due to reason of defective evaluation criteria it was not possible to evaluate the proposals, and a single proposal may be selected as per terms given in tender, which may result in creation of monopoly and litigations and crit-
icism of favoritism by FBR. The committee recommended to re-invite the proposals. 7. That FBR did not take any decision on this tender for six-and-a-half months. 8. That without discharging the tenders, which is mandatory under Public Procurement Rules 2004, all of sudden on April 25, 2012 , FBR unilaterally issued SRO 413 (I)/2012-Tracking and Monitoring of Cargo Rules 2012. 9. That theses rules are one company oriented, and has created a monopoly. 10. That as the terms of SRO 413 (1)/2012, and Custom Public Notice of 27/6/2012 are only made for M/s TPL Trakker Ltd, no other tacking company is issued license by FBR, and warnings are being issued to Cargo Companies by FBR to get their vehicles installed with Trackers from only M/s TPL Trakker Ltd, and in fact letters issued by FBR to trade confirms that FBR has become marketing
agents of M/s TPL Trakker Ltd. (AnnexB). 11. That FBR through SRO 413 (1)/2012 has created annual business of over Rs 800 million for M/s TPL Trakker Ltd, at the cost of trade and other tracking companies. “This is to state that FBR should have rejected and discharged the Tender invited in September 2011 as described below according to Public Procurement Rues 2004, Rule No 33, and inform all bidders, which FBR failed to comply, but issued SRO 413 (I)/2012 in April 2012. TIP has requested the FBR chairman to urgently examine the complaint and resolve the issue of monopoly created by the FBR for one company which was also an issue of conflict of interest as this company belonged to one of the members of its governing body, Reform Co-ordination Group (TRCG), because FBR has issued a cutoff date of August 30, 2012 to start implementing this SRO.
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04 News OAS backs Ecuador, urges dialogue over Assange WASHINGTON afP
HE Organization of American States declared “solidarity and support” Friday for Ecuador in its dispute with Britain over granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The meeting of the Americas bloc was convened at Ecuador’s request to consider a resolution rejecting any attempt to put at risk the “inviolability” of its embassy in London, where Assange is holed up. In the resolution, foreign ministers and representatives of the 34-member regional body rejected “any attempt that might put at risk the inviolability of the premises of diplomatic missions.” The
text, adopted by consensus after five hours of arduous negotiations in Washington, also expressed “solidarity and support for the government of the Republic of Ecuador.” It urged Ecuador and Britain to “continue to engage in dialogue in order to settle their current differences in accordance with international law, taking into account the statements made recently by authorities of both governments.” Reservations about the resolution were expressed in footnotes by the United States and Canada, OAS members who are also firm British allies. The diplomatic confrontation over Assange, who has been staying at the Ecuadoran mission since June 19, reached a new pitch last week after
Quito announced it was granting the 41-year-old Australian activist asylum. Correa expressed relief at receiving assurances from London on Thursday that ruled out the possibility of British authorities forcibly entering his country’s embassy. “While it is clear that there was a threat, we understand this message as a retraction of that threat, which we welcome with joy,” Correa said in an address broadcast on national television and radio. Britain’s permanent observer to the OAS, Philip Barton, echoed London’s statement that it never threatened to enter the Ecuadoran embassy. “At no time did the UK make any threat against the embassy of Ecuador,” he said, calling for a resumption of dialogue.
“We invite the government of Ecuador to resume as early as possible the constructive discussion we’ve held on this matter to date.” Speaking to the British newspaper The Guardian, Correa insisted that “the window of dialogue has never been closed.” “But we are never going to give up our principles, nor the human rights of Mr Assange,” he added. “As a consequence, we’ll continue to demand what we’ve been demanding from the beginning: if Mr Assange goes to Sweden to face Swedish justice, as is his will and as is our will, he should receive a guarantee that he will not be extradited to a third country.” Correa repeated his demand that London grant Assange “safe passage” to exit the embassy. Assange took refuge
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there to escape extradition to Sweden, where he is sought for questioning about sex assault allegations. He claims that if extradited to Sweden, he would be handed over to the United States, where he fears prosecution over WikiLeaks’ release of a vast cache of confidential US government files. Ecuador is demanding a “public apology” from Britain for allegedly threatening to enter the Ecuadoran embassy in London to arrest Assange. During the OAS debate, Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino condemned Britain for what he called the “assault on our sovereignty.” While Britain has said it will not go into the embassy to arrest Assange, it has refused to grant the Australian national safe conduct out of the country.
All nine people wounded in a New York shootout between a gunman who killed a former co-worker and officers who responded to the incident were hit by police fire, officials said Saturday. The shootout erupted Friday morning in front of the iconic Empire State Building in the heart of Manhattan after Jeffrey Johnson, a former employee at a women’s apparel business, killed a former colleague. Nine people were wounded in the melee, all by friendly fire, police chief Raymond Kelly told reporters. “It appears that all nine of the victims were struck either by fragments or by bullets fired by the police,” he said. Three of the wounded were still hospitalized in stable condition on Saturday, a
police spokeswoman said. Kelly had earlier identified Johnson, 58, as a “disgruntled former worker” from a women’s apparel business called Hazan Imports who had been laid off about a year ago. Johnson returned to his former workplace on Friday morning, where he got into an argument with the company’s vice president of sales, 41-year-old Steven Ercolino, before shooting him in the head three times. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Johnson later turned the gun on police when they moved to arrest him, leading them to open fire. It was the second fatal police shooting in Manhattan in less than two weeks. On August 11 police shot dead a man with a knife who was resisting arrest in Times Square.
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US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings WASHINGTON afP
A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to “browbeat” smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond “pure attempts to convey information to consumers.” “They are unabashed attempts to evoke emotion (and perhaps embarrassment) and browbeat consumers into quitting,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who was appointed by former president George W. Bush, wrote for the majority.
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She also said that the US Food and Drug Administration “has not provided a shred of evidence” that graphic warnings directly reduced rates of smoking. Tobacco companies had filed suit against the federal agency, saying that the cigarette labels violated the US Constitution’s First Amendment which prohibits any law that restricts freedom of speech. Brown wrote that the government “can certainly require that consumers be fully informed about the dangers of hazardous products.” “But this case raises novel questions about the scope of the government’s authority to force the manufacturer of a product to go beyond making purely factual and accurate commercial disclosures and undermine its own economic interest,” she wrote. Brown said the court faced the question of how much leeway to grant the government “to convey the state’s subjective — and perhaps even ideological — view that consumers should reject this otherwise legal, but dis-
favored, product.” Brown pointed to the Food and Drug Administration’s own statement when announcing the warnings that every pack of cigarettes would become “a mini-billboard” for its message. Announcing the warnings last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that a pack-aday smoker would see the labels more than 7,000 times a year and present “a very different reality” to young people who might consider smoking to be glamorous. Sebelius said smoking is related to the deaths of some 443,000 Americans each year, making it the most preventable cause of death, and cost the US economy $200 billion a year in medical costs and lost productivity. The issue could end up in the Supreme Court. The appeals court was upholding a lower court decision, but a separate bench in Cincinnati said in March that the legislation that paved the way for the warnings was constitutional. Friday’s ruling came nine
days after global tobacco firms lost a similar case in Australia, where the High Court upheld laws requiring that tobacco products be sold in drab, uniform packaging with graphic health warnings. Other nations that place pictorial warnings on tobacco products include Brazil, Britain, Canada, India, Iran, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Brown said that other countries “do not necessarily protect individual liberties as stringently as does the United States Constitution.” In a dissent, Judge Judith Rogers said that the regulation ordering the label “does not restrict the information conveyed to consumers, but requires additional information to be conveyed with the aid of graphic images.” Rogers, who was appointed by former president Bill Clinton, said that tobacco companies had engaged in “decades of deception” over health risks and had no legal basis to complain about “emotional reactions” to graphic warnings.
British police accidentally let slip their plans to arrest Julian Assange should he leave the Ecuadoran embassy in London, with pictures of their notes appearing in newspapers Saturday. A policeman outside the embassy was photographed carrying a handwritten document marked “restricted” and “decision — supporting rationale”. It said the WikiLeaks founder was to be arrested “under all circumstances” should he step outside the embassy, which is situated in a mansion block next to the luxury Harrods department store, in the plush Knightsbridge district. The document suggested that if the 41-year-old Australian
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attempted to leave the embassy in a vehicle, under diplomatic immunity or in a diplomatic bag, then he should be arrested. “The document is one officer’s notes from a briefing,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “Our objective is to arrest Julian Assange for breach of bail. Under no circumstances would any arrest be made which was in breach of diplomatic immunity.” Assange, having exhausted all his legal options in Britain to avoid extradition to Sweden — where he is wanted for questioning over sex crime allegations — walked into the Ecuadoran embassy on June 19 and claimed asylum. Quito has granted the request. Assange fears he would be passed on to the United States, which he enraged by releasing
a vast cache of its confidential government files. Britain says it is legally obliged to extradite him to fellow European Union member Sweden, should he leave the embassy. The police document reads: “EQ embassy brief — summary of current position re Assange. “Action required — Assange to be arrested under all circumstances. “He comes out with dip. immun., as dip. bag. in dip. bag (right to life) in dip. vehicle — ARRESTED.” The document also warns of the “possibility of distraction”, suggesting police fear that his supporters might try to cause a commotion, providing Assange with enough cover to leave. The Organization of American States declared “solidarity and support” Friday for Ecuador in its position over Assange.
Strike in Balochistan to mark Bugti’s death anniversary today QUETTA STaff RePORT
Mortar bombs smashed through a house in a village in Khyber Agency early Saturday, killing six people, security officials said. The incident took place in Qambarabad village, a suburb of Peshawar close to the Khyber tribal district, where the military is fighting against local warlord Mangal Bagh and his Lashkar-e-Islam militant faction. “Militants fired several mortar shells and two of them hit a house in Qambarabad close to Bara town, killing six people and wounding 12 others, all members of a same family,” a local security official told AFP. It is not clear whether the house was the militants’ intended target. Another security official also confirmed the incident and casualties and said that the mortars were fired from an undisclosed location.
The sixth death anniversary of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti will be observed across Balochistan on Sunday (today). Baloch nationalist groups have appealed for a complete strike in the entire province. The Baloch Republican Party and the Jamhoori Watan Party have announced to observe “black day”, and a complete strike across the province to protest against Bugti’s death. The dissident Baloch leader was killed along with his companions during a military operation in the mountains of Kohlu district on August 26, 2006. The strike call was supported by several parties including Baloch National Front, Balochistan National Party, National Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) and Balochis-
tan traders’ organizations. Several political parties will hold seminars; take out rallies and stage demonstrations in various parts of the province to pay tribute to Akbar Bugti. Strict security arrangements have been made in the provincial capital and other parts of Balochistan to avert any untoward incident, as police backed by Frontier Corps (FC), Balochistan Constabulary, Levies Force and other law enforcement agencies would be deployed at all sensitive areas.
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President says baba bulleh Shah’s poetry pointed to evils in society, preached brotherhood, fraternity, tolerance and goodwill for other humans ISLAMABAD
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday urged the people to vow to promote tolerance and brotherhood in the society by following teachings of mystics and sufi saints. In a message on the occasion of urs of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah, the president felicitated Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed, a PPP leader from Kasur and the organizers for arranging an impressive urs ceremony. He said the name of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah needed no introduction and he had an important role in the promo-
tion of Islam. “Through his mystical poetry, Baba Bulleh Shah taught humans to love their Creator, pinpointed evils in society and preached brotherhood, fraternity, tolerance and goodwill for other humans,” he added. The president said the poetry and message of Hazrat Bulleh Shah and other mystic poets was a common asset and their teachings were not limited for a class, nation or a region but it was a beacon for all people. He said it was fortunate that mystics in every part of this region not only preached Islam but also promoted the message of tolerance and love for humanity. “In the backdrop of trends like ex-
tremism, sectarianism and violence, the importance and need for the message of mystics is acutely felt like never before,” Zardari added. “On the occasion of the urs of Hazrat Bulleh Shah, let us pledge that we will promote the feelings of tolerance and brotherhood by following teachings of mystics and will play our individual role to end all evils especially extremism and sectarianism,” he added. The president expressed the hope that the event will prove to be significant in highlighting the teachings of Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah. “In the end, I again pay tribute to all organizers, whose efforts made the holding of this event possible,” he added.
No justice expected from PPP govt: Jamil Bugti QUETTA Online
Jamil Akbar Bugti, son of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, has said that he is not excepting any justice from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, which has given “red carpet treatment to a dictator”. Talking to Online, he said: “I have no faith in the PPP government’s promises that they will bring my father’s killers to justice.” “A government which came to power after a deal with a dictator, and then provided him a red carpet exit, nothing can be expected from it,” he said, adding, “The PPP has even failed to bring the killers of Benazir Bhutto to justice, then how can I expect them to provide me justice and relieve the grievances of the Baloch people.” He further said that the representatives occupying the parliament were “corrupt and incompetent”. He demanded that his father’s dead body be handed over to him, so that they could bury him according to their customs. He also demanded an impartial inquiry under the United Nations and other
international organizations to ascertain the real cause of Bugti’s death. He also called for a strike on Bugti’s death anniversary, which falls on August 26.
iVORy COaST: Pakistan army soldiers deployed with un peacekeeping mission serve food to orphan children on Saturday. ONLINE
Qaeda followers call for death of SEAL who wrote bin Laden book
Dr Afridi’s cousin claims Taliban tried to abduct them
An official al Qaeda website has identified the former US Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and readers called for the author’s death. The site posted a photograph and the name of the commando, who had written under a pseudonym but whose name was revealed on Thursday on Fox News. The site called him “the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden”. The hunt for Osama bin Laden: For almost a decade, US intelligence officials were stymied by Osama bin Laden. That is - until CIA analysts at Langley changed their focus to the al Qaeda leader’s secret courier network. “O’ Allah, make an example of him for the whole world and give him dark days ahead,” said a typical comment. Another said, “O’ Allah, kill every one of them.” US military officials have said the author could face investigation because he failed to clear the book with the Defense Department before publication, even if it does not disclose specific classified details.
A relative of Dr Shakil Afridi, the medic who helped CIA trace Osama bin Laden, has claimed that the Taliban tried to kidnap the jailed doctor’s brother and other relatives. According to Qamar Afridi, a cousin of Dr Shakil Afridi, the
Taliban attempted to abduct the relatives on Monday, when a man, claiming to be a representative of Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with their lawyer in Peshawar to discuss Dr Afridi’s case. The man reportedly said that the Afghan leader wanted to help the Afridi family, and was willing to offer them financial support in their efforts to free the doctor. According to Fox News, the family reacted to the offer with alarm because the Karzai government had shown no interest in Dr Afridi’s case. An Afghan official confirmed their suspicions, saying “no one from the Karzai administration has reached out to Afridi, nor do they intend to”. Qamar suspected that the Taliban were behind what he calls “an attempted abduction”. “We believe it was the Taliban. It has to be … We firmly believe this is the Taliban trying to get us,” the report quoted him as saying.
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Despite tall claims by the government and PEPCO to put an end to load shedding, all the major cities including the Federal capital are witnessing up to 12 to 16 hours of load shedding while the rural areas are completely blacked out. According to Load Management Cell, the demand of electricity on Saturday at peak hours was 17340 MW while the generation was 13630MW thus leading to a shortfall of 3710MW. People in several cities had once again started protests against the unscheduled power cuts. Meanwhile the substandard use of furnace oil was also creating problems in the power generation plants. According to sources four plants had developed faults and PEPCO had demanded additional funds for their repair.
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UNJAB Police Inspector General Habib-urRehman has delayed the recruitment process in the Punjab Police department for unknown reasons due to which induction of 10,000 police personnel has been stopped. The induction process had been delayed after issuing of a circular while earlier August 24 was fixed as the last date for the submission of forms. According to police circles, lawmakers made announcement in different ceremonies for the induction of thousands of policemen to overcome personnel shortage but in reality they only acted upon instructions issued by the bureaucracy. Police sources said that both Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif only restricted themselves to announcements but nothing serious had been done to overcome shortage of police force in the province. Earlier, Rehman Malik had twice announced recruitment of 10,000 and 5,000 police personnel, but only 300
personnel had been inducted upon the orders of the Supreme Court in the federal capital. The sources said that previously recruitment was delayed due to sizzling hot weather and the month of Ra-
Punjab Police is short of 230,000 men, which is more than its total strength of 170,000 madan but the present postponement was beyond their comprehension. It should be mentioned here that as per new policy, at least 50,000 constables were to be inducted during the next five years. According to the policy the total strength of police force would be upgraded to
230,000 by the end of 2016 against the existing strength of 170,000 cops. Earlier in June, Rehman had said that Shahbaz had given the approval for the recruitment of 10, 000 police constables every year in the Punjab police. He had also stated that the promotion board had held three meetings to promote DSPs to the rank of SPs after finalising the principles and removing the hurdles in consultation with all the stakeholders. He announced the promotion of several police officers, including DSPs of the executive cadre, the traffic and legal police. He had said that various steps had also been taken for the promotion and welfare of police officers and constables and that a 15 percent quota has been fixed for the promotion of inspectors recruited directly in the force. Rehman had added that the three-year posting period for constables has been reduced to two years and that the funds set aside for the marriages of their children have also been increased. Replying to a question, the IG said a positive change is being brought in the thana culture by taking steps to ensure that the police behaves decently towards the citizens visiting the police stations for lodging their complaints.
HRCP launches online archive ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has launched an online searchable database (www.hrcparchive.com), which contains newspaper clippings, documents and data pertaining to human rights issues and democratic development in Pakistan. Each year hundreds of students, journalists, writers, civil society activists and researchers from within Pakistan and abroad visit the HRCP’s archives at its head office in Lahore. This online archive made it possible to access the required research material in an easier, faster and more efficient way. Researchers could now benefit from this resource from all over the world. The project would strengthen the monitoring, documentation and dissemination of human rights issues in Pakistan.
Currently, the electronic archival database contains more than 600,000 records covering a period starting from 1 January 2006 to 30 July 2012. The work is underway to add archival records of the years 2003-2006 and at the same time the database is also being updated on current happenings. The online digital archive is free for users who could search documents and news on select subjects by entering key words in the search engine of the website. The HRCP archival website is distinct from other popular search-engines like Google as it provides focused results pertaining to particular subjects and events in Pakistan in a chronological order. At the moment, HRCP’s database is the only digital archive available on the internet that highlight issues related to Pakistan.
A missile was recovered from a nullah in the limits of Shahzad Town police station of the capital on Saturday. Police sources said that the missile was defused and the bomb disposal squad took it in custody after being informed by local people. “It was one of the missiles that were triggered in Ojhri Camp incident on April 10, 1988,” police sources said.
Dr Qadir planning national caravan
Pakistan’s national hero Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan’s new party ‘Tehrik-iTahaffuz Pakistan’ is planning a political caravan across the country soon. According to the party officials, the decision of Dr. Qadeer to take part in the political process had been getting great response from common people and this had led to the decision to organize a caravan. “Tehrik-i-Tahaffuz Pakistan” was formed in mid July with the claim to pull out the country from the prevailing political, economic and social crises. So far, Dr. Qadeer had received invitations from 60 bar councils of the country. “Thousands of people have contacted the party officials to join the proposed caravan of the party,” party officials revealed. Dr. Khan is likely to unveil his program regarding the caravan and after that people would be directed about further plan of action.
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27 cops awarded for effective role during search operation ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad Yaseen Farooq on Friday awarded 27 cops for their effective role during search operation and ensuring arrest of criminals and drug pushers during this crackdown. According to details, SSP Islamabad had appreciated the performance of these police officials and hoped for similar role in ensuring effective policing in future too. Following the directions from IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan and SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq, Islamabad Police launched search operation in the city during the month of Ramadan to ensure strict monitoring and vigilance of suspected elements. The purpose of this search operation was to ensure foolproof security in the Capital and the police accomplished this goal with effective coordination and effective policing. A total of 700 wine bottles and weapons were seized during this crackdown and several criminal elements were also arrested. Those awarded by the SSP include: Station House Officer of Nilore police station Inspector Asjad Altaf, Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ishaq, Constables Afzal Janan, Mir Muhammad, M. Shehzad, Raza Hussain, Amir Zaman, Muhammad Riaz, Mati ur Rehman, Ghulam Ali, Sajid Nazir, Nasr Ullah, Constables Munsab, Sajid, Yasir, Asif from Koral police station, Constables Baz Khan, Muhammad Riaz, Kamran from Bani Gala police station, Constables Ameer Muhammad, Arshad Mehmud, Muhammad Khan, Muhammad Arshad, Sohail Ahmed from Shehzad town police station and Lady Constables Shubana and Perveen from Women police station. Farooq awarded cash to each cop and also commendation certificate (Class-111). He said that it was much necessary to encourage and boost the morale of those officials performing well in order to attain the desired results. He said that basic objective of police is to protect the lives and property of citizen and maintain law and order. Those performing well against criminals or suspected elements would be also encouraged in future as it was imperative to ensure effective policing, the SSP maintained.
Due to budget cuts and continuous shuffling of Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman, the expansion project of the only zoo in the federal capital is in doldrums. The mega expansion project of Marghazar Zoo, which started in 2007, with a cost of more than Rs 1 billion had managed to complete only one phase out of 8. Former CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari had planned to make the zoo a major attraction by modernizing it with the construction of a play land, hotel parks, safari parks, offices and mosque on the 23 acre land fixed for the zoo. However with the transfer of Lashari, the project had been in doldrums due to budget cuts and corruption, thus depriving the citizens of cheap entertainment.
New road, old problems RAWALPINDI aGenCieS
A road recently carpeted at the cost of Rs150 million from Rehmanabad to Holy Family Hospital has been damaged at various points and can contribute to fatal road accidents. While talking to agencies, residents of the Satellite Town blamed the authorities for slacking and added that the uneven level of the road and the use of substandard construction material had led to the dilapidated condition of the road due to the accumulation of rain water at various points. They said that open manholes on the road could be truly termed as death holes as accidents had become a routine during night time They further said that the residence of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) MNA Hanif Abbassi was located on the same road but he also failed to pay any heed to the problem. Residents demanded from Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of the issue and punish the culprits responsible for the negligence.
Kundi asks PMl-N to stop politics of allegations ISLAMABAD STaff RePORT
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi has said PPP is ready to address the reservations of PML-N over the commission formed about creation of new provinces. Talking to sources on Saturday, Kundi said if the PML-N has any objection on any member of the commission, it should give the name before August 28 and a notification would be issued for this purpose. He said Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah had telephoned Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan six times and had asked him to give names for the commission. He said on the other hand leader of the opposition in the Senate gave the names in the Senate Secretariat after which the speaker exercised her powers and included two names of the PML-N from the National Assembly. He said the PML-N leadership should show seriousness as there would be no benefit for doing politics of allegations.
Five outlaws apprehended inTaCT, neaRly: a view of the building which collapsed on Railway Road due to heavy rain on Saturday. ONLINE
Rainwater submerges different areas of twin cities ISLAMABAD aGenCieS
AINWATER accumulation on roads, especially under the Faizabad flyover and residential areas, has been witnessed in various localities of the twin cities and are causing immense problems to motorists and residents. Water accumulated under the flyover at Faizabad after a heavy downpour in the twin cities which contributed to traffic jams on Murree Road.
The present spell of rain washed away all official claims of concrete preparations to drain out rainwater from roads and residential areas, and had exposed the poor performance of authorities concerned. A similar situation was observed at the airport road after the heavy downpour. Many parts of the garrison city including Chongi No 22, Arya Mohalla, Rata Amral, Javid Colony, Pirwadhai, Dhok Saidain, Multani Mohalla, Pindora Chongi and Tench Bhatta Abadi No 2 were submerged in rainwater owing to the blockage of sewerage lines.
The Capital police have arrested five outlaws on Saturday, including three woman swindlers involved in depriving female passengers from gold ornaments during travelling. According to police spokesman, the Sabzi Mandi police received complaints regarding a gang active in looting female passengers. The Station House Officer (SHO) assigned the task of tracing out the gang to Assistant SubInspector (ASI) Nawazish Ali. He succeeded in arresting three women namely Sanam, Sobia and Nagina who were involved in taking away gold ornaments of female passengers while travelling in public transport. The police recovered stolen jewellery from their possession. Meanwhile, Bhara Kahu police arrested Zafar Iqbal for possessing a 30-bore pistol while ASI Akhtar Zaman from Loi Bher police nabbed Mubabar Ali for carrying a 12-bore gun.
sTfP publishes travel guide on Kaghan Valley ISLAMABAD aPP
Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan (STFP) has published a new travel guide on Kaghan Valley on Saturday in collaboration with Tourism Promotion Association (T-PAK) of Kaghan Valley. While talking to news agencies, STFP President and author of the travel guide, Aftab Rana said that the
main focus of the publication was to promote eco-friendly recreational activities and adventure tourism in the beautiful valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). “The travel guide provides detailed and updated tourist information about Kaghan Valley with lots of breathtaking pictures and maps,” he said. He acknowledged the service of Amir Rashid for brilliantly capturing the scenic beauty of Kaghan Valley for
the travel guide, adding that the guide was available in Urdu and English languages. The publication describes more than 40 places of tourist interest in Kaghan Valley including many new tourist spots that had been introduced for the first time. “Our mission is to promote and facilitate the growth of sustainable and equitable tourism in Pakistan in close partnership with concerned stakehold-
ers from the public, private and NGO sectors,” Aftab said. A total of 120 colored photographs of tourist spots of the valley and a number of sketch maps for other areas of Balakot, Kewai, Shogran and Naran add additional value to the travel guide. Information on more than 20 trekking routes had been added to the book for the promotion of trekking and hiking in the valley.
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HE bustling city of Rawalpindi has a lot more to offer than a traffic mess, broken roads and haze-filled atmosphere. The city’s history spreads over several millennia. Archaeologists believe that a distinct culture flourished on this plateau even 3,000 years ago. The archaeological remains found here prove the existence of a Buddhist community contemporary to Taxila, but less celebrated than its neighbour. Historians believe that the ancient city fell victim to the devastation caused by the Huns. The first Muslim invader, Mahmud of Ghazni (979-1030AD), gifted the ruined city to a Gakkhar chief, Kai Gohar. The Gakkhars were a fiercly independent tribe of the Potowar Plateau. The town, however, being in the route of invaders, could not prosper and remained deserted until Jhanda Khan, another Gakkhar chief, restored it and named it Rawalpindi after the village Rawal in 1493. Rawalpindi remained under the rule of the Gakkhars till Muqarrab Khan, the last Gakkhar ruler, was defeated by the Sikhs in 1765. The Sikhs invited traders from other places to settle here, which brought the city into the limelight. Following the British victory over the Sikhs and occupation of Rawalpindi in 1849, the city became a permanent garrison of the British army in 1851. In the 1880s, a railway line to Rawalpindi was laid, and a train service started on January 1, 1886. The need for a railway link arose after Lord Dalhousie made Rawalpindi the headquarters of the Northern Command and the city became the largest military garrison in British India. In 1951, Rawalpindi saw the murder of the
first elected prime minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, in Company Bagh, later named after him. Today, Rawalpindi is the headquarters of the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Air Force. The modern city has everything that one can desire – good eateries, playgrounds and shopping centres. Though many shopping centres have opened all over the city, two main bazaars, Raja Bazaar in the old city and Saddar, which developed as the cantonment bazaar between the old city and the Mall, continue to attract a large number of visitors every day. For a traditional Lahori breakfast, Banni or Purana Qila offers the best ‘siri paiyay’ ‘nihari’ and ‘chanay’. Commercial Market, off main Murree Road, is fast becoming the hub of business activity in the city and besides some good restaurants, one can shop here for quality clothes. The crowded alleys of the old city like Purana Qila, Bhabra Bazaar, Lal Kurti, Banni and inner areas of Saddar, are home to many attractions, including ancient Hindu and Sikh temples. Some of the old houses in these areas, though dilapidated, are a tribute to the master artisans and masons of yesteryears. The beautiful construction and woodwork survive even today, despite the passage of over a century and the fact that no effort has been made by their current owners to preserve these buildings. Ayub National Park is located beyond the old Presidency on Jhelum Road, covering about 2,300 acres or 9.3 square kilometres, and has a lake with boating facility, an aquarium, a garden-restaurant and the Play Land. Rawalpindi Public Park, located on Murree Road near Shamsabad, was opened to public in 1991. It consists of the Play Land, grassy lawns, a jogging track, fountains and flowerbeds. The cricket stadium, built in 1992 oppo-
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site the public park, has seen some of the world’s top cricket teams play one-dayers and test matches here. There are many forts and other places of tourist attraction a few kilometres outside the city limits. Rawat Fort is located 17 km east of Rawalpindi, on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road leading to Lahore. Gakkhars built the fort, in the early 16th century. The grave of Gakkhar chief Sultan Sarang Khan is located inside the fort. He died in 1546 AD in a battle against the forces of Sher Shah Suri. Up from the broken steps inside the tomb, is a panoramic view of the plateau and the Mankiala Stupa. Pharwala Fort is about 40 km from Rawalpindi beyond Lehtrar Road. It is also a Gakkhar fort built in the 15th century on the ruins of a 10th century fort. Mughal emperor Babur conquered the fort in 1519 AD. In 1825, the Sikhs took over the fort. Though crumbling away, it is still an attraction for castle lovers and the artistic. Rohtas Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site, is 109 km from Rawalpindi. It is located about 6 km southwest of Dina.The fort is one of the most impressive historical monuments in Pakistan. It was built by Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri between 1540 and 1547 AD. It served as Suri’s fortified base for military operations against the Gakkhars. It was later used by Mughal emperor Akbar and the Sikhs. Within the huge terraced rampart walls with robust bastions and twelve gates, is located another fortress, palaces and ancillary buildings.Rawalpindi also served as the interim capital after Islamabad was declared the nation’s new capital in the 1960s and was still being constructed. So the infrastructure was shifted to Rawalpindi from Karachi, the previous capital of Pakistan, and then was moved to Islamabad.
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In battered Aleppo, rebels dig in for war of attrition ALEPPO
Y R I A N rebels say they are digging in for a war of attrition in Aleppo, where what was being billed as the “mother of all battles” is now dragging on into a second month of bloody stalemate. Aleppo is bearing the brunt of attacks by government warplanes, tanks and heavy artillery as the army battles to dislodge rebels who claim to control 60 percent of the battered northern metropolis. “We don’t have enough weapons, they (the Syrian army) don’t have enough men,” said Abu Haidar, a rebel fighter in Saif al-Dawla, a district in the city’s southwestern belt where much of the fighting is concentrated. At least 200,000 people have fled the city since late July when the increasingly bloody conflict spread to Aleppo, a once
thriving manufacturing and commercial hub where war has now left a trail of destruction, with bombed out buildings and shuttered shops. “It is a long war. Each party wants to settle the score, but it is a war of attrition that will drag on, with bombardments and fighting every day,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog that has a network of sources on the ground. Some rebel commanders say they are aware that even if the Free Syrian Army — a motley collection of armed opposition groups — seizes full control on the ground, they will remained besieged from the air by the military’s far superior firepower. “Bashar al-Assad is like a wounded animal now, so I don’t expect him and his army to follow a logic,” Abu Mohamed, who leads a small katiba (brigade) near the Citadel in old Aleppo, said of the em-
battled Syrian president.. “I sometimes think he wants us to take the ground and then surround the city and starve us. He can then wait, try to cut us off and hope that we make mistakes, that civilians turn against us,” he told AFP. Abu Mohammed defected from the army three years ago and found political asylum in Belgium before crossing back into Syria via Turkey more than a year ago when the revolution started. A top FSA commander in Aleppo, Abdel Jabba al-Okaidi, told AFP on Tuesday that the rebels now controlled more than 60 percent of the city, but this was rejected as “completely false” by a security source in Damascus. And on Thursday, the army said it had recaptured three Christian neighbourhoods in the heart of the predominantly Sunni Muslim city, whose fate is seen as crucial to the outcome of the war,
in part because of its strategic location near Turkey. The Damascus security source said rebel ranks were swelling in terms of men but that the opposition fighters were lacking in arms as government air strikes had destroyed many weapons caches. “The army is trying to create security zones,” the source said, by carving up neighbourhoods using troops and tanks to control the main streets and then “cleansing” each area of rebels. “It’s a long process,” he said. Amnesty International said this week that civilians were facing “horrific” violence in Aleppo and indiscriminate attacks by regime troops, reporting scores of civilians killed or wounded in their homes or while queuing for bread. Assad’s men now control the Citadel, an ancient fortress in the heart of the Old City, but rebel fighters are surrounding the area and often take pot-shots at the
troops. Not far away, in the Qastal Harami alleyways of the Old City, the Katiba Khuttab brigade of fighters were manning a sniper post set up behind a stack of sandbags just outside a bookshop. The brigade commander, Khuttab, paced over cobblestones that have been covered with stickers featuring Assad’s face, so his fighters can trample on their enemy. “The people in this area have mostly left, they are poor, so they don’t provide us with help as such, in fact we try to give those who are left behind help. But they all support us,” he told AFP. Some rebels said the reason Assad’s forces do not launch a wider ground assault to reconquer Aleppo and use their greater firepower to break the back of the rebellion could be linked to its military failure in the town of Aazaz, which lies north of Aleppo near the Turkish border.
Assange to eventually resume broadcasts on Russian TV MOSCOW: Julian Assange will resume his broadcasts on Russian television once his legal troubles are over, a Russian television journalist said Saturday after meeting the WikiLeaks founder in the Ecuadoran embassy in London where he has taken refuge. “I spent an hour with him and we concluded that when all that is over, and I hope it ends soon, we will certainly resume cooperation with Assange,” the editor in chief of RT (Russia Today), Margarita Simonian, told the daily Moskovskii Komsomolets. Simonian said she recently visited the Ecuadoran embassy in London to speak with Assange, whom she found “fit and well, jovial, at ease.” RT, the public television channel broadcast in English, Arabic and Spanish around the world, has already broadcast 12 programmes presented live by Assange who interviewed leading personalities. The first programme, recorded in Britain and broadcast April 17, saw Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, the sworn enemy of Israel and the United States, reaffirm his support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is also backed by Moscow. The latest programme was broadcast in May, before Britain’s supreme court gave its green light for Assange to be extradited to Sweden where prosecutors want to question him over rape and sexual assault allegations from two women. afP
Sri Lanka arrests 98 Australia-bound boatpeople COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s navy on Saturday detained 98 would-be asylum-seekers making for Australia, an official said, the largest group since Canberra tightened restrictions on boatpeople headed to its shores. They were travelling in two fishing trawlers along the northwestern and eastern coasts of Sri Lanka, a navy spokesman said, adding that one boat carried 77 people while the other had 21. “They were handed over to the police for further action,” the spokesman said. “Among those detained was a woman.” The detection was the biggest since Australia’s parliament last week passed a law to transfer asylum-seekers arriving by boat to holding centres on Pacific islands before considering their application for refugee status. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s administration has struggled to cope with a record influx of boatpeople this year, many originally from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Iraq who make their way to Australia via Asia. Sri Lankan authorities say they have arrested nearly 1,000 people who have tried to leave for Australia illegally this year. afP
Yemen minister escapes assassination bid ADEN: Yemeni Transport Minister Waed Bathib on Saturday escaped an attempt on his life when his convoy came under gunfire in the southern port city of Aden, an aide told AFP. “Unknown gunmen opened fire at the convoy of the minister after he left the airport of Aden” following an inspection visit, the aide said requesting anonymity. He said the assailants managed to escape. Bathib, a senior member of Yemen’s Socialist Party which opposed ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh, has already been the target of two assassination attempts in Sanaa over the past months. Al-Qaeda militants remain active in southern Yemen, where separatist militants also attack security forces to press their demands for autonomy or renewed independence for the south. South Yemen was a separate state before unification with the north in 1990. afP
alePPO: Civilians search for personal belongings in the rubble of their house following shelling from Syrian government forces on Saturday. AFP
IAEA may say pointless to inspect Iranian base: diplomats VIENNA afP
Iran has “sanitized” to such an extent a military base where nuclear weapons research allegedly took place that the UN atomic watchdog may say next week there is now little point inspecting it, Western diplomats told AFP. The International Atomic Energy Agency has been pushing Iran to allow access to Parchin, most recently at a failed meeting in Vienna on Friday, where it suspects explosives testing consistent with nuclear bomb research occurred. Iran, subject to unprecedented Western sanctions and amid heightened speculation of Israeli military action, denies seeking or ever having sought nuclear weapons but has so far blocked the IAEA’s requests to see the site. Western nations have accused Iran of bulldozing parts of the sprawling base near Tehran and the IAEA said in May that activities spotted there by satellite “could hamper the agency’s ability to under-
take effective verification.” On August 1 US think-tank the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) published open-source satellite images showing “what appears to be the final result of considerable sanitization and earth displacement activity.” New ISIS images Friday on its website (http://isisonline.org/) showed a building suspected of housing the explosive experiments covered in pink tarpaulin in what Western diplomats said was an attempt to hide activity from satellites. Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the IAEA, has called accusations of a clean-up at Parchin “a childish, ridiculous story made out of nothing.” One Western diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity on Friday that the IAEA is so frustrated that in its next quarterly report on Iran, expected next week, it may say that going to Parchin now would serve little purpose. “I would expect language in the report saying ‘you are clearly sanitizing, the satellite imagery shows that, and frankly once you let us in, you have
done so much it is going to be irrelevant, academic’,” the envoy said. A second Western diplomat told AFP on Saturday that the IAEA saying something along those lines “is certainly something that would make sense, although we don’t know definitively how they are going to characterise it in their report.” “We think any value of a visit to Parchin now is greatly diminished,” the envoy said on condition of anonymity. The first diplomat also said that as a result, and after Friday’s fruitless meeting, Western nations might table a resolution sharply criticising Tehran at the next IAEA board of governors’ meeting starting September 10. “We are getting nowhere swiftly ... We need to make a more formal and public example of the failure of the sides to engage, which is Iran’s fault,” he said, adding however it was unclear whether Russia and China would support such a move. IAEA inspectors visited Parchin twice in 2005 but want to look at it again after new information came to light.
Hamas team headed to Egypt for security talks GAZA CITY afP
A Hamas delegation was to head to Cairo for security talks later Saturday amid Egyptian anger at a deadly raid on an army post near the Gaza border earlier this month, officials from the Islamist group said. “A security team from Gaza will leave for several meetings with Egyptian security,” Hamas interior ministry spokesman Ihab al-Ghussein told AFP. He said that the object was “to coordinate completely on all security issues, including border security and events which happened in Sinai and the Rafah border crossing (between Gaza and Egypt).” Egypt closed the crossing —Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world that bypasses Israel — after the August 5 attack and has since only partially reopened it. Egyptian officials have charged that some of the 35 gunmen who stormed the army post killing 16 soldiers had crossed from Gaza through the network of smuggling tunnels that run under the Gaza border. But Gaza’s Hamas rulers have said no Palestinians are suspected of involvement in the attack. Asked if the Hamas delegation would take part in the Egyptian investigation, Ghussein said they would not be “directly involved” but would coordinate with Egyptian colleagues. A Hamas official said that the team would travel to Cairo later on Saturday, but did not say for how long.
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Water or poison? living in a dead system
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Snatch the hour
a step in the right direction
he understanding reached between the US and Pakistan has started to produce positive results. Nato and Afghan forces had so far ignored Pakistan’s demand to rein in the TTP elements who were making use of the Afghan territory to launch attacks on this side of the border. On Friday night, a US drone targeted Pakistani Taliban on Afghan soil for the first time. The attack led to the killing of Mullah Dadullah, one of TTP’s senior leaders and a dreaded militant commander who was involved in kidnapping of 30 students from Bajaur Agency last year. Dadullah was also behind the cross border attacks in Bajaur and Upper Dir, two of which took place early on Friday. The death of a high profile leader would further lower the morale of the TTP which is already mired in leadership struggles and defections. Dadullah took over after Bajur Agency’s former leader Maulvi Faqir Mohammed was removed on charges of trying to negotiate peace with Pakistan. That a chip planted near Dadullah’s compound helped the drone trace his whereabouts is likely to add to mutual suspicions among the militant leaders. An earlier report claiming that Mullah Dadullah was targeted inside Bajaur could have caused an uproar over yet another violation of the country’s sovereignty. Coalition spokesman Maj Martyn Crighton has however confirmed that Dadullah was killed inside Kunur province. The statement by a senior TTP leader also makes it clear that the militant leader had died inside his compound in Kunur. Yet another drone strike in North Waziristan has taken out Emeti Yakuf, the Amir of the East Turkistan Movement, along with three other commanders. This would provide solace to the Chinese government which had expressed unhappiness over Uighur separatists using Pakistani territory as a springboard to launch attacks in Sinkiang. Reports about an operation being in the offing in North Waziristan are having a salutary impact. Hundreds of foreign fighters are reportedly migrating from the Agency along with their families. Despite some of the most serious drawbacks of drone attacks like casualties among non-combatants, they have eliminated a number of Taliban, Al-Qeda and TTP charismatic figures and strategic masterminds. Their removal from the scene has degraded the terrorist networks’ operational capabilities. This is indicated by the reduction in attacks outside KP during the last two years. Similarly, the fear of a drone attack has immobilized those still alive. With Dadullah dead, Washington can claim it has started fulfilling the commitment it made and it is now for Islamabad to follow suit.
By Humayun Gauhar
ater is life’s elixir. The Arabic word Sh’ar means path that leads to water because water is the source of life. The word Sharia comes from Sh’ar. The Sharia of the Quran is the manual that keeps one on that path, the correct path, Sirat-ulMustahqeem. Thus I’m quite fed up with the hackneyed response of apologists about seeing the glass half empty instead of half full. I recall it was Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz who first used the phrase in frustration and we have been landed with it ever since. It depends on what’s in the glass. If it is the elixir of life there’s one way of looking at it, if it contains poison one looks at it the other way. If a glass is half full of the elixir of life and growing, one looks at it positively. If it is receding, one looks at it negatively. But if the glass contains increasing poison instead of water, one looks at it negatively. Our elected government is taking revenge through what it calls ‘democracy’ and has evaporated the elixir of life entirely. Our glass now contains poison increasing by the day. In that sense, yes, the glass is half full and growing. But how could one look at it positively unless one is suicidal? Make a balance sheet of our condition. Look at the positives first. This parliament is about to complete its full term for the second time in our history, though it has spawned two prime ministers of the sort that one could never have imagined. That’s one. I strain to search for the second. Yes, I’ve found another, the best one so far. Since our entire system is the disease and it is getting trashed in the eyes of an increasing number of people, bringing its demise closer, that’s a positive. Sure we also have many inherent positives that God has endowed us with, but we have put them to sleep. A look at all the current negatives will make this article unending. So let’s see some. We produce more babies in one year than the populations of Jordan and Switzerland and many other countries. There is no way they can be raised into healthy and educated human beings that contribute to society instead of becoming leaches that bring it down. There is no way we
Misplaced priorities Campaign finance and asghar Khan case
By Saad Rasool
olidays are over. The low energy and muted voices of Ramadan have been restored to past glory. The spiritual zest – genuine and fake – has subsided. The shaitaan has been unchained, once again. And in the coming week, as the stakeholders return from the festivities of Eid, the business of statecraft will commence with all its fervor. And to kick-off the proceedings in style, the prime minister is due to appear before the honorable Supreme Court on Monday, in what could be the road to disqualification of yet another government. In the circumstances, with elections looming at the horizon, it can be safely suggested that national debate, institu-
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tional focus and electioneering rhetoric, will be focused on developments in the NRO implementation case, and imminent proceedings in prime minister’s contempt of court. The sensationalism (and dramatic consequences) of these cases has almost made it impossible to focus on other (lesser?) issues of national importance. However, such obsession with one issue, to the exclusion of all others, is a mistake. It is a classic example of the urgent crowding-out the important. The sensational crowding-out the systemic. One such example (of extreme importance) requiring urgent national, political and judicial focus, is the Asghar Khan case – and most importantly, the issues pertaining to the influx of (illegal) money in the electoral process, along with its tinkering by our omnipotent spy agencies. Brief facts, for those less familiar with the case: Former Air Marshall Asghar Khan approached the honorable Supreme Court with allegations that, leading up the 1990 elections, the army and the ISI had bribed (and forced) certain politicians into creating the IJI as a counterforce to Benazir Bhutto’s PPP. The case, despite involving issues that strike at the heart of our democratic process, was not taken up by the Supreme Court for over a decade, until a few months ago. As it turns out, in
can have enough utilities, civic amenities, schools, hospitals, food, shelter and jobs to cater to an exploding population. The system has spawned ignorance and ignorance is the source of our problems, but our governments have paid scant attention to it because it serves the purposes of the ruling gang with feudal mindsets even if they are urbanites for an ignorant populace doesn’t question its oppression. None has bothered to educate people about planned families, except for a time Ayub Khan and he was thoroughly lampooned for his troubles even by those who think they are educated. We have lost our sovereignty and effectively become America’s slaves. I agree: America and Pakistan should file for an amicable divorce and recast their relationship based on mutual interest instead of one-way American self-interest only, but the onus for that is entirely on us. If we don’t respect our sovereignty, why should they? We have to protect it, not they. Such a scenario is most unlikely but it would be best for both countries. We can start afresh without any pie-in-the-sky expectations from one another. To live in isolation won’t change the reality that America is so advanced that it has reached the moon and Mars and will soon ask Malik Riaz to build Baharia towns on them, while we can’t even see the moon. There is a lot we can learn from America, particularly in science and technology, its more egalitarian society and its original ideology enshrined in that great document, ‘The Declaration of Independence’ which in no way is repugnant to Islam. Poverty is increasing, even amongst the upper middle class. High inflation is causing real incomes to shrink, especially amongst the majority that is on salaries. High interest rates increase inflation, causing existing investment to shrink and drive away new investment, so no job creation, making matters worse. Utilities have gone down the drain. Corruption is rife, touching loot and plunder. Anarchy, still in pockets, is everywhere. There are no governments, federal or provincial, only dumb charades of them. A look at the opposition makes one want to cry. Synchronized be damned, all three branches of government are at loggerheads. Leaders of all institutions are suffering from grave doubts about their honesty and probity. Some claim that they can’t even see what’s going on, though the alleged bottles of a pretty girl don’t escape their attention. Justice is absent, except of the gallery-pleasing kind. Hundreds of thousands of cases are pending at all levels in the judiciary, with under trial prisoners already having spent more time in prison than their alleged crimes would warrant if found guilty. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Even the light from the onrushing train has gone. The tunnel is about to collapse. You know all the negatives that make the glass half empty getting emptier. Why labor the point? Now to a big negative that has been bothering me for days. When we reopened the Nato
the proceedings General (retd) Asad Durrani (the then DG ISI) and others have presented sworn affidavits admitting their unlawful conduct of distributing bribe money among politicians. But despite its startling importance and (for the most part) undisputed facts, the case has not proceeded at any considerable pace, and no verdict is expected anytime soon. In an election year (the importance of which cannot be stressed enough), this case has presented the court with a clear and unrestrained opportunity to give a declarative judgment on the requisite transparency in how the political parties and individual candidates a) raise money for their political activities, and b) use the available capital in the election process. In both these areas, it is not the law (on statute books) that is inadequate; it is simply the implementation and enforcement of the law that is missing. For political parties, the idea of accountability for the sources of funding is enshrined in Article 17(3) of the Constitution, which mandates that “every political party shall account for the source of its funds”, as prescribed by law. Furthermore, under the Political Parties Order, 2002, each political party is required to submit an annual statement of assets and liabilities, income and expenses, as well as sources of its funds to the Election Commission. This statute further mandates that the leader of each party must certify that no party funds have been received from “prohibited” sources (section 13). And the rules made under this law allow for prohibited funds to be confiscated by
supply routes the US State Department spokeswoman said that both sides made mistakes and both said sorry. I asked then what we had said sorry about. To expect a reply would be juvenile. Not even a murmur from the Foreign Office or ISPR. Thus the assumption has to be that the State Department’s spokeswoman was correct. We did make a mistake and we did say sorry, even if the US did too. What was it? What could it be? Is it that our mistake was not to inform the US about the post we had set up in Salala when it was originally agreed that both sides would keep the other informed about any posts they establish on their respective sides? Is this that led to the ‘mistaken’ US attack on Salala killing two dozen of our soldiers? Is it this what we said sorry for? I wonder. There’s no way of telling when it keeps embarrassingly emerging that people amongst us were either helping America or non-state terrorists? There are agents everywhere, we run into them all the time and we don’t even know. Yes, our glass is half full of poison, and growing. Pitiful. Calling the US-Pakistan relationship lovehate is facetious. There is no love or hate between states, only self-interest. If it is mutual self-interest so much the better, for then the relationship lasts. If it is based not on mutuality but on one-side-take-all, then hate submerges love. Ours is a symbiotic relationship in which one needs the other like a necessary evil. When one stops needing the other the symbiosis ends. We constantly need the US for bailouts; the US needs us for helping it to continue its dirty work in Afghanistan. It’s as simple as that. So the US keeps us dependent and in need, we keep the US stuck in Afghanistan to keep it needing us. The strategy works for both: keep each in need of the other. It also degrades both, for it replaces water with poison. This sick strategy will continue until the US brings its own fossil fuels into play and turns OPEC into an irrelevance. Then its interest in the region will change. When it does, the money of the mare will dry up and we may never see her go again. Instead, we will see dictators, kings and princelings go the other way – out. The process has started. America may not even remain so interested in the security of Israel when they realize that in protecting it and kowtowing to its contrariety they have made a mess of their own country. Hardly a price to pay but they have to keep paying it after having handed over key sectors of their state to Israel and its whims and wants. I’m not saying that all this will happen before the end of 2014, but that it will happen I’m certain of at the rate the world is changing. The lights are about to go off. When they come on again it will be a different world, though whether it will be a brave-new one I don’t know. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
the Election Commission. For individual candidates, the issue is governed by the Representation of People’s Act, 1976, which, through section 12, requires that each candidate, at the time of submission of the nomination papers, must provide a statement of “assets and liabilities”, along with those of his/her spouse and dependents, which are open for anyone to “inspect”. Once elected, each member must file a yearly statement of assets and liabilities with the Election Commission (section 42A). And where any such declaration is “false in material particulars”, the candidate can be proceeded against for “corrupt practice” (section 82). The intent behind these laws, of keeping black-money out of politics, is twopronged: a) ensuring that our elected representatives and political parties have a clean and transparent financial record coming into the election, and b) ensuring that money is not amassed illegally by during their term in office. Surprisingly, however, we have not developed any meaningful jurisprudence on campaign finance issues. It is as though campaign finance is just an academic idea in our democratic process, tucked-away from reach of judicial oversight. Reason? Since members from all sides of the political divide are guilty of violating campaign finance laws, no one seems interested in highlighting the issue. Consequently, our political process has been reduced to a simple notion of who can spend the most (legal or illegal) money during elections, with an incentive to recover it during the
term in office. This transformation of the electoral process into a capital-intensive exercise has effectively eradicated the ideal of allowing ‘anyone’ an opportunity to contest – captured in section 49 (restrictions on election expenses) of the Representation of People’s Act, 1976. And sadly, as a result of not enforcing the law that already exists on our statute books, we have systematically ostracized a large portion of our population from ever affording to aspire for political office. This, for all intents and purposes, is an election year. And all actions – by political parties, the judiciary, the media and civil administration – are being taken with one eye on the polls. In this frenzy, the judicial focus (rightly or wrongly) has been tuned to the sensationalism of NRO and prime minister’s contempt cases. These cases, while supremely important in their own right, are short-term in their application; their effect is (for the most part) limited to this particular government and the select beneficiaries of the NRO. It is perhaps time to zoom out a little and realize (as well as capitalize upon) the opportunities of fixing the democratic process for the longer haul. If the Supreme Court employs the same degree of urgency and persistence in the Ashgar Khan case, as it has in the NRO case, we might be a step closer to addressing a larger malady that infects our democratic paradigm. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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PtI’s economic policy The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on 24th August shared its economic policy which the party claims has been prepared after consultation with key stakeholders including top businessmen, academics, technical specialists, labor unions and the youth of Pakistan. It is unfortunate however that the PTI economic policy ignores the key issue of land reforms without which the large landowners controlling political power will not allow any change in the prevailing taxation and collection systems. They never allowed tax on agricultural incomes and reforms but increased sales taxes without adopting the direct income based tax system and consequently without widening the taxpayer base and increasing government revenue. Why have the PTI policymakers ignored the burden of local and foreign loans which constitute an approximate Rs 1200 trillion - about 60 percent of the national economy. Without reducing the debts, it is not possible to spare huge amount for education, health and infrastructure. Every economist knows Pakistan is surviving through the black market economy. How does PTI plan to get rid of this menace? It is imperative to have direct investment which requires drastic changes; the state should either follow fully the free market mechanisms or take ownership of all businesses. Without dismantling the government’s monopoly on energy, agriculture and defense systems, it is not possible to attract direct foreign investment. By increasing the income of the government and reducing corruption, the country can increase its GDP. In my view, without reforming the political system and civilian public services (bureaucratic), responsible attitude and strict accountability, no policy can change the plight of the masses in the country as implementation is always more important than the formulation. In the future, PTI should consult its 10 million members before making any policy. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
Some questions Reports have been published in the newspapers the other day that President Asif Ali Zardari has promised Center’s help in bridging Sindh’s budgetary deficit. After reading the report, some questions have risen in my mind which I want to share with other readers through these columns. The reports, in all fairness, should have mentioned some facts and figures as how to much the budgetary deficit of the Sindh
province was and how much help President Zardari has more or less committed to provide. Any promise or assurance by the head of the state is in no way less than a commitment which is fulfilled by all concerned on top priority basis. According to the reports, the president made this promise when Provincial Assembly Speaker Nisar Khuro called on him at the Bilawal House in Karachi. During the meeting, matters pertaining to the
What is foreign about a foreign country? ‘West Bank: Israeli troops hold two Palestinian girls back as they cry following arrest of their mother during a demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh in protest against the confiscation of Palestinian land to expand the nearby Jewish settlement of Halamish on Friday,’ so depicts an AFP photograph (Aug 25). This has gone within an inch of my life. In the photograph, the two Palestinian girls, one about 8 years, were shivering. But to me the original UN resolution for the establishment of the state of Palestine was also shivering like jelly; the OIC and the Arab League felt as usual for the last about ten years – oh! I see; so did their 57 members Muslim countries with the Arab members having been reconciled with such uncomfortable truth since long; and for western democracies, the claim for freedom of expression becoming alien for Palestinians to protect their land from Israel. For Israel, too much is never enough: Who can safely rule out more acres of the Palestinian lands, in time to come, for graveyards? So, what exactly is so foreign for the Palestinians about a foreign country like Israel? Z A KAZMI Karachi
Wake up call for PtA Of late, there have been a number of prize winning schemes being offered by various cellular companies. These are completely bogus and misleading to cash/prize seeking public. In the beginning, their marketing teams used to send some Hadith or a few verses from holy book or some good quotes to be passed on to at least 10 friends to receive a good news within a week. By doing so, millions of messages were sent all around the country thereby generating revenue for their company. Now they have started another scheme in which, they offer cars, bikes and cash by answering very simple questions. The process of questions and answers continues for hours and every time the cell company assures their prey that he/she is very near to win. Warid has come up with yet another novel way to trap their clients. I received a call last night that in Warid balloting of numbers, my number had won Rs 500,000 and for details I should ring up so and
legislation in the provincial assembly as well as affairs of the coalition government had also figured. One can understand that when the speaker of a national or provincial legislature meets the president, the obvious subject to be discussed should be legislation done or being done by the concerned legislature. How come the financial matters of the province had come under discussion when PA Speaker Nisar Khuro had called on President Asif Zardari?
so number. I rang up that number, it was picked up by Warid operator who congratulated me for winning the prize and then asked my ID card number, parentage and my home address. Then he gave me some code numbers to be given to their official who would bring the prize money to my house next morning. Then he asked me to have a talk with their supervisor who was supposed to get my bank account number etc for preparing the draft or pay order. By then I understood their game, as I had already talked to the Warid number for over 15 minutes. I told the man that they got the address and other particulars which was enough to receive the prize money. On this he told me unless I talked to supervisor, I would not get the prize. I would request the PTA to take notice of these gimmicks by the cell companies who want to generate the revenue by such dirty tricks. Besides wasting time of the subscribers, they indulge in cheating. They must be taken to task immediately. These cellular companies also sell the in use personal numbers to various organizations for marketing purposes which is unethical thing to do. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
the cost of nepotism The advertisement published by the State Bank of Pakistan in the daily newspaper on 19th August 2012 was a surprise for most of employees of the central bank. While internal promotions have been suspended for the last three years, the vacancy announced in the monetary policy and research cluster has seriously dented the sentiments of the employees working in the bank. Almost 25 analysts working across the bank with different professional and academic backgrounds were interviewed by one of the chief economic advisers of the bank and surprisingly none of these were considered suitable for these specific posts despite having experience of working in these areas specifically inflation and prices. On the one hand, no internal promotion has taken place due to so called surplus manpower, while on the other hand, direct hiring, induction of contractual employees and now this new advertisement explicitly portrays inconsistent policies of the bank. Ever since the appointment of chief economic adviser in the bank, most of the disheartened analysts have either quit the bank or applied for deputations to their home stations. This is the direct cost of nepotism at the research cluster of the bank that economic
As also mentioned in these reports, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had also called on the president separately. During the meeting, law and order in the province had come under discussion and not the financial matters or the budgetary deficit of the province. Despite these questions, this is good to note that a promise has been made at the highest level. MUHAMMAD MURTAZA ZISHAN Lahore
analysts having experiences of five-six years are leaving the research cluster. The higher management should take serious action on this act of nepotism. OMER KHAN A concerned citizen
Morning shows A few years ago, when one or two of our country’s most popular private television channels came up with morning shows, it seemed a very unique move on their part. The public really appreciated these channels for making these shows as they were creative and original. These programs were able to attract large audiences and people watched them with great zest. However, since the past two years at least, the high standards once maintained by these morning shows have rapidly declined. One reason for this might be the ever growing competition, because new channels are frequently launched; and not only entertainment channels, but even some news channels broadcast their own morning shows. But the actual cause behind the aggravating standards of morning shows, I believe, is that they have run out of quality material which could be shown. And this, obviously, is bound to happen when a show would be broadcasted five days a week, continuously for six years! Our morning shows have become more like soap operas; senseless and monotonous. They have been going on for so long now that they are left with no good things to show anymore. They keep repeating topics and make myriads of shows on that one topic for which they get high ratings. A greater TRP is the only thing with which the private television channels are obsessed, and in order to get it, they easily compromise with the standard of the show, and sometimes even with our moral principles. If one channel makes its morning show on an issue which gets a high response from the viewers, all the other channels also jump on the bandwagon and start discussing the same topic. Soon every channel is showing the same thing, and if it gets a positive feedback, it starts making more programs on that theme and show them every month, without realizing that they are extremely repetitive. These days also, there are only two hot topics in these morning shows – weddings and paranormal activities; and for the past few months, most of our morning shows have been revolving around these two subjects only. MADIHA VIQUAR Karachi
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12 PRINCe HARRY ellen deGeneres to be honoured with Walk of fame
AlK show host Ellen Degeneres is all set to be honoured with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 54-year-old funnywoman will unveil the 2,477th star at the famous intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street on September 4, reported Daily Star online. Fellow talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will serve as a guest speaker at the ceremony. “There will be dancing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when Ellen is honored with her star,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. The popular host of The Ellen Degeneres Show, recently, won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Comedian for a fourth consecutive year. neWS deSK
Jennifer, Justin differ over wedding ideas
CTORS Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux have different ideas over their D-day. While Aniston, 43, wants a flashy wedding abroad, Theroux wants to tie the knot closer home. “The actress wants a destination wedding, kind of like eloping with a few friends. There will be the feeling of a vacation since that’s their favoUrite thing to do,” usmagazine.com quoted a source as saying. “Justin wants a New York city winter wedding,” the source added. The couple, who announced their engagement Aug 12, reportedly also has different views on whether to have a high profile wedding or a small one with just family and friends. This will be Aniston’s second marriage after getting divorced from actor Brad Pitt. neWS deSK
TRICKed INTo NAKed HoNeY TRAP?
RINCE Harry became a victim of a honey trap by a group of girls who planned to get into his VIP suite hours before he was pictured cavorting naked, it has been claimed. At least four “hot chicks” went with the Prince to his room at a Las Vegas hotel after making a bee-line for him and other male members of his group. Two witnesses revealed how they saw and overheard the girls trying to catch the eye of the fun-loving royal, the Daily Express reported. They believe it may have been one of the same group of girls who later snapped him with a camera phone cavorting nude with a young brunette. As the fallout from the photos continued, details emerged of how the Prince may have been snared by the group of local girls whom he did not know. The encounter happened when Harry arrived “half wasted” at the five-star Wynn Hotel’s elegant Parasol bar and lounge just before midnight last Friday. Kim Garcia, 22, said: “He was definitely buzzed. He made eye contact with a brunette in the group and immediately invited them all to join him and his buddies.” Garcia, who is studying to be a dental hygienist, said she and a friend, 24-year-old hair salon receptionist Gloria Bryant, were drinking cocktails when they saw Harry walk in. “We recognised him instantly,” Kim said, “just like the other girls who were sitting a couple of tables away and getting noisier the more they drank. Gloria and I clearly heard one of them say, ‘That’s Prince Harry. Let’s see if we can get him to take us upstairs with him.’ Maybe she thought she was talking quietly but she was so drunk at least a dozen people must have heard her.” Bryant, of Palmdale, California, added: “It was one of those bar hook-ups that happens all the time in Vegas and it wouldn’t even have registered with us if it hadn’t involved Harry.” She and Garcia, of Yorba Linda, Cali-
fornia, had left friends earlier in the evening to sample the high life at one of the city’s most opulent casino resorts. Garcia explained: “We’d been hoping to catch sight of some celebrities letting their hair down but we were amazed to see Harry and what looked like a pretty big entourage of guys. When the four girls joined them they ordered another couple of rounds of drinks, including a bottle of vodka, but only hung around for another half-hour to 40 minutes.” “Then they all got up and left together and we just looked at each other with our mouths wide open when we realised the girls had managed to pull the biggest VIP in town.” Gloria said: “We told our friends later and they thought it was awesome that we had been so close to a real royal. Then we forgot about it until all the fuss. You have to think Harry is a bit of a dumb-ass for throwing all his clothes off and letting himself be photographed by a bunch of strangers. But, hey, this is Vegas and that’s what people do on vacation. It’s all harmless fun but you’d think someone in his position would go about things a bit more subtly and discreetly. There’s no doubt he was half wasted before he even set foot in that bar.” Kim and Gloria quickly found the Wynn, which boasts Dior and Cartier stores and a Ferrari showroom, far too expensive for their budget. “It’s the kind of place you’d expect real gold-diggers to hang out and those girls looked exactly that type. Once Harry showed an interest there was no way they weren’t going to try to get their claws into him. Even pretty wasted, which they all were, it was obvious the only thing they wanted to do was party with Harry and get as much on his dime as they could.” “It’s a shame, really. You’d think he’d go for classier girls who are a bit more discreet. But if you can’t go a bit wild in Vegas, what’s the point of coming here?” Garcia added. neWS deSK
mumbai: Indian bollywood actress Ameesha Patel walks the ramp during a
Joker’s item number insults patriotic sentiments in India INDI movie Joker, scheduled for release August 31, could face legal hurdles over a raunchy item number that allegedly insults patriotic sentiments, an activist said here Thursday. A legal notice has been served on the Central Board of Film Certification demanding deletion of the item number. The song has “caused an intolerable insult to our first warrior of independence, Rani Laxmibai, famous as Jhansi ki Rani,” said Rajkumar Tak, the Maharashtra director of International Human Rights Association. “The song, Kaafirana, carries offensive words and utters the name of the great warrior princess Jhansi Ki Rani in a derogatory manner. We want the producer, Shirish Kunder, to delete the item number or Rani Laxmibai’s name must be deleted from that song,” lawyer S. Kunjuraman told IANS. Joker stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in the lead role, and the controversial item number has been picturised on Chitrangada Singh. The lyrics sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Adarsh Shinde feature words like “bevdi, bawaal, kaafirana, paapi ye ang hai, saali kalank hai, fultoo dabangg hai, kholeye ab, do peg, baby I just want you, Jhansi Ki Rani,” Kunjuraman pointed out. Tak said that the pre-release video of the song shows a “vulgar item girl gyrating like a drunkard” and revolving a long stick symbolizing the sword of Rani Laxmibai. Kunjuraman warned that unless the producers complied, they would be compelled to move the Bombay High Court and seek appropriate relief. COuRTeSy TOi
Justin Timberlake to sell NY pad before wedding
INgER Justin Timberlake is ready to sell off his New York bachelor pad in preparation for his married life. Timberlake, who is set to marry actress Jessica Biel later this year, has put his penthouse apartment up for sale at an asking price of £4.78 million, reports thesun.co.uk. It is a threebedroom residence in Manhattan’s trendy Soho district, and has a fireplace and a terrace. Timberlake bought it for £4.1 million in 2010. Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, got engaged in a ski resort in US during Christmas. neWS deSK
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FTER being in the industry for more than a decade, Bipasha Basu says an actor’s life is a sad one. She says even superstars fade away after a point and are remembered only when they die. “An actor’s life is very sad. The biggest of superstars in our country fade away after some time and are remembered only when they die. But what to do? It is very vulnerable, very sad, but that is the way it is. Nothing is permanent in their life,” Bipasha told IANS on the phone from Mumbai. A classic example is that of Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood’s first superstar. All but forgotten for almost a decade, he emerged briefly in a rather sad TV spot and the next thing we knew was that he was in hospital, came out, went in again and came out for the last time - only to die a few days later. Of course, there was a nationwide outpouring of grief - and this is just the point Bipasha is making. “Once you achieve success, you just want to work, you don’t want to be forgotten. It is an emotion that every actor worldwide, male or female, goes through,” said the 33-year-old, who plays an actress whose career is on the downfall in her forthcoming film “ Raaz 3”. Directed by filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, the movie, a sequel to 2009 film “Raaz”, also stars Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta. Bipasha says people want to know everything about an actor’s life and that is the reason films like “The Dirty Picture”, “Raaz 3” and “Heroine” are made. “Acting is a very enigmatic line. Being a celebrity people always want to know about your personal life - what you are? What you eat? How you live? Where you go? Who are you dating? How you breathe?” “Raaz 3” is about struggle of an actor’s life to attain fame and success. And the actress says that an actor’s life makes an interesting proposition for a movie theme. “It is an interesting profession to make a film on - either the actor’s life or an actress’. In today’s time everybody wants to be an actor. It is a fascinating profession and people want to know about behind the scenes. And that is the reason there have been so many movies made on the same topic,” said Bipasha, who made her acting debut with the 2001 film “Ajnabee”. So, are such films actually based on real life incidents? “These are all fictional and little drawn from reality. Such films are basically
different types of storytelling of different directors, which make for very interesting stories,” added Bipasha. An actor’s personal life has always made headlines and even the Bengali beauty has not been spared be it her relationship with “Raaz” costar Dino Morea, or her romance with actor John Abraham and their breakup. Though she does not let all that bother her a lot, she says media and people should not forget that actors need some privacy. “Poeple are always interested to know what you are doing in your personal space. It makes great news for people to discuss over a meal. But they forget we are also humans, who have a personal life, struggles and we too go through good and bad times. “It is quite harsh at times to expect an actor to be okay with whatever is written about him. Actors and not super humans, they are normal people,” said the actress, who has also worked in Tamil, Telugu and Bengali language films. Known for her performances in films like “Corporate” and “Dhoom 2”, Bipasha is game for well-written comedies. “I am dying to do a comedy. I am a funny girl and blessed with a mad sense of humour. I think I can pull off comedy nicely. I don’t like slapstick comedy but, yes, situational comedy works for me,” said the actress, who has done comedy films like “No Entry” and “All The Best”. Last seen in “Jodi Breakers”, Bipasha’s future projects include English film “Singularity” and director Suparn Varma’s horror project “Aatma”.
KATHERINE DENIES AFFAIR WITH BECKHAM
ElSH classical singer Katherine Jenkins has been forced to deny she had an affair with David Beckham after bogus rumours circulated on Twitter. Jenkins, 32, took to the micro blogging site to rubbish the reports by issuing a statement claiming that she had only met the footballer twice and said she had never been on her own with Beckham. The rumours swept Twitter after a picture of a fake
magazine cover started doing the rounds, which claimed that Beckham had left his wife, Victoria, the Telegraph reported. Numerous users tweeted the unfounded rumour that the alleged affair was covered by a superinjunction. However, others took to Twitter to point out they had not even heard of the rumour until she brought it up. A spokesman for the lA galaxy star said the allegations were “rubbish” and “nonsensical.” Jenkins tweeted: “Dear Twitter friends, I’ve read some horrible rumours on here and want u 2 know I absolutely deny I’ve had an affair with David Beckham. “The rumours are very
hurtful, untrue and my lawyers tell me actionable. I’ve only met David twice: once at the Military Awards in 2010 and on a night out in the West End in Feb 2012. “We were out in a group of friends and it was just a normal fun evening out. Just so we are clear I have never been on my own with him and never arranged to meet up,” she wrote. Jenkins was spotted at the same club as Beckham in February where it was claimed she had partied with the footballer and Prince Harry until the early hour. They were later spotted leaving separately. She is said to be dating dancer Derek Hough whom she met on Dancing With The Stars. neWS deSK
Gorgeous Kareena mesmerises in ‘saaiyaan’ from ‘Heroine’
TV motion pictures released a new song of their upcoming film ‘Heroine’ on Saturday morning. Sung by the versatile and talented Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ‘Saaiyaan’ is a slow number featuring Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and Randeep Hooda. The song has been composed by Salim-Sulaiman and penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The otherwise glamorous Kareena appears subdued in the video and looks natural and beautiful in the shots. Madhur Bahndarkar’s ‘Heroine’ has been garnering a lot of hype ever since its first trailer was released earlier this month. The makers have also released the film’s item number ‘Halkat Jawani’ which has become an instant hit. neWS deSK
Ranveer, deepika’s 4 am coﬀee date
T had been reported earlier that the industry is buzzing with rumours about the new found ‘friendship’ that has blossomed between Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. Deepika, who is enjoying her much single status to the hilt, has been seen enjoying and warming up the ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ star in recent times. They were initially spotted chatting up and having a good time at Ayan Mukherjee’s party and also going out with friends for dinner at suburban restaurants. In all the occasions, they were with other people. But last weekend, the duo was spotted sipping coffee and chatting at a coffee shop in a five star hotel at 4 in the morning! A tabloid reports that Deepika came to the hotel after attending the Ambani party. Dressed in Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, the actress looked stunning while Ranvir looked straight out of bed, dressed in track pants. The duo, who will be seen together in Sanjay leela Bhansali’s ‘Ram leela’, spent few hours at the coffee shop chatting. Interestingly, Deepika was also seen recently bonding with Ranveer’s ex Anushka Sharma at a private screening of ‘gangs of Wasseypur’. So, is the new found friendship between Ranvir and Dippy strictly for ‘Ram leela’ or is there more to it? neWS deSK
salman Khan oﬀered Rs 100 crore for movie?
Uzz has it that post the record-breaking success of Ek Tha Tiger, Salman Khan has been signed for a whopping Rs. 100 cr by producer Ramesh Taurani. If the report is true, Salman would become the highest paid actor in Bollywood. A source told Mid Day: “As expected Ek Tha Tiger has sent the cash registers ringing and many filmmakers have been seen visiting Salman’s residence to make a film with him. However, Taurani, who has earlier worked with Salman and has had him signed since the past couple of years, is very keen that they do a film together.” “A couple of days back, he met Salman and offered him Rs. 100 crore for a film. Taurani is aware that the actor’s last three films have done business near to Rs. 150 crore net and that’s why he is ready to take the gamble,” the source was quoted by the tabloid. When contacted by the Mumbai tabloid, this is what Taurani had to say: “Salman is already signed with me and this is not the right figure. He will be doing a film in 2013 with us and details are being worked out.” neWS deSK
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Infotainment 14 Age gracefully: 10 foods for midlife women
Mystery of the pigeon fanciers’ ‘bermuda triangle’ AMED actress and octogenarian Bette Davis said getting older isn’t for sissies. Those of us over 50 know that, while the second half of our lives can be a time of emotional stability, mental acuity, wisdom and power, the physical fact of aging is undeniable. And the risk of age-related disease increases with each passing year. There’s not much you can do to stop the inexorable march of time; but you can protect your health, and age more gracefully, with the following foods.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that protect against Alzheimer’s, which strikes one in every six women, as well as age-related changes in brain and motor function. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory actions to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries and prunes are other great sources of polyphenols.
Olives are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, one of the few fats that lower “bad” cholesterol and help prevent inflammation. Additionally, olives and olive oil contain antioxidant compounds that also have heart-protective, antiinflammatory effects. Other foods high in monounsaturated fats include almonds, avocados and peanuts.
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Wild Alaskan salmon is high in omega-3 fats to help prevent mood swings and depression, especially common in menopause. Salmon also has high levels of astaxanthin and zeaxantin, hard-toget antioxidants that protect the eyes from age-related damage. Sardines are another good source of omega-3 fats.
Turmeric slows and may prevent the development of rheumatoid arthritis, which seems to affect women more often and more severely. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, also shores up the immune system to protect the body from infection.
Flax seeds are high in lignans, especially important for women; lignans help protect the body from xenoestrogens — toxic compounds found in plastics, hormones in meat and dairy, and pesticides, that mimic natural estrogen and can increase the risk of breast and hormonal cancers. Lignans also protect against other cancers, including colon cancer.
Green Tea Green tea is rich in antioxi-
Cauliflower Cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli and arugula contain di-indolylmethane (DIM), a compound that protects against breast and hormone-related cancers.
Beans Beans are rich in soluble fiber, to reduce cholesterol, protect the heart and possibly reduce the risk of colon cancer. Because they’re high in protein, they’re a good vegetarian substitute for meat — important, because high intake of red meat may increase risk a woman’s risk of colon cancer.
UNDREDS of racing birds have disappeared in unexplained circumstances after being released in north east England. Experts are baffled at the phenomenon, with abnormally high rainfall, high levels of solar activity and even signals from a spy base being blamed. Pigeon fanciers have compared it to the disappearance of ships and aircraft in an area of the Atlantic bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. But now the mystery centres on a geographical area encompassing Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett. In the latest episode, only 13 out of 232 birds released in Thirsk last Saturday by a Scottish pigeon racing club made it back to Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. The birds themselves already have to contend with the growing problem of attacks by peregrine falcons, sparrow hawks and goshawks. Some of the most valuable racing pigeons are worth tens of thousands of pounds while interest from the Far East has pushed up the price of birds used for breeding even further. neWS deSK
Kale Kale and other leafy greens are high in folic acid, a type of B vitamin that protects against cervical cancer and cervical dysplasia. Kale is also a member of the crucifer family, so it offers added protection against breast cancer.
dants that protect against breast cancer and help kill existing cancer cells. It’s also protective against skin cancer and may reverse the effects of sun damage, and seems to work by repairing the cell’s DNA.
finn throws olympic distance with old Nokia
Finnish teenager won a mobile phone throwing contest on Saturday by hurling his old Nokia phone 101.46 meters. The annual contest is one of many offbeat events such as wife-carrying that are held in the summer when normally reserved Finns like to celebrate the warmer weather with silliness and outdoor sport. Ere Karjalainen, who beat around 50 contestants, including some who had travelled from England and India, said he had practiced only once and prepared mainly “by drinking”. Not that the skills are totally comparable, but he bettered the gold medal javelin throw at the London Olympics by nearly 17 meters. Finland is home to Nokia and is one of the world’s most mature mobile phone markets, with people paying for tram tickets and parking spaces with their phones. neWSdeSK
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a relatively hard-toget antioxidant that reduces the risk of heart attack, breast cancer and cervical cancers. Some studies also suggest that cooking and oil make it easier for the body to absorb lycopene, so eat tomatoes in sauces and soups with olive oil, for maximum effectiveness. COuRTeSy huffinGTOn POST
Man in Malaysia bitten by crocodile during toilet break
A construction worker was bitten by a crocodile during a toilet break in a river in Malaysian Borneo, but fought off the huge reptile and escaped with his life. Pai punched the two-metre (6.5-foot) crocodile in the eye after it bit him just above his right buttock, and despite being in incredible pain and soaked in blood managed to summon help, reports said Saturday. The attack happened early Friday, when the 32-year-old decided to take his chances in the river in Sarawak state despite knowing it was infested with crocodiles. The labourer, an Indonesian who works at a nearby construction site, had just finished relieving himself under a bridge when the animal bit him from behind. "Fortune favoured me when the crocodile let go after I punched it in the eye," he was quoted saying. "After being freed from the jaws of the
crocodile, I found extraordinary strength to run and call for help even though my waist was extremely painful." Several newspapers ran pictures of Pai, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, lying on his stomach at the Sarawak General Hospital with bandages on his waist and hip area. According to sources, he also suffered puncture wounds on the left side of his ribs. Crocodile attacks have been a constant problem in Malaysia, with several deaths reported in the past few years. It was reported that a 14-year-old boy was still recovering at the same hospital after a crocodile attack on Wednesday. Two years ago, a Malaysian businessman settled out of court for 43,000 ringgit ($14,000) after he was bitten by a crocodile while playing golf at a resort near the historic port town of Malacca just south of Kuala Lumpur. afP
16-year-old with cancer completes ‘bucket list’ of dreams
N inspirational teenager has completed her list of all the things she wanted to do after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Alice Pyne from Ulverston in northwest England became a worldwide Internet sensation when she published her “bucket list” online just over a year ago. Help came from pouring in from across the globe. The 16-year-old has been able to swim with sharks, go to her school prom and meet the band Take That. Now she’s celebrating completing her list with her latest adventure: whale watching in Canada. “It was really amazing because in the beginning I didn’t even know it was going to get published, and so I didn’t expect half the things to get done, never mind finishing it,” Pyne said. neWS deSK
d’oh! Post office stuck with millions of ‘simpsons’ stamps
AS “The Simpsons” fandom run its course, or did the U.S. Postal Service simply dream too big? The post office produced 1 billion “Simpsons” themed 44-cent stamps in 2009, but only 318 million were sold, the New York Times reports. That leaves 682 million stamps that are now unlikely to sell since they now need a one-cent extra stamp for first-class postage. The post office raised its rates to 45 cents for a first-class letter in January. The Times reports that if the stamps are destroyed, as commemorative stamps that don’t sell often are, it would amount to a waste of $1.2 million in printing costs. The post office has produced “Forever” stamps since 2007. Such stamps are always valid for the first-class postage rate despite any rate increases since they were issued. neWS deSK
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Whamore confident of good show against Australia DUBAI afP
AKISTAN'S head coach Dav Whatmore was confident his team will have upper hand in the limited over series against Australia, who will miss some key players due to injuries and retirement. The 58year-old former Australian batsman also believed familiar conditions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has become Pakistan's base as security concerns stop them from hosting matches at home -- also give his side edge. Australia will miss allrounder Shane Watson through injury and spearhead Brett Lee, who retired last month after being plagued by injuries. The four-time world champions also slipped to fourth in the on-day rankings earlier this month after a period of three years following their 4-0 loss in England. The threematch one-day series starts in Sharjah on August 28. The other two matches will be
Women netball team off to Sl LAHORE STaff RePORT
The Pakistan Women Netball team has proceed to Colombo, Sri Lanka for participation in 8th Asian Women Netball Championship 2012 being held at there August from 25 to 31. According to Mudassar Arain, Secretary General, PNF they will also participation in 1st Asian Beach Netball Championship 2012 held at Colombo from September 1 to 2. The 10 countries teams will take part in this mega event namely, Srilanka, Singapore, Maldives, India, Pakistan, Burnie, Japan, Kong Kong (China), Malaysia & Nepal. The Srilanka Netball team is defending champion. The Pakistan Netball Federation has selected to the following players for desired participation: Umama Qadri, Quraul Ain, Nayab Razia, Hannah Samson, Aisha, Arfa, Tahniat Alam, Sheeba Samson, Abdul Razak (Manager). The Previous performance of Pakistan Women Netball team got the Bronze Medal in 1st South Asian Beach Games 2011, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Pakistan Women Netball team will be played to the following matches at given dates: 26-08-2012 (Pakistan V/s Burnie) 27-08-2012 (Pakistan V/s Maldives) 28-08-2012 (Pakistan V/s Singapore) 29-08-2012 (Pakistan V/s Maldives)
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played in Abu Dhabi (August 31) and Sharjah (September 3). The three Twenty20 internationals will be played in Dubai
September on 5, 7 and 10. Whatmore was confident his team will put up a better show. "Australia have had a retirement or two and an injury so I suppose we can have edge to start with," Whatmore told reporters on team's arrival here on Saturday. Whatmore, who played seven Test and one limited over international for Australia in late 1970s, warned Australia can come back strongly as well. "It could be they will try even harder after they lost pretty badly to England but the conditions in UAE are more known to the Pakistan team so from that point of view we hold a bit of an edge," said Whatmore. Pakistan have been forced to play their home series in UAE since terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team suspended all international cricket in the country which prompted foreign teams to refuse tours to the troubled country. Whatmore believed Pakistan can improve after winning the Asia Cup in March and despite losing both Tests and one-dayers on their tour of Sri Lanka.
"The Asia Cup was good so really it hasn't been as bad as some people may think. I honestly thought we were one ODI victory away from winning the series but otherwise it was a very good tour of Sri Lanka," said Whatmore. "From positions of strength we managed to snatch defeat and hand the game over," said Whatmore of the 3-1 defeat in the five-match oneday series in Sri Lanka, with one match abandoned due to rain. "The talent is definitely there, we just need to be a little bit stronger and win the mental battle a bit more and the team will be very competitive and consistent. We're working on those sorts of things." Whatmore believed Pakistan can do well in the World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka in September-October. "Pakistan have done impressively well in previous World Twenty20s so the pressure is on for us this time, particularly me. It's a challenge but I've always looked forward to these sorts of challenges."
Afghanistan picks recovering Hamid for World Twenty20 SHARJAH afP
Afghanistan on Saturday picked Hamid Hasan in their 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, hoping the frontline paceman recovers from surgery in time. The 25-year-old, regarded as Rambo of Afghanistan cricket after famous Hollywood hero Silverstone Stallone for his aggressive and hard-working nature, underwent a knee operation and was in danger of losing his place. But Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Hamid Shinwari said Hasan is fast recovering and will attain full fitness before the tournament starts in Sri Lanka on September 18. "We have selected Hasan with a confidence that he will attain full fitness before the tournament starts and he can get match fitness on our tour to the West Indies early next month," Shinwari told AFP. Afghanistan will play Trinidad
and Tobago and Bangladesh in a Twenty20 tri-series early next month before competing in the World Twenty20. They are placed in Group A along with holders England and India in the 12-team World Twenty20. Hasan took 12 wickets in Afghanistan's qualification for the World Twenty20 held in the West
Indies in 2010 but has since struggled with fitness problems. He took two wickets for an ICC Combined XI against England in a three-day match in Dubai in January before hurting his knee. He has so far taken 24 wickets in 14 one-days and an impressive 14 in eight Twenty20 matches. Afghanistan lost both their matches in the 2010 World Twenty20 to India and South Africa but Shinwari hoped his team will put up a competitive show this time. "We have a very competitive team and I hope that they will put up a better show in this year's event," said Shinwari. Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal (capt), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Izzatullah Dawlatzai, Karim Sadeq, Mohammad Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nasim Baras, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shehzad, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapur Zadran.
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Mohammad Akram, the new bowling coach of the Pakistan national team had to cancel his commentary assignment, which he was due to perform for the Afghanistan-Australia match. "Yes, I have been doing commentary for TV channels from last four years but with this new position at the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), I would not be doing this anymore", he said from London. "I am yet to speak to any of the players or with the Head Coach Dave Whatmore as my coaching assignment has just been finalised yesterday, but I will be joining the team soon. I have to wind up here before being based in Lahore. It will be an honour to work with the national team. I have been offered one full year contract and I am excited to perform my duty", he further added. The PCB had short listed the two coaches for the particular job. Akram was interviewed by Javed Miandad and Intikhab Alam. "Stuart Barnes was declined as he was committed with the Bangladesh team and was unavailable till the first week of October and we wanted someone who can join the team in UAE and also before the World Twenty and hence, Akram was given the chance"|, a member of the coach finding committee said from Lahore. Akram has passed Level III coaching, but has no regrets. "I don't believe in this (coaching examinations etc.). Coaching is done on the field of play not on laptops. I have faith in my ability and I am confidant about taking the team to the next level", he signed off.
South Africa beat New Zealand to finish third LAHORE STaff RePORT
Chelsea's England midfielder Frank Lampard says winning the Champions League success meant several veterans himself included - avoided having time called on their Stamford Bridge careers. The win over Bayern Munich in May's final gave billionaire owner Roman Abramovich the title he craved four years on from a penalty shootout loss to Manchester United in Moscow. A difficult season had seen Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas making way for former player Roberto Di Matteo amid reports of dressing room unrest and differences with the players - including Lampard. Had they lost in Munich the club might have jettisoned several of the old stagers, Lampard told The Times. "If we had gone out of the Champions League, God knows what would have happened. Looking back, there probably would have been wholesale changes," he told The Times.
Akram cancels commentary job to take Pakistan job
South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets to finish third at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 on Saturday in the third-fourth position playoff at the Endeavour Park in Townsville. South Africa and New Zealand has earlier lost semi-finals to Australia and India respectively. Batting first after winning the toss, New Zealand was bowled out for just 90 in 36.5 overs. South Africa chased down the target in just 14.4 overs to end at 94 for two. Earlier, left-arm paceman Jan Frylinck (two for 18 off five overs), playing his second game of the tournament, started off well for South Africa. Frylinck snapped up New Zealand opener Ben Horne and number three batsman Will Young from successive deliveries, but was denied a hat-trick. The third-wicket stand of 28 runs between Joe Carter (20) and Robert O'Donnell (13) steadied the ship for New
Zealand. South Africa paceman Calvin Savage (three for 14 off four overs) broke the stubborn partnership, dismissing O'Donnell in the 11th over. Savage's spell helped him earn the Player of the Match award. Later leg-spinner David Rhoda spun a web around the New Zealand tail, picking up four for 26 off 9.5 overs. In its chase, South Africa was well served by opener and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock (50: 43b, 9x4) who got the side off to a brisk start. Left-arm spinner Theo van Woerkom (one for 34 off four overs) and Ish Sodhi (one for 17 off 3.4 overs) were the only wicket-takers for New Zealand.
In the end, South Africa ran home easy winners in just 14.4 overs and sealed the third position in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. South Africa captain Chad Bowes was thrilled with the performance of his team. “It was a clinical performance by the boys today,” Bowes said after the win. “It is never easy coming back after a defeat, especially in a semi-final, but the boys showed good character and a fighting spirit to come back with a strong performance." Bowes was particularly pleased with the chase. “It is never easy chasing a small total,” said Bowes. “It could have gone either way. We just went out there with a positive mindset. We put away any bad balls. Quinton de Kock got us off to a flyer and that helped our momentum. “Once we felt that we were on top we kept pushing because we didn't want to give them a sniff at any stage during the innings. The run-rate did increase and we just finished it off.”
Bowes said his team-mates will go back home with their heads held high after an impressive tournament in which they only lost once. “I am very proud of the boys. We did hurt a lot after the loss in the semi-final as we all had a very good belief that we could go all the way in the tournament. I'm proud of the boys and the way they fought back. We can now go back home with a lot of pride.”
SCOReS in bRief: SuPER LEAGuE: 3rd-4th position play-off –South Africa beats New Zealand by eight wickets, Endeavour Park, Townsville New Zealand 90 all out, 36.5 overs (Connor Neynens, Joe Carter 20; David Rhoda 4-26, Calvin Savage 3-14, Jan Frylinck 2-18) South Africa 94 for two, 14.4 overs (Quntinon de Kock 50, Theunis de Bruyn 19 not out) Player of the Match - Calvin Savage (South Africa)
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Six-wicket Ashwin puts India on top HYDERABAD
FF-SPINNER Ravichandran Ashwin took a career-best 6-31 to put India in firm command on a rain-hit third day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Saturday. The 25-year-old was superbly backed by leftarm spinner Pragyan Ojha (3-44) as New Zealand were dismissed for 159 in their first innings at the stroke of lunch in reply to India's 438. The hosts, who enforced the follow-on after taking a 279-run lead, reduced New Zealand to 41-1 in the second innings at stumps on a day when only 37.3 overs were bowled. Opener Brendon McCullum was unbeaten on 16 and Kane Williamson was three not out when play was called off after tea due to rain. New Zealand trail by 238 runs. India opened the attack in the second innings with Ojha, who trapped opener Martin Guptill (16) leg-before in his eighth over to claim his fourth wicket of the match. "There is some bounce in the wicket and in the second innings, it has started turning more. We are confident that everything will fall in place for us," said Ojha. "When it is turning, it's a bonus for you. Keep it there and let the batsmen make some mistakes. We have two more days to go and are confident with the way the guys are bowling and how everyone is approaching the game." The tourists earlier added 53 runs to their overnight total of 106-5 after the match started an hour late due to a wet outfield, with Ashwin taking three wickets and Ojha and paceman Umesh Yadav one each. It was Ashwin's third haul of five or more wickets in an innings in
HyderAbAd: brendon Mccullum play a shot as Mahender Singh dhoni (l) and virat Kohli reacts during the third day of the first test match against India at the rajiv Gandhi International cricket Stadium. AFP seven Tests. James Franklin, unbeaten on 31 on Friday, was the lone batsman to defy the Indian attack, topscoring with an unbeaten 43 off 122 balls. "Obviously there was always going to be some balls that were going to spin past me. I was just trying not to worry about them too much," said Franklin. "Hopefully, we will rec-
tify a few mistakes we made in the first innings and look to stay a lot longer at the crease. It's a pretty simple formula: just occupy the crease. "They are obviously good spinners and done well in India. They have a lot of fielders around the bat. We can't let that worry us too much and we have to just concentrate on our own game."
india 1st innings 438 (C. Pujara 159, mS dhoni 73, V. Kohli 58; J. Patel 4-100, T. boult 3-93) neW Zealand 1st innings (overnight 106-5): 22 b. mcCullum c Kohli b Ojha 2 m. Guptill c Kohli b ashwin K. Williamson c Sehwag b Ojha 32 R. Taylor c Kohli b ashwin 2 16 d. flynn lbw b ashwin 43 J. franklin not out K. van Wyk lbw b yadav 0 17 d. bracewell st dhoni b Ojha 10 J. Patel c and b ashwin T. boult c Gambhir b ashwin 4 C. martin b ashwin 0 11 eXTRaS (b4, lb7) 159 TOTal (for all out, 61.3 overs) fall of WiCKeTS: 1-25 (mcCullum), 2-29 (Guptill), 3-35 (Taylor), 4-55 (flynn), 5-99 (Williamson), 6-111 (van Wyk), 7-141 (bracewell), 8-153 (Patel), 9-159 (boult), 10-159 (martin). bowling: Zaheer 11-4-33-0, yadav 8-0-24-1, Ojha 21-6-443, ashwin 16.3-5-31-6, Sehwag 2-0-4-0, Raina 2-0-6-0, Tendulkar 1-0-6-0. neW Zealand 2nd innings: 16 m. Guptill lbw b Ojha 16 b. mcCullum not out K. Williamson not out 3 eXTRaS (lb6) 6 41 TOTal (for one wicket; 18 overs) fall of WiCKeT: 1-26 (Guptill) bOWlinG: Ojha 9-4-13-1, Zaheer 5-2-4-0, yadav 3-0-13-0, ashwin 1-0-5-0. TOSS: india umPiReS: ian Gould (enG) and Steve davis (auS) TV umPiRe: Vineet Kulkarni (ind) maTCh RefeRee: Chris broad (enG)
Punjab Youth Sports Festival 2012 rolls into action today Competitions begin at Neighbourhood & Village level
lAHore: chief organizer and deputy Speaker rana Mashood is addressing the journalists during a press briefing while Secretary Sports Haroon Ahmed and dG Sports/youth Affairs usman Anwar look on. Adviser to chief Minister Punjab Zakir Hussain was also present on the occasion. STAFF PhOTO be eligible to participate in the competitions LAHORE STaff RePORT
The much-awaited Punjab Youth Sports Festival 2012 will roll into action among the Sports and Youth Development Council (S&YDC) at Neighbourhood and Village level from August 26 (Sunday). This was stated by chief organizer of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan in a press briefing here at the conference hall of the Sports Board Punjab on Saturday. Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Punjab Mr Usman Anwar was also present on the occasion. “It has for the first time in the history of the country that Guinness Book of World Records is the official partners of the PYF 2012 which is setting up new benchmark. They will be in the country by the mid of October to monitor and beam the events of the Festival throughout the globe and record GWR attempts by the Pakistan nationals.” Punjab is going to set yet another standard after the successful organization of the Punjab Sports Festival as around 50 million people belonging to 55200 Sports and Youth Development Councils will participate and witness this grand event. He informed that the matches and competitions will start simultaneously at all the 55,200 S&YDC in the first phase of the PYF 2012. This phase have nine events to be contested in two sectors. He further stated that the PYF will be contested at six different phases while Neighbourhood and Village level is its first stage. Rana Mashhood said: “The first phase have total prize money of Rs 16,800 at each council and will have competitions in seven sports and two general categories.” He said that in the open category concerned neighbourhood and villages will only
among teams and individuals. He further informed that the limited-over or short time matches will be held on knockout basis through open draws. “The best players from among the best performers will be picked up and scrutinised by a selection committee and the selected player will be notified to the S&YDC to preserve the talent. And they will further be selected to form the team to compete at the Union Council level, which is the second stage of the Festival,” he informed and added that there will be a jury of appeal to resolve selection mattes and disputes. He further said that employees, sportsmen and professional players will not be allowed to participate in any competitions but will be allowed to compete only in inter-departmental events at Provincial level. “The competitions of arms wrestling, athletics, badminton, billiard, cricket tape ball, tug of war and volleyball, and naat khani and qirat will be conducted and supervised by Tehsil Sports Officials, Union Councils, assistant commissioners and concerned DCOs,” he added. Rana Mashhood also informed that there is no registration fee to participate in any competition, which would conclude at the neighbourhood and village level most probably on September 6 and will be followed by Union Council level of the Festival. He further informed that the details of the conduct of the events is also available on the web portal (www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk), offices of tehsil sports officials, Union Councils, assistant commissioners and concerned DCOs. “We have launched yet another grand slam event to give direction to the youth of the country and revive sports culture in the province,” he added.
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NEW HAVEN: Sara Errani of Italy plays Petra Kvitova of Cezch Republic during the semifinals of the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center. AFP
World championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start on pole for Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP after finishing fastest in qualifying on Saturday. The Yamaha rider clocked 1min 55.799 seconds for his fourth pole of the season, setting a new circuit record and leaving Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow 0.196 seconds behind in second place. Spain's Dani Pedrosa, trailing Lorenzo by 18 points in the world championship, came in third 0.528 seconds behind after dominating all three free practices. Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Ben Spies of the United States finished fourth in qualifying, ahead of two Italians -- Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) and Ducati star Valentino Rossi.
Paralympic dream for london attacks survivor LONDON afP
When Martine Wright headed to work just over seven years ago and began reading about London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in a newspaper, taking part had not entered her head. The previous day, July 6, 2005, the International Olympic Committee had awarded the British capital the Games at a ceremony in Singapore, triggering scenes of widespread celebration. But during the morning rush hour on July 7, the mood was shattered when four Islamist suicide bombers detonated their explosives on three London Underground trains and a double-decker bus, killing themselves and 52 others. Martine Wright could easily have been one of the victims. One of the bombers blew himself up in the carriage of her Circle Line train. She lost her legs and only awoke from a coma in hospital more than a week later.
Swimming legend Du Toit prepares to bow out JOHANNESBURG afP
South Africa's multiple paralympic champion Natalie du Toit is aiming for an astonishing seven golden medals at the London Olympics when she jumps in the pool for her last major international event. The 28-year-old from Cape Town, whose story of courage in the face of a major setback has inspired millions, will take part in seven events in her third Paralympics. Together with Oscar Pistorius, the "Blade Runner" who became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics when he ran in the 400m heats this year, Du Toit forms the backbone of South Africa's 62-strong team heading to the British capital. She is aiming to go out with a bang, performing in the 50m, 100m and 400m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m backstroke and
two categories in the 100m butterfly. Du Toit has been preparing since last year at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, last year. "London 2012 will be the end of my swimming career," she told the IPC magazine The Paralympian in an interview published in January this year. "The reason I did all of the events at the World Championships in Eindhoven was because I want to do all the events at the Paralympics." Du Toit started competing internationally as 14-year-old able-bodied swimmer, representing South Africa in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Three years later her scooter was hit by a car as she was returning to school after swimming practice. The teen's left leg was amputated below the knee.
Of coaches, Pietersen, Nadal and Federer SportS thiS Week ALI AKBAR England’s all too short reign at the top of the Test rankings was ended decisively by South Africa who won two of the three Tests, convincingly and with a bit to spare. This was an unusually well rounded team with an incisive pace attack, backed up by the swing and seam of Vernon Philander who also proved himself no mug with the bat. Add to that the leg spin of Imran Tahir, who got better as the series progressed and South Africa had an attack which just would not allow England’s batsmen to settle. All too often, they were found playing along the wrong line to the wily Philander. Steyn and Morkel were good enough to take wickets at any juncture. On the batting end also, the South Africans were ahead, with Hashim Amla never looking like getting out. The supporting cast of Smith, Peterson, De Villiers, Kallis is as good as any on the circuit. In sum, the South Africans were the better team. They have now effectively shed the “chokers” label. BATTLE BETWEEN COACHES: But this ascendency did not come by itself. One must factor in the contribution of Gary Kirsten who has quietly taken over the reins of his home team after leading India to the cricket World Cup Championship. Kirsten has continued to perform his magic in the background, allowing the players to have their day in the sun. He is a believer in man management, building a player’s self confidence and self image to the extent that he believes he can achieve any goal that he sets
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himself. He gets personally involved in the training, doing countless throw downs and at the same time talking to him, building up the batsman’s self esteem. The results are there for all to see. The rival coach, Andy Flower is also from the same mould. He has had his ups, but the job of a coach is nothing if not cyclic. It remains to be seen whether he can raise his team from the lows of this series. The chemistry between the players and the coach can be fragile and once gone, can be hard to regain. The distasteful Kevin Pietersen affair has also not done the England team any good either. A precocious talent who can demolish and demoralize the best at-
tacks, Pietersen is a bit of a prima donna on and off the field. His ill advised SMS messages to his South African buddies may have been just banter, but even in jest, advising the opposition on how to bowl to his captain is something no team will tolerate. Pietersen was rightly dropped from the third Test and Jonny Bairstow stepped right into the lineup with two solid knocks. KP may have played his last match for England and it is a pity that one of the superstars of the sport has met this fate primarily due to his own failings. NADAL, SWAN SONG?: The US Open tennis Championships are due to start on Monday. Unfortunately, the real news is not about who is playing but about the absence of one of the superstars of the past decade, Rafael Nadal. An article in the Australian press has broken the news of Nadal’s troubles. Nadal, it is said has a congenital defect in his feet and in order to counter that, he has had to use special orthotics in his shoes which take the stress off his feet. The down side to this is that the strain of competitive play has, over time, transferred to his knees and hips. Following his French Open win, Nadal’s knees were very tender and sore, which is not a good sign as clay is the most forgiving surface for the body. His early loss at Wimbledon and his absence from the hard court season is ominous. As one former player stated, “Nadal’s mind is writing checks that his body cannot cash”. Could this be the swan song for one of the hardest men ever to grace a tennis court? It may be too early to say, but the signs are not encouraging. Nadal and his contests with Roger Federer have given tennis one of its most glorious rivalries. His eleven major titles make him one
of the best ever to play the game. Rafael Nadal’s place in history is assured whether he plays again or not. ROGER, THE TOP GuN AGAIN: Roger Federer is the top seed at the US Open. His performance in winning the Cincinnati Open, beating Djokovic in straight sets, with a love set to boot, shows that Federer’s skills are showing no sign of waning. It is evident that he is constantly working to improve his game and as long as he is being pushed by Djokovic and Nadal, there is no telling where he will set the bar when he retires from the game. Not that the moment is anywhere near approaching. He is talking about playing for yet another few years and considering his effortless energy-efficient style of play and the way that he paces himself, he could stay in the top five for as long as he stays healthy. In Cincinnati, Roger’s backhand service returns were the difference. Instead of just slicing the ball back, he was hitting a firm deep ball which let him control the rally. The result was a bagel set, the first in the Fed-Nole rivalry. Djokovic has also had some issues with his team. For the first time, in Cincinnati, his coach Marian Vajda was missing at court side. Even at Wimbledon, Djokovic complained after his loss to Federer, that he had had some bad training sessions. Certainly, all is not well in the Djokovic camp and the sooner normal service is resumed, will Djokovic resume his winning ways. At the Open, Federer has drawn Murray in the semifinals and should both get there, it will be a replay of the Olympic gold medal match. Federer was far from his best then. Rumours of injury abound but Federer, to his credit made no mention of any such problems, allowing Murray to bask in his moment of glory. That is class!
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vinci downs Jankovic for texas WtA title DALLAS afP
Italy's Roberta Vinci completed her warm-up for the US Open with a straight-sets victory over former world number one Jelena Jankovic in the final of the WTA's Texas Open on Friday. Vinci, seeded third, won the last six games of the second set to complete a 7-5, 6-3 victory. Vinci, making the most of second-seeded Jankovic's five double faults, claimed her seventh career WTA title and her first of 2012. It was a morale-boosting victory with the US Open -- the final Grand Slam of the season -- due to start on Monday at Flushing Meadows. Serbia's Jankovic, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to lift a trophy for the first time since 2010.
OHN Isner ousted top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 64, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) Friday to stay on track to retain his WinstonSalem ATP title. Isner, seeded third in the US Open tune-up event, will face secondseeded Czech Tomas Berdych in Saturday's final. Berdych defeated seventh-seeded American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-finals on Friday. "I'm very, very happy to be back in the final," said Isner, who prefers one more day of tournament action to an early arrival on the practice courts of Flushing Meadows, where the US Open begins on Monday. "I don't like getting to Grand Slams early. If I'm playing the week before, I want to do as well as I can. I'm playing the final match, so I'm very satisfied with that. I'm looking to defend my title. I did it this year in Newport, so maybe I can pull it off again." Isner broke Tsonga once to take the opening set and the Frenchman broke Isner once to win the second frame and level the match. Serving at 5-6 in the deciding third set Tsonga saved two match points -the first with an ace up the middle -but finally couldn't withstand the towering American, who belted 24 aces and wrapped up the victory in two hours and 13 minutes. Berdych, who accepted a late wild card entry into the tournament, broke Querrey five times en route to victory in one hour and 39 minutes. Querrey delivered 18 aces but also had five double faults. "I don't think I necessarily needed to break him five times, but on the other hand, I lost my serve a couple of times. I was trying to get my chances," said Berdych, who is seeking a second title of 2012 after a victory in Montpellier. In all the match featured eight breaks of serve. Berdych, ranked seventh in the world, had 18 break point chances against the big-serving American. "It is unusual," Berdych said. "I can play with someone that is not serving as well as Sam and some of the other guys, and I'm struggling to break them for two, three sets, maybe he has service with more slice, spin. But somehow you play with a player and you have a feeling and you know a little bit how to read his serve and it just makes it all of a sudden much more easier." Querrey said his service mistakes were too costly. "I played some decent return games," Querrey said. "I broke him a few times. But on my service games, I was throwing in double faults, a couple of easy forehands, and just giving him too many easy breaks on my game points. That makes it tough. I just kind of gave it to him."
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Sergio Garcia and Nick Watney shared the second-round lead Friday as a hurting Tiger Woods kept himself in the hunt at The Barclays, the first stop on the US PGA Tour's playoffs. Garcia, riding the momentum of his win at the Wyndham on Sunday, capped his three-under par 68 at Bethpage Black with a par-saving nine-foot putt at his final hole, the par-four ninth, for an eight under total of 134. Watney staggered home with bogeys at two of his last three holes.
WINStoN-SAleM: John Isner of the uSA celebrates after defeating Jo-Wilfried tsonga of France during the semifinals of the Winston-Salem open at Wake Forest university. AFP
NZ teen Ko shares lPGA lead
Hobbled Wozniacki says she'll be ready for US Open NEW HAVEN: Caroline Wozniacki retired from her semi-final match Friday against Maria Kirilenko at the New Haven Open, with a knee injury ending her bid for a fifth straight title in the US Open tune-up. Wozniacki hurt her right knee in a quarter-final victory over Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday. She had lost the first set to Kirilenko 7-5 when she called for the trainer. "It's definitely not the way I would have liked to have finished," said Wozniacki, who was trying to join Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Chris Evert as the only players to win five straight titles at the same WTA event. "You know, it's unfortunate," the Dane said. "But these things happen. "It was a difficult decision to
stop." Wozniacki said she opted to play after doctors told her she probably wouldn't make the injury worse. But it troubled her in the first set and she decided to rest her leg for a couple of days in a bid to be ready for the US Open starting on Monday. Wozniacki suffered her first match defeat at New Haven, where she was the four-time defending champion. "Unfortunately my run for a 5th straight title here in New Haven came to an end," Wozniacki said on Twitter. "Had to retire because of a knee injury. "Some treatment and ice and I should be all good for the open next week!" In Saturday's final, Kirilenko will face second-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova, who defeated fourthseeded Sara Errani, 6-1, 6-3. afP
New Zealand golf prodigy Lydia Ko fired a second-straight four-under par 68 on Friday to seize a share of the secondround lead with Chella Choi at the LPGA's Canadian Women's Open. Ko, a 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander who won the US Women's Amateur crown a fortnight ago, shared the lead with Choi on eight-under 136, three shots in front of their nearest rivals.
Australia followed by the World Comment MUHAMMAD BUTT The T-20 World Cup is due to start within couple of weeks in Sri Lanka and with that in mind, Pakistan and Australia are all set to embark on a short tour of the UAE, where both teams will face each other in three ODI’s and the same number of T20s. The contest will serve as a full dress rehearsal for the mega event and will give both Pakistan and Australia a chance to assess their capabilities. The mysterious Hafeez, who poses as a batting all-rounder yet looks more convincing as a bowling all-rounder has been retained as the T20 captain until 2012 while Misbah, continues to lead the side in ODI’s. There appears to be an underlying theme of preferring experience over youth this time around in the selection process with Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik all making a comebacks. It should be worth noting that the senior Akmal has not played international cricket since the World Cup 2011 and has been selected due to his superior batting skills as compared to his rivals for the spot. However, the question has never been raised that whether he is a better batsman than the others and whether the advantage he offers as a batsman out-
weigh the disadvantage he puts the team at with his abysmal keeping. Razzaq and Malik have both provided valuable service in the past and can be more than useful when on song but the latter has been out of tune for a while now
while age has caught up with the former. It would not be wrong to say that both have been selected on their reputation rather than their current performances and investing in a talented youngster like Hammad Azam may have been more beneficial.
While the aforementioned duo can point to their past, one struggles to justify the selection of Mohammad Sami in the T20 squad unless he comes up with a cunning plan to use his silky smooth looks to lure batsmen into giving away their wickets. The most frustrating thing though is that the talented and in-form Junaid Khan has been left out from the T-20 squad which is slightly confusing considering the lack of quality of our current pace attack. Gul, who has been out of sorts has been ‘rested due to poor form’ for the ODI’s and Pakistani fans will be hoping that the Gul-dozer makes a rejuvenated return to the team otherwise our spin attack will come under immense pressure. Younis Khan is the other Pathan who is being ‘rested’ for the ODI’s and this could prove to be a blessing in disguise since Khan has been a weak link in the batting line-up for a while now and his omission will give the likes of Asad Shafiq or Azhar Ali a chance to cement their place in the ODI side after giving encouraging performances in test matches. Nasir Jamshed, whose impressive career has been truncated for various reasons, makes a return to both the T-20 and ODI squads after recovering from an injury to the index finger and will give much needed stability and aggression at the top of the order.
The current Australian team is going through a transition phase and while they lack the aura of the Australian teams of the recent past, it would be foolish to consider them or any Australian team as underdogs. Their professional attitude will ensure that the series will be fiercely contested. The squad contains some exciting fast bowlers but considering the conditions in UAE and subsequently Sri Lanka, the Aussie think tank will be hoping that the likes of Xavier Doherty and Brad Hogg deliver consistent match winning performances. The batting line-up for both ODI’s and T-20’s is reasonably strong but how it copes with the threat of our spin bowlers will be the key in determining who comes out on top. Australia have traditionally held the upper hand over Pakistan but keeping in mind the conditions and the strength of their spin attack, the men in green should provide a stern test to the men from down under. Both sides will have an eye on the bigger prize i.e. the T-20 World Cup and are likely to try out different team combinations before the tournament begins which should make this upcoming series interesting. Taking everything into account, this scribe feels that the Australian side will edge out Pakistan in the T-20’s with the reverse true for the ODI’s.
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NAto and taliban sources say bajaur taliban commander Mullah dadullah, several comrades killed in airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Friday BAJAUR Online
ROOPS backed by a peace militia conducted a joint military operation in Bajaur Agency on Saturday, killing at least 28 militants, government sources said on Saturday, as a NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan killed Bajaur Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah the other day. The operation was launched at Saturday noon in Bajwar area of Salarzai tehsil, a remote village close to the Afghan border, after a rebel rocket attack, a local military official said. Several suspected Taliban were wounded during the operation while 15 were arrested alive, officials said, adding
that four to six hideouts of the militants had been destroyed. Two members of the peace militia sustained injuries in the offensive. Pakistani forces launched a massive operation in Bajaur last August. Military officials said the offensive has left more than 1,500 al Qaeda and Taliban militants dead, while more than 70 troops have been killed in the attacks. The security forces had also captured more than 300 foreign militants, mainly from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the military said. Meanwhile in Afghanistan, NATO and Taliban sources said that Mullah Dadullah and said several of his comrades were killed in an airstrike on Friday. A NATO statement did not say who
carried out the assault but the alliance is alone in having the air power to conduct such an operation. It said Dadullah’s deputy, Shakir, was also killed. “Dadullah, also known as Jamal, was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons, as well as attacks against Afghan and coalition forces,” the statement said. It said Afghan and coalition forces backing the Kabul government had “conducted a post-strike assessment” and found that there had been no civilian casualties or damage to civilian property. Pakistani Taliban officials, as well as Pakistani intelligence officials said Dadullah had been killed in a house in eastern Konar province, along with 12 bodyguards. They said he was the leader of the Taliban
SialKOT: People wade through water as nullah deik flowed on to roads after heavy rain inundated several villages in Sialkot and narowal on Saturday. ONLINE
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MedIuM To HIGH flood lIKelY IN CHeNAb AT MARAlA ISLAMABAD aPP
Medium to high flood is likely in Chenab River at Marala in the next 24 hours, while the tributaries of Chenab, Ravi, Kabul, Swat, Kurram and Gambila rivers may also attain medium flood in the next 24-48 hours. All main rivers, including Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej are flowing normal except for Kabul, which is flowing in low flood at Warsak and medium flood at Nowshera. According to a press release issued by Federal Flood Commission, River Swat is also flowing in low flood at Charsadda Road Bridge. Saturday’s actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicate that Tarbela and Mangla dams were at elevations of 1514.02 feet and 1177 feet respectively, which are 35.98 feet and 65 feet below their respective maximum conservation levels of 1550 feet and 1242 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs was 7.962MAF while last year it was 11.069MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division
in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal agency, near the border with Afghanistan. Dadullah, in his 40s, replaced Maulvi Faqir Mohammad last year after Mohammad told the media that the Taliban were holding peace talks with the government. The Pakistani Taliban replaced Mohammad with Dadullah to undercut the secret negotiations, Taliban commanders say. Some Pakistani Taliban fighters and commanders were forced to flee into Afghanistan after the Pakistani army launched a series of offensives against them in 2008 and 2009. But they still carry out cross-border raids on Pakistani armed forces. In June, the Pakistani Taliban said they beheaded 17 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border raid.
(FFD), Friday’s westerly wave over northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday lay over northern parts of the country. Seasonal low lay over northwestern Balochistan while monsoon current was penetrating into upper parts of the country up to 5,000 feet. The weather system is being closely monitored by the Pakistan Meteorological Department. As predicted by the Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, scattered to fairly widespread thunderstorm and rain with isolated heavy falls are expected over Kashmir, northern and northeastern Punjab (Rawalpindi and Gujranwala Divisions) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including upper catchments of rivers Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej during the next 24 hours. Scattered thunderstorm and rain may also occur over Faisalabad, Sargodha and Lahore divisions, including Gilgit-Baltistan, besides upper catchment of the Indus River and isolated thunderstorm and rain may also occur over southern Punjab, Bahawalpur Division and northeastern Balochistan during the same period.
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A CIA drone strike may have killed the operational commander of the Haqqani network, the insurgent group behind some of the most high-profile attacks on Western and Afghan government targets in Afghanistan, Pakistani intelligence officials and militant sources said on Saturday. The officials said Badruddin Haqqani, who is also believed to handle the network’s vital business interests and smuggling operations, may have been killed during a drone strike this week in Pakistan’s tribal North Waziristan region. “Our informers have told us that he has been killed in the drone attack on the 21st but we cannot confirm it,” said one of the Pakistani intelligence officials. If Badruddin’s death is confirmed, it could deal a major blow to the Haqqani network, one of the United States’s most feared enemies in Afghanistan, where it is allied with the Taliban. “We are 90 percent sure that he was in the same house which was attacked with a
drone on Tuesday,” said another Pakistani intelligence official. Sources close to the Haqqqani network also said Badruddin was believed to be in the house, hit by a drone strike as militants were planting explosives in a vehicle meant to be used for an attack on NATO forces in Afghanistan. “The drone fired two missiles on the house last Tuesday and killed 25 people, most of them members of the Haqqani family,” one of the sources said. Pakistani Taliban and tribal sources said they believed Badruddin was killed in the drone attack. One of Badruddin’s relatives said he was alive and busy with his “jihad activities”. “Such claims are baseless,” he told Reuters. A series of drone strikes in North Waziristan this week suggest the CIA, which remotely operates the aircraft, was after a high-value militant target in the unruly area. The deaths of militants in such strikes are difficult to confirm because they often occur in remote areas of regions in the northwest like North Waziristan that are hard for authorities to reach.
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Former US astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died at the age of 82, US media reported on Saturday. Armstrong underwent a heart-bypass surgery earlier this month, just two days after his birthday on August 5, to relieve blocked coronary arteries. As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the moon’s dusty surface, Armstrong said: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo 11 moon mission turned out to be Armstrong’s last space flight. The following year he was appointed to a desk job, being named NASA’s deputy associate administrator for aeronautics in the office of advanced research and technology. He left NASA a year later to become a professor of engineering at the University of Cincinnati. The former astronaut lived in the Cincinnati area with his wife, Carol.
Estranged Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa held a meeting with his party chief Nawaz Sharif at the latter’s Raiwind residence on Saturday and expressed full confidence on the party’s leadership. Sources said that Khosa’s complaints were addressed during the detailed meeting in Raiwind. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and PML-N leader Rana Tanvir were also present during the meeting. A statement issued by the PML-N after the meeting said that Khosa had expressed complete confidence in the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. Moreover, PML-N leader Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that Khosa’s complaints were successfully addressed during the meeting.
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Earlier on Friday, Chaudhry Nisar had visited Khosa at the latter’s residence where he held a successful dialogue with the septuagenarian leader, who had resigned as senior adviser to Punjab chief minister on Aug 2. Khosa’s son Dost Muhammad Khosa, a former chief minister, had followed the suit by tendering his resignation from party membership and held a press conference where he criti-
cised Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s style of governance. Khosa junior had also accused the chief minister of maligning Khosas by leaking ‘false’ reports of corruption involving the family to the media. Hissamuddin Khosa, another son of Zulfikar Khosa, was also present during the parleys with Chaudhry Nisar but Dost avoided the meeting citing ‘personal engagements’.