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Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 25 19 Pages
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Ramadan 18, 1434
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Indian firing on LoC kills one pakistan soldier, critically injures another
India, pakistan and Bangladesh must reunite, says Katju
Unprovoked firing from the Indian side on the Line of Control (LoC) near Rawalkot on Saturday killed one Pakistani solider and critically injured another. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident took place at 10:30am and there was no evident reason for the firing. page 03
Press Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice (r) Markandey Katju called for the unification of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh into one secular state on Saturday. He was delivering a lecture on the role of media in promoting secularism, organised by Lokmat Group of Newspapers. page 19
ayla has a fake degree, cannot contest by-polls!
ppp mulling proposal to vote for Wajih
punjab govt, China to invest in Balochistan
As the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) leadership has already decided to boycott the July 30 presidential election, several options are under consideration, including an option to vote for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed – a proposal being opposed by the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Today has learnt. page 02
The government of Punjab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Power International (CPI) Holding Limited, a private company, to generate 2,400 megawatt (MW) electricity in Pakistan using coal. Two projects will be completed within two years while other two will be installed within four years. page 16
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ppp boycotted poll for feAr of losing: MAMnoon The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s candidate for the presidential election, Mamnoon Hussain, has said the Pakistan People’s Party was boycotting the July 30 poll for fear of losing. In a conversation with a private TV channel, Hussain said the PPP had put forward Senator Raza Rabbani, who was going to be the party’s presidential candidate, and Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan for fear of defeat, adding that those who call themselves the flag bearers of democracy in Pakistan were now damaging the democratic process. PPP, the main opposition party in the National Assembly, had on Friday announced that it was boycotting the election in protest against the advancing of polling date from Aug 6 to July 30. The PML-N criticised the PPP’s decision and termed it against the spirit of democracy. Hussain said although following the passage of the 18th Amendment, the president had nominal powers, if and once elected to the post, he would dispense his duties in an impartial manner and would keep everyone on board. Hussain said he had no plans of approaching the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) for votes, adding that he, however, would be meeting with Qaumi Watan Party’s Aftab Sherpao on Sunday (today). He further said he would perform his constitutional role and would work his best towards measures to counter terrorism and for the cessation of US drone attacks inside Pakistani territory. MONITORING DESK
artICLe 63 not appLICaBLe to presIdentIaL poLLs: JustICe WaJIhuddIn iSlAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf presidential candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed claimed on Saturday that Article 63 did not apply to the presidential election. Speaking at a press conference, he said that parliamentarians will vote for their candidates through a secret ballot. “If the Election Commission of Pakistan can ensure secrecy of ballot, especially since now there is one-on-one competition, where everyone knows who is who and what is their past, anything can happen.” Justice Wajihuddin added that he had no issue with the Pakistan People’s Party boycotting the presidential elections. “We do not have any objection over that [boycott], it was their right. But the question is why did they do it?” He claimed that he could even win the elections. His statements come a day after the Election Commission of Pakistan assured the Lahore High Court (LHC) that Article 63 would be implemented in full for the presidential elections 2013. On that occasion, the LHC was hearing a petition moved by Advocate Azhar Siddique, who sought to stay the presidential elections on the basis that certain terms of disqualification from the Parliament which were included in the Article 63, had been amended by the ECP through a notification on 10 Sep 2007, thus making certain disqualification clauses for the seat of the President ineffective. STAFF REPORT
ppp Mulling proposAl to vote for WAjih anp senator says His party would oppose any proposal to vote for pti candidate ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
S the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) leadership has already decided to boycott the July 30 presidential election, several options are under consideration, including an option to vote for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed – a proposal being opposed by the Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan Today has learnt. A PPPP source said the second-tier leadership of the party was divided over the proposal floated by a top leader who is pleading that a complete boycott of the election for next president may leave the party totally isolated and that such a move would be against the principles of the party's slain leader Benazir Bhutto. "It was political philosophy of Benazir Bhutto that boycott of the polls always lands you in political isolation and it always favours your opponent. The boycott of poll was also against the advice of PPP Cochairman President Asif Zardari," the source said. The PPPP leader added that boycott of the election was the sole idea of the PPPP candidate for presidential slot Raza Rabbani and was backed by Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan. The decision aimed at increasing pressure on the judiciary. "However, better sense is prevailing and the
kHursHid sHaH urges imran kHan to boycott presidential election
party's leaders are getting out of emotionalism. So different options are being considered including exercise of vote for Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed. Moreover, another option is to hold a protest demonstration within the parliament house against the election process of the president by raising slogans and thus creating a scene in the parliament house," the source added. He said that the proposal had been shared with ANP President Asfandyar Wali Khan by opposition leader Khurshid Shah, but the former rejected it. ANP Senior Vice President Senator Haji Adeel said that his party would strongly oppose any such proposal. "Had we decided to vote, we would have voted for our own candidate. Since, we have boycotted the election, we will not favour any such proposal to take part in election," he added. Asked whether the PPPP leadership had shared any such proposal with the ANP, Adeel said no such development was in his knowledge, adding that any such decision would be "ill-advised". "We will oppose any proposal to vote for PTI candidate," he said, adding that once Imran Khan had also supported views expressed by the opposition parties, his decision to take part in the election for presidential slot was "shameful". PPPP leader Khurshid Shah said his party wanted Imran Khan to boycott the
presidential election. "We had made a similar request to Imran Khan in our meeting. When Imran Khan himself recognised that the stance of the PPP was legitimised, then he should also boycott the election. PTI must come out of the electoral process if they think that the presidential poll is being rigged," he added. Asked whether the PPPP was mulling a proposal to vote for the PTI candidate, Shah said his party had announced to boycott and voting for any candidate would compromise its earlier decision. He said that the National Assembly session was going to be held today (Monday), the party would fine-tune its strategy in consultation with its allies to deal with the boycott of the election. Continuing his rant against the rescheduling of the presidential election by the Supreme Court, Shah said that in the country’s history, no election had been held
eCp issues final list of presidential candidates cec announces names of Hussain and aHmad as valid candidates
706 lawmakers would elect next president on tuesday
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday issued final list of candidates contesting presidential elections. According to the ECP, July 30 will see a one-on-one contest between ruling PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain and PTI candidate Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim has announced the names of Hussain and Ahmad as valid candidates. 706 lawmakers of National Assembly, Senate and provincial assemblies would elect next president on Tuesday. As many as 23 candidates submitted their nomination papers for contesting presidential elections, of which the ECP accepted only three of them. However, on Saturday, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra of PML-N, who submitted his nomination papers as covering candidate, withdrew his nomination papers. After his withdrawal, now Hussain and Ahmed are in the race. The nomination papers of PPP candidate Raza Rabbani were rejected on the ground that he did not appear before the
ECP after announcing boycott of the elections. The party position of different political groups in the Senate, National Assembly and four provincial assemblies indicates Hussain is expected to register comfortable victory. Currently, he is enjoying support of 366 lawmakers against the 89 votes of PTI’s Wajihuddin. However, in case main opposition party, the PPP which announced to boycott the election decides to support Ahmed then later could get over 200 votes. The PML-N so far has around 360 votes, including that of its allies in Sindh and Balochistan – the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional, the National Party and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and the MQM. The electoral college of Pakistan is formed by a joint sitting of the six leading political bodies of the country, the Senate of Pakistan, the National Assembly of Pakistan, the Punjab Assembly, the Sindh Assembly, the Balochistan Assembly and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Each province has an equal vote; all provincial assemblies are given exactly 65 votes in the electoral college. This mean that the each member of the Punjab Assembly has 65/370 = 0.176 votes, each member of the Sindh Assembly has 65/168 = 0.387 votes, each member of the KPK Assembly has 65/124 = 0.524 votes and each member of the Balochistan Assembly has 65/65 = 1 vote. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the ECP told Pakistan Today that process of printing of 2,000 ballot papers was in the progress and would be sent to national and provincial assemblies on Monday (today).
earlier than the actual schedule. "Yes, there are occasions when the election date was extended but it never happened that opposition parties were denied their right to reach out to their voters," he said. Asked whether by boycotting the election the PPPP had been trapped by the government as the MQM has also announced its support for the government's candidate, he said the PPPP had not been trapped. Asked whether the PPPP had violated the philosophy of Benazir Bhutto by boycotting the election, Shah admitted that the boycott of 1985 election was a mistake for which the party was still suffering in one way or the other. However, he said that the party had decided in principle that it would never observe boycott of any general election. "Boycott of the presidential election does not fall under that decision," he argued.
AylA MAlik hAs A fAke degree, cAnnot contest by-polls! RAWAlpiNDi: The Lahore High Court’s election tribunal bench on Saturday declared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Ayla Malik ineligible to contest byelections due to a fake degree. Ayla was to be fielded as a PTI candidate for byelection from NA-71 after party chairman Imran Khan vacated the seat, keeping his Rawalpindi seat. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Rawalpindi, had declared her intermediate certificate ‘bogus’ on July 20 that carries the roll number of a male candidate named Imdad Hussain, who too had failed. A probe was conducted after a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) petitioner and candidate Obaidullah Shadikhel brought Malik’s credentials to the court’s notice. Similarly, PTI MNA Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s party membership was suspended after being found with a fake degree. STAFF REPORT
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no-confidence Motion AgAinst Ajk pM fAils MUZAffARABAD: A no-confidence motion against Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed failed on Saturday as members of the Legislative Assembly (LA) belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz abstained from the assembly session. The PM had directed his party legislatures on Friday not to become part of any move to dislodge the current AJK government. A special session of the AJK LA was called by AJK President Sardar Yaqoob Khan to take up the no-confidence motion. Only 17 ruling party members attended the session. Neither the movers of the no-trust move, nor the opposition parties’ members attended the session. The movers, including Minister for Rehablitation Abdul Majid Khan and MLA Muhammad Hussain Sargalah, however claimed that they had already withdrawn the resolution on Friday. The session was unlawful, they said, and was convened to create an impression that the notrust motion was defeated and no new move could be initiated for the next six months as per the constitution. APP
gunmen with rockets kill 7 coastguards in gwadar QUETTA’PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
UNMEN attacked a coastguard checkpost in Gwadar on Saturday, killing seven officials and wounding seven others, officials said. The incident happened in the Suntsar area, 1,420 kilometres southwest of Quetta. "Around 24 gunmen armed with rockets and heavy weapons, attacked the checkpost and killed seven coastguard officials," said Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani. He said at least seven coastguard officials were also injured in the early morning attack. A local tribal police official Muhammad Ali also confirmed the attack and casualties and said the
parachinar death toll reaches 57 as Kp governor says attacks not sectarian PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
As the death toll in Friday’s twin suicide bombings in Parachinar rose to 57, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Governor Shaukatullah Khan said on Saturday that the attacks were not sectarian. Talking to a delegation of elders of Islamabad based residents of Kurram Agency‚ Khan said that terrorist attacks in Kurram Agency target innocents. The governor also directed the authorities concerned to make strict security arrangements in the agency and urged residents to keep a close watch on the entry of foreigners into their respective areas. In Parachinar, seven people succumbed to their injuries in the hospital on Saturday thus raising the death toll from the attacks to 57. Around 200 injured were under treatment in various hospitals. Most of the injured were in Agency Headquarter Hospital (AHH) Parachinar whereas more than 30 have been shifted to Peshawar. The doctors at AHH said the condition of around 20 injured was still critical. Amongst those shifted to Peshawar, 21 were under treatment at Lady Reading Hospital. Dr Gohar Ali of LRH told Pakistan Today that some of the injured had been operated. He said that though some of the injured were still in danger, they were in the recovery phase. An elder from the Parachinar Shia community, Nisar Hussain showed severe resentment over continuous violence against the innocent people of Kurram Agency. He said the government must fulfill its lawful and constitutional responsibility of
protecting their lives and properties otherwise it should let them to do the job themselves. He demanded the government to carry out a Swat-like military operation in Kurram Agency. He said the funerals of around 50 people killed in the attacks were held in Parachinar and its surrounding areas. After the funerals, Fateha was held for the departed souls in various Imambargahs in the area. There was a complete strike and all bazaars and shopping centers were closed, he said. The local elders and traders had already declared three-day mourning, he added. The Kurram Agency political administration officials said that investigation for the attacks was ordered. On the directives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, the political administration would compensate the injured and heirs of those killed in the attacks, he added. The Kurram Agency political agent has declared both the explosions as suicide bombings and has confirmed retrieving one suicide bomber’s head. Tehreek-ul-Ansar, a wing of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has already claimed responsibility for both the suicide attacks in Parachinar and said it was the revenge of what they called the "killing of Sunnis in Syria". Media reports revealed that the banned TTP militants had landed in Syria to contribute in the toppling of President Bashar al Assad- led Shia government. The United States-led allies, including Saudi Arabia, have already united against the Assad government.
greek bsf kill tHree pakistanis, injure four KARACHI ONLINE
Three Pakistani migrants were killed and four others wounded as they came under attack from Greek Border Security Force (BSF). According to reports, the Pakistani nationals were trying to enter Greece illegally from Turkey when they were spotted by the Greek BSF who opened fire, killing three Pakistanis and injuring four others. The family of Zafar, a resident of Mandi Bahauddin, who was among those killed, called upon the Pakistani authorities to bring back his body. The aggrieved family said it was informed about the attack by another Pakistani who too was trying to enter Greece.
identity of the attackers was not immediately known. Balochistan suffers from both Islamist militancy and a regional insurgency which began in 2004, with rebels demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region's natural resources. The province has also increasingly become a flashpoint for surging sectarian violence between the country’s majority Sunni Muslims and Shias, who account for around a fifth of the country's 180 million people. TAL ATTACK: Elsewhere in the northwestern town of Tal that borders the restive North Waziristan tribal region, at least two paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers were killed and 25 others wounded
in an attack on their checkpost on Saturday. "Around 50 militants attacked an FC checkpost and exchanged fire with the soldiers for over two hours, which killed two FC soldiers and wounded 25 others," a local intelligence official said on condition of anonymity. Another intelligence official also confirmed the incident and said that the attack was repulsed after FC troops retaliated. He added that 18 militants were killed in retaliatory fire by the FC . The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is on the frontline of a seven-year Taliban insurgency and abuts the semi-autonomous tribal belt, where US drone strikes target Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
indiAn firing on loc kills one pAkistAni soldier iSlAMABAD: Unprovoked firing from the Indian side on the Line of Control (LoC) near Rawalkot on Saturday killed one Pakistani solider and critically injured another. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident took place at 10:30am and there was no evident reason for the firing. Asim Iqbal, the soldier who died due to the firing incident, was a resident of a village near Rawalpindi. Naik Muhammad Khan, the soldier who is critically injured will undergo treatment. Pakistan has strongly condemned the firing, stating it is unfortunate that such an incident should have taken place at a time when the two governments are making sincere efforts toward improving relations for resolving mutual disputes. The Pakistani government has called upon its Indian counterpart to conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and ensure that such occurrences did not take place. This is not the first instance of unprovoked hostility from the Indian army. On June 18, Indian troops opened fire on a small village in Kotli town along the LoC, injuring a 65-year old woman. On June 19, a Pakistani girl was killed when Indian troops opened fire across the de facto border that divides disputed Kashmir. STAFF REPORT
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NEWS Sunday, 28 July, 2013
criticism alters us drone programme in pakistan AGENCIES
HE United States has drastically scaled back the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and limited strikes to high-value targets in response to growing criticism of the programme in this country. Those actions appear to have temporarily appeased Pakistan’s powerful generals, who publicly op-
pose the covert CIA strikes, US officials said. But some officials are still worried about pushback from Pakistan’s new civilian leaders, who took power in June with a strong stance on ending the attacks altogether. The future of the drone programme is likely to be a key item on the agenda during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan, which is expected soon. Only 16 drone strikes have taken place in Pakistan so far this year, compared with a peak of 122 in 2010, 73 in
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2011 and 48 in 2012, according to the New America Foundation, a USbased think tank. The CIA has been instructed to be more cautious with its attacks, limiting them to highvalue targets and dropping the practice of so-called “signature strikes” - hitting larger groups of suspected militants based purely on their behaviour, such as being armed and meeting with known militants, said a current US intelligence official and a former intelligence official briefed on the drone programme.
The CIA embraced the measures, feeling the drone programme may be under threat from public scrutiny, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the classified programme publicly. Two other senior American officials said the US scaled back the number of attacks and tightened up its targeting criteria as a concession to the Pakistani army, considered the most powerful institution in the country and the final arbiter on the future of
Uzair Baloch evades arrest, again! KARACHI ONLINE
Following court orders to arrest Uzair Baloch, police officials conducted an unsuccessful raid at the proclaimed offender’s house in Lyari on Saturday. Amn Committee leader Baloch was able to flee from the scene, leaving the police visibly frustrated and embarrassed. To
show that some sort of action had been taken, police officials threw furniture around in Baloch’s house despite his absence, reported a private TV channel. According to MPA Javed Nagori, a police officer had warned Baloch of the raid before it took place. Following news of the raid, residents of the area assembled outside Baloch’s house and
chanted slogans against police officials. On April 24, nearly 300 Rangers personnel conducted an unsuccessful raid at the same residence as part of the operation against target killings in Lyari. Uzair Baloch, Habib Jan Baloch, Noor Muhammad alias Baba Ladla and six others were facing the murder trial of
Arshad Pappu, while his brother and a confidant were declared proclaimed offenders by the Anti-Terrorism Court on July 24. The court ordered to seize their movable and immoveable property. Alleged Lyari gangster Arshad Pappu, his brother, Yasir Arafat, and their confidant, Juma Shera, were killed on the night of March 16.
the drone programme. Senior Pakistani army officers made it clear that the programme could not continue at the tempo it was being carried out and expressed concern that civilian casualties were breeding more militants, said the US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The circumstances surrounding a strike on July 3 in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area illustrated Washington’s intention to go
after well-identified targets only, said one of the officials. The attack on a house, which killed at least 16 suspected militants, was backed up by “hugely detailed” intelligence laid out in a 32-page PowerPoint presentation. The intelligence indicated the target was a gathering of militants from the Haqqani network who were plotting a second attack on the Ariana Hotel in Kabul, said the official. The Ariana Hotel has long been suspected of being used by the CIA as a listening post.
sIx dead as phILIppInes BLast hIts doCtors at BIstro MANilA: Six people were killed and more than 40 wounded in the Philippines when a bomb struck a restaurant filled with doctors after a national convention, police said Saturday. Police said the improvised explosive device went off around midnight (1600 GMT Friday) at a popular restaurant in the southern port city of Cagayan de Oro. Most of the victims were doctors and pharmaceutical sales-
men who had just attended a national convention of lungdisease specialists at a nearby hotel, said the city police chief, Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares. "This is one of the busiest areas of Cagayan de Oro.... somebody left a bomb on a chair at the bistro," he told reporters. He declined to speculate on the motive for the bombing, saying an investigation was under way. Cagayan de Oro is lo-
cated on the main southern island of Mindanao, which has been blighted by a decadesold rebellion by elements of the large Muslim minority in the mainly Catholic Asian nation. Local businessman Noel Arcenas, who owns an electronics shop at the shopping complex where the restaurant is located, said at least 100 people were inside the bistro when the explosion occurred. AGENCIES
Hazara town residents shoot down suspected suicide bomber QUETTA STAFF REPORT
An alleged suicide bomber was killed Saturday by residents of Hazara Town. Quetta police chief Mir Zubair Mehmood said that a suspected suicide bomber travelling on foot was killed by residents of Hazara Town in Quetta shortly before Iftar. He said residents tried to stop the suspected bomber from entering the area but he refused to do so. “Residents then fired gunshots and killed him on the spot,” he said. Mehmood said a suicide jacket and a hand grenade were recovered from his possession. “A major terrorist attack was averted,” he claimed. Another police official, DIG Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, confirmed that a suicide jacket was recovered
from the attacker had been safely defused. He said the body of the bomber was shifted to Combined Military Hospital for post-mortem. A large number police and paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident. Quetta has witnessed a recent surge in incidents of violence, with sectarian militants repeatedly targeting the Hazara Shia community in several bombings and gun-attacks. On Monday, two youths belonging to the minority community were gunned down in an apparent targeted killing on Shahrah-i-Iqbal. On July 15, four men belonging to the community were killed when gunmen sprayed bullets on their vehicle on Masjid road area. On June 30, a deadly suicide bombing at an Imam-
bargah killed 30 members of the minority community. The banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi had claimed re-
sponsibility for the blast, one of a series of bombings this year by the sectarian outfit targeting the Hazaras.
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Sunrise Zuhr Asr Maghrib Isha 5:15 12:14 3:58 7:13 8:49 RiSe Up: Activists of the Youth of Parachinar protest outside the National Press Club against Friday bombings outside Shia Imambargah at Kurram Agency. INP
better safe than sorry! RAWALPINDI
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3 cdA officers suspended ISLAMABAD: Three officers of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) were suspended on Saturday for allegedly concealing facts for permitting commercial activity in F-7 Markaz. Among those whose services have been suspended are Deputy Director General (awaiting for posting) Ghulam Murtaza Malik, Deputy Director Housing Societies Zafar Iqbal and Deputy Director Architecture Ali Abdullah. According to a CDA officer, the officers had misguided the board recommending it to allow commercial activity in one floor of a building located on plot no. 19 of Sector F-7, allotted to an institute. The employees have been suspended under the CDA Employees Regulation 1992. However, the suspended officers were of the view that the board had allowed commercial activity in the ground floor of the building, besides approval of construction of an additional floor. APP
Missing person returns hoMe ISLAMABAD: Registrar Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances GOP, Islamabad has informed the Supreme Court (SC) that missing person Noor Hassan has returned home. Muhammad Yousuf moved an application in the SC against the disappearance of his brother filed with the human rights cell of SC. He stated in his application that his brother was arrested by unidentified persons in Lahore Cantt as he was on his way back from Lahore to Karachi. The missing spent 40 days at Lahore for preaching purpose. The brother of the missing had prayed the court to take action in connection with release of his brother. CJP Iftikhar Chaudhary taking notice of the application ordered that report in this respect be obtained from Secretary Defence and Secretary Interior within 15 days. Ministry of Defence Director (Legal) submitted a report that ISI & MI GHQ have been asked to provide all necessary information to the court. The CJ has granted two weeks time to the Defence Secretary. ONLINE
UNJAB Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal has urged the citizens to adopt all possible measures against the dengue virus. He said this while chairing a meeting at the Commissioner’s Office. “Due to the current monsoon season and favourable temperature, there is a danger of dengue outbreak and preventive measure in this regard can help overcome it,” he added. The meeting was attended by members of the National Assembly Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Tahira Aurangzeb and Asia Naz Tanooli and Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhary. He said, “During the current year, 11 confirmed and 1,042 suspected dengue cases had been reported. Junkyards, under construction buildings, used tyres and room coolers acts as breeding grounds for these mosquitoes.” He told the meeting that measles vaccination drive would be launched in 18 districts after Eid. During the campaign 7.1 million children would be vaccinated in Chakwal, Mandi Baha-ud-Din, Khushab, Jhelum, Gujrat, Vehari and Multan. Highlighting the measles outbreak he stated that it had been successfully controlled this month due to the measures taken by the government. “Only 10 children died of measles in July as compared to 43 in June and 71 in May,” he
added. The Rawalpindi Commissioner apprised the meeting that all necessary arrangements had been made in the city to prevent dengue outbreak. DENGUE AWARENESS WALK HELD: Rescue 1122 Rawalpindi on Saturday organised dengue awareness walks to create educated the masses of the dangers of dengue and relevant precautionary measures against it. Dengue awareness walks were held from all Rescue Stations of the district situated at Rawal Road, Civil Lines, Kalma Chowk, Bahria Town and Pir Wadhai. The rescue teams visited commercial and residential areas and checked for any breeding places of dengue mosquitoes. Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) marked the Dengue Day on Saturday by
organising public awareness activities and highlighting preventive measures for dengue eradication in the province, on the directions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. District Emergency Officer, Rawalpindi Dr Abdur Rehman directed all station coordinators to ensure cleanness of rescue stations and vehicles. The trainers of Training Wing, Rawalpindi conducted an awareness seminar for the rescuers at Central Rescue Station. Furthermore, the training team also provided awareness to the participants of a family gala at Rawalpindi Press Club. Punjab Emergency Service Director General (DG) Dr Rizwan Naseer reviewed dengue arrangements and activities in a meeting held at the Rescue Headquarters.
tAji khokhAr in 3 dAy physicAl reMAnd ISLAMABAD: The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi on Saturday handed over Taji Khokhar to the police on a three-day physical remand for his alleged involvement in the murder of a woman. Taji Khokhar, the younger brother of Nawaz Khokhar, a former speaker of the National Assembly is allegedly involved in a number of murders and land grabbing cases but has so far managed to get a clean chit from the police. The police nabbed him from his farmhouse for his alleged involvement in the murder of Sabira Bibi and was produced before the court. Police sought 7day physical remand of the accused but Judge Habib-ur-Rehman granted him 3 days. As per detrails, Taji had a land dispute with Sabira Bibi. A one-man commission comprising of Advocate Samiul Haq Satti was formed by a local court to resolve the matter. The commission invited Sabira Bibi at Dhoke Gangal near Islamabad Expressway to record her statement on August 17, 2012, where she was shot dead by gunmen. Later, Mohammad Yaqub, the husband of the deceased, after much effort got an FIR registered with the Airport Police Station against Taji and his two sons. A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in its finding declared Taji and his sons guilty of committing murder. Despite the JIT findings, SHO Inspector Aziz Aslam Niazi of Airport Police Station after allegedly receiving heavy bribes, declared in his report that Taji is innocent. However, the SHO was arrested for tampering with the case file and giving a clean chit to the accused. STAFF REPORT
Sale of unhygienic food goes unchecked ISLAMABAD INP
The sale of unhygienic food items goes unchecked in the federal capital and its surrounding areas while the efforts by concerned authorities have proven to be insufficient. The bakery owners are selling food items made in unhygienic conditions while restaurants are serving food in filthy utensils besides charging high rates. Residents of Faisal Colony Golra Mor complained that no food inspector bothers to visit the surrounding areas of the capital. This has led to overcharging by owners of bakeries, general stores and restaurants along with items being prepared in unhealthy comditions. Similarly, residents of Bhara Kahu said that selling of substandard food items
has caused various abdominal and respiratory diseases but the concerned authorities have taken no notice of the situation. They said that the District Government and Health Department officials are busy ensuring provision of hygienic foods to residents of the capital only while ignoring surrounding areas. The residents demanded of high-ups of the district government and Health department to check prices and hygiene of food items in suburban areas too. OPERATION AGAINST SUBSTANDARD FOOD ITEMS: The Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amir Ahmed Ali has launched an operation against the sale of substandard and unhygienic food items in the federal capital. The teams conducted the operation in
Sector G-11 Markaz, Sector F-10 Markaz, Shehzad Market Sector I10/1, Chaudhary Market, Abbasi Market and in Sector I9. Samples were collected from 70 bakeries and restaurants which have been sent to laboratory for tests.
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icci stresses to expedite Six officials suspended for work on new airport
delaying FJA project
SLAMABAD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has shown has expressed concern over the inordinate delay in completion of the new Islamabad airport at Fateh Jang. ICCI President Zafar Bakhtawari said that the new airport project was initiated in 2007 and was to be completed by December 2011, but due to delays its cost has reportedly skyrocketed from Rs.35 billion to Rs.73 billion. “It is making a huge dent on the national exchequer and shows inefficiency of project executors,” he added. He said the economic impact of airports is increasing along with growing passenger and cargo traffic. However, the current Islamabad airport lacks modern day facilities and is insufficient to manage heavy load of cargo and passenger traffic. “The ever increasing rush at the current airport is creating hurdles for local and foreign businessmen,” he stated. Thus the early
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completion of the new airport is very important. He announced that ICCI is striving for construction of an Industrial Estate near Chakri, which is near to the new airport. Its completion is will facilitate industrial and investment activities as businessmen prefer to stay near to airports. The ICCI president appreciated the
vison of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif for building international standards airports at Karachi and Lahore. He appealed to the PM to intervene to expedite completion work as it will not only provide a major facelift to the capital but will also promote trade, business, exports and economic activities in the region and attract more tourists to Pakistan.
Six officials of PWD and Nespak have been terminated including Director General three Chief Engineers and two Assistant Commissioners due to negligence and delay in the construction of Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) building. Secretary Housing and Works Habibullah Khattak announced this on Saturday during a press conference at FJA. He said that initially the project had to be completed in 18 months but according to the new order of the Supreme Court (SC) the construction should be completed within 36
11 outlaws arrested RAWALPINDI APP
Rawalpindi Police arrested 8 outlaws including three suspected dacoits and seized 1,360 grams of charras, 4 kilogrammes of heroin, 9 bottles of liquor, six pistols 30 bore with 26 rounds and one rifle 12 bore from their possession. According to a police spokesman, Inspector Waris Khan arrested Shaheen Bibi upon recovery of 215 grams of charras from her possession. Westridge Police arrested Danish Shah and recovered 1,015 grams of charras from him.
months. The new deadline is July 31 and so far 80 percent of the work has been completed. He said that even after availability of funds PWD has been unable to complete the work on priority bases due to being engaged in multiple projects. He demanded thorough audit of the FJA project as total cost amounts to Rs 70 million whereas Rs 350 million were allocated for it. Furthermore, the secretary said that the project should be completed till August 15 and the progress will be jointly monitored by Joint Secretary Housing and Works Amna Imran and Project Director Access to Justice Programme Sohail Qadeer Siddiqui.
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Taxila Police netted Riaz for possession 4 kilogrammes of heroin whereas Gunjmandi Police apprehended Ansar and recovered 6 bottles of liquor from his possession. Meanwhile, Murree Police nabbed Kareem with possession of 3 liquor bottles along with a few others for carrying illegal weapons and drugs. Race Course Police, acting on a tip-off conducted a raid at Allama Iqbal Colony and arrested three suspected dacoits namely Farooq Younas, Zulqarnain and Waseem and recovered three pistols 30 bore with 11 rounds.
ISLAMABAD: Quaid-eAzam University (QAU) Islamabad has decided to launch admissions for LLB classes on the basis of F.A certificates. F.A students will be allowed to get admission in the international standard LLB programme being started soon. The degree would be equivalent to degree of any internationally reputed law university. The programmes will consist of 10 semesters spanning over a 5 year period. As many as 26 seats have been allocated for different provinces while 24 seats have been allocated for self finance scheme. ONLINE
Dinosaur statues to be reinstalled in Ankara Park
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Dinosaur statues installed for recreational purposes at Ankara Park were removed in May 2010 by the Capital Development Authority and not been installed back. Situated at near Rawal Lake, the park is built on an area of 33 acres and was named ‘Ankara Park’ as a symbol of friendship between Pakistan and Turkey. Visitor Muhammad Anees while talking to Pakistan Today said that the statues were a great source of amusement for children, “They are
now less keen to come to the park,” he added. Many families throng the park for enjoying the beautiful landscape and picnicking, especially during summers. However, the number of visitors has decreased after removing the statues from the park which used to attract a large number of visitors every month. The CDA spokesperson Naeem Rauf said that dinosaurs were removed for safety measures but upon popular demand of the public will be reinstalled in a month. He informed that dinosaur statues would also be installed at Marghazar Zoo to attract visitors.
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libyAns vent Anger At islAMists After Activist’s shooting TRIPOLI: Protesters attacked offices of Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood and the headquarters of a liberal coalition on Saturday after demonstrations sparked by assassinations in the eastern city of Benghazi turned violent, witnesses said. Hundreds took to the streets overnight to denounce the killing of a prominent political activist and critic of the Brotherhood, Abdelsalam al-Mosmary, who was shot dead on Friday after leaving a mosque. Mosmary was an outspoken opponent of the Brotherhood, whose Islamist political wing is the second biggest party in the national congress. Two military officials were also killed in Benghazi on Friday. Libya’s government is struggling to assert its authority over armed groups that helped topple veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, part of the wave of Arab Spring uprisings that also felled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen. Protesters in Benghazi set fire to two buildings - one belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and another to its political wing, the Justice and Construction Party (JCP), witnesses said. “They shouted ‘Gather your belongings. Benghazi wants you out’,” Benghazi resident Rami al-Shahibi said. In Tripoli, a crowd stormed JCP headquarters before heading on to ransack the headquarters of the liberal National Forces Alliance (NFA), the country’s biggest political party founded by wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril. There has been rising opposition to the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has links to several government ministers. It has struggled to convince Libyans wary of foreign interference that it has no financial or administrative links to its namesake in neighboring Egypt, whose Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3. Tensions are also high between secularists and the ruling Islamists in Tunisia, where the funeral of an assassinated secular politician was taking place on Saturday. “THE STATE HAS FAILED”: Many of the Libyan protesters accused the Brotherhood of being behind the killings in Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 revolution - a charge rejected by Abdulrahman al-Dibani, a JCP member in congress. “We have strongly condemned the assassination of Mosmary and all the Libyan people should hear this and not openly blame us,” he said. Reached by phone, Bashir el-Kubti, head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, declined to comment on the attacks on the movement’s offices. Libyans are growing increasingly frustrated as they witness continuous political squabbling and lawlessness across the north African country, a major oil producer. AGENCIES
thousands chant in protest at slain tunisian’s funeral TUNIS
EN S of thousands of Tunisians turned out for the funeral of assassinated secular politician Mohamed Brahmi on Saturday, and called for the Islamist-led government to be toppled. Military helicopters hovered overhead and hundreds of troops and police lined the route of a procession attended by Brahmi’s widow and son and several prominent politicians. “The people want to topple the regime!” and “With our blood and with our souls we will sacrifice ourselves for the martyr!” people in the crowd shouted. “Ghannouchi, assassin, criminal,” others chanted, referring to Rached Ghannouchi, leader of the ruling Islamist Ennahda party that Brahmi’s family says was behind the killing. Ghannouchi has denounced Thursday’s assassination as an attack on democracy. Brahmi’s death further deepened divisions between Islamists and their secular opponents that emerged after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011 in the first of the revolutions that also felled leaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
tUNiS: Supporters of the Islamist Ennahda movement wave flags as they chant slogans and hold pictures of assassinated opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi during a demonstration.
Witnesses said one man was killed early on Saturday in an anti-government protest in the southern city of Gafsa. Violence also broke out in several other cities. A bomb in a police car exploded in Tunis but caused no casualties, as authorities keen to maintain stability cast a nervous eye at events in Egypt where violence has spiraled since the Islamist president was ousted by the military. The death of secular opposition figure Brahmi, gunned down outside his Tunis home on Thursday, came months after an-
other secular leader, Chokri Belaid, was killed in a similar attack that stoked violent protests. Brahmi is to be buried near Belaid’s tomb at the Al Jalez cemetery in central Tunis, and mourners carried portraits of both slain politicians. OPPOSITION WALKOUT: Late on Friday, 42 opposition members announced their resignation from the 217-seat Constituent Assembly to protest against the killing of Brahmi, a member of the Arab nationalist Popular Front party.
Khamis Kssila of the Nida Touns party said the departing members would begin a sit-in to demand the dissolution of the assembly and formation of a national salvation government - ideas rejected by Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. The assembly, controlled by Islamists, is in charge of drafting a new constitution for the nation of 11 million people. Several thousand Islamists took to the streets of Tunis on Friday to defend the government from popular demands that it resign over the assassination. Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou drew a direct link between the latest killing and the assassination of the Popular Front’s leader Belaid. Aiming suspicion at a hardline Islamist, the minister said the same gun had been used in Thursday’s killing as in the Belaid attack. “The same 9mm automatic weapon that killed Belaid also killed Brahmi,” he told a news conference, naming the main suspect as Salafist Boubacar Hakim, already being sought on suspicion of smuggling weapons from Libya. Authorities have identified 14 Salafists suspected of involvement in Belaid’s assassination, and most were believed to be members of the local hardline Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, he said.
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pYoNGYANG: Female North Korean soldiers parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of a truce in the 1950-1953 Korean War at Kim Il-sung Square on Saturday.
PYONGYANG:North Korea celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War truce on Saturday with a massive military parade trumpeting the revolutionary genius of three generations of leaders that gave it “Victory in the Great Fatherland Liberation War”. Leader Kim Jong-un was joined by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on the podium overlooking Pyongyang’s main Kim Il Sung square to inspect a massive throng of soldiers in goosestep and a display of weapons including its mid-range missiles. Kim clad in black exchanged words with Li through an interpreter but did not make public remarks at the parade, which appeared to be one of the largest ever put on by the North. Choe Ryong-hae, Kim’s main military aide and the chief political operative of the North’s 1.2-million-strong army, said the reclusive state sees peace as a top national priority and its military was aimed at safeguarding North Korea from invasion. “Reality shows if peace is sought, there must be preparations for war,” Choe said in a speech. “For us with our utmost task of building an economy and improving the lives of the people, a peaceful environment is greater than ever.” The remarks were moderate in tone, without the bellicose rhetoric that routinely fills the North’s public commentary, and Choe did not mention the country’s nuclear arms program or name the United States as its chief enemy. Kim and Li, along with the North’s top military officials and the youthful leader’s uncle Jang Song-thaek, seen as North Korea’s second most powerful man, watched as a missile arsenal paraded past, including the newly developed mid-range Musudan. AGENCIES
Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention BOSTON AGENCIES
Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a high-profile presentation at a hacking conference. The New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday evening by “a loved one” at an apartment in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, according to a police spokesman. He would not say what caused Jack’s death but said police had ruled out foul play. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office said it was conducting an autopsy, although it could be a month before the cause of death is determined. Jack was one of the world’s most prominent “white hat” hackers - those who use their technical skills to find security holes before criminals can exploit them. His genius was finding bugs in the tiny computers embedded in equipment, such as medical devices and cash machines. He often received standing ovations at conferences for his creativity and showmanship while his research forced equipment makers to fix bugs in their software. Jack had planned to demonstrate his techniques to hack into pacemakers and implanted defibrillators at
the Black Hat hackers convention in Las Vegas next Thursday. He told Reuters last week that he could kill a man from 30 feet away by attacking an implanted heart device. “He was passionate about finding security bugs before the bad guys,” said longtime security industry executive Stuart McClure, who gave Jack one of his first jobs and also had worked with him at Intel Corp’s McAfee, a computer security company. “He was one of those people who was put on this earth to find vulnerabilities that can be exploited in a malicious way to hurt people,” McClure said. Jack became one of the world’s most famous hackers after a 2010 demonstration of “Jackpotting” - getting ATMs to spew out bills. A clip of his presentation has been viewed more than 2.6 million times on YouTube. Two years ago, Jack turned his attention to medical devices, while working on a team at McAfee that engineered methods for attacking insulin pumps. Their research prompted medical device maker Medtronic Inc to revamp the way it designs its products. The US government also noticed Jack’s work. “The work that Barnaby Jack and others have done to highlight some of these vulnerabilities has contributed importantly to progress in the field,” said William Maisel, deputy director for science at the Food
and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Jack’s passion for hacking sometimes got him into trouble. In 2010, he connected his laptop to a gold bullion dispensing machine at a casino in Abu Dhabi, according to fellow hacker Tiffany Strauchs Rad. She said Jack had permission from a hotel manager to hack the machine but security intervened. It turned out the hotel did not actually own the gold machine and the American Embassy had to be called in to help resolve the misunderstanding, Rad said. “He would hack everything he touched,” she said. ‘BELOVED PIRATE’: Jack’s most recent employer, the cybersecurity consulting firm IOActive Inc, said on its Twitter account: “Lost but never forgotten our beloved pirate, Barnaby Jack has passed.” Jack, who was known as Barnes to his friends, had been scheduled to present his research on heart devices at Black Hat on August 1. Last week, Jack told Reuters he had devised a way to hack into a wireless communications system that linked implanted pacemakers and defibrillators with bedside monitors that gather information about their operations. “I’m sure there could be lethal consequences,” Jack said in a phone interview. He declined to name the manufacturer of the device
but said he was working with that company to figure out how to prevent malicious attacks on heart patients. Jack’s sudden death drew responses from the hacking community reminiscent of those that followed the suicide of hacker activist Aaron Swartz in January. Dan Kaminsky, a well-known hacker, described the death as a tragedy. “Barnaby was one of the most creative, energetic, diverse researchers in our field,” he said. “You’ll be missed, bro,” tweeted another well-known hacker Dino Dai Zovi.
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ppp wants circular debt payments made public ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HE Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday reiterated its call for making public the details of the Rs 480 billion payment made to settle the circular debt. Senator Farhatullah Babar stated that merely information about the amount paid to each power producer was meaningless unless the critical information about the oil supplied, the power produced and the capacity utilised by each power producer was also provided. Following public criticism, the Ministry of Finance announced on July 23 that “details of payment of Rs 480 billion to settle the circular debt of Rs 503 billion were now avail-
able on the official site of the ministry”. The figures of payments made to each producer did not remove the suspicion that billions had been paid to power producers for electricity that was never produced and to oil suppliers for shipments that were never made, said Babar in a statement issued from the PPP’s media office. Doubts still lingered because payments had been made to the private power producers and other entities in the energy sector without carrying out third party pre-audit by independent technical and professional accounting bodies, he said, demanding that all facts be laid bare. The reports of over Rs 50 billion overpayments and internal differences of opinion within the Finance Ministry were disturbing
and called for thorough investigation, he said. Babar also referred to the claim that Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) provided reconciled accounts to the Ministry of Water and Power which then forwarded them to the Finance Ministry apparently to remove suspicions of any underhand deal. He said even if this procedure had been adopted it was a faulty procedure without carrying out independent financial and technical audit. Allowing the private producers of electricity and the power purchaser to sit together behind closed doors and decide amongst them an issue for which the price was ultimately paid by the general public looked like a ‘muk-muka’. An ordinary citizen could not be blamed if he saw it as an underhand deal involving vested interests at public expense,
he said. He said according to media reports the Asian Development Bank insisted and succeeded in auditing the payments made to power producers as part of the recent agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). If these reports were correct it was necessary that the circular debt payments be subjected to a comprehensive third party audit, he said. He said that the 18th Amendment had specifically inserted Article 19 A in the constitution which stated that every citizen shall have the right to access of information in all matters of public importance. Complete information pertaining to the payments made to private power producers was a matter of great public importance and must be made public. Doubts will linger as long as there is secrecy surrounding it, he said.
Babar said reports about banks being open on the last Saturday of June despite a weekly holiday to make the payments before closing of the last financial year on June 30, also raised questions. He said some power producers were also unofficial advisers on energy and were interested only in the payment of unpaid bills instead of structural reforms. The government was unable to address critical issues, including the gap between power generation cost and sale, losses due to theft and in transmission and distribution, as was evident from its inability to reach a consensus in the Council of Common Interest (CCI) meeting on Tuesday. As a result the circular debt would re-emerge to haunt the nation because of the few who had worked only for their own vested interests, he said.
Fake CNIC seized from Sukkur ISI oﬃce attacker KARACHI NNI
peShAWAR: A vendor displays greeting cards at his shop in Mohala jangi on Saturday for the upcoming eidul fitr festival. INP
MONITORINg DESK “Huma for Mayor,” many tweeted on Tuesday. Others, fancying themselves funny: “Free Huma.” Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, and more important for now, wife to Anthony Weiner, is certainly an object of some interest; Mark Jacobson, in a recent New York magazine cover story about Weiner, described a bird of a beauty heretofore unknown. (“Her brown eyes,” he wrote, “were pools of empathy evolved through a thousand generations of what was good and decent in the history of the human race.”) When Weiner resigned from Congress two summers ago, after being outed as a distributor of below-the-waist selfies, people flocked to Abedin, promising her solace and options. She received hardly a negative word in the press. When she stood by her man—“for me, for our son, for our family”—many of us told ourselves it was her life, her choice, and a brave one at that. She seemed the bearer of
a wisdom that the masses could not know. And then Tuesday, at the press conference following the revelation of Weiner’s post-resignation online tryst as Carlos Danger, Abedin took a turn at the microphone after her husband, who hadn’t quite offered a satisfying mea culpa. She didn’t look happy up there, exactly, but she couldn’t manage to pull off gravitas, either. Neither showed much energy or punch until afterward, at a forum hosted by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where Weiner worked the room with panache, winning “rapturous applause” from activists in attendance. He’s a gifted politician, don’t forget. The fallout from the story has been about Weiner’s mayoral prospects, about whether or not his sexts were disgusting or disappointingly dull, and also about Abedin. This country can understand a redemption story: man screws up, talks endlessly to a therapist about family narratives and feedback loops, offers himself up, gets forgiven by loyal wife. Such tales form the highest peak on the great American mountain. But Weiner screwed up again. And, as he admitted this, Huma kept on standing by his side. What can we make of that? The feminist and activist Gloria Steinem postulated that “the Stockholm syndrome” might be responsible. The New York Post’s cover cried, “Señora Danger … WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?” as though a woman should be held responsible for sexual misdeeds one just expects from a man. (“Sure, Carlos Danger is a sleaze,” it noted in smaller print, “but his señora is no saint either. Huma Abedin happily lied to a public that had been nothing but sympathetic to her as she inexplicably stood by—and colluded with—Anthony Weiner.”) The Times ran an article Thursday on the baffled reaction to her loyalty, interviewing women who spent their Wednesday lunch hour in Bryant Park discussing the situation. (I was one of them, though I was not quoted.) “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me,” a thirty-year-old told the reporters, capturing the gist of the response. Abedin had been the Good Wife, Amy Davidson wrote after the press conference, but she has “gone beyond” that role, becoming “the Preternatural Political Wife.” Abedin has done photo spreads with Weiner for
People, and is helping him raise money and gain traction all about town as part of his election campaign. A friend of hers told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, “She’s not the ‘good wife’ ”—this after she’d penned a public-relations-perfect piece actually called “The Good Wife” for Harper’s Bazaar. Another unnamed friend told the Journal that Abedin had “thought long and hard about leaving.” Can we know for sure that she did, or whether this week she considered it again? What if this husband has fooled this wife more than twice? Or what if—heaven forbid—he isn’t fooling her at all? Can we permit the thought that maybe he hasn’t changed, and that maybe to her that’s O.K.? Let’s not discount what it is to marry a politician, to seek a partner whose livelihood depends on courtship. We must allow at least the possibility that Weiner is an online sex addict, still struggling, whose shortcomings and ongoing challenges have been accepted by his wife. Perhaps Abedin has come to terms with this imperfection, and agreed to let him go on with the sexts through the duration of another pregnancy. Or perhaps he’s through with trying to change, and is simply allowed, in his marriage, to use the Internet, as so many millions do, for fetishism and fantasy, so long as he never touches another woman? Or what if he and his wife have—gasp—an open marriage? Or even a marriage for show? Could we still admire her then, were we ever to know? Naturally, the couple has said in interviews that they’ve learned their lesson and are holding on strong, with a love for the ages only fortified by e-adversity. That could be true, though now it does seem clear that they’ve misled. The tabloid public may only allow tales of storybook romance, but that does not excuse Weiner and Abedin lying to potential constituents. This could be, as they say in politics, a teachable moment. What would be so wrong with addressing the possibility of different kinds of marriage, and different sexual mores? Weiner handlers and wranglers, take note— someone has to be the first to confront what comes rumbling out of our hunger for rehabilitation stories: dishonest claims of regret and change, intended to please and pander. A request from Weiner for recognition and acceptance would shock most Americans; it would sound blunt and sorely cynical. But we do have our models of lessthan-puritanical wedded bliss. Think of Abedin’s closest professional ally and what she went through. It’s taken so long for us to accept
A computerised national identity card (CNIC) recovered from a terrorist killed during the attack on the ISI district headquarters in Sukkur has been discovered to be fake. According to media reports, the CNIC reads the name of the terrorist as Shakeel Ahmed, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. When the team probing the attack investigated the CNIC, it was discovered to be fake. Meanwhile, samples collected from the site of the attack have been sent to Islamabad for DNA tests. At least four police and intelligence officials were killed when the terrorists attacked the ISI office on July 24. Five terrorists were also killed in the attack.
Hillary and Bill—years of analysis, disgust, and impeachment—but, finally, most of the country loves them both. When it comes to the Clintons’ marriage and the stains or possibilities of infidelity, by now most people seem to shrug: Whatever works for them. Understandings, in fact, have arisen in some of our most famous political relationships. In the fourteenth year of Eleanor Roosevelt’s marriage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, she discovered that her husband was madly in love with her social secretary, Lucy Mercer, and threatened divorce. At the time, divorce was repugnant, and inexcusable—especially for a man of means and great ambitions. He knew that divorce would put an end to his political dream, and saw that his future was in Eleanor’s hands. F.D.R., as Russell Baker wrote in The New York Review of Books, “chose to salvage his position with a negotiated peace. The agreement provided that Eleanor would continue the marriage with two stipulations. She and Franklin would have no further sexual relationship, and Franklin must not see Lucy Mercer again.” From then on out, Eleanor was an equal player, and she understood the implications and advantages of that. She was devastated but, Baker wrote, “as her subsequent history persuasively testifies, it was also her liberating moment, a life-changing event that opened a world of glorious possibilities for a woman not too timid to explore them.” Only with the power of their own new deal could she have walked full throttle into the man’s world of politics, and played a crucial role in the United Nations and its postwar Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (And Lucy Mercer, by the way, visited Franklin on his death bed in 1945.) We have no idea what Abedin and Weiner are like inside their Park Avenue building—no idea how they spend their time or how they will raise their son—and we don’t need to know. But we should wonder about the strictures of our traditional notions of marriage. What if Weiner couldn’t be sexless, offline, and monogamous, but still could be, in his wife’s eyes, a good husband? How do we know what that term means to her? And, more germane to the voting public, what if he couldn’t stop sexting but could still be an effective mayor? Eleanor Roosevelt is remembered as a leader, a warrior for good. Hillary Clinton’s legacy may not be far off from that: another female pioneer, a formidable Secretary of State, who takes nonsense from nobody. Their husbands’ indiscretions were part of their stories and part of their marriages, but not the whole, to them or to history. Can’t Huma have that, too?
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fAiSAlABAD: Relatives mourn near the coffins of victims of poisonous alcohol before their funerals on Saturday. At least 19 people died in the Warispura area in two days after consuming locally distilled liquor. INP
pHc cj inaugurates first-ever mobile court in pesHawar PESHAWAR APP
Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Dost Muhammad Khan inaugurated the first-ever mobile court on Saturday in a special ceremony held on the PHC premises. Judges, lawyers and other people from different walks of life attended the ceremony. The mobile courts have been established in a special bus. The project has been completed with the financial assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a cost of Rs 15 million. CJ Khan proposed the idea of mobile courts in the province soon after his appointment in November 2011. He had said that there were several things on his priority list and setting up of mobile courts was one of them in order to provide inexpensive justice to the common man at his doorstep. Khan issued two notifications on Friday under Sections 9, 14 and 17 of Civil Court Ordinance which conferred powers on the CJ to direct any judge or magistrate to hold a camp court at any place within the district. One notification was issued for mobile courts dealing with the criminal cases and the second for the hearing of civil cases. Two laws were also proposed, including Criminal Mobile Courts Act 2012 and Civil Mobile Courts Act 2012. During the launch of the mobile courts, seven cases were fixed for hearing that were to be decided by the mobile courts on the PHC premises in front of all the participants of the launching ceremony. The mobile courts would hold sittings at union councils, police stations or other places specified by the High Court on rotation basis on the direction of the district judge. Legal experts believe that these courts would be helpful, especially in areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where regular courts are situated in district and tehsil headquarters which are far away from villages. Even for minor cases, people from those areas had to visit the district and tehsil headquarters to attend the court proceedings, they said.
India, pakistan, Bangladesh indian army to soon must reunite, says Katju ex- indian sc judge terms partition an attempt to divide Hindus, muslims NAgPUR
RESS Council of India (PCI) Chairman Justice (r) Markandey Katju called for the unification of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh into one secular state on Saturday. He was delivering a lecture on the role of media in promoting secularism, organised by Lokmat Group of Newspapers. "We must not be Hindu nationalists, or even Muslim, Sikh or Christian nationalists. We must all be Indian nationalists. India is a country of diverse people and can not be run for a single day without secularism," Katju said while terming those dividing the country in name of caste or religion as anti-national. When asked by reporters later whether he was referring to Narendra Modi he refused to comment. Katju did not spare the media either. “In-
stead of attacking communalism the media promoted it when a segment of the media became part of the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation instead of covering it. I would not like to name them," he said. Any of type of fundamentalism, be it Hindu or Muslim should be uprooted, said the former Indian Supreme Court judge. "Look at the state of affairs in Pakistan. They wanted to have an Islamic state but it has turned into a ‘Jurassic Park’. There are schisms between Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan
provinces. Sometimes I feel it is not a country at all but just a creation of the British to divide Hindus and Muslims. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should reunite into one secular country," said Katju. He said the media has been demonizing Muslims and that had alienated the community. "Whenever a bomb blast occurs, within a short time many TV channels start saying that an email or text message has come from some Muslim organisation like Jaish-e-Mohammad or Indian Mujahideen claiming the responsibility. This demonizes the entire Muslim community,” he said. An email or text message could be sent by any mischievous element. In fact, 99 percent of the people in all communities were generally good, said Katju. Often an attempt is made to depict all Muslims as terrorist," he said. He termed Mughal King Akbar as the first secular leader who laid the foundation of modern India through his policy of universal tolerance. He was ahead of his times. However, even today most of the people in India were very backward in case of caste and communalism and even voted on these basis, said Katju.
get its first drone aircraft NEW DELHI NNI
The Indian Army will soon receive its first micro-light, pilotless target aircraft, Lakshya-1, which has been produced by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) months ahead of schedule, an official said on Saturday. "The aircraft has been delivered ahead of schedule in record 15 months against 24 months of normal manufacturing cycle time," HAL chairman RK Tyagi, told the media in the southern city of Bengaluru. HAL has so far produced 39 such aircraft originally designed by the state-owned Defense Research and Development Organization. The drone was successfully test flown from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore in the eastern state of Odisha last year. Lakshya-1 can be remotely piloted by a ground control station. It provides realistic towed aerial sub-targets for live fire training. The drone is ground or ship launched from a zero length launcher and recovery is by a two-stage parachute system for land or sea based recovery.
US hAS to ACCePt CoNDItIoNS BeFore INkINg BSA: AFghAN oFFICIAl KABUL NNI
Chief of staff of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office has categorically said that Afghanistan has its conditions for inking security pact known as Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. "Since Afghanistan would pay high price for giving military bases to US, the country has its conditions before inking the security pact and one of the conditions is ensuring durable peace and security in our country," Abdul
conditions include guaranteeing viable security, equipping afgHan forces and supporting economy Karim Khuram said during a recent interview with a local television channel TV-1. Khuram noted, "It would make no difference to have security pact with US but Afghans live in misery, suffering from suicide attacks and bomb
blasts." He also added that inking security pact with United States would earn the enmity of regional countries with Afghanistan. Although the document for inking the security pact has not been finalised, Afghan conditions are clear, Khuram said, adding that the conditions include guaranteeing viable security, equipping the national security forces and supporting Afghanistan's economy by United States to achieve self-reliance. However, he added that since the talks on security pact has not been finalised no date has been set for holding
the traditional Loya Jirga, the country's highest decision-making body, to discuss the issue at national level. To the question on peace process and talks with Taliban, Khuram reiterated that the process must be Afghanled and Afghan owned, noting the High Peace Council, a government-backed peace- making body, has been authorised to talk with the Taliban. He also said that opening Taliban office with the emblem of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (name of ousted Taliban regime) in Qatar was against the Afghan agreement with United
States and a conspiracy to seed middleeast like situation or divide Afghanistan and the Afghan government thwarted it. Khuram said that the United States should pursue the terrorists inside their sanctuaries and not in Afghan villages. In this regard, he said that killing, arresting and pushing people to the wall in Afghan villages would create more enemies. He also noted that terrorists are in Pakistan and Afghanistan is the victim of terrorists. He once again called for the United States to clarify its policy with regard to Pakistan. Stressing on the forthcoming presidential campaign, Khuram noted that the once-every-5-year election is to be held on time and the president will not seek his third term. He ruled out the rumour that President Karzai has the candidate in-favour and would remain impartial during the whole process.
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The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. –Rabindranath Tagore
in search of the golden calf
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
parachinar killings sectarian attacks on shias continue unabated
AMADAN is supposed to be the month when religious differences are put to rest and the entire Muslim population of the country becomes one. Apparently not, as twin suicide bombings rocked the Shia majority town of Parachinar in Khyber Pakthunkhwa. The project to eliminate the Shia population of the country has reached new peaks in the last year, with attacks in Quetta, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan all reaching new peaks. A year which began with Shia dharnas around the country and culminated in the dismissal of the Balochistan provincial government, portends more torment for those who belong to the sect with the government and security agencies reluctant to rein in the Sunni extremist groups responsible. So while the two attacks in Parachinar are condemnable, these are by no means unexpected. The Shia population has put up brave resilience against the sectarian terrorism in the country. The 57 people who died and 200 injured as a result of the attack on the main marketplace in Kurram Agency’s capital city just before Iftar are further victims of this rather pronounced war. An unknown militant group Ansarul Mujahideen claimed the attack on the Shia Turi and Bangash tribes. The district administration suggested that it was a “blessing” that the attackers failed to target Friday congregations, where the casualties would have undoubtedly been larger. The fact that government officials are grabbing at straws is the saddest part. The communal cleansing is rarely admitted, let alone much done about it. The Shia Majlis-e-Wahdutul Muslimeen, leading the campaign against the Hazara killings, had offered to support PML-N presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain against assurances of peace and security to the Shia community. The continuing attacks are a sign of the continuing apathy of the government towards the issue. It is business as usual for sectarian extremists who have nothing to fear from the state. The killings have not shown any signs of going away and sectarian outfits only appear to be growing from strength to strength. The state appears to have abdicated its responsibility and is looking towards a repeat of the sectarian violence in the 1990s, when both Shia and Sunni militants would target each other, after the Zia-era government let Sunni extremists become powerful on its watch. The PML-N and the PTI are already questioned over their credentials regarding extremist groups. The time has come for the government, military and security agencies to firm up over the matter. With the LeJ chief Malik Ishaq out of jail and Ahl Sunnah Waljammat head Ahmed Ludhianvi openly campaigning in the election, the trust of the Shia population is on the wane. Let the State be warned that its silence could lead to a worse situation.
pMl-n alliance with MQM
who will it benefit the most?
T is good for the president to be seen to be commanding the widest possible support in the country. The PML-N is thus justified to approach other political parties to vote for its presidential candidate. The party is no doubt in a position to get Mamnoon Hussain elected on its own as it already enjoys the backing of allies from Sindh and Balochistan that include the PML-F, NP and PkMAP. Wahdatul Muslimeen, representing the Shia community, is also supporting the PML-N candidate. So are most of the FATA parliamentarians. To dispel the perception that Mamnoon Hussain only represents the PML-N or the coalition hammered together by it after winning the elections, Nawaz Sharif has decided to rope in two other parties as well: the JUI-F and the MQM. The former has been pressing the PML-N to include it into the coalition in disregard of polite rebuffs. The MQM too has made several overtures of the sort after PML-N emerged with a solid electoral majority. Altaf Hussain announced that his party would vote for Nawaz Sharif when he contested for the prime minister’s slot. Subsequently, the MQM parliamentarians called on the new prime minister to assure him of their unsolicited support. For its part, the PML-N continued to ignore both the JUI-F and the MQM till the announcement of the presidential elections. On Friday, a high level delegation of the party including its presidential nominee visited Nine Zero to seek Altaf Hussain’s support. Keen to come out of the woods, the MQM willingly agreed. Ishaq Dar subsequently invited the party to join the cabinet. Whether the MQM is willing to accept the offer depends upon the price it demands for cooperation and the willingness of the PML-N to pay it. For the time being the MQM has said that it would consult its top leadership. In 2002 and 2008 the governments desperately needed the help of the MQM, the first for having symbolic representation from Sindh where PPP had been sidelined despite its majority, and the second for sustaining its shaky minority government. Both governments were willing to pay any price asked by the MQM. The present PML-N government, on the other hand, can very well do without the MQM’s support. It is therefore in a position to refuse to surrender to the MQM’s unacceptable demands. The PML-N which twice entered into alliance with the MQM, each one ending prematurely and in acrimony, hardly needs anyone to enlighten it about the objectives or working style of the MQM. The common man will pass judgment on the success or failure of the alliance on the basis of three touchstones. One, will the alliance help bring peace to Karachi by putting an end to the unending killing spree and extortion? Two, will it enable the census commission to hold a genuine and honest population count in Sindh? Third, will a fair delimitation of the constituencies of urban Sindh be possible even if it is opposed by the MQM?
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HEN we cannot even hold elections for our ceremonial president without controversy, how can we run such a complex country rived with problems and contradictions? The People’s Party and its allies have boycotted the coming presidential election because of a Supreme Court order bringing forward the polling date by a week. This, says the PPP, violates the constitution. That the ruling PML-N’s candidate’s victory was a certainty is neither here nor there, rule of law is. This election too has lost credibility. Contrarily, Imran Khan’s retired judge candidate Wajihuddin’s contention is that the Election Commission and not the Supreme Court violated the constitution by accepting the Supreme Court’s order. This is pure genius. A violation comes first; those who obey it come second as co-violators, aiders and abettors. I thought Articles 5 and 6 made it clear. When will it dawn upon us that judges are limited people and not ‘Men who know everything’ – or generals, bureaucrats and journalists for that matter, least of all retired ambassadors? The country can ill-afford this confusion at such a dicey stage in its political evolution. The 18th Amendment increased our confusion because it left Pakistan in limbo between a federation and a confederation. The federal executive is left incapacitated because the provinces were devolved greater financial and administrative powers than they had evolved enough to handle. They are still incapable of filling the vacant capacity thus created. Inept and confused, incapable of understanding devolution, the federal executive now makes a greater hash of things not knowing where its powers begin and where they end. Meanwhile the populace holds the federal government responsible for anything and everything even if it is now a provincial preserve. With provinces incapable of performing and the executive disabled other branches of government perforce fill the vacuums that are created in governance because power doesn’t tolerate a vacuum. Pakistan was the first victim of the 18thAmendment. The genius who was its lead author, the same Raza Rabbani, has become its second. The wheel does come full circle, doesn’t it? While devolution is an imperative, it is an imperative too that it is done realistically and sequentially and not before those who get responsibility are capable of discharging it. There cannot be true devolution without local governments anyway. They are missing. Fearing that his devolution was coming awry, Rabbani charged that the delay might be a move towards ‘One Unit’ – “we see it as part of moves to impose the Centre’s rule again.” He should learn that extreme action causes extreme reaction. Then came Rabbani’s usual gibberish: the boycott was part of his party’s struggle against military and civilian dictatorship. Having realized that there is such a thing as civilian dictatorship, he should also realize that military dicta-
torship is born of civilian dictatorship and that his party’s founder was Pakistan’s first civilian dictator and military dictator too for a while. When I heard my friend in ‘dogdom’ and other realms Aitizaz Ahsan criticize the Supreme Court’s order I asked him why as the elections would still be held between 60 and 30 days of the end of the current president’s term as required by the constitution, he replied in pure Cantab style, “Not so fast, my dear old chap. There are things between heaven and earth that are also required by the constitution.” I took Aitizaz’s permission before relating our conversation. 1. The order was passed on a petition filed by a member of the ruling party without hearing the candidates of other parties, which is their inalienable right under due process guaranteed by the constitution. 2. It is not in the province of the Supreme Court to give an election schedule. 3. The religious reasons given in the petition and accepted by the Supreme Court for bringing the date forward are not obligatory but are ritualistic. 4. Not enough time is left for candidates to canvass while the voters of the Electoral College comprising both houses of parliament and the four provincial assemblies are in far flung places. Aitizaz has a point. Giving a hearing to all concerned parties is obligatory in law. Only the Election Commission can make an election schedule. As to the reasons given in the order, they do pertain to ritual and tradition, not to obligatory duties towards God. To go into ‘Aitekaf’ (seclusion for prayer) or performing ‘Umrah’ (the small pilgrimage to Mecca) in the last 10 days of Ramadan are not obligatory upon Muslims as fasting or the five daily prayers are, for instance, or Haj is. Nor is it obligatory to be in Mecca on the night of Lailatul Qadr (the Night of Power) that most Muslims regard as falling on the 27th day of Ramadan. You can pray wherever you are. “Pakistan was made on Lailatul Qadr,” continued Aitizaz rhetorically, “but Mr Jinnah didn’t ask the British to postpone independence till after Eid because he would be in Aitekaf or would be performing Umrah in Mecca. His ship passed by Jeddah 22 times and Allama Iqbal’s eight times going to and from London, but they didn’t break journey once to perform Umrah because it isn’t obligatory. Were they worse Muslims than our parliamentarians?” It seems that we have deviated from our mandatory obligations towards God to the ‘religiosity’ of the mullah where ritual and symbolism are more important. Quantum of piety is the personal concern of the individual as long as it doesn’t detract from the duties he or she is under oath to discharge. Work is a very high form of worship. Why should the Supreme Court give such importance to ritual and tradition? Aitizaz says that this betrays a compact between the ruling PML-N, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission. Nothing new: many have suspected it for long. While there is no incontrovertible proof, it is certainly very suspicious. We should respect the legal process but not become hostage to it to such an extent that when something stares us in the face we still look for proof, like
scientists look for ‘proof’ of God. God has given us a mind but we don’t use it properly. Instead, we have turned our national mind into a mound of hypocrisy and abdicated it to clerics and propagandandists and set ourselves up as easy prey for perception managers. We don’t think for ourselves and think things through. We take the easy route by letting others think for us. Our worldview and view about ourselves is based on stories dished out by strategic communicators – a lie told long enough and often enough becomes the truth. We believe the superficial and the supercilious. God has given us free will but we don’t exercise it as freeborn, within the law and God’s law. Instead we have become automatons following not God’s Word in the Quran but preachers of all kinds, religious and secular, and cling to organized religion, dogma and ritual that are the lifeblood of masquerading clerics and secular mindbenders. We indulge in hypocrisy without realizing it. We use our free will to make bad choices. Judged by our choices, actions and the people we admire we worship the Golden Calf – the pursuit of power and wealth by fair means or foul. The Quran’s first chapter is named after the incident when Moses returned from the mountain to discover that the Israelites had made a calf of gold and were worshiping it and intended to present it to the Pharaoh and be graciously accepted back into his slavery. We are like those Israelites. We too worship the Golden Calf. We too bow to Pharaohs. We have fallen in love with our chains thinking they are made of gold. The wrath of God came down upon the Israelites. Our Pharaoh is the hegemon; our Golden Calf wealth in property, bank accounts, and barrels of oil, stock markets, devilish bank products and derivatives. We officially and wilfully indulge in usury calling it ‘interest’ and ‘mark-up’ in devilish sophistry. We marry girls from rich families thinking that we will be ‘made’ forgetting that a husband has no right over his wife’s wealth or income. In Islam a husband’s duty is to look after his wife, raise their children and run his house from his own income. The wife doesn’t even have to bring dower or her family bear the wedding expenses. It is the groom’s family that has to pay for her dower and the festivities. We don’t know our Faith because we are Muslims by accident of birth, not by understanding. We follow not God’s Islam in the Quran but alien laws many of which are contradictory to Islam. We observe customs and rituals many of which pre-date Islam and think that they are part of the Faith. Perhaps the wrath of God has come down upon us already, thus our pitiable condition, the most pathetic of which is that we practice not what God enjoins but what clerics preach. We respect and admire those who have acquired wealth and power illegally. We follow third-raters and their progeny who are neither leaders nor statesmen, mindlessly violating the first pillar of Faith not to put anyone besides God. Our values are based solely in search of the Golden Calf. Is there still time to come to the correct path?
In Islam a husband’s duty is to look after his wife, raise their children and run his house from his own income.
The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. –Mahatma Gandhi
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
curious blind spot there is more focus on Zaid Hamid’s religion than the really serious allegations
overemphasis on privatisation no wisdom in throwing away family silver and divesting national interest KAMAL MONNOO
RIVATISATION suddenly seems to have become the new buzz word being freely used by this new PML-N government, citing it as a cure for almost all economic ills currently facing the country. In a short span of less than 60 days one can sense the music of privatisation already being composed and no it does not sound like installing professional management or privatising certain operational functions in order to curb corruption and enhance efficiencies, but instead seems tuned for outright sale of the big-ticket public sector enterprises – the family silver, so to speak. Economic managers egged on by their predator advisors make a case that if companies like the PIA, Steel Mills, PSO etc. need to be saved and if the government has to rid itself of recurring losses (assumingly around Rs500 billion per annum or more) from these institutions, then the only way out is to sell them to the highest private bidder. Without thinking the matter through and without realising the resulting implications and long term systemic fallouts, one is already hearing sweeping statements from government functionaries such as: ‘how people of Pakistan are fed up with PIA and will not tolerate it any more’, ‘how the government should not be in the business of running businesses’. The push from the ruling quarters thus is gathering steam towards divesting of national assets of great value. What the Sharif government does not realise is that the matter is not as simple as it is presuming it to be. The notion that, the government should not be in the business of running businesses, though partially true, needs to be looked at from the perspective of ‘history of economic management’, which tends to define the strengths and weaknesses at a given period of government’s role in a management chain. The history of the dawn of capitalism is full of ventures where governments took upon themselves to assume investment risks for services and product innovations that otherwise would either have just become non-starters or remained confined to only a few select segments of people instead of yielding benefits to the mankind in general. Over time the industrialised nations of the West, mainly the USA and Western Europe, realised that since efficiencies are primarily driven by installing managements that are committed to maximising shareholders’ return they gradually went about facilitating ownerships that ensured selection of such executive, thereby aligning the interests of both, the private sector and the masses. While the underlying assumption of this endeavor was that the interests of businesses and the nation ultimately coincide, the challenge it pre-
sented was to somehow ensure that while the resulting businesses do get the freedom to pursue economies of scale they do not at any stage compromise on national interests. To achieve this the USA followed a more open model of creating large ‘professional management’ driven corporations devoid of specific ownerships (no single person held stock large enough to yield control), whereas, Europe’s larger entities on the other carried visible elements of socialist tendencies owing to significant stakes retained by respective governments or through stricter governmental oversight. As both the models competed for industrial excellence and economic dominance these large companies almost always enjoyed state patronage and backing of the state’s might to capture global markets through the sheer size of their capital and influence, other than of course using their competitive edge acquired via management skills, superior technology, and a culture of innovation. What however remained constant was the State’s overall control over the industrial parameters. Numerous examples that can in this context be sighted are: a) The United States Senate intervening to stop the Gulf Ports and Shipping Corporation from assuming the managing contracts of America’s west coast ports. b) Constraints faced even today by any overseas investor in accessing ownerships in the key USA financial houses or for an outsider to even emerge as a serious competitor within the US to its mighty financial institutions – Agha Hussain Abidi learnt this the hard way. c) The European Union government’s recent passing of a number of legislations restricting Chinese companies’ access to key European assets etc. Lately, though the crisis of Western liberal capitalism has coincided with a challenge of a different kind from the new aspirants in this great economic game – a tool itself used sometime back by the likes of East India Company: the rise of powerful new form of state capitalism in emerging markets. State capitalism tries to meld the powers of the state with the powers of capitalism. It depends on government to pick winners and promote economic growth by using capitalist tools such as listing state owned companies to ensure management’s accountability and by embracing globalisation. Nearly two to three decades (depending upon the country) back, as western states abandoned the commanding heights of their economies in the name of privatisation and deregulation it looked as these publicprivate hybrids were doomed. Today they are flourishing in the world’s emerging dynamic economies and also striding out onto the global stage. State-owned companies account for 80 per cent of the market capitalisation of the Chinese stock market, more than 60 per cent of Russia’s, and 35 per cent of Brazil’s. They make up 19 of the world’s 100 biggest multinational companies and 28 of the top 100 among emerging markets.
In the developing world where large corporations outside the domain of the government tend to be few, their role is not merely limited to competing with the western global heavyweights. More importantly (in countries like Pakistan) they also tend to provide a sense of equilibrium in the domestic markets. If run competently and used effectively they perform crucial national functions like helping check inflation through supply side, provide employment, aid growth, strengthen anti-trust legislations, ensure equitable distribution of resources and opportunity, and by using the umbrella of their national ownership help keep the nation gelled. Further, if some privatisation experiences in Africa and Eastern Europe are anything to go by, their results have not been very encouraging. Instead of helping employment generation and alleviating poverty the sales merely created oligarchs, promoted rent seeking and concentrated wealth in a few hands thereby widening the gap between the rich and the poor. More dangerously, a wrong privatisation push or an unhealthy mix between the private and public sector market presence can end up seriously compromising the power of the regulator. Recently, an ex-Governor of the State of Pakistan (SBP) privately conceded to me that during his brief stint he had little leverage over the private sector banking players simply because between themselves they virtually controlled the domestic financial market. The Indian state as we know still jealously guards its control over its banking industry and in turn its power to intervene in domestic financial markets, as and when necessary. The Indian Railways, as another example, is not only the largest employment provider in the world, but churns out a profit in spite of its services being the cheapest in the world on the famous “Big-Mac” scale. The challenge for us also lies in turning around the key public sector enterprises to use them for safeguarding and promoting larger national interests. Critical sectors like oil and communications and mainstay corporations like the PSO (Pakistan State Oil) are too important to be doled out to foreigners or to a few individuals. History tells us that when the power of the state to exercise its writ and to bring about people friendly reforms gets seriously marginalised owing to greed and monopolisation of a select few, the state sooner or later fights back to claim its rightful balance. And when it does the implications can be grave all around. Hitler’s philosophy in going after the Jewish community in Germany reflected the draconian side of such reactions and I am told on good account that Mr Bhutto also had his work ‘Mien Kampf’ placed at a very prominent place in his library. Pakistan can surely do without another reactionary trauma of the 70s! The writer can be firstname.lastname@example.org
EFORE we get to Hamid Mir’s takedown of Zaid Hamid (Capital Talk, Geo News, 22ndJuly, http://www.zemtv.com/2013/07/22/capital-talk-islamaur-pakistan-ke-naam-per-khana-jangi-ki-sazish-22thjuly-2013/) it would be pertinent to start somewhere else. Remember the time back when Zaid Hamid’s DVDs were flying off the shelves (they still are) and he was visible, far more visible than he is now. In fact, he even had a show on the very network that is his bete noire now. He was extremely popular on what pass off as the lecture circuits in the country. This is before Imran Khan (finally and effectively) engaged the same particular segment of the youth that Hamid was targeting. Back then, he was popular amongst the students belonging to the educated urban middle-classes. The reason was his trashing of the political class, which still seems to touch a chord. He had followers in elite campuses like LUMS and GIK. Our man was all over the place and no one, really, had taken him on. It was during this time that he was finally shouted out at three university campuses. All three, it was heartwarming to find out, were public sector institutions. They were the Punjab University, Lahore, the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and the Islamia College University, Peshawar. But interesting was what separated the first two from the last. In the former two, he was heckled for being a follower of Yousaf “Kazzab” whereas in Peshawar, the PkSF hecklers brought the house down because he was “spreading an agenda and ideology of hatred.” It were the students at a public sector university in “conservative” Peshawar, led by the late Idrees Kamal, who could see his hatred, not the “fuhash burger elite” at the swanky colleges in the rest of the country. Trashing him for this whole kazzab business is akin to lynching someone for blasphemy, something the country needs to see the end of. It is ironic to see Zaid Hamid haters form the Ahmadi community celebrating his current criticism on these grounds. Hamid Mir’s aforementioned programme was in two parts, the first showing clips of the deranged pundit advocating the subversion of the political government by the army, the wrapping up of the constitutional system and the like. The second part, unfortunately, was about the kazzab affair. In Zaid Hamid’s subsequent video rejoinder, where he sticks it to “Hamid Mir Jafar” and “Ghaleez Charbi ka Drum Tahir Ashrafi,” he focuses only on this affair, not the other business. Because of the level of discourse of Mubasher Lucman (Kharra Sach, ARY News, 24th July, http://www.zemtv.com/2013/07/24/zaid-hamid-and-tahirashrafi-in-kharra-sach-24th-july-2013/) as a person, his programme focussed completely and entirely on the religious affair. In his programme, though he clearly had it in for Tahir Ashrafi and was taking Zaid Hamid’s side, to be fair, he brought out a copy of the court judgment against Yousaf Kazzab, which wasn’t quite what it was the anti-Hamid lobby had made it out to be. In reality, this Yousaf fellow was involved in a PR vendetta against a Lahore-based news group notorious for smear campaigns and sting journalism. On the more serious front, a former close associate of Hamid’s was shown on Hamid Mir’s programme, testifying that the latter was on an ISI contract since 2007, to the tune of around Rs600,000 a month and that a like-minded admiral in the ISI was the one responsible for this business. As lawyer Babar Sattar, who was a guest on the programme, said, it is troubling how public taxpayer money was being spent on the absolute discretion of one official, this admiral that we heard of. But that isn’t the whole truth of it. Those in the know say a paltry Rs600,000 a month doesn’t quite come close to other shenanigans in the spooks’ world. It is sad that in the republic, a slur on one’s religious beliefs is an easier sell than being on the payroll of the country’s most colourful secret agency. This latter charge is one that Zaid Hamid wouldn’t probably ever even deny and say that at least it is better than being “an agent of India,” which, in his worldview, includes anyone who wants peace with India. In a clip, the enfant terrible says, with disdain towards the judiciary and the military, “neither is the judiciary performing its duty, nor is the army overturning the government.” This statement, taken in isolation, isn’t alarming; there are, after all, madcap pundits under every rock in the Republic. What is scary is the sizeable number of Hamid’s likeminded folk in the armed forces one comes across, at all ranks, not just admiral. The case of Brigadier Ali, arrested for his links with the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an organisation that is invested in the process of penetrating and taking over the secular armies of the Muslim world, has been well-documented.
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A arts Sunday, 28 July, 2013
justin bieber has a spitting problem
Nd the offensive behavior continues: As adoring fans surrounded his Toronto hotel on Saturday, Justin Bieber decided to grace them with his presence, heading out onto his balcony to snap the view on Instagram. Nice enough, until he proceeded to spit. TMz nabbed some pretty gross pictures of the spit in action, and though it’s not clear if anyone got hit by the falling slobber, the gossip site says fans were outside his hotel window all day long. The New York Post reports this is the latest in a long line of spitting incidents, like this one. NEWS DESK
pierce brosnan comforts nigella lawson
CTOR Pierce Brosnan was spotted comforting celebrity chef Nigella Lawson in a restaurant, where they were reportedly having a good time together. Lawson has been going through a rough time ever since her husband Charles Saatchi gripped round her throat. “Nigella and Pierce seemed very happy to see one another and were engrossed in conversation after sitting down together for a chat,” mirror.co.uk quoted a source as saying. “It was clear they both enjoyed the opportunity to share some time together,” he added. The “James Bond” star is married to Keely Shaye Smith. COURTESY IANS
richard gere sells estate for $65m
CTOR Richard Gere is selling his 12,000 square foot Hamptons estate here for $65 million. The 63-year-old actor’s property, known as Strongheart Manor, boasts of 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and includes a neutral coloured living area, high ceilings and a spacious gourmet kitchen with numerous cupboards and a breakfast bar, reports contactmusic.com. The outdoor space has well-kept lawns, blooming gardens, a fireplace pavilion and even a small pool. NEWS DESK
Jackson’s ‘gay fling’ liberace’s ex scott tHorson claims He bedded star COTT Thorson, 54 — whose life with the pianist was turned into film Behind The Candelabra — said he began bedding Jacko in 1982 after he and Liberace split. He said: “I was introduced to Michael Jackson through Liberace back in 1977 and we had a fantastic relationship. “When we broke up in 1982, Michael swept me off my feet and said, ‘Hey, I’m breaking away from the Jackson 5. I’m going solo’. This is when the Thriller tour started. Michael swept me off my feet.” Asked on Aussie radio if they were lovers, Scott replied: “Yes, for a short term. “It was short term because Michael became very big at the time and his management team thought it best that we didn’t go any further with our relationship.” He claimed they were wary of his court battle for a £73million payoff from Liberace — who died in 1987 aged 67. The case was eventually settled for just £60,000.
Scott — currently on US probation for identity theft — said he and Jacko stayed pals until the star, 50, died in 2009 from a drugs overdose. He added: “It was very sad. But it just goes to show what these plastic surgeons can do to you — or any doctor for that matter. “Michael started his drug addiction because of the plastic surgeons.” COURTESY THE SUN
Lady gaga poses nude in promo image for artpop ADY Gaga must have been laying off the micro-chips - as she looks trim and healthy in a NAKED promotional shot for her new album ARTPOP. The wacky singer was snapped wearing just a pair of black ankle boots and some zany glasses while sitting on a chair made of computer parts. She tweeted the image to her 39million followers and wrote: “1ST SINGLE FROM ARTPOP COMES AUG.19 #24DAYS.” It’s the songbird’s long-awaited third studio album, which will be accompanied by an app available alongside the release. Earlier this month the star unveiled the details of ARTPOP with one of the most pretentious
pronouncements in pop history. A rambling blog post said: “Exploring Gaga’s existence as a cultural interface, the user will share in the ‘adrenaline of fame’. “Altering the human experience with social media, we bring ARTculture into POP in a reverse Warholian expedition. For her this is a celebration of obsession. “The album ARTPOP musically mirrors Gaga’s creative process as she passes through the mediums of each artist she collaborates with, scoring a blueprint of her journey. “The result, a ‘rage’ of electronic passion and fury, defining each artistic process from beginning to end. “The app itself is a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology with a new interactive worldwide community — ‘the auras.’” Lady Gaga releases her new single on August 19, with the album ARTPOP following on November 11. COURTESY THE SUN
Ben Foster is front-runner scarlett’s ‘new ring not a wedding ring’ to play Lance armstrong
CARLETT Johansson, who is currently dating French journalist Romain Dauriac, was once again snapped wearing a suspect band on her engagement ring finger. According to People magazine, the blonde beauty wore “an ornate gold ring with two stones - a diamond and a ruby” on her ring finger, in LA this week, Stuff.co.nz reported. A source told the publication that Johansson, who was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds, is not engaged nor close to being en-
gaged. Another source said that the ring is “simply a piece of jewellery” that someone decided to give to the star as a gift. The Hollywood actress had first sparked speculations that she might be heading down the aisle again, when she was spotted with a striking diamond ring on her engagement finger while running errands in NYC in February. Her rep had quickly stamped out marriage rumours, claiming that the star isn’t planning to wed. NEWS DESK
EN Foster is tipped to play disgraced bicyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic. He has appeared in films such as “Alpha Dog,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Messenger.” Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) will direct the Working Title film, which will center on Armstrong’s battle with testicular cancer in the mid1990s and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. The seven-time Tour De France champion finally ad-
mitted to Oprah Winfrey earlier this year that he used banned substances throughout his career after years of denying doping allegations. The cyclist was stripped of his Tour De France titles, and he was also ordered to return the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney will be releasing “The Armstrong Lie,” which will feature footage from the athlete’s failed 2009 comeback to his admission of doping. NEWS DESK
Can ‘Wolverine’ claw back big-budget hollywood losses? LOS ANgELES AGENCIES
“The Wolverine,” the latest “X Men’ spin-off, is hoping to claw back some Hollywood pride after a string of big-budget flops have left major Tinseltown studios licking their wounds. Starring Hugh Jackman, the film is forecast to make over $70 million this weekend after opening Thursday, in what trade journal Variety said could be one of the best debuts of the summer. North America’s normally lucrative summer movie season has seen a series of movies with budgets over $150 million bomb at the box office, at the expense of cheaper but more profitable films. The first dud was “After Earth,” in which usually sure-fire blockbuster star Will Smith was joined by his son Jaden, but which has made a pitiful $59 million in North America since opening on May 1, on a budget of $130 million. It was followed by “White House Down” with $68 million so far on a budget of $150 million, and the “The Lone Ranger” which has made only $81 million of its $250 million budget despite starring Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp. More recently “Pacific Rim” has made a disappointing $72 million on its $180 million investment, while the last super flop was
“R.I.P.D.,” which cost $180 million to make and made a paltry $15 million on its opening weekend. The bad run for Hollywood’s major studios bosses comes after veteran directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warned in June of a “meltdown” of the traditional model of releasing films in movie theaters. “There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a halfdozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm,” said Spielberg. Kathryn Arnold, a producer and industry expert, said the problem is partly due to the mediocre quality of the latest batch of mega-budget movies. “The studios are intent upon reaching a global audience and sometimes believe they need to simplify the storyline and ramp up the action in order to appeal to non-English language speakers,” she told AFP. But she said: “Audiences are smarter, have more options for viewing content and are connected to media more than ever before. Studios must learn not to short-change the storyline when making big budget movies.”She cites as good examples “Fast and Furious 6”, “World War Z” and “Iron Man 3,” all three of which did well at the box office. “When the studios make a large budget
movie that has a good or interesting story such as ‘World War Z,’ something that engages audiences on a new and different level, it will succeed,” she said. Another question is whether sequels pay off: studios will spend $400-500 dollars for a franchise, in the hope of striking success like this summer’s “Iron Man 3,” which has made $1.2 billion at the box office. “Even though ‘After Earth,’ ‘Lone Ranger,’ ‘White House Down,’ ‘Pacific Rim’ and now ‘RIPD’ all bombed domestically this summer, (big budget films) are the key to driving the box office,” said box office analyst Jeff Bock.
“And, like it or not, the lackluster performances of these original films will most certainly keep Hollywood churning out sequels to established properties by the truckload,” he added. But Arnold disagrees, saying studio bosses should learn from the series of flops. “It should certainly make them pause, especially when you look at the success of movies like ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Identity Thief” and ‘The Heat’,” she said. “All these movies were made for budgets under $50 Million, with star talent, have good stories that connect on an emotional level with the audience, get good word of mouth and thus do well at the box office. “When you do the math...it makes sense and more profit.”Jason Blum, producer of “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “Sinister,” goes even further, citing the success of “micro-budget” films costing less than $5 million but making 10, 20 or even 40 times their budget. “When people get established in the movie business, for whatever reason it’s like ‘Now that I’m successful, I’m gonna go make expensive movies’,” he said. “The minute you start to spend a lot of money, you can’t take risks anymore, you can’t kill the lead of the movie, there are things you just can’t do. But if you make movies inexpensively, you can try new weird stuff.”
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Cameron diaz eyeing robert pattinson?
ameesha gears up for her toughest role ever
CTRESS Cameron Diaz reportedly finds Robert Pattinson hot! She is even said to have accepted a wine-tasting invite to spend some time with the “Twilight” star. “Cameron thinks Rob is really hot and is up for making a play for him. The fact that he’s 27 doesn’t bother her,” thesun quoted a source as saying. Diaz is 40. She hasn’t worked with Pattinson yet, but the two have known each other for a while. “She has known him for a while, but decided to keep a respectful distance while he was in that relationship with Kristen Stewart,” he said. Diaz recently received an invite from actress Reese Witherspoon for wine-tasting at her residence, and ever since she got to know that Pattinson would be present there too, she is said to have quickly made up her mind to attend it. “Now he’s single so as soon as she knew Reese was hosting a four-day winetasting weekend at her home in Ojai, she was quick to get in on the act,” said the source. COURTESY IANS
CTOR Anupam Kher was recently in Mumbai to stage a one act play based on his life, Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai.. The actor, who was happy to back in the city said, “I hail from a small city and hence love visiting smaller cities. The sheer simplicity of people from such cities is amazing.” The actor visited Aurangabad for his film Laadla in 1994. Talking about his theatre performance he said, “The thrill of performing before a live audience on stage without any scope for retakes, provides unparalleled excitement.” During the visit to the city Anupam also unveiled the Marathi version of a recently released English book. Having recently donated 1,11,000 for
by hosting popular game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. Referred to as Big B by his fans, Bachchan was also the first Bollywood star to be honoured with a statue at Madame
ATAUdI queen, Kareena Kapoor Khan thinks that her hubby Saif Ali Khan believes that the two will not look good in a film together. In a unique promotional gimmick for her upcoming film Satyagraha, Kareena Kapoor, who is not on Twitter, interacted with her fans on the social networking site via a famous production house. In a reply to a fan’s tweet- ‘Please tell Saif that everyone wud love to see you and him in a movie!’, Bebo wrote, “I don’t think Saif believes that we’ll look good in a film together! He’s busy with his leading ladies.” Well Bebo....we think you should try to convince him for your fan’s sake...!! COURTESY ANI
i’m an actor, not a stripper: shivam patil
anyone who can lie well can also act well: anupam Kher the Uttarakhand flood victims, the actor said, “It is important to send across help of any sort via credible channels. The media is much smarter nowadays and corruption and discrepancies do not remain hidden for long.” Speaking on acting as a talent and a subsequent profession he said, “Just as there are no born doctors or engineers, similarly there are no born actors as well. All such professions require training and hard work. I am also a trained actor. An actor has to learn and master how to emote in a particular situation. Signing off with his acting tips to youth from the city he said, “To be successful in any profession one continuously needs to reinvent and I believe that anyone who can lie well can also act well.” COURTESY TNN
amitabh Bachchan crowned greatest Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has emerged as the greatest Bollywood star in a UK poll celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema. The multi-award winning actor of countless classics bagged major share of votes from critics, fans and the film fraternity to be named on top in the survey ‘100 Greatest Bollywood Stars’ published by a British Asian weekly newspaper. In a career spanning an incredible 40 years, 70-year-old Bachchan blockbusters like “Sholay” and “Deewar”. He is also credited with bridging the gap between Bollywood and TV
saif believes we’ll not look good together in film: kareena
MEESHA Patel is ready with her maiden production venture, ‘Desi Magic’. The actress, who will be seen in a double role, will romance Zayed Khan and Sahil Shroff in the romantic comedy. Says she, “It took two years for Kunal Goomer, my partner, to make this dream a reality. The story is entirely his brainchild. As a producer, he has given me my toughest film ever. I play a double role — one of a modern girl from Budapest and the other, an extremely simple girl from Punjab.” Zayed, who will be seen on screen after a while, says he has found his groove back. “I am glad I took time off to reflect. This role has everything I wanted. Earlier I did a lot of roles for the sake of passion and friendship. This is probably the first time that I have approached a film professionally. I play a mature guy, someone who isn’t your typical Romeo. He is worldly wise. Ameesha has never looked hotter. I think this sexy image is really working for her.” For Sahil, working in the film was a breeze, all thanks to his camaraderie with Ameesha and Zayed. “ I play a very new age guy who loves his life, his job, and basically lives his life on his terms. Ameesha has become a friend. She is very easy-going and professional. She knows her job well, so I got to learn a lot. Zayed and I hit it off from day one. He is a great guy and fun to be around.” Desi Magic is produced by Ameesha Patel Productions. COURTESY TOI
amanda Bynes is extremely paranoid, says parents A
MANDA Bynes’ parents, Rick and Lynn, have revealed that prior to moving to New York, their daughter was extremely paranoid about being ‘watched,’ even at their residence. In court papers released on Friday, they wrote that the former ‘Disney’ star would cover smoke alarms with towels, tape windows shut, and cover her car’s dashboard with cardboard and tape out of fear that cameras were watching her from inside these places, People magazine reported. It seems that the parents are concerned about the behaviour of the 27-year-old, who is now under a 14-day psychiatric hold at a hospital just outside L.A. In the documents filed with the Ventura County, Calif., Superior Court, the Bynes family outlined their daughter’s disturbing behaviour beyond her multiple driving offenses, saying that they believe their daughter is now essentially “homeless” and has a substance abuse problem. COURTESY ANI
Tussauds and recently represented India as the Olympic torch-bearer at the London 2012 Games. The survey was compiled via a combination of audience votes
through social media, box-office figures, cinematic impact and critical acclaim. Bachchan’s own choice and yesteryears acting legend Dilip Kumar came in second with Shah Rukh Khan coming in a close third. Madhuri Dixit topped the survey among Bollywood’s female actresses and was placed fourth in the overall list. “I am proud to be a part of that and I am also proud to be a part of the whole movement where cinema is getting better and we are trying to do something different,” Madhuri said. “It’s wonderful to be highly placed, but it also comes with a great sense of responsibility
on my shoulders where I have to do better every time when I am doing something. So I love it and I love what I do,” she added. The others who made it to the top 10 included names like Raj Kapoor (5), Nargis (6), Dev Anand (7), Waheeda Rehman (8), Rajesh Khanna (9) and Sridevi (10). Other notable stars to make the cut include Salman Khan (11), Aamir Khan (14), Dharmendra (15), Hema Malini (18), Madhubala (24), Kajol (30), Hrithik Roshan (32), Rani Mukerji (38), Kareena Kapoor (43), Mumtaz (50), Saif Ali Khan (59), Priyanka Chopra (86) and Katrina Kaif (93).
T may be his Bollywood debut, but Shivam Patil says he didn’t have any inhibitions about doing steamy scenes in Nasha. “If you are serious about your craft, you should be able to do everything. Be it bold, comic, dramatic or emotional, all scenes demand intensity and test you as an actor. In Nasha, there were many scenes that required me to break down and I was absolutely at ease doing them as well.” He adds, “I am an actor, not a stripper. I am not stripping for attention, I have done it because my character demanded it.” About his film, he says, “My focus was to bring forth my character Sahil’s emotional vulnerability. The real USP of this film is its performance-driven content, a realistic take on the coming-of-age of a young, naive boy, and how relatable his journey is to anyone who has trodden similar paths in their youth.” COURTESY TOI
star Wars cast reunited 30 years on
ARRIE Fischer and Mark Hamill were reunited with Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca, Warwick davies (Wicket the Ewok), Ian Mcdiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett) and Anthony daniels (C-3PO) for the photo. The actors met up at the Star Wars Celebration in Essen, Germany, where fans came dressed up as their favourite characters. Meanwhile, fans eager for an autograph of their stars were forced to fork out up to 120 euro per signed photo. Mark Hamill charged the most, followed by Ian Mcdiarmid, whose autograph cost 100 euro a pop. Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia photo came in at 60 euro while C-3PO was the cheapest at 50 euro. COURTESY THE SUN
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InFotaInment Sunday, 28 July, 2013
todAy (28th july)
8 the birthday of ibn al'Arabi, Muslim mystic/philosopher. 8 Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer, dies at 51. 8 the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified. 8 King henry Viii of england's chief minister, thomas Cromwell, was executed and henry married his fifth wife, Catherine howard.
rising WAter teMperAtures turn lobsters into cAnnibAls
To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect. –Oscar Wilde
the full Moon Messes With your sleep NEWS DESK
OU probably would not turn into a werewolf but there is evidence that the full moon really does take a toll on people, even if they do not know it is out there. Scientists reviewed data in which subjects slept in a darkened room where they could not see the moon. During round moons, 33 volunteers unaware of the study’s goal, took an extra five minutes to fall asleep and slept a total of 20 minutes less than they did during the new moon phase. They ranged in age from 20 to 31 and 57 to 74, the Los Angeles Times notes. Subjects had lower levels of melatonin during full moons. Melatonin helps regulate the body clock and is produced more in the dark than in the light. Researchers, however, say the brightness of
the moon may have had nothing to do with subjects’ sleep. “The lunar cycle
seems to influence human sleep, even when one does not ‘see’ the moon and is
nortH pole Has become a lake, again!
lobster cAnnibAlisM in the Wild hAs been cAught on cAMerA for the first tiMe As WAter teMperAtures in MAine reAch A century high Marine biologists in America have discovered that an odd combination of climate change, warming waters and over fishing have transformed the lifestyle of the lobster, turning the crustacean into a cannibal. Noah Oppenheim, a scientist studying the marine ecosystems off the coast of Main, was the first to capture lobster cannibalism in the wild on camera by setting up a camera trap using a juvenile lobster as bait. When similar experiments were conducted in 1992 they found that fish would come in to grab the tempting snack, but instead, Oppenheim’s camera caught an adult lobster swooped in and “eviscerated” the younger animal. Although lobsters are known to attack and eat each other in captivity, Oppenheim recorded an unprecedented degree of cannibalism in the wild. Repeat experiments showed that juveniles were 90 percent more likely to be eaten by fellow lobsters than any type of fish. Oppenheim thinks that that the main reason for this is rising water temperatures. “As the water temperatures elevate, lobsters both become more fecund. They reproduce more frequently and with larger broods and they grow more rapidly. If we enjoy eating lobsters perhaps other lobsters enjoy eating lobsters too,” he added. Other factors are also in play, with over fishing killing off the lobster’s natural predators and herring bait used in lobster traps being stolen by younger members of the species too small to be caught. NEWS DESK
NEWS DESK Thanks to rapidly melting ice has turned the North Pole into a lake. The shallow lake is about a foot deep. According to LiveScience, it is not the result of sea water overtaking the ice but and consists entirely of melted ice. Atlantic Wire said, “It is a vicious cycle. Water picks up more radiation from the sun than solid ice would, so the area is getting even warmer. At the beginning of the month, a lot of the Arctic Ocean saw temperatures two to five degrees warmer than average; the lake began forming on July 13. But it is nothing new as the lake has been appearing each year.”
NEWS DESK The newest whiz-bang TV will set you back a cool $15,000. South Korean companies LG and Samsung are selling 55 inch curved OLED televisions in the United States (US). LG is doing so via Best Buy and the rollout will gradually expand to stores across the US, whereas Samsung is selling only through select dealers. The TVs are uber-thin and sleek-looking and production is so tricky that prices are not expected to come down anytime soon. OLED stands for ‘organic light-emitting-diode’ technology and has incredible contrast, is impossibly thin and extremely energy efficient but just not very economical.
More than half of Arctic Sea ice is newly formed and thin, LiveScience reports, making it easier for meltwater ponds to form and combine. An Arctic cyclone due this week will boost the melting process even more. In related news, Arctic warming could end up costing the world an extra $60 trillion, say researchers. That is because the methane gas emitted as the permafrost under the East Siberian Sea thaws could quicken the effects of climate change, adding to the costs heaped upon the world by global warming, the Christian Science Monitor explains. Science Daily notes that there is far more methane in the region than just what sits under that particular sea.
curved tvs anyone?
not aware of the actual moon phase,” says a researcher.
Man wakes with Amnesia, speaking only swedish doctors are looking into the mystery of a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel. Michael Boatwright (61) was in February taken to a Palm Springs medical centre where he woke up with amnesia, calling himself Johan Ek. The man’s sister says that she has not seen her brother in a decade. Hospital officials said Boatwright may have been in town for a tennis tournament in the Coachella Valley. He was found with a duffel bag of exercise clothes, a backpack, and tennis rackets, along with four forms of identification naming him as Michael Thomas Boatwright. In March, doctors diagnosed Boatwright with Transient Global Amnesia, a condition triggered by physical or emotional trauma that can last for several months. Among the things he still does not remember is how to exchange money, take public transportation or understand English, nor does he recall the existence of his son and two ex-wives. The man’s past reveals that he has spent time in Mexico and Miami and has also taught English in China and Japan for 14 years. NEWS DESK
smart knife helps doctors find cancer during surgery the knife cAn instAntly detect Whether tissue is heAlthy or not A nifty new knife that can sniff out cancer might soon be in operating rooms, reports Bloomberg. In its first major test, the ‘intelligent knife,’ or iKnife did spectacularly well as in, 100 percent accuracy in 91 cases. AP explaining how the knife works said,” When a surgeon cuts into a patient’s tissue, the heat sends up smoke. The iKnife collects the smoke and analyses it to determine whether the tissue is cancerous. Under current procedures, doctors typically must wait half an hour to get such results which the new knife provides instantly.” The upshot is that when surgeons open up a patient to remove a tumour, the device would give them a much better chance of snipping out all the cancerous tissue and leaving behind all the healthy stuff. Among other things, that could reduce the need for follow-up surgeries, notes the Royal Society of Chemistry. But first comes more tests for maker Medimass. The knife costs $380,000 but the price should drop assuming it aces those tests and goes commercial. NEWS DESK
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We’re not trying to chop and change our openers too much because we’re trying to have the same combination and give the players a good run. –Angelo Mathews
de villiers lauds team’s
character under pressure
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
HERE were moments in the third ODI that bore the hallmarks of a classic South Africa meltdown, but after the match the captain AB de Villiers lauded his side’s strength under pressure, as they withstood a Thisara Perera onslaught to defeat Sri Lanka by 56 runs. South Africa had almost sewn the match up after 32 overs, having reduced Sri Lanka to 94 for 7, with 130 more to get at 7.22 an over. But having traveled at less than three runs an over until then, Robin Peterson’s seventh then disappeared for 35, as Perera blasted five sixes and a four to revive Sri Lanka’s chances. Lonwabo Tsotsobe then fluffed the simplest of chances off Perera in the 39th over, which might have set more panic upon the fielding side, but Faf du Plessis held his nerve under a high ball off Perera’s blade three overs later, to effectively secure the match. “It’s a great win. We handled the pressure situations extremely well, which pleased me very much,” de Villiers said. “Robbie [Peterson] went for a big over when I threw him into the deep end. But it’s the way the boys reacted which is what made me really proud after that. We stayed really calm, stuck to our game plans, kept it really simple and came out on top. The guys looked really hungry today and I’m glad we made it through. “After Lopsy [Tsotsobe] dropped the catch I told him it could happen to anyone, because I felt he might get another catch, which he did. He improved the second time around. Those kinds of things happen. Sometimes it costs you the game, sometimes it doesn’t. This time we were
hosts seek to Arrest south AfricA’s MoMentuM pAlleKele: After South Africa asserted some control over their fate in Sri Lanka, on what was perhaps the driest pitch of the tour to date, it has now fallen to the hosts to arrest the momentum their opponents have gleaned from a big victory. South Africa’s batsmen appeared to have finally cracked the answer to the slow surfaces that sunk them in the first two matches, as they sought to graft securely before embracing aggression very late in the innings. Lonwabo Tsotsobe then provided the experience that had been missing from South Africa’s attack, as he bowled in fearsome tandem with Morne Morkel, to scupper Sri Lanka in the early overs. The pitch being prepared for Sunday looks almost identical to the surface that Friday’s match was played on, and South Africa are unlikely to change their game plan or personnel, save for men drifting in and out of the team due to injury. The visitors are also finally fielding at a standard close to their lively best as well, despite the odd missed opportunity. Sri Lanka’s middle order, meanwhile, continues to face criticism at home, having failed once
lucky it didn’t cost us the game. We moved on, which was the positive thing again. We stayed calm in all the situations and that was great.” The victory was largely engineered by David Miller, who struck a career-high 85 not out from 72 balls, to elevate South Africa to 223 for 7. The visitors appeared headed for a modest score below 200 as late as the 48th over, but a Miller blitz off the final two overs, when he bludgeoned 35 from 12 balls, set what was a challenging target on an uncharacteristically dry Pallekele surface. At the time Miller was in the company of Ryan McLaren, with whom he added 69 for the eighth wicket.
‘pAkistAn in dire need to hAve An ipl-style t20 leAgue’ lAhoRe: Former skippers, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik, have called on the cricket authorities in Pakistan to organise a domestic Twenty20 league on the lines of the hugely-popular Indian Premier League (IPL) to help revive international cricket in the strife-torn nation. The two seasoned campaigners spoke at the prize distribution ceremony of the first-ever T20 Ramazan tournament for departments and banks affiliated with the PCB, which was won by Younis Khan-led Habib Bank with the exciting final being decided in the super over. Younis, while accepting the winner’s trophy, said the tournament has once again proved that the PCB needs to organise a proper Twenty20 league in the country. “It was a good experience playing in such a tournament that lasted for three weeks. I enjoyed it. I think the people also enjoyed it. But there is a need to have a longer T20 league on the lines of the IPL,” Younis said. “We need to have a longer league and give out a positive message to the world. Such a league would also allow us to uncover new talent as well,” he said. Malik said he has no doubt that a proper T20 league would produce next superstars for Pakistan and also bring back teams to the country. “It’s a tragedy that we have not had any international cricket in Pakistan since the last four years and it has hurt the progress of our cricket,” he said. “But this could be a way to convince the world to come and play in Pakistan. It could be a way to attract overseas players,” he added. The Pakistan board had planned a super league T20 in March this year and announced with great fanfare the inclusion of foreign players but the project did not get off the ground at the last moment and has been postponed indefinitely. STAFF REPORT
more to spur a meaningful surge on a day when the top order failed. dinesh Chandimal had some luck during his 65-ball 29, before departing softly, gloving to Quinton de Kock, and he never really had the measure of the surface. Angelo Mathews appeared more at ease while batting, but surrendered his wicket with an irresponsible pull, soon after debutant Angelo Perera had perished in a similar fashion. Given the middle order’s track record in the last two months, even a South Africa attack missing dale Steyn will feel confident that there are only three men among Sri Lanka’s batsmen who are capable of playing match-winning innings. Mathews must also now reassert himself at the helm, after Chandimal’s brush with success. In all three matches Chandimal has captained so far (including a Twenty20 against Bangladesh), he has been an eager but astute leader, though his place in the OdI XI is far less secure than Mathews’. There is no real threat to Mathews’ captaincy from within the side, but if he cannot complete his first series victory after being handed a 2-0 lead, pressure may begin to build. AGENCIES
“When AB went and Robbie got out, I just said to Ryan we really need to hang in here until the last three overs,” Miller said. “We were looking at 45 overs the whole time and if either Ryan or myself had got out, it’s Morne Morkel and Tsotsobe coming in, so we thought let’s really take it as deep as we can. We just decided the last two overs would be key. “The wicket was very slow and had a lot of turn. We really had to work hard up front and try and build partnerships and take a little bit longer than normal. This innings means a lot to me.” Tsotsobe’s best-ever haul of 4 for 22 also had a major bearing on the result, as he
removed Sri Lanka’s top three in his first four overs, before returning to dismiss Angelo Mathews in the middle overs. His figures were all the more remarkable because he had not been selected for the second ODI, after being unavailable for the first through injury, but de Villiers was quick to praise the efforts of Morkel, who was unlucky to finish wicketless, having bowled a menacing first spell of four overs that conceded only six. “After missing the first two games and having to prove his form and condition, Lopsy coming back like that, and showing his skill that’s in him was really pleasing for me,” de Villiers said.
I was fortunate they dropped my catches: Dhawan HARARE AGENCIES
After his startling reincarnation as an international opener, it’s easy to forget that Shikhar Dhawan was once written off by many observers as being unfit for national service. Since his return to ODIs at the Champions Trophy, he has scored 631 runs at 57.36, relying mainly on his silken touch through the off side. In the course of his third ODI century, however, he relied as much on luck as anything else. “The wicket wasn’t easy to bat on,” he said after his Man-of-theMatch performance against Zimbabwe. “The ball was swinging and cutting, and they bowled really well in the first 25 overs. I was just fortunate enough that they dropped my catches today.” Despite their lapses in the field, Zimbabwe had reduced India to 65 for 4 before Dhawan found an able partner in Dinesh Karthik - incidentally, another cricketer who has, more than once, been discarded by the national side. “The team really needed a big
partnership when we were four or five down, and myself and Dinesk Karthik played really well and made a big score for our team,” Dhawan said. “We’re really happy. It was a very
hARARe: When India sent an inexperienced side to zimbabwe for the second time in three years, there must have been a glimmer of hope that the hosts would seal a win or two, just like they did in the tri-series in 2010. Two games later, the series has lacked the competitiveness the home fans were expecting, as India proved themselves equally adept at defending and chasing targets. The toss was a factor on Friday, as India limped to 65 for 4, but then zimbabwe had themselves to blame, dropping catches which released the stranglehold on the batsmen. Better fielding would have kept the target to something more achievable than 295. zimbabwe had their moments in both innings
important partnership which brought us back into the game. We knew that we had to score big runs on this wicket because it gets much better in the second innings. Then things went our way.”
Cricket was a slightly different game when Dhawan was first picked for India, and as an opener one of the rulechanges that he has had to pay particular attention to is that which stipulates that a new ball will be used from each end in ODIs. The rule means that batsmen have to deal with a hard, moving ball for longer than they used to. “It’s more difficult nowadays because you’ve got new balls from both ends,” Dhawan explained. “When the ball is swinging you really need to play close to your body. You’ll see that in the first 10 overs, openers are not scoring that many nowadays because the ball is new and it swings a lot and you have to be more careful. Dhawan’s international resurrection has occurred during a transitional phase for Indian cricket, and he has been given another chance thanks partly to the fading fortunes of long-time opening pair Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Such periods of upheaval present myriad challenges, but India have so far largely weathered them, recently winning the Champions Trophy and scrapping their way to success in the Caribbean tri-series.
ZiMbAbWe under pressure to shoW fight where they stretched India, but matches are rarely won by teams that fumble in the field. The biggest positive for India was that they managed to weather the storm after a toporder collapse. Shikhar dhawan, dropped twice and caught off a no-ball, made the most of those lapses and had an equally positive partner in dinesh Karthik to take India to a winning total. Batting first in seaming conditions - aided by two new balls - may not have been the worst thing to happen for India, for it was an education for the top order, which will face tougher examinations
for prolonged periods in South Africa later on. The positive for zimbabwe was that they batted out 50 overs, instead of surrendering meekly. At 133 for 6, a humiliation loomed, before Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya showed some resistance. Aside from the dropped catches, the no-show from the middle order was another concern. zimbabwe are one defeat away from conceding the series. Unless they put one across India on Sunday, this series may fade from memory faster than it normally would, given its lack of context in a packed calendar. AGENCIES
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The Formula One Group and the FIA have signed an agreement setting out the framework for implementation of the 2013 Concorde Agreement. –Joint statement from Formula One Group and the FIA
Acting pcb chief accused of laundering billions in broadcasting scam LAHORE
former coach of the army’s cricket team in Pakistan has accused acting PCB chief Najam Sethi of partisanship and having a biased role in the auction of broadcasting rights. Nadeem Suddle accused Sethi of plotting to transfer billions of rupees worth of broadcast rights to a channel of his choice and on his challenge in the Islamabad High Court on Sethi’s appointment has lead to the court annulling the elections of the board. Suddle had expressed that while Sethi was acting chairman of the PCB, he was also dreaming of becoming its permanent chief, although he knew little about cricket, the report said. The army coach also argued that the acting PCB chief was a paid employee of a media group and he could not prove himself to be unbiased in the auction for broadcasting rights. But the PCB has shown its
pAkistAn Win in shortened gAMe, ZiM tAke loW-scorer lAhoRe: Nain Abidi shone with a 27ball 38 to help Pakistan Women defeat Netherlands Women by 20 runs after the match was reduced to nine overs per side due to a rain delay. Pakistan, electing to bat, got off to a slow start, losing both their openers Javeria Khan and Javeria Rauf inside two overs. But Abidi, who was named the Player of the Match, and Bismah Maroof stabilised the innings with a 60-run third-wicket partnership. Maroof departed for 25, but Abidi remained unbeaten and struck three fours during her knock to take Pakistan to a competitive total of 72 for 4. Netherlands began their innings slowly, Pakistan keeping them well below the required runrate. Opener Helmien Rambaldo top scored with 15, and Netherlands could only manage three boundaries throughout the innings and, ultimately, their failure to accelerate the scoring meant they could only put up 52 in their nine overs. despite the defeat, Netherlands will join Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ireland in the semi-finals, which will be played on July 29. In the other Group A game, offspinner Christabel Chatonzwa, took four top-order wickets and conceded just 12 runs in four overs, as zimbabwe Women secured a 29run victory over Thailand Women in a low-scoring Group A match of the Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifiers in dublin. zimbabwe, put in to bat, started slowly, losing opener Thandolwenkosi Mlilo in the third over and managing just 47 after 10 overs. Nonhlanhla Nyathi top scored for the team with a 47-ball 28, but no significant partnership materialised, as Thailand restricted zimbabwe to 103 for 8. Nattaya Boochatham was the pick of the bowlers for Thailand, finishing with figures of 4-0-17-2. Thailand were never convincing in their chase and lost openers Boochatham and Pundarika Prathanmitr within the first four overs. The zimbabwe bowlers, led by Player-of-the-Match Chatonzwa, were all tidy and incisive, and bowled at an economy rate of less than six. STAFF REPORT
concerned about the fact that the ICC could suspend the country’s membership with the game’s governing body if the Islamabad High Court did not review its recent judgment on the affairs of PCB. In its intra-court appeal filed in the Islamabad High Court, the PCB expressed fear that the court orders could jeopardise the national team’s participation in international competitions. “And Pakistan’s failure to fulfil international commitments, might also result in the suspension of its membership,” the PCB has said in its appeal. The PCB filed the appeal on behalf of its chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad against the judgment given by IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz earlier this week on a constitutional writ petition filed by former coach of the Army cricket team, Nadeem Suddle. Suddle had challenged the elections of Zaka Ashraf as the chairman of PCB in May which led to the court stopping him from working as PCB head and the
government appointing Najam Sethi as acting chief of the Board in late June. But the IHC in its detailed judgment not only declared illegal the election of Zaka Ashraf as PCB chairman but also stopped Sethi from exercising full powers and declared all decisions taken by him as null and void. It also ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold fresh elections for the PCB chairman’s post within 90 days, besides passing some other directives which stipulated the inclusion of a journalist, commentator, and cricket enthusiast on the national selection committee and the complete audit of the Board accounts of the last five years by the Auditor General of Pakistan. The PCB in its appeal said that in the petition of Nadeem Suddle there was no mention of the authorities of acting chairman for conducting the administrative affairs of the Board. It maintained that it was beyond the jurisdiction of any court to give the Election Commission any responsibility in such a case.
“We have maintained in our petition that the court verdict would result in the suspension of the Board activities. The national team would be unable to participate in international contests, if selection committees were not constituted,” the Board’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said. “And Pakistan’s failure to fulfill international commitments, might also result in the suspension of its membership,” he added. The petition said the Board would also be unable to sell the broadcasting rights if it was deprived of complete authority. The petition further stated that the court had set a 90-day deadline for the election of a new chairman. However, it was impossible to hold fresh polls in such a short time as in many regions and districts the tenures of the office bearers had been completed, many office bearers were working on an ad hoc basis and many cases were in courts. “There are bleak chances of the completion of the electoral college in the near future,” it said.
MISBAH UL HAQ: A SHEET ANCHOR FOR PAK TEAM S.PERvEz QAISER Pakistan’s skipper Misbah-ul-Haq hasn’t yet scored a century in one day internationals, but apart from that he has done pretty much everything as a middle-order batsman for Pakistan. The lack of a hundred has itself put him in the record books, as the scorer of the most runs without a century in one-day internationals, but the series in the West Indies was memorable for many more reasons for a Misbah and his fans. He was consistency personified, scoring four fifties in five innings, thus becoming only the third captain - after Australian Ricky Ponting, four fifties in four innings of as many matches against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in 2003-04 and South African Abraham de Villiers, four fifty plus scores in five innings against Pakistan in South Africa in 2012-13 - to pass 50 so often in a bilateral series when playing five or fewer innings. The last 30 months have been outstanding for Misbah-ul-Haq the one day international batsman. He is now 39, an age by which most players have long decided that they no longer have the stomach to play one-day internationals. Not Misbah-ul-Haq, though. Since the beginning of 2011, he has amassed 2265 runs at an average of more than 50, with 20 halfcenturies in 62 innings; until that point, in 52 previous innings, he had scored only nine. Since his 38th birthday, Misbah-ul-Haq has made ten 50-plus scores in one day internationals, a feat achieved by only one other batsman - Geoffrey Boycott
Sunday, 28 July, 2013
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hoW pAkistAnborn rAZA cAMe to plAy for ZiM hARARe: It’s not just when he stresses on the ‘r’ while saying cricket that it comes through. The thick sub-continental accent in fact is unmistakable as it is evident in Sikandar Raza’s speech. And at times, he doesn’t mind breaking into some chaste Urdu either. If anything, he yearns to speak in his mother tongue, never letting go of an opportunity to do so. Two months ago, the 27-year-old Raza became the first non-residential player to represent zimbabwe in international cricket. Over the last couple of years, world cricket has witnessed a trend of Pakistani expats plying their trade in adopted lands, starting with Imran Tahir’s well-publicized move to South Africa and Fawad Ahmed seeking exile in Australia. But Raza’s is not your routine immigration story, laden with several obstacles and social challenges. His move to zimbabwe came more via a touch of serendipity. Tasadaq Hussian Raza, Sikandar’s father, had moved to the African nation back in 2002 to expand his motor-parts business ambitions from Japan. The junior Raza, meanwhile, was busy preparing for a career in the gargantuan world of software, pursuing a degree in Scotland. He dreamt of becoming a fighter pilot through his teenage years and it was only the heartbreak of missing out on that goal that pushed him into considering a move to zimbabwe. “He was always a good cricketer since childhood. When he made a complete switch to Harare three years ago, my father asked him to try his luck with cricket here. Somehow he saw some potential in Sikandar and believed in it,” says younger brother Taymoor. He also adds that his father and two other uncles too had aspired for representing Pakistan during their youth but moved onto other things. While scoring runs never proved too much of a hassle for the right-hander, there were other legal hassles to be sorted out. In fact, he had been playing semi-professional cricket even in Scotland and before long he was one of the star sensations in the local league around Harare. He finished as the highest rungetter in the T20 tournament and was third highest in the 50-over league. Getting the qualification to don zimbabwe colours though proved to be a lengthy and frustrating wait. And it was only following the persuasion of selector and former captain Alistair Campbell that Raza agreed to remain patient and bide his time. AGENCIES
gul needs At leAst A Month to recover of England. Given that Geoff Boycott won’t add to that tally, that’s another record which Misbah will surely have all to himself. In fact, apart from these two, only two others have more than five 50-plus scores in one-dayers after the age of 38. Among batsmen who have scored at least 1500 runs in one day internationals since the beginning of 2011, Misbah is one of seven to average more than 50, but even when reducing the average cut-off to 40, he is the only one without a hundred. However, what’s probably more interesting is the strike rate in matches involving the other players: for most of them it’s in the 80s, while for Misbah it’s less than 73 which is probably a combination of the
HIGHEST AVERAGES IN ONE DAYERS SINCE JANUARY 2011: Batsman M I N.O Runs AVG Abraham de Villiers (SA) 37 35 8 1706 63.18 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) 54 47 18 1625 56.03 Jonathan Trott (England) 54 51 8 2308 53.67 Hashim Amla (South Africa) 37 35 2 1674 50.72 Virat Kohli (India) 70 70 10 3028 50.46 Kumar Sangakkara (S.Lanka) 73 67 7 3028 50.46 Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 67 62 17 2265 50.33 Michael Clarke (Australia) 45 41 6 1653 47.22 Shane Watson (Australia) 43 41 2 1748 44.82 Alastair Cook (England) 46 46 3 1823 42.39
conditions, the strength of Pakistan’s bowling attack, and the lack of strength in their batting. Pakistan’s brittle top order has also made it difficult for Misbah to bat as extravagantly as he otherwise might. In many matches he has come in to bat fairly early, with the innings needing consolidation after the loss of early wickets. Misbah scored 260 runs at 65.00 with four fifties in five innings of as many matches in the recently concluded series against West Indies. It was his best bilateral series in one day international cricket. His previous best was against South Africa in South Africa in 2012-13 when he made 227 runs at 56.75 with two fifties in five innings of as many matches. H.S 134 113* 137 150 183 169 96* 117 185* 137
S/R 101.06 87.55 77.76 88.57 89.08 78.73 69.13 79.50 96.78 82.19
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lAhoRe: Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul will require another four to six weeks to make a complete recovery from his knee surgery. Gul, 29, began the last phase of his rehabilitation program at the national cricket academy on Friday and said he was missing playing for the Pakistan team. “It has been a frustrating time for me and I miss being with the Pakistan team. But right now I am just concentrating on regaining full fitness,” he said. Gul, who is the most seasoned pacer in the present Pakistan team with 163 Test, 161 OdI and 74 T20 international wickets, underwent a knee surgery in May in Australia after complaining of severe pain and swelling in his right knee during the tour to South Africa early in the year. “I would say he requires another four to six weeks before he can get back to bowling,” PCB doctor dr Sohail Saleem said. “Right now we have just started putting pressure on both his knees so it remains to be seen how he responds but his rehabilitation program has gone well so far. We will not rush things where his fitness is concerned,” Saleem said. The PCB decided to send Gul to Melbourne for the surgery after MRIs confirmed tear of the posterior horn of medial meniscus with patchy bone bruising on his right knee. STAFF REPORT Gul said he hoped after the surgery the knee would not trouble him again and allow him to bowl at full pace. STAFF REPORT
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cAZorlA disMisses Atletico link
We can confirm that the ‘B’ sample analysis of a sample collected from Mr Gay has been completed and that the ‘B’ sample analysis has confirmed the ‘A’ sample findings. –Travis Tygart
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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has quashed speculation that he is heading for the exit door at the Emirates Stadium. The Spain international has been linked with a return to his home country, with Atletico Madrid believed to be prepared to launch a bid for him. Atletico coach diego Simeone has not denied that his side were interested in Cazorla, who joined the Gunners last summer from Malaga for £15million, commenting last week that “anything is possible” when asked about the midfielder. However, the 28-year-old, who is enjoying the final days of his extended summer holiday before joining up with his club for pre-season training, has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsene Wenger’s side. He told reporters: “There has been a lot of speculation about a move to Atletico Madrid but I’m very happy at Arsenal, I have a contract there and I start training on Monday. SPORTS DESK
loNDoN: Australia’s Sally Pearson posted a season’s best time when she returned to the scene of her Olympic gold medal triumph in winning the women’s 100 metres hurdles at the London Anniversary Games diamond League meeting on Saturday. Olympic and world champion Pearson crossed the line first in a time of 12.65 seconds ahead of Britain’s Tiffany Porter in an encouraging performance ahead of next month’s World Championships in Moscow. “Everyone told me to be patient and believe in myself and that’s what I’ve done,” said Pearson after a victorious return to London’s Olympic Stadium. “I haven’t shied away and I’ve come here and worked hard every single competition. “I’m Olympic and world champion and I’m still showing up and getting defeated but here I am today (Saturday) and being patient and waiting for my turn and it came out my way.” Meanwhile the same race saw Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill, also back at the scene of her greatest triumph, finish fourth in 13.08sec. The 27-year-old Briton has been struggling to recover form the ankle injury which put back her return to action until earlier this week. It is still touch and go whether she will be fit enough to compete in Moscow and Ennis-Hill, due to take part in the women’s long jump later Saturday, said: “It is really nice to be back in the stadium a year on. Obviously I have really great memories from last time but it is a bit of a different situation to last time. “It’s great to be back in front of a home crowd and in the stadium.” AGENCIES
Wiebe MAkes his MArk At senior open
Mark Wiebe carded a superb secondround 65 to earn a share of the halfway lead with Bernhard Langer in the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale. The 55-year-old American started the day at level par but picked up six birdies in his round, including four on the back nine of the Southport course, to leap to the top of the leaderboard at five under alongside Langer. The German posted a score of 67 on the day to move to five under par, and would have held the outright lead had it not been for a double bogey on the sixth. He told europeantour.com: “I played like the weather today [Friday], pretty good. “I just had one little blemish with a double bogey where I missed the green and double hit my chip shot. Otherwise it was a really good round. “I hit a lot of good shots and putted much better today. [Friday] So I’m very pleased with the position I’m in at the halfway point.” SPORTS DESK
bolt blAsts to victory in london LONDON
Usain Bolt returned to the scene of his triple Olympic glory and duly delivered for 60 000 camera-flashing fans as he overcame a slow start to win the 100 metres and give the London Anniversary Games the Friday finale it demanded. Ukrainian high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko did briefly threaten to steal the Diamond League show when he went close to beating Javier Sotomayor’s 20-year-old world record but when he brushed the bar, all eyes quickly turned back to London’s favourite Jamaican. Once he got into his running he came through comfortably in 9.85
seconds, his fastest of a somewhat ragged season, as he edges towards top form ahead of next month’s World Championships in Moscow. American Michael Rodgers was second in 9.98 with Jamaican Nesta Carter third in 9.99. A year ago Bolt completed a second successive Olympic sprint clean sweep and, tempted back by the British Government’s easing of his potential tax burden, capped off a night dripping with nostalgia for those two astonishing weeks in 2012. The entertainment began with a video montage of some of the highlights from what is generally agreed to have been an unparalleled Olympic athletics programme. It was a dose of feel-good factor
much-needed in the wake of the recent doping positives that have robbed Moscow of two of the main 100m contenders Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. And while Bolt was never likely to get close to his 2012 winning time of 9.63 two weeks ahead of his attempt to regain the world title he lost after his 2011 false start, he looked to have plenty in the tank. “My start was poor and I need to work on that,” he said. “To make a perfect race I need to make a good start and just get in to the race. “But I’m so excited to be here in London again. The crowd gives you so much energy. It’s wonderful, I love this, it’s what makes me run fast it’s a brilliant experience to be here again.
EARLY MORNING FIGHT FOR PACQUIAO, RIOS MACAO AGENCIES
Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will strap on his gloves on a Sunday morning when he takes on Brandon Rios in Macau, as promoters cash in on the lucrative US pay-per-view market. In an almost unprecedented move, America’s top promoter Bob Arum announced Saturday that the November 24 fight will begin at 10am, ensuring a prime-time Saturday night audience in America. The unorthodox start time copies
the strategy used back in 1975, when Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in the legendary “Thrilla in Manila”, which kicked off at 10.45am. “November 24 will be an historic occasion. It’s expected this event will reach more people than any event held in China, other than the Olympics,” said Arum, who is striving to penetrate the country of 1.3 billion potential fight fans. “The fight will be live here at about 10am on Sunday, which is 9pm on Saturday night in New York, the usual time to start a pay-per-view
show.” Arum made the announcement at a press conference at Macau’s Venetian resort-hotel, which will play host to the biggest bout in China’s history. Pacquiao, whose record stands at 54-5-2 with 38 knockouts, will be searching for a convincing win if he wants to extend his fight career, following a pair of consecutive losses. In December last year he suffered an excruciating defeat during his fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez, whose hammerblow right at the end of the sixth sent the Filipino crashing to the canvas.
Following the knockout the 34year-old vowed to fight on, despite calls from family, friends and media commentators to call it a day. As the fight’s promotional tour kicked off, Rios (33-1-1 with 23 KOs) confidently told his detractors who “call me a punchbag” that he would secure victory over the former world champion in eight weight divisions. The 27-year-old American told journalists: “I’m very nervous... I’m not nervous about the fight, I’m nervous about being in front of all you people.
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What’s amazing is I was on bigger poles than I’ve ever been on. –Jenn Suhr
SPORTS Sunday, 28 July, 2013
youZhny poWers INto gStAAD FINAl SPORTS DESK
IKHAIL Youzhny reached his first final at the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-3 workmanlike win over 2008 champion Victor Hanescu. The Russian, who finished runner-up to Roger Federer last month on grass at Halle, will on Sunday play the winner from the day’s second semi, when Spanish fifth seed Feliciano Lopez takes on Dutchman Robin Haase. The sunny week in the Alps week had been driven by hype and expectation with Federer and fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka heading the field. But with both of the flash drawcards making premature exits having been hampered by back injuries during the sellout week, it is the no-nonsense 31-year-old journeyman Youzhny who finds himself playing for the title. Organisers who sold out all tickets for the final the moment Federer announced his return after nine years
away, are hoping that the stands will still be relatively full for what will be a less prestigious final. “I made a semifinal in 2011 but it’s great to go even further,” said Youzhny, who saved three match points in his quarterfinal against Juan Monaco. “Even during the times when I had lost early here, I would stay
around all the week. “I love it here, it’s so beautiful,” he said of the VIP hideaway located at 800 metres above sea level. Youzhny, ranked 33rd and winner of eight ATP titles, dealt Hanescu a first service break of the week in the opening set, finishing with seven aces in the 71minute contest.
peer eArns finAl spot in bAku Shahar Peer will contest her first WTA final in two years after beating qualifier Magda Linette in straight sets at the Baku Cup in Azerbaijan. Israeli Peer, who won five WTA titles before losing to Nadia Petrova in Washington dC in July 2011, comfortably dismissed Linette of Poland 6-1 6-1 in an hour and nine minutes. A five-time winner on the ITF singles circuit, Linette missed the chance to contest her first WTA final at the end of a week in which she beat both Julia Cohen and Krystina Pliskova, with 59 dropped points on her serve proving critical. Peer will meet seventh seed Elina Svitolina in tomorrow’s final after the Ukrainian teenager dismissed Alexandra Cadantu 6-1 6-4. Svitolina, 18, reached her first WTA final after landing three aces past her Romanian opponent, who could only convert 42 per cent of the points available on her own serve. Svitolina won the French Open juniors title in 2010 and claimed her first WTA 125s title last November in Pune, India. SPORTS DESK
lIverPool DeNy owNerS Are lookINg to Sell SPORTS DESK Liverpool have denied the club has been put up for sale by its American owners. Fenway Sports Group, headed by Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry, was reported to be ready to consider offers for the Barclays Premier League club. The group completed its purchase of Liverpool in October 2010, after a turbulent period under previous owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Liverpool have been unable to play their way into the Champions League
places since the new owners moved in, despite heavy investment in the playing staff, with manager Brendan Rodgers guiding his side to seventh place last season. The Sun newspaper claims Liverpool is “unofficially” on the market with a price tag of £350million, however Liverpool and their owners state that is not the case. A club spokesperson said in a statement released to Press Association Sport: “Fenway Sports Group has made its position clear, Liverpool Football Club is not for sale. There is no truth in
this story.” A spokesperson for Fenway Sports Group said: “Like so many rumours in the past about a sale of LIverpool Football Club, there is absolutely no truth in this. We have had no meetings with anyone about a sale, we don’t know who the source of the rumour is.” The Sun reports that Fenway Sports Group received a takeover proposal from Saudi Arabian oil firm Saudi Aramco recently, and states that City banking sources claim two American billionaires could also be potential buyers.
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ushnA defeAted in volvo tour QuArters lAhoRe: Ushna Suhail, national ladies tennis champion and FFC Ambassador of Sports lost to her more experienced and better Belgian opponent Ferison Granshict The defeat came in straight sets for the rising Pakistan tennis star 1-6, 1-6 in the quarterfinals of Volvo Tour de Lusthoven tournament in Arendonk, Belgium. Ushna was not allowed to settle in the match and despite long rallies and deuces in many games lost in the one-sided contest. STAFF REPORT
tAlent hunt cycle rAce lAhoRe: Punjab Cycling Association will hold a talent hunt kilometer cycle race here tomorrow, Sunday as a part 10 of is development plan to enlarge the base of the game. “The race aim to identifying new talent to take up cycling as a sport and efforts will be made for arranging similar events in due course of time in continuation of our development plan to broaden the base of the game”, said Farrukh Wazir, Secretary, PCA, here on Saturday. He said President PCA, Moazzam Khan has given special instructions for organizing talent hunt cycling races which will also be organized in other parts of the province in near future. “We will soon be announcing an ambitious activity programme which will continue the whole year”, he said. He said the race will start from dPS School Model Town in the morning and will end at the same point. The first three position holders will be given cash prizes and the interested riders can register their names to former international cyclist, Shakeel Ahmad before the start of the race. STAFF REPORT
OF MISBAH, ENGLAND AND FEDERER SPORTS THIS WEEK ALI AKBAR
Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan cricket coach, could be forgiven for tearing out what remains of his hair after the ODI series against the West Indies. There was his team, cruising towards a 2-0 lead in the ODI series. All Umar Akmal had to do was gather the ball and whip the bails off. But Akmal may be a good ball gatherer, but he certainly does not have the instincts and movement of a top class keeper. These qualities are developed over years of trial and error, a luxury that the youngster has not had. As the ball streaked towards him, he stood rooted to the ground and the throw, albeit landing at an awkward length streaked past him and enabled the West Indies to sneak through with a tie. The wicket keeper’s role is such a crucial one that his batting ability cannot possibly atone for any technical weakness with the gloves. If a superior wicketkeeper has a batting average that is fifteen runs less than that of another, then the fifteen runs are not enough to make up for a dropped catch, a missed stumping or a miscued run out attempt that the inferior ‘keeper might miss. Wasim Bari was a top glove man and he was an automatic selection in spite of weaknesses in his batting, especially against fast bowling. It was because he hardly ever made mistakes. Pakistan should be looking to develop just such a wicket-keeper, someone who has the right glove skills as well as instinctively correct movement of the feet. In the end, it is the
footwork that separates the men from the boys. Misbah ul Haq, the Pakistani skipper has a match temperament that should be bottled and fed intravenously to the rest of his team. In fact it would not be surprising if some other teams also lined up for some cranial refreshment as well. Misbah is almost forty years of age give or take a couple of years either way, as Pakistan players’ ages are not written in stone but usually the opening bid for negotiation. But Misbah has the ability to stay calm and on an even keel, something that the rest of the team seems to lack. It is all in the face. He is stoic, expressionless most of the time. This enables him to get accurate feedback from his previous shots or errors. If he were excitable and emotional, that feedback would be distorted and detrimental to the rest of his innings. The others are always chatting away, grinning, smiling as if they are on a talk show. The sooner the rest of the Pakistani batters try to imitate Misbah’s body language and facial calmness, the better their chances of playing long innings. After all, at the stratospheric level international cricket is
played, the skill levels are generally the same. It is the mental and emotional composure that makes the difference. But then, some cricket watchers say that in cricket, form is cyclic, that teams’ performances go up and down inexorably. A lot of this has also to do with the amount of cricket they have played in the past weeks. Cricket can be a very tiring sport
mentally. To spend seven hours a day in a state of hyper activity in the field along with lolling about in the pavilion can make any but the most fanatic cricketer stale. It is up to the team management to make sure that the cricketers stay eager and fresh. The best way is to lay stress on a B team which is as good as the Test team, so that players can be rested by replacing them adequately.
In the Ashes series, England have been all over Australia, winning the first two Tests. The first was a thriller with England edging through by a few runs. But the cracks in the Aussie side were visible even then. It was thanks to some amazing batting by the debutant number eleven Ashton Agar that Australia were able to make a match of it. These cracks were ruthlessly exploited in the second Test where Australia were routed comprehensively. This Australian team looks to be a pale shadow of the all conquering elevens of fifteen years ago. The replacements to the stars of yesteryear look nowhere near as good. There is no batsman apart from Michael Clarke who can take the opposition bowlers by the scruff of their necks and he too has been floundering. Much of the credit should go to the England bowlers, especially Anderson and Swann. It is bowlers that win matches and in these two, England have two of the very best. The support cast in Broad, Finn and Bresnan are also good enough to offer no respite to the batsmen. In Joe Root England have a batsman in the classical Yorkshire mould of Sutcliffe and Boycott.
Cook, Bell, Peterson, Trott, Bairstow and Prior are all excellent. The batting goes down to number ten, with Bresnan, Broad, Swann all capable. Good times are here for England cricket. The tennis world is abuzz with talk that the Federer era may be coming to an end. Lately, Roger has been suffering some embarrassing defeats in early stages of tournaments. At Wimbledon and Hamburg he lost to qualifiers and at Gstaad he lost in his first match. Despite this evidence, the rumours of Federer’s demise may be exaggerated. Federer took advantage of his early loss at Wimbledon to experiment with a new racquet. His Wilson racquet with which he dominated world tennis had a surface area of 90 sq inches. He is now playing with a 98 sq inch frame. The differences at that level of the game can be crucial. The sweet spot on the larger frame is bigger and more forgiving for off center hits but not as sweet as the smaller frame. Roger was probably trying to eliminate the mishits that occur in his backhand all too often. The racquet change this late in his career could be make or break and one would not be surprised if Federer went back to his old racquet if the losses continue. With age and the wear and tear of competitive play, Roger is finding it increasingly difficult to rebound from long matches and is vulnerable in the next match. Regardless, whenever and wherever his career ends, Roger Federer will have given more aesthetic pleasure to his fans than any of the other players currently plying their trade.
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120 killed in firing on Morsi supporters CAIRO AGENCIES
T least 120 were killed and some 4,500 injured when Egyptian troops opened fire on deposed President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters demanding his reinstatement, the Muslim Brotherhood said on Saturday. Brotherhood officials said security forces started firing shortly before predawn prayers on protesters staging a sitin here in support of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president who was toppled by the military on July 3. They said at least 120 were killed and more than 4,500 injured. Most victims in Rabaa Al-Adawiya were trans-
ported to the field hospital, leaving them unreported by health ministry hospitals, Ahram Online reported. The health ministry, however, put the toll at 46 after clashes erupted following a night of massive rallies both for and against the ousted Islamist president. It said hundreds were wounded nationwide, including seven policemen. Since yesterday eight people were killed in Egypt’s second biggest city Alexandria, while 38 people died in the vicinity of Rabaa el-Adawiy Square, a health ministry official said. A 14-year-old boy was among the dead. At least 708 people were injured, including 239 in the clashes in Nasr City and 469 other governorates.
The Interior Ministry blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for deadly clashes and denied officers fired live rounds. Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said pro-Morsi sit-ins will be “dealt with soon”. “God willing, it will be broken up in a way that does not cause losses,” Ibrahim said. “But, God permitting, it must end. We hope that they come to their senses...And join their political process. “With regards to the timing...To disperse the protesters, there is complete coordination between us and the armed forces,” Ibrahim told a news conference. A doctor at a field hospital close to the protest at the Rabaa al-Adawiya
mosque told BBC that more than 1,000 people had been injured. A security source told state-run news agency MENA that 53 Brotherhood members were arrested for wielding arms. Morsi, who is facing several criminal charges, was last seen in public on June 26 and has been detained along with senior aides of his Muslim Brotherhood party. His overthrow after massive nationwide protests demanding his resignation plunged the most populous Arab country into turmoil, with Islamist supporters of Morsi organising rallies demanding his reinstatement. Both pro- and anti-Morsi supporters organised huge protests overnight in the capital, with some supporting the army
and others angrily demanding his return to power. Army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi earlier asked people to come out on the streets to give him a mandate to confront “violence and terrorism” by the Islamists. Clashes also broke out in Upper Egypt’s Luxor and Mahalah, located in the Delta governorate of Gharbiya. In the Nile Delta city of Gharbiya, 10 people, including a police officer were injured in clashes between loyalists and opponents of Morsi yesterday. Meanwhile, clashes were ongoing in Sinai between pro- Morsi militant groups and security forces. Dozens have been killed in the restive peninsula since the beginning of the month.
us-led airstrikes leave 60 people dead across Afghanistan KABUL AGENCIES
CAiRo: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood carry a protester injured during clashes with anti-Morsi supporters and military personnel on Saturday.
bananas thrown at black italian minister during speech ROME: Italy’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her while she was making a speech at a party rally. Integration minister Cecile Kyenge, who was born in Democratic Republic of Congo, has angered far-right groups with her campaign to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship. Shortly before the incident on Friday, members of the right-wing Forza Nuova group left mannequins covered in fake blood at the site of the rally in Cervia, central Italy, in protest against Kyenge’s proposal to make anyone born on Italian soil a citizen.”Immigration kills,” was written on leaflets accompanying the dummies - a slogan Forza Nuova has previously used when referring to murders committed by immigrants in Italy. Although the bananas missed the stage where Kyenge was speaking, she responded to the gesture on Twitter, calling it “sad” and a waste of food, considering the economic crisis. “The courage and optimism to change things has to come above all from the bottom up to reach the institutions,” she added. Kyenge has faced regular insults since becoming minister, often from other politicians. Earlier this month a senior parliamentarian in the antiimmigration Northern League party likened her to an orangutan and only apologized after a storm of criticism. AGENCIES
Israeli cabinet to weigh prisoner release before palestinian talks JERUSALEM AGENCIES
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet will consider releasing more than 100 Arab prisoners held by Israel in order to boost prospects for talks expected with the Palestinians in Washington next week, Israeli officials said on Saturday. Israel’s agreement to free the inmates, held since before a 1993 interim accord with the Palestinians, is seen as critical to U.S. hopes of convening Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to resume peace talks that have been stalled since 2010. Netanyahu has already agreed to free the prisoners, but wanted cabinet approval to help overcome qualms among Israelis about freeing inmates convicted of involvement in lethal attacks, Israeli officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. His plan calls for releasing them over at least four stages stretched over a ninemonth period, the officials said. Silvan Shalom, a senior cabinet minister, said on Friday the prospective release of prisoners with “blood on their hands” was “a difficult step, but you have to see the whole picture, which is a resumption
of negotiations.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel free the prisoners, all held for more than 20 years, as a condition for resuming negotiations. Peace talks ran aground three years ago in a dispute over Jewish settlement building, which Palestinians say deprives them of land they need for a state. The Israeli cabinet is also expected to name Netanyahu as head of a four-member senior cabinet team charged with reviewing the 100 or so prisoners slated for release, among thousands of Arabs incarcerated by Israel, the Israeli officials said. SHUTTLE DIPLOMACY: After months of intense shuttle diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli and Palestinian officials have said their negotiators may meet next week in Washington, possibly as early as Tuesday. But though two weeks have passed since Kerry announced he had laid the groundwork for a breakthrough, no formal date for renewing negotiations has been announced. The two sides still differ over core elements of a deal to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel on land Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Abbas had pressed for explicit
guarantees that Israel would negotiate a withdrawal based on borders from before the 1967 war. Israel has resisted, insisting it would keep several settlement blocs and East Jerusalem, a city it annexed as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally. Netanyahu, who seeks peace talks without preconditions, needs to win over pro-settler hardliners in his cabinet, who oppose yielding any West Bank land. He hopes to persuade them to take steps for peace by promising legislation that would require him to hold a public vote before he could sign any peace deal. He also hopes to present talks with Palestinians as a “strategic process to tighten relations with the United States”, officials said. They said this was important in light of the threats posed by what both countries suspect is Iran’s development of nuclear weapons - although Tehran denies that - and by spreading civil strife in Syria and Egypt. Should he run into significant cabinet opposition, Netanyahu can also count on the support of the left-of-centre Labor party, which has said it would support any peacemaking moves in parliament.
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At least 60 people have been killed as a result of separate US-led airstrikes in Afghanistan’s provinces of Paktia, Kunar and Helmand, Press TV reports. Local officials in the eastern province of Paktia said 13 Taliban militants were killed in two airborne assaults in the Zurmat district of the province, situated more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the capital city of Kabul on Saturday. The unnamed authorities noted that two militant commanders — identified as Abdul Rahman and Jome al-Din — were also killed in the attacks. The Taliban have not yet confirmed any casualties, and made no comments on the airstrike. On Friday, at least 45 people were killed when foreign forces carried out an airstrike in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. The US-led forces have increased their airstrikes against civilian areas of Afghanistan in recent months. On June 21, another US-led airstrike claimed the lives of two people in the southeastern province of Paktika. At least ten people were killed after American forces carried out an airstrike in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on July 13. On July 3, twenty people were killed and nine others injured when foreign forces launched an airstrike in the Musa Khel district of Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost. Civilian casualties have long been a source of friction between the Afghan government and US-led forces, and have dramatically increased anti-US sentiments in the country. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country, despite the presence of thousands of US-led troops.
pollard, sammy lift Wi to 152 MONITORINg DESK Pakistan were 29-2 in the third over in the first T20 match as they chased 152-7 by the West Indies who were shocked initially by the Pakistani spinners on a turning pitch but recovered and then took apart the fast bowlers to post a challenging total. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard came together at 42 for 4 and put on 56 before Darren Sammy cracked 30 off 14 to lift the hosts to 152 for 7. The pitch had been expected to take turn, so much so that Pakistan bowling coach Mohammad Akram said they had always planned to play four spinners on it. The slow bowlers did their job, taking 5 for 74 in 14 overs but the fast bowlers, missing the yorkers too often, disappeared for 1 for 73 in six. Mohammad Hafeez, who opened the bowling, gave himself just two overs.