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Thursday, 29 August, 2013 Shawwal 21, 1434
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Zardari, nawaz strike a ‘deal’: report
nypD designates mosques as terrorism organisations
rush-hour suicide bomb attacks kill 71 in Baghdad
stocks market tumbles as war looms large over syria
Fort Hood gunman sentenced to death
President Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have reached an understanding that no case against Zardari will be opened and in return the Pakistan People’s Party will act as a friendly opposition, the Indian media has claimed in a latest report. According to the report, a PML-N leader said there was an understanding between Nawaz and Zardari that the PML-N would not reopen any cases against the president after he completed his term. pag e 02
The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance. pag e 19
A series of co-ordinated bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad has killed more than 70 people and wounded dozens more, police and medical sources say. The bombs targeted mainly Shia neighbourhoods during the rush hour. The deadliest explosion was reported to be in Jisr Diyala in south-eastern Baghdad, where a car bomb killed at least seven people. pag e 07
The Karachi stocks market tumbled Wednesday as the analysts started calculating the possible adverse impact the country's fragile equity market is going to brave in case the United States attack Syria, a major oil producing country. The day saw the KSE 100-share index nose-diving by 287.38 points or 1.28 percent to close at 22,236.33 points. pag e 16
The Fort Hood gunman, former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people, most of them unarmed soldiers, in a 2009 shooting rampage. The jury of 13 retired military officers, which convicted Hasan of 45 counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder, deliberated for just over two hours on the sentence. They also dismissed Hasan from the Army and stripped him of his military pay. pag e 04
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HOWZAT!!! SC letS Imran Khan oFF the hooK, dISmISSeS ContemPt notICe agaInSt hIm
Thursday, 29 August, 2013
CJP will never let me imProve my UrdU
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Commenting on the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the contempt notice against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has satirically said how could his Urdu language improve if the chief justice of Pakistan kept changing the meaning of words for Punjabi politicians. Bilawal on Wednesday tweeted, “How is my Urdu ever gonna get better if the CJ keeps changing the meaning of words just to bail out Punjabi politicians? #Sharanmnaak” Earlier, commenting on the SC’s decision in contempt of court proceedings against former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Bilawal had said on the social media website that he already knew the decision, as there were different laws for Multan and Lahore. He tweeted, “Knew it. 1 law for Multan another for Lahore. #ContemptofCourt”.
HE Supreme Court on Wednesday discharged the contempt notice against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for using the word “shameful”. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Ijaz Chaudhry resumed the hearing. Justice Khilji said there was nothing in the reply of Imran Khan that showed regret over using the word “shameful”. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked that what would happen if national leaders did not safeguard the dignity of prestigious institutions. He said if the court decided that the word shameful was not an abusive word, then it would set an example. He further said a dictionary could be consulted for the meanings. Justice Jamali said institutions would be damaged with such careless attitude. He said that the returning officers assisted the Election Commission in holding polls. “The judiciary was not the part of electoral process but the chief justice allowed it especially on a request by the chief election commissioner.” Justice Jamali then suggested a review of the reply and urged to take a respectable stance. Attorney General Munir A Malik said the reverence of the court would be sustained in the eyes of the public. He said this case was not regarding disobedience, if anybody blamed the court, people would not believe in it. Imran Khan’s prosecutor Hamid Khan clearly mentioned that the word shameful was used for the presiding officers’ role in the May 11 elections and it was not for the judiciary. Justice Anwar Zaheer then sug-
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan comes out of the Supreme Court with a smile on his face after the judges dismissed a contempt case against him on Wednesday. ONLINE
gested to review the reply and urged to take a respectable stance. Imran Khan, summoned for a second time before the SC, said he never criticised the senior judiciary and that undermining the supremacy of the judiciary was akin to undermining democracy. "Why is it being misconstrued? I only referred to the returning officers and never named the Supreme Court or the superior judiciary," Khan told the court. "My entire struggle has been focused on an independent justice system," he said. The court later dropped the case. "The notice is discharged," said Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali. The PTI chairman Imran Khan earlier on Tuesday submitted a detailed
Zardari, nawaz strike a ‘deal’: report LAHORE ONLINE
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have reached an understanding that no case against Zardari will be opened and in return the Pakistan People’s Party will act as a friendly opposition, the Indian media has claimed in a latest report. According to the report, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader, who did not want to be identified, said there was an understanding between Nawaz and Zardari that the PML-N government would not reopen any cases against the president after he completed his term and "in return, Zardari will be a friendly opposition." The presidential spokesman said President Zardari would not leave the country after completing his five-year term on September 8 as he intended to focus on reorganising the Pakistan People's Party. The PPP has strongly dispelled a perception in political circles that Zardari, 58, will prefer to spend most of his time in Dubai and Britain after he steps down. "The president is going nowhere. Soon
reply in which he insisted that the word “sharamnak” was not abusive and he did not use it for the judiciary. The 21-page reply submitted by Khan through his counsels requested the court to discharge the contempt notice issued to him on July 26, saying he had not committed contempt. The PTI chief contended that the word “sharamnak”, used by him during his press conference of July 26, was never meant to be an abuse to anyone, not even for the DROs and ROs. “It was not used in its literal sense or connotation but it was rather used in the sense or context of unbecoming and it is humbly submitted that it may kindly be so construed,” the counsels for the PTI chief contended. The PTI chair-
Pakistan made up to 47 requests for information on Facebook accounts: report MONITORING DESK
after leaving the Presidency, Zardari will spend a week in Lahore to look into party affairs in Punjab," President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said. "He will give more time and attention to the party and stay mostly in Lahore and Karachi for this purpose." Some PML-N and PPP leaders, who spoke to foreign media, were of the view that Zardari might spend six months or so abroad with his family after completing his term. "Zardari will prefer to stay abroad in the coming months as, at this stage, there
seems to be no need to look into party affairs," said a PPP leader who spoke on condition of anonymity. The leader said with almost five years to go for the next general election, no one seemed to be in a hurry to indulge in the affairs of the PPP. The previous PPP-led government refused to revive graft cases against Zardari in Switzerland despite pressure from the Supreme Court. Earlier this year, the Swiss government informed Pakistan that the cases could not be reopened as they were time-barred.
man, in his detailed reply, contended that the criticism of the ECP, DROs and ROs was directed at their performance that was in pursuance of their administrative duties. Talking to reporters‚ Khan said he believed in an independent judiciary and his comments were not meant against the top institution. He again demanded detailed investigation into election rigging in four constituencies and said the role of returning officers should be made transparent. He said that his party did not want a clash with the SC. Imran said he was happy with the statement of the attorney general in the court, adding that he would continue the campaign for the independence and strengthening of judiciary.
Facebook published its first Global Government Requests Report, a document that details the number of data requests made and the number of accounts asked to be investigated by the governments of 74 countries in the first six months of the year 2013 with the US topping the list by a significant margin. According to the report, governments around the world made over 25,000 requests to Facebook for information on approximately 38,000 users during the first half of the current year. While the list does not provide exact figures of the requests made by the
United States, instead providing an indication through a range between which requests were made due to existing laws, US topped the list with over 11,000 requests made for data on more than 20,000 users. Pakistan is cited as having asked to investigate 47 accounts. The report comes in the background of the Snowden allegations of par, as Facebook tries hard to exonerate itself from the idea of being complicit in government surveillance. The social networking and media giant claims to have incorporated requests for all kinds of information made by any government branch whatsoever, from standard law enforcement to more covert activities. It also gives the percentage of requests which were delivered information on.
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Cabinet decides to bring Aafia home CounCIl oF euroPe ConventIon Could enable dr aaFIa SIddIquI to return to PaKIStan under PrISoner SWaP deal ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAIN
HE federal cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of the Council of Europe Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons, paving the way for repatriation of Dr Aafia Siddiqui under a prisoner swap deal between Pakistan and United States of America (USA). “If things go according to the plan, Dr Aafia may be repatriated to Pakistan in swap for Dr Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani citizen who is under detention over charges of spying on al Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden,” an official source told Pakistan Today. “On attaining accession to this convention, the US government will be requested under the relevant provisions for repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui presently undergoing imprisonment in the US,” an official
US lAUdS PAkiStAn’S eFFortS towArdS AFghAn reConCiliAtion WASHINGTON SPEcIAL cORRESPONdENT
The US State Department on Wednesday applauded Pakistan’s efforts towards Afghan reconciliation, as it welcomed the meetings between the leaders of the two countries. The State Department comments came a day after President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day visit to Islamabad, where he met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seek Pakistan’s help on bolstering peace prospects in his conflict-hit country. Karzai's visit to Islamabad took place at a time when the reconciliation process between the Taliban and the Afghan government has been stalled due to a spate of nagging issues. The political process is meant to bring a modicum of stability to Afghanistan and end the conflict in 2014. “We welcome any opportunity for increased bilateral dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson at the State Department, said. “We’ve said Pakistan’s own security and stability is tied, of course, to a successful outcome in Afghanistan. And we have been appreciative of Pakistan’s efforts to further reconciliation,” the spokesperson stated. However, she added, clearly, there is an ongoing process towards peace and stability in Afghanistan.
eCneC APProveS 16 ProJeCtS worth rS 132b ISLAMABAD INP
A meeting of the executive committee of the National Economic Council held here on Wednesday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair which approved 16 projects amounting to over Rs 132 billion. Of them, 12 projects relate to the energy sector amounting to Rs 96.484 billion including construction of 31.17 megawatt Koto Hydro Power Project at an estimated cost of over Rs 7.5 billion. Three projects amounting to Rs 41.391 billion were approved in Sindh, two projects amounting to Rs 9.814 billion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one project of Rs 11.822 billion in South Punjab, and one project amounting to Rs 8.731 billion was approved in Balochistan. A committee headed by the Planning Commission deputy chairman will look into causes of delay in the Kachhi Canal Project and suggest a way forward in its report to the next meeting of the ECNEC. It was also decided that the next meeting of the ECNEC would be held before the end of next week.
statement said. Dr Aafia is a dual national and holds nationalities of Pakistan and the US. However, it remains a mystery how a Pakistani could be swapped for a dual national languishing in jail of the US. According to the western media, Dr Aafia has been a victim of worst torture by the US marines and has been kept at various US jails, including Bagram base.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the Interior Minister to “fast track” the process of the signing of the convention. The signing of the convention would facilitate repatriation of Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan. “In his briefing to the cabinet meeting, the interior minister said that the instances arise from time-to-time that Pakistani nationals sentenced to imprisonment by US Courts could not be brought back due to absence of any bilateral agreement or any convention to which both countries are signatories,” the source said. Under US law, a person sentenced under federal law may only be repatriated/transferred to country of origin/citizenship if the country in question is a signatory to a prisoner transfer treaty to which the United States is also a signatory. United States is a signatory to the convention and Pakistan is not, the minister added. OTHER DECISIONS: The cabinet also gave its approval for signing of Inter-Governmental Council Resolution to CASA-1000 Transmission Project between Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Kyrgyz Republic. The Joint Working Group has prepared recommendations for development of the Project on the basis of Contractual Joint Venture and start negotiations on the standard terms and conditions in accordance with agreed commercial principles. Signing of the resolution by the minister for
water and power was approved by the cabinet. The Inter-Governmental Council (IGC) consists of ministers/deputy ministers of the four countries. The cabinet also considered and gave its approval for signing of protocol to increase security cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey. The objective of the protocol is to increase the current security cooperation between police organizations of the parties, including for capacity building and police training activities. The cabinet considered and gave its approval for implementation of decisions of meeting of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP). The cabinet considered and gave its approval to the Amendment in the Federal Employees Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance Act, 1969 (Act-II of 1969). The amendment envisages incorporation of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development in the composition of the board in place of Ministry of Labour and Manpower. The cabinet also considered and gave its approval in principle to enter into negotiations on an agreement on transfer of offenders between Pakistan and Maldives, Pakistan and Korea and Pakistan and China. It also considered and gave its approval for signing the negotiated agreement on transfer of offenders between Pakistan, Yemen, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
nAwAz, KArzAi reAch deAl on TAlibAn TAlKs PaKIStan agreeS to helP aFghanIStan reloCate talIban oFFICe From doha ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAIN
Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed during the high-level meeting in Murree the other day to initiate dialogue with the Afghan militants to facilitate the Afghan peace process and to adopt a joint strategy to convince the United States and Taliban to relocate the Taliban office from Doha to some other place. Afghanistan has tipped Saudi Arabia and Turkey as possible new locations for the Taliban office. Experts say this may help Pakistan and Afghanistan to keep the dialogue process within their control and would prevent the Taliban and US negotiators from making an independent agreement. According to sources, both countries discussed the release of senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar as a confidence-building measure. The tim-
azIz termS talKS betWeen KarzaI and naWaz ‘SIgnIFICant’ ing of his release will be discussed later, the source said. Mullah Baradar is a deputy of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and was detained by Pakistan on February 8, 2010 during a joint US and Pakistan operation Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani, a key player in the Afghan peace process, were present at the meeting. During the meeting, the prime minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan had to work closely to bring peace in the region. Meanwhile, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign and Security Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday termed Karzai’s visit to Pakistan as “significant”. Talking to media personnel in Islamabad, Aziz said both countries agreed that Afghanistan and Pakistan, were the main stakeholders of the Afghan conflict
and they should not be kept aloof from talks between the US and Taliban, adding that Pakistan would support the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. Aziz said Karzai’s visit helped forge an understanding and removed the misgivings between the two countries, with both countries acknowledging that their peace and stability were inter-linked.
Warning bells after fresh cases of polio surface PESHAWAR AGENcIES Health officials in Pakistan on Wednesday warned of a serious polio outbreak after the disease was detected in 16 children in a tribal district where militant groups have banned vaccination. Doctor Khayal Mir Jan, the top health official in Pakistan’s militantinfested North Waziristan tribal district, on the Afghan border, told AFP that thousands of children were at risk. Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where the highly infectious, crippling disease remains endemic. Infections shot up from a low of 28 in 2005 to almost 200 last year. “Polio virus has been detected in 16 children since the Taliban ban,” Jan told AFP. “We are waiting for the result of the stool samples of another 42 children suspected of having the disease.” Local warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur banned polio vaccinations in Waziristan in June 2012, alleging the campaign was a cover for espionage. Bahadur, who is allied with Afghan Taliban fighting US-led troops across the border, said the ban would remain until the US
stops drone attacks in the tribal regions. North Waziristan has borne the brunt of the strikes. Health officials said the disease is in danger of becoming an epidemic and voiced fears that it could spread to the neighbouring districts if vaccination was not begun immediately. “Every day we are receiving children with polio, we will have to start an anti-polio campaign, otherwise it’s becoming epidemic,” Jan told AFP. Most of the children affected were under five years old. Jan said nine cases were detected in Mir Ali town while seven were detected in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. An administrative official in the area said efforts were underway to talk to militant groups and support from Islamic scholars had also been sought. Officials said more than 240,000 in North and South Waziristan were at risk due the ban and have not been administered polio drops since the ban. An World Health Organisation official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed: “Scores of polio cases have been reported in North Waziristan.” “Several other children have also been paralysed in North Waziristan but we are waiting for their test result as we don’t know what virus paralysed them,” the official said.
He said that Islamabad and Kabul wanted to increase cooperation in trade, economic and power sectors. Aziz said Pakistan would resolve the problems faced by Afghan traders during transit trade, adding that Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to accelerate construction work on the Jalalabad-Torkham Road and to build a motorway between Kabul and Peshawar.
SC direCtS FiA to Avoid hArASSing Anyone dUring inveStigAtion ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to avoid harassing anyone on the pretext of investigation. The court also directed the agency to submit a comprehensive report regarding the estimated corruption in the sale and purchase of land of the Employees Old-age Benefit Institution (EOBI). The directives were issued by a three-member bench of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain during the hearing of a suo motu case regarding the multi-billion scam in the EOBI. During the proceedings, the counsel for the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Irfan Qadir pleaded for unfreezing the bank accounts of DHA. The court asked the DHA's counsel to show transactions of Rs 139.50 million, which were demanded by it during the previous hearing. Qadir apprised the court that the DHA had already been submitting its weekly financial report to the Registrar’s Office. However, the bench said the statement of transactions should be presented to the court. APP
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armed wings of political parties behind Karachi unrest, SC told KARACHI STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday that the armed wings of political parties were responsible for the worsening law and order in the Karachi. The Rangers Sindh director general told the Supreme Court that armed wings of the political parties were involved in criminal activities. During hearing of the Karachi unrest case, the five-member SC bench reviewed the performance of po-
lice and Rangers and security arrangements at prisons. The Rangers DG’s statement came after the apex court asked which power was stopping the police and Rangers from restoring law in the city. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry told the Sindh chief secretary that he had the support of the IB, ISI and MI and but criminal were still not being eliminated. “When police stations are sold and SHOs are appointed after paying money, what work can we expect,” the chief justice said.
He said the chief secretary was aware of the identity of extortionists, but would not inform the court. The court attached a case pertaining to extraordinary protocol to former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Qaim Ali Shah, Awais Muzaffar and Rehman Malik with the Karachi law and order case. Former PM Pervez Ashraf had approved extraordinary perks and privileges for him and his cabinet members during the last days of his tenure prompting the chief justice to take suo motu notice. Notices were also issued to aforesaid personalities along with the Sindh chief secretary, Rangers Sindh DG, Sindh inspector general of police and Election Commission Sindh secretary. The hearing of the case was adjourned until today (Thursday).
opp for taking na into confidence on national issues oPPoSItIon urgeS Pm'S advISer to gIve brIeFIng to ParlIamentarIanS ISLAMABAD APP
The opposition members in the National Assembly on Wednesday urged the government to take the House into confidence on all important domestic and international issues. Speaking on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah said there were host of issues being confronted by the nation and the government should take the parliament into confidence on all of them. He said the issues included dialogue with the Taliban, Taliban office in Doha, Line of Control (LoC) situation, establishing of National Security Council and future of the Pak-
Fort hood gunman SentenCed to death FORT HOOD
istan Steel Mills (PSM). He said that the prime minister's advisor on foreign affairs should come to the House and explain the government's position on the issues. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Parliamentary Leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi endorsed the viewpoint of Shah and said the Doha dialogue would have long-lasting implications for the whole region. The House should be taken into confidence about Pakistan's role in the dialogue, he added. He said there were speculations that the United States was going to take some important decision regarding Syria. "What will be the government's stance if the US forces launch an attack against Syria?" he asked. Syed Asif Hasnain of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement said that the government should take Indian aggression along the LoC seriously. The role of the National Disaster
Management Authority (NDMA) in coping with the flood situation should also be explained, he added. He requested the chair to activate the parliamentary committee formed during the previous government's tenure to look into fuel prices issue as hike in petroleum prices was on the cards. Awami Muslim League's Chairman Sheikh Rashid, Jamaat Islami Parliamentary Leader Sahibzada Tariqullah and Jamshed Dasti also demanded that the government clarify its position on all important issues and urged the PM's advisor to give a detailed briefing to the parliamentarians. Pakistan People's Party lawmaker Naveed Qamar said all issues, including imminent US attack on Syria and LoC situation, were very important and the government should take the parliament into confidence in the next two days.
soofi briefs european MPs on hr situation
The Fort Hood gunman, former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing 13 people, most of them unarmed soldiers, in a 2009 shooting rampage. The jury of 13 retired military officers, which convicted Hasan of 45 counts of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder, deliberated for just over two hours on the sentence. They also dismissed Hasan from the Army and stripped him of his military pay. Hasan will now be flown to the maximum security U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he will be placed on death row while awaiting lengthy, automatic appeals. Hasan presented virtually no defense during his 12-day court-martial trial at Fort Hood in Texas — in a courtroom that is just a few miles from where the shooting rampage took place at an Army medical readiness center. "He is not now and will never be a martyr. He is a criminal. He is a cold blooded murderer," Army prosecutor Col. Michael Mulligan said in closing arguments. "Death. He was trained as a doctor to save lives, but on 5 November, he only dealt death. He dealt no compassion, he dealt no understanding, he dealt no exceptions. He only dealt death," Mulligan said. All Hasan said in response was, "I have no closing statement."
altaF wants FocuseD operation in KaracHi
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Muttahida Quami Movement Chairman Altaf Hussain on Wednesday said his party would support impartial action in Karachi to restore law and order, but warned that any such operation should not deviate from its objective and target the MQM or any other particular community. In a statement, Hussain that a similar operation was launched in 1992 to net “72 big fish” but it was later focused on the MQM. “Such targeting will not bring any result and the dream of achiving peace in the port city would remain unfulfilled,” he said.
inDia’s loc violations spell war: aJK pM PRESS RELEASE Representatives of the European Parliament Sub-committee on Human Rights on Wednesday called on former caretaker law minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi. Soofi, who is also the president of the Research Society of International Law (RSIL), acquainted the members of the European Parliament Ana Gomes and Andrzej Grzyb and EU Ambassador Lars Wigemark with RSIL’s vision and role in the promotion and implementation of international law in Pakistan. The RSIL team, and Soofi in particular, fielded several questions from their guests, which led to a fruitful dialogue on human rights issues including but not limited to the methods of coordinating implementation of treaties and the dissemination of information to domestic stakeholders of human rights developments. The EU team was eager to discuss the status of human rights implementation in Pakistan after the decentralization that occurred following the passage of the 18th Amendment to
the constitution of Pakistan. They also responded positively to the proposals Soofi put forth during his brief time as caretaker law minister, including establishing treaty cells within each of the provinces to directly coordinate the implementation and reporting on international law obligations. The delegation inquired further into the legal status of refugees and internally-displaced peoples. Soofi explained that there is no express legal framework governing IDPs, but an ad hoc legal framework does exist for the regulation of refugees that cross the Durand Line. He distinguished between those that are traditional refugees and those individuals that possess easement rights based on the location of the border relative to their tribes. The EU team expressed an interest in the nature of corporate social responsibility as it manifests in Pakistan based on the activities of both domestic and multinational companies. They also conveyed the desire to learn further about the positive overlap between Shariah law and international law.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed urged the United Nations (UN) and the international community on Wednesday to take notice of India’s violation of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. “Indian Border Security Force’s repeated violations of the LoC ceasefire agreement are tantamount to triggering a war in the region,” he said. Addressing a press conference at the Kashmir House, Majeed said the governments of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir were against war and wanted to solve the Kashmir issue according to the UN resolution. He said the UN should send an observer mission to the LoC, adding that at least 15 civilians had been martyred so far and the Pakistan Army had also suffered losses due to the recent episodes of unprovoked firing by the Indian forces on the 750-kilometre-long LoC.
govt Mulling targeteD operation in KaracHi InterIor mInISter SayS CabInet meetIng to gIve FInal go ahead, SIndh governor‚ ChIeF mInISter and headS oF agenCIeS to be InvIted For delIberatIonS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
HE government has proposed a targeted operation in Karachi against identified target killers‚ extortionists and criminals, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said on Wednesday. Addressing a news conference, Nisar said the next meeting of the federal cabinet would be held in Karachi where the blueprint of the proposed operation would be discussed. He said the Sindh governor‚ chief minister and heads of intelligence and law enforcement agencies would be invited to the cabinet meeting. Nisar said there was no need for a full-scale operation in Karachi, as a number of target killers‚ extortionists and criminals had already been identified and the city could get rid of these elements in a non-political and transparent targeted operation. The minister said the government would be proposing that law and order being the provincial subject‚ the chief minister of the province should act as captain of the team and all federal agencies and resources would be put at his disposal to ensure success of the operation. Nisar said a committee consisting of representatives of major political parties having presence in Karachi and known media and business figures was proposed to be
formed to oversee the operation, so that no one could raise an accusing finger towards transparency and fairness of the operation. The interior minister said the Rangers director general categorically told him that the situation in Karachi was controllable, provided the law enforcing agencies got freehand and there was no political interference. He said action would be taken by civil armed forces and police against those elements against whom evidence was available and once action was initiated, no one would be spared irrespective of his political affiliation. Nisar added that intelligence reports suggested that a majority of target killers‚ extortionists and criminals had political affiliations and the situation in Karachi would improve only if “we rise above party interests and political expediencies”. About MQM's demand for handing over Karachi to the army‚ the interior minister said he understood MQM's concern that the time had come to take firm action against criminals in Karachi, but handing over the city to the army would not be in the interest of both the army and people of Karachi. He said the federal government would present a detailed plan before the cabinet meeting in Karachi, but it was willing to modify it or replace it with another one if reasonably proposed by the provin-
FIVE DEAD AS FLOOD HITS HUNDREDS OF VILLAGES IN SINDH, PUNJAB NAUSHEHRO FEROZ/MULTAN AGENcIES
At least five people were killed in electrocution and other incidents as swelling water of Indus River wreaked havoc in Katcha area of district Naushehro Feroz and other Sindh and Punjab areas, local officials said on Wednesday. Five people, Asif Arain, Rizwan Ali, Rehman Kalhoro, Murtaza and Faisal Khaskhelly, were killed and 10 others injured in electrocution and a house collapse incident in Naushehro, Moro and Kandiaro towns, said Naushehro Feroz Deputy Commissioner Syed Mehdi Raza Shah. Flooding in Indus has affected around 50,400 people in the district and hundreds of displaced persons have been evacuated to relief camps, officials said. The water level in Indus at Kotri has been increasing and many houses were dam-
aged after flooding in the river. Water level at Kotri Barrage was recorded as 289,000 cusecs while the water level at the Sukkur Barrage was recorded as 342,000 cusecs. As many as 250 villages were submerged and crops spreading over hundreds of acres destroyed near DaduMoro Bridge in Naushero Feroz. Six villages in Nawabshah district were also badly affected due to floodwater. The floodwaters also wreaked havoc in Bachal Malah area of Khairpur district in Sindh, where people struggled to move towards safe places in over six feet of floodwater. In Punjab, several villages were inundated after a breach in a dyke in Alipur area of Muzaffargarh district. Several localities were inundated and road links disconnected while crops of sugar canes, cotton, and pulses ruined after breach in the safety dyke.
pM calls special caBinet Meeting on KaracHi ISLAMABAD: As violence continues to tighten its grip around Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called a special meeting of the federal cabinet next week to review the law and order in the city. Reports said the Sindh governor, chief minister, chief secretary, Rangers DG, ISI DG and IB DG would also be asked to attend the upcoming cabinet meeting. Nawaz said the situation in Karachi was of grave concern and needed to be resolved with consensus. According to sources, on the directives of Prime Minister Nawaz, an invitation to MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar has been extended to attend the cabinet session. It is expected that the federal cabinet will hear the stance of the MQM seeking the deployment of army in Karachi. The MQM demanded handing over the administrative control of Karachi to the army during Tuesday’s National Assembly and Senate sessions, which was rejected by the government and other parties. STAFF REPORT
cial government. Nisar also categorically stated that no decision about an operation in Karachi had been taken at the moment and any progress depended on the outcome of the cabinet meeting on Karachi.
red WarrantS WIthdraWn agaInSt SaIF, maqbool ISLAMABAD INP
Red warrants have been withdrawn against former Ehtesab Cell head Saifur Rehman, his brother Mujibur Rehman, former Sindh IG Rana Maqbool and former DIG Farooq Amin. According to reports, the warrants have been withdrawn on the orders of additional district and sessions judge South Karachi. A case of attempted murder was filed against them on the complaint of President Asif Zardari, who alleged that during his arrest, the officials concerned misused their power and tortured him and tried to cut his tongue with an aim to kill him. The incident took place on the night between May 15 and 16, 1999 when the president was shifted from Karachi Central Jail to CIA Centre Karachi. The matter was investigated and a case registered against the accused after which they fled from Pakistan. While hearing the case, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants and on that basis the former PPP-led government got red warrants issued from the Interpol.
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EMALE parliamentarians have demanded an increase in the reserved seats for women in the Parliament for a better representation of women in the country. During the National Networking Summit on Women’s Leadership jointly organised by Search for Common Grounds Pakistan, PAIMAN Alumni Trust and Aks Pakistan at local hotel on Wednesday, the parliamentarians asked for measures to end discrimination against women across the country by changing the negative attitudes present in the society. Addressing the summit, State Minister for Health Saira Afzal Tarar said that Pakistani
women remained neglected part of the society for decades, however since past few years, the awareness regarding women rights had raised. She urged that basic education for women is the dire need of time that could not be neglected. Elaborating further, the health minister said that the newly formed government is taking all necessary measures to ensure provision of women’s basic rights. She noted that Pakistani women have a strong presence and role in various developments. Terming it unfortunate, she maintained that women are 48 percent of the population of the country however still in some areas people are not ready to give them their right to vote. Former National Assembly speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza said
it was a dire need of the time to organise sessions for capacity building and standard trainings for female parliamentarians, as professionally capable women could play their role more decisively in politics and decision making. Over issue of restricting females from casting their ballot during recent elections and by-
polls, Dr Mirza pointed out that such incidents reflected the issues being faced by women in our society. Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi also supported the efforts to give more rights to women in the society adding that their role in the society could not be neglected.
blockades on islamabad expressway obstructing traffic flow
MAINTeNANCe WoeS: The crescent installed at the Faisal Mosque in need of a repair. SAjjAd ALI
ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Punjab Metro Bus Authority (PMA) have embarked on a joint venture to launch a modern Mass Transit System (MTS) for the facilitation of 683,000 people travelling between the twin cities. A national or international consultant will be hired to carry out a feasibility study within six months for bidding. A CDA official said that the consultant would be required to identify the corridor in the twin cities for the MTS. “We have options of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) or it can be a mix of two or three options depending on the corridor available for the MTS,” PMA official said. The representatives of the ongoing transports plying on routes between the two cities would also be taken on board before carrying out the project, he added. According to estimates, there is a traffic volume of 210,000 vehicles on daily basis carrying 525,000 passengers on three corridors while there is still a demand of 158,000 passengers for the public transport system between twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. APP
dengue caught breeding at 140 spots in rawalpindi RAWALPINDI: Special surveillance teams of the Punjab Health Department have found dengue larvae at 140 spots in Rawalpindi. Following the survey conducted by the surveillance teams, process of fumigation and spray has been started in 46 union councils of the city. On the directives of the Rawalpindi DCO, officials of the Health Department started antimosquito spray in all colleges, hostels, universities and schools. According to sources, 11 teams of Health Department are spraying in all union councils of the city, while bus stops and terminals are also being fumigated. Moreover, the district administration has constituted 12 teams to initiate the vigorous campaign against dengue in the rural areas of federal capital. As per details, these teams will work under the supervision of district health officers (DHO) and Rural Health Centres (RHC) assistant commissioner and will provide awareness about cleanliness for the elimination of virus. Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Amir Ali Ahmed has directed District Health Department, concerned ACs, union councils, Local Government of Rural Development (LGRD) to start a strong campaign against dengue. INP
Kundi was of the view that training and capacity building for female parliamentarians could empower them for better understandings of the issues. Earlier a special documentary by Search for Common Grounds Pakistan on the role of women in Pakistani politics and the issues being faced by them was showcased.
citizens cry out for Mareer chowk project’s completion RAWALPINDI INP
The delay in the completion of Mareer Chowk Expansion Project is creating nuisance for the motorists and transporters. The motorists say that traffic remains blocked at the chowk, while the concerned authorities are announcing new dates for the project’s completion.
They said that a water supply line that came apart last week was adding to the miseries as the development authority has dug the road to replace the pipeline. The students and office-goers also expressed concerns over the delay in the project. They said that due to the gridlocks at the chowk, they get late for their institutions and offices. They said that the high-ups
of the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) should pay heed to the project and if there was a technical reason behind the delay in the project, they should share it with the masses. The citizens demanded of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to visit the site of the project and order the concerned authorities to expedite the work.
With the flow of traffic already on its peak at the Islamabad Expressway, the initiative to keep the fast lane empty by placing blocks seems to be serving as yet another irritant for motorists. Red plastic blocks occupying the fast lane one after another at short distances are creating panic among the motorists and can result in fatal accidents. The motorists already having only three lanes to ply their vehicles in such a busy road feel that the step has rather disturbed the flow of traffic instead of bringing improvement in it. “The step is good but I think its implementation would take time as most of the motorists still need to be educated first,” said Naveed Arshad, a motorist who travels daily on the road. He said most of the drivers travel at a rapid pace on the fast lane and then suddenly change the lane upon approaching the block creating hinderance for those traveling behind as well as for those present in the middle lane. Another motorist, Muhammad Azhar said, “The right most lane should be kept vacated but then you should have at least four to five lanes for a uniform flow of traffic.” There were five lanes on one side of the highway, two reserved for commercial vehicles leaving only three for domestic ones and that was the reason why the presence of blocks was irritating the motorists, he added. He said placing blocks would not serve the purpose as there was a need to create road awareness among the motorists. It is pertinent to mention that Islamabad Traffic Police took the initiative for the purpose of keeping the right most lane empty primarily for ambulances, emergency vehicles and those taking a right turn. “The purpose of placing these blocks is to keep the right lane vacated most of the time to bring discipline in traffic besides facilitating emergency vehicles together with ambulances,” said a traffic police official on the condition of anonymity. He said that in the past, most of the motorists used to keep their vehicles in the fast lane forcing the others to overtake from the wrong side. With the initiation of this step, the culture of keeping the right most lane empty is rapidly growing, he added, saying that now the drivers, after overtaking, quickly change their lane, which had brought improvement in road discipline. He further said that most of the motorists did not know about the implications of this step but now most of them were accustomed to it, however, its complete implementation would take time.
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LIfe of A NoMAD: A woman preparing food at her makeshift home at Railway Road in Rawalpindi. ONLINE
citizens urge traﬃc police to introduce on-spot fine collection ISLAMABAD APP
The residents of the capital have demanded Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) to introduce on the spot fine collections to save time and inconvenience. The residents suggested ITP to follow the pattern of Motorway Police for collection of fines as it was hassle free. They were of the view that existing system of fine collection is lengthy and time consuming due to long lines at banks for deposit of fine. After paying the fine, license remains to be collected from zone office of ITP which makes the process extremely tedious. The procedure is particularly troublesome for residents of other cities who are unaware of city routes and sometimes have to prolong their stay due to delay. Anwar, a visitor from Lahore said that he was issued a ticket for not fastening his
seat belt while driving and had to stay a day more in the capital to get his driving license. He said that the police should devise a mechanism for on spot collection of fines. Another motorist Dr Waqar said, “In this era of Information Technology the police should start collecting fines through existing money transfer methodology introduced by cellular companies.” Traffic Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Dr Moeen Masood said that the new system requires new legislation to amend Motor Vehicle Ordinance. “The ITP would write to the interior ministry to propose the modern fee collection system,” he added saying that a computerised mechanism would have to be established and ITP is already working on that and hoped that the new system would be introduced after passing of the necessary legislation.
religious ministry places haj flight schedule on website ISLAMABAD APP
INISTRY of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has placed the Haj flights schedule of the government scheme on its website for the convenience of pilgrims, says an official of the ministry. The official said that any pilgrim could see his flight schedule by just submitting an application number/CNIC number on the website. The ministry has also been working to intimate the Haj flight schedule to each intending pilgrims through sending a message on their mobile phones. The intimation of Haj flight schedule through mobile message service would be started from next
week. The month-long pre-Haj operation would begin from September 10 and continue till October 10. The post-Haj flight operation would be initiated from October 20 and conclude on November 19, he said. Over 86,000 pilgrims would perform Haj this year under the government’s scheme. The ministry has already hired 122 buildings to accommodate the pilgrims. He said PIA will operate a total of 214 Haj flights to Jeddah and Makkah. PIA will operate Haj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot. PIA will transport more than 70,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 160 pre-Haj flights. PIA will operate same number
of flights for post-Haj operation. This year due to ongoing construction of extending facilities at Khana-e-Kaaba the Saudi government has reduced Haj quota by 20 percent. The ministry has issued orders the airlines to strictly adhere to depart and arrival schedule, on failure the heavy fine would be imposed on the airline. He said pilgrims are allowed to carry five litres of Zamzam (subject to conditions of Saudi government). A committee comprising parliamentarians and officers would monitor the Haj operation. As many as 46,000 pilgrims would not perform the sacred religious obligations due to 20 percent quota cut imposed by the Saudi government.
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Police on Wednesday arrested 12 lawbreakers from various areas of the city and recovered a car, 3.175 kilogrammes of hashish, weapons and stolen property from their possession, a police spokesman said. According to details, SSP Muhammad Rizwan directed all police officials for effective crackdown against criminals, bootleggers and drug pushers in the city. Following his directions for efficient policing, ASIs Mian Khuram and Muhammad Hanif from Aabpara Police Station arrested Qaisar Zaman and Nazeer Masih for possessing 15 liquor bottles and one 30-bore pistol. Sub Inspector Alamgir Khan from Golra Police Station arrested a drug pusher Abdul Jameel and recovered 1.50 kilogrammes of hashish from him. Sub Inspector Shafqat Ali from Anti-Car Lifting Cell of Islamabad Police nabbed Mehmoom Ahmed and recovered a stolen car (PRV1332) from him. Sub Inspector Shafique and Qamer Ejaz from Sabzi Mandi Police Station arrested Ishmael Khan, Muhammad Aslam and Shahzad Gull for having a total of 2.125 kilogrammes of hashish and one 30-bore pistol. Sub Inspector Muhammad Ishaq and Amir Sajjad from Bhara Kau Police Station nabbed four thieves and recovered stolen property. Sub Inspector Muhammad Ashraf from Bani Gala Police Station apprehended Ghulam Murtaza and Javed Iqbal besides recovering stolen property from them. Separate cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigations are underway. INP
CdA sets the price too high for new plots ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has set Rs 250,000 as the auction price of plots in new sectors of the federal capital, while has also directed to set the down payment at 50 percent of the total amount. As per details, in sectors E-12 and D12 prices of plots in auction have been set between Rs 200,000 and Rs 250,000. The advertising campaign for the auction of plots of these particular sectors has been continuing for several days by the CDA, however the conditions for auction have not been properly laid down in the ads. Broacher made for auction was also not available for some days in banks, while price of broacher was also very expensive. Sources said that CDA is still using old ways for the auction of plots, while due to high fixed prices of plots and their down payment many of willing bidders will not participate in the auction. ONLINE
Project for methane generation from solid waste starts at lusar RAWALPINDI: Work has been started on the project for generation of electricity from solid waste in the area of Lusar at Rawalpindi. Garbage of the entire Rawalpindi city is dumped at Lusar and its 75 percent area has been filled with the waste. Solid Waste Management Department Rawalpindi (SWMDR) sources said 600 kanals of land was purchased by it in collaboration with Asian Development Bank in the suburban area of Lusar. Due to tremendous increase in the population, 75 percent of the landfill has been filled with garbage. SWMDR has begun the work on the project for generating methane gas and 5 megawatts of electricity from the waste lying in Lusar. As many as seven wells have been dug out to deposit methane gas while additional 200 wells are required to generate 5 megawatts of electricity.ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Waqar Muhammad Fani presenting his book on Benazir Bhutto Shaheed to President Asif Ali Zardari. PR
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rush-hour suicide bomb attacks kill 71 in baghdad BAGHDAD AGENcIES
series of co-ordinated bombings in the Iraqi capital Baghdad has killed more than 70 people and wounded dozens more, police and medical sources say. The bombs targeted mainly Shia neighbourhoods during the rush hour. The deadliest explosion was reported to be in Jisr Diyala in south-eastern Baghdad, where a car bomb killed at least seven people. Violence has increased in Iraq in recent months amid heightened tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Several blasts in the northern district of Kadhimiya killed at least five people and wounded many others, according to reports. The northern suburb of Sadr City was also attacked. At least 10 separate bombings are believed to have taken place on Wednesday. More than 160 people were injured. GROWING INTENSITy: No group has admitted carrying out the bombings, but correspondents say they appear to have been carried out by Sunni militants. Sunnis say they are being marginalised by Prime Minister Nouri Maliki’s Shia-led government. More than 4,000 civilians have been killed and 10,000 more have been wounded so far this year, with Baghdad province worst hit. Casualty figures released by the United Nations showed 1,057 Iraqis - most of them civilians - were killed in July, making it the deadliest month in the country for years. The authorities have stepped up security operations in Baghdad, according to BBC World Service Middle East editor Sebastian Usher. But they seem unable to stop the growing intensity of violence now back to a level not seen for five years, he says. Barely a day goes by in Iraq now without similar bloodshed, our correspondent adds. The scale of bloodshed peaked in Iraq at the height of the insurgency in 2006-7.
son of chinese general denies gang rape, inflames public anger BEIJING AGENcIES
The teenage son of a prominent Chinese general denied the charge of gang rape on Wednesday, inflaming public anger in a case that has stirred resentment against the offspring of the political elite who are widely seen as spoilt. Li Tianyi, 17, is one of five accused of assaulting a woman in a
Beijing hotel in February, according to state media. Li has become the most prominent target of complaints that the sons and daughters of China’s top-ranked Communist Party officials can dodge the law because of family influence. Li’s father is General Li Shuangjiang of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), who is a singer known for performing patriotic songs on television shows and at official events.
BeIJING: Li Tianyi and his father Li Shuangjiang, a general of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army who gained fame singing revolutionary songs, are seen at the son’s solo concert at an odeum of China National orchestra. AGENcIES
Li’s mother, Meng Ge, is a famous singer in the PLA. At a closed-door trial, Li said he was drunk and had no knowledge of the alleged assault, two Beijing-based state-run newspapers said on their microblogs. Dozens of journalists as well as supporters of Li and the victim gathered outside the court in northwestern Beijing. Police officers dragged away one of Li’s supporters after she was seen talking to a reporter. Two women stood in protest outside the court, holding signs that said: “Protecting the rights of mothers, females and young girls” and “Believe in justice”. Li’s denial generated a torrent of criticism online. “The Li family continues to challenge the intelligence of normal people. They’re using despicable, rogue means to acquit Li,” said a microblogger. “If a heavy sentence is not imposed, it will not satisfy the people’s resentment.” The case has dominated headlines for weeks, focusing attention again on China’s political aristocrats who are widely viewed as corrupt and above the law. It follows the dramatic trial of ousted former senior politician Bo Xilai, whose family’s lurid excesses were detailed by the court and lapped up on social media. Li’s legal adviser, Lan He, told reporters that lawyers hoped for a fair trial. “Celebrities are also citizens and should not be held to ransom because of emotions,” he said in a question-and-answer session with bloggers on Tuesday. “A moral judgment cannot replace justice.” It is not Li’s first brush with the law. In 2011, he drove a BMW into another car in Beijing, beat up the couple inside the vehicle and then scoffed at bystanders about calling the police. He was sentenced to a year in a juvenile correctional facility and his father made a public apology.
no US PlAnS to CUt oFF egyPt militAry Aid yet, SAyS hAgel WASHINGTON AGENcIES
Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday that he opposes cutting off US military aid to Egypt but vowed Washington would keep pressing for “reconciliation” in the country. The United States earlier this month condemned Egyptian security forces for firing on protesters backing ousted president Mohamed Morsi, in a crackdown that left nearly 1,000 people dead. “The interim government has to get back on the path to reconciliation, stop the violence, put Egypt back on the path of economic, democratic reform,” Hagel said in an interview with the BBC aired Wednesday. “Now do you do that best by cutting off all aid?” “Maybe eventually that happens, but I don’t think you can take that approach initially, you have to respond and we’ve made it clear what we’d like to see happen,” said Hagel, in Brunei for a meeting of regional defence ministers. Hagel did not rule out eventually shutting off the flow of $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Cairo, but he stressed the importance of maintaining the decades-long alliance with Egypt, calling it a source of stability that had reinforced US interests. “We’ve had strong partnerships with Egypt for many years starting with the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that the US brokered in 1979 that essentially prevented the region from breaking out into a regional war,” he said. “Egypt has played a responsible part of that, been a very responsible partner.” The United States “wouldn’t necessarily agree with the forms of government, the dictatorships, but… we would not want to see the disintegration of a relationship with a large important country like Egypt,” he said. Echoing similar remarks he made earlier this month, Hagel said America’s influence with Egypt had limits. “So we’ve tried to help where we can, within the boundaries where we can affect influence where we can,” Hagel said. “You can’t go in and impose. It’s up to the Egyptian people what kind of future they want and what kind of government they want.”
iran boosts advanced uranium enrichment capacity: iaea VIeNNA: Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them, a U.N. nuclear report showed, a development likely to worry Western powers hoping for a change of course under the country’s new president. The International Atomic Energy Agency’s quarterly report - the first since relative moderate Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s June presidential election - also said the Islamic state had started making fuel assemblies for a reactor which the West fears could yield nuclear bomb material. Iran denies any such aim. On the other hand, Iran’s most sensitive nuclear stockpile has grown little - remaining below its arch-enemy Israel’s stated “red line” that could provoke military action - since the previous IAEA report in May. Iran’s possible restraint here could buy time for more negotiations with six world powers. The report showed Iran continuing to press ahead with its disputed nuclear program at a time when the outside world is waiting to see if Rouhani will increase transparency and reduce confrontation in Iran’s foreign policy, as he has pledged. However, envoys accredited to the IAEA had cautioned against reading too much into the latest inspectors’ report as it mainly covered developments before Rouhani took office on August 3, replacing the conservative hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Iran says its nuclear energy program is for electricity generation and medical uses only. It has rejected Western accusations that it trying to develop the capability to produce nuclear bombs, despite having hidden sensitive activities from U.N. non-proliferation inspectors in the past. Obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, the IAEA report said Iran had fully installed a total of 1,008 new-generation centrifuges at the underground Natanz complex and was planning to test their performance ahead of feeding them with uranium material. Iran, it said, had further completed preparatory work for installing about 2,000 other advanced centrifuges, which experts say could boost the rate of refinement by two- or three-fold. The report also said Iran had begun making nuclear fuel for its planned Arak heavywater research reactor but had postponed its commissioning beyond the planned first quarter of 2014. That delay could come as a relief to Western leaders as they are concerned the Arak complex could offer Iran a second path to weapons-grade fissile material by churning out plutonium. Iran denies any such intention, saying the Arak facility is to produce isotopes for agriculture and medicine. Israel has threatened to attack Iran if diplomacy fails to rein in its program and it amasses enough medium-enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon, if processed further. But the election of Rouhani, who served as chief nuclear negotiator under Ahmadinejad’s reformist predecessor, Mohammad Khatami, has raised cautious Western hopes of breaking the prolonged, increasingly volatile deadlock in the negotiations. AGENcIES
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hYDeRABAD: Dengue patients being treated at the Liaquat University of Medical and health Sciences (LUMhS) on Wednesday. INP
kP govt declares dengue emergency in five districts PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
intel agencies should make progress in missing persons’ cases: sc ISLAMABAD
KARAChI: Relatives of missing persons hold a demonstration outside the Supreme Court Registry on Wednesday. ONLINE
HE Supreme Court has said no concession will be given to anyone regarding the extremely important cases of missing persons and the secret agencies should make progress in this regard. A two-member bench, headed by Justice Tassadaq Hussain JIllani, resumed the hearing into the case of missing persons including Umarzada, Umar Bakht, Mulazim Hussain, Abdullah, Ghulam Sajjad Ahmed, Dr Abid Hussain, Mansoor Mehdi, Muhammad Zubair, Niaz and Mehar Khan. During the proceeding, Defence of Human Rights Chairperson Amna Masood Janjua told the court that two real brothers Umarzada and Umar Bakht were missing from Chakwal. She said the evidence showed that both were in the custody of the ISI, which had to submit an affidavit in the court in this connection, but it had not done so. The court asked Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar about the matter, but the AAG requested the court for two weeks more time. The court accepted his plea and instructed him to present the state-
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Wednesday declared emergency in the hospitals of five districts, including Dir, Malakand, Swabi, Buner and Shangla as one person was detected with dengue in Swabi district. According to details, the patient was shifted to Islamabad Hospital where his condition is said to be stable. KP Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai told Pakistan Today that special wards and beds were being established in all District Headquarter and main hospitals of these five districts, adding that the doctors and paramedical staff were on high alert and medicines and other supplies were being provided to the hospitals on an emergency basis. The minister said thatc rrently the number of dengue patients in the province ranged from 700 to 800. Many of them had recovered and were discharged from hospital, he said, adding that so far around 150 hospital beds were occupied by dengue patients in in Saidu Sharif Group of Hospitals. “Laboratory testing for suspected dengue patients is being done throughout Swat valley,” he said. Doctors in Swat confirmed shifting one dengue patient to Peshawar Hospital.The government has already declared emergency in all hospitals of Peshawar. Khyber Teaching Hospital Chief Executive Dr Omar Ayub Khan told Pakistan Today that all arrangements for accommodating and treating the dengue patients were finalised. Doctors in Saidu Sharif Group of Hospitals said five more doctors had arrived in Swat from Experts from Khyber Medical University, Peshawar and a seven-member delegation of doctors from Punjab is already present in Swat to combat the dengue outbreak.
Poor to get basic amenities at their doorsteps: khattak
ment of the ISI after 15 days. District and Sessions Judge Sukkur presented the report about missing persons Mulazim Hussain and Abdullah. The report revealed that the police had arrested both, but later they were handed over to secret agencies. The AAG told the court that Dr
Man killed, protesters ransack Mepco oﬃce MULTAN: Enraged protesters on Wednesday torched two motorcycles of Multan Electric Supply Company (MEPCO) employees and ransacked the office after a man was killed and another injured due to falling of a pylon. According to rescue sources, an electric tower of main transmission on Abdali Road collapsed resulting in death of a passerby and leaving another critically injured. The area residents gathered outside MEPCO office and protested. They ransacked the office and set ablaze two motorcycles parked outside the office. The protesters said they had repeatedly complained to MEPCO officials about the poor condition of power pylons but to no avail. They demanded that police register a case against MEPCO officials for negligence. INP
Abid and Mansoor Mehdi were going to Peshawar from Rawalpindi to attend a conference, when they were taken by the FC, which transferred them to some unknown location. The court was informed that no devilment was made in the search of Muhammad Zubair so far. Amna informed
the court that according to her information, Zubair was kept in the investigation centre of the ISI located in Islamabad. The bench said these were not ordinary cases that the elements involved in this case might be excused. The court asked the AAG to arrange an early recovery of the missing persons.
FUEL LEAK GROUNDS INDIA’S ROCKET LAUNCH NEW DELHI ONLINE
When India's Rs 205-crore space mission was aborted earlier this month, scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) blamed a fuel leak in the rocket that was meant to place a communications satellite in space, Indian media quoting officials reported on Wednesday. Indian scientists discovered that 750 kilograms of highly inflamma-
ble and explosive fuel had leaked from the engine. The countdown clock was stopped barely 74 minutes before the scheduled lift-off for the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) fitted with a cryogenic engine made in India. Video showed the rocket being splashed with water. Weighing as much as 80 well-fed adult elephants, the vehicle was dismantled at Sriharikota, 80 kilometres from Chennai. Chairman of ISRO, K Radhakrishnan, said "timely detec-
tion and quick action" averted what could have been a massive fire that could have engulfed not just the rocket but the second launch pad facility at Sriharikota. This is the first time ISRO has had to dismantle a rocket that had been almost fully fuelled. "There is no generic problem with the rocket," Mr Radhakrishnan told NDTV. The launch will be attempted again in December. India has been trying to push further into the global market for launching commercial satellites.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak on Wednesday said the provision of education, health and other basic amenities of life at the doorsteps of the poor was the mission of his government. At a dinner held in the honour of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Manawar Hassan, the chief minister said his government wanted the same educational facilities and opportunities for the children of the poor that were available to the children of the rich. Khattak pledged that he would not rest until corruption, incompetence and wastage of public resources was completely eliminated from the province. The chief minister said he was grateful to the coalition partners for extending cooperation in the last three months. “The matters of the province are going smoothly due to such unflinching support.” Khattak said cooperation and unity amongst the PTI, the JI and other coalition partners would help bring realistic changes in all sectors in the province. The KP chief minister said the previous governments had promoted corruption, backwardness and lawlessness in the province, adding that the KP government would abolish corruption and restore the confidence of the investors. Khattak said the government had issued directives and policy guidelines for the implementation of their agenda, adding that after the passage of 90 days, no wrongdoing would be tolerated and he, along with the coalition partners, would visit every locality. Senior Minister Sirajul Haq, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, Professor Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Abdul Waheed Qureshi, provincial ministers, and advisers, were also present.
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senate body approves draft of freedom of information law ISLAMABAD ONLINE
HE Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting has approved the draft of the Freedom of Information Law prepared by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and recommended by a sub-committee, headed by Farhatullah Babar. The committee decided that Kamil Ali Agha‚ chairman of the committee, will move the bill as a multi-party bill in
the Senate. A committee meeting‚ chaired by Agha‚ praised the efforts of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Senate sub-committee members including Babar‚ Daud Achakzai and Zafar Ali Shah. Agha said if the bill was passed by parliament at the earliest‚ it would become an example for the provinces to follow. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rasheed said the government believed in consensus and took all decisions with consultation of stakeholders. He cited the example of a
similar bill adopted by the Punjab cabinet before dissolution of the assemblies and added that the same policy was being followed here. He suggested that the government should own the bill and present it in the cabinet for approval before tabling it in parliament. However‚ the committee after thorough consultations came to the conclusion that it should be moved by the committee chairman on private members day as multi-party bill. Later, the government will own the bill and present it in the cabinet for approval. The committee also
condemned the registration of an FIR against a private channel and decided to summon the Balochistan information secretary to record his statement on the unfortunate incident. The information minister told the committee that he had personally talked to the Balochistan chief minister, who said he was informed by the officers that the case was registered on the orders of the Supreme Court. He opined that telecasting report on the Quaid Residency was no crime‚ rather it was right of the people to know what had happened
to the residency in a terrorist attack. The committee also expressed concern over the telecast of foreign television dramas dubbed in Urdu and decided to seek a reply from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority in the next meeting. The meeting was attended by senators Saeeda Iqbal‚ Saeed Ghani‚ Farhatullah Babar‚ Farha Aqil‚ Shirala Malik and Rubina Khalid. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Nazir Saeed‚ Additional Information Secretary Muhammad Azam and other senior officials of the ministry were also present.
end of elections: overseas Pakistanis can vote now ISLAMABAD APP
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab informed the National Assembly (NA) on Wednesday of the government’s decision to grant voting rights to overseas Pakistanis. According to details, a bill in this regard would be presented before the House on Thursday. Aftab said previously it had not been possible for the government to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote from abroad as the general elections were nearing when President Zardari had promulgated the Electoral Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. When questioned by the NA speaker regarding action against Overseas Pakistanis Ministry secretary for not replying to a question asked by the parliamentarians, Aftab assured the House that the secretary would be held accountable.
QUeTTA: Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami rally on Wednesday against the massacre of innocent people in egypt. INP
nYPd designates mosques as terrorism organisations NEW YORK AGENcIES
HE New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing. Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance. Since the 9/11 attacks, the NYPD has opened at least a dozen "terrorism enterprise investigations" into mosques, according to interviews and confidential police documents. The TEI, as it is known, is a police tool intended to help investigate terrorist cells and the like. Many TEIs stretch for years, allowing surveillance to continue even though the NYPD has never criminally charged a mosque or Islamic organization with operating as a terrorism enterprise. The documents show in detail how, in its hunt for terrorists, the NYPD investigated countless innocent New York Muslims and put information about them in secret police files. As a tactic, opening an enterprise investigation on a mosque is so potentially invasive that while the NYPD conducted at least a dozen, the FBI never did one, according to interviews with federal law enforcement officials. The strategy has allowed the NYPD to send undercover officers into mosques and attempt to plant informants on the boards of mosques and at least one prominent ArabAmerican group in Brooklyn, whose executive director has worked with city officials, including Bill de Blasio, a front-runner for mayor. The revelations about the NYPD's massive spying operations are in documents recently obtained by The Associated Press and part of a new book, "Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden's Final Plot Against America." The book by AP reporters Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman is based on hundreds of previously unpublished police files and interviews with current and former NYPD, CIA
and FBI officials. The disclosures come as the NYPD is fighting off lawsuits accusing it of engaging in racial profiling while combating crime. Earlier this month, a judge ruled that the department's use of the stop-and-frisk tactic was unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have sued, saying the Muslim spying programs are unconstitutional and make Muslims afraid to practice their faith without police scrutiny. Both Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have denied those accusations. Speaking Wednesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Kelly reminded people that his intelligence-gathering programs began in the wake of 9/11. "We follow leads wherever they take us," Kelly said. "We're not intimidated as to wherever that lead takes us. And we're doing that to protect the people of New York City." The NYPD did not limit its operations to collecting information on those who attended the mosques or led prayers. The department sought also to put people on the boards of New York's Islamic institutions to fill intelligence gaps. One confidential NYPD document shows police wanted to put informants in leadership positions at mosques and other organizations, including the Arab American Association of New York in Brooklyn, a sec-
ular social-service organization. Linda Sarsour, the executive director, said her group helps new immigrants adjust to life in the US It was not clear whether the department was successful in its plans. The document, which appears to have been created around 2009, was prepared for Kelly and distributed to the NYPD's debriefing unit, which helped identify possible informants. Around that time, Kelly was handing out medals to the Arab American Association's soccer team, Brooklyn United, smiling and congratulating its players for winning the NYPD's soccer league. Sarsour, a Muslim who has met with Kelly many times, said she felt betrayed. "It creates mistrust in our organizations," said Sarsour, who was born and raised in Brooklyn. "It makes one wonder and question who is sitting on the boards of the institutions where we work and pray." Before the NYPD could target mosques as terrorist groups, it had to persuade a federal judge to rewrite rules governing how police can monitor speech protected by the First Amendment. The rules stemmed from a 1971 lawsuit, dubbed the Handschu case after lead plaintiff Barbara Handschu, over how the NYPD spied on protesters and liberals during the Vietnam War era. David Cohen, a former CIA executive who became NYPD's deputy
commissioner for intelligence in 2002, said the old rules didn't apply to fighting against terrorism. Cohen told the judge that mosques could be used "to shield the work of terrorists from law enforcement scrutiny by taking advantage of restrictions on the investigation of First Amendment activity." NYPD lawyers proposed a new tactic, the TEI, that allowed officers to monitor political or religious speech whenever the "facts or circumstances reasonably indicate" that groups of two or more people were involved in plotting terrorism or other violent crime. The judge rewrote the Handschu rules in 2003. In the first eight months under the new rules, the NYPD's Intelligence Division opened at least 15 secret terrorism enterprise investigations, documents show. At least 10 targeted mosques. Doing so allowed police, in effect, to treat anyone who attends prayer services as a potential suspect. Sermons, ordinarily protected by the First Amendment, could be monitored and recorded. Among the mosques targeted as early as 2003 was the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge. "I have never felt free in the United States. The documents tell me I am right," Zein Rimawi, one of the Bay Ridge mosque's leaders, said after reviewing an NYPD document describing his mosque as a terrorist enterprise. Rimawi, 59, came to the US decades
ago from the Israeli-occupied West Bank. "Ray Kelly, shame on him," he said. "I am American." The NYPD believed the tactics were necessary to keep the city safe, a view that sometimes put it at odds with the FBI. In August 2003, Cohen asked the FBI to install eavesdropping equipment inside a mosque called Masjid al-Farooq, including its prayer room. Al-Farooq had a long history of radical ties. Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Egyptian sheik who was convicted of plotting to blow up New York City landmarks, once preached briefly at Al-Farooq. Invited preachers raged against Israel, the United States and the Bush administration's war on terror. One of Cohen's informants said an imam from another mosque had delivered $30,000 to an al-Farooq leader, and the NYPD suspected the money was for terrorism. But Amy Jo Lyons, the FBI assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism, refused to bug the mosque. She said the federal law wouldn't permit it. The NYPD made other arrangements. Cohen's informants began to carry recording devices into mosques under investigation. They hid microphones in wristwatches and the electronic key fobs used to unlock car doors. Even under a TEI, a prosecutor and a judge would have to approve bugging a mosque. But the informant taping was legal because New York law allows any party to record a conversation, even without consent from the others. Like the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, the NYPD never demonstrated in court that al-Farooq was a terrorist enterprise but that didn't stop the police from spying on the mosques for years. And under the new Handschu guidelines, no one outside the NYPD could question the secret practice. Martin Stolar, one of the lawyers in the Handschu case, said it's clear the NYPD used enterprise investigations to justify open-ended surveillance. The NYPD should only tape conversations about building bombs or plotting attacks, he said. "Every Muslim is a potential terrorist? It is completely unacceptable," he said. "It really tarnishes all of us and tarnishes our system of values."
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If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. –Thomas Jefferson
coMMenT Thursday, 29 August, 2013
A preposterous demand uncalled for and highly dangerous to boot
HE sudden and unexpected demand by Altaf Hussain to handover Karachi to the army has rightly been denounced by the federal government as well as the PPP and the PTI. The move by the MQM is aimed at expressing lack of confidence both in the Sindh government and the PML-N’s administration at the centre. What is happening in Karachi despite being highly condemnable is nothing new. The undiminished wave of killings started soon after the three-party coalition with the MQM a major partner took over in 2008. After that the scale of targeted murders continued to rise with every passing year. From an estimated 1,700 killed in 2011, the figure climbed to more than 2,300 in 2012. More than 1,400 killing have been recorded since the start of this year. During the period the metropolis has witnessed some of the goriest incidents in recent history. As revealed during the proceedings of the Supreme Court in the Karachi law and order case, the MQM itself was very much a part of the problem. The demand has raised questions about the ethnic outfit’s motives. Never before had the party agreed to the army’s induction in Karachi. What has motivated it put up a demand that it had strongly opposed when a part of the government for five years? Posing to act as a bridge, the MQM had expressed a desire to be invited to join both the Sindh cabinet and the PML-N coalition at the center. Is it ‘after me the deluge’sort of reaction after the party was denied the unusual wish? Others think the MQM is out to upset the system at someone’s behest. On Tuesday gangsters in Lyari attacked members of Kutchi community who had returned only a few days back after being assured of safety by the local administration. Incidents of violence were also reported from other parts of the city. The toll over the last two days has crossed 16. This is highly alarming. Restoring peace in the industrial hub of the country is the responsibility of the Sindh government which can no more claim that coalition exigencies are responsible for the deterioration of law and order. The Sindh government enjoys full powers under the 18th amendment. What is more it has been assured that it would have the full backing of the federal administration in restoring peace. The constitution allows the government to call in the army for assistance in emergencies. This is however done only as a matter of last resort. As things stand the provincial government is confident of restoring peace on its own. The PML-N government which has yet to complete its first hundred days in office is also opposed to involving the army at this stage. Unless both the provincial and federal governments express inability to deal with the situation, any invitation to the army is both uncalled for and highly dangerous.
‘thana Culture’ going strong despite the Punjab Cm’s oft-repeated resolve
N August 28, in the dusty southern district of Rahim Yar Khan the police picked up an underage girl from her home, took her to an undisclosed place and put her through gruesomely brutal torture, literally beating the living daylights out of her. The ‘crime’ of the girl: reportedly her brother had crossed some influential, and when the police raided his home, not finding him the valiant law-enforcers saw it fit to abduct the girl instead. The condemnable incident in Rahim Yar Khan is nothing new to the culture of brutality and inefficiency which is plaguing most if not all of the province’s police stations. To the extent that one can say without the least fear of rebuttal that in almost every police station in the province – though the degree may vary – every day illegalities, transgressions and torture invariably take place. That is why in the public perception the police’s image is mud, which in turn is why the CM has to make public promises time and again to fix it. And in that, despite being in his sixth straight year in office, he has singularly failed. It has come to a point that the oft-repeated resolve is now more a smudge than a question mark for the PML-N and its posse of self-righteous God-fearing members, not to mention the police top brass. Despite an abundance of media reports on police’s high-handedness, things are much worse than they appear in the Punjab. A recent study into the police’s state of affairs reveals circumstances far too dismal to comprehend. A startling 55 per cent of all persons surveyed mentioned the insignificant fact that they had to pay a significant bribe to get their cases registered, a clear violation of a citizen’s right. Another 92 per cent of those interviewed testified that police investigations had been altered despite requests not to do so. These figures single-handedly strip down the ineptness and criminality of the Punjab Police. In a shocking revelation, the report quoted 72 per cent of all complainants stating that they had been tortured or misbehaved with during the course of the investigation, while a record 80 per cent of the women included in the survey testified that they had been manhandled or physically assaulted during their stay at the local ‘helpful’ police precinct. The recent report is nothing short of a damning expose of the police and its political masters. Despite the PML-N leadership’s promises since 1988, there still is no progress on eliminating Thana culture. Being in power now both at the centre and in Punjab, and with a comfortable majority on its own and with its allies, the party is in a position to remove the flaws in the criminal justice system through legislation. The extra-judicial killings Back in vogue. These need to be stopped forthwith. So should end the appointment of blue-eyed boys to key police posts. The local government system, if put in place, too can help in bringing the police excesses under check provided the powers are properly devolved, which sadly has not happened through the newly-passed Punjab Local Government law.
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the drone dilemma the long term eﬀect has been gruesome
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URING his first term, President Obama launched more than six times as many drone strikes as President Bush did throughout his eight years in office, all the while keeping the CIA-run drone programme away from the scrutiny of Congress and the courts. The US is now using drone strikes to kill terrorist suspects in at least four states (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia), although drone strikes are rumoured to have been used in other places like Libya and Mali. The campaigns in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia are run by the CIA, with little congressional oversight, and their existence has even been denied by the Obama administration in the courts. Most Americans remain unaware of the scale of the drone programme operating in these countries and of the destruction it has caused in their name. The US government has classified almost all the details of the drone programmes and has never provided definitive tallies of the number of strikes or the casualties from these strikes. According to widely cited data collected by the New America Foundation, 334 drone strikes were conducted in Pakistan between June 2004 and October 2012. President Obama is responsible for a vast increase in the number of drone strikes, with 288 strikes (86 per cent of the total) conducted in Pakistan alone between January 2009 and October 2012. No precise casualty figures are available for each strike, only estimates based on often conflicting news reports. The casualty range is between 1,886 and 3,191 deaths for the period 2004–2012, which suggests an average of 5.6 to 9.5 people killed per strike. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) has compiled its own data on strikes in Pakistan and found that 346 drone strikes were conducted between June 2004 and October 2012. They have arrived at a death toll of 2,570–3,337 deaths, which indicated an average of 7.4 to 9.6 people killed per strike. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) also reported that between 1,232 and 1,366 Pakistanis have been injured in drone strikes during this eight-year period. Most of these drone strikes are concentrated in ungoverned spaces of Pakistan where the central government has only limited ability to monitor attacks or investigate their effects. As a result, most of the casualty estimates are educated guesses, varying significantly in both numbers and types of victims. Moreover, casualties from drone strikes are removed from the area of the attack and buried by sunset in
accordance with Muslim law, which makes verification of the numbers killed and the identity of the victims nearly impossible. The deliberate targeting of civilian events like funeral processions, and the attacks on emergency services coming to the aid of victims, are neither proportionate nor justifiable, and would constitute war crimes if conducted in an active theatre of war. The anti drone strike activists in Pakistan can even try and help the victims to sue the American forces within US courts through the alien torts claim act 1789. Moreover, no voice has been raised on the floor of the UN General Assembly or the UN Human Rights Council for the innocent victims of the drone strikes. On 21 June 2010, Pakistani American Faisal Shahzad told a judge in a Manhattan federal court that he placed a bomb at a busy intersection in Times Square as payback for the US occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq and for its worldwide use of drone strikes. When the judge asked how Shahzad could be comfortable killing innocent people, including women and children, he responded: ‘Well, the drone hits in Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t see children, they don’t see anybody. They kill women, children, they kill everybody. It’s a war and in war, they kill people. They’re killing all Muslims.’ In a videotape released after his arrest, Shahzad revealed that among his motives for the attack on New York City was revenge for the death of Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani Taliban leader killed in a drone strike in August 2009. The deaths caused in drone strikes may lead those connected to them by family and tribal ties to seek revenge, thus swelling the ranks of Al-Qaeda and its affiliate groups. More generally, arguments in favour of drones tend to present only one side of the ledger, measuring the losses for groups like AlQaeda and the Taliban without considering how many new recruits they gain as a result of the escalation of drone strikes. They ignore the fact that drones have replaced Guantánamo Bay as the number one recruiting tool for Al-Qaeda today. The gruesome mathematics of assessing drone strikes, especially when measured only in the dead bodies of those associated with terrorist movements, ignores the impact that drones are having on how the US is perceived among the populations of these states. Drone warfare may be considered ‘effective’ only if one operates with an attenuated notion of effectiveness that focuses on short-term tactical successes, that is, dead terrorists who might someday have posed a
threat to the United States while ignoring or underplaying long-term strategic costs. The escalation of drone strikes in Pakistan to its current tempo one every few days directly contradicts the long-term American strategic goal of boosting the capacity and legitimacy of the government in Islamabad. Drone attacks are more than just temporary incidents that erase all traces of an enemy. They have lasting political effects that can weaken existing governments, undermine their legitimacy and add to the ranks of their enemies. These political effects come about because drones provide a powerful signal to the population of a targeted state that the perpetrator considers the sovereignty of their government to be negligible. Pakistan has been operationally compliant with drone strikes and has not ordered its air force to shoot down drones in Pakistani airspace. Despite official denials, it has been revealed that the Pakistani government has permitted the US to launch drones from at least one of its own airbases. The long term effect of allowing these drone strikes have been gruesome, with the suicide attacks on unarmed innocent civilians in Pakistani cities especially in the K h y b e r Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province and assassination of political persons because of their aggressive but unclear stance on the “American War on Terror”. The consequence of a drone-first counterterrorism policy has only heightened the hypocrisy of this already poisonous relationship, with untold consequences for the future of a nuclear-armed country seething with anti-American sentiment. The newly elected government approaching towards completion of its 90 days in government have failed to come up with a clear stance on the drone strikes. It is now time to take the Pakistani nation in confidence and reveal the truth behind the counter-productive policies of the governments in the past. A state bears a right in international affairs to act for the safety of its citizens; the previous drone policies adopted by the Pakistani governments have clearly failed in this regard. The new government if it continues with the same policies will be committing a political suicide which might even turn into a bloody revolt.
The escalation of drone strikes in Pakistan to its current tempo one every few days directly contradicts the long-term American strategic goal of boosting the capacity and legitimacy of the government in Islamabad
Note: Most of the facts in this article are cited in, Michael J. Boyle “The Costs and Consequences of Drone Warfare” 89:1(2013) International Affairs, 1-29. The writer is a PhD scholar in international law in University of Salzburg, and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx
Thursday, 29 August, 2013
A holistic national Security Policy It must be taken as an integrated whole
expressed a favourable opinion of the US compared with 58 percent in 2010. The US is seen more favourably than China in every region of the world except the Middle East. Moreover, favourability toward China has fallen in 10 of 19 countries since 2011, including by 14 percentage points in the United States, 11 points in Britain and 9 in France. This is likely the result of unease about China as a commercial competitor, European frustration with Chinese unilateralism in foreign affairs, and American concern about the US trade deficit with China and Beijing’s holding of American debt. Over that same period, favourability of China is also down 15 points in the Palestinian territories, 12 points in Egypt and 11 in Israel, where frustration with Chinese unilateralism in international affairs may have a particularly corrosive effect. The strongest anti-China sentiment is found in Japan, where 93 percent see the People’s Republic in a negative light. Large majorities in Italy (62 percent) and Israel (60 percent) also hold negative views of China. The rise in anti-China sentiment in Germany is striking, now 64 percent compared with 33 percent in 2006. And such unfavorable views exist despite Germany’s success exporting to China. Perception of how Beijing and Washington treat the personal freedoms of their own people appears to be a strong driver of global attitudes toward the two countries. A median of 70 percent of the people surveyed say that the United States respects the personal freedoms of its people. Just 36 percent think the government of China safeguards the rights of its people. The correlation between national favourability and respect for freedom is strong in Europe and helps explain Beijing’s declining reputation there. The contribution America’s human rights reputation makes to its global image only underscores how much the US may lose from recent revelations of US surveillance of phone and email traffic. China’s image problem is compounded by its rising military might and territorial disputes with its neighbours in northeast Asia: 96 percent of Japanese and 91 percent of South Koreans state that Beijing’s military power is a bad thing. In the years ahead, global public sees a change coming in the world balance of power: China is on the upswing and the United States is waning. Yet various measures suggest that people still look more favourably on the United States, are more likely to see it as a partner, prefer its soft power and applaud safeguarding of human rights. All of which suggests that what publics see as inevitable may not necessarily be seen as preferable.
REE for all is what describes the state of insecurity in Pakistan. Any one man, can ride, rampage, ravage anybody at any given time. That is the feeling majority of Pakistanis are having at the horrors unfolding daily in various parts of the country. The Islamabad incident has been shrugged off by the government as something that you see regularly in the west as well. That statement itself smirks of a complete lack of understanding of the issue, the public emotion and any plausible solution to this problem. That the incident happened in the heart of Pakistan, under red alert with the highest level of security around it, is what sends shivers down masses that live without these so called security facilities. While mad and insane men are having a terror bonanza, the government is still trying to pen down a national security policy. The definition of security itself is least understood by many including our policy makers. Most of us have this top of the mind image of blasts and bullets blowing off people with criminal insanity. But national security is a much larger and deeper issue. The Harvard University professor Charles Maier's definition of national security is defined through the lens of national power: "National security... is best described as a capacity to control those domestic and foreign conditions that the public opinion of a given community believes necessary to enjoy its own self-determination or autonomy, prosperity and wellbeing." This of course means that security is much more than physical or geographical security. In its narrowest terms it can be interpreted as defending its citizens against internal and external aggression. This is primarily under military security. Till date this is the interpretation that most people carry when they talk about safe lives. In Pakistan as well the word security is mentioned whenever India/Pakistan border clashes are sparked or terrorists blow themselves off. That remains a matter of huge concern but we need to see security as an integrated avenue where all elements of national security are taken together to get the big picture benefit. Political security relates to threats to national sovereignty. This includes assessing how the political decision making is being sabotaged by forces outside the political order of the country causing a disturbance in its societal order. This is the most disturbing element in Pakistan. Since Ziaul Haq’s time this stance has severely damaged our political security. The decision to sponsor the mujahideen against the Russians has been the root cause of many political ailments in the country. Drone attacks are the result of collusion of various Pakistani governments to let the US use our air bases and continue to violate our sovereignty. These are acts that affect social equilibrium of the affected areas. Internationally drone damage to civilians is recognized as illegal and in research it is proven that it is counterproductive to controlling terrorism. Thus when a government continuously lets a foreign power encroach its territory, it endangers not only its political security but its societal security as well. The government really needs to review its contracts with NATO and the US etc. to see if national interest is really being served or not. Until and unless this element of political security is addressed, unrest and strife in the society against political designs will not diminish. These then take the shape of rebellions, murders, blasts, strikes etc. Thus for our government to shrug off responsibility by saying that these contracts were made by previous governments is not enough. In our national security policy we need to understand all these limiting factors and devise strategies to deal with them. One of the fundamental dangers to a country is when its lack of economic development makes it vulnerable to dictates by foreign elements. Food insecurity is a basic reason for crime and lawlessness. The lack of economic opportunities in the form of jobs and a reasonable quality of life has been often cited as key reason for public unrest. When the masses do not receive basic facilities like health and education, they retaliate by protesting in violent and non-violent ways against the government. Also a government that cannot raise enough revenues to cover its expenditures then starts resorting to foreign aid in return for control over its policy making. The IMF is a tested tried example of this in the world especially in Pakistan where every government becomes a victim of the economic hitmen of these organizations who use threats of withdrawal of loans as a weapon to affect fiscal and monetary policy. One of the biggest reasons of crimes and violence in a country like Pakistan is that 70 per cent of its population is under 30 years of age and with a very high rate of illiteracy and unemployment. When young minds are not secure of their future in the country they express their insecurity by taking the law into their hands. Another crucial element of national security is environmental security that includes water security, energy security, climate change security etc. As the natural environment becomes deficient in these resources it results in conflicts, crimes and sometimes war. Water availability in Pakistan has already reached scarcity levels and many estimates say that almost 90 per cent of the crimes in Pakistan are due to water disputes in rural areas. Similarly the violation of water rights in water treaties between India and Pakistan are definitely huge causes of regional conflict and stress. Energy crisis as we have seen in Pakistan has led to massive riots on daily basis. Deforestation and global warming resulting in floods etc. have been a regular socioeconomic corrosion in Pakistan leading to displacement of people, destruction of their livelihood and disturbance in their social set up. Any National Security plan that does not analyze all these threats and addresses them will eventually just be at most a copy-paste arrangement. The need in Pakistan is to make all stakeholders sit and share in a transparent way the constraints and the drivers in each area and on the basis of this realistic picture make a holistic policy that weaves a secure pattern of each element, its inter-linkages and its impact on the safety and sustainability of the country.
The writer is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Centre.
The writer is an analyst and columnist and can be reached at: email@example.com
China-US vie for world approval economic power: global citizens view China topping the uS as inevitable
HE US-China rivalry is today’s defining geo-strategic competition. Washington is currently the biggest kid on the block, and Beijing is the strapping new boy who just moved into the neighbourhood. A rivalry was almost inevitable. And there’s growing evidence that the other kids on the street expect that one day there will be a new king of the hill. People around the world see the global balance of power shifting, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey. Most recognize China’s rising economic power. Many think Beijing will eventually supplant Washington as the world’s dominant superpower. However, public appreciation of China’s centrality on the world stage has not translated into great affection. China’s favourability is dropping in many nations. Globally, people are more likely to consider the US a partner to their country than see China in this way. America is also seen as somewhat more willing than China to consider other countries’ interests when making US foreign policy. And US respect for individual liberty is a defining, positive element of America’s image, while Beijing’s abuse of human rights hurts China’s brand. The survey was conducted in March. As its influence grows, China is learning that being a superpower also alienates people. Beijing’s growing military strength is viewed with trepidation in the Asian region. Since the 2008 financial crisis, perceptions about the economic balance of power in the world have been shifting. The median percentage naming the US as the world’s leading economic power has declined from 47 to 41 percent, comparing results in the 20 nations surveyed by the Pew Research Centre in 2008 and 2013. At the same time, the median percentage placing China in the top spot has risen from 20 to 34 percent, although the US economy is still larger than that of China and per capita income is higher.
This trend has been especially apparent among some of America’s closest allies in Western Europe: 53 percent in Britain say China is already the leading economy, while 33 percent name the US; 59 percent of Germans also say China occupies the top position, while 19 percent think the US is the global economic leader and14 percent say it’s the EU. In contrast, the US is still generally seen as the world’s leading economy in Latin America, Africa and in much of China’s Asian backyard: 67 percent in Japan and the Philippines, and 61 percent in South Korea, name the US as the economic powerhouse, while small minorities name China. However, even in many countries where America is still seen as the top dog, most believe China will someday supplant Uncle Sam. In 23 of 39 nations, majorities or pluralities say China either already has replaced or eventually will replace the US as the world’s superpower. This view is more common now than it was in 2008, when Pew Research first asked this question. In the eyes of many, America’s time on top is fading. Today, majorities or pluralities in only six countries state that China will never replace the US. But in Europe the prevailing view is that China will ultimately eclipse the US. The same expectation is held by the majority or plurality in five of seven Latin American nations polled. Two-thirds of the Chinese state that their country either already has or someday will replace the US. Meanwhile, Americans are losing faith in their own supremacy: 47 percent say China has or will replace the US, and the same number say this will never happen. American opinion has shifted significantly since 2008, when 36 percent said China would become the top global power and 54 percent said it would never replace the US. Not clear from the survey data is whether people are pleased or displeased with China’s emergence as a leading power. A median of 50 percent currently have a favourable view of China in the 38 nations surveyed outside China. Overall, the US enjoys a stronger global image than China. Across the nations surveyed, a median of 63 percent express a favourable opinion of the US, compared with 50 percent for China. Young people around the world are much more likely than their elders to hold positive views of both countries. In 28 of 38 nations surveyed, half or more of those questioned express a favourable opinion of the US. Europeans generally give the US high ratings, especially in Italy, where 76 percent have a positive view, up from 53 percent in 2007. In both France and Germany, ratings for the US have declined somewhat since 2009, the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency. In comparison, Chinese attitudes toward the United States have declined over the past three years: 40 percent
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Thursday, 29 August, 2013
miley’s antics dictionarised! ‘twerking’ added to oxford dictionary
WERKING is really having a moment right now. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Oxford Dictionaries announced that the booty-popping dance move would be found in future publications under the entry: “Twerk, verb.” Given that Miley Cyrus twerked for the world in everything from a unicorn onesie to flesh-colored, latex lingerie at the 2013 MTV VMAs, it seems like she should be part of the definition. But, alas, she is not. According to Oxford Dictionaries, the term twerking originated in the ‘90s aka back when a pre-twerk Miley was just a little girl growing up in Tennessee. The “informal” verb is defined as “[dancing] to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.” (Way to make twerking technical, linguists.) Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said, per ABC News, twerking is most likely “an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’” “The ‘t’ could be a result,” she added, “of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.” Terrific. Twerking isn’t the only the only new addition to the Oxford Dictionary, though: selfies, emojis,food babies, fauxhawk (which seems very 2006, but OK), geek chic, jorts (way overdue) and pixie cut and all now defined as well. Squee, vom, and unlike were also added as verbs to future editions of the dictionary. Gotta love the English language!
Colin dances away with Jamie Foxx on Colbert’s show
F Stephen Colbert ever organizes a sequel to his viral Daft Punk dance routine, we know which former secretary of state he should bring to the party next time. Colin Powell joined Jamie Foxx and Pharrell Williams onstage Saturday at the fourth annual Apollo in the Hamptons benefit as they performed a cover of “Get Lucky,” Williams’ hit collaboration with Daft Punk. Along with Katie Holmes and other assorted revelers, the retired four-star general amiably got his groove on, though he may not have gone so far as to actually sing along. Benefiting the Apollo Theater’s community outreach programs, the event raised more than $3 million and featured live performances by the Roots and Lenny Kravitz, as well as surprise appearances by Darlene Love, Jon Bon Jovi and Ciara. Ellen DeGeneres was also spotted cutting a rug with Holmes as Kravitz crooned “American Woman.” Penny Marshall, Anjelica Huston, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Howard Stern, Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie were reportedly in attendance as well. cOuRTESy EO
When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It’s like death — Dennis Quaid
lollywood shows promise as ‘lamha’ prepares for release
HE multiple award-winning feature film Lamha (or Seedlings) will be released by The Platform at the Atrium Cinemas in Karachi on September 20, according to a press release. He much-awaited film, which stars Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza and Gohar Rasheed, won the ’Best Feature Film’ (People’s choice) awards and ‘Best Lead Actress’ awards for Aamina Sheikh both at its World Premiere in The New York City International Film Festival 2012 and the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit’s film festival. t also bagged the ‘Best Feature Film’ award at the DC South Asian Festival in Washington in May 2013. roducer Meher Jaffri said, “We are so thrilled that we are able to finally
show the film at home for the people it was made for. Due credit goes to the stellar cast and crew of our film and kudos to initiatives such as The Platform, leading the charge on the distribution and exhibition front, a segment of the industry that was previously under-devel-
oped.” he story of Lamha revolves around a happy couple whose lives are changed forever after a devastating accident leaves them reeling for stability. Sheikh and Mirza, the lead actors, have have been heaped with generous accolades for the way they have depicted their painful journey. hile commenting on the film’s official release, Sheikh said, “The project getting international recognition and now the much-awaited release in Pakistan is surely a reflection of such unwavering commitment and dedication of all those who ‘literally lived every moment of Lamha.‘” ead actor Mohib Mirza remarked that it was “heartening to finally know the much-awaited release date” and that its release was “a major step towards the revival of Pakistani cinema.” NEWS dESK
uK shoots down obama gives ‘the Butler’ salman’ s visa and the thumbs up, spills tears his filming plans t y
OU can count President Barack Obama as a big fan of Lee Daniel’s new movie The Butler. In a radio interview at the White House earlier today, the commander in chief revealed why he’s such a big fan of the Civil Rights biopic. Hint: It’s partly due to his good pal Oprah Winfrey! “You know, I did see The Butler, and I did tear up,” Obama admitted. “I teared up just thinking about not just the butlers who have worked here in the White House, but an entire generation of people who were talented and skilled, but because of Jim Crow, because of discrimination, there was only so far they could go.” He continued, “And yet, with dignity and tenacity, they got up and worked every single day, and put up with a whole lot of mess because they hoped for something better for their kids.” Obama admits there were definitely a few standout performances in the flick. “But all of the acting was terrific, and I thought Forest Whitaker was wonderful,” he said, adding, “And Oprah, my girl, she can act.” WE AGREE! “She’s just a wonderful actress,” Obama continued. “So I’m glad they did it. And I will tell you that the butlers who are now here in the White House, when we first arrived, when Michelle and the girls just first arrived, they could not have been kinder to us
and warmer to us. And part of it, I suspect, is they look at Malia and Sasha and they say, well, this looks like my grandbaby, or this looks like my daughter. And I think for them to have a sense that we’ve come that far was a powerful moment for them, and certainly a powerful moment for us. We love them to death. They look after us just wonderfully.” cOuRTESy EO
HE Glasgow schedule of ‘Kick’ had an untimely demise thanks to Salman Khan’s visa troubles. Now the film will finally resume shooting in Mumbai from mid-October. A source close to the development told TOI, “There is no certainty about the London schedule now. And it is not clear if the portions will be shot in another foreign location. Those decisions are yet to be taken. Right now, we start with the Mumbai schedule which was anyway going to kick off in October.” Nadiadwala had flown to Glasgow in the last week of July with the cast and crew to shoot the first schedule of the film but Salman was stuck in Mumbai thanks to visa troubles and a looming court date in the hit-and-run case. Nadiadwala waited in Glasgow for nearly three weeks and then flew back to Mumbai for Eid celebrations, but he never went back. And with the rupee continuing its downward fall, a long schedule at a foreign location is sure to pinch the producer hard. Added the source, “Whatever scenes were shot in Glasgow should be retained. We didn’t shoot too much there. Hiccups and delays are a part of movie making.We have taken it in our stride.” cOuRTESy TOI
that’s a hole in one! Kate upton gets golf lesson from arnold palmer k ATE Upton obviously knows how to work a bikini, but she also looks great in golfing gear! On Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 21-yearold Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model tweeted a picture of her “amazing golf lesson” with the legendary Arnold Palmer. Wearing a conservative, polka-dotted sweater, dark, patterned shorts, sneakers and her hair neatly pulled back, Kate
looked right at home on the green. Mr. Palmer, 83, was all smiles alongside the blond beauty, clearly happy to teach Ms. Upton a few tips and tricks of the game. Kate, who’s obviously a fit young woman, pursued her athletic interests long before she was taking the swimsuit and high-fashion worlds by storm. As an avid equestrian, she showed and competed horses on a national level. “I
grew up around horses, and that really is my passion,” she told GQ in 2012. Her advice for anyone wanting to hop in the saddle? “Well, it’s about having your horse trust you and trusting your horse,” she said. “And then with that relationship, you guys can compete, and he’ll want to please you. Then you’ll win.” Sounds like Kate owes Arnold a horseback riding lesson! cOuRTESy EO
Katy Perry outside the local radio station in the Big Apple.
Kaif on the love train with ranbir in sri lanka
HILE flying off for her sister’s nuptials in London (she’s seen dressed as the bridesmaid in the above picture which is doing the rounds online ), Katrina Kaif took a quiet detour and dropped by Sri Lanka to meet boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor where he is shooting for ‘Bombay Velvet’. Despite RK’s hectic
schedule, the two lovebirds managed to spend some quality time together. Now from what TOI has learnt, Kat has planned her return trip in a similar manner. Before she arrives in Mumbai, Katrina will drop by Colombo to catch up with Ranbir. Seems like the two just can’t stay away from each other. cOuRTESy TOI
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A man is only as faithful as his options — Chris Rock
ArTs Thursday, 29 August, 2013
1d And SwiFt reACt to miley’S
ET’S just say, the lads of One Direction maintained a sense of humor about everything they witnessed on the MTV Video Music Awards stage this past weekend. Talking to E! News last night at the NYC premiere of their 3-D documentary One Direction: This Is Us, they were asked what immediately came to mind when they thought of Miley Cyrus’ VMAs performance. “Twerk!” offered Liam Payne. And then they all just started talking at once. wouldn’t like to comment on this,” Liam reconsidered. “It was interesting,” Harry Styles said dryly. “You’re trying to get us to say something, and I thought it was a lovely, played-down performance.” “It was a lovely rendition of that song,” added Louis Tomlinson, though it’s unclear which was lovelier in his opinion, “We Can’t Stop” or “Blurred Lines.” “It was graceful,” Liam said. “Different,” Zayn Malik got in on it. “Although I did like Robin Thicke’s suit, that was a cool suit,” Liam chimed in again. Moving on to Lady Gaga...
“She sells seashells on the seashore!” Louis cracked, referring to the strategically placed shells that covered Gaga’s chest for most of the night—even when she took the time backstage to tell 1D not to mind the haters who booed them when their “Best Song Ever” won the moon man for Song of the Summer. “She was very nice actually, she came and spoke to us for a little while,” Liam recalled. “She said, ‘Just don’t listen to it,’ really. At the end of the day, we’re just happy we won the award, so we get to take home the moon man, haha!” When asked about Taylor Swift ‘s thinly veiled shoutout to the person who inspired “I Knew You Were Trouble” when she accepted Best Female Video, all fingers pointed to... Niall Horan?! “I don’t know, she just started writing songs about me,” Niall jested. “She became obsessed with you, didn’t she now?” Louis added to the ruse. Harry, who was seen spending time with Taylor after the show, admitted that they “had words.” “I said, you know, she needs to leave him alone,” Harry said, deadpan. “I said, ‘Niall is a nice guy.’” NEWS dESK
rachel Mcadams speaks out on ‘about time’ “About Time” is the kind of movie you’re supposed to bring tissues to. With time traveling, real human flaws, a wedding, a few births and an inevitable death, there’s no holding back tears. The film follows Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a man who learns he can time-travel and uses it to find his soulmate Mary, played by Rachel McAdams. But he learns that his power can’t be used to change everything, including what leads up to the movie’s most emotional scene. And as the gloomy cancer diagnosis of Tim’s dad (Bill Nighy) leaves most in the theater with dripping mascara
eyes, it wasn’t too much different for McAdams, who had to give Nighy a figurative last goodbye on set. “Bill Nighy, he just makes my heart swell,” Rachel told MTV News for our Fall Movie Preview. “There’s this scene where I had to, you know he’s sick, and I had to give him a hug and it’s kind of like maybe the last time we see him. I was crying that whole day. I could not stop every time
I went to hug him. “And then he’d have to remind me like ‘I’m not actually dying,’ “ she continued. “I was like, ‘I know, but it’s just so sad.’ “ That realness comes from director and writer Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”), who, according to McAdams, writes moments so relatable that it’s life-changing. “You come out of his movies and you want to call your mom and tell her you love her,” she said. “I think he’s a master at making people feel and making their hearts open and want to be nicer to the people in their life. I think his movies are really powerful that way.” And Rachel admitted that bringing
that heart-opening power to her character was not hard at all. “It was really there on the page already, and I think as much as Richard’s a comedian — he’s very tongue-in-cheek about everything, he doesn’t take anything too seriously — he does demand that beautiful things in life are appreciated and that the time you spend with the people you love is the most important thing in the world,” she said. “It’s kind of already there beneath the surface and on the surface, and he does bring that to everyday life, so it wasn’t hard to access.” “About Time” opens in theaters November 1. cOuRTESy EO
Hillary Duff and her son Lucas spend some quality time in the park.
the long arm of Jake gyllenhaal! aCtor layS doWn heat In’PrISonerS’ traIler
ARENTS would do anything to get their kidnapped child back, and director Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” shows that “anything” could even encompass giving up one’s soul. In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a detective who finds himself at odds with Hugh Jackman, a father named Keller Dover whose daughter and her best friend were ripped out of their families’ lives on Thanksgiving. But the horrific crime isn’t without a suspect, a creepy looking mystery man played by “There Will Be Blood’s” Paul Dano. Dano and Gyllenhaal come face to face in this rain-soaked exclusive clip, as “Prisoners” takes
part in MTV News’ Fall Movie Preview. The film opens on September 20, but you can get your first piece of the drama right now. Dano’s no stranger to playing intense characters, and his startled Alex Jones makes an impression in this clip despite leaving all the talking to Gyllenhaal’s determined Detective Loki. But there’s more to Jones than meets the eye, and when the kidnapping charges don’t stick, Keller Dover takes matters
Mother teresa gets homemade biopic with local cast
biopic on Kolkata’s own Mother Teresa is to hit the international screens on March 5, 2014. Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, who was in the city recently to perform her monologue, Shirley Valentine, shared the news with CT... Written and directed by William C. Riead, The Letters stars Juliet Stevenson of Bend It Like Beckham fame in the lead role of Mother Teresa. The other iconic names are Max von Sydow who has shared screen presence with the likes of Ingrid Bergman, and Golden Globe award winner RutgerHauer. Another iconic name associated with the film is that of the DOP of the film, Jack Green, who has been Clint Eastwood’s longtime cinematographer. This independently produced feature film based on the
real-life letters Mother Teresa wrote to a longtime spiritual director over the years. Apparently Mother Teresa used to slip out of her Cloister to help the poor people against the rules. The film is said to be a labour of love and passion for William who sold his house to make this film. “Working with William Riead and Jack Greene was an unbelievable experience and of course the hugely talented Juliet Stevenson was just such an honor!” shared Mahabanoo, who portrays the role of Mother General, in between shuttling continents. And she gushes about the professional and easy-going nature of the Hollywood directors vis-a-vis the scene at Bollywood where there’s so much of secrecy regarding scripts and non-disclosure issues. Interestingly her son KaizaadKotwal (of
Inkaar fame) too has a role in the film. He plays the Archbishop of Calcutta, Archbishop Perrier. Sharing about how he landed the role Kaizaad said, “We auditioned in early 2012 and the shooting was done in Goa. William spoke to us over Skype and we were on!” Among the other prominent names is Kolkata girl TilottamaShome, who recently grabbed eyeballs with her performance in Q’s Tasher Desh, who plays the role of Kavita. Sharing details about her role Tilottama said, “I play this woman who is antagonistic toward this strange foreign lady and how a very human, intimate contact leads to a change of heart. For me the experience of working in this film goes beyond the filming. Having been a Kolkata girl I have grown up knowing about Mother Teresa. What really made
me think in this movie is how we live in our respective factions and groups, suspicious and antagonistic toward the ‘other’. I like doing films that make me think. And the best part of working on Letters was its amazing international and Indian cast. Juliet Stevenson was a gift to watch. “The film is shot mostly in Goa and at the Vatican. Kolkata apparently missed the bus due to its infamous image of being chaotic and having issues over permits. The outdoor shots of the city were taken and the indoors were replicated in Goa. Here’s hoping we get to see the film in Mother Teresa’s city, Kolkata. cOuRTESy TOI
— and Jones’ life — into his own hands. Maria Bello co-stars as Jackman’s wife, with Terence Howard and Viola Davis rounding out the cast as the parents of fellow kidnapping victim. The film comes from Canadian film director Denis Villeneuve, who will debut “Prisoners” at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival in early September prior to its wide release. “Prisoners” opens in theaters everywhere later this year. cOuRTESy mTV
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‘In war, whichever side may call itself the victor, there are no winners, but all are losers’ — Neville Chamberlain
inFotainMent Thursday, 29 August, 2013
todAy (29th August)
8 The Treaty of Nanking is signed, ending the opium Wars and ceding the island of hong Kong to Britain. 8 The U.S.S.R. tests its first atomic bomb. 8 The Beatles played their last major live concert at Candlestick Park, California. 8 hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, destroying beachfront towns in Mississippi and Louisiana, displacing a million people, and killing more than 1,000.
mAn CUddleS with Fox he thoUght wAS hiS girlFriend
This guy really got some tail last night. London man Leon Smith, 30, was sleeping when he felt someone nuzzling the back of his neck. He reached over to snuggle with who he thought was his girlfriend, only to discover a fox in his bed. “I just couldn’t believe it,” Smith said. “It was so calm, just staring at me.” After a stressful few minutes, the fox ran off. Gawker points out that the couple plans to keep this kind of furry encounter from happening again: Although his girlfriend Sophie (who was at work at the time) found the whole thing fairly amusing, she said she wasn’t particularly interested in her snuggle rival making another impromptu booty call. Geekosystem posits that Smith should feel lucky, not upset. cOuRTESy HP
meet the ‘17th CentUry wooden ‘PoCket CAlCUlAtor’
An ‘exceptionally rare’ pocket-sized calculator from the 17th Century is expected to attract £100,000 at auction. The Arithmetical machine is one of the first mechanical calculating devices known to exist and is the first portable device. The antique ‘pocket calculator’ will go under the hammer at Christie’s in October and is one of three examples of the design to have survived. The wooden machine measures around 15cm in width and 32cm in length and dates from 1673. It was crafted by René Grillet de Roven, who was a Parisian mechanician and watchmaker to His Royal Highness King Louis XIV. The calculator will be offered in Christie’s biannual sale of travel, science and natural history objects on 10 October 2013 and is expected to realise between £70,000 and £100,000. James Hyslop, head of Travel, Science and Natural History at the auction house, said: ‘This pocket-sized calculator is one of the earliest surviving pieces in the history of the computer.’ ‘Mechanical calculators date from the 1640s, but were big clunky brass machines.’ cOuRTESy dm
StUdentS bewAre! Cocaine boosts learning and decision-making
OCAINE increases the brain’s ability to learn new information and make decisions, but only in ways which fuels addiction. Taking the Class A drug boosts the circuits in the frontal cortex, leading to rapid growth of the brain’s structure. American researchers injected cocaine into the brains of mice, and saw an almost immediate effect on their behaviour, where they became biased towards environments associated with the drug. Scientists believe the research is key in understanding how users become dependent on the drug. Within two hours of the injection, the mice’s brains started growing neuron con-
nections in the part of the brain which controls higher functions, such as planning and decision-making. It coincided with a dramatic change in the rodents’ behaviour. Given the choice of two environments, mice switched preferences to the one where they had received the cocaine shot. ‘This gives us a possible mechanism for how drug use fuels further drug-seeking behaviour,’ said Dr Linda Wilbrecht, who led the research at the University of California at San Francisco. ‘It’s been observed that long-term drug users show decreased function in the frontal cortex in connection with mundane cues or tasks, and increased function in response to
drug-related activity or information. ‘This research suggests how the brains of drug users might shift towards those drug-related associations.’ The neurons directly affected by cocaine use had the ‘potential to bias decision-making’, she added. Initially the mice were given access to two adjoining ‘conditioning’ chambers, one smelling of cinnamon and the other vanilla, decorated with different patterns and textures. Free to explore both compartments, individual mice settled on one they preferred. They were then injected with cocaine while in the opposite compartment, and given the same choice. After being given cocaine, each mouse chose the compartment associated with the drug injection. ‘When given the choice, most of the mice preferred to explore the side where they had the cocaine, which indicated that they were looking for more cocaine,’ said Dr Wilbrecht. ‘Their change in preference for the co-
IS money the root oF all evIl?
SCientiStS inveStigAte Money may be considered the root of all evil, but it fosters a spirit of cooperation in modern society, according to new research. Scientists conducted experiments which showed how spontaneous cooperation ebbs away as societies get larger. Money overcomes this tendency by encouraging anonymous strangers to trust each other. Without it, large industrialised societies may never have evolved, the research suggests. The team, led by Professor Gabriele Camera, from the Economic Science Institute at Chapman University in Orange, California, wrote: ‘This study has identified a behavioural reason for the existence of money. ‘Our research suggests that norms of voluntary co-operation are difficult to use in a society of strangers, unless they are mediated by some institution.’ Historically, humans have only survived by binding together in close-knit groups - yet modern society depends on the cooperation of complete strangers. The U.S. study involved 448 volunteers playing a ‘helping game’ designed to examine the impact of money. In one of a series of experiments, participants could choose whether or not to offer ‘help’ to fellow players in the form of gifts of ‘consumption units’ (CUs). Later the CUs were swapped for real money, providing an incentive to acquire more of them. Being generous increased the chances of receiving reciprocal help and units in the future. But this voluntary ‘give and take’ system only worked when groups were small and individuals dealt personally with each other. Co-operation fell from almost 80 per cent in groups of two to 49.1 per cent in groups of four, 34.2 per cent in groups of eight and 28.5 per cent in groups of 32. The introduction of worthless tokens brought about a dramatic change. Volunteers instinctively started using the tokens as ‘money’ - rewarding help with a token or de-
manding one in exchange for help. With tokens included in the game, the average rate of co-operation remained a constant 52.1 per cent even when groups increased in size, the scientists reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Camera said: ‘In the experiment, monetary exchange, one of the most basic economic institutions, emerged endogenously and supported a stable level of co-operation in small as well as large groups. ‘Inherently worthless tokens acted as a catalyst for co-operation, acquiring value because of a self-sustaining belief that they could be exchanged for future co-operation.’ But the study also exposed the dark side of money, showing how it led to a social cost. Voluntary helpfulness was replaced by mercenary values. ‘Once the convention of money took hold, participants replaced norms of voluntary co-operation with a norm of exchange, i.e. trading co-operation for a token, quid pro quo,’ said the researchers. ‘This damaged co-operation whenever monetary trade was unavailable.’ NEWS dESK
caine side correlated with gains in new persistent spines that appeared on the day they experienced cocaine. ‘The animals that showed the highest quantity of robust dendritic spines showed the greatest change in preference towards the chamber where they received the cocaine. ‘This suggests that the new spines might be material for the association that these mice have learned to make between the chamber and the drug.’ The findings are published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience. Previous post-mortem studies of human brains have shown changes in dendritic spine density after weeks of repeated cocaine use. Earlier this month a study was published which showed that as well as supressing appetite, cocaine reduces the body’s ability to store fat. The increase in weight when a user stops taking the drug is thought to trigger relapses as it adds further psychological effects to withdrawal symptoms. cOuRTESy dm
controlling weather using laser We may have all dreamt of zapping away the rainclouds when it’s damp and miserable outside. But it seems that one day, the dream could actually come true. Scientists are hopeful that lasers could be used to guarantee a cloudless sky – and will gather next month to discuss the possibility of shooting pulses of light into the heavens to control the weather. In laboratory tests Swiss researchers have succeeded in using the technology to promote cloud formation. In theory, it could be used to trigger rainfall far out at sea or over uninhabited land – and keep it away from a major event. The technique has also been used to control lightning, with the long-term aim of diverting it away from built-up areas. Controlling the weather has been attempted before, most famously during the 2008 Beijing Olympics when scientists apparently fired chemicals into the sky to disperse cloud for the opening ceremony. Known as cloud ‘seeding’, it was pioneered in the US in the 1940s and involves inducing rain by firing silver iodide or dry ice into a cloud, simulating the natural salt, dust and other tiny particles in the atmosphere that help water droplets form. It has produced mixed results, but at a conference of the World Meteorological Organisation entitled Laser, Weather and Climate, a team from the University of Geneva will report on experiments in which they used lasers to cause water to condense or ice to form, crucial in accelerating rainfall. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they reported: ‘Under conditions typical for thin cirrus ice clouds, the plasma channels [laser] induced a surprisingly strong effect of ice multiplication. cOuRTESy dm
PeePing tom hid in SePtiC tAnk to get A view oF the lAdieS! Because in this case wiping feces off of your own body isn’t punishment enough, a man was sentenced to one year behind bars after he pleaded guilty to spying on a mother and her daughter from inside a septic tank. Kenneth Webster Enlow, 52, confessed to watching Ambra Reynolds and her 7-year-old girl as they used a park bathroom, Tulsa World reports. In addition to his yearlong sentence, Enlow must pay a $5,000 fine.At the time, Reynolds described the July 7 incident as “not something you expect to see whenever you’re wanting to go to the restroom.” “It’s like he was just sitting down in the water just wading,” Reynolds told KFRJ. “Like waving his hands, kind of just wading in the water.” Initially, Enlow claimed that his girlfriend “Angel” knocked him out with a tire iron and pushed him into the tank. Prosecutors previously explored charging Enlow with a felony but “couldn’t make it fit,” Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said. NEWS dESK
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Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top. – Paul Coffey
Pakistan’s defeat to Zimbabwe in 1st odi shocks former players
Thursday, 29 August, 2013
englAnd APology AFter ASheS CelebrAtionS
England’s cricketers have issued an apology for any offence caused during their celebrations of their Ashes series win over Australia at the Oval on Sunday. The statement, released on the England and Wales Cricket Board’s website, followed allegations that England players urinated on the pitch hours after the series had ended on Sunday night in a 3-0 win for the home side. “The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love,” the statement on www.ecb.co.uk read. “As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at. We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate. “If that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else.” The allegations arose following eyewitness accounts from Australian journalists, who were still in the ground while England celebrated their win. Reports have since indicated the ECB has launched an investigation into the matter after being contacted by Surrey chief executive Richard Gould. Sports minister Hugh Robertson has even been drawn in to making comment, telling the Daily Telegraph: “If it happened, it’s not good behaviour.” Off-spinner Graeme Swann appeared to confirm the story when writing in Tuesday’s Sun newspaper, but attempted to play it down. “We did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers, singing a few songs and enjoying each other’s company,” he wrote. “I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward. “It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark.”
ORMER Pakistan cricketers reacted with disbelief to their national team’s shock defeat against Zimbabwe in the first One-Day International (ODI), saying both batsmen and bowlers put up an extremely disappointing performance. “If I was in the team management I would have not spared any of the players. It is difficult to comprehend how they could lose to a team which is struggling and placed at the bottom of the rankings,” former Test leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir said. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the first ODI after having won the Twenty20 series comfortably 2-0. Despite captain Misbah-ul-Haq scoring 83 and Mohammad Hafeez scoring 70, Pakistan could only post a modest 244 for seven. Zimbabwe comfortably reached the target in 48.2 overs to win their first ODI against Pakistan since 1998. Clearly the defeat hurt more since India had rested five of their key players including captain MS Dhoni for their recent tour to Zimbabwe and still ended up winning 5-0 with a reserve bowling
line up. “The batting was a big flop as 250 is not good enough against Zimbabwe with our batting line-up and the bowlers failed miserably. They were very, very disappointing,” Qadir said.
Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas said no team should be taken lightly. “I think we underestimated Zimbabwe, specifically their batting. We played just three specialist bowlers and even they
Umar Akmal’s medical report continues to confuse Pcb LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal arrived in Karachi accompanied by a Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) doctor to have another check up with a leading neurologist, even as mystery continued regarding the intensity of his illness that forced him out of the Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the tour to Zimbabwe. “Umar has got an appointment with the neurologist on Wednesday and is accompanied by Dr Sohail Saleem,” a source in the board said. “We are hopeful that once this check up is completed, a clear picture will emerge about Umar’s medical condition as he has already undergone MRI scans and was examined by a Lahore based neurologist,” the source added. The youngest of the Akmal brothers was called back by the PCB from the West Indies after reports emerged that he had fallen unconscious on a flight from Trinidad to Antigua due to a seizure attack, which is normally associated with epilepsy.
The incident also led the board pulling him out of the T20 and One-Day International (ODI) series in Zimbabwe. However, Umar on returning home had told reporters he was perfectly fine and was ready to join the team in Zimbabwe, adding to the confusion about his medical condition.
“The truth is that even the board medical panel got a bit confused when they saw the medical reports about Umar which were taken in the West Indies. The reports indicated he was facing an epilepsy condition in advanced stage but tests and consultations in Pakistan point otherwise,” the source said. “Indications are that Umar might be facing a mild seizure condition but this has to be reconfirmed. That’s the reason he is in Karachi,” he added. The source also confirmed that Najam Sethi, the caretaker chairman of the PCB, had met with Umar in Lahore last week for half an hour and assured him he would be well looked after. “But Sethi also advised Akmal to refrain from giving unnecessary statements in the media which might appear as if the board and player were on different wavelengths,” the source said. “The board itself is keen on getting a clearer picture about Umar as Pakistan has two very important home series coming up against South Africa and Sri Lanka in the UAE.”
didn’t impress at all. Batting and bowling are both areas of concern,” he said. “I just hope this defeat is a wakeup call to our boys and they come back strongly in the remaining games. But definitely the batsmen need to play more aggressively and create momentum,” Zaheer added. Former coach and Test batsman Mohsin Khan said he was appalled by the defeat as there was no match between the two sides in terms of experience and talent. “We didn’t take their challenge seriously and we just played very poorly and that is a not a good sign as we have to play South Africa and Sri Lanka in full series this year,” he said. Mohsin also said there was a total lack of planning. “The batting order didn’t work and I didn’t see the purpose of sending in young Haris Sohail at number seven behind Shahid Afridi when there were plenty of overs to play. “I got a feeling the Pakistani batsmen panicked and lost momentum in the last 15 overs and that is a major area of concern. “The bowling was also a major let down. Against Zimbabwe you expect Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Saeed Ajmal to take more wickets,” said Mohsin.
ShoAib mAlik toP rUn-SCorer in CPl LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Shoaib Malik of the Barbados Tridents and Krishmar Santokie of the Guyana Amazon Warriors finished as the top runscorers and wicket-takers of the inaugural Twenty20 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Malik tallied 272 runs in eight games to edge Guyana’s Lendl Simmons (266 runs) and St Lucia Zouks’ Andre Fletcher (238 runs) for the top spot, reports CMC. Santokie, who was named Man-ofthe-Series , finished with 16 wickets from his nine games, ahead of Shakib Al Hasan of the Tridents (11 wickets). All-rounder Andre Russell of the Jamaica Tallawahs hit the most sixes (16) and highest strike-rate among batsmen with over 100 runs while Tridents captain Kieron Pollard had the most catches 14. Tallawahs, captained by Chris Gayle defeated Amazon Warriors by seven wickets to win the tournament on Saturday.
salman butt keeping hopes of return alive LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Suspended former Pakistan captain, Salman Butt has vowed to cooperate with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) in his quest to get his 10-year ban reduced. “I have been cooperating with the PCB and ICC and will keep on doing so. Returning to Cricket is my foremost desire, and I hope that my sentence would be reduced, and I would be allowed to play domestic cricket soon.” said Salman Butt. Butt met with the vigilance committee of the PCB to formally expressed willingness to participate in the rehabilitation programme. Earlier, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir have also done the same.
“I have signed the required documents, and now it’s up to the PCB’s vigilance committee. I will follow it’s directions whenever they are given”, added Butt. The ICC handed down bans of five, seven and ten years to Amir, Asif and Butt respectively for their role in the notorious spot fixing episode of 2010. Butt has met with the anti-corruption and vigilance unit of the national cricket board (PCB) in a bid to get his minimum five-year ban reduced. “I met with the anti-corruption and vigilance officers of the board and assured them of my full cooperation in any rehabilitation program they want me to attend to get over the spot fixing episode,” Butt said. Butt and two other Pakistani players, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir
were banned by the anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council in early 2011 for their role in the spot fixing scandal that erupted during Pakistan’s tour to England in the fourth Test at Lords in 2010. Butt, who was captain at that time, was given a 10-year ban by the ICC tribunal but with five of them suspended sentence, while Asif got seven years (two of them suspended) and Aamir five years. All three have completed around three years of their ban period, which began from September, 2010 when they were first suspended by the ICC from all cricket activities. The trio later also served different jail sentences in the United Kingdom in 2012 after being found guilty of cheating and corruption by a Crown court in London.
All of them have confessed to being involved in spot fixing and pledged to make amends and cooperate with the ICC in their anti-corruption program. “I have signed a letter of intent and other documents confirming I am ready to rehabilitate myself and work with the ICC to create awareness about the pitfalls off corruption and fixing,” Butt said. “I am cooperating because it remains my desire to get a chance to play cricket once again in future and also to get my ban reduced,” he added. Butt said that returning to cricket was his priority and he was willing to follow all instructions of the PCB and ICC. The left handed opener said even if he didn’t get a chance to play international cricket again he would like to get a chance to play domestic cricket.
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Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. – Warren Spahn
Thursday, 29 August, 2013
title For ASJAd AS world ChAmP ASiF FAilS At lASt hUrdle KARACHI
EFENDING champion Asjad Iqbal has literally made the National Bank of Pakistan ranking snooker championship his own and it was no different on Tuesday as he went on to beat the reigning world amateur snooker champion Mohammad Asif by 8-7 frames in the epic final at the National Bank’s Sports Complex on Tuesday. This was his second consecutive title win and third overall out of the five editions held to date. The 22-year-old Asjad displayed strong nerves by making no less than four comebacks during the final to post his 6610, 82-35, 66-65, 49-72, 0-123, 66-57, 58-82, 14-92, 60-68, 83-40, 50-63, 75-48, 36-57, 64-25, 67-40 victory over his world renowned opponent in the all-National Bank final that lasted almost seven hours. The two cueists were tied 4-all at the interval. By virtue of the triumph, Asjad also avenged his defeat that he tasted at the hands of the world champion in the Group F match. Asif had topped Group F whereas
england still hold edge despite changes LONDON
Asjad had finished runner-up. In the run up to the final, Asjad blanked Sharjeel Mehmood 5-0 in pre quarters, overcame Sohail Shehzad 5-4 in the quarters and thumped Imran Shehzad 6-3 in the semis. “I’m energised to win whenever this annual event (NBP ranking snooker) is held,” said a delighted Asjad who is contractually employed with the bank. He won the first NBP title in 2010 followed by 2012 and 2013. Mohammad Sajjad has bagged the remaining two titles. He added, I request the management of the NBP to confirm my appointment so that I can focus more on my game and bring laurels to the nation. Asif, meanwhile, commended Asjad’s performance in the event. “In the end, it was luck that went Asjad’s way in the decisive frame,” the world champion said. Asjad, a former Pakistan No 1, opened the final on a positive note taking a 3-0 lead compiling breaks of 57, 66 and 51 in the first, second and third frames. He conceded the next two frames only to bounce back to surge 4-2. However Asif — the two-time former national champion — regained confidence
and raced to win the seventh, eighth and ninth frames to lead 5-4. He also enjoyed a slender 6-5, and 7-6 lead on two more occasions but on each occasion Asjad neutralised it before wrapping up the match by claiming the decisive 15th frame. Asjad struck two more breaks of 58 and 51 in the seventh and ninth frames respectively. Asif hammered four elegant breaks of 52 in the third, 54 and 65 in the fifth and 78 in the eighth frame. Asjad received a cash prize of Rs60,000 and the winners trophy while Asif got Rs35,000 and runner-up trophy from the chief guest, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui. Shafiullah of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa fetched Rs5,000 for the highest break of 130. Also present at the presentation among others were executive vice-president and head of Human Resource NBP, Qamar Hussain, head of CSR division NBP, Iqbal Qasim and president of the PBSF, Alamgir Shaikh. FINAL RESULT: Asjad Iqbal (Punjab) bt Mohammad Asif (Punjab) 8-7 (66-10, 8235, 66-65, 49-72, 0-123, 66-57, 58-82, 14-92, 60-68, 83-40, 50-63, 75-48, 36-57, 64-25, 67-40).
Mosharraf and Mahbubul plead not guilty
taylor puts england on brink of Ashes victory LONDON AGENcIES
Any event in the aftermath of an Ashes series has got its work cut out to capture the imagination but a short, sharp Twenty20 series has got a chance, with the World T20 next March adding much-needed relevance. Australia will also be extremely keen to take something home and recent history suggests they are a good bet to do so, with the last three Ashes winners struggling in the limited-overs matches that followed. But Australia may have to wait until the ODI series to find much-craved success because England’s T20 squad is largely fresh and eager to impress selectors ahead of a global tournament. There are potential places in the ODI team at stake too, with England likely to continue rotation of the players involved in more than one format until preparation for the 2015 ODI World Cup begins in a year’s time. Australia also need to reverse a poor recent record in bilateral T20 series. Since June 2010, they have only won five of 19 matches. That they managed to defy that form with a run to the semi-final of the World T20 in Sri Lanka was down to a remarkable tournament from Shane Watson and a good showing from the now-retired Mike Hussey. George Bailey returns to lead the side along with a host of one-day specialists including Mitchell Johnson, the mere mention of whom draws guffaws from England supporters, but his good showing in the Champions Trophy suggests he could earn their respect. England also change captains with Stuart Broad taking the reins. He has a squad full of players in form having recently played in the Friends Life t20 and closing rounds of the Yorkshire Bank 40. Michael Carberry heads that list after over 500 runs in the Flt20 and is in line for a first international appearance since his solitary Test in Chittagong three years ago. Ravi Bopara has also found his touch and will use the limited-overs internationals to stake a claim for a place on the Ashes tour as a potential No. 6.
Left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain and fast bowler Mahbubul Alam, two of the nine charged by the ICC on alleged corruption during this season’s BPL, have formally pleaded not guilty. The hearing would take place before an AntiCorruption Tribunal, a 10-member panel headed by the former chief justice Mahmudul Amin Chowdhury. Mosharraf was charged for alleged match-fixing in Dhaka Gladiators’ February
2 BPL match against Chittagong Kings earlier this year. Mahbubul, his Gladiators team-mate, was accused of fixing the matches against Barisal Burners and Chittagong Kings. Both players have claimed their innocence, and their lawyers have termed the allegations “baseless”. “These are baseless allegations,” Barrister Noorus Sadik Chowdhury said after submitting a hardcopy of their appeal to the BCB, having already e-mailed it to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). “There is no specific allegation made on the basis of any substantial evidence.
Because they had made the allegation on the basis of doubt, it can always be questioned.” Noorus also questioned whether the ICC and the ACSU had the right to investigate, claiming it does not follow the BCB’s code of conduct. “We doubt, according to the disciplinary code, whether ACSU and ICC have the authority to investigate this case,” Noorus said. “We are still in doubt about that and will be trying to prove that. In the Anti-Corruption Code of the BCB for the participant there are specific sections, and under this code ACSU and ICC are not the authority. They are not authorized to frame charges or investigate.” Advocate Saifuzzaman Tuhin has said that they had asked the BCB to lift the ban on the players. “In other countries, the accused are permitted to play, but that is not the case here,” Tuhin said. “So whether there is any conspiracy needs to be determined. We asked [the BCB] to withdraw the ban on them.” Noorus added that the players have been in turmoil following the allegations. “They are in a depressed state, as both of them are promising players and this kind of allegation at this point of time always puts you in an awkward situation,’ Noorus said. “Nevertheless, they are confident. They are not devastated, but they are upset.”
Sarah Taylor put England on the brink of regaining the Women’s Ashes with her best score in a T20 international. Her 77 led England to a comfortable victory in the opening T20 to extend England’s overall lead in the series to 8-4 with two rubbers to play. England can now do no worse than draw the series and Australia must win both of the remaining T20s to retain the Women’s Ashes. Taylor’s 58ball knock was made with clever placement and working the gaps well with the boundary difficult to find on a slow outfield. She struck six fours and was the mainstay of England’s solid but not overwhelming total. England began with a bang as six boundaries came from the opening 14 deliveries, despite losing Charlotte Edwards in the second over. Three overs later Heather Knight also fell to hasten two cheap overs to end the Powerplay during which England made 42. Then Taylor and Danielle Wyatt got together and ticked the innings along at just over seven-an-over in a stand of 88. As it transpired, their 146 was comfortable enough as Australia never got the chase going. They lost both openers in the second over and made only 26 in the Powerplay. Jenny Gunn then removed Jodie Fields to stymie the recovery as the asking rate reached ten-per-over.
hUnTinG GroUnd For PAKisTAn S.PERvEZ QAISER Pakistan have won nine, lost two and tied one in 12 one day internationals played at Harare Sports Club where they will play the second one day international against Zimbabwe on Thursday. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, have won 31, lost 67, tied one and abandoned one in 100 one day internationals played at this ground. Surrounded by jacaranda trees and with a beautiful gabled pavilion, Harare Sports Club is in the heart of the city. It is bordered by the heavilyguarded presidential palace on one
side and the prestigious Royal Harare Gold Club on another. It hosted Zimbabwe’s first Test in October 1992 and has been the country’s major Test and one-day venue since. Although the club itself does not possess any of the major stands associated with major sports grounds, the capacity of around 10,000 can be increased by the use of temporary stands - a record crowd of 26,000 saw Rhodesia play the MCC in 1956. However, that capacity is rarely tested and even games against major touring sides fail to draw any other than moderate crowds.
ONE DAy MATCHES AT HARARE: Team P W L T N/R Pakistan 12 9 2 1 Zimbabwe 100 31 67 1 1 HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS: PAkISTAN: 323-3 in 50 overs v Zimbabwe 27-11-2002 ZIMBABWE: 340-2 in 50 overs v Namibia 10 -02-2003 LOWEST INNINGS TOALS: PAkISTAN: 148 in 43.3 overs v Zimbabwe 26-02-1995 ZIMBABWE: 35 in 18 overs v Sri Lanka 25-04-2004 HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: PAkISTAN: 139* Mohammad Hafeez v Zimbabwe 11-09-2011 ZIMBABWE: 178* Hamilton Masakadza v Kenya 18-10-2009 BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES: PAkISTAN: 4-41 Mohammed Sami v Zimbabwe 30-11-2009 ZIMBABWE: 6-46 Graeme Cremer v Kenya 13-10-2009
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Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. – Barry Switzer
sPorTs Thursday, 29 August, 2013
model town greens, national gym final in next month LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event will be played between Model Town Greens and National Gym in the 2nd week of next month. Model Town Greens has marched into the final after 11 years while National Gym has qualified for final first time. Model Town Club and P&T Gym have won the event 4 times each, while Model Town Greens, Imperial club, Servis club and Apallo club have won the event 2 times each. The cantonment Gym, Ludihana Gym, Raja club, Dharmpura Gym, Shalimar Gym ,Dharampura Sports, Mughalpura Whites, Cooperative bank, Shining club, Punjab club and Universal club have won the event 1 time each.
west Zone in comanding position in three events LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The west Zone has comanding position in the three events i.e 16th Tauseef Trophy Cricket Championship, 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event and 28th M Yaseen Akhter memorial cricet event. In the Tauseef Trophy event 2 clubs i.e Ali garh club and Yuslim club have belonged to Westzone. Out of 4 clubs only 2 clubs have belonged to East Zone. i.e Servs Club and Mughalpura Whites. The final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter memorial cricet event clubs i.e Model Town Greens and National Gym have belonged to West Zone While the final of 10 M Siddiq Memorial Cricket event i.e Model Town Club and YU-slim Club have also belonged to West Zone.
lCCA shortlists players after trials LAHORE STAFF REPORT
LCCA short listed 56 players of north zone cricket association after trials, conducted by Azhar Khan, Chairman Selection Committee. Four teams have been constituted for trails matches for participation in the Senior Inter District Tournament that will start from September 5 instead of September 1. Hafiz Suleman was appointed caption for North Zone Greens, Agha Salman Ali for North Zone Reds, Akhlaq Ahmed Butt for North Zone Blues and M Hamza named caption for North Zone Whites for trials matches, best performers of trails matches will be finally selected for Sr Inter District Teams. According to LRCA official the trials saw 216 players from all inactive and active clubs participating. After the trials 56 players have been short listed the teams: north Zone Greens: hafiz suleman (Captain), irfan Zaman, amjad akram, umer naseer, ahsan Butt, salman Ghafoor, rana salman, imran ahmed, ali arslan, usman Butt, aleem yousaf, M rashid, umer Butt, ahmed Waheed, usman tufail (Manager) and ashraf Bhatti (Coach). north Zone reds: agha salman ali (Captain), salman Javed, imran Butt, asif yousaf, Muhamamd Waqas, salman ali, Waqas saleem, Muhammad saeed, Muhammad ali, salman rahat, shoaib iqabl, Qamber iqbal, Zulfiqar ali, roni Gill, imran Malik (Manager), tahir Mahmood (Coach). north Zone Blues: akhlaq ahmed Butt (Captain), Junaid Jan, arslan arshad Bajwa, ameer hamid, rizwan ahmed, nauman shaukat, haq nawaz, riaz ud din, Muhammad hussain, abdul Mateen, emmad ali, Jahanziab abdullah, nauman aslam, asfand Mehran, tahir ahmed (Manager) and Faiz rasool (Coach). north Zone Whites: Muhammad hamza (Captain), salman Malik, Mohsin pervez, haris naseer, ahmed ranjha, Muhammad hassan, tauqir tanvir, Faraz Mir, samad Khan, aadil sardar, Muhammad rizwan, sufian ali Khan, shahid Mahmood, usman Khan, akmal shah (Manager), nadeem Farooqi (Coach).
rAmSey rUbber-StAmPS ArSenAl ProgreSS A LONDON
brace from Aaron Ramsey earned Arsenal a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday that confirmed their place in the Champions League group phase for the 16th consecutive season. Leading 3-0 from last week’s first leg, in which Ramsey also scored, Arsene Wenger’s men finished the job in unfussy fashion at the Emirates Stadium thanks to a goal in each half from the in-form Welsh midfielder. It was a third straight victory for Arsenal since the shock of their 3-1 loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season, but a hamstring injury to Lukas Podolski took some of the gloss off the evening. Wenger said the German would be out for around three weeks, while Ramsey went off late on with a groin complaint and Jack Wilshere also came in for some heavy treatment on his troublesome ankle. “Overall we scored five goals and didn’t concede. We’re in the group stage and that’s what we wanted,” said the Arsenal manager, whose side host north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. “We played a heavy price on the injury front because we lost Podolski. I don’t know how bad Ramsey is. I don’t know how Wilshere responds to an ankle problem. “He (Wilshere) looks all right. But Podolski is definitely out for 21 days and Ramsey we have to check how severe his groin is.” The first-leg result meant Fenerbahce had not travelled in hope, and they must now await the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s decision on their appeal against a two-year UEFA ban for match-fixing, which will be delivered on Wednesday. “I congratulate our opponents and wish
them best of luck in the Champions League,” said visiting coach Ersun Yanal. “We created some chances in the game, but we had a difficult score in the first game.” Arsenal had an early fright when Raul Meireles deflected Bacary Sagna’s attempted clearance back towards goal and Wojciech Szczesny had to produce a reflex save, but the tie was wrapped up inside 25 minutes. Podolski sent Theo Walcott into the Fenerbahce box and although he was dispossessed, Caner Erkin’s sliding challenge sent the ball straight to Ramsey, who swept home from 12 yards. Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel prevented Olivier Giroud from increasing Arsenal’s advantage with a sharp save, before Szczesny displayed his alertness at the other end by touching Emmanuel Emenike’s drive onto the post. The aggregate scoreline robbed the game of any real drama, but there was a moment of potential significance early in the second period when Podolski had to be stretchered off with a hamstring problem. Wenger can scarcely afford to lose more first-team players, and the appearance of sole close-season signing Yaya Sanogo from the bench only served to highlight his lack of options in the forward line. Briefly, there was solace on the pitch. Demirel produced a finger-tip save to deny Santi Cazorla and Walcott bent a free-kick against the crossbar, before Ramsey made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute with an insouciant side-foot volley from Kieran Gibbs’s cross. However, he walked off the pitch and onto the substitutes’ bench in injury time, and with Podolski also out, Wenger will face renewed calls to improve his squad in the closing days of the transfer window.
ChelSeA ComPlete Signing oF williAn From AnZhi mAkhAChkAlA
LONDON: Chelsea have completed the signing of Brazil forward Willian from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee thought to be in the region of £25.5m. The 25-year-old, who was poised to join Tottenham until Chelsea intervened last week, has been granted a work permit and has signed a five-year contract and will wear the number 22 shirt. “I’m very happy to be here,” Willian told the club’s website. “It’s been a dream of mine to come and play here. “Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I’m going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I’m very happy and looking forward to it.” Willian had initially held talks with Liverpool over a move to the Premier League after Anzhi’s owner, Suleyman Kerimov, decided to slash the club’s wage bill. However, he then looked to have chosen Spurs over a move to Merseyside and flew into London for talks and a medical. But it then emerged late last week that Chelsea had hijacked the deal and that Willian was bound for Stamford Bridge - and not White Hart Lane. AGENcIES
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The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose. – Ernie Banks
sPorTs Thursday, 29 August, 2013
kvitova battles past doi while ivanovic cruises NEW YORK
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RAND Slam winners Petra Kvitova and Ana Ivanovic advanced to the second round of the US Open on Tuesday while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic awaited their openers at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Czech seventh seed Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, fought off Japan’s tenacious 92nd-ranked Misaki Doi 62, 3-6, 6-1 and Serbian 13th seed Ivanovic, the 2008 French Open winner, dispatched Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-0. On the men’s side, Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic fired 28 aces in beating Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 63, to book a second-round date with Spain’s Pablo Andujar, who dumped Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. World number one Djokovic, a sixtime Grand Slam champion who captured his fourth Australian Open crown earlier this year, launches his quest for a fourth consecutive US Open final when he faces Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis. Seventh-seeded Swiss star Federer, at his lowest spot in the US Open order since 2002, will face Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja in a match postponed from Monday due to rain. Kvitova broke to open her match but was forced to save two break points in the next game by Doi, a 22-year-old lefthander from Chiba whose only prior US Open appearance ended with a 2011 firstround cramping retirement. Doi broke Kvitova in the fourth game of the second set and, after missing four break-point chances in the eighth game, claimed the set by holding. Doi netted a forehand to surrender a
break that gave Kvitova a 2-0 lead in the third set. Doi earned a break chance in the third game but sent a backhand beyond the baseline and Kvitova held, then broke Doi with a forehand volley winner for a 4-0 lead. Kvitova, who denied Doi on 14 of her first 15 break chances, netted a backhand to surrender a break in the fifth game but broke again and held for the match after one hour and 55 minutes with a forehand winner. Kvitova booked a second-round match against Serbian Bojana Jovanovski, who ousted Germany’s Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4. The US Open is the only Grand Slam event where Kvitova has not reached the semi-finals, her best runs being to the fourth round in 2012 and 2009. Doi has never beaten a top-25 player, her 0-4 showing against top-10 foes including a loss to eventual runner-up
Kvitova at Katowice in April, and Doi’s best tour showing was a semi-final run last year at Osaka. Kvitova is the highest-ranked rival in the quarter of the draw to second seed and two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who begins her quest for a return to the US Open final later against German Dinah Pfizenmaier. Azarenka lost to Serena Williams in last year’s Flushing Meadows title match. Ivanovic, who could face Azarenka in the fourth round, needed only 58 minutes to advance, with American Varvara Lepchenko or Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru up next. Ivanovic reached the last eight at the US Open for the first time last year, her first Slam quarter-final since claiming the crown at Roland Garros. Russian 14th seed Maria Kirilenko, the fiancee of National Hockey League Most Valuable Player Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, ousted 2009 US Open semi-finalist Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-1, 6-1. Reigning Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, who retired two weeks ago, turned up in the US Open media center, launching her commentary career with a stop to visit with her new peer group. In later matches, Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych, on a quarter-final collision course with British defending champion Andy Murray, faces Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi and US 13th seed John Isner will meet Italy’s Filippo Volandri. On the women’s side, Denmark’s sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, a 2011 US Open semi-finalist who was ousted last year in the first round, plays China’s Duan Ying-Ying while Samantha Stosur, the Australian 11th seed who won the 2011 crown, launches her title bid against Victoria Duval.
Appleby will return to action on Saturday week following a lengthy absence SPORTS DESK
SPORTS DESK Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United, has announced he will be staying at the Bernabeu. Rumours of a move were fuelled at the weekend when Ozil stormed down the tunnel after being substituted during Real’s 1-0 win at Granada, but the 24year-old says he will be staying in Spain. Speaking at a shirt signing event the Germany international said: “I have a contract until 2016, I feel very good here and get on well with my team-mates. “For me it’s an honour to play here with this team. “There has been a lot written in the press, they have spoken of interesting options but I have a contract and I am staying at Real Madrid.” Ozil had reportedly been unsettled by the arrival of Isco and Real’s potential purchase of Gareth Bale which would leave his place in the side in doubt. But the former Werder Bremen player says he understands the role that new coach Carlo Ancelotti wants him to play this season. “I have the confidence of the coach and there is a series of objectives that we want to achieve in which everyone has their own role to play. This is one of the reasons I want to stay,” he added.
Former British featherweight champion Paul Appleby will return to action in Glasgow on Saturday week after an absence of more than a year. Appleby will fight in a six-round contest at lightwelterweight on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ world title defence against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC. The 28-year-old Scot beat John Simpson to win the British title in 2008, in what was just his 12th outing as a professional. “I needed a little break and a little think about what I wanted to do. I decided to come back and move up one or two weights and that is what I have done.” Paul Appleby However, after losing to Martin Lindsay the following his career has been treading water, his last outing coming last June when he lost to Simpson in their belated rematch. But after considering his future, Appleby (18-4) believes he has more to offer the sport, albeit at a higher weight. “I think the best is still to come from me,” he said. “In the gym I have been working on things and I feel great, so I think the best is still to come.
wAtCh It LIve TEN SPORTS ZIM VS PAK 2ND ODI
STAR CRICKET AUS VS ENG 1ST T20
dJokoviC CrUiSeS to StrAight-Set win At US oPen NEW yORk: Top-seeded Novak Djokovic saved seven of eight break points Tuesday night to start the U.S. Open with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over former junior world No. 1, Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. The victory took only 82 minutes for Djokovic, seeking his second title and fourth straight final at Flushing Meadows. It was a quiet evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the packed crowd barely cheered during the most routine of matches. One of the few exciting moments came on the first point of the third set, when Berankis chased down a lob and replied with a backward shot between his legs that Djokovic calmly flicked away for a volley winner. The top-seeded Djokovic hit 28 winners, with only nine unforced errors. AGENcIES
Federer advances to US open second round NEW yORk: The 17-time Grand Slam champion, Roger Federer advanced with ease Tuesday here at the US Open. Federer made a solid start to his bid for a sixth US Open title by defeating Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in a match delayed a day by rain. “There wasn’t much rhythm out there, but I was happy the way I played,” said Federer. “Overall I’m pleased to be in the next round.” The 32-year-old Swiss star, who as the seventh seed is at his lowest spot in the US Open since 2002, will face Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq in round two. AGENcIES
Former champion Stosur dumped out by US teen
“I will still be as exciting but my defence is a lot better now, so I won’t take any stupid punches but I will dish it out. “I always knew I would come back but I needed a little bit of time off because I fell out of love with the sport a little bit. I have gone back to my old trainer Terry McCormack and I know I have done the right thing. I feel good again.
NEW yORk: Eleventh-seeded Samantha Stosur, the 2011 champion, was sent crashing out of the US Open on Tuesday by American 17-year-old qualifier Victoria Duval. The American, a daughter of Haitian parents and ranked at 296, clinched a famous 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win to register her first victory at a Grand Slam, two years after her only other major appearance, when she was defeated in New York by Kim Clijsters. “The crowd really helped me. Sam is a great champion and I watched her when she won the US Open. Today she didn’t play her best match and I played the best match of my career,” said Duval. AGENcIES
new era begins for rookie trainer dan skelton STRATFORD AGENcIES
Dan Skelton is already a recognisable face in National Hunt racing but he takes a major step in his racing career when he saddles his first runner at Stratford on Thursday. Son of the Olympic gold medalwinning showjumper Nick, Skelton spent the last nine seasons as assistant to Paul Nicholls, associating himself with such equine luminaries as Kauto Star, Denman and Big Buck’s. Gavroche Gaugain, who contests the Bay Middleton Handicap Hurdle, cannot be placed in that bracket as he has not won a race for nearly two years and was moved by his owner from Ferdy Murphy when the trainer chose to relocate to France. “It’s just great to get the ball rolling really, and it’s nice to start locally at
Stratford,” said Skelton. “It’s a low-key start in just an ordinary race. I’ve no idea how the horse will run, but he looks
outstanding and has a much lower rating over hurdles than fences.” Skelton has set up at Lodge Hill, part
of the family farm near Alcester in Warwickshire. With the help of his brother Harry, his stable jockey, and his assistant, amateur rider Josh Guerriero, work has been going on around the clock during the summer to get ready. “We’ve been grafting all the way through the summer and I’ve got so many people to thank, from my wife and my family to the owners, staff and contractors,” he said. “I’ve only been racing twice since I left Paul at the end of last season. We’re happy with the location - it’s a bit secluded and there aren’t many trainers around here - but we can keep ourselves to ourselves. “We’ve got 35 horses in, some I bought specifically at the sales, so we’ve got something that fits every category including a few mares, as the programme suits them nowadays.”
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US readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack BEIRUT AGENcIES
EOPLE in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as US officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days. United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to rebel-held suburbs, looking for evidence of what - and who - caused an apparent poison gas attack that residents say killed hundreds of people a week ago. But as UN chief Ban Ki-moon appealed for unity among world powers and sought more time for the inspectors to complete their work, Washing-
ton and its European and Middle East allies said their minds were made up and that President Bashar al-Assad must face retribution for using banned weapons against his people. Syria’s government, supported notably by its main arms supplier Russia, cried foul. It blamed rebel “terrorists” for releasing the toxins with the help of the United States, Britain and France and warned it would be a “graveyard of invaders”. Syrian officials say the West is playing into the hands of its al Qaeda enemies. The presence of Islamist militants among the rebels has deterred Western powers from arming Assad’s foes - but they say they must now act to stop the use of poison gas. Britain pushed the other four veto-holding members of the U.N.
Security Council at a meeting in New York to authorise military action against Assad to protect Syrian civilians - a move certain to be blocked by Russia and, probably, China. The United States and its allies say a UN veto will not stop them. Western diplomats called the proposed resolution a manoeuvre to isolate Moscow and rally a coalition behind air strikes. Arab states, NATO and Turkey also condemned Assad. Washington has repeatedly said that President Barack Obama has not yet made up his mind on what action he will order. A senior US official said strikes could last several days and would involve other armed forces: “We’re talking to a number of different allies regarding participation in a possible
kinetic strike,” the administration official said on Wednesday. Western armies are expected to wait until the UN experts withdraw. Their initial 14day mandate expires in four days, and Secretary-General Ban said they need four days work. A second US official said objectives were still being defined but that the targets could be chosen to prevent Assad from using chemical weapons in future. Washington was confident it could handle Syrian defences and any possible reprisals by its allies, including Iran and Lebanese militia Hezbollah. TIMING CALCULATIONS: Numerous factors, including weather and assessments of Syrian air defences, may affect the timing of strikes. Analysts expect cruise missiles to be launched from US
ships in the Mediterranean. Aircraft could also play a role, as may forces from other NATO powers, notably Britain and France. Obama is waiting for a US intelligence report, though its findings are in little doubt. US officials have already blamed Assad for the attacks on August 21. British Prime Minister David Cameron has recalled parliament to debate the Syria crisis on Thursday. He should be able to secure cautious support, despite widespread misgivings among Western voters about new entanglements in the Muslim world. But British action is unlikely before lawmakers have had their say. The prospect of a Group of Twenty summit in St. Petersburg next Thursday may also weigh in
At least 26 killed in flurry of bombings across Afghanistan
russia-Pakistan strategic dialogue begins MOSCOW ONLINE
Six people were killed in a bomb attack on a base operated by Polish and Afghan forces in the eastern Afghan province of Ghazni on Wednesday, local officials and a Reuters witness said. Another 20 people - including at least nine soldiers died in a spate of bombings elsewhere in the country. Violence has intensified across Afghanistan this week as Taliban insurgents seek to increase pressure on NATO contingents preparing to withdraw by the end of 2014. The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the base attack in which at least 34 others were wounded, said a suicide bomber detonated himself near a truck loaded with explosives. “The bombing wiped out the security posts and the first checkpoint while other fighters, armed with heavy and light weapons, managed to get inside and are firing at intended targets,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email. Gunshots continued to ring into the night following the attack at around 4 p.m. (1130 GMT), Ghazni’s deputy governor said. A Reuters witness saw column of black smoke rising from the base in the provincial capital. At least four civilians and two police officers were killed in the fighting, according to local health official Baz Mohammad Hemat. Eight children and two women were among the 34 wounded. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, two attacks in Helmand province on Wednesday killed three soldiers, 10 Afghan civilians and wounded more than 20 other people, police and provincial officials said. One of the attacks took place in Helmand’s provincial capital Lashkar Gah, where a suicide bomber blew himself up near a foreign troop convoy but without killing or wounding any of the soldiers targeted, a spokeswoman for the NATO-led force said. In the second attack, on the outpost of Nad Ali in Helmand, a suicide bomber in a car killed three soldiers, officials said. Helmand has been the scene of some of the fiercest fighting between NATO-led forces and the insurgents since the overthrow of the radical Islamist Taliban in 2001. On Tuesday, in the western province of Farah, Taliban insurgents torched 40 trucks that supply NATO-led forces with fuel and killed six Afghan drivers, the provincial governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Zhwanday, said. And in Kabul, a suicide bomber targeted a government ministry, killing himself and one other person, according to security sources in the capital.
calculations over timing any strikes. Russian host President Vladimir Putin has made clear his view that Western leaders are using human rights as a pretext to impose their will on other sovereign states. “The West behaves like a monkey with a grenade in the Islamic world,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted on Wednesday. Western leaders in the G20 may prefer to have any strikes on Syria completed before the summit starts. As diplomats from Russia, China, Britain, France and the United States met at the United Nations, Moscow said Britain was “premature” in seeking a Security Council resolution for “necessary measures” to protect Syrian civilians.
KARAChI: Businesses were closed in Kharadar Cloth Market on Wednesday in protest against the spate of targeted killings and extortion in the city. ONLINE
Jihadi leader promises surge in attacks on indian forces in Kashmir MONITORING DESK Pakistani militants say they are preparing to launch a fresh wave of attacks on Indian targets in Kashmir when Jihadi groups leave Afghanistan with the withdrawal of NATO troops next year. The declaration by Syed Salahudeen, head of the United Jihad Council, an umbrella organisation of groups fighting against Indian rule in the disputed territory, will deal a blow to efforts by the new government in Islamabad to improve relations with New Delhi. Salahudeen said thousands of militants would return from Afghanistan when NATO combat forces completed their withdrawal by the end of 2014. “The coming months and years will see a tremendous surge in mujahedeen’s activities in Indian Kashmir,” he told the AFP news agency. “The encounter between mujahedeen and Indian forces will enhance to an unprecedented level. The increase in attacks will be enormous and Indian forces will face huge losses.” Kashmir remains a bloody bone of contention between the two nuclear rivals. India and Pakistan have fought two major wars over the region since independence in 1947 and in recent weeks have traded fire and accusations across the Line of Control.
The first ever Russia-Pakistan strategic dialogue aiming at upgrading political‚ diplomatic‚ economic and defence relations has begun in Moscow on Wednesday. Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbass Jilani is leading Pakistani team in the dialogue‚ in which both the sides will also discuss security cooperation and regional and global issues of mutual interests, including Afghan situation. The decision for strategic dialogue had been taken at foreign secretary level talks last year‚ which will be subsequently upgrade to the level of foreign minister just like the Pak-US strategic dialogue. Both the sides will also take up the issue of disarmament‚ counterterrorism‚ drug trafficking and global security besides enhancing cooperation in various fields and expanding bilateral trade. Russia has been supportive of Pakistan becoming full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and helped Pakistan obtain observer status in the organisation while Islamabad supported Russian bid to have observer status in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Akhtar mengal says took oath for his voters QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Last week, the Pakistani military said one of its officers was killed and another serious wounded in the fighting. Earlier, India said five of its soldiers were killed by Pakistan, a claim denied by the Pakistani military. The rising tensions come despite efforts by Nawaz Sharif, who won Pakistan’s general election in May, to improve ties. In an interview last week he said the two countries should fight a war against poverty and illiteracy rather than each other. Analysts in Islamabad suggest the Pakistani military may no longer be able
to control jihadi forces that it has relied on to wage war in Kashmir since 1989. Many included veterans of the war against Soviet occupiers in Afghanistan. “Kashmiri youths realise that they should now rely on themselves,” said Uzair Ahmed, a militant with the Hizbul-Mujahideen group. “The attacks on Indian forces by Kashmiri mujahedeen have already been enhanced during the last three to four months... and the coming three-four years will be very difficult for the Indian forces.”
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Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) Chairman Akhtar Mengal on Wednesday took oath as a member of the Balochistan Assembly (BA). Talking to reporters, Mengal said that he has taken the bitter pill in an attempt to meet the expectations of the people who voted for him. He said Balochistan had been turned into a graveyard and the sons of Balochistan were forced to take refuge in other countries. Mengal said the BNP-M’s central committee had decided to raise a voice in the parliament for the protection of Baloch rights and resources. BNP-M, a mainstream Baloch nationalist party, has decided to sit on the opposition benches in the provincial assembly. The party had reservations over the authenticity of the May 11 general elections in Balochistan and had repeatedly blamed the government of rigging the polls. After a three and a half month-delay, the party has finally made its way to the BA and has decided to become a part of the parliament.