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CJ questions outages despite payment to IPPs
sC gives FIa 10 days to probe eoBI scam
The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report over the payments released to the independent power producers (IPPs) during the hearing over the suo motu notice taken of prolonged and unannounced load shedding in the country. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case. PaGe 02
The Supreme Court has directed the FIA to probe 18 transactions of the Employeesâ€™ Old Age Benefits Institute. During proceedings of the EOBI multibillion scam case, the apex court directed the FIA to complete the probe and submit its reply with 10 days. Chief Justice took suo motu notice of the EOBI scam case on Saturday and issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan, Ministry of Human Resource Development secretary, FIA DG, and the former and incumbent EOBI chairmen. PaGe 02
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NePra increases power tariff by rs 1.12 per unit
amir could be allowed PCB training facilities
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has raised power tariff by Rs 1.12 per unit under the fuel adjustment surcharge. According to a notification issued by NEPRA on Monday, the authority increased the electricity tariff used in the month of May where power production through diesel remained Rs 20.80 while per unit cost through furnace oil remained Rs 16 per unit. PaGe 02
A five-member ICC sub-committee, which was set up after the 2013 annual conference to review the anticorruption code, will also look into relaxing certain conditions of the fiveyear ban imposed on Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir after the spotfixing scandal of 2010. While the most stringent stipulations of the ban will still remain, the PCB has requested the ICC to consider a few concessions, especially with regard to Amir using the boardâ€™s facilities for training. PaGe 21
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nePra InCreases Power tarIFF by rs 1.12 Per unIt
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has raised power tariff by Rs 1.12 per unit under the fuel adjustment surcharge. According to a notification issued by NEPRA on Monday, the authority increased the electricity tariff used in the month of May where power production through diesel remained Rs 20.80 while per unit cost through furnace oil remained Rs 16 per unit. Because of the production cost, the Central Power Purchasing agency (CPPA) requested NEPRA to increase the power tariff by Rs 1.12 per unit which approved by the regulatory body and increased the tariff. NEPRA officials further said seven billion units were sold to power distribution companies in May therefore consumers had to pay the extra charges for that volume of power provided to them. They said distribution companies would collect Rs 6 billion from the consumers in the bills of December this year. Officials clarified that this increase will not be implemented on lifeline consumers consuming 50 units per month and consumers of the KESC.
no load shedding during sehr‚ iftar and traveeh: nawaz
CJ questions outages despite payment to IPPs ISLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court on Monday sought a report over the payments released to the independent power producers (IPPs) during the hearing over the suo motu notice taken of prolonged and unannounced load shedding in the country. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case. During the hearing, the chief justice remarked that despite the release of payment made by the government to IPPs there was no significant change in the supply of electricity. On the bench’s query regarding the supply and demand of electricity to Karachi, Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Managing Director Zargham Ishaq Khan apprised the court that the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) was an independent private company and does not fall under the umbrella of PEPCO. He further said that PEPCO had an
LHC seeks rePort on Load sHeddIng LAHORE Adjourning the hearing of a petition filed against load shedding until July 11 on Monday, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial sought a report from the federal government about means of determination of quantities of electricity generation and demand. The chief justice also sought a report from the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) on steps taken to punish electricity thieves
and implementation of instructions for energy conservation. The LHC chief justice passed the directions on a petition filed by Judicial Activism Panel, a public interest litigation firm. As proceedings started, a deputy attorney general submitted a report by the Alternate Energy Board on projects for production of low cost electricity from processed waste, coal and others. The law officer said the government had paid a part of the circular debt to the IPPs therefore, 1700MW of electricity would be added to the system
which would help in reducing load shedding. The LHC was also informed that a gas quota of 152MMCF had been reserved for electricity generation which would further enhance production. However, adjourning the matter until July 7, the court sought a report from the government and LESCO by the next date of hearing. The petitioner, through its petition, submitted that cities were currently facing power load shedding of more than 12 hours and it was even severe in the rural areas of the province.
agreement of providing 650 megawatts to KESC while rest of the electricity was generated by the KESC by itself, adding that the KESC also had as many as three Independent Power Plants working for electricity generation. “If KESC is generating to meet its demand, this is commendable,” the CJP remarked. However, the bench issued notice to the Chief Executive Officer KESC to present report regarding the supply, generation
and demand of electricity for Karachi. Meanwhile, the bench noted that there was a dire need to overcome the power theft in many areas of the country. The bench remarked that those who pay their bills regularly should not suffer because of electricity and gas thieves. Later, the bench summoned chief secretaries of all the four provinces, finance secretary and the CEO of KESC. The bench also directed the chief sec-
retaries to appear before the court or have the respective Advocate Generals appear on their behalf. The court stated that equal distribution of gas should be ensured and theft should be stopped. Meanwhile, the bench also sought details of gas distribution and theft from the MDs of Sui Southern and Sui Northern Gas companies and adjourned further hearing of the case till July 11.
CNG stations in residential areas to be shut down AUTHORITY WILL ISSUE NOTICES TO STATIONS NEAR MOSQUES, SCHOOLS AND HOSPITALS
PML-N GOVT HAS DECIDED TO PHASE OUT CNG SECTOR TO DIVERT GAS TO POWER PRODUCTION
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that there should be no load-shedding during sehr‚ iftar and traveeh timings. The PM also directed for reducing load shedding during Ramazan. Nawaz directed the Water and Power Ministry to ensure uninterrupted power supply during sehr‚ iftar and traveeh timings.
In view of the gas crisis and rising incidents of CNG cylinder blasts, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has decided to launch a drive to wipe out hundreds of CNG stations operating in residential areas. At present, over 3,000 CNG stations are operating in the country and majority of them are located in residential areas. Sources said OGRA on Monday had decided to serve notices on such CNG stations. This move would lead to the closure of the CNG stations across the country.
OGRA would issue notices to CNG stations near mosques, schools and hospitals in residential areas and seek explanations as to under which policy these outlets were established and what measures they had taken to ensure safety of the people. Sources said OGRA had decided to suspend the licences of these stations if they failed to satisfy the authority. OGRA has already directed all transport authorities to launch a crackdown on vehicles fitted with uncertified CNG or LPG cylinders. In May, OGRA imposed a ban on vehicles in which CNG cylinders were fitted beneath the seats and disconnected gas connections
of 22 CNG filling stations on charges of violation. However this ban did not apply on vehicles with CNG cylinders fitted on roofs. Sources said OGRA had also proposed to the Petroleum Ministry to put curbs on the use of CNG in private vehicles and limit the use of CNG to public transport. The regulator said courts had also taken notice of the loss of lives and property in such incidents and OGRA had requested chief secretaries, transport secretaries and inspectors general of all provinces to take action against uncertified CNG cylinders installed under seats and the people involved in installing dubious CNG kits and fittings. As part of its energy policy, the PML-N led government has decided to phase out CNG sector to divert gas to the power sector for overcoming energy crisis. The Petroleum Ministry has already proposed to bring CNG prices at 85 percent parity of petrol to discourage its use in auto sector. However, the government has still to take the final decision. “The CNG sector in Pakistan uses over 300 million cubic feet (mmcfd) gas per day; whereas the government also needs to focus on captive power plants which, being inefficient, result on gas wastage,” an official said, adding that this sector used 450mmcfd gas which the National Accountability Bureau had termed a criminal act. “The government should impose a ban on provision of gas to new villages on political grounds till the discovery of new gas reserves,” official added.
sC gIves FIa 10 days to Probe eobI sCam ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
The Supreme Court has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe 18 transactions of the Employees’ Old Age Benefits Institute (EOBI). During proceedings of the EOBI multibillion scam case, the apex court directed the FIA to complete the probe and submit its reply with 10 days. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took suo motu notice of the EOBI scam case on Saturday and issued notices to the attorney general of Pakistan, Ministry of Human Resource Development secretary, FIA DG, and the former and incumbent EOBI chairmen. The notice was taken after a note from the SC registrar that contained details of a television programme regarding corruption in the EOBI during the last three years. Ministry of Human Resource Development Secretary Abdul Khaliq on Monday presented a preliminary report in the Supreme Court stating that the chairman of the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) had purchased property worth Rs 34 billion during his tenure. The secretary presented the report during the hearing of the apex court’s suo motu notice over reports that the EOBI had caused a loss of Rs 40 billion to the exchequer by investing huge amounts in private sector projects without approval of its board of trustees (BoT). Upon presenting the report, Secretary Khaliq added that no one but the institution’s chairman had the authority to make such transactions. The purchase had allegedly been made by Zafar Iqbal Gondal, the former chairman of the EOBI. During the hearing, the chief justice said no one had the right to misappropriate the money that belonged to workers, adding that the bench would scrutinise what law permitted these investments.
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no ProseCutIon over german natIonaL kILLed by drone strIkes In PakIstan NEWS DESK German prosecutors said they won’t be pressing charges over the death of German militant killed in a drone strike in Pakistan, as he was involved in an armed conflict. The drone strike was carried out in the town of Mir Ali in October 2010 against militants present in the area and killed Buenyamin E. as a result. The federal prosecutors initiated an investigation last year to ascertain whether the death constituted a war crime under international law. The prosecutors said on Monday that they are dropping the investigation since they don’t consider the German as a civilian covered by international humanitarian law. The Pakistani government has openly maintained an anti-drone stance, claiming that they are illegal and counterproductive.
ImF agrees to Loan PakIstan $5 bILLIon ISLAMABAD
QUETTA: Hazara Shias bury the victims of a deadly suicide bombing on Monday. NNi
saCk tHe CorruPt, Pm teLLs mInIsters ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered his cabinet ministers to get rid of corrupt and dishonest officials and ensure transparency and rule of law in their respective departments. In a letter written to the federal ministers and secretaries, PM Nawaz Sharif stated that eliminating corruption was the government’s top priority, therefore, only qualified, able and well-reputed officers should be deputed on management positions. Furthermore, the ministries should ensure transparency and not tolerate fraudulent officials, adding that such office-holders should immediately be sent packing. The prime minister further instructed that the ministers and secretaries should strictly follow the instructions as ineligible and corrupt officials could not deliver better governance. He also ordered all federal secretaries to cancel the contracts of corrupt officials. Nawaz suggested that in order to arrive at a corruption-free government, the selection and appointment process for officers working at integral institutions required strict scrutiny. The federal secretaries and cabinet should keep the prime minister informed of any developments and changes made. The prime minister said the government’s top priority was to root out corruption from every sector. He said there was no room for corrupt persons in his government. Nawaz said his directives should be implemented in letter and spirit for better results.
sC takes suo motu notice of murder of Islamabad Ig’s daughter-in-law ISLAMABAD iNP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has taken a suo motu notice of the murder of the daughter-in-law of Islamabad Inspector General of Police Bani Amin. The hearing will be held in open court on Wednesday. Mother of the deceased said her daughter was murdered in dubious circumstances in Peshawar and the police had not registered an FIR in the case. She alleged that Bani Amin was interfering in the investigation of the case.
Hazara blast: shutter down strike observed across Quetta
The International Monetary Fund on Monday agreed to give Pakistan a loan of $5 billion. The agreement on the fresh loan was reached after two days of talks in Islamabad. The Ministry of Finance has also confirmed the breakthrough. During talks, government officials addressed the IMF’s reservations over the energy sector and taxation in the country. The authorities assured the IMF that tax collection target had been set at Rs 2,475 billion during the current fiscal year through expansion in the tax net, and reduction in subsidy. The IMF was also told that remittances of power tariff and line losses would also be brought down. The Fund’s mission will stay in Pakistan until today (Tuesday).
PakIstan, IndIa exCHange LIsts oF PrIsoners ISLAMABAD NNi
QUETTA: Shops are closed on Monday at the site of a suicide bombing the other day. oNliNe
QUETTA StAFF RePoRt
OLLOWING a strike call from Hazara community, humanitarian groups and traders’ community, all shops, markets and commercial centres remained closed across the provincial metropolis on Monday. The flow of traffic remained thin throughout the day during the strike. Strict security measures were adopted by the provincial administration to maintain law and order and avoid untoward incidents in the provincial capital. Meanwhile, a First Information Report (FIR) regarding the tragic mishap was lodged after 12 hours. Charges of terrorism and murder
have been mentioned in the FIR. The case has been registered against unidentified people, police sources confirmed. As many as 49 people, including security personnel, lost their lives and over 100 others sustained injuries in separate incidents of terrorism in Quetta, Peshawar and North Waziristan on Sunday. Quetta was rocked by a powerful suicide bomb explosion that killed at least 28 people, including women and children, and injured 65 others in an attack in Hazara Town. Police said the bomber attempted to barge into an imambargah but detonated his explosives-laden vest after he was stopped at a private security checkpost. The blast took place in Aliabad Bazaar when people were busy in
their routine shopping. The attack resulted in the death of as many as 28 people, most of them from the Hazara Shia community. The Hazara Democratic Party (HDP), PML-N Balochistan, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP), National Party (NP) JUI-F and others strongly condemned the explosion. The HDP gave a shutter down strike call for Monday to condemn the explosion. The HDP also announced five-day mourning. Quaid-e-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi strongly condemned the attack and demanded the government take stern action against the culprits involved in continued bloodshed of innocent people.
The governments of Pakistan and India on Monday exchanged lists of prisoners lodged in each other’s respective jails, a Foreign Office statement read. According to the Consular Agreement signed between the two countries in May 2008, lists of prisoners are to be exchanged twice a year: on 1 January and 1 July respectively. Consistent with the provisions of this Agreement, the Foreign Office handed over to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, a list of 491 Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails. A similar list of 386 Pakistani prisoners was also handed over to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Upon receipt of these lists, the respective interior/home ministries consult the provincial home departments and jail authorities to ascertain how many of the prisoners are completing their jail term. Accordingly, upon completion of the jail terms these prisoners are released. The government of Pakistan views the issue of prisoners as a humanitarian one and continues to make efforts for their release as soon as their prison sentence has been completed. Last May, Pakistan released 46 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture and is making arrangements for the release of 11 Indian civil prisoners by the middle of this month.
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taliban reject strings attached with doha talks ISLAMABAD AgeNcieS
NTERNATIONAL-BACKED efforts to seek a negotiated end to the 12 years of grinding war in Afghanistan have suffered another blow after Taliban rebels apparently rejected conditions for proposed peace talks. The development comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron concluded a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of efforts to revive the stalled peace process.
In its first formal reaction following the opening of the controversial Taliban political office nearly two weeks ago in Qatar, the Afghan insurgent group has harshly criticised the United States and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for allegedly “wasting time” and making “false commitments” regarding proposed peace talks. In a Pashto language statement emailed to VOA, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said “coercion, threats, provocation” and demands that Taliban fighters surrender have not
worked in the past and will not work in the future to solve the Afghan problem. The Islamist group also accused the United States of being in a “state of confusion” and lacking a “firm stance” on the peace talks. It also snubbed the Afghan president for his opposition to a direct dialogue between the Taliban and the United States. Earlier, President Karzai warned foreign peace plans could weaken his country and lead to a disintegration of Afghanistan.
Pakistan angers afghans by suggesting taliban share power KABUL: Pakistan has floated the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks “end game”, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said on Monday, a suggestion met with outrage in Kabul. The idea was raised in a Friday meeting between Pakistani national security adviser Sartaj Aziz and Afghan ambassador Umer Daudzai, Ahmadi told Reuters. It involved a form of federalism and ceding power in some Afghan provinces to the Taliban. The suggestion dashed hopes of a reset in the relationship between the South Asian neighbors following the elec-
tion of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month. “We believe this federalism is a means for the Pakistanis to achieve what they could not achieve through their proxy (the Taliban) on the battlefield,” Ahmadi said. PAKISTAN DENIES: In Islamabad, Pakistani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Aizaz Chaudry denied any suggestion of ceding territory had been made during the meeting. “It was a courtesy call during which the adviser and ambassador also discussed bilateral relations. No reference was made to ceding of provinces to Taliban,” Chaudhry told Reuters. AgeNcieS
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5 arrested From orangI town KARACHI: Police on Monday arrested five would-be terrorists from the Orangi town police precincts on a tip-off. The detained individuals hailed from the banned terror outfit the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) and a lesser known ‘Bhallu group’. West Zone Senior Superintendent of Police Asif Sheikh told reporters that the action was initiated against the miscreants in Farid Colony and Chati Hotel areas after receiving information from intelligence sources. The police also displayed the cache of arms seized from the criminals which included two AK47 Kalashnikov rifles, three 9mm pistols, an MP5 submachine gun, three kg of explosives, shrapnel, radio sets, and a car and a motorcycle. Sheikh also said that the ‘Bhallu group’ embers were extortionists while the TTP miscreants had been in the process of planning attacks on several targets. Cases have been registered and investigation was underway, the officer concluded. oNliNe
Clouds to rescue city from sizzling heat KARACHI: The city skies will be blanketed by clouds and an expected drizzle may also drop the degrees as the city swelters into July. According to the weather report issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature is expected to remain in between 33 and 35 degree Celsius. Rain and thunderstorm are likely to illustrate the weather in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana in Sindh and Zhob and Kalat in Balochistan. The surrounding region seems to be out of luck though with dry and hot weather to persist for the next few days. A PP
KARAchi: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the metropolis rejecting a paramilitary operation in the Lyari alleys. The protesters were of the view that the Rangers were targeting the Lyari residents for unknown reasons.
The protest, led by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Member Provincial Assmebly Sania Baloch, marched on the paramilitary’s headquarters but were pushed back by the police. The MPA said that the protesters were
gathered to raise a voice against what she called the ‘unjust’ and ‘extrajudicial’ killing of Saqib Boxer by the paramilitary force. Senior PPP leader including Qadir Patel also later joined the protest. The demonstrators were requesting to
textILe CIty for KaraChi oN the CardS KARACHI
EDERAL Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael on Monday told reporters that a textile city for Karachi is in the pipeline. When completed this project will boost business activity and economy not only for the city and province but for the country as a whole. He said land for the proposed project had already been acquired. Karachi being the business hub of the country would surely reinvigorate the nation’s textile industry. The minister further said that ports and shipping was a department whose performance could be improved with better management and efficient staff to better run the entity. Briefing journalists, he said that foreign investors would be attracted to the country once projects such as these
improved the economic environment. Speaking on the condition of the economy , Michael said that steps were being taken to revive the economy He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to morph the country into an “Asian Tiger” under his leadership. Pakistan’s wealth in natural resources was also discussed and how it could be used to transform the country’s fortunes. Responding to a question, he said that Pakistan wanted to boost business relations all its neighbours and present a more favorable business environment in the region. He further mentioned China’s contribution in the development of the Gwadar port to and stated the benefits the country would reap after the completion of development schemes in the town. Michael said that Pakistan will provide security to all foreign entities who are engaged in the development projects.
SeCurity to be beefed up for ramadaN: iG KARACHI APP
Sindh Inspector General (IG) Shahid Baloch on Monday issued orders to all district police officers to develop security and contingency plans for the approaching month of Ramadan. The order said that impenetrable security should be provided to all sensitive and religious sites to avoid any untoward incident. A robust contingency plan was only possible, he said, if all the concerned intelligence and lawenforcement outfits cooperated and
shared information ahead of the holy month. “It is a prerequisite to combating terrorism, criminals and other miscreants who obligate to wreak havoc in the metropolis,” said the IG. Baloch also stressed the need for the employment of forensic technology and available intelligence tools
neutralise these elements. “Scrutinising the weapons and vehicles in general and modus operandi in particular of these elements will go a long way in ensuring security,” the police chief said further. Directions were issued to the concerned officials regarding the collection of data and compilation of necessary lists of the sensitive
locations. All high-risk areas are to be outlined in the lists meant for the police top brass, Baloch further declared. The IG also said that records of all criminals, data of all investigations and complete information pertaining to possible threats must be included in the districts’ contingency plans. As always, the Baloch pointed out that multinational industries, religious buildings, seminaries, government and administration offices and governmental installations were to be the focus of the all contingency plans.
meet the Director-General Rangers (Sindh) to register their objections. The police had however not allowed the crowd any further and the demonstrators were standing their ground and had not dispersed till the filling of this report. NNi
excise and taxation dept collects rs 25 billion taxes KARACHI StAFF RePoRt The S in dh Excis e and Taxation D epar tmen t on M onday an nounced collection of taxes o f o ver Rs 2,500 million dur ing the f is cal year 2 012- 13. According to details, the department deposited Rs 26044 million in the national exchequer, of which Rs 3159million was collected as motor vehicle tax, cotton fees of Rs 135 million, Rs 234 million of professional taxes, Rs 142 million as hotel taxes and Rs 1338 million as property taxes. Furthermore, owing to a newly developed strategy, the tax department is trying to ensure the timely collection of taxes so that the government can pursue its policies without any hindrance.
two kILLed In bus aCCIdent OBARO iNP
Two devotees lost their lives and 33 others were injured when a bus headed for the three-day urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar at Sehwan overturned at Kashmore Road near Obaro. The police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene and shifted the injured to Obaro Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital where two people succumbed to their injuries. Seriously injured patients were transferred to Sheikh Zayed Hospital Rahim Yar Khan. According to hospital sources, condition of several injured was stated to be lifethreatening. Rescue personnel blamed poor road conditions for the mishap.
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KARACHI Tuesday, 2 July, 2013 KARACHI: College girls enjoy a pleasant weather at the beach on Monday. oNliNe
PeoPLe Condemn Quetta, peshawar attacks HYDERABAD
HE terror attacks in Quetta and Peshawar on Sunday were widely condemned by people from all walks of life and the loss of lives was grieved. Separate condolences messages issued here on Monday , included statements from Nawaz Ali Bhutto and Raza Irani of Anjuman-e-Hyderi, Ashique Naqvi of Anjumane Imamia Sindh, Qasim Jaffri, Sajjad Ansari and Shamim Naqvi of Jaffaria Alliance, Sadique Hazara and Rehmat Changezi of Anjuman Asnaashri Hazara Husainabad, Ghani Leghari of Anjumane Hussaini Tando Mir Mohammad, Jamiate Ulema-ePakistan (JUP) President Sahibzada Muhammad Zubair,
Jaffaria Alliance Sindh President Rashid Ali Jaffery and President Shia Ulema Council President Kazim Raza Naqvi expressed their
deep grief over the killing of innocent people in the unfortunate incidents. They condemned the inhuman and cowardly acts of
WiNd poWer projeCt damaGiNG to the eNviroNmeNt, SayS epa KARACHI NNi
Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh has after referring to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the 150 megawatt wind power project deferred its construction. The power plant is to be installed at Jhimpir but now the EPA’s report has become a major obstacle. During a public hearing on the matter on Monday, numerous participants pointed out various flaws in the project. Consequently, Technical Director EPA Waqar Hussain advised the developers of
the project, UEP Wind to submit a reply to the EIA report to highlight the pros and cons of the subject. The main flaws in the EPA report, as pointed out during the moot were weaknesses in its community survey. The report failed to consider many variables, which were for one reason or the other left out. The attendees at the hearing also pointed out discrepancies in the report which outlines the construction phase of the project. According to critics, disposal of construction waste; treatment of wastewater and debris from the construction staff’s activities have not been considered in the report.
terrorism in Quetta and Peshawar and issued heartfelt condolences to family members of all the victims of the attacks. Prayers were also offered for the deceased and the injured. They said that targeting innocent people was tantamount to playing with the stability of the country something the terrorists were aiming for. They said that the enemies of the state wanted to weaken the nation by promoting differences between diverse communities, sects and ethnicities. All religious leaders were appealed to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy by uniting the masses as one. They called upon the clerics and religious leaders to come forward for elimination of terrorism in the country and said interfaith harmony was the only antidote for the kind of maladies the country was facing.
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Five people, including a minor, lost their lives in a fresh wave of violence in the provincial capital. Unidentified armed assailants gunned down a man in the Baldia Town area while the body of a minor was recovered from a graveyard in the Malir locality. The identities of the victims have not been ascertained so far. Meanwhile, an unidentified man was shot and killed by unidentified attackers near Al-Asif Square. Separately, a body, bearing marks of torture, was recovered from near the Katti Pahari. Surjani town was also the venue of reasonable brutality when one man was injured in a firing incident. Police nabbed two criminals in the Sher Shah area. The arrested suspects had injuries in a prior encounter. Police sources said that separate cases had been registered and investigation had commenced.
City admin to come hard on encroachments KARACHI: The Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqi informed Monday that all parking areas and encroachments near the secretariat would be removed in a drive within the next few days. Siddqui stated this in a meeting with the additional secretary administration Sindh on the security situation as well as the need for the removal of encroachments from the limits of Secretariat Complex. The assemblage was informed that the the area around the secretariat complex including Tughlaq House, KDA building would all be cleansed of unplanned car parkings. It was further stated that the vehicles of all government officers would now be parked at the assigned parking areas. The Commissioner Karachi was briefed that around 250 to 300 vehicles of officials of the secretariat were causing a traffic mess and so the situation needed to be dealt with. The commissioner directed the concerned officials to refurbish the Saddar parking plaza by July 5, so the people visiting the secretariat would not have to face any inconvenience. The meeting also went over plans regarding the elimination of encroachments from the areas adjacent to Saddar and Secretariat. The construction of pedestrian bridge, re-routing of public transport, alternative parking arrangements and ornamentation of the secretariat complex and Saddar were also considered. Other senior civil officers included Additional Commissioner Karachi, Kamran Shamshad, Senior Director Transport Muhammad Ather who also agreed to the measures decided in the meeting. APP
KmC ordered to evict dengue from city KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Hashim Raza on Monday ordered his staff to go all hands to eliminate dengue as it prepares to resurface following the start of the monsoon. Addressing a meeting to review arrangements regarding the spread of seasonal diseases in the city during monsoon, the administrator said that low-lying areas would be the administration’s top priority. “There is a significant rise in cases of malaria and a further increase in the number of dengue fever cases after monsoon and hence we are taking steps such as fumigation and destroying the dengue breeding grounds to combat this menace,” he stated. The KMC administrator said further that steps, such as insecticidal sprays and ensuring sanitation, were being taken to eradicate the insect-borne virus. Raza said that destroying the mosquitoes habitat was the name of the game and so the citizens should not allow water to accumulate in the open where the insect can breed. KMC Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam informed the meeting that special fumigation teams have been constituted to tackle the emerging challenge of dengue and malaria. Insecticides, he said are already being used at sunrise and sunset in the city. He requested the people to cooperate for their own well-being and take steps at the domestic level to defeat this health threat. APP
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A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. — Margaret Thatcher
Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
15 dead In IraQ attaCks, bomb at FootbaLL PItCH BAGHDAD: A string of attacks across Iraq killed 15 people Sunday, including nine in a bombing at a football pitch, the latest in a spate of blasts targeting Iraqis playing and watching the sport. The deaths are part of a surge in violence that comes as Iraq grapples with months of protests by the Sunni Arab community and protracted political deadlock. Analysts warn there may be no respite before general elections next year. Attacks on Sunday struck in Mosul, Dawr, Sharqat and Hilla, but the deadliest violence hit the capital. At 7:00 pm in the Nahrawan neighbourhood of southeast Baghdad, a bomb went off as a group of youths were playing football at a popular pitch. The blast killed nine and wounded 25 others, an interior ministry official and a medical source said. Most of the victims were boys under the age of 16, the sources said. AgeNcieS
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CAIRO: A protester attacks the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Mokattam district during protests against President Morsi. AgeNcieS
us PLays down sPyIng aLLegatIons amId eu outrage BRUNEI
HE United States is not alone in using “lots of activities” to safeguard its security, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, in his first response to reports of US spying that have infuriated European allies. The EU has demanded that the United States explain a report in a German magazine that Washington is spying on the bloc, saying that, if true, such surveillance was shocking. The Guardian newspaper said on Sunday the United States had also targeted non-European allies, including Japan, South Korea and India, for spying – an awkward report for Kerry as he arrived for an Asian security conference in Brunei on Monday. Kerry confirmed that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had raised the issue when he met her in Brunei. He said he had yet to see details of the newspaper allegations. “I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs and national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contributes to that. All I know is that it is not unusual for lots of nations,” Kerry told a news conference.
russIaN, us Leaders teLL seCurIty servICes to eNd sNowdeN staNdoFF MOSCOW: The Russian and US presidents have told their security services to resolve the standoff over former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, Russia’s RIA news agency quoted a Russian official as saying on Monday. RIA cited Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisory Security Council, as saying it would not be easy for the FBI and Russia’s FSB to agree over the fate of Snowden, who flew to Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23. Putin has ignored calls to extradite Snowden to face espionage charges in the United States. Another Russian official, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, said Putin had not discussed the situation with US President Barack Obama. AgeNcieS
EU FURIOUS: Several EU policymakers said talks on a US-EU free trade deal should be frozen until Washington clarifies its activities. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has asked officials to carry out a security sweep of EU buildings, said Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, spokeswoman for the EU’s executive body. Martin Schulz, president of the EU Parliament, told French radio the United States had crossed a line. “I was always sure that dictatorships, some authoritarian systems, tried to listen ... but that measures like that are now practised by an ally, by a friend, that is shocking, if it is true,” Schulz said in an interview with France 2. Officials in Japan and South Korea
said they were aware of the newspaper reports and had asked Washington to clarify them. Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, who is also in Brunei, told ANI television: “These are all areas of great strategic importance that we have to co-operate and collaborate in, in counterterrorism measures. “I think we [the United States and India] continue to remain in touch and co-operate and [if] there is any concern we would convey it or they would convey it to us,” he added. But some of Washington’s European allies said counter-terrorism could not justify the scale of the alleged spying. In an article that sparked EU outrage, Der Spiegel said on Saturday that the National Security Agency (NSA) bugged EU
offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks. On Sunday the German magazine reported that the US agency taps half a billion phone calls, e-mails and text messages in Germany in a typical month, much more than any other European peer and similar to the data tapped in China or Iraq. Hollande said he had told Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to contact Kerry for an explanation and that Fabius would also meet the US ambassador in Paris “to make the point that we cannot tolerate this kind of behaviour between allies and friends”. The French president said France and the EU, if not all US partners, would need guarantees on the spying issue before going ahead with negotiations and dealings with the United States. “We know there are systems that need to be monitored, notably in the battle against terrorism, but I don’t think this risk exists within our embassies or the European Union,” he declared. In Berlin, German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said the spying reports recalled Cold War hostilities. “It goes beyond any imagination that our friends in the United States view the Europeans as enemies,” she said. Peer Steinbrueck, Social Democrat candidate for German chancellor, said the EU and European parliament should halt trade talks with Washington until “these activities are ruled out” in future, saying: “This creates a huge loss of trust.”
Kerry shows united front on North Korea BRUNEI AgeNcieS
US Secretary of State John Kerry sought Monday to present a united front against North Korea’s nuclear ambitions as he met his counterparts from China, Japan and South Korea. Kerry, meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of an AsiaPacific meeting in Brunei, said that the two “both reaffirmed strongly the seriousness” of commitment to the denuclearisation of North Korea. “We look forward to working with you to accomplish this goal,” Kerry said
in brief remarks at the start of his meeting. China is the main ally of North Korea, which defiantly carried out its third nuclear weapons test in February and threatened to attack the United States, in language that was shrill even by the standards of the reclusive communist state. US officials have credited China with taking a firmer line against the North Korean regime headed by Kim Jong-Un, as part of international sanctions. This includes reports that state-owned Bank of China shut the account of a key North Korean government-controlled bank. Kerry also met jointly with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and
South Korea’s Yun Byung-Se. The two foreign ministers were expected later to meet one-on-one, their first such encounter since each country voted in new governments. “The three of us, our countries, are working very, very hard together on a number of critical issues,” Kerry said at the start of the three-way meeting, listing North Korea as one item of common concern. Yun said North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons “will never be tolerated” and that Pyongyang will “face further isolation and dire consequences in the event of provocations”. South Korea and Japan, which are both
close US allies, have prickly bilateral relations because of disputes related to Tokyo’s colonial rule of the Korean peninsula. Yun called off a visit to Tokyo in April after two Japanese cabinet ministers paid respects at the Yasukuni shrine, which venerates 2.5 million Japanese war dead inc l u d i n g prominent war criminals.
LOS ANGELES: At least 19 firefighters were killed battling a wildfire in Arizona, a spokesman with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office said late Sunday, updating an earlier toll of 18 given by the fire department. They died sometime late Sunday afternoon while fighting to contain the Yarnell Hill wildfire north of Phoenix, spokesman Steve Skurga told AFP, without giving further details. He was unable to confirm whether the dead were the same 19 firefighters reported to be missing earlier Sunday by the Arizona State Forestry Division. Arizona Senator Jeff Blake posted on his twitter feed: “I am sick with the news. Prayers go out to all affected.” A state forestry official told CNN the firefighters were from a local “hotshot” crew who had been digging a fire line to contain the blaze. AgeNcieS
31 dead In oIL tanker bLaze In uganda CaPItaL KAMPALA: At least 31 people have died in a blaze that engulfed an oil tanker after it was hit by another vehicle in a suburb of the Ugandan capital, police said Sunday. “We can confirm 31 dead and over 10 others seriously injured in the inferno,” Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Andrew Kaweesa told AFP after inspecting the scene of the accident that took place on Saturday night. “Most of the victims were scooping fuel from the tanker after it was hit by a car and fuel spilled out,” Kaweesa said. “People rushed there to take the fuel and in the process fire broke out engulfing the whole area and trapping them,” he added. AgeNcieS
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3 killed in Peshawar and kurram attacks PESHAWAR StAFF RePoRt
At least three people, including two policemen, were killed and another four were injured in separate incidents in Peshawar and Kurram Agency on Monday. Official said two policemen from Pishtakhara Police Station were attacked by two militants while the two were going about their routine duties. The militants, on a motorcycle, opened indiscriminate fire on the policemen killing the two on the spot. A passerby was also injured in the firing. Meanwhile, an improvised explosivesdevise (IED), planted by unidentified men, went off killing one and injuring another three near Malikhel village in Kurram Agency. A vehicle, carrying several passengers, was on way from Malikhel to Parachanar headquarters when it was hit by an IED. The killed was a Shia and officials believe that it was an act of sectarian violence.
It’s going to rain today! ISLAMABAD oNliNe
CHAMAN: A truck, carrying a vehicle of the NATO and US forces, crosses into Pakistan via the Friendship Gate in Chaman. iNP
3 labourers killed, 4 injured in naseerabad ambush DERA MURAD JAMALI StAFF RePoRt
Unidentified armed men shot and killed three labourers and injured four others in Tambo tehsil of Naseerabad district early on Monday morning. Khan Kot Station House Officer Abid Ali Bangulzai said the labourers working on a road project in Tambo were asleep at night when the unidentified armed men riding motorbikes arrived and opened indiscriminate fire, leaving three of them dead and four injured. “The victims were working on an ongoing road project from Imrani Shakh to Magsi Shakh area,” he said. The assailants managed to escape from the scene. After receiving information, police rushed to the site and shifted the dead and injured to hospital. The deceased were identified as Dur Muhammad Mengal, Abdul Jabbar and Gul Muhammad Jamali and the injured include Madad Ali, Khadim Hussain, Habibullah and Qadir Bakhsh Nichari. Later, the injured were referred to Larkana Civil Hospital for being in serious condition. The bodies of the dead have been handed over to the heirs after autopsy. The police cordoned off the area and launched a search to trace the suspects.
PtI fields asad, ayla for Islamabad, mianwali by-polls ISLAMABAD
HE parliamentary board of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) has finalised the party’s electoral candidates for the upcoming bypolls to be held across the country on August 22. PTI Chairman Imran Khan chaired the parliamentary board meeting held in Islamabad on Monday. PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Javed Hashmi, Secretary General Pervez Khattak, Additional Secretary General Saifullah Khan Niazi, KP President Asad Qaisar and Punjab President Ijaz Chaudhry also attended the meeting. Well placed sources in PTI told APP that the parliamentary board has decided to field senior party leaders
Asad Umar and Ayla Malik as the party’s candidates for the upcoming by-elections to be held in NA-48 Islamabad and NA-71 Mianwali. Mianwali’s seat has been vacated by Imran Khan while NA-48 had been won by Javed Hashmi. The PTI sources said that Noor Hayat Kalyar has been awarded t h e party
ticket f o r NA-68 Sargodha while Liaquat Ranjha has been nominated for PP-118 Mandi Bahauddin. The board also awarded tickets to Gul Bacha Khan for NA-1 Peshawar, Dr Imran Khattak for NA-5 Nowshera, Dawar Kundi for NA-24 Tank, Umar Farooq for PK-23 Mardan, Engineer Adil for PK-27 Mardan, and
Malik Adnan for PK-70 Bannu. The PTI would also support the brother of late Farid Khan from PK42 Hangu. Meanwhile, the PTI chief has constituted a review commission to conduct a comprehensive enquiry into the allegations of misconduct and malpractice/corruption during the ticket awarding process for candidates in Punjab. The commission will also examine the candidate evaluation procedures and suggest ways and means to improve them. The review commission is also tasked to look into various causes which adversely affected the party’s performance during the general elections and make necessary recommendations in this respect. The three-member commission will comprise of Tasneem Noorani as chairman while Maj Gen (Retd) Anis Bajwa and Ahmed Awais would be its members.
The Meteorologist Department on Monday forecast that Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, upper Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are likely to receive rain on Tuesday. The department said the spate of current monsoon showers in the upper areas of the country were likely to continue for another two days. The Met forecast further said parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir had received rain with gusty winds and thunderstorm on Monday, while Mianwali recorded maximum rain measuring 58mm. Dalbadin and Turbat witnessed maximum temperatures at 44°C.
Flour bags distributed among the needy
LAHORE PReSS ReleASe
Distribution of flour bags during the holy month of Ramadan among the needy persons residing in districts of Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Kashmore, Ghotki, Washuk and Kharan was initiated by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi in the year 2003 as a welfare measure. This benevolent help has continued ever since then during the month of Ramadan. Around 122,500 flour bags of 20 kgs each are being distributed amongst the poor communities living in the Districts of Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yar Khan, Kashmore, Ghotki, Washuk and Kharan through their respective district coordination officers and deputy commissioners.
TRAvelogue of A meRIT sCHolAR MEHER FATIMA “To impart world class quality education to the youth, with a view to building intellectual resources which are vital for socioeconomic development of the country as well as improving quality of life indicators for all without any discrimination.” This is the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who is making relentless and galvanized efforts for the betterment of quality education in Pakistan. In his view, the youth should be directed towards a bright future through proper exposure. In this regard, a delegation of talented and top position holder students is sent each year for study visits. Continuing this special initiative, originally started five
years ago, 36 shining stars from all over Pakistan were selected this year to be a part of the delegation going abroad. The students visit the top ranking universities of the world to broaden their horizon and the main aim is to expose them to the dynamics of international education system. We arrived at the Allama Iqbal International Airport for our departure to Muscat. A gracious ceremony was organised there in our honour. The chief minister himself came to see us off at the airport. We were presented with the “Guard of Honor” that was previously restricted to be given to the high authorities and dignitaries. In his address, he focused that this visit is intended to offer necessary exposure to students to the cutting edge technologies, to provide adequate opportunities
to the students who want to excel in their fields and to forge linkages with these prestigious universities. We, the “Walking Ambassadors of Pakistan” headed for our departure to Muscat at 1:30 pm and arrived at the Muscat Airport after 3 hours journey. Mr Muhammad Riaz, welcomed us all at the Al-Maha hotel and arranged a tour around the city of Muscat, introducing us to its historical background, cultural aspects and various financial and developmental areas. First, we went to see the graciousness and esteem of the Grand Mosque of Muscat, completed in almost 7 years and inaugurated in year 2000 by the Sultan himself. The infrastructure of the mosque is magnificent and remarkable. In this mosque, the largest carpet of the world has been laid
down. Our second place of visit was the Opera House, Muscat. It was also built under the supervision of the Sultan himself. It was also a place worth-seeing due to its grand building and a well-planned infrastructure. Lastly, we visited the Grand Palace of Sultan and the 7 star Al-Ravi Carlton hotel. After having a brief introductory tour around the city, we headed towards the Pakistan School Muscat where the school authorities and the Pakistan society club had arranged a dinner in honour of our visit. The ceremony was directed by the Chairman of Pakistan School Muscat, Mr Javed. Two students of that school addressed at the ceremony and conveyed their best wishes to us. Hnia Usman, a member of our delegation, expressed her
profound gratitude for the hospitality extended for us. Prof.Dr.Khalique enlisted various other initiatives taken by the Punjab government in the educational field like the PEEF, provision of laptops to the brilliant students, the Ujala program and the Daanish school system. The chief guest, in his speech, congratulated us on this achievement and praised the efforts of Shahbaz Sharif for taking revolutionary measures for revamping of the educational sector. After having the dinner with the members of Pakistan Society Club, we headed back to the hotel. The writer is 1st position holder, pre-medical group, BISE Multan 2012, and 1st position holder, matriculation, BISE Multan 2010.
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2 Pakistanis among five arrested in kunar KABUL oNliNe
Five insurgents, including two Pakistani nationals, have been arrested in two separate incidents in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, the National Directorate for Security (NDS) said in a statement on Monday. “Two Pakistani nationals, who have been detained by security forces, have allegedly confessed to their crimes to have been trained in Peshawar and sent to Afghanistan for operating anti-government activities, according to Afghan based Wakht news agency.” “Three other rebels have been captured by Afghan forces, who have been involved in murder, armed theft and other terrorist activities in the province,” said the NDS in the statement. The government armed oppositions including the armed Taliban have not still commented on the report. The case is under investigation and the details will be revealed later.
sC moved for contempt action over swiss letter ISLAMABAD iNP
A petition filed in the Supreme Court on Monday pled that the former law secretary’s letter to Swiss authorities was malafide and prayed for initiating contempt of court proceedings against the president, former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, former law minister Farooq Naik and former law secretary Yasmin Abbasi for committing fraud. The petitioner, Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, said the letter to the Swiss government was malafide as it was fraudulently written in collusion with Asif Ali Zardari, Ashraf, Naik and Yasmin and, therefore, prayed for initiation of proceedings against them for contempt of court, registering a criminal case against them and placing their names on the exit-control list (ECL). The existence of the letter became public last week when Attorney General Munir A Malik informed the Supreme Court that although the previous PPP government wrote a letter to the Swiss authorities in compliance with the court order in the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) case, it also sent a second secret letter to a law firm requesting for an official confirmation about the Swiss authorities’ inability to revive $60 million graft cases against the president. The filed petition stated that the communication made to the law firm was tantamount to committing contempt of court. The petition added that the purpose of the second letter was obstruction of justice. The alleged secret letter was written to Dr Nicholas Jeanding of law firm Fontanetassocies Geneva by the former law secretary, Justice (r) Yasmin on November 22 last year, Malik had told the court.
nawaz’s visit to further cement bilateral ties: Chinese envoy WEIDONG HOPES TWO SIDES MAY SIGN AGREEMENT ON ENERGY COOPERATION ISLAMABAD
HINESE Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said on Monday that the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China would be highly significant in further cementing bilateral ties and also help to ease energy crisis in Pakistan. “The government and the people of China are eagerly waiting Nawaz Sharif, hoping the visit will lead to comprehensive cooperation in all fields of their common interest, strengthening mutually
SAYS TWO COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN MAKING JOINT EFFORTS TO CURB TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM beneficial cooperative partnership” he said while briefing the local medial on Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China, at the Chinese Embassy. Energy will be certainly on top of agenda during the talks between Nawaz Sharif and his Chinese counterpart Li Kenqiang. He hoped that the two sides might sign an agreement on energy cooperation. Weidong expressed his confidence that the visit would be fruitful and productive, especially to give further boost to the economic and trade relationship. The visit, he further said, would send a positive signal outside of the world and to people of the two countries in regard
to their deep-rooted decades’ old brotherly relationship, which is a unique example in nation-to-nation interaction. During his stay in Beijing, Nawaz will discuss with the Chinese leadership plans for reinforcing bilateral strategic partnership, enhancing economic cooperation and development of PakistanChina trade and economic corridor. His country, he said, attached great importance to Nawaz Sharif’s visit and wished it help keep high the momentum of their comprehensive partnership. China considers Pakistan as its iron friend, and wished to help it coming out of its economic crisis, the ambassador said, adding that his country appreciates Nawaz for starting his first foreign tour from China that signifies the closeness and warmth which characterizes Pakistan-China relations. A number of proposals and initiatives will be discussed during the prime minister’s visit to strengthen their ties at all
sC summons kP Ig in missing person’s case ISLAMABAD oNliNe
The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa inspector general on July 11 during the proceeding of a case of missing person Khairul Rehman. Earlier, Abdul Rehman, father of missing Khairul Rehman, recorded his statement in front of a three-member bench on Monday that even after the lapse of four years, there is no one in the country who could listen to the voice of poor people. He requested the court that if his son was alive, then his meeting should be arranged with him, or if he was dead then his body should be handed over to him. Justice Jawad S Khawaja assured the father that his son would be recovered soon.
bill gates telephones nawaz ISLAMABAD iNP CHAMAN: A health worker administers polio vaccination drops to a child in Chaman, near the Pak-Afghan border. iNP
British historian says Afghan conflict resolution linked to Pakistan-India detente WASHINGTON SPeciAl coRReSPoNDeNt
Arguing that hostility between India and Pakistan lies at the heart of the current war in Afghanistan, a British historian has stressed that realisation of peace can be possible if the two South Asian nuclear powers see Afghan instability as a common challenge to deal with. William Dalrymple, who has authored nine books on historical subjects including on India and the Muslim world, analyses reasons and implications of the ‘deadly India-Pakistan-Afghanistan triangle’ in an essay posted by Washington’s Brookings Institution. In the light of the three-way tension and the many incidents that have sparked this continuing conflict between New Delhi, Islamabad and Kabul, the historian looks to the future of Afghanistan after the US withdraws from the longest war in its history. “The efforts Nawaz Sharif has
levels. The traditionally close, cordial, cooperative and friendly ties between Pakistan and China are based on shared principles and mutual interests entailing cooperation in diverse fields. “We are confident that the visit will provide further impetus to enhancing their existing strategic partnership which is also a source of peace, stability, prosperity in the region,” the ambassador added. To a question, the ambassador appreciated Pakistan’s role on counter-terrorism and said the two countries have been doing joint efforts to curb terrorism and extremism. The ambassador, who took over his new assignment just 20 days back, said he found great potential and depth in further development of their bilateral ties. “Our hearts beat together and all segments of society in the two countries are on the same page, keeping the momentum of the relationship high under all circumstances.”
made to reach out to India may strengthen the hand of the moderates in New Delhi. But whether he has the clarity of vision, the fortitude, the political will and the room to maneuver in that direction is an open question,” he writes. “What is certain, though, is that the future will be brighter for all three countries caught in a deadly triangle of mutual mistrust and competition if Pakistan and India can come to see the instability of Afghanistan as a common challenge to be jointly managed rather than as a battlefield on which to continue or, worse, escalate their long and bitter feud,” Dalrymple concludes. In his argument, Dalrymple, cites incidents in Afghanistan that allegedly represent Pakistan’s actions against Indian presence on Afghan soil and Indian activities that fuels the Pakistani opposition. He also refers to the history of full-fledged wars and limited conflicts between Pakistan and India since their independence from Britain in 1947.
“It is easy to understand why Pakistan might feel insecure. India’s population (1.2 billion) and its economy (GDP of $1.4 trillion) are about eight times the size of Pakistan’s (180 million Pakistanis generating an annual GDP of only $210 billion). During the period of India’s greatest growth, which lasted from 2006 to 2010, there were four years during which the annual increase in the Indian economy was almost equal to the entire Pakistani economy. “In the eyes of the world, never has the contrast between the two countries appeared so stark as it is now: one is widely perceived as the next great superpower, famous for its software geniuses, its Bollywood babes, its fast-growing economy and super-rich magnates; the other written off as a failed state, a world center of radicalism, the hiding place of Osama bin Laden, and the only ally of the US whose airspace Washington has been ready to violate and whose villages it regularly bombs. However unfair this stereotyping may be, it’s not surpris-
ing that many Pakistanis see their massive neighbour as threatening the very existence of their state. The origins of the Indian-Pakistani rivalry in Afghanistan date back to 1947 independence, the historian contends. “As the British walked away from their Indian Empire in the aftermath of the Second World War, they divided up their former colony between Hindu-majority India and overwhelmingly Muslim Pakistan. It was in that context that Kashmir became a thorn in the side of both countries. The fate of what had been, under the Raj, the princely state of Kashmir, became an anomaly of Partition. With its large Muslim majority, Kashmir was an obvious candidate to join Pakistan. But the pro-Indian sympathies of both its Hindu maharajah and its pre-eminent Muslim politician, Sheikh Abdullah, as well as the Kashmiri origins of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, led to the state’s remaining part of India, which Pakistan has always regarded as unacceptable.”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has assured The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of curbing polio in Pakistan. The PM was speaking to Bill Gates, who telephoned him on Monday. Nawaz said the government was committed to making Pakistan polio-free, adding, “This crippling disease would not be allowed to play havoc with the future of our children.” Gates said that his foundation would continue to extend its support and assistance to Pakistan for the complete eradication of Polio from the country.
musharraf’s trial won’t damage civil, military relationship: aitzaz ISLAMABAD APP
Senior Leader of Pakistan People’s Party Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government holds vast opportunities to take bold decisions for strengthening democracy in the country. He said that people of Pakistan had given a heavy mandate to PML-N, adding that there is a strong opportunity for the newly elected government to make decisions regarding fair trial of Musharraf. He said that fair trial of Pervez Musharraf would help strengthen democratic system in the country. Talking to Pakistan Television channel, he said regional and other countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had opened trials against military dictators and decisions were taken against them for violating laws. He said that military of other countries were also very strong but that the institutions never intervened in the Constitutional matters of the governments.
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It is money, money, money! Not ideas, not principles, but money that reigns supreme in American politics. –Robert Byrd
bowl that doosra Pakistan cricket needs revolution, not tinkering
CommenT Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
spate of terror No choice but to strike back
HERE is a need now to put an end to poppycock about talks with the TTP. In the senseless pursuit of preserving the likes of LeJ as strategic assets, the entire country has been left at the mercy of terrorists. Some had hoped that with the guarantors of peace, selected by the TTP itself, coming to power at the centre and KP, and the JUI-F supporting the PML-N in the National Assembly, there would be a respite to terror attacks. This has failed to happen which indicates that the TTP’s offer for talks was no more than a ruse. It is beyond doubt now that the terrorists are fully focused on creating chaos in Pakistan while using the differences between political parties and creating a gulf between them and the army. The last four weeks have seen inhuman and relentless attacks in Quetta and Peshawar killing scores of innocent citizens and security personnel. While the media and the opposition have reserved their adverse comments to give the newly elected government an opportunity to settle down, the extremist militants are leaving no stone unturned to destabilise the set up. The shameful Nanga Parbat attack has embarrassed Pakistan internationally. Coming as it does only days before Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Beijing, the attack was a calculated move to embitter relations between the traditional allies. That the terrorists continue to attack the elected representatives of the people leaves no doubt about their animosity to democracy and a desire to dictate to the people of Pakistan through the barrel of the gun. Two PTI MPAs and an MQM MPA have been killed since the declaration of the election results. That some of the politicians still continue to talk about parleys with the terrorists brings into question their political maturity. The people of Pakistan are fed up with the attacks. As happened after the excesses committed by the militants in Swat, the entire country would wholeheartedly support any well considered move to uproot terrorism in Pakistan once and for all. It would be disastrous on the part of the government to miss the opportunity. Unless the National Assembly, led by the government, responds effectively to the challenge posed by the bloody terrorist attacks there would be widespread despondency and alienation in the country. It is time the National Assembly owns the war against the TTP and its sectarian affiliates. What is required on the part of the administration is to spell out its much awaited security policy. Security agencies should be made to share information and coordinate activities instead of acting as rivals. Real time and actionable intelligence about the hydra-headed terrorist monster has to be pooled. All law enforcement agencies, civilian as well as military, have to subsequently work in unison to eradicate the menace that threatens the very existence of the state. The terrorist challenge has to be met with the full coercive force of the state without undue delay.
the ImF’s Catch 22 The argument for and against the IMF loan
HAT the prime minister shall sign the Letter of Intent (LOI), is one of eight key conditions that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has set out for the next bailout for Pakistan. The current round of talks is set to close on Wednesday with the IMF set to offer between $4.5 billion to $5 billion to the Pakistan government to “balance its books.” The amount already appears excessive for a government committed to the slogan of “austerity” and “breaking the begging bowl.” The IMF has believed none of the current governments sloganeering after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar admitted that the government would need another loan to cover the budget deficit – and it would have to take its “option of last resort” i.e. the IMF. The IMF itself appears not to trust the Pakistani government too much – and therefore is insisting that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif take full responsibility of implementing the conditions of the loan, instead of the finance minister or governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The critical days are Tuesday and Wednesday with regards to whether an agreement will be reached, with the IMF mission set to leave Islamabad on Wednesday. The IMF’s conditionalities are divided into two main sectors: the taxation side and energy. The IMF is also set to press upon Islamabad to jack up the discount rates in the months ahead, a move that goes against the logic proposed by the SBP. While the IMF has criticised the SBP’s monetary policy and asked it to increase interest rates to lure foreign inflows, the SBP Governor Yaseen Anwar has been reported to have told the IMF that “normal economic theories did not apply in the case of Pakistan” due to non-economic factors such as terrorist attacks and law and order situation which were keeping out foreign portfolio investment in the country. The SBP’s argument is that a lower discount/interest rate keeps inflation in check, while the IMF appears not to care about inflation. The IMF itself appears to be offering similar conditions to those presented to Greece, where it has admitted “failure.” Nonetheless, the fact is that the government is in a financial crunch and does need an influx of funds to balance the budget. The question is: why can the response not be taxes for the rich? Surely, had the budget included measures to bring the rich into the tax net, increased the tax on the blooming real estate market and taxed rich agriculturalists, the budget deficit could have been brought down to the targeted 4.5 percent. And surely the SBP is right when it says Pakistan is not an “ideal economy” for the IMF to be presenting textbook formulas. The ball now appears to be in the court of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Whatever they decide shall define the legacy of their term.
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ESPITE a cricketmad population of 180 million we haven’t turned out more than the twenty players who are being recycled in perpetuity, over the last decade. Isn’t that astonishing? If this is the best we can do, why not go back to playing gilly danda. Much cheaper and far less stress! Ok. Let us quickly agree something is drastically wrong. Either we don’t have the talent, or the system is plague infected. In this backdrop, perhaps Najam Sethi’s appointment as interim chief of PCB may not be a bad thing. Cricket needs to be rid of the plague infected Gaddafi Stadium mafia, consisting of men claiming dubious cricketing glory and possessed of peripheral knowledge that has depressingly dominated cricket for decades. If serious results are intended then you have to go for the jugular. And only someone totally unrelated with the politics of game can strike that blow. The key factor is that not every player or sports broadcaster is a brilliant administrator no matter how good he was or is. Granted every administrator is not a brilliant player or student of the game either. To be clear, the two roles are entirely different: both requiring specific expertise. Appointments in both aspects therefore need to be made in accordance and on merit. Pakistan cricket needs a revolution not simple tinkering. Let me quote an example from Wikepedia, “Theo Nathaniel Epstein (born December 29, 1973) is the president of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs. On November 25, 2002, he became the youngest GM in the history of Major League Baseball when the Boston Red Sox hired him at the age of 28. In 2004, he was general manager of the club that won the first World Series championship by the Red Sox in 86 years and was in the position when the team won another championship in the 2007 season.” There are people out there. If this game is to be regenerated, the answer lies in running PCB as a corporate entity with the cricketers as the prime asset and a business plan developed around the tangible assets and resources available thus mobilizing them into a profitable, viable and winning team. Najam Sethi must em-
ploy new and credible operational staff. And, importantly, restore regional parity. A hugely perceived bias has alienated a significant part of the national cricketing structure. The concurrent priority should be to review the legal status, ICC compliances and operational and financial propriety. Cricket has become a science. The magic lies in defying the information and statistics available to opponents from videos and eliminating those shortcomings using excellent coaching talent. For example, the field deployed by the Indians for Eoin Morgan who apparently has an offside bias. The commentators kept repeating that the Indians “are on to him”. And sure enough, they stifled him and got him out. It’s the same with every player on the international arena; gossip flies and weaknesses and secrets are exposed. It’s how teams exploit our mistakes; the faulty technique that we aren’t able to cure. Like Shahid Afridi, fifteen years of the same nonsense! The BBC termed Afridi’s 2010 Test innings “the most indiscreet innings ever played at Lord’s”. That was the first innings. To my mind the second was far worse because it happened within hours of the first. It was an act of gross mental indiscipline and extremely poor judgment. It’s the best he can do. He is severely handicapped. But PCB resurrects him time and again. With a test average of 35 and ODI average of 23, how can they dare to? Statistics reveal Imran Farhat has been given chances for a decade. A whole decade of being paralyzed and flatfooted at the crease! Then Salman Butt, after disgracing the country wants to play again. What audacity! Only in Pakistan can these things happen. Cricket here is played purely on the whims of the mafia and selection follows suit. For the national side to boast a run of the mill cricketer like Iqbal Qasim, as chief selector is a bad joke on cricket and the nation. To have ‘inspired’ ignoramus bleating on media about the advantages of local, as opposed to foreign coaches, is even more ridiculous. What professional coach do we have in this country? And if we did have one of standing, an international team would have snapped him up. Media must also take the responsibility to ensure quality broadcasts rather than this rubbish. Not having replacements earmarked isn’t due to lack of talent it is because talent is throttled. The classic case is Misbah, denied by Inzamam’s politics, in connivance with the mafia, until he was over 30. There are plenty like him out there being deprived of a ‘look-in’. I sincerely believe an alternate team can be built within six months that can take on and even defeat the current side. Wasim Akram and Javed Miandad, and possibly Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketers with a genuine
understanding and knowledge of the game can generate the benchmark to play for Pakistan. A significant role for them in national selection is vital and they need a free hand. An independent panel to harness indisputable talent is equally essential. The game has moved on. To combat this we need a team of foreign coaches, for different departments of the game, headed by a Greg Chappell, someone who will take no nonsense. This team of coaches should be provided the platform to develop the best teams to represent the country. School cricket is dead. A dedicated division within PCB is urgently needed to fully develop school and collegiate cricket as the prime resource base for the future of cricket. Successful international nurseries must be consulted regarding its format and an elaborate plan including infrastructure, academies and competitions be drawn up. Talent at the street level may throw up occasional brilliance but experience says we do not possess the skills to manage this beyond a point. Public interest in domestic cricket is zero. The absence of fans is because there are no regional or provincial teams fighting for top honours. In the existing structure it is a bank or a corporation competing. The fans don’t ‘own’ them. The existing structure undoubtedly provides financial support and lucrative employment benefits to players but perhaps these institutions can be sponsors of regional and city teams creating healthy competition and developing fan clubs. International football is a prime example. Without this the nursery, domestic cricket, will continue to be a lacklustre event, dismissed by the ‘stars’ and totally counterproductive. During the period 1956 to 1971 cricket was run as a tight ship, through tough times, with men of stature at the helm, Justice Cornelius, Fida Hasan, I.A. Khan and Muzafar Husain. For one there wasn’t any money in the game. Second, bidding farewell to the Oval heroes, building a new team, and then building another new team a few years later, goodbye Hanif, Saeed, Nasim et al was no mean task. Dealing with the Burki catastrophe in 1962 and so forth. But it was done. Perhaps Pakistan didn’t win many matches but discipline was perfect. It was soon after that the Kerry Packer typhoon hit cricket. It has never been the same again and that was like 41 years ago. So Najam Sethi, let me ask why interim? Having mastered the elections, add yet another scalp to your inventory. Bowl that Doosra now! The writer played for Karachi in the Ayub and Quaid-e-Azam trophies and served on the board of the Sind Cricket Association. The writer can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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the sinking titanic This is in response to “sinking Titanic” alluded to by Mr Altaf Hussain, the British nationality holder, whose political party has been given the mandate in Karachi. Pakistan’s symbolic Titanic is not sinking because of some natural disaster, but is in danger of being damaged by selfish saboteurs who unfortunately were either given the mandate to govern and deliver to the people or by the few within paid civil and uniformed bureaucracy who have drilled holes in its hull, by robbing the timber that held this ship together. This country built by Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal, Maulana Fazalul Haq etc will definitely survive with the sweat and labour of its 180 million toiling patriots, who will defeat efforts of those who having benefited the most from its creation, having chosen to abandon it and pledged loyalty to another nation and its sovereign. What greater honour can
be bestowed upon an individual who has been given the mandate to represent them and what can be an uglier betrayal than betraying this honour and choosing to rob the very coffers which they were supposed to protect and build upon. Countries and nations do not sink just because individuals do not have their way but only if states do not allow rule of law within their boundaries and leaders elected by people fail to uphold their oath of office to protect the constitution and the nation fails to hold them accountable. As long as the people can rise to protect their country and its sovereignty from saboteurs and robbers within it, no amount of external threat can harm Pakistan. If this country can survive the death of its founding father, it can certainly rise up to face the threats posed by the insatiable greed of few, for whom this country is not fit enough for their children to live in. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times. –Winston Churchill
Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
after the fall Firework time is nigh for the PTI
By the tuBe
Institutions, growth and prosperity What makes nations grow and how
HE study of prosperity has been one of the central questions in the field of economics. Why do some countries prosper and why are others stuck in a vicious cycle of low growth and poverty? Surely, countries which prosper must have something going for them, there must be some factor that accounts for the difference between low and high prosperity countries. Could it be that the geographical setting of some nations favours their flight towards prosperity? What about natural resources, do nations with more abundant natural resources outgrow those that do not? And institutions, do institutions play any role in the development of a country? Being the ‘dismal science’ there has been no final, causative verdict on the issue. However, research can point us towards the right direction and investigations on the causes of prosperity seem to point towards one underlying factor beneath this disparity. Surprisingly, it is not natural resources, with resource rich countries having a harder time sustaining periods of high growth as compared to countries with scarcer natural resources. In his highly cited paper ‘Natural Resource Abundance and Economic Growth’ Jeffrey Sachs states that countries with a higher ratio of natural resource exports to GDP have lower rates of growth compared to countries with a lower ratio of the same. The same conclusion was reached by Thorvaldur Gylfason, who hypothesized that countries with higher natural resources tend to have less trade, more corruption, less education and less domestic investment consequently leading to lower rates of growth as compared to countries with scarcer natural resources. If anyone ever thought the economy works in intuitive ways, be warned and be prepared to have your confidence in yourself shattered. So really, what then determines which countries will prosper and which will not? Extensive research on the subject has unearthed one oft-
overlooked aspect of economic growth: institutions. Defining what institutions are has been a matter of much academic nit-picking. Broadly though, institutions are said to be the constraints that dictate or guide human interaction in society or as Douglas North put it institutions are ‘the rules of the game in society’. The ‘rules of the game’ or institutions can either be formal or informal. Property rights, laws and statutes, police, army all would be of the former kind whereas customs, social norms, the importance of social capital are of the latter kind. As a subset of guiding human interaction, it is institutions that provide the incentives and payoffs in a society and therein lays the great importance of institutions. By being the ‘rules of the game’ or constraints if you will, institutions also decide the payoffs for actions taken by individuals. To illustrate, think of your local police station. The police, as an institution, have created a clearly positive payoff for bribery. Social norms coupled with negligible penalties and a positive outcome for both the individuals involved in the transaction create an environment which makes bribery part of the game’s rules. As stated above, institutions dictate the payoffs for individuals’ actions and in the same vein economic institutions dictate the payoffs for individuals’ actions in the context of a market. It is this aspect of economic institutions that make them so important for a country’s economic wellbeing. When a country has a set of enforceable, nonpartisan property rights, an individual’s incentive for trying to swindle people is low and the resulting penalties are high, hence lowering the payoff to operate outside the ambit of the established legal framework. Consequently, investors are more confident of earning a return on their investments and hence more willing to invest in that country, fuelling the engine of growth. Again, to illustrate, there is a reason why property in Defence, Lahore is the most liquid and considered a real estate investment safe haven. There is a trust and confidence amongst investors that there is very little likelihood of a property in DHA being disputed or having any sort of legal baggage with it, because the DHA ensures that that never be the case, that the properties it sells to investors should be free of any legal disputes. This example should not be taken as an endorsement but is only to showcase how properly enforced property rights can create an environment conducive to investment. Economic activity and transactions thrive in environments where individuals can rely on a fair, enforceable framework to back them up in case of any dispute. A lack of such a framework creates a perennial trust deficit amongst transacting parties, especially ones that do not have some sort of personal connection. This trust deficit in-
creases the volatility and risk inherent in that environment, thereby shutting out from the market investors with a lower risk tolerance than that required for the market. Functional economic institutions lower the market’s risk enough for more investors to be willing to commit their capital to it. Furthermore, a higher number of individuals in a market will also make that market more efficient, competitive and innovative. Without going into too much detail, embarrassingly clear is the fact that Pakistani institutions are dysfunctional, rotten and incentivizing actions society could do without, for example corruption and a blinding desire to hoard as much power as possible; though one feels the latter is also a symptom of our society’s dysfunction. Informal institutions have a much greater importance in our lives than formal ones, which will kowtow to anyone having enough social capital and wealth. At best, institutions are woefully slow to change. Unjust and dysfunctional are bad enough but not being able to change the same is where the real horror lies. Bad institutions will get stuck in a self-perpetuating cycle where the people in power and those who derive benefit from such institutions will use their political and economic power to keep this self-serving status quo in place and not allow the development of any such organizations and institutions that might hurt their interests. An acronym comes to mind, SROs. Suffering most from this lack of formal institutions is rural Pakistan, where power is structured in such a fashion that the local elected representative is a focal point in the distribution of service delivery, encompassing anything from justice to getting an electricity connection. Given the scope of powers that local elected representatives wield, would it be rational to think that at some point in the future, these representatives will voluntarily give up such precious, discretionary powers and hand them over to a set of functional formal institutions? It would be unwise to presume so. However, if society exerts enough pressure on political organizations and institutions, institutional change can be brought about. Institutions, especially political ones, are a function of society and when society so desires, it can force about institutional change. Our policy makers must realize that increasing public spending will only bring about so much prosperity. It might kick-start the economy into some sort of gradual ascent towards prosperity but to sustain the same over a longer time frame will require Pakistan to build up non-partisan, functional institutions, without which it will be extremely difficult for Pakistan to drag itself out of its poverty. The author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: Ahshafi
MRAN Khan’s first interview after the elections (Capital Talk, June 27, Geo). Or was it his first interview after his fall? In either case, it was a big deal. Fans and foes alike tuned in to see the man in his shining glory and whether he was still woozy after falling on his head. He wasn’t. I mean he was as he was before the fall. The man elicits different reactions from different sections of the public. From his fans, who think the great Khan sweats Arq-e-Gulaab, to his detractors, who think he is that specific Mullah incarnate who will finally do the Republic in, there would be a vast difference in analyzing how the interview went, depending on whom you were to ask. To segue into that: the problem of terror came up early, as it should, in any conversation with Imran Khan. This is not because terrorism is the greatest problem that the country is facing at the moment. It is but that is not the reason the issue is always discussed with Imran Khan. The reason is that it is the only issue, by and large, on which Imran Khan has taken a particular, specific stand. On all other issues, he has taken a “stance” which all parties have taken. There should be no corruption, check. There should be no injustice, check. There should be no unemployment, check. There should be merit in government appointments, check. It is only the terror problem where he has taken a tangible position, one that could be grappled with. In the program, he repeated what many had thought was originally a faux pas: his views on the killing of TTP notable Wali-ur-Rehman. When Rehman had been killed, Khan had condemned the killing of a “pro-peace” militant. These are views that he repeated on the programme. Has taking Imran Khan on regarding his stance on the Taliban become a lazy thing to do? I really don’t like it when socalled analysts ham-fistedly conflate him with the Taliban the way cartoonists do. Surely the issue, his stance, has more texture than that? But Imran Khan does not make his job any easier by giving out statements like the one above. By painting the picture of Wali-ur-Rehman that the PTI has, they have lionized a notorious militant. A toughened Talib indoctrinated at a madrassa in Faisalabad, he went on to become a dreaded militant in the TTP, of which he was a member since the organisation’s formation. In the already myopic binary of good Taliban and bad Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman does not come neatly in the good Taliban category. He was responsible for the deaths of scores of innocent Pakistanis (as opposed to innocent Afghans, who are the prey of the good Taliban.) This reminds me of the cartoon of the American generals standing in front of a couple of Taliban who are beheading a woman while talking to the Americans. Weren’t we supposed to be talking to the moderates within them, asks one of the other. These are the moderates, comes the reply. Imran Khan is surely going to be interviewed on the other channels now. He always was a media darling even when his was a tonga party (current best-friend Shaikh Rashid’s old assessment of the earlier PTI, not mine) but now he is an even hotter commodity, what with running a province in one provincial assembly and the opposition in another. He needs to be careful here. Would he want to steal CM Khattak’s thunder on KP issues as well? As it is, there is a feeling that Khattak got a dressing down by his leader on the whole issue of using the official helicopter on personal business. If there is a feeling that the province is being run, not from Peshawar but Bani Gala and Zamaan Park, our man Khattak is bound to feel belittled. Khattak should know. Back when his mentor Aftab Sherpao was CM, there was a feeling that PM Bhutto’s word was the last when it came to the then Frontier Government. This resulted in the Pashto limerick, Na bebay da, na Lala de, Daa da Sarhad Wazir-e-Aala de A little silly, as all political limericks are wont to be, so I won’t translate it. But think Lahori stage drama level emasculation. Once the idea is planted in Khattak’s mind and the stimulus (Imran Khan’s insistence on the centre stage) doesn’t ease up, expect some fireworks further down on the timeline.
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‘I’ve played three presidents, three saints and two geniuses - and that’s probably enough for any man’ — Charlton Heston
‘enter the dragon’ star passes away
arts Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
tHe new monroe on tHe bLoCk: JLo sIngs For turkmenIstan PresIdent
Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” on Saturday to a leader who has been characterized as one of the most repressive in the world. “We wish you the very, very, happiest birthday,” Lopez said to Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, and then she sang to him at a huge celebration at a resort in the central Asian country. The singer’s spokesman told CNN Sunday that “had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.” Human Rights Watch, in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, recently called Turkmenistan “a country marked by extraordinary levels of repression.” “Widely recognized as one of the most repressive in the world, the Turkmen government exercises total control of public life,” the report said. Lopez spokesman Mark Young said she “and several other artists were invited and performed at a private corporate event for the China National Petroleum Corporation that was presented to their local executives in Turkmenistan.” The event was not sponsored by the government and not political, he said. “The China National Petroleum Corporation made a last-minute ‘birthday greeting’ request prior to Jennifer taking the stage,” he said. “This was not stipulated in her contract, but she graciously obliged the China National Petroleum Corporation request.” StAFF RePoRt
BEAUTy IN BLACK: Uma Thurman arrives at the Versace show in Paris.
IM KELLY, who parlayed his martial arts skills into a successful but brief career in action movies, has died. He was 67. Kelly’s former wife Marilyn Dishman told CNN that the actor died Saturday of cancer, but did not elaborate. Kelly worked as a martial arts instructor in Los Angeles when he was tapped for his first role in the action movie, “Melinda.” But he is best known for his work in the 1973 Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon.” Kelly’s appearance in the movie was brief — fans lamented he was offed too soon — but his electrifying Afro, lanky 6-foot-2 frame and his wisecracks left an impression. Producers came calling. And he capitalized on the attention by taking on the title role in “Black Belt Jones” the following year. A spate of other roles followed throughout the 70s, most notably “Three the Hard Way,” but then dried up. In later years Kelly took up tennis professionally, becoming a ranked player on the USTA senior circuit. “I never left the movie business,” Kelly told The Los Angeles Times in 2010, when a retrospective DVD set of his movies came out. “It’s just that after a certain point, I didn’t get the type of projects that I wanted to do.” But he was never far from the screen or the spotlight. In 2004, he starred with basketball star Lebron James in a Nike commercial that spoofed another Bruce Lee film, “Game of Death.” And he sometimes appeared at comic book conventions, much to the delight of his lasting fans. He was survived by his lifetime partner of 33 years and wife.” NeWS DeSK
sunny in Tuscany: Cavallari returns from honeymoon Kristin Cavallari is starting to make us jealous. The former Hills reality star, who wed Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on June 8 in Nashville, Tenn., has taken to her Instagram account to reveal how adorably cute she and her hubby are on their honeymoon in Italy. The jewelry and shoe designer shared a picture of her and Jay. Looking happier than ever, Cavallari donned a white tank and black belted skirt, completing her Italian look with black pumps. Kristin tweeted out the romantic image with a single word, “Honeymoon,” along with a heart emoticon. In another photo, Kristin gave Jay a kiss, looking relaxed and in love, sporting a fedora hat while on a boat with the beautiful ocean behind them. The couple are proud parents to 10-month-old baby Camden. NeWS DeSK
tHe Heat film review
Story: Cops with wildly different temperaments are forced to work together on a case. Will they keep their differences aside and work as a team? MOvIE REvIEw: Uptight New Yorker Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent. She is ‘Miss I-know-it-all’, who is hated by her colleagues for being overtly competitive and unapologetic about her competence as a law enforcer. She even competes with the sniffer dogs of her squad with an intention of outshining them! Ashburn is sent to Boston to crack a case, where she is forced to work with cocky and short-tempered Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Shannon has to have her way while dealing with criminals. Can the cleanliness freak from New York put up with the control freak of Boston and work together despite having nothing in common? The Heat is not hot enough to leave you spellbound. It even loses steam once in a while, owing to certain cliched sequences and a standard storyline. For instance, the cops will have to undergo a makeover and dance
clumsily at a nightclub to nab criminals, etc. But what makes this predictable film fun is the quirky chemistry between its leading ladies (Bullock and McCarthy). The women are masters of comedy. Most of the humour comes from a volley of snide comments the two pass at each other. Given that the ladies are effortlessly quick and clever at it, the trick works. Even in portions where the fun element drops, the two make up for it with their repartee and bizarre attempts to keep the city clean. We’ve always seen male cop buddies hit it off, here’s one with a difference. Luckily, the sensibility isn’t that of a formulaic-chick-flick either. Given the genre, who better than Sandra Bullock to be at the helm of the proceedings? The Proposal and Miss Congeniality star is in top form once again. Matching her brilliance is Melissa McCarthy. If you wanted to see more of her in Hangover 3 and felt let down by her cameo, this is your chance. If you don’t expect buddy cop movies to be vastly unique, The Heat is fairly entertaining. couRteSy toi
emraan HasHmI to stun in classic remake Emraan to play Aamir’s role in Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi remake Mahesh Bhatt is remaking Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahi with Emraan Hashmi reprising Aamir Khan’s character. While the director hasn’t been finalised yet, it is learnt that the basic storyline will be the same as the original. Says Mahesh Bhatt, “The film I directed was modelled on It Happened One Night by Frank Capra, but didn’t do justice to the hero’s character. With this remake, we seek to do justice to the character played originally by Clark Gable, that of an unapologetic rake. couRteSy toi
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‘The kids today all seem to think they should be stars, but I wasn’t brought up that way’ — Don McLean
ARTs Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
another Hobbit down! trilogy’s final two ready to roll
R L A N D O Bloom and Ian McKellen are finished going there and back again. Ten years after the British actors worked together on the Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, both have now wrapped up their work on the final two installments of Peter’s Jackson’s three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit saga: The Desolation of
Smaug and There and Back Again. The cast and crew have been hard at work in New Zealand shooting the films back-to-back, and in a fitting tribute to his stars, Jackson said goodbye to both Bloom and McKellen in high style. Or— at least in the case of Bloom—through song! The director has posted a video on Facebook of Bloom spoofing his Legolas character in a cheeky musical number.
In the clip, the 36-year-old actor holds up an iPad while a looped video plays on screen with his character repeatedly screaming, “They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!” To give the ditty more oomph, Bloom begins to “sing” along with the clip, chanting, “To Isengard! To Isengard! To Isengard!” (Even Gollum makes a brief appearance in the video spoof—how’s that for
backup?) “A day after saying goodbye to Gandalf and Tauriel, it was time to farewell Legolas,” the director wrote. “What a great day it was, with Orlando battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting— part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie.” He added, “When we finally got the day done, we said goodbye to Orlando, had a couple of beers...and couldn’t resist doing this!” The director also said farewell to McKellen, who wrapped up his scenes as the wise wizard Gandalf. On Friday, Jackson posted a photo of himself with the 74-year-old actor, whose pensive expression succinctly summed up the duo’s emotions during the actor’s last shooting day. “Seconds ago we finished our last shot with Gandalf,” Jackson wrote. “The end of an incredible adventure that began in 1999. I’m feeling very sad right now.” That adventure continues to be a lucrative one for Jackson and Warner Bros.: The first installment in The Hobbit trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, grossed over $1 billion worldwide, only the 15th film in history to do so. The next entry, The Desolation of Smaug, arrives in theaters on Dec. 13, and There and Back Again will close out the saga on Dec. 17, 2014. NeWS DeSK
IrrFan not a bIg Fan oF bIg money Irrfan loves his craft and aims to nurture his relationship with his fans by giving them “memorable films”. As far as money is concerned, the Padma Shri winner’s motto is to earn enough to enjoy life - and not to be the highest paid actor. “I don’t look at my life that way and that’s not my goal. I don’t want to be the highest paid actor. The only thing I want is that whatever work I am doing, it should give me enough to enjoy my life,” Irrfan told IANS in an interview. “I have a relationship with the audiences and I should keep giving them some films which should be memorable. That is my concern. I only look at the story and the script and see how much I can contribute to the film,” he added. Although he won plaudits for his work in both commercial and parallel cinema, Irrfan is not so choosy when it comes to scripts.
not so suPerman: Creators reveal secret visual eﬀects
Canadina music star Celin Dion with her husband in Las Vegas, USA.
Weeks after the release of “Man of Steel,” audiences are still marveling at the film’s incredible technology — not just what was used to bring it to life, but the technology the characters have access to in the film. In a new featurette that posted Friday (June 28) on Wired.com, visual effects supervisors from the film discuss the Kryptonian technology that Jor-El — and later, his son Kal-El — used to explore the disintegrating planet from which they came. “On Krypton they use a different technology for their displays, through this technology that we called liquid geo,” Dan Lemmon explained, highlighting displays and other interfaces that use a liquidmercury-esque material. “The way we accomplished the display shapes was through a combination of animation and simulation. Once that animation was finalized, the effects department would run simulations on top of that animation.” Snyder with conceiving of the idea. “He wanted to do something that was interesting and different in the way that you saw information presented,” Letteri revealed. “He didn’t just want to do a typical screen. You need something that has that look but has to be in a sense more liquid.” In the film, the liquid shows up first when Jor-El is on Krypton as he puts the finishing touches on the transport that carries Kal-El to Earth. Later in the film, Kal discovers a ship buried under the ice in a remote part of the world, where his alien birthright — a small device shaped like his family’s “S” crest — unlocks its memory banks and allows him to interact with the consciousness of his father. Perhaps not unlike that
connection Kal so desperately yearns for from his father, the filmmakers wanted the technology to connect them to seem both ephemeral and fully tangible. “What we tried to come up with was this hybrid technique,” Letteri explained. “[That] would allow us to develop these forms on the fly so they had this metallic liquid droplet feel, but it felt tactile.” “Man of Steel” is playing in theaters now. couRteSy mtV
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The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. –Bertrand Russell
I seLL drugs, buy guns:
INFotaINMeNt tuesday, 2 july, 2013
InsIde an onLIne bLaCkmarket
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around eartH The shockwave from a meteor that exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains was so powerful that it travelled twice around the earth, scientists have said. The 10,000 tonne rock, measuring around 55 feet in diameter, created a huge hole in a frozen lake when it crashed into the ground in February and is said to have injured almost 1,500 people. The tremors from the explosion above Chelyabinsk city were recorded at around 20 monitoring stations across the world, it has today been revealed. The stations are part of the International Monitoring System network operated by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation. They are designed to detect nuclear weapon tests, and look for ultra-low frequency waves known as infrasound, the Independent reports. The findings were published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. It said it was the first time the stations had ever noted ‘multiple arrivals involving waves that travelled twice round the globe’ and teams said it was the ‘most powerful ever recorded’. Since it crashed to earth in February, scientists have found more than 50 tiny fragments of the meteor, allowing them to uncover information about its contents. Local residents have been more interested in the black market value of the fragments since the dramatic incident, as a ‘gold mine’ has been kickstarted for the valuable pieces. As they search for their own pieces of the meteor, rocks have already been put on the internet for sale, and police are warning all purchasers to prepare for possible fraud. The meteor injured nearly 1,500 people and caused widespread property damage in Chelyabinsk city. The debris narrowly missed a direct and devastating hit on the industrial city which has a population of 1.13 million but spread panic through its streets as the sky above lit up with a blinding flash. NeWS DeSK
brazen new online black market where users can buy drugs, forgeries and hacking services has broken cover to advertise itself in a YouTube clip. Looking like an advert for a well-funded Silicon Valley start-up, the slick promo video for Atlantis boasts that it is ‘the world’s best anonymous online drug marketplace’ It comes as the site’s backers announced the launch of a ‘big social media campaign’ that seems intended to make a play for the market share of the betterknown Silk Road. The products categories listed on Atlantis, which include drugs, drug paraphernalia, forgeries and money, leave little doubt that laws are being broken. Some of the products on sale include ecstasy pills, MDMA crystals, speed, cannabis, LSD, heroin and a range of designer compounds, all available for mail order as if they were bought on Amazon. Elsewhere services including Facebook account hacking and free access to Netflix, as well as tools that might be useful to criminals, are on offer. Users pay using the anonymous online currency Bitcoin, or its new competitor Litecoin, heavily encrypted payment services which disguise the parties in transactions. In an illicit online world that has hitherto been dominated by one site - Silk Road - Atlantis’s decision to advertise may be a desperate move to take a bigger grab of existing market share. Silk Road, in operation since 2011, remains by far the biggest illicit internet bazaar, with one researcher estimating that it attracts 60,000 unique visitors a day and a recent study estimating annual sales worth $22million (£14.5million), Forbes reported.
Like Silk Road, Atlantis is only accessible through the Tor network, an anonymising service which purports to foil attempts to track internet users’ online activities. Tor, whose name is short for The Onion Router, bounces web traffic around a worldwide network of nodes - dubbed onion routes adding layers of encryption to make users untraceable. The system works both ways, and while users can use Tor to anonymously browse mainstream websites, they can also exploit it to anonymous post websites without revealing their physical location. This anonymity has allowed for an explosion of criminality online, with users
swapping child porn, selling drugs or advertising illegal services - earning it the nickname of the ‘dark net’. Silk Road, despite a string of newspaper exposes in recent months, has at least made an effort to be more discreet, not actively advertising its website address, for example. Instead, those curious must find someone to tell them the website address or otherwise find it by browsing elsewhere on the so-called ‘dark net’. The new advert for Atlantis, which is almost certainly against YouTube’s terms of service, asks viewers to ‘meet Charlie’, a ‘stoner’ who has moved cities for work and has since been unable
to find any ‘dank buds’. ‘He didn’t think he’d ever find weed again, until he found Atlantis,’ it says. The story ends with Charlie getting ‘high as a damn kite’ thanks to the purchase he made through the site. It concludes: ‘So now that big problem Charlie had has completely gone away!’A person claiming to the online bazaar’s CEO recently told Reddit users on an ‘ask me anything’ thread: ‘We want to bring attention to the site and bring our vendors more buyers. He said he wasn’t concerned that drawing attention to the site might attract any unwanted attention from police. ‘Law enforcement is going to be aware of us (and probably already is) regardless of the way we choose to put our product out there,’ he said. Although Atlantis is set up to facilitate transactions involving a string of dangerous drugs and illegal services, its CEO, whose Reddit account has since been deleted, says there are limits to what is acceptable on the site. ‘We do not allow listings such as child pornography and necrophilia,’ he said. ‘We do take a moral stance, there’s a large difference between child pornography and drugs.’ He added: ‘Restricted items include anything related to paedophilia, poisons, loans, investment opportunities, assassination services or anything which can inflict harm on another person. ‘If you infringe on these rules we will terminate your account instantly.’ From the responses he gives to various questions on the Reddit AMA, it is clear that the CEO, whoever he is, believes there is little chance authorities can act against Atlantis. ‘We have team members in various different countries,’ he said. ‘I would say physical location is relatively irrelevant. ‘We can access our systems from anywhere, and our location and the server location is protected by the Tor hidden service network.’
has the bigfoot finally been found? COURTESY DM Decades after mysteriously disappearing, ‘The Iceman Cometh’ again. The infamous ‘Minnesota Iceman’ will be exhibited at Museum of the Weird in Austin, Texas, starting next week after touring at fairgrounds and malls across the country in the late 60s and early 70s. The museum’s owner, Steve Busti,
said Wednesday that the frozen, ‘Neanderthal or Bigfoot-like monster’ will be on display beginning July 3. The iceman, 6feet-tall, was billed as ‘The Siberskoye Creature’ or ‘The Creature of Ice’ beginning in 1968. The hairy creature was displayed in a solid block of ice inside a refrigerated coffin. A man named Frank Hansen exhibited the iceman and claimed to have been
behind its discovery, according to the book ‘Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America’s Enduring Legend’. Two cryptozoologists, Ivan Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, examined the body during their search for evidence of Bigfoot the same year the iceman became a carnival exhibit. The pair believed the creature to be a real, unknown species, with Sanderson even remarking he could smell a decomposing corpse through cracks in the icy tomb. The pair believed the creature to be an evolutionary missing link--Heuvelmans even dubbed him ‘Homo pongoides’. After the two cryptozoologists examined the creature, Sanderson convinced someone at the Smithsonian Institution to launch an official investigation. Unfortunately, Hansen reportedly switched the ‘real’ body with a latex dummy before an investigation took place. At first, Hansen suggested he found the iceman in Siberia, but he confessed he shot the creature in Minnesota woods before putting it on ice. As a result of these new claims, the FBI almost became involved, thinking Hansen had been exhibiting a murder victim. When the Smithsonian assessed the Iceman--after Hansen said he switched it with a dummy--the museum stated it was ‘satisfied that the creature is simply a carnival exhibit made of latex rubber and hair...the “original” model and the present so-called “substitute” are one and the same’, according to ‘Bigfoot Exposed’. Investigators with the Smithsonian also discovered a company on the West Coast made Hasen an iceman in 1967, but whether or not it was just a replica of the ‘real’ iceman. The company Hansen commissioned to make the dummy never saw an original. After touring through the early 70s, the creature and its eccentric owner remained out of the public eye until 10 years ago, The Huffington Post reported. After investigating its whereabouts for two years, Busti tracked down Hansen’s family and bought the frozen beast or rubber impersonation, depending on who’s talking.
tHe red PLanet We’ve all seen the photos and images of Earth taken from space while space stations orbit our home planet. But one perspective no human has seen if the view orbiting Mars - our neighbour red planet. Now, thanks to satellite imaging taken by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe you can actually experience what it would be like to orbit the planet. The video zooms in and out on the planet as Mars spins on its axis. The Express satellite was launched in 2003 and started taking data on the planet in early 2004. The main goal of the mission was to figure out if there is or was ever any water on the planet. Originally the structure had two parts, the satellite and a lander called the Beagle 2. Beagle 2 was supposed to land on the planet on December 25, 2003 but failed. It wasn’t too much of a surprise though, since nearly half of all landing attempts have failed. The satellite side of the project however, has been quite successful and earned five extensions, the most recent going until 2014. According to measurements taken last year, the satellite has enough fuel to last another 13 years in space. couRteSy Dm
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I told BCCI the entire story. In those 27 days I had been treated like a criminal, a murderer. –S. Sreesanth
S Profligate west Indies escape with thrilling win
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West Indies’ stand-in captain Kieron Pollard praised his side for showing character in a tense one-wicket win over India at Sabina Park, despite the main batsmen failing to close out the game. Chasing 230, West Indies lost their ninth wicket with ten needed, but Nos 9 and 11, Kemar Roach and Tino Best respectively, held their nerve to seal their second consecutive win in the tournament. “At the end, we got over the line and that’s what matters,” said Pollard, who stood-in for the injured Dwayne Bravo. “In the recent past, West Indies teams would have capitulated completely, so it shows we have a bit of fight and character in this side. “We are West Indian cricketers. We attack. If we get into our shell, we get out. That’s how we play cricket and it has worked for us. At the end of the day you have to back yourself. We have to be happy for victories. We cannot say we are not feeling so good because No. 10 (sic.9) and 11 got us over the line. They are batsmen in the team as well.” A modest target of 230 was made to look complicated by West Indies, who lost wickets due to extravagant strokes, despite being well ahead of the required rate. Johnson Charles, who set the platform with 97, was one of those who perished trying to clear the infield. In the end, it was a level-headed partnership of 10 runs between Roach and Best that ended India’s five-match unbeaten streak in ODIs. However, Pollard wanted his team to assess the reasons for such a tense finish. “It’s just a matter of us doing the things that we haven’t done so well, especially in the middle overs.” he said.
HE pursuit of the money shot nearly cost West Indies what should have been an easy win, and it took a 10run stand for the last wicket in front of a nervous full house to end India’s nine-match winning streak in international cricket. With balls remaining in the chase of 230 out of equation, Kemar Roach and Tino Best, who had taken two wickets each previously, showed the more accomplished batsmen how to finish the chase off - they added 10 in 4.2 overs and still had 14 balls to spare - but it can also be argued that it was the free-flowing approach that put West Indies in comfortable positions in the first place in a chase that oscillated between the ridiculously easy and the plain ridiculous. If West Indies kept India down to 229 for 7 through sustained pressure with the ball on a damp pitch, their response with the bat knew no caution: six of the nine
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wickets they lost were followed by boundaries immediately after, and five of their wickets were a result of extravagant shots when all they needed was 15 more minutes of sensible batting. The result was a thrilling finish where dot balls were cheered on vigorously, where three men around the bat became a regular sight, the annoying horns were almost all put away, and advice flowed freely from the engrossed crowd. The teams could do with advice: they were both missing their captains. West Indies lost Dwayne Bravo to a groin injury before the match, and Kieron Pollard left behind three former captains to make his leadership debut. MS Dhoni injured himself while batting, and didn’t take field. India’s loss turned out to be more crucial: stand-in keeper Dinesh Karthik’s gloves were visibly late to an R Ashwin offbreak with Johnson Charles stranded down the wicket. What should have been a stumping to make it 198 for 8 now went for what was adjudicated four runs. Replays didn’t show an edge, and even if there
was one it was not significant enough for Karthik to be so far away from the line of the ball. It shouldn’t take away from Charles’ 97, though, who scored 60 in his last match against India. Charles is not the most orthodox batsman, but he tends to put oppositions off. He has a low back lift, and decides late, almost too late, whether to move forward or back, and which shot to play. Somehow, though, he makes the best decisions on his day, which it was today. For company for most of his effort, Charles had Darren Bravo, who can be quiet the opposite: high back lift, a certain flair, a reliance on the early picking of the length, and a tendency to get better with the length of the innings. Charles broke away early. His response to Chris Gayle’s wicket, caught at short cover in the second over, was three straight fours hit straight down the ground off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over. His response to the next two wickets - Devon Smith and Marlon Samuels - in the next two overs was to cart Bhuvneshwar and Umesh Yadav for three more fours. Some time later, he took his first single. It took him to 25, and West Indies to 42 for 2 in ninth over. With the pitch easing out, India were now reliant on spin, but Charles and Bravo attacked India’s magic man, Ravindra Jadeja, immediately. Each of
them hit a six in Jadeja’s first two overs, and it was down to Ashwin now, who was introduced in the 15th over. He troubled the batsmen immediately, but they both broke free, and brought up their fifties. However, in what was to become the trend, Bravo fell to Ashwin when West Indies were headed towards an impregnable position. He went to hit a short ball, was done in by the stopping of it, and ended up dragging it to leg, leaving the last six 88 to get. Charles responded with his fourth six, this one brought up with an inside-out six hit off an Ashwin carrom ball that he picked early. West Indies were now 155 for 4 in the 30th over. Wickets kept falling at the other end, with West Indies possibly looking for a bonus point. Pollard followed one wide delivery, Denesh Ramdin swung wildly, and India had been let back in at 161 for 6. Darren Sammy now launched a counterattack - 29 off 26 laced with three sixes - but he, too, left the job unfinished when he tried to hit Ishant Sharma for a third boundary in 37th over. Soon, Charles was reprieved. He even tried to farm the strike, but on 97 with mid-off up, he couldn’t hold himself back, and left the game open once again. West Indies still needed 19 runs, India sensed the win now, but Roach and Sunil Narine knocked nine of those runs.
ScoReboARD iNDiA Rg Sharma c charles b Sammy 60 S Dhawan c & b Roach 11 V Kohli c gayle b Sammy 11 KD Karthik c & b Samuels 23 SK Raina c †Ramdin b Roach 44 mS Dhoni*† b best 27 RA Jadeja b best 15 R Ashwin not out 5 b Kumar not out 11 extRAS (b 5, lb 6, w 9, nb 2) 22 totAl 229 Did not bat i Sharma, ut yadav Fall of wickets 1-25 (Dhawan, 4.2 ov), 2-39 (Kohli, 9.1 ov), 3-98 (Karthik, 25.3 ov), 4-124 (Rg Sharma, 30.6 ov), 5-182 (Raina, 42.6 ov), 6-197 (Dhoni, 46.1 ov), 7-212 (Jadeja, 48.4 ov) bowling: KAJ Roach 10-2-41-2 , tl best 10-0-52-2, DJg Sammy 10-3-41-2, KA Pollard 1-0-8-0, SP Narine 10-056-0, mN Samuels 9-1-20-1 WeSt iNDieS ch gayle c Raina b yadav 11 J charles c i Sharma b yadav 97 DS Smith lbw b yadav 0 mN Samuels b Kumar 1
Dm bravo c Dhawan b Ashwin 55 KA Pollard* c Karthik b i Sharma 4 D Ramdin† b Ashwin 4 DJg Sammy c Ashwin b i Sharma 29 KAJ Roach not out 14 SP Narine c Dhawan b Raina 5 tl best not out 3 extRAS (lb 2, w 5) 7 totAl 230 Fall of wickets 1-13 (gayle, 1.4 ov), 2-25 (Smith, 3.1 ov), 3-26 (Samuels, 4.1 ov), 4-142 (bravo, 27.5 ov), 5-155 (Pollard, 30.2 ov), 6-161 (Ramdin, 31.4 ov), 7-197 (Sammy, 36.5 ov), 8-211 (charles, 40.2 ov), 9-220 (Narine, 43.2 ov) bowling: b Kumar 7-1-36-1, ut yadav 9.4-2-43-3, RA Jadeja 10-1-50-0, i Sharma 9-0-51-2, R Ashwin 10-0-44-2, SK Raina 2-1-4-1 mAtch DetAilS toss West indies, who chose to field Points West indies 4, india 0 Player of the match J charles (West indies) umpires iJ gould (england) and PJ Nero tV umpire JS Wilson match referee JJ crowe (New Zealand) Reserve umpire N Duguid
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Chris Rogers has been confirmed as Shane Watson’s opening partner for Australia in the first Investec Test against England at Trent Bridge. The Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, said Rogers had been inked in to partner Watson on the eve of the tourists’ final Ashes warm-up match against Worcestershire at New Road. “Watson and Rogers will open the batting for Australia, I’m comfortable with that, they’ll play the first Test,” Lehmann said. “All the rest are in the frame, but Rogers has obviously been picked for a reason by the previous selection panel and we’re really comfortable with that, he’s had a great summer here with Middlesex, made two big hundreds and been in good form.” Rogers was understandably delighted to know he is guaranteed to add to his one Test match, against India in Perth in January 2008. “I’m naturally excited. It’s a huge thrill,” Rogers said. “Anyone who has been selected doesn’t want to be a one-Test wonder. I had probably given up hope at times but I guess
gooch urges england top order to cash in SPORTS DESK: Batting coach Graham Gooch urged England’s top order to make the most of sound starts after all the side’s specialist batsmen failed to do just that on the first day of their Ashes warm-up against Essex. England finished the opening day of four at Chelmsford on Sunday well-placed at 328 for seven but with the only stand of note thus far coming from an unbroken eighth-wicket century partnership between Tim Bresnan (55 not out) and Graeme Swann (62 not out). Former Essex and England captain Gooch, one of England’s greatest batsmen, has long emphasised the importance of “daddy hundreds” – players turning good starts into truly large scores. All of England’s top seven, including captain Alastair Cook, Gooch’s protege, reached double figures on Sunday but none could follow the master’s example. But they should have at least one more chance to spend some time in the middle before England begin the defence of the Ashes with the first test against Australia in Nottingham starting on July 10. “It’s a fair total. But we’d have liked some of our top order to spend more time at the crease, and capitalise on their starts,” Gooch said.
with the new selection committee and retirements of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey it gave me a bit of hope that they would pick an older head. “I can just enjoy it and really see
that there is nothing to lose. I didn’t expect this opportunity and hopefully I can play well. If that happens hopefully we can win a few games as well.” The decision means Ed Cowan
and David Warner have been deposed as Australia’s opening combination after a moderately successful union over the previous 18 months. Both must now will vie for the remaining places in Australia’s first Test batting line-up, Cowan potentially at No. 3 and Warner further down. Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird have slim chances of squeezing into the bowling quartet for Trent Bridge, but the resting of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and the spinner Nathan Lyon for the tour match in Worcester is the strongest indication yet that they will be the frontline attack for Australia. The captain, Michael Clarke, is playing in further pursuit of time in the middle following his early tour back complaint, while Watson is marked down to bowl against Worcestershire after being kept away from allrounder duties against Somerset. Apart from anointing Rogers, Lehmann said that he was considering a five-man bowling attack for Trent Bridge, which would likely have Brad Haddin and the uncapped James Faulkner batting at Nos. 6 and 7.
KINGSTON: Virat Kohli, who stood-in as captain during West Indies’ chase in the absence of the injured MS Dhoni, said he had no choice but to be attacking in his captaincy in light of the modest total posted by India. West Indies were made to chase 230 and managed to scrape home by one wicket at Sabina Park on Sunday. “I have captained in the IPL but that’s a Twenty20 game,” Kohli said. “This was totally unexpected. It was more thinking on the feet. It was a good experience for me. I had to keep attacking fields throughout the game because we needed wickets. When asked about Dhoni’s influence on the game, Kohli was candid. “There were times when you are under pressure and you miss him (Dhoni) because he remains calm under pressure.” Kohli also praised Johnson Charles, who struck a match-winning 97 to set up West Indies’ second consecutive win. “He is someone who’s done well for (West Indies). It’s a good thing for them. It’s good to see a young player from West Indies coming through and play the match-winning knock. We were putting pressure on him and he really stood up.” With West Indies struggling at 212 for 8 after 41 overs, Kohli made a surprise move by bowling a parttimer, Suresh Raina.
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If something like this happens again, we don’t want one of us to be killed. –Sergio Perez
Tuesday, 2 July, 2013
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ConTACTed foR THe CoACHIng JoB: InzI KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq has denied reports that he is in line to take over as the national team’s batting coach after team’s poor show in the recent Champions Trophy in England. “This time no one from the Pakistan Cricket Board has contacted me as yet regarding the batting coach position. Many people are asking me about this but I’ve had no contact from the PCB,” he said. Inzamam was, last December, approached by the board to work as a batting consultant with the national team and even worked with the players before they went to India for a one-day series. “Inzamam was invited to travel with the team to India but declined as he had prior commitments with an Indian channel for the series. The board than asked him to accompany the team to South Africa,” the source recalled. “Unfortunately the PCB and Inzamam couldn’t reach an agreement so the former captain didn’t travel to South Africa,” he added. Inzamam said there was no doubt that the national team required the services of a proper batting coach or consultant. “I would say it should be someone who has lots of experience of playing international pressure games and someone who is respected in Pakistan cricket,” the former captain said. The stylish batsman also said he was disgusted by the team’s performance in the Champions Trophy. “We put up a disgraceful show in the tournament although we were expected to make the semi finals,” he noted. “The players didn’t do justice to their green blazer and fans. It was a huge disappointment and at times difficult to watch. I think a number of players performed well below expectations and some of them did not do justice to the Pakistan shirt during the tournament.” “The batting was in absolute shambles and looked all at sea throughout the tournament. The line-up we had at the Champions Trophy is better than the totals made in England,” said Inzamam. Inzamam said he was surprised by the flop-show as the batsmen had been preparing for the tournament in advance. “They have problems of confidence and self belief and until these issues are sorted out they will never be consistent and fall under pressure,” he said. “Pakistani batsmen looked as if they had been brought together a few days ahead of the tournament and given a bat for the first time.” The former captain advised the national selectors to try some new players for the West Indies tour without any fear of losing as they must start planning ahead for the next World Cup. “I don’t think we have enough time to now delay these hard decisions. We need to give confidence to new and young players and not discard them after just a few matches. Give them time to settle down and show their mettle at the top level.” “No young cricketer can perform in circumstances when they play one game, are subsequently dropped and then brought back in the very next game,” he said. AgeNcieS
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Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mustaq has said that international cricket is in dire need of a world class spinner on the lines of legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne. Speaking in a free-wheeling interview with Pak Passion, Mushtaq said that while he was impressed with the performances of Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, the game of cricket still needed a spinner of star quality similar to the command that Warne had over international cricketers between 1992 and 2007. He specifically praised the all-round qualities of Ashwin in all forms of the game. On Jadeja, he said that while
he has proven his class in oneday and Twenty20 cricket, he was yet to establish himself as a Test spinner. Test cricket, he said, requires the utilisation of a very different set of skills. He also said that he was in favour of spinners innovating at every opportunity, and added that if the pause delivery is working and confusing the batsmen, spinners should persist with it. He said that cricket required a fresh set of role models similar to leg-spinners like Abdul Qadir, Shane Warne, Mushtaq Ahmed and Anil Kumble. “These days there are no role models for up-and-coming legspinners and it`s disappointing. What leg-spin bowling needs is another Shane Warne, someone who can inspire the next generation,” Mushtaq said.
ISBAH-UL-HAQ, the Pakistan Test and ODI captain, has demanded that his underperforming batsmen step up and take responsibility after his team crashed out of the Champions Trophy in England following three successive defeats. “I think our batsmen must understand their game, the conditions which they are facing and then apply themselves,” Misbah said on his return from England. “It’s the responsibility of the batsmen. It’s not that we were short on practice. We did prepare well for the tour but conditions in England were tough and our batsmen couldn’t handle them. I suppose that’s been the one area where we’ve lacked scoring consistent runs. We had these same batting problems on the South Africa tour so we now have to try to sort them.” Pakistan were sorely let down by their batsmen in the Champions Trophy. They failed to cross 200 - bowled out for 170 against West Indies, 167 against South
Africa and 165 in a rain-affected match against India to get eliminated from the group stage. Only Misbah, the fifth-leading run-getter in ODIs this year with 548 runs, hit two half-centuries. The other senior batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal performed poorly. Pakistan’s batting was also found wanting on their tour of South Africa earlier this year, where they lost all three Tests and the one-day series 3-2. Misbah insisted batting is a serious weakness Pakistan have to overcome as they look to build for the 2015 World Cup. “The simple thing is that batsmen aren’t able to handle themselves. There are technical faults and we need to address them. Whenever we go abroad we will face such problems so we have to address them sooner or later. If we don’t improve, don’t learn, then such things will go on. “We will have meetings in the next twothree days to finalise the team (for the West Indies tour). Changes are necessary and we have to sit down and discuss, make changes and plan who are the players to be groomed
for the future. We can rebuild the team in the next two years by grooming players who are good enough. “It’s not like we are picking the wrong players. We always try to select players who are good for the team, players who can win us games. These are the same set of players who have won us games. But now that they have not performed, you are saying they were sifarshi [unmerited recommendation] players. This is not the issue, they have done well in the past as well.” Pakistan play five ODIs against West Indies starting July 14, the first two in Guyana and the remaining three in St Lucia. The ODIs will be followed by two Twenty20 internationals in St Vincent. Misbah was wary about the challenge in West Indies and believed the onus would be on his batsmen again. “We will face slow pitches on the West Indies tour and need to graft our innings,” Misbah said. “If the batsmen give the bowlers a total of more than 250 then they can win us matches. I think it will again be a test of our batting in the West Indies.”
amir could be allowed pCb training facilities SPORTS DESK A five-member ICC sub-committee, which was set up after the 2013 annual conference to review the anti-corruption code, will also look into relaxing certain conditions of the five-year ban imposed on Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir after the spot-fixing scandal of 2010. While the most stringent stipulations of the ban will still remain, the PCB has requested the ICC to consider a few concessions, especially with regard to Amir using the board’s facilities for training. A PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo: “The ICC, during the annual conference week, constituted a five-member committee that will review and recommend amendments to the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, and on recommendation from the PCB, will also provide its suggestions to the ICC board on the ban related to Mohammad Amir.” The ICC was unwilling to the reveal who would comprise the subcommittee. Regardless of the recommendation from the committee, Amir will not be able to play any kind of club, domestic, or international cricket
and will not train with the national team. The only significant allowance that could be made is that he regain access to the training facilities offered by the PCB. The PCB made the request to the ICC only because Amir had complied with conditions of the ban: not committing any further breach of the
anti-corruption code and undergoing the ICC’s educational and rehabilitation programme. Amir will be available for national selection from September 3, 2015, and the PCB sought the relaxation of some terms so that he could be ready to play as soon as his ban ends, rather than spend more months in training.
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We’ve already had a few little chats, but we can have some more in the future. –Mark Webber
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Froch will ‘quite willingly’ face golovkin: Hearn
SPORTS DESK: Just hours after demolishing Matthew Macklin to retain his IBF middleweight title, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin’s name was already being linked with one of the most durable fighters on the planet - IBF super middlewight champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch. Hearn said over the weekend: “Carl Froch will fight any man. Whilst Golovkin is largely avoided, Froch will quite willingly step up, and ideally that is a fight that could happen in the middle of 2014.” “Golovkin is one of most widely avoided fighters on the planet and fair play to Macklin for stepping up, but Golovkin is a freak of nature. He’s a beast” “According to HBO, he’d would be willing to step up to super-middleweight and a fight with Carl Froch would just be epic.” Nottingham’s three-time world champion is famed for being extremely durable, and has only ever seen the canvas once in his 33 fight professional career. This came while making the first defence of his WBC belt against Jermaine Taylor in the US. After being knocked down in the third round, a determined Froch rose to overcome the highly experienced Taylor, stopping him in the 12th round to retain his title back in 2010. Golovkin has now stopped 24 of his 27 opponents and will find it increasingly difficult to secure realistic challenges at middleweight. A step up to 168lbs could be well be on the cards. The US based Kazakh has said: “I want to fight again very soon.
gavin rees hints at retirement following loss to anthony Crolla
SPORTS DESK: Britain’s Laura Robson saw her inspired run at Wimbledon ended at the fourth-round stage by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who won their match 7-6(6) 7-5. Former quarterfinalist Kanepi - who has risen as high as 15 in the world rankings - produced a big-serving fourth round performance but was pushed by Robson, who will certainly rue missed opportunities to reverse the result. It was only the second appearance in a Grand Slam last 16 for the British number one - who reached a similar stage at last year’s US Open - but she
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SPORTS DESK: Former WBA light welterweight champion Gavin ‘The Rock’ Rees (37-3-1) has hinted at retirement following his narrow points loss to Anthony Crolla at Bolton Arena over the weekend. Speaking to Phil Blanche of Media Wales, Rees, 33, said: “It’s possibly cooked my career, maybe that’s it – the Ricky Burns fight has gone, everything’s gone.” After the loss to Crolla, Rees’s promoter Eddie Hearn suggested there were big domestic dates available for the Welshman, but asked: “Does someone like Gavin want to fight for lesser titles and smaller money?” To which Rees replied: “Domestic level? I doubt it, no. I doubt it very much.” Ress’s trainer, former world title challenger Gary Lockett, vowed to support the Rock’s decision whatever it may be. “I’ll back him 100 per cent in what he chooses to do. He’s had a fantastic career, won British and European titles and a version of the world title – and how many from Wales have done that?”
knows she is better than the 7-6, 7-5 scoreline. Kanepi, ranked 12 places below world number 38 Robson, has made a habit of claiming British scalps in recent weeks - beating Heather Watson at the French Open and home wildcard Tara Moore in the first round at SW19. Robson is the first British women’s player to reach the fourth round in 15 years and was seeking to end an even longer wait for a quarterfinalist - Jo Durie reaching that stage in 1984, when she was beaten by
ABINE Lisicki pulled off a remarkable upset to defeat top seed Serena Williams 6-2 1-6 6-4 in the last 16. Serena, the reigning champion and winner of the French Open, has looked untouchable since the start of the tournament, and was unbeaten in 34 matches going into the last-16 clash. But Lisicki, the 23rd seed with a strong record at Wimbledon in recent years, paid no heed to the form book and raced through the first set 6-2. The champion roared back, levelling the match with a nine-game winning streak and taking an immediate break in the deciding set. But once again Lisicki was not done, twice breaking back to get on terms in the third and then converting another to serve out at 5-4. She spurned a match point, but took her second before breaking into tears in front of the rapturous Centre Court crowd. Lisicki next meets Kaia Kanepi for a place in the semi-finals, after the Estonian overcame British hope Laura Robson 76(6) 7-5. Li Na romped into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-0 victory over Roberta Vinci. The 2011 French Open champion served for the first set at 5-0 up but was broken by the doubles specialist, who
raised loud cheers on Court Three as she finally registered a game against her name on the scoreboard. The 30-year-old Vinci, seeded 11th, held her next service game but from then on Li was an unstoppable force as she won the next seven games to reach the last eight at Wimbledon for the third time. The Chinese favourite will next face either 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska or Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova. Petra Kvitova flew the flag for former Wimbledon champions on Monday when she became the first to make the quarterfinals with a 7-6 6-3 win over doughty Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. After the high-profile departures of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova in the first week, Kvitova sneaked through on a blustery Court Three before the main fourth-round action had started on the big show courts. It was not all plain sailing for the 2011 champion, who has yet to rediscover the consistency that took her to world number two 20 months ago. “I was pretty nervous today...I didn’t play my best, especially in the first set. But it’s important to win the last point which was what I did,” Kvitova told a news conference. Suarez Navarro, 24, the last Spanish woman in the draw, harried her from the baseline, moving fast, returning early and chasing down the Czech’s booming groundstrokes.
SPORTS DESK: David Ferrer wore down Croatia’s Ivan Dodig with his highenergy scrambling to move into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-7 (3) 7-6 (6) 6-1 6-1 win on Monday. The Spanish fourth seed arrived 10 minutes late on Court Two and was slow to impose himself on the match, losing the first set in a tiebreak before winning the second the same way. Dodig, ranked 49th in the world, could not maintain his consistency as the match wore on and his serve, which had been such a weapon in the early stages, faltered to allow Ferrer to turn the screw. After failing to win a point on the Dodig serve for four successive games in the second set, Ferrer broke three times in the third and twice in the fourth to wrap it up. Ferrer, who has now reached seven successive Grand Slam quarter-finals, will next face eighth seed Juan Martin Del Potro or Italian Andreas Seppi. ROUND FOUR RESULTS: 4-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 6-7(3) 7-6(6) 6-1 6-1 24-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) beat Jurgen Melzer (Austria) 3-6 7-6(1) 6-4 4-6 6-4 Lukasz Kubot (Poland) beat Adrian Mannarino (France) 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-4
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In 2012 we were not having this problem. Therefore, if that is a known, established, durable specification, you would have thought that is the easiest thing to do. –Martin Whitmarsh Hana Mandlikova. Both players appeared nervous in the early exchanges but Robson finally started to find her range and rhythm with her powerful groundstrokes and thudding forehands. She had the chance to serve for the set at 5-4 but was broken as Kanepi rallied and the opener headed for a tie-break. Robson established a mini break to establish a 5-2 lead but Kanepi then won four points on the spin and while the British number one saved her first set opportunity, the momentum was on the side of the Estonian, who seized her second set point chance. Robson held her nerve and saved two break points at 3-3 in the second set but her trusty forehand then started to stutter. And Kanepi finally broke to love at 5-5 and then served out the match at the first opportunity, although not before the home favourite saved three four points in some late but ultimately futile resistance. Round four results: 6-Li Na (China) beat 11-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-2 6-0 8-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) beat 19-Carla Suarez Navarro
Park wIns tHIrd consecutive title S SPORTS DESK
OUTH Korean Park Inbee became only the second LPGA player to win the first three majors in a season when she roared to a fourstroke victory at the US Womens Open on Sunday. The world number one held steady with a final-round two-over-par 74 to finish at eight-under 280 at Sebonack Golf Club in New York. She earlier this year won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the LPGA Championship. Only Mildred (Babe) Didrikson Zaharias has previously won the first three women’s Majors in a season. She did it in 1950, winning the Titleholders Championship, the Women’s Western Open and the US Women’s Open. Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim matched Parks 74 and took second at four-under 284 but was never able to really challenge Park. Ryu So-Yeon was third at one-under 287 with Americans Paula Creamer and Angela Stanford and England’s Jodi Ewart-Shadoff tied for fourth at oneover 289.
(Spain) 7-6(5) 6-3 20-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 7-6(2) 6-3 Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Laura Robson (Britain) 7-6(6) 7-5
no HuLL deaL For austIn: burnLey SPORTS DESK: Burnley have not agreed a fee with Hull for the sale of striker Charlie Austin, the Lancashire club has said. The 23-year-old has been linked with Steve Bruce’s promoted Tigers throughout the summer, with some reports claiming a deal was set to go through. Championship side Burnley have denied that, though, tweeting: “Contrary to media reports, Burnley Football Club has not agreed any deal with Hull City for striker Charlie Austin.” Austin signed for Burnley from Swindon in January 2011 and has scored 45 goals for the club since then, with 28 of them coming last season. Strike power is something Bruce was short of during the 2012/13 campaign, despite his side going up automatically. Their total of 61 goals scored was amongst the lowest in the division, with midfielder Robert Koren their leading marksman with nine.
baKelaNtS iN yelloW after SurpriSe StaGe tWo WiN SPORTS DESK Belgium’s Jan Bakelants held on by one slender second to defy a rampaging peloton to take a remarkable victory in stage two of the Tour de France - and the race lead - in Ajaccio. The 27-year-old from RadioShack - riding his debut Tour de France - was part of a six-man break that formed on the final run into the finish of the lumpy 154km stage from Bastia. With the peloton closing in, Bakelants surged ahead of his fellow escapees ahead of the kilometre-to-go banner and somehow had the strength to hold off the pack, which was led over the line by Slovakian Peter Sagan of Cannondale, just one second in arrears. Overnight leader Marcel Kittel (ArgosShimano) was dropped by the pack on the first of four categorised climbs to pave the way for a debut yellow jersey for Bakelants, who leads Britain’s David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) by one second on GC. Stage one winner Kittel crossed the line in a large group of riders more than seventeen minutes off the pace after another eventful day on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. British national champion Mark
Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was also part of the second group, alongside a whole host of sprinters whose legs could not cope with the succession of climbs. Cavendish’s team-mate, the Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, celebrated his 34th birthday by instigating the final six-man break 10km from the finish. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Gorka Izagirre (Euskaltel), Manuele Mori (Lampre), Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil) and Bakelants joined Chavanel on the front of the race as the break built up a 10 second lead over the peloton. The Cannondale team of Sagan led the chase alongside a cluster of riders from Garmin-Sharp, who were hoping to see their man Millar in yellow. Just as the leaders looked to be crumbling, Bakelants decided to go alone – and defied logic by holding on for the biggest win of his career. “I’m incredibly happy,” Bakelants told Eurosport. “I’ve never won a professional race before in my career and I’ve had incredible bad luck in the past.
silverstone kerbs not behind blowouts: warwick SPORTS DESK Silverstone’s owners hit back on Monday at suggestions that the circuit’s kerbs could be to blame for explosive Pirelli tyre failures at Sunday’s British Formula One Grand Prix. Derek Warwick, President of the British Racing Drivers Club, said he had been out to look at the kerbs and dismissed as “absolute rubbish” reports that sharp edges might have cut the tyre sidewalls. “These kerbs have been in since 2009. We’ve had thousands and thousands of cars go over these kerbs and they have been absolutely fine,” Warwick, an ex-Formula One driver whose brother Paul was killed in a racing accident in 1991,
told Sky Sports television. “We’ve had them checked by the FIA (International Automobile Federation) and they comply completely,” he added as a safety debate raged, with talk of a possible driver boycott of the next race in Germany. The Briton said the Silverstone race - in which strips of tread containing metal belts flew off the tyres and narrowly missed the heads of drivers following behind had at one stage looked like a disaster in the making. “We need to make sure it’s a good race here at Silverstone in order to bring the crowds back for next year so to say I was panicking would be an under-statement,” said Warwick. He pointed the finger at Pirelli,
the three teams who prevented the supplier from introducing a stronger version of the tyres for the race at Silverstone and the sport’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone. “I think Bernie, the FIA and Pirelli are bringing the sport into disrepute and they need to have a serious look at themselves and change these tyres and not expect all the teams to agree,” said Warwick. “Take it out of the teams’ hands and put safe tyres on these cars,” he added. Ferrari, Lotus and Force India have resisted moves to change the construction and compounds of the 2013 tyres, which other teams say are too quick-wearing and not hard enough, because their cars are working well with them.
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SPORTS DESK: Former Newcastle striker Michael Owen has insisted Alan Shearer was not to blame for the club’s relegation in 2009. Shearer, who was in charge for the final eight games of that season, and new director of football Joe Kinnear, who had presided over the club for a little more than six months earlier in the campaign, have had a very public difference of opinion over who was responsible for the Magpies’ demise. However, Owen, who has also been criticised for his contribution to a survival fight which came up short, is adamant a combination of factors was to blame.
CHIevo ConFIrm sannIno SPORTS DESK: Chievo have officially confirmed the appointment of new coach Giuseppe Sannino. Reports last week in the Italian Press suggested that the former Palermo man would be announced as the new man at the Bentegodi. And this morning a post on their official website has confirmed the 56-year-old as the next boss. “Chievo Verona can announce that it has entrusted Mr Giuseppe Sannino to
guide the first team,” the notice read.
randaLL deParts sPIreItes SPORTS DESK: Midfielder Mark Randall has left Chesterfield having reached the end of his contract. The former Arsenal trainee has not been offered a new deal and leaves the
Spireites after two years with the club. “We’re still looking for a central midfielder but it will be a strong, aggressive, holding type of midfielder,” Blues boss Paul Cook told Chesterfield’s official website. “We thank Mark for everything he’s done and wish him every success for the future.” Randall, 23, joined the Spireites in the summer of 2011 after being released by Arsenal.
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egypt in turmoil as defiant morsi stands firm against coup threat CAIRO AgeNcieS
GYPT was thrown into fresh turmoil on Monday when President Mohamed Morsi’s aides indicated he would not give in to the threat of a military coup just hours after the army gave him two days to placate the millions who have taken to the streets calling for his departure. The head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, threatened direct military involvement in the political process “if the demands of the people are not realised”, in a statement implying that Morsi should either step down or at least call early
elections. The Presidency indicated that it viewed the statement as a coup d’etat. “Obviously we feel this is a military coup,” a presidential aide said. “But the conviction within the presidency is that [the coup] won’t be able to move forward without American approval.” According to a statement on the president’s official Facebook page, Morsi met Sisi along with the prime minister late on Monday. The aide’s comments earlier in the day implied that the presidency was hopeful of continued US support. They also suggested the presidency was banking on the likelihood that the military would not risk upsetting the US, which provides it with significant funding.
On Monday, the US president, Barack Obama, indicated that Morsi had not yet lost his backing. “We don’t make those decisions just by counting the number of heads in a protest march but we do make decisions based on whether or not a government is listening to the opposition, maintaining a free press, maintaining freedom of assembly, not using violence or intimidation, conducting fair and free elections,” he said. But in Egypt, events suggested the tide had already turned, with 10 cabinet ministers resigning and the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, burnt and ransacked in an all-night siege. In an episode reminiscent of the sacking
of Hosni Mubarak’s political headquarters during Egypt’s 2011 uprising, about 50 antiBrotherhood protesters spent the night attacking the compound – situated on a rocky, isolated outcrop in east Cairo – with molotov cocktails, causing a series of small fires and explosions. As evening approached, Tahrir Square was a scene of jubilation as the possibility of renewed military involvement in politics was greeted enthusiastically by many protesters, who have lost trust in the presidency and its top-level opposition. Hundreds of thousands flooded the square in celebration at the news, and others set off fireworks. Military helicopters flying overhead were greeted with cheers and chants of
“the army and the people are one hand”. One Egyptian television channel started a ticker counting down the hours until the coup. “It’s the only institution capable of running the country,” said Ahmed Mahmoud, a bank clerk protesting outside the presidential palace in north-east Cairo. The National Salvation Front (NSF), Egypt’s largest opposition grouping, greeted the announcement warmly, hoping that it may pave the way for their greater involvement in government. “We hugely appreciate the statement from the armed forces because it shows that our military will always be a part of the Egyptian people,” said Hussein Abdel Ghany, an NSF spokesman.
yes to peace with India, No to New delhi’s role in afghanistan ISLAMABAD ShAiQ huSSAiN
KARACHI: Supporters of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen stage a sit-in demonstration at MA Jinnah Road on Monday against the bombing in Quetta’s Hazara Town on Sunday. oNliNe
Key suspect in Farooq murder case in Pakistan’s custody KARACHI AAmiR mAJeeD
The fate of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its chief Altaf Hussain is now in the hands of the country’s military establishment, which reportedly holds a key suspect from Karachi in the Dr Imran Farooq murder case in its custody. However, the MQM has said that it has no idea of any arrest in the case. The party also maintains that if any arrest has been made by law enforcement agencies in this case, the MQM has not been informed of it. British authorities contacted Pakistan’s top leadership and demanded access to the key suspect. Not only this, the cross-border sharing of information has pushed the case further ahead. Per reports, the country’s top intelligence agency raided a house situated in Model Colony a year ago and took a man into custody who is said to be a prime suspect in Dr Farooq’s murder case. A well-placed source told Pakistan Today that the country’s top intelligence agency raided a house that was situated in Street 27, Model Colony and arrested a man. “Later, the Pakistani government shared the information that was collected from the suspect with British authorities which enabled Scotland Yard to make significant breakthrough in the Dr Farooq murder case,” he claimed. A Military Intelligence (MI) Malir Town Division official confirmed on condition
of anonymity that a team of a top intelligence agency had raided a house in Model Colony, Malir and arrested one person. “We have no details about the person as we have been asked not to go into the details,” he added. A few months before the purported arrest, then interior minister Rehman Malik had rejected media reports about the development into the murder case, but he issued no such statement later. MQM UNAwARE: “We do not have any idea about any arrest in Dr Imran Farooq murder case,” MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hassan claimed. “Dr Imran Farooq was our leader and we have not been informed if any arrest was made in his murder case from Karachi,” he added. “The British police interrogated 3,000 people in Dr Imran Farooq murder case and the MQM is satisfied with the probe by the Scotland Yard, but what is unacceptable is that our party chief was pressurised by the British authorities during the process,” he added. “The intensity of the pressure could be gauged from the fact that he was not allowed to take legal assistance,” he said, adding that the MQM chief had decided to fight the legal battle himself. “The British authorities launched a search operation of Altaf Hussain’s house in London for almost three hours and took away several things,” he claimed, adding that they did not even provide the details of the things that were taken into custody.
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The London Metropolitan Police has interrogated two leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and has recovered important archives as well as high-valued diamonds and jewellery from two bank lockers, a private television channel reported on Monday. According to sources, police had tracked the details of the lockers while conducting a search operation in the houses of Altaf Hussain and a relative of his. The sources said the London police had compiled a report based on solid evidence against the MQM chief and sent it to the Crown Prosecution Service. The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. The sources added that the MQM chief would be part of
the interrogative process after the government lawyers’ response. Two former leaders of the political party provided firm proof to the London police which helped the officials in their investigation. Police officials also claimed that £1 million or more were also recovered during the raid. The London Metropolitan Police and the Crown Prosecution Services will present a progress report on the Imran Farooq murder case before British Home Secretary Theresa May today (Tuesday). The Crown Prosecution Services will hold a special session with the top police officials before meeting the home secretary. Earlier, the MQM chief voluntarily stepped down from his post on June 30 after the raid conducted by the London police on his residence but retracted his resignation within six hours.
Pakistan has conveyed to the Obama administration that it wants the United States to address its concern on any major role of India in Afghanistan in the post-NATO scenario. Currently, talks between the US and Mullah Omar-led Afghan Taliban in the Qatari capital have been stalemated due to reservations of Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the Taliban office, but diplomatic sources said the formal negotiations between American officials and Taliban representatives would begin as soon as Karzai had expressed his willingness to support the Doha process. Pakistan, on its part, is fully supporting the Doha process and it was in fact the key role played by Islamabad that helped secure the Taliban willingness for talks with the US and various Afghan groups in Qatar, as well as the opening of Taliban office there.
According to sources, Pakistan had also been instrumental in persuading the Taliban to soften their stance in the standoff with Karzai government over their office in Qatar and enter into meaningful negotiations with the US officials and other Afghan groups, including representatives of High Council for Peace in Afghanistan. However, a source seeking anonymity said Pakistan was also in touch with the US and its other NATO allies like the UK on the India’s role in Afghanistan. “Pakistan has its concerns over any major role assigned to India in Afghanistan by the United States after the NATO troops’ pullout and that has been conveyed to Washington,” he said. He said the issue of Indian role and its increased influence in the wartorn country was also discussed by the Pakistani leadership with British Prime Minister David Cameron during his two-day visit to Islamabad that concluded on Sunday. The source said Pakistan was not against friendly ties between Afghanistan
and India, but at the same time it would also not like the use of Afghan soil for any antiIslamabad activities. In the past, Pakistan had spoken to New Delhi as well about the involvement of Indian hand in fomenting trouble in its Tribal Areas as well as Balochistan, for which Pakistani authorities believed the Afghan soil had been used. Another diplomatic source, who also asked not to be named, said mindful of fact that any tension between Islamabad and New Delhi would impact its strategy for NATO troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US was trying hard, though through back channel diplomacy, for the recommencement of peace dialogue between rival nuclear neighbours. “Resumption of peace dialogue with India is one of the priority areas of Nawaz government also and owing to that as well as US efforts for improvement of ties between Islamabad and New Delhi, the nuclear South Asian states are likely to soon embark on the course of negotiations,” he said.
snowden applies for Malala’s friend shazia political asylum in russia gets British visa MOSCOW AgeNcieS
US leaker Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia and President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he was welcome to stay as long as he stopped leaking US intelligence reports. Last night, Snowden applied for political asylum at the consulate office of the Sheremetyevo airport, where he had been staying for more than a week in legal limbo, a foreign ministry official said. “At 10.30 pm (1830 GMT) yesterday, British citizen Sarah Harrison turned up at the consulate department at Sheremetyevo airport and submitted a request from Snowden about granting him asylum,” consulate officer Kim Shevchenko said. Sarah Harrison is an employee of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who accompanied Snowden on his June 23 trip from Hong Kong, where the former NSA contractor leaked details of the US surveillance programme after leaving his job in Hawaii. Putin appeared to respond to Snowden’s request today by saying at a news conference that Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on charges of espionage, must stop leaking information damaging Washington if he wants to stay in Russia. “Russia never hands over anybody anywhere and has no intention to do so,” Putin said when grilled by reporters
about the fate of the leaker believed to be holed up in the airport’s transit zone since his arrival from Hong Kong on June 23. “If he (Snowden) wants to remain here there is one condition — he should stop his work aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners no matter how strange this may sound coming from me,” Putin said. But Putin, whose comments came before the announcement by the consular officer that Snowden had applied for asylum, himself appeared to indicate that was an unlikely scenario. “Because he feels like a rights activist and defender of human rights all indications are that he is not going to stop this work. So he has to choose a country of residence for himself and move there.” The Russian president reiterated Snowden was not a Moscow agent and was not working with Russian special services. US President Barack Obama today confirmed that there were high-level consultations between Moscow and Washington over Snowden’s fate. “We have gone through regular, law enforcement channels in enforcing the extradition request that we have made with respect to Mr Snowden,” he said while on his African visit.
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A schoolgirl injured in the Taliban attack against Malala Yousafzai last year has been granted a British student visa after receiving death threats in her home country, it emerged on Monday. Shazia Ramzan, 15, had a joyful reunion with her friend Malala when she flew into Birmingham airport in central England on Saturday night, their first meeting since they were shot on their school bus on October 9. Both girls are being supported by the office of Gordon Brown, the former British prime minister who now serves as United Nations special envoy for global education. In a brutal attack condemned the world over, Taliban gunmen shot Malala at point-
blank range as the bus travelled through Swat Valley. She was targeted because of her work promoting girls’ education, but two other girls were also injured, including Shazia, who suffered wounds to the neck and shoulder. Malala was flown to Britain for surgery on her head injuries and returned to school in Birmingham in March. Her friend will now have a chance to complete her studies at an undisclosed school thanks to a scholarship and support from charities including Brown’s A World At School initiative. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to study here and try to become a doctor,” Shazia said in a statement issued by A World At School. “I wanted so much to stay in Pakistan and complete my education but constant threats made this impossible.”