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CJ unhappy over police powers for fC in Quetta QUETTA agencieS

PESHAWAR: A view of damage at the site of a suicide car bombing near the residential quarters used by the US consulate, and the office of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). afp

‘TWoAmERiCANS’ AmoNg foUR killEd iN PESHAWAR SUiCidE CAR bombiNg Bomber rams explosives-laden vehicle into vehicle being used by US diplomats g US embassy rejects deaths of nationals, KP minister claims dead included Americans g

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At least four persons, including two foreigners, were reportedly killed and 19 others injured in when a suicide bomber detonated his explosivesladen vehicle in the University Town area of Peshawar on Monday. Though the US embassy in Islamabad denied its nationals’ casualties, local officials and Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said the deceased included two Americans. Officials said the target of the bombing was apparently a vehicle in use by US nationals. Per details, the suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the vehicle purportedly carrying US nationals on the main Aabdara Road in University Town. The massive explosion left a fourfoot crater on the road and destroyed several houses and vehicles. The bomb-proof vehicle of US diplomatic mission was also badly damaged. A police officer who witnessed the

attack said the US nationals attacked in the blast were whisked away by another vehicle soon after the blast, therefore, authorities were unclear of the actual casualties and injuries caused to the foreigners. Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Imtiaz Altaf also expressed ignorance about the fate of US nationals in the vehicle attacked by the bomber. However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said those killed “included two Americans”. Some other sources also confirmed the killing of two US nationals. However, the US embassy in Islamabad released the following statement through State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland: “We can confirm that a vehicle belonging to the US Consulate in Peshawar was hit in an apparent terrorist attack. Two US personnel and two Pakistani staff of the Consulate were injured and are receiving medical Continued on page 04

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday questioned the Balochistan government’s decision to give police powers to Frontier Corps in Quetta, asking why the FC had been delegated policing powers when various allegations already existed against it. Hearing the Balochistan law and order case at Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry with Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S Khwaja, the CJ wondered what the police had been doing all this time for restoring order in the province. The bench summoned the attorney general for today (Tuesday) to seek his comments on the development. Hearing the petition filed by the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, the chief justice said smuggled cars were being used across Balochistan and people were openly carrying and displaying arms. He said the authorities concerned were not taking any serious action and were involved in mere lip service, adding that deteriorating law and order had forced people to move to Punjab, Sindh and other areas of the country. The chief justice also inquired about the attorney general’s absence from court and Justice Khwaja also expressed his displeasure over the AG’s absence and nonserious behavior. The chief justice said Balochistan had become the province most-affected by lawlessness and these circumstances were persistently bothering all and sundry. Ordering Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir and federal secretaries of interior, defense and law to appear in court on Tuesday, the CJ noted that 17 police personnel killed in Balochistan had come for duty from other provinces. The chief justice said police officials were violating court’s orders and the situation had deteriorated to the extent that a district judge had been assassinated along with his security guard. Addressing Balochistan Inspector General Tariq Omar Khitab, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry questioned his force’s performance. He said nine districts in Balochistan were sensitive and directed the inspector general police to submit a list of people falling victim to targeted killings in the province in the past six months.

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pML-N decides to continue boycott of provinces’ commission ISLAMABAD agencieS

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) President Nawaz Sharif on Monday suggested the appointment of a caretaker prime minister from one of the smaller provinces of the country. A meeting of the PML-N headed by Nawaz discussed various issues, including the country’s political situation, formation of interim government and new provinces. PML-N Senator Ishaq Dar took the meeting into confidence over talks held with a team from the government. It was decided during the meeting the PML-N would not become part of commission on new provinces. The party leaders said the government should form a national commission for

carving out new provinces if it was serious in its efforts. The meeting also gave approval of the suggestion that the caretaker PM should be taken from a smaller province. Meanwhile, PML-N Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal said the government had made the new provinces issue controversial by forming the commission unilaterally. Talking to reporters after the PML-N core committee meeting, Ahsan said the government was not serious about forming new provinces. Ahsan lamented that the resolution of Punjab Assembly was neglected and rejected the government’s offer of holding local bodies election before the general election. He called lawlessness in Karachi a clear evidence of the failure of

the government. Ahsan said the party had also decided to continue protests against the recent hike in POL prices inside and outside parliament. The PML-N meeting was attended by Raja Zafarul Haq, Ishaq Dar, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Amir Muqqam, Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, Tehmina Daultana, Mehtab Khan Abbasi and others senior leaders. Separately in an interview with a newlylaunched newspaper, Nawaz said the forthcoming polls would bring a “big change” in the country. Criticizing the rulers, he said the present government had led the nation to economic degradation and moral degeneration. “In such circumstances, establishment of a government truly representative of the masses has become a dire need of the hour. Only such a government can bring

the nation out of darkness, poverty and extremism,” Nawaz said. He said the PML-N was the only political

party that not only had a plan but a competent team of committed and patriotic members to execute that plan.

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Pakistan sees drone strikes spike in August 2012 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan was at the receiving end of seven CIA drone strikes in its tribal areas during August, making it the highest number since October 2011. According to ‘The Bureau of Investigation Journalism’, the total number of people killed in these drone strikes is between 29 and 65, including senior militants and at least two civilians. All seven strikes happened in the days following the month of Ramadan, increasing the number of strikes this year according to the bureau’s data, which adds that there had been no let-up in strikes during Ramadan and Eid, since US President Barack Obama came into power. In contrast, no drone strikes had ever taken place on either Christmas or Easter. The report said that the August strikes ended after three coordinated attacks on August 24, which killed between 13 and 18 people, including several named militants of Turkistan and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

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SC not delivering justice in Arsalan Iftikhar case: Asma

KARACHI: Police personnel take positions during an operation against criminals in Shanti Nagar on Monday. ONLiNe


BNP lawmaker Ahsan Shah disqualified over fake degree QuettA: Balochistan High Court on Monday terminated the membership of a Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP) Member of Provincial Assembly and Minister for Industries Syed Ahsan Shah over his fake degree. His membership was challenged by Dr Yaseen, a leader of the National Party saying that Shah held a fake degree. The BHC finally sent Shah, who was elected as a member of the Balochistan Assembly from PB-48 Kech-I, declaring him disqualified from holding membership. agencieS

Two NATO oil tankers torched in Bolan, driver injured BOLAN: Unidentified armed men attacked two oil tankers supplying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan, and torched them in the Dhadar area of Bolan district on Monday. According to sources in the Levies, the oil tankers were carrying fuel for NATO troops in Afghanistan from Karachi via Sibi, when a group of unidentified armed men opened fire at them set them ablaze. One of the drivers was injured. The attackers managed to flee from the scene after the attack. The levies personnel reached the spot and shifted the injured driver to a nearby hospital. inP

Toxic gas kills 6 workers digging a well in Jhang JHANG: Six laborers died after suffocating from poisonous gas emitting from a well being excavated in Kokar area on Monday. Sources said that six laborers, who were digging the well in a house located in the Kokar area of Jhang, suddenly fell unconscious due to gas. As their condition worsened, the residents of the house called the rescue team. The rescue workers pulled the laborers out of the well and transported them to a hospital, however they were pronounced dead upon reaching the hospital. Hospital sources also confirmed the workers’ death due to suffocation of poisonous gas. inP

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Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir has said that the Supreme Court was not meeting the requirements to deliver justice in the Arsalan Iftikhar case. Talking to the media on Monday outside Lahore High Court, she expressed reservations on the steps taken by the Supreme Court regarding the case. Criticizing the appointment of Shoaib Suddle for probing the case, she said that the Supreme Court wanted to facilitate investigations of the case from their ‘favorite’ as Shoaib Suddle had ‘close connections’ with Arsalan Iftikhar. She proposed that Supreme Court should ask the Scotland Yard to conduct this investigation, if it had no confidence in the national institutions.

More witnesses say cleric tampered with evidence against Rimsha ISLAMABAD KaShif abbaSi

A strike called by lawyers against orders for the demolition of a lawyers’ chamber disrupted the hearing of Rimsha Masih’s bail plea on Monday, and the judge hearing her case adjourned the hearing until Friday. Meanwhile, two more witnesses recorded statements against cleric Khalid Jadoon for tempering with evidence with the intention to make a strong case of blasphemy against her. Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl, was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages of a Noorani Qaeda in the Mehra Jaffar area in G-12, Islamabad. On Monday, Sessions Judge Muhammad Azam Khan was scheduled to hear Rimsha’s bail plea, however, due to lawyers’

strike against the orders of the assistant commissioner of Rajan Pur district for demolition of a lawyers’ chamber. The strike prevented the court from conducting a full hearing, and after a short hearing, the judge fixed the matter for September 7. In addition, police recorded the statements of two more colleagues of the cleric. In their separate statements, Hafiz Owais and Khuram Shahzad told the police that cleric Khalid Jadoon had added two pages of the Holy Quran to the ash of the allegedly burnt pages of the Noorani Qaeda brought to him by a local resident. “Today, we recorded the statements of Hafiz Owais and Khuram Shahzad. They told us that Imam Khalid Jadoon had added two pages of the Quran in the burnt pages of Noorani Qaeda,” Sub Inspector Munir

Jaffri, who is investigating the case, told Pakistan Today. On Saturday, police arrested Khalid Chishti, prayer leader at Mehra Jaffar Mosque, after his three colleagues Hafiz Zubair, Owais and Khuram Shahzad recorded their statements before a magistrate, revealing that Khalid Chishti had tampered with the evidence against Rimsha. Currently, both the accuser cleric and the 14-year-old Christian girl are in prison. In a joint press conference, the All Pakistan Ulema Council (APUC) and Pakistan Interfaith League (PIL) requested the nation not to call cleric Khalid Jadoon a “molvi” (cleric) because he had shown disrespect for the Holy Quran and could no more be considered a representative of Islam and Muslims.

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SC demotes 3 DSPs who got out-of-turn promotions KARACHI



HE Supreme Court (SC) on Monday relegated three DSPs to subinspector’s rank and ordered the return of a Special Branch officer to his previous office in the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Hearing a plea against out-of-turn promotions at the SC’s Karachi Registry, a threemember bench of the apex court ordered the Sindh chief secretary to demote DSPs Abdul Jabbar Qaimkhani, Hamid Ali Bhurgari and Shahbaz Khan Mughal to the rank of sub-inspector. The court also ordered that Wahab Sheikh, an on-deputation officer of the IB promoted to a high office in the Special Branch, should be sent back to his previous department. The court said in its remarks that Sheikh’s appointment was illegal and accordingly, he should be moved back to his previous department. Expressing disapproval with the Sindh chief secretary and advocate general, the court remarked that the higher judiciary’s orders were being brushed aside, adding that illegal promotions were being made in the police department. The court adjourned the hearing until Thursday and directed the chief secretary to appear in court after scrutinizing the out-ofturn promotions of 56 officers. Later, a DSP was arrested for waving his weapon in the Supreme Court’s Karachi Reg-

istry. According to sources, after the hearing in the out-of-turn promotions case, petitioner Malik Maqsood picked his Kalashnikov out of his van and started waving it inside the court premises. At this, the security guards arrested the DSP. Maqsood was of the view that an officer who got out of turn promotion tortured him in the premises of court, after which he was forced to keep arms. He said he had no intention to hit the Sindh chief secretary or any other official.

figHT dENgUE, foRgET SAlARiES! Hundred of contractual staffers hired to fight dengue awaiting salaries as Punjab govt ‘runs out of money’ g Only Rs 20 million of the total Rs 300 million released so far g


Hundreds of staffers hired to fight dengue in various districts have been facing a salary delay of one month, belying the tall claims of the Punjab government which is currently using its full muscle to fight the deadly epidemic which severely hit the most populous province last year, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Punjab government, in the wake of the deadly epidemic last year, gave a go-ahead to hire staffers including Lady Health Workers (LHWs), Sanitary Patrol, CDC supervisors, Data entry operators, entomologists and environmental inspectors all on contract basis. The plan was initially approved for five districts: Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala, considering the incidence of the disease in these areas. The project was later revised and six more districts were included but the PC-1 is yet to be approved. The government earmarked Rs 300

million for the preventive disease program for the ongoing fiscal year. However, sources privy to the development have revealed that the government has only released Rs 20 million out of the total amount so far, causing not only salary delays, but halting “crucial” purchases as well. “The monthly salary bill for the entire dengue staff [in five districts] is Rs 20.5 million, while the government has released only Rs 20 million,” the official said, adding that even the salary for July was given only a few days ago, while the staffers’ wait for August and September salaries has already begun. FRuStRAteD StAFF BeING eMOtIONALLY BLACKMAILeD: One of the health executive district officers (EDO) told Pakistan Today that the situation had become very difficult to manage because the entire staff was working at low salaries already and this coupled with delays worsened the situation. “We try to motivate the staffers to work for the sake of humanity, but it is

not working now and the staffers are getting agitated since their jobs are not that well-paying either,” the EDO added. A meeting of all health EDOs of Punjab was also held at the DG health office on Monday. Insiders further told Pakistan Today that the EDOs of concerned districts shared the ‘frustration’ of the staff on salary delays. They also expressed their concern for the priorities of

we try to motivate the staffers to work for the sake of humanity, but it is not working now and the staffers are getting agitated since their jobs are not that well-paying either,” a heaLth edO

the Punjab government which was spending billions on building infrastructure, but was ignoring vital epidemic management. Another senior official further told the scribe about efforts that were being made by the epidemic control officials to get the salaries released on time. “The Finance Department officials tell us the government does not have money but we cannot pass this message on to workers busy fighting dengue,” he added. CM’s advisor on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique said the delay has come to his notice only now and he will check it with the authorities concerned. “Rest assured whoever is working to fight dengue will be given his or her salaries,” he added.

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04 News iSLamabad: displaced christians from meherabad locality protest outside the office of minister in-charge of national harmony dr Paul bhatti on monday demanding relocation to safer areas. Several christian families have been displaced from the area following accusations of blasphemy against a minor girl with down’s Syndrome. iNp

LHC orders arrest of Shahab, Musa Gilani in drug quota case RAWALPINDI agencieS


HE Rawalpindi bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected the bail pleas of Ali Musa Gilani, the son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, and Textile Industries Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, due to their absence during hearing and issued their arrest orders. Hearing the ephedrine quota allocation case, LHC’s Rawalpindi bench comprising of Justice Khwaja Imtiaz Ahmed and Justice Ebadur Rehman Lodhi delivered the reserved verdict. The bench inquired from the lawyers of Musa Gilani and Shahabuddin about the absence of their clients. The lawyers informed the bench that their clients were unaware that the court was scheduled to hear their bail pleas. The court ex-

Minister accused of abuse to become afghan spy chief KABUL afP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has nominated a cabinet minister to head the country’s spy agency who has been accused of involvement in torture, drug-trafficking and corruption. Asadullah Khalid, the minister for borders and a one-time governor of the Taliban-troubled province of Kandahar, must be approved by a parliamentary vote before taking office as head of the National Directorate of Security. Ahead of his nomination by Karzai late Sunday, the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the president not to appoint Khalid, accusing him of rights abuses and graft. “Numerous and credible reports allege that Asadullah

Khalid, while governor of Kandahar province and in other posts, commanded forces that committed grave human rights violations,” HRW said in a release. From 2005 to 2008 Khalid served as governor of Kandahar, where the Taliban insurgency against Karzai’s government and its Western allies is most intense. “Credible allegations have been made that forces under his authority operated a private prison in Kandahar from 2005 to 2008 in which detainees were tortured, including with beatings and electric shocks,” the rights watchdog wrote. “Allegations about abuses have also been made to UN and local Afghan human rights groups.” “Khalid has also been accused of corruption and highlevel involvement in

Afghanistan’s narcotics trade.” Speaking on Afghan TV station Tolo News, Khalid denied the allegations. “I reject it. It’s all baseless and it’s an attempt to undermine Afghan personalities,” he said. Khalid become controversial in 2008 when reports about his brutal handling of Afghan detainees transferred by Canadian troops — then operating in Kandahar under NATO — to Afghan custody surfaced in Western media. “A dark cloud of serious accusations has hung over Asadullah Khalid’s head for many years,” Brad Adams, Asia director for HRW said. Appointing him as the head of the NDS “would send a disturbing message that the Afghan government has no intention of ending torture”, Adams added.

pressed dissatisfaction and told the lawyers that it was their duty to inform them and rejected their petitions. The court directed the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) to arrest both the accused. Ali Musa and Shahabuddin are accused of pressuring officials of the Health Ministry in 2010 to allocate huge quotas of controlled chemical ephedrine to two different pharmaceutical companies. During the last hearing on August 29, the lawyers of

Musa Gilani and Shahbuddin pleaded that ephedrine was not included in the list of narcotics. Accordingly, the ANF could not investigate this case, as there was no evidence with the ANF other than the statements of the two approvers, who gave them under duress. Alleging that the case was politically motivated, the lawyers argued that the ANF was moved to arrest Shahabuddin the day he was to submit nomination papers for the post of prime minister.

Indian doctor arrested over alleged militant plot

Indian parliament headed for monsoon washout

BANGALORe: Police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore said on Monday they had arrested a doctor over an alleged plot by Islamist militants to assassinate prominent politicians. Nayeem Siddiqui was detained late on Sunday in Davangere, 250 kilometres (155 miles) from Bangalore, in the latest of more than a dozen arrests after police said they had foiled the alleged assassination plan. Siddiqui and the other suspects have been held under antiterrorism laws for suspected links to the banned Lashkare-Taiba group, which is blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and the Harkat-ulJihad-al-Islami (HuJI) militant outfit. “During questioning the police learnt that Siddiqui was providing logistic and financial support to the (other) accused,” Bangalore police commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji told AFP. Mirji said the detained Muslim men, aged between 21 and 30, were suspected of planning to kill politicians in Bangalore, the editor of a regional newspaper and a local reporter because of their “anti-Muslim bias”. afp

NeW DeLHI: India’s parliament was adjourned for the ninth consecutive day on Monday due to protests by the opposition that show no sign of abating in the last week of the current monsoon session. The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign over allegations from the national auditor that his government missed out on billions of dollars of revenue by giving away coalfields. The BJP has regularly disrupted parliament since the last election, with protests over the government’s alleged mis-selling of mobile phone licences wiping out the entire 2010 winter session. In the ongoing monsoon

session of parliament, which ends on Saturday, 29 bills were listed for consideration and passing, but only four have been cleared so far, according to the independent PRS Legislative Research organisation. The leader of the opposition in parliament, Sushma Swaraj, has demanded that the government cancel coal licences it granted and that an “independent and fair probe” into the alleged “Coalgate” scam is started. The government has rejected the conditions. The parliament has been deadlocked since August 21 after a report by the official auditor concluded that mining rights were handed out in a process that “lacked transparency and objectivity”. afp

Yes, we were offered premiership: Shahbaz Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that he and his brother Nawaz Sharif had been offered the slot of prime minister by President Asif Ali Zardari, but they both rejected the offer owing to their “sense of duty towards the nation”. Talking to reporters, Shahbaz said that it was true that Zardari had offered them the top government slot in exchange for support. Shahbaz said could never join hands with Zardari, because the latter was the “King of Corruption”. “It is better for me to leave politics forever than to work under Zardari,” he said. He said that Zardari had caused irreparable damage to the country. He further said that early elections were the only source of relief for the people. Monitoring Desk

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However, he also requested the chair to ensure presence of the interior minister during the debate. Rafiq Rajwana said the interior minister should not just take notice of the incidents but prompt action should be visible in this regard. He said the government should come up with permanent solution to the issue. Raja Zafarul Haq was of the view that it was a matter of the country’s survival and innocent people were being targeted everyday. Mohammad Hamza said only people of a particular sect were being targeted and killed, which earned

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the country a bad name. Kalsoom Parveen said around 150 people were targeted in the past two months and suggested that a threadbare discussion should be held in the House. She was of the view that only three hours would not be sufficient to debate the issue. Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani said maintenance of law and order was an important public issue and alleged that it was being worsened under a pre-planned strategy. He said the issue should be discussed at least for a week and the presence of interior, defense and foreign ministers should be ensured during the debate.

Kamil Ali Agha said the law and order situation was critical and that foreign hands were involved in deteriorating the country’s order. Meanwhile, the treasury and opposition benches in the Upper House agreed to fix Thursday and Friday for debating the law and order situation across the country with Interior Minister Rehman Malik making a winding up speech on Friday. The decision was made following a consensus between both sides and Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari asked the interior minister to be available on Friday to wind up the debate. Bokhari also expressed dis-

pleasure over the absence of the ministers and officers of the concerned ministries whose business was on the agenda and directed Leader of the House Senator Jahangir Badr to ensure that the concerned ministers and officers remained present in the House. Malik assured the House of his presence on Friday and said he would cover all aspects debated in the house vis-à-vis law and order. The House also decided to debate the hike in petroleum prices on Wednesday. Haji Ghulam Ali criticized the performance of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and contended that there were malpractices being com-

mitted in the board that needed to be addressed. Tahir Mashhadi called for provision of houses to low-paid government employees who were serving the country with best of their abilities. He called for evolving a poorfriendly housing policy and urged the government to construct small houses for the poor who could not afford hiring houses in the federal capital where living was very costly. He also moved a motion for provision of housing facilities to the poor, but no other member debated the motion and the Senate chairman declared that the motion had been talked out.

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treatment. No US Consulate personnel were killed, but we are seeking further information about other victims of this heinous act. We stand ready to work with Pakistani authorities on a full investigation so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.” A damaged American passport with the name Capodicci Jr was found inside the destroyed US vehicle. A number of maps were also recovered, which were taken into custody by police personnel. Two hand grenades were also found near the vehicle. The suicide bomber apparently struck the diplomats’ vehicle head on, as the vehicle was pushed several yards backwards, while its engine was thrown around 15 feet from the vehicle’s shell. Police chief Imtiaz Altaf believed that around 100kgs to 110kgs of explosives were used in the attack. The residents said the blast had left a number of people unconscious, while the boundary walls and main gates of several houses were razed to the ground. Soon after the explosion, highranking police officers rushed to the site and supervised rescue activities. Imtiaz Altaf said, “There is no information of US nationals or casualties.” He, however, said the bodies of two local men were shifted to a hospital and their identity was yet to be confirmed. He said at least 19 injured had been admitted in Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar. There have been a number of attacks on foreign nationals in the area, as it is known for having several US diplomatic and officer’s residences, clubs and UNHCR and other foreign mission offices and accommodations. Following the blast, two vehicles, including one occupied by American diplomats, returned to Islamabad from the Peshawar Toll Plaza. One of the vehicles was in use by the UNICEF Pakistan chief. The offices of US funded organizations and projects were also closed down for the day. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the “cowardly” attack against US consulate personnel in Pakistan and praised local authorities’ response to the scene. Clinton, on a visit to Jakarta shortly after the bombing in Peshawar, said that she wanted to “very clearly condemn the attack on our consulate personnel”. “We deplore the cowardly act of suicide bombing and terrorist attacks that have affected so many people around the world and which we must all stand against,” she told reporters. Clinton declined to speculate on the perpetrators but was quick to praise the response of authorities in Pakistan, whose strategic partnership with the United States has repeatedly been plunged into crisis in recent years. “The information I have is that the Pakistani authorities responded very appropriately,” she said. Clinton, in line with earlier US accounts, said that both US citizens and Pakistanis employed at the consulate were injured when a suicide bomber rammed into their van. She said that some of the injured had been airlifted to hospitals in Islamabad.

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President wants stern action against law breakers in Karachi KARACHI



RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the MQM and PPP were allies and would contest the general elections together.

The president was chairing a meeting of the PPP and MQM core committees at Bilawal House in which the local government system, law and order in the province and coalition matters were discussed. The president directed the participants of the meeting to finalize the law pertaining to the local government system as soon as possible. Reacting to violence in Karachi, Zardari said strict action should be taken

against those individuals who were destroying peace in the city. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Asim Hussain, Farooq Sattar, Babar Ghouri, Mazharul Haq, Ayaz Soomro, Agha Siraj Durrani, Rafique Engineer, Rashid Hussain Rabbani, Abdul Qadir Patel, Sagheer Ahmed, Muhammad Kanwar Naveed and Raza Haroon were present in the meeting. Underlining the need for the two coalition partners to work hand-in-hand for peace in the province, especially in Karachi, and strengthening of the political process, Zardari said the PPP believed in following the policy of reconciliation and taking along all its allied parties in all matters of national importance.

He said the fragile law and order in Karachi demanded all political forces to work together for ensuring peace in the metropolis and bringing the culprits to books. The president said political forces should augment efforts of the law enforcement agencies in maintaining peace in the economic hub of the country. He said ensuring complete law and order and the protection of life and property of the citizens was the priority of the government and no comprise would be made in this regard. About the local government system for Sindh, the president expressed hope that the two parties would soon be able to finalize their deliberations in order to carry forward the democratic process and for conducting the local bodies elections in the province.

QUetta: frontier corps soldiers search a vehicle on monday as the provincial government has given police authority to fc to control the law and order situation. ONLiNe

Imran wants CJP to take suo motu notice of Shia killings SKARDU OnLine

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the killings of Shias in Balochistan and Gilgit/Baltistan. Addressing a press conference along with prominent local Shia leader Sheikh Jaffery and Sunni cleric Maulana Khalil in Skardu, Imran said that the government had completely failed to maintain law and order in the region. He said the killing of 21 Shia passengers in a bus at Babusar pass was a terrible tragedy, and a visible manifestation of the government’s complete failure. Imran said that the chief justice of Pakistan was taking suo motu notice of matters that were “relatively trivial” than the sectar-


harmony by contacting leaders of all sects and visiting them. He promised that the PTI would continue to raise its voice against terrorist organizations that were deliberately trying to create conflict in the country through sectarian murders.


Ahead of India-Pakistan foreign ministers’ dialogue this week, Pakistan’ s envoy to India Salman Bashir said on Monday that Afghans had a right to preserve their unity, and the outsiders could only play a facilitating role in this regard. Despite attempts by India and Pakistan to revive dialogue process, Afghanistan has remained a ticklish issue for both, more so with the impending withdrawal of international forces from the country. “What we want to see is that everyone respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, that unity of Afghanistan as a nation is preserved and this is something only Afghans can do; no outsider can play a role,” Bashir told Times of India, adding that the international community could only play a facilitating role. When asked about the Indian belief that Pakistan continues to use the Afghan Taliban as a strategic asset that could be turned into a force multiplier against India once it captures a fair share of power in Kabul, Bashir said: “Pakistan is mindful of its responsibilities as immediate neighbor of Afghanistan. It will do whatever it can to promote peace, stability and development there but this notion of a great game of which Afghanistan could be a perpetual victim, is misplaced,” Bashir said. Pakistan has consistently complained about growing Indian activities in its western neighbor, pointing out that not all of these were economic or related to infrastructure development. A Pakistani newspaper recently reported about a circular issued by the Interior Ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) were using Afghan agencies to fund factions of anti-Pakistan Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan, which have been carrying out cross-border attacks from their sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

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ian killings. He praised that the Supreme Court was taking notice of the government’s failures in other spheres, but added that the apex court must give special consideration to the matter of Shia killings. During the visit, Khan made a special effort to promote sectarian


Strongly condemning the beheading of 12 soldiers by Taliban, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has warned all institutions, especially political parties, of the catastrophic consequences of their failure to resist militancy, in a statement issued on Monday. The commission said, “The barbaric beheading of 12 Pakistani soldiers and killing of others, by the Taliban adds a new grisly chapter to the long list of outrages committed by extremists. Around 15 soldiers were reported to have been captured by the Taliban in an insurgent strike in Bajaur some days ago. Not content with the execution of its captives, the militant group organized a display of the victims’ decapitated heads and their uniforms and insignia, and sent videos to news services.

Their announcement is enough to send chills down the spine of any civilized person. ‘Many of them,’ the video declared, ‘were killed by bullets, 12 of them as you see have been beheaded, you see 12 heads here, and more are on the way’.” “HRCP offers its deeply-felt condolences to the families of victims who perished while performing their duties, and hopes that nobody will oblige the killers by being cowed down by terrorism. Indeed the brutalities inflicted by militants should steel the people’s resolve to fight the monster of extremism till its complete defeat. The latest incident should awaken all those elements in the government and civil society, and especially political parties that still have a soft corner for the militants. Their attitude amounts to collusion with heartless murderers and their failure to take a stand against extremism will surely push the country towards a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude.”

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Flawed ‘Disaster Contingency Plans’ in disaster prone Pakistan KARACHI


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ESPITE the fact that the country is vulnerable to all kinds of disasters including floods, droughts and earthquakes, the recent floods of 2010-11 which affected 16.7 million population further exposed the country’s disaster related vulnerabilities. Disaster Contingency Planning Process at the federal, provincial and district level in the country has been found to be flawed. This had been disclosed in a “Civil Society Disaster Situation Report” issued here by the Peoples Accountability Commission on Floods (PACF), a network of flood affected communities, their representatives and the civil society in the province of Sindh. The disaster situation report titled ‘Reviews of Federal, Provincial and District level Contingency Planning in Pakistan’ had further disclosed that the process of the preparation of the contingency plans at the federal, provincial and district level were not participatory and the plan documents lacked international standards and the accepted principles put down in the contingency plan. According to the PACF report, National Monsoon Contingency Plan 2012 developed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) anticipated in the plan that 29.2 million population were in need of the relief support initiatives, where as rescue and evacuation was planned for 1.46 million population ac-

cording to the worst case scenario laid down in the plan. In addition to this, there was no concrete plan about the provision of relief for the extra population of 27.74 million which may not be relocated but would certainly be affected as per NDMA plan anticipation. The report also claimed that the national document lacked a response strategy, operational support and that there was data dependency of NDMA on the provincial disaster management authorities with regard to the identification of vulnerable points, the process of hazard and risk mapping at UC, taluka and district level, therefore proving that the plan was nothing more than just a piece of paper. The report says that the Provincial Monsoon/floods Contingency Plan 2012 drafted by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh was lacking factual data based on the scientific survey and the feedback of the local civil societies. The provincial level plan was supposed to reflect the findings provided by district level contingency plans whereas most of the district contingency plans of 2012 possessed old data and seemed to be copies of the old plans. The sources of the data of the Provincial Contingency Plan were vague and flawed. The PACF report added that in the Sindh Monsoon Contingency Plan 2012 more than one hundred vulnerable UCs and more than two hundred vulnerable points had been identified on river embankments, natural dhoras and canals in sixteen specified districts while there was no mention of the same vulnerable points

in the contingency plan of the Sindh Irrigation and Drainage Authority (SIDA) plan which showed lack of coordination between PDMA and SIDA. The PACF report added that the provincial government was not ensuring sufficient administration, financial human resources, information and telecommunication support to the districts to mitigate losses of disaster risk hazards. According to the report, District Disaster Contingency Plans were more important in a sense that they unfolded the ground situation at grass root level and contributed in the development of provincial and national plans. Based on the research it was found that majority of the monsoon contingency plans like District Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Kamber Shadadkot, Dadu and Thatta were the exact replicas of the 2011 plans. The general public and civil societies based on the district level had neither been consulted in the plan preparedness process nor had they been aware about the existence of such a contingency plan in the district. The PACF report also states that there was a lack of real data base at UC level with regard to the mapping of hazards, risks, financial and human recourses with the effective District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). District Monsoon Contingency Plans did not define or miss the budget to carry on the operational support and preparedness plan with regard to rescue and relief services. There was a lack of effective interdepartmental coordination at the district and the provincial levels to re-

spond with integrated approach to mitigate risks of natural disasters like drought, monsoon flooding, river floods, flash floods, and cyclone in the disaster prone districts of the province. According to the report, the disaster management authorities working at district, provincial and national levels were less equipped with edible and inedible items, comprehensive database, were devoid of rosters and inventories, had invisible and dysfunctional control rooms, lacked public participation, unattended repair of irrigation vulnerable points and absence of effective interdepartmental and humanitarian coordination to respond in a worst case scenario for a targeted caseload of 29.2 million people. The report added that in the District Contingency Plans, roles and responsibilities of the related departments were identified but in practice the situation was found to be inverted and there was a lack of coordination and information sharing between departments concerned to be prepared to take effective preemptive measures to combat the natural disasters and mitigate losses. Besides, there had been claims from various quarters that the district level control rooms had been operational (24 hours) from 1st July 2011. The control rooms would be the district focal points for flood response and would essentially perform coordination and information management functions. Based on the field observations during the mentioned study, control rooms were not seen to be functioning and the con-

cerned communities did not know about the contact number and the location of the established control rooms. The report concluded with a recommendation that the National Disaster Contingency plan should be prepared with a participatory approach by involving the disaster affected communities, the civil society and other key stakeholders. The PDMA Sindh should develop the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) guidelines for the preparation of district disaster contingency plans to mitigate losses arising due to natural calamities. The contingency plans prepared by the districts should be translated into the local language for educating the communities about the possible actions to be taken during the onset of an emergency so that the common man could respond accordingly. The Monsoon Contingency Plans 2012 of the districts, Monsoon Contingency Plan of SIDA and Sindh Monsoon Contingency Plan 2012 of the Sindh relief department should be displayed on the official website of the PDMA and other related departments so that information could be shared with all the stakeholders for receiving meaningful inputs. Besides, the participation of all the concerned stakeholders including the media, local NGOs, the civil society and the social activists should be assured in the contingency plans developed at the district level so that common consensus and understanding could be developed to respond to emergency situation with the help of the general public and the humanitarian partners.

113 accused arrested in last 3 days KARACHI: The Karachi police, in their on-going drive against criminals, arrested 113 accused during the past three days, a police statement said on Monday. Per details, those arrested included 27 absconders and three proclaimed offenders. The statement said further that 10 gangs of alleged criminals were busted during the period. There were 15 police encounters with the criminals. Two alleged dacoits were killed in the precincts of Quaidabad police station, while a policeman lost his life in the area of police station Mithadar. In all, 78 pistols, two rifles, one mouser, one SMG, one shot gun, three hand grenades and 10 mobile phones as well as cash was recovered from the possession of the accused, the police statement further pointed out. aPP

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KaRachi: chairman edhi foundation abdul Sattar edhi collecting charity for ambulances, outside mazar-e-Quaid. ONLiNe

CM chairs meeting about Sindh Medical University KARACHI aPP

Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Qaim Ali on Monday presided a high level meeting regarding problems and issues of Sindh Medical University at the CM House. Qaim underlined the need to meet the challenges of higher education, professional dignity, competition and adoption of latest knowledge, so as to bring better results in medical education, a statement issued by the CM

House said. He said that the summary of renaming of “Jinnah Sindh Medical University” had been approved. The CM said that president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had directed to raise the status of Sindh Medical College to university level. “We want to see this institution as a prestigious and quality oriented institution, as the Dow Medical University, founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto,” he said. Regarding criticism by certain elements, the Chief Minister Sindh made it

clear that there would be no bar or hindrance on applying for admission and any one would be eligible to apply from any part of the province. He assured that the provincial government would resolve administrative, legal and financial issues of the newly elevated medical university. Earlier, it was informed that as per PMDC Rules and requirements, it was compulsory to have a full fledged hospital affiliated with the University, and the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre

(JPMC) had also been made part of the varsity. The meeting was attended among others by Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazharul Haq, Sindh Law Minister Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Saleem Jan, Professor Tariq Rafi, Dr Javed Suleman, Dr Humayon Bashir, Dr Qaisar Sajjad, Etrat Rizvi, Dr Azam Khan, Prof Saeed Akhtar, Dr Shahabullah Khan, Dr Sameer Qureshi, Principal Secretary to CM Siddique Memon, and Secretary Law Syed Ghulam Nabi Shah.

KARACHI: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) announced the results of Pre-Engineering group on Monday. Yahya Bin Shahid of Adamjee Government Science College secured first position in the HSC Annual Examinations 2012. He obtained 1,000 marks out of the total of 1,100 with a percentage of 90.90. Mariam Malik of the BAMM PECHS Government College for Women with 983 marks remained second. The third position went to Muhammad Zaheer of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School. He got 977 marks. According to the statistics, a total of 25,384 candidates appeared in the examinations and of these 14,374 were declared as successful with a pass percentage of 56.65. Of the total number of successful candidates 1,372 were placed in A-1 grade and 2,882 in A grade. As many as 3,483 got the B grade and 3,966 were placed in C grade, while 2,557 secured D grade. Some 119 candidates passed the examinations with E grade. aPP

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Karachi 07 JuI-S Sindh Chief Hammadullah madani escapes 3rd attempt on life KARACHI inP

Chief of Jammiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) Samiul Haq Sindh chapter Mufti Hammadullah Madani survived third attempt on his life on Monday. According to details, more than 10 unknown armed men opened fire at car of the JUI-S leader near his seminary, Jamia Shafiq-ul-Islam, in Gulshane-Iqbal block 13-C. However, Mufti Hammadullah Madani remained safe in the firing but the car was damaged. The attackers later fled the scene via Lyari expressway on foot. Police and other law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area and collected evidences from the spot. It is to be mentioned here that earlier Madani was targeted twice but he survived the assassinations attempts.

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KaRachi: Laborers are busy in their work at an iron kiln. ONLiNe

NADRA directed to update electoral rolls every month KARACHI


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HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to update final electoral rolls (FER-12) by adding 781,735 voters who were issued CNICs after the printing of FER-12 on May 31st this year, said a NADRA spokesperson in a statement issued on Monday. NADRA had received directions from the ECP that names of new CNIC holders would be enrolled as voters on monthly basis after verifying their physical presence through door to door verification. “However in first instance all new CNICs which were issued by NADRA during the month of June 2012, July 2012 and August 2012

will be included in FER 2012,” the report said. Clarifying the confusion generated by some media reports about difference in the numbers of CNICs issued, the spokesperson said that according to Economic Survey of Pakistan (derived from National Institute of Population Studies-NIPS), the Population of Pakistan in year 2012 was estimated as 180.71 million, with the adult ratio of 51.25 percent. According to these statistics, the adult (18 years and above) population of Pakistan is 92.61 million, excluding AJK and GB. It may be mentioned here that since its inception in year 2000, NADRA has issued 91,379,788 CNICs to adult citizens who are also eligible as voters. While elaborating the difference between CNICs issued, she said around 7 million cards had been issued to citizens of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan which did not reflect in Final Electoral Rolls

(FER-12) as these citizens were not eligible to vote in general elections in Pakistan. “Some 2,368,393 CNICs issued to the AJK citizens, who are not resident of Pakistan, do not qualify eligibility criteria of being voter according to section 7 of Electoral Rolls Act, 1974,” she said. According to her, 576,474 CNICs were issued to GB residents and 1,987,225 CNICs holders were deceased according to Civil Registration Management System (CRMS) and NADRA death records. She added further that 17,384 CNIC holders had surrendered their nationality and had obtained POC (Pakistan Origin Card) and 548,568 records were under verification. “Once their due verification process is complete, such records will become eligible for induction in voter’s list. Meanwhile, 484,918 CNIC were forwarded to ECP for verification, and were subse-

quently not verified, hence not registered as voter,” the spokesperson maintained. She added that NADRA understood there were segments of uncovered population mainly women. Although, NADRA had extended its registration services to the door steps of citizens through its mobile registration units and had established women-only Data Acquisition Centers. Even all these steps did not bring the desired results, she said. She maintained that a comprehensive community mobilization campaign by political parties, civil society and print/electronic media could increase the registration of marginalized cadre. “NADRA is ready to go the extra mile for registering any eligible citizen,” she said, adding that any individual who obtained CNIC before announcement of General Elections would be enrolled as voter only after proper verification of concerned Registration Officer of ECP.

Saleem Khursheed Khokhar, Member Provincial Assembly Sindh and Chairman Standing Committee on Minority Affairs Sindh Assembly, stated that since the actual accused in her case had been arrested therefore it was necessary that Rimsha Masih be set free. M. Saleem Khursheed Khokhar said that none of the Christians would ever pass any remarks against the Prophet of Islam. “It has been revealed in Rimsha Masih’s case that it has been concocted to settle personal scores so as to fulfill their own aims and objectives and falsely accuse Christians, which is highly condemnable,” he said.

Seminar HYDeRABAD: Pak Social Welfare Society (PSWS) had arranged a Gender Sensitization Seminar under the Pathways & Pursestrings project last week at Hyderabad office. Ghulam Mustafa Baloch, SPO Hyderabad, was the chief guest of the ceremony. According to the press release issued on Monday, Project Coordinator Muzamil said that the ceremony was organized to centralize all VC actors and other stakeholders on a platform to interact and share their issues/experiences and to highlight gender related issues of the Glass bangle women entrepreneurs. aPP

KeSC replaces faulty PmT after assurance of rs 10 mn recovery KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company on Monday replaced a faulty Masjide-Tayyeba PMT in Liaquatabad on the assurance of local notables over recovery of all outstanding dues of over Rs 10 million. KESC had issued several notices to the defaulting consumers for payment of dues but no positive response had been received. A total of 469 residential consumers are connected to the 500 KVA PMT against which an accumulated amount of Rs 10,838,955 is payable. Loss of electricity from this PMT is over 54 per cent. On Monday, the local notables and elected representatives had had a detailed meeting with KESC officials and they promised an early recovery of the longstanding amount after which the PMT was replaced. nni

fuuAST extends date of submission of admission fee of evening program KARACHI: The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) has extended the date for submission of admission fee for the evening program 2012 up to September 7. This was announced by Director of the Evening Program, Syed Tahir Ali, on Monday. aPP

KaRachi: People are trying to help a woman who was stranded in a rickshaw after a traffic accident near Supreme court Karachi chapter. ONLiNe

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IGHLIGHTING the importance of the corporate social responsibility, experts at a meeting organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday have called upon businesses to play a greater role in preventing conflicts and establishing peace within local communities. The discussion took place at a consultative meeting titled “Peace through Profit: Peace-building through Corporate Social Responsibility in Pakistan” organized by the SDPI in partnership with the International Alert at a local hotel. The objective of the meeting was to discuss socio-economic issues contributing to conflicts and how various business practices and economic intervention could help in conflict resolution. Speaking at the occasion, Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari said that Pakistan’s massive charity and philanthropy system still lacked a proper structure and was not headed in a clear direction. “Although government does have a

proper regulatory structure but it lags behind in proper implementation and effective governance,” he added. The minister also lamented the fact that national and international help for conflict prevention in Pakistan had only been confined to the troubled northern region of the country, whereas other conflict-ridden areas such as Karachi had largely been ignored. He urged the participants to adopt need-based and community-driven conflict resolution measures. Dr. Talat Wizarat from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) highlighted how modern business practices exploited the resources and created conflicts by alienating the local communities. She said that businesses could only flourish in peaceful societies, and thus, it was in the interest of businesses to ensure the existence of peacef u l

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communities in their areas. She also went on to narrate a horrific incident which happened during the Zia regime when weapons distributed by the state to local businesses in Nooriabad in Karachi lead to communal conflicts in the area. The Engro Corporation Senior Vice-President Tahir Jawaid talked of inclusive business practices and said that businesses needed to be more accommodative to the local communities to ensure peace among the communities with the help of sustainable businesses. He said, socially responsible businesses could play an important role in establishing peace in the society. He advocated the need for a better regulatory framework to prevent businesses from exploitative practices that created conflicts in the communities. He also shed light on the relief and rehabilitation work carried


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Satrang gallery is celebrating this spiritual month by exhibiting a wonderful calligraphy show. do join us as we present the work of ten exceptional artists. opening on Tuesday , July 31, at 8:00 pm.

out by his organization after the devastating foods of 2010. Safwan Aziz, a researcher at SDPI moderated the proceedings and informed the participants that SDPI in partnership with the International Alert and Responsible Business Initiative had engaged businesses through their CSR initiatives to mitigate local conflicts in the society. He also presented key findings of an earlier consultation held in Islamabad on exploring ways of engaging businesses with communities in conflict resolution activities. Senior representatives from civil society organizations including Shehri, The Citizens Foundation and the Lyari Community Development Project also took part in the consultation. They were of the view that massive inequality and divide within the communities were creating conflicts in the society. “This situation, keeping in view the weaker state response, requires businesses to come forward and play an even greater role in the social development of the country,” they added. They also called upon the corporate sector to end their exploitative business practices and stop the unprecedented drive of consumerism in the society.


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Venue: THe SeCond floor (T2f) Join us at T2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf Ali farooqi. Ghalib made easy by @micromAfThe poetry of mirza Ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.

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HE chief of the Red Cross was on Monday headed to Syria on a humanitarian mission, his office said, as an air strike on a northern rebel bastion killed 18 people and a car bomb rocked a Damascus suburb. Also lining up for a visit to the violencewracked country was new UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has openly admitted that his mission is “nearly impossible.” The high-profile visits come as violence escalates in Syrian flashpoints and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported more than 5,000 people, mainly civilians, killed in August alone. Peter Maurer, the new head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, was travelling to Damascus on Monday for a three-day visit and would meet President Bashar al-Assad the following day, his office said. The visit is Maurer’s first to Syria since he took up his duties as president on July 1, the ICRC said in a statement. During his visit, Maurer would meet Assad, as well as Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and several other ministers “to discuss pressing humanitarian issues,” it added. “At a time when more and more civilians are being exposed to extreme violence, it is of the utmost importance that we and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent succeed in significantly scaling up our humanitarian response,” Maurer said in the statement.

Jihad Makdissi, a spokesman for Assad’s embattled government, late Sunday announced that newly-appointed peace envoy Brahimi would “soon” travel to Damascus, expressing confidence that “he will listen to us.” He gave no idea of when the visit would begin. Brahimi however gave a deeply pessimistic view of the task ahead of him, in an interview with the BBC. “I know how difficult it is — how nearly impossible. I can’t say impossible — (it is) nearly impossible,” he said. He said he was “scared of the weight of responsibility. People are already saying people are dying and what are you doing?” Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi told journalists in Damascus on Monday that Brahimi’s success depends on states such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “The success of Lakhdar Brahimi does not depend on Syria,” Zoabi said. “Brahimi’s success depends on certain states — such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey — respecting his mission, by closing their borders to armed men, and by ceasing to provide weapons,” he added. On the war front, an air strike by a Syrian fighter jet on a building in the northern rebelheld town of Al-Bab in Aleppo province killed at least 10 men, six women and two children, the Britain-based Observatory said. “The victims included two children, a girl and a boy,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “They died when the fighter jet bombed the building where they were sheltered.”

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Indonesia Monday hoping to encourage unity among Southeast Asian nations in an effort to manage increasingly tense disputes with China. Clinton’s last trip to the region in July was marred by the failure of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to reach a consensus at talks in Cambodia, amid divisions in the 10member group on how to treat a rising China. The top US diplomat was scheduled to meet Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa shortly after arriving in Jakarta, and the following day will hold talks with President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visit the headquarters of ASEAN, as part of her effort to promote ties with the economically dynamic and mostly US-friendly bloc. She hopes “to get a sense of where we are and to get the Indonesians’ advice about how we can be supportive, how we can put more wind into the sails of a diplomatic effort, which is what we all very much want”, a senior US official said on her plane on customary condition of anonymity. “The most important thing is that we end up in a diplomatic process where these issues are addressed in a strong diplomatic conversation between a unified ASEAN and China rather than through any kind of coercion,” the official said.

India’s parliament, which has been deadlocked for days due to opposition protests, on Monday used a brief break in the uproar to pass legislation protecting women from sexual harassment at work. The lower house passed the bill before business was again abandoned for the day as lawmakers from the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shouted, stood in the well of the assembly and waved their papers. Women’s rights activists say sexual harassment is a rampant problem in India, where an increasing number of women are joining the workforce. The legislation, which must still be passed by the upper house before becoming law, specifically includes protection for female domestic staff, one of the most vulnerable work groups in India.

Kenya charges Shebab-linked radical preacher after riots MOMBASA afP

A radical Kenyan preacher accused by the US of supporting Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked militants was Monday charged with inciting violent protests, after he surrendered claiming he feared for his life. Abubaker Shariff Ahmed handed himself over to a court in the port city of Mombasa after the assassination there last week of fellow Islamist cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed by unknown gunmen sparked days of deadly rioting. Ahmed, also known as Makaburi, pled not guilty to charges of encouraging that violence, which saw two days of running battles, with grenades hurled at two police trucks, killing three officers and wounding over a dozen others. Like Ahmed, the murdered cleric — popularly known as Rogo — was also on United States sanctions lists for allegedly supporting

neighbouring Somalia’s extremist Shebab, including by recruiting and fundraising for the group. Following Rogo’s murder, Ahmed is alleged to have called out from a mosque to supporters to target security officers and to torch churches in Mombasa, Kenya’s main port and a key tourist town. He denies the charges. Rogo’s supporters accused the security forces of murdering him, calling his death an “extra-judicial killing”. The police reject the claim and have appealed for help in hunting down those responsible. But Ahmed, speaking to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper on Monday just before he handed himself in to the authorities, said he feared for his life. “We are certain that there is a hit squad targeting Muslim clerics and other Muslims perceived to be extremists,” he told the newspaper. “They have accused us of terror but have refused to provide any evidence. Instead, they are

now sending people to kill us,” he added. Ahmed, speaking through his lawyer Mbugua Mureithi, denied prosecution claims in court that he had been running from the police. “My client was not hiding as no police came for him... there was no attempt by police to arrest my client,” Mureithi told the court. He was remanded in custody until September 5, when a bail hearing will be held. Both Ahmed and Rogo had fiercely opposed Kenya’s invasion of southern Somalia last year to attack Shebab bases. The US Treasury alleges that Ahmed is a “leading facilitator and recruiter of young Kenyan Muslims for ‘action’ in Somalia,” and was a “close associate” of the late Rogo. He was placed on the US sanctions list in July of those “engaging in acts that directly or indirectly threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia” and is accused of “mobilization and management of funding for Al-Shebab.”

Armenia warned Azerbaijan it was ready for war as tensions soared Monday between the ex-Soviet foes after Baku pardoned and promoted an Azerbaijani officer who axed an Armenian soldier to death. Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev last week immediately pardoned Ramil Safarov after he was extradited from Hungary, where he had been serving a life sentence for the 2004 killing. Safarov was also promoted to the rank of major, given a house and eight years’ worth of back-pay after returning home to a hero’s welcome, in defiance of assurances from Baku to Budapest that he would serve out his term in Azerbaijan. “We don’t want a war, but if we have to, we will fight and win. We are not afraid of killers, even if they enjoy the protection of the head of

state,” Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian fumed in a statement late on Sunday. “They (Azerbaijanis) have been warned,” he said, calling Azerbaijan a country where “illicit orders set free and publicly glorify every bastard who kills people only because they are Armenians”. Safarov hacked Armenian officer Gurgen Margarian to death at a military academy in Budapest where the servicemen were attending Englishlanguage courses organised by NATO. His lawyers claimed in court that he was traumatised because some of his relatives had been killed during Azerbaijan’s war with Armenia, and alleged that Margarian had insulted his country. Armenia and Azerbaijan are locked in a long-running conflict over the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh, where they fought a war in the 1990s.

british ex-tabloid editor brooks in court over hacking LONDON: Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks appeared in a London court on Monday to face charges related to alleged phone hacking. Brooks, 44, appeared in the dock accused of conspiring with others toillegally access voicemails, and spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address during the short hearing. Brooks is facing one general charge, which prosecutors claim could affect more than 600 alleged victims, and two other specific charges linked to murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and former trade union boss Andy Gilchrist. She has been accused alongside six other News of the World staff and the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. The charges carry a maximum punishment of two years in prison. Brooks has yet to enter a plea in court but has previously denied the charges. Brooks edited the now-defunct News of the World tabloid from 2000 to 2003. She was the chief executive of media baron Rupert Murdoch’s British newpaper publishing arm News International from 2009 to 2011. Brooks was told to appear with her co-defendants at London’s Southwark Crown Court on September 26. She is already due at the court on that date to face three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Brooks was released on bail, with conditions including that she lives at her given address, does not contact her fellow accused and gives the police seven days’ notice should she wish to travel abroad. afP

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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

Arif Nizami

policy debates the first thing needed to grow up politically

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empowering the people ironically, political parties are the stumbling block

By Dr Faisal Bari

t is ironic that the while the Local Bodies elections have been held regularly under military rulers, elected governments are generally averse to letting the grass root bodies share power with them. In the Charter of Democracy, the PPP and PML-N had committed themselves to strengthening the LB system through timely elections. The promise remains unfulfilled while their tenure is about to end within a few months. The PPP and PML-N had different reasons to defer, and if possible to avoid, the LB elections. Left to itself the PPP might have conducted the LB polls in line with the 1979 system supported by its voters in the interior Sindh. The 2001 system introduced by Musharraf however suited the MQM as it provided full executive and financial powers to its Nazims in urban centers. While the MQM championed the creation of a Seraiki and a Hazara province it opposed tooth and nail any attempt restore the pre-1999 five districts of Karachi as demanded by the Sindhis. The MQM further demanded the handing over of the police and revenue departments to the city government to be able to run Karachi and Hyderabad independently of the rest of the province. While in Karachi on Sunday, President Zardari directed the PPP leaders from Sindh to sort out the differences, undertake legislation within two months and hold the LB polls before the general elections. Zardari and PPP have to decide whether it suits them to agree to the demands of interior Sindh or to those of the MQM. As the PPP generally takes the Sindhi speaking population for granted, there is a likelihood of its accepting most of the MQM demands. The insistence on the part of Zardari to contest the polls jointly with the coalition partners leaves him few options. In the case of the PML-N, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s penchant for running the province single-handedly with the assistance of bureaucracy stood in the way of holding the LB elections. How could a chief minister unwilling to share powers with his colleagues allow the empowerment of the ordinary people? The fear that majority of seats might go to the PPP and PTI also acted as a disincentive to hold the LB polls. It was on the prodding of the SC that the Punjab cabinet finalized the LB bill in May this year. The bill is yet to be put before the provincial assembly. The major drawback is that it proposes to hold the LB elections on non-party basis. It is widely understood that the 1985 non-party elections introduced a number of distortions in the system. Balochistan and Sindh have expressed readiness to hold the elections. The main stumbling blocks are the peculiar needs of those ruling the two major provinces.

he good thing is that PTI has announced its key policy areas of concern and key policy interventions in the public and well in advance of the elections. They have triggered a lot of debate across newspapers and electronic media. All sorts of people, those backing PTI and those in disagreement with them, are discussing what PTI has proposed and giving their views on policies. This is exactly what was needed. We hope the other parties will take notice of this and not just limit themselves to critiquing what PTI has put forth, but come up with their own policy priorities and policy agendas. The debate that is generated will, we hope, have light and not just heat, and will give all of the parties issues to think about and ideas that would improve their initial offerings. So far PTI office holders have been willing to discuss what they have offered to the public. Prominent office holders have been interacting with the public through press conferences, programs on various channels and by writing in newspapers. I am sure they have been reading and hearing what non-PTI supporters and/or experts/other stakeholders or citizens have also been saying about their policies. Listening to people, with due consideration, can only make their policies better and/or win them more support even if they do not agree with a lot of what has been said. There have been all sorts of reactions to PTI’s proposed economic agenda and policies. Where most people have agreed that the sectors and areas that PTI has highlighted in their agenda are ones that need urgent attention, there has been skepticism about the actual policy initiatives that PTI


mighty Obvious By Syed Hassan Belal Zaidi


wants to introduce and implement. Will extension of the tax net and recovery of ‘looted’ money be enough to generate the extra funds that PTI is promising to invest in health, education, social protection and governance reforms? Given that PTI policy agenda has not identified detailed mechanisms through which tax net is going to be extended and/or the ‘looted’ money is going to be brought back, it is hard to estimate what the increase in the overall pie is going to be. Skeptics are right to point out their skepticism. They are also right to ask, given the absence of specific details, what makes PTI think that it can succeed in doing this where other governments in the past, civilian and military alike, have failed. It is true that sitting out of government and without having the benefit of trying to implement policies and then learning from doing that, PTI cannot offer a lot of detail on how they could implement policies. They can only point out their priorities and detailed implementation plans to a degree. But a lot of things cannot be foreseen and can only be worked out and dealt with when they are in the process of implementation. But the feedback that PTI is getting right now will help them in making their plans better and in realizing the kind of problems they are likely to face when the time for implementation arrives. Some analysts, especially from the PTI, have defended the lack of policy details by saying that it has never been lack of implementable plans that have let priorities die or plans remain unimplemented. The priorities that PTI has given point out their intentions. And as long as the party and its leadership have the ‘political will’ to tackle these issues and take on the entrenched interests that oppose work in the priority areas, the lack of detailed plans does not matter. This position, I think, is a bit hard to defend and not totally kosher as well. While the details on policies are missing the analysts are saying that PTI leadership, a lot of them seasoned and known politicians with years of active service with other parties, is willing to take on some of the most entrenched issues in Pakistani politics and has the ‘political will’ to take on the interests that are lined up against reforms in specific areas. This seems a bit hard to believe. Will the Legharis, Tareens, Hotis and Qureshis be supporting agriculture

income tax and land reform? Will the Kasuris be supporting regulation of private sector education? And more importantly, will they be safeguarding their own interests and making sure they are not shafted or will they be championing the cause of the people at large? If the latter, it will be quite a transformation from what they have been standing for in their political careers before they joined PTI. If the larger public as well as some analysts is skeptical of these claims of PTI that their leaders have the political will to go against their narrower self-interest and be motivated by interests of the public at large, given the history of politics in the country, or anywhere else for that matter, the skepticism seems well warranted. A more credible alternative might be to start spelling out some of the policy implications of the priorities that are being set. If education sector is to be reformed and public sector expenditure has to go up to 5 percent of GDP, as announced, which is more than a 100 percent increase, we need to figure out how PTI is going to do that. Given that education has been made a provincial subject by the 18th Amendment, how is public expenditure on education going to go up: what portion will come from the federation and what will be the contribution of the provinces? And given the inclusion of 25A, the right to education, in the Constitution, is an increase to 5 percent of GDP enough? And so on for other areas as well. PTI has started the conversation. We hope the other parties will follow suit and bring their ideas to the public table as well. And, even more importantly, we hope there will be lots of debate, partisan and non-partisan, on the ideas that are put forward. PTI has taken a very healthy approach to debate so far. We hope they will go even further with that and will blaze this trail for others. Debate is the heart of a democratic process. There will be lots of disagreements through the process, but that is what will, eventually, make policies better and democratic institutions and attitudes more entrenched. The writer is an Associate Professor of Economics at LUMS (currently on leave) and a Senior Advisor at Open Society Foundation (OSF). He can be reached at

Mellow drama the only values one can relate to on tV today are wife-beating, child-abandoning and home-wrecking, hardly entertainment


here is a weird disconnect in the values promoted by the Pakistani news media and the entertainment industry. Weird because both occupy the same, 32-inch LED space in most of our privileged life. Weird also, because the two genres have now become interchangeable. Indeed, most retired civil servants, housewives, spinsters and domestic helpers get their entertainment from nightly talk shows and news bulletins, while outrage and emotional empathy is reserved for characters with names like Asher, Khirad and Sara. It is quite weird to think that a country where the social values that are put on a pedestal and portrayed in TV serials include plotting against one’s daughter/son-in-law; trying to break up a married couple; having extramarital affairs and abandoning one’s children. This is a far cry from the silver screen legends of yore, where issues such as living with abject poverty, mental disability, rights

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of sexual minorities and feudal injustices and rag-to-riches stories were the primary meaty subjects in our daily TV viewing diet. If the ‘entertainment’ being sold to the masses today is any barometer, one would have to conclude that Pakistani society has become progressive to the point that it chooses to satirize and criticize these unspeakable values through constant bombardment. Indeed, people know what ‘having an affair’ means, but can’t make head or tail of it when someone asks them to ‘put their affairs in order’. There was a time when Pakistani television strived to be more than just a spinoff of the Ekta Kapoor brand of soaps. Today, Pakistani TV is more ‘Kumkum’ than ‘Aangan Terha’. I have a theory for why this is so, but you probably won’t be interested. You see, great art is always the by-product of great adversity. The 80s were such a period in our nation’s history. It was a time when dogma dominated,

criticism was quickly cut down to size and reality was whatever the Ministry of Truth proclaimed it to be. This age produced some of the best television known to us today. Shows like 50-50, Studio Dhai, Sona Chandi, Dhoop Kinaray, Aik Muhabbat Sau Afsanay, Waris, Andhera Ujala, Ankahi, all of whom dealt with almost the same social issues that we wrestle with today, were produced far more tastefully. The subject matter was sensitive, yet better woven into the storyline. Issues such as discrimination against women, child abuse and homosexuality were implied, insinuated and not stuffed down the audience’s throat. This also, in a way, promoted tolerance and allowed the audience to sympathize with the characters that represented these themes and issues. Today, the motif is no more. We have blatant statements that predispose us to an opinion about the nature of the show we are about to watch. Names like Buri Aurat or Annie Ki Ayegi

Baraat tell us more about the show than we need to know. There also is very little subtlety: if the protagonist’s husband is an abusive man, he will necessarily slap his wife across the room several times during any given episode because he is just that sort of man. Negative behavior such as this will be glorified but never deconstructed. While the world has moved away from morality plays, we have somehow come to embrace them. Character development is a thing of the past and one-dimensional actors playing one-dimensional roles are fodder for the audiences of today. Also gone are the memorable characters of old, there has never been any attempt to replicate the slapstick genius of Jaidi, the wry wit of Salim Nasir as the dancing manservant, the moralizing megalomania of Irfan Khoosat as the “deh-jamaat-paas-directhawaldaar”, or even the ISPRapproved machismo of Capt Gulsher. Today, we have Fawad Khan smoldering away in his im-

peccable suits, no matter what the role. Mahnoor Baloch and Mahira Khan, talented and beautiful actors in their own right, are typecast in show after show, speaking volumes for the pedantic nature of most soap writers. This is not to say there are no exceptions. I remember vaguely a show called “Don’t Jealous”, which gave birth to the ever popular catchphrase. The show was well-written and nicely shot: it had a sense of humor and was able to laugh at itself. That is one quality missing from TV today. Writers are afraid of leaving their high perches and coming down to talk to us at our level. They would rather that TV remains ‘larger than life’ and therefore inaccessible. In fact, the only values which one can relate with anymore are wife-beating, child-abandoning and home-wrecking. Hardly entertainment. Follow @mightyobvious on Twitter for more incoherence in 140 characters or less

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Independent media In a case involving two private citizens, one a kingmaker who has risen from rags to riches and the other son of a leading jurist, many members of the media, and political parties stand exposed. The gentleman in question is an anti Robin Hood who allegedly deprives the poor and destitute lower middle class of lands and deposits, but relishes the rich ruling elite and few media icons with generous gifts and favors. In fact in 2011, he was instrumental in facilitating over 200 members of the privileged elite to perform complimentary Umrah, well past the deadline, incurring huge penalties on loss making PIA. One wonders why should members of PPP, PML-Q and ANP be seen taking sides as if this person is their benefactor, or the anchors asking serious questions from just one of the accused, while painting the other as a victim. One such analyst stated on a private TV channel that the Bahria Town boss who was given VVIP protocol in Islamabad was intimidated by this young man who neither holds any public office, nor has any credibility. Even the PTI and others are relatively silent on this issue. This is an issue where one party with more influence within political and bureaucratic establishment than any other institution, has paid money to seemingly not so innocent and wayward son of a senior judge who has more credibility amongst people of this country than anybody else including media. There is also this background of US Secretary of State having stated on record that they have disbursed $ 50 million to get a sympathetic Pakistani media response and Rs 2.9 billion of secret funds belonging to tax payers which has already been distributed by ministry of information. The prominent role played in this controversy by those anchors and media barons who hold US or British nationality and have sworn allegiance to serve their national interests, when called upon to do so raises many eyebrows. All these pose many questions on credibility and independence of media, which they need to address before next elections. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore

The desire to normalize ties with India If the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India claim to have ushered in the new era by meeting in New Delhi later last month, the analysts in Pakistan saw it as New Delhi’s “political offensive” because nothing concrete could come out except for the rhetoric. On Jammu and Kashmir the two of them “agreed to the need for continued discussions in a purposeful and forward-looking manner, with a view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences”. Of the ten issues that according to the joint statement came under discussion in their talks, Kashmir is the ninth, with counterterrorism at the top, followed by narcotics control and myriad of other issues, which more or less tend to uphold the status quo. The so-called CBMs, with a view to increasing cross-border travel and trade are not much when juxtaposed

with the Kashmiris’ right of selfdetermination. India’s inflexibility was amply reflected from its reaction to Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s meeting with the Hurriyat leaders ‘ahead of her meeting with Foreign Minister Krishna’. Was India really interested in productive talks with Pakistan’s new foreign minister, it could have taken some steps – like reducing its military presence in the occupied territory, repeal of draconian laws, release of political prisoners, and punishing forces involved in kidnappings, murders and rapes. But none of it, not even as a symbolic token happened. What is possible in the present is not being done. For instance, there could be an announcement on the Siachen issue, but the Indian military is said to be standing in the way, forcing a stalemate on the problem. The joint statement amply suggests that India is

interested only in projecting itself as a peace-loving neighbour of Pakistan. A recent statement by Indian Prime Minister in which he said that his biggest desire was to bring normalcy in Pakistan-India relations seemed to be a political jab. On ground India has opened up five fronts against Pakistan – military, economic, social and political, and media. Huge modernization program of its armed forces, the nuclear build-up under the patronage of world powers, involvement in Afghanistan and in stoking the Baloch insurgency, a slow and calibrated move in the field of agriculture, and above all the water theft from Pakistani rivers is going on unabated. The movie magic of India is transforming Pakistani society into a dumb audience and takers of raw concept without any cultural gatekeepers. On the political front India is completely in control of

everything political, taking full advantage of USA’s war on terror and tightening the noose around Pakistan. Indian media’s Pakistan-bashing is probably the best sports after cricket. India must be mindful that the delay in solving the issues is removing the element of flexibility and reconciliation from any future negotiating efforts. The ever increasing Indian influence in Afghanistan has further complicated the issue. It seems that the region will remain in the Arc of Instability for decades to come. It is only mutual realization of the concept of sharing and caring which can bring a positive change, otherwise the region will remain a museum of history for the rest of the world to see and prejudge different ages of human evolution from Stone Age to Space Age. F Z KHAN Islamabad

Closure of lahore runway

rehman malik’s statement

david and Goliath

Pakistan aviation industry, once reputed for its professionalism, has been under a dark patch for almost 15 years, with dangers of international censure haunting it. The lack of credible investigation into Air Blue and Bhoja fatal crashes should have been enough to warrant a shakeup of CAA and its management. Whatever the cause that led to PIA’s ATR skidding off the runway in light rain with no significant wind, the closure of Lahore’s main runway for over 30 hours exposes the total incompetence and lack of professional capacity of CAA, the body assigned to regulate air transport on behalf of ICAO in Pakistan. The ATR is a relatively small aircraft. Can somebody imagine how many weeks would CAA have taken in case God forbid this accident had involved a bigger aircraft like B777 or B747. CAA charges a phenomenal fee as landing fee and passenger tax from airlines that land on airports run by it. In fact, CAA’s regulatory functions are compromised by the fact that it runs and owns all the major airports in Pakistan except Sialkot Airport. This conflict of interest has jeopardized its primary role of a regulator, since in any accident, or incident, involving commercial aircraft, either or both the airline operator or airport authorities who administer the operation of active runways and the navigational aids that aid in landing and in case of in-flight accidents the en route navigational aids and air traffic control, all vest with CAA. There is no shortage of funds with CAA, which is one of the most profitable state owned enterprises. The unfortunate reality is that this very lucrative financial bonanza of CAA has become its biggest impediment, with both the powerful ministry of defense and successive governments eager to have their share of the pie. CAA today has become the dumping ground for retired officers and bureaucrats of the khaki establishment and ruling political party. The DG CAA is a crony of the most powerful political authority and a serving pilot of PIA, while the CFO of CAA is closely related to the Pakistan’s most powerful man sitting in Islamabad. GULL ZAMAN Peshawar

Apropos to news in which the Interior Minister Rahman Malik said the government would provide arms licenses to political and religious parties in Karachi to secure their offices from terrorism. By now he should have known that more or less all political parties have their armed wings and are fully equipped with most sophisticated weapons, and law enforcement agencies have miserably failed to disarm them. Their proud display of weapons while moving from one place to another and using these weapons openly against unarmed people has become a routine affair. Since he assumed the portfolio of interior minister thousands of innocent people have lost their lives. He should be ashamed of his performance. Instead of issuing statement he should have resigned as he failed to protect the life and property of citizens guaranteed under the constitution. It is very strange that he is worried on the criticism of politicians and their cartoons appearing in the print media. The cartoons reflect the state of affairs of the state apart from providing humor to the people. He even asked the media why the cartoons of Chief Justice and Chief of Army Staff could not be made and printed. The answer is simple: there is a big difference between him and the two personalities. To put the record straight, his statement is not correct because in some newspapers the cartoons did appear. This amply reflects his state of mind and hatred against judiciary and the army. Nevertheless, the interior minister deserves appreciation in allowing the import of weapon toys that have flooded Karachi market and the replicas of most sophisticated weapons are now in the hands of young boys. Well done, Mr Malik. The Taliban have spread throughout the country and are already playing havoc. The government should avoid rhetoric and do something practical to avert the looming dangers instead of wasting time in disregarding the decisions of the Supreme Court or be prepared to face the wrath of the people. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi

I fail to understand the exuberance and emotional outburst of PPP and its coalition partners in their support for Bahria Town boss, which in many ways is similar in content and enthusiasm to their support of the president viz a viz the Swiss letter case. Who is David or Goliath depends upon the perception of an individual. In any case a man who doles out bullet proof cars to teh ruling elite, in power or in opposition, is very difficult to assume the role of David. This is therefore a feud between two very controversial persons, in which national political parties should not get involved so blatantly. While I can understand the political compulsions or commitment of these coalition partners to support each other, there is no justification in supporting an individual involved in a subjudice legal battle between two private citizens, unless the coalition considers scandalizing the judiciary as one of their primary objectives. Perhaps this coalition government needs to evaluate their performance, failings, governance and deliverance during past four years in comparison to performance of Supreme Court and its credibility amongst the masses. RAHAT SIDDIQI Karachi

It will be too late by then I read in newspapers that on 7 October, Imran Khan along with his colleagues of PTI will visit to Waziristan agency. Being a member of PTI, I want to say to Imran Khan that it would b too late by that time to visit Waziristan. The infrastructure, the people and the citizens of the area will b destroyed by the foreign negative hands by then. MOHMMAD ZULFIQAR ALI KHALIL Peshawar

buy one, get one free ‘Passengers go mad at railways over engine failure’ (Aug 29). Any cartoon film producer may buy one railway ticket and he would get a four-star tragic story free of cost. Z A KAZMI Karachi

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12 Sonu replaces dutt, Rampal in Zanjeer remake

‘For baby, everything’s on the backburner’ ROM feeding her baby to changing her nappies to singing lullabies, Lara Dutta is busy playing a hands-on mother to her seven-monthold daughter Saira. She says that the rest of the things have taken a backseat as she is enjoying the most satisfying, yet challenging role of her life. The former beauty queen is so engrossed in nitty-gritty of her domesticity that not only her entire schedule but her conversation too revolves around Saira. “In all honesty, Saira has become the biggest selection barometer for me to choose on what I want to get back into because it is difficult to spend much time away from her. I would take up a new film only if something is really fantastic and different,” Lara, who is married to tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, told reporters in an interview. “I am putting everything on the backburner, so my baby is my first priority,” added the doting mom. Lara has just wrapped up shooting for Bejoy Nambiar`s ‘David’ and says she chose to be a part of the film as it didn’t require her to work more and at the same time it was different from what she has done so far. “My role in `David` was not massive in terms of screen time, but it was challenging as I hadn’t done anything like that and so I agreed to be a part of it,” she said. The actress says motherhood is challenging but fun. “Motherhood is great and challenging at the same time. It is thoroughly rewarding too. Saira is a wonderful baby to have. You start getting the hang of it just a week after becoming a mother,” said the 34-year-old. The model-turned-actress won the Miss Universe title in 2000 and three years later made her Bollywood debut in



FTER quite a bit of back and forth, it seems that Pran’s portrayal of Sher Khan from Zanjeer will finally be reprised by Sonu Sood in Apoorva Lakhia’s remake of the film. Initially, Sanjay Dutt was supposed to take up the role, but news came later that Arjun Rampal had been finalised for it. However, even Arjun recently backed out of the movie citing date issues. The remake is now back to Sonu — the original choice for the role. Even though he’s yet to sign on the dotted line, the actor has given his confirmation to the makers. Now, with the cast finally on board, we hear that a Telugu version is also being considered for the film, which may be shot with the same cast. cOURteSy tOi

2003 with ‘Andaaz’ and went on to do films like ‘Masti’, ‘No Entry’, ‘Housefull’ and ‘Don 2’. She married tennis champion Mahesh Bhupathi in February last year. In the quest to strike a balance between being a wife and a mother, Lara tries to be herself too. “Though I am a mother, wife, at the same time I am also my own person. For me, to be able to work, be a mother, and enjoy motherhood is also important,” she said. The actress is on road to lose the post-baby flab though she admits it would not be an easy job. “To get back into shape is difficult for any new mother as you have to be strict in your diet and workout. But for me the criterion was never that I have to lose weight in four months or five months,” she said. “So I haven’t lost all the weight that I had put on, but I am happy and know that I am on the right track,” she said adding there is no short cut to lose post-pregnancy weight. “Some women are genetically blessed and after delivery they are back to wearing jeans, but for us Indian women we are not blessed like that; so you have to watch what you eat but not at the cost of your health as you are feeding a baby,” she added. Meanwhile, after ‘Chalo Dilli’, she is now working on two scripts, which will again be produced by her under banner Bheegi Basanti Productions. neWS deSK

Short, sharp, Rock!


ilm action hero The Rock singlehandedly tackled a gang of BURGlARS on the set of his latest movie. The 40-year-old former wrestler sprang into action when the youths tried breaking into vans containing expensive equipment in Hackney, East london. The Rock — real name Dwayne Johnson — was dressed as an FBi agent while filming The Fast and the Furious 6 in a neighboring warehouse and caught sight of the thieves trying to force locks. When he clocked what was happening, the 6ft 5ins, 20-stone star left filming in the middle of a battle

sequence and charged at the hoodies waving his fake police badge. The youths were so shocked that they stopped what they were doing and fled empty-handed. A source said: “it was so funny. The Rock looked like an action hero because he had his flak jacket on and an FBi badge in his hand. All of a sudden there was loads of gunfire and this giant dressed as a copper was about to mow them down. The lads jumped out of their skin and scarpered down the canal path and left the crew in peace. “Now the crew are joking that they should drop security and just have The Rock do it.” neWS deSK

Rihanna gets worked up over enthusiastic french fans Pop star Rihanna let rip in a series of foulmouthed Twitter posts, saying she had to fight her way out of a Paris train station after a crowd of French fans gathered to greet her. The singer from Barbados had earlier posted a photo showing herself at London’s St Pancras station — and the time of her train’s departure for Paris marked on a station sign. She has 25 million followers on her Twitter account. The station’s security team and her own bodyguards struggled to protect her from the crush as she tried to leave the station. “FYI, if u push me, you WILL get pushed the phuck back!” she tweeted. “I just had to fight my way out of a damn train station!!!” she exclaimed. Rihanna later appeared as special guest of British band Coldplay for their sold-out concert in front of 80,000 fans at the Stade de France. afP

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Tom Cruise mobbed by female fans in Croatia Newly single Tom Cruise was surrounded by a bevy of attractive female fans for snaps at a popular resort during his holiday in the Croatian island of Hvar. Despite the stress of his recent high-profile split from Katie Holmes, the ‘Mission: Impossible’ star looked happy and relaxed as he posed for pictures with fans at the resort located off the Dalmation Coast. According to reports, the recently divorced actor flew from London into the Adriatic port of Split where a luxury yacht awaited him. Cruise will reportedly spend a few days cruising around the Adriatic islands aboard the Lady S. yacht, accompanied by two bodyguards. This is Cruise’s second trip to Croatia - he last visited Dubrovnik and the island of Mljet in 2004 after his break up with the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz. cOURteSy tOi

katie ‘feeling insecure’ about NY fashion Week debut


ATIE Holmes is reportedly anxious about going head-to-head with fellow designer Victoria Beckham in her debut season at New York Fashion Week. The 33-year-old actress will be showcasing the latest collection from her label Holmes and Yang at the prestigious fashion event for the first time in September. “It’s no secret that Victoria’s career has been more successful than Katie’s and there’s more than an air of rivalry between the two,” quoted a source as telling UK magazine Heat. “There seems to be a lot of tension between the two labels right now. Katie is feeling insecure and doubts her efforts to do well,” the source said. Holmes and Beckham had become friends in 2006, attending Paris Fashion Week together. However, their relationship reportedly turned sour because of their fierce fashion rivalry. “They could have done a small show elsewhere, so this proves she and Jeanne (her business partner) are very serious about their business,” the inside added. cOURteSy tOi

kate middleton vows to support Harry Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has vowed to support her brother-in-law Prince Harry through his naked photo scandal. The duchess has a close bond with Harry and told her husband Prince William they should pledge their full support to him following the incident, which saw him pictured nude following a game of ‘strip billiards’ in his Las Vegas hotel suite. “William called Harry straight away and gave him a bit of a telling off. But Kate pointed out he had already been through the ringer and deserved their sympathy,” quoted a source as saying. “She’s promised to support him as much as possible and offered to help him come up with a recovery plan to get his public image back on track,” the source added. neWS deSK

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13 ToKyo: film director Paul Anderson (l), actress milla Jovovich (C), and Japanese actress mika nakashima (r) wave to fans during a photo session at the world premiere of ‘the resident evil: retribution in 3d’ in Tokyo. The film will open in Japan from September 14. AFP

Jackson was wreck ... he was too sick to sing ICHAEL Jackson was a boozefuelled “basket case” in the weeks before he died, shock new documents reveal. They show Jacko didn’t rehearse, needed psychiatric treatment and refused to sing at practices before his attempted comeback. Weeks before Jacko’s This Is It shows in London, director Kenny Ortega called for a psychiatrist — emailing how the King of Pop missed rehearsals, struggled with routines and faced miming some of his biggest hits. He wrote: “MJ is not in shape enough yet to sing this stuff live and dance at the same time.” One production manager also wrote: “He was a basket case.” The revelations emerged in emails between bosses at the promoters AEG. MD Randy Phillips said: “We have a real problem here,” in an email to chief exec Tim Leiweke. Mr Phillips also told how Jacko would get drunk. AEG faces a US legal fight with insurance firm Lloyds over whether the brokers should pay £15million for Jacko’s failure to perform — caused by his death on June 25, 2009 from a drug overdose. Lloyds want a judge to scrap a £10million policy they say AEG secured with false claims about Jackson’s health. And the singer’s heirs accuse AEG of pressuring the star to carry on. AEG’s lawyers deny any wrongdoing. neWS deSK


katrina-Shah Rukh and deepika-Ranveer... new best friends OOD friendships in Bollywood, especially when it involves the opposite sex, are always suspected. That being said, it doesn’t mean they can’t be good friends. Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif started off on the opposite side because Kat was Salman’s girl. But 2005 onwards, Katrina has always nursed a desire to be in SRK and Gauri’s list of good friends. Unfortunately, the Salman-SRK fight on her birthday on July 16, 2008 didn’t allow her an opportunity to either do a film with him or extend an olive branch to SRK earlier. But now these two actors are very friendly. Kat admits that she is equally friendly with Gauri and also shares a very warm equation with SRK’s kids, Aryan and Suhana. Likewise, Sanjay Leela Bhansali reportedly gave instructions to Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone to get to know each other better. That’s how the process may have begun. But now we


Jovovich was once arrested for stolen credit cards Actress Mila Jovovich has revealed that she was arrested as a youngster for using stolen credit cards. The ”Resident Evil” star admits she and her friends “broke the law all the time” by refusing to pay fares on buses, reports “I thought I was a bad girl when I was a kid. We broke the law all the time, getting onto buses without paying. We’d find wallets and use the credit cards on the weekends, then get arrested for it. I’m so stupid we actually got caught. Also, writing on walls - my name was Rile,” she told Empire magazine. cOURteSy tOi

hear that Ranveer and Deepika are becoming good friends. Of course in this case, sources indicate that Ranveer’s steady date Anushka Sharma is slightly concerned with Deepika-Ranveer’s new

found equation. Anushka’s discomfort may prove to be a spoke in the wheel for this budding friendship. Only time will tell if these equations will change or remain steady. cOURteSy tOi

i’m too young to get married: Sonakshi Actor Sonakshi Sinha seems to be on a “clueless” mode these days. Not only about the controversies surrounding her films and roles, but also about her marriage plans. “I don’t know what I will do tomorrow, marriage is something far off,” says the actor. Press her hard on the issue, and she says, “I am too young to get married. I’ve just entered the industry, why do you want to oust me so soon?” Two years into Bollywood, the 26-year-old, who’s mostly been paired with actors Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, says it was a different experience working with actor Ajay Devgn in Son of Sardar. “While Salman and Akshay are always pulling my leg on the sets, Ajay too does play pranks, but he’s more of a serious person”, says Sona, who was in the city to attend the preview of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012. cOUReSty ht

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Infotainment 14 The best budget smartphones NQ CLOuD tOuCH: A cheap and cheerful Androidpowered smartphone featuring an almost toy-like design, but harboring a bumper crop of social networking and music features inside. There are oodles of Facebook tools, a Spotify app that automatically syncs with your music collection and a decent virtual keyboard. There’s also a nifty wi-fi connection feature that automatically finds available hotspots and the information button on the side of the phone enables instant access to core functions. It’s handy. Buy it if: You’re short on cash, but want a social networking tool that’s far from run of the mill. SONY eRICSSON WALKMAN LIve: The Walkman Live is a real looker, but is also backed up by an impressive technical specification that has playing music at its central core. There’s a dedicated Walkman button, xLOUD loudness enhancement and seamless Facebook integration. You’ll also be able to enjoy quality images from the fivemegapixel camera and flash, frontfacing VGA lens plus a host of other goodies backed up by Android 2.3. Buy it if: You’re a music fan and love the style of a Sony Ericsson. SAMSuNG GALAxY FIt: Although it only runs a humble 600MHz processor, the Fit is one of the best low-end Android phones on the market. Granted, it`s essentially underpowered and suffers from a low-resolution screen, but this smartphone has an excellent fivemegapixel camera with autofocus, responsive touchscreen and storagethat can be boosted up to 32GB. It feels well-built and looks pretty cool too. Buy it if: You want to take snaps, post social networking updates and go. BLACKBeRRY CuRve 8520: RIM - Students and business people alike love their BlackBerry devices and it’s little wonder thanks to their superior on-board email and messaging tools. The Curve 8520 looks good, feels great, sports an ergonomically pleasing QWERTY keyboard and vibrant screen. Dedicated media keys, trackpad navigation and a host of BlackBerry apps round out the package nicely. Buy it if: You like your email and messaging duties seamlessly integrated. MOtOROLA FIRe: Another Android 2.3 smartphone that boasts a full QWERTY keyboard, touch-


screen display and a capacity for being heavily customized. Battery life is good, jump from work to play via a switchable widget system and expect all the usual toys including onboard camera plus music and video playback. Buy it if: You enjoy the feel of fingertips on a real keyboard and fancy something different. ACeR LIQuID MINI: Many smartphones are big and cumbersome, while the Liquid Mini is just the opposite. This is a phone that sits nicely in your hand, has a 3.2-inch screen, a five-megapixel camera and runs Android 2.2. It`s also very cheap, with a simplistic design and screen layout, but that’s half the charm. Meanwhile, wi-fi, Bluetooth, music player, radio and the usual social networking tools make it a surprisingly bulky package that should cost you peanuts. Buy it if: You want to explore Android on a basic smartphone, but don’t want to commit to spending big money. MOtOROLA DeFY: A surprisingly rugged smartphone with tough Gorilla Glass screen and water resistance means that this is an Android-powered handset that’s built for action. There’s a great responsive touchscreen, the MotoBlur UI for lots of social networking integration

and the multimedia aspect of this phone is top-notch too. It also enjoys pretty good battery life compared with many of its counterparts. Buy it if: You like to stay powered up and tend to be on the clumsy side. HtC WILDFIRe: It may be one of the cheaper phones from HTC, but expect plenty of surprises as you explore the feature-packed functionality. A five-megapixel camera with flash, GPS and geo-tagging, comprehensive social networking control via Friend Stream and great music and video players mean it`s a good all-rounder. Solid web browsing including Flash compatibility only adds to its appeal. Buy it if: You want a cheap smartphone that doesn’t look or feel light on features. SAMSuNG GALAxY MINI S5570: If you hanker after a Samsung Galaxy S or S II, but don’t have the available readies, then get a whiff of what’s so great about them with the Mini instead. A 600MHz processor, 2GB of memory, 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera will all supply you with a taster of those fine Android smartphones. The difference with the Mini is that it’s way cheaper and with wi-fi and 3G plus the usual range of apps, this is a decent little entry-level phone. Buy it for: Its

cutesy looks and respectable, though slightly pedestrian performance and specification. NOKIA C5-03: Available in several colors, the C5-03 is a handset that’s been poked and prodded into performing better than its original incarnation. Now there’s wi-fi and Ovi Maps too, along with the Symbian operating system that you’ll either love or loathe. Screen size is surprisingly decent with a crisp and clear resolution and anyone who wants a reliable basic smartphone with excellent battery life will love the C5-03. Buy it if: You still love a Nokia and its old faithful interface that’s easy to use. SAMSuNG GALAxY PRO: An Android phone with a proper keyboard, 2.8-inch display, threemegapixel camera and 800MHz processor means that the Galaxy Pro is a handset for people who want workmanlike tools, but aren`t expecting a blazing performance. The styling is simple but effective although it`s the usual Android widgets and apps that help make this more than just another also-ran. Buy it if: You need a phone that`s short on frills, but has plenty of features. MOtOROLA FLIPOut: The Flipout continues to drop in price because it`s a bit of an oddball. However, the quirky design houses a decent bag of tricks, including the neat connected music player and MotoBlur custom interface, backed up by an Android operating system core. Facebook and Twitter feeds can be easily integrated although its small screen makes web browsing a challenge. There’s even a proper QWERTY keyboard inside too. Buy it if: You want to stand out from the crowd and need a phone that can be easily pocketed. SONY eRICSSON txt PRO: The all-lower-case moniker quickly tells you that the txt pro feature phone is all about getting your fingers to do the talking big time. Core features revolve around texts and instant messaging, via a three-inch scratch-resistant touchscreen or slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Integrated best friend tools amalgamate Facebook and Twitter posts, while being a Sony Ericsson means that there’s a wealth of music playing tools and options too. Buy it because: It’s fun, funky and the hits keep coming too, but go easy on those dinky keys if you’re plagued by RSI. neWS deSK

2,000-litre cup of cappuccino sets new guinness World Record in Croatia


VER 1,000 baristas set to work in an attempt to create the world’s largest cappuccino ever in Zagreb, Croatia. The ambitious attempt featured one thousand baristas from all over the country who gathered in Zagreb to operate 22 coffee machines installed on a public stage at Zagreb main square. In little more than three hours, the hard-working baristas managed to fill up a giant coffee cup with 2,012 litres of freshly made cappuccino, which traditionally consists of one part espresso coffee, one part warm milk and one part milk foam. Although a previous record was claimed by 80 baristas in Prague who had filled a giant cup with 2,117 litres of cappuccino in 2009, the Croatians’ feat is the first officially certified record. neWS deSK

Was ‘Jack The Ripper’ a cart driver from bethnal green?


WO of “Jack The Ripper” experts believe they have found the identity of the Whitechapel serial killer. Authors Christer Holmgren and Edward Stow believe the most likely suspect for Jack The Ripper is Charles Cross, a cartman who claimed to have found the first victim prostitute Polly Nichols on August 31 1888. Cross was discovered crouching over the body by a witness Robert Paul. He told police he had been walking through Bucks Row on his way to Pickfords’ depot in Broad Street at around 3am when he found the body of Nichols. But Holmgren and Stow believe he could have been the killer, disturbed as he was mutilating the body of Nichols. cOURteSy the teLegRaPh

Conservatives and liberals have different brains, studies show Enthusiasts will take longer to build Sovereign of the Seas replica than original shipwrights in 1637


T took 22 months to build the original Sovereign of the Seas warship in the 17th Century but it will take enthusiasts reconstructing the ship from a magazine two years and seven months. A new weekly magazine Sovereign of the Seas is offering readers the chance to make their own model warship by providing the parts and instructions over 135 issues. However building the replica will not only take longer than it did to construct the real thing in 1637 but cost £804.65 to buy all the magazines. After a cheap introductory offer of £1.99 pounds for the first issue, each copy then costs £5.99. “It is a tried and tested formula much appreciated by our loyal modelling fans and allows DeAgostini to create and develop beautiful ships to a degree of detail and scale that is not normally available in the High Street.” cOURteSy the teLegRaPh

Conservatives and liberals may have one less thing in common: neurology. has gathered 13 peer-reviewed studies of behavioral and neurological studies and come to the conclusion that differences between Republicans and Democrats are more than skin-deep. “Basically, the different sides have been yelling at each other for millennia, and we’re trying to figure out what could be the root cause of this,” said Steven Markoff,’s founder. The studies looked at things like differences between groups’ perception of eye movement, and aversion to threatening noises. Researchers also noted that Democrats had larger anterior cingulate cortexes, which are associated with tolerance to uncertainty, while Republicans had larger right amygdalas, which are associated with sensitivity to fear. “Everybody seems to basically agree, and these are people that have scientific backgrounds,” Markoff said of the repetition in the studies. “That to me is probably the biggest eye-opener.” Although Markoff concluded the studies combine to mean that the different groups communicate in different ways, psychiatrist Greg Appelbaum said the studies point toward conservatives’ tendency to avoid

something called self-harm, while liberals avoid collective group harm. That said, Appelbaum the studies are not representative of all Republicans or Democrats, given that researchers are weaving different small studies together to draw conclusions, and several different opinions designate whether someone is liberal or conservative. “It’s important to keep in mind that this is a big, multidimensional space,” Appelbaum said. He also said someone’s brain makeup doesn’t necessarily predispose that person to think one way or another politically, calling it a “chicken or the egg issue.” In fact, it’s possible that a person’s political thinking can change their physiological traits. It makes sense to consider a person who plays video games and has good reaction times, he said. Does that person play the games because he (or she) is good at them and gets positive reinforcement or does that person hone the abilities by playing video games? Regardless of the caveats, Markoff said the collection of studies generate an interesting discussion.” The real reason ProCon is here is to foster critical thinking, and I can’t think of anything more interesting from a critical thinking standpoint,” he said. neWS deSK

baby born on plane, named for airline


HO is your baby named for? You mother? Dad? A beloved aunt? Your airline carrier? A woman who gave birth on an Emirates flight last week reportedly did just that. The woman was traveling on Emirates from Dubai to Manila when she went into early labor, according to Emirates 24-7. She gave birth on the plane, which was then diverted to Ho Chi Min City, the airline said in a statement. reported that the baby was born in the aircraft toilet and that “two Filipina nurses on the flight jumped out of their seats to assist in the mid-air delivery.” They helped aspirate amniotic fluid from the baby’s mouth, nose and ears. The baby’s mother was reportedly so grateful she named her baby boy EK, the Emirates’ flight code.The mother and baby were transferred to a hospital upon landing. cOURteSy the teLegRaPh

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Sharapova sends off Petrova to Page 17 reach last eight internAtionAL CriCket resuMption

PCB’s efforts remarkable: Heyward LAHORE


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USTRALIAN Higher Commissioner in Pakistan, Peter Heyward has praised the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan and said he is looking forward to resumption of international cricket in Pakistani arenas in near future. “It is good to see high standard cricket facilities in Pakistan available, specially at Lahore where National Cricket Academy is also located and in the presence of such facilities It is my desire to see international cricket returning to Pakistan,” he told newsmen after his visit to National Cricket Academy alongwith Chairman ,PCB, Chaudhary Zaka Asrhaf here on Monday at NCA. Peter Heyward said Chairman PCB apprised him of the steps PCB is taking for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. He said Australia and Pakistan are currently playing at UAE in an interesting one day cricket series which stands level at 1-1 and as an Australian it is his desire to see his team winning the match to wrap up the series on a victorious note. “Even if they (Australian team) do not win the third match then they have the opportunity in the T-20 series and I am sure that Australian team can put a better show to win it,” he asserted.

mcGrath replaces lillee at India pace academy

He said PCB will be organizing an international T-20 series in near future and he would love to see the participation of

Australian players in the mega event. The Australian High Commissioner said it was not his domain to decide the

Kohli, Dhoni star in India Test series win BANGALORE




Glenn McGrath has been named as successor to fellow Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee as head of the MRF foundation in India, where fast bowlers from around the world receive specialist coaching. McGrath, 42, the most successful fast bowler in Test history with 563 wickets, will take over at the academy in the southern city of Chennai next year from Lillee, who helped set up the foundation in 1987. "It is a tough assignment and I would be happy if I can achieve half of what Dennis had successfully done," McGrath, who retired in 2007, told reporters in Chennai late Sunday. "It is a great honour for me to work with the foundation. I know it will not be possible to replace someone like the great Dennis Lillee, whose legacy is hard to live up to, but I will strive to do my best." Lillee, 63, said family commitments and age forced him to leave the part-time role as chief coach at the centre, which is acclaimed for its facilities and methods helping fast bowlers to sharpen their skills. "With 25 years of service and 63-plus age, I do not want to travel away from home anymore," Lillee, who claimed 355 Test wickets, said. "My biggest triumph is to have succeeded in starting the academy from scratch." Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath are among the best-known Indian products of the foundation, which is run by the MRF tyre company.

visit of the Australian team to Pakistan as the Australian Government, Cricket Australia and the Australian cricketers can

India survived a mini collapse to sweep the series against a fighting New Zealand with a five-wicket victory on the penultimate day of the second and final Test in Bangalore on Monday. The hosts slipped from 152-2 to 1665 before achieving their 261-run target in the final session, thanks to a 96-run stand between man-of-the-match Virat Kohli (51 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (48 not out) under pressure. India won the opening Test by an innings and 115 runs in Hyderabad. New Zealand fought well as they twice neutralised India's advantage to storm back into the match on a good pitch before Dhoni and Kohli steered their team home, much to the delight of the nearly 15,000 spectators. The Indian captain finished the match with a six over mid-wicket off offspinner Jeetan Patel, who took three wickets. Dhoni hit two sixes and three fours, while Kohli cracked nine fours. "Virat's batting was superb. He fought well and soaked up the pressure. We all knew that after 40-45 overs it would easier," said Dhoni. "The spinners bowled brilliantly and the catching was good." India were 77 without loss after brisk knocks from Virender Sehwag (38) and Gautam Gambhir (34) and then 152-2 following a 69-run stand between Cheteshwar Pujara (48) and Sachin Tendulkar (27) before New Zealand struck back. The tourists came back strongly after tea, which was taken early due to rain, as they dismissed well-set Pujara, Tendulkar and Suresh Raina (0) in the space of 14 runs. The 39-year-old Tendulkar was bowled for a third successive innings in the series, this time by fast bowler Tim

Southee, after hitting five fours in his 34ball knock. The world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket with an unprecedented 100 international centuries, Tendulkar finished the series without a half-century in three innings. "We had our chances and showed character to come back from a terrible Test in Hyderabad. We came with some standards we wanted to maintain, which we did in patches," said New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor. "They way Kohli and Dhoni batted was outstanding." Patel had Pujara caught by Daniel Flynn, who ran backwards from forward short-leg to take a superb diving catch, and then bowled Raina. Tendulkar and Pujara steadied the innings after Sehwag and Gambhir had fallen in the morning in the space of six runs. Pujara, who scored a solid 159 in the first Test, was on 37 when he survived a stumping chance off Patel as wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum failed to collect the ball. McCullum kept wicket in place of Kruger van Wyk, who was in-

neW ZeaLand 1st innings 365 (R. taylor 113, K. van Wyk 71, m. guptill 53; P. Ojha 5-99) india 1st innings 353 (V. Kohli 103, mS dhoni 62, S. Raina 55; t. Southee 7-64) neW ZeaLand 2nd innings (overnight 232-9): b. mccullum c dhoni b yadav 23 m. guptill b yadav 7 K. Williamson c Sehwag b ashwin 13 R. taylor lbw b Ojha 35 d. flynn c Sehwag b ashwin 31 J. franklin st dhoni b ashwin 41 K. van Wyk lbw b ashwin 31 d. bracewell lbw b Ojha 22 t. Southee b ashwin 2 J. Patel c dhoni b Zaheer 22 t. boult not out 4 eXtRaS (b4, lb12, w1) 17 tOtaL (for all out; 73.2 overs) 248 faLL of WicKetS: 1-30 (guptill), 2-31 (mccullum), 3-69 (Williamson), 4-111 (taylor), 5-140 (flynn), 6-195 (van Wyk), 7-216 (franklin), 8-222 (Southee), 9-222 (bracewell), 10248 (Patel). bOWLing: Zaheer 14.2-2-46-1, yadav 15-0-68-2 (w1), Ojha 21-6-49-2, ashwin 22-1-69-5, Raina 1-1-0-0. india 2nd innings: g. gambhir c taylor b boult 34 V. Sehwag b Patel 38 c. Pujara c flynn b Patel 48 S. tendulkar b Southee 27 V. Kohli not out 51 S. Raina b Patel 0 mS dhoni not out 48 eXtRaS (b4, lb6, nb1, w5) 16 tOtaL (for five wickets; 63.2 overs) 262 faLL of WicKetS: 1-77 (Sehwag), 2-83 (gambhir), 3-152 (tendulkar), 4-158 (Pujara), 5-166 (Raina). bOWLing: boult 16-4-64-1, Southee 18-3-68-1 (w5), bracewell 14-3-52-0 (nb1), Patel 15.2-3-68-3. ReSULt: india win by five wickets; clinch two-test series 2-0 man of the match: V. Kohli (ind) man of the SeRieS: R. ashwin (ind) tOSS: new Zealand UmPiReS: ian gould (eng) and Steve davis (aUS) tV UmPiRe: Sudhir asnani (ind) match RefeRee: chris broad (eng)

jured after being struck on the arm by a delivery from paceman Umesh Yadav while batting on Sunday. The New Zealand skipper pressed Patel into the attack in the 12th over after pacemen Trent Boult, Southee and Doug Bracewell had failed to provide the breakthrough in overcast conditions.

decide this issue with a mutual understanding. “ I cannot say when Australian team will visit Pakistan but it is my desire to see them playing in Pakistan,” he said adding “ It is the Australian Government who will finally decide about it,” he said. When asked if he is going to write to his Government regarding the visit of Australian team to Pakistan, he said, he sends reports to his Government on regular basis in which such issues and aspects are highlighted. “I think that there are some reasons that why international cricket in not being played in Pakistan and one of the main factor is the security as there are some security issues in some cities of Pakistan,” he said adding “ Though the situation is improving and is quite better in Lahore but at the same certain incidents are happening in other cities “. He described Cricket Pakistan’s top most sport in which youth was taking extra ordinary interest. “ Cricket is highly popular in Pakistan and it is being played at every street and corner of Pakistan which speaks volume of youth’s interest in it,” he said adding “ It is my desire to see my team and other foreign teams playing in Pakistan in front of lovers of the game and it is imperative for Pakistan cricket that international cricket returns to Pakistan, the sooner it will be better “. Later the Chairman, PCB presented a souvenir to the Australian High Commissioner.

Cook has faith in england's odI future LONDON afP

England captain Alastair Cook believes the team's best limited overs days are ahead of them even though they are now again the world's top-ranked side in 50over international cricket. Cook's men briefly lost their place at the summit of the standings after a heavy defeat by South Africa in Southampton last week. But they bounced back in London following wins by four and six wickets in the one-day internationals (ODIs) at The Oval and Lord's respectively. Sunday's success at Lord's gave England a 2-1 lead in a five-match campaign heading into Wednesday's finale in Nottingham and meant South Africa could no longer achieve the series victory they needed to extend their brief stay at number one. Meanwhile Australia's recent defeat by Pakistan in Abu Dhabi scuppered their hopes of overtaking England at the head of the standings before the year is out. "It's certainly not a bad thing," Cook, who last week also became England's Test captain after the retirement of Andrew Strauss, said of being number one. "But I think we feel this side has its future ahead of it, rather than behind it," explained the 27-year-old opening batsman, who will hope to lead England to a maiden World Cup title in Australia and New Zealand in 2015. Cook, a member of the England side that lost its position at the head of the Test standings to South Africa earlier this season, added: "We're still striving to improve in all areas. "We've only been together for a year or so. We've had some really good results, but certainly don't feel like the number one side -- like we did when we got there as a Test team." England suffered an 80 run-hammering in Southampton but bounced back well. Sunday's win at Lord's saw them, albeit after Cook won the toss in overcast conditions, restrict South Africa to 220 for eight.

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Sports 16 punjAB YoutH FestivAL 2012

Over 27,000 move to next round of level one



S many as 27315 youngsters moved into the next round of their level o competition while participating in all the seven events of the Punjab Youth Festival’s Neighbourhood and Village level on Monday. On the ninth day of the festival, another 150,000 youngsters of various Sports and Youth Development Councils of Punjab displayed their skills in the first level of the PYF 2012. After a massive activity on Sunday in different sports events of the festival including athletics, volleyball, billiard, cricket tape ball, badminton, arm wrestling, the other two general categories of naat khawani and qirat too are getting proper response and these events are also being held at madaris,

masjids, schools and colleges. Today’s interesting feature was the competition of arm wrestling between Dr Saeed Elahi MPA and DCO Lahore Noorul Amin while Ramzan Saddique MPA witnessed the events at Gulberg Town’s venue of Ghalib Market in the morning session. Data collected from other districts of the province show that around 100,000 S&YDCs members took part in 447 events of the neighbourhood and village level. In these events 35 districts took part through their 4929 blocks of 1200 UCs while 27315 got top honours. In the districts of Bhakkar8042 took part in 15 event and 2194 won their matches, Mianwali had 9524 people participation while from 103 UCs 2641 were the winners. Nankana Sahib 139 UCs’ 597 blocks took part in 78 events with a mass involvement of 5767 with the winners being 2896. In Bahawalpur, 45

UCs and 138 blocks excelled in 34 events and from among 9127 participants 3017 moved to the next round of the first level. Likewise, Dera Ghazi Khan had 11892 people participation while Muzaffargarh 16837 youngsters from 97 UCs contested and 1408 were the main contenders who moved ahead. Faisalabad again remained very active in their participation as 3697 took the top honours from 13927’s participation in 54 events from 625 blocks of 134 UCs. In Shalamar Town of Lahore, athletics competitions were held between Union Council 34, Block 13 under which Sadaqat won the 100 metres race while Umer bin

Sadaat was declared winner of the 200 metres race. In the cricket tape ball, Union Council 35, Block 6 beat block 4 whereas Block 5 and 6 won the Cricket Tape ball matches of Union Council 34. In the Arm Wrestling event, Umer Bin Sadaqat beat Faizan of Union Council 34 Block A. In the Union Council 143, Block 1, Athletics events were held in which

Ahmed took the 100 metres race. In the cricket tape ball) matches of Union council 143, Block A beat block C by 10 runs while in Union Council 58, Suhail XI achieved limelight against Agha XI by 1 wicket. In Samanabad Town, Union Council 103, Tug of Warteam comprising Shafiq, Usman and Zaheer won the tie 2-0. In the 100 metres race, Hafiz Abdur Rehman won the

race while Hafiz Usman took 200 metre race. In Billiard, Mohammed Ashfaq beat Abid while Masood Ahmed and Hashaam Afzal won their badminton double matches against Anis and Rehman 20-17. Similarly in Cricket Tape ball, Ittehad XI defeated Seth XI by one wicket and in Arm Wrestling, Ali Shafique beat Nabeel Bajwa with ease.

Australia have steady approach against Pakistan in final ODI wickets here last week. It looked Pakistan would post a big total but they were once again derailed by some sustained pace bowling by Mitchell Starc who finished with 4-51, taking his four wickets in the second spell. Jamshed, who hit 97 at Abu Dhabi, was again at his fluent best as he hit six boundaries during his 75-ball knock. Mitchell Johnson (233) provided Australia with the breakthrough when he had Jamshed caught behind and then had the promoted Shahid Afridi caught at deep mid-wicket for seven. Once Hafeez fell, trapped leg-before by Michael Clarke in the 33rd over Pakistan were hard pressed for runs. Hafeez hit four boundaries and two sixes. Starc, who took a career best 5-42 in the first match, then came into his own. The lanky left-arm paceman had Asad Shafiq (27) and Umar Akmal (nought) in the same over before ending skipper Misbah-ul Haq's short 25 runs innings in the 47th over.


Australia was playing steadily in the third and final ODI of the three-match rubber against Pakistan in the third and final one-day against Australia at Sharjah Stadium on Monday. By 15 overs they were at 81 for one and were playing with an average above five runs an over when the required rate was just above 4. Michael Clarake and David Hussey were at the crease with 34 and 26 runs on board. Earlier, Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a brilliant half-century to propel Pakistan to 244-7 The 31-year-old right-hander hit 78 off 97balls for his 13th one-day fifty -- his first against Australia in eight matches -- to help Pakistan post a challenging total after they were put in by Australia on a grass-less pitch. Hafeez gave Pakistan a solid 129-run start with fellow opener Nasir Jamshed (48) as they carried on the momentum they gave their team during their seven-wicket win in the second match in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Australia had won the first match by four

PaKiStan: mohammad hafeez lbw b clarke 78 nasir Jamshed c Wade b Johnson 48 Shahid afridi c maxwell b Johnson 7 asad Shafiq c bailey b Starc 27 misbah-ul haq c Warner b Starc 25 Umar akmal c d. hussey b Starc 0 azhar ali not out 27 Kamran akmal b Starc 2 abdur Rehman not out 12 eXtRaS: (b4, lb1, w13) 18 tOtaL: (for 7 wkts, 50 overs) 244 fall of wickets: 1-129 (Jamshed), 2-140 (afridi), 3-155 (hafeez), 4185 (Sgafiq), 5-185 (Umar), 6-220 (misbah), 6-223 (Kamran), 7-223 (Kamran). bowling: Pattinson 10-0-50-0 (w2), Starc 10-0-51-4 (w4), Johnson 9-0-33-2 (w3), maxwell 7-0-33-0 (w3), christian 10-0-55-0, d. hussey 2-0-14-0, clarke 2-0-3-1 aUStRaLia: da Warner c sub (Shoaib malik) b Rehman 21 dJ hussey not out 34 mJ clarke not out 26 eXtRaS 0 total (1 wicket; 15 overs) 81 to bat mS Wade†, meK hussey, gJ bailey, gJ maxwell, dt christian, mg Johnson, ma Starc, JL Pattinson fall of wickets 1-44 (Warner, 8.5 ov) bowling: Junaid Khan 4-0-28-0, mohammad hafeez 5-0-29-0, abdur Rehman 4-0-17-1, Shahid afridi 2-0-7-0 michael clarke (capt), david Warner, george bailey, dan christian, david hussey, michael hussey, mitchell Johnson, glenn maxwell, James Pattinson, mitchell Starc, matthew Wade. toss: australia Umpires: billy bowden (nZL) and ahsan Raza (PaK) tv umpire: nigel Llong (eng) match referee: Roshan mahanama (SRi)

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South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen fired an eight-under par 63 Sunday to seize a three-shot lead after three rounds of the US PGA Tour's Deutsche Bank Championship. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, birdied seven holes in a row starting at the par-four fourth, and followed up his lone bogey of the day at 17 with a birdie at the par-five 18th at the par-71 TPC Boston. He had a 54-hole total of 19-under par 194. Oosthuizen surged past overnight leader Rory McIlroy, the world number one from Northern Ireland who carded a 67 for 197. Tiger Woods carded a 68 for a share of third place on 13-under 200 alongside fellow American Dustin Johnson, who posted a 65. Oosthuizen, who trailed McIlroy by one coming into the round, made it look easy. His string of seven birdies included four putts of 20 feet (six meters) or more, the seventh coming with a tapin at the par-four 10th. His seven-under 29 on the front nine was a tournament record, as was his 54hole total. "Louis put on a display right there," said McIlroy, who nevertheless wasn't conceding defeat. "I've come from farther behind before... It's going to be an interesting day tomorrow." The $8 million tournament, which is the second stop on the US tour's four-event playoff series, concludes on Monday, the US Labor Day holiday. McIlroy, who claimed his second career major title at the PGA Championship in August, opened with back-to-back birdies. Playing alongside him, Oosthuizen also birdied the second but didn't begin to pull away until the fourth.

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NeW YORK: Defending champion Novak Djokovic stormed into the US Open last 16 on Sunday as Andy Roddick stretched his long goodbye into a prime-time showdown with fellow former champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Djokovic coasted past French 30th seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 despite being forced to open up play on day seven at Arthur Ashe Stadium. "It was an early match for me. Usually I don't like to play the first match," said second-seeded Djokovic. "So it was important to stay strong and commit to every point." In stark contrast, Sunday's programme finished at 2.26 a.m. on Monday morning (0626GMT), equalling the latestever finish for the tournament. That was the time when German 19th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber completed his 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over US ninth seed John Isner. Djokovic didn't face a single break point in his 97-minute victory, his fourth on the trot against Benneteau, firing 13 aces and 41 winners. The 25-year-old hasn't dropped serve since the first game of his first-round match and has made the last 16 for a sixth successive year by losing just 14 games in three rounds. afP

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ARIA Sharapova, back in the US Open's last eight for the first time since she won the title six years ago, sent fellow Russian Nadia Petrova packing with vigor and passion on Sunday. Not only did she rally after twice losing four games in a row against 19th seed Petrova but third seed Sharapova won six of the last eight games in the match after a 73-minute rain delay to take a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory. "I'm back in the quarter-finals," Sharapova said. "It's a nice feeling. I've got to go from here." Told that Petrova had dismissed her victory as a creation of the rain delay that disrupted her serve, Sharapova laughed. "Great," she said. "I'm the winner, so whatever she wants to call it is fine with me." The Russian third seed, clearly the fan favorite in the Arthur Ashe Stadium night match, was pumping her fist with evry point in the seventh game of the last set when she broke Petrova to seize the lead for the first time since the opening set. Screaming "Come on" and making her joy abundantly clear even at Petrova errors, Sharapova even launched a fist pump in the direction of Petrova's supporters' box as she reveled in the victory, which was followed by a tepid handshake at the net. "That energy in the stadium with the music and the cheering, it's just unique," Sharapova said. "It really pumped me up and got me going. "I wasn't going to leave that court without a fight." Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam by capturing the French Open title last June, rolled through the first set in 31 minutes but Petrova broke her in the second and fourth games of the second set on the way to a 4-0 lead. Sharapova broke

back twice to level the set at 4-4, only to have Petrova break her again in the 10th game to capture the set and in the second game of the third set for a 2-0 lead before rain began falling to halt the match. "There were so many ups and downs from the beginning of the second to the end of that break," Sharapova said. "I didn't mind the experience of getting off the court

and trying again from scratch." Petrova, who fell to 1-9 all-time against Sharapova, surrendered a break in the first game after the delay and Sharapova broke again four games later then held twice for the victory."Overall I'm really happy with the way I came out in the third," Sharapova said. "I didn't let that little letdown bother me and I kept on fighting."

SYDNeY: Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has lashed out at Bernard Tomic's "disgraceful" performance at the US Open, saying the teen star needs to "pull his socks up". The Australian 19-year-old made a tame second-round exit from the tournament at the hands of the retiring Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, prompting allegations from John McEnroe that he was not trying in the final set. Tomic, long touted as the next big thing in Australian tennis, was then involved in an angry exchange with reporters when he was asked to respond to claims that he "tanked". Rafter condemned Tomic's display. "I threw out the big D word, disgraceful, to him yesterday," Rafter told Fox Sports on Monday. "That's just the way it was. He's got to learn. "There's no use sugar-coating something, he has to do the work, and I'm sick and tired of tip-toeing around it, and I think everyone else is as well. "He needs to realise that's what he needs to do, and he says he does." Tomic is no stranger to controversy. afP

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RISTIANO Ronaldo hit a brace to reach a landmark 150 goals in 149 games for Real Madrid as they got their league campaign back on track on Sunday with a 3-0 win over ten-man Granada. Despite beating Barcelona to lift the domestic Super Cup in midweek the pressure was starting to grow on the team with just a point from their opening two league games but Ronaldo responded with a goals in either half to continue his remarkable scoring run in Madrid. The first owed as much to poor keeping from Antonio ‘Tono' Rodriguez as the Portuguese's shot from a tight angle after 25 minutes went through his legs, although it did take a slight deflection off Inigo Lopez. Ronaldo got his second after 53 minutes and Granada's hopes of a comeback took a blow with Borja Gomez sent off six minutes later. Substitute Gonzalo Higuain completed the scoring with a tap-in 15 minutes from the end. Later Barcelona hope to maintain their 100 percent record when they entertain Valencia. Jose Mourinho rotated his squad

which included giving Luka Modric a starting place after he came on for the last few minutes against Barca while Karim Benzema was chosen instead of Higuain to lead the line. Granada, who also just had one point, were aiming to frustrate Madrid and build the anxiety in the Bernabeu but Jose Callejon could have settled the nerves inside the first few minutes from a neat pass by Modric. However, 'keeper Tono got down well to block him. Granada survived and, while Madrid were clearly in charge and passing the ball around, they were finding it difficult to create further openings. Ronaldo had looked sluggish in his first two league games and he failed to trouble the 'keeper with a free-kick and a couple of shots from distance before he did break the deadlock with a soft goal from Granada's perspective. The visitors had shown nothing going forward and were now forced to come out of their shells. Their tactic was to test Madrid in the air -- where they have struggled this season -- and they began to cause the home side problems, although Ronaldo could have added a second before the break with a drive which Tono was alert to. Angel Di Maria came on after half

time and he set up Ronaldo, who saw his shot from inside the box saved by Tono before reacting to knock home the rebound. Gomez was given his second yellow card for a foul on Ronaldo and then Higuain sealed the win from a Benzema pass. Barcelona look to bounce back from their cup disappointment and coach Tito Vilanova, who faces the ominous task of continuing Pep Guardiola's golden spell at the club, denies it will be a problem. "This isn't a psychological blow, we would have prefered to win but it isn't make or break for the season and we now return to the league," he said. "The team is fine, we know we are just starting and we now have a difficult game but we want to go into the international break with nine points. "Valencia have made some changes in the summer but they are dangerous and have players like Roberto Soldado who can find space well. They are also a threat from set-plays." Earlier Rayo Vallecano drew 0-0 with Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao overcame Valladolid 2-0, while Levante dramatically came from behind to beat Espanyol 3-2, with defender Raul Rodriguez deflecting the ball into his own net in time added on to decide the game in the home side's favour.

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South Africa's Oscar Pistorius is to meet the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) after he lost his first T44 200m race in nine years and said the length of his rivals' carbon fibre blades was unfair. The 25-year-old runner, the first doubleamputee to run at he Olympics and the most high-profile athlete at the London Paralympics, hit out after he was beaten on the line on Sunday night by Brazil's Alan Oliveira. Pistorius, who runs on J-shaped "Cheetah" prostheses, complained in a television interview that his fellow competitors, including Oliveira, were "a lot taller" and he was unable to compete with their stride length. "You saw how far he (Oliveira) came back (down the home straight). We aren't racing a fair race... The regulations allow that athletes can make themselves unbelievably high," he said. He added that he had raised the issue with the IPC but it had fallen "on deaf ears". His complaint came amid lingering questions about whether carbon fibre blades give amputee runners an advantage and follows his successful challenge of a ruling that his own blades were unfair to non-disabled athletes. IPC media and communications director Craig Spence revealed that Pistorius had telephoned him directly six weeks ago about the blade length of his competitors but had told him that there were no infringements. He attributed Pistorius' comments to the disappointment of losing his first 200m race in nine years and said they were "more than willing" to hear his concerns "in a less hostile environment" than a packed Olympic Stadium. But he stood firm that there were no infringements in the race.


Oscar Pistorius was on Sunday dethroned as young Brazilian Alan Oliveira stole his Paralympic T44 200m crown with a powerful run, topping a successful night on the track for the South American nation. But the 25-year-old Pistorius hit out after his shock silver that silenced the 80,000-strong crowd at the Olympic Stadium, complaining he was at a disadvantage because of the length of some of his rivals' artificial running blades. "The IPC (International Paralympic Committee) don't want to listen," the South African "Blade Runner" told Britain's Channel 4 television. "The guys' legs are unbelievably long. Not taking away from Alan's performance, he's a great athlete. "But these guys are a lot taller and you can't compete with the stride length. "You saw how far he (Oliveira) came back. We aren't racing a fair race. I gave it my best.

"The IPC have their regulations. The regulations allow that athletes can make themselves unbelievably high. We've tried to address the issue with them in the weeks up to this and it's just been falling on deaf ears." Pistorius, who had been seeking to defend all three of the T44 sprint titles

he won in Beijing four years ago, said US bronze medallist Blake Leeper's knee height, for example, was "like four inches (10cm) higher than it should be". "The guys are just running ridiculous times and they're able to do so. I think Alan's a great athlete but... I run just over 10 metres per second," he added.

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Pakistan Premier football league from tomorrow LAHORE Staff RePORt

The Pakistan Football Federation’s 9th Pakistan Premier Football League2012 (9Tth PPFL-2012), featuring 11 departmental and 5 clubs teams is going to kick off on Wednesday, (September 5) with matches being played simultaneously in four cities - Karachi, Quetta, Islamabad and Lahore – on the opening day. Muslim FC taking on Afghan FC at the Chaman’s Government High School, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) will face Khan Research Laboratory (KRL) at Jinnah Football Stadium, Islamabad, while National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will face Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) at Agah Khan Gymkhana Ground, Karachi, Karachi Port Trust (KPT) will face NAVY at the KPT Football Stadium, Karachi and Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) will compete with PMC ATH FC at Railway Football Stadium in Lahore. The 16 teams taking part in the marathon event to continue till Saturday, December 29, 2012 comprising Afghan FC Chaman, Muslim FC Chaman, Baloch FC Noushki, PMC Athletico FC, KRL, Wohaib FC, Pakistan Army, WAPDA, KESC, Pakistan International Airline (PIA), NBP, Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Navy, PAF, KPT and Zarai Tarqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) will take part in this mega event which will include newly upgraded teams ZTBL and Wohaib FC from B Division League. In the previous edition of the PPFL, KRL finished as champions while Police and Pak Electron Limited (PEL) were relegated. For the first phase of 9th PPFL-2012, out of a total of 240 matches 64 will be played before Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 12 venues in seven cities of all over the country. The venues selected by the host team and approved by PFF for holding matches in Karachi comprise Agah Khan Gymkhana Ground, KPT Football Stadium, Peoples Football Stadium and Korangi Baloch Ground, Quetta comprise Mali Bagh Ground, Islamabad comprise Jinnah Football Stadium, Lahore comprise Railway Football Stadium and UMT Football Ground, Faisalabad comprise PMC Football Ground, Rawalpindi comprise KRL Football Stadium and Army Stadium and Noushki comprise Noushki Football Stadium.

PSF engages legends to revive int’l squash LAHORE Staff RePORt

The 2nd Asian Masters Squash Championship started here at the Punjab Squash Complex on Monday and the final of the event will be played on September 6. Deputy speaker Punjab and chief organizer Punjab Youth Sports Festioval Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan was the chief guest on the opening ceremony of the event. Squash legend Jahangir Khan, Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Punjab Usman Anwar and several former international squash players were also present on the occasion. Rana Mashhood highlighted the efforts of the Punjab government in the revival of sports culture in the province. He also provided brief details of the Punjab Youth Festival which is being staged at all over the proince. While talking on the occasion, the

SVP, PSF AVM Syed Razi Nawab highlighted PSF’s efforts under the able leadership of President PSF Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt for promotion of Squash in the country through holding PSA tournaments, conducting leagues along with round the year training camps for the players. He also apprised the guests that considering Pakistan’s contribution in the world of Squash and with the help of Squash Governing Bodies, the Asian Squash Federation has allocated three major Squash tournaments to Pakistan including the Asian Masters, 2012. He urged upon the Squash legends that Pakistan has the capacity, capability and will, to host more and more international tournaments and sought their help to bring international Squash to Pakistan. Squash legends including Mr Qamar Zaman, Jahangir Khan, Gogi Allauddin along with Geoff Hunt and David Palmer

from Australia, Ross Norman from Newzealand, Jonathon Power from Canada, Ramay Ashour from Egypt at-

tended the dinner. Malik Amjad Ali Noon, President Punjab Squash Association was also present at the occasion.

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ITH a treasury member contending that a conspiracy was being hatched to separate Balochistan from Pakistan and another government legislator terming the Kamra airbase attack a “complete security failure”, members of the Upper House on Monday expressed grave concern over the deteriorating law and order across the country, especially targeted killings of Shia Muslims in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan and the killing spree underway in Karachi. A Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) member, however, remained busy driving home the loyalty of his party’s chief

to the country. Speaking on points of order, the members from both sides of the political divide called for debating the issue thoroughly and called for solid measures to address the law and order issue permanently, as innocent people were being targeted by killers and criminals. They also demanded the government to take pragmatic and concrete steps to curb the menace. Taking part in the debate, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo of the National Party contended that targeted killings in the country, particularly in Balochistan, were a matter of grave concern and the House should specify a proper time for debating it thoroughly. He said innocent people were regularly being targeted in Quetta, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan. Bizenjo said

there was no doubt that the resolution moved by Farhatullah Babar regarding ratifying the international convention for protection of all people from enforced disappearance was very important, but the targeted killings could not be neglected. He suggested Babar to allow the senators to discuss the targeted killing issue on priority. Speaking on a point of order, Senator Sehr Kamran called the terror attack on Kamra Airbase a complete security failure, adding that proper security arrangements should have been adopted in wake of intelligence information of a possible attack on the base. She said security arrangements around Kamra base were not up to the mark and the entire area should have been declared a “red zone” in wake of the information about a

possible attack on the base. She said the provision of identity cards should have been declared a must for entering the entire area and its surroundings to avoid infiltration. She added that there was no transparency in the functioning of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and all record of the authority should have been scrutinized. Alyas Bilour contended that a conspiracy was being hatched to separate Balochistan province from Pakistan and contended that the true rulers of the country were not interested in keeping the country intact. He alleged that a conspiracy was being hatched to pitch people against each other on lingual basis, adding that the recent statement by MQM leader Altaf Hussain about Balochistan was also part of

the alleged plan. But Col (r) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi countered the allegations of Bilour, calling for expunging remarks against the MQM chief. He said Altaf had made a historic speech as he had the vision to keep the country intact. He said the MQM leader had expressed concern about law and order in Balochistan, as he wanted a strong and thriving Pakistan. He said those who had created Pakistan could never think of disintegrating it. Mashhadi said law and order was a complex issue as it related to the country’s integrity and unity and must be debated in the House. He said every party should give its input and suggest concrete solution to this chronic problem. Continued on page 04

opp, coalition parties protest against oil price hike, stage walkout ISLAMABAD aPP

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz on Monday protested against the recent hike in oil prices, demanding its withdrawal and revival of a parliamentary committee binding the government to hold consultations prior to increasing prices. Speaking on a point of order, MQM’s Abdul Kadir Khanzada said petrol prices had been increased unjustifiably in recent months affecting the common man as well as the business community. He said a House committee was formed proposing that the body would be consulted prior to increasing the oil price hike but it had yet to play its role. Later, the MQM staged a walkout in protest against the government for not consulting with the parliamentary body before increasing the oil prices. PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal suggested the MQM dissociate itself from the government as a mere walking out of the House would not work. He said inflation had badly affected the growth rate. Demanding the withdrawal of the recent price hike, he said the farmers of South Punjab had been protesting against the doubling of electricity prices for tube wells. Questioning the government’s performance Iqbal condemned lawlessness in Karachi and demanded the Sindh government’s resignation. He said various ethnic and political groups were active in Karachi for extortion and people of the Hazara community were being targeted in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. He reiterated his demands of withdrawing oil price hike, electricity charges for tube wells, exposing the elements indulged in extortion, targeted killings in Balochistan and later staged a walkout of the House in protest. PML’s Nausheen

Saeed demanded immediate release of Rimsha, a Christian girl facing blasphemy charges in Islamabad after the conspiracy had been unveiled and sought exemplary punishment for the accuser for maligning the country. She said the word ‘minority’ should not be used rather the community be called as non-Muslims. In response, Naveed Qamar said the government had no control over international market and the local prices of oil, gold and other commodities went up and down in proportion to international prices. Regarding law and order, he said the House Business Advisory Committee had already decided to debate the issue. Later, Interior Minister Rehman Malik moved a motion to hold a debate on the law and order in the country, asking the chair to allow him in-camera briefing on the law and order and Rimsha case issues. Meanwhile, PML-N’s Saud Majeed pointed out noquorum but the move was thwarted by the ruling party by managing required number of members in the House. Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah moved a motion to discuss the law and order. Pir Haider Ali Shah from FATA also walked out of the House against the oil price hike. MQM’s Wasim Akhtar said if the government had come to know about the conspiracy behind the Rimsha issue, why had the girl not been released. In response, Malik said an FIR had been registered against Rimsha so the course of law was required to be adopted for her release. Hameedullah Jan Afridi said efficient civil service officers should be deployed in Balochistan to bring the area at par with developed areas and social uplift of the people. Later, the House was adjourned until Tuesday (today) at 1000 hours.

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SC tells govt to pay committed installments to ipps ISLAMABAD Staff RePORt

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday issued notices to federal secretaries and the ministries of Water and Power, and Finance, to pay the outstanding dues of a number of independent power producers (IPPs) and clear the circular debt. A two-member bench comprising Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry resumed the hearing of the constitutional petition moved by several IPPs, including Sapphire Electric, Orient, Nishat, Saif, Liberty, Atlas, Halmore Generation and Nishat Chunian. Khalid Anwar, counsel for the petitioners, apprised the bench that the IPPs had not been paid two monthly amounts of Rs 8 billion each through equal monthly installments. A representative of the Ministry of Water and Power assured the bench that the amount would

be paid “as per commitment”. An official of the Finance Ministry said that the government was facing “certain financial issues” which would be cleared within a couple of weeks. The bench adjourned the hearing until September 12 while observing that the previous and present governments were required to clear all circular debts. During the previous hearing of the case, Khawaja Ahmed Tariq Rahim, counsel for the Water and Power Ministry, told another bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry that payment schedule had been agreed upon by the government and the IPPs. He said that under the schedule, Rs 8 billion had been paid out of the total outstanding amount of Rs 24 billion, while two more installments of Rs 8 billion each would be paid on August 30 and September 30 respectively. The IPPs had also submitted a report, saying that the circular debt had reached to Rs 400 bil-

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lion. They warned that if the companies were not paid the outstanding amount, power generation would reduce, leading to more load shedding. The government and the IPPs had agreed on Rs 45 billion as “undisputed overdue amount” before the Supreme Court, which had directed the relevant authorities and the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) to reconcile the overdue amount with the IPPs and inform it about the payment schedule. The IPPs and the NTDC had held several meetings and reconciled the amount, out of which some payments were made by the NTDC during this period. Of the finalized amount of Rs 45 billion which the government had offered to pay, a monthly installment of Rs 8 billion had been scheduled for the next three months, while the formula for the rest of the overdue amount would be mutually worked out between the government, the NTDC and the IPPs. Editor: Arif Nizami

India looking to sell 500 mw electricity to Pakistan NeW DeLHI: India is looking to sell 500 MW of electricity to Pakistan by establishing a transmission link between the two countries. “A group of experts of India and Pakistan met in Islamabad last month to explore the possibility of a 500 MW crossborder transmission inter-connection between India and Pakistan for transmission of power that may be sourced by Pakistan from the Indian electricity market on commercial basis,” Minister of State for Power KC Venugopal informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday, reported PTI. Electricity from central and state generating stations supplying power to distribution companies was not proposed to be diverted to Pakistan, he said. Mode of transmission is proposed to be transmission interconnection and the duration of transmission of electricity would depend on the contractual arrangement of trade. The discussions are part of efforts to create a strong electricity grid between India and other SAARC countries such as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, according to state-run Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL). Meanwhile, the feasibility study for an undersea interconnection between India and Sri Lanka is under finalization. Fueldeficit Pakistan had in March this year removed gasoline or petrol from the list of banned imports from India. ONLiNe

e-paper pakistantoday 04th september, 2012  

e-paper pakistantoday 04th september, 2012