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Qaeda making system to counter US drones

1984 Sikh riots: US court summons Sonia

Pakistan-based al Qaeda engineers are making several efforts including developing a laser warning system and shoulder-fired missiles to counter American drones, according to a report. Al Qaeda leadership is still active inside Pakistan and it has been seriously working to develop counter measures to the successful drones of the US, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. PAG E 04

On a complaint by a Sikh group, a US federal court has issued summons against Indian ruling party Congress president Sonia Gandhi for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984, Indian media quoting an attorney said on Wednesday. In a class action suit filed before the district court of eastern district of New York, "Sikhs For Justice" (SFJ), a US-based human rights group. PAG E 05

US Senate panel okays Syria military action

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IMF sees emerging economies vulnerable

Ajmal strikes but Zimbabwe take lead

Advanced economies led by the United States will increasingly drive global growth while emerging countries are at risk of slowing due to tighter U.S. monetary policy, the International Monetary Fund said in a note obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. In the surveillance note, prepared for the Group of 20 meeting in St. Petersburg, the IMF urged strengthened global action to revitalize growth and better manage risks. PAG E 13

Even after the strong showing of their bowlers on the first day in Harare, doubts persisted over whether Zimbabwe would pose a challenge, given the fragility of their Test batting, especially in the absence of Brendan Taylor, and the quality Pakistan’s attack. Those concerns were heightened soon after lunch, when both the set batsmen Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza were dismissed off consecutive deliveries. PAG E 17


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KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presides over a meeting of the federal cabinet at Sindh Governor’s House on Wednesday.

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Rebutting TV reports that senior police officer Zulifqar Cheema has been appointed as inspector general of Sindh, a Prime Minister’s Office spokesman has said that no such decision had been taken in a federal cabinet meeting held in Karachi on Wednesday. Earlier, it was reported that the federal government had appointed Cheema as Sindh IG. Soon after airing of the unverified report, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had expressed his annoyance at the decision of removal of the Sindh IG without his consent. Talking to a private television channel, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said the federal government was pushing the province towards Governor’s rule and the PML-N was repeating politics of 90s. He said that the Sindh government and the PPP would resist Cheema’s appointment. Memon said Cheema was the PML-N’s favourite official and his brother is PML-N MNA from Gujranwala. Zulfiqar Cheema is known to be a stubborn official with a knack for ignoring orders of his superior officials. Several police officials have attributed his rise in the department to his “political connections”.

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NAwAz sAys PoLice iNcoMPeteNt to deAL with terrorisM, criMe, MAfiAs

ruLes out cALLiNg iN ArMy to restore PeAce iN KArAchi

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HE federal government, which has been seized with looking ways for marinating lasting peace in this metropolis for last couple of days, is planning to raise two separate forces to counter terrorism and crime in the country, particularly the troubled financial capital. The plan was revealed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who held a two-hour long meeting with the senior journalists at the Sindh Governor’s House on Wednesday. The PM listened patiently to even some hard-worded criticism by some participants questioning the role of Pakistan Rangers in the current situation. According to sources privy to the meeting, all media personnel called for a full-fledged operation in Karachi, as the prime minister sought their input on how to restore peace in the metropolis. The PM in his concluding remarks, however, said the law and order in Karachi could be effectively dealt with by adopting a piecemeal approach. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan also told a briefing following the federal cabinet meeting that the Centre was following a “brick-by-brick” approach instead of taking cosmetic short-term measures. The prime minister said persistent efforts would be required to ensure durable peace in the financial capital of the country. Police: The prime minister, the sources said, was

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concerned that the police had neither the capability nor the capacity to curb violence in the city. Therefore, Nawaz said, the government was considering to raising an Anti-Terrorism Force on the pattern of paramilitary force to contain the menace of terrorism in the country. Also under consideration was the formation of a Crime Control Force to rid the country, especially Karachi, of fast growing street crimes. If executed, the plan would take at least six months to two years to materialise. The prime minister envisaged a monitoring committee comprising apolitical civil society representatives like Jameel Yousaf, founder chief of Citizen Police Liaison Committee. The body, Nawaz said, would oversee the operation of law enforcement agencies led by Rangers. To a query, the PM said he would take input from his judicial advisers so the hearing of criminal cases could be accelerated and resolved in real time. The prime minister stressed the need for stern action against mafias involved in extortions, targeted killings and other crimes. The joint investigation teams opine that such mafias exist in the city by the hundreds. Nawaz appreciated the all-out support extended to his side by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. He said the PPP stalwart had assured him that the provincial government was completely onboard with the federal government regarding the latter’s action to restore peace in Karachi. The prime minister said he was desirous of

taking the two major parties of Sindh, the PPP and MQM, on board in all decisions. No ARMY DePloYMeNT: Earlier during the cabinet meeting, Nawaz ruled out calling in the army to handle law and order in Karachi. Addressing the cabinet meeting‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said a concerted and sustained campaign would be launched for restoration of law and order in Karachi. He said Rangers should be given the responsibility to carry out the operation in the city as police was incapable of dealing with criminal elements and terrorists. He termed too early the demand for army operation in the city. Nawaz said it was an impression among the people that police and law enforcement agencies had failed to check criminal activities in Karachi. Criticising the police structure of Karachi in particular and of Pakistan in general, the prime minister said appointments at the senior level were usually done without merit. “I have been told that certain DSPs, SPs and SSPs were transferred to the police department from other irrelevant departments such as Karachi water board through political influence,” he said, adding that expecting such officers to do their job and protect the common man was senseless. Explaining the government’s security plan for the city, Nawaz said the term “operation” should not be used and it should be called a “campaign” to help restore peace in the city. The prime minister also directed law enforcement agencies to implement the Supreme Court’s order by removing the “no-go” areas in Karachi. Nawaz discussed administrative flaws in the city and a possible mechanism for starting targeted operations. He further directed the intelligence agencies to maintain strong coordination with police. Nawaz stated that the Sindh government and Rangers would be responsible for making the targeted operation successful.

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday again denied holding any kind of talks with the government. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told a private news channel from an undisclosed location that the Taliban supported reconciliation and some Ulema had also contacted the TTP for peace talks. He said internal discussions on holding or not holding talks with the government were underway within the TTP. However, no final decision had been made in this regard so far. The TTP spokesman said the Taliban would make a proper announcement if talks were held with the government and nothing would be concealed. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan had also denied media reports about talks with the Taliban and said no talks were taking place as yet.

Navy captain among 13 killed in raging Karachi violence KARACHI STAFF REPORT At least 13 people, including a Pakistan Navy captain, Rangers’ personnel and a policeman were killed in the ongoing targeted killings and violent incidents despite the presence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Karachi on Wednesday. Pakistan Navy Captain Naveed was killed and his wife wounded when some unknown persons targeted them near the National Stadium on Rahmatullah Road. The captain succumbed to his injuries while on the way to hospital, while his wife is under treatment for

her injuries. Captain Naveed was teaching at National University of Sciences and Technology. A Ranger official and three suspected criminals were killed in an exchange of fire in Lyari. At least five persons were killed in Orangi town area within one and half an hour. A man was gunned down in Shah Faisal Colony area. The deceased was identified as Umair. Meanwhile, two bodies were found near old Haji Camp in the Old City Area and Pak Colony. On the other hand, eight persons allegedly involved in gang war crimes were arrested during police operation in

Mawacch Goth. Huge cache of arms was seized from the arrested while a proclaimed offender involved in street crimes was arrested during police encounter in Saifi area of Baghdadi. One person was shot dead near Kashti Wali Mosque in Garden area while a prayer leader, Qari Siraj, fell victim to armed attackers’ firing in Soldier Bazaar. Another person was shot dead in PIB Colony and one ASI of police, Shamshad, was killed in unidentified attackers’ firing in Orangi No-5. Shamshad was appointed in intelligence wing of the police.

One more person was shot dead in indiscriminate firing by armed miscreants near Johar Complex, 70year old Tahir was shot dead in Metroville area, 50-yaer old Ajaz Hussain was killed in Gulshan-e-Iqbal’s Limoon Goth, and Abdul Majeed was murdered in Clifton area. Police recovered tortured body of a youth from seashore near Sea View area; another bullet-riddled body of a youth was found in Pak Colony’s Jahanabad area. Over two dozen persons have been killed in the target killing incidents during past two days in Karachi.


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rangerS taSked with karaChi Clean up N empowered Pakistan Rangers has been given the lead role as the federal cabinet constituted at least four separate committees to restore peace in the country’s bleeding financial hub through a “brick-by-brick” approach. In what Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said would be a “unique” move, the PML-N federal and PPP-dominated provincial governments agreed to take ‘targeted action’ against extortionists, target killers, kidnappers for ransom and terrorists that the interior minister said were identified by spy agencies in

The telecommunication service providers would be compelled to streamline their SIM issuing procedures, the interior minister said. Having decided to take, as Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah put it, result-oriented and apolitical measures, the federal cabinet declared the Rangers as the lead agency in the crackdown against “destroyers of peace”. The Rangers would have increased powers to deal with matters related to interrogation and prosecution. According to the interior minister, a committee headed by former law minister Zahid Hamid would be reviewing weaknesses in prosecution and the law of evidence that could lead to putting the Rangers in the lead

would be identified as a focal point for the Rangers and other law enforcement agencies to investigate and plan their operations against heinous crimes. The cabinet, Nisar said, also took some “sensitive” decision that would be silently executed by the Rangers instead of being made public. “This could alert those concerned,” he said. Also, the cabinet meeting decided that the police would undergo a complete overhauling. Sindh Inspector General Shahid Nadeem Baloch, who Nisar said was never replaced with IG Motorways Zulfiqar Cheema, had been authorised to “immediately” revamp the police department in “a set timeframe” to identify and arrest those law enforcers who were serving the interest of terrorists and criminals in uniform. “Arrest them. We would be sending a positive message only when the police are taken action against,” the interior minister said. The interior minister said an operational committee, comprising the Rangers director

hundreds. “We all are united on a targeted action against criminals identified in hundreds in the intelligence reports,” said Nisar while briefing reporters at Governor’s House on the decisions took by the federal cabinet. He was flanked by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, CM Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid and others. A clampdown is expected on at least four million unregistered SIMs, which Nisar said were issued indiscriminately by the telecom firms since 2008 and had now become a major source of crime for anti-state elements.

role. “This would be an ongoing process,” Nisar said. Sindh Prosecutor General Shahdat Awan and Senator Barrister Farogh Naseem would be members of the body. “All the deficiencies and concerns of Rangers pertaining to prosecution and operation would be addressed as per the policy guidelines approved by the cabinet,” the minister said. Assisted by the police, the Rangers would be acting on the basis of intelligence reports provided to them by the civil and military spy agencies. On the district level, a police station

general, IG police and representatives of intelligence agencies, would be taking care of the targeted action in the city. The interior minister said a third committee would manage, administer and control the law enforcement agencies’ routine operations under the chairmanship of Sindh chief minister. Therein would be officials from the Interior Ministry, Rangers, intelligence agencies, NADRA and the provincial government. “The provincial government members will be nominated by the chief minister,” he added. “The committee, as far as possible, would

cAbiNet coNstitutes four coMMittees to restore PeAce iN the couNtry’s bLeediNg fiNANciAL hub KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR

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President Asif Ali Zardari will reach Lahore on September 8 which will be his last day in Presidency. Per details, he will proceed to Islamabad on September 9 where he will be given a guard of honour before his formal departure from the Presidency after which he will return to Bilawal House. In Lahore, Zardari will meet the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) local and provincial leadership besides holding a press conference. The PPP leadership in Lahore expects Zardari to work for the revival of the PPP in Punjab after he quits Presidency and settles in Lahore. After quitting the Presidency, Zardari will meet the PPP officials, parliamentarians and office-bearers from every district of Punjab. He will also tour important district headquarters of the province to find the problems in the way of the PPP’s revival in Punjab. Sources in the PPP also expect organisational changes in the party on national and provincial levels. PPP Punjab General Secretary Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and party leader Shaukat Basra said the party would resume political activity after Zardari leaves the Presidency.

LHC ISSUES NOTICE TO PUNJAB GOVT ON LUXURY TAX LAHORE

NisAr sAys ‘bricK-by-bricK’ APProAch to be foLLowed for restoriNg PeAce

meet once in a week.” Also, there would be a monitoring committee of civil society representatives like senior citizens and journalists responsible for monitoring the overall security operations. “Having no political affiliation, the members of this committee would give their impartial input to security agencies, the media, federal and provincial governments,” he said. The committee would also be well placed to establish the status of arrested suspects as, Nisar said, his government did not want to bother innocent people. “We are having a unique experience here by getting united despite having different political affiliations. We are proceeding with the commonality of interest,” the interior minister said while referring to the consensus developed by all stakeholders. He emphasised that the prime minister reiterated yesterday that they were here only to find a way out for Karachi violence. “The prime minister has made it clear that politicising the Karachi issue is a sin to him,” he repeated. Responding to detractors, the interior minister clarified that his side was putting the provincial government in the driving seat for improving the law and order because it had the mandate of the people. “We respect the mandate of the PPP, MQM and all other parties represented here,” he maintained. He said if any of the stakeholders in Sindh was sidelined, there would be mutual political infighting that would ultimately distract the government from its path. No NeeD FoR ARMY: Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah added that all parties that met the PM during his two-day stay in the city agreed that there was no need for army’s deployment to restore peace in the city. “All of us agreed that let the Rangers and police work effectively and deliver,” he said. Maintaining that the intervention of federal government had not hurt the provincial autonomy, the chief minister said all measures decided in the federal cabinet were “resultoriented” and apolitical in nature. “All political parties, as well as the prime minister, have the one-point agenda on the issue of law and order,” Shah said. Earlier, Governor Ishratul Ebad thanked the prime minister and his cabinet for taking notice of the Karachi situation and meeting all stakeholders to make the government’s action more inclusive. To a query, the interior minister said the government wanted to evolve a system brickby-brick instead of taking cosmetic shortterm measures to eyewash the masses. He told a reporter that the government was moving with the law and order in accordance with the Supreme Court’s verdicts. “We also have decided to move against the alleged militant wings within political parties,” Khan said. CM Shah was quick to deny outright that there were any political wings in his ranks.

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The Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Punjab government for today (Thursday) on applications to stay the collection of luxury tax on houses measuring 2 kanal and above. However, the court adjourned the petitions challenging the imposition of luxury tax till second week of September. Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the petitions filed by various petitioners. Earlier, the petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted that the government could not impose luxury tax because it would be a violation of constitution. He pleaded the court to set aside the imposition of luxury tax and stay its collection till final decision of the case. The court adjourned petitions till second week of September and issued notice to the government on stay applications.

Navy lands hands on Karachi Port trust after five-year gap KARACHI ISMAIL DILAWAR

The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) fell back in the hands of the Pakistan Navy after five years of civil administration. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had a handed over the administration of the country’s largest port operator to civilians but the newly-elected Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government brought a naval chief to the helm of the KPT. According to KPT officials, the Ministry of Ports and Shipping wanted to remove KPT Chairman Javed Hanif Khan because it was believed that he was backed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). On Tuesday, retired rear admiral and KPT General Manager (Operations) Azhar Hayat took charge of the KPT from Khan, a former Karachi district coordination officer. Nasrin Haq was appointed as the first female civilian KPT chairperson by the PPP government on June 9, 2008. She had

replaced Vice Admiral (r) Asad Qureshi who had been given additional charge of the KPT following the retirement of Vice Admiral (r) Ahmed Hayat on May 31, 2008. On Saturday, Ports and Shipping Ministry had issued a notification ordering Khan’s removal from the post of KPT chairman. However, legal experts said the ministry had acted beyond its domain by ordering the termination of the KPT chairman. “Officers of grade 20 and above can only be removed by the Establishment Division (ED) with the consent of the prime minister,” said an expert, quoting the Civil Service Rules 1973. A removal order was issued by the ED on Tuesday, ending Khan’s KPT chairmanship. Azhar’s appointment as the new chairman has raised eyebrows as the legal experts believe the post should have been filled by KPT Board Vice Chairman Syed Tauqir Hussain Naqvi, former Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) chairman and a sitting KPT Board member. “According to the law, the vice chair-

man, rather than the general manager should become the chairman,” said a legal expert. A KPT board member said the ministry had long been committing such violations of the law, adding that such things did not “cause any harm”. A KPT official said the federal ministry, showing poor administrative skills, had rushed to remove the chairman without finding his lawful substitute “If the ministry was short of a suitable person it should have done a proper study to find a substitute,” the official suggested. A legal expert said that till 2010, the law providing for the vice chairman to replace the chairman was applicable. “I have not followed an amendment therein, if any,” he said. Sources told Pakistan Today that Azhar was officiating as KPT chairman, adding that in the same capacity, he attended a farewell party for KPT’s Deputy Conservator Captain Shaukat Ali who had retired last month. “Azhar did not own the chairmanship and favored Naqvi for the seat,” the source said.

india handS over Jinnah'S SpeeCh reCordingS to pakiStan MONITORING DESK All India Radio has handed over to Pakistan recordings of two important speeches by the country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a step that was welcomed in Islamabad with much joy, according to Outlook India. The speeches by Jinnah include one recorded by All India Radio in New Delhi on June 3‚ 1947 – two months before partition – in which he reacts to the decision of holding a referendum in the then North West Frontier Province (now ‘Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’) for determining if the region would join Pakistan or India. The second recording is his August 14 address where he talks about the “welfare and wellbeing of all the communities” in Pakistan. “We have received both the speeches. We are very happy and thankful to All India Radio (AIR),” said Javed Khan Jadoon, Head of Current Affairs, Pakistan Radio. He said the speeches were received over the internet and officials here downloaded and transferred them to a Compact Disc. “This will become part of our archives. I spoke to AIR Director yesterday and he has promised all help in case we need any recordings prior to 1947 also,” he said. Asked when the speeches would be played to the people of Pakistan, he said an editorial decision is yet to be made.


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HE Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Barack Obama to conduct a limited US military operation in Syria, the first step toward congressional endorsement of the effort. The resolution, approved 10-7, supports use of force in a limited and specified manner against legitimate military targets during a 60day period following enact-

gunmen kill 16 memberS of Shia family in iraq BAGHDAD AGENCIES

Gunmen shot dead at least 16 members of a Shia Muslim family before blowing up their two neighbouring homes south of the Iraqi capital overnight, police and medics said. The attack took place in the town of Latifiya, around 40 km (25 miles) from Baghdad, in a volatile area known as the “triangle of death”. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack but Sunni militants who view Shias as apostates have been regaining momentum in their insurgency and striking with a ferocity not seen in years. “We were sitting in our house when some gunmen opened fire at us through the windows,” said a teenage girl wearing a red headscarf and dress, seated on the bed of her 6-year-old brother in a hospital ward. Both their heads were bandaged. “My father stood and moved toward the door. They shot him dead immediately. They shot my sister dead. They were shooting randomly.” Outside the hospital, people thought to be relatives of the victims wept as they waited to receive the bodies of the dead, which included women and children. One woman struck her head in grief, crying “God is Greatest!” More than two years of civil war in neighbouring Syria have aggravated deep-rooted sectarian divisions in Iraq, fraying an uneasy government coalition of Shia, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions. About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, according to the United Nations, with more than a third of the attacks in Baghdad. The bloodshed, 18 months after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, has stirred concerns about a return to the sectarian slaughter of 2006-07, when the monthly death toll sometimes topped 3,000.

ment, with a possible 30-day extension at Obama’s request. The resolution doesn’t authorize use of US ground troops in combat. Senators voting against the measure were Democrats Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and Republicans James Risch of Idaho, Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming. Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, voted present. The committee vote clears

the way for consideration by the full Senate. Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said that will begin 9 September when Congress officially reconvenes after a five-week break. House and Senate committees quickly scheduled hearings this week after Obama announced 31 August that he would seek congressional approval to use military force against Syria in response to what the US says was the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons against civilians.

zardari decides to lead PPP charge in Punjab PArty LeAdershiP decides to shuN the roLe of frieNdLy oPPositioN ISLAMABAD TAYYAb HuSSAIN

With fears of being pushed to the back seat on the national political arena, PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday finally broke all legal restrictions on him by chairing a PPP party meeting of the Punjab chapter and taking crucial decisions, including making a principle decision that Punjab would be made a battlefield against the PML-N government and that the president would himself lead the party from the front. Zardari is set to relinquish his charge as head of the state on September 8 completing his five-year constitutional term – a rare accomplishment for any political leader. During the meeting, the PPP’s top leadership also decided to shun the role of “friendly opposition” and give a tough time to the PML-N government. It is likely the party would soon demand the PML-N government to form commissions on the Kargil operation besides asking for a truth and reconciliation com-

mission as agreed between the PPP and PML-N in the Charter of Democracy (CoD), a top party leader told Pakistan Today following the meeting. Both these clauses however were never implemented by the PPP government in its five-year rule. Formation of a constitutional court is another point agreed in the CoD that has still not been implemented by both parties. Former PPP prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as well as former parliamentarians, including Manzoor Wattoo, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Nazar Muhammad Gondal, Raja Riaz, Rana Farooq Ahmad, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Latif Khosa, Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, and Mehreen Anwar Raja, Rehman Malik, Jahangir Badar, Farhatullah Babar, Rukhsana Bangash and Fouzia Habib attended the meeting. Under the strategy, the PPP leader said, the meeting rejected Punjab government’s decision to hold local government polls on non-party basis. “The president also said the PPP should not allow the PTI to play the role of the main opposition in Punjab and that the PPP should generate activity outside the Punjab Assembly to overshadow PTI’s leadership in Punjab.

US intelligence reveals plot to kill Asma WASHINGTON ONLINE

Elements within Pakistan’s security establishment plotted to kill human rights campaigner and renowned lawyer Asma Jahangir, according to a leaked US intelligence report. US agencies discovered in May 2012 that Pakistani officers were hatching a plan that involved recruiting militants to kill Asma while she was on a visit to India or else “militants or criminals” to kill her while she was in Pakistan. The details of the US intelligence report appear to confirm claims made last summer by Asma, a leading lawyer and campaigner and a former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, that she had learned of a plot against her from “a responsible and highly credible” source, reported The Independent. She was said to be away from Pakistan and could not immediately be reached for comment. In a series of television appearances

imf approves $6.7b loan for pakistan WASHINGTON AGENCIES

The International Monetary Fund approved on Wednesday a $6.7 billion loan for Pakistan to support the country’s economic reform program. The IMF executive board authorised a three-year arrangement, making an initial disbursement of $540 million available to the Pakistani authorities, the IMF said in a statement. The remaining amount will be evenly paid out over the duration of the program, subject to the completion of quarterly reviews, the Washington-based global lender said, adding that adherence to the program would likely encourage financial resources from other donors. “Despite the challenges it faces, Pakistan is a country with abundant potential, given its geographical location and its rich human and natural resources,” the IMF said. “The authorities’ program is expected to help the economy rebound, forestall a balance of payments crisis and rebuild reserves, reduce the fiscal deficit, and undertake comprehensive structural reforms to boost investment and growth.”

in June last year, Asma said she believed elements within the security establishment wanted to silence her because of critical remarks she had made about the “brutal tactics” used to suppress ethnic unrest in Balochistan. At the time, 44 prominent members of the civil society released a statement condemning the threat against her. “This is not a conspiracy against one individual alone, it is obviously a plot against Pakistan’s fu-

ture as a democratic state,” it said. Details of the Pakistani plot were contained within the summary of a top-secret report by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) that was leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden to The Washington Post. The report said it did not know whether the Inter-Services Intelligence had given its approval for the plot to proceed. However, it reportedly speculated that the ISI could have been motivated to kill Asma “to quiet public criticism of the military”. The US agency noted that such a plot “would result in an international and domestic backlash as the ISI is already under significant criticism for intimidation and extra-judicial killings”. Asma, who formerly headed the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, has long received threats from various elements within the country. She has been a staunch defender of rights for campaigners and journalists and has taken on many of high-profile cases that have involved powerful interests.

Al Qaeda developing system to counter US drones wP rePort sAys AL qAedA eNgiNeers worKiNg to deveLoP LAser wArNiNg systeM, shouLder-fired MissiLes WASHINGTON ONLINE

Pakistan-based al Qaeda engineers are making several efforts including developing a laser warning system and shoulder-fired missiles to counter American drones, according to a report. Al Qaeda leadership is still active inside Pakistan and it has been seriously working to develop counter measures to the successful drones of the US, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing classified documents it received from former CIA contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America’s most closely guarded secrets. According to The Post, these classified documents indicate a growing sense of unease among US agencies about al Qaeda’s determination to find a way to neutralise drones. “Al Qaeda Engineers in Pakistan continue development of laser-warning systems in effort to counter UAV strikes,” read the headline of one classified report in 2011, referring to the military acronym for unmanned aerial vehicles. Beyond the threat that al Qaeda might figure out how to

hack or shoot down a drone, however, US spy agencies worried that their drone campaign was becoming increasingly vulnerable to public opposition, it said. Observing that al Qaeda leaders have become increasingly open about their antidrone efforts, the daily said in the absence of a high-tech silver bullet, al Qaeda affiliates around the world have taken to sharing hard-earned lessons about the importance of taking basic defensive measures. The Post said in January 2011, US spy agencies detected an unusual electronic signal emanating from near Miranshah. The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) called the signal “the first observed test of a new terrorist GPS jamming capability”, it said, adding the test apparently did not pose a threat to military GPS frequencies or encrypted communications links. In addition, whoever was beaming the mysterious signal mistakenly believed that jamming groundbased GPS receivers would interfere with drones’ ability to aim missiles or munitions at fixed targets, the report said, adding despite such missteps, al Qaeda has been undeterred.

South korean legislator accused of north koreanstyle regime plot SEOUL AGENCIES

South Korea’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to allow the arrest of one of its members accused of conspiracy to overthrow the government and introduce a North Korean-style regime. Lee Seok-ki, of the far-left United Progressive Party, is under investigation for plotting to overthrow the government and inciting followers to subversion. Lee, a former student activist, and his party, which has six of 298 seats in parliament, have accused the country’s spy agency of targeting Lee to try to divert attention from a domestic political scandal. “The NIS has been conducting a medieval witch-hunt with the ominous charge of conspiracy to commit treason against me,” Lee said before the vote, referring to the National Intelligence Service. Authoritarian and impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended with a truce, not a treaty. The South Korean Justice Ministry, which is seeking Lee’s arrest, said it was conducting a legitimate criminal investigation based on evidence and Lee’s conduct at a meeting in May where he made a call to arms to prepare for war.

KP TO BE A MODEL OF GOOD GOVERNANCE, SAYS IMRAN KHAN Pti chief sAys settiNg uP sovereigN ANd PowerfuL AccouNtAbiLity ceLL At the toP of KP govt’s AgeNdA ISLAMABAD NNI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated the party’s commitment to making Khyber Pakhtunkhwa an ideal province in terms of better governance and provision of services to the people. Addressing the audience at the inauguration ceremony of the KP government’s Free Emergency Treatment Service

at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Khan said, “Our legislative packages being promulgated by the provincial legislature for the citizens’ right to information, anti-corruption regime, and system of effective local governments are exemplary that will establish a concrete foundation for the real change in the province.” The PTI chairman said, “I dream for the provision of free and effective healthcare to the masses all over the

country, and especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, just like it is being provided at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Hospital.” “Quite like other provincial departments, we have devised a comprehensive policy package for all healthcare institutions to reform their functions so that better facilities can be ensured for the people of KP,” he said. Khan said more autonomy to the administration would help the provincial government improve the quality of services in public hospitals. He also announced that emergency treatment at the hospital would be effective and free of cost and

would be extended to other parts of the province too. Khan also quoted comprehensive features of the PTI’s revolutionary agenda in the provinces. The PTI chairman categorically said his party was committed to eradicating corruption and corrupt practices from the province for which “we will leave no stone unturned”. “Establishment of a sovereign and a powerful accountability cell under an effective legislative package hails at the top of our agenda in the province through which we will ensure transparence and clean governance,” he said, adding, “Our accountability system will be

very effective and will leave no room for corrupt elements within the governing system.” “The landmark Right to Information Bill will supplement our efforts for transparency in the province and will enable citizens to hold their representatives accountable,” he said. Khan said close circuit cameras (CCTV) will be installed at all police stations in the province to keep a check on the police. Khan praised the efforts made by the KP chief minister and the cabinet members of discouraging protocols despite serious threats to their lives. Acknowledging their efforts for better governance and pro-

vision of services to the people, the PTI chief stated he have not received any complaints of corruption against any of his party’s ministers. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousufzai also spoke on the occasion. During his day-long visit to the provincial capital, the PTI chairman examined the performance of the provincial government. During meetings with the provincial administration, Khan was appraised that Rs 1 billion had been released for the Free Emergency Treatment Services in the province.


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Karachi Municipal Committee Administrator Saqib Soomro said on Wednesday that reconstruction work on the Korangi Causeway and repair of various roads would start immediately to ease the problems being faced by the citizens. He stated this while chairing a meeting in which construction and repairing of several roads, bridges and causeways was reviewed. The meeting was attended by Director General Engineering Niaz Soomro, chief engineers of five districts, executive engineers among other officers. Soomro ordered the repair of cratered roads on an immediate basis and further directed the initiation of construction of Korangi causeway. He said that the residents of Korangi, Landhi, Malir and adjacent areas were facing inconvenience due to the ramshackle thoroughfare. . The administrator said that work on the causeway would start from Wednesday and would be completed in the next 15 to 20 days. On the occasion, Director General Engineering Niaz Soomro informed attendees that Korangi Causeway, CBM Causeway and various other rundown roads of the city were damaged in the monsoon rains on which renovation work had commenced He said that repairing of roads was being done by machinery and would be completed soon. He also informed the participants that Korangi causeway was constructed at a cost of Rs8.7million. Garbage disposed off into the Malir drain by authorities caused increase in water pressure and storm water changed its route due to which Korangi causeway was flooded.

KARACHI: A boy give his horse a bath at Clifton beach. ONLINE

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HE Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Awami National Party (ANP) seem to have agreed on the need for harmony and peace in the restive metropolis of Karachi. Both parties welcomed the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the violence-hit city and endorsed the government’s steps for restoration of peace in Karachi. Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Rabita Committee has said that the views expressed in the cabinet meeting called for the restoration of peace in Karachi looks promising. They said that MQM would support all legal and constitutional steps for permanent peace in Karachi.MQM is the sole representative of Karachi and supports the restoration of peace in the metropolis. The MQM official believes that targeted

operation against terrorists and extortionists should be carried out with impartiality and transparency so rule of law and restoration of peace can achieved. The Rabita Committee said that the practical steps taken by federal, provincial and law enforcement agencies will tells us whether they are sincere in the restoration of peace in the city. The steps taken by the government will prove whether they are taken for the elimination of terrorists and extortionists who are playing with the lives of businessmen, industrialists and innocent citizens. The Rabita Committee said that the MQM wanted to see the restoration of peace, and law and order in Karachi. MQM will support every positive step. Meanwhile , the other major political entity seconded these opinions by stating that he Awami National Party (ANP) too was all for peace in the city. Awami National Party leader Shahi Syed has commended the Prime

Minister Nawaz Sharif for personally visiting Karachi and lending an ear to the view points of various stakeholders In an interview Syed said that every political party wanted peace and stability in the largest city of Pakistan. He said that Nawaz had assured the restoration of peace in Karachi. Adding further, he said that targeted action should be initiated against the culprits irrespective of their political affiliations. He said that Pakistan could not afford instability and chaos in Karachi as it is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. He added that Nawaz Sharif wants to restore the economy of the country and he is aware of the importance of Karachi in economic restoration and this is the reason that he is serious in resolving the Karachi issue. “Though law and order situation is the responsibility of the provincial government, the federal government has to play active role in this regard too” he said.

KARACHI: Indonesian Consul General in Karachi and Mrs. Rossalis R. Adenan, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yaseen Anwar, Consul Generals of Malaysia, Thailand and others at the celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia. PR

tear down these barriers, ShC tells bilawal house KARAcHi: Sindh High Court has ordered the removal of barriers and hurdles from around Governor House and other sensitive buildings in the city. During Wednesday’s proceedings, superintendent police informed the court of the security threats to Bilawal House, Governor House and consulates. The court, following this, asked the police to ensure fool proof security instead of creating hurdles and causing difficulties for the general public in Karachi. ONLINE

top cop reprimands Shos KARAcHi: Karachi Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Ghulam Thebo has issued show cause notices to the Station House Officers (SHOs) of crimeaffected areas of the city. He directed them to ensure indiscriminate action against criminal elements in their respective areas, a press release stated on Wednesday. The AIGP along with the DIG, SSP and other senior officers visited different police stations including SITE, Orangi Town, Peerabad, Pakistan Bazar and Shahrahe Noor Jahan. The AIGP, during the visit asked his subordinates to take effective steps to control criminal elements in areas of their influence.APP

decrease in gas supply concerns keSC KARAcHi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has expressed concern over the sudden decrease in gas supply to 150MMCFD by SSGC to its power plants, as they are affecting the generation capacity. The KESC has appealed to the federal government to order restoration of the 220MMCFD gas supply level in order to continue with the present reasonable plan of load shedding in the city. The KESC said that according to the energy policy of the government, power sector had been given priority after domestic consumers. However, the SSGC had demonstrated no concern over the electricity needs of over 20 million population of Karachi and had singularly reduced supply to power generation plants. NNI


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HE World Diabetes Foundation has launched a 3 years project in Pakistan “Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Prevention and Control Program” with the collaboration of Baqai Institute of Diabetology . A press conference was organized in this regard on Wednesday. Prof Abdul Basit spoke on the occasion saying that World Diabetes Foundation is helping the developing countries counter the rapidly rising epidemic and in Pakistan, Baqai Institute of Diabetology is its’ strategic partner. Pakistan, currently has over 6.6 million people with diabetes, the number rising to 11.4 million by 2030. Another 7.1 million Pakistanis are prediabetic state who may develop diabetes. Occurrence of high blood pressure has doubled while that of obesity has tripled. Even younger population, is falling victim to Type 2 Diabetes. Nearly 9.6 million children are overweight and obese. There is increased risk of rise in the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes, causing huge economic problems. Health needs to be a priority of our policymakers and there ought to be national policies for the prevention of diabetes . It has become important to launch diabetes-related international projects in Pakistan . Diabetes occurring

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first time during pregnancy is called Gestational Diabetes . Women of South Asian origin are more likely to have Gestational Diabetes and it’s adverse consequences. Over 10 percent of pregnancies in our population are complicated by Gestational Diabetes which creates risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease in the mother, later in the life and increased risk of developing obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes in the offspring during child hood and adolescence. Dr Shabeen Naz Masood said that women with uncontrolled blood sugar levels during pregnancy may have immediate adverse consequences such as deranged lipid levels, high blood pressure, pre eclampsia and eclampsia. They are more prone to obstetric complications, such as abortions, preterm deliveries and shoulder dystocians and have greater probability of undergoing caesarian section. The offspring of women with GDM are at an increased risk of developing congenital malformations such as defects in the heart , central nervous system and musculoskeletal system, hypospadias, polydactyl and fetal growth restriction. Birth of a large and heavy baby may cause complication during labour. The newborn may suffer from respiratory distress , jaundice or low blood sugar. Fetal mortality is also high. Dr. Musarrat Riaz said that our ethnic predisposition to diabetes necessitates

universal screening of all pregnant women for Gestational Diabetes and the simplest test is the estimation of blood sugar, 2 hours after having a drink of 75 gm glucose, at the first visit of pregnant lady to a doctor. Patient education is key to the management and medical nutrition therapy and exercise are the first steps. If blood sugar is still not within normal limit insulin therapy is initiated. Insulin is the gold standard

treatment. Blood sugar of the mother should be monitored at regular intervals after delivery. Dr Asmat Nawaz, said that the main objectives of project were to create awareness in the community, to train doctors and health care professionals and to establish Gestational Diabetes screening as a regular procedure. Public awareness programs would be organized, public awareness campaign through print and

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Sindh Anti-corruption Establishment Director Ghulam Memon has said that a team of his department headed by Ali Bhayo, Karachi Deputy Director Irshad Sadhayo accompanied by the Judicial Magistrate Sohail Mashoori raided the Sindh labour department on the complaint of the Coca Kola Company. He informed during proceedings that the suspect Labour Department Deputy Director Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Sehar was caught red handed accepting a bribe of Rs.20,000/with the excuse of issuing inspection reports of the stated company. The tainted money was recovered by the magistrate a case, FIR No:24/2013 was lodged by the Anti-corruption Establishment Karachi against him.

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Pakistan Peoples Party Women Wing President Faryal Talpur assured stakeholders that all development

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schemes which were initiated by the previous government would be completed without delay. She was addressing attendees at the District Council Hall on Wednesday afternoon, where she was accompanied by Aseefa Bhutto Zardari.

Talpur said that HyderabadMirpurkhas Highway was one of the major projects undertaken by the previous government and it was more than just a mere testament to the dedication of the PPP. Speaking on the shortage of irrigation water in Tando Allahyar, she said that thanks to the monsoon, the irrigation department would release the required water to rescue the parched district. She further addressed the crowd and said that Aseefa Bhutto Zardari would stand from that very constituency in the next general elections. Regarding the registration of Aseefa Bhutto’s vote, Talpur said that it the decision had been taken because Aseefa’s roots originated from the district, Tando Allahyar. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari while replying to a question said that she had got her vote registered because her brother has asked her to do so. She said that she wanted to serve the people and ease their pains. The address was attended by Sindh Minister Sharjeel Memon and Jam Khan Shoro among other prominent personalities.

electronic media would be initiated, awareness literature in Urdu and Sindhi languages would be developed, doctors, midwives and paramedics would be trained, three major Gestational Diabetes centres and 30 minor Gestational Diabetes clinics would be established and over 13000 pregnant women would b e screened. All the services offered by the project would be absolutely free of cost.

repair the roads, orders Soomro KARAcHi: Karachi Municipal Committee Administrator Saqib Soomro said on Wednesday that reconstruction work on the Korangi Causeway and repair of various roads would start immediately to ease the problems being faced by the citizens. He stated this while chairing a meeting in which construction and repairing of several roads, bridges and causeways was reviewed. The meeting was attended by Director General Engineering Niaz Soomro, chief engineers of five districts, executive engineers among other officers. Soomro ordered the repair of cratered roads on an immediate basis and further directed the initiation of construction of Korangi causeway. He said that the residents of Korangi, Landhi, Malir and adjacent areas were facing inconvenience due to the ramshackle thoroughfare. The administrator said that work on the causeway would start from Wednesday and would be completed in the next 15 to 20 days. On the occasion, Director General Engineering Niaz Soomro informed attendees that Korangi Causeway, CBM Causeway and various other rundown roads of the city were damaged in the monsoon rains on which renovation work had commenced He said that repairing of roads was being done by machinery and would be completed soon. He also informed the participants that Korangi causeway was constructed at a cost of Rs8.7million. STAFF REPORT

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The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Karachi chapter organized the 99th monthly seminar on ‘Managing Your IT Team’ at a local hotel on Wednesday, on which the speakers shared their experiences with the participants. Addressing the seminar, senior IT consultant and member International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Asadur Rehman provided the techniques on how to run businesses and manage teams. People from various multinational companies, firms and leading IT consultancies attended the seminar. The speakers shared their experience pertaining to managerial skills, delegation, communication, leadership and secrets to adopt these skills. The main focus of the seminar was to enhance the management skills of the attendees. Talking to reporters, the participants termed the seminar as an extremely informative venture and vowed to continue to attend such learning sessions in the future.

we’ll bring back afia, nawaz assures mother KARACHI INP

Amid his political entanglements, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met family members of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani citizen detained in the United States. Nawaz met with the mother of the convicted scientist and assured her that Dr Aafia would be brought back to the country at all costs. It will be us who will bring her back to Pakistan, the premier said. Dr. Aafia was handed a life sentence by a US court for assaulting American marines inciting stiff resistance from political forces of Pakistan. Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar was also accompanying him. Nisar says that he is personally looking into the matter while assuring Dr. Fauzia Siddiqi, sister of detained Aafia, and her children of her return.


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HE commanding general officer for Orakzai and the adjacent Tirah Valley, Major General Humayun Aziz, on Wednesday said Bagh Maidan area had been cleared of militants and now it was safe for teh internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home. “We have cleared 99 villages and hamlets over an area of 200 square kilometres in 22 days of military action,” Aziz said while briefing reporters. Bagh Maidan is considered a gateway to Tirah Valley, an inaccessible part of Khyber Agency, governed by administration through tribal elders, mostly based in

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Bara, Jamrud and Landikotal tehsils. However, now senior officials of the armed forces are desirous of establishing offices of civil administration, schools, hospitals and other facilities in the area. Aziz said military action in Bagh Maidan began on May 28 and had been completed by June 20. During the 22-day operation, 104 militants were killed and 64 were injured, adding that eight security forces personnel had been martyred and 25 had been injured. The killed included Lt Col Sajiid. He said earlier 1,000 to 1,500 TTP militants were present in this part of Khyber Agency however now only 500 had been left. He said while fleeing the militants set on fire almost all houses in the area.

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On a complaint by a Sikh group, a US federal court has issued summons against Indian ruling party Congress president Sonia Gandhi for shielding party officials allegedly involved in inciting attacks on Sikhs in November 1984, Indian media quoting an attorney said on Wednesday. In a class action suit filed before the district court of eastern district of New York, "Sikhs For Justice" (SFJ), a US-based human rights group, and other victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence sought compensatory and punitive damages against Gandhi. According to SFJ Attorney Gurpatwant S Pannun, under federal rules, it has 120 days to serve the summons and complaint on Gandhi who is currently visiting the US for medical check-up. The suit under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) accuses Gandhi of shielding and protecting Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and other Congress party leaders from being prosecuted for their alleged role in the 1984 violence. The 27-page complaint against Gandhi alleges that between November 1 and 4, 1984, about 30,000 members of the Sikh community "were intentionally tortured, raped and murdered by groups that were incited, organised, controlled and armed" by the ruling Congress party.

PESHAWAR: Locals protest against the recent increase in petroleum prices on Wednesday. INP

shariF moves To arresT decay S RAHMAN OLITICAL class is known throughout the world to be power hungry but exceptions are always there the like of which is shining on our horizon in the shape of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who is a breaker of power-mongering traditions. As such, PM Sharif is an iconolclast who has set new trends and traditions in national politics that will definitely go a long way in cleansing the country of political hanky panky manifesting at times in the form of horse-trading, breach of trust and loyalty-buying machinations. No more machinations, this is the loud and clear message from Nawaz Sharif who has pioneered the cause of altruistic politics i.e politics of sacrifices for greater national cause. The underlying spirit is that of building up the nation afresh for the sole objective of ridding it of all those ills that have caused damage to national integration and solidarity. Not striving to form governments in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Balochistan and AJK is a highly positive move undertaken on the part of Nawaz regime in the direction of national unity and cohesiveness. This was total departure from the past. Who doesn't know that a large number of our politicians had been putting the things

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upside down to grab power even in the midst of elected government's mandated tenures. It is on record as how some politicians had been conspiring with national institutions' senior office-holders with the idea of stage-managing their political opponents' ouster. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leadership took a 360-degree turn and bid farewell to all these political malpractices. The party could easily form governments in KPK, Balochistan and AJK by joining hands with other political parties that would have been more than willing (rather were already willing) to join hands with the single largest party at the Centre and the twothird majority party in the biggest province of Punjab. But Prime Minister

Nawaz Sharif did not go for any powerseeking endeavours. In Balochistan, he took a very wise step of lending support to a middle-class, intellectually honest and upright political worker namely Dr Abdul Malik, to form the government. This sacrifice alone is more than sufficient to prove that PML-N has permanently adopted the political philosophy of service to the nation and end to politics of fragmentation, grievances and conspiracies. In Balochistan in particular this move was called for since long as the wide gulf and disconnect between the Balochistan government leaders and their people had continued to widen further to aggravate the security situation inside that province. Obviously, when any region or province is confronted with a situation of fragmentation, the end result is decay and deterioration in the 'peace and stability' environment. So, on one hand, Nawaz Sharif's politics of sacrifice has arrested the decay and deterioration of peace and stability environment and, on the other, it has sent a strong signal to the Baloch brethren that no one in other provinces would be henceforth allowed to victimize the people of Balochistan for the perpetuation of their own perks, privileges and power. Even in the case of KPK, the humble, sacrificing approach of PML-N leadership has yielded a very positive

demonstration effect and led to diversification and sharing of national political power. Had Prime Minister Sharif or his party colleagues seriously tried to form government in KPK, the target would have been achieved with more or less effort and political wheeling and dealing. In this particular case, the PML-N again took a pragmatic stand with extreme sense of accommodation for other political forces including the staunch rival, Imran Khan, of PTI. This has furthered the cause of national unity through diversity of politics. Many advanced nations of the world have seen successes through diversity of politics and governance. Nawaz Sharif's political sagacity and farsightedness is established from his KPK policy as well as from his AJK policy. In AJK the situation was ripe for a change of government with the noconfidence motion having already been tabled in the AJK assembly against the sitting PM. The PML-N leaders could take advantage of that no-trust move to pave the way for installation of a government either of their own choice or the one enjoying the PML-N patronage, albeit for a temporary phase. Even that 'opportunity' was rejected. The reason for rejecting that opportunity was the same that of ensuring greater national unity through sharing and diversification of political power.

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Unidentified armed men on Wednesday opened fire on a trailer carrying a NATO container in Mastung, killing the driver of the vehicle. According to Levis sources, the assailants opened fire at the NATO container near Choongi Crossing and fled, killing the driver, Abdul Aziz, on the spot. Sources said the driver was a resident of Nasirabad. His body has been moved to hospital for autopsy. Law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area to arrest the accused.

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Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has invited the Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl (JUI-F) to join the provincial government. The sources said the invitation was extended in a meeting with JUI-F leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri on Wednesday. Muhammad Khan Sherani, Maulana Wasay and Hasil Bazenjo were also present. Baloch asked the JUI-F to become part of provincial government as it had already joined the federal government. Haideri said he would get back to the chief minister after consultation with the party leadership. In the meeting, the Balochistan government, cabinet and security matters were also discussed.


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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will host a farewell dinner in the honor of President Asif Ali Zardari today (Thursday). A new chapter is going to be written in the political history of the country. After successful transition of power from one to another civilian government‚ the prime minister will pay tribute to outgoing president over completion of his five-year tenure. Among others‚ heads of all major political parties and leaders of opposition in both the houses of parliament are likely to attend the farewell dinner. The outgoing president will vacate his office on 8th of this month.

CorpS CommanderS diSCuSS SeCurity Situation RAWALPINDI INP

The 163rd Corps Commanders Conference was held at General Headquarters on Wednesday to discuss the prevalent internal and regional security situation. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani chaired the meeting, which was part of routine monthly meetings. According to the ISPR, the forum dwelt at length on various professional matters. The meeting also under took a comprehensive review of prevalent internal and external security situation of the country.

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Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday forecast rain and thundershower at isolated places in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low was lying over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Weak monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea were penetrating into upper parts of the country up to 3,000 feet. A shallow westerly wave was also prevailing over Kashmir and adjoining areas. Rain with thundershower is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat divisions and Kashmir. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of Sindh, Gilgit Baltistan and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. The chief amount of rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was 2mm in Kalam. The maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Lahore 36ºC, Multan 36ºC, Peshawar 37ºC,Murree 23ºC, Karachi 33ºC, Faisalabad 37ºC, Gilgit 33ºC, Gujranwala 34ºC and Badin 34ºC. The highest maximum temperature was recorded at 40ºC in Sukkur, Sibbi, DI Khan, Joharabad, Dadu, Rohri, Dalbandin and Shaheed Benazirabad.

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DVISER to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday assured the international community that Pakistan was committed to working with Afghanistan and regional and international partners for the promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond. Addressing a seminar organised by the East West Institute titled "Afghanistan Reconnected: Linking energy suppliers to consumers in Asia", Aziz said a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan was in Pakistan's vital national interest. "We remain committed to supporting efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan in an inclusive, Afghanowned and Afghan-led process," he added. He said the two countries had agreed to work together in a number of energy and connectivity projects besides reaffirming their commitment to further strengthening trade ties under the Afghanistan-Pakistan

Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA). He said Afghanistan had invited Pakistan for a joint investment in the Kunar Hydro Power project whose design and feasibility had been completed, adding that the project would produce 1500MW of electricity to be shared by the two countries. Aziz said Pakistan and Afghanistan would pursue with the World Bank the early finalisation of 170-KM TorkhamJalalabad new rail link connecting Peshawar with Jalalabad. He said the two countries were also working on 11.5 KM Chaman-Spinbolduk rail link that ultimately connects Chaman with Kandahar. "Our region is blessed with immense potentials in terms of natural resources, which if tapped efficiently can yield benefits to the entire region and Afghanistan occupies an important position in the region, straddling Central, West and South Asia," he added. The adviser said Pakistan was keen to continue working with Afghanistan in pursuit of connectivity and energy projects linking Pakistan with Central Asia. “In this context, discussions are also continuing on extending APTTA to Tajikistan by finalizing the Tripartite Agreement under consideration of the three sides.” He said as a country struggling to emerge out of decades of instability, Afghanistan was expected to face serious challenges, which could be overcome through a sustained effort involving financial and technical support, infrastructure

and human resources. He said support of the international community for Afghanistan's reconstruction and development was crucial for reinforcing the efforts for peace and reconciliation. “We believe the Tokyo Conference is a step in the right direction in meeting Afghanistan's development needs in the coming years,” Aziz said. He said despite its limited resources, Pakistan had been extending support to Afghanistan's reconstruction and development through contributions primarily to education, health and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, worth $330 million. He said Afghanistan was ideally located to connect energy suppliers and users in its neihbourhood and beyond. He said Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India gas pipeline (TAPI) and Central Asia South Asia (CASA-1000) were two such examples of projects which made Afghanistan a “connector”. “These projects hold substantial economic advantages for Afghanistan, in addition to speeding up its own reconstruction and development efforts,” he added. The adviser said successful security transition by the end of December 2014, and assumption of full responsibility for peace and stability by the Afghan National Security Force and Afghan National Army would help the country prepare a helpful environment for the pursuit and development of energy and connectivity projects. He said next year's political transition,

through successful conclusion of the Presidential and Provincial Council elections would also be an important factor. Aziz said Afghanistan would require financial support, including investment in its infrastructure and institutional development, including health, education and human resource development. He said Pakistan's relations with Afghanistan were reinforced by strong bonds of a common history, religion and culture, adding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had clearly underlined the government's priority in terms of addressing energy needs in the short- and long-term. "We are keen on working with Afghanistan as a conduit for energy supply," he added. Aziz said Afghanistan had been facing conflict and instability for more than three decades. “As a neighbouring country, Pakistan has consistently faced the fall out of this situation.” He said for over three decades, Pakistan had been host to one of the largest refugee populations in the world, despite dwindling international support and in spite of economic difficulties. Aziz said about three million Afghan refugees still lived in Pakistan, of which about 1.6 million were registered. He said just last month, Pakistan had signed the Tripartite Agreement along with Afghanistan and UNHCR extending the stay of refugees until December 2015. "We hope this time will be used to prepare for the return of the refugees to their homeland," he added.

No plans for complete withdrawal from Afghanistan: ISAF KABUL INP

The commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan says there has been no discussion that the coalition would completely withdraw after 2014, despite continued uncertainty in political negotiations over the future of the international military effort. US Army Lt Gen Mark Milley, the No 2 commander for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, calls the term “withdrawal” a misnomer. “We have no indication whatsoever of a withdrawal completely from Afghanistan,” he told Stars and Stripes in

an interview at his headquarters in Kabul. “We are going to change our mission, and we are going to reduce in size and scope.” Frustrated with negotiations with the Afghan government over leaving international troops in the country, US officials floated the idea over the summer of removing all troops. For his part, Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspended the negotiations in June and said in August that he was in no hurry to sign an agreement over future troop levels. Milley, who took command in May, acknowledged that he was still awaiting final guidance from the political leaders of NATO’s member counties, including the

United States, but planning was ongoing for an advising and support mission after 2014. “The current NATO mandate ends on 31 December 2014, but there’s another mission that follows that called Resolute Support which is currently in planning,” he said. There have been no signals given that US troop levels will drop to zero, Milley said. “We haven’t been told to plan for that.” Military leaders have been trying to assure the Afghans, and a skeptical American public, that the reduction in American troops is tied, as Milley insisted, to the capabilities of the Afghan security forces. “We’re only pulling out of areas where

we think the Afghan security forces are capable of standing up and fighting on their own,” he said. “But even when they, ‘fight on their own,’ we are still going to provide limited [intelligence and reconnaissance] and close-air support, because those capabilities won’t be ready for several years.” That message of a conditional reduction is complicated by President Barack Obama’s pledge to cut the American presence in Afghanistan from nearly 70,000 troops earlier this year to 34,000 by February 2014. All “combat” troops are scheduled to leave at the end of next year. “All the national leaders of the various countries of NATO, to include our own,

have publicly stated many times that we’re not going to abandon Afghanistan,” Milley said. Milley’s boss, ISAF commander US Gen Joseph Dunford, told The Guardian newspaper that Afghan forces may need up to five more years of international military support. Support for the war effort has dwindled among the American public, however, and military leaders calling for a continued military presence in Afghanistan are often finding little support among political leaders. For the first time this summer, Afghan forces took responsibility for security across the country.


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go-ahead has finally been given for an ‘unbiased and strategic operation’ in Karachi that Nawaz Sharif prefers to call a ‘campaign’. It was considered unwise to use army at this stage. Among other things using army in a city where the government was in the main able to enforce its writ was considered unnecessary. The cabinet has however decided to give the Rangers rather than police the lead role as the latter suffers from a number of deficiencies. These include the politicization of the force over the last decade which has eroded its professionalism and the loss of morale due to the killing of scores of police officers who played a prominent part in the past operations. What is more, the police is not trained to take out highly motivated terrorists belonging to banned outfits who have also been involved in killings and bank heists in the last few years. The Rangers are supposed to be better disciplined, better armed and thus more capable of dealing with the terrorists as well. The Rangers have no fear of reprisals after the change of government as their stay in the city is not permanent. The Rangers however have inadequacies of their own. Their prolonged stay has affected their discipline. During their dealings with various types of mafia in Karachi, some have acquired tendencies that have already made the police notorious. Two widely reported incidents in Karachi indicate that not all the Rangers are careful in the use of firearms. This partly explains why despite being in Karachi for years they have failed to control crime. Will they succeed now? The Rangers would supposedly act on information provided by the security agencies. Hopefully there will be better coordination and timely imparting of intelligence than it has been in the past. To start with the force is required to get 450 individuals involved in serious crime and to eliminate the no-go areas in Karachi. The DG Rangers has asked for more powers that include freedom to enter suspected premises. The force will have to use the newly acquired authority with care and sensitivity. The Rangers are to operate in an urban population which is both sensitive and vocal. If they succeed in putting an end to the killing, extortion and other violent crime, they will be hailed all over the country. In case of heavy-handedness or gross violation of human rights there will be widespread resentment and condemnation. The operation in Karachi would also test PML-N’s ability to bring peace to the metropolis without in any way violating the provincial autonomy. The CM of the province has to be on board in all major decisions. Islamabad should be seen to be helping Sindh rather than imposing its will over it. One hopes the promise to evolve a mechanism of oversight comprising political parties and representatives of civil society and media would be fulfilled.

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HE Washing Post revelations based on the leaked US intelligence documents obtained through Edward Snowden, the now-defected intelligence contractor, may be official secrets but apart from the detail and the magnitude of the US spying apparatus active in Pakistan, there is not much of a surprise there. The scale and numerical strength of the US intelligence operatives too had approached a high-point in the last couple of years was known, and already making their Pakistani counterparts bristle. The mistrust between the two socalled strategic allies has a history, well recorded and thoroughly documented. The US Seals raid that killed Osama bin Laden only brought it out in extremely sharp relief. In the backdrop of that and other recent events, the suspicions so obviously run rather deep. This trust deficit has only amplified in the recent years, or why an ally would withhold actionable intelligence from its strategic partner? In this backdrop it was but natural for the US and its myriad spymasters to keep a more than normal tab on Pakistan’s nuclear installations and assets. But it tops that, keeping Pakistan at one end of the scale with the rest of world combined. But the incidents in Pakistan too have been quite few and not that far between not to pique the American interest. A number of brazen, and mostly highly damaging, attacks on Pakistan’s defence-related locations and installations across the country by the militants – especially on the Pakistan Army’s fortified headquarters, the GHQ, in 2009 – were bound to raise alarm. The question of Pakistan’s nuclear material getting into the hands of militants has also been raised often, and not through insinuation or innuendo but quite directly, as the report suggests: "…concerns persist that extremists could seize components of the stockpile or trigger a war with neighbouring India". The Pakistan government’s official response to the report is traditional in template, and not really specific to the WP report. It deals in reassuring verbiage with regard to the country’s commitment to non-proliferation and security of the country’s nukes. There is no gainsaying in, howsoever much we try reassure the international community of having established “extensive physical protection measures, robust command and control institutions” and “comprehensive and effective export controls”, such fears will continue be expressed till Pakistan manages to conclusively eliminate terrorist networks and convincingly establish the writ of the state across the country. Apart from the nuclear issues and its various dimensions, the concerns about extrajudicial killings need to be removed by putting an end to the practice. After the enactment of new anti- terrorism law, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings must be brought to an end – to the satisfaction of HRCP and other such human rights bodies. But would they? A clarification with regard to the alleged plot to kill human rights activist Asma Jahangir, mentioned in the classified documents, must also be sought from the quarters concerned.

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ILL today, many Indians have not reconciled to the creation of Pakistan. For them, the borders between the two countries are ‘artificial’ and ‘unnatural’. Moreover, they believe that ‘Mother India’ was ‘indivisible’ and all people inhabiting it irrespective of race, language, religion, culture, etc were one nation. This was the idea of nationalism propounded by the Indian National Congress at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Parallel to this grew the idea of Muslim nationalism articulated by the All- India Muslim League arguing that the Muslims of the subcontinent were a different nation from the rest of the Indians on the bases of language, religion, culture, etc. Initially, the League only demanded constitutional safeguards for the Muslim community within the Indian Union, however, when their demands were not accommodated by the Hindu majority dominating the Congress, the League demanded the partition of India and the formation of a separate state for the Muslims at its annual session in Lahore in 1940. This was an ‘alarming’ demand and should have ‘woken up’ Congress but the latter was overconfident that its ‘tyrannical majority’ could easily bulldoze the aspirations of the Muslim minority. Ideally, the ‘wise men’ of the Congress should have huddled together on an emergency basis to look into the likely consequences of the demand for Pakistan; yet they kept sleeping! While the Congress snored in its dream land of ‘one India, one nation’; a more thoughtful party decided to investigate what this ‘Pakistan’ project was all about. This was the Independent Labour Party (ILP) of the Bombay province, whose Executive Committee tasked a

Eye on history bASHARAT HuSSAIN QIzILbASH

six-member committee (all non-Muslims) under Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar to prepare a report on the demand of Pakistan, which it did in December 1940, and the same was published in the form of a book in 1941. I think all those Hindus that shed tears over partition have not bothered to read this document. Dr Ambedkar was not an ordinary politician. His findings on Pakistan become all the more significant keeping in view the fact that in addition to being a barrister with a doctorate to his credit, he was the head of the commission that drafted the constitution of independent India and in a recent nationwide public survey conducted by the Indian ‘Outlook’ magazine was adjudged “the greatest Indian after Gandhi”; well over the heads of the political stalwarts such as Nehru, Patel, Prasad, Azad, etc. His findings are as relevant today as these were in 1940. Let’s take up the Hindu arguments that negate the idea of Muslim nationhood in India. Firstly, it is said that there was no difference of race between the Hindus and the Muslims. Well! It may be stated that race should not be confounded with one nation as human history, unlike other species is a different zoology and the fact is that there is no pure race. Secondly, it is argued that there was a linguistic affinity between the two communities as the Hindus and the Muslims of a province say Punjab or Bengal spoke the same language. True! Common language is a factor that pulls people together but it cannot be used as an instrument to compel people to live together. Ironically, it was the Congress which used the ‘Linguistic Principle’ and caused divisions in India by separating Bihar from Orissa during the Congress rule (1937-39). Similarly, Andhra demanded separation from Madras and Karnatak from Maharashtra. Ambedkar argued that linguistic difference was just another name for cultural difference and if the Congress was not averse to the separation of Andhra and Karnatak then why was it shocked over the demand for the separation of Pakistan? Thirdly, the Indian nationalists while presenting a holistic view aver that the subcontinent was inhabited by the two communities for centuries and as a result their social life was honeycombed to the extent that some Muslim pirs had Hindu disciples while Hindu yogis had Muslim ‘chelas’. This may be undeniable but Ambedkar thoughtfully pointed out that these commonalities were ‘accidental’ and ‘superficial’ whereas the divisive aspects were ‘essential’ and ‘fundamental’, and thus far more vital than the aspects that united the two communities. To elaborate the point, he wrote that while the Hindus drew religious inspirations from the Ramayan, Geeta, etc; the Muslims from the Quran and Hadees. He quoted Bhai Parmanand’s pamphlet “The Hindu national movement’ which clearly highlighted that the Hindus revered Prithvi Raj, Rana Partap, Shivaji and Beragi Bir whereas the Muslims looked up to Mohammad bin Qasim and Aurangzeb. Can anyone disagree with Ambedkar

when he states that not only was there an “absence of common historical antecedents” but the past of these two communities was also imbedded in their religions. To expect either of the two communities to forget its past was like asking it to give up its religion, and “to hope for this is to hope in vain”. What was then inherently wrong with the concept of nationalism touted by the Indian nationalists? Well! They just kept ‘calling’ all Indians one nation without ever realizing the fact whether all the Indians ever actually ‘felt’ as being one nation. This difference between ‘calling’ and ‘feeling’ as a nation has not been understood by the Indians, even today. Despite all the commonalities being found between the two communities, the Muslims and the Hindus never longed to belong to each other. In other words, the Muslims never ‘felt’ to be a part of the Indian nation. The persistent Hindu rejection of the separate Muslim identity eventually gave rise to a ‘passion’ and a ‘will’ among the Muslims to live as a separate nation. This ‘will’ is the most superior of all the factors that determine a nation. Ambedkar gives several examples to prove the importance of the sovereignty of the will of a people. Once the people ‘will’ for something then that ‘will’ in itself becomes the determining factor to justify their demand. He quoted the example of Switzerland. The Swiss spoke three or four different languages; in spite of this, they created a state because they ‘felt’ and ‘willed’ to be one nation. On the contrary, the Americans and the Englishmen speak the same language yet they ‘willed’ to remain separate nations. There can be another interesting scenario whereby a nation may be aware of its separate identity yet it does not ask for a separate country. Ambedkar citied the examples of the French living in Canada and the British in South Africa but added that this did not mean that the Indian Muslims could be denied separate nationhood even if they insisted on it. The critics of Muslim nationalism object that the birth of Muslim nationalism was a relatively more recent phenomenon and if the Indian Muslims were conscious of their separate identity then why didn’t they ask for it much earlier. This charge is valid but Ambedkar has explained it quite philosophically. He states that nations can exist for centuries in ‘unreflective silence’ i.e. without being ignited with the passion of nationalism. In other words, it can be said that the Muslims of India were conscious of their unique separate status but didn’t ‘feel’ the passion to press for this feeling. They might have continued to live in united India, as the Indian nationalists wished, had the Congress not pushed them to the wall. In conclusion, Ambedkar blames the shortsighted policies of the Congress which aroused a passion for Muslim separatism, which, by each passing day, matured into the ‘will’ of the Muslim masses to settle for nothing short of a homeland of their own. The writer is an academic and journalist. He can be reached at qizilbash2000@yahoo.com

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AKISTAN has completed 66 years of its nominally independent existence. The occasion calls for a bit of stocktaking. There are, in the first place, many an anomaly inherent to our governing structure. The good news, however, is that we have gone through a reasonably satisfactory democratic, albeit short as has remained of the change which the younger generation, that constitutes a majority of population, had anticipated. GHANI JAFAR What we find instead is the return of the same tried and tested faces that apparently have refused to learn any lessons from their own political follies and foibles. Nevertheless, the latest round of elections would hopefully lay the foundations of a durable democratic process. I have employed the term independence with reservation and for good measure. True independence cannot come until the colonial and imperial structures and conduct of our institutions are not made subject to rule of law and actual equality of all citizens, females and males, rich and poor, living in towns and cities and in the rural areas. Take this very name of the country, for instance: the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. That in itself is a contradiction in terms. Republicanism has no provision for any discrimination between free and equal citizens on the basis of their belief systems. Let’s then take a closer look at our institutions. Can anybody in their right mind claim that this lame democracy of ours can stand up to the classical standard of government of the people, by the people, for the people? It is more of a rule of the privileged, by the privileged, for the privileged. Keeping the present situation in mind, it is heart rending to recall how way back in 1970 all the four National Assembly seats allocated for the Rawalpindi district and the federal capital area of Islamabad were won by respectable professionals belonging to the middle class and with impeccable credentials. All of them belonged to the nascent Pakistan Peoples Party. Three of them, including my late father, may Allah bless his soul, Malik Muhammad Jafar, were senior and highly successful and respected lawyers. The other two lawyers were the late Khursheed Hassan Mir, representing Rawalpindi city and cantonment, and the late Raja from Gujar Khan. The fourth was the late Col. (Retd.) Habib from Kahuta. Begging the pardon of our hyper sensitive members of the judiciary in anticipation, I would take the risk of reminding them that perceptions are always more important than reality. As for the babus of the bureaucracy, one just needs to take a look at most of the senior officers, both serving and retired, opulent life styles and the question cannot escape the mind as to how on earth they could have accumulated so much wealth and property living within fair means. The chief minister had some time back led a strong delegation of some 12 members that included some of his ministers, senior journalists and members of both houses of the Indian parliament. It was a rare treat to be present at the Institute of Strategic Studies here in Islamabad when he gave a public talk followed by a question and answer session. The long and short of his captivating discourse was that he, during the last six years of rule in Bihar, had completely changed the situation in the state (as the provinces are called in India). Bihar was earlier know as a den of crime and corruption. He had ensured just one thing to bring about the metamorphosis: the rule of law. All the lavish bungalows of corrupt civil and police officers, judges and the rest were confiscated and turned into schools, colleges, libraries and hospitals. Consequently, he claimed, and none in his delegation questioned the statement, whereas people would earlier be afraid of the criminals and their gangs, they now were fearful of committing any crime and be caught by the police. I can not see why this cannot be replicated all over Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. He had another exciting experience to share with the audience. To encourage young girls in Patna and the rest of Bihar to go to school, his government had provided free bicycles to them and that one enterprising step had brought about a very large increase in the number of school-going girls. Finally, the military services and paramilitary forces: I cannot recall the last time I had seen any soldier or officer on the walking on the streets of the capital or shopping in the markets or even inside a restaurant, except for their movement with armed security. That is eerie.

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what Congress should consider on Syria is throwing cruise missiles or air strikes into the current situation a limited act or is it like throwing matches into a tinder box? RObbIN LAIRD

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RESIDENT Obama has made it clear that Syria crossed a “red line” by using chemical weapons against its own people. The proposed remedy is to execute a limited strike to change the behavior of the Assad government, but without putting troops on the ground, without regime change or without an international stamp of approval. The Congress now must decide whether or not to endorse the President’s proposal. The reason for this action is not grounded in any argument regarding the geopolitics of the region or the recent history of the area – the flawed Arab Spring, the American exit from Iraq or the coming actions in Afghanistan – and is based on the notion of international norms being enforced by the United States and whomever wishes to join in. Syria is one of the few nations which have NOT signed the Chemical Weapons Convention, the primary international norm governing these weapons along with the original 1925 Geneva Protocol barring the use of “asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases, and of all analogous liquids, materials or devices. We may think we are enforcing the CWC but Syria believes it reserves “the right to respond to a nuclear attack from Israel with our own WMD.” President Obama argues forcefully that, “we are the United States of America, and we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to what happened in Damascus. Out of the ashes of world war, we built an international order and enforced the rules that gave it meaning. And we did so because we believe that the rights of individuals to live in peace and dignity depend on the responsibilities of nations. We aren’t perfect, but this nation more than any other has been willing to meet those responsibilities.” The question is how does one do any of this with a limited strike and guarantee the results? I will not argue whether or not the US should lead a coalition to change the regime in Syria or whether the US should or should not remove chemical weapons by force from Syria (assuming that can even be done at this late date). The question is the conceptual definition by the administration that a limited strike can achieve the stated outcome, notably one being done by a power which does not live in the region and is not explicitly supported by the neighbours. An added complication is the president’s decision to seek the authorization of Con-

gress. Can Congress even authorize a limited strike, whatever that means? After all, this is not a declaration of war. One could note in light of the Budget Control Act — otherwise known as sequestration — that if the Administration and the Congress determine that Syrian action is required, they should put new money into the budget to support such actions, for any limited strike will have unknown consequences in the region and cost way more than a few cruise missiles popped into Syria. That would mean a budget supplemental passed as part of this joint effort to strike Syria. But the most important consideration is that military operations simply do not work the way the President has characterized his intended plan. The enemy gets a vote. One is always dealing with a reactive enemy, and in this case you are giving him a long warning time to get ready to act in ways, which will defeat the meaning and effect of any strike. If the target is not Syria but the behavior of Assad, what limited strike does the President have in mind to change behavior? The president could call in his good friend President Clinton and review the history of limited strikes from his time in office. The Iraq no-fly zone was a limited but clear operation, which did virtually nothing to change the behaviour of the Iraqi leader. The cruise missile strikes against Osama bin Laden – a decision by the president not to use boots on the ground which would have probably worked – left the terrorist in good shape and only motivated Al Qaeda even more to carry out the September 11 operation. The Assad regime has options to horizontally escalate the crisis and to respond to any Obama limited strike. With the clear backing of Iran, with the engagement in various ways of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Russia, China and others, any strike by the United States is part of the ongoing context of the crisis, and not a definite and final statement. One thing the administration should learn from Libya is that an operation done in one period of Libyan history for a few months is not the story. The relatively successful air operation against Libya, led to the loss of ManPads (portable anti-aircraft weapons), precisely because boots did not go on the ground. Then there was the Benghazi defeat. Now Libyan pipelines are being shut down by insurgents to hold the Libyan oil industry at risk. Even when “leading from behind” history continues and a strike is simply a moment in history, which is ongoing, and the continued engagement of the striking power(s) remains centrally to shaping an effective outcome.

But the broader picture in the Middle East is really the most telling aspect of determining how limited a strike can be: is throwing cruise missiles or air strikes into the current situation a limited act or is it like throwing matches into a tinder box? Honestly, it is difficult to know beforehand, but that really is the point. The only limits are in the mind of the Washington decision maker, and not the players in the region. If dealing with Syria is crucial, and one could argue that it is, the key player is Turkey, and the leader in dealing with Syria is clearly Turkey as well. Earlier this year, NATO sent Patriot missiles to Turkey to aid in Turkey’s defense against Syrian threats. Syria is both an external and internal policy problem for the only NATO partner directly involved in the Assad meltdown. Turkey could shape an effective response, and NATO is the coalition obviously most involved. This is the path which makes sense for strikes, limited or not, can be part of reshaping Syria’s future. There is no such thing as a limited strike in a fluid situation like Syria; but there can be effective tools to support coalition actions, in this case with Turkey as the lead player. The White House earlier asserted that the Russians did not know their own interest in Syria. This was an amazing statement, and Putin and the Russian government have played the Syrian crisis nicely to their advantage. And given the meltdown of the Russian reset, why would US limited strikes against Syrian air defenses or air assets of various kinds not be met with the Russians simply restocking the Syrian inventory, and this time with better equipment? A very rapid escalation could ensue from Obama’s limited strike. But even more troubling is the state of the Western stockpile of arms. The Libyan experience also showed how rapidly the stockpile of precision weapons could be depleted. The Syrian operation could well open up opportunities for the Iranians to take advantage of the West going Winchester and shape a mobilization opportunity of their own. What is clear is that a limited strike is limited only in the eye of the beholder; it is not a fixed point of military strategy nor effective Middle Eastern geopolitics. The Obama administration needs to reset its approach, and do the art of the possible with Turkey and other stakeholders in the region who support Western objectives. Robbin Laird, a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, is an international defense consultant and former National Security Council staffer.

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EERA spent around 120 minutes in Abaya to mark World Hijab Day in an event here in Lahore city of the country’s Punjab province. Several Muslim countries including Pakistan celebrate the World Hijab Day every year on September 4. According to a private television channel Express News, the

participants of an event to mark the day in Punjab Governor House were shocked when they saw Meera wearing an Abaya. Despite the fact several other fashion models also attended the event, the country’s media focused the actress’ presence in the event. The television said that the actress and models displayed several beautiful Abaya designs and also spread its importance in their messages.

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Sajid hasan eyeing directing flick

VERYBODY is hopping onto the filmmaking bandwagon. It’s good news. Nothing wrong with that. We need more and more people to make films, no matter if they come a cropper at the box office. Keep trying. The latest aspirant in that regard is TV actor Sajid Hasan. News is that he wants to make a film based on the One Pound Fish guy Shahid Nazir’s life. It is indeed an idea worth giving a shot. The fact that Sajid H is going behind the camera for the project is reason enough to look forward to it. He is advised, though, that unlike the makers of Main Hoon Shahid Afridi who didn’t talk much to the cricketer during its production, he should keep Shahid Nazir in the loop all the way till the end. NEWS DESK

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BHISHEK Bachchan may have denied it hotly in the past, but the family has indeed invested in a lavish property in Dubai. The diarist can confirm that while on his way to Dubai, where he joins the cats and crew of Farah Khan’s next directorial, Abhishek got into a friendly conversation with a copassenger. That’s when Bachchan Jr mentioned about how much he and his family enjoy spending time in the villa. We hear, he also plans to invite his colleagues - Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone among others, to his villa which is reportedly located at Sanctuary Falls in Palm Jumeirah. COuRTESY TOI

Nymi bracelet to replace passwords and pins a Canadian firm wants to replace all our computer passwords, screen locks on phones and tablets, car and house keys and even wallets with a single authentication band worn on the wrist. The Nymi bracelet reads and monitors the wearer’s cardiac rhythm, which is as unique as a person’s fingerprint, to authenticate who they are. A built-in proximity sensor can then detect where they are, and when the wearer is close to a paired computer, device or car, will automatically confirm their identity and unlock the required hardware or software. Although other companies are also working

on password replacements that use a person’s biometric data such as an iris, face, or fingerprint, for example, Bionym founder, Dr. Karl Martin, claims Nymi is even more secure. He told The Verge: ‘Your face, your iris — they’re all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere.’ The bracelet contains a HeartID that measures the amount of electrical power generated by a human heart, called a cardiac rhythm tracked on an electrocardiogram, or ECG. This ECG differs from person to person and depends on the location and size of the their heart.

Nymi only works with a registered person’s cardiac rhythm, meaning if the bracelet is stolen it can’t be hacked. And unlike photos of people’s faces and iris, or fingerprints left on surfaces, a heart can’t be copied or stolen. Along with the HeartID and

proximity sensors, the Nymi bracelet also has a motion sensor and connects to devices using Bluetooth. The motion sensor can be used to open car boots or doors wirelessly by moving the wrist in a certain direction, for example.

Applications on smart TVs can also be controlled using flicks and spins of the wrist. Plus, Nymi can be used to pay for shopping wirelessly and securely. Although the first Nymi release is a bracelet, Martin claims that the technology could also be embedded into other accessories, such as a ring or belt - all the device needs is a connection that can be undone. NEWS DESK


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T really was The Daily Show With Jon Stewart again Tuesday night as Jon Stewart returned to his Comedy Central seat after taking a threemonth break to direct his first film while the reliably funny John Oliver filled in. But while a summer off doesn’t seem like that much time, considering he has hosted The Daily Show for 14 years, Stewart needed a little help getting back into broadcast shape before heading back on the air. Well, more than a little help, since when Oliver first showed up to greet his boss, Stewart was unshaven and scraggly and speaking in a thick accent. “Hey Jess, we have a huge problem,” Oliver rushed over to correspondent Jessica Williams in the bit that opened tonight’s show. “Jon’s back, but I think the Middle East has changed him. He’s not even acting American. Get a defibril-

lator and two Big Macs. Let’s do this.” Jump-starting Stewart’s true self with McDonald’s didn’t work at first, however, but merely changed him into a redneck stereotype who said, “Obamacare can suck Paula Deen’s d—k for all I care. It’s a politically correct culture, why can’t we say that word...” So then Oliver tried a shot to calm Jon down (“What was in

that thing?” Williams inquired. “Just lox,” Oliver shrugged), but that just turned him into Moses. “Hear me, o’ children of Israel,” the bearded, robe-wearing Stewart began. “This is going to take a while,” Oliver admitted, before turning Stewart into a pipesmoking Brit; a unitard-wearing Freddie Mercury; a Smurf; and then a foam-finger-wielding, nude leotard-wearing, tongue-wagging someone-or-other. Williams smashed him over the head with a bottle of Heineken, but that only succeeded in turning Stewart into Hitler, so it was time to call in reinforcements. Cue Stephen Colbert in a hazmat suit, who somehow, some way, whipped Stewart into shape. (Literally. You could hear the whipping sounds.) After some time with his old pal, Stewart bounded out of his office, clean-shaven and ready to host. “I’ve missed you so much,” he told the audience in a conspiratorial whisper after the opening credits had rolled. COuRTESY EO

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HAT was way harsh, Tai. It’s just been revealed that Alicia Silverstone auditioned for the lead role in the teenage drama series, My So-Called Life, but she lost the part because of her good looks. Marshall Herskovitz, the show’s co-executive producer, said he was impressed with Silverstone’s acting chops but couldn’t get past the fact that she was “too pretty” to play the character. In an interview with The New Yorker, Herskovitz argued that Claire Danes was the perfect fit to play Angela Chase for a laundry list of reasons. “Alicia is so

beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world,” he told the mag. “People would have been telling her she was beautiful since she was six years old. You can’t put that face in what’s been written for this girl.” So what exactly is Herskovitz saying about Danes’ appearance? To be fair, he didn’t exactly bash her looks. Winnie Holzman, the series creator, echoed Herskovitz’s thoughts and also explained that he was enchanted by much more than just her beauty. According to Holzman, Danes was “sexy and not sexy, free and bound up, open and closed, funny and frighteningly serious.” And despite Silverstone being “emancipated” at the time—meaning she could work longer hours than the 13-year-old Danes who was up for the part—Holzman ultimately decided to rework the script around Danes’ limitations. Danes also spoke to the magazine about how important taking on that project was for her personal and professional life. “I remember being so relieved that I had an opportunity to voice my complaints about my time at school so perfectly and so eloquently, with the right amount of rage and humor,” Danes said. “Angela and I were the same age so we could dance around each other. Sometimes I would have an experience and then it would be articulated on the show. Other times, I would play it out, then experience it personally later.” But it wasn’t all a wash for Silverstone, either. She rose to fame in the nineties with the hit flick Clueless, where she starred as the Beverly Hills beauty Cher Horowitz. NEWS DESK

Stubbs, cat mayor injured by dog retaliation to be swift Siena Miller sports the gentleman look at the London Electric Cinema.

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OR the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, a weekend dogfight was less political, more literal. Mayor Stubbs the cat is recovering at a veterinarian’s office in Wasilla after being injured by a dog Saturday night in the quirky tourist town near Denali National Park. Owner Lauri Stec tells KTUU ( ) that Stubbs suffered a fractured sternum and a punctured lung, and already has undergone three hours of surgery. Stec is planning to file a police report. She says the would-be assassin “needs to go away.” Residents didn’t like the mayoral candidates years ago, so they encouraged enough people to elect Stubbs as a write-in candidate. NEWS DESK

Mike Douglas says ‘all’s well’ after split

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ICHAEL Douglas is insisting there is no “crisis” when it comes to his marriage. While attending the premiere of the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra in Berlin on Monday, the subject of his reported separation from wife Catherine Zeta-Jones was brought up as he spoke to the media. “I have a crisis at home?” the actor is quoted by USA Today as saying. “No, I think the press has a crisis. We are fine. My wife and I are fine.” The Oscar winner added that it is a “temporary separation,” before noting, “But the press, it give you stuff to write about.” Last week, it was revealed that Douglas and Zeta-Jones had separated after 13 years of marriage. A rep for the actress said in a statement

at the time that “Catherine and Michael are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” The couple tied the knot in 2000. They have two children together, 13-year-old son Dylan and 10-year-old daughter Carys. COuRTESY EO

Crocodile traps man on island…for two weeks! “In a while, crocodile!” has never been said with so much joy. New Zealand kayaker Ryan Blair was trapped on a small island off the coast of Australia for more than two weeks by a huge crocodile, 9 News reported. Blair, 37, was exploring the waters near Kalamburu and wound up on Governor Island, about 2.5 miles from the mainland. When he decided to head back, he soon found he was sharing the island with an enormous reptile who had other plans. Whenever he attempted to leave the island, Blair says, the croc chased him and blocked his exit. In a kayak that, at about 8 feet long, is less than half the estimated length of the crocodile, Blair felt he didn’t stand a chance. Blair was rescued Saturday, after Kalumburu resident Don MacLeod saw a light coming from the island and went to investigate, Australian public broadcaster ABC reported. Blair noted he had been trying to use a fire to signal to passing boats for days, but to no avail. MacLeod told the Rural Report that he’s seen the “very, very large” croc a few times. He estimates it’s about 19.5 feet long. Though Blair has been receiving a

good deal of media attention for his adventure, locals are not impressed. “Everyone’s treating him like he’s a hero,” Anne Koeyers, manager of the Drysdale River Station in North Kimberley told Fairfax Media. “He’s not a hero, he’s an idiot.” Koeyers noted that Blair

should have known not to go out to the island “in the first place” and should have spoken with locals first. “Learn about the area. Learn about the dangers. Learn about what to do. Know the water. There’s crocs in there. How could anyone not know that?” Koeyers said. NEWS DESK


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VEN after the strong showing of their bowlers on the first day in Harare, doubts persisted over whether Zimbabwe would pose a challenge, given the fragility of their Test batting, especially in the absence of Brendan Taylor, and the quality Pakistan’s attack. Those concerns were heightened soon after lunch, when both the set batsmen Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza were dismissed off consecutive deliveries. However Malcolm Waller, who found form over the past week after a miserable India series, and debutant Sikandar Raza underlined Zimbabwe’s ability to stand up to the bigger teams with a 127-run fourthwicket partnership that put Zimbabwe on course for the lead. The home side were ahead by 32 at stumps, and will probably need a few more considering they have to bat last in the game, when Saeed Ajmal’s bag of tricks will prove a handful. For the second day in a row, Ajmal did his bit to keep Pakistan from falling too far back in the game. On Tuesday his unbeaten 49 had rescued Pakistan from 182 for 8, and today, after being dismissed first ball in the morning, he snared four wickets to keep Zimbabwe’s lead from getting out of hand.

open ordinary road Cycle race on 6th lAHoRe: Mughalpura Cycling Club is organising an Open Ordinary Road Cycle Race here on September 6 on Defence Day of the country. The 40 kilometre long tough race will flag off from Mughalpura Bridge terminating at the same point after going through a marked route on the canal. Syed Nazakat Ali, International Cycling Coach will be chief judge and Qasir Saddique Bhatti is the chief coordinator of the event. STAFF REPORT

polls to be discussed in upcoming phf meeting lAHoRe: The executive board of Pakistan Hockey Federation will meet here on September 11 with main item on the agenda is discussion on the elections of the PHF. PHF President Qasim Zia will preside over the meeting which will also review the performance of the national hockey team in the wake of its shocking defeat in Asia Cup recently in Ipoh, Malaysia which deprived the country from participation in next years world cup in Holland. “The meeting will suggest remedial measures to lift the sagging fortunes of the national hockey team,” he added. STAFF REPORT

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Still, there can be no doubts over which of the two sides will be happier at this stage of the Test - Zimbabwe’s stand-in captain Masakadza sported a huge grin and even tried out a couple of dance moves as he watched the final overs of the day. The only time Pakistan looked like they could take control of the game was early in the second session when Zimbabwe slipped to 68 for 3. Junaid Khan, the pace spearhead, was rewarded for a probing over in which he tweaked his line and length till he got it perfect on the final delivery, getting Sibanda to nick to the keeper. Off the next ball, Ajmal fired in a straighter one and Masakadza was bowled as he played for the spin. Raza is in his first Test and Waller hadn’t scored a half-century in any format since his 55 at the start of the Bangladesh series in April. With the wicketkeeper Richmond Mutumbodzi not really a recognised batsman, the lower order also didn’t inspire too much confidence. Waller, though, wasn’t cowed by the situation, showing his confidence by hitting his first ball for four, a cover drive off Ajmal. That shot made a frequent appearance as Waller sprinted to 33 off 30 balls, with the help of seven boundaries. In what has been a low-scoring game, that burst of run-making was even to shift the pressure back onto Pakistan, and it made it easier for Raza to settle in.

Sportsmen, officials protest against Olympics House illegal possession LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The officials of various national and provincial sports federations and organisations and sportsmen staged a protest demonstration here on Wednesday outside the Lahore Press Club against the illegal possession of the Pakistan Olympic House. The protesters were holding ply cards and they chanted slogan in the favour of President, Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt Gen retd Syed Arif Hasan and termed the forceful possession of by a goon of armed people “a grave step to ruin country’s image abroad’ and to draw a disciplinary action against Pakistan by International Olympic Committee. “POA is the house of country’s sports and its illegal possession by a rival POA is a biggest conspiracy against sports of Pakistan,” said the peaceful protesters. Prominent among them were President, Pakistan Ju-jitsu Federation, Khalil Ahmad Khan, President, Pakistan Weightlifting Federation, Hafiz Imran Butt, President, Pakistan Karate Federation, Muhammad Jahangir and number of officials of national and provincial sports bodies. They appealed to the

government to take notice of the situation and to direct the concerned quarters to vacate the POA House from the possession of armed individuals backed by a rival faction of POA.. Khalil Khan said that POA led by Gen Arif is recognized by the IOC as well as Olympic Council of Asia and the forceful possession of the POA House comes as a big shock for those who are related to country’s sports. “It is a very unfortunate incident and we strongly condemn it and appeal to the higher authorities to resolve this issue on top priority basis as delay can provoke the IOC to suspend Pakistan membership and the country can be deprived form taking part in international sports events abroad,” he said. Meanwhile, DIG Zafar Abbas Luk, Senior Vice President, POA headed by Major Gen retd Mohammad Akram Sahi has dismissed the allegations of forceful possession of POA House and said genuine people have taken over the control of the POA House after their success in the elections of the National Olympic Committee. “As per a decision of the apex court and according to the direction given in the national sports policy, Gen retd Arif was heading the POA illegally after running the POA for the third successive term,” he said.

SCOREbOARD PAKISTAN 1st INNINGS 11 Khurram Manzoor lbw b Panyangara 5 Mohammad Hafeez c Sibanda b Chatara Azhar Ali c Sibanda b SW Masakadza 78 3 Younis Khan b Panyangara Misbah-ul-Haq* c Sibanda b utseya 53 4 Asad Shafiq c Mawoyo b utseya 18 Adnan Akmal† b Chatara 7 Abdur Rehman lbw b SW Masakadza 49 Saeed Ajmal b Chatara 17 Junaid Khan c †Mutumbami b Panyangara 0 Rahat Ali not out 4 EXTRAS(lb 3, w 1) TOTAL(all out; 90.1 overs; 377 mins) 249 FALL OF WICKETS 1-13 (Mohammad Hafeez, 6.3 ov), 2-21 (Khurram Manzoor, 11.5 ov), 3-27 (Younis Khan, 13.6 ov), 4-120 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 46.2 ov), 5-132 (Asad Shafiq, 50.2 ov), 6-157 (Adnan Akmal, 59.4 ov), 7-173 (Abdur Rehman, 67.6 ov), 8-182 (Azhar Ali, 71.3 ov), 9-249 (Junaid Khan, 89.5 ov), 10-249 (Saeed Ajmal, 90.1 ov) bOWLING: TL Chatara 22.1-6-64-3,T Panyangara 20-2-71-3,SW Masakadza 22-8-40-2,E Chigumbura 2-0-15-0,P utseya 23-155-2,H Masakadza 1-0-1-0 zIMbAbWE 1st INNINGS 13 TMK Mawoyo c †Adnan Akmal b Junaid Khan 31 V Sibanda c †Adnan Akmal b Junaid Khan 19 H Masakadza* b Saeed Ajmal 60 Sikandar Raza c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal 70 MN Waller c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal E Chigumbura not out 40 R Mutumbami† lbw b Saeed Ajmal 13 16 P utseya b Rahat Ali SW Masakadza not out 2 17 EXTRAS(b 5, lb 10, w 2) TOTAL (7 wickets; 87 overs) 281 (3.22 runs per over) TO bAT T Panyangara, TL Chatara FALL OF WICKETS 1-25 (Mawoyo, 8.1 ov), 2-68 (Sibanda, 26.6 ov), 3-68 (H Masakadza, 27.1 ov), 4-195 (Waller, 60.3 ov), 5-212 (Sikandar Raza, 68.2 ov), 6-235 (Mutumbami, 72.6 ov), 7-278 (utseya, 85.6 ov) bOWLING: Junaid Khan 20-6-61-2, Rahat Ali 18-3-53-1, Abdur Rehman 19-5-56-0, Saeed Ajmal 26-3-77-4, Younis Khan 4-1-19-0 MATCH DETAILS TOSS zimbabwe, who chose to field TEST DEbuT Sikandar Raza (zimbabwe) PLAYER OF THE MATCH tba uMPIRES SJ Davis (Australia) and REJ Martinesz (Sri Lanka) TV uMPIRE TJ Matibiri MATCH REFEREE J Srinath (India) RESERVE uMPIRE O Chirombe

pakiStan to be bleSSed with CriCket Soon sri LANKA stoPPed seNdiNg their cricKet teAM to PAKistAN After the MArch 2009 terror AttAcK oN their squAd iN LAhore thAt iNjured six of their PLAyers ANd Left six PAKistANi PoLiceMeN ANd two civiLiANs deAd LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Sri Lanka have decided to resume playing cricket in Pakistan after a gap of four years. President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated this here on Tuesday to Pakistani minister Ahsan Iqbal, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. Rajapaksa said a Sri Lankan team will soon play in Pakistan. Sri Lanka stopped sending their cricket team to Pakistan after the March 2009 terror attack on their squad in Lahore that injured six of their players and left six Pakistani policemen and two civilians dead. The minister highlighted the significance of sporting ties in bringing the people of South Asia together. Rajapaksa also said that relations with Pakistan “have stood the test of time”, APP reported. The Pakistani minister said both countries should take bilateral trade from the present $400 million to over $1 billion.

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Substitute Bimal Gharti Magar rescued Nepal from the jaws defeat with a late goal to earn a 1-1 draw against Pakistan in a highly entertaining Group ‘A’ game of the SAFF Championship at Dasharath Stadium. The youngest player of the tournament Gharti Magar, 15, making only his second international appearance leveled the score a minute into the injury time. Coming on for Tanka Basnyat in the 66th minute, Gharti Magar sent the home crowd into absolute rapture as he cancelled out

Hassan Bashir’s 12th minute lead for Pakistan. The draw gives Nepal the lead in the group on four points from two matches, tied with India, while Pakistan, who lost 10 to India, are at the bottom of the table with one point, leveled with Bangladesh. Nepal coach Jack Stefanowski hailed the home team’s fighting spirit and said he will make a serious consideration about giving Magar a regular place on the team. “The biggest thing about today’s match was the ‘never say die’ attitude of our team. They never gave up hope and fought bravely like the fearless ‘gurkhas,” said the PolishAmerican after the match. “We are also

thankful to our amasing fans who rallied behind their team all through like our appendages, our extra player. And supersub Gharti Magar did the job for us.” Experienced striker Jumanu Rai was handed a start ahead of Jagjit Shrestha, who replaced Raju Tamang in the 78th minute, while Bharat Khawas was pushed further down the pecking order as the right winger. Pakistan started the match with one change to the side that lost to India, with coach Shahzad Anwar leaving out defender Kamran Khan in favour of Saddam Jarrar. Both the team swung into action, trading early attacks. But it was Pakistan who looked threatening with their wingers making tireless running on the sides. Their efforts paid off as Hasan Bashir gave them a lead in the 14th minute. Nepal failed to clear a swirling Andan Ahmed free-kick

from the right flank, and the ball fell in the path of Bashir, who fired a low shot from the edge into the left corner past goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong, much to the disappointment of the home fans. Nepal picked themselves up to pile pressure on Pakistan but the latter’s dogged defence frustrated the hosts. Sandip Rai went close to find an equaliser in the 27th minute but his free-kick was punched away by Pakistan goalie Yousaf Ejaz Butt. Against the run of play, Bashir nearly doubled Pakistan’s advantage in the 33rd minute after a mix-up between Nepal skipper Sagar Thapa and ‘keeper Chemjong. But the hosts got away with it as Bashir shot wide from the edge of the area with the goal gaping. Nepal had a chance to go into the break on level terms only to see Rai go wide with his header on a weight free-kick

from Raju Tamang free-kick in the 41st minute. Pakistan, having weathered Nepal’s torrent of attacks, finally cracked under pressure just as it seemed they had sealed the match. Butt, who had a wonderful game much of the 90 minutes, bravely denied skipper Thapa but the ball rolled onto the path of Magar. And the young striker calmly slotted home to level the score at 1-1, sending the home fans into total ecstacy. Pakistani coach Shaazad Anwar lauded Gharti Magar, terming his final touch as a magical one, concluding the match as extremely competitive. Earlier in the day, India skipper Sunil Chhetri saved his side from a defeat as he scored from a free-kick three minutes into the second half injury time after Atiqur Meshu had given Bangladesh lead in the 82nd minute.


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lAHoRe: Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited organised Honda Independence Day Golf Cup at leading Defence Raya Golf Club. The event saw an exciting day of golfing by players on an otherwise humid rainy day. Players from business and corporate community participated with enthusiasm and zeal. At the conclusion a prize distribution ceremony was held to acknowledge players that stood out during the cup in different categories. Amongst the prize winners were Zameer Iftikhar, Sarjeel Awan, Ahmed Niwaz Tiwana, Mohsin Zafar, Ahmed Kiyani, Hafiz Awais, Faisal Naseem Kari, Shafique Bhatti and Col Asif Mehdi. The award presentation ceremony included Production Vice President Akio Takemoto, Quality Chief Engineer Iga, Sales & Marketing General Manager Ayaz Hafeez and After Sales General Manager Nadeem Azam. At the end of the prize distribution ceremony, Defence Raya CEO Kang Chong Jin gave away mementos to the officials of Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited to acknowledge the efforts for successful match. STAFF REPORT

africa to lose rs 2.5m a day for short india tour SPORTS DESK Cricket South Africa (CSA) could lose up to 2.5 million rand a day in revenue if the Indian tour later this year is shortened, according to a media report. The Afrikaans daily Beeld quoted sources as saying that CSA stands to lose about R300 million in total if the India tour is shortened, particularly from TV broadcast rights. Sources also said that CSA is not in a position to take the matter to court, as India is yet to sign the ICC Future Tours Programme and would therefore not have to account if it shortened proposed tours and arranged others. CSA had announced earlier this year that India would tour the country for three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 matches between November 18 and January 25. Although there had not been any denial or confirmation of this from the BCCI since then, the Indian board officials announced yesterday that the West Indies would tour India in early November and India would go to New Zealand for two Tests and three ODIs in January.

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IMBABWE Cricket have implemented drastic costsaving measures, including playing the second Test against Pakistan in Harare instead of travelling to Bulawayo, to ensure the remainder of the series goes ahead as planned. Other measures could include ensuring the players are paid this week, as agreed, but it will likely be at the expense of administration staff. Sources revealed the second Test, due to start next Tuesday, was “99% confirmed,” for Harare Sports Club on Tuesday evening and that the groundstaff

and match referee all agreed to that. After the necessary ratification, it was officially announced that the match had been moved. That means the entire Pakistan series, consisting of two Twenty20s, three ODIs and two Tests will be staged on the same ground and ZC would save close to US$50,000 on travel costs and hotel fees in the process. Most of the Zimbabwe players are based in Harare, which would mean they could continue to stay at home, rather than in paid accommodation in Bulawayo. The money required to drive them and the television crew down would also be saved. The only loser in such a situation would be the Queens Club, which has not seen a Test match since 2011, when New

Zealand beat Zimbabwe there. The country has hosted three Tests since then, including the current one against Pakistan, all at the Harare Sports Club. Bulawayo has recently made attempts to create a more lively pitch, relaying the clay on three surfaces on the square but they will have to wait, perhaps until next year to try them out. Zimbabwe’s other proposed incoming tour was the one by Sri Lanka next month, comprising two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20s, but ZC have requested this be postponed. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed they received an email from ZC citing “unavoidable circumstances” have led to them seeking alternative dates for the series. ESPNcricinfo has since learned ZC are considering proposing a shortened tour

Pak-born Fawad ahmed face racist chants SYDNEY AGENCIES

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has lashed out at “racist comments” directed at Muslim Fawad Ahmed after the leg-spinner asked not to wear a kit displaying the logo of beer brand VB. Pakistan-born Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fast-tracked, did not have the logo on his shirt during his international debut in last week’s T20 matches against England. It emerged Tuesday that he had “expressed discomfort with the conflict this created for him, due to his religious beliefs”. (Also read: Cricket Australia respects Fawad’s decision to not wear beer logo) Cricket Australia agreed with his request to wear an unbranded shirt, but this sparked critical comments on the Cricket Australia website and other

social media. “Legitimate reason RELIGION, no its not, it’s a game of cricket, not praying at a church,” said one reaction. “It is driven by money and fans not by religious fanatics. Those who don’t like the Australian culture should leave, or keep misguided values to themselves.” Sutherland said he was disgusted with such comments. “Cricket Australia would like to express its extreme disappointment over racist comments towards Fawad Ahmed on social media... some of which are falsely attributed to former Australian cricketer Dean Jones,” he said in a statement late Tuesday. “CA does not condone racism in any way, shape or form. “CA is fully supportive of Fawad’s personal beliefs and he is a valued and popular member of the Australian cricket team and the wider cricket

community.” South African batsman Hashim Amla, also a Muslim, is another player in a similar situation and has been permitted not to wear the logo of Cricket South Africa sponsor Castle, a beer company, on his kit. The sensitive issue also reared up in English football with striker Papiss Cisse pulling out of Newcastle United’s pre-season tour this year, saying he was not prepared to promote the club’s sponsors, money-lending company Wonga. But the Senegal international has since donned a Newcastle shirt featuring the logo after talks with the club and Islamic teachers. The rise of Ahmed, a former refugee who fled his home in the Pakistan border region near Afghanistan, where he said he was targeted by the Taliban, has seen him become a hero to some in Australia’s immigrant communities.

asiF, majid Fail To imPress in Bangkok KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Pakistan’s star cueists Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Majid Ali continue to have rough time in the round robin league matches of the 6-Red World Championship 2013 in Bangkok. According to the details made available by the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) here on Tuesday, world champion Mohammad Asif and current Asian junior number two Majid Ali failed to open their account on the first couple of days of the highprofile event. There are contestants from all over the world at the event, which is being staged at Montien Riverside Hotel. In the second round of league matches, Barry Hawkins of England defeated Asif 5-2 with the frame

scores of 65-0, 65-1, 53-6, 0-66, 6-42, 37-13, 44-4. Ken Doherty of Ireland overpowered Majid 5-1 with the frame scores of 16-52, 48-0, 42-18, 46-8, 34-26, 3015. Earlier, on the opening day of the competition, Asif had crashed to defeats in both his outings. Ricky Walden

of England tamed him 5-2 with the frame scores of 0-72, 34-2, 70-0, 0-48, 30-03, 56-0, 51-7 and James Wattana of Thailand edged him out 5-4 with the frame scores of 50-0, 43-14, 5-59, 18-29, 0-47, 37-10, 25-33, 32-21, 3118. Majid also began on a losing note as Alex Borg of Malta tamed him 5-3 with the frame scores of 44-0, 640, 14-55, 42-0, 0-45, 42-18, 18-49, 45-17. Both Asif and Majid face improbable task of forcing their way into the knockout stage of the competition in which 48 top cueists from different countries are engaged to get their share out of handsome cash prize of six million baht. The line-up includes the semi-finalists of the last edition of the IBSF World championship besides the top performers of Asian and other continental championships.

of only five T20s to Sri Lanka but the SLC have not had communication to that effect. Zimbabwe’s ability to host more international cricket in 2013 will depend heavily on the cost of organisation. A severe cash-flow problem has affected the union through the year and it seems unlikely to be solved soon. In April, players threatened to strike during the series against Bangladesh because those who were not on central contracts were offered allowances which they deemed unsatisfactory. Since then, the threats have intensified. Before the Pakistan series, the players formed a union - the first of its kind in a decade - and did not train in protest after not being paid. They gave ZC various ultimatums which put the possibility of the whole tour, then the third ODI and then the Test series at risk. Each time, they agreed to play after ZC promised payment. Monies have still not been transferred and the players have set another deadline of Friday this week. They are adamant they will boycott the second Test if they do not receive their outstanding dues, which include salaries from July and August and match fees. While ZC have stated publicly that they are in talks with their banker, it has since been established they will struggle to meet the demand. Their only solution has been to inform staff, apparently in an email, that they will not be paid salaries from August. Any available funds will then be paid to the players. ZC staff contracts expired at the end of August and the body is in negotiations to renew them but has not done so to date. Staff are still working, though, despite the uncertainty.

ipC minister asks phf bosses to resign LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh on Wednesday said that the Minister of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada has asked the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) bosses to resign from their jobs and let others improve the national game. The decision came after the team’s miserable performance in the Hockey World League and Asia Cup which served as qualifying rounds for World Cup 2014. The four-time world champion Pakistan lost to South Korea in the semi-finals of the Asia Cup. This is for the first time in the history of the mega event that Pakistan will not play feature in the World Cup. Shahnaz said a group of former Olympians met the Minister at Karachi to bring into notice that despite being granted massive funds to the Federation by the government, Pakistan missed the bus for the World Cup 2014. “I too had to go in the meeting but due to some personal commitments I couldn’t,” he said adding that the IPC Minister has asked Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to seek an explanation from the PHF for such dismal results in both the events despite getting hefty amount of funds whenever asked. Shahnaz said the Minister had stated to announce a new policy to be introduced for the grants of funds to the federations. “According to the new policy funds will be granted to federations on performance basis,” he said. Shahnaz said the former Olympians in the meeting have told the Minister that the duo of PHF president Qasim Zia and secretary Asif Bajwa are solely responsible for Pakistan’s poor showing. “The ouster from the World Cup has forced the government to take serious notice on the issue,” he said adding that the PHF bosses are expected to submit their resignations in 15 days time and a new leadership will be put in to bring Pakistan hockey back on track.


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EFENDING champion Andy Murray reached the US Open quarter-finals for a third successive year with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin, the Uzbek coached by his mother. British third seed Murray overcame dropping a set for the second time in the tournament to set up a clash against Stanislas Wawrinka, the ninth-seeded Swiss, who put out Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych. Murray has an 8-5 winning advantage over Wawrinka, although the Swiss won their third round clash in New York in 2010. The 26-year-old Murray took his record in the majors this year to 17-1 with his second win of 2013 over Istomin after also seeing off the Uzbek player on his way to the Brisbane title in January. Istomin, the 26-year-old world number 65 who has been coached by his mother Klaudiya since his junior days, sported a bright orange shirt for the

encounter and he had Murray dazzled in the first set. “It was tough with a strong breeze and we both struggled with our timing,” said Murray. “I tried to dictate the points after the first set when I had the wind with me and use my forehand more.” On facing Wawrinka, the Scot added: “He’s a very tough player. He’s been playing great tennis for years and will go higher in the rankings after this tournament. “We played on this court a few years back when we were much younger, but a lot has changed since then.” Despite the first-set loss, Wimbledon and Olympic champion Murray roared back with breaks in the second and sixth games of the second set and then took the third. With Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio watching from the stands, Murray was never at his most fluid, berating himself for a series of silly errors as well as the perceived shortcomings of the Hawk-Eye challenge technology. Despite an uncharacteristic 35 unforced errors, he still had too much firepower and craft for Istomin and wrapped up victory in a shade over three hours.

Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams inflicted the most lopsided US Open women’s quarter-final defeat in 24 years on birthday-girl Carla Suarez Navarro to reach a semi-final against China’s Li Na. Williams routed the 18thseeded Spaniard 6-0, 6-0 in just 52 minutes on Tuesday, Suarez Navarro’s 25th birthday, to reach a matchup Friday with Li, the 2011 French Open champion who ousted Russian 24th seed Ekaterina Makarova. Reigning French Open champion Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam winner seeking her fifth US Open crown and ninth title of the year, has dropped only 13 games in five wins on her way to the semis for a fifth US Open appearance in a row. Asked if this was her most dominant US Open performance, Williams said, “I guess so. I haven’t thought about it yet. I’m still in the tournament and I’m not thinking about, like, ‘I’m really dominant now.’ “I’m just thinking, ‘OK, I just have a really tough match in the next round and I really want to do well.” Williams, who would be the oldest

women’s champion in US Open history at age 31, matched the worst rout in US Open women’s quarter-final history, Martina Navratilova’s 6-0, 6-0 blanking of Bulgarian Manuela Maleeva in 1989. Suarez Navarro, who has never taken more than three games off Williams in three career meetings, was the first Spanish woman in a US Open quarterfinal since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998. Williams hit 20 winners while Suarez Navarro managed only 18 points in the match, just three off winners on a windy night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Spaniard reached deuce for the first time as she served in the second game of the second set, coming within a point of holding when a fan yelled, “Come on Serena, give her a game. It’s her birthday.” Instead, Williams broke for a 2-0 lead, drawing a couple of boos in a romp that for a few apparently had started to seem like bullying of a helpless foe. Williams said that compassion was not a consideration at any point, giving up a pity game not in her thoughts at all. “You don’t really think about it,” Williams said. “You just think about winning the points and winning the games. That’s all you think about. At least, I don’t think about anything else.

exPerience gives Theron edge SPORTS DESK Just a few weeks after her debut in the Girls British Amateur Open Championship in England, South Africa’s leading junior Bianca Theron applied the experience gained at Fairhaven Golf Club in Lytham and St Annes to claim a two shot victory in the weather-reduced Southern Cape Championship in George on Sunday. The 16-year-old Boland golfer opened with a 77 in windy conditions at Kingswood Golf Estate on Saturday for a one shot lead over Nicole Garcia from Ekurhuleni. However, the second round had to be called off when the wind speed reached 60 km per hour, rendering the course unplayable. She posted a 74 in the second round on Sunday to beat Garcia on a winning score of seven over 151. Although Theron won the Nomads WGWP Junior Championship in January and has risen to fourth in the senior rankings with consistent performances this season, the lanky blonde golfer from Devonvale said this victory was definitely due to the lessons she learned in England in August. “Magda (Kruger) and I were pretty disappointed with our performances at the Girls British Amateur Open, but everyone kept telling us to focus on the experience and on what we learned over there, not the scores we shot,” Theron explained. “After we were knocked out, we followed the field around with our president Cynthia Rayner. We

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watched how the local players dealt with the windy conditions at Fairhaven and I must have learned more than I realised. “The wind was really brutal on Saturday, but I stayed very calm and just focused to shape my using the wind, the way I saw them play. I was surprised to see that I was leading after the first round, especially under those conditions. It was a lot easier in the second round, but I think the key was how I managed my game in the first round.” Garcia also teed it up in two senior amateur championships in England this August and also applied her experience to stay in touch with rounds of 78 and 75. “I don’t think I could have performed as well as I did if it wasn’t for playing in windy conditions in the two championships in England,” she said. “If I compare this performance to how I played Milnerton in the wind during the Sanlam SA Womens Amateur, I completely understand why I was knocked out in the semifinals. You really have to learn to play in conditions like these and how to adapt your course management. “It’s great to know that I’m making progress.” The B-Division for handicaps 10-18 was won by local favourite Anya Verster, who carded rounds of 88 and 82 to beat Adrienne Kruger by seven shots, while Southern Cape’s Linchen Baruch won the C-Division for 19-26 handicaps with 64 points.

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SPORTS DESK WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns insists he will be ready for anything when he puts his title on the line against Raymundo Beltran in Glasgow on Saturday night. The Scot admits he made mistakes in being drawn into a ‘war’ last time out, an approach that saw him almost lose his title to Jose Gonzales, who pushed the champion to the brink before retiring on his stool at the end of the ninth round. Burns is planning a more measured approach against Beltran, but admits he will have to be ready for whatever way the fight goes and adapt his style accordingly. Burns told Sky Sports: “Boxing is my job, that is the way I have always looked at it. I don’t treat any fight any different, I always give 100 per cent in the gym and I know I will be prepared for whatever happens on the night. “And I am going to need that because I can see this being a hard 12 rounds. Raymundo is a great fighter and I think the fans are in for a real treat. They are expecting a sell-out crowd so I am looking forward to fighting in Glasgow again.” “Trust me, the mistakes that were made won’t happen again. During the fight from the start you could see I was trying to force the fight, I was over-stretching, I was trying to put everything into every punch and that is just not me.”

defenCe day CyCling LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Punjab Cycling Association is organizing defence day cycle 20kilometre race here on September 8. The race will commence from Divisional Public School model terminating at the same point after going through some marked areas of the model town. President, PCA, Moazzam Ali Khan will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony and cash prizes will be given to first six position holders ,said Farrukh Wazir, Secretary, PCA here on Tuesday. He said the race is open to the riders having ordinary bikes and its prime objective is to promote cycling the youth.


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assad ally said to defect, putin chides uS on Syria AMMAN/DOHA AGENCIES

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RESIDENT Bashar al-Assad’s former defense minister has fled Syria, opposition figures said on Wednesday, noting that General Ali Habib was the most senior of Assad’s Alawite sect to defect. Habib had been under house arrest since resigning in protest at Assad’s crackdown on demonstrators in 2011 but had managed to reach the Turkish border late on Tuesday with Western help, Kamal al-Labwani of the Syrian National Coalition told Reuters. Other sources also said Habib had fled but Syrian state television denied he had left his home and Turkey’s foreign minister said he could not confirm the general had defected. More verbal skirmishing on Wednesday between Moscow and Washington over US plans to attack Damascus was tempered by talk of possible easing in the East-West deadlock when President Vladimir Putin hosts world leaders at a G20 summit on Thursday.

US President Barack Obama said he would continue to try and persuade Putin of the need for punitive strikes on Assad for using chemical weapons when the two meet in St. Petersburg. But Putin again questioned Western evidence. And he accused US Secretary of State John Kerry outright of “lying” when, in urging Congress to approve strikes on Syria, Kerry played down the role of al

Qaeda in the rebel forces. “Al Qaeda units are the main military echelon, and they know this,” Putin said. “He is lying and knows he is lying. It’s sad.” Having surprised friends and foes alike by seeking approval from Congress before attacking, Obama has been building support ahead of votes in Washington expected next week. In Stockholm en route for Russia, he appealed to lawmakers’ consciences:

“America and Congress’s credibility is on the line,” he said. “The question is how credible is Congress when it passes a treaty saying we have to forbid the use of chemical weapons.” Earlier, Putin had said in a pre-summit interview with the Associated Press that he could not absolutely “rule out” Russia supporting a UN Security Council resolution to punish Assad - if it could be proved he had used poison gas. A senior Western official said that, while Moscow was unlikely to say so in public, there were signs Russian officials believe Assad was indeed responsible for the deaths on August 21 and that it had strained Russian support for him - providing an opening for a new, concerted drive to end the conflict. However, Putin’s characteristically blunt tone towards the US position appeared to limit prospects for a breakthrough in a stalemate that has prevented international action to rein in a conflict that has killed more than 100,000 Syrians and left millions homeless but which neither side has been able to win.

Execution moratorium cannot be linked to Taliban talks: Zardari ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday emphasised that maintaining moratorium on death penalties is the European Union’s condition for granting preferential market access to Pakistan and should not be linked to dealing with Taliban militants. Speaking to a dinner hosted by Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah in his honour, he said Taliban were non-state elements, however, there was no harm in negotiating with them. European Union Ambassador to Pak-

istan Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, however, had clarified that the European Commission had no condition linking abolition of death penalty to grant of preferential market access to the country. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif scrapped a five-year moratorium on the death penalty in June in a bid to crack down on criminals and militants in the violence-torn country. Hangings were due to resume last week until a temporary stay was ordered following objections from the president and rights groups. President Zardari, who is set to vacate the Presidency on Septem-

ber 8, said stopping the announced and planned executions was not aimed at any specific segment of the society. “Extending the moratorium cannot be linked with facilitating potential peace talks with Taliban militants,” he added. Commenting on recent developments pertaining to restoration of peace in Karachi, the president backed the federal government for deciding against the demands of handing over the port city to armed forces. However, he added, a heavy responsibility lies on the government and the Pakistan Army of eradicating the menace of terrorism.

President Zardari, who is set to revamp his beleaguered Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) upon completion of his presidential tenure, vowed to extend all possible assistance to the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government. He also vowed to remain active in national politics and not to live a “retired” life and said that he will not let the PMLN government be derailed. “I will welcome the newly elected president in the Presidency,” he added. Zardari said that he had contested Swiss cases before and would contest them again.

Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.

Campaigners pressure pakistan, uS govts on bagram detainees ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

Campaigners urged the Pakistan government on Wednesday to put pressure on United States to free around 60 citizens held without charge at Bagram prison in Afghanistan before NATO troops leave next year. The prisoners, suspected militants who include around 40 Pakistanis, some Saudis and Kuwaitis, were exempt when the United States handed final responsibility for more than 3,000 detainees at Bagram to Afghan authorities in March. They remain under US control at the prison north of Kabul, which has been compared to the Guantanamo Bay jail in Cuba. “The Afghan government took back 3,000 prisoners from the US. Why can we not do that for our 40 people?” lawyer Sarah Belal told a news conference in Islamabad. The issue gets scant attention locally, but campaigners hope the incumbent government, elected in May, and the looming end of the Nato mission will inject new urgency. “We want the new government to take notice of this issue … It is our government’s job to fight with the Americans” for the release of these detainees, Belal added. In a report financed by the US-based Open Society Foundations, Justice Project Pakistan calls on Islamabad and Washington to work together to release the prisoners before the end of 2014. The 50-page report, called “Closing Bagram, The Other Guantanamo“, proposes a series of steps to accelerate the release of the Pakistani detainees and to facilitate their return home. The United States faces huge challenges deciding what to do with detainees it regards as dangerous, who have been held in some cases for years without trial, an issue that has fuelled anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world. Washington has repatriated foreign terror suspects imprisoned without trial in Bagram, but the process can drag on for years.


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