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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has asked 19 government departments that have refused to get their accounts audited to file their replies within two weeks, warning of initiation of ex parte proceedings. A two-member SC bench, headed by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali, issued the order on Monday during the course of hearing of a case pertaining to refusal by 19 government departments in connection with audit of their accounts by auditor general. Legal advisers of these departments appeared in the court. “Which departments have filed their replies? Proceedings will be initiated against the departments that have not done so,” the court observed, ordering them to file replies. During the hearing, the auditor general report was also presented in the court. The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks. ONLINE

RELIEF ACTIVITIES CONTINUE IN FULL SWING IN ALL FOUR PROVINCES ISLAMABAD

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He death toll from heavy rains and subsequent floods has climbed to more than 55 per official estimates, however unofficial numbers put the deaths around at least 70 in rain and flood-related incidents across the country. National Disaster Management Authority member Brig Kamran Zia on Monday said at least 12 deaths were record in the Tribal Areas, eight in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and three in Azad Kashmir. He said at least 12 people died across Punjab, 10 in Balochistan and at least 8 in Sindh. However, the official figures might be put in doubt by media reports which claimed that at least 16 people had been killed in Karachi in the last two days. Zia said flooding was especially critical in Karachi because of a faulty drainage system there. Rescue and relief activities continued in rain and flood-hit areas in all four provinces on the special instructions of the prime minister. Pakistan Army‚ Navy and local administration have accelerated the relief operations in rain-affected areas of Karachi, including Amroha Society, Saadi Town, Sunlay Cottages and adjoining areas. A body of 12-year-old youth was found from Lyari drain near Meeran Naaka, while two unidentified bodies were found from Malir Nadi in Manzoor Colony area of Mehmoodabad.

KARACHI: Rescue volunteers evacuate people from a flooded locality in the port city on Monday. ONLINE

Pakistan Navy has set up relief camps in Jalbani Town and Gadap Town., while Sindh Rangers also set up a relief camp in Lasi Goth to provide relief to the rain-hit people. The Inter-Services Public Relations said army troops rescued over three hundred trapped people in rain-hit areas of Karachi and provided them urgent rations. On the other hand, the Punjab government has dispatched 94 trucks carrying edibles and commodities to flood-affected areas of Rajanpur and Dera Ghazi Khan.

tigress gives birth to four at Bahalwapur zoo

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif also visited Rajanpur district to take stock of the situation. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has taken measures to control the situation and compensate the affected people. It has dispatched consignments of relief goods containing tents‚ blankets and clean drinking water to the flood-hit areas of Chitral‚ Tank and Dera Ismail Khan. In Balochistan‚ the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has stepped up re-

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lief activities in flood-hit areas and dispatched several consignments of relief goods for flood victims in Jhal Magsi‚ Bolan and Jaffarabad districts. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the government would make all out efforts for the wellbeing of rain victims in the province. In a statement ‚ he appreciated the performance of government agencies in flood-hit areas of the province, adding that the situation was under control due to timely efforts.

Fazl trying to scuttle pti-taliban talks with anti-imran remarks: Khattak

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MONITORING DESK A Bengal tigress gave birth to four cubs at the Bahawalpur Zoo who are now in good health, a private TV channel reported on Monday The Bahawalpur Zoo administration has made special arrangements for the food and care of the newborns. Bahawalpur Zoo curator Nadeem Qureshi told the channel that the four cubs would be presented to the general public for viewing after

a period of two months. Special milk was being purchased from Islamabad and was being fed twice a day to the cubs, he said. He said that the four cubs were healthy and were playing together in the cage they were born in. The mother was being attended to as well, he said. The tigress that gave birth to the cubs was also born in the Bahawalpur Zoo. The Bahawalpur Zoo holds a prominent position in the country for breeding lions and tigers.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday sacked Trade Development Authority of Pakistan Chief executive Abid Javed Akbar Ali and referred a case involving misappropriation of Rs 1.27 billion in the authority to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The prime minister referred the case to the FIA, asking it initiate criminal proceedings against all officials involved in the misappropriation. Nawaz is reported to have issued stringent orders for taking officials of the Ministry of Commerce and private companies involved in the scam to task. He asked for initiating disciplinary proceedings against all officers responsible, including former TDAP secretary Abdul Kabir Qazi and Facilitation Director General Abdul Karim Daud Pota. Nawaz also ordered to carry out a special audit of the last two-year accounts of the TDAP.

PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Monday alleged that Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman was trying to spread misconceptions about Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. Talking to reporters in Nowshera, Khattak said, “Imran Khan is working hard to restore peace in the region and to end foreign influence.” Khattak said that by calling Imran a Jewish agent, Fazl was trying to in-

stigate the Taliban against the PTI so that it will make peace talks difficult. “Fazlur Rehman wants turmoil and militancy to prevail in the region,” said Khattak, adding that it was up to the nation to decide who the Jewish agent was. Khattak said that the JUI-F chief had become a political figure instead of being a religious one and asserted that the PTI would never let him come in power in KP. He said further the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were also trying to instigate hatred against the PTI.


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terror strikes train, 3 killed AT LEAST 25 INJURED AS KARACHI-BOUND SHALIMAR EXPRESS TARGETED WITH CRUDE BOMB PLACED IN LAVATORY

TOBA TEK SINGH: Rescue workers inspect the damaged carriage of the Karachi-bound Shalimar Express after it was struck by a bomb on Monday. INP

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T least three people were killed and more than two dozen injured when a bomb explosion ripped through a carriage of Karachi-bound Shalimar express near Toba Tek Singh on Monday. According to details, the explosion occurred near Chatiana Station of Toba Tek Singh district in

power tariff raised for commercial, industrial, aJK users ISLAMABAD: The price of electricity for commercial, industrial and Azad Jammu and Kashmir consumers was on been raised on Monday on an immediate basis. According to the Water and Power Ministry, the per unit cost for commercial peak hours has been raised from Rs 14.70 to Rs 18 per unit. For usage of up to 20kilowatts during peak hours, per unit cost has been increased to Rs 16. According to the Water and Power Ministry, industries using up to 40kilowatts would now be charged Rs 15 per unit, while the per unit cost for industrial consumers in the evening has been raised to Rs 18. The off-peak per unit cost for industries has been raised from Rs 8 to Rs 13, while for industries receiving 500KV, the price has been raised to Rs14 per unit. Per unit cost for Azad Jammu and Kashmir has been raised to Rs 12.22 per unit. ONLINE

Citizens to get uninterrupted supply of power, Cng on eid ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources on Monday decided to keep open compressed natural gas (CNG) stations during eid holidays in larger public interest. According to sources, the ministry has issued directives to supply gas to the CNG sector on all eid days. However, the final schedule will be issued within next two days. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Water and Power also decided to provide uninterrupted supply of electricity to all the consumers during eid holidays. The ministry has also issued directives to NTDC in this regard. However, sources said the ministry was informed that it was difficult to provide electricity throughout eid holidays after which it was decided that the first day of eid would be exempted from load shedding. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, government offices will remain closed from August 8 due to eidul Fitr and will reopen on August 12. INP

the Karachi-bound train. Sources said the explosion took place in the lavatory of carriage No 7. It was a crude bomb that resulted in the deaths of three passengers and caused injuries to another 25. A stampede ensued when panicked passengers tried to get away from the carriage, causing further injuries to some. Rescue teams rushed to the location and moved the bodies and injured to Toba Tek Singh District Headquarters hospital. Sources said operators of Shalimar express had

received terror threats in July via a telephone call by unknown miscreant from Afghan phone number. The callers had demanded payment of money in return for safe journey of the train. They said the matter was brought to the notice of the Railways minister and secretary, who took it very seriously and the Intelligence Bureau later traced the telephone number to Afghanistan. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique confirmed injuries to 14 passengers. Briefing reporters at Pakistan Railways Headquarters, he said four of the injured were in a serious condition and might be shifted to Allied Hospital Faisalabad. The minister said per preliminary reports, up to 10 kilogrammes of locally-made explosives wrapped in a polythene bag were placed in the toilet of carriage No 7. The train was being operated by a private contractor, who was also responsible for security in the train, he said to a query. The minister said the track had been cleared and the damaged carriage would be detached at TTS railway station and the train would be back on its route to Karachi. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Ghulam Sarwar has demanded an immediate report from the inspector general of police. President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan and several social and political organisations expressed deep grief over the loss of innocent lives. Security has been tightened at all railways stations and trains on the directives of Saad Rafique. Passengers are being searched at three places at every railway station to ensure foolproof security.

ecp excuses from holding lB elections in september ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

In a session presided by election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmad on Monday, it was decided that holding local bodies elections by September will not be possible. The session in Islamabad was called to discuss the possibility of holding local bodies elections by the deadline given by the Supreme Court earlier in July. However, it was decided that since the provincial governments hadn’t completed their legal formalities it would take longer for the eCP to hold the elections. The Commission said that it would require 90 days to arrange local bodies elections after the provinces complete their legal formalities. The commission said Cantonment Board elections were also scheduled right after by-elections and it was, therefore, not possible for it to hold multiple elections at the same time. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had earlier said on July 18 that all provincial governments must hold LB elections no later than September. The Supreme Court bench had underlined that the LB polls are important in maintaining a contact between people and the government. ECP SECrEtAry MAy rESIgn AftEr APPoIntMEnt of nEw CEC: Meanwhile,

INP news agency reported that Ishtiaq Ahmad, who is under a two-year contract, is expected to tender his resignation after the appointment of new chief election commissioner. According to reports, the secretary was all set to resign the day chief election commissioner Fakhruddin G ebrahim tendered his resignation, however, senior officials of the commission persuaded the secretary to change his decision to avoid further crisis. They said the secretary, an honest officer with a clean slate, was highly disappointed over unnecessary criticism and political pressure on the commission. He had twice resigned earlier on similar grounds but was persuaded to withdraw the resignation. The sources further said that Khan did not go for the extreme step in the larger national interest as the by-elections scheduled for August 22 would have had been affected in the absence of the CeC and the secretary. Meanwhile the secretary attended office on Monday and got briefings from the officers about arrangements being made for by-elections and local government elections. Some officials who requested anonymity said Khan wanted to remove the impression that he was going to resign as was being speculated in the media and his body language was giving the impression that he would complete his tenure that ends in October 2013.

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Senator Raza Rabbani on Monday said his party has started making contacts with the opposition to requisite session of parliament on the statements to modify the 18th Amendment. Talking to the reporters outside parliament, he said that the requisition for the session would be submitted after Eid. He said Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has threatened to roll back the 18th Amendment and talked about altering the clause 158 of the law which deals with distribution of natural gas. “If government would modify the 18th Amendment, it would be a strapping hit on the face of federation and PPP would not allow doing so,” he added. He said that the architects of 18th Amendment from PML-N, including Ishaq Dar, Ahsan Iqbal and Mehtab Abbasi would also be contacted and they would be asked to convince their party in this connection. ONLINE

Cellular ServiCeS not to be SuSpended on eid

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Monday said cellular phones will not be suspended on Eidul Fitr. Nisar advised police officials to stay alert and vigilant to any possibility of a terror threat, adding that other steps would be taken to ensure security since cellular services were not being suspended. Per orders of the interior minister, no city will face suspension of cellular services during Eid. However, he said the provincial governments could suspend cellular services if they felt the security situation demanded it. Last year, cellular services were suspended on the festive day on the orders of former interior minister Rehman Malik. Malik had made the case that terrorists used mobile phones to detonate explosive devices and carry out other terror activities. STAFF REPORT

When you can’t BlocK ‘em, Ban ‘em! ISLAMABAD APP

Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman said on Monday that efforts were being made to develop a software for removing objectionable content from across the internet so that the ban on YouTube could be lifted. Talking to reporters, Rehman said that the ban on the video-sharing website would be lifted once all objectionable content on YouTube is blocked, along with all objectionable content worldwide. “Over 2,700 objectionable websites have already been blocked,”

IT MINISTER PLANS TO BAN 'OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT' ACROSS ENTIRE INTERNET she added. Rehman explained that the task of filtering objectionable content was difficult as it involved manually blocking every website, adding that there was a need for a software that could block such content automatically.

She added that Google was not cooperating with Pakistan in the matter. The minister said that there was no particular timeline for the YouTube ban being lifted. She said that YouTube was blocked on the orders of the Supreme Court, and the decision to lift the ban would be taken by the Inter-Ministerial Committee which was being given technical assistance by the Information Ministry. The site was blocked across Pakistan on September 17, 2012, in response to protests against a video titled “Innocence of Muslims”.


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N a bid to avoid incidents such as the jailbreaks in Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu in the future, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has handed over the external security of Peshawar and other central jails to the armed forces. An official told Pakistan Today on Monday that military and paramilitary troops had been cordoning off the Peshawar Central Jail from all four sides since Sunday evening. He said so far the armed forces had been made responsible for the external security of the central jails of

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Peshawar, Haripur, Kohat, Bannu, and DI Khan. According to the official, the purpose of armed forces deployment around the Peshawar Central Jail was to foil attacks such the recent one on DI Khan jail and the earlier one on Bannu jail. “There are serious threats of similar attacks in the near future, therefore, the external security has been handed over to the armed forces,” he said. The official said all internal arrangements of Peshawar and other central jails were still in the hands of the prison departments. He said senior officers and experts of federal and provincial law enforcement and secret agencies had

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ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Ministry of Petroleum on Monday issued a notification appointing Muhammad Riaz Khan as the acting Managing Director (MD) of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL). According to details, following the resignation of former OGDCL MD Masood Siddiqui, the Ministry of Petroleum had forwarded three names to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for the induction of interim MD. The names of executive Directors Basharat Mirza, Muhammad Riaz Khan and Zahid Farani had been sent by the Petroleum Ministry to the prime minister for the slot of interim MD of the company.

made detailed visits of the central jails a couple of days ago and had made some suggestions and proposals. Meanwhile, besides the Peshawar Central Jail, the government has issued a security alert across Peshawar and its surrounding areas. A part of Khyber Road had also been closed for traffic. Civil authorities had also declared high security alert in almost all commercial areas of Peshawar prior to eidul Fitr. Peshawar Saddar, especially Jinnah Street, Shafi Market, Nauthya Bazar, University Road markets, Qissakhwani and Khyber Bazaar, and Meena Bazar had been declared sensitive.

Authorities are investigating a possible al Qaeda involvement in the Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan) jailbreak that freed nearly 250 prisoners, security officials said on Monday. Dozens of heavily-armed militants last week stormed a prison in DI Khan in a well-coordinated assault that left 13 dead. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistani (TTP) claimed responsibility. But on Saturday global police agency, Interpol said it suspected al Qaeda was involved in the raid and in other prison breaks in eight countries, including Iraq and Libya. Al Qaeda and the TTP have close ties and a senior security official said the link was under scrutiny in the jailbreak probe. "Involvement of al Qaeda is one the factors that we cannot rule out at the moment," the official said on condition of anonymity.

ISLAMABAD POLICE CHIEF SAYS ARMY AND POLICE PERSONNEL ARE COMBING MARGALLA HILLS ISLAMABAD INP

Security has been heightened across Pakistan to fend off a looming threat by the Taliban terrorists to launch the "biggest attack" on some unspecified important installation, officials said on Monday. Joint teams of commandos from the army, navy and air force went into action on

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He said "such attacks are always carried out with involvement of two type of groups, one which plans and the other which executes". The DI Khan breakout came a week after militants stormed two prisons in Iraq, freeing at least 500 inmates including senior al Qaeda leaders. "Jailbreak is something that requires a lot of planning and is not an easy task. Now we have to determine who were the planners, facilitators and operators," said the official. "One thing is very clear: that all those who took part in the jailbreak were highly trained and the pattern of the attack shows they had come for the attack with proper planning," another security official said. A senior government official in Peshawar said, "Apparently the plan was prepared in Waziristan and preliminary information suggests that al Qaeda helped in preparing the jailbreak plan."

Two men accused of endangering a Pakistan International Airways plane denied the charges in a British court on Monday. Restaurant worker Mohammed Safdar, 41, and 30-year-old taxi driver Tayyab Subhani were on a flight from Lahore to Manchester in northwest england on May 24 that had to make an emergency diversion to London Stansted Airport. The pair allegedly made false threats that the "crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing", a previous court hearing was told. They appeared Monday at Chelmsford Crown Court in essex, southeast england, to deny the charges. The Britishborn friends, both from Nelson, north of Manchester, are expected to face trial in November. The charge of endangering an aircraft carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The men had been travelling home from Pakistan after attending Safdar's mother's funeral, a previous court hearing was told.

terror bid foiled in Quetta; police seizes explosives-laden rickshaw QUETTA STAFF REPORT

Police claimed to have foiled a major bid of terrorism by seizing an explosive-laden auto rickshaw in Quetta on Monday evening. Operations Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Fayyaz Sumbal said that several police personnel were on a routine patrolling duty when they spotted

an explosive-laden rickshaw. He said that the miscreants had planted bombs inside the rickshaw to cause maximum damage. Sumbal said that almost 150 kg explosives were planted inside the rickshaw to carry out a major attack inside the city. “A terror plan has been foiled and explosives have been defused,” he said. Furthermore, he said that the vehicle had been shifted to a nearby police sta-

tion so that the bomb disposal squad could further analyse the situation. “The miscreants had planned to use the rickshaw in a major terror attack on the eve of eid-ul-Fitr,” Sumbal stated. The Balochistan government tightened security in and around Quetta prior to eid-ulFitr , the most celebrated annual festival of the Muslims. Police, Balochistan Constabulary and Frontier Corps

personnel were deployed at all exit and entry points of the city. The forces established joint pickets at all sensitive points of the city which has been plagued by sectarian attacks and Baloch insurgency for more than a decade. Surveillance cameras have been installed to properly monitor the security situation in sensitive places and near important national installations in the city.

Sunday and searched important places, including the Margalla hills, overlooking the Prime Minister’s Office, the Presidency and parliament buildings. elite police units were deployed at prisons, parliament, diplomatic enclave, five-star hotels and other key places in the capital frequented by VVIPs. "It is the highest level of security in the country,” Islamabad Police

chief Sikandar Hayat said. Security was ratcheted up after credible reports that the Taliban terrorists were planning to storm some key building and hold people hostage. An intelligence official said terrorists emboldened by last week's attack on Dera Ismail Khan jail, during which 252 prisoners escaped, wanted to created an even bigger impact with a high-profile attack. "The secret communication revealed that apart from other potential targets, the terrorists want to storm some airport, occupy passenger lounges and even destroy aircraft," the offi-

cial said. The army and police personnel have been combing the thickly forested Margalla Hills overlooking Islamabad since Sunday, city police chief Hayat said. "We have a very specific threat this time and our forces are searching the hills," he said. He confirmed that there were reports the terrorists could attack some "sensitive" buildings in Islamabad. The threat emerged after a global warning of possible al Qaeda attacks, which forced the United States and Western nations to temporarily close their missions in some countries.

Egyptians no longer face jail for insulting president CAIRO AgENcIES

A decree issued by egypt's interim head of state on Monday means people no longer face jail for insulting the president, after a surge in such cases under deposed leader Mohamed Morsi including that of a popular comedian dubbed "egypt's Jon Stewart." The legal change by interim President Adli Mansour was welcomed by activists who had voiced concern over the high number of investigations during the one-year rule of ousted Islamist Morsi, who was toppled on July 3. But Human Rights Watch egypt said the decree did not go far enough, arguing that insulting the president "should not be an offence in the first place." Several egyptians were

investigated for insulting Morsi during his brief term in office, fuelling fears that the Muslim Brotherhood politician was trying to crush freedoms won in the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The most high profile case was that of Bassem Youssef, a popular comedian likened to US satirist Stewart, who regularly poked fun at Morsi. The prosecutor general ordered Youssef's arrest in March, drawing criticism from Washington, but the cardiologist was released on bail. Youssef hosted Stewart on his show in Cairo in June, and Stewart took aim at Morsi and his government, saying: "A joke has never shot teargas at a group of people in a park. It's just talk." Under the decree, those

found guilty of insulting the president face a fine of up to 30,000 egyptian pounds ($4,300). Under the previous law, they could be jailed for up to three years. "We were hoping (such cases could be dealt with) through civil litigation and compensation, not fines, but it is still a good step," rights lawyer Gamal eid said. "We are against imprisonment and we prefer no criminal courts for publishing crimes," he said. He added the 28 cases of "insulting the president" brought during Morsi's year in office compared with a total of 24 cases over the 115 years that preceded his election win last June. Many of the cases were brought by private citizens sympathetic to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood.

Jit CarrieS out SearCH operation in Kot laKHpat Jail LAHorE: A joint interrogation team (JIT), consisting of police and Rangers officials, on Monday carried out a search operation in Kot Lakhpat Jail. The operation was started in the wake of the recent attack on Dera Ismail Khan Jail, in which almost 250 prisoners managed to escape. Initial investigation suggested that File Photo prisoners in the DI Khan jail possessed cell phones through which they had maintained contact with the terrorists. According to officials, information of a terrorist attack on the jail had been received. Barracks of prisoners were searched in the operation. earlier on Saturday, security at the Hyderabad Central Jail, a site of frequent jail riots, was heightened. On Sunday, Rangers carried out a security exercise in the Karachi Central Jail. STAFF REPORT

matriculate pilot to fly shahbaz to london today MONITORING DESK Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is going to Britain for his routine medical treatment on Tuesday and the person flying him to London is none other than Pakistan International Airlines Operations Deputy Managing Director Capt Humayun Jamil, a private TV channel reported on Monday. According to the channel, Capt Hu-

mayun, who was recently appointed the PIA operations DMD, could not take the flight to London as it was in violation of rules. The pilot became a controversial person when his appointment against the coveted office raised many eyebrows in the PIA administration and aviation industry over the suitability of the person appointed as well as the legality of the appointment which is in violation of PIA’s rules and reg-

ulations. The notification of the appointment has been issued by the aviation secretary, who is not competent to make appointments, let alone making high-profile appointments. According to PIAC Act, “Power to make appointment rests with the chairman and board of governors exclusively”. Legally speaking, the aviation secretary cannot make any such appointment. even the PIA board’s chairman

is not at liberty to undertake such appointments. Per the rules, even an acting chairman, in the absence of a regular chairman cannot issue any such notification.” According to the laws governing the PIA, for all appointments in group-5 and above, the minimum qualification is graduation while Capt Humayun is just a matriculate. Sources in the PIA said Capt Humayun was competent to handle the op-

erations but as far as running and managing the administration was concerned he lacked requisite qualification as well as experience. In Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s previous administration when Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was the chairman of the PIA, Humayun was appointed general manager operations with officiating charge of director administration.


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Seven More dengue CaSeS ConfirMed KARACHI:As many as seven more people have been declared dengue positive patients in the provincial metropolis. According to the Sindh dengue surveillance cell report, in the current week at least 17 more people were identified as dengue positive cases, taking the toll to 549 patients in the current year. Doctors told reporters that the mosquito causing the dengue fever became active in the hot areas and the city’s humid weather condition favoured the mosquito. Doctors have advised the people to get anti-mosquito spray, keep the windows of houses closed, cover all food items and cover water pots to avoid the disease from spreading. NNI

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INISTeR for State Khurram Dastagir said on Monday the federal government would assist the Sindh government for improvement of disaster

management services. He was talking on the occasion of a briefing given by the Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Ajaz Chaudhry. earlier, he was briefed about that relief and rescue measures regarding the rain affectees in the city. Dastagir said that he had come here on the directive of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who urged him to visit the rain

affected areas of the metropolis. He stated that the federal government would assist Sindh for strengthening the disaster management system and to make it more effective. The minister also asked the provincial chief secretary to submit suggestions and recommendations in this regard. In his briefing given on the occasion, the Chief Secretary Chaudhry said that the overall situation had been brought under control and relief activities were also picking up pace. He was of the view that by further

Four children electrocuted in Hyderabad HYDERABAD: Relatives mourn over the dead bodies of children, who died due to electric shock outside their house at Junejo Colony, Qasimabad.INP

torrentS and terroriStS puMMel City KARACHI: Amid floating debris and flooded streets, the city again witnessed scenes of bloodshed as four persons were killed in different area of the city on Monday. In the area of Sohrab Goth at the Super Highway, a male namely Shah Alam was shot dead by some unidentified assailants. Police claimed that the deceased was a resident of Jamali Goth and was murdered by three to four attackers armed with 30 bore pistols. In another incident, unknown armed assailants stormed into the house of Sanaullah at Baldia Saeedabad and slashed his throat while the murderers escaped after the incident. According to police sources, the deceased was sleeping when the miscreants barged into the deceased house. It is claimed that the incident was due to an old enmity. Meanwhile, some unidentified armed persons opened fire on a 35-year-old man resulting in his immediate death. The deceased was a security guard at a private company. Police have registered a case and had started investigation into the matter. ONLINE

improving the local bodies system would improve the overall situation of the city. Chaudhry said that with infrastructural development and collaborative efforts on the part of the federal and provincial governments, further improvements could be made to the existing system. Dastagir promised complete assistance in the relief activities being undertaken by the provincial government. earlier, the minister also visited the rain affected areas of the metropolis.

rainfall CaSualtieS: tHree More dead bodieS reCovered KARACHI: Three more dead bodies that were swept away during the torrential rain were recovered from Manzoor Colony and Lyari areas in the wee hours on Monday. According to police, a 12-year-old boy’s dead body was recovered from Mirah drain near a bridge at Lyari, while two more unidentified dead bodies were recovered from Qayyumabad near the bridge. Police, after recovering the three bodies, had shifted them to hospital. It is important to mention here that the death toll due to heavy downpour had reached 42 due in two days. O NL IN E

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Four children were electrocuted while playing in stagnant rainwater in Junejo Colony area in Qasimabad here on Monday. The deceased belonged to two different families. The hospital sources identified

the deceased children as Kainat (7) and Guria (6), both daughters of Sajjan Junejo and Iqbal (8) and Deedar (6) both children of Mumtaz Junejo. According to the doctors, three children had expired before being taken to the hospital, while the fourth succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

Sadiq Junejo, a relative of the deceased children, told reporters that they were playing in the stagnant knee deep rainwater when they were electrocuted by a live electric wire that had fallen from an electricity pole during the heavy monsoon rains. Meanwhile, the Station House Officer said that police had started investigation into the incident.

KARACHI: Police on Monday claimed the arrest of four suspects, including two extortionists, from different localities of Karachi. According to details, the cops raided Pakistan Bazaar in Orangi Town and arrested two extortionists Musa Khan and Musa Bahar. Deputy Superintendent Police Faisal Noor stated the recovery of arms of varying caliber. Police also apprehended a gangster, Adil, after an encounter near the Askari-4 area at Rashid Minhas Road. O NL IN E


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KARACHI: Fisherman collecting dead fishes killed after sewerage drained into the sea at Netty jetty Bridge. INP

KeSC braves storm to restore power supply KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Monday said that despite the horrendous weather, only 100 out of 1,350 feeders tripped during the heavy downpour. In a press statement, the KESC said that all feeders that had tripped during the storm had been promptly restored. The utility also appealed to the waste management authorities to clear stagnant rainwater as soon as possible so that electric maintenance teams would not face problems while dealing with the equipment. Due to the flooded roads, repair work on cables, especially underground cables was not possible due to risks to health and property. The KESC further said that at certain location, the wires used for illegal connections had been severed by the thunderstorm and were now lying submerged which posed a major threat to the lives of the citizens. While expressing concern over yesterday’s incidents of violent agitation and burning of assets at certain KESC offices, the power utility said that such incidents merely delayed the functioning of the company and the only ones facing inconvenience due to the vandalism would be the citizens themselves. The power utility apologized for the inconvenience caused by power failures and requested citizens to stay clear of rainwater and cautioned them from handling any wet electricity connections to avoid electrocution. NNI

vehicle, 3 passengers still missing after falling into drain KARACHI: A vehicle that fell into a drain in Buffer Zone (BR) on Sunday could not be recovered 24 hours after the incident. According to locals, they had seen a couple and a minor traveling in the vehicle which fell into the drain in BR society. They said they could not rescue the couple and the child, who were screaming for help. Relatives of the victims also reached the scene where a search was carried out to recover the vehicle, but the team remained unsuccessful until the filing of this report. N NI

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ITH an aim to implement the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding the functioning of the revenue department, the departments concerned have been instructed to ensure the fulfillment of the apex court’s orders in letter and spirit. Moreover, both these departments - the revenue, relief and rehabilitation - have also been ordered to furnish complete details of the officials so that the alleged corruption and mismanagement may be contained and the functioning of the departments may be improved, sources told Pakistan Today.

In order to ensure compliance of the orders, the Sindh Minister for Revenue Makhdoom Jameeluz Zaman forwarded a letter to the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority’s director general to furnish the complete details of employees aimed at improving the performance of the department. “The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has cancelled all absorptions, deputations and out of turn promotions and even the acts pertaining to the subject have been declared redundant,” according to a letter, a copy of which is exclusively available with the Pakistan Today. “I would like to have the complete list of officers/officials of revenue, relief and rehabilitation departments throughout province of Sindh who in obedience to the orders of the Honourable

Supreme Court have had their deputations cancelled and absorption recalled by the department “, the letter adds. The Sindh minister for revenue told Pakistan Today that the chief minister had given him full powers to carry out cleansing of the entity to ensure a corruption free atmosphere in the revenue department. “After the list of officials is furnished, I have a plan to go for verification of revenue officials’ academic record”, he added. “When I took over the charge as the minister, I launched a complaint cell so people of the province could lodge their complaints against the revenue officials. I will not tolerate leniency and negligence in dealing the public issues related to revenue,” Makhdoom Jameel said.

KARACHI: While army and navy personnel were busy in providing relief to the rain affectees, some leaders were contemplating about the causes for the excessive flooding witnessed by the metropolis during the last three days. This was stated by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider in a press statement issued on Monday. “If we do not identify the real causes and take remedial measures now this calamity will strike again” he said. The rains were but the storm water should’ve drained away, stated the PPP politician. Meanwhile, hill torrents played havoc in Malir district, something which was a first. The mentioned causes for the slides in the central district were stated to be a steep gradient, with the hills on one side and Gujro Nalah and Lyari on the other. The faulty design of Lyari expressway and the accumulation of silt meanwhile turned the thoroughfare into a canal. The hill torrents which afflicted the metropolis rand won old waterways. The mudlsides had never before flowed down to Saadi Town and Safoora Goth. One reason for the storm water taking this new route can be that the thousands of illegal encorachments around the Northern Bypass had cut off all the natural waterways Taj Haider asked for immediate identification of what he called the ‘real’ causes and taking of remedial action, since the rains had only started and much more were yet to come. NNI

renowned scholar quraish pur passes away KARACHI: Quraish Pur, a renowned scholar, Urdu writer/novelist, columnist and media expert died of protracted illness in the port city on Monday. Family sources have confirmed that Quraish Pur died after his condition deteriorated on Monday. He had been admitted in a private hospital to receive treatment. Quraish Pur became a household name throughout the country during the 1970s when he hosted “Kasauti”, one of the country’s longestrunning and most popular television quiz shows. Along with his colleagues on the show – Obaidullah Baig, Iftikhar Arif and later Ghazi Salahuddin – Quraish Pur was renowned for extraordinary knowledge of history, literature, geography and the sciences. Quraish’s partner on the show, namely Obaidullah Baig, had passed away in the provincial metropolis earlier last year. INP

NARRATIVES OF ‘THE MAROONED’ KARACHI AAMIR MAJEED

“I woke up when I heard someone knocking on the door of my house, but when I opened the gate, a strong current of floodwater pushed me back towards the wall,” said a 50-year-old resident of Saadi Town while talking to Pakistan Today. The mentioned area was one of the worst hit by floodwater that gushed out of Thaddo Dam after a breach during the night falling between Saturday and Sunday. “I lost consciousness after the water currents hit me and when i regained consciousness, I heard noises of my family members who were running for their lives at that time,” the elderly woman added. “Within a few minutes my entire house was inundated in four feet of floodwater and the furniture had started floating on the surface,” the elderly woman said, adding that, “My son rescued me and took me to the rooftop, where we have taken refuge since Sunday.” She further said that, “Although, the water level had decreased after a while, but still my house is submerged in 1 ½ feet of water.” “My son and husband are still engaged in draining out the water from the house, but presently the level of water

KARACHI: A view of the flood water accumulated in Saadi Town. ONLINE

outside and inside the house is equal,” she said, adding that “We are waiting for the water level to subside so we can start draining the remaining water from our house.” Moreover, she said that, “Today is 27th night of Ramdanul Mubarak night but we cannot engage in prayers on this

blessed night.” “I woke up when I heard an announcement from a mosque regarding a warning that a flood was heading towards Safora Goth after wrecking havoc in Saadi Town,” a resident of Prem Villas Safora Goth said. “I assumed that I saw a horrible

dream but when the announcement was repeated again, then I get out of my bed and switched on the TV to get the information confirmed,” he said, adding that “When I came out of the room to inform my other family members, I found my entire family shifting the luggage from the ground floor to the first floor.” “When I came out of my house I saw that people were gathered in the street and looking at Rim Jhim Towers where the floodwater had almost entered its premises,” he said, adding that “I hurriedly went back to my house to help my family to complete the evacuation.” “However, a strong current of flood water hit Prem Villas and the houses were quickly inundated in two to three feet of floodwater,” he said. He further said, “The level of water started drowning after few hours but still the floodwater was passing through the area at a good speed.” “I have planned shopping of eid but when I came out of my house with my family on Sunday, I saw water everywhere on the roads,” said a resident of Landi Kotal. “I was aware that the flooding had happened after a breach in Thaddo Dam, but I never expected that the floodwater would enter North Nazimabad area,” he added.


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audi Arabia denied permission for a plane carrying Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to cross its airspace on Sunday for the swearing-in of Iran’s new president, Khartoum said. The aircraft had to turn back. “The Saudi authorities refused to give the plane carrying President Bashir permission to cross their airspace,” emad Sayed Ahmed, the presidential press secretary, told AFP. Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim kingdom, has repeatedly voiced fears about the controversial nuclear programme of Shiite-dominated Iran, whose warships twice docked in Sudan late last year. Khartoum has tried to balance ties with both Tehran and Riyadh. Ahmed said Bashir was not flying in his normal presidential aircraft but was using a plane rented from a Saudi company. Sudan’s leader was travelling to attend President Hassan Rowhani’s swearing-in before parliament in Tehran. The moderate Rowhani later took the oath at a ceremony attended for the first time by foreign dignitaries including regional leaders – but without Bashir. Ahmed said that when Bashir’s plane entered Saudi airspace the pilot informed authorities that it had approval “and that it was carrying Sudan’s leader. “But they said the plane didn’t have permission,” forcing it to return to Khartoum, he said. The official SUNA news agency had sent a brief SMS alert at 0706 GMT announcing that Bashir “leaves for Tehran on an official two-day visit to Iran”. The Hague-based International Criminal Court in 2009 and 2010 issued two warrants against Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide over the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region.

The United States extended embassy closures by a week in the Middle east and Africa as a precaution on Sunday after an al Qaeda threat that US lawmakers said was the most serious in years. The State Department said 19 US embassies and consulates would be closed through Saturday “out of an abundance of caution” and that a number of them would have been closed anyway for most of the week due to the eid celebration at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United States initially closed 21 US diplomatic posts for the day on Sunday. Some of those will reopen on Monday, including Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers. Four new diplomatic posts - in Madagascar, Burundi, Rwanda and Mauritius - were added to the closure

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi was quoted by the ISNA news agency as calling the Saudi move “very unfortunate”, and adding that Tehran was investigating.

list for the week. Last week, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle east and North Africa. “There is an awful lot of chatter out there,” US Senator Saxby Chambliss, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He said the “chatter” - communications among terrorism suspects about the planning of a possible attack - was “very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11.” A National Security Agency surveillance program that electronically collects communications on cellphones and emails - known as intercepts - had helped gather intelligence about this threat, Chambliss said. It was one of the NSA surveillance programs revealed by former spy agency contractor edward

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Snowden to media outlets. Those programs “allow us to have the ability to gather this chatter,” Chambliss said. “If we did not have these programs then we simply wouldn’t be able to listen in on the bad guys.” ‘SErIoUS tHrEAt’: “This is the most serious threat that I’ve seen in the last several years,” Chambliss said. US military forces in the Middle east region have been on a higher state of alert for the past several days because of the threat, a US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The threat also has prompted some european countries to close their embassies in Yemen, home to an al Qaeda affiliate that is considered one of the most dangerous: al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemeni soldiers blocked roads around the US and British embassies in Sanaa, while troops with automatic rifles stood outside the French embassy.

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The Syrian government has fired highly destructive ballistic missiles into populated civilian areas, killing many, including children, a human rights group reported Monday. At least 215 people, 100 of them children, have been killed in nine apparent missile attacks from February to July, according to Human Rights Watch, which said its representatives visited seven of the sites. The rights group said the repeated use of high-explosive weapons, including destructive Scud missiles, in populated areas indicated that the Syrian military was willfully using weapons incapable of distinguishing between civilians and combatants. The group called the use of the weapons a serious violation of international law. “In towns and cities in opposition controlled areas throughout northern Syria, civilians cannot escape the reach of these destructive weapons,” said Ole Solvang, the group’s senior emergencies researcher. In two of the attacks, nearby rebel military sites were

not struck by the missiles, the group reported, while in seven other attacks, there were no apparent military targets. The group said the latest attack came less than two weeks ago in the Bab Al-Nairab neighborhood in Aleppo, killing at least 33 civilians, including 17 children. On July 26 at dusk, just as families across the city were sitting down for iftaar, the meal to end the daylong Ramadan fast, a ballistic missile struck several homes, residents told representatives of the rights group.

jAKARTA: A small bomb exploded at a Buddhist temple in Indonesia’s capital, slightly injuring three people, in protest against violence against Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, a government official said. The device was detonated late on Sunday at the entrance of the Ekayana temple in West Jakarta as people were praying inside, while another bomb failed to explode, police said. The blast caused minor damage. Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said a note was found at the site saying: “We hear the screams of the Rohingya.” Thousands of Rohingyas flee Myanmar each year on rickety boats seeking refuge and jobs in Muslim-majority Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia, but the number has swelled since unrest in Myanmar last year that killed at least 167 people. AgENcIES


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TANK: An elderly man fills a drum with floodwater in Ranwal village on Monday as residents of the area don’t have access to potable water. INP

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AKISTAN and Russia agreed to boost defence cooperation during a meeting on Monday between Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) Colonel General Vladimir V Chirkin and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi to discuss military collaboration between the two countries. The two generals discussed matters of mutual interest with emphasis on improving defence cooperation, army-to-army relations the security situation in the re-

gion, especially in Afghanistan post 2014. General Chirkin also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Shuhada Monument and was presented a guard of honour by a contingent of the Pakistan Army. The general also met Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne.

They discussed cooperation between the two armies. “The regional situation with an emphasis on Afghanistan was also discussed during the meeting,” said an official statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The Russian commander’s visit is a follow-up of the major breakthrough be-

tween the two countries for boosting military ties. Russia and Pakistan share a history of strained military relations, especially in wake of the 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Following the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) invasion of Afghanistan, Pakistan had supported the Afghan mujahideen. The USSR forces were defeated and the UUSR consequently disintegrated. Talks on military cooperation began in May 25, 2011 when the then Russian Ground Forces Commander-in-Chief Colonel General Alexander Postnikov visited Pakistan and met General Kayani and other military commanders. He was the first Russian senior military official to visit Pakistan after the 1980s Afghan war. In October 2012, General Kayani visited Russia where he was received by General Chirkin. This visit paved the way for future Pakistan-Russia defence ties.

Unidentified men destroyed four power transmission towers between Balochistan’s areas of Sibbi and Machh on Monday. The attack led to a reduction of 100 MW of electricity which was to be supplied to parts of the southwestern province. The reduction moreover led to an increase in the duration of load-shedding in 15 districts of the province. A spokesman for the Quetta electricity Supply Company (QeSCO) said repair work on the towers would be initiated once the company received security clearance in this regard. No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Impoverished Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, has been wracked by an insurgency waged by ethnic Baloch tribes seeking more political rights and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural resources. Hundreds of people have died in violence ripping through the province since the insurgency flared in late 2004. The region has also been hit by attacks blamed on Taliban militants, although sabotage of gas pipelines and power transmission lines are a trademark of separatist militants.

unidentified attaCKerS tHroW aCid on tWo CHildren in faiSalabad FAISALABAD ONLINE

Unidentified attackers threw acid on two children in Faisalabad on Monday. According to the local police, 13-year-old Fauzia and five-year-old Kashif were sleeping on roof of their house in a village of Jaranwala area of Faisalabad when unidentified attackers threw acid on them and fled the scene. The children were rushed to Civil Hospital in a critical condition. The police started a search for the culprits after filing a case. Initial investigation revealed a property dispute between two famiies.

Gender disparity in Balochistan jeopardises girls’ education QUETTA APP

The future of millions of school-going children in Balochistan has been jeopardised due to gender disparity, bad governance and lack of quality education, said United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNeSCO) Balochistan Representative Qaisar Khan Jamali. He said gender disparity was increasing in Balochistan. “In urban areas 30 percent of the school-going children are girls whereas this fraction drops to 26 percent in rural areas,” said Jamali. “Out of over 12,000 schools in 32 districts of Balochistan only 3,400 schools are for females,” he said. A recent survey report by the government and non-governmental organisations revealed that 0.59 million children of school-going age in Balochistan had never attended school and 44 percent children (60 percent girls) were presently not enrolled in schools, he said,

According to the UNeSCO representative, the impression that Balochistan was a typical tribal society where girls were barred from attending schools was wrong. The children, both boys and girls of many tribal chiefs were enrolled in renowned institutions across the country, he said, adding that leading Baloch and Pashtun parties such as the National Party and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) were firm supporters of education, particularly for girls. “PKMAP has held several rallies in the past for encouraging girls education and criticised the previous government’s policies for not giving due attention to this issue,” he said. “The only way to steer Balochistan out of the current crises is better access of the youth to quality education,” said the MPA-elect from Dera Bugti where the child enrolment in primary schools was the lowest at 27.5 percent with minimum ratio of girl students” enrolment. He said it was the responsibility of the government to ensure quality education

and remove gender disparity by providing equal opportunities to both boys and girls. A recent survey report released by the Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) has questioned the quality of education being imparted in the province. “The learning ability of school-going age children in terms of reading Urdu, english or doing basic arithmetic is alarmingly poor,” said ITA Provincial Head Syed Tanzeem Akhtar. “85 percent of class 3 students are not able to read class 2 level Urdu and 64 percent of the students can not solve class 2 level division problems,” he added. Balochistan’s education department has been without any specific education policy for the last 30 years. There is no benchmark for hiring and monitoring the work of teachers and no effort is put into the improvement of teaching standards. “Yes there are issues stopping us from achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Planning and Development Department education Sector official Nawaz Baloch. He said poor law and

order in the province was the main reason for the poor quality of education. “When female teachers are reluctant to go to rural parts of the province for security reasons, how can we improve girls’ education and resolve the issue of gender dispar-

ity,” he deplored. However, the provincial education Department has prepared the provincial bill on Article 25A for free and compulsory education and forwarded it to the higher authorities for approval.


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He Awami National Party (ANP) on Monday accused the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) of attempting to rig the coming by-elections, saying Fakhrudin G Ibrahim’s resignation was not enough.

ACCUSE IMRAN KHAN OF SUMMONING MEETINGS OF KP SECRETARIES ‘TO GET DESIRED RESULTS’ Addressing a news conference outside the Parliament House, ANP leaders Zahid Khan and Haji Adeel criticised the former chief election commissioner, saying his resignation alone was not sufficient, and he should uncover those sitting beside him when the rigging was taking place on May 11, the day of the general elections. The party’s central spokesman, Khan

said during the earlier polls, when the ANP was in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the eCP had imposed a ban on ministers’ visits to particular constituencies as well as on beginning any development work there. However, Khan elaborated that in the current as well as previous by-polls, the eCP appeared to be sleeping. The ANP leader accused the eCP of wanting to rig the by-elections. Training their guns at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, the ANP central information secretary accused Imran Khan of engaging in summoning meetings of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial secretaries “to achieve his desired results in the by-elections”.

“We accepted the results of previous elections as well as the by-polls to keep the democratic system intact and functional,” said Khan. He noted that when the ANP was in power, the then opposition was criticising them for the law and order and other crises, but “the situation is worst now”. The ANP senator said his party had filed adjournment motions against the price hike and DI Khan jailbreak, as these issues were of great public concern. Adeel, a senior leader of the party, accused the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) led government of trying to withdraw the powers of the provinces that were given to them under the 1973 constitution.

He said PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had recently passed a statement that the government vowed to alter Article 158 of the constitution that empowered each province with the rights if it had gas reservoirs. “It is either fortunate or unfortunate that Punjab never put into use her own reserves of gas and coal, and relied on the resources of other provinces,” he said, asking “was that the reason that people gave PML-N government with mandate?” To a question, Adeel said his party had requested a meeting of the Upper House of parliament in this connection and vowed to oppose it, adding that the government did not even enjoy two-third majority in the House.

pMl-n HaS revealed itS natural reSourCeS- grabbing poliCy: Mazari ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari alleged on Monday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has revealed its policy of grabbing the natural resources of the other provinces for the development of Punjab only. According to media reports, Dr Mazari criticised the government’s intentions of revising the 18th Amendment’s natural resources- sharing formula, specifically targeting the gas- sharing formula and first rights. She said the PML-N was part of the 18th Amendment discussions and final agreement. At that time they accepted the strengthening of the provinces’ control over their natural resources. “It seems as if their interest was to get the restriction on the number of terms one person could serve as prime minister,” she said. “Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statement is a direct assault on the natural resources of the other provinces, especially gas,” she concluded. ONLINE

qUETTA: Activists of Baloch Lawyers Action Committee hold placards during a protest outside Balochistan High Court on Monday against the appointment of additional judges. INP

groWn-up KidS: nadra to iSSue SMart CardS for CHildren ISLAMABAD APP

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will issue chipbased Smart National Identity Cards (SNIC) for children below 18 years of age. The card would offer value-added services, including health, educational, social and financial services, said a National Database and Registration Authority official on Monday. “SNICs for children are being issued after the successful launch of the chipbased SNIC for adults,” he said. “The Child Registration Certificate will remain valid and National Database and Registration Authority would continue to issue it as per the current registration policy,” he said. The official termed the launch of SNICs as a means of protecting the children’s identity. “The card will be valid till the child’s 18th birthday and will incorporate all the features of a SNIC for adults, including photograph, name, father’s name, date of birth and address,” he said.

Freedom of citizens cannot be curbed beyond law, constitution: SC ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali has on Monday said freedom of any citizen could not be curbed beyond law and constitution and if the freedom of anyone had to be suppressed, the legal course would have to be pursued. He gave the remarks while presiding over a two-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of missing persons case on Monday. The court was told during the hearing of missing person Mudassar Iqbal that SP Lahore, Shahzad Nadim Bokhari, who had requested for including UNHCR representative in the investigation of the case had been transferred to FIA, therefore, the process of the investigation had stalled. UNHCR representative had sent report to police that UN representative working for recovery of missing persons had spotted missing person Mudassar Iqbal in the custody of intelligence agencies. efforts were made to contact the representative and instead of extending any cooperation, he meted out insulting treatment to SP Shahzad Nadim Bokhari.

Upon this, the court had issued notice to UN representative. The additional advocate general (AAG) presented this report before the two-member bench headed by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali. The court directed the SP to contact UN representative within two weeks and present a report in this regard. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked, “Missing persons cases are of a serious nature. The government will have to do something in this connection.” At the inception of hearing, police presented a report, while the court also heard a petition of Karam elahi. AAG Tariq Khokhar told the court that investigation into the case was assigned to Chakwal sessions judge, but the judge was on leave and the report could only be filed after eidul Fitr. The hearing of Omar Zada and Omar Bakht case was adjourned for two weeks. In Mudassar Iqbal case, the court was told that Lahore City SP was directed to investigate the matter, but he had been transferred to FIA. The New SP said he had assumed the additional charge on August 2. The Punjab AAG said summons

were issued to UN representative and he would return on August 11. In Mulazim Hussain’s case, Tariq Khokhar told the court that a district and sessions judge was to file a report, but the same had not been received so far. The mother of a missing person appeared in court and burst into tears, crying, “Where should we go?” Justice Azmat said, “We are working beyond what the law allows us.” Amna Masood Janjua said Gul Faqir had gone missing from Mohmand Agency and he was in a detention centre now. Statement of Muhammad Ayyaz was on the record in this regard. The court directed the AAG to see the list of the persons who were being kept in detention centres. It would be decided after obtaining the information where Gul Faqir was, the court said. Zulfiqar Khalid Maloka said missing person Niaz Ali was in detention centre in Mohmand Agency. His photograph was also available with reference to his detention. The court issued notice to DAG and in-charge of the detention centre. The court also heard the petition of Akhundzada..

poliCe reCover CHild Sold by parentS in SHeiKuHpura SHEIKHUPUrA: Police on Monday recovered a boy who had been sold by his parents to a wealthy family in Diska area of Sheikhupura. Imran Ashraf, a resident of Nawankot, told reporters that he had sold his son to a philanthropist so that he could repay a loan. He said according to the deal, brokered by his mother-in-law, it was agreed that they would get Rs 60,000, however, he had only received Rs 10,000 in return for his son. Ashraf said he decided to take his child back as he was not happy after taking the decision. A private TV channel helped the police recover the child. INP

laWyerS boyCott CourtS in baloCHiStan QUEttA: The lawyer fraternity in Balochistan observed a province-wide boycott of courts on Monday to register their protest against the appointment of additional judges in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and “the inappropriate attitude” of the members of the judiciary. The lawyers stayed away from proceedings in the BHC and lower courts as a result of which hundreds of cases stood pending throughout the province. In a meeting presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry last week, the Judicial Commission of Pakistan had proposed the names of Balochistan Advocate General Shakil Ahmad Baloch, Mohammad Ijaz and Mohammad Kamran for appointment as BHC judges. However, the lawyers said the proposal for the elevation of these judges was not justified, adding that the judges’ attitude towards lawyers inside the courtrooms was inappropriate. INP


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eSPONDING to critique of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) government for “failing to respond to the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak”, the PTI Chairman Imran Khan has thrown a few heavy punches back at his critics. As some politicians began to accuse the PTI for “deliberately” allowing the attack to go ahead for its “apparent sympathy” for the Taliban, Khan’s questions were an important rebuke to both the army and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government at the centre. Amidst talk of the PTI being non-serious about the proposed All Parties Conference (APC) on the security situation, Khan has refused to take it lightly. The most pertinent of these questions is: how, in the presence of an army division in and around DI Khan, did the attackers manage to free hundreds of their accomplices? The words Khan used, “all institutions of the state need to introspect,” are perhaps too light, given that the DI Khan jailbreak came after the leak of the Abbotabad Commission report, which pointed to gross negligence on the part of the security agencies. Khan asked how, if intelligence reports were made available on a timely basis, and all necessary preparations were made to thwart a possible attack, did the attack occur in such a smooth manner? Khan claimed that three security cordons were set up around the jail while machine gunners had been posted at strategic positions. If indeed such was true, then Khan has a point. The provincial government can do nothing if the State’s security apparatus is unwilling to put up a fight on the ground. But the matter cannot be closed at this. The more important question is: why the State’s security apparatus did not put up a fight? It must be remembered that Khan had been repeatedly demanding a meeting with the army chief and the prime minister before the proposed APC. He referred to the need for the federal government and military establishment to come clean on what he termed as “hidden facts” before calling the APC. What ‘hidden facts’ Khan is referring to only he can clarify. The promise of a high-level inquiry by the KP government into the DI Khan incident is a mighty one. The most important thing is that the report be shared publicly, unlike the Abbottabad Commission report which was hidden away and became an embarrassing leak for the federal government and military establishment. Surely Khan is right in asking how over 100 TTP militants managed to free 248 prisoners in the DI Khan jail in a four-hour attack. Was there complicity from the state? Or is the state security apparatus completely ineffective? either way the attack does not speak well of the ability or seriousness of a security apparatus that has been fighting the same enemy for over a decade. Answers are required and quickly. Another ‘no comment’ by the ISPR like the one after Imran Khan’s press conference will not do.

future of iran-pakistan pipeline Pakistan’s need for gas dire but sanctions loom

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ASHINGTON’S opposition to the Iran gas pipeline is no secret. The US strategic interests in the Middle east require increasing economic and political pressure on Tehran. Iran’s nuclear programme has provided Washington a handle to isolate it in the international community and subject it to sanctions. Left to itself Israel would even launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites. Iran’s Shia regime is seen to be a threat by many Gulf states – some of which have substantial Shia populations. The fears and suspicions have led these countries to also toe the US line. Pakistan’s case is simple. It is suffering for the last many years from acute shortage of power which has hit the domestic consumers as well as trade and industry hard. The US supports Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI). The biggest roadblock in the way of TAPI’s construction is that it has to pass through insurgency ridden Afghanistan where peace could take years to come. As things stand, the TAPI is no more than a pipedream. The Iran gas pipeline on the other hand is a realistic option. The gas comes from neigbouring Iran where the pipeline has been constructed up to the border with Pakistan. In July this year federak secretary petroleum told Radio Pakistan that the work on Pakistan-Iran Gas Pipeline Project would be completed by the end of 2014. Despite its tilt towards the US, the previous government had gone ahead with the agreement with Iran. In March the groundbreaking ceremony of the gas pipeline was performed. A firm from Iran won the contract to build the Pakistan portion of the pipeline. As the PML-N government took over, it seemed that the new dispensation too was committed to the project. Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, had told the media that the work on the pipeline would continue “because such a vital project cannot be set aside in hard times like the present”. The country, he said, needed to get the commodity irrespective of from “wherever it comes, whether from Iran or the Arabian Sea”. The Annual Plan 2013-14 promised to implement the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, targeting the first flow of gas in December 2014. Talking to newspaper reporters in Jeddah, Mian Nawaz Sharif has revealed that the US had warned that the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project could invoke sanctions. It is now for the government to weigh the risks and the benefits of the project. Among the major problems it faces is that of power shortages. The TAPI is neither here nor there. Reverting to coal for power production would take years. The gas from Iran could be put to use in less than a year and half. There is a need on the part of the government to persuade all countries who are opposed to the Iran gas pipeline, for one or the other reason, of the dire need on the part of Pakistan to seek gas from Iran.

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Significantly insignificant And why it gives rise to anxiety

IMRAN HuSAIN

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AST week as I traveled through europe, one question followed me like a wasp. Who is this new president of yours? Frankly it nonplussed me completely because I have no idea who or what he is. Most times I mumbled he is a party loyalist, I guess. How that qualifies him or entitles him to be appointed head of state is beyond me. eventually I had no option but to admit that. You know what people are like, Pakistanis and foreign friends or followers of Pakistan. They go on the usual bit about we thought change was coming – lessons were learned and merit will be followed. Yes, it’s true, that is what we were told and repeatedly. All appointments would be considered on merit, transparency and qualification for the task at hand. That certainly has not been the case. Despite what is considered a ‘small’ cabinet, an advisor and a minister have already been removed through court action. In both cases on grounds that even the minimum background search would have instantly revealed. I’d given the government 100 days before I’d make objective reviews on performance. Unfortunately certain circumstances compel me to marginally reconsider this. At least on two issues, the first I wrote of last week about not paying tribute to the founder of the nation and the second is selection of the candidate for president of Pakistan. The common denominator here is Pakistan, Supreme to us all beyond personal loyalties or anything else. I’d like to believe this is only an ill-advised insensitivity, my gut however says different. This appears to be like reprimanding the system, establishment and the people for the shabby treatment 14 years ago by saying: this is what I think of you. It would be in keeping with the psyche. But I would like to still give the benefit of doubt. Let us put aside any unnecessary controversy regarding the election process and consider that albeit ceremonial the president’s is the highest office in the country. The office demands immense respect and thus the selection of the candidate must reflect the government and peoples’ respect for this office. The only aspects to consider are merit and worthiness, despite the past. Yes, the presidency has been occupied by the military-bureaucracy-judicial axis for much of the country’s history but when there is talk of change then this is the right time for it. But then take the right path and give the country someone of stature. An inconsequential person deprives the post of the exalted status it deserves. This is not a chamber of commerce election; it is election to the presidency. Without bringing anyone into disrepute or any intention of casting aspersions, one can safely say there are genuine, very worthy candidates

for the office from all four provinces. Mentioning names in the current context would be demeaning for them. It is unfortunate that people in high offices are intimidated by big national personalities, not necessarily just political opponents. This drives them to steer clear of big minds that advocate rationale and sobriety of thought and action. And it is this inherent discomfort that leads to a blinkered outlook and the complete reliance only on loyalists. But even loyalists fall within several categories and although it is still not valid ground for selecting the candidate, so if it must be than the best possible loyalist is the obvious choice. Given the original list, the universal opinion was that is what it would be! The success in life of a candidate has to be a prime consideration. everyone has a track record and at this, the highest level, they must have an impeccable balance sheet that is not only positive but stands every scrutiny. each “magnate” is literally public property. His contribution to the development of the country, to the particular field his life has followed, to society at large and to be renowned and respected is very important. Men of letters, celebrated scientists, distinguished economists, philanthropists, and high achievers from all sectors must be the criteria. Men that fit this bill stand out. They speak for themselves. The new president sadly does not pass muster. When a man becomes prime minister and thus primus interpares (the first among equals) and holds within his mind and hands the ability to guide a nation’s destiny for the limited time he holds such power, it is incumbent upon him to raise the ante. In considering the appointments he makes he should be guided only by merit and shun personal preferences and comfort levels. At times this means rising beyond himself. This is certainly not an easy task but given his changed status one that is of absolute essence. Nawaz Sharif, as prime minister, is required to make three very important and highly sensitive appointments in his first six months in office. The three will determine the future of the country during literally his entire time in office (the president was the first of these). All of Pakistan, and the outside world, are looking at this and they will certainly be foremost on the PM’s mind. The first appointment therefore provides clear indication of what, perhaps, is to come. If we are to go by the current criteria than it appears being insignificant is significant. It unfortunately confirms that he perhaps continues to follow the criteria he had in the past and which landed him in serious trouble. This certainly gives rise to anxiety. Reverting briefly to the controversy over dates of holding the election and boycott by some parties, my

comment is that this was totally unnecessary and was made a mountain out of a molehill. The 27th Ramadan is not a holiday. And Umra during Ramadan is not mandatory. It is a luxury exercised by parliamentarians, politicians and the rich. And so what if members of the electorate were away and deprived of the right to vote? The eC selected a date; government should have followed it. Perhaps the SC needed to rise above the insignificance and the eC should have prevailed. Quibbling over petty matters as has been dominantin Pakistan’s past certainly does not behoove the largesse expected of national leadership. In strangulating themselves scoring little points the larger plot eludes the focus demanded. Blatant terrorism has been unleashed and continues to rise – threatening to burst all scales. The performance of civilian security forces has collapsed; certainly so in the case of this jailbreak in DI Khan and previously during attacks on strategic installations. When a friend in Germany first informed me, I could not believe my ears. What has since been revealed is frightening. Police hiding in sewers and others running away is unbelievable. But that is what is apparently emboldening the terrorists. On the face of it civilian forces are unable and not ready to maintain law and order by combating the forces perpetrating it. Intervention is required and must be sought. In the wake of this, continued deliberations to formulate a national security policy are meaningless. Those engaged in policy-making are not going to be at the frontlines fighting the national enemy, so implementation becomes the absolute key. The army cannot and will not act unless the prevailing ambiguity in the approach of political leadership is ended. Terrorism and extremism are the enemies of this state and no national party worth the name should or can bring a nation to disaster by surrendering to this threat. The people you meet and talk with in and out of Pakistan are scared. Government’s apathy in taking action and hiding behind rhetoric has lost it much support already. The PTI’s peril at being landed with an untenable situation contrary to its belief is also causing eyebrows to be raised. Terrorism is about the only factor that has real significance. There is no progress ever possible without clarity on law, order, discipline and extremism. If all that is wanted is the insignificance of words coated in milk and honey, hands folded beside you on the rostrum, supporting your pearls of wisdom you may be getting it prime minister. But perhaps what is your gain may, woefully, be Pakistan’s loss. The writer can be contacted at: imranmhusain@gmail.com


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for every telangana, a dozen seeds are being fertilised The ghost of political insurrection will not be interred

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He relationship between change and economic growth is often logical, but can occasionally lapse into paradox. The history of revolutions suggests that radical change is more likely to emerge from economic collapse, which is common sense. The Russian Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky, M J AkBAR who had the gift of rephrasing common sense in an uncommon manner without sacrificing logic to phraseology, noted that people did not change governments, and consequently their own lives, when they had found an alternative; they did so when they were fed up. Nearly a century after the Russian Revolution, change has expanded its contours. In some parts of the post-colonial world, a sharp rise in resource wealth and government spending has not followed conventional wisdom and led to societies fashioned around the western-liberal-democratic template. Instead, such governments often use corrosive ideas to incubate deeper levels of conservatism through a state-financed propaganda narrative. They encourage their people to sink into identities that seem stagnant and immutable, abetted by a school curriculum that indoctrinates generations. India has had a radically different experience. One remains uncertain about whether this is due to the impact of democracy upon India, or India upon democracy. History’s jury could deliver a verdict either way, and the judgment will be hotly debated. But one thing is clear. In its search for change India has opted for insurrection as its primary instrument, rather than revolution. A revolution does not pause once begun, even during its phases of retreat in the course of a long struggle. An insurrection builds momentum in bursts, and ebbs from the surface during fallow spells. This can easily mislead an establishment, which quickly tends to believe that it has either managed to defeat or purchase a passing upsurge. But such ash is not dead. Its spirit smoulders, waiting for the moment to resurrect. Insurrection is perfectly suited to the practicals of democracy, whose inbuilt valves release intense pressure — most notably in an election, and also outside the electoral structure as well. The challenge of an Anna Hazare, therefore, cannot be banished into the doleful exile of yesterday’s headlines. It will find a place in the events of tomorrow, not merely in crucial votes picked up by the Aam Aadmi Party in the tiny enclave called New Delhi, but also in the nationwide anger against outrageous corruption. Similarly, the demand for Telangana can burst and wither over six decades, and then suddenly get traction in politics. The strength of democratic insurrection lies not in the commitment of politicians, who can be easily diverted by the promise of co-option, and its complementary rewards of hard cash, but in the fact that it is people-driven. Gandhi, being a Mahatma, was the only Indian leader who could straddle the chasm between revolution and insurrection. That was because he kept them on a parallel course, with different objectives. He offered a revolutionary prescription for social ills, in particular the malpractice of religion, but understood that the cure would take time far beyond the limitations of his own life. His politics, driven by the need to remove foreign rule, was the sum total of three insurrections, each separated by a decade: non-cooperation between 1920 and 1922; the brief Salt Satyagraha ten years later; and then the final push that began in 1942, the Quit India movement. He moved forward in quantum leaps, but realised that the Indian people should be prevented from over-reach, leaving his followers perplexed and opponents mystified. His politics achieved supreme success; his revolution demanded supreme sacrifice. We have abandoned ideology, Gandhian or Communist, but political insurrection is the ghost that will not be interred. Decisions such as the creation of Telangana need the framework of composite control, or they can degenerate into nihilism. For every Telangana that emerges, a dozen seeds are being fertilised in the womb of time. It is not easy to lecture Gorkhas in Darjeeling that they do not deserve what the old domains of the Nizam of Hyderabad have got. Troubled spirits in our tribal regions, led by quasi-Maoists, believe that geography is only another illusion encouraged by a rapacious ruling class. They want to shatter the economic needlework of our democratic system. Facile answers do not work, and even they do not seem to be on offer. The greatest irony of contemporary India is that something did work in Andhra Pradesh. Y.S Rajashekhar Reddy, a Congress chief minister, was able to eliminate the substantial threat of the country’s oldest Communist insurrection, and where else but in Telangana itself. In the process, he also marginalised the demand for a separate state. Within four years of Reddy’s death, appalling administration has undone Reddy’s finest achievement. He healed wounds that had become chronic. There was a cure in the clinic of a Dr Reddy. But in the workshop of a Dr Frankenstein, problems have again begun to magnify in the waiting room.

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the rip-off When to go for it: early or at the end?

ANDLEEB ABBAS

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He best time is either right at the beginning or right at the end. These are the pearls of wisdom of most advisors on economic destruction. They advise that these two periods are equally unaccountable. Thus politicians should target big money on entry or exit. The end-game destruction strategy is fairly self-evident. Governments in this country who have served their period normally use or abuse all types of open and secret funds by bending and moulding laws to allow huge exodus of money, knowing fully well that by the time the next government takes over most of them will be sitting in Dubai, London or New York and then it will be the game of catch me if you can. The other strategy not so obvious is to do it right in the beginning. A new government comes in, and the people are still basking over the hope that this time it will be different while media is still talking about the culprits of the earlier government. That is the time to do mega deals by riding over the deficits left by the earlier government and quickly sealing off billions of dollars worth of resources while constantly harping on the bankruptcy created by the last government. These deals get the benefit of the doubt by both public and media. The public, gullible and innocent as it is, and media still focusing on the pervious mega scandals, feel that maybe these deals were inevitable given the shortage of time, resources, people, skills or you name it. The problem with doing mega deals later on is that the media is now hungry for fresh scandals and it is difficult to blame the previous government after a few years of being in charge. The strategy then is, come fresh, come charged, and hit those already hit so that they may not realize what pains more. And amid this chaos, the new ones just gulp down those mega bites. The present government did exactly that. The budget was announced days after they offi-

cially held their office. It was terrible for the masses. All too visible were measures that too blatant tilted towards the rich. There was protest against it in the parliament but no party really took to the streets; everyone was new to the job and still undecided on which way to go. Thus despite some media talk and assembly protests, the budget sailed through without much trouble. The provincial budgets were more palatable as there was a clear competitive display between them and at least the figures did not show too much of a deterioration in terms of taxes and duties. Similarly the circular debt issue was highlighted as being the short term relief measure on the escalating load shedding problems. The figure that was quoted in the beginning was Rs360 billion while finally we hear that Rs520 billion were paid to clear the debt. Why is there a discrepancy in the figures and how has this money been raised to clear off the debt was not given due attention as they exploited the public demand for reduction in load shedding. In this hue and cry for relief in this chronic problem the whispers that some tycoons enriched themselves with escalated payoffs got buried. Another advantage of making a rushed start is that in early days comparison with the previous government is either not made as it is assumed that past deals were the predecessors’ responsibility or not debated too much due to expediency of the issue. Nandipur project is one example where in a hurry the prime minister ordered that this should be revived, as energy is a priority. It was only a former MD who highlighted the misappropriations going on that spiked the project cost by Rs15 billion. In fact the latest reports have shown it as Rs58 billion with daily increase in its estimate. However under the pretext of energy shortfall the project has been approved and why its cost has escalated to this alarming level is a matter almost overshadowed by our screaming energy needs. While the focus has been on getting electricity projects initiated, gas deals made get only occasional mention. The LNG deal with Qatar is only a back page subject despite the heavy im-

plications on the cost and its burden on the exchequer. Some serious omissions have been covered up. It is not a government-to-government deal but Pakistan government is dealing with the representing US firm, Philips Conco in Qatar. This raises the chances of further kickbacks and commissions. The quoted price is supposed to be $18 and it will be a deal that will bind us for 20 years. Research reveals that India did a deal with the same company on $13. Another factor to consider is that the alternative shale gas has not been considered. Shale gas is available in the US and europe in abundance at a price of $10. While all this commotion of load shedding and presidential election is going on, the rupee has slid dramatically from Rs98 to Rs105 in the open market. Such steep devaluation went unnoticed for quite a while without any intervention from the State Bank. each rupee devalued costs additional Rs100 billion on debt repayments. But each rupee devalued appreciates the value of the billion dollar assets stowed away in foreign countries by nearly all our major politicians. Thus we have witnessed this trend as the country becomes poorer, our politicians become richer. All these rushed hushhush measures have caused serious damage to an economy that was already reeling under a mountain of debt. electricity prices are shooting up, diesel and petrol price escalation is almost unstoppable with the result that in July the official inflation was reported at an all time high of 20 per cent. The government has made a simple offer and explanation to the people of Pakistan. The choice is: either burn in hell without electricity or die paying through your nose for it now and later. This is what the present government has to offer to the millions who innocently believed in its rhetoric of ‘Roshan Pakistan’. The first hundred days of a government are always crucial. In this case it seems they are not meant to give relief and direction to the economy but to deliver deadly economic blows – before those being hit recover enough to hit back.

The government has made a simple offer and explanation to the people of Pakistan. The choice is: either burn in hell without electricity or die paying through your nose for it now and later. This is what the present govt has to offer to the millions who innocently believed in its rhetoric of ‘Roshan Pakistan’.

The writer is an analyst and columnist. She can be reached at andleeb.abbas1@gmail.com

The writer is a senior Indian journalist.


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APPY Birthday, Mr President! Barack Obama is celebrating his 52nd birthday today, and is spending part of the day at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland after playing golf yesterday with friends from his Hawaii and Chicago days. However, regardless of Obama’s location on his special day, the commander in chief has gotten lots of birthday love on social media—and he even gave a little nod to himself. “Still got it,” Barack wrote alongside his picture on Instagram. Along with a number of celebratory tweets, the prez’s leading lady Michelle Obama sent a sweet and sentimental birthday note to her hubby. Accompanied with a black and white photo of the duo, FLOTUS tweeted, “Happy birthday, Barack! Your hair’s a little grayer, but I love you more than ever. –mo” So sweet! You can wish President Obama a happy birthday, too, by signing his card here. cOuRTESy EONLINE

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I believe in prayer and in strong belief. –Tina Turner

burka avenger goes global!

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AKISTAN’S new cartoon superhero fights bad guys disguised in a flowing black burka is set to go global, her creator told AFP, with plans afoot to broadcast the show in 60 countries. The Urdu-language animation “Burka Avenger”, showing the adventures of a mild-mannered teacher who uses her superpowers to fight local gangsters trying to close down the girls’ school where she works, hit Pakistani TV screens last month. The kids’ action-comedy struck a chord in a country where Taliban militants have prevented thousands of girls from going to school in the northwest and attacked activists campaigning for their education. The man behind “Burka Avenger”, pop star Haroon Rashid, said he had been overwhelmed by the response. “The reception has been absolutely phenomenal, beyond our expectations,” he said. “We were making this little animated TV series for Pakistan but it seems like the whole world wants to know about the Burka

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Avenger.” A TV distribution company in europe has been in touch with a view to translating the show into 18 languages, including english and French, and screening it in 60 countries, Rashid said. Nearly half of all children in Pakistan and almost three quarters of young girls are not enrolled in primary school, according to UN and government statistics published late last year. Jiya, the teacher and cartoon’s protagonist, transforms into a burka-clad allaction heroine skilled in martial arts to fight against “ignorance and tyranny” in the fictional village of Halwapur. Armed only with books and pens, she takes on the wicked Baba Bandook and his henchmen, who include Vadero Pajero, a corrupt politician — something adult Pakistanis are all too familiar with. There has been lively debate in Pakistan’s english language press about whether Jiya’s choice of disguise is a sign of empowerment or promotes something used to oppress women. But Yousaf ejaz, the show’s artistic director, said the inspiration came from his childhood. “I was a big fan of Batman, and my grandmother, she had a burqa,” he said. “So back in the childhood when she was away, we would steal her burqa and act like Batman, wearing that burqa: ‘I am Batman, look at me!’ “So it was one of the inspirations that kicked in when I was talking to Haroon about early ideas of the Burka Avenger.”

‘2 guns’ fills ‘the Wolverine’

jessica Alba plays mother by taking her kids out to party in Malibu.

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Action flick rakes in $27.4 million ARK Wahlberg and Denzel Washington’s 2 Guns was the weekend box office winner. The gun totting action flick scored a $27.4 million opening weekend against Hugh Jackman’s The Wolverine which had a $21.7 million take bringing it’s overall total to $255.2 million worldwide. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur helmed 2 Guns with over 77 per cent of ticket buyers being over the age of 25. ‘We’re very happy to have the No. 1 opening in North America for the seventh time this year,’ said Universal president of domestic distribution Nikki Rocco. ‘I think the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg was a big draw. Adults really enjoyed the film.’ 2 Guns revolves around a DeA agent (Washington) and Naval Intelligence officer (Wahlberg) who must work together after they are set up by the CIA. Wahlberg and Kormakur first worked together on action pic Contraband, which debuted to $24.3 million in January 2012. In third place was Smurfs 2

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HIS just in: Justin Bieber has decided to go shirtless in one of his most recent selfies. Yeah, nothing new, but fans of the young pop singer went wild for the star’s latest photo, where he flaunts his numerous tattoos while enjoying the sunshine. The now-deleted snapshot was captioned, “Sun and relaxation.” There’s no word why Biebs would take the oh-so-dreamy picture off of the social media site, but he replaced it with yet another shirtless selfie, which he posted twice (yes, the same picture). J.B. recently shared his latest ink addition to his growing sleeve—a decent-sized rose on his left arm. The rose tattoo sits around the side of his elbow just above the owl tattoo that’s on his left forearm. Bieber posted a pic of his new tat on Instagram with the caption, “Art.” He posted a second similar pic with no caption. In addition to the body ink on his arms, the 19year-old also has tats on his ribs, legs and chest. And just last month, he got his mom’s eye tattooed on the inside of his left arm. cOuRTESy EONLINE

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which has the voices of Katy Perry and Patrick Harris - the little blue men took in $18.2 million for a five day debut of $27.3 million compared to $35.6 million for the original film in 2007 over the same period. In fourth spot was Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson‘s horror flick The Conjuring which took in $13.7 million - while at number five was animated flick Despicable Me 2 which brought in $10.4 million pushing it’s worldwide total to $713.7 million Meanwhile, in the specialty box office Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine took in $1.9 million in 50 theatres giving it a $3 million domestic total to date. The Spectacular Now, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley, averaged $50,000 in four locations. Lindsay Lohan’s erotic thriller The Canyons only grossed $15,200 at one theatre location in New York. However, the pic was a strong draw on video on demand, according to IFC Films, which is distributing the film domestically. Canyons was directed by Paul Schrader and written by Bret easton ellis. NEWS DESk

FTeR appearing before a judge on Thursday, Amanda Bynes has been denied the right to leave psychiatric hold, according to a new report. Bynes’ attorney argued that there is no legal basis for the 27-year-old to remain in the hospital because she is not a danger to others and is able to take care of herself, sources close to the situation confirmed to TMZ. During the meeting with the judge, held at the psychiatric facility where she is currently staying, the judge decided that Bynes should stay there. Bynes was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in California last week after she set a small fire in a stranger’s driveway. Bynes was not arrested in the case, later it was reported she is not expected to be charged. But, after initially being placed on a 5150 hold on July 23, it was extended to an additional two weeks on July 26. On July 26 her parents’ initial bid at a conservatorship was denied since Bynes is still under her psychiatric hold, Judge Glen M Reiser decided. The judge set a new conservatorship hearing for August 9 to determine who will control Bynes’ affairs. Reiser noted she hopes that the actress will

appear at the hearing, alongside her appointed lawyer, Mary Shea. earlier this week, Bynes’ former “All That” co-star Nick Cannon penned an open letter to his friend and “sister.” “We need each other to in times of despair,” he wrote. “No one can make it through anything alone. So I ask people who are quick to judge, tweet, report, or comment to ask yourself, ‘What if that person was my sister? My brother? My Mother? Or me? What then would I say?’” NEWS DESk

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OLLYWOOD actress Kajol, who celebrates her 39th birthday today, is enjoying her motherhood. After delivering some major blockbuster hits like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ and ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, Kajol went on a sabbatical to enjoy her motherhood. She was last seen in a cameo in ‘Student of the Year’ (2012). Though she loves cutting cakes, this year Kajol is planning to enjoy a

quiet get-together with her family. While she gets show-

ered by expensive gifts from her near and dear ones, it is her mother’s gifts that are closest to her heart. “When I was 13 0r 14, my mother used to gift me books that I were dying to read. Those are my most memorable birthday gifts,” Kajol told media during an interview. Though she does not have any concrete plans for her career, Kajol may start shooting for her next movie by the end of this year. cOuRTESy TOI


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old iS not alWayS gold! pakistani fashion industry desperate for young blood

O one can deny the beauty of glamour and fame. It would be a dream of many to get a chance to bask in the lime light. For those who want to attain this allure of fame, a world of fashion, modelling and photography is an obvious choice. In Pakistan, fashion industry is pretty small therefore, only a few people can stand out at the helm of fashion Industry empire. Modelling is a career of very short time span. Fashion models have particular standards of age and measurements. The typical standard of age is 16-21. Models should meet the criteria they shouldn’t be younger or older than this. If models exceed this certain age limit than it’s important for them to look younger and youthful. To be a model you need to have a good personality because it is not how much do you have, it’s about how you wear and carry yourself to depict a certain style. Pakistan’s Fashion Industry owns a number shining stars that have devoted their selves for hard work and always try to give best out of them. They are a perfect look of their professionalism and are a clear evidence of loyalty with their career. But it’s been a decade. Pakistani top models who are working in Pakistan

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fashion industry have become old for modelling. Here are a few names: Nadia Hussain started her career of modelling at the age of 19. She is one of the top models in Pakistan having modelled for almost every well known designer of Pakistan. She has reached the heights of fame and popularity both at national and international levels within very short time span. It’s been almost 15 years she’s been in this career. It’s a huge time span in this tenure. Iraj Manzoor is a senior Pakistani model who has gained the popularity of being seeks after model in fashion industry. She is a supper top Pakistani fashion model that is in here 30s or early 40s but still rising on the roads of success. Otherwise when turn to the age of 30 it’s a full stop for every ordinary model but she is still a showstopper of well known fashion designers. Natasha Hussain is considered to be the most successful model in fashion industry of Pakistan. She is Pakistan’s cherish and tall, hot, and gorgeous lady with the perfect figure and breathtaking looks. She is still is running on the road of achievements. Fashion model, Natasha Hussain earned a good name in her field of modelling. There are many other senior models

as well who needs to be retired from modelling like Jiya Ali, Mona Lizza, Vaneeza Ahmed, etc. They have reached heights of success in their time and are still a sign for sore eyes but public needs to see fresh faces. They should retire gracefully like others who started with them did. New comers should also be given a chance as its open to everyone, that people of any national background and of any ethnics have equal opportunity to join it. They should give a chance to bring new faces in the world of fashion modelling. Many new comers have difficulty in entering this fashion world. A guy who has tried to join this industry said that unlike other countries, modelling in Pakistan is very tough. Reason is that their senior models don’t want to leave the industry they don’t want new members to join it. New comers in this industry are now educated. It is a positive sign and can bring it to the rejuvenation of some moral values. It is the fashion model who represents the fashion statement to the international fashion audience. Pakistani fashion models have to strive hard to bring the fashion models of Pakistan in the list of top models of the world. So the educated class should be given the opportunity to drive the industry’s true talent in a right way. cOuRTESy SHOWBIZSPIcE.cOM

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Bareeze all suited’n’booted for eid! new collection excites clientele LAHORE PRESS RELEASE

He Bareeze team has been working on the eid collection since April ’13, which is now out in the market. With more than 81 different designs to choose from, this year’s collection puts an interesting spin to the modernly traditional designs. The collection covers a range of colours from reds and amber yellows to beige and sea greens. Combining traditional embroidered prints with dresses isn’t a new phenomenon, but Bareeze has done it very well, combining their excellent sensibilities in embroidery with straightforward kameez and long flowing dresses. These gown-like outfits are mostly inspired by western evening wear. Most of the dresses and kurtas have delicate modern embroidery designs along the borders, adding a level of depth to the design elements and emphasizing the quality of the printmaking. The textile house has focused on loose and flowing cuts in kurtas with loose gheeraydar trousers. The sheer quality of the fabric used gives them an edgy feel that one wouldn’t find

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in traditional styles. The creative use of Swiss lawn, chiffon and polyester net in dress design is one of the factors that make this collection stand out as much as it does. Bareeze designers have put their best

in producing this collection knowing the demands of their customers and the requirements of the season. They have introduced really bright and vivid colours to keep up with the spirit of the festive and

with that of the vivacious female customers. With its excellent reputation in the market that has created strong brand loyalty aspects, Bareeze is setting trends rather than following them. They have the

fabric and design strength to do so and this eid collection is yet another treat for the picky customers out there who will find it living exactly up to their expectations. From laid back and casual shalwar kameez to luxury tailored sherwanis, Bareeze Man’s clothing range includes edgy, contemporary yet traditionally rooted designs with the guarantee of Bareeze quality textiles behind them. Bareeze Man is intended for men who appreciate the clean, tailored lines of each collection. Whether you need a classic kurta for the eid prayer or a custom-made suit for the eid dinner at night, Bareeze Man has it all. This year the eid range varies from embroided kurtas to simple clean cut kurtas, edgy waistcoats and suit jackets. The collection focuses on a range of colours, starting from light pastel colours to dark manly hues made from classic fabrics (100% cotton, silk and linen) to complete the look. Be it anything from men’s coats and suits to trousers and shirts, it offers a clothing range suitable for social hangouts and evening dinners this eid. And just so you don’t have to run from one store to the other, Bareeze Man Also offers shoes made and completed to perfection in Pakistan.


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You can never plan the future by the past — Edmund Burke

CleanSing nortH aMeriCa! tHe CoMet tHat Wiped out tHe CloviS

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8 The Holy Roman Empire ends with the abdication of Emperor Francis II. 8 Bolivia declares its independence from Peru. 8 The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, japan.

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Drunks make for awful drivers and worse thieves. They're pretty good at dumb excuses, though. Joseph Michael Hall, a 19-year-old Tennessee man, was arrested Sunday and charged with felony theft and a short list of misdemeanors after he allegedly got drunk and stole a Bobcat front-loading utility vehicle from a Knoxville-area nursery. But according to an arrest warrant obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, it was all a case of criminal cover-up. "Mr. Hall stated that he was drunk and that he was trying to hide his nudity by taking the Bobcat," the warrant stated. Hall allegedly smashed the vehicle through a chain link fence at the nursery and tried to drive it home. Authorities caught up with him a few blocks from his residence. Think that excuse stinks? Bobcat thieves have done worse. In 2012, a Chicago man was arrested after stealing a Bobcat tractor and driving through the front window of a Family Dollar store. Police later apprehended the suspect "with stolen gift cards and two cans of deodorant" in his possession, NBC Chicago reported at the time. In July, an Iowa man was charged with public intoxication twice in the same day when he stole two cars after being released from jail. NEWS DESk

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cosmic impact 12,900 years ago could have led to the demise of the ‘Clovis’ people of North America, researchers claim. A layer of platinum from an ice core taken in Greenland has been dated back to the time of a known abrupt climate transition, known as the 'Big Freeze'. The freeze has been previously been linked to the demise of the Clovis people, the prehistoric hunter gatherers who were the first to occupy North America. According to researchers at Harvard University, this provides evidence that a comet tipped the world into its colder phase,

making dozens of species extinct. Researcher Michail Petaev and Harvard colleagues, writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found a 100-fold increase in platinum concentration in ice that is around 12,890 years old. This is the same period for which oxygen isotope measurements show rapid cooling of the climate- a period known as the ‘Younger Dryas’. The Younger Dryas, or the ‘Big Freeze’, saw a rapid return to glacial conditions in the higher latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere between 12,900–11,500 years. Researchers claim that debris thrown into the atmosphere in

an impact may have tipped the earth into global cooling, wiping out native cultures such as the Clovis people. As evidence for the rapid Clovis depopulation, comet theorists had previously pointed out that very few Clovis archaeological sites show evidence of human occupation after they died out. At the few sites that do, Clovis and post-Clovis artifacts are separated by archaeologically sterile layers of sediments, indicating a time gap between the civilisations. They believe that the sediment is a ‘dead zone’ in the human archaeological record in North America, beginning with

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The woman had posted an ad on the Gumtree website asking to buy two Apple smartphones. She was soon contacted by another woman who said that she had 'two Apples' for sale. The two met at a restaurant in Brisbane where the buyer woman handed over the money for what she thought were two new smartphone. The lady did not check inside the boxes after making payment and on returning home, she found that the boxes contained two pieces of apple fruit. Senior Constable Jess Hopkin of the Crime Prevention Unit in Upper Mt Gravatt, near Brisbane, warned people to be careful when buying things online. cOuRTESy DM

Divers in Australia have captured rare images of the Pyrostremma spinosum, or pyrosome, sea creature off the coast of Tasmania. It is so rare it has been dubbed the 'Unicorn of the Sea' and can grow up to 30 metres long - the equivalent of two double-decker buses laid end-toend. Its hollow, translucent, cylindrical body is made up of thousands of tiny clones called zooids that pull water through its tubes and feed on plankton before pushing the filtered water back out. The zooids are each connected by tissue and move as one inside the pyrosome's tube structure and each zooid is a few millimetres in size. Also called a sea squirt, the pyrosomes are classed as pelagic, which means they are free-swimming and live in open water rather than near land. This means they are rarely spotted and only diving groups are likely to catch a glimpse of the giant creatures. The long tube consists of a pointed end with a hole on the other that can be as wide as two metres. each pyrosome feasts on plankton and according to Rebecca Helm from Deep Sea News, it is a cross between the Borg in ‘Star Trek’ and a clone in ‘Star Wars.’

Helm said: 'They’re giant, terrifying looking, and trolling through the depths of the ocean, waiting for you to swim in one end and get stuck. Maybe. But fortunately, in addition to being slow moving filter feeders, they’re also delicate and fluffy.' The pyrosome is so delicate one diver is said to have even described it like a feather boa. Michael Baron from from eaglehawk Dive Centre recorded the footage of the giant creature off the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania, Australia. He said it was one of the few areas in the world where a wide range of 'oceanic gelatinous plankton' comes close to shore. Baron also managed to film salps that are similar to pyrosomes but the individuals inside it are much larger than the zooids inside the pyrosome. According to eaglehawk Dive Centre's YouTube page: 'Salps have much larger individuals than pyrosomes, individuals pump water through themselves. 'Colonies are formed of chains of individuals. Salps can form very high densities under good conditions, and are an important oceanic food source for fish. cOuRTESy DM

the comet impact and lasting about 500 years. But others argue that a lack of later human occupation at Clovis sites is no reason to assume a population collapse. US archaeologists Vance Holliday pointed out that short-term occupation Paleoindian sites—Clovis or post-Clovis—are the norm. ‘That's because many Paleoindian sites are hunting kill sites, and it would be highly unlikely for kills to be made repeatedly in the exact same spot,' he said. ‘So there is nothing surprising about a Clovis occupation with no other Paleoindian zone above it, and it is no reason to infer a disaster.’ NEWS DESk

Man CreateS aSton Martin WitH 3d printer!

Many car enthusiasts dream of owning an Aston Martin, not many go to the trouble of building one. Ivan Sentch, 32, from Auckland, New Zealand, is printing hundreds of plastic parts that fit together to form a 1961 Series II Aston Martin DB4. It is an earlier, but very similar model to the one made famous by James Bond. each piece is 'printed', then mounted onto a wood frame and glued into place. With 2,500 sections printed, he is currently 72 per cent of the way finished. Sentch estimates it will take another five years until he can actually take the car on the road. His blog, Replica DB4 Project, has chronicled the ambitious project since he started it in his garage and it now has an international following. It would be virtually impossible for the married father-oftwo to buy an original DB4. There are only 1,200 DB4 models in existence, and they often fetch around £220,000 at auction. They were only manufactured between September 1961 and October 1962, making them a very rare commodity. The outline he is creating now will be used to make a fibreglass mould which will be used to form a custom-built frame which will be the actual car. Sentch has no previous experience with 3D printing but he has learned how to use the software as he goes along. Once the plastic print-out is finished and painted, he thinks it will be as close to an original sleek, stylish classic sports car as you could get. 'It will be seriously cool. I want to use it for my everyday car,' Sentch said. He estimates his plastic cost about £1,300 so far - not bad for a dream car. NEWS DESk


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faf laudS SerieS Win in Sri lanKa KANDY: Proteas’ T20 captain Faf du Plessis has praised the character and determination shown by his side to win their first limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. The Proteas hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 International series, and are aiming to finish off the challenging tour on a positive on Tuesday. “We were down and out after we were outplayed in the ODIs,” a delighted Du Plessis said. “To come back like this shows huge character and heart, I’m proud of the way the guys have performed in this series so far. “The biggest improvement for me since the ODIs has been the clear plans and execution from the bowlers,” Du Plessis added. “Our death bowling in the last two games has been brilliant and we have been effective upfront as well; I’m pleased with the contributions from the bowlers at the moment.” Du Plessis says the dead-rubber on Tuesday will be an opportunity to try new combinations, particularly looking ahead to the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, which will be in similar conditions. “There is an option to try out some new combinations in the next match, especially considering that we are eight games away from the Word Cup,” Du Plessis explained. “We know what the current combinations are capable of, so the series win has given us some space to try out one or two tweaks. “The main objective will be to try and give the players who haven’t had any game time an opportunity,” he continued. “We know what we are getting from certain individuals and the experience of playing in these tough conditions will be invaluable going forward for every player in our squad.” The Proteas held a training session in Hambantota on Monday afternoon, an encouraging indication of the players’ desire to improve on their performances despite the series win. “There is always room for improvement,” Du Plessis said. “We know that we aren’t firing at our potential, we can definitely lift our performances in all three departments going into this last match.” AgENcIES

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MIR Khan believes he is discovering a new maturity as a fighter after moving to a new trainer and taking on responsibility for brother Haroon’s boxing career. Khan won his first two fights under San Francisco-based Virgil Hunter after consecutive defeats against Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia saw him lose

his light-welterweight world titles. The 26-year-old’s most recent fight, a points win over Julio Diaz in April, saw him down in the fourth round and Khan has been working on a more disciplined approach as he bids to set up a challenge to IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, which is pencilled in for December 7 if a deal can be struck. “The last few fights I have learnt a lot,” Khan said. “I used to make a lot of mistakes. Virgil is working on my stance and

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making me a bit more experienced and a bit more careful and cautious in there. “We are fighting top-class fighters now, so we have to be smart, we can’t make mistakes. Virgil is teaching me to be more focused in the ring. “And even out of the ring, training in between camps, keeping fit and keeping ticking over.” Khan has also found another new perspective by guiding 22-year-old Haroon through the early stages of his professional career. The 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist

has won his first two professional fights. Khan said: “I’m promoting and managing Haroon and I’m trying to get him on in America three more times this year, maybe once on the undercard of my fight and two more times working alongside other promoters. “I am going to advise him more than anything. The training is up to him. “Haroon is a talented fighter and I believe he will be world champion.” Super-flyweight Haroon feels his older brother’s experience will help him plot his way to the top but he was surprised to see his mentor looking so impassive when he won his latest fight with a first-round stoppage in May. The younger Khan said: “I was watching the video and saw him at ringside and he was just sitting there. I said to him: ‘Why were you not happy?’ “He said he was nervous. Now he knows what we go through when we watch him boxing.” The older Khan responded: “I have seen a lot of knockouts. I’m not going to jump up, I was keeping it cool. “One of the good things in that fight was that he didn’t make the mistake I made in the past, rushing into opponents then you get caught yourself. “He walked in and boxed. I didn’t want to show too much excitement in case he got caught up in it. “You are probably more nervous watching your brother because you are not in control.” The brothers were in Scotland on Saturday handing out gifts to children at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in both edinburgh and Glasgow in an event organised by charity Colours of Islam to mark the end of Ramadan. Amir Khan, who will step up his training after the end of the month of fasting, said: “Ramadan is tough, it’s about feeling what the poor people around the world are feeling, and that makes you give more.”

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BCCI appeals Bombay HC ruling in Supreme Court NEW DELHI AgENcIES

The BCCI has filed an appeal in India’s Supreme Court against the ruling of the Bombay High Court declaring the appointment of the independent inquiry commission “illegal and unconstitutional.” The appeal was filed

via a Special Leave Petition (SLP); the Cricket Association of Bihar, the original petitioners, had already filed a caveat with the Supreme Court to enable it to be a part of any appeal filed by the BCCI. The decision to appeal against the High Court ruling was taken at a meeting of the IPL governing council in Delhi on August 2. The Bombay High Court’s ruling,

issued last week, was in response to the CAB’s Public Interest Litigation that the two-member panel set up to investigate allegations of corruption in the IPL was constituted illegally. The court had raised questions on the manner in which the panel was constituted, stating that the BCCI had violated its own constitution in the process. The court’s findings came two days

after the BCCI’s probe panel had cleared Super Kings owner India Cements, Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Royals parent company Jaipur IPL Pvt Ltd of “wrongdoing”. Concerns about the panel were raised soon after its constitution on May 28, and have remained since given the BCCI’s inconsistent explanations and statements.

PAKISTAN FOOTBALL COACH FIRES WARNING TO INDIA SAFF CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER ‘NOT JUST ANOTHER FOOTBALL MATCH’, SAYS ZAVISA MILOSAVLJEVIC LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Pakistan’s opening South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship match against India next month is “not just another football match”, the Green Shirts’ coach Zavisa Milosavljevic was quoted by Gulf News as saying. Pakistan and India kick off the 11-day, eight-team SAFF Championship on September 1 at the Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the

top two teams from two groups of four will progress to the semis. Dubbed ‘The Group of Death’, with Pakistan and India also drawn with Nepal and Bangladesh in Pool A, there’s added incentive to win their opening game beyond just trying to establish regional one-upmanship usually reserved for cricket. Milosavljevic, who previously managed at domestic and national level in his native Serbia — between coaching spells in Rwanda and Lesotho — told Gulf News: “I don’t feel any pressure. Mentally we are ready to play India. “As a coach it’s just as normal as any other game. But I understand that for others, India and Pakistan is not just another football match. It will make reputations across the region and we will try our best for sure.

“India is always a tough opponent. But at the same time this is the first game and it is most important that we win the match in order to qualify for the next round. If we win against India, I think we can go on to qualify and that’s the motivation. “If we can implement all that we’ve been working on we are sure to play well against India.”

In 23 matches against India since 1959, Pakistan have lost nine times, drawn 11 and won three and India have scored 27 goals to Pakistan’s 16. Pakistan’s last win was in 2005 and, to top it off, India are currently 21 positions above 167th-placed Pakistan in the Fifa world rankings. Despite the weight of history and statistics, though, Milosavljevic refuses to be overawed. “I’m satisfied with our group,” said Milosavljevic. “Others are calling it the ‘Group of Death’, but I don’t think so. During the group stages of the championship there are no two favourites. The chances are the same for all teams.” In 10 editions of the SAFF Championship, India are the all-time leading champions with six titles. But Pakistan, whose previous best finish in this tournament is third (1997), will be hoping

a good show against the rival can spark a footballing revolution. “There is great potential for football in Pakistan,” said Milosavljevic. “But football needs to improve its standards here. One of the crucial things is the league and youth competitions – there’s no youth league or foundation for the senior team. “If we can arrange leagues and employ professional coaches who can deliver knowledge to players, Pakistan will develop as a footballing nation, but it doesn’t come automatically. Without quality and educated coaches we cannot expect any quality results in the future.” GROUPS GROUP A: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, GROUP B: Afghanistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan


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Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field? –Jim Bouton

england retain ashes on rainy day OLD TRAFFORD AgENcIES

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NGLAND will keep the Ashes for the next five months at least after Manchester’s weather proved a far more impassable barrier to Australia’s bowlers than the hosts’ top order batting on a grey final day at Old Trafford. The retention of the urn arrived formally via the underwhelming circumstances of an announcement that play had been abandoned at 4.39pm local time, due to a solid belt of rain that could delay its arrival no further than three balls into the afternoon session. By that time england had lurched to 37 for 3, Ian Bell stung on the thumb by a prancing delivery from Peter Siddle that rather summed up the danger posed by a committed and skilful Australian attack, who have grown increasingly confident in their ability to snip the top off their opponents’ batting. Confounded by the rain in Manchester, they will look back ruefully on the failure of Australia’s batsmen to provide them with anything to bowl to at Trent Bridge and Lord’s, where england established their

30 MJ clarke not out SPD Smith run out (sub craddock/Prior/Anderson) 19 BJ Haddin c Broad b Anderson 8 11 MA Starc c Swann b Anderson 0 RJ Harris not out 9 EXTRAS (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 172 TOTAL (7 wickets dec; 36 overs) DID NOT BAT PM Siddle, NM Lyon FALL OF WIckETS 1-23 (Rogers, 5.6 ov), 2-74 (Warner, 17.6 ov), 3-99 (khawaja, 22.4 ov), 4-103 (Watson, 23.5 ov), 5-133 (Smith, 29.1 ov), 6-152 (Haddin, 31.6 ov), 7-172 (Starc, 35.3 ov) BOWLINg: JM Anderson 8-0-37-2,ScJ Broad 7-2-30-1,gP Swann 15-0-74-1, TT Bresnan 6-0-25-2 England 2nd innings AN cook* lbw b Harris 0 JE Root not out 13 11 IJL Trott c †Haddin b Harris kP Pietersen c †Haddin b Siddle 8 4 IR Bell not out Extras (w 1) 1 37 Total (3 wickets; 20.3 overs) Did not bat JM Bairstow, MJ Prior†, TT Bresnan, ScJ Broad, gP Swann, JM Anderson Fall of wickets 1-0 (cook, 2.3 ov), 2-15 (Trott, 12.2 ov), 3-27 (Pietersen, 16.2 ov) Bowling: RJ Harris 7-3-13-2,MA Starc 4-2-6-0,SR Watson 2-2-0-0 ,NM Lyon 3-0-8 PM Siddle 3.3-0-8-1,MJ clarke 1-0-2-0 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to bat Series England led the 5-match series 2-0 Player of the match MJ clarke (Australia) umpires M Erasmus (South Africa) and AL Hill (New Zealand) TV umpire HDPk Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire NgB cook

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decisive advantage. This is not to say that Old Trafford will be a source of entirely happy memories for Alastair Cook’s men nor completely forlorn ones for Michael Clarke’s. Australia have broken a streak of six consecutive Test match defeats, and in the final two Tests have the chance to press for parity in this series and a platform from which to regain superiority at home in the southern summer. england by comparison have appeared to lose steam, their bowlers decreasing in threat while the batsmen grow

Australia’s ‘rocky’ Warner relishes crowd taunts OLD TRAFFORD: Australia’s David Warner insists he is relishing the jeers of the Old Trafford crowd that have accompanied his return to test cricket. Warner was recalled for the ongoing third Ashes test against England after missing the first two matches, having being banned from the warm-up games for punching England’s Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following a Champions Trophy defeat by Australia’s arch-rivals in June. It was the latest in a series of off-field incidents that have threatened to derail the left-handed batsman’s career, including a Twitter spat with two leading Australian cricket reporters and a sledging row when he made 193 for Australia A against South Africa A in Pretoria last month. “The interaction with the crowd has been fantastic, I just have to smile and take it,” Warner said. “Hopefully I can turn them round.” “I’m just enjoying being back in the team. All the misdemeanours are behind me at the moment and I’m just enjoying playing cricket.” Warner made 41 on Sunday before, as if pre-ordained, he was caught by Root after hooking Tim Bresnan. “Yeah, hooked another one to Rooty. Out of all the people in the field, it was quite comical. I’ll probably read it on Twitter a bit later. “I’m copping a little bit on the (boundary) fence but you’ve just got to keep smiling, enjoy the crowd and embrace it. “The crowd have been very vocal – they’ve been a bit quiet in the morning though, probably hung over from the day before.” AgENcIES

increasingly dependent on the middle and lower orders to bail them out. A Test match at Durham in four days’ time will provide plenty of questions for both sides, not least whether the admirable Ryan Harris will be able to back up without the benefit of the break he had between Lord’s and Old Trafford. Harris and Siddle were the outstanding performers in the 20.3 overs of play that were possible, finding life in the air and off the pitch to dispose of Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen before the showers set in.

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Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday confirmed it will play Afghanistan in a Twenty20 international later this year to help the development of cricket in the war-ravaged nation. The two sides will meet on December 8 in Sharjah in the United Arab emirates, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said. “Giving Afghanistan an international match is our contribution towards the development of the game in the neighbouring country,” the spokesman said. The match is part of an agreement between the two countries in March under which the PCB will help Afghanistan improve its cricket infrastructure and team standard. Afghanistan qualified for the last two World Twenty20 tournaments in

2010 and 2012 but lost all their matches. The Sharjah match will be their first against any top teams outside the International Cricket Council events. Cricket has become the most popular sport in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. Afghans learned the game in refugee camps in Pakistan after they were forced to leave their homes in the wake of the Soviet invasion in 1979. Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Mohammad Murad expressed delight at the latest opportunity for his team. “We are excited by the opportunity to play against a full (ICC) member nation,” Murad said in Kabul. “Win or lose, the experience gained by our players will be absolutely invaluable.” Full members are entitled to play test matches while Afghanistan is an associate ICC member.

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Aussie fury over bad light law in Ashes OLD TRAFFORD: As Australia’s Ashes hopes sink in the Manchester rain, the country’s cricket writers on Monday took their frustrations out on the match officials, saying the sport continues to look foolish. The officials were again at the centre of Ashes controversy when they took the players off for bad light on the fourth day of the third test at Manchester’s Old Trafford. Australia, 2-0 down in the five-match series and needing to win this match to stand any chance of regaining the Ashes from England, were 172 for seven in their second innings – a lead of 331 runs – when umpires Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill called a halt before subsequent rain forced play to be abandoned. “Cricket continues to make a fool of itself,” thundered the Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Conn. “It is difficult to know why, if the captain of the batting side wants to continue, the umpires have to intervene? The bad light law must be better implemented.” Richard Hinds, writing for the same newspaper, said the Australians were given no assistance by the home team in attempting to extend play. “In the latest example of new-fashioned ‘English fair play’, England first dawdled through its overs and employed a series of stalling tactics, then did its best to cajole the umpires to allow it to leave the field for bad light, having refused to bowl spin at both ends,” Hinds contended. “Under the current regulations, the umpires, not the batsmen, are the sole arbiters of bad light. But England captain Alastair Cook was so eager to get off the ground he almost ripped the light metres out of the umpires’ pockets, while Clarke stayed behind to remonstrate with the umpires.” The Australian’s Wayne Smith saw the irony in Australia’s plight to keep the Ashes series alive. “Australian fight, English weather. Both had been pretty much conspicuous by their absence during this Ashes series to date and how typical that they would both time their arrival for this critical moment,” Smith said. “Down 2-0 in the five-test series and facing a seventh straight defeat that would make it officially the equal worst Australian cricket team in history, Michael Clarke’s team has dug in bravely at Old Trafford and for the first four days of the third test has pretty much dictated terms to England. “But just when Australia was manoeuvring into position for its final push towards the victory it needs to keep the quest for the Ashes alive, the weather – so benign when England was winning the first two tests – has suddenly come over all English.” The promotion of David Warner to open Australia’s second innings at the expense of regular opener Shane Watson was another talking point. “Whatever has been said about Shane Watson as a test match batsman, there has never been any doubting his quality as a one-day player,” Fairfax Media’s Malcolm Knox said. AgENcIES


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Politicians and sports coaches both need to be smart enough to master the game, but dumb enough to think it matters. –David Mitchell

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boWden liKely to return, May offiCiate india-nz odiS

MUMBAI: The world will be able to watch Billy Bowden’s dramatic signalling styles on field again. The 50year-old New Zealand umpire, who was recently demoted from the International Cricket Council’s panel of elite umpires, is likely to take field against India in the home series in New Zealand. This was revealed by Rodger McHarg, the National Umpiring Manager, New Zealand Cricket (NZC). Speaking exclusively over telephone on Monday morning, he said, “I can advise you that Billy Bowden will very likely be involved umpiring with New Zealand Cricket during our summer – commencing from late October”. “He will have every opportunity to umpire in our domestic competitions and may well be involved in our home series with West Indies and India during December, January & February”. As decided by the ICC, one home umpire takes field in ODIs’. Billy Bowden’s recall is also under consideration (by the ICC) as pressure mounts on limited option of having present neutral umpires officiating in the ongoing Ashes series. The 50-yearold Bowden, who stood in 75 Tests and 181 one-day internationals from 2000, but was demoted in June this year. At present, only Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Tony Hill (New Zeland), Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Aleem Dar (Pakistan) are available as neutral umpires for the Ashes. BIPIN DANI

SeCretary, dg SportS viSit SportS SiteS at niSHtar parK LAHORE: The secretary sports, youth affairs and archaeology Mohammed Saqib Aziz and Director General Sports Punjab Dr Mohammed Saleh Tahir on Monday visited the under construction swimming pool, tennis court and multi purpose hall at Nishtar Park Sports Complex here. The secretary inspected progress of the work and directed the staff to complete it as early as possible and asked the DG Sports to ensure the prompt response to his directives in the completion of the work. The facilities when completed can prove an additional point in the promotion of sports in future,” said DG Sports Punjab. The chief architect and other officials from CM&W, Environment Science Department PHA and Forest Department were also present. Saqib Aziz also ensured the quality work in limited possible time for making these facilities functional for the players to enhance sports activities and general interest in common. STAFF REPORT

leWiS WinS BRITISH OPEN AFTER STRONG FINISH LONDON: American Stacy Lewis produced birdies on the final two holes on the Old Course at St Andrews to seal victory in the Ricoh British Women’s Open. The 28-year-old, whose success breaks a run of 10 women’s majors won by Asian players, entered her final round a shot behind compatriot Morgan Pressel but was able to navigate windy conditions and card a final-round 72 to seal a two-shot win. The weather had played its part throughout the tournament and Saturday’s play was suspended due to high winds, meaning a number of players, including Lewis, were forced to play two rounds today with the conditions improving. Pressel’s 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole of her third round ensured she would start the final round in sole lead of the competition. But the 25-year-old could not maintain her place at the head of the leaderboard and carded a disappointing four-overpar final round to finish tied for fourth place alongside Suzann Pettersen. Second-round leader Na Yeon Choi started the tournament with back-toback rounds of 67 and held a three-shot lead early on Sunday. But she had to be content to finish tied for second with fellow South Korean Hee Young Park after falling away with three bogeys in her last six holes. Ag EN c I E S

no quick finish for Concepcion PANAMA AgENcIES

Luis Concepcion claimed the WBC silver flyweight title by beating Nestor Narvaez at the weekend. The former WBA interim champion won the 12-round bout in Panama City by 118-108 on two cards and by 118-109 on the other. He enhanced his professional record to 29-3, including 21 victories inside the distance. Narvaez, who was knocked down in the fifth round, dropped to 19-2-2; 9. In TIJUANA, Mexico, welterweight Jorge Paez moved his record to 36-4-1, with 21 knockouts, by beating Rodolfo Quintanilla (13-33; 10) on points. Quintanilla suffered a first-round knockdown but bounced back to go the distance. The scores were 99-90, 98-91 and 97-92. In NeWARK, Delaware, welterweight Ray Robinson won the vacant USBA title by stopping Ray Nahr in the seventh round. Robinson, who improved to 17-2; 7, had Nahr

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adaMeK CruiSeS to 49tH viCtory LAS VEGAS: Tomasz Adamek beat Dominick Guinn on points in Uncasville, Connecticut, on Saturday night to prove he still demands respect in the heavyweight division. Adamek won the ten-round fight by 99-91 on two cards and 98-91 on the third, taking his record to 49-2, including 29 knockouts. The 36-year-old US-based Pole was fighting for the first time this year and seemed to be cruising against the 34-year-old Guinn, who lost for the fourth time in five bouts. His record dropped to 34-9-1. AgENcIES

on the floor twice before the bout was stopped 2 minutes 33 seconds into the round. Nahr’s record dropped to 26-3; 21. earlier, Samuel Kotey Neequaye took over the NABA lightweight title when he beat Dorin Spivey (42-7; 30) on points – 98-91, 97-92, and 9693. Neequaye is still undefeated after 21 fights. He won 15 of them inside the distance. The IBO’s intercontinental welterweight title remained with Rico

Muller who beat Ramhadani Shauri in eBeRSWALDe, Germany on Saturday night. Muller improved to 151-1; 10 and Shauri, a late substitute, dropped to 16-3-1; 9. The scores were 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113. In TOKYO, Daiki Kaneko retained his Japanese superfeatherweight title by knocking out Mitsuya Omura in the first round. Kaneko’s record now stands at 18-2-3, with 11 knockouts. Omura’s dropped to 16-7-1; 12.

MOSCOW: The World Athletics Championships in Moscow will feature the “most comprehensive anti-doping programme in the history of the 30-year-old event”, according to track and field’s governing body, the IAAF. The credibility of the sport has again been questioned following positive drugs tests of two of the best-ever male sprinters, American Tyson Gay and Jamaican Asafa Powell, respectively the second and fourth fastest men of all time. But the IAAF vowed on Monday that its anti-doping strategy for the world championships would be farreaching and continue the work of two months of out-of-competition testing. AgENcIE

REAL CONTRACT SITUATION NOT RESOLVED: RONALDO MADRID AgENcIES

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid remains unclear, after the forward refused to confirm reports that he has agreed a new five-year contract. Marca has reported that the Portuguese has tied down his future at the Bernabeu until 2018, increasing his salary to 17million euros (£14.8million) per year after

tax and negotiating a new arrangement over the sale of his image rights in the process. Ronaldo has two years to run on his deal at Madrid, who paid a world record £80million fee to prise him away from United in 2009, but has courted speculation over his future by revealing that he misses english football. Quoted in AS, he told a press conference: “The situation still hasn’t been

resolved and I don’t think now is the right time to talk about it. “Perhaps we’ll be able to give more concrete news about this further down the line but now the only thing in my remit is to train and work.” He also gave little away about his thoughts on Madrid’s pursuit of the Tottenham forward, who is expected to break the record Ronaldo set for being the most expensive

player in the world. Madrid are believed to be ready to pay £95million for Bale but Ronaldo said: “I’m not qualified to talk about new players, but I’m very happy with the players the team already has. “In terms of the transfer fee, you should speak to the coach [Carlo Ancelotti] and president [Florentino Perez] about that. I have my opinion, but I’m not going to reveal it in front of the cameras.”


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If not for sports, I do not think my father would have ever talked to me. –Pat Conroy

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bolt ‘ready’ to regain World 100M title MOSCOW: Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has declared himself “ready” in his bid to defend his 200m crown and reclaim the title in the blue-riband 100m at next week’s IAAF World Championships. Bolt, who was talking at a sponsors’ event at Gorky Park on Sunday, now goes straight into training for the August 10-18 champs at the Luzhniki Stadium. “Of course it’s very important (to win back the title),” the 26-year-old Bolt said of the 100m crown he lost to injured teammate Yohan Blake when he false-started in Daegu, South Korea, in 2011. That failure has been the one blip on Bolt’s impressive resume that includes Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay events in Beijing and London, and five world titles. “I want to keep winning every race that I compete in and the 100m and 200m finals in Moscow will be the biggest races for me this year,” the Jamaican said. AgENcIES

azarenKa pullS out of rogerS Cup CARLSBAD: Victoria Azarenka, who lost in the Carlsbad Open final to Sam Stosur on Sunday, has pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a lower back injury, the tournament announced. The world number two had been playing in her first tournament since Wimbledon, where she was forced to pull out of her second round match due to knee and hip injuries. “I’m so disappointed that I can’t make it to Toronto as I added it to my schedule knowing what an important event it is,” said Azarenka. AgENcIES

LRCA Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony held in local hotel of Lahore under auspices of Interim Committee LRCA which was fully-financed by Aizad Hussain Sayid, Chairman Interim Committee LRCA. All 131 clubs of Lahore were innited in ceremony and they all were given commemorative shields and merit certificates. Subhan Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer PCB was the chief guest. Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail, Pakistan team coach Dave Whatmore, ex-President LRCA Kh Nadeem Ahmed, ex Secretary LRCA Mian Javed Ali and ex Treasurer LRCA Sarfraz Ahmed were also participated during the ceremony. Habibul Hassan Shah, Hafeezur

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eVeNTH-SeeDeD Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the Citi Open for the second consecutive year in Washington. Rybarikova, who is ranked 43rd, improved her record at the hard-court tournament to 10-0. Half of her four career titles have come in Washington. “I would love to play (here) all the time, maybe,” said Rybarikova, who is ranked 43rd. She fell behind 4-0 before taking eight consecutive games to win the first set and go up 2-0 in the second. There was one other blip for Rybarikova, who was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 in the last set. “I was really tight and my arm was kind of shaking,” Rybarikova said. But she pulled herself together in the tiebreaker, explaining later that she was “really, really calm and relaxed.” Petkovic, in contrast, was feeling fatigued out down the stretch. She had a tough turnaround, coming back to play in the final a little more than 15 hours after her rain-delayed semifinal finished past 2 a.m. Sunday. By the time she got a massage and ate something and wound down, Petkovic said, she didn’t get to bed until 5 a.m. and got only four or five hours of sleep. “That lack of energy - it doesn’t affect my body so much, but it affects always my emotions and my mental state.

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Rehman Siddiqi, Abdul Rauf, Najam Mirza, Malik Amanat Ali and Malik Muhammad Aslam received the Lifetime Achievement Awards from east Zone Association. Ahmed Hassan, Khawaja Muhammad Zafar, Malik Sarwar Mahmood, Muhammad Younis, Taya Aslam, Javed Zaman Khan, Mian Muhammad Aslam and Rab Nawaz received awards from North Zone. Azhar Hussain Zaidi, Nawab Mansoor Hayat Khan, Mohammad Shoaib Dar, Sardar Noshad Ahmed, Raza Hameed and Syed Tauqir Ali Shah received the awards from West Zone. Mubashar Noazar, Mohammad Jameel, Waqarul Munir, Aashiq Hussain Qureshi, Azmat Butt and Akhtar Mumtaz Butt received Lifetime Achievement Awards as best tournament organizers. The following club oraginizers

who have passed away, their lifetime achievement awards received by their relatives. Late Aamir Hayat Khan Rokhri, Late Fazal Mahmood, Late Sh Abrar Ahmed, Late Alloudin, Late Agha Saadat Ali, Late Agha Turab, Late Khawaja Abdul Rab, Late Anayat Ali Shah Parwana, Late Bashir Pervez, Late Ch Muhammad Zaheer, Late eid Muhammad, Late Fazal ur Rehman, Late Farooq Kardar, Late Hafiz Manzoor Hussain, Late Latif Butt, Late Muan Mumtaz Ahmed, Late Muhamamd Yousaf Khan , Late Mian Inamullah, Late Murawat Shah, Late Naqi shamsi, Late QD Butt, Late Sultan F Hussain, Late Yaseen Akhtar and ZI Okasha Subhan Ahmed and all club organizers congratulated to Aizad Hussain Sayid for organizing such a special event for club organizers.

TORONTO: Serena Williams is hoping for a morale-boosting triumph at the WTA Tour’s Rogers Cup in Toronto ahead of the US Open later this month. The American won the tournament in 2011 while former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated China’s Li Na in last year’s final, which was held in Montreal. Williams suffered a shock fourth-round defeat to Germany’s Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon last month and the 31year-old is eager to impress at Flushing Meadows. She has won the US Open four times, her first success coming in 1999, and believes success in Montreal in the coming weeks will provide the ideal platform to go all the way in New York. AgENcIES

briatore: alonSo Will not leave ferrari BUDAPEST: Fernando Alonso will not leave Ferrari for Red Bull next year, according to Flavio Briatore. He qualified sixth but promised to reach podium. Briatore, who acts as Alonso’s manager, has played down the Spaniard’s comments about want to race in “someone else’s car” next year. Red Bull will have a vacancy in 2014 as Mark Webber is leaving the team, but Briatore insists Alonso’s comments have been overplayed by the media. In an interview in Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian said: “Fernando has a contract and contracts must be respected. AgENcIES

High recognition for Moolman Pasio BUDAPEST AgENcIES

Over the past four years, South Africa’s Ashleigh Moolman Pasio has been steadily carving out a pioneering path in women’s road cycling, both locally and internationally. Currently lying 14th in the International Cycling Union’s rankings, Moolman Pasio, is the highest ranked South African and African female road cyclist ever. While the cycling community is well aware of her progress in a tough sport that’s still heavily weighted in favour of males, her efforts were given mainstream recognition outside of the cycling media when she was recently presented with the award: Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Sport. For Moolman Pasio, the award is both an honour and a responsibility. “I’m truly honoured to be recognised like this. Women’s road cycling fights a constant battle for recognition both locally and globally.

For a cyclist to be given this award is one amazing pat on the back, for me personally and for women’s cycling in general,” said Moolman Pasio on Sunday, where she is currently racing the Route de France stage race. Moolman Pasio races internationally for the Lotto Belisol professional team, which is based in Belgium. But her home team in South Africa is the Momentum Toyota team, which is a success story on its own, producing all three South African Olympians in London last year, just three years after its inception. “I’m not sure who nominated me for the award, but I do appreciate it. The process involved answering questions that related to my sport as well as the key areas such as role model responsibilities, creating awareness of my sport, social responsibility elements and obviously the importance of pursuing world class performance. “I was then informed that I was a semifinalist and did a video interview. Thereafter

I was named as one of two finalists. The other was Bridgitte Hartley, Olympic bronze medallist in canoeing. It was a very comprehensive process, which gives the award a high level of credibility. It’s great to see this kind of recognition specifically aimed at women in Africa,” said the 27-year-old. The awards are run by the annual publication, SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government, aimed at celebrating excellence of women in corporate, government and sport spheres. Moolman Pasio sees the greater significance of recognition such as this, not only for women’s cycling, but for women’s sport. “It’s nice to think of my cycling as having a bigger purpose. Personal success is important, but while it’s currently my main focus, it’s not my main purpose. I constantly try to act as an agent of positive change, sharing my stories and lessons with juniors, whenever I can,” she explained.


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Former turKish army head jailed For liFe over conspiracy SILIVRI AgENcIES

A MADINA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offering Namaz-e-Taraweeh at Masjid-e-Nabawi on Monday. NNI

pml-n to Focus on urBan sindh to checK pti’s advances LAHORE NADEEM SyED

Some senior Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) leaders have advised the party to focus more on urban Sindh instead of its interior part in an attempt to create a constituency for the party in future elections, especially the upcoming local bodies’ polls, and to counter the growing advances of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The leaguers have told the top leadership that there was no use to concentrate on interior Sindh, opining that given the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) hold there, it would not be possible for the PML-N to make headway into PPP’s turf. It is believed that alliance with Sindhi nationalists or the 10-party alliance to counter the PPP in the last election hardly brought any dividend for the ruling party. Based upon the outcome, the PML-N is ready to deploy more of its resources in urban Sindh for the upcoming local bodies’ polls. The appointment of Mamnoon Hussain as president is also part of that strategy. Hussain is an Urdu-speaking PML-N leader with deep

naWaz, Khursheed to hold Key meeting aFter eid Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to hold a key meeting with Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah after Eidul Fitr, a private TV channel reported on Monday. According to the channel’s sources, the appointments of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and chief election commissioner (CEC) will be discussed during the meeting. The opposition leader had put up the names of Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas and Justice (r) Sardar Raza Khan while the government proposed the names of Justice (r) Rehmat Jaffery and Hassan Zaheer for the office of NAB chairman. The two leaders will also discuss the appointment of a new CEC following the resignation of Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. ONLINE

roots in the politics of Karachi. He is a well-known figure in the Karachi’s business circle and it is being hoped that his presence in the Presidency would be a boon for the party as far as Karachi and other parts of urban Sindh are concerned. The PML-N is also watching the PTI carefully. It has made a lot of advancement in Karachi and KP politically. As such, the PML-N believes that instead of focusing elsewhere, it should spent more energy in urban Sindh and KP for better results in countering the PTI. Sources in the PML-N were not very positive about the prospects of

Turkish court on Monday sentenced a former military commander to life in prison and dozens of others including opposition members of parliament to long terms for plotting against the government, in a case that has exposed deep divisions in the country. Retired military chief of staff General Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life for his role in the “ergenekon” conspiracy to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Tayyip erdogan. Announcing verdicts on the nearly 300 defendants in the case, the judges also sentenced three serving parliamentarians from the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) to between 12 and 35 years in prison. earlier, security forces fired tear gas in fields around the courthouse in the Silivri jail complex, west of Istanbul, as defendants’ supporters gathered to

making any long-term political alliance with the MQM, especially with the party now looking to create a place of its own in cities like Karachi and Hyderabad. Political analysts say if the strategy was to capitalise on the vote bank in Karachi at the expense of other stakeholders, both the PML-N and MQM would soon be on a collision course. There is a strong lobby in the party that is against any political alliance with the MQM. even the PML-N’s partners in Sindh are not happy over the party’s recent embracing of MQM for support in the presidential elections.

air Blue: leaving passengers high and dry NEWS DESK More than 300 aeroplane passengers were delayed for 48 hours without proper food at an airport after a flight developed a technical fault. The Airblue flight was due to fly from Manchester Airport to Islamabad, at 9.50pm on Friday - and passengers were fed chips and beans to keep them going during the delays. Passengers spent Friday night in hotels in Manchester and then returned to the airport to wait for the flight again on Saturday - but were later told it was being delayed until 3pm Sunday. Airline officials then offered to put up the irate passengers in a hotel some 80 miles away in Birmingham, West Midlands, because they said there were no rooms available in Manchester. Most refused the offer and slept overnight in the airport, which is located south of Manchester city centre, only to find the plane again missed its take-off slot. The flight finally took off late Sunday night. But that meant delays for the passengers who were booked to go on that plane - who were told they would be delayed for 24 hours. Some travellers said that the delays had left families in

tears. Matthew Miller, 38, was originally due to catch a flight on Tuesday evening but it was cancelled. So when he turned up to catch the plane on Friday night, he was furious to find he was grounded again. He said: “I’m a maths teacher and the term is about to start in Pakistan. I thought I’d be getting back in good time but as it is I’ll be lucky to get there by Monday. The mood is terrible. “People are shouting and in tears. The airline just aren’t communicating with us - over the whole time they have given us about 40 minutes. The food is chips and beans.” A passenger named Javed told BBC Five Live on Saturday night: “It has to be seen to be believed. “There’s 300 people

here. Children, diabetics, non-english speaking people that can’t even understand the tannoys. I’m seeing people making expensive phone calls to Pakistan. “I’m seeing people that cannot keep their fasts. I see people that have no access to food when it comes to opening their fasts. It is a shambles and an embarrassment to British society. “To keep saying we will inform you in two hours, and in two hours they say: “We will inform you in two hours”. I’ve chosen to eat virtually nothing because I didn’t want to have chips and beans again.” Many passengers spent Saturday night in Manchester Airport rather than travel to the accommodation offered by the airline about 80 miles away in Birmingham.

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protest against the five-year trial, a landmark case in the decadelong battle between erdogan and the secularist establishment. Prosecutors say an alleged network of secular arch-nationalists, code-named ergenekon, pursued extra-judicial killings and bombings in order to trigger a military coup, an example of the anti-democratic forces which erdogan says his Islamist-rooted AK Party has fought to stamp out. Critics, including the main opposition party, have said the charges are trumped up, aimed at stifling opposition and taming the secularist establishment which has long dominated Turkey. They say the judiciary has been subject to political influence in hearing the case. tHEAtrE: “This is erdogan’s trial, it is his theatre,” Umut Oran, a parliamentarian with the opposition CHP party, told Reuters. “In the 21st century for a country that wants to become a full member of the european Union, this obvious political trial has no legal basis,” he said at the courthouse. erdogan has denied interfering in the legal process,

stressing the judiciary’s independence. But he has criticised the prosecutors handling the case and expressed disquiet at the length of time defendants have been held in custody. With main access roads shut and protesters’ buses prevented from reaching the area, hundreds of the defendants’ supporters attempted to cross fields to reach the court and prison complex, but police with riot shields blocked their advance. “The day will come when the AKP will pay the price,” some chanted on the approach road to Silivri, where hundreds of riot police and gendarmes, a paramilitary force responsible for rural security, were on duty. Among the 275 defendants accused in the case are military officers, politicians, academics and journalists. They deny the charges. Twenty-one of the defendants were acquitted as the court continued to announce individual verdicts. Basbug criticised the court on his Twitter account on Sunday, saying the public would not accept the punishment of innocent people.

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