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PM ASSURES SC OF PRODUCING MISSING PERSONS After an assurance by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that missing persons would be presented before the court today (Friday), the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing for another day. On Thursday, the government failed to present the remaining 30 missing persons in the Supreme Court during the hearing of the missing persons case. A three-member bench heard the case in Islamabad under the supervision of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Earlier, the chief justice said that from the first day, the court was not respected with regards to its decisions concerning the missing persons case. He said the court would not tolerate mockery of justice. “Even if we have to sit on Sundays, we will do so. No compromise will be made on their recovery,” the CJP remarked. STORY ON PAGE 02
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the entire nation was united against the missile strikes in Pakistan. Speaking at a protest demonstration outside Parliament House, he criticised the government for exercising a dual policy on drone strikes.
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Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said dozens of culprits involved in the Rawalpindi tragedy that occurred on Ashura had been arrested. Replying to points of order in the National Assembly‚ the minister assured the House that strict action would be taken against police officers for their negligence. He said the judicial commission constituted by the Punjab government to probe into the tragedy was speedily working and fulfilling its responsibilities.
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Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. –Aristotle
Friday, 6 December, 2013
SPyMaSter MeetS PM aS SC buildS uP MiSSing PerSon PreSSure ISLAMABAD INP
Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt General Zaheerul Islam called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday. According to the sources, the missing person issue and security situation came under discussion in the meeting. They said the ISI chief briefed the PM about the missing person’s issue, due to which the Nawaz government is under immense pressure from the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who is due to retire this month. The Supreme Court has been pressing the government and secret agencies to produce the missing persons. The top court had directed the defence minister to appear before the bench to apprise it about the status of 30 undeclared detainees picked up by military agencies. Nawaz, who was holding the portfolio of defence minister, swiftly shed the Defence Ministry, handing it over to one of his close lieutenants, Khawaja Muhammad Asif. Asif, however, in his couple of appearances at the apex court, seemed unsuccessful in satisfying the court.
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PM assures SC of producing missing persons DEFENCE MINISTER KHWAJA ASIF SAYS STATE AWARE OF RESPONSIBILITIES ISLAMABAD ONLINE
fTeR an assurance by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that missing persons would be presented before the court today (friday), the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing for another day. On Thursday, the government failed to present the remaining 30 missing persons in the Supreme Court during the hearing of the missing persons case. A three-member bench heard the case in Islamabad under the supervision of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. earlier, the chief justice said that from the first day, the court was not respected with regards to its decisions concerning the missing persons case. He said the court would not tolerate mockery of justice. “even if we have to sit on Sundays, we will do so. No compromise will be made on their recovery,”
APEX COURT SAYS NO COMPROMISE TO BE MADE ON RECOVERY OF MISSING PERSONS the CJP remarked. Justice Jawad S Khawaja said the case of missing persons was “a trial of Allah for all of us and surely he tests his sincere people and we are not among those who are afraid of such trials. God willing, we will recover the missing persons”. The CJP remarked that it was a constitutional responsibility of judiciary to safeguard freedom of citizens, but the state had not been fulfilling its responsibility. federal minister Khawaja Asif informed the court that the state was aware of responsibilities and had taken some steps. CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry said it was wrong to hide facts from court, as everyone was a well-wisher of the country. Justice Jawad said the fC personnel claimed in court that morale of force would be decreased if the fC IG appeared before the court. On this, the defence minister said
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paramilitary forces fell under the Interior Ministry and the government could not discuss the issues in open court. The CJP ordered the authorities to produce 30 missing persons, as the court could not apologise daily. Defence Minister Khwaja Asif promised the court that he had spoken to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and that he would relay good news regarding the missing persons case to the registrar today (friday). In response, the chief justice said the registrar was not a judicial officer and the good news should be shared directly with the court. After being assured by the PM through the defence minister, the chief justice said the PM had also become in-
Govt asked to start criminal proceedings against Pervez Ashraf COURT SAYS FORMER PM MISUSED HIS POWERS WHILE ALLOCATING DEVELOPMENTAL FUNDS TO HIS FAVOURITE PEOPLE ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan Thursday said two senators Raza Rabbani and Zahid Khan have received threatening letters for their strict stance on different issues. He said it appears as the letters have been written by some aides of former president Pervez Musharraf for the stance of the two members on Article 6 of the constitution. He appealed to the government to immediately take notice of these letters and constitute an investigation team to probe the matter. Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq assured that he will ask the government to appoint a neutral team to inquire the whole matter and nab those behind writing these threatening letters. The chairman said the interior minister should proceed in accordance with the law and the inquiry report be submitted to the House.
The Supreme Court has directed to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against former prime minister Raja Parvez Ashraf and others in the developmental funds case'. The Supreme Court on Thursday declared illegal the disbursement of Rs 47 billion developmental funds by former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in his own constituency ahead of the May general elections. Pakistan People’s Party leader Raja Pervez Ashraf, who served as PM of Pakistan from 22 June 2012 to 16 March 2013, had issued Rs 47 billion for developmental schemes underway at his hometown, Gujjar Khan, in Punjab. A three member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, announced the verdict on Thursday. Justice Chaudhry had taken a suo moto notice of the issuance of hefty amount and delivered the ruling on Thursday. In its verdict, the court declared the fund transfer as illegal, saying that the amount was disbursed against the law and legal procedures. It said that irregularities were found in the transfer of funds and that the former prime minister overstepped his powers while issuing Rs 47 billion for uplift schemes of his hometown. The court said the former PM misused his powers while allocating development funds to the people of his liking.
The court directed to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the former PM and others involved in the case Taking into consideration the rules and regulation, release of these funds is the prerequisite, observed the court in its order. It also instructed competent authorities to decide whether proceedings should be initiated against Raja and others accused in the case or not and also to review the funds left with the caretaker setup. The court said the former prime minister misused his powers while allocating developmental funds to the people of his liking. The court also ordered that any person who made feasibility reports for the fund or violated the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules in the distribution of the fund will also be investigated.
volved in the matter and “we are hopeful that the defence minister would not embarrass the head of the state”. Attorney General Munir A Malik said that it seemed the government wanted to give a surprise. To this, the CJP said, “We have seen so many surprises that nothing seems a surprise anymore. We will give them one more chance.” Khwaja Asif said the missing persons were not in the custody of the government, adding that efforts were underway to find them. He said that he would present some persons before the court on friday. The defence minister informed the court that the status of five to seven people was known, but information could not be exchanged in public due to its crucial nature. He requested an in-camera briefing due to the sensitive nature of the case. Responding to the request, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry asked the minister to first produce the 30 missing persons and then an in-camera briefing would be held in judges’ chamber. The CJP added that all thirty missing persons should be presented in the court, otherwise “we would issue a verdict”. The defence minister reiterated that all missing persons would be presented today (friday).
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Armed militants have abducted four candidates elected unopposed from Balochistan's insurgency-hit Kech district, a levies official said on Thursday. The levies official, who requested not to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media, said 13 gunmen kidnapped the four councilors from Dasht tehsil. He said the councilors were identified as Javaid Iqbal, Abdul Qadir, Saleem Baloch and Behram, all belonging to Balnagor union council. All four were traveling when their vehicle was intercepted by armed militants. “Since morning we are clueless about the whereabouts of the councilors,” said the official. The incident comes a day after militants abducted two other councilors from Kech. Abdul Rauf and Zafarullah of the National Party were returning home on Wednesday when five men on motorcycles intercepted them and whisked them away. Local government elections are set to be held in Balochistan on Dec 7 under strict security conditions. In district Kech, all candidates have already been declared elected unopposed as political parties and candidates put their heads together to develop understanding and avoid elections owing to looming security threats. There has so far been no claim of responsibility for the kidnappings, but Baloch separatists groups are known to be active in the area.
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I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. –Thomas Jefferson
Friday, 6 December, 2013
nation one against missile strikes: imran khan PTI CHIEF SAYS US WOULD ONLY RESPECT PAKISTANIS IF LEADERS SPEAK THE TRUTH ISLAMABAD ONLINE
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said the entire nation is united against the missile strikes in Pakistan. Speaking at a protest demonstration outside Parliament House, he criticised the government for adopting dual policy on the issue of missile strikes.
Khan said parliamentarians should be honest with the people of Pakistan. “All political parties had decided to stop NATO supplies if drone strikes did not stop. Now these parties are criticising the only party (PTI) which is doing so.” “Our rulers say one thing to the US ambassador and completely the opposite to the nation,” he said, urging the government to speak the truth with the masses. Khan said that the PTI is the only party which is doing what it promised with the nation. The PTI chief again reiterated that the KP government would not allow NATO supply through the province come what may. He said they would not allow any kind of NATO supply to Afghanistan from any route through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until
their demands were met. Khan said missile strikes were not only against the sovereignty of Pakistan but they were also violating international laws, adding that a great debate was currently underway in the US and europe over the legality of missile strikes. He said he was proud of the KP government and PTI’s allies for taking a united stand against the missile strikes. The PTI chairman said there was a difference between friendship and slavery. “Pakistan’s relationship with the US is that of slavery, not friendship.” Khan further said the Americans would only respect Pakistan if the country’s government started telling the truth. Khan cautioned the Centre not to attempt to overthrow the PTI-led government
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as this would result in their government being overthrown. Members of the National Assembly and provincial assembly from PTI, besides KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, participated in the protest. The PTI has taken their protest to the federal capital after holding sit-ins in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that led to the blockade of NATO supply route. The US on Wednesday said it was suspending shipments of military hardware out of Afghanistan through Pakistan.
Various culprits involved in Rawalpindi tragedy arrested: Nisar INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS LAW AND ORDER PROVINCIAL SUBJECT, CENTRE STILL EXTENDING COOPERATION TO PROVINCES ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said dozens of culprits involved in the Rawalpindi tragedy occurred on Ashura‚ had been arrested. Replying to points of order in the National Assembly‚ the minister assured the House that strict action would be taken against police officers for their negligence. He said the judicial commission constituted by the Punjab government to probe into the tragedy was speedily working and fulfilling its responsibilities. He said recommendations of the
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committee formed by the provincial government had been received. The minister said law and order was a provincial subject‚ however‚ the federal government was extending cooperation to the provincial governments in this regard. Nisar appreciated the clerics of various schools of thought who demonstrated patience and tolerance after the tragedy. He said there were threats of terrorist activities during the first ten days of Muharram‚ however‚ no untoward incident occurred due to coordination among federal government‚ provincial governments‚ intelligence agencies and law and
enforcement agencies. The interior minister said efforts were being made to develop a code of conduct and consultation with clerics of every school of thought was underway, adding that sufficient progress had been made in this connection. He said the Punjab government had taken the responsibility of compensating for damages in the Rawalpindi tragedy. He said construction work on the mosque would begin soon. Regarding removal of NADRA chairman‚ the interior minister said the matter was in the court. However‚ he assured the House that the verdict of the court would be fully implemented. He said Tariq Malik was appointed NADRA general manager without any advertisement. Later‚ he was made chairman of NADRA in relaxation of rules. Nisar said the NADRA chairman was also reluctant to get audit of the accounts of the organisation. He assured the House that the in future, the NADRA
chairman would be selected under NADRA ordinance. To a point of order raised by Imran Khan‚ he said verification of finger printing was responsibility of election tribunals, not the government. Responding to points of order raised by Nawab Yusuf Talpur and Lal Chand regarding kidnapping of Ghunsham Das from Umarkot‚ the interior minister said though law and order was a provincial subject the federal government would extend full cooperation for his recovery. earlier‚ Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi criticised the government over removal of NADRA chairman. They said Malik was removed due to pressure regarding verification of finger printing in one of Lahore constituencies. They demanded government’s point of view in this regard. Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah also expressed concern over the removal of the NADRA chairman.
UNDISCLOSEDLOCATION: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visiting Field Formations deployed in FATA. ONLINE
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed on Thursday informed the Senate that the Cabinet Division had never been the custodian of the Abbottabad Commission Report. To various questions during question hour, the minister said that the report had been directly sent to the then Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani by the commission. He said the incident occurred in May 2011 and the former government was responsible for the report. He said the Cabinet Division had nothing to do with the report. Meanwhile, to a calling attention notice regarding process of delimitation of constituencies underway in the country for the upcoming local government elections in the absence of new population census, he said no census had been carried out since 1998 although it was due in 2008. The minister said it was a very valid calling notice and should be implemented. The country's population has been increased and new census was need of the hour. He said the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) has also sent a letter to the prime minister in this regard. The minister said that delimitation for national and provincial constituencies was duty of the eCP, while in case of local bodies elections, the respective provincial governments were responsible.
blaSt in ChaMan killS one, leaveS Several injured QUETTA AGENCIES
A powerful explosion killed a child and injured 17 others in Balochistan's Chaman town on Thursday, police said. A police official said militants had planted a bomb on a motorcycle at Truch Road area of Chaman, the bordering town with Afghanistan. He said all the injured were civilians who had gathered after evening prayers. "The bomb went off in the middle of a crowd," he said. He further stated the militants had parked the motorcycle on the road side where a large number of people were standing. The blast rocked the entire Chaman town. The explosion was heard far and wide causing panic among the people. The policeman said it was yet to be confirmed as to what was the target of the militants. The injured were rushed to civil hospital Chaman for medical treatment. Police and fC have been placed on highalert in the area ahead of the local bodies elections scheduled to take place on December 7.
PoliCeMan killed in terroriSt attaCk on bannu CheCkPoSt BANNU ONLINE
A police official was killed in a terrorist attack on a police checkpost in Bannu on Thursday. Unidentified men hurled hand-grenades and used heavy weapons during the early morning attack on the checkpost located within the Cantt police precincts in Mamishkhel area of Bannu, officials said. The martyred policeman was identified as Mumtaz Alam while no one was reported injured. According to officials, more than a dozen policemen were on duty at the checkpost. The terrorists later fled from the scene after retaliation by the police and security forces.
ARMY CHIEF PAYS FIRST FIELD FORMATIONS VISIT TO NORTH WAZIRISTAN MIrANShAh ONLINE Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Miranshah in North Waziristan on Thursday. He was briefed about situation in the agency. The army chief also met officers and jawans deployed in the area and inquired about the ground situation and
the armed forces' actions against terrorists as well as asked about development activities in the area. Earlier, General Sharif visited Peshawar Corps Headquarters and discussed professional matters and other related issues with Corps Commander Lt General Khalid Rabbani. The corps commander briefed the army chief about the security situation in Malakand and the Tribal Areas.
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Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. –Khalil Gibran
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IHC DECISION ON RESTORATION OF TARIQ MALIK AS NADRA CHAIRMAN CHALLENGED IN SC ISLAMABAD: The NADRA chairman-designate, Brig (r) Zahid Hussain has challenged the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) decision that declared his appointment null and void and restored Tariq Malik as NADRA chairman, in the Supreme Court (SC). Hussain has named Malik and the Establishment Division as respondents in his petition. ONLINE
AMERICAN TEACHER SHOT DEAD IN LIBYA'S BENGHAZI BENGHAZI: An American teacher was shot dead in Benghazi on Thursday, 15 months after a deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya's second city, medical and security officials said. The dead man was a US citizen who taught at the city's international school, security services spokesman Ibrahim al-Sharaa said. He was shot dead as he was taking his morning jog in the central Al-Fwihet neighbourhood of the city, Sharaa said. The body of a 33-yearold US citizen who had died of gunshot wounds was brought in to the Benghazi Medical Centre, its spokesman Khalil Gwider said. Benghazi international school director Adel al-Mansuri said the slain American had taught chemistry since late last year. In other violence in the increasingly lawless eastern city on Thursday, two Libyan soldiers were shot dead in separate incidents, the latest of dozens of security personnel to be gunned down in recent weeks, security officials said. The violence rocking the city, which was the cradle of the Nato-backed rebellion against veteran dictator Moamer Gaddafi, is largely blamed on jihadist groups that have mushroomed since he was toppled and killed in 2011. Chief among them is Ansar al-Sharia, a militant group accused of the September 11, 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. AGENCIES
Senators want better governance to control price hike Lawmakers say there is need for evolving effective pricing mechanism ISLAMABAD
ENATORS on Thursday urged the government to improve the governance to control price hike in the country. Speaking on a motion moved by Senator Raza Rabbani, the members highlighted the problems of masses in wake of hike in power and gas tariff and increase in petroleum prices in recent past. They also laid emphasis on putting in place a price-control mechanism as well as curbing corruption, hoarding and black marketing ensuring minimising the role of the
middlemen who had become source of exploitation for the growers and consumers. Opening discussion on this continued motion, Senator Kulsoom Perveen said the middle was the actual beneficiary in the prevalent system who exploits both the consumer and the grower. She proposed to control the power and gas pilferage through the organisations concerned and not to involve the FIA and police. “Let us have a mechanism where the controlling department identify the theft cases and take an action,” she said. Parveen extended support to the government in controlling price hike and asked to formulate policies and
bring them to parliament prior to implementation. Senator Abdul Rauf Khan said poor people are suffering due to price hike and there is need for evolving an effective pricing mechanism. He urged the government to improve governance and regretted that in remote areas people could not afford two meals a day. Senator Ilyas Bilour regretted increase in petroleum prices contrary to decreasing prices in international market. He mentioned to increase in dollar exchange rate visa-vis Pak rupee as well as gap in exports and imports. “This needs a proper government policy to strengthen our reserves and pro-
vide relief to people. Senator Saeed Mandokhel voiced to improve law and order situation and review foreign policy to better the trade volume and bring in more investment for economic revival and control on prices. He assured support if the government brings tax reforms bill and stabilise public finance and emphasized on transparent privatization process and speedy justice to people. Mohsin Khan Leghari demanded an action against hoarding, black marketing and smuggling of good that result in price hike and proposed to control the petroleum prices through good governance. He specifically mentioned to prices of
tomato and potato and said, the action should focus on providing relief to the poor. Senator Hassed Khan demanded that the government should announce industrial policy at the earliest and tighten noose around the corrupt and those involved in illegal activities. He suggested the government to improve governance, relief for the poor and tighten belt to meet the challenge emanating from upcoming industrial federation of India, Iran and Afghanistan under the umbrella of the United States. Later, Deputy Chairman Sabir Baloch adjourned the House to meet again on Friday (today) at 1030hours.
FC IG gets contempt of court notice FC IG’S COUNSEL SAYS THEY HAVE NEVER SAID THEY WOULD NOT IMPLEMENT COURT ORDERS ISLAMABAD ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif talks to Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila at the PM’s House. ONLINE
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Dar exhorts US for early reimbursement of CSF dues ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar Thursday impressed upon the United States for early reimbursements of dues on account of Coalition Support Fund which would help Pakistan improve its present foreign exchange reserves position. The finance minister said this while talking to US Ambassador Richard G Olson who called on Ishaq Dar at his office and discussed matters relating to bilateral economic issues between the two countries. Richard Olson assured the minister that he would convey Pakistan’s posi-
tion to the United States government. The ambassador reiterated that the United States had a strong sense of energy crisis in Pakistan and was willing to support Pakistan in overcoming the same. During the meeting, they exchanged views on 1320 MW Jamshoro Coal Power Plant. The finance minister told the ambassador the government was confident that the Asian Development Bank would soon approve a loan for the Jamshoro Coal Power Plant which would accelerate the efforts of PML (N) government to add power to the national grid. INP
QUETTA: At least five militants and a security personnel were killed in an armed clash in Balochistan's volatile Naseerabad district on Thursday evening, an official said. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for Balochistan Frontier Corps said five militants were killed during an armed clash with the security forces in Naseerabad's Pat Feeder area. He said one security personnel was killed and another was injured in the clash. AGENCIES
He Supreme Court (SC) has issued contempt of court notice to the frontier Constabulary inspector general for not appearing before it despite repeated orders in the missing persons’ case. The court has directed the interior secretary and attorney general (AG) to ensure attendance of the fC IG on next hearing. The court remarked “The fC IG was summoned repeatedly through orders but he did not appear before it. We cannot show more leniency. If he did not appear then he would be indicted.” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry said, “Baloch children are roaming in Karachi. They will return to their homes after finding their near and dear ones. The fC IG considers him above law and constitution. We cannot grant any concession to him. We can go to any extreme end.” A three-member bench headed by Chaudhry took up the Balochistan missing per-
NO PROPOSAL UNDER CONSIDERATION TO OPEN TALIBAN OFFICE IN PAKISTAN: FO Chaudhry says Kashmir and Siachen issues can be resolved through dialogue ISLAMABAD ONLINE The Foreign Office on Thursday said that no proposal is under consideration for opening the office of Taliban in Pakistan. Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said there was no proposal under consideration to open Taliban office in Pakistan for dialogue with the United States; however‚ Pakistan was facilitating Afghan reconciliation process. To a question‚ the spokesman said Pakistan intended to facilitate
withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan as it wanted a smooth process in this regard. Chaudhry said that Pakistan was bound under international obligations to assist in withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan. He said Pakistan was against drone strikes because they were counterproductive. He said Pakistan had raised the issue at all international forums, including the United Nations, adding that Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz also raised the issue with the US special envoy during his recent visit to Islamabad. The spokesman said the United States
has suspended NATO supplies through Torkham to protect lives of the container drivers. He said that the United States was using other routes following sit-ins by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to block NATO supplies in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Chaudhry said that supplies may resume through KP once situation normalises. He said Pakistan wanted to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir with India through dialogue. He said Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue was clear. He said the Siachen issue could also be resolved through dialogue.
FC OFFICIAL SAYS GEN SHAH WAS ADMITTED TO CMH RAWALPINDI ON NOVEMBER 29 AFTER HEART ATTACK
sons’ case for hearing on Thursday. Irfan Qadir appeared on behalf of the IG and said “Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has been seized by some misperception. We have never said that we will not implement court’s orders. Please see the court’s order.” Justice Chaudhry remarked “Call fC IG first. We will not read even a single word. enough is enough. We will not hear you till the time IG fC appears in the court. We will initiate contempt of court proceedings against him and will initiate these proceedings today. Irfan Qadir said he cannot appear. You have not to conduct investigative hearing. I am his lawyer. The CJP said, “file power of attorney first and then we will see it. He will have to implement our orders fully. We are not concerned with it either you file the papers or otherwise. On previous day we also exercised restraint and we did not go to the extreme end. Irfan Qadir said “Possibility is there I may convince you. Please don’t go to the extreme end.
The court asked him to go without hearing him. The court was told no missing person from Balochistan has returned and no DIG has appeared before CID. The CJP said, “Irfan Qadir has not filed his power of attorney and has stood for giving arguments. We issue contempt of court notice to the IG.” The court while issuing order in respect of cases of Balochistan missing persons said no missing person has been produced and they be produced on next hearing. The hearing of the case was adjourned till December, 9. Reportedly, fC IG Major General Ijaz Shah admitted to a hospital in Rawalpindi after suffering a heart attack. An fC official, who spoke to a private TV channel on condition of anonymity, revealed that the IG suffered a heart attack on November 29 and was admitted to CMH Rawalpindi. The officer insisted that the court orders could not be communicated to the fC chief since he and his family were disturbed owing to his illness.
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KARZAI UNCHANGED ON TROOP DEAL: DOBBINS US SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN SAYS PAKISTAN TRYING TO PLAY HELPFUL ROLE kABUL INP
He US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Thursday said Afghan President Hamid Karzai still refused to sign a security deal with the United States until after next April's elections. James Dobbins, who is on a visit to Kabul met with Karzai on Thursday and discussed reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, which the American diplomat says remain stuck because the insurgents don't want to talk. "On the security agreement, we really did not make any progress. It was a restatement of the known positions. I explained why we thought it was important to remove the anxiety and uncertainty
around this as quickly as possible," Dobbins said. Karzai tentatively has endorsed the deal, but refuses to sign it after it was approved by a council of tribal elders known as the Loya Jirga. The council said the agreement with the US should be signed by the end of December, as Washington demands. Instead, Karzai wants his successor to decide after the April 5 elections. He also has indicated that he will not sign any agreement that allows for continued airstrikes and foreign raids on Afghan homes. Civilian deaths at the hands of US and allied soldiers have been a key source of contention, exacerbated last week by a US drone strike that killed a child. The US and NATO officials stressed at a meeting in Brussels this week that a decision is needed soon on the Bilateral
Security Agreement that will allow a continuing training mission in Afghanistan after 2014, when their current mandate expires and all foreign forces must depart. Military planners need the time to prepare for a post-2014 mission that could involve around 8,000 American and 6,000 allied troops. Also at stake is more than $8 billion in annual international military and development aid planned for Afghanistan after 2014. Dobbins said that the "longer we postpone this, the more of that support we are going to lose. The coalition will begin to fragment, the amount of assistance that will be committed will start to erode, and so I felt we really can't afford to delay this much longer". He added, "I can't say that the president really changed his position as it has been expressed publicly and privately." Dobbins visited Pakistan before arriving in Kabul for a short visit. He said efforts to get peace talks started was the
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main focus of his visit, but that he was not optimistic because of Taliban resistance to such negotiations. "This is something we have tried to advance for some time," he said. "The major obstacle has been the Taliban, but we are eager to try to advance the process and we believe that Pakistan is trying to play a helpful role, which is a relatively new and positive factor which suggests over time there may be opportunities here."
WASHINGTON: India has expanded a secretive site that could be used to enrich more uranium for nuclear weapons, a US think tank said citing satellite imagery. The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, said that India appeared to be finishing a second gas centrifuge facility at its Rare Materials Plant near the southern city of Mysore. "This new facility could significantly increase India’s ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons," the institute said in a report that analyzed an image taken in April. The institute said India started building a second centrifuge plant near Mysore in 2010, but it was unclear whether it was a replacement for the first facility at the site or a supplement. If it is a new facility, "India could have more than doubled its enrichment capacity, if the original building continues to function as an enrichment plant", it said. India closely guards its nuclear sites and says little about them publicly. In the past, India has complained about footage of sensitive infrastructure taken by commercial satellite services such as Google Earth. Indian officials have reportedly said highly enriched uranium from Mysore would fuel its new nuclear-powered submarines. India’s nuclear weapons program has traditionally been based on plutonium, not uranium. ONLINE
PakiStani drownS daughterS, Self over dubai debtS DUBAI: A Pakistani depressed over debts in Dubai drowned his two daughters and emailed his wife to wish her a better life before killing himself, reports in the emirate said. The 40-year-old strangled and drowned the girls, aged two and seven, in the bathroom of the family’s villa on Sunday night before drowning himself in the compound’s swimming pool, the Emarat Al Youm newspaper said. The man had been suffering from depression due to mounting personal debts and was having problems with his wife who was attending a concert at the time of the deaths, the daily said. The National newspaper said the man had sent his wife a message saying she deserved a better life than he could offer, and that he decided to kill the daughters because he could not leave them with no one to care for them. The family’s Ethiopian housemaid said she went to bed at 10:30pm, and the wife’s brother was reportedly asleep in the villa. Police found the elder daughter wearing a nightdress and lying in a flooded bathroom, while the second was wrapped in a blanket and placed in bed after suffering the same fate, The National said. Police were still investigating the tragedy and a post-mortem examination was to be conducted on the three bodies in the near future, the newspaper added. INP
SARGODHA: A man washing vegetables in the canal before leaving for vegetable market. ONLINE
WHY MANY AFGHANS OPT FOR TALIBAN JUSTICE MoNITorINg DESk Large swathes of rural Afghanistan still have little or no trace of government 12 years after President Hamid Karzai assumed power in Kabul. In many areas, the Taliban operate a shadow government and judiciary. In Chapa Dara district in the eastern province of Kunar are two men - one who went to a government-appointed judge for justice and the other who went to the Taliban. Deep inside the Pech Valley in Chapa Dara district lies the village of Barkanday. Gul Zaman, a 57-year-old farmer has lived through two personal tragedies in the past three years here. "Some people shot dead my brother Mohammad Zaman over a trivial dispute," says Zaman. "Over the next three years, I knocked on the doors of every judge, judicial official available in the district. But they all asked
for bribes to even listen to my complaint. Since I couldn't pay, I was hounded out of the courts like a stray animal by security guards." Zaman says all this took place while the killers of his brothers roamed free in the district. "Three years later, one of the killers came back and shot dead another of my brothers. But this time he was at least arrested. This raised our hopes, we thought we will get justice at last," he says. Zaman says he reached the court on the date of the hearing. "The judge, through his brother, who was a watchman at the court, asked me what I was offering?" When I said 'I have nothing to give', the judge asked the same question to the accused," Zaman says. "The accused gave the judge an ox, a cow and 10 kgs of walnuts. The judge ruled in his favour. And the killer of my
brothers walked free." One of the accused has since joined the Taliban, he adds. "People are fed up of the judges and the entire judicial system. As a last resort, I am calling on President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban for justice," Zaman says. another villager, Fazel Mohammad said four of his family members were killed in a clash that originated from a land dispute. He says he too went to the governmentappointed judges for justice but was harassed for bribes. "After wasting months running after judicial officials, I decided to approach the Taliban," Mohammed says. "I went to the Taliban centre [in the district]. There were Taliban judges and mullahs. They produced the accused on the second day of hearing," Mohammed said. He said the Taliban judges invoked the Holy Quran and Sharia (Islamic religious
law) to decide his case. "They told the accused to return our land immediately. Although the accused were not happy with the decision, the Taliban forced them to accept. The case was solved within a week," Mohammed said. "The Taliban judges even gave me a letter stating that the disputed land belonged to me and anyone trying to encroach upon it will have to face the Taliban's wrath," Mohammed said, adding that no one now even dares to graze their sheep on his land. The governor of Chapa Dara, Khan Mohammad Safi, admits that the judicial system is almost non-existent in the area. "In our district, we don't have a judge, a prosecutor, they work from the capital. So if people complain, they are right. The cases couldn't be solved on time. No government-appointed judge wants to work in the district because of the frequent Taliban attacks and lack of
security here," he said. In Asadabad, the capital of Kunar province, government prosecutors refused to talk about allegations of corruption in the judiciary. But privately they admit that there is no judge or prosecutor in at least four districts of Kunar. "If Gul Zaman feels that injustice has been committed against him, he should immediately go to the second and third court, or come to Kabul with evidence and documents," said Mohammad Sedeq Zhobal, director of information for the Supreme Court in Kabul. "We need evidence or witnesses. Judges can't make decisions bases on stories even if they are emotional," Zhobal said. The lack of basic government services has created a crisis of governance in rural Afghanistan, forcing thousands of people to seek refuge in the Taliban's judicial system - which they see as harsh but effective.
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Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm. –Robert Louis Stevenson
PoPe SetS uP vatiCan CoMMittee againSt Child Sex abuSe VATICAN CITY AGENCIES
Pope francis on Thursday set up a committee to fight child sex abuse in the Catholic Church and give pastoral care to victims following a recommendation from a council of cardinals he has asked to advise him. The announcement was made by US cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston and one of the eight members of the council, who said the precise composition of the new committee will be announced “in the near future”. O'Malley said the council suggested the new committee on Wednesday and francis approved it on Thursday, adding that the initiative was also in line with the zero tolerance approach of pope emeritus Benedict XVI. “The Holy father has decided to constitute a committee for the protection of children,” O'Malley said. The committee could come up with codes of professional conduct for clergymen, guidelines for Church officials in individual countries on how to deal with misconduct and checks for would-be priests, O'Malley said. “The emphasis so far has been on legal procedures but less on the pastoral response,” he said, adding however that the committee will also look at ways of working together with civil authorities against abuse. “Training courses have helped a lot in prevention, in spotting the danger signs,” he said. “The task will be to study the situation and make suggestions to the Holy father,” he added. The Vatican has said its Canon Law prosecutors are investigating thousands of alleged cases of abuse but it is unclear how many have been confirmed and what action has been taken against those found guilty. “The responsibilities of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith will not change,” the cardinal said, referring to the Vatican department responsible for investigating the abuses. Abuses and cover-ups began coming to light a decade ago in the United States and there has been a wave of revelations since then, although victims have mainly been coming forward only in Western countries. The Vatican on Wednesday said it could not respond to questions on the abuses from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, explaining that it was not responsible for the actions of individual churchmen because they are subject to national laws. Vatican officials will attend a meeting of the UN committee in Geneva on January 16 and O'Malley said “it will help the Holy See demonstrate its desire to help”. The scandals, many of them dating back decades, have scarred the Roman Catholic Church worldwide and led to sharp drops in public confidence in countries like Ireland and the United States.
MUZAFFARABAD: Policemen presenting a guard of honor to martyred policeman Syed Shahid Bukhari at his funeral. ONLINE
Bangladesh’s besieged former dictator threatens suicide DhAkA AGENCIES
ANGLADeSH'S former military dictator Hussain Muhammad ershad threatened to kill himself on Thursday after security forces besieged his home following his decision to boycott next month's elections. "I have loaded four pistols and I've told the government that if they play any tricks with me, I will kill myself," ershad told a local television crew during an interview inside his home in the early hours. "I will die before the RAB (the paramilitary Rapid Action Battalion) or the police can lay a finger on me," he said, before making a trigger-pulling gesture towards his head. The 83-year-old said Tuesday that he would not take part in the January 5 polls, further undermining the credibility of a contest which is also being boycotted by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist
Party (BNP) and its allies. Large numbers of security forces then gathered on Wednesday outside his home in the upmarket Baridhara neighbourhood of the capital Dhaka, fuelling expectations the general was about to be arrested. However Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Lutful Kabir said officers were deployed in the neighbourhood "to enhance security" around foreign embassies in Baridhara. ershad's secretary Khaled Akhter said RAB and plainclothes officers were still massed outside the general's home on Thursday morning, although the numbers had thinned slightly. ershad ruled Bangladesh from 1982-90 before he was ousted by a popular movement. Despite the boycotts by ershad's Jatiya party and the BNP, as well as widespread political violence, the ruling Awami League is so far insisting the elections will go ahead as scheduled on January 5.
The much awaited Pakistan Idol to be aired today
KARACHI: The much awaited Pakistan’s first ever biggest music reality show Pakistan Idol “Jo Hai Dil ki Awaaz” to be aired on television from 6th of December. Being judged by the three legends of Pakistan Ali Azmat , Hadiqa Kiyani & Bushra Ansari , the Pakistan Idol fans will not have to wait more for the show to go on air. Pakistan Idol is Pakistan’s first ever biggest music reality show and since the first day it has gathered attention of millions of Pakistanis. Pakistan Idol “Jo Ha Dil ki Awaaz” will be a great platform for one of the Idol personality of Pakistan. The episodes will be aired every week on Friday and Sunday at 09:00 p.m. Pr
UNIQUE INDIAN WEBSITE OFFERS MATRIMONIAL HOPE FOR HIV POSITIVES MoNITorINg DESk As Nisha looked at the syringe filling up with her blood, little did she know that the needle inserted in her vein was also drawing out her hope and dignity. A pregnant Nisha was at a hospital in Parbhani, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, for a routine blood test. But her world came crashing down when she learnt she was HIV positive. The test results of her husband confirmed her suspicion that she had contracted the virus from him. Yet, it was she who was blamed for their condition and thrown out of the house. Her worst fears came true when her son was born HIV positive. After her husband divorced her, she says she lost her will to live. "I wanted to kill my son and myself," she says. "I wanted to remarry but didn't know how to find an HIV positive partner." A few years into her ordeal, she came to know about PositiveSaathi.com, a free matrimonial website for HIV positive people. Saathi is the Hindi word for friend or partner. Today, Nisha, 42, leads a normal life, having found an HIV positive husband from Kolhapur to support her and her 11-year-old son. "The site came as a ray of hope in my darkest hour," she says. That sentiment is shared by the more than 5,000 HIV positive people registered with the website. And they all
have Anil Valiv to thank for bringing them back from the brink. Mr Valiv, 43, who founded PositiveSaathi.com in 2006, is a government officer with a passion for social work. 'DIFFICULT': Despite his demanding job in the transport department, he makes time to help those rendered lonely by the dreaded infection to find support and companionship. During an earlier stint in Latur town, Mr Valiv started HIV tests for truck drivers, among those most at risk from HIV-Aids. He says a doctor once told him about an HIV positive man who was desperate to get married. "He told the doctor that if he didn't find an HIV positive match soon, he would marry a healthy woman without revealing his HIV status. The doctor was in a dilemma. That made me realise how difficult it was for such people to find a spouse." Mr Valiv had also seen a close friend, who had contracted the virus in the early 1990s, waste away in pain, suffering and isolation. "He was shunned by his own family. I cannot forget the longing in his eyes for a family and children. Such is the stigma attached to the infection that when he died in 2006, his father refused to light his pyre at his sparsely attended funeral." HIV positive people are ostracised and treated inhumanely, he says, but they
need help and support. "If their emotional and physical needs are unmet, they can end up spreading the infection." MATRIMONIAL MEETINGS: Nearly two-thirds of those registered with his website are from rural areas. That is remarkable considering internet access in Indian villages is poor. Around 250 of those registered are Indians living abroad. To bring HIV positive people together, Mr Valiv has also organised nearly a dozen "matrimonial meetings" for them. Ramesh Dhongde, a 43-year-old rickshaw driver in Pune, is among the hundreds who have attended these meetings in search of hope and love. When Mr Dhongde learnt 11 years ago that he had contracted the virus from his now dead wife, he thought it was the end of the road for him. He was most worried about the future of his only daughter. Then, at a meeting organised by Mr Valiv two years ago, he met his current wife, a 33-year-old divorcee who works in a women's co-operative. "Returning to a normal married life has restored my confidence to fight the disease," he says. To spread the word about these meetings, Mr Valiv prints posters with his own money and puts them up in public places. "At the first meeting held in a hospital in Solapur, I anticipated about 300 people
and arranged for their breakfast and lunch. Barely 40 came and all the food had to be distributed among the hospital's poor patients." But the participation improved once he began collaborating with some nongovernmental organisations. When he saw that men far outnumbered women at such meetings, he offered to pay the latter's travel costs. He has already spent tens of thousands of rupees from his own pocket, but is happy that the participation of women has doubled. He says since most participants walk in riddled with guilt and despair, it takes some effort to get them to open up. Another problem is that despite being HIV positive, most of them insist on a match from their own caste. "The caste consideration is strong also because many of them do not reveal their HIV status to their families, who keep putting pressure on them to get married," he says. Women with children are not readily preferred, more so if they have daughters. Changing lives "My role is that of a facilitator," Mr Valiv says. "People connect through the website or during a matrimonial meeting, and then interact directly." This makes it difficult for him to say the exact number of marriages he has helped arrange. But based on the thank you messages
and updates on the website, he believes that number to be between 200 and 400, some involving Indians living in Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany and elsewhere. His biggest success perhaps was in 2010 when 22 people got married in one day at a meeting in Pune. One of them was Lata, a health worker. She was devastated when she lost her first husband to HIV in 2002. She too was diagnosed as HIV positive when she was only 26. Although her son Ravi, then a little over a year old, was HIV negative, she felt broken. Lata brought Ravi to the meeting and there they met Vijay. A year older than her, Vijay had lost his wife to HIV and had himself been living with the virus for over 12 years. They now have a two-year-old son Rishi, who too is HIV negative. "Our sons have made our lives worth living," says an emotional Lata. Mr Valiv says nearly two dozen couples that he helped get married have had healthy children. As the popularity of his website has increased, friends, well-wishers and organisations devoted to similar causes have offered help. Mr Valiv is also using the website to bring together donors and NGOs interested in supporting HIV positive orphans. "HIV," he says, "should not come in the way of one's right to dream."
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wheat available in abundanCe: food MiniSter KARACHI: Sindh food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Thursday said that there is no shortage of wheat in the province. He was presiding over a meeting of the officers of the food Department where he said that the official quota of wheat has been determined in accordance with the desire of the flour mills owners who have assured that they would not increase flour prices. An official statement said that the minister took notice of increase in the flour prices on the part of the flour mills owners. It was mentioned in the statement that action is being initiated against those who are overcharging without any reason. The minister said that there was no shortage of wheat in the province and action would be taken against those involved in overcharging. He said that there can be no increase in the price of flour without permission from the department. The minister said that for the prompt and adequate supply of wheat, steps have been taken to prevent its smuggling to other provinces in order to frustrate hoarders and smugglers who want to create an artificial shortage in Sindh. He also asked the officers of the department to keep an eye on flour prices in Karachi and other parts of the province. APP
SPeCial Children’S talent SurPriSeS viPS KARACHI: Leading educators, artists, socialites and celebrities joined hands with Special Children’s educational Institute (SCeI) on Thursday at an event held in connection with the International Day for Persons with Intellectual Challenges. The event was aimed at creating an acceptance of the intellectually challenged persons in society by showcasing their talents and potential. The event was held at Grandeur Art Gallery with the theme of “I Am Special and So is My Country”. “We chose this theme to promote a positive attitude not only towards our students but also towards our country and the positive work that goes on everyday but does not get the attention that it deserves,” said the SCeI Principal Saima Haq. She further said that 42 children have contributed to the art work. Some pieces are done independently while most are collaborated efforts” “for example one child with limited ability will do the background while another child with more advanced motor skills will add the details. We have involved all our autistic students by using stencils so that each student has the opportunity to spray paint as little or as much as they like.” APP
H U R S D AY marked completion of the third month the Pakistan Rangers Sindh, on the backing of the federal and provincial governments, had kicked-off its targeted action against, what a Rangers spokesman said, the terrorists, target killers, extortionists and kidnappers for ransom in this violencehit financial hub of the country. However, the fresh outbreak of violence, specially the recent sectarian killings, puts a question mark on the extent the law enforcement agencies have been able to maintain peace in this volatile metropolis. During the last three months, since September 5, the paramilitary force claimed to have arrested 978 “criminals” in 1,003 targeted raids. “All the arrestees have been handed over to the police who have lodged fIRs against them,” a Rangers spokesman
told Pakistan Today. Also, during the period under review the Rangers claimed to have recovered from the possession of “hardened criminals” at least 1,714 weapons of different caliber. enjoying full support of the country’s powerful institutions, ranging from the Supreme Court to Pakistan Army, the morale of Rangers is very high to keep the oft-referred “Karachi operation” up for an indefinite period. This is despite the fact that the paramilitary force has lost two of its sepoys who got martyred in the line of duty. “Yes, it would go on,” the spokesman was firm. In a statement issued Thursday, the Rangers spokesman said of the total criminals arrested 14 were terrorists, 104 target killers, 143 “Bhatta Khors” (extortionists) and 12 kidnappers for ransom. The spokesman said during last two months the Rangers had encountered the criminals at least 21 times during which it killed 37 “terrorists/criminals”. In
these encounters the Rangers rescued 10 abductees from the possession of kidnappers. “Pakistan Rangers Sindh has started its current drive against terrorists, target killers, bhatta khors and kidnappers on Sept 5,” said the spokesman in a threemonth rejoinder issued Thursday. Karachi being a heavily weaponized metropolis, the Rangers in their threemonth long operation claimed to have taken in custody some 1714 weapons that include light machine guns (LMGs), submachine guns (SMGs), Uni Barrel Rocket launchers with ammunition, rifles, shotguns, pistols, hand grenades, crackers and bullet proof jackets. While the law enforcement agencies, including Rangers, police and intelligence agencies, were cleansing the city off anti-social elements “certain quarters”, the Rangers spokesman expressed concern, were at work to manipulate the situation. “Certain quarters are presenting wrong events as facts which would soon
be clarified to (the) media,” the spokesman said. When asked if the Rangers would be extending the scope of its targeted action beyond Karachi, the spokesman said it was the government to decide. Meanwhile, in its routine action, the Rangers claimed to have arrested 27 “hardened criminals”, as the spokesman always describes them, in targeted raids in different city neighborhoods. “Pakistan Rangers Sindh has conducted targeted raids in Sharafi Goth, Majeed Colony, Bhittai Colony, Akbar Road, Rangar Para, New Karachi, Chotta Gabol Goth, Liaqatabad, Shah faisal Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Block 18 and Landhi areas last night,” he said. Also, the law enforcers carried out snap checking in Taimuria, Old Sabzi Mandi and Azizabad areas. “During the above mentioned actions 27 hardened criminals have been arrested,” the spokesman said and added that the paramilitary force also rec recovered weapons during the raids.
uP-CoMing aCCountantS on the groove… ICAP AWARDS CERTIFICATES TO PASSED OUT CA FINALISTS kArAChI APP
KARACHI: Doctors chant slogans during a protest against nonpayment of salaries outside Karachi Press Club. INP
Criminals swapped with innocents… kArAChI ONLINE
The two-member bench of Sindh High Court comprising Justice Nadeem Akhtar and Justice Shaukat Memon accepted the petition of the Ansar Burney Trust International for an immediate inquiry of 41 terrorist prisoners replaced with 41 innocents in Sindh Jails, and issued notices to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Minister Jails Manzoor Wassan, NADRA chairman, Sindh home secretary, Inspector General Police, Sindh Jails IG and all others. The in-charge of Ansar Burney Trust International, Mrs Shagufta Burney and Manager Muhammad Danish Ali has filed an urgent constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court on behalf of the Ansar Burney Trust International and informed the court that the matter was put before Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, Nov 27, 2013, by the Sindh home secretary, saying that 41 prisoners held in different jails of the province had been replaced by fake suspects but no action has so far been taken for the release of the innocents and arrest of real criminals.
The home secretary during law and order briefing informed the PM that identities were confirmed through the biometrics system of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). According to details, these 41 fake prisoners were imprisoned in province’s different jails and the majority is in two jails of Karachi. These fake prisoners have replaced two convicted and 39 under trial prisoners. Such illegal and unlawful confinement is termed as Judicial Slavery. The United Nations former expert and advisor on human rights Ansar Burney questioned, how they were replaced is a mystery yet to unfold. According to details collected by the Ansar Burney Trust International; Ali Hyder was jailed in place of convicted prisoner Ghulam Sarwar and Masood Alam in place of convicted Muhammad Shamim. Ansar Burney said that the 39 were under trial prisoners as: Shan Muhammad in place of Sultan, Wahid Bux in place of Shahzad, Abdul Qadir in place of Abdullah, Muhammad Naeem in place of Zaheer, Ramzan Ali in place of Kamran, Muhammad Shahid Nawaz in place of Tabasum alias Tassu, Abdul Khaliq in place of Babul, Abdul Gafoor in place of
Abdul Rasheed alias Abdullah, Ali Mardan in place of Shoiab Ali alias Munna, Nazeer in place of Shaukat, Amir Shamim in place of Danish, Dil Muhammad in place of Din Muhammad alias Sheena, Umar Razaq in place of Habilbullah, Imran in place of Kamran alias Kami Tahir Shah in place of Talib Shah, Ramzan in place of Akram. Abdul Rehman in place of Toufeeq, Afaq Hussain in place of Imtiaz Hussain, Syed Muhammad farhan in place of Muhammad farman and Muhammad Aasar in place of Sajid, Muhammad Asif in place of Shoukat, Nazeer Ali in place of Nadar Ali, Gul Badshah in place of Muhammad Anwar Khan, Muhammad Shahid in place of Muhammad Suhail, Basheer in place of Shabeer, Siddique Baba in place of Ahmed Butt, Syed Muhammad Saleem in place of Syed Muslim Shah alias Khan, Saleem Khan in place of Ismail Khan, Babar Hussain in place of Shabeer Hussain, Hakim Ali in place Qasim alias Aqib, Muneer Ali in place Raja, Arif in place of Asif, Intzar Ali in place of Khizar Hayat, Robort Sardar in place of Dobat, Muhammad Zohaib in place of Muhammad Shoaib, Muhammad Ghaffar in place of Shair Dad, Munaf in place of Manan, Humair Qureshi in place of Muhammad Umair.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) on Wednesday evening organised a ceremony to award examination certificates to those students who had passed CA final examination held in summer 2013. The certificates of merit were also given away to those students who had performed outstandingly in the final and foundation/Intermediate examinations of Summer 2013. In his welcome address, ICAP President Naeem Akhtar Sheikh felicitated the newly qualified CAs and exhorted them to be optimistic, positive and innovative in the changing and challenging corporate world. He said that the path to success can be achieved by setting high standards, and efforts should be made to reach to such standards. Naeem emphasized on improving interpersonal skills and broadening horizons to bring the best possible changes in organisations. While addressing the gathering, Gul Ahmed energy Limited Chairman Iqbal Ali Mohammad advised qualifiers to adopt a goal because without it young CAs cannot achieve acme in their lives. ICAP former president Dawood Patel greeted the newly qualified CAs and said that the young CAs to should be pragmatic in their approach and should always follow the path of integrity, honesty and dedication. Patel assured the passing out CAs that accounting profession is highly rewarding and carries tangible and intangible benefits for those who wish to work with devotion and pride. During the ceremony, videos were also played about the life cycle of a CA student. The ceremony, organised by Southern Regional Committee of ICAP, was also attended by ICAP Council members, its past presidents, Southern Regional Committee members, eminent professionals and parents of newly qualified CAs.
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I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it. –Clint Eastwood
KARACHI Friday, 6 December, 2013
KARACHI: PPP workers chant slogans during a protest against PML-N outside Karachi Press Club. INP
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Two bullet-riddled bodies were recovered on Thursday from the Niazi Chowk area of Lyari. Bodies of two unidentified men were stuffed in a sack, which were shifted to the Civil Hospital. Panic gripped the area afterwards. Police said that on-going gang-war fighting might have been behind the killings.
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SSuet following Sir Syed’s legacy… CHANCELLOR SAYS UNIVERSITY TO LAUNCH MODERN ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES SOON kArAChI
I R Syed University of engineering and Technology (SSUeT) is imparting quality education in the realms of engineering discipline and providing best possible
facilities to its students, said SSUeT Chancellor and Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AUOBA) President engr Muhammad Adil Usman. He was addressing the Annual General Body Meeting of AMUOBA where he described that the varsity is starting three new programmes of architecture, software engineering and bio informatics in 2014 academic session as a proof of the development and success of the university. Since its inception, the university has not only focused on providing best and modern education but also produced a large number of engineers who have demonstrated their talent and skill all over the world, he said. Usman pointed out that
a major characteristic of this university is that no student is deprived from acquisition of education merely because of financial constraints and that the poor and deserving students are financially assisted and during the last academic year about Rs 35 million were given to 1,884 boys and girls as scholarship and financial support. He said that establishment of CISCO Academy at SSUeT was an important achievement and besides education in networking, the university has made a centre of online examination. The SSUeT chancellor was of the view that it was the only university in the private sector where extra-curricular activities are fully encouraged and its students won top positions in various
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WARNS POLITICAL PARTIES TO HANDOVER 450 TERRORISTS
SINDH IG DIRECTS TO UPGRADE SECURITY MEASURES KARACHI: Sindh Police Inspector General Shahid Nadeem Baloch at a high-level meeting reviewed the obtaining law and order situation as well as measures adopted by the police to ensure protection of life and property of the people. The meeting also reviewed progress of the ongoing operation against criminals and raids, said a statement on Thursday. The IG directed the officials concerned to take concrete measures to eliminate street crimes. The Special Branch Additional IG, AIG Operations and officials of Special Branch Sindh, east, West and South zones of the metropolis and others also attended the meeting. The Sindh Police chief directed to take effective steps to control street crimes, and arrest of all the elements involved in heinous crimes and absconders. He directed to take indiscriminate action against miscreants and elements behind the incidents of target killing and violence in the city. He also directed to put check at entry and exit points of the Sindh province and take concrete steps at all levels to arrest the miscreants. He directed to deploy specially trained police squads for snap checking, patrolling and police picketing at the levels of police stations. APP
Karachi police have prepared a list of 450 terrorists involved in unrest in the port city and it would be presented before the Sindh government. Talking to media reporters, Karachi police chief Additional IG Shahid Hayat said 450 terrorists are involved in unrest in the metropolis. Shahid Hayat said that the list includes the names of those terrorists involved in 100 murders each. The majority of these miscreants belong to political parties. The wanted target killers belong to MQM, ANP, Sunni Tehreek, People’s Party, Lyari gang war and banned outfits, the police chief said. He said a letter would be written to the political parties to demand surrender of their target killers. If the parties failed to hand over them, then head money of these target killers would be announced besides providing name, images and list of their crimes to media.
important national and provincial events besides sports. Usman specially recalled the services of AMUOBA’s late president Z A Nizami and its late secretary Mohammed Zakir Ali Khan and said that the foundation stone of a new 8-story academic block at the campus has been laid and construction work has started in full swing. earlier, AMUOBA’s Secretary Mukhtar Ahmed Naqvi presented the association’s Annual Report highlighting the successes made towards the achievement of its objectives. The meeting approved the minutes of AMUOBA’s previous AGM. The SSUeT treasurer Salman Sualeh presented the audited accounts of the association.
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On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey, His excellency Murat Mustapha Onart, hosted a grand reception at his residence. Addressing the gathering His excellency Murat Mustapha Onart lauded the warm and cordial relations between both Pakistan and Turkey and assured to further build the strong economic and people ties between both
countries. Sharmilla farooqi, representing the government of Sind, expressed deep appreciation for Turkey’s continuing support to Pakistan and appreciated the role played by His excellency Murat Mustapha Onart in further bringing the two countries close. The reception was extremely well attended by leading diplomats including CoMichael Dodman, US Consul General, Roberto franceschini, Italian Consul General, diplomats and leading social figures Zia Isphani, Yasmin Islam, Zeenat Saeed, Abdul kader Jaffer and Yasmin Hyder.
82 GREENGROCERS CHALLANED KARACHI: eighty two shopkeepers were challaned and fined of Rs 68,200 on Wednesday for overcharging purchasers of vegetables, fruit, milk, grocery and other food items in Karachi. Karachi commissioner office sources while sharing details of the exercise said, these retailers belonged to different localities of the city including Gulberg, North Nazimabad, SITe Area, Airport and Korangi respectively. They said the campaign initiated as per directives of the Karachi commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and would reportedly continue till the menace of profiteering is not weeded out. APP
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The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. –Anne Frank
the thai unrest
Much similar to Pakistan, Thailand has been in transition
Friday, 6 December, 2013
fragile ties with india Careful handling need of the hour
eLATIONS between Pakistan and India need handling with extreme care. It is after months of tension that the situation on the LoC is becoming stable. Any minor incident can be destabilising. With the first phase of Indian state elections over, the general elections are now on the agenda. There is a tough competition between the Congress and the nationalist BJP. It makes it all the more necessary to be cautious. Keeping in view Mian Nawaz Sharif’s penchant for peace with India, the statement attributed to him on Wednesday seemed odd. According to a national daily, while addressing the AJK Council Prime Minister Sharif had said, “Kashmir is a flashpoint and can trigger a fourth war between the two nuclear powers at any time.” In view of the sensitivity of the matter, it would have been appropriate for the daily to recheck with the prime minister’s secretariat before publishing the remark attributed to him. The reaction from the Indian side was predictable. The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh retorted that there is no scope of Pakistan winning any war against India in his lifetime. The remark however came in response to a question from an Indian journalist. Meanwhile, Sharif’s office has denied the comment and described the newspaper report as incorrect and based on mala fide intentions. One hopes that the mischief would end after the denial. There is however still a need on the part of the government to conduct a thorough probe into the embarrassing faux pas. What Sartaj Aziz said about the ongoing degradation of the Siachin glacier is a well-known fact and does not justify anti-Pakistan propaganda on the part of Pakistan-baiters in India. At a time when Pak-India relations need careful mending the absence of Pakistan’s high commissioner in the Indian capital can create problems. It is the task of an envoy to clarify misunderstandings and expose false claims. The government in its wisdom had suddenly terminated the country’s ace diplomat and former foreign Secretary Salman Bashir’s contract for serving in New Delhi in early October when he had hardly finished his first year in New Delhi. equally incomprehensible is New Delhi’s delay of nearly two months in accepting the accreditation papers of the new envoy when it normally takes a maximum 27 days for processing the papers. New Delhi needs to accelerate the process to allow the Pakistani high commissioner to put in the much needed efforts to improve relations between the neighbours.
fresh census in Pakistan
A necessity, as the last one was held 15 years ago
T was the PML-N’s previous stint in power when the last census was held in the country. This speaks volumes about the government’s efficiency, political exigencies and bureaucratic hurdles. The situation, though, has changed somewhat now. Urbanisation, growth within a city, ethnic diversity and equitable distribution of state resources are some of the issues that need to be explored periodically, and a census provides the means to determine that through the data it churns out. However, since the country has seen no such thing in the last 15 years, all the physical and social uplift planning and the government spending on country’s different segments of society has been based on, at best, informed hunches. A census is not just a count of how many people reside in a particular area; it is the best statistical data to formulate policies that can affect a large number of people. Karachi, for instance, has seen abnormal growth in the areas under the control of the MQM and the PPP, while Balochistan has seen growth in both Baloch and Pashtun areas. Urbanisation has increased manifold and the state of literacy and employment has varied over the years, but a concrete data is unavailable. In 2011, an attempt was made by the previous government to carry out the census but it could not be completed beyond the first phase of house count because of political and ethnic rivalries in Sindh and Balochistan. Now that the federal government, again the PML-N government, is back in power after a 13-year interregnum and runs one province and is in alliance in another, it must show the political will to carry out the census. The census is needed to ensure equitable distribution of resources on the basis of population density. It is equally important for social and economic planning, and for the much needed changes in electoral constituencies. As a census is such a humongous task, it can take months to complete and infer results, on which future policies would be based, it would be better to carry it out as soon as possible, so that its results can be utilised in the next elections for better electoral constituencies. While the exercise requires mobilisation of government machinery at a countrywide level, maintaining transparency and giving each stakeholder equal representation is a must. However great this challenge may be, it is one the government cannot shy away from any longer.
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T is not the ‘Thai Spring’. The country is actually known for military coups. It is a regular feature in that Southeast Asian country. Conditions for a coup have always been created. Politicians are often ousted and brought in many times. Since constitutional monarchy was established in 1932, around 18 military coups have been staged. The ongoing political chaos has been creating conditions for another coup. Normally demonstrators are loyal to monarchy and incline toward military. Thailand is neither an absolute monarchy nor a complete constitutional monarchy. It is something in between them, existing in that political texture for long. Monarchy could directly intervene in politics, as in 1973 and 1992 to restore political order. Protestors – thankfully not rebellious – are calling on the ruling party, Pheu Thai Party, to step down to their demands. The protest, however, goes against the will of the majority that wants the government to stay in power. This is a pretty strange situation. One needs to go by democratic credentials – to respect the will of the majority instead of creating an Unelected People’s Council by protestors to elected new prime minister. It cannot be the Unelected People’s Council to elect prime minister. The unwise move could tarnish country’s nascent democracy. Prime ministers are elected through elections. Military also staged a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra when he was attending the UN General Assembly Session in New York in 2006. This time the Thai generals are reluctant to seize power. They might have had a bitter experience in 2006 and they intend to keep away from politics. They have been asking for a political resolution to end the chaos, and might not intervene. The Pheu Thai Party has
established good contacts with the royal palace and the military, two powerful institutions in the country. Shinawatras’ politics matters a lot in Thailand. It has grown stronger after 2006. The ongoing chaos dates back to 2006 military coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, accused of corruption and nepotism. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, became prime minister in 2011 – the first woman in country’s high profile politics along with a strong business base and rural support. It was a big comeback for the Pheu Thai Party when its leader was living in self-exile in Dubai. economy got much better in the last two decades in Thailand. It is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. free water and electricity were provided to villages along with the rice mortgage scheme. People might yet be aspiring for a non-corrupt governance and more political participation. It might not be a politics for power, but a new middle class is on the rise. The old political guards might not subscribe to peasantry and labour participation. The Thai politics was previously dominated by capital Bangkok, army and businessmen. A new touch has been given to the rural participants who are 67 percent of Thailand’s population. Provinces, especially the populous northeast one, have little say in politics. Today there is prosperity in provinces. They have modern facilities. Provinces want a change and an even greater say in politics. Thaksin Shinawatra boosted the democratic process when he was elected in 2001. The Pheu Thai Party is popular among northeastern peasants. The party gave them a new sense of participation. Now they want a greater role in determining Thai politics. One the other hand, resurgent Muslims also play a part in Thai politics, which cannot constantly be undermined on account of ethnic cleansing and terrorism. This is another impression one got out of Thailand’s chaos. In fact, it not a real political change but a social change that is rapidly transforming Thai society. Corruption also cannot be ruled out in Thai politics like other countries in Southeast Asia. Protestors blame the government’s inefficiency in controlling corrupt business practices. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted on account of corruption by the military. Similarly, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been confronting a number of corruption charges, including the rice scandal of US$13 billion, levelled by the opposition.
There are infrastructural projects and loans scams too, opposition alleges. Under the Amnesty Bill, the government tried to exonerate Thaksin Shinawatra of all corruption charges. This brought the people to streets, some experts say. Opposition also says that the last elections were rigged and fraudulent. The Shinawatras’ have established close contact with Pakistani politicians. Yingluck Shinawatra visited Pakistan in August and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reciprocated the visit in November. earlier, Thaksin Shinawatra was close to former Pakistani PM Shaukat Aziz. All of them have one thing in common: they are businessmen-turned-politicians. The Puea Thai Party has been resisting and upholding the credentials of popular democracy. If the party and government were thrown away, it would be equated to the popular Ikhwanul Muslimin in egypt that was toppled by the army in July. Thailand should refrain from becoming another egypt. Otherwise, we could not control political mess rising from Southeast Asia to the Middle east when popular consensus was thrown away. for long, Thailand has been in transition – similar to Pakistan. Just a decade is not necessary for the growth of democracy. It needs decades and centuries. Pakistan’s new democracy is hardly six years old. Thailand experienced the bitter military rule for long. Let democracy to work there. If a coup took over in Thailand, popular Pheu Thai Party, peasantry, and provinces will receive a set up. At the same time, a stronger move for change has been taking place since 2006. It would take some more time when ruling consensus would emerge in Thai politics. Dialogue must take place within the constitutional framework instead of solving matters in streets, creating conditions for a coup. Rule of law and majority consensus must prevail. A deeply polarised society can only be unified under consensus. Military should remain neutral in every situation to strengthen democracy in Thailand. Let’s get away from the false wisdom that military coups create political stability. enough coups have already taken place in that country without bringing political stability. It is time to learn from history than staging another military coup. Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad.
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oaths of allegiance The importance of taking an oath and pledging allegiance should be gauged from the fact that just verbal recitation of kalima converts a non-Muslim to a Muslim, breaking all bonds with any other faith or beliefs previously held by an individual. What is after all the ritual of offering prayers other than submission to the will of Almighty! Similarly, when a Pakistani national makes a voluntary decision to pledge an oath of loyalty to another nation, its constitution, monarch, elected constitutional head etc, he renounces all pledges of loyalty to his own country, its constitution and laws. One can understand the compulsions of those who in search of livelihood are forced to seek foreign nationalities, sending their savings to feed their extended families living in Pakistan. What is unfortunate is the choice of those who having benefitted the most from this country, made fortunes courtesy vast opportunities offered by Pakistan, chose to betray their motherland to flee from any accountability and yet be allowed to play a role in the politics of this country, or be nominated on boards of directors of important state owned corporations, financial institutions and policy making corridors. It is such people who are involved in massive flight of capital from Pakistan. Can somebody explain what forced Governor State Bank Yasin Anwar or others holding prominent and sensitive assignments, including those heading political parties, to obtain nationality of another country although their oath of allegiance binds them to serve national interests of their newly adopted state, if and
when called upon to do so. Will UK, USA or Canada allow its Chancellor of exchequer or Treasury Secretary to hold a foreign nationality where he can seek refuge to evade accountability? AMNA SHAHID Lahore
Supremacy of law People in Indian capital New Delhi came out in millions to exercise their right to vote in provincial elections held on 4th November 2013. Majority of the voters were young boys and girls who had attained the age to vote. Many voters were sent back home before they could even enter the polling stations. Not because their names were not found in the voters’ lists but because they were carrying their cellphones with them. It was publicly announced by the Indian election commission that cellphones will not be allowed inside polling booths to ensure transparency and fairness in the elections. All those voters who brought their cellphones along were denied entry inside polling booths. They were asked to go and keep their cellphones at home and come later to cast their votes. This is how government and institutions in democratic countries make and enforce their laws. After all, it’s the supremacy of law that strengthens democracy. Is election Commission in Pakistan taking any lessons from the neighbour’s? It is high time they did. M RAFIQUE ZAKARI Karachi
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Friday, 6 December, 2013
the disadvantage of incumbency Where the new government stands
impossible dialogue The choice in Yemen rAMzy BArOuD
HANCeS are dim that elections will be held in Yemen next february. Yet without elections, the push for reforms and change that were inspired by the Yemeni revolution would become devoid of any real value. Yemenis might find themselves back on the street, repeating the original demands that echoed in the country’s many impoverished cities, streets and at every corner. It is not easy to navigate the convoluted circumstances that govern Yemeni politics, which seem to be in a perpetual state of crisis. When millions of Yemenis started taking to the streets on January 27, 2011, a sense of hope prevailed that Yemen would be transferred from a country ruled by elites, and mostly beholden to outside regional and international powers, to a country of a different type: one that responds to the collective aspirations of its own people. Instead, after a long stalemate that pinned most of the country and its political representatives against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his supporters, Gulf countries brokered a power transfer deal. The deal however sidelined Saleh, but not his family and their proponents. It is of little help that interim President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was elected to guide the transition for a two-year period in 2012, is no revolutionary. True, he seemed sincere in his attempt to curb Saleh’s still prevailing influence over many of the country’s institutions, but that is hardly enough. Saleh’s supporters are still powerful and the former ruling class is fighting back for relevance and influence. This results from a combination of deepening poverty and a failure to translate any of the revolution’s demands into any tangible solution that could be felt by the country’s poor and marginalised classes. The target of Saleh’s supporters is the Conference of National Reconciliation (CNR). It convened on March 18 to explore common ground between all strands of Yemeni society, draw-up a new constitution and organise national elections. The 565 members of the conference found out that their differences were too many to overcome. exploiting Yemen’s political woes, tribal and sectarian divisions, the old regime used its own representatives at CNR, and sway over the media to derail the process. In remarks before the Security Council, Jamal Benomar, the United Nations envoy to Yemen, sounded the alarm to the staged comeback. A statement of his remarks was made available to the media on Nov 28. It
said that there was a “well-funded, relentless and malicious media campaign” to undermine Hadi, so that he either prolongs his mandate or leaves offices. “Some elements of the former regime believe they can turn back the clock,” the envoy said. These elements have become a “persistent source of instability.” The dialogue itself has been extended, with little evidence that anything concrete is on the way. What is even worse is that 85 delegates representing south Yemen, which until 1990 was a state of its own, decided to permanently leave the conference. The separatist movement in south Yemen has grown massively in recent months. The country is more vulnerable than ever before. If Hadi leaves, a political vacuum could spark another power struggle. If he stays by extending his term in office, the dialogue is likely to falter even more. There can be no win-win situation, at least for now. Considering that Benomar himself played a key role in shaping the current transitional period, his gloomy reading of the situation in Yemen is hardly encouraging. As talks are derailed and the prospects of a compromise are at an all-time low, the Southern separatist movement Al-Hirak continues to gather steam. The movement grew increasingly more relevant following the Oct 12 rallies, when tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of eden, mostly demanding secession from the north. What is happening in Yemen these days is in complete contrast to the collective spirit that occupied the streets of the country nearly three years ago. In Jan 2011, a large protest took place in the Yemeni capital Sana’a demanding immediate reforms in the country’s corrupt family and clan-based politics. Within a week the rest of the country joined the initial cry for reforms. On feb 3, both Sana’a and eden stood united under one banner. It was a momentous day because both cities once served as capitals of two warring countries. The youth of Yemen were able to fleetingly bridge a gap that neither politicians nor army generals managed to close despite several agreements and years of bloody conflicts. However, that collective triumph of the Yemeni people was only felt on the streets of the country, overwhelmed by poverty and destitution, but also compelled by hope. That sentiment was never truly translated into a clear political victory, even after Saleh was deposed in feb 2012. The Gulf-brokered agreement under the auspices of the UN and other international players stripped the revolution of its euphoria. It merely diverted from the massive popular movement that gripped the streets for
many months, allowing politicians, representatives of tribes and other powerful elites to use the NDC to simply achieve its own interests, be it to maintain a handle on power – as is the case of the ruling General People’s Congress (GPC), or to ignite old hopes of secession. The party that was closest to the collective demands of ordinary Yemenis was the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP), representing the opposition. However, conflict soon ensued between members of the JMP themselves, especially between the Islamicleaning Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) whose core supporters are based in the North, and the secularist Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP), based in the South. Considering the mistrust in the very process that is meant to lead the country towards permanent reforms and democracy, and in the very representatives guiding the transition, it is no wonder that Yemen is once more at the brink of tumult. The country’s unity, achieved in May 1990, after bitter struggle and war between a Marxist-Leninist South Yemen, and North Yemen, is now at risk. equally as dangerous is that the south, although represented by the all-encompassing Al-Hirak, hardly speaks in one voice. Al-Hirak itself is divided and at times seems incapable of taking one solid political stance. following a statement in which Al-Hirak announced that they “completely withdraw from the conference (holding) all the parties that placed obstacles in our path responsible for this decision,” another statement surfaced on Nov 28, also attributed to Al-Hirak “denying the walkout and affirming that the Southern movement remains committed to the national dialogue,” reported Asharq Al-Awsat. Yemen’s divisions are copious and growing, allowing the old regime to find ways to once more dominate the country. It could easily rebrand itself as the party capable of uniting all Yemenis and saving Yemen from complete economic collapse and disintegration. Still empowered by the spirit of their revolution that underscored the resilience and discipline of one of the world’s poorest nations, Yemenis might find themselves back on the streets demanding freedom, democracy, transparency and more, demands of which nothing has been accomplished, nearly three years on. Ramzy Baroud is editor of PalestineChronicle.com. He is the author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle” and “My father Was a freedom fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story” (Pluto Press, London).
Ne of the major negatives for the sitting governments all over the world is that they invariably are the victim of the syndrome of ‘disadvantages of incumbency’. No matter how good and imaginative their policies are, there are always people out there who consider it their scared duty to cavil at them and make a conscious effort to ferret out inadequacies in those initiatives out of context. The other disadvantage is that the incumbent governments, for some inexplicable reason, also suffer from lack of credibility. The combination of MALIk MuhAMMAD AShrAf these two factors makes it really difficult for the governments to defend their policy options. This phenomenon is more pronounced in developing countries as compared to the developed nations. Pakistan presents a quintessential model of this phenomenon. The present government has hardly completed six month of its incumbency and it is already being subjected to an undeserved opprobrium for its failure to turn around the economy and surmounting the other inherited challenges without making an honest effort to evaluate its endeavours in their proper context. The major thrust of the criticism on the government relates to the economic situation of the country. Perhaps it would be pertinent to have a cursory glance at the state of the economy when the PML-N government was installed, to understand the real worth and value of the policies put in place to address the maladies afflicting the economy. It is a known fact that the present government inherited a severe energy crisis which was one of the major factors responsible for triggering economic meltdown. The economy was in complete shambles. Budgetary deficit stood at 9% of the GDP and the country had an internal debt liability of Rs14.3 trillion. It faced a huge budget deficit and its overall financing requirement on external front stood at US$11.5 during the current fiscal year. The country was likely to default on the payment of loans with all the accompanying negative fall-out for the country and hence needed to be addressed on top priority basis. An objective appraisal would reveal that the government without wasting any time took a prudent decision to approach the IMf for US$ 5.3 billion loan package for the next three years with an upfront payment of US$ 3 billion to repay the IMf loan due to be paid during the current financial year. That loan was not only successfully negotiated but the IMf during an evaluation exercise has also endorsed the measures taken by the government to restructure the economy and reforms aimed at expanding the tax base and other measures to address the economic afflictions. The government is in the process of raising US$ 4.7 billion from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank besides raising US$ 4 billion through private investment and privatisation proceeds. The government was convinced that the only way to revive the economy required attracting foreign as well as internal investment and broadening the tax base. The first budget presented by the government envisaged reducing the budget deficit from 9% of the GDP to 6%, measures to reduce government expenditures, bringing more and more people into the tax net, providing incentives for the foreign investors in the form of tax holidays and infrastructural amenities. With a view to generate employment within the country the government launched a programme to advance loans to youth up to Rs2 million to start their own business which is likely to play a significant role in reducing unemployment among the skilled and educated young men. Recently, another package has been announced to encourage private investments whereby the government has exempted an investment of up to Rs25 million from scrutiny as to its source, made in the construction industry, Thar Coal projects in Sindh and mining projects in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa provided that the sources are not hit by Narcotics Act of 1977, Anti-Terrorism Act of 1977 and anti-money laundering laws. A number of other incentives were also announced to promote culture of paying taxes. The government has retired the circular debt and there is a discernible improvement in regards to power outages. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been making frantic efforts to seek assistance and support of other countries in regards to promoting foreign investment, especially in the energy sector. In this regard, he has visited a number of countries, though his detractors have failed to acknowledge the utility of these visits. China is helping us in a big way to tide over the energy crisis and the Chinese companies are expected to make an investment of US$ 6 billion in this sector over the next five years. The government is giving top priority to changing the energy production mix by switching over to coal based power production and other renewable energy resources. Power producing companies have been asked to switch over to coal based power generation. Work on ten new coal based projects with a cumulative production potential of 6,600 MW has already been initiated at Gaddani in Balochistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently also performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the largest civil nuclear power plant designed to generate 2,200 MW of electricity and revealed that six more such projects would be launched in the near future. As a follow-up of his visit to the US and the agreements reached with the US government, a delegation visited US recently to discuss its investment in the energy sector. All these positive outcomes of his visit to foreign countries in themselves constitute an authentic snub for those who look askance at these sojourns and also provide a ranting proof of the seriousness with which the government is approaching the issue of energy shortage and revival of the economy. Another very positive aspect of the foregoing measures is that the jobs created through foreign and domestic investments in the industrial sector will also lead to enhancement of government revenues through taxes by broadening the tax base and bringing more and more sectors into the tax net; a prescription that economists of all hue agree on ungrudgingly. There are however some difficulties being faced by the masses in the short run as a consequence, like revisions in the energy prices, withdrawal of subsidies across the board and resort to a programme of targeted subsidies but the dilemma is that they cannot be avoided. When the steps taken by the government start creating their impact and the projects start operating, the situation will certainly ease. It is an inescapable reality that building a prosperous future does entail some sacrifices and hardships. Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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katrina walkS off SetS when aSked for retake?
NEWS DESk While we all know about starry tantrums, it is very rare that a star leaves the shoot midway just because she is asked to give a retake. This is exactly what happened with Katrina Kaif. The actress got so upset while shooting for a commercial that she left it midway and walked off. A Mid-Day report says the pretty actress was shooting for a beverage brand she endorses for the last couple of days. However, the Director of Photography, who had specially flown from Australia for the ad, asked the actress to give a retake for a few scenes. This infuriated Katrina and she walked off the studio without completing shooting. Her behaviour bewildered the foreigner as he was taken back by her rudeness. He kept asking around what really happened, as he is obviously not used to Bollywood starry tantrums.
I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you. –Robin Williams
keen to take kidS to PakiStan: Shah rukh khan H
AVING fond memories of visiting Peshawar as a teenager with his father, Shah Rukh Khan harbours a hope to take his three children to visit his family’s hometown, and hopes ties between India and Pakistan become “friendlier” and “family-like”. The Hindi film superstar spoke fondly of Peshawar when Pakistan’s former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar asked him about visiting her country, at an event. “I’d love to! My family is from Peshawar and few of them still live there. I would love to come to Peshawar and bring my children over because my father took me when I was 15 or 16. I still have some of the greatest memories of the time I spent with my father in Peshawar, Karachi and Lahore. I want to take my kids there,” said Shah Rukh. The 47-year-old was born in Delhi, but his late father, Taj Mohammad Khan, came from Peshawar. He was
a freedom fighter. Shah Rukh, who is married to Punjabi girl Gauri, has three children - Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. AbRam is their baby through surrogacy. Shah Rukh hopes that the two countries forget their differences and join forces to have “the greatest of things possible for each other”. “I hope with whatever issues and stresses we have... I hope we become friends, we become friendlier, we become like a family and one together,” he said, adding how he learnt the true essence “mehmaan-nawaazi” during his last visit to Pakistan. The actor believes the people of both nations harbour no ill-will for each other. “When I travel abroad, I notice it even more, because sitting in your nation you can’t make out. But when I go to London, Dubai or US, you don’t even get to know who is from where - there’s no cultural difference. I think people should forget (the past) and continue to be what we used to be,” he added.
TOUGH TO BE A WOMAN TODAY, SAYS KAJOL NEWS DESk Bollywood actress Kajol feels it is much easier for a man to survive and succeed nowadays than a woman, given the deteriorating state of the fairer sex in our country. The 39-year-old actress, who has starred in several hits like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, said that men often make it difficult for us women to lead our lives liberally and there is an urgent need to change their mindset. “every woman goes through a lot of struggle. To struggle and succeed in today’s world, especially in India, is much tougher for a woman than for a man... The same men, who invoke the goddesses before every important moment of their lives, go on and kill
their daughters or beat up their wives. If we want to empower our women, we will have to change the mindset of men,” Kajol said.
The actress, a mother of two, also lamented that the authorities in our country are not women friendly and that is the major reason for several unreported crimes. “Implementation of laws are necessary, but another important aspect is to see whether local police stations are doing their job. In several occasions, we hear that police are not willing to lodge an fIR and ignore the victim’s pleas for help,” said Kajol, who was in the capital for the launch of a book titled “Women of Pure Wonder”. The book chronicles the struggles, survival and ultimate success of sixty extraordinary women, which includes acid-attack survivor Lakshmi who fought for seven years to get the sale of acid at retail outlets regulated.
Sofia Vergara highest paid TV star on Forbes list
Sofia Vergara has topped the Forbes magazine list of the highest paid TV stars. The ‘Modern Family’ actor is paid an estimated 175,000 dollars per episode on the hit U.S. TV comedy and her earnings in endorsements has made her annual income 30 million dollars, Contactmusic reported. Ashton Kutcher was named second with 24 million dollars in earnings. Others on the list are Jon Cryer with 21 million dollars, Ray Romano, who made 16 million dollars, and Mark Harmon with 15 million dollars. NEWS DESk
WHY GAL GADOT’S THE PERFECT WONDER WOMAN IN ‘BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN! NEWS DESk SRAELI model and actress Gal Gadot has beaten other actresses to clinch the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, the tentatively titled project, Batman vs. Superman, where she plays the role of super heroine Wonder Woman. The director of the film, Zack Snyder, has received a lot of criticism for casting Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman. While Affleck’s acting ability has been questioned in the past in spite of his Oscar wins, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman may raise eyebrows once again. For one, the actress is way too skinny to play the muscular Wonder Woman. Though Gal Gadot is pretty and convincing in the films she’s done Date Night, Knight and Day, Fast Five and the Fast and Furious series, she’s not a very prominent face in Hollywood. As yet. Batman vs. Superman could be her big bet in Hollywood. But in spite of these barriers, here’s why we think she’s the perfect choice. She’s a former beauty queen who won the Miss Israel competition in 2004, so she’s a beauty with brains, qualities essential for Wonder Woman.
Gadot also served as a sports trainer in the Israel Defense Forces for a period of two years. This depicts qualities like strength, fitness and discipline, all of which are again important to Wonder Woman’s character. But most importantly, Wonder Woman depicts women’s empowerment. Someone like Gadot representing her country at an international pageant makes her the perfect candidate to talk about women, their rights and equality! Wonder Woman’s also compassionate and Gadot in real life is a mother. What better way to express that love and transform it onto the silver screen? Gadot is an avid motorcycle rider and loves bikes and riding, a sport generally related to men. Like Wonder Woman, Gadot depicts the qualities of an independent woman, one who can do a man’s job and that no task is difficult for her. Like Wonder Woman, (aka as Diana) who had a strong Greek ancestry, Gadot is also proud of her Jewish heritage and likes to talk about her culture and religion. While we think these are reasons enough for Gadot to play Wonder Woman, tell us if you agree by commenting below!
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Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
ARTS Friday, 6 December, 2013
SALMAN IS A BIGGER STAR THAN ME: AAMIR KHAN A
AMIR Khan says his colleagues’ good work makes him happy, and lavished praise on his contemporary Salman Khan, describing him as “powerhouse of star power”. At a conclave Wednesday, Aamir was asked about the Khan rivalry between Salman, Shah Rukh Khan and himself. He said: “I can answer for myself. I don’t have any negative thoughts about competition with anyone and I thank my ammi (mother) for it.” “It’s not in my nature. I understand that there are people who think otherwise,
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but it’s not in me to look at another person’s work, and think, ‘How come he did so well? How will I do as well?’ I just don’t feel like this.” “When I saw Sanju ( Sanjay Dutt) in ‘Munnabhai M.B.B.S.’ and ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, I was so happy with his work, or even when I saw Ranbir (Kapoor) in ‘Barfi!’,” he added. The 48-year-old, who is awaiting the release of action adventure film “Dhoom 3” later this month, then went on to praise Salman’s magic. “Salman is my friend. He is a bigger star than me. When I see him in ‘Dabangg’, I feel very happy. Salman doesn’t need to do anything. He is a powerhouse of star
On December, 2013 the great Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Airmatov’s 85th birthday is celebrated all over the world. During his life he has created more than 100 writings which were translated into more than 170 languages of the world and are taught at schools. UNESCO officials stated that Aitmatov was among the world's most read contemporary authors. Some of Aitmatov's books have been made into films in Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Turkey. WRITER FOR ALL NATIONS: Aitmatov’s writings transcended ethnic barriers to the point where all Central Asians considered him their writer, and indeed, the citizens of the former Soviet Union came to consider him as their writer as well. His books were popular for truthfully describing life of the ordinary people, but were sufficiently tempered to avoid being considered outright criticism of the Soviet authorities. In his book A Day Lasts Longer Than a Century, Aitmatov coined the term mankurt and explored the feelings of a man who was torn between the traditions of his people and the efforts of government. A mankurt was a Central Asian who had opted for being the Soviet person, and the term was adopted and used derisively by Central Asians. Representatives of other nations of the former Soviet Union, would say the same. Russians also regard him as their writer because Aitmatov wrote in both Kyrgyz and Russian languages and his novels are taught as modern Russian literature in Russia's secondary schools. REPRESENTING KyRGyZSTAN: For years, Aitmatov preserved his best image and politicians of all stripes in his native Kyrgyzstan sought his public support, hoping to tap into Aitmatov's popularity. He was one of the main intellectuals who endorsed the Kyrgyz language's status in the 1980s, when few schools were teaching in Kyrgyz in Bishkek (formerly Frunze), the capital of Kyrgyzstan. He also made a great contribution to Kyrgyzstan's image, drawing positive attention to the small Central Asian country. His intellectual gathering, the famous IssykKul Forum founded in 1986, was credited as being a major breakthrough in creating a dialogue between intellectuals of the West and the Central Asia.
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power.” “ Woh sirf belt hilaata hai, chashme theek karta hai, and see his magic. I have no competitive feeling,” said Aamir, who is known to be a meticulous method actor. At the event, Aamir received a request to either perform a bit of tap dance that he has learnt for “Dhoom 3” or to show his perfect body. He did none. Then pointing to the difference between himself and Salman, he quipped: “Salman would have done it both - tap dance and he would have shown his sixpack as well.” “I am a shy kind of person,” he said.
I am underrated as an actor, says Shahid Kapoor Actor Shahid Kapoor laments that Bollywood applies the yardstick of film’s success at box office results to consider one as a good actor. Shahid, who is striving for a big hit, has so far managed to deliver only three--’Ishq Vishk’ (2003), ‘Vivah’ (2006), ‘Jab We Met’ (2007)--in his career of 20 films spanning ten years. The actor is eagerly awaiting release of Prabhudeva’s potboiler ‘R...Rajkumar’ releasing this friday. “I agree when others say I am underrated as an actor... When you give super-hit films then only you are considered as a good actor. At least that is how it is there in our industry. I think you need to be successful to be appreciated,” Shahid said. Shahid said he wanted to be successful and expressed that everyone should succeed. “eventually, the most important thing is success. I want to achieve a lot of success. It doesn’t feel good when your film doesn’t do well and yet you are appreciated... everybody should succeed,” the 32-year-old said. Shahid said he was fortunate that people always reposed faith in him and he got love and appreciation from the audience. Besides, ‘R...Rajkumar’, Shahid has under his belt Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’, and is pinning hopes on them. “I want lot of luck and want all my films to be really super hits. I don’t want to hear that the film is not good but you did a good job. I am tired of hearing that. I am hoping for little luck so that my films do really well. Now I am at that stage where I want a little luck... want a super-hit film... the desire is there,” he said. When asked why his films are not clicking at box office, Shahid replied, “I don’t know if my ‘saade saati’ (bad phase according to horoscope) is going on. I feel there is a phase when you go through bad luck... There are so many factors, I just cannot pinpoint one.”
NEWS DESk Dimple Kapadia remembers her late husband Rajesh Khanna, best known as the first superstar of the Hindi film industry, as a great star and says there’s no one like him. Rajesh Khanna, also known as Kaka, starred in hit films like “Aradhana” and “Kati Patang”. He died in 2012, aged 69, after battling health issues. Recalling the last days of Rajesh Khanna, Dimple said: “I want to say something - he (Rajesh Khanna) was not feeling too well and he had to come to the balcony and wave to the press. “So I gave him a shawl and my sunglasses and I said, ‘Kakaji aap na thoda profile dijiyega, straight mat dijiyega, profile looks better’. “He looked at me and said, ‘Aacha ab tum mujhe sikhaogi (Now you will teach me). And I was like - no, no sorry, sorry!” “What a star, what a star he was! There is no one like him,” added the actress who is gearing up for the release of her new movie “ What The Fish”, coming out Dec 13. She may have worked in over 60 films, but the 56-year-old actress says even now every shot is like a matter of life and death for her. “I never enjoy working. I am too honest, so I have problems with myself all the time. So I am always cribbing and nervous. Sometimes I am fully prepared and suddenly I get blank - I forget my lines. Every shot is a matter of life and death for me, so I don’t enjoy that process,” said the “Bobby” actress. Interestingly, Dimple is central to the plot of “What The Fish”, a fun filled mystery drama.
HEMSWORTH BEGGING MILEY CYRUS TO GET BACK TOGETHER NEWS DESk
IAM Hemsworth is allegedly begging his exfiancee Miley Cyrus to get back together with him because he still has feelings for her. The ‘Hunger Games’ star really misses his ex-fiancee, whom he split from in September after three years together, and wants to win her back. A source told Us Weekly magazine that the former couple secretly met up last month and “talked like they did when they were together.” The insider claimed that the Australian heartthrob, 23, convinced the ‘Wrecking Ball’ hitmaker, 21, that they needed to talk face to face, adding: “He pushed to get back in touch. He still has feelings. The attraction hasn’t gone away.” The duo have reportedly been exchanging “flirty texts” but Miley isn’t convinced they should reunite. The source said: “She’s confused about how she feels.” Liam, who enjoyed a brief fling with Mexican
actress Eiza Gonzalez the day after he announced his split from Miley, recently admitted he is “extremely happy” for her following the success of her latest album ‘Bangerz’ and insisted he is still single. Miley has been linked to several people recently including her music producer Mike WiLL Made It and Rolling Stone photographer Theo Wenner but has been using her new single status to get to know herself better. She previously said: “I am genuinely happy, finally, with myself. I think it takes you separating yourself from someone else to really be happy with who you are. “I’ve never just been able to be alone, and I’m obsessed with being alone and hearing my thoughts. I’m trying to take this alone time - the five minutes I do have a day - to learn as much as I can.” She later added: “This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, ‘I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a break up,’ you know?”
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SPORTS Friday, 6 December, 2013
BHATTI DETAINED IN DUBAI OVER VISA
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Bilawal Bhatti, the Pakistan allrounder , has been held at Dubai Airport for using an invalid visa. According to the PCB, Bhatti had inadvertently used his singleentry visa, administered by the UAe, to enter Dubai on his way back to Pakistan on December 2, following the South Africa tour. When Bhatti tried to use the same visa on Thursday in order to reenter Dubai ahead of the series against Sri Lanka, the authorities detained him. The PCB has applied for a fresh visa on his behalf, and he is currently put up in a hotel adjacent to the airport. He was part of the squad which were to play Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the UAe, for a series set to start on December 8. "Bilawal had failed to report this act to the PCB and hence could not enter Dubai," PCB said in a press note. "The PCB has made arrangements for Bilawal to stay at a hotel inside the Dubai airport and has applied for a new visa. PCB is hopeful that the matter will be resolved within the next 24 hours." Bhatti made his international debut in a T20 against South Africa in November 2013, and has gone on to play three ODIs and two T20s.
A team isn't just as strong as the weakest link, it's as strong as the strength it gives it's weakest player — Bob Hope
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OUTH Africa brought floyd-like edge and notoriety to the word pink as they welcomed a clearly undercooked Indian side to the country with a xxx-run hammering. Quinton de Kock, the baby face in baby pink, combined ferocity and cheek in his 135, and assisted by the supporting fifties from Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy gave India 359 to chase. On a pitch made to look placid by their bowlers, the India batsmen were on a hiding to nothing against a six-man pace attack that was at them from the time it took them 16 balls to even touch a Dale Steyn delivery. During that first spell, Steyn caused India more trouble than the visiting bowlers did in the whole innings. On their first day of international cricket on this trip, the India bowlers were given the best of conditions: they won the toss, bowled on the pitch at its freshest, and stayed away from dew. However, with the exception of Mohammed Shami, they didn't test the batsmen for long enough, and when they did their fielders were slightly off their game. Amla could have been run out on 7, and should have been caught on 8, but was let off by the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. De Kock, too, survived a half chance early in the innings, but that's about as much impression the bowlers created. Amla started scratchily, which showed in how he scored just 65 out of the 152-run opening stand, but de Kock looked in fine touch from the start. The third ball he faced was a leg-side halfvolley from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and he tucked into it. The last ball of that over was short and wide, and was cut away for four more. Mohit Sharma at the other end produced a fine fourth over, but he saw a top edge from de Kock fall short of the diving Shami at third man, and Rohit at cover did not come in to take a loopy leading edge from Amla. Two overs earlier Dhawan had missed the stumps from pretty close at mid-on. Amla would rub it in by soon taking 14 off three balls to reach 23 off 29: a punch through cover, a walk across the stumps to play the pick-up over midwicket, and then a cut past point. De Kock needed no such acceleration, and his 27 off 23 had taken South Africa to 53 in nine overs. Shami began with a maiden,
and it was about time when Dhoni goes to his spinners for control back in India. At the Wanderers the ball didn't grip, the pitch didn't slow down, and R Ashwin bowled too short, Ravindra Jadeja too fast. It was not all milking from the opening pair: they found boundaries in six of the seven overs bowled between Nos. 22 and 28. After 11 overs of spin for 62, MS Dhoni had to go to pace, not least because South Africa had called for an early Powerplay in the 30th over. An offcutter from Shami, and a mistimed chip from Jacques Kallis gave India two wickets in that 32-run Powerplay. During that five-over period de Kock smacked a Mohit slower ball for six, and then took two singles to bring up his century. This was just a sign of things to come. As Dhoni went back to spin in the 36th over, de Kock and AB de Villiers began to push into the next gear. Without any violence - mainly through chips over mid-off, a late cut and one slog sweep de Kock went from 101 off 102 to his eventual 135 off 121. When Virat Kohli, who took de Kock's return catch, gave the batsman a send-off, little did he know the wrath that awaited India. De Villiers and Duminy hit the bowlers around at will. Most of it was just clearing the front leg, and smacking length balls to all the stands. De Villiers even hooked a six from one knee. This was a statement of intent: we can do what we please. The yorkers were few, the slower balls easily picked and dispatched, and de Villiers and Duminy added 105 in the 7.4 overs they batted together. Between them the two hit nine sixes and eight fours. De Villiers had scored 77 off 47 when he fell, which looked sedate in comparison to Duminy's unbeaten 59 off 29. An even hundred came off the last six overs, the third-highest since 2002 in matches involving proper international teams. Now it was over to the other wing of the welcome committee. Conditions couldn't have looked more different. Now the ball began to seam, swing and bounce. Dhawan looked comfortable against two lonwabo Tsotsobe overs, but top-edged the first ball from Morne Morkel. Steyn softened Rohit up well and proper, but it was Virat Kohli who fell first to a shortish delivery from Ryan McLaren that seamed away to take the edge. In the next two balls, McLaren delivered the good-old one-two to Yuvraj Singh: a bouncer into the crash helmet followed by one that took the top of off. Suresh Raina came in,
SCOrEBOArD SOuTh AfrICA 65 hM Amla b Mohammed Shami 135 Q de kock† c & b kohli 10 Jh kallis c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 77 AB de Villiers* b Mohammed Shami 59 JP Duminy not out 5 DA Miller not out 7 EXTrAS: (lb 2, w 4, nb 1) 358 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 50 overs) DID NOT BAT: r McLaren, WD Parnell, DW Steyn, M Morkel, LL Tsotsobe fALL Of WICkETS: 1-152 (Amla, 29.3 ov), 2-172 (kallis, 32.5 ov), 3-247 (de kock, 41.5 ov), 4-352 (de Villiers, 49.3 ov) BOWLING: MM Sharma 10-0-82-0,B kumar 9-0-680,Mohammed Shami 10-1-68-3,r Ashwin 10-0-58-0,rA Jadeja 8-0-58-0,Sk raina 1-0-7-0,V kohli 2-0-15-1 INDIA 18 rG Sharma run out (Miller) 12 S Dhawan c †de kock b Morkel 31 V kohli c kallis b McLaren 0 yuvraj Singh b McLaren 14 Sk raina run out (Steyn/†de kock)
65 MS Dhoni*† b Steyn 29 rA Jadeja b kallis 19 r Ashwin c †de kock b McLaren 0 B kumar c kallis b Steyn 0 MM Sharma not out 0 Mohammed Shami c & b Steyn 29 EXTrAS: (b 4, lb 1, w 24) 217 TOTAL: (10 wickets; 41 overs) fALL Of WICkETS: 1-14 (Dhawan, 5.1 ov), 2-60 (kohli, 14.4 ov), 3-60 (yuvraj Singh, 14.6 ov), 4-65 (rG Sharma, 15.4 ov), 5-108 (raina, 22.3 ov), 6-158 (Jadeja, 29.5 ov), 7-183 (Ashwin, 34.4 ov), 8-190 (kumar, 36.2 ov), 9-217 (Dhoni, 40.2 ov), 10-217 (Mohammed Shami, 40.6 ov) BOWLING: DW Steyn 8-3-25-3,LL Tsotsobe 9-0-52-0, M Morkel 8-129-1, r McLaren 8-0-49-3,WD Parnell 5-0-37-0, Jh kallis 3-0-20-1 MATCh DETAILS TOSS India, who chose to field uMPIrES AT holdstock and rk Illingworth (England) TV uMPIrE JD Cloete MATCh rEfErEE AJ Pycroft (zimbabwe) rESErVE uMPIrE S George
didn't fancy the strike, called Rohit through for a poor run. Rohit should have said no. He now had a lot of time to go over his innings. Well before it became 65
for 4 in the 16th over, this contest had been over. even South Africa bowled the less-menacing bowlers now. MS Dhoni's 65 only delayed the inevitable.
NZ SEAMERS LAY PLATFORM FOR INNINGS WIN SCOrEBOArD NEW zEALAND 1ST INNINGS 609/9d WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS 213 WEST INDIES 2nd innings kA Edwards lbw b Sodhi 59 kOA Powell c Southee b Boult 14 DM Bravo not out 72 MN Samuels not out 17 EXTrAS: (b 4, lb 2) 6 TOTAL: (2 wickets; 49 overs) 168 TO BAT: S Chanderpaul, N Deonarine, D ramdin†, DJG Sammy*, S Shillingford, TL Best, ST Gabriel fALL Of WICkETS: 1-18 (Powell, 5.4 ov), 2-135 (Edwards, 37.4 ov) BOWLING: TG Southee 10-1-36-0,TA Boult 9-2-26-1,N Wagner 9-1-35-0,Corey J Anderson 6-1-8-0, IS Sodhi 13-1-51-1,AJ redmond 2-1-6-0 MATCh DETAILS TOSS West Indies, who chose to field PLAyEr Of ThE MATCh tba uMPIrES NJ Llong (England) and Pr reiffel (Australia) TV uMPIrE IJ Gould (England) MATCh rEfErEE rS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) rESErVE uMPIrE CB Gaffaney
The only other time this millennium New Zealand asked a side other than Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to follow on, the game ended in a draw after their bowlers could only dismiss four batsmen in 180 overs.
The chances of a repeat, New Zealand would believe, were extremely low against a West Indies batting line-up low on confidence in the longer format despite the loss of only two wickets in 49 secondinnings overs in Dunedin. West Indies still trail by 228 runs after their first innings folded for 213, with Tim Southee and Trent Boult sharing seven wickets between them. The pitch at the University Oval had lost its greenish tinge and with the sun out, the conditions seemed best for batting. West Indies, trailing by 542 at the start of the day, couldn't have asked for more. The New Zealand bowlers, however, showed yet again where West Indies had gone wrong in the first two days, bowling predominantly fuller lengths and using the bouncer sparingly. With Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo staying rooted to the crease against swinging deliveries, a wicket never seemed too far away. Southee extracted an outside edge off Samuels' bat in the second over of the day only to see it fall short of first slip. In the next over, Samuels had another reprieve after Nigel Llong had ruled him out lbw as he played outside the line to a Boult
delivery that came in. The replays showed the ball just missing off stump and the decision was overturned. New Zealand's search for a wicket ended in the fourth over of the day as Bravo drove at a full delivery from Southee and got a thick outside edge which was snaffled by Brendon McCullum at gully. fifteen balls later, Southee took advantage of Samuels' reluctance to come forward and had him caught at first slip off an outswinger delivered from a wider angle as the batsman was sucked in to a loose drive to be dismissed for 14. Deonarine added 33 for the fifth wicket with Shivnarine Chanderpaul, pushing at fuller deliveries with hard hands. The technique earned him two boundaries, but an attempted wild drive - without moving his feet - off an angled delivery in Southee's seventh over of his spell went straight to first slip where Ross Taylor completed the catch after a brief fumble. Unfazed by the indiscretion shown by other batsmen, Chanderpaul batted confidently, driving at the full deliveries, pulling the short ones and using his feet to Ish Sodhi. A powerful pull off Neil Wagner took him past 11,000 runs
in Test cricket and three fours in the next over bowled by Sodhi brought him his 62nd half-century in Tests. Ramdin gave Chanderpaul useful support in a 68-run stand but in the third over after lunch, he couldn't get out of the way off a short delivery from Boult and edged it to the keeper. Boult struck in the next over with the big wicket of Chanderpaul, whose indecision proved fatal as he shouldered arms to an incoming delivery and was adjudged lbw after an 87-ball 76. West Indies could only add 30 more runs as Sodhi, expensive in his spell, picked up two of the last three wickets to fall. Darren Sammy, who was hampered by the hamstring niggle, and was turning down singles, inexplicably called Tino Best for a second, but the latter's late response meant he was caught well short at nonstriker's end by a throw from long on. It seemed West Indies' second innings was headed the same way as the first when Kieran Powell drove at a length delivery outside off from Boult and edged it to second slip, but Kirk edwards and Bravo curtailed the urge to be flamboyant and showed improved application in the second innings.
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Born with personality is an accident but dying in a personality is an achievement. –Mitch Hedberg
SPORTS Friday, 6 December, 2013
Missed chances cost england ground
DeLAIDe'S first transportable Test pitch, as far as batsmen were concerned, promised to be more check-in than drop-in. england, after fielding two spinners and losing an influential toss, had no option but to hang in there against an Australian side sensing the chance to build an unassailable lead. By the end of an engrossing first day, they had achieved their primary goal, but it was a close-run thing. George Bailey's perma smile was becoming broader by the minute in the final session after registering his first Test fifty and Michael Clarke, although playing well within himself, a captain bearing his duties seriously, possessed the sort of Adelaide batting record - an average of more than 100 to bring trepidation. The second new ball was doing nothing. Then Stuart Broad, with the admirably combative attitude of a bowler always willing to shake things up, fired in a bouncer and Graeme Swann pulled off a thrilling catch at square leg. Bailey, who had attacked the spinners, Monty Panesar in particular, with verve, departed for 53, the third Australian after Shane Watson and Chris Rogers to make a half-century but not take full advantage. This second Test is engrossingly poised. england could have been relishing unexpected riches if they had not dropped three catches in the final session, the most criminal a simple miss at backward point when Brad Haddin, on 5, cut Panesar: the culprit, Michael Carberry, has been a strange mixture in the field of brilliance and fallibility in his brief england career. There were other blemishes with the
old ball, far tougher chances both. Panesar spilled a quick return catch from Bailey, on 10; Joe Root sprang to his right at short midwicket, with Clarke on 18, but a demanding chance off Swann went to ground. for all that, england, thumped by 381 runs in the first Test at the Gabba had cause for satisfaction. After the intimidating atmosphere of Brisbane, the challenge in Adelaide was a markedly different one. expectations of a sedate batting surface persuaded them to select two spinners in a Test in Australia for the first time for 23 years, since Phil Tufnell and eddie Hemmings combined in Sydney. There was enough grip in the surface to justify the gamble. This pitch is strikingly dry and, even if it will not disintegrate, it will dust up. They will hope for dividends later in the match. The new-look Adelaide Oval - now a
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multi-sport stadium with AfL the dominant partner - has been largely commended. even dyed-in-the-wool traditionalists conceded that, as stadiums go, it possesses more style than most. The protected Moreton Bay figs still stand behind the old scoreboard at one end of the ground and you can even still see the cathedral if you are seated in the right place. england's attention, though, rested exclusively on 22 yards of South Australian soil. Somehow, in a Test that looked bound to be a long haul, they had to find a way to take 20 wickets. As showers strafed the ground in the morning, there was little superficially to revive memories of how Swann and Panesar had toiled so successfully in tandem a year ago as england recovered from 1-0 down in India to win the series, but they both have a wicket to their name. Panesar, after a
mediocre, not to say troubled season, did as much as could reasonably be expected. He bowled with a blustery wind coming over his left shoulder and, after a few short ones initially, produced an admirable holding operation in the afternoon. His post-tea spell was shoddy as Bailey met him adventurously, twice lofting him straight for six. The middle session finished with england on a high they could barely have foreseen as Watson and Rogers fell in successive overs and Steve Smith succumbed to the last ball before tea, comprehensively bowled as Panesar straightened one; three wickets lost for 19 in 39 balls.
SCOrEBOArD AuSTrALIA 1st INNINGS CJL rogers c †Prior b Swann 72 DA Warner c Carberry b Broad 29 51 Sr Watson c & b Anderson 48 MJ Clarke* not out SPD Smith b Panesar 6 GJ Bailey c Swann b Broad 53 7 BJ haddin† not out EXTrAS: (b 5, nb 2) 7 273 TOTAL: (5 wickets; 91 overs) TO BAT: MG Johnson, PM Siddle, rJ harris, NM Lyon fALL Of WICkETS: 1-34 (Warner, 7.6 ov), 2-155 (Watson, 51.6 ov), 3-155 (rogers, 52.5 ov), 4-174 (Smith, 58.3 ov), 5-257 (Bailey, 85.3 ov) BOWLING: JM Anderson 21-9-56-1,SCJ Broad 19-3-63-2,GP Swann 19-2-55-1,MS Panesar 24-4-68-1,BA Stokes 8-2-26-0 ENGLAND TEAM: AN Cook*, MA Carberry, JE root, kP Pietersen, Ir Bell, BA Stokes, MJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, MS Panesar MATCh DETAILS TOSS Australia, who chose to bat TEST DEBuT BA Stokes (England) PLAyEr Of ThE MATCh tba uMPIrES hDPk Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa) TV uMPIrE AL hill (New zealand) MATCh rEfErEE JJ Crowe (New zealand) rESErVE uMPIrE SD fry
YASIR OVERCOMES ABID IN AN EPIC ENCOUNTER, FAIZAN THRASHES USMAN EJAZ LAhorE STAff rEPOrT
Pakistan No. 2 Yasir Khan came from behind to win against Muhammad Abid Mushtaq in a marathon singles match of Hassan Tariq Rahim Masters Cup Tennis Tournament being played at the hard courts of Lahore Gymkhana Club on Thursday. Yasir won 1-6, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-0) in two hours and 25 minutes. It was so far the longest and most exciting match of the tournament. Abid won the first set 61 and had very little trouble as Yasir failed to coup with the pace of Abid. In the second set Abid had his chances as he broke Yasir’s sevre at 3 games all and then two times served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 but on each occasion failed to hold his serve. In the tie-break, Yasir
played some delightful ground strokes to win the second set 7-6. In the third set Yasir started strongly as he broke Abid’s serve early on and then failed to hold his serve to level the set score at 2 games all. Both the players held their serves till 5 games all, when Abid again broke Yasir’s serve to serve for the match at 6-5, however Yasir broke back to take the set into the tie-break. In the tiebreak, Yasir again took control of the match by hitting powerful ground strokes to win the set and match 7-6. In the other men’s singles match of the day, wild card entry faizan Khurram thrashed recently named Davis Cup team member Usman ejaz 6-2, 6-1. Usman was no match to faizan’s powerful ground strokes and booming serves as he failed to coup with the pace of faizan. faizan justified the Tournament
weStwood Still on Major hunt Back with long-time caddie Billy Foster and now working with renowned coach Sean Foley, Lee Westwood hopes 2014 can finally be the year to break his major duck. The 40-year-old has 16 top 10s in majors, eight of those remarkably being top-three finishes, and he was love to go that one step further and get a major title on his impressive CV. A move out to Florida looked to have given Westwood a nice little boost, and now having Foster back on the bag and a full winter working with Foley could help him take that final step. A former World No 1 with 22 wins on the European Tour, a major title is the only thing missing for Westwood, and as he prepared to tee off in Tiger Woods' event he said the majors remained his big aim. "Winning a major is probably the pinnacle of everybody's career," Westwood told Reuters. "My focus heading into next year will be to just work on everything really, just try and improve every aspect of my game. That's what you've got to plan on doing, keep doing. "My swing hasn't been in sync all of this year, really and I've sort of been fumbling my way around the golf course. It's something I'm going to work on over the winter," said the Briton, long renowned for the quality of his ball-striking. SPOrTS DESk
Committee’s decision to allocate him the wild card entry, as he does not feature in the top eight ranking of PTf. In the women’s singles matches of the day, Mehreen Izhar beat Alina Aftab 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) and moved into the semifinals, there she will face Khunsha Babar on friday. While Mahin Aftab beat esha Jawad 6-0, 6-0. In the other semi-final Rida Khalid will face Alina Aftab. In the Boy’s Under 18 match of the day, Muhammad Mudasir beat Saad Zafar in tough three sets 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0). Saad Zafar still qualified for the semis, having better aggregate of games won in his three matches. In the Boy’s Under-18 semi-finals, Muhammad Mudasir will face Abdal Haider, while in the other semis Arham Attique Khan will face Saad Zafar. In the men’s doubles matches, Yasir Khan & Jalil Khan defeated Jamil Ahmad
& Imran Ahmad 6-2, 6-1. While faizan Khurram & Khurram Nazir survived an upset as they beat Lahore Gymkhana’s pair of Imran Ali Asghar & Imran Bhatti in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. In the match tiebreak Imran’s led 8-5 but could not win another point, even then they put up a brave fight. Today, Boy’s Under-18 semi-finals shall be played at 9:30 am, while women’s semi-finals shall start at 12:30 pm. SCORES: Yasir Khan beat M. Abid Mushtaq 16, 7-6 (0), 7-6 (0), faizan Khurram beat Usman ejaz 6-2, 6-1. Mehreen Izhar beat Alina Aftab 6-3, 7-6 (5), Mahin Aftab beat esha Jawad 6-0, 6-0, Muhammad Mudasir beat Saad Zafar 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, Yasir Khan & Jalil Khan beat Jamil Ahmad & Imran Ahmad 6-2, 6-1, faizan Khurram & Khurram Nazir beat Imran Ali Asghar & Imran Bhatti 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
Chelsea wins 4-3 at Sunderland in Premier league SUNDERLAND: Eden Hazard capped a brilliant performance with two goals as Chelsea came from behind to win 4-3 at last-place Sunderland and stay four points behind leader Arsenal in the Premier League standings. The Belgium international was also provider as he produced the cross that allowed Frank Lampard to head in the equalizer from close range after Jozy Altidore put the Black Cats in front after 14 minutes with his first goal for Sunderland. Hazard then put Chelsea ahead with a right-footed curled shot past goalkeeper Vito Mannone. But Chelsea´s defense then failed to clear a corner and John O´Shea put the teams level before Hazard made it 3-2 with a powerful finish from Lampard´s assist. Phil Bardsley scored an own goal as Chelsea moved 4-2 up before slotting home four minutes from time to ensure a nervy finish at the Stadium of Light. "I know I will be close to a heart attack sometimes (with my team)," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "Eden Hazard was excellent. He told me at dinner last night ´Boss, for a long time I haven´t scored. He decided he would score tonight." AGENCIES
united concedes late to lose 1-0 to everton MANCHESTER: Manchester United was cut adrift in the Premier League title race after losing 1-0 at home to Everton thanks to Bryan Oviedo´s late strike at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United manager David Moyes endured a frustrating evening against the club he quit in the summer as left back Oviedo slotted home at the far post in the 86th minute after Romelu Lukaku flashed a deflected shot across the six-yard box. Everton fully deserved its first win at United in 21 years after overrunning the champions at times, even if the hosts were unlucky to see Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck hit efforts against the goal frame in an end-to-end game. AGENCIES
TIGER CHASING RECORDS CALIForNIA AGENCIES
Tiger Woods continues to have his sights set on overhauling two of the best records in golf - Jack Nicklaus' tally of 18 major titles and Sam Snead's total of 82 career wins on the PGA Tour. Woods will turn 38 at the end of the month and is still four majors behind Nicklaus, while trailing Snead's milestone by just three. Injuries and his much-publicised private life issues cost Woods some significant time out of the action, but he has been getting back to business and this year claimed five victories on the PGA Tour despite not winning a major. As the major drought continues, that magic 18 set by the Golden Bear looks further and further away, but Woods is determined to eclipse that mark. As he prepares to host his own event in California, the world No 1 says he is still very much looking to become golf's most successful player of all-time, but admits beating Snead's tally is a much easier task than his major aim. "Unfortunately I didn't win a major championship this year, I was close in the Masters and the British and a couple of little swings here and there it could have been a different story," Woods told Sky Sports.
"I won the Players Championship this year, which is a venue I've struggled on certainly over the years but I managed to put it together there. "The easier goal is going to be getting to Sam's record - you could get to there basically by playing the
first three events of the year and win three in a row. "But the major championships are a bit more spread out in April, June and July so it's certainly much harder to get to Jack's number than it will be to get to Sam's number.
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We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. –Vince Lombardi
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arsenal beats hull to retain Premier league lead LoNDoN
eNMARK striker Nicklas Bendtner scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal in almost three years as the Gunners defeated Hull 2-0
on Wednesday to retain a four-point lead atop of the standings. After being handed a rare start by manager Arsene Wenger, Bendtner headed in Arsenal´s first goal after less than two minutes when he converted a fine cross from Carl Jenkinson at the conclusion of a brilliant move started by Aaron Ramsey.
City beatS weSt broM 3-2 to Cure away ProbleMS WEST BROMWICH: Yaya Toure scored twice as Manchester City found a cure to its problems away from home by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the Premier League on Wednesday. Sergio Aguero put third-place City ahead in the ninth minute at The Hawthorns with his 17th goal of the season, setting Manuel Pellegrini´s team on its way to only a second away win that keeps it six points behind leader Arsenal. The only blot for City on a night that saw captain Vincent Kompany return from 10 games out through injury were the late goals they conceded, with goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon turning the ball into his own net in the 85th and Victor Anichebe scoring in injury time. Toure had earlier finished off a classy team move to make it 2-0 in the 24th before converting a 74thminute penalty.Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his side´s return to form away from home as City totally controlled the game until conceding the two late goals. "We played very well. In other (away) games we played as well as we did in this game, but for some reason we didn´t score the two early goals like we did here," Pellegrini said. "We had a lot of chances to score, and for 45 minutes we were very good. AGENCIES
nadal back in buenos aires World No 1 Rafael Nadal has announced he will play in the Buenos Aires ATP tournament in February for the first time since 2005. "After a time when I was unable to go, this year I'm going to return to the Buenos Aires tournament and I'm excited to play the Copa Claro again," Nadal said. Nadal lost to Argentine Gaston Gaudio, the 2004 French Open champion, in the quarter-final of the 2005 Buenos Aires tournament. "We're very happy to have Rafa, to have a world number one playing for the points in Argentina," said tournament director Martin Jaite, who is also his country's Davis Cup captain. SPOrTS DESk
Mesut Ozil slotted home Ramsey´s reverse pass after the interval as the hosts secured a sixth straight home win. With a third of the season over, Arsenal leads the standings with 34 points, four more than Chelsea, which won 4-3 at Sunderland. Wenger decided to give leading forward Olivier Giroud a rest and hand Bendtner his first league start of the season. "When he is physically sharp, he can compete with anybody. He had a good performance, has has the quality," Wenger said about Bendtner. "I believe in his quality and when he has that commitment and attitude his quality shows. "Bendtner, who had scored in his last two league appearances against Hull, made his first league start for Arsenal since March 2011 as the Gunners got off to a blistering start. They continued to push after opening
the scoring, delighting their fans with their sharp and well-constructed moves. Santi Cazorla´s goal-bound shot was blocked and Hull keeper Allan McGregor then spilled a low effort from Ozil which Bendtner could not turn in. Arsenal dominated and created several chances but the Gunners´ poor finishing prevented them from extending their lead before the interval as Ramsey smashed a 20-meter strike over the bar before McGregor denied him with a full-stretched save in the 31st minute. But Arsenal´s hunger finally paid off in the 47th minute when Nacho Monreal, on the left touchline, released the ball for Ozil. The German playmaker then passed it to Ramsey, with the Wales international turning away from goal and playing a precise reverse ball back into the path of Ozil, who coolly slotted home.
TENTH JUNIOR WORLD CUP HOCKEY S PErVEz QAISEr A total numbers of 16 teams, drawn in four pools, will take part in the 10th edition of the Junior World Cup Hockey Tournament to be played at Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from December 6 to 15. India are drawn in Pool C with Holland, Canada and South Korea while Pakistan are in pool A along with defending champions Germany, Belgium and egypt. Argentina, Spain, Australia and france are in Group B while england, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa are in Group D. Germany holds the record of winning the most tiles in Junior World Cup Hockey. They have won the title five times while Pakistan, India, Argentina and Australia have won once each. Pakistan won the inaugural Junior World Cup in 1979 in Versailles, france beating West Germany in the final match, while the Holland got the bronze medal. The second Junior World Cup was won by West Germany, Australia got second and Pakistan got third position in 1982 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. West Germany again won the third event in 1985 at Vancouver, Canada, Holland got second and Pakistan claimed the third position. fourth event was won by West Germany in 1989 at Ipoh, Malaysia, Australia got second and Pak-
istan finished third position. Germany won the fifth event for the consecutively fourth time in 1993 at Terrassa, Spain, Pakistan finished second and Australia got bronze medals. Australia won the sixth World Cup in 1997 at Milton Keynes, england, India got second position and Germany finished third. India won the seventh event in 2001 at Hobart, Australia, Argentina got second and Germany took the third position. The eighth Junior World Cup in 2005 was won by Argentina in Rotterdam, Holland, Australia got silver and Spain received bronze medal. Germany defeated Holland 3-1 in the final at Johor Bahru, Malaysia to win the 10th edition of Junior World Cup in 2008. Australia defeated New Zealand 4-1 to take the third position.
ThE WINNErS: Venue Winners runners-up Third year 1979 Versailles Pakistan Germany holland 1982 kuala Lumpur Germany Australia Pakistan Vencouver Germany holland Pakistan 1985 Ipoh Germany Australia Pakistan 1989 1993 Terrassa Germany Pakistan Australia 1997 Milton keynes Australia India Germany hobart India Argentia Germany 2001 rotterdam Argentina Australia Spain 2005 2008 Johor Bahru Germany holland Australia ** The last edition in 2008 was jointy hosted at Johor Bahru and Singapore Groupings: Pool A: Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Pakistan Pool B: Australia, Argentina, Spain, france Pool C: Canada, India, holland, South korea Pool D: England, New zealand, Malaysia, South Africa
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Suarez gives liverpool 5-1 win over norwich LIVERPOOL: Luis Suarez put on a oneman show in the Premier League on Wednesday, scoring four goals in Liverpool´s 5-1 win over Norwich — including two stunning strikes that were part of a first-half hat trick. The Uruguay striker had Liverpool up 3-0 inside 35 minutes and opened the scoring with a spectacular long-range volley that looped over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy in the 15th. After doubling the lead in the 29th, Suarez produced a sublime solo effort six minutes later when he playfully chipped the ball over Leroy Fer before slotting a half-volley from the edge of the area inside the far post. Suarez added his fourth in the 74th, before Bradley Johnson netted a consolation goal in the 83rd and Raheem Sterling finished off the rout five minutes later. Suarez became the first Premier League player to score three hat tricks against the same opponent, and has 11 goals in five appearances against Norwich. He is now the league´s leading scorer with 13 goals in nine matches — having been suspended for the first five games of the season. His first on Wednesday came after Ruddy´s kick was headed forward by Joe Allen and Fer missed his clearance. Suarez seized his chance, half-turning toward the Kop to lash a dipping inch-perfect shot over and across the Norwich goalkeeper from 40 yards. His second was a more instinctive finish but no less clinical. Philippe Coutinho swung over a left-wing corner and Suarez hooked home leftfooted. The best came six minutes later when the helpless Fer could only look on as Suarez flicked the ball over his head before skipping past the midfielder to lash past Ruddy. The fourth wasn´t bad either, as he curled home a free kick from 25 yards. Johnson headed home Nathan Redmond´s left-wing cross with seven minutes to go but it barely even registered with the travelling support, Sterling ensured the night finished on a high by converting Suarez´s cross. AGENCIES
BARKER CAN REMAIN KING, SAYS MURRAY BErLIN AGENCIES
Martin Murray has backed Darren Barker to defend his world title against felix Sturm in Germany. Barker will make the first defence of his IBf middleweight belt against Sturm in Stuttgart this Saturday, live on Sky Sports. Murray is one of Barker's British rivals, but the St Helens man still has a lingering dislike of Sturm after he was held to draw by the German in 2011. During his long reign as WBA champion, Sturm also claimed a contentious points win over Matthew Macklin and Murray admits Barker will have to dig deep to retain the belt he won on points against Daniel Geale in August. He told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast: "I think it's a tough fight for Barker to be honest with you. Look me and Macklin have been over, we have shown everybody how tough it is to get a decision in Germany. "To be honest I don't like felix Sturm, he showed me no respect whatsoever in the
build-up to the fight. "After, he didn't even entertain a rematch with me. He just gave me a wide berth so the fact I've got that type of history with him, and obviously Barker's British and I want him to do well, I want Barker to win. "I've said this before when he beat Daniel Geale, I didn't want him to win just because it sets up potentially big domestic fights with myself and the others which is great. No he deserves it, he's got a family. It's all about looking after yourself, looking after your family, making sure they're right and I really do want him to go over there and beat Sturm." Sturm is nearing the end of his career at the age of 34 and Murray believes he showed clear signs of decline during a defeat to Sam Soliman, which was later changed to a no-contest after the Australian failed a drug test. Barker came on strong in the latter stages of his fight with Geale and Murray is confident that he can outwork the veteran this weekend. "I'm going to pick Barker. I think Sturm is fading dramatically," he said.
"If you watch the Soliman fight, he was shocking in the second half of the fight. His fight after that, which he stopped in four rounds, I think he was completely out of his
depth the lad, completely out of his depth. "This is Sturm's last chance. He knows that, he needs this belt, so he's going to be in the condition of his life and
he's going to be ready for it, but I just think if Barker can just stick to the game plan and take him into the second half of the fight. I think Barker takes over there."
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Report provides recommendations to court to improve central role as bulwark for people’s rights ISLAMABAD
HIef Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry finishes his eight-year term on 12 December 2013, leaving the legacy of a robust and assertive court, as well as some wellfounded criticisms of inconsistency in its approach to human rights, the ICJ says in a report released on Thursday. The ICJ’s 99-page report, authority without accountability: the search for justice in Pakistan, presents a detailed assessment of the court’s human rights jurisprudence during Chaudhry’s tenure. It also provides recommendations to
the court to build on its work and improve its central role as a bulwark for the rights of the Pakistani people and the rule of law. “The ICJ commends Chief Justice Chaudhry for redefining the court as an independent institution and closing the door to military rule in Pakistan,” said Sam Zarifi, Asia Director for the ICJ. “But there are also concerns about how the court has exercised its judicial authority in protecting and promoting human rights.” Under Justice Chaudhry, the Supreme Court has increasingly used its authority to intervene directly in matters of public interest, invoking its “extraordinary jurisdiction’’ under Article 184(3) of the constitution. The ICJ report shows that the Supreme Court has succeeded, in some cases, to bring accountability to a government and military which have long enjoyed impunity for human rights violations. “However, the lack of guidelines about how the court exercises this extraordinary power has led to criticisms about how it decides which cases to hear and, as impor-
tantly, which cases to ignore,’’ Zarifi added. “This lack of transparency corrodes the court’s tremendous achievements and undermines the principles of rule of law that the court seeks to uphold.” The report documents some of the Supreme Court’s strides in strengthening the rights of victims to justice and remedy. The Supreme Court has consistently taken a firm stance against unconstitutional usurpation of power by the military and has effectively held public officials accountable for corruption and abuse of power, it says. In doing so, the court has brought Pakistan closer to fulfilling some of its obligations under international human rights law. “There is still a long way to go before civilian and military authorities in Pakistan are truly brought to justice for human rights violations,” said Zarifi. “But the Supreme Court has certainly made a visible dent in the culture of impunity, spanning decades in Pakistan.” The ICJ study also sheds light on some inadvertent yet predictable consequences of the expanded
use of Article 184(3), which if left unchecked, may weaken the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. These include an overwhelming increase in caseload, leading to long delays faced by litigants; dispositions in cases that leave affected partied without any remedy or redress; influence on trial courts and interference with the presumption of innocence, blurring of institutional boundaries and undermining separation of powers, and the creation of a two-tier and arbitrary justice system. “The court should address these concerns as a matter of priority to ensure its hard-won independence is not undermined by allegations that the highest court of Pakistan is politically motivated,” said Zarifi. “Under international standards, the judiciary must not only be independent and impartial, it must also be seen to be independent and impartial,” he added. “The absence of any actual or perceived bias is critical to ensure public confidence in the fair administration of justice,” he said.
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa clarified on Thursday that the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif did not maintain any account on facebook and Twitter. “COAS: Gen #Raheel Sharif is not maintaining any twitter or facebook account.” The ISPR director general said the army chief had no twitter or facebook accounts and all the accounts in his were fake. “All accts (sic) in his name (are) fake and being reported,” Major Gen Bajwa clarified in a twitter message on Thursday morning. There are several unofficial facebook pages and twitter accounts under the name of Gen Sharif and likes and followers of these accounts have increased significantly since his appointment as COAS late last month.
ADEN: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car on Thursday at Yemen’s Defence Ministry, killing at least two people and injuring 20, security and hospital officials said. They said the bombing was followed by a firefight between troops and a carload of gunmen who arrived minutes after the blast, apparently in a bid to take over the complex in downtown Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which bore the hallmarks of al Qaeda, whose chapter in Yemen is considered among the world’s most active. The Defence Ministry issued a brief statement confirming the attack. It said ‘’most’’ of the gunmen had been killed, but did not say how many there were. It did not give any other details. The officials said the blast badly damaged a hospital inside the complex and blew out windows and the doors of homes and offices in the immediate vicinity. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to journalists. Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed was in Washington for talks on Thursday. AGENCIES
BANGKOK: Thailand put politics aside on Thursday to honour the country’s revered monarch, as people of all political persuasions waited to hear if their king would offer advice in his annual birthday speech to help resolve a crisis that divided the nation. Violence and street battles between antigovernment protesters and police were put on hold as both sides observed a truce to mark the 86th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who has often served as a unifying figure in times of crisis. Vast crowds dressed in the royal colour of yellow lined the roads in the seaside town of Hua Hin, where the king was to deliver a speech as part of his traditional birthday ceremonies. Many people are hopeful the king can step in as he has done before to ease the current standoff, which results from years of enmity between supporters and opponents of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin was deposed by a 2006 military coup after being accused of corruption and disrespect for the king. As a constitutional monarch, the king has no official political role, but no other figure commands the same moral authority or the same loyalty from the armed forces in the coup-prone country. On two occasions when the country seemed to be coming apart, his intervention turned the tide, restoring peace literally overnight. When a pro-democracy uprising against a military dictatorship in 1973 left Bangkok in a state of anarchy, with the army ready to unleash a bloodbath, he showed support for the demonstrators and persuaded the dictators to go into exile. A similar disaster was avoided in 1992 during another mass protest against a militarybacked government. After a crackdown threatened to spin out of control, the king summoned the protest leader and the prime minister to a late-night televised meeting where he chastised them for tearing apart the nation. AGENCIES
gen MahMood CallS on nawaz
SUICIDE CAR BOMBING KILLS TWO, INJURES 20 IN YEMEN
THAILAND PROTESTS SUBDUE FOR KING’S BIRTHDAY
GEN SHARIF HAS NO PRESENCE ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER: ISPR
ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid and Shah Mehmood Qureshi head to D-Chowk to stage a sit-in against drone strikes. ONLINE
India suffering from war phobia: JI LAhorE ONLINE
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the Indian army chief’s threat of a fourth Indo-Pakistan war and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that Pakistan can not win a war against India during his life time fully reflects the war phobia among the Indian high-ups. In a statement here on Thursday, he also condemned the contradiction issued from the Prime Minister’s House, and said the extreme cowardice of the Pakistani rulers against India proved they were least concerned abut the country’s solidarity and national honour, and were keen to make friendship with India under the US pressure. The JI chief said India was holding the Kashmiris as slaves for decades. Indian occupation troops in Kashmir had shed the blood of more than 1,00,000 Muslims in
Kashmir. The harrowing tales of the Indian army’s brutalities in Kashmir were being published in the press but the rulers in Islamabad were not moved at all. India was violating the rights of its largest minority - the Muslims every day. The sanctity of the worship places of the Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims was being violated and their women folk being disgraced. He said the Pakistani people could not be cowed down by Indian threats and the nation would stand
shoulder to shoulder with its armed forces in case of any aggression. He said any war between India and Pakistan would not be confined to the two countries only and would engulf the whole world because both the countries were nuclear powers. Munawar also exhorted the world community to taker notice of India’s war phobia and play its role in order to save the world from a nuclear war. He said more than a dozen secessionist movements were going on in India since long and as a result of war, Indian would disintegrate into independent states including Kashmir and Khalistan. He said while India wanted to repeat the history of the east India Company in the region, the Pakistani rulers were eager for trade of onions and potatoes with the enemy country. The nation would foil the rulers plan s to accord the Most favoured Nation (MfN) status to India.
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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Rashad Mahmood on Thursday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a private TV channel reported. The meeting was held at the PM’s House where the two discussed issues of national security as well as matters relating to the functioning and performance of the military. Nawaz also met Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila to discuss the matters related to Naval forces’ functioning. Moreover, the CJCSC also visited the Pakistan Air force (PAf) Headquarters. A contingent of the PAf presented guard of honour to him. Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt briefed General Mahmood on affairs pertaining to the air force. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called a Corps Commander Conference on friday (today). The conference will be attended by the corps commanders and the principal staff officers to discuss the persisting internal and external security threats to the country. Separately, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq met Nawaz and spoke about the legislation to take place in the parliament’s session which is to begin today.
US favours shipping cargo through Pakistan due to cost WAShINgToN ONLINE
The State Department said the US favoured using Pakistani overland routes for retrograde movement of equipment out of Afghanistan and voiced the hope that the current situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with regard to Torkham route, would not have a long-term impact. “We favour shipping cargo via Pakistan because of the cost. And hopefully I don’t anticipate that there will be any long-term impact to our retrograde movement because of the current situation,” Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department Marie Harf said at the daily briefing. She was responding to a question about the viability of Pakistani ground lines for communication (GLOCs) for US shipment of equipment as the US, currently moving cargo out of landlocked Afghanistan in view of 2014 drawdown, temporarily suspended shipments through the Torkham Pass. The Pentagon on Tuesday said it had voluntarily halted the movement of cargo through Torkham gate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
activists have been protesting against US drone strikes and threatening to halt return movement of equipment that moves through the province to Karachi port. “Right now,” she said, “the US is not able to make shipments via Torkham, one of the GLOCs because it does not think that it is safe for drivers to perform their work.” She explained in reply to a question that the US had been working to bring flexibility and redundancy into its overall system for use of air, sea and ground transports because sometime there are things happening and it cannot use a certain transport route. To another question, the spokesperson said US Special Representative James Dobbins is visiting Afghanistan as part of his regular regional consultations. His talks will focus on preparation for the 2014 Afghan presidential election as well as consultations following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kabul, the spokesperson said. The US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement also will be part of the conversation and the US encourages Kabul to sign it as soon as possible, she noted.