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PPP, ANP lock horns over LG ordinance ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIn
Lawmakers of two major coalition partners, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP), on Friday locked horns in both Houses of parliament over the promulgation of Local Government Ordinance for Sindh, with the ANP legislators staging walkouts from both Houses to lodge their strong protest against the “black law”. When the NA session started, ANP MNA Pervez Khan raised concerns of his party in the House on a point of order and complained of his party not having been taken into confidence. “We are also part of the coalition but our apprehensions were ignored to appease another coalition partner,” Khan said. “There are around five million Pashtoons in Sindh and ignoring their concerns has hurt us.” He said the local governments’ issue was a provincial issue and promulgation of ordinance when the provincial assembly was functioning was beyond perception. “We cannot be part of such a system where the local government system in Sindh has been made different than other provinces”. Responding to the points raised by the ANP leader, Chief Whip and Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah brushed aside the claim of having separate local government systems in provinces. “It is the same local government system that is in vogue in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), with slight amendment,” the minister said. He said the commissioners were there and so were the deputy commissioners. “Why objections are being raised on this system in Sindh when it is the same in KP where there is a coalition government led by the ANP?” he said. Shah said the government always pursued the policy of reconciliation and tried to take along coalition partners and offered to address apprehensions of ANP. Speaking in the Senate, Central Leader of the ANP Haji Adeel said his party would continue its boycott of the session until the withdrawal of the ordinance. Terming the ordinance a conspiracy to divide Sindh, he said the local government system introduced by former dictator Gen Musharraf had already been abolished. Adeel alleged that the system was being introduced in some parts of Sindh under a conspiracy and the ANP was not taken into confidence before promulgating the ordinance.
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Krishna arrives with ‘goodwill message’ as archrivals agree to soften visa rules Foreign ministers likely to sign visa accord today g Krishna says India desires stable and prosperous Pakistan g
RCH rivals Islamabad and New Delhi have decided to decrease widening gaps and bring closer the people from both countries by softening their visa policies for one another, as India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna arrived in Pakistan on a three-day visit on Friday. Both countries reached a consensus on the visa issuance policy and a formal agreement is likely to be inked today (Saturday). Per the new regime, eight kinds of visas would be issued to facilitate people on both sides. A source privy to the developments said that during the foreign secretaries-level talks between Pakistan and India in Islamabad, it was mutually decided to issue visas under eight different categories, including diplomatic, non-diplomatic, 36-hour
ISLAMABAD: Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna shakes hands with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar prior to a meeting with Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday. aFP
transit visit, tourist visas, civil society, media and business visas and the details and conditions for the issuance of these visas had been finalised and drafted. A source close to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs said that delegates from both sides reached a consensus making valid the tourist visa for six months, while the diplomatic visa category would offer visas to the consular, the consular mission and their family members. The business visas would be issued to people having an income of Rs 0.5 million annually or having business worth Rs 3 million under which their visas would be limited for five destinations. Once the agreement is signed, multiple entry visas for 10 destinations would be issued to those doing business worth Rs 5 million to Rs 30 million. Pilgrims from both countries would be able to get visas for 45 days. Under the new policy draft that has been agreed by both countries, it was decided that elderly citizens from both
countries would be able to seek visas for 45 days at the Wahga-Atari border. The foreign secretary-level talks between the two countries were led by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Indian External Affairs Secretary Ranjan Mathai. Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal was also present. Dur-
ing the negotiations, both counterparts also discussed the issues of terrorism, Kashmir and water sharing, while the agenda of the meeting between the two foreign ministers today (Saturday) was also finalised. Continued on page 04
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani welcomes his Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai before the start of a meeting at the Foreign Ministry on Friday. aFP
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US TAgS HAqqAniS ‘TeRRoRiSTS’ WASHINGTON SPecIAL coRReSPonDenT
Jalaluddin Haqqani. File Photo
The United States on Friday formally designated the Afghan Haqqani militant network as a terrorist organization, after a long-debate on the complex issue involving several implications. Washington says the group, allegedly operating out of its base in Pakistani tribal areas, is responsible for some of the deadliest attacks against American troops in Afghanistan in recent years. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is traveling in Asia, made the State Department designation for the group as a foreign terrorist organization, two days before a Congressional deadline on the issue. Clinton signed the order in Brunei before departing to Vladivostok for the annual Asia
Pacific Economic Conference, and State Department officials began notifying senior lawmakers, The New York Times reported Friday on its website. The top U.S. diplomat issued the report after a last round of internal debate that took place in Washington on Thursday hours before President Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention. According to the Times, Secretary Clinton and others have already discussed the issue with their counterparts in Pakistan, and the administration’s special envoy, Marc Grossman, is expected to formally inform Pakistan’s leaders on Friday. A Pakistani embassy spokesman, reacting to the development, said: “This is an internal matter for the United States. It is not our business. Continued on page 04
Haqqanis say US listing will hurt Afghan peace ISLAMABAD: The United States’ decision to designate the Haqqani network as a terrorist organization shows it is not sincere about peace efforts in Afghanistan, senior commanders of the group said on Friday. The move will also bring hardship for US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is being held by the militants, the commanders told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. Senior commanders from the network said the decision to designate the group as terrorists could endanger efforts to reach a peaceful settlement to the Afghan conflict before most NATO combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014. “It means the United States is not sincere in their talks. They are on the one hand claiming to look for a political solution to the Afghan issue while on the other they are declaring us terrorists,” said one of the commanders. “So how can peace talks succeed in bringing peace to Afghanistan?” The New York Times earlier reported that senior US officials who argued against blacklisting the group were concerned it could jeopardize the fate of Bergdahl, who disappeared from his base in southern Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed to be being held by the militants. “Until now we treated him very well but this move by the United States will of course create hardships for him,” another Haqqani commander told Reuters. aGeNCieS
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DASHT: People gather around burnt NATO supply trucks in the suburbs of the provincial capital Quetta on Friday. aFP
Pakistan denies visa to The Hindu journalist NEW DELHI: Praveen Swami, resident editor of The Hindu, was denied visa by the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on Thursday. Swami was a member of the media delegation accompanying External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to Pakistan for the foreign minister-level talks on September 8. Siddharth Varadarajan, editor of The Hindu, said the Pakistani High Commission had communicated to him that if the newspaper nominates someone else, he or she would be granted a visa. “This was an offer we refused. It is not acceptable for anyone to dictate who we can send to cover a story,” Varadarajan said. This was the first time that Swami had applied for a visa to visit Pakistan, and he was called by the High Commission early this week for a meeting. What is interesting is that Swami’s passport had been stamped with a visa, but then it was crossed and cancelled. The Pakistani High Commission spokesperson was not available for comment. AgencIeS
Two NATO oil tankers gutted in Mastung QUETTA: Unidentified armed men on Friday set ablaze two NATO containers in the Dasht area of Mastung district, police confirmed. Police sources said that two NATO containers carrying logistics for ISAF forces were on their way to Afghanistan from Karachi when they came under attack by the gunmen on QuettaSibi Road. The armed men stopped the containers and torched them by sprinkling petrol. The containers were damaged as a result, however no loss of life took place as a result of firing. The attackers managed to escape. Further investigation was underway. AgencIeS
ANP rejects Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance PESHAWAR/KARACHI: The Awami National Party (ANP) has rejected the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012. In a statement issued on Friday, ANP spokesman Zahid Khan said, “An ordinance which is not acceptable by the people of Sindh, will be unacceptable to his party as well.” ANP’s Shahi Syed also expressed reservations over local bodies system’s revival Talking to reporters in Karachi on Friday, he said it was beyond understanding that the government had revived the local bodies’ system when three provinces had rejected it. He said the PPP-MQM decision was against different communities living in Sindh. Under the new system Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Larkana are given status of divisions. Mayors would head the metropolitan corporations of all five divisions. Karachi’s 18 towns have been restored. The system has also removed the urban, rural divide. The two parties have also incorporated roles of both commissioners and administrators. Remaining part of the province would have 18 district councils to be run under the Commissionerate System. Meanwhile‚ the ANP and the Muslim League Functional have convened their meetings to discuss the new local bodies system and decide their stance on it. AgencIeS
Girls’ school blown up in Swabi SWABI: Anti-literacy militants blew up a primary school for girls with explosives here in the wee hours of Friday. According to police, unidentified miscreants had planted explosives along the boundary wall of Government Girls’ Primary School No 4, located in the Shewa area of Swabi. As a result of the blast, the school building was partially damaged, but no casualties or injuries were reported, as the building was empty at the time of the blast, and was located away from the residential area. InP
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PCNS informed three of nine attackers of Minhas Base hailed from Punjab ISLAMABAD
HE Parliament’s Committee on National Security (PCNS) on Friday sought detailed estimates of expenditure needed to enhance the security of Pakistan Air force installations across the country, following which recommendations for issuance of he funds would be made. The members of the NA security committee met Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani during an incamera session to review the recent terrorist strike on Pakistan Air Force facility ‘Minhas’ at Kamra. PAF ‘Minhas’ base commander Air Com-
modore Muhammad Azam and Defense Secretary Asif Yasin Malik also participated in the meeting. A source present in the meeting told Pakistan Today that Air Commodore Muhammad Azam gave a detailed briefing to the members regarding the incident and about beefing up security arrangements of PAF installations across the country. Air Commodore Azam disclosed that three of the terrorists involved in the Kamra Air Base attack hailed from Punjab and one of the three was from Sialkot, adding that further investigation was under progress. He said following the recent bid of terror, the Pakistan Air force had beefed up security measures around its installations and more measures were
Kaira rejects allegations of secret funds ISLAMABAD APP
Rejecting the allegations of secret funds, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said a specific impression was being created against the ministry through a propaganda campaign. Talking to PTV from Barcelona, Kaira said the propaganda campaign was started by the leader of opposition in the National Assembly and now this impression was being reflected in the media. He said the total budget of the ministry, as shown in the budget document, was Rs 5.58 billion, of which Rs 3.4 billion was allocated for Radio Pakistan as it was not an earning organization. Kaira said Rs 250 million were ear-
marked for Pakistan Television. “We have a number of organizations, including the Directorate of Film Publication (DFP), the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) and the Press Information Department (PID) while Rs 530 million are allocated for press attaches abroad,” he added. About the secret fund, Kaira clarified that Rs 100 million were reserved for special publicity fund while a small amount of Rs 12 million was kept under the head of secret fund. “This amount is meant for the treatment of the ailing journalists and their family members, or their local and foreign tours,” he added. He said newspersons of various countries were invited to visit Pakistan and they were looked after from this budgetary allocation. The minister said press clubs located in various parts of the country were also sup-
being adopted. Committee Chairman Raza Rabbani told reporters later that the strike on Kamra Air Base was a bid of terror to destabilize the country. He said the committee had been briefed on the security arrangements to guard the PAF installations through out the country. The members, Rabbani said, had decided to present suggestions to further improve the security of such sensitive installations. He said the committee also sought details from the departments concerned regarding the new financial estimates for improving the security measures of the sensitive PAF installations and locations. “Once it receives the financial estimates, the committee will recommend the issuance of the funds for meeting them,” Rabbani said. ported from this fund. He, however, said allegations of secret fund of Rs 4 billion or more were totally false, fabricated and baseless. The minister requested the Supreme Court and the honourable judges to thoroughly probe this baseless allegation. He assured all relevant record would be produced before the court. “It is the responsibility of the court to take a stern action against those who tried to use the judiciary and spread misperception,” he added.
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PML-F announces to quit Sindh govt over new LG system KARACHI onLIne
Pir Pagara’s Pakistan Muslim League-Functional on Friday announced it was parting ways with the Pakistan People’s Party-led Sindh government in protest against the promulgation of the new local bodies ordinance. In a press conference, PML-F
leaders Imtiaz Sheikh and Mujeeb Pirzada said that in a meeting with Pir Pagara the party decided to resign from the provincial government since the PPP had failed to address their grievances against the Sindh Local Government Ordinance. The ordinance, which was signed by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, brings into place a new system called the Peoples Metropolitan Corpora-
tion 2012. The PML-F ministers have already submitted their resignations to Pir Pagara. The Awami National Party (ANP) also called back its only minister in the Sindh government earlier in the day and boycotted the National Assembly session. Minister Ameer Nawab submitted his resignation to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah who rejected it in hopes of wooing back ANP.
Rimsha is 14 but mentally she’s 8, Malik tells Senate
ISLAMABAD: A policeman watches as christians and journalists gather outside the court hearing Rimsha Masih’s case on Friday. aFP ISLAMABAD
NTERIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Friday briefed lawmakers on the Rimsha Masih case and said the accused girl, who was earlier reported to be 11-year-old, was 14-year-old according to medical tests but her mental age was 7- to 8-year-old. While briefing the Senate on the Rimsha Masih case, Malik made another revelation claiming that the psychiatrist had reported that the girl had not even left her house. The minister said on suspicion, the ashes submitted by Qari Khalid Jadoon, the prayer leader who lodged the FIR against the girl, were analysed and it wax revealed that the ashes were of wood and not of any paper. Malik said the evidence submitted by Jadoon was also examined and it was found that over the ashes, there were three papers of Namaz Mutrajam which were partially burnt but the written material was safe. Moreover, he added, three pages of Quran were also found which were safe. He said three affidavits were also submitted with the police by, Hammad and Hafiz Khurram Shahid s/o Malik Dad. Malik said according to Shahid’s affidavit, Jadoon handed over the ashes to him and asked him to keep them in the room.
He said Shahid claimed that Jadoon later asked him to bring the ashes to him. When he handed over the bag contain the ashes to Jadoon, the latter put some pages into the bag. Malik said Jadoon was arrested under charges of tampering with the evidence and the court recorded his statement and sent him on judicial remand. The minister stated that Jadoon was a prayer leader in the mosque where Hammad, the owner of the house in which Rimsha’s family was a tenant, was the moazzan. He said according to the investigation, Hammad had given notices to Rimsha’s family to vacate his house. He said the police had taken Rimsha and her family into protective custody and had transferred them to a safer place after she was accused on August 16, the minister said. Malik said keeping in view the sensitivity of the matter, he had ordered a separate inquiry into the matter through the Islamabad magistrate and the entire evidence was also provided to the magistrate. “We will also take the matter to clerics, the Islamic Ideology Council and wifaqul madaris. We will make the evidence public to make the investigation transparent. No one will be allowed to violate the blasphemy law. If the girl is found involved, she will be taken to task and if anyone tries to set her up, he will be brought to justice,” he said. Malik said the govern-
ment would make the case an example and anybody who violated the law would be punished accordingly. He said a case had been registered against Jadoon under criminal conspiracy charge and all aspects would be looked into. He said representatives of two NGOs had also attempted to influence the accused girl but he had deputed officials so as no one could distort truth. He said according to the statement of Rimsha, the evidence was also collected. TARgET KILLINgS: Regarding the targeted killings of Shias, Malik said targeted killers in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan had links with Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, adding that Taliban commanders hired the Lashkar people for their ulterior motives who executed their plans on payment. He said two militants of former Harkatul Ansaar, Frooq and Najatullah, had formed their own gangs and both were involved in Gilgit and Laloosar Top killings, respectively. He said Malik Ishaq of Lashkare-Jhangvi had been moving freely for the last four years. “We provided leads to the Punjab government about his presence and wrote to the chief secretary that initially the law and order is a provincial affair but if the provincial government will fail to arrest him, we shall nab him through the FIA.” Malik said Waliur Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud who were once bitter enemies, had now reconciled and pitched against Pakistan. “These people are also involved in Kamra incident,” he asserted. “But, I want to make it clear that their days are numbered. Nation stands united against terrorism and we shall take every action to root them out.” The minister said he had warned about attacks in Peshawar a few days ago and one such attack was thwarted in which the suicide bomber was killed and arms were recovered. He said he would reveal more facts about involvement of a neighboring country in militant activities inside Pakistan and warned that if such assistance was not withdrawn, he would go to that country and would hold a press conference to expose those involved. “We shall continue apprehending Taliban and other militant groups to the end. They are being funded from abroad to carry out sabotage activities within the country,” Malik said in response to a point of order by Hafiz Hamdullah.
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DUBAI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan feels that a very big drama is going to be staged in the country in the name of Local Governments polls. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Khan said war in South Waziristan could not be won without the support of the local population, adding that local people would provide security during his visit to Waziristan. Separately, addressing the Pakistani community, Khan predicted the making of a new Pakistan in the future, adding that the role of overseas Pakistanis would be vital in this regard. “I am very hopeful about the country’s future,” he said. The Sindh Local Governments Ordinance was signed between the PPP and the MQM in the wee hours of Friday. onLIne
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected the new Local Government ordinance, calling it “Sindh’s division on administrative lines”. In a statement on Friday, Nisar said that through the ordinance, the rulers had protected their own interest instead of the province. He said that by signing the ordinance “in the darkness of the night”, President Zardari had proved that he could even bargain for his birthplace when it comes to personal gains. He said that Sindh was not the personal property of any political party which could divide it. He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), along with other Sindhi parties, would devise a strategy to protect the interests of the Sindhi people. InP
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PeSHAwAR: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami remove film posters during a rally on Friday against the reopening of nATo supply to Afghanistan. aFP
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After the conclusion of talks, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told reporters that the negotiations were a positive move, expressing hopes to move ahead in resolving more important and serious issues in the future. Jilani said the water dispute between Pakistan and India was of vital importance and could not be ignored, adding that the issue of Kashmir also needed to be resolved. The two foreign secretaries also agreed that the issue of terrorism was one that plagued both countries and must be solved collectively. Earlier in the day, the Indian delegation arrived in Pakistan under the leadership of Indian Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna. Krishna said India desired to see Pakistan a prosperous and a peaceful country and was committed to rebuilding its relations with Pakistan through dialogue. The Indian foreign minister said his country wanted to have cordial ties with Islamabad based upon peace
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sounded the alarm about the functioning of the world’s biggest democracy on Friday after parliament broke up at the end of an almost entirely wasted legislative session. Opposition lawmakers from the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who are demanding Singh resigns over a coal scandal, staged noisy protests on Friday that capped three weeks of disruption in both houses of parliament. Faced with MPs shouting and waving papers, the parliamentary speakers of both chambers called an end to proceedings shortly after midday, bringing to a conclusion the second of three annual sessions. In a statement afterwards, Singh lamented that parliament had been “totally paralysed” at a time when India faced serious problems, from containing ethnic and religious tension to reversing a slowdown in the economy. “Parliament should have debated all these issues,” he told reporters outside the heavily-guarded building in the capital. “We take pride in the fact that since independence we are a practising, functioning democracy. What we have seen in this session is a total negation of that.” Parliamentarians have deliberated on legislation for just 25 out of a possible 120 hours during the monsoon session which began on August 8, according to PRS Legislative Research, a New Delhi-based independent study group. Only four bills were cleared by both houses, despite as many as 30 being listed for consideration on issues such as pensions, land acquisition, tax reform and corruption.
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He said the ANP always supported the government and never indulged in politics of back mailing. Adeel also announced that the ANP Sindh minister would also tender his resignation. Responding to ANP’s allegations, Minister for Political Affairs Maula Bux Chandio expressed dismay and anguish over the allegations of a conspiracy hatched by the Sindh chief minister for division of Sindh. “If the ANP has reservations over the promulgation of the ordinance, they have a right
At least 64 people were killed and 550 injured when two quakes struck a remote and mountainous area of southwest China Friday, toppling buildings and pushing panicked crowds into the streets, officials and observers said. Residents described how people ran out of buildings screaming as the two quakes hit on the border of southwestern Yunnan and Guizhou provinces an hour apart around the middle of the day followed by a string of aftershocks. Television footage showed people running from damaged buildings and streets strewn with fallen bricks and rocks in Yun-
nan province’s Yiliang district, which appeared to be worst hit. The Xinhua news agency said 64 people had been killed and rescuers have rushed to the area. Authorities are sending thousands of tents, quilts and coats, and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is also heading to the area, it said. The Yiliang county government said on its website that 556 people had been injured, while an online statement from the public affairs bureau in Zhaotong city, which overseas Yiliang, put the figure at 150. The Zhaotong statement also said 100,000 people were made homeless by the disaster, and at least 20,000 houses collapsed or were damaged. Altogether 700,000 people have
been affected, it said. The death toll could still rise as some villages remain blocked by landslides and the worst-hit areas may have lost power and communications, Xinhua said, citing local officials. “The hardest part of the rescue now is traffic,” Li Fuchun, the head Luozehe township, identified as the epicentre, was quoted as saying. “Roads are blocked and rescuers have to climb mountains to reach hard-hit villagers.” Rocks as tall as four meters (13 feet) crashed into mountain roads and landslides were also triggered, the report said. The death toll may have been higher because of the area’s denser population, with 205 people per square kilometer compared to 117 across the province, said Huang Pu-
Canada breaks off relations with Iran AFP
Canada closed its Tehran embassy and expelled Iranian diplomats on Friday, expressing concern for the mission’s safety and slamming Iran’s support for the Syrian regime and its threats against Israel. “Canada’s position on the regime in Iran is well known. Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said. “Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All
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and stability and free of terrorism and element of violence. “I bring a message of goodwill from India to the people of Pakistan. I wish to reiterate the desire of India to see a stable and prosper Pakistan living in peace,” Krishna said. “We are committed to finding solutions to all issues that have beset our relationships through bilateral dialogue.” Krishna would hold a oneon-one sitting with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, followed by the opening of foreign minister-level talks. During these talks, the foreign ministers from both countries would review the progress on the current dialogue process and also prepare the framework for next round of talks to be held between the two countries under the resumed dialogue process. The talks were earlier scheduled to be held in July; however, they were postponed because of the Indian presidential election.
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Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days,” he added, in a statement. Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown in ties, but issued a strongly worded attack on Tehran’s support for Bashar alAssad’s pariah Syrian regime and its “incitement to genocide” against Israel. Baird also attacked Tehran’s failure to account for its nuclear program, which Western powers allege is designed to give Iran a nuclear bomb, and accused the “Iranian regime” of promot-
ing international terrorism. He also warned Canadians, including dual national Canadian-Iranians, that Ottawa will not be able to provide assistance to them if they travel to Iran. There was no immediate reaction from Tehran, but Iran had already threatened “reciprocal action” in May, when Canada closed the visa section in its Iranian embassy, one used by thousands of Iranians with ties to Canada. An estimated 120,000 people of Iranian origin or descent live in Canada, according to official 2006 census data, and thousands of their relatives in Iran visit them every year.
gang, head of the Yunnan seismological bureau, according to Xinhua. In addition the epicentres of both major quakes were located just five to 15 kilometres from the county seat, he said, while the homes and buildings in the poor area might not have been built to withstand strong quakes. Footage broadcast on state television network CCTV showed hundreds of people crowded into a sports field in Yiliang, a sprawling town surrounded by green mountains. Many people took cover outside after the first quake and did not return indoors, said a man surnamed Xia reached by phone. “Lots of people are outside because they fear aftershocks,” he said.
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He said incidents of kidnappings for ransom still continued, targeted killing had not stopped and the wave of people going missing persisted, showing that the result had been zero. Justice Jawwad S Khawja said that two or three cases were such that they could hamper the dignity of institutions. At this juncture, the Balochistan chief secretary sought additional time to produce positive results. However, Chief Justice Iftikhar reiterated that the bench had directed that missing persons be produced, adding that the provincial government had failed to improve
the security situation. The CJ also inquired about the FC Dera Bugti commandant. The counsel for FC said the official had been on leave for 15 days. The court ordered that the leave be cancelled and he be presented before the bench today (Saturday). The CJ said illegal vehicles and arms were the root-cause of deteriorating law and order in Balochistan, ordering that FIRs be lodged against people from whom illegal vehicles were recovered. The CJ said another police officer had been killed in Quetta today and instead of returning of normalcy, the situation in Balochistan had only worsened.
to express the same. But no one has the right to ignore ground realities and enter a blame game. Haji Adeel has no right to claim that a conspiracy is being hatched in CM’s House to divide Sindh. Sindh cannot be divided until a single son of the soil is alive,” he said. “We know that Haji Adeel has waged struggle as a nationalist but no one can blame the PPP which has sacrificed for the federation. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto laid down their lives for the federation. We protest such an attitude,” he added.
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The Haqqanis are not Pakistani nationals. We will continue to work with all international partners including the U.S. in combating extremism and terrorism.” In the months leading up to the decision, several State Department and military officials argued that designating the organization would “help strangle the group’s fund-raising activities in countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and pressure Pakistan to open a long-expected military offensive against the militants.” On the other hand, many other senior officials, including several in the White House, expressed deep reservations that blacklisting the group could further damage badly frayed relations with Pakistan, undercut peace talks with the Taliban and possibly jeopardize the fate of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier known to be held by the militants, added the report. In the past few days, however, supporters of designating the group apparently eased most concerns or put forward contingencies to mitigate the risks and potential consequences. “This shows that we are using everything we can to put the squeeze on these guys,” said one administration official who was involved in the process, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity. While spokeswomen for the National Security Council and State Department declined to comment on the de-
cision, four administration officials said late Thursday that the government was going ahead with the designation, the newspaper reported. Critics have contended that a designation by the Treasury Department or the United Nations could achieve largely the same result as would adding the network to the much more prominent State Department list, with far fewer consequences. But many senior counterterrorism officials as well as top American military officers, including Gen. John R. Allen, commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan, have said that designating the organization should be a top priority. “F.T.O. designation could reduce a critical capability of the Haqqani Network by increasing the cost of doing business, reducing access to capital, and constraining the network’s financial resources, thereby limiting their freedom to operate in a local, regional, and international context,” Jeffrey Dressler, senior Afghanistan analyst for the Institute for the Study of War, a research organization here said in a paper issued this week, referring to foreign terrorist organizations. According to Dressler, the Haqqani network’s business interests stretch from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Persian Gulf, and include car dealerships, money exchanges and construction companies, import-export operations, and smuggling networks.
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Literacy effective weapon against extremism: Zardari ISLAMABAD
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said that literacy was an effective weapon to fight extremism and intolerance, and for winning the battle of minds. The president, in his message on International Literacy Day, said that low literacy and poverty multiplied extremist tendencies, resulting in a grave threat to national integrity and endangering regional peace. He said that Pakistanis would be joining the international community in observing the day and to highlight the significance and correlation of literacy to peace. Zardari said that every year, Literacy Day was a reminder for all the people to increase literacy in order to promote better understanding among the people and to inculcate a sense of tolerance and mutual co-existence. He said that at a time when peace is at stake due to intolerance, it is important to promote literacy globally to promote peace. President Zardari said the theme for the year 2012 `Literacy and Peace’ is of special significance
in this region which is one of the most volatile regions of the world. “Being the followers of a religion of peace, we are also the inheritors of moderate, tolerant and progressive traditions,” he said. He said militants and extremists were nurtured by the international community to fight a rival ideology in the region in 80s and even earlier. The president said the government had taken significant steps to promote literacy and to educate young generation to not only wean them away from the militants’ trap but also to make them valuable human resource capital. He said all political parties had joined hands to amend the constitution so as to give every child the right to education. Zardari, however, stressed full participation of the entire nation and all stakeholders to increase literacy in the country. He expressed the confidence that the
National Commission for Human Development, the provincial education departments and all other concerned with education sector had planned suitable activities to highlight the need for increasing literacy and to promote the values of peace, tolerance and mutual co-existence. He urged the education planners to adopt a comprehensive and multi-pronged strategy for the provision of education to youth, both through formal and nonformal methods. He called upon the international community to support the government in creating an enabling environment for every child to receive education and join the national productive effort.
News 05 US concerned over expulsion of Save the Children foreign staff WASHINGTON InP
The United States has conveyed its “deep concerns” to Pakistan over expelling the international staff of Save the Children, a non-governmental organization (NGO) working in Pakistan. Replying to questions during a press briefing on Thursday, State Department Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said “the United States strongly supports the work of Save the Children in Pakistan”. He said the US had raised the issue with the Pakistani government, and had urged it to allow Save the Children to continue its “important work”. He said
independent NGOs were among the essential building blocks of any healthy democracy. “In Pakistan, as in other countries, we urge governments to help create an environment in which they can operate productively,” he added. Earlier this week, the government ordered all foreigners working for Save the Children to leave Pakistan within four weeks in the wake of accusations linking the aid agency to a fake vaccination program used to trace Osama bin Laden. The NGO has rejected having any connection with the CIA or the fake vaccination campaign. However, it said it would continue its activities in Pakistan.
Floodwater washes away vehicle in Hub, 3 go missing HUB: Three people went missing when their vehicle fell into floodwater here on Friday. According to sources in police, a jeep was carrying five pilgrims to Shah Noorani Shrine located in Karachi when flashfloods washed it away near Mahubat Faqir area. Rescue team, with the help of the locals, rescued two men while three were still missing. The rescue operation for their recovery was underway. The sources said the missing persons might have drowned. InP
Muqam turns top wheeler dealer for PML-N in KP Former minister in hectic efforts to woo back party, rival dissidents g
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Facing serious hurdles from within the party ranks, former federal minister Engineer Amir Muqam is making Pakistan Muslim League-N a strong political force in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by getting benefits from anomalies and shortfalls of ruling coalition partners. Pakistan Today came to know through highly-placed sources that Muqam had initiated efforts for reconciling of PML-N dissidents. Beside others, former PML-N secretary general and former senator Saranjam Khan and former provincial minister Abdul Subhan Khan are prominent among the dissidents. In this respect, Muqam is going to visit residences of these dissidents in the coming few days. Similarly, Muqam has made his mind for holding meetings and contacts with all those leaguers who were either inactive or reluctant to take part in activities due to what they called negative and unrealistic policies of PML-N provincial leaders, particularly Sahibzada Pir Sabir Sah and Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbassi. A couple of days ago, Muqam traveled to Southern Bannu and Karak districts accompanied by Farid Toofan to have meetings with party dissidents and in-active political figures. Sources close to Muqam said they made too many achievements by blocking a number of families, who had already decided to quit the party, from joining others. Similar is Muqam’s
strategy for Malakand Division, where he has focused attentions on dissidents of the Awami National Party and Pakistan People’s Party. As a result of his efforts, Haji Niaz Mohammad, an active and diehard figure of Pakistan People’s Party from Surezai area of Peshawar, on Friday announced joining the PML-N along with his kith and kin. Mohammad’s disassociation has not only affected the PPP, it has confused the ANP leadership that holds a strong position in that part of Peshawar. Muqam intends to contest elections from NA-4 Peshawar, therefore, he is giving maximum importance to activities and masses’ mobilization in that particular constituency. Beside re-activating and reconciling party dissidents and encouraging disassociation from the PPP and ANP, Muqam is also making attempts to create cracks within the ranks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. In this respect, sources said Muqam contacted Nawabzada Khawaja Mohammad Khan Hoti. Following differences with ANP leadership in early 2009, Hoti joined the PTI in December 2011. But he is now reportedly uncomfortable in the PTI and making up his mind for another flight. If he wins support of Hoti, Saranjam Khan and Abdul Subhan Khan, Muqam could make hard the elections game for the leaders of both the ANP and PPP in Mardan district. Similarly, Muqam has also initiated steps for restoring the lost image of PML-N in Hazara region where the party is in trouble since the second quarter of 2010. On the issue of renaming of province, most of leaguers are unhappy with the PML-N, therefore, they joined hands with traditional rival of Nawaz Sharif, Baba Haider Zaman. A strong group of Gohar Ayub Khan and Amanullah Jadoon is also part of other factions and parties. Muqam, however, is working hard to woo back these leaders. According to party insiders, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif has given a free hand to Engineer Amir Muqam for ensuring the party’s victory in next general elections.
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KARAcHI: Members of a Japanese delegation visiting PAF Museum on Air Force Day. oNliNe
aPMl asks govt not to delay general polls on lB elections plea KARACHI: Aasia Ishaq, Central Secretary Information of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), has asked the present government not to delay general election, due in March 2013, in the name of local government (LG) election, a statement issued from the central information secretariat of APML said on Friday. She said that because APML founder and ex-president Pervez Musharraf had introduced this system, her party welcomed the government’s announcement regarding holding of LG election. She said that APML feared that whether Asif Zardari would delay the general election with announcing local government election. Aasia was of the opinion that if this would happen, the country would face more serious political crisis. The information secretary said further that the current government got success in every sector where they adopted policies of the former president. nnI
amir Nawab quits over new lB system KARACHI: Expressing his reservation on the new local body (LB) system, Awami National Party’s (ANP) provincial minister Amir Nawab Khan tendered his resignation on Friday. “ANP has reservations but we were not consulted over promulgation of new local body law. The PPP did not take us into confidence,” Amir Nawab said. While talking to media, ANP’s Sindh labour minister said he resigned on the directives of the party leadership, adding that the resignation was sent to Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. nnI
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Sindh governor signs local govt law KARACHI
INDH Governor Ishratul Ebad and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Friday signed the summary of the new law on local government institutions. The new law, which had been named “People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012”, was signed after days of intense deliberations between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), the two major parties in Sindh’s ruling coalition. Sources said the draft law envisaged that five cities in the province - Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas - would have metropolitan corporations to be headed by mayors. The other districts would have district councils. Earlier on Thursday, the PPP and the MQM, had finalised the draft law on local government institutions, told provincial information minister Sharjeel Memon, who was privy to the discussions at the Chief Minister’s House. Sources said it appeared that members of the two parties were under in-
structions to end their deliberations only after an understanding had been achieved. The breakthrough came when Governor Ibad and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah joined the deliberations, the sources said. They said that PPP’s Pir Mazharul Haq had held discussions on the subject with members of the Pakistan Muslim League - Functional (PML-F), Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid, (PML-Q), Awami National Party (ANP) and that their views had been incorporated into the draft of the law. SHAHI SYED CoNCERNED ovER Lg REvIvAL: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Shahi Syed expressed his reservations over revival of local bodies system in Sindh. Syed said it was beyond understanding that the government revived the local bodies system when the three provinces had rejected it. He also said that the PPP-MQM decision was against different communities living in the Sindh province. Earlier, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul-Ebad Khan promulgated “Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance 2012” after the two allies reached consensus on the new local body system. Under the new system, Karachi, Hyderabad,
Sukkur, Mir Pur Khas and Larkana are given status of divisions. Mayors would head the metropolitan corporations of all five divisions. Karachi’s 18 towns have been restored. The system has also removed the urban-rural divide. The two parties have also incorporated roles of both the commissioners and administrators. NATIoNALISTS ANNoUNCES WHEEL-jAM AgAINST Lg oRDINANCE: Sindh’s nationalist parties will observe a strike on September 13 against the promulgation of new Local Body Ordinance in the province, Sindh United Party (SUP) chief Jalal Shah announced on Friday. He said the nationalist parties would besiege the Sindh Chief Minister House against the ordinance on the same day. Earlier, Awami National Party’s provincial minister, Amir Nawab Khan, tendered his resignation against the new LB system. “ANP has reservations as we were not consulted over promulgation of new local body law. The PPP did not take us into confidence,” He said. “I resigned on the directives of the party leadership,” he said, adding the resignation has been sent to the chief minister.
Bomb hoax disturbs 8 PIa flights KARACHI: A bomb hoax disturbed at least eight PIA flights, PIA spokesman said here on Friday. PIA aircraft Boeing 747 to perform flight PK 304 Karachi-Lahore had to be parked at an isolated bay to be checked for reasons of safety. Hence departure of three international flights, four domestic were rescheduled while one flight from Lahore to Dubai PK 203 was cancelled and the passengers were brought to Karachi and were shifted to the connecting Karachi-Dubai flight PK 213 which left Karachi at Midnight. The expected time of departure of the flight initially was 10:10 PM. Flight PK 304 was merged with PK 306 which took off for Lahore at 6:00 PM. Similarly PK 305 and PK 307 were also merged and the departure was rescheduled for 9:00 PM. The same aircraft had to perform flight PK 731 Karachi-Jeddah the expected time of departure was changed to 12:45 AM (Saturday) from 6:00 PM (Friday). While, departure of PK 743 KarachiMadinah was also rescheduled for 10:15 PM which was schedule to leave at 6:45 PM. nnI
llB Part-1I results announced HYDERABAD: The Controller of Examinations (Annual) University of Sindh on Friday announced the result of LLB Part-I Annual Examination 2011. According to result summary, a total of 1,306 candidates have been declared successful among 1,848 who appeared in the examinations. Out of 1,848 candidates, 465 candidates have been declared fail in different subjects while the results of 61 candidates have been with-held due to incomplete documents by conduct branch of the university. The mark sheets are being dispatched to the candidates. APP
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Karachi 07 light, moderate rain in the city KARACHI APP
Light and moderate rain was experienced in different areas in the metropolis on Friday morning. The downpour was reported in the areas of Saddar, Clifton, Azizabad, Manzoor Coloney, Baldia, Orangi, North Nazimabad, Landhi, University Road, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and in the surrounding areas. Many main streets and service lanes in the city were inundated with the rainwater causing problems to the flow of traffic. A Met office report issued on Friday said, “The rainfalls continued in intervals during the last 24 hours. “Heaviest rain of 82 mm was recorded in Dadu while 49mm in Karachi Airport during the last 24 hours,” the Met office said. The weather advisor of Pakistan Meteorological Department has forecast scattered rain/thundershowers with isolated heavy falls expected in Sindh on Friday and Saturday, said Weather Advisory on Thursday. The advisory said heavy rains would generate urban and flash floods in the vulnerable areas of the country. It also advised all concerned authorities to remain alert during the current week.
KARAcHI: Dua and Fateha is being offered at the grave of Rashid Minhas Shaheed (nishan-e-Haider), on Pakistan Air Force Day observed on Friday. oNliNe
Karachi violence claims 5 more lives KARACHI InP
Five persons were shot dead in different areas of the city, the police said on Friday. Per details, two limbtied, tortured bodies of young men were found under the Raxer Bridge, Golimar. Police suspected that they were first kidnapped and then killed. Another tortured dead body of a man, identified as Anwar, was found from Mochko. Another body of a 30year-old man was also found near Askari Park, PIB Colony. He was identified as Shabbir. In a separate incident, some unidentified gunmen opened fire at a man near Sindhi Hotel located in Liaquatabad. He died on the spot, while the attackers somehow managed to escape.
Seven injured in a road mishap
Rain emergency declared in Hyderabad HYDERABAD
EPUTY Commissioner Tando Muhammad Khan Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi Friday declared rain emergency in the entire district and called all officials of concerned department on duty with immediate effect. Talking to media persons during his surprise visit at different pumping stations, he said that a total of 55 pumping machines have been installed in the district and all are in working condition. Keeping in view the previous experiences, he informed that District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has been constituted and activated in the district. All required and necessary equipment either have been provided or being provided to
DDMA enabling it to meet any eventuality of natural or man-made disaster. In order to meet current monsoon season, he said that shift-wise duties of concerned staff has been assigned to ensure round the clock to help the citizens. In addition to DDMA, the Deputy Commissioner informed that District Disaster Cell has also been established in his office and other taluks including Tando Muhammad Khan, Bulri Shah Karim and Tando Ghulam Hyder to supliment the efforts for protecting citizens from any kind of disaster. PoWER SHUT DoWN SCHEDULE foR CITY: The management of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company Friday announced the schedule of power closure on September 10, 14, 17 and 21 from 8 am to 12 noon following the installation of
Aerial Bundled Cable (ABC) and other necessary repair and maintenance work at 132 KV Qasimabad Grid Station. According to HESCO spokesman, the areas of Muslim Society, Memon Society and Wahdat Colony connected with 11 KV GOR Feeder will be affected as a result of scheduled power closure. TRIAL foR TUg of WAR TEAM: Physical Education Director Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur Muhammad Murad Prizada on Friday has announced that the selection trials for tug of war (boys) team will be held at main university ground on September 11 at 10:30 am. The selected players will participate in inter-collegiate tournament 2012-13. The interesting students are directed to contact the office of the director of physical education.
Commissioner inaugurates BHU HYDERABAD APP
Commissioner Hyderabad Ahmed Bux Narejo said Friday that all Basic Health Units (BHU), Rural Health Centres (RHC) and Mother and Child Health Centres (MCHC) in Sindh were being restrengthened and well equipped with all facilities including x-ray, labor rooms, diagnosing labs and ambulances to provide better health facilities to the people of rural areas under the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of BHU at Jiendo Halepoto and Village Mir Allah Bux Talpur, he said that not only these health centers were well equipped but the same would be now run by Peoples Primary Health Care Initiative (PPHCI) with new zeal and spirit. He said that the Sindh government had planned to depute efficient and experienced doctors, paramedics at these health centers in rural areas. He said that the government also intended to run these centers with the community participation and supervision as land for most of the health centers had been provided by local landlords.
At least seven people were injured when a speedy truck collided with cement blocks at Korangi Crossing area of the city on Friday. According to the police, unavailability of street lights on the road caused the accident. Driver of the truck said that his vehicle collided with cement blocks as he did not see them due to darkness.
rangers recover 50kg explosives, 1900 detonators KARACHI nnI
Sindh Rangers on Friday foiled a big terror plot in the metropolis after recovering huge quantity of explosives and arrested four accused from a passenger coach coming from Punjab to the coastal city. Rangers spokesman said that the Rangers raided a bus in Kot Sabzal, Sindh-Punjab border area, and recovered 50 kilogram explosives and 1900 detonators and arrested four accused including two drivers and two others.
KARAcHI: Boy seen hanging a placard reading ‘give me my father’ as he participates in a demonstration organized by Majlis wahdat-e-Muslimeen against the target killing of Shiite Muslims, outside press club on Friday. oNliNe
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BRAR Khan, 25, belongs to a Pakhtun family of Karachi. He was crippled by polio at the age of three but like most of the people attacked by the disease he had not lost the courage to keep on fighting forward. Despite a lot of hardships, he kept on studying and finally got a degree of Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com) and in March 2012 joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a mobilizing officer within the community. He is the only one out of more than 1000 working with UNICEF who had been a polio victim as well. It had not been an easy journey for him. “It is too hard to live in society like us with some kind of physical disability and especially with polio. Everybody makes you realize that you are crippled”, he said. He was in Islamabad last week as part of his awareness campaign about polio. “I just want to inspire and educate parents that polio is not only a childhood disease and that children with polio will have to live with it for the rest of their life.” He was teaching at a local school when he read about the job opening in UNICEF. “I knew that the organization worked towards polio eradication. I requested them to hire me because I hated polio. I told them that I
wanted to use all my energies against this menace.” Abrar had been mobilizing the community in the Pukhtun dominated areas of Karachi. Though his background enabled him to start conversations easily with the locals, but according to him it took a lot of energy to convince them. So far, his record proves that he had been very good in tackling refusals from the people. When he first started working in March 2012, there were more than a hundred refusals in his neighborhood. “Since March, I have been able to convince 70 out of 100 parents to vaccinate their children against polio”, he said. Most of the people object to the fact that why polio vaccination was so important when other necessities of life like water, gas and electricity were being ignored by government. “A lot of people think it is part of the Western conspiracy against Pakistanis. They talk about Shakeel Afridi. I take help of the local prayer leader to convince them. Only a few of them help me while most of them reject my requests”, he said. Abrar had been used as a strong symbol by UNICEF to eradicate polio from the country. He had also appeared in TV advertisements to spread out the message against polio for the campaign starting from September 10. “His story is very inspiring. He is the first polio affected person who is working with UNICEF as a community offi-
cer to educate people on this disease. He is a great advocate of the cause”, said one of his colleagues. Pakistan has the largest number of polio cases in the world. With 198 cases confirmed in 2011, the country accounted for almost 60 percent of the global cases. “Unfortunately an overwhelming majority of these polio victims belong to the Pakhtun community whether they were in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) or Karachi. Abrar said that there were five polio affected people living in adjoining streets of his locality. He said that most people in his locality took it as the will of God, adding that some of them even got offended when he told them that it was only because of the ignorance of the parents. “All people like me can easily be saved from polio. Those who deny polio vaccination to their children is in fact the worst enemy of their children”, he said passionately. He also mentioned that women were easier to convince than men. Abrar had always tried to use his own example to explain to parents the repercussion of the crippling viral disease. “Life is too tough to live with this disease. I want to eliminate it from my country”, he said. “I strongly wish I could walk and run. I could not believe that it would have been possible if my parents had vaccinated me during my childhood”, he sadly said.
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"Hidden agenda" an exhibition of Paintings by lahore based artist ayesha Siddiqui opens on 11th august 2012 at 5 pm at Koel Gallery ,Karachi. the exhibition will continue till august 31st,20.
Satrang gallery is celebrating this spiritual month by exhibiting a wonderful calligraphy show. do join us as we present the work of ten exceptional artists. opening on tuesday , July 31, at 8:00 pm.
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VeNUe: tHe SeCoNd Floor (t2F) Join us at t2F every Wednesday for interactive sessions on Mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, Musharraf ali Farooqi. Ghalib Made easy by @MicroMaFthe poetry of Mirza Ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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‘Tested and proven’ Obama asks for second term CHARLOTTE
RESIDENT Barack Obama implored Americans to grant him a second term, warning that Republican rival Mitt Romney would kill the economic recovery and is not cut out to lead. Four years after he claimed power on a euphoric tide of hope, Obama bluntly warned that the United States faced its most stark political crossroads in a generation, and insisted he never said change would be quick or easy. “The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place and I’m asking you to choose that future,” he said, warning that his Republican rival would gut the middle class and return to “blustering and blundering” abroad. Sketching an agenda to create millions of jobs, cut $4 trillion from the deficit and revolutionize energy policy, Obama refused to abandon the hope of 2008, saying: “Know this, America: our problems can be solved.” The president spoke at the Democratic National Convention, exactly two months before the election, hoping to break open a knife-edge race with Romney, who paints him as out of ideas to nurse the sickly economy back to health. The speech drew frenzied applause from supporters, but the flashbulbs and fanfare could soon be forgotten, as a new jobs report to be released on Friday is ex-
pected to show still-tepid economic growth nearly four years after Obama took office. The 51-year-old president directly confronted the deflated hopes spawned when he became America’s first black president amid expectations he would lead a era of transformation and bridge the country’s now-gaping partisan divide. “The election four years ago wasn’t about me. It was about you. My fellow citizens — you were the change,” Obama said, citing his ending of the Iraq war, more rights for gays and lesbians and near universal health care. “If you turn away now — if you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for isn’t possible — well, change will not happen.” As 20,000 supporters packed into a sports arena chanted “four more years,” Obama launched a biting critique of Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan, candidates he said would lead America into dangerous waters abroad. “My opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy, but from all that we’ve seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost America so dearly. “After all, you don’t call Russia our number one enemy — and not Al-Qaeda — unless you’re still stuck in a Cold War time warp. “You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can’t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally. “My opponent said it was ‘tragic’ to end
the war in Iraq, and he won’t tell us how he’ll end the war in Afghanistan. I have, and I will.” Throughout the evening leading Democrats lauded Obama as a bold commander-in-chief, with Vice President Joe Biden saying he had a “spine of steel” and Senator John Kerry quipping: “Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off than he was four years ago.” Obama proclaimed that with him, Americans could stay with “leadership that has been tested and proven.” Again and again, Obama cast the election as a choice — between his policies designed to lift up the pained middle class, and Romney’s “trickle down” economics, which he said risked a return to recession. “When you pick up that ballot to vote — you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation,” Obama said, forecasting fateful choices looming on jobs and taxes and war and peace. “I never said this journey would be easy, and I won’t promise that now. Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer — but we travel it together. We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind.” Obama cast his speech as a rallying call for Americans to unite to overcome the gridlock that has paralyzed Washington, warning that Romney would fire teachers, impoverish students, all to give more tax breaks to millionaires. Obama also posed as a teller of hard truths, saying “it will take more than a few
years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.” Romney, who made his own convention pitch to voters a week ago, did not immediately comment on the speech, but his campaign manager Matt Rhoades accused the president of laying out policies that had already failed. “He offered more promises, but he hasn’t kept the promises he made four years ago,” Rhoades said. “Americans will hold President Obama accountable for his record. They know they’re not better off and that it’s time to change direction.” It seemed unlikely that Obama’s speech would break open the race with Romney, but it appeared to hit the mark in the hall.
Damascus bomb kills 5 soldiers amid shelling BEIRUT AFP
cHARLoTTe: Supporters hoist signs reading ‘Forward’ as uS President Barack obama states his acceptance to run for a second term as president at the Time warner cable Arena late on Thursday. AFP
Azerbaijan, Armenia trade barbs over axe-killer pardon BAKU AFP
Bitter enemies Azerbaijan and Armenia traded accusations on Friday amid growing international criticism of Baku’s pardoning of an extradited Azerbaijani soldier who had hacked an Armenian to death. Ramil Safarov was pardoned, promoted and financially rewarded after being extradited to Azerbaijan from Hungary, where he had been serving a life sentence for killing the Armenian soldier with an axe during a NATO training session in 2004. Visiting Baku, where Safarov received a hero’s welcome on his return a week ago, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the murder was “a crime which should not be glorified”. But Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev remained defiant, saying the pardon was legal and fair despite the NATO
chief’s comments, which followed similar criticism from the United States, the European Union and Russia. “Armenia is unjustifiably kicking up a fuss over Ramil Safarov’s pardoning,” Aliyev said at a news conference with Rasmussen in Baku. “Safarov has been extradited in conformity with the European Convention (on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons) and his pardoning is based on Azerbaijani legislation,” he said. As tensions simmered between the ex-Soviet neighbours that fought a territorial war in the 1990s, Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian accused energy-rich Azerbaijan of flexing its muscles in front of the international community. “We believe that the purpose of pardoning and justifying the murderer is not just that Aliyev wants to improve his image inside the country, but to try to test the international community’s reaction to Azerbaijan’s absurd move,” Sarkisian said in comments released by his press service.
Retired French teacher gets 10 years for child sex PAPEETE
Government forces shelled the southern outskirts of Syria’s capital Friday and soldiers stormed a nearby town, witnesses and a rights group said, as state TV reported a deadly motorbike bombing at a Damascus mosque. The bomb exploded as worshippers left a mosque after Friday prayers in the northern neighbourhood of Rokn Eddin, Syrian state television said. “The terrorist attack killed five members of the security forces and injured several others,” it said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that at least five soldiers were killed, and at least six others were wounded. The attack came despite the presence of security forces in the area, the Britain-based Observatory said. Witnesses told AFP that the city’s southern suburb of Tadamun and neighbouring Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk came under heavy shellfire. The Observatory reported that a rebel was killed in Tadamun while one civilian was killed in Yarmuk and another died in the southern neighbourhood of Qadam. Despite the violence, anti-regime protests were held in several neighbourhoods across the capital, the watchdog said. On the southeast outskirts of Damascus, hundreds of government troops backed by armour stormed the town of
Babila, where Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels were entrenched, it added. A raid by security forces on Al-Qazzaz district of southeast Damascus, in which troops rounded up dozens of suspected militants, sparked clashes with rebels, the Observatory added. Al-Qazzaz is frequently targeted by swoops aimed at rooting out rebels and activists hostile to President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. In Syria’s commercial capital Aleppo in the north, one rebel was killed in clashes with the army in the embattled Salaheddin district, and fighting was also reported in nearby Izaa, the Observatory said. Rebels launched an offensive against Aleppo on July 20 and quickly seized several districts including Salaheddin, initially meeting only weak resistance. The army later retook Salaheddin and other areas, and the front lines in Aleppo have since entered a state of stagnant attrition. On Friday, government forces also bombarded the southeast district of Qadi Askar and Hanano in the northeast, the Observatory said. Elsewhere, two children were killed when Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border was shelled, and two rebels were killed by mortar fire in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, it said. In the northwest province of Idlib, scores of homes were destroyed by shelling, while in the central province of Homs, a child was killed in an air strike on rebel-held Rastan and three civilians were killed in the town of Talbisseh.
A retired French school teacher was sentenced to 10 years in prison in French Polynesia for raping four boys in a judgement hailed by prosecutors as a warning to other abusers. “This is a just sentence and a strong signal for paedophiles who could be tempted to try to come to Polynesia to take advantage of the gentle nature of the children,” the lawyer for the victims, Thinaud Millet, said after Thursday’s ruling by a Papeete court. Jean-Claude Alcaras, 71, a former teacher of French and English, was arrested in June 2010 after being found with a nine-year-old boy in a toilet at Tahiti’s international airport. He had travelled to Tahiti several times from 2001 as a sex tourist. Alcaras has admitted abusing some 30 children but investigators believe the number of victims could have been as high as 200, based on his testimony.
iraq attacks kill nine people KIRKUK AFP
Attacks in Iraq, including a series of apparently coordinated bombings against Shiite places of worship in the north, killed at least nine people on Friday, security and medical officials said. A car bomb targeted the Khezal al-Tamimi husseiniyah, or Shiite place of worship, in central Kirkuk at about 12:55 pm (0955 GMT), followed by a bombing at Imam Ali husseiniyah in the city’s northeast, and three bombings at Al-Mustafa husseiniyah in south Kirkuk, security and medical officials said. A roadside bomb meanwhile exploded at Al-Ahmedi Sunni mosque. Sadiq Omar Rasul, the head of Kirkuk
health directorate, told AFP that eight people were killed and 80 wounded in the attacks. And in Baquba, north of Baghdad, gunmen armed with silenced weapons shot dead a soldier while a woman and two children were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded outside their house in Saadiyah, further east, security and medical officials said. An AFP correspondent saw the burned bodies of two children and dozens of burnedout cars at Al-Mustafa husseiniyah in Kirkuk. Hadi Qanbar, who had been praying at AlMustafa husseiniyah, said that worshippers were told about the attack on Khezal alTamimi and began to leave. “But when we left, explosions happened one after another,” he said. “We do not know why we were targeted.”
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he ice has been finally broken. The PPP and PML-N are holding talks. Interestingly, the first subject they have chosen to take up is the Accountability Bill which on account of the sharp differences between them remains stuck up in Parliament since 2009. The PPP has been for long under pressure to seek the revival of the cases against President Zardari in Swiss courts. Earlier in July, the NAB requested an accountability court to reopen pending cases against Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif also. Under the circumstances, it is understandable why both sides need to reopen talks on a long neglected issue. There is a need to have an accountability body trusted by all and sundry. The NAB created under Musharraf was widely seen to be an instrument in the hands of those in power to persecute opponents. The body has failed to shed the reputation. The idea of creating an independent accountability body led the government to present before the NA Committee on Law and Justice the draft of a bill entitled “National Accountability Commission Act, 2010”. The bill had to be put in cold storage on account of the opposition’s objections. The major controversial issues revolved around the selection of the head the accountability commission, the categories of people who were to be subjected to accountability and the time from which the accountability was to start. Reportedly, the government is prepared to concede on some of the points raised by the opposition while differences persist on others. Certain issues of immediate importance also cropped up during the discussion. These related to an early date for general elections, appointment of the leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly and local government elections prior to the general elections in all the provinces. Interestingly, the PML-N which often acts as self appointed champion of the SC is opposed to hold these elections in Punjab despite the apex court making it clear that this is a constitutional requirement that has to be fulfilled. That talks are being held on a new accountability law is welcome. The parleys indicate that the saner elements in the PMLN do not agree with the hawks like Chaudhry Nisar who outrightly reject parleys with the PPP. Hopefully, the two parties will agree on a law which is comprehensive and leads to the creation of a really independent accountability body which enjoys public confidence. One also hopes that the new law will recognize no holy cows. There is also a need to resolve the issue of a neutral caretaker set up at the earliest.
candid corner By Raoof Hasan
By Arif Nizami
he war of words between the ruling PPP and the main opposition party PML-N goes on unabated. But thanks to the compulsions of a working democratic parliamentary system, they are also forced to talk to each other. The leader of the opposition Ch Nisar Ali khan in his usual belligerent mood keeps on blasting the PPP leadership, not entirely without justification. Speaking of his own “bitter experience” with the ruling coalition, he alleges that “the government has lost all semblance of credibility and its written or articulated words cannot be trusted.” This is a harsh denouncement from the Chaudhry of Chakwal, not only the bête noir of the PTI but of late also of some erstwhile pro-Nawaz media groups. Notwithstanding the so-called credibility gap, the PML-N and the PPP are engaged in structured talks. The last session was held on a one-point agenda - the long stuck accountability bill. While speaking to the media in the presence of the PPP negotiating team, PML-N chief negotiator and the Sharifs close confidant, Ishaq Dar, has merely promised to place the proposed accountability bill before his leadership for review. The head of the PPP negotiating team, Khursheed Shah, sounded more hopeful, announcing that more sessions would be held. Conscious of the criticism often leveled by Imran Khan and his PTI stalwarts that the PML-N is nothing more than “a friendly opposition”, it perhaps is compelled to keep its contacts with the PPP at a minimal level. Probably for the same reason it is compelled to use harsh language in the media against the government. This is not to suggest that the PML-N is opposition in name only, as alleged by its critics. The PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif, a signatory to the COD (Charter of Democ-
racy) along with Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in 2006, is obliged to restrain the wilder instincts of some of his party stalwarts, lest the incipient democratic system gets derailed. Before the advent of the Imran Khan phenomenon almost a year ago, the PML-N was confident that it was the government-inwaiting. Perhaps, now it feels a little rattled by some high profile defections to the PTI and a string of successful rallies by Imran. The PTI still has a long way to go to evolve an effective party machine. Whereas the Nawaz family has been ruling the roost, especially in Northern Punjab, for the better part of a quarter century. It cannot be so easily dislodged from its stronghold despite its perennial maladroitness in running the Punjab under the leader ship of the selfstyled Khadim-e-Aala (first servant). The PML-N is also the obvious beneficiary of the extremely poor governance record of the PPP-led ruling coalition. However, some of its charges against the federal government are ludicrous. For example, it is silly to claim that the Punjab is being discriminated against in supply of electricity. Being the biggest consumer of power in the country, naturally it has as well to suffer more. Punjab has also been the beneficiary of some measures for which the federal government can also claim credit. The long thaw in terrorist incidents in the province has helped in restoring normalcy in the province. The determination of the security agencies, better intelligence sharing from the provinces and a renewed resolve has scorched the terrorist snake albeit not killed it. There are a number of issues on which consensus needs to be evolved before the coming general elections, some of them like formation of a neutral caretaker government at the center and the provinces for the holding of fair and free elections are purely election related. Then there are other matters that have generated unnecessary heat owing to the impending elections. For example, the holding of local bodies elections has suddenly emerged as divisive issue. For more than four years, there was no mention of reviving the local government system. Suddenly, President Zardari and the MQM have felt the urge to hold them even before the general elections at a time when the rest of the provinces are simply not interested and even ANP, a coalition partner of the PPP, is opposing them. It is being alleged, not entirely without justification, that the local bodies system is being resuscitated to have an impact on the subsequent general elections.
The question of forming new provinces in the Punjab is even more divisive. The PML-N shot itself in the foot by getting a unanimous resolution passed from the provincial assembly in favor of a southern Punjab province and a Bahawalpur province.Now that the federal government has formed a commission for the purpose, it is crying foul post-haste. Although the freshly elected chairman of the commission insists that it is business as usual, without participation of Punjab, its recommendations will not carry any weight. Perhaps the government belatedly realizing this has redoubled its efforts to take the PML-N on board. Whatever the outcome, the ruling party has again managed to steal the show from the opposition by posing itself as the champion of new provinces. In the wake of an exponential increase in intensity and frequency of terrorist attacks by the Taliban in the tribal areas, as well as in KP and Balochistan, there has been widespread condemnation across the political spectrum of such cowardly attacks. The political parties have also flayed the unfortunate beheading of our soldiers and the virtual ethnic cleansing of the Shias especially the Hazara. Despite the posturing, an apologist attitude towards theTaliban remains the bottom line. The PTI chief in the meanwhile is set to embark on his oft-trumpeted peace march to Waziristan on October 7. His ostensible aim is “to highlight the agony of the affected people of the area.” Imran, an unabashed advocate of negotiations with the Taliban, ventured to Skardu to condole with the Shia families affected by the massacre perpetrated by the Taliban. Blaming the bus tragedy in which 21 Shias were killed in cold blood on the government, he asked the CJP to take suo moto notice of the tragedy. But not a word against those who want to undo the system envisaged by Iqbal and the Quaid with a Taliban-led theocracy. Interestingly, Imran, and for that matter the Sharifs, shedding crocodile tears for the minorities seems more elections related than a real change of heart on the subject. Even the PPP’s virtual silence on these vital issues seems strategic and is disturbing. Evolving a consensus on matters pivotal for the survival of a democratic and a pluralistic Pakistan is essential for all mainstream political parties, before they even talk about elections. Their present lily-livered attitude bordering on opportunism could render elections meaningless. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
of unholy alliances compromise, my lords, will consign us to deadly currents
he dual-office case against the president has entered an interesting phase. A fresh notice has been issued to him through his principal secretary seeking reply to a new petition demanding the initiation of contempt proceedings against him for not abiding by an earlier Lahore High Court order that had asked him to vacate the political office of the PPP co-chairperson. The court observed that, in spite of having been served by two means mentioned in its June 27 order, it appeared that the respondent (president) was still not represented in the proceedings. The notice comes in response to a fresh petition moved in the court contending that the use of the presidency for political activities was illegal and virtually tantamount to contempt of the court’s orders issued on May 12 last year. Committing contempt is not a new mechanism in the hands of the incumbent PPP government in its evil bid to prolong its hold on power. In the process, it has already engineered the demise of one of its prime ministers while a second one may be on his way out soon. That, apparently, has not dented its resolve to continue offering more lambs for ‘sacrifice’ in the name of ‘democracy’. While this may pass as
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a clever game-plan for the government, it reflects the inherent germs that drive the ruling mindset. Resultantly, not only do we have the myriad problems that the state of Pakistan is confronted with which are intensifying with the passage of time, we also have this riddle of how to put the country on the rails that would lead it to salvation. It is commonly believed that a handshake with crime once makes you a regular visitor to the back-alleys where the tricks germinate exponentially. Is it that the back-alleys of Pakistan lead to the presidential abode which has scripted numerous unholy charters and strategies in the recent past in defiance of the judicial adjudications and the concept of acceding to the rule of law? There is really little that can be offered by way of negating this perception. The presidency has been the incontrovertible home to the drafting and directing of innumerable episodes smacking of corruption and wilful defiance of the laws of the state. The aberration whereby the incumbent continues to live there is rooted in the controversial and debatable immunity offered to him as well as the numerous flaws that the judicial system of the country is afflicted with. At a different level, the intensifying contradictions that mar our
societal behaviour can also be attributed to the manner in which the incumbent majority party was inducted into power riding the crest of a despicable formulation called the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Nowhere in the world, not even under the most draconian of legal strictures, could such a formulation have even been conceived. But, then, Pakistan has been the traditional home to the practice of dubious and Machiavellian tricks to advance specific causes and strategies. A lot of factors contributed to the confluence between the incumbent lead player/s and the international demands at a given moment in time which, though contrary to the strategic interests of Pakistan, advanced the cause of a select coterie that was willing, even eager to play ball. That’s how and why we are where we are. Initiation of an effort to reverse this gruesome process would require a two-pronged effort. On the one hand, we’ll have to fight the evil openly and bravely at all constitutional forums, failing which in the streets of Pakistan and, at the other end, a team comprising intelligent, competent, proficient and dedicated individuals will have to be put together under an able and inspiring leadership to guide the country out of the mess that it is
hopelessly stuck in at this juncture with little prospect of reprieve. Let me state it openly that the system that we have in the country today is corrupt beyond repair and would not allow such a group of people to come forth through the normal ‘democratic’ means. Consequently, we’ll continue to have leaders of the ilk of the Zardaris, Gilanis, Sharifs, Chaudhrys and Altaf Hussains and the country’s march towards an implosion will only accelerate with time. The first occupation of every conscientious citizen, therefore, should not only be to get rid of the incumbents, but also ensure that their likes do not get elected in any future venture in democracy – if at all! Practically all ruling offices including the president, the prime minister and his charlatans, the ministers, the advisors, those entrusted with running the national institutions that are tottering through various phases of collapse and their brigades of toadies and sycophants have been effectively denuded of legitimacy. They must all march out to the beat of shame. They have, one and all, insulted their oaths of office because of a system that is irremediably corrupt. Instead of salvaging the country, it has become the root cause of its maladies.
Further compounding the crisis is the lack of courage being displayed by the institutions that are relatively functional including the judiciary. By continuing to provide reprieve to the incumbent and other contemnors, the institution has unwittingly become a hostage to the vile tricks of the political mafias and their allies. This is taking us closer to damnation. The judiciary need to immediately break away from this mindset and adopt a course that is strictly in conformity with the strictures of law and apply it indiscriminately and with full force. There are options available with the judiciary to ensure that its adjudications are implemented. If they are not, it should not hesitate in taking the extreme steps which, apparently, it has been resisting so far. Has its patience helped the country or its people in addressing the grave constitutional and existential problems? Has it brought us any nearer to a solution, or have we drifted further towards the pit? Patience, my lords, is not the way any longer. Compromise, my lords, will consign us to deadly currents. Time, my lords, is running out. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at email@example.com
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No plots for you Will the President, PM, PAC or Chief Justice take note of how tax paying members of public are being harassed by the CDA and DHA Islamabad. It is time citizens of Pakistan must accept the ground reality that allotment of plots in Islamabad is for exclusive benefit of its civil and khaki bureaucracy, pressure groups such as jurists, parliamentarians etc and not for common tax-paying citizens of Pakistan. 23 years ago in 1989, during the first tenure of Benazir Bhutto, CDA advertised for allotment of plots to general public through balloting in Sectors D 12 and E 12. Computer balloting was held on 31-8-1989 and successful citizens were sent allotment letters in October 1990. Plots in Mehran Sector E12 mostly measured 356 to 111 Sq yards and applicants were middle class civilians. The last installment was to be paid at the time of being given possession, which has not materialized even after 23 years. It seems CDA is following its undeclared policy to ensure that dream of ordinary citizens to own a plot in Islamabad never materializes. Scores of schemes evolved years after 1989 have been developed and possession handed over to members of this paid elitist establishment. In 2008, I again applied for allotment of plots in DHA Valley Islamabad in 2008 and was very hopeful that DHA unlike CDA would not betray the trust of the public. Having paid the 11th installment in May 2011, I was told that the last payment would be deferred till further notice from office. In the intervening period, fabulous newsletters were sent informing us of development work. According to press reports, DHA was in partnership with Bahria who are handling this project. This fact was never revealed to the general public that invested in a project of Defence Housing Authority and not of Bahria. Who is responsible for this betrayal of trust? Perhaps the government must make it clear to general public that they have no right to allotments. NIGHAT MALIK Lahore
are their services any less valuable? The finance department of the government of Sindh has rightly been enhancing the sum assured to all its employees under the group insurance scheme after a period of two or three years. The government functionaries working within the framework of the government of Sindh are also bound to provide the benefit not only for their employees that die during their service period but also extend the group insurance coverage to five years after their retirement. Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is one of the government functionaries working within the framework of instructions issued by the government of Sindh. KMC is one of the most important entities of Karachi as it ensures municipal services and keeps the infrastructure intact for about 30
million citizens. In doing so, KMC has to rely primarily on its infrastructure department – particularly during the spells of monsoon — where hundreds of sanitary workers and sweepers are employed in grade 1 to 4. The sanitary workers and sweepers rarely attain the age of superannuation i.e.60 years let alone getting the benefit of the group insurance scheme after five years from their retirement on enhanced rates as they are not physically strong to fight fatal diseases they often contract in the line of duty or due to debilitating poverty. In the financial year of 201112, KMC settled 52 out of 176 claims of group insurance raised by families of sanitary workers/sweepers who lost their lives well before their age of retirement. The families that lost
their bread-earners got the least possible rates of the group insurance scheme as their deceased belonged to lower grades. What injustice! The services being performed by the sanitary workers and sweepers must be recognized and given special rates under the group insurance scheme, despite their low grades, as their mortality rate is higher than any other grade of government employees due to the high-risk nature of their work. Given this sad state of affairs, I want to draw the attention of the policy makers in general and Sindh Chief Minister and Chief Secretary Sindh in particular to look into the matter and promote an atmosphere where merit of work and risk for life involved should be honored. JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Karachi
the CNG crisis
the NWa operation
Some weeks ago, the government was promoting the use of LPG as a comparatively low-priced fuel. The rates of LPG were being reduced and the government was wanted to attract more and more people towards using LPG through these reductions. It reminds me of the campaign for promotion of CNG. At the time it was introduced as an alternative to petrol, it was told that this environment-friendly fuel is cheaper. Many people invested in the CNG sector and a large section of the public switched over to using this fuel. At that time, all CNG-related business boomed and people reaped great profits. Import of CNG kits, parts and cylinder got attention of the business community. But now with the increase in the price of the CNG and its ever-increasing scarcity, all stakeholders are upset. They say the government wants to destroy their business. The CNG dealers and station owners association has issued warning to stage protest demonstrations. I wonder if they can reduce LPG rates, why can the CNG price not be brought down to the agreed price formula, i.e. 50 per cent of petrol? If the government is interested in slashing LPG rates, why is it levying tax on CNG every now and then? I think the Musharraf government was extremely myopic when it promoted CNG as a fuel. It was amply clear back then that Pakistan’s gas reserves are dwindling and cannot take this huge new demand. Now that we are staring an extreme gas shortage in the face, we can neither increase CNG production nor bring down its rates. The scarcity of fuel is going to be a huge issue in the coming years in Pakistan and it will impact all aspects of life (household consumers, industrial activity, the energy crisis etc). If the state’s policy making bodies don’t shed their adhocism and do not devise a long-term plan to deal with these crises, we could be in serious trouble. SHER MUHAMMAD KHAN Multan
The prospects of peace in the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan are being evaluated in the backdrop of reopening of the NATO supply routes from Pakistan’s side, the visible surge in green-on-blue attacks and the reported pressure on Islamabad to launch an all encompassing military operation in the North Waziristan Agency. Gen John Allen, the chief of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has already said in his recent article that Mullah Omar and his deputies are in Pakistan, from where they are sending the Taliban for attacks on the forces in Afghanistan. This is added with the beheading of 15 Pakistani soldiers at the hands of brutal Taliban with a clear message to act. The pressure is being built to launch a ‘decisive’ operation, which means the one-time ‘strategic assets’ of the government in Waziristan, Haji Gul Bahadur and Sirajuddin Haqqani should now be considered as the enemy. The question is if Pakistan can do it? The forces long engaged in destabilizing Pakistan have raised the ante as if going for the decisive push against this country. That’s why General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Chief of Army Staff, in his landmark August 14 speech at PMA Kakul said that Pakistan is faced with its own internal threats that endanger its solidarity and survival; and that the ongoing war on terror is now Pakistan’s own war. Now Pakistan has to decide whether this operation is necessary as it fights for survival against the militants. Peace cannot return to Afghanistan and Pakistan, particularly to the troubled border region, unless both the countries, and all the stakeholders, play their part of role in genuinely bringing this deadly war to an end with an aim to let the people of Afghanistan themselves decide for the future of their own. F Z KHAN Islamabad
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h, the inimitable ambience of Lahore’s leafy GOR. Away from the hustle and bustle, away from the stench of the hoi polloi, lies the colonial era compound of Pakistan’s thrice-born civil service. Babu is how Babu lives. In style. So magnetic is the pull that many are even tempted to choose the place over higher grades in the federal bureaucracy in Islamabad. Of late, however, some had made a habit of getting the best of both worlds. Yes, taking that choice position in Islamabad and retaining the bungalow in GOR 1. In fact, so prevalent had the practice become, there was a greater than usual shortage of residential units for the officers posted in Lahore themselves. It appears the CM is now serious about kicking out all such officers. The Punjab is, after all, run by the bureaucracy. He has to keep them happy. And the federal bureaucracy’s someone else’s headache. Though even in the current putsch, there are some favourites who will be left untouched but, hey, it’s a start.
************** on’t let the delays in the Punjab CM’s pet project - the rapid transport bus scheme - fool you. All those delays might be bad management only. All the other stops have been pulled out. The CM has tunnel vision here and he tears through one obstacle after the other. Apparently, the routes meander over property owned by influentials. Not only is aforementioned property being acquired by the provincial government, the rate offered is also well below what the open market has to offer. One of those affected is a relative of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani. When contacted, YRG excused him and said he was on his own. No one messes with the CM when he’s made up his mind. ************** ell, all that ordering around must have been very stressful. CM Sharif whisked off to London for a breather. Not many knew the princess was away from the ball. In fact, it was only when he was received at the Lahore Airport when most people found out he had been gone in the first place. It’s good to be king.
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12 Arab Spring hits silver screen at venice festival VENICE AFP
Arab cinema is witnessing a new wave of creativity in the wake of the Arab Spring revolts, said directors at the Venice film festival where some of the emerging talent from the region was on show. Social themes that were previously kept bottled up are now making their way on film and the monopoly of older established directors is being whittled away as the repercussions of new freedoms are felt in many parts of the region. “There is something in revolution that gives you energy. It makes you want to talk and explore,” said Hinde Boujemaa, a Tunisian director who brought her moving documentary “Ya man aach” (“It Was Better Tomorrow”) to the festival. “I have a lot of hope for Arab cinema in the coming years,” she told AFP. “There are new ideas, a new way of seeing things, a new type of cinema. And on top of that we have the freedom to speak,” she said. Boujemaa’s film was shot during and after the Tunisian revolution of January 2011 and focuses on a troubled divorced mother whose hopes for a better life after the uprising are dashed as she struggles to hold on to her children. The director said she found the heroine of the documentary when she was out filming demonstrations against the Tunisian regime, adding: “I think anyone who had a video camera in Tunisia at that time went into the streets.” She said she wanted to tell the story of Aida because she saw her as one of the poor mass of Tunisians often passed over in media coverage. “The people are ignored. She is the people who are ignored and it is the people who carried out the revolution!” she said. The feature film “El sheita elli fat” (“Winter of Discontent”) by Egyptian director Ibrahim El Batout, which was shot during and after the protests that ousted Hosni Mubarak, also focuses on individuals. “It’s one of the most amazing experiences of my acting career. The givens were exceptional. Everything was exceptional!” said actor Amr Waked, who plays an Internet activist who was tortured under the regime. Waked was one of the first Egyptian celebrities to come out in favour of the Tahrir Square protests and joined the demonstrations.
lady gaga’s meat gown goes on display WASHINgToN: The raw meat dress worn by Lady Gaga at a 2010 awards ceremony will go on display Friday in the US capital alongside a fox fur worn by Billie Holiday and boots sported by Patti Smith. The dress made out of raw beef, which caused a sensation at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles two years ago, will be part of an exhibition on women singers at Washington’s National Museum of Women in the Arts. The dress, which still belongs to the singer, was chemically treated by taxidermists to preserve it and painted red to make it appear “fresh.” The piano on which the eccentric performer played her first chords is also on display, along with some 250 objects associated with 70 artists from 1920 to the present. “Women Who Rock; Vision, Passion, Power” was organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio to highlight “the essential roles women have played in moving rock and roll and American culture forward.” Other objects on display include a red jacket worn by Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, dresses worn by The Supremes, a JeanPaul Gauthier gown worn by Madonna, a handwritten notebook that belonged to Janis Joplin and a guitar belonging to Taylor Swift. aFP
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British band one direction tops MTv video awards
Trio of Hollywood starlets take stage for obama
LoS ANgELES: British boy band One Direction scooped three top prizes Thursday at the MTV Video Music Awards, confirming their stellar rise on the US music scene, while Rihanna won Video of the Year. Rihanna’s ex Chris Brown and edgy British singer M.I.A. were runners-up with two gongs apiece at the Los Angeles awards show. Barbados-born Rihanna, who went into the evening with the most nominations at five along with rapper Drake, opened the show with a high-energy performance of her latest single “We Found Love” and a remix of “Cockiness.” “We Found Love” won her Video of the Year, defeating fellow nominees Katy Perry for “Wide Awake,” Gotye with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake featuring Rihanna with “Take Care” and M.I.A’s “Bad Girls.” But One Direction, who came together after entering as solo contestants on British talent show “The X Factor,” confirmed their pop firmament ascendancy only half a year after arriving in the United States. Their video for “What Makes You Beautiful” won them both Best New Artist — beating Fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Frank Ocean and The Wanted — and Best Pop Video, besting rivals including Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber. aFP
CHARLoTTE: Hollywood starlets Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johannson and Kerry Washington took to the convention stage Thursday to try to persuade American voters to re-elect Barack Obama. The trio laid out ordinary early lives far from the bright lights of Hollywood with Longoria using her previous existence as a server at fast-food chain Wendy’s to have a dig at Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney. “The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers — she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not,” she said, pressing the charge that Romney is only interested in protecting the rich. Washington, the 35-year-old star of “Ray” and “The Last King of Scotland” was first up. “I’m here not just as an actress but as a
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13 dylAn wHiPS UP A ‘TeMPeST’, 50 yeARS on PARIS
ROM a foot-tapping train song to tales of midnight murder or a ballad on the “Titanic”, Bob Dylan’s playfully sinister new album “Tempest” hits shelves next week, half a century after his debut record. In his self-produced 35th studio album, the 71-year-old poet of American folk rock sweeps from dark tales of doomed love and betrayal, to apocalyptic stories of good and evil, or others full of tough-guy swagger. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine about the album, Dylan — who was born to a Jewish family, real name Robert Zimmerman, but converted to
Christianity in the 1970s — said he set out wanting to make a religious record. Along the way he switched tack, leaving an album peppered with ominous Biblical overtones, blending rock, blues, folk and jazz, and where — in his own words — “anything goes and you just gotta believe it will make sense.” Jaunty — danceable even — the opening track “Duquesne Whistle” for one is anything but a religious dirge: set to an irresistible chug-chug of a bass line, it revives a long-gone tradition of American train songs. “Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowing/Sounding like it’s on a final run,” rings the chorus to the first track on what — though he will not say so himself — could be Dylan’s last album. Unveiled online 10 days before the album
kristen Stewart Afghanistan Harry’s chance to change ‘playboy prince’ image still wearing R-Patz’s clothes
Prince Harry’s long-wished-for return to the front line in Afghanistan gives him an early chance to redeem his image after pictures of him partying naked in Las Vegas were splashed around the world. The 27-year-old has worked hard to shake off his wild child tag in recent years, but he often trips himself up and the snaps of him playing strip billiards during a boozy night in Sin City hardly helped his cause. Harry, the younger son of Diana, princess of Wales, who is third in line to the throne behind his father Prince Charles and elder brother Prince William, has always had a difficult path to tread. He has thrown himself into military and charitable duties, but his achievements have always come alongside a string of regrettable incidents that leave older royals grimacing. However Harry’s generation, which the royals are trying to reach out to, seems more at ease with his dual identity as a fun-loving prince and a serious military man. Captain Wales, as he is known in the military, is a fully-trained army attack helicopter pilot, flying the Apache, which is designed to hunt and destroy armoured vehicles. Harry has spent years working his way back to Afghanistan. He served there as a frontline army officer for 10 weeks, until a media blackout broke down in 2008 and he was hastily withdrawn. But from the relative security of a helicopter, he could return without the need for
secrecy agreements. Less than a month ago, the other side of Harry was in full flow. His Las Vegas trip saw him larking about in a pool with US Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte and indulging in a spot of strip billiards with a mystery woman, who was pictured nude with him. In an age of camera phones, his antics were soon fed to the TMZ celebrity website in the United States and seen around the world. While British papers initially honoured the palace’s pleas not to publish the photographs, The Sun tabloid, Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, decided to break ranks. The palace said that Harry was simply letting off steam.
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release Monday in Europe and Tuesday in the United States, the video for “Duquesne Whistle” mines dark territory under an upbeat veneer — in a way that could sum up the album. It sees a happy-go-lucky young man set his sights on the wrong girl, only to end up bundled into a van, tied up and beaten while Dylan — a sinister, pimp-like figure — strides the streets with a motley crew of hangers-on in tow. This is one of many flashes of cinematic violence — delivered with a wry smile — that dot the album.
woman, an AfricanAmerican, a granddaughter of immigrants,” she said. “A person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama!” Next was 27-year-old Johansson, who told of her hardscrabble childhood in New York City far from the bright lights of Hollywood. aFP
Bipasha Basu does not mind being known for her sexy looks and seductive husky voice but the actress says she is done being just an eye candy and wants to do meatier roles. The 33-yearold said that from now on she wants to star in films which will earn her the respect as an actor. “I know I look good. The regular adjectives that come my way- sexy, hot, dusky, bong bombshell... I love them. It is going to stay with me. But I am done looking pretty. Now, I want meaty roles. I want to do entertaining films, where a woman gets the respect of being an actor. “All my colleagues are trying to move away from that. After all how long can you be an eye candy? I love being an eye candy. I know am an eye candy. But then what. I want to move a little bit deeper,” Bipasha told reporters. The modelturned-actress has starred in commercial films like ‘No Entry’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Race’ as well as off-beat films like ‘Corporate’, ‘Omkara’, ‘Shob Charitro Kalponik’. She says she did try her hands in the art house genre but now wants to just do commercial films which earn a lot of money. “It is said that anyone who does commercial cinema is not acting and anyone who does an art film is acting. I don’t believe it. aFP
Kristen Stewart is doing everything she can to hold on to Robert Pattinson, after she cheated on him with married film director Rupert Sanders. The Twilight star was seen wearing Pattinson’s IRIE t-shirt while preparing for her first red carpet appearance for new film On The Road at Toronto Film Festival. Since her cheating scandal, Stewart has managed to stay incognito under the radar of media. But whenever the Twilight star was spotted, she has been seen wearing stuff that belongs to her former beau, the Mirror reported. Along with Pattinson’s tshirt, she wore a pair of large tortoise shell framed glasses, and had a leather jacket in her hand, as she made her way through security. It’s not the first time Stewart has been seen wearing something from Pattinson’s wardrobe. She once accessorised an outfit with one of his Baltimore baseball caps. aGeNCieS
dC Comics gets its first AmericanMuslim superhero Simon Baz Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, had complained to the New York daily News, “In general, when you think about Arabs and Muslims in main roles in pop culture, they’re always the villains.” Most American superhero comics fans will also probably validate the fact that the Muslim identity is a mostly a demonised one, in American popular culture. However, DC Comics seems to have taken note and will take its first step towards weighing out the balance equally with the introduction of Simon Baz, the first Muslim superhero, in its pantheon of comic characters. The Huffington Post reports that Simon Baz, the latest addition to the Green Lantern Corps is an Arab American with a tattoo in Arabic on his arm, that translates means ‘courage’. “He’s not a perfect character. He’s obviously made some mistakes in his life, but that makes him more compelling and relatable,” says DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “Hopefully (it’s) a compelling character regardless of culture or ethnic background. … But I think it’s great to have an ArabAmerican superhero. This was opportunity and a chance to really go for it,” Johns told the Daily Mail. Baz is said to hail from Dearborn, Michigan, which is said to have America’s largest Arabic population. aGeNCieS
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Infotainment 14 Airplane funniest film ever, research finds Spoof disaster movie Airplane is the funniest film ever - generating three laughs a minute on average, according to new research IRPLANE - which features classic one liners such as 'I am serious and don't call me Shirley' - came out top in research conducted by a panel of members of movie subscription service Lovefilm. They calculated the precise number of 'laughs a minute' for the top 10 comedies chosen by Lovefilm members. The panel recorded the total number of times each film generated a laugh, before dividing it by the films' total length in minutes to calculate the precise 'laugh a minute' rating for each movie. With a 'laugh A minute' score of three, Airplane beat nine rival comedies to top the list which has been created to mark The Hangover becoming available to stream on Lovefilm Instant. The Las Vegas man-movie featuring the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties marked its arrival onto the Lovefilm Instant service by scoring a 'Laugh A Minute' rating of 2.4. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police
fancy a criminal facial? inmates in the Philippines launch makeshift spa
Squad completed the top three with a 'laugh a minute' score of 2.3. Foul-mouthed Superbad managed a 'laugh a minute' score of 1.9, followed closely by the outrageous and least politically correct movie ever made, Borat, with 1.7. Modern classic Anchorman reported in at sixth place. This battle of the sexes in a newsroom has spawned a whole range of one liners and manages to make audiences laugh 1.6 times per minute on average. Helen Cowley, editor of Lovefilm, said: "After many heated debates about whether The Hangover really is the funniest movie ever, we asked our members to vote for the 10 movies that make them laugh the most, and then conducted our own research into how many times those included in this list made us giggle. "Interestingly, while Lovefilm members voted Life of Brian as the funniest film, our research shows that for laughs a minute the hilarious air-
craft-based satire of Airplane beats the Monty Python epic hands-down."
TOP 10 FILMS WITH THE HIGHEST 'LAUGH A MINUTE' SCORES: 1. Airplane - 3 Laughs A Minute 2. The Hangover - 2.4 Laughs A Minute 3. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad ! 2.3 Laughs A Minute 4. Superbad - 1.9 Laughs A Minute 5. Borat - 1.7 Laughs A Minute 6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - 1.6 Laughs A Minute 7. American Pie - 1.5 Laughs A Minute 8. Bridesmaids - 1.4 Laughs A Minute 9. Shaun of the Dead - 1.3 Laughs A Minute 10. Life of Brian - 1.2 Laughs A Minute – newS DeSK
Chinese bank manager hid in a cave for eight years Mr Chen, 42, was already a prosperous businessman in 1995 when he was given a golden ticket: a job at one of China’s largest state-owned banks. Like many others before him, he quickly took advantage, quietly siphoning off money and buying his own discotheque, supermarket, shrimp farm and plastics factory. Investigators later confiscated a fivestory building he owned in downtown Lingao, and his seven luxury cars. In 2003, however, a routine check exposed the 23 million yuan (£2.3 million) he had stolen, reportedly with the co-operation of most of
the branch’s 34 other employees. Mr Chen, who had spent time in the army, was forced to go on the run, and disappeared into the nearby hills. “When I found out that my case was the biggest in the province at the time, I panicked,” he told the Legal Daily newspaper, from his prison cell. “I crossed a big river and hid in a cave up in the mountains with leaves covering my face. I could see some policemen searching for me with guns and dogs. I was terrified,” he added. Afterwards, he dug a network of tunnels around the cave, which he would dash into when he heard anyone ap-
proach. “The tunnels were big enough to hold me, but small enough to be hidden with branches and leaves,” he said. “I stayed in one of the tunnels for more than two months.” He said he grew increasingly paranoid, flinching at any unusual sounds, and he dismissed his chances of escape, reasoning that he would be caught on security cameras if he tried to run to a different city. For years, he survived by digging up sweet potatoes and wild herbs, but he also made several clandestine trips to visit his wife, Deng Qingmei, and their two sons. In 2006, his wife served three years in prison for conspiring to
hide him. His relatives snuck him food, books and newspapers, which he would read at night and then bury, rather than burn, in case he left any traces. “Physical pain is not the worst. I missed my family so much. I have been living like a mouse in the past years and I would rather die,” he said. Finally, after reading in late 2010 that criminals who turned themselves in would be treated leniently, Mr Chen decided to give himself up in November last year. He was allowed to meet with his family, and he apologized to his wife. His trial is under way in Hainan. couRTeSy TeLegRAPH
ow would you feel about receiving a deep pore cleansing facial from a murderer? How about getting your eyelashes lengthened and curled by a serial arsonist? Inmates at the Pasig City Jail Female Dormitory (CJFD) located in the Philippines have been offering such treatments to members of the general public, in their very own makeshift spa. Undergoing an inmate body massage might sound like a painful experience (I stereotypically assume all female inmates start to lift dumbbell weights in their cells out of complete boredom), but this and the teams’ other spa services have proved more popular than you might suspect. The low price of each treatment on offer is one possible reason for this; a massage comprising the use of aromatherapy oils costs just 150 pesos (equivalent of $11 US), a facial P80 (approx $6) whilst the eyelash treatment is 50 pesos only (a little under $4). Now that’s what I call budget beauty! Located in the visitors’ area of the prison, the ‘spa’ was set up with funding from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). Officerin-Charge Lourvina Abrazado hopes that the program will help prisoners to ward of boredom, and has commented: “Our main goal for this spa is skills development and enhancement for our inmates. [...] Aside from these projects’ support to their daily needs, it can be their livelihood once released.” Obviously, not all the ladies behind bars will have committed crimes as severe as those cited in the introduction of this post, but it is unlikely that each criminal will declare their wrongdoings as they smear enhancing products into the epidermis of customers! The 32 inmates that perform the beauty-boosting procedures have been specially trained and certified by the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority though, which does make the prospect of jailbird treatments seem a little less scary – no one wants their skin rubbed red raw by an amateur! newS DeSK
CURe foR HoMoSexUAliTy: Australian doctor recommends chemical castration to gay teenager
British toddler left in street by drunken teacher parents
two-year-old girl was spotted alone beside a busy road in a coastal resort while her parents drank 100 yards away. Police arrived to find the child in tears, being comforted by local people. The parents showed no concern for their daughter and became abusive when questioned, police said. “The girl was playing on her own right next to a dangerous busy road,” a police spokesman said. “Passers-by were obviously concerned for her safety because she was in a risky situation, so they took her and put her in a buggy. “They called the police, and when we arrived she was crying in her buggy and was obviously hungry and thirsty.” Officers gave the child food and drink while they tracked down her parents. “They were clearly very drunk and officers tried to speak to them in several languages but they refused to acknowledge the officers,” the spokesman added. “Later they became very abusive.” The parents were also taken to the police station but were too drunk to speak properly. They were not arrested but a file has been sent to the state prosecutors. couRTeSy TeLegRAPH
A Sydney doctor who is a member of the Exclusive Brethren Christian sect has been banned from practicing as a GP after he prescribed chemical castration to a young man who sought a ‘’cure’’ for homosexuality. Mark Christopher James Craddock, 75, wrote the 18year-old patient a script for the anti-androgen therapy cyproterone acetate (Cyprostat) during a 10-minute consultation in his home in February 2008. The patient, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was at the
time a member of the Exclusive Brethren church. In a letter of complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission, the patient said when, at the age of 18 he came out as gay, a church leader told him, ‘’there’s medication you can go on’’. ‘’He recommended that I speak to Dr Craddock on the matter with a view to my being placed on medication to help me with my ‘problem’,’’ the New Zealand resident said. Dr Craddock gave him a prescription for Cyprostat as well as five re-
peats. The drug, which lowers libido by reducing the amount of testosterone, is used to treat prostate cancer and severe male sexual disorders and sexual deviation. In a hearing before the professional standards committee of the Medical Council of NSW in June, Dr Craddock admitted he did not obtain a medical history, conduct a physical examination, take an adequate sexual history or arrange a follow-up appointment. He did not refer the patient to a counselor or a psychologist, despite the drug manufacturer’s recommendation, and did not order a liver test or discuss the side effects, which include impotence. Dr Craddock conceded it was potentially dangerous for a patient to have that much medication unsupervised. He said, in hindsight, he should not have prescribed it at all. Last month the committee found him guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. newS DeSK
Scientists could find alien life within 40 years, says royal astronomer
ARTIN Rees, former president of the Royal Society, said evidence of whether beings exist not only beyond earth but beyond our solar system, could be found in that time, a newspaper reported. Lord Rees said he believed that astro-physicists could be able to view images of distant planets outside the solar system as soon as 2025. This could potentially lead to the discovery of some form of life on them. When asked what changes could be expected in science in the next 40 years, he said understanding more about the “origin of life, the place where it exists, and whether aliens exist, is going to be crucial”, the Daily Mail reported. The astronomer was speaking at the launch of Professor Stephen Hawking’s new series Grand Design, due to begin next Thursday on the Discovery Channel. Lord Rees, who has been Astronomer Royal - a senior position within the Royal Household offering advice to the Queen on astronomical matters since 1995, said: “Within 10 or 20 years we will be able to image other planets like the earth, orbiting other stars. couRTeSy TeLegRAPH
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AAMIR TARGETS 2015 RETURN LAHORE
AKISTAN'S banned pacer Mohammad Aamir is hoping to be allowed back in international cricket in 2015, when he would complete a minimum five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shook the game. The 20-year old, appearing in his first television interview on a private television channel', insisted he has learnt from his mistakes. "No one can understand the hurt I go through today when I watch the Pakistan team playing anywhere. I want to be with them. But there is nothing I can do now except to keep my chin up and hope for the best. It is a huge punishment to realise that I had the world at my feet and I messed it all up because of one mistake," the left-arm pacer said. "I don't know what is going to happen but I am targeting a return to cricket in 2015. I have nets in my home and I go to the gymnasium. So I am keeping myself motivated. I know I can achieve anything
with hard work," he added. The youngster also asserted that before the spot-fixing scandal, he had never been involved in any kind of corruption. "Even in 2010 what happened was that I was forced into a trap to avoid an unpleasant situation. Some people see it as greed, maybe it was that. But apart from that incident, I played honestly," he said. Aamir, however, declined to blame his former captain Salman Butt, who also served a jail sentence for his involvement in the scandal, or anyone else for his predicament. "It was my mistake for whatever reasons and I regret it completely and I have apologised for it to my people. But now I want to move on and start a new life," he said. "I don't want to indulge in any blame game or mud-slinging because already the image of Pakistan cricket has been damaged a lot because of this controversy. I think it is time we let it cool down and move on. No one can change anything and I can't change what I or my family has gone through," Aamir added. Aamir is presently serving a five-year ICC ban for his role in the scandal that
broke out on Pakistan's tour to England. Aamir and teammates, Butt and Mohammad Asif were all banned by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in early 2011 and in November the same year, they were given different jail sentences by a crown
court for cheating and corruption under British laws. Their bans became applicable from September 2010 when they were first suspended after the fourth Test at Lord's between Pakistan and England in which Aamir and Asif bowled deliberate noballs. Aamir said he wants to make amends for letting his people down. "I want to do a lot for Pakistan whenever I come back. I know I can give a lot of joy and pride to my countrymen if I get a chance again," he said. "Frankly speaking I don't want to see any other player go through what I have gone through. I died when the police handcuffed me. I have conveyed to the PCB and ICC I am available to them in any manner they want to use me to send out a message to others that corruption does pay," he added. The youngster, who completed 50 Test wickets in 14 Tests, said he was happy the ICC was using his videos to educate players in the cricket world and especially in the youth World Cup. Aamir also denied allegations that he
Ganguly eyes Indian coach post NEW DELHI AFP
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has pushed himself forward to become the next coach of the national side, telling cricket chiefs that next time they should turn to a homegrown candidate. The Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, who took over from South Africa's Gary Kirsten last year, has been under pressure after heavy Test series defeats against England and Australia. A poor showing in this month's T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka could make his position untenable. Ganguly backed Fletcher to continue in the hot seat but said he would be ready to fill the job whenever a vacancy occurred. "If the BCCI (Indian cricket board) feels that I can be a good coach, I will be ready," he told the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak. "I feel I can create a difference in terms of the ability of the players, their form and their development. That will be one way of my repaying the game." Ganguly has carved out a career as a TV pundit
since retiring from the international game in 2008 after a falling-out with former coach Greg Chappell, the former Australian skipper. Ganguly said Indian cricket should no longer feel it had to look to outsiders to fulfill the national team's potential. "Indian cricket is well aware of the modern techniques now. Don't forget, we won the World T20 in 2007... and Chandu Borde was the coach on our victorious tour of England in 2007, so it is about the ability to understand the players better that matters now," he said. Ganguly said he was fully behind Fletcher but added that the former England coach "needs good results". "He has a young side under him and he would need to work hard for the team to win outside of the subcontinent," he told the network. The left-handed Ganguly is the most successful captain in the history of the Indian national side, overseeing 21 wins in 49 Tests. He scored 7,212 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 one-day internationals in a career spanning more than a decade.
eNDUlkar This goes out to Sachin Tendulkar’s sponsors and brand minders. India’s most-loved sporting enterprise is failing. Ordinary bowlers have decoded his defence ROHIT BANSAL The willow, once broad as the batting strip in the Shivaji Park nursery, looks edgy, its gateway with the maestro’s 39-year-old feet seeming to grow with every Test. If the flesh isn’t willing, the spirit certainly is. In his heart, Sachin seems genuinely unconvinced that his $150-million run machine must stop chugging. What if Sanjay Manjrekar, a pundit of technique, is daring to dare god himself? So is Sunil Gavaskar, the original little master, his columns doing brisk business after a direct hit on the manner Sachin is failing. This after years of stony silence whenever Sach underwent a drought of runs. Is Gavaskar showing the angst he underwent after relinquishing the crown? Twitter isn’t helping either. Irreverent to the master’s accomplishment until last year, like bear cartels snarling at a battered bull, tweeps are baying for blood, painting Sachin to be a mere mortal, blinded by all else but a few advertising bucks. So, here’s what World Sports Group (WSG) who manages the brand can do. Not milk him till he runs out of goodwill (read eyeballs). Not even hide behind the argument that “it’s-really-up-to-him.” The 17something sponsors are very much part of the cast. They are paying a reported fee up-
wards of $1-million apiece on this gilt-edged property, I mean guys like Castrol, Sunfeast, Adidas, Philips, Aviva, VISA, Toshiba, Jaypee, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, among others, not to mention those who get his name via Mumbai Indians. The fact to consider is that the paying public is cheesed off with Sachin and his entire team of sponsors and brand minders, for doing nothing to nix Rajiv Shukla’s political gambit and hoisting their man into the Upper House. Preparation for Endulkar @ 40 (he achieves this milestone in April next) must begin as a opportunity for WSG to show the metal they are made of. They must shape the brand beyond his bat. Can he be gently choreographed as a mentor, the original mind-game expert to Virat Kohli or even Unmukt Chand? Can he also be Mr BMW Ultimat 3 messaging a C-segment car owner? Opinions may differ, but persisting with the tired image of the SRT bat, that low-hanging fruit, will soon be a bad idea. As they teach you in B-School: Change before you have to. The other angle ignored so far is exploiting Sachin’s marketability in Australia and the UK, as a nice guy, with a cause bigger than cricket or his own. These places don’t buy cricketers like India does, but our man brings a certain authenticity, and I am not
just referring to his appeal before the ‘desis’ settled there. Imagine if David Beckham’s minders were just as stausquoist, he would still have been posing with the football. Instead, the semi-retired party hopper makes double of Sachin per endorsement, messaging in obscure football-crazy markets. Finally, a point about urgency. There’s very little time left before one of the knives proves sharp enough to pierce Sachin’s spirit. So, the guys making money off him must cocoon him from the social media, or even mainstream conversations with informed writers and anchormen. There isn’t anything much to ask anyways, besides the inevitable “Endulkar” question and making Sachin look sillier. Similarly, no ribbon cutting or ad shoots or even walks on the ramp for charity. That’s mean losing money. But if Aamir Khan can keep everything on hold during SatyaMevaJayate, so can Sachin. Today, he is as human as Harbhajan Singh, as his intended action on the uprooted stump in the last Test indicated. Inanity and new-found impertinence from the gallery is capable of derailing the world’s best-behaved cricketer. How about letting Sachin hibernate until November 15, until the next Test is played at the Sardar Patel Stadium in NamoLand?
Tail Piece: The commentary box isn’t much of a retirement home for Sachin. Fans would remember his deal with ESPN which never took off. Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, ArunLal and NavjotSidhu are the dadas there. Sachin can’t be half as glib or controversial.
accumulated wealth and purchased property of millions due to his corrupt practices when he was playing. "Whatever is reported in the media is not necessary true. When we won the T20 World Cup in 2009 I earned around 13 million rupees with which I purchased a home and car. I earned in millions from other endorsements and logo sponsorship deals. "Today cricket pays a lot and players don't need to fall into any trap of corruption." He also made it clear that he was not paying anything to his legal team. "They are assisting me and fighting my case on legal aid under British laws. And when I requested for legal aid I had to submit all my bank statements, tax returns and details of assets to seek legal aid so I have nothing to hide from anyone." Aamir also admitted that education was necessary for sportspersons in any game. "Today I regret I couldn't continue my higher education but once I get this ban out of the way I will try to complete my college education age is on my side."
Cancer survivor yuvraj back for India
Indian all-rounder and World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh will don national colours for the first time since battling cancer when a twomatch Twenty20 series against New Zealand starts on Saturday. The 30-year-old left-hander underwent chemotherapy in the United States in March and April to treat a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs which was diagnosed late last year. Yuvraj, who was man of the tournament in India's World Cup triumph last year, has not played competitive cricket since two home Tests against the West Indies last November. But the selectors recalled him as soon as he was declared fit by doctors at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where he had begun light training in July."It is hard to believe that I will be playing for India again," Yuvraj said ahead of the first Twenty20 game against the Black Caps in the southern coastal town of Visakhapatnam. "A few months back I had trouble climbing four steps, now I can't wait to take the field. It is like starting a new life," said the allrounder. Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, also making a comeback after being out of favour with the selectors for a year, said he was delighted to see close friend Yuvraj back in action. "Now this is what we call a comeback," said Harbhajan. "There can't be a bigger inspiration in cricket than Yuvi. It is a privilege to be back in the dressing room with him." The match on Saturday and the second game in Chennai on Tuesday will serve as a tune-up for the World Twenty20 that starts in Sri Lanka on September 18. The Black Caps are hoping to end their Indian tour on a high by winning the Twenty20 games after being whitewashed 2-0 in the recent Test series.
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16 Sports lee and Griffin share lead in South Korea
Home player Lee Jun-Seok and Australian Matthew Griffin were sharing a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Charity High1 Resort Open in South Korea on Friday. Lee fired a five-under par 67 to surge to the front of the field, while Griffin, a natural left-hander who plays right-handed, moved up from second place with a round of 70. Lee, 25, who spent the last 11 years in Australia where he learned the game, was making only his second start in a OneAsia event and only found out he was going to play in the tournament an hour before tee off on Thursday. "I wasn't really in great shape for this, but I tried my best and it turned out pretty good," he said, according to a OneAsia press release. "I'm still finding my way so I hope I can keep this up. Making the field was a result, playing the weekend is a bonus." Griffin has had just one bogey in 36 holes of golf -- but was disappointed to have dropped a few putts. "The last time I was leading going into the weekend was at least a couple of years ago, at the Australian PGA," said Griffin. "I have won since, but never had the lead going into the weekend for a while." The one billion won ($900,000) tournament is being played in Gangwon-do province, which will host the 2018 Winter Olympic games. The venue, South Korea's highest course, doubles as a ski resort in winter. Scores after round two of the 2012 High1 resort open at the par 72 High1 Country Club: 137 - lee Jun-Seok (Kor) 70-67, Matthew Griffin (aUS) 67-70. 138 - Kim Bong-Jin (Kor) 67-71, Scott arnold (aUS) 70-68. 139 - aaron townsend (aUS) 70-69, Choi Ho-Sung (Kor) 71-68, Song young-Hoon (Kor) 74-65, Han MinKyu (Kor) 68-71, lee tae-hee (Kor) 72-67. 140 - Park Sang-Hyun (Kor) 69-71, Cho Min-Geun (Kor) 69-71, Jason Kang (USa) 66-74.
thailand's thaworn takes the lead in Malaysia
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Thailand's veteran golf star Thaworn Wiratchant pulled away from the pack to take a three-shot lead after the third round of Malaysia's Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Friday. The 45-year-old produced a golfing masterclass with a four-under-par 68, pushing him to the brink of a record 14th Asian Tour title Swedish rookie Jesper Kennegard moved into second place after hitting a 67, while second round co-leader Michael Tran of Vietnam slipped back to third place with American Jonathan Moore and Filipino newcomer Jhonnel Ababa. After two birdies through seven holes at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, Thaworn dropped three shots on the eighth and ninth holes before fighting back in style. A 60-foot monster putt for birdie on the 10th got him back on track as he pulled clear of the field, according to an Asian Tour press release.
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NeW yorK-: Spectators watch the men's singles quarterfinal match between Novak djokovic of Serbia and Juan Martin del Potro of argentina inside arthur ashe Stadium on day eleven of the 2012 US open at USta Billie Jean King National tennis. aFP
Peacock preens as Pistorius loses 100m crown LONDON
RITAIN'S Jonnie Peacock dethroned Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius in the 100m on Thursday, lighting up the Olympic Stadium in the Games' showpiece event as the South African star was edged out of the medals. Peacock triumphed in the London 2012 T44 men's 100m final, setting a new Paralympic record of 10.90 seconds, bettering the previous best of 11.08, which he had set on Wednesday in qualifying. Reigning champion Pistorius, the Paralympics' biggest star after last month becoming the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics, was beaten into fourth place in a time of 11.17 seconds.It was a second stunning defeat of the Games for the 25-year-old after he could only manage silver defending the 200m title he won in Beijing four years ago, overtaken
by Brazil's Alan Oliveira. Finishing behind 19-year-old Peacock, US sprinter Richard Browne won the silver medal with a personal best of 11.03 seconds, and South Africa's Arnu Fourie ran and African record of 11.08 for the bronze. As they lined up for the final, the world's eight fastest amputee sprinters soaked up the atmosphere inside the packed 80,000seater stadium. Lui Zhiming kissed the Chinese flag and pointed to the camera. Oliveira waved his hands by his ears. Standing next to him, Pistorius -- who has apologised for claiming immediately after the 200m final that the Brazilian's "taller" carbon fibre running blades had given him an unfair advantage -- was given a big ovation and applauded the crowd and gave a thumbs up to the camera. Browne jumped about pointing to the USA written across his chest, before Peacock was greeted with a deafening roar. He smiled and clapped above his head.
Pistorius hails new 100m king Peacock
London highlights 'integration' question
LoNDoN: Oscar Pistorius paid tribute to Jonnie Peacock after the Briton ran off with his 100m crown on Thursday, saying the Games had witnessed the start of a stellar career in Paralympic sport. Peacock won the T44 100m title at the Olympic Stadium in a new Paralympic record time of 10.90 seconds in the London 2012 Games' showpiece event. Richard Browne of the United States won silver in a personal best time of 11.03 seconds while South Africa's Arnu Fourie edged out his compatriot Pistorius for the bronze in an African record of 11.08. "What we've seen tonight is the start of an amazing Paralympics sprinter," the 25year-old Pistorius said of Peacock, who turned 19 in May."I've just been watching it on the screen again and it was a great performance," he told Britain's Channel 4 television. "I can't imagine how happy he must be to do this in front of his home crowd. "Well done, it's a great time for him. He's still young and he's got a great future ahead of him. "I was hoping to finish in the medals but the 100 is not my thing. My room-mate (Fourie) pipped me on the line for third." Peacock said the experience was "absolutely surreal". "For the past four days, this event being quite late on, you've got these guys going out getting gold and you just want to be part of that," he said. AFP
LoNDoN: As the London Paralympics draw to a close, with record ticket sales, bumper crowds and the highest profile in the Games' history after a successful Olympics, talk has again turned to merging the two events. But any joint competition is unlikely to happen soon, as the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) governing bodies recently signed an agreement to keep the current system until 2020. "That (holding an integrated Olympics and Paralympics) is something that we've not discussed either internally or with the IOC at this stage," IPC president Philip Craven told AFP in a recent interview. The Briton, in office until 2017 and then hoping for a fourth and final term, did not rule out integration but predicted that it would be "way into the future" and "definitely not before 2028". Certainly, talent is no longer a factor when it comes to elite athletes with a disability competing against their nondisabled counterparts at the Olympics and other events. Gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton said teammate Sarah Storey proved the point, after she just missed out on the Olympics and set a Paralympic time in London that would have won her a nondisabled World Championship silver. AFP
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Sports 17 Brilliant Djokovic into sixth US Open semi-final NEW YORK
EFENDING champion Novak Djokovic stormed into a sixth successive US Open semi-final on Thursday with a breathtaking 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 demolition of 2009 winner Juan Martin Del Potro. The second-seeded Serb is bidding to win a sixth Grand Slam title and is now the comfortable tournament favourite following the elimination of world number one Roger Federer. He goes on to face Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, who defeated Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), for a place in Sunday's final. Saturday's other semi-final sees third seed Andy Murray face Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Australian Open champion Djokovic took his career record over Argentina's Del Potro, who beat him for Olympic bronze last month, to 6-2 as he marched into a 10th successive major semi-final. "I love playing night sessions but this was much closer than the scoreline suggests," said Djokovic, who finished Thursday's tie with 43 winners. "Juan Martin is a great player and I was lucky in the second set. There were some incredible points and rallies. He came up with some great forehands but he is a big guy and I wanted to keep him moving from side to side." Djokovic defends an 8-5 record against Ferrer. "It will be another big battle. David has been one of the most consistent players over the last six, seven years but few people ever talk about him. I will have to be very competitive," said the champion. Del Potro admitted Djokovic had out-
played him. "He is playing better and better. I had the chance to take the second set but he played the important points well," said the Argentine. "He was just too much for me." Djokovic spent five and a half hours fewer than Del Potro reaching the quarter-finals, dropping just 14 games in his first three rounds before seeing Stanislas Wawrinka retire from their fourth-round clash in the third set. He certainly looked the fresher at the start on a humid Thursday night on Arthur Ashe Stadium, racing through the first set with breaks in the fourth and eighth games with the big Argentine winning just five points on the Serb serve. But seventh seed Del Potro, who sent Andy Roddick into retirement in the previous round, soon rallied, winning 10 straight points on his way to a 2-0 lead in the second set. He served for the set at 54 but that was the cue for Djokovic to light
up the night with his deadly returning power and iron-willed defence. A gruelling 26-shot rally gave the world number two break point, which he converted to 5-5 despite spending the entire point being pushed from side to side. In an 18-minute 12th game, Del Potro saved three set points before he wilted in the tie-breaker. He slipped to 6-3 down after a gruelling, fruitless rally, ending it slumped over the net through exhaustion. Djokovic then claimed the set, which had taken 84 minutes to complete, with a blistering down-the-line backhand. Del Potro, seeking to reach only his second semi-final at a major, had never come back from two sets to love down in his career and he was soon 2-0 down in the third set. The 23-year-old Argentine fought off two break points in the fifth game but Djokovic claimed victory when Del Potro buried a drive into the net.
LAHORE Pakistan Olympic Association has congratulated the Pakistan men netball team for winning the silver medal in Asian Beach Netball Championship at Negambo, Sri Lanka . â€œPak netball team put up a good show in the Beach championship by getting a silver medal by exhibiting collective efforts and hard workâ€? ,said POA Chief, Lt Gen retd Syed Arif Hasan here on Friday. He hoped that the national netball team will continue bringing glory for the country by giving fine performance in future international events. Meanwhile a number of national sports federation has greeted Pakistan netball team for its team winning a silver medal in the event.
Inter School-college Games from Nov 8 LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
The 5th Edition of Inter Schools and Colleges Games will be held from here from November 8-12. A spokesman of the organizing committee of the event said here on Friday that altogether twenty disciplines will be contested during the five-day event which will be participated by a record number of schools and colleges of the Lahore city.
Pretenders take aim at last king standing djokovic AFP
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Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn on Friday said he had not ruled out the possibility of former seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher taking a management job with the team next year. Brawn, besieged by questions about Schumacher's future amid speculation that the German may be poised to retire for a second time, said he had an open mind. Television pundit and former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan this week claimed that Schumacher had decided already to retire and was to be replaced by 2008 champion Briton Lewis Hamilton, currently with McLaren. All involved with that report have denied that any decisions have been taken with Schumacher, 43, insisting that he was going to make his decision about next year, the third of his comeback, in October. Asked about the current situation and the future, Brawn said a management switch was not out of the question, but made clear it was not something that had been considered or discussed with Schumacher or Mercedes. "It is possible," he said. "In terms of what role Michael would play in the future, we are not discussing that in detail because that is not a consideration at the moment. "But Michael's experience of motor racing, and his judgement and so on, would be
an asset to any team. I am not sure he wants a day-to-day commitment that some of us do, but he would like to stay involved. "He loves the sport, he loves racing, and he loves developing the cars, and seeing how the team works. I can full well see in the future that he would retain a strong interest and that will come one day, and I do hope it will be with us." He added that a final decision on Schumacher's future did not rest solely with the driver. "I don't think it (the decision) is his alone," he said. "We have to go to find a solution together. I can't honestly go into details, but it is not Michael's decision to stay, it is not our decision for him to stay. It is a joint decision.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic tackles Spanish bulldozer David Ferrer for a US Open final spot Saturday determined to preserve the Grand Slam stranglehold of himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The world's top three have confidently parcelled out 29 of the last 30 majors between them but, for the first time in more than eight years, a Grand Slam has reached the last-four stage without either Federer or Nadal still involved. Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam title winner, was knocked out in the quarterfinals while Nadal, the holder of 11 majors, never even made it to New York, forced to rest his increasingly troublesome knees at home in Spain. That leaves 25-year-old Djokovic, battling to win a sixth major, as the sole survivor of the golden generation at Flushing Meadows. The Serb has certainly looked the part, reaching a sixth successive US Open semi-final -- and 10th in a row at all Grand Slams -- without dropping a set. On Thursday he demolished 2009 champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in the quarter-final to set-up a date against Ferrer, whom he has beaten eight times in 13 meetings with a 7-2 hardcourt advantage. If he gets through, either Andy Murray, four-times a runner-up at the majors, or Tomas Berdych, Federer's conqueror and a major finalist just once, will be waiting in the Sunday's championship match. "Murray, Berdych, Ferrer, myself, we're all top 10 players. Maybe for some people it was surprising to see Roger lose because he's been so consistent and dominant a player in the last couple of years," said Djokovic. "He's always expected to get to at least semi-finals of every Grand Slam. But Berdych deserved to win. He came up with incredible tennis. I have never seen him play that well." Djokovic said he would not be under-estimating Ferrer who has equalled his best Grand Slam performance of a run to the semi-finals in New York in 2007. "David is a fighter. He's one of the biggest competitors we have in the game. People overlook him," said the world number two. Meanwhile, Murray admits he has nothing but respect for Czech power-hitter Berdych, the man who stunned five-time US Open champion Federer, ahead of their semi-final. Berdych's stunning victory over the world number one condemned the great Swiss to his worst defeat in New York since 2003. The sixth seed will be making his semifinal debut on Saturday against the British third seed, who was runner-up to Federer in 2008, and will be buoyed by a winning record against the Scot that stands at 4-2.
klitschko and Charr battle for WBC belt in Moscow MOSCOW AFP
Ukraine's world heavyweight boxing champion and aspiring politician Vitali Klitschko on Saturday defends his WBC belt against challenger Germany's Manuel Charr in a 12-round bout in Moscow. The veteran Klitschko, 40, enjoys an impressive professional record of 44-2 with 40 KOs and the bout at the 30,000-capacity Olimpiysky indoor sports arena in Moscow will be his 17th world heavyweight championship fight. Meanwhile, the 27-year-old Charr is still unbeaten in his professional career. With 21 wins and 11 KOs, he is ranked seventh in WBC standings. At 2.00 metres tall with a reach of 2.03m, Klitschko, known as Dr. Iron Fist for his intelligence and punch power, is eight centimetres taller than the
Beirut-born Charr with a reach of five centimetres longer. Klitschko said he experienced smooth preparations for the bout with Charr, after taking a break from his political activities in his native Ukraine ahead of parliamentary elections on October 28. The boxer leads the aptly-named Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR, meaning punch) party which is currently running third in opinion polls and is vehemently critical of President Viktor Yanukovych. "It's my first ever bout in the Russian capital and I'm really happy to have my title defence in Moscow," Klitschko told reporters. "I know that professional boxing is very popular in Russia and many of Russians support me and my brother (and fellow boxing champion) Vladimir." "I'm happy that I had little trouble dur-
ing my preparation for this bout. I've gained terrific form and ready to perform exciting boxing for those who will attend the bout in Olimpiysky or will watch it on TV." Klitschko gave credit to his opponent Charr, whom he has called one of the brightest representatives of the new generation of the heavyweight boxers. "I know that some people are not taking Charr seriously, considering him a boxer without big-sounding name and serious experience," Klitschko added. "However, he represents the new generation of heavyweight boxers. He's a fighter from the top-ten of WBC. He's young, aggressive and strong." Meanwhile, German contender Charr said he was ready to make history by winning the world title, adding he was confident that his team had chosen right tactics
against the title holder Klitschko. "I know Klitshcko's coach Fritz Sdunek very well as I have already worked with him. I know his strong features and his weaknesses and I know which tactics he will chose for Vitali," Charr said.
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Sports 18 Pakistan urges visas for India series LAHoRE : Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Ch. Zaka Ashraf calls on SM Krishna, visiting Foreign Minister of India today at Islamabad. The Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Sharat Sabharwal was also present in the meeting. Pakistan's cricket chief urged the visiting Indian Foreign Minister to ensure fans would get visas so they can see the first series between the two countries in five years. The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. Ch. Zaka Ashraf thanked the visiting Minister for his and Indian government’s role in making the Pak-India cricket series a reality. Chairman PCB, at this occasion, also acknowledged the efforts made by President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in this reagard. India has invited Pakistan to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in December-January. The rivals have not held a series since 2007, after cricket ties were snapped following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai. Chairman PCB requested Mr. Krishna for the support of Indian government to facilitate in the issuance of Indian visas for the Pakistani fans wanting to witnesses Pakistan-India series schedule to be played in India in December this year. Foreign Minister assured full support in this matter and directed the high commissioner to extend the maximum cooperation. A meeting will be held later this month between the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan and the PCB to ensure that fans get all facilitation and help in their visa process in order to enable them to travel to India to follow Team Pakistan. Chairman PCB Ch. Zaka Ashraf in a statement from Islamabad said, “A cricket series between Pakistan and India is very important for the fans on both sides of the border. These matches are always considered to be historic and everyone wants to be part of that. So it is extremely important that they are facilitated which any way possible by the governments and the cricket boards of both the countries. STAFF RePoRT
PAKISTAN SNATCH WIN, clinch T20 series against Australia DUBAI
AKISTAN clinched the series after they won the second T20 match against Australia from the jaws of defeat which was followed by a sensational tie. Pakistan thus one the won the over eliminator achieving 12 runs target set by Australia in the super over. The second Twenty20 international between Pakistan and Australia ended in an exciting tie at Dubai Stadium here on Friday Both the teams scored 151 runs but Pakistan lost 4 wickets while Australia eight in 20 overs forcing the teams to play a super over. Australia batting first made 11 of Umer Gul while Pak-
istan’s Umer Akmal and Abdul RAzzaq reached the target by slamming two fours and three singles and one they got off a wide delivered by Pat Cummins. Earlier, Pakistan made 151-4 against Australia on the back of solid innings from Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal in the second Twenty20 international at Dubai Stadium here on Friday. Opener Hafeez laid the foundation with 45 before Jamshed, who also made 45, and Kamran with a robust 26-ball 43 not out lifted the innings after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat. Pakistan are 1-0 ahead in the three-match series after winning the first match by seven wickets here on Wednesday. Hafeez hit three boundaries in Pat Cummins' first over of the
match but fellow opener Imran Nazir was bowled for nought in Mitchell Starc's second over. Hafeez and Jamshed shared a solid 76-run partnership for the second wicket as both charghed the Australian bowling with some aggressive batting. Jamshed hit four boundaries and a six during his 36-ball knock. He fell to a superb catch by Dan Christian off Cummins, as the fielder lunged backward and held the ball with left hand. Hafeez hit six boundaries during his 42-ball knock. Kamran added 46 for the fourth wicket with his younger brother Umar Akmal who made 13. Kamran hit six boundaries during his knock, helping Pakistan to 90 runs in the last 10 overs.
ScoReBoARD PAKISTAn 45 Mohammad Hafeez c warner b watson 0 Imran nazir b Starc 45 nasir Jamshed c christian b cummins 43 Kamran Akmal not out 13 umar Akmal c white b christian 2 Abdul Razzaq not out 3 extras: (lb1, w2) Total: (for four wickets, 20 overs) 151 Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-89, 3-97, 4-143 Bowling: cummins 4-0-37-1, Starc 4-0-17-1, watson 40-29-1, Hussey 1-0-7-0, christian 3-0-22-1, Hogg 4-0-38-0 AuSTRALIA D. warner b Ajmal 31 S. watson lbw b Ajmal 33 23 M. Hussey c Malik b gul 5 c. white run out g. Bailey c Arafat b Razzaq 42 1 D. Hussey b Tanveer M. wade run out 6 2 D. christian not out P. cummins c nazir b Razzaq 7 extras: (lb1) 1 151 Total: (for eight wickets, 20 overs) Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-79, 3-84, 4-109, 5-117, 6-142, 7-143 Bowling: Tanveer 4-0-30-1, Hafeez 3-0-28-0, gul 40-32-1, Ajmal 4-0-20-2, Raza 4-0-31-0, Razzaq 1-0-9-2 Result: Match tied, Super over Aus 11, Pak 12 in 1 over Toss: Pak
PuNjAB SPortS ANd YoutH FeStIvAL
SECOND STAGE begins from today
LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
The second stage of the Punjab Sports and Youth Festival 2012, the Union Council level will start from September 8 with the finalization of the registration process and report of the participants in their respective Sports and Youth Development Councils. Some of the remaining events of the Neighbourhood and Village level of the Punjab Youth Festival which were either marred by rain or late registration were conducted on Friday. The events were held at Samanabad dongi ground and Govt Science College Wahdat Road. The competitions of billiard, badminton, tug of war and arm wrestling were held at Samanabad while naatkhani and qirat were conducted at Wahdat Colony. In naatkhani and qirat competitions were held among participants of UC 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 116 and 132 while the UCs 91 and 108 took part in sports events. However, the initiation of the events and competitions at 3464 union councils in the second stage will regularly be held from Monday in Lahore on the basis of registration and influx of participants while the events in other parts of the province will start from today (Saturday). Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Usman Anwar informed that a number of 30 events in five sectors have been detailed in this level of the Festival. “Two of the sectors are for general public, the same number is for education sector while the fifth is the sports sector,” he said. In sports sector there are 11 sporting events to be contested including arm wrestling, which have three categories, athletics (eight categories), badminton, billiard, cricket tape ball, tug or war, volleyball, bodybuilding (also have three cat-
egories), football, fun race of 2.5 kilometres and weightlifting (three categories). The director general further informed that the spectrum of the activity is widened to have involvement of more youngsters and general public in this level and develop a sense of understanding towards better health and the need of sports and exercise in one’s daily life. Elaborating the other four sectors, Usman Anwar said that general public individual events have naatkhani, qirat ad cooking while family event includes cooking, family dressing, healthy baby competitions and kitchen gardening. As of education sector, he said that it is further divided into two sections which is elementary schools males and elementary schools females. “In both males and females schools level competitions will be held debate, essay writing, millinaghme, naatkhani, painting andqirat and for the purpose education department has been roped in for the proper and smooth conduct of the events,” he maintained. The registration of the participations is continuing at the union counciloffices and is also being done online at SBP website www.sportsportal.punjab.gov.pk.“Although the last date of registration was September 6 but it is continuing to keep everyone involved. He further said that a proper set up has been developed to give the youth an opportunity to show their skills and there talent will be preservedfor the future. He said that selection committee under the supervision of a jury committee is shortlisting the teams of different districts from among 3,36,560winners of 15,00,000 participants of the Neighbourhood and Village level to compete in the Union Council level. The events of this level will conclude on September 18 and will be followed by the Tehsil level competitions.
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Zardari, Ashraf stress just solutions to resolve indo-Pak disputes krishna calls on president and PM separately, says joint ministerial commission would send a strong message that ‘we mean business’
RESIDENT Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf told India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna in separate meetings on Friday that Pakistan had an abiding inter-
ISlaMaBad: India’s external affairs Minister SM Krishna calls on President asif zardari at aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday. est in promoting peace and stability in the region, as they urged amicable solutions to resolve outstanding disputes between the two neighboring countries. During his meeting with Krishna at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Zardari said that Pakistan had an abiding interest in
the promotion of regional peace and stability that would only enable the people of the region to exploit enormous opportunities available in South Asia. Zardari said that finding amicable and just solutions to resolve outstanding issues was important for Pakistan and
India to ensure lasting peace and stability in the region. Briefing the media about the meeting, Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that the president had emphasized that it was time for the two countries to move beyond reiteration of their positions to more substantive results. The president said that showing greater understanding for each others’ concerns and sensitivities would help in the resolution of mutual issues. Zardari said that multifaceted cooperation between the two countries was imperative for the socio-economic development of the people and to cope with the common challenge of terrorism. He said that terrorism was a common enemy afflicting both the countries. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf also met Krishna at the PM’s House on Friday evening. During the meeting, the prime minister expressed the confidence that relationship between Pakistan and India would improve and move forward. He said that the Indian external affairs minister’s visit was of great importance, as the people of both the countries desire good
relations. “We must learn from the past. We cannot change neighbors,” Ashraf said. “No doubt Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and other issues need to be resolved, but we need to have a positive approach to resolving these issues,” he emphasized. He said that terrorism was a common enemy of both India and Pakistan, adding that Pakistan was a frontline state in the war against terror and had suffered enormously. Krishna thanked the prime minister for the meeting, and said that India was committed to the stability, peace and prosperity of Pakistan. He said that the revival of the Joint Ministerial Commission between the two countries after six years would send a strong message that “we mean business”. After his arrival in Islamabad, the Indian minister held separate meetings with delegations of various Pakistani political parties, including the Awami National Party delegation led by Haji Adeel, Muttahida Qaumi Movement delegation led by Farooq Sattar and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid delegation led by Mushahid Hussain Sayed.
SC rejects govt, FC’s report on missing persons QUETTA AgencIeS
The Supreme Court on Friday passed an interim order while hearing the Balochistan law and order case, summoning the interior and defense secretaries today (Saturday) along with the Frontier Corps commandant for Dera Bugti. The three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja declared the provincial government and FC’s report relating to the missing persons unsatisfactory, directing FC IG Obaidullah Khattak to present the FC Dera Bugti commandant along with missing person Kahu Bugti in court today (Saturday). The interim order said action should be initiated against all vehicles plying roads in Quetta illegally. All unnecessary rahdaris given to intelligence agencies be revoked, it added. In his remarks, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said people carrying were roaming freely on the Raisani Road in Quetta and directed the civil as well as security authorities to go and disarm the people loitering about freely. Continued on page 04
SP gUnned down in qUeTTA QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a superintendent of Quetta police in broad daylight on a busy road in the provincial capital on Friday. SP (Investigation) Jamil Khan Kakar and his gunman were on their way to the Balochistan High Court when armed men ambushed their vehicle in the Kili Gul Mohammad area on Airport Road, police said. The police official and his guard suffered serious bullet injuries and were being rushed to a hospital when Kakar expired. His guard was said to be out of danger at Civil Hospital Quetta. Following the incident, Quetta CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood and other officials rushed to the site and cordoned off the area to trace out the perpetrators. The slain SP was on way to appear before the Supreme Court Quetta Registry bench when he was attacked. A large number of citizens and relatives of the assassinated police official came out on the roads to protest against the killing. aPP
indian govt to curb judiciary’s free speech Judiciary to be barred from commenting freely on constitutional authorities in open court
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India’s judiciary-government tussle over code of conduct for judges is far from over. Though the government has decided to give statutory status to the Code of Conduct evolved by the Supreme Court in 1997, Law Minister Salaman Khurshid said it did not mean the judiciary would be free to comment on constitutional authorities in open court. The government is firm on introducing a specific provision in the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2012 which would prohibit judges from making unwarranted comments against the conduct of any constitutional or statutory authority at the time of hearing matters. The minister said the government had taken note of certain remarks made by some higher courts on constitutional bodies and other authorities in open court which were seldom reflected in writing during judicial pronouncements. “That is why a specific pro-
vision has been proposed to be made under Section 3 of the chapter on ‘Judicial Standards’ to be followed by judges, in the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2012,” Khurshid said. He said the bill prohibited judges from making any unwarranted comments against the conduct of any constitutional or statutory authority at the time of hearing matters which were pending before them or were likely to arise for judicial determination. The minister added that the government had a proposal to accord statutory sanction to the ‘Restatement of Values of Judicial Life’, which was adopted by a resolution at the full court meeting of the Supreme Court in 1997, by making it part of the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 29, 2012, and is pending with the Rajya Sabha. After introducing fresh amendments, the bill will be taken up for approval in the Upper House, and then it will again be tabled in the Lower House.
QueTTA: Relatives of SP Investigation Jamil Kakar mourn his death at civil Hospital on Friday. oNliNe
rimsha’s ordeal ends as judge orders her release on bail g
lawyer says Christian girl’s release on bail in blasphemy case ‘unprecedented in Pakistan’ ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
The court of an additional sessions judge on Friday granted bail to blasphemy accused Christian girl Rimsha Masih ending her three-week ordeal in a case which sparked an outcry in Pakistan and across the world. Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Azam Khan resumed hearing in the bail plea of 14-year-old Rimsha Masih, who was arrested on August 16 from Mehra Jafar for allegedly burning pages of the Holy Quran. The court heard the arguments from both sides and ordered the release of the accused girl against two surety bonds worth Rs 0.5 million each. During the proceedings, a large number of security personnel, lawyers, members of civil society and representatives of national and international media organizations were present in and outside the court to hear the decision. Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, the head counsel for Rimsha, submitted before the court that in the light of the medical board’s findings, his client was a juvenile, hence she was entitled to bail. The lawyer further submitted that according
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to the FIR, the girl did not burn pages of the Holy Quran, instead she was accused of burning pages of a Noorani Qaida. He argued that Rimsha was a minor girl and according to Pakistani laws, minors were entitled to bail in all cases except terrorism, killing and kidnapping. On the other hand, the defense lawyer claimed that the accused girl in her statement before the police had confessed that she burnt pages of Noorani Qaida. The lawyer requested the court not to allow bail to the minor girl. District Attorney Mahfooz Hafiz Piracha also argued that since the accused girl had confessed her crime, she should not be granted bail. The attorney alleged that the police twisted the case in the accused girl’s favor. He said the accused girl had stated her age to the magistrate as 16 years and now doctors and police were claiming that she was 14 years old. The district attorney also told the court that complainant of the case was receiving threats. Munir Jafri, investigation officer of the case, told the court that when complainant of the case brought evidence before cleric Khalid Jadoon, he added two pages of the Holy Quran with an intention to make a stronger case against the ChrisEditor: Arif Nizami
tian girl. According to police sources, the cleric wanted to get the area vacated from the Christian community. The court later granted bail to the accused and directed the police to keep the girl under protective custody due to security reasons. The court also directed the police investigators to investigate the case carefully, as it was a sensitive issue. A few days ago, the case took a new turn when Imam Khalid Jadoon’s deputy and two assistants revealed before a magistrate that Jadoon had tampered with the evidence against Rimsha. Following the revelations, police arrested the cleric and sent him to prison. Separately, the complainant of the case filed an application under Section 22-A with session judge’s court contending that he was being harassed by Ramna police. He requested the court to direct the police for registration of an FIR against the police officials who had been harassing him. Rimsha’s lawyer said it was the first time anyone has been released on bail for blasphemy in Pakistan, where the inflammatory issue last year led to the assassination of two politicians. The US-based Human Rights Watch said she should never have been held in the first place.