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PML-N president says he’s not against the army, is opposed to ‘some generals only’ Does not rule out electoral alliance with MQM, PTI

MONITORING DESK AKISTAN Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Friday demanded the government immediately announce election and put an end to the ‘suspense’ over its date, a private TV channel reported. In an interview with Geo News anchor Kamran Khan, Nawaz dismissed the allegation that he had received money from former Mehran Bank head Younis Habib. “Had I received money and had he been kind enough to us, my government would not have fired him from his job,” he said, however, adding that Habib had provided money to topple Pir Sabir Shah’s government in Sarhad. Nawaz said


Ashraf says no clash between state institutions Vows to resolve Balochistan issues GWADAR agencieS

money was brought in gunny bags to topple his government in Punjab. He said billions of rupees were disbursed amongst politicians by the Pervez Musharraf’s government. Asked why would he accept being probed by the Federal Investigation Agency for his role in the Asghar Khan case, Nawaz said he would do so because that was what the Supreme Court had ordered despite the fact that the agency reported to Rehman Malik. He said the government should implement the Supreme Court’s orders forthwith. Nawaz said he had wholeheartedly accepted the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government despite his differences with it. To a question regarding the PML-N’s electoral alliance with other political parties in the next general elections,

he said the party would enter an alliance with any party that would help control the law and order in Karachi, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The PML-N chief said several people had joined the PML-N and the party also had good relations with the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional. Nawaz also did not deny the possibility of an alliance with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and his staunch rival the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. To a question regarding Imran Khan’s harsh criticism of him, Nawaz said he had never used harsh language against the PTI chief. He said he was not against the army but instead was opposed to some of its generals. Nawaz said it was for the

first time that any civil government was going to complete its tenure without the backing of the military. Reacting over army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani’s statement, Nawaz said being a Pakistani it was his duty to appreciate the general’s views on the supremacy of law and the constitution. Meanwhile, talking to Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in Lahore, Nawaz said dialogue was the only way to resolve issues between Pakistan and India. He said politicians of Pakistan and India had to play their role for long lasting peace in the region. Badal said he was very happy on his arrival in Pakistan, adding that the people of both countries were connected with love.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday strongly dispelled the impression of clashes among state institutions, saying the challenges the country faced could only be addressed with unity and greater understanding. He was at a ceremony that marked the inauguration of several development projects in Gwadar, including Civic Centre and East Bay Expressway. The prime minister said all state institutions were working with the sole objective of serving the nation and building a stronger Pakistan. He said the media was free across in the country and the judiciary also enjoyed complete independence, adding that “we all sacrificed for this judiciary”. Ashraf said the Pakistan Army was playing a vital role for the security and development of the country. “We will have to understand who is interested in creating dissent and division among the institutions and who will gain from their division,” the prime minister said. Continued on page 04

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Counter-insurgency technicalities, not just political will, military’s deciding compulsion LAHORE Shahab Jafry

The UN Security Council’s November7 move against the feared Haqqani Network is the latest in a series of international diplomatic efforts to lobby for military operation in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), yet it is unlikely to figure in the army’s calculation as a ‘decisive point’ for

the incursion, according to analysts and military sources. Washington has progressively increased pressure on Islamabad for the operation ever since its announcement of the 2014 pullout from Afghanistan, culminating in Congress’ Sep7 designation of the Haqqani Network as an international terrorist organisation – implying ‘harbouring’ sanctions for Pakistan. The Obama administration has also increasingly cited Islamabad’s refusal to crack down on the Haqqanis as the biggest reason for the unsettled insurgency in Afghanistan, while America’s dominant centre-right media has equated matters of “weak political will” in Pakistan with growing Taliban and al Qaeda clout in and around Kabul. Though directly Haqqani Network’s operations form only about 15 percent of insurgent-hits in Afghanistan, it

is most successful in Kabul’s sensitive green zone, and provides indirect logistic and financial aid to numerous splinter groups (number not confirmed). CalCulated media hype: Talk of the operation has dominated international media since the top level ISI-CIA exchange in Washington on August 3, leading to rare optimism from US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta (usually one of Pakistan’s fiercest critics). The reaction in Pakistan has been markedly different, though, with the army laying the ultimate decision at the executive’s door, and the political leadership non-committal in election year. “Seriously, we have fought them in six of the seven agencies, and around Malakand, which is not featured in their calculated media hype,” says an officer who recently served in South Waziristan

Agency. “To say we still lack political will is irresponsible on their part, and shows how little they understand the sensitive tribal makeup, not to mention counter-insurgency imperatives”. Islamabad and Washington disagree on the prospective operation’s ‘centre of gravity’, in counter-insurgency jargon. US interests are confined to the Haqqanis (though it wouldn’t mind a wider sweep), while Pakistan’s prime concern is the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whose higher operational cadre is reportedly holed up in Mir Ali, roughly six miles from HN’s concentration in Miranshah. To cave in to US demands – and net the Haqqanis – at this point would amount to stirring up the hornet’s nest. TTP will know it is next, leverage government hostility to unite bickering factions, and in-

crease ‘blowback’ hits in main cities. The Haqqanis’ deobandi appeal will split reaction in mainstream Sunni sections. The refugee situation, still not settled from the SWA operation, will compound financial troubles stemming from a weak economy. Orakzai and SWA will again require security beef-up as the to-and-fro of the operation pushes militants back to agencies they recently fled. The political make-up, with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) vehemently opposed to the operation, will become more hostile as election approaches. These, among other things, are contingencies the military must take into account before initiating the operation, according to sources in intelligence agencies. Continued on page 04

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Nine-year-old girl given away as ‘compensation’ LAHORE inP

Police have arrested five men after a village council ordered a father to hand over his nine-year-old daughter as compensation in a rape case, officers said on Friday. A group of elders in Bahalak area of Punjab gave the ruling to settle a year-long dispute between a farm worker and an influential local landowner, police said. The worker, Arshad, was accused of involvement in the abduction and rape of landowner Ali Sher’s daughter. “The jury decreed that Arshad would marry his daughter Sidra to Ali Sher’s 22-year old son Maqsood”. The marriage was not formally solemnised but the village council made Arshad agree to pay Sher Rs 400,000 if he did not honour the ruling. Police said Arshad and four council members had been arrested. The practice of vani, giving daughters away as compensation to end vendettas, is illegal and punishable by up to seven years in jail.

QUeTTa: activists of Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen hold placards during a protest on friday against targeted killings in Quetta and Karachi. INP

Pakistani drones are for surveillance use only: Naveed Qamar KaRaChi: Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar on Friday said that Pakistan’s drone technology is at its initial stage. It has been used by the armed forces for air surveillance only. Speaking to media representatives during his visit to International Defence Exhibition IDEAS-2012, the defence minister said that these drones are not capable of carrying arms. He said the IDEAS-2012 will help create awareness about new defence technology and trends of defence. It will also help ascertain the requirement of our armed forces and to introduce our defence products in the world. He said the private sector in the world was playing a prominent role in defence production activities. In Pakistan, traditionally the defence production was restricted to public sector. But, he said, now it is time to engage our private sector in defence production too. “The government has been extending all possible support and facilitation to our private sector to come up and play a front role in this important national task,” he added. StaFF RePORt

Pak-Afghan peace talks to resume next week iSlamaBad: Talks between Pakistan and Afghanistan governments regarding peace negotiations with Afghan Taliban would resume next week in Islamabad. Afghan diplomatic officials said that a high level delegation led by Afghan Amman Council Chief Salahuddin Rabbani would soon visit Pakistan to resume the dialogue on reconciliation process and peace in Afghanistan, media reported on Friday. Earlier, Rabbani had to pay a visit to Pakistan which was postponed due to Pak-Afghan border clashes and the issue of release of Afghan Taliban. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Muazzam Ali Khan confirmed the news regarding Rabbani’s visit to Islamabad in order to resume PakAfghan peace process. ONlINe

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Malala’s friends determined to continue education MINGORA


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grade 8 student who was injured in a Taliban attack on teen education activist Malala Yousafzai on October 9, has expressed her resolve to continue pursuing education as “In Islam, education is obligatory for both men and women”. Talking to Pakistan Today on Friday, Shazia Ramzan said that although the events of October 9 were very frightening, she was still determined to continue her education. Along with Malala Yousafzai,

Shazia and Kainat, also students of Khushhal Public School, sustained bullet injuries when the Taliban attacked their school van. “They started firing as soon as they realised that Malala was sitting amongst us,” she said. Upon her return home after being discharged from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Peshawar, Shazia has been meeting neighbours, friends and people from socio-politico circles at her home, who have been enquiring about her health and praising her bravery. While Malala is being treated in London, Kainat and Shazia were taken to local hospitals. Although in contact over the telephone, they long

to meet each other. “We are eagerly waiting for Malala to return. Then we can have a reunion,” they said. The houses of both Shazia and Kainat are being guarded by police personnel. During their time in the hospital, they have realised the importance of doctors. Both are not only determined to continue their education but intend to become doctors now. During their first interaction with the media they prayed for peace so that children like them can get education. They thanked the president, the prime minister, the chief of army staff, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa government and people from all over the world who have been praying for their early recovery.

11 dead, 40 injured in bus accident MURIDKEY Online

At least 11 persons were killed while 40 sustained severe injuries in a bus accident at Narowal Road on Friday. A bus headed for Faisalabad from Shaker Garh went out of control and fell into a deep ravine when the driver tried to save a motorcyclist coming from the other side at Narowal Road near Chora Rajputan bust stop. The rescue team reached the spot one hour after the incident while local people pulled the injured out from under the bus. 11 people including the driver and conductor died on the spot while 40, including women and children were severely injured The injured were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Lahore and Muridkey for medical aid. Meanwhile, local people also protested against the late arrival of rescue teams. The absence of police from the place of accident led to people looting from the injured passengers Police registered a case and started thorough investigation.

NA to take up anti-terrorism Fate of over 200 dual national lawmakers to be decided on Monday bill in upcoming session iSlamaBad The National Assembly is very likely to take up the much-debated Anti Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2012 in its 47th session starting on Monday. In the backdrop of prevailing law and order and mounting incidents of terrorism, the bill had been discussed at different forums. Parliamentary committees had also been focusing their attentions on it. Lawmakers foresee that proper legislation along with adequate measures for implementations would yield positive results in maintenance of law and order as well as bringing normalcy in the restive areas of the country. The

Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) has also been deliberating on the legislation and has sought details from the Interior Ministry about the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA). Per the information available with Online news agency, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik will introduce a bill to amend the Anti terrorism Act 1997 (The Anti Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2012). The House will also discuss a motion about the prevailing law and order in the country. Malik had moved the motion under Rule 259 on September 3. ONlINe


The fate of over 200 Pakistani lawmakers hangs in the balance as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decides on their future on Monday, following the legislators’ failure to submit declarations affirming they do not hold dual nationality. The ECP has called a session on November 12 to decide on the issue of legislators who had not submitted their declarations by Friday-the commission’s deadline for fil-

ing affidavits-, ECP Additional Secretary Mohammad Afzal Khan told a priavte TV news channel. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim said the ECP was firm on acting against dual national legislators following Supreme Court’s clear orders on the matter. Pakistan’s apex court, disqualifying 11 legislators on September 20 for holding dual nationalities, had directed the ECP to obtain fresh declarations on oath from all legislators to examine their cases individu-

ally. A senior ECP official said the commission had made it clear that those failing to submit fresh declarations would be presumed to possess dual nationality, which would ultimately lead to their disqualification. The official had earlier said that as many as 331 lawmakers, including the prime minister and some of his cabinet colleagues, had not submitted their affidavits by Wednesday. He said some lawmakers who had proceeded for Haj might get more time to submit fresh declarations.

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Kardashian wants to get engaged and try for baby Pusher Tugs built by Pakistan navy launched


yousuf hits out at Pcb for stopping domestic comeback detailed judgment Won’t matter much if not implemented soon.

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The government, the judiciary and the army at crossroads.

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Got Rs 140m, gave Rs 70m to IJI, says Asad Durrani ISLAMABAD

Imran asks Nawaz to quit politics after SC judgement


Former head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Major General (r) Asad Durrani has said that Rs 140 million were collected and Rs 70 million distributed to certain politicians to sway the 1990s polls. In an interview with a private TV channel, he said the remaining funds were transferred to the secret account of ISI. Durrani claimed that he was informed by then army chief General (r) Aslam Beg about the plan to finance certain politicians who were contesting the general election against Pakistan People’s Party. He said the army chief had informed him that he would receive further instructions from the President’s House. The former ISI chief admitted that he had distributed heavy funds amongst members of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) at the behest of then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and chief of army staff Aslam Baig. The

Supreme Court issued a detailed order in the Asghar Khan case on Thursday, confirming that the 1990 polls were rigged. The apex court ordered the government to initiate an inquiry into the matter of illegal disbursement of money to politicians and punish those responsible.

2 militants killed, 2 security personnel injured in Wana attack WANA agencieS

Two security personnel were injured in a militant attack on a Scouts fort in the Toi Khulla area on Friday. A security official said two militants had been killed and four were injured in retaliatory firing. “Militants, dozens in number, attacked the fort with heavy and light weapons, but the security forces response failed their attack. The attack was from 2pm till 3pm, continued exchange of fire for an hour,” the official added. The injured security personnel were shifted via helicopter to the hospital located at the Scouts Camp in Wana. One of the injured is said to be in critical condition. Toi Khulla is a tehsil of Wana in South Waziristan, which borders Zhob district of Balochistan. The Dottani and Sulaiman Khel tribes are the inhabitants of the area, which comes under the influence of Mullah Nazeer Taliban group. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

lahORe: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asked PML-N President Nawaz Sharif to quit politics after the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Asghar Khan case. Addressing 11th International Cancer Symposium on Friday, slamming the PML-N government, Khan said the party was formed with the support of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), adding that it would not be able to form government in the coming elections. He denied allegations of getting the ISI’s support and vowed to quit politics if anyone could prove that he had taken money from the intelligence agency. In response to a question regarding the coming elections, he said the elections will be held in time. He praised the role of the judiciary, adding that the PPP was suppressing freedom to protect its president. ONlINe

Schools not adequately aligned with asia’s labour market needs: aDB report iSlamaBad: Asian universities and secondary schools must better align with labour market needs to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required by employers, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report. The report, Improving Transitions from School to University and Workplace, shows Asia’s students need to be better prepared for the rigors of higher learning, including problem solving and critical thinking needed in math and science studies. It said the role of education in supporting human resource development was increasingly in the spotlight as more Asian countries moved toward middle income status and demand grew for skilled labour to support higher economic growth. “Asia’s ability to compete in a globalised world depends on the readiness of students entering university, the employability of graduates in the labour market, and acceleration of innovation, science, and technology for creating new products and services,” said Jouko Sarvi, education practice leader in ADB’s Regional and Sustainable Development

Department. The misalignment between schools, universities and the job market is evident in regional employment trends. Looking at 15 countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, the report recommended diversifying higher education options being offered to students, in line with labour market needs. It also encouraged partnerships with other institutions and the private sector to foster secondary education reform, and better prepare students for future employment. Improving Transitions is the final of ADB’s recent eight-report series, Higher Education in Dynamic Asia, covering a range of topics, including financing higher education for inclusive economic growth, improving equitable access in higher education, expanding participation in higher education by utilising advances in information and communication technologies, improving private higher education opportunities, accelerating regional and cross-border collaboration and strengthening administration and governance in higher education. aPP

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QBALIAT will be a compulsory subject in schools after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) wins elections because a new Pakistani will be born when the young will study Iqbal, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on the 135th birth anniversary of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal on Friday. He expressed his views in a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal where renowned personalities from numerous fields were also present. “When I first read Iqbal’s poetry, only then was I able to understand the holy Quran,” said Khan. Khan, who was also the chief guest, said he wanted to convey a message to the youth especially to the Insaaf Student Federation (ISF). “Iqbal was a man born in the era of slavery, when there was no hope for the Muslims and he took the responsibility on himself to awaken them.” He said Iqbal’s poetry had told how a man could free himself from his own fear. “When a man is able to free himself, only then can the foundations be laid for a free society. One who fears losing cannot win at any point of life,” Khan said referring to former president Pervez Musharraf who, due to the fear inside of him said “yes” to a phone call from the Americans and because of which “we are known as a terrorist state” in the world. He further added that leaders who used protocols and built high walls around their houses were actually frightened of the people who voted for them because they had done nothing at all for them. He also rebutted the rhetoric which labeled PTI as an ISI party asserting that General Pasha organised the procession of Lahore. “If he was doing

so, then why was he not able to gather 300,000 people in Lahore for Musharraf,” questioned Khan. He also promised a three-point agenda that included equal education for all, complete freedom of judiciary and a revamp of the economic system saying that implementation of this agenda will be his top priority as soon as he wins elections. Arif Nizami presented a shield to Imran Khan. He stated that Imran Khan’s activities in Punjab had destabilised the dominancy of Sharif brothers in the province and under pressure, PML-N came up with initiatives such as the distribution of laptops and the Youth festival- programs not seen in the last 25 years. The credit goes to Imran Khan, said Nizami. Waleed Iqbal, talking on Iqbal said the Allama’s poetry had phases; one of which was frustration, a manifestation of which can be seen in Imran Khan. He said that Khan was the spiritual heir of Iqbal which he could prove through his arguments. He also said that Iqbal’s concept of ‘Faqiri’ is free from money, greed and poverty. Sajid Mir also said that if we talk about Allama, we could stop at Imran Khan for he is the only leader whose ideology was actually a part of Allama’s. He said Iqbal’s poetry was a beautiful synchronisation of religion and the love for Allah and Prophet (PBUH). Oria Maqbool Jan, a renowned columnist, said that in the poetry of Allama it is shirk for a lover of Prophet to be afraid of Allah. He said that the revolution in Iran owed a lot to Iqbal’s poetry. He further said that according to Iqbal, if you are standing with the God’s people you would succeed. Mujeebur Rehman Shami said if we do not make education same for the people of Pakistan then the ideology and dream of Allama Iqbal will not come true. He said Khan is indeed a hope but according to Iqbal’s poetry, the right man can win alone, on his own. He said Khan was losing his grip on the party and that he can go far if he stops taking into his party ministers of the Musharaf era.

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UK campaigners call for Nobel Prize for Malala LONDON agencieS


daMaScUS: a young Syrian boy peeps from the door in a violence-hit district of the city on friday.

Commander in handker-chief: teary obama thanks his campaign staff NEWS DESK The normally ice-cool US President began crying as he praised the staff and volunteers who helped him secure a historic second election victory on Tuesday night. He took to the microphone at campaign HQ in Chicago the next day and almost immediately his voice cracked with emotion. Soon tears were rolling down his cheeks as he told them: “I’m really proud of all of you.” Mr Obama said: “When I

come here and I look at all of you what comes to mind is not that you guys actually remind me of myself it’s the fact that

you are so much better than I was in so many ways - you’re smarter, you’re better organized, you’re more effective. “I’m absolutely confident that all of you are going to do just amazing things in your lives. You’re just going to do great things. “Even before last night’s results, I felt that the work I had done in running for office had come full circle because what you guys have done means that the work that I’m doing is important, and I’m really proud of that, and I’m really proud of all of you.”


Iran is vowing to confront any aircraft that enters its airspace, one day after the Pentagon said Iranian warplanes fired on an unarmed U.S. drone over international waters in the Persian Gulf. Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Massoud Jazayeri did not explicitly confirm the incident in his comments to the FARS news agency on Friday. But he said Iran would “give a decisive response to any aerial, ground or sea aggression.”

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“Media speculation is one thing, especially in hind sight, but when you must weigh pros and cons, factoring in many deaths that will result, it is very important to have your priorities right,” says an official. “If we commit, it will be for our own security interest, not the political equation across the border. But, of course, you’ll see no such debate on CNN”. FOR all theiR FaultS: Another important factor for the military to consider is that the American push for the Haqqanis will divert resources presently committed to pursuing the TTP. And for all its faults, Haqqani Network has often acted as an influential bulwark against anti-government forces in the tribal area. As recently as last year, it helped broker a fragile peace in Kurram Agency, forbidding the

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Ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s Indian visit next week, India on Friday cleared a $100 million-aid for the third phase of small developmental projects (SDPs) for Afghanistan as part of its commitment on a $2 billion aid programme. The outlay for the third phase of the SDP is $100 million dollars or approximately Rs 5,400 million, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters. The SDPs directly impact local communities and support social-economic development, provide livelihood, help conserve environmental and cultural heritage, empower women, promote child welfare and facilitate community life through creation of infrastructure in the education, health, agriculture and agro-industry, renewable energy, trade, transport and communication, recreation and community development sectors, a cabinet press note said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who will begin his tour from Mumbai, will interact with the business community there and seek greater investment in his country in various sectors. Briefing reporters on the presidential visit, Afghan Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali said Karzai was coming to India at “a critical time” as international combat troops prepared to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014.

push by women’s rights advocates to nominate her for the prize. Similar campaigns have sprung up in Canada, France and Spain. Under the Nobel Committee’s rules, only prominent figures such as members of national assemblies and governments are able to make nominations. Malala was unconscious and fighting for her life when she was flown to Britain a month ago but the hospital in Birmingham where she is being treated says she is recovering well. On Friday it released photographs of Malala reading a book and clutching a

white teddy bear, dark bruises covering her eyelids. She appeared serious and focused on her reading, her hair covered with a bright pink-and-white scarf. Her father and other family members have flown to Birmingham, which has a large Pakistani diaspora, to oversee her recovery. On October 26 her father said his daughter would “rise again” to pursue her dreams after hospital treatment. The call to nominate the girl comes on the eve of this Saturday’s “Global Day of Action” for Malala, marking one month since her shooting.

United we can, divided we fail: PM mineral wealth and natural resources and was the land of people who were courageous and loved their culture, traditions and the country. Ashraf categorically stated that no one should have an iota of doubt that Balochistan did not have any importance in national priorities. He said Balochistan was the most important province of the country. “Every single inch of Pakistan is important and precious to us, more than even our lives,” he said. The prime minister vowed to resolve Balochistan’s issues through collective wisdom and dialogue. He said the present democratic government had taken several steps to remove the sense of deprivation of the Baloch people, but a lot more needed to be done. He said Pakistan’s future

was linked with Balochistan. The PM said the apology tendered by President Asif Ali Zardari to the Baloch people was a clear manifestation that the government was alive to the situation in Balochistan. He said inauguration of the civic centre and the expressway projects in Gwadar would go a long way in the development of the area and the province. He also announced to regularise Gwadar Port’s contractual employees. Ashraf said it was the first time in the history of the country that a democratic government was completing its tenure after which the public would elect their representatives, adding that that was the best way of continuation of democracy and development.

NWa operation ‘buried under winter snow’

supply line and launching the operation only to find lots of snow and no Taliban”. Further, he points out, recent news from Kabul that Taliban elements have been invited to participate in the presidential election throws what little chance there was for the operation out the window. Now, in case of an offensive, it will be easier for the Taliban to slip into Afghanistan, even partake in the political process while bombs go off in NWA. “Not only does the army have too much to think about, the ruling party will not want to upset the balance either. PPP has a good vote bank in Bajaur and Mohmand. Nobody wants to fiddle with things right now,” adds Rasheed. “Yes sir, at least for now, the NWA operation is as good as buried under the winter snow”.

Iran implicitly confirms attack on US drone WASHINGTON

India approves $100m aid for afghanistan

ENS of thousands of Britons called on the government on Friday to nominate Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 15-year-old is receiving specialist treatment in the English city of Birmingham after gunmen shot her on October 9. On Friday, a campaign led by a Pakistani-British woman urged British Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior government officials to nominate her for the Nobel Peace Prize. “Malala doesn’t just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender,” campaign leader Shahida Chaudhry said in a statement issued by global petition platform More than 30,000 people have signed the petition in Britain as part of a global

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Thursday the unmanned Predator was outside Iranian waters on a routine classified surveillance mission November 1 when an Iranian military plane fired at, and missed, the drone. Little says the United States informed Iran that it is prepared to safeguard its forces and will continue surveillance operations over the Persian Gulf in line with the U.S. commitment to security in the region. He said the U.S. is not ruling out either a military or diplomatic

Taliban’s genocidal campaign against the Shias in Parachinar. The deal ended a four-year blockade of the Thall-Parachinar road. And now that that peace has been broken, agencies are watching for possible friction between the two militant organisations in NWA. Committing to the operation at this point, especially attacking Haqqani Network, simply does not fit in Pakistan’s interests, at least in the immediate term. “Abandoning the Haqqanis so late in the day does not make strategic sense,” says Saifullah Mehsud, executive director at the FATA research centre, an Islamabad-based think tank that focuses exclusively on the tribal area. “You must consider the situation. Afghanistan is returning to the early ‘90s;

response. Though the U.S. routinely conducts surveillance missions over to Iran to check on nuclear facilities and other sites, the Pentagon says this is the first time Iran has fired on one of its drones. Iran says it shot down an American unmanned aerial vehicle last year over Iranian territory. U.S. officials say that aircraft landed unintentionally. The Pentagon usually does not comment on classified missions. But Little says the report of the attack on the drone was leaked.

international powers leave and the state structure collapses in no time. Where does that leave Pakistan?” he asks. The centre’s findings reveal a cold calculus. The Haqqanis are our preferred proxies, but that is because our interests are aligned. Why must we approach ’14 – when all regional players are indulging in the new proxy great game – without our scouts in the field? We already have grievances with some of our neighbours about insurgent activity in Balochistan, perhaps with US approval, and we must not compromise the western border. Yes, we will have to tackle the TTP, who are basically a band of thugs, but we’ll do that when Afghanistan is settled to our satisfaction. Right now, there are logis-

tical problems. The two militias are not very far, and there is what is often referred to as “geographic overlap”. They have common interests, common sanctuary, and common allies. “Haqqani Network does not have a standing army,” Mehsud points out. “They rely on Gul Bahadur and Maulvi Nazir factions”. They, in turn, have their own links with the Taliban, and an operation now might force Haqqanis’ hand into protecting the TTP. COunteR-naRRativeS: dOuBle game, tRiple game: Lately, the situation has been further complicated by reports of intelligence chatter indicating Haqqani Network patronage – logistic as well as financial – to the TTP. Sections of the press have pointed to such findings

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He said democracy had been derailed several times in the past, but was now back on track after numerous sacrifices. He, however, regretted that unconstitutional past moves led to the loss of precious time. “Democracy is still nascent and may still have all its weaknesses and problems, but it is gaining strength. We are passing through a phase of evolution and are trying to learn from our mistakes,” the prime minister said. Ashraf said that in his first address to the National Assembly, he mentioned his priorities that included development of Balochistan, adding that the unity of four provinces made Pakistan strong and vibrant. He said Balochistan, the largest province, was rich in

behind COAS Gen Kayani’s sombre August14 speech at the military academy, when he warned of civil war if the insurgent threat was not contained. According to analysts, the Haqqanis’ jump from “double game to triple game” – straining at the leash – might be the one thing inviting the military’s fury, even at such an inopportune time. “Of course Haqqani Network and TTP are close,” according to Amir Rana, director at the Pakistan Institute of Peace Studies in Islamabad, and an expert on the tribal insurgency. “The operation will happen, sooner or later. There are encouraging reports from the Swat and SWA operations. Terrorist attacks receded by 25 percent last year. If we downgrade

their operational capacity, blowback can be minimised”. Amir believes Islamabad is still unclear about policy; whether have regional aspirations, play the great game, and harbor the proxy (even at great national cost), or secure internal security first, especially since the country is tilting towards civil war? But despite international pressure, internal compulsions and alleged intelligence findings, there is far too much stacked in the ‘cons’ corner for the operation to commence anytime soon. “Winter is setting in,” says Rasheed Safi, head of news at Radio Burraq, specifically targeting audience in FATA. “This is the Taliban’s hibernation period. The army will lose out by erecting a

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ORMER British prime minister Gordon Brown on Friday said that the international community wanted to work with Pakistan in order to tackle poverty and fight ignorance. Speaking on the launch of ‘Waseela-e-Taleem” scheme under Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Brown appreciated Pakistani leadership on launching the programme, which is aimed at providing free education to the children of poor families. He said this was manifestation of their resolve to secure a better future for the children through education. Brown said that he had brought a petition signed by one million people around the globe in support of Malala Yousafzai and her vision of promoting education. He said launching of the programme reflects determina-

Indian troops kill four suspected militants in Kashmir

tion of not only the government and the parliamentarians but also of the entire country. Earlier, President Zardari launched the scheme at a ceremony held at Aiwan-e-Sadr. ‘Waseela-e-Taleem’ scheme aims at enrolling three million children in primary education in the next four years.

The president said BISP is the cornerstone of poverty alleviation and women empowerment. He explained that the programme includes cash grants, micro-financing, skills development and life and health insurance. He said BISP is more than a cash grant programme and aims at enabling the poor to

stand on their own feet. The president said no country can make progress without investing in its human capital and that is why Pakistan has made education the basic right of every citizen. President Zardari said we believe that ignorance and poverty go hand-in-hand.

Poverty has kept many children away from education and thus, prone to militancy and extremism. Hence, we must fight poverty in order to combat ignorance and militancy. The president said Waseela-e-Taleem is a solid foundation of a bright future for poor children. Now that education is a provincial subject, the president urged provinces to extend all possible support to BISP for implementation of the Waseela-e-Taleem programme. He said he would personally monitor its progress. He also thanked donor institutions and countries for their support to the Benazir Income Support Programme. A documentary on the vision of Quaid-e-Azam, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for the promotion of education was also screened. The president also signed the petition of a million signatures brought by Mr Brown.

Indian troops on Friday gunned down four suspected Islamic militants as they tried to enter the Indian zone of divided Kashmir from Pakistan, a military spokesman said. Lieutenant Colonel J.S Brar said the four heavily-armed rebels were killed in a gun battle in Kashmir’s Keran region, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) from summer capital Srinagar. “An infiltration bid was foiled by the troops on the line of control by killing the four militants,” Brar said, referring to the heavily-militarised de facto border dividing the Indian and Pakistani zones of the Himalayan region. Friday’s killing followed an attack late last month by gunmen on a Srinagar hotel, after they aborted an attempt to ambush an Indian army convoy. Separatist violence that has wrecked the tourism industry in the Muslimmajority region has been at its lowest ebb since the insurgency began in 1989.

Two militants killed, 2 security personnel injured in wana attack WANA agencieS

Two security personnel were injured in a militant attack on a Scouts fort in the Toi Khulla area on Friday. A security official said two militants had been killed and four were injured in retaliatory firing. “Militants, dozens in number, attacked the fort with heavy and light weapons, but the security forces response failed their attack. The attack was from 2pm till 3pm, continued exchange of fire for an hour,” the official added. The injured security personnel were shifted via helicopter to the hospital located at the Scouts Camp in Wana. One of the injured is said to be in critical condition. Toi Khulla is a tehsil of Wana in South Waziristan, which borders Zhob district of Balochistan. The Dottani and Sulaiman Khel tribes are the inhabitants of the area, which comes under the influence of Mullah Nazeer Taliban group. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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There will be no major change in the policy of the United States towards Pakistan during the second term of President Barrack Obama, according to political analysts. Pakistani analysts are of the opinion that four more years of Obama will mean the same U.S. policies towards their country, including the continuation of drone strikes in tribal parts of the county. Akram Zaki, an acknowledged foreign affairs expert, said there was no possibility of extensive change in the U.S. policy towards Pakistan since the same person will be in the White House. However, Zaki said that a minor and positive change could happen if President Obama showed some flexibility in his stance towards Muslims like he had hinted after his first election in a conference in Egypt. Zaki saw some hopes about possible change in the U.S. policy towards Pakistan if Obama changed his cabinet team,

especially the foreign and defense secretaries as some sections of the American media have reported. According to Zaki, the U.S. is expected to be flexible towards Pakistan only if Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is replaced by Senator John Kerry, who is thought to be friendlier towards Pakistan. “But we will have to adopt the policy of wait and see and the important thing is that Pakistanis should forge consensus in their ranks to send a strong message of unity,” the former diplomat said. Another former Pakistani ambassador, Asif Ezdi, also ruled out any major change on Pakistan during the second term of President Obama and said that the U.S. president will have to take some difficult initiatives in foreign policy, which he had not taken in his first term. Ezdi said that as the Afghan endgame approaches during Obama’s second term, he will focus on a detailed time frame for American and NATO troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, which will also include the possible role of Pakistan. “Pakistan will now analyse its role which

will be indispensable vis-à-vis Afghanistan. Pakistan must use its leverage for other objectives,” the former ambassador said. He also observed that President Obama will also focus on Iran, Syria and ratification of the nuclear test ban treaty. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed confidence in their messages of congratulations, stating that the relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. would continue to prosper during President Obama’s new term. They also said they looked forward to working closely with President Obama towards the shared objectives of peace, security, stability and prosperity in the region. PML-N Chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif also congratulated Obama on his re-election, hoping that relations between the two countries would get better during his second term. Leaders of some other political parties also welcomed Obama’s re-election and hoped for a better change in bilateral relationship in the coming years.

Former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi however, openly urged President Obama to stop drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. Most people in Pakistan are of the opinion that there will be no change in the U.S. policy in Obama’s second term, referring to remarks by President Obama and his rival Mitt Romney during their

heated election campaign. Obama and Romney were unanimous in saying that drone strikes in Pakistan, a major irritant in bilateral relationship for years, would continue. This clearly shows the prospects of an unchanged U.S. mood towards Pakistan under Obama’s second term, most analysts said.

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Sir Syed University pays tribute to Allama Iqbal


in flaMeS: a bus set ablaze by an angry mob in the area of Purani nomaish. ONlINe

KeSC plans $400m investment in power generation KARACHI Online

Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) plans to invest about PKR40bn ($400m) during the next two to three years to increase its generation capacity and upgrade generation fleet efficiency. During the last four years, the company had invested nearly $1bn in large scale projects in generation, transmission and distribution, according to Economic Business Review. The latest investment aimed at cutting down power generation costs and building the requisite transmission would also help KESC to meet growing power demand within its service territory. The project, which is slated to complete over the next 18-36 months, will be funded from the money arranged from local and foreign institutions in the form of both debt and equity. KESC chief executive Tabish Gauhar highlighted the potential that Pakistan offers and investments the firm has made despite difficult operating environment. “The new investment plan is just a reiteration of this belief and comes at a time when Pakistan is witnessing the dampening of investors’ sentiments, both local and foreign,” Gauhar added. In addition, the company will also carry out combined cycle projects at its three power plants at Korangi and SITE, as part of the proposed investment. The additional projects will considerably enhance the efficiency of these plants and add further 47MW of generation capacity. KESC also has plans to convert two of its oil-fired units of 210MW each at its Bin Qasim-I Power Station to coal, to reduce generation costs. The utility has also designed a ‘Transmission Package’ to install new transformer bays, three new grid stations at strategic locations and expansion of six existing grid stations. Plans are there to develop a bio-waste to energy project, which would convert organic food waste and cattle manure from Landhi Cattle Colony to generate 22MW of electricity.

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Two terrorists among five accused arrested KARACHI STaff rePOrT

Unabated target killing continued to claim innocent lives as five more people were shot dead in separate incidents of violence while several others were injured in different areas of the city on Friday. Two people were shot dead in the areas of Mauripur and Sher Shah, one man on Abul-Hassan Isphani road near Gulshan-i-Iqbal while two men were shot dead in the area of Quiadabad. Firing continued in different areas of the city during which six persons were reported injured. The injured were shifted to various hospitals of concerned areas. Meanwhile, the police during separate raids and search operations arrested five culprits including

two extortionists and recovered arms and extortion booklets from their possession. The detainees identified as Mazhar and Faizan in the preliminary interrogation revealed that they used to receive Rs 5 lakh per head from traders of Defence using name of the defunct Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). pilliOn Riding Banned in KaRaChi, KhaiRpuR: A ban on pillion riding was imposed in Karachi and Khairpur from Saturday midnight. A notification regarding the ban has been issued by the Sindh Home Ministry. Pillion riding had already been banned in Hyderabad. The ban will remain in place till Muharram 11. Meanwhile, the Sindh government on Thursday extended the pillion riding ban to 11th Muharram in Hyderabad amid security concerns during the Islamic month. On Nov 6, Administrator Hyderabad Barkat Rizvi imposed section 144 of the constitution, banning pillion riding in the city due to the wave of sectarian and political killings which killed at least 11 people

in four days. Ina notification issued late on Thursday night, the Sindh Home Ministry said that the ban would be effective soon after its issuance on Thursday till 11th Muharram. The ban was imposed on the recommendations of administrator Barkat Rizvi and deputy commissioner, the handout said. ShOpKeepeR Killed FOR ReFuSing FRee eaSylOad: Some unidentified armed men shot a shopkeeper dead after he refused to make easyload for free in Lahory Mohallah here on Friday. Police said some armed men came to the shop and asked for easyload for free but after refusal, they opened fire on the retailer identified as Waqar, killing him on the spot. After executing the crime and looting cash from the shop, the assailant managed a good escape. The deceased was only son of his parents and fear griped the area after tragic incident. Civil Line Police lodged an FIR against armed robbers over the protest of relatives of the deceased.

The life and achievements of great poet philosopher Allama Dr Muhammed Iqbal were highlighted at an Iqbal Day function held at Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology here on Friday. Speaking as chief guest on the occasion the Chancellor SSUET Engr ZA Nizami said that Dr Muhammed Iqbal was a great poet, thinker and philosopher who devoted his poetry for the renaissance of Islam whose concept later turned as the basis for ideology of Pakistan. He said Iqbal’s foremost book “Reconstruction of Religious Thought” in Islam was intended to secure a vision of the spirit of Islam and he encouraged the Muslims to embrace ideals of brotherhood, justice, and service. Through his poetry he tried to free the Muslims’ mind from the prevailing colonial mentality and own narrow self-interests, he added. Renowned scholar Prof Dr Waqar Ahmed Rizvi said that in his poetry Iqbal focused on love (Ishq) and described it a great power that brings one closer to Allah. Senior Aligarhian and columnist Saeed Siddiqui and another senior Aligarian, Ali Zafar Khan Afridi, also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the effective role that Iqbal’s poetry played in the movement for Pakistan. Students of Sir Syed University Umar Khan Ufaq and Umar Ali Kazmi while delivering their speeches on Dr Iqbal called for following the philosophy of Iqbal if the nation is to grow. Noted poet and incharge SSUET’s Literary and Culture Forum Khumar Farooqui paid poetic tribute to Allama Iqbal.

Hundreds rally against Indian occupation of Junagarh KARACHI STaff rePOrT

Hundreds of people took to the streets on Friday in a “protest rally” to condemn what they said occupation of the then predominantly Muslim princely state of Junagarh by India some 65 years ago. The rally was backed by Jamat-e-Islami, Jamatud Dawa, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and other politico-religious parties and groups in the city. Rallying from Jinnah Mau-

soleum to Karachi Press Club, the marchers demanded of the United Nations to end Indian occupation of Junagarh state that, they claimed, was still an integral part of Pakistan. The marchers were led by Muhammad Iqbal Sandh, the president of Junagarh State Muslim Federation (JSMF). According to the organizers, the participants of the rally included various ethno-linguistic groups belonging to the sate of Junagarh like Junagarhy, Kathyawary, Katchy, Memon, Turk, Patni, Ghanchy, Sindhi,

Arabs, Baloch, Syed, Mangrol, Ismaili, Sodhana, Qazi and others. The protesters gathered at the Karachi Press Club and were addressed by Iqbal Sandh and Abdul Aziz Arab of JSMF, Muhammad Hussain Mehanti of JI, Engineer Naveed Qamar of Jamatud Dawa, Tariq Mehboob of JUP and others. The speakers said the rulers and politicians in Pakistan, like Kashmir, should also take up the issue of Junagarh on international level. They said Pakistan should come eyeball to

eyeball with India to retain its occupied land from the later instead of singing trade agreements with New Delhi. The protesters were holding placards and banners that were inscribed with slogans against Indiaand in favor of Junagarh’s freedom. According to a banner, the rally marked completion of 65 years of Indian occupation of Junagarh. The protesters slammed the government and media in Pakistan for not being alive to the “Junagarh Debacle” saying the people of the princely state

would strive tooth and nail until they get their state free from the clutches of its occupiers. Sandh appealed to the politico-religious parties in Pakistan to join the people of Junagarh for the attainment of their rights. He said his side would knock each and every door including that of the Governor and Chief Minister House to press their just cause. The rally was also attended by Razzak Hangoriya, chairman of Kathyawar Supreme Council, to show what he said solidarity with the cause of JSMF.

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Karachi 07 Pace of work at Qalandar’s shrine reviewed hydeRaBad: Sindh Secretary for Works and Services Qazi Shahid Pervaiz has asked the authorities concerned to expedite reconstruction and renovation work of the shrine of Hazrat Usman Marvandi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. The secretary issued the directives while, presiding over a meeting at the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar at Sehwan on Thursday to review the pace of ongoing work. aPP

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Pakistan, Turkey defence ties exemplary

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Turkey and Pakistan play very important roles in their respective regions and defence ties between the two countries are becoming ever closer. This was said by Mr Murad Bayar, Undersecretary for Defence Industries of the Republic of Turkey, at a reception hosted last evening in his honour by the Turkish Ambassador Mr Babur Hizlan. The Turkish defence undersecretary is leading an 80-member and 13 companies’ delegation that is participating in the Ideas 2012 exhibition being held in Karachi. Speaking informally to the media at the reception Mt Bayar said their visit has been excellent as all Turks consider Pakistan as their second home. He said that the visit was also proving productive as it had given an opportunity to both sides to renew contacts and take the relationship further.

SZABIST sets up 6KVA wind turbine at Gharo KARACHI STaff rePOrT

The SZABIST has installed indigenously designed and locally fabricated wind turbine at its Gharo Research Center. This wind turbine, first project for ‘Development of Renewable Energy’ has the capacity to produce 6KVA of electricity. This turbine is designed and fabricated by Centre for Renewable Energy Research (CRER) and headed by Dr Imran Amin and his team of engineers and technicians of SZABIST. The design of the wind turbine meets all the international standards and has been using the modern technologies available. The composite blade design of a wind turbine is superior to most wind turbines available in the market and is also low cost. Its aerodynamics design, testing and quality control has also been conducted by CRER Team.


INDH Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has summoned an emergency meeting regarding law and order in the city and security measures before Muharram-ul-Haram, media reports on Friday. DG Rangers, IG Sindh Police, Home Secretary and other high officials are expected to attend the meeting at the CM House. Sources say that some important decisions are likely to be made regarding the law and order situation of the city. The meeting will also finalize the security plan ahead of Muharram-ulHaram. The ban on more than 300 Ulema’s entrance is also expected during Muharram-ul-Haram. Meanwhile, Sindh Inspector General of Police Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari also chaired a meeting of a 50-member delega-

tion of ulema at the Central Police Office here. The delegation of the ulema led by prominent scholar Allama Abbas Kumeli called on the IGP here, said a statement. Additional IG Karachi Iqbal Mehmood, DIGs headquarters Sindh, AIG Operation Sindh, SSP SIU, Divisional SP, Additional Commissioner Karachi, Kamran Shamshad and all deputy commissioner Karachi also attended the meeting. The meeting approved Post Disaster Management Plan and formed a strategy in his regard to cope with any untoward incident on the occasion of Muharram. They decided that the SSPs of districts, divisional SSPs of Karachi, ulema

and organizers of different majalis and processions will remain in close contact in connection with the security during the month of Muharram-ul-haram. The focal persons will also be nominated to remain in contact with the ulema and zakireen at divisional level. The lists of contact telephone numbers will also be shared, they decided. The meeting also decided that the display of weapons will also be banned under section 144 CrPC and the implementation of the ban will be ensured at all levels. They decided that the sale and distribution of provocative material and wall-chalking will also be prohibited. The Additional IGP Karachi briefed the meeting that the sweeping by the bomb disposal squad of the shops and houses which are situated on the route of Ashurae-Muharram procession will be carried out. The shops and houses which are situated along the route of main Ashura-eMuharram will be sealed, the meeting decided. Additional IGP Karachi, Iqbal Mehmood informed the meeting that the senior police officials will monitor the Ashura procession via surveillance cameras in the CCPO office.

hydeRaBad: The management of Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) has announced the result of those candidates who have been declared successful in the written test for the selection of stipendiary candidates for MSc and BSc Forestry Course 2012-2014 at Pakistan Forest Institute Peshawar. According to announcement, the candidates having Seat Nos: 2002, 2035, 2061, 2066, 2088, 2101, 2120, 2131, 2132, 2140, 2141, 2157, 2183, 2187, 2198, 2206, 2301, 2313, 2372, 2378, 2379, 2386, 2398, 2464, 2469, 2482 and 2084 have been declared successful in the written part of the competitive examination for the selection of stipendiary candidates for M.Sc Forestry Course 2012-2014. The candidates having Seat Nos: 101, 163, 194, 257, 308, 352, 402, 497, 590, 623, 675, 702, 849, 861, 907, 1211, 1238, 1553, 1599, 1619, 1801 and 1821 have been declared successful in the written part of the competitive examination for the selection of stipendiary candidates for B.Sc Forestry Course 2012-2014. The result of the candidate roll number 1904 has been withheld by the commission. aPP

Dry and hazy morning likely in city KaRaChi: Dry weather with hazy and misty morning is likely in the city during next 24 hours. According to Met office’s weather report, the minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 19 to 21 degrees centigrade. The Met Office said, dry weather with hazy/misty morning has been forecast over the period in other parts of Sindh. A cold and dry weather will prevail in majority areas of Balochistan while dry weather is expected elsewhere in the region. It said night temperatures have risen by 2 degrees centigrade at isolated in lower Sindh. aPP

Pusher Tugs built by Pakistan Navy launched KARACHI aPP

Secretary Defence Production Lt Gen (R) Shahid Iqbal HI (M) chaired an impressive ceremony for launching of two Pusher Tugs, constructed for Pakistan Navy at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works Ltd here on Friday. Senior Flag officers, delegates from friendly countries attending IDEAS 2012 and dignitaries from Maritime Sector, Defence Industries and Pakistan Navy were present. The event was planned in connection with the international defense exhibition IDEAS 2012. These Pusher Tugs with a displacement of 55 tons can achieve a speed of 10 knots with Bollard Pull of 12 Tons. Its Push bow and fenders have been especially designed

for safe handling of submarines in harbour. In his address, chief guest Lt Gen (R) Shahid Iqbal highlighted significance of the occasion as this is showcasing the capacity and capability of Pakistan in Defence Production, which is the central theme of the ongoing IDEAS 2012. It is indeed a clear manifestation of the indigenization policies of our

government and a proud moment for KS&EW, he said. The Defense Secretary expressed satisfaction on continued success of Karachi Shipyard in achieving major targets of its business plan both in shipbuilding and general engineering projects. This success is attributable to sound planning of the management and relentless efforts of its work force, he

added. Earlier delivering welcome address, Managing Director Karachi Shipyard, Rear Admiral Hasan Nasir Shah SI (M), informed that these Tugs have been indigenously built at KS&EW with international quality standards and KS&EW has achieved complete self sufficiency for construction of such vessels. In last two years KS&EW has delivered four of such vessels

taking total tally to 19 tugs made at KSEW, he said. He also expressed gratitude to MVRDE for entrusting KSEW for construction of 15 Bridge erection boats for Pakistan Navy. Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects), Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem SI (M) said that Karachi Shipyard has always been the main support for Pakistan Navy Fleet for new construction as well as repair of ships. The present event is also the continuation of its long lasting commitment with Pakistan Navy, he said. He said that in recognition of the commendable support, Pakistan Navy also entrusted Karachi Shipyard with F22P Frigate, FAC-M No 2, 32 Ton Bollard Pull Tug and Multipurpose Barge construction projects.

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HEY came after dusk and chanted into the night sky “Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus,” as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women’s arms and flashed pistols. It wasn’t the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last. “People don’t consider us as equal citizens. They beat us whenever they want,” said Mol Chand, one of the teenage boys gathered at the temple. “We have no place to worship now.” It was the second time the Sri Krishna Ram temple has been attacked, and this time the mob didn’t even bother to disguise their faces. The small temple, surrounded by a stone wall, is a tiny religious outpost in a dusty, hardscrabble neighborhood so far on the outskirts of the city that a sign on the main road wishes people leaving Karachi a good journey. Local Muslim residents blamed people from a nearby ethnic Pashtun village for the attack, which took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet, a national holiday declared by the government in response to an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. No one was seriously injured in the attack. It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against Hindus in this 95 percent Muslim country, where Islamic extremism is growing. Pakistan’s Hindu community says it faces forced conversions of Hindu girls to Islam, a lack of legal recognition for their marriages, discrimination in services and physical abuse when they venture into the streets. The story of the Hindu population in Pakistan is one of long decline. During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus opted to migrate to India where Hinduism is the dominant religion. Those that remained and their descendants now make up a tiny fraction of Pakistan’s estimated 190 million citizens, and are mostly concentrated in Sindh province in the southern part of the country. Signs of their former stature abound in Karachi, the capital of Sindh. At the 150-year-old Swami Narayan Temple along one of the city’s main roads, thousands of Hindus gather during the year to celebrate major religious holidays. Hindus at the 200-year-old Laxmi Narain Temple scatter the ashes of their cremated loved ones in the waters of an inlet from the Arabian Ocean. But there are also signs of how far the community has fallen. Residents in a city hungry for land have begun to build over Hindu cemeteries, the community’s leaders say. Hindus helped build Karachi’s port decades ago, but none work there now. Estimates of the size of the Hindu population in Pakistan are all over the map from 2.5 million or 10 million in Sindh province alone to 7 mil-

In this oct. 4, 2012 photo, hindu woman Pathani shows that attackers ripped her gold earrings at a local temple in Karachi, Pakistan. An attack on the hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city took place in late September on the Day of Love for the Prophet_and residents fear it will not be the last attack. It was the latest in a rising tide of violence and discrimination against hindus in the 95 percent Muslim country, where Islamic extremism is growing.

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lion across the country - a reflection of the fact that the country hasn’t had a census since 1998. It isn’t just Hindus who are facing problems. Other minorities like Christians, the mystical Muslim branch of Sufis and the Ahmadi sect have found themselves under attack in Pakistan, where the rise of Muslim fundamentalists has sometimes unleashed a violent opposition against those who don’t follow their strict religious tenets. The discrimination has prompted some Hindus to leave for India, activists warn, though the extent is not known. Around 3,000 Hindus left this year, part of a migration that began four years ago, sparked by discrimination and a general rise in crime in Sindh, said DM Maharaj, who heads an organization to help Hindus called Pakistan Hindu Sabha. He said he recently talked to a group of Hindus preparing to move to India from rural Sindh, complaining that they can’t eat in Muslim restaurants or that Muslim officials turned them down for farming loans. Even during recent floods, they said Muslims did not want them staying in the same refugee camps. O t h e r Hindu figures such as provincial


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temple, law enforcement authorities opened a blasphemy case against the people who rampaged through the building. But residents here are skeptical that these developments signify any long-term improvement in their plight. Weeks after the incident no arrests have been made, and the Hindus complain that no high-ranking Hindu officials have come to visit them

o r h e l p them get compensation. Sunda Maharaj, the spiritual leader at the temple, which was first attacked in January 2011, said he and the other residents do not want to move to India. “We are Pakistani,” he said. But he would like more help from the government, specifically a checkpoint to stop people from getting close to the temple and money for the Hindus to buy weapons. “Next time anyone comes we can kill them or die defending our temple,” he said.


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assembly member Pitamber Sewami deny there’s a migration at all, in a reflection of how sensitive the issue is. Earlier this year, there were a string of reports in Pakistani media about Hindus leaving the country, sparking a flurry of promises by Pakistani officials to investigate. In India, a Home office official said the Indian government noticed an upward trend of people coming from Pakistan but called reports of Pakistanis fleeing to India “exaggerated.” He said he does not have exact figures on how many Pakistani Hindus have stayed in India after entering the country on tourist visas. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic. There’s more of a consensus of the seriousness of the problem of forced conversion of Hindus. Zohra Yusuf, the president of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says the pattern goes like this: A Hindu girl goes missing and then resurfaces days or weeks later married to a Muslim boy. During court hearings to determine whether the conversion was voluntary, students from nearby Islamic schools called madrassas often flood the room, trying to intimidate the judges by chanting demands that the conversion be confirmed. Maharaj says he’s tried to intervene in roughly 100 cases of forced conversions but has only succeeded in returning a girl safely back to her family once. If a girl decides to renounce Islam and return to Hinduism, she could be signing a death warrant for herself and her family even if her conversion was forced. The Hindu community has also been hurt by a lack of unity within its ranks. Hindu society within Pakistan and elsewhere has historically been divided by caste, a system of social stratification in which the lower castes are often seen as inferior. Members of the lower castes in Pakistan say it wasn’t until two girls from a highcaste family were forcibly converted this year that high-caste Hindus took the issue seriously, although it’s been happening for years. “We always fight our war ourselves,” said Bholoo Devjee, a Hindu activist from Karachi, speaking about the lower castes. In recent months the government has begun to take the concerns of the Hindu community more seriously. In Sindh province, legislators proposed a law to prevent forced conversions in part by implementing a waiting period before a marriage between a Hindu and a Muslim can go forward, and there’s discussion about proposing such a law on the national level as well. In the case of the Sri Krishna Ram

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Bradley Manning ‘offers guilty plea’ in Wikileaks case MARYLAND



HE alleged source of the Wikileaks revelations has offered to plead guilty to lesser offences than those with which he is charged, says his lawyer. US Army Private Bradley Manning faces a life sentence if found guilty at his Maryland court martial of aiding the enemy - one of 22 charges he faces. His lawyer David Coombs made the offer at a pretrial hearing on Wednesday. The offer is the first sign he will admit leaking secret Afghanistan and

Iraq war reports and diplomatic cables. But it suggests he will not plead guilty to aiding enemies of the US (identified by prosecutors as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), violating federal espionage and computer laws charges for which he could face life in prison if found guilty. The intelligence analyst, who is now 24, is alleged to have been the source of the series of high-profile security breaches that saw Wikileaks rise to global fame. They released a video showing US troops firing on Iraqis from a helicopter, caches of documents from both the Iraq and Afghan wars, and a huge haul of

classified state department cables. Pte Manning was “attempting to accept responsibility for offences that are encapsulated within, or are a subset of, the charged offences,” wrote Mr Coombs in a blog post. The court would have to decide whether it was “permissible” for his client to take such action, he added. Even if the court allows Pte Manning to take the action - known as “pleading guilty by exceptions and substitutions” - the government could still press ahead with the original charges, acknowledged Mr Coombs. “Pleading by exceptions and substitutions, in other words, does not change

the offences with which PFC Manning has been charged and for which he is scheduled to stand trial,” he said. The judge, Col Denise Lind, is set to consider the plea at a hearing on 10 December unless the offer is withdrawn. Pte Manning has also elected to be tried by military judge alone, rather than a judge and panel of military officers, added his lawyer. The defendant, who has been in custody since his arrest in Iraq in May 2010, is currently being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His six-week trial is due to start on 4 February.

Obama to make historic visit to Myanmar WASHINGTON agencieS

President Barack Obama later this month will become the first US leader to visit Myanmar, marking the strongest international endorsement so far of the fragile democratic transition in the once-isolated Southeast Asian country after decades of military rule. Obama will travel to Myanmar as part of a November 17-20 tour of Southeast Asia, which will also include stops in Thailand and Cambodia, the White House said on Thursday. It will be his first international trip since winning re-election earlier this week. He is going ahead with the trip despite recent sectarian violence in western Myanmar, which has drawn concern from the United States and European Union. UN human rights investigators have criticised the government’s handling of the strife between Buddhists and minority Muslims, and some Myanmar exiles see Obama’s trip as premature, before political reforms have been consolidated. The visit to Myanmar, the first by a sitting US president, will give Obama a chance to meet president Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to encourage the “ongoing democratic transition,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Obama’s presence in Myanmar, also known as Burma, will highlight what his administration sees as a firstterm foreign policy achievement and a development that could help counter China’s influence in a strategically important region. Washington takes some credit for a carrot-and-stick approach that pushed Myanmar’s generals towards democratic change and led to Thein Sein taking office as president in 2011. Obama will be in Myanmar on November 19, according to a senior government source in Yangon.

Cracks found in South Korean nuclear reactor

hebrOn, West bank: Palestinian children scavenge through a rubbish dump. ageNCIeS


Israel blames Syria National Council to Hamas for decide on unity leadership Gaza blast DAMASCUS

TEL AvIv agencieS

Ehud Barak, Israeli defence minister, has blamed Hamas for a blast along the border with the Gaza Strip which wounded an Israeli soldier. Barak said on Friday that Tel Aviv was currently considering how and when to respond. “Israel views with great seriousness the detonation of an explosive tunnel along the border with the Gaza Strip, south of Kissufim” a statement released by Barak’s office read. A nearby soldier suffered minor injuries, probably from shrapnel, an Israeli military spokesman said. The blast, on a section of the border near the southern city of Khan Yunis, was claimed by the Hamas movement and came hours after a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli troops in the same area, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses said. The Popular Resistance Committees said its fighters had confronted an Israeli force of four tanks and a bulldozer involved in a short-range incursion beyond Israel’s border fence with the Gaza Strip. “Terrorists opened fire at IDF soldiers while they were performing routine activity adjacent to the security fence,” an Israeli military spokeswoman said in Jerusalem. An Israeli military official said the soldiers responded by firing at “suspicious locations”. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for Gaza’s health ministry, said the boy had been killed near the border. “Thirteen-year-old Hmeid Yunes Abu Daqqa was killed by bullets fired from an Israeli helicopter during an incursion in Abasan and Al-Qarara,” he said, referring to two neighbourhoods east of Khan Yunis.


The Syrian National Council is facing a key decision on whether to join other groups in a more unified opposition. The proposed Syrian National Initiative aims to merge the disparate military and political groups to form a credible alternative to the Assad government. Western and Gulf states have been pushing for such a body, which would act as a conduit for humanitarian - and possibly military - aid. Meanwhile, UN agencies are in Geneva to discuss the aid operation in Syria. Improving access for aid workers will be top of the agenda at the sixth meeting of the Syrian humanitarian forum, which brings together UN aid agencies and member states. The Syrian government has strictly limited the presence of foreign aid agencies. Activists estimate that more than 35,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March last year. The UN says some 1.2 million Syrians have been displaced, and more than two million are in need of aid. Since Thursday about 11,000 people have left Syria, the UN’s refugee agency said. Among then were 9,000 who went to Turkey, bringing the total number of Syrians in the country to 120,000. Dozens of officers who had defected from the Syrian army were among those arriving in Turkey, including two generals and 11 colonels, the Turkish news agency Anatolia reported. The opposition meeting, in the Qatari capital Doha, is taking place under the auspices of the Arab League, with Western powers from the international

Friends of Syria group also attending. So far Syrian National Council, itself an umbrella group, has been the most prominent opposition in the uprising, but has failed to produce a united front. It has also been criticised for the fact its members are largely based outside Syria. The US has said it wants to set up a broader opposition group in which the SNC’s influence is diluted. The Syrian National Initiative, proposed by prominent dissident Riad Seif, would replace the council, bringing together Syria’s exiled and internal opposition and channelling foreign aid. SNC is wary of signing up as a minority element in a new leadership without guarantees that the new body will be given enough support needed to defeat the regime. The SNC, which has been holding its own talks in Doha, will elect a new executive and president on Friday, before deciding whether to back the initiative. If it does not, says our correspondent, it risks being heavily blamed for pursuing its own interests above those of the people. Such a move would open a stark rift in the opposition, he adds, especially between “insiders” who are strongly represented in the new leadership plan, and those who have been in exile for years. Mr Seif said opposition leaders had made progress on the first day of talks, and that some SNC members had indicated their acceptance of a plan to set up a new leadership group composed of 60 members. Veteran opposition figure Haytham al-Maleh told AFP news agency: “We hope we can reach an agreement [on Friday] after the Syrian National Council has succeeded in selecting a new leadership.”

South Korean nuclear regulators have found microscopic cracks in tunnels that guide control rods at a nuclear plant under maintenance, government officials said, raising new concerns over the country’s nuclear power sector. The discovery, revealed on Friday, of the cracks at the reactor comes just days after two reactors at the same plant in Yeonggwang county, in the southwest of the country, were shut down to replace parts that had been provided with forged certificates. South Korea is investigating how thousands of parts for its nuclear reactors were supplied using forged safety documents, with regulators set to inspect all 23 of the country’s facilities - a move that could test public support for the industry and threaten billions of dollars worth of exports. “There are cracks in six tunnels. The reactor has been halted since October 18 for regular maintenance and now the process has been extended by a further 47 days for repair of the cracks,” said a spokeswoman for the presidential Korea Nuclear Safety and Security Commission. She said it was the first time cracks of this type had been found in South Korea’s nuclear sector, but added the safety risk was not serious enough to require public disclosure. The reactor affected by the cracks has a capacity of 1,000 megawatts, and a government official said the extended shutdown could complicate efforts to ensure steady supply of power through the peak winter season after the two other reactors had been stopped until the end of this year. Asia’s fourth-largest economy generates 30 per cent of its electricity from 23 nuclear reactors at stateowned plants, and the government has warned of the potential for unprecedented power shortages due to the shutdowns as demand peaks in winter.

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10 Comment generals in the dock

Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

The government, the judiciary and the army at crossroads

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detailed judgment Won’t matter much if not implemented soon

By Arif Nizami

akistan has suffered immensely from unlawful acts on the part of the high and mighty. Men on the horseback with Bonapartist tendencies have overthrown elected governments and suspended constitutions. A prime minister was hanged, another one sent into exile and the leader of the opposition debarred for years from returning to the country. Elections have been rigged by the ISI. Agencies have picked up opponents of the regimes, taken them to notorious interrogation centres, like the dreaded Lahore Fort and the Quli camp. Unfortunately, illegal activities of the type have been allowed to continue in Balochistan under the present government also. A major argument adduced by two high ranking ISI and IB officials was that the acts committed by them were ordered by their superiors. The SC verdict clearly lays it down that in the course of the discharge of his duty, a soldier is under obligation to see that the constitution is not violated. Any deviation from this by a serviceman amounts to the violation of his oath and renders him liable to action under the constitution and the law. Thus an army man would be in his right to disobey illegal or unconstitutional orders given by his superior. The verdict also makes it clear that any superior officer issuing unlawful orders, or failing to prevent unlawful actions by his subordinates, would be held culpable. In the past, coups were planned by ambitious army chiefs and executed with help of the corps commanders. It was common to order 111 Brigade to arrest the prime minister. One hopes that the verdict would send a strong message to the members of the armed forces and civil officials that anyone committing any illegality would not escape retribution. Balochistan would serve as a testing ground for the effectiveness of the judgment. The negative remarks by the SC about the performance of Balochistan government have led the federal government to file a review petition expressing apprehension that the apex court is trying to assume the powers under the rescinded 58(2b). While it is for the court to address the complaint, many think that if the judgment is implanted in letter and spirit, the law and order situation in Balochistan would considerably improve, removing the need for action against the provincial government. Now that the full judgment has been announced the government has to proceed apace against the two former army officers found guilty of the violation of constitution. Precedents have to be set to make people realise that nobody, however powerful, is above the law. Unless the two culprits receive exemplary punishment, the judgment will not have a full impact on society.

ow it is official – the amount disbursed by the omnipresent establishment to politicians for creation of an anti-PPP alliance, the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), to effectively rig the 1990 general elections. The names given in the list provided by one of the ring leaders, the then ISI Chief Lt General Asad Durrani, to the Supreme Court in the Asghar Khan case read like the ‘who is who’ list of politicians intriguing against the PPP at the time. Those mentioned in the detailed judgment of the apex court include such luminaries as Pir Pagara, Nawaz Sharif, Mohammad Khan Junejo, Abida Hussain, Mustafa Khar, Mustafa Jatoi, Mir Afzal and a number of proGeneral Zia-ul-Haq journalists. None of the politicians, with the honourable exception of Abida Hussain, has admitted to their crime. The apex court has ordered legal proceedings against the politicians who received the tainted money. It has directed the Federal investigation agency (FIA) to conduct a transparent investigation against the recipients. Against those whom there was sufficient evidence, the court has ordered trial according to law. The real tricky part is not proceeding against the recipients but the conspirators. The ringleader is supposedly the late Ghulam Ishaq Khan who, as chairman Senate, was appointed president after Zia-ul-Haq died in a mysterious plane crash on 6 August, 1988. This was not without the blessings of General Mirza Aslam Beg who at the same time being VCOAS chose to become the COAS. Aslam Beg, in several television interviews after the short verdict of the Supreme Court, has denied any knowledge of the whole conspiracy, glibly claiming that the ISI was directly under GIK and did not report to him. The maverick former COAS has washed his hands of the whole affair by claiming that


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he learnt about the scandal four years after his retirement. What a lie! No one in his right mind would believe that the all powerful army chief of the time was timidly taking orders from a president virtually appointed by him. The apex court in its detailed judgment has, however, clearly stated that both Asad Durrani and Aslam Beg brought a bad name to Pakistan and its armed forces as well as secret agencies in the eyes of the nation. Not buying Beg’s weak defence for his unlawful behaviour, the apex court clearly states that the soldier is clearly liable under the constitution if he violates his oath. The operative part of the verdict is rather ominous and clearly puts the federal government on the spot. It states: notwithstanding that they (Beg and Asad Durrani) may have retired from service, the federal government shall take necessary steps under the constitution and law against them. There are only two ways Beg and Durrani can be proceeded against. The obvious is that they should be tried under Article 6 of the constitution for committing high treason by violating and subverting it. This route is slippery and fraught with minefields for an incipient and docile civilian setup. President Zardari till now has been careful not to alienate the army. That is why he has survived his near full term. In a culture where a usurper like Musharraf was given a guard of honour when he left the country for permanent exile, it is unlikely that the military hierarchy would allow trial of their former colleagues by civilians. Another manner the former generals could be tried is by initiating court martial proceedings against them. The army chose to court martial retired generals found implicated in the National Logistics Cell (NLC) scam by technically reinstating them. The problem, however, is that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has ordered the government, not the military, to put those (retired) officers who have brought a bad name to the armed forces and the nation on trial. In the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s verdict and subsequent “media bashing” of the army, General Kayani has issued a statement which has raised more questions than answering them. The COAS is apparently miffed at perceived attempts to “create a distinction between the army leadership and the troops”. What is the nature of these attempts, if at all they were made? He has failed to specify. Without naming the apex court, Kayani declared that no individualor institution could define the national interest. It is obvious that the military leadership

is visibly upset at attempts to bring accountability to its doorsteps. Attempts by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the Supreme Court’s verdict in Asghar Khan case and orders in the missing persons case implicating former generals and intelligence agencies are a first in Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif has issued a ‘goody goody’ statement on the issue saying that the army was a symbol of the country’s solidarity and hence he wanted to see the institution united and strong. Coming out strong for strengthening the judiciary as well, he was of the opinion that weakening the institution was like turning the country into a lawless jungle. Unlike General Kayani who did not name the media, Sharif urged the media to paly a positive role. It is obvious that as in the past the effort is to shoot the messenger, rather than judging the message in the context of our unsavoury history. Nawaz’s own record regarding the three institutions, the army, judiciary and the media, is pretty dismal. As prime minister, he did his best to damage all three. Let us hope that if he ever gets a chance again he would be a reformed person learning from past mistakes. The Supreme Court’s recent orders in Balochistan target killing case and law and order in Karachi has raised alarm bells in legal circles. It is a dangerous precedent for the Supreme Court to declare, no matter how true, that the government owing to its incompetence has failed to discharge its constitutional obligations. In a review petition filed in the apex court, the federal government has stated somewhat correctly that the apex court impliedly wants the federal government to either take direct control or impose governor’s rule in Balochistan. According to the plea, this is tantamount to reviving Article 58(2) (b). After the eighteenth amendment in the constitution, the president can no longer exercise such draconian powers. In any case such a course, if sanctified, could lead to be used against any province, including Punjab, on the pretext of a real or perceived threat to law and order. The SC verdict in Asghar Khan’s case has serious implications for the presidency as well. The president holding dual office has already been challenged in the Lahore High Court. The apex court declaring that the office of the president cannot be used for politicking makes things difficult for President Zardari right at elections time. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

Stirrings of unrest Too much, too soon, too lopsided


uch is being made of the apparently contrasting statements by the COAS and the Chief Justice of Pakistan. The anchors and writers are busy overtime trying to discern the germs of a clash between the two institutions that they represent and the impact that it may have on the course of things in the country. The statement by the COAS is a bit unusual as he has generally refrained from intruding into the working of other institutions, but then too much has been happening at a near breath-taking pace including the SC judgement in the Asghar Khan case, the NLC matter and the NAB investigation into the railway affairs. What is strange is that, instead of targeting the individuals involved in these matters, the predominant stress has been on institution-bashing. When viewed in an environment of abdication of governance resulting in an unprecedented surge of corruption, an orgy of killings in many parts of the country, wilful liquidation of the state institutions, serious reservations about the commitment of the ruling elite to national strategic interests, arrogant defiance of the SC adjudications and the rule of law and a refusal to redress the increasing problems faced by the common people, the targeting

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of the military assumes a menacing angle. The matter is further complicated by an over-exuberant media that is mostly driven by the urge to play to the gallery rather than initiating the process of an objective and dispassionate appraisal of events and issues. Most of these matters are forgotten like they never existed the moment something else is seen on the horizon that offers a chance for some more animated bashing. The predilection on the part of the anchors and writers to act the pontiff without adequate knowledge and information about the subject they are commenting on adds insult to injury and makes the entire critique nontransparent and counterproductive. If it is the past record of an institution that is to be the bench-mark of its current performance also, how could one overlook the criminally complicit role that the judiciary, the bureaucracy and the political elite have played in facilitating the advent of dictatorships in the country? Take the Asghar Khan case alone. The ISI may have been guilty of distributing money, but who are the people who received these amounts to rig the election? They include politicians and members of religious groups and the media. Why is it that these institutions are not being targeted as viciously as the institution of the

army? Bureaucracy has always been the handmaiden of the ruling elite to use in the advancement of their selfcentred policies. Why is it that they are being spared by the media and the politicians? It is obvious that when an institution is being targeted in a sinister manner, its commander would be put under immense pressure. There are three basic points that the COAS made in his speech to a group of army officers at the GHQ. One, no individual or institution has the monopoly to decide what is right or wrong in defining the ultimate national interest; two, weakening of the institutions and trying to assume more than one’s due role will set us back and three, equally important is the trust between the leaders and the led in the armed forces. Any effort to create a distinction between the two undermines the very basis of the concept and is not tolerated. Of the three, the last one is the most menacing. If, indeed, there has been an effort to create a distance between the “leaders and the led” in the army, it is most unfortunate. It is neither in the interest of an institution that is in a state of war fighting terrorism and insurgencies nor of the country that is in the throes of multiple woes reflected in the virtual abdication of governance.

Stating that “all systems in Pakistan appear to be in a haste to achieve something”, he posed two interesting questions. One, are we promoting the rule of law and the constitution? And, two, are we strengthening or weakening the institutions? Without going into what the army may or may not have done in the past, the last five or so years have been relatively untainted where the institution has actually refused to take the bait on numerous occasions. Towards the culmination of the legal fraternity’s struggle for an independent judiciary, the option of intervention was presented to the army on a platter. Instead, it played a constructive role to abort an ugly situation that could have resulted in a harrowing bloodbath. On the other hand, look at the conduct of the political elite. The incumbent concoction has failed in every domain of governance. It has virtually lived in defiance of the SC and its adjudications. It has patronised corruption and nepotism. The essential component of prosecution has been virtually eliminated from the annals of justice and every criminal has been allowed to escape the clutches of accountability. Having satiated themselves on state riches, they are roaming all over the country in control of all critical positions and

postings. They sit in the presidency, they sit in the prime minister’s house, in the federal and provincial secretariats, in the chief ministers’ and governors’ houses, in control of the corporations scripting and overseeing their demise, authoring mega scams with monotonous regularity and doing just about everything that is illegal. In spite of that, I have not seen the media castigating the institution of politics. Why are the knuckles out for the army alone? The principal problem with Pakistan is the political vacuum that has only increased since the induction into power of the incumbent aberration. It neither has the legitimacy nor the competence to tackle the existential issues that the country faces today. The coalition has survived because, virtually, all its members have sold their souls – some for a place in the ruling echelons, some to save their scions and political heirs from the clutches of accountability, and some to continue reaping the illicit harvests at the cost of the people of the country. In the process, the system responsible for their induction in the first place has degenerated beyond repair and reprieve. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at:

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youth and sports festival Lahore has never been a conservative city for hosting cultural and sports activities; it is the hub of film industry, stage dramas, cricket, hockey and whatnot. The people of Lahore are known for their gluttony and entertainment flair. However, the current gala of youth festivals and sports in Lahore is a refreshing dimension to the depressing national scenario. The presence of foreigners, especially friends from East Punjab, has added colour to these occasions. It all looks normal. Young girls are also participating in these events enthusiastically. Parents have apparently allowed their daughters to participate in singing, dancing and fun events unhesitantly and unreservedly. It is not surprising. Everybody is enjoying, perhaps the dreadful Taliban outfits too. It reflects the confidence of the Punjab leadership. Why such events cannot be organised in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta? Is it the fear of Taliban or lack of political vision? ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

take action, ecl The 2008 elections were conducted largely on the basis of people voting from the polling stations location close to what was stated as their “current address” on the CNIC. A radical shift was however introduced in the voters’ list recently announced by the ECP. By some stroke of magic (or mischief), a very large number of voters have been assigned their polling stations based on their “permanent addresses” instead of their “current address”. This single error alone has disenfranchised almost three million voters in Karachi and some other towns of Sindh. Clearly, an error of this magnitude could not have happened without the connivance of significantly important officials within the ECP. It amounts to subverting the entire electoral process and make it look ‘unfair and not so lovely’. Why is the ECP quiet on this subject? Why has the ECP not investigated this massive error? Why is ECP reinventing its own electoral lists? Why does the ECP not use the NADRA CNIC lists and the ‘current address’ as the default address for all voters? These and many other questions give rise to fears that ECP is well on its way to repeat its past lacklustre performance. NAEEM SADIQ Karachi

the same US President In October, BBC carried out an opinion poll to find out how rest of the world rates the two American presidential candidates —- Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney. As per the survey results, 50 percent of the 21,797 people in 21 countries favoured Obama while only 9 percent voted for Romney. Results from Pakistan were quite interesting – 14 percent favoured Romney while 12 percent preferred Obama. However, the rest of the 74 percent Pakistani voters were either undecided or said that it doesn’t matter much for Pakistan who is going to be sitting in Oval Office for next four years. In my opinion, it’s quite fair for Pakistanis to take that line as we should not expect that the US president will manoeuvre his policies in favour of Pakistan while shelving his own country’s

interests. He will continue to demand that Pakistan shall take firm and decisive action against different terrorist groups who are either attacking Afghan and NATO forces or helping out their counterparts in Afghanistan. He will continue to question sharp rise in religious extremism and intolerance towards different sects and religious minorities in Pakistan. Now it’s up to us whether we consider the ongoing war on terror as our own war or not. After a loss of 40,000 civilian and military personnel, getting front line soldiers’ throats silted in an open challenge to military, attacks on army headquarter, naval and air bases, destruction of hundreds of schools, loss of billions of dollars in fighting insurgents, creating a sense of insecurity among local and foreign investors,

karachi: not a safe place to live anymore Though some of the readers may disagree to the title of my letter but this is the popular view on ground of most citizens who are educated and earning handsomely in Karachi. The statistics also reveal that of the world’s 13 largest cities, Karachi is the most dangerous having the highest homicide rate in the world. There is hardly any crime that is not prevalent in Karachi. Extortion, kidnapping for ransom, robberies, thefts, sectarian and ethnic killings, land grabbing, bomb blasts and what not, all sort of crimes are rampant in Karachi today, making it the most dangerous city to reside. Those having the resources to move out of country and city are doing so and that too at a rapid pace. Justice Khilji Arif while hearing the case pertaining to the implementation of the court’s orders in the verdict given last year after the Supreme Court took suo motu of the violence and unrest in the city rightly pointed out that 90 percent of the people living in Karachi are now victims of psychological stress. No one can imagine the psychological trauma that citizens go through daily because of the law and order situation. Parents are worried till, their children who are out of home for educational or job related activities are back home safe and sound. People prefer staying indoors to avoid any untoward incident. The businesses are suffering severely and no one at the helm of affairs is willing to pay heed as the entire city has descended into a state of fear. Severe concerns have been raised times and again from all quarters whether it being the civil society, political parties, businessmen, supreme court or the press about the aggravated law and order situation of Karachi. The government of Sindh has miserably failed to fulfill their constitutional obligation to guarantee the security of life and property of the citizens of Karachi.

if we don’t own this as our war then no one on earth can stand next to us other than the terrorists. We can’t hide behind the assumption that ongoing terrorism is linked with drone attacks and peace will return to the region as soon NATO forces leave. Pakistan has been suffering with terrorists’ attacks long before the first drone attack in 2007. As of now American public has also endorsed what the outside world opined in the BBC survey, we shall not expect any let up in the Af-Pak matters unless we decide what’s really good for the country and the region. If we leave this decision to religious and right-wing political leaders, then we will continue to suffer, no matter who is there in the White House. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

The solutions and steps to improve the situation of Karachi are brought out in the newspaper and the media over and over again but no one is willing to fix the problem. The law enforcement agencies whether it is the police, rangers or the army, have turned a blind eye over the state of affairs in Karachi which is indeed quite appalling and incomprehensible. Keeping in view of the prevailing circumstances the maximum I can do is hope and pray that the city, once known as the city of lights, regains its lost peace and prosperity. MUHAMMED ZAFIR ZIA Karachi

Pillion riding ban Government of Sindh has once again imposed a ban on pillion riding for 17 days in Karachi, Hyderabad and Khairpur on the pretext of maintaining law and order during the month of Muharram. This ban will only add misery to the life of common man as we all know that killings will continue in Karachi as usual and the Sindh government will not hold anyone responsible for the loss of innocent lives. The Supreme Court said in one of its recent judgements that no one was allowed to take, obey or act on unofficial orders of their superiors. To cover up their poor performance, Sindh government and police have been using this tactic of imposing ban on pillion riding with zero percent success. I think it is high time that the Supreme Court took notice of this ban which is frequently imposed and ordered the Sindh government that if the situation did not improve in 17 days, this ban should be termed as the last ban. Such a ban does not bring improvement in law and order but definitely brings lot of money in the pockets of our policemen. M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi

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he Punjab youth have it made! It appears that the media-obsessed PMLN has taken to understand that its urban middle-class space is being encroached upon by the PTI, especially when it comes to the youth. So, the Khadim-e-Aala is launching one youth programme after the other. The laptop scheme, the youth sports festival, the youth festival with all the records being broken… all part of the attempt to court the youth vote. At the venue: the chief minister, while speaking at the last function, again referred to the PPP leadership as Zar Ali Baba and chaalees chor. Cute. But he should bear in mind that in that particular story, Ali Baba was the hero. How about a stint at a Danish school for the CM?

************** As is the tradition at clubs like these, sportsmen who excel at their sports are given honourary memberships. So, Pakistan’s most famous international bridge player was also obliged at one of Lahore’s elite clubs. But recently, a smear letter campaign has been started against the gentleman in question. Amongst other things, brought into the question has been his particular sect and religious persuasion. Like we’ve said in this space before: elite clubs’ politics are a bit of a microcosm of Pakistani politics. ************** Well, neither the PPP Punjab’s old guard nor the Chaudhrys of Gujarat are too pleased with Manzoor Wattoo’s taking up the mantle of the PPP’s top slot in the Punjab. The Chaudhrys in particular are peeved over the fact that they hadn’t been taken into confidence. At which even the slightly miffed PPP old guard responded: the Q is an ally; it hasn’t become the party itself. Their argument seems to echo that of a ’60s English pop ditty: It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at

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12 Being a star comes at a price: Kristen Stewart


RISTEN Stewart was a teenager when she got her big break in 2008 with the Twilight movie series. Though the film catapulted her to instant fame, the Hollywood actress says stardom has invaded her private life which can be Googled all the time. "Being a star is huge amount to pay for your freedom. And don't like to share my personal life. Now that I am star so much of my life is Googled," Stewart told IANS in an email interaction from Los Angeles. But the 22-year-old has been benefited by the stardom as her fashion sense has improved after being a star. The Twilight series is based on four books written by Stephenie Meyer. With the final instalment of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 nearing its Nov 23 release date, Stewart is looking forward to a relaxing time. "I don't have anything in mind. I am happy after a long time. I will have time to relax. I am happy that the movie is finally over," she said, adding she is very proud to be part of the movie,. Before getting famous as Bella, Stewart worked in

Bollywood's first-time parents plan special Diwali for kids

This Diwali marks a big first for many star kids in the film industry. And, their parents are making sure that the day is celebrated real big. Actor couple Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan will go the extra mile with the festivities because it is not just their daughter Aaradhya’s first Diwali but also her first birthday three days later. A source reveals, “Grandpa Amitabh Bachchan is leaving no stone unturned and has ordered 200 kandils (paper lanterns) from a well-known manufacturer in Thane — Kailash Desle, who specialises in making eco-friendly decorative items. The entire Bachchan house will be adorned with them.” Of course, preparations to ring in Aaradhya’s first birthday, just three days after Diwali, on November 16, are going on alongside. Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her industrialist husband Raj Kundra also have grand plans for their five-month-old son Viaan Raj Kundra. “He is the light of our lives and what better than to celebrate Diwali with him. We will make our son’s first Diwali special,” says Shilpa who is also hosting a card party at her house on Diwali. Actor Celina Jaitly and her hotelier husband Peter Haag have donated to a charitable organisation to bring in their seven-month-old twin sons Winston and Viraj’s first Diwali. “On behalf of our sons, we donated Diwali crackers, sweets and clothes to an organisation of less fortunate kids. We want our children to grow up to be caring, human beings,” she says. NeWS DeSk

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FIR lodged against Shah Rukh Khan for hurting religious sentiments

An FIR has been lodged at Sadar police station in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district on the direction of a local court against actor Shah Rukh Khan, his wife Gauri Khan, Karan Johar and others for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by depicting Hindu deity Radha in an inappropriate manner. The police said today that the FIR was lodged last night under sections 294 (Obscene acts and songs to annoyance of others), 295 (deliberate and malicious act intended to hurt religious feelings and 295A (injuring or defiling place of worship intended to insult the religion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Khan and others. The Sadar police station inspec-

tor Ezaj Ahmed has been made the investigation officer to probe the case, they said. The FIR followed a complaint lodged by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha on November 5 in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate SP Singh alleging obscene presentation of the deity in a song in the film Student of the Year. After hearing the case, the judge had passed an order directing that a case be lodged against the accused in the Sadar police station. The film's actors Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra and the Dharma Production, which produced the film in partnership with Khan's production company M/S Red Chillies Entertainment, have been named as other accused in the case. NeWS DeSk

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films like The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Panic Room, Undertow, Into the Wild. But it was the vampire series that gave her global recognition. She also met her soulmate on the se s of Twilight in the form of her co-star Robert Pattinson. If director Bill Condon has his way, he will continue wielding the megaphone for the vampire tale even if there are no books left to adapt for the big screen. So is Stewart open to stepping into the shoes of Bella again? "I am very proud that the I am a part of the movie and it is mine. I think I know both Bella and Edwards very well, I understand them so it would easier for me to step in as Bella. Would love to do it, but may be after some time," she added. There were reports that Stewart has been roped in to play the lead in the movie adaptation of 1951 William Styron novel Lie Down in Darkness. Asked her about this, she said: "It is already on the Internet that I am doing Lie Down in Darkness but it's not happening yet. I love that thing, I would do anything to get that to go, but it's just not yet (rolling). Hopefully, it does, but other than that, nothing," she added. NeWS DeSk

Ali Zafar becomes third most Googled singer of India

Ali Zafar is one the most talented stars from Pakistan whose success stories are not limited to one sphere. May it be art, acting or music Ali’s work has never failed to win fame among his fans. So it should be no surprise that he has recently been declared as the third most googled musician in India. Way to go Ali you have made our heads high once again! In a power list printed by Variety magazine, which shows how Google Zeitgeist has declared who are the most coveted celebrities in the country. Ali has followed the lead of Jagjit Singh and Bhimsen Joshi, getting the third place with many a decorated musicians following him. Recently it was disclosed that the renowned Pakistani singer is now working on his 4th music album which will be released during the coming year. No wonder his fans have been searching the web for a sneak peak at the new melodies by their favorite singer.NeWS DeSk

Royaat Gallery’s most recent exhibition “Best of Royaat,” opening on Saturday, November 10, presents a unique opportunity to see some rare treasures from Pakistani art masters. This exciting new show presents the visual breadth of Pakistan’s contemporary artists and includes several artistic traditions, such as calligraphy, landscapes, figurative works, sculpture, and others. The exhibition also displays some of the finest pieces from Royaat’s permanent collection, including works of art by Ustad Allah Bux, Gulgee as well as Colin David. The painting by Ustad Allah Bux reveals the artistic mastery of the painter, including his fine lines and use of light. In addition, the exhibition has one of the finest paintings by Gulgee on display, a dramatic piece evoking a “looking glass” with the painter’s use of bold strokes

and brilliant colors. Also note-worthy is a one of Colin David’s classic figurative paintings. The exhibition also showcases the figurative master, Saeed Akhtar, with his fantastical depiction of Pakistani womanhood. The landscape paintings are one of the highlights of the show. One of the finest pieces on display is Mian Ijaz ul Hassan’s exotic cornucopia of garden delights. Ghulam Mustafa also takes part in the show and hismasterful use of diffused light provides a melancholy backdrop, highlighting the color of his landscape. Muhammad Arshad’s latest work, capturing the subtle beauty of the Punjabi landscape, is also exhibited. Arshad’s delicate work contrasts with the vibrancy of Nyla Amir’s depiction of the Flamboyant tree. From Royaat’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes two significant pieces from

Kaleem Khan, capturing the poignancy of the Baloch landscape. The Best of Royaat underscores the innovation within the Pakistani art tradition, including striking sculpture by Jamal Shah named “situations.” Nahid Raza evokes the sculptural tradition in her monochromatic pieces. In addition, in the tradition of expressionism, the exhibition also includes two pieces of ethereal splendor by Amna Pataudi. The show also displays new works by Raja Changez Sultan, including two pieces evoking the northern lights. The Best of Royaat is a stunning collection of Pakistan masters and provides a rare glimpse of the works by the late Ustad Allah Bux, Gulgee, and Colin David. The diversity of the paintings on display allows the viewer to appreciate the richness and innovation of Pakistan’s artistic tradition. NeWS DeSk

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13 mick Jagger sings at Naomi Campbell bash


HE biggest surprise gift from ex-supermodel Naomi Campbell to her 50-year-old Russian billionaire boyfriend was probably not the performance of singer Diana Ross but that of legendary rock performer Mick Jagger who sang for the birthday boy at the Umaid Bhawan Palace hotel on Wednesday. Jagger and his troupe left the guests spellbound. The performance was held just before the cake-cutting ceremony on Wednesday. The 150 high profile guests included Hollywood’s Demi Moore and model Kate Moss. The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was also part of the celebrations. All the guests wore Indian outfits and binged on Indian fare including Rajasthani specialities like ker sangri, kadhi, laal maas, ladoos and rasgullas. Naomi wore a pink and magenta lehenga created by designer Manav Gangwani for a while before changing into an Alexander McQueen dress later in the evening. Her boyfriend however chose to wear a black Jodhpuri jacket with pajamas. Designer Manish Malhotra dressed up other celebs including models Kate Moss, Karolina

Kurkova and actor Demi Moore. Naomi also wore a chikan kurta designed by Malhotra at a brunch during the event. “Naomi wearing my outfit from Mijwan collection,” Malhotra tweeted, and was congratulated by actor Shabana Azmi who tweeted back, “Naomi Campbell in Manish Malhotra kurta with Mijwan chikankari. MIJWAN goes global.” Mijwan Welfare Society is a NGO run by Shabana Azmi. Guests arrive at the brightly hued venue, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur Besides the Umaid Bhawan Palace, the guests also had elaborate meals at the lavish Ajit Bhawan which is touted as the first heritage property in India and is owned partly by designer Raghavendra Rathore. Naomi, who wanted to make this event an affair to remember had even flown in singer Diana Ross to perform on the second day of the two-day bash. In keeping with the desi theme, local folk artists also performed in various parts of the Meherangarh fort, one of the venues of the event. Among the Indian guests, we spotted Parmeshwar Godrej, hotelier Vikram Chatwal, actor Shophie Chaudhary and designers Manav Gangwani and Manish Malhotra. NeWS DeSk

James Bond villain Javier Bardem refused to play 007

Marion Cotillard poses for photographers in a black-and-white Dior dress at the hollywood premiere of Rust and Bones.


Actor Javier Bardem, who plays the villain in latest Bond film Skyfall, once turned down an offer to play James Bond, but he does not regret the decision. The 43year-old felt it was not the right time to take on the role of the 007 agent a few years ago, but he was keen to get involved with the franchise this time around because of the powerful script. "Years ago, I was. I don't remember what movie it was for. But yeah, it just was not that time. I didn't feel that it was the time for me to do something like that," quoted Bardem as saying. "And also, I was doing something else, so I passed. This time, when I read it, I felt that it was very powerful material, and I wanted to join (a Bond movie)," he added. NeWS DeSk

West has her seeing a brighter future. “I feel more confident and more wise after this years,” she said. “It’s like you get to a place and you just know what you want,” Kim said. According to a close confidant, the E! star and her boyfriend have a plan. “Kim thinks they’ll get engaged and try for a baby once the divorce is final,” the confidant said. “Kanye is actually being very patient,” the source said. A friend


metropolitan court here has ordered notices be issued to family members of Rajesh Khanna on a complaint filed by a woman claiming to be his live-in partner seeking maintenance on the ground that she had looked after the actor as a wife would have done. In her petition, Anita Advani has accused Khanna's family of having evicted her from his bungalow, thereby attracting provisions of the Domestic Violence Act. Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate had yesterday ordered notices be served on the actor's wife Dimple Kapadia, son-in-law and actor Akshay Kumar and daughters Twinkle Kumar and Rinki Saran. "The notices were hand delivered to us today and we shall serve them on Khanna's family tomorrow through a bailiff. The matter is posted for hearing on interim reliefs on November 27," her lawyer Manohar Shetty told PTI. Advani has prayed that she be granted protection under the Domestic Violence Act, allowed access to Ashirwad, the actor's bungalow in Bandra where she claimed to have lived with Khanna since 2003. neWS deSK

Nicole Scherzinger's Adele lashes out at critics love life not for paparazzi A Singer Nicole Scherzinger says she like to keep her relationship with boyfriend Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton a private affair. The 34-year-old says her four-year-old relationship with Hamilton is not for the cameras unlike popular couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, reported Daily Star. "Lewis and I are a team and we're really there for each other, and the time we spend together, I do cherish. It`s separate from everything else. "I know there are a lot of relationships who, you know... Take Kanye and Kim - well, they're perfect for the cameras. Lewis and I are a bit more subdued," she said. NeWS DeSk

Kim Kardashian wants to get engaged and try for baby Kim Kardashian, who is looking forward to spending her future with Kanye West, has cleared up the rumours that she’s pregnant with the rapper’s baby and planning a surprise wedding. “I’m still married, technically,” Us magazine quoted her as saying at the Midori Halloween party in NYC on Oct. 27. Even though the socialite’s divorce from Brooklyn Nets players Kris Humphries continues to drag on,

Rajesh Khanna's live-in partner files case against Dimple, Akshay

added that the couple will both wait until Kardashian’s marriage to Humphries is over for good. “After the backlash from ending her 72-day marriage with Kris, Kim would never get engaged until everything was properly handled,” the friend said. “There are no wedding plans, period. She and Kanye are taking their time. That’s the truth,” the friend added NeWS DeSk

cTRESS Singer Adele hits back at critics over her weight issues. The Grammy award winner said that she would only shed some kilos if it is affecting her sex life. The 24-year-old also made a statement saying she is happy in her skin and doesn't take unflattering comments personally. “I read a comment on YouTube that I thought would upset me — ‘Test pilot for pies’ — but I’ve always been fine with it. I would only lose weight if it affected my health or sex life, which it doesn’t", Adele told The Sun. Interestingly, Adele has written about this issue in her book Adele: The Biography. She also talks about her early years in the book, reports The Sun. The Rolling In The Deep singer has been recently criticised by her fellow singer Lady Gaga, who called Adele bigger than herself. Also, earlier this year, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld said Adele is a little too fat. He later apologised. neWS deSK

Fame makes you crazy: Robert Pattinson


WILIGHT star Robert Pattinson says fame can make people crazy. The 26-year-old actor, who recently reconciled with actress girlfriend Kristen Stewart following her momentary indiscretion with director Rupert Sanders last August, says his global super-stardom has taken his toll, reported Showbiz spy. "Maybe I didn't even have any sanity to begin with. I feel like that has happened a little bit. I've seen a lot of people dealing with fame and they go crazy quickly and it's frightening," he said. The British actor is currently gearing up for the final instalment of the vampire franchise The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 which will hit theatres on November I6. neWS deSK

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14 Infotainment

Children from middle class families more likely to suffer peanut allergy C

HILDREN who have a peanut allergy tend to come from wealthier families, researchers have suggested. Scientists say that this backs up the hygiene hypothesis that cleaner homes tend to increase the risk of childhood allergies. They found that high income and hygiene habits could be increasing susceptibility as they discovered a link between peanut allergy in children and their families socio-economic status. With the number of peanut allergies among children increasing the team from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) believe that one reason might be due to the wealth of their families. The theory suggests that a lack of early childhood exposure to germs increases the chance for allergic diseases, that over sanitisation might suppress the natural development of the immune system. Peanut allergy can be life-threatening with sufferers going into anaphylactic shock, but more commonly it causes itching in the mouth, a rash and swelling of the face, l i p s , e y e s

and tongue. Allergies occur when the body's immune system mistakes proteins in food as threatening and reacts as if there was an infection invading. Common food allergies in children are milk, eggs, peanuts, fish and shellfish but almost any food, including fruits and vegetables can cause a reaction. Study author Dr Sandy Yip said: "Overall household income is only associated with peanut sensitisation in children aged one to nine years. "This may indicate that development of peanut sensitisation at a young age is related to affluence, but those developed later in life are not." Her team looked at 8,306 patients, 776 of which had an elevated antibody level to peanuts. Peanut allergy was generally higher in men and racial minorities across all age groups. The researchers also found that peanut specific antibody levels peaked between the ages of 10 and 19, but tapered off after middle age. ACAAI president Doctor Stanley Fineman said: "While many children can develop a tolerance to food allergens as they age, only 20 per cent will outgrow a peanut allergy. "It's important that children remain under the care of a board-certified allergist to receive treatment." According to ACAAI, peanut al-

lergy affects an estimated 400,000 school-aged children in the America while in the UK it is estimated to effect 1.8 per cent of children at school entry. The team recommends peanut-allergic individuals be vigilant in restaurants, where peanuts may appear as a hidden ingredient. The new study is presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting. There is no cure for food allergies but some studies have shown success in exposing children to minute doses of the food can desensitise them. In 2009 doctors at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge gave four children tiny amounts of peanut flour, in carefully controlled circumstances, gradually increasing the dose over a number of days. Eventually they could eat ten peanuts safely. The experiment should not attempted outside a research setting, they warned. Pregnant women used to be warned not to eat peanuts or products containing peanuts for fear of increasing the risk of allergies in their child, however scientists now know this makes no difference and some studies have suggested it reduces the risk of the child suffering reactions. NeWS DeSk

Man cuts off tongue to win back wife


UNTY Verma used to have a sharp tongue. The 32-year-old TV repairman from Sendhwa, India reportedly insulted his wife, Hema, so frequently and severely that she recently left him, taking their daughter with her. The man was so distraught that he tried to lick his abusive habit by cutting off the source: his tongue, according to the Hindustan Times. Verma tried to reach out to his estranged wife with a note explaining that since it was his tongue that was responsible for his cruel words, he sliced it off, Geobeats reported. No word on whether his wife believed the reconciliation attempt was anything more than lip service, but Verma was admitted to a government hospital for treatment, and the medical officer informed local police officials about his personal dismemberment. Verma's isn't the only tongue under attack recently. A Jack Russell terrier named Ollie in England faces being put down after his tongue was ripped out by a hawk that was being trained. neWS deSK

Rapist gets caught after leaving phone number with victim


Boy STeALS $4000 fRoM PAReNTS


A nine-year-old Ukrainian boy spent nearly $4,000 at a candy store in Konotop, Ukraine on Nov. 7, according to Russian and international news agency RIA Novosti. The child stole the money from his parents who kept their life savings under their sofa. “The disappearance was first spotted by the father, a shift worker who had just returned home,” said a local police officer. “He opened the stash and saw that it was empty.” The boy’s purchase wasn’t easy to come by. His parents kept their savings in dollars and euros rather than the local Ukrainian currency, so the child recruited an adult accomplice, who reportedly had a mental disorder, according to RIA Novosti, to help him convert the money. The story is more evidence of why keeping money under your sofa may not be the best idea. Not only is the cash susceptible to theft, it is easy to misplace or forget about. One Australian couple learned this the hard way after accidently cooking $15,000 in savings that they kept in their oven. Another family in New Jersey is still searching for the life savings of a relative who died in 1974 and hid his money around his house, Newsroom New Jersey reports. There is also no way to accrue interest on money that you are literally sitting on every day. But with personal savings rates in the U.S. at all-time lows, some Americans are reluctant to leave money in the bank. A retiree near Orlando, Fla. recently told The New York Times that he decided to put his savings under his mattress after his credit union would only pay him 0.4 percent interest despite an average of 2.8 percent inflation during the last year. Sadly enough, most Americans have very little savings to begin with. Around 49 percent don’t have enough money to cover three months of expenses and 28 percent don’t have any savings at all, CNN Money reports. Another study recently found that a majority of Americans have less than $500 in savings. NeWS DeSk

Man takes pregnancy test as joke, finds tumor A Reddit post about a man's positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor. The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom cabinet by an ex-girlfriend. The strange scene was drawn out as a comic and submitted to the website Reddit, where it drew more than 1,300 comments in three days from concerned strangers. "You may have testicular cancer! Get to an oncologist, tell them you took a pregnancy test and it came out positive," one Redditor wrote. Sure enough, a trip to the doctor revealed a tiny lump in the man's right testicle, according to the Reddit thread. Pregnancy tests detect beta human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone in the blood and the urine produced by the developing placenta. Experts say beta hCG can also signal testicular cancer. "It turns out a fair number of testicular cancers make the same exact hormone," said Dr. Mark Pomerantz, a genitourinary oncologist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. "There are very few things in the body that produce beta hCG, and testicular cancer is one of them." The

tumor was caught early, according to the Reddit thread. But the man might have to have his right testicle surgically removed. "The testicle usually has to come out. But we're lucky with this disease, in that the vast majority of cases -- even if they're caught further along -are still very curable," said Pomerantz. The 5-year survival rate for testicular cancer confined to the testicle is 99 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. Even if the disease has spread to nearby lymph nodes and

other organs, requiring radiation and chemotherapy, the 5year survival rate is 72 percent. "It's one of the only solid tumors that can be reliably cured by even if it has metastasized," said Pomerantz. While a positive pregnancy test can be a fluky clue, the first sign of testicular cancer is usually a painless lump. "It's typically spotted by the guy himself," said Dr. Christopher Wood, professor and deputy chairman of urology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. NeWS DeSk

OLICE in Washington, D.C., say that a man believed to have committed two violent sexual assaults left his and phone number with one of the alleged victims. Authorities arrested and charged DeMarco Myles with assault with intent to kill, firstdegree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse in conjunction with two separate instances. In this first incident, a female victim was stabbed, punched and kicked in the face, head, back and legs, and left bloodied and unconscious on the floor, the Washington Post reported. In the second incident, the Myles allegedly raped a Howard University student in her dorm room on Nov. 2. The suspect reportedly pinned his victim to her bed with his leg and wrote down his name -- "Marco" -- and phone number with the message: "Since you don’t know me, here’s my number b—,’” according to court documents obtained by ABC News. The victim said she didn't need the number so he crossed it out with a marker, but there were still enough details that officials connected the note to Myles' mother. neWS deSK

NASA may soon unveil new manned missions to Moon


ASA is likely to announce new plans to send astronauts back to the Moon following the outcome of the US presidential elections, according to reports. The space agency was serious about sending astronauts back to the Moon’s neighbourhood and will likely unveil its plans soon now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, experts say. The space agency has apparently been thinking about setting up a manned outpost beyond the Moon’s far side, both to establish a human presence in deep space and to build momentum towards a planned visit to an asteroid in 2025, the reported. The new plans have probably already been cleared with the Obama Administration but were kept under wraps in case Republican candidate. neWS deSK

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Afridi, Yousuf barred from playing first-class cricket LAHORE


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AKISTAN’S star allrounder Shahid Afridi and veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf have been barred by the Pakistan Cricket Board from taking part in the ongoing President’s Cup, reports said. Both players had expressed the desire to return to firstclass cricket in a bid to regain form ahead of Pakistan’s upc o m i n g season. According to the PCB, the players were not given per-

mission to play because they were not on the rosters of their respective teams at the start of the tournament. While Yousuf has largely been on the sidelines and virtually lost his place in the national side, Afridi is expected to be part of Pakistan’s upcoming limited overs campaigns. But the all-rounder has had a torrid time with the bat of late and was to return to the first-class arena after a gap of nearly four years. Earlier, Yousuf lamented the fact that the PCB wanted him to prove his fitness but was not allowing him to play in the domestic circuit. “On the one hand, the PCB tells me to prove form and fitness in the domestic circuit, but then does not allow me to do so,” said Yousuf while talking to the media. “Since 2010 I have not been representing any domestic team, this time around the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) offered me a slot which I readily accepted.”


Bernard Perera, the former Sri Lanka first-class cricketer and national women’s team coach, has died aged 56 in a hospital in Peradeniya, Kandy, on Friday, where he had been receiving treatment the past fortnight. Perera had an attack of hepatitis two years ago and following recovery he continued to be a provincial coach. A right-handed middle-order batsman and offspinner, Perera was a brilliant cover fieldsman and looked destined for higher honours following an outstanding school career with St Anthony’s College, Kandy, the school that produced the world’s leading Test wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralitharan. Perera’s contribution to St Anthony’s,

whom he captained in 1976 and to Kandy CC earned him a place in the national team in the early 80s, when Sri Lanka had made their entry into Test cricket. He missed making the final XI in the inaugural Test against England in February 1982, despite scoring an unbeaten halfcentury for Board President’s XI against an England attack comprising John Lever, Paul Allott, Derek Underwood, Graham Dilley and John Emburey in Kandy. But after a tour to Pakistan, where he failed to find a place in the Test side, he joined the rebel tour to South Africa in 1982 and was subsequently banned from all forms of cricket for 25 years. Although the ban was lifted after eight years, Perera’s first-class career had ended. He played eight first-class matches, scoring 537 runs, averaging 38.35 with

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Yousuf hits out at PCB for stopping domestic comeback lahORe: Pakistan’s former Test captain Muhammad Yousuf has hit out at the Cricket Board for not letting him play in the ongoing President’s Trophy first-class tournament despite domestic performance being a pre-requisite for national selection. The 38-year-old said the PCB had been sitting on a request by the Port Qasim Authority team to allow them to include him in their squad for the President’s Trophy. “I don’t understand the attitude of the board. On one hand the selectors say I must play in domestic cricket to prove my form and fitness and on other hand the board is not giving me clearance to play in the tournament,” Yousuf said. The senior batsman has not played for the national team since November 2010 when he appeared in a Onedayer in Abu Dhabi against South Africa. Since then the selectors have sidelined him for different reasons, primarily form and fitness. STaff rePOrT

Former Sl first-class batsman Bernard Perera dies COLOMBO

cricket South Africa collecting memorabilia for its new museum

one century - 102 for the rebel Sri Lankan side against a strong South African lineup in a four-day game at Cape Town. “Being a cricketer from the outstation, Bernard didn’t get the opportunities that today’s outstation cricketers receive. He was in the same mould as Aravinda de Silva and would have made it big if he had played for any of the schools in Colombo,” said Mahesh Goonatillake, his team-mate at Kandy CC, Ceylon Tobacco and the rebel Sri Lankan side. Perera made a quiet comeback to cricket by qualifying as a Sri Lanka Cricket Level I and II coach, handling Kandy CC in addition to running a private coaching school in his hometown. He coached the Sri Lanka women’s team in 2006 before quitting to take over as a Sri Lanka Cricket provincial coach.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has started collecting memorabilia for its new museum and has opened the door for public donations. The museum, which will be housed in a gallery area at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, will be inclusive of the country’s entire history in the sport, including 124 years of Test cricket — before, during and after the isolation period. “The collection of objects and memorabilia has already started. Several rare artefacts have been unearthed, including a blazer worn by George Kempis, a South African cricketer from the 1890s,” said Luke Alfred, a researcher for the museum. Although SA colours were bestowed on Kempis, his blazer was designed before the green and gold and the arrival of the Springbok as a symbol, which happened only in 1906, Sport24 reports. Another object to be housed at the museum is the so-called “longest six” ball. “The six was hit by Jimmy Sinclair at the old Wanderers and found its way into a coal truck in the railway yards nearby. The truck was hauled to Cape Town by a goods train shortly afterwards, resulting in Sinclair’s six being the longest ever recorded,” Alfred said. Alfred said the current crop of Proteas players had agreed to donate items. Hashim Amla’s armguard from his record 311 not out at the Oval earlier this year would be displayed, as well as other equipment from the tour which successfully catapulted South Africa into the top spot in the world Test rankings.

amla, kallis put South africa in charge BRISBANE agencieS

Hashim Amla was approaching his third century in his last four tests as South Africa defused Australia’s pace attack and reached a dominant 255 for two at the end of the opening day of the first test at the Gabba on Friday. Amla, who was 90 not out when the stumps were drawn early because of bad light, put on 136 in an unbeaten third wicket stand with Jacques Kallis (84 not out) after openers Graeme Smith (10) and Alviro Petersen (64) were dismissed either side of the lunch break. Australian seamer Peter Siddle was left rueing missed chances after his no ball gave Kallis a life on 43 and he dropped a catch off his own bowling that would have sent Amla back to the dressing room with 74 runs. The home side had hoped the bowling attack which destroyed India’s vaunted batsmen last year would do the same with the South Africans but the fireworks from James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Siddle failed to materialise. “We wanted to really put our peg in the ground and I think we did that really well,” said Petersen. “Two wickets down, we’re in a comfortable position but tomorrow’s going to be really important, to back that up and

make sure today’s work doesn’t go to waste.” Amla, the world’s top-ranked batsman, signalled his intent early in the day with a soaring six off spinner Nathan Lyon and coolly paced his innings, easing up when the quicks got into their stride and opening up against anything loose. The 29-year-old put on 90 for the second wicket with Petersen before the

opener threw away his wicket by wafting a shot for Mike Hussey to catch at mid-on off Lyon’s bowling halfway through the second session. Picking up his 5,000th test run along the way, Amla reached his 24th test half century before tea and, Siddle’s dropped catch apart, it looked like only the gathering clouds would stop him reaching his 17th test century.

Duminy ruled out of series with ruptured tendon BRiSBane: South Africa batsman JP Duminy has been ruled out of his team’s three-test series against Australia after rupturing his left achilles tendon on the first day of the first test, the country’s cricket board (CSA) said on Friday. CSA said in a statement the left-handed batsman and part-time spinner would undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning and could be out of action for up to six months. Duminy, 28, who was expected to support a fourpronged pace attack with his off-spin, hurt his left ankle in a fall during a team training run after South Africa had reached 255 for two. He had to be helped off before being taken to hospital for a scan. “At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object,” South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said. “The diagnosis of an Achilles’ tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning. “We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to at least six months before the player can resume playing cricket.” Twelfth man Francois du Plessis will field in place of Duminy, who played a major role in South Africa’s first series win in Australia four years ago. agencieS

The evergreen Kallis had designs on the milestone himself after racing to his 56th test half century in just 63 balls, reaching the mark with a sublime cover drive. The all rounder rode his luck, though, when he ballooned a catch to Lyon only for the umpire to call him back to the crease after TV replays showed Siddle had failed to keep his front foot behind the line. Australia had earlier benefited from the TV appeal system to dismiss Smith lbw when a Pattinson delivery caught the South African skipper’s trailing leg but umpire Billy Bowden declined to raise his characteristic crooked finger. South Africa won the toss and chose to bat, which looked like a good decision after the wicket and overcast conditions failed to produce the sort of swing and movement off the pitch the seamers had hoped for. “Definitely a long day,” said Pattinson. “It wasn’t the Gabba wicket that we were used to. It was a bit slow and there was no sideways movement. “You can make excuses but we probably lacked a bit of penetration and a bit of consistency and our maiden count was the big thing. “When it’s not playing as much as you would like, you probably want to dry up the runs a bit as we probably didn’t do

that.” Whether South Africa’s other big decision of the morning - to drop spinner Imran Tahir and give a debut to Rory Kleinveldt as part of a four-pronged pace attack - proves a good one was put into doubt when JP Duminy was injured after close of play. Duminy, who was expected to support the pacemen with his off spin, hurt his left ankle in a fall while training on the pitch and had to be helped off before being taken to hospital for a scan. South Africa’s number one test ranking is on the line in the series, which continues with matches in Adelaide and Perth after Brisbane.

ScOrebOard SOUTh africa first innings g. Smith lbw Pattinson 10 a. Petersen c hussey b lyon 64 h. amla not out 90 J. Kallis not out 84 extras (b-1, lb-1, w-2, nb-3) 7 Total (for two wicket; 82 overs) 255 fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-119 To bat: ab de Villiers, J. rudolph, JP duminy, V. Philander, d. Steyn, r. Kleinveldt, M. Morkel. bowling: hilfenhaus 20-5-53-0 (w-1), Pattinson 20-4-53-1 (w-1, nb-1), Siddle 20-4-58-0 (nb-2), lyon 12-0-61-1, hussey 4-0-21-0, Quiney 6-3-7-0. australia - Michael clarke (captain), david Warner, ed cowan, rob Quiney, ricky Ponting, Mike hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, ben hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, nathan lyon.

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Sports 16 PuNJAB INteRNAtIoNAl SPoRtS FeStIvAl 2012

Touch ball girls are the first to win title for Pakistan



HE Pakistan women touch ball team led their country to the first gold of the Punjab International Sports Festival beating Iran by 3-2 score in extra time in an action packed final here on Friday University of Lahore ground. Touch ball is the only event of the international festival in which a foreign female team participated. Pak team and the hosts played a full time 2-2 draw and the match went into extra time in which the home team received the match winning goal from Ghazala before Nighat added two goals. Iranian team received strong support from their ace striker Sumiya who netted twice. In rugby final, New Zealand thrashed Pakistan 38-0 to win the gold in a dull and one sided affairs which speak volume of homes team’s dismal performance. In the International Baseball competition: Sri Lanka thrashed Nepal 10-0.Sri Lankan best scorers were Sameera with 3 runs, Chmara scored 2, Iresh, Niroshan, Hapurachi, Helanka and Naveen one each. In the International Football matches, Serbia beat Sri Lanka 3-2.Masic Dejau, Lazaravic Pavle and Dosevski Milos from Serbia hit one goal each. Rohana Denesh and Sanoj supported Sri Lankan side and shared one goal apiece. Yemen will meet Mangolia in a football match tomorrow, Saturday at 11AM. In touch ball international competition six matches were decided, Punjab beat Jordan and then outplayed Yemen, Jordan beat Yemen, Pakistan beat Syria, Sri Lanka beat Jordan and Syria beat Nepal. In fist ball five league matches were decided, following are the results, Punjab beat Jordan 2-0, Punjab beat Yemen 2-0, Pakistan beat Syria 2-0, Pakistan beat Afghnistan 2-0, and Sri Lanka beat Jordan 2-1. India , rode on a superb hat trick by ace penalty corner shooter Harpreet Singh, made a grand come back to snatch a sensational 5-5 draw in the second match of the Dosti Cup of Punjab international sports festival at Johar Town ground. The three match series stands undecided as the first tie ended in a draw. The third and the last match will be played on November 11 as tomorrow, Saturday is the rest day. The green shirts led 4-2 at interval as India

came with full force to change the whole complexion of the play to score two goals in last nine minutes to earn a draw with Harpeet appeared master of the situation with four goals in the match. Pakistan took the lead through Ahsan in 4th minute off a penalty corner as Mohammad Ayub doubled the lead in the 12th minute in a field move. Indian side got their first goal from Harpeet in the 19th minute with Ahsan scoring his second goal to make it 3-1 in the 24th minute off a short corner and Mohammad Rziwan expanding lead at 4-1 in the 32nd minute. Harpeet collected his second goal moments before the close of the first half and add another, five minutes into the second half, showing precision off short corners. Pakistan’s Imran Malik scored in a mid field move in 45th minute as Harpeet and Karamjeet Singh scoring one goal apiece to shatter home sides hopes for a success. Punjab won the national badminton women final beating NWFP 3-0. Farwa beat Khadija 11-2, 11-3, 11-1, Ayesha beat Sabahat 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, Saba beat Nida 11-2, 11-1, 11-2. In the National Sports festival Athletics competitions: Saima earned first position in the 100 M Race finishing the distance in 13.00 seconds , Adeela of Fata was second.In 200M :Sehrish Asghar of Punjab got first position by completing the distance in 28.16 seconds whereas Aneela of Fata was second.In 400M’s, Sahib-e-Asra of Punjab achieved first position touching the finishing line within 1:01 seconds, Rukhsana of KPK was second.In 800 M’s Sahib-eAsra of Punjab again achieved first position ending the distance in 2:36:00 seconds while Farza of KPK was second.In 1500M’s :Asia Munir acquired first position with finishing time of 5:45 seconds, Farzana of KPK was second.Nighat Kausar of Punjab won the Long jump .The distance was 5:03 M, Rukhsana of KPK was second.In Shotput:Sadia Khaliq of Punjab achieved first throwing the ball at 9:08 M , Adeela of Fata maintained second positions.In the Javelin Throw: Sadia Khaliq of Punjab throw the javelin at the distance of 32:82 M to win first position while Laila Akbar of Fata got second position In the Football national matches: Balochistan outplayed Islamabad 8-0.In the second match , Punjab beat Fata 1-0.Usama Bilal of Punjab scored the only goal.The Semi finals between Punjab and KPK and Fata vs Balochistan will be played on November tomorrow, Saturday at Iqbal park sports complex .

Pakistan, India series to improve ties: Indian high Commissioner lahORe: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Sharat Sabharwal has said that revival of India-Pakistan cricket is a step forward to improve relations with the two countries. “It is a good omen that this series will be played later this year with the visit of Pak team to India and we believe this event will help in improving relations between the two countries “,he told news men after a meeting with Chairman ,Pakistan Cricket Board, Mohammad Zaka Ashraf here on Friday at Gadaffi stadium. Before his meeting with the PCB Chief, the Indian High Commissioner visited the National cricket academy and went around its various sections. To a question, Sharat Sabharwal expressed the optimism that maximum number of spectators will be issued visas to visit India to watch the matches. He refused to a give a specific number of visas to be issued to the cricket fans but gave a firm assurance that maximum number of spectators will be accommodated. “We are looking into this matter and we will decide this issue on priority basis “, he said. Answering a question, he said, top security will be provided to the Pak team during its visit to India. He said he was very impressed to see the facilities under one roof at NCA and he was delighted to see the trophies and medals earned by former Pakistani greats of the game in the past. He praised the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board and Board of Control for Cricket in India for re-starting cricket ties. The Indian High Commissioner while answering a question said that he would take up the matter of granting visas to the Pakistani spectators who will be visiting India to watch the World Cup Kabaddi tournament next month. Chairman PCB ,Zaka Ashraf thanked the Indian High Commissioner for visiting PCB headquarters and to discuss various aspects of the coming PakIndia series. “I think the signals from Indian side are very positive as far as issue of giving visas to the Pakistani spectators is concerned, “he said adding ‘ I am confident that this issues will be finalized soon and a good number of Pakistanis will be crossing the border to watch the series “. STaff rePOrT

New Zealand trash Pakistan Greens to lift rugby title lahORe: New Zealand College raffles rugby club trashed Pakistan green to lift Punjab international sports festival rugby event here at DHA rugby ground Lahore. A watch full crowd witness this historic day of Pakistan rugby. New Zealanders perform there Haka before the game started. They played some excellence rugby; they did not allow Pakistan to score a try. They won cup final by 38-0. In 3rd fourth position match Irish Holly wood rugby club outclass Cambodia with big margin 49-5. In plate final Uzbek club upset Afghanistan Kabul united by 12-5, in Bowl final Pakistan white won against Hong Kong Chinese University. Early in the day it is great weather to watch some good class rugby in Lahore. Jammu Kashmir team arrive last night late they played both there pool games today morning and lost both against Cambodia 36-5 and Pakistan green by 19-10. In first quarter finals New Zealand college raffles club won against Uzbek club by 19-0, in 2nd quarter final Cambodia all stars club beat Pak gold by 22-0 and in 3rdquarter final Ireland holly wood club win easily against Delhi hurricanes, in 4th quarter final Pakistan green won against Kabul united by 27-7. In first bowl semi final Pak white won against Pakistan universities by 24-0, in 2nd bowl semi final Hong Kong University won against Jammu Kashmir by 24-7. In first plate semi final Uzbek club won against Delhi Hurricanes by 17-0, in 2nd semi final Afghan Kabul united up set Pakistan gold by 40-5. In first main Cup semi final which is the most difficult match of the tournament New Zealand college raffles rugby club out class Irish holly wood rugby club which is also strong contender of the tournament. In 2nd cup semi final Pakistan greens upset Cambodia all stars by 22-12. At the conclusion chief guest Zaheem Qadri provisional mister distributed prizes to the winners. Along with President Pakistan rugby union Fawzi Kawaja, Sec Gen Arif Saeed, President Punjab rugby association Maj Gen ret Ashraf, sec Khurram haroon and president DHA rugby club Tariq Niazi is also there. STaff rePOrT

PCB ropes in Inzamam, Akram ahead of India tour lahORe: Pakistan Cricket Board has sought the services of Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul-Haq, both former captains, in their preparation for tours to India and South Africa starting in December. The decision was taken at an Executive Coordination Committee meet, according to Zaka Ashraf, the PCB President. “We have spoken to Wasim and Inzamam and both have given their consent to have specialised camps,” Ashraf was quoted as saying by an Indian news agency. “The idea is that we utilise the services of these two great players to help our batsmen and bowlers prepare themselves not only for the coming tours to India and South Africa but also to allow our bench players to improve themselves.” Pakistan are scheduled to play two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals in India, the first bilateral series between the sides since November-December 2007, before moving to South Africa for a full Test tour that will last till March, 2013. The duration and dates for the camps would be finalised keeping in mind the domestic schedule and availability of both players. Akram is currently bowling coach of Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, and a television commentator for broadcasters ESPN Star Sports. “We will give them a group of bowlers and batsmen and while Wasim will work with the bowlers, Inzamam will be helping out the batsmen,” Ashraf said. “I am really heartened by the response of Wasim and Inzamam and their willingness to help the players. They have been great players and their experience will definitely help our players in India and South Africa.” STaff rePOrT

england made to work by haryana in warm-up haRyana: England encountered more reminders of the perils of an India tour as they laboured for their wickets against Haryana on the second day of the third and final warm-up match at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground in Ahmedabad. En route on day two of four, they lost the services of Matt Prior and were indebted to their hosts at the Board of Control for Cricket in India for allowing Jonny Bairstow to deputise when England’s first-choice wicketkeeper succumbed to a stomach upset. And on the flattest of batting surfaces at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground, it was only the brawn, and brain, of Tim Bresnan that gave them a foothold in their efforts to bowl out their hosts. He claimed two wickets, but opener Rahul Dewan (77no) helped Haryana to a largely untroubled 172 for four in reply to England’s 521 all out. A temporary stand-off preceded Prior’s relief, after he had left the pitch once in discomfort shortly in the early afternoon but been forced to soldier on when the umpires and match referee refused to endorse his substitution behind the stumps by a player not already involved in the match. By the letter of the law, it was a contravention of first-class regulations. But at England’s behest, and in the absence of a suitable replacement among those who started the match, the BCCI decided common sense should prevail. During the morning, Samit Patel (66) had added England’s fifth half-century as runs continued to come easy, before a late clatter of the last five wickets for 14. That dramatic statistic was of little significance, other than to ensure England’s back-up bowling attack at last had their turn to impress. Instead, they came up against the same snag which had afflicted their opposite numbers - an unresponsive pitch and some decent batting. After Nitin Saini had been shifted by Bresnan’s endeavours to find some life from short of a length, propping a catch to cover, Dewan and Sunny batted serenely in a stand of 97. Alastair Cook kept attacking fields but Haryana’s second-wicket pair appeared just as much in cruise control as most of England’s batsmen had on Thursday. agencieS

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17 Sports Cleverly given promotion lift from Oscar De La Hoya LONDON agencieS

Oscar De La Hoya has revealed his Golden Boy Promotions want to promote Nathan Cleverly in the United States. And the Golden Boy president has vowed to help the WBO lightheavyweight champion secure a 2013 big-fight with veteran American Bernard Hopkins. The Welshman makes a fourth defence of his crown against underdog American Shawn Hawk in Los Angeles on Saturday. Asked if he would want to promote Cleverly, De La Hoya replied: “Absolutely.” He told BBC Wales’ Back Page radio show: “Nathan Cleverly is a guy anyone would want to promote. He has great potential. “And we feel this Saturday is crucial for his career here in America and I’m anxiously waiting to see what happens. “It is very feasible that we could promote him. He has a promoter who he works with in the UK in Frank Warren and we work great with Frank. “Promoting Nathan is very doable and we would be honoured to partner up with Frank Warren and promote Cleverly here in the States.” De La Hoya, the 10-time world champion, has also urged Cleverly to consider linking up with hall of fame coach Freddie Roach on a more permanent basis if the 25-year-old begins having training camps in America. Cleverly is fifth on Saturday’s Staples Center bill and will take on 28year-old Hawk at 01:00 GMT after his WBO belt is carried into the ring by Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke and Welsh singing legend Sir Tom Jones. “Nathan needs to make a splash inside the ring,” De La Hoya said. “If the fans love him, in boxing things can change for you overnight and this is his chance. “His fights haven’t been televised in the States but to have an opportunity on the big stage like this is something to take advantage of. “We know he has the tools. He is a strong and fast boxer and puncher but must make sure he blocks everything out and focuses on the fight. “But it definitely won’t be the last time he fights in the States. “I believe he can make a name for himself because he has a fan friendly style and his persona is positive so he definitely has what it takes to make it.” Cleverly travelled to California to “ease himself in” to the American market as he targets unification shows in 2013 with WBC champion Chad Dawson, WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud, who is the IBF champion. Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president of American TV network Showtime, holds the key to Cleverly’s American career and admits “we will be doing more with Nathan.” And De La Hoya insists his Golden Boy Promotions business partner Hopkins wants to take on Cleverly. The 47-year-old multiple weight world champion lost to Cleverly’s countryman Joe Calzaghe in a 2008 world lightheavyweight clash in Las Vegas - but Hopkins has “mentioned” Cleverly. “There are a lot of champions around but the king of light-heavyweight division is Bernard Hopkins,” said De La Hoya.

London: Roger Federer hit a backhander to Spain’s david Ferrer during the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals.

Murray chases place in ATP World Tour semi-finals LONDON agencieS


NDY Murray knows that a straight-sets win over JoWilfried Tsonga on Friday will guarantee a semi-final place at the ATP World Tour Finals. The Briton goes into the final round of Group A matches in second place, having beaten Tomas Berdych and lost to top seed Novak Djokovic. Murray takes on Tsonga at 19:45 GMT, after Djokovic plays Berdych at 13:45. A Djokovic win would ease Murray’s task as he would then only need a set against the Frenchman. All four men go into Friday still able to secure one of the two semi-final places on offer in the group, and there are 10 different qualification scenarios. It is a situation Murray has experienced before, notably in 2009, when he won two group matches but was still eliminated on the percentage of games won. He at least has the advantage of playing last on Friday, so will know exactly what he has to do against Tsonga. “Who knows what the scenario will be when I get on the court but I’ll just try my best to

win,” said Murray. “There are no easy matches here and you need to be prepared for some tough battles.” The message was the same from Djokovic who, despite having won both his opening matches, could still suffer the same fate as Murray three years ago with a poor result against Berdych. “I will try not to depend on some other players’ scores and matches,” said the world number one. “I will try to focus and win every match that I play.” Murray can take encouragement from a one-sided 6-1 record against Tsonga that includes victories in their last five matches. He beat the Frenchman over four sets in the Wimbledon semifinal this summer and has not lost to the world number eight since 2008.“I just have to play the Tsonga match and try to win regardless of what situation either of us are in,” added Murray. “It doesn’t matter what has gone before, I just have to win. We are not used to the round-robin format in tennis because we play knockout everywhere else apart from here. “That is the tradition of the tourna-

ment and it’s fine. As professional sportsmen we should be able to deal with all sorts of situations and focus regardless.” Fellow Briton Jonny Marray faces a less nerve-wracking evening after he and Danish partn e r Freddie Nielsen secured a place in the doubles semi-final with wins in their opening two matches. The Wimbledon champions complete the group stage when t h e y take on Swede Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau of Romania at 18:00.

Tomic will benefit from ‘rough spot’, says Stosur GOLD COAST agencieS

Samantha Stosur believes Bernard Tomic hasn’t adapted to the fame and fortune his tennis career has brought him, but the Australian tennis prodigy will be a better player for having gone through his recent “rough spot”. The women’s world No.9 didn’t have the same early success as Tomic but after three consecutive years in the top 10 she understands exactly what it takes to get to elite status and cope with the pressure to maintain that level. Stosur said Tomic’s well-publicised

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troubles on and off the court were part of the growing pains of a young and talented tennis player who is yet to discover the true motivation for success. “I think he is just going through a bit of a rough spot at the moment. I think he is going to do a lot of growing up in years to come,” Stosur said. “I think when he realises what he can and can’t do and should and shouldn’t do then he will be better off for it. “I think you will see him play well again in time to come and hopefully he can have a good summer. “I was a little bit older (when I made

it) and could maybe handle myself a bit better than some of those young players that all of a sudden you’re still a teenager and you’re up there and suddenly you have this fame and all this money and all this stuff. “As you get a bit older you realise what is important and what it means to you and I’m playing for the love of the sport and because I love what I’m doing and maybe some of these younger players that gets lost a little bit. “Eventually they work it out, but sometimes you have to go through those little rough spots to learn.” Stosur is coming off another solid WTA season, but after failing to win a

title in 2012 she is determined to return to the lofty heights that included a 2011 US Open title. Stosur lost two tour finals this year and remains shattered by her semi-final loss at the French Open, knowing there is still a giant leap to make if she is to reach her top three goals. “Without a doubt, that (French Open) was probably the most disappointing tournament and week of the whole year,” she said. “Overall finishing No.9 is still pretty good, not as high as what I wanted it to be that’s for sure. “I’d like to think (top three), but I guess time will tell. I’m certainly striving

for that. I’d like to make that career high ranking better than No.4.” Stosur visited her old Gaven Public School on the Gold Coast yesterday and has just over another week of holidays remaining before she begins training in Sydney for the Australian summer season. After three poor tournaments on home soil last year, including a jaw-dropping first round Australian Open loss, she is determined to learn from her 2012 mistakes and succeed in 2013 starting with the Brisbane International before heading to Sydney and ultimately the home grand slam in Melbourne.

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Sports 18 Hamilton has had regrets over leaving: McLaren boss watch it Live


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CLAREN team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Lewis Hamilton has already had regrets about his move to Mercedes. Whitmarsh said he did “not fully understand” the reasons behind Hamilton’s decision to join a less competitive team. “I think he has on occasions [regretted it],” Whitmarsh said. He said he felt Hamilton’s decision was motivated by a desire to “flee the nest” and that he suspected Mercedes offered him more money. The remarks came in a wide-ranging interview with the official Formula 1 website. Whitmarsh said he believed wanting to move on from a team Hamilton has been part of since he was 13 was his “prime” motive for leaving McLaren. “If I were speculating there are a number of factors, and the prime one, I think, is that there comes a time when a man feels he has to flee the nest,” Whitmarsh said. “I think it was a bit of that and a range of different emotions. He has been with us for so many years that I do not fully understand it.”

He also said he suspected Mercedes had offered Hamilton a bigger salary. “We made Lewis an offer - an offer, which I believe is more money than any other driver at the moment is being paid,” Whitmarsh said. “That leads us to suspect that our competitor and our partner Mercedes-Benz offered a bit more money. I don’t know that, but I think for Lewis made his decision.” Asked about Hamilton’s remarks that he is looking forward to the opportunity of building Mercedes into a team that wins regularly, Whitmarsh said: “You have to justify your decision. He is not going to say: ‘Hey, they offered me more money.’ He is also not going to say that he’s made an awful mistake. I hope he thinks today that he’s made an awful mistake and I hope he thinks that next year. “He’s made that decision and he has to live with that decision. I have known him since he was 11 and worked with him since his teens and I know we will both be very emotional after Brazil. We have had one or two emotional moments since the decision was taken and I believe, but you must ask him, that we have a very good relationship.” Whitmarsh said he suspected Hamilton and McLaren would both

have “very emotional moments” at the final race of the season in Brazil later this month. BBC Sport understands that Mercedes did indeed offer Hamilton more money than McLaren. Hamilton is believed to have earned about $24m (£15m) including bonuses this year with McLaren. Sources say McLaren initially offered Hamilton about $20m (£12.5m) plus bonuses for 2013 and upped that to $22m (£13.8m) plus bonuses when they realised Mercedes was a serious possibility for him. Mercedes initially offered about $28m (£17.5m) plus bonuses, upping it to about $31m (£19.4m) plus bonuses after McLaren raised their offer. Mercedes have not scored a point in the four races since Hamilton’s move was announced. But at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend Hamilton said he had no regrets about the switch. “I already knew how big [a task] it was,” he said. “I really thought about it hard, and I could see how big it was. Perhaps it’s growing as a task, but I’m excited about it, to meet the new people and to be in a new environment and mould myself into it.

McIlroy struggling in Singapore SINGAPORE

Federer eyes indoor crown LONDON agencieS

Roger Federer has set his sights on more indoor glory after the Swiss great booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena. Federer became the first player to qualify for the last four at this year’s season-ending event thanks to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Spain’s David Ferrer on Thursday and the world number two looks in ominous form as he eyes a seventh Tour Finals title. Few players have ever been more at home on the indoor courts than Federer and once again he is thriving under the domed roof of the O2 Arena in south-east London, where he has won the Tour Finals for the last two years. In total, Federer has won 20 indoor titles during his illustrious career and the 31-year-old admits he is more comfortable than most playing under roofs after growing up on covered tennis courts. “Indoors I’ve been very successful over the years. Probably won the most titles indoors, maybe more than all the other guys combined,” Federer said. “The margins actually are smaller indoors normally because a guy can really get hot, can serve well. “But I think indoors is a natural surface for me. So is clay actually, because those were the two surfaces I grew up on. “In the summers, I used to play on the clay courts outdoors, and in the winters, I played indoors on carpet, when I was young. I guess this is where it kind of comes through a little bit for me. “I also had my first success on the tour actually indoors back in Marseille and Rotterdam and Basel and Toulouse. “Outdoors I’m actually amazed how good I’ve become in the wind and humidity. “That, for me, was the tough part, actually becoming a good player in those conditions.”


To a sterling start in the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto 8th National women karate championship, Wapda’s female martial art experts won two golds at stake here on Friday at Wapda sports complex . Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khan Khosa was the Chief Guest at opening ceremony and witnessed the bouts with keen interest.. Teams from all the affiliated units of Pakistan Karate Federation i.e. Army, WAPDA, Railways, Police, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Islamabad are participating in the event. Sohila from Wapda won the individual Kata event while Arfa from Sindh stood second and players from Army and Balochistan won bronze medals. In Team Kata event WAPDA team won gold medal and Balochistan secured second position while teams from Army and Islamabad stood on third position. Later the chief guest gave away the prizes to the winners of Individual Kata and Team Kata. Meanwhile on the side lines of the championship a three days Referee / Judges Course also started which is being participated by fifty referee / judges.

Textile Tigers beat Lahore Tigers LAHORE


Three rain delays are not the only thing world number one Rory McIlroy has had to contend with at the Barclays Singapore Open so far this week. Related ContentMore golf newsLatest golf scoresFull golf calendarFree £10 bet on golf The Northern Ireland star, who this time last year had a bout of suspected Dengue fever, admits he is under the weather again after going down with what he described as “a cold or a sinus infection”. McIlroy, close to clinching the double of European and US Tour money list titles, is one under par and five off the lead after 12 holes of his second round in an event which may be cut to 54 holes if there are any more holdups. “I’m struggling a bit and not feeling 100 per cent,” he said. “Maybe it’s a good thing that the humidity is so high because I might be able to sweat it out.” The tournament’s attempt to make up for time lost on the opening day was thwarted by more afternoon storms. After completing a first-round 70, McIlroy was soon out on the course again and in danger of missing the halfway cut when he fell to two over par with an early bogey and double bogey. Then came three birdies in four holes around the turn, the third of them following a near two-hour suspension, but after only one more shot it was back to the clubhouse. England’s Simon Dyson, a fourtime winner in Asia, and Thai golfer Chapchai Nirat top the leaderboard at six under par, although Dyson is about to drop his first stroke of the second round. After four birdies in seven holes, the 34-year-old from York missed a par putt on the 474-yard fifth - his 14th just as the siren sounded and his first shot in the morning will be to try to hole for bogey. It would drop him alongside Dane Thomas Bjorn and Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Bjorn is among half the field who have not played since Thursday morning. Nirat, 631st in the world, started with a 65 to lead by one and then played the back nine in level par with two birdies and two bogeys.

Wapda win two gold in National Women Karate

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He has not had a top-10 finish since February, but has tried to remain patient. “I used to be very hot-tempered and got frustrated easily, especially at a young age,” said the 29-year-old, who turned professional at 15. “My parents sent me to the monastery and I became a monk for a while. My temper is better now, but I still try to go back there once in a while.” Dyson’s season has been disappointing too. A best of 10th when defending the Irish Open in July has meant a drop from 28th in the world to 63rd, and the target now is to climb back into the top 50 by the end of the year and so earn a third trip to the US Masters. Molinari can go third on the European Order of Merit with a victory and might then be close enough to McIlroy to have a chance of catching him at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in a fortnight. But McIlroy still has his fate in his own hands - he defends the Hong Kong Open next week and none of his main challengers is playing there. Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington were in the same position as Bjorn today, forced to find something else to do and kept waiting before resuming down on two over and three over respectively.

SingapORe Open ROund twO tO ReSume On SatuRday aFteR heavy Rain: For the second straight day on Friday, rain interrupted the Barclays Singapore Open, with half the field yet to start their second rounds. There were two stoppages in the afternoon, as rain and lightning continued to plague the tournament. England’s Simon Dyson and Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat shared the clubhouse lead at six-under par 65. Dyson jumped nine places to the top with the help of four birdies, while Nirat ended on the ninth hole with an even par score for the day. World number one Rory Mcllroy carded three birdies to end one-under par 70 when play was halted. The 23-year-old needs a top-three finish to seal the European money title this weekend. Singapore’s Choo Tze Huang had the best round for the day after seven holes. Four consecutive birdies and an eagle gave him a six-under score. Organisers are hoping to complete four rounds of golf, but with showers expected over the next two days, that could be a tall order. Besides players, spectator numbers which amounted to 25,000 over four days in 2011 could also be affected this time if the bad weather continues.

Textile Tigers beat Lahore Tigers by 9 runs and qualified the quarter-final at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground. Textile Tigers Beat Lahore Tigers by 9 runs & qualify the quarter final. Textile Tigers batting first 161/4 after 20 overs. Rizwan Nisar batting well 46 runs not out, Karamat Ali 40, Asif Qureshi 31 & Test Cricketer Ashraf Ali 19 runs not out. Lahore Tigers bowling Saif Butt 2/30, Imran Amanvel 1/27 & Muhammad Fayyaz 1/35 wickets. In reply Lahore Tigers 152 all out after 20 overs. Tahir Irshad played well 69, Zaheer Iqbal 19 & Shahid Bashir 12 runs. Textile Tigers bowling Asif Qureshi bowling well 4/37, Hafiz Saeed 1/21, Maqsood Ahmad 1/16, Zulfqar Ahmad 1/33 & Zulfqar Ali 1/25 wickets. Waleed Yaqoob, Adnan Rashid Umpire & Qasim Shafiq was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Rizwan Nisar give away man of the match award to Asif Qureshi. Ashraf Ali is also present.

Ennis named Sportswoman of the Year LONDON agencieS

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis has won the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award. The 26-year-old set three personal bests and a British record of 6,995 points on her way to gold in London. Olympic gold medallists Katherine Grainger and Jade Jones and Paralympic champion Sarah Storey also won awards. Ennis told BBC Sport: “It’s an incredible honour considering the amazing performances we’ve had this year from British women.” Of the record 65 medals won by Team GB at the Olympics, British women were involved in winning 25 of them. The success continued at the Paralympics with female competitors winning 19 of 34 golds won by ParalympicsGB. Ennis set three personal bests on her way to beating Germany’s Lilli Schwarzkopf by a huge 306 points. Ennis added: “It’s so nice, once you’ve done all the hard work and you’ve achieved, to be awarded with these amazing awards that people have voted for.

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Bilour, wife banned from entering US over bounty row ISLAMABAD STaff rePOrT


HE US embassy here has cancelled the visas of Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour and his wife and barred them from entering the US in the future. The decision was made in reaction to the bounty announced by Bilour on the head of the producer of blasphemous movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Earlier in September, Bilour announced a $100,000-bounty and invited members of the Taliban and al Qaeda to

take part in the “noble deed”, adding that given the chance he would kill the filmmaker himself. “I have received a call from the embassy today, informing me about the ban and cancellation of visas,” Bilour said while defending his bounty statement and emphasising on the need for an international law that made such profane acts punishable across the world. “I am not worried whether the US or UK restrict my entry into their countries, I would only be worried if I was banned on visiting Makkah and Medina, but

that did not happen, thanks to God,” he said. A spokesperson for the US embassy in Islamabad refused to comment on the issue. “It’s against privacy laws of the United States to disclose such details,” said the spokesman. The railways minister said in a press conference last week that when leaders “of religious political parties who do politics in the name of Islam and those who kill people in the name of our religion failed to come up with a firm response against the blasphemous

movie, the love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) made me announce the bounty”. Bilour said being a true Muslim, he was happy over the US decision regarding the ban. The UK has already banned the Awami National Party (ANP) minister from entering Britain. The profane film sparked violent protests across the Muslim world, including Pakistan, where several people died during demonstrations besides vandalism of public and private property.

Petraeus resigns from CIA over ‘extramarital affair’ WASHINGTON agencieS

CIA Director David Petraeus has resigned from his post citing an extramarital affair. In a letter to CIA personnel, Petraeus said he met with President Obama on Thursday and asked to resign because of personal reasons. On Friday, Obama accepted his resignation, Petraeus said. “Yesterday afternoon, I went to the White House and asked the President to be allowed, for personal reasons, to resign from my position as D/CIA,” Petraeus wrote. “After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair. Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the President graciously accepted my resignation.”

aThenS: a riot police officer is engulfed by flames from a petrol bomb thrown by protesters in front of parliament. INP

MPA survives shoe bomb attack in Dera Bugti

Putin fires top general Bangladesh demands after graft scandal formal apology from Pakistan for 1971 genocide MOSCOW


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A member of the Balochistan provincial assembly escaped an assassination attempt on Friday when a bomb planted in his shoe exploded as he put them on outside a mosque after prayers. The blast in Dera Bugti, about 500 km east of Quetta, wounded 12 people, but their injuries were not lifethreatening, police and local officials said. Ahmedan Bugti, a lawmaker with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid party, left his shoes outside the mosque while he was offering Friday prayers, provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani said. Someone planted an explosive device in one of them which detonated as he put the shoe back on.

“Today, CIA Director David Petraeus submitted his letter of resignation to the President. Dave’s decision to step down represents the loss of one of our nation’s most respected public servants,” Director National Intelligence James Clapper said in a statement. “From his long, illustrious Army career to his leadership at the helm of CIA, Dave has redefined what it means to serve and sacrifice for one’s country.” Petraeus, a retired four star general who previously served as top commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, was arguably the most vaunted military officer of a generation. In a letter, Petraeus noted that he had been married for 37 years and had exercised “extremely poor judgment’ in conducting an extramarital affair. Petraeus took over as head of the CIA in September of 2011 following his tour as head of allied forces in Afghanistan.

Bangladesh on Friday demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for the genocide committed by its troops during the 1971 liberation war, but Islamabad said it was time to carry forward bilateral ties after “burying the past”. During a meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said, “Bangladesh expects an apology from Pakistan for the genocide carried out by their troops in 1971.”

According to Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes, Moni also underscored the need for resolving other outstanding issues with Pakistan. In response, the Pakistani foreign minister said since 1974 Islamabad had “at different times and different manners expressed its regret for the 1971 incidents”. “She (Khar) said it is now the time to proceed forward and bury the past.” Quayes’s comments came after Moni told a private news agency on Thursday that Pakistan must apologise for the mass killings.

Khar, the first Pakistani minister to visit Dhaka since the ruling Awami League assumed office three years ago, arrived on a five-hour tour to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid to attend the Developing-8 Summit to be held in Islamabad on November 22. Khar later called on Hasina and handed her an invitation letter from Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari at her official residence. She is also expected to meet the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief and former premier Khaleda Zia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin replaced the chief of his military staff on Friday in a reshuffle that stamped the authority of the Kremlin chief, and his new defence minister, on the armed forces after a corruption scandal. Putin removed General Nikolai Makarov after four years as the nuclear power’s top general and replaced him with General Valery Gerasimov, 57, a commander who fought Muslim separatists in the Chechnya region. Changes had been expected to allow new Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to bring in his own team after replacing Anatoly Serdyukov, sacked on Tuesday after an investigation began into

suspicious sales of ministry property to insiders. Putin told Gerasimov to press on with reforms to modernise the armed forces and, hinting at tensions that had mounted under Serdyukov’s stewardship, the president told him to improve relations with the defence industry. “I hope very much that you and the minister will be able to build a good and stable relationship with our leading enterprises in the defence ministry,” Putin said during a televised meeting with Gerasimov and Shoigu. Gerasimov, deputy chief of the general staff since 2010, was also appointed first deputy defence minister. Putin also named Arkady Bakhin, commander of Russia’s western military district, as another first deputy defence minister.

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