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punjab’s refusal: eCp demands govt confused about funds to hold LB polls resuming talks with ttp
13 people killed in Karachi violence
pML-n hoodwinking masses on drone issue, says ptI
The Election Commission of Pakistan on Sunday asked the Punjab government to provide the body with the requisite funds to conduct local government elections, following the provincial government’s refusal to make the arrangements itself as ordered by the ECP on November 6. The Punjab government believes holding local body elections is the ECP’s responsibility. page 03
As many as 13 people, including a cop, have been killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi, officials said on Sunday. According to police, more than five people were killed in Lyari while two alleged robbers, Mukhtar and Abbas, were shot dead during an encounter with the police in Korangi Industrial area. page 02
PTI Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Sunday strongly criticised the government for trying to hoodwink masses once again on the issue of drone attacks. She said while the nation was informed by the interior minister that the US ambassador was being summoned to the FO, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took no such action. page 04
The PML-N government looks confused to re-initiate the frozen dialogue process with the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan as almost all negotiators and facilitators have either expressed their helplessness or put tough conditions, Pakistan Today has learnt. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is set to brief the National Assembly on Monday (today) in this regard. page 03
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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. –Mark Twain
Monday, 11 November, 2013
shah to dIscuss peace talks, lG polls wIth pm today SayS the federal government haS to make extra effortS for UPlifting the Standard of edUcation aS 10 Percent teaching Staff in Sindh iS doing three jobS at a time
nato routes wIll be blocked to mark protest Pti chief SayS kP govt doeS not want war with the weSt by blocking nato SUPPlieS PESHAWAR sAJJAD ALI
HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government does not want war with the West by blocking NATO supplies, but only wants to record protest, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Sunday. Talking to reporters in Nowshera, Khan said the United States tried to sabotage the proposed peace talks between the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the government by killing
SayS hiS criticS are receiving money from foreign coUntrieS
Hakimullah Mehsud. Mehsud, along with his uncle and four others, was killed in a drone attack in the Darpa Danday Khel area of Miranshah town of North Waziristan on November 1. “We are not pro-Taliban, but we are only concerned about the country,” Khan said. “There are people in this lobby who are being paid to oppose peace talks in the country,” he said, adding that whoever called for peace talks was labelled as proTaliban by the same lobby. The US was trying to engage the
SayS ‘do more’ US lobby working in PakiStan
Afghan Taliban in talks, Khan said, adding that the PTI-led KP government would block NATO supplies after November 20 to record protest against drone attacks. The KP Assembly had adopted a unanimous resolution on November 3, asking the federal government to take steps to stop drone attacks and NATO supplies by November 20, or else KP would pursue its own course of action. He said thousands of people had taken to streets in the UK to protest against US aggression in Iraq. Khan said those who were criticising
JI CHIEF’S REMARKS INSULTED MARTYRED PAKISTANIS, SAYS ISPR RAWALPINDI ONLINE
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah said on Friday that he would meet with the prime minister today (Monday) to discuss the prevailing situation regarding dialogue with the Taliban, local bodies election, targeted operation in Karachi and security arrangements for Muharram. Talking to media persons here on Sunday, Shah said he had contacted all political parties who had shown consensus over developing education sector which is the base of overall development process and economic growth. Shah also expressed dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the former and sitting governments for promoting education sector and said the federal government had to make extra efforts for uplifting the standard of education. He said it was a matter of grave concern that 10 percent teaching staff in Sindh was doing three jobs at a time. Khurshid Shah said all political stakeholders during the All Parties Conference (APC) had given mandate to the government for holding peace talks with the Taliban as no single party could resolve the issue and joint efforts were needed to curb the menace of terrorism and extremism. He said neither delimitations in Sindh had been completed nor notification of appointing returning officers for the LB polls had been issued. Shah said he was surprised that why the Election Commission (EC) and judiciary wanted early LB elections despite being aware about the on-ground facts. He said masses would raise question over the transparency of LB election conducted in an emergency situation and would blame that the government had itself compiled the results.
The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday condemned Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hassan’s statement given in a TV programme last week wherein he said former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was a martyr. A strong statement issued by the ISPR said “by terming a terrorist a martyr, the JI chief has insulted the sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army”. “Syed Munawar Hassan has tried to invent a logic based on his political convenience. Strong condemnation of his views from an overwhelming majority leaves no doubt in any one’s mind that all of us are very clear on what the state of Pakistan is and who are its enemies,” the ISPR statement stated. “Sacrifices of our shuhada and their families need no endorsement from Syed Munawar Hassan and such misguided and selfserving statements deserve no comments,” it read. The ISPR statement said the families of martyred army personnel and people who had lost their loved ones in the terrorist attacks demanded an “unconditional apology” from JI chief. “Such a statement coming from the JI chief,
a party founded by Maulana Maududi, who is respected and revered for his services to Islam is both painful and unfortunate,” the ISPR said. ISPR spokesman Asim Bajwa tweeted: Hasan had said that Hakimullah Mehsud, who had died in a US drone strike, was a martyr.
13 PEOPLE KILLED IN KARACHI VIOLENCE KARACHI: As many as 13 people, including a cop, have been killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi, officials said on Sunday. According to police, more than five people were killed in Lyari while two alleged robbers, Mukhtar and Abbas, were shot dead during an encounter with the police in Korangi Industrial area. According to the Karachi police, five tortured bodies were found in Bihar Colony and Kashti Chowk in Chakiwara area of Lyari. Earlier,
a sub-inspector was shot dead in Faqir Colony, another person came under fire in Korangi No 5. An unidentified man near Kasba Mor, and one more, Jahangir Baloch near Warm Stream in Manghopir area were killed. A person was axed to death in Baldia Town, another was shot dead in Shershah area. A tortured body was found near Northern Bypass and a newborn girl’s body was recovered from a garbage dump near Mazar-e-Quaid. ONLINE
him were receiving money from foreign countries. He also claimed that a “do more” US lobby was working in Pakistan. He urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stay in Pakistan and deal with the internal challenges and spearhead the peace process. “How much foreign investment came to Pakistan due to Nawaz Sharif’s visits?” Khan questioned. To a question about certain KhyberPakhtunkhwa lawmakers involved in corruption, Imran said all ministers were being monitored and action would be taken against those involved in illegal practices. Earlier on Friday, he directed KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak to immediately kick off investigation into allegations of corruption against his cabinet members.
IndIans cry foul as sartaj azIz meets ‘separatIsts’ New DelHI: The Indian government has slammed the separatists for meeting with Pakistani prime minister's envoy at the Pakistan High Commission on Sunday. "When people come for such bilateral visits, they have their own schedules. We will meet a few people too and our agendas are similar," said Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. Khurshid's comments came after chairman of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farooq met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's envoy on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also lashed out the Indian government over allowing Sartaj Aziz to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders on the Indian soil. President BJP Rajnath Singh said the central government had committed a "diplomatic blunder" by allowing Aziz to meet Kashmiri leaders. "(I am) shocked to see that the UPA government has allowed Pakistan PM's adviser Sartaj Aziz to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders in New Delhi," Rajnath Singh said on Twitter. He also termed Kashmir as an internal matter of India and said it should be resolved through a homegrown solution. "Why Aziz is given this opportunity when Pakistan is committing acts of aggression in the state of Jammu and Kashmir?" he asked. It is significant to mention that three senior separatist leaders including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, Hurriyat group leader Syed Ali Gillani and Hurriyat faction leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were invited by the Pakistan High Commission to meet Sartaj Aziz. Meanwhile, PM’s advisor Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan wanted peace with India and that all efforts were being made in this regard. The advisor will attend a two-day Asia-Europe foreign ministers meeting which will begin in New Delhi today (Monday). During his visit, Sartaj Aziz will hold talks with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Indian counterpart Shiv Shankar Menon on the sidelines of the event. AgENcIEs
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Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes. –Oscar Wilde
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ecp Issues lG polls schedule for sIndh, punjab commiSSion to move Sc Seeking PoStPonement of PollS
punjaB’s refusaL: eCp deMands funds to hoLd LB poLLs ISlAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday asked the Punjab government to provide the body with the requisite funds to conduct local government elections, following the provincial government’s refusal to make the arrangements itself as ordered by the ECP on November 6. The Punjab government believes holding local body elections is the ECP’s responsibility. The Punjab provincial government also refused to make electoral lists for local bodies’ election. The ECP also received ‘flawed’ notification of local bodies’ act from provincial government of Punjab that did not mention the kind of election as ‘party-based’, as directed by the Lahore High Court. The ECP has now decided to complete the electoral lists’ procedures under its management. The Supreme Court last month ordered provincial governments to hold local government by no later than December 7. The elections would be the first since the local system was devolved to the provinces themselves. Earlier, the provinces were functioning under a central system. The ECP will hold an important meeting today (Monday) regarding holding Local Government elections, amid an almost total recipe for disaster. The meeting, to be participated by high officials of NADRA (National Database and registration Authority) and Printing Corporation of Pakistan, would be deliberating over issues like ballot papers, magnetic ink, and holding LG election on party basis in Punjab. Election commission sources said the biggest problem facing ECP was sure availability of 520 million ballot papers required within minimum possible of time. The Cabinet Division has already been conveyed the need for these 520 million ballot papers by the ECP, but things seem to be heading in the wrong direction, as government is apparently unable to comply with ECP’s voluminous demand. AgENcIEs
HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued Local Government elections schedule for Sindh and Punjab. However, the commission will likely file a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) seeking postponement of local bodies elections, as it thinks it is impossible to hold the polls under the prevailing circumstances. In a high-level meeting of ECP on Sunday held to review the situation regarding LB polls, it was said that Punjab and Sindh governments were not ready to hold LB elections.
ttP SPokeSman denieS rePort, warnS media againSt lieS aboUt terroriSt oUtfit PESHAWAR INP
HE banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said on Sunday linked the release of former Islamia College University (ICU) vice-chancellor Professor Ajmal Khan to the release of arrested head of banned Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) Sufi Muhammad. Khan is in Taliban captivity since September 7, 2010. He was kidnapped along with his driver at gunpoint from the University of Peshawar. His driver was released two years later.
There are many administrative problems in the two provinces, while the new local bodies act prepared by Punjab was flawed, further adding to the hurdles. Punjab government removed the word ‘non-party’ based election from the act but had not specified ‘party-based’ local bodies’ poll despite receiving clear orders from ECP. The meeting also discussed the matter of printing of 400 to 500 million ballot papers. It was informed that the Printing Corporation of Pakistan has already excused to print the huge quantity of ballot papers at such a short notice. Still, the process of nominations will continue until as notified by the ECP. The process will continue until Tuesday and objections against nomination papers can be filed on Wednesday. According to the schedule for Sindh province‚ the scrutiny would take
PPP, ANP to jointly contest LB elections in Sindh
ttp wants sufI MuhaMMad swapped wIth prof ajMaL law enforcerS heighten SecUrity in Swat
place from 16th to 17th of this month. Appeals against objections to nomination papers can be filed on 18th and 19th and these would be disposed of on 20th and 21st of this month. Nominations paper can be withdrawn by 22nd of this month. The final lists of candidates would be notified on 23rd of this month. Election will be held on November 27, while results will be announced on 30th. According to the Local Government Election schedule in Punjab‚ the scrutiny would take place On November 16 and 18. Appeals against objections to nomination papers can be filed on 19th and 20th and these would be disposed of from 21st to 23rd. Nominations paper can be withdrawn by November 24. The final lists of candidates will be notified on November 25 and election will be held on December 7. The results will be announced on the December 10. The scrutiny of nomination papers for local government elections in Balochistan began in Quetta on Sunday. The scrutiny process will continue today (Monday). More than twenty-two thousand nomination papers have been filed for 7,189 seats in the province. The election will be held on the December 7.
The terrorists’ announcement is one of the first developments to have taken place after Mullah Fazlullah, popularly known as Mullah Radio, became the TTP top terrorist. Muhammad is his father-in-law. The TNSM chief was arrested in 2009 and was tried for various cases, including, attempted murder, rioting and stopping government employees from performing duties. Meanwhile, reports from Mingora said that panic gripped the people of Swat after the appointment of Mullah Radio. They feared that the revengeful Fazlullah would try to carry out terrorist attacks with the help of other FATA-based terrorists. However, security agencies have intensified their patrolling and intelligence gathering activities to prevent terrorists from entering into the peaceful tourist attraction. They have assured the people not to be afraid of any resurgence of the terrorist group in Swat. Separately, the TTP said it had not demanded the release of Sufi Muhammad in exchange of Professor Khan. Talking to a private TV channel, the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said they had never made such demand. Shahid also warned the media to refrain from spreading baseless news about the terrorist outfit.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP) have announced to jointly contest local bodies elections in Sindh. Addressing a press conference on Sunday after meeting ANP leaders, PPP leader Qadir Patel said they had close relations with the ANP and their workers were working in close collaboration at the grass-roots level. Therefore, he said, their alliance with the ANP was natural. He said they took the step to promote peace and political tolerance. He said they were also holding talks with other parties to contest LB elections from a joint platform. Patel said all issues about LB elections were not yet complete, but as far as the administration was concerned, they were ready for it. He made it clear that they would contest the elections come what may. The PPP leader demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan extend the dates for elections so that they did not become victim of poor administration. “We want to see the ‘real Karachi mandate’ emerging,” Patel added. He also spoke at length about the various hurdles the provincial government faced in conducting the elections, especially the filing of nomination papers.
govt confused about resuming talks with ttp niSar iS likely to brief na on dialogUe UPdate today ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR The PML-N government looks confused to re-initiate the frozen dialogue process with the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as almost all negotiators and facilitators have either expressed their helplessness or put tough conditions, Pakistan Today has learnt. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is set to brief the National Assembly on Monday (today) in this regard. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also likely to take the lawmakers into confidence. The TTP spokesman has twice claimed that the government had not contacted them. Analysts said that the Taliban leadership was unhappy on the killing of their leader as well as the government’s false claims of sending a delegation to North Waziristan for holding talks. The analysts said the TTP terrorists were not in a mood to continue talks unless there was a “visible seriousness”
analyStS Say niSar made ‘falSe StatementS’ on dialogUe
Shah SayS govt ShoUld go for oPeration aS ttP iS divided
shown by the government. A federal minister privy to the dialogue process insisted that the government was still hopeful for a breakthrough. A source in the federal government said that the government was in a fix how to deal with the situation that emerged from Hakimullah Mehsud’s killing. “The new TTP leadership is not only anti-Pakistan but they are also furious and they are not responding to the negotiators. So the focus of the government is for the time being to take all possible damage-control measures as Ashura is arriving in a week’s time,” the source said. The source added that there were proposals for launching an operation against the TTP but the government wanted to avoid such a step which would be a U-turn on the agreement of the All Parties Conference while it would also be a costly adventure. "The three clerics who were set to leave for Miranshah for formal dialogue when Hakimullah Mehsud was
targeted by the US are still in touch with the new leadership of Taliban. There are around 30 operational groups in TTP so they are in touch with some leaders of TTP and are hopeful. But I can't give you an update as dialogues only succeed when the process is kept under wraps," a federal minister privy to talks process said. He added that talks around the world were held covertly and the perception that no talks were underway was just a foolish approach. He asserted that the government was serious about talks and it was in touch with the TTP leadership but the progress could not be shared. Jan Achakzai, JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman’s spokesman, said, “We believe that the enabling environment has collapse after drone attack on Hakimullah Mehsud. The government needs to produce conducive environment for talks. There is a need to learn from our mistakes.” He said that at the moment, the talks
could not be held as there was a trust deficit among the TTP cadres about the government’s sincerity. “The government has more resources to engage the Taliban but we have to wait as talks are frozen now,” he asserted. Achakzai said there was a need to ascertain the missing links or questions which are yet to be addressed for smooth flow of peace dialogue. “We are looking forward answers of the important questions that what is the surety about stoppage of drone strikes in Pakistan,” he said. Optimistic about successive talks, he said it was also needed to deliberate that another drone strikes would not happen which could sabotage the process. Analyst Salim Safi said that nonseriousness in the government circles was the major problem for the frozen dialogue. “For the time being, there is no hope. But dialogue may start if the government is serious,” he said. He, however, avoided to explain the seriousness needed for the talks. Brigadier (r) Mahmood Shah said the TTP had been weakened as its new chief was hiding in Afghanistan. “With no Taliban leadership in the country and the TTP groups divided on
the leadership issue, the TTP is weaker and divided. Moreover, the new Taliban leadership is in no mood to negotiate. This is time that the government must order an operation. Once there is a major push against them, they would show willingness to talk and the government then may negotiate from the position of strength,” he asserted. He said that timing and accurate plan are key for success in war and time was ripe for an action and not for dialogue. He said that if talks were held now, the TTP would dictate terms. Shah confirmed that no practical steps were taken by Nisar to start talks. “Chaudhry Nisar has made false claims as there has been nothing on ground. Moreover, there is no guarantee that the third force would not make drone attack again,” he added. He said that there was no reason for the TTP to refuse talks if their leader had been killed. “The army did not push to breakdown dialogue when its top general was martyred by the Taliban. The Taliban again hit a church to embarrass PM Nawaz Sharif when he was en route to the UN meeting. But the government did not break down talks,” he asserted.
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NEWS Monday, 11 November, 2013
us 'not blInd, stupId' In n-talks wIth Iran: kerry WASHINGTON
HE United States is "not blind, and I don't think we're stupid" in nuclear talks with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a US television interview that aired on Sunday. The top US diplomat also insisted there is "zero gap" between the Obama administration and its commitment to Israel, with diplomatic relations between the two allies under strain over the Iran nuclear talks. Kerry made his remarks in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" programme after talks with world powers in Geneva failed to produce a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief "Some of the most serious and capable, expert people in our government, who have spent a lifetime
dealing both with Iran as well as with nuclear weapon and nuclear armament and proliferation, are engaged in our negotiation," Kerry said, speaking after intensive talks. "We are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid," he said. "I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests of our country and of the globe, and particularly of our allies like Israel and Gulf states and others in the region." Three grueling days of Iran's parallel talks with the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, known as the P5+1, ended with no agreement but the two sides will meet again on November 20. Hopes had soared for a deal after top world diplomats rushed to Geneva to join the talks, but faded after cracks began to show among world powers when France raised concerns. Kerry told "Meet the Press"
that the United States is "absolutely determined that this would be a good deal or there'll be no deal". That is why "we didn't close the deal here in the last couple of days, because we are together unified, pushing for things that we believe provide the guarantees that Israel and the rest of the world demand here", he said. "We're talking about stopping their programme where it is, with enough guarantees to know that it is in fact stopped where it is, while we then negotiate the full measure of the deal with our allies, with our friends, with all of the interested parties, advising at the table, consulting, and their interests well represented," the US secretary of state said. Meanwhile hawkish Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a leading voice in the US Congress on defence and military matters, warned against easing sanctions on the regime in Iran, saying Sunday it
could have dire consequences. "My fear is that we're going to wind up creating a North Koreatype situation in the Mideast, where we negotiate with Iran and one day you wake up, they don't give up their enrichment capabilities, they don't divest themselves of plutonium-producing reactors, centrifuges continue to spin and you're going to have a nuclear Iran," Graham said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" programme. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was the first to reveal that a deal had failed, preempting the official announcement after the talks broke up. Fabius had earlier raised concerns that the proposal did not go far enough to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. He insisted that France wanted an agreement, despite claims from some officials that Paris had stymied efforts to reach a deal.
The draft deal said to be on the table could have seen Iran freeze parts of its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of some of the sanctions on its battered economy. He also spoke during the interview on the strength of US-Israeli ties. "There is zero gap between this president, between this administration and our commitment to Israel, our commitment to its safety, the commitment of the president to our allies in the Gulf and the region," Kerry said. He added that President Barack Obama "is prepared to engage in an agreement
with respect to defending our allies in that region" and "will defend them, as we have in the past, against any kind of external attack".
Electioneering starts despite uncertainty about LB polls ScrUtiny of nomination PaPerS kickS off in balochiStan DIR lOweR: People throng a roadside chicken soup cart in Timergara. INP
Pml-n hoodwinking masses on drone issue, says Pti ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Sunday strongly criticised the government for trying to hoodwink masses once again on the issue of drone attacks. In her statement, she held it utter shameful that while the nation was informed by the interior minister that the US ambassador was being summoned to the Foreign Office to be handed over a demarche, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took no such action. “Rather the ambassador was simply called for a meeting and the Pakistani people learnt from the US State Department that no demarche had been given!” she scoffed. Terming this shameful, Mazari lamented the government’s lying to its own people, and being “petrified of conveying the nation's outrage to the US”. "Or should we assume there is a disconnect within the ranks of the PML-N government with Ch Nisar taking a strong nationalist position against US actions and the PM too timid to upset the US?" Mazari asked. He also pointed to the news appearing in the press that the government also knew that Hakeemullah would be targeted, but this threat was not discussed in Nawaz-Obama meeting because of advice from "the establishment".
us-pakistan energy group to meet in washington tomorrow WASHINGTON APP
The fifth US-Pakistan Energy Working Group, part of the strategic dialogue framework between the two countries, will meet in Washington on Tuesday. “This working group fosters cooperation on Pakistan’s energy sector, including power generation, renewable energy, gas, and reform priorities,” the State Department said on Sunday The strategic dialogue framework between the two countries was re-energised during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s August visit to Islamabad. It will be co-hosted by Ambassador Carlos Pascual, US special envoy and coordinator for international energy
affairs, and Pakistani ministers of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and of Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif. “The United States and Pakistan have worked closely and on a sustained basis to better develop and diversify Pakistan’s energy sector, a key priority of the Pakistani government and people,” Office of the State Department spokespersons noted. The United States has supported increased energy generation, improved distribution, management, revenue collection, and policy reform. Since October 2009, the US has helped add 1,000 megawatts of capacity to Pakistan’s grid – enough to supply electricity for more than 16 million people, the State Department said.
nawaz sold country for six billion dollars, alleges Pat ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Central Secretary Faizul Islam has alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sold Pakistan for a petty amount of six billion dollars. Nawaz Sharif did not speak a single word against drone attacks during the meeting with US President Barack Obama and the nation has been deceived, he said. He alleged the prime minister hosted a meeting with John Kerry with whom he agreed to spy on Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), delay the arms deal, halt Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project and refrain from speaking on drones with Obama. Talking about talks with Taliban, Faizul Islam said the negotiations are being done with merely pro-American and pro-Saudi Taliban.
Despite uncertainty regarding holding of Local Bodies (LB) polls, candidates have started their election campaign to muster support. According to reports gathered from the provincial capitals, the candidates are visiting their supporters after 10 years and assuring them of resolution of their problems. The voters too have their reservations and are of the opinion that they would try new people but political pundits believe that the old horses would be the ultimate winners. Meanwhile, scrutiny of nomination papers has started in Balochistan after the first phase of submission of candidature concluded on Saturday with over 22,000 candidates fling their nomination papers for the scheduled LB polls in Balochistan. As many as 22,131 candidates filed their nomination papers for 7,189 seats in the province, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) sources said. According to the ECP, final lists of the candidates
ecP cancelS tranSferS of Sindh chief Secy Printing corP md will be issued on November 19 after the phases of objections, scrutiny and appeals are completed. In Punjab, candidates started receiving nomination papers on Sunday. Following the Lahore High Court orders, the Punjab Law Ministry notified amendment in Local Government Act 2013 according to which the polls would be held on a party-basis. November 12 is the last date for the filing of nomination papers in Sindh where the provincial government wanted to hold the polls on December 7 instead of November 27. The Sindh government has already moved the Supreme Court in this regard. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, where the PTI had promised to be the first to hold the LB elections, is expected to file its response next week. On the other hand, the ECP has cancelled transfers of the Sindh chief secretary and the Printing Corporation managing director. The ECP has also sought explanation from the Establishment Division secretary over the transfers.
Security beefed up in balochistan to ensure peaceful muharram: cm QUETTA INP
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch has stressed the need for maintaining peace during Muharramul Haram. Speaking at a meeting in Quetta on Sunday‚ he said security has been beefed up in the province to ensure peace
during the month of Muharram. The chief minister urged the clerics to play an effective role for peace in the province. He said special arrangements have been made for security of Imambargahs and Ashura processions. The provincial government fully realises that anti social and anti government elements can disturb the peaceful atmos-
phere. In addition to Quetta, security has also been tightened in other major cities and highways of the province, he added. The meeting was attended by clerics of all schools of thought‚ provincial ministers and security officials. Meanwhile, the Balochistan government has already banned entry of 69 clerics from Punjab, Sindh, Islam-
abad and Azad Kashmir during the month of Muharram. These include 30 Shia and 39 Sunni ‘firebrand speakers’ who will not be allowed to enter the province during the month of Muharram. According to home secretary, four districts have been declared sensitive. Quetta is highly vulnerable to sectarian attacks during the first ten
days of Muharram. Threats to Mach town in Kachi district have already been reported. Seven coalminers from a specific sect were targeted there recently. Other sensitive areas include Nasirabad, Dera Allah Yar and Khuzdar. Security will be beefed up in these four areas during critical processions of Muharram 7 and 10.
US made agreement for drones with military dictator, says haqqani WASHINGTON INP
Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States and PPP leader Husain Haqqani has revealed in his book that the country’s former military dictator made an agreement with the US for drone strikes. In his recently published book ‘Magnificent Delusions’, Haqqani writes that the establishment and the government agreed upon continuing the drone strike agreement with the US. The former ambassador reveals that the then chairman US Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen, traveled to Pakistan in 2008 demanding action against the Haqqani network and other militant groups. During this visit, the Pakistani Army requested that the US to target Baitullah Mehsud, former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief, who had threatened Pakistan. It was upon this request that American officials included the Pakistani Taliban on their hit list. In his book, Haqqani claims that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has always been acceptable for civilians, but the country’s army still has a long way to go to recognise the rights of civilians. In November 2009, according to Haqqani, US President Barack Obama secretly offered Pakistan that he would pressurise India for talks on the Kashmir issue if Islamabad stopped its support for Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Afghan Taliban. A letter written outlining this offer was given by US National Advisor James Jones to the then president Asif Ali Zardari. Offering his clarification on the memogate scandal, Haqqani wrote that accusations of him having inside relations with the US government were false. Haqqani added that if this was the case there would be no reason for him to seek help, especially from a disreputable businessman to deliver a message to the US government.
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Monday, 11 November, 2013
FAISAlABAD: Villagers of Chak No 62 are busy in preparing 4,000 kgs Kheer to be offered as Niaz during Muharramul Harram. INP
InquIry starts agaInst 11 Kp MInIsters on CorruptIon Charges kP cm SayS Power and fUndS will be tranSferred to elected rePreSentativeS after lb PollS PESHAWAR/ABBOTTABAD
N enquiry has been started against 11 minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for alleged inappropriate use of authority and corruption. KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak launched the inquiries on the directives of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan after some party lawmakers complained about the involvement of KP ministers in corruption. According to reports, no charges came to the fore against the KP chief
minister, two provincial ministers each from the Jamaat-e-Islami and PTI. The ministers against whom inquiry has been initiated include: Land Revenue Minister Ali Ameen Khan Gandapur, Information Minister Shah Farman, Special Assistant to CM Yasin Khalil, Adviser to CM on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani. Separately, KP CM Pervez Khattak claimed that his government had brought to an end the ‘thana culture’ besides eliminating corruption from provincial institutions. He said this while addressing party activists in Abbottabad. Khattak said the government officials and employees have been asked to reduce their expenditures in accordance with the salaries. Speaking about the local bodies’ elections, he said that
in the polls a village with a population of 2,000 will be a council. The CM said that after the LB elections, people would be independent to take decisions on their own. He
said that every district council would annually awarded funds up to Rs 2 to Rs 2.5 million which be spent for the welfare of the people of the area concerned. Khattak rejected the blames that people were being trapped under new LB system and assured that power and funds would be transferred to elected representatives.
fata jirga of political parties supports dialogue with taliban PeSHAwAR: An all-FATA political parties jirga has supported dialogue with the Taliban and demanded the government take steps for establishment of durable peace in the tribal region. The jirga held on Sunday, was attended by leaders of all the political parties and called for taking the tribal leaders into confidence about the progress in the dialogue with Taliban. In a joint statement, the jirga demanded that steps be taken immediately for the rehabilitation of people affected by terrorism. It also condemned the drone attacks which have created fear in the area and caused collateral damages including civilian deaths. INP
Security forces foil terror bid in Sui DeRA BUGTI: Frontier Corps Balochistan recovered huge cache of explosives and detonators from the region of Sui in Balochistan. The incident took place on Sunday when security personnel were busy in checking at Dera Allah Yar Road. According to sources the security forces traced a man made tunnel that could have been filled up with explosives at the banks of the road. An FC spokesman notified that the forces recovered a 10 kg Improvised Explosive Device (IED), four anti-tank mines, three detonators and one cell phone from the site. The FC troops from Paish Bogi area defused the IED, he added. The police registered a case against unknown culprits and have started investigations. INP
sIngh LIKeLy to sKIp srI LanKa suMMIt aMId war CrIMes row NEW DELHI AgENcIEs
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in Sri Lanka this week marred by long-running accusations that Colombo has failed to tackle war crimes against minority Tamils. Singh's move is seen as bowing to pressure from India's own large Tamil population, with an eye to a general election that must be held by May 2014. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already said he would boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that Sri Lanka is hosting from Nov. 15 to 17. Harper said last month he was dis-
turbed by continuing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, the harassment of minorities, reported disappearances and allegations of extra judicial killings. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will attend, but will demand an investigation into the accusations. The Sri Lankan government, which defeated the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in 2009, faces increasing pressure from the international community to try those responsible for rights abuses during a nearly three-decade-long civil war. Critics in India slammed Singh's decision as opening the door for giant Asian rival China, which helps fund Sri Lanka's military and infrastructure projects, to extend its influence.
Indian news channels and newspapers reported the decision over the weekend, saying Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid would go instead, but the foreign ministry has not confirmed this. “From time to time the prime minister is required to be here and he is unable to visit,” Khurshid told reporters on Sunday. "I don't think we should look at any one single dimension to this decision. Let's not forget that the prime minister doesn't always go to Commonwealth (meetings)," Khurshid said in an exclusive interview with NDTV. "The prime minister is campaigning and of course there are a lot of issues in Tamil Nadu and many other important things that are on the Prime Ministers plate right now. So there could be a lot of reasons
that went into this decision," Mr Khurshid said. On being asked if domestic politics prevailed over India's diplomatic and strategic interests, the 60-year-old minister said, "We have a very important relationship with Sri Lanka. I don't think we should see this as a switch-on-switch-off affair." Foreign Politicians Detained In a separate development, Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday detained and impounded the passports of two lawmakers from Australia and New Zealand who had visited the country's former war zones in the north. The pair was due to address a news conference organised by the Tamil National Alliance, the former political proxy of the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.
Authorities say the two politicians were detained because they had travelled on tourist visas. They were later released. “One has already left the country and the other one will leave tomorrow morning,” Chulananda Perera, controller of the immigration and emigration department, told Reuters. Sunday's detention follows the questioning last week of two media activists from Australia representing the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Immigration officials found they had travelled on tourist visas to attend a media workshop. Sri Lanka also denied last week that it had refused to give visas to a delegation from an international human rights group, saying permission had not been sought for the visitors.
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The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. — John Foster Dulles
NEWS Monday, 11 November, 2013
iranian PreSident SayS nUclear rightS are ‘red lineS’ DUBAI: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday said Iran would not give up what it sees as its right to enrich uranium in nuclear negotiations and said the Islamic Republic would not bow to "threats" from anyone. Following talks in Geneva that failed to clinch a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme, Rouhani told lawmakers Iran had told its negotiating partners, "We will not answer to any threat, sanction, humiliation or discrimination." Despite the failure of the talks on Saturday, Iran and six world powers said differences had narrowed and they would resume negotiations in 10 days to try to end the decade-old standoff. "The Islamic Republic has not and will not bow its head to threats from any authority," Rouhani said in a speech at the National Assembly. "For us there are red lines that cannot be crossed. National interests are our red lines that include our rights under the framework of international regulations and (uranium) enrichment in Iran," he said. ‘BAD AND DANGeROUS’ DeAl: Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would do all it could to keep world powers from striking a "bad and dangerous" deal with Iran over its nuclear programme. Netanyahu said he had spoken with leaders of five of the six world powers negotiating with Iran and told them that the looming deal was "bad and dangerous". "I suggested they wait," he said in remarks relayed by his office. "I hope they reach a good agreement, and we will do all we can to convince world powers to avoid a bad deal." AgENcIEs
speakers call for end to relatIons wIth us PESHAWAR
IKE other parts of the country, like-minded hardline religious forces arranged a rally under the auspices of Jamaat-ut-Dawa against the US drone attacks and supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan here at Peshawar.
The activists and workers from different religious parties assembled at Chowk Fawara from where they proceeded towards the Peshawar Press Club and chanted slogans against the United States and the government as well. Some of them also chanted slogans in favour of Taliban militants. Beside others the protesters were addressed by Maulana Sami Ul Haq, Mufti
Najib Ullah, Maulana Darwaish, Ibraqhim Qasimi, Attique-ur-Rehman and Maulana Haseeb-ul-Haq Haqqani. The speakers while showing sever resentment over the US drone attack killing banned Tehrik Taliban chief Hakim Ullah Mehsud alleged: “the US is against the process of peace in Afghanistan.” They demanded of the government to terminate relations with the US without further
delay and supplies to the US-led allied troops in Afghanistan. Leaders of different like-minded religious parties also condemned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for what they called extending support to the US. They said the whole nation was against the US but the present government was following policies inherited by previous military dictator Pervez Musharaf.
illegal migrantS in SaUdi SUrrender after deadly riotS RIYADH: Hundreds of illegal migrants targeted in a Saudi nationwide crackdown turned themselves in on Sunday after security forces besieged a Riyadh neighbourhood where riots had killed two people. Men, women and children lined up carrying their belongings to board police buses transferring them to an assembly centre before their deportation, a week after a seven-month amnesty expired. Police said they intervened on Saturday following riots in the poor Manfuhah neighbourhood of the capital after foreigners attacked Saudis and other foreign expats with rocks and knives. One Saudi and another person, whose nationality and identity remains unknown, were killed, said a police statement carried by the SPA state news agency. Another 68 people – 28 Saudis and 40 foreigners – were injured and 561 were arrested. The Manfuhah district of Riyadh is home to many illegal migrants, mostly from east Africa. On Sunday, police laid siege to the district while units from the National Guard and special forces were sent in. The Ethiopian government said on Saturday it was repatriating citizens who had failed to meet the deadline of a seven-month amnesty, citing reports that an Ethiopian had been killed by police. "They were trying to get them in the camp before repatriation and in that process... an Ethiopian has been killed with a police bullet, but we are verifying it," foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti said in Addis Ababa. Saudi police said on Saturday illegal migrants in Manfuhah have been given the chance to come forward and that accommodation has been made available while their repatriation is arranged. On Monday, the authorities began rounding up thousands of illegal foreign workers following the expiry of a final amnesty for them to formalise their status. Those considered to be illegal range from overstaying visitors and pilgrims seeking jobs to shop assistants and day labourers working for someone other than their sponsor. Having an official sponsor is a legal requirement in Saudi Arabia and most other Gulf states. Nearly a million migrants – Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis among them – took advantage of the amnesty to leave. Another roughly four million were able to find employers to sponsor them, but in so doing virtually emptied the market of cheap freelance labour. Expatriates account for a full nine million of the oil-rich kingdom's population of 27 million. AgENcIEs
RAwAlPINDI: Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Mubarak AlHamad Al-Sabah is received by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid on his arrival at Noor Khan Airbase. INP
saudI Mers toLL reaChes 53 as oMan reCords fIrst death RIYADH AgENcIEs
Saudi Arabia announced another fatality from the MERS virus on Sunday, taking its toll to 53, as neighbouring Oman recorded its first death from the respiratory disease. The (MERS-CoV) Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus had cost 64 lives worldwide by November 4, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In the Gulf region, 53 MERS deaths have been recorded in Saudi, the country most affected by the disease, and two in Qatar, as well as the fatality announced Sunday by Muscat. The 68-year-old Omani was "suffering from several chronic illnesses including diabetes, blood pressure, and heart failure", the sultanate's health ministry said in a statement. "The main cause of death was failure in lung function," it said. Health authorities had announced the infection on October 30 in what was the country's only
MERS case reported so far. The man had been receiving treatment in Nazwa, 150 kilometres west of the capital. The ministry said tests carried out on everyone who had been in contact with the victim returned negative results. Health authorities in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf nation where the virus first appeared in September 2012, on Sunday announced a new death from MERS. Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine. It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died. Like SARS, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from a temperature, coughing and breathing difficulties. But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure and the extremely high death rate has caused serious concern. In August, researchers pointed to Arabian camels as possible hosts of the virus.
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Police commandoes deployed for security of Peshawar jail
PESHAWAR stAff REPORt
Security of the Peshawar central jail has been put on high alert after a threat of possible attack by miscreants. “In view of threats by militants, security of the jail has been put on high alert and commandos of police force have been deployed in and around it, jail officers said on Sunday. The security of Maulana Sofi Muhammad, who is head of the Tehreek-e-Nifaze-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) and
father-in-law of the newly-elected Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Fazlullah, and Dr Shakeel Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track down former alQaeda leader Osama bin Laden, have been handed over to police commandos, a jail officer, seeking anonymity, said. Sofi Muhammad was arrested by security forces on July 26, 2009, for encouraging violence and terrorism and 12 cases were registered against him including Pakistan People’s Party MPA Badiuzzaman’s murder. Keeping in view the possible attack on the jail, the police department changed the security plan and decided to deploy a large number of security personnel around the boundaries of the jail. The newly-elected TTP chief has already refused to go ahead with peace talks with the government after the killing of his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud. Mehsud was killed in the US drone strike in the Darpa Danday Khel area of Miranshah Town of North Waziristan on November 1, a day before the launching of formal peace talks.
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Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias. — Bertrand Russell
KARACHI Monday, 11 November, 2013
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soomro GIves Green sIGnal for traffIc lIGht repaIr KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation Administrator Saqib Soomro directed the concerned officials of Transport and Communication Department to ensure immediate repair of all faulty traffic signals and installation of these at sites where they are urgently required. Reviewing the work undertaken by the KMC Transport and Communication Department, Saturday, he said pedestrian bridges planned at Burns Road, near D.J. Science College, Prince Ali Boys School near National Highway, S.M. Taufiq Road, Liaquatabad Number Two C- Area Bus Stop, Altaf Barelvi Road near Bara Board, Star Gate on Sharea Faisal and Nawab Siddiq Ali Khan Road, Nazimabad - 7 must be completed in next six months, that is the stipulated time. These bridges, he said are being constructed at sites where they are particularly needed by senior citizens, women and students. "Our priority sites for these bridges are locations close to schools, colleges, hospitals and shopping malls," said the KMC administrator. He also ordered officials to expedite installation of cat eyes at all thoroughfares, along with Sharea Faisal, I.I.Chundrigar Road and Shahrah-e-Ata Turk. He said lane marking at major roads must also be completed so as to streamline and smoothen traffic flow in the metropolis. Soomro said work going on to mark zebra crossing on thorough fares besides lane marking at parking lots must be also expedited. APP
SAY CHeeSe: Rangers present arrested suspects from the Orangi Town locality with the weapons recovered from their possession. ONLINE
QaIm vows exemplary PUniShment for oUtlawS KARACHI
INDH Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah while taking a serous notice of the murder of innocent people including sub-inspector of police Muhammad Amin in the city Saturday, directed IG police and Additional IGP Karachi to take stern action against the perpetrators and bring them to justice. He reiterated his firm resolve to continue the ongoing targeted operation against the terrorists, target killers, extortionists and anti-social elements until the elimination of the last criminal. Qaim said that Karachi is a hub for economic and commercial activities and restoration of law and order is the top priority of the provincial government adding that Karachi will be made once again the city of lights. While lauding the performance and achievements of police and Rangers in the on-going targeted operation directed for further activating intelligence network and having a strict eye on the criminal elements.
Qaim directed IG Police to increase police patrolling, ensure strict checking at exit and entrance points of city and beefing up the security at main round abouts, roads, mosques, imam bargahs and business and commercial centers of the metropolis. The Sindh chief minister also directed for strictly implementing security plan constituted for Muharramul-Haram and ensuring fool proof security for mourning processions and congregations across the Sindh. He appealed the general public for extending full support and cooperation to law enforcing agencies to foil the conspiracies of anti-state elements who want to disturb the peace. He added that such elements would not be
tolerated at any cost and their nefarious designs would never succeed. Syed Qaim Ali Shah stressed upon the religious scholars to play their role for inter-sect harmony. The chief minister expressed his profound grief over the yesterday’s killings and condoled with the heirs of the victims.
funeral prayers of slain cop oﬀered KARACHI APP
`Namaz-e-Janaza' of martyred Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ameen, was offered on Sunday at the Police Headquarters Garden. A police spokesman said that the deceased was targeted on Saturday within the jurisdiction of police station Mominabad. He said that the Namaz-i-Janaza of Muhammad Ameen was attended among others by the Additional IGP Karachi, Shahid Hayat, zonal DIGs, and senior police officers.
government hands rangers the baton! KARACHI NNI
The Sindh Home Department issued a notification on Sunday, authorizing special powers to Rangers under the recently promulgated Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan Ordinance (TPO). According to the ordinance, Rangers will be able to keep suspects in their captivity for a period of three months. The Rangers will also have the powers to conduct a raid anytime and anywhere and shoot terrorists on sight. Earlier, Rangers were bound to hand over a suspect to nearby police station within 24 hours. President Mamnoon Hussain signed the ordinance about a month back.
RANGERS TO THE RESCUE! Paramilitary diStribUteS ration among lyariiteS KARACHI INP
Rangers on Sunday distributed ration among the dwellers of Lyari stranded due to violence and security forces operation against criminals. It should be mentioned that Lyari has become the battle field due to repeated clashes among the gangsters and criminal groups besides security forces operation to bring the situation under control. Hundreds of families due to poor law and order situation, violence and insecurity have already migrated from the area. However, those who are still residing in Lyari have been restricted to their
homes and can not move for job or even to purchase commodities due to threats to their lives. The situation has resulted in scarcity of food and other commodities among the stranded population. The Rangers in the view of prevailing situation distributed ration among the 500 families of Lyari. The distributed commodities included wheat flour, sugar, pulses, ghee and other food items. The affected population lauded the Rangers for their suppoort to lessen their miseries. They appealed the provincial government and law enforcement authorities for restoration of peace in Lyari and other parts of the city sothat they are able to resume their normal activities.
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Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions... Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity. — Muhammad Iqbal
KARACHI Monday, 11 November, 2013
trade reels from transporters’ strike KARACHI
HE countrywide strike of transporters, which entered fifth day on Sunday, has badly affected trade activities in the country, especially import and export. According to traders, the strike has inflicted losses of up to $ 200 million and fruits and vegetables were rotting, as the strike has resulted in piling up of export shipments and outbound cargo at Karachi port and Port Qasim. Similarly, goods of millions of rupees was also stuck in factories owing to the truckers' complete strike. The goods transporters are demanding the reversal of the decision to increase income tax and action against the frequent incidents of extortion and kidnappings. They said hundreds of their containers were being lifted by the civil administration of Sindh and Punjab for blocking roads and streets during Muharram processions. On Saturday, the Transport Alliance and Karachi commissioner held negotiations and reached an agreement over the issue of law and order and Karachi Port Trust Parking. However, the transporters decided to continue the strike as issues related to the federation could not be addressed. The strike will continue till their demands are met by the government, the transporters said.
spread awareness, finish oﬀ diabetes KARACHI: Education and prevention are key to fighting diabetes, four out five diabetics worldwide are living in middle or low income countries, half of them unaware of their condition. Screening for pre-diabetes is one essential step in combating diabetes as more than 10 percent of the people with pre-diabetes become diabetic within three years. Experts at a session held on Sunday to mark World Diabetes Day at Aga Khan University also pointed out that up to 58 percent reduction in the development of diabetes could be achieved if prediabetes was controlled effectively. "Pre-diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar is above normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Progression to diabetes can be checked with a good diet and a regular exercise routine," said Dr Jaweed Akhter. "About 120,000 people are dying in Pakistan each year as a result of diabetes related complications and many more are being incapacitated. Much of this can be avoided as studies have shown that even small improvements in glucose control can lead to significant reduction in complications,"he added. Once diabetes develops there is significant reduction in the capacity of insulin producing cells in the pancreas and diabetes tends to progress. If not controlled diabetes related complications affecting the eyes, kidneys, nerve, blood supply and the heart develop. Unfortunately, a very high proportion, about half of the people, who die with diabetes-related complications are below 60 years old. "Pre-diabetes screening is also an early warning for overweight people to get tested, especially if they suffer from other additional risk factors such as high blood pressure, high triglycerides or a family history of diabetes," consultant endocrinologist, Dr Asma Ahmed added. Consultant endocrinologist Professor Najmul Islam, discussed ways of optimising diabetes management. He emphasised that "adhering to standards of care for sugar levels, cholesterol and BP many diabetes complications can be reduced or completely avoided." The key is to "detect the complications early," said Professor Islam. In addition to screening one of the vital management strategies to combat diabetes is the maintenance of good dietary habits. APP
KARACHI: lorries line the roads of Karachi amid the countrywide strike announced by transporters. ONLINE
jI fuLL partICIpatIon In LB poLLs KARACHI ONLINE
Jamaate Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman on Sunday said that Jamaat-e-Islami will take active part in the upcoming Local Bodies (LB) polls. He said that the party leadership was in contact with the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) and other parties in order to evolve an effective strategy for getting best results in LB polls. Karachi JI Chief expressed these views while addressing a workers’ convention, organised by JI Shah Faisal Zone in connection with the preparations of LB elections and successful campaign of hides’ collection. Addressing a gathering, Hafiz Naeem asked the party workers to prepare themselves for LB elections, adding that the every worker of JI
should take part in the election campaign with courage and steadfastness. Referring the recent meeting with the PTI provincial leadership ‘fruitful’, JI Karachi chief said that the leaders of both the parties have discussed the overall situation for LB polls in details, adding that the party leadership was in the favour of deliberations with other parties of Sindh province. He further said that the chances of rigging in the LB elections in the prevailing circumstances where the LEAs are active due to ongoing targeted operation will definitely raise question mark on the performance of government and other authorities concerns. Commenting on the US Army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Hafiz Naeem said that the massive changes are likely to be expected after the withdrawal of US
army from Afghanistan and colossal movements would be produced after that, we should keep each and every situation in our minds, he added. “Billions of US dollars investments are being continued in the country for creating confusion regarding Islam and spread anarchy on the basis of sects”, he added. “We should prepare ourselves for spreading the message of religion Islam among the people and take them into confidence about the conspiracies hatched by external powers against Pakistan”, he maintained. On the occasion, JI Karachi Chief congratulated the workers on record collection of hides on Eidul Azha. JI Ameer Younus Barai said that the people of city are facing threats of terrorism, extortion and strikes since long, however; JI will not let the people of Karachi alone and free them from the clutches of terrorists and mafia.
28 profIteers fIned KARACHI: Twenty two shopkeeper were fined and 28 were fined for selling goods at higher rates than the official ones. These included milk, fruit, vegetable, chicken, flour and other itchen items' sellers who were found involved in profiteering during crackdowns by deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners of the city along with their teams., Karachi Comissioner Shoaib Siddiqui directed the City Administration officials to continue their crackdowns till it is ensured that no shopkeeper /seller is involved in profiteering, said an official statement on Sunday. It said that the commissioner had ordered deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners to carry out crackdowns against the shopkeepers making undue profit against the Government's fixed rates. APP
nicvd administration rebuﬀs fears, says all goes well KARACHI APP
The administration of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) on Saturday dispelled the impression that all machines or gadgets at the institute were malfunctioning. NICVD's Administrative Officer Syed Mushtaq Ali said that angiographies, both for private and general ward patients, were being performed regularly. "On an average 25 angiographies and 8-10 angioplasties are being performed daily," he said. Replying to a question, he said the prestigious "Angioplasty Programme of the Institute, one of its kind in any public sector facility, is also being run round the clock for emergency patients."Similarly, he said all the NICVD operation theatres were functional with 8-12 cardiac operations being done daily. The administrative officer emphasised that there was no discrimination between private and general ward patients as both were provided with the best possible medical assistance. "Ten percent of our total patients' load comprise of private patients and the remaining 90 per cent pertain to general wards," said Mushtaq Ali. He said that one of the three power generators installed at NICVD had been shut down for routine maintenance procedure while two others were in absolute working condition to provide backup support in case of any disruption in KESC supply, which rarely happens. He took strong exception to a report published in a local newspaper, with what he said, mala fide intention to defame the NICVD administration and said that it held the right to refer the matterbefore a court of law.
Memon wants all LB employees back on the job KARACHI NNI
Sindh Local Government Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that local bodies’ elections should not be made an issue of ego. When political parties are not satisfied with party-based elections, any pressure in this regard is just a futile exercise. According to a statement, Memon was of the view that current elections would be the most disorganized ones in the history of the country, adding that transparent polling is not possible under such chaotic conditions.
He added political parties have opposed party-based elections and have tabled a a resolution in National Assembly in this regard. So far as religious parties are concerned, they also have expressed their reservations regarding local bodies during Muharram, prestigious month of Islamic history, said Sindh information minister. He concluded that coming ahead local bodies elections have become disputed before their due time. Meanwhile, Sharjeel Memon has issued the directives to the secretary local government to cancel leaves of all the employees of local bodies through out
province during Muharram to perform duties on the occasion of Youm e Ashura. The minister further directed all the administrators and deputy commissioners to establish control rooms on 8, 9, and 10th of Muharam in their respective district head quarters in order to provide all the facilities to the mourners during the Muharram. He also directed to ensure cleanliness, lightning and water supply during Muharram on all routs declared for processions, so that the mourners should not face any kind of problem. Local government minister also directed all the administrators of the province to
personally supervise the arrangements during Muharram-ul-Haram. He directed administrators all over the province to ensure that all the roads, adjoining areas and lanes close to the Imambargahs and mosques should be neat and clean so that any kind of hindrance is not to be found while the people are performing their religious activities. Any kind of negligence will not be tolerated in this regard the minister warned. He apprised the officials of KESC, HESCO and SESCO, to avoid load shedding from the evening up to 2:00 AM during the Muhrram processions and majlises.
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The only place success comes before work is the dictionary. –Vincent Vince Lombardi
COMMENT Monday, 11 November, 2013
not the best policy oﬀering the other cheek to taliban
democracy is just a cloak hidden behind the facade are dictators howling for ever-more authoritarian powers
HIS all sounds so trite and unimaginative, indeed. The Taliban have spurned talks, by word and by deed through elevating Mullah Radio as its honcho. Ehsanullah Ehsan, the TTP’s former spokesman presently leading the action as one of its commanders, places the possibility of talks at sub-zero. Yet, without batting an eyelid, the prime minister swears that he is committed to pursue the very same. Apparently the PM is yet to appreciate that for any negotiations somebody has to be first sitting at the other end of the table, and, second, be willing to compromise and cut a deal. Despite the government’s single track agenda since its installation in office in early June, the TTP has never shown any enthusiasm whatsoever for talks. If anything there was a surge in attacks, some of them the bloodiest ever witnessed in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, where ironically the PTI’s provincial government is most sympathetic to the Taliban since the MMA’s alliance ruled the roost between 2002 and 07. And all this transpired when Hakimullah Mehsud had not been taken out in a drone attack. So much for his death killing the talks! Meanwhile, the centre is venturing to discuss with the KP government its ‘new talks strategy with the Taliban’ when the PTI is planning to block NATO supplies in protest to the drone strikes, which Ch Nisar, of all the people, dubs as ‘sentimental’ reaction. Taking such inane positions is creating a lot of confusion at a time when the TTP is baying for more blood, and promised vengeance on the Sharif’s so far spared stronghold, the Punjab. The PML-N and the PTI – particularly the former, for the latter can afford to be government and opposition at the same time a la Shahbaz Sharif when the PPP reigned at the centre – need to acknowledge that peace cannot be obtained on the cheap. The PML-N and its leadership need to comprehend that staying frozen out of multiple fears – the Taliban reprisals and backlash from its core self-righteous trading constituency – is not going to work. The more it fears the TTP retaliation, the harder the Taliban would come at it. And it should nurture some confidence that its rightist credentials put it in an enviable position to coax the Taliban sympathisers into a volte face. After all, despite their pronounced religious bent, for the pragmatic mercantile classes the promise of peace dividend in adding value to their wealth in double quick time holds far greater attraction.
the security for shias the government needs to do more
VERY succeeding year during this holy month of Muharram, the sectarian violence reaches new highs. Those with distorted mindsets about Islam as a religion of peace means, start targeting Shia. Each year, the government promises newer and better security plans to protect the Shia, but these plans fall short of delivering almost every year. This year, the PML-N led Punjab government had announced a so-called four-tier security plan to avoid any violent incident. However, the killing of three Shias in two attacks on imambargahs in Gujranwala the other day clearly reflects chinks in the plan. Providing security to every citizen without discrimination is government’s responsibility, and by extension of the law enforcement agencies. But how to go about this fundamental right is the duty of the government, that of the politicians in power. With the government being unable to provide this fundamental right, it is no wonder the sectarian militants take advantage of the situation and exploit it to create reign of chaos and terror through targeting the religious minority. Granted the government wants peace with terrorists, evident from its attempts at starting a peace dialogue with the TTP, but meanwhile it should not ignore the safety and security of its citizens. Putting innocent citizens, who mandated the government to bring to an end this decade-long reign of terror in the country, at the mercy of those very terrorists is perhaps not the best way to placate them into talks. The dynamics of sectarian violence is highly complicated in a country that was created to practice Islam’s best traditions. Minorities have already been almost sidelined from the mainstream social and political life in the country, and now it seems the same is being done with the sects that do not conform to the militant fundamentalists and conservative hardliners. That the political party in power has close ties with some of the worst hatemongers against the Shias does not help the government in overcoming this menace. The right to practice religion freely is enshrined in the constitution. The same holds for the right to life and freedom of expression. The governments, both federal and provincial, must ensure that the tenets of the constitution are not only implemented but also respected. Meanwhile, they can increase security personnel and intelligence gathering to provide incident-free security to the Shias in a month so sacred to every Muslim.
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HE problem with our political leadership is that they acutely suffer from a permanent disorder which, in essence, emanates from a gross dearth of ability, lack of sincerity and an abominable paucity of faith in the democratic traditions and their practice. Scantily garbed as reluctant democrats, they operate by authoritarian methods. Look at the extent of impermanence that pervades the national scene where just about everyone has a caretaker charge. According to a recent report, the number of headless public sector institutions alone stands at more than sixty. The murmurings in the corridors of power suggest that the prime minister is waiting to see the back of the chief justice. It is only then that he would be able to plant his ‘Mamnoon Hussains’ in all positions of power so that he could assume unchallenged charge of all state institutions and deal with these as may suit his musings. They believe that this cannot happen during the tenure of the incumbent chief justice. In the wake of these intentions, unstated may be, the big question that arises is whether such dictatorial mindset can be allowed to prevail in the future now that one has witnessed a certain level of improvement, no matter how meagre, in various sectors of governance which has been made possible by the so-called ‘intrusive’ approach of the Supreme Court in the last four years? Left to the political leadership, that’s the way things would be once the incumbent chief justice is gone: back to the bad old ways when the prime minister’s command would hold sway over all other factors and considerations, whether these be in the realm of governance, transparency in its working, or its efficiency or efficacy. Every impeding obstacle would be dismantled to let the prime minister’s princely whims and fancies be implemented. For five long years, the very same political parties were sharing the spoils of government albeit apportioned differently. The PPP-led coalition was ruling at the centre, Sindh and Balochistan. It also had a share in the government in the KPK. The PML-N made the best of ruling in Punjab. For all this while, none of the provincial governments agreed to hold the local-bodies elections because the overriding purpose was to keep all instruments of political, administrative and financial control vested in the heads of the political parties. So, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and the KPK remained without holding the localbodies elections, thereby denying to the people the opportunity of addressing their ever-increasing woes at their doorstep. One thought that, this time around, they would address the constitutional requirement of devolving the benefits of
democracy to the people and allow them the right of choosing their own leaders to ease their burden of life. Unfortunately, the political leaders have opted to persist with their traditional dictatorial mindset and are bent on refusing to grant this right in a democratic manner. It is only on the intervention of the Supreme Court that the provinces agreed, in the first place, to hold the local-bodies elections, but are still bent on trying to postpone the eventuality under one pretext or the other. In the lead is the government of Punjab which insisted on holding the exercise on a non-party basis and even enacted appropriate legislation to the effect. The same was petitioned in the Lahore High Court by a coalition of the opposition parties which, in a landmark judgment, has declared that holding the local-government elections in Punjab on non-party basis “will be a violation of the constitution” and proceeded to set aside Section 18 of the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA) 2013. The court further observed that the local-governments derived their status and authority from Articles 7, 32 and 140 A of the Constitution. Allowing the provincial governments to legislate on the local-government system, these provisions imposed adequate checks on the powers of the provincial legislature to guide such legislation. The court further observed that denying the political identity of a candidate standing for a local-government office under Section 18 of the PLGA negated the obligation of the province under Article 140 A of the Constitution to devolve political authority and responsibility to the elected representatives of the local-governments. Understandably disturbed at the decision, the dictatorial leadership of PML-N started manoeuvring to somehow postpone the impending local-government elections for which a schedule had already been announced by the ECP under the instructions of the Supreme Court. Interestingly, they were not left alone in this effort. Practically all political parties across the divide joined hands in defence of their so-called “sovereign political will” by passing a resolution in the National Assembly that rejected the local-government election schedules: “This house resolves that conducting the localgovernment elections in a hasty and nontransparent manner will cast doubts on the credibility of not only the process but also the results. The Election Commission of Pakistan must ensure that proper procedures are followed and minimum required time must be allotted for free, fair and transparent local-government elections”. The resolution further stated that “the sovereign political will of this house must prevail in a democratic process which has to be transparent, free and fair”. That effectively pits the political parties, expressing their will through the forum of the National Assembly, against the Supreme Court and its adjudication with regard to holding the local-government elections forthwith and instructing the ECP to announce the schedules. Why was the Supreme Court forced to resort to passing the instructions in the first place? Or, for that matter, why was it compelled to holding the Defence Secretary responsible for the delay in announcing the localgovernment elections in the cantonments and pressing charges against him for contempt of court? Or, for blocking the way of the Punjab government to hold elections on a non-party basis that is patently inconsistent with its constitutional responsibilities and obligations? Who is to be blamed
for the very same political leaders not having held the local-government elections during their entire previous five-year tenure in power? But, most important of all, who is responsible for the political leaders’ abject unwillingness to pass the spoils of democracy to the people and allowing them the right to guide their destiny by resorting to improbable excuses in their bid to delay the inevitable? Who is going to change their dictatorial mindsets and render them consistent with the democratic culture and requirements? Born and bred in the Zia legacy and forever wedded to the same dictatorial culture, the Sharifs, in the inglorious company of a motley political crowd, are leading the charge of denying to the people their inalienable democratic rights and privileges. Instead, they want to keep wearing the worn-out cloak of democracy while, hidden behind the facade, are dictators howling for grabbing ever more authoritarian powers. If allowed, they would rule singlehandedly to implant their decadent and degenerate writ on the fate of this country and its people. The manner in which they have refused to move effectively against the menace of curbing militancy is yet another proof of their insincerity and complicity with terrorist bands that work under their patronage and protection. Unfortunately, in this bid, they seem to have the support of the entire regressive leadership of the country who have their own militant constituencies to safeguard. In the process, the country is being driven irretrievably into a fatal embrace with the proponents of obscurantism and violence who refuse to look beyond their myopic vision dictated by a self-protecting paradigm. It is only in this country that political leaders are condemning the elimination of a savage terrorist responsible for immeasurable pain and suffering caused to over 40,000 grieving families. It is also only in this country that he is being declared a ‘martyr’ with impunity and there are also those who are declaring even a dog killed by the Americans as a ‘martyr’. There are others who refuse to grant the status of ‘martyr’ to those who sacrificed their lives in defence of their country. Has acceptance of such shameful edicts become the writ of the state and is this what we are to live by? May be it is time for the Sharifs-led government to mark a place in every city where, a la Swat, the marauding militants would unleash their gory savagery and where people would witness living proof of the Taliban ‘justice’ hanging by every pole or tree in the vicinity. My head is bowed in shame as are the heads of countless others who are either too scared to speak up, or are just too engrossed in the task of making living possible. These are the tricks employed by the corrupt rulers to continue gaining more power and more bloated coffers - by keeping people disenfranchised and patronising the vile proponents of violence and bloodshed. The dilemma is that there is no one out there who can lead the charge to reform the society and rid it of the regressive apparel that it has been forced to wear. This is leading to a growing and speedy alienation of the state of Pakistan and soon it shall be denuded friendless clamouring for ever so elusive avenues of salvation. That, I presume, shall be a wee bit too late! Raoof Hasan is a political analyst and the Executive Director of the Regional Peace Institute. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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drug menace and pakistan The contribution of Mr Muhammad Altaf Qamar, a retired Inspector General of Police, appearing in Pakistan Today
(Nov 9) is very informative. I wish he had also told us how do the agencies make sure that the seized items are always totally destroyed and nothing is again diverted back to the market. ABS JAFRI Lahore
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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. –Robert Louis Stevenson
Monday, 11 November, 2013
communal politics in India and the polarisation it brings in its wake
U N D A M E N TA L ISM is rearing its ugly head once again. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has openly said that it would take part in politics. On the other hand, even the liberal Jammiat Ulema-i-Hind has talked about the Muslim vote. The impending parliamentary elections may be compelling the political parties. Yet the polarisation they are trying to effect is telling upon the coexistence of the Hindus and the KuLDIP NAyAR Muslims, something which they have come to accept. Take the RSS first. Apparently, it is not happy with the working of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), its political wing. The RSS had its way in imposing the Hindutva poster boy, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, as the BJP’s candidate for the office of Prime Minister. Maybe, the RSS is upset over leaders like LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley who are seen as the liberal elements in the BJP. By entering politics, the RSS is going back on the undertaking it gave Sardar Patel, the Union Home Minister after partition of the country. The RSS promised and wrote in its constitution not to participate in political activities. This was the price it paid to have the ban lifted following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Nathuram Godse, the assassin, was found having links with the RSS. True, Patel, known for his pro-Hindu views, did not think that the RSS had a hand in the Mahatma’s murder. He said so in his letter dated January 27, 1948, to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Yet Patel believed that the Sangh’s “violent” ways had contributed to the climate in which the Mahatma was killed. The then Sangh chalak, Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, pleaded not guilty. Nor did his telegrams to Nehru and Patel, expressing shock over the murder, make any difference. The Sangh had to specify in its constitution that it had “no politics” in mind and would remain “devoted purely to cultural work.” Yet the ranting by Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief that it would directly participate in politics is the violation of the promise given to Patel. However, this is one case which the Election Commission would have to ponder over. How can a cultural organisation jump into the political arena? Even if the RSS changes its constitution, how justified is it when it gave an undertaking to the central government to have the ban lifted? Take the statement of Mahmood Madani, chief of Jammiat Ulema-iHind. He asked the so-called secular parties not to invoke the bogey of Narendra Modi to create fear among Muslim voters. He said that the parties should instead seek votes “on the basis of promises fulfilled during their tenure and the promises they would make through election manifestoes.” I have no exception to the statement Madani made except his invoking the phrase of “Muslim vote.” There is no Hindu or Muslim vote, but only the Indian vote. What holds good for one community holds good for the other community. To single out the Muslims is exactly what the RSS does for Hindus. And I have not been able to comprehend Madani’s love for Modi. He should have said in the same statement that his remark should not be misunderstood and that he was opposed to Modi’s parochial politics. In fact, he let the Congress and Samajwadi Party too off the hook. The Congress got the opening and said: “We do not make strategy keeping in mind any individual. Our strategies are with regard to the policies and programmes of the party.” However, this self-virtuousness does not convince anyone. It is a fact that the Congress has decided to attack Modi alone. And this can be seen in the manner in which the union ministers are taking turns to criticise Modi. It is unfortunate that the Congress has not raised any substantial issue like development and has played into the hands of Modi who has converted the 2014 polls into a presidential form of election. He, instead, is talking about development and covering up his Hindutva ideology. The Achilles’ heel of the Congress is non-governance as well as the incumbency factor. I wish there had been early elections so that the new government would have planned something for the country for a long tenure. But the six months between now and the elections will be without any serious work. Ministers will be only crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. Consequently, the economy is going haywire. If the ventures in the private sector can register a phenomenal growth, why not then the public sector undertakings? Yet the worst is what the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the BJP are doing at Ayodhya. They were responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid and the killing of hundreds of Muslims. They are trying to create a similar atmosphere by wanting to stage a rally which the state government has rightly banned. I wish the two parties were to show the same verve in getting justice for the Dalits, who are Hindus but undergoing all indignities and humiliations. They are not getting their due even in law courts. The recent case is that a Bihar village, Laxmanpur, where the members of Bhoomihars (the landlords) killed 58 Dalits, including 27 women and 10 children. An upper caste judge has released all the 16 accused on the plea that there was no evidence. It is a travesty of justice. The lower court had sentenced the accused to life imprisonment. If the High Court judge did not find any evidence he could have constituted a special investigation team (SIT) to work under its supervision to hold a fresh probe. The result of his judgment is that the Dalits have migrated from the village where they and their forefathers lived for years. What has happened at Laxmanpur is the fate of Dalits all over the country. The equality before law, enshrined in the constitution, is a farce. Attention is now focused on the Supreme Court where an appeal has been filed against the High Court judgment. The Supreme Court would do well if it were also to look into the functioning of the Bihar High Court which is dominated by the upper caste.
managing the narrative Public buy-in is essential
N the era of information age and media wars, nations and governments have to manage the strategic discourse around major themes. It is critical what message gets conveyed to the masses, and at the same time, it is also important to manage the global perceptions concerning a country. The exercise is a prerequisite towards building consensus. In the absence of this, paralysis may develop – a predicament Pakistan is pretty much facing presently. Information overload without any guidance, leads to confusion. The representative and legislative bodies of the nation, the media, and its people, all appear perplexed about where the country stands on the major challenges facing the country, especially as it relates to the campaign against extremism. This in turn causes other nations to worry about the future of Pakistan. The narrative the country has used regarding some of the key political, security and economic challenges appear to be the source of more confusion and need to be reshaped. Nowhere else is this more prevalent than in the case of drone strikes and the related discussion of their efficacy, civilian causalities they cause, and if they occur with government consent. The nation itself raised international ruckus on these issues and has now presented statistics that counters its own case regarding high civilian causalities. Convoluting the drone narrative has dire long-term serious repercussions. With the approach Pakistan has adopted, it is losing the confidence of its own public and damaging its international credibility. In order to reframe the drone narrative, a good start would be for the country to ask these key questions. For example, when everyone knows, what good is plausible deniability? If Pakistan is at war with Taliban, why can’t it own the drone strikes? Did Al Qaeda and other extremists pardon the government because
they could not ascertain its role in the Osama operation? Most important of all, which is more damaging to state sovereignty, national psyche, and global repute: to claim that the strikes occur without its consent, or with it? The second issue that needs reframing has to do with the economy. Markets thrive when there is law and order. How can the nation achieve an economic turnaround when it is being consumed in an endless war, which it even fails to own and define? The country is pretending it can fight a war and achieve an economic miracle simultaneously. It simply cannot be done and it’s lose-lose proposition. It would have been another matter if the war was restricted to only one tribal agency or area, clearly not the case now. In fact, the Taliban phenomenon, and the government’s ineffectiveness, has bolstered criminal activity and lawlessness around the country. Instead, the nation may have to take the traditional route. First fight the war decisively and then focus on the economic recovery. Alternatively, it may not want to carry on fighting any more being aware of the consequences this may bring, yet avert a full economic meltdown. Not deciding, or fighting without clear direction, can lead to the same fate the nation is dreading and attempting to avoid, albeit in slow motion. Understandably, the nature of the conflict is complex. It’s hard to have clear winners and losers, and that is why there is even a greater need for an indigenously evolved strategy, tactics, and narrative, which the country has the will and capability to adopt. The fight-talkfight leads to no end in sight dilemma, and is an approach that only great powers have the stamina to endure, and even they are paying an economic and social price for such an open-ended stratagem. After 9/11, the western powers decided they would fight the war where the enemy is located so they do not have to at home. The question is, how did Pakistan interpret this policy, and what conclusions it derived from any associated cost benefit analysis? The post 2014 scenario is another discussion that continues to polarise the nation. With the US and NATO withdrawal in 2014, will
the Pakistan Taliban and other extremists get more influential? The liberal school of thought, shared by regional countries and the West, is that Afghan reconciliation will make the extremists in Pakistan stronger and they’ll try to extend their influence. The other angle is that once Afghan Taliban reconcile and foreign troops withdraw, Pakistan Taliban will lose their raison d’être. The second premise, held by the conservatives, moderate Islamists, and the nationalists, appears to be the one adopted by the government, but it has never made a public case for it. Moreover, the debate has failed to take in to account the linkages of various Taliban and extremist groups. The liberals, regional nations and the West, place the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban to be affiliated. On the other hand, the nationalists, moderate Islamists, and conservatives, seem to classify them as good and bad Taliban, and distinct. To tackle the brewing crisis caused by the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, there is an opportunity to develop a fresh narrative that reconciles the differences. While some may think the people are unsophisticated and cannot grapple with the harsh reality, no war was ever won without public support. High frequency of change has to be accompanied by high level of communication from the leadership. Unfortunately, we are seeing the opposite: less and less interaction and higher and higher levels of change and uncertainly. Such a course is a recipe for economic, political, and social suicide. Public and international confidence is built by first stating what one intends to do, followed by aligned actions. We are witnessing the intent being declared but actions are nullifying that intent. Lack of incoherent narrative means others have the room to fill the vacuum, build their argument, and demoralise the nation. Once the people lose hope, the war is as good as lost.
The narrative the country has used regarding some of the key political, security and economic challenges appear to be the source of more confusion and need to be reshaped.
Arif Ansar is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington-based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com). He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Twitter at: @ArifAnsar.
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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I love life because what more is there? –Anthony Hopkins
the colt 1911 now comes 3d prInted!
arts Monday, 11 November, 2013
pakIstan kIlled reshma and mehdI hasan, says adnan samI
Singer Adnan Sami Khan has blamed Government of Pakistan on the demise of legendary singers Mehdi Hasan and Reshma. While giving interview to Indian media, the Pakistani singer said that Pakistan is not a place to live for artists. He said that Government of Pakistan is responsible for the demise of two legendary singers Reshma and Mehdi Hasan. Adnan Sami has been residing in India for the last 14 years since he left Pakistan. He started to go against his own country. Earlier, he was also issued orders by the Foreign Minister to leave India because his visa expired which was later extended to 3 months. NEWs DEsK
no affaIr here! wIll smIth’s co-star lauGhs off rumour
Sarah Michelle Gellar heads to the mall with her daughter, Charlotte, holding hands with her little one as they make their way.
U.S. company has manufactured and tested the world's first 3D-printed metal gun. he weapon was made using a 'laser sintering process' and powdered metals and based on a 'classic' 1911 design. he 3D printing specialists behind the weapon claim it 'functions beautifully' and has already handled 50 rounds of successful firing. Every part of the gun except for the springs is made with 'direct metal laser sintering,' which makes metal parts from a 3D design by blasting powdered metal with a laser. The main body of the weapon is composed of 30 components made from stainless steel and an alloy called inconel as well as carbon fibre and a nylon hand grip. The company claims the metal laser sintering process it
used is one of the most accurate additive manufacturing process available and that the 3D printed parts have more detail and are less porous than conventionally made components. The gun has been made by a specialist 3D printing firm based in Austin, Texas, which says: 'The successful production and functionality of the 1911 3D Printed metal gun proves the viability of 3D printing for commercial applications.' hile many people might find the prospect of being able to print metal guns frightening, the firm said what it is doing is perfectly legal. In fact, as far as we know, we’re the only 3D Printing Service Provider with a Federal Firearms License (FFL), said Kent Firestone, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Solid Concepts. NEWs DEsK
dancer takeS rUSSian theatre to new heightS S
Margot Robbie, who is currently filming 'Focus' with the 45-year-old actor, who has been married to Jada Pinkett Smith for 16 years, is "disappointed" by the reaction to photographs of them looking cosy together in a photo booth in New Orleans, Louisiana, last month, and insists they have been taken out of context. The 23-year-old actress tweeted yesterday: "Been working nonstop, just catching my breath. There's absolutely no truth to the ridiculous rumour." She added: "It's disappointing that goofing around on set could be taken so out of context." Will and Jada's friends recently brushed off rumours they are undergoing a trial separation and insisted they are doing "great". One insider previously dismissed the photos of Will and Margot, saying: "That was a photo booth on set that the producers got for everyone. It was the last day of filming and everyone was taking pictures. They were just goofing around. Will is just like that. There's nothing more to it. Everything with them (Will and Jada) is great." Earlier this year, 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted' star Jada, 42, insisted it would take a lot for her to "abandon" her husband. She said: "What is the thing that Will could do to make me not love him? That would make me abandon him? I can't think of one. I'm sorry. Except if he did something bad to the kids -- now we've got a problem." NEWs DEsK
ERGEI Polunin admits money and fame can be an addiction. He says his hero is bad-boy actor Mickey Rourke. He does not much like rehearsing and sometimes prefers not to show up. Yet the Ukrainian, 23, is now arguably the hottest young ballet dancer on the planet, with an impeccable classical technique, astounding jumps and a natural gift for acting. In 2012 he caused a sensation by walking out on the Royal Ballet of Covent Garden in London, which had nurtured his career since his teens and where he had shot to stardom. There was talk of a bad attitude, depression, a row with a top ballerina, and for several months Polunin appeared to have retreated to the wilderness. When he re-emerged one year ago, he caused another surprise by joining the ballet troupe of Moscow’s Stanislavsky Musical Theatre, a company until now overshadowed by the iconic ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre just down the road. But with Polunin, the Stanislavsky ballet company has achieved a new prominence in Moscow and tickets for its performances have become as in-demand as those for the Bolshoi. He has electrified Moscow audiences as the tragic Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet “Mayerling” and most recently this month as the noble warrior Solor in the theatre’s new production of the classical ballet “La Bayadere”. But Polunin, whose torso and arms are adorned by several tattoos that are covered up by makeup in performances, still insists he is totally different from the traditional ballet dancer. “I have always tried to be very different ever since I was a kid. It’s like a personality thing. I’m a
Scorpion. I almost like to be away from people, just to observe,” he told AFP in a break of rehearsals for “La Bayadere”. He said his hero is the hellraising American actor Mickey Rourke and compared his interpretation of Solor in “La Bayadere” with that of Russell Crowe in the film “Gladiator”. Polunin makes no attempt to hide his lack of enthusiasm for the exhausting routine of rehearsing, preferring to be driven by the intoxicating adrenaline of the live performance. “For dancers, it constantly has to be a firework, every
show has to be like you have proven something. It has to be an event,” he said. “I’m lucky in this theatre — if I do not want to come in I don’t come in. I just take it easy in rehearsals normally — I like spontaneity. From a Russianspeaking family and brought up in the tough Kherson region of southern Ukraine, Polunin took part in gymnastics as a young boy and then entered ballet school in Kiev. But in 2003, aged just 13, he left Ukraine to take the once-in-a-lifetime chance of studying at the Royal Ballet School in
London. He joined the Royal Ballet itself aged just 17, and at 19 became the youngest principal dancer in its history. Having spent most of his recent life in Britain, Polunin admitted he still speaks Russian with an accent and had to re-learn old cultural habits when he came to Moscow. “I felt like I was back at school. I had to learn how to speak. For example, how girls behave, do you pay for them in a restaurant or not,” he said, speaking comfortable English with the accent of a native Londoner. NEWs DEsK
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Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. –Richard Branson
ARTS Monday, 11 November, 2013
VenezueLan Crowned MIss unIVerse A 25-year-old Venezuelan who appears on TV in her country and is an accomplished flamenco dancer is the new Miss Universe. Gabriela Isler was crowned Saturday night in the pageant at a sprawling exhibition hall on Moscow’s outskirts. In the excitement just after the announcement, the tiara fell off Isler’s head as she was being crowned by Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo of the United States. Isler caught the crown laughing. Patricia Rodrigues of Spain was the runner-up. The panel of judges was led by American rock musician Steven Tyler. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro congratulated Isler on Twitter, calling her title a “triumph” for Venezuela, a country that has now won three of the last six Miss Universe pageants. In fact, Venezuela has won more major international beauty competitions than any other nation, and beauty pageants rank alongside baseball as the
country’s most-followed diversion, one that transcends social class and normally insurmountable political divisions. A whole industry of grooming schools, plastic surgeons and beauty salons has emerged to prepare young women for the thousands of pageants that take place each year around the country in schools, army barracks and even prisons. Venezuela has managed to keep its beauty queen industry flourishing, despite economic problems have worsened in recent weeks as inflation touched a twodecade high of 54 percent and shortages of basic goods like toiled paper and milk have worsened. Driving the crisis has been a collapse in the currency, which has plunged to a tenth of its official value in illegal black market trading. To arrest the fall, Maduro last week ordered the military to inspect prices and shut down businesses found to be charging abusive prices. NEWs DEsK
Imran gave me foot massages, says Kareena
In the romantic comedy Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, it’s a personality clash that’s the deal breaker between Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. The scenario isn’t too different in real life. While Khan prefers to use humour to describe his stint shooting in an Indian village, Kapoor believes in speaking her mind. “Imran, don’t lie. It was hot, sticky and bad ... It was not some picnic,” said Kapoor at a press conference at Dubai’s Grand Hyatt on Friday evening. She plays an activist called Dia Sharma who believes in saving the world. However, her boyfriend, Sriram Venkat, (Khan) is self-centred and is exasperated with his
girlfriend’s need to do collective good. “We treated Kareena like a star. I gave her foot massages and even held her umbrella. Puneet [Malhotra, director], used to give her chilled lemonade constantly. We made sure she was comfortable,” joked Khan. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein reunites the pair after their 2011 hit Ek Mein Aur Ekk Tu, a romantic comedy set in the US. “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu was a coming-of-age film and bears no resemblance to Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. Our new film explores the relationship between a modern couple. It’s not the external factors such as parents’ objection or the richpoor divide that dictates the outcome of their relationship. It’s their personality clash and the issues between them,” said Khan. While Khan revelled in sinking his teeth into his character, Kapoor says playing a village belle comes with its perks. “I love wearing Patiala suits and salwars. I could eat 24 jalebis and no one will know that I have a stomach. In Gujarat, I had around 20 jalebis but you could never tell,” said Kapoor. The pair had a packed schedule in Dubai that included a fan interaction at the Arabian Centre. “I am a car junkie. So if we have time, I would love to check out the Dubai Motor Show,” said Khan. Gori Tere Pyaar Mein releases in the UAE on November 21. NEWs DEsK
chrIstIan Group bombards north korea … wIth bIbles
A Colorado-based Christian group is airdropping Bibles on North Korea. Over the past year, Pastor Eric Foley and his Christian mission group, Seoul USA, have released around 50,000 40-foot homemade, hydrogen-filled balloons outfitted with Bibles and personal testimonials over rural areas of the country, Fox News reports. Bibles are attached to the balloons in a box or a bag. In North Korea, citizens are forced to follow the state ideology known as "The Juche Idea." Christians there "are the most persecuted believers on earth," Foley told Fox. He estimates that there are around 100,000 Christians in the country. The network reports that 30,000 of those Christians "are believed to be locked inside concentration camps, where they are overworked, starved, tortured, and killed." In 2009, a 33-year-old woman was publicly executed in North Korea after being accused of distributing the Bible. Kenneth Bae, an American missionary, was arrested in North Korea and sentenced to 15 years of labor for "crimes against the state" in May. Foley, who is in his late 40s, told Fox that believers in North Korea have a demand for Bibles nonetheless. He and his wife, a South Korean immigrant, first began sending balloons in 2006, from a location in South Korea near the North Korean border. Even after seven years of sending them up, though, Foley says, "I get choked up, every time, as I let go and watch it take off." NEWs DEsK
pet deer blInds owner, Gets charGed for keepInG deer
Dakota Fanning and a pal bundle up to brave the chilly temps in New York City's Greenwich Village.
Myanmar’s last king’s discreet existence I N a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar’s last king lives poor and unrecognized by her neighbors — a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestor. Princess Hteik Su Phaya Gyi said the childhood days when her family had a bevy of servants and retained some of its royal status were now a distant memory. The British colonial regime dethroned her grandfather King Thibaw in 1885 and later the military junta, which ruled the country for decades, kept the family out of the public eye. “They didn’t want us to be somebody,” said the silver-haired princess, swathed in a shimmering purple shawl worn especially for the rare interview. “I have lived as an ordinary person for 60 years,” she told AFP. “Of course I repent a little over the glorious times
that we had when we were young,” she said, displaying a lively wit undimmed by her 90 years. The demolition of the monarchy, at the end
of the third and final war that brought the nation firmly under the colonial yoke, smashed centuries of royal rule in the country then called Burma.
Thibaw and his wife, Queen Supayalat, were swiftly and unceremoniously removed from Myanmar and deposited in the small Indian seaside town of Ratnagiri. Thibaw died in India aged 56 in 1916, shortly after suffering a heart attack, and the family eventually fractured. Some settled in India while others made their lives in Myanmar, which remained part of the British empire until 1948 and came under junta rule in 1962. A cloak of silence was thrown over the monarchy by successive Myanmar regimes that viewed it as a potential rival, while army leaders sought to evoke much earlier warrior royals. “Most of Myanmar has forgotten about the king,” said deputy culture minister and royal historian Than Swe, who has spearheaded a campaign to return Thibaw’s body to Myanmar. NEWs DEsK
Wildlife officials say an Alabama man has been charged with illegally keeping seven deer as pets, including a buck that mauled and partially blinded him. Julius Dunsmore went into a fenced pen on his property Oct. 30 and was attacked by a nine-point buck. Dunsmore said Friday the deer lifted him up on its antlers and carried him 30 feet. One antler punctured his face and severed the optic nerve to an eye. He also suffered puncture wounds in his rib cage, hips and legs. He says he adopted the deer after finding it alongside a road where its mother had been killed by a car. Dunsmore says he will never again keep deer as pets. His injuries will require several surgeries. NEWs DEsK
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Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. — Satchel Paige
the champs wear Green!
SPORTS Monday, 11 November, 2013
pakistan's chance to solve batting problems
SHARJAH: With the result of the series already determined, the fifth ODI could fade into obscurity. However, it serves as the precursor to the return series in South Africa, which will begin later this month. If South Africa manage to win, they will take bragging rights into the three-match affair at home, but if Pakistan can pull one back, it could give them some muchneeded buoyancy. The conditions, of course, will be completely different to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Centurion, but it could still act as some sort of prologue. The Sharjah strip was the most spinner friendly and will be more testing for the batsmen than Abu Dhabi's pitch was. It should favour Pakistan, but with the slew of problems facing them, they will go into the fixture needing motivation. On the eve of the game, news broke that Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore's contract will not be renewed. While that may not be unexpected, it has left him with something to prove in the time he has left in charge. If he can fix Pakistan's weak batting line-up, it will be the best parting gift he can give them. AgENcIEs PAKIstAN: (LIKELy) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed shehzad, 3 sohaib Maqsood, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad shafiq/umar Amin, 6 umar Akmal/sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 shahid Afridi, 8 sohail tanvir, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan sOutH AfRIcA: (likely) 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 faf du Plessis, 4 JP Duminy, 5 AB de Villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8, 9 and 10 Wayne Parnell/Vernon Philander/Morne Morkel/Dale steyn/Lonwabo tsotsobe/Dale steyn, 11 Imran tahir
PakiStan winS aSian chamPionS troPhy once again KAKAMIGAHARA
AKISTAN successfully defended Asian Champions title against tournament hosts Japan on Sunday by a margin of two goals in the final match of the third Asian Champions Trophy field hockey tournament held at Kakamighara city. The Japanese team took an aggressive start scoring one goal to take the lead in the first half. Pakistan replied with a comeback in the second half scoring three goals before the 66th
minute. The green-shirts had remained unbeaten in the tournament defeating Oman, Malaysia, China and arch rivals India in the group stage matches. The previous match played between Pakistan and Japan, during the group stages, had ended in a 1-1 draw. MAlAysIA ClInCH bRonze In AsIAn HoCKey MeeT: The men’s national hockey team retained the bronze medal at the Asian Champions Trophy when they whipped China 3-0 in the third placing playoff in Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday. It was Malaysia’s third straight bronze in the championship, having finished third in the inaugural meet in 2011 in Ordos, China, and then again in Doha, Qatar, last year. Striker Faizal Saari was the hero, slotting home the first two goals in the second and 47th minutes. Azammi Adabi added the third in the 51st.
raIns end Contest after sL post 288 HAMBANTOTA AgENcIEs
In the first encounter of the annual tussle between Sri Lanka's cricket schedule and the elements, rain came away the winner again, ending the match after 54.2 overs of play in Hambantota. October and November are wet months for almost every region in the country, and just as New Zealand's last limited-overs series in the country was heavily affected by the weather. This one has begun in familiar fashion. Before the heavens opened up, Sri Lanka had hit daunting 288 for 9 thanks to an effortless 79 from Kumar Sangakkara, and Angelo Mathews' business-like 74 not out from 64. Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 81, after he had lost his opening partner first ball, but his 137-run partnership with Sangakkara provided the hosts with an excellent foundation for the consummate finish that followed, as acting captain Kyle Mills marshaled a green New Zealand attack prone to indiscipline. A searing opening spell from Lasith Malinga had already accounted for Anton Devcich by the time the rain came down, and the match was called off after a couple of hours of incessant rain, with the visitors on 13 for 1. Sri Lanka's focus in 2013 has been an earnest, sometimes frenzied quest for regeneration, in anticipation of the senior batsmen's retirement, but neither Sangakkara's skill nor hunger seems to
have abated. Having top-scored in Sri Lanka's previous ODI series in July, Sangakkara played a series of crisp drives and concise pulls early in his innings, demonstrating he had lost none of his touch during the international hiatus. More than his swift rate of scoring - an ODI virtue that largely eluded him until this year - the most striking aspect of Sangakkara's innings was the ease with which he progressed. Having arrived to face the second ball of the innings, he seemed to be cruising in third gear throughout as he rarely dipped below a run-a-ball. Dilshan had just returned from a finger injury, but despite being compelled into defence by his own lack of fluency, the dot balls did not incite panic in his approach, as Sangakkara ensured the score sped along with him. Dilshan was not so out of touch that he could not whip bad balls through cover, nor did he shelve
the scoop, which appeared as early as the seventh over, but the bludgeoned pulls and violent cuts that routinely populate Dilshan innings were notable in their relative absence. His eventual score, though, revealed his own increasing versatility and appetite for runs. After Sangakkara, Dilshan had been the top ODI run-scorer in both this calendar year, and in Sri Lanka's last series. Mitchell McClenaghan was among Sangakkara's early victims, as the bowler strayed either side of the wicket in his opening spell to concede four boundaries two through square leg, and two on the off side. A hundred seemed almost inevitable when he reached his half-century off 51 balls, but the flat left-arm spin of Anton Devcich stemmed the run-flow after the field had gone back, and Sangakkara eventually chipped him to midwicket, cursing himself for getting out needlessly.
It was the Malaysians’ second win over the Chinese. In the preliminary round, Malaysia won 5-4. In the six-team round-robin format, Malaysia only secured two wins and lost three. They lost 0-1 to Japan in their opening match and went down by a similar margin to Pakistan. The Malaysians’ other loss was inflicted by India, who triumphed 4-3. Besides China, Malaysia’s other win came through a 5-3 triumph over Oman. India, the 2011 champions, finished fifth when they thrashed Oman 5-1. The Asian Champions Trophy is the last assignment for the Malaysians. They will wrap up their year with a tour of South Korea at the end of the month. Players who are dropped for the Korean tour and the Junior World Cup team will make up the squad for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
scOREBOARD sRI LANKA fDM Karunaratne lbw b Mills 0 tM Dilshan c †Ronchi b Anderson 81 Kc sangakkara c Mccullum b Devcich 79 DPMD Jayawardene c Nicol b Devcich 1 AD Mathews not out 74 HDRL thirimanne c & b Mccullum 2 LD chandimal b Mcclenaghan 9 KMDN Kulasekara c Mccullum b Mills 12 sL Malinga b Mills 0 sMsM senanayake b Mcclenaghan 14 HMRKB Herath not out 0 EXtRAs (lb 7, w 8, nb 1) 16 tOtAL (9 wickets; 50 overs; 226 mins) 288 fALL Of WIcKEts 1-0 (Karunaratne, 0.1 ov), 2-137 (sangakkara, 25.6 ov), 3-139 (Jayawardene, 27.3 ov), 4-197 (Dilshan, 37.6 ov), 5-216 (thirimanne, 40.2 ov), 6-240 (chandimal, 45.3 ov), 7-267 (Kulasekara, 48.3 ov), 8-268 (Malinga, 48.5 ov), 9-283 (senanayake, 49.4 ov) BOWLINg: KD Mills 9-0-49-3, MJ Mcclenaghan 8-0-74-2, Af Milne 8-0-41-0, AP Devcich 10-1-33-2, NL Mccullum 9-0-38-1 , corey J Anderson 4-0-32-1, RJ Nicol 2-0-14-0 NEW ZEALAND AP Devcich b Malinga 0 tWM Latham not out 4 RJ Nicol not out 1 EXtRAs (lb 2, w 6) 8 tOtAL (1 wicket; 4.2 overs; 23 mins) 13 DID NOt BAt gD Elliott, c Munro, L Ronchi†, corey J Anderson, NL Mccullum, KD Mills*, Af Milne, MJ Mcclenaghan fALL Of WIcKEts 1-7 (Devcich, 0.6 ov) BOWLINg: sL Malinga 2.2-0-8-1, KMDN Kulasekara 2-1-3-0 Match details toss New Zealand, who chose to field series 3-match series level 0-0 umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and RsA Palliyaguruge tV umpire RR Wimalasiri Match referee Bc Broad (England) Reserve umpire ID gunawardene
Mathews arrived when New Zealand had struck a sudden double-blow, but he quickly overcame his typically shaky start with a straight six off Nathan McCullum, before settling down to play a fine finishing innings - a responsibility he had lately begun to neglect. His arrival coincided with a more fluent period for Dilshan as well, and they both ensured the momentum from Sangakkara's innings was not wasted.
no extension for whatmore as pakistan coach
SPORTS DESK The PCB will not renew Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore's contract, when it expires ahead of the Asia Cup in late February 2014. His last assignment with Pakistan will be the upcoming Sri Lanka series in the UAE, between December 2013 and January 2014. PCB had been mulling releasing Whatmore after the Champions Trophy in June, in which Pakistan didn't win a match, but held back on such a move to avoid the compensation (three months' salary) they would have had to pay him if they terminated the contract. "We are not against a foreign coach," PCB Interim Management Committee head, Najam Sethi, recently said in the UAE. "Our problem is, with foreign coaches our players are not able to communicate freely. The players are not that well educated when it comes to English. So there is a lot of problem in communicating with each other and they don't understand fully." Whatmore was appointed head coach in March 2012 and Pakistan have failed to win a Test series under him, and have only won two out of the 10 matches they've played so far. After feedback from various players in the team, it is learnt, the PCB is not satisfied. A top PCB official said that some players are not quite comfortable around Whatmore and the suggestion is to bring in a local coach. Sethi told Gulf News: "I personally think the coach has done a decent job but his contract expires in February, so we have to seriously look at it. In fact, I think Whatmore himself will be looking at it. I won't deny that there is tremendous pressure to appoint a home-bred coach." Recently, spinner Saeed Ajmal had said on television that there was no difference between Whatmore and a local coach, and that language was proving to be a barrier.
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clarke, harris and siddle put on ice SPORTS DESK
USTRALIA’S selectors have decided to take no chances with key members of the side for the first Ashes Test, with Michael Clarke, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle all set to rest from this week’s Sheffield Shield matches. While England’s cricketers will be warming up for the Gabba Test with a four-day match in Sydney this week, several of Australia’s Test players will also be enjoying some match practice with a full round of Shield games scheduled. But Clarke, Harris and Siddle will not be among them, and instead will head to Cricket Australia’s new high-performance facility at Allan Border Field in Brisbane to work with the Test team’s coaching staff. Clarke has scored 88, 7 and 43 in his two
Shield appearances so far this summer but given his ongoing back problem, the selectors and team management are loath to take any risks with his fitness, given the number of times his injury has flared up this year. “We’re very pleased with Michael’s preparation ahead of the first Test,” the coach Darren Lehmann said. “The plan for his Ashes build-up was to play two Sheffield Shield matches, which he has done successfully. He has spent valuable time in the middle batting and fielding. Importantly his back has coped well in both matches, but we will continue to take a sensible and cautious approach to managing him.” Harris and Siddle will be the spearheads of the Test attack and will be especially important given the long list of injured fast bowlers already this season, including James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc,
Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Harris and Siddle have each collected five wickets in two Shield matches so far this summer and will be rested from this week’s games. “On the fast bowling front, Ryan and Peter are both in great condition,” Lehmann said. “As part of their management plan they will continue their preparation under the guidance national coaching staff in Brisbane over the coming days.” Harris and Siddle are likely to be joined by Mitchell Johnson in the pace attack for the Gabba Test, while the allrounder James Faulkner could also come into consideration if Shane Watson’s hamstring injury prevents him from bowling. Australia’s squad for the first Test will be announced on Tuesday, before the Shield matches begin.
pietersen knee trouble flares again
SPORTS DESK Kevin Pietersen’s chronic knee problem has reared at a most inopportune moment for England, forcing him to fly to Melbourne for an injection to ward off the pain that may threaten his Ashes tour.* Having missed three Tests against New Zealand and the Champions Trophy earlier in 2013 due to the same issue, Pietersen complained of discomfort during the Australia A tour match in Hobart and on Sunday flew separately from the England team to Melbourne for a cortisone jab. The treatment should allow him to take part in the tourists’ final warm-up game in Sydney from Wednesday and the Test series beyond.
Following the procedure he linked up with his team-mates and tried to calm concerns over his fitness via Twitter. “I AM FINE #relax,” he posted. Andy Flower, the England team director, is confident that the injection should settle the problem sufficiently for the remainder of the tour but it remains a worrying event for England following the calf trouble that has made the wicketkeeper and vice-captain Matt “Kevin has had a slight recurrence of that knee issue, and he’ll be going to Melbourne for a scan and a cortisone injection - so he won’t be travelling with the rest of the team,” Flower said. “I don’t think it’s going to be a huge issue. He’s had a couple of these injections before, and they’ve been successful.
“They’ve quietened the problem down, and it’s obviously an ongoing issue for him. But they have been successful, and we anticipate this one being successful and anticipate him playing a full part in the Ashes tour. We anticipate him playing in the Sydney game. We’re doing the jab tomorrow, so he’s got a little bit of time for the jab to work before we train on Tuesday.” Pietersen made only the briefest appearance in the Hobart match, a 12-minute stay at the crease interrupted by rain delays and the lunch break on the final day before it was ended by a Trent Copeland shooter that pinned him in front of the stumps. During the Ashes in England, Pietersen said that he would have to manage his knee for the rest of his career and he recently admitted in a video for the ECB website that he continued to harbour doubts. “I had the knee issue and I have to make sure the rehab continues,” Pietersen said. “I don’t want to break down, I want to play the whole series.” Cortisone injections are useful for chronic problems among cricketers, but only up to a point. Repeated use of the treatment can result in a lessening of its effectiveness, while also taking a toll on the joint itself something Pietersen’s former Hampshire team-mate Shane Warne experienced when having his overworked spinning finger repeatedly jabbed early in his career before finally resorting to surgery in 1996. Pietersen and Prior are among key England players in their 30s and there have been suggestions that the demographic of the team could create a danger of the same mass exodus of names that Australia suffered. However, Graeme Swann, the oldest player in the squad at 34, who has suffered is own problems with his elbow, does believe the injuries signal a worrying trend. “I don’t think we need to worry about the age of the team - I think I’m the oldest,’’ he Swann at an event to launch his tour diary videos. “It’s not like we’re all pushing the boundaries. If the oldest player is that age, it’s not like you’re all ready for the Home Guard yet.’��� “Obviously, I’ve got my elbow that keeps rearing its head every now and then, so that’s something I have to work on. Kev’s got his leg issues. It is natural progression of time. As you get older, your body doesn’t respond to as much work as well. “That’s why you don’t see too many international sportsmen in their 40s - at least performing at the top of their game. It is something we’ve got to be aware of, got to stay on top of.’’
obuya suspended for two matches SPORTS DESK Collins Obuya, the Kenya captain, has been suspended by Cricket Kenya following an altercation with team-mate Irfan Karim, and will miss the first two warm-up games of the World Twenty20 qualifiers, in the UAE. Obuya will miss warm-up games against Namibia and Hong Kong on No-
vember 12 and 13, but is likely to be available for Kenya’s first game of the tournament, against Papua New Guinea on November 15. The incident between the players took place on Kenya’s recent tour to Sri Lanka. Karim was also handed a onematch ban by Cricket Kenya’s disciplinary committee, which met on Friday. “Both players have been warned that any future
misbehaviour will land a stiffer action being taken against them,” the committee said in a statement. Obuya took over as Kenya captain in July 2011, replacing Jimmy Kamande who was removed following the side’s poor performance in the 2011 World Cup. Obuya, who made his T20 debut in September 2007, has captained Kenya in 13 matches.
gibson demands more from batsmen
SPORTS DESK Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, was expecting to spend Sunday watching his team fight in front of a full house at Eden Gardens, as the first Test went into the fifth day. Instead, he was overlooking a three-hour training session under a harsh sun at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The inningsand-51-run defeat in Kolkata was West Indies’ first inside three days during Gibson’s tenure. He was unimpressed. “There is only so much talking any coach can do,” Gibson said, after his batsmen had wasted starts in both innings of the first Test. “When you play five batsmen, and you sit down and stress the importance of those five batsmen, and you set yourself a challenge of batting a day and a half in the first innings, it is then up to those five batsmen to negotiate whatever the opposition bowlers throw at them and hang around for five days. “(But) When you have a run-out and a couple of soft dismissals within those five batsmen then it puts pressure on everybody else. That is exactly what happened. We have to get better. We have to learn those mistakes and try not to repeat them.” Marlon Samuels scored the only halfcentury for West Indies in the first Test. He was also the only batsman with a valid reason for his dismissals. In the first innings, Samuels was bowled by Mohammad Shami after the ball was changed and suddenly began to reverse swing. In the second, he was hit on the pad by another reverseswinging delivery from Shami and was given lbw by umpire Nigel Llong, though
the ball appeared to be going down leg side. The other batsmen had no such excuses. The top-order batsmen Kieran Powell, Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo paid for playing loose shots. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ineffective in the absence of stable partners. As for Denesh Ramdin, did he even turn up in Kolkata? “Try and bat three days,” Gibson responded, when asked how the West Indies batting could improve. “We won the toss in good batting conditions and we batted 70odd overs. That is just not good enough. We know in India you have to bat long, put runs on the board, 400 minimum in the first innings really. So the 234 that we made was pretty average. “We were little bit rusty coming in but we are not going to use that as an excuse. We still had our opportunities to make scores - we had six or seven guys who got starts and did not carry on. Only one guy got a half-century. When India batted only one or two of those guys got starts and made hundreds. And that was the difference.” According to Gibson, the five-batsman strategy is a recent one and it has worked for West Indies. Its success, however, depended on every player sticking to the plan, Gibson said. “When you look at the result you sort of want to think that way (whether the fivebatsmen plan works). That line-up is the one with which we have played the last three or four Test matches. We backed those guys and they did not perform as well as they did in the past. It is a two-match series so we have to look at the combination to make sure we still believe strongly that we can win here.”
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wAtCh it Live TENSPORTS PAKISTAN V SOUTH AFRICA 5TH ODI
woods unsure if he will return to ‘fun event’ in turkey
nadal bids farewell to federer SPORTS DESK
ORLD number one Rafael Nadal remains on track for a first ATP World Tour Finals title after beating Roger Federer to reach the final. The Spaniard, 27, won 7-5 6-3 in London to claim his 22nd victory in 32 meetings between the pair. It is only the second time Nadal has reached the final at the season-ending tournament, losing to Federer in 2010. “Not one of their great matches but it was fabulous at the end of the first set. Nadal was remorseless and relentless in dispatching the old man. Roger Federer is 32 and there is no guarantee we will
djokovic remains perfect with Gasquet win
Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak against Richard Gasquet with a 76(6) 4-6 6-3 win over the Frenchman at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Djokovic had already booked his place in the semi-finals by winning Group B while Gasquet could not progress irrespective of the result of the match. But the Frenchman produced a valiant display, including taking a first set from Djokovic since 2007, before ultimately not quite having enough to secure just his second win over the Serb. It looked as though Djokovic would steamroll his way through the match after breaking his opponent in the opening game but, to his credit, Gasquet fought back to force a first set tie-break. Although Gasquet eventually lost the breaker, he continued matching his superior-ranked rival blow for blow in the second set and capitalised on some wayward Djokvoic shots to break before serving out the set at the first opportunity. But ultimately Djokvoic’s experience told as he raced into a 3-0 lead in the decider and never looked back as he dispatched of Gasquet to maintain his perfect record at the Tour Finals and earn his 70th win of the year.
see him here again.” This clash between Nadal and Federer attracted another sell-out crowd of more than 17,000 spectators to the O2 Arena. Federer might have slipped to seventh in the rankings this year, but a 4-0 record against Nadal indoors gave the Swiss star’s followers cause to hope. The 32-year-old made a better start than he had against Juan Martin Del Potro on Saturday but could not convert any of three break points in game six, and the inconsistency that has plagued him in 2013 returned. A poor sliced approach was swatted away by Nadal’s fearsome forehand as the Spaniard broke for 5-4, only for Federer to hit back immediately with a
brilliant forehand of his own in a stunning rally as he made it 5-5. The crowd were thrilled by the unexpected comeback but Federer could not sustain it, handing over another break with a forehand in the net, and Nadal ruthlessly converted his second chance to close out the set. Federer had admitted on Saturday that his once unrivalled forehand had “gone a bit up and down” recently, and he blasted a couple of tempters way over the baseline in trying to pressure Nadal. Instead, it was the Spaniard who turned the screw midway through the second set with a backhand winner down the line, and Federer buried a forehand in the net on break point.
The Swiss shook his head at another mistake that took his error count to double that of Nadal’s, and a wayward volley on match point handed the top seed an astonishing 75th win and 14th final appearance of the year. “I’m very happy for everything,” said Nadal. “It is the perfect way to finish the season and it is probably one of my best seasons of my career. “In a tournament where I have not had the most luck in before, it is great. “Roger was a little bit unlucky having a match against Juan Martin del Potro on Saturday. “I will try my best in the final. It is a special tournament and one of the best events we have in the world of tennis.”
Birdie blitz puts Baird, Kirk in front at sea Island GEORGIA AgENcIEs
Overnight leader Chris Kirk and veteran journeyman Briny Baird produced late birdie runs to share the third round lead at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island in Georgia on Saturday. Playing in the final group the Americans both birdied the final hole to pull out of a logjam of front-runners and post 10-under 200 totals. Kirk, a former resident of the island, shot a two-under 68 after fighting back from being two-over through 12. The 28-year-old rolled in three consecutive birdies on 13-15 and then drained his clutch putt on the last in his quest for a second PGA Tour win. Baird gave away two early birdies with back-to-back bogeys at nine and 10 before finishing with a flourish to card a round of 67. The 41-year-old has made 364 previous starts and earned $12,699,237 without a win, the most money of any non-winner. He will have a
great chance to break the drought after birdies on the final three holes. “I’m most looking forward to picking up my first PGA Tour win,” Baird said confidently post-round. “It’s that simple. It’s not all or nothing. I’m not going to say that, but obviously I have put together some good rounds this week and the thing I am most inspired about this week is outside of the first day, the last two days I don’t feel like I played fantastic by any means. “I scored fantastic and anytime you are tied for the lead after three rounds that’s fantastic.” Sitting in a tie for third just a shot behind are Americans Kevin Stadler and Brian Gay along with Australian John Senden. Stadler, another journeyman with 235 starts on the tour without a win, carved out a five-under 65 in a round featuring seven birdies. The son of former Masters champion Craig Stadler, he delivered four birdies in a five-hole stretch between the 13th and 17th holes. “I hit it pretty nice, I didn’t make too many mistakes, I hit a lot of
fairways and it was a pretty simple round of golf with a lot of fairways and a lot of greens and knocked a couple of putts in,” Stadler said “I’m certainly a lot more comfortable now. It took me quite a while to kind of feel I belonged here and to just settle in. But I’ve been out here quite a while now and haven’t had too many chances to win so certainly looking forward to tomorrow, it should be fun.” Four-time winner Gay’s round of 66 featured four birdies in the opening nine holes while Senden poured in a birdie on the 18th to finish with a 68 and a big chance to add to his lone tour win from 2006. Brendon Todd (67) and Scott Brown (68) share sixth at eight-under while big names Webb Simpson (71) and Matt Kuchar (68) are within striking distance in a group at six-under par. “It was nice to get a few birdies coming in. It’s pretty amazing to do three straight rounds of 68 but looks like I might need to go a lot deeper than that tomorrow to catch these guys,” world number eight Kuchar said.
SPORTS DESK World number one Tiger Woods said he thoroughly enjoyed playing in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open this week but refused to commit to the European Tour event next season. “This was a fun tournament,” he told reporters after a closing 67 meant he finished in a tie for third place. “It was different in the fact that you had to make so many birdies,” added Woods in reference to surprise French winner Victor Dubuisson’s 24-under-par tally. “Just had to be aggressive all of the time and that is reflected by how many guys made runs of four or five birdies in a row. I said 20-plus was going to win this week and it kind of ended up being that way.” Asked whether he would return to Turkey in 2014, Woods replied: “I don’t know. “I got better as this week went on. Yesterday I didn’t hit it that great on the back nine but overall it was pretty good.” Woods was in scintillating form in the second round, shooting a nine-under 63, but he lost ground after returning a 68 on Saturday. The 14-times major champion is continuing to confound the critics who said when he slid down the world rankings in 2011 that he would never regain his former glories. “A couple of years ago there were a lot of you guys who were saying I could never win again,” said Woods. “I’ve got eight wins since then, five this year, so I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made. I’ve won on some venues that were very tough this year and being part of the U.S. Presidents Cup win with (captain) Freddie (Couples) was another special moment.” Woods has one more tournament appearance this season, at his own World Challenge event in California next month. “I’m going to hang up the clubs for a little bit, that’s going to be nice,” he said, “then we have another great field (in December) so I’m looking forward to getting there and competing.”
happy homecoming as scott wins australian pga SPORTS DESK Adam Scott stormed to victory by four strokes at the Australian PGA Championship to celebrate his homecoming after winning the US Masters in some style on the Gold Coast on Sunday. The world number two was made to wait for his win by rain and lightning that stopped play for nearly two hours but came out firing after the break to complete a round of four-under-par 67 for a tournament total of 14-under 270. “This is the one I wanted desperately,
it’s the icing on the cake for me in a great year,” the 33-year-old, the first Australian to don the famous green jacket at Augusta, said after collecting the Joe Kirkwood Cup. “I’ve been looking forward to coming home since April and playing in front of my friends and family.” Scott’s American playing partner Rickie Fowler finished second after a fourth round 68 with local youngster Jack Wilson, who also shot a 68, a further two shots back in third on eight-under. Despite holding a two-shot advantage after the second round and extending it to
three on Saturday, Scott’s lead had been cut to one by Fowler when the players were taken off the Royal Pines course with the leaders on the 12th hole. After the weather break, though, there was only player in it with Scott immediately nailing a four iron from 215 metres to leave himself with a tap-in for an eagle three. “I kind of had some momentum going into the break having parred the 11th but when I came out I knew I had to do something special to win it,” he said. Fowler tried to keep pace with a birdie of his own but bogeyed the 13th and when
Scott picked up shots at the 14th and 15th, the latter courtesy of another sublime approach shot, the Australian’s 24th career title looked assured. Adding the PGA to his previous victories at his home Open and Masters tournaments, Scott joined Greg Norman, Craig Parry, Peter Lonard, Robert Allenby and Peter Senior as the only players to have won all three of Australia’s marquee titles. Scott will continue his valedictory tour of his homeland with appearances at the Australian Masters, World Cup of Golf and Australian Open over the next three weeks.
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10,000 feared dead as super typhoon heads to vietnam SUrvivorS forage for food aS SUPPlieS dwindle TACLOBAN/HANOI/VATICAN CITY AgENcIEs
NE of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines, a senior police official said on Sunday, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main city. Super typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through Leyte province on Friday, said police chief superintendent Elmer Soria. As rescue workers struggled to reach ravaged villages along the coast, where the death toll is as yet unknown, survivors foraged for food as supplies dwindled or searched for lost loved ones. “People are walking like zombies looking for food,” said Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte. “It’s like a movie.” Most of the deaths appear to have been caused by surging sea water strewn with debris that many said resembled a tsunami, leveling houses and drowning hundreds of
PoPe franciS deePly Saddened, UrgeS catholicS to helP PhiliPPineS people in one of the worst natural disasters to hit the typhoon-prone Southeast Asian nation. The national government and disaster agency have not confirmed the latest estimate of deaths, a sharp increase from initial estimates on Saturday of at least 1,000 killed by a storm whose sustained winds reached 195 miles per hour with gusts of up to 235 mph. “We had a meeting last night with the governor and the other officials. The governor said, based on their estimate, 10,000 died,” Soria said. “The devastation is so big.” More than 330,900 people were displaced and 4.3 million “affected” by the typhoon in 36 provinces, the UN’s humanitarian agency said, as relief agencies called for food, water and tarpaulins for the homeless. Witnesses and officials described chaotic scenes in Leyte’s capital, Tacloban, a coastal city of 220,000 about 580 km southeast of Manila, with hundreds of bodies piled on the sides of roads and pinned under wrecked houses. The city lies in a cove where the sea-
vietnam evacUateS 600,000 aS tyPhoon nearS water narrows, making it susceptible to storm surges. The city and nearby villages as far as one kilometer (just over half a mile) from shore were flooded, leaving floating bodies and roads choked with debris from fallen trees, tangled power lines and flattened homes. TV footage showed children clinging to rooftops for their lives. “From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami,” said Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban since before the typhoon struck the city. “I don’t know how to describe what I saw. It’s horrific.” looTeRs TAKe WHAT THey CAn: Mila Ward, an Australian citizen and Filipino by birth who was in Leyte on vacation visiting her family, said she saw hundreds of bodies on the streets. “They were covered with blankets, plastic. There were children and women,” she said. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said aerial surveys showed “significant dam-
age to coastal areas with heavy ships thrown to the shore, many houses destroyed and vast tracts of agricultural land decimated”. The destruction extended well beyond Tacloban. Officials had yet to make contact with Guiuan, a town of 40,000 that was first hit by the typhoon. Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro province, was 80 percent under water, the UN said. There were reports of damage across much of the Visayas, a region of eight major islands, including Leyte, Cebu and Samar. Many tourists were stranded. “Seawater reached the second floor of the hotel,” said Nancy Chang, who was on a business trip from China in Tacloblan City and walked three hours through mud and debris for a military-led evacuation at the airport. “It’s like the end of the world.” Looters rampaged through several stores in Tacloban, witnesses said, taking whatever they could find as rescuers’ efforts to deliver food and water were hampered by severed roads and communications. Mobs attacked trucks loaded with food, tents and water on Tanauan bridge in Leyte, said Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon. “These are mobsters operating out of there.” Tecson John Lim, the Tacloban city administrator, said city officials had so far only collected 300-400 bodies, but believed the
death toll in the city alone could be 10,000. The World Food Programme said it was airlifting 40 tons of high-energy biscuits, enough to feed 120,000 people for a day, as well as emergency supplies and telecommunications equipment. Tacloban city airport was all but destroyed as seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of the airport tower, leveling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles. VATICAn CITy: Pope Francis on Sunday asked Catholics to provide “concrete help” to the hundreds of thousands of people made homeless in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, and to include them in their prayers. More than 60,000 people joined the pope in his own prayer for the victims during his traditional Sunday mass in St Peter’s Square, a day after he had tweeted his solidarity with the Catholic Asian nation. The death toll from the super typhoon that wiped out entire towns in the Philippines could soar well over 10,000, authorities warned Sunday, making it the country’s worst recorded natural disaster. VIeTnAM: Meanwhile, more than 600,000 people were evacuated as the typhoon veered towards Vietnam. Tens of thousands of people in coastal areas were ordered to take shelter ahead of Haiyan’s expected landfall on Monday morning. “We have evacuated more than 174,000 households, which is equivalent to more than 600,000 people,” an official report by Vietnam’s flood and storm control department said Sunday. The storm is now expected to strike on Monday morning after changing course, prompting further mass evacuations of some 52,000 people in northern provinces by the coast, the VNExpress news site reported. “People must bring enough food and necessities for three days... Those who do not move voluntarily will be forced,” the report said, adding all boats have been ordered ashore.
one dead, scores hurt in latest bangladesh nation wide protests DHAKA INP
nehru was reluctant to send troops to Kashmir in 1947: advani NEW DELHI NNI
After claiming that Jawaharlal Nehru had called Sardar Patel a “total communalist”, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leader L K Advani stoked a fresh controversy saying that the prime minister Nehru was reluctant to send army to Kashmir in 1947 even as Pakistani troops approached, but the home minister Patel prevailed over him. Quoting from an interview of Sam Manekshaw (then a Colonel) by senior journalist Prem Shankar Jha, Advani said in his latest blog that as the tribesmen- supported by Pakistani forces- moved closer to Srinagar, a decision had to be taken on moving Indian forces there. However, Nehru appeared reluctant and felt the issue should be taken to the UN. Referring to Manekshaw’s claim in the interview, Advani said Lord Mountbatten called a Cabinet meeting soon after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the Instrument of Accession. This was attended by Nehru, Patel and defence minister Baldev Singh. “As usual Nehru talked about the United Nations, Russia, Africa, God almighty, everybody, until Sardar Patel lost his temper. He said, ‘Jawaharlal, do you want Kashmir,
or do you want to give it away’. He (Nehru) said, of course, I want Kashmir. Then he (Patel) said ‘Please give your orders’. And before he could say anything, Sardar Patel turned to me and said, ‘You have got your orders’, Advani said, quoting Manekshaw from the interview to Jha. The Indian forces were then flown to Srinagar to fight the Pakistani forces and the Muslim soldiers of Hari Singh who had defected to Pakistan. This report provides a clinching confirmation of the difference between Nehru and Patel over the Hyderabad action, Advani said. On November 5, Advani had written a blog where he quoted from the memoirs of a 1947 batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer M K K Nair in which Nehru had called Patel a “total communalist” when the latter said at a cabinet meeting that the police action will have to be taken against Hyderabad as it was trying to join Pakistan. Advani indicated that he wrote the blog today to counter the Congress’s reaction to his last posting, based on Nair’s book, that the IAS officer’s report about a clash between Nehru and Patel on the issue of armed action against the Nizam is “all bunkum”.The senior BJP leader also
claimed that Britain sought to thwart Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to India. Both the Indian and Pakistani army were headed by British generals in 1947-48. Quoting from a website on that time Indian army’s commander-in-chief Gen Roy Bucher, Advani says he was opposed to police action in Kashmir and told a cabinet meeting that it is not possible to bring the whole of Jammu and Kashmir under control as the British were supporting Pakistan. Pakistan suspected that the Maharaja wanted to accede to India and tried to pre-empt his decision by forcibly seizing the state. Gen Bucher told the cabinet that if his advice against police action in Kashmir was not followed he would resign. There was a silence while a distressed and worried Nehru looked around. Patel replied, ‘You may resign General Bucher, but the police action will start tomorrow’, Advani quoted from the website. The British did not want Indo-Pak war, he added. The British clearly did not want the whole of Jammu and Kashmir to go to India. There was a widespread feeling in London that if India was in control of areas contiguous to Pakistan, the latter would not survive, Advani said. But the website gives credit to
As usual Nehru talked about the United Nations, Russia, Africa, God almighty, everybody, until Sardar Patel lost his temper. He said, ‘Jawaharlal, do you want Kashmir, or do you want to give it away’. He (Nehru) said, of course, I want Kashmir. Then he (Patel) said ‘Please give your orders’. Nehru, saying he had decided to strike at the bases of the raiders in Pakistan though Mountbatten was opposed to this.
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The first day of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 18- party opposition alliance in Bangladesh enforced nationwide three day strike on Sunday. As per media reports, one man died while scores of others are injured in clashes with the police and government supporters. The protestors have removed fishplates of railway track, scattered arson, damaged properties and caused multiple crude bomb explosions in the country. The 18-party alliance called 72 hours hartal demanding non-party care taker government to organise general elections. The opposition BNP extended the strike for another 12 hours to protest the arrest of their five senior leaders. The alliance had enforced 60-hour hartal for twice from October 27-29 and November 4-6 for the same demand. On Sunday, a tempo passenger was killed as it overturned and plunged into a roadside ditch after being chased by pickets at Hathazari Upazila in Chittagong. Hartal supporters also removed fishplates of railway track at Ishwardi in Pabna district that halted the rail communication of northern part for six hours. Another railway track was set on fire at Baghachang area in Brahmanbaria district. Pickets hurled crude bombs at policemen at Debiddar in Comilla leaving two cops injured while a passerby sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in Joypurhat town. In the capital, a cameraman suffered splinter injuries when activists exploded three crude bombs in front of Mirpur Bangla College, police and witnesses said. Government Titumir College unit Shibir leaders and activists hurled crude bombs at policemen at Mohakhali from a procession and in retaliation. In return police fired gunshots and teargas canisters to disperse them in which five activists suffered injuries, police said. Shibir activists also hurled homemade bombs at police at Progati Saroni in Badda. Hartal supporters set fire to a passenger bus in front of Shah Ali Shrine in Mirpur. Exploding homemade bombs have also been reported from Sutrapur, Banglabazar, Lalbagh, Demra, Jatrabari and some other parts of the capital. The latest spate of violence came after at least 18 people died during similar protests over the last two weeks as the opposition enforced shutdowns totaling 120 hours.