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— Peshawar Edition

Monday, 12 August, 2013 Shawwal 4, 1434

US orders diplomats to leave Lahore The US State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan and evacuated nonessential government personnel from the country’s second largest city because of a specific threat to the consulate there, a US official said on Friday. The move was not related to the threat of an al Qaeda attack that prompted Washington to close temporarily 19 diplomatic posts in Middle East and Africa, the US officials said. According to US Embassy spokeswoman Meghan Gregonis, the US is shifting its nonessential staff from the consulate in Lahore to the capital, Islamabad. Emergency personnel will stay in Lahore, and embassy officials do not know when the consulate will reopen, she said. pag e 02

the pakistan military on Sunday accused the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) of opening unprovoked fire on pakistani rangers checkpost located in Sialkot Sector, triggering a diplomatic panic and adding fuel to the already blazing fire of bitterness between the two neighbours. pakistani rangers started the retaliatory firing to quieten the Indian personnel, sources said. tensions have recently flared up in Kashmir valley with both countries accusing each other of cross-border firings, but Sunday’s incident took place near the border in punjab. Story on page 03

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Curfew extended in IHK after violent clashes Authorities extended a curfew in a town in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) for a third day on Sunday as tensions rose after two people were killed and dozens wounded in HinduMuslim clashes in the disputed region. Stores and buildings were torched in Friday’s clashes that erupted in Kishtwar town, 150 kilometres southeast of Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar after prayers marking the end of Ramadan. Omar Abdullah, the state’s chief minister, addressed a press conference on Sunday and said local authorities would do “everything possible to restore calm in the region”. pag e 04

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The US State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan and evacuated nonessential government personnel from the country’s second largest city because of a specific threat to the consulate there, a US official said on Friday. The move was not related to the threat of an al Qaeda attack that prompted Washington to close temporarily 19 diplomatic posts in Middle East and Africa, the US officials said. According to US Embassy spokeswoman Meghan Gregonis, the US is shifting its nonessential staff from the consulate in Lahore to the capital, Islamabad. Emergency personnel will stay in Lahore, and embassy officials do not know when the consulate will reopen, she said. “We received information regarding a threat to the consulate,” said Gregonis. “As a precautionary measure, we are undertaking a drawdown of all except emergency personnel.” The consulate in Lahore was already scheduled to be closed for Eid from Thursday through Sunday. US consulates have been attacked in Pakistan previously. Most recently, a car bomb and grenade attack against the US Consulate in Peshawar in 2010 that killed four Pakistanis. The personnel drawdown at the Lahore consulate was precautionary and wasn’t related to the recent closures of numerous US diplomatic missions in the Muslim world, said two US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, The Washington Post said. None of the consulates in Pakistan or the US Embassy in Islamabad were affected by the earlier closures. On Thursday, the State Department issued a travel warning, saying the presence of several foreign and indigenous terrorist groups posed a potential danger to US citizens throughout Pakistan. The country has faced a bloody insurgency by the Pakistani Taliban and their allies in recent years that has killed over 40,000 civilians and security personnel, and is also believed to be home base for al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri. Most of the militant attacks have been in the northwest and southwest along the border with Afghanistan. Lahore is considered Pakistan’s cultural capital and has a population of at least 10 million people. Islamabad has also been under high alert in recent days because of intelligence received by the Pakistani government that militants were planning attacks on key targets in the city, including the airport and parliament. There was no indication that the militants were planning attacks on US targets in the capital. “We will continue to evaluate the threats to Sanaa and Lahore and make subsequent decisions about the reopening of those facilities based on that information,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

CHAMAN: Men offer Eidul Fitr prayers in this Pakistani border town on Friday. INP

Eidul Fitr celebrated with religious zeal, fervour ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/KARACHI ONLINE

Eidul Fitr prayers were held at open places‚ mosques and Eidgahs in all major cities and towns on Friday The ‘ulema’(religious scholars) highlighted the significance of Eidul Fitr in their sermons. Special prayers were also offered for the progress and prosperity of the country and welfare of the Muslim ummah, including early liberation of occupied Muslim territories such as Kashmir and Palestine. In the federal capital, the main Eid congregation was held at Shah Faisal Mosque where parliamentarians‚ envoys of Muslim countries and senior government officials offered Eid prayers along with hundreds of people. Security was beefed up all over the country to avoid any untoward incident on the auspicious occasion.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offered Eid prayers at Jati Umra, Raiwind along with the party workers. On this occasion, the PM prayed for the peace and prosperity of the country. In a brief address after the Eid prayer, the PM said his government had inherited the present problems from the former government and would have to overcome them with resolve, dedication and commitment. He said the people of Pakistan trusted the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government and soon Pakistan’s economy would boost up and Pakistan would become a developed nation. Expressing his views on load shedding, the PM said under his government the country was witnessing a gradual decrease in power outages; and to overcome this menace, projects were being started with the cooperation of China, using alternative

energy resources. The PM expressed his grief over the Quetta terrorist attack and prayed for the martyrs. Sharif said his government was determined to tackle the law and order situation. Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar called on the Prime Minister at Raiwind and exchanged Eid greetings. President Asif Ali Zardari offered Eid prayers at a mosque near Bilawal House in Karachi. Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah called on President Zardari and exchanged Eid greetings. Former chief election commissioner Fakhruddin Ebrahim also exchanged Eid greetings with the president. President-elect Mamnoon Hussain offered Eid prayers at a state guest house in Karachi.

SuicidE bombEr, guard killEd in barakahu ISLAMABAD/BHAWANA INP

A terrorist attack was foiled by a security guard at a mosque in Barakahu in the suburban areas of the federal capital on Friday. According to police, a suicide bomber opened fire while entering a Shia mosque after the Friday prayers. The guard deployed at the mosque killed the bomber. However, his accomplices killed the guard in retaliation. The police launched a search operation and arrested two of them in Chattar. The would-be suicide bomber who tried to detonate his explosives-laden vest was identified as Zakaullah through fingerprint verification. Sources said he belonged to a village of Bhawana Chak No 239 JB. Later, the law enforcement agencies cordoned off Chak No 239 JB of Bhawana and arrested five people, including the father and three brothers of Zakaullah. Sources said Zakaullah had disappeared from his house a year ago and was in league with the extremists. According to a report, the Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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tEmpErS Flaring inDian forceS open unprovokeD firing in Sialkot Sector LAHORE/ISLAMABAD

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HE Pakistan military on Sunday accused the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) of opening unprovoked fire on Pakistani Rangers checkpost located in Sialkot Sector, triggering a diplomatic panic and adding fuel to the already blazing fire of bitterness between the two neighbours. Pakistani Rangers started the retaliatory firing to quieten the Indian personnel, sources said. Tensions have

fo SayS ceaSefire MuSt be enSureD, pakiStan reaDy to talk with inDia at any level recently flared up in Kashmir valley with both countries accusing each other of cross-border firings, but Sunday’s incident took place near the border in Punjab. “Indian Border Security Forces resorted to unprovoked firing on Pakistani Rangers posts near Pukhlian, Head Marala area, in Sialkot sector,” a senior military official said. A skirmish was also reported from Azad Jammu and Kashmir, where a civilian was injured by firing from Indian military officials in Lanjot area of Kotli city within the premisis of Nakyal sector of Azad Jammu and Kashmir held Kashmir.

The exchange of fire continued for a few hours, however, no casualty was eventually reported. Later in the day, the Pakistani Foreign Office underlined the need to maintain ceasefire at the Line of Control. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan desired lasting peace in the region. He said the prime minister of Pakistan had also stressed the need of maintaining peace between the two countries. He said Indian forces opened unprovoked fire on Pakistani posts, and Pakistani Rangers gave them a befitting reply. Earlier in a media interview, Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan was ready for talks with India at any level for resolution of outstanding issues. He said resumption of dialogue was imperative for peace and any delay would further complicate matters. The spokesman

said Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had conveyed Pakistan’s concerns to the Indian authorities about staging of demonstrations by Indian extremists in front of the High Commission. He said it was the responsibility of Indian authorities to provide security to Pakistani consulates and diplomats, adding that Pakistan had acted in a responsible manner and India should pursue the same course for lowering tensions. The spokesperson regretted the incident of forced stoppage of Dosti bus in Amritsar. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir also blamed the Indian Army DGMO for not informing his Pakistan counterpart about the ceasefire violation at LoC. In an interview with Indian TV, Bashir asked why the Indian army DGMO did not inform his Pakistani counterpart of the killings during their

hotline talk on August 6. On Saturday as well, the two armies exchanged fire across the Line-of- Control (LoC) in Kashmir, officials said. The exchange of fire broke out on Friday night and continued until Saturday morning along the LoC in Poonch district, around 185kms southwest of Srinagar. Indian army officials alleged Pakistani troops first targeted their forward posts, thereby forcing them to retaliate. In 2003, New Delhi and Islamabad agreed to observe a ceasefire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect. In January, skirmishes between armies of the two nuclear-armed neighbours claimed lives of five troopers (two from India and three from Pakistan). Both countries blamed each other for violating the ceasefire.

10 killEd in Eid day attack on QuEtta moSQuE QUETTA ONLINE

At least 10 people were killed and over 20 injured in firing outside a mosque in Quetta’s Eastern Bypass area on first day of Eid on Friday. Several armed men opened fire on faithful coming out of a mosque after offering Eid prayers. According to police‚ former provincial minister Ali Madad Jatak was the target of the assailants‚ but he remained safe. While preliminary investigation revealed that the incident was outcome of tribal feud. On Sunday, a local magistrate gave a twoday physical remand of eight suspects involved in the firing tragedy outside Jamia Farooqia. The police presented the suspects in the court of local magistrate on Sunday. After hearing the case, the magistrate granted a physical remand of all suspects for two days. Police said the suspects had taken positions outside Jamia Farooqia mosque and opened indiscriminate fire targeting former provincial minister Ali Madad Jattak and his guards when they were leaving the mosque after offering Eid prayers, resulting in the death of 10 faithful including the former minister’s guards. Also, one more person was killed in another firing incident on Sariab Road that day. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the incidents of firing in Quetta. The president paid tribute to the valour and courage of the guard who sacrificed his life while protecting the lives of his fellow beings. The prime minister directed law-enforcement agencies to remain vigilant in order to thwart the nefarious designs of terrorists. Deploring the loss of precious lives in the incident‚ he said those injured should be provided with best possible medical treatment. He said the government was valiantly confronting the challenges and expressed the confidence that the menace of terrorism would soon be overcome. On the other hand, tribal leader Zara Khan was killed and his two guards injured in a landmine explosion in Patokh area of Dera Bugti.

dSp oF hydErabad nara Jail killEd HYDERABAD INP

Deputy Superintendent of Police Agha Naim Ghauri was killed in an assassination attack in Hyderabad on Saturday. According to police sources, three gunmen, riding a bike, opened fire at Ghauri near Tando Agha area, killing him on the spot and then managed to flee. Large contingent of security forces were deployed in the area and started a search operation.

QUETTA: FC personnel stand guard after an attack on Jami Farooqia Mosque on Eid day. INP

Nawaz says govt wants cooperative ties with India pM SayS govt haS MaDe reMarkable achieveMent by reSolving circular Debt iSSue LAHORE AGENCIES

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his government wanted cooperative relations with India. He was addressing PML-N lawmakers and people from different walks of life at his Jati Umrah residence on Eid day. He said terrorists played with the lives of people on the eve of Eid and as a result there was grief all over the country. He said the PML-N government wanted cooperative relations with all countries, including India as they wanted peace in the region. He said the government inherited terrorism; law and order situation and power load shedding and was dealing with these issues with utmost attention. He was confident that the government would overcome these problems as it was endeavouring to address them with sincerity of purpose. However, he

SayS MinoritieS Day‘proviDeS uS opportunity to reaSSure that DeSpite DiverSity in our faithS,we are one nation’

made it clear that these are very serious issues and would take time. He said a number of agreements have been signed with Chinese firms to set up ten power plants to generate electricity in Gadani through gas and coal. He said the power plants would generate 6,600MW of electricity and another 10,000MW would be added in the system in the next five years. The PM said it would take time to completely bring an end to load shedding. He said power theft is a major issue as these thieves are not allowing the electricity to reach the consumers. He however said the government would deal with these thieves effectively. He said the government has made a remarkable achievement by resolving the circular debt issue and reducing the load-shedding. The PM said the government is fully committed to eliminating terrorism to restore peace and stability in the country.

Meanwhile, through a message, Nawaz urged the people to promote democratic values and culture as a necessary tool of promoting tolerance, peace and harmony, besides alleviating violence, extremism and sufferings of non-Muslim brethren. “I am confident that together we shall make Pakistan a strong, progressive and tolerant nation where the minorities have equal rights,” he said in his message on Minorities Day commemorated on Sunday. The prime minister said the government has struggled to uphold the rights of the people of different faiths and will continue its struggle to do even more. He said, “August 11 is a special day in our national calendar when we reiterate our commitment to the ideals of the Quaid-e-Azam to continue striving for the protection of the rights of all faiths and bringing them in the mainstream of national life.”

intErior miniStEr diSownS war on tError QUETTA NNI

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said the recent war was imposed on Pakistan in the name of so-called war on terror. “Now it is our responsibility to secure Quetta by disarming it from every kind of weapons,” he added. He was talking to the media in Quetta along with Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik. He said the chief of army staff has assured to assist them with 5,000 personnel trained by the army equipped with latest skills and weapons. He said the federal government is standing by the provincial government in order to defeat terrorists, with the hope that law and order situation in Balochistan would be restored very soon. He said the current war was not war of Pakistan rather it was imposed on the country. But more regrettable thing is that previous governments fought war on terror without any national security policy. There is sound and fury all over the country. “The government would take all stakeholders into confidence to flush out terrorists. “ Our enemy is unseen. It is war of our survival. The entire nation is standing by Balochistan government in this hour of trouble and trial,” said Interior minister. He also paid tributes to the martyred security officials and announced special award for martyred DIG operations.


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balochistan cm vows to fight terrorists head-on QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch reiterated his government’s strong resolve to fight terrorism saying that the government vowed not to bow down before the terrorists and would continue to fight against the miscreants until they were eliminated.The CM visited the families of the policemen killed in Thursday’s suicide attack at Quetta’s Police Line. He assured the extension of every possible help for the victims’ families. Baloch lauded the sacrifices rendered by the police and law enforcement agencies in discharge of their duty. Baloch was accompanied by Federal States and Frontier Region Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, Balochistan Police Inspector General and Provincial Ministers Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal and Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani. “Quetta is our identity and we will not leave it at the mercy of terrorists,” he said. STAFF REPORT

Load shedding to end in next three years: Asif feDeral MiniSter for water anD power SayS pM working harD to Make pakiStan ‘aSian tiger’ SIALKOT STAFF REPORT

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Sunday said the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government was aware of the masses’ problems and was trying to achieve a proper and quick solution, adding that load

shedding would end within the next three years. The minister was talking to members of the National Assembly, provincial assemblies, traders, industrialists, exporters and others at his residence in Sialkot. Asif said the PML-N government wanted to make Pakistan a true nation of

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ENEWING commitment to protecting the rights of non-Muslims as equal citizens of Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday urged religious leaders and the public to show tolerance towards the people of different faiths and to spread the message of harmony and tolerance. “Intolerance towards non-Muslims has grown into sectarianism,” said the president in his message on Minorities Day. He said the observance of the day every year was a reminder to all to try to fulfill the promise made to our non-Muslim brethren by the founder of the state Quaid-eAzam Mohammad Ali Jin-

all other provinces as the PML-N government had taken all the provinces into confidence. He claimed that the PML-N government’s anti-electricity load shedding strategy was successful in Punjab. “Electricity theft will not be tolerated and stern action will be taken against the perpetrators,” he said. Asif urged the masses to stop the unnecessary use of electricity and cooperate with the government to end electricity load shedding. “Citizens should refrain

from damaging national property during demonstrations as the protection of national property is the duty of everyone in the country,” he said. The minister said the Nandipur power plant would generate 400 megawatts electricity. “Work on the power plant is going on speedily,” he said. He said the present government had increased the power supply to the national grid and hence, managed to reduce the duration of load shedding across the country.

US continues to urge further dialogue between Pakistan and India on Kashmir WASHINGTON APP

The United States continues to encourage Pakistan and India on holding “further dialogue” to address Kashmir tensions brewing up in the wake of recent reports of incidents along the Line of Control in the disputed region. “We certainly have seen

that the governments of India and Pakistan are in contact over the issue,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki noted when the issue was raised for the third day in succession at the daily briefing. “We continue to encourage further dialogue,” she added, a day after Indian protesters stormed Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi following India’s un-

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Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah by protecting the ideology of Pakistan. According to Asif, “The nation is now moving towards economic stability as the democratic system is strengthening in the country due to the economic and political policies of the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is working hard to make Pakistan an Asian Tiger.” The minister said the ongoing anti-electricity theft operation would be expanded to

nah. The president praised the role of non-Muslims in the creation of Pakistan. He called for focusing on the problems and issues faced by non-Muslims. “Let us also pay tribute on this day to those courageous individuals who have suffered for the cause of inter-faith harmony and for upholding the right of the non-Muslims to freely profess and practice their religion. They are the heroes of the nation. They reflect the progressive, tolerant and humane ethos of our people,” he said. The president said democracies better protected the rights of non-Muslims, adding that unfortunately the right of non-Muslims to freely practice their religion was usurped during a dictatorship by deleting the word

‘freely’ from the constitution. Zardari said the right to ‘freely’ profess religion had been restored in the 18th Amendment. He said there was a need to protect and promote democratic values and culture as a necessary tool of promoting tolerance, peace and harmony. “On this day, let us rededicate ourselves to a modern, progressive and tolerant Pakistan that was enunciated by the Quaid-eAzam in his historic speech on this day,” Zardari said. Felicitating all non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan on the day, the president said, “I wish to reiterate our commitment towards a progressive and tolerant society and to work for the protection of rights of non-Muslims as equal citizens of the state.”

“We still believe, as has consistently been our position, that the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan’s dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine. So we just encourage them to continue to do that through dialogue,” she said, explaining Washington’s policy on talks between the two South Asian nuclear powers.

corroborated claims this week over killing of five Indian soldiers inside the Indian occupied Kashmir. On Thursday, Pakistani officials said Indian troops’ unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control seriously wounded a civilian in Tatta Pani sector. The State Department this week has refused to speculate who might have been

responsible for the alleged killings. Islamabad has denied its forces involvement in the alleged killings after some Indian officials quickly pointed fingers at Pakistan. “I don’t have any more on it for you,” the State Department spokeswoman said, when a journalist wanted to know who might have been behind the alleged killing of Indian soldiers.

ten die after drinking toxic liquor in karachi

Curfew extended in IHK after clashes

KARACHI: Ten people died as a result of drinking poisonous liquor in Karachi’s Mehmoodabad area late on Saturday night. Fifteen people fell ill after drinking liquor and had been shifted to a hospital. Ten of those brought in lost their lives during treatment, while the condition of five is reported to be critical. The name of one victim who died as a result of the toxic liquor was reported as Saqib, according to police officials. Police officials have arrested two alleged liquor suppliers responsible for the poisonous liquor in the area, and have sealed off their houses. Officials have been ordered to search the area for other such liquor suppliers. Wine shops have remained closed in Karachi since four different wine shops were targeted in Karachi within an hour on August 7, leading to an increase in the sales of poisonous and harmful liquor through the black market and amateur brewers. The wine shops were targeted in Khayaban-e-Muslim, Khayaban-eRahat, Seaview in Defence Housing Authority and near Moti Mahel in Gulshan-eIqbal. AGENCIES

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Authorities extended a curfew in a town in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) for a third day on Sunday as tensions rose after two people were killed and dozens wounded in HinduMuslim clashes in the disputed region. Stores and buildings were torched in Friday’s clashes that erupted in Kishtwar town, 150 kilometres southeast of Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar after prayers marking the end of Ramadan. Omar Abdullah, the state’s chief minister, addressed a press conference on Sunday and said local authorities would do “everything possible to restore calm in the region”. The curfew extension came as Pakistan and India both accused each other on Sunday of fresh firing between their two borders. The fighting is the latest in a spate of recent cross-border skirmishes between the two nuclear-armed neighbours who have fought three wars since independence from the British rule in 1947, two over

the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. The violence in Kishtwar broke out when several hundred Muslims staged a march and shouted slogans attacking India and demanding “freedom” before being assaulted by Hindus who objected to the demonstration. Multiple groups have been battling Indian forces since 1989, calling for the territory to be made independent or become part of Pakistan, in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians. Authorities extended the curfew and deployed the army to prevent further outbreaks of violence after reports of fresh clashes emerged late on Saturday, Abdullah said. Kishtwar residents have alleged members of the Village Defence Committees, controversial semi-official local groups drawn mostly from the Hindu community and armed by the government to fight militants in their neighbourhood, used weapons during Friday’s clashes. Abdullah said the government was considering options, including a possible recall of weapons from the committees.

Security forces enter Chilas to conduct targeted operation GILGIT INP

The Pakistan Army on Saturday entered Chilas, headquarters of Diamer District, to conduct an operation to arrest terrorists behind killing of security officials. “Troops of Pakistan Army have entered into the city and it is totally cordoned off and some four localities were searched out for particular people,” an official of administration said requesting not to be named. He said that only the top military officials were leading the operation so entire details about what has been achieved so far is neither known by ad-

ministration nor police had any idea. An army colonel, a captain and a senior superintendent of police (SSP), investigating the June 23 killing of nine foreign tourists and one of their Pakistani guides in the area, were killed on August 6. Victims of the mountain assault included climbers from China, Lithuania, Nepal, Slovakia, Ukraine and one person with joint US-Chinese citizenship. One Chinese climber had escaped the attack. Helicopters of the Army Aviation kept hovering over the small town while exit and entry points of the city were

sealed and people coming from far-flung parts faced hardship to get access to hospitals. People in this remote area spent Eid inside their homes after offering prayers because the city was heavily flooded with troops. “It is unique and unusual so people got scared and preferred to remain at home because movements of the residents were already restricted by the troops in the heart of city where they initiated an operation,” witnesses said. The markets were closed and intra-city movements were also restricted but people had access to hospital with patients only inside the town.

However, some shops were opened in the late evening, said a resident. Residents were experiencing a new phenomenon which they never thought of as troops kept patrolling in the town and people saw them from the windows of their homes. Molvi Muhammad Ayaz, the prayer leaders in Chilas, came down hard on those who were behind attack on foreigners and three top security officials. “How can we say they are Muslims? They are not even human. We strongly condemn the barbaric acts and want the government to push them behind bars,” he spoke to the

huge crowd. “We are with the government, and they should have been arrested,” he continued. “May all of them go to hell,” he cursed. “How they can justify shedding blood of innocent humans.” Separately, in an unusual move another place Darel valley, some 80 KMs west of Chilas, Brugi village, witnessed arrival of troops who cordoned off the area and looked for some men. The operation was led by Muhammad Naveed, ASP Chilas headquarters, recently given charge of the superintendent of police following assassination of the senior superintendent of police Hilal

Ahmed. Police remained tightlipped and did not leak any info regarding the operation and admin officials avoided phone calls. However, another police official said GB Scouts, Frontier Constabulary and police were also assigned various duties. “The only thing I can tell you four localities in the town, namely KKH area, Jalil Muhallah, Shaheen Kot and Takkia points are searched hitherto,” said the official on condition of anonymity. There was no resistance from the public and the operation went underway smoothly, he added.

Sindh aSSEmbly SESSion likEly on tuESday KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly session is likely to be summoned on Tuesday, Pakistan Today has learnt. The Sindh government is “secretly” moving to amend the Local Government laws to have what sources said a local government system that is a “mixture” of the legislation promulgated in 1979 and in 2001 during the Musharraf era. “The session has not been summoned formally. But everything is ready,” said a source privy to the Sindh Assembly affairs. Tuesday, the source said, was likely to see the Sindh lawmakers gather for introducing changes in the local government laws. “The Sindh government is running against the time to meet the August 15 deadline when the provincial government is required to face the Supreme Court,” said the source. The apex court has ordered the provinces to come up with final and comprehensive strategy regarding the holding of local government elections by Aug 15. A special committee led by Law Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro has submitted its report on the options available on the would-be local government system. The MQM, a major stakeholder in the longstanding debate over the system, however, has rejected the committee report. The session is expected to start at 10am on Tuesday, the source said. The PPP though has a simple majority in the provincial legislature with its 91 lawmakers, but the MQM-led opposition is likely to make a hue and cry in the 168-strong member house. The nationalist parties like PML-F’s attitude towards the intended legislation, however, is yet to be seen. ISMAIL DILAWAR

tribal leader killed, two injured in dera bugti blast DERA BUGTI INP

A tribal leader was killed and another two were injured in roadside bomb blast in Dera Bugti on Saturday. Tribal leader Zara Khan was killed while two of his guards were severely injured, Levies sources said. The sources told reporters that the tribal leader’s car was moving towards Pir Sawa from Patokh when the blast took place. His car was completely destroyed as a result. Rescue teams shifted the deceased and the injured guards to a nearby hospital. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said the explosion was remotecontrolled and detonated from an unknown location.

gas explosion victims succumbed to injuries PESHAWAR APP

Three minor girls, injured in gas leakage explosion occurred on Saturday in Peshawar’s Asad Anwar Colony, succumbed to their injuries on Sunday. According to police, the incident occurred when a gas pipeline burst. Four people, including three minor girls and a woman, were injured.


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KARACHI: On the third day of Eid, families and youth were seen at various recreational spots across the city. In Karachi families were seen at

sea view and other beaches enjoying the lovely weather along with their loved ones. Picnickers were also seen playing games and having fun

time with their loved ones. Huge crowds were witnessed at cinemas too, as a number of movies were released on this occasion. Similarly,

Six killed in latest POLICE CHIEF ORDERS violence IMMEDIATE REVAMP KARACHI INP

At least six people, including one policeman, were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi. Unknown gunmen opened fire near Chawla Market in Nazimabad, killing police official Nazim Abbas. Meanwhile, four people died in separate firing incidents in Karachi’s Baldia Town, Garden and Orangi Town areas. A woman killed in Garden Town was attacked at a traffic signal while she was on her way home. In a separate incident, police launched investigations in Musharraf Colony and arrested five persons involved in extortion activities. According to the police, the arrested persons namely Wasif, Nazeer, Waqas, Wasim and Riaz were wanted in extortion and other crimes. Four TT pistols and other weapons were recovered from the suspects during the raid.

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Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has appealed to the Karachiites to avoid disposing off garbage and other waste material, particularly plastic bags, into storm water drains and gutters in the metropolis. Chairing a meeting on Sunday to review situation in wake of rain spells and more showers as per weather forecast for the city, he said negligence towards their civic responsibilities ultimately cause inconvenience to the citizens themselves.

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Sindh Inspector General of Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch has issued immediate orders for revamp in the security arrangements being made in the province on the eve of 66th national Independence Day. Chairing a meeting in his office on Sunday, he said the emerging law and order situation during last few days demanded extreme care towards safety of citizens keen to celebrate the day with due zeal and fervor. IG Baloch said details must be compiled about the celebrations planned for the occasion at Mazar-eQuaid, different public places as well as at educational institutions.

"The concerned area police in coordination with Rangers must ensure fool-proof security for the participants of these programmes," said the provincial police chief. The Sindh IG ordered that police in close coordination with city administration must also take upon itself the strict compliance of the security arrangements being made and finalized by them. "This must necessarily include sweeping and clearance of all prominent as well as high risk sites by the bomb disposal squad," he said. The police chief ordered that all concerned police stations in accordance to the importance and sensitivity of installations in their respective jurisdictions must

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men, women, youth and children were seen at famous outing spots of across the city celebrating the third day of Eid. NNI

He said overflowing gutters are usually consequent to collection of polytene bags at the mouth of the gutter lines preventing flow of waste water into major channels and sea. These bags are non bio-degradable and are thrown by people without any consideration towards its consequences, lamented the commissioner. He said waste water that flows into drains and garbage finding no space to move further reverts with much force, particularly during monsoons, and over-floods the roads and even enter into houses located around, particularly in low lying areas.

The city commissioner urged the officials to develop close linkage with citizens, particularly notables of the areas, to see that no individual or groups of people may dispose off their waster into water drains or storm water drains and make mess of situation. The commissioner said public confidence must be restored and they must develop trust on the sincerity of the administration, keen to help them with out any distinction. "Similarly people must also be convinced to realize their civic and collective responsibilities towards each other," said Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.

develop concrete and effective security arrangements. These, he said must also necessarily include all bus stations, railways stations, airports, fly-overs, under passes, food chains, consulate offices, residence of consul generals, important offices and building pertaining to both public and private sectors. Shopping centres, major thoroughfares, five star hotels. The police chief ordered efficient coordination between special branch police and central intelligence department (CID), with equal care towards their respective performances. He said intensity of random snap checking, picketing and patrolling must also be improved.

The commissioner said citizens must be motivated to cooperate with the administration for maintenance of essential facilities with reference to proper functioning of these during rough weather conditions. He said Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah is extremely committed towards the cause of good governance and as per his instructions Chief Secretary, Mohammad Ejaz Chaudhry has sought prompt application and use of all resources available with the government towards mitigation of discrepancies caused due to varied inadequacies. The civic agencies were also told to keep a strict check on post rain situation in the city. The commissioner appreciated that DCs of all five districts and assistant commissioners and mukhtiarkars of all 28 divisions of Karachi have ensured their presence at their respective areas of jurisdiction during Eid holidays and personally supervised required interventions, where needed during the current monsoon spell.

KARACHI: President-elect Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that he would pay an official visit to Tehran in near future to explore ways of expanding bilateral ties between the two Muslim neighboring countries. Hussain, in a meeting with Iran's Consul General in Karachi Mehdi Sobhani on Saturday, expressed the hope that he would have a visit to Tehran in the near future and talk with senior Iranian officials over the promotion of bilateral ties. Hussain will take oath of his office on September 8, 2013. Iran and Pakistan exchange delegations on a regular basis and the two neighboring countries are keen to expedite expansion of their bilateral trade ties. In March, Iran and Pakistan officially inaugurated the construction phase of a several-billion-dollar gas pipeline project which is due to take Iran's rich gas reserves to the energyhungry Muslim country. The project kicked off in a ceremony attended by former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at the two countries' shared border region in Iran's Southeastern city of Chabahar. INP

prESidEnt condolES dEmiSE oF SyEd Shoaib JaFFEry KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the demise of Syed Shoaib Jaffery, brotherin-law of former Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi. In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the president prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul and also for the courage of the family to bear this loss with fortitude. Syed Shoaib Jaffery breathed his last in the US. ONLINE


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KARACHI: A security official stands alert in front of Karachi central jail after Quetta bomb blast. INP

KARACHI: An explosion rocked a police official’s residence on Shahrah-e-Faisal on Sunday. Immediate reports said the explosion targeted CID SSP Raja Umar Khattab who lives close to Saddar police station. But the undeterred SSP said such a attacks cowardly attack could not intimidate him. It was earlier suggested that the explosion was caused by a hand grenade, but officials said that it was caused by a remote-controlled explosive. AGENCIES

roaD MiShap killS three, injureS 8 on Super highway KARACHI: Three people lost their lives while eight others sustained injuries in a road mishap on Super Highway in the wee hours of Sunday. According to sources, the incident took place when a coach and bus collided near Nooriabad on Super Highway, resultantly three people were killed while eight others including women and children were wounded. The injured people have been rushed to the hospital. INP

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HE Ansar Burney Trust International has requested India for the early release of a 5-member Pakistani family belong to Baluchistan province that was taken into custody on Saturday, Aug 10, by the Karunagappally police at Kollam in India after it reached there reportedly without permission. Chairman of Ansar Burney Trust International and former Federal Minister for human rights, Ansar Burney, after having come to know about the arrest of the family, immediately contacted the Indian Authorities at Delhi and Indian High Commission at Islamabad with a request to consider the matter on humanitarian grounds as family by themselves went to concern Authorities in Kollam to include the

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visiting area into their traveling documents. He said the arrested Pakistanis are Kishore Kumar, 46, Sangeetha Kishore Kumar (Varsha), 40, and their three children Nija, Simran, and Keerthi. Ansar Burney said the family hailing from Baluchisthan was visiting the Amrithanandamayi Math at Amrithapuri in India. Ansar Burney said that reportedly the Pakistani family did not possess valid documents and hadn’t sought permission from the authorities as per the Registration of Foreigners Act. They had permission to travel only till Thane in Maharashtra to visit Sangeetha’s brother Sumit, a resident of Ullas Nagar. From there, they along with Sumit traveled to Kollam without proper documents but by themselves went to concerned Authorities to inform and include the same into their traveling documents.

pMDc president vows strict compliance with constitution KARACHI APP

Citizens of all age groups are invited to participate in an essay contest about their dreams for Pakistan and how they envision their motherland during next 10 years. Oxford University Press, organizers of the event said the contest will be simultaneously held at OUP outlets in Karachi, Islamabad and Peshawar from August 14 to 20. The event was said to stir patriotic spirit of the people and provide them an opportunity to celebrate national Independence Day with a sense of purpose.

The newly elected President of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), Prof Masood Hameed Khan has vowed to strictly comply with the constitution of the council. Addressing a press conference, he said no compromise would be made nor any pressure will be accepted in attaining the goals prescribed under the constitution of PMDC. He also assured the medical community of the country to turn PMDC into a transparent regulatory body. Prof Hameed, also the vice chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), expressed his gratitude to the PMDC members for reposing their confidence in him and said there always remained room for improvement and it would be his foremost priority to equip

PMDC with state of art technology. "All our efforts would be equally focussed on retaining highest of the standards in medical education," he said. Prof Masood Hammed Khan reiterated that all rules and regulations will be enforced in true letter and spirit to bring about a more positive image of the council. To a question about PMDC's future plans he said new PMDC cells would be established in Multan, Rahim Yar Khan, Nawabshah, Hyderbad, Abbottabad and Muzafarabad to cater to the needs and address problems of the doctors working in the remote areas of the country. Talking about the role of media in raising public awareness, he hoped that it would help PMDC in its efforts to be one of the world's best medical regulatory authority.

CNG STATIONS CLOSURE KARACHI: The Sui Southern Gas Company on Sunday said all CNG stations in Sindh would remain closed from Monday, August 12 at 8am until Tuesday August 13, 8am. According to SSGC spokesman Inayatullah Ismail, the 2nd and 3rd shutdowns for coming week would be observed on Wednesday and Friday for 24 hours each, respectively. STAFF REPORT


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RI LANKAN police on Sunday lifted a curfew on a Colombo neighbourhood on Sunday after a Buddhist-led mob attack on a mosque raised religious tensions and left the Muslim minority fearing further violence, Lankan media reported on Sunday. Hundreds of police, including anti-riot squads and elite Special Task Force commandos, remained on alert in the Grandpass district following overnight violence which wounded at least four people. "The curfew was lifted Sunday morning, but we have a strong presence in the area," a police spokesman said. There was no immediate reaction from the government to the violence, which followed Buddhist objections to the opening of the new mosque, but Islamic clerics expressed concern. "We were surprised because we thought things were settling down," Fazin Farook, spokesman for the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama, Sri Lanka's apex body of Islamic clerics, told local media. "With this attack, we are worried again and we see this (anti-Muslim) trend continuing. We condemn this attack." Farook noted that the latest violence came five months after an anti-Muslim campaign culminated in the torching of two Muslim-owned businesses just outside the capital. Three Buddhist monks and 14 others who were arrested in connection with the

arson attacks in March were later freed as police and the victims did not press charges. "We thought things were settling down since then. The government had also done a lot to calm the situation, but this in-

cident came up suddenly and that has worried the community," Farook said. The Sri Lanka Muslim Council, an umbrella organisation of Muslim civil society groups, also expressed concern.

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The council said the attack occurred despite assurances from state authorities that the new mosque in the area could stay despite protests from a nearby Buddhist temple. "There were police deployed to

gunmen kill five yemeni troops guarding Lng plant ADEN AGENCIES

Suspected al Qaeda militants killed four Yemeni soldiers in their sleep early on Sunday in an attack on forces guarding the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, a local official said. The assault follows an escalating campaign of drone strikes by the United States over the past two weeks and warnings of militant attacks that prompted Washington to close embassies across the Middle East and evacuate some staff from Yemen. The official said the gunmen infiltrated a checkpoint guarding the Balhaf LNG terminal in the southern Shabwa province, killed one soldier and then entered a cargo container where four more troops were sleeping and shot them dead. The attackers fled in a vehicle, he said. A Yemeni government spokesman said last week that the $4.5 billion gas facility, jointly managed by Yemen

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Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi called more rallies on Sunday to demand his reinstatement, amid last ditch efforts for reconciliation ahead of a threatened crackdown on protests. The Anti-Coup Alliance said 10 marches would take off from various parts of the capital "to defend the electoral legitimacy" of Egypt's first freely elected president Morsi, ousted by the military on July 3. His supporters, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, have kept up two huge protest camps in Cairo and said nothing short of his reinstatement will perusade them to disperse. The call for fresh rallies comes as Al Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, called for reconciliation talks in the latest of a string of attempts to find a peaceful solution to the political deadlock. Al Azhar's Grand Imam, Ahmed al Tayyeb, is to begin contacts with political factions on Monday aimed at convincing them to sit down to talks later this week, state media reported.

"Al Azhar has been studying all the proposals for reconciliation put forward by political and intellectual figures... To come up with a compromise formula for all Egyptians," Tayyeb's advisor, Mahmud Azab, told the stateowned al Ahram. Morsi's turbulent single year in power polarised Egyptians and his ouster by the military only deepened divisions. The army-backed leadership is under immense pressure at home to crack down on the protests, and immense pressure from the international community to avoid bloodshed. Senior US, EU and Arab envoys flew into Cairo in recent weeks to try to persuade the two sides to find a peaceful way out of the crisis. But the government vowed on Wednesday to clear the Islamist protest camps, saying foreign mediation had failed. More than 250 people have been killed in clashes since Morsi's ouster by the military, following days of mass rallies demanding his resignation. The government had already ordered police to end the pro-Morsi protests, which it described as a "national security threat."

guard the mosque, but unfortunately the constables were unable to maintain law and order," said council president N M Ameen. "The community is very worried and concerned about safety." A security official told foreign news agency that Buddhists had objected to the new mosque which was constructed to replace an older place of worship that was earmarked for demolition. "The Buddhist temple had objected to the relocation of the mosque and the troubles started during Saturday evening prayers of the mosque," the official said, asking not to be be named. All four people injured in the attack, including two police constables guarding the mosque, remained in hospital on Sunday. Residents said temple bells summoned dozens of men who stormed the mosque and started throwing stones and beating up worshippers. Several homes in the area were also damaged, residents said. President Mahinda Rajapakse's ruling coalition includes the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress, the country's largest Muslim political party. However, radical Buddhists recently forced Islamic clerics to withdraw halal certification from food sold locally, claiming that it offended the majority nonMuslim population. Seventy percent of Sri Lanka's 20 million population follow Buddhism while Muslims are the second largest religious minority with just under 10 percent after Hindus who make up about 13 percent. Others are Christian.

LNG and France's Total, was one of two energy targets that suspected al Qaeda militants had been plotting to attack. Washington stepped up drone strikes on suspected al Qaeda targets in Yemen which killed at least 15 people in three days. US ally Yemen, one of the poorest Arab countries, is the base for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, and militants have launched attacks from there against the West. The Balhaf facility, the largest industrial project ever undertaken in Yemen, opened in 2009. It is heavily guarded by Yemeni troops. It supplies gas cooled to liquid for export by ship, under long-term contracts to GDF Suez, Total and Korea Gas Corp. SECURITY MEASURES: A private security source working for oil and gas firms in Yemen said Sunday's killing appeared to be in retaliation for recent drone strikes that killed scores of Is-

lamist insurgents in the south. "The checkpoint they attacked is one of many leading up to the gas facilities," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "The militants know that it's impossible to penetrate all of the checkpoints and that's why they didn't attempt to go further. They just wanted vengeance." He said there are usually up to 1,800 Yemeni soldiers guarding oil and gas facilities in Shabwa and the number has been increased in recent weeks. The Yemeni government said last week that it had foiled a plot by al Qaeda to seize the al-Dabbah oil export terminal in Hadramout and the Balhaf gas export facility. Plans for such an attack will have raised alarm bells in Washington. In January, Islamist gunmen attacked an Algerian gas plant, seizing hundreds of hostages before the army stormed it four days later. Dozens of foreign workers were killed.

wavE oF bombingS in iraQ during holiday killS 69 BAGHDAD AGENCIES

A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people Saturday, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control. Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, and attacks against civilians and security forces notably spiked during Ramadan. The surge of attacks has sparked fears that the country could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007. The bloodshed also comes after Iraqi security forces promised to step up efforts to increase security to protect the public during the Eidul-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This year's Ramadan was the most violence since 2007, with 671 people killed. "My shop's windows were smashed and smoke filled the whole area," said shoe shop owner Saif Mousa, who survived an attack near his store in New Baghdad. "I went outside of the shop and I could hardly see because of the smoke.... At the end, we had a terrible day that was supposed to be nice because of Eid."

Many of the attacks occurred within an hour of each other, suggesting a level of coordination in the assaults. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, though security forces and civilians are frequently targeted by Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch. US Department of State spokeswoman Jen Psaki condemned the attacks, saying in a statement that they are similar to suicide and vehicle bomb attacks in the country in the past month-and-a-half conducted by Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch. The group is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and al-Baghdadi has taken personal credit for a series of terrorist attacks in Iraq since 2011, including an attack against the Abu Ghraib prison, Psaki said.


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Three US soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s eastern borderlands on Sunday, US and NATO officials said, the first NATO combat deaths this month. The soldiers, from the NATO-led Internaional Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed by insurgents in Paktia province, a US official said. The last NATO soldier to be killed in action was late last month. Paktia is one of several provinces that border Pakistan and have endured some of the highest levels of fighting during the US-led 12-year war in Afghanistan. US soldiers based in Paktia are rarely involved in combat operations since handing over security responsibility to Afghan security forces earlier this year. They now primarily train their Afghan colleagues. The NATO-led mission has about 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan, of which about 68,000 are American. Those numbers are expected to reduce sharply before the official end of the NATO-led combat mission - December 31, 2014. More than 2,100 US soldiers have died during the war in Afghanistan.

india to launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier today NEW DELHI

CHAMAN: Children watch a snake charmer’s act along a roadside in Chaman. INP

Flashfloods dampen Eid festivities killing 21 near kabul KABUL APP/AFP

Flash floods triggered by heavy rain and hailstorms on Sunday killed more than 20 people in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghan officials said. The Shakardara and Paghman districts to the north and west of Kabul were severely affected by the floods as the unseasonal rains resulted in knee-deep water across many parts of the war-battered city, they added. “Twenty people including several children and a woman were killed in Shakardara,” a National Disaster Management Authority Offical Ghulam Farooq said, adding that “One person was killed in Paghman while more than 20 houses were destroyed in Kabul”. A mosque, several houses, three schools and some crops were also damaged by the torrential downpours which struck on Saturday while Afghanistan celebrated the Eid festival. Harsh winters and heavy snowfalls habitually caused swollen rivers that led to floods in the mountainous country in spring and summer, but Afghanistan witnessed one of its hottest summers in decades despite which the sudden storms quickly overwhelmed Kabul’s poor drainage systems. Last week flooding in six eastern and southeastern provinces and some districts of the capital killed more than 40 people, destroying hundreds of hectares of farmland and displacing hundreds of people.

over rs 14 billion released for public sector development ISLAMABAD NNI

The Planning Commission of Pakistan has so far released Rs 14.508 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) against the total allocations of Rs 540 billion for the fiscal year 2013-14. According the latest data‚ Rs 13.008 billion have been released for various projects of the federal ministries whereas Rs 1.5 billion have been released for the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority.

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AKISTAN Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Friday said terrorist attacks in the last two months clearly indicated that terrorists wanted to raise provincial hatred and sectarian tensions. Talking to reporters in Gujrat after the exchange of Eid greetings, Shujaat said there had been more than 60 terrorist attacks during the last two months that claimed the lives of many innocent citizens. He said this trend was very dangerous for the country and all schools of thought should come together to deal with the terrorism issue. Shujaat said the law and order in

Balochistan was worsening every day and the government’s performance was nil. He said the government

should take all political parties along as it was not an issue of any one party or individual and everyone would have to contribute to find a solution. To a question, Shujaat said the president-elect’s statement before election that he would not seek the vote of PML-Q clearly indicated that he was biased. The PML-Q president said this also negated his assertion that after the elections he would be the president of the people and all political parties. On the issue of energy crisis, he said the government had raised the power tariff for industrial consumers. “Domestic consumers will face a rise in power tariff next month, further increasing inflation,” he said. Shujaat said the PML-Q would fully participate in the local bodies elections.

India will launch its first indigenous aircraft carrier today, which will put the country in the exclusive League of Nations to have such a capability, a top defense official said. Indian Defense Minister AK Antony’s wife Elizabeth will formally launch the 37,500-ton carrier, INS Vikrant, at Kochi shipyard in the southern state of Kerala, after about six years since its production started. “The launch will be the crowning glory of the Indian Navy’s indigenisation program,” Indian Navy Deputy Head Vice Admiral RK Dhowan said. The aircraft carrier will be launched and then re-docked for the second phase of its construction before being finally readied for extensive trials in 2016. The ship is likely to be commissioned into the Indian Navy in 2018. Only the United States, Britain, Russia and France have so far possessed the capability to build such an aircraft carrier.

landmine blast kills one, injures 3 in dera murad Jamali DERA MURAD JAMALI ONLINE

At least one person was killed and another three were injured when a vehicle hit a landmine in Dera Murad Jamali on Sunday. Police said a family was on way to Chatar, when their vehicle hit a landmine planted on the road, killing one, and injuring three including a woman. The dead and injured were taken to hospital.

Posting pictures on Facebook, Twitter un-Islamic: Lucknow clerics NEW DELHI ONLINE

India’s two prominent Islamic helplines are discouraging young callers, especially women, from creating profiles and posting pictures on popular social-networking websites Facebook and Twitter, saying it is un-Islamic, Indian media reported on Sunday. Many people are calling the heads of the two Lucknow-based helplines, run for Shia and Sunni Muslims, to ask if virtual profiles are Islamic. “You can’t see someone’s face on Facebook and decide that you want to be friends. Look for love in real life. Virtual relationships are not useful,” said Sunni Mufti Abul Irfan Naimul Halim Firagni Mahli. The Mufti wants youngsters to meet

in the real and not the virtual world. More than half of the over 1,000 calls that the mufti receives on his helpline per month include questions about internet usage. “If one is on Facebook for business or constructive purposes then the account is justifiable,” he said. However, the mufti is not pleased about women being on Facebook to make friends and is against them uploading pictures on the website. “Women should not post pictures on Facebook or anywhere else on the internet. This is un-Islamic,” he said. A cleric from the Shia sect also endorsed the mufti’s views. “Women are not allowed to show their faces to anyone apart from their ‘mehram’ (male kin like father and

brothers),” he said. “We are liberal. When youngsters ask us if they can have a Facebook or Twitter profile, we allow that. But the Shariah (Islamic law) does not allow

women to post pictures,” he said. “Islam has prescribed ‘hijab’ for women. They have been asked to hide their faces in public so how can they be allowed to do so on the internet?” he asked.


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WAMI National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan has called for devising a concrete policy before the withdrawal of United States-led NATO forces

from Afghanistan. Failing to do so would further increase lawlessness and uncertainty in the region, he said while talking to a delegation of the Charsadda Union of Journalists at his residence. The ANP chairman said Taliban moved freely in Peshawar, Matni, Kohat and Warsak and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak called them friends and brothers which was demoralising the law enforcement institutions. Wali said drone attacks were being carried out in Waziristan and innocent people were being killed in Peshawar and other cities. “This will continue until the political

leadership and other stake holders sit across the table and arrive at a decision,” he said. He criticised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for not agreeing to attend the All Parties Conference (APC). He said the prime minister assured that chief of army staff (COAS), Inter-service intelligence (ISI) director general and other people concerned would be present in the conference but the PTI chairman wanted to meet the prime minister and COAS General Kayani all alone to take a decision. “Imran has no mandate from Sindh and Balochistan. Who will represent the people of Sindh and Balochistan,” he questioned. Regarding dialogue with the militants,

the ANP chairman said, “No one is opposing it but it will only be successful if the militants accept the writ of the government, the constitution of Pakistan and agree to expel Chechens, Arabs and other fighters from their areas.” He said it was the also the state’s duty to eliminate terrorism. He said ANP opposed militancy and sacrificed many party members, including Bashir Bilour and hundreds of workers. “If dialogue with militants failed, the ANP would support a military operation to save the nation,” said Wali. He said the ANP supported the Swat operation after which areas in Malakand, Bunair and Swat became relatively

peaceful. The ANP president said, “Peace in Pakistan is linked to peace in Afghanistan and until the US, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO, Pakistan and Afghanistan sit and devise a concrete strategy there will be no peace in Afghanistan.” Regarding the law and order situation in Balochistan, he said the Baloch leadership would have to be given its constitutional right to gain its confidence otherwise the situation would further deteriorate. To a question about foreign policy, the ANP president said the former civilian government freely formulated and implemented a foreign policy without any interference from the military.

will mediate govt-taliban talks if serious effort is made: Ji chief MONITORING DESK Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hasan has said he is willing to act as a mediator between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) provided both parties make serious efforts towards dialogue. Addressing a reception on Saturday evening, he said, “Both sides should first define their agenda and priorities.” Hasan’s statement came shortly after the TTP announced that they were willing to negotiate with the government earlier in the day. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had recommended that the JI chief and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Fazlur Rehman should act as intermediaries to their talks with the government. “The federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will prepare a joint working paper to ensure result-oriented talks with Taliban,” Hasan said, adding that the Taliban also needed to be clear about their objectives. The JI leader said the US wanted to hold talks with the Taliban and yet was indirectly leading Pakistan away from negotiations and forcing them to engage with Taliban militarily. “Our stance is that problems can be resolved through table talks,” said Hasan.

Four policemen arrested for negligence in di khan jailbreak MONITORING DESK Four policemen were arrested on Sunday for their negligence during an attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan. According to police sources, investigations revealed that the arrested officials, Qaisar Khan, Sufaid Khan, Ateequr Rehman and Khan Bahadur were found guilty of negligence. Earlier on July 30, the TTP insurgents had freed nearly 250 inmates, including 35 ‘high-profile militants’, during a brazen overnight attack on the central jail in Dera Ismail Khan. Meanwhile, amid threats of possible terrorist attacks, security has been beefed up at the Karachi Central Jail. Police have been deployed on the streets and the bridge leading from Central Jail to Rashid Minhas Road in Karachi has also been closed to traffic.

8 die as van plunges into canal near Swabi SWABI: Seven women and a child drowned after a speeding van fell into the canal near Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday. According to local police, female teachers were going to a Noshehra for picnic when the accident occurred in Ghulamaan town of Swabi. Local rescue workers and rescue personnel reached the scene and took part in the rescue work. The van fell into the canal along with 10 passengers. Police and rescue officials said eight people died on the spot while two were taken to Swabi hospitals. ONLINE

RAWALPINDI: Shopkeeper display national flags for sale ahead of the Independence Day. INP

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police Inspector General Ahsan Ghani said that the government had decided to form a counterterrorism and intelligence directorate to prevent acts of terrorism in Peshawar and its adjoining tribal areas. Ghani said the Frontier Constabulary (FC) would be made additionally vibrant in the tribal areas. The IG added that intelligence sharing activities had already begun and that officers and personnel of the counterterrorism and intelligence directorate would be equipped with modern arms within three years. He emphasised on the importance of intelligence in countering terrorism and other crimes for which the decision of forming the new directorate had been taken. Furthermore, he said that incidents of terrorism had increased manifold in the last one decade as Pakistan was on the frontline in fighting terrorism. The new directorate will gather intelligence about terror related information to dealing

At least 25 people drowned during Eidul Fitr holidays in various parts of the country on Saturday. In Karachi about six people drowned in the Arabian Sea at a beachside picnic point in Bin Qasim Town area. According to police reports, they were fishermen. Divers recovered the bodies of all the six victims. Eight people who jumped in the Indus River in Dera Ghazi Khan at various picnic points around Taunsa Barrage failed to resurface. In Khanewal, three picnicking children drowned in the Indus River near Head Sidhnai. Their bodies were retrieved and handed over to their families. The body of a youth who drowned in the Siran River in Manhesra while swimming was also retrieved. A minor was washed away in the floodwater in Jaffarabad’s Kot Allah Dad area. His body was recovered by the rescuers. In a separate incident, an 8-year-old girl drowned in the Rice Canal. In Mianwali, two men drowned in the Indus River whereas in Pud Eidan a boy drowned in Nusrat Canal running through Kot Laloo.

with the menace, he added. The IG said that several intelligence departments were presently working in the police force but they had been losing their utility in gather-

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terrorism: to talk or to fight? taliban talks offer, renewed operations in balochistan and gb offer new dynamic

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NOTHER talks offer from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has come amidst a renewed onslaught from the TTP and a military counter offensive. The last two weeks have seen a rise in terrorist attacks on installations ranging all across the frontiers of Pakistan. The threat has been spiked up after the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak and the current offer from the TTP, from a re-negotiated position of strength, should be seen with a reasonable level of suspicion by the federal government. The peace talks offer makes specific reference to “speaking to the government if religious leaders are involved”, while naming the usual suspects, Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) group Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Munawar Hasan. Of interest is to note that the name of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief and now Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not been included this time around despite the apparent closeness of the Punjab government to extremist groups. With the US Consulate in Lahore shut in lieu of a “specific threat” which now appears to be expanding to include the Punjab, the question is over the Punjab government’s will to take on an offensive against extremist recruiting grounds in Gujranwala, Kasur, Sialkot and Southern Punjab. Following the US warning to its citizens not to travel to Pakistan, Al-Qaeda linked militants killed 13 people in attacks on mosques in the subsequent hours. These includes an attack in Quetta, where ten people died and a suicide attack on the Quetta Police Lines on Thursday, in which more than 30 policemen were killed including most of the Balochistan police force top brass. Another attack in the federal capital was foiled in the nick of time. The upping of violence in Balochistan has resulted in the Chief Justice taking suo motu notice over the issue after 60 people died in attacks over the last week. The Balochistan chief minister has also announced his government’s resolve to not bow down before the terrorists and continue fight against them till their elimination. The TTP has now made Balochistan successfully its second base while continuing on its plan to expand into the country’s main cities, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The result is that the Pakistan Amry has now entered Chilas, Darel Valley and Bolan, looking for militants. But these operations are not part of a unified strategy. The question is: how long will government leaders only condole with bereaved families, or provinces respond locally without any clear collective response and a national security policy? The attack on the Police Lines in Balochistan will result in demoralising the law enforcing agencies, especially the police. What is worrying is the lack of resolve of national political leaders to come together and agree on what they want – to fight or to talk with the TTP? Amidst this, it must decide whether or not to take the TTP’s fig leaf of talks while holding the country hostage. The government must now decide – once and for all – what is to be done.

hostilities at border both countries need a cool headed approach

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OTH Pakistan and India have more than just peace put on risk with their recent spate of clashes at the Line of Control border in the disputed area of Kashmir. While both sides have made claims and counter claims, the truth that this is only hurting their relation and peace efforts in the region outweigh all of their arguments. These incidents have created an air of mistrust, that too right when both countries had shown inclination in resuming the composite dialogue process for peace. According to the Indian claims, a jawan of BSF was injured by firing from the Pakistani side in Jammu. Another such incident had put a head constable of the BSF in hospital with a sniper fire to the chest a day earlier. Five Indian soldiers were killed in another such incident a few days ago, India claims though Pakistan has denied any involvement in these incidents. Pakistan claims that a Pakistani soldier was killed on July 27 in a cross-border ceasefire violation. How far the claims and counter claims turn out to be true remains yet to be seen but given the tension at the border, both international and LoC, both countries need to take a break from levelling allegations on each other and start inquiries into the incidents to hold the guilty ones responsible. On the political leadership level, both New Delhi and Islamabad need to pitch in and put a stop to this madness. They should devise a way not only to handle these incidents but also to make sure that no such incidents could derail the process of peace talks between them. The nuclear armed neighbours have been at each other’s throat since long, it would rather be positive and interesting to see what they can achieve with dialogue and discussion instead of bullets and bombs. The leaders of the two countries are supposed to meet on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly session in September in New York. With the Indian opposition pressurising the government to cancel the meeting in protest to these incidents, it is even more important for the leadership of both countries to not let these incidents get in the way of greater good for the region. They need to rather push for developing a mechanism to tackle these issues along with other long standing issues. Hostilities won’t benefit anyone, except those who want to see chaos and terror in the region. The only way forward is to work together by tackling these issues on a priority basis.

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the gnawing emptiness the dance of death getting more macabre, more nauseating The chill ascends from feet to knees, The fever sings in mental wires. If to be warmed, then I must freeze And quake in frigid purgatorial fires Of which the flame is roses, and the smoke is briars. The dripping blood our only drink, The bloody flesh our only food: In spite of which we like to think That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good. –T S Eliot, East Coker HENEVER things get excruciatingly painful, one is reminded of T. S. Eliot for he has so often enacted human situations bearing uncanny resemblance with what we are witnessing: That corpse you planted last year in your garden, Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year? Or, has the sudden frost disturbed its bed? Oh keep the dog far hence, that’s friend to men, Or with his nails he’ll dig it up again You! Hypocrite lecteur! - mon semblable, - mon frère! –T S Eliot, The Burial of the Dead Death is dancing around us. Instead of fighting it, we are offering ceaseless sacrifices to the sharp knives of butchers whose appetite appears unquenchable. How does the roster read in the last few days? August 6: thirteen people taken out of buses in Bolan, identified as Punjabis and killed in cold blood. August 7: bomb killed eight people including children who were playing a football match in Lyari. August 8: over thirty police officers and jawans killed when a suicidebomber attacked a funeral procession in Quetta who had been gunned down in the city earlier the same day. August 9: nine people target-killed in Karachi and a guard RAOOF HASAN on duty at a Shia mosque in Islamabad killed when he confronted a suicide b o m b e r w h o s e jacket did not explode, thus averting another catastrophic tragedy. Add to that an unending stock of gunny bags that are discovered daily containing body pieces of humans eliminated after being subjected to brutal torture. Also think of the innumerable untold stories of rape,

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death and deprivation and you have an inkling of the kind of country we live in and the kind of people we keep company with. Every day of our lives is witness to indescribably harrowing stories of mayhem and murder. How many more corpses will we have to plant for this dance of death to come to an end: “The dripping blood our only drink, the bloody flesh our only food”. They say that every grievous setback also cultivates hope. I don’t see any of that around. What I see is a motley crowd resigned to their fate, absolutely unwilling to offer any resistance to the perpetrators of death and destruction. The agents of corpses have succeeded in dividing an uneducated, unenlightened and rabidly obscurantist bunch of people along petty religious, ethnic and sectarian lines, thus pitting them violently against each other. They are killing their own like. They are imperilling their present and endangering their future. But, oblivious to the effects, they are engaged in innocuous discussions which are inordinately tarnished by the side-effects of seeing through numerous coloured glasses that they refuse to take off. Wearing the coloured glasses of emotions, they are reminded of Afia Siddiqis and the like and, wearing those of religion, they cannot see beyond the realm of the ‘Muslim Ummah’ which has no relevance outside the geographical frontiers of Pakistan. In reality, the so-called Muslim world is utterly and hopelessly divided into small fragments that are perpetually at war and there is nothing among them that would ever knit them together. Mostly ruled by antiquated and brutal monarchs and autocrats, the people slave on endlessly in search of measly meals to keep them alive. There is no hope for them. There is no hope for their progeny. They have been denuded of even the last shreds of their self-respect. It is a story of perpetual enslavement at the hands of hypocrisy, tyranny and corruption. Drunk in the perceived invincibility of their ill-gotten power, the rulers are brazenly using their authority to further dig in their incisive and bloodied tentacles. In spite of a ceaseless bloodbath resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives to the violencepreachers, there is no rational discourse to ascertain the nagging issues and their possible solution. Instead of moving against the terrorists with the exclusive motive of eliminating them, we are begging for negotiations with them – the very beasts who have repeatedly rubbished the writ of the state and shown disdain and arrogance for the rule of law and constitutionality. This is a mortal case of self-affliction which is becoming ever more gruesome with the passage of time, burying ourselves under the dead: Webster was much possessed by death And saw the skull beneath the skin; And breastless creatures under ground Leaned backward with a lipless grin. –T S Eliot, Whispers of Immortality Will it ever change? Apparently, the morbid putridity of this engagement is beyond the realm of any cure. It is deeply embedded in the psyche which, over a long period of suffering from deprivation and degeneration, has begun to be-

lieve in this as ordained. This is how it is and this is how it will be. There is nothing that one would get out of questioning one’s state. There is only a servile acceptance of one’s bounty without protesting for that may be construed as lack of religiosity – an aberration by its own weird definition and entailment. So, on goes the train carrying the dead weight of the people rendered redundant by a long stretch. Look at the signs of deliverance! The Rs450 million wrist watch allegedly worn by the newlyelected chief executive of the country who has a case of wilful loan default pending against him in an accountability court. There may be more of the same. But, the grossly expensive watch is a nauseating way of asserting his authority on an inconsolably distressed people. The manner in which over Rs500 billion have been distributed among the IPPs towards retiring the circular debt and the inordinate escalation in the cost of the Nandipur Power Project and the reported involvement of some leading lights of the newly-installed government are only some of the initial signs of what is to be expected in times not too far away. The leaders – they are all the same. They all come with a penchant to loot, plunder with a seething desire to come back again to indulge in some more of the orgy. Some come with half-filled stomachs having had access to avenues of corruption during their previous tenures, while others come with empty stomachs eager to have their slice of the pie. There is ample on the plate which is accumulated from indigenous resources as well as what comes in shape of borrowings from the international institutions. It is all there to be devoured. The first helping goes to those at the top – the ones already fighting cases alleging involvement in fraudulent practices. In a situation as gross as this, no one is any help. The rot is deep and the takers are eager to sink deeper. Instead of making an effort to change what is so gravely wrong, so despicably rotten, they have become active agents to further perpetuate the sickness and, in the process, become its beneficiaries. From the bottom to the top, they are looking for their chance to plunge into the putrid juices of what distinguishes this country most appropriately: a viral surfeit of corruption. So, in all probability, the dance of death would get more macabre, more nauseating with its pungent smell drowning all possible prospects for improvement. The emptiness inside is gnawing as it drains the intellectual resources and numbs the rebellious streak. May be we should stop looking to Eliot and Faiz. We need to come to grips with the problems that we face and address the conflicts and paradoxes that imperil our approach. This has not worked in the past and this is not likely to work in the future. If we are to move forward, we need to overcome our lackadaisical dependence on the coloured glasses which distort our vision. We need to take them off, have a hard look at our state and take that one meaningful step forward that would eventually gel into a million more such steps that we need to traverse to get anywhere away from this dance of the macabre, this death kingdom. The writer is a political strategist. He can be reached at: raoofhasan@hotmail.com


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Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. –Aristotle

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a lame duck rule Misgoverning Manmohan Singh should seek a fresh mandate

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T was heartening to watch debates on poverty on national television channels, particularly the English ones. Elitist in approach, they seldom deliberate privations of the common man. Likewise, the English press is reluctant to carry news or write-ups on poverty because it has come to believe that its well-to-do readers do not want to know about the extent of poverty at the breakfast table. The Hindi and other language papers are more sensitive. This is probably the difference between India and Bharat. Yet the nation cannot run away from the fact that roughly 65 per KuLDIP NAyAR cent of Indians are poor, 35 per cent of them destitute. After projecting the Planning Commission’s criteria for expenditure is Rs24 in villages and Rs33 in urban areas, the government has realized that the amount is too paltry to convince even the most gullible. Now the average has been placed around Rs50. This sum is also too meagre. Yet some leading Congressmen have tried to trivialize poverty by proclaiming that one can have a full, hearty meal for Rs5 at Delhi and Rs12 at Mumbai. According to the Planning Commission, seldom right, poverty has been reduced to 22 per cent. The Commission, a creature of the ruling Congress, gives credit for this to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government. Planning Commission’s Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia says that the reduction of poverty during the BJP-led coalition was 0.8 per cent while it is going down by 2.5 per cent annually since the Congress takeover. Assuming that the reduction to 22 per cent is correct, still one out of every five Indian is poor. This is a dismal record in the last six and a half decades after independence. If you were to add dimensions, other than food, you end up comparing India with backward countries in Africa. The Congress has been ruling at least for 50 years and it is the most to blame for the mess in which the country is today. Poverty and education, both neglected by the British, should have been on top of the party’s agenda. An undertaking given during the independence struggle on social justice remains on paper. So do the provisions on equal opportunities in the constitution. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an eminent economist, was expected to bring things in order but he has been a failure. The growth rate in the last two years is less than the proverbial Hindu growth rate of 3.5 to 4 per cent, although the overall average in the last decade is 5.5 per cent, reportedly next to China, the leader in the world. Manmohan Singh has turned out to be more of a politician than an economist. This is proved by the fact that he has managed to be the prime minister for nearly a decade. India’s poor performance is not due to the global factors, ascribed by pro-establishment economists, but because of poor governance. The fact is that we are spending more than we are earning. The government has doubled it in the last 10 years. Inflation has been galloping upward. Printing of currency notes, if at all a short-term relief, is not a solution. The paucity of funds is sought to be met with panicky measures. Take the concessions offered to foreign investors, 49 per cent in insurance and oil and gas. The measures have been compared to opening the floodgates. Instead of self-sufficiency, the cardinal principal after independence, the foreign investment has become the mantra. Then foreign investment was welcome in technical or such fields in which we had no know-how. Now any field or method is good enough as long as it attracts foreign investors. Still they want more concessions. Bureaucrats, more than politicians, must share the responsibility. They too like the prime minister have followed the World Bank advice to convert India into a crony capitalist state. America has not helped a bit despite high-ranking people from the US visiting the country every other day. Most members of parliament and state legislatures live in their makebelieve world and continue to delude themselves. It is well known that they get subsidized food and many other things. The central hall of parliament where the MPs congregate to rub shoulders with the obliging journalists has a canteen which is run by the Railways and sells food at a ridiculously cheap price. The welfare schemes, started with good intention, are starving for funds. The Congress-run government has an eye on the next elections. For unpredictable gains, the Congress has put the entire economic system at stake. The opposition parties may be shrill in their criticism, but they are right in stating that Manmohan Singh’s rule has been fraught with mismanagement, corruption and a few belated steps to stem the rot. The economic situation has been going from bad to worse. India is a non-sympathetic society. Over the years, it has deteriorated in values. There is not a semblance of idealism, much less movement, to lift the lower half to lead a viable living. Poverty, unemployment and malnutrition, all signs of a decaying society, are visible on an increasing scale. The bureaucracy has been reduced to an authority merely affixing seal, from of being the steel frame that it was till the beginning of 1970s. Once in a while a courageous official like Durga Shakti Nagpal appears on the scene to evoke optimism. Her attack on the mining of sand mafia in UP was applauded. But then state chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, was influenced by politicians and she was suspended. Some of these politicians are the owners of trucks she impounded while carrying sand illegally from Yamuna and Hindon river banks. Had the two main political parties, the Congress and the BJP, been together in backing measures against corruption in administration, the situation would have been different. Probably a mid-term poll could have given a fresh start to the country. The new government would have had at least five-year tenure to formulate policies for that period. It would have renewed trust which is badly needed for investment from within and from abroad. Even now Manmohan Singh should go back to people. His remaining 10 months in office are a lame duck rule.

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the dogs of war post uS withdrawal, the taliban will continue to be pakistan’s worst nightmare

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HE leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar is not an oddity in the Afghan-Pakistan tribal belt. The British had their hands full with a series of Mullahs and Faqirs who rallied the Pathans around them and raised the flag of jihad against the ‘infidels’. From the latter half of the 19th century until Pakistan’s Independence, they were a serious pain for the British Indian army. The mullahs had exotic noms de guerre such as Adda Mullah, Manki Mullah, Palam Mullah, Mastan Mullah. In Waziristan the prominent ones were Mullah Powinda and in the 20th century, the legendary Faqir of Ipi. Mullah Powinda is of particular significance because he was the founder of the original Taliban, in the 1890s. Mohiuddin Mahsud, the king of Taliban, was a cleric who had developed a following in the North Waziristan area. The Mullah ran afoul of the British when he demanded that the political agent in Wana release five of his men. When this was not forthcoming, the Mullah and his men raided the Wana Garrison, killing about a hundred British officers and soldiers. The raiders then melted away into the mountains, trying to lure the British to the forbidding terrain. Eventually, a peace agreement was bought by the British. The uprisings continued and the British had to fight their way into the Tirah, the Malakand Pass as well as Chitral among other smaller campaigns. Native to the forbidding mountainous terrain of the Khyber and the Suleiman ranges, the Pathans are as tough and rugged a warrior race as any in the world, and have extracted a toll from every conqueror that has passed through the Khyber defile into the plains of South Asia. Alexander the Great’s historians record the torrid resistance that the Apareti, the modern-day Afridis, put up against his army. Brig. Smythe, a Victoria Cross winning British Army officer, wrote in his book that there were no better fighters than the Mahsud. John Masters is on record as saying that the Pathans were the hardest people in the world. Fighting, for the Pathan, has become second nature. It is in his DNA, and if there is no invader to fight, then they are only too happy to fight amongst themselves. The British considered the North West Frontier a blooding ground for their armies. The Pathans and the Englishmen had a relationship based on a grudging mutual admiration. The English respected the fact that these

people looked them in the eye and did not grovel as some others were wont to do. The Political Agents through whom the British ran the tribal areas were almost as loyal to their charges as to their English superiors. But the British had a vital advantage. The tribesmen were heavily outgunned in infantry and artillery. Whereas the Army had the Martini-Henry repeaters and later the Lee Enfield, the tribesmen used long barreled muzzle loading Jezails with anything from metal balls, to stones to semi-precious gems as ammunition. They had no artillery whereas the British had the mountain artillery. But in spite of this lack of resources, the Pathans gave the British as good as they got – luring them into the mountainous terrain and causing significant casualties. In this they were motivated by the mullahs who would use psychological ploys, like praying on the fighters’ clothing and telling them that no bullet could pass through them. The fighters also had a penchant for ‘naswar’ and other stronger opiates which bolstered their courage. But the present day Taliban and all their associated militias are armed to the teeth. They have automatic AK47s and heavy machine guns called Dushaka’s. The game changer for them have been the RPG7 rocket propelled grenade and the suicide bombers. A soldier carrying an RPG with half a dozen rounds can cause as much damage as an artillery gun. This weaponry has enabled the Taliban to take on Pakistan’s army on even terms, causing thousands of casualties, which, the army, to its credit, has borne unflinchingly. With the suicide bombers as the shock troops and armament equal to that of the army, the Taliban are a match for the army in any asymmetric combat situation. The Mujahideen who defeated the Soviet Union in the 1980s were essentially these same tribesmen. After taking a hammering from the Soviets’ helicopter borne Spetznatz commandos in the initial stages, the Mujahideen got the highly effective Stinger missile by the US smarting from a mauling by the Soviet proxies in Vietnam. With the Stingers bringing down planes by the dozen, the Soviets were forced to move on the ground. That was the beginning of the end. Following a few years of heavy losses, a bruised and battered Russian Bear straggled back across the Amu Darya. The Soviet Union was never the same again. The Americans left in a hurry, leaving a gaping power vacuum, which was filled by numerous warlords with their fiefdoms all across Afghanistan. Disillusionment among the populace with these rapacious warlords was the reason the Taliban were able to sweep across Afghanistan. Led by a one-eyed mullah by the name of Omar, they established control over most of Afghanistan, by and large peacefully. Though their justice system and their views on women were medieval, they did bring a semblance of order. In the 1990s, Osama bin Laden, Aiman Al Zawahri and their Al-Qaeda leadership sought shelter in Afghanistan after they had been rooted out of Sudan and Yemen. Apart from a multiple cruise missile raid on bin Laden’s camp in Afghanistan to avenge the

US embassy bombings, the Taliban were acceptable to the Americans. But then Osama decided to take revenge for the cruise bombing with his own 9/11 attack on the USA. The Americans wanted Osama and Zawahri but Mullah Omar would not or could not hand them over. America invaded and after over a decade of war, with Osama killed in Abbottabad, things are more or less in a stalemate. The Americans may claim victory, but there really is no enemy to be seen to be defeated. What is the raison d’être of these Taliban groups and what is the source of their funding? That is a million dollar question. Some Taliban groups pay their soldiers $10 per day as salary. Others rely on drug smuggling, kidnapping for ransom and robbery. Being a Taliban is a good option for the uneducated, highly indoctrinated youth. They get money, arms and they can settle some personal scores as well. The suicide bomber is also an industry where the going rate has been around $20,000. Contrary to popular perception, most suicide bombers are not children of drone attack victims bent on revenge. There is, in place, a regular system where children are brainwashed, trained and heavily drugged for this ghastly mission. Where the funding for these groups comes from is anybody’s guess. There are different groups of Taliban, some funded by the Middle Eastern countries, some by the Americans and some by our Eastern neighbour. Pakistan also favours some Taliban in the belief that when the Americans leave, they will have a say in who comes into power in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s nightmare scenario would be a pro-India Northern Alliance coming into power and as a result, having to defend against two hostile nations. The Afghans have never accepted the Durand Line as the border and lay a historic claim to much of the Pakistan frontier areas. A hostile Afghanistan with India always looking for ways to bully it, the future direction that Afghanistan takes is of vital importance to Pakistan. Strategic depth is essentially a non-issue. It is the two-front threat that is causing sleepless nights for Pakistani defence planners. If all this is not enough, there are other interested parties who would like to keep stirring the pot. The American military-industrial complex has its interests to foster. The drug cartels would not be happy if their supply of opium was disrupted. The dogs of war who attack the supply convoys and have made fortunes would like things to stay as they are. The Americans have figured out ways to attack Al-Qaeda without exposing their soldiers and without collateral damage. They even supply their troops with remotely piloted helicopters. Their special forces continue to attack the enemy at night. They will keep their main bases, supply them by air and continue their control over the war ravaged country. The Taliban will continue to be Pakistan’s worst nightmare, kidnapping, robbing and blowing up people in their pursuit of some convenient ideological objective. And the Saudis and the Iranians will continue to fight their ideological war on Pakistan soil. The light at the end of the tunnel is a train going the other way. The business of war is going along very well, thank you.

The writer is a senior Indian journalist.


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robert pattinson has another Fun night out with michelle rodriguez

Who (didn’t) wear it better? From sexy selfies to steamy magazine spreads to one very bizarre video, we’ve got the low down on all your favorite celebrities who have recently gone topless.

Lady gaga goes Fully naked & Blindfolded In Bizarre Video Lady Gaga has shown us time and time again how comfortable she is with her body — but the controversial singer bared literally everything recently in her revealing — and bizarre — Kickstarter video for the Marina Abramovic Institute. We’ve seen her side boob, we’ve seen her butt, and now we’ve really seen it all! Lady Gaga may have an edge over her topless counterparts — we don’t see anyone else brave enough to cuddle up to a giant crystal while totally nude!

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HERE is A full-blown reunion with Kristen Stewart may not be out of the question just yet, but for the time being R-Patz is still sticking close to his best friends! On August 10, the ‘Twilight’ hunk hit up an industry bash and partied the night away with some of the coolest stars in the biz. Robert Pattinson may be the dreamy star from Twilight, but he seems to mix it up more and more with the rock ‘n’ roll types of Hollywood, including his apparent new BFF Michelle Rodriguez. Robert Pattinson’s Sexy Star-Studded Night Out Revealed Rob and Michelle were spotted at an after party for a screening of the movie It Felt Like Love, an indie flick part of The Sundance Institute’s Next Weekend, a small film festival that rolled through LA on August 10. It Felt Like Love may not have any big names in it, but its after party definitely brought out the stars, according to a few Twitter users who were also at the shindig. “Not gonna brag… but hanging out with Robert Pattinson, Marilyn Manson, and Kate Mara,” @sarahcroce tweeted. “[NBA player] Baron Davis just told me my shoes were cool, Rob Pattinson is lighting a cigarette for Michelle Rodriguez and [director] Mark Borchardt is wearing a Milwaukee hat,” another user posted. Another user uploaded a photo of Rob (well, at least his back). In it he’s chatting it up with a few partygoers, one of whom appears to be Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. And one other eyewitness may have been teasing Robsten followers by tweeting that Rob was laying the charm on thick at the soiree: “I am at a house party in the Hollywood Hills. Robert Pattinson is flirting in the kitchen.” But with who!? Robert Pattinson & Michelle Rodriguez: Getting Closer? This is the second time in the past few weeks that Rob has been spotted out with Michelle. On July 24 the pair hit up the Chateau Marmont, where they shared an intimate smoke break together. COuRTESy HOLLyWOODLIFE

affleck felt like a failing star, says matt damon

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ANDLOT Actor Matt Damon says his long time friend and colleague, Ben Affleck, used to feel like a failing actor. Affleck, 40, confided in Damon about his insecurities saying he felt his movies were unsuccessful and he was more in demand formagazine shoots, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Recalling a conversation Damon had with Affleck in 2003, he said: "I would call him from Prague and say 'How're you?'. He'd go 'You know, I'm in the absolute worst place you can be. I can sell magazines, but not movie tickets. I'm in f***ing jail.' "I was like, 'It's going to be a long, long, long walk back up the hill.' But he knew he could do it because he's a writer, he's a director, he's incredibly talented," added Damon. Affleck may have had a rough patch in the movie industry, but this year he hit the bull's eye when his historical thriller "Argo" won best film Oscar. Damon is happy for his friend. "He just took a public beating for a long time. Now he's so beyond all of that s**t. Now, when I tell people how great he is, they don't roll their eyes anymore. They agree!" Damon told Total Film magazine. COuRTESy TOI

Miley Cyrus topless pic From ‘Maxim’ photoshoot Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Miley Cyrus, 20, began her career as a sweet and innocent Disney star. The former Hannah Montana actress, who was recently chosen as #1 on Maxim‘s Hot 100 list, posed topless in a sexy photo shoot for the mag, wearing nothing but stone wash jeans and a thick gold necklace. Miley even flashed some of her butt in her raunchiest shoot yet – she never ceases to amaze us!

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get Chris Brown’s attention? On Aug. 1, Rihanna surprised exactly no one when she disrobed, snapped a topless photo of herself and posted the pic to Instagram. “she. Morning face,” Rihanna, 25, captioned a photo of herself, in which she playfully tilted her head and gently bit her lip as she peered into the camera lens.

It’s a clear descendent of “Teenage Katy’s return to music was set for AuDream” and “Firework.” But gust 12, but the new track has leaked there’s also a sense in “Roar” three days early! Listen below that things have changed for and tell us what YOU think! Katy since she released her She’s back — even a little last album, Teenage Dream, earlier than we expected! On i used to bite my tongue and hold my breath in 2010. She’s since been August 9, Katy Perry’s first married and divorced, and single in a year leaked onto Scared to rock the boat and make a mess you can feel her perseverthe internet, giving us and So i sat quietly, agree politely ing through that difficult all of her loyal followers breakup with the help of something to truly “Roar” i guess that i forgot i had a choice her music. about (sorry, we had to). “I am a champion, and Katy Perry’s New Single i let you push me passed the breaking point you’re gonna hear me roar,” Leaks — Hear Her ‘Roar’ i stood for nothing, so i fell for everything Katy sings in the chorus. It’s “Roar” was set to drop on Auan inspiring message, and a regust 12, but in this day and age, latable one for anyone who’s felt when does music actually come out knocked down by a bad split. This one when it’s supposed to? Katy’s new sinis definitely going to have everyone singing gle leaked three days early — and we are not complaining at all! The song is classic Katy (in a along for a very long time. Read the full lyrics — good way), an all-out pop song that sweeps you up and listen to the song of course — below and tell us in the emotions and takes you for an uplifting ride. what you think! COuRTESy HOLLyWOODLIFE

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Shailene goes topless For ‘Interview’ Magazine The Secret Life Of The American Teenager star Shailene Woodley showed us a more mature, sensuous side of herself than we have never seen before in her July shoot with Interview magazine. The 21-year-old ditched her shirt when she posed for a bunch of sexy black-and-white pics that had a distinctive grungy rocker vibe, and we can’t forget.

Miranda Kerr goes topless on Sexy ‘Vogue’ Korea We’re used to seeing Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, 30, in next to nothing, but in June she showed up on the cover of Vogue Korea wearing nothing but high-waisted grey spandex briefs and a white biker jacket. Yow! It was one of Miranda’s sexiest covers ever — but for us, it was almost as shaming as watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. COuRTESy HOLLyWOODLIFE

SexIeSt tV BoyFrIendS: daMon SaLVatore, Matty MCKIBBen & More Which of these TV hotties would you like as your boyfriend? Browse our gallery and vote below on this life-altering issue. They’re the guys we all wish we had. From vampires to werewolves to (human) teachers, HollywoodLife.com has compiled a list of our top TV boyfriends — and those we really want to get snatched up by a lucky lady!

HotteSt CUrrent & potentIaL tV BoyFrIendS: DAMon SAlvAToRE: Elena (Nina Dobrev) finally confessed her love for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in the season four finale. After months of sire bond drama and humanity issues, Damon gets the girl. His unwavering love for Elena and his willingness to do anything for her makes him such a great boyfriend. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he is one HOT piece of eye candy. STEfAn SAlvAToRE: He may be single right now (and be stuck at the bottom of a lake) but we all know that Stefan (Paul Wesley) makes a fantastic boyfriend. He can be sweet, sensitive, and sexy all at once,

which is such a turn-on. While Elena is romancing Damon, we’d like to see Stefan spread his relationship wings with some other ladies in Mystic Falls. JEREMY GIlBERT: Ghost or not, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) makes one incredible companion. His relationship with Bonnie (Kat Graham) is one of the sweetest on the show. We admire his chivalry in not wanting Bonnie to push herself with magic too much, but we really think he should focus on notdying for a change. MATTY MCKIBBEn: Awkward fans everywhere rejoiced when Jenna (Ashley Rickards) chose Matty (Beau Mirchoff) at the end of season two. Once they went public with their relationship, Matty was the hot, doting,

perfectly-coiffed boyfriend. And hey, if Jenna continues to cheat on Matty with Collin (Nolan Funk), we’ll be there to comfort this sensitive stud. But seriously, who cheats when you have Matty McKibben as a boyfriend? EzRA fITCH: We’re going to forget that his relationship with Aria (Lucy Hale) is still kind of illegal, but it doesn’t change the fact that Ezra (Ian Harding) is the sexy, older, mature guy that every girl wants. He’s got the looks, he’s got the brains, and he’s a great parent. So, what’s not to love? Jon SnoW: There is never a moment when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) isn’t sexy. The hottest illegitimate son inGame of Thrones is that brooding, silent leader type we can’t get enough of. And the

fact that he didn’t drop his coat (wink, wink) for just anybody proves he’s got incredible morals. SAM EvAnS: This guy has got it all. Sam (Chord Overstreet) has a beautiful voice, a hot bod, and is quite the artist. Seriously, have you seen his macaroni portraits? His romance with Brittany (Heather Morris) was one of the best things about season four and when they got “married” it was just about too adorable to take. SCoTT MCCAll: Scott (Tyler Posey) went from being an asthmatic, socially awkward loner to a sexy and buff werewolf! This hot-blooded boy makes us swoon with his eagerness to always save his friends and not give up on his rocky relationship with Allison (Crystal Reed). A teenage hero

with an exceptional moral character, we think yes. STIlES STIlInSKI: Okay, how is it humanly possible that Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) has stayed single in all three season of Teen Wolf? He may not have any supernatural elements attached to him, but that doesn’t make him any less of an ideal man. With his adorable charm and hilarious sarcasm, you know you’d never be bored on a date with him. CAPTAIn HooK: He may only have one hand but Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) does have a boat to jet lucky ladies across the world in. And let’s face it, he is confident enough in himself to wear eyeliner and that hook with pride, which is really sexy. COuRTESy HOLLyWOODLIFE


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Shah Rukh Khan has got more and more reasons to party this year. Although it was not a Salman Khan Eid release this year, the audience nevertheless flocked to the theatres to watch Shah Rukh’s ‘Chennai Express’ with the same gusto. In a double celebration, Shah Rukh Khan hosted an Eid party at his home ‘Mannat’. In attendance was the who’s who of Bollywood. Veteran stars like Dilip Kumar and Saira Bano attended the party. Shah Rukh reportedly drove them back home personally. Last to arrive were Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who came in late in their Rolls Royce but stayed till the end. Sachin Tendulkar was also present with wife Anjali Tendulkar, while business bigwigs like Mukesh Ambani and the Birla families were also present. Even though the spat between Salman and Shah Rukh seemed to have defused, the ‘Dabangg’ star was not seen at the bash. However, Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora Khan were present to celebrate with SRK. Deepika Padukone, who starred with Shah Rukh in ‘Chennai Express’ was not spotted at the party either.

MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan is tasting success with ‘Chennai Express’ after a long hiatus and, therefore, wants to savour the moment with the audience in a theatre. “Go to where you feel happiest... so have decided to go and watch `Chennai Express` in the theatre... with the audience. Want to hear the laughter,” Shah Rukh expressed his desire through a tweet. Apart from watching the movie with the audience, the superstar treated his fans to the lungi dance atop the theatre. "Dancing with the audience...celebrating...& doing the Lungi Dance in the rains atop the theater. Bring it on...!!" SRK tweeted. His past big-ticket films ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘Don 2’ and ‘RaOne’ failed to create a ripple at the box, but his ‘Chennai Express’ is not only racing ahead at the box office but people from every quarter are lauding SRK for his work in the comedy-action drama. “I feel happy when I am told ... I am proud of you. Makes my chest swell with pride and pop my buttons. Oops! Today is that day. Tired but thrilled,” wrote Shah Rukh, who threw a big party attended by the who-is-who of filmdom on Eid-ul-Fitr -- also the day when the film was released. zEENEWS.INDIA

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan enjoyed the Eid festival at Shah Rukh Khan's residence and showed his grandson SRK starrer "Chennai Express". "Back after spending a lovely warm evening atShah Rukh's house ... a party for Eid, his (SRK's) little new born, who looks adorable ...," the 70-year-old said in a tweet. Shah Rukh has been blessed with a baby boy, AbRam, through surrogacy. Amitabh's daughter Shweta, who lives in Delhi with her businessman husband Nikhil Nanda, is now here with her two children: son Agastya and daugher Navya-Naveli. "Was showing 'Chennai Express' .. FUN !! Rename the film -'Chennai Mail' ... !!," Big tweeted. "The children are back .. Navya-Naveli, Agastya, Shweta ... all ... the house is filled with the sound of little feet ," he wrote. COuRTESy TOI

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F watching vehicle chase sequences, cars being blown up in the air and muscled goons is your film genre of choice, then you would know that we could be talking about Rohit Shetty of the ‘Golmaal’ series fame. This time Rohit Shetty, one of the heavily critiqued film makers of the current crop for his directorial ways, has come up with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chennai Express’. Quite obviously, this unique combo of Shetty and Khan is enough to make one curious about their product. But once you go for it, you won’t regret watching ‘Chennai Express’, as you would have been after watching ‘Golmaal 2’ and

‘Golmaal 3’.The journey on-screen begins with Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan back with one of his favourite screen names) on way from Mumbai to join his friends in Goa for a vacation. But at his foster grandmother’s behest, he reluctantly agrees to go to Rameshwaram to immerse the ashes of his dead grandfather. He boards Chennai Express but all his plans are foiled by a Tamilian damsel in distress – the runaway Meena – daughter of Komban village’s don Dugeshwara – who runs into Rahul accidentally while being chased by four of her brothers. Now as the story unfolds, it is revealed that Meena’s father wants her to get married against her wishes, and Rahul is supposed to be the girl’s knight in shining armour. The rest of the story is a riot of

hilarious, romantic and action sequences with some interesting drama peppered and pickled in. The Tamilian don and his henchmen (with hacking knives in hand) are shown in their full glory; as are the exotic locations down South. Seriously, cinematographer Dudley has an eye for capturing the Southern landscape in its abundance, and the breathtaking locations that one would see in ‘Chennai Express’ are going to make nature lovers fall in love with the lower reaches of the Indian subcontinent. Crowd puller Shah Rukh Khan, in his act throughout the film, is zany, charming and at times flinching. On the other hand, Deepika’s character exudes shades of rebellion, warmth and commitment. Her Hindi with Tamil

accents sounds easy on the ears, convincing and humour inducing. Together the pair’s camaraderie on the celluloid results in funny situations and makes their chemistry more compelling. The music of the film by composer duo Vishal-Shekhar boasts of a couple of good tracks like ‘Titli’ and ‘1 2 3 4 Get On The Dance Floor’. When played on the 70mm, the background number ‘Chennai Express’ ups the excitement level. But songs like ‘Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari’ could have been skipped. If we think from the film maker’s perspective, the so-called unwanted songs we are talking about would have been added with the idea of putting more depth to the romance angle of the film. COuRTESy zEENEWS

After debuting with a blockbuster in 2007, Deepika Padukone has hardly lost the taste of success. With ‘Race 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and now ‘Chennai Express’ striking gold at the Box Office this year, one of Bollywood`s star actresses says success is nothing but "relative". Is it her year at the box office? "If people are saying it`s my year, it depends on my films," Deepika said in an interview said. "I think these things are relative. It feels nice to hear or to read about it. But, more importantly, I have been working really hard. I know I have pushed myself and sacrificed a lot of personal and family time. But in the end if the result is like this, you don`t mind. But, yes, I think success is relative," she added. Deepika`s ‘Chennai Express’, starring her ‘Om Shanti Om’ co-star Shah Rukh Khan seems to be on its way to breaking records at the box office. The film released Friday to a roaring opening day response. The more the success, the tougher it gets to keep up to it, believes Deepika, who made a rare successful transition from modelling to filmdom. "I have to focus all my energies and hope that the next film is better. It does not get easier to live up to all of that. How was it working with him? "I believe that he has his own school and style. It was a new style for me. His way of taking shots and directing his actors is different. He always had everything planned," she said. But he gave her enough room to try to improvise on her character named Meena in ‘Chennai Express’. "It was tough for me as I had to speak in a Tamil accent. With your director, you can also discuss and say that you feel like doing this (a certain thing). And if it works for the scene, then you do it," she said.


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8 General M Zia-ul-Haq was born in 1924. 8 Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered. 8 Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer. 8 Massive book burnings by press censors begin in Iran. 8 Space shuttle Enterprise makes its first free flight and landing.

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. –Mother Teresa

wiFE brEakS thE law to uSE dEad huSband'S SpErm For baby businesswoman, known as Ms h, given permission to use late husband's sperm in ivf treatment abroad

case follows Diane blood who won legal battles to use her late husband's sperm for ivf

HAPPy FAMILy: Diane Blood and sons appear at the High Court in 2003 after her late husband Stephen was finally recognised by law as the father of both children.

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drinking hot chocolatE could prEvEnt alZhEimEr'S by booSting blood Flow to thE brain Scientists have come up with an indulgent way to stave off dementia. Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may boost memory in pensioners by almost a third. It is thought chocolate’s ability to boost blood circulation is the reason. 'We're learning more about blood flow in the brain and its effect on thinking skills,' said lead author Dr Farzaneh Sorond, from Harvard Medical School. 'As different areas of the brain need more energy to complete their tasks, they also need greater blood flow. This relationship, called neurovascular coupling, may play an important role in diseases such as Alzheimer's.' The study, published in the journal Neurology, involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have dementia. Each volunteer drank two cups of hot cocoa a day for a month and did not consume any other chocolate during the study. Both their memory and thinking skills were examined, while they also had ultrasounds to measure the blood flow to the brain during the tests. Almost a third of participants had impaired blood flow at the start of the study, but saw an 8.3-per cent improvement in flow to the working areas of the brain by the end of the study. This group with impaired blood flow also experienced improved times after taking a test of working memory, with scores falling from 167 to 116 seconds by the end of the month. In both instances, there was no improvement for those who started out with regular blood flow. Half of the study participants received hot cocoa that was rich in the antioxidant flavanol, while the other half received flavanol-poor hot cocoa. There were no differences between the two groups in the results. And scientists say it can even benefit those who are already at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. COuRTESy DM

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British widow has made legal history by using her dead husband's sperm to try to conceive a child – even though it is still against the law. The high-flying businesswoman had his sperm extracted without his consent in an 'act of desperation' while he was in a coma and close to death with a heart condition. It is against UK law to take, store, transport and use in IVF a man's sperm without his written consent. The businesswoman – who wishes to be referred to as 'Ms H' – has since his death undergone fertility treatment abroad and is now waiting to find out if she is pregnant. Ms H, who is in her early 40s, obtained an emergency ruling by a judge to have her husband's sperm extracted because he was so close to death. The judge agreed to the procedure being carried out to allow her time to find proof of his consent. Despite this never being produced, she was later permitted to take the sperm to another country to begin IVF treatment. Ms H's case is the first time a British woman has gone ahead with such treatment without a court hearing. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

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The Daily Mail's front page after Diane Blood won a lengthy legal battle to have her dead husband's baby in 2002.

(HFEA) did not oppose her bid, meaning the regulatory body effectively supported her and her doctors in breaking the law. Romania and Cyprus are among a handful of European countries where it is legal to use a man's sperm without his consent in IVF treatment. Ms H travelled with the sperm to one of these countries and was implanted last week. Her barrister Lawrence Jones said: 'It was an act of desperation, [but] that was not her only motive. Of course she had only had days within which to think things through, but she is a stable, educated woman who sees the reality of her situation – no matter how dire. 'She was in massive distress, and yet there was also deep love and rationality.' Both the family of the deceased and that of the businesswoman are supportive of the decision. Although personal details cannot be fully revealed in order to protect Ms H's identity, The Mail on Sunday has been told the couple met seven years ago and were married two years later in an Islamic ceremony in the UK not recognised by British law. They had been planning to undergo IVF after initial attempts to become pregnant naturally had failed. Some 18 months ago, before Ms H and her partner – a financial executive – were able to commence fertility treatment,

COURTESY DM In a white, immaculate interior, there stands a white, immaculate yacht. But this is no ordinary yacht - it is one of the most luxurious ones that money can buy... and this is the almost heavenly place where they are built. The workshop is owned by Monaco-based company Wally Yachts, which specialises in unique, high-performance boats. Their clients range from your average captain of industry to multimillionaires with a James Bond fixation - which is just as well as the vessels can cost as much as £20million. These images, photographed by Benedict Redgrove, show three different vessels: Wally Ace, a motorised yacht; Wally One, a singledeck, with 630 horsepower; and Wally Sail, Better Place, which at 164ft is the biggest carbon fibre sloop so far built by the company. And to give an idea of its owner's wealth, the latter was in the process of being painted the same color as their Bugatti. Mr Regdrove, who specialises in shooting jets, cars and boats during their production, said: 'These were shot as part of a slight rebrand that I think came

to a halt, which was a real shame as we never got round to shooting the final images of the yachts when they had been launched. 'I would love my own boat and can't see myself not owning one at some point, but maybe not as grand as Better Place. 'I've heard it costs approximately 10 per cent of the build costs to run a boat each year - and the saying goes "The two best days of owning a yacht are the day you buy it and the day you sell it".'

The HFEA did not oppose Ms H's bid to seek IVF treatment abroad, meaning the regulatory body effectively supported her and her doctors in breaking the law.

he fell into a sudden coma due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. Doctors advised that he was unlikely to regain consciousness, and that his condition was fatal. Aware that her partner may not have long to live, Ms H appealed to their medical team to extract his sperm so that it may be stored and used at a later date. Initially the team refused as she could not provide any evidence of his consent and he was unable to give it. Such action could be legally classed as assault. A clinic storing sperm obtained in this way would also be committing an offence. Ms H sought legal counsel and barrister Lawrence Jones successfully obtained an emergency ruling from a judge that allowed for the extraction and storage of the sperm – known as gametes – to take place. Mr Jones explains: 'Because of the grave nature of Mr H's condition, the judge agreed that there may not be time to mount a legal case – so allowed the extraction and storage of the gametes. 'Of course there was a chance he could recover and give his consent, but we also sought to find evidence – looking through letters, emails and other documents.' No evidence could be found – and Mr H died within days. The widow proceeded to pursue further legal action and her legal team later presented a

heaven and hull: a rare glimpse inside the immaculate workshop where the world's most expensive super yachts are born Wally One is believed to cost around £300,000; Wally Ace, £3.5million; and Better Place, £20million. The photoshoot took place in three locations which have dedicated Wally boatyards: Forli (for Wally Sail, Better Place) and Ancona (Wally Ace), both in Italy; and Monaco (Wally One). 'The shoot at Forli was unbelievably uncomfortable,' the photographer added.

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dossier to the HFEA arguing why she should be allowed to use the sperm in fertility treatment. Her case follows that of Diane Blood, whose husband Stephen fell into a coma after developing bacterial meningitis in 1995 and later died. Doctors extracted his sperm while he was unconscious. The HFEA instructed UK fertility clinics not to treat Mrs Blood. However, after a traumatic two-year legal battle, the Court of Appeal ruled that it was her human right to travel to a different country to have IVF using Stephen's sperm. However, it also ruled that this was only because of the unique circumstances of the case and it must not set a precedent. Mrs Blood, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, said yesterday: 'At the time of my case I felt the HFEA was very much against me. I'm glad it has listened and moved forward, which made it easier for this woman and perhaps even easier for other women in the future.' She had IVF after travelling to Belgium, which at the time permitted use of sperm extracted in these circumstances to be used in fertility treatment. She became pregnant and her son Liam was born in the UK in December 1998. Four years later her second son, Joel Michael – again conceived using her late husband's frozen sperm – arrived.

doctors discover 'super honey' with amazing power to treat soldiers' wounds and kill superbug infections A new honey has been produced that has had ‘amazing’ results treating wounds and infections. The bioengineered product Surgihoney was tested on babies, new mothers, cancer patients and the elderly for over a year in Hampshire hospitals. Wounds and ulcers, including those infected with the superbug MRSA, healed within days, while the number of women who suffered infections after giving birth by caesarean section has halved. It has also healed the wounds of soldiers returning from Afghanistan, and been used to treat acne and to protect the skin of cancer patients fitted with a catheter for chemotherapy. Dr Matthew Dryden, consultant microbiologist at the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘It will revolutionise wound care around the world.’ Honey has been used for its healing powers for thousands of years, although doctors favour penicillin and antibiotics. However, Surgihoney, which is stored in 10g sachets, can kill bacteria, parasites and fungal infections while also encouraging wounds to heal. Dr Dryden said: ‘I have conducted numerous laboratory tests and compared it with honeys from around the world. ‘I found Surgihoney better for treating every type of bug. So for the past year I have been using it on patients and the results have been amazing. 'There are plenty of products that can kill bacteria but they often don’t help heal tissue. ‘Honey is a fantastic natural medicine. The important extra is that it kills the bugs but doesn’t damage the tissue.’ COuRTESy DM


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One day I was creating a world record and next day I was facing spot fixing charges. I have been through tough times and have learnt from them. –Muhammad Aamir

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AGENCIES Andre Russell blitzed four sixes in a 19-ball 47 to take Jamaica Tallawahs home with 15 deliveries to spare against St Lucia Zouks after the asking-rate had touched 11. The win lifted Jamaica to second position on the points table behind Barbados Tridents, while St Lucia stayed at the bottom after their fourth loss in five matches. Chasing 143, Jamaica were 66 for 3 in the 13th over when Russell walked in. St Lucia had begun with spin from both ends, and although Shane Shillingford proved expensive, Garey Mathurin gave only 11 in four overs. In his second over, he had Ahmed Shehzad caught behind on the cut and thereafter, kept both Chris Gayle and Nkrumah Bonner quiet. While Gayle kept picking Shillingford for boundaries, Bonner was completely tied down. His struggle ended at 5 off 19 when he saw the fast bowler Nelon Pascal being introduced and top-edged a pull off his first delivery. Now it was the turn of the seamers, led by Darren Sammy, to squeeze Jamaica. Danza Hyatt was the next man to stall the chase further, taking 22 balls for his 13 before Sammy had him caught behind. Russell came in and in the next over, slashed and pulled Albie Morkel for successive fours. Sammy disappeared for sixes over deep midwicket and long-off in the 15th. The St Lucia captain turned to spin again, but Gayle had already hit Shillingford for a couple of sixes before, and now he launched him over deep midwicket. However, the Jamaica captain holed out to the same position off the next delivery to depart for 40 off 31. Jamaica still needed 38 off 28. Vernon Philander, who isn't preferred for the limited-overs formats by South Africa, took charge in the 17th over. He hit Pascal for three successive boundaries - a top-edged four to third man and sixes over long-on and deep midwicket - to surge to 18 off just 5. Jamaica had taken 61 off the last four overs, and needed only 12 from the final three overs. Russell needed three deliveries to finish it, pulling and cutting Morkel for sixes to boost Jamaica's net run-rate. Philander had taken two crucial wickets as well after St Lucia chose to bat. He had Misbah-ul-Haq caught at slip early and later had Sammy holing out in the deep for 26 off 18. Herschelle Gibbs made a slow 22 and it was only due to Tamim Iqbal's steadying 75 that St Lucia were able to post 142. Tamim could have got St Lucia a few more runs, but he was stumped off Muttiah Muralitharan in the 18th over. He hit nine boundaries in his 62-ball knock, but had little support.

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AKISTAN football on Sunday suffered a setback in its preparations for the South Asian Federation Cup when a two-match series against Bangladesh was called off due to political unrest in that country. A senior official of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) said the Bangladesh football authorities had informed them that they couldn't host the series owing to political unrest in capital Dhaka. "They have told us that conditions in Dhaka are not conducive to hold the matches at this time and the series is off," the official said. Dhaka has been hit by strikes and political unrest since July when a war crimes tribunal sentenced a former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islaami party to

90 years in jail. The High Court in August also banned the Islamist party from taking part in the general elections next year. The PFF had lined

up the matches against Bangladesh on August 13 and 16 and then a series against Afghanistan to prepare the national team for the SAFF Cup being held next month in Nepal. The Serbian coach of the Pakistan team, Zavisa Milosavlijevic, said the cancellation of the series was unfortunate. "Our players need maximum practice and exposure at the international level before the SAFF Cup unfortunately this is not happening," Milosavlijevic said. Milosavlijevic said that Pakistan was hoping to put up a strong show in the regional event this time but would now need to focus on its training at home. In june, a planned miniseries at Fulham's Craven Cottage in London involving Pakistan, India and Bangladesh was also cancelled. Pakistan is ranked 167th in the latest FIFA world rankings.

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Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan feels that not being able to play international cricket in the country is a very serious setback for Pakistan. Shahryar who served as Chairman PCB from December 2003 to October 2006, said it is not because the PCB is inefficient or has not done its bit for the restoration of international cricket in Pakistan. “I think you have to wait until the security situation improves and then gradually get teams to come. Teams that are favorable to you will come first followed by other teams as well like Australia, England and New Zealand etc,” he said adding that everyone in cricket wants Pakistan to come back into the fold and hold matches at home. Talking about the current state of PCB, the former chairman said caretaker chairman Najam Sethi is a good choice. “Najam is a wise man and has a clear idea of

what should be done but he can’t do it because he’s not the permanent chief,” he said. Shahryar further said he thinks that when the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will take place international stars would start coming to Pakistan. “Maybe not the top stars but with some good players, we could start the ball rolling,” he said. The ex-chairman further said that we can get cricket back slowly and gradually in Pakistan. “I think we could get teams that are not so afraid of the security situation like Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka or even Bangladesh to come and play in Pakistan. We can gradually open the doors, we should try and have these teams coming over,” he added. Talking about his book “Cricket Cauldron”, he said his book describes various views that you get as you go along from station to station. “Through my book Cricket becomes a vehicle in which I take my riders through a certain scenery or kaleidoscope, and they look at things as I have seen them from the inside,” he added.

wolves’participation in clt20 in doubt due to loc tensions SPORTS DESK The rising tension at the Line of Control (LOC) has left the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) worried about the participation of its team Faisalabad Wolves in the qualifying round of the Champions League Twenty20 to be played in India from September 17. A senior PCB official said they would start the procedure for obtaining visas for the Faisalabad team after the Eid holidays. "We have been reading reports about stories in the Indian media regarding the participation of the Faisalabad

team in the Champions League and we want to be sure there will be no problems in their going to India," the official told PTI. "We have collected the passports of the Faisalabad players and after the Eid holidays we will start the process for obtaining visas for them. "We will be in touch with the Indian board and we are hopeful there should be no problems in the team getting visas," he added. The official also confirmed that so far the PCB has got no advice from the government on sending the team to India. "Our government's policy has

been clear on sporting ties with India," he noted. In an audacious and provocative attack, Pakistani troops entered Indian territory along the LOC in the Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 and ambushed a patrol killing five Indian soldiers, leading to rise in tension at the LOC. The Faisalabad team is led by Pakistan captain Misbah-ulHaq, who is expected to directly fly to India from Zimbabwe to join the team. Last year, the BCCI had allowed Pakistan to send their champion Twenty20 team to the Champions League qualifying rounds.

aamir Sohail shocked at taufeeq umar’s exclusion from test squad

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Former Pakistan cricketer Aamir Sohail has said in his blog that he is shocked at Taufeeq Umar`s omission from Pakistan`s Test squad and said that the player was an automatic choice as far as he was concerned. According to pakpassion.net, Sohail pointed out that Taufeeq and Hafeez had forged a good partnership and understanding at the top of the order, which had now been ended. Sohail said that Taufeeq`s record in Zimbabwe was quite good and he was puzzled and shocked at the decision because it did not make sense.

azam, bowlers set up thumping win for uae TORONTO AGENCIES

United Arab Emirates kept their unbeaten record on their tour to Canada intact, defeating the hosts by 72 runs in the first Twenty20 in Toronto. Choosing to bat, UAE piled up 157 for 7, a total built around opener Mohammad Azam's 51-ball 70. Azam and Abdul Shakoor gave UAE a strong start, sharing a stand of 42. However, regular wickets in the latter half of the innings weakened UAE's chances of posting a bigger score. Swapnil Patil and Shaiman Anwar, who had been in good form coming into the match, fell for 11 and 13. UAE had another setback when Azam and Amjad Javed were out in consecutive deliveries to pacer Harvir Baidwan in the 17th over. Azam's 70 included nine fours and one six. Nasir Aziz and Ahmed Raza hit some quick runs towards the end to take the score past 150. In reply, openers Rizwan Cheema and Ruvindu Gunasekera gave Canada a start of 34 in 6.3 overs but the innings simply wilted after Cheema fell for 20. Gunasekera tried to keep the innings together, but watched helplessly as Hiral Patel, Usman Limbada, Raza-ur-Rehman and debutant Damodar Daesrath went for single-figure scores. Gunasekera soon fell for 33 to make it 69 for 6 and Canada managed just 16 more before folding for 85. Shadeep Silva missed a hat-trick in the 16th over to end with 2 for 15. Left-arm spinner Ahmed Raza was the most successful bowler for UAE, finishing for 3 for 11 off 3.2 overs.


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S the shadows lengthened over Durham, Australia’s best bowler, Ryan Harris, sat England’s best batsman, Ian Bell, on his backside with a menacing bouncer from around the wicket. The moment epitomised proceedings on another winding, twisting day of the fourth Test. Harris had done most things right: choosing a simple plan and backing it up with the most wholehearted of action. But Bell survived, allying pristine technique to plenty of guts and the batting form of his life. Forty minutes later, Bell walked off Chester-le-Street with 105 unbeaten runs next to his name, England’s lead an ominous 202, and Australia a bowler short due to Shane Watson’s latest soft tissue ailment. Harris followed him, leading the tourists from the field after giving his all with bat and ball. But he lacked enough support, while Bell could point to sharp bowling by Graeme Swann and James Anderson in the morning before Kevin Pietersen and Jonny Bairstow put their heads down for critical stands. Bairstow fell in the closing moments of the day, Brad Haddin pouching a terrific catch as Nathan Lyon gained turn and bounce from around the wicket, but

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England had reason to be satisfied. Their top order had been dismantled by Harris, before Bell yet again proved his preeminence among the batsmen on either side in this Ashes series by playing with elegance and tremendous skill. He was particularly profitable through the third man region, scheming Australia’s death by a thousand late cuts. Australia had lost much of the ground

fought for so doggedly by Chris Rogers with the loss of their last five wickets for 46 in the morning, Harris’s 28 the only real resistance. Haddin and Rogers failed to keep their wickets intact before the second new ball was taken, scotching any thoughts of a match-shaping lead. Swann and Anderson did the majority of the damage, before Stuart Broad notched a deserved five-wicket haul.

238 engLAnd 1st Innings Australia 1st innings 110 CJL Rogers c Prior b Swann BJ Haddin lbw b Swann 13 PM Siddle c Cook b Anderson 5 RJ Harris lbw b Broad 28 4 NM Lyon lbw b Anderson 0 JM Bird not out 16 Extras (b 2, lb 11, w 1, nb 2) 270 TOTAL (all out; 89.3 overs) (3.01 runs per over) FALL OF WICKETS: 1-12 (Warner, 3.6 ov), 2-12 (Khawaja, 5.6 ov), 3-49 (Clarke, 13.1 ov), 4-76 (Smith, 22.4 ov), 5-205 (Watson, 68.6 ov), 6-224 (Haddin, 75.5 ov), 7-233 (Rogers, 79.2 ov), 8-245 (Siddle, 84.3 ov), 9-258 (Lyon, 86.5 ov), 10270 (Harris, 89.3 ov) BOWLING: JM Anderson 25-8-65-2, SCJ Broad 24.3-7-71-5, TT Bresnan 19-3-63-1, GP Swann 18-5-48-2, IJL Trott 3-0-10-0 ENGLAND 2nd INNINGS AN Cook c †Haddin b Harris 22 JE Root b Harris 2 23 IJL Trott c †Haddin b Harris 44 KP Pietersen c Rogers b Lyon 105 IR Bell not out 28 JM Bairstow c †Haddin b Lyon TT Bresnan not out 4 6 EXTRAS (b 4, lb 2) 234 TOTAL (5 wickets; 74 overs) TO BAT MJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson FALL OF WICKETS 1-17 (Root, 6.3 ov), 2-42 (Cook, 12.6 ov), 3-49 (Trott, 14.2 ov), 4-155 (Pietersen, 47.3 ov), 5-221 (Bairstow, 67.5 ov) BOWLING: RJ Harris 20-1-74-3, JM Bird 17.3-5-45-0, SR Watson 6.3-1-22-0, PM Siddle 12-3-40-0, NM Lyon 17-2-46-2, SPD Smith 1-0-1-0 Match details Toss England, who chose to bat Player of the match tba umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and AL Hill (New zealand) TV umpire M Erasmus (South Africa) Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire MA Gough

pak-born azharullah hopeful of playing international cricket for englanD ISLAMABAD AGENCIES Pakistani-born cricketer Mohammad Azharullah, who has helped his team Northamptonshire to reach the Finals Day in the Friends Life T20 competition, for the first time since 2009, has said that playing international cricket is a dream for him. In an interview with pakpassion.net, Azharullah said that he began playing in England as an overseas player but got married there in 2009 and settled in the UK permanently in 2010. However, the player said that playing cricket in England did not seem new to him as he had played Twenty20 cricket even in Pakistan and there were tough sportsmen in both the countries. The bowler said it was a big moment for the club to qualify for the finals day and he was very happy and content with the development.

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Bracket-fixing newest threat to cricket, says Steve Waugh SYDNEY AGENCIES

SPORTS DESK Former England captain Michael Vaughan has reiterated his stand on withdrawing the Hot Spot from Decision Review System (DRS) after Warren Brennan, who adapted the technology in cricket admitted that edges from bats with protective coatings can escape the technology. Even former wicketkeeper Alec Stewart backed Vaughan’s stand. "It's utter nonsense. He's trying to protect his company. But it's not down to the game of cricket to help Hot Spot — it's down to Hot Spot to help cricket,” Vaughan was quoted as saying by The Guardian. "I don't think Hot Spot can carry on. He's admitted his system doesn't work when bats have got covering on, and that's not going to stop. With that statement, it has to go, because he's openly admitted his technology will not work," Vaughan added. Stewart felt that bat coatings have been used since 30-40 years and Brennan’s statement is an embarrassing one. "Yesterday [Friday] it was very good, but he has openly admitted there is a fault with his system. I'd suggest he takes his technology back to the nets and improve on it and come back and play with the big boys. It's just not good enough," Stewart said.

Former Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has said that bracket fixing is the new threat to the sport of cricket along with spot-fixing and bookmakers were making a lot of money with sometimes undetected incidents. According to news.com.au, Steve Waugh expressed in his new book that betting scandals damage the sport of cricket the most because they strike beliefs that the contest is true, genuine and vigorously contested. With bracket fixing, a segment of a 50over game or a Twenty20 contest is manipulated and in a five-over period, for example, the corrupt players ensure a certain amount of runs are scored, and if a captain is involved, the whole process can be achieved discreetly and effectively, the report said. The former player said that these issues were discussed when he met in a meeting of the Marylebone Cricket Club`s World Cricket Committee in Perth in 2010 along with corruption. Waugh said that he pushed for an introduction of lie-detector tests and that if a player had not done

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anything wrong, he would not be afraid. Around the turn of the century, after some prominent players including Test captains were found guilty of corruption, a number of national cricket boards chose not to have certain leads fully investigated, for fear more star players might be implicated, the report added. The danger now lurks with the

advent of Twenty20 leagues sprouting up all over the cricket world, featuring numerous examples of private ownership of franchises and an influential and powerful owner can hand pick a captain who will follow his instructions, whatever they may be, even if they are against the spirit and ethos of the game, the report further said.

Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Sunday said that cricket's influence in his life was such that the game made him a better person. "One and half years after my retirement I have realised that cricket has made me a better human. I learnt from successes and failures," Dravid said, speaking at convocation ceremony of BITS-Pilani Goa campus, in the presence of Dr Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor of the institute. Dravid narrated several anecdotes from his career, starting from his school days, making a special mention of school principal, Father Coelho. He also said that his father was an ardent fan of the game. "After Australia tour I felt it is time to make way for the next generation. Now I am back to the little boy listening to cricket commentary in my father's studio," said Dravid, who dubbed himself as a boy from a middle-class family.

reMoVe Bat CoatIngS: Hot Spot InVentor SPORTS DESK The inventors of cricket's 'Hotspot' technology have called for protective coverings to be removed from bats in order for the system to work properly. Chester-Le-Street, England - The inventors of cricket's 'Hotspot' technology have called for protective coverings to be removed from bats in order for the system to work properly. The ongoing five-match Ashes series between England and Australia has been dogged by controversial umpiring decisions and there have been several occasions when Hotspot has failed to pick up edges. Hotspot uses infrared cameras to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or pad, with any contact supposed to show up as a bright spot on the image. “The type and thickness of the

protective coating unquestionably affects the thermal signature of the Hotspot system,” BBG Sports said in a news release on Saturday. “In layman's terms the protective coating definitely diminishes Hotspot marks. BBG Sports believes that in order to achieve optimum Hotspot results then the removal of protective coating from bat edges needs to occur.” Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart described the statement as “embarrassing” and urged BBG Sports managing director Warren Brennan to go back to the drawing board with his system. “I played in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s - bat tape and coatings have been around for 30 or 40 years so it's embarrassing for him to suggest it should be banned,” Stewart told BBC radio.

“He has openly admitted there is a fault with his system. If you're a cricketer and you have a flaw in your technique you go back to the nets - I suggest he takes his technology back to the nets.” Vaughan doubted whether Hotspot could continue as an aid to test umpires. “He is trying to protect his company,” said Vaughan. “We just want technology that will present the right result more often than not. “It shouldn't be down to the game of cricket to help Hotspot, it should be up to Hotspot to help the game of cricket. I don't think Hotspot can carry on as bat manufacturers aren't going to change ... it has to go.” England's leading batsman Kevin Pietersen was involved in an incident during the drawn third test in Manchester when he was given out

caught behind, even though nothing appeared on the Hotspot review. Earlier this week, Australia's Channel Nine TV alleged that silicone tape on the bats had confused Hotspot during the Ashes series and reported that the International Cricket Council (ICC) was investigating the matter. The ICC, cricket's governing body, issued an immediate denial and said the report was “totally incorrect”. England captain Alastair Cook described the claims as a “blatant fabrication” and demanded an apology from the network. Brennan acknowledged on Saturday that Hotspot was far from foolproof. “At the end of the day no technology is 100 percent perfect, however at BBG Sports we are continuously researching and developing our products to provide the best technological service for sport,” he said.


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SPORTS DESK Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has welcomed one striker back into his squad and shortly hopes to be able to do the same with another. England internatonal Daniel Sturridge made his first appearance of the summer on Saturday when he returned from an ankle injury sustained in May to play 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Celtic. The 23-year-old's return will be a welcome boost for Rodgers given the ongoing furore surrounding Luis Suarez. The Uruguyan has been told to apologise by Rodgers in the wake of his repeated attempts to force a move from the club amid interest from Arsenal, and has been training away from the first-team squad. "Initially there will be a recognition that (there needs to be) an apology to his team-mates and the club," said Rodgers when asked on Saturday what Suarez needed to do next. "I have seen him over a period of time and I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that." Even if Suarez stays, Sturridge's return is timely with the South American banned for the first six games of the season after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during the last campaign.

FabrEgaS to miSS Ecuador FriEndly SPORTS DESK Cesc Fabregas looks set to withdraw from the Spain squad that will face Ecuador in a friendly on Wednesday after he picked up an ankle injury during Barcelona's tour of Malaysia. Fabregas, who has been the main transfer target of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United this summer, left the pitch after a crunching challenge 10 minutes before the end of Barca's 3-1 friendly win over a Malaysia XI yesterday. A statement on Barcelona's website said: "Cesc Fabregas had a number of tests this morning after arriving back from Malaysia to measure the extent of the ankle injury he picked up in Saturday's match.

Lack of form turns Woods, Mickelson into oak Hill sideshow SPORTS DESK Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be out early to play in the final round of the PGA Championship. While golf's two biggest names are accustomed to receiving primetime treatment at golf's Majors, they will instead be the warmup act after a shocking reversal of form left both near the bottom of the PGA Championship leaderboard. "Not joyous, that's for sure," said Woods, summing up his mood and performance after returning a scrappy three-over 73. "It's just one of those weeks where I didn't quite hit it well enough and didn't make enough putts." Both golfers arrived at the year's final Major riding a massive wave of momentum, Woods carried along by a dominating victory at the WGCBridgestone Invitational and Mickelson still basking in his brilliant win at the Open. But momentum is a fickle force in sports and no more so than on the golf

course where multiple Major winners can drop off the map while unknowns take their place in the spotlight. Brought to their knees at Oak Hill, Woods and Mickelson received a sobering reminder, if one was needed, that resumes count for nothing each time you tee it up. While 29 players were under par when the penultimate round began on Saturday, none were named Woods or Mickelson. Between them, Woods (five) and Mickelson (three) have won eight US Tour events this season but entering Sunday's final round, neither of the world's top two players had been able to break par on the stately East Course. Just three weeks earlier Mickelson had

hailed his final round at the British Open as one of his best ever. Now, the third round of the PGA Championship may be remembered as one of his worst after bumbling his way to a shocking eightover 78. Mickelson began his day smartly with a birdie at the third but it was pretty much downhill from there as the world number two followed immediately with a bogey at the fourth. Lefty's nosedive picked up speed with a triple-bogey seven at the seventh and another bogey at the ninth. The horror show extended to the back nine where Mickelson capped a cringe worthy display by dropping five shots over his final five holes, including a double-bogey six at 14 and bogeybogey finish.

StEnSon, blixt in thE hunt For FirSt maJor SPORTS DESK Two years ago, his game at a low ebb, Henrik Stenson was back home in Sweden playing for his club championship - and lost. On Sunday, he will be at the PGA Championship, playing for a place in his country's sporting history when he sets out to become the first Swedish man to win one of golf's four Majors. From ABBA to IKEA to Annika Sorenstam; across entertainment, business and sport Sweden has produced all manner of winners. The small Scandinavian nation has celebrated Olympic ice hockey gold medals, alpine skiing greats, Formula One winners and heavyweight boxing champion Ingemar Johansson. But for all their sporting success, over 153-years of major championship golf the Tre Kronor has never produced a men's winner. Stenson and Jonas Blixt will try to end that drought on Sunday at Oak Hill Country Club after moving into contention at the year's final Major. Jim Furyk will start Sunday's final round with a one-shot lead over Jason Dufner but hot on the heels of the two Americans are the two Swedes, with Stenson lurking just two back and Blixt three off the pace. "We've touched on the subject, no Swede has ever won a Major before and we're definitely increasing the chances with having two guys up there rather than one or none," Stenson, told reporters.

SERENA TO MEET CIRSTEA IN TORONTO FINAL TORONTO: Top seed Serena Williams shook off a spirited attempt by Agnieszka Radwanska to move into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3) 6-4 victory and will meet Romania's Sorana Cirstea, whose surprising run continued when she beat China's Li Na 6-1 7-6(5). The American held a 5-0 record against Radwanska coming into the match, but the Pole surprised the 16-times grand slam champion by being aggressive and not mixing up her shots. "It was really close and I had my

chances but wasn't really taking them," Radwanska told reporters. "It's always turning against me, especially when you play a top player. "I was really trying to play aggressive and going forward, but she's really playing deep and strong balls. It's really hard to do anything." Williams broke Radwanska at love to go ahead 5-4 in the first set with a heavy forehand crosscourt winner, but then was broken back at love herself when she double faulted. Both women held to go to a tiebreak which

Williams dictated and sealed it 73 with a forehand volley winner and big ace down the T. Williams called the trainer in between sets for a stomach problem but said that it did not effect her play as Radwanska broke to take a 2-1 in the second set when she forced the American into a backhand error. Radwanksa, however, could not maintain her advantage, as Williams picked up the pace, breaking back to 3-3 with a booming overhead. While the Polish world number four is faster than Williams, the

American stayed in most of their long rallies and serving at 4-4, she fought off a break point with a forehand crosscourt winner and then held in a long point that ended with her ripping a forehand down the line. Williams broke Radwanska to win the match with a backhand winner and another forehand blast. "I really tried to be more aggressive towards the end," said Williams. "I don't think I played my best, and I always knew that, worst-case scenario, I could do a little better." AGENCIES


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wilDer keepS ko Streak alive in brutal win over liakhovich SPORTS DESK Deontay Wilder recorded his 29th straight KO win with a first round knockout over former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich. Wilder, who dispatched Audley Harrison in 70 seconds in April, took marginally longer to dispose of former WBO heavyweight Liakhovich but it was still a mightily impressive showing from ‘The Bronze Bomber’. There was 1:43 on the clock when the 27-year-old’s thunderous right put Liakhovich on the canvas, and such was the ferocity of the punch it induced what appeared to be a seizure as the referee Thomas Taylor called a halt to proceedings. The win makes it 29 fights with 29 stoppages.

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AFA Nadal inflicted more pain on world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup semi-finals as the Serbian world number one went from being "close to perfection" to far from flawless on his favourite surface. Nadal, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, won a thrilling contest under the lights 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) to set up a title showdown with local hope Milos Raonic. It was Nadal's second successive victory over Djokovic at this stage of a tournament following their epic French Open meeting in June. "Beating the best player in the world, here, is a big result for me," Nadal told reporters. "I knew when I arrived after one month off, when you play in a Masters 1000, hard court, a fast surface, you can go out in the first round. But the real thing was completely different. "I played a very high level ... I made the right decisions in the important moments." Djokovic had taken an imposing recent hardcourt record against Nadal into the match, having won their last four finals on the surface. "I said yesterday the only chance to win against Novak, I have to play aggressive. If not, I cannot play very well on this kind of surface. And I did," Nadal added. Djokovic had described his quarterfinal win over Richard Gasquet on Friday "as close to perfection" as he could get. The Serbian, however, could not rediscover that level of performance and was left scratching his head at the difference. "I made a lot of unforced errors when I had chances, you know, in the rallies. A lot of easy forehands that I missed," a perplexed Djokovic said. "You can't afford that when you're

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is sure his injury troubles are well and truly behind him. The absence of Gareth Bale cast a shadow over White Hart Lane on Saturday as Spurs wrapped up their preseason campaign with a 1-1 draw against Espanyol, but there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game most notably the return of Kaboul and fellow long-term injury victim Sandro. Having played brilliantly in the final year of Harry Redknapp's reign, Kaboul slotted straight into Villas-Boas' starting XI last summer, but his 2012-13 campaign was over after just one game due to a knee injury he suffered on the opening day at

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SPORTS DESK Canadian Milos Raonic wrote his name into the Rogers Cup history books on Saturday but it was his guaranteed elevation inside the worlds top ten that saw him skip for joy after he beat compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the semifinals. Raonic shrugged off a poor second set to record a 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) win and reach his first Masters series final where he will face Spain's Rafa Nadal. Whatever happens in Sunday's title decider, 22-year-old Raonic will be ranked inside the top ten for the first time when the new rankings are released next week.

playing against Rafa. You know he doesn't give you many chances." Djokovic and the defending champion Briton Andy Murray will be the favourites at the year's final Grand Slam, the US Open, which follows next week's Cincinnati Masters. Nadal's battling performance on his return to North America after missing

out at the same stage last year because of injury should have Djokovic at least contemplating another chance to lock horns on the sport's biggest stages. "We push each other to the limit of our tennis," Nadal said. "That makes possible these kind of matches when both of us, we are playing at a good level."

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Newcastle. The Frenchman battled his way back to full fitness in the spring but, much to his dismay, he tore a thigh muscle in an Under-21 game against Manchester United. Kaboul sat out Spurs' first five preseason games, casting doubt on whether he would be fit for the new campaign, but the Frenchman performed well as a second-half substitute against Espanyol and he cannot wait for the season to begin. "It's been a long time for me since I played last. It's been a year now so I am fully happy to be back with the team," Kaboul said. Kaboul found life tough on the sidelines. Unlike Bale, who chose not to turn up to cheer on his team-mates yesterday, Kaboul was a regular visitor to White Hart Lane last year when he was

sidelined. The former Portsmouth defender always sat on the back row of the bench behind the substitutes, even though he was not required to. Although being within touching distance of the pitch made him feel like he was still part of the squad, it also proved to be an agonising experience for the player. "That was very hard," Kaboul said. "I was here to support the team, but it was terrible. "Sometimes you just want to go on the pitch, take the ball and go and score. To sit there all the time was hard for me. "When you see your team struggling, or winning, you want to be with them. Win or lose, you want to be with them and that was a big frustration.

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SPORTS DESK Former British light welterweight champion Ashley 'Treasure' Theophane (33-5) has joined Mayweather Promotions and will box Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3) on the undercard of Floyd's September 14 meeting with Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Kilburn's Theophane, 32, said: “Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe, the whole Money Team, and Mayweather Promotions staff has shown me much love and respect. Last month, Theophane entered the Mayweather Camp as one of Floyd's sparring partners, helping him get ready for what many believe will be his toughest fight yet against Mexican Alvarez.

HUNT BAMBOOZLED BY RONALDO SPORTS DESK It did not take Nicky Hunt long to realise Cristiano Ronaldo was going to be something special back in 2003. Exactly 10 years have passed since Ronaldo signed from Sporting Lisbon on the back of a staggering performance against Manchester United in pre-season. Despite spending £12.24million on the teenager, Sir Alex Ferguson's intention was to ease Ronaldo into the Premier League gradually. So the then 18-year-old found himself on the bench for the opening match against Bolton at Old Trafford, with Ferguson keen to hold Ronaldo back until the game was won. As it turned out, the Red Devils were only a goal in front when the call came, Ronaldo replacing Nicky Butt to face Hunt, who was also making his debut on that famous day a decade ago.

Those who were there to witness it will never forget the impact of the new man. And neither will Hunt. "There had been a lot of talk about him in the week building up to the game, and whether he was going to play or not," said Hunt. "I can't say I was relieved he didn't start because back then he was only a young kid and it was hardly like I was up against a poor player instead. "In fact, Ryan Giggs had been on my side and I was more in awe of him because I had watched him from such a young age. "But then Ronaldo came on and did things I had never seen. It was quite startling." And quite a crash down to earth after a pretty euphoric week for Hunt. "I had played a few games in pre-season but even after I got involved in the team shape stuff in training the day before the game, I still thought I might be on the bench," said Hunt. "But

when the manager read the team out, I was in. I just though 'fair enough, I am ready'. "It was a fantastic experience. "I never really got any nerves but it was a huge thing. "I remember going into the lobby of the team hotel after we met up and there were fans in there asking me whether I was playing or not and wishing me well. "During the warm-up it wasn't that obvious but as soon as I turned out of the dressing room area and waited at the top of the tunnel, I could hear the noise. "The referee was Paul Durkin. He shook my hand and wished me all the best and told me to enjoy it, which was good of him." And enjoy it Hunt did. At least until the skinny lad with the blond streak in his hair turned up. "The thing is, looking back I was quite pleased with my personal performance," said Hunt. "But we were 1-0 down when he came on,

ended up losing 4-0, and he got two assists, which says it all I suppose. "It told me something about what he was going to be like. "His feet were so fast. It wasn't so much the stepovers but the speed he did them at. "I guess you could never be certain anyone would reach the level he has but it didn't take a lot of working out that he had a lot of skill and he had the capacity to be a pretty good player." For Ronaldo it was the start of a career that now has him firmly established as one of the two stand-out players of his generation and will almost certainly be rewarded with an eye-watering new contract from Real Madrid, despite obvious interest from Manchester United and Paris St Germain. Hunt, meanwhile, went on to make 161 appearances for Bolton as part of the squad that made such huge progress under Sam Allardyce.


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mQm chief urges people not to rely on govt for energy LONDON AGENCIES

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has urged the people to start working on small private projects to generate energy instead of relying on the government to deal with the crippling crisis. Altaf directed party’s MNAs, MPAs and senators to start legislation to waive duty on products for projects of alternate sources of energy. He asked the party to play a leadership role in this regard. Meanwhile, in his message on Minorities Day, Altaf said minorities had equal rights in Pakistan. He said those who were targeting minorities on the basis of religion were negating Pakistan’s constitution.

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ISLAMABAD: Bomb disposal squad officials defuse the jacket after a suicide bomber was killed by guard at Jamia Masjid Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib at Bara Kahu on Eid day. INP

Shah disgusted with govt's silence over terrorism SUKKUR INP

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Saturday said Islam was being defamed by terrorists who had nothing to do with the ideology of the religion’s universal laws. Talking to reporters, he said the government had only acquainted itself with tax and price hikes. “The opposition will protest against the silence of the government in the next session of the NA,” he added. He appealed to the masses to defend themselves without expecting anything from the government as the latter would do nothing to protect their rights of life and property; and that the government was more concerned with collecting funds in the name of so called progress and prosperity. He said that the all parties conference on terrorism had been postponed due to stubborn attitude of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan. Commenting on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s secret communication with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PPP, he said the MQM should avoid riding two horses at the same time. “Politics is a serious matter and not a child’s play,” he added. Furthermore, he said that those shedding blood of innocent people for their vested interests were not actually Muslims. He stated that the entire nation from Karachi all the way to Khyber should confront the terrorists by shunning away their fears.

Security forces kill 6 militants in machh operation

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AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday expressed grave concern over the deteriorating security situation. He said the government seemed unable to formulate a viable and holistic counterterrorism policy and a strategy to implement the same. He regretted that the government was least concerned about giving this issue priority. “Talks of an APC are meaningless until the government has a counterterrorism policy to present before it. We need a comprehensive counterterrorism policy where we identify different types of terrorism impacting Pakistan and use politico-economic measures alongside security measures to counter these multiple types of terrorism on an emergency basis as governance is imploding and the state cannot bear the growing pressure.” He also said, “The security apparatus is overstretched and exposed in the ab-

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At least six militants have been killed in an exchange of fire during a search operation carried out by the Levies and security forces in Machh area of Bolan district on Saturday. The operation was conducted after killing of 14 people in Machh. A large number of arms and ammunition were recovered during the search operation.

equipped police in KP have made immeasurable sacrifices in fighting terrorists who are equipped with latest weaponry and night-vision devices. “The province cannot bear the costs of such a disastrous policy any longer. PTI is formulating a strategy to protest the continuing participation in the war on terror and continuance of drones and “we will announce our line of action soon after the bye-elections”, Khan declared, “If the government is still unable or unwilling to present a holistic countert e r r o ri s m policy, immediately extricate itself from the US war on terror and stop drone attacks.”

karzai phones Zardari to exchange Eid greetings KARACHI APP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday phoned President Asif Ali Zardari to exchange Eid greetings. The Pakistani President’s Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Zardari thanked Karzai for calling him on Eid-ulFitr and conveyed Eid greetings to the latter and his countrymen from his own behalf and on the Pakistani people’s behalf. Babar said that Zardari also prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the two nations. Discussing PakAfghan bilateral relations, Zardari reiterated Pakistan’s committed towards further deepening and broadening fraternal relations with Afghanistan and said that the two countries had covered a long distance in forging closer ties in last few years. Zardari said that Pakistan firmly believed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in the former’s own vital interests.

CJP takes suo motu notice of Balochistan situation ISLAMABAD NNI

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sence of a holistic counterterrorism policy, with the under-equipped and under trained police force is the greatest sufferer.” As a first step, the PTI head said, Pakistan has to get out of the US war on terror which has allowed terrorists to misuse the narrative of jihad against the Pakistani security forces – the police, paramilitary and military. By delinking from the war on terror, Pakistan would deprive the terrorists of the narrative of jihad and allow it to combat them within a more viable environment, he added. “While this is not the only policy component of an indigenous counterterrorism strategy, it is a critical component, especially when it is accompanied by an immediate end to acceptance of drones.” As Khan reminded, the illegality of drones is now well-established internationally and the Peshawar High Court decision is still pending implementation by the federal government. What is equally well-established, Khan said further, is the negative impact of drone attacks through creation of more space for terrorists. This would be the PTI’s first suggested step in operationalising an effective counterterror policy, especially in the context of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which has been the worst-hit by terrorism directly arising out of Pakistan’s support for the war on terror and covert support for drone attacks on Pakistani soil. The ill-

As many as two FC officials were injured in a bombing after their convoy was targeted near a check post in Quetta on Sunday. According to Levies sources, the incident took place near Quetta’s Eastern Bypass where terrorists targeted a patrol car. Sources confirmed that two security officials were injured in the bombing and were rushed to Combined Military Hospital (CMH). Security forces cordoned off the area and started a search operation while the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) is examining the bombing scene. The bombing left a question mark on the competence of security agencies as Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed Khan is present in the terror-hit city.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry has taken suo motu action of law and order situation in Balochistan. He took the notice of recent terrorism in the province which caused death of several innocent citizens as well as top security officials. Justice Chaudhry has summoned the attorney general of Pakistan (AGP), the advocate general of Balochistan and other officials concerned to appear

chauDhry SuMMonS agp, aDvocate general of balochiStan anD other officialS concerneD before a bench in the Supreme Court registry branch in Quetta on August 15. Chaudhry also ordered to hear related

cases, including petition no 2010/77 which were registered for peace in the city. The notice was taken after as many as 60 people lost their lives in separate terrorist incidents in less than a week. On August 6, fourteen people, including top security officials and passengers, were killed when terrorists attacked two Punjab-bound buses in Mach area of Bolan District. At least 40 people, including top police officials, were killed and 60 others injured on Thursday when a

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suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Police Lines, causing one of the worst tragedies for the Balochistan police force. Similarly, at least 10 people were killed and many others injured on Friday in an attack that targeted Eid prayers at a mosque near Quetta’s eastern bypass. Moreover, at least six suspected terrorists were killed on Sunday during an operation in Mach. Another two were killed during an attack on a FC check post in Quetta's Ispilanji area.


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