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Thursday, 15 August, 2013 Shawwal 7, 1434
spectre of more rain triggers flood alert At least 10 persons, including women and children were killed in rain-related incidents on Wednesday in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, as the flood warning authorities raised alarm over increasing water levels in rivers Chenab, Sutlej and Indus – and warned the population living in areas close to the rivers’ routes to move to safer locations. According to rescue sources, roof of a house collapsed in Lahore’s Singhpura area due to heavy rain in which four people were trapped. pag e 03
resolute govt to execute three LJ terrorists Despite threats by the banned Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan, the government has decided to carry out the execution of condemned prisoners and the death penalty for the first batch of terrorists belonging to outlawed groups will be implemented next week. While the TTP has issued a ‘warning’ to the government to refrain from implementing the death penalties of its members, the interior minister says the new government is determined to establish the writ of law. pag e 04
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renewed shelling at Line of Control Pakistan and India accused each other of provoking violence on their troubled Kashmir frontier on Wednesday as a week of cross-border shelling threatened to derail attempts to resume peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals. One civilian was killed and a child was injured in ‘unprovoked firing’ by the Indian Army in Battal Sector across the LoC on Wednesday morning. The two armies have been exchanging fire since Tuesday, straining a ceasefire that has largely held for nearly a decade. pag e 02
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asif down to his knees, apologises
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Suspended Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif apologised publicly on Wednesday for his involvement in a 2010 spot-fixing scandal and pledged to co-operate with the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit. Pakistan Today has already revealed last month that he apologised for his sins before the newly-appointed interim PCB chief and wanted to make amends but the PCB asked him to take the proper course of apology. pag e 20
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Khurshid talKs sense, says talKs only way to resolve issues MONITORING DESK Stressing that India had no intention to hurt its ties with Pakistan, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday reiterated that dialogue was the only way to iron out differences, a private TV channel reported. “Negotiations is the way to go to achieve an amicable solution no matter how tense the situation maybe. Thus talks between both the neighbours must go on,” Khurshid said while answering questions of a hawkish Indian TV channel anchor. Khurshid made it clear that Indo-Pakistan relations were critical to many regions. He said that India had not put the matter of Mumbai attacks on the backburner, and urged the Pakistani government to come clean on the matter. “Pakistan owes us some answers with regards to the 26/11 attacks. Our reservations must be taken seriously and addressed,” he said.
indian parliament warns paKistan ‘not to test its patience’ NEW DELHI AGENCIES
India on Wednesday passed a counter resolution condemning Pakistan's alleged role in escalating tensions along the Line of Control. The Pakistani National Assembly had passed a resolution condemning 'India's unprovoked aggression at the LoC, protests against Pakistan High Commission, DelhiLahore bus and PIA offices while reaffirming its support for Kashmir's self-determination’. India in retaliation adopted a counter resolution in parliament on Wednesday rejecting Pakistan's resolution and condemning the Pakistan Army's role in the killing of 5 Indian jawans even as peace efforts were on between the countries. Reasserting Kashmir as an integral part of India, the Indian parliament in its resolution warned Pakistan not to take the Indian Army's capacity or New Delhi's patience for granted. "India is not a threat to Pakistan. It is the terrorist groups that have been nurtured by Pakistan that have become the region's biggest threat," the resolution, read by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, said. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif conveyed Pakistan's stand over the violence to the visiting UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. "The escalation of tensions along the Line of Control is a matter of concern for us and the Secretary General. Pakistan will continue to respond to the situation with restraint and responsibility in the hope that steps would be taken by India to help reduce tensions," Sharif said.
pakistan pLeads for peaCe NAWAZ URGES DEFUSING LOC TENSIONS BUT WARNS AGAINST UNDERMINING NUCLEAR STATE’S REGIONAL IMPORTANCE ISLAMABAD
S tensions between Pakistan and India remain high, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday vowed to play his role as a peacemaker by observing “restraint and responsibility”, saying that he expected the Indian side would reciprocate his efforts and take measures to reduce tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir. The prime minister also said that Pakistan was a nuclear state and a key regional player therefore no decision related to the region should be taken without its consultation. "The escalation of tensions along LoC is a matter of concern for us and the (UN) secretary general. Pakistan will continue to respond to the situation with restraint and responsibility. We hope that steps would be taken by India to help reduce tensions. We have to defuse tension and deescalate the situation. What we need is more diplomacy,”
PM VOWS TO PLAY HIS ROLE AS PEACEMAKER BY EXERCISING‘RESTRAINT AND RESPONSIBILITY’
Nawaz Sharif said during a joint press conference at the Prime Minister's House along with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after an official meeting between the two leaders. Despite Independence Day celebrations being observed in Pakistan, tensions remained high as defence officials said that “unprovoked Indian shelling” across the LoC had killed a 60-year-old man and injured his teenage daughter. Nawaz said he had “a very good, productive meeting” with Ban and described him a "friend of Pakistan". He said Pakistan was trying to work for peace and stability in the region and said that it will be his endeavour to "explore all avenues to ease tensions" with India and restart the dialogue process. He also said that resolution of the outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir and promoting trade and commerce, were priorities of his government. He urged Ban to take practical measures for resolution of the dispute, saying that Kashmir was the longest outstanding issue on the UN agenda.
Renewed cross-border shelling as Pakistan, India trade blame ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR AGENCIES
Pakistan and India accused each other of provoking violence on their troubled Kashmir frontier on Wednesday as a week of cross-border shelling threatened to derail attempts to resume peace talks between the nucleararmed rivals. One civilian was killed and a child was injured in ‘unprovoked firing’ by the Indian Army in Battal Sector across the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday morning. The two armies have been exchanging fire since Tuesday, straining a ceasefire that has largely held for nearly a decade. Tension flared along the de-facto border on August 6 when five Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed in a remote Himalayan district. India blamed the attack on the Pakistan Army. Pakistan denied any involvement. On Wednesday, India’s army said a group of unidentified gunmen had tried to cross into India in the first infiltration attempt from the Pakistani side since the August 6 incident, provoking its servicemen to open fire. Two gunmen were killed. “The army today foiled an infiltration bid in Keran sector of north Kashmir along the Line of Control with Pakistan and killed two militants,” said Lieutenant Colonel Brijesh Panday, an Indian army commander. The renewed bitterness has cast doubt over preparations for what both sides see as a potentially breakthrough meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz
Sharif, in New York in September. “Silence their gunS”: There was no immediate comment from Pakistan Army on the latest Indian accusation, but military sources in Islamabad said one Pakistani civilian was killed earlier in the day in Battal sector as a result of “unprovoked Indian shelling”. “Firing was intense and they (Indians) were using small and heavy arms, including artillery, and targeting civilian populations,” local administration official Malik Ayub Awan said. “A shell landed on a house in a small hamlet, namely Kharni in Battal sector, sometime after midnight, razing it to the ground and killing a 60year-old man and injuring his teenage daughter,” he added. A Pakistani army official on the ground said: “We did respond to the shelling to silence their guns. But we target only military installations across the Line of Control and not the civilians populations.” Two other incidents were reported elsewhere on the border. The tense mood has spread far beyond the heavily militarised front line. In Islamabad, there has been talk that Pakistan might scale down its diplomatic presence in India although the foreign ministry would not comment on the speculation. An annual visit of Pakistani pilgrims to the tomb of a renowned Sufi Muslim musician and poet in India has been cancelled for security reasons, according to the Pakistan High Commission. Earlier, Pakistan’s national airline said it had tightened security at its office in New Delhi after two men sprayed black paint on the walls and dropped a note of warning at the door.
He added that Pakistan wanted a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. “We hope that the UN will play its due role in resolving the Kashmir dispute," Nawaz said. un tO SuPPOrt PAKiStAn: The UN secretary general told reporters that the UN would support Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, adding that Pakistan had paid an enormous price and thousands have sacrificed their lives to make their country safe. Referring to the army's contribution to the UN peace missions, Ban said Pakistan had always supported the United Nations’ efforts to maintain international peace and security and since 1960, it has been contributing troops to UN peacekeeping missions. He said he was looking forward to meet Prime Minister Sharif when he arrives in New York to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in September. PAKiStAn regiOnAl PlAYer: Earlier addressing the national flag hoisting ceremony at the Convention Centre, Nawaz said Pakistan was an important regional power and no decision could be made in the region without involving the country. “No decision in the region can be taken without involving Pakistan. Pakistan is an important country of the region, which is acknowledged the world over,” he said. He said that Gwadar Port and related fa-
cilities which were agreed during his recent visit to China would bring an economic revolution in the region where Pakistan would be a hub for economic and political activities. The ceremony was attended by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, diplomats, the Senate chairman, National Assembly speaker, federal ministers and other dignitaries. The prime minister said that the menace of terrorism was haunting the country but the security institutions would overcome it with the support of the masses. “The whole nation is united. We are in high spirits and would give an absolute defeat to the terrorists with the full cooperation of army and other national security institutions,” the prime minister said. Nawaz said the government was fully cognizant of the people’s concerns on the menace of terrorism and extremism, adding that the people also know that such challenges come in the history of nations and they fight these with unity and courage. He said that his government was on the right track and working day and night to make the country a welfare state as envisioned by the founder of the nation. The prime minister said that the present circumstances demand that the economic and democratic intuitions should be strengthened and true democratic governance should be instituted.
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spectre of more rain triggers flood alert RIVERS IN LOW TO HIGH LEVEL FLOOD AT VARIOUS PLACES AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL IN SEVERAL CITIES LAHORE/BANNU STAFF REPORT/AGENCIES
T least 10 persons, including women and children were killed in rain-related incidents on Wednesday in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces, as the flood warning authorities raised alarm over increasing water levels in rivers Chenab, Sutlej and Indus – and warned the population living in areas close to the rivers’ routes to move to safer locations. According to rescue sources, roof of a house collapsed in Lahore’s Singhpura area due to heavy rain in which four people were trapped. The rescue team recovered their bodies from the debris. In another incident in Lahore’s Sherakot area, the roof of a house caved in, killing two people. Rainwater submerged several low-
MET OFFICE PREDICTS MORE RAIN DURING NEXT TWO DAYS
lying areas in the provincial capital, including Ichhra, Mughalpura, Dharampura, Doa Moria Pul, Haji Camp, Empress Road, Lakshmi Chowk and Gaddafi Stadium. In Faisalabad, a woman and a child died when heavy downpour caused their house to cave in. Meanwhile in KP’s Karak district, a woman and her daughter died and six other family members’ were njured when roof of their house collapsed due to heavy rain in the Soordag area. According to police sources, a family was sleeping in their dilapidated house when the roof caved in. The rescue teams and locals recovered two bodies and the injured from the debris of the house. FlOOd WArning: According to the Flood Warning Division, warnings have been issued to the DCOs of Narowal, Sialkot, Gujranwala and Lahore where Nullah Basanter flows. Similarly the DCOs of
Mianwali, Bhakkar, Layyah and Sargodha have also been warned to prepare their districts for imminent floods. Floodwater submerged several villages and hundreds of acres of agricultural land after a breach in Nullah Dek. According to reports, the nullah overflowed in Wahindo area of the district. Torrential monsoon rains triggered floods in various parts of the country, inflicting heavy financial losses. Heavy rains have also been hitting most parts of the Punjab for the last couple of days. According to the Flood Warning Division in Lahore‚ rivers of the country are in low to high level of flood at various places. At Chashma‚ River Indus is in high flood while at Guddu Barrage it is in medium flood. River Jhelum and Ravi are flowing normal. River Chenab is in low flood at Marala and Qadirabad while it is in medium flood at Khanki. River Satluj is in low flood at Ganda Singh. MOre rAinS: The Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rains during next two days across the country. Rains are expected in Islamabad, most parts of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northern
‘naya Pakistan’ CM misses customary ceremony PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government marked the country’s 66th Independence Day without the customary presence of the chief minister at the main flag hoisting ceremony held at the Malik Saad Police Lines on Wednesday. Celebrations in the city began with the army giving a 21-gun salute in Jinnah Park, followed by special programmes at the Peshawar High Court, Governor House and different government and private institutions. As per standard procedure, the chief minister was the chief guest at the main ceremony at police lines. However, just before the ceremony kicked off, it was learnt that CM Pervez Khattak will not be attending the ceremony and Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai and Information Minister Shah Farman will be presiding over the event instead. “The chief minister was in Islamabad to attend a meeting with United Nations (UN) General Secretary Ban Ki-moon so he asked the health minister to attend the flag hoisting ceremony,” said the CM’s spokesperson Shiraz Paracha. Prior to the flag hoisting ceremony, no information was shared with the media regard-
ing Khattak’s absence and his meeting with the UN general secretary. MiSMAnAgeMent: As it was the first Independence Day since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government assumed charge, people were expecting their elected representatives to comment on the recent violence and bloodshed in the province. However, the occasion was marred by mismanagement. A day earlier, the Peshawar Municipal Corporation (PMC), which was responsible for organising the ceremony, held final drills and rehearsals of national songs. But municipal school and college students were informed at the last minute the activities would not be taking place. Moreover, police personnel also barred media persons from entering the premises to cover the event. When relevant authorities were asked about irregularities plaguing the event, they blamed other departments for the mismanagement. “We were hosting the ceremony at police lines where we do not have any administrative authority,” said municipal administrator and chief organiser Rasheed Khan. “The Press Information Department (PID) was given the responsibility of inviting journalists to cover the ceremony and later coordinate with them with the help of the police, but they failed to abide by it,” he added.
Baloch invites militants, religious outfits for talks QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has invited religious parties and militant organisations for talks to initiate the process of reconciliation in the violence stricken province. Addressing a flag hoisting ceremony at Balochistan Assembly, Baloch said that Independence Day was a very important day for any nation but unfortunately we are celebrating this day in the environment of grief and terrorism. He said that the country, particularly Balochistan, was facing the challenges of terrorism and it was difficult for the government and security institutions to deal with it without support of the people. “Terrorists want to make people and security institutions hostage but on this day I assure my people that we will not give in to their demands,” he said. Six terrOriStS Killed in BOlAn: Meanwhile, security forces claimed to have
killed six terrorists in Bolan district during an operation on Wednesday. According to Frontier Corps, security forces launched an operation near Dhadar area of the district. The officials said that at least six terrorists were killed and two FC personnel also suffered wounds. They were rushed to Sibi hospital. Security forces seized 40 kilogrammes of explosives and other arms and ammunition from them. Exchange of fire near Dhadar temporarily suspended traffic between Balochistan and Sindh. However, the road was opened after conclusion of the operation. Security forces have intensified their operations against militants in Bolan and Sibi districts after the murder of 14 passengers a few days ago. The defunct Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed the responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, powerful explosions rocked Khuzdar, Turbat, Kharan and other towns of Balochistan on the eve of Independence Day celebrations. However, no human loss was reported.
Balochistan and Kashmir while heavy rains were also expected in few parts of Sindh today and tomorrow, said the Met Office. Heavy rains are expected in DI Khan, Zhob, Sibbi, Nasirabad, and Kalat Division during next two days and those can cause floods in lower parts of the country. Rivers and nullahs will flood with rainwater in many areas including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, and Hazara Division while similar situation is expected Mardan and DI Khan. Meanwhile, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) confirmed 83 deaths and 93 injuries so far due to the recent spell of monsoon rains. According to reports, 15 people died in Punjab, 16 in Balochistan, 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 22 in Sindh, 12 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and four in Azad Kashmir. According to NDMA, 2,308 houses have collapsed and overall 84,272 people have been affected by the ongoing calamity in the country while some 354,982 agricultural lands have faced destruction due to torrential downpours while 1,798 houses damaged partially. Around
275 villages in Punjab have been affected by floods, 28 in Balochistan, 15 each in KP and Sindh, while seven districts have been declared sensitive in KP; parts of central Punjab and southern Punjab as well as plain areas of Balochistan remain at risk. The NDMA has issued warnings of massive flooding in the next 24 hours. Jhal Magsi, Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts of Balochistan have been declared most sensitive while Quetta, Kalat, Noshki, Harnai, Zhob, Ziarat, Mastung Jhal Magsi, Sibi, Naseerabad, Sanjavi, Musakhel, Dera Allayar, Khuzdar and other areas of Balochistan are also expected to receive heavy rains that could cause flashfloods. NDMA Member Operations Brigadier Kamran Zia told media that water spilled by India in Sutlej River is expected to enter in Ganda Singh area of District Kasur and the authorities have asked the people to move from there. India has released 87,000 cusecs of water into River Sutlej, threatening many villages in Kasur and Okara districts. The government has called the army to support relief work and rescue operations in some parts of the country.
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egyptian arMy shoot on their own, kiLL 149 CAIRO AGENCIES
GYPT’S interim vice president, Mohamed Mustafa El Baradei, resigned Wednesday after the military government in Egypt declared a month-long state of emergency following security forces storming protest camps of those loyal to ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Health officials say at least 149 people have been killed and 1403 have been injured. The number is expected to rise in the
coming hours, according to officials. The explosion of deadly confrontations comes after a six-week stand-off between Morsi’s supporters and the military-backed government that has replaced him. An Egypt security source told NBC News that 543 people have been arrested in the ongoing operations to clear the two camps, one outside the eastern Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in northeast Cario and another in the city’s Nahda Square. NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin told MSNBC from Cairo that there is a “huge dis-
Beltagy, the 17-year-old daughter of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Beltagy. Mick Deane, a Sky News cameraman, was also shot and killed while covering the violence in Cairo, according to the broadcaster. The sit-in camps were created after the July 3 ouster of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president—just 12 months into his four-year term as president. A White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said in a statement Wednesday that, “The United States strongly condemns the use
crepancy” on the death toll, and the number could be much higher because not all of the bodies have been cleared from the two squares. He also said the military government has begun to impose curfews in various parts of the capital. The bloodshed began when Egyptian security forces moved to clear the camps on Wednesday morning with armored vehicles, bulldozers, and teargas. According to Reuters, pro-Morsi demonstrators were also seen throwing stones and Molotv cocktails at the troops. Those killed include Asmaa
of violence against protesters in Egypt.” Earnest added that the violence complicates Egypt’s efforts at reconciliation following the ouster of Morsi. After Morsi was deposed, the Obama Administration said it would not suspend the flow of U.S. aid to the new, military-backed government. Spokesman Jay Carney said it was a “complex and difficult issue with significant consequences.” The United States provides approximately $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt, which—after Israel—is the second largest re-
ceiver of American aid. The U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon also strongly condemned the violence, saying through his spokesperson that “in the aftermath of today’s violence, the secretary-general urges all Egyptians to concentrate their efforts on promoting genuinely inclusive reconciliation.” He added, “While recognizing that political clocks do not run backwards, the secretary-general also believes firmly that violence and incitement from any side are not the answers to the challenges Egypt faces,” he said.
resolute govt to execute 3 LJ terrorists US envoys MONITORING DESK Despite threats by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the government has decided to carry out the execution of condemned prisoners and the death penalty for the first batch of terrorists belonging to outlawed groups will be implemented next week. While the TTP has issued a ‘warning’ to the government to refrain from implementing the death penalties of its members, the interior minister says the new government is determined to establish the writ of law. “There is a huge backlog of 450 cases and we are processing them as fast as we can,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a private TV channel. “We will continue the process to implement the execution orders so that the law may take its course,” he said. The TTP had said in a letter addressed to the PML-N that
both it and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf should learn from the condition of the Awami National Party (ANP) after getting involved in a conflict with them. An official of the Interior Ministry said the government had decided to deal with all cases of execution on a case-to-case basis and those related to terrorism were being selected. The channel said that three condemned prisoners were to be executed next week in the Sukkur Central Prison. The three Lashkar-eJhangvi terrorists are Attaullah, to be executed on Aug 20, Mohammad Azam on Aug 21 and Jalal on Aug 22. Attaullah was awarded death sentence in six cases by an anti-terrorism court in Karachi on July 6, 2004, and Azam was sentenced to death in four cases by the same court. Implementation of death penalties has been on hold in the country since 2008 when the former PPP government de-
cided against it and a presidential order imposed a moratorium. Soon after taking charge, the PML-N government decided that the condemned terrorists needed to be hanged so that their network could be abolished. The moratorium on executions ended on June 30. Information Minister Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said death sentences had been awarded by courts and not the PML-N. He said the strategy to counter the threats against the PML-N or the federal or Punjab governments could not be discussed on the media. The channel’s sources in the Interior Ministry said the files for the execution orders of five more condemned prisoners belonging to the LJ/ TTP had been forwarded to the Prime Minister’s Office. They said the cases would be sent to the president so that the death warrants could be issued. Although all executions have to be approved by the
govt, opp demonstrate national unity on i-day ISLAMABAD INP
National unity was practically demonstrated by the ruling and opposition parties at the Independence Day national flag-hoisting ceremony at the Convention Centre on Wednesday. On the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, opposition leaders in National Assembly and Senate, Syed Khursheed Shah and Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan attended the main function of Independence Day indi-
cating the Pakistan People’s Party was willing to go an extra mile to keep cordial relations with the government, particularly on the issues of national importance. During its tenure, the PPP government extended invitation to Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan as opposition leader but he did not attend the government functions. The government also extended due protocol to Syed Khursheed Shah as he was given seat next to the UN secretary general on the right side and the left side
seats were given to Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq. Next to Khursheed Shah were sitting Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan and his wife Bushra Aitzaz. On a query by a journalist, Khursheed Shah said there could be differences with the government but attending national functions was their duty. Though, he said, the opposition did not attend such functions in the past despite their invitations.
president, an official said was likely that the files might not be signed by President Asif Ali Zardari. “The government may have to wait till the new president takes charge on Sept 8,” the official added. The PPP not only stopped executions of the condemned prisoners during its rule but the outgoing president also reportedly resisted signing ‘black warrants’ of the three prisoners when the files were forwarded to him last month. The government got the death warrants signed by the acting president, Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, when Zardari was on leave in the second week of July. A police official in Islamabad told the channel that the plot to attack a Shia mosque on the Eid day could have been a signal for Bokhari whose residence was few hundred yards ahead on the same road in Bara Kahu and many of his relatives visited the place of worship.
QAIM CALLS PRESIDENT ZARDARI‘SHAHEED’ KARACHI NNI
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Wednesday used the word “shaheed” for President Asif Zardari. While talking to reporters during Independence Day ceremony, the Sindh CM’s tongue slipped sending a wave of laughter in the congregation. The Sindh CM was talking about late PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and slain PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto and their sacrifices when his tongue slipped.
trying to defuse tensions WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
US envoys were “very engaged” with both Pakistani and Indian governments, encouraging them to continue their dialogue for defusing a potentially explosive situation, the State Department said on Tuesday. At a news briefing in Washington, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said that US ambassadors in both Islamabad and New Delhi had reached out to the two governments “to convey our hopes that they will continue to take steps to build trust and to work together”. She noted that since both India and Pakistan had nuclear capabilities, the United States was particularly concerned about the situation. “I think, it probably goes without saying that because of their capabilities that we would be concerned by any increased tensions. I
am not saying that’s what’s happening now but hypothetically speaking if that were to happen, exactly the reason why we are encouraging dialogue,” she said. The US official, however, said that now was not the time to appoint a special envoy to resolve the Kashmir dispute. “We can encourage dialogue … but we do not have to do that necessarily with an envoy,” Ms Harf said. “I think our ambassadors are very engaged on the ground on this, what that engagement looks like going forward, I don’t have a prediction for you other than to say that we will continue to encourage both sides to move forward with dialogue.” Asked if recent increase in tensions along the LoC had alarmed Washington, Ms Harf said: “We are always concerned when there are reports of violence along the Line of Control and that will remain the case.”
IG ORDERS POLICE TO GIVE PRIORITY TO FLOOD-AFFECTED AREAS LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General Khan Baig on Wednesday ordered regional police officers (RPOs), divisional police officers (DPOs) and other high-ups to give top priority to flood-affected areas across the province. He also directed all officials to cooperate with flood affectees and ensure protection of their lives and property. The top cop also ordered the officials to maintain law and order in their respective areas to thwart any untoward incident. STAFF REPORT
pti leads the race for na-48, pp-6 by-elections news AnALYsIs NADEEm SyED With the results of by-elections often a foregone conclusion in favour of the ruling party, the only constituency that is creating some waves and holds some suspense is NA-48 with prospects of a tight contest. Though crammed with candidates, the constituency seems a contest between the PML-N and PTI. The seat originally has been vacated by PTI leader Javed Hashmi. In the upcoming by-elections, the PTI has awarded the party ticket to Asad Omar while the PML-N decided to name Ashraf Gujjar.
As the final battlelines are drawn, local political pundits favour the PTI candidate in the elections against the one picked by the PML-N. According to them, the PTI has picked the right person for the constituency. “The personality of Asad Omar is an important factor. He is far better candidate than Ashraf Gujjar from PML-N,” said one senior politician from Islamabad. The seat was vacated by the PTI, showing that it has an entrenched support in the constituency, a mainly urban area. Another important factor that goes against the PML-N is the bickering in the party rank and file. The PML-N from the start was unsure about a suitable candidate after
the fiasco committed by Anjum Aqeel Khan. He withdrew his papers and pulled himself out of the race, probably on the instructions of party high-ups. He later told party colleagues the withdrawal was due to some miscommunication between him and Punjab chief minister. When he found that he was not instructed by the party top leadership to withdraw, he filed a petition with the ECP to restore his papers, but his counsel withdrew that without consulting him. Now the party was not clear about what to do, whether to wait and see the outcome of his litigation with the ECP or name another candidate with the time running out for campaigning.
The party later decided to award ticket to Ashraf Gujjar despite Aqeel’s entreaties to wait until the decision of ECP. Late on Monday, the party secretary general notified that Ashraf would be the party’s candidate, but ironically, the ECP allowed Aqeel to contest election the very next day. The whole episode resulted in creating a lot of confusion in the party’s local cadres, who have not yet reconciled with the decision to award party ticket to Ashraf. However, Gujjar is quite spirited sensing his victory in his own sense. In by-elections often the candidate from the ruling party enjoys an edge over his rival. Probably, this is the factor which
keeps the hopes of the PML-N camp alive. Another important contest is developing in PP-6 left by Chaudhry Nisar. The PML-N picked Sarfraz Afzal while PTI is banking on Wasiq Qayum. Wasiq had given a tough time to Nisar in the May 11 general elections. This is evident from the fact that it took ECP three days to do the counting and formally announce the results. Wasiq also alleged rigging and manipulation by the PML-N. Wasiq is has again emerged as the favourite. First, because local pundits know that last time he almost got Nisar, and second, the PML-N candidate again faces opposition from within the party.
SARTAJ NOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NAWAZMANMOHAN MEETING ISLAMABAD INP
Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan was in a weaker position against India as compared to the situation in 1999. In a TV interview, Sartaj said that Pakistan had held talks with India on the basis of equality in 1999 but unfortunately this was not the case today. He said that he was not optimistic about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s proposed meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New York. The adviser said that the Indian government was being pressurised by the opposition parties and meaningful dialogue process with New Delhi would begin in 2014 after elections in India. To a question, he said that the Kargil war had undermined the Kashmir issue.
PATIENCE HAS LIMITS, MUKHERJEE WARNS PAKISTAN NEW DELHI INP
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday warned Pakistan that "patience has limits" and all "necessary steps" would be taken to ensure India’s internal security and protect its territorial integrity. Without naming Pakistan, Mukherjee said despite India's consistent efforts to build friendly relations with its neighbours, there have been tensions on the border and repeated violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control, leading to loss of lives. "Our commitment to peace is unfailing but even our patience has limits. All steps necessary to ensure internal security and protect the territorial integrity of the nation will be taken," he said while addressing the Indian nation on the eve of the country’s 67th Independence Day. Mukherjee said in the recent past there have been grave challenges to the security, internal as well as external. "The barbaric face of Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh led to a loss of many innocent lives," he maintained.
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three terrorists of banned outfit arrested KHAiRPUR /NAWABSHAH: Law Enforcement Agencies nabbed three terrorists of a banned outfit from Khairpur and Nawabshah on Wednesday and also recovered nine cracker bombs from their possession. According to Rangers sources, the three nabbed terrorist of a banned outfit were involved in several bomb attacks in interior Sindh that took place on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the spokesman of Sindh chief minister claimed that on the special direction of the CM, the crackdown was carried on in the entire city for the arrest of the attackers and he further predicted that scores of more terrorists were also being arrested during this operation. ONLINE
ATER shortage continued in the provincial metropolis as Karachiites celebrated the country's 67th Independence Day. Even on Pakistan Day, the city braved a water shortage of 400 million gallons, said the officials at Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB). Official negligence appeared to be the major reason behind this acute shortage of water as the citizens had to bear the brunt for someone else’s mistakes. The KWSB managing director (MD) is said to have suspended Dhabeji Pumping Station Resident Engineer Abdur Razzaq Magsi whose negligence caused the problem. The MD was visiting Dhabeji Pumping Station after disruption in water supply due to sudden electricity and gas breakdown at the said station. He was flanked by Deputy Managing Director Technical Services (TS) Iftikhar Ahmed and Chief Engineer Bulk Najam Alam Siddiqui to inspect the situation. Dhabeji Pumping Station’s technical staff, while briefing the MD, informed him that the officers routinely neglected important repair work which caused technical faults.
The officers, the MD was told, gave an impression as if the repair work was not approved by the higher authorities. The MD, while speaking to the technical staff, said that technical work at Dhabeji stations had always been approved on priority basis. Suspending Resident Engineer Magsi, he directed DMD TS to initiate a full scale investigation of operations during the last three years, whereas, Deputy Chief Engineer Bulk Azam Ali Khan and Senior Engineer Bulk Iftikhar Rajput have been issued show cause notices. According to details, Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) had scheduled closure at one Phase of K-III pumping station and one Pump House of K-II, on 2:45pm on the August 12th, for repair and maintenance work.
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However, during the repair work the KESC disconnected complete power supply to Dhabeji Pumping Stations, thus putting additional pressure on Phase 4 and causing flood at the pumping station. The KESC officials expressed ignorance about the incident that caused the stoppage of four working pumps since Monday. Moreover, due to repair work at the gas pipeline, two pumps running on gas and diesel also remained closed. Only one pumping station was made functional after gas supply was resumed and the repair work was completed. "Hopefully, electricity supply will
resume from tomorrow onwards and the supply will gradually come back to normal," said a KWSB statement issued on Wednesday. The KWSB MD directed the board's officers to stay in contact with KESC officials regarding repair work to ensure that work was completed on the station at the earliest.
KARAcHi: Sindh Governor ishratul Ebad, Sindh cM Qaim Shah and others offer prayers after laying floral wreaths at the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam during a ceremony to mark the country’s 67th independence Day. STAFF PHOTO
nine-Zero felicitates nation on i-day
KARAcHi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain congratulated the nation on its 67th Independence Day. The MQM chief said that extremism must be thwarted in order to fulfill the dream of Quaid-eAzam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. In a special congratulatory message issued on the eve of Independence Day, Altaf said that the true spirit of independence could not be achieved unless the feudal system was eradicated from the country. He said that the MQM, mindful of the fact that there was a need to take concrete measures and chalk out a comprehensive policy against terrorism, had issued a national counter terrorism policy on August 14th. The MQM chief emphasised the need of equality for all minorities living in the country. APP
Mazar-e-Quaid teems with politicians KARACHI ONLINE
Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on Wednesday said that whole nation hasto move forward in the steps of the Quaid if it wished to progress. “The country is facing a lot of issues, but despite all that people celebrated Independence Day with full passion and patriotism”, he said while talking to reporters following the flag hoisting ceremony at the Mazar-e-Quaid. The governor was accompanied by Sindh
Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah and Karachi Commissioner among others. Ibad said that citizens proved that no matter how worse the situation got, their love for their motherland would remain unaltered. On the occasion the CM also greeted the nation. He stated, “Following the rules of Quaid we can resolve all matters and problems for which all of us have to work together for our country.” Qaim Ali Shah said that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would strengthen the people, because if the citizens were empowered, Pakistan would be strengthened.
‘transform paKistan into a truly developed state as envisioned by Quaid’ KArAchi: State Bank of Pakistan Deputy Governor Kazi Abdul Muktadir has said that there is dire need to overcome the challenges being faced by the country and follow the guidance of the nation’s founding fathers in transforming this country into a truly developed state as envisioned by the Quaid. A Flag Hoisting Ceremony was held on the 66th Independence anniversary in the State Bank of Pakistan. Executives and staff of SBP along with their families participated in the event. NNI
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HYDERABAD: Youngsters enjoy fireworks as they celebrate the 67th independence Day of Pakistan. ONLINE
naval cadets assume guard duties at Jinnah’s mausoleum KARAcHi: Smartly turned out cadets of Pakistan Naval Academy assumed ceremonial guard duties at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Wednesday to mark the 67th Independence Day celebrations of the country. Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy Commodore Zahid Illyas was the chief guest at the change of guard ceremony. The commodore reviewed the guard. Later, the naval officer paid glowing tributes to the father of the nation in the visitors book. APP
21 gun salute marKs country’s 67th birthday KARAcHi: August 14th dawned upon the provincial metropolis with a 21 gun salute marking the 67th Independence Day of Pakistan on Wednesday. Thanksgiving prayers were offered after Fajr prayers at all Pakistan Navy units and installations. All naval vessels and establishments were decorated and illuminated in the traditional manner. Various sports fixtures including cricket, swimming, badminton and athletics contests between were also a part of day. APP
50 inJured in aerial firing during i-day celebrations KARAcHi: More than 50 people, including children, were injured in incidents of aerial firing during Independence Day celebrations in the metropolis. According to reports, jubilant citizens resorted to aerial firing to celebrate August 14th, as a result of which more than 50 people sustained bullet wounds. Sources said 30 injured were brought to Jinnah hospital, four to Civil hospital, and 19 to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. INP
sheikh’s murder case stands unresolved KARACHI
t was feared that President Asif Zardari’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) Bilal Sheikh’s murder mystery would remain a mystery as the law enforcers could not move an inch ahead in investigations and no department of the Sindh Police is ready to take charge of Sheikh’s murder probe. The inability of security agencies in investigating the murder of Sheikh, who served as President Zardari’s CSO for five years, is evident from the fact that it had issued an advertisement in a local newspaper and sought help from public for identification of the suicide bomber. Not only this, the police officers indulged in an ugly debate as to who would
investigate Sheikh’s murder case. 45-year-old Bilal Sheikh was killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near his bullet-proof vehicle at Guru Mandir on July 10th when he was busy buying fruits from a road-side stall during the holy month of Ramadan. The police department had issued an advertisement in a local newspaper on August 7th, almost a month after the incident, and sought help from public for identification of the suicide bomber after failure of the law enforcing agencies in bringing any positive progress in this case. The public notice was issued by SSP Investigation East. Bilal Sheikh, his driver Irfan Zaidi, fruit vendor Qeemat Khan and a police cop Khushal Khan were killed and many people, including police personnel, were injured when a suicide bomber attacked
Sheikh’s motorcade in the jurisdiction of Jamshaid Quarters Police Station. An FIR no 244/13 under section 302, 324, 427/34, 3/4 of Explosives Act and 7 of the AntiTerrorism Act (ATA) of Pakistan Panel Code (PPC) of this incident has been lodged in Jamshaid Quarters Police Station. “Yes it is true that we cannot move an inch ahead in Sheikh’s murder probe,” SSP Investigation East Junaid Ahmed said. “After failure in identifying the suicide bomber, the police department had issued a notice and sought help from public in identification of suicide bomber,” Khan admitted. “We issued the public notice with a hope that may be anyone who knows the suicide bomber would approach the police but no one has contacted the police in this regard as yet,” Khan said.
“The investigation of Sheikh’s murder case was handed over to Crime Investigation Department (CID),” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) East Captain Tahir Naveed said. “Every incident which involves explosive is handed over to CID for probe,” the DIG said, adding that, “I have no idea about progress in Sheikh’s murder investigation.” “The case was not handed over to CID but the department was investigating the incident by itself,” CID Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) chief Chaudhry Aslam, who was demoted to rank of DSP after withdrawing shoulder promotion one-day ago, said. “CID is investigating the case by itself like others investigation agencies but it would be wrong to say that CID has been given responsibility of Sheikh’s murder probe,” he reiterated.
KARAcHi: SSGc Deputy Managing Director Rahat Kamal Siddiquiperforming the National Flag Hoisting ceremony on the 67th independence Day celebration at their company’s Head Office. PR
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talks to resume as israel frees palestinians, pursues settlements JERUSALEM
SRAEL freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday to keep US-sponsored peacemaking on course for a second round of talks, but diplomacy was dogged by Israeli plans for more Jewish homes on occupied land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Negotiators are due to convene with little fanfare later on Wednesday in Jerusalem, the holy city at the heart of the decades-old conflict of turf and faith. The envoys held first talks in Washington last month, ending a three-year stand-off. Paving the way for the continuation of negotiations, Israel released an initial number of Palestinians serving long jail terms, many for deadly attacks on Israelis, bussing
them in the dead of night to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. They were welcomed by hundreds of Palestinians including President Mahmoud Abbas, who kissed some of the men and flashed victory signs. “We congratulate ourselves and our families for our brothers who left the darkness of the prisons for the light of the sun of freedom. We say to them and to you that the remainder are on their way, these are just the first,” Abbas told the crowd in the West Bank capital of Ramallah, where 11 ex-prisoners arrived. The other 15 went to Gaza, a territory under the control of Abbas’s Islamist Hamas rivals, and were received by relatives who set off fireworks and shot guns into the air in celebration. “I never expected to see him again. My
feelings cannot be described in words, the joy of the whole world is with me,” said Adel Mesleh, whose brother Salama Mesleh was jailed in 1993 for killing an Israeli. “I am happy he was freed as a result of negotiations. Negotiations are good.” Despite anger from the families of some victims, Israel has promised to free a total 104 inmates in the coming months. Negotiations are set to continue every few weeks in venues including Jericho in the occupied West Bank, in pursuit of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s goal of a deal in nine months. Israel says it supports this timeline but in the past few days has rattled world powers by announcing plans to increase its settlement of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, where, along with the Gaza Strip, the Palestinians seek statehood.
diehArd dileMMAS: Few see swift resolution to longstanding problems such as borders, settlements, the status of Jerusalem and Palestinian refugees. Yet neither Abbas nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants blame for putting brakes on the US peace bid. Violence simmered overnight, with the Israeli military bombing what it described as rocket silos in Gaza in retaliation for a rocket launch into Israel. There were no casualties. Israel quit Gaza in 2005 but wants to keep East Jerusalem and swathes of West Bank settlements, seeing them as a security bulwark and the realization of a Jewish birthright to biblical land. Most world powers deem the settlements illegal. Nearly 600,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, among 2.5 million Palestinians. Israel has published plans
for 3,100 new settler homes in recent days. Speaking to reporters in Brazil on Tuesday, Kerry said he had a “very frank and open, direct discussion” in a phone call with Netanyahu. Kerry appeared to associate the new settlement announcements with internal Israeli politics, saying “there are realities of life in Israel that have to be taken into account here”. Such construction helps mollify prosettler factions in Netanyahu’s rightist coalition government, one of which, the Jewish Home party, opposes Palestinian statehood and tried unsuccessfully to vote down the prisoner release. Thousands of Palestinians remain in Israeli jails, hailed as heroes by their countrymen while Israel brands them terrorists. The 104 prisoners had been vetted for release by Yaakov Peri, an Israeli cabinet minister who said on Wednesday that in his former career in the Shin Bet security service he had been involved in capturing and convicting 92 of them. “This is part of the price of pursuing peace with our neighbors,” Peri told Israel’s Army Radio. “The ramifications of not returning to the negotiating table are dozens of times weightier than releasing the prisoners.”
after disaster, the deadliest part of Japan’s nuclear clean-up
GAZA STRiP: A freed Palestinian prisoner is hugged by his mother upon his arrival near Erez crossing, between israel and northern Gaza Strip early on Wednesday. AGENCIES
two Koreas agree to restart shuttered factory parK SEOUL
Manning could break silence as wikiLeaks trial nears end WASHINGTON AGENCIES
Rivals North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to restart their troubled joint industrial park after a series of talks on the fate of the last symbol of economic cooperation, raising hopes of possible improvement in political ties. A joint statement said the two sides had agreed to work together to get the Kaesong industrial zone, inside North Korea and just a few miles from the heavily armed border, up and running again and prevent another shutdown. It did not give a date. South Korean President Park Geun-hye welcomed the decision, saying she hoped “today’s talks will be the beginning of a new start of South and North Korea relations”, media said. North Korea pulled its 53,000 workers out of the park at the height of tensions between the two sides in April, with the North threatening the United States and the South with nuclear attack. Reclusive North Korea, for which Kaesong has been a rare source of hard currency, and the South, one of the richest countries in the world, are technically still at war as their 1950-53 civil conflict ended not in a treaty but a mere truce. “South and North guarantee the industrial zone’s normal operation...without influence of any kind from the political situation,” the statement said, noting that they would jointly hold an overseas investors’ event.
US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest data breach in US history, could break a long silence on Wednesday as the sentencing phase of his court-martial wraps up. Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 files, battle videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, a pro-transparency website. Chief defense attorney David Coombs is expected to conclude his case for a lenient sentence on Wednesday after calling a dozen witnesses. Judge Colonel Denise Lind could sentence Manning immediately after the defense finishes at Fort Meade, Maryland. Manning, a slightly built soldier, has said almost nothing since the trial began under an international spotlight on June 3. His attorneys kept him off the stand, and he has sat silently at their side, sometimes resting his chin on a fist. The former junior intelligence analyst could end that silence on Wednesday when his attorneys read a statement to the court, a military spokesman said. Its content is unknown. It would be the first time Manning has spoken publicly at length since late February, when he read a 10,000-word statement in a pre-trial hearing. The Crescent, Oklahoma, native said then he had hoped to spark a public debate about US foreign and military policy by releasing the data to WikiLeaks, while serving in Iraq. cOllAterAl Murder: The material that shocked many around the world was a 2007 gunsight video of a US Apache helicopter firing at suspected insurgents in Baghdad. A dozen people were killed, including two Reuters news staff, and WikiLeaks dubbed
the footage “Collateral Murder.” Lind, the judge, convicted Manning of 20 charges, including espionage and theft, on July 30. He was found not guilty of the most serious count, aiding the enemy, which carried a life sentence. Prosecutors argued that Manning was an arrogant soldier who aided al Qaeda militants and harmed the United States with the release of the documents. His attorneys have countered that the Army ignored his mental health problems and violent outbursts and that computer security at Manning’s base was lax. They contended that Manning, who is gay, was naive but well-intentioned and suffering from a sexual identity crisis in Iraq. Manning, described by his superiors as an Internet expert, faces the prospect of decades of monotonous prison life - with no online access - once he is sentenced. He likely will serve his time at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
TOKYO: The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale. Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area. Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully. “They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran US nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies. The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s Reactor No. 4, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts. That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, the world’s most serious since Chernobyl in 1986. No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.” Tepco has already removed two unused fuel assemblies from the pool in a test operation last year, but these rods are less dangerous than the spent bundles. Extracting spent fuel is a normal part of operations at a nuclear plant, but safely plucking them from a badly damaged reactor is unprecedented. “To jump to the conclusion that it is going to work just fine for the rest of them is quite a leap of logic,” said Gundersen. The utility says it recognizes the operation will be difficult but believes it can carry it out safely. Nonetheless, Tepco inspires little confidence. Sharply criticized for failing to protect the Fukushima plant against natural disasters, its handling of the crisis since then has also been lambasted. Last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the government to take a more active role in controlling the overflow of radioactive water being flushed over the melted reactors in Units 1, 2 and 3 at the plant. AGENCIES
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afghanistan’s future depends on foreign soldiers, says isaf chief KABUL AGENCIES
FGHANISTAN’S future security will remain dependent on international troops for many years after most foreign combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the US commander of the NATO-led force in the South Asian country said. With the formal security handover to Afghans closing in, intense debate is underway about how many troops the United States and its mainly NATO allies should leave behind to conduct training, support and counter-terror operations. The White House favours about 7,000 US troops, but some in the US military would prefer two or three times as many.
However many there are left behind, they will play a vital role in supporting the Afghan National Security Forces. ANSF numbers have been projected at 352,000 by the time they take over, although they have not reached that level yet, according to some official US estimates. US General Joseph Dunford, the last commander of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, would not be drawn on how many he thought should remain, referring instead to “sustainability”. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday he argued for a significant presence after the US-dominated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is disbanded next year. “The post-2014 presence is a lot more complicated than the numbers and the numbers have become a distraction, to be
honest with you,” Dunford said in his Kabul headquarters. “It’s about a lot more than numbers. It’s about what capability is required to sustain the Afghan security forces after 2014,” he said. Twelve years into the war, launched in the aftermath of the Sept 11 attacks on the United States, the Taliban and other insurgents are still able to make telling blows against foreign troops and Afghan government institutions. That makes the decision about the post-2014 force, to be made in Washington later this year, even more important. Others, such as Germany and Italy, will make smaller contributions. ISAF currently numbers about 87,000 troops, three-quarters of them American. Dunford said the intense debate about the
size of the residual force was not helpful. One of the sticking points about that force has been the suspension of talks between Afghanistan and the United States over a bilateral security pact to replace the ISAF mission. The collapse of a similar pact between the United States and Baghdad in 2011 led Washington to pull all its troops out of Iraq, which has since descended back into sectarian violence. T h e pact talks were sus-
PESHAWAR: Supporters of Jamaatud Dawa hold an anti-india rally in front of the Peshawar Press club on Wednesday. INP
pended in June amid Afghan anger over the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, which President Hamid Karzai’s government blamed partly on US involvement. Dunford said he had talked “at every level from district and province to members of parliament ... to President Karzai” and was adamant the pact would be signed. He also said it was too early to judge whether the mission in Afghanistan had been successful, or how America’s longest war would be remembered. “Our objective is a stable, secure and unified Afghanistan. And we’re still working towards that end,” Dunford said. “And if we achieve the objective ... I think it will be remembered as being successful.”
cia admits it spied on chomsKy WASHINGTON ONLINE
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has admitted to having amassed data on MIT linguistics professor and government critic Noam Chomsky during the 1970s, Foreign Policy magazine's The Cable blog said. For years, the CIA responded to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests about Chomsky by claiming it had no records relevant to the query, The Cable noted. Attorney Kel McClanahan, executive director of National Security Counselors, decided to direct an FOIA request to the FBI, which produced a memo from the CIA asking the bureau for any information on a planned trip to North Vietnam by anti-war activists. Dated June 8, 1970, the CIA document said the journey to Hanoi had the "endorsement of Noam Chomsky". An expert on information gathering consulted by The Cable said the memo confirms the CIA kept a file on Chomsky and that the agency likely destroyed the dossier, possibly breaking the law in the process. Chomsky, the 84-year-old father of modern linguistics, was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll.
Kashmir violence highlights risk of spoilers to Pakistan-India peace process ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Deadly violence over the last week along the disputed Kashmir border between Pakistan and India threatens to sabotage recent efforts by the nuclear-armed rivals to improve ties, illustrating how vulnerable the normalization process is to spoilers from both sides. The most dangerous of these potential spoilers are Islamic militants who have historically been nurtured by the Pakistani military to fight a covert war over Kashmir and may feel threatened by any indication the government is cozying up to India. But many Pakistani analysts believe the army's leaders have little interest in rocking the boat now, raising the worrying possibility that the recent violence was sparked by militants who have gone rogue or are operating in co-operation with lower level military officials sympathetic to their cause. "This has really pulled the rug from under the feet of Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh," the prime ministers of Pakistan and India, said Moeed Yusuf, a Pakistan expert at the United States Institute of Peace. Both leaders have expressed a desire to improve ties, especially to increase cross-border trade. The US is likely watching the current tension closely, both because of the nuclear arms on both sides and the spillover effect
that conflict between the two countries has in neighbouring Afghanistan. The US has long suspected Pakistan of supporting Taliban militants in Afghanistan to counter Indian influence. A 2003 cease-fire agreement has largely calmed the disputed border between the countries, although they occasionally accuse each other of violating it by firing mortars or gunshots, and several soldiers were killed on each side in January in cross-border attacks. The latest round of violence began last Tuesday when, according to the Indian military, 20 heavily-armed militants and Pakistani soldiers allegedly crossed the Kashmir border and killed five Indian troops. The Pakistani military has denied that its soldiers killed any Indian troops and accused Indian soldiers of killing a pair of civilians and wounding two others along the border over the last week. The latest accusation came Wednesday when a Pakistani military official said Indian troops shelled the Battal sector of Pakistanheld Kashmir on Tuesday night, killing one civilian and seriously wounding another. An Indian army officer denied the allegation, saying there was no shelling or exchange of gunfire in the sector. Both the Pakistani and Indian officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military policy.
Pakistan's new prime minister, Sharif, took office in June with a pledge to improve relations with India to help turn around his country's stuttering economy. Trade between the two countries is around $2 billion per year and could go as high as $11 billion once trade is normalized, according to some estimates. Pakistani Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar indicated earlier this week that the government was backing off granting most favoured nation trading status to India in the wake of the violence on the Kashmir border. But Sharif has expressed hope that the normalization process would continue and said he looks forward to meeting with his Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September. "Pakistan will continue to respond to the situation with restraint and responsibility in the hope that steps would be taken by India to help reduce tensions," Sharif said Wednesday. "Our objective is peace. For that, what we need is more diplomacy." Sharif, who has served as prime minister twice before, has experience being undermined in his efforts to reach out to India. He signed a landmark agreement with the country in February 1999 that sought to avoid nuclear conflict, but the goodwill didn't last long.
In May 1999, the Pakistani army chief at the time, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, quietly sent soldiers into an area of Indian-held Kashmir called Kargil, sparking a conflict that cost hundreds of lives and could have led to nuclear war. Sharif said the army acted without his knowledge. Five months later, Musharraf toppled Sharif in a coup and sent him into exile in Saudi Arabia, not allowing him to return until 2007. Yusuf, the Pakistani expert, said he believes the army's leaders are now on the same page as Sharif in terms of gradually improving ties with India because the military has its hands full fighting a deadly Taliban insurgency. He believes it is more likely that militants sparked the latest crisis, possibly with help from lower-level military officials. "That is even more dangerous," said Yusuf. "I keep saying to people that I would much rather have a Pakistani state in control of these buggers, rather than having them running around and doing whatever they are doing." For example, the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was established with help from the military, is believed to have carried out an attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people. The attack followed efforts by Pakistan's newly elected government to improve ties with India.
Indian officials have been more hawkish in their statements following the recent round of violence than their Pakistani counterparts, likely because national elections are scheduled for next year and politicians don't want to be seen as soft on Pakistan. Indian leaders have long been frustrated by Pakistan's failure to crack down on Lashkar-e-Taiba. That frustration could grow with Sharif since he has shown no inclination to target the group, which is based in his party's stronghold of Punjab province. The group's founder, Hafiz Saeed, operates freely despite a $10 million US reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. "If you think the Pakistan government is going to take any action against the Lashkar, the answer is no," said Gopalapuram Parthasarathy, a former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan. "When you don't take action against the Lashkar, and it feels free, then the Pakistan army is going to let it loose against India" at home and in Afghanistan, said Parthasarathy. Maleeha Lodhi, a retired Pakistani diplomat, said the recent violence likely means Sharif will have to put his plan to improve relations with India on hold until after the Indian elections. "I expect these tensions to eventually die down," said Lodhi. "But what they have done is circumscribed the space even further."
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banned outfit may attack foreign nationals! INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WARN GOVT OF POSSIBLE TERROR ATTACK ON JAILS AND FOREIGN NATIONALS, PARTICULARLY CHINESE LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Intelligence agencies have warned the federal and Punjab governments that a banned militant organisation may kidnap or kill the Chinese nationals for the release of its hardcore cadres from the Punjab jails. After the intelligence reports, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered Chief Secretary Javed Aslam, Home Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman and IG Khan Beg to beef up security for the Chinese, Turks and other foreign nations. According to reports, the Punjab government has stopped unnecessary movement of Chinese workers at the Nandipur power and other projects and increased their security. The intelligence report said that foreigners, particularly the Chinese, faced serious threats from a banned organisation as dozens of its activists were imprisoned in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Mianwali and DG Khan jails. The provincial government immediately took notice of the report and increased security at the jails to counter any attack like that of DI Khan jail.
peshawar jail security giving sleepless nights to officials S PESHAWAR
ENIOR officials of law enforcement agencies and jail administration are having sleepless nights because of the presence of Dr Shakeel Afridi and around 130 hardcore militants in Peshawar Central Jail. Since the jailbreak incident in Dera Ismail Khan on the night between July 27 and 28, a heavy contingent of security personnel is guarding the Peshawar Central Jail and its surrounding areas while senior military officials are also involved in managing the jail’s administration and army personnel have been tasked with training the jail’s security detail to prevent a recurrence of the DI Khan and Bannu jailbreak incidents. Official sources told Pakistan Today that there are more than 1,600 inmates in
Peshawar Central Jail. Amongst them, around 500 are serving their prison terms while the remaining are under trial. There
are 24 female prisoners of whom only four are convicted. According to insiders, around 130 hardcore militants are also
imprisoned in Peshawar Central Jail. Before the jailbreak incident in Dera Ismail Khan these militant inmates never allowed any security search of their belongings and barracks but after Eidul Fitr they conceded to frequent searches by security officials. The sources said that keeping in view serious threats to life of Dr Afridi, the prisons department had adopted a strategy under which he is frequently shifted from one cell to another at nighttime under the supervision of the jail superintendent and senior officials. Jail sources said that army personnel were monitoring the jail’s security roundthe-clock through closed circuit cameras. “There are around 37 CCTVs inside the jail. Two cameras are monitored by the jail superintendent while the remaining cameras are being monitored by army personnel from the control room,” they said.
SAMBRiAL: Members of a local non-governmental organisation help stranded commuters on a flooded road on Wednesday. INP
love story ends at airport! INDIAN GIRL, PAKISTANI BOYFRIEND ARRESTED FOR GOLD SMUGGLING DUBAI INP
An Indian girl and her Pakistani boyfriend have been arrested for trying to rob and smuggle 20 kilograms of her mother's gold jewellery in order to settle down outside the country, Sharjah police have said. The 20-year-old girl, identified only by her initials as NKD, disappeared after her mother left her in a taxi giving the impression that she has been kidnapped. However, it turned out that the two eyed around Rs 50 million (3 million dirhams) worth of gold for a new life abroad. According to reports, the girl’s mother was preparing documents to take the gold back to India at the Sharjah Customs Department when the incident happened. The police said the mother informed them that her daughter had gone missing but it was later discovered that she was not kidnapped. The girl switched off her phone and took the gold to her boyfriend identified as MAM, a Pakistani, who had allegedly conspired with her to quietly slip out of the country. The plan was that he would follow his girlfriend after finding a way to transport the jewellery, the police said. The police said it quickly formed an investigative team which arrested the girl within hours as she tried to escape through one of the country's airports. According to police, both the accused have confessed their crime and have been referred to Sharjah Public Prosecution.
two killed during ration distribution RAJANPUR INP
Unknown armed men killed two people and injured three others as they were receiving ration and other items for daily needs on Wednesday. According to a private news channel, the mishap occurred when the influential armed men opened fire at the flood-affected labourers who had come there to receive the ration. As a result, Rafique and Sultan died instantly while three others including a child received injuries who were later shifted to the city district hospital.
Now 4 PTI meN wIll deal wITh The medIa PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Contrary to the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) leadership’s tall claims of streamlining the provincial affairs, its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has empowered at least four persons to deal affairs with media. During formation of government at the end of May and beginning of June, no one amongst the PTI elected MPAs was willing to assume the office of information minister keeping in view threats of militants. However, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, a journalist by profession, was asked by PTI Chief Imran Khan to look after the affairs of information ministry for the time being. In the last week of July, Public Health Engineering Minister Shah Farman was notified as minister for information, public relations
and culture. Shah Farman was also made provincial information secretary of the PTI. After notifying Shah Farman as information minister, the PTI central high command named another MPA Ishtyaq Urmar as the
PTI provincial information secretary. Two days back, a journalist namely Sheeraz Paracha had addressed a press conference introducing himself as Special Advisor to
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for media. Sheeraz Paracha had served national dailies in early 90’s. Later, he flew to the United Kingdom and shifted to Central Asian Republics thereafter. Paracha is considered among diehard workers of the Pakistan People’s Party and is known to PPP’s central and provincial leadership. However, he belongs to Nowshehra, native district of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. After the posting of Sheeraz Paracha as special advisor to the chief minister, now the PTI government could be represented by at least four persons before media. The chief minister has already adjusted his two blueeyed against important offices - Dil Roz Khan has been made chief of complaint cells whereas Rafaqat Ullah Babar has been entrusted the portfolio of chief of investment body.
Terrorism bid foiled 8 KG SUICIDE JACKET, TWO-ROCKET LAUNCHERS RECOVERED DERA ISMAIL KHAN ONLINE
The Gomal University Police foiled a terrorism bid on Wednesday and recovered 8 kg suicide jacket, two rocket launchers and four mortar rocket launcher near Arrha Road. On receiving secret information regarding suspicious luggage at Arrha Road in the jurisdiction of Gomal University police station, police and incharge bomb squad reached the site. During search, they recovered 8 kg suicide jacket, two rocket launcher and fourbomb rocket launcher. Later, the bomb squad defused the bomb. It is believed that terrorists had fled the scene leaving behind all the terror equipment after attacking district central jail on July 29.
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It is the public scandal that offends; to sin in secret is no sin at all. –Moliere
sovereignty, the task ahead
COMMenT Thursday, 15 August, 2013
to fight or not to fight Double-mindedness could be disastrous
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have both reiterated their commitment to defeat the menace of terrorism. The interior minister Ch Nisar Ali has also expressed similar views while presenting the snippets of the security policy document being prepared under his supervision. The interior minister hopes to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of his document in a week before presenting it to the heads of the parliamentary parties towards the end of this month. The proposed policy envisages a security structure comprising a rejuvenated NACTA which is to serve as focal point for internal security, a Counter Terrorism Rapid Deployment Force and a Joint Intelligence Secretariat. What worries one is the unresolved issue of the government’s strategy to eliminate terrorism. It is still unclear whether it is going to negotiate with the militants or to fight them. Before coming to power, the PML-N leaders had criticized the government for fighting America’s war. They instead advocated a peace based on talks with the militants. The militants however are highly slippery operators. For the last full two months they have launched reckless attacks all over the country to spread panic and demoralise the LEAs. Fearing that the rising public sentiments might lead the administration to launch an all out war against them, they are again trying to divide the public opinion by throwing hints about negotiations. There is a perception that after assuming power, the PML-N leadership has evolved a more realistic view of the situation. But has it? From what Ch Nisar has said it appears that peace talks with the militants remain the administration’s first choice. However if the APC was to decide to wage a war against them, the government would carry out that policy too. In other words the PML-N leadership is yet not disabused of the notion that the TTP and its affiliates can be talked into dropping their weapons and becoming peaceful citizens. The notion centres around the erroneous concept that the destruction of schools, targeting of polio vaccination teams, blasts in public places, ethnic cleansing of the Hazaras and the almost daily attacks on LEAs are in fact a retaliation against the US invasion of Afghanistan and the drone attacks. Both the interior minister and the COAS have underlined the importance of national consensus in winning the war on terror. The government needs to move apace to develop the consensus on how to deal with the militants. Double-mindedness could be disastrous in a state of war. There are many who believe that it is futile, even disastrous, to hold talks with those who want to achieve their aims through the use of force. If at all talks are to be conducted, the militants must not be allowed to use them to regroup and strengthen their position.
towards lasting peace Ban Ki-moon suggests need to cut military budgets for lasting peace
END fences with your neighbours and focus on people” is what the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon asked Pakistan to do a day before the symbolic occasion of August 14, the day it celebrates to mark its independence. Addressing an audience that included the Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, Ki-moon’s remarks were aimed at diffusing the recent tensions that have crept up between India and Pakistan. The remarks of the UN secretary general were welcome as he went on to state that the two countries needed to bring down their defence expenditure to improve the livelihood of their citizens. Civil and military hawks on both sides continue to point the finger at each other for the growing defence budgets, it is now time that they begin to point the finger at themselves for the escalation of the arms race, which included India launching its first aircraft carrier only last week. Addressing the inauguration of the Centre for International Peace and Stability at the army-run National University of Science and Technology on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon said, “Security and development should go hand in hand. In order to achieve lasting stability, people need schools for their children, they need food on their tables, and they need to have hope in their lives.” He also called for the need to “reach out and building bridges with one’s neighbours”. The obvious reference points were India and Afghanistan. The comments coincided with the debate in the country over how to deal with the twin menace of extremism and terrorism. The gist of his message was that the government should reset its priorities by diverting resources away from the defence sector and into “education and energy, empowerment and good jobs”. It is important to note that all expenditures were cut by 30 percent this year, except the defence and debt servicing. He also insisted that the UN held that drone strikes were subject to international law. Later, he met with the Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office about Pakistan’s role in bringing peace to Afghanistan. While the basic thrust of Ban’s message is important, it is also import for him to address India over the issues. The current tensions on the LoC could have been avoided with the cooperation of both countries. Moreover, it must be remembered that Pakistan has always advocated for the UN to mediate outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, while India has resisted. It would be a huge step towards long standing peace if Ban Ki-moon was able to convince India to accept UN mediation. Without such, all talk shall remain just that.
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Political will is all it takes INAm KHAwAJA
HE people of Pakistan have given their verdict – PML-N in Punjab, Balochistan and the Centre, the PTI and JI in KPK and the PPP and the MQM in Sindh. Once again providence has given another opportunity to us to set aside differences to achieve unity and work for the welfare of the common man. The Quaid visualized Pakistan as a state having equality of man and social justice this vision is expressed in his last speech which was delivered on July 1, 1948 at the opening ceremony of the State Bank of Pakistan: “The opening of the State Bank of Pakistan symbolizes the sovereignty of our State… I will watch with keenness the work of your Research Organization in evolving banking practices compatible with Islamic ideals of social and economic life. The economic system of the West has created almost insoluble problems for humanity… The adoption of Western economic theory and practice will not help us in achieving our goal of creating a happy and contented people. We must work our destiny in our own way and present the world an economic system based on true Islamic concept of equality of manhood and social justice. We will thereby be fulfilling our mission as Muslims and giving humanity the message of peace which alone can save it and secure the welfare, happiness and prosperity of mankind. May the State Bank of Pakistan prosper and fulfil the high ideals which have been set as its goal.” The State Bank did hardly anything in fulfilling the goal set for it by the Quaid. I doubt if the Banking Institute of Pakistan includes the above speech as a part of its curriculum. It was only when Islamic Banking was introduced in some Muslim countries that we woke up and started introducing it a few years ago. The Quaid’s opening remarks are very significant because he equates the opening of the State Bank with national sovereignty that is independence. In essence it means that the lack of economic independence compromises national sovereignty. Within a few years after the assassination of the first prime minister in October 1951 the civil bureaucracy came into power and it did not take long in compromising national sovereignty by accepting foreign economic and military aid. But when the military assumed power they went a step further and gave bases over which Pakistan had no control. The time has now come to reassert our sovereignty by first regaining economic independence and doing away with all foreign aid. It is a matter of po-
litical will because foreign aid is certainly not an economic necessity. This is very eloquently expressed with convincing facts and figures by the well economist Dr Ishrat Hussain in his article “Is US Assistance Really so Critical for Pakistan” published in both Dawn and the Business Recorder in April 2007. “The result of this analysis shown in Table II indicates that even under the worst case scenario of zero aid flows and no reimbursements for logistics services rendered to the US troops the diminution in foreign exchange receipts or budgetary resources would be insignificant - varying between 4.5 per cent of total foreign exchange receipts to 7.2 per cent of total budgetary expenditures. The other two indicators i. e. the proportion of total value of imports and current account receipts financed by US assistance account for 6.4 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively -- not worrisome amounts… The main argument of this analysis is that the pundits in the US who believe that they can use the leverage of US official aid to paralyze Pakistan’s economy are sadly mistaken as they have an exaggerated sense of the importance of these official flows. Any attempt to impose conditions that impinge upon the sovereignty of Pakistan or conflict with our own national interests can be resisted without creating a serious dislocation to our macroeconomic stability or growth prospects. This analysis explodes the popularly held myth that Pakistan is so dependent on foreign assistance for its economic survival that pulling the plug would force it to yield under this pressure.” For the guidance of the civil services I quote what the founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah said on 25 March 1948: “I know you are saddled with the old legacy, old mentality, old psychology and it haunts our footsteps, but it is up to you now to act as true servants of the people even at the risk of any Minister or ministry trying to interfere with you in the discharge of your duties as civil servants… Wipe off that past reputation; you are not rulers. You do not belong to the ruling class; you belong to the servants. Make the people feel that you are their servants and friends, maintain the highest standard of honour, integrity, justice and fair-play… Now that freezing atmosphere must go; that impression of arrogance must go that impression that you are the rulers must go and you must do your best with all courtesy and kindness and try to understand the people”, (Dawn March 26, 1948) Today these instructions of the Quaid are especially applicable to the politicians. The people of Pakistan are fed up with the arrogant behaviour of the politicians and the members of the
establishment who think that they are above the law. As the Quaid had said, “That freezing atmosphere must go; that impression of arrogance must go that impression that you are the rulers must go and you must do your best with all courtesy and kindness and try to understand the people.” The above speech of the Quaid, his speech to civil servants in Peshawar, the speech of 30, October 1947 in Lahore and the speech of 25, January 1948 in Karachi must be included in the curriculum of all the institutions for new inductees in the civil services and the armed forces of Pakistan. They must know what is expected from them by the founder – the Quaid-i-Azam. There are accusations afloat of foreign ownership of some members of the press and the electronic media and that they project the agenda and that their narrative is against the national interest. No one can deny that the owners determine the policy and the narrative of the media/paper. It is therefore in the national interest that PEMRA publishes the full details of the ownership of all TV channels because the people have the right to have this critical information. Now we have an independent and free press and media which must act responsibly and do away the sensationalism with which it is obsessed with today. It should instead offer critique rather than just criticism of the policies and actions of the government. The electronic media has a special responsibility in changing its narrative in the national interest in the right direction. True the task before the new governments is beset with many challenges but with political will, sincerity, selflessness and honesty these challenges can be overcome. The people of Pakistan have time and again risen to the occasion and have not flinched from any sacrifice for a national cause. To obtain the confidence and support of the people it is essential that this ostentatious VIP culture of the past 25 years must be discarded forthwith by adopting simplicity in dress and transportation by the political leadership. It is also essential that several think tanks are established consisting of a broad cross section of economists, entrepreneurs, technical experts, retired diplomats, retired officers of the armed forces, educationists and former chief justices to prepare position papers for public debate and the guidance of the government. If the political leaders visibly demonstrate the political will by acting in public interest, then the 160 million hardworking people of Pakistan will once again prove these voices and lobbies of doom wrong by putting the shoulder to the wheel and sustaining rapid growth and achieving prosperity sooner than later.
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diK jail fiasco We are reaping harvest of seeds sown by tin pot dictators like Ziaul Haq and Pervez Musharraf, who became billionaires whilst this country was pushed into discord, its sovereignty bargained for personal gains. Today we face the humiliation of being repeatedly shamed with events like D I Khan jailbreak, planned and executed from within by terrorists who were raised to defeat the Russians, on tax payers’ money. Zia manipulated this country in the name of religion while Musharraf did the same with his concocted version of enlightened moderation, both damaging the moral and social fiber of this country, giving rise to a culture of institutionalised corruption. This country has been raped and ravaged by few for whom personal selfish agendas were the priority, not the collective universally accepted concept of national interest. In the process Quaid-eAzam’s vision and his objective of establishing a modern democratic welfare state was subordinated to whims of individuals with neither any stakes in this country nor any fear of accountability. These over
ambitious men, without any vision but lots of power, have by their greed based instincts driven Pakistan to a state of perpetual discontent, disharmony and insecurity. Those who planned DIK or Bannu jailbreaks are a product of Zia’s religious exploitation to achieve for himself a hold on power and attain financial benefits, ending up destroying this country economically. They have inflicted more damage to Pakistan than by our external enemies. Our external enemies must surely have exploited this situation by funding terrorism, but then what else one can expect from them. The solution lies in self assessment, accountability and serious soul searching, instead of the confusion where we find many sympathisers for these terrorists within our political and paid establishment and the realisation that a lot needs to be rectified within political thought process and mindset of security apparatus. Instead of mere rhetoric, it is time that priority be people of Pakistan, its sovereignty, economic revival and nation building, instead of whims of individuals, be they elected or usurpers. MALIK TARIQALI Lahore
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The United Nations is a mess, riddled with scandals. In fact, the U.N. itself is a scandal. –Ginny Brown-Waite
Thursday, 15 August, 2013
what the message really means Spelling out the contours of Mullah Omer’s message
in a state of conflict and flux Egyptian attitudes in the post-Tammarud, post-Morsi Era
washington watch DR JAmES J ZOGby
URING the second half of July, Zogby Research Services (ZRS) conducted a nationwide face-to-face survey of 5,042 Egyptian adults in an effort to learn how they were reacting to developments in the post-Tamarrud, post-Morsi era, as well as their assessment of the US-Egypt relationship. This survey was a follow-up to the ZRS poll of 5,029 Egyptian adults that had been completed in May. What we found in the July poll is that Egyptian attitudes toward both their internal political situation and their relationship with the United States are conflicted and in flux. Back in May, 82 percent of all Egyptians told us that they had been hopeful at the time of the 2011 revolution. By May that hope had evaporated with only 36 percent saying they were still hopeful about developments in their country. In the July survey, following Tamarrud and the deposing of President Morsi, the percentage of Egyptians who now say they feel hopeful has jumped to 68 percent. As we anticipated in May, however, Egyptians are not of one mind regarding the military intervention, with those who support the Islamic parties favouring restoring President Morsi to power, while those who support the Tamarrud movement and the secular parties maintaining that the military took the correct decision to depose Morsi on July 3rd. Despite this division, a remarkable 93 percent of all adults still retain confidence in the military, as an institution – an attitude shared by Egyptians across the political spectrum – Islamists and secularists, alike. This support for the military in July remains virtually unchanged from the findings in our May survey in which we found that the
military had the confidence of 94 percent of all Egyptians. This near unanimous level of support might be surprising given the drama that is currently unfolding in the streets of Cairo. Also noteworthy is the degree to which the confidence in the military stands in contrast to the lack of confidence displayed in all of Egypt's political parties— none of which can claim the confidence of more than 30 percent of the public. In fact, the only entity to earn the support of more than 30 percent of Egyptians is the Tammarud movement, which has the confidence of 39 percent of those polled. Even with this strong support for the military, however, almost two-thirds of all Egyptians are in a "wait-and-see" mode as to whether the new interim government will fulfil its promise to deliver a new constitution and a more inclusive democracy in their country. What the July survey further reveals is that Egyptians are deeply conflicted about the role played by the United States. President Obama, who had earned high marks among Egyptians following his "Address to the Muslim World" delivered at the University of Cairo in 2009, has now dropped to a 3 percent positive rating. At the same time, confidence in the US is at 1 percent. Nevertheless, Egyptians are divided on the matter of how important it is for their country to have good relations with the United States with 48 percent saying it is important and 51 percent saying it is not important. Interestingly the only subgroup in which a majority agrees that relations with the US are important are the supporters of the Tamarrud movement. Two-thirds of all Egyptians feel that the US was too supportive of President Morsi. And more than 8 in 10 feel that "Egypt was harmed by the US policy of support for Morsi." When asked about their reactions to the calls by some American politicians to "suspend US aid until there is a legitimately elected government in Egypt," 18 percent respond that "it makes me happy," 24 percent say "it makes me angry," but 56 percent say they "don't care, because Egypt doesn't need US aid." The reason for this negative attitude can be found in the responses given to the question: "Who has most benefited from the billions of dollars of US assistance to Egypt?" Only 24 percent agree that either the Egyptian people or military have been the prime beneficiaries, while 21 percent say it is the US and 48 percent say that it is Israel that has benefited most
from the post-Camp David US aid to Egypt. One of the more revealing findings in the poll comes in the responses to the question "to what extent do you feel that the United States understands Egypt and the Egyptian people?" Only 36 percent agree that the US has some understanding, while 62 percent say that the US has little or no understanding of Egypt and its people. These results make clear the profound challenges facing both the Egyptian military and the United States in this critical period of Egypt's history. Regardless of the strong support it currently retains, the military establishment must deliver on its promise to restore order and to help to create a more inclusive political order with a new constitution and elections. This is what the public expects. Failure to deliver could have negative consequences. For its part, the US needs to understand that its role in Egypt has been seriously compromised by its past behaviour. Especially in this extraordinarily volatile period, Egyptians do not have a favourable view of interference by the US in what they feel are critical decisions they must make about the future direction of their country. Threats to suspend assistance ring false or hollow, especially when they are delivered by politicians whose motives are suspected since they are not seen as having been friendly to Egypt or to concerns shared by most Egyptians. In this period, the US officials would do well to recall the more measured approach taken by President Obama in his post-Arab Spring May 2011 speech at the State Department. Back then he offered wise counsel noting that the US didn't start the Arab Spring and couldn't direct its outcome. What he suggested the US could do is provide assistance, where needed, to help grow the economies and build the infrastructures of these societies in the midst of the dramatic changes they were experiencing. The July poll shows that the US still has a reservoir of goodwill to draw on with one-half of Egyptians still viewing relations with the US as important. But with most Egyptians feeling that the US doesn't understand their society or their needs, the US ought not to squander its potential by attempting to impose itself and dictating terms in the internal affairs of Egypt. The writer is President, Arab American Institute.
ULLAH Omar’s Eid message addressed to Afghan Mujahideen, people of Afghanistan, Muslims around the world assisting Afghan jihad, world at large and the occupying forces in Afghanistan, is a subject of debate in the media aimed at ferreting out what the message really means and what promise it holds in resolving the Afghan conundrum. As per my feeble understanding, there has been no material and perceptible change in the stance of the mALIK muHAmmAD ASHRAF Taliban in regards to the complete withdrawal of occupying forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban out-rightly reject the prospects of a security pact between US and Karzai regime for maintaining presence of the US troops or retention of some bases beyond 2014 and, as usual, do not recognize the legitimacy of the Karzai government. The message unequivocally says, “The Western invaders should have come around by now to realise that the Afghans do not want foreign invaders and their installed rulers. If they think that they can pave the way for a permanent (military) presence by resorting to misinformation and gimmicks and by implementing different schemes or in their words, convening a fake Loya Jirga for approval of the security agreement or by creating other pretexts, they are wrong.” Their contention is that the talks being held with the US through the political office of the Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan at Doha are meant only to negotiate the withdrawal of the foreign troops from Afghanistan. The message defends the independence of the Taliban contrary to the contention of the Karzai regime that they were controlled by Pakistan. It says, “The developments following the opening of the political office of the Taliban proved that Islamic Emirate is independent, strong and unwavering in its decisions. It was also proved that the Islamic Emirate has shown and is showing honesty and commitment to resolve problems of its oppressed people in the light of Islamic principles and national interests.” From the foregoing it is quite evident that the Taliban remain adamant as ever on the question of complete withdrawal of US-NATO troops from Afghanistan and would not tolerate the presence of any troops beyond 2014. They will negotiate only on one-point agenda of how that withdrawal can be brought about or facilitated. The Taliban are also not willing to accept any government installed by the US through sham elections or any other means and that is why Mullah Omar has urged the Afghan people not to participate in those elections. They also vehemently reject the idea of dividing Afghanistan on geographical or ethnic lines. Their top most priority is to ensure the libration of Afghanistan and they believe that once the foreign troops leave they can have rapprochement with other Afghans. This hope is reflected in these worlds: “When the occupation ends, reaching an understanding with the Afghans will not be a hard task because by adhering to and having common principles and culture, the Afghans understand each other better. But the invaders and their allies are creating obstacles in the way of resolving problems by making various pretexts.” In the backdrop of position taken by the Taliban, the US plans to choreograph an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution before the pull-out of USNATO troops, signing a security pact with the current Afghan government for retention of US troops till 2024, giving India a predominant role in helping the holding of 2014 elections and Indian presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, signaling a recipe for disaster. Granted that during the course of negotiations, the US agrees to drop these pre-conditions and remains confined only to negotiating withdrawal terms with the Taliban, there is no guarantee that the Afghans will be able to forge the unity that the Taliban envisage feasible after the occupying forces leave Afghanistan. It is a very vague and over optimistic proposition that does not spell out the contours of any plan if the Taliban have to pull it through. The US ultimately will withdraw even if they have to leave Afghanistan as it is at the moment but it will again be the Afghans who will suffer because of the re-emergence of the factional conflict in the absence of an agreed power sharing arrangement before the US-NATO withdrawal. The reconciliation in Afghanistan to pave the way for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned solution in that war ravaged country is absolutely necessary before the US withdrawal. The Taliban need to change their stance on the issue. May be Pakistan and other regional countries who have a stake in peace in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia can facilitate this process by impressing upon Taliban and other factions the desirability of reaching an understanding on the future governance arrangement in the country prior to exit of the occupying forces. The message, however, contains two very encouraging portents. The acknowledgement of the necessity for modern education along with learning the religious teachings is a revolutionary change in their attitude towards scientific and modern learning. The other development that indicates some element of flexibility in the stance of Taliban regarding governance is that they have indicated their willingness to have an inclusive government. However, they remain uncompromising on the establishment of an Islamic government in the country. The message makes it clear in these words: “I once again reiterate that we do not think of monopolising power. Those who truly love Islam and the country and have commitment to both, whoever they may be or whichever ethnicity or geographical location they hail from, this homeland is theirs.” Pakistan has a big stake in peace in Afghanistan as it is absolutely vital in tackling the phenomenon of terrorism and religious extremism in the country. The US withdrawal and the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan with Taliban sharing bigger chunk of power, if it comes about, will also help Pakistan in arriving at a negotiated settlement with TTP as per the declared stance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. History is a witness to the fact that all conflicts are ultimately resolved on the table. However for the talks to take place, a conducive and facilitating environment is absolutely necessary. The TTP ideologically is aligned with Afghan Taliban and considers Mullah Omar as their supreme leader. The foremost priority for Pakistan, therefore, should be to help in creating conducive conditions for holding the envisaged parleys with TTP, by playing its role in nudging the process of rapprochement in Afghanistan and withdrawal of US-NATO troops. The writer is an academic.
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John abraham decreases the dough he demands
T would have been a rather uncomfortable run-in to say the least. But fortunately Jennifer Aniston narrowly avoided an awkward encounter with with her ex-husband Brad Pitt’s fiancée Angelina Jolie on Sunday. The 44-year-old former Friends star changed her flight after learning she and Angelina had both booked first class tickets on the same British Airways flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow. A source explained that the actresses had no idea they were scheduled to take the same 11-hour flight until an airline employee got in touch with Jennifer’s assistants to warn her about the potentially awkward situation. According to E! News The 44-year-old actress, who is travelling to London to attend the première of her new movie We’re The Millers on Wednesday, subsequently decided to
John Abraham, who is a happy producer with Vicky Donor’s success is excited about his upcoming film Madras Cafe and claims that budget is very important thing when it comes to his productions. When asked about his little secret as a producer, John stressed, “Madras Cafe’s budget is just a fraction of all big films. I have to keep a check on budgets and that’s the most important part.” John claims that he enjoys acting more than producing. “I enjoy acting more than producing. I love being an actor. I get to do films as an actor. I love Dostana and Housefull also. I don’t think films as good or bad every film is different,” said the actor. On being asked about the toughest thing to be a producer, John claimed, “Well the clash between me as a producer and an actor was my fees. As a producer I cut my own fees as an actor.” COuRTESy TOI
change her plans and flew out of LAX on Monday instead. Both actresses also usually stay at The Dorchester hotel in London but neither of them is staying there this week. Jennifer, who is engaged to actor Justin Theroux, previously admitted she was heartbroken when her marriage to Brad broke down shortly after he filmed Mr and Mrs. Smith with Angelina. She made headlines in July when she told Marie Clare: ‘The Rachel was horrible!’ She explained in the publication: ‘I’d curse [hairstylist] Chris [McMillan] every time I had to blowdry.’ Adding: ‘It took three brushes — it was like doing surgery!’ Meanwhile, Aniston’s promotional trip to London for her new film We’re The Millers – in which she plays a stripper – has been overshadowed by rumours that Ms. Aniston is expecting her first child with fiancé Justin Theroux. The star was forced to confront growing speculation
The new outlaw in town!
chris brown sued over parking scuﬄe
channo vacationing in london
Ali Zafar, the emerging star of the subcontinent has taken a break from all the hard work of hectic tours and film shootings and is on vacation in London with his family. The multitalented actor/singer/composer/painter had just returned from a successful tour in the US and decided it was time to recuperate. Zafar who was in France for his birthday and had the luxury of making his own perfume while there, decided on London from his summer retreat with the family as the break came after a much frenzied schedule. Well who can blame him, after such hard work, a break is a must! SHOwbIZSPICE.COm
head on during an interview with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O on Monday, shortly before catching her flight to the UK. She said: ‘It does feel a bit like they’ve exhausted the question, and also the speculations. It’s all been pretty much exhausted. Why not just wait until we actually get to have the fun of announcing something. ‘Who wants to play the guessing game, whether it be (a) family, wedding, this, that, the other thing.’ She also admitted that recent pictures of her fuller figure were merely the result of ‘gaining a few pounds.’ We’re The Millers - which also stars Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts and Will Poulter – is currently in cinemas this month. NEwS DESK
The Camp X-Ray star takes a lunch break at There’s No Place Like Home in Los Feliz.
Frank Ocean’s beef with Chris Brown is a family matter now. A cousin of the Channel Orange artist is suing Brown, claiming he ended up as so much collateral damage during an alleged scuffle the singers had over a parking space back in January, according to court documents obtained by E! News. Following the reported rumble, Ocean claimed to have suffered a cut finger and Brown was seen sporting a cast on his hand. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident and no charges were filed. In a lawsuit filed today in L.A. Superior Court, Sha’keir Duarte claims that a guy who was with Brown, identified as a defendant in the lawsuit as “Hood,” menacingly approached him, asked, “Is there a problem, cuz?” and then punched him after Ocean asked Brown if he was parked in his spot outside of an L.A. recording studio. Duarte alleges that, as he was punched, he heard Brown yell, “Get that [N-word]!” which Duarte took to be referring to himself. The plaintiff further contends in his complaint that “Hood” then “commenced to beat and kick him about the head as he lay on the ground,” ultimately kicking Duarte “at least 12” times. After a studio employee yelled at them to stop, Duarte’s suit continues, Hood then shouted, “You just got handled,” and Brown yelled, “You just got your ass beat and it’s on camera.” Duarte is asking for damages in excess of $25,000, alleging battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit battery. Regarding the conspiracy claim, Duarte’s suit states that Brown had “been engaged in a public verbal dispute” with Ocean and “has, through social media, attempted to publicly belittle Frank Ocean, and any recording artist or acts associated with him.” The Grammy winners have had their differences, mainly via Twitter, though the remnants of their feud have long since been deleted. A rep for Brown told TMZ, “Chris Brown does not employ anyone named Hood.” COuRTESy EO
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Drew Barrymore says she wants more kids For Drew Barrymore one child isn’t enough. She wants her 10-month-old daughter, Olive, to have a younger brother or sister. “I was an only child, and it was lonely,” the actress says in the September 2013 issue of InStyle. “Some people love it and thrive on the independence, but I want my kids to have other kids around. Maybe two kids so they can run around life together, roll their eyes at their parents together like Rusty and Audrey Griswold from [National Lampoon’s] Vacation. So however that’s going to come about, it’s gonna happen!” But until her next little one comes along, the 38-year-old is simply getting used her first go round as a new mom, which she says is “a lot of pain and a lot of nervousness.” Adding: “I love the person who said, ‘Parenting is like wearing your heart on the outside of your body.’ It’s the most beautiful, perfect analogy. I have anxieties about how much I’d like to get it right making sure I provide her with an environment that’s safe, nurturing and loving. And silly and free, also consistent and grounding.” Luckily the star has hubby Will Kopelman at her side at all times just in case she needs a calming presence. NEwS DESK
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shameless shenanigans! naked Beiber serenades granny! it’s a well-established fact that Justin Bieber is practically allergic to shirts. The toned, tatted pop singer is often seen topless, onstage and off, but you’d think that when he gets together with the rest of the Bieber clan for holidays he makes an exception. Nope. A picture has surfaced from last year’s Bieber Thanksgiving dinner in which the singer is serenading his granny and well, this time he went full commando. According to a photo obtained by TMZ, Bieber played a joke on his grandma at her Toronto home in October 2012 by strutting out with just an acoustic guitar covering Justin and the Biebers. Bieber had reportedly been staying at his grandma’s house during the holiday and slept in on canadian Thanksgiving morning. When he woke up after the rest of the family was already hanging out, he thought he’d play prank on them and do a naked serenade. The site reported that Bieber walked up to his shocked granny and started freestyling some lyrics about how much he loves her. She apparently got the joke, but ordered him to hurry up and get his clothes back on. it might be a bit before we see Bieber, shirt or no shirt. After playing a tour-ending gig in Atlanta on Saturday, Bieber informed fans that he’s taking a well-deserved break. Following the gig, where he was joined by buddy Ludacris, Bieber tweeted, “if it was gonna end it ended right. Last show in ATL was epic tonight! Love to my big bro Ludacris for coming thru ... Happy to have a break but already miss the stage, the crew, the team, the band, the dancers, the fans. i love all of u.” Bieber’s schedule is clear until he kicks off the Asian leg of the Believe Tour in Thailand on September 26. COuRTESy mTV
Madonna’s daughter is high-flyin’ on a zipline in France.
humaima’s lawn campaign bulldoZes all others! Summers in Pakistan are about garden parties, mangoes and lawn prints. Where the lawn craze is at its peak with designer lawns and foreign models on advertising boards, Humaima Malick really stood out this summer. Malick was seen in many designer lawn campaigns including Zohaib, Shariq, Ali Xeeshan and Nida Azwer’s and managed to add her personal sense of glamour in the shoots. Malick who in a short time has established herself as a style icon was beautiful and appealing in the lawn campaigns. She is the new favourite for ad campaigns having done one for Lux and Samsung Mobiles recently. Malick is a mesmerising inspiration; the girls want to be her and the guys want to be with her. NEwS DESK
voices her anti-marriage sentiments! Deepika Padukone, who plays a South Indian girl in love with a North Indian guy (played by Shahrukh) in Chennai Express claims that situations for love marriages have changed in India. On being asked about parents’ disapproval to marry in other caste in India, Deepika said, “Today’s girls are so sure of what they want. Lifestyles have changed, cultures have changed. Girls have become a lot more vocal and they are in a better position today.” “May be that’s why girls don’t need to elope. Also parents understand it’s not about religion, caste, but it’s important that their daughter should be happy with whomsoever she wants to be married. Parents opposition might be in India, but its less in today’s age in India,” concluded Deepika. COuRTESy TOI
ranbir’s Katrina-less, nocturnal antics It’s not as if Ranbir Kapoor is only spending time with Katrina Kaif. In fact, when the young actor wants to let loose, he is either with Ayan Mukerji or then a South Indian friend of his who resides in Santacruz. People who live in the same building as RK Jr’s friend are excited about the actor’s nocturnal visits to their fancy building. Onlookers say Ranbir is one of those chilled out guys who doesn’t carry his superstardom into his edifice. He is happy to hang around the reception area of the housing complex without a care in the world. Must say Junior is a good break from some other superstars who take the trappings of stardom too seriously and are constantly peeking over their shoulders to see if they are getting noticed. Welcome to the new breed of celebrities who can differentiate between real and reel. COuRTESy TOI
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‘Pakistan not only means freedom and independence but the Muslim Ideology which has to be preserved, which has come to us as a precious gift and treasure and which, we hope other will share with us’ — Muhammad Ali Jinnah
66 years since the birth of a nation! six images which defined the struggle
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today (15th August)
8 Macbeth, king of Scotland, is killed by Malcolm canmore 8 The indian independence Bill creates two independent states of india and Pakistan. 8 South Korea becomes the Republic of Korea. 8 Astronomers announced the discovery of the first solar system outside our own.
feline fornicator! man arrested for sex with cat
An Idaho man was arrested Thursday after police say he sexually penetrated a cat on more than one occasion. Ryan Havens Tannenholz, 28 -- a selfdescribed "furry" who dresses up as a dog he calls Bubblegum Husky -- is charged with six counts of crimes against nature, and one count of cruelty to an animal, the Idaho Statesman reported. Police say the Boise man abused the cat multiple times between January 2012 and January 2013. It's unclear how they learned about the Tannenholz's alleged actions, but an arrest warrant was issued for him in late July. “It just means that at this point was the time when they had probable cause to do the arrest,” Deputy Prosecutor Cathy Guzman told the Statesman. Online Furry News Magazine Flayrah reports that Tannenholz was a member of the furry fandom community. NEwS DESK
badger uncovers medieval graves in germany! Archaeologists may often rely on research or hunches to lead them to a discovery. But it seems two archaeology hobbyists in Germany needed only the assistance of a helpful badger. In a striking find last autumn that was publicized this week, a badger unearthed medieval graves in the eastern state of Brandenburg. According to Germany's The Local, researchers from the University of Göttingen said the Slavic burial site contains the remains of at least eight people -- several warriors and two lords. Lars Wilhelm, who lives on a property near the site, explained to Spiegel Online that he first realized the badger had uncovered something of significance when he spotted what appeared to be a pelvic bone jutting out from the ground near the animal's den. "It wasn't exactly surprising to us because a whole field of ancient graves had been found on the other side of the road in the 1960s," Wilhelm told the publication. "So we pushed a camera into the badger's sett and took photos by remote control. We found pieces of jewelry, retrieved them and contacted the authorities." Among the 12th-century findings, archaeologists discovered two well-preserved skeletons, one of which was likely a warrior because of the condition of his bones and the placement of a sword at his side. Researchers also believe two of the graves belong to noblemen, since bronze bowls were found at their feet. NEwS DESK
London’s newly established ‘Pakistani’ community on the eve of independence.
An italian newspapers mural depicting the 1947 partition printed on August 31, 1947.
Jubilant crowds raise slogans in the streets of Lahore, August 15, 1947.
Tents of refugees scattered across Walton, Lahore August 13, 1947.
Refugees in a makeshift camp in Karachi.
Yikes! Scientists discover bone-eating worms off Antartica Adrian Glover of the Natural History Museum and his team have discovered two new species of boneeating Antarctic worms, Osedax antarcticus and Osedax deceptionensis. Bone-eating worms live by eating stripped skeletons of dead whales, secreting acids to dissolve their way to a good meal. Formally, five species of these worms were known. However, after conducting a recent study, Adrian Glover of the Natural History Museum and his team added two more names to this list - Osedax antarcticus and Osedax deceptionensis. They were found in the Antarctic waters. "The deep sea that surrounds the Antarctic continent is one of the least explored ecosystems on Earth," Discovery quoted Glover as saying. "The organisms that live there are dependent on a supply of food from the surface, in extreme examples this can be the remains of a whale or piece of wood. These large 'organic-falls' are unstudied in Antarctica." For this new study, the researchers left planks of pine and oak as well as whalebone sitting for more than a year on the seafloor in three different locations along the West Antarctic Peninsula. Both items were retrieved after 14 months. While the wooden planks remained pristine, the whalebone was covered with
a pelt of wriggling, rosy-hued worms. "Previous research had suggested that Osedax had diverged from groups that inhabited sulphidic hydrothermal vents and cold hydrocarbon seeps," explained Dr Glover in a BBC report. NEwS DESK
The price of freedom: corpses line the tracks of Lahore Railway Station following the announcement of partition.
chinese woman inJured after smartphone detonates! A Chinese woman has claimed she was left with a scratched eyeball after her iPhone 5 exploded. The phone user, surnamed Li from Dalian, said she felt that her iPhone was hot after talking on it for 40 minutes. She said that when she tried to end the call on the touch screen phone it was unresponsive and then it exploded at the top right hand corner, cracking the screen and sending particles of the device into her eyes. Li said that she bought the phone last September and had dropped it on one occasion, leaving the phone with a small crack on its upper right corner, reported Want China Times. Last month it was claimed that an air stewardess was killed by an electric shock when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was recharging. News of the death of Ma Ailun, 23, was posted on the internet by her sister, prompting criticism of Apple among the country’s millions of iPhone users. ‘I want to warn everyone else not to make phone calls when your mobile phone is recharging,’ her sister wrote. Miss Ma, who was due to marry in August, was said to have bought her iPhone 5 in December from an official store in her home town in Xinjiang province. COuRTESy Dm
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the movie has nothing to do with my life: afridi LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has distanced himself from the movie which supposedly was based on his life. “Main Hoon Shahid Afridi”, one of the costliest ventures of Pakistan movie industry, allegedly drew inspiration from the life of the charismatic all-rounder. However, upon seeing the final product, Afridi has categorically denied anything to do with the movie. Originally roped in to star in the movie which uses his name, he was denied the opportunity as veterans of his tribe prohibit him from acting in a movie. At that point Afridi was said to be happy to lend his name to a sports based theme where the protagonist rises against odds to represent the Pakistan cricket team, reported a website. Now that the finished product is ready, the man is reportedly unhappy at the attempts of the producer to clearly exploit his fame and ride his popularity among ardent fans. `Main Hoon Shahid Afridi` generated a lot of hype since it was unveiled at a press conference by its makers. Already, slated to release during the Eid holidays, the movie has been delayed for unknown reasons. Inside sources reveal that the disapproval of Afridi might have something to do with it, though the claims have not quite been substantiated. “I want to make it clear the movie has nothing to do with my life,” he said. “I have not seen this film but I would hope it will carry some sort of positive message for the youth as promised to me by the producer of the film while taking my consent to use my name in the title of the film,” he said. Afridi also hoped that the film didn`t contain anything that was not suitable for the youth of the country. “I have been told it is a sports oriented film and about the success of a low ranked team in a major tournament,” he added, expressing hope that the producers stick to that.
Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk — Grantland Rice
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mohammad asif down to his knees, apologises LAHORE STAFF REPORT
USPENDED Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif apologised publicly on Wednesday for his involvement in a 2010 spot-fixing scandal and pledged to cooperate with the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit. Pakistan Today has already revealed last month that he apologised for his sins before the newlyappointed interim PCB chief and wanted to make amends but the PCB asked him to take the proper course of apology. The 30-year-old is the last of three players to come out with a confession, after team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer admitted their part and presented themselves for rehabilitation. Asif, pace partner Aamer and then-captain Butt were banned for contriving deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England in 2010. A year later an anti-corruption tribunal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Butt for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and Aamer for five years. In 2011, Asif was banned for seven years — two of them suspended — for bowling predetermined noballs during the Lord’s test against England. Teammates Salman
Butt and Mohammad Amir were also banned for a minimum period of five years for similar offences. “I accept the punishment from the ICC tribunal in 2011,” Asif told reporters in Karachi. “I apologise for my actions that have brought disrespect to my beloved country, to the millions of fans in Pakistan and in the world,” he added. “When I look back at the events of my career, I feel very sorry.” While Amir accepted his guilt immediately and did not contest the ban, both Asif and Butt went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, where their appeals were rejected in April. Asif said that players who
want to represent their country “must keep away from all sorts of corruption.” “I am ready to help any player who wants to avoid such pitfalls,” he said, adding that he will cooperate with the ICC, its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit and the Pakistan Cricket Board “in fighting corruption in the game.” The ICC in April urged Asif to meet with its anticorruption officials and discuss what happened in 2010. Asif said he was ready to be part of the PCB’s rehabilitation program and hopes that, once his ban is over, fans will accept him back on the cricketing field. “I want to make myself available for the rehab program to be conducted by the PCB through the support of the ICC,” he said. “I have suffered a lot because of my wrongdoings,” he added. “I promise that once my ban finishes I will try to repair the damage I have done. My family has also suffered, so I want to start a new life with a hope that all the fans of the game accept me.” Touted as the best new-ball bowler in the world by legendary Pakistani paceman Imran Khan, Asif’s career was first derailed in 2006 when he and fellow paceman Shoaib Akhtar tested positive for banned steroids. They were let off by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tribunal but another failed dope test in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 resulted in a oneyear ban for Asif. He was also detained at Dubai airport on return from the 2008 IPL after a banned drug was found in his possession. Before the ban, Asif had taken 106 wickets in 23 Tests and was widely regarded as one of the most skillful new ball bowlers in the game.
kaneria seeks open proceeding in another appeal LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former leg spinner Danish Kaneria has filed an appeal against his lifetime ban in the Commercial Court in the United Kingdom and has sought for a publicly open proceeding against his sentence. Kaneria, 32, was banned by an ECB disciplinary panel in June last year after
he was found guilty of corruption while playing with Essex in 2009. The ECB handed down a lifetime ban and costs of £100,000 were imposed on Kaneria. He subsequently appealed against the conviction but that was dismissed while the appeal against the sanction and costs is still pending. The Commercial Court deals with complex cases arising out of business
disputes, both national and international. “I have launched my appeal today before the UK’s commercial court,” Kaneria was quoted by ESPNcricinfo on Wednesday. “I want to be heard by an independent judiciary and want all the proceedings open in public. I have nothing to hide and want everything to be open. I have suffered a lot and my case never was
heard fairly by the ECB.” The ECB remains very confident in the strength of their case, stated the website. Kaneria, who played for Essex for six seasons between 2004-2010, was convicted of “cajoling and pressurising” team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash to concede a set number of runs in a Pro40 match against Durham in 2009. Westfield was later charged by police
and found guilty of spot fixing. He was given a four-month prison term and the same day Kaneria was named as the go-between who had also approached other players about fixing. However, the police took no action against him and it was left to the ECB to lay disciplinary charges with their case depending heavily on the evidence provided by Westfield as a witness. The ECB went to the High Court to get a summons which forced Westfield to give evidence at Kaneria’s initial appeal in April after it emerged he was reluctant to do so. Kaneria is currently banned from the game internationally because the ICC’s anticorruption code states that decisions based on a domestic board’s regulations should be upheld by boards around the world. He has repeatedly denied all involvement. Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain, has been one of the most vocal supporters for Kaneria and has made some strong claims about how the ECB handled the case. “Right from the onset I had my doubts on the approach adapted by the ECB in the spot-fixing case against Kaneria and the more I dug into it, the more I realised that there is a deeper truth behind all that have been presented before the general public. “Since it was a jolt for the English cricket structure as one of their own players got in a fix they went all out to bail their own player [Mervyn Westfield] out, and in the process made Kaneria the scapegoat with a sole purpose to safeguard their own ego.”
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I’m not buddy-buddy with the players. If they need a buddy, let them buy a dog — Whitey Herzog
i’d have jumped at the chance to play t20 cricket: haynes
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squash great Jahangir concerned for dooming pakistan sport
SPORTS DESK Desmond Haynes, the former West Indies opener, has thrown his full support behind the Twenty20 bandwagon permeating throughout cricket today. Haynes, who once held the world record for the most ODI runs (8648), is currently coaching the Barbados Tridents in the first edition of the Caribbean Premier League. He highlighted the tournament as a case study of success. “People focus too much on the cons and negatives but how many people look at the positives (of T20s)? This needs to come out more,” Haynes said. “If I had T20 cricket to play in my day, I’d have jumped at it. Do you know how hard it was to earn a living back in my day? You had to travel all over the world to earn a living outside the international game. A lot of cricketers didn’t get the chance to see their families often and to see their kids grow up. T20 offers the financial means to ply your trade and make a living, especially for younger players.” Haynes spoke about worldwide T20 tournaments that are refurbishing grounds, adding infrastructure such as pitches, cricket academies and training clinics. He also mentioned the protracted benefits of this renaissance within contemporary limited overs. “While young players train for ODIs and Tests, they get the chance to play in T20 tournaments and land sponsors, money for tools and gears...and the stability for their futures, on and off the field,” Haynes said. “T20 helps settle a player’s career in ways we, the old guard, never experienced.” Haynes cautioned that there would continue to be conflicts with players, T20 windows, international clearances from respective boards, and much more issues that would arise as the cricketing fraternity is still adapting to embrace this format of the game. He said that a balance needs to be struck to allow all formats of the game to exist. Currently overseeing the table leaders Barbados, he stipulated that aspiring international batsmen needed to hone their craft to play all versions, and not be pigeonholed into one aspect of the game. Haynes spoke highly on the influx of sponsors, revenues and the boosts to the marketing, advertising and corporate industries of the sporting landscape. “Seasoned veterans like myself, Andy (Roberts), Gordon (Greenidge) and (Curtly) Ambrose also get to coach in something like the CPL and help develop the game with the youngsters. It’s a great opportunity to get old players, young ones and international players mingling and learning from each other. “Everyone, or most people, love T20. You’ve got to have the passion back in the stands and crowds at the games. Look at how things are happening here in the Caribbean again. People are flocking to back their franchises. Everyone’s backing each other, no matter where you’re from. It adds unity to the Caribbean and it’s doing us a lot of good. This is a great thing for Windies cricket. The atmosphere with the fans and supporters show this right now.”
ISLAMABAD AGENCIES Legendary Pakistani squash player Jahangir Khan says the country must do more to improve its image and stop the rest of the world thinking of Pakistanis as “terrorists”. Pakistan, which celebrates its Independence Day on Wednesday, held the world titles in cricket, squash and hockey in 1994. But lack of facilities, militancy and infighting among sports federations have caused a serious slump, with the country on the verge of a ban from the Olympics for flouting administrative rules. The country has been a virtual no-go zone for top foreign sports teams since Islamist gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in
2009. Khan, 50, said the government must do more to revitalise Pakistan’s once proud sporting identity. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must look into the situation in sports, which is fast getting out of control,” Khan said. “Sports are the only identity Pakistanis have at the world level but now we are tagged as terrorists, because our sports and sportsmen have been pushed back.” Pakistan suffers almost daily bomb and gun attacks, most carried out by homegrown Islamist militants, and Khan said the struggle had had a disastrous effect on sport. “Our sports are destroyed by terrorism with no country wanting to visit us because of security fears,” said Khan. “On top of that, the mismanagement in our sports, with two factions in the Olympic association, have brought a bad name for the country.” Khan won a
stevens reveals B’desh corruption charge SPORTS DESK English cricketer Darren Stevens on Wednesday admitted to being charged by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with failure to report attempted corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The ICC announced on Tuesday that seven people had been charged with match-fixing in the BPL, with a further two accused of failing to report approaches to fix the 2013 edition of the Twenty20 competition. “I confirm that I have been charged by the ICC with a failure to report a corrupt approach made to me during BPL2 in February this year,” Stevens said in a statement released by his English county side Kent. “I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any and I am cooperating with the ICC and ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges in matters relating to the BPL.” The charge Stevens is facing carries a maximum penalty of a fiveyear suspension from cricket. He and the other individuals have 14 days in which to enter their pleas.
Stevens is the first of the nine people accused to reveal his identity. The 37-year-old allrounder added that he was “totally against” corruption and “would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game”. He also revealed that he has not been banned from playing by the ICC –unlike the seven people directly accused of corruption – and therefore remains “willing and able” to play for Kent. The charges stem from Stevens’s tenure with the Dhaka Gladiators BPL team, which the ICC has confirmed is the only club being investigated over allegations of matchfixing and spot-fixing. All of the nine people under investigation have been charged under the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) anti-corruption code and face a disciplinary tribunal hearing. The charges were announced on Tuesday by ICC chief executive David Richardson, but he did not reveal the identities or nationalities of those charged. The scandal has already ensnared Mohammad Ashraful, the former Bangladesh captain, who made a tearful confession to match-fixing on national television in June after being quizzed by the ICC’s officials.
He was allegedly involved in fixing a match between the Dhaka Gladiators and the Chittagong Kings during this year’s second edition of the BPL. Local media have reported that the batsman was paid about one million taka ($12 800) to lose the match on February 2. Ashraful, who became the country’s youngest test centurion in 2001 at the age of 17, was also allegedly involved in fixing another match 10 days later against the Barisal Burners, which his team lost by seven wickets, local reports have said. The affair has further shaken confidence in the game across South Asia. Bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and 38 others were charged by Delhi police in July over alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League, while former Bangladesh spinner Shariful Haque was given an indefinite ban last September after being found guilty of spot-fixing during the first season of the BPL. In March the BCB banned international umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years after a sting operation by an Indian TV channel found him apparently willing to fix matches for cash.
waugh teLLs aus to stiCk By top six SPORTS DESK Former captain Steve Waugh has urged Australia coach Darren Lehmann to stick with his underperforming top six batsmen, saying no one performs at their best with the axe hanging over them. Lehmann on Tuesday warned his batsmen that their test careers were in jeopardy after a dramatic second innings collapse in the fourth test saw England to a third straight Ashes series win. “No-one’s guaranteed (their place). Apart from probably Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers,” he said, referring to the captain and the opener. But Waugh, who played 168 tests, said selectors need to stick with the nation’s top six test batsmen if they are to have any chance of putting Australian cricket back on a winning path. He said uncertainty over selection meant fringe batsmen were unable to relax into their natural stroke play. “Look at Phil Hughes, he’s been up and down the order and has been dropped three or four times in 20 tests. That doesn’t give you much confidence,” Waugh told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation late on Tuesday.
“Usman Khawaja is another example. “If you’ve got the axe hanging over your head always it is really hard to relax and play your natural game. “Selectors have got to say: ‘We’re going to go through some tough times, but these are the six or seven batsmen we believe in and we’re going to back them even if they don’t succeed straight away’.” Waugh said he experienced first-hand the benefits of selectors showing faith, as he did not win a test match until his 13th test and failed to score a ton until his 26th test. After that, he flourished into one of Australia’s most successful batsmen and captains, accumulating 10 927 test runs with an average of 51.06 and leading Australia in 15 of their record breaking 16 consecutive test victories. How many captains should the Proteas have? Three. One for tests, one for both ODIs and T20s The same one for tests & ODIs, a different one for T20s One skipper across all 3 formats “It took a long while for me to get it right as well,” Waugh said. “But I had the benefit of getting it wrong. Right now, the selectors need to pick and stick and show confidence in players.” Waugh added that he believed Australia’s problems stemmed from too much Twenty20 and one-day cricket, which he said did not adequately prepare batsmen for the discipline of a test match.
record 10 British Open titles and six world titles, dominating squash in the 1980s and 90s along with his compatriot Jansher Khan, who won eight world and six British crowns. Since their departure, however, Pakistan has failed to produce any top-level squash players. “Our squash has gone three levels down, hockey is nowhere and our cricket image is stained by players caught in match-fixing,” said Khan. Fourtime hockey world champions, Pakistan slumped to last in the World Cup held in India three years ago and a poor seventh in last year’s London Olympics. “Pakistan is rich in sporting talent but the only thing needed is to have sincere and honest administrators who should be held accountable by the government,” said Khan. “Pakistan should be recognised as a sporting nation and not as a terrorist country.”
Kohli identifies rohit as future captain SPORTS DESK Virat Kohli has said India batsman Rohit Sharma has the potential to captain the side one day. Kohli’s potential as a future captain of India received another tick with a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe in the recently concluded ODI series and he cited Rohit as a contender to step into MS Dhoni’s shoes. Kohli and Suresh Raina have, in the recent past, captained India in Dhoni’s absence in certain tours. Rohit had enhanced his captaincy credentials when he led Mumbai Indians to the 2013 IPL title and is still establishing a permanent place in India’s limitedovers sides. “Rohit has a tremendous cricketing brain,” Kohli said at an event in Lucknow. “I often take his advice during matches. He has shown his capability while leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL.” Kohli, who was nominated for the Arjuna award on Tuesday, has amassed 332 runs in 8 matches as captain, including two centuries. The first, an attacking 102 off 83 balls, sparked a turnaround that helped India win the West Indies tri-series in July. He is second only to Shikhar Dhawan among India’s representatives in the top-five run scorers for ODIs this year. “I like to be a captain and take responsibility,” Kohli said. “As batsmen, we focus only on ourselves. But as a captain we have to look into every aspect. We have to deal with each and every player. Though the responsibility increases manifold it is a great challenge.”
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If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up — Tommy Bolt
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federer wins in cincinnati, anderson out OHIO AGENCIES
OGER Federer got his delayed hardcourt season off to a positive start with straightforward 6-3 7-6 (7) win over Germany’s Phillip Kohlschreiber to ease into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday. Struggling with a sore back, Federer did not play last week’s event in Montreal and has not tested himself on the North American hardcourt since Indian Wells in March. But the former-world No 1 signaled that he is ready to challenge for an unprecedented sixth Cincinnati title and then perhaps a sixth US Open to add to his grand slam collection. “It was important to play a clean match,” Federer told reporters. “I had a few tough weeks, months behind me, I was happy to play a clean match. “I told myself I was not going to come back until I felt no pain in my back. Eventually I started to workout very hard. “It is a tournament I have always played in lead up to the US Open, I like it here. I love the calmness of this place.” It has been far from a vintage season for Federer, who has seen his world ranking dip to No 5 and haul of titles stuck at one. Federer arrives in the United States off a particular rough patch of form, losing in the second round at Wimbledon and then dropping his opening match at his home tournament in Gstaad. However, the Swiss maestro was all business on an unusually chilly Ohio night, running his record against Kohlschreiber to 7-0. Milos Raonic, who became the first Canadian to crack the top 10 of the world rankings after reaching the final in Montreal, struggled
at first to adjust to his new status before storming back to take a 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory over American Jack Sock. Earlier, third seeded Spaniard David Ferrer was forced to work for his spot in the last 16, grinding out a 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-4 win over plucky American wildcard Ryan Harrison. Harrison, who learned before the match that he had been given a wildcard entry into the US Open, almost celebrated his trip to Flushing Meadows with an upset, battling the feisty Ferrer for two hours and 42 minutes on a blustery centre court. Ferrer would have been prepared for a fight, having needed five sets to stop Harrison in the second round of Wimbledon in 2011 and the young American did not disappoint the home crowd, forcing the first set to a tiebreak before falling 7-5. “Just wish I would have served a little better,” Harrison lamented. “Obviously, I had some chances. “I feel like my game is obviously right there on the brink of playing those top guys. That’s kind of where you want it. “Obviously, it would have been great to get a win today but I know that going in, if I compete the way I can and play the way I’m capable of, I’m going to be able to challenge just about anybody.” Ninth seed Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka enjoyed a smooth passage into the second round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Italy’s Andreas Seppi, while evergreen German 11th seed Tommy Haas advanced with a no-fuss 6-4 6-4 decision over South African Kevin Anderson. Spain’s Feliciano Lopez upset Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori 6-4 76 (4) and 15th seed Gilles Simon of France retired with a hip strain while trailing Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-3 1-1.
schwartzel regrets club break but not emotional outburst
SPORTS DESK South African golfer Charl Schwartzel regrets breaking a club after hitting a poor shot at the Open last month but the 2011 US Masters champion said playing with pent-up frustration had a more negative effect his overall performance. “It is very difficult at times,” the 28-year-old said when asked how he handled on-course irritation. “Some people can keep it in. Others need to sort of express it in a way. I need to actually get it out to carry on,” the golfer told a teleconference in which he confirmed he would be defending his Thailand Golf Championship crown in December. “I can’t keep it bottled up inside me. That will affect my game more than actually expressing my whatever, a bad shot I hit or whatever it maybe.” Muirfield witnessed a manifestation of his anger when the South African snapped an eight-iron in half after a duffed approach shot from the deep rough led Schwartzel to hurl his club into
the ground in front of him. “Obviously not very proud of it,” the golfer added. “It was just in the moment, all the tensions that was going on. It wasn’t actually even that bad a shot. “I wasn’t planning on breaking the club. The ground was just so firm that obviously it fell at an angle and broke. I’m not very proud of it, but at least the next day, I came back and played some good golf,” he said of his top 15 finish. The South African won the Asian Tour title in Thailand last year with a 11-stroke victory after posting just one bogey in the whole week. “I’ve always tried to be very consistent with the game... by managing to only make one bogey in 72 holes around a golf course like Amata Spring, that was a really, really big achievement for me. “It’s definitely right there in the top three best tournaments I’ve ever played,” added Schwartzel. Amata Spring Country Club outside Bangkok will host the $1 million (£650,000) Asian Tour event from December 12-15.
azarenka Beats king,
The Maria SharapovaJimmy Connors partnership got off to a rocky start on Tuesday as Sloane Stephens shocked the third ranked Russian 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3 at the Cincinnati Open in Ohio. Victoria Azarenka also made a shaky return following a brief injury layoff but recovered to dispose of American qualifier Vania King 6-1 7-6(6) and reach the last 16. While it is too early to tell if Sharapova and Connors can produce the same kind of success Andy Murray has enjoyed since recruiting Ivan Lendl as his coach, the first step was far from a positive one. “Obviously I didn’t lose today because I didn’t implement what we were working on,” Sharapova told reporters. “The things that we’re working on ... are to improve with the game I have. “So, obviously, it’s tough to lose at this stage but just got to keep working hard and keep moving forward.” Stephens, ranked 17th in the world, was always going to be a tricky test for Sharapova and the loss likely had more to do with her seven-week injury layoff than the new coaching relationship with Connors, who oozed grit and determination to build a Hall of Fame career. On the sidelines with
an injured left hip since a second round loss at Wimbledon, Sharapova moved effortlessly across the Cincinnati hardcourt but her play lacked sharpness, the Russian committing over 60 unforced errors and seven double faults. “I stopped being patient and I started making a lot more errors, errors that I shouldn’t make,” said Sharapova. “Obviously I haven’t played in a long time but I can’t make that excuse for myself because I’ve got to be ready from the first match. “So it’s obviously disappointing, but that’s the way it goes in this game.” FluStered: Connors would have been pleased with Sharapova’s opening set but likely more impressed with the grit shown by her young opponent, who refused to buckle and battled back from 0-2 down in the second to force it to a tiebreak, which she took 7-5. Looking on from the stands, Connors was dressed like he came to work with his long-sleeved white shirt rolled up the elbows and glasses dipped on his nose. But there was nothing the ninetime grand slam winner could do as he watched his student unravel in the third set except hang his head. Stephens left the door open for Sharapova as she struggled to close out the match, twice double-faulting on match point, before the Russian finally committed the last of her unforced errors by spraying a return long and wide. “I rarely double fault, so for me to double fault twice on both match points was a little flustering but I was glad to get through it,” said Stephens. The match was the highlight of a busy day at the Cincinnati Open, which brings together the top players from the ATP and WTA Tours in a joint event that for many will serve as their final tune-up to the August 26September 9 US Open. Earlier in the day, Azarenka returned to action after sitting out last week in Toronto with a sore back, and the world No 2 showed no signs of rust as she breezed through the opening set in 28 minutes. But it was King who took control early in the second set by breaking the grunting Azarenka at the first opportunity on the way to a 3-0 lead.
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Other sports play once a week but this sport is with us every day — Peter Ueberroth
suarez pivotal as uruguay beat Japan SPORTS DESK
IEGO Forlan’s first-half brace powered Uruguay to a 4-2 victory over hosts Japan in an international friendly at the Miyagi Stadium on Wednesday. In another friendly, South Korea held visitors Peru to a goalless draw at the Suwon World Cup Stadium. Japan, the first team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, could not capitalise on their dominance of possession and also paid the price of a shaky defence that allowed Forlan, Luis Suarez and Alvaro Gonzalez to score. Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda reduced the deficit for Japan with second-half strikes but the team’s porous defence was a worry for coach Alberto Zaccheroni. “They were in better physical condition than we were,” Zaccheroni was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency. “As a team and on an individual basis, we made too many mistakes. “Uruguay are one of the top teams in the world. I thought they were a very good team at the Confederations Cup and they showed that here in Japan.” Both goalkeepers were kept busy in the opening 20 minutes with Japan’s Eiji Kawashima twice denying Liverpool striker Suarez who posed a constant threat to the hosts. Suarez,
carrick pulls out of england squad SPORTS DESK Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the England squad for the friendly with Scotland due to an eye infection, the Football Association has confirmed. The 32-year-old midfielder had been in line to win his 30th cap at Wembley. A statement published on www.thefa.com read: “Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has withdrawn from the England squad to face Scotland due to an eye infection. “Carrick, who has been capped 29 times by England, has returned to his club and misses the game on Wednesday evening.” Carrick was named the man of the match during Manchester United’s FA Community Shield win over Wigan on Sunday. United begin their Barclays Premier League title defence at Swansea on Saturday.
whose club has turned down Arsenal’s 40 million and one pound ($62 million) offer for him, beat the offside trap in the 27th minute to dart into the box from the left and feed Forlan who slotted it home. Two minutes later, 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner Forlan curled in a 20-metre free kick after Yasuyuki Konno had fouled Suarez. Forlan, again set up by Suarez, nearly completed a hat-trick in the 35th but was denied by another brilliant save by Kawashima who also foiled Cristian Rodriguez’s 20-metre effort just before halftime. Suarez got on the scoresheet seven minutes after the break, slotting home after Maya Yoshida failed to clear a cross. A defensive blunder by Uruguay allowed Japan to pull one back when Honda’s deft lob reached Kagawa and the Manchester United player tapped it into an empty goal. An unmarked Gonzalez headed in on 58 minutes to put Uruguay 4-1 up but Japan reduced the gap once again when Honda’s stunning free kick took a slight deflection before finding the net. The hosts stepped up their attack in the last 10 minutes but Honda’s spectacular attempt sailed over while Shinji Okazaki and Yasuhito Endo shot wide. In Suwon, around 45 km (27 miles) south of Seoul, South Korea dominated their match against Peru but were let down by poor finishing against their higher-ranked opponents.
Mouris signs new deal with greenedge SPORTS DESK Orica GreenEdge have announced that Dutchman Jens Mouris has re-signed for the squad for another season. “I like being in this team, and I didn’t want to go anywhere else,” said Mouris. “I’m obviously really pleased to sign this contract for another year.” A solid and versatile rider, Mouris is reliable in the tough one-day Classics and contributes firepower in both the team time trial and sprint train. The 33-year-old is expected to chase another podium performance at the upcoming world championships, and he added that the relaxed nature of the team mean that the decision to extend his deal was an easy one. “I have spent a lot of time in Australia during the last decade, and being with Orice-GreenEDGE has given me an even better excuse to go there for my off-seasons,” said Mouris. “I like the way Australians do things. It’s a nice balance between professionalism and creating a good, fun environment. That makes the team both focused and relaxed, and I feel at home here.” Sports director Matt White acclaimed Mouris’s
contribution to the team’s engine room. “I would say Jens is a rider that’s able to provide crucial support in a number of different scenarios,” White explained. “His strengths are on the flat roads, in the lead-out train and in the team time trial. With these varied skills, he is useful in so many races.”
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wAtCh It LIve GEO SUPER KKR v Mum Indians
shield win will give youngsters boost: smalling
SPORTS DESK Chris Smalling believes Manchester United’s youth brigade will get an additional nudge forward as a direct result of Sunday’s Community Shield win over Wigan. Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj were the three stand-out performers during United’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia. Zaha was rewarded with a starting berth at Wembley last weekend, while 18-year-old Belgian Januzaj was on the bench. Although Lingard was not included in the match-day squad he was on hand for the subsequent celebrations as United emerged victorious thanks to Robin van Persie’s double. In his two years with the Red Devils, Smalling has seen at first hand the winning mentality that exists throughout the club. And he is confident it is already starting to rub off on his three newest team-mates. “Celebrating in the dressing room after winning a trophy is always a fantastic feeling,” Smalling told www.manutd.com. “It just makes you hungrier to do it again. “It’s great for some of the new lads like Wilf, Jesse and Adnan to experience that feeling - it really gets you in the zone and shows you what you’re fighting for.” Although Lingard and Januzaj might well have been loaned out had Sir Alex Ferguson remained in charge, new manager David Moyes has indicated a desire to keep them both at Old Trafford. The continued lack of new signings as the hours tick down to Saturday’s toughlooking opening-day trip to Swansea make it impossible for Moyes to consider weakening his squad at present. But Smalling is convinced anyway that Moyes will continue the long-established strategy of handing younger players their opportunity, which Ferguson was so keen on. “This manager is the same as the previous manager when it comes to giving young players a chance,” Smalling said. “He gave them a good chance on tour and they’ve shown what they can do. “It can be quite daunting when you go away with the first team for a few weeks but they’ve really bedded in.” Meanwhile, United have confirmed global watchmaker Bulova as their Official Timekeeper and Global Partner on a three-year sponsorship agreement.
vettel critics disrespect webber: horner SPORTS DESK Sebastian Vettel’s critics ‘disrespect’ Mark Webber, reckons Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who says Vettel’s ability to consistently beat a team-mate as strong as Webber proves his class. In an exclusive interview with AUTOSPORT, Horner argued that overshadowing Webber throughout their time at Red Bull together was a bigger achievement by Vettel than many accepted. Since they were first paired at Red Bull in 2009, Vettel has won 29 grands prix and three world championships, while Webber’s tally is nine race victories. Asked what he would say to anyone who still doubted Vettel, Horner replied: “I think that’s very disrespectful to Mark
Webber, because we run two cars and Mark is a good race driver, a very good race driver. “There are always going to be people that have opinions, particularly some of your opponents. “I think it is without any shadow of a doubt that Sebastian is most definitely the real deal.” Horner acknowledged that there remained some scepticism over where Vettel ranked among Formula 1’s all-time greats. He hopes history will prove that the current era was superb for F1 and that for Vettel to achieve his success against fellow world champions Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button was an incredible achievement. “He needs to keep on winning, just keep on winning,” said Horner when
asked what Vettel needed to do to earn F1 legend status. “He can only do what he can do, he can only do his best and I think the fact that he has achieved so much at such a young age is quite remarkable. He will continue to get stronger. “It’s that halcyon period at the moment in Formula 1, you’ve got Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Button, Webber... you have some very strong drivers out there. “He has achieved what he has in a formula where everyone has the same tyres and most of us can’t go testing. It’s a much more level playing field. “That, in effect, makes it even more impressive. “If we had the best car, we would have finished 1-2 in all the races and in each of the world championships, but we haven’t.”
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al Qaeda moving away from paKistan ISLAMABAD
S al Qaeda marks its 25th anniversary this month, analysts say the recent security threat in Yemen shows the organisation’s centre of gravity is shifting away from its historic base in Pakistan. US President Barack Obama has cautioned that affiliates such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a unit of the extremist group that effectively controls parts of Yemen, still pose a threat despite successful efforts to disrupt the organisation’s core leadership. His warning came after the United States closed 19 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa last week after reported intelligence intercepts from al Qaeda suggested an attack was imminent. Reports indicated the intercepts involved some kind of group communication between al Qaeda supremo Ayman al-Zawahiri, and AQAP leader Nasser alWuhayshi. Zawahiri assumed al Qaeda leadership when Osama bin Laden was
killed in a US special forces raid in Pakistan in 2011 and the 62-year-old Egyptian is believed to be hiding in the border region with Afghanistan. Rahimullah Yusufzai, an expert on militant groups in Pakistan, said that while the traditional core leadership of Al Qaeda — which was founded in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, in 1988 — still retains symbolic importance, its operational centre of gravity has moved. “In terms of strength, of power, of effectiveness, we can say it has shifted,” he told AFP. “It is no longer Pakistan or Afghanistan, so most of the fighters, most of the affiliates, are not in Pakistan and Afghanistan. By and large, the plans are not coming from Zawahiri.” Zawahiri, who has a $25 million US government bounty on him, lacks the charisma of bin Laden but has long been seen as the brains of al Qaeda. Pakistani author and security analyst Imtiaz Gul said that while al Qaeda’s operational leadership had spread into regional franchises, Zawahiri remained an “inspirational force.”
“They don’t need someone as charismatic as Osama bin Laden was and they have I think ideological ammunition, ideological fuel which is helping them stay afloat,” he told AFP. The recent revelation of an ambitious plot in Yemen to seize control of two cities, as well as an oil export terminal, showed AQAP to be highly motivated, and Wuhayshi is believed to have been promoted to second in command of the global organization behind Zawahiri. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, in Washington, said Wuhayshi’s promotion indicated al Qaeda was broadening the ‘core’ leadership as AQAP grew in expertise. “When we talk about al Qaeda core there’s no reason it can only exist in Afghanistan-Pakistan — Wuhayshi being made the general manager, that very clearly makes him part of the core,” Gartenstein-Ross told AFP. “We see a geographic shift towards Yemen but that’s not necessarily a shift to AQAP and away from the core — the way I see it, the core is expanding.”
Al Qaeda was established when the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan, to unite disparate groups of fighters who had come to battle the occupation, with the aim of taking the jihad to a bigger, more global scale, attacking targets around the world. But al Qaeda franchises across the Middle East and north Africa have been increasingly active in recent years and Yemen’s geographical location makes it a more convenient base than Pakistan or Afghanistan for communicating with these groups, Gartenstein-Ross noted. Washington has been keen to trumpet its successes against al Qaeda’s central leadership, pointing to the bin Laden raid and commanders killed in the long-running US drone campaign in northwest Pakistan and more recently Yemen. But a recent report by Canadian intelligence gave a more cautious assessment, pointing out al Qaeda leadership’s resilience and adaptability in surviving for a quarter of a century in the face of a concerted onslaught. The report also warned the withdrawal of US-led forces from Afghanistan next
year, coupled with the Pakistani authorities’ apparent inability or unwillingness to crack down on the organisation, could give it the cross-border physical sanctuaries it needs to survive. Saifullah Khan Mehsud of Islamabad’s FATA Research Center, an expert on Pakistan’s tribal belt along the Afghan border that has been an important haven for Islamist militants since the 1980s, agreed. “If Afghanistan is able to come to a common platform, if they agree with each other to have a common political vision for the country in some kind of alliance between different groups, then it will be very difficult for al Qaeda to find sanctuaries there,” he said. “But if there is civil war al Qaeda will be in a better position to find sanctuary there.” The Taliban, which sheltered bin Laden until the US-led invasion in the wake of 9/11, has said it will not let Afghan territory be used to attack other countries. It remains to be seen how sincere this commitment is — and given the growing strength of al Qaeda beyond its traditional homeland, whether it even matters.
five punjabis slain as sindhi separatists’ burn national flag KARACHI AAmIR mAJEED
iSLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in one-on-one meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday. INP
afghan peace negotiator doubtful of new doha talks with taliban
indian submarine catches fire, sinks with 18 on board
The resumption of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan in Qatar has become increasingly unlikely with fresh talks in Turkey or Saudi Arabia a more realistic option, a senior Afghan peace negotiator said on Wednesday. Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in the capital of the Gulf State of Qatar, Doha, were announced in June only to be canceled in a row over the Taliban displaying their banner and flag, a reminder of their repressive rule over Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. The Doha office was closed within 24 hours of its opening. Many supporters of the peace process say Taliban involvement is essential to ensure security at next year’s presidential election and stability following the departure of most foreign troops from the country next year. “The problem is the Taliban raised their flag and banner at the Doha office and they would be embarrassed now to hold talks without them,” said Habibullah Fouzi, a senior member of the High Peace Council, the body created by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2010 to pursue peace with the Taliban. A one-time Taliban diplomat who is now trying to convince his old comrades to lay down their arms, Fouzi said he was pessimistic about the Doha office reopening. “For us what is most important thing is to begin the talks with them in a second location, either Turkey or Saudi.” Afghan negotiators hope to secure a peace deal with the Taliban ahead of next year’s presidential election, due to take place on April 5. “What is important is for talks to begin, so as to know whether they (Taliban) want to be part of the political process,” Fouzi said.
Five Punjabis were killed in Sindhidominated areas of Karachi on Independence Day as a five-member Sindhi separatist group burnt the national flag at Shar Goth in the Sachal Goth police precincts. Local sources said the Sindhi separatists have also announced to wage a war against Punjabis living in Sindh. According to reports, as many as five youngsters riding motorcycles gathered at Shar Chowk in Shar Goth and set ablaze the national flag. They also shouted antiPakistan slogans and demanded a separate country for Sindhis. A source told Pakistan Today that the shalwar kameez clad youths reached the area and blocked the road. “They took a paper-made national flag and set it on fire,” he added. “I have no idea about this incident,” said East Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Captain Tahir Naveed. “I will check and if any incident of burning of national flag took place in Sachal Goth police jurisdiction then I will let you know.” Meanwhile, five men were gunned down in Karachi on Independence Day. Qurban, Javed Iqbal, Safdar Hussain and Imran Ali Rajput were killed in Sachal police precincts while Azmat was killed in Gulistan-e-Jauhar police limits. A worker of Manthar Coach was killed in Frere Town police jurisdiction. All of them were Punjabis.
one killed, dozens hurt in bangladesh Ji protests DHAKA AGENCIES
NEW DELHI AGENCIES
An Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board caught fire after an explosion and sunk early Wednesday at its home port in Mumbai. Efforts were being made to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the diesel- and electricitypowered submarine, navy spokesman Narendra Vispute said. Indian news channel NDTV said a loud explosion was heard and a huge flame leapt up in the sky. Nearly a dozen fire engines rushed to the dockyard to douse the fire, it said. They extinguished the fire in about two hours. Afterward, the sub was submerged at its berth in the naval dockyard.
Vispute said the cause of the explosion is being investigated. Further details were not available. The 16-year-old Russian-made submarine, INS Sindhurakshak, had recently returned from Russia after undergoing an overhaul and upgrade, Rahul Bedi, an analyst for the independent Jane’s Information Group, said. India has 14 diesel-powered submarines, he said. Last year, India acquired a Russian Nerpa nuclear submarine for its navy on a 10-year lease from Russia at a total cost of nearly $1 billion. On Saturday, India activated the atomic reactor on its first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, which the navy could deploy in the next two years. India has steadily built up its naval capabilities in recent years, spurred by its rivalry with neighboring China.
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Clashes between Bangladeshi police and opposition activists left one man dead and injured about 20 on Wednesday in the second day of a nationwide general strike, television stations reported. Police used night sticks and tear gas as dozens of protesters tried to march into the streets of Dhaka’s southern Jatrabari suburb. On Tuesday, opposition activists exploded crude bombs, blocked roads and burned vehicles to enforce a 48-hour nationwide general strike, injuring dozens of people. Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, called the strike to denounce a court decision that its registration with the Election Commission is invalid.