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Army will try three generals accused in NLC scam
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High drama as Musa Gilani goes to SC
Pakistan Army on Friday announced that it would investigate the charges against three retired generals accused of being involved in the multi-billion rupee National Logistics Cell (NLC) scam according to the Pakistan Army Act. The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) issued its stance for the first time in the case of financial irregularities in the National Logistic Cell. The three accused generals, Lt General (r) Khalid Munir Khan, Lt Gen (r) M Afzal Muzzafar and former NLC DG Maj Gen (r) Khalid Zaheer Akhtar, were already questioned in that regard, the press release issued by the ISPR added. Major general level officers were designated to analyze the Summary of Evidence on behalf of Chief of Army Staff Ashfaq Kayani. The COAS would further direct after analyses of the summary, it said. “Basing on the credibility of the evidence accrued through these Summaries of Evidence, the COAS will decide on the next legal step. It is categorically stated that the case will be conducted strictly in accordance with due process of law and those proven guilty of wrong doings will be brought to justice.” “It is further clarified that for recording of the Summaries of Evidence, it was essential to bring the accused officers under PAA. “Therefore, accused retired officers were taken on the strength of the army. This was done in accordance with Pakistan Army Act Section 92, read in conjunction with Section 40. The accused officers have neither been re-hired nor reinstated.” The three accused were taken back in active service so that they may face court martial, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of National Assembly was informed on September 6. Continued on page 02
Former PM Gilani’s son arrested by ANF as he arrived for interim bail g SC says ANF move attempt to bar petitioner from seeking legal course, accepts Musa’s bail plea till 25th ISLAMABAD tAyyAB HUSSAIN
ISLAMABAD: Ali Musa Gilani is brought to the Supreme Court by Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) officials in the Ephedrine case on Friday. inp
FTER two hours of high drama, Ali Musa Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, was released after being arrested by officials of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) as he came to the Supreme Court to seek pre-arrest bail on Friday. As Musa arrived at the entrance of the Supreme Court in the Ephedrine quota case to seek prearrest bail, ANF officials intercepted his vehicle and whisked him away after a brief scuffle. Dr Khalid Ranjha, counsel for Ali, appeared before a three-member bench which was to take up his plea, and apprised the judges about the episode. Taking strong exception to ANF’s intervention on court premises, the bench termed it an attempt to prevent him from adopting legal course. The bench of Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Amir Hani Muslim directed the ANF prosecutor to produce the petitioner within 30 minutes. Ali was then produced in court and upon queries, he informed the court that he was taken away by an ANF team headed by Deputy Director Abid Zulfiqar. Justice Nasirul Mulk asked Zulfiqar why had he taken away the petitioner. Justice Tariq Parvez looked more sarcastic in his questions when the ANF officer could not reply satisfactorily. Zulfiqar said he had arrested Ali Musa Gilani as his bail was rejected by the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench. “I’m sorry,” Zulfiqar added. To the bench’s
query, Ali Musa said he had appeared before the ANF for about a dozen times and rejected the ANF’s claim that he was not cooperating with the investigators. He added that he was not following dictates of the ANF and that was the reason that he was blamed for non-cooperation. Ali Musa regretted that he was arrested at the gates of the Supreme Court where he had arrived with an impression that ANF would not arrest him out of respect for the apex court. Justice Nasirul Mulk observed that such a thing had never happened earlier and said Makhdoom Shahabuddin had appeared in court on Thursday in a similar matter and they had granted him pre-arrest bail. Dr Khalid Ranjha said such things should end once and for all. Justice Nasirul Mulk told Ranjha he could move an application in this regard as the bench had not closed the issue. Justice Tariq Parvez said they had taken cognizance of the incident and due to the same, they had summoned Ali Musa. The bench also took up the plea by Ali Musa for pre-arrest bail against the order of the Lahore High Court and noted that it was indeed regretful that the petitioner had approached the SC for relief but was arrested at the entrance. The court observed that this very act by the ANF was tantamount to preventing Ali Musa from taking legal course. “We will deal with this matter later during the hearing of the case,” the bench said. Accepting Ali Musa Gilani’s pre-arrest bail until September 25, the bench directed him to submit two surety Continued on page 02
Protests rage across Pakistan against sacrilegious film ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/KARACHI StAFF REPoRt
Hundreds of people demonstrated across Pakistan on Friday to denounce an anti-Islam movie, with some urging death for the filmmaker and others demanding the expulsion of US diplomats. The low-budget movie, entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, which has sparked fury across the Muslim world, utters extreme blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Police beefed up security around US missions in the country after violent attacks on American consulates and embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen this week, but
protests in the country’s major cities on Friday passed off largely without incident. In Lahore, Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed led a 500-strong rally against the film. Saeed urged the government to summon the American ambassador to protest over the film. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) organized a rally in Karachi, where around 700 party activists and supporters gathered with banners and placards bearing anti-US and antiIsrael slogans. “Hang the filmmaker...hang the apostate,” they chanted. “Jihad is the only treatment to cure American cancer,” another slogan said.
Around 400 protesters rallied in front of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid after Friday prayers, following a call from JI. They called for the handover of Terry Jones, an American Christian pastor linked with the film, who has drawn protests in the past for burning the Holy Quran. In Peshawar and other main cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, several religious and political groups staged anti-US demonstrations. The protesters condemned the sacrilegious film and demanded the blasphemous filmmaker be handed over to them. They also called on the government to register a strong protest with the US government.
ISLAMABAD: Protesters cross barbed wires as they attempt to reach the US embassy during a demonstration against the anti-Islam film on Friday. afp
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“This intra-Afghan dialogue must be between all Afghan groups, including the Taliban, Grossman was told,” he said. Ambassador Grossman also held detailed discussions with Foreign Minister Khar on the revival of ‘bilateral strategic dialogue’ that was suspended by the US last year owing to strained Washington-Islamabad relations. Foreign Minister Khar, who is leaving on an official visit to the United States in the next few days, would also discuss the strategic dialogue’s resumption with her counterpart Hillary Clinton
and other American leaders in Washington. A statement issued by the Foreign Office said that during his meeting with Foreign Minister Khar, Grossman was accompanied by Special Assistant to the US President on Pakistan and Afghanistan Douglas Lute, Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr Peter Lavoy, US CdA to Pakistan Ambassador Richard Hoagland and other senior officials. “The two sides exchanged views on the current status of the bilateral relations including development in the region particularly with respect to political and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” it said.
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However, the Labor Department has the authority to ensure strict enforcement of laws and conduct routine inspection of the factories,” he added. Factories can be established without prior NOC from the Department of Industries, however, there are some industries that need prior permission such as sugar, wine and nuclear factories. The Industries Department has only one inspection authority which is boiler inspection or the Boiler Act 1923/1941.
Meanwhile, the owners of Ali Enterprises handed themselves in to court on Friday to request pre-arrest bail. Police registered a murder case over the fire on Thursday, saying the owners — Abdul Aziz, Mohammad Arshad and Shahid Bhaila — had shown “utter negligence” about workers’ safety. The trio, who have not been arrested, appeared in the high court in Larkana, 450 kilometers north of Karachi and were granted “protective bail” for eight days, their lawyer Aamir Mansoor Qureshi said.
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bonds of Rs 500,000 each with the SC deputy registrar and issued notices to the respondents after conducing initial hearing in the issue. Talking to reporters later, Ali Musa Gilani said being a public representative he had great respect for the judiciary and had appeared before it for relief, but “people in uniform” had shown with their action that they had no reverence for the courts. He lamented that he was being quoted as the prime accused in the Ephedrine quota case, although other accused were responsible and his name was not even mentioned in initial challans.
Ali Musa claimed that he had come to the court alone, instead of bringing a number of people who had voted for him. Ali Musa said the ANF officials had manhandled and harassed him during the arrest bid. He added that he did not trust the ANF officials because he had requested several times for changing the investigation officer. “The investigation officer has submitted an affidavit against me in the case, so how will he prove his own affidavit wrong,” he argued. Ali has been accused of pressurizing officials of the Health Ministry to allocate a quota of controlled chemical Ephedrine to two pharmaceutical companies in 2010.
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The issue of financial mismanagement and alleged corruption of Rs 2 billion in the military-run NLC came to light in February 2009 when the PAC asked the Planning Commission to look into the matter. Then PAC chairman Nisar Ali Khan first gave a deadline of two months for determining the truth
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about the scandal. Subsequently, four different inquiries were conducted but the issue remained unresolved. The first inquiry was carried out by the Planning Commission. While the PAC was discussing the report of this inquiry, it was informed that a consultant had been hired by the new NLC management to prepare a fresh report on the issue.
WHERE SKy IS tHE RooF: the students of the Maidan Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Lower Dir attend a class under open sky, as the school building does not have a roof. inp
Sherry says Pakistan needs strategic space rather than do more calls WASHINGTON SPECIAL CoRRESPoNDENt
D v O C A T I N G the case for long-term United States-Pakistan relationship, Ambassador Sherry Rehman has said rather than calls for ‘do more’, Islamabad needs to be given ‘strategic space and sympathy.’ Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States was speaking at an event of the 50member Pakistan Caucus in the US House of Representatives. The caucus had not met for five years despite its existence in Congress. Speaking at the two-hour long discussion on “Pakistan and the United States: The Road Ahead”, Ambassador Rehman took the opportunity to thank the United States for its friendship towards Pakistan while also laying before the legislators and their staffers, Pakistan’s priorities, concerns and apprehensions. “We do not want to be seen as just a function of US concerns in Afghanistan. We are an important country in our own right that has a history of close friendship with the United States.” Commenting on the trust erosion be-
tween the two countries relating often to the region, she said that“ Pakistan is seeking to build a relationship based on transparency and predictability, and there is a clear strategic shift in our calculus in the
region, with proactive diplomatic engagement on both sides of the border as well as with all other regional countries. “ “We are pivoting our policy initiatives on new economic opportunities in the region. This means we seek to maximize trade and economic investments in the region as much as we continue to focus on the prospects for stability in the neighborhood.”, unlike what we routinely hear in the media. She thanked Representatives and cochairs Sheila Jackson Lee and Dan Burton for arranging this event. “We are looking to be better understood and to understand better,” Sherry Rehman emphasized. In her remarks, Ambassador Rehman also listed some of the constitutional and legislative achievements of the democratic government, at the same time thanking the US Congress for its support for restoration of democracy in Pakistan. “While some in the US Executive Branch cooperated with dictators in Pakistan for short-term gains, the people of Pakistan have always counted on the US Congress to stand with them in their battle for democracy and human rights,” she said.
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Next Punjab CM will be a Jiyala: Zardari LAHORE oNLINE
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Friday that the present government would complete its tenure, adding that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would form the next government in Punjab and a Jiyala would be the province’s chief minister. Zardari is on a two-day visit to La-
hore and will hold meetings to plan strategy for the upcoming general polls. While talking to reporters at Governor’s House, he said that he had made the country a “profitable place”. Talking about democracy in Pakistan, he said that he had transferred his powers to the parliament with his own freewill. Zardari said that the government
“stands by the people in every time of test.” He said that they would not leave the flood affected people alone in the hour of need. He said the fire incidents in factories were a major tragedy, and condoled with the bereaved families. He also gave out “achievement awards” to 26 personalities and also conferred upon the award “Son of Lahore” to Mian Amir.
RPP scam case: SC issues contempt notices to NAB ISLAMABAD
H E Supreme Court has taken into consideration the non-implementation of its orders in rental power plant case and issued contempt of court notices to the concerned officers of National Accountability Bureau. The apex court has also ordered NAB to submit the investigative report of the rental power case on a daily basis. A three-member bench of the
Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday conducted hearing in the rental power case. NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Fauzi Kazmi requested the court for holding in-camera hearing of the case in order to disclose important details. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry rejected the demand, saying only cases related to national security were heard behind closed doors. The chief justice also insisted on keeping the proceedings of the case transparent. He said if any of the accused in-
volved in the rental power case fled, the NAB chairman and all supervisors would be held responsible. Afterwards, the SC ordered the issuance of show cause notices of contempt of court to all NAB officers who investigated the case from March 30 to date. The notices have been issued to Col (r) Shahzad, Kamran Qaiser and Raza Khan besides all supervisors and investigation-officers. The apex court has demanded a reply within seven days. The hearing has been adjourned until September 25.
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Zardari dual office case
LHC rejects govt’s request to be made formal party LAHORE AGENCIES
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday heard the contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing the political office of PPP co-chairman. A larger bench of the LHC headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the case. During the hearing, senior lawyer Wasim Sajjad, representing the federation, said there was no example pertaining to judicial action against a head of state. Sajjad said it was the first time that questions had been raised over the political role of a president which was why the bench should first assess whether the petition was maintainable or not. He said the president was a part of the federation due to which the bench should allow the federal government to become a party in the case. He further that he (Sajjad) was representing President Zardari before the bench. Petitioner’s counsel AK Dogar said the case was filed against Asif Ali Zardari in his capacity as an individual which was why the federal government could not be made a party in it. In his arguments before the bench, Attorney General Irfan Qadir stated that the bench should not rush with respect to the case’s hear-
ing as there were a number of constitutional points which needed to be addressed. Qadir moreover said lawyers should not file cases in courts that might draw the judiciary in the political domain. Rejecting the government’s request to be made a formal party in the case, the bench adjourned the hearing until Sept 21. The bench further permitted the federal government to become a “conditional party” in the case and ruled that the federation’s lawyer could raise his/her objections and argue over the questions being raised in the court but he/she could not argue over the merit of the petition. Earlier on September 5, the bench had issued a fresh notice to President Zardari through his principal secretary and sought a reply to the petition pleading contempt proceedings against him for not abiding a court order to relinquish his political office. The petition that had been filed by Munir Ahmad through lawyers Dogar and Azhar Siddique had accused President Zardari of indulging in political activities in the presidency. It had stated that the president had neither disassociated himself from the political office nor had he stopped misusing the President House despite a verdict by the Lahore High Court’s full bench against the dual-office.
Birds ground Karachi factory fire two more highlights risks for workers Pia aircraft KARACHI
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was forced to change its domestic flight schedule and cancel one domestic flight on Friday after two of its aircraft were grounded due to bird hits at Islamabad and Karachi airports. In a statement, a PIA spokesman said that a Boeing 737 on a scheduled flight (PK 390) from Lahore to Islamabad was hit by a bird late Friday afternoon while landing at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad. The same aircraft was to perform PK 369 from Islamabad to Karachi, however due to the unavailability of aircraft, flight PK 369 with 118 passengers had to be cancelled, the spokesman said. These passengers were adjusted on PK 309 and an incoming international flight PK 853 which will now bring them to Karachi from Islamabad, he added. Passengers on PK 309 will reach Karachi by 9pm while PK 853 will arrive at 3am in the morning (Saturday). Another flight PK 307 arriving from Lahore to Karachi late Thursday night was also hit by a bird at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, due to which an Airbus A310 aircraft was declared “technical” and the aircraft is being repaired at the PIA Engineering facility, the spokesman said, adding that due to the unavailability of aircraft, the passengers booked for September 14 Lahore-bound flight PK 306 would be adjusted on PK 370 which would now operate as Karachi-Lahore-Islamabad.
The death of 289 workers in a devastating factory fire has highlighted Pakistan’s dismal approach to industrial safety and raised fears for the clothing sector vital to the nation’s struggling economy. Western companies buying Pakistani garments and textiles are likely to scrutinize their suppliers’ working practices more closely after Tuesday’s disaster and there have been promises of a clampdown from officials in Karachi. But in a fiercely competitive global market, analysts warn factory owners face a difficult dilemma, as higher safety standards means higher production costs. Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and commercial heart, has around 10,000 factories on seven industrial estates, according to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). On top of that, there are at least 50,000 cottage and small industries in the informal sector based in residential areas. Fahim Zaman Khan, Karachi’s former top administrative official, told AFP that Ali Enterprises, the factory destroyed in Tuesday’s blaze, was typical of many units in the city. “There is not a single factory in Karachi, which is different in shape and facilities as the one gutted by the fire. Everyone, including our rulers, could see similar factories nearby the gutted one but avoid to take action,” he said.
Police records show Ali Enterprises exported ready-made garments to North America and Western Europe, though it is not clear which brands or chains were supplied. Nasir Mansoor of the National Trade Union Federation said safety measures were ignored at the factory. “At Ali Enterprises there was only one exit point for more than 500 workers at the time of the emergency, all the windows had iron grills and doorways and stairs were stuffed with finished merchandise,” he said. Karachi is a vast, seething metropolis home to some 18 million people, but its emergency planning is woefully underprepared, according to Khan — he said the city had only “a few dozen buildings” with proper emergency exits. “We have a fire brigade which has just 35 fire tenders in working condition, but the city has hundreds of thousands of dangerous buildings. Our disaster management is totally inadequate,” he said. Mohammad Hussain Syed, the city’s municipal head agreed that “very few establishments are in Karachi which have been built on proper building plans. “Safety exits are duly mentioned in the plans approved by the authorities but the owners got away with it only to save money and extra land thus risking precious lives,” he said. A crafty two-step of corruption and political maneuvering allows factory owners to skip around the rules and focus on making money, said analyst Hasan Askari.
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04 News commission on new provinces can be reviewed if opp wants: Na speaker ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary commission on new provinces can be reviewed if the opposition has objections regarding it, National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza said on Friday. Inaugurating the office of the Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA)
set up to facilitate journalists, she said, “I don’t have any desire to become caretaker prime minister… I want to come to parliament again after winning the general elections,” she said. She said the setting up of PRA was welcoming, adding
that her first ruling in parliament was about journalists. Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi, National Assembly Secretary Karamat Hussain Niazi, Additional Secretary Munawar Abbas, Joint Secretary Shahid Jilani, DG PR Anjum Mughal
National Press Club Secretary Sheheryar Khan, PFUJ President Parvez Shaukat, PRA Convener Siddique Sajid, PRA Secretary Waseem Akhtar, and senior journalists including Hafiz Tahir Khalil, Hamid Mir, Tariq Chaudhry, and Nawaz Raza were present. OnLine
US investigating man linked to anti-Islam film WASHINGTON AGENCIES
S probation officials are looking into potential violations of prison release terms by a California man linked to an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests at U.S. embassies in Muslim countries, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. Media reports have linked Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old man living in a Los Angeles suburb who served time in prison for bank fraud, to the making of the video. Clips of the film circulated on the Internet under several titles, including “Innocence of Muslims.” “The U.S. probation office in the central district of California is reviewing the case,” said Karen Redmond, spokeswoman for the administrative office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C., who was
contacted from Los Angeles. Nakoula, 55, who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months in prison, to be followed by five years on supervised probation, court documents showed. Prison records show he was released in June 2011, shortly before production began on the video. Nakoula was accused of fraudulently opening bank and credit card accounts using Social Security numbers that did not match the names on the applications, a criminal complaint showed. The film itself has been attributed to a man whose name was given as Sam Bacile, which at least two people linked to the film have said was likely an alias. A telephone number said to belong to Sam Bacile, provided to Reuters by a virginia man who said he was involved in promoting the film, later traced back to a person who lives at the Nakoula residence.
Under the written terms of his release, Nakoula was forbidden to use the Internet or assume any aliases without approval of his probation officer. A senior law enforcement official in Washington indicated the probation investigation relates to whether he broke either or both of these conditions. violations could result in him being sent back to prison, court records show. Two federal officials said that federal authorities were not investigating the film project itself or anyone or anything to do with its production. U.S. officials have said that even if the film was inflammatory or led to violence, under U.S. law producing it cannot be considered a crime. Nakoula also pleaded guilty in 1997 to possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and was sentenced to a year in jail, according to Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
YouTube blocks blasphemous Power crisis worsens after suspension of video in india: Google gas supply to iPPs PESHAWAR: A cab driver pushes his vehicle past an overturned truck on a flooded road on Friday. inp
us senator moves bill to strip aid to Pakistan, egypt and libya WASHINGTON INP
An influential US senator has moved a Congressional amendment to strip all US aid to Pakistan, Egypt and Libya, totaling about $4 billion per annum, and divided the fund equally for veterans’ Jobs Bill and deficit reduction program.Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, who has been trying to strip Pakistan of all US aid until the release of Dr Shakil Afridi, made another attempt by introducing a new amend-
ment to the veterans’ Jobs Bill. “I’m not saying don’t have relations with Pakistan. Many in Pakistan have been sympathetic to our country. Many in Pakistan have helped our country. But many in Pakistan with a wink and a nod look at us, take our money and laugh at us. They cash our check and they laugh at us,” Senator Paul said moving his amendment to the veterans Jobs Bill. “If we’re really talking about veterans benefits here, if we’re really serious about providing money for the veterans, let’s
take it from an area which is insulting to veterans. Let’s take it from a country that insults every veteran in this country. Let’s take it from Pakistan,” he said. “In Pakistan, Shakil Afridi helped us to get Osma bin Laden. He’s been tortured, kept in prison and now been given a life sentence. I’ve asked one simple thing. I would like to have 15 minutes, have a discussion and have a vote on whether or not we should continue to send money to Pakistan. I’ve said we should send not one
penny to Pakistan until this doctor is released,” Paul said on the Senate floor yesterday. “We offered at one time a $50 million reward for helping getting bin Laden. Young men and women sacrificed their limbs to go to Afghanistan. Many sacrificed their lives to go to Pakistan to get bin Laden. And this man who helped get bin Laden, we’re now letting him rot in a prison,” he said. “Is this how we treat a friend of America? I’ve asked for 15 minutes to have a vote” he said.
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video-sharing website YouTube has blocked access in India to an anti-Islam film that surfaced in the United States and has since sparked deadly protests in the Muslim world, Google said on Friday. US-based search engine Google, which owns YouTube, did not say whether it acted on its own or was asked to remove the content by the Indian government. “We do, at times, block content in response to a court order or other valid legal process. We have blocked access to the YouTube page in the Indian domain,” a Google executive, who asked not to be named, told AFP. YouTube had earlier this week offered to “temporarily” restrict access to the film in Libya and Egypt, the hotbed of protests, because of the “very difficult situation” in
both the countries. Pakistan and Afghanistan have already blocked access to the movie, which was condemned as “inhuman” and “provocative”. Indonesia, where most of the 240 million population practise a moderate form of Islam, has also demanded that YouTube remove the film from its website. Protesters have targeted US embassies for the film, which portrays followers of the Islamic faith as immoral and gratuitously violent. Four people died in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday as violence flared outside US embassies over the low-budget film. The deaths followed the killing of US diplomat and three colleagues in Syria Tuesday, after a mob stormed the consulate in Benghazi. India is home to a Muslim population estimated at about 150 million, according to census data.
VolATile SiTUATioN CATAPUlTS FoReiGN PoliCy To FoReFRoNT oF US PollS WASHINGTON SPECIAL CoRRESPoNDENt
As demonstrators directed their anger against the United States across the Middle East over anti-Islam film, the American foreign policy, U.S. relations with the Middle Eastern countries and the handling of the ongoing crisis came under sharp scrutiny. Simultaneously, the volatile situation catapulted the foreign policy to the forefront of the American presidential election campaign, with Republicans targeting the Obama Administration’s response to the unfolding unrest. The White House Friday acknowledged the situation is “volatile” but insisted that the retaliation in the Muslim countries is against the antiIslam film and it is not about the U.S. policies. The Obama Administration has condemned the video made and posted on the Internet in the United States as “reprehensible” but said it
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does not justify violence. President Obama has talked to leaders of several countries and also sent marines to reinforce security at American diplomatic missions in some Middle Eastern countries. With November 6 presidential elections approaching, Republicans are stepping up their criticism of the Obama Administration in the face of attacks against US targets, saying the President has not led America effectively on the world stage. On the other hand, in analyses and media discussions, experts in the Middle Eastern countries argued that the intensity of angry reaction is not just about the antiIslam film but it also stems from American foreign policy, pursued over the last several decades, particularly on Israeli-Palestinian dispute. According to a report in The Washington Post, advisers to Republican candidate Mitt Romney defended his sharp criticism of President Obama
and said that the deadly protests sweeping the Middle East would not have happened if the Republican nominee were president. “There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation,” Richard Williamson, a top Romney foreign policy adviser, said in an interview. “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.” Williamson added, “In Egypt and Libya and Yemen, again demonstrations — the respect for America has gone down, there’s not a sense of American resolve and we can’t even protect sovereign American property.” Meanwhile, according to the American media, influential voices in the Republican party’s foreign policy establishment are rallying to Romney’s criticism of the Obama administration.. “And it was Obama who faced criticism for saying that
he did not consider Egypt an ally — a comment that his administration struggled to explain,” the Post remarked. “The president can’t even keep track of who’s our ally or not. This is amateur hour — it’s amateur hour,” said Williamson, a former assistant secretary of state and ambassador. Williamson was referring to Obama’s interview Wednesday night with Telemundo in which the president said that the U.S. relationship with Egypt was a “work in progress.” “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,” Obama told Telemundo. “They’re a new government that is trying to find its way.” The Post noted that the US Administration officials tried throughout the day to parse Obama’s statement on Egypt without appearing to contradict him. Obama was right in “diplomatic and legal terms,” White House
spokesman Jay Carney said, because “‘ally’ is a legal term of art” that refers to countries with which the United States has a mutual defense treaty such as the NATO alliance. But the United States tried to work around just that problem in 1989, creating the designation of “major nonNATO ally” for countries on which it wanted to bestow approval, weapons sales and defense cooperation prohibited to non-treaty nations. Egypt — along with Israel, Australia, Japan and South Korea — was among the first countries to be so designated that year. Pressed to explain why a “major non-NATO ally” is not an ally, a State Department spokesperson repeated the treaty argument, then referred reporters to the White House.The spokesperson, though, answered yes in answer to a question whether the United States still considers Egypt a “major non-NATO ally.” At campaign stops in Nevada and Colorado, Obama
avoided any mention of Romney as he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in Libya and again promised to track down their killers. But, according to the Post, his campaign responded by noting that the protests this week were triggered by the video, not by U.S. policy, and that the video likely would still have been produced if Romney had been president. They noted that there have been attacks on Americans under every president in recent history, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. “It is astonishing that the Romney campaign continues to shamelessly politicize a sensitive international situation,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said, according to the paper.“ “The fact is that any president of either party is going to be confronted by crises while in office, and Governor Romney continues to demonstrate that he is not at all prepared to manage them.”
More power outages are looming as gas supply to independent power producers (IPPs) was suspended on Friday, causing a reduction of 1,200 megawatts (MWs) from the national grid. Sources in the Water and Power Ministry told Online that 120 mmcfd gas was being provided to the power houses, however due to non-payment of arrears to the gas companies, gas supply to several power plants has been suspended. Sources said that gas supply to Almore, Orient, Saif and Capco power plants had been suspended, further raising the shortfall from 5,000MWs. Sources said that the government had not cleared liabilities with the IPPs, therefore power plants were facing financial constraints and had been unable to purchase furnace oil for power production. Meanwhile, power production from Guddu power plant reduced to 450MWs from its earlier capacity of 1,100MWs after rainwater accumulated at the plant following heavy showers. Sources further said that less water was being released by the Indus River System Authority (IRSA) therefore power production at Mangla had been reduced to 200MWs from its full capacity of 1,150MWs. Current power demand in the country is 16,000MWs while the total generation is about 11,830MWs. Of the total generated electricity, 5,500MWs come from hydropower projects, 800MWs from thermal, while IPPs contribute 5,530 MWs. Due to the shortfall, the duration of load shedding has been increased to 10 hours for cities and 14 hours for villages and rural areas.
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News 05 Hoti mulling nationalist politics after quitting PTI PESHAWAR
F T E R quitting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Khawaja Mohammad Khan Hoti has become major center of attention for leaders from other major political parties. However, Hoti says he has not yet taken a decision on his future political trajectory, and would do so after consulting his friends and colleagues. “It is not essential for me to join any political party as there exists the possibility of forming a broad nationalist political force of Pakhtoons,” Hoti said in response to a question about his latest contacts with the leaders from Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Replying to a question about his political future, Hoti told Pakistan Today that he was visiting his native Mardan city for the first time after quitting the PTI. During the next couple of days, he said he was planning to consult his friends and well wishers regarding the future line of action. In this respect, he said he would consult them on certain options, including forming a new nationalist political party. “It certainly could become part of Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao’s plan,” he said when told that Sherpao was also considering converting his faction of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP-Sherpao) into a nationalist party against the Awami National Party (ANP) with a new flag and manifesto. But at the same time, Hoti said “it could become a party of Mehmood Khan Achakzai or a new
party”. Hoti has been seriously thinking of adopting a nationalist approach in his political career. In fact, after developing differences with the ANP leadership in early 2009, Hoti had become a fierce critic of ANP’s policies. He tried his best to create a political opposition to the ANP leadership, particularly for the family of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti. In this respect, he has been working on various plans, which, besides joining a major national-level political party, also include a possible alliance with former chief minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai. During his telephonic conversation with Pakistan Today, Hoti confirmed that he had been contacted by former
chief minister Akram Khan Durrani on behalf of JUI-F, and former chief minister Sardar Mehtab and Pir Sabir Shah on behalf of PML-N. He said that whenever politicians sit together, they discuss political issues, including preparation for the next general elections. He, however, contradicted a news item about PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s opposition to Hoti’s entry in the PML-N. After his disassociation from the PPP in 2003, Hoti led his own faction of the party for around three years. Later he joined the ANP and was elected to National Assembly on ANP ticket in 2008 elections. But differences developed with the ANP after he refused to accept the Ministry of Social Welfare. On such grounds, he was asked to resign from the ministerial office. But he formally quit the ANP in December 2011 and joined the PTI.
India will never attack Pakistan from Afghanistan: US experts WASHINGTON
AKISTAN’S fear that Indian presence in Afghanistan threatens its national security is unfounded, top American experts have told lawmakers. Speaking at a Congressional hearing on the Haqqani network, they ruled out the possibility of India’s ever-mounting invasion of Pakistan from Afghanistan. Instead, the American experts told the lawmakers that there was no evidence of Indian effort in Afghanistan undermining Pakistan’s national security. “I don’t think we have seen any evidence of efforts by India to directly undermine Pakistani national security. This is something that the Pakistanis fear but I don’t think that we should let the US policy be driven by Pakistani fear,” Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation said in response to questions from lawmakers who raised Pakistani concerns in this regard. “I think we should point out that if Pakistan is worried about Afghanistan getting too close to India then it needs to take steps to build its own relationship with Afghanistan because what Pakistan is doing by supporting militants it’s not currying favor with the Afghan people. So if it wants to have a better relationship with Afghanistan, it needs to engage in normal state activities that allow that,” Curtis said. Responding to a question from Congressman Brad Sherman, she said, “One thing that I think we were inadequately sensitive to throughout our involvement in Afghanistan is how it’s absolutely unaccept-
able to Pakistan, and naturally so, that Afghanistan would become a strategic enemy or a base for the Indian military,” Sherman said. “To what extent is Pakistan justifiably afraid that (Afghan President Hamid) Karzai could be a strategic ally of India and a strategic enemy of Pakistan and to what extent is there justifiable fear, looking at the entire Kabul government as a whole,” Sherman asked. Jeffrey Dressler, senior research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, said, “Congressman, I think it’s overstated the extent that there’s Indian influence in Afghanistan. I mean, certainly they have diplomatic influence.” Sherman observed that “whatever influence they have will be multiplied by 10 in the minds of Pakistani Generals. So we have to make sure it’s a pretty low number”. Dressler said he did not expect that India “will be mounting an invasion from Afghanistan into Pakistan. I think that’s very far from reality, and so that concern is unfounded. Certainly, there’s activity and President Karzai one of his strategies is to leverage all elements of regional competitors against each other and that’s simply what he’s doing when it comes to Pakistan”. To a question on recent improvement in Indo-Pak relationship, especially in the trade sector, Dressler said though the Pakistan-India relationship was potentially getting better, it was also directly undermined by elements of the Pakistani security services’ support for groups like Lashkar-eTayabba and others. “It’s about encouraging or compelling elements of the security services to cease their support and facilitation for these groups,” he said and his words were echoed by Curtis.
QUETTA: Businesses were closed in the city on Friday following a strike called by the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party against the killing of 10 laborers in Dasht the other day. OnLine
Interpol refuses to arrest Musharraf due to ‘lack of evidence’ ISLAMABAD: The Interpol has refused to arrest former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf in connection with Benazir Bhutto’s murder case, describing Pakistan’s evidences “insufficient”, a private Tv channel reported on Friday. Sources said Interpol had also returned the letter sent by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) due to “lack of evidences” against the former president. The FIA had issued a red warrant to Interpol’s headquarters for Musharraf’s arrest following orders by Rawalpindi’s Anti-Terrorism Court. The relevant documents were dispatched to Interpol authorities in Geneva. However, the international organization has retuned the dossier with objections. The Pakistani government, through the FIA, had requested the Interpol to bring Musharraf back to the county in order to carry out proceedings against him in the murder probe. INP
Most Pakistanis favor new provinces on administrative basis: survey ISLAMABAD StAFF REPoRt
Most Pakistanis (40 percent) favor administrative basis or a combination of administrative and linguistic basis (42 percent) to redraw provincial boundaries, while only 15 percent favor linguistic basis alone, according to a Gallup Pakistan survey conducted by Gilani Research Foundation. A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion, what should be the basis for creation of new provinces?” Responding to this, 40 percent said that there should be administrative basis for creation of the new provinces, 15 percent thought that the creation of new provinces should be linguistic based whereas 42 percent responded that the creation of new provinces should be both administrative and linguistic based. However, 3 percent did not give a view.
Quetta goes on strike against laborers’ killing QUETTA APP
A complete shutter down strike was observed in the provincial capital on Friday against the killing of ten laborers in Mastung. At least 10 construction workers were gunned down and four others were injured by two gunmen on Thursday in the Dasht area of Mastung district, some 30 kilometers south of Quetta. The strike’s call was given by the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. As a result, a complete strike was observed in Quetta and some other parts of the province. The shutters of the main market on Prince Road, Liaqat Bazaar, Jinnah Road, Toghi Road, Mecongy Road, Masjid Road, Abdul Sattar and Meezan Chowk remained down for complete day. Traffic on the road was also thin. Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies, including police and Frontier Corps, were deployed at sensitive areas of the city to avert any untoward incident. No incident of violence was reported from any part of the province.
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SHC seeks report on enforcement of industrial safety laws Provincial high court also seeks reports on progress into investigation of Baldia Town factory tragedy from Police Dept, Sindh Labor Department, Ministry of Industries among others KARACHI
HE Sindh High Court on Friday ordered authorities of provincial departments, law enforcement agencies and private bodies working for the welfare of labor, fishermen and others to submit their detailed reports on enforcement of essential prerequisites pertaining to safety of various buildings. A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqir, also called reports regarding progress on investigation into the Baldia Town factory tragedy from various departments including Police, Sindh Labor Department, Ministry of Industries, SITE, KMC, Fire Department and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board. The bench issued notice to the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate, all Cantonment Boards of Karachi, Karachi Port Trust, KMC, KWSB, Civil Defense Authority, Director Labor, Industries Ministry, Pakistan Engineering Council, Pakistan Standard Institute/Authority, Director General and the secretary of
Health Department, Sindh Home Department, Sindh IG, Karachi commissioner, social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum, PILER, Institute of Architects, Docks Labor Board, SESSI, EOBI, NGO Shehri as well as Sindh advocate general and deputy attorney general. The SHC directed them to also submit in detail their duties and functions regarding safety, security and live saving efforts/measures, various rules and regulations and codes. They were also directed to explain under what law were they obliged and competent to carry out and enforce such provisions. In its order, the SHC bench said the reports shall clearly and distinctly reveal as to what extent such obligations had been fulfilled and shall explains reasons for non-fulfillment of all such measures/duties, which had not been fulfilled or complied with either wholly or in part. The bench said such shall be done keeping in view the position that there were various building rules, regulations and codes for various areas and various structures and provisions such as relating
to proper ventilation. The bench observed that perhaps it was also prescribed as to how much area was required for specific number of workforce in various category of industries/units, as to where under what circumstances and with what precautionary measures, various items/material were to be stored. There were certain specific requirements for electrical fitting, fitment and installation for various kinds of buildings, industries, factories and plants, specific fire fighting system also prescribed for various kinds of buildings, factories and plants. The SHC noted it was also prescribed that various drills/exercises were to be carried out periodically for prevention/control of fire/arson and other emergencies. It also sought explain on what mechanism for coordination between various departments, including fire fighting departments in city and adequate provisions, facilities, entrance, for filling/refilling fire tenders in different areas. The court said the reports should also
explain what standby arrangements were in place for evacuation of victims of any accident, trauma or terrorism and whether there was adequate facility to provide emergency medical treatment on the spot, availability of oxygen cylinders. The SHC also instructed that the reports should mention whether inspector or other officers were designated and deputed for periodical examination and inspect in order to verify availability of essential prerequisites and facilities at various places. The bench directed authorities of the Sindh Labor Department, SESSI and EOBI to explain whether they had ensured registration of industrial, other workers whether their authenticity and correctness was verified or not. SESSI was directed to submit detailed report as to in what manner the funds available with them were being utilized. Other public functionaries were directed to submit reports regarding provision of adequate health, sanitation at commercial buildings and whether officers posted for such purpose were qualified or not.
The SHC also issued notices to Pakistan Labor Federation, Citizens-Police Liaison Committee, Institute of Architects and Engineers and Pakistan Medical Association. Meanwhile, the court issued notice to advocates Abdur Rehman and Faisal Siddiqui asking them to assist the court, if they were available. Petitioner Agha Syed Attaullah Shah, Rah-e-Raast Trust chairman, had moved court alleging government departments, including the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency, Industries Department, Labor Department and Sindh Building Control Authority failed to implement laws regarding availability of facilities to cope with emergency situations at commercial buildings, including industries, factories, residential flats, hospitals, educational institutes, etc. He requested the court to direct government departments concerned to furnish a list of all such commercial buildings constructed without ensuring availability of adequate arrangements of emergency exit-gates, emergency stairs, fire alarms and fire extinguishers.
ill-fated garments factory sealed, Police reveal horror of 82 bodies yet to be identified factory fire KARACHI
Police on Friday sealed the ill-fated garments factory which took lives of nearly 260 persons in an inferno on Monday. According to details, heavy contingents of law enforcement agency have been deployed around the factory site. The building might collapse any time because the fire had heavily damaged parts of its steel structure. Sindh Health Department on Thursday put the death toll to 259, adding that 82 bodies were yet to be identified. Officials said 236 men and 23 women lost their lives in Monday’s inferno. “177 bodies of the victims have been delivered to their heirs after identification process,” they added. They informed further that 82 bodies – 72 man and 10 women – could not be identified and samples had been collected for their DNA test. Officials said 93 bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed hospital, 84 to civil hospital and 71 to Jinnah hospital; while 82 unidentifiable bodies were moved to the Edhi morgue.
Garment industrialists warn against ‘unnecessary conjecturing’ after fire tragedy PrGmea demands impartial inquiry into deadly inferno g Blame game may affect $4bn garment industry’s exports g demands commission’s finding be made public g
KARACHI StAFF REPoRt
Pakistan Ready-made Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) on Friday demanded the government conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the factory fire tragedy in Baldia Town. Industrialists said the culprits should be taken to task, be it owners of the factory, the government agencies, terrorists or the so-called “Bhatta” mafia, as was currently being conjectured.
They also demanded effective measures to thwart such incidents from recurring. Offering condolences to the families of victims, PRGMEA office-bearers and members called upon the government to form a public-private committee to find ways to avoid such deadly incidents in the future and a policy should be formulated on their recommendations and implemented in letter and spirit. A PRGMEA spokesman pointed out that most of the garments factories in the country were involved in the export of garments and were compliant
with social and safety standards practiced not only in Pakistan, but around the world also. They are regularly audited by international inspectors, local agents, as well as local government departments. In fact, international buyers do not place orders with garment factories until they are certified. It is hard to believe incident of such catastrophe has occurred after going through all these audits,” he said. He said the garments industry exported product worth about $4 billion and employed 40 percent of the people
employed in the textile sector. Thus, it was a major employer of people and contributed substantially to the national exchequer. “In view of the above, we request all government departments concerned, media and general public to refrain from unnecessary conjecturing and blame game, as this would be extremely detrimental for the country’s exports and government’s image internationally,” the spokesman said, adding that let the commission’s finding be known and then the necessary course of action be taken.
Police investigating a fire in a factory that killed 289 people described scenes of panic as the flames took hold, after studying closed-circuit video footage from inside the building. The blaze at the Ali Enterprises factory in Karachi started on the first floor and caused terror among workers in a matter of seconds, senior police official Niaz Khoso told AFP on Friday. The only exit from the building was through a door with an electronic lock which failed when the fire disrupted the power supply, he said, leaving workers trapped at the mercy of the smoke and flames. Investigators are studying a crucial two-minute section of footage captured by six closed-circuit cameras as the fire broke out on Tuesday evening. “The fire basically erupted on the first floor, where a group of people were sorting out the finished material,” Khoso said. “A large quantity of finished garments are piled on the floor and workers are calmly busy in their work.” Sparks are then seen coming from electricity cables, which he said were of poor quality and installed unusually low in the walls. “At 18:56 the images of fire come on screen. Workers start running helterskelter as everything gets murky with the smoke amid the sparks of fire,” he said. “At the same time, people on the rest of the building get sense of the fire and start running for safety and then probably cameras are destroyed oneby-one and the footage abruptly ends.” “The fire is definitely accidental, but what is more important and criminal is that the owners had given no exits to the workers to get saved in case of emergency,” Khoso said. “The only gate from where people come and go had electronic locking, which failed to open when fire disrupted the power supply.”
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Karachi 07 efforts intensified to clear rain from residential areas HYDERABAD APP
Divisional Commissioner Hyderabad Ahmed Bux Narejo said on Friday that draining out of the remaining rain water in low-lying areas had been intensified by raising the number of pumping machines up to 70 and hoped that the task would be completed within 24 hours. On his surprise visits to different parts of the urban talukas to monitor the work in progress, he directed the WASA Hyderabad to identify and prepare a complete list of such drainage troubling pockets in all three urban talukas with their recommendations for permanent solution of the problems. During the visits, he also interacted with residents of the area to get first hand information and suggestions from them. Talking to the people, the commissioner said that it was for the first time in the history of Hyderabad that the rain water was being cleared from the urban areas within few hours. Deputy Commissioner Hyderabad Agha Shahnawaz Babar, Additional Commissioner Hyderabad Lal Dino Mangi and other officers from WASA also accompanied the commissioner.
KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif consoles the families of the victims of Baldia factory fire. OnLine
Violence claims seven lives, 26 suspects arrested KARACHI oNLINE
Several incidents of violence in the metropolis claimed seven lives on Friday, police sources said. One man was killed and six others injured in a grenade and firing attack in New Karachi area near Allahwali chowk. The police sources suspected that motive behind the attack could possibly be extortion related. Another person died of gunshot wounds near Meena Bazaar in Pir Colony area of the city. In a separate incident, a man was killed and another injured when some unknown gunmen opened fire on them near Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque in Karachi’s Gulshan e Iqbal area. Two other innocent lives were lost in the city’s Khokhrapar and Ayub Goth areas. Meanwhile, Saddar Police also claimed to have killed two suspected bikesnatchers after an encounter near Capri cinema in Saddar. The suspects were fleeing after snatching a motorcycle from the area. A ten-days-old body was found in a nallah in Pak Colony area. It has also been leant that the Karachi police in their on-going drive against criminals has arrested 26 suspects during the past 24 hours. According to a police statement, those arrested included three absconders. It said that there was one encounter of the police with the suspected criminals and four gangs of the miscreants were also busted during the period. The statement said further that the police recovered 13 pistols, two daggers and a mobile phone from their possession.
New local bodies system will divide Sindh, says Nawaz Pml-n chief says his party will oppose ordinance at every level g terms Baldia factory fire a national tragedy g
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Friday denounced the new local bodies system in Sindh, saying it meant division of the province. “It’s a discriminatory system enforced by the Pakistan People’s Party without any debate in the parliament and consultation with us. Two separate systems have been introduced in one province. What else one was to
call it other than the division of Sindh?” Sharif said while talking to the media. He said that his party would not only oppose the new local government ordinance at every level but would fully back the forces that were agitating against it. Nawaz Sharif also said the Baldia factory accident was a national tragedy and every one responsible for it should be punished without any discrimination. “Whether it be the factory owners or government officers, action must be taken against all those responsible for the fire accident,” he said. Talking to the media on his visit to
Ali Enterprises, Baldia Town, he announced that PML-N would grant Rs 3 lakh to every family whose dear ones had lost their lives in the inferno. Sharif arrived at the scene with several other leaders of his party. He also met the family members of the injured and the deceased and sympathized with them. PML-N chief assured his full cooperation to minorities in Sindh, including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, and pledged that their religious rights would be protected at every cost. He also urged the government to address minorities’ grievances.
no undemocratic, unconstitutional change: mukesh KARACHI NNI
Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla has said that Parliament would complete its term and general elections will be held as per schedule. He said that those who talk about unconstitutional change and believe that change in the country would not come through vote are political schizoids. “No undemocratic and unconstitutional change will occur in the country” he said while talking to a delegation in his office. He added that, Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz‘(PML-N) leaders are political poets and have nothing to offer the flood hit people except rhetoric. Kashmore, Kandhkot and adjacent areas are the worst affected. by the 2012 floods. Relief work is in progress by the provincial authorities in collusion with the army. ’ The Minister commenting on Karachi factory fire said that the deaths are unfortunate and tragic.
actor lehri laid to rest in karachi KARACHI: Famous comedian Lehri was laid to rest amid tears and sobs on Friday. A large number of his fans, family members, neighbors, politicians, social workers , artists and students attended the funeral. Safirullah Siddiqui,aka Lehri was born on January 2, 1929. He made his film debut in 1950’s. Lehri had 225 films to his credit with Anokhi’(1956) as his debut and ‘Dhanak’(1986) as his last production. He was diabetic and was put on a ventilator because he could not maintain consciousness due to worsening chest congestion and water in the lungs. StAFF REPoRt
KARACHI: Activists of religious parties shout slogans during a rally against an anti-Islam film made by an American filmmaker. STaff pHOTO
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CCORDING to a report by The Technology Times, three quarters of the world’s population or 75 percent inhabitants on the earth have access to mobile phones which means of the 7 billion people in this world, 5.25 billion people use mobile phone for communication and other needs. However, not even half of them are aware of the serious health hazards this gadget entails. The report further said that number of mobile phone subscriptions amounts to over 6 billion, while 5 billion out of total count come from developing markets showing that people of developing countries are using mobile phone devices for other purposes than basic calling, texting and for communication too. Developing world, which includes Pakistan, has more mobile phone users than the developed world. The number of subscriptions, World Bank noted, had increased by 5 billion over the last 12 years since 2000 when we had fewer than 1 billion mobile subscriptions. It also said that in 2011 alone, around 30 billion applications were downloaded worldwide. World Bank vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte said, “Mobile communications offer major opportunities to advance human and economic development - from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation, and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes. The challenge now is to enable people, businesses, and governments in developing countries to develop their own locally-relevant mobile applications so they can take full advantage of these opportunities.”
ing the phone close to your head. Use a ‘hands free’ device for calls. n Keep your phone on a desk or table a good distance away from you and put it on speakerphone. Never keep a switched-on phone in a breast or trouser pocket. Studies have shown that mobile phones might affect male fertility. Mobiles can interfere with pacemakers but little research has been done into their effect on healthy hearts. n Turn your phone off at night and stick to a conventional alarm clock for your wake up call. If you have to keep it on, place it away from your bed. n Choose a low radiation phone.
WAYS TO REDUCE MOBILE PHONE USAGE RISK
Keep calls to a minimum, especially when talking to young children. n Avoid using your phone in areas of poor reception. Calling when you’re in an area with good reception allows your phone to transmit with less power – meaning less radiation. n Get into the habit of using your fixed landline phone (but not cordless) when you know you’ll be on a long call. n Send a text message in place of a call where possible so you’re not bringn
Even he did not care to point to the health hazards. In Pakistan, mobile phone subscribers are counted as over 120 million showing that people are getting more and more involved in the `mobile revolution’. However, according to a report by the Mail Online, mobile phones could be a ‘health time bomb’, say experts who have been urging governments to warn the public. More than 200 academic studies link use of the devices with serious health conditions such as brain tumours, according to a group of leading scientists. The experts also said that the governments underplay the potentially ‘enormous’ health risks – especially for children, whose smaller, thinner skulls are more susceptible to radiation. Their report stated that “Both the government and phone companies could very easily do far more to alert the public, particularly children, to the emerging risks and safety measures.’ It accuses officials of ‘downplaying uncer-
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tainty’ over safety, adding “This was the kind of wishful thinking that cost lives with tobacco and asbestos.” A 2008 Swedish study suggested children who use mobile phones are five times more likely to develop brain cancer. Other peer-reviewed studies have found inconclusive links to low sperm counts, behavioural problems in children whose mothers used them during pregnancy, and damage to brain cells. Last year a landmark IARC study, known as Interphone, disclosed that making calls for more than half an hour a day over 10 years could increase users’ risk of developing gliomas - a type of tumor that starts in the brain or spine - by 40 per cent. Over the past eight days, a working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries reviewed the Interphone data and other studies, including a Swedish report that also found evidence of increased brain tumour risk among mobile users.
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Venue: koel Gallery karachi
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"hidden agenda" an exhibition of Paintings by lahore based artist ayesha Siddiqui opens on 11th august 2012 at 5 pm at koel Gallery ,karachi. the exhibition will continue till august 31st,20.
Satrang gallery is celebrating this spiritual month by exhibiting a wonderful calligraphy show. do join us as we present the work of ten exceptional artists. opening on tuesday , July 31, at 8:00 pm.
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Venue: the Second floor (t2f) Join us at t2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf ali farooqi. Ghalib made easy by @micromafthe poetry of mirza Ghalib (27 december 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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Air raids in Aleppo as envoy meets Syria opposition DAMASCUS
Y R I A N regime air strikes targeted rebel-held police stations inside Aleppo city on Friday, ahead of talks between visiting peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and opposition groups in the 18-month conflict. An AFP correspondent said three loud explosions were heard Friday in Damascus, where Brahimi spent his first night ahead of meetings with the opposition groups tolerated by the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad. Among those the UN and Arab League envoy is scheduled to meet is the opposition National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, which brings together Arab nationalists, Kurds and socialists. Hassan Abdel Azim, spokesman for the opposition bloc, said a delegation would meet Brahimi on Friday afternoon to inform him of their suggestions for a way out of crisis. “We support Mr Brahimi... and we will cooperate with him because the violence has reached (unprecedented) levels and the Syrian people are suffering from the killings, destruction and displacement,” he told AFP. Brahimi, who was ap-
pointed earlier this month, said the conflict was getting worse, on arrival at Damascus airport on Thursday when at least 125 people died in violence across Syria, according to a watchdog. “We came to Syria to hold meetings with our Syrian brothers because there is a big crisis, and I think it is getting worse,” the Algerian veteran troubleshooter said, quoted by Syria’s official SANA news agency. “I think everybody agrees the need to stop the bloodshed and to restore harmony, and we hope that we will succeed,” said Brahimi, who succeeded former UN chief Kofi Annan following the failure of his sixpoint peace plan. Brahimi spoke after rebels were reported to have advanced into a key district of the northern city of Aleppo, where activists said at least 11 people were killed Thursday in a strike by a helicopter gunship. On Friday, fighter jets and helicopter gunships were deployed again over Aleppo, the main battleground in the conflict that erupted with prodemocracy protests, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the central Aleppo district of Midan, regime forces carried out air strikes against two police stations which the rebels had overtaken, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rah-
Afghan cleric blames ‘Obama, Jews’ for diplomat deaths KABUL AFP
A top Afghan cleric on Friday said US President Barack Obama and “American Jews” were responsible for the deaths of US diplomats in Libya, but urged only peaceful protest against an anti-Islam film. “This is the work of American Jews, their movie has hurt the sentiments of Muslims around the world,” Enayatullah Baleegh told several thousand worshippers at the Pul-e-Khishti mosque in central Kabul. Baleegh said it was not the first time Americans had insulted Islam and said the work by “two Americans” — apparently referring to the film-makers — had resulted in the deaths of American diplomats in Libya. “These two Jews and President Obama should be held accountable for the death of their diplomats, because it shows the incompetency of the Obama administration and that he could not control such an insulting act,” said the cleric. Mystery remains over who is behind the film, amid conflicting claims of Jewish or Coptic Christian involvement.
man told AFP by phone. “Now no one controls these posts,” he said, adding that “regime forces have deployed throughout Midan to try to push out the rebels.” In the Hanano district in the northeast of Aleppo city, air strikes destroyed another police station in the hands of the rebels, Abdel Rahman said. Government air strikes also targeted the rebel-held towns of Al-Bab and Marea near Aleppo city, while fierce battles raged around the military airport at Minnigh, also in Aleppo province, said the Observatory. In Damascus on Friday, three powerful explosions were heard in the late morning, according to an AFP correspondent in the capital. Near the capital, at least 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in an attack on their vehicle in the restive town of Douma on Friday, as clashes broke out near the municipal building, according to the Britain-based Observatory. Also in Douma, located northeast of Damascus, two civilians were killed as gunfire and army shelling broke out before dawn. The Britain-based Observatory says that more than 27,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad’s rule erupted in March last year. The United Nations puts the toll at 20,000.
51 dead in Afghan bus, oil tanker crash GHAZNI: A passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker in Afghanistan on Friday, killing 51 people and injuring several others, with women and children among the victims, officials said. The incident happened in Ab Band district of Ghazni province, on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar, the capital of the south and Afghanistan’s second largest city, on what is one of the most dangerous roads in the country. One official said the fuel tanker belonged to an Afghan trader and Ghazni is part of the supply route for NATO goods coming into Afghanistan from the north and heading south. “At around 6:30 am (0200 GMT) a passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker in the Spin Band area of Ab Band,” Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy governor of the province, told AFP. “As a result, the fuel tanker and the passenger bus caught fire and 51 people were killed and six others were wounded in the collision. There are women and children among the victims,” he said. He said most of the dead were burnt beyond recognition. AFP
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ALEPPO: A Syrian woman waits with her children outside a food distribution centre on Friday. afp
28 dead in India landslides DEHRADUN AFP
At least 28 people in northern India died on Friday in landslides and flashfloods triggered by heavy overnight monsoon rains and about a dozen others are missing, a rescue official told AFP. The deaths occurred in the early hours after particularly heavy downpours in the Rudraprayag and Bageshwar districts of the scenic Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, Piyush Rautela from the state disaster management cell told AFP. A total of 19 bodies had been discovered in four villages in Rudraprayag and nine other corpses were found in Bageshwar, Rautela said. “We estimate that some 10 or 11 people are still buried under the rubble (in Rudraprayag),” Rautela added as rescue workers scrambled to locate survivors. “Many people are missing but we fear that the chances of survival are negligible,” he said. Uttarakhand has experienced heavy and constant rainfall since Wednesday. At least 100 pilgrims travelling to the ancient Kedarnath Hindu temple, perched atop the Garhwal Himalayan range, were stuck en route due to several road closures caused by landslides, Rautela said. Efforts were under way to remove debris and clear blocked roads, he added.
anti-islam film distracts from ‘real problems’: Morsi ROME AFP
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday condemned a film which has sparked protests across the Muslim world as an “aggression” on Islam that distracts from the real problems of the Middle East. “We cannot accept this type of aggression and attempt to sow discord. These irresponsible actions yield no good and draw attention away from real problems like the conflict in Syria, the fate of the Palestinians and the lack of stability in the Middle East,” Morsi said during a visit to Rome. “The Egyptian people reject and oppose any pernicious attempts to offend the prophet of Islam. Everyone rejects this. Americans also reject these actions, President Obama told me,” the Islamist president told reporters. Morsi, who was speaking as fresh clashes broke out between police and protesters outside the US embassy in Cairo in a demonstration over the film, also rejected the deadly violence that has erupted in recent days. “We do not accept the killing of innocent people or attacks against embassies. All governments have the obligation to defend diplomatic missions.... We reject with maximum determination any type of aggression.” Protests over a trailer for the anti-Islam film on YouTube first broke out on Tuesday in Egypt and Libya, where the US consulate in Benghazi came under attack by an armed mob which killed the US ambassador and three other US nationals.
russian parliament expels anti-Putin deputy MOSCOW AFP
Russia’s lower house of parliament Friday stripped a leading anti-vladimir Putin deputy of his mandate, in an unusual move critics said was revenge for his scathing criticism of the Kremlin. The State Duma voted 291 in favour with 150 against and three abstentions to strip A Just Russia party member Gennady Gudkov of his mandate over alleged conflicting business interests. Gudkov immediately walked out of the chamber, shaking his fist in defiance and embracing his party colleagues in farewell. His ejection had been in little
doubt given it was supported by the dominant United Russia party. “We have shamed ourselves today in front of the whole world,” Gudkov told reporters after the vote, saying he would appeal the decision at the supreme court. “I am going to continue the struggle and I will not leave the country and hide like a hare. The country has made one step towards civil war.” Gudkov is one of the leading figures in the mass demonstrations against Putin’s rule that have rocked Russia since December and he was one of the very few figures in the often pliant chamber to vehemently criticise the Kremlin. A burly straight-talker with a macho
moustache and who always appears with a loose tie and undone top button, Gudkov has for months blasted the authorities over electoral fraud and systemic corruption. Russia’s Investigative Committee is now examining whether he broke the law through his ownership of a private security firm while sitting as an MP. It will decide by September 23 whether to open a criminal probe. After losing his mandate, Gudkov no longer has the immunity enjoyed by deputies and could in theory face criminal charges. Several deputies urged their fellow MPs in the debate ahead of the vote not to expel Gudkov, saying his ejection
would be just a prelude to expelling other critical lawmakers and stoking civil unrest. “This is a dangerous precedent, this is how they started in Germany in 1933,” said Communist deputy valentin Romanov, asking to suspend the debate over Gudkov in the Duma. “I ask deputies not to open the Pandora’s box,” said Gudkov’s colleague Ilya Ponomaryov, also known for participation in opposition rallies. Gudkov himself asked the Duma to hold a secret ballot over his fate so that “people vote the way they think, not the way they are told.” His proposition was rejected.
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10 Comment What the Quaid did not want… Sixty-four years of grappling with a simple question
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the musa Gilani affair No highhandedness or underhandedness
he arrest of Ali Musa Gilani at the gate of the Supreme Court by over-zealous ANF officials is a case of sheer highhandedness. Had the ANF been more efficient, it could have arrested the accused earlier from wherever he was hiding. To waylay him outside the court where he had come to seek pre-arrest bail in the ephedrine case was in violation of the accused person’s right to approach the court. Gilani was not only dragged out of his car but also handcuffed before being whisked away, indicating that the force not only wanted to arrest him but also to humiliate him. The ephedrine scam in which Ali Musa Gilani is allegedly involved is a highly serious case. The way the ephedrine quota of 9,000 kilograms was given to two companies exceeding the permissible limit of 500 kilograms not only raised concerns at home but also abroad as this was a blatant violation of the 1998 United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. It has been claimed that the drug was also smuggled to Iran. If the charge turns out to be true, it would add an ominous dimension to the case. The ANF maintained before the Supreme Court in June that this was the first ever mega narcotic offence in Pakistan. Further, the crime could not have been committed without the alleged involvement and patronage of the state machinery, including the prime minister’s principal secretary, the health minister, secretary health and the PM’s son. There is a need to pursue the case efficiently to punish all those who are found to be involved in the crime irrespective of their status. Unless the big guns are made to account for their misdeeds, there is no hope of ensuring the rule of law. The means adopted to achieve the end have however to be strictly in consonance with law. Nothing should be done that creates the perception of partiality or vindictiveness on the part of the investigation authority. While Ali Musa was released and granted bail by the SC which ordered his immediate production, the action by the ANF would raise doubts about the organization’s fairness. Most of the major scams reported during the last four years have involved big businessmen and important figures in society. Scions of the high and mighty have been involved in some of the scandals. One expects that the investigation against the accused would be conducted even-handedly and transparently. Any perception that special treatment was being given to anyone would raise questions about the quality of justice being meted out.
Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan
By Arif Nizami
id the Quaid-e-Azam envisage a secular Pakistan or a theocracy in the name of an Islamic system? It’s been sixty-four years since his passing away but this is a question that is still a subject of intense debate. The other day a function was held under the auspices of the Aiwan-e-Iqbal in Lahore to commemorate the Quaid’s death anniversary. A similar debate raged there. Orya Maqbool Jan, a right-wing ideologue and an intellectual in his own right, predictably declared that Jinnah envisaged an Islamic system for the country. Orya, who is heading the Punjab Archival Department, claimed on the basis of his research that the founder of the nation wanted an Islamic system for Pakistan. He had tasked a convert religious scholar Allama Mohd Assad to set up an organization for Islamic reforms. Orya also argued that the Quaid wanted to get rid of the western economic system for Pakistan. Dr Mehdi Hasan, who is known for his liberal views, in his subsequent speech rebutted Orya’s claims. According to him, Jinnah was quite clear in his mind about what Pakistan was to be. But Islamists who had opposed the creation of Pakistan started clamoring for a theocracy after his demise. Dr Mehdi Hasan - who heads the Mass Communications Department at the Beaconhouse National University - said that Jinnah, soon to be governor general of Pakistan, spelt out his vision of Pakistan in his address to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947. He quoted from Jinnah’s speech which should have formed the bedrock of the future constitution of Pakistan: “You will find in the course of time, Hindus will cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual but in the political sense as citizens of the state.” The professor of journalism rightly
lamented the fact that this speech was censored by the Quaid’s successors after his demise. By the time the speech saw the light of day, it was already too late. The maulanas who had opposed Pakistan on the very basis that the future state will not be based on religious foundations slowly but surely started taking over the agenda as well as the narrative. Of course, Pakistan created by the Muslims of the sub-continent was never to be a secular state. But neither was it envisaged as a theocracy where a bunch of religious scholars would have the veto power to steer the country according to their respective agendas. I, as chairman of the Aiwan-e-Iqbal, was presiding over this seminar. My submission was that whatever point of view one adhered to about the Quaid’s vision of Pakistan, it was obvious that the present day Pakistan is certainly not what the founding fathers had envisioned. Perhaps, it would be easier to find out the system the Quaid had envisaged by enumerating what he did not want Pakistan to be. For sure, Jinnah certainly did not want a theocratic Pakistan. If it were so, the ulema including Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind would not have opposed its creation tooth and nail. Their argument was that since Islam cannot be confined to territorial boundaries, there was no rationale for Pakistan. They also doubted the credentials of the Muslim League leadership, headed by Jinnah, to lead the Muslims of the subcontinent. Jinnah certainly conceived of a pluralistic democratic system for Pakistan, as he reiterated in many of his speeches including the one he made on 11 August 1947 to the Constituent Assembly. Of course, separate electorate was not in his scheme of things. However, the ideologue dictator General Zia-ul-Haq - with the support of pseudo-democratic elements and the clergy - introduced separate electorates in the already truncated 1973 constitution. The persecution of the minorities certainly was not what the Quaid had fought for. On the contrary, he wanted the minorities to be equal citizens and to be free to practice their religion. The ethnic cleansing of the Shias, the persecution of the Ahmedis and the manner in which the Hindus and Christian minorities are being treated is a far cry from Quaid’s Pakistan. The weak-kneed reaction to such gross injustices by our political elite as well as a large swath of the media is indeed lamentable. Most of the ills of the country are generally traced back to the shenanigans of the
military and feudal elites that have mostly ruled Pakistan since its inception. Again, the Quaid had not even in the wildest of dreams imagined Pakistan to be a national security state where the military would rule rather than defend the frontiers. It is a supremely unfortunate that military despots have ruled Pakistan for almost half of the time since its inception. Even during the rest of the time, the military has been (and still is) a dominant force in our polity. It would be unfair not to blame the politicians and a spineless judiciary for this state of affairs. The higher judiciary consistently kept on putting its stamp of approval on coupsters. Most politicians also, at one juncture or the other, had no compunctions in linking up with military strongmen in order to share the spoils of powers. Today, PML-N supremo Mian Nawaz Sharif laments the fact that Pakistan is reaching the status of a failed state. Having dominated the political agenda for more than a quarter of a century, can he absolve himself of some blame? The Quaid was also for a corruption free and transparent polity; a far cry from the state of affairs today. In his remarkably prescient speech to the constituent assembly he said, “One of the biggest curse of which India is suffering - I do not say other countries are free from it, but, I think, our condition is much worse - is bribery and corruption.” He wanted to put down the twin menace menace of corruption and nepotism with an iron hand and hoped that the (constituent) assembly would take adequate measures in this regard. It is regrettable indeed that our parliament even today is grappling with passing a consensual accountability bill. The late ZA Suleri, a veteran journalist, had the privilege of working under the Quaid. He penned a book “My Leader” which recorded his impressions of Jinnah. Although an apologist of General Ziaul-Haq and a believer in his brand of “Islamic democracy”, he protested when the Quaid’s portrait in the National Assembly was being repainted to show him attired in an ‘achkan’ rather than a suit. Suleri penned an article in the Pakistan Times, of which he was an editor titled Paint the Quaid as he is. Although Mr Suleri did not follow his own guideline and became a follower of Jamaat-e-Islami in the twilight years of his life, his advice is worth following in today’s Pakistan in letter and spirit. Easier said than done! The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
Balochistan simmers Another crevice begins to widen
he arrival of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Pakistan sends another wrong signal regarding the widening gulf between the Pakistani and international perceptions about the simmering problem in Balochistan. The Chair-Rapporteur of the visiting Working Group has clarified that the objective of the mission was neither investigative nor an effort at fact finding. Instead the Mission was here to “act as a bridge between the families of the missing persons and the concerned governments”. Read with the fact that the invitation to the UN Working Group was extended by the government of Pakistan which has been reluctantly acknowledged by the Foreign Minister of the country, should one conclude that it is, in effect, an avid admission of the failure of its policies to address one issue that is increasingly finding its way into international headlines? The timing of the arrival of the Mission in Pakistan is another issue that needs attention. A few months ago, the Supreme Court launched a serious effort to unearth the missing persons. The apex court has held many meaningful sessions exerting
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enormous pressure on the security agencies and other government departments to disclose the whereabouts of the missing persons and to produce them before the bench. The effort has met with some success as a few have returned to their homes, but a large number are still reported as missing. Such an effort had never been launched in the past and the security agencies were generally considered to be beyond the domain of law. The effort that is finally underway to bring them within the realm of law and, in the process, address the simmering problem of the missing persons should be acknowledged and supported. Let it also be recorded that this effort is still underway and the Chief Justice has repeatedly vowed that it’ll continue till all the missing persons return to their homes. The case, therefore, remains sub-judice. Why then, at this critical juncture, has the government considered it wise to invite a UN Mission to come and look into the matter? Should it follow that this is a vile move to embarrass the good work of the judiciary? Its credentials already seriously dented because of involvement in sordid machinations to affront the apex court, the government needs to come up with a credible explanation.
Now to the issue itself which has to be viewed as part of the larger problem of Balochistan. For too long now, efforts have been made to push it under the rug. Like an ostrich, our policy-makers believe that, after a while, the problem would go away. Instead, over years, it has only enhanced in expanse and ferocity. Also, it is now the focus of international attention which may be partly geared to embarrassing Pakistan. But, that cannot be cited as an excuse to make the world believe that peace prevails in Balochistan when, instead, the situation is deteriorating rapidly and the writ of the state is fast obliterating. Killings are a daily occurrence and sectarian carnages have become a routine happening. More than anything else, the conflict appears to be a clash of wellentrenched mindsets. While succeeding ruling mafias, military and ‘democratic’ alike, have believed that it is their inherent right to use the resources of the province as they deem fit (ala former East Pakistan), the vastly aggrieved people of the province disagree vehemently and lay a claim on their resources to be used principally for their development before being transmitted to other parts of the country. This should be viewed in the context that
while Balochistan is by far the richest province of the country in terms of natural resources, it remains the least developed of the federating units. The aggrieved feeling has accentuated with the passage of time and, today, it is like a simmering cauldron that may soon become an inferno. The tragedy is that there is least awareness of this gruesome prospect and only half-hearted efforts are being made to douse the flames that are gradually raging out of control. I have repeatedly asserted that the situation cannot and should not be left to the security agencies to handle. They have not been able to do it in the past and there is no way they can do so in the future, more so now that the situation is far graver than it ever was. In the process, the unnecessary penchant among out policy-makers and security agencies to put the blame on foreign-engineered conspiracies should also be remedied as the problem actually lies within us and the manner in which we have tried to address the issue through all the years that it has been simmering and begging for attention. It may have escalated but, perhaps, it is still not completely out of control. For the issue to be addressed in earnest, it would require
a genuine change of approach both in terms of the dynamics of our understanding and the tools and instruments that we have traditionally used to solving it. The national leadership, both political and military, should also make an effort to learn from our history and ensure that past mistakes are not repeated that have cost the country dearly. No one wants that, but the way things are going, the unfortunate eventuality may not be far away. Balochistan, in more than one way, is integral to the security and sovereignty of Pakistan and a negotiated settlement there is a pre-requisite for peace in the rest of the country. The problem can be addressed only through a political initiative that should aim at a minimum confluence of interests and then building on that over years to provide a sustainable base for peace, progress and prosperity of the people living in the province. The need is to cross the threshold of a mindset that is antiquated and does not quite fit in with either the demand of times or the feelings of the aggrieved people of the province. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at email@example.com
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Sufism and sectarian harmony Today in Pakistan, Balochistan is burning; hundreds of people have lost their lives in terrorist attacks, sectarian violence and target killings. Killing of members of Hazara community, Punjabi settlers and professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers and security personnel is a matter of routine. The terrorists have been operating covertly under the cover of religious and political individuals. However, it is important to mention here that social contract of Pakistan and its cultural foundations blended with the large heartedness of Sufism are dexterously flexible and deftly persuasive to accommodate the dissenting thoughts and opposing beliefs. In fact majority in Pakistan is imbibed by Islamic teachings as inspired by the Sufi Saints, who are loved, cherished and followed as symbols of Islamic philosophy having an appeal for tolerance and respect for religious beliefs of other communities. Pakistan and Sufism are inter-related, inter-woven and inseparable from each other. Sufis in the subcontinental context are known for providing a common venue for people of all religions and ethnicities. Sufi shrines are still highly popular among Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and people of other faiths. Sufism gave a new lease of life to the Muslims, provided them with a bright vision, opened up fresh vistas for them, and guided them towards unexplored horizons. Unfortunately, sectarianism has ripped the social fabric of Pakistan. Now people of different sects are losing respect for one another and forget the teachings of Sufism. Sectarianism with the introduction of religious parties and exploitation of religion by various governments to legitimize their rule created hell in this country. Different sects manipulated by external actors, are engaged in alienating the simpleton Muslims from the true spirit of Islam and are weakening the Muslim brotherhood, which is the real basis of Pakistan. No matter how strong the government’s efforts are to manage extremism in the country, it needs cooperation at individual level to attain success. HASAN KAZMI Lahore
the importance of female literacy An educated mother has the ability to lay the foundations of a healthy and enlightened society. The entire personality of a person revolves around the sphere of mother’s training, especially in our patriarchal society where child care is the primary responsibility of women. Women represent 49 percent of total population in Pakistan, but the literacy rate of women stands at 36 percent. In Pakistan, the primary school dropout rate of girls is 50 percent. As Muslims, we all know that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) laid great stress on the importance of education and said that it is the leading duty of men and women to acquire education. Women’s education in Pakistan is facing different hurdles of varying kinds. The overall size of the population is mounting rapidly and has resulted in further female illiteracy. In our society, boys get preferential treatment from their families and they are allowed to continue their education and the parents
always pick the boy if there is a choice between educating a boy or a girl. This practice has contributed in limiting the overall presence of women to get education. There is also the prevalent notion that it is males have to be bread-earners and women need not work (even though a large proportion of women are forced to work due to multi-farious reasons), which is why their education must be prioritized. Another hurdle that is significantly contributing to female illiteracy is that females are not allowed to go to universities, colleges, for continuing their education. As our society is a male-dominated society, and women not only have problems of financial and moral support but also problems of mobility and security, so they cannot pursue higher education even if they want to. Every government talks about the importance of female literacy but very few have come up with targeted and specific solutions and all the education policies remain vague and
on the karachi inferno Can one commit mass murder and then simply walk away terming the incident an “accident”, an “act of nature” or an “unavoidable misfortune”? I will term whatever happened on September 11 in Karachi (and in Lahore, as well) a mass murder committed by all those made responsible by law to ensure safe working conditions in factories. Obviously, these were not isolated incidents. Even though an accident of this magnitude has not taken place before, but accidents in factories in Pakistan are a dime a dozen. These factories are murder traps only to make money. Industrial labor standards and city government’s bylaws demand factory design/layout to take care of emergency exits, alternate fire exits in multi-storey buildings, smoke and fire detection systems, fire extinguishers and water sprinklers, industrial grade electric wiring equipped with devices to prevent short circuits. The Karachi inferno, which will be remembered as the worst industrial disaster in Pakistan’s history, is neither the first one nor will it be the last one. Only the number of victims may vary in future disasters; the reasons for the fire erupting will be the usual ones consisting of negligence and ineptitude: lack of boilers inspections, electric short circuit, inappropriate storage of explosives and chemicals, temporary wiring to connect the standby generators. In some cases, even the factory may not exist as an industrial unit or may not have an approved building map and lease plans. If I can get away by paying a 100-rupee bribe to
platitudinous. Our government is spending 2% of national GDP on education, which is nothing short of criminal negligence. Our neighboring countries Sri Lanka and India have developed a gender equality policy in education, and are flourishing very rapidly. In Pakistan, the development of media has brought awareness in society about many issues and has contributed to opening up society in many ways. As a result, many women are heading towards different professions of life. Kofi Annan said, “More countries have understood that women’s equality is a prerequisite for development”. It is not possible for a society to progress by restricting half of its population and not providing with their basic right i.e access to education. Women have always played a main role in the building of nations. So, for a better Pakistan, it is essential to equip women with quality education. MUHAMMAD UZAIR NIAZI Mianwali
the traffic police, the factory owner can also continue to operate by paying appropriate bribes to boiler inspectors, civil defense authorities, building control, labor welfare and anyone else concerned with an official inspection tag. Will we ever spare some of the amount we spend on weapons and useless projects and paraphernalia on some real projects? MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
‘the nwa operation’ The aforementioned captioned letter by Mr Z A Kazmi bewildered me. How is it possible that we were not aware of the existence of the “other side of the war on terror” as mentioned by him (quoting mostly foreign sources of information). He has hinted at possessing more of such material. I would kindly request him to share that material with the readers of this newspaper enabling us to solve our confusion. OBAID AHMED Karachi
uS branding ‘US not branding Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism’ (Sep 9): They also acquitted us of this “charge” at least twice last year. The old song now needs to fade away as the drawing of the stage’s curtain is not far-off. Z A KAZMI Karachi
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s the tsunami, the allegedly crackling sea of people, at the risk of petering out before it even reaches the shore? (Euphemism guide: Tsunami = PTI; Shore = elections; petering out = petering out) Those who came here looking for the spoils are now looking elsewhere now that it is clear that they aren’t getting the ticket. Some are fuming because of the disproportional attention being given to unelectable apparatchiks instead of constituency solids. There is also much introspection in the aftermath of the likes of Sheikh Rasheed joining the party. Recently, the party’s economic policy, launched with much fanfare, was criticized by a party member himself, one who was supposed to be on the economic team to begin with.
************** ust the way the PTI don’t have a shot in hell generally, they also don’t have the monopoly on internal party dissent. The gloves seem to be off when it comes to Hafeez Sheikh within the PPP. Many from within the party are criticizing the finance minister for “failed policies.” The issue of non-payment of the circular debt is another issue. There just isn’t enough money for it but the party members, facing the unending brunt of complaints back at the constituency, need some catharsis and, well, here’s an acceptable target. Having been around both sides of the political divide, it is not as if he gets any “party loyalty” reprieve from the rest of the party the way the prime minister does. Expect the finance minister on the airwaves and the press soon enough in a PR effort.
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12 For the Lady Gaga with everything, a very public tattoo NEW YORK
ADY Gaga marked the launch of her debut perfume Fame by making herself the centerpiece of a surreal blacktie masquerade soiree and getting a tattoo on the back of her head. Gaga, 26, took over the Guggenheim museum on the final day of New York fashion week for a piece of performance art — or should that be publicity? — that started off with her sleeping in a Plexiglas replica of a Fame bottle. Hundreds of guests — including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Yoko Ono and a host of big-name New York fashion designers and models — had been asked to turn up Thursday night with full-on head accessories, or at least a party mask. “In the spirit of Gaga’s nostalgic aesthetic, we inspire you to honor her dedication to this fragrance and celebrate your shared passion for fashion,” the invitation card said. Upon arrival, invitees were greeted by muscular young bare-chested male models in skintight leather jeans, as well as black-tinted hors d’oeuvres and fuming blood-red
Katrina to do serious acro-dancing in Dhoom 3, Aamir to join her Katrina Kaif would be training for a new form of dancing known as acro-dancing for Dhoom 3. It has now been decided that Aamir too would be joining Katrina in this rare and intricate form of dancing. While Katrina would be trained in Mumbai by acro-experts, Aamir would be taking lessons for the same in Chicago.After rigorously learning belly dancing for the song My name is Sheila in Farah Khan’sTees Maar Khan and another intricate form of belly dancing for the Mashallah number in Ek Tha Tiger, Katrina has moved to another far more complex form of dancing in Dhoom 3. Acro-dancing! A very complex combination of classical dancing and the elastic-bodied skills of acrobatics, acrodancing is considered one of the most complex forms of modern dancing. “Yeh sabki bas ki baat nahin,” said a choreographer who heard about Katrina’s new and most daunting career challenge. It’s not every heroine’s cup of tea at all. I once wanted one of our top heroines( who is also a fabulous dancer) to attempt acro-dancing.We practised for a fortnight and then gave up.Iss ladki ko mera salaam.” The choreographer’s salutation to Katrina is not unfounded. She will be spending a good two months practising her
acrobatics for the dance. Aamir will join Katrina only briefly for acro-dancing. Says a source, “Katrina will start with learning acrobatics and gymnastics suspended from a harness. This form of training for acrodancing is really hard because it hones in on a dancer’s ability to maintain grace suspended in air. After this, Katrina will go on to training for classical dancing, and then do a combination of the two styles. It’s a huge challenge. But as far as her dancing is concerned Katrina wants to keep moving to a new level with every film.” A world-renowned acrobat would be flown down to Chicago where Dhoom 3 would be shot, and then to Mumbai. Katrina and Aamir are expected to continue their acro-dancing training even while attending to her other commitments in-between the Dhoom 3 schedules.”COURTeSY TOi
margaritas — all hints of things to come. Onto a giant screen affixed to the Guggenheim’s famous spiral gallery appeared New York photographer Steven Klein’s five-minute film to promote Fame, which is billed as the world’s first eau de parfum that is black in color. Most definitely NSFW — Twitterese for not safe for viewing at work — it cast the chart-topping singersongwriter as a latex-clad Gulliver in a “Metropolis” bondage nightmare, her naked body overrun by, well, muscular male models. “You know, the film was expensive,” Klein told the Hollywood Reporter amid talk that it cost more than $1 million to make, “but I guess the film has a price, fame has a price, the fragrance has a price. Everything has a price.” Finally, Gaga herself appeared, inside the darkened bottle replica, seemingly asleep on a velvet day bed, wrapped in a black fur stole, as Edith Piaf ballads filled the vastness of the Guggenheim’s atrium. It took a few minutes before the adult guests — no children or teenagers, despite the demographics of Gaga’s fan base — realized they could step up, stick their hand through a hole and actually touch a real-life celebrity.
Kareena mum over wedding date, converting to islam Kareena Kapoor is reportedly tying the knot with Saif Ali Khan Oct 16, but the actress is not confirming it and has also refused to answer a question whether she would be converting to Islam after marriage. However, Saif’s mom, actress Sharmila Tagore has confirmed that the two are getting married Oct 16, according to media reports. But Kareena is tight-lipped about it. “You all know everything, then why are you asking,” Kareena said to reporters during the promotion of Heroine here Wednesday. Asked why was she holding back her wedding date, she said that the “only thing is that we have not decided where it will be and when it will be. So, whenever we will decide, we shall talk.” Sharmila Tagore had converted to Islam when she married cricketer Mansur Ali Pataudi, donning the name Ayesha Begum. aGenCieS
Zeb & Haniya in US under cultural diplomacy program
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Paris hilton ‘dating 10 years younger male model’ NEWS DESK Paris Hilton is reportedly dating a 21-year-old Spanish male model named River viiperi, whom she met at the Marlon Gobel show at the Lincoln Centre during the New York Fashion Week. Since then they have been spotted hanging out backstage at some of the other fashion shows and according to PerezHilton.com are constantly “snuggling” and “seeing each other as much as they can”, Contactmusic reported. The 31-year-old, who split from boyfriend Cy Waits - in July, has insisted that she was enjoying being single. “Every woman dreams of getting married and having a family one day, but right now I’m so busy travelling and working I wouldn’t have time for that,” she had said. “When that time happens, it will be fantastic, but right now I’m just happy being single, and being an independent woman.
WASHINGTON: Popular Pakistani singer-
songwriter duo Zeb and Haniya are traveling to communities across America under the State Department’s groundbreaking cultural diplomacy initiative, Center Stage through October 1, 2012. Center StageSM brings performing artists from Haiti, Indonesia, and Pakistan to the United States to engage American audiences in 60 medium and small-sized towns and cities, the State Department said. Zeb and Haniya will tour to Akron, OH; Washington D.C.; Madison, WI; Albuquerque, NM; Helena, MT; and Houston, TX. For a full list of artists and performance dates. During their tour, the Pakistani artists will participate in variety of performances, workshops, discussions, artistto-artist exchanges, and community gatherings in seven medium and small-sized towns and cities. On Wednesday Zeb and Haniya performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Center StageSM builds on Secretary State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” -which embraces the full range of diplomatic tools, in this case the performing arts, to bring people together and foster greater understanding. Center StageSM is a public diplomacy initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
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13 NeW yoRK: Models display creation by designer Ralph lauren during the New york fashion week.
Models present creations from the 2013 spring/summer collection of designer Fyodor Golan at london Fashion Week. afp
Models walk the runway at the Focus Taiwan New york spring
loNDoN: 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-benz Fashion Week.
French magazine sets oﬀ new storm with topless Kate photos Royal couple angry and sad at breach of privacy PARIS/LONDON AGENCIES
RENCH magazine Closer unleashed a new media tornado on Britain’s royal family on Friday with a fivepage splash of photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sunbathing topless with Prince William in the south of France. Closer, a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip, ran a dozen shots of the Duchess as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms as William rubs sun cream on her. Under the headline “Oh my God!”, the photos show the couple, whose regal yet natural conduct since their April wedding has won them fans worldwide, soaking up the
sun on the balcony of a 19th century hunting lodge, oblivious to lurking paparazzi. The spread is a blow to Buckingham Palace as it tries to move on from a scandal over naked shots of Prince Harry that tarred an image bolstered by Kate and William’s wedding, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee and her Olympic Games appearance. While Closer defended its decision to publish the photographs, a royal spokesperson called it a grotesque move that had upset the royal couple, currently touring southeast Asia, and said Buckingham Palace was consulting lawyers. “Their Royal Highnesses have been hugely saddened to learn that a French publication and a photographer have invaded their privacy in such a grotesque and totally unjustifiable manner,” a spokesperson for St James’ Palace said. “Their Royal Highnesses had every expectation of privacy in the remote house. It is unthinkable that anyone should take such photographs, let alone publish them.” Closer’s editor-in-chief Laurence Pieau described the photos as a “beautiful series” that showed a couple in love and were in no way degrading. She said the magazine had more intimate shots from the same series that it opted not to publish. “There’s been an over-reaction to these photos. What we see is a young couple, who just got married, who are very much in love, who are splendid,” Pieau told French BFM television. “She’s a real 21st Century princess,” she added: “It’s a young woman who is topless, the same as you can see on any beach in France or around the world.” WINDSORS TAKE THEIR CLOTHES OFF Closer, published by Italian company Mondadori, would likely lose any legal case over invasion of privacy, although profits from the issue would likely far exceed any fine faced, likely just a few thousand euros. “It’s without a doubt an invasion of privacy,” said Christopher Mesnooh, a US
lawyer who practices in France. “They were on vacation in a friend’s chateau. There was no expectation the press would be there. So visibly they have been damaged by the fact the pictures were taken and it is likely a French court would rule in that direction.” The publication — which set off a stream of mostly angry commentary on twitter — reopens a debate over the privacy of Britain’s royal family and the freedom of the press weeks after a U.S. website published grainy photos of William’s younger brother Harry cavorting naked in a Las vegas hotel room. “Harry started the fashion: these days the Windsors take their clothes off,” the French magazine quipped in the photo spread, which it claimed as a world exclusive on the couple’s mini-vacation in early September. Dubbing the affair “nipplegate” in some cases, a torrent of twitter commentary on both sides of the English Channel mostly chided Closer for running the shots. A spoof account for Queen Elizabeth, @Queen_UK, which has nearly a million followers, tweeted “Dear The Sun, Don’t even sodding think about it,” in a mock threat to the British tabloid newspaper that published the nude photos of Prince Harry. Royal sources said the photo spread was a flashback to the paparazzi chases of Princess Diana, William’s mother, making it even more painful for him. “There is a feeling of anger and disbelief,” one source said. “We feel there has been a red line crossed with regard to publishing these images.” William and Kate were staying at the Chateau d’Autet near Aix-en-Provence in the Luberon region, whose picture-postcard villages, rolling lavender fields and vineyards have made it a favourite getaway spot for wealthy foreigners. At one point the Duchess, clearly recognizable in the slightly fuzzy images, stands up and partly peels down her bikini bottoms as William rubs sun lotion on her back. “The last time we saw Kate and William on a balcony it was for their wedding. But they had more clothes on,” reads one photo caption. Another says: “People always say she doesn’t need to dress up to look good. Well ... Kate is proving this.” Closer said Kate was also spotted smoking a cigarette on the way out of Marseille airport, where the pair arrived on a commercial flight.
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iPhone 5: everything you need to know
PPLE has confirmed the price, specs and release date of the iPhone 5. Here's everything you need to know.
What does it look like? The Apple iPhone 5 looks a lot like the iPhone 4S but it's thinner, by 18 per cent, and lighter, by 20 per cent. The screen is taller too, at 4inches corner to corner, but the phone, held in portrait mode, is the same width. Instead of a glass back, the iPhone 5 back and sides are made from a single piece of aluminum.
What happened to the dock connector?
the iPhone 5 won't connect to any existing docks or accessories you may have.
Why doesn't it do NFC/ Wireless charging/ magic?
Another thing Apple has replaced in order to save space: the dock connector. It has been a familiar feature of Apple devices since it was introduced with the third-generation iPod in 2003 but Apple has now replaced it with a smaller 'Lightning' connector. That means
What about the camera?
According to Apple's Phil Schiller, the iPhone 5 doesn't have NFC because it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. One day, an NFC-enabled phone could replace your wallet but that day is unlikely to come in the next 12 months, by which time Apple will be launching a new iPhone. Wireless charging, meanwhile, was ignored by Apple because it still means plugging something in to charge - it just doesn't plug into your phone. There are plenty of features that other smartphones have that the iPhone 5 doesn't. If a feature is missing that's essential for you, then this needn't be your phone.
Though the camera is still 8megapixels, Apple says that performance will be improved by the new A6 processor. The iPhone 5 also has better low-light performance and a new panorama mode.
What's inside? The handset is powered by an A6 processor, an upgrade from the A5 chip in the iPhone 4S and the A5X in the latest iPad. Apple says the A6 delivers CPU and graphics performance that is twice as fast as the iPhone 4S. It has been rumored that the iPhone 5 has more RAM too 1GB, compared with 512MB in the 4S - but this has not been confirmed.
When can I buy one and how much will it cost? Apple confirmed yesterday that the iPhone 5 will be released on September 21. Unlocked, the phone will cost £529 (16GB), £599 (32GB) and £699 (64GB). CoURtESy tELEGRAPH
Doctors' orders: improve your handwriting
UMBAI: Doctors' handwriting has never been renowned for its elegance, but an Indian medical group is so concerned about sloppy scrawls that it has started an awareness drive to prevent fatal errors. More than 100 doctors across Maharashtra state met last week and found handwriting legibility to be one of the most alarming issues they faced, according to the non-profit umbrella body Medscape India. "Due to lack of clarity in doctors' written prescriptions, the number of deaths caused in India and internationally are on a shocking rise," a statement from the group's president Dr Sunita Dube said, without providing details. She now has government backing for the drive after writing to the state health minister, explaining that
many chemists, especially in smaller Indian towns and villages, are unable to understand drug prescriptions. Owing to misinterpretation, "an incorrect drug is administered to the patient which a lot of times proves fatal or nearly fatal", Dube wrote. Medscape India plans to produce a handbook to serve as a quick guide for doctors, and will be offering small workshops on simple techniques for writing quickly and clearly, Dube told AFP. "We have to reach the right drugs so we can save lives," she said, encouraging doctors to write in capital letters and check spellings in drug reference books. She said improvements could also prevent litigation against doctors, who have long been associated with illegible scribbles. "I keep on getting so many jokes," Dube said. "Jokes apart, it's a serious note we're putting out." AFP
Malaysian parents warned of gay 'symptoms' KUALA LUMPUR AFP
Beware tight clothes, v-neck tops and boys with handbags, authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia are warning parents -- they could be the "symptoms" of homosexuality in their children. Two teachers' groups, with government blessing, have held seminars recently to advise parents on homosexuality's supposedly tell-tale signs, Malaysian media have reported. For boys, they included muscular bodies and the tendency to show them off in tight-fitting clothes and v-neck or sleeveless tops, the reports said. Light-coloured clothes and the carrying of handbags by boys were also deemed worthy of suspicion. "Symptoms" of lesbianism, meanwhile, included a tendency to accompany, eat meals and sleep in the company of other
women. "Definitely we support the seminars because it's good for parents to be exposed to LGBT symptoms," Deputy Education Minister Mohamad Puad Zarkashi told AFP on Friday, while declining direct comment on the guidelines. "At least preventive action can be taken," said Mohamad Puad, who officiated one of the seminars in northern Penang state earlier this week. Homosexuality has long been taboo in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim, and where sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Gay rights activist Pang Khee Teik condemned the approach. "It's discriminating and it's harmful... In this instance the ministry of education has proven that Malaysian education is shockingly behind the rest of the world," he told AFP. "The ministry of education has itself become a bully -- and a joke," he said.
Shades of meaning: Five commonly confused word-pairs vladimir Nabokov once said, "A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist." The need to say exactly what you mean in written and spoken communication seems obvious, but when it comes to some of the English language's most similar word-pairs ("big" and "large," and "sure" and "certain," for example), the subtleties are difficult even for grammarians to untangle. Most of the world's prominent grammarians have reached consensus for the appropriate uses of many often-confused word pairs. I explore the details of many of these grammatical errors in The Big Ten of Grammar and am sharing the grammarian's official verdict on the usage of five commonly confused word-pairs.
"Sure" and "certain" Both are used to express no doubt about something, but they are used differently depending on how one concludes that there is no doubt. "Sure" is used to express one's belief of no doubt through intuition or feeling: "I am sure she loves me" or "I am sure we will get the apartment we want" or "I'm sure my life is going to get better." "Certain" is used when one's conclusion of no doubt is based on facts, evidence, or definite grounds of some kind: "After reading the police report, I am certain the man is innocent" or "My research makes me certain my theory is correct" or "After studying the minutes, I am certain the city council made the right decision."
"Less" and "fewer" The traditional uses of "less" and "fewer" are being increasingly ignored. Except in mathematical equations where
numbers are defined as being "less than" or "greater than" other numbers, "less" should be used to refer to bulk or a general quantity, while "fewer" should be used to refer to individual items or to a number, to something that can be counted. "I spend less time shopping in traditional stores, and I expect what I buy online to be shipped in fewer than three days." "School begins in fewer than three weeks." "Express Lane--fewer than 15 items." "Fewer" than fifteen people applied for the job." "I have fewer customers this year and less money." "Having less business means needing fewer trucks." "I advertised less and ended up with fewer customers."
"Further" and "farther" The interchangeable use of "further" and "farther" was first used in the Middle English period, the twelfth to the fifteenth century. The two words continued to be used interchangeably until about seventy-five years ago. Since then they have been thoroughly vetted by grammarians and are now uniformly used in similar, but slightly different, ways. "Further" is used to indicate time, degree, or quantity (no notion of distance is indicated): "I need to look into the matter further before making a decision" or "My research needs to go further before writing the report" or "This investigation needs to go further than previous ones." "Farther," on the other hand, is used to indicate distance: for example, "Bill ran farther than Joe," or "Chicago is farther from St. Louis than Kansas City is" or "The next service station is farther down the road."
"Big" and "large" "Big" is a Scandinavian word originally mean-
ing important or of great significance: "big deal" or "big man" (important leader or government office holder, officer in an organization or company). "Big" is now used to refer to something that is big in size or importance, but not humungous or terribly out of proportion. "Large" comes from the English and French. Originally it was used in the sense of extravagant, lavish, exuberant, or lush and was considered an undesirable characteristic. "Large" gradually has come to refer to something that is very considerable in size or importance--out of proportion or overly large--but not necessarily an undesirable characteristic. "Large" is generally thought of as being much greater and more comprehensive than "big." Deciding which to use requires making a judgment call as to just how big or large something is.
"Often" and "frequently" About sixty-five years ago distinguishing between the uses of "often" and "frequently" was given a great deal of attention in England. In the United States, however, until a few years ago, little attention was paid to the meanings of the two words, and they were used interchangeably. Now, grammarians in the United States have gotten on board, and grammatical standards for using "often" and "frequently" have taken root. "Often" is used to indicate something happening many times, repeatedly, time and again--the expected norm. "Frequently" encompasses the same things as "often" and adds to it the idea of the expected norm happening at short or rapid intervals. The bottom line is this: there is a subtle difference in how these two words are used, and it takes a discriminating judgment call to determine how frequently something happens. NEWS DESK
New Zealand man throws away $22.5 million lottery ticket
ELLINGTON: A New Zealand man threw away a winning lottery ticket worth NZ$27 million ($22.5 million) after reading the wrong results and thinking it was useless. It was not until the following day, when he heard the lucrative prize had not been claimed, that he searched for the ticket and found he had won. The man, in his 20s, who did not wish to be identified, had bought the ticket on a whim, spending money he had set aside for a haircut after he went to his hairdresser and found the shop closed. "I originally checked the results on my phone, but I must have got the wrong draw so I thought my ticket was a loser. I chucked it aside and thought 'that was that' and went to work," he told Fairfax News on Friday. "It was only when there was so much talk in the town about the unclaimed prize that I thought it might pay to recheck the ticket." The NZ$27 million prize consists of NZ$25,592,110 in cash, a Lamborghini Gallardo, an Audi Q7, a speedboat, a credit card topped up to NZ$50,000, as well as NZ$50,000 worth of travel and NZ$675,000 cash towards a holiday home. AFP
The girl who must eat every 15 minutes to stay alive
IZZIE velasquez weighs just four stone and has almost zero per cent body fat but she is not anorexic. In fact, the 21-year-old from Austin, Texas, must eat every 15 minutes to stay healthy. Miss velasquez has a rare condition which prevents her from gaining weight even though she eats up to 60 small meals a day. "I eat every 15-20 minutes to keep my energy levels up. "I eat small portions of crisps, sweets, chocolate, pizza, chicken, cake, doughnuts, ice cream, noodles and pop tarts all day long, so I get pretty upset when people accuse me of being anorexic." She was born four weeks prematurely weighing just 2lb 10oz. Doctors found there was minimal amniotic fluid protecting her in the womb. "They told us they had no idea how she could have survived," said Miss velasquez's mother Rita, 45, a church secretary. Doctors speculated Lizzie might have the genetic disorder De Barsy syndrome but soon ruled it out as it became clear she did not have learning difficulties. She was taken to see genetic experts but they still could not diagnose her. CoURtESy tELEGRAPH
‘Cinema Ninjas’ hired by movie theater to discipline patrons who talk during film
NE movie theater in London believes it has found the ultimate solution to inconsiderate filmgoers: Sic ninjas on them. The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square has joined forces with Morphsuits — a manufacturer of skin-tight zentai suits — to launch an army of volunteer "cinema ninjas" who get to watch the movie for free in exchange for donning a black body suit and pouncing on misbehaving moviegoers from behind the cinema's shadows. The "ninja taskforce" stunt has been met with critical acclaim, and was recently picked up by two other British movie theaters. NEWS DESK
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Saeed Ajmal becomes number one ranked T20 bowler LAHORE StAFF REPoRt
AKISTAN off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum have taken over as the leading bowler and batsman in the latest Reliance ICC Twenty20 Player Rankings. The latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings that were released after the conclusion of Pakistan-Australia, India-New Zealand and England-South Africa Twenty20 series before to the ICC World Twenty20 2012, which begins on 18 September when host Sri Lanka takes on Zimbabwe in Hambantota. Last week, Saeed Ajmal became the number one ranked bowler in Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, and his six wickets in the three-match T20 series against Australia in Dubai has helped him to take the number one spot in the world in Twenty20 cricket as well overtaking England’s Graeme Swann, who picked up three wickets in the three-match series against South Africa. Saeed’s overall rating of 782 points is also a career best. McCullum’s 55-ball 91 against India in Chennai helped move him to the top of the rankings table, while David Warner’s 59 for Australia against Pakistan in the third
and final match at Dubai, which included six sixes, has seen him leap six places up the rankings to fourth. Yuvraj Singh re-entered the rankings after his comeback to action following his battle against can-
cer. He comes into the rankings in the 15th spot and marked his return with 34 against New Zealand in Chennai. The batsman losing the most ground was England’s Eoin Morgan
who has fallen from the number one spot to ninth, losing eight places. Meanwhile, Shane Watson moved up eight places to seventh in the bowler’ table with his highest ever rating of 650. Watson also holds the number-one rank in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for all-rounders with his highest-ever rating of 475, achieved in the series against Pakistan. Pakistan’s Umar Gul has moved back into the top 20 in the bowlers’ table with a four place rise to sit in 18th position. Meanwhile, England heads into the ICC World Twenty20 2012 as the number-one ranked team on the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table. England leveled the threematch series against South Africa 11 with a win in the third and final match to reclaim the number one spot. South Africa, now second, however trails England by just one ratings point. Pakistan’s 2-1 series win over Australia has ensured that it retains its pre-series position of sixth, while George Bailey’s team continues to be ninth in the rankings. India has slipped to seventh from fourth position after its loss to New Zealand in the only game possible in the two-match series, while Ross Taylor’s side is now ranked fifth.
afghanistan Broad ‘proud’ to lead keen to maintain england World T20 defence learning curve COLOMBO AFP
Afghanistan is looking forward to making further strides on the international stage during the ICC World T20 2012. After featuring in the ICC World T20 2010, the Associate nation has made it through to the 20-over showpiece again via the qualifying tournament. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad is excited at the prospect of facing India and England in Group A. “After the World T20 in Caribbean we learned a lot of things and hopefully we [will] learn a lot [again],” Shahzad said at a press conference on Thursday. “There was a big celebration in Afghanistan when we qualified for the World T20. People want us to win every time - the understanding of the game is probably not the best in Afghanistan.” All-rounder Mohammad Nabi believes the number of multi-dimensional players in the Afghanistan ranks will boost their chances in Sri Lanka. “[In the] Twenty20 format the plus point is, with four or five all-rounders in the team, we can do well. We also have two fast bowlers who bowl 140kph plus.”
England captain Stuart Broad said on Friday he was excited to be leading the defending champions at next week's World Twenty20, despite the absence of star batsman Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, who was man-ofthe-tournament when England won the 2010 edition in the Caribbean, has been kept out of the squad for disciplinary reasons since the second Test against South Africa last month. The South African-born batsman was axed after it was revealed he had sent "provocative texts" to opposition players, some of which were allegedly critical of then England Test captain Andrew Strauss. "The 15 guys that are here are very excited to represent England in a world tournament," Broad told reporters on the team's arrival for the 12-nation tournament that opens on Tuesday. "I am extremely proud to lead those guys into play. It's a great challenge for all of us. Not many guys have played in an ICC (International Cricket Council) tournament. "But eight of us were involved when we won the World T20 last time. I have full faith in the side I have got." England go into the tournament with their confidence boosted by a 28-run win over South Africa in a Twenty20 game in Birmingham on Wednesday that helped them draw the series 1-1. Broad said the key to doing well in the tournament rested on how quickly they adjusted to the conditions in Sri Lanka. "We have to adapt very quickly," he said.
four warm-up matches lined up for today COLOMBO AGENCIES
With press interactions and other commitments taking up most of their time in Sri Lanka so far, not all the teams participating at the ICC World Twenty20 have had a chance to get acclimatised or put finishing touches to their plans. On Thursday (September 13), Ireland played Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played West Indies, but five more teams – including two of the big guns – will get a feel of the conditions when they play their first warm-up games, all starting at 9.30am local time, in different venues across Colombo on Saturday (September 15). Australia takes on New Zealand at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground; India plays Sri Lanka, in what would be the Lankans’ second practice game, at the P Sara Oval; Zimbabwe plays their second warm-up game, this time against Bangladesh, at the Colts Cricket Club Ground, in the three games pitting international sides against each other. The fourth warm-up game of the day features Afghanistan, who will play a Sri Lanka A team at the Moors Sports Club ground. Australia is currently ranked a lowly ninth in the Reliance ICC Twenty20 rankings, four places below New Zealand. Australia’s latest Twenty20 International outing didn’t go too well either, as it lost 1-2 to Pakistan in Dubai. But the team will take heart from its performance in the last of those encounters, as it crushed Pakistan by 94 runs. New Zealand, on the other hand, has had a poor last few months in international cricket, but won the only T20I against India, in India last week. The second match featuring big teams – Sri Lanka and India – should be riveting. Sri Lanka is always formidable at home, and beat West Indies, one of the favourites for the tournament, by nine wickets in the warm-up game between the two sides on Thursday. That would give the hosts confidence, especially after it lost the One-Day International series 1-4 and the only T20I when India toured in July-August this year. India, on the other hand, will be confident despite the one-run loss to New Zealand last week with a more or less stable look to its squad and the high of Yuvraj Singh’s comeback still very palpable. Zimbabwe appeared poor when it took on Ireland on Thursday, going down by 54 runs. Not much worked for Zimbabwe except the batting of Hamilton Masakadza, who scored 44 from 27 balls. And Bangladesh, on a bit of a high since reaching the final of the Asia Cup earlier this year, would back itself to pull off a dominant performance. Bangladesh has a number of good spinners in its side and the general feeling is that it could be one of the teams to watch out for at ICC World T20 2012.
india to wear ‘lucky shirt’ for world twenty20 NEW DELHI AFP
colomBo : england cricket captain Stuart Broad addresses a press conference ahead of the icc twenty20 cricket world. afp "Some of the boys may not have much experience in the sub-continent, but that does not mean they are not good enough. "We are looking at the warmup games to get a momentum and have the guys get used to the conditions." England take on Australia on Monday and Pakistan on Wednesday in two warm-up games in Colombo ahead of their first group A match against Afghanistan on September 21. India are the other team in the group, from which two teams will qualify for the Super Eights round.
Broad, who leads in Twenty20 -- Alastair Cook now captains England in Test and one-day cricket -said he was "relaxed and enjoying" the job. "We do not want to plan too much because anything can happen in Twenty20," he said. "You have to think on your feet and just go with your guts. "We have guys in the dressing room who can win the title. Now we have to perform the roles we have assigned to each other. "And if we do that, we have as good a chance as any other side in the tournament."
India's cricketers have been ordered to wear the same jersey design that won them the World Cup last year for next week's World Twenty20 in a bid to bring them good luck. Nike, the Indian team's clothing sponsor, had earlier this month unveiled a new Twenty20 design that displayed the national colours prominently and even paraded top stars in the new outfit at a media launch. But India's cricket chiefs have asked the players to wear the same blue shirts in which they won the 50-over World Cup in order to bring good luck to the team, the Times of India reported on Friday. "It's our decision to ask the players to wear the jersey which they had used during the 2011 World Cup," Indian cricket board official Ratnakar Shetty told the newspaper. India won the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 but failed to make the semi-finals of the next two editions in 2009 and 2010. The new T20 design had been welcomed by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior batsman virender Sehwag when it was launched.
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amSterdam: dutch fans welcome Swiss tennis player roger federer during the davis cup match against netherlands. afp
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has confirmed he is coming out of retirement three years after his last fight. Hatton, who held world titles at Light Welterweight and Welterweight, turns 34 next month, but he will return to the ring on November 24 with a fight at the Manchester Arena against an unnamed opponent. Hatton's last bout ended in disappointment with a second-round knockout by Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 and since then the British fighter has confessed to struggling with drink and drug problems. He also established his own promotions company which hit difficulties in May when he lost his television deal with Sky. "Why am I coming back? It's been well documented what's happened to me since the last time I've been in a boxing ring," Hatton said on Friday. "I've started looking after myself a bit better and getting fitter and that's how it started. I don't want to be fighting at four or sixround levels - I want to fight for world titles. "It's about more than money, this comeback. People say nice things about me but they don't know what's been going on in between my ears." Hatton, who will be granted a new licence upon completion of a medical, admitted the thought of ending his career with that brutal defeat against Pacquiao also motivated him to get back into fighting shape. "I didn't want my career to end that way," Hatton said. "It put me into retirement, which I never wanted to do. "The manner of that defeat put me into some things which have been well documented. My life turned to mush. "I got back into promoting, which I loved, but it didn't quite fill the void.
Que stays ahead as rain halts play
east tempering with record LAHORE TAIWAN
The East Zone Cricket Officials having a fear of losing in the coming election has started to change the record and officials of zonal clubs. Reports suggested that the East Zone has lost the support of majority of clubâ€™s officials and to remain in power for the next term they have started tampering with the documents and the officials of clubs have appealed to the people in the helm to take notice of the issue and take action against the Zonal officials.
Heavy rains forced organisers to abandon the second round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship on Friday with first round leader Filipino Angelo Que remaining three shots clear. Play was called off before the three-time Asian Tour winner, who shot a flawless seven-under par 65 on Thursday to take a single-shot lead over India's Gaganjeet Bhullar and American Jason Knutzon, was able to
tee off. Thunderstorms caused play to be halted for the first time around 9:30am (0230 GMT) and as downpours continued to soak the Linkou International Golf and Country Club, Taipei, officials were forced to abandon the day's play at 3pm. The American Knutzon was level-par through nine holes to remain in second place at the $500,000 event with Bhullar, who like Que, did not start his second round. Taiwanese veteran Lu Wen-teh, a five-time Asian Tour winner, provided spectators with something to cheer before the storms hit when he recorded the event's second hole-in-one on the par-three 11th. It came a day after Knutzon's ace on the fifth. "This is my fourth hole-in-one since I turned professional and it came with my biggest prize to date," said Lu. I'm happy and hopefully I can continue my charge when we return tomorrow," he added. Taiwan's Huang Tao made the best of it before conditions took a turn for the worse, going three-under after six holes to take a share of sixth place. "The winds started to blow very strongly from the fourth hole and it was a challenge to play under such conditions. Hopefully, the weather will be kind to us tomorrow," said Huang, who had opened with a 72.
Ronaldo backed to shine despite Madrid row MADRID AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo will put his latest controversy behind him and rescue Real Madrid from their faltering start to La Liga season, his teammates have insisted. The Portuguese star described himself as being 'sad' after scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Granada without offering further explanation and his words have kept him in the eye of a storm in Spain during the international break. Media speculation has focussed on his current contract being the source of his discontent, but Ronaldo has denied this. "I want to underline that all my attention is fully on winning games and all the trophies possible, with no worries about contracts, and to do that I am counting on the crucial support of my teammates and all Madrid fans," he said.
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A number of his colleagues have also been quick to play down any problems
his words may have caused within the Madrid camp and defender Alvaro Arbeloa believes the fans will also be supportive when the team takes on Sevilla on Saturday. "All parties involved have put behind them whatever problem there was and I think the fans will also, in fact I think the crowd will cheer him more than ever," he said. Strike partner Gonzalo Higuain has added his support, declaring Ronaldo "always seems happy". "We should not pay too much notice to what he said, but we have to win in Seville, we can't afford to drop more points in the league," he said. Madrid find themselves five points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona after only three league games. Barcelona go to a Getafe side on Saturday that has already beaten Madrid this season. They were also just one of the
teams to beat the Catalans last term. Getafe midfielder Jaime Gavilan is confident his side can repeat those two results. "We want to take something positive from the match. On paper they are better then us but it's eleven against eleven and each match is different so anything is possible," he said. Barca will have to do without Andres Iniesta and Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez who have returned from international duty with abductor and thigh injuries. Winger Pedro Rodriguez insists that they will face a difficult task in the south of Madrid. "This weekend will be crucial. Getafe will be a key match for us," he said. Rayo vallecano and Atletico Madrid meet in a derby on Sunday with both sides from the capital still unbeaten while Malaga, also undefeated, kick-off the weekend on Saturday at home to Levante.
mancini hopes city havenâ€™t lost momentum
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini hopes the international break hasn't ruined his side's earlyseason momentum. City started the season with two wins over Southampton and QPR and a hard-fought draw against Liverpool at Anfield sandwiched in between. The Premier League champions now face a tough away trip to Stoke straight after the inconvenient international break, which saw many of his players travel across the world to play for their countries. Mancini's men, who also face a daunting trip to Spain to face Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League, had their first training session as a full group following the break on Friday as City's transfer deadline day signings finally got the chance to work their new colleagues. "Friday is the first training that we all did after the international break. We don't have any players with injury," Mancini said on Friday.
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Tough win just the tonic for Tomic
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ferrer beats querrey in opening davis semi
hamBurG: Bernard tomic celebrates after defeating cedrik-marcel Stebe of Germany in their davis cup world Group play-off tennis match. afp HAMBURG AFP
old-hand hewitt eager to return to world Group
veteran Lleyton Hewitt is eager to help Australia get back into the Davis Cup World Group when the promotion/relegation match against Germany starts on Friday. "It is very important to me for us to be in the World Group once again," Hewitt said at Hamburg's clay-court Rothenbaum stadium with Australia last having been involved in the Davis Cup's top tier back in 2007. Wins over China in February and South Korea in April have given Australia the chance to face Germany for a place in next year's World Group, while the hosts face the relegation battle after February's home defeat to Argentina. Australian teenager Bernard Tomic will face Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in Friday's opening singles rubber before Hewitt, now ranked 100th in the world, faces top German Florian Mayer, ranked 25th. In Saturday's doubles tie, Hewitt lines up alongside Chris Guccione to face Philipp Petzschner and Benjamin Becker, while Hewitt is ear-marked for Sunday's fifth and final rubber in the singles. Having played alongside current team captain Pat Rafter in Australia's last Davis Cup match against Germany in 2000, when the hosts enjoyed a 3-2 quarter-final win on grass in Adelaide, Hewitt, 31, says he still feels fresh.
EENAGER Bernard Tomic admitted he was relieved to have given Australia a 1-0 lead in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup World Group play-off match against Germany on Friday. In a marathon opener which lasted three hours and 17 minutes, Tomic came from behind to seal a 2-6, 63, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe as Australia bid to return to the World Group for the first time since 2007. "I am really happy, it wasn't a
good feeling being down after the first set," admitted the 19-year-old Tomic with former world number one Lleyton Hewitt now facing top German Florian Mayer in Friday's other singles match. "He was playing some really good tennis, but I managed to fight my way out of it. He played a really, really good opening set. "He played some top 20 tennis out there, he has had some good results on clay and I had to play my heart out to get the win. "I am happy with the way I moved and it will be huge for us if Lleyton can get a win now." Stebe, ranked 127th in the world, upset the form book by taking the first set
6-2 against 19-year-old Tomic, who is ranked 42nd, after breaking the Australian early. After a slow start, Stuttgart-born Tomic responded impressivly by taking the second, then the third sets at Hamburg's clay-court Rothenbaum stadium. Feeling the pressure, Stebe, 21, made 25 unforced errors in the third set alone which lasted 61 minutes, but quickly tightened his game considerably. The fourth set went down to a tie-break after Stebe raced into a 3-0 lead, buoyed by the home crowd, but Tomic twice broke back to make it 4-2 before the Australian leveled at 4-all, then held his nerve to win the tie-breaker.
kukushkin puts kazakhs back on the track ALMATY AFP
Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin put his squad back on track in their Davis Cup World Group play-off showdown with visiting Uzbekistan by beating Farrukh Dustov at the clay courts of Astana tennis centre on Friday. Kazakhstan's 24-year-old Kukushkin won 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in two hours 52 minutes to see off 308th-ranked Dustov in their first meeting and level matters at 1-1. Kukushkin, who is 70th in the ATP rankings, was in complete command from the start, breaking his unheralded opponent on three occasions to take the first set in 34 minutes. In the second set Kukushkin underlined his supremacy as he broke again in the ninth game to increase his advantage. In the third, Dustov picked up steam to break early to clinch a comfortable 3-
0 lead, taking the set in 37 minutes to reduce the arrears. Dustov broke early again in the fourth set clinching a 3-1 advantage but Kukushkin, spurred by the local crowd, broke back in the eighth game to level at 4-4. In the ensuing tiebreak, Kukushkin pulled off the win on his first match point.
Earlier, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan took the opening rubber, beating Evgeny Korolev in a tough five-setter. Uzbekistan's 26-year-old Istomin won 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 06, 6-3 to record his first ever win over Korolev, who had won both of their previous head-to-head meetings. "It was a tough match but nevertheless I was in control throughout, except the fourth set, which I lost to love," Istomin said. "The fact that Evgeny (Korolev) is below me in the rankings doesn't matter at all. He's a dangerous opponent and it was very interesting to play against him. I'm happy that I managed to win today to put my team into the lead." Istomin looked slightly more confident in the opening set, producing a break in the fourth game to gain a set lead in 35 minutes. In the second Moscow-born Korolev, 24, broke his rival's serve twice to level at one set all after one hour 33 minutes, while the Uzbek squad leader managed to break back only on one occasion.
Spain's David Ferrer beat Sam Querrey of the United States 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in the opening singles rubber in their Davis Cup semi-final on his home red clay on Friday. Querrey won the first set but the Spanish world number five held his nerve, neutralising the gangly American's blistering forehand with deft returns to the delight of the rowdy crowd in Gijon. "It was a hard match, difficult at every moment," said Ferrer, 30, currently Spanish number one in the absence of injured Rafael Nadal. "Querrey played a very good match but in the end I was up to it." Ferrer broke Querrey's serve in the first game of the match but then flagged as the American recovered to break him twice and win the set. "I'm a bit tired, but that's normal. It's almost the end of the year and it's impossible to play perfect tennis," said Ferrer, who had arrived in Gijon this week straight from the US Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final. Ferrer, one of the world's finest claycourt players, soon found his rhythm and cruised through the next two sets. He finally stamped out Querrey's resistance in the fiercely-fought fourth, defending several break points in a series of dazzling rallies. "David is tough, he makes you work for every point. I could have been a little more agressive on some of the points I should have hit," Querrey said. "I think it was just a few points that were really the difference." Holders Spain took a 1-0 lead into the second rubber of the tie, with world number 12 Nicolas Almagro facing giant American John Isner and his formidable serve.
Cavendish faces uphill battle to defend world crown LIMBURG AFP
The world cycling championships get underway on Sunday, with seven days of racing set to produce several new champions as Britain's Mark Cavendish attempts to defend his road race crown on the final day of the competition on September 23. The Isle of Man rider who has racked up 23 stage wins on the Tour de France, and became the first British rider since Tom Simpson in 1965 to triumph on the world stage last year on the roads of Copenhagen, is not one of the outright favourites on a rolling circuit suited more to punchers rather than outright sprinters. The 267km route will feature the first 100km raced over the streets of several Limburg municpalities and two challeng-
ing climbs, before the final 10 laps over a 16.5km circuit and an ascent towards the finish before a slight dip to the line. The first section of the route is almost identical to that used in the Amstel Gold races and suited to the likes of Belgium's Philippe Gilbert who has won the one-day classic in 2010 and 2011 and will fancy the rolling conditions. However Gilbert could only finish sixth during the 2012 Amstel Gold race and has also lost his Belgian road race and time-trial titles in the build-up to the championships, although a win on the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain will have boosted his confidence. Newly-crowned Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador is part of a strong Spanish team although the 29-year-old will only race the time-trial, while threetime world champion Oscar Freire, Alejandro valverde and Samuel Sanchez will
be contenders for the podium in the road race. Tour de France and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins is part of the British team but will not attempt to better his silver medal in last year's time-trial behind Germany's Tony Martin as he also opts to concentrate on the road race and the Cavendish cause. "Brad has opted out of riding the time-trial at the worlds. This year's focus for him has been fully on the Tour de France and the Olympics, so to expect him to hold form going into the worlds is a big ask," explained British Cycling director Dave Brailsford. Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara has declined the opportunity to add to his four time-trial world titles as the 31-yearold continues to recover from a nasty fall during the closing stages of the Olympic road race in London.
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Sports 18 PuNjaB YoutH festival 2012
Sports facilities give a carnival look
LAHORE StAFF REPoRt
HE Punjab Youth Festival 2012 that started on August 26 throughout the province has given the grounds and sporting facilities a look of carnival. And with the start of the second phase on September 8, the festival gathered pace after a brief lull of about a day or two with the participants in the Union Council level on day seven only had 75,315 in 614 events. These participants came from 1492 Union Councils to take part in all the sporting events while the general categories like cooking, dress designing, healthy baby, naat khani, qirat, milli nagme etc have its own domain of participation under the supervision of Social Welfare and Education department. In Lahore’s different areas a total of 1304 youngsters from 19 union councils took part in 56 events. Nashtar Town was active of all the nine towns of the provincial capital where three union councils got involved around 230 youngsters in six events like arm wrestling, cricket, bodybuilding, cricket tape ball, tug of war, volleyball and weightlifting. Similarly, Aziz Bhatti, Data Ghanj Bax and Samanabad Towns saw more than 500 people taking part in 18 events and also saw an involvement of six Union Councils. On the other hand activity at Wahga, Gulberg and Iqbal Town was also moderate with around 250 taking part in 18 events and here too six union councils got involved in it. In Data Ganj Bax Town, Cricket tape ball matches were held between Union council 73 teams in which Toqeer XI beat Tiger XI by 13 runs, Hammad Khan XI defeated Najeeb XI by 8 runs, Mohib XI beat Waqas XI by 18 runs while in the semi-finals, Hammad Khan XI beat Gujjar XI by 35 runs. In volleyball Union council 79 teams participated in and their Temple Road team defeated Kot Abdullah 2-0. In the Weightlifting competitions at Union council 77, in 65 kgs category, Mehmood Hussain won the competition ,in 75 kgs, Khalil Ahmed and in 75 + kgs, Mohammad Riaz were declared the winners. In Union council 78, 65 kgs category, Bilal won the competition. In 75 kgs, Waqas Ahmed while in 75 + kgs, Adil were the winners. In Shalimar Town, Arm Wrestling competitions were held. Union council 33’s Imran Liaqat won the competition in 70 kgs category. Umer Liaqat bagged first position in 75 kgs whereas Zeeshan Syed won the 80 kgs category. In Athletics of Union council 33, Ali Mustafa achieved first position in 100 metres race, Fazal Majeed secured second and Syed Zeeshan attained third position. In Cricket tapeball, Union council 33’s block 1 beat block 15 by 1 run. In Tug of war: Union council 33’s team got the walkover while in Badminton, Union council 25’s block 5 defeated block 1 2-0
‘kPk olympics must follow Punjab president’ LAHORE StAFF REPoRt
Mansoor Ahmed, vice President, KP Judo Association said Friday that Syed Aqil Shah President, K.P. Olympic Association has no legal right to resist and thereby following Shahid Ali khan, President Punjab Olympic Association who have resigned yesterday in a General Council Meeting of Punjab Olympic Association at Lahore, he too should have to resign personally as a sincere sports promoter and as per the Supreme Court. Orders regarding Tenure Policy of the Sports officials on Dated May 8th, 2012. And the trend of forming DUMMY and Illegal Sports Associations like K.P Badminton, K.P. Judo , K.P cycling and K.P Net ball associations etc. followed by him should be stopped. And all the grants should be blocked by the K.P Govt. and K.P Sports Directorate as he is an illegal President of K.P Olympic Association and also requested to Chief justice of Pakistan , to compile his Fake Degree Case as early as possible.
Grounds are available for national Games: SBp LAHORE
The Sports Board Punjab on Friday said that the Punjab Stadium and other venues of the province are available for the National Games to be held from October 16 to 22 to stage the grand event in a befitting manner. “There is no delay on part of the SBP in any manner and we are fully prepared to organize the event as far as the provision of funds and availability of grounds are concerned,” said a spokesman of SBP here on Thursday. “We had meetings with the PbOA officials on the holding of the games and at the same time we made it clear to them that we will be following the direction of the Pakistan Sports Board in the light of Supreme Court decision for the implementation of the national sports policy which bars any office-bearer for remaining in office for the third successive time,” he said. “The SBP is striving for the cause of sports in the province and it recognizes only those sports bodies which have implemented the national sports policy and in the given circumstances
the present office-bearers had no legal status as they have completed two successive terms in office,” he asserted. He said their only desire is to see that the provincial Olympic association and its allied bodies are being run by the legal office-bearers and that is why the matter of holding the games was delayed by PbOA because it did not pay any attention to the direction of the Supreme Court for the PSB for implementing the sports policy. “The PbOA is leveling baseless allegations that the Games are being postponed over the non-availability of the necessary funds and the grounds,” he said. He said the funds and grounds are readily available for organizing the National Games and the SBP intimated the officials of the PbOA in this regard. “We are surprised that PbOA is holding us responsible for the postponement of the event which is totally wrong as we have offered PbOA our full cooperation as far as holding of the games is concerned,” he said. He said: “SBP is taking every measure to promote the games in the province and holding of the Games is a part of its sports development plan.”
with a score of 11-6, 11-8. In Union council 99, Cricket tapeball macth, Shahbaz XI obtained 3 runs win over Imran XI. In Union council 126, Ali XI defeated Abu Bakr XI by 42 runs. In Aziz Bhatti town, Union council 60, Arm Wrestling competitions were held. In 75 kgs category, Naseer Ahmed, In -70 kgs, Ayaz and in 65 kgs, Husnain Ali were declared winners. In Badminton, Adeeb Hanif beat Ajmal 2-0. Mohammad Ramzan and Abdullah outplayed Konain and Ajmal 2-0. In the Tug of War, Konain XI beat Hakeem XI while in Billiard, Julian defeated Waheed. In the Cricket tapeball matches, Hafiz XI beat Shahid XI by 11 runs. In Iqbal Town, Union council 120’s RCC XI beat Razzaq XI by 15 runs. Union council 121’s Arslan XI beat Mirza Shahid XI by 18 runs. In Arm Wrestling, Union council 119’s Shahriar won the -70 kgs category match against Tariq Mehmood. Meanwhile in other districts of Punjab, around 75315 from 1492 took part in 614 events. At Layyah 1784 had shown interest in 18 events with 42 UCs getting involved in the activity. The Rawalpindi Division had 192 Union Councils’ participation in 80 games and their 6983 youngsters showed their abilities in different sporting and general category events. The Rawalpindi city saw 2833 got into competitions and 82 UCs had their participation in 27 events. In chakwal, 1655 participated in eight events while 1493 took part in 27 events in Attock and Jehlum had 80 events for 102 participants from 19 UCs. At Sargodha, over 6600 took part in 70 events and also has the participation of 161 UCs. More than 3000 alone took part in 25 events with 25 UCs showing active interest in different categories of competitions. Gujranwala division was the most active in participation where more than 20900 youngsters excelled in 104 events. In all 387 Union Councils invited the youngsters of their localities in the second level of competitions. In Gujranwala city 155 UCs’ 6439 participants got involved in 34 events while at Sialkot 91UCs’ 9350 took part in 20 events. Similarlyu, Mandi Bahauddin and Narowal saw 1253 and 1419 participants respectively taking part in around 25 events. At Sheikhupura, 1500 took part in 12 events and they hailed from 49 UCs while Kasur had 1273 participants from eight UCs in the same number of events. On ther other hand Faisalabad was another event that got involved in 84 events and 224 UCs got 17614 youngsters involvement in different sporting activities. The Faisalabad city and Toba Tek Singh had for than 15000’s participation in 68 events. The participation in other districts was also quite active with Sahiwal having 4262 competing in 55 events, Multan 6588 in 57 events and Bahawalpur had 6288 in 53 competitions.
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imran farooq murdered for wanting to start afresh? london Police file new appeal saying former MQM leader was looking to start fresh political career afresh before being murdered g MQM shies away from formal comment g
LONDON StAFF REPoRt
The mysterious killing of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq in London back in 2010 has taken a new turn, as British investigators claim that Farooq was looking to start his political career afresh and that could be a reason for his gruesome murder. Dr Farooq was once a leading figure in the MQM, but had taken a backseat and gone into exile in London. He lived there for several years before being murdered in Edgware area of London in September 2010. British newspaper The Guardian said in its September, 26, 2010 issue that the Scot-
land Yard investigation into the murder was secretly told that rows within his own party might have led to Farooq’s assassination. It then quoted its sources as saying that Farooq might have been about to endorse or join a new party set up by a former Pakistani military dictator. The reports had given partial credibility to conspiracy theories that the MQM was often hostile to its members who desired quitting the party. However, British detectives said they believed Dr Farooq was planning to renew his political career before he was killed. The murder is being investigated by Scotland Yard’s counterterrorism branch because of the
political dimension to the killing. The London Metropolitan Police filed a fresh appeal on Friday, saying Farooq’s decision to restart his new political career might have led to his assassination. Police are asking anyone who was in contact with Dr Imran Farooq about his plans to get in touch with them so they can build up a picture of his political life. A reward of up £20,000 has been offered for anyone providing information that leads to Dr Farooq’s killer. The Met believes his murder was planned and several people might have been involved. Farooq, who was married and has two young sons, claimed asylum in UK in 1999 along with
Altaf Hussain, the MQM chief. Hussain, who also lives in exile in London, has said that “enemies of the MQM” killed Farooq and they would try to kill him as well. On the other hand, the MQM shied away from a clear comment over the London police statement, but an important meeting was called at the MQM International Secretariat to discuss the astonishing development. “Police’s version is new for us; we do believe that Dr Imran Farooq was densely committed to the MQM and its leadership. As far as hinting towards his independent political career is concerned, it is a story concocted by the police and nothing to do with
us. Commenting on such statement is not the policy of MQM,” MQM sources told M Sarwar, a journalist based in London. Dr Farooq was also reportedly busy writing his memoirs and wanted to publish a book based on his impressions and experience in politics, especially his association with the MQM. It was stated that his draft papers were in the custody of his wife after his death and now a complete secret as his family is living in Karachi and had no contacts with others. “New police statement is being taken as a challenge for the MQM leadership and may lead to a problematic situation in the days to come,” sources said.
Violence explodes as Muslims A protest super blasphemous film
tRIPoLI: Lebanese men ransack US fast food chains Hardee's and KFC as they protest against the controversial film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ on Friday. afp
mqm minister resigns as factory owners walk free after bail KARACHI
us urges Pakistan to help revive peace talks with taliban
Training guns at rival Awami National Party (ANP) that holds the portfolio of Sindh Labor Ministry, Sindh’s Minister for Commerce and Industries Rauf Siddiqui stepped down from his post on Friday to allow a transparent and smooth inquiry into the deadly garment factory inferno. The resignation of the minister belonging to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement has been forwarded to the Sindh governor. A deadly fire broke out at a garments factory on Tuesday, killing at least 289 workers, including 26 women and six children. Addressing a press conference at SITE Ltd office on Friday, Siddiqui said he personally inspected the site of the burnt factory and there appeared negligence on part of the owners who did not implement Labor Laws. “I have been saying that the department of commerce and industries is working as a facilitator by providing basic facilities like infrastructure, plots, utilities etc.
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The United States on Friday asked Pakistan to play its role for the success of Afghan reconciliation process and help revive the stalled peace talks between Washington and the Taliban in Qatar, which the Taliban walked away from in March following Obama administration’s hesitation to release their five key leaders imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay. Islamabad, on its part, extended full assurance that it would do whatever was possible for bringing peace back to Afghanistan, but also made it clear that an ‘intra-Afghan dialogue’ between all Afghan groups in a meaningful manner was vital for the success of the reconciliation process. The ongoing efforts on part of Washington, Kabul and Islamabad for ending the war in Afghanistan through dialogue between the warring parties,
including the Taliban, was the main issue discussed by the visiting US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman, who reached Islamabad on Friday, and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani. Grossman held separate meetings with the foreign minister and General Kayani and is expected to meet the president and prime minister today (Saturday). He was to have a one-day visit to Islamabad, but it was later extended to two days. According to sources privy to Friday’s meetings, Ambassador Grossman formally apprised the Pakistani leadership about the US decision to designate the ‘Haqqani network’ as terrorist organization. “Ambassador Grossman was told that it was purely an internal matter of the US to label the Haqqanis terrorist outfit and Pakistan had nothing to do with that, but it would also be
difficult to bring them (Haqqani network) to the table of negotiations Washington’s decision,” a source said on condition of anonymity. Grossman and Pakistani leaders, according to the sources, discussed the ‘safe passage’ to the Taliban leaders willing to take part in peace talks with Afghan and American officials in the future and there was agreement of views on this important issue between the two sides. “It was decided that Pakistan, US and Afghanistan would continue to work on the modalities of safe passage to the Taliban representatives that would be nominated by various Taliban groups for participation in the peace dialogue,” the source said. A Pakistani diplomat said Grossman was told that Pakistan was all willing to play its role for bringing durable peace to Afghanistan, but an ‘intra-Afghan dialogue’ was vital for the success of ongoing peace efforts.
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NTI-US protests by crowds whipped into fury by a film that mocks Islam erupted across the Muslim world on Friday, as violence exploded in Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen leaving two people dead and dozens wounded. The protests broke out when Muslims emerged from mosques following the weekly Friday main prayers to voice their anger at the film made in the United States, which shows extreme blasphemy and disrespect for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). In Khartoum, guards on the roof of the US embassy fired warning shots as a security perimeter was breached by dozens of Islamic flag-waving protesters, part of a crowd of thousands who had earlier stormed the British embassy and set fire to the German mission. A police vehicle near the embassy was also torched as hundreds of demonstrators broke through an outer security cordon after one protester was hit by a police vehicle and killed. Police had earlier fired volleys of tear gas in a bid to prevent the 10,000-strong crowd marching on the US embassy after they had swarmed over the German mission, attacking its facade and tearing down the flag to replace it with a black Islamist one before torching the building. violence also erupted in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, where a crowd of 300 Islamists attacked and set fire to a KFC restaurant, sparking clashes with police in which one person died and 25 were injured, sources said. The attack on the US fast-food chain’s outlet came as Pope Benedict XvI arrived in Lebanon for a three-day visit, calling for ChristianMuslim coexistence and attacking religious extremism. Tension spiraled again in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, with security forces firing warning shots and water cannon to disperse crowds of protesters trying to reach the US embassy. In Cairo, where the first protests against the film broke out on Tuesday, protesters again clashed with police outside the US embassy, although calm returned later after the Muslim Brotherhood withdrew a call for nationwide demonstrations, saying it wanted to avoid loss of life and damage to property. In Iran, meanwhile, thousands of people yelling “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” rallied in central Tehran. State television showed the crowd streaming out after Friday prayers at Tehran University in which a cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, blamed the United States for the crude film, “Innocence of Muslims”. In Tunis, police fired tear gas and warning shots as more than 1,000 stone-throwing protesters gathered outside the US embassy. Protests have spread across the Middle East and further afield, including to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Pakistan, Iraq, Israel and the Gaza Strip and Kuwait. violence also erupted in Asia, with police saying 86 people were arrested after attacking the US consulate in the Indian city of Chennai. In Kabul, hundreds of Afghan protesters took to the streets, setting fire to an effigy of US President Barack Obama and demanding the death of a film-maker who insulted Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).