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Frequent terror attacks embolden jailed militants PESHAWAR shAmim shAhid
Frequent terrorist acts, particularly the attack on Bannu Jail and killing of 10 personnel at Lahore, have led to the worst kind of fears and unrest amongst officers and officials of the Prisons Department. Militants imprisoned in various jails are now not only exempted from every sort of punishment and labor, they are dictating terms to jail administrations in connection with the prison affairs. Sources told Pakistan Today that after the attack on Bannu Jail, hardcore militants were being housed at haripur, Peshawar, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan jails. The government has already established Internment Centers in Peshawar, Kohat and Lakki Marwat where those involved in militancy and terrorism are being kept. however, in the wake of April 15, 2012 attack at Bannu, which led to the escape of around 384 prisoners, including 26 sentenced to death and more than 150 hardcore militants, running the affairs of various jails has become a lofty task for authorities. Beside the Bannu jail incident, the
Militants being exempted from all sorts of punishment, labour following attack on Bannu Jail, killings of prison dept trainees in Lahore
escape of notorious militants Nadeem Abbass and Zakim Afridi from Peshawar Jail in August 2011 confirmed the links of some jail officials with militants. Now, almost all staffers have become suspicious of each other, which has become a serious problem for authorities. Insiders said some of the militants were living like “kings” inside jails as they were exempted from lawful labor. Similarly, they had established their own rules and were even running their own kitchens. “These militants are not only terrorising other prisoners but have even made helpless the superintendents, deputies and assistant superintendents along with other officials. They are using mobile phones without fear or restriction and
even receive items of their choice and need through visitors who are activists and stalwarts of militant groups,” the source said. A majority of the militants is now locked up in Peshawar Jail, their strength between 180 and 200. But the jail was already declared insecure after shifting of Dr Shakil Afridi. For the last one month, Peshawar Jail has been guarded by heavy contingents from all four sides. The main Justice Kayani Road has also been closed for all sorts of traffic from dust to dawn. Officials in civil administration believe that these arrangements are aimed at avoiding attempts either for the escape or attack on Dr Shakil Afrdi. After Peshawar, the situation is worst in haripur, where around 30 hardcore militants are being imprisoned. Amongst them is Adnan Rashid’s accomplice, Niaz Mohammad, who was shifted from Mansehra soon after the attack on Bannu Jail. The superintendent at haripur is known for his helplessness before militants. The situation in Dera Ismail Khan and Kohat jails is also not rosy, where a large number of militants are being housed.
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Institutions, not personalities, important: CJP SC seeks govt’s stance on ISI’s political cell ISLAMABAD Agencies
he Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday sought a reply from the federal government on whether it wanted to continue with the political cell of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the Asghar Khan case against political funding by the ISI in the run-up to 1990 elections. The court held that the attorney general was queried about the case on June 26, 1997 “if the government wants to
abolish this cell in the ISI”, however, no reply had been received so far. The attorney general pleaded the court for some time so that he might get instructions from the government and submit a written rejoinder. Granting time until July 30, the bench directed him to make it abundantly clear to prime minister and high-ups of the armed forces that the principle stood explicitly defined in rulings of July 31, 2009 and June 19, 2012 regarding the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani that now only those functions would be permissible which were in absolute harmony with the constitution.
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New CEC’s appointment challenged ISLAMABAD Online
The appointment of the new chief election commissioner (CeC) was challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday. On the other hand, the Prime Minister’s Secretariat has not accepted the resignation of CeC Secretary Ishtiaque Ahmad Khan. According to reports, Shahid Orakzai filed the petition filed in the SC, saying Fakhruddin G ebrahim’s appointment as CeC was flawed because of his old age and being a former provincial governor. The petitioner also prayed for the issuance of an injunction order against the appointment. On the other hand, sources said the prime minister had not accepted the resignation of CeC Secretary Ishtiaque Ahmad Khan which was tendered some months ago. The Prime Minister’s Secretariat has advised Ishtiaque Ahmad Khan to continue working as usual.
Baloch coal miners’ strike continues QUETTA Agencies
Coal miners in Balochistan continued their strike on Monday against the killing and kidnapping of labourers working in about 500 coalmines. The president of National Labour Federation had given the call for strike on Sunday, which will be continued for an indefinite period. he said that labourers and coal miners in particular were perturbed after the killing of seven miners and kidnapping of eight others. he said the strike would continue till foolproof security is provided to 40,000 labourers and miners across the province.
Police recover chained girl in Dipalpur DIPALPUR inP
The police recovered a chained girl during a raid at a house on Monday. According to police, Shumaila, 17, hailing from hujra Shah Muqeem got married to Muzaffar of Fakhir Shah Colony in Dipalpur a month ago. Due to domestic issues Shumaila was not satisfied with the marriage and wanted to leave her husband. Upon which, Muzaffar, with the help of his mother and brothers tortured and chained her. Police conducted a raid at the house and rescued the girl. Shumaila informed the police that she was kept in chains for 15 days. Police brought the girl to the police station while the accused managed to flee.
Terror plot foiled in Dasht QUETTA APP
Frontier Corps on Saturday, uncovered anti-tank and anti-person mines, foiling a terror attempt, in the Kili Kaabo area of Dasht, sources said. A Frontier Corps official said that FC troops, on a tip off, called in the bomb disposal squad and disposed off mines, planted by unknown men in the Dasht area of Mastung district. They cordoned off the area to trace suspects and began a probe.
BAnnU: security personnel gather around a damaged car after militants attacked a police station on monday. AFP
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Dr Juma says Musa, Shahabuddin and Khusnood Lashari pressurized him to approve drug quota RAWALPINDI
he Lahore high Court Rawalpindi bench on Monday granted interim bail to Ali Musa Gillani, son of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Ali Musa Gilani stands accused in the ephedrine quota case. he has been granted bail until July 30. A trial court in the same case, recorded a statement of ex Director General health, Dr Rasheed Juma as approver. In his statement, Dr Juma accused Musa Gilani, former health Minister Makhdoom Shahabudin and
former health Secretary Khushnood Lashari for pressurizing him to convert the export quota of ephedrine into a local consumption permit. he revealed that he was pressed by these three persons to issue the ephedrine quota to two pharmaceutical companies Danas pharmaceutical and Berlex Limited. In the LhC, Dr. Khalid Ranjha, Musa Gilani’s counsel told the division bench, comprising Justice Syed Iftikhar hussain Shah and Justice Ibadur Rehman Lodhi, that his client was innocent and falsely implicated in the ephedrine scam. Dr Ranjha said that Control of Narcotics Substance (CNS) court was
not competent enough to hear the ephedrine case because ephedrine is a controlled chemical and not a narcotic. he requested the court to grant an interim bail to Musa Gillani, which the court accepted, and granted till July 30 against surety bonds of RS 100,000. The same bench also took up bail matters of the federal Textile Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and others accused in the ephedrine scam. Shah Khawar, counsel of Makhdoom Shahab, told the court that the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has initiated a campaign to fabricate evidence against his client, and so far they had convinced two accused – Dr Rashid
Juma former DG health and Rizwan Khan Director of the pharmaceutical company Danas – to become approvers. Talking to media persons outside the court room, Ali Musa Gilani said that he had regularly met with the investigation team and was cooperating with them. Musa Gillani denied any links with his alleged front man, Tauqeer Ali Khan, who managed the allocation and conversion of ephedrine for pharmaceutical companies on behalf of Gilani. he said that the principal accused, Dr. Juma had become an approver. he said that although he was not accused but he would like to volunteer as witness, granted immunity.
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Govt postpones polio immunisation campaign in Waziristan MIRANSHAH
he government on Monday postponed a polio immunisation campaign in parts of the tribal belt, jeopardising the health of more than 350,000 children after the Taliban banned inoculations. Local Taliban and Pakistani warlord hafiz Gul Bahadur, whose followers are fighting Western troops in Afghanistan, banned the vaccinations in the northwestern region of Waziristan to protest against US drone attacks. They have condemned the immunisation campaign, which began nationwide on Monday, as a cover for espionage. Fighting between government troops and local warlord Mangal Bagh also made it difficult to inoculate all children in Khyber district, officials said. “The campaign has been postponed in North and South Waziristan and Bara (district) of Khyber,” Mazhar Nisar, in charge of the polio monitoring cell at the prime minister’s secretariat, told AFP. Officials in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, said a meeting of tribal elders to discuss im-
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munisation had been postponed due to a military curfew. In Khyber, administration official Irfanullah Wazir told AFP that the target was to vaccinate 200,163 children, but conceded the campaign would be affected in parts of Bara and the Tirah valley, where 111,556 children need the drops. “We will make every effort to reach the maximum children in those areas, with the help of security forces and lashkars (pro-government tribal militias),” Wazir said. Fawad Khan, director of health services in the tribal belt, told AFP
Want to see change? Let there be free polls! ISLAMABAD Agencies
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Muhammad Afzal Sindhu has left his party to join Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaaf (PTI). According to PTI sources, he was concerned about certain policies and attitude of the party leadership. Afzal, who won a National Assembly seat from NA-191 Bahawalnagar, had served as federal law minister and state minister for railways during his political career. According to sources, he took this decision during a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Lahore. PTI Information Secretary Shafqat Mehmood confirmed the news, saying that Imran Khan has given approval for Sindu’s inclusion in the party. The lawmaker would make a formal announcement soon.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that if fair and free elections were held, his party would emerge victorious. Talking to an eU delegation led by Jean Lambert, Khan pointed out that 47 percent voters would be the youth out of which 37 percent would be voting for the first time, so there will be no associations with old parties. however, he expressed his concerns that elections might not be fair and free even under the caretaker government because President Asif Zardari would not appoint a neutral caretaker setup to begin with. he informed the delegation that PTI had already gone to the SC to expose the bogus voters’ list. he asked the eU delegation to help in ensuring fair and free elections as that would be the greatest service they could do for Pakistan. PTI also raised the issue of women being deprived of their vote in certain areas of the country, which was a cause of concern for the party. Khan also raised the issue of human rights, especially in the wake of 9/11. he highlighted the issue of missing persons and the abuse of human rights in Balochistan and FATA. he stated that the US was engaged in massive abuse of human rights in FATA with drone attacks. he said drone attacks were against all humanitarian laws. All this, he pointed out, was fueling extremism and militancy, and is immoral. The Pakistani government was complicit for a fistful of dollars since it has never released names of those killed, he added.
last week that at least 160,000 children in North Waziristan and 80,000 in South Waziristan would be affected if polio drops are not administered. The government says 34 million children under five will be targeted in the three-day polio immunisation campaign from Monday to Wednesday. The prime minister’s office said 22 vaccination points had been established on the Afghan-Pakistani border, but expected that a “substantial proportion” of children in Bara, South and North Waziristan would not be accessed.
SC rejects Malik riaz’s intra-court plea ISLAMABAD Online
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected the intra-court appeal filed by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz in a contempt of court case with an objection. According to the SC’s registrar, the copy of the court’s ruling on Friday was not attached with Malik’s appeal therefore the court rejected it with the objection. Riaz has been asked to resubmit his appeal along with the apex court’s ruling. earlier, Advocate on Record Raja Abdul Ghafoor submitted to the court the intra-court appeal against the court’s decision to frame charges against Riaz in the court of contempt case. The appeal was filed under new Contempt of Court law 2012. In the last hearing, the court decided to indict Riaz in Monday’s hearing. In the last hearing, the three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan, refused Riaz’s plea seeking exemption from court appearance and ruled that he was bound to appear before the court until a decision to the contrary came. Justice Jan directed Riaz’s counsel, Dr Abdul Basit, to submit an application to the court explaining the kind of exemption his client sought. Dr Basit told the court that his client had come to Pakistan for the last hearing while his medical treatment was in progress abroad. The court said it would continue hearing the case and issued a notice to Attorney General Irfan Qadir, who had been named a prosecutor in the case.
KUnWAR KhUldUne shAhid
Controversy might be Veena Malik’s middle name, but this Ramadan the mischievous missy is all set to seek redemption – at least that’s the selling point for hero TV. In a move that has generated enough hullabaloo to match that of the infamous FhM cover photo episode, Veena would be hosting a show called “Astaghfaar”, in a bid to encourage the ‘sinners’ to purge themselves of their evil and ask Allah Almighty for forgiveness. Needless to say that hero TV’s ratings would skyrocket, as the battle to woo the audience at Iftaar time (Ramadan’s prime time) heats up. Astaghfaar’s promo begins with a warning highlighting the fact that the hour to seek clemency for our misdoings has arrived. As fire blazes in the background, symbolising hell, punishment looms for those who’ve gone astray. The promo then goes on to showcase an emotional Veena Malik, spelling out her intentions of seeking forgiveness for her sins, and counseling the viewers to do the same. Nonetheless, the prospect of watching Veena Malik – the woman that has made a mockery of both the cultural and religious beliefs from our neck of the woods – hosting an Iftar time show in the holy month of Ramadan is a hard pill to swallow for the masses. “The liberal secular media group, which has employed Veena to do this
show, has a habit of cashing in on controversy and apparently that is the only way they know how to make money. It is a shame that this time, they did not even spare religion. Such below the belt mockery of religion is the benchmark of all Pakistani pseudo liberals,” said Nida Masood, a LUMS graduate failing to fathom the entire episode. Salman Ali, a teacher, said, “I can’t believe that every single person has taken even Ramadan for granted. They believe that they can do whatever the hell they feel like throughout the year, and ask for forgiveness in the holy month. They can fool the people, but do they not realise that they can’t fool Allah?” Jehangir Ahmed, an eighth-grade student, wrapped up the debate with a stinging exclamation mark, “This move shows that media is indeed free. They should also put the promo for Veena’s upcoming film ‘Daal Mein Kuch Kaala hai’ on air simultaneously. Maybe that will clarify how ridiculous the whole thing is.” The backlash was inevitable, but as far as hero TV is concerned, so is the viewership.
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Hosni Mubarak back to prison on prosecutor’s orders CAIRO AFP
GYPT’S ex-president hosni Mubarak, who was convicted over the death of protesters, was on Monday heading back to prison from a military hospital after the prosecutor general ordered his transfer. “he is in the ambulance and is on his way to Tora prison” in southern Cairo, a security official told AFP. egypt’s prosecutor general ordered Mubarak to be returned to jail nearly a month after he was moved to a military hospital in Cairo after reportedly suffering a stroke. Abdel Meguid Mahmud “has issued an order to transfer former president hosni Mubarak from the Maadi Armed Forces hospital to Tora prison hospital after an improvement in his health,” the prosecutor general’s office said. On July 4, Mahmud had ordered the formation of a committee of medical experts to look into the 84-year-old Mubarak’s health, and determine whether he could be moved back to jail, deputy prosecutor general Adel al-
Timbuktu man gets 40 lashes for drinking BAMAKO: A Timbuktu man accused of drinking alcohol was given 40 lashes Monday by members of an Islamist group that has seized the north Malian city and imposed Islamic law there, witnesses said. “A young man has just been lashed 40 times for drinking alcohol. The whipping took place in the Timbuktu market,” a resident told AFP by phone. “he is injured and was taken to hospital,” the resident added, asking not to be identified. Other witnesses confirmed the incident. The Islamist group, Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), is one of several Al-Qaedalinked groups that seized northern Mali amid a power vacuum opened by a March 22 military coup in the south. AFP
Saeed said. The doctors agreed that “Mubarak’s health is currently stable with medication, and it is considered good for someone of his age,” Saeed said. The committee found “no reason for the convict to currently remain in the Armed Forces hospital in Maadi or any other hospital” with special facilities, he said. Mubarak’s health was clouded in uncertainty following his move to hospital on June 19, with state media declaring him clinically dead on arrival at a military medical facility. But medical sources said he was in a coma and on an artificial respirator. On June 2, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the death of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his three-decade rule. his health deteriorated after the transfer, with doctors defibrillating him twice last month, and reports saying he was suffering from bouts of depression, high blood pressure and shortness of breath. his morale was said to have plunged again after news of Islamist Mohamed Morsi’s victory in the presidential election last
month. Morsi, candidate of the formerly banned Muslim Brotherhood, was confirmed as egypt’s first democratically elected civilian president on June 24. Mubarak, the only autocrat toppled in the Arab Spring to be tried in person, was sentenced to life in prison along with his former interior minister habib alAdly over their involvement in the deaths of some of the estimated 850 people killed in the uprising. The acquittal of six security chiefs in the same case sparked mass protests for days. Mubarak was held at a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh following his arrest last year, before the military overseeing the transition appeared to bow to protester demands that he and former regime officials face trial. The expresident was brought to Cairo for the trial, which began on August 3, 2011. At the hearings, Mubarak was wheeled into the lecture hall that served as a courtroom on a stretcher. he reportedly has a heart condition, but the health ministry has denied his lawyer’s assertion that he has cancer.
5,000 Taliban left the battlefield since 2010 BRUSSELS AFP
Nearly 5,000 former Afghan insurgents have given up their weapons and more are joining a reintegration programme, but it has not dented the overall Taliban force, a NATO general said Monday. The number of former fighters in the Afghan peace and reintegration programme has grown from around 4,000 in late 2011 to 4,946 today, said Major General David hook, who leads the NATO cell assisting the Afghan-led effort. Another 600 are being vetted to determine whether they qualify to join the programme, which began in October 2010 and offers a stipend of $360 over three months to ease fighters out of the battlefield, hook said. “The figures continue to trend very gently up,” the
British officer told reporters during a visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The programme has had great success in the north and west of the country, allowing Afghan security forces to focus on fighting in Taliban hotbeds elsewhere, he said. “has it made a dent in terms of a nationwide perspective? Probably not,” hook said, refusing to provide estimates of the overall Taliban force. The number of people joining the programme grew by 60 percent between November 2011 and March 2012 compared to any other fourmonth period, he said. In the east alone, the number jumped 300 percent. “Is it having an effect across the whole of Afghanistan in what I would think of in military and strategic terms? No. Is it having an operational-level effect, yes it is,” hook said.
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earlier, the chief justice said the judiciary wanted to see the army as a stable institution, however, it wanted to emphasize that there would be supremacy of constitution alone, adding that a Bangladesh-like model could not be implemented here. The CJ said institutions, not personalities, were important, adding that graveyards were full of people who thought they were indispensable. The bench also directed Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi to tell the court if the Defence Ministry would represent the ISI and Military Intelligence (MI) in the Asghar Khan case,
islAmABAd: A policeman manhandles a woman as they dispersed a demonstration by residents of dadu on monday. ONLINE
else a counsel would be appointed for the purpose. Nargis Sethi said the director legal affairs had told her that the ISI and MI would have their own representatives, and she could furnish details after getting relevant directions. The CJ said no lawyer from the Defence Ministry had appeared before the court, but the court would give a chance for explanation to everyone. he added that the ISI was answerable to the prime minister. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary ordered the Attorney General to analyze the summary of General Asad Durrani about the political cell of ISI, or otherwise the summary must be sealed and pro-
duced in the court. he said the Supreme Court wanted to bring forth the facts in a transparent manner. During the hearing, Justice Khilji Arif hussain said the court was told that the documents by ISI also reached office of the attorney general. Attorney General Irfan Qadir said he would look for the documents in his office. The CJ added that democracy and democratic institutions must be strengthened. The court directed the attorney general to present the rejoinder in connection with the investigation reports on scandals of Mehran Bank and habib Bank, and adjourned the proceedings for two weeks.
Us looks forward to dialogue with Pakistan WASHINGTON sPeciAl cORResPOndenT
Amid reports that the United States and Pakistan are to resume their stalled strategic dialogue in the near future, the State Department Monday said it looks forward to intensive engagement with Pakistan on wide-ranging issues. A State Department spokesman said Washington wants the bilateral relationship with Pakistan back on track. “I don’t’ have a specific update. But, obviously, we want to get our relationship back on track. We look to the future of our relationship with Pakistan. So we look forward to more intensively engaging with them on a whole range of issues,” Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said at the daily briefing. he was asked to comment on the revival of strategic dialogue between the two countries. As an example of engagement, Ventrell cited Secretary of State hillary Clinton’s meeting in a trilateral core group with Pakistani and Afghan foreign ministers in Tokyo this month to coordinate on the way forward in Afghanistan. “We continue our intensive engagement with the Pakistanis, going forward,” he added. he reiterated US satisfaction at the re-opening of the key Pakistani land routes for transportation of NATO supplies into Afghanistan. Ventrell said American officials are working with their Pakistani counterparts to clear the backlog of containers, resulting from an almost eight-month blockade of supplies through the ground
CoaS not going to uS for strategic dialogue
ISLAMABAD: News reports about Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani going to the US to participate in the strategic dialogue are not true, sources in the military said on Monday. earlier in the day, media reports quoted Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi as saying that General Kayani would visit Washington for the strategic dialogue and dates were yet to be finalised. however, the military sources denied the news, saying that General Kayani had no plan to participate in the strategic dialogue in the US. ONLINE lines of communication. “We are talking about a lot of backlog, a number of containers, very significant amount of material. So, it’s going to take some time to find an efficient way to get them all through,” the spokesman elaborated, when asked about technical work on transporting the supplies through Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing.
US navy opens fire in Gulf as boat nears ship DUBAI AFP
A US navy ship fired on a boat off the United Arab emirates on Monday in the southern Gulf where tension has been rising after it ignored warnings, the navy said. It gave no details on the outcome of the incident, which was being investigated, but US media reports said one person was killed and three were wounded. “An embarked security team aboard a US navy vessel fired upon a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the US ship near Jebel Ali,” an emirati port city, the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said in a statement. “The USNS Rappahannock used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force,” it said. “The US crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach. When those efforts failed to deter the approaching vessel, the security team on the Rappahannock fired rounds from a .50-calibre machine gun.” The US navy has been building up its forces in the oil-rich region since tensions spiked with Iran in December over its nuclear programme, with Tehran threatening to possibly close the strategic Strait of hormuz in the southern Gulf. It has deployed two aircraft carriers to the region — the USS Abraham Lincoln and the USS enterprise — and doubled its minesweeper fleet in the area from four to eight ships on June 23. The deployment aims to send a clear message to Iran over its threats to mine the narrow Strait of hormuz through which about a fifth of the world’s traded oil passes.
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ashraf urges Pakistani community living in Saudi arabia to play their due role in boosting bilateral relations JEDDAH
RIMe Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday said the government was making efforts to resolve the electricity crisis in the country, and generating energy and improving law and order in Balochistan were the government’s top priorities. Addressing Pakistanis living in Jeddah, the prime minister said both countries had deeprouted and strong brotherly ties, adding that Saudi Arabia had always supported Pakistan in difficult times and stood by it. he said both countries had a common stand on almost all regional and international issues. Ashraf said the PPP-led government was following the vision of its martyred leaders for ensuring a progressive and prosperous Pakistan. he said democracy was getting stronger in Pakistan and it was for the first time that the
elected government had presented five consecutive budgets. he urged the Pakistani community living in Saudi Arabia to play their due role in further boosting Pak-Saudi relations in various fields. The prime minister said the PPP believed in coming into power through democratic process and appointment of a consensus Chief election Commission was a great contribution of the party. he said with the support from its allies, the PPP government had presented five budgets and was now entering into the election process. The prime minister said the PPP had a clear thinking that it would come to power only with the support of the masses and not with the support of any dictator. Referring to the appointment of a chief election commissioner, the prime minister said it was the credit of the PPP that it even agreed to the name given by the opposition. he urged the political parties to
present their programmes and let the people decide. The prime minister praised the contribution of the expatriates through their remittances, hoped that they would come forward to help the country in resolving the energy crisis. he said “these 1.5 million Pakistanis living in Saudi Arabia are playing a positive contribution in economic activities of Pakistan”. he said the PPP had been making sincere efforts to
give right of vote to these expatriates and regretted that expatriates had not been allowed to contest elections. he said he was grateful to King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who gave him time to meet. he said the king had great love for Pakistan and remained with Pakistan and its people in all difficult circumstances. he said over 1,500,000 Pakistanis were living here had proved an example of great am-
bassadors of Pakistan. Ashraf said hardship of Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia would further strengthen relations of two countries. he said he was a worker of the PPP and was proud of it. “It is now our responsibility that the middleclass, which has all the qualities, plays its due role in the progress and prosperity of the country.” Referring to the reconciliation policy adopted by Benazir Bhutto, the prime minister said despite a lack of required strength of votes, the PPP was completing its tenures. Referring to Salala incident, the prime minister said Pakistan did not compromise on principles and only opened the ground lines of communication in accordance with the recommendations of parliament and not for money. “We want that Pakistan be a facilitator in the withdrawal of NATO forces by 2014 and want an independent Afghanistan.”
Jam Yousaf granted bail in Bugti murder case QUETTA
Militants blow up boys’ school CHARSADDA Agencies
A government primary school in Charsadda was blown up with explosives on Monday. According to the police, anti-literacy militants had planted an explosive device alongside the boundary wall of government boys’ primary school, which went off with a bang early on Monday in the Shadand area of Sardheri. The police cordoned off the area after the blast and started searching for the culprits, but no arrests have been made so far.
President praises Sherry for skillful handling of Pak-uS negotiations g
President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday praised the patience, perseverance and skillful handling of the Pakistan-US negotiations by Ambassador Sherry Rehman which led to the ending of the stalemate between the two countries over the Salala incident. In a letter to Sherry, President Zardari said the US’ apology over the loss of brave Pakistani soldiers’ lives was a vindication of Pakistan’s rightful stand and an acknowledgement of the inviolability of the country’s sovereignty. The president said he was aware of her relentless efforts in putting Pakistan’s point of view across to the Obama administration and Congress and in the process she had to face many unpleasant situations with her interlocutors. The president, however, said the job was not over yet and there were many challenges ahead including resumption of the strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the US and taking it forward to a level which might pave the way for greater economic interaction and regional stability. he said the “Pakistani-US partnership should be one that is based on trust and respect and constant efforts need to be made from both sides to make sure that for the greater good of the region this trust never wavers”. Zardari expressed confidence that Sherry will continue the good work to achieve these objectives.
Declare your assets, ECP tells MPs
Balochistan high Court (BhC) granted interim bail to former Chief Minister of the province, Jam Muhmmad Yousaf in the Bugti-murder case, on Monday. The two-member bench of BhC comprised of Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel and Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mengal. hearing the pre-arrest bail petition filed by the ex chief minister, Justice Mandokhel questioned Yousaf, “how is it possible, that you being the chief executive of Balochistan, were unaware about the operation in your province. If you had not been taken into confidence, why did you not resign in protest?” “People should understand the repercussions of supporting a ‘dictator’ (Pervez Musharraf),” he added. Mandokhel said, the fact that the FIR had been registered in December 2010, and Yousaf was consulting the court after two years, showed that he had neglected court orders on purpose. The bench approved a three week interim bail against a bond of RS 2,000,000. Notices were also issued against the home Ministry and other departments regarding the case. The hearing has been adjourned till August 6.
uS apology vindicates Pakistan’s rightful stand: Zardari
sWAT: Folk dancers present traditional Khattak dance during the Kalam summer Festival on monday. ONLINE
election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) on Monday issued a directive to members of parliament and provincial assembles to submit their annual statements of assets and liabilities by December 30. In a press release, eCP said that it was a mandatory requirement for parliamentarians under Section 42A of the Representation of the People Act, 1976 and Section 25A of the Senate (election) Act, 1975. The statement of assets and liabilities will be published in the official gazette and copies will be obtainable by payment of a prescribed fee. eCP shall, by October 15 of every year, notify the names of members who fail to file their statements within the specified period. Such member will cease to function at their position until the statement is submitted. If a member provides false statements, he may be tried for committing the offence of corrupt practice.
Marvi MeMon displays her art ISLAMABAD APP
Former parliamentarian Marvi Memon displayed her collection of paintings with prime focus on political issues in the country at Nomad Art Gallery on Monday. The show entitled Discrimination revealed the theme of Parliament Diaries. “Art for me has been a way of expressing what I feel and see around myself. I present some of my struggles visually for the audience as the paintings have an underline theme of various kinds of politics,” says Marvi. “I have painted about the struggle for the acid legislation, against
the injustices of Karo Kari, about the speaker’s golden guild concept of women empowerment and some women in chains in our society,” she said. As an aspiring artist working on issues close to her heart, she brought around 32 paintings from some of her sensitive artwork focusing on political issues in the show. She got training in watercolors from France and mostly painted for friends and family. She says this formal exhibition has specific objectives to illustrate the causes that are important to her in politics and to contribute to those causes financially with the proceeds of her paintings. The show will continue until July 31.
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aPML says govt doing nothing to curb terrorism KARACHI sTAFF RePORT
Central Vice President of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Sardar Ghulam Mustafa Khaskheli said on Monday that everybody knew the certainty of foreign elements behind incidents of target killings in Quetta and Karachi but the question remained what the government was doing to overcome this situation. According to an All Pakistan Muslim League press release, Sardar Ghulam Mustafa Khaskheli said frequent incidents of terrorism in Quetta and Karachi showed the grim picture that state machinery and rulers were not serious to save the country from the clutches of terrorism. “The writ of the government and rule of law has become a dream long lost, target killers have plagued the society and the masses have been left at the mercy of outlaws,” he added. he said that target killing could be eliminated by taking indiscriminate action and shedding religio-political compromises, adding that elements involved in the killing of people should be taken to the task. Khaskheli said further that there the rule of law prevailed during the Musharraf era; business community had no sense of insecurity which resulted in the flourishing of industrialization and investment, booming of economy and provision of employment to large number of people and strengthening of the country.
When will this end? Two brothers among six shot dead KARACHI nni
T least six people including two brothers fell prey to killing incidents in the ongoing violence spree in the metropolis, police said on Monday. The saboteurs opened fire in Manghopir killing moazzin of Masjid Faizan. In another incident, two citizens were abducted from Malir Khokharapar and later on their bullet
riddled bodies were found. A man identified as Ahmed Ali was also injured in the same firing incident. Body of Gul Muhammed alias Rehan Danger, the brother of deceased Muhammed Ayaz was found from Model Colony Old Railways Line area of Malir. he was tortured to death. The bereaved family said they were not at loggerheads with anyone. Body of a man Abdus Sattar was found from Tibbet Center. Another limb-tied body was recovered form
the city courts. Both of them were friends and residents of Dalmia in Karachi. An improvised explosive device (IeD) planted at quarters of Ahmed Mill, Quaidabad, went off with a loud bang. A Ranger mobile, parked near the site of explosion, was completely destroyed and four Rangers personnel including Lance Naik Sanaullah, Sepoy Nawaz, Qasim, Rizwan and a security guard Faiz Muhammed were injured. The explosion made a hole in
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Poisonous lunch: 35 labourers faint in Nawabshah NAWABSHAH Online
As many as 35 construction company workers fell unconscious after eating poisonous food on Monday. As per details, 35 labourers, busy in construction work on a road, fell unconscious after eating lunch. They were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical aid. According to doctors, the labourers had eaten poisonous food. Later on condition of the labourers was said to be out of danger.
Commissioner of Karachi Roshan Ali Shaikh on Monday said that Karachi was among the eight most polluted cities in Asia. he said this on his return from a visit to Britain. he was of the view that if this trend was not checked, Karachi might top the list in coming future. The commissioner said that during his visit some important agreements were inked with various
renowned organizations, which included the disposal of 9,000 tons of garbage daily and generation of electricity from the same garbage. he said this project would contribute towards tackling the problems of pollution and at the same time generation of electricity would also be ensured. A statement on Sunday said that Commissioner Karachi had visited Britain with Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul ebad Khan, Federal Minister Babar Khan Ghauri, Provincial Ministers Pir Mazhar ul haq, Dr Sagheer Ahmed,
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aNF refuses to vacate govt’s house despite court orders KARACHI Online
In an act of outright breach of Supreme Court’s orders, the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has not vacated government’s house of housing Ministry in Karachi and has occupied the house for the last 5 years. ANF had acquired a house No 12-A in eyes Land Karachi from the housing Ministry for then Director ANF Brigadier Karim Bukhari in 2007. Sources said that after the transfer of Brigadier Karim Bukhari from Karachi, ANF had to return back that house to the ministry. But the ANF Director Brigadier Karim Bukhari handed over the house to his successor Brigadier Muhammad Bashir. This was not all as the house was then handed over to Brigadier Muham-
mad Wajid by his predecessor. Sources revealed further that the Ministry of housing and Works had filed a petition no 1498/2011 in the Supreme Court against the illegal occupying of the house by the ANF. Upon which SC, in its judgment, stated that houses could only be acquired and left under the rules of housing Ministry. After the judgment of SC, the Ministry of housing and Works had summoned outstanding dues including the utility bills of the house of previous 5 years, while the ANF had not informed the housing Ministry so far in this regard. This has also been learnt that ANF has started to mount pressure over the housing Ministry to transfer house in the name of Brigadier Muhammad Wajid.
Raza haroon, Faisal Subzwari, Administrator Karachi Muhammad hussain Syed and Managing Director Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) Misbahuddin Farid. The Commissioner praised the efforts and guidance of the Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat ul ebad Khan. he said that agreements inked during the visit were a proof of the government’s efforts for the betterment of the people and for providing relief to them besides contributing towards checking the problem of pollution.
the wall of Ahmed Mill’s quarters with some damage to the check post as well. The glasses of nearby shops were smashed with the fierceness of the blast. DSP Qamar Ahmed said it was a remote-controlled bomb device. Meantime, Quaidabad police registered the explosion case against unknown miscreants. It is pertinent to mention here that this is the second remote-controlled blast within four days.
We are ready for ramadan: iGP KARACHI APP
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Fayyaz Leghari on Monday called for an extra-ordinary security plan to be followed during the coming month of Ramazan. he directed that for devising such a strategy special attention would be paid towards consultations with all the stakeholders as well as the Ulema, so as to ensure fostering religious harmony. The IGP instructed that meetings with industrialists and businessmen of the industrial zones and markets would also be held at all levels for finalizing the Ramazan security plan and every effort would be made for its implementation. he also directed that contacts with Pakistan Rangers, Sindh and other organizations would be strengthened for the exchange of intelligence and other required information. he called for concrete steps for the security of mosques, Imam Bargahs and Namaz and Tarehvi congregations. he directed further that police picketing, patrolling and random checking at the designated places be ensured and that the ban on carrying and exhibition of weapons and aerial firing should also be implemented effectively.
PTi’s social media success story KARACHI sTAFF RePORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with the help of social media experts attracted 100,000 youngsters to its October 30 rally at Minar-e-Pakistan. The PTI’s marketing team, in conjunction with social media experts from Cresset Technologies, had designed a political campaign for the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and his party on the social media. “The impact of social media on our daily lives is far greater than we think,” said Asad Malik, social media expert and the managing director of Cresset Technologies. he was addressing a gathering of young people here at a local hotel in connection with Social Media Day in Pakistan. Malik said there were 3.2 billion likes and comments made on Facebook each day, 175 million tweets are sent on Twitter a day, the Google+ button is pressed 5 billion times a day. 17 million people visit Pinterest every day, nearly 830,000 YouTube videos are uploaded daily, 526 million people sign up for Facebook every day, Google+ increases its number of users by 625,000 a day, 58 photos are uploaded through Instagram every second, StumbleUpon adds 2.2 million pages a day and 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook each day. he said latest worldwide surveys suggest that the number of Facebook users has reached to 850 million as of February 2012, followed by 500 million registered users and 200 million active users of Twitter, 135 million users of LinkedIn, 90 million users of Google+ and 10.4 million users of Pinterest.
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Wajid Durrani takes charge as DG NaB Sindh KARACHI APP
The newly appointed Director General of the National Accountability Buerau (NAB) Sindh Wajid Ali Khan Durrani took the charge of office on Monday. A statement issued by NAB said that Wajid Ali Khan Durrani was an experienced bureaucrat and had served in senior positions in the Federal and Sindh government. It said that he was received by the outgoing DG Major (Retd) Shabbir Ahmed and was presented a guard of honour. Later, Wajid Durrani was introduced to all the Directors of NAB Sindh. The new DG was later given an operational and administrative briefing by respective staff officers.
islamic art and calligraphy exhibition held KARACHI APP
An Islamic Art and Calligraphic exhibition was held at Defence Authority Creek Club on Monday, in which the works of talented artists Muhammad Shafique and Asif Ghazali were put on display. The works included oil paintings on canvas and on paper. They also included calligraphic works of Quranic verses in oil painting, flowers and battle field scenes in oil painting on canvas. The artistic works had a lot of aesthetic attraction, fascination and visual charm par excellence. A large number of art lovers were present there who appreciated the artistic works and commended the initiative of the organizers for holding the event. The organizer of the event Brig (Retd) Asif Ghazali said that the idea behind the exhibition was to foster the old Islamic art and calligraphy skills which had a very rich heritage.
‘PPP govt successful’ HYDERABAD APP
Member National Assembly of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) from Taluka hyderabad Syed Ameer Ali Shah Jamote said on Monday that quality education was being ensured both in urban and rural parts of Sindh for the first time in the history of the province as the government was fully committed to provide maximum facilities to future builders of the nation.
OPen AiR BReAKFAsT: A woman prepares roti in her tent in hyderabad. ONLINE
‘Where’s the data?’ KARACHI APP
INDh Chief Secretary Raja Muhammad Abbas on Monday asked all the deputy commissioners to furnish the data relevant to the land record to the Board of Revenue Sindh, expeditiously with a view to preserve the same. An official said that for the purpose facilitation centres were being established in all 27 districts of Sindh under the auspices of Board of Revenue Sindh. The Chief Secretary while presiding a review meeting noted that the 27 property record facilitation centres – one in each district headquarter – were under construction. Senior member Board of Revenue Shahzar Shamoon apprised the meeting that except for two deputy commissioners all had offered land for construction of facilitation centres. It was also informed in the meeting that efforts were being made for preservation of record in the Directorate of Survey through settlement and land record by scanning, microfilming, cataloging and digitalization of maps. The meeting also reviewed the progress of two other projects i.e. computerization and establishment of Land Admin-
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istration and Revenue Management Information System (LARMIS) and creation of GIS (Geographical Information System) for Land Administration and Revenue Management in Sindh. The chief secretary instructed to do the needful for expeditious accomplishment of the projects.
Polio campaign kicks off in hyderabad HYDERABAD
The Aga Khan University examination Board (AKU-eB) is celebrating on Wednesday (July 18) its sixth year of examinations with a `Passing the Torch Student Awards Ceremony'. An announcement on Monday said that the event aimed to connect the board's current students with its alumni who had gone on to succeed at college and university levels. It said that last year's AKU-eB position holders would be invited to pass on their titles as well as their knowledge and experiences to this year's Secondary School Certificate and higher Secondary School Certificate position holders.
Drug destruction ceremony today KARACHI
A three day Polio eradication Campaign kicked off on Monday in all four talukas of hyderabad district with an objective to ensure a hundred percent coverage of immunization of anti-polio drops to the children of less than five years of age. The District health Officer (DhO) hyderabad Dr Muhammad Aslam Pechuho informed that anti-polio drops were being administered to a total of 288565 children in all 52 Union Councils of hyderabad City, Latifabad, Qasimabad and hyderabad Rural Talukas of hyderabad district. “The health department has formed 704 mobile vaccination teams which are visiting door to door in all 52 Union Councils of the district and immunizing anti-polio drops to under age children,” he said. he also informed that anti-polio drops were also being administered to children at 87 fixed vaccination centres and 35 others centres which had been set up at the transit points of the district. he said that the entire polio eradication campaign was being carried out unde the supervision of seven talukas supervisors, 168 area incharges and Union Councils Medical Officers. “The
A drug destruction ceremony was all set to be held on Tuesday (today) at the Super highway, said a statement issued on Monday. “Seized narcotics including charas, opium, alcohol etc. would be destroyed,” it stated. The Speaker of the Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Provincial Minister for excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla would be among the witnesses of the ceremony.
PML-Q leader injured, driver killed in road mishap THATTA APP
representatives of WhO, UNICeF, Deputy Commissioner and higher officers of health Department are also monitoring the campaign,” he added.
he called upon the people to extend their full cooperation to the vaccination teams and get their children of less than five years of age vaccinated
against polio. “The people can contact at Toll Free No: 0800- 12012 in case the vaccination teams could not reach any area,” he said.
Syed Amir haider Shah Shirazi, a PMLQ leader from Thatta, was critically injured and his driver Dilbar killed when a Mazda truck collided with his car near Sujawal on Sunday night. Body of the deceased was shifted to civil hospital Thatta. Police started the investigations.
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SINDHI LANGUAGE SUFFERS AS CM, EDUCATION MINISTER FEUD Even though the lists of Sindhi Language Teachers has been finalised, the hiring has come to a standstill because of conflict between Qaim Ali Shah and Mazharul Haq
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eSPITe completion of all formalities, the appointment process of more than 1,200 Sindhi Language Teachers (SLTs) has come to a grinding halt owing to a running feud between Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and senior minister for education Pir Mazharul haq over who to be patronized. The PPP-led Sindh had announced recruitment of around 1,200 SLTs in BPS-9, 14 and 15, with two preconditions: the candidates must have studied Sindhi as a compulsory subject throughout his/her education from institutions of the metropolis hold Karachi domicile. The written test for candidates was held in March 2012 while interviews were conducted in April 2012. Sources told Pakistan Today that the merit list of the successful candidates was to be put on display in the first week of May. From then on the rift over who to benefit between the two luminaries of the government has remained unresolved, hence, no appointments. The candidates could be seen wandering in Sindh’s education department asking date for issuance of merit list and the display of merit list, returning empty-handed, other than the vague promise that the CM would issue the appointments himself. Pir Mazhar was said to be trying to influence the CM to get his way, while the CM was insisting on meritbased recruitment without waiving the preconditions, divulged a source. Pir Mazhar meanwhile has left for London, citing health issue of his spouse. A source close to the CM says, Qaim also complained to President Asif Zardari rude attitude of Pir Mazhar and the president has reportedly has given his go-ahead to the CM on recruitment of SLTs on merit basis. Interestingly, Mazhar had also developed a serious dispute with the CM Sindh over ‘strict’ conduct of former secretary education, Nahid S Durrani, who happens to be the CM’s daughter. With Pir
Mazhar siding with elements involved in receiving kickbacks, Naheed Durrani’s efforts to curb corruption and other irregularities in the Sindh education Department resulted in her ouster. Initially, Nahid was sent on leave, but the move is a precursor to her transfer from the department. Pir Mazhar, it appears, also used Faryal Talpur’s [President Zardari’s sister], offices to remove Naheed from the secretary’s post. The inquiries initiated by Durrani against embezzlement and other irregularities in the department are likely to be stopped after her removal, with things settling to the way before. Durrani has sent three different cases of corruption and irregularities to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and National Accountability Courts for proceedings in April alone. each of these dealt with embezzlement of millions in the name of education. The first reference sent to the NAB court was filed under section 18 of the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO)-1999, with Durrani bringing up the of embezzlement in procurement of some 42 vehicles, for which the Sindh government had paid Rs 94.966 million to M/s. World Automobiles, Karachi. The orders for the vehicles were placed in connection with a project backed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) named ‘Revitalizationn of existing Teacher Training Institutions of Sindh’. The project aimed at providing basic needs to all teacher training institutions of Sindh, and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in 2006 between the Pakistan government and CIDA. The project was federally funded at a cost of Rs1,261.733 million, with a completion period of five years from Feb 23, 2007. The project sought to improve the quality of primary and middle-school education, and was to provide vehicles, mobile in-service teaching units, resource kits and scholarships. As many as 42 vehicles had to be provided to 42 institutions for mobile in-service teaching units, at an estimated cost of Rs 149.949 million. An agreement was signed
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between the then project director of the education department and M/s. World Automobiles Karachi. After approving quotations provided, the department paid World Automobiles in full, but despite the passage of more than four years, the company has only delivered 16 vehicles. The sources said that the highups in the education Department received heavy kickbacks from the company, and as a result, ignored the matter for four years. When Durrani assumed charge as the secretary, she inquired about the matter, and after getting an improper reply from the company, she sent a reference to the NAB court for the recovery of the remaining Rs62 million. In the reference, she had prayed to the NAB court that the respondents should be directed to provide the remaining 27 vehicles booked on advance payment as well as pay a penalty at prescribed percentage of undelivered vehicles, or return Rs62 million and pay interest at the market rate from 2007 to the date a decision is handed out. She also prayed to the court to initiate criminal proceedings after comparison of documents submitted by the defendants. In another reference, Durrani on behalf of the education department prayed the NAB court to direct the owners of World Automobiles, Karachi to deliver hinopak buses that the department placed orders for in 2007, or return Rs37 million as well as a fine. The third case was of auditing the accounts of the Sindh Textbook Board: Durrani had written a letter to NAB authorities to screen the audit. Subsequently, NAB had initiated an inquiry last week. Durrani had also taken strict action against illegal use of more than 20 vehicles of the education department by the personal staff of the minister. She had also taken notice of fake appointments in the Department, and the Anti-Corruption Department after completing its inquiry, had sent a case to the courts for further proceedings. A deputy secretary and former section officer of the department are behind bars in this case.
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The NrT presents Kamla directed by Meesam Nazar and written by vijay Tendulkar. an intriguing look at the morals in Journalism and the sale and purchase of women. Based on a true story. Date: 12-15 July 2012, 8pm Ticket price: rs. 600/-Ticket Price for students: rs.300/(please show your school/college/university iD card)
internationally acclaimed artist Hamra abbas, recipient of the abraaj capital art prize and the Sharjah biennale jury prize, exhibits her culturally loaded, iconographic works at Canvas Gallery on Tuesday June 19th 2012, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Hamra received her BFa and Ma from the National College of arts, Lahore and a Meisterschueler from universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin. She lives and works between Lahore, Pakistan and Boston, uSa. The show remains open daily until July 19th 2012, from 11 am - 8 pm (excluding sundays)
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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Shootings and bombings in the north of Iraq killed three members of the security forces on Monday, officials said, while a senior leader of Al-Qaeda’s front group was found dead by police. In Nineveh province, a roadside bomb killed two offduty Iraqi soldiers as they were driving an unmarked car in Al-Kissik, west of provincial capital Mosul, according to army First Lieutenant Khalaf Zaidan. And in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometres (110 miles) north of Baghdad, gunmen stormed the house of a married couple who both worked in the Facilities Protection Service (FPS), an interior ministry force tasked with securing government buildings. The attackers kidnapped the husband and killed the wife, according to Kirkuk provincial FPS chief Colonel Sherzad Mufri. Meanwhile, five people were wounded by a car bomb near a restaurant along the road connecting Baghdad and Balad, around 70 kilometres (40 miles) to the north, according to a Balad police officer and a medic in the town’s hospital. In Anbar province, west of the capital, the accused head of operations in south Baghdad for Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq killed himself when the house he was in was surrounded by police, provincial police chief Major General hadi Arzaij said.
india dismisses obama concern over economy NEW DELHI AFP
Indian politicians on Monday rejected US President Barack Obama’s concerns about the investment climate in the country, which has recently suffered a sharp slowdown in economic growth. Obama, in an interview to the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency in Washington, said the American business community had told him it was “still too hard” to invest in India. “In too many sectors, such as retail, India limits or prohibits the foreign investment that is necessary to create jobs in both our countries, and which is necessary for India to continue to grow,” Obama said. his comments were swiftly dismissed by politicians from the ruling Congress party as well as the opposition, which has been fighting to stop reforms in the retail sector. “The government has taken enough measures and put policies in place which welcome investors,” Anand Sharma, the commerce minister, said. “For the next three years India will remain one of the top three destinations attractive for investors.”
hYdeRABAd: indian artists dressed as Avatar perform during the final procession of the 11-day traditional festival of ‘Bonalu’, a ritual offering to the goddess mahaKali at sri Akkanna madanna mahankali Temple on monday. AFP
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YRIA’S military deployed armoured vehicles near central Damascus on Monday as troops battled rebels around the capital in what activists said could be a turning point in the 16-month uprising. Meanwhile Russia slammed as “blackmail” Western pressure to push for a UN Security Council resolution against Syria’s regime and said it would be “unrealistic” for its ally President Bashar al-Assad to quit. With battles raging between the army and rebels around Damascus for a second straight day, troops deployed armoured vehicles near the historic neighbourhood of Al-Midan. “This is the first time that armoured and military transport vehicles are deployed in Al-Midan,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for human Rights told AFP in Beirut. “Before, the security forces were deployed to suppress protests. Now, we have army troops engaged in combat,” said the director of the Britain-based watchdog. A activist on the ground said the
army was trying to overrun Al-Midan and described the fighting as a “turning point” in the revolt against Assad’s autocratic regime. The battles are “the first of their kind. You can say there is a before and after in the Syrian revolution, and the turning point was July 15,” said the activist who identified himself as Abu Musab. “The army is trying to storm Al-Midan from two sides, with military vehicles,” he said. “There are many injured and some killed. We need blood donations.” Activists said the army and Free Syrian Army rebels had been locked in fierce clashes since Sunday in the southern Damascus neighbourhood of Tadamon, Kfar Sousa in the west and Jobar in the east. They said the clashes are the worst in the capital since the start of the uprising in March 2011. The Observatory reported “dawn battles on the road south of Kfar Sousa, between rebel fighters and soldiers who were in a convoy passing through the area.” Activists said residents were fleeing Tadamon, with many seeking shelter in the nearby Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp. The pro-government AlWatan newspaper said the army was battling “terrorist groups” and accused
the gunmen of seeking to launch “the great Damascus battle.” But the opposition Syrian National Council accused the regime of transforming Damascus into “battlefields.” In Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross sounded a note of alarm, saying Syria is in a state of allout civil war and that all sides must respect humanitarian law or risk facing war crimes prosecutions. The latest violence comes as diplomatic pressure builds ahead of a key Security Council vote on Friday to decide if the 300strong UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) will be renewed. The unarmed observers are tasked with overseeing the implementation of a six-point peace plan brokered by UNArab League envoy Kofi Annan which has been flouted daily since mid-April when it went into effect. Speaking ahead of talks with Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of trying to “blackmail” Moscow to get its backing for possible sanctions against Syria. “To our great regret, we are witnessing elements of blackmail,” said Lavrov, adding it was “unrealistic” for Moscow to back calls for Assad to step down as the population supports him.
Israel has agreed not to renew its detention order for Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik and will free the hamas member on Thursday, his lawyer told AFP on Monday. Fadi Qawasmi said Israel had agreed to his request that Dweik’s six-month administrative detention order not be renewed. “That means that Dweik will be released on Thursday,” he said. A spokeswoman for the Israel Prison Services said she was checking the report. Dweik was detained at an Israeli army checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem on January 19. A military court then handed him a six-month administrative detention order, allowing for him to be held without charge. The army said it had detained him because he was “suspected of being involved in the activities of a terrorist group,” although he was never charged. he was briefly detained in May 2011 at another West Bank checkpoint along with three other parliamentarians of the Islamist movement hamas but was eventually released. The hamasdominated Palestinian parliament has been paralysed since the Islamist movement took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007, ousting Fatah forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.
Circumcision ban could make Germany ‘laughing stock’: Merkel BERLIN AFP
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party the country risked becoming a “laughing stock” over a court ruling calling religious circumcision a criminal act, according to a report Monday. The masscirculation daily Bild said in an article to be published Tuesday that Merkel warned the board of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) that Germany must restore legal protection for circumcision. “I do not want Germany to be the only country in the world in which Jews cannot practise their rites,” Bild quoted Merkel as saying, citing several CDU members who attended the meeting. “Otherwise we would make ourselves a laughing stock among nations.” Merkel’s centre-right government has pledged to take quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys on religious grounds, and voiced concern about the ruling by the court in Cologne published in June.
Clinton discusses Egypt, Iran and peace with Israel JERUSALEM AFP
Israel and the United States must think and act together to face the changes sweeping the Middle east, US Secretary of State hillary Clinton said Monday after meeting Israeli President Shimon Peres. Clinton, who arrived late Sunday after two days of talks with the new leadership in egypt, hailed a “moment of great change and transformation in the region.” “It is a time of uncertainty but also of opportunity. It is a chance to advance our shared goals .of security, stability, peace and democracy,” she said in remarks to the press after talks with Peres focusing on egypt, Syria, Iran’s nuclear programme and peace efforts with the Palestinians. “It is in moments like these that friends like us have to think together, act together,” she said. On the last leg of a 13-day, nine-nation tour, Clinton met early on Monday with her Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman before her talks with Peres, briefing both on her discussions in Cairo
JerUsaleM: palestinian prime Minister salam Fayyad meets with Us secretary of state hillary Clinton on Monday.
with newly-elected President Mohamed Morsi and military leader Field Marshall hussein Tantawi. Peres thanked Clinton for her efforts to shore up the peace between Israel and
the new egyptian leadership. “We appreciate very much that immediately after egypt, you came to us with your latest impressions because for us, as well as for the United States, egypt is a key
‘Monica, Monica’ chants taunt Clinton in Egypt ALEXANDRIA: US Secretary of State hillary Clinton was taunted by chants of “Monica, Monica” by tomato-throwing demonstrators as she visited the egyptian port city of Alexandria on Sunday. The chants, referring to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president, were heard outside the US consulate as she visited for its reopening. An embarrassed egyptian security official said they were chanting “Monica, Monica” and “Irhal, Clinton” (Get out, Clinton.) Tomatoes, shoes and a water bottle were thrown at part of Clinton’s motorcade as it pulled up, protected by riot police, although a US official said Clinton’s own vehicle was not hit. The protest appears to have been the result of suspicions that Washington had helped the Muslim Brotherhood win elections in egypt in the wake of last year’s ouster of president hosni Mubarak after 18 days of massive street protests. “I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot,” Clinton said at the opening of the consulate. The consulate was closed in 1993 due to budget cuts but has been reopened to assist the egyptian economy in a key port city. AFP country in the Middle east and much depends on egypt and a little bit on us as well, to continue the great march of peace,” he said. “Israel is very much interested in keeping the peace with the largest Arab
country.” Ahead of her arrival, a top State Department official said Washington’s top diplomat wanted to have “a broader strategic conversation” with the Israelis following the sweeping changes across the region.
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Mending fences slow and steady
By Khawaja Manzar Amin
t’s not out of character, the Obama administration’s appreciation of India and Pakistan’s efforts to lessen tensions amongst themselves. Not out of character for US foreign policy of any administration to encourage talks between the two South Asian traditional foes. After all, the Americans can scarcely do little else. The Indians don’t want any outside mediation on the Kashmir issue and Pakistan does not particularly want mediation on any issue other than Kashmir. As much as it would hurt the hypernationalists in Pakistan, it was actually the nuclear tests of 1998 that firmly closed the prospect of mediation by the Americans or, for that matter, any other global player. They’ve got nukes, make a beeline out of this thing, would have been the mantra of do-gooders the world over. Pakistan might huff and puff but we can and do still put up with being patronised, a little too much for our own good. The Indians, on the other hand, are at their most petulant when they are talked down to. They are so acerbic towards the idea, that even well-meaning statements by other nations can put them in a bad mood, leaving other diplomatic missions non-plussed. The Indians have got to be one of the most prickly assignments in diplomacy at the moment. Indian pride notwithstanding, there are also huge misplaced notions of grandeur that the deep state on this side of the Radcliff has. A spirited insistence on pursuing a policy that would leave us a hermit state isn’t doing us any good. As the times get tough financially around the world, it is in both Pakistan’s interest and India’s that the two nations sit together and thrash out a way to settle for way more than mere peaceful coexistence. The synergies that could be worked up when the two countries calibrate their economies with each other would mean a whole lot of good for both of them. Not to speak of the savings as far as military spending is concerned. We’re looking at some cricket diplomacy in the offing. And there has been some development on the prisoners’ front on both sides. Wars for peace are long ones. here’s to hoping both the poor nations get over themselves and do their poor populations some good.
By Rabia Ahmed
he not-so-accidental president had put on his usual expression and the staged smile on his face was as wide as can be on someone other than the Cheshire Cat. This was in the first photoop session with his ‘inspired’ choice as the latest ‘elected’ prime minister of Pakistan. he was probably the only person grinning from ear to ear in the whole country and doing very well, thank you, as were his army of cronies. This façade of democracy, masking the familiar one-man show, is the best thing that ever happened to them. But the rehabilitation of this unfortunate nation, once they are mercifully and thankfully through with their tender attentions, promises to be a gigantic task indeed for their legitimate successors. For otherwise, their ‘rich’ legacy includes, among other dubious distinctions, a cruelly disappointed and dazed nation, and a reeling electorate, who are still trying to figure out what had hit them hot at the heels of the impulsive commando. But while the Musharraf madness, which came towards the latter part of his rule, can be forgotten if never forgiven, the daily turmoil of the Zardari era from its very first day will probably remain in the net of memory till the grave. A browbeaten and despairing nation is again faced with the same old questions: to whom can it turn for relief, a compassionate response and redressing of the many ills and wrongs done to it by the present callous lot of rulers? The state and its apparatus appear simply to have melted away, except for its coercive and exploitative parts. Indeed, one wonders if the famous phrase ‘democracy is the best revenge’ attributed to ‘Bibi Sahiba’ has not been twisted to add the unsaid words ‘on Pakistan and its peoples’. When an incompetent nonentity is selected and foisted on a beleaguered nation already mired in multiple crises in the fair name of democracy and the people’s will,
it can be argued that the medical report on patient ‘X’s psychological condition submitted by New York doctors Stephen Reich and Philip Saltiel to the London high Court might have a ring of truth to them. A frightening thought, though on the plus side, such grounds of emotional instability spelt out beforehand in black and white by professional shrinks, and backed by a battery of well-heeled lawyers might come in handy in a courtroom if the need arises at a future date. Remember, patient ‘X’ successfully evaded court appearances with this stratagem in the Surrey Mansion case, one in a long list of corruption cases ‘honouring’ his name. Now it is imperative that the corrupt, the ruthless wreckers and subversive elements who have managed to penetrate high offices, betrayed the people’s trust, destroyed self-belief, undermined confidence in the country and led the nation to moral and financial bankruptcy must be held accountable for their misdeeds. Above all, the looted billions so fervently denied but actually cunningly salted away abroad over the years, must be recovered even if it takes a decade. And this applies to all the accomplices in serial corruption, including the ‘Raiwind Ranch’. The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent contemptuous and overbearing statements on Pakistan were neither an aberration nor an accident. They were made easier by force of habit of sixty years of American over lordship and by the nuclear armed Islamic nation’s servile leadership, an incorrigible addict of regular dollar doses for its ‘kingly pleasures’. The sole superpower had always considered its luckless ally a doormat and a smiling slave of the Uncle Tom variety, or else it would be bombed into the Stone Age! After 9/11, when US warships in the Arabian Sea fired their first cruise missiles into Afghanistan, the Pakistani authorities (read the willing commando) were informed of their over-flight in their territory at the very last minute, and that too only to
avoid an accidental war with the ‘friendly’ neighbour to the east. That is what the ‘ally’ thought of our territorial (or air space) integrity long before the drone attacks began. To gain the outside world’s ear and respect, a truly nationalist leadership of impeccable integrity and credibility, capable of taking bold independent decisions, is essential. But what we see today in the establishment is a sorry mockery, one apparently drowning in a sea of corruption and cronyism and an easy prey to foreign pressures due to its astronomical foreign assets and fixation with deals and commissions. Sometimes, it looks as if Pakistan is being singled out by a cruel Fate, like the classical hero of an ancient Greek drama. There is no respite from the hard blows and like the protagonist of a Greek tragedy, who at the denouement is usually ‘more acted upon than acting’, so are we as a nation only reacting to the events that daily menace us and even threaten to overwhelm us. At other times, the well-trodden conspiracy road beckons siren-like, again turning one’s attention to the text of a certain tract dating from 1897 and originating in a back room of Basel, Switzerland, for possible answers. There is also the strange case of the 83 parliamentarians of uncertain origin, nationality and closelyguarded antecedents, safely ensconced in the two houses. Do the obviously self-destructive policies and decisions made by the leadership at various times reflect the inner working of this mysterious element in our body-politic? But to be true, delusion-plagued Don Quixotes, with obsessively mercenary mindsets, can cause more damage to the country than all the explosive writings and plans set out in the alleged Protocols of the Elders of Zion or any number of Fifth Columnists. And to our utter dismay and misfortune, we have many of such ilk in various guises trampling the corridors of power today. The writer is a freelance columnist.
Approaching impasse deadlocked organs of the state
n example typically used to explain the term ‘deadlock’ in computing is a law passed as recently as the early 20th century in the United Sates, which says, unbelievably, that when two trains come to a crossing, neither shall go until the other has passed. This is strongly reminiscent of today’s near impasse: that damned unwritten letter, contempt of court, parliamentary bills and legal rulings…all so obviously biased and self serving that this country has come to a standstill. As though there were no other problems to deal with, no power crisis bludgeoning the economy to death, no high risk of infectious disease, no deplorable literacy rate, no dreadful infant and maternal mortality, nothing else whatsoever crying for attention. What do such court decisions and bills passed by the Parliament achieve but contempt for government and court? It is said that nothing is more
destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. Or else, laws which if enforced would cause (further) chaos. There was a statement about the contempt of court bill by the chairperson of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf last week where he said that that bill was in violation of the holy Quran and hadith. And in case anyone failed to figure it out, he added that the bill was aimed at protecting the new prime minister. Yes dear, we know. But then the courts may also be said to be indulging in what could be called ‘target killing’. The gun, in short, is loaded and stuttering rat-a-tattat-a-tit-for-tat both ways. Someone asked who I’d support if the rental guy finds himself out of a job shortly because he won’t write letters as ordered. It’s hard to decide, they’re all such cads. On the one hand I do agree
that the contempt of court bill where some individuals are above the law while holding certain positions is ‘un-Islamic’, or just plain wrong. For those who’d rise up as one at that statement and accuse me of being a female Mullah Omar, let me say that, well it is. The concept that ‘the King can do no wrong’ is a doctrine rooted in constitutional monarchies where the monarch, as the source of all law is the creator of courts of law, and as such above the law. This doctrine finds no support in Islam where no one, not even the head of state, is above the law. Remember, we are called the ‘Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, so theoretically this law should not apply in this country. But neither, since this country considers itself a democracy and a Republic, is the Supreme Court above the legislature, and its claim to be so is absurd. On the other hand, any talk of ‘Islam’ here smacks only of mul-
lah-ism and everything un-Islamic, so if you don’t mind, I’d like to give a wide berth for now to people who make such statements. We are not Islamic in any actual way, shape or form. So we’d appear to be at a deadlock here, unless you take the next thing into account, which is the law. So I’d support whoever upholds the constitution and the law, whatever it is. here, let’s amend that perforce to: whoever breaks the law the least, or else there’d be precious few candidates. The time to challenge a law is not once it has come into force. In a working democracy the place to challenge a law is the parliament at a time while it is under debate. The way to ensure this process is by electing effective representatives, persons aware of the views of the people they represent, willing and able to represent them. To chuck a wobbly anywhere outside of that process is to invite chaos
which is where we are now. Loaded as it is, the ‘contempt of court bill’ okayed by the parliament and signed into force by the president, is passed by a majority. Too bad, but that’s how it is. While the Supreme Court… well, they’re supposed to mete out justice, aren’t they? Impartially. Sending this prime minister the way of his predecessor will create an impasse much like those trains at their crossing. The chairperson of the PTI meantime would do well to curb his predilection for the bearded side of the fence. he may not have noticed but the folks there tend to be armed to the teeth and interested only in blowing things up. With bombs. That is the least constitutional of all these options, and in keeping neither with the Quran nor the hadith, nor certainly with themselves, given that they blow themselves up as well in the process.
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once bitten twice shy There is a proverb in Persian “Azmooda ra azmoodan jehl ast”. It means a person who has been tried once and failed should not be tried again which would be a folly. This applies to our prime minister who made false promises with a poker face but failed to live up to his promises plunging the country into darkness due to malfunctioning RPPs running into colossal losses. This shows the bankruptcy of PPP in men of honour and truth. The prime minister has a background of a property dealer belonging to s small town and could hardly qualify for the post of prime minister of Pakistan. he is known to have dished the Kalabagh dam forever damaging Pakistan for billions of dollars that the dam could have furnished in water and power feeding our agriculture and industry. This is the policy of PPP supremo to keep pigmies or showboys as prime ministers so that they could behave as his lackeys. he could not afford a straight thinking person like Mr Aitzaz or Raza Rabbani as prime minister because they cannot play as a second fiddle to him. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
it takes three to twist Cairo: US Secretary of State Clinton meets newly-elected Islamist egyptian President Morsi on Sunday, pledges support for democratic transition. Later, she met with Field Marshal Tantawi, the military ruler after President hosni Mubarak. Afterwards, he said, “The military will not allow one group to dominate the country”. (July 16) As against democratic norm the world over – the nick-naming of the majority elected party as ‘one group’ and their rule as ‘to dominate’, amounts to creative use of english for some extra-constitutional purposes. Z A KAZMI Karachi
Campaign against polio Pakistani TV channels are showing ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ asking his viewers in Urdu and Pashto whether they would select crutches or a bat for their children. In fact this message is for hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Pashtuns and Afghani refugees living in tribal areas and elsewhere, who are reluctant, or put it this way, have refused to permit vaccination of their children against polio virus. It’s being estimated that over 250,000 children in tribal areas alone will not receive polio vaccination this year. Taliban are on the offensive war footing to convince a large number of tribal Pashtuns that polio vaccine is being administrated on the behest of the West and it is to sterilize their children. To counter this false propaganda, UN has nominated Shahid Afridi, himself a Pashtun from Khyber tribal
Not in a dignified manner The news about DAG Khurshid Khan with a photo about his shining shoes outside a New Delhi gurdwara was a real shock to all Muslims. If he is a Muslim, there was no need to perform such a hideous act at an Indian gurdwara. he should have been advised by his friends and colleagues who went with him to India to do such an act to please God outside a mosque of his choice in Pakistan. his act is a shameful one and must be deplored by all patriotic Pakistanis. There may be many more men and women of our country who behave in a deplorable manner while in India, may be just to please the hindus. They must also be exposed by the media. As Pakistanis, we expect our citizens to behave in a dignified manner while abroad, particularly in India. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore
Fake medicines A society that exploits the sick and destitute is doomed. According to press reports Federal Government has replaced an honest professional (Dr Obaid Ali) from post of Federal Drug Analyst for his refusal to declare 181 fake medicines as genuine. It exposes their corruption and total disregard for health of ordinary citizens of Pakistan. During past four years, when health was a federal subject, manufacture of spurious drugs has increased, because of failure of Drug Regulatory Authority to exercise strict controls. We have witnessed millions displaced and thousands killed by floods in past two years, not because of lack of funds allocated for construction of bridges, roads, protective bunds and drainage system, but because of state patronized corruption that allows substandard construction, or even in some cases their mere existence on papers, while billions are pocketed by this nexus between corrupt bureaucracy, contractors
agency, as Polio Champion for this cricket-crazy nation. how far Shahid will be able to convince his people, only time will tell. however, things appear to be more difficult this year as some of the tribal commanders who generally don’t take a fight with Pakistan Army such as Mullah Nazir and hafiz Gul Bahadur have also banned the vaccination in areas under their control. They have conditioned the polio vaccination with the stoppage of drone attacks. Wish someone may tell these Taliban commanders that in absence of vaccination, there is no need for drone attacks. They are intentionally risking the lives of thousands of their innocent children, then why do they need another enemy? Unfortunately we are entrapped in an Anti-West fever, will not gain anything positive for our children.
and politicians. It seems even exposure of ephedrine scam has not deterred the corrupt from playing with lives of poor. It was one such drug manufactured by a Karachi based firm that resulted in deaths of over 100 poor citizens being treated by Punjab Institute of Cardiology at Lahore. Why this criminal apathy driven by greed of a government whose major component PPP claims to be a champion of the poor and downtrodden. No wonder the ruling elite rushes abroad for treatment, knowingly fully well that fake medicines are in abundance, which they themselves have approved. This is big money business, where billions are made and few billions doled out to corrupt bureaucracy for their unethical practices and favours. Those bureaucrats, traders and politicians involved are guilty of murder. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Not a parliament One is tired of hearing from PPP rulers that parliament was supreme. It is a kind of ruse to avoid implementation of decisions and directives of the Supreme Court particularly regarding National Reconciliation Ordinance. Zardari & Co also touted that they had restored 1973 constitution. Nothing could be farther from truth. Fact of the matter was that the constitution has been amended by self serving rulers and others, to be anti people and pro politics. Parties no longer are political but cults. each headed by an all powerful deity - obeyed and revered like a guru. Chief of the cult whether a legislator or not was for life since condition for re-election was removed by amending the constitution. In the sequel parliament functionally became a kind of tribal jirga of five or so chiefs of parties having elected members in the house. Regarding any issue before the house a party head decides which
No one shall be surprised with the sharp increase in polio cases in Pakistan. One fears that this virus, if not controlled at this stage, may spill over to other countries. Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria are the three unfortunate countries wherein polio vaccination campaigns have been hampered by self-appointed religious reformers (in case of Pakistan and Afghanistan, it’s Taliban and in Nigeria, it’s Boko haram who have stopped the vaccination). It’s a failure on the part of government, civil society, religious scholars and media who are way behind in this fight against ignorance and darkness. It’s so unfortunate. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
way his legislators were to vote. Any one voting otherwise because of personal choice or conscience would lose membership. Ironically there was no appeal against disfranchisement in any court of law except to the party chief. The writer is not a lawyer much less a constitutional expert. however, in my reckoning some 440 elected members in the parliament (including senate) and many more of the four provincial assemblies have functionally been turned into dummies sans brains, nor conscience. BASHIR A MALIK Lahore
Power generation According to a recent report, the federal government is considering allowing provinces and private sectors to generate more than 50 MW without federal approval. At the same time, however, the federal government has placed a condition that the distribution of electricity will be the responsibility of the national transmission and distribution companies under the control and ownership of the federal government. Whoever has made this condition in the federal government’s energy policy is not interested in the welfare of the people and does not want the country to overcome the energy crisis. I think if the provinces and private sector are allowed to distribute electricity, the line losses, thefts, recovery from government departments, corruption in distribution cases, mismanagement and all the other main causes of load shedding will be solved. I do not understand why the federal government is unable to comprehend monopoly as one of main causes of depriving the consumers from their right of choice. Only the competition and free market policy encourages foreign investors in the present global economy.
Pakistan with a meltdown economy, unable to generate revenue to meet the government’s administrative expenses, can get billions of dollars to invest in new energy generation projects. During the last four years, the federal government has not been able to find money to solve the circular debts problems. how can it be believed that it will be able to invest in power generation projects? S T HUSSAIN Lahore
Supply routes for Nato This is with reference to lead news: “No routes for Nato beyond 2014”. If this news is for people’s consumption then it is alright but if it is a policy decision it lacks vision. Nato’s mission shall cease to exist beyond 2014, a deadline set by US for the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. It is also true that Pakistan is reluctant to allow US its route for indefinite period, but at the same time supply shall continue to move in to Afghanistan for the skeleton troops of US once Nato troops pull out in 2014 as declared by the US. During closure of supply route since Nov 2011, the US has been using alternative route but with extra cost. Our decision was based on ground realities as we could not afford to annoy 45 countries of the world. Pakistan is at the middle of crossroads and has to adopt a policy to safe guard her own interests. Pakistan must seek guarantees from Washington for the threats to Pakistani interests after the withdrawal of Nato forces from Afghanistan in 2014 and use threatening posture as it will not help us at all. Although US has time again confirmed that it stand committed to the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan but these commitments should be documented to avoid last minute confusion. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
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Katrina to perform dangerous stunts for Dhoom 3
utting short her planned family holiday in London with her mom and sisters, Katrina flew back to Mumbai on tuesday to practice for some additional action sequences in Dhoom 3. Yes, Katrina Kaif’s stunts in Dhoom 3 just got more ominous and dangerous. We hear the Yash Raj team watched her super-smooth kicks and flips with Salman Khan in Ek tha tiger, and decided to give a substantial fillip to Katrina’s action quotient in Dhoom 3. We now hear in Dhoom 3, she will perform the most dangerous stunts ever by a leading lady in Yash Raj film. Says a source close to the project, “if you look at the other Dhoom films, the ladies Esha Deol, Bipasha Basu and aishwarya Rai had no real stunts to perform. in Dhoom 3, Katrina was given at least 3 major action sequences for which she was to be specially trained. now after Ek tha tiger, Yash Raj is adding a couple of more action sequences which would be managed by a fleet of action co-ordinators.” interestingly, aamir Khan who plays Katrina’s soulmate in Dhoom 3 doesn’t have that many action sequences. “He plays a cool cerebral villain, more into the intellect than fists. Yes, he does have some major stunts. But Katrina plays the more fist-friendly character. and Dhoom 3 would be her first fullfledged action role. though she plays an aggressive character in Ek tha tiger, she wasn’t allowed to do any really daring stunt scenes,” says our source. apparently, Salman watched over Katrina’s derringdo quotient in Ek tha tiger and told her to “take it easy”, even “whispered” to the international directors to “make it easy”. Says our source, “Katrina always wanted to do a full-on high-voltage action film with no body doubles. in Ek tha tiger she could only get halfway there. cOURTesY hT
Annie ties the knot
op singer annie Khalid has tied the knot with a Dubai-based pakistani businessman Malik naveed awan. according to her manager Faisal Khan, the nikah took place on Sunday and the rest of the events would be celebrated after Ramadan. annie stepped into the music industry with her single ‘Mahiya’ which became a big hit in a short time. APP
One on one with Deepika Padukone D
eePIKA Padukone seems to be forming quite a hit pair with Saif Ali Khan. The actress who already had Love Aaj Kal and Aarakshan to her credit where she starred opposite the Chhote Nawab, has gone out doing yet another film Cocktail working not just opposite the actor but also under his production house again. In a recent interview, Deepika spoke about forming a team with Saif Ali Khan, her latest film Cocktail and lots more. WhAT IS ThIS COCKTAIL ALL ABOuT? Cocktail is about three different journeys, three different characters; Meera, Gautam and Veronica. how three completely different people who belong to very stark backgrounds from each other meet, how three people who are poles apart turn into best friends. And when friendship turns into love, a Cocktail of journey, emotions, friendship and love begins. YOu WERE OffERED BOTh ThE ROLES Of MEERA AND VERONICA AND YOu OPTED fOR ThE LATTER. ANY SPECIfIC REASON? Meera in cocktail is almost similar to Meera I played in Love aaj kal. It would have been very easy for me to slip into the character. But I wanted something much more exciting than that. I wanted to take a risk. Dinesh was pretty confused about it. When you work with someone, people know which character one can pull off comfortably. he knew I can play Meera but he also knew I can do veronica as well. So he gave the script to me. I was tempted to do Meera but I found Veronica more tricky. At last, I went to Imtiaz and said I am keen to do both the roles. Can I do a double role? Imtiaz then suggested me to take up Veronica. IN REALITY, WhO DO YOu RELATE TO, MEERA OR VERONICA? It has to be Meera. In fact, I am more like the Meera of Love Aaj Kal. She is the one who brings stability in Jay’s life in the film. For Veronica, I actually had to step out of my comfort zone and perform. LIKE YOu SAID, VERONICA CAN’T LOOK MADE uP. ShE NEEDS TO BE REAL AND YOu PERSONALLY fEEL YOu ARE CLOSER TO MEERA. SO hOW DID YOu PREPARE fOR ThE ROLE Of A WILD AND EDgY gIRL LIKE VERONICA? Well, homi and I did a lot of reading. We went through the script a lot of time. We discussed my scenes. We tried to figure what could be her body language, how will she speak her lines. These two are the most important things that we worked on. But also important was what the character was saying in the between the lines. homi had said in one of his interviews that after some point of time, he had stopped directing me as I had completely moulded myself as the
character. This is a huge compliment for me because in the hindsight, it was true. I very rarely saw him instructing me how to do my role. That means I had sub consciously, without even realising, slipped into the character totally. PRETTY OfTEN, AN ACTOR TAKES SOMEThINg WITh hIM/hER Of ThE ChARACTER IN ThE fILM. WhAT IS ThE ONE ThINg ThAT YOu TOOK WITh YOu fROM VERONICA? I think it is the emotional journey that Veronica goes through in the movie that I found very difficult to detach myself from. See, I choose my films. I decide which one of the roles I will take up and which I won’t. But every actor does a few films that become very special. Cocktail is one of them for me. I think I got so attached to this character by playing and by being Veronica, that on the last day of shoot, it was difficult to detach Deepika from Veronica. fROM PROMOS IT CAN BE gAThERED ThAT ThE LINES IN ThE fILM ARE PRETTY BOLD. DID IT RATTLE YOu A BIT WhEN YOu READ ThE SCRIPT? No…not at all! In fact, my reaction was wow… this is so cool! It is amazing not because I got the opportunity to do this role but also for the fact that in hindi cinema, these kinds of roles are getting written now. Today woman are so liberated and the role I play in the movie so relatable. The only difference is Veronica knows to speak her mind. Majority of the girls today hesitate to do that. Veronica never thinks twice before saying something. YOuR ChEMISTRY WITh SAIf ALI KhAN hAS MOSTLY WORKED. WhAT DO YOu ThINK MAKES YOu TWO CLICK ON SCREEN? I think we kind of bring the chemistry of the characters alive on screen more than anything else. When we set out to do Love Aaj Kal we did not plan to have this chemistry between us and that people should like us on screen. It just happened. It was just a coincidence that everything fell into place. Again, Cocktail is also a coincidence as it is Illuminati Films’ second romantic comedy of which I am part of. I also think Saif and my chemistry isn’t tangible. You either have it or you don’t. We kind of have it and for the kind of movies we do, we have to have it. So I think it is brilliant. ThESE DAYS, ACTRESSES ARE gETTINg OffERED AuThOR BACKED ROLES. WOuLD YOu BE uP fOR SuCh AN OffER? Most certainly! In fact, I think my journey in that direction has already begun with Veronica. If YOu ARE OffERED A MOVIE, WhAT IS ThE fIRST ThINg ThAT YOu LOOK fOR? It has to be the script. We can have a great star cast, a brilliant producer and a big director
the Intouchables rani Mukerji saves stray dog
ani Mukerji is usually not known to be temperamental on sets, so when we heard that she’d lost her cool during the shoot of her upcoming film aiyya, we knew something didn’t sound right. and that’s when we got to know that the reason behind Rani shouting publicly was a stray dog. apparently, Rani was upset when she saw a stray dog being harassed by a few onlookers on the sets. at that point, the actress lost her temper as she saw the helpless puppy being subjected to mockery. a source present there says, “Rani walked up to the people who were harassing the dog and scolded them in front of the entire unit. When she saw the animal in trouble, she ran to its rescue.” not many know that the actress is a firm advocate of animal relief and rescue in the city. it’d be nice if fellow colleagues could follow suit and take up similar causes. cOURTesY TOi
Story: The rich Philippe’s life changes post a paragliding experience gone wrong. he takes to the wheel cheer for life. So what he wants next is a caretaker. enter Driss, who not just takes good care of Philippe, but also takes his friendship with Philippe to a whole new level. Movie Review: Now how many of us out there can make the best of the very little (literally) that we have? how many of us can laugh at our own shortcomings - both physical and emotional? Guess not many. After all, no one is born a hero; you become heroic only when you decide to be one. Celebrating this spirit of never-say-never is The Intouchables - a story of the white aristocrat, Philippe (Francois Cluzet) who hires the black Driss ( Omar Sy) only later to realise life is all about living in the moment... a true story based on the memoir named You Changed My life by Abdel Sellou. For the record, The Intouchables became the second most successful French film of all time, breaking all box office records outside the english circuit. And it’s not just the plot that helped the movie do this. It’s also the perfect blend of the drama (all serious and emotional stuff bringing out the helplessness of a thenadventure-freak-now-differently-abled man) and comedy (smart dialogues coupled with
and everything else going your way. But if the story doesn’t connect with the audience, I will feel empty. It doesn’t feel complete. On the contrary, if you have a great script, everything else falls into place. ThE fILM IS WRITTEN BY IMTIAz ALI. SO WAS ThERE ANY INVOLVEMENT fROM hIS SIDE IN ThE MAKINg Of ThE fILM? No. Imtiaz was part of the project only as a writer and I think it is a good thing. Mostly, in our industry people write and direct their movies. But if we can have a good writer penning a story and another director calling the shots, the latter can bring his own perspective. had Imtiaz made it, it would have been his perspective. Cocktail might have looked very different then. What we see today is homi’s personal touch to the story and also his creativity. DIANA PENTY IS A NEWCOMER. SO SAIf AND YOu BEINg ThE SEASONED STARS Of ThE INDuSTRY, DID YOu TRY TO PLAY PRANKS ON hER? No, we didn’t trouble her at all. We all got along very well. Dinesh, Saif, homi, Diana and I sort of became one unit. everyone came together as a unit and all the credit goes to the director because he brings a lot of energy to the sets. The way he brings the team together made everybody look forward to perform. We faced many challenging situations. We experienced cold weather in London and extremely hot weather in Cape Town. even in those times, we were together and very closely knit. WhAT ARE YOuR EXPECTATIONS fROM ThE MOVIE? Well, we have performed well. We have everything going. People are enjoying the music and they loved the first look of the movie. People are also liking the promos. I don’t know about the business of box-office. I hope that the film does well for my producers. But most importantly, we made this movie from the heart. We have invested a lot in it emotionally. Like I was saying before, it was difficult for me to detach myself from my character in the movie. So I hope people enjoy the movie and also love it like I do. WhAT ARE YOu WORKINg ON NOW? I am shooting Race 2 and Ayan Mukherjee’s Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani. Race 2 is an action thriller but I don’t have any action sequence in it. YOu ARE WORKINg WITh YOuR EX-BEAu IN YEh JAWAANI hAI DEEWANI. WAS ThERE ANY KIND Of AWKWARDNESS BETWEEN YOu TWO? No. If we had had any awkwardness, we wouldn’t have agreed to do a movie together. We wouldn’t have done the movie if we had felt it would be uncomfortable. I think we have learnt to keep our personal life aside and focus on our professional life. But on a personal note, yes, we have a beautiful friendship and I am glad that we were able to get past that moment. neWs desK funny moments... at time irreverent) that works big time. There are even some ObamaBush-Kennedy jokes in there. Next are the performances. While Francois Cluzet as Philippe brilliantly metamorphoses into the what-the-heck-I-can-do-it persona from the no-woman-will-love-me-ever, Omar Sy’s Driss gives you that extra dose of humour - situational, through expressions and dialogues. So much so you can’t think of anyone more deserving for the Cesar Award for Best Actor this actor lays claims to. Sample this: his references at a job interview are Kool Gang, earth, wind and fire. he has a problem with fixed timings at work and loves to doze off when on duty. he finds all that classy jazz music ‘Tom and Jerry’ stuff. In fact, the real winner here, in the movie, is actually Driss. Not because he does not throw in the towel after a week understandably Philippe is a difficult man to please. Or for that matter, not even because he tips Philippe on the erogenous zone. While he is making Philippe like his own self- all happy and lively, he is seen adapting to all that aristocratic way of life. he no longer thinks red splash on white is a piece of trash one should never buy; he no longer wants money for every little gesture he does. But before that here is Driss... who finds molten cake all squashy and raw.... who mistakes foot cream as hair shampoo wondering where all that lather is.... A feel-good dramedy... against the sparkling Paris by night. A feel-good real life story of two buddies who still continue to live happily ever after even today. neWs desK
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Indian PM, Karan Johar get invitations for London Olympics oR the next fortnight, tickets for all flights from india to London will come at a premium. and available tickets to the 2012 olympics, beginning July 27, are rarer by far. For Karan Johar, however, these facts are trifles. the filmmaker has received an official invitation to join 506 dignitaries at the event. KJo, the official ambassador for visit Britain is perhaps the only other indian apart from prime Minister Manmohan Singh to have received an official invitation. the pM’s invite comes from his British counterpart David cameron as a matter of protocol. Karan’s invite comes from the visit Britain authorities. He will catch the opening ceremony in a special box reserved for the who’s who of the world. “i’m truly humbled and excited”, says Karan of the honour, adding, “Had you asked me a few days ago if i intended to go to London — it’s virtually my second home — during the olympics, i’d have said, ‘no chance’. i’ve been shooting non-stop for my film Student of the Year and the tv show that i’m judging. cOURTesY hT
Sage Stallone may have been dead for days
agE Stallone, son of action star Sylvester Stallon, may have been dead for several days before his body was discovered, sources said. Sage was 36. His body was discovered in his Hollywood Hills home Friday. “Sage often spent days in his room which was littered with junk, including an enormous number of cigarette butts, beer and soda cans, and food. We are told there were two drawers filled with various pill bottles, some of which were huge,” sources told tmz.com. Sources say he was living like a hermit. no one had spoken with him since a week ago Friday. although the housekeeper had been there earlier this week, she had specific ongoing instructions never to enter Sage’s room. in fact, the housekeeper was told to never to even knock at the door. neWs desK
Saif, Kareena to tie the knot in London? after a change in date, saif-Kareena’s wedding will apparently see a change in venue too. the couple has reportedly decided to get married in london, instead of pataudi, reports Mid day. according to the tabloid, sharmila tagore was overheard telling someone that the wedding venue may be changed to london. a source told the tabloid: “the reason could be that the family wants to avoid media frenzy that happens around most celebrity weddings in the country.” “the entire pataudi family will be going to Bhopal next week and that is when the exact venue and date will be decided,” a source close to the family informed. “saif cannot decide who to invite and who to leave out from the guest list. so, he wants to head to london,” another source told the tabloid. While sharmila tagore had announced october 16 as the d-day for saif, Kareena, his son denied that his wedding date has been fixed. he told ht Cafe: “i haven’t fixed a date for my wedding! i’m yet to meet Kareena’s parents to sort out the date ... the venue is also not finalised,” says the actor, maintaining the obvious: it’s going to be a year-end wedding.” he doesn’t sound very thrilled about it either. “as for excitement, we’ve been together [for a while], so what’s new? i’m 41, not an 18year-old!” When quizzed about the change in date, soha ali Khan told a daily: “i am quite confused myself. i know it is happening with the people in question, but they haven’t set the date or talked about it,” says soha, adding, “i think it is happening imminently.” cOURTesY hT
Suri was main concern in divorce settlement
oM cruise’s lawyer, who negotiated the divorce settlement between the warring star couple, has revealed that the duo’s 6-year-old daughter Suri was the actor’s main concern. the court has granted primary custody of the child to Katie Holmes, while cruise has been given generous visitation rights. “tom was always most interested in his child,” people magazine quoted tom’s lawyer Bert Fields as saying. “His concern was for Suri. He will have a meaningful relationship with Suri,” Fields said. However, Fields could not reveal a specific time or date as to when the 50-year-old actor will see his daughter, who has been spotted spending time with her mum Katie Holmes. “i don’t know the details of his schedule, so i can’t comment. My guess is he’ll be seeing Suri very soon,” he added. neWs desK
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OU caught me. I'm one of those people who aimlessly navigate huffington Post for all those entertaining lists: Top things to do this summer? The sexiest cities in the U.S.? Or -- my guilty pleasure -- the cutest kittens of all time? I'm embarrassed to admit it, but a busy schedule -- and my relatively short attention span -- contributes to a love of such lists. These popular online lists are usually playful, fun, and fast (why read an entire article when you can flip through a slideshow in the quick tap of a touch screen?). There's relevant research backing some of these lists, but for the most part, they're just a medium of entertainment or a conversation starter. Sure, when Boston was found to lead the U.S. in education levels for young adults, I gloated a bit. But that doesn't mean I'm going to prance down to New York City and call the residents uneducated. These lists and rankings are all about what you make of them, whether it's about cities, celebrities, or schools. Yes, schools. You know exactly what I'm talking about. You can find an abundance online.The world's best universities. The 10 best colleges for writers. Or perhaps colleges that help grads earn top salaries. Websites are posting similar lists left and right, whether they're aggregating information from other sources or creating their own. So as you start researching schools or applying this fall, take these college lists and rankings lightly. Sure, U.S. News & World Report has a reputable ranking system. These schools aren't categorized willy nilly, either. U.S. News has an in-depth methodology to their rankings, and the experts to back it up. Nonetheless, if your first-choice school isn't on any of their rankings, does that change the fact that the school may be your perfect
fit? Of course not. What about those lesserknown, unranked schools that have strong programs? Don't count those out, either. These rankings act as a point of reference, not a tyrannical decider of a school's status. I work with the college search website CollegeXpress, and we recently integrated the popular InsideCollege lists into the website to make it more of a one-stop shop for college-bound students. As one of the editorial staff members working with the website, I'm quite acquainted with the college rankings and various lists on CollegeXpress. But in my work, I've noticed a few discrepancies that exist between all the lists and rankings out there. I was ecstatic to find out that the Wall Street Journal ranked my alma mater, Penn State, to be No. 1 among job recruiters. On the contrary, Penn State was also No. 1 on Collegehumor's list of slacker schools. Unless recruiters are on the lookout for lethargic, unmotivated graduates, then something here doesn't make sense. Also on this list were such heavy hitters as Clemson, Virginia Tech, The University of Florida, and Louisiana State. We featured that list with permission from Collegehumor, but not long after receiving some publicity for it, I received an e-mail from one parent whose daughter was working hard at Clemson. he was utterly heartbroken, and I expressed my own understanding, sympathy, and sorrow, being a graduate from the supposed leader in slacking. Clemson is a campus full of incredibly intelligent students. Penn Staters are a proud, educationally motivated body of young scholars. My own cousins graduated from Virginia Tech after four grueling years of studying engineering. If these institutions are full of lazy students, then I'm the Queen of england. You may also encounter
"experts' Choice" lists -- both on our website, and on others -- and that's exactly how you need to take them: as the experts' choices, not as your own. They have their own procedures for selecting these schools, and their opinions are certainly relevant if they're educated on the topic at hand. But if you're searching for an affordable pre-med program in a suburban location with less
Attorney convicted of harassment
judge called a Hawaii attorney convicted of harassment a "dirty old man" for licking a client's ear. after a bench trial, Kauai attorney Lawrence Mccreery, 64, was found guilty of harassment thursday after a former client testified that while discussing her child custody case last year, he licked the back of her right ear. She said he told the 21-year-old woman while touching her arm, "You look so good," and "too bad you're married," according to the Kauai prosecuting attorney's office. the woman said he made a "weird sound" and hugged her tightly right before the licking. Mccreery testified to deny he licked her. He claimed she initiated the hug. per Diem Fifth circuit District court Judge Frank Rothschild ruled there's no evidence the woman made up the story. neWs desK
than 1,000 students in states starting with the letter "M," then you need to develop your own methodology and stick to what you want in your prospective institution. Schools should be proud of themselves for making it into the top spots of these lists, especially the significant, well-established rankings. But to all the future college students out there, it's your responsibility to
Scientists make another Pluto discovery
3D films are overpriced and over-hyped: Mintel nLY a fifth of cinema-goers think that 3D films are worth the inflated ticket prices, according to Mintel, the research company. Films shown in 3D offer viewers deeper, three-dimensional images but tickets can cost up to 40 per cent more than tickets to traditional 2D films. However only three in ten cinemagoers said that 3D films really improve the viewing experience. Meanwhile, three-quarters of people believe that the price of the 3D glasses - which are necessary to view the films and can add an extra ÂŁ1.50 to the cost of the ticket â€“ should be included in the price. neWs desK
a tiny new moon has been discovered orbiting pluto, scientists announced. researchers using nasa's hubble space telescope found the moon, bringing the number of known pluto satellites to five. the discovery comes almost exactly one year after hubble spotted pluto's fourth moon, a tiny body currently called p4. "Just announced: pluto has some company -- We've discovered a 5th moon using the hubble space telescope!" alan stern, of the southwest research institute in Boulder, Colo., announced via the twitter social networking website today. stern is principal investigator of nasa's new horizons spacecraft, which is scheduled to fly by the pluto system in 2015. it will be the first mission ever to visit the dwarf planet. pluto's other moons are Charon, nix, hydra and p4. Charon is by far the largest, measuring 648 miles (1,043 kilometers) across. nix and hydra range between 20 and 70 miles (32 to 113 km) wide, while p4 is thought to be 8 to 21 miles (13 to 34 km) across. the new moon looks a lot more like p4 than like Charon. "it's smaller than p4," stern told spaCe.com. "We're finding more and more, so our concern about hazards is going up," he added, referring to the collision risk new horizons will face when it cruises by pluto in a few years. the new pluto moon has been provisionally named s/2012 (134340) 1, though it's also going by the moniker p5. it was discovered
using the Wide Field Camera 3 on the hubble space telescope during a series of observations in late June and early July.p5 appears to be irregularly shaped, with a diameter between 6 and 15 miles (10 to 24 km). it zips around pluto at an average distance of 29,000 miles (47,000 km), in an orbit thought to be coplanar with the dwarf planet's other satellites, researchers said. "the moons form a series of neatly nested orbits, a bit like russian dolls," said team lead Mark showalter, of the seti institute in Mountain view, Calif., in a statement announcing the new moon. Charon was first spotted in 1978, 48 years after the discovery of pluto. nix and hydra were found by hubble in 2005. pluto orbits 3.65 billion miles (5.87 billion km) from the sun on average, about 39 times farther away than earth does. For more than 75 years after its discovery, the object was regarded as a full-fledged planet, but things changed in 2006. that year, the international astronomical Union reclassified pluto a dwarf planet, since it shares orbital space with lots of other objects out in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy bodies beyond neptune. With another moon to account for around pluto, nasa's new horizons mission team is now taking a fresh look at the spacecraft's planned flyby in 2015 to make sure it will zip by the dwarf planet safely while observing the complex planetary system. CoUrtesy hUFFington post
drive your own education and make the most out of whatever school you attend, ranked or unranked. So use these lists as a fun, added bonus -- and perhaps a jumpingoff point -- to your college search. each and every institution is capable of imparting students with boundless opportunity. No ranking in the world could ever calculate that kind of value. COUrTESY HUFFINGTON POST
Dead penguins washed up on Brazil beach
aRinE biologists and veterinarians say the bodies of more than 500 penguins have washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week. they tell the g1 online news site that the center of coastal and Marine Studies is investigating what caused the deaths of the 512 penguins found on beaches of the southern state of Rio grande do Sul. the cause of death should be known in about 30 days. calls to the center on Saturday went unanswered. Biologists at the center told g1 the penguins were migrating north from argentina in search of food in warmer waters. neWs desK
Smaller IPad to be introduced this fall
HE new York times has added to the concerto of reports hinting at the arrival of an ipad with a 7.85" screen this fall. two weeks ago, Bloomberg offered a similar report, also citing anonymous sources. iMore reported something similar back in May. the company is developing a new tablet with a 7.85-inch screen that is likely to sell for significantly less than the latest $499 ipad, with its 9.7-inch display, according to several people with knowledge of the project who declined to be named discussing confidential plans. the product is expected to be announced this year. amazon has seen some amount of success with its 7" Kindle Fire, while google recently launched its nexus 7 tablet. neWs desK
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India invite Pakistan for first series in five years NEW DELHI AFP
NDIAN cricket chiefs on Monday said they had invited Pakistan for a series later this year, their first in five years, in a further sign of improving ties between the neighbours. If approved by the two governments, the series would comprise three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in DecemberJanuary, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said. "It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012-January 2013," the BCCI said in a statement. "The modalities will be worked out shortly." The rivals have not played a bilateral series since Pakistan's tour of India in 2007 after cricket ties were snapped following the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which were carried out by militants from Pakistan. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla told reporters in New Delhi. The series will be held when england, who are due to tour India later this year, return home briefly for Christmas and New Year. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) swiftly welcomed the proposed series, which will now require approval from the Indian foreign affairs and home ministries. PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told local television channels that Pakistan was still waiting for a formal invitation, but said "it seems it will surely be held later this year". But former India captain Sunil Gavaskar slammed the decision to play cricket against Pakistan, saying Pakistan was still not cooperating in the Mumbai attacks probe. "Being a Mumbaikar (hailing from Mumbai), I feel what is the urgency when there is no cooperation from the other side," the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency quoted Gavaskar as saying. however, fellow former skipper Bishan Bedi welcomed the revival. "It is a step in the right direction," he told PTI. "The amount of interest and goodwill it will generate will be huge." Cricket ties have been the subject of discussions between the governments of both nuclear-armed countries, who have been holding regular meetings in a bid to improve ties and
MoHaLi: indian cricket fans hold the indian and Pakistan national flags as they cheer prior to the iCC Cricket World Cup semi-final match between india and Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket association (PCa) stadium in Mohali. india's cricket chiefs on July 16, 2012 said they had invited Pakistan for a home series later this year, which would be the first in five years if approved by their governments. AFP eventually thrash out a peace agreement. The countries have fought three wars since independence in 1947. The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have only met in multi-nation tournaments since 2007. They clashed in the World Cup semi-final in the north Indian town of Mohali last year, a high-profile game that was attended by the prime ministers of the two countries.
They also played during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March. Both matches were won by India. An Indian government source told AFP the decision to resume cricket ties was made by the respective boards and not the government. "The issue of resuming cricketing ties came up in recent bilateral talks and it was left for the boards to resolve it," the source said. "Once they have decided, then
there would be the issue of internal security, which will be reviewed and decided by various agencies." The BCCI in May had invited a Pakistani team to take part in the interclub Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which the Indian board owns with the boards of Australia and South Africa. Pakistan's champion Twenty20 side, Sialkot Stallions, will participate in the tournament to be held in South Africa in October.
Misbah, hafeez welcome Pak-India series LAhORE: Test and ODI captain, Misbah-ul-haq welcomed the resumption of cricketing ties between Pakistan and India. “The resumption of the cricket series is welcome news for people and cricketers alike,” Misbah said. Misbah added that there is always stiff competition when Pakistan and India play and the level of competition is high. Muhammad hafeez Pakistan’s T20 captain said people have high expectations from the team when they play against India. he also hoped that the Indian team would also tour Pakistan. The Pakistan team is expected to tour Indian in December this year for three ODI matches. Pakistan last toured India in 2007 while India participated in the Asia Cup held in Lahore and Karachi a year later, but since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009, international cricket has been suspended in Pakistan. Players, officials and fans went into a frenzy over India's invitation. Test captain Misbah-ul haq said it was "great news" for millions of fans in South Asia. "The competition in such a series is so high that it's important for the players. And players from both the sides miss such matches and they want to be part of it," he told journalists in Lahore. Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad was similarly ecstatic. "It is definitely a great news," Miandad said. "One must give credit to Ashraf for his whole-hearted efforts to revive Indo-Pak cricket and that paid off today." Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir hoped the December series would be a first step towards better relations and India one day touring Pakistan. "I think cricket will open further doors like trade and cooperation in tackling terrorism in both the countries," said Qadir. "India should also be given the option of playing on the neutral venues like United Arab emirates," said Qadir. sTAFF RePORT
Ferguson, Mike Hussey back for australia's oDis SYDNEY AFP
Batsman Callum Ferguson was Monday recalled to Australia's one-day squad for next month's series against Pakistan in the United Arab emirates. Senior batsman Mike hussey, who stayed at home and missed Australia's recent one-day tour of england after the premature birth of his child, was selected in both squads for the three ODIs and three Twenty20s in the UAe. Ferguson played for Australia last year after a serious knee injury in 2009 hampered what appeared to be a budding international career. "The selection panel is keen to facilitate Callum's return to consistent good form and has included him in the squad," chief selector John Inverarity said. "We anticipate that he will benefit greatly from being in the team environment and any opportunities that may come his way. "The ODI squad has a strong development aspect to it. Shane Watson and Ben hilfenhaus have not been included and Brett Lee has retired. "This will provide development opportunities for others and allow Shane and Ben to complete a more thorough strength and conditioning programme before embarking on a very demanding schedule." Instead all-rounder Watson (calf) and swing bowler hilfenhaus both will play in the the T20s segment of the UAe tour. Cameron White's international T20 exile is also set to come to an end just six months after losing the captaincy to George Bailey. Peter Forrest was a notable omission with the 26-year-old batsman dropped from the ODI squad after posting poor scores of 3, 0 and 12 in his three innings against england. Glenn Maxwell, an offspinning all-rounder, will make his international debut after starting out with Victoria during the 2009-10 domestic campaign. Maxwell is one of three spinners in Australia's T20 squad along with veteran Brad hogg and Xavier Doherty. Pat Cummins, who is recovering from a side strain which forced him home early from england, was named in the T20 squad. Inverarity said Australia's squad for the ICC World T20 will be announced on August 17 and the squad bound for the UAe will provide a strong indicator to this Sri Lankan tournament. The ODI series will start in Sharjah on August 28, with the first T20 to be played in Dubai on September 5. Australia ODI squad Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner (vicecapt), George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, David hussey, Michael hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wkt). T20 squad - George Bailey (capt), Shane Watson (vice-capt), Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben hilfenhaus, Brad hogg, David hussey, Michael hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade (wkt), David Warner, Cameron White.
resumption of Pak-India cricket encouraging sign: Zaka LAHORE sTAFF RePORT
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has found the resumption of Pak-India cricket ties as an encouraging sign to bring the people of the two countries closer besides serving as an effective medium to boost the economy of the region. “It is a very healthy sign that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially decided to resume cricket ties with Pakistan after the approval of their government and we welcome this move,” he told newsmen at a news conference here on Monday at Gadaffi Stadium. he said the Indian Board has been given a go ahead signal by their Government to play cricket in Pakistan and PCB welcomes this gesture. “It seems this PakIndia cricket series will surely take place later this year in December or January next year after a gap of five years.” Pak-
istan last visited India for a full-fledged cricket series in 2007 and since then both the countries have not played on bilateral basis. Zaka Ashraf said once they receive the official invitation from the Indian Board after which the necessary modalities regarding number of matches and venues will be decided with mutual understanding. “We have to consider the comfort of the Indian Board in this regard (deciding venues) and I am optimistic that we will have a good understanding with them to decide the venues,” he asserted. The PCB Chief praised the positive contribution of President Asif Ali Zardari for breaking the ice on cricket between Pak and India and said he (Zardari) put in his best to persuade India to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan as it was in the larger interest of both the countries. “It is the result of our six months continuous efforts that finally we have reached an positive outcome and hope-
fully this series will help further improve ties between the two countries,” said PCB Chairman. he underlined the importance of reviving cricket between Pak-India and termed it a step forward in bringing closer the people of both the countries besides boosting the economy of the region. he called for revival of international cricket in Pakistan and urged the provincial governments to extend cooperation and all out support to PCB for ensuring fool proof security for the visiting teams. “International cricket did not return to Pakistan due to security concerns and it is the responsibility of the provincial governments to make stringent security measures to ensure the safety of the foreign teams,” he said. Chairman PCB termed cricket a national cause for everyone saying that it was nothing to do with the politics as it was the most liked and popular sport of every political party and the people of the
Pakistan. “It is not just a game, it is a passion in which ever one is involved and every one should contribute in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan.“ “It is not only the Federal Government to make efforts to bring back international cricket to Pakistan, it is also the provincial governments who should play their due role by giving firm assures regarding security and if they do so the sooner the international cricket will be back to our playgrounds.“ Zaka Ashraf said PCB was not being run on political basis nor it has any political agenda. “The PCB is endeavouring to safeguard the interest of Pakistan cricket and was committed in the overall development of the game,” he observed. To a question, he said, the initial work to build an international stadium in Islamabad has started and the boundary walls are being constructed after which the construction of the project will be handed over to contractors.
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West Zone passes resolution against LrCa Secretary LAHORE
OUTh Africa captain Graeme Smith believes england batsman Kevin Pietersen's retirement from international limited-overs cricket will leave "a big hole in his life". South Africa-born Pietersen quit white ball internationals after team management refused him his wish to appear in Twenty20 matches while opting out of 50over games. "It's impossible to know what you're giving up, and how hard it will hit you, until it's gone," Smith, who has had plenty of run-ins with Pietersen in the past,
Khawaja, Katich in county runs LONDON AFP
Australia batsmen Usman Khawaja and Simon Katich both played match-winning innings as their respective english counties enjoyed 40-over League success on Sunday. Khawaja'a maiden one-day century for Derbyshire helped the Midlands club to a 35-run win over the Unicorns, the england Amateur side, at Chesterfield. he made 104 from 109 balls and shared a century opening stand with hughes. Katich guided hampshire to a four-wicket win over Durham at Southampton with an unbeaten 59 as the southern county got home with 10 balls to spare in chasing down a victory target of 201.
told online magazine Wisden eXTRA on Monday. "One-day cricket has been a big part of his life for a very long time and, right now, he thinks he can just walk away from it. "Maybe he can. But I think he'll quickly find there's a big hole in his life which isn't as easy to cope with as he may think. Pietersen suggested last week he would be willing to come back to one-dayers if something could be done about making sure he wasn't burnt out by england's packed schedule. But the englad and Wales Cricket Board (eCB) are holding firm to their stance that players cannot "pick and choose" which limited overs matches they play in. Pietersen, however, is still set to feature in this week's first Test against South Africa at The Oval. Smith added: "I don't have any inside information at all, so I'm just looking from the outside, but if there's any truth that his decision was partly based on the disagreements he had with the eCB and the way they treated him, then I believe
But I'm pretty sure those two hundreds have made him safe now. "he (Strauss) is obviously a very strong personality with that quiet determination that sees him getting things done and achieving things with the minimum of fuss. he seems to keep an iron fist in a velvet glove." South Africa, the last visiting side to win a Test series in england when they triumphed 2-1 four years ago, will replace england at number one in the International Cricket Council Test rankings if they win this threematch series. "england are more disciplined, smarter and better prepared than four years ago, and all the players who are still around from the last series have got better," s a i d Smith.
Not easy to adjust, says Hayden MUMBAI BiPin dAni
Cricket Australia (CA) wants their players to adjust to UAe conditions for the forthcoming home series against Pakistan in August and September, but according to the former Australian opener, Mathew hayden, the adjustment was not so easy some ten years ago. hayden was a member of the touring party which played two Test matches in Sharjah against Pakistan in 2002. Speaking exclusviely over his mobile from Australia, he said, “my understanding was that they changed the rules post-game to ensure that if it did get to that temperature again the game would be postponed. Whilst I found it challenging – incredibly challenging – I don’t think these conditions were at all conducive to playing". "You can’t have conditions that render super fit athletes incapable of bowling more than 12 bowls in a row. I think there has to be a common sense element to playing conditions, and certainly in that case the conditions were almost impossible. The game only went 2 days, however if the game were to go more than that I believe there could have been some serious ill-
Gymkhana Cricket Camp concludes LAhORE: The Gymkhana Club Cricket Summer Camp 2012 concluded in a colorful closing ceremony here at the Gymkhana cricket ground Bagh-e-Jinnah on Sunday. Former cricket legends and Test stars graced the ceremony while a great number of children’s parents and members of Gymkhana club were also present on the occasion. Convener Cricket Nadeem hassan Asif, who is also Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shareef, was chief organiser of the event. Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood was named as chief guest but due to his absence Lahore Gymkhana Chairman Ziaur Rehman graced the occasion as a chief guest. Pakistan legend cricketer Javed Miandad, former Pakistan team captain Inzamam Ul haq, Javed Zaman, wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, LRCA chief Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad, Imran Bucha and other dignitaries were also present there. At the concluding ceremony, chief guest along with Javed Miandad and Inzamam distributed kits and shields among all the participants of the camp. Speaking on the occa-
he'll find it even harder to come to terms with the way his one-day career has ended. "he just seemed to be back to his aggressive, attacking best, too. Very strange that he should give it away." Smith gave up the South African oneday captaincy after last year's World Cup, but has no plans to follow Pietersen into limited overs retirement. "he's just turned 32, only a bit older than me, but I reckon my best ODI form is ahead of me, not behind me. I'm very keen to play limited-overs cricket and I'm still very ambitious." Although Smith's two previous tours of england, have resulted in the resignation of opposing captains Nasser hussain and Michael Vaughan, the opening batsman is not expecting to add Andrew Strauss to that list. "I could sense the pressure building on Strauss before the West Indies tour (of england) and I couldn't help putting two and two together," said Smith. "What if they had a bad series against the Windies and he didn't score many runs?
sion, Javed Miandad said: “Lahore Gymkhana cricket ground, I think, one of the best as well as most beautiful grounds of the world due to its worth and environment. It has also an honour to host international matches in which world’s outstanding cricketers played and they all lauded and appreciated this ground.” Advising the participants of the camp who were of 8 years old to 16 years old, Miandad said: “This was a golden chance for these young cricketers as PCB’s highly qualified coaches trained them and improved their game and skills. They have learnt a lot but the need of the hour is to keep the practice up and continue visiting and playing in the grounds. If a player regularly comes to ground and play consistently, he becomes the star cricketer so obeying their parents and coaches, these children can become future of Pakistan.” It is pertinent to mention here that Gymkhana Club Cricket Summer Camp 2012 was held at Gymkhana Cricket Ground for a one a half month time in which Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) qualified coaches trained the around 150 children of various age categories. sTAFF RePORT
West Zone has passed a resolution against the anti-cricket acts and statements of Secretary Lahore Region Cricket Association Javed Ali. The resolution was passed at a general council meeting of the Zone held here on Monday under the Presidentship of Taquir Ali Shah, said a spokesman of West Zone. he said the house noted with concern that Javed was involved in a war of words against the President of LRCA Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed and he gave baseless statements for the promotion of his vested interest. Sardar Noushad Ahmed, President Cricket Centre Model Town, presented the resolution and voiced against the autocratic attitude of Secretary LRCA and said due to his recent false statements the cricket of Lahore suffered a lot. “After strenuous efforts we introduced democracy in LRCA which is working under the dynamic leadership of Kh Nadeem Ahmed for the cause of revival of cricket at grass root level,“ said Noushad. The house praised the generous contribution of LRCA Chief in financing cricket activities and underlined his efforts for luring sponsors to support cricket activities of LRCA. “In the past two years, a lot of cricket activities were generated and first time a comprehensive activity plan was introduced for the revival of cricket by engaging clubs and most importantly a number of sponsors came forward to shoulder cricket activities in Lahore,” said the house. The house unanimously condemned the attitude of Secretary LRCA and termed his recent statements “anti cricket“ and demanded the President ,LRCA to take disciplinary action against him as he has violated the constitution LRCA . The house approved the resolution and it was also decided that its copies will be sent to PCB highlighting the negative propaganda campaign of Secretary LRCA.
Punjab Club win LAHORE nesses. It virtually took me 3 weeks to get over it, and I wasn’t 100% for about 6 months”, he added. Interestingly, apart from two umpires, Steve Bucknor and S. Venkatraghvan, hayden was on the field throughout the match, either batting or fielding. Despite the heat and the decision to start the one-dayers at 6pm - meaning the scheduled finish is 1.45am - continue to be an issue with the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA).
The two delegates from CA and ACA will be in UAe to study the situation. Former Pakistani captain, Asif Iqbal, who has hosted several ODIs' in Sharjah for twenety years, also echoed hayden views. "I disagree with the justifying and reasoning for playing cricket or any other sport in conditions where a player issuffering so much. Strange to hear a bowler is bowling a two over spell only ! It is just not cricket", he said from UK.
Punjab CC thrashed Wahdat CC by 159 runs in a match of Lahore Premier League at LRCA cricket ground. SCORES: Punjab CC 290 ( M .Faheem 101, Waqas 59, Sami Aslam 40,harris 33, Nadeem 2/21, Imran Talib 3/53. Wahdat CC 131 (Shah Nawaz 50,Tasleem Arif 45,Rauf 40, M.Faheem 3/32 , Arsalan 4/27, Noman 2/15.
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Britain’s non-Olympic sports LONDON AFP
T the same time as athletes from around the world are taking part in the London Olympics, millions of Britons will be indulging in popular summer sports that you won't see at the Games. Cheese-rolling, caber-tossing, bowls, golf and cricket have little in common except for their origins in Britain's parks and village greens -- and the fact that they are excluded from Olympian glory. On a typical rainy British summer afternoon members of the Finchley Bowls Club in north London emerge from the clubhouse, around five miles from the park where the Olympic Games will be held. "We play in all weathers, including rain," says Ron Raymond, the club president. "We play if there's a cloudburst. We only stop if the grass is waterlogged, and that's because we don't want to damage the green." Just down the road in this leafy enclave, which former premier Margaret Thatcher once represented in parliament, is the Finchley Cricket Club. Finchley Golf Club is a similar distance in the other direction. Bowls, cricket and golf are just three of a wide array of non-Olympic sports that are popular here. In London there are more than a dozen places for playing croquet -- the deceptively genteel but in reality viciously competitive game in which players knock balls through hoops with a mallet. Then there's
polo, which also involves hitting a ball with a mallet, except on horseback. The rules of the game and its original headquarters in Britain, where it was imported from India, were in hurlingham, southwest London. Across town from hurlingham is Lord's, the spiritual home of cricket. On a summer weekend in most english country villages, the type with thatched cottages and with handpumped ale in the pub, the thwack of leather on willow from a cricket match can be heard somewhere nearby. Cricket last made a brief Olympic appearance 112 years ago -and the closest it will get in 2012 is when Lord's hosts the Olympic archery competition. earlier this year
the International Cricket Council, the sport's world governing body, said it was considering a bid to have cricket's shorter Twenty20 form return to the Olympics. "We have never had a format that would lend itself to playing in the Olympics until Twenty20 came to the fore," ICC chief executive haroon Lorgat said. The ICC was officially recognised as a federation by the International Olympic Committee in 2010, meaning the ICC can bid to join the 2020 Games. Bowls, meanwhile, is played at the Commonwealth Games, where Rob Weale of Wales and Natalie Melmore of england won the men's and women's singles titles respectively in New Delhi in 2010.
rogge - the IOC’s ‘Mr Normal’ PARIS: Jacques Rogge enters his final Olympic Games as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) having firmly imposed his 'Mr Normal' image on the movement. The 70-year-old Belgian has adopted the same precision he learnt when he qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in removing the extravagances of the previous era under Spaniard Juan Antonio Samaranch, who he replaced when the former Franco era diplomat stepped down in 2001. While there is nothing flamboyant about the bookish, quietly-spoken and cultivated Belgian - his look has been compared to Grandpa in the classic American TV comedy series 'The Munsters' - he was the natural choice to replace Samaranch at the election in Moscow in 2001. Coming in the wake of the Salt Lake City 'votes for gifts' scandal which had rocked the movement and seen several members expelled - the hosting of those Winter Games was rescued by now Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney - the IOC was in desperate need of a pair of safe and clean hands. Thus it was that Rogge polled higher than Canadian lawyer Dick Pound and the scandal-tainted Kim Un-Yong who had received a serious warning in the fall out of the Salt Lake City scandal. AFP
Saadi begs bronze in Tashkent Karate
Japan's igarashi becomes new WBC flyweight champion
Saadi Abbas of Pakistan has won Bronze Medal in -67Kg category of 11th Asian Karate Championship 2011 held at Tashkent. he won his fights against players from Jordon, Indonesia and current world champion hamid Zasgari of Iran. Remember, he won Gold Medal in 10th Asian Karate Championship 2010 held at China. Pakistan Karate team comprises of four male players and two female players. Team Kumite event of Championship will be held today (Tuesday).
Pu win practice match LAHORE sTAFF RePORT
Punjab University Cricket Team on Monday defeated Gen Akhter Abdul Rehman Cricket club with a margin of 40 runs in a practice match held in connection with Muhammad Ali Shah 20/20 cricket tournament to be held on 5th of Ramazan in Karachi. Ahmed Akram remained top scorer of the match by scoring 41 runs and took 2 wickets. With players of international level, a total of 16 teams are participating in the event while teams from Afghanistan, Saudi Arab and hong Kong are also taking part. The final of the match is expected in the fourth week of Ramazan and all the matches will be broadcasted live on PTV Sports.
Japan's Toshiyuki Igarashi defeated titleholder Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines by a split decision to become the new World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion on Monday. Two judges counted it 116-112 and 115-113 in favour of the Japanese, while the other judge scored it 116-112 for the defending champion. It was the first attempt at a world title for the 28- KaSuKaBE: Japanese challenger Toshiyuki igarashi year-old Japanese, who (r) raises his arms right after his title bout against is ranked top in the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight champion WBC, stretching his Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines (L) had finished. AFP record to 16 wins, including 10 KOs, against one draw and one defeat. "It was the first time that I received a series of heavy punches like his. I won it because of my mentality, not because of my technique or physical strength," said Igarashi. "I don't care how many times I can defend the title. I just want to become a boxer who can say 'I'm the world champion' with my chest out," he added. The 30-year-old Jaro now stands at 34 wins, including 24 KOs, against 11 defeats and five draws.
tiger to play alongside Garcia, rose at open LYTHAM AFP
Hot Weather TT LAHORE sTAFF RePORT
The Lahore Distrit hot Weather Table Tennis Tournament started here at the newly-built M. Ajohar Sports Complex. The opening ceremony was performed by Azmatullah Chaudry, President Lahore District Table Tennis Association. exhibition match was played between Mrs.Mehmooda haider and Irtaza Ali, both are national players. Following are the results of the matches played.. MEN oPEN: Shahzad Yousaf beat Kashif Bhatti. irtaza ali beat Kamal Mansoor beat Fahad rana. Shakeel beat Kashif Bhatti. BoYS (under 18): Husnain beat Talha Ehsan, Muhammad ahmed beat ahmed Shah. BoYS(uNDEr 12): Saad Wasim beat Nafeel, Hamza beat Harris Wasim, ameer Hamza beat Moosa amir. LaDiES oPEN: arooj beat amna iqbal, Farah beat rubina ali, Sana ahmed beat rida Fatima.
stanFord: serena Williams poses for photographers after her win over Coco vandeweghe during the final of the Bank of the West Classic at stanford University taube Family tennis stadium. AFP
LYTHaM: Tiger Woods of the uS hits onto the 18th green during a practice round at royal Lytham and St annes in Lytham, north-west England. AFP
Tiger Woods will play alongside Spain's Sergio Garcia and england's Justin Rose in the first and second rounds of the 141st British Open, according to groups and tee times released Monday. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, tees off with Rose and Garcia at 9:42 on Thursday morning in round one at Royal Lytham and at 2:43 in the afternoon on Friday. Garcia and Rose have never won a major but they figure to draw the largest crowds in the early rounds at the par-70 Lancashire layout, especially with several other notable groups nearby. Defending champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland will be joined by Zach Johnson of
the United States and South Africa's ernie els at 9:09 a.m. Thursday, three groups in front of Woods, Garcia and Rose. In the group directly after Clarke's threesome are england's World No. 2 Lee Westwood, chasing his first major title, alongside reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson of the United States and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell will start in the group immediately in front of the Woods group, playing alongside American Dustin Johnson and Japan's hiroyuki Fujita. Teeing off just after the Woods group will be five-time British Open champion Tom Watson, Germany's Martin Kaymer and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa. Thursday afternoon's late starters include a trio of impres-
sive groups. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy will start at 2:21 p.m. alongside reigning PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley of the United States and 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa. In the group just behind them will be Ireland's Padraig harrington, a two-time British Open champion, with US standout Rickie Fowler and Austrian amateur Manuel Trappel. World No. 1 Luke Donald of england tees off in the next group at 2:43 p.m. along with Australian Geoff Ogilvy and fourtime major champion Phil Mickelson. American Webb Simpson, who owns last month's US Open title, withdrew from the event to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
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Sampras salutes Federer on rankings mark PARIS AFP
ORMeR champion Pete Sampras saluted Roger Federer for Monday surpassing his mark of 286 weeks at the top of the men's rankings. Swiss Federer, already the holder of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, reached the landmark of an unprecedented 287th week as world number one having already pulled level with Sampras on reclaiming top spot after a two-year absence following his seventh Wimbledon title a week ago. "Great effort. The hardest thing to do in sports is the ability to stay on top. Roger has been able to do so by great play and durability," Sampras said on www.atpworldtour.com. Federer, 31, is guaranteed to keep the number one spot through the London Olympics, extending the mark still further. The ATP also lauded Federer. "Congratulations Roger on your new all-time record for most weeks as no.1," the organisation said in a special tribute on its website homepage. "287 and counting..." With the Olympics and US Open fast approaching, Federer shows no sign of his passion for the game waning despite being the second oldest man after Andre Agassi to hold the top ranking. "I'm so happy I'm at the age I am right now, because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible," Federer said after Wimbledon. "To enjoy it right now, it's
Serena Williams became the first woman since 2006 to repeat as champion at the WTA Stanford event as the five-time Wimbledon winner defeated lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday. Williams' title defence came six years after Kim Clijsters completed her double. "I'm so glad to be done here," said Williams, who got a scare in a tight 53-minute opening set but easily won the second set. "I was glad to come here but it was tough. "I flew from Wimbledon and had to get adjusted to the conditions and
very different than when I was 20 or 25. I'm at a much more stable place in my life. I wouldn't want anything to change. So this is very, very special right now." Federer holds a 75-point lead over world number two Novak Djokovic. he now has a tour-best five titles in 2012, including his 20th Masters crown in Madrid in the run-up to the French Open. Despite equalling Sampras's record of seven Wimbledon titles, Federer believes it wasn't just his victory at the All england Club over Andy Murray in the final that enabled
him to return to the top. he believes it was due to a series of highs and lows, notably a heartbreaking loss to Djokovic in the US Open semi-finals last September where he had been two sets to love ahead with match points. "I think it was a time where I just had to believe that things were going to turn around for me," said Federer. Federer first took the world number one spot in February 2004 and held it until August 2008. he reclaimed it in July 2009 before being deposed by Rafael Nadal after the 2010 French Open.
beat the jet-lag. I was glad to play and it's great to win. "But now I want to stay in the States for a while and prepare for the London Olympics." Williams defeated Vandeweghe in 90 minutes, hammering 21 winners, nine aces and getting four breaks of serve. Vandeweghe, ranked 120 but set for a rise into the top 75, was bidding for history in hopes of becoming the second lucky loser from qualifying rounds to win a WTA Tour title. The Californian got into the field after another player withdrew before the start. "It was really exciting to be in the final, hopefully this was a good omen
for the rest of the summer," she said. "hardcourt is definitely my favourite surface. I'm happy to be out there playing." The performance earns the Californian a direct entry into the US Open. Williams has two trophies in as many weeks after winning Wimbledon last weekend, then flying to northern California to shift onto the hardcourts. The world number four now owns 43 career titles, the same number as her sister Venus. Williams also has four wins in 2012, putting her joint leader in that category alongside world number one Victoria Azarenka.
athletes arrival puts London airport under pressure LONDON AFP
The Olympic Athletes' Village opened its doors Monday to the first competitors as the logistical operation to handle the arrival of thousands of athletes and officials shifted into a higher gear. Questions remained though about the recruitment of security staff after Britain was forced to draft in 3,500 troops to make up a shortfall in private guards. London's heathrow Airport was handling a record number of passengers, with the Olympics arrivals swelling numbers to almost 237,000 at the west London hub, compared to 190,000 on an ordinary day. The first priority "Games Lane" went into operation on the M4 motorway leading from heathrow, designed to allow athletes and officials to be whisked to their destinations without becoming snarled up in London traffic. At heathrow, operator BAA said waiting times had been reduced to within targets set by the interior min-
istry since extra staff were put in place on Sunday after queues of several hours at passport control in recent weeks. For the athletes, more than 500 volunteers, speaking more than 20 languages between them, welcomed groups as they landed. The Netherlands women's beach volleyball team flew in from Amsterdam in a blaze of orange tops and said they were impressed by the setup. DAMP WELCOME fOR AThLETES AT LONDON 2012: Athletes began arriving at the Olympic Village on Monday under leaden skies and persistent drizzle to what will be their home for the next three weeks and the scene of their quest for gold. Consistent with the British summer so far, the weather was anything but golden to welcome the competitors with brooding clouds and umbrella-busting winds keeping the international flags flapping outside one of the entrances. however, some of the apartments have already been given a splash of national colour. One block had a banner
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reading "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oi, Oi, Oi" spread over several balconies. Another had a long banner in the Belgian colours hanging down, while others were decorated with Slovenian flags. The smell of damp fresh pine wood filled the air around many of the newly-constructed buildings. The site's shops are already open, with a range of international newspapers and handy items such as batteries for sale. With thousands of athletes still to arrive, the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, still doesn't feel quite like the welcoming park organisers have envisaged. A myriad of winding, empty roads criss-cross the area, flanked by concrete barricades and metal fences. Soldiers in combat fatigues operated the airport-style security searches at the perimeter for regular visitors. Inside the high fences, helpers and volunteers appeared upbeat with 11 days to go until the opening ceremony on July 27. At one of the entrances to the Olympic Village, the National Youth Theatre rehearsed their energetic routines for the of-
ficial welcomes that each national squad will receive. In the shadow of the new shopping centre built at Stratford International railway station, they rolled out red carpets with "Welcome" written in a multitude of languages including Maori and Vietnamese. The performers were putting the finishing touches to sequences set to Queen hits including "Don't Stop Me Now", "Bicycle Race" and "We are the Champions". Their routines involved golden bicycles, streamers and banners. They rehearsed the welcomes they will perform for the representatives from Brazil, France and Italy, though the British Virgin Islands will be the first to receive the official greeting. "In the spirit of friendship and respect we welcome you all and ask the question: who will be the champion?", they said in english and French. "We are all champions here." Organisers tried to keep the enthusiasm going despite the drizzle, with many performers wearing green and blue ponchos to keep themselves dry.
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Melbourne won the right to host the 1956 olympics by one vote over Buenos aires, argentina. australian quarantine laws were too severe to allow the entry of foreign horses, so the equestrian events were held separately in Stockholm in June. The Melbourne Games were the first to be held in the southern hemisphere. To allow for the equestrian sports to be held and avoid the problem of quarantine for horses entering australia, the Games took place in two different cities (Stockholm and Melbourne), in two different countries (Sweden and australia), on two different continents (Europe and oceania) and in two different seasons (June and November). This is the only time in the Games’ hundred year existence that the unity of time and place, as stipulated in the Charter, has not been observed. The international olympic Committee had a great political success in managing to bring together the two Germanys (East and West) within a combined team (Eua) competing under a black, red and yellow flag with the olympic rings and with "ode to Joy" from Beethoven’s iX Symphony as their anthem. This practice would take place for the following two editions of the Games. The Soviet invasion of Hungary provoked protests from numerous western countries and some of them, such as Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands, withdrew from the Games. on another matter, Egypt, Lebanon and iraq refused to participate in protest of the Franco-British Suez intervention. and the People’s republic of China refused to participate because of the presence of the republic of China (Taiwan). This conflict would take 28 years to be resolved. Laszlo Papp of Hungary became the first boxer to win three gold medals. Two athletes dominated the gymnastics competition. on the men’s side, ukrainian viktor Chukarin earned five medals, including three gold, to bring his career total to eleven medals, seven of them gold. agnes Keleti of Hungary brought her career total to 10 medals by winning four gold medals and two silver. The united States basketball team, led by Bill russell and K.C. Jones, put on the most dominant performance in olympic history, scoring more than twice as much as their opponents and winning each of their games by at least 30 points. Frenchman alain Mimoun was just one month short of his 36th birthday when he won the marathon, making him the oldest in olympic history to win the event. it was first time in the history of the marathon saw a false start in this event. a happy postscript to these Games occurred in Prague in March 1957 when american hammerthrow gold medallist Harold Connolly married the Czech olympic discus champion olga Fikotova.
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Attack on Bannu police station foiled two burqa-clad terrorists barge into police station, take personnel, including DSP, hostage Joint operation by security forces results in the killing of terrorists
Country without ombudsman even after 21 months 42,139 inquiries await ombudsman’s nod g Presidency unmoved, no activist, opposition leader approached court in public interest g
ITh no federal ombudsman appointed for the past 21 months, the fate of 42,139 completed inquiries against various departments hangs in the balance and no relief has been provided to complainants – thanks to the blithe attitude on part of the Presidency to fill the vital accountability post. The appointment of ombudsman is an obligation for the president under Article 7 of the 1983 Order. however, the important accountability slot is lying vacant following the completion of tenure of the last federal ombudsman, Javed Sadiq Malik, who retired on October 27, 2010, and the absence of ombudsman has resulted into piling up of thousands of files at the ombudsman office. The post cannot be kept vacant for an indefinite period due to its public importance and also due to the pressure by donor agencies for installing an effective accountability system in the country. In the absence of the federal ombudsman, the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat has come to a complete standstill. The ombuds-
man performs as a principal accounting officer, besides performing all statutory functions, including administrative and financial sanctions, particularly with reference to release of funds, incurring of expenditures, re-appropriation of funds and grant of salaries to contractual employees. To add fuel to the fire, Federal Ombudsman Secretary Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri was transferred last week, leaving a huge question mark on the government’s commitment towards the accountability process in the country. A well-placed source told Pakistan
Today that the federal ombudsman, the only body directly receiving the complaints from the public against malpractices of the government institutions, had received 66,903 complaints to date, of which the department had investigated 42,139. “All the 42,139 inquiries, after investigation, are complete and the same have been put on the table of the federal ombudsman for approval. But since no one has been appointed to the important slot, the good work done by the department is unfinished,” the source said, adding that the poor complainants mostly from far-flung areas time and again visited the federal ombudsman office, but to no good. “We just need a formal approval by the ombudsman but since the post is lying vacant since October 26, 2010, no development has taken place and no relief has been provided to the complainants.” Accountability is one of the major compulsory components of any democracy and its presence is required to promote and protect the societies of third world countries like Pakistan. Under the law, the federal ombudsman enjoys maximum powers under a presidential order governing the office, and its powers cannot be delegated to its subordinates. however, the president can delegate his powers to anyone to make the office functional. But to date, no such step has been taken.
PESHAWAR sTAFF RePORT
Security forces on Monday foiled an attempt by terrorists to take hostage the personnel of a police station in Bannu, killing both the terrorists and rescuing eight personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP). District Police Officer Waqar Khan told Pakistan Today that two burqa-clad suicide bombers entered the building of Old City Police Station on Monday morning at around 9:15am. They opened fire on the security guard manning the main gate and forced their entry into the police station, hurling hand grenades all around and taking the personnel inside hostage. Later, joint forces of security agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the building. After a brief encounter, both the suicide bombers were shot dead and three policemen injured in the clash. The DPO said four police personnel had been detained in connection with the incident and were being interrogated. A civilian was also being interrogated as he was present inside the police building at the time of the attack, Khan said. The three policemen injured included an assistant sub inspector. The DPO said the building had been cleared and the situation was under control. No one has claimed responsibility for attack so far, but officials believed the involvement of Taliban. Thousands of local and foreign militants have taken shelter in North Waziristan Agency, adjacent to Bannu city. The militants earlier attacked the Bannu Central Jail on April 15 and got freed more than 380 prisoners, included more than 150 hardcore terrorists. Adnan Rashid, sentenced to death for a failed attempt on the life of former president Pervez Musharraf included the escapees.
Senate body warns against criticising army ISLAMABAD Online
The Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production has termed the criticism on the armed forces and sensitive institutions by “socalled media analysts” baseless. The meeting of the committee was held at the Parliament house on Monday and was headed by its chairman, Mushahid hussain Syed. Members of the committee including Raja Zafarul haq, Sehar Kamran, Colonel (r) Tahir hussain Mashhadi and Farhatullah Babar attended the meeting.
Referring to the Pakistan Army, the committee gave recommendations that unnecessary disapproval of the national assets must be stopped, as it was defaming national institutions all over the world. Mashhadi said no country criticised its own armed forces and sensitive institutions but in Pakistan, the “so-called analysts do so, arguing unnecessarily about the excess of national defence budget. This defames our institutions abroad”. he said the army and relevant institutions were not taking steps essential for saving the reputation of our sensitive institutions and insisted on the role of the Defence Ministry in
this regard. Mashhadi asked why were local government elections not held in cantonment areas even though a big population of civilians lived there. The defence secretary said the affairs of the cantonment areas were connected with the defence institutions and only they had to deal with it. Defence Secretary Nargis Sethi told the committee that the national defence budget amounted to Rs 545 billion only and 70 percent of this was spent on paying the salaries of the officers and soldiers. The committee directed the Defence Ministry to give a briefing on the defence budget after eid.
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hoti escapes terrorism bid
hANgu: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir haider Khan hoti on Monday narrowly escaped a terrorist attack when police seized a truck laden with 200 kilogrammes of explosives and a huge cache of arms on Taal Road near hangu. hoti was scheduled to pass through the area for a rally in hangu. District Police Officer Dr Mian Saeed Ahmed said police intercepted a suspicious truck on Taal Road near hangu and during its search, they recovered several bags of explosives weighing 200kgs and other sophisticated weapons. The DPO said police arrested two terrorists on board and shifted them to an undisclosed place for interrogation. he said the terrorists had planned to blow up the explosives-laden truck with close to the chief minister’s convoy, which was scheduled to pass through the area minutes later. hangu, which borders the Tribal Areas, has been home to terror incidents for a decade in which hundreds of people have been killed so far. ONLINE