Sunday, 17 November, 2013 Muharram 12, 1435 Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 140 16 Pages Karachi Edition
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Sachin Tendulkar era ends with 2-0 sweep The curtain came down on Sachin Tendulkar’s storied Test career with one of India’s most comprehensive victories, as a hapless West Indies crumbled on the third morning in Mumbai. Tendulkar walked off the field with a tear in his eye and to a fluid guard of honour from his team-mates, soaking in the cheers of the Wankhede crowd one last time. PAGE 17
Mourners thrash a madrassa student following sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi on Ashura. At least 10 people were killed and over 100 injured in rioting after which authorities imposed a curfew in the city.
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KP ministers not to join PTI’s NATO sit-in KP cabinet ministers will not participate in a sit-in organised by the Pakistan Tehrik-iInsaaf to block NATOsupplies going through the province. Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had vowed to block NATO supplies from crossing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in response to the US drone strike that killed Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1 and “sabotaged” peace talks. PAGE 06
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Dar warns action against forex market speculators Ishaq Dar on Saturday warned the speculators to immediately refrain from speculations in the forex market or be ready to face the music for causing huge financial loss to the entire economy for their petty gains. The federal minister was speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. PAGE 12
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40 INJURED, VEHICLES BURNT IN MULTAN SECTARIAN CLASHES, ARMY SUMMONED
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
Karzai calls on Taliban To give inpuT on us deal KABUL AgENcIES
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called on the Taliban to join an assembly on a security pact that could allow some US troops to stay in the country after 2014. “We invite them, please come to this national jirga of Afghanistan, raise your voice, raise your objection and share your views,” he said in a news conference in Kabul. Around 2,500 tribal elders and civil leaders are expected to take part in an assembly known as “Loya Jirga” next Thursday, to decide whether to accept the draft Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the US. The draft pact was hammered out in Kabul last month during a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry, but he left without a final deal as Afghan President Hamid Karzai said only a jirga had the authority to decide the contentious issues. These include a US demand to retain legal jurisdiction over its troops in Afghanistan, which would give them immunity from Afghan law. The request emerged as the main sticking point after Kerry’s visit. The Taliban, whose government was toppled by the US-led invasion in 2001, has rejected the Jirga and warned its members that they will be punished as “traitors” if they endorsed the deal. Hezb-e-Islami, a Taliban affiliate has also refused to send members to the jirga calling it “legalising the US occupation”.
AFTER PEACEFUL ASHURA, SERIES OF BOMBINGS ROCK KP
MULTAN: Religious activists protest against Rawalpindi sectarian killings at Ghanta Ghar Chowk on Saturday. ONLINE
T least 40 people were injured and five motorcycles burnt in sectarian clashes here on Saturday as riots spread to more than half of the urban areas of the city prompting the civil administration to call in army and Rangers personnel to control the situation. Out of the total 40 injured, 25 are said to be in critical condition and have been taken to the emergency ward of Nishtar Hospital, Multan. Three policemen are among the critically-injured. A day after sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi killed at least 10 people and injured over 80, the situation in Multan worsened on Saturday
morning when local clerics of Jamia Mosque Omar Farooq claimed that a mourning procession had raised objectionable slogans outside their mosque. The clerics then demanded that they wanted to lodge an FIR against the Shia community. Riots then broke out after a mob tried to attack Imambargah Shah Yousuf Gardezi and after facing resistance from the police, they went on to burn down two decades-old Alams located in different parts of the city. This resulted in furious clashes and the district administration, without waiting for the police, immediately called the Pakistan Army and Rangers in to control the situation. There was an exchange of fire in different urban areas including Bohar Gate, Ghanta Ghar, Doulat Gate, Chowk
Shaeedaan and Railway Road. Angry mobs forced markets to shut down and protesters also attacked vehicles belonging to the Multan commissioner, accusing him of favouring the Shias. Police resorted to using tear-gas shells and baton charged protesters in an attempt to deter those attacking and burning public property. army calleD in as shops torcheD in chishtian: Several shops were torched in Chishtian on Saturday after a violent clash between two rival groups. According to media reports, after the clash, tension spread to Haroonabad and Bahawalnagar. According to reports, army was called in to control tense situation in Haroonabad and Bahawalnagar. Section 144 was imposed to ban public gathering of more than four people.
A day after Muharram processions concluded peacefully throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where extraordinary security measures were adopted, security personnel were attacked in three separate districts with bombs, including a suicide attack. At least one law enforcing officer was killed and 16 others were injured. On Saturday morning, a police mobile van was targeted by a remote controlled bomb in Peshawar, injuring an assistant sub-inspector of police. “It was a five kilogramme bomb to target the police, undoubtedly,” a Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) official said about the blast near Safan police post on Kohat Road, Peshawar. Blast in Di Khan: Later in the day, another bomb targeted police officials in Kulachi area of Dera Ismail Khan. The attack killed a police officer and injured eight others. A police official who managed to escape unhurt said that a convoy of police personnel was passing over a bridge in the Gurjana village when the attack happened. He said that while one of the vans managed to cross safely, another larger vehicle carrying almost thirty police personnel fell prey to the bomb. “The bomb was planted at the side of the road.” suiciDe BomBing in Bannu: In another incident, six people including security personnel were injured in Bannu, when a suicide bomber riding a Qingqi rickshaw rammed his vehicle into a convoy of the Frontier Corps who were travelling to the main city. Security personnel rushed to the site of the incident and collected evidence. A senior police official said that the body parts of the bomber were recovered from under a bridge while further investigations were underway.
Ashura ends peacefully with exception of Rawalpindi, Multan clashes ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Due to extraordinary security measures by law enforcement agencies, Ashura concluded incident-free in most parts of Pakistan, though sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi and Multan overshadowed the peacefulness as an angry mob rioted against the police during a procession in the city. In other parts of the country, though, the government’s promise of a ‘foolproof security’ seemed to come good. In Karachi, the police arrested several suspected militants while in Lahore, a host of security cameras were at work on preventing terrorist activity. In Rawalpindi‚ the main Zuljinah procession of Ashura was taken out from Imambargah Colonel Maqbool Hussain under strict security vigilance. After passing through its traditional route‚ the procession culminated at Imambargah Qadeemi. At least 10 persons were killed and several injured in a clash near a mourning procession at Fawara Chowk of Raja Bazar in Rawalpindi. Shops of a cloth market were also set ablaze while the military took control of the area to bring the situation under control. In Punjab‚ the main Shabeeh-e-Zuljinnah procession was taken out from Nisar
Haveli in Lahore on Thursday night. The procession after going through its traditional routes ended peacefully at Karbala Gamey Shah where the Sham-e-Ghariban gathering was held. Similar Alam‚ Tazia and Zuljinnah processions were also taken out in Faisalabad‚ Sargodha‚ Gujranwala‚ Jhang, Multan‚ Bahawalpur‚ Gujrat and other cities of the province. In Sindh‚ the main Ashura procession emerged from Nishtar Park in Karachi and terminated at Hossania Imambargah in Kharadar. Ashura processions were also taken out in Hyderabad‚ Sukkur and Larkana. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ a dozen Alam and Zuljinnah processions were taken out from various Imambargahs in Peshawar. The main procession was brought out from Imambargah Koocha Risaldaar Qissa Khwani Bazaar. Ashura processions were also taken out in Dera Ismail Khan‚ Abbottabad‚ Bannu‚ Kohat and other districts of the province. In FATA‚ the main procession was taken out from Markazi Imambargah Parachinar. In Balochistan‚ the main Ashura procession was taken out in Quetta from Imambargah Alamdar road. Zuljinah and Taazia processions were also taken out in other big and small towns of the province. In Azad Kashmir‚ Ta azia‚ Alam and
Zuljinnah processions emerged from different Imambargahs. The main procession in Muzaffarabad was taken out from Markazi Imambargah Pir Ilam Shah Bokhari which after passing through its traditional route culminated at the same place. Later‚ Ma-
jlis-e-Sham-e-Ghareeban was also held at Markazi Imambargah. In Gilgit-Baltistan‚ the main procession in Gilgit was brought out from Jamia Imamia Mosque. Tight security arrangements were made for the Ashura processions and gatherings in all
the cities and small towns. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan appreciated the role of law enforcement agencies for their untiring efforts to maintain peace and ensure security during Muharram processions.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings — Salvador Dali
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
LOCKDOWN IN PINDI AFTER ASHURA VIOLENCE g
PUNJAB GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL ENQUIRY AFTER 10 PEOPLE KILLED IN SHIA-SUNNI CLASHES ON FRIDAY
ARMY FIRES RUBBER BULLETS AT ANTI-SHIA PROTESTERS
CELLULAR SERVICES BLOCKED IN ISLAMABAD UNTIL 2PM TODAY
MOBILE NETWORKS JAMMED IN PINDI FOR INDEFINITE PERIOD RAWALPINDI
UTHORITIES imposed a curfew following a sectarian clash between two sects on Friday that left at least 10 killed and over 100 injured. The government imposed the curfew in the garrison city after the clashes that erupted during a Muharram procession at Fawara Chowk on Friday. Sources said the curfew would remain imposed until Sunday (today) while mobile services would also remain suspended until night. According to Rescue 1122, the injured and bodies were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital and Benazir Bhutto Hospital. The incident occurred on Friday when a Shia procession was passing through Raja Bazaar. When the procession reached near Darul Uloom Taleemul Quran, the madrassa students and the cleric of the mosque delivering a Friday sermon allegedly hurled insults at the mourners. The provocation led to a clash between the two groups which later resulted in stone pelting on each other. Meanwhile, some unidentified people opened fire on the mourners. This infuriated the Shia mourners and they beat up the seminary students. Later, some miscreants burnt down a portion of the mosque. Unidentified miscreants also put a cloth market on fire at Raja Bazaar. Firefighters reached the scene and extinguished the fire after hectic efforts. Several police officials, including SSP Operations Malik Sikandar Hayat, were also injured. When the situation went out of control the army was called in and curfew
RAWALPINDI: A TV grab shows firefighters extinguishing the blaze at a cloth market in Raja Bazaar following sectarian clashes on Friday. INP
was imposed for 24 hours. Later the curfew was extended for another 24 hours within the limits of 19 police stations. Troops kept patrolling the city streets and all entry points into the Rawalpindi were blocked, resulting in traffic chaos. cellular serVices BlocKeD: The authorities have also decided to block mobile phone services in Islamabad from 1am on Saturday night until 2pm today (Sunday), while cellular services in Rawalpindi have been jammed for an indefinite period. Police spokesman Waseem Ahmed said the curfew was imposed to prevent further violence. He said that every step was being taken for the security of the people. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar took notice of the incident. The CM directed the RPO to submit a report and also announced to conduct a judicial enquiry for which the Punjab government has already written to the Lahore High Court. Addressing a press conference, Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rashid Ahmed demanded that the government help affected traders whose shops were burnt to ashes. Rashid appealed to the people to remain calm and respect each others’ religious beliefs. The areas, where curfew is imposed include Gawalmandi, Raja Bazaar, College Road, Mareer Chowk, Benazir Bhutto Road, Dhoke Ratta, Cantonment, Adiala Road, Chakri Road, Morgah, Rawat, Karal Chowk and others. Entry points of these areas have been blocked with shipping containers and trucks. Darul Uloom Taleemul Quran chief cleric Ashraf Ali, at a press conference at
RAWALPINDI: Army troops disperse anti-Shia protesters during a demonstration on Saturday against Friday’s killings. ONLINE
Jamia Islamia Kamran Market, claimed that a total of 14 seminary students were killed while 106 others injured. He demanded that the government take action against the attackers. Those killed include Mehmood, Inayatullah, Awais, Alam Zeb son of Baazullah,
Fazl placaTes Followers, urges secTarian harmony ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUIF) chief Fazlur Rehman on Saturday appealed to his followers, especially the clerics, to maintain calm and not give in to the provocation of hate mongers and miscreants in wake of the tragic incident in Rawalpindi’s Raja Bazar which left around 10 people dead and dozens injured. He was speaking with a delegation of Darul Aloomul Quran Raja Bazaar which was led by Zahoor Alwi and Naseer Farooqi.
Fazl said that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had assured him that a judicial commission comprising judges from the High Court will be formed soon to investigate the matter and all those found guilty will be punished as per law. He said the CM also assured that compensation will be given to the victims’ families. Fazl said that hatred based on sects was unacceptable and people should foil the nefarious design of sectarian monsters who wanted to pitch Muslims against each other. He also called upon
the clerics to help maintain calm in the country, especially in Rawalpindi. Earlier, Fazl spoke to Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab chief secretary and Rawalpindi commissioner and urged them to help the administration of the madrassa and the ulema to retrieve the dead bodies and help the injured. He said that the administration of Rawalpindi did not intervene timely on Friday and the fire brigade services were not dispatched to the site as a result of which 10 people lost their precious lives.
Zaat and Muhammad Arif, Fateh Zar Khan, Saqib and Ilam Khan. However, the names of five other deceased could not be ascertained. army Disperses protesters: Meanwhile, the Deobandi clerics took out a protest rally. While shouting anti-Shia slo-
gans, the rally started from Jamia Islamia Saddar and marched towards Fawara Chowk. However, the army fired rubber bullets at the protesters on City Saddar Road. This created panic as the protestors started running back towards Jamia Islamia.
Political, religious leaders condemn sectarian disharmony RAWALPINDI ONLINE
Many political and religious leaders have condemned the Rawalpindi incident and termed it as an attempt to disrupt peace and law and order situation in the country. While condemning the tragedy, Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazl ur Rehman said that such an incident is a conspiracy to disrupt peace in the
country, adding that the government should bring the culprits to justice. Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) chief Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi and Jamiat Ulema Islam (Sami) (JUI-S) chief Sami Ul Haq also dubbed the incident as failure of the administration and demanded a thorough probe into the incident. Majlis-e-Wahdat-eMuslameen also regretted the incident and said that the incident is a reflection
of Punjab government’s failure. Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said that the incident is tragic and Punjab CM should take steps to normalise the situation. Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid demanded a judicial probe into the incident, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain expressed his sorrow over
the incident and demanded from the federal and Punjab government to take strict action against those involved in the incident and appealed to the public belonging from all sects to exhibit unity. A curfew has been imposed in Rawalpindi after a sectarian clash broke out near a Muharram procession at Fawara Chowk of Raja Bazar on Friday, in which at least eight persons were killed and several injured.
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INDIA FEARS MORE Iran averts big rise in sensitive nuclear stockpile, report shows MILITANTS AS US QUITS AFGHANISTAN VIENNA
NDIA is bracing for more militancy in the battle-scarred region of Kashmir, believing that fighters now focused on resisting US-led troops in Afghanistan will shift toward the Himalayan flashpoint with Pakistan. Some say increased violence recently along India’s heavily militarized border with Pakistan proves that shift is already underway. As a result, India is increasing use of drones, thermal sensors and foot patrols as it tries to catch out any battle-hardened militants moving through the forested mountains near the frontier. At the same time, Indian troops have increasingly been engaging in skirmishes with Pakistan’s military. Rebels “are testing us. They’re making their presence felt by launching audacious attacks,” an Indian army commander in Kashmir said on condition of anonymity, in line with army policy. “They have started recruiting young people into their folds. They are training some of these boys locally.” US officials and experts acknowledge there are valid concerns, though the US government has not discussed such a risk publicly. The chief of its forces in the Pacific says the US is increasingly discussing terrorist movements with countries in the region. “We are thinking about it
more and more each day, and this includes dialogue with our partners in India and Pakistan,” Adm. Samuel Locklear told reporters in Washington this week. Some Pakistani analysts believe the country’s army leaders have little interest in rocking the boat now, raising the worrying possibility that the recent violence was sparked by militants who have gone rogue or are operating in cooperation with lower-level officials sympathetic to their cause. “We need to be vigilant, we need to be prepared and we need to be alert for any such eventuality,” Indian army Northern Commander Lt. Gen. Sanjiv Chachra said in a TV interview recently broadcast in India. “I think the drawdown (of US forces in the region) will definitely have effect. As a professional army we are keeping a tag of it.” Within India “there is widespread anticipation that Pakistan will divert elements of Jihadi forces (in Afghanistan) to this side,” G.K. Pillai, a former Indian home secretary, told The Associated Press. In the past, some rebels in Kashmir were either trained in Afghanistan or were Afghan nationals, India says. “Our worry is not the number of militants,” the Indian army commander said on condition of anonymity. “The worry is the quality of the people who are likely to come. They’re battle-hardened, aggressive and smart.
They know the warfare.” Of particular concern is Lashkare-Taiba, a well-organized group based in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The group is widely believed to have carried out the deadly 2008 attack in the Indian city of Mumbai and is believed to have historical ties to Pakistani intelligence. Its leader, Hafiz Saeed, regards Kashmir as “unfinished business” and probably the group’s “core mission,” said Jonah Blank, senior political analyst at the US-government funded think tank the Rand Corp. and a former adviser to current Secretary of State John Kerry. Stephen Tankel, an American University professor who has written a book on Lashkar, said the group has “been vocal about an intention to rejuvenate the jihad in Kashmir.” “LeT is a big enough, strong enough and elastic enough organization that it won’t shift away from Afghanistan. Rather, we can expect them to remain active there and to put additional efforts into Kashmir,” Tankel said. “Early indications suggest this is already underway, including an uptick in high-profile attacks in Kashmir in which LeT is believed to be involved.” There appears to be little appetite for a full-blown conflict within either government, and Pakistani officials dismissed the idea that they would want to raise border tensions by sending militants across into Kashmir.
Iran appears to have moved quickly to prevent a large increase in its most disputed nuclear stockpile, a new U.N. watchdog report indicates, in what may be an attempt not to undermine talks on a nuclear deal with six world powers next week. The Islamic Republic’s holding of uranium gas refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent is closely watched by the West as it represents a relatively short technical step away from the level required for the core of an atomic bomb. Israel, which has long warned it could use force to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons, has said its foe must not obtain enough of this higher-grade uranium for one warhead if processed further. Iran says its work is peaceful and that it is Israel’s assumed nuclear arsenal that threatens peace. The powers, which are due to resume negotiations with Iran in Geneva on November 20 on a preliminary deal to-
PM for enhanced trade with New Zealand colomBo: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday emphasised the need for enhanced trade and flow of investments between Pakistan and New Zealand. On the sidelines of the Commonwealth Summit, while speaking in a meeting with his counterpert from New Zealand John Key, the prime minister invited New Zealand investors to invest in the areas of power generation, infrastructure development, housing, mining, oil and gas, IT, agriculture and dairy farming. The prime minister was assisted by Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to the prime minister on foreign affairs. Nawaz Sharif also highlighted the need for opening up New Zealand High Commission in Islamabad. ONLINE
wards ending the decade-old standoff over its nuclear program, want Tehran to stop 20 percent enrichment and neutralize the stockpile. Iran has over the past year in effect kept the amount of its 20 percent reserve well below Israel’s so-called “red line” by converting a large part of the uranium gas into oxide to make fuel for a medical research reactor in Tehran. “Iran does not want to provoke Israel to attack Iran. Especially now,” said nuclear expert Mark Hibbs of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think-tank. But conversion work was halted between August 20 and November 5, in part for maintenance reasons, according to the quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), issued to member states late on Thursday. As Iran continued its production of 20 percent uranium gas, the stockpile would probably have grown steadily during much of the August-November period covered by the report, perhaps to significantly above 200 kg, analysts and diplomats said. Experts
say about 250 kg of uranium gas refined to 20 percent would be sufficient to make one nuclear bomb, if the material is processed further to weapons-grade. iran signals restraint: The IAEA data suggests, however, that Iran moved fast once it resumed conversion early this month, leading to a more modest rise to 196 kg in the November 14 report, up by about 10 kg since the previous one issued in late August. Tehran may have done so by attaching a full cylinder of uranium gas to the conversion process, thereby reducing the stockpile, one nuclear expert said. “There are rumors it got quite high - though not over the ‘red line’,” one Western diplomat in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, said. “I think the decision to blend down is politically driven.” Iran faced a “delicate balancing act,” the envoy said: if it stops refining to 20 percent it gives in to the powers’ demand for nothing. But if it fails to convert enough it risks provoking Israel and sends the wrong message to the West.
Kerry, Clinton urge support for Afghan women WASHINGTON AgENcIES
US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday joined forces with his predecessor Hillary Clinton to urge that hard-won gains for Afghan women since the fall of the Taliban be protected. They were joined by former first lady Laura Bush, in a powerful plea to ensure that the rights of women in Afghanistan are not eroded as US and international forces prepare to leave the country next year. “We all know that creating opportunities for women is not just the right thing to do. It’s also a strategic necessity,” Kerry told a symposium at Georgetown University. “There’s no question
in my mind that investing in Afghan women is the surest way to guarantee that Afghanistan will sustain the gains of the last decade and never again become a safe haven for international terrorists.” Citing examples of Afghan women entrepreneurs, police officers, teachers and students, he said the women of Afghanistan never wanted to go back to the dark days of rule by Islamic Taliban militants when they were barred from going to school and from having jobs. “Societies where women are safe, where women are empowered to exercise their rights and to move their communities forward — these societies are more prosperous and more sta-
ble — not occasionally, but always,” Kerry said. And he insisted that it was not just up to the women — their menfolk also had to stand up for their rights. “It will take the courage of every man who defends his daughter’s right to an equal education; it will take the courage of every brother who challenges a law that keeps his sister from owning property or opening a business; and every husband who not only promises that the cycle of domestic violence can stop with him, but who actually proves it,” Kerry said. Clinton, who has long advocated for the rights and empowerment of all women, said that with 2014 looming Afghanistan stood at “a serious turning point.”
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. — Eleanor Roosevelt
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OUM-E-ASHURE, the 10th of first Islamic month Muharram-ul-Haram was observed amid unprecedented security arrangements with due solemnity to mark the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions on Friday. The main procession of Youm-eAshure was taken out from Nishter Park, under strict security arrangements including aerial surveillance by helicopter. Earlier, the participants of procession attended a Majlis at Nishter Park, where Maulana Shahanshah Hussain Naqvi shed light on the importance of Youm-e-Ashure. The participants of the procession offered Juma prayers led by Maulana Ghulam Abbas at Imambargah Ali Raza, M.A. Jinnah Road, near Numaish Chowrangi. Various small processions which were taken out from different parts of Karachi also merged into the main mourning procession. Mourners beat their chests, beat their backs with chains and walked over smouldering coal
to express their mournful sentiment over the supreme sacrifice offered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in all the processions taken out. Zuljinah accompanied the various processions. So did several “Tazias”. The main procession, after passing through its traditional route of Nishter Park, Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Road, Mehfil-eShah- e-Khurasan, M.A. Jinnah Road, Mansfield Street, Preedy Street, again M.A. Jinnah Road, Boulton Market, Bombay Bazar, Kharadar, Nawab Mahabat Khanjee Road culminated peacefully at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah,Kharadar. At the end of the main procession, addressing the Majlis Sham-e-Gharibaan, a prominent religious scholar highlighted the significance of the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his companions. Strict security arrangements were made by law enforcers along the whole route of the main Ashurae- Muharram procession. Cellular phones services were shut and pillion riding was also banned as a precaution against their misuse by anti-social elements. Besides a heavy contingent of police, around 8500 Rangers personnel were deployed for
Muharram security in Karachi. Total 376 majalis and 134 mourning processions were organised in the largest city of the country. Volunteers of scouts organisations protected the procession from any intrusion by forming a rope barrier around its head. The scouts bodies’ volunteers also coordinated with police, Rangers and other law enforcement agencies to control law and order situation. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) performed the sweeping of the entire route of procession. All encroachments were removed from the entire route besides, all shops and markets along the route were sealed. Entry of vehicles and pedestrians to all roads and lanes connecting with the route of the procession was blocked by placing containers. Special security stickers were issued to the vehicles of participants of the procession, rescue services, law enforcers and edia for allowing entry only from specific points. The walk-through gates were placed at all entry points, besides separate body search was conducted for male and female mourners before allowing them to join the procession. Traffic was prohibited from
proceeding towards the route of the procession from Guru Mandir (Roundabout) while alternate arrangements were made by the Karachi traffic police for the vehicles approaching the route of procession. Monitoring of the security arrangements continued to be performed from the control rooms at the offices of the commissioner and deputy commissioners, besides aerial surveillance of the procession by helicopter. Alternate traffic arrangements were also made by the Karachi traffic police for the vehicles approaching the route of procession for their various onward journeys. Staffers of rescue services and fire brigade were also available, besides officials of local administration to redress complaints regarding civic facilities. The mourners of the main Ashura procession were served free meals and soft drinks, milk and other home-made beverages and water at various points along the route of the procession. Different organisations established medical camps on route of procession to respond in case of emergency as well as to extend initial medical help to the mourners.
commercial crisis as sTriKing TransporTers hold FasT KARACHI INP
Transporters strike entered the 11th day on Saturday leading to a complete halt of supplies of all types from Karachi to up country. Reports say that the two ports in Karachi are flooded with thousands of containers waiting for their carriage to upperparts of the country causing losses of billions of rupees to traders and importers. Officials at the ports said that all activities at the ports have come almost to a standstill as there is no more scope for storage of the imported goods while industry has also been affected due to non availability of imported raw material. Exports have also been affected adversely as goods are not reaching the ports. On the other hand the transporters have brought down their demands but are insisting payment for vehicles burnt down after the murder of Benazir Bhutto, allotment of 500 acres of land at the Northern by pass for truck stand and resolution of loading and unloading at weighing stations on the national highway.
anoTher Two-day ban on pillion riding KARACHI ONLINE
The Sindh government has extended ban on pillion riding for two more days till Sunday, said a statement issued by the provincial government. The ban was imposed by the Sindh Home Department as part of security arrangements for the 9th and 10th Muharram. However it decided to intact the ban for two more days over security concerns. A high-level meeting of the top security officials was held in Karachi after conclusion of Muharram 10 processions on Friday to ponder over security arrangements and ban on pillion riding. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the performance of security men and decided to continue ban on pillion riding for two more days till end of the Soyem. The Sindh chief secretary issued notification, after the meeting, of two-day extension of pillion riding ban in the province.
KARACHI: Jafria Scouts lead a procession of mourners on Muharram 10. STAFF PHOTO
Ashura sees foolproof security KARACHI APP
Strict security arrangements were adopted by the law enforcers on the whole route of the main Ashura-eMuharram procession here on Friday. In the early hours of the day, the bomb disposal squad performed the sweeping of the route of procession. All encroachments were removed from the entire route besides, all shops and markets along the route were sealed. Entry of vehicles and pedestrians to all roads and lanes connecting to the route of the procession was blocked by containers. Special security stickers were issued to the vehicles of participants of the procession, rescue services, law enforcers and media for allowing entry only from specific points. The walk-through gates were placed at all entry points, besides separate body search
was conducted for male and female mourners before allowing them to join the procession. Rescue and fire brigade personnel were also available,besides officials of local administration to redress complaints regarding civic facilities. Traffic was prohibited from proceeding towards the route of the procession from Guru Mandir while alternate arrangements were made by the Karachi traffic police for the vehicles approaching the route of procession. Monitoring of the security arrangements continued to be performed from the control rooms at the offices of the commissioner and deputy commissioners, besides aerial surveillance of the procession by helicopter. Alternate traffic arrangements were made by the Karachi traffic police for the vehicles approaching the route of procession for their various onward journeys.
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. — Victor Kiam
KARACHI Sunday, 17 November, 2013
baloch For impeneTrable securiTy on soyem
elecTion Tribunal Turns down plea againsT Farooq saTTar Karachi: The Election Tribunal has rejected a plea against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Farooq Sattar. The plea was filed by Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s (PPP) Abdul Aziz Memon. The plea was rejected on technical grounds as the documents attached with it could not be verified. INP
Sindh Inspector General Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch has directed the police officials to take concrete security measures on the Soyem of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) to be observed on Sunday keeping in line with the measures remained in place from the first to tenth of Muharram. According to a press release issued by the police department, the IGP instructed that under proactive policing measures, police force should be deployed to guard the Majalis and processions taken out on that day and police mobile and motorcycle patrolling should also be conducted to further fortify security arrangements. Other measures including picketing, snap checking, surveillance of entry and exit points, intelligence collection and sharing should be given special attention. Thet SHOs should be bound to remain in their respective areas and the SPs and DSPs should be directed to monitor duty points and conduct surprise checking in their respective areas.
Four perish in lyari bloodleTTing Karachi : Four more people lost their lives in Lyari as rival groups exchanged fire and rockets in several parts of the area. A rocket attack on an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) killed a policeman and injured another. Two more persons were shot and killed, one near Slaughter House, and another near Koila Godam. Elsewhere in the area, rival groups exchanged fire and rockets, forcing the residents to stay indoor. The police had been reluctant to go to the area following calls of troubled residents asking them for assistance, due to the escalated violence in the area. Earlier Saturday, five people were injured in multiple clashes between two groups the same area of the city. The clashes took place at Dubai Chowk, Gul Mohammad Lane, Hangorabad and Ahmed Shah Bukhari Road. People were forced into their homes when the groups used hand grenades and fired rockets at each other. The injured were taken to Lyari General and Civil Hospital for treatment. According to the police, shops and businesses in the area have been closed for the last 15 days. ONLINE
dengue conTinues To live and Thrive Karachi: Twenty nine more dengue viral fever cases were reported in Karachi from November 15th to16th, increasing the patient toll 3,942 in 2013, said Dr M Shakeel Aamir Mullick Focal Person for Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh on Saturday. He said that a total of 4,528 dengue fever cases have been reported in Sindh province since January 2013, out of which 3,942 were detected in Karachi and 586 in rest of Sindh province. He informed that 24 dengue fever patients died in Karachi, while two expired in Hyderabad this year so far.He said 34 new cases were reported across the province in 48 hours (10 Inpatient and 24 OPD cases). The Dr further informed that so far 548 cases were detected in Hyderabad, nine in Jamshoro, six in Thatta, four in Sukkur, three Shikarpur, two each in Kambar, Sanghar, Dadu, Larkana and Kashmore; and one eachi n Khairpur, Naushehro Feroze, Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Umerkot since January 2013. STAFF REPORT
SUKKUR: Rescue workers provide first aid to injured mourners on 10th Muharram, in Sukkur. OnLIne
Kcci praises eFFecTive securiTy measures KARACHI
ARACHI Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Vice President Muhammad Idrees, while reviewing overall performance of Law Enforcing Agencies (LEAs), appreciated the strict security measures undertaken by the police and Rangers to ensure peace and security in the city during Ashura. “Consequently, the overall law and order situation of the entire city was efficiently maintained and adequate security arrangements for various Imambargahs and Ashura processions were also ensured”, he added. In a statement issued, Idrees said that the government also decided to shut down cellular phone services in some of the major and most sensitive cities of Pakistan during 9th and 10 Muharram which created some problems for the public and the business community but it was accepted keeping in view the
possibility of any terror strike which is usually followed by the devastating backlash resulting in loss of precious lives and damage to public and private properties. “I must appreciate the police department and Pakistan Rangers Sindh for utilizing all available resources and taking extraordinary measures with a view to ensure that no unpleasant incident occurs during Ashura which is undoubtedly a commendable achievement”, Muhammad Idrees said while paying tribute to Additional IG Karachi Shahid Hayat and DG Rangers Sindh Maj Gen. Rizwan Akhtar. KCCI vice president added that dozens of containers utilized by law enforcers to seal routes of Ashura processions must not be left lying on the roadsides for weeks and they must be swiftly removed to ensure smooth flow of traffic at some of the busiest roads of the city. He further urged that the determination shown by LEAs towards ensuring security and tranquility during Ashura must also be displayed
every day across the city in order to save the city from rising lawlessness. He said that the business community, despite many assurances by the government and actions taken under Karachi operation, fears that the operation has come to halt or has been postponed without achieving the prime objective of completely cleansing the city from criminals. “The government must intensify its action against criminals and should not just remain confined to hunting down terrorists of banned outfits. Other criminals involved in street crimes, extortion and kidnapping for ransom etc. must also be dealt with an iron hand”, VP KCCI said, “Action must be taken against SHOs of various police stations on their failure to curb street crimes in their respective areas.” He further stated that these unscrupulous elements are not only posing severe threat to the business and commercial activities of Karachi but also to the entire economy as the city contributes more than 68 percent revenue to the national exchequer
therefore, it deserves adequate facilities and security”, he added. Meanwhile, KCCI Vice President Muhammad Idrees, while commenting on recently announced Monetary Policy Statement by State Bank of Pakistan, vehemently criticized the Central Bank for raising the key interest rate by 0.5 percent to 10 percent. He said that the business community was demanding further cut in key policy rate and it was being urged that it should be brought down to somewhere around 6 to 7 percent but it is really disheartening to note that the State Bank has raised key policy rate to double-digit which will obviously raise the cost of doing business and trigger inflation. “The central bank must review the country’s overall business climate and hold consultations with the representatives of business community prior to taking decisions which directly impact the business community. This approach will help in mutually resolving such issues which will go in favor of the economy and the business community”, he advised.
World Diabetes Day today
KARACHI: Mourners self-flagellate on the Ashura in the memory of Imam Hussain (AS). STAFF PHOTO
Karachi: The World Diabetes Day would be marked in the metropolis on November 17. The Diabetic Association of Pakistan (DAP) in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Centre Karachi will organise a scientific session at a hotel here on November 17 at nine AM. According to the organisers, the theme of the session would be:”Management of Diabetes”. Prof A Samad Shera, Prof Zaman Shaikh, Prof Saleh Memon, Prof Jaffer Naqvi and Prof Yakoob Ahmedani would express their views on the occasion. An open session for the people with diabetes would be held at 2.30 PM. Veteran politician and Patron of DAP, Illahi Bukhsh Soomro, will be the chief guest on the occasion. APP
There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness — Han Suyin
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
GOVT TO CURB ENERGY CRISIS‚ TERRORISM: NAWAZ COLOMBO
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his government is determined to address the challenges like economy‚ energy crisis and terrorism, adding that the country would be steered out of these daunting challenges to lead it towards a bright future. Addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo‚ he said his government is cognizant of these challenge and desired to address them urgently and simultaneously. Nawaz said a long-term strategy of sustained and inclusive growth will be evolved to provide equal opportunities to all Pakistanis. Speaking on the agenda item relating to climate change financing at the Commonwealth summit‚ the prime minister proposed formation of global policies to motivate private sector‚ enhanced availability of grants and soft loans to the public sector and early operationalisation of the Green Climate Fund. He said, “Climate change is a defining reality of our times. It
calls for a multi-pronged and revitalized global partnership for generating the needed financing to confront its effects.” Nawaz also announced a special donation of $100,000 for the newly established Commonwealth Youth Council. The contribution demonstrates the importance Pakistan attaches to the youth agenda and intended to fund the youth-led development projects of the Council in its early years. Pakistan has proposed formation of global policies to motivate private sector‚ enhanced availability of grants and soft loans to the public sector and early operationalisation of the Green Climate Fund. He said this while speaking on the agenda item relating to climate change financing at the Commonwealth summit in Colombo. He said climate change was a defining reality of our times. It calls for a multi-pronged and revitalised global partnership for generating the needed financing to confront its effects. Earlier‚ addressing the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting‚ the prime minister reiterated his resolve to steer country towards a new and bright future. He said his government is committed to a long-term strategy of sus-
tained and inclusive growth by providing equal opportunities to all Pakistanis. The PM said equitable development is indeed one of the most significant contemporary challenge confronting the world
particularly the Commonwealth. Nawaz also held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Summit. During the meeting, issues of common interests came under
discussion. The PM is being assisted by Tariq Fatemi, the special assistant to the PM on foreign affairs; Anusha Rehman, minister of state for IT and telecommunication and Jalil Abbas Jilani, the foreign secretary.
MIRWAIZ READY FOR ‘VAJPAYEE-TYPE’DIALOGUE WITH NEW DELHI
FAISALABAD: A Shia woman prays before a Tazia during an Ashura procession on Friday. INP
Naval prowess: India gets ‘new’ aircraft-carrier from Russia NEW DELHI/MOSCOW AgENcIES
Russia handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India on Saturday after years of delays, extending the South Asian country’s maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to counter China’s assertive presence in the region. The handover, at a shipyard near the Arctic Circle, underlined close defence ties between Russia, the world’s No. 2 arms exporter, and the world’s largest arms customer, India. But while India remains Russia’s biggest buyer, it has started to look to new military suppliers and aims to build more hardware itself. It has recently rolled out new military purchase rules to lure local private companies into the sector. The retooled Soviet-era ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk, on the White Sea, in a ceremony attended by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, and Indian Defence Minister AK Antony. The ship,
built in the final years of the Soviet Union and named the Admiral Gorshkov, will now be escorted by warships to India in a two-month voyage from Russia’s northern coast. It has been renamed INS Vikramaditya.
A recent upgrade means that the carrier, originally designed to carry Yak-38 vertical take-off aircraft, has been requipped to carry Mig-29K fighter jets. It can carry up to 30 aircraft and will have a crew of around 2,000. India
signed a deal to buy the carrier in 2004 after a decade of negotiations. Its reconditioning was to be finished in 2009, but the price was increased and delivery postponed until 2012 under a new agreement, according to the Indian navy. The handover was later delayed by another year. India’s first, British-built, aircraft carrier was bought in the 1960s and was decommissioned in 1997. Another ex-British carrier, the INS Viraat, is in operation but is reaching the end of its service. India is on a push to modernise its mostly Soviet-era military, and plans to spend $100 billion in the next 10 years doing that. It buys about 60 per cent of its arms needs from Russia, but has started a diversification drive recently. China last year put its first-ever aircraft carrier, another retooled Sovietmade craft called the Liaoning, into service amid tensions with Japan over contested islands and a show of strength in the South China sea. India launched its first domestically-built aircraft carrier this year, but it will not be fully operational until 2017.
While the meeting of Kashmiri separatists with Prime Minister’s Nawaz Sharif’s adviser Sartaj Aziz in New Delhi was making headlines, in a parallel meeting with former chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), AS Dulat, moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq assured there was scope of dialogue with the government of India. Mirwaiz, who is chairperson of moderate faction of Hurriyat, told Kashmir watchers that he was ready for a dialogue like the one initiated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government. The former prime minister had emphasised on resolving the Kashmir issue “within the ambit of humanity”. Dulat is a former interlocutor considered to be instrumental in holding previous parleys with the separatists. “While we were in Delhi, many of our friends, who are Kashmir watchers, wanted to meet us. It was during one such meeting that Dulat suggested that we should start dialogue with the government of India. We told him that we are, in principle, ready for the dialogue,” Mirwaiz Umar told Hindustan Times. “If Vajpayee-type dialogue is revisited, then there is scope for talks. Hurriyat Conference is committed to any dialogue aiming at resolving the vexed Kashmir issue,” he added. In separate meetings with separatist leaders last Sunday, Aziz had insisted that the Kashmir issue would be resolved through peaceful bilateral negotiations with India. Hurriyat leaders, however, had wanted Pakistan to prioritise the Kashmir issue, highlight human rights violations, implementation of UN resolutions and unauthorised occupation of land in the Valley by security forces. “Hurriyat is conscious of the need of engagement between the two countries but we have insisted on Kashmiri involvement at a later stage. The solution to the Kashmir issue can only be political,” he added. “May be if India and Pakistan start a constructive dialogue process, Kashmiris can be included at a later stage,” Mirwaiz said. The Hurriyat (M) chairperson insisted that there were two possible ways to find a solution to the Kashmir problem. “Either the UN resolutions should be implemented in letter and spirit or a triangular dialogue should be started,” he said. “We are in favour of peace in the region and welcome any move for resolving the Kashmir issue,” Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz, however, was not hopeful of a dialogue with New Delhi soon. “The country is in election mood, so we don’t see the possibility of a dialogue anytime soon,” he said.
It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it — Amelia Barr
NEWS Sunday, 17 November, 2013
mild Tremors jolT balochisTan QUETTA ONLINE
Two mild tremors jolted Quetta and other parts of Balochistan on Friday. The first tremor was felt at the Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta, which is located in a ‘red zone’ when it comes to looming dangers of earthquake. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the epicentre of the earthquake was located inside the Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. It was recorded as 3.7 on the richter scale with a density of 10 kilometre. People were already on the streets and roads following the first tremors when another earthquake struck. According to the PMD, the epicentre of the second earthquake measuring 5.2 on the richter scale was 58 kilometres southeast of Quetta. The depth of this quake was also 10 kilometres, the meteorological department said.
passenger plane escapes Tyre bursT QUETTA INP
130 passengers of a private airline plane had a miracle escape from a minor mishap at Quetta International Airport on Saturday. According to media reports, the aircraft was about to take off when its one tyre bursts. However, all the passengers and crew onboard remained safe. The civil aviation authority (CAA) official said that the pilot showed excellent presence of mind and managed to control the plane. No injury was reported in the incident, he said.
nisar praises leas role on ashura
BANNU: Security personnel inspect the scene of a suicide bombing targeted at a security forces van near River Kurram bridge on Saturday. INP
PROTESTING BALOCHISTAN DOCTORS REFUSE TO TREAT PATIENTS
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan appreciated the role of law enforcement agencies for their untiring efforts on maintaining peace and security during Muharram processions. In a statement, he expressed satisfaction over the peaceful culmination of Ashura processions throughout the country. He lauded the role of all the federal and provincial agencies including the armed forces, rangers, FC and police for their hard work. He said their performance had proved that determination and courage could help improve the situation and run affairs in a better way. The minister said that timely action of law enforcement agencies in Islamabad, Karachi, Kot Adu (Punjab), Chaman (Balochistan) and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) had saved the country from any unfortunate incident. He said if the nation, religious scholars, media and law enforcement agencies continued showing the same unity, the government would become able to save lives and property of people. Furthermore, he regretted for the inconvenience caused due to the suspension of mobile services during Ashura.
OCTORS across Balochistan on Saturday announced suspension of their services in all government-run hospitals as part of an ongoing protest for the recovery of senior cardiologist Dr Manaf Tareen, who was kidnapped earlier this year. Armed gunmen had picked up Dr Tareen on Sept 17 from Pishin Stop area, located in a high security zone in the provincial capital. Security personnel are still clueless about the whereabouts of the kidnapped doctor. Doctor Haq Dad Tareen, a senior member of the Pakistan Medical Association, told reporters that doctors would only be treating patients in emergencies and they would not treat the out-door patients. Patients re-
mained the worst sufferers of the strike. “I have been waiting since morning but there is no doctor,” said Muhammad Nabi, who had brought his ailing wife for treatment from Pishin district. People are dependent on Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Hospital in terms of medical treatment. Hundreds of patients were forced to go back home in frustration after wait hours outside the OPDs of Civil Hospital as no doctor was available to treat them. Apart from Balochistan, patients from parts of volatile southern Afghanistan also come to Quetta for treatment. “I have brought my children for treatment after paying fares for rickshaw but there is no doctor in sight,” said another patient. Even some patients believed that the demands of the doctors were genuine. However, the patients were of the view that protesting doctors should not punish the poor
patients for the wrong doings of the government. “The government must protect doctors, but doctors should not punish us,” said one patient. Doctors have been protesting against the kidnapping of their senior colleague for almost two months to press the authorities to rein in the kidnappers. The PMA has also established a hunger strike camp at the Civil Hospital as part of their protest. “Government’s silence over kidnapping of doctors has forced us to take this extreme step,” Dr Tareen said while justifying the suspension of services. Incidents of kidnapping for ransom are on the rise in the troubled province. According to statistics provided by the PMA, more than 100 doctors and professors have left Balochistan owing to threats to their lives. Similarly, around 20 doctors have been killed in different incidents of targeted shootings and explosions. “We cannot perform our duties under these conditions,” said Tareen.
Persecution threatens‘extinction’ of Christianity in ancient homelands, warns Warsi LONDON AgENcIES
Christianity is threatened by extinction in some parts of the world where Christian communities are persecuted because they are a minority, Baroness Syeda Warsi has warned. Christians are being driven out in regions such as Syria and Iraq, places where the religion first took root, Warsi said. She used a speech at Georgetown University in Washington DC to express her concerns that Christians were being persecuted and called for a “cross-faith, cross-continent” response to the problem. Lady Warsi, who has responsibility for faith communities, called on politicians in countries such as Pakistan to “set the tone” for tolerance towards religious minorities. She told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme she was concerned that the parts of the world where Christianity first spread is now seeing large sections of the Christian community leaving and those that are remaining feeling oppressed.
“There are huge advantages to having pluralistic societies - everything from the economy to the way people develop educationally, and therefore we all have an interest in making sure that Christian
communities do continue to feel that they belong and are not persecuted in the places where this religion was born,” she said. “One in 10 Christians live in a minority situation and large numbers of those who live in a minority situation around the world are persecuted.” In some cases, Christians are targeted for “collective punishment” by majority groups in retaliation for what they perceive as the injustices committed by Western powers, she added. “This concept of collective punishment and them being seen as agents of the West or agents of regimes is wrong”, she argued. “We need to speak out and raise this with the countries where this is happening.” The Foreign Office minister said she had already had “very frank conversations” with ministers in Pakistan, telling them senior politicians have a “duty” to speak out against persecution and set a standard for tolerance. Some 83 per cent of countries have constitutions guaranteeing freedom of religion, but do not implement these provisions, she said.
“There is much more that we can do,” said Lady Warsi. “There’s an international consensus, in the form of a Human Rights Council resolution on the treatment of minorities and tolerance towards other faiths. But we need to build political will behind that.”Of course there have been moments when religious communities have been in conflict, but there have also been great moments of co-existence between faiths. There isn’t an intrinsic clash between different faiths. Asked whether Lady Warsi’s warning of the possible extinction of some Christian communities was correct, the leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, told Today: “I think in some parts of the Middle East that is probably true”. He said there were “real challenges” for Christians living in this part of the world “to support and get alongside them and also for politicians to understand that the presence of Christians is a great mediating factor, often for example between different segments of Islam”.
Kp minisTers noT To join pTi’s naTo siT-in
peshaWar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) cabinet ministers will not participate in a sit-in organised by the Pakistan Tehrik-iInsaaf (PTI) to block NATOsupplies going through the province. Earlier, PTI chief Imran Khan had vowed to block NATO supplies from crossing through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in response to the US drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on November 1 and “sabotaged” peace talks. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is one of the two key routes, NATO supplies move in and out of Afghanistan. It is seen as crucial as the US-led allied forces prepare to draw out from the war-torn country in 2014. The opposition parties in Pakistan have accused the US of using the drone strike to stymie the peace process before proper talks could even start. Khan, whose party leads the provincial government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said, “Even if we lose our provincial government, we will not let NATO supplies pass through as long as drone strikes do not stop.” The sit-in, scheduled to take place on Nov 20, will not be attended by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, provincial ministers and other government officials. Khan has directed the provincial government to remain distant from the sit-in whereas the party’s central and provincial leadership will assume responsibilities of the event. According to reports, arrangements have been made in order to transport PTI workers from other cities to Peshawar. Moreover, arrangements have also been made to bring workers from tribal areas and from internally displaced camps to participate in the sit-in. INP
We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. –Anais Nin
‘in the name of god, go!’ Nothing of substance ever changes, except the faces of these bloodsucking vampires
COMMENT Sunday, 17 November, 2013
Tragic lapse with grim consequences Stop spreading it further
ERRORIST attacks by the militants on mosques, churches and other places of worship have been condemned by all sections of society. This indicates that the vast majority of Pakistanis is opposed to violence conducted in the name of religion. This explains why despite repeated attempts by the extremists to incite different sects against each other, harmony has so far prevailed. What happened in Rawalpindi on Friday has therefore traumatised many. While full facts are still to be revealed, the killings and burning of property shows there were serious lapses in peace keeping. Maintaining peace in Karachi during the Ashura posed a big problem to the metropolitan and provincial administrations. Besides being a megapolis inhabited with some 20 million people, the city is infested with several terrorist groups including various outfits that are sectarian in nature. A somewhat similar situation prevailed in Quetta where the Hazara community has been targeted several times this year. Equally sensitive were Gilgit-Baltistan, Peshawar, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, and Hangu. The credit goes to Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Gilgit-Baltistan administrations for foiling the sinister designs of militant organisations and maintaining peace. The success was achieved by planning well ahead of time, plugging gaps and loopholes, arresting suspects, and keeping round the clock surveillance for days. The Punjab government failed to maintain peace in Rawalpindi despite claims by the chief minister to have provided four-ring security cover to Muharram processions. It was also promised that senior officers would remain in the field to monitor the working of the staff, while the cabinet committee on law and order would daily hold its meetings for reviewing security reports from across the province. The Punjab administration flunked owing to not paying heed to words of warning from Karachi after five members of the Shia community were gunned down in retaliation of a similar number of the Sunni community were assassinated. The Karachi police chief had warned that a ‘conspiracy’ was being hatched ‘to fan Sunni-Shia clashes’. Apparently the warning was not Karachi-specific. The Rawalpindi incident may have been prevented if enough police and Rangers were deployed at the point where the mayhem took place. That is indicative of a serious lapse. After the Rawalpindi rioting there is clear and present danger of similar sectarian clashes spreading to other cities. What is imperative now is a strict ban on spreading of hatred through speeches, pamphlets and audio and video cassettes. Those found to be involved in such an exercise must be awarded exemplary punishment to avoid a repeat.
arab spring into an autumn turned The catastrophe wrought by the US
OW true the aphorism, ‘we learn from history that we learn nothing from history’. In the case of recent US interventions in the Middle East, with socalled coalitions of the willing always in tow, this saying is proved beyond a doubt. One would have thought that the disastrous case of Iraq, once a stable and secular though tyrannically ruled country, and today living in a state of near anarchy with sectarian slaughters taking a terrible toll, would have been sufficient to discourage future regime changes by force. But once a superpower has gone into a world domination mode, its biggest issue is, it does not know when and where to stop. So Iraq’s destruction was followed by murderous meddling in Libya, Egypt and Syria – leaving the first and last named in tatters, and Egypt in a state of dangerous flux, where instability lurks just beneath the surface. On Friday, Tripoli witnessed a horrific incident when peaceful protestors waving white flags were fired upon by machinegun wielding militia – killing 31, wounding 325. This then is another ‘collateral damage’ of the US’ unwarranted aggression, namely the rise of the militias and the inevitable influx of Al Qaeda in these countries. Whatever Col. Gaddafi’s faults, like the late unlamented Saddam Hussein, he kept the sectarian rivalries and extremist elements at bay. Sharing a portion of his enormous oil royalties with his people, Libya was one of the most prosperous nations in Africa. His ghastly end, caught on camera, would in an ideal world cause those responsible behind the scenes to be hauled before the International Court of Justice and charged for an open and shut case of murder. Now Syria is likewise undergoing a catastrophic civil war initially waged by elements under Western aegis, and since joined by wild and free spirits of Al Qaeda. In predominantly Sunni Egypt, since the sectarian card could not be employed, the US used another familiar ploy, backing a pliant military dictatorship over a democratically elected Islamist government hostile to Israel. Egypt now represents the second major issue, after sectarianism, confronting most Muslim countries today: the struggle for priority of influence between the liberals and the fundamentalists. This is a homegrown debate, heated, intense and often violent as we in Pakistan know only too well. Unless the inner contradictions of the Islamic world are resolved, the Ummah will remain a target for those fond of fishing in troubled waters, and Spring will ‘come slowly up this way’, if at all.
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speech made to a parliament a long time ago still holds true today. “It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. “Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth? Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defiled this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!” This speech was made by Lieutenant General Oliver Cromwell, Commander-in-Chief of the Modern Army, after he took over the House of Commons on April 20, 1653, threw the speaker out of his august chair, plonked himself in it and placed his muddy boots on the fine velvet bench in front. The House of Commons on the Rump of the Long Parliament was dissolved and Cromwell became Lord Protector of England. The aristocracy hit back, lost and England went places, soon ruling most of the world. We, however, will go nowhere until our “pack of mercenary wretches…grown intolerably odious to the whole nation”, they who were “deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are [themselves] gone!” Today’s parliaments are teeming with liars with fraudulent university degrees, sycophants, many with criminal cases hanging over their heads, embezzlers and kickback specialists, con artists, bank defaulters, many bewigged or with transplanted manes, many dyed and what have you. Have we no fear of God that we tolerate this nonsense, indeed celebrate it as ‘democracy’ in what we claim is an ‘Islamic Republic’? Our performance and hypocrisy are a stigma on the good name of Islam and democracy. Our politicians make asses of themselves and a mockery of our country every day. Our situation today is no better than England’s was in 1653 when a king ruled the roost surrounded by his landed robber barons and the rest of the aristocracy that thrived on exploiting the people, their resources and their land. Human beings reduced to chattel was rampant then; it is rampant still in the ‘land of the pure’ – and slavery too. Dynasticism is rife in most political parties. Democracy is just a word, neither understood nor practised. When even Islam is misunderstood what chance does democracy have? We don’t only have feudal robber barons, we also have mercantile and media barons, bureaucratic and judicial overlords, and the most primitive of all, tribal warlords. In 1653 England’s army, bureaucracy, the church and the robber barons
were protectors of the iniquitous status quo that benefitted only them, their cronies and hangers on. It is the same in Pakistan, which is why whenever political failure leads to military intervention the army just fixes the system that gives birth to the status quo instead of changing it for generals don’t have the solutions. How could they anyway since they too are beneficiaries of the status quo? It requires a lot of wisdom, knowledge understood and digested and clear thinking. They are helped along by clerics, the judiciary, bureaucracy and feudal-tribal-mercantile lords. ‘Democracy’ is forgotten just as it is when the elected take over bar the symbolism and window dressing. In both instances the poor and downtrodden remain poor and downtrodden. The situation is similar whether you have elected leaders running the country down or generals taking us one step forward, two steps back. Bereft of solutions, the generals dent and paint the system and return power to political robber barons under the guise of democracy that the people have nothing to do with because it doesn’t deliver to them. The same clerics and robber barons remain in parliament. The politicians, clerics, generals, feudal, tribal, media and business barons all belong to the same robber class except that they adorn different garbs. That is all. Nothing of substance ever changes except the faces of these bloodsucking vampires. It’s a merry go round in which everyone from the ruling class gets a chance for pelf to increase their power, privileges, pomp, panoply and wealth – all questionably of course. The few exceptions are tarred by the dirty brush of the company they keep. Meantime the people get more wretched and the country more degraded. We have now reached the stage where the people have hardly a drop of blood left in their veins while the country is on the verge of either crumbling or falling into the hands of bloodthirsty terrorists who would take it over in the name of God by defiling His word. This, my friends, is the ‘Land of the Pure’? Or is it ‘Pure Land’? Either way, neither applies. If half the Senate holding its sessions on a road spouting gibberish wasn’t bad enough, we now have clerics spouting greater gibberish, declaring that the droned terrorist Hakimullah Mehsud is a ‘shaheed’ or martyr while the soldiers killed by terrorists are not. If you have ever heard anything more convoluted please let me know. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a lot of knowledge undigested and misunderstood is even more dangerous because it leads to incorrect conclusions where one is unable to distinguish between martyrs and mass murderers. The word ‘shaheed’ means ‘witness’ as does the Greek word ‘martyr’. He who embraces ‘shahadat’ or martyrdom bears witness to God’s greatness by upholding the Truth and gives testimony to God’s Glory, His Unity and His Mercy. Jihad means struggle. The highest form of Jihad is against one’s baser self. The second highest is the Jihad of the Pen. The third is Jihad of Wealth, those who make material contributions
to a true Jihad. A person who is killed fighting in a true armed Jihad is a shaheed. A true armed Jihad can only be launched by a state’s central authority. Only in the absence of such authority can groups launch Jihad to free their homeland, as in Palestine and Kashmir. In Pakistan there is a central authority so terrorist groups cannot arrogate to themselves the right to launch an armed Jihad. A true armed Jihad is fought against occupiers and against Fitna or mischief that spreads Fasad or discord and disharmony in the land by misinterpreting the word of God. To launch terrorism in the name of Jihad without the command of the central authority comes in the category of mischief that spreads discord and disharmony in a selfish power struggle. Those who say that terrorists are shaheed and the soldiers they kill are not are fitna who spread fasad. The cleric who said this recently has successfully spread further discord and disharmony. Parliaments that behave like the one Oliver Cromwell threw out are fitna too for they spread discord and disharmony on facetious issues while ignoring the plight of the people. So are the governments such parliaments beget and the judiciaries that protect the constitution that legalises the satanic status quo. If you think you can get rid of such a powerful cabal of the status quo’s beneficiaries and replace it with something better should understand what a difficult struggle or Jihad it is going to be. Oliver Cromwell’s are not born every day, nor are the brilliant founding fathers of America. The terrorists and their sympathisers say that since America kills innocent Pakistanis in its drone strikes it is right to wage Jihad against it. But the central authority is supporting America’s strikes covertly on grounds that they are killing terrorists and their leaders who are a bigger danger to Pakistan. If you disagree just think for yourselves and answer the difficult question: would you rather have people like our awful politicians ruling us or the likes of Hakimullah Mehsud and Mullah Fazlullah? Rock and a hard place, what? Our central authority has decided to side with America and that is that. If you don’t like it, don’t take money or arms from America, don’t take Fullbright scholarships, don’t send your prime minister to beg for investment and “trade not aid”, stop hankering after their visas, and do not have anything to do with them at all. Don’t send your sons and daughters there to study, your wives and families there to hide or make merry. Why do we have to prove our patriotism and faith in God to our leaders, clerics and media all the time? Why don’t they prove it to us by their actions? Take your families out of America my dear mullahs, politicos and media moguls and never go there on junkets, freebees or to proselytise. Why don’t you embrace shahadat? Why do others have to always embrace martyrdom in your stead?
Why do we have to prove our patriotism and faith in God to our leaders, clerics and media all the time? Why don’t they prove it to us by their actions? Take your families out of America my dear mullahs, politicos and media moguls and never go there on junkets, freebees or to proselytise. Why don’t you embrace shahadat? Why do others have to always embrace martyrdom in your stead?
Humayun Gauhar is a political analyst. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love. –Voltaire
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
perspectives on economic revival Mannoo’s solutions to our many woes
democracy is the karma of india The one day the Indian becomes god of his world
Out of Turn
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HICH sensible person can ever ignore the irresistible charm of a useless fact? Formal western dinner table seating, in which a woman is placed between two men, was invented during the Crusades on the very sound principle that the presence of a lady was essential to ensure good manners among men. No Latin poet was born in Rome. Puerto Ricans cure a hangover by rubbing a lemon under their arms, while Casanova had an equally useful need for them, which, alas, cannot be mentioned in a family newspaper. The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova had an on-court grunt during Wimbledon in 2005 that was measured at 101.2 decibels, which is louder than a macho motorcycle. Does such knowledge, which I picked up at random from travel reading, serve any purpose? This question has the faint aura of pomposity, in addition to being hopelessly puritan. The beauty of knowledge lies in its catholic breadth. How do we know what is necessary unless we know what we do not know? Every scientist must be as curious as a philosopher. “Low” curiosity, of which I have provided some splendid examples, is as engaging as “high” curiosity, and often more practical in its worth. I bet you really do want to know what precisely Casanova did with lemons. Curiosity, in my measured view, never killed
any cat. If the cat died it was only because it jumped to conclusions. [As a phrase, the last one is particularly neat.] Enquiry into the unknown is the start of any adventure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It is true that for every Columbus who lost his way to find a glorious new world, there are dozens who ended up at the bottom of an ocean. So what? Failure is only an incentive for the next generation. That’s progress. If old Christopher Columbus had a fault, it was that he opened up the way for the transfer of Europe’s diseases to a people who had never known anything as fatal as smallpox, or pox, because they had the sense to limit human need to the bounty of nature. Discovery becomes a curse when it fuels aggression and exploitation, both of which give full expression to man’s infinite capacity for cruelty. Who knows what the many missions, including India’s, will find on Mars, but it would be terrible folly if we sought to convert Mars into another Earth. If we ever find Martians, we will discover a derogatory word for them, and then launch a genocide to steal their minerals. Private American companies have already begun offering investors a speculative piece of Mars. The true charm of curiosity lies in tidbits. There is no race more inquisitive than the Indian, which is why no train or bus journey on the subcontinent is ever silent. Conversation is the stimulant of the masses. Communication with a stranger is a sign of good behaviour, quite unlike Britain, for instance, where it would be considered intrusive. Indians never learn the truth about India from media, much as media might like to believe otherwise. They are never sure whether a fact offered by media is without distortion. They know that truth, in any case, is much larger than fact,
and they learn about politics and power from one another, through the chat between strangers in a train compartment, or on a bus seat, which they then circulate through the teashop or the office. A stranger has no vested interest. India had social media long before technology blinked its way into our palms. Every Indian face is a book. Every Indian voice is a twitter. Indians, therefore, do not make up their minds only in anticipation of a poll. They enjoy opinion for the sake of opinion, and as a tool of empowerment. They judge the powerful with thorough due diligence. They take their time, for they have plenty of it. But once they have made up their mind, they do not change it easily, or ever, until judgment day, which is the day of elections. They love the structure of democracy, with its marvellous bookends: free speech holding up one side of space, and free will closing the other. They know that the day of judgment is a fundamental right; it can neither be deferred nor aborted. They do not need torch-lit processions every week, or rallies in a maidan. There will come a day on which their volcanic rage can explode, and be replaced by fresh investment in hope. Democracy is karma come to life. For one day the Indian becomes god of his world. What more could he want? Politicians’ nerves get shot while waiting for election results. Media gets frantic. Government bites its nails. But a voter is never curious about the result. There is no reason to be. The voter knows the result long before an election.
They love the structure of democracy, with its marvellous bookends: free speech holding up one side of space, and free will closing the other. They know that the day of judgment is a fundamental right; it can neither be deferred nor aborted.
Mobashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Guardian. He has also served as Editorial Director of India Today.
R Kamal Mannoo’s n e w l y published book ‘Economic Management in Pakistan’ is a compilation of his various papers and articles published both in Pakistan and in international journals on the topics of general economic management, industrial revival and MFN and trade SAjId KHAN LOdHy liberalisation with India. This is Dr Mannoo’s second book; his first book ‘A Study of WTO’ was widely received both at home and abroad. Dr Mannoo says that he has compiled this book to provide guideline to the new government as it works towards achieving an economic revival in Pakistan over the next five years. It would be apt to quote from the book: “If we look back to the 19th century, to the origins of the modern capitalist system, we can see bureaucracy and economists playing their legitimate role in areas like, establishing respect for private property, competition, free trade and contracts for mutually beneficial exchange, but not in successful real life implementation of these concepts.” Dr Kamal Mannoo hails from a business family that now has its fifth generation in industry and commerce. He holds academic qualifications from the International School of Management, Yale University, Crummer School of Business & Management and Syracuse University, USA. He sits on various private and public sector corporate boards. In this major work, Dr Mannoo puts across his perspective with the help of sound argument and data, giving a very incisive and critical look into the micro and macro-economic challenges facing Pakistan in today’s emerging global scenarios. He maintains that the solutions to the economic problems being faced by Pakistan lie more in ‘management’ than in kneejerk economic fixes. Sound economic governance requires management skills entailing professional expertise combined with pragmatism, practicality, prudence, and eye for detail, entrepreneurship and vision. He suggests that the development funds need to be invested into communities, education, upgrading infrastructure, and switching energy grids to more viable alternatives. To make this happen, our economy will need to be linked with new monetary instruments, cooperation platforms and trading markets. In his view, governmental transparency, equity and reciprocity are governance tools that create their own momentum of growth and development. What economy needs is confidence and a perception that stimulates investment and not one that scares it away. He argues that energy being at the heart of the economic revival plan, perhaps it will be a good idea to transparently share short, medium and long term plans and again make use of professional management structures to implement tough short-term decisions that government on its own may otherwise find hard to exercise. Pakistan has been one of the hardest hit in terms of persistent poverty, greater gaps between rich and poor, and resultantly a disenfranchised middle class. This is something that our new economic team will need to understand carefully, because if they just blindly follow the course of ‘market based systems’ and embark on the aggressive selling of the public sector enterprises and naively diminish the rule of governmental oversight, the result of such policies over the long-term in economic environments such as our can be disastrous. Mr Mannoo’s viewpoint and proposed solutions certainly merit a serious consideration.
The solutions to the economic problems being faced by Pakistan lie more in ‘management’ than in kneejerk economic fixes.
Economic Management in Pakistan By Dr Kamal Mannoo Publisher: Bookland, Urdu Bazar, Lahore. Pages: 178; Price: Rs625/Sajid Khan Lodhy is a journalist. He corresponds at email@example.com and tweets @sajidsadeem
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. –Abraham Lincoln Jena Malone makes a point on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
ARTS Sunday, 17 November, 2013
FaTima bhuTTo has no plans For bollywood
mj’s haT up For aucTion!
CCORDING to English media reports the signature hat worn by pop legend Michael Jackson, when he sang ‘Billie Jean’ on the most-watched TV special of all time, is put up for auction by his close friend David Gest. The black fedora is among 17 items included at the auction in Britain of the late star’s mementos. The iconic item was worn at the 30th
Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto has shot down rumours that she had turned down a role in a big-budget Bollywood film. The 31-year-old writer laughed and said that it was one of the funniest stories that she heard but it is patently and spectacularly untrue, the Gulf News reported. Bhutto has made her debut as a novelist with ‘The Shadow of the Crescent Moon’, after having been a non-fiction writer. Published by Penguin, the novel is set in Mir Ali, a small town in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan, close to the Afghan border. She wanted the town, the epicenter of the story, to be a combination and reflection of a lot of real locations in Pakistan. NEWS dESK
humaima geTs a leading role in bollywood FlicK Pakistani model and actor Humaima Malick, who shot to fame with her riveting performance in Bol, has been signed opposite Emraan Hashmi in Kunal Deshmukh’s forthcoming Shaatir. Karachi -based Malick becomes the first crossborder actress to snap up an A-grade film opposite a leading Bollywood star. Currently, the actress is shooting in Mumbai for a role that is meaty and will re-affirm her acting prowess, as was the case in her film with Shoaib Mansoor. Illaiyaraja’s son is expected to debut as music composer with this film. NEWS dESK
man Fires weapons To second argumenT on gun righTs
Shooting your mouth off about the rights of gun owners is one thing. Shooting the actual gun is something else entirely. Police in Wilkesboro, N.C., are currently looking for a man who accidentally fired his handgun during a Tuesday night discussion about 2nd Amendment rights in a GNC vitamin store, UPI.com reported. The unknown suspect took out his gun to show it to an employee. At some point, he accidentally fired a round into the store printer, according to Dumb As A Blog. After seeing what he had done, the alleged printer assailant told the store employee that “he could not go down for this” and immediately left the crime scene, WFMY-TV reported. The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s, weighing about 170 pounds, who is 5-feet, 8 inches, with brown hair and brown eyes. He fled the scene in an early 2000s model dark colored Honda Civic, MyFox8.com reported. Other than the printer, no injuries were reported. NEWS dESK
anniversary special concert held in New York in 2001 which was watched by 450 million TV viewers worldwide. The concert was his last biggest show before his death in 2009. The hat, which also features Jackson’s signature, has a guide price of £2,000-£3,000. “It’s amazing to get hold of such rare items relating to one of the world’s biggest pop stars,” the Auctioneer said in statement. NEWS dESK
HEN I first heard the title, I was a bit amused but the promos of ‘Ullu Barae Farokht Nahi’ compelled me to watch the drama and I was hooked from the first episode. The drama had lots of twists and turns and mainly revolved around a feudal family that had separate standards for both men and women. While the men in the family were in a constant battle for power and were spared even after committing the most heinous of crimes, the women were trapped in their homes and used as mere pawns to gain even more fortune. In this family, brothers killed brothers, sons killed fathers and sisters were used only for material benefits otherwise disposed off with great ease. The last episode was as brilliant as all the others preceding it, however I do feel that a lot of the questions were left unanswered. First of all, why would Wali murder Fareed and later on his kids, what benefit does that give him. It also leaves the question whether it was Wali who killed the children or was it someone else? Perhaps Sajida’s ghost but that is a very vague assumption. Either way, the last episode showed what karma does. A lot of lives were ruined by the Malkaans and finally there were no Malkaans left to
‘ULLU BARARE FAROKH NAHI’CALLS IT A DAY spread any more doom. The actors did complete justice to their characters and gave nerve wrecking
performances. Noman Ejaz was his usual brilliant self, we have seen him in a ‘Saaeen’ avatar and know well
that he can pull off such characters with great ease. However, this was not just any feudal character, he gave a whole new perspective to greed, cheating and deceit. Sohail Ahmed has played innumerable strong characters before but this was one of his most intriguing performances. I am completely in awe of how well he can do comedy and serious characters at the same. The ladies gave this drama a completely new meaning. Isra Ghazal gave such a powerful performance that could put lots of actresses to shame. She flowed unhindered and gave a performance worthy of applause. Saba Qamar was convincing as always and justified the rumours about how much she charges the producers per episode. Surely, her talent is priceless. Yumna Zaidi was the youngest of the lot and despite her lack of experience didn’t falter once. This girl has a bright acting career ahead. The drama was really good and became extremely popular despite the fact that it was not promoted very well. Also, it was moved back to the 9 p.m. slot for unknown reasons. Watching this, I wonder if Fawad Khan plays are the only ones worthy of promotions, celebrations and a juicy prime time slot. NEWS dESK
The purpose of our lives is to be happy. –Dalai Lama
ARTS Sunday, 17 November, 2013
aamir Khan posTpones dhoom 3 evenT For TendulKar
CCORDING to Indian media reports Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan postponed a promotional event for his forthcoming film ‘Dhoom 3’ to watch the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar perform for the last time at Wankhede stadium. The ‘Talaash’ star was watching Tendulkar’s farewell test match against West Indies but reportedly had to leave the stadium to attend the event at Yash Raj Films Studios in Andheri. However, even then the 48-year-old actor was keeping a tab on the match.
Temple run movie heading For The silver screen
Indiana Jones-style smartphone game Temple Run looks set to be the latest example of the form to make its way to the big screen, after Hollywood studio Warner Bros entered negotiations for a film version overseen by Harry Potter producer David Heyman. The hugely popular Imangi Studios title looks rather more ripe for celluloid conversion than the upcoming Angry Birds. It centres on an explorer who is chased by demonic monkeys after stealing an idol from a temple. The film adaptation would follow much the same plot, though the demonic chasing entities are now described simply as "forces". It's not the first time Temple Run has teamed up with Hollywood. Developers also released tie-in versions with Disney films Brave (in 2012) and Oz the Great and Powerful (February 2013), which saw the gameplayer fleeing nefarious forces relating to said movies. Work on Angry Birds, meanwhile, moves on apace. The film is now due for release in 2016 and recently signed animation veterans Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis to direct. Reilly has worked as a storyboard artist on Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, while Kaytis was an animator on Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt and the upcoming Frozen. NEWS dESK
“As soon as Aamir came to know that the West Indies had got out, he quickly took a U-turn as he did not want to miss India’s batting,” a source told media. “He also requested Dhoom 3 producer Aditya Chopra to postpone the event. He wanted to stay put at the stadium till the match got over. So he requested that the event start at 6 pm.” The ‘Peekay’ actor was seen snapping pictures of his favorite batsman at the stadium and also entered the commentary box where he talked about Tendulkar and his cricket film 'Lagaan'. NEWS dESK
Chaz Bono grabs groceries.
HUMANS ARE NOT EARTHLINGS, CLAIMS ECOLOGIST A U.S. ecologist has claimed that humans are not from Earth but were put on the planet by aliens tens of thousands of years ago. Dr Ellis Silver points to a number of physiological features to make his case for why humans did not evolve alongside other life on Earth, in his new book. They range from humans suffering from bad backs - which he suggests is because we evolved in a world with lower gravity – to getting too easily sunburned and having difficulty giving birth. Dr Ellis says that while the planet meets humans’ needs for the most part, it does not perhaps serve the species’ interests as well as the aliens who dropped us off imagined.
In his book, HUMANS ARE NOT FROM EARTH: A SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION OF THE EVIDENCE, the ecologist writes the human race has defects that mark it of being ‘not of this world’. ‘Mankind is supposedly the most highly developed species on the planet, yet is surprisingly unsuited and ill-equipped for Earth's environment: harmed by sunlight, a strong dislike for naturally occurring foods, ridiculously high rates of chronic disease, and more,’ he told Yahoo. Dr Ellis says that humans might suffer from bad backs because they evolved on a world with lower gravity. He also says that it is strange that babies’ heads are so large and make it difficult for women to give birth, which
can result in fatalities of the mother and infant. No other native species on this planet has this problem, he says. He also believes humans are not designed to be as exposed to the sun as they are on Earth, as they cannot sunbathe for more than a week or two – unlike a lizard – and cannot be exposed to the sun every day without problems. Dr Ellis also claims humans are always ill and this might be because our body clocks have evolved to expects a 25 hour day, as proven by sleep researchers. ‘This is not a modern condition; the same factors can be traced all the way back through mankind's history on Earth,’ he says. He suggests that Neanderthals such as
homo erectus were crossbred with another species, perhaps from Alpha Centauri, which is the closest star system to our solar system, some 4.37 light years away from the sun. Dr Ellis said many people feel that they don’t belong and feel at home on Earth. ‘This suggests (to me at least) that mankind may have evolved on a different planet, and we may have been brought here as a highly developed species.’ ‘One reason for this … is that the Earth might be a prison planet, since we seem to be a naturally violent species and we're here until we learn to behave ourselves,’ he said. Dr Ellis said the book is intended to create debate, instead of being a scientific study and hopes it will lead to people getting in touch with him with further suggestions of 'evidence'. While other scientists have said some bacteria arrived on Earth from space, Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at NASA, said that to jump to the conclusion that it is alien life is ‘a big jump Professor Wainwright from the University of Sheffield plans to investigate further, and believes that life is constantly arriving from space that did not originate on Earth. Dr Ellis says that while his idea is an extreme evolution of that idea, it is intended to be thought-provoking and he claims to have had a largely positive response to it. He is interested in whether humans came to Earth separately, perhaps by arriving on meteors and comets, before evolving into the species we know today. My thesis proposes that mankind did not evolve from that particular strain of life, but evolved elsewhere and was transported to Earth (as fully evolved Homo sapiens) between 60,000 and 200,000 years ago,’ he says. NEWS dESK
FugiTive commenTs on own wanTed phoTo, geTs busTed
When there's a warrant out for your arrest, it's probably not a good idea to draw attention to yourself. It's an even worse idea to post comments to your own wanted photo. That's what Nicholas Emond, allegedly Facebook alias "Sin Demon," did after New Hampshire ABC affiliate station WMUR posted his picture to their feed Wednesday. The pierced-and-tattooed Emond, who is wanted for "violations of conditions of supervised release" stemming from a firearm possession conviction, isn't especially hard to miss in the first place. His multiple comments may have only served to heighten his profile. Update: Nov. 15, 11:55 a.m. -- Concord Patch reports that authorities acting on tips from the public arrested Emond at a Somersworth, N.H., apartment Friday morning. Although he did not respond to knocks at the door, police forced their way in and arrested the 27-year-old fugitive without further incident. Previously: The gist: Emond wrote that, contrary to the U.S. Marshals statement that accompanied his mug shot, he is not armed; that he's never hurt anyone; that he is not a threat; that the charges against him are "BS" and the Federal Government "tore [his] life apart." "The U.S. government came in and tore my life apart for BS and released me [and] I refused to [go] to a shelter. I'm not armed and certainly not dangerous," Emond wrote on WMUR's Facebook page. NEWS dESK
SPORTS Sunday, 17 November, 2013
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. — Wayne Gretzky
bad lighT gives sri lanKa win, series squared
irFan F injured, riaz dropped for sa tour
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been ruled out of Pakistan’s short limitedovers trip to South Africa this month due to injury. Another quick bowler Wahab Riaz, who went wicketless in three ODIs against South Africa in the UAE, has been dropped. Two players, medium-pace bowling allrounder and fast bowler , were added to the limited-overs squad which lost the T20s 2-0 and the ODIs 4-1 to South Africa in the UAE. Irfan suffered an injury during the second T20 in Dubai when he knelt down after the fourth ball of his second over. After rubbing his hip, where he felt the pain, he was helped off the field. He had an MRI scan in Dubai and according to the PCB he would stay back in the UAE for further treatment. His absence for the South Africa tour will dent Pakistan’s attack as earlier this year he was the biggest positive Pakistan had from the tour. The was also a change in the plan for the wicketkeeping department as the selectors picked Umar Akmal as the only wicketkeeper for the tour. Sarfaraz Ahmed, who was part of the ODI squad in the UAE, returned home without playing a game. The 17-man squad left for South Africa to play two Twenty20s and three ODIs. SqUAD: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain ODI), Mohammad Hafeez (captain T20), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti
ADING light cut New Zealand’s feisty middle-order short in Dambulla, as they pursued an unlikely 90 runs from the last eight overs with four wickets in hand. Their top order had earlier been bundled up by Rangana Herath and Sachithra Senanayake, who were finally given the chance to expose the visitors’ weakness against quality slow bowling. New Zealand were chasing 216 in 33 overs, and though Nathan McCullum and James Neesham had earned valuable momentum in their rapid 63-run stand, the teams left the field when dusk set in, and Sri Lanka were adjudged winners by 36 runs. The match had initially been trimmed to 43-overs-a-side, before more rainfall halfway through Sri Lanka’s innings abbreviated it further. The scheduled 6pm finish, though, was wildly ambitious for a venue lacking adequate lighting, at this time of year. If light-meters had been the final word on play, the match might have stopped around New Zealand’s 21st over, but the umpires allowed the game to continue until they deemed it unsafe. Sri Lanka implored the officials to call it a day knowing they were ahead, and when it grew desperately dark, they eventually won out over New Zealand’s protests. Tom Latham was the first to fall to Senanayake, missing an offbreak that would have hit middle and leg, in the bowler’s fourth over. Rangana Herath then arrived while the Powerplay was still in place and removed Grant Elliott, off an inside edge. Senanayake did Colin Munro in with a doosra, and by the time Herath picked up an out-of-sorts Rob Nicol, New Zealand had sunk to 26 for 5 in the 11th over. Luke Ronchi then made 23, but gave Herath his third scalp, before Neesham and McCullum joined forces. The pair whacked 51 off the last four overs of their stand, though perhaps Sri Lanka were only one wicket away from breaking their momentum and securing the match. Thisara Perara had the chance to finish the more belligerent McCullum off, but spilled a sitter off Lasith Malinga at deep square leg, though perhaps the gloom contributed to the error. Senanayake and Herath had been heroes with the bat too, as they plundered 27 from the last 11 balls, to lift Sri Lanka from a modest score to a middling 211 for 8. Rangana Herath struck four earnest, but unquestionably comical boundaries in his seven-ball stay, while Senanayake smeared an unbeaten 21 from his 14 balls.
SRI LANKA dPmd jayawardene c †Ronchi b mccullum 46 53 Tm dilshan c †Ronchi b mcclenaghan Kc Sangakkara† b mccullum 0 23 HdRL Thirimanne c Latham b mills Ad mathews* c †Ronchi b mcclenaghan 0 Ld chandimal lbw b Neesham 15 8 NLTc Perera c Latham b Ellis KmdN Kulasekara c mills b Neesham 14 SmSm Senanayake not out 21 HmRKB Herath not out 17 14 EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 3, w 9, nb 1) TOTAL: (8 wickets; 33 overs) 211 dId NOT BAT: SL malinga FALL OF WIcKETS: 1-91 (jayawardene, 14.2 ov), 2-91 (Sangakkara, 14.4 ov), 3-110 (dilshan, 17.4 ov), 4-110 (mathews, 17.5 ov), 5-144 (Thirimanne, 24.2 ov), 6-146 (chandimal, 25.3 ov), 7-165 (Perera, 28.4 ov), 8-184 (Kulasekara, 31.1 ov) BOWLINg: Kd mills 6-1-35-1,mj mcclenaghan 7-0-34-2,Am Ellis 6-0-51-1,AP devcich 3-0-31-0,Rj Nicol 2-0-17-0,NL mccullum 40-13-2,jdS Neesham 5-0-26-2 NEW ZEALANd 9 TWm Latham lbw b Senanayake AP devcich c Herath b Kulasekara 5 1 Rj Nicol st †Sangakkara b Herath gd Elliott b Herath 3 1 c munro b Senanayake L Ronchi† c Senanayake b Herath 23 jdS Neesham not out 42 35 NL mccullum not out EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 6) 7 126 TOTAL: (6 wickets; 25 overs) dId NOT BAT: Kd mills*, Am Ellis, mj mcclenaghan FALL OF WIcKETS: 1-12 (devcich, 3.3 ov), 2-17 (Latham, 6.2 ov), 3-21 (Elliott, 8.3 ov), 4-22 (munro, 9.1 ov), 5-26 (Nicol, 10.1 ov), 663 (Ronchi, 18.6 ov) BOWLINg: SmSm Senanayake 5-1-14-2,KmdN Kulasekara 4-120-1,Ad mathews 1-0-4-0, HmRKB Herath 6-0-25-3,Tm dilshan 6-0-31-0,SL malinga 3-0-31-0 mATcH dETAILS TOSS New Zealand, who chose to field SERIES 3-match series drawn 1-1 PLAyER OF THE mATcH SmSm Senanayake (Sri Lanka) PLAyER OF THE SERIES Tm dilshan (Sri Lanka) umPIRES BNj Oxenford (Australia) and RSA Palliyaguruge TV umPIRE RR Wimalasiri mATcH REFEREE Bc Broad (England) RESERVE umPIRE Id gunawardene
That ninth wicket stand had helped pick up some of the middle order’s slack, after they had not provided sustained resistance, following a top-order stutter. Sri Lanka had been at 90 for no loss in the 15th over before losing four wickets in 23 balls. New Zealand’s gains came during two overs - one belonging to McCullum and the other Mitchell McCleneghan. McCullum removed the flying Mahela Jayawardene and the in-form Kumar Sangakkara within the space of three deliveries, before three overs later, McClenaghan had Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews caught behind off successive balls. Dilshan had eased into his most fluent innings of the series, which ironically was also his briefest. Full swinging balls from the quick men were stroked cleanly - often along the ground - to the boundary, on either side of the wicket. In the fifth over, Kyle Mills was whipped through cover twice and midwicket once, off consecutive balls. Jayawardene had a mild
start in comparison, after being pushed up to open, thanks to Dimuth Karunaratne’s omission, but he soon caught up when the spinners arrived, and was playing sublimely when he was a victim of his own ambition, trying to scoop McCullum’s second ball. Thirimanne and Chandimal had earlier begun with a rare opportunity to construct an innings - a task well-suited to their accumulative abilities - but when the rain abbreviated the match further, they were forced to be finishers again - a task at which
Tendulkar era ends with 2-0 sweep MUMBAI AgENcIES
The curtain came down on Sachin Tendulkar’s storied Test career with one of India’s most comprehensive victories, as a hapless West Indies crumbled on the third morning in Mumbai. Tendulkar walked off the field with a tear in his eye and to a fluid guard of honour from his team-mates, soaking in the cheers of the Wankhede crowd one last time. Pragyan Ojha took his second fivefor of the match, and Ashwin finished with seven in the match, but the only spin bowling Indian fans wanted to see was the all-sorts of Tendulkar. Ten minutes before the scheduled close of the first session, by when West Indies had lost eight wickets in another inept batting performance, Tendulkar was brought into the attack. Though the crowd was desperate for a wicket, Tendulkar’s final two overs produced no breakthrough. MS Dhoni brought back his main bowlers and within a handful
of overs, the Test was brought to an end with Mohammed Shami flattening the middle stump of the West Indies No. 11 Shannon Gabriel. West Indies’ batsmen hadn’t shown much aptitude for a fight earlier in the day either, as the spinners enjoyed the bounce and turn on offer. In the sixth over of the morning, Marlon Samuels charged out to Ojha, was nowhere near the pitch of the ball, and was yards out of the crease when Dhoni took the bails off. Soon after, another player who has had a rough series, Chris Gayle, was caught-behind for 35 off Ojha and West Indies were five down. With those two big wickets, the question was whether West Indies would last the session. The man brought in to strengthen the batting in this Test, Narsingh Deonarine, fell for a duck, bringing in another player whose critics will only get louder after this game. Darren Sammy had played an atrocious shot in the first innings to bag a duck and he nearly fell first ball this time, a leading
edge just landing short of mid-off. The relief for Sammy didn’t last long, though, as after an over in which he was tormented by Ojha, he missed an arm ball to be trapped lbw. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the only West Indies batsman to have shown the wherewithal to grit it out consistently this series, resisted with 41, and Denesh Ramdin went on to a half-century but given the mammoth lead India had, it was only a matter of time. Chanderpaul was the man to depart, with Ashwin getting him lbw and running off in celebration. West Indies may have come into the series on the back of six victories, but the pitiful challenge they put up shows that they have regressed in the last two years. In those two years, the Indian team has undergone a major overhaul, and while the verdict on their performance will have to wait till they are tested overseas, they have done enough to send off Tendulkar with a record six Test wins.
they failed once more. Thirimanne lobbed a Mills offcutter to mid-off, and Chandimal was trapped in front soon after by James Neesham. Mills and Neesham extended a canny stretch of bowling replete with slower ones, cutters and at-the-body short deliveries for a few overs, dismissing Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara between them, until Herath and Senanayake produced their cameo - though 18 of their runs came in Andrew Ellis’ final over.
ScOREBOARd WEST INdIES 1ST INNINgS 182 INdIA 1ST INNINgS 495 WEST INdIES 2nd innings cH gayle c †dhoni b Ojha 35 KOA Powell c mohammed Shami b Ashwin 9 TL Best lbw b Ojha 9 dm Bravo c Vijay b Ashwin 11 mN Samuels st †dhoni b Ojha 11 S chanderpaul lbw b Ashwin 41 N deonarine c & b Ojha 0 d Ramdin† not out 53 djg Sammy* lbw b Ojha 1 S Shillingford lbw b Ashwin 8 ST gabriel b mohammed Shami 0 EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 5) 9 TOTAL: (all out; 47 overs) 187 FALL OF WIcKETS: 1-15 (Powell, 6.2 ov), 2-28 (Best, 9.4 ov), 343 (Bravo, 12.2 ov), 4-74 (Samuels, 17.3 ov), 5-87 (gayle, 21.3 ov), 6-89 (deonarine, 23.4 ov), 7-157 (chanderpaul, 38.2 ov), 8-162 (Sammy, 39.6 ov), 9-185 (Shillingford, 44.4 ov), 10-187 (gabriel, 46.6 ov) BOWLINg: B Kumar 3-0-4-0,mohammed Shami 7-0-28-1,R Ashwin 17-4-89-4,PP Ojha 18-6-49-5,SR Tendulkar 2-0-8-0 mATcH dETAILS TOSS India, who chose to field SERIES India won the 2-match series 2-0 PLAyER OF THE mATcH PP Ojha (India) PLAyER OF THE SERIES Rg Sharma (India) umPIRES RA Kettleborough (England) and Nj Llong (England) TV umPIRE VA Kulkarni mATcH REFEREE Aj Pycroft (Zimbabwe) RESERVE umPIRE Pg Pathak
The bell that tolls for all in boxing belongs to a cash register. â€“Bob Verdi
SPORTS Sunday, 17 November, 2013
The ironies of pakistan cricket's latest farrago
HE one recourse, I suppose, lies in the irony. Few men did more to put Pakistan cricket on its feet in the 1950s than Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court, a head of the cricket board, and, though with his faults, a generally upstanding jurist. Subsequently, few have done as much to bring cricket to its knees than another judge, the considerably less accomplished Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). There is nothing else to recommend the festering current legal rumpus, which has become so convoluted people have stopped caring, or treating it as the Pretty Big Deal it is. In the time and space between Cornelius and men such as Siddiqui is written the story of a vast, sprawling fall of an institution, and maybe, as it feels on really bad days, much more. So much that Pakistan's judiciary has done over the last few years sounds like the statement of an institution that demands that its time has come, as if telling politicians and the army that they've had their turn, now it's that of the courts. Cricket is merely one new battleground. One of the traits of this burst of judicial activism is that often it hasn't been too difficult to sense some nobility of purpose in the original intent. So when the IHC suspended Zaka Ashraf, taking notice of a petition, for what it called a "polluted" and "dubious" election, it wasn't far off the mark. The election's timing especially - hurried through secretively before a potential change of government, without the involvement of the biggest regional associations was revealing. The board claimed that a new constitution had brought a new, less politicised, process of appointment for the chairman's post, apparently in line with ICC guidelines. This was doubly disingenuous
because, one, the ICC had already downgraded its demand regarding political interference in the functioning of boards. Two, the new constitution didn't really clip the powers of the board patron, the president of Pakistan. All it did was make the use of those powers a little more roundabout: the recommendations for who should be nominated as chairman would come from the patron and the nomination committee itself would also have two patron-appointed men. But as with other acts of judicial activism, the suspicion has grown that the court has overreached and imagined itself as being on a moral crusade to right every wrong. There should be no doubt about this, not after reading the first major judgement it issued on July 4, after Najam Sethi was made interim chairman. Vast chunks of it are rambling and irrelevant; pages on the history of the game (why are they there in the first place?) have been taken from Wikipedia, before a drifting lecture through a history of the game in Pakistan and its controversies. The 30-page order, which ultimately crippled Sethi and ordered fresh elections, is revealing both of the competence of its authors and their crusading bluster, the low level of the former and high degree of the latter combining to astonishing and dangerous effect. Since then, Justice Siddiqui has pursued the board with inexplicable zeal. Why else would he repeatedly push for the Election Commission of Pakistan to oversee the election of a chairman of the PCB, when that commission has repeatedly told
the court it is not within its mandate to do such a thing? By further foisting its own election methodology - in making the larger general body vote for a chairman, rather than have the smaller, more influential board of governors do so - the court has essentially changed the board's constitution as it deems fit; because the constitution is government-approved, it has meant that the government has also become a party in the case (through the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, the IPC, which now loosely oversees the PCB in the same way the now disbanded Sports Ministry used to). Demanding also that the chairman be a graduate and a former first-class cricketer is unnecessarily exclusionary and pointless: which chief executive of a cricket board around the world fulfils both requirements? In one of his later orders, on the morning that he suspended the ad hoc set-up the board had put in place, Justice Siddiqui made an astonishing, little-commentedupon demand. A former Supreme Court judge would oversee board elections - which, in theory, is fine - but the board would need to pay him Rs2.5 million for it. I'm no jurist, but to specify and put in writing a seemingly arbitrary and pretty exorbitant fee for a fellow judge seems not only unusual but also unbecoming. This being the PCB, however, ire must be sprinkled equally all over. Their own conduct is far from satisfactory, right from Ashraf's "election" to the way they went about appointing Sethi, to the
- admittedly enforced - usurpation of the ence on the board, by changing the role of board by an ad hoc set-up (with a vaguely the president / board patron. In the good juscorporate but vacuous new name, the In- tice's July order, however, he argues that the terim Management Committee). When president of the country, because he is now they were first asked by the court to pro- powerless under constitutional changes, should no longer be vide names as possipatron. "The Presible replacements for dent's status merely is Ashraf, three names symbolic and authority were sent by the IPC. So much that Pakistan's has to be exercised, if None of them were Sethi's, so when he judiciary has done over the any, through the Prime Minister." With the was announced suddenly as the chair- last few years sounds like the president as patron, at least it was possible to man soon after, the statement of an institution argue that as he has becourt was within its rights to question that demands that its time come theoretically an apolitical being, as why he was chosen has come, as if telling such there would be when he wasn't on the original shortlist. politicians and the army little political interference (in practice this The board may that they've had their turn, has not been the case, have a point when it of course, but it could says elections, in the now it's that of the courts have been possible in methodology the future). court has described, But the board and are currently difficult, government happily or representative ones at least. Thirty-three out of the 111 regions interpreted the order to mean that the prime and districts (and departments) cannot vote minister, a stridently political and powerful because they are involved in their own legal being, is instead the new patron. Indeed the messes; that includes nine of the 15 re- official announcement of the Interim Mangional associations, among them Lahore, agement Committee came from the prime Sialkot, Faisalabad and Multan. To have minister's office, even though the board's any election without them is no election. constitution does not reflect this (the 2013 But to show no interest or urgency in de- version specifies, as previous ones do, the vising an alternative, more representative, patron as the president of Pakistan). There way to appoint a chairman - or better yet - was no question the PCB would ever chalto reduce the chairman's powers, as has lenge this. The only explanation one board official gave as to why the PCB didn't was long been necessary, is wilful negligence. Let's leave as we began, however, on a not one at all: "We just haven't." The bottom line is, it can be argued and note of irony, this one brought to pass by the machinations of the government and board feared, that political interference is likely and by the ignorance of the courts; it's better to increase with a sitting prime minister as than leaving on a note of despair. This entire board patron. To get here from where we farrago began, remember, with Ashraf's started? Well, that's a long, pretzelian way move to ostensibly decrease political influ- to go about screwing yourself over.
SACHIN TENDULKAR LEAVES WITH STIRRING SPEECH MUMBAI AgENcIES
All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder and louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It's getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage. The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don't think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find short cuts. The path might be difficult, but don't give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I
have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father. My mother, I don't know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices. In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day's play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can't forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way. My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn't like to talk much, but the one
bharaT raTna For sachin TendulKar MUMBAI: Sachin Tendulkar will become the first sportsperson to be conferred the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award. The Prime Minister's Office made the announcement hours after Tendulkar brought down the curtains on a 24-year international career. "Shri Sachin Tendulkar is undoubtedly an outstanding cricketer - a living legend who has inspired millions across the globe," a PMO release said. "During the last 24 years, since the young age of 16 years, Shri Tendulkar has played cricket across the world and won laurels for our country. He has been a true ambassador of India in the world of sports. His achievements in cricket are unparalleled, the records set by him unmatched, and the spirit of sportsmanship displayed by him exemplary. That he has been honoured with several awards is testimony to his extraordinary brilliance as a sportsman." Speculation about Tendulkar getting the award has been around for years, and peaked in 2011 when the criteria for being eligible for the award was broadened. Originally, the honour was for excellence in "art, literature, science and public services" but was amended to recognise "performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour". In 2008, Tendulkar became the first sportsperson, along with chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, to receive the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian honour. Previously, Tendulkar has received the Arjuna Award (a national award for distinguished sports persons) in 1994, and in 1998 he received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the country's highest sporting honour. The next year, he was the recipient of the Padma Shri ( the fourth-highest civilian award). Previous recipients of the Bharat Ratna has included global icons like Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. AgENcIES
thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much. Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don't know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I'm not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique. Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn't agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer. The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that 'you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family'. Without that, I don't think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I've had in my life. In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they
have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better. All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn't sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o'clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me. My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother (Ajit) took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice. On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said 'well played' to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no m o r e matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessi n g cricket, a n d
cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much. My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o'clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o'clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket. Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod. In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers. I know my speech is getting a bit too long (crowd roars), but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me. I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn't have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially "Sachin, Sachin" which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.
Men are the sport of circumstances when it seems circumstances are the sport of men. â€“Lord Byron
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
england caught cold by sanchez and chile LONDON
NGLAND'S World Cup preparations began with a whimper on Friday as Alexis Sanchez scored twice to give Chile a 2-0 victory in a low-key friendly game at
Wembley Stadium. The in-form Barcelona forward struck in the seventh minute and again in injury time, taking his tally of goals to 10 in nine games for club and country and condemning England to defeat for the first time in 11 matches. Fifteen years after a 2-0 win on their last visit to Wembley, Chile left with a
ronaldo puTs ibrahimovic in shade wiTh laTe header LISBON: Cristiano Ronaldo edged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the battle of World Cup superstars, scoring a late diving header which gave Portugal a 1-0 win over Sweden in the first leg of their play-off Friday. The Real Madrid superstar headed past Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson in the 82nd minute from six yards out after a fine left wing cross from Miguel Veloso. Ronaldo, who now has 29 goals for club and country this season, almost made it 2-0 moments later when another header thundered back off the crossbar at the Stadium of Light. But the Portuguese had to settle for a one-goal edge ahead of the second leg in Stockholm next Tuesday where star striker Ibrahimovic will be key to helping Sweden to the finals in Brazil next summer after a low-key performance on Friday. "It was an important goal and it gave us victory," said Ronaldo. "We could have scored one or two more goals but this advantage gives us confidence for the second leg. "Nothing is settled yet. It's 50/50. I cannot promise that we will qualify but I will do all I can to achieve it." Sweden coach Erik Hamren pledged a more attacking approach from his team next Tuesday. "We have work to do but we will do all we can to win," he said. AgENcIES
wada doubles doping ban The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has approved a new code that doubles the punishment for sportsmen found guilty of doping offences. First-time intentional dopers now face a four-year ban from competitive sport, bringing with it automatic disqualification from one Olympic cycle. The revised Wada code follows more than two years of re-evaluation, a period during which the Lance Armstrong scandal brought cycling many front-page headlines it would rather have avoided. Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for his part in running a sophisticated doping program. He eventually admitted his guilt, after deciding not to fight the charges brought against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but is still trying to get his lifetime ban downgraded to take part in triathlons. SPORTS dESK
spring in their step ahead of Tuesday's friendly game with Brazil in Toronto, having extended their own unbeaten run to 10 matches. England manager Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, will hope for a more impressive showing from his side against Germany next week, when he is expected to name his strongest starting line-up after shuffling his pack on Friday. "The experimenting does not totally explain the result," Hodgson said. "We played against a very good team and from a goal down, it was always going to be difficult. "We came back into the game well, but Chile knew how to take the sting out of the game. There were a lot of stoppages and to be frank, Chile were the better team." Hodgson had handed debuts to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, while Manchester United's Phil Jones started at
centre-back. Chile were without injured midfielder Arturo Vidal and the visitors initially looked set for a long night, with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo athletically repelling a header from Jones and then preventing one of his defenders from putting through his own goal. However, the visitors' very first attack yielded a goal, with Sanchez stealing in front of Leighton Baines to head home Eugenio Mena's left-wing cross at the end of an incisive counter-attack. The unfamiliarity in the England line-up, allied with Chile's adventurousness with the ball, made for an open first half in front of a stadium that, with 62,953 fans in attendance, was only two-thirds full. Home captain Frank Lampard, presented with a golden cap before kick-off for making 100 international appearances, saw a 30-yard freekick tipped over by Bravo, who also beat away a rasping drive from Jack Wilshere.
BAND TUNES UP FOR CORK HEAT SPORTS DESK Trainer Philip Fenton believes Band Of Blood is capable of winning a nice prize this season ahead of his assignment at Cork on Sunday. The five-year-old gelding has claimed victory in two of his last three races but faces a step up in class for the corkracecourse.ie Handicap Hurdle. Fenton feels the better ground at Cork will suit him far better than the testing conditions on which he managed to win at Galway in October. "He did it very well in Galway, but it was probably a weak race," said Fenton. "He has to prove it again now, I'm sure conditions will suit better in Cork than they did at Galway. It was very heavy in Galway. The nicer ground will be a big asset to him. "It's a nice-looking race. There are a couple of well-handicapped horses in it, but hopefully he is capable of winning one of these races." Questions Answered aims to secure his third win within a week, while Willie Mullins saddles Viconte Du Noyer. Fenton
czechs level davis cup Final The Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych beat Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3 6-4 6-3 in Friday's second singles to level the Davis Cup final at 1-1 at the end of day one in Belgrade. Novak Djokovic had put the hosts 1-0 up with a 7-5 6-1 6-4 victory over Radek Stepanek, but world No 117 Lajovic was always unlikely to double Serbia's lead against world No 7 Berdych. Lajovic had been drafted in as a late replacement for the injured Janko Tipsarevic and gave it his all in front of a passionate 17,000plus crowd at the Kombank Arena. But despite all his efforts he could not even force a break point against the composed and efficient display of Berdych. Five times Lajovic got to 0-30 on the Berdych serve and each time the Czech man won the next four points to hold. Berdych broke in the eighth game of the opening set as he crunched a backhand winner, before setting up the second set by taking the fifth game against the feed with a winning forehand. The third set was over even quicker as he stole serve in the opening game with a deft drop shot and then wrapped things up by breaking for a fourth time in total. Earlier, Djokovic had to work hard to take the opening set against Stepanek as he seemed nervy in front of a noisily passionate home crowd, but after the world No 2 saved three break points early in the second set he gradually took control. Having come out on top in several long rallies in the opening stages, Stepanek faded as his opponent began finding his range with destructive baseline shots. Djokovic broke the Czech in the ninth game of the third set and then held serve to seal the match and draw a standing ovation from the home fans. "I am happy with the way I played. Of course I was nervous at the beginning but it was very important for us to win the first set and then I relaxed," Djokovic said. "I served well in the important moments." Stepanek praised Djokovic's defence, adding: "I tried to dictate the pace, get him into difficult situations, but he got out of them. SPORTS dESK
has several other chances on an interesting card, including Limerick bumper scorer Voluptueux, who runs in the www.racinghomeforeaster.com Maiden Hurdle. The County Tipperary handler said: "He came out of his race the last day very well. He jumps well. We are hoping for a nice run
out of him, and he will like the ground." Voluptueux faces Aidan O'Brien's Shield, who ran in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season. The Fentontrained Real Steel, second in two bumpers last term, contests the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle: The trainer said: "We've done a bit of schooling with him. He is in good shape, and the ground will be lovely for a big horse like him." Stablemate Desertmore Stream runs in the bumper after finishing second in a similar event last time. Fenton said: "He was a little unlucky in Thurles and we are hoping that he can improve from the run." Paul Nolan runs the hat-trick-seeking Dick Dundee in the Christmas Party Raceday December 8th Handicap Chase but the County Wexford handler feels Fosters Cross is the one to beat. Nolan said: "He has definitely surprised us. We ran him on good ground, which we shouldn't have, and he was lucky to stay sound, and he is going now with plenty of juice in it.
cardle looking to step up Scott Cardle will be looking to make up for lost time in 2014 after he closes this year by fighting on the Froch-Groves undercard next Saturday. Cardle was kept busy during his first year a professional but a bad cut sustained in his victory over Maxi Hughes in April meant he was forced to take the summer off. The Lytham lightweight dusted off the rustiness with a routine points win over Gary Fox in Glasgow in September, and is already looking to step up and mix it with some of the bigger names in the division. "This next fight was meant to be against a good name, but my plan now is just to put on a good performance, take care of business and start the new year with a bang," he told Sky Sports. "I want to start mixing it with some of the bigger names. "I've stepped up, don't get me wrong, but not in the way I wanted to. I want to make a bit of noise now, mixing it with the likes of Derry Mathews and Tommy Coyle. "They won't be avoiding me, and if I can get a fight with any of them I'll be happy. It's up to Eddie (Hearn) and as long as he keeps getting good reviews from Joe then I'll be ready. "I'm already mixing it with Anthony Crolla, Stephen Smith, even Liam Smith in the gym, but I just need to start making a name for myself. "Those type of guys have already got a name and they would be stepping down a level to fight me, but I want to fight them." Cardle, a highly rated amateur who was a member of the Team GB squad, is already 12-0 in the paid ranks, and has no intention of losing anytime soon. "It's good to be unbeaten, but I understand what's on the line and I'm confident that the '0' is going to stay there - it's just down to preparation, and if I lose it then it's down to me," he added. SPORTS dESK
STENSON STILL BY ONE IN DUBAI SPORTS DESK Henrik Stenson retained a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. The Swede, who will be crowned European No 1 should he follow through with victory on Sunday, had a quiet start to his third round before picking up four shots in the last five holes to card a 67. Stenson had been caught on 16 under par by Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who continued to ride a wave of confidence earned by winning in Turkey last week by shooting a 64. But Stenson - looking to become the first man to win the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season edged back in front by getting up and down from the back of the 18th to remain on course for victory. Ian Poulter, who could still become European No 1 provided Stenson is no better than third, returned a 66 to sit alongside Alejandro Canizares four off the lead, while Miguel Angel Jimenez is on his own on -12 after a second successive 66. But he dropped a shot at the 12th and could then only find one more birdie, strug-
gling to make par at the final hole after finding water off the tee. Rose - along with Graeme McDowell the only players capable of overhauling Stenson in the standings - was going
knowhere until he picked up four shots in a homeward 32, similarly Luke Donald was back in the pack until reeling off four successive birdies to finish in 67, a further shot back, alongside Rory McIlroy.
Sunday, 17 November, 2013
blast in Kabul ahead of assembly on future of us troops KABUL AgENcIES
suicide bomber rammed his car into an Afghan army vehicle providing security for a compound where Afghanistan’s political and tribal elites are due to gather next week to debate a security pact with the United States. Saturday’s attack took place just hours after President Hamid Karzai called on the Taliban to take part in the Loya Jirga assembly that convenes on Thursday to decide whether to allow some US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.
At least six people were killed and 22 wounded in the blast, said Sediq Sediqqi, an Interior Ministry spokesman. He said the casualties were a mix of soldiers and civilians. The blast occurred shortly after 3 p.m., fewer than 100 meters (yards) from a huge tent where more than 2,000 prominent Afghans are due to gather, a Reuters witness said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. One man fleeing the bombing, Mohammad Amin, looked dazed as he described to Reuters seeing a white Totoya Corolla vehicle speed towards a
police checkpoint and then explode. Covered in blood and dust, he said he was standing across the street behind his parked car when the blast occurred. “Thank God my car protected me because it was so close. My ears are still ringing,” Amin said. A Reuters reporter saw at least six wounded people, as well as a large unchecked fire and numerous smashed cars. A Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, said earlier there were at least 15 dead and wounded as a result of the attack, but could not immediately provide more detail.
China to ease one-child policy Britain gives Sri Lanka deadline on war crimes probe NEW POLICY ALLOWS COUPLES TO HAVE TWO CHILDREN IF ONE OF THEM IS AN ONLY CHILD BEIJING AgENcIES
China on Friday announced that it would partially loosen its one-child policy and abolish the much reviled system of re-education through labour camps. For several decades, it was illegal for couples in China – other than those from ethnic minority communities and rural couplesto have more than one child. Those who had a second one had to pay a hefty fine. “China will loosen its decades-long onechild population policy, allowing couples to have two children if one of them is an only child, according to a key decision issued on Friday by the Communist Party of China (CPC),” state-run Xinhua said on Friday evening. “The birth policy will be adjusted and improved step by step to promote ‘longterm balanced development of the population in China’ ” it said. Though the changed policy had been tested in parts of the country, it was for the first time that the government had made an official announcement. The change in policy was approved at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee held between November 9 and 12 in Beijing. China’s family planning policy was first introduced in the late 1970s to rein in the surging population by limiting most urban couples to one child and most rural couples to
two children, if the first child born was a girl. “The policy was later relaxed, with its current form stipulating that both parents must be only children if they are to have a second child,” Xinhua said. Though the official statement did not make any mention, it is likely that the Chinese government took the decision to address the demographic imbalance in the country. Government data had revealed earlier this year that doctors had aborted more than 336 million foetuses in the years that the policy has been in place. Besides 336 million abortions, doctors sterilised more than 196 million men and inserted 403 million intra-uterine devices in women. The fetish for a male child led to the abortion of female fetuses, critics of the policy said. China introduced the one-child policy around 30 years and its long-term impact could result in a negative population growth; the world’s fertility rate is 2.7, compared to China’s 1.5. In the second major decision, China said it will abolish the “reeducation through labor” system as part of a major effort to protect human rights, Xinhua quoted a key policy document of the Communist Party of China (CPC) published Friday as saying. Re-education-through-labor, or laojiao, is an administrative punishment imposed by the police and was adopted by the government in 1957. It allows police to detain people for up to four years without an open trial. According to recent figures from the Bureau of Re-education through Labor under the Ministry of Justice, 160,000 people were imprisoned in 350 re-education labour centres nationwide as of the end of 2008. Friday’s CPC document added that China will also reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty “step by step.”
Britain warned Sri Lanka on Saturday that it could face an international investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the final stages of the country’s civil war, if the government failed to carry out its own probe. Visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters at a Commonwealth summit in Colombo that Britain would support an investi-
gation through the UN Human Rights Council if the Sri Lankan government failed to complete “a credible, transparent, independent” inquiry by the end of March next year. Cameron said that Sri Lanka had great potential for economic development, but needed to move faster to address issues of reconciliation, improve media freedom and address the treatment of people displaced by the conflict. On Friday, Cameron visited former Tamil rebel areas in the northern part of
Google’s emotional ‘Reunion’ ad a hit in Pakistan, India MUMBAI AgENcIES
An emotional advertisement for Google’s search engine has become a hit in India and Pakistan by surprisingly invoking a searing and traumatic period in the shared history of the South Asian archrivals. Officially debuting on television Friday, the commercial already has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube. “Reunion” portrays two childhood friends, now elderly men, who haven’t seen each other since they were separated by the 1947 partition that created India and Pakistan from the old British empire in South Asia. Partition sparked a mass exodus as millions of Muslims and Hindus fled across the new borders amid religious violence. In the ad, one of the men reminisces to his granddaughter about his happy childhood in Lahore and how he used to steal sweets from a shop with his best friend, who the ad implies is Muslim. His granddaughter uses the search engine to track down the childhood friend in the Pakistani city. Then, with the help of the Pakistani man’s grandson (and naturally, Google), she arranges a journey to New Delhi for a surprise reunion. The ad struck a cultural chord with Indians and Pakistanis. “If it doesn’t move
you, you’ve got a heart of stone,” wrote Beena Sarwar, a Pakistani journalist and part of the Aman ki Asha (Hope for Peace) initiative that promotes peace between Pakistan and India, on her blog. It might seem a risky strategy to co-opt partition for a feel-good search engine advertisement. The period is one of the roots of the bitter animosity between Pakistan and India that has led to three wars, a nuclear arms race and deadly fighting in the disputed Kashmir region. Shortly after the partition, an estimated 1 million Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs were killed in rioting, and 12 million were uprooted from their homes. Yet Abhijit Avasthi, head of the Ogilvy India team that developed the ad, said the fact that partition evokes strong feelings among Indians and Pakistanis is one of the reasons the idea was chosen. “Yes, this is a sensitive topic, a part of history with bitter memories” he said. “But that was the whole point, which is to tell people that those memories are in the past, that there is a way to revive your connection with your lost ones.” The spot also tapped into ordinary people’s weariness with the hostilities. “I don’t see much hostility at the people’s level,” said Sanjay Mehta, a 48year-old New Delhi-based businessman whose family is from what is now Pakistan. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
the country. He also spoke to journalists from the Uthayan newspaper that had come under regular attack during the government’s war against the Tamil rebels. He met Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa later Friday, and said during Saturday’s news conference that “very strong views were expressed on both sides”. Sri Lanka has repeatedly denied allegations that war crimes were committed by the military during the final stages of the conflict against Tamil rebels in 2009.