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Resolving Balochistan issue not simple: PM g
Ashraf says non-state actors and foreign-sponsored groups fueling fire in province Urges Baloch youths not to fall prey to intrigues of detractors of Pakistan
RIME Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has said that the situation in Balochistan was far from being simple because of internal and external linkages. “There is not one but in fact many fronts on which the government needs to fight for the cause of the people of Balochistan,” said Ashraf while addressing participants of the workshop on Balochistan’s situation “Perception and Realities the Way Forward” at the National Defence University in Islamabad on Tuesday.
He said the turbulence in Balochistan, though foreign abetted, is an internal issue for the state and people of Pakistan to resolve. The prime minister said all our friends interested to bring about peace in this region were expected to respect the sovereignty of Pakistan and the aspirations of more than 95 percent people of Balochistan, who were as patriotic Pakistanis as people in any other part of the country. The state and people of Pakistan were capable of solving their problems and they would assert their sovereign right and independence in dealing with their domestic problems, he added. Ashraf said that they did recognise the
UN DOCTOR, DRIVER INJURED IN KARACHI
Gunmen opened fire on a UN vehicle in Karachi on Tuesday, injuring a foreign doctor working on a polio immunisation campaign and his local driver, officials said. The shooting, which occurred in the Sohrab Ghoth area, highlighted resistance to a widely publicised three-day vaccination campaign, which began on Monday. The Taliban have banned immunisations in the northwest, condemning the campaign as a cover for espionage since a Pakistani doctor was jailed after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden using a hepatitis vaccination programme. “A WHO vehicle was fired upon with gunshots. One international staff and one local driver were injured in the incident,” Maryam Yunus, spokeswoman for the United Nations’ World Health Organisation, told AFP. She said the doctor from Ghana and the
Attack believed to be part of resistance to ongoing polio campaign Pakistani driver had been transferred to a private hospital where their condition was stable. “They are out of danger,” Yunus said. Attacks on foreigners are rare in Karachi, but parts of the city are highly volatile. Ethnic, sectarian and politically-linked violence has killed at least 740 people in the city so far this year alone, rights activists say. Police blamed the shooting on two Afghan men. Soharb Ghoth is home to thousands of Afghan refugees and migrants from northwest Pakistan looking for work in the country’s largest city, with a population of 18 million. Continued on page 04
Power sector receivables increase to Rs 470 billion Payables stand at Rs 422 billion g Power sector can be made profitable if government clears all outstanding dues g
ISLAMABAD: The government is itself to blame for the power crisis as the total receivable of the power sector have reached Rs 470 billion against the total payables of Rs 422 billion, an official source said. The source said if the government cleared all its dues, the power sector would become profitable and all he constraint in the energy supply chain would vanish immediately. The woes of the power sector stem from the non availability of a cushion to overcome cash flow problems, as the system runs on very low profitability with no capacity to absorb shocks. The Ministry of Water and Power is looking forward to the meeting of the Federal Adjustor on July 23 for the decision of at source deduction of the non-paying government departments. Continued on page 04
sense of deprivation among the people of Balochistan and the need for rapid development of this province. However, the situation of Balochistan should be seen in its true perspective dispassionately and in a coolheaded manner. The PM said the people of Balochistan, particularly the poor, have not tasted the fruits of independence and development as yet. The real issue of Balochistan was the socio-economic deprivation of the common people. The benefits of whatever developmental programmes and projects were undertaken in the past in Balochistan, did not trickle down to the common people. Another aspect is the menace of
sectarianism and religious extremism that the people of Pakistan in general and the people of Balochistan in particular were a victim of. He said our universities, think tanks, intellectuals and media had to play a constructive role to promote tolerance and harmony in the society. He said sectarian killings, must be seen in the context of geo-strategic linkages to the Balochistan issue. Under the garb of sectarian cover, non-state actors and foreign-sponsored groups were fueling the fire that warranted vigilance at various tiers both at the governmental as well as at the societal levels. Continued on page 04
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Kalabagh Dam construction
LHC seeks reply from federal govt by August 7 LAHORE
HE Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought a reply from the federal government on the construction of Kalabagh Dam by August 7. Hearing a petition filed by AK Dogar, LHC Chief Justice Umer Atta Bindyal asked the federal government and the political parties who were against the construction of Kalabagh Dam to submit their replies by August 7. During the hearing, when the deputy attorney general informed the court that the federal government had not yet submitted
its reply in the case, the LHC chief justice asked the attorney general to give a final chance to the federal government and inform it to submit its reply by the given date. The LHC chief justice remarked that those political parties having differences over the construction of the dam should also submit their replies by the given date. Dogar informed the court that the construction of the dam was made controversial, asking the court to order the federal government to submit its reply. He said construction of dam would not only solve the problem of water crisis in the country but also helpful in solving the problem of load shedding. Later, the case was adjourned until August 7.
Stranded Pakistani’s deportation case taken up g
Idris shifted from Kanpur to Delhi KAnpuR ONlINE
Pakistani national Mohammad Idris, who has been stranded in India for the last 13 years, will now be kept at the detention cell of Tihar Jail in New Delhi until he is deported to his country. The Centre has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to send Idris, who was kept in a Kanpur guest house by the police in 2009, to the detention cell of Tihar Jail on July 24 until the legal hurdles in sending him to Pakistan are removed, PTI quoted District Magis-
trate MP Agarwal as saying on Tuesday. The district police has been asked to trace Idris who is no longer at the guest house to send him to Delhi, the DM said. Owner of a small manufacturing unit of leather products in Karachi, Idris had come to India in 1999 on a tourist visa to meet his ailing father. However, he was arrested for overstaying the visa tenure of 15 days and was released on bail after six days. After ten years of a protracted legal battle, a local court in 2009 ordered his deportation to Pakistan. The Pakistani
officials, however, refused his entry at the Attari border at the time, saying his passport was no more valid and he should be issued a new one. Idris was then taken to the Pakistan High Commission for an ‘’Emergency Travel Certificate’’, but it was of no help. The police then kept him in a Kanpur guest house. Idris was born and brought up in Kanpur’s Mishri Bazaar area and had married a Pakistani national, Shabana, on January 15, 1988. Soon after his marriage, he shifted to Karachi and took the citizenship of Pakistan.
Anti-corruption court reissues arrest warrants for Malik Riaz RAWALPINDI: The AntiCorruption Court of Rawalpindi again issued arrest warrants for the seven accused, including Malik Riaz and his son, in a property corruption case on Tuesday. Justice Chaudhry Amir Mohammad Khan issued the arrest warrants for the seven in a case filed in 2005. The judge directed the police to arrest the accused and produce them before the court on July 23. The same court had earlier issued arrest warrants for the seven on June 21. INP
Putting the wake in earthquake LAhoRe: A low intensity earthquake hit parts of Punjab, spreading fear among people. According to the geological office, tremors were felt in Faisalabad, Lahore, Khanewal, Chiniot, Sahiwal, Gojra, Shahkot, Toba Tek Singh and other areas of the province. Panic stricken people from these areas ran out of their homes reciting verses from the Quran. The Pakistan Meteorological Department said the magnitude of earthquake was recorded at a 3.7 magnitude on the Richter scale and was centered about 350 kilometers from Lahore. AGENCIES
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ARtS & enteRtAInMent
A look into lSA 2012
PMEX is the trailblazer
Kamran, Nazir, razzaq called in Pak t-20 squad
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Ali Aftab Saeed says; Quoted out of context: At the SOCMM 2012.
Mubasher lucman says; Ends justify the means?: Of vendettas and vindication.
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22 killed, 50 hurt in two road accidents KAHuTA/GILGIT
T least 22 people were killed and 50 others were wounded in separate road accidents in Kahuta and Gilgit, officials said on
Tuesday In the first incident, eleven people were killed when their fast-moving bus plunged into a deep ravine in the Rawalpindi’s suburban district of Kahuta Punjar on Tuesday. According to the police, the bus was carrying at least 50 people. The relief teams, which were sent towards the mishap site, said at least 20 passengers were injured. The ill-fated bus was en route to Kahuta from Narh village, Rawalpindi, when it went out of the driver’s control and careened off several feet down into the valley, killing six people on the spot and injuring over 20.
The injured and the deceased were shifted to Kahuta Tehsil Hospital. Six critically injured people were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, Rawalpindi. In another mishap, at least eleven people were killed and ten others injured in a roadside accident in the Gilgit’s area of Astore. According to police sources, the passenger wagon was plying from Pareshag to Astore when it skidded off into the river after it went out of control owing to overloading and faulty brakes. Passengers identified as Naik Alam s/o Musa, Javed s/o Yaqoob, Sheikh Rehmat s/o Hussain, Jamshed s/o Kamal, Pervez s/o Ibadat, Ilyas s/o of Shafa, Maqbool s/o Ilyas, and Saqib s/o Shahjehan were killed on the spot while more than 20 others sustained injuries. The dead bodies and the injured were shifted to District Hospital Astore. In the meantime, operations remained in progress to rescue other passengers
Haqqani files application for exemption from court appearance
Former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani on Tuesday submitted an application in the court seeking exemption from appearing before the court in the memo case. Haqqani filed the application through his counsel Asma Jahangir, who based the request on her client’s letter. The application said after the memo commission’s report, different sections of the media and certain political leaders had declared him a traitor which was why his life was in danger from the opposition and extremist circles. Requesting the court to exempt him from court appearance in the case, Haqqani said he was undergoing medical treatment abroad and that was why he could not return to Pakistan. During the July 12 hearing, the Supreme Court had given the counsel three days’ time to file Haqqani’s request for exemption. A nine-judge bench, headed by Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, has been hearing the case on the controversy after the memo commission held that Haqqani was the architect of the memo sent to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen, seeking US intervention to avert a possible overthrow of the government by the military.
from the river. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf have expressed their grief over the loss of lives in these incidents. In separate mes-
Sc for regulation of organ transplants ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
sages, they expressed their sympathies to the victims’ families and advised the authorities to provide the best possible treatment to those who sustained injuries in the accidents.
8 killed across Balochistan QuETTA ShAhzAdA zulFIqAr
Eight people were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents of violence in various parts of Balochistan on Tuesday. According to Levies Force, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire in Mastung within the limits of Levies Thana Wali Khan. As a result, two people who were sitting outside a shop received bullet wounds and were killed on the spot. They were identified as Syed Ghulam Hussain Shah and Noor Mohammad, while a Levies official Amanullah received serious wounds.
Levies Force moved the dead and injured to District Headquarter Hospital. The motive behind the killing was said to be old enmity. In another incident, a person was killed in Turbat town of Kech district. The deceased was identified as Javed Iqbal, resident of Hyderabad, Sindh and worked as a butcher. In another incident, a person identified as Mir Khan Magsi was killed in Jhal Magsi after an armed clash broke up between two tribal groups. Armed men killed a person Mohammad Ashraf Sanari in Kalat and fled. Levies sources said the motive behind murder could be old enmity.
In another incident, Manzoor Ahmad and Saadullah were riding a motorbike in Naseerbad area within the limits of Mir Hassan police station when armed bandits intercepted them. The bandits opened fire when they offered resistance. As a result, both sustained serious wounds and were being moved to a hospital when Manzoor succumbed to his injuries. Also, a man identified as Sadam Jamot was killed in Karkh area of Khuzdar. He was busy irrigating his farm when he was attacked by an armed man. A man was also gunned down in Killi Bangulzai area of Sariab Road in Quetta. He was identified as Abdullah.
The Supreme Court has issued orders to the four provincial chief secretaries to present reports regarding implementation of existing laws, in relevance to organ transplantation. A three-member bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, on Tuesday, heard a case on the illegal transplant of human organs. He noted that the constitution addresses transplant of human organs in Articles 37 and 38. The chief justice said that unlawful transplantation of human organs is a social evil, and expressed hope that the provinces would further legislate against this illegal activity. He asked the authorities to conduct a survey and present a report on this illegal and inhumane business. The court directed DPO Rawalpindi to inspect hospitals notorious for organ trafficking. The applicant’s lawyer, Tariq Mehmood told the court that all provinces had vowed to legislate in this regard but still have not done so. To which Justice Jawad Khwaja remarked, that the government takes an hour and five minutes in drafting laws, but years are spent on legislation to attract people’s interest.The court adjourned hearing of the case till August 1.
Imran calls opponents weak ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has called his political opponents weak. Speaking to the media, Khan said one of his opponents gained power because of the will of his wife, while the other was assisted by General Jilani. “None of them came into power on their own two feet or because of their merit,” Khan said. Khan added that his party would not form a coalition with any party presently in the Parliament.
5 militants attacked Bannu PS, three fled security net g
Five militants killed in Hangu pESHAWAR StAFF rEPOrt
Conflicting reports have come to the fore regarding the number of militants that attacked the district security police at Bannu city as a secret agency has claimed that a total of five miscreants were involved in the attack. According to an intelligence report, two out of five militants were killed during the encounter with police personnel while the other three succeeded in escape. But police authorities on Monday claimed that only two burqa-clad militants were involved in the attack. The secret agency has also claimed that four personnel of security forces detained for interrogation have already been set free. However, one civilian apprehended from inside the building is still in the custody of the security forces. They also claimed that only three secu-
rity personnel were injured during the attack. But the Taliban militants, through a spokesman, claimed killing more than 15 security personnel. The spokesman also claimed that around 50 personnel were present inside the building during the attack, which according to him was successfully accomplished. Meanwhile, at least five suspected militants were killed in a retaliatory action by Pakistan Army at Naway Dhand area of Thall in Hangu district during the early hours of Tuesday after terrorists fired two rockets on security force’s checkpost, official sources said on Tuesday. According to security force sources, suspected militants of banned Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fired two rockets on Frontier Constabulary’s check post, partially damaging it, from mountain’s peak; however, it did not cause any loss of life. In response, the army retaliated with full power and killed
FIlE PhOtO five militants and forcing others to flee. Later search operation was also launched in the area to nab the fleeing militants but no arrest could be made. The incident took place only a day after the Chief Minister
Khyber Pukhtunkhwa escaped a terror bid in the same city. Police seized on Monday a truck from Hangu road laden with 200kgs of explosive material minutes before the CM’s convoy passed through.
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Parliamentary oversight over intelligence agencies a must: PILDAT g
Says they are like any other sector of the government Lahore
NTELLIGENCE agencies of Pakistan must work under a legal remit and that parliament must oversee the working of intelligence sector, just like all other sectors of government, Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has recently published in a report titled Legal Remit and Parliamentary Oversight of Intelligence. The report points out that a private member’s bill, titled Inter-Service Intelligence Agency (Functions, Powers and Regulation) Bill 2012, was submitted by Senator Farhatullah Babar of PPP in the Senate of Pakistan in this regard though it would have been much better if the senator had done his homework within his party and its coalition partners so that the bill
could be introduced on behalf of the ruling coalition with greater chances of its passage. Such legal courses can be taken as the one taken in the UK “where a somewhat unique system of intelligence oversight exists since 1994 in the form of Intelligence and Security Committee consisting of MPs who are appointed by the Prime Minister and reports directly to the Prime Minister”. The report also hits on the tone of a part of the media that has been reporting and commenting in a sensational and negative manner on Senator Babar’s proposed bill. It says that “most media reporting and comment has termed the bill as an effort to “control” the ISI. In reality, setting legal terms of intelligence work, just like any other entity, is considered a positive and crucial aspect of defining their role and parameters.” The report has criticised the new terms of engagement
with the US on resuming the Nato supply routes. “Whether the collaboration between the civil and the military relationship has resulted into better policy options for Pakistan is a separate question on which all kinds of analysis are put forward. That Pakistan eventually agreed to resume NATO supplies without signing any formal memorandum of understanding or agreement is a cause of concern. What is of equal concern is the continuous secrecy over the new terms of agreement over resumption of NATO trucks.” The report has admired the role of the Supreme Court being the only institution that continues to question the agencies on the case of missing persons in Balochistan. It says that there is often ambiguity on the role of oversight of the FC. The report further reads, “More important than the allegation that agencies are running the affairs of Balochistan
is the question whether what they are doing is outside of the control and contrary to the diktats of the elected government. Is the elected government shy of taking an unpopular position publicly or has it abdicated its responsibility to the military?” The report lays focus on the mistrust in civil-military relations in the past year, with Memo scandal being the top example. “Perhaps an accurate depiction of the civilmilitary relationship in Pakistan is that each one is thinking the other is out to get one. The Memo Commission’s conclusions have served to reinforce and strengthen that perception. The report further takes on a scandal involving the property tycoon of Pakistan, Malik Riaz, accusing the son of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, for promising him a ‘favourable verdict’ in return of transfer of money and favours by Malik Riaz, and the alleged role of agencies in this saga. It suggests
that the Pakistan army must thoroughly investigate the issue and make the investigation findings public. If it is not the institution of the ISI and the doing of only some individuals also, those individuals must be brought to justice. The report then delves into another important issue of this year involving agencies was the alleged death threats and a plan to assassinate Asma Jehangir by agencies. Ms Jehangir is well-known for her open criticism of the intrusion of the military in politics. While every life is precious and the state must protect the lives of all citizens, given Ms Jehangir’s accusation the government must investigate it fully while providing security to her. The report hopes that Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, the newly elected as the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, would work his best to publish reports on the ministry’s expenses.
The report says that the COAS had been commenting on topics totally irrelevant to his job. Some believe that Gen Kayani’s support to democracy should be welcomed but in reality, he is only doing his job. In Pakistan’s peculiar civil-military relations, our hopes should not be pinned on individuals’ conduct but on institutional policies that should deter individuals holding the COAS post from a misadventure into politics. On the issue of violence in Karachi, the report says that “very often as security and law and order situation in Karachi goes out of hand, we hear some political quarters making a call for military operations”. This is a wrong trend and it needs to stop. “A more plausible way to deal with the law and order situation is strengthening civilian law-enforcement agencies. The police can be further enhanced to make an effective outfit for dealing with crimerelated incidents in a city like Karachi.”
Munter bids Zardari adieu
Power sector receivables increase to Rs 470b Continued fRom page 01
The federal government is withholding Rs 87 billion under the tariff differential subsidy (TDS) for the last fiscal year. The provincial government of Sindh and Karachi Electric Supply Company are the other major defaulters with Rs 55 billion outstanding dues against each, while the private sector owes Rs 171 billion. The source added that if the government cleared the outstanding dues of the power sector, the woes of Pakistan State Oil could be eliminated in one go and its demand for an immediate release of Rs 32 billion to avoid a looming default could be met. The Ministry of Water and Power has already demanded from the Ministry of Finance that TDS should be provided either in one go for the current fiscal year or on a monthly basis to avoid violent street protests. The Finance Ministry is reluctant to accept TDS of Rs 184 billion, the actual figure for the last fiscal year. At present there is a TDS of Rs 3.06 per kWh. The current notified tariff is Rs 8.88 per unit as compared to NEPRA’s determined tariff of 11.94 per unit. Under instructions from the prime minister, the fuel oil supply has jumped from average 11,000 tons to 27,500 tons a day during the last 10 days, resulting in significant improvement in power supply.
crocker sees post-2014 uS presence in Afghanistan WASHInGTOn SPECIAl COrrESPONdENt
US Ambassador Cameron Munter paid his farewell call on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Tuesday. Munter thanked the president and the Government of Pakistan for supporting him in performing his diplomatic duties as ambassador. The President appreciated Munter’s diplomatic skills and his role in establishing a PakUS strategic dialogue, and in helping strengthening and stabilising Pak-US relations at a very critical time. Munter thanked Zardari for his appreciation and said that Pak-US relations ran hot and cold but managed to normalise it every time. He hoped that Pak-US relations will flourish in days ahead He wished the outgoing ambassador luck in his future endeavors.
lAhOrE: Pakistani prisoners released from India come out of a truck upon arrival at Wagah Border on tuesday. ONLINE
Resolving Balochistan issue not simple: PM Continued fRom page 01
The PM said the democratic government had taken concrete steps to take the people of Balochistan on board. The President of Pakistan had offered a public apology to the people of Balochistan for the wrongs done to them and had vowed to usher in a new dawn of prosperity in the province. He said that they had practically demonstrated their willingness through NFC Award,
Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Initiative and the 18th Constitutional Amendment to redress the wrongs done earlier to the people of Balochistan in particular and other provinces in general. As a consequence, besides a huge economic package, a large number of Baloch youth had been recruited both in military and civil sectors. Ashraf appreciated the role of Pakistan army and Frontier Corps in promoting and protecting national inter-
ests in Balochistan. He said the progress made in communication infrastructure over the past one decade including the construction of Gwadar Port was praiseworthy. But it was just one leap forward; it did not mean that everything had been put right. There was a need to focus on social sectors including education and healthcare in which this province lagged behind because of vastness of the area and lack of resources vis-à-vis
demand. He said that Balochistan topped the agenda of the present government and that they would do everything possible to eliminate the sense of deprivation among our Baloch brothers and sisters. He assured the people of Balochistan that the government would continue to reach out to them and would go an extra mile to alleviate their sufferings. He said completion of Ratto-Daro Link Road would unleash the real benefit
of Gwadar Port for the people of the area. Katchi Canal project would help transform agriculture and would go a long way to alleviate poverty in rural areas. He urged the few angry youngsters, involved in negative activities within the country as well as abroad, not to fall prey to the intrigues of the detractors of Pakistan. He urged them to come back and talk to their own government and promised that they would not be disappointed.
UN doctor, driver injured in Karachi Continued fRom page 01
The UN staff was traveling in an unmarked, white doublecabin pick-up. Local TV channels broadcast footage of bullet holes in the vehicle. WHO said later that there was currently “no evidence to suggest that this was a deliberate or targeted attack against polio eradication efforts or WHO”. It paid tribute to the “incredible bravery” of more
than 200,000, mainly Pakistani volunteers who run every vaccination campaign, and said the shooting would not derail efforts to eradicate polio in the country. But police suggested that the doctor could have been targeted deliberately, because he had been working in the neighborhood for about three months. “It could be related to the polio campaign, as there is resistance in the population against it. We are, however, still
investigating the real motives,” local police station chief Mohammad Sultan told AFP. A health expert, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, also interpreted the attack as a sign of an alarming trend. He said there had been threats and announcements in mosques branding the vaccine anti-Islam and blamed “a new wave of attacks on polio workers” on the CIA’s use of Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi to help find bin Laden.
The doctor was jailed for 33 years in May after helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden using a hepatitis vaccination programmed as cover. “It has become a very serious and critical issue. People suspect foreigners’ involvement in the programmed and the fake campaign by Afridi has given further credence to conspiracy theory,” he said. He said polio workers were beaten in the capital Islamabad on Monday, a team fired on in
the southern town of Jacobabad, and a motorcycle stolen in the southwestern town of Ziarat. “It is an alarming situation because neither the government, nor international aid agencies have a clear strategy to deal with this issue,” he said. Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. The Taliban ban and insecurity have forced officials
to postpone inoculations in parts of Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt, jeopardizing the health of more than 350,000 children. Pakistan says 34 million children under five will be targeted in the campaign, which runs until Wednesday. The Lancet medical journal has said vaccination problems led last year to Pakistan’s highest number of polio cases in a decade, 198, compared to 144 in 2010.
US Ambassador in Kabul Ryan Crocker sees “every chance” for American forces presence on Afghan soil to “advise and assist” the country post-2014 withdrawal of combat troops, according to an American newspaper Tuesday. A column in The Philadelphia Inquirer said the envoy - who previously served in Islamabad - also favors the resumption of a “high-level strategic dialogue” with Pakistan. Going forward, Crocker advocates that continued U.S. economic and military aid would be essential to keep Afghanistan stable after American troop drawdown. He also says there will not be “some kind of grand bargain with (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar” to stop the Afghan fighting, but that the Afghan government can win over individual Taliban leaders. “I think there is every chance that post-2014 we will continue to have a presence here,” Crocker says, “certainly to advise and assist.” He also stressed the need to resume a “high-level strategic dialogue” with Pakistan. Crocker is skeptical about the prospects for a broad peace agreement with the Taliban, despite U.S. efforts to engage them over the last year. “There will be no negotiated deal with Mullah Omar,” he says. “It wouldn’t work here. You have a fractured, divided Taliban.” According to the Inquirer writing, Crocker doubts that the Haqqani faction of the Afghan Taliban, allegedly based in Pakistan, and fighting U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, will ever reconcile.
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Shakil Afridi’s life is in danger: minister
JAMRUD: Leaders of Jamaat-eIslami raise hands in solidarity in front of the famous Khyber Gate on Tuesday. AFP
JI’s anti-NATO rally ends with calls for restriction on supply routes pESHAWAR StAFF rEPOrt/AGENCIES
H O U S A N D S of activists shouted “death to America” on Tuesday at the latest rally protesting the lifting of a seven-month blockade on NATO supplies into Afghanistan. The march was organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), a leading member of the Defence of Pakistan Coalition of right wing and Islamist groups that have demanded mass protests against the July 3 lifting of the blockade. The JI’s two day’s sit-in that started from Bagh-e-Naraan on Monday afternoon concluded at Bab-e-Khyber to the west of Peshawar on Tuesday afternoon. A large number of the party leaders and workers marched from the city of Peshawar to Jamrud as the crowd shouted “NATO supplies not acceptable”, “Our war will continue” and “Friends of US are traitors”. During the two-day sit in that took place at Hayatabad, Peshawar and Bab-i-Khyber, Jamrud, supplies to the NATO troops remained suspended. Some oil tankers had
been parked at National Logistic Centre’s car parking at Aman Garh Nowshehra whereas trucks and trawlers loaded with edible goods and other items of daily use remained in stranded from Chamkani till Hayatabad. Leaders of JI, which has no seats in parliament, had said 50,000 people would take part in the demonstration, but far fewer made it to Jamrud, close to the Torkham border crossing with Afghanistan. Local administration official Bakhtiar Khan put the figure at between 18,000 and 20,000, although an AFP photographer estimated the numbers to be closer to 8,000 to 10,000. “We want an end to US slavery, an end to US interference, a ban on NATO supplies through Pakistan and an end to US drone attacks on Pakistan,” JI leader Munawar Hussain said, addressing the crowd. “The war against terror has killed 40,000 people and destroyed peace in the country,” he added. While criticising the mainstream parties, PPP and PML(N), for acting like US puppets and reopening the supply routes, the leader said that the entire nation had hailed the decision of halting these sup-
plies and that opening them,while drone attacks continued, was against Pakistan’s national interests. Pakistan on July 3 decided to reopen overland routes to NATO convoys crossing into Afghanistan, after they were closed following US air strikes that killed 24 soldiers on the Afghan border last November. The crisis was the worst episode in Pakistan’s decade-long partnership with the US in the war in Afghanistan, with both capitals still struggling to overcome a breakdown in trust. So far, only a few NATO trucks have actually trickled across the border, with owners awaiting a deal on compensation for seven months’ missed work and security guarantees in the southern port city of Karachi. The Pakistani Taliban have threatened to attack NATO trucks and their drivers. There was no sign Tuesday that the protesters would march on the Afghan border itself, despite insistence from Defence of Pakistan that they would bring a halt to NATO traffic. Local administrator Khan said the demonstrators themselves had decided to call a halt in Jamrud, rather than con-
tinue further up the mountains to the Torkham border crossing. “We did not create any hurdle in their protest march. They themselves decided not to go beyond Jamrud,” he told AFP. Members of the crowd told AFP on Tuesday that Islamabad’s decision to reopen the border, despite the United States eventually apologising for the deaths, was “treason”. “The rulers have sold their blood for US dollars but we will continue to oppose it,” said Mohammad Amin, a shopkeeper from the northwestern Swat valley, where the Pakistani army in 2009 defeated a two-year Taliban insurgency. Officials in Karachi say the dispute on compensation could be resolved this week. At the Afghan border crossing of Chaman, in Balochistan, officials said only one NATO truck crossed into Afghanistan on Tuesday. “Thirty-nine trucks carrying food supplies for NATO are parked at the border. Today we cleared eight vehicles, but only one crossed as seven others were denied entry by Afghan officials for lacking some documents,” Pakistani customs official Hassan Agha told AFP.
From Kabul to Istanbul: the rickshaw circus KABuL AFP
A Canadian man and his German girlfriend are braving the Taliban to take a rickshaw on one of the world’s most dangerous road trips to bring the circus to children in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. Adnan Khan, 41, and his anthropologist sweetheart have embarked on the punishing 8,000-kilometre (5,000-mile) trip to Istanbul that demands a police escort and hoisting the rickshaw onto trucks to navigate the trickiest stages. Their purpose is twofold: raise money for a charity that uses circus training to lift the spirits of children in war-torn Afghanistan and to spread those circus skills along the way, to brighten the lives of refugees and orphans. Adnan left Kabul by road on July 11 as 25-year-old Annika Schmeding flew to Islamabad, after eight months in the Afghan capital, to prepare the way. Accompanied by Afghan police, Adnan drove to the eastern town of Jalalabad, then onto the border with Pakistan’s tribal belt. Washington considers the tribal belt the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda, and a den of Taliban and other Islamist militants plotting attacks in Afghanistan and
against the West. It has not seen Western tourists in years. Nor does the three-wheel rickshaw, painted yellow, green and white with a jazzy “Rickshaw Circus” on the side, and sporting a brass clown horn, go unnoticed in terrain synonymous with kidnapping, suicide bombings and ambushes. “I finally got the rickshaw to the Pakistani side. It took hours. It was quite funny. A policeman told me ‘I haven’t seen a carnet de passage (the document needed for tourists to cross the border) in years,’” Adnan told AFP by telephone on Monday. His next task was speeding the rickshaw to Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, where Osama bin Laden kept a house during the 1980s war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, and onto the capital Islamabad. “The local tribal police force is going to have a guard travel with me,” he said, adding that he would be rushing to make Tuesday’s first show. The trip has been months in the planning. Khan and Schmeding expect to spend two months winding their way through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey — averaging 300 kilometres a day in six hours — in temperatures that can reach 50 degrees Celsius. The couple are determined to raise as
much money as possible for the Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children (MMCC), which was recently forced to close a school in the western city of Herat and sack staff because of a shortage of funds. “We realized that MMCC is very good at running their programmes, but not really good in terms of publicity. So we wanted people to know that there’s been an actual social circus running in Afghanistan for about 10 years,” said Khan. The journalist, who lives in Istanbul but has been coming to Afghanistan regularly for the past 10 years, spoke as girls sang, juggled tennis balls and skittles, and boys danced around the rickshaw and jumped high into the sky. Organisers say the circus encourages concentration, discipline and stimulates intellectual development. “When they learn how to juggle and they go on stage, they get so much more self-confidence. They learn to express themselves. They learn how to trust, to share,” said Schmeding. Since 2002, the charity says it has reached more than two million children in a country where singing, dancing and cultural shows were banned by the Taliban regime, which was brought down in the 2001 US-led invasion.
Besides children, the MMCC also puts on shows for grown ups designed to raise public awareness of basic hygiene, malaria and anti-personnel mines. “One thing is the educational message in it. Another one is to have the children being entertained,” said David Mason, the founder and co-director of MMCC. “In Afghanistan, entertainment has another mission. It’s therapy, collective therapy,” he added. Since 1979, Afghanistan has been largely at war. The 1980s saw the mujahideen fight to evict Soviet troops, then came civil war between 1992 and 1996, until the Taliban took power and the 9/11 attacks prompted the American invasion in 2001. Since then, a deadly Taliban insurgency has grown with each passing year, killing more than 3,000 civilians in 2011, according to the United Nations, which is a record. In Pakistan and in Iran, the rickshaw circus will stop every three days in a large town, where they will work with children in orphanages, hospitals and refugee camps. “It will be nice to raise some money for MMCC as they desperately need it. But the awareness is more important,” said Khan.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain on Tuesday said Dr Shakil Afridi’s life was in danger as he had been threatened that he might be shot or poisoned. Talking to reporters, Hussain said the threats were the reason the provincial government wanted Afridi shifted to some other place and had requested the authorities to make arrangements in this regard. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information minister said the Punjab government should launch an unbiased investigation into the murders of trainee policemen in Lahore and take action against those responsible. He said the KP government had investigated the negligence of the officials present at the time of attack on Bannu Jail. Hussain said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s policy on foreigners was clear, adding that no foreigner including Afghan nationals could live in Pakistan without required documentation. He said directions had been given to the police in this regard.
Secular Pakistan welcomes new cec LAHORE PrESS rElEASE
The Forum for Secular Pakistan welcomed the appointment of Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim as the Chief Election Commissioner, saying that he will lend credibility and enhance the independence and competence of the commission in holding free and fair general elections. The Forum offered their warm felicitations and assured him of their fullest support, cooperation and help in achieving the national objective for strengthening and cleansing electoral process, democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan.
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The girl who was allegedly killed in 2011 after being declared a ‘kari’ appeared in the Sindh High Court (SHC) Sukkur bench on Tuesday. The police had arrested her father and brother on the charges of killing the girl after registering an FIR in Saleh Pat police station, Sukkur. The two had undergone five months imprisonment before being released on bail. The girl told the court that she was not killed but kidnapped by people belonging to Maher community and was in Karachi since then. She prayed before the court to summon IGP Sindh, DIG Sukkur and SSP Sukkur over their ignorance, and also to dismiss the case against her father and brother.
ANP activist gunned down
OLICE officials used teargas and aerial firing to disperse a protest rally by the Shia Action Committee (SAC) near Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi on the ban imposed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on their website shiakilling.com on Tuesday.
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The protesters wanted to go to PTA office on Shahrah-e-Faisal to get a complaint registered against PTA’s move. The law enforcers had told the participants of the rally that they will not be allowed to reach their destination and the protest route was blocked. However the protesters, mostly youngsters, overcame the blockade and moved on. The protesters also threw stones at the police officials present in the area and burnt tyres. Groups of new protesters joined the demonstration later. No arrests have been made so far.
Zardari, Nawaz are dictators, not Musharraf: APML dent Pervez Musharraf. A large number of female political workers were also among them. Khaskheli said that only Pervez Musharraf was a leader able to retrench the country and masses from the poor economic and law and order situation. “Pervez Musharraf thinks about Pakistan and its 180 million people even that he is sitting in abroad,” he added. He told APML workers that he visited all districts of Sindh and thousands of workers of PML-N, PML-Q and other parties joined APML because they believed in Pervez Musharraf as the only leader who could put
Jamaat-e Islami Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain Mahenti has expressed his concern on pricehike before the commencement of the holy month of Ramadan. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Mahenti demanded of the government to take concrete steps for the eradication of profiteering and providing relief to the masses because the people had been sick of cosmetic measures regarding control of prices of common man’s commodities. He further demanded that the government should announce formation of special price control and anti-profiteering committees at the union council level. The committees should comprise of members from civil society with good reputation, representatives of political parties and government representatives. He said the government’s announcement for subsidising common man’s goods with Rs 2.5 billion should be monitored as the corrupt mafia would exploit that package of subsidy. The said subsidy will be only for the goods to be sold at the utility stores which should extend to open markets so that the people could attain benefit of that subsidy package. He regretfully said the secular India offered relief to the Muslims in Ramadan but here in Pakistan, the profiteers had been operating without any fear of the government. He said the union-council-level committees should be formed immediately and given special powers.
KARAChI: An activist of the Awami National Party (ANP) was shot dead in Sherpao Colony, Landhi area of the city on Tuesday. According to police, some unidentified gunmen came in the area and opened fire on 32 years old Fazal Amin, an activist of ANP. The gunmen fled from the scene after killing him. ANP spokesman said that Amin was a central member of Pakhtun Students Federation and Sindh Council. His body was shifted to Jinnah Hospital. Tension prevailed in the area after the killing incident. StAFF rEPOrt
Senior vice president and chief organiser All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Sindh Sardar Ghulam Mustafa Khaskheli said on Tuesday that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari were dictators in the real sense who had established dictatorship in their parties. According to an APML statement, Sardar Mustafa Khaskheli stated this while talking to hundreds of workers of PML-N, PML-Q and other political parties, hailing from Karachi, who announced joining APML and expressed confidence in the leadership of former presi-
Pakistan back on track of development. Khaskheli also said that APML would soon inaugurate its offices in 12 districts of Sindh and six towns of Karachi. “APML will emerge as the strong and organized party in the coming days,” he said. Sindh APML General Secretary Shahid Q u re s h i a d d re s s e d t h e c e re m o n y a n d w e l comed the incumbent party workers. Agha Afsar, Qirat Zaidi, Mustafa Namakwalay, Aasim Ishtiaq, Syed Wajahat Shah, Amber Naeem, Allah Rakhio Khaskheli, Hanif Warsi and other leaders and workers were among those present at the occasion.
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Dc urges people to cooperate in polio vaccination drive HYDERABAD APP
Hyderabad Deputy Commissioner Agha Shahnawaz has advised the people to take active part in anti-polio campaign and also monitor the working of teams so that Hyderabad could be converted into a polio-free district forever. The deputy commissioner stated this while paying a surprise visit to different fixed medical centres and mobile medical teams engaged in anti-polio eradication campaign here on Monday evening. He said it was our national responsibility to save young generation from any kind of disability. He said the district administration was making all out efforts to combat this menace with success and it had composed teams with energetic representation. He informed that all required needs had been made available to the mobile teams and same were being monitored and counter-monitored by the officers concerned. However, in case of any missing area, special teams will be dispatched to cover the same but the identification of missing area by the people concerned was mandatory, he said. He asked the people to put strict vigilance over the teams in the field and help them in every possible way.
eoBI’s regional heads conference 2012 KARACHI APP
The three-day annual regional heads conference of the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) will be held from July 19 at Islamabad. A statement here on Tuesday said that EOBI Chairman Zafar Iqbal Gondal will inaugurate the conference. The conference will review performance of the institution during 2011-12, allocation of targets as well as facilitation of pensioners through easypaisa, bank accounts and ATM cards. The senior management of EOBI, heads of all departments, adjudicating authorities and the regional heads of 39 regional offices across the country will participate in the conference. The first day of the conference has been reserved for deliberation on easypaisa and further facilitation to pensioners, it was further announced.
light rain predicted KARACHI APP
The Met office has forecast a partly cloudy and windy weather with chances of light rain and drizzle in the metropolis for next 24 hours. The maximum temperature will remain in the range of 33 to 35 degrees Celsius.
YuCK: the intestines of animals are being dried after washing and cleaning outside a slaughter house. the dried intestines are sold to Chinese engineers and thier families who are working in Sindh on various projects. INP
Plan to handle rains and floods finalised: Sharmila KARACHI
PECIAL Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister for Information Sharmila Faruqui has said the Sindh government has taken emergency measures to cope with expected rains and floods in the province and the repairing work at LBOD has been completed while all breaches have also been filled with the cost of Rs 15,00 million. She said this while addressing a seminar as chief guest organised by an NGO here in a local hotel on devastating floods in Sindh, said a statement issued on Tuesday. She said usually 127 millimeter rains were expected in Sindh but this time 155 millimeter to 200 millimeter rains were expected in monsoon season. The Sindh government had
taken comprehensive steps to face any natural disaster in Sindh, she said, adding President Asif Ali Zardari was fully satisfied with the
measures taken by the provincial government. She said relief and rehabilitation ministries had also been established to redress the problems of the floodaffected people and certain embankments had also been declared sensitive. She said women were provided vocational training so that they could provide support to their families. Flood-affected farmers were given seeds, fertilizers and other facilities as well, she added. On this occasion, Sindh Minister for Women Development Ms Touqeer Fatima Bhutto said Sindh government was fully aware of the situation and was ready to face any challenge. She said women development department was very active after floods and initiated many programmes to empower women in the society. Dr Kaiser Bengali and others also spoke on the occasion.
The wait for residents of the metropolis to see the latest attractions at the Karachi Zoo is finally over. A pair of white lions and Bengal tigers was unveiled on Tuesday as hundreds flocked to the Karachi Zoo to see them. Those who seemed to enjoy the unveiling the most were children who were spell bounded by the beauty of the animals. The white lions have been brought in from South Africa and are only 24 months old. The Bengal tigers brought from Belgium are temporarily being kept at the Karachi Zoo and will be shifted to Safari Park. The white lion is occasionally found in wildlife reserves in South Africa and is a rare colour mutation of the Kruger subspecies of lion (Panthera leo krugeri). It has been perpetuated by selective breeding in zoos around the world. The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a tiger subspecies native to the Bengal region of South Asia, and is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. The Bengal tiger is the most numerous tiger subspecies with populations estimated at 1,520–1,909 in India, 440 in Bangladesh, 124–229 in Nepal and 67–81 in Bhutan.
MPA reviews Ramadan arrangements KARACHI APP
Sindh Assembly Member Nishat Muhammad Qadri reviewed the arrangements for the holy month of Ramadan during a detailed visit to Shah Faisal Colony, district East, here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, he directed the officials concerned to ensure cleanliness and sufficient lighting arrangements in the surroundings of mosques and Imambargahs ahead of Ramadan, said a statement. He also met representatives of the managements of mosques and Imambargahs and discussed with them the matters of civic facilities.
MQM grieved over deaths in gilgit KARACHI APP
The Rabita Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expressed grief and sorrow over the deaths of several persons after a bus slipped into the river in district Astore in Gilgit and another bus fell into a ravine on its way from Rawalpindi to Kahuta. In a statement issued by MQM here on Tuesday, the MQM body condoled with the bereaved family members and extended heartfelt sympathies. It has also prayed for the eternal peace to all the departed souls.
Ku admission schedule issued KARACHI APP
The University of Karachi has extended the date for submission of admission forms for Masters (Open merit) in its evening programme till July 18. This was announced by the Director of Admission Programme, Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi, an official of the institution said on Tuesday. This extension in date for submission of forms will not be applicable to those seeking admission to MBA (Banking), it was further stated.
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ERCHED atop a hill by the seaside in Karachi sits the mausoleum of Abdullah Shah Ghazi. About 1,400 years ago, the story goes, he came to these shores as one of the first Arab Muslim conquerors. When the armies moved on, however, Ghazi stayed. Today, he is revered as Karachi’s patron saint: watching over her citizens and granting the devout a route to God. Over the past year and a half, Abdullah Shah Ghazi may have had a lot of work to do. Karachi, a sprawling metropolis of some 15 million people, has been wracked by fits of crippling violence. In 2011, 1,723 people were killed in the city - 476 of those homicides were politically motivated. This year, that number is already well into the hundreds, according to rights organisations. One cannot understand Karachi’s violence, however, without first understanding her politics - and, specifically, the crucible of ethnic issues, crime and land that has shaped those politics. SeTTING The PoLITICAL SCeNe: Karachi, which generates almost 15 percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product, is the country’s melting pot. From a population of 400,000 (mostly Hindu citizens) in 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was partitioned into mainly Muslim Pakistan and majority-Hindu India, it has mushroomed to become one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The initial expansion was driven by migrants from India, referred to as Muhajirs (or Urdu-speakers, after their mother tongue). Today’s Karachi, however, has large populations of Punjabis (17 per cent), Pashtuns (14 per cent), Sindhis (eight per cent), and Balochis (four per cent). Political affiliations are broadly perceived to break down along ethnic lines. Most Muhajirs tend to vote for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), most Sindhis and Balochis back the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and most Pashtuns
vote for the ethnic-nationalist Awami National Party (ANP). The ethnic political affiliations are by no means neat, however, largely as a result of diverging political identities of pre- and post-partition migrants to Karachi. What is clear is that Muhajirs form the largest segment of Karachi’s population (44 per cent), and the MQM dominates the city - both in the assemblies, and on the streets. When talking about politics in Karachi, two things are striking. First, how violence - or the threat of it (both as exercised by, and against, political parties)- is always lurking. It is thus that the MQM’s frequent departures from Islamabad’s coalition government are often accompanied by days of crippling violence. “It was in the 1980s, with the entry of the MQM into politics, that one saw violence seriously becoming a fact of life in Karachi,” Zohra Yusuf, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told Al Jazeera. “The MQM armed its workers heavily, and they claimed that [they did so] because they were being attacked [by other parties].” “This switching on and off of violence in the case of the MQM is really an assertion of their power,” she added. “They want to prove that they have control over Karachi.” Senior leaders of the MQM, speaking to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, admitted that the party may have engaged in violence when it was first formed, as a student organisation at Karachi University in the late 1970s. Now, they argue, as a locally dominant political party with national aspirations, it is no longer in their interest. “Yes, killings have happened in the past - but we were protecting ourselves,” said one MQM member of parliament. And this is where one encounters the second striking thing about talking politics in Karachi: almost every political leader Al Jazeera spoke to, in every major party, used a very particular phrase, when talking about political killings.
“Every action will have a reaction,” said Afaq Ahmed, the leader of a faction that violently split from the MQM in the 1990s. His words were echoed by Farooq Sattar, the MQM’s parliamentary leader, Shahi Syed, the ANP’s Sindh chief, police officials and others. The phrase evokes an image of Karachi as some incredibly complex experiment in human physics, suspended precipitously above chaos, being constantly pulled this way and that, struggling to find equilibrium. ‘A RIVeR oF FIRe AND BLooD’: “It isn’t just every party in Karachi that has weapons,” the ANP’s Syed told Al Jazeera. “Every person in the city has weapons. “There will be misuse of weapons in our party. There will be people [who use them]. But it is not party policy.” Syed said there was an atmosphere of violence in the city, and that local party activists could not always been controlled by their leaders. He implicated members of his own party in being involved in extortion rackets and land grabs, for example - all “without the consent of the party”, he stressed. Primarily, however, Syed held the MQM responsible for Karachi’s violence, calling the party a “terrorist movement” and alleging it maintained a “militant wing”. Muhammad Hussain Mehanti, the Sindh chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious party which held sway over Karachi before the emergence of the MQM, agreed. “[The MQM] has captured Karachi since 1986, and ... as a result, this city has become like a river of fire and blood,” he told Al Jazeera. What do law enforcement officers make of politicians’ assertion that the violence was due to common criminality, not political parties? “It’s bulls**t,” one senior police official told Al Jazeera - speaking on condition of anonymity because he remains associated with the government. “Every major political party in this city is armed.”
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the nRt presents Kamla directed by Meesam nazar and written by vijay tendulkar. An intriguing look at the morals in Journalism and the sale and purchase of women. Based on a true story. Date: 12-15 July 2012, 8pm ticket price: Rs. 600/-ticket Price for students: Rs.300/(please show your school/college/university ID card)
Internationally acclaimed artist Hamra Abbas, recipient of the Abraaj capital art prize and the Sharjah biennale jury prize, exhibits her culturally loaded, iconographic works at canvas gallery on tuesday June 19th 2012, from 5 pm - 8 pm. Hamra received her BFA and MA from the national college of Arts, lahore and a Meisterschueler from universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin. She lives and works between lahore, Pakistan and Boston, uSA. the show remains open daily until July 19th 2012, from 11 am - 8 pm (excluding sundays)
Join us at t2F every Wednesday for interactive sessions on Mirza ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, Musharraf Ali Farooqi. ghalib Made easy by @MicroMAFthe poetry of Mirza ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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Choppers strafe Damascus as fighting spreads in capital DAMASCuS
ROOPS blasted Damascus neighbourhoods with helicopter gunships and tank fire on Tuesday, witnesses said, after rebels announced an escalation of their battle for control of the capital. Russia, meanwhile, slammed as “blackmail” Western pressure for a UN Security Council resolution against Syria’s regime, and a top defector warned that Assad would not hesitate to use chemical weapons against his own people. Fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and rebels of the Free Syrian Army has raged in Damascus since Sunday, with some activists saying it
marked a “turning point” in the 16-month revolt against the regime. The FSA announced late on Monday the launch of a full-scale offensive against regime troops, dubbed “the Damascus volcano and earthquakes of Syria.” Hours later, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime helicopters fired into Qaboon district of Damascus, while clashes broke out in the capital’s Al-Midan and Al-Hajar Al-Aswad neighbourhoods. “Regime forces used helicopters equipped with heavy machineguns to strike the district of Qaboon,” the Observatory said. An activist in the capital told AFP that FSA fighters had blocked an attempt by the army to storm Qaboon. “The army tried to raid the neighbour-
hood yesterday but the FSA stopped them,” said the activist, who calls himself Omar. He said the army, backed by tanks and low-flying helicopter gunships, randomly pounded the neighbourhood with mortars and heavy machinegun fire. An activist who said he was in Al-Midan told AFP via Skype that the army was shelling the neighbourhood “hysterically.” “The collapsing regime has gone mad,” said the man, who identified himself as Abu Musab. “The army has tried to storm the district, but the Free Syrian Army has stopped them. So they have intensified their shelling. They are shelling everything,” he said, adding that the Ghazwat Badr mosque had been destroyed. AFP could not independently verify Abu Musab’s account.
Witnesses also reported heavy machinegun fire in Sabaa Bahrat Square in the heart of Damascus, as well as in Baghdad Street, a main road near the square. The FSA said its operation, launched at 1700 GMT on Monday, was “in response to massacres and barbaric crimes” committed by Assad’s regime. A statement by the FSA’s central-Homs Joint Command described the operation launched across the country as “the first strategic step towards bringing Syria into a state of complete and total civil disobedience.” The authorities vowed on Monday they would not surrender the capital. “You will never get Damascus,” read the headline in Al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the regime. Meanwhile, the Observatory said 149
MADRID: Government employees demonstrate against the Spanish government’s latest austerity measures on Tuesday. AFP
people were killed across Syria on Monday — 82 civilians, 26 rebels and 41 soldiers — adding to its toll of more than 17,000 people dead since the uprising began. In Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Syria is in a state of allout civil war and that all sides must respect humanitarian law or risk war crimes prosecutions. Nawaf Fares, who became the most prominent figure to abandon Assad when he defected as Syria’s ambassador to Iraqi, warned that the beleaguered president will use chemical weapons against opposition forces and may have already deployed them. Fares insisted that Assad’s days were numbered but warned he would be prepared “to eradicate the entire Syrian people” to remain in power.
Saudi court condemns ‘tattoo king’ to jail, lashes RIYADH AFP
A Lebanese man nicknamed the “tattoo king” has been sentenced to one year in prison and 200 lashes in the conservative Muslim kingdom, a Saudi newspaper reported on Tuesday. “Investigations revealed the Lebanese had been practicing this job for nine years,” said Al-Madina. “At first, he used to receive women in a rented apartment (in the western city of Jeddah) but later he began going to women’s homes to draw tattoos on their bodies” to avoid being caught by Saudi religious police, said the daily. He was finally nabbed by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (religious police) in an undercover operation. “They seized with him a bag in which he carried creams for weight loss, breast firming and for skin whitening,” Al-Madina said. They also found on his mobile phone pictures of tattooed women. Prosecutors said they would appeal for a stronger punishment against the man, who is also accused of having met privately with women in the Gulf state where mixing of the sexes is prohibited, said Al-Madina. Tattooos are not in keeping with Islamic tradition but not officially banned.
christian ‘forced conversion’ claim roils gaza GAZA CITY AFP
Gaza’s Hamas government on Tuesday denied claims that a Christian man had been forced to convert to Islam, saying he had willingly changed religion. The statement came a day after the Orthodox Church in Gaza accused an unnamed Islamist organisation of “kidnapping” 24-year-old Ramez alAmash, as well as a woman and her three daughters, and forcing them to convert to Islam. Health minister Bassem Naim, a Hamas leader in Gaza, denied the allegations. “Through contacts with some officials, the Christian youth Ramez alAmash met with his family in a friendly meeting held at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights,” he said in a statement. “The young man insisted that he converted to Islam without pressure on him to do so,” the statement said, adding that no official report had been submitted on the alleged kidnapping and conversion of Amash and the four others. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights confirmed it had met with both Amash and the woman involved, 32year-old Heba Abu Dawud. “We held separate meetings with
Ramez al-Amash and Heba Abu Dawud and her daughters at the centre, and they confirmed their desire to embrace Islam,” PCHR legal unit director Iyad Alamy told AFP. He stressed that there was “no truth at all” to claims that Amash, Abu Dawud or her daughters were kidnapped. He said Amash had met with his parents at the centre, and his father had accepted the conversion and asked him to move back home, though his mother continued to reject her son’s apparent decision. “We’re working to try to solve this issue so the young man can live with his family normally,” he said. Abu Dawud also met with workers from the centre along with her daughters, and said she had converted “of her own free will,” Alamy said. She expressed willingness “to allow her husband to see his daughters, but said she considers herself divorced on the basis of her understanding of Islamic law which does not allow a Muslim woman to marry a Christian,” he added. The incident has stirred tensions in Gaza, where a tiny Christian community has complained of feeling beleaguered and unprotected by the ruling Islamist movement Hamas. In his statement, Naim accused the church of “pure baseless fabrica-
tions which contain no truth.” “Such accusations lack credibility and push an atmosphere of peaceful coexistence towards tensions, which does not serve the Palestinian people.” In its statement, circulated at a protest of several dozen people on Monday evening, the Orthodox Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City accused an unnamed Islamist group of “kidnapping Ramez al-Amash on Saturday along with a woman and three girls who were abducted from their homes last Wednesday.” “The Islamist group tries to persuade young Christian men and women to convert to Islam and to destroy the Christian presence in Gaza,” the statement said. “This Islamist movement uses dark and dirty methods, sowing fear and using intense pressure, blackmail, and dishonest means including using chemical substances to control and terrify those who have been kidnapped,” it said. There are approximately 3,000 Christians living among Gaza’s population of 1.5 million. Most of them belong to Orthodox churches. The community was badly shaken by the October 2007 kidnapping and murder of Rami Ayyad, the owner of the only Christian book shop in Gaza, which had earlier been attacked in 2007 and 2006.
US suffers worst drought in 56 years WAShINGToN: The United States is experiencing its widest-spread drought in 56 years, according to a release by the nation’s meteorological agency Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that some 55 percent of the contiguous United States, particularly in the Midwest, suffered from drought last month, according to the Palmer Drought Index, a formula that determines dryness based on temperature and rainfall data. The percentage is the largest since 1956, when drought spanned 58% of the country. This is the “14th warmest and tenth driest June on record,” the report read. “Topsoil has dried out and crops, pastures and rangeland have deteriorated at a rate rarely seen in the last 18 years.” AFP
17 people shot at Alabama bar WASHInGTOn AFP
Seventeen people were wounded, four of them seriously, during a shooting at a bar in the southern US state of Alabama, local media reported Tuesday. The shooter was still on the loose, WVTM television said, adding that the shooting at the Copper Top Bar in Tuscaloosa left one person in critical condition and another three in serious condition. Sergeant Brent Blankley, a spokesman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, confirmed the incident, telling AFP “multiple” people were shot. He declined to provide more details, adding only that no one has been arrested.
India calls on UAE to probe fatal Us navy shooting nEW DELHI AFP
India called on the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to investigate the fatal shooting of an Indian fisherman by a US navy ship in waters off Dubai. Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna called the incident “unfortunate” and said he hoped that “the necessary action will be initiated”. The government of Dubai “has filed a case against this incident. They are proceeding according to the laws of that country,” Krishna told reporters in the Indian capital. Foreign ministry spokesman Syed
Akbaruddin said India’s ambassador to the oilrich country “has requested UAE authorities probe the circumstances of the tragic incident”. New Delhi has been in touch with US agencies and has been promised “a full investigation”, while the US ambassador to New Delhi Nancy Powell had telephoned “to convey her regret for the loss of life”, he added. Analysts say Washington will be keen to contain any diplomatic damage to its relations with India, which it has been seeking to promote as a key Asian ally to counterbalance Chinese influence and as a new export market for US companies.
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Prison breaks Is anyone minding the store?
he prisons departments have seen better days. First, there was the massive attack on the Bannu prison, which resulted in over 500 inmates breaking out. Then there was the almost successful breakout attempt at the Hyderabad jail. Then there was the gory murder of prisons department officials from KP who were under training in Lahore. Terrorism experts and those wired into terror networks have been warning since some time now for the country to brace itself for the next spate of attacks. They were right; they have begun. Since such activity activates sleeper cells and information has to be passed through operatives to achieve desired effects, the government, through its intelligence apparatus, gets an opportunity to listen in on the activity and unearth complete terrorist networks. In instances where these are apprehended in time, they are locked away for questioning. The law of the land leaves no room for keeping these individuals in a state of limbo. They have to be either charged with a specific crime and sentenced, or they have to be let go of. The Pakistani judiciary’s conservative mindset is blamed for the large number of acquittals of terror suspects but in most instances, they are merely following the letter of the law. When the law enforcement agencies actually do pass through the flaming hoop of the burden of evidence, these terrorists go to jail. Of late, the more high-profile of the kidnappings for ransom have allegedly been seeking the release of those very same prisoners. But it didn’t stop there. Zeroing in on the rickety frame of security of the nation’s various detention centres, the terrorists seem to have decided to circumvent even those inconveniences and stage direct attacks on the prisons themselves. The Bannu jail attack, it should be pointed out, was no cloak-and-dagger affair but a grand, visible operation conducted in broad daylight, using dozens of cars and hundreds of militants. Meanwhile, the prisons throughout the country, no province being an exception, are in shambles. Just the other day, the Punjab prisons minister’s ignorance about his portfolio prompted even the provincial assembly’s speaker to ask him to be better prepared.
No respite in sight
he Supreme Court’s latest order to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for writing the letter to Swiss authorities for re-opening of corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari has set the stage for another political and constitutional crisis in Pakistan. It is generally believed in the political circles that the Supreme Court will declare the operating parts of the new contempt of court law that saves the prime minister from contempt proceedings as unconstitutional and proceed against the prime minister. However, keeping in view the Supreme Court’s policy of stretching its domain of authority, it may adopt some direct course of action to impose some punitive action against the prime minister. The confrontation between the elected federal government and the parliament on the one hand and the non-elected Supreme Court on the other hand is now a reality. This has increased discord in politics and created more uncertainties about the future of democratic political arrangements. Whether a person supports the Supreme Court’s activism or expresses strong reservations about it, this has strong implications for By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi the political domain, especially for the federal government. Any discussion of politics in Pakistan today is not complete without talking about judicial activism since 2009. In the past, elected civilian institutions and leaders had to cope with pressure from the military. Now, these have to deal with the pressure from two non-elected state institutions, i.e. the military and the judiciary. Judicial activism targeting the federal government has divided the politically active circles on the role of the superior judiciary in the political domain. Though both sides invoke democratic principles to support their perspectives, their positions are motivated primarily by political considerations. The PML(N), the PTI and the Jamaat-e-Islami that want to knock out the
PPP-led federal government are supportive of the Supreme Court. As they cannot change the government through the parliament because they do not have the required votes, they hope that the military or the judiciary may help them to achieve this objective. The lawyer community is more or less divided on the same political lines. The PPP and its allies criticise judicial activism of the Supreme Court because, they maintain, it invariably targets the federal government. They think that the superior judiciary is stepping out of its official domain and it is undermining the elected civilian government and the parliament. Independent political observers are perturbed by the confrontation between the federal government backed by the parliament and the judiciary because it undermines both the judiciary and the civilian institutions and processes. As more and more politically loaded issues are taken up by judiciary, it is dragged into political controversies. The statement of the Chief Justice questioning the supremacy of the elected parliament has alarmed the political circles who see this as an indication of continued judicial pressure on the elected institutions and processes. Such controversies divert the attention of the government and the opposition from the problems that threaten Pakistan’s state and society. These problems will worsen as the government engages in a desperate struggle for survival. If we examine the issues raised in the courts or by the political parties in their mutual exchanges, these have nothing to do with the problems of the common people and the issues that threaten Pakistani state and society. No one, including the leaders in power, is paying any serious attention to resolving these problems which include the faltering economy, power shortages, poverty and underdevelopment, increased violence in Balochistan and Karachi and religious extremism and terrorism. The total focus is on justifying either the judiciary or the federal government. The present crisis can go in different directions. If the Supreme Court declares the new contempt of court law totally or partially unconstitutional, it can charge the new prime minister with contempt of court. This will require two-three weeks to complete the contempt proceedings against the prime minister. If the Supreme Court decides to take direct punitive action against the prime minister, i.e. remove him and put him in prison, it will create a major political crisis. The Supreme Court does not have direct power to remove an elected prime
minister. Therefore, it cannot take such an action without the support of the military whose quiet or open support will be needed to take direct action against the elected prime minister. The PPP is expected to select third prime minister provided its coalition partners stay with it. A new round of controversies can start with the third PPP prime minister. The PPP can continue with this policy until March 2013 when the term of the National Assembly expires. However, given the troubled economy and serious governance issues, the PPP-led government may not survive till March 2013. The political system can collapse altogether because of economic breakdown and increased internal chaos. The Supreme Court can decide to directly write a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening the cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. In this case, it should pull back from its tough posture towards the elected civilian government so that the government and the opposition address socio-political issues through mutual interaction and accommodation. Another option is that the Supreme Court and the army top brass join together to replace the federal and provincial governments with new technocratic governments for a period agreed with the political parties. If the majority of the political parties agree to this proposal, the interim government can be established within the framework of the constitution. If these parties do not agree then the setting up of such a government will require going outside the framework of the constitution which will create a set of new problems without any guarantee that such an arrangement will save Pakistan from internal collapse. Another option is that the federal government opts for holding new elections by November-December. This will be the most democratic way of dealing with the present crisis. The new government with a fresh mandate will deal with policy matters. The PML(N) and the PPP will have to agree on caretaker arrangements at the federal and provincial levels before Pakistan can go for new general elections. The political leaders may be corrupt and poor administrators but a democratic political order cannot be run in a diversified society without political leaders and political parties. The military and the judiciary can cause the collapse of political government. However, the problems of complex country like Pakistan cannot be addressed merely through administrative and judicial orders. The writer is an independent political
Quoted out of context At the SOCMM 2012
By Ali Aftab Saeed
was at the Pakistan-India Social Media Mela in Karachi last week where I had a blast. I was so overwhelmed to see so many of the people I had always wanted to meet in my life that I couldn’t find time to check things on the internet, or even take calls from my close friends and family. Guilt always accompanies sins of commission and omission of this sort and this failing on my part was no exception. Therefore it was with a heavy heart that I got back to Lahore on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, however, I had found out that all the people
desperately trying to reach me on the phone weren’t calling me because of unconditional love on their part whose object happened to be yours truly, or because they were missing me (whichever comes first); instead, the motive behind their trying to get in touch with me was something entirely different. Baat to sach hai magar baat hai ruswayee ki. I did a quick piece of investigative journalism and I am in a position to tell you what actually happened. A provocative statement attributed to me has appeared on an international news network and a local English newspaper, and that seems to have been the reason for so many people trying to contact me. The statement was this: “If the army cannot tolerate a song, how can they go fight a war!” Everybody seemed to be cross with me for two reasons: one, what made me give this statement on a session on viral videos; and two, how had I reached the conclusion that the army can’t tolerate a song, when according to my own previous interviews all the institutions of this country had taken Aloo Anday very positively, and that we didn’t receive any threat from any quarters worth mentioning. It is a classic case of being quoted out
of context. While neither report bothered to chronicle the conversation that was going on in the first place, or my contribution to it (and what a comprehensive and eloquent contribution too, if I might say so myself). And yet, this particular bit mysteriously cropped up in both reports, which gives a distinct impression that I was accusing the military. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. Now, had this been done by any regional language newspaper I wouldn’t have bothered with clarifications; but since this was done by an English newspaper and an international news network, it is serious business because it internationally scandalises our army when it has absolutely nothing to do with it. I stick to what I have always said in my interviews, namely, we have received absolutely no threat from any institution or any person in particular apart from the regular threats we get on the internet (who doesn’t!), which we don’t really take seriously. Speaking of the army, all the army men that I have met (admittedly a smallish sample) have appreciated the song – at least that’s what they told me). One officer on a senior post even told me that he loved the song so much that he had saved it on his cell
phone. True, in one of my articles I mentioned one unsavoury incident that occurred right after the KLF; however that neither has anything to do with Aloo Anday, nor am I sure who was behind it. Coming to the statement attributed to me, this is what actually happened: the audience was bombarding Ali Gul Pir with accusations that Waderay ka Beta had racist/ethnic undertones. Pir made it clear that he had used the word Sayeen as a symbol for the behavior of the feudal class, Punjabi, Baloch, or of any other ethnicity. He had used the particular word because he was more familiar with the term on account of being a Sindhi himself. The nature of the questions changed as now some members of the audience took exception to the use of the word because according to them it was not just the feudal lords that were called by this name; Sufi mentors were also addressed with this name out of respect, and therefore the use of the word was not kosher in this context. I couldn’t refrain from observing that while listening to Waderay ka Beta I couldn’t imagine anybody taking the Sayeen for a Sufi pir, but even if somebody was hell-bent on taking it this way, it couldn’t possibly mar the saints’ reputa-
tion in any way. I have always believed that in these matters there is always a danger of being a bit too ‘sensitive’, more loyal than the king, if you like, about a certain institution. I gave them an example: I said that some people (not from the army) similarly tell us that we shouldn’t use the word army in our songs because the army is at war and that might demoralise them. I told the audience that I reply to such comments by asking: “How can the army be expected to win wars if a song is too much for it to take?” I hope the quote makes better sense in its context. The video of the session should soon be available online, and it is hoped that things will only become clearer once that happens. All those who know me well and were expecting a prompt reply, I hope this column will do. This clarification is also aimed at those (outside the army) who frequently criticise us on what we do and don’t do. It’s not for the military men, who not only took our song in a positive sense but who I am sure also don’t really measure their battling capabilities based on what I think. The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade.
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Ends justify the means? Of vendettas and vindication
he entire issue of the leaked tapes has left a lot of strain on me personally but also on my family, friends or well wishers. My interviews on different channels and YouTube have definitely brought some respite; but there are those who will not let go of the opportunity to make abusive remarks - not in person but mostly on social media. I am told some are paid by a specific band of vested interests, whilst others riding on a false wave of morality just wish to vent for apparently no reason. Meanwhile, as I pick up scattered pieces one by one and gather them to re-build, some newspapers plastered news about me fleeing from the country. So much for their professional journalistic ethics. So far, no anchor has taken up my challenge of showing mid-break footage of their shows for the benefit of general audiences. For then, the masses will know for sure that a few individuals who out of professional jealousy made a mountain out of a molehill misguided them. Not that it is either wrong or wicked in any way but that it is just a routine to chat with anyone on the show during mid-breaks. Additionally, to claim that no one calls during the show to give an opinion or pitch questions is misleading and untrue. Some people - in pursuit of their personal vendettas (because I By Mubasher Lucman exposed them) or due to professional jealousy (because my sustained ratings worry them) - went overboard trying to portray a twisted picture. I honestly believe that even the Honourable Supreme Court has not been given the complete picture and once the honourable judges see how edited information has been forwarded to them, they too will not spare anyone who is guilty. The matter is in the apex court now and they will take any decisions pertaining to it. In the meanwhile, I have to attend to some accusations on the personal front. Those who thought they could get away with telling scathing lies about me are definitely mistaken. For I am not the kind of a person who will sit back and let someone growl for no reason. Today, I have conveyed to my lawyer to file charges against Sheikh Waqas Akram of PML(Q) for his
false allegations and fictitious remarks pertaining to our meeting. His remarks – much like his degree and votes – were bogus. He amongst other things claimed that I offered him money not to go against Royal Palm Club. This time I have news for Sheikh Waqas. I shall not only sue him but also those present in the meeting irrespective of what that does to my personal associations with anyone. This time, I will not just be filing defamation charges but I will also be filing criminal charges to ensure speedy justice. For I truly believe he had criminal intent when he falsely accused me. I have a right to defend my honour and hard-earned reputation and I cannot let a stray creature with a malevolent comprehension get away trying to malign my family and me. Some friends also asked me to sue Khwaja Asif for his remarks. I have never met the gentleman and I know he does not really know me except through my shows. I believe, he as a party leader thought he was within his rights to get even with a person who he or his fellow colleagues felt offended by for whatever reason. If PML(N) or anyone from its ranks admonishes me, I shall not hold it against them personally; for, over a period of time, I have developed a reputation for doing anti-Punjab government shows. It was neither deliberate nor intended as such. But if I were one of them, I too may feel the same way. (This is of course hindsight intelligence). In response to my YouTube video, a lot of people asked me why I have done anti-PML(N) shows in abundance. My only defence is that when a party controls almost 63% of the country with an absolute tight grip, it cannot be absolved of any charges that we charge the federal government with. Whilst I have done numerous shows against the ruling coalition in Islamabad, and am the only one who did extensive shows repeatedly against the Gilani family, it still seems a lot of folks either forget or choose to deliberately ignore that fact. On the day one of hearing in the Supreme Court, the lawyer representing PEMRA made a very articulate point but no one was interested in his point of view at that time. PEMRA it seems has sent notices to almost 8 channels for showing stolen footage; but even today some are bent upon creating a hero out of a thief. I wish we would adjust our moral compasses because when a society facilitates thefts or hero-worships a thief, then it has very little character to hang on to. Will those who repeatedly misinformed the public and the honourable courts be brought to justice? I don’t think so. For at the moment, we seem to be convinced that the ends justify the means. And that is a matter of serious concern… (Part of a series of articles)
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Milk-borne diseases Milk is best and most complete of all foods. It is the first food we taste. It is a good source of protein, sugar, fat, minerals and vitamins, and contains all nutrients necessary for growth. Different products are made from milk like whole milk, ghee, cheese, butter, ice cream, skimmed milk and toned milk. If milk is not properly handled, it also becomes a source of infection. There are three sources of infection, dairy animal, human handlers and the environment. Some diseases are transferred to human through milk i.e., tuberculosis, brucellosis, streptococcal infection, salmonellosis, Q fever etc. Some diseases are transferred from human to human through contaminated milk i.e., typhoid and paratyphoid fever, shigellosis, cholera, enetropathogenic E coli, diphtheria and viral hepatitis. There is a need to create awareness about prevention of milk born infectious diseases in our society. Following factors should be keep in mind to avoid milk-borne diseases; don’t drink raw milk, keep dairy products refrigerated within the expiry date marked on package, proper heating of milk, wash hands before handling milk and milk products, utensils must be cleaned properly before boiling, storing and using. Milk must be saved against microbial contamination. DR TARIQ AZAM MAYO, PROF DR M ATHAR KHAN Multan
no meritocracy here According to a press report, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif said that corrupt and incapable rulers had pushed the nation into darkness. In order to bring back the country from the brink, it was essential to put an end to the culture of favouritism, nepotism, corruption, loot and plunder. I would like to ask CM why he has appointed an illiterate person as a special assistant to CM for education as reported in the press. While on the one hand, he claims to uphold merit but, on the other, he is the one not abiding by meritocratic principles. Is the appointment of an education adviser who hasn’t even matriculated not a blatant violation of the rules and regulations? There are also claims by the opposition leader of the Punjab Assembly that the CM has appointed some ‘blue eyed boys’ at the border military police. Why does the CM think that he can get away with this hypocrisy? The people of Punjab have already suffered the worst law and order situation under his rule. The crime rate is increasing day by day. While he promised to empower the people at the grass root level, he has not allowed local bodies elections, accepting himself that law and order does not allow holding of local government elections. His mega project of mass transit is also likely to be a sheer waste of Rs 25 billion just like the sasti roti project.
Instead of digging the built roads, why is it not possible to only allow public transport buses to commute during the busy hours of the day? Why is it not made mandatory for private elite schools to use buses for student pick and drop services at specific points? In many cities around the world, a car with only one passenger is not allowed to enter the cities. Unfortunately, the CM being a regular visitor to London has not even been able to learn from their Metropolitan Public Transport Authority to provide decent transport to the general public. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
Downgraded Moody’s downgrading of Pakistan’s sovereign credit rating is a verdict on this regime’s incompetence and the lack of professional integrity of their financial team and working of the State Bank of Pakistan. In May 2008, Pakistan’s credit rating stood at B1, when it was reduced to B3 and now it has hit the lowest level at Caa1. On 28 May 1998, immediately following nuclear explosions and economic sanctions, the ratings were lowered from B2 to B3 and then to Caa1 in October 1998. These ratings basically reduce Pakistan’s foreign and local bonds and debts to junk level. This is what happens when politicians who consider themselves jack-of-all-trades instead of leaving such important issues to qualified policy-makers start dictating economic policies with pliant economists willing to oblige them. The tragedy of Pakistan is not that its generals or politicians are not qualified economists but that they consider themselves to be know-it-alls and refuse to commission specialised people or task forces to aid them in policy making. While these politicians and generals have multiplied their assets, the country has been driven to economic collapse. Inflation is out of control and unemployment is at an all time high, providing the ideal environment for terrorism to breed and street crimes and internal chaos to rise. This is what happens when a country’s policies are made by men who do not have any stakes here. GULL ZAMAN Peshawar
national treasures for sale Karachi police seized a large number of artefacts and relics from the Ghandara civilisation from a truck a fortnight ago. According to reports, the artefacts and relics were kept in a godown in Ibrahim Haidery. When the police conducted further raids, more artefacts and relics were recovered which were to be smuggled out of Pakistan. The interesting thing to note is that there is complete silence on the matter and no hue and cry was raised by any government quarter despite this seizure of historic treasures indicating the involvement of very powerful people in this dirty business of theft. Such smuggling cannot be carried out with the complicity of government officials and a long line of accessories that are necessary if such things are to cross the border and disposed off discreetly in foreign lands. Hope our police doesn’t find nuclear warheads some day from some container being taken out of Pakistan! M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
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Katrina’s time to give back to Salman
HeY might have split long back, but SalmanKatrina relationship appears rock solid now. One may recall the fourth season of Bigg Boss when the two had just called off their relationship. The wound was still raw for Salman which was very apparent while he was hosting the show and Katrina was there to promote her film during one of the episodes. He had made quite a few digs at Katrina and the actress almost broke down couple of times. But now the circumstances have undergone a sea-change. When the two came together for the promotion of ek Tha Tiger recently, Salman was pulling her leg throughout but there was no bitterness. He praised her for the efforts she has put in for the film. Their bond seems to have strengthened and looks like it is pay back time for Katrina who is rumoured to be playing a caring friend in times of Salman’s illness. Apparently, the superstar of Bollywood is not fit enough to act in films post Dabangg 2 unless he undergoes a critical surgery. “We are all worried for him and are forcing him to get the operation done as soon as possible,” says a close friend of the actor, who has found the source of comfort in his long-standing friend Katrina. The actress, who is also working with Shah Rukh Khan for yet another Yashraj film, has planned her schedule in a way that she can be with Salman during the operation. One must give it to Salman, that except for Ash, the large-hearted hero of the masses has maintained good relations with almost every ex-flame of his.
HRISTOPHER Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy in typically spectacular, ambitious fashion with The Dark Knight Rises, but the feeling of frustration and disappointment is unshakable. Maybe that was inevitable. Maybe nothing could have met the expectations established by 2008′s The Dark Knight, which revolutionised and set the standard for films based on comic books by being both high-minded and crowd-pleasing. With Christian Bale as his tortured superhero starting from 2005′s Batman Begins, Nolan has explored the complicated and conflicting motivations of man as well as the possibility of greatness and redemption within society. Here, as director and co-writer, he’s unrelenting in hammering home the dread, the sorrow, the sense of detachment and futility of a city on the brink of collapse with no savior in sight. Gotham is under siege in ways that tonally and visually recall 9/11; what is obviously the island of Manhattan gets cut off from the outside world at one point. Rather than seeming exploitative, it’s just one of many examples of the script from Nolan and his usual collaborator, his brother Jonathan, making the franchise feel like a relevant reflection of our times. Identity theft, economic collapse and an uprising of the disgruntled, disenfranchised have-nots against the smug, comfy haves also come into play. There’s so much going on here, though, with so many new characters who are all meant to function in significant ways that The Dark Knight Rises feels overloaded, and sadly lacking the spark that gave 2008′s The Dark Knight such vibrancy. The absence of Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the anarchic and truly frightening Joker, is really obvious here. It retrospect, it makes you realise how crucial Ledger’s performance was in making that Batman movie fly. By comparison, The Dark Knight Rises is plotheavy, obsessed with process, laden with expository dialogue and flashbacks that bog down the momentum and — dare I say it? — just flat-out boring at times. Yes, the Batman world through Nolan’s eyes is supposed to be moody and introspective; you’ve
got to admire the fact that he is willing to challenge us this way when summer blockbusters so often feel flashy and hollow. And yet at the same time, it takes some giant leaps with its characters which either make no sense, haven’t earned the emotions they’re seeking, or both. The Dark Knight Rises does feature the kind of impeccable production values we’ve come to expect from Nolan’s films; many members of his core team are back, including cinematographer Wally Pfister, editor Lee Smith and production designers Nathan Crowley and Kevin Kavanaugh. The Dark Knight Rises feels weighty and substantive — and, thankfully, isn’t in 3-D — but it takes on an even grittier look than its predecessors as Gotham City devolves into desperation and ruin. But Nolan’s approach is so coldly cerebral that it’s a detriment to the film’s emotional core. It’s all doom and gloom and no heart. There is no reason to care about these characters, who function more as cogs in an elaborate, chaotic machine than as real people whose souls are at stake. It’s been four years since The Dark Knight came out but eight years have passed in terms of story. Bale’s Bruce Wayne suffers in self-imposed exile, sulking about Wayne Manor, mourning the loss of his darling Rachel and carrying the burden of blame for the death of District Attorney Harvey Dent. His goal of a peaceful Gotham has been achieved, but he’s left as a man without a purpose. Michael Caine, as the ever-loyal valet Alfred, brings dignity and eloquence to the film as he begs Bruce to carve out his own form of happiness. Fellow veterans Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon and Morgan Freeman as gadget guru Lucius Fox are their usual dignified selves, but they don’t register the way they should because the film is so overstuffed. Several new characters manage to draw Bruce out of his funk in various ways. Anne Hathaway brings some much needed zest to the proceedings as Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman in the Batman universe, a slinky thief who punctures Bruce’s bubble when she lifts his fingerprints from his safe, along with a beloved pearl necklace. She’s selfish and cynical, only looking out for herself, but
at least she goes about her crimes with some verve and style. They never call her Catwoman by name, and she’s never as campy as Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry were in previous film incarnations of the role, but she’s always fun to watch. The other woman in Bruce’s life, however, is woefully underdeveloped — which is a real problem because she plays a key role in the film’s climactic revelations. Marion Cotillard (one of many alumni from Nolan’s Inceptio ) co-stars as Miranda Tate, a wealthy philanthropist who hopes to work with Wayne Enterprises on developing clean, sustainable energy. The romance that develops between her and Bruce is utterly unbelievable. Joseph Gordon-Levitt adds a youthful presence as John Blake, an up-andcoming member of the police force who inspires Bruce to revisit his own childhood as an orphan. Gordon-Levitt as solid as always but there’s not much to his character aside from earnestness. Then there’s Bane, a muscular mass of pure evil who orchestrates an elaborate takeover of Gotham City. The role is a huge waste of what Tom Hardy can do; his character is so one-dimensional and poorly defined, he’s never so much a fearsome figure as a large and hulking one. It doesn’t help matters that it’s often difficult to make out what he’s saying beneath the cage-like muzzle that covers his nose and mouth and alters his voice. Hardy can be sexy and charismatic (as he proved in Inception) but also a dangerous and unpredictable figure. None of that is on display here. He’s all brute force. But he is the instigator of the film’s dazzling opening sequence, worthy of the best of James Bond: a daring aerial maneuver in which Bane kidnaps a scientist by hijacking his plane from the skies above. That’s probably the most effective of the many set pieces Nolan stages here, although the collapse of Heinz Field during a packed football game also has an urgent, visceral quality, with thrills that recall the most imaginative moments of “Inception.” This is the problem when you’re an exceptional, visionary filmmaker. When you give people something extraordinary, they expect it every time. Anything short of that feels like a letdown. COurtESY FIrStPOSt
A look into lSA
2012 Reunited Backstreet Boys announce new album Backstreet’s back—and how! As if fans weren’t excited enough when Kevin Richardson rejoined the Backstreet Boys, now there’s something even bigger to look forward to. A new Backstreet Boys album! The reunited quintet announced today on Good Morning America that they are working on what will be their first studio album with Richardson since 2005. In case the timeline hasn’t quite hit you, the as-yet untitled album’s spring 2013 release will coincide with BSB’s 20th anniversary next April. Nothing to feel old about there! Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and Richardson are currently in London recording with producer Martin Terefe (of Mary J. Blige, Train and Jason Mraz fame). The band of pop brothers will enjoy their first official performance back together on Aug. 31 in NYC’s Central Park as part of GMA’s “Summer Concert Series.” NEWS dESK
Ali Zafar, Ahmed Butt, Humaima, Meera, Ammanat Ali, Faisal Qureishi, Mathira, Aamina Shiekh, Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan, Junaid Khan and Bilal Khan pay rich tributes to Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdie.
AKISTAN celebrated its most prestigious and glamorous Awards show by honouring style and entertainment last week when the 11th LUX Style Awards were held in Karachi and saw some of the most exciting performances and tributes on stage. Legends like Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdie were celebrated, a special appreciation award was announced for Emmy and Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, a much deserved lifetime achievement in Fashion Award was bestowed on Faiza Samee; and of course to the winners in the regular annual 26 categories encompassing Film, TV, Music and Fashion. These Lux Style Awards were all about being grander and more glamorous from the ones in the recent past. The host for the 11th Annual LSA was the hilarious
and energetic Ahmed Ali Butt who was the find of the year as he was able to entertain the crowd each time he came on for the 5 hour long ceremony. The glamourous event started with the Zong Red Carpet where guests were interviewed by Momal Jawed Sheikh, wearing a white motif floor length creation by Rizwan Beyg. A plethora of TV channels filled up the entire length of the huge Expo Foyer. The celebrity lineup included all big wigs from the entertainment and fashion industry: Mahira Khan, Ali Zafar, Humaima Malik, Meera, Sana, Mathira, Bushra Ansari, Behroze Subswari, Jawed Sheikh, Asif Raza Mir, Momina Durraid, Maria Wasti, Savera Nadeem, Saadia Imaam, Maira Khan, Humayun Sayeed, Faisal Qureshi, Gia Ali, Bindia, Tapu Javeri, Deepak Perwani, and some of the younger generation which included Ahsan Khan, Ayyan Ali, Aisha Linnea, Amna Ilyas, Zoe Viccaji, Rabia Butt, Sanya Muskatiya, Adnan Malik, Ayaz Anis, Raana Khan, Maheen Karim, Maheen Khan, Nabila, Faiza Samee and the list goes on. The Show opened with a performance based on the mid summer nights dream theme per-
formed by dancers of Act One. A tribute to Ahmed Rushdie was the star act by Lollywood maestro Pappu Samrat. Each song had lead singers, star performers and glamourous chorus dancers which added a depth to the act and made each performance unique and memorable. Saima Azhar began the tribute as the Lal Pari from Ik Uraan Khatola Aye Ga, Meera and Faisal Quereshi (Yeh Adaa Yeh Naaz, Yeh Andaaz Aap Ka), Sana, Faisal and Ahsan (Socha Tha Pyaar Na Karein Gay) Mathira and Junaid Khan (Jaisay Jaantay Nahin) and the foot tapping Cococorina rounded up an amazing tribute to an era gone forever. The singers who sang the remixed Ahmed Rushdie classics were Bilal Khan, Sara Reza, Junaid, Ammanat Ali and Ahmed Jahanzaib. Acknowledgement tributes were also played out on stage for the best in class Emerging talent of young Pakistani musicians. The three performances that took place were Adil Omer, Ram Lal, and Noman Khalid. Each had creative choreography concepts with each performance that was fresh, energetic and kept the evening alive. All the choreography for this segment and the grand Ali Zafar Finale was done by the incredibly talented Hasan Danish of Act One. Ali Zafar’s first performance was his tribute to Mehdi Hasan as he and his guitar sang the ever green, ever popular “Mujhe tum nazarr say girra tau rahay ho, Mujhe tum kabhi bhi bhula naa sako gay”. The audience was spell bound and many shed a tear for the old maestro so recently gone from this world and the young superstar who paid so soulful a tribute. For the grand finale to the 11th LUX Style Awards it was Ali Zafar and Umaima all the way as they danced up a storm on all of Zafar’s great new hits. From the beautiful Jhoom, to the London, Paris, New York numbers of Woh dikhney may and Ting a rang to the fantastically rousing and joyous Meray Brother ki Dulhan number Madhubhala, the paid brought the house down with the surety of their moves, their panache and pizzazz . NEWS dESK
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Suri in tears, Tom Cruise in oblivion estranged Hollywood couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ six-year-old daughter, Suri, was seen crying after her mother refused to buy her a pet puppy at a New York pet store on Saturday. In photographs that surfaced online, Suri appeared to like a little white and black Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix pup. She, however, started to cry when Holmes refused to buy the pup. Suri then stormed out of the shop, before bursting into tears in the car. Meanwhile her father, actor Tom Cruise, was photographed locking lips with ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko in Iceland, for a sequence in his under-production film, Oblivion. There is speculations about a hush-hush affair between the lead pair, but representatives of both actors have dismissed the gossip, saying that the intimacy between them is limited only to the film. In latest update about the Cruise-Holmes’ much talked about split, rumour mills now have it that Holmes wants to drop ‘Cruise’ as Suri’s surname. She has already got the child enrolled in a Catholic church and convent school to keep her at bay from her father’s religion, Scientology. Holmes’ scientology fear could possibly come from what Marty Rathbun, an ex-employee at the Church of Scientology revealed on Sunday, claiming that the Scientology church “brainwashed” Cruise’s adopted kids Isabella and Connor, turning them against Cruise’s then wife and their mother Nicole Kidman. “...They were being indoctrinated, and were reporting to Cruise on how that was going,” he was quoted as saying. COurtESY hINduStAN tIMES
Celebrities came out with full gusto at the Dark Knight movie premiere
Kate miDDleton wedding not in latest photoshop victim London: Saif
O W the did Marie Claire South Africa snag Kate Middleton for the cover of their magazine?! Um, they didn’t. Yes friends, you read that correctly, that is not the Duchess of Cambridge posing, but instead, the fantastic (kinda) work of idle hands and Photoshop. Which clearly explains the eclectic wardrobe choice that raised our eyebrows (it’s not really Kate’s steez). Marie Claire’s art department took Middleton’s head and hands and plastered it onto a fashion model’s body, and they’re not shy about what they did. In fact, they’re highlighting it as a “tribute.” “We were so inspired by her fairytale wedding and her life as a modern-day princess, which is why we elected Kate Middleton as our cover star for the August issue,” editor, Aspasia Karras tells The Telegraph. “The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.”
The muhurat of the Bollywood’s eagerlyawaited wedding between Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor remains elusive with the actor revealing that the marriage is postponed to the year-end and not going to happen in London contrary to the buzz about the change in the venue. Earlier, Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore had said that her son would tie knot with Kareena on October 16 at Pataudi Palace in Pataudi village. However, in an exclusive chat with PTI, the 41year-old actor said that the event was not immediately round the corner as being reported. “I have not fixed a date for the wedding yet. It is going to be a year-end wedding,” Saif said. NEWS dESK
Demi’s daughters filing a restraining order against her Demi Moore’s daughters are reportedly considering getting a restraining order against their mother to stop her from trying to contact them. According to Radar Online, Moore has been begging her children to speak to her, but they have refused. “Rumer, Scout and Tallulah are seriously considering taking out a restraining order against Demi to stop her from contacting them,” Fox News quoted a source as telling the website. “They made it clear to her weeks ago that they do not want to talk to her right now but she is still trying to contact them. “Demi has been calling them incessantly and emailing them, leaving them tearful messages and begging them to call her and the girls are sick of it. It is a really drastic measure and not something they are considering lightly but they just feel like they want some peace and quiet,” the source said. Moore has gone back to work and is trying to “hold herself together,” but is facing “a really tough time” following her recent stint in rehab, her divorce and her daughters refusing to speak to her. NEWS dESK
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First-ever HIV prevention pill approved
HE first-ever daily pill to help prevent HIV infection was approved Monday by US regulators for use by healthy adults who are at risk for getting the virus that causes AIDS. Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences in California, has been on the market since 2004 and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a new use as a tool to help ward off HIV, in combination with safe sex and regular testing. The pill as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been hailed by some AIDS experts as a potent new tool against human immunodeficiency virus, while other health care providers are concerned it could encourage risky sex behavior. In addition, the regimen is estimated to cost around $14,000 per year, making it out of reach of many. “Truvada alone should not be used to prevent HIV infection,” said Debra Birnkrant, director of the division of antiviral products at
the FDA. “Truvada as PrEP represents another effective, evidencebased approach that can be added to other prevention methods to help reduce the spread of HIV.” The FDA said Truvada should be used as “part of a comprehensive HIV prevention strategy that includes other prevention methods, such as safe sex practices, risk reduction counseling, and regular HIV testing.” Truvada was previously approved as a treatment for people infected with HIV to be used in combination with other anti-retroviral drugs. The decision by the FDA followed the advice of an independent panel in May that supported Truvada for prevention in uninfected people, after clinical trials showed it could lower the risk of HIV in gay men and heterosexual couples. One study of men who were sexually active with other men but were not infected with the virus that causes AIDS found 44 percent fewer infections in those taking Truvada versus a placebo.
Those in the study who took the drug regularly had almost 73 percent fewer infections. A second study on heterosexual couples in which one partner was infected with HIV and the other was not showed that Truvada reduced the risk of becoming infected by 75 percent compared with a placebo. Common side effects were the
same as experienced by people with HIV who were taking Truvada, and included diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, and weight loss. However, the adherence rate — meaning how often people in the study actually took the drug daily — was low in the study of men who have sex with men, at just 30 percent, Birnkrant said. In the study of
heterosexual partners, adherence was much higher, at between 80 and 90 percent. Therefore, the drug label must include special instructions for health care providers on how to counsel potential users of the drug. The drugmaker must also include a warning that Truvada for PrEP “must only be used by individuals who are confirmed to be HIV-negative prior to prescribing the drug and at least every three months during use.” As to concerns about whether the pill might boost risky sex practices and lead people to abandon condoms as a first line of protection, Birnkrant said the studies have not shown that so far. “We don’t really have any strong evidence to show that condoms were not used or that there was a decrease in condom use when Truvada was used,” she told reporters. The goal of the approval is to eventually cut back on the rate of new infections in the United States, which have stayed steady in recent years at about 50,000 annually, she said.
A key goal of the US strategy against HIV/AIDS, set forth in 2010, is to decrease the number of new infections by 25 percent by 2015. “The hope is that over time it will decrease the rate of new infections or incidence in the United States,” Birnkrant said. The FDA approval drew the support of amfaR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. “We know that Truvada, when taken as directed, works. Now we need to figure out how to properly use it to change the course of the epidemic,” said a statement by amfaR chief executive Kevin Robert Frost. However, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation described the move as “reckless,” largely because the FDA recommends but does not explicitly require a negative HIV test prior to use. “The FDA’s move today is negligence bordering the equivalence of malpractice which will sadly result in new infections, drug resistance and serious side effects among many, many people,” said AHF president Michael Weinstein. NEWS dESK
Team Human 82-year-old student dies just days after being awarded degree An octogenarian who battled ill health to finish a demanding degree course has died within days of his landmark graduation. A smiling Roger Roberts, 82, was awarded a degree in economic and social studies and international politics last week. Mr Roberts was the centre of attention during an official graduation ceremony at Aberystwyth University in west Wales last week. Dressed in traditional cape and mortar board hat he was hailed by university chiefs for the inspirational example he set others. The elderly scholar, who was a chronic asthma sufferer, took longer to finish his degree as a result of his condition. He was already no stranger to the university, having successfully graduated with a degree in American studies in 2005. On the eve of the ceremony last week the retired health service worker spoke of his excitement at taking part in it. He still worked part-time until 2001 then turned his attention to study, taking full advantage of the university where he lived. Professor Michael Foley, head of the university’s international politics department, praised the effort of his oldest student last week. He pointed out that at 82 he was only a decade younger that the department itself. “His graduation this year is an achievement that has earned him great respect and the admiration of everyone within the department,” he said. NEWS dESK
Clueless thief steals fake sandwiches A thief in Nanaimo, B.C., presumably hungry, stole some sandwiches from a 7-Eleven convenience store. There was one problem: They weren’t real sandwiches, they were plastic reproductions. The hungry heist happened last week around 3 a.m. when the man accused of the crime went into the store and allegedly attempted to steal two breakfast sandwiches. Sadly for him, the sandwiches were actually plastic sales props worth about $70 each — but not edible. When the starving suspect realized the sandwiches were fakes, he reportedly tossed one across the street and pocketed the other, according to the Nanaimo Bulletin. Police traced the suspect to a nearby hotel where he gave back the pilfered plastic. Since both items were returned undamaged, the owner of the 7Eleven declined to press charges. NEWS dESK
At first glance, Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan looks like a Twilight spoof, or rather a funny antidote to Twi-mania. There’s the title, plus the whole concept: A teenage girl who tries to keep her best friend from dating the sexy but uptight vampire who comes to her high school. But thank goodness, there’s a lot more to this novel than that. It’s actually a fantastic coming-of-age story that manages the nearimpossible feat of making vampires interesting again. And it features one of the best new young heroes we’ve seen in ages: Mel, a teenage girl who hates vampires and loves to investigate mysteries. This book isn’t just for people who need a vampire palate-cleanser, but for anyone who loves a good story about growing up. Spoilers ahead... In Team Human, Mel and Cathy are best friends, even though they’re sort of opposites. Mel Duan’s a goofy and rambunctious girl who’s always joking around, doing fencing, and playing sports, while Cathy is more serious and bookish, and loves to read poetry. So when an ancient but stunning vampire named Francis enrols in their high school, Cathy and Francis quickly become an item — and Mel starts scheming to break them up. Because, as the book’s cover tag explains, “Friends don’t let friends date vampires.” Like I said, it looks at first like it’s going to be the anti-Twilight. But to its credit, this book manages to turn things around and become thing something much more unusual and complex. Something closer to real life, where things aren’t as simple and clear-cut as we’d like them to be. At the same time, Team Human does do a great job of reinventing vampire lore. This book manages to come up with a spin on vampirism that makes sense, and yet isn’t like anything I’ve seen before. In particular, people who become vampires run the risk of dying — but also of becoming zombies instead of vampires. The human-to-vampire conversion process is carefully regulated. Which brings me to the other interesting point: This is a world where everybody knows about vampires, and their existence is highly regulated. There are also lots of other clever inventions, like the notion of some remorseful vampires getting surgery to try and give them some of the traits of their lost humanity, like the ability to laugh. But even though the book does breathe new life (so to speak) into the playedout vampire idea, it also shows us why Mel dislikes them, and presents the best, most succinct explanation of what’s wrong with wanting to be eternally young: Being a vampire is their job. Vampires have long-term investments, of course. And modelling careers. The camera loves Ludmilla von Doesn’t Need Airbrushing. That’s part of what I think makes vampires so boring. Once you’re a vampire, you don’t ever need to be anything else. So, no “vampire cowboy” or “vampire fireman.” Mel does plenty of poking fun at vampires, especially Cathy’s love interest Francis, who’s unre-
London 2012 festival: Extreme dancers dive off Millennium Bridge
lentingly solemn and pompous: Francis was sitting as if someone had tried to put a stake through his heart but accidentally inserted it where the sun did not shine — which I guess is anywhere for vampires, but in a place where the sun does not shine even for regular people. His hands were folded on the table, in the empty space where his tray should have been. As you can tell, the first-person narration is lively and fun, and occasionally screamingly funny. Try to imagine Mel narrating an Anne Rice novel. And like we said, Mel is probably the greatest thing about this book — she’s a refreshing protagonist, who makes mistakes and gets stuff wrong, but is instantly likable and relatable. She’s also AmericanBorn Chinese, and the authors do a great job of making that feel real without labouring the point. Given how anemic or bland so many YA protagonists are, it’s really great to encounter one with a strong personality. The relationships among all the main kids, including Mel and Cathy but also Mel’s ex-boyfriend Ty and their friend Anna, are really nicely fleshed out, and they feel like real kids. And then meanwhile, there’s a mystery which Mel investigates — and thankfully, it does not feel tacked on or gratuitous. Mel’s friend Anna is the daughter of the school principal, who’s been acting very strange ever since her husband ran away with a vampire. Not surprisingly, something more sinister is going on, but it’s not entirely what you expect. And the resolution fits in neatly with the rest of the book. Mel gets a love interest of her own which is where the book really turns your expectations on their head. She meets a cute boy named Kit, who’s been raised by vampires since he was left with them as a baby. Kit’s perspective on vampirism is, understandably, very different from Mel’s, and watching the vampire-hating Mel fall in love with a boy whose family are all vampires adds a whole extra dimension to the book. Kit’s uneasy among humans, and he thinks all human girls are nymphomaniacs, which leads to a few awkward moments here and there. All in all, this is a book you should get for your teenage kid, or for any of your friends who love Twilight (or love to hate Twilight, for that matter.)
The London 2012 festival in celebration of the Olympic games brings us yet another creative, boundary-breaking, and awe inspiring performance piece. This time, in the form of breathtaking aerial action dancers who bungee off of, descend from, and dance atop numerous iconic London landmarks. A video released features two of seven choreographed pieces commissioned for the festival which premiered on Sunday. The collection of pieces, entitled, “Surprises: Streb,” were staggered throughout the day and the performances were only disclosed via twitter the day of the event. The first piece in the video, entitled, “Waterfalls,” features dancers bungee-jumping and aerial dancing off of London’s Millennium bridge. The second piece, “Sky Walk,” takes place atop City Hall, in which the dancers defy gravity and traverse the geometric dome. The other pieces in the series included a human hampster wheel in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral, a spinning and precarious dance atop a ladder in Trafalgar square, and an extraordinary dance on the London Eye. The company, “Streb Extreme Action,” was founded by dancer Elizabeth Streb in 1985. Streb describes the company as an “investigation of movement.” “My dancers and I see the rehearsal as a laboratory for testing scientific principles on the body. We invent action ideas which we think are archetypal, noticeable, and understandable.” NEWS dESK
Human mattress dominoes record broken The world record for human mattress dominoes has fallen for the second time in 2012. Guinness World Records announced that 1,001 volunteers in China lined up for the rally, eclipsing the previous record of 850 set in New Orleans earlier this year. Organized by the Shanghai-based mattress company Bellarest International, the attempt was held in an empty section of a shopping mall in that city, and took 11 minutes and 11 seconds to complete. “For an event like this involving 1,000 people to succeed first time is not just about luck,” said Guinness World Records adjudicator Dong Cheng, who witnessed the attempt. The previous record was organized by the hotel chain La Quinta, who wrangled 850 employees to participate in the stunt, according to CBS News. NEWS dESK
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Kamran, Nazir, Razzaq called in Pak T-20 squad LAHORE
HE Pakistan cricket Board on Tuesday included wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akaml, batsman Imran Nazir and all rounder Abdul Razzaq in the 15-member team for the upcoming Twenty20’s series against Australia in August and September's World Twenty20. Mohammad Hafeez who was named captain for T-20 team for the tour of Sri Lanka has been made captain till the end of this year, said an announcement of Pakistan Cricket Board here. Hafeez was appointed captain for the Lankan tour and the Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Mohammad Zaka Ashraf and the national selection committee reposed their confidence on the leadership qualities of Hafeez by naming him captain till the end of year 2012. Interestingly, Kamran, Imran and Razzaq do not have the central contracts offered recently by the PCB. Kamran last played for Pakistan in May last year in the semi-final of the World Cup against India, at Mohali, a match India won by 29 runs. Razzaq, 32, last played against Sri
cameron White signs with Melbourne Stars SYDNeY: Australian batsman Cameron White Tuesday re-signed to the Melbourne Stars for the domestic Twenty20 competition, but stepped down as captain in a move which could see Shane Warne named skipper. Spin bowling legend Warne played with the Stars last season in Australia's Big Bash League but has yet to commit to a new deal, although Stars chairman of selectors Ian Chappell said the 42-year-old had helped put the team together. "He has been very helpful in recruiting some of the players," Chappell said. White returns to the Stars after stints with the Indian Premier League, where the middle-order batsman played for the Deccan Chargers, and Britain's Twenty20 competition. The 28-year-old has also regained selection to the Australian Twenty20 squad to play against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in September. "I enjoyed my time in the IPL and over in England just playing," White said. "That was probably the determining factor in maybe it might be a good thing to just come out and enjoy playing at the MCG with the Stars without the extra pressures of captaincy. AFP
Lanka in November 2011 while Nazir has not played since 2010. “The batsman has been cleared by PCB's integrity committee earlier this month and was selected after the approval of PCB authorities “,said a spokesman of PCB when asked to comment on the selection of the squad. The 12-team tournament, in which England are the defending champions, will run from September 18 to October 7.
Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the final squad was decided after thorough consultation between the selection committee, Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore. "We have selected the best possible squad after consultation and this Pakistan team has the capacity to win the World Twenty20," Qasim said. Imran last played for Pakistan in February 2010. Allrounder Razzaq is also considered a surprise inclusion as the ex-
perts of the game consider his a spent force due to his poor form and fitness level. Pakistan, runners-up in the inaugural Twenty20 in 2007 and winners in 2009, are placed in group D of the event, alongside Bangladesh and New Zealand. Qasim defended recalling Razzaq and Nazir. "They are brilliant players and have experience of international cricket so we
have given them another chance," said Qasim, also backing out-of-form pacemen Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul. "Gul and Sami are experienced campaigners and their form may be in question but they have class and with their experience can deliver," said Qasim. Asad Shafiq who performed up to the expectations in test series in Lankan tour with a century and two half centuries is also part of the team which also has opener Nasir Jamshid who missed the Lankan tour due to a fractured finger. Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail and wicketkeeper Shakeel Ansar who were the part of the T-20 squad that played in Sri Lanka have been overlooked for both the events in Australia. The formation of the team reveals that the pace bowling has the services of Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir while Saeed Ajmal and Hasan Raza are the most reliable spinners. The team: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir.
Narine stars as Windies win over Kiwis BASSETERRE
A superb bowling performance by Sunil Narine saw hosts West Indies to a 20 run win over New Zealand here on Monday in their fifth and final one day international. The 24-year-old took 5-28 as the Kiwis were bowled out for 221 in reply to the West Indies 241 all out and gave the hosts a 4-1 win in the series. The New Zealanders - who left out experienced all rounder Jacob Oram and were already without several experienced players who have been struck down with injury - saw several of their top order make a decent start before failing to move beyond 40. The only one to do so was Kane Williamson as the 21-year-old threatened to take them to victory with an impressive 69 and it took a superb catch by Gayle at mid wicket, off the bowling off Narine, to dismiss him. The West Indies had been teetering on 37-3 before a 60 run partnership between Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo steadied the ship. Samuels fell when on 43, caught by
WESt INdIES 15 J Charles c Nicol b Southee C Gayle c Nicol b Mills 5 9 d Smith lbw b Southee M Samuels c Guptill b Southee 43 d Bravo c McCullum b Ellis 53 7 K Pollard c Guptill b Williamson d thomas c Southee b Ellis 20 d Sammy c latham b Mills 2 A russell not out 59 6 S Narine c McCullum b Mills t Best not out 5 17 Extras: lb8 w9 total 9 wkts (50 overs) 241 Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-32, 3-37, 4-97, 5-104, 6-157, 7-160, 8180, 9-216 Bowling figures: Mills 10-1-40-3, Boult 8-0-29-0, Southee 101-37-3, Ellis 10-1-54-2, Nicol 5-0-27-0, Flynn 2-0-10-0, Williamson 5-0-36-1 NEW zEAlANd r Nicol c Bravo b Best 2 33 M Guptill lbw b Narine
B McCullum c Sammy b Narine 33 28 l taylor st thomas b Samuels K Williamson c Gayle b Narine 69 0 d Flynn c Sammy b Best t latham c thomas b Bravo 11 A Ellis b Narine 28 1 K Mills b Narine t Southee not out 4 t Boult c Pollard b Bravo 5 Extras: lb2 w5 7 221 total: (50 overs) Fall: 1-2, 2-64, 3-77, 4-108, 5-109, 6-140, 7-208, 8-212, 9-213 Bowling figures: Best 10-0-58-2, russell 4-1-25-0, Sammy 10-0-30-0, Narine 10-1-27-5, Samuels 10-0-49-1, Bravo 6-030-2 result: West Indies won by 20 runs - win series 4-1 toss: West Indies Man of the match: S Narine Man of the series: S Narine umpires: r Kettleborough (ENG) and J Wilson (WIS) tV umpire: r Illingworth (ENG) Match referee: A Pycroft (zIM)
Martin Guptill off Tim Southee, but Bravo played an unaccustomed patient innings to make his slowest ever half century before he fell for 53, caught by Brendon McCullum off Andrew Ellis. The hosts faltered again only for Andre Russell to come to their rescue batting at nine as he rattled off a stunning 59 not out to at least give his side a
reasonable target to defend. Veteran New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills had something to celebrate as having become New Zealand's joint second highest wicket taker in this form of cricket when he had Chris Gayle caught for just five, he moved into second on his own with a further two in the innings.
imran hails Pak-india cricket revival india's board confident of clearance ISLAMABAD AFP
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Tuesday hailed the revival of cricketing ties with India, saying the resumption of one of the world's great rivalries was good for the sport. India on Monday invited Pakistan for a short limited overs series in December-January, the first bilateral encounter between the neighbours in five years. India stalled cricketing ties with Pakistan in the wake of terror attacks on its commercial hub Mumbai in November 2008, which were blamed on militants based across the border. "I welcome India's decision to revive cricket with Pakistan," Khan told reporters. "Anything which can bring both the countries to negotiations and normalcy is very good and we must appreciate that." The thaw came after Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari asked Indian premier Manmohan Singh to restore ties during a lunch meeting in New Delhi in April this year. India also invited Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions for the Champions
League to be held in South Africa this year. Khan, who captained Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992 before forming his own political party -Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice) -- said India and Pakistan playing each other was a boost for world cricket. "The prospect of India and Pakistan playing against each other is a good news for international cricket because these matches are followed by millions across the world," said Khan. Khan said the high tension in an India-Pakistan match made it special cricket. "The Indo-Pak matches are special because of the high tension and whoever deals with that extreme pressure comes out winner," said Khan. The two sides met in the World Cup semi-final in the Indian city of Mohali in April last year, with India running out winners by 29 runs. "That semi-final in Mohali is a good example of the tension and the excitement. India committed a lot of mistakes in that match but they won because Pakistan did more mistakes in comparison and that's why they lost," said Khan.
nEW DELHI AFP
India's cricket chiefs are confident they will secure the government's clearance to host Pakistan for a short tour later this year, an official said on Tuesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited Pakistan to play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 matches in DecemberJanuary, the first bilateral contests between the arch-rivals in five years. "We will of course need to take a formal clearance from the government," BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla told AFP. "But I have spoken to both the home ministry and the external affairs ministry and we have no doubt the tour will take place." The rivals have not played a series since Pakistan's tour of India in 2007, after cricket ties were snapped following the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which were carried out by militants from Pakistan. Shukla said the BCCI was not interested in hosting Pakistan at a neutral venue and so slotted in the matches when England, also due to tour India later this year, return home briefly for Christmas and New Year.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, speaking to reporters in Chennai on Tuesday ahead of a tour of Sri Lanka starting this week, said his team will be ready to face Pakistan. "Now that the series has been announced, we will be ready for it," he said. "As professional cricketers that is what we are supposed to do. "The country's name is at stake. We will try and win every game, especially if it is against Pakistan." Cricket ties have been the subject of discussions between the governments of both nuclear-armed countries, who have been holding regular meetings in a bid to improve ties and eventually thrash out a peace agreement. The countries -- where cricket is hugely popular -- have fought three wars since independence in 1947. The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have only met in international tournaments since 2007. They clashed in the World Cup semi-final in the north Indian town of Mohali last year, a highprofile game that was attended by the prime ministers of the two countries. They also played during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March. Both matches were won by India.
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north Zone praises lRcA efforts for cricket LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt
President North Zone Cricket Association Mian Mubeen Ahmed said his zone has full support for the policies and steps being taken by President Lahore Region Cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed for the betterment of the game in the city. “The entire North Zone stands with LRCA Chief and fully endorsed his policies, decisions and steps for the revival of cricket and at the same time condemned the recent negative outburst of Secretary LRCA Mian Javed Ali which is damaging for Lahore’s cricket,” he said here on Tuesday. North Zone President was of the view that Lahore’s cricket suffered a lot during past two decades and in the previous two years sincere efforts were made to streamline it by taking drastic measures. “The credit goes to LRCA Chief who is a diehard promoter of the game and has assembled all the three zones of LRCA at one platform for the achieving a collective cause of revival and uplift of cricket,” he said. Mubeen strongly criticized the negative propaganda campaign of Javed Ali and termed it harmful for Lahore’s cricket. He demanded the President, LRCA to take disciplinary action against Secretary LRCA by referring his case to disciplinary committee. “I think he is following a hidden agenda to sabotage the smooth functioning of LRCA and to disrupt the ongoing efforts of promoting cricket in the three Zones.” He said it is the time to reunite against Secretary LRCA to make him realize that his all efforts to harm the unity in LRCA will bring no productive results as all the zones have full faith and trust in the leadership of Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed. “If a no confidence resolution is moved against Secretary LCA, our Zone will fully support it in the larger interest of Lahore’s cricket,” he added.
Mahmooda, nosheen reach Dist tt final LAhoRe: Mahmooda and Nosheen hae reached the final of the Hot Weather Table Tennis Tournament here on Tuesday. The Lahore District Hot Weather Table Tennis Tournament is in full swing and in ladies open, Mahmooda beat Mahnaz and Nosheen beat Amna to reach the final. In men open, Shahzad Yousaf and Irtaza Ali reached in the next round while Dr Shakeel and Mansooor lost their respective matches to their opponents. Zain Ahmed and Bilal Zahid reached finals in boys under 18 catagory. Aleema and Arooj qualified in under 12 girls while Harris and Saad won their matches in under-12 boys category. StAFF rEPOrt
Keep sentiments aside during ODIs against Pak: Dhoni CHEnnAI
NDIAN skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said his team would keep sentiments aside while preparing for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan to be held in December. "As professional cricketers, we are taught not to really get into the emotional side. So, the series has been placed, and we have to get ready for the series. As professional cricketers, we have to be ready for that series also," he told media in Chennai. Interacting with media at the end of a two-day camp here, Dhoni said as professional cricketers we are supposed to win every game, especially against Pakistan. "We will be ready for it, be-
cause we are not the persons who decide. But now that the series is out, we are supposed to be prepared for it, because our country's name is at stake. So, as a professional cricketer, that's what we are supposed to do, go on the field and try to win every game, especially if its against Pakistan," he said. On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to invite Pakistan for a three-match ODI series in December. Cricketing ties between India and Pakistan were snapped after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in November 2007, in which the former beat the latter 3-2. Since t h e n , there has been no bilateral cricket between the two arch-rivals, even though they did face each other in the 2011 World Cup.
Proteas' lack of prep no bother for kallis LOnDOn AFP
All-rounder Jacques Kallis says that South Africa are ready for their battle for Test cricket supremacy in a three-match series against England, despite what some critics believe has been inadequate preparation time. South Africa, aiming to knock England off their perch as the number oneranked Test side, have had only one two-day game and one three-day match -both of which were rain-affected -- but Kallis said the team was nevertheless "in a great space".\ "The guys feel that if the Test match started a couple of days ago it would have been perfect," Kallis said at the Oval on Tuesday. "As far as preparation is concerned the guys have got exactly what they wanted out of it. Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) are just top-up days." Kallis added that he expected the series to boil down to which team played the key moments better, with the two sides boasting probably the two best bowling attacks in world cricket. "It's going to be an inter-
sania will support india, but... NeW DeLhI: Though a bahu of Pakistan, tennis ace Sania Mirza will support the Indian team when the two countries resume their bilateral cricket ties in December this year. Sania’s father, Irfan Mirza said, “Of course our family will support the Indian team. Sania too will support Team India. She was born in India and we will support the Dhonis, Sehwags and Tendulkars.” Irfan, however, doesn’t forget to add a “but”. “Sania will also support her husband if he is chosen to play for Pakistan,” he says. While Shoaib Malik’s family stays in Pakistan, the couple has not settled there. “Sania had been to Pakistan once after that,” says Irfan, adding, “There was no tennis tournament there but once I accompanied her when Shoaib was playing in Pakistan.” Irfan, however, was not willing to comment on the BCCI’s decision to resume ties between the two countries. “If the decision is taken by the Board to restore connections after five years, I don’t want to say anything. It is between the Indian government and the Board officials,” he says. AGENCIES
Blatter announces new FiFA code of ethics
Anderson ready for stern south Africa test LoNDoN: James Anderson believes England will have to be patient as never before if they are to maintain their world number one Test ranking against a South Africa side who are masters of playing under pressure. South Africa will replace England at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings if they emerge victorious in a three-Test series that gets underway at The Oval here on Thursday. AFP esting battle to see who comes out on top. Both sides have got good batters as well. It's going to be a fantastic series." He insisted the South Africans had not picked out any England bowler as a particular threat. "You've got to respect every bowler and every ball that comes your way. We will have to be on the top of our game to make sure we don't give away any soft wickets."
FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday announced that world football's governing body has adopted a new code of ethics in the wake of a series of damaging corruption scandals. One of the central planks of the new code is that there will no longer be a time limitation for the prosecution of bribery and corruption cases. The announcement comes after a rocky few days for world football's governing body, with Blatter having to de-
fend his stance on bribery after a Swiss court revealed that his predecessor Joao Havelange had accepted enormous kick-backs. Havelange, FIFA president for a 24year spell up to Blatter's election in 1998, pocketed at least 1.5 million Swiss francs (£986,000, 820,000 euros) from FIFA's discredited Swiss-based marketing partner ISL, according to court documents. Blatter has come under heavy fire for his handling of the affair, with the head of the German football federation Wolfgang Niersbach on Saturday declaring himself "shocked" at Blatter's handling of the scandal. Blatter has sought to distance himself from the Havelange case, declaring last Thursday that he was powerless to sanction the 96-year-old Brazilian and pointing out that such payments were not illegal under Swiss law at the time. Responding to calls that he should consider his position, Blatter was defiant.
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ex-weightlifters accuse PWF of malpractices LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt
Prominent weightlifters of the country have shown no confidence against the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation and have asked the Pakistan Sports Board and the Pakistan Olympics Association to put an ad hoc on the federation. Former South Asian gold medalist Ch Mohammad Amin after chairing the meeting of former players said that the performance of the federation for the last eight years is a question mark. The main reason of the poor performance of the federation is the occupation of incompetent people of the federation. Also present on the occasion were Mohammad Idrees Butt, Prof Khyzer Hayat, Mohammad Azhar, Azam Mian, Col Asif Dar, Prof Mohammad Azhar, Aqeel Butt while officials of referees, coaches associations and officials of clubs were also present on the occasion. He alleged that Mohammad Irfan Butt, 18 years old son of the PWF secretary has done tours of 11 countries illegally. “He was preferred over renowned referees and players for tours,” he maintained. They also alleged that the federation is also involved in human trafficking.
MtFA Kick-off Futsal in full swing LAHORE StAFF rEPOrt
The MTFA Kick-off Futsal Tournament 2012 is in full swing at Model Town Football Ground, which began on July 12 and will run till July 18. Over 2250 students have registered so far, and they range from ages 3 ½ to 18. The Summer Camp’s kids is also participating in this tournament in full strength. Today, there will three matches between Quetta Vs Faislabad, Peshawar Vs Islamabad, Lahore Vs Karachi in Group C2 While all final matches will be held the next day and Grand prize distribution ceremony on Thursday at 5:30pm at Model Town Football Club Ground. The mission of MTFA is to provide the youth of Pakistan with an opportunity to associate as sports fraternity and generally to advance, develop their football talents, polish skills and knowledge through training use of professional instructors clinic, club competitions and organising tournaments competing with other existing youth sports organizations, said Model Town Football Academy’s President, Mian Rizwan Ali.
AFc suspends chief bin Hammam KuALA LuMpuR AFP
The Asian Football Confederation said it had suspended for 30 days its chief Mohamed bin Hammam over possible ethical violations in a new blow to the under-fire Qatari's efforts to clear his name. Bin Hammam, 63, has been fighting charges he tried to buy FIFA delegate votes in campaigning to unseat the world body's long-standing president Sepp Blatter in a leadership election last year. The scandal earned him a FIFA life ban from football and he has been provisionally replaced by the AFC pending appeals. But the AFC said in a statement posted on its website late Monday that it had handed bin Hammam a 30-day suspension the day before following an external audit of the confederation's financial accounts. The audit deals with "events surrounding the negotiation and execution of certain contracts and with the financial transactions made in and out of AFC bank accounts and his personal account during the tenure of Mr. Bin Hammam's presidency," it said.
SAn DIego: WtA players Sloan Stephens (l) and christina McHale play an exhibition tennis game with active duty naval Petty officers on the flight deck aboard the floating musuem the uSS Midway. AFP
Tajik ‘million dollar baby’ punches her way to London DuSHAnBE
AJIKISTAN is for the first time sending a female boxer to the London Olympics who is on a mission not only to win but to smash gender stereotypes in the religiously conservative ex-Soviet state. Mavzuna Choriyeva, 19, won her ticket to the Olympics at a qualifying competition in Beijing earlier this year and will be the only competitor from ex-Soviet Central Asia in the boxing competition. Choriyeva, who fights in the 60 kilogrammes category, is already Asian champion but her qualification spot so delighted the nation that President Emomali Rakhmon awarded her a car as a gift. "My dream is to win a medal at the London Olympics," she told AFP before flying out to the British capital. "I know this is not going to be easy -- the strongest sportswomen are going to be there with victories and experience behind them. There is nothing to fear -- you just need to move forwards to new victories." "The competition will show your level, your readiness and will reveal your strengths and weaknesses," said Choriyeva, who celebrated her Asian championships victory by wearing a national costume on the podium. Like many Tajiks of her generation, Choriyeva spent much of her early life in Moscow where her father was working as a migrant labourer in the hope of finding better wages than in their impoverished home country. Her father had dreamed of teaching a son to box but in the end it was his daughter Mavzuna who put on the gloves and rapidly showed her talent. When her father died, she moved back to Tajikistan to work under trainer Mirzo Shamsiyev. "Marvzuna is a self-starter and very capable. She does it all herself," said Shamsiyev. "She aims at the set task and takes the boxing training very seriously." --- 'Women's boxing should be banned' --Her breakthrough to the higher levels of her sport is all the more remarkable in an overwhelmingly Muslim country where in some conservative circles any women's sport is frowned upon, let alone boxing.
DuSHAnBe: Mavzuna choriyeva poses with her trophy. AFP "When a woman boxes, she stops being tender and calm. It is not for women and I think women's boxing should be banned," said Malokhat, 36, a mother of three children in a comment that is hardly unrepresentative. However Choriyeva now boasts that three other girls have set out on the same path as her and have started training. "It's wonderful that women's boxing is now developing in our country." Yet it is still an uphill struggle for the women who have to share the boxing rings with their male counterparts because there are no special facilities for women. Few parents are willing to let their daughters take
part in a full-on combat sport like boxing although women are now taking up the martial art and Olympic sport of Taekwondo. Many in the country are however immensely proud of Choriyeva for making a bold move to destroy stereotypes. "I am delighted with Marvzuna Choriyeva because it is hard for a girl to do this in an Islamic country, let alone one with Sharia tendencies," said sociologist Latofat Saidova, herself a former rower. "The secret of her success is her fighting character." There are incentives enough for Tajik athletes at the Olympics, with its 15 representatives set to be showered with cash, new apartments and cars by the state if they win gold.
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Security firm boss admits 'humiliating shambles' LOnDOn
Public fear for safety at games
HE head of private security giant G4S agreed under questioning by British lawmakers Tuesday that the firm's failure to provide enough security guards for the Olympics was "a humiliating shambles". Chief executive Nick Buckles said he expected the company would eventually be able to supply 7,000 of the 10,000 staff it had promised. An extra 3,500 troops have already been drafted in by the British government to plug the gap. But he insisted that he would not resign over the scandal and said that G4S, one of the world's biggest security firms, would still claim its £57-million ($88-million, 72-million-euro) management fee for the Olympics contract. Asked by one member of parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee whether it was a "humiliating shambles" for G4S, with the Olympics just 10 days away, Buckles replied "I cannot disagree with you". He also admitted that the firm had taken on the Olympics contract to boost its reputation rather than for profit, but agreed when the committee suggested that reputation was now "in tatters". Amid mounting pressure for him to quit his £830,000-a-year job, Buckles insisted he was the best person to see the contract through. The staffing shortfall only came to his attention on July 3, Buckles said, adding: "Day by day we started to realise that the pipeline and the people we thought we were going to be able to deliver we couldn't." He said G4S only raised it with the government on July 11 when it was sure it would not be able to fulfil the contract. "We have a significant manpower shortage against the plan. Clearly that shortage is going to manifest itself from this day forward until the
Sock slips past Bogomolov at Atlanta open
ATLANTA: American wild card Jack Sock defeated seventh seed Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the opening round Monday of the ATP Tour's Atlanta Open. The 19-yearold Sock converted two of his three break points while saving six of the seven chances he faced on serve in the two hour, 15 minute match. Russia's Bogomolov has now lost five consecutive matches and falls to 9-21 on the season. Sock is no stranger to winning lower-level matches as he captured the US Open junior doubles title in 2010 and the mixed doubles crown in 2011. He is now trying to raise his game to the highest level, and in order to help him do that, he recently hired former world top 10 player Joakim Nystrom as his coach. In other matches, Luxembourg's Gilles Muller posted his 100th singles win by hammering 14 aces past Australian Marinko Matosevic for a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory. Muller improves to a 12-14 on the season and moves on to square off against two-time defending champion Mardy Fish of the US. Muller is a former US Open quarter-finalist. AFP
LoNDoN: Nearly half of the British population believe their country is poorly prepared for the London Olympics while many have concerns over security at the Games, a poll has suggested. Last-minute plans for the armed forces to fill a shortage of security guards have raised public fears about safety at Olympic venues, according to a Comres poll published late Monday, 11 days before the Games open on July 27. Of the 2,000 people questioned, 45 percent said they felt that Britain seemed poorly prepared for the Olympics.\ Almost 40 percent said the fact that the government had been forced to provide 3,500 extra troops to guard the Games made them more concerned about whether spectators will be safe. The government announced last Thursday that extra troops would be drafted in after it emerged that private security firm G4S was unable to provide the total 10,000 guards it had pledged. The soldiers bring the total military presence at the Games to 17,000 personnel. London mayor Boris Johnson admitted on Tuesday that there would be "imperfections and things going wrong" in the coming weeks, adding that it was a "ginormous" task to stage the Games. Responding to reports that a bus carrying competitors took four hours on Monday to get from Heathrow airport to the Olympic Village in east London, Johnson insisted the time taken was "more like two and a half hours". Once in the Olympic Village, athletes who began arriving on Monday were "bowled over" by facilities, the mayor said. AFP Games," he said. Buckles said G4S currently had 4,200 people working and that the "minimum we can deliver" by the start of the Games on July 27 was 7,000. But when asked whether he could guarantee they would all turn up he said "I can't, no". G4S shares slid 1.85 percent to 249.90 pence in early morning trade on Tuesday, after suffering heavy falls on Monday. It emerged Monday that in addition to the military support at least eight police forces have had to deploy extra officers at Olympic venues across Britain -reportedly after employees of G4S failed to turn up to work. The company, which is set to lose up to £50 million for failing to meet the obligations of its £284 million Olympics contract, has insisted that extra police should only be needed for a few days. Britain's interior minister Theresa May denied on Monday that ministers knew last year that there would be a shortfall. The extra
troops pledged by the government last week brings to 17,000 the total number of military personnel lined up for Games security. The government came under further pressure Tuesday as a report said that the Border Agency -- which has been under fire in recent weeks over hourslong immigration queues at London's Heathrow airport -- has cut too many employees. Over 1,000 staff more than initially planned have lost their jobs in the last year and the Border Agency has now been forced to hire extra people to deal with the workload, the National Audit Office said. The first athletes and Games visitors began arriving at Heathrow on Monday and the Olympic Village opened in Stratford, east London. Meanwhile nearly half of the British population believe their country is inadequately prepared for the Olympics while many have concerns over security at the Games, a Comres poll suggested.
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Tiger Woods says he is not feeling anxiety about going four years without a major victory but the 206 pot bunkers scattered across Royal Lytham for the 141st British Open give him some concern. Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus, begins the hunt for his fourth British Open crown on Thursday having not won any major championship since the 2008 US Open. But Woods, a 36-year-old American, has said he feels he has plenty of time in which to pass Nicklaus, whose last major title came at age 46, and he is not worried about his chances fading despite a rising tide of young contenders. "I just try and put myself there," Woods said. "I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times then I'll win major championships." In 16 majors since his 2008 victory at Torrey Pines, Woods has missed
four majors with injuries, finished outside the top 20 four times, twice missed the cut and six times finished in the top six. But the fourth-ranked star says he is not impatient waiting to end his major title
drought. "Not at all," Woods said. "I had to go through that whole process of just getting healthy again. Being banged up and missing major championships because of it wasn't a whole lot of fun.
Red-hot serena shifts focus to Olympics CARLSBAD AFP
While Stanford champ Serena Williams shifts her focus to the London Olympics, runner-up Coco Vandeweghe is poised to continue her breakthrough season at this week's WTA Carlsbad event. Williams, who earlier this month won her fifth Wimbledon crown, beat the 20-year-old Vandeweghe 75, 6-3 Sunday for her second straight WTA Tour title at the Stanford tournament. The world number four is not in competition this week after winning Stanford and will soon head to Britain
for the Summer Games, which open a week from Friday. "(A gold medal) would mean a lot to me, but I can't put all my hopes and dreams on just that," said the 30year-old Williams, who has twice lifted Olympic doubles gold with her elder sister Venus. "But it would mean a lot and I'd like to try to get one," said the winner of 28 of her last 29 matches and holder of four 2012 titles. Vandeweghe, who rebounded from a lucky loser start at Stanford to make the first title bid of her career, opens this week in the first round at the La Costa resort in Carlsbad against South
African sixth seed Chanelle Scheepers. The blonde right-handed Californian rose from a ranking of 120th to 69th as a result of her hardcourt run. She credits a serve improved under the tutelage of former ATP player Jan-Michael Gambill with lifting her game. "It has been coming in clutch," she said of her new, improved delivery. "I've worked hard on my serve, it's a big weapon for me. I've been making a lot of first serves and I can put pressure on an opponent by serving consistently well. I'm hitting my spots and doing very well." The Carlsbad field is
headed by France's Marion Bartoli, with Slovak Dominika Cibulkova the second seed and former world number one Jelena Jankovic seeded third. Russian Nadia Petrova is seeded fourth. US Olympian Christina McHale is also in Carlsbad, tuning up for London by playing one final event. In openingday results Monday, Poland's Urszula Radwanska knocked out sixth seed Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 75 The 29-year-old Hantuchova has struggled since returning from a foot injury which forced her to miss Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome, Brussels and Roland Garros.
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India lost for the first time in the men’s field hockey since 1928 when Pakistan beat them 1-0 in the 1960 final. this defeat came after 30 consecutive victories and six successive gold medals. Rome, Italy which had missed hosting the 1908 games, was the home city of emperor theodosius who had ended the Ancient games 1567 years before. these games was the first to have Worldwide television coverage. the marathon event of these games at Rome began at the capitol Hill and finished on the Appian Way, near the Arch of constantine. this was the only occasion when the marathon event had not started or ended in the main olympic Stadium. the wrestling events of the games were held in Basilica of Maxentius, the site of wrestling contests 2000 years earlier. german Armin Hary became the first-ever sprinter from a non-english-speaking country to win the men’s 100m event during these games, while Italian livio Berruti became the first non-north American to the 200m event. In the men’s high jump Soviet union’s Robert Shavlakadze became the first athlete from a non-english speaking country to win a gold in this event. In the swimming event, Britain’s Anita lonsbrough in the 200m breaststroke was the only one in the fifteen events to win a gold. Rest of the titles were won by either by Australia or united States. In the 100m freestyle swimming event, American lance larson who was timed at one-tenth faster than Australian John Devitt, was still placed second despite the slow-motion film indicating that the former was first. crown Prince constantine (later King constantine II of greece) won the second Royal gold medal in olympic history when he claimed the Dragon class yachting title. Denmark’s Paul elvstrom won his fourth consecutive individual gold medal in dinghy sailing to become the first sportsman in from any sport to achieve this distinction. ghana’s clement "Ike" Quartey, who won the silver in the light-welter category in the boxing event, became the first black African to win an olympic medal. Soviet gymnast Boris Shakhlin in 1960 won seven medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze) then the most by any athlete in one games. Hungarian fencer Aladar gerevich at the age of 50 years and 178 days, won his sixth team sabre gold medal in as many games - a feat unsurpassed by any other olympic competitor. the light-heavyweight boxing title went to an American cassius clay, who became a professional after the games, and later, as Mohammad Ali became one of the richest sportsman in history. Italian Sante gaiardoni became the only cyclist in olympic history to win both the time trial and the match sprint events during these games. Australian Bill Roycroft suffering from a concussion and a broken collarbone after a fall in the three-day equestrian event, left his hospital bed to compete in the jumping test, which ensured a gold medal for this country.
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larger bench to hear Benazir murder case next week ISLAMABAD
S the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday hinted at the formation of a larger bench to hear the Benazir Bhutto murder case after a second FIR was registered into her assassination, the executive-judiciary tussle is likely to enter a critical stage as the apex court is all set to hear 10 important cases – all involving, directly or indirectly, top ranking officials of the executive or the military. A well-placed source told Pakistan Today that the government was watching keenly the cases being taken up by the apex court and it was measuring its various options to deal with the emerging situation accordingly. The source added that the government was being advised to take the judiciary head-on, but the Presidency was keeping its cards close to the chest. The 10 important cases being heard in Supreme Court include the Asghar Khan case on the Mehran Bank scam, Adiyala Jail missing persons’ case, Balochistan law and order case, National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case and
summoning of PM for not writing a letter to Swiss authorities, contempt of court act case, Malik Riaz contempt of court case, Benazir Bhutto murder case, dual nationality case, memo case and Dr Arslan Iftikhar corruption case. On Tuesday, a three-judge SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry started hearing the BB murder case. The bench decided that a five-member larger bench would take up the plea seeking a second FIR regarding Benazir’s assassination. The court had earlier passed an order
on this plea.\ Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that a five-member bench would be constituted to hear the plea of Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, who had sought the registration of a second FIR.\ During the course of hearing, Rasheed A Rizvi, counsel for the petitioner apprised the bench that an inquiry report of BB’s murder case had not been made public so far. Deputy Attorney General Shafi Chandio informed the bench that the report had been made public and notification would be submitted before the court soon.
He added that Chaudhry Aslam was not an aggrieved party in the case, therefore, could not seek registration of a second FIR. However, the chief justice overruled the objection and remarked that it was not necessary that all complainants be aggrieved parties. “Even a passerby can lodge the complaint,” he said and quoted an earlier judgment passed by the court in this regard. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) also submitted a final challan in the BB murder case and it nominated former president Pervez Musharraf as the main offender.
US to use ‘all elements of power’ to halt nuclear iran JERuSALEM AFP
The United States will use “all elements of American power” to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said late on Monday at a press conference in Jerusalem. “We will use all elements of American power to prevent Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon,” she said in reference to Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, which Washington and much of the West believes is a cover for a weapons drive. Her remarks, which carried an implied threat of military action — a course of action never ruled out by Washington — came just
days after the United States imposed a wave of fresh sanctions on Iran targeting companies tied to Tehran’s procurement, petroleum, and shipping networks. And she accused the Islamic Republic of presenting unworkable proposals in its talks with the P5+1 world powers. “I made very clear that the proposals we have seen thus far from Iran within the P5+1 negotiations are non-starters,” she said of the latest round of talks, which took place in Istanbul earlier this month. “Despite three rounds of talks it appears that Iran has yet to make the strategic decision to address the international community’s concerns and fulfil its obligations.” Following a day of top-level talks with the Israeli leadership over a range of regional issues, Clinton said the Obama ad-
ministration was “in close consultation with Israel” over ways to increase the pressure on Tehran. “We talked about concrete steps that we can take to continue to build the pressure,” she said. “We are pressing forward in close consultation with Israel.... And I think it is fair to say we are on the same page at this moment, trying to figure our way forward to have the maximum impact on effecting the decisions that Iran makes.” Because of US efforts to rally the international community to tackle the Iranian nuclear threat, Tehran was “under greater pressure than ever before. That pressure will continue and increase,” she said. “We all prefer a diplomatic resolution and Iran’s leaders have the opportunity to make the right decision. The choice is ultimately Iran’s,” she added.
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Rand Paul plans aid cut move WASHInGTOn SPECIAl COrrESPONdENt
Pledging “strong and mutually respectful” relationship with Pakistan, the United States Tuesday said its civilian assistance to Islamabad has continued unhindered including during the blockade of NATO supply routes. “We consider bilateral US civilian assistance to be an important component of that relationship and believe it can help Pakistan become a more prosperous, stable, and democratic state, which serves the national interests of both the United States and Pakistan,” the State Department said. In response to a question on the subject, the Office of Spokesperson said U.S. “civilian assistance to Pakistan has been ongoing throughout the closure of the NATO supply lines and has continued after their opening.” While figures for this fiscal year are not yet available, since the passage
of the Kerry-Lugar-Berma legislation in October 2009, the US government has disbursed $2.8 billion in civilian assistance, including approximately $1 billion in emergency humanitarian assistance, the Department said. “Our non-humanitarian civilian assistance funds are spent in five priority sectors: energy, economic growth, stabilization of vulnerable areas, education, and health. Notably, in 2011 the people of the United States supported the construction of 210 kilometers of road in FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, funded the world’s largest Fulbright exchange program, and sponsored initiatives promoting private sector growth and civil society development in Pakistan.” With regard to Coalition Support Funds, the spokesperson referred reporters to the Department of Defense. The US Administration’s emphasis on the importance of civilian aid for Pakistan came amid claim by an America senator, Rand Paul, a Repub-
lican from Kentucky, that he has enough support to force a vote on his measure to end all aid to Pakistan if Dr Shakil Afridi is not released. “If Dr. Afridi is still in jail next week, I will force this vote,” Paul said on the floor Tuesday morning. Dr Afridi worked for CIA in hunt for bin Laden but has been sentenced to 33 years imprisonment on charges of his links to militant organiztions. Paul claimed he now has the necessary number of signatures on a cloture petition to force the vote. Pending the outcome of the appeal trial of Afridi, Paul said he would call for a vote on cutting aid to the Pakistani government as early as July 20. A report in The Hill publication said the Obama administration and many lawmakers are reluctant to cut funds for Pakistan. The country is seen as a key ally in maintaining peace in neighboring Afghanistan and for its assistance in operations against terror groups.
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NATO oil supply from Karachi delayed KARACHI/CHAMAn AGENCIES
Nineteen NATO supply containers crossed the Chaman border into Afghanistan on Tuesday after clearance by Customs officials, but tens of Afghanistan-bound oil tankers due to resume oil supply on Tuesday could not leave Karachi due to logistical and other issues. Sources said tankers carrying oil for NATO forces faced delays as the checkpost supposed to secure the tankers have not been set up as yet. Also, oil companies have not supplied oil to the tankers so far. The All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) general secretary has demanded clearance of previous dues before the oil tankers left for Afghanistan for renewed supply. He also demanded additional security to tankers carrying oil for NATO forces. APOTOA-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa President Nasir Khan had earlier said that the supply would resume from July 17. Pakistan reopened overland routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan on July 3 after keeping them shut for seven months to protest a US air raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. NATO traffic across the border has so far been minimal, with only a few trucks having crossed into Afghanistan since the routes were reopened. Officials in Karachi said a dispute over the payment of damages for thousands of containers blockaded for seven months, which has led to sluggish overland supplies, could be resolved this week.
‘India to ask Pak about next course of action on 26/11’ nEW DELHI INP
India will soon ask Pakistan what action it would take after a court there ruled that findings of a Pakistani judicial commission which visited Mumbai were illegal and could not be made part of the evidence against 26/11 accused. Unhappy over the ruling of a Pakistani court on the 26/11 case, New Delhi also said that evidence collected by the commission had “evidential value” to punish those involved in the worst ever terrorist attack in the country. “Our belief is that the evidence collected by the commission is of evidential value,” Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here. He was reacting to the ruling of a Rawalpindi court which said all findings of the commission that visited India were illegal and could not be made part of the evidence against the seven arrested 26/11 accused. The court is hearing the terror case against seven 26/11 accused, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
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