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NWA operation after civilian consensus, decides army top brass RAwALpInDI ONlINE
HE 69th Formation Commanders’ meeting convened by COAS General Ashfaq Kayani on Wednesday decided to undertake any military offensive in North Waziristan Agency with the joint consensus of the army and civilian leadership. Sources said during the concluding session of the formation commanders moot on Wednesday, matters relating to overall regional security issues, Pak-US relations, intelligence cooperation, anti-terrorism efforts and various options to defend border posts and security forces from cross border attacks were taken up. After carrying out a careful evaluation of the NWA issue, it was decided that any possible operation in Waziristan would be carried out after a thorough consensus between the Pakistan Army and civilian leadership, strictly in accordance with national interests and at a convenient time. The meeting expressed its disappointment over NATO and ISAF’s failure to contain and coordinate against cross-border
Govt resolution called for Swat-like military operation The resolution which was drafted in the wake of an attack on Malala Yousafzai but could not be tabled in the House, advocated a Swat-like military operation wherever and whenever needed, Geo News reported on Wednesday. The resolution could not be adopted by the National Assembly owing to strong opposition from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. PML-N was wary of the resolution since it received the draft and saw the military operation in NWA as a conspiracy to shelve the upcoming general elections. The draft resolution said that parliament, in the strongest of words, condemns all kinds of organised terrorism perpetrated under the pretext of implementing Islamic system. It also said the plotters of such unconstitutional and non-Islamic acts are not only the enemies of Islam but the state as well. The draft resolution made it clear that there exists a national consensus against the barbaric acts of terrorism and people of Pakistan reject the ‘way of life’ Taliban are trying to impose upon them. It called upon the federal and provincial governments to take effective counterterrorism measures advising military operations where necessary. According to the draft resolution, the parliament denounces the cowardly attack on Malala Yousafzai and her schoolfellows. MONITORING DESK attacks by terrorists on Pakistani border checkposts and security forces and decided to raise the issue with the American and Afghan military sources in future meetings. It was also decided to evaluate and evolve a broad-based, re-
sult-oriented strategy regarding war against terrorism and other equally detrimental challenges being faced by the federation. The situation arising out of American drone attacks in the Tribal Areas was also debated in a wider perspective.
KUWAIT: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf exchanging views with Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue. online
ECP wants general election under judiciary ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT
Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani on Wednesday said the commission was in favour of holding the next general election under the supervision of the judiciary, as Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the change of government through votes strengthened the democratic process in the country. Addressing a seminar at the Election Commission office in connection with Voters’ Day, the acting CEC said he had written a letter to the chief justice of Pakistan asking him to review the National Judicial Policy and allow the appointment of judges as district presiding officers and returning officers.
The seminar was attended by leaders of various political parties and members of the civil society. He said proposals received from political parties and other concerned organisations were under consideration of the commission. Justice Jillani said it had been laid down in the National Judicial Policy that the judiciary would not perform duties in the next election so that it could concentrate on its original functions. However, the ECP considered the matter of organising next election under the supervision of the judiciary and it was agreed to request the chief justice for the purpose. Acting ECP Secretary Mohammad Afzal briefed the participants about the arrangements made by the commis-
sion. He said the commission had prepared a code of conduct for the upcoming election that had been given to the political parties for their feedback. CHIEF JUSTICE: In a meeting with the acting EC, Chief Justice Chaudhry said greater participation of voters in the election put positive pressure on the governing institutions to work for the well being of the people. Ensuring active participation of voters required that all eligible people were on the electoral rolls, the CJ maintained. “Participation of voters is also directly related to creating a conducive environment in and around the polling stations to ensure free and fair elections, which is a mandate of the constitution and shall shape the destiny of the nation,” the chief justice said.
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Manzoor Wattoo appointed PPP Punjab president
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SC withdraws notices in Sharif’s dual nationality case ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT
The Supreme Court on Wednesday withdrew its notices over dual-nationality case of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after Punjab opposition leader Raja Riaz said that his statement was misinterpreted. Riaz had allegedly said in a statement that Sharif held dual nationality. Consequently, the apex court summoned the chief minister to state if the claim made by the opposition leader was correct. Sharif had claimed that he was a citizen of Pakistan by birth and had never applied or sought any other nationality. This was also reaffirmed by the declaration on oath submitted by him to the Election Commission of Pakistan at the time of filing nomination papers. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the dual nationality case. The attorney of Riaz said that his client’s statement was misinterpreted. “When he was answering a question of the media, he gave the statement on the basis of rumors and speculations.” Adding that, he said that “his client never said that the chief minister had dual-nationality.” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the opposition leader could have clarified his statement. Adding that, he said that “Now the case has been registered in the apex court, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will investigate the case.” Riaz said that he had the evidence that he did not mean to imply that Shahbaz Sharif was a dual-national. He said that if the newspapers and media organizations, who published/broadcasted the story, should present the evidence. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that there was also need to formulate code of conduct for journalism. After consulting both parties to the case, the Supreme Court decided to withdraw the issued notices.
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JI not to attend crucial meeting ISLAMABAD
F T E R hectic efforts of around one-and-a-half years, the Jamiat Ulemae-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) is all set to make a major political breakthrough with a likely revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) today (Thursday), aimed at thwarting the political prospects of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC). The MMA was formed in year 2002 and comprised of over a dozen religious outfits. However, the revived MMA is likely to consist of the JUI-F, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP), Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Islami Tehreek and JUI-Samiul Haq group. Reliable sources in the politico-religious alliance confided in Pakistan Today that the MMA was going to be revived without the Jamat-e-Islami – once a soul of the alliance – as differences between the leadership of both
Two senior leaders of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) and former MPAs from Bahawalpur, Chaudhry Riaz Ahmad and Chaudhry Ahmad Nawaz joined Pakistan Muslim League (PML). They made the announcement during their meeting with PML leader and Deputy Prime Minister Pervez Elahi at his residence on Wednesday. Both former MPAs reposed confidence in the leadership of Shujat Hussain and Pervez Elahi and said that their party was the real platform for initiating change. They said that Elahi, during his reign as Punjab’s CM, had done historic works for the welfare of the province, in particular Bahawalpur. Ahmad and Nawaz assured Elahi that they would put in all their efforts to make PML strong and active in Bahawalpur.
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the previous partners could not be ironed out. The very differences had led to the suspension of the MMA two years back. “The leaders of major component parties of the MMA would gather here in the federal capital tomorrow (Thursday) to announce the revival of the MMA after detailed deliberations,” said a source in the JUI-F. He said chief of Jamiat Ulema-ePakistan (JUP) Abul Khair Mohammed Zubair, the acting head of the MMA, was also active in this regard and contacts had been made with all the leaders of the alliance. JUI-F Secretary General Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri confirmed to Pakistan Today that the religious alliance was holding a crucial meeting today and said that the meeting would decide when the alliance would be restored. “Yes, we are meeting tomorrow. However, the meeting would decide whether the MMA is going to be re-
vived tomorrow or in a following meeting,” he added. He said the local leader of the JUP would host the meeting and it would be attended by leaders of five major parties of the alliance. He said the JI leadership had not confirmed its participation yet. The source said the revival of the MMA would be a major setback to the prospects of DPC which Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other MMA leaders suspected the most for operating for a hidden agenda to steal the mandate of religious parties. “For the time being, Punjab is the focus for Maulana Fazl as Punjab, being the biggest province of the country, would be the deciding factor in the upcoming elections. Fazl wants to get the MMA revived to isolate the PMLN and to get advantage of the religious vote bank, as religious vote is an asset for the time being,” the source added. The source said Fazl believed that the hardcore vote bank of religious
Police foil 28-year man’s attempt to marry 7-year-old girl SUKKUR NNI
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Police on Wednesday foiled an attempt by a 28-year man to marry a seven-year old girl in Sukkur and arrested him along with his father and brother. Per details, a wedding ceremony to solemnise the marriage of seven-year Pathani with 28year Arsalan was in progress when police took action and arrested the bridegroom, his father Mohammad Bux and brother Muhammed Akbar. According to police, the wedding was being organised under the ritual of marriage barter and the bridegroom confessed to the same. The cleric leading the nikah and the bride’s father are on the run. Police registered a case against the bridegroom and would soon produce him in court.
parties was a source of strength for the PML-N across Punjab and if the same could be disassociated, not only would it help the JUI-F’s cause but also decrease around 10,0000 to 15,000 votes of the PML-N in each constituency of the country. The source said Fazl wanted to revive the MMA a year back, but JI chief Syed Munawwar Hassan was a major hurdle in the revival of the religious alliance. “Since Munawar took over, he was opposing revival of the MMA. Munawwar Hassan has been tagging preconditions to the revival of the MMA. While, the former JI chief, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, wanted to revive the alliance,” he added. The source added that the revival of the MMA would make the religious alliance a major political group in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan, as the ruling Awami National Party (ANP) and the PPP government in Balochistan were suffering from alltime low popularity in both provinces.
IHC extends restraining order against Rimsha’s trial ISLAMABAD INP
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday extended the restraining order against the trial of blasphemy accused Christian girl Rimsha Masih until November 14. During the hearing, Chaudhry Abdul Aziz submitted his power of attorney on behalf of Malik Ummad, the accuser. The court directed the counsels to conclude their arguments in the next hearing on November 14, while extending the restraining order until the said date. Rimsha’s lawyer Abdul Hameed Rana had filed a petition, requesting the court to quash the “baseless” FIR registered “on false information” against the teenage girl. He argued that Khalid Jadoon – the prayer leader of Mehra Jaffer mosque accused of tampering with evidence against Rimsha – wanted the Christian community to leave the area. Earlier on October 1, IHC Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman had stayed the trial of the teenage blasphemy accused until October 17. Rimsha’s counsel referred to the statement of prosecution witness Hafiz Zubair, who had said on August 31 that the Jadoon had put pages of the Holy Quran in the evidence in order to make a case against the Christians.
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Senate passes drug regulatory authority bill ISLAMABAD NNI
The Senate unanimously passed The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Bill 2012 on Wednesday. The Upper House of parliament was informed that over Rs 144 billion had been provided to public sector universities from 2008 to 2012. During the Question Hour, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani told the House that the Higher Education Commission allocated funds to universities on need and performance basis through a funding formula approved by the commission. To a question‚ Leader of
US freezes assets of three Taliban-linked Pakistani men wAShInGTon AGENCIES
The US Treasury said on Wednesday it had frozen the assets of three Pakistanibased individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other militant organisations blamed for violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Treasury said it froze all US assets and prohibited any US individuals from doing business with Maulvi Adam Khan Achekzai, Aamir Ali Chaudhry and Qari Ayyub Bashir. Adam and Chaudhry were involved in the production of bombs for the Taliban and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, the US Treasury said in a statement. Bashir coordinated financial support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it added. “As these designations demonstrate, we will continue to work to dismantle the terrorist support networks operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, paying special attention to those involved in the manufacture of IEDs (improvised explosive devices),” said David Cohen, US undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
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the House Jahangir Badr said a total of 3,568 scholarships had been provided to students for education abroad during the last five years. He said the students of FATA and Balochistan could avail scholarships both on merit and quota systems. To another question‚ Badr said nine locations had been tentatively selected for the burial of entrails‚ offal and carcasses of sacrificial animals on Eidul Azha. Badr told the Senate that two plans were underway to overcome the shortage of water in the federal capital. He said an MoU had been signed with China under which 100 million gallons of water would be provided to Islamabad from Tarbela Dam.
He said in cooperation with the Punjab government, the CDA intended to build a dam near Islamabad. “This reservoir will have the capacity to store 15 million gallons of water‚ of which half will be provided to Rawalpindi and the other half to Islamabad,” he said. Minister for National Regulations and Services Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan laid before the House the Annual Report of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan 2011. The Senate unanimously passed The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Bill 2012 that was moved by Firdous. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said no decision had so far been taken for a military operation in North Waziristan. He
said such decision‚ if any‚ would be made jointly by the military and the political leadership. He said the head money on Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan had been increased to Rs 100 million. Malik assured the House that stern action would be taken against militants involved in terrorism. The House offered special prayers for the recovery of Malala Yusufzai. Referring to the Balochistan issue, Malik said the government wanted to hold dialogue with those who respected the flag and constitution of Pakistan. He suggested forming a committee comprising a member each from major political parties to visit Balochistan and hold dialogue with the estranged Baloch leaders.
PM meets Bahraini king, vows deeper ties BAhRAIn APP
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf met Bahraini king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah on Wednesday, and vowed to further enhance brotherly ties between the two countries. The prime minister met the Bahraini king on the sidelines of Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit here. Ashraf said the two countries enjoyed close, cordial and friendly relations based on mutual trust and
understanding. He lauded the monarch’s efforts to promote understanding among various segments of the Bahraini society through dialogue. He said the 65,000strong Pakistani expatriate community was significantly contributing to the development and progress of Bahrain in both public and private sectors. He also thanked the kingdom for taking care of the Pakistani community. Ashraf said that economic and trade ties between the two countries had been steadily
improving, but efforts were needed to raise the trade volume to its real potential. He said that Pakistan had been working for an early conclusion of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with GCC, and expressed the desire to further strengthen cooperation in Defence. Ashraf also extended an invitation to King of Bahrain to visit Pakistan which he accepted. The king of Bahrain thanked the government and people of Pakistan for their continued support, saying Pakistan was his second home.
HE 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban was in a stable condition in a British hospital Tuesday as well-wishers from around the world left her messages of support. Malala Yousafzai “remains stable”, according to doctors monitoring her at the specialist Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, which treats British soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. “She spent a second comfortable night at the hospital and continues to be cared for,” the hospital said. Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last week as a punishment for campaigning for the right of girls to an education, in an attack which outraged the world. She came to prominence
Zil haj moon sighted, eidul azha on 27th LAhoRe NNI
Pakistan will celebrate Eidul Azha on October 27 as the Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee sighted the Zil Haj moon in Lahore on Wednesday. The Central Ruet-eHilal Commitee chairman would make a formal announcement of the moon sighting after receiving evidences from other parts of the country. Earlier, the Meteorological Department said the moon would be seen easily as the sky was clear in most part of the country. The moon was sighted clearly on Wednesday evening in almost all parts of the country.
with a blog for the BBC highlighting atrocities under the Taliban, the hardline Islamists who terrorised the Swat valley from 2007 until an army offensive in 2009. The teenager had a bullet removed from her skull during an operation in Pakistan last week. Donations towards her care, which is being funded by the Pakistani government, are being received by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s charity while hundreds of people have left messages of support on the hospital’s website. The well-wishers are from countries including Pakistan, Britain, India, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Rwanda and the Netherlands. “We the Pakistanis are so sorry that a little girl like you had to stand up for all of us. If we had shown some courage you would have been safe and healthy today. Malala, get well please, we
need you,” wrote Durre Nayab. “Please accept my and my family’s gratitude for what you have stood for. You are a true daughter of Pakistan. We are in your debt forever. Get well soon,” said Munir Pervaiz. Ajmal Khan wrote: “You are the one who stood for a cause that you believed in and we salute your courage and your committment toward your cherished goal. “I personally was in tears when I heard of your ordeal. But hopefully you will get well soon and start your mission again with the same spirit and agility.” A message book has also been opened at Council House, the headquarters of Birmingham’s local authority. Birmingham has a 100,000-strong ethnic Pakistani community — a tenth of the city’s population. Cards, letters and gifts to Malala are being handled by the city’s Pakistani consulate.
CM RESPONSIBLE FOR WORSENING LAW & ORDER IN PUNJAB: GOVERNOR LAhoRe APP
Punjab Governor Latif Khan Khosa said that law and order situation in the province was worsening each passing day and held the Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif responsible for it. Addressing an oath taking ceremony of the Media Workers Organization at his official residence on Wednesday, Khosa said no one was ready to listen to the voice of the poor and that rule of law was non-existent in the province. He said he had written a letter to the CM regarding inappropriate statements from the provincial law min-
ister adding that the CM was behind such rhetoric. He said Malala Yousufzai’s name was synonymous with enlightenment and she represented the future of the country. He believed the nation would unanimously cast vote in her favour if a referendum was held. The governor said there was no place for terrorism and lawlessness in our society and that the continuity of democracy was important for the future of Pakistan. He further said that the federal government always ensured freedom of media and steps were being taken to address all issues faced by this community.
australia, india take first steps on nuclear deal new DeLhI AfP
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday agreed to open negotiations to export uranium nuclear fuel to energy-hungry India after meeting her counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The deal, which will provide a boost for India’s civilian nuclear ambitions, comes after Australia reversed its policy of refusing to sell uranium to India as it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “Prime Minister Manmo-
han Singh welcomed the decision of the Australian government on uranium sales to India, noting that nuclear energy will play an important role in India’s future energy needs,” a joint statement said. “India and Australia (will) commence negotiations on a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement which, for Australia, is a prerequisite for uranium sales to other countries,” it added. Gillard overcame opposition within her own Labor party to reverse the ban last year, arguing that the deal was necessary to improve ties with one of Asia’s biggest economies. The
two countries will now kick off formal discussions, but have warned that negotiations are likely to last up to two years. New Delhi — backed by the US — won a special exemption in 2008 from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which governs global nuclear trade, to allow it to buy reactors and fuel from overseas. India, which has fractious relations with its nuclear-armed neighbour Pakistan, had been subject to a global embargo since 1974 when it first conducted a nuclear weapons test. Singh hailed Wednesday’s announcement as recog-
nition of India’s “record and credentials” on civil nuclear power and expressed his appreciation to Australia. Gillard said the proposed sale of uranium was “personally important” to her as she had led the campaign for a change in Australian policy — attracting fierce criticism from some environmentalists and anti-nuclear groups. Gillard earlier said that negotiations would guarantee that the uranium would be used only for peaceful purposes and in safe conditions, and that the deal would be overseen by the International Atomic En-
ergy Agency (IAEA). New Delhi has sought to forge close ties with a host of countries with deposits of uranium, including Mongolia, Namibia and Tajikistan alongside Kazakhstan and Canada. India is heavily dependent on coal and produces less than three percent of its energy from its existing atomic plants. The government hopes to raise the figure to 25 percent by 2050. Although Australia does not use nuclear power itself, it is the world’s third-ranking uranium producer and holds an estimated 23 percent of the world’s reserves.
It already ships the nuclear fuel to China, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. Countries are normally required to have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and open their reactors to international scrutiny before they can buy atomic technology and uranium. On Wednesday morning, Gillard attracted widespread press attention when she fell to the ground in front of TV cameras after the heel of her shoe became stuck in grass at a memorial park to Mahatma Gandhi. She was unhurt and laughed off the incident.
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News 05 NA deputy speaker’s cousin abducted in Tank peShAwAR STAff REPORT
Mohammad Usman Kundi, an influential socio-political figure from southern Tank district was abducted by unidentified men from his house on Wednesday. Kundi is the first cousin of Faisal Karim Kundi, deputy speaker of the National Assembly. The reports from Tank reveal that the abductors picked him up from his village Shah Alam and took him to North Waziristan, whereas the militants are known to have their dins and compounds. So far no one had claimed the responsibility for Usman’s abduction, however, police official believe that he was abducted by militants. Due to its geographical location, Tank is considered the most dangerous area. In the recent past, former JUI-F MNA Merajuddin Qureshi and Awami National Party Tank President Khan Gul Betani have been shot dead by militants in this area.
6 dead in truckcar collision on Shorkot road
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The Pakistan Medical Association has announced holding a protest demonstration and a three-day closure of the OPDs and operation theatres against the abduction of renowned eye specialist, Dr Saeed Ahmed. Per details, Dr Ahmed, head of Layton Rehmatullah Benevolence Trust (LRBT) eye hospital, was kidnapped on Monday. The PMA called a meeting after the abduction that was chaired by Dr Sultan Tareen. In the meeting, doctors complained of government’s negligence and said the provincial government had failed to provide security to doctors. The PMA made a decision that the OPD and operation theaters would be closed down for three days and doctors would only perform their duties in the emergency ward. The PMA office holders demanded immediate recovery of Dr Ahmed and wanted the government to take stern action against the perpetrators. They warned that if the government was unable to recover Dr Ahmed, the PAM would extend their protest. Meanwhile, the LRBT employees also started a protest demonstration against their head’s abduction and closed down the hospital. They also demanded immediate recovery of the doctor.
Court issues arrest warrants for KP sports minister peShAwAR ONlINE
District and session courts issued arrest warrants for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Sports Minister Aqil Shah for not appearing before the court on Wednesday. According to media reports, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had filed a petition against Shah accusing him of holding a fake degree. He was supposed to appear before the court in this regard on October 17 (Yesterday).
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ORMER interior minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has finally announced to end his association with the Pakistan People’s Party banner by announcing the establishment of Quami Watan Party that will have a nationalist approach towards existing issues and problems. Sherpao’s PPP-Sherpao was renamed Quami Watan Party in a well-attended convention at his residence in Hayatabad on Wednesday. Organisational setup of the newly-established nationalist political force will remain the same i.e. Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao will be the central chairman, Aneesa Zeb Tahirkheli as the secretary general and Abdul Malik Khan the central
senior vice president. Sikandar Hayat Sherpao will be the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa president of the QWP and Bakht Baidar Khan will be the secretary general. Malik Zafar Awan will lead the party in Punjab and Abdul Qayoom Buneri will take its reins in Sindh. Other office-bearers will be announced later. However, it was declared that at the district and tehsil levels, all officebearers of the PPP-S would occupy same offices in the new party. Aftab Sherpao, who remained second to only Benazir Bhutto in the PPP for about two decades, established the PPP-S in 1998 last after development of differences with Benazir. Initially the, PPPS made it hard for the PPP to operate in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as almost all former ministers, parliamentarians and office-holders joined hands with
Sherpao. But gradually, almost all of them returned to the parent party. Even today, Aneesa Zeb Tahirkheli and Bakht Baidar are the only old guards of the PPP associated with PPP-S. However, after 2008 general elections when some progressive-minded elements announced joining the PPP-S, they provoked Aftab Sherpao for getting nationalist identity with a view of getting benefits of the ANP leadership’s failure and their internal rifts. In this connection, some ANP workers from various districts announced joining the PPP-S, pitting Aftab Sherpao against the ANP. Some of these leaders had earlier contributed to establishment of National Progressive Party, Pakistan National Party, ANP, Quami Inqilabi Party, Pakhtunkhwa Quami Party and National Awami Party Pakistan.
At least six persons were killed on the spot in a collision between a car and truck on Shorkot-Jhang road on Wednesday. According to Rescue 1122 a speeding car collided with a truck close to the Mohram Sial bus stop. Rescue team shifted the dead bodies to the nearest hospital for post-mortem.
Manzoor Wattoo appointed PPP Punjab president ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT
PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari has appointed Manzoor Wattoo PPP Punjab president and has issued a notification in this regard. Wattoo will replace Imtiaz Warriach. Meanwhile, Tanvir Ashraf Kaira has been appointed general secretary of the party. Zardari was reportedly not satisfied with the performance of the current leadership. According to sources, the decision had been taken in the wake of the upcoming elections and to boost the PPP’s popularity in Punjab.
national accountability Commission Bill 2012 FARooQ MoIn The government desires to bring a good law for accountability and get the National Accountability Commission Bill 2012 passed unanimously by the Parliament by incorporating good suggestions in order to make it a consensus Bill and repeal the NAB Ordinance 1999 repealed. The government was within its rights to withdraw the old Bill with the permission of the Speaker and table a new one in the National Assembly which was being considered by the same Standing Committee on Law and Justice. The government would welcome amendments to the new National Accountability Commission Bill 2012 by the opposition. There was imperative need for a new transparent law that was not used for persecution and victimization of anyone. There has been criticism that all acts of corruption by public office holders prior to October 2002 have been legal-
ized and no legal action will take place. Objectively speaking every law has to prescribe a certain date from which it will commence. The NAB ordinance 1999 commenced from 1st January 1985. Similarly the proposed law, if approved, will commence from 1st October 2002. However, if the Parliament felt that it should commence from any other date that would be duly considered by the House Committee. There has been objection that the Chairman of the Accountability Commission will not be independent because the Deputy Chairman and the Prosecutor General will be appointed without consultation with the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader. Under the proposed draft Bill, the Chairman of the Commission will be nominated by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister and Opposition leader in the National Assembly. The Deputy Chairman and prosecutor general will be appointed by the President in consultation
with the Chairman. According to another objection Section 18 of draft law allows corrupt public office holders to go scot free by returning looted money without any punishment. This provision is not new. In the NAB ordinance 1999 Section 25 & 26 provided for voluntary returns and plea bargain followed by tender of pardon. The provision has been included to help recover the public money from the accused persons and grant of pardon would be decided by the Accountability Court in case the accused has been charged and the trail has commenced. Section 33 B of NAB Ordinance 1999 provided for furnishing a copy of any contract of over Rs. 50 Million to NAB has not been included in the new bill. The scope of corrupt practices has been increased in the proposed new bill and it will apply now to all corrupt practices. The technical limit of Rs. 50 million had many loop holes and hence had not been effective in the past. Section 39 of the proposed bill ex-
empts several categories of corruption done in “good faith”. In legal parlance term Good Faith is an abstract and comprehensive term used for action which are committed by sincere belief and motive without any desire to defraud or gain any unfair advantage. The term has been used in almost every law of the land even criminal liability acts. The leadership of PML (N) has also criticized the proposed legislation on similar grounds. Ch Nisar Ali Khan Leader of the Opposition has said that the bill is aimed at protection of corrupt elements, dacoits and thieves. The government has proposed the above bill after months of deliberations. The Parliament’s Standing Committee was the right forum to propose amendments in the bill. It is hoped that the opposition would demonstrate keen interest to propose desired amendments and to reach consensus in order to make it law for the purpose of ensuring transparency and accountability in the society as a whole.
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KARACHI: A man decorating his camel at Cattle Market as the preparations for Eidul-Azha have started in the country. online
Parties urged to ensure women’s participation in polls KARACHI: All political parties must rise above their ideological differences and ensure that no woman eligible to cast her vote in the next elections is deprived of her right guaranteed under the constitution of Pakistan. Participants of a program organized by Aurat Foundation to commemorate National Voters Day here on Wednesday also appealed to the national as well as provincial election commissioners for timely and adequate arrangements facilitating women, particularly those from tribal areas, to be part of the polls. “They must not only be allowed to cast their votes without any pressure or fear but should also be given tickets for winning seats,” said Rubina Brohi. Political workers, activists and former women councillors present on the occasion also expressed their support for local bodies system in the country as this ensured public representation at the grass-root levels. APP
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Ailing Zeenat gets rs 50, 000 KARAChI APP
The government of Sindh has extended financial assistance of Rs 50,000 to an ailing artist, Zeenat Shaikh. Director General of Culture Dr Muhammad Ali visited a local hospital to inquire after the health of Zeenat Shaikh. He also handed over a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the ailing artist on behalf of the government of Sindh. Sindh Minister for Culture Sassi Palejo also expressed concern over the ailment of Zeenat Shaikh and said she is a prominent artist of Sindh and has spread the Sindhi folk music in every nook and corner. She said that the provincial culture department is looking after the artists who are serving the cause of fine arts and culture.
Violence claims eight more lives KARAChI
IGHT people including a police officer, a political worker and a Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) officer were killed in firing and violence incidents in different areas of Karachi, according to media reports. According to police, an Assistant Sub- Inspector (ASI) identified as Shafi was shot dead when unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate firing in North Nazimabad. Similarly, local office bearer of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was gunned down near Asghar Ali Stadium in the jurisdiction of the Sharah-e-Noor Jahan Police Station. Furthermore, four mutilated bodies were found in Machhar Colony, Crown cinema in Lyari and Chakiwara respectively. Meanwhile, a man injured in firing in New Town area succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital. The deceased was identified as Haji Ali. KMC Director Education, Shamim Khan was killed when his car was attacked near Hyderabad Colony on Jamshed Road in Karachi East area. PolICE PUT on AlERT FoR EIdUl AzHA: Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP), Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari directed to draft a comprehensive security plan for the three days Eid ul Azha. The IGP instructed that a plan be submitted at the earliest by respective DIG’s so that timely arrangements could be made for ensuring
the protection of lives and property of citizens. Leghari directed that in collaboration with intelligence agencies, fool proof security should be provided to mosques, Imambargahs, Eidgahs, markets and miscellaneous places. He ordered police supervision for the cleaning of places of Eid congregations in the red zone. The IGP ordered the force to fail any attempts of criminal elements to collect hides of sacrificed animals from citizens by force and intimidation. Leghari ensured of increased patrolling, picketing and snap checking across the province. PMA CondEMnS AbdUCTIon oF EyE SPECIAlIST: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) has condemned abduction of Dr Saeed Khan, a senior eye specialist in Quetta, on Tuesday evening. PMA Central President Dr Tipu Sultan on Wednesday demanded immediate and safe recovery of ophthalmologist who was not only respected for his professional competency but also for his philanthropic work in Balochistan. PMA Central’s Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azher, Treasurer, Dr Qaiser Sajjad, PMA Sindh President Prof Idrees Adhi and Secretary General Dr Qazi Wasiq said safety and security of all citizens including doctors must be ensured under all conditions. CRIMES bRAnCH To InvESTIgATE bASHIR QURESHI’S dEATH: The inquest of the alleged murder of nationalist party’s leader has been handed over to the Crime Branch, Hyderabad, on the orders of Hyderabad Range Deputy Inspector General Police Sanaullah Abbassi.
General Crime Branch Deputy Inspector Farhat Junejo said here on Wednesday that a 4-member team would investigate the case of Bashir Qureshi’s death in the light of an FIR registered at Sakrand police station in Shaheed Benaziarabad on October 3 on the complaint of Qureshi’s brother. The team, he added, is led by SSP Crime Branch Attaullah, DSP Abdullah Unar, Inspector Aftab Abbassi and Inspector Malik Qasim. The DIG informed that they would file an application with the District and Session Court Shaheed Benaziarabad on October 18 to seek more time for filing the charge sheet. Qureshi breathed his last in Shaheed Benazirabad on April 7. PolICE ARREST 35 ACCUSEd In lAST 24 HoURS: Karachi Police arrested 35 men during the last 24 hours. Per details those arrested included four proclaimed offenders. The city witnessed three police encounters against three unrelated groups and police busted all three gangs and recovered 25 pistols, two daggers and mobile phones from their possession. The police have registered cases against all the 35 arrested and their interrogation had been ordered. RAngERS SIndH nAb 58 ACCUSEd: Pakistan Rangers Sindh conducted 14 `targeted raids’ on Tuesday night and arrested 58 alleged criminals from various parts of the metropolis. A source in Rangers told that 15 weapons of varying calibres along with large quantities of ammunition, metal detectors, binoculars and police uniforms were recovered during the raids.
Customs officials seize huge cache of weapons hYDeRABAD ONlINE
Custom officials raided Khyber Mail on Wednesday and recovered a huge cache of weapons from the train. According to media reports, the custom officials got secret information that a heavy amount of weapons was headed towards Hyderabad from Karachi. On receiving information, the custom officials reached the spot and stopped the Khyber Mail at Hyderabad train station. Later, they started checking the five bogies and recovered a heavy cache of weapons from therein. They recovered 350 pistols, shot guns, and thousands of bullets concealed in the bogies of the train. Meanwhile, police carried out a thorough investigation of the incident and had started raids against alleged criminals.
Journalists trained for sensible reporting KARAChI ONlINE
A three day media training program aimed at capacity building of journalists to cover themes of gender equality in the work environment concluded here at a local hotel on Wednesday. Journalists from the print media, television (TV) channels and radio participated in the 3-day training workshop in order to learn the importance of raising the profile of reporting on gender and labor related issues and sharing their experiences regarding the subject. The training, built around International Labor Organization’s (ILO) standards and conventions to promote decent work agenda for women, trained a cadre of working journalists to promote good working conditions and environment for working women. The initiative would train 800 journalists from 28 districts of the country through 35 training programs spread over a course of one year. Through the training program, ILO hoped to improve the coverage of working women, bringing about a nuanced and sensitive portrayal of working women in the media.
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Karachi 07 Interviews for admission in lUmHS on 23rd hYDeRABAD APP
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Jamshoro Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Mashoor Ali Shah announced to conduct interviews of all candidates who cleared the written admission tests. The VC was chairing the admission committee meeting of the university and set the interview date to be October 23 for all MBBS and BDS candidates. Provisionally selected candidates would be bound to submit original academic documents along with a Challan of Rs. 45,400 at the Directorate of Admissions LUMHS from October 24 to November 6.
BBA, mBA admission schedules announced at SAlU KhAIRpUR APP
HyDERAbAD: Customs Collector Muhammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqi showing seized weapons after a raid on Khyber Mail at Hyderabad Railway Station. online
PImA shocked by chlorine free water in KHI KARAChI APP
Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) Karachi chapter appealed to the concerned authorities in the ministry of Health and Local Goverment to ensure healthy percentages of Chlorine in water supplied to the residents of the metropolis to prevent Naegleria Fowleri; the viral infection that cause fatal damage to the central nervous system. PIMA office bearer Dr Zeeshan Hussain Ansari, took notice of a report released by government authorities stating that 63 water samples collected from main water supply lines of four towns of the city were found to have no traces of chlorine. DR Ansari said that the Naegleria Fowleri could be prevented by diluting water with 2ppm of chlorine. He urged the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to ensure that properly treated water is supplied to the citizens under all circumstances.
Sindh CS takes trade associations on board KARAChI
INDH Chief Secretary (CS), Raja Muhammad Abbas, called for devising an effective strategy for resolution of problems of trade and industry areas in the province. He was chairing a meeting with the office bearers of Federal “B” Area Association of Trade and Industry at his office on Wednesday. The CS directed the departments of Industries, Labour, Home and police to coordinate with the industrial and trade Associations of the province and Federal “B” Area Association of Trade and Industry (FBAATI) for bringing
to book criminal and extortion mafias breeding in the economic zones. The CS constituted a coordination committee for FBAATI whose convener would be Sindh Secretary Industries and members would include SESSI, KWSB and representatives of the FBAATI. The coordination committee would liaison amongst all stakeholders to address the outstanding complaints at or against respective departments. The CS asked the Secretary Local Government, KMC Administrator and KW&SB M.D to resolve issues pertaining to fire tenders, cleaning of water and sewerage pipes in F.B Industrial Area. He ordered inspection of factories regarding adequate fire fighting equipment and labour wel-
fare. He warned of strict actions against both industrials and government officers in case of a slack in emergency precautions. FoUR TAlUKAS oF Hyd IMMUnISEd: Children aged up to ages of five of all four Talukas of Hyderabad district were administered polio drops. Hyderabad District Polio Focal Person Dr Muhammad Ashraf Memon said that 711 mobile teams were targeting 285,664 children of the district for anti polio vaccination. Apart from the mobile teams going door to door to vaccinate, 90 fixed points established at public and private hospitals and 37 camps at bus stands and railway station were also operating.
Future of Pakistan depends on vote, says nAdrA chairman KARACHI: Made by vote, Pakistan needs to be saved by vote and the future of Pakistan depends on the eligible voters by checking, verifying and rectifying their voters’ location. The Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik stated while felicitating the authorities of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on the eve of the National Voters’ Day terming it a great national cause that will determine the promising future of the country because only vote makes the country thrive and prosper by leaps and bounds. If the people of Pakistan want positive changes in society, they have to come out and get themselves registered on electoral list, he added. He said “the ECP’s decision of announcing the same reconciling electoral rolls used in 2008 general elections with NADRA Citizen Database and verifying voters’ identity was a major step towards preparation of transparent electoral rolls. This project resulted in removing inaccuracies, duplication and unverified votes, which undoubtedly helped restore public confidence. Itis first time in the 65-year history the country that nobody is registered at more than one place, which has not yet been achieved in voters list of USA, UK, France and India.”
PUSH THE TEMPO: Policemen pushing a fuelless mobile to its station in DHA Phase II sTaff phoTo
Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU), Khairpur announced admission schedules of the Department of Business Administration for BBA Morning & Evening (four year program) and MBA Morning (three year program). Per details admission forms could be bought for Rs 1000 from designated branches of Habib Bank Limited from November one. The last date for the submission of forms was set to be December one. SALU would hold aptitude tests for MBA on December 14 and the same for BBA would be held on December 15. SALU academic year 2013 would commence from January one.
SeSSI allocated rs100m for menial industrial workers KARAChI STAff REPORT
Sindh budget 2011-12012 allocated Rs 100 for execution of development of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) to provide better facilities to the workers in the province. SESSI Director Nishat Zaidi addressing a gathering at Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) said that the allocated amount would be used for purchasing plots, constructions of dispensaries and Basic Health Units (BHU) in the interior of the province. She said that a 200-bed hospital in Site Area, construction of S.S. Madina Dispensary, Poly Clinic at ITC Landhi Circle, Surgical Complex at S.S. Landhi Hospital, extension of labour room at S.S. Landhi Hospital, extension of Admin Block at S.S. Landhi Hospital and construction of casualty complex with O.T. at S.S. KV SITE Hospital, would be completed. Nishat said that SESSI was a service oriented organization which functioned for the welfare of laborers. She said that SESSI provided medical care and cash benefits to workers hailing from the lower economic strata of the society. She informed that more than 70 percent of SESSI finances were spent of provision of medical care. All Karachi Industrial Alliance President Mian Zahid Hussain appreciated SESSI’s resolve for improving general health indicators. He called for effective coordination between the workers and ESSI.Chairman KATI, Mohammad Zubair Chhaya, He said that industrialists considered contributing to SESSI as a cost but they had to realize the positive externalities of their charities. He said that KATI would play its due role in creating awareness in the industry about SESSI facilities. SESSI chairman Amjadullah Khan advised the industrialists to contribute funds to SESSI and EOBI as they benefitted the workers.
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CIEnTISTS have hailed an extract from the humble pomegranate as the “biggest breakthrough” in natural medicine since aspirin was discovered in willow trees in 1829. They have described it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of natural pharmaceuticals as it can do so many things – from improving heart health, lowering blood pressure, treating inflammation and reducing the risk of cancers to tackling sexual dysfunction, the `Sunday Express` reported. In fact, this is for the first time that they have been able to unlock the precious new extract from seeds, skin and pith
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of the fruit. It contains concentrated punicalagins, a plant nutrient that is virtually unique to pomegranates. Punicalagins are mostly found in the fruit’s inedible husk, rind, seeds and inner yellow membranes, which until now we tended to throw away. dr Sergio Streitenberger, head of research at Probeltebio which made the breakthrough, said: “We’ve been throwing away the seeds, skin and the pith of pomegranates for thousands of years because they are inedible and we haven’t had the science to enable us to release the benefits.” dr Emad Al-dujaili at Queen Margaret University in the UK claims to have been examining the results of trials. He added: “The pomegranate continues to offer remarkable health benefits. “This new extract and the research that supports it suggests the fruit may prove to be a very beneficial natural supplement for the prevention of risk factors associated with serious diseases.”
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little, If anything, deters the artist meerza Ali from creating the way he does. even though he had suffered a serious illness only too recently, that he didn´t think that he´d survive. whose solo exhibition opens Kunj on September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm. And the artist , who was born in Calcutta, migrated to Pakistan in 1948. whose father himself, was an artist. who had never taught meerza Ali, Thought. So the artist acquired the skills that he needed on his own. who has done especially well with calligraphy and his beautiful figurative work.
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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Foreign News 09 Arafat widow questioned in French murder probe pARIS AfP
French investigators probing the death of Yasser Arafat questioned his widow Suha, who claims the veteran Palestinian leader may have been poisoned, in France in midSeptember, a source told AFP Wednesday. France opened a murder enquiry in late August after Arafat’s family launched legal action following reports he may have died from radioactive polonium at a military hospital near Paris in 2004.
Body of late Cambodian king on final journey home BeIJInG AfP
NEW yORK: US President barack Obama makes a point during the second presidential debate in a 90-minute town hall-style debate. Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney face off Tuesday in a make-or-break debate, vying for command of the presidential race just three weeks from election day. afp
Suicide truck bomb hits nATO base in Afghanistan KABUL AfP
A huge blast from a Taliban suicide truck bomb attack on a joint NATO-Afghan army base in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday injured several international and Afghan troops, officials said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed that some of its troops were wounded along with Afghan soldiers, but would not disclose how many. Reports by Afghan officials of the number of Afghan soldiers wounded in the attack — claimed by Taliban insurgents — varied from 11 to 45, with the lower figure confirmed by the defence ministry. There were no reports of any deaths. The attack came as Afghan forces take on an increasing role in the war against the Taliban with NATO drawing down its forces ahead of a pull-out of all combat troops at the end of 2014. So far this year the Afghan army and police have suffered an average of 535 casualties — killed and wounded — each month, ISAF says. In contrast, a total of 358 ISAF troops have been killed this year, according to the icasualties.com website. ISAF does not usually release the number of its troops wounded in operations. “This morning a joint ISAF-ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) combat outpost in Zurmat district in Paktiya province was attacked by insurgents using a vehicleborne improvised explosive device and indirect fire,” an ISAF spokesman told AFP. The Taliban said their fighters had infiltrated the base after the suicide attack. ISAF refused to confirm this, saying only that the base was now secure. “Our mujahideen armed with rockets, machine-guns, hand-grenades and suicide vests successfully infiltrated an American forces base in Zurmat district following a suicide car bomb attack,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP. The ability of Afghan forces to take full responsibility for the fight against the Taliban is a key plank of NATO’s exit strategy from the 11-year war and commanders regularly talk up the growing effectiveness of local troops. But many observers point to reports of indiscipline and lack of motivation among the Afghan forces as warning signs of problems ahead after they lose the military and logistical support of the huge NATO operation. “The Afghan army and police are overwhelmed and underprepared for the transition,” said Candace Rondeaux in a recent report for the International Crisis Group.
Greeks launch two days of protest against new austerity cuts AThenS
REEKS opposing a new round of austerity cuts on Wednesday began a two-day round of strikes and protests timed to pressurise EU leaders ahead of a summit later this week. Lawyers, notaries, pharmacists and doctors were told by their respective associations to walk off the job ahead of a full-blown general strike on Thursday called by the country’s main unions. Journalists also staged a one-day walkout. After similar demonstrations in Spain, Portugal and France in recent days, Greek protesters want to send a message to the European Union that societies facing successive
austerity waves to meet fiscal goals have reached their limit. “Wage-earners and pensioners have exclusively borne the weight of the economic crisis while the tax cheats who created it are in the clear,” said leading union GSEE, which represents hundreds of thousands of private sector employees. GSEE has called its members to protest on Thursday to block “measures that wipe out both society and the economy”. Civil servants are joining the mobilisation and the association of Greek traders has also called for a general store shutdown on Thursday. “The drastic fall in incomes, outrageous over-taxation and a major drop in demand are destroying businesses and jobs,” the traders’ association said. It will be the fourth general strike this year against economic policies
deemed to have caused record unemployment and the worst recession in memory. The government intends to push through parliament next month a new package of austerity cuts originally worth 7.8 billion euros ($10.2 billion). But this sum of savings is now expected to be revised upwards to 9.2 billion euros after tough negotiations with Greece’s so-called “troika” of international creditors, the EU, IMF and the European Central Bank. Greece needs an agreement to secure a loan slice of 31.5 billion euros from its outstanding EU-IMF bailout that is vital to keeping its economy alive. Athens had hoped to close a deal with the troika before Thursday’s EU summit but disagreement over a batch of labour reforms has rendered this all but impossible.
The body of former Cambodian king Norodom Sihanouk began a final journey home Wednesday, as a plane bearing his coffin left Beijing for Phnom Penh where crowds gathered for an emotional welcome. A convoy of about 20 vehicles departed from Beijing Hospital, where Sihanouk died of a heart attack on Monday, including a bus decorated with yellow ribbons and flowers in which the coffin rested. Chinese state television showed the convoy reaching Beijing’s airport after traversing normally busy highways that were cleared to allow for its passage. A flight bearing the remains departed shortly after, official media said. Authorities in Cambodia said they expected 100,000 people to line the streets of the capital Phnom Penh to honour Sihanouk, the charismatic former monarch who is a revered figure in his homeland. Crowds of mourners had already begun to gather in a park outside the royal palace to mark the final homecoming of the man known as the “King-Father”, and began a week of official mourning. “I hope to see the royal body, I want to see his face one last time,” said Mean Pichavisa, 16, as he sat outside the palace cutting up black ribbons for his school friends to pin to their white shirts in a traditional symbol of mourning. The youngster, who shaved his head in honour of Sihanouk’s passing, said the late monarch’s homecoming would be a “historic” moment. “I will remember this day until I die,” he told AFP, as white-robed nuns chanted beside him. His comments reflected many Cambodians’ impressions of the king as a benevolent leader who had his share of controversies but guided his people through decades of turmoil including the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Syria battles rage as both sides weigh truce plan DAMASCUS AfP
Syrian forces on Wednesday bombarded opposition belts in the country’s battlescarred north, as both sides indicated they are ready to explore a truce proposal floated by peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Warplanes targeted a rebel blockade of a highway in Idlib province which has halted the regime’s efforts to get reinforcements to Aleppo, theatre of intense fighting for the past three months, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The early morning air raids also targeted the Idlib town of Maaret al-Numan and nearby villages, which fell to the rebels a week ago as they pushed their quest to create a northern “buffer zone” abutting Turkey, the watchdog said. The fighting raged even as Brahimi, who arrived in Beirut on Wednesday on the latest leg of his regional tour aimed at ending the conflict in Syria, appeared to have won tentative support from both sides for a ceasefire during the four-day
Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday starting on October 26. The Syrian foreign ministry said it looked forward to talks with Brahimi on the ceasefire proposal he has been promoting on his tour, which has included stops in Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Iraq. But spokesman Jihad Maqdisi stressed the rebels and their backers would also need to be involved. “In order to succeed in any initiative, it takes two sides,” Maqdisi said in answer to a question from AFP. “The Syrian side is interested in exploring this option and we are looking forward to talking to Mr Brahimi to see what is the position of other influential countries that he talked to in his tour,” he said. “Will they pressure the armed groups that they host and finance and arm in order to abide by such a ceasefire?” The opposition Syrian National Council said it expected the rebel Free Syrian Army to reciprocate any halt to the violence but that it was up to the government to act first. “We would welcome any halt to the
killings but we think the appeal needs to be addressed first to the Syrian regime, which has not stopped bombarding Syrian towns and villages,” SNC leader Abdel Basset Sayda told AFP. Rebel fighters “are only acting in self-defence, so it is normal that they would halt hostilities when the war machine does so,” he added. Brahimi was expected to discuss the truce proposal in his talks Wednesday in Beirut with Lebanon’s leaders, among them President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and parliament speaker Nabih Berri. His office had earlier said the envoy had appealed for Iranian help to broker the truce. “He reiterated the call by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a ceasefire and a halt to the flow of arms to both sides. A ceasefire, he said, would help create an environment that would allow a political process to develop.” The UN chief had previously called for a unilateral government ceasefire to be matched by the rebels afterwards, but that idea was rejected by Damascus as its
troop losses mount. On the battlefront, fighting raged near Maaret al-Numan even as the warplanes were carrying out their bombings raids, the Britain-based Observatory said. It said the violence erupted early Wednesday when rebels attacked a sixtank convoy of government troops in the town of Maarhtat as it was making its way to reinforce the nearby Wadi Deif army base, the largest in the region. At least five people were killed across Aleppo province, including in the city of the same name, as government forces pounded the area and clashed with rebels who fired rockets into an army base, the Observatory said. The Observatory — which relies on a network of activists, medics and lawyers for its information — says some 33,000 people have been killed since the revolt began in March last year, among them 2,300 children. A UN commission investigating rights abuses in the wartorn country warned that foreign militants fighting in Syria “could contribute to an increased radicalisation.”
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10 Comment not just Malala Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Thousands, maybe millions, need saving
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expectations from eCO Peace, progress, prosperity
oth the ECO and the SAARC were set up in 1985. The SAARC made significant achievements, particularly in recent years, that included signing a South Asia Free Trade Agreement. The ECO on the other hand has failed to fulfill most of the goals set at the time of its formation. This despite its three founding members – Pakistan, Iran and Turkey – having earlier worked together as members of the RCD. Among the political reasons were the estrangement between Pakistan and Iran that set in under Zia and, in later days, the expansion of the militant outfits’ activities to Central Asia. This created suspicions in some of the countries about Pakistan’s role. When the organisation was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, commonality of religion was put forward in Pakistan as one of the motivating factors. The Central Asian states had recently gained independence as a result of the breakup of the Soviet Union while the Soviet forces had just left Afghanistan. The euphoria about common religion however soon gave place to realism as it met with little response from the Central Asian Republics. There can be no two opinions about the importance of the ECO provided an appropriate physical and institutional infrastructure is put in place. This includes not only roads and railways but also the necessary agreements and a banking system to help and sustain the economic activity. Equally important is the provision of a secure environment for intra-regional trade. Oil and gas cannot flow from Central Asia all the way to India, nor can industrial products from South Asia reach Central Asia and beyond till the terrorist threat is brought under control. Thus despite the ECO region having bright trading prospects, some of the goalposts like establishing the common trade market by 2015 may not be altogether realistic. This answers some of the questions raised by President Zardari regarding why the ECO has not progressed like other regional blocs like the European Union and the ASEAN. Pakistan needs to play its pivotal role in bringing peace on both sides of the Durand Line. It should also seek cooperation from other countries having stakes in the peace and development of the region. For the time being it should give greater priority to SAARC and bilateral ties with India where immediate progress is more likely to take place. Pakistan should also continue to develop closer relations with Russia and seek the membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation keeping in mind that it takes years to develop new friendships. Meanwhile Islamabad would do well to maintain good relations with old allies like the US.
By Adeel Amjad
uality of education is perceived to be a pervasive issue across the world. Systematic assessments of learning outcomes, which have become more frequent in recent years, show problematically low and/or unequal levels of learning in most countries. Pakistan is one of the countries with majority of population being youth. This youth needs direction, urge and motivation to count for something substantial for this country. One such motivation was provided by Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl shot by unknown militants in Mingora for her firm stance for girls’ education after being labeled as having “secular thoughts”. The efforts of this minor girl are not only appreciated around the globe but are also being hailed for women education in the war torn area of Swat. Malala gained fame for her untiring efforts to highlight the conditions of people in Swat during the Maulvi FM regime. The perception of the then 11-year-old girl about Taliban was not much different than the observations made by different leading experts on TV channels those days. Her diaries were published by BBC Urdu and helped in opening a new debate about the condition of people during the oppression of militants. The country is facing problems due to terrorism, sectarianism, ethnic tensions, political intolerance, illiteracy, poverty and many other issues. The children of this country have become an unintentional victim of these issues. The hype to gain more and more viewership has forced many personalities in the electronic media to forget their role. The image of Pakistan is being portrayed as a nation of thugs, terrorists with inept government and corrupt civilian set up. Fingers are being raised on the role of state where the majority of the executive machinery has been left useless due to meddling activities of the international players. Legislature and judiciary are in a continuous tussle as to who is superior in the system. Thus, the concepts of equality, justice and fair play have become nothing more than a dream in the eyes of the public. Malala Yousafzai has suffered for standing for her basic fundamental rights. The state is equally responsible for her wounds. Article 26 in the United Nation Universal Declaration on Human Rights outlines the right of everyone to free, compulsory, elementary education with higher levels of education to be made available to all without discrimination, although higher education may be
merit-based. While recognising an individual’s right to choose their form of education, the Declaration emphasises that, “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” The 18th amendment passed by the present legislature has also made this right into a fundamental right. The state seems to have taken a resolve but the application is seriously lacking in the system. The incidents taking place with Malala, Shazia and Kainat are not new. Hundreds of schools have been destroyed in the country by its own people. Thousands of children are deprived of their basic fundamental rights. It is pertinent to mention that the sufferings observed by the students in Pakistan are directly related to the geopolitical situation in the country. The last two decades have witnessed revolutionary changes in the syllabi at primary education. This incident was witnessed by many other school children who would now have to live with this horrendous memory. “The child,” Al-Ghazali wrote, “is a trust (placed by God) in the hands of his parents, and his innocent heart is a precious element capable of taking impressions.” Malala is no different from any other kid in Pakistan. Her honest views about the concept of veil may be considered controversial in conservative portion of our society but a unanimous vote of confidence has been found about her demand
for right to education in a civilised society. However, the questions do arise now about the role of state in such circumstances where majority of the population comprises of youth who have been let down by both civil and military regimes in providing basic facilities of health, education etc. The sufferings of Malala and many other kids deprived of their education in Pakistan are the same, though she may be considered unfortunate for becoming a victim due to her symbolic representation of all the children craving for education in Pakistan. The wounds suffered by this little girl will take time to heal but the government still has time to mend its ways. One cannot ignore thousands of children left illiterate in the Waziristan and other tribal regions. This nation has seen enough bloodshed in the past few decades. The children brought up at a time when bombs and bullets reigned supreme have grown up, or soon will. They would soon be seen running the affairs of this country. Without proper education, we are a depot of suicide bombers where each uneducated child or a misguided child is waiting for his chance to explode, taking many with him. The repercussions of such explosion could prove fatal for the country. A Malala has been saved but thousands, maybe millions, of Malalas still need to be saved. The writer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course correction Core issues to be solved with India before anything else By Urooj Raza
as our foreign office become used to taking flaks from other countries on issues that concern our national interests? Its ambiguous failures in timely responses to many issues that hit the cords of our national interests in the past are a testimony to the fact. Sometimes it does respond on issues but only at a time when too much water gets flown under the bridge. This time it was an issue that has strategic value for Pakistan and one for which hundreds of our finest country men have laid their lives. By not rekindling the media at home on the Indian assertions on Kashmir at the UN forum has surprised many in Pakistan. The issue could have generated a strong public debate at home to reassure Kashmiris of Pakistan’s focus on their rights. President Zardari while addressing the UNGA did well by raising two serious issues. One, the Kashmir issue; and two, the
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surging blasphemy trends in the West against Islam under the garb of ‘freedom of speech’. He showed his concern on Kashmir issue that remains closeted in UN coffers pending action. The president whole heartedly supported the ‘right of self determination’ for Kashmiris and tried to rekindle the conscience of international community to afford them a chance to exercise their right of self determination, a resolution passed by the UN on 21 April, 1948, to which they remained signatories as well. President’s assertions at the forum naturally had inputs of foreign office also. However, it did lose an opportunity to reawaken the local and international media on the issue. The rumblings over blasphemous film may have taken the focus of our foreign office away from building on the Kashmir issue. Indian foreign minister S M Krishna addressed the UNGA on 01 October and had said, “An unwarranted reference was made from the UN podium….we wish to make it abundantly clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India.”
Though Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative Raza Bashir Tarar did well when he exercised his right to reply to the Indian minister’s statement by saying that, “Let me begin by emphasising that the reference to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the President of Pakistan’s statement was not ‘unwarranted’ and let me also make it absolutely clear that Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India nor has it ever been”. India says that Kashmir is a bilateral issue according to Shimla agreement but no bilateral agreement can supersede UN’s resolution on the subject. With the plethora of pending disputes between the two countries all efforts being put in to enhance trade, liberalize visa regimes, parliamentarians’ reciprocal visits and initiatives like Aman Ki Asha (only reflective in a particular publishing house in Pakistan but not found anywhere in India), will eventually prove to be cosmetic developments without any fixed direction agreed between the two countries. Notwithstanding the exchange of remarks on the Kashmir dispute and S M
Krishna’s terse remarks denying the reality, the fact remains that the bilateral process will always outdo tangible results of such exercises till the contentious issues remained pending. Taking guide from history, whatever development may take place in other spheres may be reversed by India anytime if, for example, any terrorist activity takes place somewhere in India and routinely linked with Pakistan. Pakistan has moved with building on its relationship with India with the belief that India may mould its thinking on Kashmir and other contentious issues. Krishna’s remarks at the UN forum however have put aside that belief. Even in cases like Siachen where some agreements had been reached between the two, even those remain unimplemented to date. India’s water diversions on Indus and violations of Indus Water Treaty are adding to the list of core issues. Besides water, Afghanistan may also become another contentious issue between the two countries. India must realise that its relationship with Afghanistan needs Pakistani bridges, especially when the
NATO/ISAF are destined to quit Afghanistan in near future. For this to happen India must attend to more pressing issues that keep regional peace hostage and show willingness in resolving them. On a positive note the views expressed by the American State Department have made the Kashmiris optimistic on their cause. Acknowledging the status of the Kashmir as disputed and a pending issue in the UN list, Victoria Newland, US State Department spokesperson delved on the Kashmir issue, an issue that was also termed as ‘failure of the UN system’ by the President of Pakistan during his address to the United Nations, and said that the recent improvement between the two countries should lead to a more meaningful dialogue on Kashmir dispute. She went on to say,” With regard to our own policy on Kashmir, it has not changed. It has been the same for a long time.” The writer is a journalist based in Islamabad and is working for an upcoming TV channel as a Senior Producer.
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How Pakistanis are treated in Saudi Arabia By Imran Rahim
llow me to highlight some of the difficulties which the pilgrims from Pakistan have to face during the course of their visit to Saudi Arabia. Also the atrocities of the blood sucking mafia operating in our country in the shape of travel agents. A senior colleague of mine has recently come back from Saudi Arabia. He went there to perform Umrah. He stayed there for thirty days during the Holy month of Ramadan. From what I have heard from him, I do not think that the treatment meted out to him there, during the course of his stay, was entirely to his satisfaction. He had been lucky enough, in the past, to perform the religious duty of Hajj in the year 1985. At that time Saudi Rial was worth two and a half Pakistani Rupees. When he now landed in Saudi Arabia, Saudi Rial had considerably gone up. To begin with, it was worth 25 Pakistani rupees. During the course of his stay, his market experience showed that the money exchangers of Saudi Arabia were not even prepared to accept 25 Pakistani rupees for one Saudi Rial. This degradation in the value of Pakistani currency was really mind boggling for him. Even much worse treatment is being dealt out to the Pakistan currency by the USA dollar. It is the talk of the day that most of the people, having lots of riches in Saudi Arabia, prefer to deposit the same in American banks, just like what the Pakistani politicians are reportedly doing. This flight of capital from the country seems to be the main reason for the sharp decline in the value of the Pakistani currency. If the value of Saudi Rial keeps going up, who knows what consequence would result therefrom. If there is no let-up in the situation, the middle class and the lower middle class of Pakistan would soon come to realise that performance of the religious duty of Hajj and Umrah is something utterly beyond their financial capacity which facility would then possibly remain available only to the elitist class of Pakistan. There are rows and rows of multistoried buildings in the two holy
cities. The Mecca tower is the tallest. It is a massive building, having thousands of rooms. Someone told him that rent, per day, of a room in the Mecca tower is four thousand Saudi Rials. In terms of Pakistani currency, the rent would be Rs 100000/-. So, perhaps even the elite class of Pakistan cannot afford the luxury of staying in Mecca tower. The message of our religion is that all human beings are equal, regardless of the colour of their skins, on account of being the offspring of Adam and Eve. However, as per him, during the course of his stay in Saudi Arabia, he felt that he was being treated as a human being of a lesser kind. Coming back to Mecca, from Madina, by a passenger bus, he and other Pakistani travellers were told, by the Arab bus driver, to disembark from the bus, pick up their luggage and to walk to their hotel, which happened to be at a considerable distance from the point, where the passenger bus was brought to a halt. The protests and entreaties of the passengers remained unheeded The Arab driver pointed out that beyond that point only Arabic speaking passengers had been allowed the privilege to move forward in a passenger bus, and that the said facility was not available to or could be claimed by non-Arabs. This discriminatory treatment was quite unwelcome to the Pakistani passengers, but quite obviously they could do nothing about the same and were forced to march towards their hotel, on foot. Does this mean that in the eyes of the Saudis, Pakistanis are Muslims of an inferior category? In fact, the same discriminatory treatment was meted out to him even in the Islamic Republic of Iran when he went there some years ago for Ziarat. The shopkeepers and traders of Saudi Arabia do their utmost for depriving the Zairin of what little they have. In Mecca, a cup of coffee was worth two Rials in the beginning. The price later on went up initially to five Rials, for a single cup of coffee, and later to 13 Rials. Perhaps the authorities concerned in Saudi Arabia do not think it proper to subject business community to any check or control. Even before he left for Saudi Arabia, a surprise confronted him. The concerned travel agent demanded a sum of Rs 32,000/- as visa fee. He
later learned that the government of Saudi Arabia does not charge even a single penny for issuing visas. The travel agents in the business thus appear to be operating like a mafia. They amass wealth by sucking the blood of the poor and unsuspecting pilgrims. The matter definitely needs to be looked into by the ministry. Especially when the religious affairs minister has been able to secure bail, after more than one year of his arrest, in a criminal case registered against him. Both in Mecca and Madina, he found people openly enjoying soft drinks during day time. No one seemed to be interested in taking them to task for violating the sanctity of Ramadan. This failure to react, on part of the society, is a very healthy and pragmatic attitude. With more money and riches people start having greed and exaggerated avarice for gold. This became apparent in Madina. On one side of the Haram there was a massive and far spread out market of gold smiths, who shut down their business only during the prayer time. Their shops were adorned and packed with sparkling and glittering golden ornaments. Glare and brilliance of gold is like hell fire. Presence of such a huge gold market, in such close proximity of the Masjid-e-Nabvi, is repugnant to good taste and quite un-salutary. Coming out of Haram, one is practically catapulted into the gold market, as if thrown from the heaven, into the hell. The Saudi authorities should be kind enough to look into this. Finally, during Ramadan, whereas in Madina the hosts beg the Zairin to let them have the honour of joining them at Iftar time, the attitude at Mecca is quite different. The official staff in a harsh and disgraceful manner throw the Iftari packs at the Zairin, which induces in them the feeling as if they are beggars. Value of the Indian Rupee and Bangla Deshi currency is much better in Saudi Arabia as compared to Pakistani currency. Most of the sanitation staff appears to have been recruited from Bangladesh, whereas in the not too distant past such staff used to be recruited from Pakistan. It seems that Pakistan is no more treated as a favourable country in Saudi Arabia. The writer is a lawyer.
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malala yousafzai – A symbol of courage National Peace Award winner Malala Yousafzai was deeply wounded in a brutal attack by criminal elements belonging to the Fazlullah-led group of the Swati Taliban along with two other girls in Swat. She and the two other girls sustained bullet injuries in the brazen and cowardly attack. Malala was attacked just because she showed the courage to champion the cause of the girls’ education and criticise attacks on schools and school going girls. Surprisingly, Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility of attack on Malala Yousafzai. TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking by telephone, told AFP "We carried out this attack." "Anybody who speaks against us will be attacked in the same way." It is very unfortunate that TTP have said that they would target her again if she survived because she was a “secular-minded lady”. It is important to mention that a battle for the soul of Pakistan is raging in the country. Arrayed on one side are the forces of obscurantism, backwardness and intolerance, which would like to take Pakistan back to the medieval ages. They are opposed by progressive forces, which favour enlightenment, moderation, tolerance and development. The attack on the 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai is the latest reminder of the ongoing battle between the progressive and the retrogressive forces in Pakistan. We must tell extremists in unequivocal terms that under no circumstances their attempts to impose a retrogressive ideology on the people of Pakistan through the use of violence would be tolerated. No wonder the attempt on the life of Malala has been roundly condemned by the vast majority of the Pakistanis and the international community. ANZA KANWAL Rawalpindi
Open threats It was quite disturbing to watch JUI-F Senator Hafiz Hamdullah from Balochistan openly threatening Secretary General of PTI Arif Alvi in a live television talk show of chopping off his tongue if he or his party head Imran Khan said anything insulting about Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman. Giving open threats in live television talk show needs to be taken note of by none other than Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Why are we looking for Taliban in our cities? They are available in ample numbers in our Parliament. M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
Taking advantage of customers I fully agree with the letter of Mustafa Khurrum published in your esteemed newspaper a few days ago since I am also the subscriber of same Norwegian company. Inspired by massive ad campaign, I also avail the so called on-net offer against Rs.9.99+tax but I was utterly disgusted when I came to know that the offer is meant for 150 minutes in 24 hours only; even those 150 minutes will be reduced to 50 minutes only from Nov 1st. Sir, I would request the company to uphold the clean image of their country and do not take advantage of simplicity of its customers by giving fake ad in both print and electronic media. PTA should wake up from deep slumber and set the chaotic telecom house in order. RABIA KAMAAL Islamabad
Changes are everywhere The society of Pakistan is changing rapidly. Her people particularly living in big cities have never experienced changes as they have been experiencing for the last two decades. The influx of satellite channels has transformed our way of life tremendously. The cooking programs on these channels have altered our eatery habits. The bottled water has become indispensable for the people to use. French fries is being sold at aver nook and cranny. Women have become more sensitive about their health and shape than ever. The nearby parks of every residential area of our big cities are flocked by these shape conscious women. Cell phone is necessary for everyone to carry and due to SMS the syntax of our national language has been under severe threats. Mobile phone companies are free to do with our youth what they want to do. Educational institutions particularly our universities are encouraging new ways of celebrations such as their students at a convocation love to throw their mortarboards in the air to celebrate their educational achievements. Political parties are holding candle light vigil to pray for a person in trouble. Youth are encouraged to make difference of opinion to their elders. Girls are encouraged to do what they want to do in the name of fashion and boldness. School children are openly encouraged to use English language and avoid their national language as much as they can. Many motorbike manufactures producing lower rate substandard motorcycles are encouraging the youth to purchase either in one-go and on installments which has resulted in taking away their precious time of their formative years of their age, increasing a persistent noise in our residential areas and they are trying hard to learn one wheeling. JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Karachi
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Sandra Bullock strips oﬀ for comedy scene
andra Bullock welcomed US comedienne Chelsea Handler to her new talk show studio on Monday by stripping off for a comedy shower scene. The actress interrupted the host’s shower at the beginning of the show to criticise her “sham” show and deliver a harsh message from TV mogul Oprah Winfrey. Later during the show, Handler revealed the Oscar winner wasn’t completely nude - but she was. The comedienne said, “I was the only one who was really naked... Sandy’s like, ‘You can put a thong on and pasties’.” NEWS DESK
Naomi Watts transforms into Lady Diana
aOMI Watts has transformed herself to play Lady diana in the upcoming biopic ‘diana’ and seems to have done a commendable job. The actress is a splitting image of the late Princess of Wales. The movie focuses on diana`s last two years before she died in a car accident in 1997. The 44-year-old was seen shooting a scene with an angolan child who lost her leg to a landmine and wore similar clothes as seen in a photograph of the princess, reports thesun.co.uk. The movie is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is scheduled to release in 2013. NEWS DESK
ISHWAryA rai proves yet again that when it comes managing her professional life with her personal affairs, she is simply terrific. The actress, who is clearly enjoying her blissful days of motherhood made an appearance at an event in the capital to endorse luxury watch brand Longines, which was celebrating its 180 years of existence. Ash, being the brand ambassador of the company complied with her duties of promotion of the brand thereby offering her fans a chance to watch her beauty in full glory. Looking stunning and in shape, in a black gown and dolce & Gabbana fitted short jacket, Ash left people gasping at the do as she stepped on to the stage with Shillong Choir Group playing. Juggling diaper duty and
professional commitments, Aishwarya said she was enjoying every bit of being full time mother to Aaradhya and wouldn`t want it any other way. Ash further said that she doesn’t intend to shield her baby from the public, but from the hounding and incessant flashbulbs paparazzo culture. She said, “I realised this would happen and expected it, and I don`t mean it in a bad way but there are people in my life like my parents who aren`t used to it. And with my baby with me, it`s instinctive. If I see her getting startled or her eyes opening I protect her. It`s not intentional that I want to keep her away.” But, the most important question of all is - when will her fans see her on the big screen? To which Ash said, “Soon. I am finally reading scripts. There are several offers but am slowly getting around to reading scripts now.” NEWS DESK
‘JTHJ’ BREAKS BREAKING DAWN 2 RECORD!
T’S going to be a romantic winter as the magic of Shah Rukh Khan is all set to return this Diwali. Wielding the megaphone after eight long years, Yash Chopra has almost wrapped his last project of his career titled ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. And going by the buzz, the film’s trailer has created online; the coffers at the Box Office are expected to burst post the release of this film. Reports have it that the trailer of JTHJ received 30,000 likes within a week of its release on YouTube, becoming the first ever movie trailer in the world with the most number of likes in such a short time and beating the same record previously held by ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’`s trailer. Statistics also show that ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ trailer has become the most shared Indian movie trailer ever, having been shared a total of 429,400 times on various social networking sites. After ‘Challa’ becoming the number one viewed YouTube video worldwide during the first week of its release and with these new records, looks like ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ is bound to create history! NEWS DESK
Imran wanted to back out of `Matru ki Bijlee Ka Mandola`
OLLYWOOd actor Imran Khan, who will be seen in a brand new Haryanvi avatar in his next film `Matru ki Bijlee Ka Mandola`, said initially the character was very tough for him and he thought he had made a big mistake taking it up. “during the first script reading of the film, I was unable to say the Haryanvi dialogues. It was not easy, I felt I made a big mistake and I should back out,” he said at the trailer launch of the film here Tuesday evening. directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the comedy-drama also stars anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana azmi. “When I told him (Vishal Bhardwaj) I won`t be able to do it, he said he was sure I could. He had faith in me, even when I didn`t,” the actor added. The actor will be playing such a rustic role for the first time and said that he devoted almost two to three months in preparing for the it. Talking about Imran`s look in the film, Bhardwaj said that he wanted to give him a completely different look. “I wanted to see Matru in Imran. I had liked him in `delhi Belly` but I wanted to do more. NEWS DESK
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Sunny Leone signs three-film deal Indo-Canadian porn star Sunny Leone, who sizzled in her Bollywood debut `Jism 2`, has reportedly signed a three-film deal with Alumbra Entertainment. Sunny will shoot the first film in the second quarter of 2013 and the remaining will be shot later. As of now, the subjects of the movies are being finalised between Alumbra Entertainment and the actress. “Sunny will do her third, fourth and fifth film after `Jism 2` and `Ragini MMS 2` with us. We will share details at the opportune moment,” said a spokesperson for Alumbra Entertainment, associated with the recent release “Bhoot Returns”. The company is also producing “Ab Tak Chhappan 2”, “Warning” and another film based on the 26/11 attacks. NEWS DESK
London: US actors Helen Hunt and John Hawkes pose on the red carpet as they arrive to attend the premiere of the film ‘The Sessions’ during the 56th BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday. AFP
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Lara Dutta to launch own ethnic wear line
O r M e r Miss Universe and actress Lara dutta is excited about launching her own fashion line, an ethnic Indian wear collection. “excited to launch my own line of ethnic Indian wear that will be available in stores this coming festive season! Have worked hard on it,” tweeted Lara. “It`s my very first collection and I think it looks good,” added the 34-year-old, who gave birth to her first child, a daughter, with tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, in January. This is not her first foray as a business woman. She turned film producer with “Chalo dilli” under her banner Bheegi Basanti Productions, in 2011. NEWS DESK
Models presenting creations by Colombian designers during the Cali Exposhow fashion week in Cali, Valle del Cauca department. afp
No nikaah for Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor; only exchange of vows?
AIF Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are official man and wife after 5 years of courtship. The two actors had a registered marriage on Tuesday at Saif’s Bandra residence and had oraganised a reception in the evening. Though the couple was rumoured to have had a nikaah in the evening, what has come to the fore is that Saifeena exchanged weddings rings and vows. Kareena’s mother Babita follows Christianity and hence they followed the Christian traditions to solemnize their wedding following a legal one in the morning. Kareena`s close friend and fashion designer Manish Malhotra said that there was a simple exchange of vows between the two actors. “They just exchanged vows at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba. There were no `saath pheras`... They did not adhere to any particular style (of wedding),” Malho-
tra told reporters. The marriage at Saif`s residence here was a simple affair yesterday afternoon, but the post-wedding functions at the South Mumbai hotel saw a host of B-town celebs like Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Priety Zinta, Karan Johar, Tusshar Kapoor, Salman Khan`s sister Alvira, Anil Kapoor with daughter Sonam. Malhotra said that the 32year-old actress wore Saif`s grandmother`s traditional gharara for the ceremony last night. The actor`s mother Sharmila Tagore had worn the same gharara at her own `nikaah`. She then passed it on
to her son`s new wife. Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar was given the responsibility of restoring and embellishing the gharara. “I worked on the antique Pataudi gharara that was restored by Ritu Kumar for Kareena`s wedding... We did the final fittings and added a bit of touch of embroidery here and there,” Malhotra said. “When Saif and Kareena exchanged vows... She wore Sharmilaji`s gharara for some time,” Malhotra said. Later, Kareena changed into a Malhotra creation for the post-wedding party and Saif donned a Banarsi brocade `achkan` by designer Raghvendra Rathore. The wedding functions were held at Saif-Kareena`s new residence - Satguru Sharan - in suburban Bandra on October 14 followed by a registered marriage yesterday at Saif`s home and a reception at Taj Mahal Hotel last night. 42-year-old Saif has two children - son Ibrahim and daughter Sara - from his previous marriage to actress Amrita Singh in 1991. Kareena, who comes from a family of actors and is the great granddaughter of Prithviraj Kapoor, ended her three-year relationship with Shahid Kapoor while they were working on the film `Jab We Met` (2007). She began dating Saif, son of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore, while working in `Tashan` (2008). The actor was anointed as the new Nawab of Pataudi after his father`s death last year. NEWS DESK
Russell Crowe `misses` wife Danielle Spencer
USSeLL Crowe has spoken out for the first time about his split from his wife of almost a decade danielle Spencer, lamenting how he “missed” her. Spencer and her two sons with Crowe now live in a glamourous 10-million-dollar rose Bay mansion. While no public comment has been made by Crowe or Spencer after news of the split broke on Monday, the couple are said to be amicable and committed to protecting their two sons, Charles, 8, and Tennyson, 6. Crowe has had a busy year filming a diverse series of back-to-back roles in the past 12 months, with six films including the ‘Man With the Iron Fists,’ ‘Les Miserables,’ ‘Broken City,’ ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘noah’ and ‘Winter’s Tale’ - all released in the next six months. It is this hectic schedule which has seen him far removed from family life in Sydney that is said to have caused the break down in their marriage, with friends saying danielle was sick of his absences. NEWS DESK
Angelina Jolie wants to be Emma Watson is sp-Elle-binding her children`s friend at Hollywood dinner ACTRESS Angelina Jolie wants to be her kids` friend when they grow up. The 37year-old, who raises six kids with fiance Brad Pitt, is looking forward to her brood reaching rebellious stages in their lives, though she knows it will be a tough time for the whole family, reported Showbizspy. “I am looking forward to them being teenagers. I am looking forward to them trying to pretend they are not doing anything wrong. I`ll be their friend and I`ll be honest with them and I hope whatever they go through they can talk to me. That`s the best I can do. “I`ll try to be as close to them as I am now. So when they get to the point they don`t want to talk to me, they know deep down I love them and we have that relationship. It`s tough for everyone those years,” she said. NEWS DESK
THE Harry Potter star turned heads in a pretty two-tone mini-dress and strappy sandals shortly after revealing her bad luck with men. The 22year-old beauty told Ellen DeGeneres that British men were ‘mean’ to her and ignored her. She said: “English guys are very well put together. “They dress really well and they are very well mannered. But they are also very restrained. “Usually in the whole courting situation, I‘m used to being first of all, ignored for the first two months of the ritual. And then maybe they’ll acknowledge my presence. “Then, they’ll probably be a little mean to me. And then, maybe we’ll, you know...whatever.” But the actress, who studied at Brown University in Rhode Island, admitted she didn’t go for the more forward Americanstyle chat up either. And she revealed she was put off by bad footwear favoured by US hunks. She added: “Then I arrive in America and I remember a few nights into Brown, this guy just being like, ‘I like you. You’re great. NEWS DESK
Tanhaiyaan to be re-launched
he classic drama serial of the 80s, proverbially referred to as the golden age of Pakistani Television, is all set to make a comeback with a sequel titled “Olper’s Tanhaiyaan – naye Silsillay”. The 13-episode serial format would showcase the storyline of the original Tanhaiyaan 27-year later. The story plot revolves around the lives of the daughters of asif raza Meer and Shehnaz Sheikh – the central characters ofTanhaiyan – and their lives after over two decades. The original Tanhaiyan that was first aired in 1987 enjoyed enormous acclaim at the time of its airing and evokes fond memories even today. The sequel has been written by Haseena Moin and Mushtaq ahmed and features the key cast of the original plot including asif raza Meer, Marina Khan, Behroze Sabzwari, Badr Khalil and Qazi Wajid. Joining the veteran cast are faces from the newer generation which include sisters alishba Yousuf and Syra Yousuf, Shehroz Sabzwari and Sheheryar Siddiqui. NEWS DESK
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Robots carrying the face of South Korean rapper Psy dance during a ceremony to promote South Korea's robot industry in Seoul. The 34-year-old Psy has rocketed to international fame with his song "Gangnam Style" and its much-imitated dance moves. afp
US Erik Sprague, also known as "The lizardman", poses with an iguana during the launching of the book "le big livre de l'Incroyable" (The big book of the incredible) in Paris. Sprague is a freak show and sideshow performer, known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, split tongue, subdermal implants and recently, green-inked lips. afp
Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’
REATIVITY is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people. Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found. They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves. The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder. It is important that we do not romanticise people with mental health problems, who are too often portrayed as struggling creative geniuses” Beth Murphy The mental health charity Mind. As a group, those in the creative professions were no more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than other people. But they were more likely to have a close relative with a disorder, including anorexia and, to some extent, autism, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports. Lead researcher Dr Simon Kyaga said the findings suggested disorders should be viewed in a new light and that certain traits might be beneficial or desirable. For example, the restrictive and intense interests of someone with autism and the manic drive of a person with bipolar disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity. Similarly, the disordered thoughts associated with schizophrenia might spark the allimportant originality element of a masterpiece.
Pandas were eaten by prehistoric Chinese people
TRoUblEd MIndS: 8 Novelist Virginia Woolf, who wrote A Room of One's Own and To the Lighthouse, had depression and drowned herself 8 Fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid, had depression 8 US author and journalist Ernest Hemingway, who wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, had depression and killed himself with a shotgun 8 Author and playwright Graham Greene, who wrote the novel Brighton Rock, had bipolar disorder Dr Kyaga said: "If one takes the view that certain phenomena associated with the patient's illness are beneficial, it opens the way for a new approach to treatment. "In that case, the doctor and patient must come to an agreement on what is to be treated, and at what cost. "In psychiatry
and medicine generally there has been a tradition to see the disease in black-and-white terms and to endeavour to treat the patient by removing everything regarded as morbid." Beth Murphy, head of information at Mind, said bipolar disorder personality traits could be beneficial to those in creative professions, but it may also be that people with bipolar disorder are more attracted to professions where they can use their creative skills. "It is important that we do not romanticise people with mental health problems, who are too often portrayed as struggling creative geniuses. "We know that one in four people will be diagnosed with a mental health problem this year and that these individuals will come from a range of different backgrounds, professions and walks of live. Our main concern is that they get the information and support that they need and deserve." NEWS DESK
Buy an engagement ring, get a free gun A jewelry store in North Liberty, Iowa, is offering a most unusual deal—a free shotgun to customers who purchase an engagement ring. "Diamonds are a girl's best friend," Jewelry by Harold owner Harold van Beek told local ABC affiliate KCRG. "So say: I'm hunting deer, and here is a diamond ring, dear." The official promotion rules require a customer to spend at least $1,999 on an engagement
fficials in China are planning to turn the base where the country’s first atomic bomb was developed into a tourist attraction. According to the Xinhau news agency, around 6m yuan (£595,000) is set to be spent on the site in the autonomous Xinjiang region to the northwest of the country. The unusual development project is being carried out by the local government and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Visitors will apparently be able to visit the laboratories and dormitories scientists used, while a 300-metre anti-air strike tunnel has also been earmarked for renovation and display. According to a report on the BBC, officials say the base in Malan will be turned into a "red tourism site", which are chosen by the Communist Party to celebrate important events in its history. The country tested atomic bombs in the area in the 1960s, with the first recorded detonation taking place in the desert near Malan on October 16, 1964. COURTESy TT
ring purchased before October 31, 2012. The customer will then receive a voucher for a Remington 870 shotgun that can be redeemed at local retailer Fin and Feather. A standard Remington 870 can typically be purchased for under $500, though there are more expensive options available, including those with accessories such as scopes. The Remington 870 is typically used for hunting and sport shooting but is also kept by some people as a means of home defense. The 870 is also popular with military and police organizations around the world. In the U.S. it is employed by the military, Secret Service, Coast Guard, Border Patrol, IRS and even the Department of Education. "We hope people know about the crazy jeweler in North Liberty that does crazy things," van Beek said, preempting any criticism over the unusual offering. There are a few legal restrictions on the promotion. Anyone hoping to obtain one of the vouchers must be eligible under Iowa law to be a gun owner. Iowa is a "shall-issue" state, meaning gun owners can obtain a permit issued from a local sheriff's department after completing a state-sanctioned gun safety course in order to carry a concealed firearm. NEWS DESK
Blind jazz prodigy takes Bolivia's music scene by storm Jose Andre Montano Baina is a rising star in Bolivia's music scene. But the promising jazz musician isn't a typical rockstar; he's blind and aged just seven years old. At the young age of four, this musical wonder picked up the drums with astonishing proficiency and quickly moved on to the piano. By age five, he had already formed a jazz trio. If his ample musical talent - unmatched by many skilled musicians two or three times his age - wasn't already enough, the fact that Montano Baina is blind just adds to his strikingly impressive resume. Apart from being able to play any jazz song in the book with alarming ease and style, this Bolivian child prodigy has well-rounded musical taste and isn't limited to jazz. COURTESy TT
ECENTLY discovered fossil records suggest that ancient humans living in China may have regularly eaten giant pandas as part of their diet. The Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology lead scientist Wei Guangbiao says the fossils, discovered in the modern-day city of Chongqing, contain tool markings. "We have studied many samples of panda fossils excavated in Chongqing from the sites where humans once lived," Wei said . A large number of them showed that pandas were slashed to death by man." However, prehistoric giant pandas were both smaller and much more abundant than their endangered, modern-day counterparts. "In primitive times, people wouldn't kill animals that were useless to them," Wei said in another interview with the Chongqing Morning Post. He says the pandas lived in the Chongqing Mountains between 10,000 and 1 million years ago. AGENCIES
$330,000 found in Japan vacant house demolition
onstruction workers dismantling a vacant house in rural Japan discovered $330,000 cash stuffed in a tin box underneath the living room floor, press reports said Wednesday. The house, in a farming town on the northern island of Hokkaido, had been empty since its elderly male owner died two years ago, the reports said. The cash -- about 2,600 notes each worth 10,000 yen ($127) bundled together or put in envelopes -- will be handed over to the dead man's relatives on the main Japanese island of Honshu, the reports said. "Because the cash was discovered at an individual's house, it is clear whose money it is," a spokesman for the local police station said by telephone. "So we don't treat it as a lost-and-found case." AfP
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Growth of T20 fuels corruption fears new DeLhI
S cricket's T20 domestic champions battle it out for supremacy in South Africa, alarm bells are ringing that the proliferation of such tournaments has "considerably increased the risk" of match-fixing. Less than a decade after the 20-over game made its debut in England, every major cricketing country now has its own T20 tournament: attracting new fans and lucrative sponsorship deals -- and the attention of illegal betting syndicates. An Indian TV sting last week, in which six South Asian umpires were shown to be allegedly open to bribery, was just the latest in a line of scandals to have hit the sport, especially T20 cricket. A recent review commissioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) into its
tary for the Cricinfo website. "They will not stop trying to find new footholds in the game. Protecting cricket's integrity does not only involve reacting to TV stings every few months. It is now a 24x7 undertaking." The cash-rich IPL initially snubbed an offer by the ICC's anticorruption unit to monitor matches for the first two editions in 2008 and 2009. But in a bid to quash speculation that it was a haven for match-fixers, it decided to enlist the unit from the third year onwards. Five Indian cricketers were suspended during this year's IPL after a sting by the same India TV channel claimed to unearth evidence that no-balls could be arranged to order. Other tournaments have also been tainted by scandal. Bangladesh banned former international Shariful Haque indefinitely in September after he was found to have approached current star Mashrafe Mortaza
anti-corruption activities was unequivocal in pinpointing where the greatest threat to cricket's integrity lies. "The view of those consulted is that the arrival of T20 cricket and the Indian Premier League has considerably increased the risk of match-fixing and spot-fixing," said the review led by former Hong Kong solicitor-general Bertrand de Speville. The best known tournament is the Indian Premier League (IPL), a six-week jamboree infused with the glamour of Bollywood stars as well as the biggest names in world cricket. But as the leagues spread across the cricketing world -from Bangladesh to Zimbabwe -- experts say the dangers should be clear to all. "The mushrooming of domestic T20 leagues brings in not merely sponsors, spectators and TV revenue, but also a surging interest from the betting mafia," writer Sharda Ugra argued in a recent commen-
for spot-fixing during its T20 tournament. During the Sri Lanka Premier League in August, the country's cricket chiefs were alerted to a possible match-fixing attempt by one of the team owners. Sri Lanka Cricket announced an investigation at that time, but has remained silent on its progress. Meanwhile, players and administrators of the Indian Cricket League, the ill-fated rival to the IPL, traded accusations of match-fixing after the tournament's demise in 2009. The ICC established its anti-corruption unit (ACSU) under former London Metropolitan police chief Paul Condon after South African skipper Hansie Cronje's was banned for life over a match-fixing scandal in 2000. And according to de Speville, the risk of corruption in cricket is not "any less today" than when Condon and his team began work. The ongoing Champions League T20 in South Africa is not only po-
Jones denies Tamim’s abuse claims newS DeSK
EAN Jones has denied Tamim Iqbal's claims of verbal abuse during Jones' stint as the technical director of Chittagong Kings, the BPL franchise. Tamim had accused Jones of throwing him out of the nets and using abusive language before a game that Tamim ultimately didn't play, cricinfo reported. Tamim made the allegations in an interview with Prothom Alo in which he revealed how he and Jones fell apart after an incident at the Academy ground in Mirpur early in the BPL campaign after the opener injured his groin in the first game. "Dean Jones told me to just do some walking with the physio, who after testing me said I can bat in the nets. I asked him to tell Dean Jones what he thought and the physio said he told Jones," Tamim said. "But as soon as I played two balls in the nets, Jones started shouting at me, 'get out, get out'. I protested to him that he can't treat a national cricketer in this manner." "The owner told me to apologize to Jones. After I went to his hotel room, he was very rude and at one point told me, 'you are servants, I am your boss'. I was shocked, but I didn't tell anyone at the time." Jones admitted that he did ask Tamim to leave the nets, he maintains
that he didn't use such language and neither did Tamim apologize. "I have never used such terminology and neither did Tamim apologise," Jones told ESPNcricinfo. "Before I had arrived in Bangladesh, Samir [Quader] Chowdhury told me that I was the coach, but after I arrived I was told that I was the technical director. Still, Tamim informed me of his condition and it was made known to Chittagong's physio as well as that of the Bangladesh team. But when I saw him batting at the nets, I told him that an injured batsman shouldn't be batting in the nets. He didn't want to give a fitness test either."
Tamim further said that after he had agreed to bat at No 3 in Chittagong's home game against Rajshahi, Jones still abused him as he was warming up ahead of the game, before coach Khaled Mahmud intervened. "A day before the Rajshahi game he asked me if I would bat at three. I told him that I have never batted at that position but I will still play there. Later, Sujon bhai [Khaled Mahmud] told me I will open the innings," Tamim said. "I was warming up before the game when Jones started abusing me and kept repeating that I had complained to the team owner that I won't bat at
three. I said I didn't tell him anything. Sujon bhai came running towards us and said the same. He told Jones that he took the decisions as the head coach. I wasn't in a position to play after what Jones did. I told them I won't play, but it was announced that I got sick suddenly." Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud said they were never willing to drop a fit Tamim but after the bust-up it was the batsman who decided not to play. "Tamim and Jones had the fight before the Rajshahi game and it was Tamim who decided he wouldn't play that day. Chittagong Kings always wanted him to play whenever fit," Mahmud said. However, Jones said that Tamim didn't agree to bat at three and maintains that it was an earlier arrangement that he had to leave the Chittagong franchise after six matches, and not because of the disagreements. "He got upset when we asked him to bat at No. 3 because he usually opens the innings. But the management had to be equal to everyone. I have nothing against Tamim, he's a wonderful cricketer and a precocious talent and I have no bones to pick with him. "I had to leave for Delhi after six matches on an engagement on behalf of the government of Victoria. The Chittagong Kings knew I was only available till that time," he said.
liced by the ICC's anti-corruption unit but also officiated by its elite panel of umpires. But not all boards work with the ICC's monitors. Bangladesh for example posted their own security officials at their event as well as hiring their own umpires. The Bangladesh Cricket Board insists that its own measures are adequate. "We have already taken stringent measures to combat corruption including spot fixing during BPL or any domestic league," board spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP. "Betting and fixing in cricket is nothing new. It was there even when there was no T20 cricket." But the de Speville review said it was important to involve the ACSU in all cricket-related activities. "One of the ACSU's central functions is to receive information about corruption," the report said. "Without good information about what is going on, getting to grips with the problem is impossible."
Pakistan exhibition T20s on despite name row KARAChI AfP
The organizer of two Twenty20 matches between an international XI and a Pakistan All Stars side Wednesday insisted they would go ahead despite the game's governing body objecting to the name of the touring team. The two matches on Saturday and Sunday in Karachi are aimed at taking Pakistan a little further towards a resumption of home internationals, suspended since a deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009. The International Cricket Council (ICC) wrote to the PCB to say the visiting team could not use the "World XI" name. "The ICC doesn't permit the names World or World XI for exhibition matches," an ICC spokesman told AFP from Dubai. Mohammad Ali Shah, sports minister for Sindh province, said the matches were backed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and were aimed to restore international cricket in the country. Responding to the ICC's concerns, Shah said the matches would go ahead. "There is nothing controversial in it," Shah told AFP. "It will be an International World XI which is arriving early Thursday and the matches will go ahead as per schedule."
spirited lions hunt down super Kings CApe Town CRICINfO
The asking rate for Lions hit 10 an aver at the end of the seventh over, they had no momentum and they looked rather like cubs in the headlights, but over the next 13 overs they kept up with the rate without a hint of panic. Gulam Bodi, who seemed to possess just one shot the pick-up over midwicket - now began to drive through extra cover to end with 64 off 46. Neil McKenzie stayed cool as he had done in chasing a similar total against Mumbai Indians, but needed Jean Symes' equally cool 39 off 23 finish the chase with three balls to spare. While Lions were tigerish in the field to keep sending back well-set Chennai Super Kings batsmen before they could cause irreparable damage, their opponents bowled two crucial no-balls and were guilty of bowling length balls during the tense chase. The first no-ball arrived just after Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus had bowled the first six overs for just 24 for 2. Bodi had been struggling for 15 off 23 just before the over with the no-ball began. Bodi first played his release shot - the six over the leg side - and Albie Morkel responded by overstepping. The six off the free hit marked a huge change in the momentum. From 33 in eight overs, Lions went to 96 in 13. Morkel then pulled things back for Super Kings, inducing an edge from Bodi, but it turned out that enough damage had been done by then. McKenzie, who was happy watching Bodi's hitting until then, got a little more busy, but Super Kings seemed to have put it past
Lions when Suresh Raina dismissed McKenzie with a superb running catch from long-on. In that same over, though, Ashwin bowled a no-ball. The consequent free hit went for four, and Chris Morris sent him off with a huge slogged six. Ashwin: four overs for 42. The asking rate, once again, was 10 for the last three overs. And on quick outfields and smallish grounds of South Africa, you can't defend that by bowling length. Eleven of the next 15 balls were pitched between the yorker and bounce length. Three others were low full tosses. That death bowling was just not good enough, and Symes and Morris sailed home with a partnership of 44 in 3.1 overs. Unlike Lions, almost every Super Kings batsman left the job unfinished. Six of their batsmen crossed 20, but only MS Dhoni went past 30. Dhoni finally came in to bat at No. 4, giving himself enough time to bat like a proper batsman, and it was his partnership with S Badrinath, worth 50 off 26, that took them away from what threatened to be a middling total. Aaron Phangiso continued to star in the field: he removed the free-flowing Faf du Plessis with a superb catch, then took the wickets of the set M Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja, and conceded just 17 in four overs. Du Plessis' wicket was the most crucial: he was in the same dream form that had knocked Dhoni's team out of the World Twenty20, but his falling for 25 off 20 set a trend Super Kings couldn't buck until Dhoni and Badrinath began their partnership. That, though, was to prove inadequate.
SCOREbOARD CHENNAI SUPER KINGS f du Plessis c Phangiso b Morris 25 M Vijay lbw b Phangiso 22 SK Raina c Petersen b de bruyn 20 MS Dhoni*† c Symes b Sohail Tanvir 34 RA Jadeja c Symes b Phangiso 21 JA Morkel c †Tsolekile b Nannes 4 S badrinath not out 27 WP Saha not out 0 EXTRAS 5 TOTAl 158 DID NOT bAT R Ashwin, DE bollinger, bW Hilfenhaus fAll Of WICKETS 1-44 (du Plessis, 5.4 ov), 2-69 (Raina, 9.6 ov), 3-70 (Vijay, 10.2 ov), 4-102 (Jadeja, 14.3 ov), 5-106 (Morkel, 15.3 ov), 6-156 (Dhoni, 19.5 ov) bOWlING Sohail Tanvir 4-0-36-1, DP Nannes 4-0-46-1, CH Morris 4-1-24-1, AM Phangiso 40-17-2, J Symes 2-0-14-0, Z de bruyn 2-0-18-1 lIONS AN Petersen* lbw b bollinger 0 GH bodi c †Dhoni b Morkel 64 Q de Kock c †Dhoni b bollinger 5 ND McKenzie c Raina b Ashwin 32 J Symes not out 39 CH Morris not out 12 EXTRAS 7 TOTAl 159 DID NOT bAT Tl Tsolekile†, Z de bruyn, Sohail Tanvir, AM Phangiso, DP Nannes fAll Of WICKETS 1-0 (Petersen, 0.1 ov), 2-8 (de Kock, 2.5 ov), 3-101 (bodi, 13.3 ov), 4-115 (McKenzie, 16.2 ov) bOWlING DE bollinger4-0-18-2, bW Hilfenhaus 4-0-25-0, JA Morkel 3.3-0-35-1, RA Jadeja 3-0-20-0, R Ashwin 4-0-42-1, f du Plessis 1-0-14-0 Toss lions, who chose to field Points lions 4, Chennai Super Kings 0, Player of the match AM Phangiso (lions), Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka), TV umpire RJ Tucker (Australia), Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri lanka), Reserve umpire S George
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Titans emphatically end Auckland’s winning run DURBAn
munir triumphant in menA Golf Tour event
HE underdogs Auckland Aces' three wins out of three in the Champions League T20 was one of the developing feel-good stories of a tournament which is widely seen as being overrun by the cash-rich teams from the IPL. Auckland's run of victories ended in a dismal manner as their batting collapsed to 113 against an efficient Titans side in Durban. Auckland's top order had prospered with such regularity in the tournament that their middle order hadn't been tested in any of their three matches so far. Against the Titans, though, the star names at the top finally floundered exposing the Auckland batting's lesser lights, who failed the test after a series of unwise slogs. It was Titans' top order which flourished this time, as their openers Jacques Rudolph and Henry Davids put on their second substantial partnership in a row. They lashed 74 at nearly nine an over, with a boundary coming in all but two of the first ten overs as Davids again showed off his power-hitting, while Rudolph once more showed he can thrive in T20s, mixing a series of off-drives with some reverse-sweeps. The Auckland bowlers pulled things back in the third quarter of the innings as Martin van Jaarsveld pottered along at just below a run-a-ball and Rudolph started to tire towards the end of the innigns. They couldn't finish off the comeback though as Farhaan Behardien showed why he was a first-choice pick for South Africa with a withering onslaught on Kyle Mills, who has been one of the bowlers of the tournament so far. Mills was taken for 21 in the penultimate over,
TITANS 36 H Davids b Azhar Mahmood 63 JA Rudolph c Adams b bates 13 M van Jaarsveld* c Guptill b Mills f behardien not out 48 RE van der Merwe run out (Guptill) 5 HG Kuhn† not out 0 7 EXTRAS 172 TOTAl DID NOT bAT D Wiese, CJD de Villiers, AC Thomas, ER links, NE Mbhalati fAll Of WICKETS 1-74 (Davids, 8.3 ov), 2-100 (van Jaarsveld, 12.4 ov), 3-133 (Rudolph, 17.3 ov), 4-166 (van der Merwe, 19.5 ov) bOWlING KD Mills 4-0-42-1, MD bates 3-0-21-1, Azhar Mahmood 4-0-32-1, AR Adams 4-0-35-0 RM Hira 4-0-28-0, C de Grandhomme 1-0-9-0 AUCKlAND MJ Guptill c behardien b Mbhalati 3 l Vincent c †Kuhn b Thomas 6 Azhar Mahmood c van Jaarsveld b Thomas 7 AK Kitchen c behardien b links 23 14 C de Grandhomme c Rudolph b Mbhalati 4 C Munro c behardien b Mbhalati GJ Hopkins*† c †Kuhn b van der Merwe 8 0 RM Hira c †Kuhn b de Villiers 1 KD Mills run out (van der Merwe/van Jaarsveld) AR Adams c sub (M Mosehle) b Thomas 30 MD bates not out 14 3 EXTRAS 113 TOTAl fAll Of WICKETS 1-8 (Vincent, 1.4 ov), 2-10 (Guptill, 2.5 ov), 3-37 (Azhar Mahmood, 5.1 ov), 4-49 (Kitchen, 6.6 ov), 5-58 (Munro, 8.2 ov), 6-58 (de Grandhomme, 8.3 ov), 7-60 (Hira, 9.3 ov), 8-68 (Mills, 11.2 ov), 9-68 (Hopkins, 11.4 ov), 10-113 (Adams, 18.1 ov) bOWlING NE Mbhalati 4-1-26-3, AC Thomas 3.1-0-18, CJD de Villiers 3-0-24-1, ER links, 4-0-25-1, RE van der Merwe 4-0-18-1 Toss Auckland, who chose to field, Points Titans 4, Auckland 0, Player of the match f behardien (Titans), Umpires S Ravi (India) and SJA Taufel (Australia), TV umpire Asad Rauf (Pakistan), Match referee DC boon (Australia), Reserve umpire JD Cloete
and a middling target suddenly became a challenging one. The most Auckland had to score in the competition so far was 139, but this time they were up against 173. Alfonso Thomas demonstrated why he is among the most successful Twenty20 overs and had Auckland gasp-
ing by the sixth over: he had Lou Vincent caught-behind, and had Azhar Mahmood dabbing a short ball straight to slip. In between Martin Guptill topedged a slower bouncer from Ethy Mbhalati to the deep, and Auckland had lost the only three batsmen who had had
proper hits in the tournament so far. Auckland were soon on their knees as Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme and Colin Munro all managed to pick out outfielders on the leg side off fairly innocuous deliveries. At 58 for 6 in the ninth over, the game was virtually over.
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In the fourth of six tournaments of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Golf Tour, that concluded at the Tour Links Golf Club, in Ras el Khaimah, UAE yesterday, M. Munir of Pakistan emerged triumphant through golfing excellence, that enabled him to keep the Pakistani flag flying high for the second successive golf championship. Just a week back Shafiq Masih of Pakistan was the victorious one in the third segment of this golf tour and now in the fourth of six tournaments it is M. Munir who marched past his overseas international rivals to look adequately super and fetch the top prize and accomplish a virtual dream like status at this level. "It certainly was not easy, especially with players of the class of Zane Scotland and David Law, as rivals', said Munir over the phone. He further went on to say that, "Zane was equally brilliant all the three days but I kept up the pressure through strategic placement of shots and extremely good work on the greens". And all this is reflected in his scores over the three rounds on 7200 yards, very long, Tower Links Golf Course. A round of six under par 66, on the first day backed up by a three under par 69 on the second day and another 69 in the final go gave him a three rounds aggregate of 204, twelve under par for the championship and he beat the runner up Zane Scotland of England by four strokes.
Gen Arif enjoys majority in POA LAhoRe
Five more players invited for Jr hockey team training camp
ajmal takes six for ZTBl LAhoRe
ZTBL’s Saeed Ajmal took six wickets to leave Habib Bank in tatters in the Patrons Trophy match at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. ZTBL after a poor show by making 106 held back the inintiative by bowling out HBL for 249 with Ajmal taking six wickets for 64 runs. SCoRES: ZTBL (First Innings): 106 in 39.5 overs (Afaq Rahim 17, Sharjeel Khan 12, Yasir Hameed 23,
The Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited five more players for attending the ongoing national junior hockey teams camp at Karachi’s hockey club of Pakistan. Already twenty three players are attending the camp and with the induction of five more players the overall strength has risen to twenty eight players,said an announcement of PHF here on Wednesday. Muhammad Muzammil Bhatti, Muhammad Asad Bashir, Usman Aslam, Arslan Qadir and Abdul Jabbar are the players invited to attend the camp.
Ehsan Adil 5-41, Kamran Husain 319, Younis Khan 2-10) ZTBL (Second Innings): 12-1 in 7 overs, Habib Bank (First Innings): 249 in 64.3 overs (Imran Farhat 53, 80 balls, 10 x4s, Ahmed Shahzad 55, Younis Khan 48, Humayun Farhat 30, Saeed Ajmal 6-64) Overnight Score: ZTBL 78-6 in 34 overs Toss: Habib Bank Umpires: Qaiser Waheed & Ghaffar Kazmi Referee: Saadat Ali.
PuNjAB YouTH FESTivAL 2012
Punjab Youth Festival successfully moving ahead LAhoRe STAff REPORT
The Provincial Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 is successfully heading towards in final phase as the young people are showing their great interest and enthusiasm in the sports and non-sports events. On Wednesday, all the activity of the festival was staged at Expo Center in which apart from general public, students of schools, colleges and universities winners of their categories of all the nine divisions including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan have assembled in Lahore to compete in sports and non-sporting events of Painting, Photography, Essay Writing (Urdu and English), Naat Khanni, Qirat, Cultural Models, Dress Show and Cultural Projects while Gaming Arcade 2012 competitions were introduced in this provincial level which have games like Counter Strike, FIFA
11 and Need for Speed Most Wanted. The sports events of Festival will start formally from October 19 while the full dress rehearsal of the human mosaic and largest human flag will be held on the same day to create the Guinness World Record at the National Hockey Stadium and the following day the opening ceremony will mark formal the start of the Provincial
level. In all 13 individual events will be attempted for Guinness World Record at Expo Centre during the next three days. These events include fastest chess game, baking chapatis in less time, wearing maximum number of Tshirts, maximum pushups, maximum strokes in one minute and placing maximum number of electric switches. However, in the sixth stage of the
festival painting competition at college level, Lahore’s Iqra was placed first, Rawalpindi’s Sundas was second and Gujranwala’s Sabiha was third. In dress show, Rawalpindi’s Aysia Shahbaz was first, Gujranwala’s Manahil was second and Dera Ghazi Khan’s Asma was third in the secondary school competition. In college level, Saba Lahore College for Home Economic and Hiba Sohail of Multan were first and second respectively and in the university level, Sobai Altaf got the first position and Ribai Aziz and Sana Batool were second and third. All these three girls were of Bahauddin Zakriya University and the boys of the same university namely Adnan Chaudhary, Osana Masood and Osama Farooq were the first three positions. Meanwhile, the Gaming Arcade 2012, Counter Strike, Gaming Arcade 2012, FIFA 11 and Gaming Arcade 2012, Need for Speed Most Wanted would be held at Expo Center from 11 am to 9 pm at Expo Center till October 25.
Pakistan Olympic Association, President, Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hasan enjoys overwhelming majority in the POA in which a dissident group has made a false attempt to show their strength during a recent general council meeting of the body. “It was a failed attempt to disrupt the smooth working of the national Olympic committee which is united under the able guidance of its President, Arif Hasan “, said a spokesman of the POA here on Wednesday. He said the fact that Gen Artif enjoys all out support and majority in the house was evident from the attendance of the meeting which reposed its confidence on him and thwarted and attempt to create disunity among the ranks. “The nominations received for this meeting were invited as per provisions of the Constitution of POA and all the affiliated Units confirmed their nominations “,he said adding “ Surprisingly the night before the meeting, the socalled dissident group boycotted that official meeting under the POA’s aegis and passed a resolution signed by the participants whose antecedents were questionable in the extreme “. The spokesman said that the dissident group tried to have dubious antecedents in the meeting as a critical analysis of the credentials of the dissidents who called meeting on October 13, revealed that Col (Retd) Zafar Ahmed nominated as representative of the Athletics Federation did sign as a representative of the Boxing Federation. The nomination received from the Pakistan Boxing Federation does not include his name there. The Athletics Federation was eligible for only three nominations whereas 4 persons attended on its behalf, in clear deviation of the POA Constitution. Prof Painda A Malik, Secretary of Gymnastics Federation, incidentally was one of the signatory as an attendee in the Meeting of October 14. “Pakistan Volleyball Federation nominated 3 persons who attended meeting of the October 14 and Muhammad Afzal who was not among the nominees did attend the meeting of the dissident group without any authority vested in him “,he said . The Balochistan Olympic Association was shown to have been represented by Lt Col (Retd) Mohammad Asif Dar who had no connections whatsoever with the Balochistan Olympic Association. He said all these circumstances showed that the dissent group tried to create a false impression on the genuineness of the meeting which took place after fulfilling all the constitutional requirements.
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17 Sports Hein Verbruggen, lance Armstrong’s ‘great friend’
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Hein Verbruggen was the powerful head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) between 1991 and 2005 who has now seen his name linked to the worst years of doping scandals in the sport. Now 71, the Dutchman has moved from president to honorary president of the sport's world governing body but despite being a major player in the global development of cycling, there is far from full support for his continued involvement. "He's still there. He doesn't have to commit hara kiri (ritual suicide). He should just admit that mistakes were made," cyclist David Millar, who has served a drugs ban, said after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal was laid bare last week. Others, too, suspect that Verbruggen -who maintains that seven-time Tour de France winner Armstrong never doped -still pulls the strings at the UCI, not his replacement Pat McQuaid, who has been under pressure to respond to the failure to detect Armstrong and the doping program on the US rider's US Postal Service team. Opinionated, fiercely intelligent and with an apparent pragmatism bordering on cynicism, Verbruggen is a marketing specialist who was at Mars in the early 1970s when the confection giant sponsored a cycling team. He rose through the ranks of cycling, joining the management committee of the International Professional Cycling Federation (FICP) in 1979, becoming its president in 1985. Six years later, he brought the separate amateur and professional federations under the auspices of the UCI, with a view to the internationalization of the sport and greater recognition by the Olympic movement. In 1995, he joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that he had previously disdained and became a key member. IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch gave him major responsibilities. Samaranch's successor, Jacques Rogge, did likewise. As a major player in world sport, Verbruggen saw doors open everywhere. His rise to prominence coincided with the end of a tough fight between the UCI and the owners of the Tour de France. In 2008, the Dutchman was chairman of the co-ordination commission for the Beijing Olympics. On anti-doping, Verbruggen has been matter-of-fact, in line with the more relaxed tradition of his country towards drugs, as far back as the late 1980s. But in the 1990s, he was involved with trying to save cycling's reputation amid controversy over blood doping, even willing to silence doubts about use of the blood booster erythropoetin (EPO) in 1994 and play down the scandal in the 1998 Tour. A year later, though, he presided over the exclusion of Italian rider Marco Pantani from the Tour of Italy. He also sanctioned a test for EPO in 2001 before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and other organisations.
Banned ferrari denies doping allegations wAShInGTon AfP
Michele Ferrari, the former doctor of disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong, has denied accusations that he was a key figure in the doping scheme, he said in statement posted on his website Wednesday. The Italian was handed a life ban in July by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which in August issued a life ban to Armstrong and stripped him of his seven Tour de France victories. In the wake of USADA's revelation of more than 1,000 pages of evidence in a report last week to the International Cycling Union (ICU), Armstrong stepped down Wednesday as chairman of the Livestrong
cancer charity and was dropped by sponsor Nike. A total of 26 witnesses, 11 of them former Armstrong teammates, testified against Armstrong and many of them cited incidents involving Ferrari, who denied any wrongdoing in his website post, which was entitled "USADA Conspiracy?" Among those who testified against Ferrari were US riders Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Tyler Hamilton, Christian Vande Velde and Tom Danielson. "The false accusations that the six cyclists... threw at me are all based on 'visual' testimonies of each of the six witnesses telling of events that concerned only me and the 'witness' himself," Ferrari wrote on 53x12.com. "They never evoke the presence of another witness,
whether between the six or other persons who may corroborate the veracity of their claims. "An exception is the declaration of Landis on page seven of his affidavit when he says: 'George Hincapie also had blood drawn by Dr. Ferrari in my presence.' Too bad that Hincapie, in his affidavit, makes no reference to this serious charge." Ferrari denied that his professional relationship with Armstrong lasted after 2005, even though he admitted that he might have met and ridden with Armstrong and accepted payments from him, as USADA claims, more than $1 million from 1996 to 2006. "I do not exclude that we may have met (his riding group and mine) on the roads... but I deny that I had a professional relationship with
Armstrong," said Ferrari. "The dossier documented payments of Lance Armstrong to Health and Performance SA (a company for which I worked as a consultant) in 2005 and 2006: simply, those are delayed payments for consultancy in previous years." USADA cites 2009 emails between Armstrong and Ferrari's son Stefano asking if Armstrong could make a $25,000 cash payment when they next met. Ferrari said that was for training advice offered through Ferrari's website from his son. "My son who administers the website offering online training advice to athletes, was in charge of the training of Lance Armstrong, under my supervision, as is the case with all his customers," Ferrari said.
armstrong dropped by nike after leaving livestrong TeXAS AfP
Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer charity on Wednesday as Nike broke all ties with the disgraced cycling star over "seemingly insurmountable evidence" of doping. Both developments came as the International Cycling Union (UCI) faced growing pressure to reveal how the 41-year-old American, a seven-time Tour de France champion, had been able to escape detection for doping for so long. "To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship," Armstrong said in a statement posted on the Livestrong website. Armstrong had been an inspirational figure for millions after recovering from testicular cancer that had spread to his brain and lungs and then winning the world's most celebrated cycling event seven times in a row. Those victories were stripped from Armstrong in August by the US Anti-Doping Agency
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(USADA) and Armstrong was banned from cycling for life once he chose not to fight the doping accusations against him, claims outlined in a report unveiled last week and presented to UCI. More than 1,000 pages of evidence, including testimony against Armstrong from 11 former teammates and 26 witnesses in all, proved too much for sportswear giant Nike to continue to stand by Armstrong as it had for months. "Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," Nike's statement said. "Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire
and empower people affected by cancer." Livestrong's iconic yellow wristband was launched in 2004 in collaboration with Nike. More than 80 million Livestrong wristbands have been sold, donations that were in part inspired by Armstrong's now-tainted cancer comeback. Livestrong is one of the best-known cancer charities in the United States, having raised nearly $500 million since it was founded by Armstrong in 1997. Armstrong's farewell from the charity he founded comes two days before a 15th anniversary gala for Livestrong at which Armstrong is expected to speak in his hometown of Austin, Texas. "It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has
served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors," Armstrong said. Armstrong has always maintained he did not take banned substances, but said in August he would not challenge USADA's allegations, saying years of accusations had left him weary and the fight would be too stressful and expensive. USADA revealed its case against Armstrong last week, with USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygart saying Armstrong was at the heart of the biggest doping conspiracy in sports history. "The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming," Tygart said. "The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Evidence included an expert's finding that Armstrong blood changes indicated doping and documents showing a payment to doping-linked doctor, Michele Ferrari. Other riders said Armstrong prodded them into doping to be supportive teammates.
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Woods, McIlroy to play in Abu Dhabi
ORY McIlroy and Tiger Woods have both confirmed they will return to Abu Dhabi in January to open their 2013 season. The top-ranking players in the world played in the emirate in January this year, although neither won the European PGA tournament which went to England's Robert Rock. But both said they had been impressed by the Abu Dhabi Golf Club course and the facilities that were provided, convincing them to return for next year with a $2.7 million prize fund on offer from January 17-20. "I really enjoyed my time in Abu Dhabi and I wanted to return, particularly as I played well and came so close last year," said Woods. "I'd love nothing more than to win in January and start the season in the best possible way." McIlroy, who won his first pro tournament in nearby Dubai in 2009, took over the world No.1 spot earlier this year and went on to win his second major tournament at the USPGA in August. "This will be the first time
I've headed to Abu Dhabi as world number one and I'm determined to keep the wins coming and cement my ranking," the Ulsterman said. "The strength of the field means there will be a ton of world ranking points on offer so Abu Dhabi will be a
really significant tournament that sets the tone for the year. "I had a great tussle with Tiger nine months ago and I'm sure he'll be in contention again. We've spent a lot of time playing together this year and it's always fun challenging the best."
India's Shiv Kapur is determined to end a seven-year title drought at the Hero Indian Open, which he hails as a 'fifth Major', ahead of the tournament teeing off on Thursday. "As a kid growing up my dream was always to win my national open. Every golfer wants to win their national open as it is a fifth Major for them," said Kapur, whose sole Asian Tour victory was in Thailand in 2005. The 30-year-old, who finished fifth at the Macau Open last week, is currently ranked 10th on the Order of Merit. "I think my consistency is better and I'm getting closer to winning. I'm disappointed I'm not able to win more. That plays on my mind but you realise you have to be patient," he said. "I'll be sticking to what I've been doing and keep knocking on the door and hopefully it will open soon," added Kapur, who had three top-five finishes on the Asian Tour this season. However he will face stern challenges from the likes of an in-form Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won his fourth Asian Tour title last week, defending champion David Gleeson of Australia and Peter Hanson of Sweden, ranked 25th in the world. The $1.25 million tournament will be played for the first time in the southern state of Karnataka. Kapur lauded the decision to move his national open to a new venue. "I think it is good for the growth of the game. The sport is growing all over India. It is good for the national open to move around," said Kapur.
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Chinese wunderkind Andy Zhang, who at age 14 this year became the youngest golfer ever to compete in the US Open, will play his first Asian professional tournament this week at OneAsia's Kolon Korea Open. Zhang, an amateur who turns 15 in December, is hoping to continue an incredible year that saw him play alongside the world's best at the Olympic Club in San Francisco in June. "It was a crazy time," Zhang said of the experience, noting it was tough to keep his feet on the ground after the competition. "I had my ups and downs. For at least two or three months I played tournaments and the results weren't as good as I would have liked." At 14 and 1/2 years, the Beijing-born, but Florida-based Zhang was the youngest player ever to compete in the US Open, which was first held in 1895. In the first round he shot a credible nine-over par 79 -- the same as US Masters champion Bubba Watson -- but missed the cut after a second-round 78. Despite the high hopes following an incredible year for the youngster, Zhang was setting himself realistic goals ahead of the 1 billion won ($900,000) competition that starts Thursday with some of the best golfers in the Asia-Pacific region, including Major winner Y.E. Yang. "If I can keep to around par for the first two rounds and hopefully make the cut, I'll be very happy," the youngster said. "Two or three over for the tournament would be pretty good." The prodigy began playing golf seriously as a sixyear-old in Beijing after being spotted by a Korean coach who thought Zhang had a natural talent. Zhang has lived in the United States since he was 10, and attends the IMG Golf Academy in Florida. Ahead of the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club tournament, Zhang acknowledged the difficulties of the competition. "The fairways are really narrow and the rough is extremely long around the greens," he said. "It's a pretty tough course."
The International Cycling Union (UCI) is under pressure to reveal how shamed US rider Lance Armstrong was able to escape detection for doping for so long. According to a number of his former teammates, the seven-time Tour de France winner bragged about having managed to suppress a positive test for the blood booster erythropotein (EPO) on the 2001 Tour of Switzerland. The head of the Lausanne laboratory involved confirmed to US investigators that the sample in question was disputed, although given the science at the time, it was not considered strong enough evidence to put before a court. Simply put, the "positive" test was an assumption. Tests for EPO had only been approved two months earlier. "It wasn't possible for my predecessor (Hein Verbruggen) to hide the result," the current president of the UCI, Pat McQuaid, said in 2010, later saying: "There was no positive test." But the formal position of the UCI and its refusal to allow the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to re-examine the test without Armstrong's consent has prompted opponents to claim it is compromised. More troubling still for the UCI is that it accepted two donations from Armstrong between 2002 and 2005 for a total of $125,000 (78,000 pounds, 96,000 euros), which were used to buy anti-doping technology, including a blood analysis machine. "You have to consider the context at the time. In 2002, there were no claims of doping against Armstrong," McQuaid said in 2010, although he acknowledged that the organisation would be careful in future about any similar donations in future. The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Dick Pound has meanwhile accused the UCI of turning a blind eye to Armstrong's activities. Others, such as the wife of the former Tour winner Greg LeMond, go further by raising the possibility of corruption, claiming that sportswear manufacturer Nike donated $500,000 to suppress a positive test on the 1999 Tour. Kathy LeMond based her claim on a private conversation with Armstrong's former mechanic, Julien De Vriese. But in testimony to Armstrong's lawyers, the Belgian denied saying what was reported in detail in the 2006 book "L.A. Official" by Pierre Ballester and David Walsh. Nike, which is still a sponsor of Armstrong, also categorically rejected what it said were "unacceptable allegations". On dope tests, the UCI has often said that it was not the only body aware of positive results while no concrete proof has emerged to back up claims that Armstrong and his sporting director Johan Bruyneel were tipped off in advance.
american Dufner seeks to lose Ryder Cup blues peRTh AfP
American Jason Dufner tees off in the Perth International Thursday aiming to put the United States' shock loss to Europe in last month's Ryder Cup behind him. The world number 10 said it would be the longest two years in his career before he will have the chance to banish the painful memories of Europe's fabled come-from-behind win over the USA at Chicago's Medinah Country Club. "I often catch myself thinking about it," Dufner lamented on the eve of his first tournament since Medinah, the Aus$2 million ($2.04 million) Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, north of Perth. With a seemingly unassailable 10-4 lead going into the final day of singles matches, the USA team were reeled in by the Europeans going down 14-1/2
to 13-1/2. Even though he won three of a possible four points and was one of the best-performed US players on his Ryder Cup debut, Dufner continues to beat himself up. "I think about what could I have done better? Where could I maybe have picked up another half a point?" Dufner said Wednesday. "How could I have helped my teammates more? We were pretty close to winning that. "It's been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup and the toughest thing about it is you've got to wait two years again until you can play again. That's a long time for us." Dufner says the best thing he can do in the meantime is "play golf again, get over it and move past it a little bit". With this uppermost in his mind and the debt feels he owes the game and
himself to become a "global player", he has travelled to Perth for the tournament co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours. Dufner joins 2011 US Masters champion, South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (ranked No.31), American Bo Van Pelt (No.24) and England's No.46 Paul Casey as the main overseas drawcards for the Perth event. Schwartzel, who holds a helicopter pilot's licence, took to the skies as a passenger in a helicopter this week to get an aerial perspective of Perth and the Lake Karrinyup course. He defeated world No.1 Rory McIlroy before losing to Lee Westwood in the semi-final of the World Golf Final in Turkey last week, and he feels he is coming back into form after a difficult season. "I built some good confidence last
week playing against them (McIlroy and Tiger Woods) and I just showed that the game is still there somewhere," Schwartzel said. "So I've got some good confidence last week and I'm really excited for this week." West Australian Greg Chalmers has the advantage over the visitors because he understands the subtleties of the 6,531-metre par 72 Lake Karrinyup layout. Left-hander Chalmers is ranked No.58 in the world and made a late decision to play in front of his home Perth crowd in a bid to get in the top 50 by the end of the year. "If I can get inside the top 50, it will set up my 2013 schedule a lot better around the majors," said Chalmers, who won last year's Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship.
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president should be impartial, says Chief Justice Chaudhry ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT
HIEF Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said being head of the state, the president should be impartial and not support any political group. The CJ was hearing a petition filed by Air Martial (r) Asghar Khan pertaining to doling out of money by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) among politicians before 1990 election. The petition is based on an affidavit of by Gen (r) Asad Durrani, former head of the ISI. During the hearing, the SC remarked that General (r) Aslam Beg and Durrani
acted individually while handing out money to politicians. The court also remarked that the then army chief should not have acted the way he did and the events of 1999 and November 3 could have been avoided. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the distribution of money among politicians was an individual act of General (r) Aslam Beg and General (r) Asad Durrani and the whole institution could not be blamed for it. Former brigadier Hamid Saeed was also summoned by the court but he could not appear owing to illness. On contact by the Registrar’s Office, Hamid Saeed confirmed he would appear in court tomorrow.
During the proceedings, Secretary to the President Malik Asif Hayat submitted a response stating that no political cell had been operating in the President’s House since 2008. Justice Khilji asked the president’s secretary whether a political cell existed in the presidency prior to September 2008. Hayat said there were some files in the possession of the president’s military secretary, adding that he would be able to respond once he had reviewed them. The attorney for former army chief Gen (r) Aslam Beg also submitted his client’s sworn statement and said there was a political cell in the Presidency. Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked
that Beg was aware of the IJI funding and then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan used to be briefed about the activities. The Supreme Court also summoned the details by Thursday of the Rs 80 million not distributed amongst politicians by the Ministry of Defence. In his remarks, the chief justice said the then president’s support for the IJI was a violation of his oath. He reiterated that the head of state should not support any political group. “Under the constitution, the president is the head of state, not the chief of a political party,” the CJ said. He also remarked that the Supreme Court might wrap up proceedings of the case by today (Thursday).
One million Pakistani children miss polio vaccination ISLAMABAD AfP
Almost one million children were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended Wednesday, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western “conspiracy”. Data obtained by AFP showed that some 998,569 children of the 32 million targeted during the three-day nationwide drive, backed by the government and World Health Organization, were left unvaccinated against the crippling disease. WHO Senior Coordinator for Polio Vaccination Dr. Elias Durry said the huge number of missed children was a “cause of concern”. “While we can celebrate the achievement of vaccinating millions of children during every polio campaign, finding and vaccinating the repeatedly missed children should be the top priority of all the polio teams across the country.” Government health officials said that most of the one million children remained unvaccinated because of access issues, unrest in southwestern Baluchistan province and flooding in many parts of Sindh province.
Another polio case reported in KP, toll stands at 18 ToR gHAR: Another polio case surfaced in a far flung district of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) following which the reported cases in the province during the current year have totalled 18. According to details, a young girl named Fozia hailing from Tor Ghar district was found affected from the virus. Parents of Fozia however, claimed they regularly vaccinated her with anti-polio drops during national polio immunisation campaigns. INP They added many parents in militancy-hit northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa still view immunisation as a “conspiracy.” Pakistan is one of only three countries where the highly infectious crippling disease remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. There have been 30 confirmed cases of polio in Pakistan this year according to the government, 22 of them in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
Law is supreme: CM’s son-in-law taken into custody LAhoRe STAff REPORT
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that rule of law was above any relation as the police arrested the son-in-law of the CM in a case of alleged tortured on a bakery employee on Oct 7. “Any person whether he is a common citizen or a relative of the chief minister is subservient to the law,” Shahbaz said, adding that as chief minister he holds himself accountable to the masses which is why he had asked his son-in-law Ali Imran to submit to police investigation. On Wednesday evening, Ali Imran presented himself before SP Investigation Fida Hussain at the Defence-B Police Station and recorded his statement. Cantt SP Maroof Wahla later told reporters that Ali Imran had been taken into custody under Section 109 and would be produced before a magistrate in the
Cantt Courts today (Thursday). On the other hand, a local court accepted the bail pleas of eight accused police guards and ordered their release on surety bonds of Rs 40,000 each. The accused submitted in their bail applications that they had been wrongly implicated in the case. On Oct 7, Rabia Imran, the daughter of Punjab CM, had exchanged harsh words with an employee of the Sweet Tooth bakery in Defence where she went to buy a cake. The bakery worker had told Rabia that the shop was closed but she insisted on being served the cake and then left threatening the poor man. After a few hours, armed police guards of Rabia’s husband Ali Imran arrived on the scene and tortured the bakery worker without realising that the incident was being recorded by CCTV. The footage was later uploaded on the internet and was soon picked up by TV channels. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
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nWa operation to destabilise pakistan: nisar ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Casting doubts over the government’s intention in tabling a resolution in the National Assembly, Opposition Leader Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday said the government was calling for a military offensive in North Waziristan Agency through a resolution, adding that an operation in the agency would destabilise the country. Taking to reporters, the PML-N stalwart said he smelt a rat in what was happening in the country at present. The opposition leader said the world was saddened over the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, adding that it was being told that the attackers came from Afghanistan. “An operation in North Waziristan is being mulled on the pretext of an attack on Malala Yousufzai,” he said. He added that the attack on the innocent girl was being diverted towards certain dimension. Nisar said parliamentary resolutions on drone attacks and Abbottabad operation were not implemented, adding that the government wanted to create a situation feasible for delaying the general election.