Friday, 22 November, 2013 Muharram 17, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 145 16 Pages Karachi Edition
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Hangu drone strike a declaration of war Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said the Hangu drone attack was an open declaration of war against Pakistan by the US and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government could take the decision on its own to halt NATO supplies. Addressing a press conference at the central secretariat of PTI on
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Thursday, Khan said it was for the first time that drones targeted settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the attack after the statement of Sartaj Aziz, adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was a clear proof that the US did not care about the statements of Pakistani leadership.
Internal securIty polIcy draft to be presented In cabInet soon: nIsar
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bombing in Quetta kills 10, injures more than 30 people
countrywide protests against rawalpindi incident today
A deadly cycle bomb in Balochistan’s provincial capital killed five people, including a seven-year-old boy, and injured 30 others on Thursday. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the death toll and said the Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle was the target. It was the fourth blast in Quetta in less than 24 hours. An improvised explosive device (IED) with a timer was attached to a cycle and parked on the Sirki Road near the FC vehicle. “FC personnel were on a routine check in the area when the blast took place,” Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said. page 02
Countrywide protests against Rawalpindi incident today Following the intelligence agencies; reports, the federal government has decided to keep the security on high alter in the country to avert any untoward incident during the protests to be held on Friday (today) against the Rawalpindi riots. According to details, the prime minister has ordered to put the army on stand-by in sensitive districts and to take strict action against the elements found involved in fanning sectarianism. page 04
Malala not the best mascot for universal education: TIME page 05
nawaz to launch pM’s business loan scheme on 2nd Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to ensure 100% transparency and merit at the administrative level in the Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme being launched on December 2nd 2013. The prime minister gave these directions while chairing a high-level meeting on Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday. During the meeting, the prime minister was thoroughly briefed on the various phases, details, Banks’ processes, training of the banks’ employees, training of loan applicants etc. page 06
If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand. — Milton Friedman
Friday, 22 November, 2013
drone sTrike AfTer sArTAj Aziz’s TAll clAim A chAllenge for govT: shAh ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Thursday slammed the government over the recent drone strike in Hangu, killing eight people. Talking to reporter, he said the recent drone strike was a strike on Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and not on Hangu. Just the night before, speaking at the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, Aziz had said the uS had assured Pakistan that drone strikes would not be carried out during talks with the Taliban. Shah said a drone strike after such a tall claim by the foreign adviser was a challenge for the government. The opposition leader said doubts were being raised over the foreign policy being adopted by the PML-N-led government. He also doubted if the Taliban would trust the government’s efforts for peace talks in the current circumstances. He lamented that the drone attacks had intensified instead of being completely stopped. INP
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us drones again, kills six in kP DRONE TARGETS MADRASSA IN HANGU ALLEGEDLY FREQUENTED BY HAQQANI NETWORK MILITANTS PESHAWAR
uST hours after a top official told a Senate body that the uS administration had assured the Pakistani government that it would not carry out drone attacks during the talks process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), missiles fired from a uS drone struck a madrassa in Thal town of Hangu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early on Thursday, killing at least six people. Three missiles hit the Madrassa Tafheem ul Quran, destroying various parts of the seminary and killing at least six people besides leaving eight others seriously injured. Officials told Pakistan Today that the dead included Maulana Ghazi Marjan, Maulana Hamid ullah, Maulana Abdul Rehman and Maulana Abdullah. Sources said the dead and injured also included foreign militants. They said the madrassa was known to be visited by senior members of the Afghan Haqqani Network and two Afghan militants from the feared group were also among those killed in the attack. Police officer Zia Khan told a foreign news agency that five Afghans were killed in the attack, including three students and two teachers. Hangu police chief Iftikhar Ahmad
ATTACK COMES HOURS AFTER SARTAJ AZIZ TOLD SENATE BODY US HAD ASSURED NOT TO CARRY OUT DRONE STRIKES said two of the dead, Maulana Hameedullah and Mufti Ahmad Jan, were members of the Haqqani Network. An Afghan intelligence official also confirmed Jan was killed in the attack. It was only the second drone attack to occur outside the Tribal Areas along the Afghan border since the strikes began in the country in 2004 and could increase tension between Islamabad and Washington. There was a strike in Khyber Pakhtunkwa’s Bannu district in 2008. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is considered a “settled area” of Pakistan, meaning it is generally more populated and developed than the tribal region. Madrassa Tafheem ul Quran was set up seven years ago in the Tandar area, adjacent to Thal town by Qari Noor ullah a religious figure from North Waziristan Agency. The area was earlier designated as a refugee camp for Afghans displaced by war in their country and it is still predominantly inhabited by Afghan nationals even after rescinding of the refugee camp status. GOVERNMENT PROTESTS ATTACK: The Foreign Office issued a routine condemnation of the drone strike, protesting that such attacks were against the sovereignty of Pakistan and jeopardized efforts to restore peace in the violence marred country. In Peshawar, Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said, “Now no place
Kp governMent to Hold eMergency MeetIng today ISLAMABAD: Following latest drone attacks in Hangu, the KP government will hold an emergency meeting today (Friday), regarding NATO supplies and dialogue with Taliban. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minster Pervaiz Khattak has summoned the cabinet meeting and the PTI chairman would deliberate over important matters. A press conference called earlier on Thursday by Imran Khan summoned the meeting to decide about the future of blocking NATO supplies; while according to sources the meeting would also deliberate over provincial law and order situation and dialogue with Taliban. ONlINE is safe. The drones are now firing missiles outside the tribal areas. It is Hangu today. Tomorrow it can be Karachi, Lahore or any other place.” Thursday’s strike was also the first drone attack since the uS killed former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Nov. 1 in a strike in the North Waziristan tribal area. Pakistani officials were outraged by the attack because they said it came a day before they planned to invite Mehsud to hold peace talks. On Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security Sartaj Aziz told the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs that the Obama Administration had assured Pakistan that it would not conduct drone attacks during pace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. CONSTANT TENSION: The covert CIA drone programme in Pakistan has been a constant source of tension between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistani officials regularly denounce the strikes in public as a violation of the country’s sovereignty. But the govern-
Quetta cycle bomb kills 10, injures 30 CYCLE BOMB TARGETED A FC VEHICLE PATROLLING SIRKI ROAD AREA QUETTA STAFF REPORT
A deadly cycle bomb in Balochistan’s provincial capital killed 10 people, including a seven-year-old boy, and injured 30 others on Thursday. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Abdul Razzaq Cheema confirmed the death toll and said the Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle was the target. It was the fourth blast in Quetta in less than 24 hours. An improvised explosive device (IED) with a timer was attached to a cycle and parked on the Sirki Road near the FC vehicle. “FC personnel were on a routine check in the area when the blast took place,” Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said. Rescue workers and security forces reached the area and cordoned off the site. Some of the injured were taken to the Sandeman Hospital, where emergency was declared. The Bomb Disposal Squad said around seven kilogrammes of explosive materials were used in the bomb.
MOTORCYCLE BOMB KILLS THREE IN CHAMAN The FC vehicle was destroyed while three personnel were also seriously wounded and were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH). “We have received three dead bodies and 27 injured,” doctors at Sandeman Hospital said. Quetta police chief said a constable, a seven-year old garbage picker and passers-by were among the dead. The home minister said three injured are in critical condition while others are stable. “The Balochistan Home Department had already beefed up the security across the province following increasing threats,” he told the reporters at the Civil Hospital. He added that the death toll may rise given the critical condition of some injured. Chaman blast Meanwhile, a motorbike bomb killed three people near Christian Colony in Chaman. Police said it was a remote-controlled blast and the explosive material was planted on a motorbike. The injured were passers-by.
ment is known to have supported at least some of the attacks in the past. It is generally understood that Pakistan’s secret agreement with the uS on drone strikes in the past was confined to the tribal region and did not include the country’s “settled areas”. The government has stepped up its vocal opposition to drone attacks since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office in June. Nawaz met with uS President Barack Obama in Washington in October and pressed him to end the strikes. But the uS has shown no sign that it intends to stop using what it considers a vital tool to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, whose party is in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has called for Pakistan to block trucks carrying supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan in response to continued drone strikes. The federal government has shown little interest in doing so, but Khan plans to hold a strike on November 23 and block the road through the province that some of the trucks take.
Three killed, 20 injured in khyber Agency blAsT, PAk-AfghAn border seAled LANDI KOTAL INP
At least three people were killed and more than 20 were injured in a bomb blast in Khyber Agency on Thursday. According to Khasadar Force personnel, unidentified men had planted explosive material near the Customs Office in Tourkham Bazaar. The three were killed on the spot. The injured were taken to Landikotal hospital where an emergency was declared. According to hospital sources, the condition of several of the injured was declared serious and it was feared that death toll could rise. The security forces sealed the Pakistan-Afghan border after the blast and placing strict cordon off in the area launched search operation.
The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. — Dante Alighieri
Friday, 22 November, 2013
imran says hangu strike a declaration of war PTI CHIEF SAYS STRIKE CLEAR PROOF US DOES NOT CARE ABOUT PAKISTANI LEADERS’ STATEMENTS ISLAMABAD
akistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said the Hangu drone attack was an open declaration of war against Pakistan by the uS and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government could take the decision on its own to halt NATO supplies. Addressing a press conference at the central secretariat of PTI on Thursday, Khan said it was for the first time that drones targeted settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the attack after the statement of Sartaj Aziz, adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs and National Security, was a clear proof that the uS did not care about the statements of Pakistani leadership. He said had he been the prime minister of Pakistan, he would have ordered the striking down of drones, but unfortunately
ASKS PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF TO GIVE CATEGORICAL STATEMENT AGAINST DRONE ATTACKS
the chief minister of KP had no such authority. Khan said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not given a categorical statement against drone attacks and demanded that he should give a clear policy statement about drone strikes, otherwise it would be taken that he was following the policy of former rulers. Nawaz should not to “play on both sides of the wicket”, adding that he should give up his “dual policy” of telling the uS one thing and Pakistan another. “If the prime minister strictly told [America] that drone attacks must stop, they would never conduct such attacks,” he said. “If they attacked Hangu then what will stop them from attacking any other place if they suspect terrorist activity there?” the PTI chairman added. Khan said the PTI deliberately gave time to the government to set its house in order, but the “honeymoon period” was
over and the party would announce a clear policy against the government during the sit-in against NATO supplies on November 23. He invited all political parties and people of the KP and entire country to participate in the Peshawar sit-in. The PTI chief said time had come for Pakistan to decide whether to follow the policy of enslavement or to emerge as a sovereign and respectable nation. He said Pakistan had become a tissue paper for the uS, which is used and thrown in the dustbin. He said if the drone attacks had been so successful, terrorism would have ended. Khan said drones targeted Hangu for the first time, which was a settled area. He also came hard on the government and questioned what it was doing to control the spiralling prices of essential commodities. The PTI chief said the government should tell the people why prices of tomatoes and potatoes had gone sky rocketing. He said record borrowings by the government had created unmanageable inflation. Imran Khan said the PTI got the mandate against corruption and uS aggression and they would show the suspension of NATO supplies after the sit-in. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govern-
ment will convene emergency meeting of the cabinet to discuss the issue of latest drone attack in the province,” he added. Giving his views on Rawalpindi tragedy, he said the incident was failure of the government. He also said those who favoured peace dialogues were termed Taliban apologists. “Talks are always held with enemies not friends,” he added.
Meanwhile, PTI spokesperson Dr Shireen Mazari wondered “whether the Pakistan government and military were sleeping while Pakistan was being attacked or were they complicit in this latest drone attack?” She said time had come for the Pakistan government to demonstrate through actions that there was zero tolerance for drone attacks.
AfghAn PeAce council meeTs bArAdAr MONITORINg DESK
Pakistan will continue to facilitate Afghan peace process: Nawaz AFGHAN DELEGATION THANKS NAWAZ FOR HIS EFFORTS TO BRING STABILITY TO AFGHANISTAN
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said Pakistan would continue to facilitate the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Talking to a delegation, led by Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani at the PM’s House, Nawaz reiterated the importance that Pakistan attached to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. The PM said Pakistan has always supported a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan and was playing a constructive and positive role to facilitate an Afghan-led and Afghanowned reconciliation process. The visiting Afghan High
Peace Council delegation thanked the PM for his efforts to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. Rabbani briefed Nawaz about the progress made in peace process until now. Rabbani said the Afghans were eagerly waiting for his visit to their country, which would provide momentum to peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The visiting Afghan delegation also included HPC Secretary General Masoom Stanekzai and Member HPC Asadullah Wafa. During the meeting, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor to PM Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq and Secretary to PM Javed Aslam were present.
Afghan peace negotiators, who were in Pakistan to meet senior Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, succeeded in their mission Thursday, a private TV channel quoted it sources as saying. “I can confirm the meeting with Mullah Baradar has taken place,” the source was quoted as saying. He said the Peace Council had achieved its main objective to see Baradar. The Afghan negotiators had arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday on a planned two day trip. But that trip was extended by a day and a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif included in the schedule. The two sides initially avoided confirming if members of the High Peace Council had met with the Taliban leader, the main objective of the visit. On Thursday, the last day of the trip, Chairman of the Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani won more support for the fragile peace process from Nawaz, an Afghan source said. Nawaz told the delegation that he would soon visit Kabul for talks on Pakistan’s role in the peace process. The peace council arrived after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accepted a request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the trilateral summit hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron in London last month. The delegation includes Rabbani, Asadullah Wafa, a member of the council, Masoom Stanakzai, secretary to the peace council, and officials from the Afghan interior and foreign ministries. Baradar had previously refused to meet Afghan officials when he was requested during his detention. Pakistan had announced in September the release of Mullah Baradar to facilitate the Afghan peace process. Still, Afghan Taliban and Baradar’s family sources said he had yet to rejoin the family.
Afghan peace in hands of US, Pakistan: Karzai afgHan presIdent says He receIved letter obaMa proMIsIng respect for afgHan sovereIgnty ISLAMABAD INP
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said peace in Afghanistan was in the hands of Americans and Pakistanis. The Afghan president told the consultative Loya Jirga (national meeting of tribal elders) in capital city Kabul that he had received a letter from his American counterpart President Barack Obama,
promising respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and protection of the uS troops staying in the country after 2014. He said Obama had promised uS troops would enter Afghan homes only under exceptional circumstances. Meanwhile, the uS is looking forward to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that proposes an extension of the military presence in Afghanistan for security and training of the Afghan troops after 2014 when NATO/ISAF led
forces will leave the country. The BSA is to be approved by the Loya Jirga and President Karzai on Thursday expressed his hopes that the jirga would take a constructive decision on the BSA in the supreme national interest. Karzai told the jirga that China, India and Russia were supportive of the security deal, despite their differences with Washington on other issues, adding that Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey also overtly backed the deal that was stoutly
opposed by Iran. The Afghan president said he backed the security deal with the united States, but if approved by elders, the agreement should be signed after next spring’s elections. The development could be a potential deal breaker as the united States has said it wanted an agreement as soon as possible to allow planners in the uS and NATO to prepare for a military presence after 2014, when the majority of foreign
combat forces will have left Afghanistan. The uS had wanted a deal signed by the end of October. ‘’If you accept it and parliament passes it, the agreement should be signed when the election is conducted, properly and with dignity,’’ Karzai said toward the end of his speech. A spokesman for the uS embassy, Robert Hilton, said he could not comment because it is an ongoing diplomatic discussion.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend ― Albert Camus
NEWS Friday, 22 November, 2013
grand jIrga debates us-afgHan securIty deal KABUL ONlINE
JAMSHORO: The sun sets over the city on Thursday. INP
nePrA increAses PoWer TAriff by 78 PAisAs ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has increased the power tariff by 78 paisa per unit on account of fuel price adjustment in October. The tariff hike will be applicable to all power distribution companies, except the consumers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).
Three killed, 20 injured in khyber Agency blAsT, PAk-AfghAn border seAled LANDI KOTAL INP
At least three people were killed and more than 20 were injured in a bomb blast in Khyber Agency on Thursday. According to Khasadar Force personnel, unidentified men had planted explosive material near the Customs Office in Tourkham Bazaar. The three were killed on the spot.The injured were taken to Landikotal hospital where an emergency was declared. According to hospital sources, the condition of several of the injured was declared serious and it was feared that death toll could rise. The security forces sealed the Pakistan-Afghan border after the blast and placing strict cordon off in the area launched search operation.
govT evolves AlTernATive sTrATegy for nATo suPPlies PESHAWAR ONlINE
Taking the PTI’s sit-in against NATO supplies on November 23 into view, the government has evolved an alternate strategy to accommodate NATO supplies. Intelligence agencies have started informing the federal government about their plans to counter PTI’s move, while the government has started evolving a new plan. According to the strategy, the equipment and personnel related with NATO supplies have been temporarily shifted to Chaman border, with Balochistan government being duly notified.
Protests against Rawalpindi incident today ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Following the intelligence agencies; reports, the federal government has decided to keep the security on high alter in the country to avert any untoward incident during the protests to be held on Friday (today) against the Rawalpindi riots. According to details, the prime minister has ordered to put the army on stand-by in sensitive districts and to take strict action against the elements found involved in fanning sectarianism. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani has also assured the PM to provide all assistance to the government to keep the situation in control. On the other side, Jamaat Ahle Sunnat has announced
to stage protests in twin cities (Rawalpindi/Islamabad). Protests will be held on six major spots of the cities after the Friday prayers. The spots are Committee Chowk, Aabpara, 22 No Chungi, Chuhar Chowk, Dhok Hassu, Dhok Hafiz Chowk, Airport Road and Tarnol. Several clerics will address the demonstrations and condemnation resolutions will be also approved in gatherings. The decision has been taken in a meeting in Hanfia Mosque of Purana Qila. Clerics have appealed to the government to give strict punishments to people involved in the Rawalpindi incident, while requesting people to keep peace during demonstrations. The government has also said that mobile service could
Internal security policy draft to be presented in cabinet soon: Nisar ISLAMABAD ONlINE
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said the first draft of internal security policy is ready and would be presented in cabinet soon for final approval. He was talking to Japanese ambassador Hiroshi Inomata who called on him. Both dignitaries agreed to find ways of cooperation between security agencies, particularly civil armed forces of both countries. The minister said Pakistan enjoyed good relations with Japan and the government was determined to raise the length of bilateral relations up to new heights of mutual cooperation and confidence. Khan assured the envoy of the government’s cooperation, adding that his ministry would provide security to Japanese investors. The meeting also discussed regional security situation with reference to the government’s initiatives for peace and dialogue.
The Japanese envoy praised the government’s efforts for restoration of law and order in Karachi. Inomata also expressed condolences with the government and families of those civilians and personnel of armed forces who sacrificed their lives in war on terror.
also be suspended on Friday due to security concerns. Separately, the district administration has imposed a ban on all kinds of gatherings, demonstrations and rallies. On Thursday, a meeting was held under the chief commissioner where the administration discussed to deploy extra army and rangers personnel in sensitive areas instead of imposing the curfew in city. In the meeting, it was also decided to seal the Red Zone of federal capital. use of loudspeakers has been also made restricted. Services of rangers have been also hired to keep the situation in control and security of seminaries and Imambargahs has been heightened. An additional force of rangers has been deployed in Faizabad.
PAkisTAn, us defense consulTATive grouP meeTs TodAy in WAshingTon WASHINGTON: As part of the strategic dialogue, PakistanuS Defence Consultative Group met on Thursday with improved mutual understanding on cooperative efforts for Afghan peace and resolve to sustain defense partnership beyond 2014. The annual DCG meeting takes place from November 21-22 in a changing regional scenario as Pakistan and the united States have vastly improved their highstakes strategic relationship from a low point in 2011, and both countries are committed to cooperative efforts for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan in the 2014 transition year. “There is understanding on both sides, both have understood each other’s perspective, not only in the war on terror but other regional and global issues from the security point of view,” Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik, who is heading the Pakistani delegation to the 22nd DCG meeting in Washington, told APP in an interview. APP
ORE than 2 , 0 0 0 Afghan elders have begun their loya jirga (grand assembly) on Thursday to discuss the text of a long-awaited bilateral security agreement with the uS. The deal, to be debated at the loya jirga, will determine the presence of uS troops in the country after 2014. One of the key issues has been the circumstances under which uS troops could enter Afghan homes. Another possible stumbling block is whether uS troops will be subject to uS or Afghan justice. A draft reportedly says the Afghan government concedes that uS troops will be subject
to uS justice rather than local courts. Washington has said that all its troops would be withdrawn if no legal immunity is agreed. Opening the jirga, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the only issue on the table was whether the security agreement would be signed. “It has no other agenda and I hope that no other agenda will be discussed in it,” he said. On Wednesday, uS Secretary of State John Kerry said his team had agreed the text of the agreement with Afghan officials. “There were some people who may have questioned or doubted whether that was going to happen. Well, it’s happening tomorrow,’’ Kerry told reporters at the State Department. “We have agreed on the language that would be submitted to the loya jirga, but
they have to pass it.” He said the role of the uS military after 2014 would be “limited”. “It is entirely train, equip and assist. There is no combat role for uS forces, and the bilateral security agreement is a way to try to clarify for Afghans and for united States military forces exactly what the rules are with respect to that ongoing relationship,” he said. The Afghan Foreign Ministry published a draft deal on its website, but it was not immediately clear if it was same one that Kerry was referring to. With many delegates unable to read, much depends on how Karzai presents the text to the loya jirga. The agreement has been the subject of months of tense negotiations and both sides have refused to budge on certain issues.
Opposition requisitions Senate session to discuss issues ISLAMABAD: Opposition members in the Senate have submitted a requisition requesting the chairman to summon the session to discuss a host of critical issues facing the country. The requisition signed by 46 opposition members, including PPP’s leader of the opposition
Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan, Raza Rabbani, Farooq Naek, Rehman Malik, Farhatullah Babar and others was submitted in the Senate’s Secretariat on Thursday. The opposition members said they want urgent discussion on the current prevailing political and security situation in the
country, situation in Balochistan including the relief efforts undertaken for the affectees of the recent earthquake and the missing persons, the recent drone attacks, condition in FATA as well as the situation created by the IDPs and the offer of talks to the Taliban by the government. INP
KARACHI: Activists of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam hold a demonstration against Rawalpindi incident outside the Karachi Press Club. StAff PHOtO
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AlTAf Terms Pindi TrAgedy A consPirAcy AgAinsT PAkisTAn KARACHI ONlINE/APP Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said on Thursday that Rawalpindi tragedy is part of a conspiracy being hatched against Pakistan and the unity of Islamic community. Talking to Allama Talib Jauhri on phone, he said the anti-state and anti-Islamic forces are plotting against the country; hence, the people hailing from all religious schools of thoughts are supposed to discern such conspiracies meant to create schism in the Muslim Ummah. Stressing upon the people to be patient and stay united, MQM chief noted that the parties going to organise a strike on Friday, must ensure that their protest is peaceful and all people, even animals should remain safe during the demonstration. Speaking on the occasion, Allama Talib Jauhri remarked that the country and Muslim Ummah direly need unity and harmony. Meanwhile, in a statement issued by MQM headquarters, Altaf Hussain also condemned the drone attack in Tal area of Hangu on Thursday. He further called for convening an all party’s conference (APC) to formulate a policy to deal with the issue.
MQM SHOWS CONCERNS OVER MERGING SUBURBAN AREAS INTO KMC KARACHI ONlINE The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday expressed concerns over Sindh government’s decision to merge union councils of suburban areas into Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). According to sources, after disolving the district council the local government ministry merged the limits of the area into Malir District and District West. In the past, the area of district council was given status of union council. Now, local government ministry has converted the name of union councils into union committees and decided to link them with Metropolitan Corporation. Sources said that the number of union committees have been increased to 268 which were 178 in the old local government system.
government to buy catch of ﬁshermen: Michael KARACHI
EDERAL Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael on Thursday said the government would purchase the fish catch from fishermen at a reasonable cost for processing fish products for exports purpose. The federal minister said Pakistani fish was being smuggled to neighbouring Afghanistan through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which was being stopped through taking due measures and implementation of new policies to foster strength to the fish exports of Pakistan. He was addressing at a World Fisheries Day seminar at a local hotel which was attended provincial minister for fisheries, Balochistan chief minister, Fisheries Cooperative Society, Karachi Fisheries, Korangi Fisheries and
other stakeholders. He said that a Marine Centre was established at Peshawar to keep check on proper exports. The minister ensured the fisheries representatives that due support will be provided to fisheries sector. Vowing to provide full support to the fisheries, he highlighted the need for importing fibre boats from Holland. The boats, he said, would have complete navigational systems which would guide and stop the fishermen from crossing sea boundaries of Pakistan. Michael stressed on the need for the uplift of fisheries sector. In this regard he said he had taken up the matter of fish exports to uS and Eu markets which were banned at the time when he took up the charge and said that now the ban has been repealed and Pakistani fish products can gain access to these markets. He said that he invited authorities and training centres from Holland for the training of our fishermen
in Gwadar area to become aware of the methodology of making quality catch. He further said that the fishermen remain in deep sea for many days even for a month and had to store fish on boats and sometimes their catch does not meet international standards which have to cater for. Infrastructure and accessories are made at Gwadar on international standards scale for the uplift of fish exports as Tuna, Tiger Prawns, Lobsters, etc have a very good market in European union but they do not reach there due to falling short of standards. He spoke about the need to have good policies for betterment of fisheries sector of Pakistan and offered his support. He also welcomed the works of uNDP and WWF programmes in the area of fisheries. Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael was presented a souvenir of Sindhi Ajrak and Topi which concluded the proceedings.
ARTICLE 6 SHOULD BE APPLIED TO ALL DICTATORS: KHUHRO KARACHI AFTAb ChANNA Criticizing the judiciary for supporting the dictators in the past, Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that the Article 6 of the Constitution must be applied on all the four dictators under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. “The written excuse of the superior judiciary for condoning the illegal acts of the dictators is not enough. The judiciary must seek apology from the nation on regular basis,” he added. He stated while at a press conference arranged to welcome joining of senior leadership and workers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q)
and Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) at his residence on Thursday. Under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, Article 6 be applied on the violators of the Constitution (dictators) and those who supported their illegal acts, he said, adding that the same be applied on all the dictators – General Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan, General Ziaul Haq and General Pervez Musharraf. “The political parties in the country have agreed that the military takeover is to be stopped. And, Article 6 should be applied on all the four military takeovers and if it does not happen, the claims of uphold of Constitution to be questionable”, Nisar Khuhro added. What happened with General Musharraf, the judiciary allowed him to play with the
Constitution, make changes into it while extending his takeover on the civilian rule, the minister said. “Sindh was the province that put up the proposal that the Local Government elections should be held on part-basis. We are ready to take part in the Local Government election scheduled for January 18, 2013”, he said. On the occasion, senior leaders and workers from the PML-Q announced their joining the PPP. They included Rukhmuddin Merani (Secretary Information Sindh), Khan Bahadur Shar (President Youth Wing Sindh), Ex-MPA Afshan Imam (President Ladies Wing Sindh), Ghulam Mustafa Mallah (President Labour Wing Sindh), Begum Rahat Javed (Central Vice Preisdent
Sharmila appointed as adviser to Sindh CM
KARACHI: Member of the Sindh Assembly and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Sharmila Farooqi was appointed adviser to the Sindh chief minister on Culture and Tourism on Thursday. Sharmila had served as an advisor to the chief minister from September 2008 until January 31, 2011 during the tenure of former president Asif Ali Zardari. ONlINE
Ladies Wing), Haji Ghulam Nabi Shar (Vice President district Sanghar), Sabir Rajput (Senior Vice President Sindh), Sarah Malik (Information Secretary Ladies Wing Sindh), Shahnaz Malik, Gul Hassan Bugti, Abdul Sattar Bugti, Ahmed Ali Memon, Aijaz Haider Mallah, Jan Muhammad Mallah, Zobia Zaidi (Vice President Karachi Division), Noor Ali Mallah, Mehar Ali Mallah, Allah Rakhio and others. While those from the PML-F who joined the PPP included: Dr Gul Muhamad Brohi, Qasim Ali Shah, Hafeez Mughal, Ghulam Sarwar Bukhari and Saleem Qureshi. Besides, the Shar community of district Sanghar, which was considered as the stronghold of PML-F also joined the PPP. They included Mufti Mehardin Shar, rasool Baksh Shar, Khan Mohammad Shar, Ahmed Ali Shar, Muhammad Rafiq Shar, Noobat Khan Shar, Ali Akbar Shar, Sumur Shar, Manzoor Ali Lashari, Naik Muhammad Shar and Gul Muhammad Shar. PPP’s senior leaders including Taj Haider, deputy speaker Sindh Assembly Syeda Shehla Raza, Aijaz Junejo and others were also present on the occasion.
KARACHI Friday, 22 November, 2013
WAli bAbAr murder cAse: Public ProsecuTor's house ATTAcked
HYDERABAD: Residents of Wahowa Road sit on the derbies of their razed houses after an anti-encroachment drive in the area. INP
KARACHI: Unidentified armed men on Thursday attacked the house of the public prosecutor of the private channel’s reporter Wali Khan Babar murder case. Police said more than three armed men attacked the house of Advocate Abdul Maroof in Defence area. Three assailants were injured in retaliatory fire by the prosecutor; however, their aides took them away. Advocate Abdul Maroof said he had been receiving threats and CID police had also warned him of the danger. Police said they were conducting raids in the hospitals in search of the accused. INP
crAckdoWn AgAinsT vehicles WiTh subsTAndArd cng cylinders KARACHI: Sindh Transport Minister Mir Mumtaz Jakhrani on Thursday said that the provincial government will start a crackdown against public commercial vehicles fitted with sub-standard CNG cylinders. He issued instructions to the officers of the Transport Department while chairing a high-level meeting. The minister also called for steps against the vehicles that are plying without permit. He was of the view that the provincial government would soon provide transport facility to the people in accordance with the international standards. Mumtaz Jakhrani further informed that measures in this regard are being taken. He directed that for the success of the drive against vehicles with sub-standard CNG cylinders, assistance be sought from the commissioners and regional police officers in the province. He also instructed to cancel licenses and impose fine on those transporters who violate fares determined by the government. APP
dense fog injures five in kArAchi KARACHI: Provincial capital, Karachi was blanketed with shallow patches of fog on Thursday that resulted in triggered road accidents and injuring five people. Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) said that the fog covered Shahrah-e-Faisal, Airport, Malir, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Landhi, Korangi and other areas. The dense fog minimised visibility on Shahrah-e-Faisal, one of the major thoroughfares in Karachi, and triggering traffic mess on the road. At least five people were reported injured in fogrelated mishaps across Karachi as fog turned many of the roads slippery and dangerous for motor cyclists. Rescue officials said, two motorcyclists were injured when their vehicles slipped in Steel Town. Two passenger busses collided in Korangi’s Bilawal Chowrangi, injuring three people. The fog, however, did not affect flight operations in Karachi, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesman said. ONlINE
presence of unregistered foreigners, serious security problem for Karachi: commissioner KARACHI
RESENCE of unregistered refugees and aliens with varied nationalities, other than Pakistan, has emerged to be a serious security problem for the metropolis, said Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui. Chairing a meeting in his office Thursday to review security situation and the performance of the "Task Force" constituted by him for Registration of Alien (foreigners yet to be registered with any government body including NADRA and NARA), he said tracing these elements after any unfortunate incident was extremely difficult. "We also cannot deny their involvement in creating law and order sit-
uation," he added. He said the Task Force, comprising all Deputy Commissioners in the city and concerned officials from NARA and NADRA, needed to expedite its efforts in tracing all unregistered foreigners living or staying in the metropolis. "Once we manage to identify and register these people, the government would be better positioned to ensure their repatriation to their countries of origin" said Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui. On the occasion he was informed by a senior official of Afghan Refugees Repatriation Cell, Qurban Ali Jaffery that as per policy of the federal government, no more Afghan Refugees are being registered in the country. "This has been declared a non issue and those Registered Afghan Refugees granted permission to stay in Pakistan
fied and registered with NARA. He said efforts is being made to take into confidence the registered people as this was equally beneficial for them and also to assure the registered aliens that routine will not effected, however, in case of mobility or movement they would necessarily be required to inform the concerned authorities. Deputy Commissioner of West, Gwanhar Khan Laghari said 183 foreigners were registered in his district during past more than a month time. The Karachi Commissioner, appreciating the efforts, said there was urgency to expedite the process through close coordination among all concerned stake-holders. "This is for a national cause and protection of our people as well assets," reiterated Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.
one in every 10 Persons is diAbeTic: sAlmAn fAridi KARACHI APP
Police ArresTs 71 criminAls KARACHI: The Karachi Police conducted targeted raids in different areas of the city during the last 24 hours and arrested 71 accused including 23 absconders. According to Rangers spokesman, the raids were conducted in Ghousia Colony, Majeed Colony, Madina Colony, Nusrat Bhutto Colony, Orangi Town Sector 1-D, Shah Faisal Colony, Ahsanabad – Sohrab Goth and Naval Colony areas. It is reported that 15 pistols have also been recovered from the arrested person. Besides that, Rangers and police conducted a joint operation in Nazimabad area, as well as snap checking carried out in M A Jinnah Road, DHA Phase 4 and Old Sabzi Mandi areas. During these operations law enforcers arrested 71 ‘hardened criminals and seized a large number of weapons. ONlINE
and their stay period may have ended or about to end have been granted extension till December 31, 2015," he said. NADRA Director for Karachi Qadeer Warraich said the National Data Registration Authority is prepared to provide all technical support to the Task Force engaged in registration and tracing of aliens as well as refugees living in Karachi. Deputy Director of National Alien Registration Authority (NARA) said the task group for Karachi, of which NARA is also an active part, was playing an efficient role in tracing foreigners living illegally in the metropolis. Deputy Commissioner of Central, Dr Syed Saif ur Rehman informed the meeting about efforts made to trace aliens in central district of Karachi where 39 foreigners with no record of presence were identi-
KARACHI: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique addresses railway workers at Karachi Cantt Station Workshop. StAff PHOtO
Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes and various other medical conditions, said Liaqat Medical College Director Dr Salman Faridi. He was speaking at an awareness programme organised by Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College in connection with International Diabetes Day, on Wednesday. Dr Shahid, Dr Aqiba Sarfraz, Dr Saeed Mehr and other medical experts spoke at the event. They expressed concern over the presence of about 7.1 million diabetes patients of over 20 years of age in Pakistan. They observed that 53,000 women and 36,000 men die every year in the country due to diabetes. They said one of every 10 people of Pakistan is diabetic and this number may double in coming years. The experts were of the view that if diabetes is not dealt properly by 20130, then the diabetes patients’ world over would surge to 450 million.
Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. — Mark Twain
malala is not the best mascot for universal education: Time only a tIny MInorIty of brItIsH publIc can afford to pay tHe fees tHat edgbaston HIgH scHool, Malala’s present scHool, cHarges WASHINgTON
ALALA Yousafzai is one of the best known teenagers in the world and she’s doesn’t sing pop, twerk or act in Harry Potter films. She has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and she has been given all sorts of awards. She became famous by being shot in the head for being a defiant champion of female education and against the Taliban who hold sway in and at times controlled the near-anarchic Swat Valley of Pakistan. She survived the attack and was operated on in Britain, her life saved and her mind and body restored through the remarkable capabilities of modern surgery. Being shot was not her achievement. Subsequently offering a publicised defiance to the misogynistic ideology, posing as religion, which denies women the right to equal education was. Malala became the beacon of a challenge to that backwardness and is now universally (except in the miserable dark-
ness of some Islamist redoubts) acclaimed as the champion of a right to universal education - for girls primarily but by empathetic osmosis to all the children of the planet. Malala now lives in Birmingham. She has written her autobiography which tells us that she was shot on the way to her school where her father was the headmaster. In fact he wasn’t. The review in America’s TIME describes him as a school administrator or principal. He wasn’t quite that either though he did administrate this school which he started in partnership with a friend as a low-fee-charging business enterprise at Mingora, the capital of Swat. He and his friend invested their savings of Rs 60,000 to complement the several schools that had been started up by entrepreneurs who had seen a gap in the market and a demand for English language education of children, even in Swat. Malala’s father’s story is glancingly told in her autobiography, which has been banned in Pakistan. Indeed he can be said to be the hero of it. His school wasn’t a registered government school and he was asked by Pakistani education ministry officials to pay a sizeable bribe to register as a recognised institution and derive some benefits by way of government grants. He refused to pay the bribe and began a campaign to fight this corruption by recruiting other affordable-fee-paying schools into the Swat Association of Private Schools. His campaign led to his election as president of the association and its membership grew to 400 of these schools. Malala now attends Edgbaston High School for Girls. It’s in Birmingham and is a fee-paying Independent school. The word ‘Independent’ means that it is not a State school, not paid for by the government and not free for its pupils.
Some of the Independent schools, constituted as charities refer to themselves loosely as ‘public’ schools, though under a charter of the late 19th Century this term applied exclusively to seven schools including Eton and Harrow. The non-British can be forgiven for being confused: the ‘Public’ schools are private schools whereas the schools to which the general public go under free universal education which is legally compulsory for all children between the ages of 5 and 16, which should be called public schools are referred to variously as State schools, Academies and Free Schools. The word ‘free’ doesn’t signify that pupils don’t pay - which they don’t - but to the independence of the school from control by the elected municipal authority. These Free Schools are in the process of being set up by the present government and are paid for by the tax-payer through the education ministry. They have not so far been allowed to set up for profit but the present government, following its ideology of free-enterprise capitalism is contemplating moves to allow just that. These profiteering schools will have to provide an inspected and supervised curriculum and will be allowed to charge the State a standard rate per pupil. If they can meet the specified standards and make a profit, so be it. These plans are contentious. They amount to introducing the profit motive into compulsory State education. The opposition to this ideology comes from the teaching unions, the Labour Party and probably from the majority of the voting public though this last body of opinion has not expressed itself or been tested in a general election. Yet it is clear that only a tiny minority of the British public can afford to pay the fees that Eton and even Edgbaston High charge.
Malala’s autobiography omits any mention of the fact that she now attends a public, not a State school. Even though she probably has a full scholarship to the school, it is from a platform of very narrow elitist privilege that she is seen as championing universal education. Not surprisingly then, Malala’s autobiography and the reviews and speeches devoted to it and to her omit any mention of the fact that she now attends a public and not a State school. Even though she probably has a full scholarship to the school, it is from a platform of very narrow elitist privilege that she is seen as championing universal education. The private schools that her father set up and induced into his association are different. They represent the ambition of the poor of Pakistan to advance themselves through a structure of meritocracy and education that the State shambolically, hopelessly, with absolute contempt for its masses and what’s more corruptly, fails to provide.
heAvy rAin forces closure of dubAi AirshoW, uAe schools
ungA AdoPTs PAkisTAnsPonsored resoluTion on self-deTerminATion righTs NEW YORK: A committee of the uN General Assembly has adopted a Pakistansponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination is a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights. The resolution‚ co-sponsored by a record number of eighty one countries was adopted by consensus. Introducing the draft‚ Pakistani delegate Diyar Khan highlighted the importance of the right of self-determination. Diplomatic sources say the resolution‚ which Pakistan has been tabling since 1981‚ serves to focus the world’s attention on the struggle by peoples for their inalienable right to selfdetermination‚ including Kashmir and Palestine. The resolution also called on those States responsible to cease immediately their military intervention as well as all acts of repression‚ discrimination‚ exploitation and maltreatment. ONlINE
former kP Police chief remAnded To nAb in WeAPons scAm PESHAWAR: The Accountability Court No 1 on Thursday remanded former Inspector General of Police Malik Naveed Khan to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) KPK for 14-days for further investigation in the weapons scam. The Accountability Court Judge Walayat Ali Khan heard arguments from the accused’s counsel and the prosecutor. Malik Naveed was arrested by NAB on Wednesday for his alleged corruption in the purchase of weapons and equipment for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police during 2008-2010 Saddiq Ahmed Qureishi, who represented the former police chief, pleaded not guilty arguing that other people were responsible for the graft and his client had nothing to do with the case. Naveed and others are accused of embezzling Rs 1.8 billion. In 2008-10 the provincial government had released Rs 7 billion for purchase of weapons, vehicles and other equipment to equip the KP police for fighting terrorism and to control law and order. INP
TWo deAd bodies recovered in khuzdAr
Heavy rains and flooding forced the annual airshow in Dubai to close early on its last day Thursday while schools in the desert Gulf state were ordered shut. “The Dubai Airshow is closed for now, we advise people to refrain from travelling to the site,” organisers said in an emailed statement. Participants and visitors to the airshow that kicked off on Sunday posted on social networks pictures and videos of flooded exhibition halls. No announcements of new deals had been expected Thursday as most manufacturers had on Wednesday given final figures of contracts sealed during the event. As the turbulent weather swept across Gulf states, the united Arab Emirates ministry of education ordered public and private schools shut to ensure “students’ safety”, according to a statement carried by the official WAM news agency. Local media reported several accidents that brought traffic to a near-halt in several areas of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Local media had reported Sunday that one man was killed when floods swept through a valley in the northern Ras al-Khaimah emirate. Flash floods sparked by torrential rain have hit other Gulf neighbours, some of which normally experience such low precipitation that religious leaders often organise special prayers for rain. In Saudi Arabia, seven people were killed in three days of rain, the kingdom’s civil defence authority said on Wednesday, adding that five others were missing. Meanwhile in Kuwait, civil defence authorities announced two people were killed as the amount of rainfall reached 100 millimetres in two days – Monday and Tuesday – equal to the average annual rainfall in the emirate.
Friday, 22 November, 2013
ORMARA: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila addressing the participants of the Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy at Jinnah Naval Base. pr
KHUZDAR: Security personnel recovered bullet-riddled bodies of two persons on Thursday. According to Levies sources, the locals spotted two bodies in Garouk area of tehsil Naal, in district Khuzdar of Balochistan. After getting the information, security personnel reached the scene and took the bodies into custody and shifted them to a hospital for medico-legal formalities. The deceased belonged to Garesha Bari area of Khuzdar district and it is believed they were killed over personal enmity. INP
UK actions in Iraq and Afghanistan wars were incoherent: report LONDON INP
The way Britain went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan was incoherent, inconsistent, and opaque, with political leaders failing to face up to military commanders, according to a study by a leading think-tank released on Thursday. The report, published by Chatham House, challenges the view that politicians, notably Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, should bear the sole blame for Britain’s military failures. Drawing on recent evidence, including from the Chilcot inquiry, it concludes that Britain suffered a wider failure of government, with politicians, senior military officers and civil servants all playing a part. “The overall impression of British practice was of disorder and incoher-
ence, informality and individuality”, said James de Waal, the report’s author. The British governmental machine was simply unsuited to the enormous challenges and pressures of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, he suggests. There was no clear idea of the roles of ministers, senior military officers, and civil servants and how they should work together. “All interpreted their roles in different ways, with effectiveness depending on the quality of individuals and the personal relationships between them,” says the report, titled Depending on the Right People: British Political-Military Relations 2001-2010. It says that ministers, including Blair and Brown, gave military commanders a free hand but were also deeply concerned about the close relations between senior military figures
and the media. That helps to explain how decisions about defence policy, and also military tactics, were made. “The battles are fought as much in Fleet Street as in Iraq or Afghanistan’, says de Waal. Britain contributed thousands of ground troops to the invasion of Iraq rather than just air strikes and limited numbers of special forces as ministers suggested, as a result of pressure from the army, he argues. In 2009, Brown’s Downing Street was not convinced of the military need to send reinforcements to Afghanistan but agreed to do so because it wanted to prevent hostile press briefings by the military, the Chatham House report says. However, British officers have told the Guardian that one of the problems was that military commanders did not
“tell truth to power”. They say generals and brigadiers were reluctant to demand more resources, including equipment, out of concern that ministers would accuse them of not wanting to participate at all in military operations. The Ministry of Defence has blocked the publication of “lessons learned” essays by senior serving officers, including General Sir Nick Houghton, chief of the defence staff, and General Sir Richard Shirreff, NATO’s deputy supreme allied commander. Thursday’s report argues that in order to avoid the confusion surrounding political-military relations over the past decade, the government should make decisions on the use of force subject to a formal code, approved by parliament.
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. — Plato
NEWS Friday, 22 November, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairing Youth Programme meeting at PM House on Thursday. Inp
nawaz to launch Pm’s business loan scheme on 2nd pM urges youtH to secure tHeIrs and faMIlIes future tHrougH tHe scHeMe ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to ensure 100% transparency and merit at the administrative level in the Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme being launched on December 2nd 2013. Any complaints in connection with the transparency of the Loan Scheme would be entertained on a toll free number 0800-77000.
The prime minister gave these directions while chairing a high-level meeting on Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme at the Prime Minister’s House on Thursday. During the meeting, the prime minister was thoroughly briefed on the various phases, details, Banks’ processes, training of the banks’ employees, training of loan applicants etc. The Scheme is an excellent opportunity for the youth of the country to change their destinies for the better, said the prime minister. under the Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme, 50% loans have been allocated for women, especially the educated ones, and 5% quota has been reserved for widows, families of the Shaheeds and disabled. The meeting was briefed that a stringent monitoring system would be put in place to save the Loan Scheme from malpractices and corruption. “The success of the Scheme would hinge on its trans-
AiTzAz cAlls for mushArrAf’s oPen TriAl in TreAson cAse
parency and merit and I myself, by taking its ownership, would ensure it”, said the prime minister. The meeting also decided that the balloting for the Loan Scheme would be conducted on monthly basis and those applicants who fail to get loan at a balloting would be considered in the subsequent ballots. “This will be an ongoing process and in the coming months and years, the Scheme would be extended to new levels, said the Prime Minister. The Prime minister told that the private sector banks would also join in the government’s effort to give maximum business and employment opportunities to the people. It was also apprised to the Prime Minister that no cost of forms and small processing fee would be charged from the applicants. The meeting was also briefed on the huge response that the Loan Scheme elicited from the public. Pre-feasibility studies, which help budding entrepreneurs in making their business plans and are avail-
able on the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) website have been downloaded in huge numbers and is a testimony of peoples’ deep interest in the Loan Scheme. Nawaz Sharif directed that those business areas should be given precedence which are of vital national interest like fish-farming, cattle-farming, gems and jewelry etc. The meeting decided that the First Year of the loan period will be given as grace period and the loan would have to be repaid in the next six years in easy installments and the mark-up on Loan would be 8%. Exhorting the youth of the country to gain maximum benefit from the scheme, the prime minister said that they must avail themselves of this golden opportunity to secure their and their families’ future. The country would also hugely benefit from this great exercise of national activity. “It is just the beginning and we have to take this process of progress forward,” said the prime minister.
Row over Sri Lanka rights ‘damages’ Commonwealth
Prominent lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan on Thursday demanded an open trial in the treason case against former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf. Speaking to reporters, Ahsan said that the prosecution has evidence and witnesses against Musharraf in the treason case. The Pakistan People’s Party senior leader said the formation of a special court was a transparent step that the government had taken, adding that testimonies of judges were not needed over the charge of suspending the constitution. Judges would have to give their testimonies if the charge of placing them under house arrest is also brought forth by the government, he added. Responding to a question, Ahsan said Musharraf’s treason trial was Pakistan’s internal issue and that Saudi Arabia and America could not interfere in the matter. The senator said the trial would not begin too soon, adding that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry may have retired from his position by the time the proceedings begin. Ahsan said Musharraf may challenge the constitution of the bench on technical grounds and added that the proceedings against the former army strongman should be open. The PPP leader also said the army had no business in issuing a reaction to the treason trial of Musharraf.
A bitter division at a weekend summit over allegations of war crimes by its Sri Lankan hosts damaged the Commonwealth, a post-colonial club already struggling for relevance, according to observers. Sri Lanka had hoped the three-day summit in Colombo would showcase its post-war revival, while the Commonwealth wanted to focus on equitable economic growth and debt relief for smaller countries, among other issues. Instead the summit was dogged by a public dispute between Britain’s David Cameron and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse over allegations his government’s troops killed as many as 40,000 civilians at the end of the country’s 37-year ethnic conflict. “It was not a success,” said Ronald Sanders, a former Caribbean diplomat from Guyana who is now a senior re-
search fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in London. “No conference dominated by fatal dissension among Commonwealth members about its venue (and) its chairmanship (Rajapakse)… could be counted as a success,” Sanders, who was part of a team of experts compiling recommendations for a Commonwealth charter on common values, told AFP. “Instead, it weakened the Commonwealth.” Leaders of three countries – Commonwealth heavyweight Canada, India and Mauritius – stayed away from the summit, which is held every two years, in protest over Sri Lanka’s rights record against ethnic minority Tamils. David Cameron then stole the limelight by repeatedly threatening to push for an international probe through uN bodies into the allegations, unless Rajapakse’s government completed its own investigation by next March. Cameron travelled to the island’s
former warzone of Jaffna to draw attention to the issue and flew out of Sri Lanka before the summit ended. Rajapakse in turn warned he would not be pushed “into a corner” on the issue, while the mostly pro-government Sri Lankan media said Cameron’s ultimatum had colonial overtones. Although the issue dominated the headlines, the Commonwealth’s lengthy final communique released on Sunday did not mention the war crimes allegations. Instead it restated the commitment of the 53-member bloc of mainly former British colonies to its set of common values which includes human rights, democracy and the rule of law. At a final heated press conference, media ignored Commonwealth spokesman Richard uko’s plea not to focus on the rights issue, while the editor of a pro-government Sri Lankan newspaper accused uko of a “sinister conspiracy” of only taking questions from the foreign press.
indiAn ediTor sTePs doWn over sex AssAulT AllegATions NEW DELHI ONlINE
The editor of a top Indian magazine has stepped down from his position temporarily over allegations of sexual assault by a woman colleague, Indian media reported on Thursday. Tarun Tejpal, who edits the weekly Tehelka, said he was “recusing” himself from his job for the next six months to “atone” for an “unfortunate incident”. A confidante of the alleged victim has said she was subjected to “an act of grave sexual misconduct”. Tejpal said the complaint had been “honourably addressed and redressed”. The alleged incident happened in Goa recently where the magazine held an annual conclave attended by newsmakers and celebrities from around the world. Tejpal said a “bad lapse of judgment, an awful misreading of the situation, led to an unfortunate incident that rails against all we believe in and fight for”. He said he had “already unconditionally apologised for my misconduct to the concerned journalist, but I feel impelled to atone further”. The alleged victim’s unidentified confidante told the NDTV news channel that the woman was subjected to “an act of grave sexual misconduct” and that she was “completely shattered and emotionally scarred”. “The act happened continuously over a period of time... and despite the girl pleading that she is almost the age of his daughter... she pleaded ‘please don’t do this’... her ‘no’ was not accepted... it happened once and it happened the next day,” the confidante said. She said Tehelka magazine should set up a committee to investigate allegations of sexual harassment. The woman had complained to Shoma Chowdhury, managing editor of the magazine, about the alleged incident. Tejpal told the media that “there was a complaint and it has been most honourably addressed and redressed”. “I am voluntarily recusing myself as editor for six months,” he said. Women activists and journalists reacted angrily on social media, demanding an independent inquiry into the incident. “This crisis is the time for all media houses to set up sexual harassment committees. Mr Tejpal can show good faith, repentance by submitting to such [a] committee,” leading lawyer Karuna Nundy tweeted. Tehelka was a high profile entrant into the Indian new media market in 2000 as a news website, and soon earned a reputation for its racy, often controversial style of investigative journalism.
We are always the same age inside. –Gertrude Stein
COMMENT Friday, 22 November, 2013
Another drone strike
can shahbaz sharif curb sectarianism? PML-N’s politics is its bane on the communal issue
Government needs to evolve a clear strategy
ARTAJ Aziz never claimed that the uS had renounced drone attacks for good. He did not talk about any open-ended offer either. The united States, as he put it, had assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to suspend drone attacks during the talks with the Pakistani Taliban. The American gesture could even be interpreted as an incentive to the militants for the resumption of dialogue to end the fighting. If talks could not be initiated, the onus would be on the TTP which unilaterally called off the dialogue. Soon after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud in a missile strike Ch Nisar, the interior minister and most ardent supporter of negotiations, was forced to throw up his hands in dismay in the National Assembly and proclaim, ’Peace talks with the TTP are over.’ While the death of Hakimullh Mehsud was a major loss for the TTP, the talks initiated with the avowed purpose of saving hundreds of innocent lives should not have been canceled. After all, didn’t the army support the government in talks in the wider national interest despite the killing of Maj Gen Sanaullah Niazi, which was claimed by Fazlullah? Why couldn’t the TTP follow suit? Whatever possibility was left of giving peace a chance was wasted by the statement subsequently issued by the militants, particularly the one by Shahidullah Shahid regarding suicide bombers having been dispatched to target security personnel and political leaders. The statement was not an empty threat, as the killing of security personnel in Bannu was to prove. The drone attack in Hangu was quite unusual as it hit a target outside the tribal areas this time. Initial reports tell of the missiles hitting a seminary and killing a number of students and teachers. Was the attack launched to target some major Al Qaeda figure which it missed, killing innocent people instead? If so, it would further strengthen the anti-uS feeling in the country, create problems for the elected government and put the proponents of the drone programme on further defensive. Or did the missile hit the bull’s eye by taking out the terrorists rather than non-combatants? Truth will be out, sooner than later. With the talks over and missile strikes resumed, the government needs to evolve a new strategy to put an end to extremism and militancy. While it hammers out a policy and that too at the earliest, it needs to take urgent steps to secure the people against terrorist attack.
nawaz sharif speaks his mind PM lays down the law, but will it be implemented?
HE PM has spoken at last and at length on the sectarian tragedy in Rawalpindi, expressing his anger and indignation over the avoidable events immediately preceding it. At a high level meeting, he rightly directed his wrath at the local administration and the police for their combined acts of omission, the ‘criminal silence’ of the former and likewise the ‘criminal inaction and laxity ‘of the latter that resulted in 11 deaths and injuries to 56, apart from the arson of over a hundred shops. Nawaz Sharif also laid down guidelines for the investigation into the whole sordid affair and warned the concerned individuals not to seek scapegoats but to bring those actually responsible to justice without reference to their sect and standing. The Punjab police head was left speechless throughout this tirade although he admitted that the police was present in sufficient strength at the site of the incident and had later arrested nine identified suspects. The fact is, the police apparently beat a ‘tactical retreat’ – in plain language, it simply disappeared from the scene leaving the gathering an easy prey to murderers and miscreants. A clearly overwrought PM also sought an end to such despicable acts in the future, spelling out a zero tolerance strategy against hate mongering, and ordered drafting of a cyber law within days to check the hate content spilling into the social media. It remains to be seen how forcefully these steps are taken in practice. Our track record in the implementation department is none too inspiring, one is afraid. In the present instance, a few police officers have been transferred, as is the norm in such embarrassing situations for the government, and there the matter rests. It was the tenth of Ashura, but the local government know-alls allowed the procession to pass by a mosque of the other sect in its state of already inflamed passions. The police just ran away to save its own skin. The present force needs a ruthless and thorough purge to rid it of its black sheep and the infusion of carefully selected human material in its ranks, imbued with commitment and motivation for the trials ahead. The Punjab government too needs to get its act right and appoint people on merit to the sensitive security posts, eschewing its old habit of bureaucratic likes and dislikes. Lastly, the new breed of preachers need to employ more guarded language, especially during the Ashura, than what was witnessed on the TV channels this year. An act of heroic self-sacrifice should not be presented in term of bigotry.
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HAT happened in Rawalpindi was not altogether unexpected. There had been enough rumblings in Punjab during the last few months that suggested that sectarian differences were gradually mutating into unrest which had the potential to boil over and engulf the country. The Punjab government dealt with one sectarian clash after another with a characteristic air of nonchalance. It generally reacted after incidents had taken place only to treat them as minor law and order issue unrelated to the grim security situation in Pakistan. Once there was calm, the PML-N administration forgot about it. The second successive coming of the PML-N in Punjab promises to be no better than the first which was marked by mega incidents of attacks on Christians, the Ahmadis and Shias. The ignominious markers during this last tenure were: the infamous attack on a Christian locality in Gojra in 2009 and the killings of the Ahmadis in Lahore in 2010. During the last four years, Punjab by and large remained immune from indiscriminate terrorist attacks that rocked the other provinces. This was widely ascribed to the appeal by Shabaz Sharif to the TTP to spare Punjab as its government was not pro-uS. There was however no let-up in killings of Shias, the Ahmadis and Christians. The last two years in fact saw minorities in Punjab subjected to increased violence. This was on account of organisations like the ASWJ, which is banned, the LeJ working under a new name, having been given a free hand to spread nefarious propaganda against the minorities. The sectarian networks added to the extremist sentiment in the province through sermons,
hate literature and using social network for inciting it against the religious minorities. In March about a hundred Christian houses were burnt by a mob in Joseph Colony in the provincial capital. The Ahmadis were disallowed to publish their literature, their graveyards were frequently vandalized and their places of worship disfigured. In Faisalabad, there were cases of intimidation and abduction of the members of Ahmadi community. In Punjab, sectarian violence claimed 64 lives in 2011 and 43 in 2012. In 2013, the Shia community was to become the principal target of attacks. In February, a Shia surgeon and his son were sprayed with bullets in Lahore, in August a Shia leader was shot along with his son in Rahimyar Khan and five Shia were killed in a targeted attack in Gujrat. In all these cases unknown sectarian killers disappeared after completing their mission while people in the neighbourhood irrespective of their sectarian identity came to condole with the bereaved families. The anger continued to accumulate but there was no clear cut target to vent the sentiment. The ASWJ provided one in Bhakkar in August when its armed activists took to streets in the city. This led to a bloody confrontation with the Shia community, leading to 10 dead. The government had to impose curfew to bring the situation under control in towns Panj Garain, Kotla Jam and Darya Khan. There were minor aftershocks in the province in days to come but the complacent Punjab administration took no notice. The chief minister remained focused on issues altogether outside his purview. He continued running the federal ministry of Water and Power under an inter-party arrangement and having long trips abroad with the prime minister or on his own. During his five months in office, he has visited Turkey, the uK and Germany. With several irons in the fire, he had scant time to focus on any issue, least of all the sectarian question. Days before the Rawalpindi mayhem, clashes took place between the Shia and Sunni communities in the provincial capital and Muzaffargarh. In Sanda area of Lahore, a dispute arose over the Aza’daars taking out a procession on 7th Moharram in a nondesignated area close to an Imambargah. There was stone pelting and firing between the two sides causing multiple injuries to three, including the local police SHO. At Khanqah Doma in Muzaffargarh, six people were injured when miscreants
opened fire at a Muharram procession. The District Coordinator Moharram Committee alleged that there was no police official on duty. He said, he met the DPO and the DCO and told them about the situation but they did not arrange adequate security. As usual police was ordered to apprehend the culprits after the violence had taken place. A well thought out policy for the Ashura days should have been formulated well ahead of Moharram. Mian Nawaz Sharif’s frothing at the mouth at the local administration and police amounts to crying over spilt milk. Why didn’t the idea strike him or the younger Sharif soon after they took office in June? Many factors stood in the way of proper planning. The Punjab CM was too busy helping the federal government or frequently traveling abroad. Whatever energy was left in him was consumed in dealing with dengue mosquitos, which taking benefit of his absence had spread the virus all over the province. Bad governance that included putting several blue eyed boys in key police positions in violation of rules constituted another cause. Sectarian clashes create more social complications than terrorist attacks. In the latter case people across the sectarian divide tend to sympathise with the community which is targeted again and again. Sectarian clashes on the other hand divide society further as members in each community start accusing the other of being the real instigator responsible for death and destruction of property. Political needs of the PML-N stand in the way of taking radical measures against those who spread communal hatred. Mainstream parties, particularly the PML-N, have frequently joined hands with sectarian outfits like the ASWJ, thus helping the sectarian party gain respectability and carve out further space for itself. On Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif hit out at the “criminal silence” on the part of local administration and police on the propagation of sectarian hatred through loudspeakers and wall-chalking, the prime minister said such acts would not be tolerated. But can the Punjab administration take action against organization like ASWJ, which are its potential election allies but are also responsible for spreading communal violence and sectarian hatred in the province? Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad is a political analyst and a former academic.
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unfit cricketers Can somebody in PCB explain what the responsibilities of a manager, coach or captain of cricket team are during a foreign tour? Shoaib Malik and Razzaq were allowed to proceed to South Africa from Dubai, although both of them suffered injuries in uAE. Strict disciplinary action should be taken against officials accompanying the team who are responsible for selection and gauging their fitness before selection. As for these two players, the cost incurred on their travel, boarding and lodging, along with a fine, be imposed on them. If this is competence and assessment capacity of tour manager, than God help PCB. Pakistan cricket is going through its worst crisis, with repetitive failures becoming the fate. It is not the dearth of talent, but nepotism, cronyism and criminal irregularities of selection committee that denies places to talented bowlers and batsman, forcing players like Imran Tahir to abandon their country. ALI TARIQ Lahore
new technology a threat Knowing today’s technology and gadget is necessities of our children but too much adaption of these things is tremendously destructive. Today’s video games have badly influenced our children as they are full of violence. The use of these technologies weakens their physical strength as they are restricted to just one room where they can easily access the internet. Outdoor games seem to have lost their importance because of these gadgets. By engaging with
these devices, children neglect to interact with society and they become self-centred. We are not in favour of a complete disconnection from technology; what we need is to make them understand that virtual world is not that important than the real world around them. SARA JUSTIN Lahore
massive load shedding feared It has been reported in a section of national English press that 16-20 hours power outages are expected in another three months in December, January and February mainly because of negligible hydropower generation following canal closures and reduced outflow of water from existing dams, plus zero supply of gas for power generation plants. As such it would be mission impossible to maintain eight hours of load shedding schedule in coming months. All of this sad news is due to our thermal policy of energy generation based on imported fuel which stands at 70 percent at present. The suicidal policies of our rulers that have scant regard for the miseries faced by the masses in the face of rising energy cost and load shedding as a result of the deaf and dumb attitude of our rulers to the public voice that clamours for building a mega hydro-electric dam like Kalabagh dam. The ruination of our economy due to self-destructive policies of our socalled democratic rulers has become a vice around our necks that cannot be removed short of our death. The democratic order has not delivered a single mega dam in the past four decades that looks like a tombstone of our democracy. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
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Friday, 22 November, 2013
iran and the Axis of Anxiety Why the Saudi-Israel-French alliance fears US-Iran rapproachment PETER lEE
drone dialogue: flying in circles?
AMANA Bibi was tending her crops in northern Pakistan one day in late October 2012. The 68-year-old grandmother was picking okra not far from the family home, when a missile was fired from a remotely piloted aircraft. Bibi was killed instantly, her body torn to pieces just metres away from her young granddaughter. Four recent major reports have questioned the legality of the united States’ drone programme, which has struck targets in several countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia - but it remains unclear how the uS will respond to the concerns. The reports also urge the uS to be more transparent about the strikes, and call attention to the attacks’ impact on civilians. Since the release of the reports in late October, uS drone strikes have killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban, five other suspected fighters in northwestern Pakistan, and five alQaeda suspects in Yemen. It is unknown if there were any civilian casualties in those attacks. But the reports - two by uN Special Rapporteurs and two by human rights groups - say some of the drone strikes constituted unjustifiable attacks on civilians. So far, the uS government has released no official number of civilian casualties from its drone programme. The uN, however, has recorded at least 450 civilians killed by uS drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan since 2004. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has estimated almost double that figure were killed. The uS denies that it indiscriminately targets civilians and defends the drone strikes, saying they are “necessary, legal and just”. Yet some legislators have called on the Obama administration to abide by the recom-
mendations put forth in the reports. On November 5, the uS Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved a plan by a 13-2 vote that called for more transparency on the use of drones to kill suspected antiuS fighters overseas. The bill , entitled Intelligence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2014, states that the uS president should draft and publicise an annual report that defines the total number of combatants and noncombatants killed or injured due to the use of “targeted lethal force”. It was not the first time the committee has urged the uS government to declassify details of its drone programme. Earlier this year at CIA Director John Brennan’s nomination hearing, California Senator Dianne Feinstein - the chairman of the committee - said it had found the civilian deaths from drone strikes were “typically in the single digits”. She added that she believed it was important to make the actual figures public, but was told that she could not do so because it was classified. A chamber of secrets Ben Emmerson and Christof Heyns, two uN human rights investigators, told the uN General Assembly on October 25 that uS secrecy about drones was the biggest obstacle to determining their impact on civilians. Amnesty International’s report , titled Will I be next? US drone strikes in Pakistan, reviews 45 known drone strikes that took place in Pakistan’s North Waziristan area between January 2012 and August 2013, including the one that killed Mamana Bibi. Her grandchildren, nine-year-old Nabila Rehman and Zubair Rehman, 13, told Al Jazeera that they have lived in fear of drone strikes every day since they witnessed their grandmother being blown to pieces in their fields. Both children were severely injured in the attack. Nabila and Zubair spoke before the uS Congress in Washington DC at the invitation of Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, and gave a firsthand account of the strike along with their father, Rafiq Rehman. But only five members of Congress sat in to hear them, which, according to Grayson, was not unusual for a congressional hearing. “I knew that Americans would have a heart, that they would be sympathetic to me. That’s why I came here - I thought if they heard my story, they would want to listen to me and influence their politicians,” Rafiq told Al Jazeera. The Rehmans’ account was the first time civilian victims of drone
strikes have testified before the uS Congress. While Mamana Bibi was the only one to be killed in that attack, which also injured nine children, Amnesty’s report also details how at least 18 labourers were killed in another attack on a remote village soon after. Moments after the first attack, those who had come to the scene to help were targeted in a second strike, in what Amnesty refers to as “rescuer attacks”. The uS has also launched socalled “signature strikes”, in which groups of people are attacked solely based on what uS intelligence deems to be suspicious activity - although reports have claimed the tactic is no longer used in Pakistan. “Those are the sorts of attacks that I think produce a higher number of civilian casualties and where the rationale, both practical and legal, is much more problematic,” said Robert Grenier, the former head of the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Centre. Allegations of ‘extrajudicial killings’ Amnesty International has explicitly stated its concern that the attack on the 18 labourers was an “extrajudicial killing”, and that the attack may have violated international law. But Mary Ellen O’Connor, an international law expert and professor at Notre Dame university in South Bend, Indiana, said these recent reports “add nothing essential” to the uN’s 2003 report on the uS’ first drone attack outside of an armed conflict zone. She said the decade-old report on drone strikes by Asma Jahangir, who was then the uN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, stated “unequivocally that the uS killed six individuals unlawfully, including a 23-year-old American”. “No more reports have been needed since 2003 - just a cessation of international killing through the use of military force beyond armed conflict zones,” said O’Connor, who chaired an inspection of the application of international law in the 2003 uN report. “The bottom line is that uS is not involved in armed conflict in either Pakistan or Yemen. The uS has no legal right to use military force in either country.” She added that she would not call the killings war crimes, “because the situations are not war”. “Rather, as the 2003 report suggests, drone killings in both countries are widespread, persistent violations of the human right to life,” she said.
Bootless diplomacy After meeting with uS President Barack Obama in Washington, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the use of drones was a “continued violation” of Pakistan’s territorial integrity and also “detrimental for our resolve and efforts at eliminating terrorism” from the country. Pakistani politicians continue to fight for the sovereignty of their country, and have reviewed diplomatic ties with the uS and the possibility of blocking NATO supply routes to forces in neighbouring Afghanistan. But Sharif’s campaign against drones came amid revelations by the Washington Post newspaper that confirmed what was long suspected: that Pakistan’s government was, in fact, complicit with uS drone strikes for years, and that top Pakistani officials were privy to classified CIA documents, including information on strikes and casualty counts. Retired Pakistani army general Talat Masood told Al Jazeera’s Inside Story that Pakistani and uS diplomatic circles had refused to publicly acknowledge this relationship, fearing a negative public image. “The intelligence agencies, the military and their civilian leadership, subsequently were all a party to [drone strikes] but they did not want [this] to come in public because they thought that it would be a very bad public relations exercise, and that it will show how weak Pakistan is in allowing its sovereignty to be violated,” said Masood. However, even though many in Pakistan’s main cities denounce drone strikes, a report by AFP news agency says a significant number of people in tribal areas support them, but remain silent, fearing reprisal from the Pakistani Taliban. The drone dialogue comes full circle when questions from victims such as the Rehmans - about why their relative was mistaken as a fighter and targeted by a uS drone remain unanswered, while they continue to live in fear. “It’s just scary to hear that noise of the drone going around 24 hours above where you live,” Nabila said. But with only five members of the uS Congress willing to listen to her eyewitness testimony, it seems unlikely that her fears, and those of many other Pakistani children, will be addressed anytime soon by the uS - or her own government. Follow Rahul Radhakrishnan on Twitter: @RahulRadhakris
S uS-Iran rapprochement inches toward at least partial consummation in Geneva, I wish to offer a few observations: 1) The Iran nuclear weapons threat has always been a McGuffin, an excuse for various powers to advance an antiIran agenda. 2) Chief among the usual suspects is, of course, Israel under PM Netanyahu. If the Israeli government is able to spin Iran as a nuclear (almost) capable existential threat to Israel, then Israel can make an absolute claim on uS sympathy, support, and protection. If Iran returns to good relations with the united States, the uS will arguably become less willing to bear the sizable political, diplomatic, and economic cost of deferring to Israel’s priorities—on the Palestinian question, on regional security, and its obstinate refusal to acknowledge its nuclear arsenal and integrate it into the international arms control regime. 3) The other regional power most interested in thumping the Iran-threat drum is Saudi Arabia. However, I would argue that the high-profile anti-Iran stance of the Kingdom (probably symbolized but not necessarily created by the notorious Prince Bandar) has little to do with the threat of “Iran hegemonism” (a canard frequently retailed in the big-name press) and a lot to do with Saudi Arabia’s decision to go pro-active against the popular democratic agitation expressed by the Arab Spring uprisings by supporting conservative Sunni theology and governance, not just in Shi’ite inflected countries like Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, but also in nations like Libya (where Saudi Arabia and its creature, the Gulf CoOperation Council were the primary motive force in demanding intervention against Gaddafi) and Egypt. It’s easy for Saudi Arabia to piggyback on the anti-Iran campaign promoted by the uS and Israel and cite Iranian subversion as a pretext for the campaign of conservative Sunni rollback; if Iran is removed from the league table of existential enemies subverting the Sunni heartland, Saudi Arabia is left in the exposed position of protecting Wahhabi obscurantism against liberal democracy. That’s not a happy place to be. 4) Western observers have been rather surprised by France’s unapologetic sabotage of the Iran nuclear negotiations in Geneva at Israel’s behest. I saw some left-of-center complaining that France’s motivation was the greedy desire to muscle in on the lucrative Saudi arms business. Perhaps, but I think the strategic nature of French involvement should be emphasized. Recall that France’s traditional sphere of influence in the Middle East has been the Levant—that chunk of coastline that includes southern Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. France claims a paternal interest in the bloody, fascistic and pro-Israeli antics of the Lebanese Maronite community, a Catholic grouping whose origins date back to the Crusades that is perhaps the most conspicuous legacy of the French enthusiasm for meddling in the Middle East. Before Syria blew up, France was at the center of an initiative to install Bashar al-Assad in the affections of the West. Also, recall that the Libyan adventure was a creature of French enthusiasm; that France was also easily the most eager advocate of a uS military strike on Syria after somebody crossed President Obama’s gas warfare red line. With the united States displaying a desire to tilt toward Iran, if only a little bit, the Middle East jigsaw puzzle has been shaken up and France has the best potential of any Western power to shape and profit from the new alignment. We can justifiably bitch about France carrying Israel’s water, but if the uS pivots toward Asia, as it has promised, there is a strong case for redefining the Arab Middle East as a Mediterranean construct, with France playing the role of keystone (and Iran scolder-in-chief). If Iran wants a European ally, well, Germany is probably there for the asking. Peter Lee edits China Matters. His ground-breaking investigation into the NSA, The NSA and Its Enablers, appears in the October issue of CounterPunch magazine. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
arts Friday, 22 November, 2013
I’m not an admirer of action movies. I just think, oh my God, it must be so tiring. –Catherine Deneuve
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jennifer lAWrence WAnTed To burn ‘hunger gAmes’ ouTfiTs Actress Jennifer Lawrence says she wanted to burn her ‘Hunger Games’ outfits as she grew tired of wearing them for countless hours while shooting. The Oscar-winning actress got to wear some one-of-a-kind couture, including a stunning wedding gown, for her role as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, however, she admits she soon grew tired of sporting the fashionable frocks after hours of relentless filming, reported Contactmusic. “I enjoyed some of it... a lot of the dresses are so lovely and fitted but you’re wearing them for like 12 hours a day and after that you want to burn them,” she said. The 23-yearold beauty previously revealed that she felt a kinship with her character while shooting the next film, ‘Mockingjay’ ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is in cinemas tomorrow. NEwS dESk
HIRTEEN Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists, who staged a protest against Pakistani singer Atif Aslam’s concert to be held on Saturday, were detained here today. “They had not obtained permission for the demonstration. They were detained in the afternoon and were produced in a court before being released,” a police officer said. VHP’s Jay Shah said the activists were protesting in a democratic manner, and demanded that the concert to be held at Sardar Patel Stadium be cancelled. “When Pakistan does not allow release of Indian films, why should we allow their singers to hold concerts in Gujarat?” Shah asked. A Pakistani court yesterday imposed restrictions on the screening of Indian films in that country. Shah said VHP’s protest would continue. NEwS dESk
Pop star Madonna has piped the likes of Lady Gaga to the title of highest-paid musician in the world, according to Forbes magazine. The 55-year-old earned $125 million from June 2012 to May 2013 thanks to her sell-out MDMA Tour, while Gaga earned $80 million, reports femalefirst.co.uk. Rockers Bon Jovi and country singer Toby Keith take the third and fourth spot in the list, with Coldplay occupying the fifth place. The top ten was rounded out by Justin Bieber ($58 million), Taylor Swift ($55 million) and Elton John ($54 million), followed by Beyonce Knowles and Kenny Chesney, both of whom brought home $53 million each. COuRTESy dNAINdIA
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i Am Truly flATTered: kAngnA rAnAuT Kangna Ranaut gets a special compliment from fashion designer Bora Aksu Kangna Ranaut was the showstopper at a fashion event in Mumbai recently where she met London-based designer Bora Aksu. A source says, `After the show, he met Kangna and discussed fashion trends. He complimented her looks as well as her dressing sense.’ The Turkish designer has been conducting fashion shows for the past several years in London. He has worked with singer Tori Amos and actresses Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller in the past. The source adds, `Bora posed for snaps with Kangna and invited her to his London store. Kangna was overwhelmed with his kind words and appreciation.’ Kangna says, `I am truly flattered. Bora Aksu has worked with the likes of Sienna Miller who is a huge fashion icon so a compliment coming from him is awesome.’ NEwS dESk
Tom cruise courTing jAck nicholson To sTAr in ‘el PresidenTe’ Actor Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson could reunite on the big screen for the first time since their 1992 movie “A Few Good Men”. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Oblivion” actor is wooing his former co-star to take on one of the key roles in Warner Bros’ comedy “El Presidente”. Cruise will play a Secret Service agent in the film while Nicholson is offered to portray a sleazy, alcoholic former president. The film will follow a Secret Service agent assigned to protect America’s worst former president, an alcoholic and womanising sleaze bag who was promoted from VP when the president died. Cruise is expected to play the agent and Nicholson is wanted as the former commander-inchief. COuRTESy INdIANEXPRESS
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NEWS DESK Singer Britney Spears, who recently shot the video of her soon-to-release music video ‘Perfume’, was spotted kissing and cuddling her male co-star on the set. The 32-year-old looked comfortable with model Alexander Kjellevik as they shot scenes together as a couple, reports entertainmentwise.com. The two were seen getting up, close and personal as he put his hands on her waist and rested his head on her hair while they were also spotted engrossed in conversation and laughing around on the roof of a nonoperational petrol station. Other photos taken during the day on set show Spears happily wrapping her arms around Kjellevik`s neck before kissing him.
SINGER CHRIS BROWN ORDERED BY LOS ANGELES JUDGE INTO 90 DAYS OF REHAB A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to complete a 90-day substance abuse and anger management program, capping a probation hearing that followed the Grammy winner’s assault charge in Washington, D.C., last month. The judge also requested more information about the arrest to determine whether the 24year-old singer had violated the terms of his probation. Brown was placed on five years’ probation as part of his 2009 sentence for assaulting fellow R&B singer and girlfriend Rihanna. He also was ordered then to perform 180 days of community service and undergo domestic violence counselling. In addition to the latest order for rehab, Brown will have to serve at least 24 hours of community service a week, submit to periodic drug testing and
take prescribed medication, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin ordered. The singer responded “yes” when the judge asked if he accepted the modified terms of probation. While Brown is to remain in Los Angeles County, the judge said the performer would be allowed to travel to Washington for court dates related to the assault charge, the next of which is set for Monday. Brown pleaded not guilty in October to misdemeanour assault stemming from an incident in which police said both he and his bodyguard both punched a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, where Brown had a nightclub appearance. The singer served a voluntary two-week stay in a rehabilitation facility for anger management after his arrest. Brown has had several highly publicised altercations in recent years,
including a brawl between his entourage and that of rapper Drake at a New York night club and a parking lot fracas with R&B singer Frank Ocean in January in West Hollywood. Brown’s probation was revoked in May in relation to a hit-andrun traffic accident. It was reinstated in August after he agreed to complete 1,000 additional hours of community service. In February, he was accused by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office of cutting corners in this community service sentence, which he was allowed to complete in his home state of Virginia. Prosecutors alleged that Brown was not at the recorded location of his community service but was instead performing or travelling, once on a private jet bound for Cancun, Mexico. Judge Brandlin set the next probation hearing for Dec. 16. COuRTESy dNAINdIA
Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord. –Plutarch
ARTS Friday, 22 November, 2013
salman breaks up with big boss for good
Why kAjol is AcTing Picky? refuses To be PArT of A film fesTivAl Kajol is said to have refused to be part of a film festival as she was not being treated as well as Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon The feisty Kajol never hesitates to fight for what’s right. The actress was apparently invited to a film festival in Goa which is slated to be inaugurated by Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon. As soon as she found out that Sarandon is getting better treatment, she is said to have demanded to be treated equally. Her condition was that she should be treated on par with the Hollywood actress. The special treatment apparently included business class tickets for her and she also wanted a high-end luxury car to pick her from the airport. COuRTESy SANTAbANTA
ALMAN Khan Will no longer host India’s most expensive TV show, Bigg Boss after the season 7 finale. According to the sources close to the show, they further confirm that the superstar has been alleged of enough controversies and biasness for the show to handle, and the producers have finally decided to take Salman off the hosting contract for the next season of Bigg Boss. Some even started to call Salman Khan the ‘Bigg Boss’ of the show, ever since he succeeding Amitabh Bachhan as the host back in 2010. Salman’s clear dislike of celebs like Shakti Kapoor, Pooja Bedi, Akashdeep Segal and more recently Sapna Bhavnani, Arman, Imam Siddiqui and Gauhar Khan has been in clear view of all the Bigg Boss followers. Khan’s wrath towards the ones he end up disliking is also perceptible, as none of the aforementioned celebs managed to do anything substantial before they were evicted. Khan made it big in the news for such controversies. However the bigger controversy ascended when Salman Khan was seen being biased and extra polite to certain celebs ever since his first season, with his clear support to Ashmit Patel
only to continue till the most recent Season 7 where Khan can be seen clearly in favour of Tanishaa Mukerji and Armaan Kohli. To be fair, Khan and Ajay Devgan’s friendship is not hidden from common sight. Rumour even has it that the rising emotional connect between Armaan Kohli with Ajay Devgans’s spouse Kajol’s little sister, Tanishaa
Mukerji has gotten the brother in law worried. In extension to the same rumour, Devgan has even asked Salman Khan to make sure Tanishaa stays away from any further controversy. Major Indian websites go one hand forward in claiming that Slaman Khan has assured Devgan that Tanishaa needs to be visible on media and that Khan will build the apt image of her,
LADY GAGA’S ARTPOP TOPS US BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM CHART WArdrobe Trouble for kATrinA | sneAk Peek uP! A year ago, Katrina Kaif had accidentally shown her chaddi during the promotions of her film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The leggy lass was sitting down when her short dress slid up, showing more than what she intended to. Before this incident, while shooting for Ek Tha Tiger, she had to ride a bicycle while wearing a short dress and that too, slid up and gave a sneak peak of whatever was inside. Now, at the launch of the song Dhoom Macha Le, the actress was looking ravishing in a bubble gum pink dress and black heels. But the dress wasn’t what caught peoples’ attention. Instead, what was beneath the dress caught people’s attention as the dress flew up while she was seated? It was like candy-land for the shutterbugs who wasted no time in clicking pictures of the actress’ wardrobe malfunction. COuRTESy bOllywOOd.CElEbdEN
Lady Gaga’s third studio album, “ARTPOP,” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after three months of steady promotion behind singles “Applause” and “Do What U Want.” The album sold 258,000 copies in its first week of release, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Fifty-seven percent of those sales were digital downloads, Billboard said. It is the 27-year-old pop singer’s second No. 1 album on the weekly U.S. chart. “Born
This Way” debuted in the top spot in 2011, selling 1.1 million copies in its opening week, helped by a 99cent promotion on online retailer Amazon. Lady Gaga, one of the world’s most recognisable singers, was unable to match this year’s top-selling debut, Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” which sold 968,000 copies in its opening week in March. Rapper Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” last week’s top album, was No. 2 with 210,000 copies in sales. Pop hits compilation “Now 48” entered the chart at No. 3 with 114,000 in sales, while “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas,” a holiday album by the cast of reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” dropped a spot to No. 4 with 66,000. Pop singer Katy Perry’s “PRISM” fell a spot to No. 5 with 46,000 in sales. Other new albums in the top 10 this week were the Beatles’ “On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2” at No. 7 with 37,000 in sales and R&B singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko’s debut, “Sail Out,” an EP that sold 34,000 copies, good enough for eighth. Eminem’s song “The Monster,” which features R&B singer Rihanna, was the top song on the digital songs chart with 243,000 downloads in the past week. Albums sales for the past week were 5.4 million, a 5 percent decline from the same week last year, Billboard said. Digital song sales were down 10% to 19.9 million downloads compared to the same week last year, according to the trade publication. COuRTESy dNAINdIA
Industry InsIders say collectIons fIgures of KrrIsH 3 are exaggerated A leading financial paper reported: Krrish 3 is fastest film to enter Rs200-cr club with its box-office collections putting in shade Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express. A reputed weekly national magazine said: The film has beaten the lifetime collection of Ek Tha Tiger and 3 Idiots, thus becoming the second highest grosser of all time after Chennai Express. A website of a news channel claimed: According to trade, the film has entered the Rs200-crore club thanks to its collections in India alone. Truth? “No,” says a trade analyst who doesn’t wish to be named. The Roshans’ latest film (now running in its third week) has upset Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan as the trade figures given out are inflated and K3 is being touted the highest domestic Bollywood grosser of all time.
While the fact is that while the figures are correct they are gross figures, not net (like the Khans’ films) and also these figures include earnings from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu versions. While the figures of the three films named are net collections, only Hindi and only national. So if you calculate Krrish 3’s collections that way, the net figure is at Rs183 crore (only in Hindi) and Rs194 all three languages in India till Tuesday. Says an industry source, “The Roshans were in a hurry to prove that Krrish3 broke all records including Aamir’s 3 Idiots (Rs 202 crore), Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger (Rs197.14 crore) and Chennai Express (Rs 227 crore). CE remains the all-time highest grosser and also the highest opening day grosser in India.” Rakesh Roshan says, “Till
Tuesday the all India net collection was Rs237 crore while the international was Rs54 crore. I don’t know about Krrish 3 breaking the records of Chennai Express but I know my figures and I feel elated. We have put in so much of honesty and sincerity in the film. I am sure other films will break our records too but that doesn’t matter. It gives me an incentive to make better films, that’s all.” Reacting to the accusation that the box-office figures are not as accurate as they have been presented, Roshan says, “I’m not in a position to fudge the figures by Rs40-50 crore. People don’t know the exact figures but I get all the figures from all over India in the morning. People just go by assumptions and know only 70% box-office while I know 100%. We opened at 4,300 screens.” COuRTESy dNAINdIA
therefore Kajol family’s effort to evict Tanishaa from the show and further controversy is not a viable option. However true these rumours might be, they certainly help getting the recent happening of the show in perspective. With only four days left in the conclusion of Bigg Boss season 7, the channel might just surprise their fans in Bigg Boss 8. COuRTESy bRANdSyNARIO
judges for PAkisTAn idol finAlly reveAled Pakistan Idol is an upcoming televised singing talent show has created a mass appeal amongst the Pakistani music lovers. The program is part of a popular series called Idols which first started from UK by the name pop idol, then India by the name Indian idol. The auditions for Pakistan idol are taking place in major cities including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad Islamabad etc. Finally, Geo Entertainment is all set to bring Pakistan Idol to local TV screens this 6th December. This will be followed by a month of training and preparing the contestants after which the show will be launched on December 6th on Geo Entertainment. Airing twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) at 9:00 p.m. Pakistan Idol will be hosted by actor Mohib Mirza, and the three judges of the first season are Hadiqa Kiani, Ali Azmat and Bushra Ansari. Mobilink is the official telecom partner for Pakistan Idol. Other major sponsors include Clear, Q Mobile and Pepsi .The winner of Pakistan Idol will receive a one-album contract, a luxury SUV and s/he will also be featured in several videos produced by Geo. Pakistan Idol is currently being promoted with a print, outdoor, radio and digital campaign asking people to register for auditions through SMS. For creating hype with aggressive marketing and gorilla advertising the charge of this is taken by Catalyst PR & Marketing Company. NEwS dESk
gundAy firsT TeAser: rAnveer-Arjun The neW jAi-veeru Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer Gunday looks promising. Though we didn’t get to see the Exotic babe, we aren’t complaining coz Singh and Kapoor are a treat to watch in the trailer. The movie is set in 1971 and going by the teaser it looks like director Ali Abbas Zafar has managed to create ‘70s era in his film. While watching the video, Ranveer and Arjun did remind us of Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) of Sholay. NEwS dESk
You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. — Michael Phelps
sri lanka cruise to series win PALLEKELE
SPORTS Friday, 22 November, 2013
injured gayle could miss remaining odis
KOCHI: West Indies batsman could be out of action for up to four weeks, after suffering a hamstring pull during the first ODI against India in Kochi. Gayle is likely to miss the remaining two ODIs and the start of the New Zealand tour immediately after this series. Gayle suffered the injury when he was run-out for zero off the second ball of the innings. Gayle failed to beat the direct hit from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and tumbled awkwardly, landing on his knee. He was in pain and had to carried off the field on a stretcher. Gayle was initially treated at the ground by the orthopedic surgeon Dr Bipin Theruvil, before he was admitted to hospital. An MRI scan found that there was a “hamstring tear on his left leg and small blood clot around”. “The injuries will take at least two to four weeks to heal,” Dr Theruvil said. The Test series in New Zealand begins on December 3 in Dunedin. AgENCIES
uSAL Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan struck 96 rapid runs together, as Sri Lanka comfortably hunted down New Zealand’s modest 142 for 7 to take the series 1-0. Both hit half-centuries, and while Kusal’s was the more belligerent, and the more attractive, Dilshan again whet his increasing appetite to bring chases home. He was unbeaten on 59 off 49 balls, after Kusal had walloped 57 from 37. Despite New Zealand’s batsmen getting starts, they could manage only a score of 142 for 7 in their second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday. Asked to bat first, New Zealand didn’t begin on a confident note by losing their left-handed opening batsman Hamish Rutherford very early in the innings for just 6 runs. Neil Broom too struggled to make a mark and got out for a mere 6 runs. Rutherford’s opening partner, Anton Devcich provided some impetus to New Zealand’s sluggish innings with a quickfire knock of 30. He was eventually caught by Nuwan Kulasekara off Ajantha Mendis’s bowling. Tom Latham too touched double figures, but could never get going. If not for Luke Ronchi’s innings of 34 and Nathan McCullum’s timely knock of 26, New Zealand could have been in a far worse position. For Sri Lanka, both Ajantha Mendis and newcomer Ramith Rambukwalla bowled economical spells to keep New Zealand on a tight leash. In the end, it turned out to be a good team effort by Sri Lankan bowlers. Earlier, Sri
Lanka won the toss and inserted New Zealand into bat. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bowl first against New Zealand, on a grass-tinged Pallekele surface expected to assist seam bowling early in the evening. Offspinning allrounder Ramith Rambukwella was given a T20I debut for Sri Lanka, after several good List A and Twenty20 performances in recent months, particularly with the ball. His inclusion meant there was no place for offspinner Sachithra Senanayake. Batsman Kusal Perera was also named
in the team as a likely opener, in place of Lahiru Thirimanne. Neil Broom and Hamish Rutherford were given their first match of the tour, replacing Grant Elliott and the injured James Neesham. Rob Nicol kept his spot in the side, as did Anton Devcich, but there was no place for Adam Milne. A smattering of dark clouds were visible above the stadium before light faded, but rain was not forecast. Each of the other four matches were severely affected by the weather. The winner of this match will win the series, after the first game was washed out.
SPINNERS SET UP EASY WIN FOR INDIA KOCHI
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli continued their prolific runs to set up India’s chase with effortless half-centuries after India’s spinners, led by and , had taken eight wickets to bowl West Indies out for a below-par total in Kochi. Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind off a rising Jason Holder delivery in the fourth over, but Rohit and Kohli were unfazed by the dual nature of the pitch and kept scoring freely throughout their 133-run partnership in 21.4 overs. It was Kohli who did the bulk of the scoring in the first 10 overs, scoring five boundaries against Rohit’s one. But as soon as Sunil Narine was introduced in the 11th over, Rohit took over the role of aggressor. The next seven hits to the boundary, all came from Rohit’s bat as he used a wide array of shots - from powerful slog-sweeps to deft late-cuts to zoom past Kohli. During the course of his innings, he went past Misbah-ul-Haq to become the leading run-scorer in 2013, but just when a century looked certain, he pulled one straight to deep midwicket to be dismissed for 72, his tally of international runs since October standing on 859. Kohli had been happy to turn over the strike for Rohit during their partnership, but he switched gears as a struggling Yuvraj Singh- not Raina joined him in the middle. A couple of powerful pulls were unleashed against the fast bowlers - the second one making him the joint-fastest to reach 5000 ODI runs along with Viv Richards, in 114 innings. But just like Rohit, he too was dismissed when a hundred appeared for the taking. India needed 20 runs at that stage off 18.4 overs, which despite a brief flutter, was not enough for the West Indies to defend. Apart from Rohit and Kohli, none of the batsmen from either team found it easy to bat. For Indian bowlers though, the Kochi
pitch brought a respite, soothing the wounds they endured during the series against Australia last month, as they finally exerted some control over the batsmen. West Indies had recovered from the loss of Chris Gayle in the first over to 63 for 1 after ten overs when spin was introduced. Jadeja, who had been left out of the Tests to nurse his injured shoulder, took only four balls to make an impact. Johnson Charles, trying to whip a flighted delivery to the leg side, got a leading edge towards Jadeja, who dived full length to his left to pull off a one-handed blinder. That the ball had stopped a touch on the batsman was an indication for MS
Dhoni to introduce spin at both ends. Raina didn’t have to wait for long either. His eighth delivery barely bounced and hit the base of the middle stump to dismiss a set Marlon Samuels. As the balls started spinning past the edge, West Indies were forced to take a circumspect approach and the run rate dipped from 6.30 after 10 overs to 5.12 midway through the innings. Raina added two more wickets Lendl Simmons was adjudged lbw to one which was probably spinning down the leg side while Narsingh Deonarine had himself to blame for playing across the line to a straighter one - and ended up with his best ODI figures of 10-1-34-3.
WeSt IndIeS 0 CH Gayle run out (Kumar) J Charles† c & b Jadeja 42 Mn Samuels b raina 24 dM Bravo b Mohammed Shami 59 LMp Simmons lbw b raina 29 4 n deonarine b raina 24 dJ Bravo* st †dhoni b Jadeja 5 dJG Sammy c Kumar b Jadeja Jo Holder not out 16 Sp narine c & b Ashwin 0 r rampaul c dhawan b Ashwin 1 eXtrAS: (lb 1, w 6) 7 totAL: (all out; 48.5 overs) 211 FALL oF WICKetS: 1-0 (Gayle, 0.2 ov), 2-65 (Charles, 10.4 ov), 377 (Samuels, 13.2 ov), 4-142 (Simmons, 27.1 ov), 5-152 (deonarine, 31.2 ov), 6-183 (dM Bravo, 37.5 ov), 7-187 (dJ Bravo, 38.3 ov), 8204 (Sammy, 44.1 ov), 9-206 (narine, 45.4 ov), 10-211 (rampaul, 48.5 ov) BoWLInG: B Kumar 5-0-26-0,Jd Unadkat 6-0-39-0,Mohammed Shami 6-0-28-1,rA Jadeja 10-0-37-3,SK raina 10-1-34-3,r Ashwin 9.5-0-42-2,rG Sharma 2-0-4-0 IndIA rG Sharma c Simmons b rampaul 72 S dhawan c †Charles b Holder 5 V Kohli c narine b Holder 86 yuvraj Singh not out 16 SK raina c Holder b narine 0 MS dhoni* not out 13 eXtrAS: (b 5, w 15) 20 totAL: (4 wickets; 35.2 overs) 212 dId not BAt: rA Jadeja, r Ashwin, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jd Unadkat FALL oF WICKetS: 1-17 (dhawan, 3.2 ov), 2-150 (Sharma, 24.6 ov), 3-192 (Kohli, 31.2 ov), 4-194 (raina, 32.4 ov) BoWLInG: r rampaul 8-0-39-1,Jo Holder 8-0-48-2,dJG Sammy 2-0-14-0,Sp narine 10-1-57-1,n deonarine 2-0-15-0,LMp Simmons 3-0-14-0,dJ Bravo 2.2-0-20-0 MAtCH detAILS toSS West Indies, who chose to bat SerIeS India led the 3-match series 1-0 pLAyer oF tHe MAtCH V Kohli (India) UMpIreS VA Kulkarni and rJ tucker (Australia) tV UMpIre AK Chaudhary MAtCH reFeree dC Boon (Australia) reSerVe UMpIre p Jayapal
, though, fought back with 59 that came off 77 deliveries. He manoeuvered the strike around in company of Simmons - both adding 65 for the fourth wicket - while staying severe on anything that was pitched up. Twice, he hit flighted deliveries from Jadeja into the stands. However, he too was dismissed by one that stayed low, from Mohammed Shami, during the Powerplay. His dismissal signaled the end of resistance from West Indies as the rest of the batsmen could only manage 28 more runs. Jadeja finished with three wickets that also propped him up to the top of the ODI wicket-takers’ charts this year.
neW ZeALAnd 3 Hd rutherford c †Sangakkara b Kulasekara Ap devcich c Kulasekara b Mendis 30 nt Broom c Mendis b Mathews 6 tWM Latham c dilshan b rambukwella 20 C Munro c Kulasekara b nLtC perera 17 L ronchi† not out 34 nL McCullum run out (dilshan/†Sangakkara) 26 rJ nicol lbw b Malinga 2 AM ellis not out 2 eXtrAS: (lb 2) 2 142 totAL: (7 wickets; 20 overs) dId not BAt: Kd Mills*, MJ McClenaghan FALL oF WICKetS: 1-3 (rutherford, 1.1 ov), 2-14 (Broom, 2.3 ov), 349 (devcich, 7.4 ov), 4-62 (Latham, 10.1 ov), 5-93 (Munro, 14.4 ov), 6-138 (McCullum, 19.3 ov), 7-140 (nicol, 19.5 ov) BoWLInG: SL Malinga 4-0-33-1,KMdn Kulasekara 4-0-31-1,Ad Mathews 2-0-17-1, rLB rambukwella 4-0-19-1,BAW Mendis 3-0-201,tM dilshan 1-0-7-0,nLtC perera 2-0-13-1 SrI LAnKA dpMd Jayawardene lbw b McClenaghan 3 59 tM dilshan not out MdKJ perera c & b nicol 57 KC Sangakkara not out 20 eXtrAS: (lb 3, w 1) 4 totAL: (2 wickets; 17.5 overs) 143 dId not BAt: Ad Mathews, Ld Chandimal*, nLtC perera, rLB rambukwella, KMdn Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis FALL oF WICKetS: 1-8 (Jayawardene, 1.2 ov), 2-104 (MdKJ perera, 13.1 ov) BoWLInG: Kd Mills 3-0-26-0,MJ McClenaghan 4-0-34-1,nL McCullum 3.5-0-34-0,AM ellis 2-0-15-0,Ap devcich 3-0-13 0,rJ nicol 2-0-18-1 MAtCH detAILS toSS Sri Lanka, who chose to field SerIeS Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0 t20I deBUt rLB rambukwella (Sri Lanka) UMpIreS rSA palliyaguruge and rr Wimalasiri tV UMpIre tH Wijewardene MAtCH reFeree BC Broad (england) reSerVe UMpIre MSK nandiweera
malik, razzak deny talk of discipline issues
LAHORE: Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzak have insisted their return from Pakistan’s ongoing tour of South Africa was for fitness reasons and not because of a disciplinary issue. They were declared unfit on November 19 and on the next available flight. There had been talk of a breach of the code of conduct but Malik denied such reports. “unfortunately we are not winning, and these kind of things only start to emerge when a team is losing. There is no rift at all; everyone is in good spirits. In my case, I got injured in Dubai and was not able to recover in time as expected.” Malik had been struck on the finger by a rising delivery from Wayne Parnell in the second T20 international in Dubai. He retired hurt but returned to be dismissed for 15. “It needs three to four days to undo my stiches and thereafter I will chalk out my plan for a comeback,” said Malik, who had been dismissed for 12 in the first T20. “How can a player express himself in only two matches, and regardless of excessive bleeding I still managed to return to the crease only for the sake of the country. I know what I need to do, I need consistency.” Malik was part of the squad for the solitary T20 on the tour of South Africa and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe this year. He was recalled for the T20s in the uAE against South Africa, where he failed to impress. Razzaq had pulled his hamstring in South Africa. He had been out of favour with the Pakistan set-up since the 2012 World Twenty20, following his outburst against the captain Mohammad Hafeez for which he was fined Rs 100,000 and sidelined from the squad. He also fared poorly in the T20s against South Africa in the uAE, taking 0 for 14 and making 10 and 0. “There is no cause other than fitness,” Razzaq said after his return to Pakistan. “I am required to rest for ten days and this is why I was sent back. There is no issue and I was enjoying the best atmosphere around me.” STAFF REPORT
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it. –Knute Rockne
SPORTS Friday, 22 November, 2013
broad undermines Australia's challenge BRISBANE
HE wicket looks fantastic," said Michael Clarke, an Australia captain in renewed heart, as he won the toss at the start of the return Ashes series. The same could not be said of Australia's top-order batting. Presented with an opportunity to prove that they are capable of challenging England's supremacy, they flunked it, embarking on a collapse as extreme as any they suffered during the English summer. It was a day when the hounded became the hounder.Stuart Broad was treated to the boos and occasional abusive chants he knew would be inevitable at the Gabba after he had endured a cynical process of vilification but, as six Australian wickets tumbled for 132, even his most vocal assailants had to concede that baiting him had not exactly gone to plan. His role as Ashes villain had merely strengthened his mindset. Figures of 5 for 65 in 20 overs on a day designed for batting stated as much. Australia had singularly failed to get the flying start in the series to sustain their talk of renewed self-belief. For all that, they almost got away with it as Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson added 114 in 39 overs for the seventh wicket, Haddin awash with good sense, Johnson driving with a pendulum's free swing, both making half-centuries. England took the new ball with relief. If Broad's first wicket - Chris Rogers, caught off the splice at gully in his second over - came with the Gabba at its most impassioned, his fifth wicket felt like the one England most needed. Johnson's stumps were sent flying, inviting a mobbing from
Turf club plays down new fine The Turf Club has played down the circumstances behind the withdrawal of Devils Bride at Fairyhouse on Wednesday when trainer Willie Mullins was fined €200 and the horse prevented from running for two days. Mullins took the six-year-old, owned by Gigginstown House Stud, out of the opening Premier Jump Weekend Hurdle, citing a change in the going, but the local stewards felt the ground had not altered enough to justify the decision. Because of his short suspension, Devils Bride was prevented from lining up in Thursday's INH Stallion Owners EBF Novice Hurdle at Thurles, for which he would have been a leading fancy. However, the Turf Club have stressed that the case is not linked to an ongoing investigation into the late withdrawal of the Gigginstown-owned Road To Riches at Cork on November 3. SPORTS dESk
his team-mates that was tinged with gratitude. An eighth Australia wicket, Peter Siddle, followed to James Anderson, but the redoubtable Haddin, unbowed after Broad struck him flush on the helmet, remained unbeaten on 78 at the close. Australia should have made better use of a good toss. A few lonely clouds hung around blue skies to no great purpose and, although the pitch had decent bounce and carry, and enough moisture to give England hope, there was not the sideways move-
ment they might have anticipated. They sorely needed their third seamer, Chris Tremlett, picked more on faith than form, to hold together and although his pace would barely trouble a speed camera, he did just that, intervening at a crucial stage to have Steven Smith caught at slip and relinquishing less than three runs an over. But it was Broad who carried England's challenge, Broad who became the first player to 50 Test wickets this year, Broad who yearned to prove his worth to the Australian public just as Anderson had done before him. England's psychologists have concluded that three players in this side thrive on abuse: Broad is one of them. During the morning, he felt as if his rhythm was imperfect but clawed himself into the game. Australia were reasonably content at 71 for 1, with lunch only four balls away, but Broad found a hint of extra bounce and away movement to expose Shane Watson, who was caught at second slip, and as five wickets fell for 61 in 20 overs their vision of mounting a concerted Ashes challenge in front of their own supporters was, at the very least, temporarily shelved. England had reason to be grateful for a ball change a few overs before Watson's wicket. It was Broad who pursued and won it. Perhaps it will be presented as another low trick. It was a surprise nobody hollered for Broad to "leave our balls alone", just as they had told another Ashes villain, Douglas Jardine, to ignore the flies more than 80 years earlier. Brisbane's regional paper, in a fake show of disgust, had brandished headlines stating that it would refuse to refer to Broad by name throughout the Test. Appointed as the Man With No Name, Broad went about his work with the suitably stony expression of Clint Eastwood in the film so titled, communicating that
there was serious business to attend to. There was not much short of a length from Broad, but what there was tended to bring him wickets. Michael Clarke perished against the first short ball he received. He has moved up in the order from No. 5 to No. 4 as much as anything because of expectations that he should "man up", but his back ailment leaves him statuesque and vulnerable against the short ball, especially one as wickedly directed as the delivery from Broad which he could only pop into the leg side.
SCOREbOARd AuSTRAlIA 1 CJl Rogers c bell b broad 49 dA warner c Pietersen b broad SR watson c Swann b broad 22 1 mJ Clarke* c bell b broad 31 SPd Smith c Cook b Tremlett gJ bailey c Cook b Anderson 3 78 bJ haddin† not out mg Johnson b broad 64 7 Pm Siddle c Cook b Anderson 4 RJ harris not out EXTRAS: (lb 11, w 1, nb 1) 13 273 TOTAl: (8 wickets; 90 overs) TO bAT: Nm lyon FAll OF wICkETS: 1-12 (Rogers, 3.1 ov), 2-71 (watson, 24.3 ov), 3-73 (Clarke, 26.4 ov), 4-83 (warner, 30.3 ov), 5-100 (bailey, 35.3 ov), 6-132 (Smith, 44.3 ov), 7-246 (Johnson, 82.6 ov), 8-265 (Siddle, 87.5 ov) bOwlINg: Jm Anderson 22-5-61-2,SCJ broad 20-3-65-5,CT Tremlett 19-3-51-1,gP Swann 26-4-80-0,JE Root 3-1-5-0 ENglANd TEAm: AN Cook*, mA Carberry, IJl Trott, kP Pietersen, IR bell, JE Root, mJ Prior†, SCJ broad, gP Swann, Jm Anderson, CT Tremlett mATCh dETAIlS TOSS Australia, who chose to bat TEST dEbuT gJ bailey (Australia) PlAyER OF ThE mATCh tba umPIRES Aleem dar (Pakistan) and hdPk dharmasena (Sri lanka) TV umPIRE m Erasmus (South Africa) mATCh REFEREE JJ Crowe (New zealand) RESERVE umPIRE P wilson
sethi backs Misbah to lead pakistan till Icc World cup 2015 LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi on Thursday reposed his full faith in Misbah-ul-Haq and backed the under-fire skipper to continue to lead the side till the 2015 World Cup. While replying to his criticism in a newspaper report over grilling Misbah on a television chat show, Sethi said the One-Day International (ODI) and Test skipper "enjoys his full confidence". "PCB Chairman Najam Sethi reiterates that Misbah enjoys his full confidence and should continue to remain captain until at least the World Cup in 2015" the board said in a statement in the 'Dawn' newspaper on Thursday. Pakistan were thrashed 1-4 by South Africa in the ODIs at united Arab Emirates (uAE) earlier in the month, raising doubts over his future as the skipper. After
mcdoWell commiTTed To irelAnd Graeme McDowell has declared his intention to play for Ireland when golf makes its Olympic debut in the 2016 Rio Games. The former US Open champion is again representing Ireland along with Shane Lowry at this week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne. Being from Northern Ireland entitles McDowell to have the option of playing for either Ireland or Great Britain in the Olympic Games. But by-law two of rule 41 of the Olympic Charter states that if an athlete has represented a country in a tournament recognised by the relevant international federation, in this case the International Golf Federation (IGF), then three years must pass before they can represent another at an Olympic Games. With McDowell playing for Ireland in Australia this week, he would then be committed to the country for the 2016 Games although his allegiance could be changed if agreed by the IGF, national Olympic committees and the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The 34-year-old, along with countryman Rory McIlroy, has always been coy on the subject of Olympic allegiance but McDowell hinted that the decision had now been made for him. "I believe that me being here and representing Ireland will, with the Olympic regulations, mean that I will have to play for Ireland when it comes to the Olympics in 2016," McDowell said. SPORTS dESk
that defeat, Sethi had interviewed Misbah on his political chat show about general troubles with the Pakistan batting, his own approach and the influence it has had on younger batsmen, preferences for specific combinations and his inability to win games. The PCB, in its rejoinder to the newspaper, defended Sethi's decision to invite Misbah on the show and said, "Since Misbah was under attack from various quarters the PCB chairman and Mis-
bah jointly decided to let Misbah confront his critics views in a controlled and nonantagonistic environment because they both felt that Misbah had solid answers to give in the public interest.""under the circumstances, Misbah was asked all the hard questions raised by his critics, and was allowed to answer freely without any follow up questions on the same issue." "The discussion was clearly aimed at strengthening Misbah rather than eroding him especially since the PCB chairman had earlier said in a public statement that Misbah would remain captain until atleast the World Cup in 2015," the statement said. The statement also insisted that the show had been well received by the public in Misbah's defence and proved that he was the best man for the job on hand. "The final statement of the chairman should end all speculations in this matter in the larger interest of the game," it added.
kallis returns to south Africa odi squad CAPE tOWN: Jacques Kallis was recalled to South Africa’s one-day squad on Thursday for two home series against Pakistan and India, putting the veteran allrounder in line to play his first ODI in nearly two years. The 38-year-old Kallis appeared in the last of his 321 ODIs at home against New Zealand in February 2012 and has been rested from the short format since, part of South Africa’s plan to manage his workload ahead of a likely swansong at the 2015 World Cup. Kallis replaced Twenty20 captain Faf du Plessis in a 14-man squad named by Cricket South Africa for three one-day games against Pakistan this month and three against India in December. Pakistan-born legspinner Imran Tahir was also retained at the expense of left-arm slow bowler Robin Peterson. Opening batsman and test captain Graeme Smith returned to the ODI squad after leaving the tour of United Arab Emirates with postconcussion syndrome as a result of being hit on the head by a bouncing delivery from giant Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Irfan last month. Smith was advised to rest after experiencing delayed symptoms of blurred vision and dizziness. Cricket South Africa said Smith had now made "a complete recovery." Kallis returned after a long absence, underlining South Africa’s intention to keep him in contention to play at the World Cup in two years, when he will be nearly 40. Kallis has defied talk of retirement and continues to be one of South Africa’s most consistent performers in test cricket, while making rare appearances for his country in the 50and 20-over formats. He has said winning a 50-over World Cup is his last ambition. Kallis is considered South Africa’s greatest cricketer of the modern era and has made more test and ODI runs than any other South African. He is also fifth on the country’s list of test wicket-takers and third in ODIs, placing him as one of the games outstanding allrounders. AgENCIES
DYSON TO PLAY IN SOUTH AFRICA SPORTS DESK Simon Dyson will return to action at this week's South African Open despite facing the prospect of a European Tour suspension. The Englishman was disqualified from last month's BMW Masters in Shanghai after he was deemed to have touched the line of his putt on the eighth green in the second round. Having marked his ball four feet from the hole, he appeared to press down a spike mark with his ball - an offence the tournament committee were alerted to by television viewers. Dyson's actions incurred a two-shot penalty, which he failed to add to his card before signing, leading to his disqualification. He now faces a disciplinary hearing in December, and he withdrew from the recent Turkish Airways Open but he has decided to play in this week's opening event of the new European Tour season in Gauteng. The 35-year-old has maintained his actions in Shanghai were an accidental mistake, but after being charged with a serious rules breach he could be handed a ban at his hearing next month. Dyson will be among the early starters in South Africa, teeing off alongside home hopefuls James Kamte and Allan Versveld at 7.10am on Thursday, local time.
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is the firm favourite for a title he has never won, and he hopes put that right against a mediocre field this week. The 29-year-old said: "I want to win the SA Open, but I'm not going to put pressure on myself, that's unnecessary. If it
doesn't happen now then I'll win it some other time. "I know how to win but you can't get ahead of yourself. Being considered one of the favourites is a confidence boost and I can feed off others' confidence in me. "I've prepared well and if I play well, then I know I can win."
The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose. –Ernie Banks
Friday, 22 November, 2013
uruguay book place at 2014 World cup finals MONTEVIDEO
RuGuAY sealed their spot at the 2014 World Cup finals after a goalless draw at home to Jordan in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff
on Wednesday saw them advance 5-0 on aggregate. uruguay, the last of the 32 teams to book their place at the finals in Brazil, had all but secured their berth with a crushing 5-0 victory in the first leg in Amman last week. Left back Martin Caceres suggested that winning the first leg by such a big margin had made it harder to
messi 'hAPPy' for ronAldo LONDON: Lionel Messi has revealed he was "very happy" for Cristiano Ronaldo after watching him lead Portugal to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Portugal progressed to the tournament via the play-offs on Tuesday, with Ronaldo scoring all four goals in a 4-2 aggregate win over Sweden. Messi, who picked up the 2013 European Golden Boot on Wednesday, says that he was pleased to see Portugal reach the finals and reserved special praise for the Real Madrid star. "I was very happy for him when he scored those goals," Messi said. "It's just great when the best teams compete in Brazil, and Cristiano has had a great scoring rate for many years. "I don't know if this is Cristiano's best moment, but he is always there, scoring goals in all the games and playing his part for his club and his country. He has been like that for many years. "Whether he is at his best, or a bit below that, there is almost no difference." The Argentine forward also revealed his desire to win the World Cup, but has highlighted Brazil, Germany and Spain as early favourites for the trophy. "Certainly, to win the World Cup is a dream for me, my team-mates and all of Argentina," he added. "We need to improve a couple of things, but there are still seven months until the tournament starts. Hopefully we can win there, but a lot of nations can do it. AgENCIES
suffolk end for Women's Tour The historic Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds is to host the finish of the inaugural Women's Tour next May. The final stage will head from Harwich to Bury St Edmunds to complete the five-day event which will also run through Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire from May 7-11. Councillor Alan Murray, Suffolk County Council's cabinet member for health and adult care, said: "We are delighted to be hosting the final stage of this exciting new event in Suffolk which promises to be a fantastic spectacle with the world's top elite women cyclists racing through our county. "Cycling is one of the activities we have identified as key to achieving our aspiration to become England's most active county and we hope that by attracting events of this nature to the county it will inspire more residents to get on their bikes and enjoy the freedom and health benefits that cycling can provide." SPORTS dESk
concentrate in the second. Despite needing to score at least five to have any hope of overturning the deficit, Jordan defended deep and in numbers on Wednesday, denying the South Americans scoring chances and making sure there would be no repeat of the 5-0 mauling. The closest the home side came to scoring was when centre back Diego Godin headed against the bar just before halftime, but the lack of goals failed to dampen celebrations on the pitch or among the crowd of 60,000 in the stands. Egyptian coach Hossam Hassan was pleased with his teams reaction to their punishing defeat at home. Before kickoff, the crowd at the Centenario were treated to a video of Alcides Ghiggias winning goal when uruguay upset Brazil 2-1 at the Maracana to win their second World Cup
in 1950, the last time their northern neighbours hosted the finals. The 86-year-old, the sole survivor of that "Maracanazo" team, also spoke to the crowd ahead of the game."At the Maracana (final) there were 30 uruguayans," he said in the centre circle. "Today I have the luck to celebrate with all these people here and it’s very emotional for me." Jordans packed defence gave 2010 semi-finalists uruguay few openings. Cavani, who scored a sublime free kick in the first leg, had two efforts that went over the bar while Luis Suarez worked tirelessly to find openings but often found himself forced out wide. uruguay captain Diego Lugano headed a corner wide of the far post just past the hour and Jordan took heart from the scoreless first half and were more daring after the break.
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The 30th Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Tournament will commence on Friday,22nd November at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course. This was stated by Agha Ali Imam,Convenor Golf,Lahore Gymkhana in a press conference also attended and addressed by Ahsan Imran,CEO Millat Equipment,Omer Zia, Tournament Director and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed,Director Media of the Tournament. Agha Ali Imam also stated that in friendly and pleasant weather and supportive playing conditions of the historic Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course, aspiring golfers from all over the country will apply their golfing expertise to attain success in this prestigious Millat Tractors Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament, which will be contested over three rounds with final round to be played on Sunday, 24th November. Tracing the history of
Hong Kong will host its first WTA tournament next year. The week-long Hong Kong Tennis Open will be played in Victoria Park, the city's major downtown green space, in September. The tournament will have a prize fund of around £155,000 and include at least one player from the top 10 in the world rankings. "Hong Kong has never held a WTA tour event before It's to be a major event on Hong Kong's calendar." –Tom Reed "Hong Kong has never held a WTA tour event before," said Tom Reed, a spokesperson for the Hong Kong Tennis Association which is organising the event. "It's to be a major event on Hong Kong's calendar. "We are exploring all options on which player. We are hoping to have a very strong field with good representations from Chinese, local players and some top international players." Hong Kong's top-ranked female player Zhang Ling said: "To have the opportunity to compete against your peers in an internationally sanctioned tournament in your home city is a dream come true for me. "The tournament will certainly be one of the highlights for the year and a key focus in my preparation for 2014." The city hosted the ATP Hong Kong Open until 2002, while the Hong Kong Tennis Classic, an exhibition event which attracted some of the world's top players including Roger Federer and Venus Williams, was cancelled in 2012 due to lack of sponsorship. SPORTS dESk
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this championship, Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed said that it was introduced in the year 1984, and it now enters the 30th year. He further added that Millat Tractors have been sponsoring this event for 20 years in succession. The Chairman of Lahore Gymkhana, the golfers from around the country, the home based golfers of the club, accept with gratitude the largesse of Millat Group and graciously applaud and compliment Sikandar Mustafa Khan, Chairman of Millat Group who has kept the relationship intact and live.
Manny Pacquiao will be fighting for his country and his career on Sunday morning when he takes on American Brandon Rios in the first major international fight card to be held in the gambling capital of Macau. The bout is taking place in the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which smashed into Pacquiao's native Philippines on November 8, killing more than 4,000 people and leaving another 4 million homeless. Eight weight world champion Pacquiao, who is also a congressman from Sarangani Province, said that the tragedy is inspiring him to succeed. "I am more motivated for this fight, to win this fight because what happened in the Philippines," he toldReuters this week. "My countrymen, I want to make them happy. To bring honour to my country." For Pacquiao, victory is also essential to maintain an exceptional career that has stuttered of late, following a controversial points defeat to American Timothy Bradley in June 2012 and a shocking sixth-round knockout loss to old foe Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico in December. The Marquez defeat was his last ring outing, and the Filipino icon, 54-5-2 (38 KOs), said that the extra time between bouts has left him feeling refreshed and ready for action. "It's good for me to have a rest like this," he said. "I feel like I'm hungry to fight again in the ring. I feel like when I was starting boxing." SPORTS dESk
KERMODE NAMED ATP CHIEF LONDON AgENCIES
Britain's Chris Kermode is the new head of men's tennis after being appointed executive chairman and president of the ATP. Kermode will begin a three-year term on January 1 and succeeds Australian Brad Drewett, who died from motor neurone disease in May at the age of 54 having stepped down from the role in January. Former player and coach Kermode is the man behind the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena and the tournament director of the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club, and was the unanimous choice of the ATP board. The 48-year-old said: "It's a huge honour to have been given the opportunity to lead the ATP during what is unquestionably one of the most exciting periods in the history of men's professional tennis. "I look forward to getting started in my new role and to working very hard together with ATP staff, players, tournaments and partners as we look to harness the full potential of our great sport in years to come." Kermode is hugely popular with the players and his appointment was welcomed by both Andy Murray and Roger Federer.
Wimbledon champion Murray said: "I've known and worked with Chris for many years and he gets on well with the players. He's done a great job with Queen's and the World Tour Finals and I look forward to working with him in his new role." Federer is the president of the ATP Player Council, and he said: "On behalf of
the players, I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new ATP executive chairman and president. "Chris has a lot of experience having worked in a number of different capacities in tennis over the years and he has all the attributes required to lead the ATP World Tour forward during this period of unprecedented popularity and success."
Friday, 22 November, 2013
irAq ATTAcks kill 41 As 2013 deATh Toll ToPs 5,800 BAQUBA
bombing at a market north of Baghdad was the deadliest in violence that killed 41 people on Thursday, as the year’s death toll topped 5,800 amid a surge in unrest. The flare-up has prompted Baghdad to appeal for international help in fighting the country’s worst bloodshed since 2008, just months before its first general election in four years. Officials have voiced concern over a resurgent al Qaeda emboldened by the civil war in neighbouring Syria which has provided the jihadist network’s front groups
with increased room to plan and carry out attacks in Iraq. Thursday’s violence came a day after a spate of attacks, most of them car bombs targeting Shia neighbourhoods of Baghdad, killed 59 people and wounded more than 100 in Iraq’s highest death toll of the month. Shootings and bombings struck in and around Baghdad and in Diyala, a restive ethnically mixed province north of Baghdad that has seen some of Iraq’s worst bloodshed in recent months. In the deadliest attack, a car bomb went off at around noon (0900 GMT) in a fruit and vegetable market in the Diyala town of Saadiyah. At least 32 people were killed and 40 wounded in the blast, officials said. Another blast in Diyala on Thursday
killed one person, officials said, while shootings and bombings in and around Baghdad left six people dead. Authorities in Diyala also found the bodies of a dozen residents snatched by kidnappers purporting to be members of the security forces. The 12 were executed and their bodies thrown into a nearby river, reminiscent of targeted killings that were rampant during the worst of Iraq’s sectarian bloodshed in 2006 and 2007. No group has claimed responsibility for the violence, but Sunni militants linked to al Qaeda often carry out such attacks, ostensibly to undermine confidence in the Shia-led government and security forces. “Their capability to conduct attacks has
increased,” Deputy National Security Adviser Safa Hussein said in a recent interview, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al Qaeda front group. “By now they understand they can’t realise their ambition in establishing a state. Nor can they defeat the government.” “But they can work towards their goal in establishing indirect control in some of the areas, and making the state a failed state, which is a very good environment for them to flourish.”Investigators searching for the gunmen behind the assassination of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s chief bodyguard, meanwhile, got into a firefight with one of the suspected killers in the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah. The suspect and a policeman were both
killed in the exchange, security officials said. The unrest is part of a surge in bloodshed that has pushed violence to its highest level since 2008, when Iraq was recovering from the worst of its Sunni-Shiite sectarian war. More than 5,800 people have been killed so far this year, according to a tally based on reports from security and medical officials. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called for Washington’s help in the form of greater intelligence sharing and the timely delivery of new weapons systems. But diplomats and analysts say the government is not doing enough to address the root causes of the unrest, particularly frustration within the Sunni Arab minority, which complains of mistreatment by the Shia-led authorities
irAn sAys serious issues remAin in nucleAr TAlks TEHRAN AgENCIES
A senior Iranian negotiator said “serious issues” continue to divide Tehran and world powers in talks over the country’s nuclear drive after a “very useful” session in Geneva on Thursday morning. “We had a very useful, intensive discussion” over “content and details” with representatives of the so-called P5+1 countries and their chief negotiator, Eu foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, ISNA news agency quoted Abbas Araqchi as saying. However, “some serious issues continue to be a source of difference over which we had serious discussions”, Araqchi added.
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HANGU: People gather at the site of bombing by US drone. ONlINE
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Musharraf to challenge special court in sc ISLAMABAD
Former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday met his legal team at his farmhouse to discuss treason case against him. According to sources, Sharifuddin Pirzada and Ibrahim Satti called on the former general and discussed formation of special court and treason case. They would submit their power of attorney in the court to proceed the case. Musharraf and his legal team have decided to challenge the constitution of the special court. Sources said the former army chief has directed his legal team to prepare an application which is likely to be filed in the Supreme Court on Friday (today). Advocate-on-record Zafar Abbas Naqvi has been hired to represent the former president in the court, sources said. The government has formed a three-member special court to try the former
clerics urged to restrict protests to worship places APP
president under Article 6 of the constitution. Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali have been named for the court. The former president seized power in a coup in 1999 and ruled for almost a decade until he was forced to step down in 2008.
Keeping in view the sensitivity of Rawalpindi incident, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday urged clerics to restrict their Friday (today) protests to worship places. Addressing a news conference at the Punjab House, he said the local administration has been directed to provide security to all worship places. “The Punjab government requests clerics to limit their protests to worship places so that another opportunity could not be provided to anti-state elements attacking the national unity,” he added. He also requested them to keep an eye on such elements, who somehow managed to enter their gatherings and create law and order situation. Terming the incident “highly regrettable and condemnable”, the minister said the culprits involved in the crime have nothing to do with Islam and they have no association with any school of thought. He said the miscreants, who were playing in the hands of their foreign masters, had attempted to dent the national
unity and fan sectarian violence to destabilise the country for their nefarious designs. Sanaullah appreciated clerics, media and people for failing the conspiracy and defusing the tension which emerged after the Ashura incident, adding, “The entire nation exhibited greater unity in effectively countering the evil designs of miscreants.” He said that culprits behind the incident would not only be brought to book at the earliest but they would also be punished. However, the minister regretted that some elements were misleading the general public through social media by giving distorted facts and figures. The Punjab government, he said, was presenting actual data with full responsibility and it would not hide any factual position from the public and media. Giving update on number of the victims, he said, 11 were killed and 56 injured in the incident. “Presently, the 12 injured are under treatment in hospitals and two of them are in intensive care unit.” He said the provincial government has initially allocated
Rs 240 million for reconstruction of shops and religious places damaged, adding that the Damage Assessment Committee was working in collaboration with trade bodies’ representatives to mitigate suffering of the affected shopkeepers. To a question, he said the judicial commission and fact-finding committee have started their work in an independent, impartial and transparent manner. He said the police high-ups have been removed following the incident. The minister said legal action would also be taken against those officials showing negligence to maintain law and order. Answering another question, he said the investigation team has so far identified 28 suspects involved in violece, saying “The investigators have complete identity of 28 accused, out of which 16 are in their custody for interrogation.” He said the suspects have been identified through close-circuit TV camera footage, forensic and other evidences and “there is no doubt about their identity and involvement in violent activities”.
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The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday told the Lahore High Court that the uS handed over six detainees to Pakistan on November 16. Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan is hearing a petition, moved by the Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), for the release and return of Pakistanis detained at the Bagram jail. The Foreign Affairs Ministry’s counsel said their current whereabouts and status was under the authority of the Interior Ministry. Maryam Haq, counsel for the detainees, brought to the court’s attention that the released Pakistanis had been held by the Pakistani authorities since Saturday. She added that the government’s acknowledgment of release and repatriation of the six detainees had been a cause of relief, but no cause to celebrate. They had been moved from one detention to another, she said. After recording the statements, the court directed the lawyer to contact the Interior Ministry and provide information to the court on the whereabouts and state of the detainees by November 25. The petitioner, the JPP, had submitted that Pakistanis had been detained at Bagram jail without any charge or trial since 2003. It said further they were abducted from Pakistan and sent to the infamous uS prison in Afghanistan. Initially, the petition was filed for the release of seven Pakistanis; however, later names of another 25 prisoners were included. It had requested the court to issue directions to the government authorities for the repatriation of the detainees.