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Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 49 19 Pages

Friday, 23 August, 2013 Shawwal 15, 1434

Karachi Edition

The biggest by-election in the country’s history saw some major upsets for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and runner up Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf parties as cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was left embarrassed in at least two major NA constituencies –NA-1 Peshawar and NA-75 Mianwali – which he had vacated after the May 11 general election. The voters also gave some food for thought to the ruling PML-N which saw its two strongholds falling into the PTI’s lap in Punjab. The by-election also provided the former ruling Pakistan People’s Party to show political pundits that it was still a force to reckon in Punjab by winning one national and two provincial assembly seats. story on page 04

stories on page 04

DCC approves conditional talks with taliban punjabi taliban commander welcomes peace talks with government

CJp says missing persons’ embarrassment must stop

‘probe to be conducted into HC power plant scam’

Pakistan’s Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that Pakistan would not be allowed to be ridiculed in the world owing to the missing persons’ matter. “On one side innocent people are picked up and on the other side the institutions which lift them deny these acts. It is better for the institutions holding these missing persons to inform the court about the details of the matter or for them to initiate proceedings as per law. pag e 19

Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has assured the provincial assembly of conducting a fair probe into the alleged corruption in the Habibullah Coastal Power Plant. He said stern action would be taken against the guards deployed on the electricity pylons if found absent from their duties. The chief minister said a meeting was convened in Islamabad for formulation of a Pakistan energy policy. pag e 18

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MPs unite to condemn Indian designs India’s unprovoked LoC firing kills two Pak soldiers Use dialogue to resolve issues, Pakistan tells India stories page 02

syria opp demands Un probe into chemical attacks

‘i forced sachin to call time on his oDi career’

Syria’s opposition demanded on Thursday that United Nations chemical weapons inspectors immediately investigate a besieged rebel-held region hit by an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people a day earlier. In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the international community needed to respond with force if the allegations that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians proved true. pag e 07

Among his 140 one-day International wickets, top Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal perhaps cherishes his Asia Cup wicket of Sachin Tendulkar the most. On March 18, 2012 at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Tendulkar edged an Ajmal ‘doosra’ to Younis Khan at slips after scoring a 48-ball 52. India won the match by six wickets and with 13 balls to spare but interestingly, Tendulkar quit playing ODIs after that Asia Cup game. pag e 20

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Friday, 23 August, 2013

IndIa not commIttIng to SIngh, nawaz’S new York meetIng

mPs unIte to condemn IndIan deSIgnS lawmakers slam IndIa FOr cOntInuIng wIth ceaseFIre vIOlatIOns ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAin



Amid the tension on Kashmir’s borders, India late on Thursday indicated that it was non-committal about the likelihood of the meeting in New York in the coming months between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Replying to a question about the proposed meeting between the two premiers, the Indian Foreign Ministry stated that in order for a dialogue to take place, there must be a conductive atmosphere. "Certainly, an environment in which terrorism or violence is perpetrated against India is not the right type of place for this," a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. The ministry neither denied nor accepted the possibility of the meeting. "The indicated dates of the meeting were supposed to be in the last week of September as we examine and look into every situation as it evolves," the spokesperson said. India stressed that it expected Pakistan to abide by its publicly stated commitment to not allow its controlled territories for "violence or terrorism against India," he said, adding that "For us, this is a key priority and we will see how things evolve according to its significance".

PakIStan to releaSe 365 IndIan PrISonerS ISLAMABAD APP

The Interior Ministry would release 365 Indian prisoners, including 340 fishermen and 25 crew members of Indian vessels, on August 24. Representatives of the interior, the foreign affairs ministries, the Punjab and Sindh home departments and the Indian High Commission would be present on the occasion, said a press release. 340 fishermen will be released from District Jail Malir, Karachi, while 25 crew members will be released from Gaddani Jail, Balochistan. All prisoners have completed their sentences and after cofirmation of their national status as Indians they are being released/repatriated to India through Wagha Border on August 24, as per agreement with India.

AWMAKERS from both sides of the political divide on Thursday joined hands to condemn in strongest terms the hegemonic designs of Indian military and its unprovoked shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistani territory that left a Pakistani captain martyred and injured another soldier on Wednesday and two more Pakistani soldiers killed on Thursday. The same day, the federal cabinet also decided to revive disbanded National Security Council - a measure reflecting growing confidence between the civil and military administration of the country. During the proceedings of the House, the lawmakers from all political forces resorted to bash the hegemonic designs of the Indian regime and asked the government to ask the neighbours to behave and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan. With the unanimous adoption of a resolution, the National Assembly sent a strong message to the Indian regime and the rest of the world of unity by passing yet another unanimous resolution to denounce the Indian aggression. This was a second successive condemnatory resolution within a fortnight's time - a rare example in the country's parliamentary history which reflected how much the Indian army's jingoism had hurt the resolve of the newly-elected government in Pakistan to normalise re-

warn IndIa pakIstan ready tO respOnd tO all FOrms OF aggressIOn lations with its archrival India, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had time and again reiterated his resolve to cementing cordiality of economic and friendly ties with India. Earlier, the House passed a resolution against India on August 13 followed by another resolution adopted by Senate on August 19. The resolution, moved by Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain, condemned the "unprovoked shelling" Indian Army at Shaqma sector near Skardu on the LoC in which Captain Sarfraz was martyred while another soldier was injured. The resolution expressed serious concerns over the continued violation of the ceasefire on the LoC by the Indian Army and demanded constructive and result-oriented process of engagement to de-escalate. It further said that the people of Pakistan fully stood behind their civil and military leadership to defend the territory of Pakistan. The legislators from both sides strongly condemned the Indian aggression on recent violation on LoC. Speaking over the issue, Major (r) Tahir Iqbal said India should refrain from committing such violations on the LoC as this was not a minor issue in which Pakistani Captain Sarfraz embraced martyrdom. “There are voices being raised of a state within the state of India. The Indian regime should set their own House in order,” he said, adding that the Pakistan Army was always ready to accept challenges and it had all the ability to give a tough time to any adversary. He also re-

inDia’s UnprovokeD LoC firing kiLLs two pakistani soLDiers ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army said that two of its soldiers were killed on Thursday in “unprovoked” Indian fire along the border dividing the disputed territory of Kashmir, in the second such incident within two days. One soldier was killed and two others injured in the latest firing incident along the Line of Control (LoC) a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Earlier on, a Pakistani soldier had been killed "due to Indian troops unprovoked firing at the LoC on Thursday," according to a statement by the ISPR which added that, "Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at the LoC in Rakhchakri sector near Rawlakot at 1150 hours today." On the other hand an Indian army officer said that Indian troops had responded after receiving gunfire from Pakistani soldiers, and the exchange lasted three hours. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military policy. The latest development comes a day after Pakistan asked India to stop further ceasefire violations in a message delivered to the Indian deputy high commissioner Gopal Bagley after he was summoned to the Foreign Office to receive a demarche over the latest ceasefire violation in the Shaqma sector, near Skardu, in which a Pakistan Army officer was killed and a soldier critically wounded. The recent flareup started two weeks back when five Indian soldiers were killed along the Line of Control, which is a UN-monitored de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan. India said the five were killed by Pakistani forces but Pakistan denied involvement and the government has issued a series of conciliatory statements. AGenCieS

ferred to the India’s role behind the law and order in Balochistan. “If Pakistan and India engulf in another war, Pakistan has all the ability to give proper response to the enemy,” he said, cautioning that this war would not be limited to the LoC. PTI MNA Shah Jee Gul Afridi said India should not repeat its mistake again as Pakistani people from the Tribal Areas could give a befitting response to Indian aggression. “Pakistani nation is united and is ready to offer any sacrifice,’’ he added.

YouTube: The House was also informed about the current status of YouTube, which was blocked in September 2012. Responding to the concern raised by PML-MNA Awais Leghari over not opening the site, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan said YouTube would be opened after the approval of the inter-ministerial committee formed to finalise its recommendations about the handling of blasphemous material on the site.

Use dialogue to resolve issues, Pakistan tells India FO urges IndIa tO stOp ceaseFIre vIOlatIOns, Other prOvOcatIOns ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT

Expressing its grave concern over recent incidents of violation of ceasefire across the Line of Control in Kashmir, Pakistan on Thursday urged India to adopt the process of dialogue to resolve issues and build trust between the two countries. In his weekly briefing at Foreign Office, spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry asked the Indian leadership to adopt patience like Pakistan had been showing to reduce tension across

OFFer OF dIalOgue dOes nOt mean pakIstan has changed stance Over kashmIr LoC. Referring to the statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the spokesman said Pakistan had once again called upon India to reciprocate its policy of restraint, responsibility and dialogue for the larger interest of peace in the region. He said India should stop ceasefire violations and other provocations. Expressing concerns over yesterday's violation at Line of Control in Shaqma Sector, Kargil, which resulted in the martyrdom of a Pakistan Army captain and injury to another soldier,

the spokesman said Pakistan had conveyed its distress to the Indian government and the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Office to convey Pakistan's protest, concern and sentiments. He said as Pakistan was committed to a constructive, sustained and resultoriented process of engagement, it called upon India to take serious and credible measures to prevent further ceasefire violations and reduce tensions. The spokesman said Pakistan's desire for peace should not be construed as its weakness and made it clear that the country's people and institutions were capable to defend its territory and interests at all cost. "Our peace overtures are essentially in the interest of the region and

the two countries." When asked about the doubts about the meeting between the prime ministers of two countries in New York in September, Chaudhry said the leadership of Pakistan was prepared to use the occasion to build confidence and remove the trust deficit. He said all channels of communications should remain open as suspension of dialogue process would serve the objectives of those who did not want peace in the region. The spokesman said offer of dialogue to India by Pakistan did not mean that Pakistan had given up its stance on Kashmir and referred the recent address of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in which he categorically stated that Jammu Kashmir issue was still one of unresolved issues between Pakistan and India and had to be resolved.

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Friday, 23 August, 2013

DCC approves conditional talks with taliban gOvt wIllIng tO talk tO mIlItants IF they put dOwn weapOns, warns OF use OF FOrce IF attacks cOntInue ISLAMABAD SHAiQ HuSSAin


HE Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) on Thursday made a conditional talks’ offer to the militants, making it clear that dialogue for peace with them would be held only if they were willing to lay down arms. The conditional offer to the militants engaged in terrorist activities in Pakistani tribal regions and other parts of the country was made during the DCC meeting that was held with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair. According to sources privy to highlevel consultations on peace and security, the DCC cautioned that force could be used against militants in case they did not disarm. The other important issue on DCC’s agenda was increasing tension with nuclear neighbour India along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. The persistent violation of LoC ceasefire by the Indian Army was discussed in detail by the DCC, the sources said, adding that ceasefire violations and killing and injuring of Pakistani soldiers as a result of Indian firing was deplored but was decided that Pakistan would continue to strive for peace with India through peaceful means. This

dcc tO be recOnstItuted IntO cabInet cOmmIttee On natIOnal securIty

was the first DCC meeting since the new government took office in June 2013. NATIoNAL SeCuRITY boDY: During the meeting, the reconstitution of the DCC into a Cabinet Committee on National Security (CCNS) was approved. “The CCNS will be chaired by the prime minister and would include ministers of foreign affairs, defence, interior and finance, the JCSC chairman and chiefs of staff of the Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force,” an official statement issued by the PM Office said. “The committee will focus on the national security agenda with an aim to formulate a national security policy that will become the guiding framework for its subsidiary policies – defence policy, foreign policy, internal security policy, and other policies affecting national security,” the statement said. In his opening remarks, the prime minister highlighted that Pakistan was facing formidable challenges domestically, while far-reaching developments were taking place in the region. “The DCC provided the platform to deliberate on these issues and craft an appropriate response,” he said. Presentations were made by the adviser to the prime minister on National Security and foreign affairs, foreign sec-

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chairs a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet. inP

retary and director general military operations (DGMO). In the context of regional peace and stability, the DCC deliberated in detail on the evolving situation in Afghanistan. It was emphasized that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest and would contribute positively to peace and security as well as progress and prosperity in the region. The participants of meeting observed that Pakistan would fully support the in-

ternational community’s efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and it would also work to comprehensively upgrade its bilateral relations with Afghanistan in all dimensions. The DCC received a briefing on the situation along the LoC, and took note of the continued violations of the ceasefire. Pakistan’s policy of restraint and responsibility was highlighted. The committee condemned in the strongest terms the unprovoked firing in

bench formed to hear Imran contemPt caSe

the Shaqma Sector which resulted in the death of Captain Sarfraz and offered prayers for the deceased. It was strongly emphasized that the ceasefire should be maintained in letter and spirit and all military and diplomatic channels should be used to prevent ceasefire violations. It was emphasized that Pakistan would also continue to seek dialogue and resolution of all outstanding issues with India peacefully.

ex-nazIm arreSted for PoSSeSSIng exPloSIveS





A three-member bench of the Supreme Court has been formed to hear contempt of court case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, sources said on Thursday. The bench comprises of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. The court will resume hearing of the case on August 28. Sources said that a new bench has been formed which did not include Iftikhar Chaudhry due to his engagements in Quetta.

Former Quetta nazim Mir Maqbool Lehri has been apprehended for possessing explosives, media reports said. Lehri was arrested on Wednesday, as over excessive amount of explosives was seized from a warehouse owned by him. Sources said police are interrogating the former nazim.

Seven labourerS Shot dead In Sargodha SARGODHA Online

As many as seven labourers were killed by certain unidentified assailants on the residence of a landlord. Their family members protested while placing the bodies on the road. According to details, labourers were working on Dera Saahiyaan, located in village Bhagtanwala, when unidentified armed men opened fire on them; killing seven labourers on the spot. Family members of the victims protested inside the hospital. Later, they blocked the Sargodha-Lahore Road by placing bodies there. They dispersed peacefully after successful negotiations with police.

SUKKUR: People load their luggage on a boat in a flood-hit area on Thursday. inP

punjabi taliban commander welcomes peace talks with govt DERA ISMAIL KHAN AGenCieS

A senior commander of the Punjabi Taliban commander has welcomed the government’s recent offer to hold peace talks. Asmatullah Muawiya, a principal ally of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and leader of the so-called Punjabi Taliban, said in a statement Thursday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demonstrated political maturity by reiter-

ating his offer to hold peace negotiations in a speech over the weekend. In his first nationally televised speech to the nation after coming into power in the May 11 general elections, Prime Minister Sharif had offered dialogue to “those elements which unfortunately have taken the course of extremism”. Muawiya said militants in Pakistan should respond positively if the government is serious about resolving the conflict.

Muawiya is believed to be the head of the Taliban’s faction of fighters from Punjab province. It’s not entirely certain whether the TTP top leadership shares his sentiments. But they have backed previous statements made by Muawiya, saying he should be seen as having their support. The TTP withdrew a previous offer to hold peace talks in May after the group’s deputy commander, Waliur Rehman, was killed in a US drone strike.

PakIStan formallY aPPlIeS for $6.6b Imf loan MONITORING DESK Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar Thursday said that Pakistan has submitted a formal application with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan programme which the latter is expected to approve by September 4. “A formal request has been dispatched to IMF for the loan programme and it is expected that the Fund will grant approval to the same by September 4,” Dar said while talking to a private news channel. Pakistan is expected to receive $6.6 billion loan program from the IMF and in this connection the former has fulfilled all the required conditions.

top three parties maintain standings in by-polls NEWS ANALYSIS nAdeem Syed

In the largest by-polls in Pakistan’s history, the country’s leading political parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) maintained the political standings they established in the May 11 elections. While the PML-N was leading the race as expected, the PTI once again es-

tablished its credentials as party number two (at least to the extent of Punjab) and as a political entity that was here to stay. Even the PPP showed signs of survival and resurrection by winning a seat in the Punjab Assembly from Rahimyar Khan. However, there was a setback for the two ruling parties, the PML-N and the PTI, as evident from the result. The voters showed their utter disinterest in the by-polls which was graphically depicted by the extremely low voter turnout. The PTI consequently suffered a heavy drubbing, losing two National As-

sembly seats, NA-1 and NA-71, both of which were vacated by PTI Chief Imran Khan. The defeat in NA-1 was even more symbolic showing that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa no longer trusted the promises of change or the PTI’s slogan of Naya Pakistan (New Pakistan). Similarly, it is matter of concern for ruling PML-N after it lost seat in Rajanpur left by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to PTI. The PTI also managed to snatch another Punjab Assembly seat from DG Khan from the PML (N). The

by-poll results showed mixed trends. While the PTI lost some of its pet seats, it gained ground on other places. More interestingly, the PPP which was almost nonexistent in the Punjab Assembly (PA), won a provincial assembly seat from Rahimyar Khan. This showed that the party possessed the ability to stage a comeback. The voter turnout remained very low throughout the country. Constituencies known for record turnouts surprised the observers at the time of the counting. In Lahore, the PML-N won all four

seats but the by-poll turnout was not more than 20 percent. The most interesting contest in Lahore turned out to be that in NA-129, a seat vacated by Shahbaz Sharif. The PML-N candidate and wife of Rana Mubashir (former MPA disqualified for possessing fake degree), Shazia Mubashir, was hardly seen by the constituents during the elections and even the campaign trail. Being a typical housewife, even her posters did not bare her picture. She did not even cast her vote, some locals said.

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NEWS Friday, 23 August, 2013

voterS SPeak, rulerS muSt lISten pml-n leads by-electIOn race wIth FIve na seats



HERE was a massive turnout witnessed in the country’s biggest by-polls held on Thursday, with voters rejecting candidates from leading political parties in favour of unknown rivals. Major upsets were witnessed in the byelections held across country as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, ruling PML-N and PMLFunctional failed to retain some of their previously won seats vacated by the parties’ top leaders. The PPP, which tasted its worst defeat in May 11 general elections, made a decent comeback by clinching three NA seats. Those who lost seats included the PTI, that lost both seats won by party chief Imran Khan in NA-1 Peshawar and NA-71 Mianwali, losing to ANP and PML-N candidates,

ppp makes cOmeback wIth three na seats

respectively. In Mianwali, the home constituency of PTI chief Imran Khan, his candidate Malik Amjad lost to PML-N candidate Ubaidullah ShadiKhel, who won with 95,091 votes. In NA-1 Peshawar, PTI candidate Gul Badshah faced a massive defeat at the hands of senior politician of ANP, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour. Per unofficial results, Bilour got over 37,000 votes while PTI Gul Badsha bagged around 25,000 votes. Political pundits believe that bad decision-making by the PTI chief in awarding tickets cost PTI both seats. However, the PTI snatched two provincial assembly seats from DG Khan, won and vacated earlier by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and Zulfiqar Khosa. This is a rare achievement for the PTI as the party makes its mark in south Punjab. However, the PMLN won 10 provincial assembly seats from Punjab province on the whole. According to

( By-eLeCtions on 7 generaL seats

ptI marks FIrst blOOd In sOuth punjab wIth twO vIctOrIes unofficial results, the PML-N was leading the race with five NA seats followed by PPP with three seats, PTI with two, PkMAP and MQM with one NA seat each. The MQM also won both provincial assembly seats from Karachi. The ECP withheld results for NA-5 and NA-27 and ordered re-election on nine polling stations of each constituency. The NA-5 seat was vacated by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and NA27 by JI chief Fazlur Rehman. Per unofficial results, the PTI was leading the race for both seats. The PTI managed to retain its NA-13 Swabi seat, which was vacated by KP Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar. His brother managed to win the election for the PTI again. The PTI also retained its vacated NA-48 Islamabad seat with Asad Umar’s victory. Umar won the elections by getting 48,073 votes, while his rival, PMLN’s Ashraf Gujjar, got 44,186 votes. The


seats vacated by ptI, pml-n bIgwIgs Fall tO rIvals

sindh voters let May 11 history repeat itself KARACHI iSmAil dilAWAR

If unofficial results of Thursday’s by-election in Sindh are to be believed, the people of Sindh seem to have repeated the May 11 history by putting much of their electoral weight behind the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tassaduq Jilani visited various polling stations in the city and chaired an ‘introductory’ meeting at the office of Sindh Election Commissioner SM Tariq Qadri. The CEC declared the overall polling process in the province satisfactory. A bomb attack on an army vehicle, killing two, including an army man, and wounding 15 others in Korangi No 5 area was the only incident underlining the volatility of the violence-hit city. While the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) seems to be hopefully counting on its spiritual vote in Sanghar, the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) seem less likely to grab more of the representational fruit from the province, a traditional PPP stronghold. According to officials at the Sindh Election Commission, balloting started at 8am at almost all 1,184 polling stations set up by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for holding by-elections in NA254 (Karachi), NA-235 (Sanghar), NA-237 (Thatta), PS-103 (Karachi), PS-95 (Karachi), PS-

12 (Shikarpur) and PS-64 (Mirpurkhas). The voter turnout remained low across the province. “The polling process, especially in Karachi, is very slow. It, however, is likely to gain momentum after 4pm,” an ECP official said. The 30 percent unofficial vote-count puts the PPP and MQM, former allies in Sindh and the Centre, ahead of all others. The PPP is, reportedly, leading the vote-count in Thatta’s NA-237, Shikarpur’s PS-12 and Mirpurkhas’ PS-64 while the MQM has an upper hand in NA254, PS-95 and PS-103 in its traditional stronghold Karachi. In NA-254, Muhammad Ali Rashid of the MQM is reported to have received 7,865 votes as compared to 1,225 votes of Muhammad Naeem of the PTI. In PS-103, an MQM stronghold that fell vacant after the murder of its MPA Sajid Qureshi, Rauf Siddiqui (of MQM) swept the by-polls by bagging 24,938 votes against 2,684 of PTI’s Sultan Ahmed. Muhammad Hussain Khan of MQM is in a dominant position in PS-95 by bagging 47,274 votes against 1,254 of PPP’s Muhammad Jamil Zia. Fight for NA-235 of Sanghar is so far going neck-to-neck with Khuda Bakhsh Dars of the PML-F leading with 27,030 votes against 24,559 of PPP’s Shazia Marri. In Thatta (NA-237) PPP’s elderly female candidate Shamusun Nisa Memon, mother of former MPA Sadiq Memon, is much ahead of PML-N’s Syed Riaz Hussain Shah with 78,778

votes. Shah has received 48,513 votes. A tough fight was being expected between arch rivals, PPP and PML-N in PS-12 (Shikarpur) but the incomplete results show Ameer Ali Jatoi, an independent candidate, giving a tough time to PPP’s Abid Hussain Bhayo. The PPP candidate is reported to be in a leading position though. In PS-64 of Mirpurkhas, PPP’s Abdul Saeed Qureshi and MQM’s Dr Zaffar Ahmed Khan Kamali are facing each other off by bagging 15,102 and 14,868 votes respectively. The ECP officials, however, termed the unofficial results “media’s ‘run for your life’ approach”. “These results are sort of run-for-your-life the TV channels are indulging in,” said an ECP official, wanting not to be quoted by name. “Nothing is clear about the result so far,” the official said. The visiting CEC was happy with his provincial election staff for conducting the country’s biggest by-polls smoothly. “The CEC expressed satisfaction over the conduct of polls in Sindh,” an ECP official told Pakistan Today. Earlier in the day, a PTI spokesman claimed that unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate firing at his party’s polling agent in NA-254’s Zia Colony polling station. The agent, the spokesman said, narrowly escaped death as the law enforcement agencies were nowhere to be seen. Also, the spokesman claimed that armed gunmen took hostage the party’s polling agents at polling station number 68 in Nasir Colony.

ecp enhances securIty, grants magIsterIal pOwers tO OFFIcers tO avOId rIggIng: secretary ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had enhanced security at all polling stations across the country to ensure free, fair and transparent by-elections, ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan said on Thursday. Talking to reporters, he said the ECPO had tried its best to avoid repeating the mistakes of the general elections. The by-elections were being held in 41 constituencies of both National and provincial assemblies in a peaceful atmosphere. Personnel of the Pakistan Army had been deployed outside of 2,600 sensitive and inside 1,600 most sensitive polling stations to avoid any attempt of cheating. Moreover, the presiding officers had been granted the powers of a first class magistrate so that they could punish anyone who tried to disrupt or influence the polling process. Army officers deployed at the polling stations had also been granted the powers of magistrates. Urging all and sundry to cooperate, Khan said, “Anyone trying to disrupt the electioneering process would be sent to jail after summery trial.” Now, the focus of the ECP would be shifted towards conducting elections of local bodies and cantonments. To a question, the ECP secretary said media personnel having accreditation cards would be allowed to observe and report election process from any polling station and they could visit anywhere. APP

ISLAMABAD: Election officials wait for voters at a polling station in NA-48 constituency on Thursday. inP

PPP’s Shazia Marri snatched NA-235 Sanghar from the PML-F. She defeated JUI-F’s Khuda Bakhs Dar. PPP candidate Mehrunnisa won the elections from Thatta, while in Punjab, former foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar’s father, Noor Rabbani, won the NA-177 seat against the Dastis. This seat

was won and vacated by Jamshad Dasti. His brother Javed Dasti, bagged only 49,547 votes against PPP’s Noor Khar, who won with 53,049 votes. The PPP scored a major victory in Okara where ManzoorWattoo’s son Khurram won a provincial assembly seat with a huge margin.

women barred from polling in some kp areas phc wIthhOlds results OF wOmen-barred pOllIng statIOns In na-5 nOwshera, na-27 lakkI marwat and pk-27 mardan PESHAWAR SHAmim SHAHid

Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan on Thursday took suo motu notice of ban on women voting in some constituencies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and ordered withholding of results in NA-5 Nowshera, NA-27 Lakki Marwat and PK-27 Mardan. The PHC chief justice also ordered police to arrest jirga members and individuals involved in barring women form voting in the said constituencies. Women voters were reportedly absent from the polling stations in some parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as in the May 2013 elections, because they were barred from polling either as a result of a ban imposed or an understanding between the contesting candidates that women voters should not be allowed to come out for voting on the pretext of social or cultural norms. The overall situation remained peaceful in Peshawar and several other districts on the eve of by-elections on eight national and provincial assembly seats. Before commencing of polling in PK-42 Hangu, the personnel of law enforcement agencies foiled an attempt of terrorism while netting out 12 suspects. The police offi-

cials said a huge quantity of hand grenades, explosives and weapons was recovered from the custody of arrested persons. The official said the arrested persons were attempting to attack voters and personnel of law enforcing agencies in various parts of Hangu. On the other hand, no untoward incident occurred in any part of Peshawar, Nowshehra, Mardan, Swabi, Bannu and Lakki Marwat where by-polls were held on Thursday. However, in some polling stations, workers of various political forces and supporters of candidates remained engaged in exchange of hard words and skirmishes throughout the day. At Sheikhabad, Peshawar, activists of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and opposition Awami National Party engaged in skirmishes, which caused halting of polling a couple of times on several polling stations. Later in the afternoon, police resorted to minor baton charges and succeeded in bringing the situation under control. Similar was the situation in Wazirbagh area. In Peshawar, women were allowed to participate in the election process, but presence of armed activists of Muttahida Deeni Mahaz and ANP harassed the voters. Though ANP Central Vice President Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel threatened action against those party men who become part of the agreement, leaders of remaining political forces, including Chief Minister Pervez Khattak remained silent. In the native district of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, thousands of women were not allowed to cast votes.

Observers report 349 violations in 15 na constituencies ISLAMABAD inP

Observers deployed by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) to observe the by-elections reported a total of 349 violations of the code of conduct and polling procedures till 2pm in and around polling stations in 15 National Assembly constituencies on Thursday. FAFEN deployed 406 trained, non-partisan and ECP-ac-

credited citizens to observe the by-elections. The observers generate objective information on the quality of elections that feed into research-based recommendations for improvement of future elections. According to information collected by the observers, the most violations (58) were reported from Muzaffargarh (NA177), followed by 45 violations from Lahore (NA-129), 33 from Swabi (NA-13) and 23 from

Thatta (NA-237). In addition, the observers in Sargodha (NA-68) and Karachi (NA-254) reported 22 violations each. The lowest number of violations occurred in Hafizabad (NA-103), where only 13 were reported. There were 48 instances of security personnel and presiding officers barring FAFEN observers from observing the electoral process. Nine such cases were reported from Karachi, followed by

seven each from Sanghar and Islamabad, and five cases each from Peshawar, Lakki Marwat and Faisalabad. In addition, Muzaffargarh and Nowshera reported three cases of barring observers each, while one case each was reported from Swabi, Hafizabad, Lahore and Thatta. Lahore DRO denied accreditation to FAFEN observers at all pushing observers to restrict their observation to outside polling stations. FAFEN ob-

servers reported 12 cases where women were not allowed to poll their votes, in violation of the constitution, representation of the People’s Act 1976, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Nine such cases were reported from Nowshera while the remaining three were observed in Lakki Marwat.

army cOnvOy bOmbed In karachI, twO kIlled, 15 Injured KARACHI: An explosion outside the Rangers Headquarters in Karachi’s Korangi Number 5 on Thursday killed two and injured at least 15 others, including 10 army personnel. According to reports, an army convoy was passing through the area when a bomb exploded, destroying a truck. Two people, including a soldier, were killed while 10 troops were among 15 others injured in the explosion. The troops were returning to the area after by-elections in the NA-254 constituency. Bomb Disposal Squad officials found another bomb from the area which was defused. This is not the first time a Rangers office has been attacked. At least eight Rangers personnel were wounded in an attack on their office near Nazimabad in Karachi on June 5. This is the same area where a firing incident in the nearby Bilal Colony killed Awami National Party (ANP) candidate and his four-year-old son on May 3. STAFF RePORT

ptI cOndemns eFFOrts deprIvIng wOmen FrOm vOtIng ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday lucidly stated that his party strongly condemned the efforts made at some polling stations to deprive female voters from casting their votes. In his statement, Imran said that the PTI had complained to the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) and had also drawn the attention of the KP government on this unjust attempt to deprive women from their inherent right to vote. He expected action by the ECP and the KP government against the individuals concerned to rectify this situation. "We have always supported the empowerment of women and the enforcement of the law and depriving women of their right to vote was unacceptable in addition to being illegal. We demand the perpetrators of this action to be exposed and penalised immediately," Imran declared. Online

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KARACHI: A Pakistan Army soldier stands alert outside a polling station to counter any untoward incidnet during by-elections. imRAn GilAni

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KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the act of barring women from voting. Hussain said it was violation of the human rights to stop women for voting. As byelections are underway across the country, women voters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Nowshera and other areas were barred from casting their votes. Sources said representatives of political parties and local tribal elders had an agreement under which women voters in Nowshera’s NA-5 constituency and other areas would not be allowed to go to polling stations and cast their votes. They said the deal was struck in the wake of Taliban’s threat to women voters. nni

hIgh flood In InduS at guddu barrage SUKKUR: All rivers in Punjab are flowing normal and floodwater is receding. The Indus at Guddu Barrage is in high flood and water level is expected to rise further. There is medium flood at Sukkur barrage and low flood at Kotri Barrage. Meanwhile‚ experts have predicted a spell of more rains starting from 27th of this month. Online

Enjoying magisterial powers, the commissioned officers of the Pakistan Army on Thursday foiled all plans of rigging during by-polls in Sindh, particularly the provincial metropolis. The Army personnel not only thwarted rigging bids during by-elections in Sindh but also arrested few persons involved in casting bogus votes at various constituencies of the province. Summary trials of all the accused have been started by the Army after presenting them before District Returning Officers (DROs). The accused will be handed over to police after awarding punishments after the conclusion of summary trials. Army troops caught an assistant presiding officer and a polling agent from Shobi Grammar School in Shah Waliullah Nagar in the limits of Iqbal Market police station who were casting bogus votes. Muhammad Bilal, son of Muham-

mad Qadus, assistant presiding officer, and Muhammad Naveed, son of Qamar, polling agent, were caught on charge of casting bogus votes. Iqbal Market police SHO Amjad Kyani said some people were arrested while casting bogus votes but police had no information. “The arrested persons were still in the custody of Army and we have no whereabouts of these accused,” he added. Taking advantage of magisterial powers, Army took a person into custody who was involved in rigging in a constituency of NA-237 Thatta-I. When Army held the man, an SHO intervened to save him. Later, a DSP of Thatta range arrived at the scene to save both the men but Army booked all the three accused and handed them over to the DRO awarding punishment after the summary trial. Separately, Army troops caught a man who was trying to rig the by-polls in the guise of a polling agent in NA254, Karachi-XVI. “The Army personnel caught two

persons at Noor-ul-Islam Grammar School polling station who was showing himself as a polling agent,” Korangi Industrial Area police SHO Ebad Kolachi said. “The accused were presented before the presiding officer but they were released due to lack of evidence,” the SHO said, adding, “The presiding officer released both the accused and directed them to come up with tangible proof that they were appointed as polling agents by some political party.” In yet another incident, a woman was caught while casting bogus vote in polling station No 48 Nazimabad of PS103. “The accused will be handed over to police after award of punishment after the summary trial,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman Major Waheed said. “Army arrested some accused from various polling stations of Sindh and the commissioned officers who were empowered with powers of magistrate along with presiding officers have started summary trials of the accused,” the ISPR spokesman added.

Uk Lawyers BoDy CaLLs on governor KARACHI APP

UK Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and Justice in Pakistan Chairman Barrister Sibghatullah Qadri and General Secretary Barrister Rasheed Ahmed called on Sindh Governor Dr

Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan at the Governor’s House here on Thursday. They discussed human rights and law and order in the country, said a statement. The Sindh governor informed them about the efforts to improve law and order situation in Sindh province. They appreciated the efforts of the

governor to establish peace in the province. They informed Dr Ebad regarding the problems which were being faced by the lawyers’ fraternity. They said that collective efforts would be made to cope with the terrorism and put the country on the path of sustainable development and prosperity.

CEC gets ‘all ok report’ at polling stations KARACHI STAFF RePORT

Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani who arrived here on Thursday afternoon from Lahore visited polling stations of PS 103 in the city. From the Karachi Airport, he drove straight to the polling stations at Azeem School in North Nazimabad and Children Education Boys School. He was accompanied by Provincial Election Commissioner SM Tariq Qadri, and Election Commission Member from Sindh, Justice (r) Roshan Ali Esani.

Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani went round various polling booths for both male and female and inquired about the arrangements as well as the facilities, and talked to the presiding officers and polling agents. Later, he told local media that he asked from the presiding officers whether or not the polling material was dispatched on time. He said that he asked from the polling agents whether or not there were any complaints that the voters were not allowed in but there was no such complaint either. The CEC said that he asked this because the voters turn out seemed less and the reason given was that if there had

been a full day holiday then the voters’ turn out would have been more. He said still (at that very moment) there was time for casting votes. When asked about the complaints regarding load shedding, the CEC said at some of the polling stations there were complaints to this effect. However, he said he had been informed that arrangements for generators were made at such polling stations. There was also endeavour on the part of the election commission to make alternate arrangements.

book on ku’S late Prof Sarwar launched KARACHI: A book titled ‘Bayad-eSarwar Naseem’ has been launched at the University of Karachi. Late Sarwar Naseem was Professor at Mass Communication Department of the University of Karachi, and also acted as General Secretary of Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) and President of Federation of All Pakistan Academic Staff Universities Association. The book contains many articles written by well-known scholars, academicians and students highlighting Prof Sarwar Naseem’s lifelong services and contribution towards promoting education within the university. The book is available at the Mass Communication Department, Karachi University. nn i

cItY offIcIalS condole arShIa ahmed’S death KARACHI: Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui and Additional Commissioner Aslam Khoso on Thursday condoled the death of Arshia Ahmed, mother of Kashif Siddiqui. Jan Mohammad, Samiuddin Siddiqui and Mustafa Kamal Kazi. Other senior city officials including Assistant Commissioner Shahzaib Shaikh, Abdul Malik and Shahbuddin have also grieved the loss of their colleagues mother. Prayers were also offered for the departed soul. APP

one kIlled In khaIrPur vIolence KHAIRPUR: A man was shot and killed by unknown attackers in the city on Thursday. According to details, unidentified gunmen opened fire on Inayat Ali Talpur at Mohalla Wandh, killing him on the spot. The armed outlaws manage to escape. On being informed, police reached the spot and removed the body to the morgue Police had registered a case against unidentified armed persons and have, as usual started investigations. inP

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‘Sawa 14 auguSt’ ShakeS audIence awake



Y house if destroyed can be rebuilt. But the country, if destroyed, can never be rebuilt”. This was the reminder Anwar Maqsood, the master of stagplayse and television playwriting conveyed to the crises-hit nation and its inept rulers through his play “Sawa 14 August”, being theatered at the Arts Council. A KopyKats production, the thought-provoking “Sawa 14 August” is a sequel to “Pawnay 14 August” penned and staged last year by the legendary Maqsood. The great patriotic entertainer now bring to the nation food for thought in the form of “Saray 14 August”.

The writer, in the two-hour play, has attempted not only to educate but also to give a wake-up call to the highly polarized society of the beleaguered Pakistan. Quaid, played by the talented Zahid Ahmed, reprimands state institutions and the masses for the country’s state. The ‘Quaid’ points a finger at the armed forces for ignoring their duties and presenting their force in the Presidential Palace or legislatures. “You are not meant to make national policy. It’s we the civilians who are to perform that duty,” the founding father states. Prominent celebrities like Zeba Bakhtyar too were there on Aug 15 to watch the magic of Maqsood and his young but talented team. The play also entertained the crows with the likes of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and General Ziaul Haq, who didn’t seem too happy to be sitting next to each other.




T least five persons were killed while seven others including a minor girl injured in various incidents of firing and violence in the metropolis on Thursday. In the first incident, an ill-fated man was shot dead at Super Highway in Janjal Goth. Miscreants also gunned down a doctor Ghazanfer Zaidi in the area of C-1 Area Liaquat Abad. Moreover, bodies of two youths tied with ropes were recovered in Laiaqat Abad 10 NO Bandhyani Colony. They were killed after being tortured and were identified as Tahir Hussain Barohi and Ahmad Ali Brohi. According to police, both of the victims hailed from Larkana. In the same way, armed men gunned down an unidentified man near Filmistan Cinema in the area of Tan Hatti. Apart

from this, an innocent girl sustained injuries when armed men open fire at Orangi Town NO-5 while six others got hurt in Ibrahim Haidri, Teen Hatti, Lyari Bahar Colony and Baghdadi. Besides, a rocket was fired in the area of Chakewara; however, no casualty has been reported. In the area of Kharader, two rival groups targeted each other, spreading terror and horror in the area. The people of adjoining areas scared and preferred to remain within their homes. Shops and markets were closed in the wake of this incident. KARAChI poLICe ARReST 35 CRImINALS: Karachi police in crackdown against criminals on Thursday claimed to have arrested 35 accused including four offenders/proclaimed-absconders in 50 separate raids conducted in the last 24 hours. The police also recovered eight weapons of different categories and a hand grenade from their possession. According to the, the police arrested four criminals during snap checking and search, two accused in patrolling and a car lifter in raid. The South Zone police arrested two criminals in two separate encounters with police. Meanwhile, 26 accused were held under arms, narcotics and different crimes during the last 24 hours in the city.

Zia, played by Gohar Rasheed shouts at Bhutto for leaving with the country a legacy of moral and economic corruption in the name of Roti, Kapra or Makan. The PPP’s character appears critical of the army dictator’s radicalization of the Pakistani society in the name of Islam. The character of Zia refers to Swiss bank scandals when the porter (Bilal Yousafzai) complains about his Rs 10 tip compared to Rs 100 Bhutto was handing to David, a sweeper played by Ishtiaq. “Unlike my National Bank’s, (Bhuttohas a Swiss Bank account,” Zia tells the porter much to the amusement of the crowd. A wielded reference is made to the so-called Punjabi Establishment when an English-speaking, well dressed supporter of a political party bluntly tells Zia that General Musharraf could never have been harmed

if he were a “Punjabi General”. The writer also touched the “burger” point, while referring to a party’s vote bank. IOther noteworthy scenes of “Sawa 14 August” include Quaid’s rebuke to Bhutto for siding with a dictator, by becoming the country’s first chief martial administrator, usage of the term “Bugti Rug” was also used in the play.Like all other Anwar Maqsood’s plays, this one contains all the stuff that made an audience sitting next to this scribe whisper that: “This play would be banned”. “I wrote what I could. No one has been made fun of. This is for the youth,” said Maqsood after the show ended. The writer said: “Our rulers ruled this country in the worst possible ways they could. We could not have a Quaid-like leader, unfortunately, and this is what Sawa 14 August is all about”.


Pakistan International Airlines’ Pre-Haj Operation will commence from September 9, 2013. The Haj operation will be conducted by PIA’s fleet without leasing any aircraft. This was stated by PIA Managing Director Junaid Yunus, while briefing reporters at the airline’s head office. Yunus said that the airline’s pre Haj operation will begin from 9th September and conclude on October 9, 2013 while the post-Haj operation will take off from October 19 and will conclude on November 18, 2013. He said that the entire operation will be conducted by PIA’s own fleet without leasing any aircraft. This will save ,massive amount of funds for the national carrier. PIA will operate Haj flights with dedicated Boeing 747 and Boeing 777 aircraft with

one aircraft being kept as standby. Boeing 777 aircraft will mainly be operated from Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta whereas Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Sialkot will entirely be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft. Boeing 747 aircraft has a seating capacity of 503 while Boeing 777 has a seating capacity of 329. Yunus said that PIA will operate Hajj

flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot. All in all, PIA will transport more than 70,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 160 flights. PIA will operate same number of flights for Post Hajj operation. This year due toconstruction on facili-

ties at Khaana Kaaba, the Saudi government has reduced the Haj quota by 20 percent. On pre-Haj flights, the airline will transport 6,985 intending pilgrims from Karachi through 17 flights. A special facilitation desk at Haji camps for the convenience of pilgrims has been set up. The desk will aid intending pilgrims. This year, pilgrims will reach airport directly which will be less time consuming. PIA passenger handling division officials and PIA scouts will be available at all airports for pilgrims who require assistance. Yunus further said that pilgrims were allowed to carry only five litres of Zamzam which will be subject to conditions by the Saudi government The briefing was attended by Deputy Managing Director Humayun Jamil, PIA Director Marketing Khurram Mushtaq, Director Corporate Planning Shahnawaz Rehman and among others.

uS to contInue SuPPort for teacherS’ edu In PakIStan KARACHI STAFF RePORT

The United States Agency of International Development (USAID) celebrated the outcomes of research grants for improvement in teacher education in a two-day conference organised at the University of Karachi. The USAID teacher education project has so far awarded 21 such research grants to partner universities and apex bodies to conduct research on effective teacher preparation strategies and their implementation. The conference reviewed and assessed how the strategies would ill affect studentlearning outcomes and future education policies. The US has also awarded 1887 scholarships so far through its teacher education project for future educators who are studying at colleges and universities in all re-

gions of Pakistan. As teacher preparation efforts are being reshaped on a global scale, this conference also focused upon themes like teacher preparation and pedagogical approaches, curriculum development and implementation, teacher recruitment and retention, and teacher education financing. “I am encouraged by the exchange of ideas and research based discussions that took place at this conference,” Muhammad Tariq Khan, Senior Education Advisor at USAID, speaking on behalf of Gregory Gottlieb, Mission Director of USAID said. “We are confident that the ideas of these experts and researchers will now inform teacher education policy and practices in Pakistan,” he said, adding that “I am very thankful to the Sindh government and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for working

together tirelessly to create and introduce student-focused degree programs.” Farman Ullah Anjum, HEC Director General Human Resource Management, also attended the ceremony and reinforced the partnership between USAID and HEC in improving the qualifications and quality of teachers. USAID teacher education project is a $75 million dollars initiative to educate current and future teachers throughout Pakistan. USAID teacher education project is part of the comprehensive education assistance programme of the US for Pakistan, which includes building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools, establishing centers for advanced study at three Pakistani universities to focus on applied research in energy, agriculture and water and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students.

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in for five more years as Zimbabwe’s president

uk police say Snowden reporter’s partner carried ‘injurious’ data

Syria opp demands urgent un probe into alleged chemical attacks





The partner of a reporter who wrote about the leaks by Edward Snowden was carrying sensitive material that could have been dangerous for the public when he was detained at a London airport, a British police lawyer said on Thursday. David Miranda, partner of US journalist Glenn Greenwald, was questioned for nine hours on Sunday at London’s Heathrow Airport before being released without charge, prompting calls for an explanation of why anti-terrorism powers were used to detain the Brazilian citizen. Miranda, who was in transit from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro, was released without charge minus his laptop, phone and memory sticks. His lawyer has requested an injunction to prevent the authorities from examining any data seized from Miranda. At a hearing at London’s High Court, police lawyer Jonathan Laidlaw said officers were still examining tens of thousands of pages of digital material from Miranda. “That which has been inspected contains, in view of police, highly sensitive material the disclosure of which would be highly injurious to public safety and thus the police have initiated a criminal investigation,” Laidlaw said.

YRIA’S opposition demanded on Thursday that United Nations chemical weapons inspectors immediately investigate a besieged rebel-held region hit by an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people a day earlier. In Paris, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the international community needed to respond with force if the allegations that the Syrian government was responsible for a chemical attack on civilians proved true, although there was no question of sending troops on the ground. Syrian President Bashar alAssad’s forces have continued a heavy bombardment of the ring of rebel-held suburbs around the capital, known as the Ghouta region, which activists say will further hinder UN investigators from entering the area, only a few kilometers from the team’s Damascus hotel. “We are asking for this team to go directly, with complete freedom ... to the site of the crimes which took place yesterday,” George Sabra, a prominent member of the umbrella opposition’s National Coalition, told Reuters. He said the UN Security Council should amend the mission of the team, tasked with investigating a few sites of previous alleged chemical attacks, to give it the right to visit any site. “But we are doubtful because the mission of these experts is constrained by the Syrian regime, limited to a few areas which it will take them to,” he said by telephone. With Wednesday’s death toll estimated between 500 and 1,300, what would be the world’s most lethal


chemical weapons attack since the 1980s prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York. Syrian authorities have denied the army used chemical weapons. Opposition activists said men, women and children were killed as they slept. Activists say several towns in Ghouta where hit with rockets loaded with poison gas at dawn on Wednesday. The Security Council did not explicitly demand a UN investigation of the incident, although it said “clarity” was needed and welcomed UN chief Ban Kimoon’s calls for a prompt investigation by the inspection team in Syria, led by Ake Sellstrom. An earlier Western-drafted statement submitted to the Security Council, seen by Reuters, was not approved. The final version of the statement was watered down to accommodate objections from Russia and China, diplomats said. Moscow and Beijing have vetoed previous Western efforts to impose UN penalties on Assad. In Paris, Fabius called for action if the allegations proved true. “There would have to be reaction with force in Syria from the international community, but there is no question of sending troops on the ground,” he told the BFM television network. If the Security Council could not make a decision, one would have to be taken “in other ways”, he said, without elaborating. Many rebels and activists in the opposition area say they had lost interest in UN investigations or help from Western powers abroad. Some say the rebels should take matters into their own hands and retaliate. “The families of Ghouta have lost hope in any investigation committees, which have offered us no relief since the revolution began two years ago ... We are 7 kilometers away, just a 5 minute car ride from where they are staying.

HARARE: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader at 89, was sworn in on Thursday for a new five-year term in the face of criticism from opponents and the West that his re-election in a July vote was not credible. Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, has told critics of his re-election to “go hang” and has vowed to press ahead with nationalist policies forcing foreign firms to turn over majority stakes to black Zimbabweans. He took his new oath of office before bewigged Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku at a ceremony held in a 60,000-seat football stadium in Harare witnessed by thousands of cheering supporters, diplomats and delegations from the region. His longtime rival and opponent in the last three elections, Morgan Tsvangirai, boycotted the ceremony. He has denounced the July 31 election as a “huge fraud” and a “coup by ballot”, alleging massive rigging by Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and his ruling party have rejected these allegations. This will be Mugabe’s fifth term as president of the southern African state. He had also served two terms as prime minister after 1980 independence ended white minority rule in the country previously known as Rhodesia. Mugabe and senior officials from his ruling ZANU-PF party are the target of sanctions imposed by governments in the West, which has accused them of staying in power through massive human rights violations and vote rigging. Britain said on Thursday Mugabe’s re-election could not be deemed credible without an independent investigation into allegations of voting irregularities. US officials this week said the election was flawed and Washington had no plans to loosen sanctions until there were signs of change in the country. The European Union will review relations with Zimbabwe given its “serious concerns” about the election, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday. The EU’s verdict on the fairness of the elections will be crucial to a decision on whether it continues to ease sanctions. Soon after the July 31 vote, which went ahead peacefully in contrast to 2008 election violence, domestic monitors from the Zimbabwe Election Support Network said registration flaws may have disenfranchised up to a million people out of 6.4 million registered voters. But observer missions from the regional 15nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union broadly endorsed the vote as free and peaceful and called on all parties to accept its results. AGenCieS

wikileaker manning says wants to live as a woman WASHINGTON AGenCieS

Bradley Manning, the US soldier sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest breach of classified documents in the nation’s history, said on Thursday he is female and wants to live as a woman named Chelsea. Manning received the sentence on Wednesday for giving more than 700,000 secret files, videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. His lawyers had argued the former Army intelligence analyst suffered a sexual identity crisis when he leaked the files while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real

me. I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female,” Manning, 25, said in the statement read by anchorwoman Savannah Guthrie on NBC News’ “Today” show. “Given the way that I feel and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” Manning said. “I also request that starting today you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.” Manning’s lawyer David Coombs said on the TV program he expected his client to get a pardon from US President Barack Obama. Manning was convicted last month on 20 charges, including espionage and theft. He will serve his sentence at the US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth,

Kansas. Coombs has said Manning could be pardoned in seven years. The Defense Department referred a call seeking comment to the US Army, which did not respond immediately. Coombs said Manning was seeking hormone therapy and not a sex-change operation. “I’m hoping that Fort Leavenworth will do the right thing and provide that. If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that they are forced to do so,” he said. “ComFoRTAbLe IN heR SKIN”: Asked if Manning wanted to be sent to a women’s prison, Coombs said no. “I think the ultimate goal is to be comfortable in her skin and to be the person that

she’s never had an opportunity to be,” he said. Coombs said he was not worried about Manning’s safety in a military prison since inmates there were first-time offenders who wanted to complete their sentences and get out. Experts generally view military prisons as safer than civilian prisons since the inmates are accustomed to hierarchy and discipline. Manning had not wanted his sexual identity issues to become public, but they did after his arrest in 2010, Coombs said. “Now that it is (public), unfortunately you have to deal with it in a public manner,” he said. A psychiatrist, Navy Reserve Captain David Moulton, testified during Manning’s trial that he suffered from gender dysphoria, or wanting to be the oppo-

site sex, as well as narcissism and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Defense lawyers had argued that Manning had been increasingly isolated and under intense stress when he leaked the files, and that his superiors had ignored warning signs. They cited erratic behavior, including sending a picture of himself dressed as a woman to a superior and punching another soldier. In a related case involving sexualidentity issues in prisons, a federal judge last year ordered Massachusetts officials to pay for a convicted murderer’s sex-change operation. The judge ruled the state had violated the inmate’s constitutional rights in denying the procedure.

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Probe to be conducted into hc Power Plant corruption: baloch

Indian teen arrested after crossing over into Pakistan






ALOCHISTAN Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has assured the provincial assembly of conducting a fair probe into the alleged corruption in the Habibullah Coastal Power Plant. He said stern action would be taken against the guards deployed on the electricity pylons if found absent from their duties. Talking on a point of order during the assembly session held with Jan Jamali in the chair on Thursday, the chief minister said soon after the takeover of the PML-N government, a meeting was convened in Islamabad for formulation of a Pakistan energy policy. “We strongly opposed the policy as there was very little for the energy sector of Balochistan in it,” he said. About resolving the power crisis in the province, Baloch told the House that QESCO had assured the government that work on Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai and Khuzdar-Dado Transmission lines would be completed by December. “The federal government has also assured us that Balochistan will be given a share in the 1,000 Megawatt of electricity to be purchased from Iran,” he said. The chief minister said the NP-led

coalition government had pledged that it would end corruption and ban transfers, postings and use of secret funds.

12 militants arrested in hangu, heavy ammunition seized

Baloch assured MPA Sarfaraz Bugti about the supply of anti-snake venom injections.

“Directives have been issued for the recovery of girls kidnapped from Quetta and Kalat,” he added.

ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday. inP

At least 12 militants were arrested and heavy ammunition was seized in a successful operation carried out by security forces in Hangu on Thursday. Seven hand grenades, a landmine and six Kalashnikovs were recovered from the possession of the arrested militants. A suspected militant was arrested after he opened fire at security forces and police officials during their visit to sensitive polling stations in Hangu on Tuesday. District Police Officer (DPO) Hangu Sajjad Khan said security officials along with the police were visiting the Togh Sarao polling station when the incident occurred. According to Khan, the police along with the security forces launched a search operation following the incident and arrested the suspect, Abdul Nazir, a resident of Trai Bandha. An AK-47 along with 33 bullets were seized from his possession. mOniTORinG deSK

feSco chief suspends ce, four other for violating rules FAISALABAD: In a first ever major disciplinary action, a chief engineer and four other FESCO employees were suspended by FESCO Chief Executive Officer Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan for sanctioning illegal electricity connection from a private entity without the permission of competent authority. According to details, Chief Engineer (CE) FESCO Zafar Abbas Bukhari, Executive Engineer (XEN) Abdul Rahman & Akbar Randhawa, Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) Bandala Sub Division Imtiaz Ahmad & Line Superintendent (LS) Muhammad Naveed issued electricity connection of 2 megawatt to Arshad Textile Mills Khurrianwala without adopting the set procedure. They also violated the rules and issued this connection direct form Sitara Energy instead of routing the energy through FESCO system. On the disclosure, Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan took strict action and ordered immediate suspension of these employees. The CEO warned that no violation of rules and regulations would be tolerated and all engineers and employees would be taken to task irrespective of their status. PReSS ReleASe

An Indian teenager, who allegedly left his home after a quarrel with his mother, and accidentally crossed over into Pakistan, has been arrested. Jitendar Arjunwar, 15, was sent to juvenile prison in Hyderabad on Wednesday. He had crossed the border near Khokhrapar and was arrested by the Rangers at Cheta Chowk. According to Khokhrapar SHO Khurshid Bhatti, the teenager spoke both Urdu and English. The boy told the police that his name was Jitendar Arjunwar, son of Aishurya Arjunwar, and that he was a resident of Madhya Pradesh state of India. He said he had a quarrel with his mother about two months ago and had left home in anger, adding that he kept wandering here and there in India. After nearly a month, he reached a place where he found barbed wires and thought that the wires had been placed to stop livestock in the area. He dug out soil beneath the wires and continued his journey. When he later became thirsty, he moved towards a place where he saw some light, the report said. On reaching the spot, he found some people wearing military uniforms, who gave him water and inquired about him following which he told them who he was and how had he reached the place.

5 army personnel including major booked for torturing traffic warden PESHAWAR inP

Five army personnel including an officer were booked by the police personnel on Thursday for torturing a traffic warden. According to reports, an FIR was registered at the East Police Station against four soldiers and a major on a traffic police officer’s complaint. The police said that the army men subjected the traffic policeman to torture after the exchange of heated words at a check-post. The victim suffered injuries on his leg and back.

the causes and consequences of hepatitis An interview with Dr Qayyum LAHORE STAFF RePORT

An estimated 18 million Pakistanis are infected with hepatitis B and C and the figure is rising. Every 10th Pakistani is believed to be suffering from the viral hepatitis and this situation needs to be dealt with. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr Muhammad Qayyum Khan expressed these views in a special interview. According to Qayyum, the prevalence of hepatitis C in Pakistan was the second highest in the world and the main reasons for its rising was the non-availability of vaccines, use of unscreened blood transfusions, re-use of needles and syringes by health care providers, sharing of needles by IV drug users, use of improper and nonsterilised surgical and dental instru-

ments in operation theatres and dental clinics, road side dentists and barbers, administration of unnecessary injections, bad medical practices and quackery. He explained that there were two

main types of hepatitis including the short lived and self-limited hepatitis A and E, usually spread via contaminated water and food and that it disappears in 6-8 weeks. The other type, he said, was the viral hepatitis B and C which was mainly spread through contact with the blood of an infected person and via unsafe injections using contaminated equipment, individuals with multiple sexual partners and with high-risk sexual behaviour, the elderly and those living with HIV. “However, you cannot get infected with hepatitis B or C by shaking hands, kissing, coughing or sneezing, using the same toilet, through breast milk, food or water or by casual contact such as hugging, and sharing food or drinks with an infected person,” Qayyum said. He added that the main signs and symptoms of the viral hepatitis included fatigue, nausea, vomiting, the loss of appetite, jaundice, abdominal pain and dark urine, bright stools, depression and joint pains (in case of hepatitis C). However, he added that both

hepatitis B and C were “silent viruses” ,which if left untreated, could lead to liver scarring (cirrhosis), ascites, bleeding, coma, liver cancer, liver failure and death. Therefore, it was important to get tested as soon as possible, he added. Moreover, Qayyum said that adults infected with Hepatitis B would completely recover within six months whereas the hepatitis C affectees would require specific anti-viral drugs for 2-3 years. He added that even if treatment was not an option for the affected individuals, they should try to maintain healthy lifestyles by avoiding constipation by ensuring enough fluids, consuming high fiber diets, walking regularly and by exercising on a daily basis. Furthermore, he said that “Quackery, which is the major cause of the spread of hepatitis, should be halted with an iron hand and through proper regulatory measures.” Hospitals should have and maintain international standards of cleanliness as Shaukat Khanum does, he added.

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Pro-govt militant commander killed in wana attack PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT

A pro-government militant commander, Ghulam Jan, his driver and three personal security guards were killed in an improvise explosives devise (IED) attack near Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, on Thursday. Officials and tribesmen in Wana said Jan was on way from Mana to Wana when unidentified militants targeted his vehicle with an IED, killing Jan along with all on board. Jan was one of the commanders of government’s loyalist militants. He was stated to have links with the Mullah Nazir group, after he disassociated himself from the banned Tehreeke-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) a couple of years ago. After his disassociation from the TTP, most of his time and energies were consumed in resistance against the US-led allied forces across the border in Afghanistan. He returned to Wana three months ago. Jan was surrounded by a large number of foreign militants, mostly associated with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IUM).

hazara town bomber arrested from lahore LAHORE inP

In a raid in the metropolis city on Thursday, security agencies apprehended an alleged saboteur involved in the Hazara Town bombings. According to a private news channel, the arrested terrorist, Qari Bilal, hails from an outlawed organisation. He was taken into custody from Lahore’s Green Town area. The terrorist is believed to be involved in the Hazara Town bomb blasts. He was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

fuel prices likely to be increased from Sept 1 ISLAMABAD Online

The prices of petroleum products are likely to be jacked up by Rs 4 per litre from September 1. Per media reports, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will send a summary on the enhancement of prices of petroleum products to the Petroleum Ministry on August, 29 through which recommendations will be made to increase the price of petrol by Rs 3 per litre, kerosene oil by Rs 3.15 per litre, High Octane by Rs 4 per litre, high speed diesel by Rs 2.40 per litre and light diesel to be increased by Rs 1.80 per litre. Following the approval of this summary, the prices of petroleum products would be likely to be increased from September 1.

two bombs recovered from Quetta polling stations, voting resumed after 3 hours QUETTA Online

Two bombs were recovered from outside two polling stations of Balochistan National Assembly (NA) number 262’s constituency after which the polling was shifted to tents after a break of 3 hours. Media reports stated that bombs were recovered from the polling stations of Haji Bakht and Qilla Abdullah’s Station Shah Sawar. The bombs were placed on the main gates of polling stations, respectively, the reports added. The Pakistan Army immediately cordoned off both polling stations and removed the voters from the site. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was also called from Quetta. Details said that out recovered bombs, one was a ‘mud pot’ while the other one was defused by the BDS. Polling staff arranged alternative voting booths after the recovery of the bombs.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offers fateha for the departed soul of Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah’s sister at the latter’s residence on Thursday. nni

cJP SaYS mISSIng PerSonS’ embarraSSment muSt StoP p ISLAMABAD Online

AKISTAN’S Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that Pakistan would not be allowed to be ridiculed in the world owing to the missing persons’ matter. “On one side innocent people are picked up and on the other side the institutions which lift them deny these acts. It is better for the institutions holding these missing persons to inform the court about the details of the matter or for them to initiate proceedings as per law. We gave them as much time as we could and they will not be given any more,” Iftikhar said. In addition, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said “Nothing but the rule of law and the constitution will run in the country now. Enough is enough and the missing individuals should be recovered now. As soon as we dis-

pose off one case we come to know that more people are missing. Dead bodies of the individuals who have gone missing in Balochistan are being recovered from Karachi. For how long will this continue”? A three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) presided over by the CJ took up the hearing on a missing persons case on Thursday. The court was informed that an FIR had been lodged with reference to one Mustafa Azam. The young man was arrested when a blast took place in Peshawar’s Hayatabad and was held by the FC. An investigation revealed that he was a first year student staying at a hotel when the blast occurred. The Sindh police was investigating a case against him and he was caught by the police during the bomb blast incident at Peshawar. The CJ remarked that “The boy’s father recognises his son. Mustafa Azam should be presented before us.”

However, police records identified him as Hamza Javed. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that the bomb blast took place in Peshawar in 2013 while the individual was missing since 2006, adding that orders in connection with his recovery were issued in 2007. The court, in its orders, said that it was very clear that the young man was in the FC’s custody and it was the duty of the FC to present him before the court. “We want the case disposed off as soon as possible because its hearing was pending since 2007. The man should be presented before the court on August, 22 and the FC’s IG should ensure the implementation of the court’s orders. While rejecting the IG’s report in the ‘Mustafa Azam missing person case’, the court summoned an FC commandant who was allegedly involved in the boy’s arrest. The court also issued a notice to the Sindh IG and sought a video tape of Mustafa Azam from the former.

4 things to know about Musharraf’s indictment in Benazir’s death MONITORING DESK In December 2007, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a bomb and gun attack while leaving a rally in the city of Rawalpindi. The president at the time was Pervez Musharraf, a former four-star general who had come to power years earlier in a military coup. On Tuesday, a court indicted Musharraf on murder and conspiracy charges in connection with Bhutto’s death. There are four things to understand about the indictment. 1) The official story is that Benazir Bhutto was killed by the Pakistani Taliban. But a 2010 UN investigation raised serious suspicions about the roles of the Pakistani government and military in her death. It accused Musharraf’s government of “inexcusable” failures to provide Bhutto with sufficient security and documented what it said was a cover-up by the military and its shadowy Inter-Services Intelligence agency. It stopped short, though, of implicating Musharraf himself. 2) The case against Musharraf seems to boil down, according to the New York Times, to two pieces of infor-

mation, both of which come from the same person, a Washington lobbyist named Mark Siegel who was friendly with Bhutto. Siegel says that Musharraf threatened Bhutto in a phone call two months before her death. He also says that Bhutto once sent him an email in which she said that if she were killed, it would probably be the work of Musharraf, along with another political rival and two military intelligence officials. 3) Pakistani courts have moved aggressively against Musharraf since he returned to Pakistan a year ago for what he hoped would be a political comeback. So there’s certainly a political dimension to this. He was barred from running for office in April, then arrested three days later for abuses of power during his rule. In June, the current prime minister ordered officials to investigate possible treason charges. 4) On Monday, the lead UN investigator in Bhutto’s death, Heraldo Muñoz, published an excerpt from his forthcoming book on the case, in Foreign Affairs. Here’s what he writes about his look into Musharraf’s possible involvement:

Others believe that Musharraf was behind the murder. Bhutto had emerged as a threat to his government as she returned to Pakistan, making accusations about election rigging and the dangers of martial law along the way. And Bhutto herself had sent an email to journalist Wolf Blitzer — through a friend — that was to be released only if she were killed, which affirmed that she would “hold Musharraf responsible” for her death because she had been “made to feel insecure by his [Musharraf’s] minions.” Further, there is evidence that Musharraf was increasingly angry at Bhutto for criticising his regime so severely after having engaged in negotiations to secure a deal with him. In an interview only days before her death, Musharraf evidenced his acrimony toward her, complaining that, although there were “many things” he had negotiated with her, those agreements “[had] been violated.” Seeming to resent US and British pressure to accept Bhutto as an ally, Musharraf said, with undisguised sarcasm, “It appears in the West that if a person speaks good English, it’s very good. A person who doesn’t know good English is quite unpopular in the West. And if he or she happens to be goodlooking, then it’s better.”

But all that does not constitute proof of culpability. Even Bhutto, despite her e-mail pointing a finger at Musharraf, probably did not believe that Musharraf wanted her dead — only that some people around him did. Muñoz did argue that Musharraf bears some “political and moral responsibility in the assassination,” in part because he did not provide her with sufficient security, possibly for political reasons or to pressure her to cooperate with him more. Still, he concluded, “We will probably never know with full certainty who killed Bhutto.”

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The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. –Thomas Jefferson


morsi, hung by his own petard

COMMENT Friday, 23 August, 2013

bulldozing the local bodies bill


self-inflicted discomfiture of the so-called political Islam in egypt

bureaucracy rendered toothless

N its first act of true political muscle-flexing, the PML-N has heartily embraced the local government ordinance, which will all but defang the bureaucracy and lessen its role in administration. Thanks to the N’s latest exploit, the bureaucracy is in a headlock and the once potent office of the DCO is now only a sad remnant of its former mighty self. The ‘revolutionary’ legislation was tabled for discussion in the Punjab Assembly by the PML-N heavyweight Rana Sanaullah, who could barely contain his exuberance, knowing that his parties’ clever initiative would rope in Punjab for his party and decimate the bureaucracy, all in one stroke. The opposition, however, as expected, had none of it and resorted to delaying tactics, pleading to the speaker, Rana Iqbal to adjourn the session till Thursday. For better or for worse the proposed legislation got a thumbs-up by a massive majority upsetting the bill’s opponents a wee bit too much. Striking out against his own camp, the treasury member Tahir Sindhu tabled a substantial amount of 13 amendments, which were all shot down. Meanwhile, the opposition, trying the emotional appeal, compared the proposed LG system with the dreaded 58(2)-B. The PML-N’s legislators were however unimpressed and after bulldozing the bill through the assembly, passed it on to the governor who will now sign it into law. Out on the streets though, very few people seemed to comprehend the gist of this newly adopted governmental system. In a nutshell and from the opposition’s point of view, this new arrangement is as totalitarian as it gets, placing everything from health and education to the local government’s budget and development under the iron fist of the regime. The first building block in this governmental mechanism is the UC or Union Council. Every town, city and village will have one such entity, all of which will be uniform when it comes to population. The names and terms might vary from towns to villages but the overall function of the bodies will be quite similar. Like a legislature, this administrative body will have public representatives elected to it. The officials will include women, minorities and youth representatives elected on reserved seats, which will hopefully balance out the political opinions and interests. Another interesting feature of the system is that public administrators will be able to hand over a number of its services to private or public companies, as the situation might demand. The decrease in the power of public officers is one of the salient features of the upcoming arrangement. Health and education authorities will replace the functions previously performed by the offices of the EDOs and DCOs in addition to the clout to transfer officials up to grade 18. The DCOs are sadly the main victims of the legislation as their judicial powers have also been trimmed as the PML-N tightens further its grip on the province.

belling the bad cats more of such action needed


ESOUNDING or even small successes against those terrorizing the country and weakening it, apart from massacring innocent civilians irrespective of age or gender, are few and far between. But, in what has been described as a major breakthrough, an intelligence agency swooped down on a reportedly Al-Qaeda affiliated communication centre located in Lahore’s bustling downscale locality Green Town and arrested a number of operatives. High-tech equipment, computers, handsets and communication tools, thousands of cell phone SIMs, telephone lines as well as arms and ammunition were seized from the site. Their interrogation led to further raids at other places in the city and some more arrests. While this laudable foray is a welcome bit of good news, certain aspects of the case are still a cause of concern. The most worrisome fact is the extent and the ease with which sympathizers and fellow travellers of the deadly terrorist group appear to have penetrated not only the far flung areas and rural backwaters but also the major urban centres of the country. Indeed, melting imperceptibly in densely populated and socially heterogeneous areas such as Township, Kot Lakhpat or Green Town would hardly pose any problem to those well versed in the sinister life of a terrorist. In this case too, the neighbours apparently suspected nothing of the monster in their midst. Another alarming realization is how far the disease has spread in all segments of society, including the security services and the professional classes. The operation was shrouded in absolute secrecy with reportedly even the FIA being employed only for some unspecified ‘technical assistance’. But the stalwarts of the ‘redoubtable’ Punjab Police were excluded altogether. In the broader picture, this sorry state of affairs is also a reflection of our chickens coming home to roost, in that we failed miserably to invest in universal education, exposing the majority of our people to ignorance and superstition and an easy prey for extremist views. That the (so called) religious extremists are increasingly being drawn to the easy pickings of outright criminality is another sobering thought. In the present instance, the Green Town international gateway was being used to make telephone calls to the families of high-profile victims in extortion and ransom for kidnapping cases: the names of Ali Musa Gilani and Shahbaz Taseer have been mentioned in this context. These phone calls were untraceable and showed up on the receivers’ signals as emanating from Afghanistan and the tribal areas. And this represents yet another disturbing side of the equation, the increasing sophistication of the terrorists whether in the use of the IT or in military strategy and tactics, as in the case of the Bannu and DI Khan jailbreaks. Despite all these negative aspects, the busting of this network, cracking down on those involved in sectarian killings and the capture of over 100 tonnes (don’t rub your eyes, its true) in Quetta are uplifting signs that the intelligence agencies are finally getting their act together. And it is about time, as it is not only late in the day, it is almost night.

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HE military coup that overthrew the first elected government was a setback for Egypt. The barbarous killing of over 1,000 civilians in the wake of the putsch was an unpardonable act. So complete was the Morsi government’s isolation in the Arab world however that none other than Tunisia condemned the coup. The Arab street remained silent. Saudi Arabia endorsed the military’s ruthless suppression of the protesting Muslim. Brotherhood. Bahrain maintained that the crackdown was necessary to "restore security, stability and public order." The UAE handed down $3 billion to the new government while it condemned the Brotherhood protestors. The Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki expressed support for the Egyptian people's ‘choices’ and congratulated Egypt's interim president. Syria’s beleaguered Bashar al-Assad gleefully observed, "What is happening in Egypt is the fall of so-called political Islam… This is the fate of anyone in the world who tries to use religion for political or factional interests." In the rest of the Muslim world only Turkey, where the military coup revived bitter memories of the past, came out with a strong condemnation of the overthrow. In Pakistan no religious party with the exception of Jamaat e Islami expressed solidarity with Morsi. The protests organized by JI however failed to mobilize the general public. The policies pursued by Morsi had made his government unpopular at home and abroad. Had the opposition let the government complete its tenure, the Brotherhood would have lost badly in the next elections. The problem with the parties professing political Islam, be they in Pakistan, Turkey or Egypt, is that their members consider themselves the chosen people or, as Jamaat e Islami puts it, the swaliheen. The self-righteous posture makes it difficult for them to work together with other political forces, particularly their opponents. In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood considered the election victory a licence to rule unchallenged. Give and take and reconciliation which constitute the lifeblood of democracy were thus alien to Morsi. It soon transpired that the promise of inclusiveness made by him was no more than bluff. While holding dialogue with the opposition leaders over the constitution in November, the government arbitrarily issued the decree that protected the contentious Constituent Assembly. This called to question the President’s credibility, leading the opposition to conclude that the offer for talks was meant only to buy time. Within months of coming to power Morsi was not only in confrontation with the opposition but had developed strong differences with some of his rightist allies as well. First was the confrontation with the liberals represented by the Na-

tional Salvation Front (NSF). When later was invited by Morsi for parleys, the main opposition alliance refused, maintaining that it did not like to waste time on a ‘fake’ dialogue. Morsi did not care to consult his allies from the extreme right like the Salafist Nour party either. This led the NSF and the Nour Party to join hands and demand for the formation of a national unity government, constitutional amendments and dismissal of the Morsi-appointed prosecutor general. They also called for launching immediate investigations into the bloodshed that led to the killing of more than fifty civilians. Morsi concentrated on strengthening the Brotherhood’s grip over state institutions. In yet another cabinet shake-up, three more Brotherhood members were given ministerial portfolios. A month later Morsi appointed seven Brotherhood governors among sixteen newly-appointed governorate heads. The moves caused widespread worries among the opposition. A democratic system can work only in the presence of checks and balances that include the parliament, an independent judiciary and free media. Morsi tried to turn all the three into handmaidens. Both the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council were already dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and

A more inclusive mindset and a policy of conciliation which are alien to parties professing political Islam could have saved the system as well as hundreds of lives its Islamist allies. Soon there were resignations and boycotts from the Constituent Assembly amidst complaints that the large Islamist group within it was monopolizing the drafting process. A row developed between the Islamist dominated legislature and judiciary as the former tried to limit the powers of the courts, which was challenged by majority of Egyptian judges. This generated protests by the Islamists demanding a ‘purge’ of the judiciary. In November Morsi issued constitutional decrees which provided him immunity from judicial overview, sacked the prosecutor-general and shielded the Islamist-dominated Shura council and the constituent assembly from dissolution. The new constitution gave wide ranging powers to Morsi. The way the constitution was hurried through also caused widespread reaction. In a 19hour long sitting the Brotherhood dominated assembly approved 234 articles of the draft, covering presidential powers, the status of Islam, the military's role and human rights. It also extended the president’s tenure to eight years. The presumption was that the majority could take vital decisions about the country’s direction by steamrolling the opposition if necessary. This was bound to send a negative message. Morsi called for a constitutional referendum on 15 December. The opposition rejected the referendum on the plea that the proposed constitution was not based on consensus. Soon after

Morsi announced dates for elections to the lower house of parliament, again without taking neither the opposition nor his allies into confidence. The president was in haste and did not care for the consequences of alienating opponents who had been defeated in the presidential polls only by a wafer-thin margin. Morsi’s solo flight provided an opportunity to the courts to step in. Egypt's Administrative Court overturned the presidential decree calling for parliamentary elections in April. Attempts were meanwhile made to muzzle the media. The Brotherhood demanded to investigate media persons on charges of “insulting the President.” Popular Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef was questioned by prosecutors regarding allegations that he had defamed Morsi. It was quite late when Morsi finally realized that the cases against journalists had made him unpopular. Inspired by the government’s insistence on introducing Sharia in the country a local prosecutor in Egypt ordered eighty lashes for a drunken man. The government canceled the order, but the incident added to the country’s religious tensions. As Morsi single-mindedly followed his agenda of what came to be called “Brotherhoodisation” of the state institutions, he ignored the real problems faced by the people. Consequently Egypt’s already ailing economy deteriorated. Incompetence added to autocratic rule compounded the ills faced by economy. Increasing power cuts, petrol shortages and soaring food prices brought the crisis into millions of homes. By the third week of March antiMorsi sentiment was on the rise across Egypt. There were numerous attacks on offices of the ruling Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of Muslim Brotherhood, and clashes between supporters and opponents of the president. Soon an anti-Morsi signature campaign called Tamarrud, or ‘Rebellion’, began to gather support from the Egyptian masses. Tamarrud aimed to force Morsi out of office by collecting fifteen million signatures, two million more than the votes cast for him in the elections. Once it ended up getting 22 million signatures, Tamarrud announced plans for a mass demonstration and sitin at the presidential palace on June 30, the first anniversary of Morsi in office, to press for his resignation. The protest received unprecedented support. Morsi’s isolation provided the army an opportunity to enter the scene as arbitrator. It issued an ultimatum to all political parties to reach a settlement to end the ongoing confrontation. On the D- day hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets calling on Morsi to step down. On July 1 the central command of the army gave an eight-hour ultimatum to the president to accept the demands of the opposition. Next day at midnight, a defiant Morsi addressed the nation in a forty-five-minute speech in which he insisted that any attempt to overthrow a legitimately elected president would be resisted with his own blood if necessary. The speech shocked the opposition because of its unrealistic defiance. The army decided to move in. The Egyptian liberals may soon find that the army has come for the long haul. The Brotherhood might revert to terrorist activities. The people will meanwhile have to struggle again for the restoration of democracy. A more inclusive mindset and a policy of conciliation which are alien to parties professing political Islam could have saved the system as well as hundreds of lives. The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.

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It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. –Nelson Mandela




Friday, 23 August, 2013

rebuilding Pakistan pm’s address explains how


It’s time to rethink why renewable energy is important to pakistan

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NERGY challenges are among the greatest world has to face in the coming decade. This is due to the fact that economic competitiveness fully depends on a reliable, safe, secure and sustainable energy supply that is linked with not only to the strategic economic growth but also to the improvement of the social infrastructure of the world. If the world economy expands to meet the aspirations of countries around the globe, energy demand is likely to increase even if strenuous efforts are made to increase the efficiency of energy use. Given adequate support, renewable energy technologies can meet much of the growing demand at prices lower than those usually forecast for conventional energy. Renewable energy technologies (i.e., solar, wind, bio, hydro, ocean and hydrogen and fuel) are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. Furthermore, renewable energy makes the world stronger and provides necessary support to get rid of our over-dependence on oil, while strengthening our economy and defense capability. Contrary to more traditional sources of energy that are finite and will someday be depleted, renewable energy will not run out over an indefinite period of time. For countries like Pakistan – rich in natural resources and with a population of over 180 millions, the importance of renewable energy becomes even more critical due to the fact of limited hydro potential and conflicting mindset of our feudal elite from the point of view of water resource management. Furthermore a growing disparity between energy demands and supply in Pakistan over a period of time, further poses threat to our long term survivability and existence as a proud nation. With this in mind, it’s time to rethink and chalk out a vision-

ary strategy, with prompt action before our national demise, defining a roadmap of energy supply for ourselves, for our next generations and for the sake of country’s national stability and security. A rich natural potential of renewable energy resource is already there, the question only lies how to actualize this in practice. Considering geographical and climatic conditions, Pakistan is well placed for more plausible but technologically matured renewable energy source like wind (both onshore and offshore wind energy), photovoltaic (PV) technology and biomass. Only wind energy source in fact has the capacity to collectively produce over 150,000 MW of electricity in Pakistan (even 140,000 MW is possible in Sindh) according to a recent USAID report. The pre-requisite for producing and utilizing wind energy is the availability of necessary wind speed. An average acceptable wind speed in most parts of the world lies from 6.2–6.9 m/s (fair category) and 7.0–7.4 m/s (good category). Interestingly, wind speed in some parts of Pakistan (e.g., Sindh corridor, Balochistan and some northern areas) touches even excellent category of wind speed (i.e. more than 7.4 m/s). While the first 50 MW wind project is just inaugurated (but not operational yet) in Jhimpir, several such micro projects are needed to fully exploit the true potential of our wind energy generation capacity. Due to more favorable climatic conditions in Pakistan, solar PV possesses almost infinite potential on the other hand to generate electricity in Pakistan. Leveled cost of electricity generation from different sources of energy as of today (From “US Department of Energy Estimates 2012”, published in annual Energy Outlook) are 9.96 for conventional coal, 6.87 for natural gas, 11.2 for nuclear, 9.96 for geothermal, 9.0 for biomass, 9.6 for onshore wind, 15.6 for solar PV, and 8.9 for hydro in Cents/kWh. An ongoing current dramatic price reductions (due to overcapacity of Silicon in 20112012) in the Photovoltaic (PV) industry have been causing a number of other power sources to become less interesting and hence strengthening the belief that PV is the fastest growing source of power in the world. Prices for solar modules, which contribute 40 per cent of total PV system installed cost, the part of solar panels that produce electricity will continue to fall in line with the long-term trend since 1980, thus offering far more competitiveness than it is today. The experts forecast a large expansion

of the amount of installed solar power, increasing more than 10 times over the decade from 2010 to 2020, an expansion that will continue at a similar rate until 2025. The third potential source of important energy is the biomass: power plants across the country that burn wood and agricultural waste to generate electricity for industries and residents. The cost of energy produced from biomass depends on the type of biomass being utilized, the type of energy being produced (heat, electricity or fuel), the technology used and the size of the plant. Power plants that burn biomass directly can generate electricity at a cost of 7 to 9 cents per kilowatt-hour. These rich sources of electricity generation potentially available need special attention and incentives from the government in order to comply with growing energy demands of the country. Some measures need to be taken by the government in the form of tax discount, subsidies, lucrative incentives, investor confidence and management support so as to encourage people to invest in these areas in order to meet the energy demands by themselves. Equally important is the introduction of a culture of awareness through media of these energy sources to invest in these two areas at micro level (small villages or towns) so as to meet energy demands through installing small wind forms (kW size) and medium solar parks by themselves. Fortunately, there is a lot of availability of empty land in the country side in Pakistan where such initiatives are potentially, economically and technologically feasible. Above all, a unified private-public partnership is needed to actualise renewable energy sources available in the country. What is needed now on urgent basis is the reversal of previous energy policies and better energy resource management in order to boost industrial growth by providing clean and green energy that is limited nowadays due to depleting oil and gas reserves and price hike. With a spirit of national interest, this writer hopes that the new government will take necessary measures to think and define the visionary roadmap for renewable energy sources in the country particularly when new the prime minister has prioritized this issue at the top. The writer is a senior scientist/ researcher at ABB Corporate Research. He can be reached

YNICISM is a state of mind when all the mental faculties to distinguish between good and bad are obscured and the individuals and groups suffering from it exhibit an irresistible propensity to invariably focus their attention on dark side of every thing and consciously or unconsciously spread despondency among the masses. The opprobrium being hurled at the contents of the maiden address to the nation by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the style of his delivery is a classic example of cynicism that afflicts the minds of his diehard detractors. mAliK muHAmmAd ASHRAF The major element of the flak directed at him is that his address was merely a litany of the problems that the country is confronted with and already known to the people and it lacked the vision and programme of action to tackle them. A leader of opposition even went to the extent of saying that he had for the first time seen a prime minister speaking to the nation like addressing a press conference. Some assuaged their thirst to have a swipe at the prime minister by saying that he missed mention of some other crucial issues in his speech. Still others were critical of the strategy to deal with retiring of the circular debt, resort to tariff adjustment of electricity and withdrawal of subsidies aimed at preventing its re-emergence without bothering to mention the economic imperative for such a policy option. Difference of opinion, freedom of expression and constructive criticism are the hallmark of a democratic polity that nurture and strengthen the gains of democracy and act as a propeller to social and economic progress of the country. Nobody who believes in democratic values would begrudge the right of individuals, groups and political parties to carry out a critical appraisal of the policies of the government or the conduct of the rulers in running the state affairs, but when this right descends into the realm of cynicism, it does merit to be exposed and contested. Honestly speaking, prime minister’s address was a heart to heart talk with the masses who are the biggest stakeholders in regards to the future of the country. His body language reflected the pain and concern that he felt over the obtaining situation in the country, his resolve and determination to take the challenges head on and the sincerity of purpose with which he and his government intended to proceed. It was an honest acknowledgement of the severity of the challenges and a realistic assessment of the magnitude of the effort and the timeframe that was required to fix these problems, particularly the energy crisis. Contrary to the sentimental binge of Shahbaz Sharif during the election campaign to fix the crisis within six months, the prime minister right from the day he assumed the mantle of premiership has been urging the masses not to expect miracles in regards to getting the power outages out of the way. In his address, without caring for how much embarrassment this would cause to the Khadim-eAala, the prime minister minced no words about the timeframe that was required to tackle the energy crisis. He sounded like a completely transformed leader in comparison to his previous stints at the helm of affairs, burning with the desire to winch Pakistan out of the quick sand it lies embedded into. His government has made an auspicious beginning in the energy sector by retiring the circular debt which undoubtedly has improved the power supply position. Not only that it has also made some harsh decisions dictated by economic realities, and rightly so, to prevent the circular debt raising its ugly head again and pulling the country back to square one. The only option available to stem the tide in the short run is to re-adjust the long overdue power tariff and phasing out the subsidies. At present the government is spending Rs580 billion on subsides. The adjustment in tariff and gradual withdrawal of subsidies will enable the government to muster enough resources to keep the circular debt at bay. Installation of new power projects, as the prime minister said requires a time lag of four years for coal based units and nearly eight years for hydropower projects. Not only that they require huge foreign investments which for a cash-starved Pakistan are utmost necessary. The government initiative in this regard has been very successful and the Chinese firms have committed to make huge investments in this sector during the next five years. The switch over to coal based power plants and other renewable energy resources designed to change the energy mix is another substantive and prudent move which will not only bring energy security to the country but will also result in producing cheaper electricity in the future. Making sacrifices for a brighter future, therefore, are justifiable from economic and social perspectives and we must be absolutely forthcoming on that. On terrorism and religious extremism which pose an existentialist threat to Pakistan, the prime minister seemed absolutely determined to deal with on top priority basis and was very clear on how to go about it. He spelled out a twopronged strategy, first to explore the possibility of settling the issue through dialogue with the elements who have gone astray and in case of failure to go for eliminating it through force to establish the writ of the state. There is no wavering on the issue. On relations with India, his reasoning for improvement of relations was impeccable and rooted in historic global realities. He termed Kashmir as a jugular vein of Pakistan, which he rightly perceived, could be settled along with other issues through economic strength. He also talked about revisiting Afghan Policy and his encounter with John Kerry on drones and the endorsement of Pakistan’s position by UN Secretary General. He expressed his commitment to assist Balochistan government in maintaining peace, restoring peace and tranquility in Karachi, weeding out corruption from public sector and exhaustively dilated on how he envisaged to resurrect the economy through mega projects like economic corridor, Lahore to Karachi motorway and metro train for Karachi. It was surely an all encompassing discourse. He surely means business and it is imperative that all political and social entities support his efforts to rebuild Pakistan. The country is at the crossroads and the success of his efforts is utmost necessary for survival of the country and democracy. It is perhaps our last chance to prevent Pakistan from bursting at the seams. We can deal with internal and external threats only through an impregnable unity and honesty of purpose driven by national interests. The writer is an academic.

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A arts Friday, 23 August, 2013

beiber takes on the fairway … at night!

I love life and nothing intimidates me anymore — Olivia Newton-John

the early birds who got engaged! Zayn MaLik’s not aLone



USTIN Bieber is taking a swing at a brand new skill. The pop superstar, who is currently enjoying a well-deserved vacation, decided to step away from the stage and enjoy some quality time in the wilderness. As the sun began to set, the 19-year-old headed out with some friends for a late-night golfing adventure. Even though he didn’t follow proper golf attire guidelines by wearing bright red pants and a matching hat, the Biebs was game for a little bit of practice. Golfers don’t need shirts anyways, right? With a club in hand, the Biebs worked on his backswing as he hit several golf balls into a field of brush. So did the Canadian-born singer known for being a huge hockey fan enjoy the game? It sure sounds like it. “#golf #vacation #blessed,” he wrote to his Twitter followers. “Never taking a day for granted.” Should Tiger Woods and the golf community prepare themselves for some Bieber fever? As the singer always says, “Never Say Never.” neWS deSK

david cassidy, duI and a $2,500 bail


AvID Cassidy was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Wednesday morning while driving just outside of Albany, N.Y. According to TMZ, Officer Tom Jones (yes, let’s note the irony) pulled the former teen idol over for driving with his high beams on during an inappropriate time. After Jones smelled alcohol on Cassidy’s breath, he administered a field sobriety test. Cassidy blew a .1, which is over the legal limit, and was arrested and taken to a nearby jail to be booked. A press release from the local police department states that the 63-year-old was released on $2,500 bail shortly after. He is scheduled to return to Town Court on Sept. 4, 2013 at 6 p.m. And it looks like legal troubles are piling up for the former Partridge Family star. As a result of having a previous DUI arrest in Florida in 2010, the singer is now facing felony drunk driving charges. In return for his no contest plea for his DUI case years ago, Cassidy was given a reduced sentence of one-year probation and a six-month license suspension. At the time, he was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service, pay $500 in fines and attend a mandatory alcoholeducation course and a DUI “victim impact panel.” neWS deSK

ITH the news that One Direction’s Zayn Malik is now engaged to girlfriend Perrie Edwards, we couldn’t help but notice that, at 20, they’re both a bit on the young side. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But it did get us thinking about some other stars who made the same decision. Here are a few more celebs that didn’t let a thing like age get in the way. After all, when you’re in love, you’re in love, right? Jessica Simpson: At the age of 21, the singer said “yes” to Nick Lachey’s proposal in Feb. 2002. The two went on to tie the knot eight months later, only to get divorced after three years of marriage. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth: When she was 19 and he was 22, the couple became engaged in June 2012. Despite persistent rumors of trouble in paradise, the two are still going strong. Britney Spears: After just three months of dating, the then-22-year-old pop star and Kevin Federline announced their engagement in July 2004 and married in September of that year. The couple had two children together before calling it quits. Their divorce was finalized in July 2007. Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller: The Oscar winner and the Elementary star were only 20 and 23 respectively when they made plans to walk down

the aisle. While they succeeded in doing so in March 1996, the pretty pair ended the union in Feb. 1999. Olivia Wilde: Back when she was a wee lass of 19, the stunning star became engaged to Italian prince Tao Ruspoli. The couple exchanged vows in June 2003, but their eight-year marriage ended in 2011. Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Miner: But Wilde’s got nothing on the Home Alone star, who was only 17 when he popped the question to Miner, who was also 17 at the time. They married soon after in 1998, but wound up getting divorced in 2002. neWS deSK

kanye west gets sued by paparazzo for airport attack Maybe next time Kanye West should just run away as fast as he can. The rapper was sued today by a paparazzo who maintains that he was attacked by West while trying to take photos of him at Los Angeles International Airport. Plaintiff Daniel Ramos claims that he was just one of a group of shutterbugs gathered on the sidewalk outside LAX on July 19 at 2 p.m., just to see who might emerge from the terminal. When West appeared, Ramos claims in his lawsuit, he asked the new dad, “Can we talk to you?” The suit alleges that West turned, spoke to Ramos and then, “without warning or provocation,” he “suddenly attacked, punching [the plaintiff] and attempting to wrestle the camera from” Ramos’ hands. Ramos states that he managed to hang onto his camera, but fell to his knees on the ground “with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip, as well as accompanying pain and emotional distress.” He was taken to the ER at Marina Del Rey Hospital by ambulance to get checked out, according to his attorney, Gloria Allred. According to an evaluation worksheet released last Friday by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, Ramos was discharged from the hospital with a contusion and muscle strain. While the DA opted not to file felony charges due to the lack of “significant injury,” they referred the case to the L.A. City Attorney’s Office to consider misdemeanor prosecution. “I was just trying to do my job,” Ramos told reporters Wednesday at a press conference, Allred by his side. “I am speaking out today because I don’t want what happened to me to ever happen to anyone else.” He is seeking unspecified damages for allegations of battery, assault, negligence and interference with the exercise of civil rights. “Photographers should not be forced to suffer physical attacks simply because they speak to a celebrity,” added Allred in her own statement. “Celebrities are not above the law and they have no right or special license to hurt others.” COuRTeSy eO

RPatz on the set of Star Maps in LA.

‘the Book thief’ to thieve hordes “Words are life.” It’s not just a pithy piece of advice given to protagonist Liesel Meminger in the first trailer for “The Book Thief,” but also epitomizes the entire premise of Australian author Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel upon which the film is based. With WWII Germany as its backdrop, “The Book Thief” tells the tale of young Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), who’s taken in by foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) following the death of her brother. Despite being unable to read, she finds solace in stealing books. When Hans discovers a purloined volume in her room, he begins teaching her to read and write. Liesel continues pilfering books, but shares them with neighbors, as well as the young Jewish man, Max, hiding in the family’s basement. It’s Max who offers those sage words to Liesel. “All those pages. They are for you to fill,” he tells her. Straddling the boundary between YA and adult literature, “The Book Thief” earned positive reviews when it debuted in 2006, and has spent more than 350 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. “ ‘The Book Thief’ will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak’s audacity, also on display in his earlier ‘I Am the Messenger,’ “ Janet Maslin wrote in her 2006 New York Times review. “It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there’s no arguing with a sentiment like that.” The big-screen adaptation, directed by Brian Percival from a script by Michael Petroni and featuring music by John Williams, opens November 15. COuRTeSy mTV

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Guitars are like women. You’ll never get them totally right — Slash

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‘mein hun Shahid afridi’ boom booms at premiere


HE much awaited movie based on a sport which is loved by all Pakistanis – cricket, ‘Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi’ (MHSA), finally premiered at Atrium cinema on Thursday. The premiere was attended by film and Tv industry notables. A movie by Humayun Saeed and Shahzad Nasib of Six Sigma Films International, MHSA will take the audience through a roller coaster ride of thrill, excitement, apprehension, romance and passion. neWS deSK

Jello jello dirty fellow?

deepika and her

rs180 crore!

Eat, love, surf! Julia Roberts walks on Malibu’s beach.


srk’s success Irks salman


ALMAN Khan might have hugged Shahrukh Khan, but it seems that the arch-rivals are not ready to give away the cold war and the box office. SRK might have claimed that he doesn’t keep a track of other stars, but the superstar blocked Eid for his film Chennai Express as Salman’s Mental couldn’t hit the theatres this Eid. Salman’s action drama Wanted directed by Prabhudheva which released on Eid became the biggest hit of 2009. In 2010, the actor’s blockbuster Dabangg hit the theatre during Eid, while his Bodyguard too served a good Eid treat for his fans in 2011. In 2012, it was Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger which showcased an amazing chemistry between Salman and Katrina and created history during Eid. It’s after three years that SRK got a chance to release his film during Eid and the flick became the fastest entry

to 100 crore club. SRK’s Chennai Express has crossed 181 cr at the box office and also became the highest week 1 (7 day week) collection surpassing EK Th Tiger’s 140 cr from 9 days. It seems that the success of SRK’s Chennai Express has made the Dabangg Khan take some conscious steps and the actor, who is known for his spontaneous career decisions, is planning 2014 very consciously. People from different fields and celebs from glam world gathered at SRK’s Mannat for Iftar Party soon after the release of Chennai Express. However, one of the most expected stars on the venue, Salman Khan gave a miss to the event. Now, according to reports, Salman has blocked all major dates in 2014 to release his films. One of the most awaited films Kick staring Salman and Deepika Padukone is all set to hit the theatres during Eid. His next with Prabhudheva might grab a Christmas or Diwali opening and Sohail Khan’s Mental on Republic Day. We don’t know about the box office, but next year undoubtedly seems to be a joy ride for all Salman Khan fans. COuRTeSy TOi

EEPIKA Padukone is the first actress to join the Rs 180cr film club and with two films in her kitty. The actress’s earlier film with Ranbir Kapoor Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani has grossed Rs 182cr and her latest release Chennai Express too has touched the Rs 180cr mark making her one of the top actress in Bollywood . Trade analyst Amod Mehra endorses it. He said, `` definitely, after Cocktail, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and now Chennai Express she has overtaken all.’’ Of the other actress Katrina Kaif only has Ek Tha Tiger and probably may join the club with Dhoom 3, Kareena has 3 Idiots and Priyanka Chopra stands a chance with Krrish that releases in Diwali. Even the heroes don’t have two films that has crossed Rs 180cr mark. Aamir Khan has just 3 Idiots, Shah Rukh Khan now has Chennai Express, Salman Khan- Ek Tha Tiger and Ranbir Kapoor with Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani. COuRTeSy TOi

Jfk assassination to be revisted in ‘parkland’ Zac efron takes centre stage


FTER the world was shaken by the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, a group of people took on the task of figuring out what happened that day in Dallas. That’s the story being told for multiple points of view in “Parkland,” the new drama starring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thorton, and Paul Giamatti. In the first trailer, which just hit the web over at Yahoo! Movies, we see Efron as Jim Carrico, the first-year surgical resident who was the first doctor to attend to Kennedy upon his arrival to Parkland hospital on November 22, 1963. Along with last year’s “The Paperboy,” this marks yet another more adult role for Efron as he attempts to transition into the next part of his movie career. “Parkland” also focuses on the efforts of the Secret Service who are investigating Lee Harvey Oswalt and the infamous Zapruder film, the highest quality look at the shots that killed the president. Giamatti plays Abraham Zapruder, the man who made the home video recording. Thorton played Forrest Sorrels,

giuliana rancic says she loves motherhood, wants another baby g

IULIANA Rancic’s son just said his first word—but she’s ready for more baby talk! “I definitely want to have another kid soon,” the E! News cohost said at Huggies’ Baby2Baby Summer Birthday Event, benefiting L.A. families who need help stocking up on essential baby supplies. “I’m ready, but Bill’s the one not ready to pull the trigger yet.” But Giuliana admits that both she and hubby Bill Rancic know that having just one—speaking of which, little Duke will be turning 1 on Aug. 29!—is time-consuming. “Honestly, I think it’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, just because you want to be such a good parent, you

love your kid so much—but it’s hard when you have a career and a husband and friends. It’s hard to juggle it all.” And she’s not kidding! Giuliana also revealed that she didn’t even know that Duke had said his first word until she watched it happen on Style’s Giuliana & Bill. “Bill is holding Duke and he goes, ‘buh-bye.’ I’m not kidding. You can rewind it!” she said. “I rewound it a hundred times and you can hear it. The best part is, I had to watch the show to know that my son said his first word—because my husband forgot to tell me,” Giuliana complained comically. “[Bill] goes, ‘Well I didn’t think he really said it.’ And I go, ‘Bill, watch

the show he says it.’ So I rewound it for Bill, he’s like, ‘Oh my god, you’re right, he has said his first word. I forgot to tell you.’ Yeah, so my husband forgot to tell me that my son said his first word.” All is forgiven, however, and the whole family will be in Chicago at Bill’s sister’s lake house to celebrate Duke’s real birthday. They pre-celebrated with a big Western-themed bash with their L.A. friends in Malibu on Aug. 11. “We’re going to go tubing and water skiing, and when I say ‘we’—Duke and Bill,” Giuliana laughed. “I will not be doing any of those things.” Giuliana was also in Chicago recently for her own birthday—but her L.A. pals

came to her as a surprise! “We just had a crazy, crazy birthday party at RPM Italian, our restaurant,” she recalled. “One of Bill’s friends also surprised me, he brought his guitar and we were all singing and dancing, and it was incredible...Then six bottles of champagne came out and people were spraying stuff. I felt like Diddy was going to walk in any second.” COuRTeSy eO

a member of the Secret Service from the Dallas office that finds Zapruder and his film. The trailer then shifts to the FBI agents in Dallas, one of whom is James Hosty, the man charged with investigating Lee Harvey Oswald, played here by Ron Livingston, before following Oswald’s family, including his brother (“Iron Man 3’s” James Badge Dale) and mother, played by Academy Award nominee for “Silving Linings Playbook” Jackie Weaver. This all amounts to a large-scale ensemble picture that appropriately represents to confusing and complex nature of the events that day. neWS deSK

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I ItS wet down under! ‘Great liars are also great magicians’ — Adolf Hitler

infotainMent Friday, 23 August, 2013

todaY (23rd August)

8 Scottish leader and national hero, William Wallace, is executed in London. 8 Japan declares war on Germany in World War I. 8 Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty. 8 Britain abolishes slavery in colonies; 700,000 slaves freed

aussIe Outback acted lIke spOnge, drOppIng sea level

man banned from farmS natIonwIde after Sex wIth goat

This court isn't kidding around -- this guy's baaaaaaaaanned. Robert Newman, 23, is banned from every single farm in the United Kingdom after sexually penetrating a goat, the London Evening Standard reported. Newman admitted to the act, which took place on a Wiltshire farm in April, on Monday, according to the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. His sentencing is scheduled to take place Sept. 12. Until then, Newman -- who has been released on bail -- is prohibited from being on any property where farm animals reside, according to SWNS. He also has to keep a curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. neWS deSK

vendIng machIne rObbed wIth vacuum cleaner A pair of enterprising thieves took a car wash to the cleaners: They used a powerful shop vacuum to suck quarters out of a coin-operated machine, police said Wednesday. The duo drew the suspicion of a passing police officer and failed to make a clean getaway. "They had a good plan. They were enterprising. If they were successful they could have returned night after night," said Sgt. Gary Young in the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights. "More often thieves just use a crowbar. They get an A for effort but an F for execution." Todd Herburg, 53, and Scott Luker, 55, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary. More charges are pending. What gave the men away was a crude attempt at altering their vehicle's license plates. They used a piece of black electrical tape to change a "D" to a "B," Young said. The bandits were at work for about 12 minutes, sucking coins out of the coin dispensary of a stand-alone vacuum cleaner at the car wash, Young said. They used their own shop vacuum to do the work, he said. It was powered by an inverter rigged inside their Jeep SUv to produce household current. Police haven't counted their stash of quarters yet. Young said the coinoperated machine probably held no more than $30. neWS deSK


combination of weather patterns over the Indian and Pacific oceans funneled so much rain over Australia that the world's sea levels fell in 2011, scientists said. Unlike other continents, the soils and topography of Australia prevent almost all of its rain from running off into the ocean, causing dry areas of Australia to act like an enormous sponge. According to a U.S. study, the effect caused by the La Niña weather pattern around Australia meant global sea levels fell for 18 months during 2010 and 2011, bucking the long-term trend of rising sea levels caused by higher temperatures and melting ice sheets. The scientists said that as the atmospheric patterns have returned to normal, more rain is falling over the tropical oceans once more and the seas are rising again. Dr John Fasullo, a scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the U.S. said: 'It's a beautiful illustration of how complicated our climate system is.' 'The smallest continent in the world can affect sea level worldwide. Its influence is so strong that it can tem-

porarily overcome the background trend of rising sea levels that we see with climate change.' Dr Fasullo said most of the rain that normally falls over land usually travels back to the sea via streams and rivers

SerIal backrubber on the looSe!

man arrested for unwanted massages Looks like this suspect definitely rubbed some people the wrong way. Julio Yanez of Boone, N.C., was arrested Aug. 15, after he allegedly entered a woman's unsecured apartment, got in her bed and tried to give her a back rub. According to WXII, the 29-year-old had already been arrested for similar offenses twice before. In a July incident, the victim told Yanez to leave, but he refused and tried to give her a back rub. The victim rebuffed him, then asked Yanez to leave again, according the Charlotte Observer. He was later arrested. After his July arrest, additional women came forward and claimed Yanez had entered their rooms and tried to give them back rubs in April and June. Yanez is charged with two counts of breaking and entering and assault on a female. He is due in court Sept. 17. COuRTeSy HP

naked one-legged man goes on rampage, dies A naked man with one leg died Monday after he tried to break into several homes by throwing objects into windows. Norbert Chabannes, 55, who has a history of cocaine-related arrests, was seen in his neighborhood of Perdido Key, Fla. at about 5 p.m. crawling across a yard, according to the Pensacola News Journal. He reportedly cut his arm while attempting to break into his next-door neighbor's home. When he was unsuccessful, he crawled across the street to another woman's house and tried to throw a brick through the window. That's when a sheriff's deputy arrived. When the officer tried to calm Chabannes down, he collapsed. He was pronounced dead at the scene after resuscita-

tion attempts, WBPF reports. A cause of death has not yet been released, but authorities are investigating "because Chabannes died while involved in a confrontation with a deputy," according to the station. Chabannes had been arrested at least five times since 2010, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office website. Most of the arrests involved cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession, some of them while driving. Neighbors told the News Journal that Chabannes' strange actions weren't surprising to them. Officers frequented the man's home. "To me, it’s just all been a matter of time," said Irma Teal, whose house Chabannes tried to break into on Monday. neWS deSK

over months so when there is torrential rain over the land, the effect on the world's sea levels is almost invisible. However, during the La Niña of 2010-11, which saw the temperature of the eastern Pacific ocean drop and more rainfall over land then normal, global sea levels dropped by 0.3 inches for around 18 months. In a bid to explain the phenomenon, the scientists found La Niña coincided with two other weather patterns that effectively funneled the water over Australia's land mass, where it seldom rains. The Indian Ocean Dipole weather pattern, which carried atmospheric moisture across the ocean from the west, met the easterly moving moisture from La Niña. A third pattern called the Southern Annular Mode then caused the rain to fall on the huge continent. Dr Fasullo told NBC News: 'You have this collision of transports in the Pacific and then southward into Australia — so a big funnel of tropical moisture into Australia — and that led to one of the wettest years on record in Australia, if not the wettest.' neWS deSK

ruSSIan navY surprises sunbathers with hovercraft!

The Russian Navy hit on a novel way of securing a spot on a crowded beach when they drove a massive hovercraft onto the shore while shocked sunbathers and swimmers could only look on in amazement. The huge vessel powered past swimmers sending clouds of spray shooting up into the air as high as the 60m-long vessel itself. It continued up the beach ignoring the hundreds of people who moments before had been happily enjoying the summer sunshine, before coming to a halt 50 feet inland. Marines then jumped out and roped off the 550-tonne Zubr hovercraft - nicknamed the Bison - from the public. The fighting machine is capable of holding 400 troops and is kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment, including missile launchers and automatic gun mounts. It can reach speeds approaching 70mph. According to local paper Komosomolskaya Pravda, the hovercraft was on a tactical mission. An unapologetic Russian military said the beach was in the middle of a firing range and should have been empty. A minister said: 'Docking at the beach is a normal event. What people were doing at the beach on the territory of a military base is unclear.' However, the newspaper said the base the ministry was referring to was several miles away in Khmelevka. Nobody was hurt during the incident. COuRTeSy dm

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SPORTS Friday, 23 August, 2013

You win some, lose some, and wreck some. –Dale Earnhardt

‘I forced SachIn to call tIme on hIS odI career’ One OF the wOrld’s leadIng OFF-spInners, ajmal says kumar sangakkara has been the tOughest batsman tO bOwl. ajmal alsO wants resumptIOn OF IndIa versus pakIstan crIcket, OpInIng that test crIcket was the real thIng

PakIStan Squad face hIccuP at harare aIrPort



LAHORE: Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe began on a bizarre note when two of their players, fast bowler Junaid Khan and batsman Umar Amin, were reportedly denied entry into the country — before both were finally permitted to enter — as they arrived at the Harare International Airport with the national side. The immigration officials allegedly refused to let the duo go with the rest of the Pakistan limited-overs squad and the touring team management, claiming that the travelling documents of both Junaid and Umar were not in order. But Moin Khan, on his maiden assignment as Pakistan team manager, then intervened together with the representatives of Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) to sort out the matter. Subsequently, the immigration officials finally relented and allowed the two players in question to travel with the remaining touring side, which will play two Twenty Internationals, three Oneday Internationals in Harare and two Tests in Harare and Bulawayo. Meanwhile, wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed — who was drafted into the Pakistan T20 and ODI squads last Friday in place of the ‘unfit’ Umar Akmal for the limited-overs matches against Brendan Taylor-led Zimbabweans — finally got his travelling plans sorted out on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old Karachi player, who arrived at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Tuesday, was scheduled to board the Emirate Airlines flight No EK623 for Dubai at around 3:30am on Thursday from the Allama Iqbal International Airport. He would then fly directly to Harare from Dubai on flight No EK713 and land in the Zimbabwe capital at approximately 5:10pm local time which is three hours behind the Pakistan time. STAFF RePORT


MONG his 140 one-day International wickets, top Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal perhaps cherishes his Asia Cup wicket of Sachin Tendulkar the most. On March 18, 2012 at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Tendulkar edged an Ajmal ‘doosra’ to Younis Khan at slips after scoring a 48-ball 52. India won the match by six wickets and with 13 balls to spare but interestingly, Tendulkar quit playing ODIs after that Asia Cup game. Quoted by Wisden India, Ajmal jokingly said that it was his wicket that forced Tendulkar to call time on his ODI career after 463 matches. Ajmal says he has always been successful against Tendulkar. “I took his wicket in Mohali (2011 World Cup semifinal after Tendulkar scored 85 as an opener with Virender Sehwag) as well. He is a super superstar, that’s what the world calls him. He has nearly 50,000 runs in professional cricket. So obviously it was great moment for me when I took his wicket. “He was having trouble in picking the

‘doosra’ in his last ODI in the Asia Cup. Misbah said to me we could get him out caught at slips. Younis Khan moved to slips and it worked out exactly as planned. I got the wicket of the world-class batsman and it came off such a great delivery that he was compelled to quit ODI cricket after it,” Ajmal said. Ajmal wants to renew his battle with Tendulkar in the Test arena. The Faisalabad-born spinner, who is going to be 36 in in October 14, feels sad that he may not have the opportunity to bowl to Tendulkar on Indian wickets. “I want to play Test cricket against every team. There is nothing better than performing at the home of the opposition. I haven’t played Test cricket in Pakistan either. I want to play in every country. We have a great rivalry with India. It benefits both the countries. But I don’t know why the political tensions are not letting us play. I regret that Pakistan and India are not playing cricket against each other,” Ajmal said. One of the world’s leading off-spinner reckons Kumar Sangakkara as one of the toughest to bowl at. “In Test cricket, Kumar Sangakkara has given me the toughest time. He plays on the back foot and plays very late, which create

problems for me. He is a wicketkeeper too and judges beforehand which ball is coming in and what sort of delivery is being bowled. Other than him, no batsman has troubled me in any format,” says Ajmal. Saying he wanted to play the 2015 World Cup Down Under, Ajmal is sad that Pakistan’s top players do not get enough international opportunities and that leads to poor rankings. (Suggested read: Kallis hopeful of playing 2015 World Cup) “I still want to become No. 1 in Test cricket. But it will be possible only if Pakistan play enough Tests. We play a series and then the next one does not come before six months. If you look at England, India, Australia ... they play 15-odd Tests annually. Pakistan get around five or six.”


Shoaib Malik, the 31-year old Pakistan allrounder, believes he has another “five or six years” of cricket left in him. Malik, who was dropped from the national squad after the Champions Trophy, also wants to bat up the order instead of No 6 or 7, where he’s been used of late. Ousted Pakistan all-rounder hopes his form in the Caribbean Premier League will prompt a return to his national side. Malik said that he still has five more years of international cricket in him. “I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at number six anymore. I want to bat at number three or four,” Malik was quoted by

Currently Malik is the top rungetter in the CPL playing for Barbados Tridents. He was dropped from the Pakistan team after ICC Champions Trophy 2013. The 31-year-old Pakistan allrounder said that he wants to do well for his country. He was struggling with shoulder and elbow injury and is currently working hard on his fitness. Malik said that he can even bowl 30 overs in one day. Malik is the top run scorer in the CPL, where he plays for Barbados, and feels he has finally recovered from the injuries that hampered his form, and saw him dropped after the Champions Trophy. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2010, and was left out of the tours to the West Indies and Zimbabwe, but has taken the chance with the Tridents with both hands and hopes the PCB selectors

will come calling again soon. The 31-year-old said: “Representing your country is the biggest thing, of course I want to play for my team, I want to do well for my country. “I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at number six anymore. I want to bat at number three or four.” Malik added of his current form: “I was struggling with my shoulder and my elbow but I have had surgery for my elbow and I have worked hard in the gym every day (since being dropped). “Now I am absolutely fine. I can even bowl 30 overs in one day. I am very happy and I want to play as an allrounder. That is my priority. “It (CPL) is so far, so good (for me). I have played some good innings, (I have been) bowling also.”


Zimbabwe go into Friday’s first Twenty20 international against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club with captain Brendan Taylor confident that the players have put their most recent scuffle with the board behind them. The month-long tour will see the two sides face off in two Twenty20 matches, three one-day internationals and two Tests, but Zimbabwe’s preparations were thrown into disarray last week when the players refused to train after negotiations over unpaid salaries and future contracts broke down. Although the players came to an agreement with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) last Friday and returned to training, fast bowler Kyle Jarvis announced on Sunday that he was quitting international cricket in favour of a county contract. Nevertheless Taylor expects his side to move on mentally as they look to present a challenge to Pakistan.

“I think we’ve all been around long enough to put that aside now,” Taylor told AFP in a telephone conversation. “ZC have met us in the middle and there’s nothing more to harp on about it. “We’ve discussed this as players and it’s time to move forward and try and represent our country as well as we can.” Taylor admitted that Jarvis’ decision had come as a surprise to his teammates and hoped that the 24-year-old will return to play for Zimbabwe in the future.

“I just felt he was a little bit premature to leave Zimbabwe cricket, but he’s old enough to make his own decisions and see what’s right for him,” Taylor said. “I would like to have seen him develop more as a Test bowler and then filter that down into the one-dayers and Twenty20s. “Not to be, but in three years’ time he’ll only be 27 - there will always be an open door for him and hopefully he can come back with the added experience and carry on his international career.” Pakistan won every match on their last tour of Zimbabwe in 2011, and will expect to complete a similar sweep over a side that recently lost all five one-day internationals against an understrength Indian team. “We don’t want to be complacent in any way, including our preparation,” coach Dav Whatmore said. “We may be playing Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe, but these are still very important matches for Pakistan.”

“I have played only three Tests so far this year. I want Pakistan to play around 12 Tests a year. And Test cricket is the real cricket. I really like this format. It has its own appeal. It looks nice too, with the white clothes - it is pleasing to the eye. You get more pleasure when you take a wicket in a Test match because you set up the batsman before removing him. This is the real cricket and Pakistan should be playing more Tests.” Ajmal wanted the Pakistan Cricket Board to arrange for more international games. “We are now playing fewer ODIs too. I am into my sixth year of ODI cricket and haven’t played 100 matches yet. The Board should also think about it and arrange more matches,” he said.

aSIm khan to lend a helPIng hand to Pcb LAHORE: Former cricketer Asim Khan has offered to play his active role in resumption of international cricket in Pakistan by bringing an international cricket team to this country with the possible cooperation of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Asim, who is the first Pakistani cricketer to play international cricket for a European country, has represented Holland for 12 years and played 143 matches. Talking to reporters, Pakistani born Asim Khan who represented Holland in the 1996 World Cup held in Pakistan and India, lamented that Pakistan had been deprived of international cricket after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009. “It is unfortunate that Pakistanis, who love cricket, are deprived of watching international cricket at home. I will use all my contacts and stakes in international cricket to raise a team comprising of famous international cricketers to visit Pakistan and I only need PCB’s cooperation in this regard,” Khan said. He disclosed that he had also contacted a number of international cricketers to form a team to play in the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) which, unfortunately, couldn’t take place. Khan said that cricket had been progressing in Italy, Belgium, France and Germany and suggested that the PCB should invite their teams to participate in its domestic cricket. “Cricketers from Holland and other European countries could be very helpful in paving the way of bringing international cricket back in Pakistan,” Khan added. He said terrorism was not confined to Pakistan, it’s everywhere in the world but only Pakistan had been especially targeted. STAFF RePORT

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If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. –Jack Lemmon

gIve uS more matcheS, guPtIll PleadS WELLINGTON: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill Thursday joined calls for more international matches for the Black Caps as they struggle to lift their profile. Guptill, who has been in impressive form in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), said New Zealand would struggle to improve on its eighth-placed Test ranking without a steady diet of matches against quality opponents. Legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee recently said New Zealand needed more Tests but the perception in other countries was that the team was not box-office material. “It appears our value to other countries is not significant enough to keep us long enough in their country to make decent money. I think there should be some commitment to honour future tour programmes,” Hadlee said. His comments came as officials continue to thrash out India’s itinerary for their New Zealand tour next February. India, ranked number two in the world, want to reduce the scheduled three-Test programme to two. Guptill, who will miss the rest of the Caribbean tournament with a broken bone in his right hand, said it was time other countries took note of the quality of New Zealand cricketers. Guptill scored 198 runs at an average of 33 for the Warriors, who topped the group stage of the CPL, while team-mate James Franklin tops the averages with 170 runs at 42.50 and Ross Taylor has scored 141 runs for Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. “It puts us out there and hopefully people will take notice,” Guptill said in a statement. AGenCieS

I love beIng the bowlIng SPearhead: IShant A year ago Ishant Sharma was struggling to find a place in the Indian team in any of the formats but has since graduated to being the senior quick in the side, and is looking forward to leading India’s bowling on their tour of South Africa in November. “I love being the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack and it is a privilege for any fast bowler,” he told the Times of India. “At the same time it is better not to think about these things and stay focused. Yes, I have to be ready for India’s big tour of South Africa, but before that we also have the Champions League T20 and the ODIs against the Aussies.” He had undergone surgery in March 2012, which put him out of cricket until August. Having described the time spent from the national side as the worst phase of his life, Ishant returned to the squad for the home series against New Zealand, but he was unable to make the XI. In December 2012, he was thrust with the responsibility of leading the Indian attack when Zaheer Khan was dropped for the Nagpur Test against England. Ishant consulted a specialist in Melbourne in February this year after a recurrence of pain in his ankle following the one-dayers against Pakistan and England. SPORTS deSK




Friday, 23 August, 2013

Smith hits maiden century as australia grind on LONDON AGenCieS


NGLAND survived a tricky 17.3 overs to reach stumps on 32 without loss on the second day of the Ashes finale at The Oval on Thursday, trailing Australia by 460. An unbeaten 138 from Steven Smith led Australia to 491 for nine, before Michael Clarke called in the batsmen. James Anderson finished with 4-95, and the much-maligned Stuart Broad could only take 1-128. Australia were 397 for six at tea on a rain-affected second day of the fifth test, with Smith 112 not out and debutant James Faulkner one not out as they sought a consolation win after England had already taken the series at 3-0 up. The tourists resumed well-placed on their overnight 307 for four after rain delayed Thursday’s start by three-and-ahalf hours. Smith was 66 not out and nightwatchman Peter Siddle 18 not out following Shane Watson’s test-best 176 on Wednesday. The glare of The Oval floodlights did little to mask the gloom, with the overcast conditions more bowler-friendly than Wednesday’s sunny blue skies when England debutants Chris Woakes, a seam-

AuSTRAliA 1st inninGS 23 CJl Rogers c Trott b Swann 6 dA Warner c Prior b Anderson SR Watson c Pietersen b broad 176 7 mJ Clarke* b Anderson 138 SPd Smith not out Pm Siddle b Anderson 23 30 bJ Haddin† b Trott 23 JP Faulkner c Trott b Woakes mA Starc b Swann 13 RJ Harris c & b Anderson 33 0 nm lyon not out eXTRAS (b 1, lb 12, w 2, nb 5) 20 TOTAl (9 wickets dec; 128.5 overs) 492 FAll OF WiCKeTS 1-11 (Warner, 4.2 ov), 2-118 (Rogers, 33.1 ov), 3-144 (Clarke, 42.5 ov), 4-289 (Watson, 87.1 ov), 5-320 (Siddle, 94.4 ov), 6-385 (Haddin, 112.5 ov), 7-422 (Faulkner, 119.3 ov), 8-446 (Starc, 122.2 ov), 9-491 (Harris, 128.4 ov) bOWlinG: Jm Anderson 29.5-4-95-4,SCJ broad 31-4-1281,GP Swann 33-4-95-2 CR Woakes 24-7-96-1,SC Kerrigan 8-0-53-0,iJl Trott 3-0-12-1 enGlAnd 1st inninGS 17 An Cook not out 13 Je Root not out 2 eXTRAS (b 1, lb 1) 32 TOTAl (0 wickets; 17.3 overs) TO bAT iJl Trott, KP Pietersen, iR bell, CR Woakes, mJ Prior†, SCJ broad, GP Swann, Jm Anderson, SC Kerrigan bOWlinG: mA Starc 5-1-10-0,RJ Harris-4-3-2-0,JP Faulkner 3-0-8-0,Pm Siddle 5.3-1-10


bowling allrounder, and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan took none for 105 in 23 overs between them. It did not take long for paceman James Anderson, who on Wednesday moved past Bob Willis into second place in England’s all-time list of leading test wicket-takers, to make the breakthrough. Anderson bowled Siddle for 23 with a superb delivery that swung in to the

right-hander before moving away off the pitch to clip the top of off stump. New batsman Brad Haddin was on 15 when England had an appeal by wicketkeeper Matt Prior for caught behind off Anderson turned down. It looked as if the ball had missed the batsman’s bat and gloves and umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s verdict was upheld by the Decision Review System.

saD wHen peopLe forget My test aCHieveMents, says gayLe BARBADOS AGenCieS

Chris Gayle is one of the biggest crowd-pullers in Twenty20 leagues across the world but when he is labelled a mercenary, he feels “sad” his numerous performances over the years for West Indies, including in Test matches, are ignored. “I have been giving my all for West Indies for 13 years now,” Gayle told The Indian Express. “So it’s sad when people just forget all that I’ve achieved for the Caribbean and use such derogatory terms. I have scored runs and won matches in Test cricket as well. There are other cricketers too who get bracketed in that category. It’s unfair but you can’t stop tongues from wagging.” Gayle, who has led Jamaica Tallawahs to the semi-finals of the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League, believes T20 cricket will continue to thrive. “It’s the future and is growing bigger and bigger every day. Test cricket will survive, but you have to be realistic and accept things as they are,” he said. “You can come

to the ground for two-and-a-half hours knowing that you will be enthralled for every minute you spend there. It’s become a serious business now. You have everyone from movie stars to celebrities coming in and trying to have their own piece of the pie.” Gayle has participated in several leagues across the world and touched upon the difficulties of acclimatising. “I have been with (IPL franchise)

Royal Challengers Bangalore for a few years now so that connect is there,” he said. “But it’s difficult to just go somewhere and feel the pulse of that city. I just go with an open mind. “It’s not easy, landing up in a dressing room on short notice and having to get acclimatised immediately. I have been doing this year after year. And I have got used to the whole process.


Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh allrounder, is disappointed with his batting form so far in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League but is glad to have contributed with the ball. Shakib’s franchise Barbados Tridents will take on Jamaica Tallawahs in the second semifinal in Port-of-Spain on Friday. “I am a bit down about that (batting) but my team-mates support me because they always tell me these Caribbean pitches are not the easiest to adapt to,” Shakib said. “I really want to come good with some runs though.” Shakib has averaged 3.66 with the bat

in six innings but has taken 11 wickets at an economy-rate of 5.58, including figures of 6 for 6 against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in Bridgetown, which was the second-best bowling performance in Twenty20s. He said the Caribbean pitches had kept him on his toes and his team’s at-times unconventional and cavalier approach had also suited his attacking style of bowling. Despite Barbados losing their last three matches, Shakib felt they were ready to try and recover the form achieved at the start of the CPL, when they won their first four games. “It’s a new game. Whatever happened in the first round, is over and gone. It’s all coming down to these semis so we’re

all back to square one. I know we have the talent and we’re confident enough to win the trophy. I want it. That’s my purpose here. Jamaica is the first hurdle but we’re ready.” Shakib said he and Bangladesh team-mate Tamim Iqbal, who played for St Lucia Zouks, had enjoyed themselves in the CPL. “I am getting immense practice ahead of us (Bangladesh) hosting New Zealand (in October). I was able to share my past experience as a captain with the Caribbean guys and I think this is a great move for other players from my country to potentially join. I learnt a lot playing with the likes of (Kieron) Pollard and Shoaib (Malik) and everyone else in our camp.

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SINGAPORE: Afghanistan’s cricket team inflicted a 28-run defeat on India’s under23 team in the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore on Thursday. It was the first time an Afghan cricket team had ever beaten a side from a Test playing nation in any format of the game. Granted, the Afghan team wasn’t restricted by age, but the victory marks a significant step for a national team that was only officially formed in 2001. Samiullah Shenwari, a 26-year-old from east Afghanistan’s Nangrahar province, was named man-of-the-match after topscoring for Afghanistan with 43 not out, an innings that helped his team to a total of 184 in 50 overs. India managed to score only 156 runs in reply. The Afghan bowlers contained the threat of batsmen like Unmukt Chand, who led India’s under-19 team to the World Cup title in 2012. Chand plays for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and is regarded as a fine prospect for India, but he didn’t last long against Afghanistan, scoring just 10. Sadly for Afghanistan, the win wasn’t enough to secure qualification to the semifinal of the tournament, which features the under-23 teams from Testplaying nations — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and the senior teams from Nepal, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Singapore. Despite winning two matches, including Thursday’s game against India, Afghanistan finished third in its group with four points. India and Pakistan’s under-23 teams also had four points, but they qualified for the semifinal because of a superior run-rate. After beating Nepal by three runs in a rain-affected match Saturday, Afghanistan lost to Pakistan by two wickets on Monday. Sri Lanka’s under-23 team topped group B. The U.A.E. finished second thanks to a 59-run victory over Bangladesh’s under23s, also on Thursday, and a nine wicket win against Singapore on Monday. In Friday’s semifinals, the U.A.E. will play India’s under-23s and Pakistan will face Sri Lanka. AGenCieS

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If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf. –Bob Hope

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Pak gearS uP for world amateur boxIng chamPIonShIP

LAHORE: Pakistan has been gearing up to feature in the upcoming the World Amateur Boxing Championships scheduled to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from Oct. 17 to 27, officials said. Secretary of the Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Iqbal Hussain said that the federation will send six to eight boxers in the event. The PBF, the governing body of Amateur Boxing in the country, has planned to hold a training camp in the eastern city of Lahore starting on Aug. 25 for the preparations of the mega event. “The federation will soon release the names of boxers to attend a training camp under three national coaches before going to announce the final team,” said Hussain. Experts said that Pakistani pugilists will have to work hard to make some difference among the boxers from around 124 other countries participating in the event. Pakistan has grabbed only one bronze medal during last 16 events since 1974. Pakistani boxers will participate in six to seven weight categories. Pakistan has already selected a twomember team, comprising Muhammad Waseem and Nadir Baloch, for a joint forty-day training session in Kazakhstan. They will leave for Kazakhstan on Sept. 1 for training where pugilists from other countries will go for training before the championship. Pakistan’s final team will leave for Kazakhstan on Oct. 10 after closing its training camp on Oct. 5 in Lahore. STAFF RePORT

amar cable nameS team for veteran crIcket LAHORE: CEO Amar Cables and President Shah Faisal Cricket Club Amer Ilyas Butt has on Thursday announced his cricket team for upcoming veteran Cricket Tournaments. The team includes Amer Ilyas Butt (Captain), Munir Shah vice (Captain), Karamat Ali, Rauf Wain, Aziz ur Rehman, Shafaqat Butt, Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar, Muhammad Arif, Ahmad Shahab, Aftab Anjum, Tariq Hussain Raju, Zahid Khan, Javaid Butt, Jamshaid Salman, Muhammad Ali & Muhammad Munir also playing in the team. STAFF RePORT

chelSea edge dogged Villa to earn second win LONDON



HELSEA overcame obdurate opposition from Aston Villa to secure a hard-fought 21 win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday that maintained their early momentum in the fledgling Premier League season. Breezy 2-0 victors over Hull City in their opening game on Sunday, Chelsea had to dig much deeper against Paul Lambert’s side but eventually prevailed through a header from Branislav Ivanovic with 17 minutes to play. As against Hull, Chelsea had taken an early lead, this time through an own goal from Antonio Luna, but Villa refused to roll over and claimed an equaliser on the stroke of half-time when Christian Benteke lashed home. Victory in an occasionally illtempered game, brought forward due to Chelsea’s involvement in the UEFA Super Cup on August 30, will give Jose Mourinho enhanced belief

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arSenal rISe to euro challenge In IStanbul PARIS: Arsenal provided the perfect riposte to their critics with a timely and ultimately impressive win at Fenerbahce on Wednesday which left Arsene Wenger’s side on the verge of a remarkable 17th straight Champions League campaign. The Gunners turned up in Istanbul under a cloud after last weekend’s shock Premier League opening loss to Aston villa and inactivity in the transfer market But goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud lifted the North London side past Fenerbahce in what beleaguered Wenger had described as “a massive” match. AGENCIES

that his side are ready for the battle sure to await them at Manchester United on Monday. Villa manager Lambert, meanwhile, will take solace from the doggedness of his side’s display, four days on from their shock 3-1 win at Arsenal and eight months after a humiliating 8-0 defeat on the same pitch. Mourinho made two changes to the team that beat Hull, introducing Demba Ba and Juan Mata in place of Kevin De Bruyne and Fernando Torres, while Ciaran Clark replaced the

injured Nathan Baker at centre-back for Villa. Chelsea had taken the lead after 13 minutes against Hull and they were just as quick off the mark against Villa. This time the visiting team held out for only seven minutes, although there was more than a touch of fortune about the goal. Oscar released Eden Hazard with an incisive pass down the inside-left channel and although Brad Guzan parried the Belgian’s shot, the ball bounced off inrushing defender Luna and into the net.

MADRID: Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona as the Catalans were held 1-1 by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but there was another injury worry for Lionel Messi as he was forced off at half-time. David villa had given the hosts the perfect start when he netted against his old side in spectacular fashion after just 12 minutes. Barca then struggled to find their rhythm against a dogged Atleti side and were dealt a huge blow when Messi failed to reappear for the second-half due to a hamstring injury. However, in his absence, Neymar was the man to rescue the Spanish champions as he came off the bench to head home Dani Alves’ cross 25 minutes from time. “He had a knock and then a muscle problem so we will do the required examinations to see how serious it is,” Barca boss Gerardo Martino said of Messi’s injury afterwards. AGenCieS

Mahon-Stroud named NZ manager WELLINGTON AGe nC ie S

Helen Mahon-Stroud, former coach of the New Zealand A netball side, has been named manager of the country’s women’s cricket team. She had attended a training camp with the side at Maroochydore in Queensland last week and felt the trip had been a valuable experience. “Maroochydore was a helpful starting point and gave

me good insight to the environment and the systems in place,” she said. “I’m really excited by the challenge in front of me and will endeavour to add as much support as possible.” Mahon-Stroud will travel with the team for their tour of the West Indies in October. Coach Katrina Keenan was thrilled with the addition of Mahon-Stroud, who has also coached the Canterbury Tactix netball side for three years

since 2008. “We’re delighted that Helen has taken up the role of White Ferns manager and know she will make a positive contribution to the group. Her skill set is well suited to the role and her previous experience in sports administration gives her a great understanding of what is required.” Mahon-Stroud has been a member of the New Zealand police for 23 years and will continue her role part-time.

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Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. –Dave Barry


SPORTS Friday, 23 August, 2013

Sharapova out of uS open with shoulder injury

querrey beats nieminen in three to reach quarter-finals NEW YORK: American Sam Querrey booked his place in the quarterfinals of the Winston-Salem Open after coming through a titanic struggle with Jarkko Nieminen. Querrey ensured the crowds in North Carolina had plenty to cheer as he fought back from a set down to clinch an epic 4-6 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (14/12) victory over his Finnish rival. The big-serving American was forced to survive five match points in the deciding tie-breaker but did so to emerge triumphant and will now face Ricardas Berankis in the last eight. “This is huge for my confidence,” said Querrey. “It’s the first time in a long while I can remember squeezing out a long tough one, saving match points, getting through when it wasn’t pretty at times. AGenCieS

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Shahzad (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) 42 the scores being 54-61, 72-50, 49-39, 79-48, 22-67, 75-52. Second seed Imran conceded the opening frame in his 4-1 triumph over Kyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Aakash Rafique (16-71, 130-8, 52-49, 749, 84-9) while Sattar defeated province-mate Vishan Gir by identical margin of 4-1 (28-69, 6915, 53-46, 63-46, 60-19). Mohammad Asif, the IBSF

world amateur snooker champion, also made a winning start when he humbled defending champion Asjad Iqbal 4-2 (0-94, 67-57, 4679, 90-12, 63-59, 60-17). However, three players who are in the top eight — Babar Masih, Abu Saim and Farhan Noor — all from Punjab, besides couple of other lower seeded players suffered loss on the opening day.

The minister for Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC) Riaz Hussain Pirzada said on Wednesday that Rs10 million cash award will be presented to the IBSF world snooker champion Mohammad Asif in Islamabad soon. He held out this assurance during a one-to-one meeting with president of Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Federation (PBSF) Alamgir Shaikh who called on him in his office. After giving a patient hearing to the PBSF chief, the minister held out an assurance that the world champion would be feted as per sports policy at a soon-to-be held function. Asif, crowned the IBSF world amateur snooker title on Dec 2 last year, has been running from pillar to post to get the pledged money and awards.The minister dispelled the notion that Asif’s name was not recommended for President’s Pride of Performance. “The IPC and PSB had recommended only one nomination of Asif for the award which was unfortunately changed by presidency at the last moment,” the minister stated. He further assured that his ministry would reapply Asif’s nomination to the presidency and recommend the award for 2014, if not possible for the current year. Alamgir Shaikh also gave a resume of the PBSF affairs and made a passionate appeal to enhance the annual and special grants of the body keeping in view its track record. Amir Hamza Gilani, director general of the PSB, was also present on the occasion.—Sports Correspondent.

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR JASON DUFNER Golf’s newest major champion Jason Dufner insists nothing much has changed since he lifted the US PGA trophy two weeks ago. The American returns to action in The Barclays this week after claiming his first major title at Oak Hill, but the 36year-old Ryder Cup star’s feet have been kept firmly on the ground ever since. “I changed my number about three weeks ago so very few people had my number,” Dufner explained ahead of the


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USSIAN world number three Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open because of a right shoulder injury, tournament organizers announced. On the eve of the draw for the year’s final Grand Slam event that begins Monday on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts, US Open tournament director David Brewer announced the withdrawal. Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament,” he said on Wednesday. “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year.” As a result, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska moves into the third seed in the women’s singles draw and other seeds will move up one place, with Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova advancing into the 32nd spot. Sharapova’s only match since a second-round defeat at Wimbledon in late June was a loss in her opening match in last week’s WTA event at Cincinnati to American Sloane Stephens. That was followed by a split with Jimmy Connors, who had been her coach for less than three weeks. Sharapova had been nursing a hip injury after Wimbledon.

The fifth National Bank of Pakistan Ranking Snooker Championship, second domestic event of the calendar, commenced on a positive note at the bank’s sports complex on Wednesday with two cueists registering elegant century breaks and the top four besides the world champion making a flying start. Third seed Sajjad of Punjab was the first to conjure up break of 102 while routing Sindh’s Uzair Aziz 4-0 in the morning session. His break came in the first frame as he was home 110-7, 76-1, 77-1, 6018. However, the joy of the break was short-lived as low ranked Mohammad Bilal, also from Punjab, eclipsed it in the last session by piling a break of 117 while upsetting Sindh’s Umair Alam 4-3. The latter is ranked 10th. Bilal’s break came in the fourth frame as he won 13-84, 67-76, 7044, 126-8, 64-41, 60-75, 53-17. Apart from Sajjad, other three seeded players Hamza Akbar, Imran Shahzad and Abdul Sattar won their openers in convincing fashion. Top seed and national champion Hamza whipped Amir

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first FedEx Cup play-off event at Liberty National in New Jersey. “Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson texted me but most people who have my number I’m in regular contact with anyway. “Nothing much has changed, I still had to take the trash out on Tuesday morning and we’ve just got a new puppy so I’ve been up at 3am taking him to the bathroom. “It was kind of a whirlwind there for a couple of days after the win, I went to New York for some media stuff and there have

been demands on my time, but I live in a pretty small town so I have not had to deal with too much since I got back to Auburn.” Dufner’s victory at Oak Hill lifted him from 62nd to 14th in the FedEx Cup standings and he begins the first of four possible events in 15th place. The top 125 players in the standings have qualified for The Barclays, with the field being trimmed to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and then 30 for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

NEW YORK: World number one Serena Williams says she is fully prepared for her US Open defence, but second-ranked victoria Azarenka has confidence she can beat her. Williams has been on a fine run of form over the past 14 months, going 77-4, but two of those defeats came at the hands of Azarenka - in last February’s Doha final and last Sunday at the WTA final in Cincinnati. The two have won seven of the past nine Grand Slam titles and could face a potential rematch of last year’s US Open final in this year’s renewal at Flushing Meadows. Williams is ready for the challenge ahead, saying: “I’m definitely prepared. I’m definitely ready for New York. I definitely had more matches than I could want, but I’m definitely prepared for the US Open. “It would be totally different circumstances (to the loss at Cincinnati). It’s just a new event. You just got to go in there with a fresh mind. “It makes me more relaxed and almost happy that I lost because now I don’t have to worry about every day someone asking me about some silly winning streak. So maybe it was for the best.”AGenCieS

PrSb announceS Inter dIvISIon comPetItIonS LAHORE: The Sports Officer of the Pakistan railways Sports Board Rashid Mehmood Butt has on Thursday announced the Inter-Division Competition 2013-14. The competitions wil be held in weightlifting, taekwondo, table tennis, badminton, chess, karate, wrestling, kabaddi, volleyball, handball, boxing, basketball, tug of war, cycling gymnastic, bodybuilding, judo, hockey, cricket, football and athletics. Rashid Mehmood Butt said that these Inter Division Competitions will roll into action with weightlifting from September 10 and will continue till January next year. STAFF RePORT

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mubarak out of prison but far from free CAIRO AGenCieS


GYPT’S Hosni Mubarak, who left jail for house arrest on Thursday, enjoyed near absolute power for three decades as president before a 2011 uprising overthrew him. The 85-year-old’s spectacular fall from grace sent shock waves across the Middle East and beyond when he announced his resignation on February 11, 2011 after an 18-day popular revolt. Just months later, in April, he was arrested and subsequently charged with various crimes, including corruption and

inciting the deaths of at least 850 people killed during the uprising. Last year, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. He appealed, and a retrial was ordered. His next hearing is scheduled for Sunday with the case likely to drag on for months. On Thursday, he was flown from prison by helicopter to a military hospital, where he will be held under house arrest, after he was cleared for conditional release while the trial continues. The spectacle of the man who had dominated Egypt for so long appearing in the dock on a stretcher at his original trial gripped the nation.

He was convicted for his role in the deaths of protesters and could have received the death penalty when the court handed down sentence on June 2 last year. But he was instead handed a life sentence, before the trial was overturned on the basis of procedural errors. Until anti-government protests erupted on January 25, 2011, Mubarak had seemed untouchable as president of the most populous nation in the Arab world, backed by the United States and the military, from whose ranks he had emerged. He had survived 10 attempts on his life, most of them by Islamist militants, but in the end, it was a popular uprising

that brought him down. It was a blow he found hard to accept. Two months after his overthrow, Mubarak told pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiya that he and his family were the victims of “false claims that seek to ruin my reputation and challenge my integrity.” After his life sentence, his health collapsed and the state news agency MENA even reported him clinically dead at one point as he lapsed into a coma. He recovered but was reportedly deeply depressed by the election of Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of his longtime foe the Muslim Brotherhood, as president later the same month.

zardari, nawaz have much awaited meeting MONITORING DESK Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday. Both leaders discussed the overall situation in the country, focusing on important national issues. Sources said the two leaders also discussed the issue of executions of a large number of convicts on death row. ZARDARI hoSTS bANQueT: Later, the president hosted a banquet in honour of foreign ambassadors serving in Pakistan. Besides the prime minister, the Senate chairman, the National Assembly speaker, federal ministers, and former premiers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf attended the banquet.

uk Islamic tv channel fined for inciting violence LONDON AGenCieS

Britain’s broadcasting watchdog on Wednesday fined an Islamic television channel £85,000 ($133,000, 99,700 euros) after a presenter said anyone disrespecting the Prophet Mohammed should be killed. Ofcom ruled that Noor TV, which broadcasts on Sky, had breached broadcasting codes by inciting violence during a program aired on May 3 last year. The watchdog said the size of the fine reflected the seriousness of the channel’s transgression, but stopped short of revoking its licence. Presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami was hosting a phone-in when he was asked what the punishment was for anyone showing disrespect for Prophet Mohammed. “There is no disagreement about this,” he replied. “There is absolutely no doubt about it that the punishment for the person who shows disrespect for the Prophet is death.” Ofcom ruled that the channel, which is owned by Al Ehya Digital Television, had transmitted “material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime” and had failed to “exercise the proper degree of responsibility with respect to the content of programmes which are religious programmes.”

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif exchange views during a meeting at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.

yemen asks Us for drones to fight al Qaeda SANNA AGenCieS

Yemen has asked the United States to supply it with drones, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said on Thursday, to help it fight an al Qaeda threat that recently forced Western countries to temporarily close diplomatic missions in Sanaa. State news agency Saba also quoted Hadi as telling police cadets that 40 suspected al Qaeda militants had been killed in recent counterterrorism operations and vowed to keep fighting the Islamists until they laid down their weapons. Hadi, who came to power in 2011 after months of turmoil forced his predecessor to step down, irked Yemenis last year by giving unequivocal support for Washington’s controversial drone strikes, which have increased under President Barack Obama. “The drones that are

conducting operations are part of the cooperation between us and the United States,” Hadi told the cadets. He said Yemen had allowed the United States to undertake such operations because his country did not possess such technology to carry out “these precise military missions”. “I have discussed the issue of helping us acquire this technology with the US administration,” Saba quoted Hadi as saying, adding that the Yemeni army was capable of using drones. The Yemeni army, with US backing, last year drove al Qaeda militants and their allies from strongholds they seized during months of turmoil against Saleh’s rule. But the militants have since regrouped and mounted attacks on government officials and installations. “We will pursue them until they seek peace, give up their weapons and return to their

senses as Yemeni citizens and not as enemies of Yemen, and kick out the foreigners who carry out these military attacks with them,” he said. Hadi defended the use of drone strikes, saying they were more accurate than other methods. He said that a 2009 strike that killed scores of Yemeni civilians in Abyan province resulted from a cruise missile and not a drone. Restoring stability to Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world and next door to the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is an international concern. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has used Yemen to plot an attack on international aviation and attacked a US warship and a French supertanker in Yemeni waters. Yemen said earlier this month it had foiled a major al Qaeda plot to seize two oil and gas export terminals and a provincial capital in the east of the country.

Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.

Ban on youtube to be lifted soon It mInIster says auctIOn OF 3g tO be made Once pta bOard Is cOmpleted ISLAMABAD AnWeR AbbAS

Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman on Thursday said the ban on YouTube would be removed in the coming few days after the sitting of Inter-Ministerial Committee. Addressing a press conference, she said the auction of the 3G would be made once the board of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is completed. Anusha said her ministry alone could not remove the ban and the final decision would be made by the InterMinisterial Committee. She was of the view that her ministry had blocked at least 4,000 internet websites that were carrying the blasphemous material. She was of the view that a technical formula had been finalised that would assist in blocking and removing more websites containing the blasphemous material. Anusha said a special cell had been formed in the ministry that

would respond to any complaints about the blasphemous material present anywhere. To a question, she said Google did not cooperated with the government in removing the blasphemous material from the websites or getting it blocked, however now the government was working on providing the umbrella of Cyber Crimes Protection to avoid such issues. She was of the view that once the board of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) was completed, an auction for the 3 G would be introduced, adding that a few people, for the sake of their illegal businesses, did not want to get the PTA board completed. The minister said now the appointment of the consultant would be made by the IT Ministry and not by the PTA. To another question, Anusha said after the removal of certain conditions, new companies could also now participate in the auction. She was of the view that that earlier there was no system to control the grey traffic, adding “however, now a system is being installed at the PTA headquarters”. “The installation of the particular system would be completed by September 15, with the cost of around Rs 2,700 million,” the minister added.

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