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eFenCe Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik on Monday said the political cell of the InterServices Intelligence (ISI) had been disbanded five years ago, adding that no such cell was operative ever since and the agency was not interfering in political matters. During an in-camera meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Malik said no political cell was operating in the ISI at present nor was it working when General Ahmad Shuja Pasha was the ISI DG. Talking to reporters later, committee chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayyed said the defence secretary informed that the US had conducted drone attacks from the Shamsi base while it was in its use, adding that the attacks were carried out with the govern-
ment’s approval. The base had been sub-leased to the US by the UAe with the approval of then military ruler Pervez Musharraf. It was vacated by the US on Dec ember 11, 2011. The defence secretary also presented before the committee the details of the defence budget for the current fiscal year. He told the committee that the defence budget for the current fiscal year was Rs 545 billion, of which Rs 264 billion had been allocated to the army, Rs 114 billion to the air force, Rs 52 billion to the navy and Rs 92 billion to the ISI, the joint staff headquarter, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and defence production. The defence secretary said regular audits were conducted in all defence-related institutions, including the ISI. Malik said the US had paid Pakistan $12 billion since 9/11, adding that, it had not made any payments to Pakistan over its use of the Shamsi air base. He said
since the resumption of nATO supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan, the US had resumed military aid to Pakistan. He said the coalition support fund was not credited to the GHQ directly but went to the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry then gives this amount to the Defence Ministry which distributes it among the armed forces, he said. Malik said an amount of Rs 105 billion was paid to the retired armed forces officials as pension which was not part of defence budget but paid out of civilian budget. He said the training of armed forces was under scholarship and the expenditure was borne by the US. To a question, he said the Defence Ministry paid Rs 28 billion to the government in the shape of taxes. The committee chairman said a national security strategy would be prepared and for this purpose, proposals would be sought from the Defence Ministry.
LAHORE: A view of the biggest human national flag made with the help of 24,200 students who made a world record during Punjab Youth Festival at National Hockey Stadium on Monday. The earlier record was set by 21,726 participants in Hong Kong in 2007. murtaza ali
Govt, military get clean slate from abbottabad Commission NEWS DESK The Abbottabad Commission has cleared the Pakistani government and army of involvement in protection of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. Quoting a senior government official, The Daily Telegraph said no one else in the town knew that the world’s most wanted man had taken up residence there. The probe cleared the government and military establishment of involvement, a verdict that will prompt accusations of a cover-up and infuriate Western diplomats, the paper said. The Abbottabad Commission had spent the past year-and-a-half questioning military officers, Osama’s wives and residents of Abbottabad. The investigation describes how the daughter of one
of bin Laden’s two couriers, who lived with their families in separate buildings inside the high-walled compound, saw the al Qaeda leader as he climbed the stairs in his private area for a Quran lesson with one of his wives. According to the Pakistani source, she was oblivious to his identity until she saw his picture on television some days later. This prompted a hurried security conference inside the compound, which ended with bin Laden giving up his exercise routine in a covered part of the courtyard. A senior government source said they would find few answers in the commission’s report. “At the end of the day it really doesn’t tell us much more than we already knew. It’s a disappointment for those who thought this episode might represent a turning point for Pakistan’s
relationship with extremist groups,” he said, adding that the investigation had spent more time considering infringements of Pakistan’s sovereignty by the US Seals than probing how such a wellknown fugitive evaded detection. American critics have accused Pakistani officials of knowing more about Osama’s presence than they were letting on. “If Pakistan had taken this breach of sovereignty seriously by which I mean the head of al Qaeda sitting in a cantonment so close to the capital - we should have seen a very vigorous investigation,” said Christine Fair, a Pakistan watcher at Georgetown University. “This was a joke,” she told the paper.
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Blast near Hoti’s convoy in Nowshehra, no casualties reported NOWsHEHRA: A blast occurred near the convoy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti in nowshehra on Monday, police said. news reports said the blast took place on Jehangeera Swabi Road. There were no immediate reports of any casualty. According to the CM’s office, the convoy was going to Swabi from nowshehra. ONLINE
Protesters ransack Kasur hospital after female patient’s death KAsuR: The family members and relatives of a woman who allegedly died of negligence of doctors ransacked a hospital and tortured the staff, late Sunday night. According to details, 40year-old Mehraj Bibi hailing from a suburban area was shifted to District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Kasur due to muscular pain. Family members said that the doctors injected the patient and left the hospital. Some minutes after being injected, her condition worsened and she died later. The enraged heirs of the deceased ransacked the hospital and also tortured doctors and paramedical staff. The doctors denied the allegation saying that the woman died a natural death which did not accrue owing to the spurious injection or any negligence in treatment. The police registered a case and started investigation. INP
Hague being taken to court over drone strikes LONdON: British Foreign Secretary William Hague is being taken to court amid accusations of being an accomplice in drone strikes that are said to break international laws. noor Khan, whose father was killed by a US drone attack in Waziristan, is demanding clarity over the UK’s role in supplying intelligence to US forces and the legality of such acts. “This case is about the legality of the UK government providing ‘locational intelligence’ to the US for use in drone strikes in Pakistan,” said Rosa Curling, a Reprieve lawyer representing Khan. “An off-the-record Government Communication Head Quarters [GCHQ] source stated to a number of media outlets that the GCHQ assistance was being provided to the US for use in drone attacks and this assistance was ‘in accordance with the law’. We have advised our client that this is incorrect.” ONLINE
Nine power plants out of production due to fuel shortage
Tuesday, 23 October, 2012
KARACHI: A woman pats a sacrificial bull on Monday as people have started heading to cattle markets to buy their animals for the upcoming Eidul Azha. ONliNE
nine thermal power generation units went out of production due to non-availability of fuel taking out 2071 MW of electricity from the system. According to reports, these power generation plants include AeS Lalpir (350 MW), AeS Pakgen (350 MW), Saba power company (150 MW), Saif, Orient and Saffire power plants, one unit of Hubco (300 MW) and Fauri Kabirwala (151 MW). KAPCO generation has also decreased by 800 MW. Sources said that despite improvement in weather and the resultant decrease in power demand, load shedding would continue owing to supply shortages. They said that the Ministry of Water and Power had taken serious notice of this development and arrangements were being made to ensure supply of fuel to these plants to put them back on production line. NO LOAd sHEddiNg duRiNg Eid, sAys gOvt: The government has decided that no load shedding will be carried out on the occasion of eidul Azha (October 26 to 29). The Ministry of Water and Power has expressed the hope that there would be a reduction in demand for electricity during eid holidays due to the industrial activities coming to rest and closure of government offices. There will be a minor gap between the demand for electricity and its supply which will be met by operating the dormant power houses, it added. The officials further said that the shortfall has already reduced to almost 3000 MW as a result of the drop in climatic temperature across the country.
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aNP demands commission implement SC verdict ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Propagandas cannot befool masses: nawaz
wami national Party (AnP) spokesman Senator Zahid Khan on Monday demanded the constitution of an independent commission to implement the SC verdict in the Asghar Khan case. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, the AnP leader said the SC judgement in the Asghar Khan case would have historic repercussions on the country’s politics. Khan said it was necessary and significant that the SC verdict should be implemented in letter and spirit to reach a logic conclusion. He demanded an independent and impartial probe against the politicians who took money from the ISI, adding that they should be exposed in the best interest of the country. Khan added that fair investigation should also be conducted against those politicians and army personnel who earned millions of dollars by fighting and supporting the US in Afghan war.
LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz President nawaz Sharif on Monday said the people of the country could not be befooled by propagandas anymore. Talking to officebearers and workers of PML-n Okara and affected people of Military estate Renala Khurd, nawaz said the people must keep faith in the party, as tomorrow belonged only to the PML-n. It said the party would spare no effort for progress, prosperity and welfare of Pakistan and the nation. The PMLn chief said the history of his party was closely associated with the rule of law and predominance of justice. “Despite two broken eras in the past, we have served the country and the nation in an exemplary manner.” nawaz said he had complete sympathy with the people affected by military farm Renala Khurd and called upon the administration of the military farm to provide maximum help to the affected people. He said he would also direct Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to play his role in the matter. Talking to PMLn office-bearers, he said they should vigorously prepare for the next general election in every city and village and try all to solve the problems of the masses by utilising their energies. The people affected by Renala Khurd farm informed nawaz about the highhandedness of the Musharraf regime. They said the Punjab government had given them proprietary rights for Kalyana estate, Okara and the people of the area deeply appreciated the step taken by the Punjab government and the chief minister. STAFF REPORT
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Another school girl from Swat threatened by Taliban PESHAWAR
Grandson clarifies GIK’s position in Asghar Khan case
OLLOWInG the deadly attack on activist Malala Yousafzai a few weeks ago, another schoolgirl from Swat, Hina Khan who was a pioneer in raising her voice publicly against Taliban atrocities in the Malakand Valley, is now also claiming to be on the Taliban’s hit list. What has been further worrisome for her family is that despite repeated requests for security, they claim no steps have been taken to provide protection to them after they fled from Swat and moved to Islamabad. The teenaged Hina Khan, a student of Class 11, had publicly denounced militants’ atrocities in 2009. “I had left Swat with my family because the militants had threatened girls’ education there but now I feel I would not be able to go to school in Islamabad as well after these renewed threats,” Khan said. Hina held a press conference at the national Press Club in 2008 after her friends in Swat told her that the militants were becoming further intolerant towards girls seeking education and had started bombing schools as well. “I raised my voice publicly to save their future,” she stated. Khan, along with some other students had also taken out a peace rally at the Jinnah Supper Market in Islamabad to draw attention towards the Swati womens’ problems. “I am more worried now because after the attack on Malala, this red cross appearing on our door and subsequent threats to my family has made us more insecure,” Khan said. Khan claims that she fears not being able to attend school even in Islamabad, since she was receiving threats warning her that she would be targeted or kidnapped. Khan’s father Raitullah Khan told a private TV channel that he was very worried about his family after his wife Farhat, a social worker, also started receiving threatening calls since August this year. He claimed that she had previously also received threats. About the renewed threats and the family worries, Raituallah said, “A few days ago when I came out of my house I saw a red cross on my gate
but I removed it assuming it might have been drawn by some kids, but the very next day it appeared again which really terrified me.” The next day, he claimed, “we received a call that Hina will be next after Malala. We have already been fighting death since many years when my wife started speaking for women rights and girls’ education.” Khan’s mother, Farhat, who used to be a human rights and social activist, had worked for the women empowerment in Swat for more than a decade. “I received a call from a land line PTCL number with Peshawar’s area code and the callers threatened to target Hina and my family and said that we would not spared,” claimed Farhat. “Mullah Fazlullah led militants had even sent us death threats on their FM Radio after a huge handicraft exhibition of Swat women was arranged in 2006 to promote their work but now these threats are coming with more force after Malala’s incident.” Farhat said that her children remain at home now as she has not been letting them out of the house to attend school. “I had personally tried to contact and speak to the Interior Minister Rehman Malik and had also forwarded an application to the Interior Ministry personally, as well as through minority Sen-
Fall in polio vaccination refusal cases in Pakistan ISLAMABAD AFP
Senator Osman Saifullah in a statement issued from his office on Monday said that former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had no role in distributing money to politicians to form IJI against PPP. Osman Saifullah Khan, who won the Senate seat from Islamabad on a PPP ticket in 2012, is son of the party’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) president Anwar Saifullah Khan and grandson of former president of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan. He said that the court decision in Asghar Khan case was ample proof that some elements committed foul play for letting down PPP and the people’s will. He said that the court verdict was widely praised. The decision reminded everyone that all the citizens of Pakistan were bound to act in accordance with the constitution, he said. The judgement made it clear that the people had the right to determine the interest of the country and neither the Army nor the Supreme Court could claim this right, he added. “I have found the events of the last eight months, culminating in the recent short order deeply distressing. My grandfather left office in 1993 and passed away in 2006, spending the intervening 13 years living quietly at his Peshawar residence. I do so wish that during this time he had been confronted with the allegations against him. Some part of media as well as political leaders had pointed fingers towards him. The inordinate delay in the dispensation of justice denied him justice. His reputation has summarily been executed,” the senator said.
Pakistan has witnessed a sharp drop in the number of families refusing to get their children vaccinated against polio, officials said Monday, while lamenting that nearly half a million children were left unvaccinated. “The number of refusing families has declined (44 percent) from 80,330 during the first national polio round held in January to 45,122 in October,” the World Health Organization, the Un and the government said in a joint statement. Around 32 million children were targeted during the three-day nationwide drive last week, backed by the government and WHO. Prayer leaders from mosques’ loudspeakers have been telling parents not to give polio vaccine to their children, dubbing the campaign a Western “conspiracy” to reduce the population of Muslims. earlier this year, a Pakistani doctor was jailed for helping the CIA track down Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011 using a fake hepatitis vaccination programme, leading the Taliban to ban immunisation in some areas. “The success achieved notwithstanding, every unvaccinated child constitutes a major challenge,” said elias Durry, a senior coordinator for polio eradication at WHO. “It is a cause of grave concern that polio teams across the
country have still missed 484,344 children during the last polio round,” Durry said. He expressed concern over polio teams “persistently missing the same children that have remained unvaccinated for the last many campaigns”. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, a senior adviser to the prime minister, called for reaching out to the children who could not be given polio vaccine drops during the latest campaign. “We need to take adequate steps to ensure that the number of children missed for reasons other than refusals is also brought down,” she said. Pakistan is one of only three countries where the highly infectious crippling disease remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and nigeria.
ator Amar Jeet Singh but nothing concrete happened.” Farhat said that they moved to Islamabad in 2006 after receiving the threats but were now being haunted by renewed ones. Farhat, who was then running a non-governmental organisation had arranged a handicraft expo in 2006 for the Swati women which was inaugurated by the than federal minister Sumera Malik. The family had been on the hit list ever since, she claimed. Raitullah said that the interior minister had just forwarded their application to a senior police officer, seeking a report on the incident on October 10 but nothing practical had come about. The police said that they needed clear cut orders for deployment and could not act much on reports. Raitullah argued that it was strange that when someone being threatened is requesting security, the authorities don’t bother to do anything but as soon as something big happens they start rushing. “We are almost being held as hostages inside our house. I want security for my three daughters, two sons and my wife so they can live freely,” he added. Raitullah said they had been changing residences in Islamabad frequently. “My family and kids need security, we need nothing else.”
Work on Kishanganga Dam stalled: India isLAMABAd: India has said it would not violate the stay order issued by the International Court of Arbitration against the construction of Kishanganga Dam and the work on the project had been stalled. The Indian authorities have duly informed Pakistan about the development. The Indians told a Pakistani delegation during a recent visit to the site of the dam that India would not violate the stay order. During the visit of the Indo-Pak joint inspection commission to the site of Kishanganga Dam, Pakistani officials noted that no construction work was underway following the stay order from the International Court of Arbitration. According to a report, the Pakistan government claims that India would win water rights to neelum and Jhelum rivers if it built Kishanganga Dam before the completion of the neelum-Jhelum power project in Pakistan. The move would lead to Pakistan losing 13 percent of the river’s water, the report said. It, however, pointed out that Pakistan faces a threat back home as a Chinese joint venture had warned it would abandon the strategic 969-megawatt neelum-Jhelum hydropower project, located in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, because of a delay in the clearance of its dues. NNI
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British Prime Minister David Cameron accused the BBC Monday of changing its story about Jimmy Savile as an editor who dropped an investigation into sex abuse claims against the late star stepped aside. Peter Rippon, editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme newsnight, became the first head to roll as a result of the growing accusations of a cover-up by the world’s largest public broadcaster. The BBC said a blog by Rippon, in which he explained why a show about Savile was dropped in December last year for editorial reasons, was “inaccurate or incomplete in some respects” and has been corrected. Cameron said the country was “appalled” by the growing claims against Savile, who with his jangling jewellery and shiny tracksuits was one of British television’s best-loved stars before his death last year aged 84. “The nation is appalled, we’re all appalled by the allegations of what Jimmy Savile did and they seem to get worse by the day,” Cameron told reporters. “The developments today are concerning because the BBC has effectively changed its story about why it dropped the newsnight programme about Jimmy Savile.” The prime minister added that “serious questions” need to be answered by the two independent inquiries that the BBC has launched into the allegations about Savile. British police have launched a separate criminal investigation. The scandal has pitted the BBC against itself, with the broadcaster’s investigative show Panorama due to claim on Monday that the corporation pulled the newsnight investigation after coming under pressure from senior managers. The BBC was allegedly reluctant to run the newsnight investigation because it had already scheduled tributes to Savile for the Christmas period in 2011, following his death in november that year. “The BBC has announced that Peter Rippon is stepping aside with immediate effect from his post,” the BBC said, adding that it “regrets” the errors.
bosnian pilgrim ‘walks to makkah through Syria for haj’ SARAJEVO AFP
A Bosnian Muslim pilgrim who left last December on pilgrimage to Makkah by foot told AFP on Monday that he has arrived after passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria. “I arrived Saturday in Makkah. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life,” Senad Hadzic, 47, said when reached by phone on a Saudi mobile number. He said he had covered some 5,700 kilometres (3,540 miles) in 314 days of walking through Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria and Jordan to the Muslim holy city in south-western Saudi Arabia, with a backpack weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds). He charted his progress on his Facebook page, where he posted a picture apparently of an entry/exit card for foreigners issued by the Syrian interior ministry.
Pakistanis take records for largest human national flag, mosaic ContinUed from page 19
The students broke an American world record that was achieved by 1,458 people in South Carolina in the US on December 3, 2011. Officials of the Guinness World Record witnessed the feats and announced that the Pakistani students had set the new world records. The students made the image of historical Shahi Qila, holding small pieces of its picture above their heads. Prior to these two records, many more records were made by talented youths of the country during the ongoing Punjab Youth Festival in Lahore. A weekend of record attempts in Lahore began on Saturday night when 42,813 people gathered at the national Hockey Stadium to sing the national anthem, smashing the previous record of 15,243 people singing the national anthem held by India.
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MAKKAH: Pilgrims perform their prayers around the holy Khana Kaaba in the Grand Mosque on Monday. aFP
tight race, foreign 3 British Muslims accused Inpolicy suddenly assumes critical of rucksack bomb plot importance for Obama LONDON AFP
HRee British Muslim men went on trial on Monday accused of planning a string of bombings that prosecutors said could have been deadlier than the July 7, 2005 attacks on London’s transport network. Irfan naseer, 31, and Irfan Khalid and Ashik Ali, both 27, are accused of being “central figures” in the jihadist plot, London’s Woolwich Crown Court heard. “The police successfully disrupted a plan to commit an act or acts of terrorism on a scale potentially greater than the London bombings in July 2005 had it been allowed to run its course,” prosecutor Brian Altman told the jury. “The defendants were proposing to detonate up to eight rucksack bombs in a suicide attack and/or to detonate bombs on timers in crowded areas in order to cause mass deaths and casualties.” The three men, who are from Birmingham in central england,
are charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, which they deny. naseer is accused of five counts of the offence, Khalid four and Ali three, all between December 2010 and September 2011. The three are accused of collecting money for terrorism and recruiting two other men to assist in the plot, as well as planning a bombing campaign.
They allegedly tried to make bombs in a flat in Birmingham. naseer and Khalid are also accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorist training, and naseer also helped others to travel to the country for the same purpose, prosecutors claim. In total, 11 men of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were arrested in connection with the alleged plot, along with one woman.
uS has profound interest in abbottabad Commission report WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONdENT
The United States shares with Pakistan a “profound” interest in learning about what kind of support network al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden might have had during his hiding but would only comment on the Abbottabad Commission’s findings on the issue when it gets the actual report, the State Department said Monday. “We just seen reports in the Pakistani Press about the Abbottabad Commission report. As we have stated previously, we obviously share with the government of Pakistan a profound interest in finding out what kinds of support networks bin Laden might have had,” Deputy spokesperson at the State Department Mark
Toner said. He was asked to comment on reports in the Pakistani media about some findings of a report by the Commission, which was tasked by Islamabad to probe bin Laden’s having been able to hide in Pakistan that led to American unilateral raid on his Abbottabad hideout. “We believe such report when it get finalized and gets published, it is important for the American people and the Pakistani people to know,” Toner remarked at the daily briefing. “We have not seen the report itself. You are asking me to comment on press reports about the report’s contents. So let us wait until we have the report, then we will be happy to comment on it.” The spokesman said he was not aware if the Pakistani Commission had sought any information or assistance from the United States during its investigation.
WAsHiNgtON: Foreign policy, a subject on which President Barack Obama held a clear advantage over his far inexperienced Republican rival Mitt Romney until recently, has suddenly assumed critical importance for both in the last debate of november 6 election race. The debate on Monday night (Tuesday (Oct 23) morning PST) is the last opportunity when the two candidates would be face-to-face in their bid to woo the still undecided American voters, almost two weeks from the election. It was not until the September 11, 2012 attack on American diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, that foreign policy issues could be counted as consequential in the fiercely contested election season. The Obama Administration has been struggling to satisfy the Americans about the reasons and circumstance of the attack, which claimed the life of the US ambassador to Libya. Mean-
while, Romney has covered a lot of ground, because of his impressive first-debate performance and Obama’s lackluster showing in the same appearance. Obama’s feisty showing in the second debate and encouraging new job growth numbers have not even helped him as he fights to extend his appeal to voters in swing states. The latest opinion poll on Sunday found the two candidates tied at 47 per cent support of likely voters. Previously, before the first debate, Obama had overall led Romney by three points. The Washington Post captured the political predicament for President Obama when a news story in the paper tersely said that the debate will see “a sitting president who’d overseen the death of Osama bin Laden pitted against a one-term governor, so new to diplomatic thinking that he’d managed to offend a good chunk of Britain during a brief trip this summer.” SPECial COrrESPONdENt
Mandokhail demands more Pashtun representation in Baloch parliament ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS
Senator Humayun Khan Mandokhail on Monday said that less representation of Pashtuns from Balochistan in the parliament as compared to their population in the province was creating numerous issues for Baloch Pashtuns. He further said that the Taliban were emerging and establishing themselves in the Pashtun belt of Balochsitan. During an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today at Parliament House, the senator said that the Parliamentarians who wrote the fate of the people and played an important role in the legislative process and upholding of constitution should not be dual nationals. elaborating further, he
said that nationality of a country demanded loyalty and in some situations it was impossible to be loyal towards two opposing interest holders. He lauded President Zardari’s recent statement regarding the north Waziristan operation saying that the president had taken a wise stance and that a national consensus was necessary before any operation was staged irrespective of foreign pressures. Mandokhail also praised Zardari for his strong stance at United nations over the issue of blasphemy in which he demanded blasphemy be declared an international crime, adding that he was the first Muslim head of state that made a true representation of Mulim sentiment on the issue.
Mandokhail was of the view that Baloch separatists or any other separatist movement was not present in the Pashtun belt of Balochistan though he asserted that Taliban were emerging and establishing themselves in the Pashtun belt of Balochistan. Mandokhail stressed that a major issue of Pashtuns from Balochistan was their representation in the parliament which stood at 27 percent at present which was 18 percent less than their population. Baloch residents on the other hand enjoyed 18 percent more representation as compared to their population, he said. Under the Khan of Qallat formula, he said, there was a difference of 5 percent claimed by the Pashtuns which was giving birth to other problems in the area.
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QUETTA: People wander in the OPd of Civil Hospital as doctors across Balochistan remained on strike on Monday to protest against the abduction of a colleague. ONliNE
SC slams NAB’s ‘go-slow’ policy in BoP scam probe ISLAMABAD
H e Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Monday expressed its discontentment over the “go-slow” policy adopted by the national Accountability Bureau (nAB) officials in recovering millions of rupees from owners of the Haris Steel Mills, the main accused in the Bank of Punjab (BoP) scam.
Khar to lead team to 14th UPR session at UNHRC on 30th ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will be leading the Pakistan delegation to the 14th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United nations Human Rights Council (UnHRC) in Geneva on October 30. The UPR is a four-year cyclical mechanism of the Human Rights Council, which is based on equal treatment for all countries. “The mechanism involves discussions and review of the steps taken and efforts made by all 192 member states of the United nations, in order to promote and protect human rights in their respective countries,” said a Foreign Office statement here on Monday. “Under this mechanism, all Un Member States are afforded an opportunity to present their national reports once every four years (48 member states each year),” it said. During the first cycle of the UPR (2008-2011), Pakistan’s national Report was presented in 2008 by Late Fozia Wahab. The second cycle of the UPR commenced in May 2012 during which a number of countries including India, UK, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa have already presented their Human Rights reports. In October 2012, countries including Japan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Pakistan will present their national Reports. “During the presentation of its Second national Report under the UPR, the government of Pakistan will underscore the significant strides made by the democratic government for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country since 2008,” the statement said.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed its displeasure when the court was informed about the case. During the hearing, Shaikh Afzal, owner of Haris Steel Mills, informed the court through his counsel that the plea bargain process with the nAB had almost been completed and half of the amount had been paid back to the nAB. The counsel complained that
some of his client’s property in Dubai was sold for Rs 1.5 billion – at half the actual price – and pleaded that the court should order the nAB to investigate the matter. Responding to the complaint, the chief justice remarked that assets could not be sold without the owner’s consent. He asked nAB to submit details in this regard by October 25. Another member of the bench, Justice Khawaja, said the property was secretly sold in Dubai. However,
the counsel for Afzal denied the allegation and said the court could investigate the matter. Criticising the nAB’s performance, Justice Khawaja said how could nAB be expected to investigate matters abroad when it had failed to carry out investigations within the country. The court later adjourned the proceedings until October 25 and sought the progress report from the prosecutor.
Woman kills 6-year-old daughter in Sargodha sARgOdHA: An agitated mother on Monday strangulated her six-year-old daughter in Sargodha following a dispute with her husband over eid clothes. According to police, accused Bashiran Bibi had an argument with her husband Muhammad naeem, who refused to buy her new clothes for eid due to financial constraints. After naeem left the house for work, the enraged woman strangulated her six-yearold daughter Sumaira and fled. The police moved the body to hospital where doctors confirmed that the death was a result of strangulation. A case has been registered and police have started search for the accused. Meanwhile in Muzaffargarh, a callous man buried alive his 13-month old daughter after a dispute with his wife on Monday. Per details, accused Imtiaz was suspicious about the character of his wife and was unsure of his daughter’s lineage. On Monday, Imtiaz took the girl out and buried her alive, resulting in her death. The accused fled after committing the crime. Police registered a case against the accused and started raids for his arrest. INP
Jail officials have handed over the data of the cellular phone recovered from Dr Shakil Afridi to spy agencies. A few days ago, a satellite phone was recovered from Dr Afridi in Peshawar Central Jail. The doctor helped the US track down former al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Ladin through a fake vaccination campaign. The PTA and other relevant organisations provided the data of the satellite phone that revealed that Dr Afridi made a total of 58 calls from jail, of which 22 were to numbers in the US, 15 to the UK and 21 were domestic calls. The people Afridi talked to over the phone have been included in the investigation. After receiving the record, spy agencies have expanded the sphere of the probe and some government officials are also being questioned in this regard. The investigators also put the names of some people on the exist Control List (eCL). A source said the federal government had agreed with the proposal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to shift Dr Afridi from Central Jail Peshawar, however, his transfer to another jail would be kept top secret.
Balochistan doctors announce indefinite strike QUETTA INP
The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter on Monday announced an indefinite extension in their strike against targeted killings and kidnappings of doctors, citing a lack of response from the government as the reason for the move. earlier, the PMA had called for a three-day strike across Balochistan’s public hospitals and clinics to protest against the abduction of Dr Saeed Ahmed Khan and the targeted killing of two other doctors. However, due to the lack of response from the government, the strike continued on Monday. The doctors claimed that the government had neglected the issue of Dr Khan’s abduction and the targeted killings of doctors despite the strike. The protesting doctors took out a rally from the PMA House to the Governor’s House, where they staged a sit-in. The patients continue to suffer due to the tussle between the government and the doctors and hundreds of them had to return untreated on Monday owing to the absence of doctors in public hospitals.
Poor Afghans farm hashish as alternative to poppy KABUL NNI
“I am hopeful to harvest some 100 kilogrammes of hashish from this field and that will help me survive through the harsh winter,” said Awaz Mohammad, a farmer in northern Baghlan province, while strolling on his small hash farm. Carrying an assault rifle AK-47, the bearded man defended farming the contraband, saying since the government did not allow them to plant poppy, the villagers adopted hashish as an alternative to make a living. Interestingly, the hashish farms are located along a busy road linking Andarab district to the provincial capital of Pul-e-Khumri and anyone, including police personnel, can easily spot the hashish farms when driving. Afghan government with the support of the international community had been fighting hard to eliminate poppy. However, Afghanistan, accord-
ing to United nations Office on Drug and Crime (UnODC) had topped amongst poppy producing nations. According to the report released in October 2011, the potential opium production in 2011 was estimated at 5,800 metric tons, a 61 percent increase compared with 2010 when nearly 50 percent of the illegal product was affected by disease. With government’s hectic campaign against the illicit harvest, farmers have abandoned poppy cultivation in peaceful areas. nonetheless, some farmers availing fragile security, corruption and alleged police connivance, resorted to hashish which is an easily profitable trade but illegal nonetheless, in Afghanistan. “People with luxury vehicles come to our doorstep, pay cash and take our hashish out of the district,” said Mohammad. Justifying his act, Mohammad went on to say that 7 kilogrammes of
wheat cost 150 Afghanis while the price of 1 kilogramme of hashish was between 3, 000 to 4,000 Afghanis (around 70 to 80 U.S. dollars) at door step. “I am a poor man and have no permanent job and no regular income. In the past I used to grow poppy but now I grow hashish,” Mohammad added, saying the poor and jobless people had no choice but to take maximum advantage from the situation to earn as much as possible. Afghan government in 2010 had announced 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces as poppy-free. According to officials, the opium poppy is largely grown in the southern region where security is poor and Taliban militants are active. Helmand and the neighboring Kandahar, the former strongholds of Taliban fighters where the security problems are still prevalent are the major drug producing provinces in Afghanistan according to the report.
However, the report said that the number of poppy-free provinces decreased from 20 in 2010 to 17 in 2011. Baghlan and Faryab provinces in the northern region and Kapisa province in the eastern region lost their poppy-free status and resumed poppy cultivation. Parallel to unchecked poppy products in Afghanistan, the number of drug addicts has also gone up and more than 1 million Afghans, according to officials, are addicts in the country. Similar to Awaz Mohammad, another farmer Abdul Raziq is also looking forward to reaping good profits from his small hashish farm this year. “I am hopeful to harvest at least 50 kilogrammes of hashish and earn some 150,000 Afghanis (some 3000 U.S. dollars) this year.” Officials though, describe hashish plantations as isolated cases, claiming the government would continue to fight against all kinds of narcotics vigorously.
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Tuesday, 23 October, 2012
ANoTher Three BiTe The duST... KARACHI
HRee people were killed in incidents of violence and firing in Karachi, whereas rangers and police arrested six people during different targeted operations. One person was killed and another injured when unknown gunmen opened fire in Karachiâ€™s Surjani Town area. The injured person and the dead body were shifted to the Civil Hospital where angry
protesters caused a commotion. Additional police was deployed at the hospital to secure the premises. In a separate incident in Kharadar, firing by unknown gunmen critically injured a man. He was shifted to the Civil Hospital where he died during treatment. Meanwhile, a body was recovered in a gunny bag from Karachiâ€™s nazimabad no 2 area. Rangers arrested three people during operations conducted in Yousuf Goth and nazimabad areas of the city and claimed to have recovered weapons and drugs from them.
In another operation, police arrested two suspected dacoits in Saeedabad area and recovered weapons and stolen mobile phones from them. Police also arrested an alleged extortionist in a separate operation in the Ayub Goth area of Karachi. tWO KiLLEd, 4 iNjuREd iN city ROAd MisHAps: Two persons died and four others were injured in separate road accidents in different localities of the city on Monday. According to details, an accident took place in Liaquatabad area where a reck-
less driven car hit a motorcycle, killing one person on the spot while injuring the other. The dead body and the injured motorcyclist were shifted to a hospital where according to the hospital sources the injured person was in a critical condition. In yet another incident in the Sukkhan area of Karachi, a reckless driven goods laden truck rammed into four persons standing by the roadside and critically injured them. The truck driver managed to flee from the scene after the accident. The rescue personnel shifted the injured to a local hospital
constable, aides arrested for looting public in cattle market
rangers detain 9 suspects in Karachi KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Rangers launched raids in the nazimabad and Yousuf Goth areas of the metropolis, and detained nine suspects while also recovering weapons and drugs from their possession,according to media reports. Meanwhile, a gunny-bagged body was found in nazimabad, the identity of which was not yet ascertained. An injured person, who was shot the other day near Joria Bazar also succumbed to his injuries in a local hospital. Angry mobs damaged the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital and initiated violence against the hospital staffers over the death of a man named Shoaib. Sources said that rangers arrested six suspects during their raids on drugs den located in nazimabad and recovered weapons and drugs from the area. Rangers also carried out raids in the Yousuf Goth area and arrested three suspects who were taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation, the sources added.
KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Police on Monday arrested a constable along with his three subordinates on the charges of looting the public in the cattle market in Karachi, according to media reports. According to Gadap police, a head constable and his three subordinates were allegedly involved in depriving the people of their cash and valuables when they came to the market for purchasing sacrificial animals. Policemen of the Sachal Police Station took action against the culprits after receiving numerous complaints and arrested the constable along with his three accomplices. The looted amount was also recovered from their possession.
where one person succumbed to his wounds while the condition of others was also stated to be serious. pistOL REcOvEREd fROM pAssENgER : A passenger was arrested at the Karachi airport for carrying a weapon in his handbag. According to Anti-narcotics Force (AnF) sources, a passenger on board an Islamabad bound flight was carrying a pistol in his hand carry luggage. Upon checking, the AnF authorities recovered a pistol from his handbag. The passenger was arrested and was being further interrogated by security officials.
KARACHI: A petrol pump worker install the new price tag at a petrol pump. ONliNE
Qaim for early completion of darawat dam construction work KARACHI APP
Sindh Chief Minister (CM), Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Monday presided over a high level meeting regarding Darawat Dam Project and distribution of land among landless haris at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Board of Revenue Sindh senior member, Shahzar Shamoon, the Hyderabad Division Commissioner, Ahmed Bux narejo, principal secretary to the CM, Agha Jan Akhtar, Sindh Irrigation Secretary, Babar Ali effendi and others. Speaking on the occasion, the CM stressed the need for the early completion of the construction work on Darawat Dam which fell under the responsibility of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA). He said that the Irrigation department would construct the reservoirs of water while Board of Revenue Sindh would make an assessment and conduct a survey of vacant government lands in Jamshoro and Thatta districts. The CM said that the government had decided to cultivate vacant government lands, for which land would be distributed among the poor landless haris, preferably the women haris. He directed the Board of Revenue Sindh senior member, Hyderabad commissioner and deputy commissioners of Jamshoro and Thatta to complete the official survey and assessment of the vacant
lands there. The meeting was informed that there was 25,000 to 50,000 acres of land which could be distributed among the poor and needy landless female haris in that area. He said that each female hari would be given 25 acres of land. The Sindh CM further directed that the deputy commissioners of Jamshoro and Thatta would be responsible for inviting applications as a procedure under the Land Grant Policy and would hold meetings for the disposal of applications and granting of land to landless fe-
male haris. In view of the directives of the federal government, the Hyderabad commissioner had been directed to form a committee comprising of women MPAs (Member Provincial Assembly) of the Hyderabad division, preferably from Jamshoro and Thatta districts, who could supervise and monitor the assessment, survey and land distribution process. The meeting was informed that the ownership of water reservoirs would remain with the Sindh government.
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Karachi 07 KeSc launches ‘clean energy School Programme’ KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Karachi electric Supply Company (KeSC) energy Conservation Department (eCD) participated in the Annual Software exhibition held at Shiekh Zayed Islamic Center Karachi University. Students of Karachi University (KU), neD University, Sheikh Zaid University and Sindh University visited energy Conservation kiosks where eC Team under the supervision eCD Director Asif Hussain Siddiqui lectured them on the energy conservation techniques adopted by his organization. Atleast 2000 people hailing from all walks of life participated in the event. SZIC Director Dr. noor Ahmed Shahtaj, KU VC Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, Member Sindh Assembly Hanif Tayyab and Iranian consulate’s Director general Khateeb Mehdi also addressed the participants on the occasion.
Seven dumping sites and two complaint centres for eid KARACHI: Businesses remained closed in Joona Market owing to firing in the area. ONliNE
UK acting Deputy Hc meets Karachi commissioner KARACHI
Senior citizens; the densest age cohort: uNFPA
Acting Deputy High Commissioner of Britain in Karachi, John Derek, met with Commissioner Karachi, Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi. Zaidi apprised the commissioner on the details of Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2012. He informed John Derek that soon after taking charge as Commissioner Karachi his priorities revolved around sorting out the traffic mess prevelant in the city, eradication of encroachments in the city and completion of the Lyari expressway. The Acting UK Deputy High Commissioner appreciated the policies of Karachi administration for the betterment of the people of the city. Matters of mutual interest were also discussed between the two officers.
Tributes paid to Shamsher Haideri HYDERABAD APP
Poets, writers and intellectuals have appreciated the poetry of late Shamsher-ulHaideri at a book launching ceremony held here on Sunday. The nazir Hussain Acadmy Badin organized the launching ceremony of the book titled “Mola Tay nagh” written by renowned poet‚ writer‚ journalist and the former secretary of Sindh Adabi Board, late Shamsher-ulHaideri at n.A Balouch Hall at the Sindh Language Authority Hyderabad. Speaking at the ceremony, former secretary culture, Mehtab Akbar Rashidi said that late Shamsher was a hard-worker and had matchless commitment. Sindh Language Authority Secretary, Adeeb Taj paid tribute to Shamsher and said that he gave away hope to people in his master-pieces.
Hot, dry weather expected KARACHI APP
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast a hot and dry weather for the metropolis during the next 24 hours. According to the weather report, the maximum temperature would remain in the range of 35 to 37 degree Celsius while the minimum temperatures would remain in the range of 22 to 24 degree Celsius respectively.
He United nations Population Fund’s (UnFPA) report titled “Ageing in the Twenty-first Century a Celebration and a Challenge” released on Monday stated that the global rate of increase in the number of humans aged 60 and above in 2012 was more than any other age cohort. The report underscored that, while the trend of ageing societies is a cause for celebration as it represents the collective maturity of humanity, it was also a challenge for governments and IGOs to ensure health care, retirement benefits and old age housing for the most experienced cohort of humanity alive today. The report said that the number of humans above the age of 60 would number 1 billion by 2020. It said that today two out of three senior citizens of the world were inhabitants of the third world and predicted the figure to reach four out of five or 80 percent by 2050.
UnFPA Representative in Karachi Rabbi Royan said that like most countries, Pakistan had not adopted steps to ensure smooth and healthy lifestyles of the senior citizens. He said that demographic change had caught empires and states off guard throughout history and if timely measures were not adopted, one may waste the great human resource hidden in old age by treating them as second class citizens. He said that over 100 nation sates had ratified conventions for protection of senior citizens in the last decade alone and had put in place non-contributory social pensions, in recognition of old age poverty. The report highlighted that fortyseven per cent of older men and nearly 24 per cent of older women participate in the labour force. Yet, despite their contributions towards a socially and economically active, secure and healthy society, many older persons all over the world face continued discrimination, abuse and violence. HelpAge International Pakistan Country Director Ajeeba Aslam said that “Population
ageing - especially in the developing countries like Pakistan - requires urgent, strategic actions at national, regional and global level. We need to start investing in our older population through increased employment, business opportunities and pensions, supporting their roles as caregivers and mentors to children, improving access to quality healthcare, particularly by increasing investment in prevention and treatment of non communicable diseases”. A Qureshi from HelpAge International highlighted the importance of the report and mentioned that the report was drafted in consultation with all the regional office of the 12 united nation agencies in collaboration with nGO’s working for betterment of senior citizens. The report also includes the stories of 1,300 older men and women who participated in group discussions in 36 countries around the world. Their first-hand accounts and testimonies help in better understanding the immediate action plans needed to address their needs.
Smiu eyeing excellence after being chartered as a university KARACHI APP
Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mohammad Ali Shaikh said that the SMIU was expecting admission requests by a large number of students for its morning and evening classes as it was located in the hub of the metropolis. The VC said that admissions would be granted on merit and told that the institution was upgraded to the level of college on June 21, 1943 and was named “Sindh Madressah College,”. He said that the college was inaugurated by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who was very fond of the alma mater. He said that Jinnah too was a student of the institution. The VC said that in the 1960s, science classes were added in the curriculum of Sindh Madressah, which was housed in three
buildings- Hassanally House, Khairpur House and Sardar House. He said that the institution was named “Sindh Muslim Science College (S.M. Science College). In 1972, the Alma Mater was put under the charge of Sindh government. After securing the status of a university, the Alma Mater requested the government to merge SM Science College into the university or relocate the university to another location. After consultation with the university and college staff, Sindh government ordered for relocation of the university to another location. Dr. Shaikh said SMIU had finalised plans for the restoration the college’s historic buildings, including those which were in the possession of SM Science College. He also informed that a nine member committee had been constituted by the Sindh government to decide the fate of 62 shops constructed
on the land of SMI by a private body in 1969. He said that the university was working towards the removal of commercial shops from its premises to ensure a conducive academic atmosphere. He said that the Sindh government had allotted 100 acres of land to SMIU in the education city for its campus. He informed that a modern state of the art campus would be completed in 12 years. He also said SMIU would establish a television and FM studios which would cost Rs. 20 million. Afer receiving the status of a University after 127 years of service, the university inaugurated five new academic departments.On the occasion Dean of faculties Anjum Bano Kazmi, Fouzia naeem Khan, and Seema Jilani briefed the audience about the long term objectives set for their respective departments.
Karachi Saddar Town Municipal Administration drafted a comprehensive plan for collection of the hides of sacrificed animals and for the maintenance of cleanliness. Chief Officer of Municipal Administration Saddar Town, Asim Ali Khan finalized the arrangements for cleanliness during the eid-ul-Azha in a meeting held on Monday. The meeting was jointly chaired by members Sindh Assembly, Muqeem Alam, Tahir Qureshi and Shoaib Ibrahim. Asim informed the participants that seven collection points at Kikri Ground Kharadar, Baba-i-Urdu Road, Masham Ali Road, Urdu Bazar near Government College for Women Frere Road, Glasstower Clifton, Hasrat Mohani Road and Boat Basin had been set up by the district administration. The dumping site was chosen in Korangi area by the administration. The town administration would also spray germicides across the city. Asim informed that complaint centres would be established at Saddar Town and Jamshed Ahmed Khan School near PIDC Bridge and the complaint centres would be functional around the clock.
annual meeting of DHa governing body KARACHI APP
The annual meeting of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) governing body was held at the Headquarters of 5 Corps on Monday and was chaired by Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Malik. According to an official DHA statement, 5 Corps Commander, Lt. Gen Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry was also present on the occasion. The defence secretary said that DHA Karachi had come a long way in emerging as a prestigious residential estate of the country which provided the best civic amenities and dynamic living environment to the residents. He asked the housing authority to continue introducing new trends in the field of housing and civic management with a forward looking approach to ensure that DHA remained a versatile organization that would be capable of responding to future challenges. DHA Administrator, Brigadier Muhammad Abdullah gave an overview of DHA and briefed the members of the governing body about the ongoing DHA development projects. DHA governing body chairman said that DHA City Karachi was a unique project which was testimony of DHA’s credibility and stability as a strong entity in the field of housing and development in the country.
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METAL MILITIA: workers sharpen knives at a workshop in Bohra Pir ahead of Eidul Azha. ONliNE
Tweeting our way to road accidents? 88% use cell phone while driving: report KARACHI
survey conducted by nRMA Insurance shows that the majority of motorists continue to take risks by making phone calls while driving. Drivers had been continually taking risks by using their mobile phones while sitting behind the wheel, the survey revealed. The study of 415 new South Wales drivers found that 88 per cent of motorists made phone calls while they were driving a car. According to the survey, sending text messages was the second most common phone misdemeanour, with 68 per cent of drivers surveyed admitting to sending SMS (Short Message Service) while driving. Two in five drivers (40 per cent) said that they used phone applications such as weather forecasts or news website applications while driving, while 25 per cent used social media sites to “tweet” or update their Facebook statuses. Perhaps, the most alarming statistic was that 38 per cent of those surveyed said they took random photos while driving. nRMA Insurance spokeswoman Adele Buhagiar said that the latest results proved that drivers were not paying heed to warnings regarding using mobile phones while driving. “The research shows that our appetite for technology even extends to the time when we are driving, with one in four admitting that they are updating their status or tweeting while at the wheel,” Buhagiar says. Buhagiar said the number of drivers taking pictures when behind the wheel was the biggest
surprise.”Losing focus while behind the wheel, even if it is only for a split second, may cause the worst to happen,” she says. Car manufacturers had been reacting to the more prevalent use of mobile phones, with even the most affordable vehicles on the market increasingly offering wireless phone connectivity as a standard modification. This system was widely seen as much safer, as the drivers could keep their hands on the steering wheel while listening to a call and it was also legal as it did not require holding the mobile phone in the hands.
DaTe: OcT 18 TO 31, 2012
Car makers had been working to better integrate smart phones and even tablet computers into vehicles. But there had been growing debate about driver distractions and whether car makers should be forced to ban the use of phones in cars. Furthermore, cars were expected to be built with media systems that would allow drivers to “tweet” or update their Facebook statuses by voice control. Indeed, there were already some inexpensive aftermarket Bluetooth phone systems that offered this technology.
DaTe: SePT 26 - OcT 26, 2012
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VenUe: KaracHI ScHOOl Of arT Gallery
VenUe: KUnJ arT Gallery
VenUe: THe SecOnD flOOr (T2f)
Sensitive works portraying the harsh reality of our derailing society. The slow weakening of our mind and soul… this heartrending truth through the eyes of these insightful three young artists – Huma ali Shah, Tabassum naz and falak noor. Opening reception: Thursday, October 18, Timing: 5 - 8 pm regular Gallery Timings: 10 am – 5 pm, Sundays closed
little, If anything, Deters the artist meerza ali from creating the way he does. even though he had suffered a serious illness only too recently, that he didn´t think that he´d survive. whose solo exhibition opens Kunj on September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm. and the artist , who was born in calcutta, migrated to Pakistan in 1948. whose father himself, was an artist. who had never taught meerza ali, Thought. So the artist acquired the skills that he needed on his own. who has done especially well with calligraphy and his beautiful figurative work.
Join us at T2f every wednesday for interactive sessions on mirza Ghalib’s poetry, conducted by author and translator, musharraf ali farooqi. Ghalib made easy by @micromafThe poetry of mirza Ghalib (27 December 1797 – 15 february 1869) has been considered complex, abstract and difficult to comprehend. even for Ghalib’s contemporaries, his language and imagery presented a challenge.
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Foreign News 09 BEIRut: Lebanese soldiers drive by a portrait of assassinated official Wissam al-Hassan during a patrol in the Corniche al-Mazraa neighbourhood of the capital Beirut. the army said it was determined to restore order in Lebanon, roiled by growing political tensions linked to Syria after a top policeman was murdered, and former premier Rafiq Hariri called for the government to step down. aFP
Lebanon army determined to restore order
He army said on Monday it was determined to restore order in Lebanon, roiled by growing political tensions linked to Syria after a top policeman was murdered and former premier Rafiq Hariri called for the government to step down. Amid fears Lebanon will be further affected by the conflict in Syria, the envoys to Beirut of the Un Security Council's permanent members condemned any attempt to destabilise the situation and called for national unity. The army is "committed to its role of stopping security breaches and maintaining civil order," a statement from the high command said. "Recent developments prove decidedly that the country is going through a critical time, and the level of tension in some areas has reached unprecedented levels," it said. It will take "resolute measures, particularly in areas of mounting sectarian friction... to prevent the assassination of martyred General Wissam al-Hassan from being exploited as an opportunity to murder the nation as a whole." Hassan, a Sunni Muslim, died in a car bomb attack on Friday widely blamed on Syria, and his death has prompted much of the violence since then. Lebanon is a multi-faith country in which Christians, Shiite and Sunni Muslims each make up about one-third of the population. It has a complex, but unwritten arrangement under which the president must always be a Maronite Christian, the premier a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shiite. The army statement came as troops responded after being fired on as they tried to clear a road in the capital that had been blocked by partisans of Hariri despite his calls for them to stay off the streets. In the northern port of Tripoli, a Sunni bastion where opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is strong, a woman was killed on Monday and a four-year-old girl wounded in clashes with Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which Assad belongs. During the night, three people were killed and 26 wounded in heavy fighting in the city. Clashes have erupted regularly in Tripoli between pro- and anti-Assad supporters as tensions spill across the border from Syria, where a 19-monthold anti-regime revolt has left more than 34,000 people dead. In the capital, six people were wounded after the army made a pre-dawn sweep through the Sunni district of Tariq Jdideh in pursuit of armed men, and automatic weapons and anti-tank rocket fire could be heard.
Prostitution trial linked to Gaddafiâ€™s son opens in France
Britain ends 10-year boycott of indiaâ€™s modi AHMEDABAD AFP
Britain held talks Monday with Indian regional leader narendra Modi, ending a 10-year boycott over deadly religious riots in Gujarat state that left more than 2,000 dead, including three Britons. Modi, a Hindu nationalist who is tipped as a possible future prime minister, came to power in Gujarat shortly before the 2002 riots and is accused of doing little to prevent India's worst religious viol e n c e
since independence. Since the riots, British officials had been banned from dealing directly with Modi but the government this month changed its policy and announced that its ambassador to India, James Bevan, would travel to Gujarat. "Had a great meeting... to strengthen Guj-UK ties in economic and social sectors," Modi said on Twitter after the meeting. Gujarat is one of India's flagship states for attracting foreign direct investment, and Modi's office said the discussions included opportunities for British companies. A British embassy spokesman said the ambassador was due to give details on the meeting in a press statement later in the day. The riots in 2002 were triggered by the deaths of nearly 60 Hindu pilgrims in a train fire that was initially blamed on a mob of Muslims. Modi is accused of failing to halt the orgy of revenge that left more than 2,000 people -- mainly Muslims -- dead, according to rights groups. The government figures put the death toll at about 1,000. Among the dead were three British nationals who were burnt to death in Sabarkantha district of the western Indian state. When Britain announced it would end the boycott, junior foreign minister Hugo Swire said the government wanted "to support human rights and good governance in the state". "We want to secure justice for the families of the British nationals who were killed in 2002," he added. Swire also stressed the well-established ties with Gujarat due to large numbers of Indian-origin families who migrated to Britain from the state. The sentencing of Maya Kodnani, who served as minister from 2007-2009, was seen as a setback for Modi's prime ministerial ambitions as India looks to general elections due in 2014. Despite the scars of the sectarian violence, Gujarat in recent years has lured foreign firms with its reliable power supply, good infrastructure by Indian standards, and the availability of educated but cheap labour.
Two men and a woman appeared in a French court Monday in a case over a Cannes Film Festival high-end prostitution ring that had ties to a son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Gaddafi. Seven men and a woman went on trial in the southern port city of Marseille, though the five chief figures are on the run and are being tried in absentia. They include elie nahas, a Lebanese who claimed to run a modelling agency employing young women recruited in South America, France and eastern europe. The three who turned up in court were: an alleged escort girl from Cannes, Sabrina Samari, who has admitted to procuring women; a Venezuelan named Felix Farias who worked for a branch of nahas's agency; and a Lebanese driver, Antoine el Khoury. nahas is accused of organising a birthday bash for one of Gaddafi's sons Mutassim in 2004 costing $1.5 million (1.1 million euros) with several stars and about 20 models in attendance. Mutassim Gaddafi was killed with his father on October 20 last year. Investigators never questioned the son. nahas also caused a scandal in 2007 when he turned up at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport with eight young women, one of whom was a minor, to attend the Cannes Film Festival. They were refused entry. They were due to stay in a 136-metre-long luxury yacht "La Savarona" which had been rented for 350,000 euros a week.
Foreign jihadists pour into northern Mali BAMAKO AFP
Hundreds of jihadists poured into northern Mali over the weekend to help armed Islamist groups hang on to the territory as the country's neighbours speeded up efforts to try to wrest control of the vast desert region from the Al-Qaeda linked militants. Residents of the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, Malian security officials and Islamist commanders all confirmed that there had been a huge influx of foreign fighters over the past two days. "In the Timbuktu region and around Gao, hundreds of jihadists, mostly Sudanese and Sahrawis, have arrived as reinforcements to face an offensive by Malian forces and their allies," a Malian security official said on condition of anonymity. One resident of Timbuktu said "more than 150 Sudanese Islamists arrived in 48 hours". "They are armed and explained that they had come to help their Muslim brothers against the infidels," he said. The influx comes as the west African regional bloc eCOWAS forged on with plans to try and reconquer northern Mali amid fears that the area will become the same type of sanctuary for radicals that Afghaistan was a decade ago.
Two Pussy Riot members sent to Russian prison camps MOSCOW AFP
Two Pussy Riot feminist punk band members have been taken to remote Russian prison camps after a court upheld their two-year sentences for mocking President Vladimir Putin in church, their lawyer said Monday. "nadya Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, and Maria Alyokhina to Perm," defence lawyer Violetta Volkova told AFP. The Perm region in the Urals mountains and Mordovia in central Russia host a vast network of prison camps
dating back to the Soviet era and infamous for their tough conditions. "They were convoyed on Saturday," Volkova said, adding that their relatives had learnt of the move when their parcels for the women were rejected at the Moscow prison where they had been temporarily held. It remains unclear when the two young women, who both have small children, will reach their final destination, Volkova added. The Perm region, where temperatures can fall as low as minus 50 degrees Celcius (minus 58 degrees
Fahrenheit in winter, housed Stalin-era labour camps, one of which has been turned into a museum about the history of political repression. Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and their bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich were in August sentenced to two years in prison after they staged a balaclava-clad performance inside Moscow's main cathedral mocking President Vladimir Putin. earlier this month a Russian appeals court upheld the prison camp sentences against Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina but unexpectedly ordered the release of Samutsevich in what many observers be-
lieve was an attempt to split the tightknit band. Samutsevich told AFP in an interview ahead of the women's departure that they were calmly preparing for a transfer that they saw as inevitable after their failed appeal. "They understand that they will soon go to the (prison) colony. They are packing their things," she said. "In principle they are ready for it. They are not upset about it. We all expected that the colony would happen, we all knew it, so it's OK, they just know that they need to go soon."
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
russia’s emerging posture Changing, but how much and how far
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league in trouble Albatross around PML-N’s neck
t is interesting to see Ch nisar Ali, who acted as the champion of the SC in its fight against corruption, react to the SC judgment on Asghar Khan’s petition. He strongly disagrees with the SC tasking the FIA to probe the politicians charged with receiving funds from the ISI. H says he is surprised because “SC knows what FIA did in Hajj scam, nICL case and the OGDCL case”. The list of the beneficiaries of ISI’s largesse was handed over to the then Interior Minister naseerullah Babar in 1996 by former DG ISI. The interior minister made a statement in Parliament telling how the ISI had distributed money among the PPP opponents in 1990 on the orders of President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. The list found its way in the print media. This led Air Marshal Asghar Khan to take the matter to the SC asking the CJ to take suo motu notice of the role of the agencies in politics. His efforts bore fruit after 16 years. The court has maintained that the 1990 general elections had been polluted by dishing out Rs 140 million to a particular group of politicians. The SC has ordered action against both the categories of wrong doers: the generals who distributed the funds and the politicians who received them. The government has been directed to take necessary action against the former COAS and DG ISI. The FIA is required to investigate the politicians and initiate criminal proceedings if sufficient evidence is found against any politician. The funds were not given to the alliance called the IJI, now defunct, as Ch nisar Ali wants people to believe but directly to politicians who led the alliance at the centre and the provinces. Mian nawaz Sharif’s name stands high on the list. The PML-n has reacted to the verdict by levelling charges against the PPP regarding spending money to win 1993 elections. If the PMLn had any solid proofs of illegalities the best way for it would have been to go to court when it subsequently assumed power, or even after the restoration of the independent judiciary. That it failed to do so implies that it knew it had no proofs to establish the charges. Levelling counter charges is any way a bad self-defence. The PML-n has also raised questions about the integrity of the FIA. The PML-n has failed to spell out who should conduct the investigation ordered by the court. The eC said this does not fall under its purview. Information Minister Kaira has meanwhile expressed resolve to complete the investigation before the induction of the caretaker setup. Unless the PML-n is exonerated by an independent enquiry, it will fight the elections with an albatross around its neck. Instead of opposing the enquiry, it should welcome it.
PoliTact By Arif Ansar
he Intelligence Chief for the Lebanese Internal Security Forces, Wissam al Hassan, died in a bombing last Friday, and Syrian leader Assad has been blamed for the killing as he was in the case of Rafiq Hariri. Proxy war in the Middle east is now escalating and taking a turn for the worse. October has so far proven to be a dramatic month as far as the situation of Middle east is concerned; unprecedented events are creating unparalleled risks. For example: 1. An unarmed drone belonging to Hezbollah was shot down over Israel on 6 October. Most analysts indicated the intrusion was to warn Israel and to showcase the vulnerability of its Dome antimissile defense system. 2. A large arms deal was signed between Moscow and Iraq on 9 October worth 4.2 billion dollars. The deal includes MiG-29 fighter jets, Mi-28 helicopters and Pantsyr-S1 defence systems. Just like Pakistan, Moscow is also interested in Iraq’s energy sector. 3. On 10 October, a Syrian plane carrying surveillance equipment from Russia was intercepted by Turkish F16s, reportedly on US intelligence, and forced to land in Ankara. The event took place as shelling across the Turkey-Syrian border continued. 4. Following up to these events, Russia indicated that while nATO and Turkey are moving towards a no-fly zone over Syria, it will be deploying S-400 interceptor missile system on its border with Turkey. In addition to targeting plane, S-400 is also capable of destroying ultra-stratospheric and ballistic missiles. Media reports indicated the move
was in retaliation to Turkish participation in nATO’s missile defence system. However, the step clearly is also in retaliation to the recent Turkish and nATO actions over the situation in Syria. 5. On 17 October, US indicated that it will be conducting with Israel its largest ever military exercise, named Austere Challenge. The three-week exercise will test Patriot anti-missile systems, an Aegis ballistic missile defence ship system, including the Iron Dome and Arrow 2. “This exercise is purely about improving our combined US-Israeli capabilities,” the US Lt Gen Craig A Franklin commented. “It’s about military teamwork. It is not related to national elections nor any perceived tensions in the Middle east. We are military professionals coming together to train for a defensive mission.” The above listed sequence of events provides a glimpse of how the situation of the Arab World is beginning to look more like a tussle between international stakeholders. There is talk of bypassing the Un Security Council once more, where China and Russia have consistently vetoed intervention in Syria. There is also noise about acting directly, as witnessed recently in the Libyan crisis, where the French and the British took the lead while US played more of a supporting role. The proxy war in Syria has already crossed over borders. The killing of Lebanese intel chief is blamed on Shiite Hezbollah who is also supporting the Assad regime against the rebels in Syria and is backed by Iran. On the other hand, the opposition to Assad is backed by the Sunni factions in Lebanon and by
Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, including nATO. As pointed out previously by PoliTact, in the AfPak region, the opposite is occurring. The Sunni militants and jihadist there are opposed by nATO forces, and Pakistan is under pressure to act against Afghan Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that targets India. This inherent contradiction is likely to complicate western posture in the war against terror and its policy towards the Islamic world. The war against extremists and Arab awakening is becoming a linked phenomenon where the Islamists are resurgent in both instances. Moreover, the inconsistency in western policy is making it difficult to convince China and Russia, and other emerging powers, about their stance on Syria. especially when emerging powers feel the mandate given to them in Libya was violated. Most of the Cold War was fought through proxies, while Russia and US though came close, they never engaged directly with each other. The present landscape of the Arab World appears to be showing similar symptoms and trajectory. The established powers are employing proxies as it suites their purpose and its matter of time before the emerging powers may be forced to do as well. The interception of Syrian plane carrying surveillance equipment from Moscow is a case in point. Previously, Russian ships supplying helicopters to Syria were also obstructed. How far Russia will go to protect its global interests is pivotal to the present predicament of the Middle east. And it is for this reason Pakistan-Russia entente is being watched very carefully. Russia is keen on not letting Afghanistan be solely a nATO agenda. On the other hand, China is increasingly tied down in the pacific, as opposed to worrying about far off places. While China’s involvement in the Islamic world does not differentiate between the Shiite and Sunni factions, as the western countries do, Russia has aligned itself more closely with Shiite dominated states and may be in the process of diversifying its approach. This fresh outlook is not going to be without challenges; Russia has its own problems with Sunni jihadist in places like Chechnya and Dagestan. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courage and sacrifice Remembering an icon
By Farzana Raja
he democratic history of Pakistan would always owe to Begum nusrat Bhutto, a legendary personality that had exhibited tremendous strength, courage and character during her struggle against the ruthless despotic military regime. In that momentous struggle for the revival of democracy and fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan, she had to go through the agonised moments of unprecedented grief and hardships. However, none of these adversaries could deter her firm resolve and commitment with the cause and legacy of her great husband, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Today, only a few people would be aware of the fact that it was Begum
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Sahiba, who being the first lady of Pakistan, served as a dynamic force behind various pro-poor initiatives launched by the democratically elected government of Quaid-e-Awam, Shaheed Bhutto. She remained on forefront in serving the poor and marginalised of the country, not only at policy level, but also through establishing direct interaction with deprived segments of society. At the initial stages of emergence of Pakistan Peoples Party as a voice for the voiceless of Pakistan, Begum Sahiba proved to be a great source of strength for Shaheed Quaid-e-Awam in dealing with rising challenges at organisational level, especially in establishing an effective and vibrant women wing of the newly found party. She was able to win the hearts and minds of party workers with the help of her charismatic personality as well as sheer dedication with the cause of bringing about some meaningful changes in the lives of the people of Pakistan. Besides rendering untiring services to establish and strengthen women wing of the party, which proved to be a powerful political force and voice of Pakistani women, Begum Sahiba assumed the role of a bridge between the masses and the democratic government. The welfare of people and well-being of party workers had always been foremost priority of the great leader. Hence, to obtain firsthand information about the
issues of the people, she would listen to their grievances and problems on daily basis. This love and compassion for the people of Pakistan resulted in her emergence as most popular political figure of the country after Quaid-e-Awam. While recalling some cherished memories from start of my career as young political activist, I cannot overlook the fact that the historic role and the aura of Begum Bhutto was one of my major inspirations in political arena. All the democracy lovers and especially the leaders and workers of PPP became her admirers due to towering efforts and sacrifices she made in the pursuit of democracy, liberty and happiness for his beloved Pakistanis. She exhibited her remarkable insight and abilities while playing much needed and crucial role in organising the event of 1974 Islamic Summit Conference in Lahore. Same is true when Begum Sahiba showed tremendous resilience during the difficult hours in the aftermath of the coup by Gen Zia against the democratic regime of PPP. During this era of brute tyranny, Mohtarma nusrat Bhutto faced all sort of sufferings with tremendous courage and epic resilience. On one hand, she had to struggle for the life of her great husband; on the other, she had to confront with the brutal force of martial law regime. She did not stop playing her active role in the
politics despite the various oppressive tools used by martial law regime to break her spirit. During her long struggle for the revival of democracy, she was imprisoned and exiled but kept the legacy of her great husband intact. Indeed, the life of Begum Sahiba was an extraordinary chapter of the political history of Pakistan. She was and would always remain an icon of struggle for democracy and a pioneer of political reconciliation in the country. She would rightly be remembered as ‘mother of democracy’ as she orchestrated an exceptional struggle for the restoration of democracy from the platform of the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD). There is no denying the fact that the oppressive regime could have succeeded in its evil designs to crush and eliminate Pakistan Peoples Party had it not been for Mohtarma nusrat Bhutto who kept the flag of democratic struggle flying high. Begum Bhutto, during this movement, was not only imprisoned but also beaten up harshly by the goons of the regime. However, accompanied by her brave daughter and our great leader, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Begum Bhutto did not surrender her stance before the forces of the darkness. Despite facing serious health issues from early 80s, Begum Sahiba kept her resolve steadfast and continued her po-
litical work from abroad while providing full support and guidance to her daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. It was due to the leadership abilities and vision of Begum Sahiba that she was able to convince the political leadership of the country to boycott the elections under Gen Zia-ul-Haq in 1985. Therefore, the so-called elections were left devoid of credibility which was an important landmark in our political history. I must share one of the glittering aspects of her personality as I had the honour and privilege to get enlightened by her vision and mission. Following the footsteps of her great husband, Begum Sahiba always had a keen desire to empower women along with the socio-economic uplift of the poor of Pakistan. She took women as a symbol of strength and spirit. For her, the womenfolk could play a larger role to strengthen her family and she in herself was the best example of it. Although, Begum Sahiba is no more among us physically, she will always remain a source of motivation to all of us who believe in the continuity of the vision and legacy of Bhuttos. She will also be remembered in the history of Pakistan for her compassion for the poor and resolve for serving humanity. The writer is a federal minister and chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP)
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Troubled marketing Behind the development of brand identities, awareness campaigns and segmentation there lies a core issue, which is not getting any better with the passage of time. The problem is that the, marketing managers of today are refusing to take responsibility of sales and distancing themselves from sales figures. Selling has always been a core function of a business at all times, whether it revolves around building long term customer relations or just one-off transaction based sale. excessive competitive nature of post-industrial era has seen considerable rise in the demand of certain techniques that can help in targeting the market; or in other words, develop products into brands, matching lifestyle, identity and preferences of the consumer. The promotion of campaigns to achieve these objectives gave an important role to advertising agencies too, making use of creative talent of artists and copywriters, utilizing various types of print and electronic media and maintaining substantial marketing budgets. Retrospectively, last three years have seen the middle and lower income group, in developing world, moving away from the self-concept at a pace. Priorities have changed, like they were never before. Today, brands are desperate for instant boost in sales, and they are forced to utilize traditional methods of sales promotions such as, reduction in prices, clearance, buy one get one etc. Instead of conventional marketing methods such as building brand associations with consumer while taking into account their self-concept, preferences and lifestyle. Conclusively, there is one question that comes into mind; how long academics and practitioners would take, to effectively integrate marketing function with sales targets and sales performance; furthermore when would marketers start to emphasize on measurable data and tangible facts since the traditional marketing methods do not seem to be working too well in current circumstances. MENAHIL ATTA Lahore
Human resource The government of Pakistan earmarks annually a huge sum for its employees working in the federal and all provincial governments to enhance their working capacity for the betterment of their departments. Government officers intending to get education and skills abroad are also funded. All four provincial governments plan and announce courses for their thousands of employees regularly. Course related to the information technology have been arranged time and again and the employees have learnt a lot from these courses and trainings. The government is investing too much in providing technical or hard skills, leaving a huge vacuum to plan
the soft skills training for its employees. The soft skills are as important for the employees as any other training is. The importance of soft skills is very much felt for the employees of government functionaries as they are found very much carefree about their behavior. I can cite an example of a ten-storied complex of Karachi, formerly known as Civic Centre, where dozens of offices are housed. neither employees having their offices there nor do thousands of people visiting the ten-storied daily do much care. employees are in general and various unions in particular paste their posters, obituaries of their colleagues and even their relatives, papers lashing out a policy in fractured Urdu
Using illegal SIms The use of illegal mobile SIMs has become the most lethal form of terrorism, more than anything else. Recently, thousands of fabricated active SIMs of a leading telecom company had been confiscated from their premises and most of them were being sent to FATA. In a recent press conference the Senior Superintendent Police Sargodha said that no action would be taken against the cellular company employee who cooperated with the police and shared any information regarding the fraudulent SIMs. Why isn't this pushing under the carpet, a very serious crime, being taken strict notice of? It seems that instead of investigating the case thoroughly the police have issued its own verdict which as per law is not their job. This statement is hampering the legality of the issue and is beyond logical understanding. If police officials were given cash and commendation certificates on this raid, then why these company officials who committed the crime with these illegal SIMs will be spared? RAMEEZ BAKHTIAR Rawalpindi
fazlullah in afghanistan According to the news it is being confirmed and elaborated that Maulana Fazlullah has been enjoying safe havens in Afghanistan that has made it possible for the Swat chapter of the TTP to exist and operate with absolute liberty and impunity. The Afghan provinces of Kunar and nuristan have been the epicenter of Pakistan’s major security concerns in the region for a long time now as the cross border attacks have been planned and executed from there. Moreover, random attacks in Swat and nearby areas have also fractured the peace that had been resumed after successful military operations. The Pakistani authorities and security
and many more without giving much care to the colour of wall and window panes. To remove this rubbish from the wall and window panes, the organization concerned has to outsource a team of workers almost after every month. every corner of the staircase has a dust bin for the pan chewers and gutca users to spit but many corners of the ten-storied shows a dismal picture of its employees and visitors’ carelessness. Sumito Mizusawa, a scholar from Kyoto University, Japan, intending to carry out his academic research on the private schools in rural areas of Pakistan, visited my office in the Civic Centre recently, he was astonished to see
establishment have tried voicing and conveying their concern across the border, but have not been very successful so far. What comes from across the border into Pakistan is all violence, abuse and distrust. The Afghan government has imposed a ban upon the Pakistani newspapers to shut the truth from their people. Burying ones head into the sand hardly solves problems, but it appears the Karzai government suffers from an acute case of this Ostrich syndrome. The attack upon Malala has triggered the Pakistani authorities into action as the entire nation, for the first time has stood in unison to call an end to this barbaric mindset. That Fazlullah is in Afghanistan and targeting Pakistan continuously compels us to foreground the situation of rampant lawlessness in Afghanistan. The presence of the US/nato forces seem to aid the terrorists rather than curbing and controlling their momentum and reach. The failure of the Afghan and Allied forces is surely evident as no steps have been taken to destroy the militant havens inside Afghanistan. But Pakistan’s need to fight terrorism completely is still alive which can be exemplified by the demand made by the Pakistani FM Hina Rabbani Khar for handing over of Maulana Fazlullah to Pakistan as he is much sought after terrorist in Pakistan for his role in the insurgency in the country. Surely if Afghanistan is unable to destroy sanctuaries then they ought to at least hand him over. PROFESSOR KABIL KHAN Rawalpindi
malala: a torch-bearer Malala, a little torch-bearer of peace, spreading light of Islam by acting upon the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) — ‘seek knowledge from cradle to grave’ — has been attacked by the Taliban, who cowardly warned her not to study. Their warning clearly shows that they are not aware of the first word of the Quran, ‘Iqrah’, or
the wall and window panes littered with posters, announcements, threats, criticism, obituaries and good-news and asked me “don’t they have a particular place to paste their posters and announcements?”. I was nonplused. With the situation in view, I request the government employees in general and public in particular to review their habit of spitting pan and to say goodbye these habits. I also request the members of all unions to use many other mediums to disseminate their view points and avoid habit of pasting such stuff. SMS could be a better option in this regard. JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Karachi
freedom of expression, the two main and important doctrines of Islam. Furthermore, they say ‘come to the path of Islam’. If seeking knowledge is against Islam, then what is the right way to act upon the teachings of Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him)? According to their skewed approach, Malala was working for a foreign nGO. Suppose if they are right, then what’s wrong with working for an nGO and projecting a positive image of this beautiful valley of Swat? It doesn’t matter for whom you are working but the motive and purpose matters a lot, which was education and peace. The brutality of these people clearly shows that they are unaware of Islam. Their philosophy is purely based on radicalisation, embedded in their own thoughts and it has no link with Islam. So, they should stop beating the drum of their ‘path of Islam’. The government still has time to clearly state its policies against the Taliban. IRAM MAHMOOD Lahore
Dysfunctional street lights I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities, whether it is the KeSC or the local city administration, regarding dysfunctional streetlights. Some of the installed street lights on Main Abul Hasan Ispahani road (from Safari Park to Maskan Chorangi) are not illuminated and seem defunct from quite some time now. Please rectify the problem as Abul Hasan Ispahani road is amongst the news for all the bad reasons (targetted killings, street crimes). In fact, the street lights of the entire city should be functional as the criminals and robbers play havoc in the darkness and people get mugged of their valuables, plus to reduce the accidents. I would be extremely grateful if concerned authorities look into the matter and resolve it at the earliest. MUHAMMED ZAFIR ZIA Karachi
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12 Yash Chopra ‘King Of Romance’ cremated, stars pay tribute! Tom Felton sobs while watching TV
OM Felton played a baddie in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, but he has a soft side too! He cries while watching some emotional scenes on tV. Felton, who played Harry Potter`s Hogwarts nemesis Draco Malfoy, made the confession while talking about his next role on the small screen.m”i am working on a new period drama for BBC1 but what i would really love to get is a part in `Downton Abbey`. i am a huge fan of the show. Last Sunday i bawled my eyes out watching it,” thesun.co.uk quoted Felton as saying. recently, actress emma Watson had revealed how she had a crush on Felton while they shot together for the “Harry Potter” series. An embarrassed Felton said: “yes, i heard she fancied me once but that was at least two decades ago. She is a very sweet girl and we have been friends for a long time. We`re still just friends.” NEwS dESK
Preity Zinta is in no rush to tie the knot
reity Zinta has revealed that she has no time to think about marriage, and asserted that she is in no rush to get married. the 37-year-old actress confessed that at this point of time she has time only for her films. “i can only say, wait and watch. right now i have time only for my film,” Zinta said. On the other hand, the beauty, who’s upcoming movie ‘ishq in Paris’ is set to hit the silver screen, doesn’t like to identify this movie as her ‘comeback.’ “i find the term strange. recently i read about rani (Mukerji) making a comeback too. But, she just did a film in January. it’s all hype. Does anyone question Aamir (Khan) when he has a gap of years between his releases”, says the actor,” the beauty said. NEwS dESK
eGenDARY filmmaker, Yash Chopra, also known as the ‘king of romance’, who succumbed to dengue and multiple organ failure on Sunday evening, has been cremated. Son Aditya, Uday and actress Rani Mukerji were seen standing in front of the stage with moist eyes, while the family members and those from film fraternity were seen sitting behind. Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, son Ranbir, Randhir Kapoor, Archana Puran Singh and husband Parmeet Sethi, Punit Malhotra and Varun Dhawan were also seen offering tributes to the ‘King of Romance’.
“An association of 44 years abruptly comes to an end. He went away too soon and too suddenly. He deserved to be with us longer. Yash Chopra, a friend first, a creative legend later, has passed away this (Sunday) evening in the late hours,” Amitabh wrote on his blog srbachchan.com. “As I sit beside his still and flower-decked body in his studio within the portals of the large common patio, there does not
Robert Pattinson scared of new relationship?
CtOr robert Pattinson was reportedly scared of entering in a relationship with some one new and took reconciled with girlfriend Kristen Stewart because he was only comfortable with her. Stewart 22, cheated on Pattinson after she was caught having an affair with director rupert Sanders. After a much hyped breakup Pattinson decided to give the actress another chance because he really loves her. “He really loves her and is scared (of) what others might do to him in a relationship,” hollywoodlife.com quoted a source as saying. “He thinks that they might use him or have different intentions. He is comfortable with Kristen, and he is happy with her, and she knows it. He feels that she is the best for him,” the source added. the couple met on the sets of movie ‘twilight’ and have been together ever since. NEwS dESK
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pass a moment when all that we shared flashes by. This colossal studio that he built after years of hard work and labour, shall for the next day, house his last physical remain. “I doubt if he had ever dreamt that this unique and most distinguished facility would find space to accommodate him in the state that we see him today,” he added.
There was a stunned silence on the phone line when I informed Lata Mangeshkar about her rakhibrother Yash Chopra’s death. “Just yesterday was my niece Varsha’s terahwa (the 13th day after death). Why is God testing me like this?” She paused and added, “Our birthdays are separated by a day. This year he sent me an idol of Mata Saraswati. He loved me like his sister. I feel like I’ve lost my brother.”
Vidya said , “He was the most gracious person I have come across. He defined glamour for Indian audiences and his films always struck a
chord. Few have been able to capture the hopeless complexity of the man -woman relationship like Yashji has.” Vidya fondly shared her memories of Yash uncle and expressed, “After the release of Kahaani, I got a call from an unknown London number, but I missed the call then got a message from Yashji ‘s number saying I’m trying to call you. I called back and he congratulated me saying I believe your film is doing very well. Congratulations!”
Asha Bhosle, 79, who associated with Chopra for movies like Chandni and Dil To Pagal Hai, took to Twitter to express her grief. “Just as I was getting over the grief of my daughter, my brother Yash Chopra bhaisaab has left me. Sad year,” she wrote.
Shah rukh Khan:
“Whenever my loved ones depart, I feel a part of me extinguishes itself with them. Will there come a day that I will no longer have a bit of myself to let go of? And then the
Ajay Devgn turns shayar again with
‘Son of Sardaar’ Maverick Filmaker Ashwni Dhir is back with this Diwali’s most awaited release ‘Son Of Sardaar’. The film’s music which has been climbing the chartbusters has recently released a melodious track called ‘Bichdaan’ which has been sung marvelously by Rahet Fateh Ali Khan and music given by none other than Himesh Reshammiya. Incidentally ‘Bichdaan’ is Ajay Devgn’s favorite song from ‘Son Of Sardaar’ and is very close to his heart. In the beginning of the song, Ajay has even lend his voice by rendering
a shayari , ‘Bichad Ke Tujh Se Ab Muh Ko Marna Hai Ye Tajurba Aisi Zindagi Me Karna Hai’. He was last heard lending his voice to a song was in ‘Diljale’ movie which released in 1996 and it had become a rage amongst his fans. Ajay Devgn’s rendition is powerful to say the least and a deep hard hitting voice leaves an impact on the listeners’ mind. The song and especially the shayari is being appreciated and is receiving spectacular response from the industrywallahs and the fans. NEwS dESK
thought follows ... that every time they have taken some of me with them onto their last journey, I have found a fragment of them left inside me too. “I will always have some love to give and I will always be both emptied and replenished by the loved ones I lose. I keep u with me Yashji and I miss u too Yashji ... lots,” Shah Rukh posted on his Facebook page. Shah Rukh was special for Chopra, who directed the actor in movies like Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer-Zaara (2004). Chopra’s last directorial Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which will hit the screens nov 13, also features Shah Rukh. The actor was like family to him - sharing the joys and sorrows. no wonder he rushed to the Lilavati Hospital as soon as the news of Chopra’s death was announced. Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ could not see light of the day till he was alive. Still, hope remains alive in the heart of every avid YRF fan that the tradition of delivering high-quality cinema will never cease to exist at least jab tak hai jaan… NEwS dESK
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13 Never planned to do supporting roles in films: Kunal Actor Kunal Kapoor, who has been a part of movies like ‘Rang De Basanti’ and ‘Don 2’, says he never planned to do supporting roles in big films. “The roles that I have done so far are distinctively different from each other, that was more important for me. It was not that I had planned doing supporting roles in big films and then move on to big roles. “The criteria for doing a film is whether the script and people that I am working with are interesting or not. Whatever work I have done till now, I have had the chance to work with interesting people in good films,” Kunal told PTI. Kunal is now looking forward to the release of his upcoming film ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’. “I think every film is a risk. It is a very interesting and exciting time that we are living in as the audience is accepting all kinds of films. Small films are doing well today. I don’t think there is any better time to take risks than now. If you are not taking risks then you end up doing boring work,” he said. ‘Luv Shuv...’ is about a Punjabi family, the Khuranas, who run a dhaba and take pride in their food, especially the family recipe Chicken Khurana. “It is not a typical comedy. In 70s and 80s, Hrishikesh Mukherjee used to make films where humour used to come from situations, characters and the story. Our attempt is to do that again,” he said. Kunal plays the role of a Punjabi boy in the movie opposite Huma Qureshi of ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ fame. COURTESY TOI
URBAN SLICK AT Pakistan Fashion Week Arsalan & Yahseer’s showcase at Pakistan Fashion Week was inspired by the designers’ love of leather as an integral part of a man’s wardrobe in the winter. Based in a theme that celebrates the spirit of the Urban Ghetto, Arsalan & Yahseer’s collections’ name is, “Urban Slick” where the spirit of their creations are based in pure leather, synthetic
leather and leatherette with minimalist details. Urban Slick engaged a colour palette of black, brown, beige, white, electric blue, grey, red, and maroon. The underlying design philosophy inherent in the brand Arsalan & Yahseer is redefining the Menswear tradition through an interpretation of that which is wearable yet trendy, relaxed
but bold and always in sync with contemporary life and trends. Speaking about their showcase for the Fashion Pakistan Week, Arsalan & Yahseer said “‘We present this collection to make a mark in the industry showing impeccable stitching expertise with leather as well. This has been very close to our hearts. Fingers crossed!’” NEwS dESK
Jackie Chan is back with his last action film
itH his undying spirit and gravity defying stunts, Kung Fu master Jackie Chan is back on screen with his new flick Chinese Zodiac. Chan is donning various hats in this action, adventure. Besides an actor, he is also the scriptwriter, producer and director of Chinese Zodiac. As announced earlier by him, this is 58-year-old Chan’s last action movie. However, he elaborates that he will not retire but will now explore his skills in different genre movies. Chinese Zodiac is a sequel to 1991’s film Armour of god ii: Operation Condor. Chan is again reprising the character of Asian Hawk, a treasure hunter in his directorial venture. the first trailer depicts his journey across the globe to detect stolen bronze statues of 12 Chinese zodiac animals. With a budget of 300 million yuvan, the trailer presents Chan’s famous fun-filled action sequences. Starring Jackie Chan, Oliver Platt, Laura Weissbecker and Kwon Sang-woo, Chinese Zodiac is set to release on December 12, 2012. COURTESY TOI
Diego Maradona to turn out in typical Kerala attire? Will Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, considered being among the greatest footballers ever, turning out in typical Kerala attire when he is here for a few hours Wednesday? Maradona`s friend, industrialist Bobby Chemmanur, at whose invitation the renowned footballer is visiting Kerala, said: “Yes, we will tell him to dress in the traditional dhoti and shirt when he comes here.” Maradona will arrive here Tuesday evening from Dubai and attend three functions the next day - the opening of a showroom of Chemmanur International Jewellers, the inauguration of helicopter services of Chemmanur Airlines, and a little playful football at the Municipal Stadium here. The organisers are apprehensive about the rain gods playing spoilsport. A massive crowd is expected at the Municipal Stadium here, where the master footballer is expected to conduct a dribbling session. As Maradona`s 52nd birthday falls Oct 30, the organisers will also arrange for the cutting of a special 25-kg football-shaped cake. Soon after the function, Maradona is set to return to Dubai from the Kozhikode airport. NEwS dESK
Adele to miss `Skyfall` premiere
Rihanna to get 5 million pounds for gig? R&B star Rihanna is reportedly being paid 5 million pounds to perform at Westfield in Stratford on Christmas. The singer has been asked to perform in front of 20,000 odd fans at in Stratford. Rihanna had performed at the same venue two years ago, reported Sun online. “Rihanna`s thrilled she has been asked again. She knows it`s a big deal and is totally up for it, if it fits in with her schedule. Westfield have had a great year due to the Olympics and want to fork out to celebrate. “even though the final contract is still being thrashed out, they`re prepared to pay up to 5 million pound for her,” a source said. Organisers are expecting around 20,000 people to swamp the park. The Spice Girls were also discussed but Rihanna came out as the artist of choice. NEwS dESK
I never dreamed I’d be in Bond movie too: Javier Bardem It has been a while since Bond battled a truly unforgettable baddie — but Javier Bardem’s menacing and memorable creation for new movie Skyfall is up there with Blofeld, Jaws and Oddjob. The rugged Spanish actor plays vengeful villain Raoul Silva in the 23rd official Bond movie, which is out on Friday. Don’t be fooled by Silva’s foppish peroxide swirl of a haircut and camp manner. It’s clear he means business as he embarks on a ruthless and bloody campaign to take out Britain’s spies. Javier, 43, who was given huge creative freedom when it came to fleshing out the character, is making something of a name for himself playing baddies with bad haircuts. He won an Oscar for his portrayal of psychotic hitman Anton Chigurh, who had a bizarre bowl barnet, in the thriller no Country For Old Men. But the star of Before night Falls, Biutiful, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and eat, Pray, Love was not about to turn down the chance to fulfill a boyhood fantasy and appear in a Bond movie. even better, Skyfall marks the golden anniversary of 007 at the cinema. Javier revealed: “I’m a huge fan of the James Bond saga, so I was always very open to the idea. When I was little I watched Mr Connery doing James Bond with my father. NEwS dESK
inger Adele, who has sung the theme number of ‘Skyfall’, will miss the London premiere of the latest Bond film Monday to be with her newborn son. She will miss the thrill of hearing her theme tune blasted over the movie`s credits at the premiere, expected to be attended by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, reports thesun.co.uk. “Adele doesn`t want to leave her little boy`s side, it`s as simple as that. right through her pregnancy, she`s been practically a shutin as she wanted to look after herself and the baby. now he`s here, she can`t bear heading out without him, even to hobnob with royalty,” said a source. But skipping the posh Bond night to be with family is typical of the grammy award-winning singer, who has admitted in the past that she would would rather sit at home with a cup of coffee and biscuit than walk down the red carpet. if the buzz is anything to go by, the news of her baby will help in boosting the song`s popularity after the film`s release Friday. NEwS dESK
Daniel Craig likens playing 007 to Premier League footie star
AnieL Craig who stars as 007 in the ‘James Bond’ movie franchise, reckons playing the iconic spy is harder than being a Premier League star. “i spoke to a doctor while i was doing the film who said, ‘you’re playing a football match every day and not getting any rest’,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying. “you’re playing Monday to Saturday with Sunday off, whereas footballers will play on Saturday or Sunday and take at least three days off. “i was sort of constantly bashed up,” he said. COURTESY TOI
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Infotainment 14 Scans of sleeping brains reveal what we dream about SInG a combination of neuroimaging and eeGs, scientists have decoded the visual content of our dreams. nature news reports. “Knowing more about the content of dreams and how it relates to brain activity may help us to understand the function of dreaming,” says study a u -
thor Yukiyasu Kamitani of the ATR Computational neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto. They scanned the brains of 3 people as they slept using functional neuroimaging, and brain waves were recorded using electroencephalography (eeG). They woke the participants up whenever patterns of brain waves associated with sleep onset were detected. Then they asked them what they just dreamed about, and let them
go back to sleep. From about 200 dream reports, the researchers extracted key words and picked 20 categories — car, male, female, computer — that appeared most frequently in the reports. They selected photos for each category, and scanned the participants’ brains again while they viewed those. They compared brain activity patterns with those recorded just before the participants were
woken up. Finally, they analyzed activity in brain areas involved in the earliest stages of visual processing, along with regions involved in higher order visual functions, such as object recognition. From this, they built a model to predict whether each category of content was present in the dreams. And they found that activity in the higher order brain regions could accurately predict the content of the participants’ dreams. The findings were presented at the Society for neuroscience meeting in new O r leans last week. NEwS dESK
4 billion-year-old meteorite used as doorstop
He rock is nothing much to look at: 33 pounds and oval shaped. If you didn’t know it’s history, you probably wouldn’t be surprised that Donna Lewis’s family used it as a doorstop, later parking it in the front garden. It was even painted green for a time. As it turned out, this was no ordinary rock. On Thursday, Donna and her husband George formally announced that the family rock picked out of a Kentucky cow pasture in the 1930 is in fact a meteorite, Fox news reported. Researchers from the University of Tennessee believe the ancient and very valuable rock came from a known meteorite strike that first turned up evidence in Tazewell, Ky. in 1853. “We’re extremely lucky to find something like this,” Cook said, according to an eKU press release, ” and to find one locally is a real plus for us.” The rock is estimated to be more than 4 and a half billion years old. In addition to being extremely rare, meteorites of this size are also valuable. In an October auction, cosmic rocks for sale had price tags ranging from the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. AGENCIES
Explosive thrown at injured football player in Cyprus An explosive is thrown onto the field whilst an Anorthosis player is treated for an injury during a match with rivals Omonia nicosia in Cyprus on Sunday. The explosion left the injured Anorthosis player and two members of the club’s medical staff lying prone and clutching their faces after the object exploded after being thrown from the section of the stadium containing the travelling Omonia nicosia fans. Several other players and officials were sent scattering by the blast which occured in the second half of the Cypriot First Division match. The shocking incident halted play for around 10 minutes as those hurt required treatment. Fortunately no-one was seriously injured. There were no initial reports of any arrests. COURTESY TT
Burglars hit house twice in 2 weeks, nab puppy Burglars have struck a Philadelphia house two weeks in a row, first stealing all the food in the family’s refrigerator, then snatching their puppy. Rachel Schortye tells WCAU-TV that the latest theft happened late Saturday or early Sunday. She says the burglars took their 52-inch flat-screen TV, winter clothes and party favors for her 8-year-old son’s upcoming birthday party. Schortye says the thieves also took her 3-monthold puppy Miss Piggy from her cage. She says they entered the home through a screen on her porch. The burglars first struck Oct. 15. Schortye says they entered through the unlocked front door and emptied the family’s fridge. Police say similar burglaries have been reported in the same neighborhood. Schortye says she doesn’t have the money to replace all that was stolen. AGENCIES
Brawling grandmother wants a shot in cage fight A 56-year-old grandmother nicknamed the “jolly green giant” in grade school has a hair-trigger temper and a penchant for “decking” any man that gets in her way. now Khandace Cossitt, of Sandston, Va., wants to challenge a man to a fairer fight— this time on the inside of an mixed martial arts cage. “This just stops me from beating up the general public, god bless ‘em,” the 6-foot-5 Cossitt told WTVR. Over a colorful career, Cossitt said she’s had a lot of experience in the brawling department. And now, she’s just looking for a few
good real men, to help make her mixed martial arts dream a reality. Cage fights are brutal sporting matches that pit competitors against each other in a contest that can get bloody. So far, Cossitt said she hasn’t heard back from the cage-fight promoters she contacted, but she has a Plan B. If she can’t get a fight, she’s planning to grab the microphone during a cage match at local club the Hat Factory, and challenging the crowd. “Come on,” she said, “surely there is somebody here that will fight an old woman.” COURTESY HUFF POST
Marilyn Monroe snubbed by Hollywood 50 years after death Marilyn Monroe, who’s 26ft high bronze and stainless steel statue is drawing thousands of fans to the nearby resort of Palm Springs, has been turned down by Hollywood 50 years after her death. Hollywood authorities felt the 48,000-pound fee for renting the 15-ton sculpture for one year would not attract enough tourists to be “cost effective”. now 34 other US cities are vying to hire the towering tribute to the screen icon, based on her dress-billowing pose from the 1955 film ‘The Seven Year Itch’. “Hollywood’s loss is the rest of America’s gain. People are lining up to have their photos taken with the statue,” the Daily express quoted Palm Springs tourism chief Hillary Angel as saying. NEwS dESK
Bumblebees are threatened by pesticides
WO widely-used pesticides have a harmful effect on bumblebees and threaten the survival of their colony, scientists have found. Research that aimed to mimic conditions in the countryside, where bees come into contact with numerous different chemicals while searching for food, found the combined effects of the pesticides significantly reduced the success of colonies. Dr nigel Raine of Royal Holloway, University of London, and co-author of the report, explained these pesticides are “just one of the stresses that these bees are facing”. emphasising the importance of the insects to the ecosystem, he explained: “Bees are essential pollinators of both agricultural crops and wild plants… we rely on them to maintain the diversity that we enjoy.” NEwS dESK
iPad mini isn’t the only debut today
He launch of new Macintosh computers Tuesday (today) will take a backseat to the debut of the cheaper, compact iPad from Apple Inc. USA Today reports new models of the MacBook laptops, iMac desktop machine and the Mac Mini component computer are also expected to be unveiled by Apple (nASDAQ: AAPL). With a worldwide shift to mobile devices, the iPad Mini has garnered the most tech buzz revolving around Tuesday’s new product preview in San Jose, according to the report. The new iPad will have a 7-inch screen and sell for $299 to $349. NEwS dESK
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Pakistan ready for int’ls - touring stars KARACHI
LAYeRS from the visiting International World XI Monday said overseas teams should return to tour Pakistan soon, after two Twenty20s against an all-star home side passed off successfully at the weekend. The exhibition games were the first appearances by high-profile foreign players in Pakistan since deadly militant attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 led to the suspension of international matches in the troubled country. The visitors' captain Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka said international cricket should return to Pakistan. "After these two matches I hope people will believe that Pakistan is a safe country for cricket," he told reporters on his departure. "We had two great days with good crowds coming and I am sure that with more efforts international cricket will return to Pakistan." Security was tight as capacity crowds of 32,000 packed into Karachi's national Stadium -- evidence, if it were needed, of the Pakistani public's desperation to see top level cricket at home. Jayasuriya, the dashing left-han-
der who was instrumental in Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup win, said he felt sad for the deprived people of Pakistan. "It is unfortunate that the people of Pakistan are not getting international cricket on their grounds, but I am sure they will get it sooner than later," he said. Former South African Test bowler Andre nel said Pakistan was ready to host foreign teams again. "I was initially hesitant on touring," said nel, who played 36 Tests and 79 one-day internationals for South Africa until 2008. "After these two well-organised matches I am sure Pakistan cannot be denied international cricket for long." The Pakistan Cricket Board, which distanced itself from the matches initially, said it hoped a platform had been set for the revival of the game. "I hope these matches, despite being private, are a good step," board chairman Zaka Ashraf told reporters on Sunday night. "We are doing our efforts and hope that we are able to convince teams to tour us." Ashraf said his board was in talks with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and two other boards and hoped international cricket would be revived by as soon as next year.
SCOREBOARd KOLKATA KNIGHT RIdERS MS Bisla† c de Villiers b Mbhalati 27 44 G Gambhir* c wiese b van der Merwe BB McCullum c Behardien b de Villiers 36 JH Kallis c van der Merwe b wiese 18 13 MK Tiwary not out 0 YK Pathan c Rudolph b van der Merwe dB das not out 43 7 EXTRAS 188 TOTAL dId NOT BAT Iqbal Abdulla, SP Narine, L Balaji, B Lee FALL OF wICKETS 1-32 (Bisla, 2.5 ov), 2-95 (McCullum, 8.2 ov), 3-129 (Kallis, 14.2 ov), 4-132 (Gambhir, 15.1 ov), 5-133 (Pathan, 15.3 ov) BOwLING NE Mbhalati 4-0-48-1, AC Thomas 4-0-52-0, CJd de Villiers 3-0-26-1, ER Links 1-0-17-0, RE van der Merwe 4-0-18-2, d wiese 4-0-22-1 TITANS INNINGS 13 H davids b Kallis 25 JA Rudolph c Narine b Iqbal Abdulla 10 HG Kuhn† b Balaji 0 M van Jaarsveld* c McCullum b Balaji F Behardien c †Bisla b Balaji 8 d wiese st †Bisla b Iqbal Abdulla 5 RE van der Merwe b Balaji 7 CJd de Villiers b Tiwary 4 6 AC Thomas st †Bisla b Tiwary 1 ER Links b Narine 6 NE Mbhalati not out 4 EXTRAS 89 TOTAL FALL OF wICKETS 1-24 (davids, 2.6 ov), 2-51 (Kuhn, 7.4 ov), 3-51 (van Jaarsveld, 7.5 ov), 4-51 (Rudolph, 8.1 ov), 5-60 (Behardien, 9.5 ov), 6-70 (van der Merwe, 11.3 ov), 7-72 (wiese, 12.4 ov), 8-82 (de Villiers, 15.2 ov), 9-83 (Thomas, 15.5 ov), 10-89 (Links, 16.4 ov) BOwLING JH Kallis 3-0-25-1, B Lee 2-0-5-0, SP Narine 2.4-0-8-1, Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-20-2, L Balaji 4-0-19-4, MK Tiwary 1-0-8-2, Match details Toss Titans, who chose to field Points Kolkata Knight Riders 4, Titans 0 Player of the match dB das (Kolkata Knight Riders) Umpires Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and M Erasmus TV umpire SJA Taufel (Australia) Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire Jd Cloete
Kolkata careen to only win, jeopardise titans' chances CAPE TOWN CRICINFO
Kolkata Knight Riders played every bit like the side they were, one with nothing to lose, and in careening to their first win of the tournament, they jeopardised the hitherto undefeated Titans' chances of making the semi-finals. However, once Kolkata tried to normalise after losing the second wicket at 95 in the ninth over, they began to flounder again. And once Debabrata Das embraced the devil-may-care attitude again, both hits and mis-hits began to clear the ropes, and the resultant total was 67 more than what was enough to produce a thriller on the same pitch hours ago. Titans were always going to struggle chasing 189 on a slightly sticky pitch, and their prospects worsened when they lost their big-hitting opener Henry Davids for 13. They tried to pinch-hit with the promoted Heino Kuhn, but once Kuhn and Martin van Jaarsveld fell to successive L Balaji deliveries in the eighth over, the game was all but over. Arguably, though, their captain van Jaarsveld had made the bigger mistake much earlier. Van Jaarsveld knew he was taking a risk when he asked Knight Riders, who did not have a care in the world today, to bat. His decision at the toss was dictated by the overcast skies and dew expected later in the day. As it turned out, without any target or points to chase, Knight Riders played with the freedom they would have hoped to bring to more meaningful matches. On a pitch that produced a last-over thriller at around a run a ball, their top three basically threw their bats at nearly everything. It came off sensationally for Manvinder Bisla and Brendon McCullum for long enough to score 63 off 34 balls be-
tween them, but Gautam Gambhir embraced caution after McCullum's fall. A period of 18 runs in four overs resulted in rash shots, and Jacques Kallis, Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan fell trying to hit sixes, within four runs of each other, to make it 133 for 5 in the 16th over. Das then did away with niceties and resumed swinging at anything that moved. Top edges flew over the keeper's head, swats avoided deep fielders, and in between he evened it all out with some brute hitting, including driving CJ de Villiers over long-off for a six. Das and Manoj Tiwary added 55 off the last 27 balls to take Knight Riders to the highest total of the tournament. Batting seemed easy without the fear of consequences, but the result meant Tuesday's games were laden with consequence: three of the four teams in action will be playing for a semi-final spot.
Some highS, BuT muCh FruSTrATioN Mustafa Kamal's over-reach was the most controversial feature of his tenure as BCB president NEWSDESK AHM Mustafa Kamal's elevation from the position of Bangladesh Cricket Board chief to the ICC vice-presidency is an unprecedented rise for a Bangladesh sports administrator. It also means his time as the head of the country's cricket is up. During Kamal's three-year tenure as BCB chief, the senior team won series and matches against top teams and the country cohosted the 2011 World Cup. Kamal can also take credit for the creation of the Bangladesh Premier League, being one of the few board chiefs in the country trying to take a step towards the decentralisation of the game, and helping the board's coffers multiply four times than what they were worth at the time he took over, eSPncricinfo reported. These should be enough for a cricketboard president to be hailed, not merely be described as successful, especially in a country in which the game is highly popular and such achievements are necessary. But there are negatives. A scenario of frustration and confusion, the by-products of Kamal's leadership, could take years to mend. Kamal's style of functioning was to assume total control of all matters concerning the board. From matters as minor as the type of grass to use on the Mirpur outfield, to something as crucial as handling Bangladesh's cricket diplomacy, nothing went past Kamal during his tenure. While he would readily accept his "failure" to bring professionalism to the administration side of the game, his assertive nature did not drive change. That change could have started with the governance structure of the BCB, an archaic one that empowers sub-committees comprising councilors from different parts of the country. Professional executives as councilors, not merely those who've qualified on the basis of being attached to a club or an institution, could have been the answer. But it became clear fairly early that Kamal was not going to reform the system. In fact, he went a step further than let-
ting sub-committees or executives function: he did everything himself. The 65-year-old apparel businessman, during these three years, became the most powerful man in Bangladesh cricket. This hands-on approach from a board president may have won some admirers, but it lost its charm when, in only his fourth month in charge, he criticised the team in front of the media with both parties sitting next to each other. Kamal took a swipe at the national team at an award ceremony during the series against India in 2010, taking everyone by surprise. He asked for the team to be "habituated with triumph" saying it would "not be acceptable" if a victory was followed by defeat the following day and asked players to "fine tune their own expectations." So much so that it gave Shakib Al Hasan, then stand-in captain, an opportunity to stand up and reply to Kamal's criticism on behalf of the players. The other issue concerned selection which before Kamal took over, had already been a grey area with national selectors being questioned by a working committee. But well into 2010, there were murmurs about the president himself asking for team changes. The selectors were found holding at least three meetings before the team would be approved, and would themselves be unsure when it would be announced. It soon became clear the selectors would reluctantly let the working committee and Kamal have a say in what choices they were making; the Rafiqul Alam-led selection committee had, by then, it was feared, become pliant. Shakib, too, became disenchanted after being only named captain for a single series, asked to lead the side in the absence of the injured Mashrafe Mortaza. At the start of 2011, however, Shakib had his way but soon enough, Kamal struck back. The battle for one name in the World Cup squad went on for several days leading up to the announcement on January 19. When it was time for the press conference, Alam was still in Kamal's room fighting over the inclusion of a senior batsman, who would end up not
playing to expectations. Speaking to eSPncricinfo, Kamal explained his style of functioning: "I never thought that my job was to only complete formalities. I wanted to be involved with matters that would help the BCB. I didn't meddle with internal issues like team selection, selection of playing eleven or even coach selection." Immediately after Akram Khan replaced Alam as the new chief selector, the former national captain called for greater independence in selecting teams. The practice of meddling with the selectors' choices, however, it seemed, had been put in place and allowed to proceed. Kamal, one of the most powerful cricket financiers in the country and a successful businessman, apart from being influential among the powers that be, didn't give his all when it came to correcting institutional wrongs. There were questions raised about the squad picked for the 2011 tour of Zimbabwe, as it was announced two days after the selectors had submitted to the president. It was suggested by a number of board directors that an influential, politically-connected board director had pushed for a player, though Shakib later complained that he wasn't consulted before the naming of the team. Two weeks after the team returned from Harare, Shakib and his deputy Tamim Iqbal were unceremoniously sacked. Kamal maintains he never took the decision on his
own. "It was not my own decision, I can't sack a captain on my own," he said. The issue over selection came to a head before this year's Asia Cup, when the chairman of selectors Khan snapped as soon as he saw a team-sheet without Tamim's name after he had submitted one with it. His resignation was prompt, but Kamal insisted Tamim wasn't dropped and that he only wanted to question the player's fitness at the time. "I think these issues were for the board president to deal with," Kamal said. "For instance, when they sent me a team for approval, I had to consider their recent performance and fitness. But I discussed with the selectors before they made the team, not after. "I am telling you, Tamim Iqbal (before the Asia Cup) was never dropped. I just wanted to give him a message: 'Behave yourself'. It always seemed as if I was interfering but I never did." On the cricket diplomacy front, tours to India and Pakistan eluded Kamal. His handling of the proposed tour of Pakistan, which ultimately didn't happen, hurt many, in both Bangladesh and Pakistan. Kamal maintained the Bangladesh government knew about his intention to see the proposal materialise, but when the tour was ultimately blocked by a petition placed in the Dhaka High Court, it was an embarrassment that could have been avoided. Kamal also drew criticism over the appointment of a national coach, as Vincent Barnes from South Africa turned down an offer, before the board finally chose Stuart Law. In areas where the president's attention was most required, however, Kamal's assertiveness was found wanting. He did appoint Manzur Ahmed as the permanent CeO less than a year after he took over, but since Manzur's death, the board went back to nizamuddin Chowdhury, who is currently the acting CeO, a post he'd also held in the past. Kamal is willing to admit to some failures: "There's no professionalism in the cricket board. I have failed in this regard. We
are running cricket the way we have in the past. We needed a CeO and a CFO, we should have involved more professional people. "The directors will direct and the executives will execute, only this can bring professionalism. It is not possible according to our constitution; the functional activities is decided by committees, that's what it says now." Kamal, one of the most powerful cricket financiers in the country and a successful businessman, apart from being influential among the powers-that-be, didn't give his all when it came to correcting institutional wrongs. Instead, he tried to be, as much as he could, in the media glare (naming candidates for coaching appointments, and offthe-cuff quotes). After the series against Pakistan last year, Kamal was lucky to not be quoted as he poked fun at one of the Bangladesh players' fitness issues in front of a group of journalists in his office at the BCB headquarters. Though, one could wonder if he'd be pleased to have his "bold opinion" come out in public. nazmul Hassan, the new BCB president, would do himself much good if he avoids such brinksmanship, and opt for a more pragmatic, calmer approach. His immediate issues would be to handle the senior team's head-coach appointment, (if Richard Pybus can't be convinced to stay for long) the investigation of a Bangladeshi umpire's involvement in a sting operation for which he was subsequently suspended by the BCB, and find a new broadcaster after the West Indies series in December. Kamal has said he'll try to solve the coach issue before he leaves. not many would argue over Kamal's his influence in starting a new Twenty20 competition, taking strides in regional cricket and ultimately moving to a greater higher position in cricket administration. But some precedents he has set will be hard for Hassan to remove. He would have to be diplomatic, sensible and exercise self-control, something his predecessor fell significantly short of doing.
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national women karate moot from nov 9 LAHORE: Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto” 8th national Women Karate Championship will be held here from november 9. “Top female martial art experts will display their talent and potential in the three-day annual premier activity “, said a spokesman of PKF on Monday. Teams from all the affiliated units of PKF including Army, Wapda, Railways, Police, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Islamabad and Higher education Commission will compete in the competition which aims at further popularising the game. Following events / weight categories will be contested, individual kumite (below 45kg, below 50kg, below 55kg, below 61kg, below 68kg, above 68kg. “Wapda’s women Karate team will defend the title”, he said adding “The event will serve as trials for picking up players for attending a training camp to prepare the team for participation in the 12th South Asian Games being held in India”. On the side lines of the championship PKF will be organising referee/judges course. nasim Qureshi, Asian qualified / chief referee of PKF will conduct the useful activity which will enhance the existing knowledge of the participants. STAFF REPORT
Six-member seniors golf team announced LAHORE: A total of 30 accomplished senior amateur golf players from all over Pakistan assembled at the Rawalpindi Golf Course to participate in the three days golf trials to select a six member seniors golf team for competing in the Asia Pacific Seniors Amateur Golf Championship 2012 due to be held at Hong Kong from 28th november 2012. After three days hectic trials the players who gained selection by virtue of their good performance were Imran Ahmed (Gymkhana, Lahore), Col (r) Mohammad Shafi (Lahore Garrison), Col (r) Asif Mehdi (Garrison), Col (r) Saud (Peshawar), and Brig (r) nayyar (Rawalpindi). Taimur Hassan was the sixth member of the team exempted from the trials because he being a former Asia Pacific Seniors Champion. This was announced by Pakistan Golf Federation, Vice President, Maj Gen (r) Tariq Saleem Malik. STAFF REPORT
Chennai victory leaves Yorkshire winless DURBAN
HennAI Super Kings were largely untroubled in their final match as they coasted to a fourwicket victory that left Yorkshire winless in the Champions League T20 proper. S Badrinath, often overlooked in a batting line-up of star names, showed once again how important he is to the Super Kings' middle order, holding together the innings after three of his top-order colleagues holed out attempting to hammer the ball out of Kingsmead. The Yorkshire top-order, too, came up short once again, as they have invariably in this tournament, before Gary Ballance smashed his second half-century of the CLT20 to lead them to a respectable 140. none of the regular top three of Andrew Gale, Adam Lyth and Joe Root have reached 30 in this competition, which repeatedly left Yorkshire three down early. It was no different today as Gale chipped a catch to cover after a brisk 23, before Lyth was dismissed in a carbon-copy manner and Root gloved a leg-side ball to the keeper to leave Yorkshire at 43 for 3. The Yorkshire middle-order had been boosted by the return of David Miller, back after domestic duties with the Dolphins, and he helped the team recover through a big stand with Ballance. They took their time to get going - overs 6-10 only yielded 21 runs - but the introduction of Super Kings' second-string bowlers helped boost the rate. Suresh Raina, captaining in place of MS Dhoni, was swept for 12 in his first over, and Ravindra Jadeja was thumped for two sixes in his first. Dhoni, playing his first Super Kings match as non-captain, also didn't keep wickets, bowling some seam-
up instead. He bowled a couple of wayward overs, experimenting with backof-the-hand slower balls, and was whipped by Ballance for two consecutive sixes as Yorkshire's run-rate finally hit seven. Doug Bollinger, who was the best of the Super Kings' bowlers, returned to end the stand by dismissing Miller, but Ballance whacked a couple of sixes off Ben Hilfenhaus in the penultimate over to lift Yorkshire towards 140. Super Kings lost both M Vijay and Faf du Plessis in the Powerplay, but Badrinath was involved in two solid partnerships to put them on course for a second consolation victory. First, he paired up with Raina, compiling 48 to stabilise the innings, and then added
YORKSHIRE 23 Aw Gale* c Bollinger b Morkel A Lyth c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 11 JE Root c †Saha b Morkel 6 dA Miller c Ashwin b Bollinger 28 GS Balance run out (†Saha) 58 4 AU Rashid not out 1 dM Hodgson† c du Plessis b Bollinger EXTRAS 9 TOTAL 140 dId NOT BAT Azeem Rafiq, I wardlaw, SA Patterson, OJ Hannon-dalby FALL OF wICKETS 1-35 (Gale, 5.1 ov), 2-36 (Lyth, 6.1 ov), 3-43 (Root, 7.6 ov), 4-121 (Miller, 17.2 ov), 5-137 (Ballance, 19.1 ov), 6-140 (Hodgson, 19.6 ov) BOwLING R Ashwin 4-0-25-0, dE Bollinger 4-0-16-2, Bw Hilfenhaus 4-0-32-1, JA Morkel 4-0-12-2, SK Raina 1-0-12-0, RA Jadeja 1-0-15-0, MS dhoni 2-0-25-0 CHENNAI SUPER KINGS F du Plessis c Azeem Rafiq b Patterson 1 M Vijay c Lyth b Hannon-dalby 13 SK Raina* c Miller b Hannon-dalby 31 47 S Badrinath b wardlaw MS dhoni b wardlaw 31 RA Jadeja c Ballance b Patterson 5 JA Morkel not out 4 1 wP Saha† not out 8 EXTRAS TOTAL 141 dId NOT BAT R Ashwin, Bw Hilfenhaus, dE Bollinger FALL OF wICKETS 1-3 (du Plessis, 1.2 ov), 2-26 (Vijay, 4.2 ov), 3-74 (Raina, 11.1 ov), 4-117 (Badrinath, 16.2 ov), 5-132 (Jadeja, 17.4 ov), 6-140 (dhoni, 18.5 ov) BOwLING I wardlaw 4-0-23-2, SA Patterson 3-0-22-2, OJ Hannondalby 4-0-23-2, JE Root 1-0-8-0, Azeem Rafiq 3-0-26-0, AU Rashid 4-0-32-0 Match details Toss Chennai Super Kings, who chose to field Points Chennai Super Kings 4, Yorkshire 0 Player of the match S Badrinath (Chennai Super Kings) Umpires Aleem dar (Pakistan) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire S Ravi (India) Match referee dC Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire S George
43 with Dhoni as Yorkshire struggled to build pressure on the Super Kings. Badrinath missed out on a halfcentury after he was bowled attempting a scoop, and Iain Wardlaw added a second scalp when Dhoni missed an attempted helicopter shot, though those two wickets were too late to have an impact against a line-up with plenty of depth.
lahore dominates at Punjab youth festival 2012 rugby 7s event LAHORE: eight Divisional teams took part in the Punjab Youth Festival Rugby 7s event at the DHA rugby Stadium in Lahore on Monday. It was an overall good day of rugby played in perfect weather and a lush green field, it was great to see a lot of new faces and the youth of Punjab taking up Rugby.This is the second part of the Rugby event in the Youth Festival the first match when matches took place at the divisional level. Where 3-4 teams played for the inter district rugby event In the Inter divisional event at the end of the pool games in Pool A Faisalabad and DG Khan went through to the semifinals and in Pool B Lahore and Multan went through. Multan just edged out Bawalnager to get through Pool B the stronger pool with the best 3 teams in the pool Lahore division went through winning all there games and look as favorites to take the title. They will take on DG khan in the semi final DG khan getting the luck of the draw being in a easier pool, the other semifinal will be between Multan and Faisalabad, Faisalabad took top spot in pool B as they scored more tries compared to DG khan, Multan looked good in the tournament and it seems they will meet Lahore in the final. STAFF REPORT
bilal wins chromtex open table tennis title LAHORE: Bilal Yasin won the singles title of Chromtex open table tennis tournament thrashing Kashif Razzaq 4-0 in the final here on Monday at Thokar niaz Baig hall. The tournament was a regular monthly event which aims at promoting table tennis among upcoming players, said Organizing Secretary Abdul Qauuym Khan. He said they were holding this event to help revive table tennis which needs attention of private business houses. Bilal showed precision and excellence with astute planning to keep Kashif under punishment throughout the tie which appeared one sided and dull. STAFF REPORT
PunjAB YOuth FestIvAL 2012
FaiSalaBad dOmiNatE athlEtiCS EvENtS LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Faisalabad was dominating the athletics competition of the Provincial Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 here on Monday. In the school competition, Faisalabad swept the entire activity being held at the Punjab Stadium. In school level, Faisalabad bagged first position with 120 points, Lahore got second securing 38 points and Sahiwal remained third with 31 points. Javeria Kiran (Faisalabad) achieved first position in 100 m, Turab Zahra of Sahiwal was second. In 200 m, Javeria of Faisalabad got first while Turab Zahra of Sahiwal was second. In 400 m, Sahbe Asra of Faislabad attained first position whereas Sadaf Rasheed of Lahore was second. In 800 m, Sahbe Asra of Faisalabad maintained first position and Zainab Khan of Rawalpindi was second.In 1500 m, Sahbe Asra of Faisalabad again achieved first position and Asya Munawar of Gujranwala maintained second position. In the long jump, Javeria of Faisalabad was frist, Sofia Bibi of Sargodha was second. In shot put, Faisalabad's Amna Ashiq was declared first and Javeria of Multan was second. In javelin throw, Faisalabad's Amna Ashiq achieved first, Maham Faqeer Ali of Lahore was second. In college girls category athletics events, 100 m and 200 m title went to Saima Shehzad of Faisalabad and Humeza Butt of Gujranwala was second. In 400 m, Rukhsana Shehzad of Lahore got first position, nusrat of DG Khan achieved second position. In 800 m, Atiya Sultana of Faisalabad got first whereas Maryam Fatima of Multan second. In 1500 m, Asma Ghafoor of Sahiwal was winner, nusrat Shabana of DG Khan was second.
In the long jump, Faisalabad's Saima Shehzad reached the top, Sameera of Multan was second. In shot put, Sadia of Lahore was declared first while Hira of Sahiwal maintained second position. In Javelin throw, Sadia of Lahore got first position, Salma of Sahiwal achieved second position. In the overall results, Faisalabad led with 85, Lahore 59 and Gujranwala got 53 points. In University girls athletics events, 100 m and 200 m, Lahore's Sehrish was first while Sargodha's Amira attained second position. In 400 m, nighat of Lahore was first and Amira of Sargodha maintained second position. In 800 m, Fariha Batool of Sargodha was declared first whereas Bisma of Lahore achieved second position. In 1500 m, Ferhat of Sargodha bagged first and Aliya Riaz of Lahore got second position. In long jump, Lahore's nighat was
first, Rizwana Ijaz of DG Khan was second. In Shotput Aliya of Lahore was first and Rabiya of Faisalabad maintained second position. In overall results, Lahore bagged 105, Sargodha was second with 64 points and Bahawalpur maintained third position with 29 points. In the weightlifting championship at provincial level, 62 kg, Ahmed Mahmood of Punjab college Faisalabad achieved first position with 10 points. Haider Ashfaq of Punjab college Lahore secured second with 7 points while Furqan Butt of Government university was declared third with 5 points. In 75 kg, Salman Aqeel Butt of Punjab college attained first position and 10 score. Sufian from Punjab college was second with 7 points whereas Shabh haider of Multan college secured third position with 5 points. In 94 kg category, Zaigham Zafar of Punjab college bagged first, Hassam of
Punjab college Gujranwala secured second and Ali Raja of Faisalabad achieved third position. In the overall results, Lahore secured first position with 27 points, Faisalabad with 15 points attained second while Gujranwala with 14 points achieved third position. In Billiard Snooker, at General public level, M. Ghaffar of Gujranwala bagged first position, Lahore's najeeb Khalid was second while DG Khan's M. Sharif attained third position. At the college level, Sannan Saeed of Sargodha attained first, DG Khan's Tahir Abbas achieved second and Sahiwal's Shakeel Ahmed managed third positions. At university level, Sargodha's Murtaza Afzal was first, Gujranwala's Junaid Zafar was second and Sahiwal's Adnan Tahir achieved third position. In the Volleyball General public tournaments, Sahiwal beat Sargodha 2-0. At university
level (male) Faisalabad beat Sargodha 2-0. At college level (male), Gujranwala defeated DG Khan 2-0. At school level (male), Sahiwal defeated Gujranwala 2-0. In boxing 65 kg, Asif Mughal of MUlatn beat Sargodha’s Malik Sharif, Asim Mughal of Gujranwala defeated Imran DG Khan. In 75 plus kg, Lahore’s Waqar Ahmed got walk over. Mohammad Irfan of Faisalabad knock out Mohammad Imran Sahiowal, Aftab Khan Multan beat Saud Khan of Gujranwala and Shahid Sargodha beat Amer Ahmed Rawalpindi. The semi-final of the events will be held today. In women hockey colleges, DG Khan got walk over against Sargodha, Faisalabad beat Rawalpindi 7-0, Bahawalpur walk over against Sahiwal. The fourth match was decided in favour of Multan against Gujranwala 2-1. The university level will start today.
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17 Sports ael limassol sack coach before key fenerbahce tie
cOPenHaGen: Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi buffon takes part in a training session on the eve of the Uefa champions league Group e football match against nordsjaelland. aFP
Cyprus champions AeL Limassol announced Monday that coach Pambos Christodoulou is to leave the club by mutual consent just days before a crunch europa League clash with Turkish side Fenerbahce. Cypriot Christodoulou, 45, lead the team to a slender 2-1 league win against Salamina at the weekend, ahead of Thursday's home game against Fenerbahce - billed as one of the biggest in the club's history. A brief statement on AeL's website said the board had "ended its cooperation by mutual consent with the team's coach and his technical staff". Although it did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure, the club "warmly thanked" Christodoulou for his contribution in winning the title and "bringing joy" to the fans. Christodoulou took AeL to their first league title for 44 years last season but failed to make it to the Champions League group stage after losing to Anderlecht at the last hurdle. According to press reports former Porto player and Braga coach Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida is being lined up as a swift replacement. AeL are fourth in the table following a string of below-par performances. In their last europa League outing AeL were hammered 5-1 away to French club Marseille that followed a credible 0-0 home draw with German side Moenchengladbach. Due to the political situation in Cyprus Turkish troops occupy the island's northern third since 1974 following a failed coup engineered by Greece to unify Athens with nicosia - the match takes on wider significance for Cypriots. Turkey are the only state which does not recognize the Greek Cypriot government of divided Cyprus which means sporting contact between the two countries at any level is rare. There will be over 300 police on duty for Thursday's tie to ensure the game passes without incident while 1,400 Turkish Cypriot football fans are expected to cross the island's divide to watch the spectacle at nicosia's GSP stadium. All fans have been warned to be on their best behaviour and avoid political slogans or antagonistic attitudes that could inflame an already sensitive situation.
Police, politicians call for action after rioting DORTMUND AFP
The German Football League (DFL) is facing pressure from politicians and the police union here to act in the wake of rioting between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 fans at the weekend. Clashes between rival fans and police in Dortmund before Schalke earned a 2-1 win at Borussia on Saturday in the German league left 11 people injured, including eight police officers, and led to 180 arrests. Dortmund police say the violence was the worst they have seen in years having had to use pepper spray and a water cannon to break up rioting during several separate incidents with 1200 officers deployed for the match. The DFL's security commission met in Frankfurt on Monday to discuss the issue ahead of the midweek Champions League group game between Real Madrid and the German champions in Dortmund. "The riots show clearly that the time for action is now," politician Lorenz Caffier, leader of the German conference of state interior ministers, told magazine Sport Bild. "Despite extensive discussions with fan groups in the summer, it has manifestly failed to stem violence in football stadiums." Police say the violence had been organised by hooligans, known as 'ultras' in Germany, from both clubs and a group of 600 Schalke fans was attacked by masked Dortmund supporters en route to the stadium which led to police intervention.
Tuesday, 23 October, 2012
Cycling chiefs cast out Armstrong as ban confirmed GENEVA
AnCe Armstrong was on Monday stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and given a life ban, as cycling's world governing body said the US rider should be permanently erased from the sport's history for doping. The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it supported the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase the rider's entire career after August 1, 1998, as president Pat McQuaid called the scandal "the biggest crisis" the sport had faced. Cycling federations, race organisers and former riders broadly welcomed the decision as an inevitable step but the USADA said more needed to be done to stamp out doping and restore the sport's credibility. "There are many more details of doping that are hidden, many more doping doctors, and corrupt team directors and the omerta has not yet been fully broken," said USADA head Travis Tygart. Punishing Armstrong and riders who came forward to talk about his activities cannot be seen as "penance for an era of pervasive doping", Tygart added, calling for an independent truth commission to spur reform and break with the past. The UCI earlier rejected a potentially lengthy legal challenge at the Court of Arbritration for Sport to the USADA claims and punishment against Armstrong. "The UCI will strip him (Armstrong) of his seven Tour de France wins. Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling... He deserves to be forgotten in cycling," McQuaid told a news conference in Geneva, saying he was "sickened" by the revelations. The US body earlier this month released a devastating dossier on Armstrong, detailing over 202 pages and with more than 1,000 pages of supporting testimony how he was at the heart of the biggest doping programme in the history of sport. The revelations, including evidence from 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates,
plunged a sport which has been working hard to rid itself of its murky doping past into crisis. McQuaid succeeded Hein Verbruggen as president of world cycling after Armstrong's seventh and final Tour victory in 2005 and is credited with boosting the body's anti-doping programme, notably with the pioneering blood passport scheme. The Irishman was under pressure to answer how Armstrong and his teams managed to dope for so long without being detected. But he rejected calls to quit, vowing to continue his work against the use of
banned substances. Armstrong's sporting reputation as the cancer survivor who fought back to win cycling's most gruelling and celebrated race has been shattered since the report was published. On Monday, sunglasses manufacturer Oakley became the latest high-profile sponsor to ditch the fallen star. There have also been fears of a wider withdrawal of financial backing for the sport after Dutch sponsor Rabobank said it was ending the sponsorship of its professional cycling team after a 17-year associa-
tion. The sponsor described professional cycling as "sick" to its core and unlikely to recover in the foreseeable future. The strongly-worded comments went to the heart of claims of failings at the UCI and in particular to McQuaid, who has been criticised for failing to see the extent of doping within the sport. Verbruggen, who stepped down in in 2006 but remains honorary president, ran the UCI during Armstrong's golden era, amid claims that Armstrong and his teammates evaded dope tests either by hiding or being tipped off in advance. The Dutchman has also been accused of protecting Armstrong -- even accepting a donation to cover up a positive dope test. McQuaid on Monday said the UCI "absolutely deny" that Armstrong bought off the body. There were still calls for the UCI high command to quit, however, most notably from former Spanish rider Oscar Pereiro, who won the 2006 Tour de France after US rider Floyd Landis, Armstrong's former team-mate, was disqualified for doping. Pereiro told AFP: "If the accusations of Lance's former colleagues prove accurate, for instance saying they were tipped off ahead of tests, then the UCI is also caught up in this -- they should all resign." Armstrong's remarkable cancer backstory and Tour triumphs from 1999 to 2005 were seen as key to restoring cycling's tattered image after a string of high-profile doping scandals in the 1990s. His Tour victories are unlikely to be reawarded, the race's director Christian Prudhomme has said. The void would prevent further headaches, given that most riders who finished on the podium in that time have since been implicated in doping. But the final decision will come in a special UCI meeting on Friday. Armstrong has yet to comment directly on the affair, saying only that recent weeks have been "difficult" and standing down as the head of the cancer foundation Livestrong that he set up in 1997 and which has raised more than $500 million.
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i've made peace with rio: Alex Ferguson MANCHESTER
AnCHeSTeR United manager Alex Ferguson said on Monday his relationship with Rio Ferdinand was back to normal after he held clear-the-air talks with the defender. Ferguson had accused Ferdinand of embarrassing him after the player refused to wear a 'Kick It Out' anti-racism T-shirt in the warm-up prior to the 4-2 home win over Stoke City on Saturday. The long-serving Scot had said prior to the game that all his players would wear the T-shirts, stressing his view that a united front was the best approach. Ferdinand's younger brother, Queens Park Rangers defender Anton, was the subject of racist abuse from John Terry last year, for which the Chelsea captain is currently serving a four-match suspension. After Saturday's game, the Scot claimed Ferdinand had let the club down and would be "dealt with". But any tension between the two appeared to have thawed by Monday, with Ferguson hinting that the 33-year-old player could even be offered a new contract when his current deal expires at the end of the season. "I think Rio could play for another two or three years," said Ferguson at a press conference in Manchester ahead of United's Champions League game with Portuguese side Braga at Old Trafford on Tuesday. "He's not as quick as he was but that's not a problem for me. There's no reason why he can't stay on for another year." On his disagreement with Ferdinand, Ferguson added: "The issue is pretty simple. I spoke to Rio. I think there was a communication problem. I think he felt I should have spoken to him on Fri-
cash-strapped Greek team travel 17 hours by bus vERiA: Greece's financial crisis has forced cash-strapped teams to be more conservative when traveling with top flight club Veria making an 800km trip by bus to play their weekend away match. The northern Greek team traveled by bus to southern Tripolis on Sunday to play league rivals Asteras and they also avoided staying at a hotel overnight by returning straight after the match. That meant leaving early in the morning for the eight-and-a-half hour drive to reach Tripolis, losing the match to Asteras 3-0 and then getting back on the bus for the return trip, a total of 17 hours in transit. The team arrived back at their home base at 5am on Monday morning. AFP
man jailed for 16 weeks over Kirkland attack LONdON: A 21-year-old man was jailed for 16 weeks on Monday after admitting an attack on england goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a televised game in the secondtier english Championship. Aaron Cawley, from Cheltenham in southwest england, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw at home to Leeds United on Friday night. Cawley appeared before magistrates in Sheffield, northern england, having been arrested for running onto the pitch at Hillsborough and shoving Kirkland in the face after Leeds scored a 76th-minute equaliser. He then ran back into the crowd, but was detained by police on Sunday. Cawley, who had previously breached a number of football banning orders in the past, was also ordered to pay ÂŁ85 ($136, 104 euros) costs. In a victim impact statement read to the court, Kirkland said: "I feel shocked, upset and angry. I think the man is a thug and should be caught and put in jail. AFP
day. "I didn't anticipate that there would be any problem in the dressing room as far as the T-shirt was concerned. "My advice to him is that I always think the union is stronger than any individual and it is important he airs his grievances to the right people, through the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) or the FA (Football Association). "It has been a communication problem rather than anything else. Obviously as the manager of the club, when you lay down policy you don't want to see it being ignored, and that's where my anger came from on Saturday. "We have resolved the problem. There are no ongoing problems and we've moved on. That's the end of the matter. We will carry on with the football side of
it." With United, second in the Premier League, away to leaders Chelsea on Sunday, Ferguson revealed that Ferdinand will be left out of his starting line-up for the visit of Braga. But he was at pains to stress that his decision was motivated by the need for Ferdinand to be rested ahead of the trip to London at the weekend, rather than as a result of any disciplinary measures. French defender Patrice evra will also not start against Braga, who are third in Group H after one win and one defeat from two games. Braga are third in the Portuguese top flight and Ferguson is anticipating a difficult evening for his side, who overcame Galatasaray and CRF-Cluj 1-0 and 2-1 respectively in their opening two group matches.
Bayern eager to learn from BatE defeat MUNICH AFP
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has said the Bavarians must learn from their shock defeat at BATe Borisov when they tackle Lille next in the Champions League on Tuesday. Bayern's 19-man squad left for Lille on Monday with Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten missing with a rib injury while striker Claudio Pizarro is included having recovered from jet lag after playing for Peru last week. The pair were the only changes from the Bayern squad which won 5-0 at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday to set a new Bundesliga record for the most games won at the start of the season. Last time out in europe, Bayern were humbled 3-1 at BATe Borisov, who top Group F with Bayern third, and Kroos
said the team must do better in France with Lille bottom of the group. "We are taking a lot of confidence and momentum to Lille," said Kroos. "We are favorites in the group and want to do that title justice, but the defeat to Borisov has, of course, put us under pressure, no question." Kroos said Bayern can ill afford to make errors and must be on their guard for quick counter-attacks, which was their
downfall against BATe. "We can not afford any simple errors and we have to make the most of our opportunities," said Kroos. "I honestly think the defeat in Belarus is behind us, we're written it off. "We are in great shape and that is what counts." Bayern will be without Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who is recovering from a hamstring strain, while striker Mario Gomez is still working his way back to fitness after ankle surgery. Munich may have set a new German league record, but Kroos said he is more interested in the 24 points Bayern has collected as they look to win titles this season after two barren seasons without silverware. Bayern are smarting from losing the Champions League final at home to Chelsea in May having lost the German Cup final to Borussia Dortmund the week before.
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Stoner considered skipping wet Sepang race
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Reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner, who finished third in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, revealed on Monday that he had considered not racing on the wet Sepang circuit on Sunday. The 27-year-old Australian rider, recovering from an ankle injury, was concerned over fresh injuries if he suffered a spill on the wet track as pouring rain made visibility poor. "I was considering not racing as I was afraid to fall and injure my ankle again -- the result of which could be catastrophic, so I was cautious in the first few laps until I found my rhythm," he said in a posting on his blog while en route to Australia for this weekend's race at Phillip Island. The 2007 and 2011 world champion crashed in qualifying for the Indianapolis MotoGP on August 19 but still raced there to finish fourth. Afterwards he underwent surgery on torn ligaments and fractures to his ankle, tibia and fibula. Stoner is lying third in the world MotoGP championship standings but is out of the race for the world title which is being fought between his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha ace Jorge Lorenzo. Spain's Lorenzo, on 330 points, has a 23-point lead over his fellow countryman Pedrosa. Organisers put out the red flag on lap 13 of Sunday's 20-lap race, halting proceedings due to the torrential rain and giving Pedrosa his third successive victory. Lorenzo was in second place.
Ferdinand returns to training after T-shirt spat LONDON AFP
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand trained as normal on Monday, amid British media reports of a showdown with Coach Alex Ferguson over his refusal to wear an anti-racism T-shirt. Ferdinand was taking part in a protest by certain black players, led by Reading striker Jason Roberts, who claimed that the 'Kick It Out' campaign was not doing enough to deal with racism in the game. The 33-year-old is also thought to be angry that Chelsea defender John Terry was only given a four-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Ferdinand's brother Anton during a match against QPR last year. After the United centre-back declined to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt prior to United's 4-2 win at home to Stoke City on Saturday, Ferguson said it was an "embarrassment" to the club, and promised that he would be "dealt with". However, reports in several British
newspapers claimed the pair had resolved their differences of opinion in a meeting on Sunday, and Ferdinand reported for training as usual at United's Carrington training base on Monday morning. Anton Ferdinand followed his brother's example by refusing to don a Kick It Out T-shirt prior to QPR's 1-1 draw with everton on Sunday. Despite the furore, Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) chairman and Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle says it is not a matter that requires punishment. "Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to reaffirm his unwavering support of the Kick It Out campaign and that's fantastic," he told Britain's Press Association. "But this should not be seen as player versus club or dissension from a player against their employer. "This is about a group of players and some wider issues that transcend that relationship. "We would not want to see Rio Ferdinand punished. As I said of the handshake saga, you can't coerce any man against his will and to do so would be the complete op-
posite of what the campaign is for. "Sir Alex Ferguson pointed out in his own interview he did not know why Jason Roberts or any other player would not want to wear the Tshirt, so I hope that conversation takes place in the next couple of days." Although his organisation has been the
target of protests, Carlisle said he understood the players' concerns. "This is a group of players who are trying to make a statement," he said. "This is not a problem with Kick It Out per se, though they would like Kick It Out to be more vocal and authoritative.
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Shahbaz Sharif says zardari’s doling out of rs 500 million to iB should also be probed BAHAWALNAGAR STAFF REPORT
UnJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) respected the recent verdict of Supreme Court from the core of its heart, but a national commission consisting of “Godfearing” and “honest” people must be constituted for investigation for the PML-n to fully cooperate with the investigators. Addressing a public meeting at Haider Stadium, Shahbaz said the proposed commission should review all matters relating to the rigging and plundering committed
during all previous elections. He said President Asif Ali Zardari distributed Rs 500 million through the IB after removing the PML-n government and forming his own government in 2009. The CM said former dictator Pervez Musharraf also provided billions of rupees to the candidates of king’s party for winning the election in 2008, while a “theft” of Rs 80 billion was committed in Bank of Punjab during the last regime. He said the scope of the national commission should be vast and it should have powers to scrutinise all. Shahbaz said, “We do not accept an investigation through the FIA as its head is the minister who submit-
ted a wrong affidavit regarding dual nationality.” He said the PML-n had always upheld all decisions of the Supreme Court with sincerity and the investigation regarding recent allegations should also be held in a transparent manner. Shahbaz added that the federal government had insulted and violated the decisions of the Supreme Court. He said a country where plundering and looting was rampant and where there was no rule of law could not progress. Shahbaz said no one could level a single allegation of corruption against the PML-n government in Punjab, while “Ali Baba and forty thieves” set records of corruption at government level. He hoped that the people of Pakistan would
give a humiliating defeat to the corrupt elements in the general election. The Punjab CM said Younas Habib himself admitted during an interview that he had written off loans of several PPP members. He said the looters of national exchequer would have to give an account of every penny and the exemplary punishment should be awarded to the thieves and dacoits. Shahbaz said four times more funds had been provided to Southern Punjab for development projects during the last four-and-a-half years and the people propagating the deprivation of Southern Punjab should look into their own conscience. The chief minister also announced setting up a medical college at Ba-
hawalnagar and issued directives for immediately starting work in this regard. He said 10,000 tractors were being distributed among farmers this year and a subsidy of Rs 2 billion had been provided for the purpose. Shahbaz gave approval to a number of mega projects for district Bahawalnagar, including the construction of Arifwala-Bahawalnagar dual road which would be constructed at a cost of Rs 648 million. The CM also distributed keys of green tractors among successful people in balloting, while laser levellers were also distributed. Shahbaz awarded proprietary rights and distributed allotment letters of five marla plots under Jinnah Abadi Scheme.
Army to follow govt advice in Asghar Khan case
wASHINGTON: A man uses a touch screen voting booth to cast his ballot during the first day of early voting on Monday. aFP
today’s Pakistan eCP can’t act against politicians successfully shifted involved in Asghar Khan case: CeC to rule of law: CjP ISLAMABAD
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday said that present day Pakistan had successfully transitioned itself to rule of law through complete implementation of constitutionalism in the country. “Our law enforcement agencies are striving hard to check menace and the court system in the country including the anti-terrorism courts are geared to handle their cases expeditiously and dispense justice in a forthright and transparent manner,” he said while addressing an Indian lawyers’ delegation. He said that he did not see any reason why Pakistan should not regain its position as a civilised and progressive country which was at peace with itself and with countries in the region and beyond.
The CJ said it was a proven fact of history and a unanimous opinion of historians and scholars of law and politics, that only those societies thrived and prospered where the twin principles of “rule of law” and “supremacy of constitution” were practiced. “However, in societies which suffer from weak rule of law and where constitution is held in abeyance frequently, the writ of state gradually loosens and society starts unravelling,” he said. The CJ opined that the institutions of judiciary in Pakistan and India had a common cultural, social and legal background as they drew inspiration from the same source of jurisprudence and followed the same pluralistic and all-encompassing representative democracy based on the twin principles of rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.
Chief election Commissioner (CeC) Fakharud Din G ebrahim on Monday said the constitution provided no room to the election Commission of Pakistan for initiating action against politicians involved in the Asghar Khan case. He was talking to reporters after his meeting with Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. “The Supreme Court’s ruling has not left any room for the eCP to proceed against the politicians who rigged the 1990 election,” the CeC said. ebrahim said no decision could be taken on the eligibility of Interior Minister Rehman Malik in the dual nationality case because no reference had been received from the Senate chairman in this regard so far. The eligibility issue would be decided after the reference was forwarded by the Senate chairman, he added. To a question on general election, the CeC said he had met the CJP and
formally requested him to appoint judicial officers for monitoring the polls. He said the CJP had assured full cooperation on this count. The CeC once the nomination papers were filed by politicians for the upcoming general election, the first thing that would be decided would be if they were truthful per the constitution. earlier in the meeting with the CJP, the CeC
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said there was a broad consensus amongst the civil society, political parties and media for enhancing the credibility of the election process and requested that the district and sessions judges might be appointed as district returning officers in the forthcoming general election. The meeting was held in pursuance of a written request made earlier by the commission to the chief justice for holding next general election under the supervision of the judiciary. Justice (r) Riaz Kiyani and Justice (r) Shahzad Akbar Khan, eCP members, were also present in the meeting. The CJP informed the CeC that the national Judicial Policy barred the district judiciary from getting involved in the election process as it distracted the judicial officers from professional duty. However, he assured the CeC that his request and sentiment of the civil society would be placed before the national Judicial Policy Making Committee for consideration in national interest in its meeting on november 3, 2012. Editor: Arif Nizami
isLAMABAd: The Pakistan Army is ready to take whatever action the government will recommend against former servicemen involved in the Asghar Khan case in light of the apex court verdict. According to the well-placed sources, the army top brass is convinced to take what could be described as purging measures after the confessional affidavits submitted by the force’s former leaders and the court’s verdict thereon. Therefore, the incumbent leadership of the force looks up to the government for any remedial measures, if required, in the backdrop of court’s order. The Supreme Court in its short order in the Asghar Khan case has asked the government to move against culprits who bribed politicians before the 1990 general election, the sources added. They were of the view that the troika was most likely to convene over the issue soon as demanded the gravity of the situation. “The government is probably waiting for the detailed judgement to be issued before any final movement in light of the short order,” the sources added. Relevant portion of the court’s short order in the Asghar Khan case reads, “Late Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the then president, Gen (r) Aslam Beg and General (r) Asad Durrani acted in violation of the constitution by facilitating a group of politicians and political parties, etc, to ensure their success against the rival candidates in the general election of 1990, for which they secured funds from Younas Habib. Their acts have brought a bad name to Pakistan and its armed forces as well as secret agencies in the eyes of the nation, therefore, notwithstanding that they may have retired from service, the federal government shall take necessary steps under the constitution and law against them.” ONliNE
Pakistanis take records for largest human national flag, mosaic LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistani youth on Monday made another world record by making the biggest human national flag with the help of 24,200 students, breaking the earlier record set by 21,726 participants in Hong Kong in 2007. Adjudicator of Guinness World Records (GWR) Gareth Daeves announced the award for Pakistan, saying the country had successfully achieved the feat. “It’s an amazing, amazing display of unity of 24,200 people here in Lahore tonight,” Deaves told a cheering crowd. “every single one of you holds this record,” he said, handing over the certificate to Punjab provincial government representative Hamza Shahbaz Sharif. earlier, as many as 1,936 students belonging to various schools in Punjab created the largest mosaic, setting up another new Guinness World Record. ContinUed on page 04