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Sunday, 24 November, 2013 Muharram 19, 1435 Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 147 16 Pages Karachi Edition
STORY ON PAGE 03
Iran invites India, China to join gas pipeline
Nawaz hopes to fortify ties with India
An Iranian deputy oil minister called on India to join an under-construction pipeline project to carry natural gas from Iran to Pakistan. Ali Majedi, who is a deputy minister for international and commercial affairs, said Iran expects India to overcome its doubts and join the pipeline, previously known as Peace Pipeline, reported FARS news agency. PAGE 12
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday once again expressed hope in assembling a bond of friendship with India and said that firing across the LOC is not in favour of either country. While addressing an International Cultural and Literary Conference, the premier once again extended a hand of friendship towards India and called on the neighbouring country to solve all issues. PAGE 02
Imran running with the hare and hunting with the hound: Rashid Hangu attack FIR lodged against â€˜unidentified menâ€™ STORIES ON PAGE 03
Militants kidnap 11 polio vaccinators
Warner and Clarke flay England
Militants kidnapped 11 teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign for school children on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks on health workers trying to eradicate the deadly disease. The teachers were taken from the private Hira Public School in the Bara area of the Khyber tribal agency, one of the semi autonomous tribal areas along border with the Afghanistan. PAGE 03
Domineering hundreds by Michael Clarke and David Warner, a declaration with an impregnable position swiftly achieved and two England wickets in the final hour: things could not have gone much better for Australia as they pressed for the victory that would put them 1-0 up in the Ashes series. Australia stacked up a lead of 560 before declaring with slightly more than an hour remaining on the third day. PAGE 13
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Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
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nawaz says no option other than eliminatinG terrorism ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday condemned twin blasts in Karachi that killed at least seven people and injured 40 others. In a statement, he said terrorism could not demoralise nation’s resolve, adding that the government would do all out effort to take terrorists and terrorism to their logical conclusion. He said, “Such brutalities were unacceptable, and we had no other option but to root out terrorism.” He directed law enforcers to continue their duties without any fear. “The nation will never be intimidated by these acts of terror in Karachi. Law and writ of the state will take care of fearmongers, responsible for such heinous crimes. We will make sure that terrorists and criminals are speedily prosecuted and justice is dispensed without fear and favour,” stressed the PM. Terming the blasts in Karachi a cowardly act of terrorism, Nawaz said, “All institutions will have to work without fear and upholding professional competence for effectively addressing the menace of terror. We have no option but to wipe out the peril of extremism, sectarianism and terrorism. Karachi killings are cowardly act of terrorists.” Sympathising deeply with the bereaved families, the PM prayed to God to bless the departed souls with eternal peace and grant courage to their families to bear the irreparable los with fortitude. He also prayed for the early recovery of those injured in the bombings. ONLINE
TTP CLAIMS TWIN BLASTS IN KARACHI DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the twin suicide blasts in Karachi wherein seven people were killed on Friday. The blasts had injured at least 48 people and damaged around 10 shops along with nearby vehicles on the road leading to Ancholi. TTP spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid said these attacks were in reaction to the November 25 Ashura violence in Rawalpindi which killed at least 11 people and the drone attack on November 21 wherein six people were killed and at least eight were injured. The TTP threatened that such attacks would continue if those responsible for the violence in Rawalpindi were not brought to justice and the drone strikes were not stopped. ONLINE
Nawaz hopes to fortify ties with India LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the 4th Alhamra International Literary and Cultural Conference 2013 on Saturday.
pm says inDian politicians usinG propaGanDa aGainst pakistan to win popular support LAHORE
rIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday once again expressed hope in assembling a bond of friendship with India and said that firing across the Line of Control (LOC) is not in favour of either country. While addressing an International Cul-
says islam beinG DefameD internationally throuGh terrorism
tural and Literary Conference, the premier once again extended a hand of friendship towards India and called on the neighbouring country to solve all issues, including the Kashmir issue through diplomatic channels. Sharif recalled former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a considerate leader who issued historic statements regarding Pakistan. About the upcoming elections in
India, the premier said Indian politicians were taking propaganda as a tool against Pakistan to win popular support, while Pakistan did not do this in its election campaigns. “Pakistan changed its mode of thinking and India should take a leaf out of Pakistan’s book,” he said. Sharif said he remained hopeful of better ties with India and expressed his wish to see the country as a peaceful neighbour.
He said that he as a prime minister invites India to proceed to the process of negotiations and if India takes one step in this direction, Pakistan would take two. At the end of the conference, he said to revamp the image of literary and cultural side of Islam writers in Pakistan would have to play a bigger role. For this purpose he announced a grant of rs 20 million for opening an institute for writers. Sharif said that Islam was being defamed internationally through terrorism and urged that the religion’s true visage and message should be made clearer to the world.
UK attorney-general singles out corruption in Pakistani community Dominic Grieve says some minority communities, specifically pakistanis, come from backGrounDs where corruption is enDemic pakistani labour party mp says aG tryinG to ‘DiviDe anD conquer’ within communities
A top British official Saturday said corruption is rife among some ethnic groups in the country, especially Pakistanis, sparking angry reactions from community leaders. "Some minority communities come from backgrounds where corruption is endemic. We as politicians have to wake to up to it," Attorney General Dominic Grieve told The Daily Telegraph in an interview. Asked if he was referring to the Pakistani community in his remarks, he said: "Yes, it's mainly the Pakistani community, not the Indian community. "I wouldn't draw it down to one. I'd be wary of saying it's just a Pakistani problem." But a Pakistani Labour Party MP branded Grieve's comments as divisive.
Khalid Mahmood, who came to the UK from Pakistan as a child, said the Attorney-General was marking out the Pakistani community as "more corrupt" than other minority groups and trying to "divide and conquer" within communities. Grieve, the Conservative Party MP, said the problem arose as some of Britain's minority communities "come from societies where they have been brought up to believe you can only get certain things through a favour culture". "One of the things you have to make absolutely clear is that that is not the case and it's not acceptable. As politicians these are issues we need to pay some attention to." He pointed to electoral corruption being a particular issue among these communities. Earlier this year, the UK's Electoral Commission had announced it was considering introducing ballot box identity
checks in Tower Hamlets, east London, in an effort to stamp out electoral fraud in areas with large South Asian communities. Later in a statement, the country's senior-most law officer was forced to clarify his comments as they sparked anger among certain sections. However, Grieve said: "The point I was making is that, as a law officer, it's my duty to ensure the rule of law is upheld, and one of the issues that I feel requires close attention is any potential for a rise in corruption to undermine civil society. "I believe this is an issue which needs to be addressed calmly and rationally. I am absolutely clear that this problem is not attributable to any one community, as I know very well from my many years promoting community cohesion." Tory ministers have avoided singling out particular communities over political corruption.
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Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. — Peter Drucker
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KAPTAAN AND HIS TEAM PROTEST DRONE STRIKES imran khan vows to block nato supplies until enD of Drone attacks
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters wave party flags during a protest rally at Ring Road against US drone strikes. INP
pti chairman says nation has to take a Decision about country’s fate encouraGes prime minister nawaz sharif to take a stanD on Drone issue PESHAWAR
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday vowed that NATO supplies would remain suspended until an end to drone strikes. Addressing a protest rally in Peshawar, “We can and we will block NATO supplies.” The PTI leader said that peace cannot be attained until the US drone strikes are stopped. “For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a democratic government along with all other parties had agreed that the time for war has ended... it’s time for dialogue,” Imran said, adding that the drone strike which killed Hakimullah Mehsud sabotaged the peace process. Imran Khan said that there could be no peace in Pakistan until the cessation of missile attacks. “Peace was about to return to Pakistan and all parties had a consensus to initiate peace talks,” he said. He said that his party had made two pre-elections commitments about the eradication of corruption and restoration of peace. “It happened for the first time in the history of Pakistan that we weakened our coalition government and did not make any compromise on corruption,” he said, referring to recent split with the Qaumi Watan Party. “We cannot go to UN Security Coun-
cil or shoot down missiles. But our provincial government can at least block NATO supplies.” Khan said that lives of six million people were ruined by sending troops in the tribal areas by a dictator at the behest of the US. “It is defining moment for the Pakistani nation to decide about the country’s fate,” Khan emphasized. “I ask Mian Nawaz Sharif whether he will continue his dual policies or take a firm stand like a leader. For God’s sake, don’t change your policy for the sake of dollars,” he added. The prime minister should clearly tell the US that there is a difference between friendship and slavery, he demanded. He said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
cabinet should also block the NATO supplies. “We cannot become a nation by begging and bowing down to foreign powers. I called upon Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan to become one nation.” “We should educate our people to become one nation. God willing, we will awaken the whole nation.” “Our protest will continue until the US ends missile attacks,” he announced. The rally was attended by thousands of workers of the PTI, the JI and the Awami Jamhoori Ittehad. Besides Imran Khan, PTI’s Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jehangir Tareen, Awami Muslim League President Sheikh rashid and JI’s
PTI SIT-IN STARTS IN PESHAWAR TODAY PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has decided to halt NATO supplies on Sunday (today). This decision was made in a meeting at Peshawar on Saturday. Through a press release, KP Information Secretary Ishtiaq Umar said that from Sunday the PTI workers would arrange a sit-in at Khairabad-Swabi Motorway interchange, Charsadda Interchange and ring road Bridge at Hayatabad. According to Umar, the sit-in will be continued till ensuring an end to US drone attacks. He claimed, “PTI is determined to implement its decisions and promises with the people whatever might be the situation.” STAFF REPORT Liaqat Baloch also spoke on the occasion. Baloch announced that they were going for a similar rally in Lahore on December 9, and organise similar rallies in Karachi.
Imran running with the hare and hunting with the hound: Rashid LAHORE: Criticising the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s decision to block NATO supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federal Information Minister Pervez rashid said Saturday that the party’s rally in Peshawar was “nothing more than a farce”. Speaking to reporters, rashid said Pakistan cannot afford to pick a battle with friendly nations by blocking NATO supplies through the country Pakistan. He further said that PTI chief Imran Khan and his party have an incongruity in its policies and actions over the drone attacks issue. "Imran Khan's heart beats for the Taliban but his sword serves the US," Pervaiz said, adding that the PTI chairman should refuse US aid if he wanted an end to drone attacks, once and for all as was practised by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who refused US aid. The minister said projects worth millions of dollars were being run with US aid in KP, adding that Imran Khan was surrounded by people who had allowed drone attacks and celebrated former dictator's coup d'etat. Pervaiz said, “Our close friend Turkey was also part of it [NATO] and how could Pakistan launch an assault on the forces of a friendly country like Turkey,” adding that Pakistan could not leave alone millions of Pakistani expatriates working in Europe. STAFF REPORT
militants kidnap 11 teachers in polio vaccination campaign PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Militants kidnapped 11 teachers involved in a polio vaccination campaign for school children on Saturday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks on health workers trying to eradicate the deadly disease. The teachers were taken from the private Hira Public School in the Bara area of the Khyber tribal agency, one of the semi autonomous tribal areas along border with
the Afghanistan. The gunmen arrived just after teams administering the polio vaccines had left, officials said. Local official Khyali Gul said the gunmen took the teachers to an area controlled by militant leader Mangal Bagh and his Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group. "Mangal Bagh and his men are opposing polio vaccination for children and don't allow teams to immunize children in their areas," Gul said. Another Khyber official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said the teachers had been taken to an area where security forces cannot enter due to presence of militants. It was expected they would be released following negotiations with local elders, the official said. Gunmen frequently attack polio vaccination workers in Pakistan. Militants accuse them of being Western spies or part of a plot to sterilize Muslims. One militant leader said he would only allow vaccinations in his area if US drone
strikes stopped. A global eradication campaign has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent in the last three decades, but it remains endemic in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. There were just 223 cases last year, according to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, but as long as the disease remains in pockets it can re-infect countries previously cleared. The disease is highly infectious and can cause irreversible paralysis.
An estimated 15,000 people participated in the protest rally while PTI leaders claimed that there were over 150,000 protesters.
hangu drone strike fir registered against ���unidentified people’ PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
A First Information report (FIr) of the US drone strike which killed six people, including Afghan militant commanders, was filed against unidentified people in Hangu on Friday. This is the first FIr of its kind in Pakistan. The FIr was registered in the police station in Tal area of Hangu in KP. Sections for murder, attempted murder, explosives and terrorism were included in the document. The SHO of the police station, Farid Khan said that FIr No. 555 stated that unidentified persons had launched four missiles in the drone strike on November 21. Khan said the case was filed on the directives of provincial government and the unidentified persons were charged against Sections 302, 324 and 427 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA). The SHO revealed that the victims of the drone strike were from Afghanistan and the deceased were identified as Noorullah, Hamidullah, Ahmed Jan, Gul Marjan and Abdul rehman. The FIr mentioned that no children were killed in the attack. Khan also stated that local people informed him that the victims of the Hangu drone attack were taken to Afghanistan for burial. As a result, post-mortem of the deceased was not possible.
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Those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war — Winston Churchill
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Philippines typhoon death toll tops 5,200 TACLOBAN AGENCIES
HE number of people dead or missing after one of the world’s strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed towards 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors. The government’s confirmed death toll rose to 5,235, with another 1,613 people still missing more than two weeks after Super Typhoon Haiyan destroyed entire towns across a long stretch of islands in the central Philippines. Haiyan now rivals a 1976 tsunami on the southern island of Mindanao as the deadliest recorded natural disaster to strike the Philippines, which endures a never-ending battle against typhoons, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions. The typhoon has triggered a giant, international relief effort, with dozens of countries and relief organisations rushing to deliver food, water and health services to more than four million people who lost
their homes. However UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, after visiting the disaster zones, warned the world was still not responding fast enough to the disaster. “Much more needs to be done. Food, clean water and shelter remain the top priorities,” Amos said as a UN appeal for funds was raised from $301 million to $348 million. Amos said huge numbers of people were still exposed to bad weather in the nine provinces ravaged by the storm, as she warned particularly of the dangers for babies, children and mothers. “I am very concerned that some 1.5 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition and close to 800,000 pregnant and nursing mothers need nutritional help,” Amos told a news conference at UN headquarters. The World Bank on Friday added $480 million in emergency aid to the Philippines, taking its support to nearly $1 billion. The Asian Development Bank has also offered $500 million concessionary loans. The US military has performed the highest-profile role in the relief effort,
Haiyan now rivals a 1976 tsunami on the southern island of Mindanao as the deadliest recorded natural disaster to strike the Philippines, which endures a neverending battle against typhoons, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions sending an aircraft carrier that arrived six days after the disaster that finally allowed relief supplies to start reaching isolated communities. Japan also sent more than 1,000 troops aboard three vessels that arrived on
Thursday night, in what is the biggest overseas deployment of the country’s military since its defeat in World War II nearly 70 years ago. China, which is embroiled in a long-running territorial dispute with the Philippines, dispatched a 300-bed hospital ship, while Australia, Britain and Indonesia are among many other nations to have also sent military support. The number of people confirmed killed jumped by nearly 1,200 on Friday to 5,209, as confirmed body counts were made in some flattened communities, the spokesman for the government’s disaster management council, reynaldo Balido, told AFP. “If you notice, there was not much movement in the death toll for the past few days. This was because the reporting rules required a casualty report signed by the city mayor and his health officer,” he told AFP on Friday night. “Now, the reports are coming in from the entire typhoon area.”The death toll rose marginally again on Saturday morning, and was expected to continue
rising over the coming days and weeks. The typhoon on November 8 brought some of the strongest winds ever recorded and generated tsunami-like storm surges that flattened dozens of towns. In Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province in the eastern Philippines where five-metre (16-feet) waves destroyed most buildings, 1,727 people have been confirmed dead. Another 451 remain missing. The magnitude of the disaster has continued to stun and overwhelm President Benigno Aquino’s administration. A few days after the disaster, Aquino said he expected the death toll would be between 2,000 and 2,500. The Philippines is so prone to natural disasters because it is located along a typhoon belt and the socalled ring of Fire, a vast Pacific Ocean region where many of Earth’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. But the only other natural disaster to compare with Haiyan for ferocity was the tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in 1976 that killed between 5,000 and 8,000 people on Mindanao.
Pakistani man kills wife, sons, then himself in New York: Police
Delay in signing BSA prolongs anxiety ahead of elections: Dobbins
A Pakistani-American man shot and killed his wife and two sons before turning the gun on himself in what New York State Police investigators Friday described as a case of murder-suicide. Police found the bodies of Abbas Lodhi, 49, and his son Zain Lodhi, 9, inside a car parked in the lot outside the A&P Supermarket in Pleasant Valley, about 75 miles from the New York City, on Thursday. Police found a gun inside the car which led the police to Lodhi’s home where they found the body of Lodhi’s other son, Mujtaba Lodhi, 13. He was also shot to death. At the time, police did not know where Lodhi’s wife was. The police believed Sarwat Lodhi, 43, may have been wounded and in need of help, so her photo was released and public’s assistance was asked for in finding her. “It’s a murder-suicide in which the father, Abbas Lodhi, apparently shot and killed his two boys and his wife,” New York State Police Captain John ryan said. ryan, head of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said in a press conference Friday afternoon that the owner of a vacant home near the airport found Sarwat Lodhi’s body. He said it was by a stroke of luck that she was discovered and that it would not have been visible overhead, where police were searching by helicopter since Thursday. Sarwat Lodhi also appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, police said. Authorities are calling the deaths a “family tragedy.” Their investigation concluded that Abbas Lodhi carried out a triple murder and suicide. The investigation into what was behind the killings is continuing with reviews of computer files, GPS records and other evidence, state police Trooper Melissa McMorris said. “I don’t believe we have a motive or a note yet,” she said. Authorities say the parents moved from Pakistan during the 1990s and became US citizens. Abbas Lodhi was a state-licensed pharmacist since 1993 and recently closed his pharmacy in Hyde Park, New York.
KARACHI: Children light clay lamps on Saturday in the memory of those killed in twin bombings in Ancholi on Friday night. ONLINE
Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, Turkey retaliates CAIRO AGENCIES
Egypt said on Saturday it was expelling Turkey’s ambassador and accused Ankara of backing organizations bent on undermining the country - an apparent reference to the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, himself a supporter of an Islamist-led government forced from power by generals in 1997, issued a blunt rebuff to Egypt’s army-backed rulers, declaring on live television: “I will never respect those who come to power through military coups.” He spoke shortly after Turkey had retaliated to the Egyptian move by
declaring the Egyptian ambassador, currently out of the country, persona non grata. Egyptian foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty made no specific allegations against Turkey in announcing the ambassador’s expulsion, but said: “(Ankara is) ... attempting to influence public opinion against Egyptian interests, supported meetings of organizations that seek to create instability in the country.” Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of Morsi’s removal, calling it an “unacceptable coup” by the army. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been staging protests calling for his reinstatement, has close ties with Erdogan’s AK Party. Turkish President Abdullah Gul
speaking on state-run TrT television before Erdogan, was more measured in his remarks. “I hope our relations will again get back on track,” he said. Both countries will remain represented in each other’s capitals by embassies headed by a charge d’affaires, effectively a number two. Both had recalled their ambassadors in August for consultation after Egyptian security forces stormed into pro-Morsi camps on August 14, killing hundreds. RISING TENSIONS: In some of the worst civilian violence in decades, security forces crushed protests by Morsi’s supporters. Militant Islamists, who have been attacking Egyptian forces in the Sinai peninsula, stepped up their assaults in or near major cities.
US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, on Friday said that the security pact between US and Afghanistan ought to be signed in the next few weeks. reacting to Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s remarks on the opening of the Loya Jirga, who said that the KabulWashington security pact would not be signed - if at all - until after the presidential elections in April, Dobbins said such a decision will be “most unfortunate” and would prolong “anxiety” and “uncertainly” in both countries. “We feel strongly that the agreement ought to be signed as soon as it’s approved by the Jirga and then it ought to be sent to the parliament and approved and this ought to occur at some time in the next few weeks,” Dobbins told Afghan media. “The Afghan people are anxious whether the United States and the international community remain committed to their security and wellbeing and frankly the American people and the international community are uncertain about whether the Afghan people really want us,” he added. Washington is “surprised” by President Karzai’s statement, arguing it would make impossible for the US and other NATO countries to plan a post-2014 presence in Afghanistan unless the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is a done deal by the end of the year. “We don’t intend to stay in Afghanistan alone. We want to stay with a number of other countries equally committed to ‘Afghanistan’s security and Afghanistan’s prosperity’ and we need time to build that coalition to ensure that other countries also make commitments,” Dobbins said. The US government has said without an accord on the BSA, all US troops will leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014, leaving Afghanistan’s fledgling security forces on their own to fight the Taliban-led insurgency. But, Dobbins said “zero option” is not an option for the US government. “The zero option is not an option for us. It’s an option obviously for Afghanistan. If Afghanistan doesn’t want international troop presence, Afghanistan has only need to say so. If the Loya Jirga or the government doesn’t want the BSA, they are in fact deciding that they want the United States and the international partners not to stay and of course we will accept and abide by that,” Dobbins concluded.
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Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind — Buddha
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( BB’S ASSASSINATION CASE
Two doctors summoned for cross examination RAWALPINDI ONLINE
FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar could not appear in the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case Saturday due to security threats. Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-rehman of the ATC, rawalpindi, took up the case for hearing. The FIA prosecutor did not appear in the court due to security concerns, so cross examination of prosecution witnesses could not be completed. The court also summoned two doctors, who had conducted post-mortem of those who were killed in December, 27, 2007, blast besides providing treatment to those who were injured in this incident, on the next hearing. The two doctors including Dr Qasim and Dr Ashraf would be cross questioned on next hearing. The hearing of the case was adjourned till December 7.
ShO among two cops killed in police encounter
LAHORE: Indian Sikh pilgrims buy religious CDs at Gurdwara Dera Sahib. ONLINE
Dr ShAkIl AfrIDI chArgeD wITh murDer lawyer says new charGes are ‘just DelayinG tactics to keep afriDi in jail as much as possible’ PESHAWAR AGENCIES
UTHOrITIES in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have charged the doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden with murder and fraud, officials and a defence lawyer said Saturday. “A murder and fraud case was registered against Shakeel Afridi this week after a tribal woman accused him of killing her son,” a senior government official in Peshawar said. Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi confirmed the charges, which come some three months after his conviction for treason was overturned. Afridi was recruited by the CIA to run a fake vaccination programme in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad in hopes of obtaining DNA samples to identify Al Qaeda chief bin Laden, although medics never
managed to gain access to the family. The doctor was arrested after US troops killed bin Laden in Abbottabad in May 2011. Islamabad branded the raid a violation of sovereignty, and Pakistan’s relations with the US fell to an all-time low. In 2012 Afridi was convicted of treason over alleged links to militant group Lashkar-e-Islam, under the tribal justice system of his home district of Khyber, part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal belt He was sentenced to 33 years in jail and fined $3,500. Angry US politicians saw the sentence as retaliation for his role in bin Laden’s capture, and last year threatened to freeze millions of dollars in vital aid to Islamabad. In August, his sentence was overturned and he now faces a retrial. Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi, who shares his client’s tribal name, told AFP on Saturday that the new charges against the doctor were “strange”, as the death of which he was accused occurred six years ago. “How strange it is that authorities registered these cases after six years,” the lawyer said, adding that he will defend his client in all the cases. Naseeb Gula, from the northwestern tribal district of Khyber, accuses Afridi of killing her son Sulaiman Afridi, who also shares the tribal name, in 2007.
She said the doctor operated on her son three times for appendicitis, but that he died after the operation. She also accused Afridi of fraud, saying he was not authorised to operate on her son because he was not a surgeon. Under the tribal justice system, Afridi faces a life sentence if convicted in the murder case. Punishment for fraud is seven years in jail, his lawyer said. “These new charges are just delaying tactics to keep him in jail as much as pos-
sible,” Samiullah Afridi told AFP. A hearing has been fixed for December 20 in the main jail in Peshawar, Afridi’s lawyer said. It was decided to hear Afridi’s case inside a jail due to security threats, according to a letter written by officials. Lashkar-e-Islam, the militant group in Pakistan’s Khyber district that Afridi was accused of having links to, and the Taliban have both threatened to kill him. Authorities in Peshawar, where Afridi is being held away from Taliban and other terror suspects in jail, have demanded several times that he be transferred to a more secure prison. An official letter seen by AFP and sent to the prison authorities in Peshawar confirmed the registration of murder and fraud cases and asked officials to make arrangements for a hearing. “The accused (Shakeel Afridi) should not be produced in this court due to security reasons,” said the letter, sent by a top official in Khyber. “His case would be heard in Peshawar jail premises,” it added. Lashkar-e-Islam, led by warlord Mangal Bagh, is a militant organisation feared for kidnappings and extortion in Khyber, where Afridi worked for years as a doctor. Afridi is the main tribe in the Khyber district.
At least two policemen including a station house officer (SHO) were killed and four others injured in exchange of fire with criminals on Saturday. According to details, the police launched an operation against the proclaimed offender Sajjad alias Haji involved in kidnapping for ransom, in Thatta raey village in the suburbs of Hafizabad.During crackdown the criminals present in the area started firing at police which led to the encounter. In cross fire, Saddar SHO Syed Arif Shah and constable Muhammad Aslam were martyred while four others sustained wounds. The bodies and injured cops were moved to hospital for medico-legal requirements. The suspects equipped with heavy automated weapons managed to escape taking the advantage of the thick forest area.
heavy rains lash Balochistan QUETTA ONLINE
Heavy rains lashed parts of Balochistan areas of Gwadar, Turbat and Mand, inundating low lying areas as well as disrupting power supply. According to reports, at least 11 electric polls fell down in Gwadar due to heavy rain, causing suspension of power supply. Land routes were disconnected in Turbat and Mand areas, while intermittent rains were also reported from Mastung, Pishin, Kila Abdullah, Naushki and other areas. Meanwhile, Met department said scattered rain, thunderstorm with light snowfall over the hills is expected in Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat & Makran divisions), Isolated rain/thunderstorm is expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GilgitBaltistan and Kashmir. Other than these, cold and dry weather with partly cloudy conditions is likely in other parts of the country.
US ‘concerned’ over murder charge against Afridi: State Deptt WASHINGTON INP
Expressing ‘concern’ over the new murder charge brought against Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA trace Osama bin Laden, the US has asked Pakistan to ensure that the jailed physician receives a fair trial for this new charge. “We are concerned about the new charge brought today against Shakil Afridi,” the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Fri-
day. “Afridi’s assistance in confirming the location of bin Laden was a service to the entire world and indeed to Pakistanis who had lost loved ones and suffered at the hands of al-Qaida,” Psaki said when asked about the fresh charges against Afridi, who currently is facing 30 years imprisonment. “We call on the proper authorities to ensure that Afridi receives a fair trial for this new charge,” said the state department spokesperson. Meanwhile, an influential lawmaker warned that such a move coming from Islamabad will make it difficult for
continuation of financial assistance from the US to Pakistan. “The US makes a serious financial commitment to Pakistan. This commitment is in serious jeopardy. Delicate diplomacy hasn’t worked,” said Congressman Ed royce chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The fact that he has been jailed since he assisted in ridding the world of Osama bin Laden is outrageous. Let’s hope that this situation is immediately resolved,” he said, adding that the US ambassador in Is-
lamabad is taking up this issue with the Pakistani government. “I have made my displeasure known with the Pakistan Embassy in Washington today, and raised Afridi’s case directly with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month. His government seems to be compounding the problem. I would like to hear secretary Kerry and US officials speak out,” he said. “It must be made clear that Afridi’s fate is an issue of critical importance to the US government. It is a matter of justice for Afridi, and it is an essential litmus test of
the relationship with the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” royce said. “This case has serious consequences for US counter terrorism efforts. If we cannot do a better job protecting brave people who cooperate with us, there will be fewer brave people who cooperate with us in future,” he said. “Unfortunately, Pakistan is becoming an increasingly radicalised country, as extremism and anti-Americanism spreads in some religious schools. The mistreatment of Afridi reflects that destructive trend,” royce alleged.
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It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it — Martin Luther King, Jr
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Public sector tops in sexual harassment MONITORING DESK
OrE woman workers fall victim to sexual harassment in the government sector than in the private sector, according to a report in English daily Dawn. According to the report, the fact emerged from the number of complaints received by the office of the Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace. Since its establishment in 2011, the court of the Federal Ombudsman has received 160 cases of harassment and disposed of 153. Seven cases are under process. That government departments score high in debauchery, when job insecurity is higher in the private sector, is baffling. It would be natural for a victim to suppress her rage for fear of losing her job. “Job insecurity in the private sector is the main reason why women and men alike do not come forward with complaints of being harassed,” observed reg-
istrar of the office, Chaudhry Aziz Iqbal. It could be that the very security that a government job provides emboldens the perpetrator to misbehave and his victim to raise her voice. Chaudhry Aziz said the government and the private organisations were not doing enough to make their employee aware of the law that protects them against sexual harassment in a work environment. “That is the biggest challenge for our office,” he told the newspaper. “The law obliges the management of organisations, both in the public and private sectors, to display the Code of Conduct in English, as well as in the language understood by most of their employees, at conspicuous places in the organisations.” Most of the complaints about harassment came to the office from women working in the education sector across the country. The court of the Federal Ombudsman has decided 18 of them, the highest number among the cases from all the sectors
adjudicated by the court. Some prominent incidents of sexual harassment happened in Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, and Fatima Jinnah Women U n i v e r s i t y, rawalpindi. Employees of the state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation each registered four cases, as did three employees of Lok Virsa, a cultural entity, two employees of the Alternate Energy Development Department and one each of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Pakistan Television (PTV). A senior officer of the government of
Pakistan had charged a Southeast Asian diplomat of the crime, disclosed a source in the office of the Federal Ombudsman against sexual harassment at workplaces. “He was held guilty and had to return to his country,” said the source. A journalist’s complaint of sexual harassment is pending with the office of the Federal Ombudsman. Chaudhry Aziz Iqbal said individuals working in the private sector registered 13 cases. “Men and women in the private sector were equally productive citizens and no harm should come to an individual’s dignity,” he said. After the Ombuds-
That government departments score high in debauchery, when job insecurity is higher in the private sector, is baﬄing. It would be natural for a victim to suppress her rage for fear of losing her job
man’s court held two senior professors of the Quaid-i-Azam University guilty as charged by their students, the university administration engaged NGOs, put up posters, and held seminars to educate its faculty and students of their duties and legal rights. “But those posters and Code of Conduct copies are nowhere to be seen today. They should have stayed up on the walls and notice boards,” said a senior official in the QAU administration, suggesting that the fight against sexual harassment needed to go on. In the private sector, the Code of Conduct is not found displayed in most corporate offices. A Telenor official explained that the company policy explains the code to the employees at the time of induction but it is not displayed. The same was true in Mobilink. According to the office of the Federal Ombudsman, some government ministries and divisions had publicly displayed the Code of Conduct.
corruption has become cancer for country: cJ
ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday said that corruption had become cancer for the country. Addressing a meeting of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee, he said it was necessary to eliminate corruption from all institutions including courts of the country. The chief justice said the government servants were affected due to non-functional service tribunals therefore it was constitutional need to make them (service tribunals) functional, adding the federal government should also come up with legislation for service tribunals. Chaudhry said after restoration of judiciary, it was their demand to eliminate corruption from the country but unfortunately it could not happen. He said elimination of corruption from all institutions including the judiciary was need of the hour. INP
India successfully test-fires N-capable Dhanush missile
LAHORE: Workers pack used plastic bags for recycling. INP
India plans great wall on border between Jammu and Pakistan SRINAGAR ONLINE
India has drawn inspiration from the BerlinWall, planning to construct a 10-metre high embankment along the 198-km stretch of disputed border that separates Indian-held Kashmir from Pakistan, Indian media reported on Saturday. The security wall, being erected to keep infiltrators out, will be higher and wider than both the
Berlin Wall and the serpentine barrier that Tel Aviv is creating. It will be 135 feet wide and will pass through 118 villages in the districts of Jammu (72), Kathua (17) and Samba (29). Although there is no official estimate on the total cost yet, Indian home ministry will fund the project, which will be handled by the Indian Border Security Force. The project spells revival of an idea mooted a few years ago after the
September 27 alleged attack on the police and army by two Fidayeen militants. Instead of brick and mortar that went into the making of the walls in Berlin and Israel, the proposed embankment will use earth excavations to create a parallel trench, making movement nearly impossible. Yet, not everyone is convinced that the wall will fulfill its purpose and keep intruders out. “We have to be alive to what’s
happening. The wall will not deter those attempting intrusion from across the border. We have to reciprocate strongly whenever our troops are attacked,” said Indian National Security Deputy Adviser Satish Chandra. Work has begun on the security wall. revenue papers for designated land in 86 villages have been processed for a formal noobjection certificate (NoC) from the Indian government and a joint demarcation for land
falling in 44 villages is likely to start shortly. Once the land is demarcated, the BSF will pay the compensation and take it over. The Indian government has always been complainant about the intrusions from the Pakistan side of its border in the past recent years. recently, the Indian government accused Pakistan of LoC violations which led to cross-border exchange of fire during past recent months.
BALASORE: India successfully test-fired on Saturday its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile. “Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully tested the Dhanush missile on Saturday from a naval ship,” said Integrated Test range Director MV K V Prasad, Chandipur near in Balasore. The surface-tosurface Dhanush, a naval variant of India’s indigenously developed ‘Prithvi’ missile, was test fired at 11:10 am from a location at Bay of Bengal by the SFC of the defence force. The single-stage, liquid propelled Dhanush has already been inducted into the armed services and is one of the five missiles developed by the Defence research and Development Organisation (DrDO) under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP), defence sources said. “The trial was conducted by the SFC of the Indian defence force in co-operation with DrDO,” a defence official said. Dhanush missile is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear payload of 500 to 1,000 kg and hit
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If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. –Thomas Fuller KARACHI: A view of the destruction caused by twin blasts in the Ancholi area on Friday night. ONLINE
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essI emphasizes on workers’ rights KARACHI APP The Employees Social Security Institutions (ESSI) in the country need to coordinate with each other in order to streamline protection of workers’ rights in their respective provinces, notwithstanding that they may be following the International Labour Organisation (ILO) rules and regulations. This was the consensus opinion of Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI) Vice Commissioner Shafiq Ahmed Shaikh and officials of KPK ESSI including Director (Adm) Gohar Ali, Finance Director Nisar Khan and Dr Kamal Shah, currently on a visit to Sindh. The SESSI's vice commissioner said that 28,217 industrial and business units were currently registered with his institution which was providing health care facilities to 6,73,383 workers and their respective families through five of its hospitals and 45 dispensaries across the province. "An amount of Rs 2 billion and 57 million is being spent by SESSI in this regard," he said mentioning that the SESSIrun healthcare facilities are not only well equipped but also manned by qualified professionals. The meeting between SESSI and KPKESSI officials was also attended by SESSI's Medical Advisor Dr Shah Mohammad Nohari, Finance director Abid Bukhari, Contribution and Benefit director Samina Saeed, Vigilance director Abdul Razzaq Memon and others. KPK officials informed their Sindh counterparts that more than 64,000 workers were registered with their provincial employees’ social security institution while it was running two major hospitals in Gadoon and Swat respectively. They also visited Kulsoom Bai Valika Social Security Hospital and a factory in Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE).
mQm OBServeS mOurNINg DAY fOr kArAchI BlASTS KARACHI
uTTAHIDA Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday appealed from the people of Pakistan to remain calm and observe a day of mourning to express solidarity with the families of the Ancholi blast victims. Altaf Hussain also appealed to the citizens of Karachi to remain peaceful and keep their businesses, shops and the educational institutes open. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in Karachi blasts. On the other hand, Karachi JI chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said that the government has miserably failed to maintain law and order situation in the country. Shia ulema Council has also announced three-day mourning
across the country against twin blasts in Karachi while Pakistan Sunny Tehreek has also condemned the deadly blasts. ENEMIES CONSPIRINg AgAINST PAKISTAN: REHMAN MALIK: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) former interior minister and senior leader Rehman Malik on Saturday said that the enemies of Pakistan and Islam are hatching conspiracies to destabilise the country. Talking to media persons at Quaid-eAzam International Airport, Rehman Malik said that Karachi being the industrial hub and base of country’s economy is target of the anti-state elements. He said that various antiPakistan forces and intelligence agencies were engaged in nefarious activities to sabotage the peace and stability of the country. Malik said, “We would have to resolve our internal problems to restore the lost dignity of the country and to
SATTAR TERMS AVENGING DRONES WITH INNOCENT LIVES UNFAIR KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Member National Assembly (MNA) Dr Farooq Sattar said on Saturday that it is unjustified that the terrorists are taking lives of innocent people to avenge drone attacks. According to media reports, Sattar said that the entire nation should be united at one platform to face the challenges in the country. Pakistan is facing great external and internal threats, as on one hand suicide attacks create law and order situation while on the other, religious extremism and terrorism has adversely damaged its image globally, he maintained. He further said that the Rawalpindi and Ancholi incidents were part of a conspiracy against national unity and integrity, but people of Pakistan foiled the nefarious designs of these inimical forces by remaining peaceful. INP project its soft image abroad.” He said that curfew, suspending of mobile phone services and such other steps though
HYDERABAD: Cadets during the passing out parade of a batch of 560 personnel of the Strategic Plans Division at Sindh Regimental Centre on Saturday. INP
were not permanent solution for dealing with the menace of terrorism but help to lessen the threats.
Two killed, 12 wounded in Lyari clashes KARACHI ONLINE
In fresh gang-war clashes in Lyari, at least two persons were killed while 12 others were injured in an armed clash between two rival groups on Saturday, officials said. Baba Golden was one of the two people killed during the on-going clashes between Baba Ladla gang and Faisal Pathan group. He was affiliated with Uzair Baloch’s gang and was working under Shiraz Comrade. According to police officials, the groups threw hand grenades and fired rockets at each other. Wounded and dead bodies were shifted to the nearby hospitals, officials added.
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BlASTS, vIOleNce AImS TO DISmANTle gOvT, SAYS QAIm AlI ShAh HYDERABAD INP
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday said that blasts, violence in Karachi and other parts of Sindh are aimed at failing the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led provincial government. Talking to media persons, Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the law and order situation in internal Sindh has improved a little but position in Hyderabad is still not satisfactory for which steps were being taken. He expressed hope that Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will succeed in the upcoming local bodies (LB) polls across Sindh with a clear margin. The chief minister pointed out that earlier victims felt themselves insecure to contact the police for seeking justice due to threats and apprehensions but now they have come of the situation and feel secure to lodge FIr against any injustice. Qaim Ali Shah expressed deep sense of grief over loss of precious lives and sympathies for the bereaved families of Ancholi blast which took nine people’s lives besides leaving more than 40 others injured. He also assured financial assistance to the heirs of the victims of the blast and best medical treatment to the injured on the behalf of provincial government.
Three POlIce TeAmS TO INveSTIgATe ANchOlI BlASTS KARACHI ONLINE
As many as three police teams have been constituted to investigate bomb blasts occurred in Ancholi on Friday night. These three-member teams will be headed by CID SP Chaudhry Aslam, SP Farooq Awan and SSP Omar Farooqui respectively. The three teams will work under the supervision of West DIG Javed Odhoki. As per East SSP Investigation Omar Farooqui, the two motor cycles used in the blasts have been traced out and after obtaining further information police will conduct raids for the arrests of their owners. As per police spokesperson, four to five kilograms of explosives were used in the blasts resulting in the death of six people and injuring at least 50, including women and children.
KARACHI: Lawyers participate in the election of Sindh Bar Council at Sindh High Court on Saturday. ONLINE
us to promote entrepreneurship in pakistan: micheal DoDman KARACHI
NITED States Consul General in Karachi Micheal Dodman on Saturday expressed support for entrepreneurship everywhere. He was talking to newsmen after a moot organised by the National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G). The event was organised in collaboration with the united States Consulate General in Karachi. Micheal Dodman said that the NEW-G is the launch of a new organisation that is going to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He stated that the NEW-G is a Pakistani group which is here to promote entrepreneurship,
innovation, small businesses and that there is a space in Pakistan for the small businesses to grow, thrive and be successful. "We support entrepreneurship all around the world and we think it is great to have a partner like the NEWG that is really active here in Pakistan and we can hopefully work to promote entrepreneurism as well as economic growth in Pakistan", Micheal Dodman remarked. He said that the uS Consulate hosted this moot and assisted the NEW-G in its launch. "We will be partners in areas where we have common interest." The uS consul general said that it is important that the women have more opportunities for business and that the Consulate focus on the training
programmes for women. He stated that there is also a uSPakistan Women Council which is a new group that was set up last year which focuses on improving the opportunities for women for businesses in Pakistanentrepreneurship, education etc. NEW-G President Rizwan Rizvi said that his organisation intends to foster a movement to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He said that his organisation would be relying on the Pakistani organisations to take the NEW-G forward because this is a Pakistani initiative. Rizwan said that we would like the uS to help us with the expertise and build capacity, provide advisers to help improve our performance.
TrAININg wOrkShOP ON AcQuIrINg JOB OPPOrTuNITIeS KARACHI APP
The Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) organised a training workshop on the topic of ‘Acquiring Job Opportunities.’ The moot was held under the auspices of the institution's Department of Business Administration. On the occasion, FUUAST registrar Prof Dr Fahimuddin told the participants that those looking for job opportunities should inculcate discipline in their ranks and that they should utilise their best of abilities for the purpose. He said that besides pursuing higher education, the students should also acquire technical skills and lauded the performance of the department. Faculty of Business Administration Dean Dr Salman D Muhammad counseled the students to pay attention towards their research work. Saram Burney Trust’s Ms Alia Burney asked the students to undertake social work for the betterment of the fellow human beings. Students Affairs advisor Dr Muhammad Afzal praised the discipline exhibited by the students.
canada keen to boost trade ties with pakistan: Denis chouinard KARACHI APP Canada is eager to boost trade ties with Pakistan, said Canadian High Commission Political and Trade Counselor Denis Chouinard on Saturday. He was talking to the acting KCCI president Muffasar A Malik where he said that the Canadian High Commission and the KCCI continue to enjoy strong ties which not only help in information sharing, but also support in further strengthening trade relations between the two countries. He was of the view that Canada is eager to boost trade ties with Pakistan and various measures have been adopted for wooing foreign investments. KCCI Vice President Muhammad Idrees,
Canadian Commercial Office Trade Commissioner Ather M Khan, KCCI former president Majyd Aziz, and other managing committee members including Agha Shahab, Zafar Saeed Baghpatee, Durr-eShahwar Nisar, Shahid Jahangir and others were also present on the occasion. Denis Chouinard further said that Pakistani and Canadian investors could invest and undertake joint ventures in different sectors particularly mining, medical, engineering, information technology and education sectors. "We want to create linkages between business communities of both countries," he added. Denis Chouinard mentioned that although some reduction in trade volume between the two countries was seen last year, however, the situation is improving and
the Canadian government is keen to do more in this regard, he added. He said that around two million people from this region are living in Canada, of which one million are from India and 300,000 from Pakistan whereas the rest of 700,000 are from neighboring countries including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He informed that three visa application centers have been established in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in order to facilitate the visa issuance process and provide hassle-free service to Pakistanis intending to visit Canada. Speaking on the occasion, KCCI acting president Muffasar A Malik said that the KCCI has always enjoyed a very close and constructive relationship with Canadian High Commission, besides remaining vibrant and step-ahead in strengthening
trade ties and exploring new bilateral trade prospects with Canada. In this regard, KCCI has always advocated a slogan `We want Trade not Aid’ he said and stressed upon the need of minimising trade barriers between the two countries. He said that KCCI has also raised voice for technology transfers and increase in investments because the chamber believes that bolstering bilateral ties and economic activities between the two countries could help Pakistan prosper on a sustainable basis. Muffasar Malik also stressed the need to exchange more trade delegations, individual visits of businessmen and officials, holding single-country exhibitions in each other's country coupled with joint ventures and better travelling facilities, which would lead to a
rapid expansion in bilateral trade and investments. He informed that trade volume between the two countries was recorded at $ 379 million in 2012-13 whereas Pakistan's exports to Canada were $ 228 million against $ 225.80 million in 2011-12 and imports from Canada totaled $ 151 million in 2012-13 against $ 365.10 million in 2011-12. `The balance of trade has remained in favour of Canada from 2006 until 2012. However, during 2012-13, a drastic reduction in Pakistan's import from Canada was observed which made the balance of trade favorable for Pakistan. This steep reduction during 2013 was mainly driven by decline in import of oil seeds, dried vegetables and coal', he added.
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Stop posturing, please and get your priorities right
ITH key members of the cabinet at cross purposes, one publicly berating the other, Mian Nawaz Sharif badly needs to put his house in order. After Sartaj Aziz received a drubbing from critics outside the party, not altogether justifiably, it was the turn of Ch Nisar to express his incredulity at what he considers the naivety of the PM’s foreign affairs advisor. Nisar said, he failed to understand howAziz could believe in the US assurances which, to him, were as unsubstantial as the tales in the Arabian Nights. It is not difficult to contemplate of a well thought out strategy where between the two government luminaries, one applying a soft approach and the other a hard one. While the American administration frequently plays its ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine, its proponents never malign one another publicly. One could conceive of ministers with diametrically opposite views on basic national policy matters in a coalition government. But for two ministers from the same party being poles apart is simply bizarre. Is it this then a case of one hand not knowing what the other was doing? What is intriguing is Ch Nisar’s ‘holier than thou’ posture. He has told the government, which is his own government, “time had come when we’ll have to choose between dollars and honour.” Doesn’t Nisar know that Pakistan faces a situation where it has to cope with an existential challenge? The government has to rid the country of over a decade long militancy, improve the ailing economy which badly needs foreign assistance and put an end to power and gas shortages. Only days before Ch Nisar’s outburst, a bunch of ministers had returned from the US after a week-long series of discussions on the power issue while another went to discuss the post-NATO departure security cooperation between the two countries. After the US forces leave Afghanistan in 2004, the security challenge would become much more serious. The country cannot afford to toe the line advocated by the extremists who want Pakistan to be painted in a corner. Bidding goodbye to the US, confronting India, and supporting the Taliban is a perfect recipe for disaster. To fulfill the basic national interests like improvement of economy, strengthening of democracy and putting an end to militancy Pakistan needs the support of all its allies an friendly relations with all its neighbours. It is not a simplistic choice between honour and dollars. What is at stake is the very existence of the state. The government cannot afford unrealistic posturing.
The drone issue and PTI beating the pml-n with the stick crafted by it
NLIKE cricket, at politics Imran Khan has not really been a quick learner. In fact, he has actually been quite slow on the uptake, to the extent that he is now synonymous with naiveté. But as far as brinkmanship on the drone issue goes, in its first stint in power at the provincial level, it has not done as poorly as it is generally expected to. Having taken a leaf out of the PML-N book – enjoying the spoils of power in Punjab and yet simultaneously staying in opposition so boisterously against Asif Zardari and PPP – it is similarly painting the Nawaz League in a corner on the country’s critical relations with the US, while threatening to block the latter a corridor for its immense traffic over the next year. And the PTI is doing all this without putting its own hold on the Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government in jeopardy – at least in the immediate terms. To the federal government’s dismay, with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) in tow, it is also putting Maulana Fazlur rehman’s JUI-F at bay as well. The PTI rationale behind this protest is simple: our land, our rules. It believes that there is a serious need to hold an APC and review the situation afresh because the US was bent upon violating ‘our sovereignty’. The provincial government, he said, was of the opinion that Pakistan needed the leadership to take a bold stand against the US aggression. By posing as a strong opposition party, for PTI is in opposition in all other governments, it wants to gain ground in other provinces. For this very purpose, it is accumulating support from other political parties as well. Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) has already lent its support to the PTI’s cause. Meanwhile, the decision to stage protests in KP has been taken by the PTI, not by the KP government, thus avoiding a possible constitutional showdown with the federal government. The PTI parliamentarians are meanwhile reaching Islamabad to protest in front of the National Assembly and US Embassy and Consulate. This too is a symbolic protest as neither the US nor the federal government is going to give in to PTI’s demands, at least not without serious government level discussion between the Pakistan and the US. Even so, the US would like to achieve its objectives in the region which include an end to terrorists’ sanctuaries in tribal areas and withdrawal of its forces and equipment within a year.
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misguided policy and failed states a fresh perspective on rebuilding states and making a better development policy
NAdEEm UL HAqUE
S deputy chairman of the Planning Commission I struggled with a mindless finance ministry focused on dumb budgetary arithmetic to put economics and policy into the cabinet and ECC. I soon learnt that there is no economics anywhere in government. Much worse, the country seems to have lost economic thought. Economics has become simple homilies like “increase revenues”, “educate all”, “build social sectors”, “control fiscal deficits”, “increase exports”, “trade with India”, “get more aid”. What is common in all these so called economic narratives is that they are all wishes. And there is no analysis telling us how. So wishing has become economics from the columnists to the government to the cabinet table and the ECC. So where are the thinkers, the professional economists who are supposed to keep us honest through research, translating the knowledge of the world to us. Sadly, the few that get trained have no place in the country. Ministries don’t want them; universities offer them cheap jobs merely for low level teaching. If there is any place in this country for such people to hide, it is in donor offices. There they serve in positions that report to junior officials in embassies or donor agencies or their contractors, consulting firms. There only option is to run the agendas given to them. They cannot be independent analysts. Of course we are very happy to see them leave the country. Those who hang around universities playing at being professors, learn soon enough that there is no funding for independent research. Dumb budget management led by a broken ministry of finance with big ego, politically-ambitious finance ministers has eroded the demand for research and thinking. Big egos know all. Section officer prepared power points are enough. After all there is no one to challenge them.
Big ego FMs have the donors to do their bidding but often end up doing the latter’s bidding. Large donor funds with their refugee academic Pakistani minions are eager to please with reports, presentations, policies etc that might be required to elevate the minister’s stature. Now there is no money for research anywhere in the government. Besides, these junior officials dare not say anything to upset big ego FMs. Moreover, often retired (sometimes even incumbent) secretaries are in the payroll of the donors. Not surprisingly, there are no public funds available for research. Donors have some funds ostensibly for policy development and capacity building. These funds are used for a) running their own agendas, b) pandering to bureaucrats and ministers, and c) building careers of local donor officials. Of course there is always money available to send minister and secretary on trips overseas. Indeed their children relatives etc. can all be funded by some donor funded project. The poor academic is forced to conform to this environment and work on someone else’s agenda. No independent thinking. No chasing hypotheses. No developing and testing theories. The only job is to cheaply, quickly fill out the donor/bureaucratic agendas. Hastily prepared reports are presented in ceremonial conferences where the minister makes a token star appearance and the only role for poor academics is to make a cameo appearance. The conference is a ceremony without thought, conversation or debate but it does help big egos and impress distant donor offices. A serious analyst labours to make good analysis and a good presentation. But the audience is so focussed in the donor/minister/bureaucratic nexus and the continuing game that the poor academic and her serious analysis is never heard. Horton hears a who I have often been in that situation. Analysis surprises this nexus. They have not seen it. They are comfortable in beliefs and wish lists and cliques where Popperian falsifiability is unheard of. At such occasions Pakistani academics that I have talked to feel like the who in Dr Seuss’ Horton hears a Who. The poor academic can present great analysis but the Hortons (ministers-bureaucratsdonors and their employees) have no way of hearing them. The Hortons are comfortable in their beliefs and continue to gather in these ceremonial conferences to pander to ministers egos and preserve the status quo. How can the whos be heard. As Dr Seuss told us if only all the whos can get together in networks which would let out
a loud collective yell with a common message. But with no funding, no physical space, how can they collect to do this? I tried as the planning minister to make a growth centre that will allow such networks to be made. But the donor/bureaucrat nexus fought back and the finance minister who would be prime minister was too conflicted to hear the advantages of allowing the whos to collectively think. After all if academic networks are formed they could be competition to the Hortons in ideas for policy. That cannot be allowed. Great development parable that, Horton Hears a Who! Dr Seuss deserves a Nobel. For those who have not read the book here is a summary from Wikipedia. “The book tells the story of Horton the Elephant who, in the afternoon of May 15 while splashing in a pool located in the Jungle of Nool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him. Horton discovers that the speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a little who community called Whoville, where submicroscopic creatures called Whos live. The Whos are led by a character known as the Mayor. “The Mayor asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to do, proclaiming throughout the book that “even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.” In doing so he is ridiculed and forced into a cage by the other animals in the jungle for believing in something that they are unable to see or hear. His chief tormentors are Vlad Vladikoff, the Wickersham Brothers and the Sour Kangaroo. Horton tells the Whos that – unless they end up being boiled in “Beezle-Nut” oil (an extremely dangerous substance that can destroy objects on impact) – they need to make themselves heard to the other animals (what could be the book’s most iconic scene). The Whos finally accomplish this by ensuring that all members of their society play their part in creating lots of noise so they are heard by the jungle folks. In the end it is a “very small shirker named JoJo,” whose final addition to the volume (namely, a word known as “Yopp!”) creates enough sound for the jungle to hear the Whos, thus reinforcing the moral of the story: “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” “Now convinced of the Whos’ existence, Horton’s neighbours vow to help him protect the tiny community.” Nadeem Ul Haque is former deputy chairman, Planning Commission, Pakistan.
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hangu drone attack It has been reported in the international press by Annabel Symington that Mullah Ahmad Jan, a senior Afghan commander of the Haqqani group, was killed in the drone attack in Hangu. The report is based upon witnesses as reported by an Afghan official. It is amazing that this information was almost immediately known to the Afghan official and was published in Symington’s article in Wall Street Journal on 21 November, 2013. It clearly proves the physical presence of several persons at the site who confirmed the killing. It may be recalled that only few days ago Nasiruddin Haqqani was killed in Islamabad. No one doubts the sincerity of Imran Khan. However, his press conference after the drone attack was an honest person’s immediate reaction without careful analysis of the conditions obtaining in the country and examining other alternatives. His call for stopping NATO supplies is unlikely to stop drone attacks. The US will just use the northern route which will only make it more expensive for them and take a little longer. It needs to be realised that the drone attacks and the
assassination in Islamabad are not possible without the active presence of people like Dr Afridi on the ground, who provide the necessary ground intelligence. Such Quislings do not work unsupervised. There is always a “handler”. The time tested and well known method is to ensure that the link between the two is broken. The suggestion of shooting down drones could have a grave reaction and have serious implications. One alternative for Imran Khan is to publicly ask the US to reduce the number of their staff in their Consulate in Peshawar and seek public support for this. It is most likely that the US will just ignore it. In that case the path will be cleared for Imran Khan to up the ante and do what KGB used to do – have every member of US Consulate in Peshawar watched by unarmed young men on motorcycles to ensure that their activities are monitored and kept track of thus making them ineffective. It is most important that this is done after a declaration to do so publicly in a press conference. The going public will ensure the safety of the young watchers. INAM KHAWAJA Lahore
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I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got a little money along with it. –Rose Kennedy
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let the memories begin sachin, a legend not in his lifetime, but in our lives
ACHIN Tendulkar was 10 years old when in 1983 Indian cricket suddenly, even inexplicably, turned into a skybound butterfly from the plodding caterpillar it had been since the British began to play with bat, ball and umpire. There was nothing exceptional about the team that Kapil Dev m J AkBAR took to the World Cup tournament in England that year, except perhaps Kapil himself. He was the most remarkable of the cricketers peeping out from a new India rediscovering its confidence. Kapil shrugged off his limited English with a laugh that was neither silly-aggressive nor cringe-inducing inferiority complex. Kapil spoke with both bat and ball till the world understood his language. A prophet should not be born before his time. The World Cup victory of 1983 was the launching pad of a mission to supremacy. Sachin entered his teens at precisely the moment when Indian cricket began to zoom towards a stratosphere of ability and wealth that would have been dismissed as absurd even in an anthology of fairy tales. Before India lifted the 1983 Cup by defeating a jaw-frozen West Indies, international cricket was run along sniffy caste lines. The Brahmins, England, and Thakurs, Australia, dominated the game. The West Indies claimed headlines sometimes with meteoric dazzle – who can forget Garfield Sobers, rohan Kanhai, Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith? – but remained 11 players until Clive Lloyd knitted a team. The underclass consisted of old colonies, India, Pakistan and New Zealand, with South Africa as the ghost at dinner [heard on radio but never seen]. If Sunil Gavaskar was the outstanding talent of the old world, then Sachin was pilot of the ship that discovered and conquered an array of unknown continents. The audience explosion could be heard in cash registers. His first advertising contract was the kind of figure considered sufficient as seed money for heavy industry. The brave Mark Mascarenhas, who signed that extraordinary commitment, never doubted that it made perfect business sense. Neither did young Sachin have any doubts. Cricket had its genius galaxy before Sachin came; it will have even more talent after he has retired. But it is given to only one man in a century to change the content, culture, horizon and history of his craft. Sachin Tendulkar is that architect who saw barren land dotted with a few oasis spots, and turned it into a megapolis of the Indian imagination, a vast boundless city of green stadium and television set that thrives in both reality and virtual reality. I shall not dwell upon Sachin’s mesmerising grace which reduces his bat to a scalpel one moment, a jeweller’s tool in another, and the Nordic god Thor’s hammer when he gets into a thunderous mood. We live in an age of permanent television with its audio-visual banquet. Every viewer is his own Neville Cardus when watching Sachin. Description seems an intrusion upon the magic bond between Sachin and each of his starlit fans in a unique universe. This is adoration, mind, not mere admiration. Sachin has given at least two generations a memory of greatness that will feed their conversations till they stumble into their graves. The talk around him is over. The talk about him has only begun. Two decades later memory will do what it always does, exaggerate, but only because people never know how precisely to recall a wondrous dream that they have been privileged to witness in the space beyond life’s cage of the mundane. When Sachin is 60, he just might recognise himself in the stories that will lift many an evening around a bar or drawing room. But he must never intervene to infect that stardust with the sprinkle of statistics, or even perhaps facts. Sachin Tendulkar is a legend not in his lifetime, but in our lives. His life belongs to him. His memory belongs to us.
lest we forget! remembering some literary figures
Literary men and matters
SyEd AFSAR SAJId
N agricultural scientist by profession, Jaffar Shirazi was a popular literary figure too. He started his literary career in 1936, at age 16 with Pundit Brijmohan Dattatarya Kaifi as his guide. As a poet he excelled in composing ghazal. After retiring as deputy director agriculture, he based himself at his native town Sahiwal from where he would frequently travel to different places to attend mushairas and other literary functions. He had a wide circle of literary friends and pupils. Sincerity, humility, and self-abnegation were the marked traits of his personality, and these were amply reflected in his verse for the artist in him was never at variance with the man in him. Jaffar was a prolific versifier fully conversant with the technique of poetry. An anthology of his verse titled Yeh Hisab HaiN Mah-o-Saal Kay (comprising three verse collections: two of them titled Hawa Kay Rang, Harf-e-Darya and the third, unnamed) was published in the early 1990s. He was very generous in guiding and grooming his pupils for whom ‘Shiraz Cottage’ in Sahiwal’s Satellite Town was a favourite rendezvous. Majeed Amjad once remarked that Jaffar possessed a lyrical quality by which he sought to effect a change in the complexion and format of the tradition of ghazal within its given framework. Comparing his last but untitled verse collection to his first publication Hawa Kay Rang, one would notice an imperceptible evolution in his poetic approach from the personal and sentimental to the impersonal and contemplative.
Dr Syed Moin-ur-rahman (Lahore) was another literary celebrity whose memory one would cherish with love and esteem. He was a model of a gentleman with modesty, politeness, and sincerity as its abiding features. Endowed with inexhaustible literary energy, his numerous research publications bespeak his vast learning and deep critical insight. Literature was not his only identity; he was an outstanding educationist having served as the head of Urdu department at Government College, Lahore for nearly two decades. He had around twenty-eight publications relating to research, biography and criticism, to his credit besides some original and compiled work on Ghalib and Iqbal which doubtlessly testified to the variety and scope of his research and critical approach. As ill luck would have it, his relations with some of his erstwhile colleagues and friends became strained around the turn of the century. Ik zara si baat pay barsoN kay yaranay ga’ey! Asghar Nadeem Syed wrote a soulful commemorative reference on Dr Syed Moeen-ur-rahman’s passing, vindicating the latter’s position vis-à-vis the grievances of his critics. Arsh Siddiqui (Multan) was an eminent poet, fiction writer, critic, and educationist. He spoke and wrote copiously on diverse literary issues in a style characteristically ‘Arshian’ – inquisitive, moderate, and lucid. He was quite candid and outspoken in his literary pronouncements which emanated from his belief in rational progressivism as he seemed to strive for ‘a kind of poetic statement both precise and passionate; both profoundly felt and desperately accurate’ even if it involved wresting language to a new and startling shape. He regarded exploration of experience as a primal function of art. To him poetry was not an end in itself but it was akin to truth which in itself was nothing but beauty. In his ace verse collection Mohabbat Lafz Tha Mera, he enunciated his
theme of love not as a sentimental attachment with a person or object but as an experience coalescing body and soul or matter and essence. In his verse he juxtaposed philosophic narrative and poetic imagery envisaging that self-awareness born of emotional frustration was not antithetical to love. The conflict between romance and reality could be resolved by the intervention of reason. In his Punjabi verse collection titled Kali Raat Day Ghungroo, he reiterated the same theme that emotions and instincts did motivate the creative process but they needed pruning by the conscious which was synonymous with intellect that for the creative artist worked as self-censor. Then in fiction, Arsh Siddiqui would often rely on psychology while portraying characters and situations whereas an element of fantasy coupled with experimentation with technique characterized its substance. And as a critic, Arsh Siddiqui seemed to focus on expressionistic evaluation of literature rather that its objective analysis. Shams Naghman (Faisalabad) was a talented short story writer. He belonged to the age of Salim Betab, Adeem Hashmi, Manzar Mufti, riaz Majeed, Asmatullah Khan and Fayyaz Tashna. His first short story with a slightly stereotypical title Aur Deep Bujh Ga’ey appeared in 1959, when he was only 17. In time he grew into a seasoned short story writer with a creative graph graduating from romantic sentimentality to down-to-earth realism, and then to, what may be termed as psychoimpressionistic realism. Thus he employed the medium of short story as a kaleidoscope of the human panorama in its varying shades. His stories Saatwan Ghar, Shinakht Ka Safar, Jungle May Gumshuda Shaher, and Lahu Kay Raastay projected him at his best as a writer of fiction wherein he translated the inner turmoil and barrenness of the modern man in an environment of utter chaos and confusion.
Majeed Amjad once remarked that Jaffar possessed a lyrical quality by which he sought to effect a change in the complexion and format of the tradition of ghazal within its given framework.
Cricket had its genius galaxy before Sachin came; it will have even more talent after he has retired. But it is given to only one man in a century to change the content, culture, horizon and history of his craft.
Mobashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Guardian. He has also served as Editorial Director of India Today.
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PAreNTS SePArATION wAS NO ShOck: khlOe kArDAShIAN
You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything â€” James Cameron
kim auctions clothes for charity
DIcAPrIO DONATeS $3m TO SAve TIgerS IN NePAl
NEWS DESK Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian says her mother and stepfather's separation wasn't a huge shock to the older children in the family. The 29-year-old star opened up about Kris and Bruce Jenner's recent split during an appearance on Australia's 'The Kyle O and Jackie Show, reported Contactmusic. The brunette beauty said, "It wasn't some huge shock for the older kids," but she admitted that her younger sisters, Kendall and Kylie are "having a harder time understanding it." The star revealed she thought a separation was imminent, but added "they're a lot nicer to each other now." The Jenners announced their separation in October and they are much happier living apart after 22 years of marriage. Meanwhile, Khloe's own marriage to former basketball star Lamar Odom has been in trouble in recent months, amid cheating and drug abuse reports.
EALITy TV star Kim Kardashian is selling her clothes on eBay to help raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' star has put a selection of items on the auction site in order to raise money for the nonprofit organisation International Medical Corps to help victims of the devastating cyclone, which has killed more than 4,000 people in the Philippines this month. However, instead of donating the entire proceeds, she's only giving 10 per cent of the sales to the charity. The 33-year-old beauty, who has a reported net worth of 40 million pounds, took to her Twitter page to share the link to her personal website.
She wrote on the site, "Hi guys, this is a very special auction because a portion of the proceeds of my eBay auction are going to International Medical Corps, a nonprofit organisation that provides critical health services on remote islands where families are struggling to access medical care and basic resources like food, clean drinking water and vital medications. "The proceeds will go directly to the communities they're serving in the Philippines and will help typhoon survivors get access to medical care and ultimately save lives." Kardashian has listed some of her favourite pieces from some high end designers, including Marc Jacobs, Chanel and Prada, in the auction, as well as some affordable items from her Kardashian Kollection clothing line, which she owns with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe.
kissing scenes not required in indian films: saif NEWS DESK Actor Saif Ali Khan, who locked lips with co-stars in "Hum Tum" and "Salaam Namaste", believes Indian movies can do without kissing scenes as it doesn't "suit us". During a conversation on TV show, host Anupama Chopra asked Saif about a statement that he and his now wife Kareena Kapoor gave before marriage about a commitment that there won't be any kissing onscreen for either of them. Chopra asked Saif if there are any other rules as actors that the couple has imposed on each other. He said: "No. I wouldn't even say that's in place. I don't think it's a function of being in a relationship. I have done films like 'Salaam Namaste' a long time ago. In India, it is not required in our films to have kissing scenes. I don't think it's required to be overly sexual. It doesn't suit us." Kareena has also kissed on screen in "Tashan", "Jab We Met", "3 Idiots" and "Heroine". But her husband believes "it doesn't work onscreen". "Nobody looks comfortable doing it. And slowly, slowly reports filter through that when somebody has tried to be a little risque, that people don't seem to like it. I think the kind of cinema we have, we are a hypocritical culture. "you can talk about things, you can see Hollywood movies, but if a kiss or a lovemaking scene is presented in a way that doesn't make you uncomfortable, it's much easier for everybody to watch," added the actor, who is the son of actress and former censor board chief Sharmila Tagore. Saif now has strong opinions about kissing on camera. "I would not like to kiss onscreen because I think it's not required. It's not done well enough. And there are few times onscreen that a kiss is warranted and when it is, it should be done in a way that it means everything. But our culture is about not kissing in public. "We don't show affection in public. you're not meant to be kissing in the car. It's illegal apparently. Policewaalas will come knock on the glass, right? So I think culturally, it doesn't work. And there's no need for it," he said.
Leonardo DiCaprio has donated 3 million dollars to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) via his charitable foundation to help save tigers in Nepal. The 39-year-old singer said that he is hopeful that the money will help exceed the goal of doubling Nepal's tiger population, the BBC reported. The 'Great Gatsby' star's donation will help enforce anti-poaching patrols and protect and restore areas for the tigers to breed in Nepal. Nepal's tigers are classified as endangered and as with the general tiger population - are under threat from "habitat destruction and escalating illegal poaching".
Hugh Jackman reveals skin cancer scare
NEWS DESK 'The Wolverine' star Hugh Jackman revealed he has been treated for skin cancer and shared a selfie showing his bandaged nose. "Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!'', he wrote on Instagram, referring to his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. The 45year-old Oscar-nominated Jackman said he had a basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer that is rarely fatal. The note he posted early Friday didn't say when his medical treatment took place. "Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And uSE sunscreen!!!'', he wrote. Australia has the highest skin cancer rate in the world, and two in three Australians will be diagnosed before age 70, according to the national health department. Jackman is an advocate for cancer research. He has revealed that when he asked his mother-in-law Fay Duncan, president of the Fight Cancer Foundation in Australia, for her blessing when he proposed to Furness, she told him that supporting the fight against cancer was one of the requirements to get that blessing.
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Every person has a signature. Just some people don't know it yet — Rita Ora
wAheeD murAD rememBereD ON hIS DeATh ANNIverSArY ISLAMABAD APP
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‘krrish 3 collections have crossed rs 500 crores’ W
ShruTI hAASAN fIleS fIr AgAINST STAlker
Legendary Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer Waheed Murad was remembered on his 30th death anniversary on Saturday. Waheed Murad was born on October 2, 1938 in Sialkot. He was the only child of well-off film distributor Nisar Murad. He got early education from Karachi Grammar School, did graduation from S.M. Arts College Karachi and then masters in English literature from university of Karachi. He is well-known for his charming expressions, attractive personality, tender voice and unusual talent for acting in films. His style of acting made him popular amongst the young cinema viewers of South Asia. Waheed Murad started his film career by joining his father's established 'Film Art' in 1961 as producer of the film Insaan Badalta Hai. He appeared in a supporting role in 1962's in the film Aulad. Heera aur Pathar was his first movie as a leading actor and considered to be his major breakthrough. He acted in a total of 124 films of which 38 were black and white and 86 were in color. He acted in films 115 urdu, 8 Punjabi movies and one Pashto film. He received on 32 prestigious film awards. He was awarded Nigar award for best actor in Heera aur pathar in 1964, Armaan in1966, Andaleeb in1969, Mastana Mahi in1971and Legend Award for life time in 2002. In November 2010, 27 years after his death, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for distinguished contributions in the fields of literature and arts. He died on November 23, 1983 in Karachi.
HILE some media reports allege that Hrithik Roshanstarrer 'Krrish 3' box-office collections have been inflated, director Rakesh Roshan begs to differ. Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, Rakesh rubbishes these reports and questions the intentions of trade analysts who are saying that the box-office numbers quoted by the director are gross and not net. He further explains that he has been getting updates from all his distributors, exhibitors and from places where the film is running right from the first day itself. The process is detailed and full-proof. Questioning the authenticity of those articles, Rakesh tells Bollywood Hungama that it is impossible for anyone to exaggerate an amount of Rs. 4050 crores. There is no way one can inflate box-office collections. According to his calculations, Rakesh Roshan quotes that Krrish 3 has finally made Rs 500 crore. He says if you calculate entertainment tax and everything else, then Krrish 3's gross collection has crossed Rs. 500 crores. NEED TIME TO RECOvER FROM RECURRINg HEADACHES: Actor Hrithik Roshan, who underwent a brain surgery some months back, says he will take time to recover from recurring headaches that
have resurfaced. Hrithik, who is basking in the success of his superhero flick 'Krrish 3', has decided to take some time off before he starts shooting for his upcoming films. "I am extremely overwhelmed by the tremendous support and love extended by everyone to 'Krrish 3'. Before I
get ready to resume the shooting of my next, 'Bang Bang', in early January 2014 and later 'Shuddhi', as both are physically demanding, I will be taking some time off to recover completely from the recurring headaches that have resurfaced in the last couple of weeks," Hrithik said.
A few days back, a fan of Shruti Haasan managed to come up to the door of her flat. While Shruti was able to save herself, the scary incident has shaken her up. Three days after the incident, she finally summed up the courage to file an FIR on Wednesday at Bandra police station. Talking to TOI, Shruti said: "This man landed up at my place at 9.45 am on November 19. He came up to the flat and tried to enter in. He stuck his hand in, but I managed to close the door on his wrist. He pulled his hand out and once I saw him running down, I ran down after him with the hope that I might get the drivers or the building security to be able to stop him. I went over to my friend's place, but realised that he had come there, too. I had been seeing his face on my movie set for many days and now have images of him. I realised that he had been following me everywhere and knew all the places I went to.
won't Do a film only because it has Deepika: ranveer NEWS DESK Ranveer Singh is more relieved than elated with all the appreciation he has received as Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Ram. He has tasted what he always heard is the effect of a good Friday on an actor, as he is flooded with offers. But what has given him a high is a hand-written note from his idol Amitabh Bachchan. He talks to TOI about the role of Ram-Leela in his life. Excerpts: What has the success of Ram-Leela meant for you? Fortunately, I had a good first step with 'Band Baaja Baaraat'. But I understand that 'Ram-Leela' is a giant leap forward. It comes with the way the world perceives it, where performance is one aspect, but it also has to do with the numbers. The numbers give me a commercial standing that will empower me to make braver decisions. There is no feeling of great elation. It's more relief on many levels. I have put so much into this movie and the stakes are kind of high due to the stature of the director, because of the budget of the film and because of the stage in my career at which this has come. This film is the coming together of all the films I have done so far and has the vulnerability and intensity of my character in 'Lootera', the chuttapan of the character in 'Band Baaja Baaraat' and the sexiness of the character in 'Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl'. The opportunity to work in 'Ram-Leela' was fantastic as it allowed me to do the romance, the comedy, the song-anddance, the action, the drama and show my vulnerability, anger and intensity, all in one film. You are an uninhibited performer. Are you also like that in real life? The first thing they make you do in an acting class is a 'lose your inhibition' exercise. In order to act, you have to shed your inhibitions. But, what do you do with a person who is already uninhibited? In my case, I was always like this ever since I was a kid. I was never ashamed of anything and was
always confident of myself. I was a besharam, hamesha se. Did that get you into trouble? yes, all the time in school. The school (Learners Academy) authorities would want some discipline that I would never adhere to because of this nature of mine. I used to get suspended and my mom was called every week to the office. She used to weep thinking why I was so badly behaved. There was a policy that teachers were not allowed to hit the kids, but there was one head teacher who would not adhere to that and would hit me. I was not 'a' goonda. I was 'the' goonda in school. My mother has always just been affectionate and doting. What really used to hurt her was when other mothers would complain in a PTA meeting saying that I was spoiling all other kids, as she could empathise with other mothers. She would weep and that would make me feel really bad. I would feel sorry, but then again I would go and do the same things next week. I always had a need to create some havoc and khap. I have become more mature now and think have got my share of karma for all the kids I have troubled in school through all my ups and downs in life. Your performance in Ram-Leela has been much appreciated. Any special appreciation you received? I got a hand-written note from Mr Bachchan praising me for my performance. The letter was hand-written and personal. It came with a bouquet and felt better than getting any award. He said that I had immersed myself into my character and that it was a sincere performance. It was an amazing feeling as he is the one, whose films I grew up watching and he is the one watching whom, I wanted to become an actor in the first place. I have given the letter to my mum to put in the safe. My achievement is that my idol recognises my work and it means the world to me. So far what has been your highest point as an actor? When Mr Bhansali selected me. That was validation to me that a director who only
works with the best actors, has selected me and the fact that he saw something in me and has faith that I have the potential to deliver to his level. What is Sanjay Leela Bhansali like? Well, to start with, he is mad, but in the best way possible. What is special about him is that he is an exceptionally hypersensitive human being. Even if he is 20 feet away on the set and you are having a conversation that is not filmrelated, he will sense that, his ears will pick it up. He can be with you and in less than five seconds, he can figure out how you are feeling by just sharing space with you. His insight into human nature, his perceptiveness, understanding of emotion is unlike any other person I have met. His film set is sacred and you better not be doing what you are not supposed to. I was an exception to all 200 people on the set (Deepika included), as a
person who was spoilt by him. I was treated like a king and was given whatever I wanted, to help me perform. He spoils you and you enjoy it. He wants you to feel happy, liberated, confident and convinced so that you can perform. He is a master for me and there is no director like him. Do you feel attached to any of your directors? I am very attached to 'Lootera' director Vikramaditya Motwane, who is like an elder brother to me. He is honest, sincere and righteous. I could open up wholeheartedly to him and I did. There are things I tell only him and can trust him completely. Somewhere I feel he is too good for the corruption that surrounds him. I know he cares for me and wants the best for me. Any director you aspire to work with?
I hope one day I do an Adi Chopra movie. I want to be directed by Adi sir. He is amazing. It's like he has two separate brains. He has a creative mind and a business mind. And he is able wear both hats, unlike anyone else that I have come across. I am sure he enjoys the business side as well, but you can see how much more he enjoys the creative side. You are an uninhibited performer. Are you also like that in real life? The first thing they make you do in an acting class is a 'lose your inhibition' exercise. In order to act, you have to shed your inhibitions. But, what do you do with a person who is already uninhibited? In my case, I was always like this ever since I was a kid. I was never ashamed of anything and was always confident of myself. I was a besharam, hamesha se.
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If practice makes perfect, and no one is perfect, why practice? — Derek P.
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malik rubbishes disciplinary issue theory for his return home LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and senior player Abdul Razzaq have dismissed rumors that they were sent back home from South Africa because of disciplinary issues. "It is all rubbish. We faced no disciplinary issue at all with the team management or anyone else," Malik said after the duo returned from South Africa. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Malik and Razzaq had been ruled out of the ongoing One-Day International series because of fitness issues. Malik confirmed PCB's version and said that he had split his finger during the last Twenty20 match against South Africa in Dubai while Razzaq said he had a strained hamstring and had been advised 10 days rest. The two were recalled to the Pakistan team for the T20 series against South Africa in the uAE and played in both the games without leaving an impact but were still retained for the tour to rainbow nation. Their sudden return home from South Africa has led to rumors that the two senior players had some disciplinary issues with the team management. "Nothing of this sort has happened because we were preparing for the series when Razzaq got injured in the nets while I had sustained the finger injury in Dubai," Malik said. The former captain was also upset about reports in the media questioning the reasons behind his inclusions in the Pakistan team inpsite of repeated failures. "I was the top-scorer in CPL (Caribbean Premier League), then in first class, ODI and Twenty20 tournaments (domestic)," he said. Malik also felt it was unfair for people to judge his performances on basis of T20 cricket alone. STAFF REPORT
Pakistan and South African players with the trophy, Cape Town. AGENCIES
EXPERIENCED MEN RETURN TO BOLSTER TEAMS CAPE TOWN
AKISTAN produced their best batting effort in six matches to end their winless streak against South Africa and they will fancy doubling up on that on Sunday. The first of three ODIs, in what has been a marathon-run between these two teams, will be played in Cape Town with much less at stake than there was in the Twenty20 matches. The 2015 World Cup is further away than next year's World T20, so this series will just be about the teams finding the right combination, something that is particularly important to the hosts. With veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis back in the mix, South Africa will work around him to assess what their squad
may still need ahead of the big event. Pakistan, on the other had, may be looking only as far as ensuring their batting line-up finds the solidity it lacked in UAE. Their focus will be on preventing the collapses that have dogged them recently. They havenever beaten South Africa in a bilateral ODI series, but will fancy taking an early lead this time, purely because of the timing of the first match. South Africa's T20 captain, Faf du Plessis will be married on Saturday, and although he is not in the one-day squad, many of his team-mates who will be in attendance at the ceremony. AB de Villiers is the best man, but may have to leave early to take care of his duties as captain the next day. The current South African side has not let off-field events influence their cricket but they also haven't had a wedding
sandwiched between games. With festivities high for the hosts, Pakistan will see this as a chance to pounce. TEAM NEWS: With Kallis back in the fray, South Africa could use the opportunity to field their strongest team and see how the players gel. The only decision they have to make is whether they want the experience of the fully-fit Graeme Smith, or the flair of the in-form Quinton de Kock, who can also relieve de Villiers of the wicketkeeping duties, at the top of the order. ryan McLaren will play the role of the second allrounder, with Wayne Parnell likely to miss out. With a pace attack comprising Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vernon Philander will also probably find himself on the sidelines. South Africa: (likely)1 Hashim Amla, 2 graeme Smith/Quinton de Kock (wk) 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 JP Duminy 5 AB de
Domineering hundreds by Michael Clarke and David Warner, a declaration with an impregnable position swiftly achieved and two England wickets in the final hour: things could not have gone much better for Australia as they pressed for the victory that would put them 1-0 up in the Ashes series. Australia stacked up a lead of 560 before declaring with slightly more than an hour remaining on the third day and they made excellent use of the 15 overs they reserved for a bowl against a weary and demoralised England side as Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott both perished. That life could not be going more swimmingly for Australia was apparent when Carberry played on against ryan Harris, his attempted block spinning off a thick inside edge between his legs. Trott's difficulties against the pace of Mitchell Johnson also persisted: fortunate to survive on 7, when a miscued hook fell safely, he fell for 9 when he flicked Johnson off his hips straight to Nathan Lyon, stationed 20 yards in from the square leg boards. Against Johnson, he looks unbalanced both physically and mentally. It could have been worse for England as Alastair Cook dived desperately for the crease to avoid being run out for nought as Kevin Pietersen undertook a
characteristically chancy single to get off the mark. Australia could not have envisaged such a dominant position when they were six down for 132 on the first day. No side has made more than 418 in the fourth innings to win a Test, a feat achieved by West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003. With two days remaining, they are perfectly placed to achieve the win to back up their confident pre-series chat. To draw, England would have to bat for more overs than in any Test in their
history, the Timeless Test in Durban in 1939 apart. To win, they would have to break records by a huge margin. There was a storm in Brisbane a few hours after play, but the daytime forecast on Sunday was just for an occasional heavy shower. Their captain is also restored to full operational efficiency. Clarke fell for 113 from only 130 deliveries shortly before tea, his dismissal caused by perhaps his only ungainly moment as he came down the pitch to Graeme Swann and was bowled as
Misbah-ul-Haq returns to the batting line-up, which will give Pakistan the stability they badly need. With Mohammad Hafeez performing in the second T20, he is likely to open, leaving Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed to compete for the other opener's spot. Both contenders have failed to convert their starts. Pakistan also have the option of either Umar Amin or Asad Shafiq in the middle, while Bilawal Bhatti will replace Mohammad Irfan in the bowling department. Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad/Nasir Jamshed, 3 Sohaib Maqsood 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq/Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Bilawal Bhatti
WARNER AND CLARKE FLAY ENGLAND BRISBANE
villiers (capt), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe 11 Imran Tahir
he was drawn into an ugly leg-side slog. His 25th Test hundred, and his fifth at the Gabba, was one of his most heartfelt, coming as it did in the wake of a firstinnings dismissal which encouraged a debate over whether his back ailment was causing him problems against shortpitched bowling. He survived a none-too-torrid examination against the short ball before restating his quality with an innings of polished, unfettered strokeplay. Warner's 124 from 154 balls was equally brisk. He was just as assertive as Clarke, his footwork surely as crisp as it ever has been in his Test career as he attacked England's limited attack with verve and selectivity. He brought up his hundred with runs off Joe root, but unlike last summer, on this occasion he only punched the air. His most dismissive moment planting Stuart Broad straight for six - was followed in the same over by his downfall. His dismissal, caught at the wicket, had an element of one-day cricket about it but it was a rare blemish by Warner, who has rarely played a more measured Test innings. England's aggressive tactics against Clarke, not short of initial verbals, even extended to allowing Warner singles to get him back on strike - quite an insult for a world-class batsman with a Test average the top side of 50 and an excellent record at the Gabba. During his innings, he
AUSTRALIA 1ST INNINGS 295 ENGLANd 1ST INNINGS 136 AUSTRALIA 2nd INNINGS CJL Rogers c Carberry b Broad 16 dA Warner c †Prior b Broad 124 SR Watson c Broad b Tremlett 6 mJ Clarke* b Swann 113 SPd Smith c †Prior b Tremlett 0 GJ Bailey b Swann 34 BJ Haddin† c Anderson b Tremlett 53 mG Johnson not out 39 Pm Siddle not out 4 EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 8) 12 TOTAL: (7 wickets dec; 94 overs) 401 dId NOT BAT: Nm Lyon, RJ Harris FALL OF WICkETS: 1-67 (Rogers, 23.1 ov), 2-75 (Watson, 29.3 ov), 3-233 (Warner, 58.4 ov), 4-242 (Smith, 61.4 ov), 5-294 (Clarke, 74.5 ov), 6-305 (Bailey, 78.4 ov), 7-395 (Haddin, 93.1 ov) BOWLING: Jm Anderson 19-2-73-0,SCJ Broad 16-4-55-2,CT Tremlett 17-2-69-3,GP Swann 27-2-135-2,JE Root 15-2-57-0 ENGLANd 2nd INNINGS AN Cook* not out 11 mA Carberry b Harris 0 IJL Trott c Lyon b Johnson 9 kP Pietersen not out 3 EXTRAS: (lb 1) 1 TOTAL: (2 wickets; 15 overs) 24 TO BAT: IR Bell, JE Root, mJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, Jm Anderson, CT Tremlett FALL OF WICkETS: 1-1 (Carberry, 4.4 ov), 2-10 (Trott, 7.1 ov) BOWLING: RJ Harris 5-2-7-1,mG Johnson 4-2-7-1,Pm Siddle 3-16-0,Nm Lyon 3-1-3-0 mATCH dETAILS TOSS Australia, who chose to bat TEST dEBUT GJ Bailey (Australia) PLAyER OF THE mATCH tba UmPIRES Aleem dar (Pakistan) and HdPk dharmasena (Sri Lanka) TV UmPIRE m Erasmus (South Africa) mATCH REFEREE JJ Crowe (New Zealand) RESERVE UmPIRE P Wilson
joined ricky Ponting and Greg Chappell as the only batsmen to have made more than 1000 Test runs at the ground and his average there hovers around 100. rarely has such an accomplished batsman been tactically manoeuvred on to strike in such a fashion.
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Winning means you're willing to go longer, work harder, and give more than anyone else. –Vince Lombardi
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As captain I need more runs: mccullum WELLINGTON
umar Akmal completes 1000 runs in T20 umar Akmal became the second Pakistani and 11th overall batsman to score 1000 runs in T20 cricket. The right hand middle order batsman from Lahore, reached this milestone during his 64-run knock in the second Twenty-20 match against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town on Friday (November 22). It was 46th innings of his 49th match in Twenty-20 cricket. Mohammed Hafeez who scored 1169 runs at 24. 87 with a strike rate of 118. 80 in 49 innings of 51 matches was the lone Pakistani in 1000-run club in Twenty-20 cricket before umar Akmal. umar Akmal also equalled his highest score by making 64 in 55 minutes off 37 balls with five fours and fours sixes. He also scored the same number of runs in 43 minutes off 31 balls with seven fours and three sixes against Australia at Birmingham on July 5, 2010. umar Akmal and Mohammed Hafeez set up a new record of highest stand in Twenty-20 cricket for any wicket against South Africa by adding 102 runs. They erased the previous record of 83 runs for the second wicket between Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez at Centurion on March 3, 2013. Pakistan’s six-run victory was smallest against South Africa in Twenty-20 cricket and second smallest overall. Pakistan’s 5 runs win over Zimbabwe at Harare on September 18, 2011 is their smallest while seven-run victory at Nottingham on June 18, 2009 was Pakistan’s previous smallest against South Africa. Mohammed Hafeez received his seventh man of the match award in 51 Twenty-20 matches. It was his second such award in 10 matches against South Africa. The Pakistani skipper also received his maiden man of the series award. S PERVEZ qAISER
rENDON McCullum, the New Zealand captain, has said he needs more runs in Tests to "lead from the front" and is not as worried about his form in the shorter formats. McCullum's last Test series was in Bangladesh, and he left the tour mid-way because of a back problem. He also missed the ongoing limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka to prepare for the home Tests against West Indies. In two Tests in Bangladesh, McCullum scored 54 runs in three innings. Prior to that, during the summer in England, he had managed only 31 runs in four innings. His last respectable scores were in the home series against England in March when he scored a fifty in each of the three Tests. "As captain I need more runs to have more impact with the message you're delivering to the group," McCullum told New Zealand Herald. "You always want to lead from the front. There's huge pressure in the next few Tests, not just from the team point of view but the individual as well. I'll certainly leave no stone unturned. Let's see how I go and if it doesn't work out we'll cross that bridge when we get to it." McCullum's next opportunity in Tests is against West Indies in Dunedin from December 3. Before that, he will also lead New Zealand XI against West Indians in a three-day warm-up match starting on November 27 in Lincoln, having recovered from the injury that sent him home from Bangladesh. "Before I went to Bangladesh I was the fittest and strongest I've been and tested off the scales, and still managed to pick up an injury," McCullum said. "There was complete and utter disappointment. I knew it wasn't great. That last game [second ODI against Bangladesh], I played on pretty heavy painkillers and that's not how the game is meant to be played. I was incapable of keeping and was running around like an old man. Knowing I had to leave the tour, leaving the boys behind, was the hardest thing." McCullum also said he had felt soreness in his back while keeping in England, especially during the second Test in Leeds. "I blew my back out after about 53 overs when I reached to put a helmet down," he said. "I'd love to still be keeping in Test cricket but it's just not possible any more. I'm just lucky to be able to make the team as a batter, and some people question that, but I haven't picked a team throughout my career." McCullum was not happy to give up the gloves but he was realistic about how long he might have had in the game if he had not. "It's something I've got to look at, and it's not very nice when it's what you've been
doing it for a while. It might be either that [finish keeping] or give the game up," he said. "People think I pick and choose [games to keep wickets] but it's nothing to do with that. I've got a 60-year-old back and if I want to be able to lift my kids at 35 it's something I've got to entertain." For now, McCullum is focused on leading the side,
scoring more runs and leaving the team in a better state than when he got it. "I believe in this group of players and want to make a difference," McCullum said. "Just because I've had a few low scores hasn't changed my thinking. I'm very determined to finish my career in a strong way and leave this team better than when I took over."
reza said and nauman new leaders in Governors cup Golf LAHORE STAFF REPORT
reza Said and Nauman Uddin Haider of Lahore Gymkhana emerged as the front runners at the end of the second round by upstaging the overnight leaders rashid Akbar and Dr Dildar Hussain, in these 54 holes, three days 30th Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Championship in progress at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course. On the second day the first days leaders rashid Akbar and Dr Dildar felt cowed down by nerves and on some holes the rhythm they displayed in the first round was gone and excellence was taken over by rusty hitting. The resultant bogies and double bogies spoilt their scores and
AuSSIeS rule IN wOrlD cuP MELBOURNE: Jason Day will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of golf's World Cup after posting a joint best-of-day five-under-par 66 at Royal Melbourne on Saturday. The Queensland-born 25-year-old's excellent performance also enabled Australia to take over at the top of the team standings. His third round included six birdies, as he moved one-stroke clear of Denmark's Thomas Bjorn who carded a level par 71 on day three. Also within touching distance are Americans Matt Kuchar and Kevin Streelman, and Italy's Francesco Molinari. Kuchar's third round 68 leaves him three strokes adrift while Molinari is a shot further back after a 66. Streelman is one behind Molinari - and five off the pace following a disappointing 74, not helped by dropping four shots in his opening four holes. Streelman's mediocre score allowed Australia to assume first place in the team competition. Day's teammate Adam Scott made 68 on Saturday to help the hosts slip one stroke clear of the united States. Japan are third - seven shots behind - while Denmark are nine off the pace. A delighted Day said: "you just have to have some patience. I like playing difficult golf courses, that's what I do best." As for the home challenge Ireland, represented by Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry, lead the way in a share of sixth spot, while England and Scotland are two strokes further behind. AGENCIES
find their names a little down the leader board. As for the new leaders reza Said and Nauman Haider, the second round brought good tidings. Every shot they hit represented accuracy at its best and the other aspects like chipping and putting carried the flavour of good control and quality game. Both these new entrants to prestigious competitions now carry the responsibility of building up their names as golfers of ability. Till now they have succeeded and their performance in the final round will either confirm their champion like standing or we might find some other challenger as the top one. SCORES AT THE END OF 2ND ROUND: reza Said (Gymkhana) 71+69=140 net; Nauman Haider (Gymkhana) 70+70=140 net; Dr Dildar Hussain
(Gymkhana) 68+73=141; rashid Akbar (Garrison) 68+75=143 net; Naveed Sharif (Gym) 74+69=143; Shahid Anwar (Gujranwala) 74+71=145 net; Qasim Khan (Gym) 69+77=146; Salman Jehangir (Gym) 75+71=146 and Anas Ahmed (Garrison) 73+74=147. In the race for honours in gross section, M rehman of royal Palm is the leader with an aggregate gross score of 148 for two rounds. Two strokes behind him is Salman Jehangir at 150 and Mohsen Zafar is placed at a score of 156. Today is the final day and at the conclusion of the championship, the Chief Secretary Punjab, Naveed Akram Cheema will be the chief guest at the prize distribution.
TIgeR ToURnaMenT on THe Move CALIFORNIA AGENCIES
Tiger Woods has announced that his World Challenge tournament will move from California to Florida from next season. The invitational end-of-season charity event has been played at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks since 2001. But the tournament host has now arranged to stage the event at Isleworth Country Club near Orlando, where Woods regularly worked on his game until moving to south Florida two years ago. Isleworth has also hosted the Tavistock Cup on a number of occasions since its launch in 2004, and several of the world's top players are based there and at the neighbouring Lake Nona. The world No 1, who has won the title five times, confirmed the tournament will now benefit both the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Tavistock Group. "We have a longstanding relationship with Tavistock Group and my friend, Joe Lewis, and I am thrilled to see it grow in support of our foundations," said Woods in a statement on his foundation's website. "We've enjoyed 15 amazing years in Southern California, which helped us launch our flagship Tiger Woods Learning Center. "It serves as a lasting tribute to the local
fans that have supported us year after year. I'm looking forward to this next phase of the World Challenge and what it can bring to Florida." The elite, 18-player tournament now offers world ranking points due to the high quality of the field, and the event has raised over $25m for the Tiger Woods Foundation since its launch in 1999. "We've been looking for ways to expand our relationship with Tavistock and
this is a perfect fit," said foundation president and CEO Greg McLaughlin. "The golf season has evolved significantly since our first tournament in 1999. We are very proud of the $25 million the World Challenge has raised, and we've been evaluating the best path forward to continue this work. "We are excited to partner with Tavistock Group and honored to bring our tournament to Isleworth."
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mOYeS reTAINS rONAlDO hOPe LONDON
ANCHESTEr United manager David Moyes has admitted he would love to one day have the opportunity to work with Cristiano ronaldo.
There was speculation during the summer that ronaldo could be set to leave real Madrid and return to Old Trafford, having spent six years with the club before he moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009. A move did not materialise and ronaldo instead signed a five-year contract with real, insisting that he would be
PulIS NAmeD New PAlAce BOSS LONDON: Crystal Palace have appointed Tony Pulis as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Pulis will take sole charge of first-team affairs following Saturday's game against Hull City, with caretaker boss Keith Millen remaining in the dugout at the KC Stadium. Pulis will watch the match against the Tigers from the stands, with his first game as Palace boss coming against Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday, November 30. The 55-year-old Welshman, who has never been relegated as a manager, has been out of work since his second spell at Stoke ended in May. Pulis was confirmed exactly a month to the day Ian Holloway resigned after overseeing just one win in Palace's first nine Premier League games since winning promotion through the play-offs. A club statement read: "Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Pulis as manager on a two-and-a-halfyear contract. "The experienced 55-year-old has agreed terms at Selhurst Park following a sixmonth break from management, since his highly-successful spell at Stoke City came to an end in May 2013." AGENCIES
murray makes winning return LONDON: Former world title challenger John Murray made a successful return to action on Friday night, stopping Michael Escobar inside four rounds in Manchester. It was Murray's first fight in almost two years following back-to-back losses to Kevin Mitchell and thenWBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios. A month short of his 29th birthday, the popular Mancunian looked determined to make a statement against an overmatched foe, who tipped the scales at more than half a stone above Murray's 10st. And the fleshy Nicaraguan appeared to know his time in the ring would be a brief one, swinging from the front row straight from the opening bell. But Murray was in no mood to back off, mixing fire with fire and managing to get his shots off in a wild and woolly opener. The second was a similar affair although Murray started to get on top, mixing his shots upstairs and down with the body shots clearly having an effect. Escobar, who has already taken Scott Cardle and Ryan Doyle - an impressive winner earlier on the show - the distance this year, showed plenty of grit but a right hand floored him towards the end of the third as Murray's class started to tell. AGENCIES
happy to spend the rest of his career in the Spanish capital. "I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible." It seems highly unlikely that Moyes will now ever get his wish to manage ronaldo, but he is still hopeful that it could happen. "Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he is the best in the business anyway," Moyes told MUTV, having watched ronaldo's awesome performance for Portugal in their World Cup play-off victory over Sweden in Stockholm on Tuesday. "I have not been fortu-
nate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible." With FIFA extending the voting period for the coveted Ballon d'Or prize, it seems likely ronaldo will claim a prize he won for the first time as a United player in the 2008 Champions League campaign, when he scored an incredible 42 goals. Former team-mate Anderson is in no doubts. "When you have ronaldo it makes it easy," said the Brazilian. "He scores all the time. He scored three goals on Tuesday. He is an amazing player, for me the best player in the world."
wAtCh it Live STAR SPORTS ASHES 1ST TEST DAY 4
PTV SPORTS PAK V AFRICA 1ST ODI
STAR SPORTS INDIA V WEST INDIES 2ND ODI
rogic urged to leave celtic
williams earns 5th wta player of the year award LONDON AGENCIES
Serena Williams has been named as the WTA Player of the Year for the fifth time whilst Sonia Halep won the Most Improved Player award. The American, the oldest world No 1 in history at 32, enjoyed one of the greatest seasons on record. She won 78 of her 82 matches, winning the US Open, the French Open and 11 other WTA titles in the process. She also won a record $12,385,572 in prize money. Williams said her victory at the French Open was the highlight of her year. "Obviously the French Open was probably the thing that stands out most," she told the WTA website. "I really wanted to win that for a number of years now, so that was definitely something exciting. And also being undefeated on clay was pretty exciting too. So my results on clay this year definitely stand out. "Overall I'll remember the wins, but I also want to learn from my mistakes so I don't repeat them. "I have some areas where I can do a lot better for next year and I look forward to it. Williams was also player of the year in 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Only Steffi Graf -
with eight - has won the award more times. romania's rising star Halep is the WTA's Most Improved Player Of The Year. Halep had been tipped for years to make the big time after some stellar performances in the juniors. She is a former junior world No 1, and won grand slams at that level. But in her first three seasons on the women's tour she struggled, and was ranked No 64 going into the tournament that was to become the turning point of her year, and her career - rome, in May. In the Italian capital she beat Svetlana Kuznetsova, Agnieszka radwanska, roberta Vinci and Jelena Jankovic - before losing to Williams in the semi-finals.
New Australia head coach Ange Postecoglou is keen for Tom Rogic to leave Celtic in a bid to secure regular playing time, and has advised the midfielder to join Japanese club Vegalta Sendai. Rogic has struggled to make an impact at Celtic Park since joining the Scottish giants in January, and Postecoglou wants the talented 20 year-old to switch clubs in the short-term to boost his World Cup chances. J-League club Vegalta are reportedly among the frontrunners to sign Rogic on loan given the midfielder used to work under current boss Graham Arnold at Central Coast Mariners. "I think that would be fantastic," Postecoglou told Fox Football Podcast on the idea of the move. "Arnie knows him, we know Arnie is a fantastic coach... he's got the best out of Tommy and the J-League is a strong competition. I don't see why not. "It's a World Cup year. There wouldn't be a player on the planet who is going to a World Cup who wouldn't for the next six months think the best move for him would be to play regular football." A regular starter under Arnold at Central Coast, Rogic has only managed 11 games for Celtic since joining the club. SPORTS dESk
HUgHes HoPes foR RaIn aT navan SPORTS DESK Trainer Dessie Hughes is concerned conditions at Navan will not be testing enough for last year's winner Tofino Bay and raz De Maree in Sunday's Ladbrokes Troytown Handicap Chase. Tofino Bay was a narrow winner of the prestigious contest 12 months ago and went on to run well in a number of top novice events, most notably in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He was a faller on his return to action at Down royal at the start of the month and although he is reported none the worse for that slip-up, his trainer would have preferred some rain. raz De Maree won both the Munster National and the Cork Grand National last season, but missed the majority of the campaign through injury and is due to make his first appearance in over a year. Hughes said: "Both horses seem in good form, but we probably would have preferred the ground a little but softer. "I think they're calling it good to yielding at the moment, which isn't ideal for either of our horses. We'd have preferred a drop of rain. "Tofino Bay was fine after his fall in
Down royal and raz De Maree is in good form as well. He just had a little niggly injury last season. "They're both well, but we might have to wait for their ideal conditions." Heading the weights for the â‚Ź100,000 contest is the Ted Walsh-trained Colbert Station, the mount of Tony McCoy. The
nine-year-old was slightly disappointing over hurdles at Naas last month, but Walsh expects his charge to strip fitter for the run. He said: "I thought he'd have run a bit better at Naas, but he probably needed it. The Troytown is the obvious place to go. He is not good enough for the better races and off 147, there aren't
many places to go with a horse like him. "At nine years of age, I wouldn't have thought that he'd improve a great deal. But if he maintains his form from last year and jumps around well he'll win another race along the line. He is in good nick and Navan is a fine track." Trainer Jim Dreaper is hopeful of a bold show from Goonyella,
who won at the Punchestown Festival in the spring and was a good second on his seasonal return at Galway last month. Dreaper said: "He just a bit tired on his first run back at Galway, but he should come on for that. It is the bit after three miles that you'll see the best of him, but Navan is a tough track and he'll have his chance. "Long term, he could be a Welsh, English or Irish National horse. "Unfortunately I didn't put the saddle on properly in the Irish National (last season) and it slipped. It was my fault but he came back to win well after that at Punchestown. "He is not a top horse, but he is an honest stayer. It is early days for him and he seems to handle most types of ground. He really tries and regardless of their ability, when you have one that tries, you have a chance." Champion trainer Willie Mullins is represented by Sweet My Lord and rockyaboya. Of Sweet My Lord, he said: "He disappointed in the Kerry National but a few of mine were not quite right around that time of Listowel, and maybe the ground was just too soft. "The forecast is not too bad so the ground should be okay at Navan."
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uN climate talks blocked as nations battle over finance WARSAW AGENCIES
ALKS to lay the foundations for a new UN climate pact due in 2015 were deadlocked as they ran into overtime on Saturday, with nations at odds over stepping up finance for developing countries to ease the impact of global warming. The Warsaw meeting, which had been due to end on Friday, was meant to lay the groundwork for creating the first climate accord to be applicable to all nations by 2015, which would come into force after 2020. However the only concrete measure to have emerged was an agreement on new rules to protect tropical forests, which soak up carbon dioxide as they grow. Nearly 200 countries assembled at the UN conference have stumbled over three major issues over the past two weeks: the level of emissions cuts, climate finance and a “mechanism” to help poor countries deal with loss and damage from global warming. “Climate change talks are still on knife edge after a long night. A few countries (are) insisting on looking backwards. Could be a long day,” British Energy and Climate Change Minister Edward
Davey said on Twitter. Developed nations, which promised in 2009 to raise climate aid to $100 billion a year after 2020 from $10 billion a year in the period 2010-12, were resisting calls by the developing world to set targets for 2013-19. A draft text merely urged developed nations, which have been more focused on spurring economic growth than on fixing climate change, to set “increasing levels” of aid. It also suggested they report every two years on their approaches to stepping up finance levels to $100 billion. A group of developing countries and China were in favor of an amendment to the text that “at least $70 billion” a year of climate finance is committed from 2016. OVERTIME: The talks have also proposed a new “Warsaw Mechanism” which would provide expertise, and possibly aid, to help developing nations cope with loss and damage from extreme events such as heat waves, droughts and floods, and creeping threats such as rising sea levels and desertification. Developing nations have insisted on a “mechanism” - to show it was separate from existing structures - even though rich countries say that it will not get new funds
“It’s not everything we wanted, but we know there are some issues we cannot solve here,” Pete Betts, lead negotiator for the European Union, told delegates. Meanwhile, many developing nations want to see more urgency. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed over 5,000 people, has put the spotlight on extreme weather. In September, a UN panel of scientists raised the probabili t y
nearly 200 countries assembled at the Un conference have stumbled over three major issues over the past two weeks: the level of emissions cuts, climate finance and a “mechanism” to help poor countries deal with loss and damage from global warming
beyond the planned $100 billion a year from 2020. Many delegates also said they wanted a clearer understanding of when nations will publish their plans for long-term cuts in greenhouse gases in the run-up to a summit in Paris in 2015. A text on Saturday said that all nations should “initiate or intensify” their domes-
tic preparations for “intended nationally determined commitments” and have them ready by the end of the first quarter of 2015, if they could. The United States is among those advocating pledges be made by the end of the first quarter of 2015. The European Union is among countries which want pledges in 2014.
that most climate change since 1950 is man-made to at least 95 percent, from 90 in a previous assessment in 2007. It also said that “sustained and substantial” cuts in greenhouse gases were needed to achieve a UN goal of limiting warming to manageable levels. “We have compromised on many issues, but there is a limit for compromise by the most vulnerable countries of this planet,” said Nepal’s Prakash Mathema, chair of the group of least developed countries.
Indian govt may cut down on defence budget: manmohan Singh NEW DELHI INP
LANDI KOTAL: NATO containers are seen parked on the road after the Torkham border was closed on Saturday in wake of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf protest demonstration against uS drone strikes. INP
Karzai accuses US troops of killing two civilians KABUL AGENCIES
Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused American forces of killing two civilians, prompting a fresh feud between Washington and Kabul as a special Afghan assembly Saturday weighed a bilateral security pact. Late Friday, Karzai’s office issued a statement condemning the “martyrdom” of two civilians at the hands of US troops in eastern Nangarhar province. US specialoperations troops killed two brothers, Shakirullah and roshan, in their home in the village of Shabdyani on Tuesday, according to the statement. The US-led International Security Assistance Force retorted on Saturday that coalition advisers had come under fire
from insurgents during an operation with Afghan troops in the province’s Boti Kot district. The two people killed in the incident weren’t civilians but “armed insurgents,” the coalition added. Conflicting claims over this incident come at an extremely delicate moment in Afghanistan. Around 3,000 delegates from around Afghanistan have converged on the capital to take part in the Loya Jirga assembly to deliberate over whether Afghanistan should sign a bilateral security agreement with the US The agreement would pave the way for a small US force to remain in the country after the coalition’s current mandate expires at the end of 2014. In Friday’s statement, Karzai said that his government has long opposed US raids on Afghan homes, and that the issue is one
of the reasons for convening the Loya Jirga. “The Afghan nation could consider such military operations and other unilateral acts of American troops when deciding on the presence of American troops in Afghanistan,” he said. Without a bilateral security agreement, US and international troops would have to withdraw completely. Karzai raised the stakes on Thursday by saying Afghanistan should wait until after presidential elections are held next year before signing the security deal. US officials said Karzai’s surprise proposal would create an unacceptable delay, by making it impossible for the US and its allies to plan for a follow-on military mission after 2014. In a telephone call Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged Karzai move quickly to approve the deal.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has warned that the government might have to trim its defence budget due to the economic slowdown over the last two years. The armed forces will have to exercise greater “prudence” and “cut our coat according to our cloth” in their defence acquisition plans. This, in short, was Manmohan Singh’s message to the country’s top military brass on Friday. “While we must take into account the capabilities of our adversaries, we have to plan our long-term acquisition on the assumption of limited resource availability. This is an exercise that has to be done with a high degree of priority and urgency,” he said, addressing the combined commanders’ conference. He said India must strive to develop “comprehensive national power” to tackle the challenges posed by the shift in global strategic focus towards the AsiaPacific region, marked by jostling between the US and China, as well as the intense competition among nations in the security arena despite growing inter-dependence triggered by globalisation. The major chunk of his speech, the last before his government completes its term, was devoted to the impending strategic challenges ahead. The PM said while globalisation has induced growing and complex inter-dependencies among states and multinationals on the economic front, it has also nurtured “intense competition and rivalries” in the security domain. “Managing this contradictory tenor, highlighted by the global surveillance mounted by the US National Security Agency, is also a policy imperative for us. Naturally, our objective must be to acquire tangible national capacity, or comprehensive national power. Just as the economic pendulum is shifting inexorably from the west to the east, so is the strategic focus. “This is exemplified by the increasing contestation in the seas to our east and the related ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalancing’ of military forces by the US in this area,” he said. Even as it ramps up strategic cooperation with Washington, New Delhi has already coldshouldered the US move to anoint India as a “lynchpin” in its impending “pivot” towards the Asia-Pacific. It is keen to be seen as a neutral player in the geopolitical shadowboxing between the US and China for supremacy in the region.