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Spate of attacks kills 47 in Iraq

Bomb blasts ahead of Modi’s rally kill six

PML-N following PPP’s footsteps: Hashmi

Peshawar commissioner's condition worsens

Must not negotiate with Taliban, says MWM

Nine car bombs killed at least 30 people on Sunday in Shia-majority areas of Baghdad province, while another targeting soldiers queuing at a bank in Mosul left 12 dead, officials said. At least five other people were killed in other attacks, the latest in a wave of bloodshed that has pushed the October death toll from violence across Iraq past 630. PAGE 06

A series of small bomb blasts killed six people and injured dozens near a park in eastern India where tens of thousands of people had gathered to hear a speech by the main opposition party’s prime ministerial candidate. Panic erupted briefly among those who had gathered in the park in the Bihar state capital of Patna after at least five small blasts went off nearby. PAGE 03

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi on Sunday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government was following the footsteps of the former PPP govt and there was no difference in the polices of both. Talking to reporters, Hashmi said antimasses policies of the sitting govt and poor performance were defaming it and the govt did not need external conspiracy or resolution to trouble it. PAGE 02

Peshawar Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anis’s condition on Sunday worsened, according to a private TV channel. The commissioner, a BS-20 officer, whose condition was earlier reported as critical by doctors, had suffered 99 percent burns in an explosion in Apartment 17 of the Park Towers studio apartments in Sector F-10 Islamabad. PAGE 02

Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen (MWM), the leading political group for the Shia community in Pakistan, on Sunday said there should not be any negotiations with the Taliban, a private TV channel reported. MWM Secretary General Raja Nasir Abbas Jafari said this while addressing audience in the Azmat-e-Wilayat Conference at Nishtar Park today. PAGE 03


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IndIan fIrIng contInues In nakyal sector ISLAMABAD: A person was injured due to unprovoked firing by Indian forces from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Kashmir’s Nakyal sector on Sunday. Nakyal Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Ayub said the Indian forces used heavy weapons and targeted civilian population of Red Kathar area. Indian forces have repeatedly violated the ceasefire agreement in the past two weeks, targeting civilian population and killing more than three innocent Pakistanis including a Rangers official. NNI

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He Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) launched a long march from Quetta to Karachi to press the authorities for recovery of missing Baloch political workers on Sunday evening. VBMP Chairman Nasrullah Baloch and Mama Qadeer Baloch led the long march participants from Quetta. Besides men, women and children were also part of the march in a frustrated attempt for recovery of their loved ones. "Current rulers have intensified the kill and dump policy in Balochistan," Nasrullah Baloch told reporters prior to launching of the march. emotionally charged protesters carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans, "stop killing Baloch political workers" and "we condemn extra-judicial killings" during the long march. "We want recovery of our loved ones," Baloch demanded. The VBMP claimed that intelligence agencies have picked up a large number of Baloch political workers

to suppress their voice. However, officials contradict the claims and assert that the number of missing persons was less as compared to the claims of VBMP. "We have been protesting for the last five years for recovery of loved ones," Mama Qadeer Baloch lamented and complained that the authorities were not even implementing court orders. Participants of the long march will be traveling during the day from Quetta to Karachi. Family members of missing persons from other districts would also join the long march on their way to Karachi. Qadeer Baloch said under a preplanned conspiracy mutilated dead bodies of Baloch missing political workers were being dumped in Sarjani town area of Karachi. He said scores of Baloch political workers have been picked up during present government. Balochistan Chief Minister Malik Baloch has repeatedly asserted that his government was committed to bringing an end to recovery of mutilated dead bodies in the province. Baloch has also announced to convene

I FAILED TO RECOVER MISSING PERSONS: DR MALIK Says APC on Balochistan will be convened in December KARACHI: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has admitted his failure over the missing persons issue and said he could not resolve the same. Speaking at the Karachi Press Club, Baloch said the law and order situation in Balochistan had vastly improved and he wanted to ensure that police and Levies were standing on their own feet. He added that FC check posts in Quetta had been decreased by 50 percent. The chief minister further said that Rs 40-50 billion were required for the rehabilitation of earthquake affectees in the province. According to the chief minister, there is lack of government writ in some areas of the province and he hoped this would be established soon. Commenting on the local bodies elections, Baloch said the orders of the Supreme Court would be implemented. The chief minister said that an All Parties Conference on Balochistan problems would be convened in December. The history of insurgency in Balochistan was very old, he said, adding that the province was facing problems of poverty and economic crisis. He said solution to the problems of province would be found within the parameters of the constitution. INP

a multi-party conference to discuss ways and means to bring an end to prevailing unrest in Balochistan, plagued by an insurgency and growing sectarian attacks.

However, Baloch resistance groups have rejected talks with the Baloch government and termed it a conspiracy to damage the Baloch struggle.

MONITORING DESK Peshawar Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anis’s condition worsened on Sunday, according to a private TV channel. The commissioner, a BS-20 officer, whose condition was earlier reported as critical by doctors, had suffered 99 percent burns in an explosion in Apartment 17 of the Park Towers studio apartments in Sector F-10 Islamabad. Asghar Nisa, a woman who was also in the apartment and had sustained 45 percent burn injuries, is also in critical condition, the doctors said. Police sources had attributed the explosion to a gas leak in the apartment. Both were admitted to the hospital’s burn centre. Confirming the incident, PIMS spokeswoman Dr Ayesha Eshani said Anis was in a critical condition. The apartment in which the explosion had occurred is in the basement of the building which is located next to the main towers. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shaukatullah Khan talked to the PIMS administration to enquire after the health of the commissioner. The governor urged the admin to ensure best treatment facilities to him.

Imran should not ‘politicise’ drone issue: Rasheed LAHORE INP

Information Minister Pervez Rasheed on Sunday advised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan not to politicise drone attacks issue. To Imran’s statement about the prime minister and drone attacks issue, Rasheed said the government had cleared its viewpoint in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and also placed before the US administration during Nawaz Sharif’s visit. Rasheed said that it was good sign that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and International community had condemned drone attacks.

He said the federal government was capable of dealing with any kind of situation and it did not need dictation of anyone in this regard.

PML-N foLLowiNg PPP’s footstePs LAHORE INP

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Javed Hashmi on Sunday said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government was following the footsteps of the former Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government and there was no difference in the polices of both. Talking to reporters, Hashmi said antimasses policies of the sitting government and poor performance were defaming it and the government did not need external conspiracy or resolution to trouble it. He said the PPP had no interest in resolving the problems faced by the common man. The PTI leader said anti-Pakistan forces

who did not want peace and stability in the country were hatching conspiracies so that peace dialogue did not take place. Hashmi claimed some foreign powers were also funding certain factions of the Taliban to destabilise the country. He said by delaying initiation of dialogue with the Taliban, the government was pushing the country into more crises. He said during the all parties conference (APC), all stakeholders mandated the government to hold peace talks with the Taliban and there should not be any further delay in this regard. The PTI leader said the tribal people also worked in favour of the country until the directives of a military dictator intensified and gave

birth to new crises regarding law and order. He claimed that peace could be restored if military operation in tribal areas was stopped and tribesmen were brought into mainstream by providing them basic rights.

The minister said Nawaz pressed the US administration to stop drone strikes. He said the government had decreased unneeded expanses, ended secret and discretionary funds, 30 percent decrease in public expanses and 50 percent cut in budget of the Prime Minister’s House. Rasheed said the PM in his US visit was accompanied by a limited delegation to reduce additional burden on national exchequer. He said Imran Khan, instead of spending his time in advising others, should pay heed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) where the PTI was in power. The minister said the PML-N believed in taking steps instead of making tall claims, lip services and hollow slogans.

Power shortfall surges to 3,200MW

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The electricity shortfall in the country has again mounted to 3,200MW, resulting in an increase in the duration of power outages in cities and villages across the country. The duration of electricity load shedding in cities has reached up to nine hours a day, while villages face up to 13 hours of power outage daily. Owing to the blockage of water in canals, hydro power generation has reduced from 5,000MW to 3,000MW. According to the Ministry of Water and Power, the demand of electricity in the country now stands at 13,000MW, while the production has dropped to 7,800MW from 9,800MW. This includes 3,000MW being produced by hydro power plants, 1,615MW by thermal units of WAPDA and 5,085MW of electricity by Independent Power Producers (IPPs). On the other hand, the citizens have criticised the government for failure to overcome the power crisis even in winter and complained that electricity outages now continue throughout the year. INP


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A durable solution to the problem is possible only if Kashmiris are allowed to exercise their right to self-determination under the UN resolutions

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housands of Kashmiris on Sunday observed a black day in Azad Kashmir and took out a rally to condemn Indian brutalities.

The rally was set up by the United Jihad Council (UJC), which consists of 16 groups and political parties. A crowd of around 3,000 people shouted anti-India and pro-jihad slogans in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Kashmir. “Diplomacy, talks and negotiations spanned over several decades have not worked,” said Salahuddin, chairman of the UJC. “The only way to liberate Kashmir is jihad and armed struggle because India does not understand the language of dialogue,” said Salahuddin, who also leads Hizbul Mujahideen, a group fighting Indian occupation. The protesters waved black flags and shouted, “Our struggle will continue until Kashmir is freed.” They also condemned Indian brutalities as Salahuddin appealed to the government and people to support

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Kashmir’s independence. Kashmiri people observe October 27 as black day every year to protest the arrival of Indian troops and their invasion of the Himalayan region in 1947. Kashmiris want

Islamabad and New Delhi to agree to a referendum on self-determination. Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed also addressed a separate gathering in Muzaffarabad in con-

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A series of small bomb blasts killed six people and injured dozens near a park in eastern India where tens of thousands of people had gathered to hear a speech by the main opposition party’s prime minis-

terial candidate. Panic erupted briefly among those who had gathered in the park in the Bihar state capital of Patna after at least five small blasts went off nearby. Police detained one man for questioning, but did not say whether he was a suspect. At least 50 people were being

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said PTI Chairman Imran Khan did not have numerical strength in National Assembly to be the opposition leader. He said Imran Khan was rather the opposition leader of the people. Qureshi criticised Nawaz Sharif for his failure to convince the United States to stop drone attacks. He also cited the open confession of Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs and National security, regarding this failure. To a question, he denied that there was any accord between Pakistan and the US over drone attacks.

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The United States has acknowledged improvement in safety and security of Pakistan's nuclear assets, state media reported on Sunday. According to a White House document‚ Pakistan is engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues, and working to ensure its strategic export controls in line with international standard. It noted that Pakistan is a state party to both the chemical weapons convention and the biological weapons convention and she is also a partner in the global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism. The white house documents also underlined the significance of US-Pakistan defence and counterterrorist cooperation.

nection with the day and urged the international community to stop India from committing serious human rights violations. “A durable solution to the problem is possible only if Kashmiris are allowed to exercise

treated, according to the head of Patna Medical College hospital, Vimal Karak. The first blast came from a crude bomb that exploded in a public toilet building on an isolated railway platform, Patna district police chief Manu Maharaj said. A man who was wounded in the blast later died in a hospital. Another bomb went off near a movie theater, and two more exploded just outside the park, sending plumes of gray smoke swirling above the crowd. ''All the bombs produced low-intensity blasts,'' Maharaj said. Bomb disposal and forensic teams found two unexploded bombs around the railway station and defused them, railway police superintendent Upendra Kumar Sinha said. Authorities quickly restored order at the rally, and it went ahead as scheduled with a speech by Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. In the first half hour of his speech, however, Modi did not mention the blasts. His plans to visit Bihar have been controversial since the state’s highest elected leader, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, severed ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party six months ago to protest Modi’s candidacy. Kumar has questioned Modi’s secular credentials and suggested that he could exacerbate communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India.

their right to self-determination under the UN resolutions,” he added. Separately, the Kashmiris in Sialkot observed black day. The Kashmiris wore black armbands and showed solidarity with the oppressed people of the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK). The people said October 27 was the blackest day in the history of Kashmir. Kashmiri leader Dr Zahid Ghani Dar said the sacrifices of the thousands of Kashmiris would bear fruit. He said peace could not prevail in South Asia without solving the Kashmir issue. He termed Kashmir a key to peace. He urged the government to adopt a solid policy regarding the Kashmir dispute. He criticised the imposition of curfew in IHK, terming it a violation of human rights.

Zardari to take bull by the horns

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Former president of Pakistan and cochairman of Pakistan People’s Party Asif Ali Zardari will reach Lahore on 30th. He himself has decided to face all cases in courts. According to party sources, he will reach Lahore on 30th in the evening and he would have discussion with provincial president of PPP Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watoo. The discussion with Watoo will feature local bodies elections in Punjab along with other political matters. On the other hand, his meeting with Secretary General Latif Khosa will comprise of possible options facing his pending cases all by himself.

Must not negotiate with the Taliban, says MWM MwM LeAders sAy NegotiAtioNs with MiLitANts wiLL oNLy resuLt iN More terrorist AttAcKs ANd More bodies to bury uLeMA couNciL PAKistAN chAirMAN sAys NegotiAtioNs Must be heLd with the tALibAN uNder the suPervisioN of PriMe MiNister

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Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen (MWM) leader Allama Nasir Abbas said on Sunday that no talks should be held with the Taliban, however, Ulema Council Pakistan Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi differed with the former saying negotiations must be held with the Taliban. Allama Nasir Abbas was speaking at a conference in Karachi's Nishtar Park while Allama Tahir Ashrafi, Abbas was addressing the Istehkam-e-Pakistan Conference in Multan. Allama Nasir Abbas said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was scared to confront terrorists who were free to move about. "There should be no talks with the Taliban. We will always support the op-

pressed," Abbas said. MWM leader Allama Ameen Shaheedi said negotiations with militants would only result in more terrorist attacks and more bodies to bury. The MWM leadership went on to denounce the ongoing operation against criminals in Karachi as a “mere show”. He said the Kashmir issue would remain unresolved unless a government truly representative of the citizens of Pakistan takes over. "Having talks with the Taliban means having talks with those who reject the constitution of this country," he commented He further stated that 180 million people of Pakistan were being fooled in the name of dialogue. Shaheedi said sectarian tensions had plagued Pakistan substantially during the past few years with an escalation in at-

tacks against the country's Shia Muslim community. Meanwhile, Allama Jafari also criticised judiciary for focusing on high-profile cases and ignoring those of the poor and helpless. Last month, Allama Jafari had said that Pakistani Shia Muslims were on the frontline in the nation’s war against terrorists and thousands had sacrificed their lives for the cause. On the other hand, Ulema Council Pakistan Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi emphasised that negotiations must be held with the Taliban which must be supervised by the prime minister himself. Ashrafi, who hails from the Deobandi group of Sunni community, said that talks should held be within the parameters of the constitution. He also demanded an immediate end to US drone attacks on Pakistan’s territory.


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RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to attend the 9th World Islamic economic Forum on October 29-31 2013 in London. Nawaz and Afghan President Hamid Karzi will also address the forum. This is the first annual

event in europe following successes in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Kuwait and Pakistan. It will be inaugurated by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak while British Prime Minister David Cameron will be keynote of the main session. Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, will be the chief guest at the Gala Dinner which will be attended by the

global leaders and participants. The 9th forum, bearing the theme Changing World, New Relationships, to put in a nutshell the emergence of new economic linkages between nations in a fast changing world. Sessions will be adapted to increase delegates’ participation as they explore business and investment opportunities as well as engage in discourse on topical

issues and how to address them. Key areas of focus at the forum in London include Islamic banking and finance, technology, infrastructure development, health, exports, education and youth. Nawaz is expected to meet Karzai and share details regarding Pakistan efforts for peace talks with the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. He is also likely to meet British officials.

KARACHI: General Secretary of Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen Allama Nasir Abbas Jafferi addressing Azmat-e-Wilayat Conference. ONLINe

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Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar has appealed the citizens of Afghanistan not to support and take part in upcoming presidential election scheduled in the country. Central leader of Afghan Taliban Maulana Abdul Aziz, while being interviewed by the American media, conveyed the top leader’s message to the nation. Abdul Aziz said Afghanistan was being controlled by the outsiders due to influence of few traitors inside the country. He said killing the Muslims and innocent persons is against the Islamic principles. The central leader told media that the presidential election in Afghanistan was nothing more than a dramatic play in which neither the Taliban nor any other militant group would take part. The Taliban’s leader added that a campaign against presidential election had been commenced following directions by the central leadership. Afghanistan’s presidential election is expected to be held on April 5 next year while the current President, Hamid Karzai, will not run due to limitation of terms.

According to government sources, the registration period for nominations was initiated on September 16 and completed on October 6.

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Balochistan health minister directs tracing out ghost employees QUETTA INP

Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Baloch on Sunday directed the health authorities to provide him the list of ghost employees of the department who receive salaries without performing duties. He issued these directives while chairing a high level meeting regarding problems faced by the provincial health department. He said that no negligence will be tolerated in health sector and those found guilty will be dealt with iron hands. He urged the employees of health department deployed in hospitals and basic health units to perform their duties with full commitment and sincerity.

efforts start for anP leader’s recovery QUETTA INP

The Kasi clan has decided to make efforts for the recovery of Former provincial president of Awami National Party (ANP). In this regard a crucial meeting of the Kasi tribe was held here at Kasi Qilla. Zahir was kidnapped five days ago from Quetta. A 50-member committee, headed by Arbab’s son, Omer Farooq has been formed to make efforts for his recovery.

india to lay 14 strategic railway lines near china, Pakistan border NEW DELHI INP

As part of the preparations to meet challenges from China and Pakistan, India is planning to lay 14 strategic railway lines close to borders with these two countries to help in easier and faster movement of troops. The railway lines are besides 73 roads being constructed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, sources said in Delhi on Sunday. Out of the 14 planned railway lines, survey has been completed for 12, they said. The railway lines have been planned in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. The infrastructure development is being carried out as

China has made strides in this regard and India is lagging much behind. Defence minister AK Antony conceded in the parliament last month that China is “superior” in terms of border infrastructure as India was late in taking decisions regarding roads and other capabilities near the LAC because of the impact of the 1962 war. He said all steps were being taken to safeguard security of India while seeking a peaceful solution to the longpending boundary disputes.

26 cops suspended for corruption PESHAWAR: Action against the corrupt police officials of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) continues as 26 more policemen of Kohat and Hazara region were suspended on Sunday. According to details, action against police officials involved in corrupt practices, slackness towards duty and poor performance had been accelerated on the directives of KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nasir Durrani. In its second phase, 26 more police officials including six inspectors, 12 sub-inspectors and five assistant sub-inspectors, hailing from various districts, were suspended. So far 117 police officials hailing from Peshawar, Mardan, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat and Hazara divisions have been suspended. Investigation against the suspended police personnel is underway and will be terminated if found guilty. INP

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A roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded three others on Sunday. The explosion occurred at Chashma Bridge, two kilometres east of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan Agency. "An improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off as a convoy of at least 35 army vehicles passed by it, killing one soldier and wounding three others," an official said. He said security forces

also defused two bombs in different locations in Mir Ali. Another security official confirmed the incident and casualties. Homemade bombs are a main weapon of militants who attack government forces in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal districts bordering Afghanistan. The seven agencies are a haven for terrorists. Washington considers these areas a major hub of Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan.

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Narendra Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidate, cannot hope to lead India effectively if he inspires "fear"

and "antipathy" among many of its people, the New York Times has commented in an unusual move. "Mr Modi has shown no ability to work with opposition parties or tolerate dissent," the editorial Board of the newspaper said in a stinging editorial on the 63-year-old BJP leader. The editorial said Modi has already "alienated" BJP's political partners when Janata Dal (United), an important regional party broke off its 17-year alliance with the "party because it found Mr Modi

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Sunday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif achieved nothing during his tour of the United States. He claimed that discussions on drone attacks were held with the US government, who in return, would have laid some conditions. He also said the PM came back after holding gossips with the US government after investing money on the trip. The ANP lawmaker said that no headway has been made to recover the kidnapped ANP representative, Arbab Zahir. He claimed that the inspector general of Balochistan did not respond to his calls. NNI

Man who survived hanging will not face another death sentence: iran TEHRAN: An Iranian death row convict who survived a hanging will not face another death sentence, Iran's justice minister has said. The country's semi-official ISNA news agency quoted justice minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi as saying there is "no need for reexecution" of the 37-year-old man convicted of smuggling drugs, identified only by his first name, Alireza. Iranian media reported that Alireza was hanged for 12 minutes earlier this month after which he was declared dead. However, family members who went to collect Alireza's body at the prison mortuary in the city of Bojnourd a day later discovered that he was still breathing. The convict was then moved to a hospital where he reportedly slipped into a coma while being kept under surveillance by police. His case prompted debate, with some legal experts arguing he should be hanged again. Last week Amnesty International urged Iran to spare Alireza's life. Drug smuggling is one of a number of crimes that can be punished by capital punishment in Iran. AgeNcIes

MODI CANNOT LEAD INDIA EFFECTIVELY: NYT editoriAL ALso questioNs Modi's ecoNoMic trAcK record iN guJArAt

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unacceptable". India was a country with multiple religions and "Mr Modi cannot hope to lead it effectively if he inspires fear and antipathy among many of its people", it said while recalling that nearly 1,000 people died in the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The editorial, published on Saturday, also questioned Modi's economic track record in Gujarat. The "economic record in Gujarat is not entirely admirable, either", it said.

"Muslims in Gujarat, for instance, are much more likely to be poor than Muslims in India as a whole, even though the state has a lower poverty rate than the country," the editorial said. "His rise to power is deeply troubling to many Indians, especially the country's 138 million Muslims and its many other minorities," said the 19-member editorial Board, headed by India-born Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of The New York Times.

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ISLAMABAD: AJK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan Hurriyet & AJK leaders chant slogans during a sit-in at UN Observers Office to mark October 27 as Black Day against India’s Kashmir occupation. INP

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FGHAN President Hamid Karzai will push Pakistan to reveal the location of key Taliban commander Mullah Baradar during trilateral talks to be held in Britain on Tuesday, officials in Kabul said. Baradar was released from jail in Pakistan as part of efforts to kick-start Afghanistan’s peace process, but he has since been kept under house arrest, reportedly in Karachi or Peshawar, to the fury of Afghanistan. “We will look for explanations from the Pakistan government for the exact whereabouts of Mullah Baradar and how can Pakistan facilitate direct talks between Mullah Baradar and the High Peace Council,” Karzai’s spokesman

Aimal Faizi said. The High Peace Council is the Afghan body charged with opening negotiations with the Taliban insurgents as USled NATO forces prepare for withdrawal from the country by the end of next year. Afghan officials believe that Baradar, who had been held in jail in Pakistan since 2010, could encourage Taliban leaders to seek a negotiated settlement to end the 12-year insurgency if he were fully at liberty. About 400 Afghan soldiers or policemen die every month fighting the militants. “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised the release of Mullah Baradar, which they did, but Mullah Baradar is still under very strict supervision by Pakistan authorities,” Faizi said. Karzai, Nawaz Sharif and British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet on Tuesday for the fourth trilateral sum-

mit designed to foster stability in the volatile south Asia region. Apparent headway between thenPakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and Karzai at the last summit hosted by Cameron in February quickly unravelled in a series of public rows. “There have been ups and downs in the past but that should not stop us from working with Pakistan,” Faizi said late Saturday. “The focus of the meeting will be Pakistan support for the Afghan peace process, fighting terrorism and extremism, and Pakistan support for the security of the Afghan 2014 election.” He said Afghanistan expected Pakistan to stop militants crossing the border to launch attacks in the run-up to the April presidential elections for Karzai’s successor. “Pakistan can play a role to maintain Afghanistan security for upcoming elections because these terrorists are coming

from the other side of the Durrand Line (border) to Afghanistan,” Faizi said. Karzai, who must step down next year after serving two terms, will also give a speech at the World Islamic economic Forum in London, and at the Oxford Union, the university’s debating society, during his four-day visit. The search for a peace deal in Afghanistan is urgent as 87,000 NATO combat troops prepare to withdraw next year and the national army and police take on the fight against insurgents. A Taliban office in Qatar that opened in June was meant to lead to talks, but instead it enraged Karzai after it was styled as an embassy for a government-in-exile. Pakistan was a key backer of the hardline 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Kabul and is believed to shelter some of the movement’s top leaders. Islamabad officials were not immediately available to comment on the London summit.

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At least 16 Saudi women have received fines for taking the wheel on a day set by activists to defy the kingdom’s traditional ban on female driving, police and reports said Sunday. Only few women braved official threats of punishment and drove on Saturday in response to an online campaign headlined “Women’s driving is a choice”. “Police stopped six women driving in Riyadh, and fined them 300 riyals ($80) each,” said the capital’s police deputy spokesman, Colonel Fawaz al-Miman. each of the women, along with her male guardian — who could be a father, husband, brother, uncle, or grandson — had to “sign a pledge to respect the kingdom’s laws”, Miman said. In Jeddah, police also fined two women for driving, according to the Red Sea city’s police spokesman, Nawaf al-Bouq. Saudi newspapers, meanwhile, reported that six women were stopped by police in eastern Province, and at least two others were stopped in other parts of the kingdom.

indian aggression persists in ihk S RAHMAN Whenever there is discussion on IndoPak ties, attention is automatically drawn towards Kashmir that has, at times, been declared nuclear flashpoint by some global powers. And whenever there is discussion on nuclearisation of the two neighbours, the first-use or second-use options also come under consideration. It is strange why the world fraternity or other leading powers don’t give serious thought to the first-use of force in the Kashmir context? It is a historical fact proven with concrete evidence that India was the first to use (brute) force and aggression to launch an attack on Jammu and Kashmir 66 years ago this day ie 27th of October? If the world adheres to true principles of justice and fair play, the one who initiates the aggression is to be treated as an aggressor having no entitlement to leniency (either of opinion or action).

And, apart from the laid down principles of justice that ought to be obeyed worldwide, the rules of natural justice also don’t allow for treating an aggressor on equal footing with the wronged party (or the innocent party). The distinction must be drawn for the sake of regional and global peace and in the interest of the fundamental right of freedom to live. It is this right to live freely and independently whose implementation Kashmiris and their Pakistani brethren have been demanding for the last 66 years in keeping with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Quite interestingly, these resolutions had, for quite some time, been enjoying ownership by one of the most popular prime ministers of India, Jawaharlal Nehru but, unfortunately, somersaults on Kashmir resolutions have remained the hallmark of Indian leaders and governments notwithstanding the solemn pledge by one of their most popular

elected leaders to implement the UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir. The fact is that New Delhi has been toeing the line of obduracy quite brazenly with the sole objective of perpetuating its imperialist, forced accession/subjugation of Kashmir. It is now a very well known fact that all sorts of atrocities have been committed against innocent Kashmiris whose voice for freedom would be suppressed (and is suppressed even now) with brute force and through the enforcement of black laws like Tada, Pota and Armed Forces Special Powers Act. These laws empower the Indian troops and other security setups to detain Kashmiri ‘suspects’ (freedom movement activists) for inhumanly lengthy period of time. The Kashmiris have also been subjected to intolerable mental torture, humiliation and third degree methods. Mass killings, mass graves and rape of Kashmiri womenfolk have been reported time and again in international fora and reports.

According to these reports, Indian troops’ deployment in the Occupied Kashmir territory (IHK) is about half (even more) of the total personnel strength of the Indian armed forces. So far, they have killed around one hundred thousand Kashmiris who were innocent, their only ‘crime’ being demanding the right of self-determination. Paradoxically, even this right of selfdetermination of Kashmiris is not acceptable to Indian establishment and political cadre although it is something short of total independence. As is evident from its title ‘self-determination’, it is the basic, inalienable right of any fraternity or community to decide its own fate. In the case of Kashmiris, had they been given the opportunity to exercise their right of self-determination, they could have been able to decide their fate. Instead, India has remained stuck to its stubborn standpoint on Kashmir declaring it as its integral part. even the forced accession of Kashmir

by Indian troops in 1947 was carried out on the basis of a dubious/fake letter purportedly issued by former Maharaja of Kashmir. It is, however, very saddening to note that the world conscience has most of the time remained apathetic towards the sad plight and predicament of Kashmiris and because of this apathy and acquiescence, India has continued to pursue its policy of blatant subjugation and oppression in Kashmir to date with no signs of repentance, let alone reformation. Good news is that Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, has undertaken serious endeavours to highlight the cause of Kashmir which have been highly appreciated by Kashmiri leaders. In a recently held joint news conference, former PM of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Barrister Sultan Mehmood and other Kashmiri leaders have appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for taking a clear stand on the Kashmir issue during his address to the UN General Assembly.


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One of the worst-hit neighbourhoods was Shaab in north Baghdad, where two car bombs exploded in a commercial area, killing five people and wounding at least 17. Blasts also struck the areas of Bayaa, Baladiyat, Mashtal, Hurriyah and Dura in Baghdad, and Saba al Bur and Nahrawan near the capital. The Mashtal blast hit a bus station while bombs in Bayaa, Dura and Saba al Bur targeted commercial areas. Sunni militants often carry out attacks against members of Iraq’s Shia majority, whom they consider apostates. Iraq has since last month restricted many Baghdad residents to using their cars only every other day, but the measure has failed to prevent dozens of vehicle bombs exploding in the capital.

In the northern city of Mosul, a car bomb attack targeting soldiers waiting outside a bank to collect their wages killed at least 12 people on Sunday, military and medical officials said. Civilians were believed to be among those killed in the attack, which occurred in the east of the city, also leaving around 20 people wounded. Later unknown assailants shot dead two soldiers in a car in the same area, army officials and doctors said. The attacks came after a car bomb exploded near an army checkpoint in Mosul, killing a woman and wounding eight people. Also, gunmen shot dead two Shia civilians in the Muqdadiyah area, northeast of the city of Baquba. Violence in Iraq has reached a level

not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict. The surge in bloodshed this year, which has included sectarian attacks, has raised fears Iraq may relapse into the intense Sunni-Shia conflict that peaked in 2006-2007 and killed tens of thousands. Analysts say the situation has been aggravated by the Shia-led government’s failure to address grievances of the Sunni Arab minority, which complains of political exclusion and abuses by security forces. The level of violence spiked after security forces stormed a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq in April, sparking clashes in which dozens died. The authorities have made some concessions aimed at placating the protesters

and Sunnis in general, such as freeing prisoners and raising the salaries of Sunni anti-al-Qaeda fighters, but the underlying issues remain unaddressed. More than 630 people have now been killed so far this month, and more than 5,300 since the beginning of the year. A study released this month by academics based in the United States, Canada and Iraq said nearly half a million people have died from war-related causes in Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003. In addition to major security problems, the Iraqi government has failed to provide adequate basic services such as electricity and clean water, and corruption is widespread. Political squabbling has paralysed the government, while parliament has passed almost no major legislation in years.

dIsaBled frenchMan Makes record juMP over everest KATHMANDU: A French multiple sclerosis sufferer on Sunday became the first disabled person to skydive over Mount everest, successfully completing his landing before being taken to hospital as a precaution. “I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy,” Marc Kopp said from a hospital bed in Kathmandu where doctors examined him for any injuries sustained during the jump. The 55year-old Kopp, who lives in Longwy northeast of Paris, has suffered for more than a decade from multiple sclerosis, the degenerative disease of the nervous system which disrupts the brain’s ability to communicate with the body. Muscles weaken, lesions emerge on the brain and spinal cord and in the worst cases, patients can lose the ability to speak or walk. The tandem skydive saw Kopp jump out of a helicopter hovering 10,000 metres (32,800 feet) above the mountain, accompanied by his friend, champion skydiver Mario Gervasi. APP

nyc PolIce: 5 dead after Brooklyn staBBIngs Police in New York City said five people had been confirmed dead after a stabbing at a Brooklyn residence. The NYPD said early on Sunday the ages of the victims ranged from 1 to 20. Police didn’t immediately disclose the victims’ genders or their relationships to one another. New York Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said emergency responders found three of the victims dead at the scene. He said two others were taken to Brooklyn hospitals, where they were both pronounced dead. The department initially said three people were taken to hospitals. Long said the FDNY responded to the home in the Sunset Park neighborhood just before 11 pm on Saturday after reports of a stabbing. Police provided no further details and would not say if anyone was in custody. MONITOrINg DesK

roadsIde BoMB kIlls 18 In afghanIstan KABUL: Police say a roadside bomb has killed 18 civilians and injured five as they rode a small bus home after attending a wedding in a lawless district of eastern Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. The deputy provincial police chief, Col Asadullah ensafi, said the blast occurred on Sunday in the Andar district as the bus travelled from one village to another. He said the dead include 14 women, three men and a child. ensfai said the injured were all women and two were in critical condition. Roadside bombs are the Taliban’s weapon of choice and are responsible for the overwhelming majority of civilian casualties. AgeNcIes

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Problems mount for nawaz sharif MONITORING DESK Thursday was a bad day for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. He was getting ready to return home from a trip to the United States, during which he failed to get Washington to even consider the issue of drone strikes in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), according to a STRATFOR report. On the same day, Indian PM Manmohan Singh said that he is disappointed with his Pakistani counterpart for not doing enough to end the clashes between Pakistani and Indian forces along their disputed border in Kashmir. The Pakistani prime minister is thus coming home to more problems than he left behind. Within hours of Nawaz Sharif’s October 23 meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House, where he ostensibly called for an end to drone strikes in his country, The Washington Post, citing leaked highly sensitive CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos, reported that Islamabad had been secretly endorsing the drone strikes. The leaks were designed not only as a rejoinder to Nawaz Sharif’s demand but also in response to the Amnesty International report released a day before the meeting claiming that the airstrikes had led to many civilian deaths. Nawaz, whose party was elected in early May, has long promised the Pakistani public that he will work toward bringing an end to the drone strikes. In fact, before leav-

ing for the United States he explicitly said that he would raise the issue with Obama. That much he did – in the hopes that he would be able to show his constituents back home that he is honoring his commitment to bring an end to what a majority of Pakistanis believe is a violation of their national sovereignty. Nawaz had hoped that Obama would respond with a statement to the effect that Washington would work with Islamabad to eventually get to a point where the US would not have to conduct the strikes. Not only did Obama say nothing of the sort, the leak to The Washington Post was meant as a signal to Islamabad to back off from the issue. After all, if Islamabad has lost control of its territory to the extent that transnational jihadists have sanctuary, then Washington has to continue with the drone strikes, especially in a country in which the use of regular land and air forces is not in the American interest. The net effect is that Nawaz Sharif’s trip was a failure – in fact, the leak has further complicated US-Pakistani relations. In fairness to the Nawaz administration, Islamabad endorsed and supported the drone programme during administrations that predated Nawaz: Pervez Musharraf’s military regime from 1999 to 2008 and the Pakistan People’s Party government from 2008 to 2013. Sharif will undoubtedly try to deflect criticism by saying that his government inherited the problem. But the fact

is that the drone issue (along with the multitude of others problems plaguing the country) is now his problem, and he will be under increasing pressure to do something about it. The only way Nawaz could get Washington to end the strikes would be ordering a major military offensive in North Waziristan, the hub for an array of domestic and foreign jihadist forces. Doing so would be extremely problematic, given that he is pursuing a policy of negotiations with the country’s Taliban. At the same time that Nawaz struggles with the US regarding Pakistan’s western border with Afghanistan, he has a fresh problem on the eastern border with India, where Pakistani and Indian forces have for months been engaged in the most severe clashes in a decade. The situation has come to a point where the Indian prime minister has called on Nawaz to “even at this late hour” recognize that the conflict on the border is not good for either side. Singh has his own pressures to deal with given the infiltration of large numbers of militants from Azad Kashmir to the Indian side, especially with the Indian elections only six months away and Singh’s ruling Congress Party locked in a heated battle with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. New Delhi therefore has to escalate matters, which even if it is only at the rhetorical level could aggravate

tensions. This is especially the case for Sharif, who has been pushing for improved relations with India and cannot afford to be seen as weak toward the Indians in the current situation. The Pakistani government already had a lot to deal with domestically, including the deteriorating security situation, a stalling economy and an energy crisis. Now it must also focus on dealing with the simultaneo u s problems with the US and India.


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groups in Lyari, when heavy arms, hand grenades, crackers and rockets were used to target each other. Sources said amid raining bullets and hurling hand grenades, the police and Rangers launched a joint operation, cordoned off the area and blocked all roads to Chakiwara, Singu Lane, Phool Patti Lane, Bihar Colony, Cheel Chowk, Dubai Chowk, Al Falah Road and other adjoining areas and subsequently raiding the criminal dens arrested several persons thus far. Sources further said that the two groups involved in the gang war have agreed to a ceasefire and have entered into a dialogue for thrashing out an accord. Meanwhile Rangers and police, in joint operation, arrested 76 accused including target killers, extortionists and members

of banned outfit on Sunday. According to details, police and paramilitary forces conducted targeted operation in Lyari, Memon Nagar, Muzaffar Colony, Singoline, Dera Rehman, Hazara chowk, Nazimabad, Frontier colony, Metroville Site and other areas and arrested 76 accused. Around 287 small and large arms of different kinds were also recovered from the possession of accused. Those arrested included extortionists, target killers, activists of banned outfit and accused belonging to a political party. An alleged assassin, identified as Faisal Naseer alias Kachho, was arrested from Shamsi society, Malir. Arms were recovered from his custody. It is said that Faisal belongs to a political party and has

been involved in target killings. Speaking to media, According to reports, the police raided a house in Block 5 of the area and arrested them. Weapons, looted money and bullets were also recovered from them, the police said. Meanwhile, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) too got caught up in the mess when one of their alleged members was reportedly killed in an encounter between TTP and the Rangers in Ijtamah Gah Road. “We had an idea of the case and as we reached the premises, the TTP men opened indiscriminate firing at us,” said a Rangers official. “Our men remained safe in the attack, however, our jawans also fired back, leaving one TTP attacker wounded who later succumbed to his injuries.”

We’ll do all it takes to clean karachi, reaffirms rangers commander KARACHI INP

Commander of the Rangers’ operations in Karachi , Brigadier Hamid has vowed to cleanse the mega city of all criminals whatever the cost might be. Talking to media on Sunday, the brigadier said that they would root out all crimes from the city, and no criminal would be allowed to hide or flee from the city. He said the Rangers were carrying out operations against criminals across the board and there was no pressure on them from any side. The Rangers had given sacrifices of their lives in the past and now they are determined to clear the city of all crimes even if they had to give the sacrifice of their lives. The Rangers commander was of the opinion that there were organized groups of criminals but most of the criminals were acting under the orders of drug and land mafias. He said whenever they take action against them, these mafias feel the pain. Hamid said the operation in Karachi will continue till all the outlaws were eliminated. He said only law abiding people would be free to live in the city, while the criminals would be either killed, arrested or have to leave the city.

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Karachi Police claimed to have arrested a female target killer and her two accomplices from Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of the city, officials said on Sunday. According to police, the police raided a house in Block 5 of the area and arrested them. Weapons, looted money and bullets were also recovered from them, the police said. On the other hand, Rangers arrested a suspect from North Nazimabad Block D. Reports said that the arrested suspect belonged to a political party.


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citizens thrash pedophile, rescue minor KARACHI: A child molester arrested red handed in Karachi and an 8-year-old girl was saved from a horrendous fate. The child molester was nabbed by area residents near Sindhi hotel of New Karachi, who beat him up and handed him over to the police. The people, following a search spotted the individual in a vacant plot along with the 8year girl. During further investigations the molester Azad Ali, a married family man having 3 children also confessed to molestation of a 12-year old girl in Dharki, a year ago. Police has registered a case against the molester in Bilal Colony Thana, while the victimized girl has been sent to hospital for medical check-up. ONLINe

law and order hearing to commence once again from today KARACHI: A larger bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will resume the proceeding of the case pertaining to implementation of its verdict on suo moto notice on law and order in Karachi. The apex court bench comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Gulzar Ahmed will resume hearing of the case here on Monday. APP

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AKISTAN’S trade with different countries could be enhanced further if international laws of trade, customs and shipping could be fully understood and practised at local level by the traders and businessmen or at least lawyers on their behalf. Supreme Court of Pakistan Judge Justice Mohammad Ather Saeed said this while speaking as a chief guest at launch ceremony of book “Manual of Ports, Shipping and Admiralty Law” by AMCO enterprise held here Saturday. He said the international trade disputes should be resolved at fast track basis to upkeep the confidence of foreign investment in Pakistan, as well as protecting local businessmen in different countries in the settlement with issues of customs, shipping and admiralty. Saeed added the laws and its implementation could be easily made at local level when the field and its related legal issues are comprehended by lawyers and businessmen. However there has been complexity observed in the laws of customs, ports and shipping at local level

Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Owais Muzaffar has directed DIG Hyderabad to hold fresh inquiry intothe Pangrio incident where some criminals had allegedly desecrated the body of Hindu Dalit folk singer, Bhooro Bheel, a few weeks back. Syed Owais Muzaffar visited the family of victim in village Karo Bheel near Pangrio town, on the directives of Patron-in- of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said a statement on Sunday. He was accompanied by Minority Affairs Minister Gyanchand esrani, MNA Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, MPAs Hasnain Mirza and Muhammad Nawaz Chandio, and Surender Valasai. Tappi summoned DIG Hyderabad, DC and SP Badin to village Karo Bheel and ordered that all the culprits involved in this alleged incident should not be spared and assured the family of Bhooro Bheel that justice will be provided to them and the criminals will not be allowed to escape the law. On the occasion, Syed Owais Muzaffar announced that land will be granted for the minorities graveyard and also asked the minorities' affairs minister that a boundary wall should be constructed around this graveyard. He further said that one member of Bhooro Bheel family will be given government job and his widow will be provided financial assistance by the Sindh government. He said that a few people having criminal minds want to defame the province and the country through their nefarious designs but Sindh government will foil such conspiracies. He also took notice that a particular "qabza group" wants to encroach upon the graveyard land and ordered DC Badin to start operation against any kind of encroachment on government lands in Badin and asked him to requisition additional police contingents from antiencroachment force, if needed.

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due to unavailability of the guide. He expressed hoped the book will serve a comprehensive guide to legal fraternity and traders to understands issues of local and international trade by port and customs. The book will be equally fruitful for government officials at customs, ports and maritime department to learn the implementation of laws in right way for avoiding any legal dispute to save money and time of the country and traders alike. Mohammad Ahsan Ghani Siddiqui, the author of the book, who is an ex-engineer of merchant shipping and a practicing admiralty and international trade lawyer, said that book has been written on high demand at local level to create easiness

for legal fraternity and businessmen. He said that laws and rules and regulations of customs, shipping and admiralty have been changed over the period of last couple of years but there were no such books available that address new development to help lawyers. The book has been complied in a way that traders and professionals of maritime sector could understand various subjects of their fields and follow international trade laws in their business and duties, he further said. The author said that the book is complete guide for lawyers, government officials, freight forwarders, maritime executive, shipping engineers.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon has said that the contacts between MQM and Pakistan People's Party may play important role in the welfare and progress of Sindh. This he said while talking with a delegation on Sunday. Memon said it was not necessary that the meetings should only be for joining the government. The MQM had been a part of the government in past and we had good relationship with MQM. The provincial minister added, we want to remain in touch with all political forces including MQM. In politics, there is no enmity, there are differences and these distances are removed through contacts, he maintained. He said that Health, education and law and order is the first priority of present Government.

sir syed’s mission to thrive and flourish, say aligarhians KARACHI APP

The Aligarhians have vowed to continue to carry forward the mission of great reformer and educationist, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan who had devoted his entire life for emancipation of Muslims of South Asia and for Islamic renaissance. The commitment of Aligarhians came in this regard on the occasion of Sir Syed Day marking his 196th birth anniversary under the auspices of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA), says a statement on Sunday. "The steps taken by AMUOBA and its members will continue to carry forward the mission of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan," said Sir Syed University of engineering and Technology Chancellor engr Mohammed Adil Usman while

addressing the Sir Syed Day function held at AMUOBA's headquarters. He said that AMUOBA observes Sir Syed Day every year to pay homage to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and to refresh the minds of younger generation about the life and achievements of the great reformer who brought a revolution among the Muslims of South Asia and which finally led to the creation of Pakistan. "The objective is to continue with the struggle to further propagate the educational perception propounded by Sir Syed," Chancellor Adil Usman said and added that the life of great reformer was rich with the implementation of mission for the aforesaid cause. "He is our role model and will continue to be so and AMUOBA will keep moving forward for the fulfillment of Syed's mission and pursuance of his

thoughts and ideology," he declared. earlier noted intellectuals, researchers and writers in their speeches shed light on the life and achievements of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. They included Prof Waqar Ahmed Rizvi, Azad Bin Hyder, Mahmood Sham, Prof Sehar Ansari, and Khawaja Razi Hyder. Mohammed Umer Khan, a SSUeT student spoke on life of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and his contribution towards Islamic renaissance in South Asia. Prof Waqar spoke at length about Sir Syed's efforts for promotion of the cause of Urdu and particularly the establishment of Scientific Society which was reflective of his wisdom and farsightedness. He pointed out that Sir Syed's visit to London too was for the cause of Urdu and where he conceived the plan for publication of "Tehzib-ul- Akhlaq" through

which he later brought a mental revolution among the Muslims of South Asia. Azad Bin Hyder recounted the researches carried out by Muslims in the fields of science and medicine and which was practiced by europe. He said that these need to be brought back to the Muslims for the sake of their progress. Noted journalist Mahmood Sham in his thought-provoking paper, said that Aligarh Muslim University was established for the sake of a bright future of the Muslims and through his mission Sir Syed Ahmed Khan brought a change in the very complexion of subcontinent. Prof Sehar Ansari described Sir Syed as a revolutionary personality and said hardly there could be anyone who would not be aware of his greatness, farsightedness and services and his wisdom

and foresight emerged as guiding principles for the Muslims. Khawaja Razi Hyder said he promoted educational thinking and provided a thoughtful base. On the occasion the SSUeT students presented the "Tarana-e-Aligarh" which Aligarhians sung in unison. At the end of his presidential speech, engr Adil Usman recounted the services of late SSUeT Chancellor and President AMUOBA Z.A. Nizami and late General Secretary AMUOBA engr Zakir AAli Khan for their contribution towards propagation of the mission and the cause carried forward by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and said that establishment of Aligarh Institute of Technology and Sir Syed University of engineering and Technology was reflective of their efforts made with the contribution from AMUOBA members.


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YeD Khurshid Shah, the PPP’s point man in the NA, has raised the most pertinent question. A month and a half has gone by since the APC unanimously handed the government the authority to initiate dialogue with the Taliban or to take coercive steps to eliminate terrorism. “The government has failed to take [the] parliament and the nation into confidence on steps taken in either of the two directions,” says Shah. Shah is not alone in voicing his discontent: the PTI’s captain Imran Khan and the JUI-F supremo Maulana Fazlur Rehman have been creating their own cacophony of noise over the government’s foot-dragging on the much-trumpeted dialogue. But Shah’s voice carries weight, for in the NA he happens to be the leader of the opposition – an office that the PTI craves for despite its lack of numbers. Out of power for nearly a decade and a half at the centre, the PML-N it seems has lost that most important quotient in governance: finding the right decision on the go. Owing to its procrastination it is attracting the flak from many a critic. It took nearly 90 days to hold the APC, and in another 45 it apparently made no move to challenge the relentlessly devastating menace of terror. The mandate to tackle it head on by its own lights was bestowed on it by the electorate. Yet it kept on passing the buck in the name of trying to find the euphemistic consensus. Well, the elusive consensus was found – and a palatable one at that too, in consonance not just with the PML-N’s stated stance but the entire right’s, from the far to the close to the centre varieties included. And yet after nearly five months in the saddle, Sartaj Aziz, the PM’s adviser on foreign affairs, has finally ‘indicated’ that talks might commence in the next few days. This is taking vacillation to higher-art-form levels. And now the PM has written to other parties in the parliament seeking support to turn the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 into an act of parliament. The PPP has rejected out of hand the ordinance that gives extraordinary powers to the law-enforcing agencies to curb terrorism, dubbing it as an assault on the fundamental rights. There is little chance that it would find the consensus the PM is seeking unless the ordinance in its own life span first makes a profound impact on perpetrators of terror without, as is the fear, getting misused to hound the ordinary citizen.

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He Karachi operation seems to have entered a hazy phase. With the public, the citizen of the violence-hit city being an exception, seemingly losing their interest in what would be the outcome of the operation, how the police and the Rangers have performed so far remains unclear. Despite the law enforcers’ claiming to have arrested hardened criminals and gangsters by the hundreds, the incidents of violent crime continue unabated, taunting the authorities of their inability to sort the mess out. In a debate about how effective the operation has been, the Rangers and police cite the number of criminals nabbed in the past few weeks, 53 just the other day. What belies their claims is the ability of the criminal elements to carry out violence when and where they want. As many as 14 people, including an ASI, were killed on Saturday in a gang war in Lyari. The bloody gang war supposedly started when members of Uzair Baloch gang tried to take shelter in the Baba Ladla gang’s turf, and the turf war has been going on for three days. The Rangers and police have been unable to clear the area, and it signifies the operation in the short-term. As for a long-term impact, this operation or any other of the sort would not produce the desired results as long as the LeAs are not trained to take on these gangsters in their own den. The success of such an operation also depends on how clean the LeAs are from the influence of the black sheep and the political parties backing certain criminal gangs. Otherwise, it would just be an exercise in futility, for the gangsters would return to the megapolis, just as they did following the last operation. Half-hearted attempts are never going to result in what requires a fullfledged war against the gangs and mafias operating in the city. The LeAs personnel are not equipped to take on the criminals possessing high-tech weaponry. Residents of the city are terrified, under duress and have limited or no access to basic amenities of life due to the ongoing operation. As long as political parties who support these gangsters are not willing to cleanse themselves of these elements, such operations would not succeed in achieving their objectives. It appears that it is the politicians who first need to sit down together and agree on a framework to deal with the Karachi issue.

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the limp that became a crawl I the queer case of a political leadership stuck with inverted priorities and lopsided ambitions

N the entire comity of nations, it would be well-nigh impossible to find a comparable example of a leadership consciously creating grave distortions and suffering from grandiose delusions that impact decision making processes as one routinely witnesses in Pakistan. It would also be difficult to think of another set of political leaders who continually advocate inverted priorities and lopsided ambitions as part of their purported agenda. The hype that surrounded the prime minister’s visit to the United States at a time when he needed to be in the country was assiduously created to sneak in non-issues into formal agenda items to score some brownie points. It all came crashing down during the course of his meeting with Barak Obama reflected in the joint statement issued at the conclusion of the trip. The visit was ambitiously built around the centre-point of the need for bringing an end to the drone strikes to facilitate the impending dialogue with the militants. That effort, per se, is tantamount to surrendering before the writ of the barbarous bands of murderers who have inflicted grievous damage on the state of Pakistan and its people. In a damaging story published immediately after the conclusion of the prime minister’s visit to the US, The Washington Post claimed that it was in possession of top-secret CIA documents and Pakistani diplomatic memos according to which “despite repeatedly denouncing the CIA’s drone campaign, top officials in Pakistan’s government have for years secretly endorsed the programme and routinely received classified briefings on strikes and casualty counts”. The alleged documents “describe dozens of drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region and include maps as well as before- and after-aerial photos of the targeted compounds over a four-year stretch from late 2007 to late 2011”. Several documents refer to a “direct Pakistani role in the selection of targets”. These targets were either outlined by the Pakistan side or the result of a joint CIA-ISI effort. When you are fighting a dreaded enemy, you have to make use of all weapons that may be at your disposal exclusively or jointly with your partners in the war. The problem arises when that enemy is suddenly perceived as a prospect fit for initiating a dialogue with. This is when these weapons that were previously being used to fight the enemy become obstacles in the path of negotiations. This changed worldview may not rAOOF HAsAN necessarily be shared by your partners. That is the issue underlining the divergence of opinion between Pakistan and the US regarding the use of the drones. The collateral damage among the civilians is the rallying cry to highlight the legitimacy of the demand, but cite me one example of a war that does not result in civilian casualties including the one unleashed by the militants against the state of Pakistan that has so far resulted in the deaths of over 40,000 civilians? Why don’t the people

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who talk of the collateral deaths as a result of the drone attacks also condemn the indescribable brutality of the attacks of these militants? It is this duality that has gravely compromised the writ of the state forcing it to initiate a process of dialogue with the militant bands from a position of utter weakness. In a detailed analysis of the visit, Stratfor, a leading global intelligence and analysis agency, has commented that the prime minister’s Washington trip was “a net failure”. The report goes on to state: “the Pakistani prime minister had hoped that Obama would respond with a statement to the effect that Washington would work with Islamabad to eventually get to the point where the United States would not have to conduct the strikes. Not only did Obama say nothing of the sort, the leak to The Washington Post was meant as a signal to Islamabad to back off from the issue”. There is another issue concerning the drone strikes: their reported unpopularity with the people, particularly among those residing in the tribal belt. In a report, The Christian Science Monitor of October 23 has nullified that contention. The report says: “the locals in Waziristan where most of the strikes happen actually see them as the only thing saving them from the terrorists since the government has not been taking any action against the elements operating there”. Quoting its source, the report goes on to state that “while the negative psychological impact of the drones flying above one’s head may be true, but I have witnessed that whenever I visit the area, people are more concerned about terrorist attacks and the military bombardments since they know that the (drone) strikes are quite precise and target only those linked with the Taliban”. Referring to the residents of the tribal belt, the report says: “But they cannot talk about that since they live among the Taliban”. The report concludes that “the narrative that drone strikes are immensely unpopular in Pakistan is a controlled one”. Understandably, the issue of the drone strikes was raised by the prime minister, but there is no mention of this in the joint statement. Instead, it speaks of a mutual condemnation of terrorism “in all its forms and manifestations”. The statement further notes: “extremism and terrorism represent a common challenge for humanity and that the solution lies in collaboration and joint efforts by the international community”. Will these efforts encompass laying down weapons before the enemy and beseeching them for initiating a dialogue – understandably on their terms and conditions – as the government of Pakistan and other servile proponents of peace with militants seem to be advocating? A similar paradox is also reflected in the registration of a murder case against Gen Musharraf for ordering the assault on Lal Masjid which had been effectively declared as a state within a state. What is the government for? Tolerate this and similar other rebellions, thus allowing the establishment of mini-fiefdoms within the state and precipitating its ultimate liquidation? One may have an issue with the manner the operation was conducted, or with having delayed it for over eight

months, but there is no issue with the need for using the multiple instruments of the state authority to curb rebellion. The other non-issue which reports claim was raised at the meeting with the US president was the release of Afia Siddiqui. This was reportedly countered by a demand for Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi, the person who facilitated the US effort to locate the hideout of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad leading to the May 2 operation to eliminate him. There is no mention of this either in the joint statement, so it may actually be another point in the wish-list of the prime minister. A formal statement issued by the White House reiterated the demand for the release of Shakil Afridi. The US appears right in contending that locating the leading terrorist of the world was in the common stated interest of both the countries and anyone assisting in this regard can hardly be blamed or held up. On the other hand, the Pakistani position is riddled with an inherent contradiction. It agrees that Osama bin Laden needed to be eliminated, but it simultaneously is not willing to acknowledge the contribution made in that regard by Shakil Afridi who has been interned instead for the very same role. The visit of the prime minister was also studded with both humorous and depressing anecdotes. Reportedly, on two separate occasions, he referred to the host as ‘President Clinton’ and did not even bother to correct himself. Then the body language said a lot. The prime minister, almost throughout the meeting and after it, seemed visibly uneasy over his presence in the White House, while the US president was seen patting him along patronisingly. After all, it was the prime minister’s call to visit the US! Then, in a depressing departure from routine, the prime minister insisted on reading from his notes which came out as cumbersome and unconvincing. There was also the queer case of the Foreign Minister Nawaz Sharif calling on the US Foreign Secretary. This possibly would be a first-timer in diplomatic echelons and even the Americans may have suffered blushes of sorts. Helped along by an excessively corrupt and incompetent leadership, Pakistan seems stuck with its traditional regressive narrative. It has not helped the country in the past, and is not likely to in the future either. There is a dire need for replacing it with a narrative that is more in consonance with the genuine aspirations of the people of Pakistan. This narrative should not be rooted in religiosity, or promote a degenerate militant agenda. Instead, this narrative should uphold the enlightened model that the Quaid had outlined in his maiden address to the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947 – three days before the birth of the country. The effort to impose an alien narrative has damaged Pakistan’s national ethos and its potential to emerge as a progressive state for the rest of the world to follow. There may still be time, after all!

The narrative should not be rooted in religiosity, or promote a degenerate militant agenda. Instead, this narrative should uphold the enlightened model that the Quaid had outlined in his maiden address to the constituent assembly on August 11, 1947. The effort to impose an alien narrative has damaged Pakistan’s national ethos and its potential to emerge as a progressive state for the rest of the world to follow.

Raoof Hasan is a political analyst and the Executive Director of the Regional Peace Institute. He can be reached atraoofhasan@hotmail.com


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F Barack Obama can blindside Israel on Iran, there is no reason why he should lose any sleep over India as he gifts strategic and financial rewards upon Pakistan for ensuring safe passage to American troops exiting Afghanistan. In September, Obama gave Dr Manmohan Singh a nice smile over a farewell meal. In October, Obama’s menu for Nawaz Sharif could give Delhi serious indigestion: affirmation of strategic stability in South Asia, which M J AKBAr equates Pakistan’s nuclear military capability with India’s, and could even lead to a nuclear deal with Islamabad if all goes well. Dr Singh described Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism” during his America visit. Obama didn’t hear that. Instead, he and Sharif, in their joint statement, told India to grow up and discuss Kashmir. It is coincidental that I got a copy of Jaswant Singh’s perceptive and persuasive new book, India at Risk: Mistakes, Misconceptions and Misadventures of Security Policy, in the same week that Mian Nawaz was in Washington, and Dr Singh in Beijing after stepping on a toe or two in Moscow. Jaswant Singh, an officer and a gentleman, rarely loses his aim once his finger is on the trigger. India is at risk because it never developed a strategic culture. The mould was set by Jawaharlal Nehru, who fashioned policy out of a set of high-minded ideas that stopped short of becoming an ideology. He spurned reality when it interfered with his good intentions. He supported the creation of Pakistan only because he believed it would bring peace to the subcontinent. When, within weeks of independence, Pakistan launched an unprovoked war for Kashmir, his policies became schizophrenic. He prevented the Indian Army from completing its war objectives because he thought peace was a better idea. Instead of letting Indian soldiers march to Muzaffarabad, and the Kashmiri gate of Pakistan, he turned to the United Nations and a ceasefire that still bleeds India. The China story was more nuanced but equally damaging. Nehru abandoned Tibet in the hope that China would follow him into non-alignment, and confirm his status as peace messiah. When Mao Zedong’s China annexed Tibet in 1950 Nehru advised his ambassador in Beijing, K.M. Panikkar, that “India valued greatly relations with the People’s Republic.” Panikkar took the hint. even the foreign ministry in Delhi thought he was kowtowing to China too often. Sardar Patel, whose pragmatic realism enabled him to see the future more clearly, protested in a long letter. Patel described a telegram sent by Beijing as “an act of gross discourtesy not only in the summary way it disposes of our protest against the entry of Chinese forces into Tibet but also in the wild insinuation that our attitude is determined by foreign influences. It looks as though it is not a friend speaking in that language but a potential enemy”. But instead of a potential enemy Nehru saw a present friend who could be patronised. The visionary in Nehru must have died a thousand deaths when, after 1962’s defeat in the Himalayas, he was forced to beg for American arms on American conditions [which included, as Obama knows all too well, the demand that India thin out its forces on the Pakistan frontier and resolve the Kashmir dispute]. We all desire peace. Only the insane want war. But peace demands strength. Independent India abandoned the British policy of surplus military capacity; Pakistan and China recognised its merits. Pakistan today has a far stronger arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons [which can be deployed on a battlefield, but which also become more vulnerable to terrorist heist] than India. China is building capability to match America in the Pacific. Until 1962, India virtually dismissed the armed forces as a luxury for a poor nation. Since then, recovery has been in fits and starts. Strategic links between India, Pakistan, China, Russia and USA have neither been static, nor driven on straight lines, for six decades. The big question at all times is obvious: Which country is the weak link? The strategic narrative is not a morality tale. Dualism is not deceit; every nation checks the strength of any relationship to see if it can be recalibrated. Modern India has developed this peculiar gene which emasculates the Indian state in pursuit of some higher cause. Dr Singh has spent a decade offering peace to Islamabad. But you cannot shake hands on wobbly legs. The real world shrugs and makes other arrangements.

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the us-Iran thaw the changing Middle east, Pakistan, and the security council

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e are living in interesting times indeed. Many of the international relations global norms and systems that have come to be accepted as the bedrock of stability are in a state of flux. Consider this for example. The Security Council (UNSC) in particular is being blamed for its inability to deal with the existing and emerging conflicts. President Obama himself criticized the body for its paralysis in tackling contemporary challenges, which are mostly intra-state, not interstate, and involve non-state actors. On the other hand, the principle of state sovereignty and integrity are increasingly in the limelight, especially as they relate to the war on terror. Pakistan itself has taken the matter of drone strikes to the United Nations, and the issue was discussed in the recent meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Obama. Disgruntled at the sudden turn of events in Syria, and the surprising US-Iran thaw, Saudi Arabia has blamed the UNSC for being dysfunctional and practicing double standards, citing principally the issue of Palestine. The just-concluded european Union summit raised serious concerns and resentment on US spying on its leaders. France and Germany have gone as far as to comment that the special eU-US ties are at stake as a result. The two countries, including Brazil, are hinting at taking the matter to the UN in efforts to establish new laws on spying and intelligence sharing. Various implications of the transformation underway in the Middle east, as they relate to Arab Spring, war on terror, and the balance of Shiite and Sunni forces, have been discussed in this space previously. As a result of the recent understanding between Russia and the US, the risk of a wider war over Syria has been averted for the time being, and direct contact between the Iranian and American

leadership was also established during the recent UN general assembly session. While it’s too early to tell if Iran will join the Genève II peace talks, slated to take place in late November, and in efforts to find a political solution for the civil war in Syria. Nonetheless, John Kerry has stated that if Iran did, it would have to accept a transitional government in Syria. Or in other words, Iran would have to agree that Assad has to go. The US-Iran thaw, and the prospect of Iran joining the political talks over Syria, has greatly unnerved the Gulf States, so much so that the Saudis have refused to accept the coveted non-permanent rotating seat on the Security Council. The Saudis are now posturing to take the hard line and using its leverages, including oil, to protect its interests. In this respect, Pakistan stands at an interesting crossroad. The country has played a delicate balancing act in managing the Iranian and Saudi tussles playing out in the wider region. In light of the recent shift in positions, the scenario to ponder over is how the US-Iran thaw will impact Pakistan’s approach towards Afghanistan, India, and Central Asia? Will Pakistan’s reaction be similar to the Saudis, at the prospect of Iran getting involved in the Afghan reconciliation? The stiffest resistance in this regard has usually come from the US. Moreover, what will the betterment in USIran relations do to the Pakistan-Saudi ties? While one hopes Saudi Arabia does not take the shift in the US position in a zero-sum context, early indications do not look positive. To them, the change in the US position confirms its worse kept fears. The scare was first triggered when the US pulled its support from Hosni Mubarak and then backed the Morsi government, albeit reluctantly. The Saudis now seem to have confirmed the broad western strategy is actually about removing autocratic rulers in the Arab world. While it’s too early to say how quickly and how far the US-Iran détente progresses, the Saudis could pressure Pakistan, and others, to choose a side. They can always use the religious card, which supersedes any political inclinations anyone may have. The Saudis could push for its own nuclear program with the assistance of Pakistan, a matter of concern in the West. Moreover, the Saudis could speed up the process of Gulf unification and defense

cooperation. Pakistan has previously helped Bahrain in putting down the uprising there. For Pakistan, such a situation would present several opportunities. The nation may actually exploit tension in the American ties with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to prevent Iranian involvement in Afghanistan, if it so desires. Turkey’s decision to buy the Chinese long-range air and defense missile system has raised alarm bells from the NATO and the US, with both registering their protests at the move. Using its good offices, Nawaz Sharif can play an intermediary role to ease Saudi concerns, in the very same fashion the Turks did when the US-Pakistan ties had nosedived. Fearing adverse consequence, egypt has already offered to conduct this role between the GCC and Iran. On the other hand, and contrary to what many may think, improvement in the US-Iran ties could prove to be economically productive for Pakistan. Firstly, once the matter of rates can be tackled, the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline could finally be completed. With Iran onboard, we could see a much more stable Afghanistan emerge, which in turn would have a positive impact on regional trade. Additionally, Iran could help the rapprochement between India and Pakistan. This, however, assumes delinking the region from what transpires in the Middle east, and reverting to pre-Iranian revolution and pre-Soviet occupation of Afghanistan kind of environment. This practically is not possible now. Some rumours suggest that the ultimate aim of Saudi being raucous on the Security Council performance has to do more with securing a permanent position for the OIC on the reformed body. The Security Council coming under criticism from such influential voices suggests the process of reform may be about to speed up. And in this Pakistan could readily assist Saudi Arabia, worried itself about Indian efforts to secure a Security Council seat. However, for this to happen, the Shiite-Sunni tussles would have to be settled first, and that is no easy task.

While it’s too early to say how quickly and how far the US-Iran détente progresses, the Saudis could pressure Pakistan, and others, to choose a side.

Arif Ansar is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington-based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com). He can be reached at: aansar@politact.com and Twitter at: @ArifAnsar.

Dr Singh described Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism” during his America visit. Obama didn’t hear that. Instead, he and Sharif, in their joint statement, told India to grow up and discuss Kashmir.

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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eGASTAR Amitabh Bachchan received the third Hridaynath Mangeshkar award for his contribution to the film industry. The prestigious Hridaynath Mangeshkar award was supposed to be presented by melody queen Lata Mangeshkar to Bachchan, but due to health issues she could not make it and filmmaker Subhash Ghai did the honours. "I got everything in life from Mumbai, my success, my stardom, my wife, my children and now even grandchildren. I am truly proud to be a Mumbaikar as the city has given me the most," Bachchan said after receiving the award. He was full of praises for Lata Mangeshkar at the ceremony and even promised to speak in her mother tongue

(Marathi) the next time around. "Lataji has been exceptionally kind to us even in past when she sang for Jaya. Sadly she couldn't make it to today's function due to her illness, yet she apologised which is too humble on her part and status. I am truly honoured by this award," he said. The award function was followed by 'Hridayotsava 71' music concert, which was a musical tribute to Bachchan and Mangeshkar, with some of the best yesteryears hit numbers sung by Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sudesh Bhosale, Mahalaxmi, Sadhana Sargam and many others. The Mangeshkar family has been observing Pt Hridaynath's birthday for last 24 years and the first award was bagged by Lata Mangeshkar in 2011. Her younger Asha Bhosle was honoured with the same award last year. NeWs DesK

Morena Baccarin and director husband Austin Chick have welcomed their very first bundle of joy! The "Homeland" star gave birth to a son named Julius Tuesday, her rep confirmed to Us Weekly. The couple's bouncing baby boy weighed in at just under 8 pounds. Baccarin, who plays Jessica Brody on the hit Showtime series, told the mag this past summer that it was a bit of a struggle to hide her bump while filming season three of the show. "I was a little freaked out about telling the show," the 34-year-old actress said. "(I had) a sense of responsibility to my job and I suddenly felt like, 'Am I going to be disappointing everybody that I'm knocked up?' But life goes on. Everybody was so kind to me. Claire's laid down the groundwork and they're really good at hiding pregnancies now." Baccarin was referring to her costar Claire Danes, who was still able to film last season while pregnant with her son Cyrus. "I was on my feet a lot during the pregnancy," Danes said in the press room at the 2013 Golden Globes after winning the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison. "I was working hard." NeWs DesK

shah rukh and I have no tIMe for frIendshIP, says juhI chaWla Actress Juhi Chawla feels her friendship with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is not the same as before, primarily due to the busy schedule of the superstar. "Whose friendship is the same as ever before anyways! And we are very, very busy people and Shah Rukh Khan is all the more busy than anyone, so where we have time for friendships? But of course we are friends, no doubt," Juhi told PTI in an exclusive interview. "Not just him, anybody from the industry; where do I meet anyone as such? It just doesn't happen. We are all running around doing our work," she said. Juhi teamed up with Shah Rukh in several movies, including 'Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman', 'Darr', 'Duplicate', 'Yes Boss' among others and most of them were hit. She is ready to pair up with him again on-screen. "Of course I would love to do a film with him. Anybody will be interested in doing a film with him. But how, when, where... all this, maybe you should ask him only," she said. Shah Rukh and Juhi were considered one of the best on screen pair in Bollywood. According to Juhi, the secret behind their chemistry was the brilliant films they were offered. "We did wonderful films, we had great directors, I had a wonderful time but all that is history now. But I am so glad that it is a very good history," she said. The actress, who still looks stunning says she believes in keeping herself fit. "I do yoga, I have started doing pilates. And talking about the secret for beauty, I don't feel I am all that beautiful. But, I eat healthy food, have healthy thoughts," she said. NeWs DesK

'Murder, she Wrote' reMake In the Works

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Call it “Murder, She Rewrote.” NBC is remaking the classic mystery drama, “Murder, She Wrote,” with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer attached in the role made famous by Angela Lansbury, Deadline first reported. The reboot comes courtesy of former “Desperate Housewives” producer Alexandra Cunningham, who is writing and co-producing with David Janollari. “I’ve always considered myself an armchair detective and in a recent meeting with (NBC chairman) Bob Greenblatt, he asked me what type of character would be able to lure me to TV,” Cunningham said in statement. “Naturally, I said ‘J.B. Fletcher” meets “Colombo”… And here we are.” Spencer has tough loafers to fill: Lansbury racked up a record 12 Emmy nominations during her 12-season run as mystery author Jessica Fletcher, who kept getting drawn in to solving “real” crimes. The original “Murder She Wrote” aired on CBS from 1984 through 1996 and drew 23 million viewers in its prime, according to the Hollywood Reporter. NeWs DesK

Life is a performance and Rome is the stage in ‘The Great Beauty’ from Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian director of ‘The Consequences of Love’ and ‘Il Divo’. In Sorrentino’s last film, the english-language ‘This Must Be the Place’, Sean Penn usurped Toni Servillo as the actor at the heart of Sorrentino’s strongly visual, energetic and heavily musical studies of strange, flawed men. But now Servillo is back, playing a dapper, cultured and dilettantish Roman writer Jep Gambardella, always dressed in a fine suit and finer shoes. As the film opens, he celebrates his sixty-fifth birthday with a hedonistic party in his flash apartment which overlooks the Coliseum on one side and a convent on the other. In his world, the high life meets the low life, writers and thinkers mingle with strippers and models. Sorrentino is a filmmaker who, whenever he can, kicks words into touch in favour of an ever-moving camera, endless locations, room after room after room and characters, events and situations that are way larger than life. His cinema is big. His eye is all-seeing. He prefers snapshots and isolated episodes to straightforward tales. In his stories, the far-too-beautiful rub up against the overly grotesque. Quick wit and clever conver-

sation are never far away. Sorrentino is so often compared to Federico Fellini that it feels right that he has made the city of ‘La Dolce Vita’ the focus for this heady, beautiful, entrancing film. After Jep, Rome, or at least a very particular vision of it, is the other main character. It’s presented as a glorious, overwhelming place whose great architecture and even greater art only makes the idle chatter of men and women, even intellectuals like Jep, sound like the dis-

tracting shrill of nothingness. Jep has reached a point in his life when he’s beginning to mourn lost love and missed opportunities. A visit from the widower of a teenage love distracts him from his social whirl of soirées, garden parties and dinners. It prompts flashbacks to a romance in his youth. Jep starts to wonder what he’s achieved and where it’s all heading. He wrote a novel as a young man. Could he do it again? Is he shallow, and maybe a failure? ‘You’ve changed,’ says

his newspaper editor (a dwarf, naturally; this is a Sorrentino film), for whom he mainly interviews artists. ‘You’re always thinking,’ she adds. A way of life is reaching its natural end. One of Jep’s oldest friends is leaving town. Mortality is rearing its head. Maybe that’s why we see nuns at every turn and why one of the film’s later episodes features a powerful cardinal (who only talks about cooking) and a wizened, 104-year-old Mother Theresa-like ‘saint’ (silent, mostly, and looking like a wax model) who goes to sleep on the floor of Jep’s bedroom – more usually the resting place of an entirely different kind of woman. For much of ‘The Great Beauty’, it feels like the film may only ever be a thrilling dip into a strange, rarefied world – a world where botox is on sale at highclass clubs and a mysterious man with a briefcase full of keys gives the privileged access to Rome’s galleries in the dead of the night. But when the party slows down and the music begins to fade, ‘The Great Beauty’ creeps up on us, just as life is creeping up on Jep. It’s an exploration of all things surface, yes, but it has soul too, and just as the supremely controlled and refined Jep surprises himself by crying at a funeral, so the final power of ‘The Great Beauty’ surprises us too. NeWs DesK


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disruptive dust devil did not stop a european Mars rover prototype from finishing its work in the Chilean desert recently, though the wind storm did force researchers to take shelter as it carried away a chair from the nearby remote control center. "Luckily [due] to the well-built camp and layout taking strong winds into account (using cars as windbreak), the emergency recovery plan and risk assessments no one was injured. We have even found the missing chair," european Space Agency (eSA) officials wrote in an Oct. 7 blog post about the Mars rover test drive incident. The Atacama Desert weather event demonstrates just one of the hazards the europe's exoMars rover will face when it arrives on the Red Planet late in this decade to search for signs of past or present life. The prototype, dubbed Bridget by its control team, spent several days working in Chile as part of the Sample Field Acquisition experiment with a Rover (SAFeR) trial between Oct. 7 and 13. [The Search for Life on Mars (A Photo

Timeline)] For eSA, the field trial represented a vital opportunity to test Mars roving in the field. While NASA is used to steering Red Planet rovers — the agency has piloted four on Mars, with the 1-ton Curiosity rover being the most recent — exoMars will be the first european one. It is expected to launch in 2018. eSA worked to make the mission as realistic as possible, although there were a few adjustments required. For example, controllers marked where Bridget stopped at the end of every work day, then pulled the rover off the site overnight until the next morning, when it would navigate back. Since Bridget's return left tracks in the sand, researchers would go out and sweep the desert of any traces of the rover's path. This was necessary because the remote control center (RCC) was practicing navigating by landmarks. The rover tracks would provide an extra location clue that would not be available on Mars. Before Bridget started work in the field, a drone was used to take an aerial shot, simulating a picture taken from orbit. This allowed

scientists to narrow down the site where they wanted the rover to do its work. Then the rover got down to business. Controllers treated each earth field day as two Martian days, or "sols," although a sol is slightly longer than an earth day. Bridget also encountered physical obstacles during the field test. One day, a flat rock was unexpectedly turned up after Bridget's front wheel disturbed its spot in the sand. eSA cheerfully called the situation "useful food for thought for rover designers and operators" who would need to figure out how to get around such a rock on Mars. Bridget carried three instruments on board, including a panoramic camera to take stereo 3D pictures, radar to probe underground and a close-up imager to look at the samples it picked up. Since the rover did not carry a drill, it would occasionally require a time-out for humans to do that work; this would of course not be possible when the exoMars rover is on the Red Planet, eSA officials said. One major goal of the mission was to use Bridget's tools to find a sample site, ideally one with

"outcrops of bedrock beside looser material," eSA said in a release posted before the mission started. Results from the trial are still being analyzed, but the SAFeR blog noted the work itself "has been a fantastic learning experience for all involved." Of note, the rover did track down a layer starting at 2 feet (60 cm) of depth at its second drilling location, a find con-

sidered to be close to what would be available on Mars "The work is far from over, the study team will continue analyzing data and publishing results, but for now the field trial part of the trial is over," the team added in a blog post on Oct. 15. "Both the Atacama team and RCC celebrates the end of the successful trials."NeWs DesK

'Psychic' bus driver fired for refusing to pick up school kids

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Bet he never saw this coming: An allegedly psychic bus driver in Dundee, Scotland, has been fired after refusing to pick up some school kids. The unidentified driver told his bosses that he had a good reason for leaving the kids by the side of the road. Apparently, he is clairvoyant and sensed that something would go wrong if he didn’t keep driving, the Daily Record reported. Apparently, he had no such premonition about his job prospects. His employer, National express, fired him after learning about the situation and the reasoning behind it, the evening Telegraph reported. The driver plans to appeal the decision, but didn't tell the paper if it would be successful. Predictably, school officials such as Stewart Hunter, the Dundee City Council’s education convener, are happy with the company's decision to fire the driver. “It’s important for kids to be able to get to school on time. If the bus doesn’t stop then that’s something that would concern me," he told the express. "It’s good National express has taken action and I’m sure they would be concerned too about kids not

Sultry singer Ke$ha is known for her party anthems about binge drinking and dating. And maybe that was the reason Malaysian authorities pulled the plug on her concert set for Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur stadium. But whatever the reason for the show cancellation, Ke$ha wasn't happy about it. The singer took to Twitter to defend herself. "To be clear. I did NOT cancel. I was not allowed to play. and then I was going to play anyways and was threatened with imprisonment," she wrote from her official Twitter account. Officials at Malaysia's ministry of communications and multimedia could not immediately be reached for comment. Promoters Livescape Asia said they tried to comply with Malaysian rules. They even worked with the artist to "modify the show to suit the Malaysian culture and sensitivities, including having made adjustments to her song lyrics, wardrobe changes, and a set list that was modified to specifically adhere to the guidelines set forth by the authorities," the promoters said. NeWs DesK

being picked up.” The driver's decision to ignore one of the most basic tenets of his job -picking people up -- is being ridiculed by many, but he is getting some support from fellow alleged clairvoyants, ewan Irvine, a spiritual medium at the Arthur Conan Doyle Centre in edinburgh. “Although I don’t know much about the case itself, it is entirely possible that the man had a psychic sense something bad was going to happen," Irvine told Deadline News. NeWs DesK

Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde and more celebrate Seth MacFarlane's birthday

Naomi Watts is all smiles as she steps out in New York City and heads to the set of her new film While We're Young in New York City.

Seth MacFarlane celebrated his 40th birthday with a big, star-studded bash. The Family Guy creator headed to UCLA's Royce Hall for the occasion Friday night, where guests were treated to an orchesta performance --and a performance from MacFarlane himself--before heading to a reception in a large tent outside. Mcfarlane sang two of the 17 songs that the John Wilson Orchestra performed that night, crooning "Singin' in the Rain" and joining back in with the orchestra for their final song, a source told e! News. It was a special night for the orchestra members as well, whose performance at the birthday party marked the first time they had ever played together in America. "Seth was really joyful," the source said. "He looked like he belonged on the stage, entertaining his friends and parents. Celeb pals like Charlize Theron, Olivia Wilde and her fiancé Jason Sudeikis, Nigel Lythgoe, Nick and Vanessa Lachey, Larry King and Kristin Chenoweth were all there to cheer him on. Chenoweth even stood up and gave him a standing ovation multiple times, following his performances. Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Blanda eggen-

schwiler were in attendance at the reception, munching on bites from the Katsuya sushi buffet and another Asian food buffet. In addition to the main bar, there were smaller bars sprinkled throughout the room where guests enjoyed Hint Water and other beverages. When the performance came to an end, guests headed to the tent outside, dubbed "the Moonshine Lounge." Inside of the affair, produced by NVe, plush leather couches and seats were placed all around the grounds and golden, taupe fabric was draped around the tent and chandeliers. Ladies clad in retro show girl outfits were holding trays topped with gum and candy as guests walked into the reception,

and other waiters were on hand passing along chicken and waffle bites, bite sized yogurts and desserts. Joe Jonas and his girlfriend Blanda eggenschwiler were in attendance at the reception, munching on bites from the Katsuya sushi buffet and another Asian food buffet. In addition to the main bar, there were smaller bars sprinkled throughout the room where guests enjoyed Hint Water and other beverages. But, the fun didn't stop there. Following the reception, some of the guests headed to a private after party at MacFarlane's home, where guests indulged in a macaroni and cheese bar and a sliders bar. According to a source, Sean Penn was in tow, as well as Paris and Nikki Hilton who both wore Halloween costumes to the event (Paris had on a Barbie girl outfit, while Nikki wore an Oktoberfest German Beer Girl costume). Alex Pettyfer was also there in a Bad Grandpa costume, and Seth's BFF Charlize continued the party there as well, even coming to a friend's rescue when a woman fell in the pool and she helped her out. The Oscar winner almost got soaked herself during the process, but luckily managed to stay dry. MacFarlane certainly knows how to ring in a birthday. NeWs DesK


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SPORTS DESK Bangladesh fast bowler, Shafiul Islam, has been ruled out of the ODI series against New Zealand after twisting his ankle during training on Sunday, at Shere Bangla National Stadium. Al-Amin Hossain, who made his Test debut in Mirpur last week, has been named as a like-for-like replacement. "Shafiul has suffered a ligament tear while warming up before training today and could be out of action for four to six weeks," Bangladesh physio Vibhav Singh said. "He will have an x-ray done today. We will wait for a couple of days for the swelling to subside before having a scan of the affected area." This proves a major blow to Shafiul, after he made a successful comeback from a shoulder injury last season. Shafiul played three ODIs against Zimbabwe this year, picking up four wickets. The first ODI of the three-match series will be held in Mirpur on October 29.

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ISBAH-UL-HAQ, understandably, spends a lot of his time in front of the media explaining that not being able to play international cricket at home has adversely affected the Pakistan team. After their defeat in Dubai - a first for them at this venue - he went even further and questioned whether a more rigorous domestic set-up is also needed for them to thrive in conditions which suit them already. "It may be due to the first-class system. If you are coming through a tough first-class system, playing really tough teams, facing tough bowlers and batsmen, it automatically comes when you play competitive cricket," he said. "Otherwise, if you are in an easy competition, when you are playing top sides, you will struggle. We must make our first class more competitive. That is why we are not mentally strong." Pakistan's domestic season had not started before this series was played, although they played warm-up matches before leaving for the UAe, but it is a competition in which matches are often shorter than four-days and five-wicket hauls are not uncommon. If it is impacting on members of the international team, then it could explain why their inconsistencies in the batting department, which ultimately cost them a series win against another world No.1. After scoring 442 in the first innings of the first Test, Pakistan looked a completely different side when they were bundled out for 99 on the first day in Dubai. Misbah knew that innings had cost his side the series. "We are disappointed given the conditions here," he said. Before the series Misbah made special mention of how his batsmen would be better on these surfaces than they were in Zimbabwe and South Africa because the pitches suited their style of play. Graeme Smith noted Pakistan's batsmen are "far more comfortable with less pace and bounce that they have here." Still, Pakistan managed to fold in the first innings and slump to 2 for 2 in the second, raising questions about their top-order that were thought to be on their way to being answered after their showing in Abu Dhabi. Khurram Manzoor followed up his century with a pair and Shan Masood made one start and then a duck to ensure the uncertainty in the top two, which has been a long-running issue in Pakistan

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cricket, exacerbated by Mohammad Hafeez's loss of form, continues. Instead of looking elsewhere, though, Misbah wants some continuity. "If you keep changing things, it doesn't help. Opening is one of the toughest jobs. You need some experience. even the best players struggle sometimes. You just need to be patient," he said. "To keep on changing the openers is not the solution. These guys need to learn. They need more chances to understand what Test cricket is." If they had that, and the grounding from their domestic game, Misbah believes 99 all out could have been avoided and the session that lost Pakistan the Test may never have been. "It was just one session and if we could reverse that then that thing that is associated with

us, that we are just so bad in one hour and one session, would not hurt us. We want to improve on that in future. We don't want these sorts of sessions. We need more character, otherwise ups and downs can really hurt the team." As South Africa showed in their innings and Pakistan did in their second attempt, the pitch in Dubai had runs in it throughout the game. It also had appreciable turn, which Pakistan's spinners were never able to exploit by having a target to defend. Misbah believed even a lead under of 200 could have given Pakistan a chance. "If we had something of 150 or 200 runs in the last innings, the kind of patches and rough on the pitch, the kind of spinners we have, it could have been very interesting."

Hashim Amla, the South Africa batsman, is doubtful for the ODIs against Pakistan in the UAe, as his wife is yet to deliver their second child. Batsman Colin Ingram has been put on standby. Amla had missed the second Test so he could be with his wife in anticipation of the birth. Cricket South Africa tweeted on Sunday afternoon that Ingram will be drafted in as his cover, while fast bowler Dale Steyn will be rested for the first two matches. Steyn's being rested by team management is part of CSA's workload management for their premier bowlers. He is expected to fly home in the interim. He had tweaked his hamstring just before the second Test in Dubai, and despite some initial doubts over whether he was fit to play, did feature in the match which South Africa won by an innings and 92 runs. Steyn hasn't played any ODIs since the Champions Trophy in June, missing the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka that followed with several niggles. South Africa's team management also announced on Sunday that former coach Gary Kirsten will travel to the UAe during the ODI series, in the capacity of team batting mentor. When Kirsten did not renew his contract as coach earlier this year, it was thought that he would take up such consultancy roles with the team in the future. He will join the squad for five days between the second and third ODI's. On Kirsten's appointment, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said: "Gary is a world-cup winning coach and it would be naĂŻve of us not to tap into his wisdom. We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge. We are going into an important phase leading up to the World Cup so it will be important for us to tap into as many resources available to us."

SPORTS DESK South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has regained the No 1 spot in the Test rankings for batsmen, overtaking teammate Hashim Amla, who missed the second Test against Pakistan. De Villiers, who last held the top spot in April 2012, earned 27 rating points for his 164 in Dubai to finish at a career-best 909. Amla had been at the top since February, when he overtook Australia captain Michael Clarke. Graeme Smith jumped seven places to eighth position, returning to the top ten for the first time since April 2012 courtesy his double-hundred in South Africa's first Test series since February. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq also moved up the rankings, gaining one place to a career-best sixth after he scored a hundred in the first Test and 88 in the second in Dubai. Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq's 130 took him up eight places to 17th. Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal jumped up by nine places to 31st, and Mominul Haque leapt up 17 places to land just behind Tamim after a hundred in each of the Tests against New Zealand.There were no changes in the top 10 Test bowlers, with Dale Steyn and Vernon Phiander leading the table.

SHAFIQ'S COMING OF AGE PROVIDES COMFORT SPORTS DESK When Misbah-ul-Haq made the mistake of thinking he could slog Dean elgar as far as the Burj Khalifa, a resistance that threatened to ease the margin of Pakistan's loss - because avoiding defeat altogether was not a realistic possibility - seemed set to unravel. The captain left Asad Shafiq to stall South Africa's attack with the tail and even the most optimistic of Pakistan supporters predicted a swift end. For an hour, Shafiq held defeat at bay. In the process, he notched up his highest Test score, a second century against the world's top-ranked team this year, and showed how much he has progressed as a batsman. Having impressed with the way he handled the seamers and took on the spinner with Misbah at his side, Shafiq also understood that he had to slow down, shoulder the responsibility, and only take runs when he was absolutely certain he was not putting the man on the other end, and by extension his team, in a position from which they would collapse. When Adnan Akmal, who struggled throughout the series, was his partner, Shafiq faced Morne Morkel, letting Akmal deal with Imran Tahir. With Saeed Ajmal, Shafiq sensed a little more freedom so he allowed a few mid-over singles and even let himself show off, pulling

and then driving Vernon Philander for consecutive fours. He played with maturity towards the end, showing enough faith in Mohammed Irfan and Junaid Khan to give them the strike but not taking too many risks even though the end was nigh. It seemed as though the patience he had afforded when he batted with Younis Khan in Cape Town earlier this year, and with Misbah for much of his innings in Dubai, was paying off. Shafiq has had the benefit of spending long periods at the crease with Pakistan's senior statesmen and he seems to have learnt from it. From the moment he came in to bat, he would have seen how Misbah was absorbing the pressure. Whether he was foxed by an Tahir googly, rattled by a Morkel bouncer, or was on the receiving end of extreme pace and angry eyes from Dale Steyn, Misbah reacted in the same way. Misbah waited for the end of the delivery, strolled in the direction of square leg, composed himself, and came back to face the next one. He treated each ball like a chapter in a book, turning the page, leaving it behind and then carrying on with the next one. Shafiq did not show the same composure as he neared his century and it appeared he was getting a little overexcited with his desire to charge JP Duminy. However, a calming influence in Misbah at the other end ensured that Shafiq operated within certain confines.


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second round of the World T20 since the inaugural tournament in 2007, when they beat West Indies in their opening game and subsequently made it to the Super eights. Mushfiqur is hoping it happens this time: "The boys are really keen to do it. We will give our best shot to get to the second round. We will have team goals. It is very important for us to get through the first round. In the Twenty20 format, no team is

big. "On the particular day, if you play better, you can beat any team. We are focusing on the first stage as of now. We haven't done it [qualified to the second round] in the last few times but these are our conditions. Support will be strong for us." Campbell Jamieson, ICC general manager - commercial, who was present at the announcement, said that it was a cricketing decision, rather than a commercial one, to put Bangladesh in the first round. The ICC would love to see them go far in the tournament, like previous hosts in recent global events, he said. "It was purely a cricketing decision. The schedule put forward is based on rankings at the end of the 2012 World Twenty20. "With any sporting event in the world, it is great for the event if the host nation goes all the way to the final. The ICC has been fortunate in recent times with both India [World Cup 2011] and Sri Lanka [World T20 2012), where both host nations made it to the final. In the Champions Trophy this year, england made it to the final. It is up to the Bangladesh team to make it through to the final. It is in their hands. I am sure that if they perform on the day, they have the ability to do what the others have done before them."

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"best shot" to be in the second round. "It [the format] is not really disappointing. We have to play the tournament. The rules and regulations can't be in our hands," Mushfiqur said. "We have to play very well because there will [be] some good teams. It is a new challenge, but if you're a cricketer you have to accept those challenges and get over it." Bangladesh haven't progressed to the

The Indian cricket team will open its campaign in next year's World Twenty20 Championships against arch-foes Pakistan when the event is staged in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6. As many as 60 tournament matches (35 men's and 25 women's) will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament. As in the past, the women's semi-finals and final will be held on the same day as the men's semi-finals and final, and at the same venue, the ICC said in a statement. The format for the men's event in next year's tournament has been changed following an increase in teams from 12 to 16. As the teams' seeding are based on the T20I Team Rankings as on October 8, 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of last ICC World Twenty20 will play directly in the Super 10 stage and India is one such side. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, which finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March. The first round of the men's event will include eight sides that

will be divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage. In the first round, Group A will feature host Bangladesh alongside three teams that will qualify from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAe 2013, to be staged from November 15 to 30. Group B will include Zimbabwe, which will be joined by another three teams from the upcoming qualifiers. As such, the two groups will be finalised on November 30. The Super 10 stage will start with an evening match between former champions India and Pakistan in Dhaka on March 21. Defending champions West Indies will launch their title defence against India in an evening match on Sunday March 23. earlier on the same day, Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, looking for the only global title that has eluded them to date. If Bangladesh reach the Super 10 stage, they will play all their matches in Dhaka, facing the West Indies on March 25, India on March 28, Pakistan on March 30 and Australia on April 1. The prize money for the men's event will be $ 3 million, with the winner receiving $ 1.1 million and the losing final-

ist collecting $ 550,000. The ICC Women's World Twenty20 2014 has been increased from eight to 10 teams after a recent Board decision. The first round matches of the women's event will take place in Sylhet from March 23 to April 2, with the top two sides from each Group progressing to the semi-finals. Defending champions Australia will kick-off their campaign on Sunday March 23 when they will take on New Zealand. This game will be followed by the match between South Africa and Pakistan, who, along with Sri Lanka, qualified for the Bangladesh event after having reached the final of the qualifying tournament held in Dublin in August. Hosts Bangladesh will make their maiden appearance on the world stage on March 26 when they will play last year's semi-finalists West Indies. 2009 champions england will start their campaign on March 24 against the West Indies. THe TWO grOuPs OF THe MeN's suPer 10 sTAge Are: group 1 - sri Lanka, england, south Africa, New Zealand, group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B) group 2 - West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A) THe WOMeN's grOuPs Are: group A - Australia, New Zealand, south Africa, Pakistan, Ireland group B - england, West Indies, India, sri Lanka, Bangladesh.

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In the 7th Aquafina Royal Palm Golf Team Championship that concluded yesterday at the Royal Palm Golf Course, success was achieved by the Royal Palm Team A through a steady effort which ultimately brought them victory and the champion team title. For Royal Palm team the big consolation has been that they remained as front runners at the end of day one, again at the end of day two, and even on the final day, although the runners up team, Gymkhana'A' made huge strides towards the victory podium, the Royal Palm champions made them look just a bit less accomplished. All through the final day, Sardar Murad and Mohsen Zafar excelled again and seemed on similar path in terms of golfing scores, which brought forth winning fruits. As for the two other team members, Abbas Ali Khan and Omer Salamat, the effort lacked luster when compared to Murad and Zafar, however Abbas did manage to supplement what Royal Palm ultimately attained. The Gymkhana team consisting of Sameer Iftikhar, Imran Ahmed Aleem ur Rehman and Waleed Zubair ended

the championship as the runners up through a rejuvenated effort on the second and third day of the championship .On the fist day they were placed way down the ladder and this charged up players like Sameer and Aleemur Rehman and the result was a far improved team performance in the overall reckoning. Defence Raya team of Fakhar Imam, Shafiq Bhatti, Colonel Shafi and Colonel Asif Mehdi stood third. The team scores of top three teams were Royal Palm'A' 698, Gymkhana'A' 700 and Defence Raya 708. In the individual category the gross winner was

Aleemur Rehman (Gymkhana) with scores of 78, 75 and 70 and a total of 223. Ashiq Hussain (Multan) ended up as runner up, his scores being 73, 74 and 76 and Tariq Mehmood (Pakistan Navy) was third with scores of 73, 75 and 76. Net winner was Azfar Hassan (Royal Palm), Ali Anish Rehman (Guranwala) second and Fakhar Imam (Defence Raya)third. The competition in PepsiCo Invitational was intense and through accomplished and adroit performances Javed A Khan, Faisal Kari and Saeed Alvi were the gross winners. In the net Irfan Raja had the honour of coming first followed by Ahmed Rafi and Rehan Ahmed. Ghazala Yasmin of Garrison Golf Club won the gross title for the third time running. Maryama Khan ended up as runners up and Tehmina Ahmed was third in gross. Winner in net was Abeeda Salam (Defence Raya), Zainun Nisa (Royal Palm) came second and Noore Zaman Khan (Gymkhana) ended up third in net. At the conclusion of the 7th Aquafina Royal Palm Golf Team Championship, the prizes were awarded to the winners by Khurram Shah of Pepsico and Pervez Qureshi of Royal Palm in a grand ceremony attended by Ramzan Sheikh (Royal Palm and Super Cinema), Akber Naqi (Pakistan Navy) and a large number of golfers and families.

cox's Bazaar dropped as World t20 venue SPORTS DESK Cox's Bazaar has been dropped as a venue for the 2014 World T20 to be held in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6. Sylhet, another venue considered doubtful due to ongoing work at the stadium, has been retained. On Sunday, the ICC announced that Sylhet would host all first-round fixtures of the Women's World T20 and a few group matches of the World T20, along with Mirpur and Chittagong. All six knockout matches will be played in Mirpur. Sylhet and Cox's Bazaar were in doubt because of ongoing development in the stadiums and were given an extension by the ICC till November 30, after accepting Bangladesh Cricket Board's request. The original deadline for the completion of the stadiums was September 30. Campbell Jamieson, the ICC general manager - commercial, said he was confident of Bangladesh hosting a tournament successfully, like they have in the past. "Bangladesh hosted the ICC Champions Trophy in 1998 [then known as the ICC KnockOut] and most recently the World Cup 2011, along with India and Sri Lanka. Following the legacies of these two successful events, as well as the U-19 World Cup 2004, I'm confident that Bangladesh will once again produce a world-class tournament." The format for the World T20 has been modified to accommodate 16 teams in this edition, as compared to 12 in the last edition. The top eight sides of the ICC's T20 team rankings as on October 8, 2012 have been given direct entry into the Super 10 stage. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who finished outside the top eight, will compete with six other qualifying teams in the first round from March 16 to 21 for the remaining two places in the Super 10 groups. The eight teams in the first round have been divided into two groups of four teams each with table-toppers progressing to the next stage.


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youzhny to face ferrer in valencia final SPORTS DESK Mikhail Youzhny will face David Ferrer in the final of the ATP Tour event in Valencia after the two came through their semis. Youzhny secured victory in the first all-Russian ATP Tour semi-final in more than three years, beating Dmitry Tursunov 6-2 6-4. He now goes into Sunday’s final looking to win multiple titles in the same year since 2010 – after claiming titles in Munich and Kuala Lumpur three years ago. The Russian, who will vie for his 10th ATP Tour crown in his 21st final, will face David Ferrer. "I feel I served well and I'm happy to be back in the final," said Youzhny. In the day's other semi-final Ferrer extended his perfect record against compatriot Nicolas Almagro. The 6-2 6-3 victory saw Ferrer's head-to-head record reach 14-0 with his fellow Spaniard.

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OGeR Federer won a tight three set match against Vasek Pospisil on home soil to set up a final with defending champion Juan Martin del Potro at the Basel Open in Switzerland. The Swiss will play top seed JuanMartin Del Potro in Sunday's final. The Argentine battled past unseeded Frenchman edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4 4-6 6-2. Third seed Federer needed to survive another mid-match dip in form and a determined challenge from his big-hitting opponent to earn the chance to win his sixth title in his hometown tournament and guarantee qualification for the season-ender. Backed by a noisy partisan crowd, he negotiated the first set comfortably, breaking the 23-year-old Pospisil's serve twice. But the lanky Canadian, who reached a careerhigh 39 in the world after a fine mid-year run, served more freely in the second set and found the corners with some explosive crosscourt groundstrokes. He looked to have the idol of his junior tennis days on the ropes when he broke serve for the

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Championship final despite an uneven performance against Jelena Jankovic in Istanbul. Title holder Williams struggled early on with her own game before over-

ISTANBUL: Serena Williams of the USA shouts after she returned a shot to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their semifinal tennis match at the WTA Championship in Turkey. AP

coming Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4 26 6-4 and will now face Li Na in the final. The 32-year-old world number one, going for fourth title at the season-ending event, was not her usual self during the first two sets, not serving with her customary power and lacking enthusiasm to run for returns. Williams seemed close to tears at a changeover in the first set yet she went back on court and won eight straight points, but taking the set did not appear to improve her mood and her serves were even slower during the second. The 14,000 fans who filled Istanbul's Sinan erdem dome were disappointed by Serena's blues and some even booed her although she had entered court for her match to the loudest cheers. Williams found her rhythm in the third set and started hitting her strong serves once again to get the job done. "I just hit a wall, I was so tired. Physically I was so tired just even standing. My legs wouldn't move. My arm wouldn't go fast," Williams said. "I think when you are doing something so much for so long throughout the year, maybe it can take its toll. At the end of the match, I was really just fighting just to stay in there and just try and get my legs to move to go to the balls.

Fernandez-castanO survives late scare tO win in shanGhai SPORTS DESK Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano survived a late scare when he found two bunkers on the way to a double-bogey six on the last but the Spaniard had enough of a cushion to complete a one-stroke victory at the BMW Masters in Shanghai on Sunday. The 32-year-old teed off a stroke behind the leaders in the final round and gained six shots over 17 holes in a flawless display before his final hole struggles. A four-under 68 took him to 11-under for the tournament, enough for him to win the $7 million (£5m) event, the first of four in the european Tour's Finals Series to determine the order of merit winner. Italian Francesco Molinari (64) and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (66) finished a stroke behind with American Luke Guthrie, who held at least a share of the lead over the first three days, finishing third at nine-under. "I knew it wasn't going to be an easy round, especially the way I started. I started hitting the ball pretty bad," Fernandez-Castano told reporters, after becoming the first Spaniard to win on the Tour in 2013. "But my caddie kept me cool and told me how good I had been hitting the ball through the week and I played fantastic after that. "On the last, I played too conservative and it was a fighting six at the end for sure." The vic-

tory moved the Spaniard into the top five on the money list and boosted his chances of making the team for next year's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Molinari was two-under for the final round till the 12th hole but started a scoring spree to surge up the leaderboard with an eagle on the 13th, followed by four consecutive birdies. Defending champion

Peter Hanson of Sweden, who has had problems with his back, started the no-cut event with a 79 but scorched the course with a closing 63 to finish at seven-under. "I was playing with Paul McGinley, the Ryder Cup captain, and I guess I wanted to impress him," Hanson said after his round which contained 11 birdies and two bogeys.

SHANGHAI: Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, center, poses with the volunteers after the award ceremony of the BMW Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club on Sunday. AP

WEATHER-HIT MALAySIAN oPEN To BE DECIDED By PLAy-off: Ryan Moore and Gary Woodland set up a Monday play-off after finishing tied on 14-under at the weather-hit CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Play was halted for three hours and then again for another 30 minutes due to lightning and thunderstorm and by the time the leading group had finished their regulation round, darkness had engulfed the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Woodland, who started a shot behind Moore in the last round, narrowly missed a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the par-five 18th hole, which could have earned him his third PGA Tour title. SoUTH KoREAN AMATEUR LEE SEALS MASTERS SPoT: South Korean amateur Lee Chang-woo sealed a spot at next year's US. Masters with a three-stroke triumph in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in northeast China on Sunday. The 19-year-old Lee, who finished tied for second alongside Rory McIlroy at last week's Korea Open, carded a final round one-under 70 for a three-under total at the Nanshan International Golf Club, well clear of Shohei Hasegawa of Japan. Lee, who won the Dongbu Promi Open on the professional Korean Tour last month, also secured a place in a qualifying event for the 2014 British Open along with Hasegawa.

China's Li Na reached the final of the WTA championships after beating Czech Petra Kvitova in straight sets on Saturday, becoming the highest-ranked player ever from an Asian country. Her 6-4 6-2 victory means she will climb to third in the rankings and can finish the season on a high in Sunday's final against either Serena Williams who came through against Jelena Jankovic. Li, who took only three games when she lost to Williams at Flushing Meadows in September, said: "At the US Open (semi-final) I had already lost the match before I came to the court. "Maybe now I have to try to focus on what I should do on the court, not focus on what she does, so I have to try to play my game and not follow her," the 31year-old said. Her coach Carlos Rodriguez said Li needed to show more selfconfidence to go out and enjoy her matches but she explained it was a problem dating back to her beginnings as a player. "I always try, but sometimes it doesn't work, you know. And also, I think when I was growing up, I did not learn to feel that confidence, I cannot show how good I am, because when I was starting to play tennis, when I won a tournament, the coach was so tough," she said.

Pettersen wins in taiwan for second year running SPORTS DESK Suzann Pettersen held off a stirring comeback from Azahara Munoz to secure her second consecutive Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Pettersen held a healthy lead going into the final day’s play but a bogey on the par 5 9th, coupled with Munoz’s run of Birdies saw the Spaniard pull within one shot of the leager. However, birdies on the 13th, 14th and 18th holes helped the Norwegian card a three-under 69 to win by five shots. "It feels great to come here and defend my title and play as well as I did," Pettersen said. "It was very tough out there. Since the very first shot on Thursday, the conditions gave us a very big challenge." Despite eventually falling short, Munoz was happy with her tournament. "I was 4 under through 12 holes, and I was really playing really well," she said. "I made two bogeys coming in but I hit two really good shots and one came up short and one came up long, just misjudged the wind a little bit but I played really well."


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YRIA has filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent programme and an initial plan to destroy it to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the organisation said on Sunday. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in a statement that Syria completed its declaration as part of a strict and ambitious timeline that aims to eliminate the lethal stockpile by mid-2014. The group, based in The Hague, said Syria made the declaration on Thursday. The announcement provides ''the basis on which plans are devised for a systematic,

Ban kI-Moon offers role for resolvIng Pak-IndIa Issues

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has offered to play a role to facilitate a dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolution of all outstanding issues. In an interview‚ he welcomed the talks between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan during UN General Assembly session. Ban Ki-moon expressed concern about civilian casualties caused by drone strikes and urged countries using this technology to abide by international humanitarian law. The secretary general said the United Nations had been supporting and trying to facilitate the dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban for establishing peace and security in the country. On the Afghan refugees in Pakistan‚ the secretary general appreciated the government of Pakistan for accommodating the 1.6 million refugees.

total and verified destruction of declared chemical weapons and production facilities'', the group said. Such declarations made to the organisation are confidential. No details of Syria's programme were released. Syria already had given preliminary details to the OPCW when it declared it was joining the organisation in September. The move warded off possible US military strikes in the aftermath of an August 21 chemical weapon attack on a Damascus suburb. Syria denies responsibility for the deadly attack. OPCW inspectors were hastily dispatched to Syria this month and have visited most of the 23 sites Damascus declared. They also have begun overseeing destruction work to ensure that machines used to mix

chemicals and fill munitions with poisons are no longer functioning. Syria is believed to possess around 1,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin. It has not yet been decided how or where destruction of Syria's chemical weapons will happen. Damascus' declaration includes a general plan for destruction that will be considered by the OPCW's 41-nation executive council on November 15. Norway's foreign minister announced on Friday that the country had turned down a US request to receive the bulk of Syria's chemical weapons for destruction because it doesn't have the capabilities to complete the task by the deadlines given. The announcement came among renewed fighting in Syria.

Al Qaeda-linked rebels battled government troops for control of the Christian town of Sadad north of Damascus, activists said. The rebels have been trying to seize the town for the past week, and residents in the rebel-held western neighborhoods of Sadad are trapped in their homes, said Rami Abdurrahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. Also on Sunday, Syrian Kurdish gunmen were trying to secure their hold over a major border crossing with Iraq after capturing the captured the Yaaroubiyeh post in northeast Syria on Saturday. Abdurrahman said the Kurdish gunmen were fighting pockets of fighters from extremist rebel groups in southern Yaaroubiyeh.

France should be ‘popping champagne’ over NSA spying: US lawmaker WASHINGTON AgeNcIes US intelligence is better than in Europe, and snooping at the heart of a widening scandal helps keeps the world safe, a top US lawmaker declared on Sunday amid a widening spying row. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers also suggested there was nothing surprising in revelations that the United States was monitoring communications of several dozen world leaders and ordinary citizens, and blamed the news media for getting the story wrong. "I think the bigger news story here would be... if the United States intelligence services weren't trying to collect information that would protect US interests both (at) home and abroad," the Republican told CNN's "State of the Union" programme. "We need to make sure that we're not collecting information we don't need. But we should collect information that is helpful to the United States' interests." While declining to comment on the latest revelations, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, "We have made clear that the United States gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations." Media reports in Germany on Sunday

WASHINGTON ACTIVISTS PROTEST AGAINST NSA SURVEILLANCE WASHINGTON: A diverse coalition of activists, under the banner of Stop Watching Us, protested against the National Security Agency’s controversial surveillance. Hundreds of demonstrators marched from Washington DC’s Columbus Circle and Union Station Plaza area to Capitol as high profile whistleblowers, activists and political leaders joined in voicing their privacy concerns in public. Since disclosures by American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who worked as a private contractor for the NSA, reports of mass surveillance have drawn sharp criticism and protests from advocacy groups and civil liberties and freedom rights bodies. The rally also coincided with 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA Patriot Act. “We’ll be handing more than a half-million petitions to Congress to remind them that they work for us — and we won’t tolerate mass surveillance any longer,” the coalition said on its website. The demonstration was sponsored by an unusually broad coalition of right and left groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party, Color of Change and Daily Kos to the Libertarian Party, Freedom Works and Young Americans for Liberty. This week, the international outrage hit headlines as Snowden’s more revelations about the NSA wiretapping said it spied on 35 world leaders. According to reports, leaders in France, Italy, Spain and Brazil have protested the surveillance, and Germany is sending an intelligence team to Washington to discuss the issue. sPecIAL cOrresPONDeNT said US President Barack Obama was personally informed of phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, as the damaging espionage scandal widened. Another German news report quoted US intelligence sources as saying that the head of the

National Security Agency chief (NSA) briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010. Dick Cheney, the former US vice president who wielded vast influence on intelligence matters during the George W Bush administration's "war on terror," said US spying on allies was nothing new.

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A Sunni militant group, Jaishul Adl, has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed 14 Iranian border guards in the country's mountainous southeast, ISNA news agency reported on Sunday. The hithertounknown Jaish-ul-Adl (Army of Justice) said on its website that it was behind Friday's attack, calling it a "severe blow" for the Iranian government. The assault was launched in response "to the crimes of the Revolutionary Guards in Syria", the group said in a statement posted on jaishuladl.blogspot.fr. Photographs on the website show masked gunmen holding up flags similar to those of jihadist groups in Syria and Libya, with the Arabic inscription: "There is no God but God and Mohammed is his messenger". Opposition groups in war-ravaged Syria have charged that Tehran is sending members of its elite Revolutionary Guards to fight alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. Friday's attack in the Iranian region of Sistan-Baluchestan on the Pakistani border killed 14 border guards and wounded seven others, prompting Iran to hang 16 prisoners at a jail in the province. Tehran said the militants crossed over from Pakistan fled back across the border after the attack. Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi called on the Pakistani government to "take measures to control the border more seriously". The Revolutionary Guards meanwhile said the incident was "commanded and supported by the intelligence services of the dominant power", referring to the United States. Sistan-Baluchestan province is home to a large community of minority Sunni Muslims, unlike the rest of Shiite-dominated Iran. Another Sunni militant group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), whose leader Abdolmalek Rigi was hanged in June 2010, has also launched attacks on civilians and officials in Sistan-Baluchestan. Drug traffickers have also clashed with members of the security forces in Sistan-Baluchestan in the past. Meanwhile, a top commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said his forces killed three rebels and arrested three others in a western region that borders Iraqi Kurdistan. "During clashes that took place Friday in the Baneh region, three members of a terrorist group were killed and two others were arrested," Mehr news agency quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Rajabi as saying. Another man was arrested on Sunday morning.

folloW your ManIfesto, jI tells govt LAHORE INP

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Munawar Hassan on Sunday urged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led the federal government to follow its manifesto and pledges made with the masses prior to the May 11 general elections. In a statement, Hassan said the JI did not urge the government to end inflation but only appealed to it to observe its manifesto closely and fulfill promises made to the nation before coming into power. He said the PML-N had pledged to strengthen the economy by using national resources, bringing back the looted national money and adopting simplicity instead of contacting International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, soon after coming into power, the PML-N government changed its priorities and approached IMF, WB, ADB for loans and termed it mandatory for survival of national economy, he added. Hassan claimed that the PML-N government has failed to resolve the crises faced by the country and its masses. “Sovereignty and stability of country, rooting out corruption from national institutions, merit based policy are the core issues which must be ensured for development of the country and uplifting the living standard of people,” he said.

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