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Khawaja Asif gets additional charge of Defence Ministry Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday gave additional charge of the Defence Ministry to Khawaja Asif. In addition, the prime minister has also given additional charge of the Law Ministry to Pervaiz Rashid, minister for information and broadcasting. An official announcement said the PM gave additional charge of the Defence Ministry to Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif; and additional charge of the Law Ministry to Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed. PAGE 03

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf names CIA officials for Hangu drone attack The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday nominated the Central Intelligence Agency station chief and director for last week’s drone strike in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). PTI spokeswoman Shireen Mazari formally nominated the CIA top officials, Craig Osth and John O Brennan. Addressing a press conference, she claimed that the US intelligence agency was holding a secret operation in tribal areas of Pakistan. PAGE 02


KP govt challenging federation by blocking NATO supplies: Shah Opposition leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Wednesday said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is challenging the federation by blocking NATO supply. “The Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf should stop its protest. Blocking supplies to NATO by the provincial government is tantamount to challenging the accord reached with federation. This way pressure will come to federation. The provincial government should not take such step. PAGE 02


Imran Khan accuses government of concealing truth The government is not telling the truth to the masses about its role in the drone attacks and playing on both sides of the wicket over the serious issue, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday. The PTI chief made the claim while talking to reporters after attending the Qul of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister’s fatherin-law. He said the government was pursuing a dual policy over drone attacks, as it gave the impression of demanding an end to the strikes, but on the other hand, it had given a green signal to the US for continuing the drone raids. PAGE 02


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He Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday nominated the Central Intelligence Agency station chief and director for last week’s drone strike in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). PTI spokeswoman Shireen Mazari formally nominated the CIA top officials, Craig Osth and John O Brennan. Address-

LAHORE: Mrs Shamim Talat Ali Khan, widow of Mr Talat Ali Khan, passed away on Wednesday. Her Namaaz-e-Janaza will be held today (Thursday) at 1pm after Zuhr prayer at the family’s residence 49-A Block Model Town. She was mother-in-law of Pakistan Today editor Arif Nizami, and mother of Azmat Ali Khan (late), Naveen Arif Nizami and Saulat Ali Khan. Staff REpORt

PTI HAS SENT WRITTEN REQUEST TO KP INSPECTOR GENERAL ing a press conference, she claimed that the US intelligence agency was holding a secret operation in tribal areas of Pakistan. “I would like to nominate the accused persons behind the drone strike that occurred on 21-11-2013 in the vicinity of your police station and within the sovereign territory of Pakistan, and against which you have already filed an FIR No 555 dated 21.11.2013 against unknown individuals,” she said. “It is through this statement that I would like to nominate the

US clandestine agency CIA Station Chief in Islamabad, namely Craig Osth and CIA Director John O Brennan for committing the gross offences of committing murder and waging war against Pakistan as indicated in the FIR lodged in your police station,” she added. She alleged that Craig Osth is running an illegal clandestine spying operation throughout Pakistan specifically in KP and annexed Tribal Areas. She said that CIA’s station chief in Islamabad is responsible for the drone strike in Hangu district last week and demanded for the spy official rapid arrestment. The spokeswoman said that Osth has no diplomatic responsibility in Pakistan. “Craig Osth is currently residing and

Nawaz Sharif lauds services rendered by General Kayani




Former law secretary Justice (r) Yasmin Abbasi on Wednesday said she had filed a reference with the president against the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) and some former judges under Article 209 of the constitution. Addressing a press conference, she said that 29 legal points had been raised against the sitting and former judges, seeking proceedings to be initiated against the CJP and his former colleagues, including Bhagwandas, Javed Iqbal, Shakirullah Jan, Nasirul Mulk, Ghulam Rabbani and Raja Fayyaz Ahmed who were accused of transgressing their authority by removing over 100 judges through a judgement. “There is no record of the judgement of November 3, 2011, which was made a base of removing 100 judges of the higher courts. The promulgation of emergency on November 3 was according to the law and it had been done according to the law which was later given a constitutional cover by introducing article 270(AAA),” she alleged. To a question about a letter she had written to the Swiss authorities for withdrawing the cases against former president Asif Zardari, she said the letter had been written to Swiss attorney rather than Swiss magistrate. She said she had written the letter in consultation with former law minister Farooq H Naek.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to the outgoing chief of army staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani for his professional services

rendered for the nation. During a farewell dinner hosted by the premier in the honour of the retiring army chief, Nawaz said the whole nation was proud of the sacrifices rendered by the Pakistan Army. “General Kayani played a commendable role

towards strengthening the country’s defence and stability of the democratic set-up,” Nawaz said. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee-designate General Rashad Mehmood and COASdesignate General Raheel Sharif also attended the dinner.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shakes hand with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani at the farewell dinner for COAS at PM House.ONLINE

IMRAN ACCUSES GOVT OF CONCEALING TRUTH ABOUT DRONES LAHORE: The government is not telling the truth to the masses about its role in the drone attacks and playing on both sides of the wicket over the serious issue, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Wednesday. The PTI chief made the claim while talking to reporters after attending the Qul of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister’s father-in-law. He said the government was pursuing a dual policy over drone attacks, as it gave the impression of demanding an end to the strikes, but on the other hand, it had given a green signal to the US for continuing the drone raids. Imran said there

was no need of an all-parties conference (APC) over the issue of drone attacks, as all opposition parties had passed a unanimous resolution over the issue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. Khan said drone attacks were against Pakistan’s sovereignty and their protest against them would continue until their suspension. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said the government would not let Pakistani soil be used for operations of NATO supply. However, in a surprising somersault, he added that it was the PTI that stopped the NATO supply, not the

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. Khattak said he had written a letter to the prime minister, informing him that the people of his province had risen up against the NATO supply line, which could create a serious law and order situation. He said the federal government should take immediate steps to block the NATO supply line keeping in view the rising temperatures in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. To a query regarding the appointment of the new army chief, he said he believed that the prime minister had taken the decision after thorough deliberations. Staff REpORt

operating from the United States embassy situated in Diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, which is a clear violation of diplomatic norms and laws as a foreign mission cannot be used for any criminal activity within a sovereign state. The CIA station chief is not a diplomatic post therefore he does not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and is within the bounds of domestic laws of Pakistan,” she also said. earlier, PTI filed an application on November 25 for nominating US and CIA as main accused in Hangu drone attack case. The party submitted an application nominating the US and the CIA as main accused in the last drone strike case while the written request was sent to top police official of KP.


Opposition leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Wednesday said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is challenging the federation by blocking NATO supply. “The Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf should stop its protest. Blocking supplies to NATO by the provincial government is tantamount to challenging the accord reached with federation. This way pressure will come to federation. The provincial government should not take such step. Provinces will also start blocking the entry of people of one another among them. This is not a good tradition for the country and national politics. Such moves embroil the country into problems. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already bathed into blood. People of that province depend on transport and trade in terms of their livelihood. Therefore, blockade will ensure unemployment therein and the situation will take a dangerous turn,” he said this while talking to reporters. He underlined that proceedings against former president Pervez Musharraf should be initiated from October 12, 1999 under Article 6 of the constitution. If the then Supreme Court was involved therein then it should also be made part of the proceedings under Article 6, he said. ONLINE

KAYANI TO CHAIR FAREWELL CORPS COMMANDERS MOOT RAWALPINDI: The all-important Corps Commanders Conference will be held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday (today). The corps commanders conference will pay farewell to the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani who will be retiring today (Thursday). Corps commanders, principal staff officers (PSOs), general officers commanding (GOCs) and concerned senior officials will be in attendance to bid farewell to General Kayani. The army chief will give briefing on security, domestic and foreign challenges. The suspense over the successor to Pakistan Army’s powerful chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani concluded after confirmation of Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif’s appointment as the new chief of army staff (COAS). He will take command of Pakistan Army on Friday. On the other hand, Lieutenant General Rashid Mahmood has been appointed as the joint chiefs of staff committee (CJSC) chairman. ONLINE

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When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them ― Marilyn Monroe



Thursday, 28 November, 2013

NAWAZ CHOOSES A SHARIF TO RUN THE ARMY Gen raheeL sharif, inspeCtor Gen traininG and evaLuation, Made Chief of arMy staff ISLAMABAD



ReSIDeNT Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday appointed Lt General Raheel Sharif as the new Chief of Army Staff. The decision shocked not only senior-most Lt General Haroon Aslam, but also several analysts who were predicting that General Ashfaq Kayani would get another extension. Lt General Rashad Mahmood has been given the slot of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Sharif not only shares his last name with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but also has family ties with the ruling family. “On the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and in pursuance of Article 243/4 (a) and 243/4(b) of the Constitution of Pak-

istan, President of Pakistan and Supreme Commander of Armed Forces Mamnoon Hussain has been pleased to promote and appoint Gen Rashad Mahmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Gen Raheel Sharif as Chief of the Army Staff,” reads the notification. Nawaz has made another important move by giving additional charge of the Defence Ministry to Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif. Asif will appear in the Supreme Court in the missing persons’ case. Meanwhile, additional charge of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights has been given to Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, a close confidant and Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage in view of the orders of the apex court in missing persons case.Lt Gen Raheel was serving as Inspector General Training and evaluation while Lt Gen

Lt GeneraL rashad MahMood appointed ChairMan Joint Chiefs of staff CoMMittee Mahmood was serving as Chief of General Staff before their elevation to the top posts. earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held separate meetings with both Raheel and Rashad and took them on board about his decision. This is the fourth time that Nawaz has selected an army chief. In the past, he appointed General Abdul Waheed Kakar as the army chief in 1993, but the general ditched him and played a key role in his resignation. Kakar had superseded at least four senior generals. In 1998, Nawaz hand-picked General Pervez Musharraf to head the army. Musharraf first plotted the Kargil misadventure, derailing the India-Pakistan peace dialogue in 1999 and then engineered a coup against the PM in the same year. Nawaz selected General Ziauddin Butt in October 1999, but he could not take over as the army chief due to a coup by Musharraf.

Kayani, who also served as the director general of the ISI and director of the Directorate General of Military Operations, will hang his boots on Friday after being at the helm of the affairs for six years. General Raheel Sharif, Hilal-eImtiaz (Military) hails from martial stock. He was born in Quetta on 16 June 1956. He is the younger brother of Major Shabbir Sharif, Nishan-e-Haider, Sitara-e-Jurrat; and Capt Mumtaz Sharif. He is an alumnus of the Govt College Lahore and the Pakistan Military Academy from where he passed out with 54th PMA long course. He was commissioned in October 1976 in the battle hardened and renowned 6th Battalion, the Frontier Force Regiment in which his elder brother had embraced martyrdom. As a young officer, he performed his duties in Gilgit in an infantry brigade and also served as

adjutant of the PMA. He did the company commander’s course from Germany and subsequently served in the School of Infantry and Tactics as an instructor. He attended the Command and Staff College Canada, graduating with distinction. The officer carries a vast experience of command, staff and instructional appointments. He served as the brigade major of an infantry brigade and has commanded two infantry units, 6 Frontier Force Regiment in Kashmir along the LoC and 26 Frontier Force Regiment along the Sialkot border. He remained on the faculty of the Command and Staff College, Quetta and attended the armed forces war course in the National Defence University, Islamabad in 1988. As a brigadier, he commanded two infantry brigades, including an independent infantry brigade group. The general has had the honour of being the chief of staff of two corps, 30 Corps and 12 Corps. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Royal College of De-

fence Studies, the United Kingdom. He has been the general officer commanding of an infantry division and the commandant of the PMA. As a lieutenant general, he served as the 30 Corps commander for two years before taking over as inspector general training and evaluation in which capacity the he oversaw the training of the Pakistan Army. His stewardship resulted in fructification of Pakistan Army’s operation though and doctrinal response to the much vaunted Col Start doctrine of the Indian Army. The general is married and has two sons and a daughter. He is an avid reader and enjoys hunting and swimming. New CJCSC Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood, HI (M) was commissioned in May 1975 in Baloch Regiment. He has attended company commander course from France and is a graduate of Command and Staff College Canada, National Defence College, Islamabad. The general officer has varied experience of command, staff and instructional appointments.

TASSADUQ HUSSAIN JILLANI TO BE NEXT CHIEF JUSTICE ISLAMABAD: Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, known as a “gentleman judge”, was today named Pakistan’s new Chief Justice, replacing activist judge Iftikhar Chaudhry who led a crusade against corruption and misgovernance. President Mamnoon Hussain approved Jillani’s elevation to the post. His appointment will come into effect from December 12, a day after Chaudhry, the longest serving chief justice, retires. “The president has approved...the appointment of senior most judge Justice Tassaduq Jillani as the Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from December 12,” an official said. Jillani is a close relative of former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and a confidant of the outgoing chief justice. He is often described as a “gentleman judge” and will serve for nearly seven months. Chaudhry has built a reputation by strengthening the judiciary, often through direct confrontation with the civilian government and the powerful military. His actions led to the ouster of former prime minister Gilani after he refused to write to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases against then President Asif Ali Zardari. Many critics had then described it as a “judicial coup”. The slot of the chief justice has to automatically go to the senior most judge after the retirement of the incumbent. Neither the president nor the prime minister or the government has any role in the nomination of the chief justice. Only the president is to administer oath to the new chief justice per the constitution. Born on July 6, 1949, Jillani, hailing from Multan in Punjab, will retire on July 6, 2014, after reaching the age of 65. After his superannuation, Justice Nasirul Mulk, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who would then be the senior most judge of the apex court. If he is appointed the chief justice, his tenure will last less than 14 months. Staff REpORt

KH ASIF GETS ADDL CHARGE OF DEFENCE MINISTRY ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday gave additional charge of the Defence Ministry to Khawaja Asif. In addition, the prime minister has also given additional charge of the Law Ministry to Pervaiz Rashid, minister for information and broadcasting. An official announcement said the PM gave additional charge of the Defence Ministry to Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif; and additional charge of the Law Ministry to Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed. Previously these additional portfolios were with the prime minister himself. INp

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Raheel Sharif, the COAS designate, meets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House. INp


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif named a career infantry officer considered a moderate as army chief on Wednesday as the country fights a Taliban insurgency and seeks accord with the United States on how to stabilise neighbouring Afghanistan. Sharif announced that Lieutenant-General Raheel Sharif, brother of a war hero, would take charge of the world’s sixthlargest army, with a formal handover from General Ashfaq Kayani on Friday. The announcement comes as tension with archrival India over disputed Kashmir is rising and as the United States seeks Pakistan’s help in bringing peace to Afghanistan ahead of the withdrawal of most Western forces there next year. The army chief is arguably the most powerful person in Pakistan, with the military having ruled the country for more than half its 66-year history since independence from Britain. Here is all you wanted to know about Gen Raheel Sharif:

—The new army chief is not related to the prime minister. — General Raheel Sharif considers the militant threat inside Pakistan as important as the strategic tussle with India, a retired senior army officer who Sharif has served under told Reuters. “Sharif has played a big role in convincing the army that the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and assorted militants inside Pakistan are as big a threat (as India),” the officer said. The TTP, or Pakistani Taliban, is a group of Islamist militants based in the country’s lawless Pashtun tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. Sharif, 57, received his military commission in 1976 and studied military leadership in Germany, Canada and Britain. He commanded several infantry units, including the Sixth Frontier Force Regiment along the disputed Line of Control in Kashmir. —Perhaps his most important contribution has been his role in the reshaping the country’s strategic policy. In 2007, the military undertook an ambitious programme of re-thinking its strategic doc-

Lt Gen Rashad MahMood’s biodata RAWALPINDI: Newly-appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) was commissioned in May 1975 in Baloch Regiment. He has attended company commander course from France and is a graduate of Command and Staff College Canada, National Defence College, Islamabad. According to the biodata issued by ISPR, the general officer has varied experience of command, staff and instructional appointments. His major appointments include platoon commander, the Pakistan Military Academy, the brigade major infantry brigade, instructor at Command and Staff College and National Defence College. He has remained chief of staff Bahawalpur Corps and military secretary to the president. The general officer has commanded two infantry battalions, two infantry brigades and United Nations contingent at Congo, infantry division at Jhelum, director general at Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, Islamabad and Lahore corps commander. After commanding the corps, he took over as chief of general staff in January 2013. The general officer has been conferred with Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). app trine, following the appointment of Kayani as army chief. The new approach was seen as a move away from a focus on the rivalry with India to a more nuanced policy which considered the internal threat from militants equally as pressing.

Sharif was one of the architects of the new doctrine, army insiders say. — His brother, Major Shabbir Sharif, received two of the country’s highest military awards for his action during the 1971 India-Pakistan war in which he was killed.

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AN Achakzai, spokesperson of the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam Fazl (JUI-F), has said a tribal jirga of FATA would meet today (Thursday) in Peshawar to seek ways jumpstart the peace process with the Taliban stalled in wake of the US drone attack that killed TTP chief. Achakzai said the drone strike halted peace process with the Taliban and now there was a dire need to seek new ways to resume the process of dialogue. He said the tribal jirga convened in February 2013 in Islamabad was backed by national leadership, “as such we will go back to the jirga to take its members into confidence and seek new ideas for moving forward”. He said without involving the people of FATA, there could be no effective mechanism for talks with the Tal-

CHAMAN: Pakistani trucks carrying NATO supplies waiting at the checkpost at the Pak-Afghan border. INp

KARAKORAM HIGHWAY RE-OPENEDWITHOUT SECURITY COORDINATION BETWEEN KPK,GB iban. He said the jirga would help the government guide its efforts for reconciliation. The spokesman said no third party would be allowed to hijack the national bid to seek peace and reconciliation. He said the jirga would come out with suggestions to advice the federal government on how to proceed with Taliban talks.

‘taLiban kiLL six LiteRacy woRkeRs in afGhanistan’ MAZAR-I-SHARIF aGENCIES

Taliban militants gunned down at least six people in Afghanistan working on a government-backed literacy project in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Wednesday. “They were travelling this morning to observe a literacy project when the Taliban stopped their car and shot them,” said provincial police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhil. The insurgent group is stepping up attacks on state workers ahead of presidential elections due in April 2014, fanning security concerns as foreign troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of next year. The victims worked for a French aid group involved in the project, with just one of the seven workers shot survived, the ministry of rural rehabilitation and development said. The drawdown of international troops from Afghanistan is well underway after more than 12 years of war since the United States of America invaded and ousted the Taliban from power. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is negotiating a bilateral security agreement with the US that could help shape a post-war mission in the country but has so far held off on signing the pact.


The unsafe Karakoram Highway has been opened without introducing proper mechanism of coordination between the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) governments ensuring the security of passengers using Karakoram Highway. However, both the governments have failed in coming up with some proper mechanism for coordination with each other in case of any unpleasant situation. It has been spotted that in recent incidents of terrorism on Karakoram Highway, the issue of jurisdictions remained a major cause for confusion, resulting in delayed investigations. The source told Pakistan Today that by January, the meetings between the officials from both the provincial governments will be initiated during which the officials from the interior ministry will also participate. In these sittings, both the governments will finalise the proper mechanism for coordination to ensure the security of the passengers travelling on the highway.


Pakistan called for immediate cessation of illegal US drone strikes on its territory, after a UN committee unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday that underscores the need for an international agreement on legal questions involving the use of the remotely-piloted aircraft. “When armed drones kill unarmed, innocent civilians, there is a clear breach of international law,” Ambassador Masood Khan while explaining Pakistan’s position on the draft approved by the General Assembly Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural questions. Under the text, entitled “Protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism”, the 193-

member assembly will take note of UN Special Rapporteur Ben emmerson’s interim report last month that referred to the use of remotely piloted aircraft. The assemble will also note the urgent and imperative need to seek agreement among Member States on legal questions pertaining to the use of remotely piloted aircraft. Masood Khan said that while he had joined consensus, he was concerned that the text was not based on established international legal norms on the extra-territorial use of unmanned aerial systems. At the same time, the Pakistani envoy said, “We appreciate that the resolution, for the first time, includes references to the use of unmanned aerial aircraft for counter-terrorism and emphasises the urgent and imperative need to seek agreement between

member states on the legal questions pertaining to such aircraft operations.” He added, “The use of drones violates Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the asymmetric terrorist war, the well-established humanitarian principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution must be observed. This is not being done.” “There is also obvious geographical disjunction between the location of drone strikes and the primary battlefield,” it said. A signature strike, the Pakistani envoy said, had to be justified under International Humanitarian Law or International Human Rights Law to prove that it was a legitimate act of self-defence. Legally, it was important to define the geographical scope of the conflict as well as the immediacy of the threat.

Pakistani Ajmal Kasab was arrested from Nepal and brought to India MONITORING DESK Indian journalist Prem Shankar Jha has said Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru should not have been given death sentences. The one who provided cellular phone to Ajmal Kasab and his comrades was our informer, who was included in Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. Pakistani investigation officers should have been given access to Ajmal Kasab. Shahid Latif quoted former Indian police officer’s book saying Ajmal Kasab was arrested from Nepal and was brought to India. These views were expressed in a show hosted by Hamid Mir on a private TV channel. The programme revolved around a

discussion on the Mumbai attacks. In the debate, former law minister Ahmer Bilal Sufi, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Advocate Rizwan Abbasi and defence analyst Shahid Latif participated. Sufi said according to Jha, the provider of information and equipment to Kasab was an Indian informer. Sufi added that if this was correct, its importance could not be ignored. The former law minister called for a separate probe to ascertain if the matter was part of a plan or not. “It is very important to reach the depth of this matter,” he added. He said the dossier handed over by India to Pakistan regarding Mumbai attacks was unacceptable. The

information transferred by India has no significance from the viewpoint of prosecution. Hafiz Saeed was arrested owing to pressure from India, but when the resolution of Security Council was read, it denied the need for the arrest. It contained conditions pertaining to freezing assets, display of arms, and ban on travelling and Pakistan is already acting upon these points. The murder of Hemant Karkare requires to be probed. Jha said Pakistani investigation officers should have been given access to Kasab. India has given the evidences to Pakistan in relation to the Mumbai Attacks. Both the countries are so much a victim to scepticism that their intelli-

gence agencies block the relevant proofs. They sent a 13page summary to Pakistan, while the complete report was handed over to the US and the UK. Cooperation cannot work in this manner. He said that Indian courts should not have given death sentence to Kasab and Afzal Guru. Kasab and his cronies were in contact with someone on phone. The one who provided him cellular phone belonged to Kashmir Police, and he was our informer. He was admitted into Lashkar-e-Tayyaba but we ousted them. “His life has always been in danger,” he said. Sanaullah said the Punjab government detained Hafiz Saeed on directives from the former federal government.


Italy’s parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction in a momentous move that raises the risk of his arrest but is unlikely to be the last act of his tumultuous career. The three-time former prime minister told thousands of supporters outside his residence in Rome that he would “fight on” despite the vote, saying it was “a day of bitterness, a day of mourning for democracy”. “We are not going to retire to some convent,” Berlusconi said in a defiant speech, as fellow senators began voting that ended up forcing him from parliament for the first time in his 20-year political career. Motions put forward by Berlusconi’s allies in the Senate in an attempt to block the expulsion procedure were rejected one by one in a dramatic session in which dozens of lawmakers took the floor to support him. One loyalist senator even compared the scandal-tainted

Berlusconi to South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and two rival senators almost came to blows. Senate speaker Pietro Grasso said the failure of the motions meant that a proposal “abolishing the election of senator Silvio Berlusconi” was considered approved. Berlusconi will now be banned from taking part in any general election for six years and will lose his parliamentary immunity, which offers safeguards against arrest. Rumours are rife in Rome that an arrest could be imminent although Berlusconi’s lawyers have dismissed the prospect as “absurd” given that he has already had to give up his passport and is not a flight risk. experts said the expulsion marks another step in Berlusconi’s slow-motion demise, although he will continue to wield major clout even as an ex-lawmaker. Opinions were mixed in the streets of Rome. “We managed to put an end to 20 years of fascism, we can put an end to 20 years of Berlusconism too. I hope then

we will become a more grown-up country,” said Giulio, a passerby in the trendy Trastevere district. At the pro-Berlusconi demonstration, however, student Augusto Leone said: “I think he is the victim of a prejudice of a part of the political system that has always wanted to eliminate him.” Several polls show that the 77-year-old Berlusconi’s popularity is undimmed among his core supporters and that a centre-right coalition led by him as figurehead could win a future election. Declining power: The political tensions come at an economically crucial time for Italy, which is struggling to end its longest post-war recession, and just as parliament debates a budget aimed at slashing high debt and deficit levels. Prime Minister enrico Letta has called for a “non-chaotic situation in Italy” and said a division within Berlusconi’s ranks “will help stability”. A group of dissidents led by Berlusconi’s former protege, Deputy Prime Minister

Angelino Alfano, broke away from his party this month to form their own group. Alfano and his supporters have said they will vote against Berlusconi’s expulsion but will stay in Letta’s left-right coalition even if the ejection goes ahead. The government will therefore not collapse even though Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party said on Tuesday it was pulling out of the coalition after just six months of uneasy cohabitation with its leftist rivals, who narrowly won a February general election. The coalition now has a much narrower Senate majority of around 10 seats and could be vulnerable to sniping from Berlusconi even outside parliament. “Berlusconi is still extremely powerful, although that power is declining,”said James Walston, a professor at the American University in Rome. “He still has enormous resources, he still has his media, he still has lots of very diehard supporters inside and outside parliament,” he said.

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Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable — John F. Kennedy




Thursday, 28 November, 2013

Motion tabLed aGainst vehicLe’s papeR checkinG by pti ISLAMABAD ONLINE

The Awami National Party (ANP) has tabled an adjournment motion in the senate against checking of papers of trucks by members of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during sit-in against the drone attacks. Many PTI workers have been accused of damaging goods and manhandling truck drivers while checking papers, with police earlier registering cases against 40 PTI workers. On Wednesday, ANP senators Afrasiab Khattak, Zahid Khan and Daud Achakzai filed an adjournment motion in senate secretariat stating that members of ruling party in KP are involved in checking the papers of vehicles in the name of blocking NATO supply. It is said in motion that such action by PTI members is illegal and as a result of it unpleasant incidents are occurring between PTI members and vehicles staff. Further it has been said in motion that it is up to discretion of government not up to members of any political party to stop or continue the NATO supply; people of KP are facing severe difficulties due to illegal acts of PTI members. It has been demanded in motion that this matter should be discussed on the floor of house immediately to resolve the problems of people.

HYDERABAD: A craftsman busy in making pots at his workplace in Kumarpura. INp

five RobbeRs, a woMan kiLLed in faisaLabad poLice encounteRs FAISALABAD



As many as six persons, including five robbers and a woman, were killed in separate police encounters in different areas of Faisalabad. According to details, three armed robbers barged into a garments shop located at Satiyana Road of Faisalabad and started looting cash and valuables at gun point. The police, getting the information, reached the scene and tried to arrest the robbers who started firing at the police. In retaliatory fire, two robbers were killed on the spot while their one cohort managed to escape. He was later chased and shot dead by police personnel. Arms and looted valuables were recovered from the possession of the robbers killed in the fire exchange. A woman was also injured in the cross fire who was rushed to hospital but she expired during treatment. Meanwhile, in suburbs of Mamu Kanjan, the police approached two robbers who were fleeing after committing robbery. exchange of fire took place during which both the robbers were killed. Police said the robbers were wanted in a number of cases.



AWYeRS across the country on Wednesday boycotted courts on the call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC). The lawyers boycotted courts and did not appear in cases, leading to their adjournment by the judges at the Supreme Court, high courts, sessions courts, civil courts and all other district courts in the country. Litigants faced problems as they had to return home without progress in their cases. earlier on Tuesday, the PBC announced strike and boycott of the courts. Lawyers from various districts of Punjab protested outside the Supreme Court and demanded establishment of the Lahore High Court (LHC) benches in Gujranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, Sargodha and Faisalabad Divisions. Clashes among police and the lawyers erupted when they tried to enter the SC building. Police baton charged and fired teargas to disperse the protesters. Many lawyers

and the Islamabad assistant commissioner were injured in the clashes. All the injured were shifted to Polyclinic Hospital Islamabad, where lawyers also scuffled with doctors.

According to lawyers, the divisional benches of LHC were need of the hour to provide easy justice for the people at their doorsteps and save their time and money.

six kiLLed in bLasts neaR indian nuke pLant CHENNAI ONLINE

At least six people, including two children, were killed after a bomb exploded at a village that has been at the centre of protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Indian media reported on Wednesday. A case has been filed against activist Udhayakumar, who confronted the lengthy local campaign against the Kudankulam plant. The police suspect that some of those who were killed were activists of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear energy, which is headed by Udhayakumar. The police say the blasts took place when bombs exploded accidentally while they were being assembled at a house in Idinthakarai village. Two live bombs were also recovered from the spot. The Idinthakarai village has witnessed massive protests over the last two years against nuclear plants. Some villages in this region are notorious for making crude bombs to target rival groups during clashes. Last month, a minor boy was arrested for possession of around 25 country-made bombs at the neighbouring village of Koothankuzhi.


Suicide bombings and other attacks killed 30 people in Iraq Wednesday, and authorities found the bodies of 19 others shot dead in Baghdad, scenes eerily reminiscent of the country’s gruesome sectarian war. The latest violence, just months ahead of landmark elections, pushed the number of slain so far this year above 6,000 as the country endures its worst prolonged spate of bloodshed since 2008. Although there have been no claims of responsibility for much of the unrest, authorities are concerned about a resurgent Al-Qaeda, emboldened by the civil war raging in neighbouring Syria. Most of the violence struck Baghdad and

Sunni Arab areas of northern and western Iraq, which have borne the brunt of the months-long spike in bloodletting. Four suicide bombers detonated their explosives, but the carnage could have been much worse because security forces shot dead several would-be suicide attackers. Meanwhile, in two separate areas of the capital, police found the bodies of 14 men, all in their 20s or 30s, and all shot dead, medical officials said. eight of the corpses were found blindfolded in the mostly Sunni Dura neighbourhood, while six others had been dumped in a canal in mostly Shiite Shuala. In the northern district of Hurriyah, a family of five, three men and two women, were shot dead in their home in a pre-dawn attack.

At the peak of sectarian fighting, Sunni and Shia militiamen would regularly carry out tit-for-tat kidnappings and assassinations and leave scores of corpses littering the streets, many of them bound, blindfolded and showing signs of torture. Shootings, bombings and mortar fire in various other parts of the capital left five others dead Wednesday. elsewhere, shootings and bombings, including four suicide attacks, killed 25 people. In Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, a man blew himself up in the middle of a funeral, killing nine people. In northern Diyala province, a vehicle rigged with explosives and detonated by a suicide attacker killed three members of Kurdish peshmerga forces. Two separate attacks involving

multiple suicide bombers against police near Ramadi, west of Baghdad, killed at least seven policemen and left 15 others wounded. One of the attacks involved a car bomb set off by a suicide attacker on the western outskirts of the city, followed by a firefight between militants and police in which four suicide bombers blew themselves up. Five policemen were killed and 11 were wounded. A separate suicide bombing at a police station just north of the city killed two more policemen and left four wounded. Ramadi is the capital of the western desert province of Anbar, which shares a long border with Syria. Sunni militants linked to Al-Qaeda have exploited the relative lack of security to set up

training camps and carry out attacks on both sides of the frontier. Shootings in and around Mosul left five people dead, and a Sunni anti-Qaeda militiaman was gunned down in Salaheddin province. The government has trumpeted wideranging security operations targeting militants, primarily in Sunni-majority areas in the north and west, including the arrest of 25 people on Wednesday, but daily attacks have shown no sign of abating. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki used a recent trip to Washington to push for greater intelligence sharing and the timely delivery of new weapons systems in a bid to combat militants, while France and Turkey have offered assistance.

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US looks to bypass Karzai on Afghanistan security deal: LAT paper says obaMa adMinistration has beGun pushinG for foreiGn Minister Zarar ahMad osMani or another top offiCiaL in KabuL to siGn aGreeMent in CoMinG weeKs WASHINGTON INp


S officials seeking to close a deal by year’s end on the future of American troops in Afghanistan are exploring ways to bypass the country’s mercurial president, Hamid Karzai, who negotiated the agreement but now refuses to sign it. Frustrated by Karzai’s abrupt declaration that he won’t ink the deal before Afghan elections in April, the Obama administration has begun pushing for Foreign

Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani or another top official in Kabul to sign the agreement in coming weeks, Los Angeles Times said quoting several US officials. Unless the security pact is enacted this year, the White House says, it will plan a full withdrawal of the remaining 47,000 US troops from Afghanistan next year. That could leave Afghanistan without sufficient foreign military assistance to fight a still potent Taliban insurgency and hold fragile territorial gains after 12 years of war. US officials worry that if the deal collapses, Afghanistan will again become a

haven for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, as it was before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Without a security agreement, the CIA also could lose access to air bases used to fly armed drones over Pakistan. After months of tense negotiations, plans for a long-term US presence seemed all but complete until Karzai suddenly issued new demands. Susan Rice, Obama’s national security advisor, told Afghanistan’s Tolo television station that it was not possible for the United States to postpone signing the deal until spring, as Karzai has demanded. She also brushed aside Karzai’s call for release of all Afghans held at the Guantanamo Bay prison and for US troops to be barred from entering Afghan homes under almost any circumstances. “We’ve concluded the negotiations of the agreement,” Rice said at the end of a three-day visit to Kabul. “We’re getting the

text ready and we’ll sign it at a high level,” an apparent acknowledgment that someone other than Karzai could sign for the Afghans. US officials however acknowledge that bypassing Karzai is probably not a viable solution unless Karzai accepts the idea. “The heads of state wouldn’t have to sign the document, but they would have to delegate that authority,” said a senior US official in Kabul familiar with the discussions. “So I don’t think it’s clear here if it could be put into effect without Karzai’s approval.” Although Karzai is known for reversing himself frequently, he has shown no signs of backing down. Several politicians and analysts in Kabul said Karzai has underestimated the depth of support for the security accord among Afghans. They predicted that he ultimately will find a way to back down under pressure from the military, the busi-

ness community and some officials in his government. Azarakhsh Hafizi, a loya jirga delegate and head of the International Chamber of Commerce in Kabul, said business leaders worry that collapse of the accord will ravage an already weak economy heavily dependent on foreign aid. Without the security deal, foreign military and development aid would drop dramatically. Atiqullah Baryalai, Karzai’s former deputy defense minister, said Karzai “wants to hold the accord hostage’’ as long as possible in the hope of forcing U.S. concessions. “He’ll sign, believe me, but first he’ll push it as far as he can,” Baryalai said. Waliullah Rahmani, director of the Kabul Center for Strategic Studies, said Karzai is “wise enough to realize that the Americans have drawn a red line he can’t afford to cross.”

iRan, tuRkey caLL foR ceasefiRe befoRe syRia taLks TEHRAN aGENCIES

Iran’s top diplomat said on Wednesday that Tehran and Ankara would press for a ceasefire in Syria ahead of peace talks planned for January, the Mehr news agency reported. “All our efforts should be carried out to finish the conflict and reach a ceasefire even before Geneva 2,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. “Iran and Turkey have similar standpoints on several issues, including that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis,” said Zarif. Davutoglu also voiced support for efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire in Syria. “We should not wait until these two months (and let) the Syrian people suffer a worse situation. even before Geneva 2, the ground should be prepared for reaching a ceasefire which will lead to success at Geneva 2,” he said. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled regime, while Turkey has strongly backed the rebels seeking to overthrow him. The conference, sponsored by Russia and the United States, is scheduled to be held in the Swiss city on January 22, but its participants are still undecided. According to France and the United States, the second such gathering in Geneva since a peace conference held last year could lead to the establishment of a transitional government. The Syrian opposition accuses Tehran of providing military support on the ground to Assad’s army. Iran denies this and says its aid to Damascus is only in the form of economic assistance while admitting to the presence of “advisers” inside Syria.

Latvian pM ResiGns in wake of supeRMaRket cave-in tRaGedy RIGA aGENCIES

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis resigned on Wednesday in the wake of a supermarket roof cave-in that killed 54 people in Latvia’s worst-ever peacetime disaster. “The government takes political responsibility for the tragedy” in Riga, the premier’s spokesman said, confirming the resignation announced after talks with President Andris Berzins.

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai talk to reporters at the CM House. INp


The appointment of Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as the new army chief is being hailed by most quarters, still they found it a little beyond and contrary to the popular perception. There was an overwhelming impression among the concerned quarters that prime minister, being commander-in-chief, would pick from the senior most as the new army chief. Prime Minister Sharif had himself promised earlier that he would follow merit and seniority as the main consideration in the selection of new military leader. As such, there were not many choices before Nawaz. It was widely believed that General Haroon Aslam being the seniormost will be moved up and made the chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, while General Rashad Mahmood would don the mantle of the army chief. But Raheel’s selection as the army chief implies that frontrunner and the senior most military officer Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, currently serving as chief of Logistic Staff, was ignored for the elevation. In fact the perception was same in the military circles. Meanwhile, most political

and constitutional experts say the prime minister was within his right to pick one of the generals from the tally of three sent to him by the Ministry of Defence. However, these experts say the bigger question right now is the future of civilmilitary relations after the advent of the new military commander. Raheel Sharif has come from a true military background. He holds the Hilale-Imtiaz military award, and is the younger brother of late Major Shabbir Sharif, who received Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery in the 1971 war. Besides, he has enough military experience to lead the country’s most organised, modern and powerful institution. Being a thorough soldier, it is expected that he would be not much problematic for the new political dispensation led by Nawaz. Nawaz too has been very careful as far his relations with the army are concerned in general. Nawaz earlier chose Abdul Waheed Kakar as the army chief in 1993, but the general later played a key role in Sharif s resignation and ouster. Kakar had superseded at least four senior generals. In 1998, Nawaz handpicked Pervez Musharraf to head the army

and he too had superseded at least two generals. Musharraf first plotted the Kargil misadventure derailing Sharif’s India-Pakistan peace dialogue in 1999 and then staged a coup against the prime minister in the same year. There is also an impression among the political circles that after the appointment of new chief, Nawaz would be more assertive and in position to take important decisions. Another important question is whether the government will try to wrest control of national security and foreign policy formulation now once a new army chief is set to assume the office. Nawaz is quite keen to be seen a real powerful prime minister with his imprints on the national security and foreign policy. In the last five years and even much before it, the formulation of national security policy has been the forte of army to the exclusion of political leadership. Asif Ali Zardari did not disturb the equation and left the security issues at the disposal of outgoing army chief Gen Kayani. However, Nawaz wants show to everybody where the real authority lies. It will be interesting to see whether the military is ready to cede some powers to the

civilian rulers under their new commanders. But the national security experts do not expect any major shift in army’s overall role in the country. They do not expect any major departure from the policies pursued right now, nor any change in the prevailing equation. They say that any attempt to weaken military will not be accepted by military as an institution while foreseeing the continuity of the present policies under the new military commanders. These are testing times for both political and military leadership. The new army chief will face many tough challenges on national, regional and international levels. “The US is leaving Afghanistan though leaving behind a sizable presence in the region. Future of PakIndia relations are also very important and will test the relations of civil-military relationship. But most important of all is the internal threats to country from Taliban and other non-state actors. It is to be seen how civil and military leaders deal with these threats to prove to the world that Pakistan is a responsible country,” said Mushahid Hussain, a politician and expert on foreign policy.

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KARACHI: Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry walks out of the Supreme Court Karachi Registry after the hearing of the Karachi unrest case. ONLINE

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nadra chairman suspends four officers KARACHI: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Tariq Malik paid a surprise visit to NADRA Registration Centers (NRCs) in Karachi and suspended four employees on account of their alleged unfriendly customer service, negligence, incompetence and involvement in illegal practices. In the wake of vigilance reports and complaints received from media, Tariq Malik has started conducting unannounced visits at NRCs across the country. His visit involved inspection and monitoring of swift working at centers. During his today’s visit, he interacted with the people who had come for the processing of their cards, listened to them personally and issued orders on the spot for the convenience of the general public. He particularly visited areas having sensitive security situation, where he appreciated the staff for working under severe circumstances and in unconducive environment. He stressed upon the staff to provide the best possible customer services and customer relations. He further directed DG NADRA to ensure maximum level of customer satisfaction and hassle-free facilitation to the citizens at NRCs as customer care is one of the prime objectives of NADRA. He said NADRA officers should do away with the bureaucratic culture and consider themselves as public servants and prove to be in public service. He also directed DG Karachi to conduct surprise visits frequently at the registration centers and resolve peoples’ problems on the spot. Malik visited some centers during evening and night to see progress as on his instructions NADRA is keeping its offices open late hours in thickly populated areas. The general public has lauded Chairman NADRA's decision widely. INp

kiceff opens with 38 fiLMs, incLudinG 13 fRoM pakistan The film festival offers a unique opportunity for schools to expose their students to high-quality and meaningful entertainment KARACHI



He third Karachi International Children's Film Festival (KICFF) opened in the city with 38 films from 21 countries including 13 films from Pakistan. The festival which will continue till 29th is offering morning programmes for schools everyday and special evening shows for families on the last day. Organised by the Teachers' Resource Centre (TRC) and Little Art, the film festival offers a unique opportunity for schools to expose their students to high-quality and meaningful entertainment. For the last two years, TRC and Little Art have been organising the festival with overwhelming response from children, parents and schools. The KICFF is a sister festival of the Lahore International Children's Film Festival, which is in its fifth year in Lahore. The films have been carefully selected from 400 entries that were

received from 35 countries. The Teachers' Resource Centre (TRC) is a non-profit, non-government organisation, dedicated to improving the standards of education in both government and private sector schools in Pakistan. The Little Art is a not-for profit organisation, committed to bring innovation through arts education for children and young people in Pakistan. The films that are being screened also include Guddu ke Guddi from Pakistan.It is a beautiful animated story of a young boy who loves catching kites from the Lahore sky.He struggles to catch a kite, but decides to give it away to another child.What happens next is a surprise. Bubble is another entry from Pakistan and is a story of friendship between two children, who share similar issues and understand each other. Coloured Pencils from Brazil is the story of a poor nine-year-old boy who lives with his mother and loves to draw.Claudio nurtures the idea that drawing a coloured portrait of his estranged father will make him come home.

Claudio obtains three magical coloured pencils, but his mother allows him to use only one colour per day. Thereafter, each colour will have an influence on Claudio. Stoneflies from Germany is set in a little island where lives Ferdi, a little boy stonefly.Stoneflies cannot fly, they are too heavy and their wings cannot carry them. But Ferdi's biggest wish is to fly.So, he sets out to a journey to learn how to fly.On his way, he meets several stones whom he asks about the art of flying, but none of them is really able to help him. When he had already given up all hope and accepts his fate, he meets a little girl and his dream comes true. Bitseller from Spain is about what happens to a traditional writer when he has to change his old typewriter for a computer. The Centipede and the Toad from France is set in a far away forest where the gracious, lissome centipede is admired by all the other creatures, except for an old toad who is haughty and jealous, who hates him.One day, the toad decides to get rid of the centipede.

randhawa KiLLed for assoCiation with babar’s Case: aG sindh KARACHI INp

The Sindh advocate general told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that Naimat Ali Randhawa Advocate was killed due to his association with the Wali Khan Babar’s murder case. The SC was hearing the Karachi law and order implementation case at Karachi Registry where the advocate general presented a police report regarding targeted operations in Karachi. During the hearing, the AG told the bench that prosecutors were scared due to the lawyers’ killing and Naimat Ali Randhawa was murdered due to his links with Wali Khan Babar’s case. He said Randhawa murder case was of highly sensitive nature and the prosecutors were afraid, therefore, it was decided to move the case outside the province during a meeting presided by Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. The AG further told that arms and weapons was the most serious issue and he had also requested the Sindh High Court to set up five special courts to hear illegal arms cases. He further told the court that unidentified armed men attacked the house of the public prosecutor in Wali Khan Babar’s murder case, Advocate Abdul Maroof, in Defence area on Thursday. It may be mentioned that three assailants were injured in retaliatory fire by Abdul Maroof, however, their aides took them away. Advocate Abdul Maroof said he had been receiving threats and the CID police had also warned him of the danger.


As part of the Microsoft strategy, it has been partnering with the governments to help them identify their real-time needs and to leverage technology in a way to address today’s pressing concerns. Current governments are facing unprecedented economic challenges; the need for them is to invest in long-term growth to secure the future.

Information and communications technology (ICT) holds enormous potential to create jobs, increase productivity, and launch a new era of sustainable economic growth. It can also help governments become more open and responsive to citizens and provide better public services at lower cost. Foreseeing the unlimited potential of the country; Joseph Macri, Vice President, eMeA Public Sector, is on a two-day visit to Pakistan. The objective of his visit is to meet government

dignitaries and decision makers in the country and discuss prospects to increase productivity and efficiency with the latest solutions and innovation from Microsoft. During the first day of his visit on Tuesday, he met with Anusha Rehman, State Minister of IT, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarrar, Secretary IT of MOIT and Chairman Higher education Commission of Pakistan Imtiaz Ghani. “Pakistan may have challenges of fewer resources and a swelling population but it has a potential to

emerge as one of the world's leading IT players with its 60 percent youth population ready to meet the challenges,” said Anusha Rehman. Joseph Macri, Vice President, eMeA Public Sector, Microsoft said, “Microsoft is working with key stakeholders in the country to make a Real Impact for a Better Pakistan. We and our partners work closely with government leaders, organizations and citizens to help them fully harness the power of the innovation with flexible solutions,

programs and partnerships to meet local needs. Our objective is to foster innovation locally that can enable people to make a Real Impact for a Better Tomorrow.” “At Microsoft, our vision is to help countries, governments and citizens move from opportunities imagined to opportunities realised and will continue to play a pivotal role in facilitating government and people to realise their full potential” commented Amir Rao, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan.

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HYDERABAD: A police squad presents Guard of Honor to four martyred constables after funeral prayers at Police Headquarters ground. ONLINE

8 inJured in CLash between student Groups KARACHI: At least eight students were injured when students belonging to two rival groups of the engineering University clashed here on Wednesday. According to police, two opponent groups of Dawood College of engineering and Technology (DCeT) Karachi clashed after exchange of hot words. The members of both groups freely used clubs against each other resultantly leaving eight students injured. The police and rescue personnel reached the scene and shifted the injured to hospital for treatment. INp

aLtaf hopes new Coas wiLL heLp strenGthen deMoCraCy KARACHI: MQM Chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday congratulated the new Army Chief Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif and new Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Rashad Mehmood on their appointments. In a statement issued by MQM's London Secretariat, Hussain said: “the country is facing internal and external challenges. The security challenges faced by the country put great responsibility on the armed forces of Pakistan and its leaderships. I pray that the army will continue to serve Pakistan with extreme diligence, commitment and professionalism under the guidance of new leadership.” He paid rich tributes to the outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Kiani and Joint Chief of Staff Committee’s Chairman General Khalid Shamim Wayne for their professionalism and contribution for strengthening democracy in the country. Hussain hoped that democracy would flourish in the country. Staff REpORt

brothers KiLL sister for honour SHIKARPUR INp

Two brothers gunned down their real sister in the name of honour here on Wednesday and managed to escape from the scene. According to police, the accused hailing from Goth Rehan Jamali near Lakhi Ghulam Shah were suspicious about character of their sister. They repeatedly asked their younger sister to mend her ways but she paid no heed to their advice. On Wednesday, the culprits exchanged hot words over the same issue after which she was shot. The police registered a case against the murderers and started search for them.

int’L urdu ConferenCe starts today KARACHI: A four-day international Urdu conference will commence here on November 28. The event is being organised under the auspices of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, at its premises, an official of the institution said on Wednesday. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah would be the chief guest at the inaugural session. The conference is contributing towards the promotion and development of Urdu language at the international level. app

IBA Karachi announces partnership with ICWFD KARACHI



memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director IBA Karachi, and Asad Shah, Chairman of International Workforce on Commission Development (ICWFD). An announcement to this effect was made by an official of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) here on Wednesday. He said that IBA has been selected by the ICWFD to act as an exam centre for its educational project. The MoU explains that although all the courses offered by the commission will be conducted online, IBA will play a crucial role in ensuring that Student ID authentication is properly ensured. Shedding light on this, Shah said that the only doubt with e-learning is the difficulty to verify students identity at the time of examination. Having a reputable institute like IBA Karachi as our exam venue will rid us of those doubts'. When asked why he decided to extend this venture to Pakistan, Shah maintained: `Pakistan lacks universities. even in those universities the quality of education is not maintained at a very high level.An e-learning programme could break this country's educational stagnancy'.

He expressed his gratitude to the sponsors and supporters of the programme coming to Pakistan, including Standard Chartered Bank, Rotary Club, BBCL, eFU and especially Geo for `helping spread the message'. Representatives of the Geo Network were also present at the signing ceremony, headed by Imran Aslam, President Geo Network and the Mir Khalil-ur-Rehman Foundation (MKRF). Aslam was of the view that we have been living in the past for too long and that it is time to turn our face to the future. He expressed the high hopes for the e-learning programme and added that he was thrilled about this initiative, especially since we have been passionately engaged in various campaigns including `Zara Sochiye'. We are very much willing to contribute towards a conducive environment for education in Pakistan, he added. Dr Ishrat said that initially these courses will be offered free of cost, but on seeing an increase in the number of students, a minimal fee will be charged to cover the project's expenses. He welcomed the proceedings of such an education boosting cause, saying `We have to work together to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been denied quality education'. International Commission on Workforce Development is an California based NGO looking to enhance the world education by serving quality online courses at nominal cost.


The Karachi electric Supply Company (KeSC) on Wednesday ended load shedding for water pumping stations of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) in compliance with the Sindh High Courts’ interim orders passed on Tuesday. The spokesman of KeSC said that though KWSB didn’t comply with SHC’s earlier orders passed in the same case HCA 60/2012 on Feb 28th 2013 & re-affirmed on Oct 23rd, 2013, however, the KeSC could not ever think of committing contempt of court. He said that due to limited sources KeSC cannot bear the burden of Rs 600 million to 650 million every month. KWSB has been defaulting upon for over five years on its payments, accumulating to Rs 25.2 billion. Therefore, KeSC is consulting with their legal experts in order to explore all avenues to achieve recovery from KWSB including moving relevant applications for the urgent intervention by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

KeSC recalled that SHC had earlier in February and October 2013 authorized the power utility to disconnect power supply to KWSB installations in the event of default in paying its monthly power bills. While maintaining that KeSC always respected the courts and it had followed all the legal steps including issuance of legal notices as well as public notices in the first week of

November 2013 with a deadline of 18th November for KWSB to make up the defaults in current billing. Unfortunately, KWSB had ignored all this and created an artificial water crisis in the city on ground of only four hour load shedding while they were getting 20 hours of electricity without any payment. KeSC said it was KWSB which was committing contempt of court but not KeSC.

bieK announCes resuLt KARACHI: The Board of Intermediate education Karachi (BIeK) on Wednesday announced the result of HSC Part-I Commerce Group annual examination 2013 for private candidates. According to statistics, 7,144 candidates appeared in the examination and of these 2,117 were successful in all the seven papers and 1,495 in six papers. The number of those who cleared five papers were 1,101 and 917 in four papers. As many as, 655 candidates were pass in three papers, 440 in two papers while 300 could clear one paper only. A BIeK announcement said that the candidates will get their marks sheets at their mailing address after two weeks. No marks sheets at all will be issued from the Board's office, it was further stated. app

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Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change. –Thomas Hardy


COMMENT Thursday, 28 November, 2013

the iran deal nipping nuclear buds

finally, a new army chief but will the army be depoliticised?


FTeR speculations spread over months, Gen Raheel Sharif, third in line of seniority, has finally been appointed the new COAS. This shows that Nawaz Sharif’s views favouring the appointment of the senior most general to the post subsequently underwent change. There were in fact pronouncements by party leaders during the last couple of months which indicated that seniority might not be the sole consideration for the job. There was however no justification for delay in announcing the name of Gen Kayani’s successor which led to unnecessary suspense and gave birth to all kinds of surmises besides making the issue a subject of debate in the media. In any case, the COAS had to be chosen from a small group of four to five senior generals. Their personal files could have provided all the information about their professional competence to determine which one was best qualified to hit the ground running. In addition the prime minister could have sought reports from agencies about the nonprofessional aspect of the life of each of them. The exercise could have been completed in a couple of months if not weeks and announcement made accordingly. Nawaz Sharif was presumably extra cautious on account of his bitter experience of Pervez Musharraf, who overthrew the PML-N’s elected government despite having been appointed for his avowed loyalty. Things have however changed since 1999. The major political parties in the opposition are no more willing to court the army. Despite its much criticized penchant for judicial activism, the superior judiciary is committed to supporting democracy. The presence of a vibrant independent media is another deterrent to the man on the horseback. But still, the old habits die hard The most effective way of putting an end to Bonapartist tendencies is to improve governance and people’s livelihood and run the country through consensus. The parliament rather than the army should formulate policy decisions on the basis of informed recommendations prepared by parliamentary committees after receiving institutional inputs from all stake holders. While Gen. Kayani supported democracy, major defence and foreign policy decisions continued to be taken throughout his tenure by the GHQ. Similarly despite Kayani’s recognition of the existential threat posed by extremism and militancy, there was little change in the age old military doctrine that considered India as the major enemy. The moral: As long as the GHQ takes crucial policy decisions, no army chief can depoliticise the institution.

deepening drone dilemma pti unilateral actions to be counter-productive


He myriad opinions held by the KP coalition, the federal government and the other parties on the drones issue is a stark reminder of the confusion and discord underlying our prevalent political scenario as a whole. An agreement on looming problems demanding immediate decisions is either inordinately delayed or interpreted differently by the participants afterwards. Drone attacks have generated a renewed intense debate within the country as the UN Human Rights Commission has also declared them in violation of international law, while the killing of TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud and particularly the Hangu attack in quick succession, the latter the first outside FATA, has also raised the hackles of many. The ruling PTI has embarked on an aggressive course of action in KP, such as sit-ins, halting NATO supply route and roughing up the drivers. It would appear that it was the only national party that was not displaying hypocrisy on this divisive issue, but then one learnt of the FIR in the Hangu drone attack being lodged against ‘unknown persons’, reducing their stance to a farce. The KP finance minister who belongs to its coalition ally, the Jamat-i-Islami, even demanded of the federal government to expel the US ambassador, which of course is a bit far-fetched. He also threatened a countrywide mass movement to block the US supply line. The unilateral line of action taken by the PTI would certainly prove to be counter-productive, both at the national and the diplomatic level, and Imran Khan needs to coordinate closely with the federal leadership, if national interest is to be served. At the same time, one can well surmise the terror of innocent civilians in the tribal areas who remain at the mercy of drone attacks The ruling party, though undoubtedly beset by many daunting problems, also needs to come up with a well-thought out response, balancing the violation of sovereignty issue against the undeniable fact that the drone attacks have also eliminated many hostile militants. It is indeed a problem with many questions, and few answers. But the PTI’s ‘final solution’ of disrupting the NATO supply route and its other hasty actions such as street protests and mass movements can possibly turn violent in the heat of the moment, causing more mayhem and widening the already pronounced divisions within our polity and society. At the moment one can only say, that anyone who claims to have a clear solution for the drone attacks, has been misinformed.

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HIS was the limited deal, one designed to halt Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapons option and stave off the proliferating actions of other states. It is a deal replete with unresolved issues – but then again, it was not expected to. For one thing, what is on the table contains the classic contradiction of sovereignty – that other states may acquire nuclear options or have them, but not Iran. So far, the details of the deal, brokered between Iran, and the Permanent five plus one (US, Great Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany) involve a six month corridor of taking various measures. The entire stockpile of 20 percent of enriched material to be diluted, or at the very least rendered unsuited for further enrichment. The stockpile of 3.5 percent enriched uranium is not to alter between now and six months. excess material will have to be converted to oxide. There will be no more centrifuges to be installed. Numbers of current centrifuges are not to be operated. Of vital importance is the emphasis placed on preventing Iran was undertaking the second option of creating a bomb, namely via the plutonium route. For that reason, the parties were in general agreement that the Arak reactor will not be further pursued along those lines. Construction will be halted. Now what of the Iranians? They will have to, or at least have promised that they will, allow for some regime of inspection. Teheran has been promised that they will not receive any further sanctions in the next six months. Some will even be suspended, notably on various precious metals and gold. Money will be released for Iranians studying overseas. A certain portion of oil-revenue, some $4.2 billion, will be trans-

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ferred. What is astonishing about these concessions is the extent of how belligerent the sanctions regime has been against the Iranian regime. The observation being made here is that, while Iran is not gaining much, it is not giving much either. Iran will be allowed to continue some elementary form of uranium enrichment, though Washington has never taken a direct stance approving it. Israel, seeing demons everywhere, has asserted, at least rhetorically, that Iran has no such right to any form of enrichment. The hawks aren’t happy by this latest development because their beaks have been blunted and their wings clipped – for now. Iran is a mortal enemy, to be shunned, to be boxed in the category of international untouchables. For the conservatives and hawks in the U.S. and Israel, all forms of discussion short of the gun and imposition is impossible. Former US Senator Joe Lieberman stated it in the most simple terms: there was “American blood on Iranian hands” going back to the bombing of the Beirut embassy by Hezbollah in 1983. Lieberman shows again how he refuses to be blessed among the peace makers. Like a child retreating from the playground with wounded pride, he finds the Iranians incapable of being trusted. They had “a terrible record of not keeping agreements and frankly of lying.” Naturally, Washington’s assertions that it doesn’t spy on its friends and leaders of the misnamed free world shows purity of thought and action. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of North Carolina, showing the sophistication of an intoxicated pugilist,

lamented the miniscule adjustments to the sanctions regime against Iran, claiming that “we had the chance to deliver a body blow.” Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has proclaimed this negotiated pathway a “historic mistake”, one which “reduces the pressure on Iran without receiving anything tangible in return, and the Iranians who laughed all the way to the bank are themselves saying that this deal has saved them.” The Gulf states are distinctly underwhelmed, fearing that this will hardly be enough. None wants to see Iran’s power in the region legitimised, even if the power is highly circumscribed. But what such states fail to realise is that they, themselves, can be triggers for the very non-proliferation they want to avert. Attempts to disable and cripple all forms of nuclear pursuit will simply be a recipe for that pursuit to become more aggressive. The doves can hardly be said to be cooing either. This may turn out to be historic, but the true history of this occasion lies at one apex: the fact that diplomatic conversation has long last taken place. What we got, at least, was conversation, and a concession that such conversation is vital. Jaw-jaw, as mentioned by Winston Churchill, among others, tends to be better than war-war, as fascinatingly irresistible as the latter option may be.

While Iran is not gaining much, it is not giving much either. Iran will be allowed to continue some elementary form of uranium enrichment, though Washington has never taken a direct stance approving it. Israel, seeing demons everywhere, has asserted, at least rhetorically, that Iran has no such right to any form of enrichment.

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pity the sports I have lived close to the Model Town Club since my childhood. I started playing tennis there in my school days and continued to play until I turned a senior citizen. My medical practice as a foreign qualified cardiac physician and my tennis swings in the evening continued side by side. Alas, that club has now been shut down. Its majestic building of pre-partition era, surrounded by tall leafy trees, stands desolately waiting for tennis and squash players to come and hit around. Incidentally, national tennis player, Aisamul Haq, started his tennis career in this club. Another promising player Abid, once a ball-boy in the club, whom my friends and I encouraged and supported financially and who reached the national level in tennis and represented the country in Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Australia, also practiced in this club. The story goes that some people gambled in the club; therefore, it was closed down. Instead of ridding the pond of dirty fish, the pond has been put away to dry. What nonsense! Will the vibrant chief minister Punjab put Model Town Society’s big on the mat? Why healthy sports, such as tennis and squash, have been denied to young and old alike? Shame on those who took the reprehensible action. DR MUBASHER HUSSAIN Lahore

visionless leadership A cartoon has gone viral on social network depicting

ex-President Musharraf enquiring his fellow countrymen how far the Pakistani Rupee has plunged against the dollar. It’s a fact that after Musharraf’ departure, rupee has lost 50% of its value within the last five years. Country’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped to a dangerous level; these at present are less than one month’s import bill. In this backdrop, apparently, both the federal and provincial governments are having a relaxed time as if some external power is going to help them. All the right-wing parties have joined hands to halt NATO’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is routed through Pakistan, which means this gesture is not going to be welcomed by NATO countries. Such an unwise action may have severe diplomatic and financial implications for the country. But who cares for that in a country whose prime minister is unable to decide upon selection of the most powerful man in the country – the army chief till the very last day. And that’s in a country which is at war with Taliban, homegrown religious and sectarian terrorists and separatists. When the country can be run without a defence and a foreign minister for the last three months, why not run the forces without an army chief? The country is moving towards severe power, water and fuel gas cuts, forcing the industries to shutdown to provide these utilities to an ever-growing population. Religious and sectarian terrorists are roaming the streets as was evident just a week back in Rawalpindi. Religious factories producing suicide bombers are working overtime. But this visionless leadership is taking the country to a new low. Good luck to Pakistan! MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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perspective on pakistani politics imran Khan vs the rest


fundamentally shortsighted pakistan’s foreign policy, right from the beginning

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He book is an insider’s view of the development of Pakistan’s relations with major foreign powers and neigbouring countries. The writer also provides the rationale for alliance with the US and the decisions to join the defence pacts, including CeNTO and SeATO. It is the establishment’s narrative of the country’s foreign policy. The foreign policy of a nation follows its overall objectives. Jinnah had visualised Pakistan as a modern, liberal, democratic and welfare state where religion was to be a personal matter having nothing to do with the business o the state. Abdul Sattar takes note of Jinnah’s attachment to democracy and liberalism. “Jinnah’s concept of Pakistan as a Muslim, liberal, democratic and modern nation state predisposed him in favour of close relations with democratic countries.” Though Sattar fails to underline the fact, the military-bureaucratic elite had assumed real power in Pakistan soon after its creation. The focus thus shifted from the welfare of the people to strengthening the armed forces. This laid the foundation of a system that was to gradually transform Pakistan into a national security state. A foreign policy doctrine suited for the purpose was thus devised. The doctrine rests on the concept of ‘the tyranny of disparity in the region’ with Pakistan facing a permanent threat from a much stronger India. Pakistan was thus forced to look for allies and to enter into defence pacts. In the 1980s another potent threat was invented, the imminence of Soviet intervention in Afghanistan dictated by its search for ‘warm waters.’ As Sattar puts it, “the contours of Pakistan’s foreign policy were thus shaped by the desperate need for arms to ensure the security of the new state and the funds to finance its economic development.” The reasons to prefer the US over the Soviet Union given by Sattar are quite interesting. “The Soviet system, however, was unattractive to League leaders because of its restrictions on freedom, atheist ideology, and sponsorship of subversion in other countries.” The military-bureaucratic elite in fact never displayed any fondness for democracy. The declaration of fondness for freedom was in fact meant to make successive arbitrary rulers and military dictators palatable to the US and the West. The record belies the claims of commit-

ment to democracy. Governor General Ghulam Mohammad dismissed the Constituent Assembly. There were no general elections in the country for 27 seven years till 1971. Ghulam Mohammad and Iskander Mirza made a mockery of democracy by sending home one prime minister after another. Under Ayub a highly repressive system was introduced which paid scant respect to human rights, the press was gagged and scores of politicians were incarcerated and debarred from taking part in politics through black laws devised for the purpose. Restrictions were put on trade unions and students organizations, and the natural growth of the civil society was hindered. The Zia regime turned out to be the most repressive of them all. The way crucial decisions were taken by the elite indicated lack of institutional discipline. This is exemplified by the way the government joined the two defence pacts, the SeATO and Baghdad pact which was later renamed CeNTO, which were to have long term effect on the future of the country. The government, we are told by Sattar, had reservations about SeATO as the treaty did not cover Pakistan against Indian aggression insofar as the US was concerned. Washington had insisted that its obligation would apply only in the event of communist aggression. “…However, upon urging by Dulles, Foreign Minister Zafrullah Khan decided to sign the treaty nevertheless. The Pakistani cabinet was surprised and displeased and some of its members were critical of the foreign minister. Zafrullah Khan offered to resign. On reflection the cabinet quietly acquiesced in his judgment.” Sattar defends Zafrulah’s judgment, arguing that not signing would have “jeopardised the aid

Pakistan’s Foreign Policy 1947-2012, A Concise History Abdul Sattar, Oxford University Press, Karachi Third Edition 2013 Pages: 378; Price: Rs995

Pakistan so desperately sought.” In the case of Baghdad Pact, the government was disappointed with the promised amount of US aid and was not keen to join the pact. But Ayub Khan who was defence minister-cum-army chief agreed to join the pact. “In June (1955) Ayub Khan was invited to Turkey. Prime Minister Nuri Said of Iraq was also there. He and the Turkish premier, Adnan Menderes, succeeded in convincing Ayub of the advantages of joining the pact, explaining that the United States could be counted upon to support the regional members, and that in any case the pact involved no additional commitments. Ayub agreed to recommend adherence by Pakistan. Within days Pakistan cabinet approved adherence by Pakistan”. The penchant for foreign aid which predominantly comprised loans that were to be paid back was to turn into an addiction. Once it started pouring in, necessary steps were not taken to use it to put the economy on rails, as a number of other countries like South Korea later did. There were no land reforms as the ruling elite needed the big landlords of West Pakistan for political support. As Cold War intensified US realized Pakistan’s utility as a link in a chain of alliances meant to ward off communism and contain the Soviet Union. Washington did not take any note of the rights violations in Pakistan as successive administrations were willing to serve the US designs in the region. The stress on religion was needed to create hatred against India and to justify the burgeoning military expenditure. More funds were diverted to defence budget even if this meant the denial of education and health facilities to the masses and abandoning vital social development projects. Despite the US making it clear that military aid given to Pakistan was only meant for defence against communist aggression and was not to be used against India, false expectations were built up among the general public. As the US refused to come to the country’s rescue in 1965 and 1971, this was turned into an excuse for making the nuclear bombs. As Agha Shahi put it, “The failure of the allies to come to Pakistan’s assistance and the powerlessness of the UN to restrain India from intervention and aggression in east Pakistan in 1971 convinced Pakistan’s leaders of the need to develop nuclear capability.” The national security state served the purposes of the Western allies. The billions of aid strengthened the military machine while a portion of it was pocketed by those in power. Several futile encounters with India have cost the country heavily. Dragging Pakistan into Afghan war turned out to be a disaster. The militant networks trained, armed and brainwashed by the ISI to fight in Afghanistan or Kashmir were to turn on its own armed forces and have by now killed over 40,000 civilians and soldiers. State sponsored terrorism has thus become an existential threat for Pakistan. There is an urgent need to fundamentally revise the shortsighted foreign policy doctrine. Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad is a political analyst and a former academic.

ACHIAVeLLI in his acknowledged masterpiece “Il Principe” (translated as “The Prince” in english) has outlined a number of political clichés. Most of these are practiced by the ruling class in Pakistan. While they may be suitable to the pursuit of personal power, their cost is compromising on national interests and all that is good about a considerate human society. We have the ultimate torchbearer in Asif Ali Zardari who has OMER zahEER MEER practiced the Machiavellian style of politics like never before in Pakistan. Not only did he manage to assess the ‘price’ of major stakeholders in the system be it his allies or foes, he actually used them in a way to ensure completion of his tenure, the first time a democratically elected government did so in Pakistan. The chaos, disasters and calamities faced by Pakistan are, however, a different story. No one in power stopped Mr Zardari from plunging Pakistan in the depths of misery for all those who could, had their share of the pie. All, that is, except one political leader, Imran Khan. The infamous Wikileaks which exposed the ruling classes across the globe also confirmed what most Pakistanis already knew, that their traditional leaders were docile to the US even if not sell-outs. While Mr Zardari was busy assuring Americans that nothing will be done without their consent, the former PM Yousaf Raza Gilani confirmed his support for the US drone strikes killing innocent Pakistanis while hypocritically issuing public condemnations. Maulana Fazlur Rehman hosted a dinner for the American ambassador to try to win over the US ‘support’. The US ambassador Anne Patterson commented afterwards: "He has made it clear that his still significant number of votes are up for sale". Perhaps most shocking but lesser known is that the current PM assured the American ambassador of his loyalty to the US by recalling his prior “services” (from Aimal Kansi to supporting the US stance in the Irag war, etc). Nawaz Sharif repeatedly told the US ambassador he was "pro-American", despite his critical public stance as per Guardian. He thanked the US for "arranging" to have Kayani appointed as army chief too. In the midst of them all there’s only one exception, Imran Khan. Americans described him as not under their influence and ‘lecturing’ them about the issues and Pakistan’s national interests. More recently Azam Hoti exposed the dual faces of ANP’s top leadership including Asfandyar Wali, who were selling Pakistan’s national interests to USA for dollars while Imran Khan was challenging the US administration to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who rarely tours Pakistan and cannot survive without bullet proof cars and screens has the audacity to hypocritically call the only political leader who mingles in public without fear and security screens despite threats to his life as ‘Buzdil’ (coward). It’s iconic as Imran Khan has been amongst his people at every major crisis be it bombings, sectarian violence or other unfortunate incidents while Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on the rare occasions he does visit Pakistan, is confined to limited movements under extreme security. Perhaps Bilawal will learn in due time that badmouthing opponent leaders of international stature not only negatively affects his own image but can also backfire politically. It’s however interesting how all the pro status quo forces have united against Imran Khan, behaving with a belief that he is not a man anymore but a phenomenon. Khan defied the traditions of corrupt politics when he recently ended his alliance with Qaumi Watan Party of Aftab Sherpao due to corruption by two of his ministers. He ensured they were removed even if he had to let go of the KPK government. This is unprecedented in Pakistan where corruption has become the norm. Here, those who claim to hang the corrupt, end-up attending their farewells and providing assurances, being in the same boat of corruption. They are obviously threatened by such precedents and accuse Imran of trying to get “rid” of KPK government. This is another example of baseless propaganda as his record confirms that he never backed off in the face of adversity. even more recently Khan put the national interests before politics by not using the unfortunate incident in Rawalpindi for political mileage at the height of sectarian tensions. Most other parties would have jumped on such a drastic failure of their main rival – in this instance, PML-N’s Punjab government. Being the only politician having his property and investments within Pakistan he is often attacked for his sons’ British residency without the rational view that being minors they are living with their mother, as per Islamic law. Strange is that those same politicians would not answer about their billions amassed abroad in addition to their adult heirs. It is also conveniently forgotten that he had to sacrifice his marriage for his country as Ms. Jemmima Khan was accused in politically-motivated fake cases and could not remain in Pakistan while he was not prepared to leave the country. His faith and honesty has won him many fans. Recently when he showed the real picture of the tragedies culminating from the illegal drone aggression on Pakistan, even John Kerry was impressed that a Pakistani politician can stand-up for the national pride and dare to challenge the American narrative in front of them. A leader is someone with a vision and courage to guide a nation even against the popular public discourse, like Imran Khan did. His unchanged stance on the war on terror saw him called ‘Taliban Khan’, hailed as a visionary and then again termed as ‘HakimUllah’s supporter’ at the turn of the events but he did not waver. It’s ironic that while some liberal extremists accused Imran of being a Taliban apologist, the likes of Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman accused him of being a Jewish agent. Those having nothing in common unifying against Khan without a common principle speak a lot about the righteous path he’s chosen. Time is proving how right he has been with the confirmation of the extreme economic, social and human losses suffered by Pakistan. While Americans are busy negotiating next door with the Afghan Taliban, Pakistan’s accumulated financial losses to economy are estimated at $ 100 billion (much more than the total foreign debt), per month losses are Rs90 billion approximately with over 45,000 lost lives. The nation is finally waking up to the mess we’ve been put into. Omer Zaheer Meer is an Economist who is also a qualified chartered accountant, financial analyst and anti-money laundering expert. He can be reached on Twitter @OmerZaheerMeer, or on mail at:

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ARTS Thursday, 28 November, 2013

Can you really forgive if you can’t forget? — Sarah Jessica Parker


shahid kapooR’s fatheR pLays viLLain in kaReena kapooR’s fiLM?

wouLd Like to do a fiLM Like Maine pyaaR kiya: eLLi



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HE Nida Azwer Atelier is set to showcasea bridal collection entitled “The Hyderabad Collection”, at the Bridal Couture Week in Lahore on November 29. For her collection, designer Nida Azwer draws inspiration from the traditional Hyderabadiaesthetic.The collection highlights the grandeur, luxury and affluent lifestyle of the HyderabadiNawabs, through rich fabrics such as maisurisilk, brocade, featuring intricate embroideries of exotic birds, dragonflies and other creatures inspired from French florals as well as figurative embroidery inspired by Mughal miniatures. In terms of silhouettes,expect voluminous Hyderabadidupattas paired with classic

Evicted Bigg Boss contestant Elli Avram’s wish to work with Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan is a known secret now. However, what one doesn’t know is that the actress dreams of working with Salman in a film like Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. “I would love to with Salman Khan. He is such a great actor and I would like to work with him a romantic film. I loved his film Maine Pyaar Kiya and it would be great if I get a chance to work in a film like Maine Pyaar Kiya or Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,” said the Mickey Virus actress. Well, we hope the Swedish beauty’s dream soon comes true.

Hyderabadi shirts with low backs, cholilehnga’s featuring detailed resham work and signature Nida Azwer angharkha’s, all in a diversecolour palette of off-white, gold, silver, yellows, greens and pinks with accents of dark greys and browns, ivories and coppers. Speaking about her collection for the Bridal Couture Week, Nida Azwer said “My latest collection pays homage to the bygone Hyderbadi era, allowing us to revive craft, design and silhouettes from that period in history. I have always had a passion for the more classic and vintage design elements infused with traditional crafts such as ‘tukrikakaam’, ‘rilli’, ‘kantha’, ‘hirmich’, ‘shadow work’ ,’zardozi’ and ‘miniature embroidery’ worked into contemporary fashion silhouettes all of which is manifest within The Hyderabad Collection”.

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NEWS DESK It seems like ‘Shuddhi’ will not be an easy experience for Kareena Kapoor Khan. While the pretty actress will star opposite her alleged ex-flame Hrithik Roshan in the film, if rumours are to be believed Pankaj Kapur will also be a part of the film. Since Pankaj Kapur is Kareena Kapoor’s ex-boyfriend Shahid Kapoor’s father, it needs to be seen how comfortable she is work with the senior actor. Kareena has earlier shared screen with Pankaj Kapur in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon but at that time she was in a relationship with Shahid. A report in India Today says Pankaj will be playing a villainous character in the film. He is very excited about his role and feels that it is something that he has never done before.

woRLd’s Most expensive book seLLs foR $14M, says sotheby’s

First time in the history of Hindi films, Aditya Chopra and Aamir Khan are set to do the 'unbelievable'. Industry insiders say that this is huge and a stroke of genius marketing strategy. Both marketing giants are known to do something big every time in marketing. Songs are a main stay of Bollywood films and a major marketing tool. All films put approximately 50 per cent of their television budget to promote music. However this year's biggest film Dhoom 3 will not show any of its songs. No songs will be seen on television or internet or on any promotional platform. Right from the very beginning everything about the film has been kept hush hush and everything has been extremely secretive. The story line of the film also has not been released yet, even though the film is only a month away from release. Only one promotional video track is out with Katrina Kaif dancing to Dhoom Machale. No other film tracks will be seen. Instead they will be releasing song teasers of 30 seconds for the audiences to get a glimpse and feel of the songs and content. Audiences will be able to see the full song only in the film.

The first book printed in what is today the United States of America sold for more than $14 million at auction in New York Tuesday, Sotheby’s said, becoming the world’s most expensive book. The translation of Biblical psalms “The Bay Psalm Book” was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 and was sold at a one-lot auction by Sotheby’s. Bidding opened at $6 million and closed just minutes later at a premium price of $14.165 million, a Sotheby’s spokesman said. The auction house had valued the book at $15-30 million. The identity of the buyer was not immediately announced. The previous world auction record for a printed book was $11.5 million, reached when a copy of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” sold at Sotheby’s in December 2010. The settlers, who came to America to seek religious freedom, set about making their own preferred translation from the Hebrew original of the Old Testament book. “The Bay Psalm Book’ is a mythical rarity. Unseen on the marketplace for more than two generations, it has become too rare to collect,” said David Redden, head of Sotheby’s books. Redden said the volume had even greater significance than being the first book printed or written in America. “This little book of 1640 was precursor to Lexington and Concord, and, ultimately, to American political independence. With it, New england declared its independence from the Church of england,” he said. Selby Kiffer, from Sotheby’s special projects department, called it “not simply one of the great icons of book history, it is one of the greatest artifacts of American history.” There were 1,700 copies of the original 1640 edition. The eleven that have survived until today are in collections such as The Library of Congress in New York and Harvard College Library. No copy had appeared at auction since 1947, when a different copy fetched $151,000, a record at the time for any book, including the Gutenberg Bible or Shakespeare’s First Folio. The book was sold by the Old South Church in Boston to benefit its work in the historic city. The same church possesses another copy of the “Bay Psalm Book.”

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NEWS DESK Pakistan’s most well-known singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has reportedly married his model girlfriend Falak in a secret ceremony over a month back, Times Of India reported on Wednesday. The paper reported that Rahat has also divorced his first wife Nida. His nikaah to Falak was a private affair and was attended by only his close friends and family. The news about his secret marriage was revealed by his RJ friend in Pakistan, post which a number of websites in Pakistan reported the news. We wish Rahat a happy married life.

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Not everybody is perfect, and I don’t think we should be looking for perfect people —Simon Cowell

i neveR Made a cent fRoM sex tape: paRis hiLton

ARTS Thursday, 28 November, 2013

Jolie hasn’t bought island for Pitt

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NEWS DESK Socialite Paris Hilton claims she never made a cent from her infamous sex tape ‘1 Night in Paris’. The 32-year-old hotel heiress was just 21 when her then-boyfriend Rick Salomon filmed them getting intimate and the leaked the footage after they split, reported Contactmusic. “I never made a dollar, not one. I make enough money in nice ways, my fragrance makes enough, I don’t need to worry about that,” she said. Although Hilton said she never cashed in on the film, her former boyfriend Salomon reportedly earned millions from the X-rated home movie. She is currently River Viiperi since September 2012.



CTRESS Angelina Jolie hasn’t bought any heartshaped island for fiance Brad Pitt as reported, says Donna Massaro, daughter of the property owners. Donna’s

parents Joseph and Barbara had put up the island for sale four months ago and she has said that no one has bought it yet, reports In fact, she has no idea about who spread the rumour of Angelina buying the island, which is located approximately 50 miles

north of Manhattan, New York and sits in the middle of Lake Mahopac in Putnam County. “I don’t have any idea where that (report) came from. The family threw it out there to see if anyone was interested, and so far no (potential buyers) have (come forward),” she said.

Rapper Kanye West says that his love story with fiancee Kim Kardashian will be remembered for a long time, just as the eternal love between fictional characters Romeo and Juliet. The couple, who got engaged last month, has been dating for over a year. They even have daugter named North, who is now over seven months old. “Our love story’s a love story for the ages. I felt like when we first got together, it was like a Romeo and Juliet kind of a thing where it’s like she’s a reality star and I’m a rapper...,” quoted Kanye as saying. When asked if the rapper was sure that Kim is the one for him, Kanye said: “Oh yeah, 100 percent. I had to work for it.”

‘SALMAN BHAI HAS THE POWER OF FORGIVING’ COURTESY TOI Sajid, 42, and Wajid, 40, are real brothers who are not just bonded through their music, but also through values instilled by their father. While Wajid composes, Sajid arranges, melody being key to both. They are both protective about each other and while Sajid is most attached to Wajid, Wajid's soft corner is clearly his mother. While they won their first Filmfare award for their music in Dabangg, Deewana and Partner too remain their favourite albums. Even though their music of Jai Ho is still to release, their song Saamne Hai Savera from Bullett Raja is already a hit. Over an hour-long conversation with TOI they speak about their father's khuddari, Sonu Nigam's hoshiyari and Salman Khan's dildari. Excerpts: You come from a musical family. Let's talk about your childhood? Sajid: While we were both born and brought up in Mumbai, our grandfather Ustad Abdul Latif Khan sahab was a musician from Peshawar, Pakistan, who moved to Saharanpur post partition as my grandmother was from India. Our father Sharafat Ali Khan, from a very early age, played the dholak and by the age of 10, he became famous as the leading dholak player in Western UP belt and decided to move to Mumbai. He was picked up by top music directors and travelled the world, performing shows with Ashaji and many other leading artistes. Our nana Padma Shri Fayaz Ali Khan sahab from Kirana gharana was a big man, who at that time owned a flat in Mumbai and taught music to half the industry. He heard my father perform and decided to get his daughter married to him. From a young age, I learnt the tabla and Wajid, the guitar, and as children we would sit with my nana and play with big artistes without realising that. Even though our father was uneducated, he was a thorough musician and knew how to impart musical education to us. He did that throughout his life till four months back, when he passed away at just 63, due to a second bypass surgery that he could not survive.

Let's talk about your father? Sajid: My father being a top musician never had time, as he always had so much work. While usually kids go to class to learn music, we got everything on a platter and learnt informally and unknowingly, a lot. We were never tied up to music and were introduced to music, ranging from Michael Jackson's Thriller to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sahab's music. He would say, 'You should be a versatile artiste, whether you are a singer, musician or a music director. He was a believer in melody and would always say that in a song the 'aha' comes only if it has melody. And he instilled the importance of melody in our minds. Papa wanted us to always be perfect. He would demoralise us even when we would make great songs and say, 'halka hai'. Wajid would often stay up all night practising and perfecting himself, always thinking why his father said 'halka hai'. When we were young and if we were wrong, he would never hit us. Even if he hit us, he would hit us very reluctantly thinking that we shouldn't get hurt. But if I was down, and if I cried, that is the time

he would slap me really hard and say, 'Mard bache rote nahi.' He wanted us to be men. For him, being a man was loving your people, being responsible and always giving. He was a liberal man, who just wanted us to be independent and not be dependent on anybody. He would always encourage us to share our knowledge and would say, 'Allah gives only a few people the luck to be responsible and look after others. He gives courage to people who have the heart.' In our hearts, we know today that we are responsible. He was our father, but also our friend. Before dying, he hugged us and said, 'In this world there is no bigger wealth than brothers staying together and being together. There is nothing greater than blood.' We both bought our flats due to his confidence that he would stay with the both of us, but he died before that. Today, nobody in the world can control me, except for my father, and I miss his domination. I get scared now that I don't feel scared of anybody. I never used to show him that I was scared of him but now that he is not there, I feel scared that he is not there to

control me. Did he play with you as a musician in your shows? Sajid: He was very khuddar. Even when we became Sajid-Wajid, he would insist on going for shows with us only as a musician and not as our father. I would feel shy of him performing with us and felt that he being our father should accompany us as our father and not as a musician. He got annoyed and said, 'Partner, you better give my payment and take me as a musician.' He would want us to deduct money for my mother's ticket if she accompanied us as according to him she was his wife and his responsibility. He would never come as our father and never wanted any money from us. Both of you are quite different. Do you fight? Wajid: Sajid bhai, being the oldest, was allowed more liberties and was my father's favourite child. He is very impulsive and can be easily misunderstood as many a time he will not think before speaking, is happy-go-lucky and a lovely human being. I am usually calm and try and listen before I judge people. As a brother, I know him well and understand him, but knowing his nature I have to take more responsibility and know that there are ways in which you can speak the truth. How you put it across makes a difference. Sajid: We do fight a lot, but in today's world, you don't get brothers like Wajid. God has stopped making them. He is extremely respectful and I love him the most in the world. Wajid: There came a time when I would get irritated with Sajid bhai. Salman bhai sensed that and I told him, 'I don't like when people misunderstand Sajid bhai.' Salman bhai said, 'If you want to be happy, leave him alone.' From then on I have groomed myself to let go. How did you meet Salman Khan? Sajid: I would get chucked out of the house by my father often. I was in college when on one such occasion, he again told me to leave the house as I had had an argument with him at the time of riyaz in the morning. I went to a pool place in the

afternoon where I found myself to be all alone. I was very upset wondering why my father did that to me even though I tried as much as I could to listen to him. Suddenly, I saw Salman bhai walking in and there was just the both of us. Even though he did not know me and I was a stranger to him, we ate lunch together. That was his greatness as only he can do that with a stranger. We formed a friendship that was God send. After so many years of knowing him, I can say that 'Zingadi mein koi toh hai jisko main apna bada bhai bol sakta hoon.' How did you get your first break in Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya? Sajid: Sohail bhai gave us our first break. Sohail bhai used to play pool and we were in the same group and became friends. At that time, we were struggling music directors. The next day I would call him as a struggler and seek time as a music director without telling him that we played pool the night before. This would continue for some time where at night we would play pool together and the next morning again, I would call him asking for time as a struggler and he would make excuses till one day he gave into my perseverance and called us. He laughed when he saw me and of course gave us our first film to compose music for. Salman has had a big role to play in your life. What is he like? Sajid: He is like any elder brother you look up to. After God Almighty and our parents, it is Salman bhai for us and we have learnt a lot from him. His standards for music are very high and he pushes you to do your best. Many of our songs have become hits due to his suggestions. Salman bhai is very giving and has the power of forgiving. He can shock you with the range of songs he likes and he will always go with the best song for the situation as his understanding of scripts is very deep. Once you are associated with him, he is protective about you. He is possessive about people he loves, as he is about his brothers. The special thing about him is that he is not possessive about your freedom.

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The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours — Sam Testa


SPORTS Thursday, 28 November, 2013



state bank, ptv staRt with wins LAHORE Staff REpORt

Pakistan Television scored 13 runs in the last four balls off Wahab Riaz to chase 167 and beat National Bank of Pakistan by seven wickets at the Gaddafi Stadium. The loss was an upset for NBP, a team with a solid bowling line-up laden with some of the best spinners and pacers. Asked to bat first, NBP were off to a wobbly start before Fawad Alam (43 off 34) anchored two pivotal partnerships, of 54 with Usman Qadir (35 off 28) and 50 with Hammad Azam (27 off 19), to boost the total to 166. PTV, in reply, piled down the target in 19.4 overs as Haroon Ahmed (64* off 48) and Zeeshan Mushtaq (66 off 47) combined a 102-run stand for the second wicket. State Bank of Pakistan ripped through United Bank Limited's batting line-up, beating them by 28 runs. SBP opted to bat but lost five wickets for 49 runs, while Farrukh Shehzad (72 off 61) and Rizwan Haider (22 off 17) held their nerves to help the side post 126. Spinners Atif Maqbool and Kashif Bhatti picked up five wickets between them. UBL lost their openers for ducks in reply, leaving their chase in trouble. However, Tariq Haroon (25) and Wajihuddin (50 off 41) tried to stabilise the innings but no other batsman could carry the momentum as they lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to 98 in 18 overs. GROuP B: Water and Power Development Authority were beaten by Habib Bank Limited by seven wickets in a low-scoring encounter in Lahore. WAPDA's decision to bat first backfired as no batsman scored big in the middle order and only Naed-ulHasan and Mohammad Ayub resisted with 23 and 26 respectively. Seamers ehsan Adil, Umar Gul and left-arm spinner Mohammad Aslam picked up two wickets apiece to restrict WAPDA to 117 for 9. HBL lost their openers cheaply but Imran Farhat (32 off 21), Younis Khan (33*) and Hasan Raza (40* off 42) took down the modest target in 19.3 overs.

paKIStaN Nasir Jamshed b Steyn 2 102 ahmed Shehzad run out (Imran tahir/†de Kock) 8 Mohammad hafeez c †de Kock b Steyn Sohaib Maqsood c amla b McLaren 42 12 Misbah-ul-haq* c †de Kock b Imran tahir 42 umar akmal† c †de Kock b Steyn Shahid afridi c de Villiers b Steyn 11 Bilawal Bhatti c †de Kock b Steyn 21 7 anwar ali obstructing the field 0 Saeed ajmal c Kallis b Steyn 1 Junaid Khan not out EXtRaS: (lb 1, w 13) 14 262 tOtaL: (all out; 45 overs) faLL Of WICKEtS: 1-2 (Nasir Jamshed, 0.5 ov), 2-22 (Mohammad hafeez, 6.5 ov), 3-146 (Sohaib Maqsood, 28.1 ov), 4-176 (Misbah-ulhaq, 33.5 ov), 5-180 (ahmed Shehzad, 34.6 ov), 6-214 (Shahid afridi, 39.5 ov), 7-241 (Bilawal Bhatti, 42.6 ov), 8-261 (anwar ali, 44.3 ov), 9261 (umar akmal, 44.4 ov), 10-262 (Saeed ajmal, 44.6 ov) BOWLING: dW Steyn 9-0-39-6,LL tsotsobe 9-0-47-0,R McLaren 90-71-1,Jh Kallis 8-0-49-0, Imran tahir 8-0-33-1,Jp duminy 2-0-22-0

pakistan win seRies in thRiLLinG finish

SOuth afRICa hM amla c Mohammad hafeez b Saeed ajmal 98 1 GC Smith c †umar akmal b Junaid Khan Q de Kock† c Misbah-ul-haq b Shahid afridi 47 6 Jh Kallis c Saeed ajmal b Shahid afridi aB de Villiers* c Shahid afridi b Junaid Khan 74 15 Jp duminy c anwar ali b Junaid Khan 2 da Miller not out R McLaren not out 0 EXtRaS: (b 1, lb 12, w 5) 18 261 tOtaL: (6 wickets; 45 overs) dId NOt Bat: dW Steyn, LL tsotsobe, Imran tahir faLL Of WICKEtS: 1-9 (Smith, 4.3 ov), 2-96 (de Kock, 21.4 ov), 3-117 (Kallis, 25.4 ov), 4-227 (de Villiers, 38.4 ov), 5-254 (amla, 43.6 ov), 6-255 (duminy, 44.2 ov) BOWLING: Junaid Khan 9-0-42-3,anwar ali 7-1-39-0,Saeed ajmal 80-46-1,Mohammad hafeez 8-0-44-0,Bilawal Bhatti 4-0-39-0,Shahid afridi 9-0-38-2 tOSS South africa, who chose to field SERIES pakistan led the 3-match series 2-0 pLayER Of thE MatCh ahmed Shehzad uMpIRES S George and BNJ Oxenford (australia) tV uMpIRE CB Gaffaney (New zealand) MatCh REfEREE BC Broad (England) RESERVE uMpIRE Jd Cloete



ALe Steyn's heroics went in vain as South Africa lost a thrilling encounter against Pakistan by one run in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Port elizabeth on Wednesday. With this victory, Pakistan took an unbeatable lead of 2-0 in the three-match series. Chasing 263 to win, opener Hashim Amla led the chase for the hosts with a well-constructed 98 off 131 balls. even though South Africa lost the wicket of Grame Smith early in the innings, Amla joined forces with Quinton de Kock to

add 85 runs for the second wicket. The wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed for 47 after Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq took a stunning catch at mid-wicket. In order to up the scoring rate, skipper AB de Villiers took charge and blasted his way to a 45-ball 74. His knock included eight boundaries and two sixes. earlier in the day, Steyn finished with career-best figures of six for 39, his third five-wicket haul in ODIs. Ahmed Shehzad slammed his third ODI ton. He struck a fluent 112-ball 102 which included eight boundaries and two sixes. South Africa skipper de Villiers won the toss and put the visitors to bat first after rain delayed start of play and the

match was reduced to a 45-over encounter. The hosts drew first blood in the opening over of the innings as Steyn rattled Nasir Jamshed’s stumps with a vicious incoming delivery that sneaked through the gap between the bat and pad. Mohammad Hafeez’s poor form too continued with the bat as he managed to score just eight runs before finding a faint edge that was safely taken by the wicketkeeper. It was the 15th times that Hafeez fell to Steyn in 21 occasions across formats. However, Shehzad looked in good touch and he continued to pile runs in company of Shoaib Maqsood. The duo put on 124 runs for the third wicket.

All too easy for India in the decider KANPUR aGENCIES

India have been masterful while chasing in ODIs this year, and against a moderate total and a mediocre West Indies attack, they ambled to victory in the seriesdeciding third ODI in Kanpur. Shikhar Dhawanhit his fifth ODI hundred of his magical year and the struggling Yuvraj Singh hit his first ODI half-century in 11 innings as India cruised to their sixth successive one-day series win of the year. With a 9am start on a hazy winter morning, the talk at the toss was about how the first hour would be a challenge for the batsmen. West Indies negotiated that phase well

losing only one wicket, and halfcenturies from Kieran Powell and Marlon Samuelstook them to a strong 164 for 2 when the batting Powerplay was taken. Perfectly placed then for the power-hitters to come; they nearly squandered that advantage by losing three quick wickets, but Darren Sammy and Darren Bravo provided the late flourish to lift them to 263. That proved too little, especially as only Ravi Rampaul and Sunil Narine posed any threat with the ball. Jason Holder had a disappointing day, with Dhawan feasting on the poor lines to take five fours in his first two overs to propel India along early. Dwayne Bravo and Sammy were tame, and midway through the chase - when Dhawan

and Yuvraj were killing off the chase - West Indies had turned to the innocuous duo of Veerasammy Permaul and Lendl Simmons. There was briefly some hope for West Indies early on, when Rampaul dismissed two of India's red-hot top three early. He couldn't get the wicket of Dhawan, though, and Dhawan scored big. As usual, the innings was studded with breathtaking cuts and drives through the off, and without really seeming to make the effort, he had 20 fours to his name was scoring at over a run a ball. While it was Dhawan's innings that made the game safe, Yuvraj's will gladden Indian fans. A destructive batsman with a penchant for the big stage, Yuvraj hasn't been

among the runs in recent months, even during the Australia series which was a bowlers' bloodbath. Australia turned to Mitchell Johnson to dismiss him early several times, and West Indies hoped Narine would have a similar impact. Yuvraj wasn't comfortable against Narine today either, misreading him several times, but he managed to ride out that difficult phase and cashed in against the lesser threats in the attack. even though Dhawan and Yuvraj were dismissed with India just under 50 away from the target, it only afforded the chance for India's other out-of-form batsman, Suresh Raina, to play a pressure-free cameo on his birthday, with the result never in doubt.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq too gave the opener good company, before Pakistan lost both the set batsmen and were reduced to 180 for five by the 35th over. At this point in the innings, Shahid Afridi joined Umar Akmal in the middle. The hosts managed to up the scoring rate, but lost the wickets of Afridi and Biolawal Bhatti in quick succession to Steyn. Howver, Akmal continued to plunder useful runs towards the end of the Pakistani innings. Steyn returned to bag two more wickets and end with career best figures. During the course of the innings, Anwar Ali was declared out for obstructing the field.

SCOREBOaRd WESt INdIES J Charles† b Kumar 11 KOa powell c dhawan b ashwin 70 MN Samuels b ashwin 71 dM Bravo not out 51 LMp Simmons c †dhoni b Jadeja 13 dJ Bravo* c ashwin b Mohammed Shami 4 dJG Sammy not out 37 EXtRaS: (lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 6 tOtaL: (5 wickets; 50 overs) 263 dId NOt Bat: Sp Narine, V permaul, JO holder, R Rampaul faLL Of WICKEtS: 1-20 (Charles, 4.5 ov), 2-137 (powell, 29.2 ov), 3-168 (Samuels, 35.3 ov), 4-187 (Simmons, 38.6 ov), 5-196 (dJ Bravo, 41.5 ov) BOWLING: B Kumar 8-0-42-1,MM Sharma 7-0-470,Mohammed Shami 10-1-49-1,R ashwin 10-0-45-2,SK Raina 5-0-29-0,Ra Jadeja 10-0-49-1 INdIa RG Sharma c dJ Bravo b Rampaul 4 S dhawan c & b dJ Bravo 119 V Kohli c †Charles b Rampaul 19

It was far easier batting in the evening than in the first hour. India's new-ball bowlers posed plenty of questions for West Indies'

yuvraj Singh c dJ Bravo b Narine 55 SK Raina c †Charles b dJ Bravo 34 MS dhoni*† not out 23 Ra Jadeja not out 2 EXtRaS: (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10 tOtaL: (5 wickets; 46.1 overs) 266 dId NOt Bat: R ashwin, B Kumar, Shami, Sharma faLL Of WICKEtS: 1-29 (RG Sharma, 4.2 ov), 2-61 (Kohli, 8.4 ov), 3-190 (yuvraj Singh, 30.1 ov), 4-218 (dhawan, 37.2 ov), 5-255 (Raina, 42.6 ov) BOWLING: R Rampaul 10-1-55-2,JO holder 6-0-47-0,dJ Bravo 10-0-57-2,Sp Narine 10-1-32-1,dJG Sammy 3-022-0,LMp Simmons 3-0-17-0,V permaul 4.1-0-31-0 MatCh dEtaILS tOSS India, who chose to field SERIES India won the 3-match series 2-1 pLayER Of thE MatCh S dhawan (India) pLayER Of thE SERIES V Kohli (India) uMpIRES aK Chaudhary and RJ tucker (australia) tV uMpIRE Va Kulkarni MatCh REfEREE dC Boon (australia) RESERVE uMpIRE K Bharatan

openers, who were regularly beaten by the movement. even as late as the 12th over, India had three slips in place.

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My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn't stand the sideline — Michael Jordan

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LehMann disMisses idea of enGLand peace taLks SYDNEY aGENCIES


USTRALIA coach Darren Lehmann has rejected the idea of a meeting with england counterpart Andy Flower to set some sledging ground rules ahead of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Flower told British media that the right balance needed to be found with onfield banter after frustrations boiled over on the final day of the first Test in Brisbane, with Australian skipper Michael Clarke fined 20 percent of his match fee. Clarke was caught by a stump microphone telling pace spearhead Jimmy Anderson to expect a broken arm, with leg

spin great Shane Warne claiming it was sparked by the fast bowler threatening to punch George Bailey. "Now you have brought it up (talking to Lehmann) I’ll have a think about it," Flower said. "A balance has got to be found on the pitch between competitiveness and not overstepping the line." But Lehmann said talks on the issue were not necessary as he looks to build on Australia’s huge 381-run victory in Brisbane that left england stunned. "From my point of view, Andy looks after his side and I look after my side, thats what you do in the game of cricket," he told commercial radio in Adelaide late Tuesday. "I played cricket with Andy (at South Australia), I talk to him all the time,


but at the end of the day, he’s in control of the england cricket team and we’ve got to try and get the Ashes back." Lehmann said sledging was part and parcel of the game and england needed to live with it. "They’re all grown men out there, they will work it out," he said. "I just know we copped a lot in england and we didn’t shy away from that. "That’s what happens when you go away, so I don’t see what the difference is from england to here. "We’re on the other end of it, that’s just the way it goes. Both teams play hard and as long as it stays on the field I’m happy with that." Lehmann also revealed he had a word with David Warner, who publically criticised england batsman Jonathan Trott as "weak" and was blasted

by Flower and england captain Alastair Cook for being disrespectful. Trott, a stalwart of the team, sensationally pulled out of the Ashes series on Monday and returned to england due to a "stress-related illness", widely reported to be depression. Flower said Warners comments were not to blame but Lehmann said he had spoken to the Australian opener."We’re all about improving ourselves off the field, so I spoke to him, but that’s a conversation I had with him and the senior players and that is dealt with," he said. england have a two-day game in the searing heat of Alice Springs against a Chairman’s XI, starting Friday, to fix their batting problems ahead of the second Test in Adelaide from December 5.

Scott targets hat-trick SPORTS DESK Adam Scott is excited about the prospect of completing a triple crown of titles on home soil, but has revealed that the only other man to achieve the feat is refusing to help his bid. The 33-year-old won the Australian PGA Championship and Australian Masters titles in successive weeks before finishing third at the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne on Sunday, scooping the team title with compatriot Jason Day in the process. He is now looking to become only the second player to complete a memorable hat-trick by adding the Australian Open title to his PGA and Masters

triumphs. Robert Allenby is the only player to have managed the accomplishment back in 2005, but Scott joked that his fellow Aussie was not offering up any advice. "Obviously I'm excited about this week with the chance to win the triple crown of Australian golf like Robert (Allenby) did a few years back (2005), so there is a lot on the line and a lot to play for," Scott said. "I'm certainly looking forward to having a go at it this week. "The course (Royal Sydney) is looking good and the competition is tough. I think it will be a well-earned victory for whoever ends up on top." "I'll leave the sledging to the cricketers. I caught up with

Robert (on Tuesday) night at the function and I asked some advice on how to go about it, but he didn't offer any up." Asked if he had caught up with Allenby and whether there had been any pre-tournament sledging, Scott said: "I'll leave the sledging to the cricketers. I caught up with Robert (on Tuesday) night at the function and I asked some advice on how to go about it, but he didn't offer any up. The Adelaide-native did acknowledge, though, that his bid for history had left him drained after a hectic month-long schedule. "At the end of last week I was tired and I was tired the last couple of days but I rested," added Scott, who won the 2009 Australian

Open. "That's how you have to balance a schedule when you're playing a little more than usual and I kind of had that in mind, knowing that I was playing four weeks. I've taken the days off where I can in the schedule. "So today I feel good, kind of energised to get in. It's the Australian Open; it's the last week of the year for me, I want to finish big."


A bullish Lewis Hamilton has already set out his and Mercedes' stall ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 season: to win both World Championship titles. Hamilton's first season at the team he joined from McLaren in January may only have just finished but the 2008 title winner has declared that Mercedes need to use the second place in the Constructors' Championship they clinched at Interlagos on Sunday as the springboard to go one better in 2014. Having previously not finished higher than fourth in the standings since buying the double titlewinning Brawn GP out in late 2009,

Mercedes's triple race-winning W04 car represented a big step forward over its predecessor and the team have long targeted 2014's engine regulation overhaul as their best chance to make a breakthrough in the battle to dethrone Red Bull. And during a visit to the team's Brackley headquarters on Tuesday, Hamilton made clear Mercedes were now eyeing an all-out championship assault. "We've just finished second in the Constructors' Championship so of course we don't want to finish their next year, we want to make the next step," the 28-year-old said. "So for everyone and for me the target is to win the World Championship, both championships. Of course if we don't do it naturally there'll be

some disappointment but we're not even going to put that negative energy out there." Aside from winning both World Championships four years ago when under the Brawn banner, the Brackley outfit are not accustomed to challenging for titles. Hamilton, however, believes it's the collective desire to succeed at Mercedes which can make the difference. "I don't think there's a particular World Champion mentality," he said. "everyone has a different approach but I feel that everyone here is just hungry. They've not have the success that perhaps they've deserved and they've not had the success of teams like Ferrari and McLaren and Red Bull.

Nepal joined Afghanistan and Ireland, becoming the third team to qualify for the World T20 2014 in Bangladesh with a lastball win against Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi. It's the first time Nepal will be heading to a global event. Nepal entered the final over needing 13 to win and Sharad Vesawkar swung a six down the ground followed by an inside-edged four through fine leg. Vesawkar was back on strike to face the final delivery with scores level and pierced a packed ring through extra cover to send Nepal through to Bangladesh with a fivewicket win. Chasing 144, Nepal got off to a solid start, but Hong Kong kept chipping away every time it appeared Nepal was about to seize control. Tanwir Afzal bowled opener Subash Khakurel behind his legs for 16 and Sagar Pun made 22 off 19 before he was pinned on the crease by a full delivery by Haseeb Amjad. Gyanendra Malla and Paras Khadka came together and added 33 for the third wicket before Malla heaved Aizaz Khan to deep midwicket for 30. Atkinson kept Nepal off balance with a series of bowling changes as dot balls kept piling up to bring the equation to 32 off 20 balls for Nepal to win. Khadka only struck two boundaries in his 46 off 39 and cleverly seized on ones and twos to anchor the chase. He offered a chance to Jamie Atkinson behind the stumps on the last ball of the 18th, but Hong Kong's wicketkeeper-captain spilled it and in the process injured his right thumb before exiting the field for treatment. A front foot no-ball by left-arm spinner Nadeem Ahmed was slammed past the umpire for a boundary two balls into the 19th and it looked as though Hong Kong would crumble without their captain. However, Hong Kong erupted in the field when Khadka was run-out two balls later after changing his mind too late on a second run. After sending Hong Kong in to bat, Nepal had bowled and fielded marvellously for the majority of the innings before a hiccup in the final two overs allowed Hong Kong to reach 143 for 8. Hong Kong had a handful of players cross 20, but none made it past 25. The dangerous Irfan Ahmed was the first of three wickets for seamer Jitendra Mukhiya, edging a short ball to Nepal captain Paras Khadka at first slip in the second over. Hong Kong captain Atkinson sliced Avinash Karn to point at the start of the fifth. The two bowlers shared five wickets between them.

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If you underestimate your opponent, they have clearly overestimated you — Chae Richardson




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OLO Toure believes Manchester City will be "kicking themselves" after allowing him to leave the etihad for Liverpool. The Ivory Coast international centreback was released by City in May at the end of his four-year contract. Toure only made 10 Premier League starts and five substitute appearances in his final season under Roberto Mancini, with Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott both ahead of him in the pecking order. The 32-year-old feels he should have



been retained at City but that their loss is Liverpool's gain. "I was better than certain players at Manchester City but I was left on the bench," Toure told The Sun. "Before I left the club, I told the people in charge that they would regret letting me go. People said I was finished and that I could never get back to my former level. "But now I am at Liverpool and I am sure that City must be kicking themselves when they see how I am performing." Toure likens his own situation to that of brother Yaya, who was sold by Barcelona to City in summer 2010. "I have had a similar experience to

Yaya," he added. "Managers come to clubs bringing players with them and they want to pick them at all costs whether they are any good or not. "Yaya was much better than Sergio Busquets at Barcelona. But he was behind him in the pecking order and he found that hard to accept. "I advised him to come to Manchester City while I was still there. "He listened to his big brother's advice - and now he is the big boss on the field for them." City play host to Liverpool in the league on Boxing Day in what is likely to be a crucial top-ofthe-table encounter.

LONDON: Manchester United will advance to the last-16 of the Champions League if they beat Bayer Leverkusen tonight but David Moyes was keen to play down expectations. United are one point clear at the top of Group A and they won their last match in the BayArena 2-1 in 2002. But Leverkusen are unbeaten at home since March and Moyes has some injury concerns to trouble him ahead of the game. Key figures Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are ruled out and Moyes knows they will be troubled by a side who sit second in the Bundesliga table. "Every game becomes your toughest test, the next game's always the most important but this has become tough because Leverkusen have great home form," said Moyes. "My first feeling when I saw the group, I thought the game at Shakhtar Donetsk away would be a real tough game and it proved to be that, we ended up with a draw there. "This is our last away game now and, as it stands, Leverkusen are in good form and are in good shape in the group themselves, so we know we are going to have a game on our hands." United's plane had to abort its landing just 400m above the runway in Cologne with another aircraft already on the runway. aGENCIES

Froome heads SPOTY short-list

Khan urges Froch to retire

NEW YORK: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Team Sky's Tour de France winner Chris Froome, US Open champion Justin Rose and record-breaking jockey Tony McCoy head the list of nominees for the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year. Sailor Ben Ainslie, england cricketer Ian Bell, athletes Mo Farah and Christine Ohuruogu, wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockcroft and rugby union's Leigh Halfpenny make up the 10strong shortlist for the annual award. Murray will start as a strong favourite after he ended Great Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles title at Wimbledon by beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets, having previously lost to his opponent in the Australian Open final. The Scot finished third in the poll last year behind the winner Sir Bradley Wiggins and Jessica ennis and, if successful, would become the fourth tennis player to win the award and the first since Greg Rusedski beat Tim Henman to the title in 1997. However, he faces strong competition from some of the other front-runners. Froome followed in the tyre tracks of Wiggins in winning the Tour de France a year after finishing runner-up to his team-mate. Golfer Rose also ended a drought - albeit not as long as the one seen at Wimbledon - with victory in the US Open. Rose became the first englishman in 43 years to win the event as he produced a brilliant finish to see off the challenge of five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Australian Jason Day at Merion. aGENCIES

Amir Khan believes Carl Froch is past his 'sell-by date' and has urged the Nottingham man to retire after his controversial win over George Groves. Froch retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles after referee Howard Foster hastily stepped in to signal a stoppage victory over Groves following a brutal battle on Saturday. Groves floored Froch heavily in the first-round and hurt the 36year-old on a number of occasions before the champion's late rally prompted Foster's swift intervention. There have been widespread calls for a rematch, but Khan insists Froch showed clear signs of decline and called on the Cobra to quit rather than risk another gruelling fight with Groves. "Froch should retire. He's on top at the moment with the belts, I really think in his next fight he'll


lose those belts. He got a very close win against Groves because he was losing almost every round." Amir Khan "The referee stopped the fight too soon, the fight would've gone the distance and Groves would've won on points." Froch appeared to drag Groves into a dogfight in the later rounds, but Khan revealed how the Londoner told him he wanted to stand and trade. Khan, who spoke to Groves after his defeat, said: "He told me he fancied working on the inside, that's why he took a few shots getting in. That's why he got caught. "He wanted to take a few shots, sometimes that drives a fighter. He didn't seem hurt. even when the ref stopped the fight you could see his head was fine." Having won world titles himself, Khan is confident that Groves can follow in his footsteps and become Britain's next champion. "He's got some big fights and

some big names out there for him," said the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion.


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valuable options for paget

SPORTS DESK Welsh National favourite Sydney Paget has alternatives including a potential trip across the Irish Sea as he pursues even greater riches following his easy victory at Haydock on Saturday. The valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas is among a clutch of engagements open to the Donald McCain-trained six-yearold, who won a strong handicap chase on Merseyside by nearly three lengths. As well as the Coral-sponsored marathon at Chepstow on December 28, a return to Haydock for the Tommy Whittle Chase a week earlier is also an option. The Cholmondeley handler said: "The Welsh National will definitely be considered, but he'll also have entries in the Tommy Whittle and the Paddy Power Chase, which is worth an absolute fortune, in Ireland. "With the Welsh National, if Tidal Bay (top weight) runs it will be very tempting, but he's also a horse that we'd like to take back to Haydock given the way he won." Sydney Paget heads the sponsor's betting for the Welsh National at 10/1 after the weights were released, with Highland Lodge and the Irish-trained Goonyella (from 16/1) the 12/1 joint secondfavourites. Spokesman David Stevens said: "Sydney Paget was a 20/1 shot prior to his win at Haydock at the weekend, but went to the head of the betting as a result of that success, and even a 13lb hike in the ratings might not prevent him following up at Chepstow given the high regard trainer Donald McCain has for his charge. "Goonyella has been the main market mover, his trainer Jim Dreaper became the first Irish-based handler to win the Coral Welsh National with Notre Pere five years ago, and Goonyella is another who should relish the stamina test this race provides."


In excellent weather and perfect golf playing conditions, the 3rd Chief of Naval Staff Amateur Golf Championship 2013 will commence at the majestic, par-72 Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course from Friday, 29th November. This was stated by Omer Mir ,General Manager, Royal Palm in a press conference also adressed by Commodore Akbar Naqi,Station Commander,Pakistan Navy,Punjab,Col Jameel Khalid,Director Golf and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed,Director Media of the championship. Akber Naqi of Navy stated that this championship has attained an esteemed status and being a tournament of national

standing,it has managed to lure the best talent from all over the country. explaining details of the Championship,Col(r)Jameel said that, for the amateur golfers in the Men's category, eligibility criteria for this championship is that only players with a handicap of twelve and below are eligible to participate.This restriction ensures that only the talented and established golf players combing the national golf circuit will get a chance to show their prowess.In this way the less accomplished ones are weeded out and success stories revolve around those champions who can hit the ball rather powerfully and bring forth scores that reflect a touch of excellence.And this attribute was amply reflected in the 1st CNS

Champioship in may 2011 and again in the 2nd CNS held in November 2012. Col(r)Jameel said that in regard to hole in one prize the international golf body that controls golf rules had introduced an amendment,whereby amateur golfers are eligible to win a car as a reward in case of a hole in one.encouraged by this Honda have offered a car to the lucky winner of a hole in one.In addition Pak Suzzuki have also offered a Suzuki High Speed Motor Cycle to the player who gets a hole in one.The car on offer is for a hole in one on the 2nd hole and the motor cycle is for a hole in one on the 13th hole. Khawaja Pervaiz highlighted that in this Championship,the leading and established names of our national

golf circuit who are competing for this title are Mohammad Rehman and Mohsin Zafar (Royal Palm), Tariq Mahmood (Islamabad) Ghazanfar Mehmood, Khalid

Mehmood and Idrees Nisar Tinkoo(Rawalpindi),Zulfiqar Ali and Ashiq Hussain (Multan), Salman Jehangir and Aleem ur Rehman(Lahore Gymkhana).

From amongst the other known players, those who have practiced hard and look capable of causing a substantial dent in the chances of the seasoned ones are Fakhar Imam,Qasim Khan,Sameer Iftikhar,Robin Bagh,Omer Soofi and Faisal Sayid. Omer Mir said that ample efforts have been put in by the organizing team at Royal Palm to prepare the golf course for this occasion and during the practice rounds over the past two days the players have liked the playing conditions at the Royal Palm Golf Course, showing a lot of appreciation for features like the undulations on the fairways, the turf on the fairways which makes shot making crisp, and the condition of greens which are true and fast.

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with services chiefs on the occasion of farewell dinner for COAS at PM House. ONLINE


The United States has said it looks forward to working with the new army chief Gen Raheel Sharif as it worked with his predecessor Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The State Department comments came in response to a question after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Gen Raheel Sharif as the new army chief. “We worked closely with General Kayani on a range of issues over the course of time in that position. As you know, he is moving on, and we look forward to working with the new, his replacement,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, when her comments were sought at the he daily briefing. The State Department spokesperson had no comments no comments on reports that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has uncovered the CIA station chief in Pakistan by naming the official in a complaint against drone strikes.




He White House has threatened to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan if it is unable to persuade Hamid Karzai to sign an agreement on a remaining military presence, after a tense dinner in Kabul that has strained relations between the two governments. Amid signs that patience for the process may be faltering in Washington, officials say that US national security adviser Susan Rice warned Karzai, the Afghan president, that his latest proposal to delay signing the deal until next year would jeopardise their plan to keep a security presence in the country after the bulk of US troops pull out. “Ambassador Rice reiterated that, without a prompt signature, the US would have no choice but to initiate planning for a post-2014 future in which there would be no US or NATO troop presence in

Afghanistan,” said a White House spokesman. “Deferring the signature of the agreement until after next year’s elections is not viable, as it would not provide the United States and NATO allies the clarity necessary to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence.” The remarks followed a dinner for Rice and Karzai on Monday night, where US diplomats clashed with Afghan officials over the issue of returning Taliban suspects held in Guantánamo Bay. President Karzai’s spokesman said on Tuesday that a blunt response from US ambassador James Cunningham, when Karzai raised the question of the release of Afghan prisoners from Guantánamo, soured what had previously been a constructive meeting. “The beginning until almost the end was pretty calm and good, although there were disagreements,” Aimal Faizi, the spokesman, told the Guardian. “But the comments of the ambassador at the end … that changed the meeting, from that point.”

Cunningham, Faizi said, told Karzai that the peace process was not the responsibility of the US, and the release of prisoners was not part of the strategic pact. US officials were said to be irritated by a surprise decision by Karzai not to sign the troop deal even though it had been ratified by a national tribal gathering, or loya jirga, at the weekend. Their threat to start planning for no US presence at all came as Republican hawks in Congress indicated they supported an uncompromising negotiating position from the White House. “President Karzai needs to understand the American people’s patience with him is not unlimited,” said Republican senator Lindsey Graham. The White House has threatened what it calls the “zero option” – no US troops – before, although it inflames the Pentagon, which wants to keep several thousand troops after the main withdrawal to ensure the Taliban do not regain the upper hand. A key question in Washington is whether all this provides the

White House with an excuse to get out of Afghanistan altogether. Similar circumstances after the US failed to agree on terms to keep residual troops in Iraq did little political damage to Obama. There are still 47,000 American forces in Afghanistan, but the US would like to reduce this to 8,000 as it winds down its full-scale military presence next year. However, if the US does not strike a deal in Afghanistan after 2014, they have no staging ground to launch drone strikes into Pakistan, or would have to negotiate one with one of the former Soviet republics, giving a wider strategic importance to the clash with Karzai. Karzai’s spokesman has said that he does not believe the “zero option” is a real possibility. The loya jirga, or grand assembly, convened by Karzai last week to debate the strategic pact, is a pliant modern reinvention of an old tradition, which brought together hundreds of influential but acquiescent delegates from around the country.

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed government to appoint as regular chairman of Higher education Commission (HeC) within 15 days. A three-member bench of the SC, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk took up Law Colleges case for hearing on Wednesday. The SC further remarked no acting appointment can be made on a regular post. During the hearing, the Court was told that two names have been presented for appointment of HeC chairman and consultation process is under way in this respect. Imtiaz Hussain Gilani is working as acting chairman at present. The Court expressed displeasure over the temporary appointment remarking “ This is a regular post and neither any ad-hoc appointment can be made against this post nor an acting chairman can be appointed.” The HeC and University of the Punjab Lahore presented two reports in the court with reference to inspection of law colleges. Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Syed Qalab Hussain told the Court he had reviewed these reports and it was said therein Punjab University has completed inspection of 24 law colleges and inspection of 10 law colleges will be conducted soon. The Court was told by Pakistan Bar Council that three different rules and regulations were enacted in different years with reference to law colleges and that four weeks time will be needed to review them. Justice Nasirul Mulk remarked “We can not make any compromise on the standard of education of law.” The Court remarked “We can not tolerate such delay in this important matter, therefore we are giving two weeks. The court directed Pakistan Bar Council to evolve rules and regulations within two weeks and present the report thereof before it.


In order to recover outstanding dues from defaulting public sector consumers, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited served disconnection notices to consumers pertaining to all regions for settlement of outstanding arrears. In continuation of this exercise, connections of several gas bills’ defaulters were disconnected over to non-payment of dues. Major defaulters are the University of Gujrat, Wapda Office 34 Nicholson Road Lahore, Shaheen Foundation PAF Chaklala, Agriculture Trg & Research Inst, Lahore, DHQ Hospital Sargodha, Govt Girls College Circular Roadd Gujrat, Police Barrack Sector G-5 Islamabad, Rescue 1122 LSO Ferozepur Road Lahore and Federal Shariat Court Sector G-5 Islamabad.

nato suppLy sit-ins Pakistan keen to reopen Mumbai consulate: Jalil Abbas Jilani enteR 5th day PESHAWAR ONLINE

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) continued their anti-NATO supply protest for the fifth consecutive day Wednesday in various cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The PTI chief Imran Khan announced that his party government in KP will officially block the NATO supply line in the province from Wednesday. On the other hand, the PTI and JI workers carried on their protests by setting up camps at major highways of the province where they stopped vehicles carrying goods for the US-led NATO

troops in Afghanistan. Protest camps have been set up since Saturday at five major highways in KPK, including Ring Road in Peshawar’s Hayatabad, Khairabad Bridge in Nowshera, Indus Highway Chowk in Bannu, Charsadda Interchange and Kohat’s Indus Highway. Supporters of the PTI and JI are present at the protest camps and checking identification documents to distinguish NATO trucks from regular cargo carriers. “We have not forgotten our promises of elimination of corruption and restoration of peace as our top priority, like the federal government,” Khan said to media in Lahore.


Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani has said the dialogue on fighting terrorism should be candid, sober, discreet and sincere. Speaking to a delegation of journalists associated with Mumbai Press Club in Islamabad, Jilani said Pakistan will make all efforts to find the perpetrators of the tragedy and punish them if their crimes are proved. “The judicial commission has just returned from Mumbai after interviewing a cross section of officials and witnesses. Our country will not let any perpetrators go unpunished if their crime is proved,” said Jilani who refused to give any time frame for such action

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

as he said “the matter is subjudice”. Calling the Mumbai terror attack a huge tragedy, the senior diplomat said Pakistan had felt a great degree of remorse over the loss of so many innocent lives. When asked why Pakistan had initially denied the involvement of Pakistani nationals in the terror attack, Jilani said instead of launching a scathing attack on Pakistan, the reporters should have first questioned Pakistani foreign minister who was in New Delhi then. He said that jingoistic approach of the media often makes chances of peaceful dialogues difficult. One of the ways to ease the visa restrictions and facilitate travel of people from one country to the other, said Jilani, will be to open Pak

consulate in Mumbai and Indian consulate in Karachi. “Why not to have consulate in Karachi? We had almost finalised a place in Mumbai for the consulate and then it didn’t happen,” said Jilani who also spoke on length about the need to have sustained interaction between the journalists of two countries. Arriving on November 23, the 14-member Mumbai Press club delegation has visited Karachi where the Karachi Press Club was its host, Islamabad and Lahore. The two press clubs are passing a joint resolution requesting the two countries to remove the restrictions of allowing just two journalists from each country to work in the other.

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