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UK police seeks access to Farooq murder suspects in pakistan
obama meets Mandela’s family in south africa
ICC to hold 1st World test C’ship in england in 2017
ISLAMABAD: British authorities have made a fresh demand to access key suspects in Dr Imran Farooq murder case. The suspects are in custody of Pakistani authorities, reported media on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said that request was made at the top level and very few people were knew it. page 02
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met family members of ailing former South African leader Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. The meeting on Saturday took place at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hours after the president said he was not angling for a “photo op” with the ailing former South African president. page 07
The International Cricket Council announced its much awaited World Test Championship which will have its inaugural edition in England during the month of June and July in the year 2017 while the second edition will be held in India in 2021. According to ICC media release “The IDI Board confirmed that the ICC World Test Championship will be staged in 2017.” page 20
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London poLice await access to suspects in pakistan
( IMran Farooq MUrder Case
ISLAMABAD: British authorities have made a fresh demand to access key suspects in Dr Imran Farooq murder case. The suspects are in custody of Pakistani authorities, reported media on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said that request was made at the top level and very few people were knew it. “Both sides are keeping it secret given the sensitivity of the issue. Pakistan government has not yet responded to the request,” a senior official revealed. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was tight-lipped over the issue. He neither denied nor confirmed whether the government would entertain any such request. His predecessor, Rehman Malik, had altogether denied the suspects in Dr Imran Farooq murder case were in custody of Pakistani authorities. Farooq, 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane on September 16, 2010 outside his London home. A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. Recently, the London Metropolitan police paced up the investigations. It conducted several raids, arrested some eight suspects, questioned thousands of people and scanned through thousands of documents. A spokesman of Metropolitan Police said MQM chief Altaf Hussain was not formally questioned. INP
Zardari tells Cameron Pakistan fully suPPorts PeaCe efforts in afghanistan but its ‘legitimate interests’ must be looked after
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari receives British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Presidency on Saturday.
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akistan on saturday assured the United kingdom (Uk) of its continued support and facilitation to the ongoing dialogue process for peace in war-ravaged afghanistan but insisted that all stakeholders must ensure that its “legitimate interests” are looked after. President asif ali Zardari, during his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Presidency, expressed the hope that efforts made would also take into account legitimate concerns of all stakeholders. President Zardari said Pakistan was a staunch supporter of peace and stability in afghanistan and would continue to support every effort aimed at restoring sustainable and long-term peace in the region. spokesperson to the president senator Farhatullah Babar said two rounds of talks were held-one at the delegation level and the other a one-on-one meeting. Pakistan-Uk bilateral relations and the regional situation were discussed during the meetings, with special reference to some recent developments aimed at bringing peace in the neighbouring country, Babar said. Discussing the regional situation, the president recalled the three trilateral summits that were facilitated by Uk and appreciated Britain’s role in promoting reconciliation in afghanistan. He reiterated that Pakistan considered regional peace and security vital for its own socio-economic interests and would continue to support every effort aimed at restoring peace, stability and development
in afghanistan and in the region. Zardari emphasised that Pakistan had always maintained a constructive approach and believed that dialogue and reconciliation was the only war forward towards ensuring durable peace in afghanistan. the president welcomed efforts being made for finding a peaceful solution to the long drawn conflict in afghanistan. CAMERON APPRECIATES DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION: the British premier at the very onset of the meeting congratulated the president for overseeing a smooth democratic transition and said it reflected a measure of maturity achieved by the country that augured well for further strengthening democratic traditions in Pakistan. President Zardari while thanking the visiting dignitary said credit for
the smooth transition went to all political parties, the Parliament and above all the people of Pakistan for participating in the electoral process despite threats from militants and anti-democratic elements. Zardari said the smooth transition of government following elections was a clear demonstration that the ethos of Pakistani people was democratic and that was why dictatorship failed to take roots in the country. Discussing bilateral relations, the president said Pakistan considered Uk a friend and a genuine development partner. He said it was a matter of great satisfaction that PakUk Enhanced strategic Dialogue (EsD), that covered the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, had institutionalised consultation process in all areas of mutual concern. Zardari also appreciated Uk assistance
to Pakistan, especially in the education sector and poverty alleviation program. He expressed satisfaction over the fact that mutual trade between the two countries was following an upward trajectory. He said sustained efforts should continue to go beyond the target of £2.5 billion set under 2012 PakistanUk trade and investment Roadmap. Calling for expanding the scope of Uk Foreign Direct investment in the fields of energy, infrastructure development, agriculture, agro-based industry and mining, the president said Pakistan looked forwards to Uk’s investment, especially in the energy sector. Highlighting the investment-friendly regime of the country, Zardari said Pakistan would welcome Uk investors who want partnerships and those who want to operate independently.
Durrani launches book on war-torn Afghanistan tehmina durrani’s novel ‘haPPy things in sorrow times’ reveals afghan Children’s Plight, gets rave reviews ISLAMABAD ANwer ABBASI
Renowned author tehmina Durrani launched her fourth book titled “Happy things in sorrow times” on saturday at the Pakistan national Council of arts. the book has acquired rave reviews from critics, and is expected to be another feather in Durrani’s cap who has won accolades for her previous works which include “My Feudal Lord”, “a Mirror to the Blind” and “Blasphemy”. the book was launched in a lavish ceremony attended by diplomats and other notable personalities. the writer and human
rights activist has marshaled her pen to shed light on the miseries of children in war-torn afghanistan. “Happy things in sorrow times” is her first novel in 15 years and is being published and distributed nationwide by Ferozsons. it is the story of afghanistan’s war experience, highlighting the effects of violence and instability on society. set against the backdrop of the war, “Happy things in sorrow times” is a delicately-wrought tale told from the perspective of a hopeful afghan child, a story of love, hardship, separation, loss and fear. the book emphasises the importance of caring for afghanistan’s young citizens after the Us-led forces leave next year. tehmina Durrani, who is also Punjab Chief Minister shahbaz sharif’s wife, has illustrated the book herself. it showcases 30 watercolor paintings based on her personal visits to refugee camps in afghanistan and Pakistan. a painting exhibition accompanied the book launch. addressing the event, globally renowned authority on afghanistan, ahmed Rashid quoted khaled ahmed, who has linked ‘Happy things in sorrow times’ to
Lewis Carroll’s classic, alice’s adventures in Wonderland. He also praised the author’s grasp of afganistan’s issues, lauding her ability to successfully reflect on the hardships of the country’s citizens, as well their hopes, dreams and fears. “through her works Durrani has campaigned for women’s equality as it is guaranteed by islam; she has exposed the hypocritical lives of feudal overlords and political clerics, critiqued the state’s failure to improve the lot of its citizens, and has mobilised funds and awareness campaigns about the horrific crimes against women,” he added. Moreover, Daily times Editor Rashed Rehman said Durrani’s work uncovered the bitter realities of society and its oppressive taboos in her first book. speaking at the book launch, tehmina Durrani announced that she had dedicated her book to children affected by wars globally. “the book would give a new dimension to the world, as it is moving towards talks with the taliban in Doha, Qatar,” she added. Durrani expressed the hope that her recent book would bring positive change to people’s mindsets.
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Judge attack probe Leads to karachi JaiL
Nisar forms body for Dr Aafia’s repatriation ISLAMABAD STAFF rePOrT
interior Minister Chaudhry nisar ali khan on saturday formed a committee which will present its recommendations to the cabinet to facilitate Dr aafia siddiqui’s repatriation to Pakistan. the minister has also said that a task force on missing persons should be formed next week to prepare a transparent policy in the light of the supreme Court’s orders in this regard. He said further a list of actual number of missing persons should be prepared after consultation with security agencies and the affected families. the minister said that hearing of mercy petitions should be restarted and all processed cases be sent to the Presidency for decision. He said that all unauthorised staff working for retired and non-entitled police officers should immediately be withdrawn. similarly, the minister said that unauthorised staff working at the offices and residences of CDa officers should be sent back to their original workplaces. He said that the ministry’s officers and its attached departments should ensure that all unauthorised staff working at their residences be sent back to their original workplaces. the CDa chairman has been directed to initiate action against road contractors who are not meeting the targets or have exposed the traffic to hazards using substandard material. He said that the under construction portion of kashmir Highway near Golra toll plaza should be metalled immediately. nisar also said that toll collection at all toll plazas in islamabad capital territory should be successively ceased after their period of contract was over and a new system of revenue collection should be evolved to facilitate residents.
KARACHI: Rangers personnel enter the central prison for a search operation on Saturday. ONLINe
investigators believe the attaCk on JustiCe baqar was Carried out from the Jail using a mobile Phone KARACHI AFTAB CHANNA
oRE than 150 Rangers personnel undertook a major search operation at karachi Central Jail in a move to make progress on the deadly attack on sindh High Court’s Justice Maqbool Baqar that killed nine people. “Rangers believe the attack on Justice Baqar’s convoy was carried out from inside the prison cells with the help of mobile devices,” said a senior prison official, requesting not to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media. Rangers recovered a cellular device which they believe was used directly in the attack on Justice Baqar. according to officials at the prisons, several cellular phones, laptops and even internet devices were recovered during the search operation that lasted for more than four hours. investigators believed that the deadly
attack on Justice Baqar was carried out from the prison. sources said the judge was on the hit list of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ). in January last year, two members of the LJ were arrested by a team led by Crime investigation Department (CiD) sP Mazhar Mashwani. Both men, azeem sheikh and Farhan, had confessed to having planned an attack on Justice Baqar. they also confessed planning attacks on senior CiD official ssP Chaudhry aslam khan, and Police superintendent north nazimabad, khurram Warris. azeem sheikh was released on June 20 on bail this year. Justice Baqar was at-
tacked at karachi’s Burnes Road on June 26, a few days after his release. Rangers also grilled two other key members of the LJ, Mohammad ajmal alias akram Lahori and atta Mohammad. several contact numbers of key suspects involved in carrying out the attack on the judge were also found in the recovered mobile phones. karachi Central Jail Deputy superintendent nazeer shah, however, called the search operation on saturday “a routine search”. according to officials, a number of mobile phones and drugs were also recovered from prisoners at the jail during a routine search by prison administration two
baloch says he has a 90-day roadmap for a better balochistan ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Saturday said his government and its allied parties had developed a roadmap for a stronger, prosperous and economically vibrant Balochistan and said results would be visible within 90 days. “Balochistan is our joint
motherland. Evolving incidents in Balochistan are a continuation of incidents which took place in the past. My government and our allied parties have roadmap with reference to Balochistan. I will talk to all concerned stakeholders and estranged brothers in the light of this roadmap,” he said. He
was talking to newsmen from Balochistan and FATA. He said no efforts would be spared to make Balochistan a prosperous and developed province. “We will move forward under a clear strategy for the uplift and prosperity of Balochistan,” he said. “Services of experts will be deployed to
bring improvement in human resource development, mining and other economic sectors,” he added. The chief minister said that five universities and three medical colleges would be built in the province. “We will deliver our pledges made with the people within 90 days,” he said confidently. ONLINe
weeks earlier. Pakistan today, on april 19, 2012, had published a news report titled “in sindh’s jail, militants command special treatment” pointing out the privileges being provided to hardcore criminals, particularly those belonging to banned outfits. sources alleged that officials of sindh Prisons Department were facilitating some alleged militants as dignitaries by providing them undue concessions in the province’s jails. there are a large number of militants affiliated with banned outfits and they were kept under tight security. However, senior jail officials were allegedly involved in shifting these terrorists on the basis of favouritism, sources added. Last year, sources said, the then iG Prisons Ghulam Qadir thebo, had ordered deputy inspector nusrat Mangan to shift an alleged militant named Qadir shah Bukhari from a high-security zone of the karachi jail to a ward of Jeay sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JsQM) “to provide him extra facilities that could create an unruly situation in the already overcrowded jail”. the criminal had been arrested by law enforcement agencies from sanghar for links with a banned outfit. Pakistani taliban and LJ terrorists operating in karachi are believed to have combined forces to carry out attacks on high-profile targets in the city. saturday’s search operation by Rangers’ personnel was carried out on a tip-off by an inmate at the central prison.
3 More dUMped bodIes FoUnd QUETTA: The police on Saturday found three bodies in a graveyard in Satellite Town. Police sources said that unknown men killed them and later dumped the bodies in the Satellite Town graveyard. "The hands and feet of the bodies were tied with ropes," police said. APP
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taliban attack on palace won’t stop peace process: karzai KABUL AGeNCIeS
HE taliban’s daylight attack on afghanistan’s presidential palace earlier this week will not deter the government from forging ahead with the peace process, President Hamid karzai said saturday. though the taliban have indicated they are willing to start peace talks at a new office in Qatar, their violent attacks
haven’t ceased. their ability to carry out wellplanned and bold operations was driven home tuesday when a sUV carrying four taliban fighters managed to make it into a highly secured area by the gates of the palace. Four taliban gunmen battled afghan security forces for about an hour before being killed; a second vehicle involved in the attack blew up at a checkpoint on the way into the area.
karzai downplayed the significance of the taliban attack, saying “i wish they would spend all the time attacking the presidential palace and leave the rest of afghanistan alone.” He condemned the assault but said it will not deter the afghan government from the peace process. “We know what the afghan people want — we want peace and stability in afghanistan,” he said, speaking alongside British
Prime Minister David Cameron at a news conference inside the presidential palace. addressing the press conference, Cameron said: “the taliban... are beginning to realise that they are not going to secure a role in afghanistan’s future through terror and violence, but by giving up their arms and engaging in a political process.” “this peace process is for afghanistan to determine... there is no other agenda, that Britain
has, that america has, or any country in the West has,” the premier said at a joint press conference with karzai. Elsewhere, afghan authorities said a suicide car bomber attacked a nato convoy, killing two afghan civilians. Farah provincial governor’s spokesman abdul Rahman Zhawandi said saturday a man and woman on a motorcycle riding near the convoy were killed when the attacker struck
decade on, british general Conservative backlash greets regrets not talking to taliban Us immigration bill WASHINGTON
a top Uk general on Friday admitted that Western forces should have established dialogue with the taliban after their fall from power a decade ago. in an interview to a British daily, General nick Carter said that it would have been much easier to find a political solution when they were on the run. this interview comes almost immediately after peace talks between the United states and the taliban were put on hold. General Carter also emphasised that afghan forces would need military and financial support after troops leave in 2014. Furthermore, the general was of the view that the kabul government would have only shaky control over some
areas, he said. a major conference on the future of afghanistan held in Bonn, Germany, over a decade ago did not include the defeated taliban former government of afghanistan, he said. General Carter, deputy commander of the nato-led coalition,
acknowledged that it was easy to be wise with the benefit of hindsight but added, “Back in 2002, the taliban were on the run. i think that at that stage, if we had been very prescient, we might have spotted that a final political solution to what started in 2001.” “the problems that we have been encountering over the period since then are essentially political problems and political problems are only ever solved by people talking to each other,” he said. Last week, Us secretary of state John kerry expressed caution over whether peace talks on afghanistan with the taliban could take place. a row over the status of a taliban office in Qatar’s capital Doha has overshadowed efforts to start peace negotiations there.
Conservatives have drawn a bull’s eye on the immigration bill passed by the Us senate, insisting the landmark measure will fail as is and vowing political retribution against Republicans who voted for it. the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed 68-32 in the senate on thursday with support from 14 Republicans, many of whom now face accusations they let down conservatives opposed to legislation that lays a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people. those lawmakers, including high-profile figures like senator Marco Rubio, “will have to go back home and explain the votes they cast, and explain to their constituents why it’s not amnesty, even though it is,” Dan Holler of Heritage action, a lobbying arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, told aFP on Friday. “in a very real sense, the senate passage of the Gang of 8’s bill killed what we think is any hope for real immigration reform.” the four Republicans who joined four Democrats in crafting the legislation were well aware of the potential political pitfalls, perhaps none more than Rubio, a potential 2016 presi-
Friday evening. Five civilians were wounded. no nato forces were hurt in the attack, said coalition forces spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel, but they did provide medical assistance to the wounded civilians. in central oruzgan province, 20 taliban fighters and one police officer were killed in an operation late Friday, police spokesman Fareed ayal said. He did not provide further details.
dential candidate who has been a darling of the small-government tea party movement. “it’s been a real trial for me,” Rubio said candidly on the senate floor this week, acknowledging that his office has been flooded with phone calls and emails by “increasingly unhappy” voters. Conservatives worry about the bill’s $46 billion price tag, and they are skeptical about a Congressional Budget office report which estimated that the bill would lead to dramatic deficit reduction. Equally important, many see the senate making the same mistakes that plagued 1986 legislation, when Congress approved an amnesty for three million undocumented workers on the condition that border security and enforcement was tightened. those conditions were never met, and millions more slipped illegally across the UsMexico border or overstayed their visas. Conservative lawmakers now warn that immigration reform is doomed if it once again puts legalization before border security. “the senate #immigration bill is a mistake. Border security, not amnesty, is the answer,” congressman Phil Gingrey said on twitter. obama, on a trip in africa, called House speaker John Boehner in a bid to nudge him to take up immigration reform.
corruption is everywhere: phc cJ PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Muhammad khan said on saturday said that corruption was rampant from a patwar khana (land revenue office) to the President House. addressing a ceremony, the PHC chief justice said an institution must be established which should bring all the people, including the president and the prime minister, under the ambit of the law. He lamented over the fact that no effective system for the elimination of corruption under the Constitution could be formed so far. He said such a constitutional body should be established in the country which could bring everyone, including the president and the prime minister, under accountability. Moreover, Justice Dost Muhammad said consumer and mobile courts would be established in khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the provincial assembly must pass the act from the house on immediate basis as there was an urgent need for more courts. the chief justice said the country was bestowed with all natural resources but the rulers were “wandering here and there” with a begging bowl in their hands. He said the rulers needed to reform themselves. INP
earthquake shakes northern areas an earthquake registering 4.1 on the richter scale struck Chitral, swat, Dir, and its adjoining areas on saturday morning. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that the epicenter of the earthquake was 43 kilometers north of Mingora at a depth of 10 kilometers. sources said that the tremors created panic among people forcing them to come out of their homes but no loss of life and property was reported. MONITOrING deSk
ramadan likely to start from July 11 LAHORE the Pakistan Metrological Department on saturday announced that Ramadan moon sighting is unlikely on the eve of July 9. However, it may be sighted on July 10. as per the astronomical calculation, new moon can be sighted when its age is above 31 hours. During Ramadan, more than a billion Muslims fast from dawn to dusk in nearly every corner of the globe. ONLINe
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duhs establishes blood donor club STAFF REPORT kArACHI
the Dow University of Health sciences (DUHs) has taken commendable steps for the provision of a safe supply of donated blood by introducing the Dow safe Blood Donor Club 25 here on saturday. “a single unit of donated blood can save up to three lives. Blood collection from voluntary non-remunerated donors is the cornerstone of a safe and sufficient blood supply” stated Vice Chancellor DUHs Prof Masood Hameed khanat a briefing held today at Dow Medical College on the inauguration of the above mentioned project. He further said that the safe Blood transfusion service Programme of Dow University was the predecessor of the Blood Donor Club colorfully named Club 25 marking the Global Blood Donor Day 2013. the concept is based on the international Club 25 initiative of safe donor blood introduced by the World Health organization (WHo the vice chancellor said that the basis of the program was voluntary blood donation. it is the commencement of a culture of voluntary blood donation through communication and education. the aim of this project also includes the construction of a stable donor database by motivating and recruiting new donors from low risk population and encouraging existing donors to donate regularly in addition to encouraging the society to donate more and help humanity. Under the auspices of this project, a new donor will be provided with all the required information which include booklets and pamphlets regarding blood donation along with the membership form. they will be requested to register themselves before they start spreading the word and educating the general public. Every leader of the blood donation club will have to report in writing regarding the experience and activities of the individual. Furthermore a database will be developed and on the basis of representatives’ feedback further accommodating the goals of the programme. Club 25 encourages young adults aged 16 to 25 years to donate scanned blood. Members vow to donate blood regularly and to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to be a low-risk donor. it also encourages its would-be members to inform as many as they can to better serve humanity and make the acquisition of safe blood an organized and staright-forward task. the project represents a revolution in blood banking. Young donors provide a blood supply to save lives, but are also making a valuable, wider contribution, as they take action to safeguard their own health and support other young people to do the same. summarily, the DUHs vice chancellor appealed to the general public to join hands and make this promising venture a success.
crimes conspired from within KARACHI
the federal government had also to issue a no-objection certificate (noC) to the sindh government for installing cellHE criminals phone jammers in prisons but including some no heed was paid to this demand terrorists who are despite repeated requests by the behind the bars in provincial authorities. the various jails in the sindh sources said the sindh home province are at more liberty to department wanted to install commit a crime than the ones cell-phone jamming system in roaming yet outside, said the prisons in a move to stop jail sources of the provincial 9. District Jail Mirpurkhas 1956 75 133 inmates from communicating to prisons department. 10 District Jail Sanghar 1992 250 257 their relatives and other Hours-long search 11 District Jail Jacobabad 1990 250 287 criminals outside. “in some operation by more than 150 2005 250 337 cases, prisoners have been jawans of Rangers at karachi 12. District Jail Dadu 2005 250 288 found involved in offences such Central Prison in the wake of 13. District Jail Badin as extending threats of deadly attack on sindh High 14. District Jail Shikarpur 2005 250 367 kidnapping for-ransom,” they Court’s Justice Maqbool 15. District Jail N.Feroze 2009 250 298 added. “they usually Baqar that took at least nine 16. Spl: P. Nara Hyderabad 1942 300 338 coordinate with their precious lives recently has 1993 350 134 accomplices outside the jails substantiated the claim by the 17. Industrials School Karachi 2008 150 56 who execute their orders,” a sources after several cellular 18. Industrials School Hyd senior official of the prisons phones, laptops and even 19. Women Jail Karachi 1998 250 79 department seeking anonymity internet devices were 20. Women Jail Larkana 1987 110 11 told Pakistan today. recovered during the 21. Women Ward Hyderabad 1894/2002 150 25 the officer said the sindh operation. 1904/2002 30 10 government had completed all the major reason of 22. Women Ward CP-II Sukkur paperwork including allocating carrying out criminal and funds for jammers and now the terror activities from behind the bars is non-installation of mobile hundreds of criminals that included are overcrowded and they could not federal information technology (it) ministry has only to issue a noC for phone jammers and allegedly alleged murderers and street criminals. take any more, the sources added. the plan of sindh government to this purpose. “search operations While the surgical operation is preferential treatment extended to the hardened criminals by the senior underway in the metropolis and wanted establish a separate prison for inside jails for recovery of mobile criminals are being sent to prisons on hardened criminals seems nowhere phones have resulted in riots and officials of the prisons department. sources said the law enforcement remand, the police authorities have no despite passage of more than three disturbances in prisons,” the officer agencies, particularly the Rangers and proper plan to house these hardened years which was aimed at easing said. “the sindh government has time police, had so far arrested more than criminals besides ensuring their safety burden on the existing prisons. the and again forwarded letters to the it 2,500 suspected criminals including and security in prisons, which are new prison was supposed to be ministry seeking a formal permission target-killers, however, the authorities already overcrowded, well-placed established at the spare land of Landhi for the installation of jamming system. concerned seemed confused about the sources in the prisons department told Prison where only dangerous prisoners However, no response has been received so far by the authorities at the safety and security of these criminals Pakistan today. Presently, sindh has 22 were supposed to be kept. as the sindh’s prisons are overcrowded. prisons with a total capacity of at least NO CELL PHONE jAMMERS AT centre,” he commented. the Pakistan after the recent deadly spree of 10,110 prisoners. However, the prisons SINDH’S PRISONS: interestingly, today repeatedly tried to contact targeted violence in the city, the are housing more than 14,961 prisoners sources said that jails had no cell phone inspector General of Prisons nusrat government launched a massive including 12,119 under-trial prisoners jammers that could restrict the Mangan and the Rangers spokesman, crackdown against the criminals in the (UtPs), 2,271 convicted and 571 prisoners from carry out criminal however, both of them could not be metropolis resulting in arrest of detenues, clearly showing that the jails activities from behind the bars the jails. contacted till filing of the story. AFTAB CHANNA
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Name of Jails Central Prison Karachi Central Prison Hyderabad Central Prison – I Sukkur Central Prison-II Sukkur Central Prison Larkana Central Jail Khairpur District Jail Malir Karachi District Jail Nawabshah
Year of Construction 1899 1894 1941 1904 1985 1949 1962 1916
Authorised Capacity 1691 1527 1498 550 410 526 893 100
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budget gets unanimous ‘no’ response united oPPosition Cries foul as PPP banks on maJority in Pa sindh to Pass budget 2013-2014
They (opposition) had sufficient time to come up with changes in the bill but now the time for amendments has gone
H E MQM-led opposition cried foul and raised slogans like “no representation without taxation” as the PPPdominated sindh assembly saturday passed over Rs 658.624 billion provincial budget for financial year 20132014 with a majority vote. Leaving the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) politically isolated, the lawmakers from the MQM, the PML-n, the PML-F and the Pti shouted “no” to the new fiscal plan and walked out of the house. With Leader of the House syed Qaim ali shah seeing the opposition having some “inferiority complex”, MQM’s deputy party parliamentary leader sardar ahmed termed the budget as a “useless document” focusing on the urban dwellers in terms of taxation. Leader of opposition Faisal sabzwari, in a post-session briefing he jointly held with irfanullah Marwat of PML-n, imtiaz sheikh of PML-F and syed Hafeezuddin of Pti outside the assembly premises, rejected the budget as a document envisaging an uneven “urban-based” system of taxation. in a rare show of unanimity, the opposition legislators were on their feet and shouted an earsplitting “no” as speaker agha siraj Durrani put to vote a motion of the chief minister, also holding the finance portfolio, seeking the house’s nod for the consideration of Government Bill no 2: the sindh Finance Bill, 2013. MQM’s sardar ahmed, waving his fellow lawmakers to rise on their seats, declared his opposition to the budget in which, he viewed, the urban dwellers of the province had only been taxed. “During first 11 months of this year (FY2012-13) the property tax collected from the province’s urban centers amounts to Rs 1300 million. on the other hand, only Rs 500 million have been collected as agriculture tax from whole of the sindh,” the MQM lawmaker said.
sIndh CM qaIM alI shah
KARACHI: Opposition members walk out from the assembly. ONLINe
this made the leader of the house take a point of order reminding the opposition members that if they had reservations why did not they filed amendments during fiveday general discussion on the budget. “this means that you have accepted the budget,” shah maintained. senior Minister nisar ahmed khuhro also seconded the chief minister. to this, ahmed claimed that the finance bill was provided to the members just last night with a copy of the orders of the Day as a “gazette notification”. “We, during the debate, had proposed that it should be a taxfree budget,” he recalled. Law Minister Dr sikandar Mandhro claimed that the members were handed a copy of the bill on the day of budget’s presentation. ahmed of MQM, however, did not budge from his stance saying: “this is a useless document.” He claimed there was no provision for proposing amendments during the last five days which were dedicated to “discussion only”. “We just have found the Finance Bill here. We oppose it and stage a walkout,” the MQM lawmaker said and left the house along with members of other political parties. Hafeezuddin of Pti was the last to leave the house saying: “We second what Mr sardar said as this kind of attitude is not acceptable.” the chief minister said: “they had sufficient time to come up with changes in the
readier than ever to defend pakistan: sandiLa KARACHI: a total of 137 naval officers graduated here on saturday at an impressive ceremony held at Pakistan naval academy. Chief of the naval staff, admiral Muhammad asif sandila, was the chief guest on the occasion. the graduating batch comprised of 104 midshipmen, 16 midshipmen from allied countries and 33 short service Commission officers including 10 female officers. speaking on the occasion, the navy chief said presently Pakistan was navigating a labyrinth of challenges and the Pakistan navy is no exception to these maladies. He further referred to the growing naval capabilities and challenges projected by neighbouring countries. sandila said, “we have to be mindful of the growing maritime capabilities of nations in our region. We have to be geared up and ready to meet these as well as countering piracy, terrorism and extremism in the region for the maintenance of global peace on the high seas”. “Most importantly”, he continued”, we must guard against internal threats, which perhaps are the most challenging”. the admiral furthermore reaffirmed the navy’s dedication to defending the motherland at all costs. “art and science of warfare are easily taught and learnt but donning the mantle of leadership is not a textbook subject” sandila stressed. Commenting on leadership, he said that although it is said leaders were born,not made, not of the individuals in the graduating course lacked anywhere in the field and it was all up to them to rise to heights determined by them and them alone. the need for the newly commissioned officers to stay updated and abreast with maritime developments and polish their skills concerning warfare in order to stay ahead of all emerging threats. the mettle and stamina of the officers was praised and pleasantries and felicitation forwarded to their parents and teachers. a large number of cadets from allied nations also graduated from the academy which included officers from Bahrain, saudi arabia, Maldives, nigeria, Palestine, sudan and Yemen. APP
bill but now the stage for amendments has gone.” shah said the rationalised taxes would only impact those earning over Rs 300 million a month and not a common man. about the property tax, he wondered as to how the opposition, specially the MQM, had missed the point that the sindh government would be collecting over Rs 300 billion under this head that would, ultimately, be transferred to the city district government, the karachi Municipal Corporation (kMC), administered by the MQM. “they don’t want karachi to take benefit of this,” he said, and tabled the disputed finance bill clause-by-clause to be adopted by the house with a majority vote. Certain amendments, pertaining to the change of numbers, were moved by the law minister before the house voted for the bill. “the opposition may be having some inferiority complex that makes them go displeased time and again,” remarked shah who said the PPP as a majority party would take the minority parties along but opposition for the sake of opposition is not acceptable”. BUDGET MADE IN 11 DAYS: Grateful to all concerned, the chief minister announced three-month salaries as a bonus for the staff of assembly secretariat, law, PWD and finance departments. While praising the bureaucrats from the finance department, shah revealed that the sindh budget was prepared in 11 days.
“the finance department staff worked hard and untiringly to make the budget in a short span of 11 days. this is laudable indeed,” he added. the medical staff also got two bonuses, equivalent to their one-month salary. the chief minister also tended to announce some financial package for the journalists who, he said, had been covering the daylong house proceedings without any allowances, but information Minister sharjeel Memon told him that the media persons had refused to accept any financial assistance from the government. “We would have to visit (karachi) Press Club to ascertain what their (journalists) issues are,” said Memon. OATH-TAKING: after the budget was passed, speaker Durrani administered oath to his party fellow Dr abdul sattar Rajpar who was finally able to enter the provincial legislature after defeating former-nPP MPa arif Mustafa Jatoi as a result of at least five-time vote-recount in his constituency. Dr Rajpar ended the solemn oath with PPP’s trademark slogan of “Long Live Bhutto”. TAPPI, BUX SAY ‘NO’ TO SALARY: Earlier, Law Minister Dr Mandhro announced that syed awais Muzaffar, who is believed to be foster brother of President Zardari, and Muhammad Bux Maher had decided not to avail the salaries, allowances or any perks they are, constitutionally, entitled to get as member of the assembly.
PPP accuses Rangers of extra-judicial killings KARACHI STAFF rePOrT
the Pakistan People’s Party on saturday accused the Rangers paramilitary force of carrying out extra-judicial killings in karachi’s troubled neighbourhood of Lyari. speaking at a press conference at the karachi Press Club, Member national assembly and President PPP karachi Division abdul Qadir Patel alleged that the paramilitary force was “once again active in picking up innocent citizens and shooting them blindfolded.” During the past week, two men, Faheem Baloch and Mohammad katchhi, were picked from outside their homes in Lyari and gunned down by the Rangers, alleged Patel. He also mentioned the killing of saqib Baloch alias ‘Boxer’ in Lyari’s khadda Market on Friday. “saqib was not a gangster. He was the nephew of a world famous footballer and a presiden-
tial award winner, ali nawaz Baloch. Yet, he was picked up from outside his home and killed blindfolded in broad daylight,” said Patel. When contacted by Dawn.com, spokesperson for the Rangers, Major sibtain refused to comment on the allegations. “there’s nothing to clear up. tV news channels were present during the Rangers operation,” he said. the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM, the largest political party in karachi, has raised similar allegations in the recent past, accusing Rangers of abducting its party workers and supporters. speaking at the press conference, Patel said he did not want to blame an entire force for the acts of a few, “but it seems like we are being provoked.” Refering to sindh Chief Minister Qaim ali shah’s speech on the floor of the sindh assembly earlier this week, Qadir reiterated the PPP provincial government had little or no control over the Rangers. “to an extent, it also means
that some elements within the Rangers are trying to sabotage the provincial government,” Patel said. He said the Rangers were meant to be a back up force for the city police, and not vice versa. When asked about saqib Boxer’s role in the gang-war plaguing the old karachi neighbourhood, Patel said that he should have been tried in a court even if he was involved in criminal activities. “i agree that there is a gang war that plagues Lyari. But who heads the ongoing turf wars in other areas of karachi?” Patel, who was the only one speaking throughout the press conference, was flanked by saqib Baloch’s uncle, ali nawaz Baloch, MPa Jawed nagori and Yusuf Baloch. Patel urged the President, Chief Justice, and the supreme Court to take notice of the extra-judicial murders. He said that a petition would be filed in the supreme Court and would hold a protest outside the Rangers headquarters in karachi on July 1.
POLITICAL VICTIMISATION: Earlier, the chief minister ordered a DiG-level probe into the “unfortunate” incident when PML-F’s imtiaz sheikh blasted the “helpless” chief minister in whose rule his party was being subjected to political victimisation in District sangar and kot DG where a PML-F worker was killed and another was badly tortured. Manzoor Wassan, however, blamed PML-F President sadruddin shah Rashdi who had given a strike call on May 16 that, he claimed, had led to Friday’s unfortunate happening. POST-SESSION BRIEFING: Later on sidelines of the assembly, the leaders of opposition parties told the media that they unanimously had rejected the budget which, MQM’s sabzwari said, had failed to bridge the urban and rural divide in the province in terms of financial affairs. “no representation without taxation is our slogan,” he said adding “Property, services, infrastructure, everything has been taxed (in urban centers only).” in their address, opposition leaders feared that the new taxes would lead to the growth of inflation and poverty in the province. imtiaz shaikh claimed that the PPP government in sindh, like its previous government in center, would fail in the province. irfanullah khan Marwat said the PPP government in sindh had imposed taxes in “abundance” in the province, something it was criticising the PML-n government in center for. Pti’s Hafeezuddin said the provincial budget would be inflationary in nature as the federal budget had already further eroded purchasing power of the poverty-stricken masses.
Mysterious fire destroys vehicLes
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in a mysterious case of either arson or misfortune, five vehicles were destroyed owing to a fire that erupted in late hours of Friday night. according to sources, residents of Gulshane iqbal’s Block Vi noticed smoke emanating from the ground floor. on investigation, it was realised that five vehicles were set on fire in the parking lot. the fire brigade was promptly informed but the vehicles were no more than charred wrecks by the time the fire brigade finally arrived. the police however assured that a case had been registered and investigation was underway.
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Peace begins with a smile. –Mother Teresa
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
aMerican kiLLed in egypt rivaL deMonstrations
Islamists, members of the brotherhood, and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans holding the Egyptian flag during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in the suburb of Nasr City. AGeNCIeS
CAIRO AGeNCIeS An American and an Egyptian journalist have been killed in Egypt in clashes between protesters opposed to President Mohamed Morsi and those backing him. The rival demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people began on Friday in the northern port city of Alexandria, ahead of a mass opposition rally planned for Sunday, which marks the end of the first year of Morsi’s four-year term. Reuters news agency said a third man was killed and 10 injured in an explosion during a protest in Port Said, at the mouth of the Suez Canal. Tensions are rising ahead of Sunday’s rally. Andrew Pochter, a 21-year-old who worked for an American cultural centre in the coastal city of Alexandria, was killed on Friday as he took photographs of the demonstration, officials said. He was reported to have been working in Egypt teaching English to children and trying to improve his Arabic language skills. The State Department has authorised the departure of non-essential embassy staff in Egypt, and their family members. In an updated travel warning, the department cautioned US citizens “to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time due to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest”. “US citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security,” said the travel advisory. Britain also updated its travel advice for Egypt, urging citizens against “all but essential” travel to the country. In the canal city of Port Said, an Egyptian journalist was killed and several others injured after a small explosive device was thrown at anti-Morsi protesters, a security official and witnesses said. Clashes also erupted in the Nile Delta provinces of Daqahliya and Beheira, and across the country over 130 people were wounded, security officials said. MORE vIOLENCE ExPECTED A senior scholar from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Sunni religious authority, warned of worsening violence in the run up to Sunday, which he blamed on “criminal gangs”. “Vigilance is required to ensure we do not slide into civil war,” said Hassan el-Shafei, in remarks carried by state media. Protests on Sunday, which organisers hope will draw millions of Egyptians to the streets, will demand that Morsi resign and cede power to a transitional government. The rally on Friday was intended as a preemptive strike, a chance for organisers to show that Morsi still commands majority support. “Don’t believe that everyone is against the president,” said Naeem Ghanem, carrying banners accusing the opposition of working with the United States and Israel. “Ninety percent of the people are with Morsi.”
obama meets Mandela’s family in south africa CAPE TOWN
s President Barack obama and his wife Michelle met family members of ailing former south african leader nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. the meeting on saturday took place at the nelson Mandela Foundation, hours after the president said he was not angling for a “photo op” with the ailing former south african president. Earlier, obama met south african counterpart Jacob Zuma on the second leg of his three-nation africa tour and paid tribute to the legacy of Mandela. obama and Zuma addressed a news conference in Pretoria highlighting the role of Mandela in resisting oppression and white minority rule. “our thoughts, and those of americans, and people all around the world are with nelson Mandela and his family,” said obama. “the triumph of Mandela speaks to something deep in human spirit; a yearning for justice and dignity which transcends ... bounds of race.” Zuma said: “We continue to pray for Madiba’s good health and well being.” He said as a student obama “participated actively” in campaigns against apartheid which was dismantled in 1994,
paving the way for south africa’s first multi-racial elections that brought Mandela to power. obama flew to south africa on Friday evening from senegal, where he began his second extended tour of africa as Us president. obama also said he was pleased to be able to take his daughters to Robben island, where nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 of his 27 years’ incarceration under white apartheid rule. on africa, he said he firmly believed that “all too often, attention is paid to africa when there’s a crisis” despite positive developments on the continent. Elsewhere, the presidents talked about boosting bilateral trade, recognising africa’s potential as a continent with some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and increasing the presence of african nations on the global political sphere. “africa must be part of globalisation ... We are part of events that change the world,” said Zuma. ‘MORE UPBEAT’ the two leaders met about a 10minute drive from the Pretoria hospital where 94-year-old Mandela lies in critical condition. Mandela’s health is said to be improving after several difficult days. Reporting from outside the hospital, where people are gathered to praya nd offer tributes for Mandela, al Jazeera’s Peter Greste said: “the mood here has been a little bit more upbeat over the past 24 hours.”
Mandela, who became south africa’s first black president after being jailed for 27 years for opposing white minority rule, is suffering from a recurrent lung infection and has been hospitalised three times since last December. the illness dates back to his years in apartheid-era prisons. HEALTH IMPROVEMENT after taking a turn for the worse last weekend, Mandela, who will turn 95 next month, has since shown tentative signs of recovery. “From what he was a few days ago, there is great improvement, but clinically he is still unwell,” said ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who has visited him regularly in hospital. she called on the media not to “get carried away” in their reporting on her former husband’s illness, but thanked them for their support. “Please understand the sensitivities and the feeling of the family,” added the MP, who tirelessly campaigned for Mandela’s release during his imprisonment under apartheid. “We had no idea of the love out there for us in our particular situation and if sometimes we sound bitter it is because we are dealing with a very difficult situation,” she added. Mandela’s plight has lent a deeply poignant tone to obama’s three-day stay, part of his second extended tour of africa that will end in tanzania. speaking in senegal, where he began his trip, obama described Mandela as “a personal hero”.
syria rebeLs seize key deraa arMy post DAMASCUS AGeNCIeS Syrian rebels have captured a major army post in the southern city of Deraa after nearly two weeks of intense fighting, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists around the country, said rebel forces led by members of the the Nusra Front, captured the checkpoint on Friday after a two-week siege. Rami Abdulrahman, the head of the Observatory, said the fall of the army post was strategically significant for Deraa, where protesters first marched against four decades of Assad family rule from the city’s Omari mosque in March 2011. “Now the army is under threat there. The rebels haven’t liberated all of the old city. There are still two neighbourhoods with soldiers, but this could change the balance of power there,” Abdulrahman told Reuters. The Syrian conflict began in Deraa as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, but has spread across the country and degenerated into civil war.
russia to hoLd nucLear taLks with north korea MOSCOW
Father says snoWden WoUld retUrn to Us WASHINTON AGeNCIeS
the father of whistleblower Edward snowden has said he is reasonably confident his son would return to the Us if certain conditions were met. in an interview with nBC television on Friday, Lonnie snowden acknowledged that his son, a former national security agency contractor, broke the law by leaking about Us surveillance programme, but did not think he committed treason. “if folks want to classify him as a traitor, in fact, he has betrayed his government. But i don’t believe that he’s betrayed the people of the United states,” he told nBC television’s “today” show. snowden senior said his attorney had informed attorney General Eric Holder in a letter that he believed his son would voluntarily return to the Us if the Justice Department promised not to hold him before trial and not subject him to a gag order, according to the Us network. Representatives for the Justice De-
partment could not be reached immediately for comment on the letter. the elder snowden has not spoken to his son since april, but said he believed he was being manipulated by people at the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, which has been trying to help Edward snowden gain asylum. “i don’t want to put him in peril, but
i am concerned about those who surround him,” Lonnie snowden told nBC. “i think WikiLeaks, if you’ve looked at past history, you know, their focus isn’t necessarily the Constitution of the United states. it’s simply to release as much information as possible.” snowden, who requested political asylum in Ecuador, has not been seen since he arrived in Moscow
from Hong kong on sunday. Russian officials said he was in a transit area at Moscow’s sheremetyevo airport. Meanwhile, more than a quarter of the senate’s members asked the top Us intelligence official on Friday to release more information on the government’s bulk collection of data on americans’ communications.
eCUador tells Us to explaIn Its spy prograMMe QUITO: Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino has called on the US to explain itself to the world over its massive spy programme. Patino’s comments came days after Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency (NSA) worker, leaked classified data before fleeing to Russia from where he is seeking asylum in Ecuador. The developments have sparked a diplomatic dispute between Washington and Ecuador. “The United States should be giving a clear and thorough explanation to the citizens of the world regarding this issue,” Patino said. “Instead the entire world is focused on what happens to Edward Snowden and everyone is focused on whether or not the so-called
fugitive is captured and that’s not the problem.” The US has charged Snowden with espionage for leaking information. The whistleblower, currently said to be in transit at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, is being assisted by the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks to secure asylum in Ecuador. Ecuador, whose embassy in London has given WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum as he fights extradition to Sweden where he is wanted on sex assault charges, said earlier this week it was still “analysing” the application. Snowden has not been seen since he arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on Sunday, but Russian officials say he is still in transit. AGeNCIeS
AGeNCIeS Russia to hold nuclear talks with North Korea Russian officials in Moscow will meet North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator next week in a bid to get Pyongyang to re-join protracted talks over ending its atomic programme, Russia’s state news agency reported. Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s First Deputy Foreign Minister, would meet Russia’s deputy foreign ministers Vladimir Titov and Igor Morgulov on Thursday “as part of efforts to resume the six-party talks”, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Saturday. The isolated Asian state recently warned that hostility by the United States could lead to war with South Korea at any moment, and vowed not to give up its nuclear power in the face of mounting UN and international sanctions following recent tests. North Korea had also walked out of the discussions with South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and its main ally China in 2009 in reaction to UN sanctions. But in a flurry of statements and visits this month, North Korea has offered to hold talks with the United States to ease tensions.
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desire for peace greatest strength, moral high ground, says kayani COLOMBO APP
HE Chief of army staff General ashfaq Pervez kayani on saturday said that the Pakistan armed forces seek peace within the region, following up on the path of peace followed by country regardless of internal and external challenges. speaking at the passing out parade
of sri Lankan cadets at the sri Lankan Military academy, kayani stressed that they desired regional stability based on a balance of power that promotes respect for each other’s sovereignty and discourages any quest for hegemony or dominance. “Desire for peace is our greatest strength, which places us at a high moral ground and affords us the poise and confidence to exercise restraint, even once incited or provoked.”
STRONG FRIENDSHIP: Pakistan military and the sri Lankan armed forces share a close bond after the former helped the latter in fighting the LttE militants for nearly three decades. “sri Lankan army has proved its mettle under the most trying circumstances and has emerged victorious not only in the context of purging the menace of militancy and violence but also in pursuit of post conflict peace
and stability.” the army chief added that as sri Lanka first fought and then sought to establish peace and rebuild, Pakistan stood by them. “Pakistan has proved to be a true friend of sri Lanka in your hour of need. i believe this provides a very strong foundation for a sincere friendship and genuine goodwill that exists between our two nations and armed forces.”
Bomb attack on police van in Swabi injures three cops SWABI NNI
three policemen including a station chief were injured on saturday when a bomb exploded close to their vehicle in swabi district of restive khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. the police mobile van in which the three policemen were travelling was targeted by a remote-controlled improvised explosive device (iED) near a graveyard near Government Degree College shewa, said District Police officer Mian saeed. azhar shah, the sHo of swabi Police station, was returning from the college where he had appeared for his Ba exam when his vehicle was attacked, said police. shah was injured along with two constables travelling in the mobile van with him. a passerby woman was also injured in the blast, which destroyed the vehicle. the injured were being treated at a local hospital, while one of the wounded was shifted to a hospital in Peshawar.
Woman stabs mother-in-law MULTAN INP
a married woman on saturday went berserk and stabbed her mother-in-law to death. according to the police and residents of Qadirpur Ran, the woman killed her mother-in-law by repeatedly piercing a sharp-edged knife in her body after they were engaged in verbal dispute. However, the angry woman was later overpowered and handed over to the police. the police have started an investigation into the gory incident after registration of an FiR. “the killer was not on good terms with her in-laws as she had been banished from residence three years ago,” local residents said.
COLOMBO: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani stands in respect of the national anthem during the passing out parade of Sri Lankan Army on Saturday. ONLINe
Clashing visions weigh on US drive for Taliban talks ISLAMABAD AGeNCIeS
as the United states makes a fresh attempt to start talks with the afghan taliban, competing visions in afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan over what an eventual peace process might look like have emerged as one of the biggest hurdles. Washington's hopes of negotiating with the insurgents to stabilise afghanistan before most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014 had appeared to achieve a breakthrough last week when the afghan taliban opened an office in the Qatari capital Doha. But the process was plunged into uncertainty when afghan President Hamid karzai refused to send negotiators to the Gulf state after the taliban raised a flag at its new premises, infuriating the afghan government and prompting frantic attempts by Us officials to resuscitate the planned dialogue. While global attention has focused on the debacle in Doha, tensions between afghanistan and Pakistan - whose cooperation will be vital to any deal - have made the prospects of meaningful progress towards a settlement even less sure. since the Doha office was opened, Pakistani officials have made a series of comments suggesting that karzai, who is due to step down at elections in april, 2014, is already irrelevant to what should be wideranging talks on afghanistan's future. “His expiry date has come,” said a Pakistani government official, who is close to Pakistan's discussions with the Us and other allies on afghanistan. “the principle is a fundamental overhaul.” Pakistan is in a position to influence the talks because its security forces backed the taliban's rise to power in afghanistan in the mid-1990s and continue to serve as gatekeepers to insurgent commanders living on its territory. While the government official's view does not re-
flect the public position of Pakistan, which has pledged to support the afghan government's reconciliation drive on the basis of the existing afghan constitution, it does provide a window into a strand of thinking within islamabad's ruling establishment. However, it is unusual for senior officials in the government to discuss afghan policy in detail. the view that karzai is a hindrance to talks was reflected in comments made to Reuters by three senior Pakistani officials occupying key positions in the foreign ministry and the army, which holds sway over relations with afghanistan, in recent months. karzai was installed as president after Us-backed troops overthrew the taliban government in 2001. “Right now, karzai is the biggest impediment to the peace process,” a top Pakistani Foreign Ministry official told Reuters in March. “in trying to look like a saviour, he is taking afghanistan straight to hell.” the thrust of Pakistan's criticism is that karzai is too erratic to handle negotiations. Pakistani officials also argue that the most important protagonists for any peace process are the United states, the taliban, and the northern alliance, a group of afghan ex-warlords who fought the taliban in the 1990s and now wield significant influence in kabul. “HOSTILE AND EVIL”: afghan officials and commentators suspect that Pakistan's frustration with karzai stems from its desire to ensure that any future government in kabul overturns the afghan president's
policy of cultivating warmer ties with india, Pakistan's nuclear rival. they also maintain that Pakistan has backed the taliban through the 12 years of war against Us-backed troops. “We pleaded with Pakistan for peace, but Pakistan's policy and intentions towards afghanistan have always been hostile and evil,” said Bashir Bezhan, a kabulbased political analyst. Washington praised Pakistan last week for helping to nudge insurgents towards the negotiating table in Doha, a contrast with acrimonious exchanges in previous years over allegations that Pakistan continued to covertly support the taliban. against this backdrop of suspicions of Pakistan, an attack by the taliban on the presidential palace in kabul on tuesday cast fresh doubt on whether karzai would be prepared to participate in peace talks. Us President Barack obama later called karzai and the two agreed on the need for an afghan-led peace process and to support the presence of the taliban office in Doha, the White House said. But no date has been set for any negotiations. Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman aizaz Chaudhry said islamabad remained committed to supporting reconciliation in afghanistan. “the official position of the government is to support an all inclusive, inter-afghan dialogue,” he said. BONN TWO: the Pakistani government official who is close to islamabad's thinking on afghanistan, said
afghan officials and commentators suspect that Pakistan's frustration with karzai stems from its desire to ensure that any future government in kabul overturns the afghan president's policy of cultivating warmer ties with india
one possible way forward at Doha would be far-reaching akin to the conference held in the German city of Bonn in December, 2001, which laid the foundations of karzai's administration. the key players would be the United states, the taliban and members of the northern alliance, who Pakistan has been carefully courting for more than a year - but not karzai. "it would be in a real sense a Bonn two," the government official said. "Pakistan will have a ringside view...in the ring you'll have americans and afghans." such a view cuts a complete contrast with the position of karzai's government, which believes the insurgents must lay down their arms, accept the constitution and find a role within the new afghanistan that grew from the ashes of the taliban theocracy toppled by Us-led forces in 2001. the "Bonn two" proposal may, however, just be wishful thinking within Pakistan's military, which might see such a conference as a chance to promote its preferred factions. there would also seem to be little appetite among karzai's Western allies to go back to the drawing board in afghanistan at a time when nato countries are seeking to scale back their engagement. the afghan government declined to comment on any "Bonn two" kind of meeting. Washington has repeatedly said the taliban must accept the afghan constitution and Us officials said they were unaware of any proposal for a new Bonn-style conference. For now, the United states is sticking to its plan to coax karzai's government and the taliban together in Qatar, even as the tensions between afghanistan and Pakistan remain unresolved. "in the Pakistani military's eyes, karzai is a lame duck, irrelevant," said Cyril almeida, a columnist with Dawn newspaper. "the problem is that his is the only afghan government there is."
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peshawar schools stretch to accommodate children from closed fata institutes PESHAWAR STAFF rePOrT
SEHWAN: Female devotees perform Dhamaal during the 761st Urs celebrations of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qaladar on Saturday. INP
khurshid warns against external intervention in kashmir dispute NEW DELHI INP
ssERtinG that the kashmir problem was an internal issue of the government of india, External affairs Minister salman khurshid on saturday said there was a mechanism within the country to address all issues and external forces were not welcome. “there is no need for any outsider to point fingers at us on what we have to do or if we have
done something wrong. it is an issue within the family,” he said. “We may have discussions and altercations within the family in our home and say that justice has not been done with us. But this is an internal issue and we have mechanism of discussions and talks through which we can comfortably solve every issue, and we will do that,” khurshid said while addressing Congress party workers in srinagar. “Jammu and kashmir is not the only place where there are problems.
TWo DroWN iN Upper Dir river
there are issues in every nook and corner of the country; there are issues of reservation, of opportunities to be given to those who are downtrodden, of unemployment, of women issues and their security and issues of health. there are issues, but there are solutions as well,” he said. He also said composite dialogue with Pakistan would be resumed after the new government in the neighbouring country settled down and confidence-building measures between the two countries were implemented.
Ties with China imperative for a prosperous region: Nawaz
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at least two people were drown while three others rescued when the wire of a chairlift carrying people across Pankora River broke at 09:30am on saturday. according to police, five people were onboard a chairlift near sahibabad area of tehsil Warai in Upper Dir to cross Panjkora River, however, the wire could not sustain the weight and broke. all the five people fell into the river among which three were rescued by the people. the body of one victim identified as islam s/o noor Muhammad of Warai was later retrieved from the water. the rescued people were shifted to Warai Hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
2 schools blown up in Lakki Marwat LAKKI MARWAT INP
Unidentified terrorists on saturday blew up two government schools in the Par khel Pakka area in Lakki Marwat. no casualties occurred as the school buildings were vacant at the time of blasts. Police cordoned off the area and started search for the terrorists.
thousands of children, both male and female, have been deprived of their right to education with the closure of over 1,400 schools across Federally administrative tribal areas (Fata). according to Fata secretariat, 476 schools had been destroyed by militants since 2006. amongst these schools, 252 were girls’ schools and 224 boys’ schools, thus depriving more than 150,000 students of education. the data revealed that a majority of these schools destroyed by militants are in Bajaur, Mohmand, khyber agency, aurakzai and Frontier Region of kohat known as Dara adam khel. Comparatively lesser number of schools were destroyed by militants in both north and south Waziristan agencies. almost all schools in the narrow tribal strip of Dara adam khel were destroyed by militants with explosive materials. Beside destruction of schools, the official data revealed that over 1,000 schools in all seven tribal agencies and six frontier regions were closed or nonfunctional across Fata. some of these schools are under occupation by security forces whereas some them are in use by militants. Moreover, certain schools in south and north Waziristan, aurakzai, kurram and khyber agencies are also under occupation by militants. in all these occupied schools, the militants have established positions for foiling attacks. the official from the Fata secretariat confirmed that thousands of children whose families had abandoned their homes in tribal areas and shifted to safe places had gotten admissions in educational institutions in Peshawar, Dera ismail khan, kohat, Bannu, Mardan and nowshehra. a reasonable number of children who belong to affluent families are getting education in islamabad, Rawalpindi and abbottabad schools. However, more than 70 percent of tribal children belonging to poor families have been deprived of education. an official from the education sector of khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed that there was a lot of pressure on local institutions in Peshawar and other main cities. He said now that admissions were in progress at intermediate and degree levels, the authorities were giving preference to local domicile holders. However, he said that children with higher marks also had the right to get admission based on merit, which was causing problems to children from the local population.
establishment division surrenders five bureaucrats to kp govt PESHAWAR STAFF rePOrT
ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday. INP
Prime Minister nawaz sharif on saturday said that friendship with China would remain the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy. talking to the Chinese ambassador sun Weidong at the Prime Minister House, nawaz conveyed his condolences to the Chinese government, people and the effected
families of the victims who were recently shot dead in Gilgit. the prime minister vowed that the perpetrators of the tragic incident would be brought to justice. He said that he was looking forward to his visit to China in the first week of July as it would help further strengthen bilateral ties. Moreover, the prime minister said that the Gwadar Port project was the hallmark of Pakistan-China
strategic partnership which would bring economic dividends for both allies. the prime minister expressed his satisfaction that both countries shared the vision of establishment of long term economic corridor. nawaz told the ambassador that he had established a high-level task force headed by a federal minister to explore avenues to enhance economic cooperation with China.
on the request of the khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, the Establishment Division has surrendered five bureaucrats to the former with immediate effect. according to official sources, the five officials are taseer Jamal alizai, afzal Latif, Mian Waheeduddin, Jodat ayaz and Raheel siddiqui. Waheeduddin had served in the Prime Minister’s secretariat whereas ayaz was joint secretary in the Communications Ministry. other three have served the federal government in various important capacities. the Pti leaders have requisitioned services of these five civil officers in connection with their agenda of change and reforms. one of these officers will be posted as additional chief secretary. He will not only look after day to day affairs but would also serve as the planning and development secretary and the board of governors’ chairman of the Bank of khyber. other officers would be posted as finance, establishment and general administration secretaries.
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I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery. –Aeschylus
in the Line of fire
the tamasha will never end
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
a good omen resumption of indo-Pak dialogue
HosE concerned about peace and prosperity in south asia would welcome indian foreign minister slaman khurshid ’s statement regarding the resumption of talks with Pakistan. the PML-n government is committed to peace and friendly relations with india. nawaz sharif takes pride in the initiation of talks with a.B. Vajpayee in 1999 and the Lahore Declaration which noted both sides’ commitment to resolving the outstanding issues. the attempts to restart a dialogue can commence, as khurshid put it, after the PML-n government finally settles down. this should not take more than another couple of months. the process to build friendly ties was derailed by Gen. Musharraf’s kargil misadventure. Ground realities however forced the military ruler to once again sue for peace. subsequently a composite dialogue was initiated in 2003 to address the issues that bedevil relations between the two countries. the dialogue was called off by india in november 2008 in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. attempts by the PPP government to improve ties failed to produce results till Zardari put the peace process back on rails during his talks with Manmohan singh in april last year. the meeting was followed by parleys between interior, foreign, defence and commerce secretaries of the two countries. the talks were upstaged in september when Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani khar and her indian counterpart sM krishna met in islamabad. a pending visa agreement was inked between the two countries. this was called the first step towards normalization of relations. insistence by india to prosecute those behind the terror attack and demands by Pakistan to be provided usable information stood in the way of any major breakthrough. the hopes that the talks would lead to Manmohan singh’s visit to islamabad also proved futile. the border incidents in January this year once again ratcheted up the tension between the two countries proving that the road to peace is paved with potholes. talking to indian journalist karan thapar days before the elections, nawaz sharif had reiterated his commitment to improvement of relations between the two countries. nawaz had promised to start from where it was “interrupted in 1999”. the improvement of relations with india has crucial importance for Pakistan. Mutual hostility has led the two countries to concentrate the bulk of their armies along the Pak-india border and the LoC. if Pakistan is to fully concentrate on the terrorist threat emanating from the tribal belt bordering afghanistan, it has to ensure peace with india so that it can transfer more troops to the north West. What is required is creating mutual trust between the two countries through talks at the highest level. Meanwhile islamabad needs to go ahead with giving india the MFn status. the new visa regime too should be implemented by both sides. the process to punish the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks also needs to be hastened.
advise to the MQM must pay heed to late but sound advice from the sindh Cm
inaLLY the sindh chief minister Qaim ali shah appears to have gotten his call of duty. With the situation in sindh getting worse by the day, shah has offered the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) a white flag. admitting mistakes made in the provincial budget for the financial year 2013-14, shah said, “if there is a mistake on our part, we are open to dialogue, as all misunderstandings and issues could be sorted out through negotiations.” the condition he appears to have offered MQM chief altaf Hussain to review his policy of giving strike calls in mourning against killings. if the MQM takes a step forward and agrees, then the estimated Rs15billion loss per strike to the already ailing economy can be avoided. shah is right in saying that the law and order situation can be improved if the entire house supports the government with unison, but it also means that the ruling People’s Party Pakistan (PPP) needs to offer a share to other political parties. one of the key nodes of dispute shall be holding local bodies elections as early as possible and on an agreed upon formula. the sindh CM also appeared amenable to holding the local bodies election early. shah said, “Let the budget be approved. We can talk on the local government system which should be acceptable to all and in the interest of people.” shah again offered the MQM the choice of becoming part of the government, and denied the allegation that the budget had a “rural bias.” shah said, “terming the budget as a rural budget would be injustice with PPP, as the government spent Rs64 billion on urban development during the past five years and gave Rs500 million additional grant to the karachi Metropolitan Corporation.” He is right, if anything budgets can be said to overprioritise urban spaces over rural and so increasing property tax on urban lands is also a sensible move for the provincial exchequer. the sindh budget debate has entered its sixth day and so far 119 lawmakers have participated in the debate. some important points have been raised, which included the ones raised by the leader of the opposition in the sindh assembly Faisal sabzwari of passing a new local governments law that is acceptable to all and the need to conduct an operation against illegal weapons in sindh, which could begin with the city of karachi. if the MQM has come out to offer such a measure, the PPP-led coalition should jump at the suggestion to restore peace in the financial capital of the country. the advise by shah is belated but appropriate and the MQM appears ready to accept the fig leaf. if an agreement on improving the law and order situation, including tackling the taliban presence in the city, and implementing a local bodies system is reached, there will be nothing like it. it is time that the MQM also delivers, irrespective of whether it joins the government or remains in opposition.
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oRGEt the chase. Cut to the crap. Unable to deliver, nawaz sharif has diverted the national conversation from Pakistan’s terminal problems to trying Gen. Pervez Musharraf for alleged ‘high treason’ under article 6 of the constitution. in so doing, has nawaz sharif unwittingly put himself in the line of fire yet again? Bad habits die hard. But hang on. Could it be that the army chief Gen. ashfaq Parvez kayani (and the army by extension) is the prime target because Musharraf is to be tried only for the november 3, 2007 emergency: the Proclamation of Emergency includes him and others whom Musharraf “consulted”. Could it be that Chief Justice iftikhar Chaudhry is the second target if legitimizing the october 12, 1999 countercoup comes into the fray, which it will have to? so as ‘aiders and abettors’, kayani better keep his gun holstered and the chief justice behave. How simplistically obvious can you get? the country’s attention has been diverted, but for how long? as our terminal problems get ‘worser and worser’ people will stop thinking of alleged treason and focus entirely on survival. When survival becomes impossible they will start saying it with sticks and stones. By invoking article 6, nawaz sharif has unsheathed a sword over the army chief’s head and shown a sheathed sword to the chief justice that can be unsheathed any time to keep them both ‘in line’. Does sharif realize that there are sharper swords dangling over his head, like the asghar khan case? the supreme Court (sC) can disqualify him as it disqualified another prime minister before him unless sharif becomes president in september to gain temporary constitutional immunity and appoints an obedient prime minister in his stead – the asif Zardari formula. the procedure is not so simple. First, the federal government has to ask the Federal investigation agency (Fia) to investigate only the november 3, 2007 emergency. the Fia’s findings will then be considered to decide whether they have a case or not. if they think they do, a special court will try Musharraf and inevitably others. Certain points and questions need clarification: Can a treason case under article 6 be filed by citizens when only the federal government can do so? Can the supreme Court even consider it? in hearing such a case and suggesting to the federal government to file a treason case, did the supreme Court perhaps transgress its jurisdiction? Which article 6 would they try Musharraf under, the one that obtained on october 12, 1999 and november 3, 2007 that did not contain the word ‘abeyance’ or the version amended later to contain the word ‘abeyance’? Can one be tried retroactively under a new law made after the fact? Doesn’t this make the amendment Musharrafspecific and smack of malfeasance? Can justice be selective? Can they pluck only one person out of a group of alleged conspirators when the constitution includes all aiders and abettors? How can they try Musharraf for the november 3, 2007 emergency only without first trying him for the october 12, 1999 countercoup for if the sC
hadn’t legitimized it the emergency of 2007 would not have happened? When the october 1999 countercoup comes into the fray, the first question to be asked of nawaz sharif would be: “Why did you create such a situation by your acts of october 12, 1999 that left the army no option but to intervene, acts that the sC held were illegal, including possible attempted treason by asking the pilot to take Musharraf’s commercial airliner to india and deliver Pakistan’s army chief into indian hands?” Cause cannot be divorced from effect for then the effect cannot be understood and an unbiased judgment passed. Did the november 3, 2007 emergency amount to treason for it was not against the federation but only affected the job of one particular judge and others that joined him? Musharraf gave the reasons in his speech after imposing emergency. those reasons will be revisited. the then Chairman JCsC, army, air and navy chiefs, corps commanders, provincial governors, prime minister, all will enter the dock. the argument that parliament upheld the sC’s judgment legitimizing the 1999 countercoup is so much poppycock. the current sC can overturn that judgment as well as any act of parliament as ultra vires of the constitution and its spirit as it has done before. the sC first legitimized Gen. Yahya khan’s coup of 1969 but overturned its own judgment in 1972 in a case filed by my mother and asma Jilani against the detention of my father and asma’s father by Bhutto. Many of the same shameless judges who had earlier called Yahya khan a saviour now called him a usurper. the ‘asma Jilani, Zarina Gauhar Case’ became a milestone in our judicial history. Bhutto had to lift martial law and introduce an interim constitution in april 1972. But as we have seen, judgments and constitutions do not stop military interventions when the country is being fed to the dogs by civilian wannabe dictators. similarly, this sC can overturn its judgment legitimizing the october 1999 countercoup. But what will come of the chief justice who took and gave oaths under Musharraf’s first Provisional Constitution order of october 15, 1999? if the supreme Court could overturn the judgment of the Dogar Court legalizing the 2007 emergency why not its judgment legitimizing the 1999 countercoup? Was sanctifying one judgment and overturning another self-serving: to save jobs in the first instance and retrieving them in the second? What about nawaz sharif’s goons storming the supreme Court to remove an earlier chief justice? Did they not violate the constitution too, more in fact than Musharraf’s emergency? nawaz sharif succeeded in dethroning his chief justice; Musharraf didn’t. the judgment absolving sharif and his storm troopers of that crime needs to be revisited too. Let justice prevail equitably. isn’t that what the Quran and the constitution say? Gen. kayani and others cannot take the plea that they were following orders, for Gen. aslam Beg tried this
in the asghar khan case and failed. Each soldier is responsible for his actions and is entitled not to follow a command he thinks is unlawful. the reference against the chief justice was prepared by the law ministry and signed by the prime minister. apart from other evidence, also behind it were the complaints of some lawyers and a High Court chief justice. so in sending it to the supreme Judicial Council (sJC) President Musharraf was in accord with the constitution. Had the supreme Court not thrown it out unheard and the sJC been allowed to consider it and give its opinion and necessary legal action if deemed fit taken, the need for the november 3, 2007 emergency would not have arisen. Was throwing out the reference by the supreme Court not a violation of the constitution? or were the charges and evidence too strong? We don’t know. it needs hearing. now consider article 5. it says: “(1) Loyalty to the state is the basic duty of every citizen. (2) obedience of the Constitution and law is the [inviolable] obligation of every citizen wherever he may be and of every person for the time being within Pakistan.” note the use of the word ‘duty’ for the state and ‘obligation’ for the constitution – ‘inviolable’ is facetious. is there any such thing as a constitutionally violable obligation? it is editor’s brackets because it was inserted later to replace the word ‘basic’ that makes sense. Which is higher, the state or the constitution? Which is the greater imperative, duty or obligation? a man is obliged under a social contract of marriage to look after his wife’s needs, but he has a Divine duty to raise his children well. Will he remain married if he thinks that his wife is harmful to their children? not vice versa because in islam the upbringing of children is only the father’s duty. if a citizen thinks that the state is in danger, will he let it be harmed just to be obedient to the constitution? the state comes first. the constitution is supposed to protect the state. if it fails to protect it and only produces poor and corrupt governments that harm the state and its people, it becomes amendable or dispensable for a better one. Will you save your limb and let your body die of cancer or will you sever your limb to save your body? a limb is a useful tool, the body houses life and soul. if the body dies you die. if a limb dies you live. talking of usurpers, a usurper is a person who seizes something without right, not necessarily by force but also by conning and hoodwinking. someone who steals an election by engineering it or rigging the ballot and seizes power is a usurper too as are those who aided and abetted him. Does this not attract article 6? Let us not get into that for now else the tamasha will never end. Let us focus entirely on our duty of saving the state by curing its terminal diseases and our obligation of providing for our people. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
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Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason. –Sir John Harington
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
the business of politicians is politics and power is neither gained nor surrendered easily
ERY curious. When Barack obama suspended his campaign for reelection to supervise relief for victims of a terrible hurricane on the east coast, there was applause even from his opponents. Republican strategists later suggested that this intervention provided the momentum that M J AkBAr ensured an obama victory. But when narendra Modi stepped into Uttarakhand, very hurriedly followed by Rahul Gandhi, voices rose in protest and some columnists brandished a long pen to call them ambulance chasers. obama wanted votes. so do Modi and Rahul Gandhi. What is so terribly wrong about persuading voters that you can govern by proving you can deal with a crisis? What is so venal about politicians wanting to indulge in politics? there is a very welcome down side to this: if you leap into the fray without knowing how to jump, the negative backlash will be ferocious. accountability is every democracy’s insurance policy against incompetence. a few elements in media, quite unable to resist pomposity, slipped into stupidity – fortunately they were marginal. the news website for Hotmail, owned by Microsoft, framed a ‘Yes or no’ poll in cringe-inducing terms that bashed the whole community of indian politicians. it offered a choice between ‘Yes, it is natural for selfish politicians to take credit’ and ‘no. Politicians must not stoop to such low levels’. May i suggest a similar poll about Microsoft? ‘Yes. Microsoft is a multinational which would never dare to describe an american politician as selfish because he or she tried to help citizens during a natural calamity’. and: ‘no. Pompous amateurs like us must never reduce webspace media into a heckling circus with the iQ level of a garrulous judge on a reality show’. What did we expect those in charge of governments to do? Go off on holiday while their citizens were in danger? Did some pundits carp because Modi, always a favourite lightning rod, got the idea first? Would they have queued up to applaud if some other Chief Minister had led the way? there is no adequate answer to such questions because the truth is often hidden in the subconscious. Rahul Gandhi, to his credit, understood what some journalists did not, that the people’s view would not be swayed by media pulpit oratory, but by the quality of relief work in affected areas. He may have even tested this proposition with a quick opinion poll, which is now almost obligatory in any serious campaign process. People are not silly. they do not blame politicians for an act of nature. But neither do they forgive governments that are unable to respond to the administrative challenge which comes in the wake of such a tragedy. if the Congress is in trouble in Uttarakhand it is not because Gujarat or Punjab officials rushed to fill their portion of the vacuum, but because the state government was missing from action. there has always been space for tension in the wide territory over which the paths of media and politics crisscross. this is perfectly normal, and should even be encouraged. What is fascinating is the constantly evolving dynamic of this relationship. Politicians have always got upset at honest journalism: which, primarily, is placing in the public domain information that those in power would prefer to keep concealed. Exposure hurts their prospects of re-election. Uttarakhand, like any crisis, offered an opportunity to expose. the highest circles of UPa, for instance, must have squirmed at the news item that relief trucks organised by Congress and flagged off by Mrs sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were stranded because drivers were not given sufficient money for fuel. this is the kind of story that travels well through public chatter. in an innovative reversal, journalists are now beginning to lay down rules on how politicians should do their job. We are not talking corruption here, but the rather more vague ‘moral ambiance’ of decision-making. Both politicians and journalists once set standards for themselves; we now seem intent on setting standards for each other. Judgment is so much easier than introspection. We shall see how this plays out, particularly with an election season underway. tensions will peak as politicians seek to rise in the estimate of voters, and journalists try to puncture them. With so much at stake, it is almost inevitable that ‘facts’ will sometimes be twisted for partisan ends, and that ‘truth’ will be manipulated to defame opponents. this is going to be a particularly tough election, because power is neither gained nor surrendered easily. Fortunately, the supreme Court of both professions is the citizen. Wherever ego might lead a journalist, or an exaggerated sense of power take a politician, the true measure of worth is determined by the court of public opinion. there is no journalism without an audience. there is no political office without a voter. this is the balance that keeps our system sane.
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the decadence of politics did someone think the secret letter to swiss authorities would be kept secret?
HE stop-start democracy in Pakistan, even after sixty-five years of the nation’s birth, is fragile, to say the least. the sclerotic development of democracy in our land, and people’s faith in such democracy, has been blamed on khaki inventions, judicial hurdles, foreign agendas, and the overall civilian-military imbalance. and there is much truth to such an assertion. But one key factor, which frequently gets overlooked while understanding the rot of our democratic paradigm, is the character and conduct of our political junta, and its supporters. For my money, decadence of our political culture and integrity, perhaps more than anything else, has been the force behind a loss of faith in our democracy. it has disillusioned the common man, and created a void, which, from time to time, gets filled by the military or the judiciary. the latest, and perhaps the most austere example of this decadence of our politics, is the unveiling of the startling fact that the former PPP government wrote a secret (second) letter to the swiss authorities, away from the eyes of the supreme Court and (what is infinitely more important) the people of Pakistan(!), declaring that there is no case pending against the President, and asking for “official confirmation” that no proceedings against the President shall take place in switzerland. the belligerence of this latest letter, to be best appreciated, has to be viewed in the sequence of events that preceded it. in 1997, the tainted Ehtesab (accountability) Bureau of the then nawaz sharif government, under the auspiciousness of the then attorney General (late) Ch. Muhammad Farooq, wrote to the swiss authorities to request for mutual legal assistance in get-
ting $60 million of kick-back money from asif ali Zardari, relating to the sGs/Cotectna contracts. after promulgation of the nRo in 2007, the attorney General of the newly elected PPP government, Malik Qayyum, in May 2008 wrote a letter to the swiss authorities requesting that the Government of Pakistan no longer wanted to be a party in the proceedings against asif ali Zardari. thereafter, allegedly and in response to this letter by Malik Qayyum, the swiss authorities closed the case on 25th august, 2008. no further communication, in this regard, was made with the swiss authorities till after the 16th December 2009 judgment of the apex Court which struck down the nRo, and ordered the government to reassert its status as a civil party in the case pending in switzerland. the government refused to write to the swiss authorities in this regard, preferring, instead, to sacrifice a Prime Minister for the cause. subsequently, under extreme pressure from the supreme Court, the opposition parties, and the media, the PPP government, through its Law secretary, wrote a letter to the swiss authorities on 5th november, 2012, seeking a “revival” of the case proceedings. this, every sane minded individual in the realm, thought would be the final episode in this stupendous drama. But then again, Pakistan politics is not a realm of sane-minded individuals! in scene that could easily resemble an episode from some John Grisham novel, in the dark of the night (perhaps in a shady alley, under a solitary lamp-post, with the distant sound of an ambulance siren in the background) Justice (retd.) Yasmin abbasey, the Law secretary of the former government, in all probability on instructions from the higher ups (who would have met her wearing a dark grey rain-coat and Cia hats), drafted a second (detailed) letter for the swiss authorities, undoing the entire excruciating exercise that had been undertaken by the nation over the past two years. and with a change of guard in the government, this covert operation, by legal cow-boys, has been brought to light, at the utter astonishment and disgust of us all. naturally, there will be consequences. at the very least, the former Law secretary has committed a grave contempt of the apex court. and this big a decision could, under no circumstances, have been taken by her alone. in case she musters the courage to bring forth the truth, all those who were privy to this malicious event, would also stand to bear the brunt of contempt.
and possibly other penal consequences falling within the contours of perpetrating a fraud on the public. But all that will be answered in time. the law will take its course. More immediately, this episode is an interesting insight into the rot of our political dispensation. it is hard to hard to fathom what would have been the contemplation of the perpetrators of this fraud? Did they, in this day and age of open media and judicial oversight, honestly believe that a letter, officially written by one government to another, would be kept in the dark forever? Would there be no way of tracking or finding out a record of it, even if the official documents have magically disappeared in the Law Ministry? Did they send the letter through a pigeon? Were they wearing an invisibility cloak during the discussions? and in case they did imagine that the letter would eventually come to light, did they think that it would just be another one of those partisan trickeries that could explained through a barrage of blind supporters on 8 o’ clock talk shows? and while on the point, what kind of nerve would one have to have, even as a PPP supporter, to come onto different news channels to defend this action of the Law secretary? at some point, the disingenuous argument, falls off the cliff of reasonability, into the abyss of ridiculousness. and that is exactly where those defending the actions of the Law secretary, find themselves. as a side-note, the defense, in this case, of the Law secretary by the PPP stalwarts is no different from the defense launched by the PML-n supporters in the aftermath of the Mehran Bank scandal, or even the supporters of the supreme Court in the aftermath of the arsalan iftikhar case. When will our partisan loyalties be trumped by the voices of our conscience? When will truth, reason and law, be celebrated over the ideals of being more loyal than the king? For thinking minds, this fraud by the PPP government, is a reflection of the larger malady of decadence in our politics. it has eroded the already brittle confidence that people have in civilian rulers. and done tremendous damage to the integrity of politics in our land. incompetence granted, is honesty in politics too much to ask? The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. –James Dean
I’ll be back……in 2015
terminator reboot promises rise of the machines once again
Terminator fans, your favorite cyborg killer will be back!
Paramount has announced it will not only reboot the popular sci-fi franchise with a new movie scheduled to hit theaters on June 26, 2015, but the studio also revealed it's making a whole new stand-alone trilogy! After several years of legal wrangling to iron out the rights, Paramount confirmed its joining forces with Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and brother David Ellison's Skydance Productions to make the pictures. The siblings, of course, are the sons of billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who've been making a big mark in Hollywood helping to finance a slew of blockbusters and critically acclaimed films. Skydance was a producer most recently on World War Zand Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol while Annapurna financed Zero Dark Thirty and The Master. The latter won the rights to James Cameron's epic apocalyptic series pitting humans against nasty robot killing machines at an auction two years ago and initially attached Fast and Furious 6 helmer Justin Lin to direct, with Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as the T-800. However, the 65year-old actor shortly thereafter put his participation on hold after revelations surfaced that he had fathered a child out of wedlock. The studio could not confirm whether Schwarzenegger will star in Terminator 5, but it's more than likely he'll appear considering he's professed interest in reprising the role that made him a star. NewS deSk
You think Hugh Jackman is tough as Wolverine? Get a load of him as a distraught dad whose daughter has gone missing in the latest trailer for Prisoners! In the kidnapping thriller-with-a-twist, Jackman and Maria Bello play a couple whose kid eerily disappears along with the daughter of the friends they are visiting, played by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. Enter Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki, who, if he can't crack the case, is at least easy on the eyes as ever. He vows to find both girls, after which all goes to hell. Paul Dano plays a creepy-looking guy with an even creepier RV whom everyone assumes took the kids, but the cops can't prove it, prompting Jackman's increasingly desperate father to take matters into his own hands. Candlelit vigils, police station interrogations, angry living room confrontations and close-up forensic work ensues until it's revealed (in the trailer, so we'll be on the lookout for more twists) that Jackman has snatched up Dano in quest for the truth. PHOTOS: Hugh Jackman's biggest movies "Someone has to make him talk, or they're going to die," Jackman tells an alarmed Howard, who insists, "They don't even know that it's him...This ain't right." But if the movie's done right, it's going to make for one heck of a nail-biter. Denis Villenueve, a Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee in 2011 for Incendies, directed and Hollywood veteran Roger Deakins did the cinematography. Prisoners is due in theaters Sept. 20, just in time to scare parents stiff when they send their kids back to school. NewS deSk
baLdwin goes ‘gangsta’ on daiLy MaiL reporter over twitter articLe As far as Twitter meltdowns go, it has to be right up there. Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has threatened to "******" the Daily Mail's LAbased showbiz reporter, and then promptly deleted his Twitter account, after being outraged by a story claiming his wife tweeted during the funeral of actor James Gandolfini. The Mail's George Stark claims that Hilaria Baldwin made a string of tweets and retweets about things including smoothie recipes and shopping tips during the funeral of the Sopranos actor. Baldwin, who was infamously caught on tape calling his young daughter a "rude, thoughtless little pig", went into attack mode, calling Stark a "toxic little queen" who he intended to find and "f*** **". He followed it up with a bit of trash talk saying he would "put my foot up your fucking ass … but I'm sure you'd dig it too much". Baldwin then deleted his Twitter account. It's a response that Tony Soprano, everybody's favourite gangster with a violent streak, would be proud of. NewS deSk
THE LEGENDS RIDE ON: Guns ‘n’ Roses at their latest concert in the US.
125 kills, 8 years, one final season: Dexter prepares to awe A hundred and twenty-five kills. Eight years. One final season. America's favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan's (Michael C. Hall) killing spree is finally coming to an end as Dexter returns for its eighth and final season this Sunday on Showtime. But Dexter isn't finishing this twisted journey alone: His emotional wreck of a sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) is set to face her own demons in the hit series' final hour after going against everything she believes in to protect her murderous brother. So yes, a happy ending is surely in the cards for the Morgan siblings! We chatted with Hall, Carpenter and returning guest star Yvonne Strahovski as Dexter's murderous love interest
Hannah on the red carpet at the series finale party, where they dished on the final season and reflected on their eight years of working on the iconic show. "We're feeling a lot of things," Hall tells E! News of Dexter coming to an end. "We're feeling a lot of pride; we're feeling a lot of love, a lot of affection. It's a real family." Carpenter echoes her ex-husband and "best friend" Hall's sentiment, saying, "It's bittersweet, but I am going to miss the people. The show is going out on a really nice note. We're finishing it the way we want, so there's nothing to be sad about, really!" And how can you be sad when working on Dexter was like an eight-year-long
party?! "Eight years is like college twice! We had a weekly kegger," Hall jokes Now that we've got the emotional stuff out of the way, it's time to talk about the final season...even if Hall and Carpenter were tight-lipped when it came to scoop. "I feel like this season is unlike any other that we've ever shot," Carpenter explains. "I don't even know how to prepare people for it, so I'm really curious. I can't gauge it. Debra at least starts off in a place she's never been before." A place Debra has been before means she's no longer working for Miami Metro: Dex's sis is now working for a private investigator, played by Sean Patrick Flannery, after killing LaGuerta (Lauren
Velez) in the season seven finale left her an emotional mess. Of the new Deb, Carpenter admits, "It was crazy trying to play her in this way without rules or restraints While Hall wouldn't dish any spoilers, he did say this about the series' ending: "It's a decisive ending that I'm really excited about." Decisive?! Gulp! Finally, Strahovski offered up a tease about Hannah, who escaped from prison in the finale and left an ominous gift on Dexter's doorstep, and her role in the final season. "As usual, Hannah is going to stir things up a little bit with an unexpected surprise visit maybe," she spills. Dexter's final season premieres Sunday, June 30, at 9 p.m. on Showtime. NewS deSk
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Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent. –Marlon Brando
ARTS Sunday, 30 June, 2013
hrithik flies to promote krrish-3, expects massive release RITHIK Roshan flew from the US to Hyderabad, to launch what is perhaps the first Bollywood motion poster of his Diwali release, 'Krrish-3', on a popular social networking platform. And though he is jet lagged, it is hard for the superstar to contain the excitement in his voice. "I'm honoured," he says, adding, "It was the birthday of this mammoth social networking platform and they chose to celebrate this momentous occasion with the launch of our poster." Hrithik's gamble seems to have paid off. One hundred and twenty million have viewed the poster on the internet and over two lakh comments have poured in. "It's amazing," says the light-eyed actor, who is overwhelmed with the reaction. He is also happy that he got a chance to see a flash mob — that was a part of the celebration. Says he, "The ingenuity of a flash mob is something you must experience. I have seen flash mobs on TV and heard about them, but to actually see one happening right in front of your eyes is a great experience. I got a lot of love from the hundreds of people present and I gave a lot of love." Hrithik says the overall experience left him feeling more empowered. "Baby Krrish has opened his eyes. From here on, everyone will hand-hold and help him achieve greater heights. I can hardly wait for his journey to begin. We're arriving on Diwali and I'm waiting with bated breath to introduce this superhero to the millions across the world." A sequel to Krrish, the film has been produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan and has music composed by
Rajesh Roshan. Apart from Hrithik in the title role, it also stars Priyanka Chopra,Vivek Oberoi and Kangana
Ranaut. Many foreign technicians are part of the project, includingaction director Tony Ching Siu Tung. NewS deSk
WEAR IT LIKE BECKHAM: The star displaying his love for Louis vuitton apparel.
Fakhri refutes Uday romance rumors
Behold Salman’s Romanian lover!
Of late, there's been a strong buzz about Salman Khan's newest ladylove, Romanian actress Lulia Vantur. Reportedly, they've been dating for a while now. Lulia is in India and reports suggest that she is staying with Salman's parents in Mumbai. While eyewitnesses claim to have spotted the two together, they've been careful to avoid the media glare. That ended when Salman flew in to Hyderabad for the shoot of Mental accompanied by Lulia on Thursday evening. Though the duo initially walked out of the airport together, on spotting waiting shutterbugs, they exited separately. While Salman posed, his friend Nadeem was seen shielding Lulia from the flashbulbs. And in a bid to divert media attention from her, Sallu decided to send her off to the hotel in the super luxury car booked for him. And what did he do instead? Well, he hailed a cab from the airport and hopped into it. Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party vice-president, Mohammad Saleem, who was also at the airport at that time, had offered Salman his car so that the star could escape the chaos. But Sallu politely declined the offer and instead took a cab. NewS deSk
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Nargis Fakhri talks about men, movies and how she does not believe in the institution of marriage. "I don't think I'd jeopardise my career by getting into a relationship at this stage," says Nargis Fakhri when we meet her at a suburban cafe, adding, "Moreover, I don't find the need. I'm surrounded by a bunch of friends. Boyfriends are troublesome and unnecessary." Surprising, considering the Rockstar actress has been more in the news for her various liaisonsthan her film roles. Her link-up with Uday Chopra has been a big talking point after he tweeted his love for her recently. Says Nargis dismissively, "Uday's only teasing. I have known him, but I am most definitely not in love with him. I am here to be the best that I can be, make money, and take off." Not that she hasn't been in love but "the guy went to Brazil and got married," she says. Career-wise, apart from Madras Cafe and the Shaukeen remake, she is also excited about her special song and dance number in Rajkumar Santoshi's Phata Poster Nikla Hero. "I want to do that number so when I'm 70, holding a walking stick and wearing fake teeth, I can tell my grandchildren, 'look kids, that's your granny gyrating her oomph'." Talking about becoming a grandmother, is marriage on the cards? "I don't believe in the institution of marriage. It's a challenge to spend all your life with one person. Emotional dependency weakens you," she quips. NewS deSk
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InFotaInMent Sunday, 30 June, 2013
genius reveaLed: he used coMMon
Pablo Picasso, famous for pushing the boundaries of art with cubism, also broke with convention when it came to paint, new research shows. X-ray analysis of some of the painter's masterworks solves a long-standing mystery about the type of paint the artist used on his canvases, revealing it to be basic house paint. Art scholars had long suspected Picasso was one of the first master artists to employ house paint, rather than traditional artists' paint, to achieve a glossy style that hid brush marks. There was no absolute confirmation of this, however, until now. Physicists at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill., trained their hard X-ray nanoprobe at Picasso's painting "The Red Armchair," completed in 1931, which they borrowed from the Art Institute of Chicago. The nanoprobe instrument can "see" details down to the level of individual pigment particles, revealing the arrangement of particular chemical elements in the paint. The analysis showed that Picasso used enamel paint that matches the precise chemical composition of the first brand of commercial house paint, called Ripolin. The researchers were able to compare the painting's pigment with those of paints available at the time by analyzing decades-old paint samples bought on eBay. What's more, the detailed study, which used X-rays to probe the painting's pigment down to the scale of 30 nanometers (a sheet of copier paper is 100,000 nanometers thick), was able to pinpoint the manufacturing region where the paint was made by studying its particular impurities. "The nanoprobe at the [Advanced Photon Source X-ray facility and the Center for Nanoscale Materials] allowed unprecedented visualization of information about chemical composition within a singe grain of paint pigment, significantly reducing doubt that Picasso used common house paint in some of his most famous works," one of the research leaders, Argonne's Volker Rose, said in a statement. Art scholars think Picasso experimented with Ripolin to achieve a different effect than would've been possible with traditional oil paints, which dry slowly and can be heavily blended. In contrast, house paint dries quickly and leaves effects like marbling, muted edges, and even drips of paint. Still, experts couldn't be sure house paint was the key to Picasso's look without proof. "Appearances can deceive, so this is where art can benefit from scientific research," said Francesca Casadio, senior conservator scientist at the Art Institute of Chicago. "We needed to reverse-engineer the paint so that we could figure out if there was a fingerprint that we could then go look for in the pictures around the world that are suspected to be painted with Ripolin, the first commercial brand of house paint." NewS deSk
Everything has been figured out, except how to live. –Jean-Paul Sartre
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HE notion of being fashionably smart is getting a makeover as internet-linked computers get woven into formerly brainless attire such as glasses, bracelets and shoes. a wearable computing trend is at the heart of the "quantified self" movement in which people track anything from how many calories they burn to how well they sleep or their moods at any given moment. "We are heading for the wearable computing era," Gartner analyst Van Baker told aFP. "People are going to be walking around with personal area networks on their bodies and have multiple devices that talk to each other and the Web." Understandably, the trend has found traction in fitness with devices such as the Jawbone UP, nike's FuelBand, and Fitbit keeping tabs on whether people are leading active, healthy lifestyles. the devices use sensors to detect micro movements and then feed information to smartphones or tablets, where applications tap into processing power to analyze data and provide feedback to users. san Francisco-based Jawbone jumped into wearable computing years ago, building electronic brains into stylish wireless earpieces and speakers for smartphones. Jawbone recently added muscle to its lineup of fitness lifestyle devices with a deal to buy BodyMedia. BodyMedia makes armbands used to track caloric burn of fatshedding competitors on Us reality television show "the Biggest Loser." "there's an enormous appetite for personal data and self-discovery among consumers that will only continue to grow," said Jawbone chief executive and founder Hosain Rahman. a Forrester Research survey conducted early this year found that six percent of Us adults wore a gadget to track performance in a sport, while five percent used a gadget like UP or Fitbit to track daily activity or how well they sleep. Worldwide shipments of wearable computing devices could climb
as high as 30 million units this year, according to Forrester. interest goes beyond fitness to desire for things like a gadget that recommends films based on wearers' moods and one that replaces keys when it comes to unlocking cars or homes, the survey indicated. "it is just amazing," said engineering professor asim smailagic, director of a wearable computer lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. "We will see an exciting future ahead." smailagic began working on wearable computing at the university about 25 years ago, with projects including head worn displays that serve up technical information when needed during aircraft maintenance. WEARABLE COMPUTING HAS TO BE UNOBTRUSIVE sophisticated and inexpensive sensors for tracking movement, sound, GPs locations and more combined with "killer apps"
in powerful smartphones have set the stage for wearable computing to be commonplace, according to the professor. "Contextually aware computers will be hot topics for at least the next decade," smailagic said. "they can help you when you need help, even to look smarter. Everybody likes to have the kind of help contextual computing can provide." Contextual computing goes beyond recognizing where someone is to factoring in other information such as whether it's lunchtime or if someone has shown a preference for a nearby restaurant. "When you combine wearable computing with sensors and machine learning algorithms then you get context, the computer knows your state and is able to help out clearly in the situation," smailagic said. He is confident Google Glass will be a hit despite privacy worries expressed about the yet-to-be-released internet-
linked eyewear with camera capabilities. Google Glass connects to the internet using Wi-Fi hot spots or, more typically, by being wirelessly tethered to mobile phones. Pictures or video are shared through the Google Plus social network. "Wearable computing has to be unobtrusive, fit as a natural extension of your body, and not get in the way," smailagic said. "Google Glass is on the right path to solve these problems." the invention has been a hit with american tennis player Bethanie Mattek-sands, who has been testing the special glasses as a training aid at this year's Wimbledon. apple chief tim Cook last month said he sees promise in computers shrunk down and worn like watches. He predicted there will be "tons of companies playing" in the wearable computing sector but sidestepped a question as to whether apple would be among them with the creation of a rumored "iWatch" device to be worn on the wrist. "the wrist is interesting," Cook did allow. Pebble smart watches created by a startup that raised more than $10 million in funding at crowd-source investment website kickstarter recently began shipping to buyers. the wearable computing craze has already spread to dogs, with startup Whistle introducing a pendant that tracks canines. Whistle devices attached to dog collars or harnesses use movement-sensing accelerometers to track activity and even how well a pet is sleeping, then relay the information wirelessly to smartphones or wi-fi hotspots. an online database built in collaboration with researchers and veterinary groups allows individual dog activity patterns to be scrutinized for hints that something may be amiss. "traditional technology companies will have to start paying attention to how sensors are enabling us to live," said Ben arnold, director of industry analysis for consumer technology at nPD. "Consumers are ultimately going to become more aware of their data in the digital ether," he said. "i suspect wearables are going to disrupt the way tech firms are doing business now."
Do twins have a mysterious connection? NEWS DESK the new novel “sisterland” by best-selling author Curtis sittenfeld tells the story of twin girls who have a psychic connection. though it’s a fictional story, it draws upon a common belief that twins share some sort of unexplained mental or spiritual connection. it’s an intriguing idea, but what’s the truth behind it? about one out of every 30 babies born in the United states is a twin. identical twins are of particular interest to scientific researchers because they help control for genetic variation between patients in studies. it’s not surprising that identical twins share much in common, since they have the same Dna. scientists know that what makes us who we are — including, to some degree, our intelligence, personal preferences, and so on — is part nature and part nurture, a combination of heredity and environment. stories about mysterious connections between twins — and especially identical twins — are ancient and legion. some say twins share some psychic connection, or even feel each other’s pain. there are stories of twins who happened to give birth to baby daughters on the same day, completely by chance, and twins who were separated at birth but reunited years or decades later to find that they both married spouses with the same name and drive identical cars. Psychic powers have never been scientifically proven to exist, and psychic twins are no exception. However as we move way from science toward anecdotal evidence, we find intriguing parallels between twins. PLAYING THE ODDS While such stories, when confirmed, are amazing and intriguing, it’s important to re-
member that such reports are anecdotes cherry-picked and highlighted specifically because they are examples of remarkable coincidence. Just by random chance, some pairs of siblings — twins or not — will end up leading lives that are parallel in some significant ways. For example many mental and physical diseases run in families, so of course they may struggle with similar health issues. Consider the likelihood that twins who were separated at birth — or perhaps estranged for years — may end up independently marrying a lawyer in his mid-40s named steve. at first glance that may seem very unlikely to happen just by chance; surely there’s some psychic or spiritual connection that guided the women to similar mates? However a closer look at statistics shows that while such a coincidence is incredibly unlikely for any particular set of
twins, it is actually quite likely for some set of twins somewhere. the same principle applies to lottery winners: the chance of any given person winning the lottery is incredibly small, perhaps hundreds of millions to one. But the chance of some person winning the lottery is 100 percent. there are finite probable pools of significant characteristics in all our lives. there are only so many boy’s names, only so many careers, and so on. the likelihood of any woman, twin or not, marrying a lawyer named steve — or stephen, or stefan, etc. — is far higher than the likelihood of that same woman marrying a professional magician named adolph. People also tend to marry within their racial and socioeconomic class, further narrowing the pool of likely mates. other hidden factors also contribute to these otherwise extraordinary coincidences.
For example, american male twins in their 40s are more likely to be married to a woman named Jennifer than to a woman of any other name. this has nothing to do with the men being twins, because the same is true for non-twin men in their 40s. nor does it have anything to do with any supernatural bias or attraction to women named Jennifer. instead, it has everything to do with the pool of available women; Jennifer was the single most popular name for newborn american girls for every year between 1970 and 1984. More Jennifers in the population means that more men born around that same time will marry Jennifers than Joans or Jills. ARE TWIN COINCIDENCE STORIES UNUSUAL? the stories of twin coincidences that make the news — and are collected in books about twins and unexplained phenomena — are, of course, the most dramatic ones. Family lore about identical twins in different states unknowingly each buying a used 1992 Honda with a bad clutch don’t make the cut. there are only a few dozen of these remarkable, seemingly inexplicable stories collected over the years, but for the sake of argument let’s round it up to 100. By one estimate there are about 100 million twins worldwide, and the number of twins being born is on the rise, due in part to the increased use of fertility drugs. so that means that over 99 percent of twins have not experienced these sorts of dramatic events and amazing coincidences. if the “twin connection” is as strong and common as often claimed — and cannot be explained merely by chance or genetic-based lifestyle choices and preferences — then we should reasonably expect millions of these amazing accounts, not a few dozen or a few hundred.
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BCCI hasn’t sent any names for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as it didn’t find anyone who is fitting to get this award this year. –BCCI
SPORTS Sunday, 30 June, 2013
wi achieves bonus-point goaL
KINGSTON: Apart from setting up a six-wicket win against Sri Lanka on Friday, Chris Gayle’s dominating innings also helped West Indies grab a bonus point - a target that Dwayne Bravo had clearly set for his opener. West Indies sauntered past the 209-run target in 37.5 overs, claiming the extra point awarded if the batting side achieved a run rate 1.25 times that of the opposition. “In the 29th over, we sent a message to Chris to try and win it with a bonus point,” Bravo said after the match. He praised Gayle for capitalising on a good start, and putting an average Champions Trophy behind him to score his first ODI century in almost a year. “It will ease pressure off him,” Bravo said. “I know, at the back of his mind, that he felt he wasn’t scoring big runs. But he knows how important a player he is for us. I am very happy that he scored a hundred again and batted deep into the innings. When Chris is in that kind of form, it’s only good for us as a team and for West Indies cricket.” Bravo also said the team had a plan to attack Sri Lanka’s inexperienced middle and lower order. Sri Lanka got off to a solid start, after being put in to bat, as Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene added 62 runs for the first wicket, but their innings never recovered after they lost the wickets of Jayawardene and Sangakkara in the space of five overs. Angelo Mathews scored an unbeaten 55, but found little support from the other batsmen. “One of their best batters is batting up the order and the other, Sangakkara, is batting at No. 3,” Bravo said. “We know their middle order and lower order is not that experienced, so we had to keep picking up wickets, that was the game plan. Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine said they’d do it for us. One can’t forget Darren Sammy’s spell. AGeNCIeS
HRis Gayle had failed to leave a mark in cold and wet England, but he probably knows there is only one thing cool in the warmer climes of Jamaica - he himself. and no one at sabina Park would disagree. after a lean patch in the Champions trophy where his highest score was 39, Gayle scored his 21st oDi century - his first against sri Lanka - as West indies brushed the visitors aside by six wickets and earned a bonus point in the first match of the tri-series. sri Lanka didn’t have a strong total to defend after their batsmen were felled by the spin of sunil narine, who picked up four wickets. angelo Mathews kept his main bowlers on throughout to try and ensnare the big fish, but Gayle kept blocking, blocking, and then powering it over the ropes with metronomic precision. it was a typically ‘measured’ Gayle innings, following its own rhythm, irrespective of the conditions, the pitch, the attack, and the field. He followed his own modus operandi - dead-bats to hittable deliveries, axe-swings against good ones giving not even an inkling of a chance to the fielding side and hitting at least a six off each of the five bowlers he faced. Defending a middling total, sri Lanka knew Gayle was one hurdle they had to get past quickly, but it wasn’t to be. Mathews opened with Lasith Malinga and nuwan kulasekara as expected, but introduced ajantha Mendis in the fifth over to see if Mendis could do what
narine had done in the first innings. Mathews persisted with fielders in catching positions, however, Gayle was in no hurry. Whenever it seemed a hit was needed, he had one. But despite Gayle hitting three sixes and four fours in the first 10 overs, West indies hadn’t run away. Johnson Charles was doing his best to keep sri Lanka interested with a laboured stay. there couldn’t have been a starker contrast. Charles struggled to read Mendis’ spin and the quicks’ swing, his misery prolonged by first, a dropped catch by Mathews, and then, by the umpire who let him get away against two good lbw appeals. He finally hit his first boundary a six - off his 45th ball, but from West indies’ perspective, he helped put up 115 for the opening stand. Darren Bravo joined Gayle and the two put up a quick 66-run stand to bring West indies within touching distance of the target. the big wicket did come, when Gayle finally top-edged a sweep that was intended for the stands. there was a minor flutter as sri Lanka picked two more wickets in the next three overs, but it was a case of too little too late. sri Lanka’s openers had also laid a solid foundation with a half-century stand after being put in, but their lower middle order failed yet again to shore up a faltering innings after narine dismissed both Mahela Jayawardene and kumar sangakkara. But for a fighting half-century by Mathews, they could have finished with much less than the eventual score. Jayawardene, opening for only the 26th time in 370 oDi innings, scored an effortless half-century at run-a-ball, finding the boundary with silken drives and precise cuts.
SCOreBOArd SrI LANkA 25 wU Tharanga c †ramdin b dJ Bravo dPMd Jayawardene c †ramdin b Narine 52 17 kC Sangakkara† c Pollard b Narine 21 Ld Chandimal c dJ Bravo b Samuels 55 Ad Mathews* not out HdrL Thirimanne c Charles b rampaul 6 2 kMdN kulasekara c Pollard b rampaul BMAJ Mendis c Samuels b Narine 5 HMrkB Herath c Sammy b rampaul 4 SL Malinga lbw b Narine 8 BAw Mendis c Charles b dJ Bravo 2 11 eXTrAS (b 5, lb 2, w 4) 208 TOTAL FALL OF wICkeTS 1-62 (Tharanga, 13.1 ov), 2-85 (Jayawardene, 17.5 ov), 3-104 (Sangakkara, 21.6 ov), 4-140 (Chandimal, 31.1 ov), 5-151 (Thirimanne, 35.3 ov), 6-159 (kulasekara, 37.2 ov), 7-176 (BMAJ Mendis, 41.1 ov), 8-190 (Herath, 44.1 ov), 9-205 (Malinga, 47.3 ov), 10-208 (BAw Mendis, 48.3 ov) BOwLING kAJ roach 7-1-41-0, r rampaul 10-0-38-3, dJG Sammy 100-34-0, dJ Bravo 7.3-0-37-2, SP Narine 10-0-40-4, MN Samuels 4-1-11-1 weST INdIeS 109 CH Gayle c Chandimal b BAw Mendis J Charles c Jayawardene b Herath 29 dM Bravo run out (Malinga/kulasekara) 27 15 MN Samuels not out kA Pollard lbw b kulasekara 0 8 dJ Bravo* not out eXTrAS (b 4, lb 7, w 10) 21 TOTAL 209 dId NOT BAT d ramdin†, dJG Sammy, SP Narine, r rampaul, kAJ roach FALL OF wICkeTS 1-115 (Charles, 20.2 ov), 2-181 (Gayle, 30.6 ov), 3-190 (dM Bravo, 31.4 ov), 4-193 (Pollard, 33.4 ov) BOwLING SL Malinga 7-0-34-0, kMdN kulasekara 8-1-39-1, BAw Mendis 10-0-53-1, Ad Mathews 5-0-28-0, HMrkB Herath 6-0-37-1, BMAJ Mendis 1.5-1-7-0 Match details Toss west Indies, who chose to field Points west Indies 5, Sri Lanka 0 Player of the match CH Gayle (west Indies) Umpires IJ Gould (england) and JS wilson TV umpire N duguid Match referee JJ Crowe (New Zealand) reserve umpire PJ Nero
iCC To holD 1ST WorlD TeST C’Ship iN eNglAND iN 2017 SPORTS DESK the international Cricket Council announced its much awaited World test Championship which will have its inaugural edition in England during the month of June and July in the year 2017 while the second edition will be held in india in 2021. according to iCC media release “the iDi Board confirmed that the iCC World test Championship will be staged in 2017 and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will host the inaugural event in June/July
2017, while the second edition will be held in india in February/March 2021.” iCC’s Chief Executive David Richardson also put the speculations to rest about iCC Champions trophy being continued. “the iCC Champions trophy in England and Wales was highly acclaimed and appreciated by all. However, the principle of one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats over a four-year cycle is a good one and, as such, the iCC Board has agreed to replace the Champions trophy with the iCC World test Championship,” Richardson was
quoted as saying in the press release. the iCC Board supported the strategy of ensuring an optimum balance between the three formats of the game - especially test cricket - and approved the recommendation that the Full Members should play a minimum of 16 tests in each four-year cycle. in order to ensure that all oDis played over the four-year cycle between iCC Cricket World Cups count towards a team’s ranking, the iCC Board agreed to change the oDi rankings period from three years to four years.
only country that receives the associate membership in a short period of time in reward to the efforts afghanistan made for the promotion of cricket,” Dr noor Muhammad, CEo of the afghanistan Cricket Board (aCB), said on the aCC website. Becoming an associate would
mean higher funding and, importantly, more exposure for the passionate and cricket-starved players from afghanistan, a war-torn country. so far, the iCC was paying $700,000 in annual funding to afghanistan, which is now likely to rise to $850,000 based on the associate status.
SPORTS DESK afghanistan have been granted the associate membership of the iCC to become the 38th country to get that status. the decision was taken by the iCC at its ongoing annual conference, which ends on June 29 in London. the nomination request had been sent by the asian Cricket Council (aCC) last year based on the continuous progress made by afghanistan, especially in its cricket development. “afghanistan is the
KINGSTON: On a roll after their Champions Trophy triumph, the Indian cricket team would aim to continue the unbeaten run when they take on the West Indies, who would be eyeing revenge, in their opening clash of the tri-nation ODI series on Sunday. The Indians got barely a few days to rejoice after their Champions Trophy win before boarding the flight to the Caribbeans and fatigue could be the only worry for a side which looks in unbeatable form. The West Indians, on the other hand, would be eager to extract revenge for the loss to India in a Champions Trophy group match. The hosts have in fact, started impressively in the ongoing series maulin Sri Lanka in their lung-opener. The biggest positive from the game was the return to form of Chris Gayle, who was slightly off-colour in the Champions Trophy. Gayle’s marauding hundred, which included seven sixes and nine fours, helped the West Indies overhaul a 209-run target in a mere 37.5 overs. He would without doubt be the backbone of the West Indian batting against India as well. Both the sides are well aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses as their key players have played in the Indian Premier League either with or against each other. Interestingly, rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo are Chennai Super Kings teammates while Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle turned out for Royal Challengers Bangalore. A look at the teamsheets will, however, give India the edge. Their batting looks in awesome form. Rohit Sharma, as an opener, proved to be a success in the Champions Trophy. His partner Shikhar Dhawan is also in sublime form and was the star of India’s titlewinning campaign. AGeNCIeS
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I think Ian knew in his heart he was going to be here next year and I wasn’t worried for one minute. –Karl Robinson.
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
Tampering allegations ‘unacceptable’: Bopara SPORTS DESK Ravi Bopara has described Bob Willis’ accusations of ball-tampering by England during the Champions trophy as “annoying, sad and depressing”. Willis, the former England captain, claimed England had been scratching the ball to promote reverse-swing during their defeat to sri Lanka at the oval. the England coach, ashley Giles, issued a firm denial at the time and now Bopara has also rubbished the allegation. “We were doing well in that tournament and i felt it was unacceptable to make that sort of noise,” Bopara told the London Evening standard. “it was annoying, sad and depressing, especially in the middle of a global competition. “When England are doing well, why does something negative have to come from it? Why not just get on the wave with England and enjoy it?” Willis, as a pundit on sky sports, claimed that an unnamed England player was scratching the ball after it was changed during the group match defeat to sri Lanka at the oval -
officially because it had gone out of shape. Willis said umpire aleem Dar was “on England’s case” after Dar and his colleague Billy Bowden had initiated a ball change that England appeared unhappy with. Bopara was often responsible for looking after the condition of the ball, so an allegation of tampering could be regarded as a personal slight. But the iCC saw no reason in the umpire’s report of the match for any investigation. England found great success with reverse swing during their victory over australia at Edgbaston - which George Bailey said he had been “very surprised” at - but struggled without any reverse movement against sri Lanka. it was conventional swing that aided them in victories over new Zealand at Cardiff and in the semifinal against south africa. “We’ve learned over the last 12-18 months that we need to look after the white ball as well as we do the red ball,” Bopara said. “We discussed as a team how we were going to shine it. You have to look after them to make them ‘talk’.
fica fan fLaMes in dispute with icc SPORTS DESK another strongly-worded statement from the Federation of international Cricketers’ associations continued the feud between the players’ union and the world governing body. the international Cricket Council last night refuted FiCa claims it had failed to act on concerns over the legitimacy of a vote for player representatives on its cricket committee. FiCa executive chairman Paul Marsh was, however, in no mood to let things lie.
“the iCC’s media release is a disappointing attempt to deflect attention from the real issue here,” he said. “the clear facts of this matter are that FiCa has evidence that boards pressured captains into changing their votes in the process of electing the players’ representative to the iCC cricket committee. “We believe this is a clear breach of the iCC’s own code of ethics. We asked the iCC to follow their own processes and independently investigate this matter more than six weeks ago. they have refused to do this.”
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board has rejected umpire Nadeem Ghouri’s appeal against the ban imposed on him for indulging in fixing after he failed to submit the required fees for the hearing. Ghouri, who was banned for four years by the integrity committee of the board in April for his role in a sting operation carried out by an Indian television channel to highlight corruption by umpires, said he was unable to submit the appeal fees of Rs 100,000. “I am financially in a tight position and the board told me to submit a fee of one lakh rupees with the appeal application and I was also to pay another 250,000 as legal fees for the hearing proceedings to be conducted by a PCB lawyer,” he said. “The board has rejected my appeal on this grounds and honestly speaking I am totally shattered and heartbroken at this stage and I don’t know what else to do because all my life I either played cricket or umpired and I don’t know any other way to earn my livelihood,” he said. Ghouri and another Pakistani first class umpire, Anis, were banned by the board after an inquiry. Ghouri was shown in the sting operation talking on Skype to a reporter posing as a businessman and discussing chances of fixing games and giving favourable decisions. A Bangladeshi umpire was also banned for life for his role in the sting operation. But Ghouri insisted if he had earned anything from fixing he wouldn’t be in such dire need of money. “Anyone can check my accounts. Fortunately in the days I was playing and later on the ICC panel, I managed to build my own home. That is all that I have,” he said. “If I was corrupt I wouldn’t be in a position where I can’t even pay one lakh rupees to the board for my appeal to be heard by them,” he said. STAFF rePOrT
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inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain, has shown his interest in working with the national team as a batting coach but made it clear that he has not received any such offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as yet. the PCB appointed trent Woodhill, an australian, as Pakistan’s batting coach earlier this year. However, the Green shirts miserably failed to deliver the goods with the bat in the recentlyconcluded iCC Champions trophy 2013 in England. it is highly likely that Woodhill will not be a part of the team management in near future and
there are some unconfirmed reports that the officials are considering inzamam for the important post. Quoted by Pakpassion, the former cricketer from Multan said that he would be willing to accept the offer if the PCB contacts him. the former skipper, who worked with the team before the tour of india last year, is confident that he can help the Pakistani batsmen overcome their deficiencies. inzamam said, “i’m ready to serve my country again. if the PCB wants me to work as the batting coach then i would be interested in working with the boys. i worked with the batsmen ahead of the tour of india and i felt it went well. We have some very good players who just need some guidance and help.” However, the 43-year-old former player further added that some of his friends have been informing
him about the reports but he is yet to be contacted by any official of the cricket board. “My phone has been very busy since yesterday with lots of friends mentioning the batting coach role, but let me categorically state that there has been no communication from the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he added. inzamam played 120 tests, 378 one Day internationals and a t20 international for Pakistan between 1991 and 2007, scoring more than 20 thousand runs at the ultimate stage of the game with the help of 35 centuries. He is considered to be one of the finest players produced by the country. Pakistan’s next assignment in international cricket is the tour of West indies next month, which includes five oDis and a couple of t20 internationals.
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Will there be another renewal? We’ll see later on. –Gilmar Rinaldi
SPORTS Sunday, 30 June, 2013
napoLi’s cavani agrees terMs with cheLsea
SPORTS DESK: Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed £7.2m per-season wages with Chelsea, but must now convince Napoli to lower his price-tag. The striker is still in Brazil on international duty and will play for Uruguay against Italy in Sunday’s Confederations Cup third-and-fourthplace final. According to reports from Mediaset, Cavani’s entourage has already agreed personal terms with Chelsea - a fiveyear contract worth €8.5m (£7.2m) per season. However, the Stamford Bridge side are unwilling to pay the €63m buy-out clause in his Napoli contract. Cavani said this week he wanted to set up a face-to-face meeting with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis as soon as possible. De Laurentiis replied that any encounter would be unnecessary, as the striker will only be sold if a club can activate the release clause in his contract. Napoli would reportedly only accept Ramires as part of any exchange deal, but Chelsea are unwilling to part with the Brazilian. It is believed Manchester City have dropped out of the race for Cavani, while Real Madrid are turning their attention towards Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
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robredo in straight sets LONDON
SPORTS DESK: Fiorentina general manager Sandro Mencucci confirms interest in Mario Gomez and that Juventus are still tracking Stevan Jovetic. “It is beyond doubt that Gomez is one of the players who interests us,” Mencucci told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I can also tell you that Fiorentina are one of the teams he is keeping in mind should be change jersey this summer.” The German international is set to leave Bayern Munich in order to seek more playing time, but has also been linked with Napoli and several Premier League sides. Mencucci also commented on Jovetic, who could still join Juventus despite the fact they signed Carlos Tevez for €9m plus a potential further €6m in performancerelated bonuses. “Jovetic to Juventus? Money has no scent, so in financial terms we do not rule any club out. Admittedly the Della Valle family wouldn’t be very happy if he went there and perhaps would have something to say.” The Viola have a very tense rapport with old rivals Juventus and would prefer not to do business with the Turin giants. Jovetic has a €30m buy-out clause in his contract and has also been linked with Arsenal. “I met with our directors on Thursday and emerged very confident a great Fiorentina will emerge.
nDY Murray defeated tommy Robredo 6-2 6-4 7-5 to advance to the last16 at Wimbledon on Friday. Coming through the first three rounds unscathed would not usually bring cheer to a player who has reached the final in his last three majors but Murray could be forgiven for giving himself a pat on the back this time around. He has managed to navigate the rough seas that have shipwrecked a fleet of top seeds and can now look forward to calmer waters after a 6-2 6-4 7-5 win over 29th ranked Robredo. With Roger Federer and Rafa nadal among those strewn on the rocks, Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, seeded 20, is the highest ranked player blocking Murray’s path to a likely showdown with top seed novak Djokovic in the showpiece match. as if the hopes of a nation looking for a British man to end a 77-year barren run at Wimbledon were not enough of a millstone for Murray to carry, there is now the added weight of him being expected to at least reach the final. “i think there’s a lot more pressure on me now with them being out,” he said. “there are papers in the locker room, so you see some of the headlines. it’s not that helpful. “You need to be professional enough to not let that stuff bother you and just concentrate on each match.” the home fans’ hopes, however, are built on the solid foundation of recent results. Murray has been among the most consistent performers at the Grand slams, only failing to reach the semi-finals once
ferrer wins all-spanish clash, dimitrov out LONDON: David Ferrer came out on top in an all-Spanish second round match at Wimbledon, getting the better of a baseline battle to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 7-5 on Friday. When fourth seed Ferrer claimed the first set after 43 minutes, there was no hint that the 60th-ranked Bautista Agut could upset the country’s pecking order and reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time. But his clever shotmaking drew a string of unforced errors from this year’s French Open finalist Ferrer in the second set and he tenaciously dug-in to take the third set to a tie-break. However, Ferrer kept his nerve to regain the lead, broke in the 11th game of the fourth set and closed it out to set up a third-round match against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. Grigor Dimitrov ended up
since the Us open in 2010. added to that record, is that fact that he has moved slickly past three opponents without dropping a set. although no prizes are awarded for hitting top form in the third round, the number two seed can be satisfied with the way he outplayed Robredo with his aggressive ball striking. He broke for the first time in the third game of the first set against the number 32 seed and followed that with two more to close out the opener. a rasping backhand pass delivered another break at the start of the second set and, apart from a brief
on the second round scrapheap after losing a rain-interrupted five-setter against Grega Zemlja. The Bulgarian 29th seed joined the long list of big names to fall as Slovenian Zemlja held his nerve to claim a 3-6 7-6 3-6 6-4 11-9 victory on Court Three. Dimitrov, who twice led by a set, had trailed 8-9 in the decider when play was stopped by rain on Thursday. After another rain delay on Friday, the match finally resumed but took a bizarre twist when, serving at 30-30, Dimitrov slipped over after launching a serve and, despite a valiant attempt to play his next shot on his knees, went match point down. With Sharapova watching on from the front row of seats behind the baseline, he immediately walked to his chair and told the umpire the court was too greasy to continue playing. AGeNCIeS
moment of vulnerability as he was serving it out, the scot never looked like relinquishing control. the 31-year-old Robredo, who had never been past the third round in 12 appearances at Wimbledon, upped his aggression levels in the third set but found Murray’s defences watertight. the home favourite broke in the 11th game and wrapped up the win when Robredo netted a backhand on his second match point. the wet weather, so often an accompaniment to proceedings at sW19, meant the match was played out entirely under the Centre Court roof.
robson crushes duQue to reach third round LONDON: Laura Robson moved into the third round at Wimbledon after a convincing 6-4 6-1 win over Mariana Duque-Marino. British number one Robson, 19, broke her Colombian opponent three times to two in the first set before dominating the second, winning through in one hour and 13 minutes. The match was delayed from Thursday due to rain and played under the roof of a packed Centre Court. Robson started slowly, allowing herself to be broken early in the opening stanza before taking the lead, only to fail to close the set out as her serve let her down repeatedly. But she broke again at the end of the set before going on to show some of her best tennis in the second, blitzing the Colombian qualifier with power and precision. Robson, who surprised 10th seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round, served out the match to love to set up a last-32 clash with New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic. “It was a great atmosphere out there today and the roof being closed just makes it louder which is really exciting,” said Robson, who initially seemed nervous but grew into the match using her trademark thunderous winners. With British tennis in the doldrums for many years, Robson’s progress has boosted a nation that usually views Andy Murray as its only hope.
Round 2 results Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat 7-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 3-6 7-6(6) 6-3 Laura Robson (Britain) beat Mariana Duque (Colombia) 6-4 6-1 Alison Riske (U.S.) beat Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 4-6 6-3 6-4 Round 3 results 15-Marion Bartoli (France) beat Camila Giorgi (Italy) 6-4 7-5 19-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) 7-5 6-2 20-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Vesna Dolonc (Serbia) 6-4 6-2 Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat 29-Alize Cornet (France) 0-6 7-6(4) 6-2 Karin Knapp (Italy) beat Michelle Larcher de Brito (Portugal) 7-5 6-2
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We want Borriello because he has different characteristics to Gilardino and is of more use to Genoa. –Enrico Preziosi
angry riders hit back after armstrong doping claims
oUR de France riders protested angrily against the burden of suspicion after disgraced former champion Lance armstrong said it was impossible to win the race without doping. “it is degrading to be dragged through the mud and be run down by some who look to make money on our backs,” the riders said in a statement objecting to the burden of suspicion they claim they are forced to carry due to the acts of a previous generation. armstrong, who was stripped of his seven tour titles for doping and later admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs, had been speaking about the 1999-2005 era during which he crushed the opposition. asked whether riders won clean during his era, armstrong said: “it depends on the races. the tour de France? no. impossible to win without doping.” Earlier in the week, sports daily L’Equipe said a urine sample from Frenchman Laurent Jalabert in 1998 showed traces of the banned blood-
booster EPo when it was re-tested in 2004. “Enough is enough!!!!!!,’” the riders’ statement further read. “today the limits of the bearable have been reached!!!! We have for many years shown our will to work for a flawless fight against doping. “if there was a culture of doping in the 1990s, in the past 15 years our sport has been fighting alone against the plague of doping. “We are professional bike riders and
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we are proud of that. But do not treat us like sub-citizens as you have been doing for too long,” in 2011, blood tests accounted for 35 per cent of tests in cycling while 17.6 per cent in athletics and less than 6 per cent in tennis. Cycling pioneered biological passports in 2008, a programme that according to the World anti-Doping agency (WaDa) “indirectly reveals the effects of doping”.
illegitimately creating and heading the interim Committee of Poa in direct contravention of the ioC’s explicit instructions. the letter further states: “this interim Committee is not recognized by the international olympic Committee. Much to our regret, we have also been informed that this illegal interim Committee is headed by the President of the Pakistan Basketball Federation, Mr asif Baiwa…
“the FiBa Central Board [in its meeting of 20-21 June 2013] has taken a firm approach considering that - in breach of article 9.1 of the FiBa General statutes - your Federation no longer is in good standing with the national olympic Committee (Poa) officially recognized by the international olympic Committee and that the actions taken by your Federation cannot be considered in line with article 9.7. Your direct participation in chairing this interim Committee further confirms that you are acting against the efforts of the international olympic Committee to establish a sports movement in Pakistan that functions in an independent manner free from interference. “in view of all the above facts and in application of article 9.10 and 10.2 of the FiBa General statutes, we have the regret to inform you that the Central Board has approved the suspension of your Federation from Fi Ba with immediate effect. “as a result, your federation forfeits its rights under article 8.1 of the FiBa General statutes and your teams and officials are no longer allowed to organize and/or participate in official competitions or activities.”
Park moves two ahead at US Women’s Open NEW YORK AGeNCIeS
south korea’s Park inbee moved a step closer to her third Major victory this year when she seized a two-shot lead in the weather-interrupted second round of the Us Women’s open in southampton, new York. shortly before play was suspended for the day as thick fog enveloped the challenging sebonack Country Club layout, the in-form Park rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to complete a four-under-par 68. that left the korean world number one at nine-under 135, two ahead of compatriot kim in-kyung, who had played well for a 69 earlier in the day despite gusting winds and several tough pin positions. “We got very lucky that we finished today,” Park said after ending a wildly fluctuating day
of weather conditions with a haul of six birdies and two bogeys. “i played very good golf today. “i gave myself a lot of good
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wAtCh It LIve PTV SPORTS West Indies v India at Kingston
ESPN FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013
ushna reaches antwerp seMis
FiBA suspends Bajwa’s pBF
LAHORE: Transparency International Pakistan wrote a letter to ICC president Alan Isaac informing the parent body of the unconstitutional way adopted in the appointment of Najam Sethi. TIP also urged the ICC to investigate unconstitutional appointment of Sethi. The TIP also requested the ICC to “adhere to its own principles to ensure corruption free cricket in the world and especially to observe that national boards follow their own constitution duly approved by ICC.” Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Sethi as acting chairman of PCB last Sunday after the Islamabad High Court ordered the government to replace Zaka Ashraf. STAFF rePOrT
the international Basketball Federation (FiBa) has suspended the membership of the Pakistan Basketball Federation (PBF), intimating it under a detailed three-page letter dated June 28, 3013 why it was constrained to take this serious action. the FiBa also expressly copied the letter to the international olympic Committee (ioC) that has duly intimated to the Pakistan olympic association (Poa) about the decision. it needs to be noted that president of the PBF, one asif Bajwa had been appointed the head of the so-called illegal interim Committee of the Poa. the parent body that he represented, the PBF, now stands suspended as a consequence of his questionable activities that in the FiBa’s considered opinion were in defiance of the olympic Charter and hurt the olympic Movement in Pakistan. the FiBa’s Central Board has taken a strong exception to asif Bajwa misleading it with regards to the Lahore High Court verdict and also the PBF president’s consorting with PsB and
opportunities, a very good ball-striking day. the long putts seemed to be going well today. i left a couple out (of birdie putts) there, but i am very satisfied with
today’s score.” american Lizette salas was at four under after shooting an even 72, level with England’s Jodi Ewart shadoff, who was two under for the round with three holes to complete when the siren sounded to halt the action. angela stanford (68) and fellow american Jessica korda (71) were a further stroke back at three under while overnight leader kim Ha-neul of south korea was eight off the pace after battling to a 77. Most eyes, however, will be on the 24year-old Park whose all-round game was once again in dazzling form despite the challenging conditions as she continued her bid for a fourth career Major title, and a sixth LPGa win this season. “i had hit the ball so good today,” the korean smiled after recording birdies
LAHORE: Pakistan National Ladies champion and Fauji Fertiliser Company Sports Ambassador Miss Ushna Suhail beat Belgian player Miss Michelle Rubberact 3-6,6-3,6-4 in a very close and well contested match at Zevenbergen, Volvo Tour tournament at Antwerp, Belgium. This is Ushna’s first tournament in Belgium and is a LEVEL ONE local /national tournament in which national top ranked women players participate. Ushna lost first set 6-3 but regained her composure to level score in second set. Long rallies were played in almost every point and her opponent lead 3-1 in final set before Ushna played agressive and controlled shots to level and win the match at 64. The match lasted little over two hours. STAFF rePOrT
another Match decided in greens caMp LAHORE: Another match was played in the Greens Cricket Summer Camp 2013 Tournament here on Saturday. Model Town Greens Cricket Club won the match by five wickets against Lahore Gymkhana Cricket Club. Lahore Gymkhana first, gave the target of 100 runs, Hashim Ali 30, Hamza 18 Runs and Hasnain Syed 8/2 wickets, Mubasher Ahmad, Taimur Siddique, Haris Ishfaq took one on wicket each. Model Town Greens achieved the target for the loss of five wickets. Ismail Khan 40, Ammar Syed 38 and Firdon, Hashim Ali, Fahad Ibraheem shared one wicket each. STAFF rePOrT
condolence LAHORE: The tennis fraternity of Lahore and the members of the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore have condoled the sad demise of the mother of former Davis Cupper and nationa champion Rashid Malik. She passed away in the wee hours of Saturday after protracted illness and was laid to rest after her namaz-i- jamaza was held at Malik House Garishahu. National Assembly member Raheel Asghar, sportspersons and family members were present during the last rites. They prayed for the eternal peace for the departed soul and courage for the members of the family. S TA F F r e P O rT
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cJ summons top officials as another corruption case is unveiled offiCials told to aPPear in Court on July 1 in multi-billion ruPees eobi sCam ISLAMABAD INP
HiEF Justice iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on saturday took notice of the multibillion rupees scam in the Employees old age
Benefit institute (EoBi) and issued notices to several officials to present themselves before the court on July 1. according to details, the chief justice issued notices to the attorney general, Ministry of Human Resource Development secretary, Federal investigation agency (Fia) DG, EoBi chairman and former chairman of the institute, Zafar iqbal Gondal. the chief justice took notice on a note of the registrar of the supreme Court containing details of a tV programme revealing a corruption scandal of over Rs 40 billion in the EoBi. the note further stated that the pro-
gramme alleged multibillion rupees corruption in EoBi in the last three years and that Zafar iqbal Gondal and other officials were involved in the scam. Reportedly, they had invested billions of rupees in the private sector, contrary to rules and without the approval of Board of trustees and plundering over Rs 40 billion. the details of the alleged scam in the EoBi included the purchase of plots in DHa, the purchase of Crown Plaza in F-7 Markaz in islamabad, the purchase of two 4300CC Prados for personal use purchase of two controversial plots in sukkur; development of the cricket ground; purchase of
seven plots from CDa, purchase of 40 kanals and 16 marlas land in Lahore, purchase of four floors of Plaza Hotel in Lahore, construction of a seven star hotel in front of Lahore airport, construction of M9 Motorway by the EoBi, purchase of land worth Rs 20 million near karachi airport. the note concluded that it was obvious that corruption of billion of rupees was involved in the above said projects and purchases due to which loss of more than 40 billion rupees had been caused to the EoBi. Most of deals had been made without the approval of Board of trustees in violation of rules and some contrary to court orders.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: A rainbow appeared on the city’s skyline after heavy rain on Saturday. ONLINe
government approves hike in poL prices
terrorists flushed out of central Kurram
Government on saturday approved the price increase in petroleum products as advised by oil and Gas Regulatory authority (oGRa). the summary dispatched to the finance ministry was approved on saturday, elevating the price of petrol by Rs 2.66 to Rs 102.42 per liter, while the price of diesel increased by Rs 3.66 to reach Rs 108.36 per liter. the price of light diesel has been raised by Rs 3.04 per liter, while price of kerosene oil has been increased by Rs 2.50 to Rs 96.68 per liter. oGRa will issue the notification of price increases today (sunday). the new prices would be implemented from July 1, 2013.
Commandant says doZens of hideouts have been demolished and 75 terrorists killed PESHAWAR STAFF rePOrT
While claiming successful military action against terrorists in kurram agency, security forces on saturday said that Para Chamkani has been cleared and efforts are underway for repatriation of the displaced families. “security forces succeeded in flush-
ing out all militants from Central kurram agency,” Colonel Waseem, commandant of Frontier Corps in kurram agency, told reporters. several journalists visited the area where they were briefed about the recently launched and ongoing military operations against the terrorists. the commandant said that during the military action security forces succeeded in flushing out the terrorists. Dozens of hideouts have been demolished and as many as 75 terrorists were killed, he added. Foreign terrorists were also among the killed ones. Col Waseem said that 12 security personnel had embraced martyrdom whereas 88 others have sustained injuries. He also confirmed a number of civilian casualties
at the hands of militants. the commandant said that thousands of families had abandoned their homes and shifted to safer areas. the government has already established two camps for internally displaced persons in Hangu District. However, a majority of the iDPs preferred to stay with relatives or in rented houses in Peshawar, kohat and other main cities and towns throughout the country. to a question, the commandant said that atmosphere in Central kurram agency was conducive for repatriation of iDPs. in this respect, the commandant said that they planned the repatriation of as many as 10,000 people to Para Chamkani in a few weeks.
Published by Arif Nizami at Plot No 79, Sector 24, Korangi Industrial Area Karachi.
Lawyers don’t want to talk at Musharraf’s farmhouse ISLAMABAD STAFF rePOrT
in a twist to the ongoing judges’ detention case, three lawyers on saturday refused to record their statements at Pervez Musharraf’s Chak shahzad farmhouse which was declared sub-jail by the court. anti-terrorism Court (atC) Judge kausar abbas Zaidi resumed hearing of the case at the Chak shahzad sub-jail. according to media reports, three lawyers, Wajid Gilani, Fazlur Rehman niazi and anwar khan, turned down the option of going to the Chak shahzad farmhouse where currently Musharraf was being held. these lawyers are prosecution witnesses in the FiR which was registered in august 2009 against the former military ruler. the main complainant, aslam Guman, had already backtracked from the case a month ago, saying he would not pursue the case anymore in greater national interest. the other three lawyers who recently backtracked were of the view that they would not go to the former dictator’s house to record their statements but they were willing to use adiala Jail or a local court in islamabad as the venue. the antiterrorism court (atC) had issued summons to 15 witnesses to submit their statements in the judges’ detention case. sources said that since actual victims – the judges who were detained on november 3, 2007 after the proclamation of emergency - were not ready to join the legal battle, the prosecution witnesses were reluctant to record their statements. During saturday’s proceedings, three other witnesses, including a producer of state run tV sultan Mahmood, sub-inspector of secretariat Police station and a police constable imran recorded their statements. Earlier, during the last proceedings, former sHo of secretariat Police station inspector Hakim khan had told the court that he registered the FiR against Pervez Musharraf on august 11, 2009 for detaining over 60 judges of the superior courts. initially the former army chief was booked under section 344 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was a bailable offence. However, a couple of months ago, on the directions of islamabad High Court, the police added new sections under the 7 anti-terrorism act Commonly known as 7-ata.
president gives approval to federal budget MONITORING DESK President asif ali Zardari on saturday approved the Federal Finance Bill 2013, a private tV channel reported. acting on the advice of the prime minister, the president signed his assent to the bill. the Finance Bill was passed in the national assembly on thursday. With the signing of the bill‚ it has become a law and gives effect to the financial proposals of the federal government for the financial year beginning on the first July 2013. on thursday, the national assembly approved with a majority, the finance bill which also includes the controversial and unpopular decision to increase general sales tax. the lower house of Parliament session on thursday also witnessed every single objection of the opposition to the Finance Bill 2013-14 being dismissed. the total size of the budget which takes effect from July 1 is Rs3.59 trillion, including Rs207 billion in new taxes as the house passed several amendments in the earlier version of the finance bill tabled in the lower house.