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Saturday, 30 November, 2013 Muharram 25, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 153 16 Pages Lahore Edition

‘PM’s amnesty scheme to embolden the corrupt’ the pM’s investment scheme is an eye-wash to let the corrupt whiten their black money in the guise of investment in national projects, pti chairman imran Khan said on friday. the prime minister’s new investment scheme came under fire from all sides of the political spectrum, with Khan leading the charge in a heated press conference. “the new scheme has exposed the real face of the government that looks at benefiting some vested interests that will make the poor poorer and rich richer without any check or scrutiny” Khan said.

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gen raheel assuMes charge as 15th arMy chief general raheel sharif assumed the charge as the 15th chief of army staff in rawalpindi on friday at an impressive change of command ceremony, where outgoing chief of the army staff (coas) general ashfaq parvez Kayani handed over the command of pakistan army to general raheel sharif. at the start of the ceremony, outgoing army chief gen Kayani inspected the farewell guard of honour at the army stadium adjacent to ghQ. story on page 02

Govt wants dialogue process with Taliban to move forward: Nawaz story on page 02

pM to visit Kabul today story on page 03

nawaz sharif rejetcs ogra summary for pol price hike

produce personnel involved in missing persons cases: sc

us likely to pull out cia station chief after pti outburst

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday rejected an Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) summary request for increase in prices of petroleum products in the country, Radio Pakistan reported. Under the directives of Nawaz, all provinces have been notified to retract the price increase. Instead of increasing the prices, the federal government has decided to bear the brunt, and extend a subsidy of Rs2.8 billion on petroleum products. page 02

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered that the army officers involved in missing persons cases and having returned from FC to the army be summoned through their respective station commanders and should appear before the Quetta DIG (CID) Imtiaz Shah on December 1. A four-member SC bench headed by CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the missing persons case for hearing on Friday. The counsel for FC told the court that FC IG Major Gen Ejaz Shahid could not appear in the court due to his engagements. page 03

The US is likely to withdraw the CIA station chief in Islamabad after his cover was blown when the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf named him in a FIR registered over a recent drone strike, according to a media report on Friday. The US is “increasingly worried” about the development and is considering recalling its top spy from Pakistan, a local English daily reported quoting its sources. The PTI mentioned the name of the purported CIA station chief in a first information report (FIR) registered over a US drone strike in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on November 21. page 02

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Govt wants dialoGue pRocess with taliban to move foRwaRd: nawaz ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the government wants the dialogue process with the Taliban to move forward as decided by the political forces. According to sources, Nawaz expressed these views with Chief of Jamiat Ulemae-Islam-Fazl Fazlur Rehman who called on the prime minister on Friday. The two also discussed various issues including the current political situation with particular reference to the dialogue process with the Taliban. According to sources, Nawaz said Pakistan had suffered due to terrorism, adding that “force never achieves anything”. He said the government was committed to bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to give peace a chance. Fazl welcomed the prime minister’s initiative for peace in the country and expressed his complete support for the dialogue process.

oGRa Recommends incRease in pol pRices ISLAMABAD INP

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Friday sent a summary for an increase in the prices of petroleum products to the government. According to the summary, OGRA has recommended 85 paisa increase in the per litre price of petrol. The summary proposed that the prices of High Speed Diesel (HSD), light Diesel Oil (lDO) and kerosene oil be raised slightly. The price of HSD, the most widely consumed petroleum product in the country, was proposed to be increased by Rs 1.34 per litre. The summary proposed an increase of 82 paisa a litre in the price of lDO, which is used to run tube-wells and pumps in the industrial sector. The price of kerosene, which is used for cooking in remote areas, may go up by Rs 1.18 per litre. The price of high octane blending component (HOBC) may be increased by Rs 5.22 per litre. The authorities will notify the new prices after approval by the prime minister today (Saturday) and they will come into effect from December 1. On the other hand, the PM House spokesperson said no decision had been taken to change POl prices, adding that OGRA should review all changes itself.

Gen Raheel assumes charge as 15th army chief gen kayani says PakisTan army fully caPable of meeTing inTernal, exTernal challenges RAWALPINDI

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ENERAl Raheel Sharif assumed the charge as the 15th Chief of Army Staff in Rawalpindi on Friday at an impressive change of command ceremony, where outgoing Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani handed over the command of Pakistan Army to General Raheel Sharif. At the start of the ceremony, outgoing army chief Gen Kayani inspected the farewell guard of honour at the Army Stadium adjacent to GHQ. Addressing the change of command ceremony, General Kayani said Pakistan Army was fully capable to meet any in-

ternal and external challenges. He said the army was not only protecting the geographical borders of the country, but had always been at the forefront and never disappointed the nation to tackle internal issues, such as natural calamities. About his military career‚ Kayani said he felt honoured to have been the head of a great force for six years. He said he always pursued the course of honesty‚ steadfastness and took all the decisions with good intent to meet the challenges. Kayani said he always took decisions keeping in view the interests of nation, thanking officers and jawans for extending full cooperation to him. General Kayani said the Pakistan Army gave excellent performance to overcome terrorism with the support of the nation, which caused grave damage to the country. He said army officers and jawans rendered matchless sacrifices in this war and were successful to bring peace in various parts of the country.

The general said their names would be written in golden words in books of history, adding that “our soldier is a precious asset and there is no substitution for him”. Kayani also thanked the nation for supporting him as the army chief to serve the nation. He expressed the confidence that new military leadership would continue to work with the same spirit to further improve professional skills of Pakistan. He expressed the confidence that Pakistan Army, under the leadership of new army chief General Raheel Sharif, would achieve more successes. Kayani said everyone had to play one’s positive role for the development of the country by rising above all sectarian and ethnic differences. He also said difficulties were always challenges for nations, but they had to find a way to face and solve them. He said during his time as army chief he had experienced a wide array of challenges on which the military focused its

US likely to pull out CIA station chief after PTI outburst ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The US is likely to withdraw the CIA station chief in Islamabad after his cover was blown when the Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf named him in a FIR registered over a recent drone strike, according to a media report on Friday. The US is "increasingly worried" about the development and is considering recalling its top spy from Pakistan, a local English daily reported quoting its sources. The PTI mentioned the name of the purported CIA station chief in a first information report (FIR) registered over a US drone strike in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on November 21. The drone strike in Hangu killed

six people, including three top commanders of the Haqqani terror network that has carried out a series of attacks on US forces in neighbouring Afghanistan. As part of the understanding between the US and Pakistan, the CIA station chief works under cover. It could not independently be confirmed that the person named in the FIR was the CIA's top operative in Pakistan. Another CIA station chief's identity was given away in 2010, when a Pakistani human rights lawyer spearheading a campaign against drone strikes filed a lawsuit that named the spy. At that time, the US had pulled out the CIA station chief because of security concerns. The ouster of that station chief was believed to be the result of a rift

between the CIA and the Inter-Services Intelligence. However, a Pakistani security official told the newspaper that the ISI had nothing to do with the latest move by Imran Khan's party. "The ISI and CIA have been cooperating with each other under welldefined standard operating procedures," the unnamed official was quoted as saying. The spokesperson of the US embassy in Islamabad refused to comment on the development. The spokesperson said the situation would become clear in a few days. The CIA station chief in Islamabad has a key role in the drone campaign run by the American spy agency, including the selection of targets and final clearance for strikes.

Taliban welcome resignation of Gen Haroon PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has welcomed the resignation of Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, who quit after he was superseded, with the banned group saying no talks would have been possible if he had been made the army chief. The Taliban said following Aslam's

TTP says iT would ‘Think once again’ abouT Peace Talks now ThaT gen haroon aslam is noT The army chief resignation, they would "think once again" about the possibility of talks with the government. Claiming that Pakistan was being

occupied by the army, the TTP said, "(Prime Minister) Nawaz Sharif also demonstrated wisdom while picking the new army chief." Calling Aslam the "killer of Muslims of Swat", the group said "all wishes and desires of the Taliban of holding talks with the government would have died" if he had been made army chief. Aslam was the senior-most general after outgoing army chief Gen Ashfaq

full attention as a national institution. He paid his respects to those killed during the “difficult time” that the country was going through, including the women and children whose lives were lost. The outgoing army chief said that after retirement, his heart would continue to beat with the Pakistan Army. Kayani wished the best of luck to Pakistan, Pakistan Army and all personnel. At the end of his speech, General Kayani passed the baton of command to Gen Raheel Sharif. General Raheel Sharif carries with him a vast experience of Command‚ Staff and Instructional appointments. He served as General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division and the Commandant of prestigious Pakistan Military Academy. As a lieutenant General he served as Corps Commander 30 Corps for two years before taking over as Inspector General Training and Evaluation in which capacity he oversaw the training of Pakistan Army.

gen raheel should Keep arMy in line With constitution: rabbani ISLAMABAD: PPP Senator Raza Rabbani on Friday said the new army chief, General Raheel Sharif, should keep the army in line with the constitution and demanded the government re-establish the National Security Committee (NSC) as a permanent institution. Rabbani has been an open critic of army and its role. Talking to reporters, Rabbani said the NSC was a useful institution and it should be made permanent. He said it was like a mobile all-parties conference (APC) and had all stakeholders present in it. Commenting on the sit-ins staged by Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Peshawar against NATO supplies, the senior PPP leader said Imran Khan’s party was not serious on the matter and was only using the issue for political point-scoring. AGENCIES

Kayani, who retired on Friday. But Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as the army chief and Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Both generals superseded Aslam, who led a successful operation to flush the Taliban out of Swat Valley in 2009. He sent his resignation to the Defence Ministry on Thursday. The current TTP chief, Mullah Fazlullah, earlier headed the militants in Swat and was forced to flee to Afghanistan because of the operation. The Taliban recently pulled out of a nascent peace process with the government after their previous chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a US drone strike on November 1.


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lt Gen ishfaq nadeem elevated as cGs

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lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad has been appointed the new chief of general staff (CGS) at the General Headquarters (GHQ). According to the ISPR, the post of the CGS fell vacant after lt Gen Rashad Mehmud was elevated as chairman joint chiefs of staff committee. Ahmad, before his promotion to the rank of lt Gen, was DGMO for over two years. He has commanded a strike infantry division and led successful military operation in Swat. He has also been chief of staff of a strike corps. He will take change as CGS on Monday.

micRophone catches candid talk between Gen kayani and Gen shaRif RAWALPINDI INP

A candid talk between General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and General Raheel Sharif was caught on live microphone during the change of command ceremony in Rawalpindi on Friday. Both the generals were inspecting the guard of honour during an impressive change of command ceremony when a live microphone caught their discussion. The discussion was about lucky numbers and lucky battalions. Gen Kayani said the number of his battalion was ‘five’ and added that several generals had been from number ‘five’ battalion. Gen Sharif said the number of his battalion was ‘six’. Gen Kayani said now ‘six’ has also become a lucky number after ‘five’. Gen Sharif took over from Gen Kayani to become the 15th COAS of the Pakistan Army.

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pm’s amnesty scheme to embolden the corrupt: imran PTi chief says scheme Promises ToTal absence checks, scruTiny

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HE PM’s investment scheme is an eye-wash to let the corrupt whiten their black money in the guise of investment in national projects, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Friday. The prime minister’s new investment scheme came under fire from all sides of the political spectrum, with Khan leading the charge in a heated press conference. “The new scheme has exposed the real face of the government that looks at benefiting some vested interests that will make the poor poorer and rich richer

without any check or scrutiny” Khan said. Slamming the new economic package unveiled the other day by Nawaz that offers amnesty to businessmen ready to invest in Pakistan in certain sectors, Khan said the scheme promised total absence of any checks or scrutiny or taxes from any investment of Rs 25 million and above. “This would provide excellent opportunity for the people to whiten their black money,” he said. Khan said the scheme was tailormade for certain vested interests and corrupt elements. He said, “The PMl-N is the pioneer of amnesty schemes. Every time the PMl-N government comes in office, it introduces such schemes.” He said that in the past such schemes

did not bring any investment but helped the corrupt people flourish and thrive by turning their black money into white through the Hawala system. He said the PTI had given enough time to the present government and backed it when it came to promoting peace and dialogue. He said from now onwards, the PTI would not spare the government, especially in exposing and resisting its political and economic agendas both inside and outside of parliament. Khan announced that on December 22, the PTI would hold a protest demonstration against the prevailing price hike in the country that was butchering the common man. He said the way the government had been fulfilling US agenda, it had become clear that the PMl-N came to power as a result of a covert deal with the US government. He said the latest drone attack had made it clear that the US would not stop drone attacks came what may, as evident from its strike on Miranshah on Friday. Khan said it was a misconception

that the US was puling out of Afghanistan after 2014, as the US planned to continue operating in Afghanistan and would continue it drone programme for another 10 years. Khan said the US continued conducting drone strikes while the Pakistani government only issued condemnations. “There cannot be any peace dialogue unless missile strikes come to an end.” Imran Khan said Pakistan’s information minister was behaving like the US State Department’s spokesman, adding that the PMl-N was playing a double game and did not even have a unanimous policy within the party. He also claimed that the PMl-N had come to power through a covert deal with the US. The PTI chairman said NATO supplies had been blocked in accordance with the unanimous resolutions and as per the decision of the Peshawar High Court. He clarified that they did not want to fight with the US, rather they wanted to liberate Pakistan from the clutches of US slavery.

Produce personnel involved in missing persons cases: sC courT exPresses annoyance over fc ig’s absence

JusTice nasirul mulk aPPoinTed acTing cec

orders sindh ig To Provide ProTecTion To family members of missing Persons

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KARACHI ONLINE The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered that the army officers involved in missing persons cases and having returned from FC to the army be summoned through their respective station commanders and should appear before the Quetta DIG (CID) Imtiaz Shah on December 1. A four-member SC bench headed by CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the missing persons case for hearing on Friday. The counsel for FC told the court that FC IG Major Gen Ejaz Shahid could not appear in the court due to his engagements. The court expressed annoyance over it and remarked, “Tell us first of all when the missing persons will be produced in the court.” The CJP remarked “What do you want? When will the missing persons be produced in the court?” The deputy attorney general (DAG) said whosoever was holding these men should produce them. The CJP said, “Men are held by FC. You are saying that you informed about the facts instead of accepting your mistake.” During the course of hearing, the CJP inquired from the DAG, “We had ordered the FC IG a day before to appear before the court but these orders have not been complied with. Tell us against whom contempt of court notice should be issued.” The CJP said “Do you think that we are not looking into the case. For how long will we only observe?” Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked, “We had ordered these men be produced at every cost.”

The DAG said proceeding was being initiated against those who were facing the cases. The CJP said, “We know that no action is being taken. Evidence is available against FC.” The DAG said, “We have sought a report.” The CJP said “We sent you for another purpose, but you are talking about another.” Justice Khilji Arif said, “Five officers of the FC, including Brig Aurangzeb, Subedar Momin, Major Tahir and Col Naeem are facing charges. Why are they not being produced?” The DAG said the FC stance was that these officers had returned to the army from FC. The CJP said “we want the men recovered no matter they are held by defence secretary, interior secretary, FC or any other agency. We know it. If they are from the army then headquarters should be asked to produce them”. The court ordered that all officers be summoned through station commander and appear before the Quetta DIG Imtiaz Shah on December 1. The court ordered the Sindh IG to provide protection to family members of missing persons from Balochistan who are present in Karachi. The court later adjourned the hearing of case unitil December 3.

Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani has resigned from his office following his nomination as Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) and Justice Nasirul Mulk has been appointed as the new acting CEC. Acting CEC Justice Tassadaq Hussain in a letter sent to CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken the stance that he being nominated as the new CJP now, is unable to perform the duties of acting CEC and some one else be appointed in his place. The senior most judge of the Supreme Court (SC) is appointed as the acting CEC and Justice Nasirul Mulk holds the slot of the senior most judge following the nomination of Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani as CJP. Justice Nasirul Mulk will take oath of his office as acting CEC today (Saturday).

nawaz to visit Kabul today ISLAMABAD MIAN AbRAR On the invitation of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be visiting Afghanistan today (Saturday) to hold talks with him. Earlier, Karzai had visited Pakistan on August 26-27, at the invitation of the prime minister. The two leaders also met at the trilateral summit in London on October 29. Nawaz’ visit is taking place at a time when important political and security transitions are underway in Afghanistan, marked by forthcoming elections and NATO/ISAF troop drawdown during 2014. As part of his vision of a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood, Nawaz has

stressed the importance of close, cooperative relations with all of Pakistan’s neighbours. The prime minister’s visit to Afghanistan reinforces efforts in that direction. The two leaders will hold in-depth consultations on all issues of common interest, including the evolving situation in the region and ways to further deepen and broaden PakistanAfghanistan relations in all dimensions. Nawaz will also meet a delegation of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, led by its Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani. Peace and stability in Afghanistan are in Pakistan’s vital interest. Pakistan has extended consistent support for the promotion of Afghan peace and reconciliation process. It remains committed to working with Afghanistan

as well as international partners for sustainable peace and development in Afghanistan. On the bilateral plane, the prime minister has emphasised that PakistanAfghanistan relations should be underpinned by a strong trade and economic partnership. Bilateral trade has witnessed an impressive growth in recent years and reached $2.44 billion in 2012. It has the potential to grow further in the coming years. Pakistan’s major exports include rice, petroleum products, animal and vegetable fats and oils, dairy products, construction material, plastic articles, fruits and vegetables, wooden products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and electrical machines. Major imports from Afghanistan are vegetables, fruits,

raw cotton, carpets and rugs, and hides and skins. The Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) facilitates Afghanistan’s access to foreign markets through Pakistani sea-ports and land routes. The two sides are also engaged in efforts for optimal utilization of APTTA and considering its extension to Central Asia. Pakistan has been extending bilateral assistance to Afghanistan, with major projects in infrastructure, health and education sectors, in order to contribute to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and socio-economic development. Both sides are also working on a broad range of road, rail and connectivity projects as well as collaboration in the energy sector.

Pakistan has also offered US $ 20 million for training of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). In the regional context, there is a growing emphasis on enhanced economic cooperation. The two countries are participating in major trans-regional initiatives namely Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-PakistanIndia (TAPI) gas pipeline and Central-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA1000). The prime minister’s visit to Afghanistan would strengthen the positive momentum in bilateral relations and help intensify common endeavours in the pursuit of durable peace, stability and prosperity in the region.


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ISLAMABAD: JUI-F chief MNA Maulana Fazlur Rehman meets Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM’s House. inp

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Jamaat e Islami (JI) Ameer Munawar Hasan has condemned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s amnesty package for the investors and termed it a shameful attempt to promote corruption and plunder of public money. On Friday, he said that the corrupt elements coming in power filled their coffers with unlawful money but when ever there was a threat to their ill gotten wealth, a president or a prime minister would come forward to provide legal cover to their black money. He said that through this scheme, the Prime Minister could whiten the black money of the corrupt people, but the evil nature of the criminals won’t change. The JI Ameer called upon the Supreme Court to take Suo Moto notice of the amnesty package announced by prime minister for the corrupt and refuse any concession to the plunderers of public money. Syed Munawar Hasan said it was an irony that on one hand, the rulers were complaining of having inherited an empty treasury and had obtained heavy loans from the IMF on most humiliating terms, while on the other hand, they were giving shelter to those who had plundered national wealth with both hands.

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Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the government is so callous to the problems of the inmates that the Supreme Court has to take notice of the incident of poisonous and substandard food being served to the prisoners. The chief justice said this on Friday while addressing a lawyers gathering in Multan. He said the people were fac-

ing problems regarding basic necessitates of life – food and medicines. “It is the responsibility of the state to provide proper and hygienic food to the prisoners, but they were being denied even their fundamental rights which promoted the Supreme Court to take a suo motu notice. If the government remained unable to fulfill its responsibilities toward its citizens, the judiciary would continue taking notice,” he further warned. The chief justice said they had requested the government to

Gen Kayani’s tenure as’ Most Powerful Man’ in Pakistan ends ISLAMABAD ONLINE

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani ended his tenure on Friday after six years serving as the head of the powerful Pakistani military. When Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani retired from military service on Friday, it will not just be the end of the career of a highprofile general ranked last year by Forbes as the world’s 28th most powerful man. The day will also mark the first change in command of the army since the country returned to democracy in 2008. The 14th commander of the Pakistan Army hanged up boots that have racked up a mileage of no less than 42 years, two months and 30 days - or 15,432 days to be precise, - in a journey that will have made Odysseus himself shudder. Kayani, known as the ‘quiet general of Pakistani politics,’ has been given much credit for resisting the temptation to meddle in politics despite Pakistan’s frequent security, economic, power and political crises. Kayani was appointed army chief by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007 and received an unprecedented three-year extension from premier Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2010. During his six years tenure he came across formidable challenges. One of the major legacies of Gen Kayani, as he exits the powerful GHQ, is his consistent support for democracy though the military establishment kept stringent checks on the political leaders during his tenure. This is a legacy that the retired

would furnish notification of delimitation on December 5. Then, the ECP would announce schedule accordingly. Talking about Sindh, the official said so far Sindh had only submitted a copy of the local government act, while it did not appear serious in finalising rules and completing delimitation process anytime soon. He said instead of focusing on completing the prerequisites as early as possible, the Sindh government was saying that elections in the province were not possible before March. During the recent interprovincial meeting, which was presided over by the then acting chief election commissioner Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, it was agreed between provinces and ECP that provinces would provide prerequisites by November 28 (Thursday) and accordingly, ECP would announce schedule on November 29. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has accepted resignation of nominated chief justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jiallani from the additional post of acting chief election commissioner. Incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan Ifthikar Muhammad Chaudhry appointed Justice Nasirul Mulk as the new acting CEC. He will take oath today (Saturday).

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general was well aware of. Just recently in October while addressing the passing out parade at Kakul, he had hoped that his successor could carry on his legacy and help establish democracy on firmer footings. But Kayani may also be remembered as the longest serving COAS under a civilian set up. Though he was appointed by his predecessor and a military dictator, Pervez Musharraf in 2007, Kayani ended up getting another three years thanks to the PPP government in power in 2010. When he was elevated to the office of army chief in 2007 by Musharraf, the expectation was that he will be the dictator’s man. But he dashed these hopes when he played neutral in the then developing tensions between the newly elected PPP government and Musharraf, which led to the latter’s exit. But perhaps even earlier than the Musharraf-PPPPMl-N showdown in the summer of 2008, Kayani showed the first hints of his independence when he began reducing the army’s direct involvement in governance by calling back the officers who had been seconded to government departments. He did this soon after taking over. This is not to say however that Kayani was able to achieve a complete separation of the civil-military affairs in a country, which had a history of military involvement in politics. Issues therefore continued to crop up between the civilian and the military leaders beginning with the contro-

versy over the Kerry-lugar Aid legislation that, to the army’s chagrin, included clauses for strengthening civilian oversight over the military. The public and private expression of reservations by the military led to an impression of confrontation, but in retrospect it was a managed affair in which the army had its way without rocking the democracy boat. It was after this that Kayani got an extension from the PPP government in 2010. The next year proved to be the most challenging not only for country’s foreign relations, but also for civil-military relations. From the Raymond Davis episode to the killing of Osama bin laden to Memogate Scandal and Salala incident — they all tested the resilience of the nascent democracy. The security situation in Balochistan and Karachi also remained sore points in the civil-military balance. In fact, if there was one province where Kayani was seen to continue with Musharraf’s policy it was in Balochistan. But despite all the difficulties, the PPP government completed its tenure and for the first time in the country’s history, one civilian government transferred power to a second one — under Gen Kayani’s watch. The other highlight of Gen Kayani’s tenure was the fight against terrorism. He had inherited a highly demoralised force, some of whose men surrendered to the Taliban months before he assumed the command.

enhance the number of judges considering the number of cases pending before each court for proper and speedy dispensation of justice. It is pertinent to add that Chief Justice-designate Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had taken suo motu notice on Thursday of a media report that poisonous meals had been served to prisoners at the Kot lakhpat Central Jail and held proceedings the same day. According to the report, several women prisoners were admitted to the jail

hospital on Wednesday with stomach pain after they ate the food. DIG Malik Mubashar appeared before a threejudge bench at the lahore registry of the Supreme Court and said the incident apparently happened when food was being distributed among the women prisoners. He said a lizard fell into one of the three cauldrons of chicken meal. All the cauldrons were disposed of and fresh was food provided to the inmates, he added.

HE fate of local government elections in Sindh and Punjab provinces still hangs in the balance, as the Election Commission on Friday failed to announce the planned schedule for holding elections, again creating confusion about the much awaited polls. Earlier, ECP announced that it would issue elections schedule on November 29 for holding local government elections in Sindh on January 18 and in Punjab on January 30. However, it failed to announce the planned schedule on Friday. Sources in the ECP told Pakistan Today that the provinces concerned - Sindh and Punjab - failed to submit prerequisite by the deadline (Thursday) that led to the delay in announcement of schedule. They said the provinces were supposed to submit updated elections laws and copies of notifications about elections rules and delimitation before November 29, but they missed the deadline. Sources said the Punjab Government had submitted copies of local government act and rules, however, it failed in completing delimitation process. A senior official of the ECP said the Punjab government had assured ECP that it

iMran’s stateMent on elections peshaWar sit-in against nato supplies enters seventh day reflects defeatist Mentality: rashid PESHAWAR: The workers of ruling parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa gathered at Hayatabad’s Toll Plaza area in Peshawar on Friday to participate in a sit-in against NATO supplies that entered its seventh day. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had declared that his party had decided to stop NATO trucks to and from Afghanistan through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till a complete halt to the US drone attacks in the tribal areas and the province. PTI activists are scouring vehicles en route to Afghanistan. Moreover, one vehicle was reportedly returned on the basis of suspicion. PTI member of the provincial assembly Mahmood Jan, who was also participating in the sit-in, said ordinary containers had two seals whereas the returned container had six seals. Jan furthermore said that today’s sit-in would also be attended by tribal leaders. School children also partook in today’s sit-in and registered their protests against US drone strikes. Separately, PTI’s Azam Swati, who took part in the sit-in, warned that at no cost would NATO supplies be allowed to pass via KP. STAFF REPORT

three Killed in yet another us drone striKe in nWa MIRANSHAH: At least three suspected militants were killed and several others injured when a US drone targeted a house on Thursday night in North Waziristan Agency. According to local sources, unmanned US spy plane fired two missiles at a house located in Chashma area of Miranshah, the tribal headquarters of North Waziristan Agency (NWA). The house was destroyed completely in the attack resulting in death of the three men and leaving several others injured. The drones continued low flights in the area creating panic and uncertainty among the locals and resulting in prolonged delay in relief activities. INP

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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has regretted the statement of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in which he termed the general elections a product of international agenda. In a statement, the information minister said “this is reflective of the defeatist mentality”. Rashid pointed out that the prime minister and the four chief ministers were democratically elected. The information minister said the economic package announced by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday was aimed at stimulating economic growth and promoting tax culture. He said the objective was to utilise the available money for economic development. “It is also aimed at discouraging purchase of dollar and flight of capital from the country.” He said authority of the FBR to access bank accounts of tax payers had been withdrawn. Rashid said he always spoke against dictatorship and struggled for the cause of democracy.

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Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Friday said peace, stability and security in Afghanistan was imperative for regional peace and stability. “Pakistan wishes brotherly relations with Afghanistan and is offering all possible assistance in facilitating an Afghan-led and an Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. We have no favourites in Afghanistan,” he said while addressing the SCO Heads of Government Meeting in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent. He said challenges faced by the Shaghani Cooperation Organisation (SCO) region could be converted into

opportunities. He said the SCO region faced diverse challenges including terrorism and extremism, energy crisis, food-security environmental degradation and shrinking export market due to continuing financial crisis in the Western world. “But, this region has human and technical resources to counter these challenges.” He underlined that for centuries, Tashkent had been a cradle of civilization. “Our meeting in this legendary city will guide our work in promising a better, brighter tomorrow for the people of our region. Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has a unified vision, characterised by trans-regional cooperation for peace

and development.” It offers the right framework for inclusive and participatory approach, based on principle of equality and equity among nations large and small SCO’s noble objectives, its impressive accomplishments and its expanding horizon, provide very strong foundation for the expanding activities of the organization. Sartaj Aziz added that the SCO region faced diverse challenges, which include terrorism and extremism, energy crisis, food-security environmental degradation and shrinking export market due to continuing financial crisis in the Western world. However, these challenges could also be converted into opportunities.


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foRmeR pml-n mna joins pml-q LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PMl-N)’s former MNA from Okara, Syed Gulzar Sabtain Shah has joined Pakistan Muslim league Quaid (PMl-Q) and reposed confidence in the leadership of Shujat Hussain and Parvez Elahi. Syed Gulzar Sabtain Shah, who was also PMlN’s ticket holder in 2013 general elections, made the announcement when he called on PMl-Q senior central leader and former deputy prime minister Ch Parvez Elahi at his residence today. On this occasion, PMlQ Senior Vice President Muhammad Basharat Raja, Additional general secretary Nasir Mahmud Gill, Ejaz Tahir Qadri and Dildar Hussain Chaudhry were also present. Gulzar Sabtain said that the tenure of Parvez Elahi was the golden era of history of Punjab and people are remembering his services for the welfare and well-being of the masses at large and good governance because they are fed up with soaring high prices of essential and other articles, unemployment and lawlessness. He added that pole of false promises and attractive claims made during election stand fully exposed. Welcoming him in the PMl-Q fold, Parvez Elahi said, “The manifesto of the PMl-Q is revolutionary; we have an ideal programme in place for welfare and well-being of the people and national prosperity.” He said that revolutionary projects and programmes of their government are ample proof of these which were not only started quite successfully for the first time not only in history of Punjab but also of Pakistan and were completed with 100 per cent results. STAFF REPORT

CHAMAN: Pakistani trucks carrying supply for NATO and US forces are waiting at the checkpost for security clearance. INP

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The first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest is to embark on an expedition to summit seven major peaks around the world, to advocate female empowerment and action on climate change. Samina Baig in June became the first Pakistani woman to reach the 8,848 metre summit of the world’s tallest mountain, after a gruelling expedition in rough weather, The Gulf News reported. Now she and her brother, Mirza Ali Baig, will set off on Saturday to tackle Mount Vinson, the highest in Antarctica, Argentina’s Aconcagua, the tallest peak in the Americas and others in Russia, Indonesia and Nepal. The Adventure Diplomacy Group (ADG) consisting of the embassies of Argentina, Indonesia, Nepal, the Russian Federation, and the US is supporting the duo in their voyage. Hailing from Hunza valley in Pakistan’s northern GilgitBaltistan region, Samina, 21, said mountaineering was not only a sport for her, but a means to inspire women. Northern Pakistan is home to some of the world’s most impressive mountains and glaciers and is renowned for its particularly challenging climbs, including K2, the world’s second highest peak. But the climbing industry was badly affected by the massacre of 10 foreign mountaineers at the foot of Pakistan’s second highest mountain Nanga Parbat in June. Mirza, an experienced mountain guide, expedition leader and trainer in the Karakoram, Himalayas and Hindu Kush ranges, said he wanted to push a more positive message. “Our aim is also to promote peace and love for nature and its inhabitants, we should give peace a chance now,” he said. Samina said she took inspiration from her own small community in the rugged terrain of the Karakorum mountain range in Pakistan’s extreme north. “A girl child has as equal rights as their male counterparts and our community does everything to educate female children,” Samina said. Nestled among some of the highest mountains of the world, Hunza is inhabited by moderate Shiite Ismaili Muslims, followers of Aga Khan. The area has the highest literacy rate in the country with female literacy rate standing at a one hundred per cent. “In my community, women are as important as males and they are playing an equal role in the society,” she added.”

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off turmoil. The protesters accuse Yingluck of abusing her party’s parliamentary majority to push through laws that strengthen the behind-the-scenes power of her self-exiled, billionaire brother. They have rejected her repeated calls for dialogue. Although the army moved its main command centre to a military camp in Bangkok’s northern suburbs three days ago, the siege of its grounds by protesters is deeply symbolic and highlights the military’s pivotal role in a country that has seen 18 successful or attempted coups in the past 80 years. After forcing open the compound’s wrought-iron front gates, protesters swarmed inside, demanding that Thailand’s generals choose sides. About 100 soldiers stood guard. Hundreds watched from the balconies of the 19th-century cream-colored building. “We want the head of Thailand’s armed forces to choose whether they stand by the government or with the people,” Uthai Yodmanee, a protest leader, said from the back of a truck. Yingluck has publicly courted Thailand’s powerful military, which has remained neutral in this bout of protests.

“The army wishes all sides to solve the problem with the country’s best interests in mind,” said deputy army spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvaree. Compare that to 2008, when the military sided with protesters who helped to topple two Thaksin-allied governments. In October 2008, after bloody clashes between police and demonstrators rallying against then-Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, Thaksin’s brother-in-law, then-army chief Anupong Paochinda publicly urged Somchai to step down to take responsibility for the violence. Memories of that help explain why Yingluck appears to have studiously avoided a confrontation during six days of protests against her government. Police have remained restrained, separated by gates and razor wire from protesters who at times pelt them with water bottles and shout insults. Police, however, braced for violence. “We have received intelligence reports that there could be violence tonight and tomorrow,” they said in a statement. “We are increasing security around key government and royal buildings.”

canada alloWed Widespread nsa surveillance at 2010 g20 suMMit: report OTTAWA: Canada allowed the US National Security Agency (NSA) to conduct widespread surveillance during the 2010 Group of 20 summit in Toronto, according to a media report that cited documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp is the latest potential embarrassment for the NSA as a result of Snowden’s leaks, although it remains unclear precisely what information the agency was looking for during the summit. Snowden has already revealed the agency spied on close allies such as Germany and Brazil, prompting heated diplomatic spats with Washington. The CBC report, first aired late on Wednesday, cited briefing notes it said showed the United States turned its Ottawa embassy into a security command post during a six-day spying operation by the top-secret US agency as President Barack Obama and other world leaders met that June. Reuters has not seen the documents and cannot verify their authenticity. One of the bylines on the CBC report was Glenn Greenwald, the U.S. journalist who has worked with Snowden on several other NSA stories. CBC said the operation was no secret to Canadian authorities and it quoted an NSA briefing note describing the operation as “closely coordinated with the Canadian partner”. AGENCIES

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s stubborn refusal to sign a pact that would keep thousands of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014 is a high-risk gamble that Washington will give in to his demands, one that has left him isolated as the clock runs down on his presidency. Diplomats said he may have overplayed his hand, raising the risk of a complete US withdrawal from a country where Western troops have fought Taliban militants for the past 12 years. It also risks a backlash at home by critics who believe Karzai is playing a dangerous game with Afghanistan’s future security. If the bilateral pact is not signed, Western aid running to billions of dollars will be in serious jeopardy, and confidence in the fragile economy could collapse amid fears

the country will slip back into ethnic fighting or civil war. “I don’t know if he fully realises the risks,” said US Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the USled coalition’s top commander. Dunford told The Wall Street Journal that Karzai’s failure to quickly sign the agreement could not only weaken the Afghan economy, but embolden powerful neighbours and lead to the collapse of the country’s security forces. “The uncertainty and the lack of confidence about the post-2014 environment has had an adverse effect on the people in some very real ways, whether it be the flight of young people who try to leave the country, whether it be plunging real-estate prices, the rate of the Afghani” currency, Dunford said. Afghanistan could not survive without international commitments made at the Chicago NATO summit last year, he said. “Right now, I don’t see Afghanistan being

able to sustain the Afghan security forces without the Chicago commitments,” Dunford said, adding he believed Karzai would eventually sign the pact. There was much dismay in Kabul this week after Karzai over-rode the near-unanimous decision of an assembly of nearly 3,000 Afghan tribal elders to back the agreement and introduced new conditions. “What was the point of calling the Jirga (assembly) if Karzai wants to continue haggling with the United States?” said Haji Mursaleen, a prominent elder who travelled from the eastern province of Kunar to attend the assembly. Even Qayum Karzai, who is running in next April’s election to succeed his younger brother - while being careful not to criticize the president - said this week it was in Afghanistan’s “vital interest” to get the pact signed. Hamid Karzai has repeatedly crossed swords with Washington since he became president in 2001, and -

anxious about his legacy - he may want to show he is no push-over for the Americans before the elections bring his second and final term to an end. Underlining Karzai’s distrust of Washington, Aimal Faizi, his urbane spokesman, said in Kabul’s fortress-like presidential palace, “He has a very suspicious mind because of all the wrongdoings of the US and NATO of the past.” Diplomats and politicians say Karzai is likely to hold out as long as he can because, once the deal is signed, he will lose bargaining power and limp to the end of his term a lame duck. “He is a very cunning person and he is in love with his power, more than (Muammar) Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein,” said one senior Afghan politician, referring to the defeated leaders of libya and Iraq. “He has been going against the will of the people all this time ... He does not want to give away his power.”


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nor of the province. In a statement on Friday morning, the US-led international coalition confirmed it had conducted the airstrike while targeting an “insurgent riding a motorbike”. But the coalition said it has also received reports that the airstrike mistakenly killed a child in addition to the intended target. The International Security Assistance Force “deeply regrets any civilian causalities caused by this airstrike Thursday”, the coalition said, noting two women may have also been injured in the strike. “ISAF is committed to ensuring

that all measures are taken to prevent civilian causalities.” The coalition vowed to immediately launch an investigation, and “will work with Afghan officials to determine what happened and why.” “We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those killed or wounded,” the statement said. The allegations are likely to stoke tension over Karzai’s reluctance to endorse a plan that would allow several thousand US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. “This attack shows that American forces are not respecting the life and safety of Afghan people’s houses,” he

said in the statement. He added, “For years, our innocent people have become victims of the war under the name of terrorism, and they have had no safety in their homes.” He said he won’t sign the security agreement if such “oppressions by foreign forces continue”. The alleged death of the child comes one week after Karzai accused US special forces of killing two Afghan civilians during a raid on a house in eastern Afghanistan. Karzai’s assertion angered coalition commanders, who insisted that the men were “armed insurgents”.

huge b’desh fire destroys Key garMents factory DHAKA : A huge fire on Friday destroyed a Bangladesh garment factory supplying key Western brands, authorities said, in a blaze touched off by workers angered over rumours of a colleague’s death in police firing. Garments are a vital sector for the South Asian nation, whose low wages and duty-free access to Western markets have helped make it the world’s second-largest apparel exporter after China. But a series of deadly incidents, including an April building collapse that killed more than 1,100 people, has triggered global concern over weak safety standards in the $22-billion garment industry. There were no initial reports of casualties in Friday’s fire, which gutted a ten-storey building at Gazipur, 40 kilometres from the capital, Dhaka. Fire fighters were battling to put out the fire in four adjacent buildings. “We are still struggling to control the flames,” said fire official Mahbubur Rahman, adding that 22 fire service and civil defense units from Dhaka and nearby areas were scrambled to fight the fire. Burnt garments that were seen strewn on the floors bore brand names from US retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters Inc, Gap Inc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Other brands on the clothes included li and Fung ltd, Marks and Spencer Group PlC, Sears Canada Inc, Fast Retailing Co ltd’s Uniqlo and Inditex S.A. brand Zara. The factory was among the ten biggest in the country, said Mohammad Atiqul Islam, president of industry body the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. AGENCIES

pti strongly condeMns us drone attacK in Miranshah ISLAMABAD: On behalf of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), central information secretary PTI, Shireen Mazari on Friday issued a strong condemnation of the drone attack in Miranshah. In a statement, Shireen Mazari said “It showed once again that the US has nothing but contempt for Pakistan’s leadership as it continues to assume these leaders will pay mere lip service to demands of stopping drones when in reality they remain subservient to the US”. “This new drone attack is a direct test of the will of the federal government,” Mazari stated. She added that the people of Pakistan expect its prime minister to stand up to his commitments on drones as well to fulfilling the APC mandate of stopping drone attacks, otherwise, it will be clear that the present government is following the same duplicitous approach on drones adopted by the previous government. Mazari alleged that Nawaz Sharif came to power through a massively rigged election which was part of a larger understanding over acceptance of US diktat – “an election NRO,” she said. Mazari asserted that the timing of this latest drone attack, on the eve of the new COAS taking over command, is also a hostile intent message to the military leadership. ONLINE

QUETTA: DIR LOWER: Students of Tormang Dara Government Primary School Kando busy in their studies in an open area due to lack of facilities. INP

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Jahanzeb says he can no longer live in his home village in eastern Afghanistan where, when night falls, fear rules in “the kingdom of the Taliban.” The terrified 30-year-old has fled to the nearby major city of Jalalabad and spends his days tediously filling sacks of flour for a pittance, separated from his family. “I would prefer to be in my home district,” he told AFP, studiously pouring 49 kilogrammes of flour into a bag for which he will be paid the equivalent of five European cents. “But I am here because there is always fighting there. In the fields, houses, everywhere.” Jahanzeb’s village, Pacher, is an hour’s drive away from Jalalabad, in the southeast of Nangarhar Province. “I miss it,” Jahanzeb said mournfully. Only four or five of Nangarhar’s 22 districts are considered safe with the others controlled or strongly influenced by the Taliban, according to local sources inter-

viewed by AFP. Where Jahanzeb hails from, Pacher Wa Agam district, falls into the latter category. Its instability is a major concern as the country approaches the withdrawal of 75,000 Nato troops by the end of next year. “At night-time it is the kingdom of the Taliban,” Jahanzeb said at the factory where he now works. “They are attacking government security checkpoints. “The authorities cannot come out of their offices. The presence of the district government is just in name. There is no security.” Jahanzeb fears conditions will worsen when international forces leave as Taliban try to regain power since being overthrown by a US-led coalition in 2001. “The situation is going to deteriorate,” he insisted. On Sunday, an Afghan grand assembly, known as “loya jirga”, endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some US troops to stay on in the country after 2014. However, President Hamid Karzai has set conditions for signing the deal while some question whether it will be enough to keep insurgents at bay. Mul-

lah Baturai, who fought for the Taliban for six years until recently, said increasing numbers of militants and an infiltration of foreign fighters worsened the security challenge. “For the past year and a half there are more people becoming insurgents,” in the province,” he said. “In our team there was interference of Pakistani militias.” “I really regret having joined the Taliban. I thought they were clean and did it only for jihad. I didn’t know there were some mercenaries who wanted to fight for money.” In his Jalalabad office the energetic and assertive deputy governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal insists the province is stable but admits “remote areas” are a problem. “We have a close border with Pakistan and opponents have been seen to cross the border which is a threat to our security.” But while some worry that the departure of international forces will create a vacuum, particularly in aerial support, not all are in unanimous support of Nato and some are counting down the days to its departure. Mohammad Qasim, a farmer

from Sirja Ali Khan village on the outskirts of Jalalabad, pointed to craters the size of bowling balls on his land. The hollows are a painful reminder of a Nato air raid on October 4 that killed two of his sons and a nephew as they returned from hunting sparrows. The boys were buried at the entrance to the village. A large banner there declares them as “martyrs”. “I think the foreign forces have come here to kill us,” Qasim said. “They are our enemies. Can you tell us what sort of help they have done for us apart from bringing pain?” A day after the strike, the coalition said it had “responded to an attack by conducting a precision strike against insurgents”. Nato recently told AFP it was investigating what happened. According to deputy governor Gardiwal, Nato admitted it had made a mistake and has apologised. But for Qasim, that is not enough. “My children feel fear when they see a helicopter and run away to the rooms,” he said. “I don’t want apologies. I want them to be put on trial.”


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The Karachi Press Club (KPC) literary Committee will host an event in commemoration of versatile poetry of Seraiki poet Shahid Aziz today (Saturday). The event will be arranged at the press club that will be attended by a large number of journalists, scholars and literary persons. The scholars and critics will present their critique about the poetry of Shahid Aziz while the poet would also recite his latest poetry for the amusement of the participants. later, a music show will also be arranged for the audience.

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telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Ismail Shah gave a multimedia presentation regarding the solutions to curb the use of illegal SIMs. According to media reports, the chairman told that not more than two SIMs will be activated on a single cell phone or the IMEI number while a single user will not be allowed to use/activate more than five SIMs. At the first stage, all the service providers will short list the users using more than ten SIMs. Furthermore, import of mobile phones without the IMEI numbers will not be allowed, for which the Custom authority’s cooperation is needed, PTA chairman added. Ismail Shah told the bench that PTA will finalise the recommendations by December 17, 2013.

After that the court ordered to form a task force headed by the PTA chairman and submit its final recommendations on December 17. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that the court will review the report presented by the task force after three weeks, that is, during the next hearing. He further inquired about the machines used to activate the deactivated SIMs. Replying to this, the chairman told that such machines were recovered from the illegal service providers and Sindh Police IG Shahid Hayat has recovered 20 such machines. On Thursday, the bench ordered PTA chairman and cellular companies to provide a temporary solution on Friday which prevents criminals from using

illegal SIMs. The CJ remarked that the sale of SIMs from unlicensed outlets should be stopped. Sindh IG Shahid Hayat presented the Chinese made machine which was being used to activate SIMs before the Supreme Court. He informed the court that this machine was being used to activate SIMs which had been deactivated. Hayat added that during the targeted operation, 3,000 active SIMs had been recovered. According to the additional IG, the SIMS were issued on data obtained from voter lists and would then be used in criminal activity. Hayat told the court that if this issue was resolved, 50 percent of kidnapping for ransom cases could be solved. The hearing of the case was adjourned for 3 weeks.

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The police arrested three target killers during a raid on Friday and recovered arms and hand grenades from their possession. East Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Peer Muhammad Shah said that the police on a tip off launched crack down at a park near landhi police station. During action three target killers involved in attacks on police and Rangers were nabbed. The police recovered arms including a kalashnikov, one 8MM rifle, a pistol and three hand grenades from the possession of the detained culprits. SSP Peer Muhammad Shah claimed that the arrested culprits in the preliminary interrogation have admitted target killing of more than 30 persons and attacks on security personnel in the city.

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A woman and two children died after taking poisonous food here on Friday. According to rescue sources, the incident occurred in landhi area.

pMl-n, pMl-f, pti shaKe hands against neW lg aMendMents KARACHI INP Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Functional League on Friday announced to move court against the amendments in Local Government Ordinance and new delimitations in Sindh. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and other opposition parties have assured their support. Talking to media persons on Friday, parliamentary leader of PML-N in Sindh Assembly Irfanullah Marwat blamed that opposition parties were not taken into confidence over amendments

in LG Ordinance which was issue by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in consultation with its allies. He said that the recent amendments in LG Ordinance have impeded the participation of independent candidates in the local bodies’ election which was against law and constitution of the country. Irfanullah Marwat said that such injustice had not been witnessed in general election and the decision will be challenged in court. Meanwhile, PML-F member in Sindh Assembly Nusrat Sehr

Abbasi said that new delimitation by provincial government at its own desires was pre-poll rigging. Now the PPP led Sindh government has brought amendments in LG Ordinance for the purpose which is not acceptable at all, she said adding that PML-F rejects the decision and will move court against it. Speaking on the occasion, PTI member Syed Hafizuddin said that consultation over delimitations and amendments in LG Ordinance was underway and his party will support the opposition parties in this regard.

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National Assembly Opposition leader Khurshid Shah on Friday asked the government to build a new barrage at Sukkur instead of repairing the existing one. In a letter written to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif‚ he said that the barrage built in 1932 has completed its natural life and now it is irreparable. Khurshid Shah said 7.8 million acres of land was being irrigated from this barrage until 2004‚ when a deep pit was detected on the right pocket of barrage. He said Rs 890 million were spent on its repair‚ but it resulted into a decrease in water storage capacity of the barrage. The current condition of the barrage is not suitable to cope with flood water of River Indus in the coming years.


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killeR dumpeR knocks down thRee KARACHI: In an early morning road accident on Friday, a fast-moving dumper knocked down bike riders in Karachi, killing two women and a man. Police and rescue officials said the incident took place in Khayaban-e-Hafiz of Defence where a speedy dumper hit a motorbike carrying a man and two women. The heavy vehicle ran over the motorcyclists, killing two women on the spot and injuring a 50-year-old man. The dead bodies and injured persons were shifted to the Jinnah hospital. ONLINE

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the price list of essential commodities. On the directives of Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi, the shopkeepers were challaned by the assistant commissioners of the sub-divisions, deputy commissioners of five districts. Reportedly, on Friday, 29 milk sellers,

15 fruits vendors, 39 vegetable merchants, eight food items grocers, 17 chicken sellers and two flour sellers were challaned for violating price list. The commissioner said that the crackdown against profiteers will continue, till the time the sale of essential items is not ensured in accordance with the price list.

KARACHI: The Karachi police and Rangers in joint on-going drive against criminals have arrested a total of 97 dacoits from different parts of the city during the last 24 hours. Those arrested include 18 hardened criminals‚ 19 absconders and three proclaimed offers involved in robberies, extortion and other cases. According to media reports‚ the Rangers also recovered as many as 24 weapons of various calibres ‚ including sub machineguns in targeted raids and snap checking in different areas of Karachi. ONLINE

fia aRRests illeGal sims selleRs KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Friday sprang into action against illegal SIMs sellers and arrested two cellular company officials. The FIA officials said the accused were arrested during a raid on a company’s franchise, adding that 1100 unregistered SIMs and a SIM activator were recovered from them. INP

KARACHI: Dr Shahida Hassan speaks during the 6th International Urdu Conference at the Karachi Arts Council on Friday. ONLINE

cpsp announces compRehensive couRse foR fcps-i KARACHI: The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) is organising the 88th Comprehensive Basic Medical Science Course for FCPS-I candidates from December 16 to January 18, The course will be broadcasted through video link at Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, Peshawar and Quetta simultaneously. The CPSP sources on Friday said the course is useful for all the FCPS-I candidates who are appearing in eleven disciplines of the FCPS-I examination e.g. anesthesia, dentistry, diagnostic radiology, medicine allied, obstetrics gynaecology, ophthalmology, otorhinolaryngology (ENT), pathology, psychiatry, surgery allied and community medicine. The course covers the topics of anatomy, physiology/biochemistry, pharmacology, and pathology and its sub-specialities i.e. chemical pathology, hematology, immunology/virology, microbiology and parasitology. It also encompasses the core knowledge of the basic medical subjects besides guidelines of the respective disciplines. The CPSP official said admission would be offered on first-come first-serve basis. Interested candidates have, therefore, been advised to register at the earliest by December 16 along with a Bank Challan/Pay Order/ Demand Draft in the name of College of Physicians Surgeons Pakistan.The registration form is to be submitted at Karachi CPSP headquarters Department of Pathology and regional office. Senior officers of the company were also being investigated, a source said. On Thursday, the Supreme Court directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman to submit a blueprint of the measures to stop ‘grey trafficking’ and use of unauthorised SIMs by criminals in Karachi, saying that the illegal SIMs are easy sources of crimes for the culprits. APP


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HE bonhomie, camaraderie and the relaxed mien marked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s moot with the who’s who of mercantile, trading and industrialist class from across the country. In this reunion of sorts with his ‘core’ constituency, where he personally interacted with many from the podium, the PM was candid, sharing the challenges he and his government faced. The thrust of his interaction though was unveiling his first indigenous economic initiative of the present term to an appreciative audience. The package was an incentives combo, its main components amnesty to black money with nary a question asked, and castrating the taxman. The PM said, it was with a view to bolster investment, which would purportedly result in growth and greater employment opportunities. For the captains of our trade and industry – forever weaned on subsidies, concessions and duty drawbacks – this was music to the ears. And the glow on the faces, the wall-to-wall grins from aisle to aisle said it all. All present were mighty pleased. And why not! From the dawn of New Year, there would be no scrutiny on fresh investment from Rs10 million to a staggering Rs50 billion – the only proviso being, every Rs5 million ‘drycleaned-for-free’ [most black money eventually becomes kosher, but not without a considerable cost, the finance minister would know this better than most] should equate with one person employed. Other than amnesty on declared black money, there are other incentives, the most salient being: no audit if the return is 25 per cent higher year-on-year, and no snooping around by the taxman into bank accounts of those who take up the cudgel of getting an NTN. This panacea of laundering on the cheap obscene piles of dough has been periodically tried before, but perhaps never without even a token penalty. Its consequences were none too encouraging. like ever, Pakistan has remained a rentier economy with its black segment still almost equal to its GDP of $180 billion. The real solution lies not in self-serving, cosmetic measures that favour the artful tax dodgers, but on enabling the FBR and taking measures to document the economy and really enhance the tax base – such as legislation for the Reformed GST that PMl-N had blocked when the PPP wanted to adopt it. Nothing would be a greater shot in the arm for our economy than taming terror, bringing on line affordable energy and creating a level playing field that does not queer the pitch for real investors, indigenous and foreign.

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HE foremost challenge Gen Raheel Sharif faces is how to change the outmoded perceptions about democracy in the armed forces. After an orderly transition of power from the PPP administration, the PMl-N government has been in place for the last six months. The outgoing COAS had supported democracy and ordered shutting down of the ISI’s political wing. One expects similar wholehearted support for the system from Gen Sharif as well. It has to be realized that vital decisions regarding national security and foreign relations are the domain of people’s elected representatives, with the army only to follow orders from the civilian government. Gen Kayani had acknowledged that extremism and militancy pose existential threat to the country, and that it was fighting Pakistan’s war. While expressing the desire that militants return to peaceful life, he was clear, first they had to “unconditionally submit to the state, its constitution and the rule of law”, and, there was “no room for doubts” when it came to “dealing with rebellion against the state.” Many in Pakistan expect Gen Sharif not only to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor but also avoid cherry-picking among the militant networks that has gone on in the past. Gen Sharif has to realise that Pakistan cannot afford to fight on two fronts simultaneously, as it is tantamount to putting one’s head in a nutcracker. The army leadership needs therefore to review its India-centric policy. The crucial issue of maintaining a balance between social development and defence was raised by Gen Kayani also, who argued that national security depended on development as much as on protecting borders. For this, peaceful coexistence is a must between India and Pakistan, shunning the horrendously expensive arms race. One expects that Gen Sharif will fully support the government’s efforts in bringing the neighbours together. The change in command has taken place when the bulk of the US troops are about to leave Afghanistan. The army and the government have to be on the same page regarding Afghanistan. Any perception of the army conducting a policy different from that of the government would be harmful. The human rights issue has assumed crucial importance in today’s world. The acrimonious debate at the recent Commonwealth summit should be instructive. The question of missing persons and extrajudicial killings in Balochistan has been taken up by the Supreme Court also. The change of command provides an opportunity to the army to stop the inhuman practice.

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FTER a long hiatus the PMl-N government is suddenly in a decisionmaking mode. On Wednesday lt Gen Raheel Sharif was named the new army chief and his senior lt Gen Rashad Mehmood as the CJCSC. What by tradition should have been decided a couple of weeks ago was finally done just a day before Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s retirement. The same day Khawaja Asif was allotted the additional portfolio of defence. The appointment was probably made as a matter of contingency so that Nawaz Sharif as defence minister did not have to appear in the missing persons case in the apex court the very next day. Although a mere formality, the same day Tassaduq Hussain Jilani was named the next chief justice of Pakistan. Pervaiz Rashid, the information minister, was given the additional charge of ministry of law and parliamentary affairs. Appointment of the COAS is a routine affair in most democratic countries. It happens without a whimper with few people even noticing it. But in Pakistan where sacrosanct democratic principle of civilian control over the armed forces is yet to be established, it is a subject of intense debate and speculation. Television and print media pundits for weeks had been guessing who would be the next man on the horseback. Understandably, some news channels even held special transmissions on the day of the appointment. Kayani last year was declared as the 28th most powerful persons in the world by Forbes magazine. According to Forbes, “Pakistan’s de facto leader controls nuclear weapons and one of the world’s largest standing armies.” President Zardari, his supreme commander under the constitution, figured nowhere on the list. Such is the power of Pakistan’s military chief! Kayani ruled the roost for six action packed years. His biggest legacy is supporting and tolerating an elected civilian government despite strong pulls to the contrary. It was under his tutelage that a smooth transition from one elected government to another took place, a first in Pakistan. The year 2011 was especially a bad year for civil-military relations. The arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis from lahore, the killing of Osama bin laden at his lair in Abbotabad later in May, and the

Salala incident in November in which the US led NATO forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers strained relations not only with Washington but with the PPP led ruling coalition as well. The Memogate controversy last year revolving around Pakistan ‘s ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani delivering a confidential memo on behalf of president Zardari for seeking the help of Obama administration to avert a military takeover in the wake of Osama bin laden raid proved to be the last straw. Haqqani facing charges of treason never returned to Pakistan despite Supreme Court orders after he chose to resign and go back to the United States. The then ISI chief Gen Shuja Pasha, a protégé of Kayani, was the moving force in trying to establish the case against Haqqani. No doubt the ultimate target was none other than Zardari himself. Undoubtedly credit goes to Zardari and his cohorts as well for not precipitating a situation where military takeover could have become inevitable. Nevertheless Kayani unlike his predecessors curbed Bonapartist tendencies in the army by taking a strategic decision not to undermine an elected government. Raheel Sharif’s appointment as COAS by Prime Minister Sharif although not without controversy has generally been welcomed. Some quarters are of the view that by not appointing the seniormost person, lt Gen Haroon Aslam as the new chief is symptomatic of the fact that no lessons have been learnt from past history. Cherry picking an army chief has always led to disastrous results. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as prime minister chose Ziaul Haq, a relatively junior general, as his COAS who subsequently had no qualms in sending his mentor to the gallows. Similarly Nawaz Sharif who picked Gen Musharraf as his army chief was unceremoniously ousted and sent into exile. Musharraf considered his ISI chief Gen Kayani as his protégé. He got a rude shock when the freshly minted COAS refused to do his bidding. Heading such an overwhelmingly powerful entity every military chief is loyal to his own institution. It is up to the hapless civilian leadership how to put up with him. Unlike the appointment of the Chief Justice of Pakistan where the senior most judges has a legitimate expectancy to be promoted to the top slot, it is the prime minister’s prerogative to pick whom he considers the best amongst the senior

Not having served in the ISI or under a military ruler he is relatively untainted. His real test in the terrorism wracked country however will be to chalk out a viable counter terrorism policy.

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HEY didn’t have a handing-over-of-the-baton ceremony in the army earlier. No, this bit of event management was an invention of former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf. When the ex-dictator, who really did not want to let the uniform go, was finally advised, even by the closest of his friends, to call it a day as far as the army was concerned, he decided it should be done in a theatrical

most generals. Nawaz Sharif was perfectly within his right to pick the two generals as COAS and CJCSC from amongst the three most senior. Nonetheless like lt Gen Haroon, it has become almost a tradition that the senior most general never makes it to the top slot. In the case of lt General Haroon there is a perception that because by virtue of serving as Director Military Operations and commanding the Special Services Group, he was directly involved in the coup to oust Nawaz in 1999. But even Gen Raheel Sharif, although not involved in his shenanigans, is considered a former protégé of Musharraf. Perhaps a rather subjective reason for not appointing the senior most general could possibly be that if appointed he would owe his elevation to his seniority rather than largesse of the appointing authority. Gen Raheel has his job description cut out for him. To ensure smooth working relations with the civilian leadership is stating but the obvious. Not having served in the ISI or under a military ruler he is relatively untainted. His real test in the terrorism wracked country however will be to chalk out a viable counter terrorism policy. His predecessor Gen Kayani had asserted that terrorism was an existential threat for Pakistan. Nevertheless the military despite being a primary target of the (Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan) TTP’s wrath was unable or unwilling to review its strategy or its tactics. For all practical purposes India-centric doctrines have dominated its mindset. To claim that India is no longer a threat to Pakistan will be an over simplification. But in the wake of impending US withdrawal from Afghanistan next year whether the military is willing to do some proactive out of the box introspection will soon become clear. Similarly the confusion bordering on inertia about talking to the TTP needs to be cleared. How can talks with those who want to destroy Pakistan be a viable option? But will the military be finally ready to take on the terrorists holed up in our badlands is a question that still begs an answer. Kayani had often lamented that the civilian government was unable to lead in such matters. It will be interesting to watch how the chips fall under a new civilian and military dispensation.

style. Otherwise, all that used to happen was that an outgoing army chief used to work his entire office hours on his last day. And the other guy showed up for work the next day. That’s it. Anyway, the new army chief is a lahori lad. An alumnus of Government College, lahore, no less. General Kayani, on the other hand, does have a house in lahore, but has chosen to stay put in ‘Pindi’s elite generals’ colony.

Arif Nizami is Editor, Pakistan Today.

NOTHER chief who is set to leave office is the nation’s top judge. He is going to be shifting to lahore, it is rumoured. His daughter got married recently to the son of a property magnate. Conspicuous absence and presence filled the venue of the marriage. Amongst those present were some of those who

had tried to persuade him to leave quietly back in that year of living dangerously. Even Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was forced to quit his premiership after being hauled for contempt by the apex court, was conspicuously present. Amongst those absent, on the other hand, was friend, confidant, chauffeur and advisor, Ch Aitzaz Ahsan.

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T a time when politicians have come down to the level of street urchins, hurling abuses at each other and when the surveillance of an individual is not considered an intrusion to privacy, the memory of the late Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral is like a fresh breeze. He was urbane, civil and never raised his voice when an opponent lost his cool. This November 30 is his first death anniversary. Throughout his political career, whether he was foreign minister or prime minister, he tried to bring back the values. As foreign minister, he advocated morality in dealing with big and small countries. He was opposed to taking action against Saddam Hussein, then heading Iraq. The West regretted the elimination of Saddam when it found that he had no weapons of destruction. In his book, A Foreign Policy for India, Gujral says: “Indian foreign policy was not something which we read about in text books or heard about at the university. It was a product of the freedom struggle itself. Resisting oppression meant independence and was spelt out as the defining characteristic of an independent policy.” Gujral was particularly partial to India’s neighbouring countries, something that came to be known as the Gujral Doctrine. I am certain that he would have accommodated Bangladesh on the Tiesta river water, a concession which would have helped Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to win in the elections due in January next. Similarly, Gujral would have found a way to hold talks with Pakistan instead of sticking to the demand that Islamabad guarantee that the line of Control (loC) remains sacrosanct. When Pakistan itself is in the midst of combat with terrorists, particularly the Taliban, it is difficult to guarantee no violation of the loC because there are non-state actors disturbing peace. I came to know Gujral when he was a member of Indira Gandhi’s kitchen cabinet after she lost to lal Bahadur Shastri in the race to the

prime ministerial gaddi. She demanded unstinted loyalty and Gujral was her confidante. Yet when Mrs Gandhi imposed the emergency he refused to toe the line as minister for information and broadcasting. Mrs Gandhi’s son, Sanjay Gandhi, an extra-constitutional authority was running the government. Sanjay phoned up Gujral asking him to propagate against Jayaprakash Narain, heading the movement to remove corruption and to resist the authoritarianism which Mrs Gandhi’s rule had come to represent. Gujral told Sanjay, he was Mrs Gandhi’s minister and not the latter’s errand boy. Gujral was transferred from the information and broadcasting ministry to the Planning Commission where P.N. Haksar, once Mrs Gandhi’s principal secretary, was hibernating. He too had been punished for having joined issue with Sanjay Gandhi. It was only the offer of ambassadorship to the Soviet Union which stopped Gujral from resigning from the government. Being a leftist, he was a camp follower of the Communist Party during his student days at lahore. He did so well at Moscow that he was requested by Morarji Desai, then the prime minister, to continue as India’s envoy. Gujral had ingratiated himself with the communist party and the government so closely that the Soviet Union was unsparing in supplying arms to India. Moscow also stood by the side of New Delhi on Kashmir. Gujral, though, had a weakness—his love for Pakistan, where he was born. He sincerely believed that a friendly Pakistan was an asset to India. He would have criticized the firing of Pakistan television channels for showing the Indian programmes more than permitted. Both countries are guilty of harming each other’s credentials relating to the news and political enormity. Viewers are mature enough to separate the propaganda from happenings. His first love was for Punjab. When he was prime minister, he wrote off the state’s debt to the centre running into crores. He also sanctioned a Science City to be founded at Jalandhar where he and his family settled after migrating from Jhelum. And while out of office, he spanned the distance between the Hindus and

Sikhs during the militancy years. He constituted the Punjab Group – I was its member – to talk to the Akalis on the one hand and the chauvinists on the other. After the fall of Deve Gowda government, Gujral became the prime minister for a brief period. He undertook a tour of South Africa and Egypt in October 1977. I accompanied him as a journalist. My purpose was to see the country where Gandhi had experimented with his satyagraha, an antidote to the class struggle, because a satyagrahi was required to purify himself in order to serve the society without any ulterior motive. Gujral visited the Pietermaritzburg railway station where a pamphlet was available relating how Gandhiji was thrown out of a first-class railway compartment exclusively reserved for whites. My long cherished desire to meet Nelson Mandela came true as I joined Gujral during a banquet dinner hosted in his honour. later at night, Mandela broke into dance and dragged Gujral on to the floor. Gujral’s bonanza to government servants on the recommendations of the pay commission was too heavy a burden on the exchequer at a time when India was not in sound economic health. Had he implemented the other recommendations, such as the 30 per cent cut in the bureaucracy and extended working hours, some balance might have been struck. But Gujral was under pressure from trade unions and the left. The hike unbalanced the Central budget and was beyond the capacity of the states when they too were obliged to follow suit. It is strange how the dust of time accumulates to obscure even the names of people who have served the country well in its most difficult times. The Congress party he served, practically his whole life, is opposed to him because he tried to bring back the party to its ethos of democracy, pluralism and egalitarianism. It is, indeed, a pity that the values have ceased to matter with political parties. Gujral would not have fitted in the Congress or any other party if he had been living.

Gujral would have found a way to hold talks with Pakistan… When Pakistan itself is in the midst of combat with terrorists, particularly the Taliban, it is difficult to guarantee no violation of the LoC because there are non-state actors disturbing peace.

Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.

O Iran and the United States reached a deal about the nuclear stuff recently. Thus far, I have read many opinions and analyses about this historic event: Israel calls it a mistake of gigantic proportions, US and Iran are claiming it to be a step in the right direction, rest of the world is watching, commentators and experts are either happy or unhappy depending on their political stance, and so on. As of now, it is too early to judge whether the nuclear deal between USA and Iran is a good thing to happen or a bad one. However, pros and cons aside, one thing is certain: with the new Rouhani government in place, the Islamic Republic is indeed headed towards some noticeable changes. A small comparison Back in 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev tried to open up and rejig USSR’s political system. The outcomes remain debatable even to this day. Question: is Rouhani attempting to do the same with Iran? Is it logical, or at least possible, to view Iran’s recent nuclear deal with US in this light? Of course, there remain many differences between Gorbachev and Rouhani. To begin with, Gorbachev was sitting at the helm of political power back in USSR, whereas Rouhani, even though technically he might be the elected leader, does not possess ‘supreme’ authority. In fact, Rouhani came to power primarily because of the fragmented state of Iranian right-wingers during the previous election. Yet, just like USSR, present-day Iran too was born out of a revolution. The Islamic Revolution was in many ways similar to the Bolshevik Revolution, even though the former sought a solution in political Islam whereas the latter resorted to Communism. Next, whatever set of “allies” that Iran has nowadays are similar to what USSR had back when it was alive. Compare Bashar’s Syria with Soviet-era Cuba or Yemen — civil war, apparently, emerges as a throbbing business in either case. lastly, it goes without saying that the geo-political and strategic situation that Iran enjoys is not very different from what USSR had. However, strategic prowess or ideological ability is not enough to answer a hostile neighborhood — Saudi Arabia and Israel. A minor reform or change in stance from the side of Iran will be helpful primarily for the Islamic Republic itself. Need of the hour How did Gorbachev manage to push for reforms in USSR? The answers are many, ranging from the inefficiency of the Soviet bureaucracy to the role played by US President Ronald Reagan, as well as the master tactics of Gorbachev himself, wherein he stressed that whatever he was doing was for the benefit of the system. Can Iran’s Rouhani do the same? For a start, we can say that he is already working towards dividing the conservative sections in Iran. Plus, with the recent nuclear deal with the US, Tehran is probably headed towards a position where it can view Washington as not just a foe but a potential negotiator. All that Rouhani needs now are few domestic reforms — possibly a hand-brake over clerical sovereignty or a greater say in the role of the Revolutionary Guard. However, this is where the difference between USSR and Iran becomes imminent. Gorbachev attempted domestic reforms because those were the need of the hour in his day — for Rouhani, major threat lies in potential sanctions or international isolationism. Even though Iran’s domestic affairs are not of a divine nature, it can still manage to stand upright (and look good while doing so). Thus, if the country can avoid disastrous sanctions and other foreign threats, it is a fort well conquered. By striking a deal with the US, Rouhani and his team have, at least for the time-being, ensured that their country is not going the North Korean route. A final comment Back in 1989-91, Gorbachev discovered that being brave was not the answer to every question. Unfortunately for USSR and him, this discovery later paved the way for territorial liquidation. However, Gorbachev never intended to kill Communism per se; yet his decision to allow civic associations, introduce electoral reforms and eliminate censorship did so. He never sought to discard the Soviet economic machinery; but market reforms undertaken by him also struck the death-chord for the economic model of USSR. Iran does not need to go that route. All it needs a tinge of international acceptance — something that is possible if Uncle Sam is not openly hostile. In other words, Iran does not need deep-reaching political or economic reforms, but it does need diplomatic re-thinking. And this is exactly what Rouhani and his team have tried to do by signing the nuclear deal with USA. This Iran-US nuclear deal not only compels Israel and Saudi Arabia to reconsider their stand vis a vis Iran, it also showcases the potential for a new era in Iran-US relations. It now remains to be seen whether this deal will provide the much sought-after diplomatic vaccine for Iran or it’ll just end up unleashing uncontrollable side-effects.

If the country can avoid disastrous sanctions and other foreign threats, it is a fort well conquered. By striking a deal with the US, Rouhani and his team have, at least for the timebeing, ensured that their country is not going the North Korean route.

Sufyan bin Uzayr is the author of “Sufism: a Brief History”. He writes for several print and online publications, and has recently started his own progressive blog named Political Periscope. You can also connect with him using Facebook or Google+.


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NEWS DESK One of the most awaited episodes of this season’s ‘Koffee With Karan’ is most definitely the one with star cousins Kareena Kapoor and brother Ranbir Kapoor. As we all wait with baited breath to see the neverseen-before chemistry between the two, we get a whiff of Bebo teasing her baby brother with girlfriend Katrina Kaif on the show. According to a Hindustan Times news report, Kareena teases Ranbir with Katrina and even mentions that she has a lehenga ready for his wedding. Not just that, Bebo goes a step further and reportedly tells Ranbir that she has been rehearsing on ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’ and ‘Chikni Chameli’. Although Ranbir and Katrina have been spotted together many a times, not to forget the scandalous images released during their holiday in Spain, the two haven’t publicly admitted to their relationship so far. This episode of ‘Koffee With Karan’ will surely open some new doors into another series of tabloid fun!

S ‘Bigg Boss 7’ is getting more controversial with fierce arguments, abuses and contestants getting too intimate for national television, we hear that actor Ajay Devgn is very furious with the production house. The reason of his fury is his sister-in-law Tanisha Mukherjee and her intimacy with co-contestant Armaan Kohli. If rumours are to be believed actor Ajay Devgn is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that Tanisha gets evicted from the Bigg Boss house. He is utterly disgusted by the way Tanisha has been behaving in the reality show and has allegedly threatened Viacom18 that either they evict Tanisha from the show or he will never work with them. The actor, according to a report by BusinessofCinema.com, has asked the production house that if they are looking for any kind of association with the Devgns, they will have to make sure that Tanisha is out of the show. Tanisha’s apparent public display of her affection for Armaan has made her family very angry. It is said that from the beginning, the actress did not get any support from her family. Her mother Tanuja and sister Kajol were against her decision to be a part of the show. However, after being caught smoking and allegedly being caught in a compromising position with him by the crew members, has ashamed her family members a lot. The report further says that actor Ajay, who is a friend of host Salman Khan, spoke to the channel, producers and Salman and requested them to let Tanisha go, but in vain. Now it seems Ajay has

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taken a strong stand and is determined to get Tanisha evicted so that his family name does not get tarnished further. In fact, in the recent episode when all the

contestants had a family member visiting them, no one from Tanisha’s family came to meet her. It seems they are boycotting her.

the coffin Maker proves why naseeruddin shah is india’s best NEWS DESK In just about every conceivable way, debutant Veena Bakshi’s The Coffin Maker, is a Naseeruddin Shah movie that played the other day in the International Film Festival of India, now winding to its end. As one writer aptly said, Shah rises like a phoenix from the ashes of his recent films that almost ruined his reputation as one of the best actors India has ever known. The Dirty Picture, 7 Khoon Maaf and That Girl in Yellow Boots were eminently forgettable, more so because they came after a string of remarkably great performances. Even in a rank commercial venture like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the five-minute cameo of Shah with Farhan Akhtar was absolutely elevating. In The Coffin Maker, Shah gives a riveting performance as a carpenter (not a coffin maker, as he repeats in the course of the movie, which he is forced to build for bad times have pushed him into this), who after years of dreary existence with just his bottle of feni and battles on the chessboard, begins to live. And why this transformation? Death comes knocking in the form of an impeccably black-suited Randeep Hooda, who gives Shah a month to live a life he had forgotten to. Shah’s Anton

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Gomes takes this as a challenge, perks up and even takes his wife of long years, Isabella (played to perfection by Shah’s real wife, Ratna Shah Pathak) on a dinner date. There is this little scene enacted on a street in Goa where The Coffin Maker was shot in its entirety - where the longquarrelling couple even waltz. This is the only time she is in a bright red dress, the colour probably an indication of the impending death. Along with their son Joseph (Anand Tiwari), the couple otherwise lead a humdrum life. It is rarely punctuated by Anton’s visit to the village, where a delightful conglomeration of men and women - like the baker, the butcher and the grave digger -

add a dash of Goan ambiance with its joys and sorrows, its love stories and its trials. Watching all this, and even participating in these is Hooda’s death, and he even relishes a Goan delicacy, bun maska. Bakshi infuses a new meaning into the existence of her tragic protagonist, bonded as he is to the game of chess (that he plays all by himself) and his perpetually-in-migraine mode wife. Yet, Bakshi manages to keep afloat her hero - who could have in some other film sunk into despair, dragging viewers into an emotional pit. The narrative cleverly avoids these clichés, and what it offers is sheer dignity in the face of death. Naseer gets this in a radiantly sombre way. No weeping, no hysterics, but just a beautiful calm which seems to be mocking death. In a free-wheeling chat, Bakshi - who did ad movies and assisted directors before holding the megaphone for this feature - says that it was a friend who first gave her the idea of a coffin maker meeting death. “The idea stayed with me, and I have also seen death very closely. Both my parents died early and I had the misfortune of cremating them. I do not have brothers, only a sister, and I did not want anyone else to do this last rite”. She tells me that during both these terrible occasions, there

were incidents that made her laugh. “I find that people do sometimes end up saying the funniest of things during a cremation. They do not mean to, but they say the weirdest of things which I find it extremely witty”. So in the midst of these tragedies, Bakshi found humour, a ray of hope to continue living much like Anton, who wants to make the best of his remaining days on earth. The Coffin Maker looks at death in a funny, whimsical way. There is no tragedy in Anton. No weeping, no moping, and the movie, in many ways, is a lighthearted romp through one of Goa’s little villages where life still seems uncomplicated and uncluttered by modern-day distractions like mobile phones and fancy cars. “Death is not the end. Life has to go one,” Bakshi avers - making one of life’s most sorrowful happenings appear “light”. She even makes Hooda, the harbinger of death, look suave and debonair. “For me death was always young and good looking” she smiles. The Coffin Maker is one of the better works I have seen at IFFI. Not surprisingly, it has just won a top prize at the River to River Festival in Italy, and the big question now is whether it will go on to win another prize at Goa.

It has been a decade since Karan Johar’s hit romantic drama “Kal Ho Naa Ho” released. The filmmaker says he has “indelible” memories attached with the movie, while its lead actor Shah Rukh Khan missed the film’s producer, late Yash Johar on the occasion. The movie, which featured Shah Rukh, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta and Jaya Bachchan in key roles, released Nov 28, 2003. “‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ completes a decade... Har pal yahaan jee bhar jeeyo, jo hai samaa, kal ho naa ho...indelible memories,” Karan posted on Twitter. The film marked the directorial debut of Nikhil Advani, who posted: “‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ is 10 years old...Thanks to Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Yash (Johar) uncle. They were the ones who gave me the chance. Everything else came later.” Shah Rukh, who played the endearing character of Aman Mathur in the film, thanked “the whole team” of the film, especially “Yash Johar (Tom uncle)...you were most special. Miss you.” “Kal Ho Naa Ho” was Yash Johar’s last production venture before he died June 29, 2004.

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Charlize Theron reportedly has “major chemistry” with Luke Grimes. The ‘Monster’ actress was seen at a party with the 29-year-old actor who has been cast in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie - where they reported got close. A source told Life and Style magazine: “She had her hand on his knee at one point. Charlize then seductively led him onto the dance floor and he put his hands around her waist.” The couple were then said to have exchanged numbers at the end of the night. Luke will play Elliot Grey in the adaptation of erotic thriller ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, opposite Jamie Dornan, who will play lead character, Christian Grey. Welcoming him to the production, Jamie recently tweeted: ‘‘Stow your twitchy palms ladies ... our man is here. Charlize, 38, broke off her engagement to Irish actor Stuart Townsend after nine years together in 2010, and has since been linked to Keanu Reeves. She was also seen having a lunch date with a mystery man in Los Angeles earlier this month. Charlize is also a mother to son Jackson, who she adopted last year. Speaking of being a single parent, she has previously said: “You know, I don’t think any mother aims to be a single mom. “I didn’t wish for that, but it happened. I always knew I would adopt. Always.” NEWS DESK


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HIS year, he’s had his share of reality television, of telling off bickering contestants and of Twitter rebuttals when fans blamed him of partiality. But make no mistake, Salman Khan the movie star is still a massive box-office draw, especially since he hasn’t had a film out in 2013. He’s just wrapped up the shoot for his next, brother Sohail Khan’s Jai Ho, and the film is scheduled to release on

January 24, 2014. The first look or the teaser isn’t out yet. Which means — by Bollywood pre-release promotion norms — the film is running late. Will that affect its fortunes, we ask trade. Not when you’re talking about a Salman Khan film, they say. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “Usually, a big-budget film’s first look comes out at least two-and-a-half months prior to release. Then, depending upon its readiness, the promos are released. Yes, they (the

sheen GRants fan’s dyinG wish

NEWS DESK Troubled actor Charlie Sheen granted a male fan’s dying wish to meet him and took him to the set of his show “Anger Management”. The 48-year-old paid for three first class tickets for fan Marion Minchuk, his girlfriend and nurse to fly to Los Angeles from Arizona to visit him, reports contactmusic.com. Marion, who only has a month left to live, got in touch with Sheen’s representative and asked if there was any way he could meet him before he died. The actor put them up in the Presidential Suite at the Universal Hilton Hotel. Sheen also took the trio to the set of his comedy series “Anger Management” where Marion got to sit in the actor’s famous chair.

makers of Jai Ho) are behind schedule, but they will manage.” What are the makers banking on? Film exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi says, “If the movie has a star like Salman, the makers don’t need to promote it. Though they are late, they will go hammer and tongs with songs and promos in the time they have in hand. Besides, the makers are banking upon the return of Salman.” According to trade, the movie is already being seen as hot commodity as it will

mark Salman’s first film after a gap of one year (his last movie, Dabangg 2, released in December 2012). Distributor Ashok Ahuja adds that “for a Salman film, even 10 days prior to release is a good enough period (to promote a film). The power he has is enough to pull crowds to the screens.” An insider close to the project reveals that the trailer of the film may release on December 5. We tried contacting Sohail, but he remained unavailable for comment.

FILM REVIEW: BulleTT raja COURTESY TOI Story: Simple Raja Mishra turns into deadly Bullett Raja - who goes bang and who whimpers? Review: Straight up, Bullett Raja (BR) is zany and funny, an Uttar Pradesh take on Sholay’s Jai and Veeru, ‘twice-born’ in Lucknow as Raja Mishra (Khan) and Rudra Pratap (Shergill). Educated Raja and Rudra are reluctant gangsters, turned by violent, caste-ridden UP politics into what political advisor Srivastava (who Skypes from jail) calls “political commandos.” These ‘commandos’ work at the command of minister Ram Babu Shukla (Babbar), finishing his enemies and finessing his friends. But there’s a big bang when Raja and Rudra meet Bajaj (Grover), powerful financier who’s rude to the dynamite duo - and gets kidnapped by them. Revenge follows with conspiracies, lots more bang-bang and some LOL jokes. Hence, opponents are shot during a ‘Bak the Talk’ shoot, gangster Sumer Yadav (Ravi Kishan, in good form) is told, “Aap jail ke superstar hain, fan following toh hogi”, Raja tells girlfriend Mitali (Sinha) how he prefers ‘noose’ and ‘jaanwaron ka channel’ to serials and says ‘I love you’ in a precious scene. All along, the bang-bang cascades and ace cop Arun Singh (Jamwal) is dispatched to kill Raja. BR scores with its tight performances, Saif terrific with his clenched-jaw comedy, Shergill intense and growlingly funny, Jamwal’s flying kicks and wavy hair making the landscape even hotter. Sonakshi’s pleasant if unsurprising while Babbar and

Grover infuse their roles with oily, kachori-like spice. UP comes alive too as Bullett Raja leaps from Gomti to gaus, sex to sex pistols, Hollywood to Hazratganj, its imagery somewhere between Omkara and Dabangg. Where the film misses a bulls-eye is an excess 20 minutes, music that, despite Tamanche Pe Disco,

remains average and direction that sometimes - don’t miss the guy flagellating himself as Saif makes a momentous decision - wavers. Still, BR is a racy ride, cynical, yet sweet, dark, yet bright. Go watch you’ll enjoy those bangs in the dark. Note: You may not like this film if you avoid violent political tales.

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Actor Colin Farrell says that it had become important for him to visit a rehabilitation centre back in 2005 because he feared that his addiction would leave him out of job. The 37-year-old entered rehab in December 2005 for addiction to recreational drugs and painkillers. The actor believes he was becoming “unhireable”, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “I wouldn’t have been able to maintain my life. The inside of rehab was a must-see for me at that stage. I was in a bad place. I’m sure I was becoming somewhat unhireable,” said Farrell. NEWS DESK

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brisbane mayor wanTs JusTin bieber To clean uP graffiTi SYDNEY AGENCIES Furious Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate said the Canadian had been disrespectful and “really, really silly”, and sent a graffiti removal kit to the exclusive QT Hotel on the Sunshine Coast so he could repair the damage. “If a normal person did that they’d be serving 80 to 100 hours of community service,” Tate told the Nine Network. “Just come and clean it up and we’ll be happy with you.” In a separate interview, Tate said: “We’ve all been young once. But by the sounds of it, he’s gone and done something really, really silly. But he’s got an opportunity to make good... I urge him to treat this city the way Gold Coast fans treat him.” Bieber’s handiwork includes a Pacman ghost and other fluorescent cartoon characters, reportedly painted in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the star’s sell-out Brisbane show. Pictures of the graffiti were posted online, including on Instagram, with

reports saying Bieber and his entourage left the cans of spray paint behind for staff to clean up. Comments on the Instagram page were largely negative with one saying: “Celebrities should not be above the law. He needs to grow up.” It is the second recent ruckus involving the singer and graffiti, with police in Rio de Janeiro investigating him earlier this month for alleged unauthorised wall tagging. In that incident, he scrawled “Respect privacy” and “I am off” and made several drawings on a hotel wall. Police launched a probe into whether he had permission from City Hall to deface the building. Bieber was believed to have left the Brisbane hotel for Sydney, where he performs Friday and Saturday, but Tate demanded that he return. “I know he’s got beautiful eyes. I’ve got some goggles for him, and some gloves because I know he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty,” he said. Brisbane was the first of eight shows Bieber is staging across Australian cities.

Anchor-producer Ryan Seacrest, who split from actress Julianne Hough earlier this year, has sparked rumours that he is dating model and personal trainer Shayna Terese Taylor. The duo was spotted enjoying a romantic lunch at La Huella restaurant in the beach village of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay Nov 24. A source has said that they were sitting very close to each other, reports radaronline.com. “They were obviously together, and the girl was clearly into Ryan,” said a source. “She was all over him, holding his back and his hand while he talked to the others. And he seemed to be loving the PDA (public display of affection),” the source added. NEWS DESK


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ISLAMABAD: A court has dismissed the petition of former captain Rashid latif against the Pakistan Cricket Board and the appointment of its chairman Najam Sethi. Sindh High Court said latif should take any grievances to the Islamabad High Court where Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique had ordered fresh elections for the PCB chairman. The government has filed an appeal against that judgment. The IHC's two-member divisional bench will hear the appeal in the first week of December. Sethi is effectively the head of the PCB after he was installed by the government last month as chairman of the boards interim management committee. AGENCIES

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N yet another strengthening of the ties between South Africa and Pakistan, Saeed Ajmal has signed with Titans for the upcoming domestic 20-overs competition. Shahid Afridiand Sohail Tanvir will be part of the Knights and lions squads, respectively, as well, while two other players are in negotiation to confirm deals too. The signings are believed to be part of the growing friendship between the two countries, which have always enjoyed good relations but are seeking to further develop that bond. Pakistan agreed to tour South Africa at short notice after a curtailed India visit left Cape Town without an ODI all summer and venues such as Bloemfontein and East london with no international cricket at all. Two of the five matches Pakistan agreed to play were hosted at Newlands to make up for India's absence, although CSA did not make up the money lost. When Pakistan's visit was announced, CSA chief executive Haroon lorgat indicated the relationship between the two countries would expand to give Pakistan's players, who do not participate in the IPl, an opportunity to play in the 20-overs competition. That mutually beneficial idea appears to have been actioned already, with the

possibility of five Pakistan players participating in South Africa this summer. "Pakistan players are finding opportunities to earn their money in leagues abroad vastly reduced due to politics and other outside influences, and therefore this opportunity to play in South Africa is greatly appreciated by the players," Ummran Khan, the players' agent said. While Ajmal and Afridi will be new to the South African domestic scene, Tanvir has already spent two seasons with lions. In addition to providing

international experience, he has been credited with mentoring their younger crop of quicks, which includes Chris Morris and Hardus Viljoen. Tanvir also played for lions during this year's Champions league T20. Should all five Pakistan signings materialise, that will take the total number of foreign players in the 20-overs competition to eight. West Indies' Sunil Narine has been contracted to Dolphins, while his international team-mate Chris Gayle is due to join England's Graham Onions at Dolphins. Although Gayle is

Pakistan's chance to stamp authority CENTURION AGENCIES

Usually once a series is won there is not much to get excited about but this is a little different. Pakistan, who have already racked up what their captain Misbah-ulHaq called "a really big achievement" by beating South Africa for the first time in a bilateral series, stand to add to it. Victory at Centurion will make them only the second team to whitewash South Africa in an ODI series of three matches. Although South Africa will be concerned with avoiding that fate, they also have the smaller picture to consider. While the Twenty20 side has found its rhythm, the ODI outfit cannot seem to do the same. Batting inconsistencies continue to work against them and even though one game cannot help them fix it, it may be an opportunity to solve some problems. Without Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, some of South Africa's next generation will be on display and with public speculation mounting about whether there is space for the two stalwarts in the set-up, this will be the chance to see. The middle-order focus will be on David Miller, who hasn't been his usual destructive self, with the bowling expected to perform as they have throughout the recent ODI matches. Pakistan will also want batting improvements if there are to seize their chance for total domination. Even if their top-order fail again they will back their bowlers to make up for any lapses, as has been the case in the opening two rubbers. Along with a South Africa revival, Pakistan's goal may be spoiled by afternoon thunderstorms which have come down all week and are forecast for Saturday. Should the heavens open again, it may put an early end to the series which is now in its sixth week of limited-overs clashes. Team news South Africa are without three of their biggest names which will force them to make substantial alterations to their XI. Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis are out with injury niggles while Graeme Smith has been given compassionate leave after his grandmother died. Quinton de Kock is an opener by

currently out of action with a hamstring tear, the Durban-based team expect him to be fit for the tournament. The domestic 20-overs competition will be played from January 5, when it will open with a triple-header at Newlands as part of the festival of cricket that has been organised to replace the New Year's Test. It will run until February 9. Pakistan's players who feature for the national team will not be available for the full window, because it clashes with their series against Sri lanka which is on till January 20.

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trade and could replace Smith in the top two but because he has shown he can adjust to the No. 3 position as well, it may make allow Henry Davids to bat in his usual position as an opener. Vernon Philander will likely come back in for Steyn while Ryan Mclaren and Wayne Parnell will have to fight it out for the allrounders' spot. South Africa:(possible) 1 Hashim

Amla, 2 Henry Davids, 3 Quinton de Kock (wkt) 4 AB de Villiers (capt), 5 JP Duminy, 6 David Miller, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Vernon Philander, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 lonwabo Tsoosbe, 11 Imran Tahir Although changing a winning combination isn't the done thing, Pakistan may still have reason to make one change to their XI. With Nasir Jamshed continually misfiring and no Steyn to

trouble Mohammad Hafeez early on, they could pair Hafeez with Ahmed Shehzad at the top and bring Umar Amin into the middle order to bolster the batting. Pakistan: (possible) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal (wkt), 7 Umar Amin, 7 Shahid Afridi, 9 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 Anwar Ali, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

He has already helped sell apartments, concrete and even the health benefits of eggs, and on Thursday the recently retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar began a new role -- promoting toilets and hygiene. The Indian batsman was appointed UNICEFs ambassador for South Asia, helping promote sanitation in a country where more than half of the 1.2 billion population defecate in the open. Tendulkar told a packed press conference it was a "second innings for him", adding: "This innings is important and dear to me, so I will do my best here." Karin Hulshof, regional director of UNICEF, the UN children’s fund, said 681 million people lack toilets in South Asia. In India, 53 percent of the population or about 640 million people lack toilets and defecate in the open, the country’s 2011 census data showed. "Another statistic which baffles me and I was disheartened to know that 1,600 children die everyday worldwide because of diarrhea infected diseases," Tendulkar said. Recounting childhood memories, Tendulkar said: "I would play cricket downstairs with my friends, with a tennis ball, and occasionally did not bother washing my hands and (would) want to eat after coming back home." "My mother made sure that I washed my hands properly and ate with clean hands," he said, stressing the need for personal hygiene.


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F there was one image that signified Australia'sdisappointment against South Africa last summer, it was the sight of Peter Siddle on his haunches at the end of the Adelaide Test. Depleted, dejected and, he later admitted, "a little bit delirious", Siddle had delivered 63.5 overs in the match, the most by any Australia fast bowler this century. Australia fell two wickets short of a win, Siddle's body couldn't handle another Test four days later, and South Africa took the series with victory in Perth. Twelve months later, Siddle is preparing to return to the venue of his most exhausting Test experience, but in happier circumstances. Australia are 1-0 up in an Ashes series and Siddle's workload in the first Test 26.4 overs - is a vast improvement on the 53 he sent down at the Gabba last year. A fourday win in Brisbane also allowed an extra day of rest ahead of Adelaide, and all the Test fast men have sat out of the ongoing round of Sheffield Shield matches. There is always the chance of a fast bowler breaking down in Adelaide, as James Pattinson did early in last year's match, but Siddle has his fingers crossed for a slightly easier time. like last year, there is only a three-day break between the Adelaide and Perth Tests, but Siddle is hopeful he will be able to walk out with the team at the WACA this time around. "Going over to Adelaide you never expect a light workload," Siddle said in Melbourne on Friday. "It's always going to be hard work. Hopefully this year everyone's fit. We've come off a lighter workload as a bowling unit so hopefully everyone gets through and there's no hiccups at the start of the game [which would mean] a couple of us have to have big outings. "It's about how you're feeling, and I think we're the biggest judge of that ... We judge it in the end, like I did in Perth last year

and said I wasn't up to it. That's the same thing that will happen around now no doubt. The selectors will pick the best team that's 100% fit for that Test match ... I couldn't [back up] last time but we'd had a big workload earlier on. This time, it's obviously been a lot lighter. We've just got to play it by ear." The one unknown this time is the new Adelaide Oval surface: for the first time in the venue's 128-year Test history, a drop-in

pitch will be used. Two Sheffield Shield matches have been played on the drop-ins this summer and the initial signs are not encouraging for fast bowlers. Across the two matches, spin bowlers have collectively taken 28 wickets at 41.39, while fast bowlers have tallied only 23 victims at 57.08. No fast bowler has taken more than three in an innings. Two matches is a small sample size, of course, and the second of those games - both

draws - was getting close to a result when time ran out on the fourth afternoon. Johan Botha, the South Australia captain, said the pitch was "getting towards a result wicket, but you would still probably want a little more out of it on day one and two instead of losing only three or four wickets". Siddle and his colleagues can expect plenty of hard work. "It doesn't matter who you're playing or what game it is over there, whether it's a one-dayer or a Test match, it's always tight," Siddle said. "It is a tough ground to play at; the wicket can get pretty flat to bat on. But sometimes it can get a bit of turn, so the spinner will play a part. We don't know what's going to happen with these drop-ins, but hopefully it's a good cricket wicket all round, the bowlers get a bit out of it and the batters can have a bit of fun out there. "We all saw Mitch bowl over in India on flatter wickets than we're probably going to get in Adelaide and the pace and bounce he had on those wickets. We don't know what's going to be prepared for us. We'll get over there, we'll assess the wicket and see what plans we'll go with." Australia are expected to use the same attack in Adelaide as they did at the Gabba, although there is the chance of bringing in the allrounder James Faulkner for George Bailey as an extra bowling option. While Faulkner has a strong chance of playing some part in this Ashes series, Pattinson appears unlikely to take on England, despite the news that he will make his return from injury this weekend in club cricket in Melbourne. Pattinson is on the comeback trail from a back stress fracture and will turn out for Dandenong this weekend, though it will be as a batsman only. Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance, Pat Howard, said on Friday that Pattinson had a carefully planned programme for the coming month, after which his fitness would be reassessed, and he was not expected to play any Sheffield Shield cricket until the new year.

ZTBl punch semi-final ticket LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Zarai Taraqiati Bank limited became the first team to qualify for the semifinal after beating Water and Power Development Authority by five wickets. left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar picked up 4 for 20 to limit WAPDA to 101 and later hit two sixes and two fours in his 17-ball 30 to inspire his side to em-

phatic victory. Five WAPDA batsmen were dismissed for single figures as opener Aamer Sajjad (23 off 34) and Sarfraz Ahmed (25 off 14) were the only batsmen to offer resistance. ZTBl stumbled during the chase, losing four quick wickets, but the target was soft enough that they reached home with three overs to spare. Port Qasim Authority recovered from their overnight defeat to get the

better of Habib Bank limited by 39 runs and climb to third place in the Faysal Bank T20 tournament. However, HBl are out of the running for a semifinal spot after two consecutive losses. Asked to bat first, PQA's openers put up a solid 60-run stand but were dismissed in space of three balls. The scoring rate dipped thereafter with PQA reaching their hundred in the 14th over. But Khurram Manzoor (57 off 35) and Faraz

Ali (32 off 31) plundered 65 runs in last six overs to post a fighting total of 165. HBl's reply was sloppy. They were 31 for 4 when Hasan Raza (48 off 47) and Umar Gul (15 off 18) attempted to stabilise the innings, but PQA bowlers were too hot to handle. Sohail Khan, with 3 for 14, was the pick of the bowlers while Mohammad Talha, Mohammad Sami and Kamran Younis picked up two wickets each.

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been included in the Test squad for the home series against West Indies and is likely to play the first match in Dunedin beginning on December 3, pending a final fitness clearance. Williamson had returned home mid-way through the tour of Bangladesh after breaking his thumb, and also missed the limited-overs series in Sri lanka. "Kane has been in the nets batting and bowling and getting his intensity levels up," general manager national selection, Bruce Edgar, said. "We're confident he should be right come Tuesday." The 13man squad also included fast bowler Tim Southee, who had ankle surgery in July. Southee played the limited-overs games in Bangladesh, and took match figures of 6 for 79 in his most recent Plunket Shield match for Northern Districts. Allrounder Corey Anderson was also in the squad despite suffering a rib injury in Sri lanka. Otago batsman Aaron Redmond also made a comeback as injury cover for Williamson. Redmond last played a Test in 2008, but has been in good form of late. "Aaron has made a good start to the Plunket Shield to date, and on top of the 67 he scored yesterday for the New Zealand XI we felt he was the best top-order batting cover," Edgar said. Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Aaron Redmond, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

sCHumaCHer HaPPy if seB ToPs reCords SPORTS DESK Michael Schumacher has expressed his amazement at Sebastian Vettel's "shocking" scale of superiority over team-mate Mark Webber in 2013 and made it clear he would be happy for his countryman to eventually surpass his array of Formula 1 records. Nearly a decade after Schumacher won the last of his record seven drivers' titles, Vettel clinched his fourth crown in a row - becoming just the fourth, and youngest, quadruple World Champion in the process - with the season also saw him equal his boyhood hero's record for the most wins. Vettel, whose worst race result across the 18 GPs he finished in 2013 was fourth, also accrued enough points to have won the Constructors' Championship single-handedly, while Webber, who has now headed for F1 retirement, could do no better than five secondplace finishes. And Schumacher says it was the current World Champion's dominance over the sister Red Bull that puts his achievements into real perspective - and admits that such an intra-team challenge would have been ominous to face even for him.

"look at his team-mate, that's your reference point that you've got to take. He won all those races, 13 this year, Mark Webber won

none in the end. That's pretty shocking - I'm glad I'm not his team-mate!" Vettel's sustained success means that, de-

spite still being only 26 years of age, the German is now already firmly placed in the top five on the sport's most prestigious all-time

lists such as titles, pole positions and race victories. Schumacher, who won 91 grands prix before he retired for the first time in 2006, still leads most of the tables by a considerable margin but admits that if anyone is to eventually beat his records than he would like it to be Vettel. "Definitely he's a truly [worthy] champion and I'm really happy for him," Schumacher added. "If somebody can break all these records than I would prefer him than somebody else." The 44-year-old also had warm words of praise for his old Mercedes team after the Brackley-based outfit enjoyed by far their best season since returning to team ownership in 2010, when Schumacher came out of retirement for three years. Schumacher, who was replaced by lewis Hamilton this year, thinks his old colleagues now have everything in place to challenge for F1's top honours from 2014. "It's a great result, particularly where you consider we were coming from last year," Schumacher, who now serves as a Mercedes ambassador, said. "We've been absolutely nowhere by the end of the year and nobody could have expected to be fighting even at part of the season for the Championship.


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YAN Giggs has dismissed the relevance of age to his career as the Manchester United legend celebrates his 40th birthday. The Welshman turns 40 on Friday and Giggs remains an integral member of United's playing ranks, despite also taking up a coaching role in the summer following David Moyes' appointment. He sparkled in central midfield during United's 5-0 thrashing of Bayer leverkusen in the UEFA Champions league in midweek in a performance which showed how Giggs has developed as a player since he burst onto the scene as a buccaneering winger in the early 1990s. Giggs does not believe age should factor into any thoughts of retirement and his priority is ensuring that he can still make a positive contribution to United. "There is an ageism thing but I just take it as a challenge. I will now myself when it is time. The thing you have to come to terms with is people saying, 'His legs have gone, he shouldn't be in the team because he is

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Robert McCracken admits Carl Froch's camp have been left with a "sour taste" in their mouths after their fighter was booed out of the ring following his victory over George Groves. 'The Cobra' retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles with a somewhat controversial ninthround stoppage of his fellow Englishman in Manchester. Referee Howard Foster stepped in to call off the bout with Groves having come under attack. Many have since suggested the official made the call too early, particularly with the challenger having been ahead on all three scorecards. Speaking to Sky Sports' Ringside show, McCracken expressed his disappointment at the reaction of the crowd following the result, with some of the paying public expressing their opinions loudly as Froch made his exit. "I think first and foremost it left a sour taste in our mouths Saturday night," Froch's trainer said. "There were highlyexperienced people in the sport that are clearly of the opinion that the stoppage was right. I've heard he (George) was rolling punches and waiting for Carl to wear himself out. He was bang in trouble, no doubt about that. "To stage a comeback like Carl did, albeit that the referee jumped in two or three seconds early, and to get booed out of the ring is a really poor show. "We are kind of stewing from that. It was very disappointing considering all that he's achieved in his career, all the fighters that he has beaten and also the memorable comeback he had on Saturday."

too old'. But I had bad games when I was 19, 20 or 25, 26, probably more in fact. You just have to weigh up are you still effective, are you still contributing, is the manager still picking you?" "There is an ageism thing but I just take it as a challenge," s a i d Giggs. "I will know myself when it is time. " T h e thing you have to

come to terms with is people saying, 'His legs have gone, he shouldn't be in the team because he is too old'. "But I had bad games when I was 19, 20 or 25, 26, probably more in fact. You just have to weigh up are you still effective, are you still contributing, is the manager still picking you?" There has been talk of a new one-year contract for Giggs and he concedes that he would not still be playing if he had ever left Old Trafford. "If I'd moved from club to club I'd be finished by now," added Giggs. "I'm lucky that I have been at one club, where I am surrounded by good players. I also have a good manager. "I look after myself and try to train every day in order to make myself available for selection. "I enjoy it as much as I can and, of course, try to contribute to the team." His former United team-mate David Beckham led the tributes, saying Giggs was the player the young stars admired. "He was someone that we looked up to, he was only a year or a couple of years older than us but he was someone that we aspired to be because he was a young player in the first team playing like he was, so talented and at a very young age. That gave the rest of the youth team players hope."

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists there should be no concerns over a delay in signing a new contract at the club. The 64-year-old Gunners boss, the longest-serving manager in English football, has been offered an extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of the season. But no deal has yet been completed, and Wenger maintains he is focused only on Saturday's game at Cardiff City and the opportunity that represents for his team to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League. When asked if the negotiations would be concluded by Christmas, Wenger said: "Why? Do you treat that as a present? "I said many times, that people don't need to question my commitment to this club. "I can just reiterate what I said at the start of the season - I want to feel that I do well, and focus on that." Wenger added: "I am relaxed about the situation. What is important is that the players have the support, to focus on the target which is to do well in every single game." Arsene Wenger remains relaxed over signing a new contract at Arsenal and there is no doubt over his commitment to the club Saturday's trip to Cardiff represents a return to the club where Aaron Ramsey started his career before a ÂŁ5m move to the Gunners in 2008. Ramsey has been one of Arsenal's key men this season, scoring 13 goals from midfield, and Wenger feels the 22-year-old can get even better. "He is a young player and there is a lot more to come from him," said Wenger. "There is no limitation to his development, he can be a complete midfielder. Efficient defensively, efficient offensively, that is what real footballer players are. "I saw him on tape when he played with Cardiff. The first time I met him was in Switzerland, with his parents, when he had a choice to make and I was at the European Championships. "After, he decided to come and join us and the rest you know. I expect him to continue to improve, of course." AGENCIES

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SPORTS DESK Rory McIlroy was delighted by his second round of 65 at the Australian Open which saw him close to within two shots of leader Adam Scott. The two-time major champion admitted he had started to feel despondent during Thursday's opening round as he saw Scott disappearing into the distance on the back of a stunning course record 62 at the Royal Sydney Golf Club. But, 24 hours later, it was McIlroy's turn to shine as he produced a joint best-of-the-day 65 to catapult himself into contention, making up five shots on the Australian. "It would have been very easy for me to get frustrated yesterday, and I was a little frustrated, because I bogeyed 10 and 11 to go back to even par, and I'm thinking to myself, 'I'm 10 behind, not just 10 behind anyone, I'm 10 behind Scotty," McIlroy told reporters. "When you see someone like that at the top of the leaderboard already with a low score, it's tough not to think about it. It's tough not to sort of press the issue... but golf tournaments are long and there's lots of time to chip away." "You saw me in 2010 (at The Open), it can evaporate very quickly," added the Northern Irishman, referencing the 2010 O p e n Champio n s h i p where he opened with a course

scott Keeps triple croWn dreaM alive SPORTS DESK

SYDNEY: Adam Scott remains well-placed to complete the Australian Triple Crown although his lead at the top of the leaderboard in Sydney was cut to two shots. Scott is aiming to add the Australian Open titles to the PGA and Masters crowns he has already claimed - with Robert Allenby, in 2005, the only other player to complete the feat. Scott, though, faces stiff competition from Rory McIlroy, with the Northern Irishman carving his way through the field. Scott had been the star performer in the opening round after a course record 62, however he found the scoring on Friday tougher as storms had an impact. A mixed round, including seven birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey at the fourth, left the Masters champion to sign for second round 70. And Scott, who is on 12under for the tournament, will be casting an anxious look over his shoulder after McIlroy made his move to highlight his return to form. AGENCIES record 63 at St Andrews, only to follow it with an 80. For weeks McIlroy has been talking positively of his game and now believes he is very close the kind of form which saw him win no fewer than five times last season. "I'm hitting the ball well off the tee and giving myself plenty of chances. It was good to see a few putts go in today," he continued. "As I've said for the last few weeks, the game is feeling much better and

I'm much more comfortable now. "It's the end of the season and I want to finish the season off well. It's a big tournament for me so, in terms of satisfaction, going out there and shooting a good score and putting myself in position for the weekend, yeah, I'm very happy. "After not making the Tour Championship in the States, it was all about trying to build momentum for 2014 and that's what I feel I've started here.

Nicky Richards is hoping Eduard can atone for his mistake on his fencing debut when he lines up for the Happy Birthday Courtney Walton Novices' Chase at Carlisle on Sunday. The promising five-year-old was alongside eventual winner Pendra when losing all chance after jumping the second-last, eventually going down by three and a threequarter lengths. The Charlie longsdon-trained Pendra has already franked the form with a facile success at lingfield. Now it is Eduard's chance to get on the scoresheet over the bigger obstacles. "Everything's fine with the big horse. I'm very happy with him and hopefully everything will go nicely for him on Sunday," said Richards. "He just slightly overreached himself that day at Carlisle and it just took 10 days to settle down. Everything's been fine since and hopefully it's onwards and upwards with him." Eduard's five rivals include Sue Smith's Mwaleshi and Brian Ellison's Yesyoucan, who have won over fences this month at Wetherby and Newcastle respectively.

tRio added to excel show SPORTS DESK Martin Murray, Anthony Ogogo and Kal Yafai have been added to Matchroom's show at the ExCel Arena in london on December 14, live on Sky Sports. Murray will take on former rival Sergey Khomitsky in a 10-rounder that was due to take place in Manchester last weekend, only for the former to withdraw following a virus. Ogogo will join fellow Olympic medallist Anthony Joshua on a packed show, while the card is headlined by Kevin Mitchell facing Italian Brunet Zamora for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title and lee Purdy challenging European welterweight champion leonard Bundu. Jamie McDonnell is back in action three weeks on from winning in Manchester, while Erick Ochieng also returns after his battle with liam Smith for the British light-middleweight title, moving down to welterweight to face Welshman Dale Evans. Tony Owen defends his Southern area light-welterweight strap against fellow Carshalton man Ricky Boylan and Ryan 'Crash Bang' Taylor meets Floyd Moore for the vacant Southern Area lightweight belt. "I'm delighted to add Martin, Anthony and Kal to our bumper Christmas bill at the ExCel london," said promoter Eddie Hearn.


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closure of nato supplies not to harM us: altaf hussain LONDON/KARACHI INP

Chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain has suggested to all those who staged protest against the US drone strikes and to blockade of NATO supplies that these actions will not have any impact on the US administration. In a statement issued on Friday, Altaf Hussain said if the protesting parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) are sincere in their protest, they should observe a hunger strike outside the US embassy or the Prime Minister House until Washington stops the aerial strikes. He said the JI, PTI and ‘other extremist religious parties’ should refrain from playing with the nation’s sentiments. Altaf also termed the recent protests and sit-in as a drama to avert the masses attention of the genuine problems faced by people and country.

police find 18 Male corpses shot in head near baghdad

RAWALPINDI: Outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Kayani presents the change of command baton to newly-appointed army chief General Raheel Sharif during the change of command ceremony in Rawalpindi. ONLINE

nisaR uRGes ReGional coopeRation to end teRRoRism

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Friday said the international community would have to strengthen cooperation for matters relating to security and terrorism. In a meeting with ambassadors and high commissioners of 18 countries in Islamabad on Friday‚ he said, “The cooperation of the world community will help stop human trafficking and drug smuggling.” The ambassadors and high commissioners expressed satisfaction over the security measures of the government. ONLINE

resuMe nato supplies in 3 days or face us in court, apotoa Warns iMran All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association’s (APOTOA) Vice-President Shams Shahwani on Friday threatened PTI Chairman Imran Khan that if the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government did not resume NATO supplies to Afghanistan within 72 hours, the association would have no other option but to pursue legal action against him, a private TV channel reported. Shahwani said the ban on supplies was causing immense financial losses to oil tanker owners. He said the association was also mulling the idea of organising protests in cities all over the country, or cutting off fuel supplies to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in reaction. The APOTOA official professed that those engaged in NATO supplies were open to the idea of pursuing alternative sources of income, but the government would have to arrange these for them. MONITORING DESK

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HE Syrian army launched an intense bombardment Friday on one of the last areas under rebel control in the Qalamoun mountains north of Damascus, a monitoring group said. Shelling of rebel positions in the town of Nabuk began before dawn, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The army “apparently decided to use overwhelming force”, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

“Fierce battles are under way in Nabuk, which regime forces backed by lebanese Hezbollah fighters entered on Thursday.” The Syrian army is trying to capture the Qalamoun region, on the border with lebanon, in a bid to sever rebel supply lines. On November 19, troops seized the town of Qara, and on Thursday they announced the capture of nearby Deir Attiya, before moving on to Nabuk. A Syrian security source said the recapture of Nabuk would leave only the Yabrud area and a few surrounding villages outside of government control. “If this town is captured, all we’ll

have left is Yabrud and some other villages to completely block off the border with lebanon,” the source said. Abdel Rahman said Nabuk had been besieged by the army since Qara’s fall on November 19. “Neither food nor medicine has been able to enter Nabuk since then,” he said. Qara, Deir Attiya and Nabuk all lie along the main highway between Damascus and Syria’s third largest city Homs, adding to their strategic value for the government. More than 120,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict erupted in March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes.

Iraqi police have discovered the bodies of 18 men who were abducted from their homes and killed execution-style in a town near Baghdad, two police sources said on Friday. The corpses were found grouped together and shot in the head in Meshahda, a predominantly Sunni Muslim area, around 32 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad, police and a source at the capital’s morgue said. It was the deadliest in a series of executionstyle killings which are on the rise in Iraq, alongside a growing insurgent campaign of bomb and gun attacks targeting security forces and civilians. The victims were taken from their homes early on Friday by men wearing military uniforms and driving around six SUVs, the sources said. It was not clear who was behind the attack, but this area of Iraq has seen frequent abductions by militants dressed as soldiers. The men’s families went to local police to report their relatives missing and police later found their bodies in an orchard. This year has been Iraq’s most violent since 2006-7, when tens of thousands of people died at the height of sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shias. On Wednesday, police found the bodies of 13 people around Baghdad, the apparent victims of execution-style shootings. It did not appear that Friday’s killings were linked to those earlier in the week.

Mixed legacy for departing Pakistani army chief: NYT LONDON INP

When he leaves his post on Friday, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the inscrutable Pakistani Army chief and former spymaster will end a nearly decade-long chapter as the focus of American fears and frustrations in Pakistan, the reluctant partner in a contentious and often ill-tempered strategic dance. Suspicious American officials frequently accused him, and the 600,000-member army he led, of doubledealing and bad faith: supporting the Afghan Taliban, allying with militant groups who bombed embassies and bases, and sheltering Osama bin laden, a report in New York Times said Friday. Those accusations were made in private, usually, but exploded into the open in late 2011 when Adm. Mike Mullen, the American military chief who sought to befriend General Kayani over golf and dinners, issued an angry tirade to Congress about Pakistani duplicity. The taciturn General Kayani weathered those accusations with a sang-froid that left both allies and enemies guessing about what, or whom, he knew. But few doubted that he nursed grievances, too — about C.I.A. covert operations, the humiliating raid that killed Bin laden, and perceived American arrogance and inconstancy. General

Kayani, 61, steps down with those arguments still lingering. And reckoning with his legacy exposes a cold truth at the heart of the turbulent American-Pakistani relationship: that after years of diplomatic effort, and billions of dollars in aid, the countries’ aims and methods remain fundamentally opposed, particularly when it comes to the endgame next door in Afghanistan. Seen through Pakistani eyes, however, General Kayani was a more tangible, even positive, force. Despite his personal antipathy for the country’s civilian leadership, he restrained army meddling in politics and tolerated increased criticism in the news media. After the country’s first successful completion of a democratic election cycle, Pakistanis can dare to imagine that a long era of military coups might be over. Further, he was at least partly successful in refocusing the army’s monomaniacal attention on India, the old enemy, toward a new threat posed by the militants lurking in the country’s remote areas. For all that, his authority was never seriously challenged. “He’s one of the most powerful generals Pakistan has ever had,” said Vali R. Nasr, the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Now, as he hands off to his successor, at a time of diminishing American engagement in the region, the largest

question about the enigmatic general is how much of that legacy will endure. In many ways, General Kayani was the antithesis of the swaggering general and junta leader he succeeded, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and his mandate after taking the top army post in 2007 was to repair the prestige that was tarnished under General Musharraf’s watch. He has been quiet and philosophical where General Musharraf was loquacious and boastful. Foreigners complained that his reserve could be unnerving, and that he mumbled. In meetings, he sat like a perched eagle, occasionally darting out for a cigarette. Those who knew him well said his public reserve was simply a tactic: In private, with small groups he trusted or needed, he could be blunt and forceful. “He was the anti-Musharraf,” said Shuja Nawaz, the author of “Crossed Swords,” a history of the Pakistani Army. But the rise of the Pakistani Taliban posed an immediate challenge. The Taliban’s drive to destroy the security forces and central government shook the Pakistani military’s jihadist sympathies, through unprecedented violence: the beheading of soldiers, the assassination of senior generals, and even suicide bombings against the feared military spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. An audacious assault

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on the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2010 was particularly worrisome: The attackers came within a few hundred feet of the general’s personal office, and were aided by army conspirators. General Kayani’s response to the Taliban included a successful military offensive in the Swat Valley in 2009, and orders to dust off the army’s creaky, India-centric military doctrine, which he infused with modern counterinsurgency doctrine. And he publicly acknowledged the country’s Frankenstein problem: Jihadist groups that the army had once nurtured to fight Indian interests in Kashmir and elsewhere had become a menace to Pakistan’s stability. “We as a nation must stand united against this threat,” he said in a widely acclaimed speech in August 2012. But the army only partly embraced this conversion, to the immense frustration of American officials, especially Admiral Mullen. No other American worked so hard to cultivate General Kayani, whom he visited 26 times in Pakistan, more than any other foreign military leader, including those in Afghanistan and Iraq. The two generals played golf in America and held long working dinners in Rawalpindi. Some American officials joked about a “bromance.” But in September 2011, just before he left office, Admiral Mullen exploded with anger in testimony to Congress that suggested a personal betrayal.


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