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6 Sindh MPAs resign over dual nationality Raza Haroon KARACHI StAff RepORt
Ix members of the Sindh Assembly resigned from their offices on Saturday to avoid being disqualified by the Election Commission for not submitting their affidavits
Murad Ali Shah regarding dual nationalities. Those who resigned include Sindh Finance Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh IT Minister Raza Haroon, Sindh Sports Minister Mohammad Ali Shah, Sindh Technical Education and Mines and Minerals Minister Sadiq Memon, and assembly members
Mohammad Ali Shah Askari Taqvi and Abdul Moiz Siddiqui. Their resignations have been accepted by Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Khoro. Haroon and Mohammad Ali Shah belong to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement while Murad Ali Shah and Sadiq Memon are members of the ruling Pakistan Peopleâ€™s Party.
Sadiq Memon The Election Commission of Pakistanâ€™s deadline to file affidavits expired on Friday. As many as 16 lawmakers from the national and provincial assemblies have failed to file their affidavits. The ministers who resigned are likely to be made advisers and will be given charges of their respective ministries.
OGRA approves increase in gas prices ISLAMABAD Online
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Saturday approved an increase in gas prices for domestic, industrial and CNG consumers. The authority approved an increase in the price of the Sui Northern Gas (SNG) by Rs 31.12 per mmbtu and that of the Sui Southern Gas (SSG) by Rs 28.28 per mmbtu. The price of SNG has gone up by 9.87 percent, while the price of SSG has increased by 6.14 percent. The new prices are expected to be in effect from January 1, 2013, and are expected to remain as such until the month of June. OGRA has also approved the measure enabling the SNG and the SSG to respectively recover 4.5 percent and 7 percent of pilfered gas from consumers. It has sent a summary with the abovestated recommendations to the
Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. STRIKE: Meanwhile, commuters and motorists continued to suffer as most of the CNG stations remained closed on the sixth consecutive day across the country, as the All Pakistan CNG Association and OGRA failed to reach consensus on a pricing formula. In most cities of the four provinces, CNG stations remained closed and long queues of vehicles were observed outside the few CNG stations which were providing gas. The commuters had to wait for hours at bus stops as public and private transport remained very thin. It should be mentioned that OGRA has prepared a new CNG pricing formula and submitted it to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources in order to seek policy guidelines regarding the taxation of the sector. Continued on page 04
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02 News Today’s
pMl-n to form new ‘administrative provinces’ if elected: nawaz
playing with powder keg: Courts and political controversies.
Humayun Gauhar says; Life in twilight zone.
Saad Rasool says;
Justification lost: Why legalese would, or won’t, make WoT our war.
Malik Muhammad Ashraf says; Food security: Farmer and consumer friendly policies.
Obama warns Congress against Pakistan curbs WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has warned Congress that some of its restrictions on Pakistan could jeopardise the US-led campaign against terrorism in Afghanistan. A policy statement issued by the Executive Office of the US President on Friday warned the lawmakers that limitations on reimbursement to the government of Pakistan were having a negative impact on bilateral relations with the key ally. “The administration strongly objects to the certification requirements in Section 1216,” says the statement. Some of “these certification requirements … require the Secretary of Defence to certify Pakistani cooperation on issues outside of his purview”. Section 1216 of the recently passed National Defence Authorisation Act for US fiscal year 2013 prohibits reimbursements to Pakistan during the period in which NATO supply lines to Afghanistan were closed. The requirements are “proposed at a particularly sensitive time and would severely constrict DOD’s ability to respond to emergent war-time coalition support requirements, putting at risk the success of our campaign in Afghanistan,” the statement adds. inp
Fatima Bhutto to contest next elections
Consensus vital for starting Kalabagh Dam, says PM ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said Pakistan was a federation of four units and all important projects such as Kalabagh Dam should be initiated with consensus. Talking to a private TV channel, Ashraf said that the Kalabagh Dam issue was being raised by ‘some people’ at a time when elections were just round the corner. “But those people had done nothing when they were in power for long periods of time,” he added. The prime minister said that the three provincial assemblies had passed resolutions with consensus against the dam’s construction and discussions on the issue, which creates hatred, should be avoided. The project cannot be launched with an executive or judicial order, he added. Ashraf said that the first elected government was going to complete its tenure, which was a good omen, and will have far-reaching impact on the country’s politics and democracy. The prime minister said that elections will be held on stipulated time and the date will be announced in consultation with the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly. He hoped that like appointing
the chief election commissioner with consensus, both the government and the opposition will keep working for further strengthening the democratic system. About the creation of South Punjab province, the prime minister said that it was not a political slogan for election campaign but a genuine demand of the people of the region. He said the government had taken all possible steps and formed a commission for the creation of new provinces. Hurdles should not be created by any stakeholder on the issue, he added. Replying to a question about government’s borrowing, Ashraf said, “There is a big difference in perception and the reality.” The federal government has contained its expenditures, while the provinces have increased theirs, said the PM, adding that the provinces are now getting more funds under the 7th NFC Award. “Despite inflation, the government’s expenditures have increased just by seven per cent,” he said. Lauding performance of his government, the prime minister said the country was importing wheat when came into power, but now he said, the commodity was being exported, earning foreign exchange. The added the government has provided food security to the people of the country.
CCI to deCIde on Issues lIke kalabagh dam: kaIra WAZIRABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said the Council of Common Interests (CCI) will decide on disputed issues like the Kalabagh dam. Talking to media personnel at an annual funfair of the Muslim Hands Educational Complex on Saturday, Kaira said the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) respected the judiciary, for democracy was incomplete without an independent judiciary. He said the CCI was formed to decide on disputed matters among the provinces and it had been strengthened under the 18th Amendment. If the CCI failed to take a decision on an issue, then it will be discussed in the parliament, he added. Kaira said when the PPP came into power, the country was facing multiple problems many of which had been resolved by now. Responding to a question, he said the government had asked all journalist organisations, including the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, to suggest ways for improving security of journalists. He stressed that security-related incidents with journalists should be properly addressed. “Hamid Mir has himself refused the security offered to him,” he added. Replying to another question, the minister said the PPP would contest the upcoming elections in alliance with the PML-Q. He said that the PML-N chief had advised Shahbaz Sharif to not use foul language against President Asif Ali Zardari. He also criticised the National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar for using foul language against the President. Earlier, addressing the ceremony, Kaira appreciated the Muslim Hands Network for helping deserving people in Muslim countries throughout the world. He further said education was the only way to progress and nations focusing on knowledge and education eventually rule the world. App
KP government, PHCBA reject Two Pakistani brothers arrested LHC’s KBD ruling for conspiring attack in United States PESHAWAR
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto group chief Ghinwa Bhutto announced that her daughter Fatima Bhutto will compete for a seat in the National Assembly during the next elections. Speaking at an event the widow of Murtaza Bhutto said Fatima will contest the elections from Liaquatpur, NA-192. Fatima is a writer and the granddaughter of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. While she supports her mother in the socio-political arena, Fatima herself has noted on previous occasions that she has no desire to run for public office and has “rule[d] a political career out entirely because of the effect of dynasties on Pakistan,” referring to the Bhutto family’s political dynasty that continues with her cousin Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, chairperson of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. StAff RepORt
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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government and Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) rejected and heavily criticised the Lahore High Court (LHC) ruling on the construction of the Kalabagh dam and demanded that the Supreme Court overrule the decision through a suo moto action. “We do respect an independent judiciary but judges must distance themselves from giving verdicts on controversial issues,” remarked KP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain in a news conference on Saturday. Shortly before the conference, PHCBA called an emergency meeting presided by Latif Afridi, rejecting the LHC ruling through a unanimous resolution. Representing the KP government’s stance, Hussain pointed out three provincial assemblies, those of KP, Balochis-
tan and Sindh, that had passed resolutions against the construction of the dam. He questioned as to how a Judge of the LHC could justify a project which had been declared controversial by elected prime ministers including former PM Nawaz sharif and the incumbent Raja Pervez Ashraf. “If powerful dictators like Zia-ul-Haq and Pervez Musharraf could not make it happen, how could anyone else be in a position to do that?” He said the issue was not a technical or political one but was a matter of life and death for Pashtuns. He urged the judiciary to detach itself from controversial matters and demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Chaudhry Iftikhar to exercise his suo moto powers to the put the issue to rest. Peshawar High Court Bar Association, while rejecting the LHC decision, stated that the court did not have the jurisdiction to rule on the matter which threatened the federation by creating rift amongst the federating units.
Judiciary ready to face all challenges: CJP KARACHI Online
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Saturday that the judiciary was ready to face any challenge in order to meet people’s expectations. Addressing a meeting of judicial officers in Karachi, the CJP said that the judiciary had come into limelight because of hard work and dedicated efforts. He said that impartial dispensation of justice had restored the public’s confidence in judiciary, and more and more litigants were approaching the courts
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to get justice. Meanwhile, he welcomed a 16-member delegation of the Hyderabad High Court Bar Association, Dadu district Bar and Larkana Bar at the Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry. Welcoming the delegation, he said the Bars of Sindh were committed to the rule of law, supremacy of the constitution and independence of the judiciary. He said the legal fraternity had struggled hard in the movement for the restoration of independent judiciary. He said the legal profession was an important one, respected in all societies. The delegation members discussed the issues of
the legal fraternity, and thanked the CJP for taking out time for the meeting. They said the CJP was a ray of hope for the people, and was held in high esteem by the entire nation due to his professional commitment, legal acumen and dedication for the supremacy of the constitution and independence of the judiciary. They also discussed the problems faced by them in their professional field. The CJP assured them that their problems would be taken up with the authorities concerned. He praised their determination, unity and commitment to the profession. The delegation also invited the CJP to the Hyderabad Bar.
Two Pakistani brothers living in Florida were arrested on charges of providing support to terrorists and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction within the United States (US), authorities said. The men were charged in a grand jury indictment announced by the US Attorney for the southern district of Florida. Federal prosecutors alleged the men, who are US citizens, provided money, housing, communications equipment and transportation as part of a conspiracy. A statement from prosecutors said the brothers’ alleged goal was “to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against persons and property within the United States”. The plan did not materialise and US officials declined to go into details but said the arrests were not the result of a sting operation. “The investigation is continuing and we just won’t be able to give those specific details at this time,” said Alicia Valle, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney office in Miami. “Any potential threat posed by these two individuals has been disrupted,” US Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement. The accused were identified as Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30. They were arrested on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale and made an initial appearance in the federal court on Friday. If convicted, each could face a potential sentence of 15 years in prison on the charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. The charge of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction can result in a maximum life sentence.
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Islamists rally behind Mursi as Egypt’s rifts widen CAIRO
protested against Mursi on Friday. “The people want to bring down the regime,” they chanted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, echoing the trademark slogan of the revolts against Hosni Mubarak and Arab leaders elsewhere. Rival demonstrators threw stones after dark in the northern city of Alexandria and a town in the Nile Delta. Similar clashes erupted again briefly in Alexandria on Saturday, state TV said. ‘COMPLETE DEFEAT’: Mohamed Noshi, 23, a pharmacist from Mansoura, north of Cairo, said he had joined the rally in Cairo to support Mursi and his decree. “Those in Tahrir don’t represent everyone. Most people support Mursi and aren’t against the decree,” he said. Mohamed Ibrahim, a hardline Salafi Islamist scholar and a member of the constituent assembly, said secular-minded Egyptians had been in a losing battle from the start.
ENS of thousands of Islamists demonstrated in Cairo on Saturday in support of President Mohamed Mursi, who is racing through a constitution to try to defuse opposition fury over his newly expanded powers. “The people want the implementation of God’s law,” chanted at least 50,000 flagwaving demonstrators, many of them bussed in from the countryside to pack streets near Cairo University. Mursi was expected later in the day to set a date for a referendum on the constitution hastily approved by an Islamist-dominated drafting assembly on Friday after a 19hour session. “We will certainly present the constitution to the president tonight,” Mohamed al-Beltagy, a Muslim Brotherhood leader and a
member of the constituent assembly, told Reuters. The presidency said the handover would take place at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) at a convention centre in Cairo. Mursi plunged Egypt into a new crisis last week when he gave himself extensive powers and put his decisions beyond judicial challenge, saying this was a temporary measure to speed Egypt’s democratic transition until the new constitution is in place. His assertion of authority in a decree issued on Nov. 22, a day after he won world praise for brokering a Gaza truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, dismayed his opponents and widened divisions among Egypt’s 83 million people. Two people have been killed and hundreds wounded in protests by disparate opposition forces drawn together and re-energised by a decree they see as a dictatorial power grab. Tens of thousands of Egyptians had
Security guard shoots wife, her mother and brother
US official signals end to war against al Qaeda
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A man opened fire at his mother-in-law, brother-inlaw and wife over a family dispute killing the mother-in-law and critically injuring the other two over a family dispute in Manawa area. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, two people died when they opened fire at each other at a motorcycle rental shop in Fataygarh area of Harbanspura. Per details, Ghulam Abbas, a security guard, shot his wife Rafia, brother-in-law and mother-in-law who were shifted to Ganga Ram Hospital where his mother-in-law succumbed to her injuries while hospital sources said that Rafia and her brother were also in danger of losing their lives. Police arrested Abbas, confiscated his weapon and started investigation. In Fataygarh, reports said that Qaisar visited Asif’s shop to rent a motorcycle where the two entered into a dispute when Asif refused to rent a motorcycle to Qaisar. In the heat of the arguments, both men shot each other sustaining severe injuries. They were shifted to Services Hospital in critical conditions where they could not be revived. Sources said the incident had arisen out of an old enmity between the two.
A top Pentagon lawyer said the United States (US) must prepare for a time when it was no longer at war with al Qaeda and when sweeping legal powers enacted following the 9/11 attacks came to an end. The address by Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson marked the first time a senior US official publicly raised the possibility of an end to the war on terror, launched by former president George W Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. With the US military campaign against al Qaeda now entering its 12th year, “we must also ask ourselves: how this conflict will end?” Johnson said on Thursday in remarks delivered at the Oxford Union in Britain. The terror network, which is under steady pressure, will eventually become so weak that it would no longer make sense to maintain a legal framework for all-out war, Johnson said, according to a text released by the Pentagon. “I do believe that on the present course, there will come a tipping point at which so many of the leaders and operatives of al Qaeda and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the US,
such that al Qaeda as we know it, the organisation that our Congress authorised the military to pursue in 2001, has been effectively destroyed,” he said. It would then fall to law enforcement and intelligence agencies to go after al Qaeda’s remnants, said Johnson, a long time political ally of President Barack Obama. “At that point, we must be able to say to ourselves that our efforts should no longer be considered an armed conflict against al Qaeda and its associated forces,” he said. Instead, the government would pursue “a counterterrorism effort against individuals who are the scattered remnants of al Qaeda, or are parts of groups unaffiliated with al Qaeda, for which the law enforcement and intelligence resources of our government are principally responsible, in cooperation with the international community-with our military assets available in reserve to address continuing and imminent terrorist threats”. The war against al Qaeda has been cited to justify covert intelligence operations and unilateral military action around the world against suspected militants, including a major drone bombing campaign in Pakistan and the indefinite detention of alleged al Qaeda members at a US-run prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
KARACHi: Hindu women stand at the site of the demolished Dolly temple in Garden Area on Saturday. OnLine
Hundreds join Qatar’s first legal protest march to demand action on climate change DOHA AGenCieS
Hundreds of people joined Qatar’s first legal protest march to demand action on climate change issues on Saturday in Doha, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are negotiating a global response to climate change. Calling on the Arab world to lead, civil society activists urged Arab governments to make emission reduction pledges at the Doha conference and to get serious about tackling climate
Nawaz has stopped me from speaking against Zardari: Shahbaz MONItORINg DESK Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that his elder brother and party chief Nawaz Sharif has forbidden him from speaking against Prsident Asif Ali Zardari. The chief minister said this at Dunya News’ fourth anniversary where he was the chief guest. The chief minister felicitated Dunya News management and workers and cut a cake at the event.
Two ‘terrorists’ killed by own bomb MONItORINg DESK Two alleged terrorists were killed on Saturday while planting a bomb on a motorcycle in Peshawar’s Yakatoot area, a private TV channel reported. According to details, the bomb went off when the suspected terrorists were trying to fix it to a motorcycle in the vicinity of Dir Colony in Yakatoot. Police and bomb squad immediately arrived at the scene and recovered a pistol from nearby.
change. Despite being the host of the current round of talks, Qatar has yet to pledge its emission reduction action. The “march” may have paled compared to protests and marches at past climate change conferences at Durban or Copenhagen, but for the civil society activists it was a big step. This was Qatar’s first legal protest march. Walking down the seafront avenue al Corniche in the shadow of gleaming skyscrapers, the protestors gave calls to “stop climate change”, asked that “Arabs reduce emissions”.
Seven months of preparation and persuasion with the Qatari government resulted in the two hour march on Saturday morning. In the end, the government chose to present itself as a benign partner. Addressing the marchers, Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya said, “This is a proud and historic day for Qatar. Today marks a very important moment in our history, today you are standing here together, and this march demonstrates your commitment. I would love to see the delegates take up their responsibilities
Shakil Afridi calls OGRA off hunger strike approves increase in PESHAWAR
Dr Shakil Afridi on Saturday called off his hunger strike when some of his demands were accepted by the jail administration at Peshawar Central Jail. Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that the jail administration informed Dr Shakil Afridi about the restoration of certain facilities including the provision of blankets, warm clothes and some newspapers and magazines, after which Dr Afridi called off his hunger strike. However, the jail administration has not yet accepted the demand of Jamil Afridi, Dr Shakil Aridi’s brother, to provide medical
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care to the prisoner. Jamil Afridi had pleaded before Peshawar Commissioner to direct the jail administration to allow a medical check-up of Dr Afridi, as he seems to have developed a chest infection due to severe torture by the policemen. Since his telephone interview to a foreign TV channel from inside the prison, Dr Afridi had been kept in solitary confinement.
With humility and deep gratitude, we thank you for the overwhelming expression of love, respect and admiration received personally, and through the media, for our beloved Iqbal Haider on his untimely demise.
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According to the formula, the new price of CNG was recommended at Rs 72.20 and Rs 63.46 per kilogramme for Region-I (Islamabad, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Region-II (Punjab and Sindh) respectively. However, the APCNGA rejected the formula, saying that the matter was sub judice therefore the prices should not be fixed. Meanwhile, CNG station owners of Multan and Muzafargarh ended the strike and reopened their stations.
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iSlAMABAD: Benazir income Support programme Chairwoman farzana Raja briefs a delegation of China investment Cooperation (CiC) on Saturday.
and find a responsible decision towards addressing the issues of climate change.” The organizers of the march, the civil society participants, chose to look at the Qatari government’s position more positively. “If government wants to support this march then good, the government should take responsibility. The Qatari government should pledge ambitiously, show that it is ready to break the close circle of the GCC,” said Ali Fakhry of IndyACT, the league of independent environmental, social and cultural activist.
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Terrorists with huge cache of arms nabbed
ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW: Punjab Cheif Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugrated the flower show which these gardners are busy arranging in Race Course Park on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO
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OLICE on Saturday claimed to have arrested three suspected terrorists with huge cache of arms and explosive material from their possession. SP, CIA Police, Umar Virk told the reporters that these arrests were made at bus stand near Minar-e-Pakistan. He said seven kilogrammes of explosive material, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades, bullets and other arms were recovered from three terrorists who were affiliated with a banned Taliban outfit. Police shifted suspects to an unidentified place.
Advisor condemns undue harassment, victimisation of Reko Pharma
Govt’s anti-higher education policy criticised at UMT convocation LAHORE StAff RepORt
LAHORE: Chief Minister’s Advisor on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq on Saturday said that the undue harassment and victimisation of the Reko Pharma management would not be tolerated till investigations are under way to fix the responsibility. Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he said that four factories that were producing spurious medicines had been unearthed. He announced that a committee including three pharmaceutical industry members and Provincial health secretary would be meeting today (Sunday) to finalise future strategy of how to deal with the cough syrup incident. StAff RepORt
Former federal minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education Commission chairman Dr Atta-urRehman on Saturday said that the people of Pakistan must rise up against government’s anti-higher education and anti-research and science policy. Addressing the 8th Convocation of University of Management and Technology (UMT) held to award 43 distinguished students medals and confer degrees on 999 graduates, where he was the chief guest, he said that India was spending 60 billion dollars annually on biotechnology. He said compared this number, Pakistan’s budget cuts in
Corruption is the only agenda behind alliance, says Shahbaz LAHORE StAff RepORt
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that corruption was the only agenda that had led to the creation of an alliance between several major political parties. Accusing the federal government for breaking records of corruption, he said, on the other hand, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) had set a new record of a transparent and corruptionfree province. He further said that the previous government of Punjab was the most repressive and corruption governments the province had ever seen. He said based on the corruption records of the parties, the people would reject them in the upcoming general elections.
4 sent on physical remand in counterfeit syrup case science, technology and higher education were highly disappointing. He said that the budget of science and technology has been reduced from six billion dollars to one billion dollars. He said that even though they had established a National Commission of Science, the institute was shut down by the government. He added said that Pakistan, a country
with a population of about 180 million, had about 100 million people below the age of 19 (about 55 percent). This demographic advantage could be used for socio-economic development if the country focused its policies on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship that create job opportunities for the youth, he said.
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Four persons accused for the poisonous medicine incident that took the lives of 21 people were handed over to policy custody on a four-day remand on Saturday. The accused were remanded for a period of four days to be investigated for the incidents that caused sealing of several drug stores and putting many lives at risk. According to a report released by the health authorities, the medicine itself did not contain any poisonous substances. Instead, it was its overdose that caused the deaths. The report indicated that the deceased persons died as a result of drug addiction.
Addressing a meeting of Punjab Assembly members, he reminded the people present that Rs 70 billion were unaccounted for in the Punjab Bank scandal of the previous government and said that Lahore-Kusur road project was also an example of their corruption disasters. He said that ever since PML-N league come to power in the Punjab, it had devoted itself to development works across the province. He said that these development projects had also earned the praise of the international community. Speaking on the Metro Bus project, he said that this project was also another example of the lengths the current Punjab government had gone to facilitate the people. He said other political parties were only criticizing this project because they had lost the opportunity for corruption and plunder.
university VCs express apprehension over developments at hEC LAHORE: Vice chancellors of all public sector universities in Punjab on Saturday expressed their concern over the recent developments with regard to HEC in meeting held to review the overall issues in academics, governance and research at universities, they expressed their apprehension that the autonomy and sanctity of HEC was being undermined. They said that this setback would hinder the progress of universities in Pakistan. They noted that the universities had shown tremendous progress in the last decade and appreciated the role of HEC in generating momentum for and supporting a culture of research and development in the universities, both at the national and international levels. StAff RepORt
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United Arab Emirates A unique model in cohesion & unprecedented achievements N December 2, the United Arab Emirates, celebrates its 41st National Day with great zeal and fervor, while advancing steadfastly and confidently on its path for more prosperity, unprecedented development and achievements in all spheres of life. The construction phase in the development story of the UAE, began with the wisdom, patience, loyalty and generosity of the founding father, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last year on the occasion of country’s 40th National Day paid rich tributes to the founding fathers and stressed that the achievements the UAE has made had catapulted the country into the ranks of advanced nations, thanks to the sincere and tireless efforts spearheaded by the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his fellow founding fathers, who toiled in silence to initiate a march whose aims fit with our genuine national values and principles. Shaikh Khalifa said “This Union that is with us today in terms of political achievement and socio-economic reality was neither a gift or a grant nor an easy achievement. Rather, it was the fruit of a good tree planted by our fathers who dreamed of the idea with hope, took care of it with their dedication to raise the flag of the Union as high as they could and strengthened its pillars. They are really the spirit of the Union; from their life and history, generations will draw lessons and will continue to carry the responsibility under the eyes of a glorious nation that takes pride in its past, its giving present and promising future”. The federal march then continued with the leadership of His Highness Shaikh Khalifa, who launched, with his wise vision and inimitable leadership experience, the empowerment stage in all political, economic, social, scientific and cultural fields. On another occasion Shaikh Khalifa, at the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the 15thLegislative Chapter of the Federal National Council on November 6, this year, stressed: “The convening of the new session of the Council coincides with the dedicated efforts of our citizens in the march of achieving the UAE Vision 2021 fortified with determination and design, and inspired by the legacy of our fathers and grandfathers, and relying on a comprehensive program for national action and integrated strategic plan of the Federal Government.”
Noting that the role of the FNC had already developed since the launching of a gradualist programme of political empowerment in 2005, particularly since the holding of a second round of elections for the Council’s members in 2011, the President told the FNC: “Your membership in this Council is a great trust and responsibility. Governance here belongs to those who have bestowed their trust on you”. “So be solicitous to maintain your eligibility to have received this trust and be committed to the interests of the country and the citizens.” Members must work, he said, to protect the bonds that link all segments of UAE society, “In our quest to entrench the culture of consultation and participation in decision-making, as well as to emphasize the importance of individual opinions in formulating the opinion of the society.” UNIQUE MODEL FOR NATIONAL COHESION: The 40th National Day celebrations last year, embodied the slogan (Spirit of the Union) and established values of loyalty and mutual love between the leadership and the people. Meanwhile, the 41st National day adds deeper dimension and proves that the outstanding Federal march is no longer a pioneering experiment only in unity, but has become a unique model in the national cohesion and positive interaction binding UAE’s leadership and its citizens and unite them in order to build a bright future. While attending the meeting of the Federal Supreme Council of the Rulers of Emirates on December 2nd, 2011, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa, and Their Highnesses, Members of Supreme Council, Rulers of Emirates, reiterated that the achievements scored by the UAE over the last 40 years were fruits of the strenuous and sincere work by Emiratis. “The contribution of UAE people to building their country will always be highly appreciated”. EMBODYING THE SPIRIT OF THE UNION: On the occasion of the 40th national day celebrations, Shaikh Khalifa, on November 30, 2011, issued a number of decrees within the framework of his keenness to achieve welfare of the citizens and help them get their ambitions in a stable and comfortable life. He issued a decree to increase salaries of all federal government employees with effect from January 2012. In the framework of his concern and interest to provide a better life to his citizens, Shaikh Khalifa ordered the establishment of a fund with a
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The building of the UAE was to maintain independence and safeguard its sovereignty
n the declaration of the federation between the six emirates, the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah expressed their desire and their people’s desire to
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establish a federation. The constitution states: “We, the Rulers of the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah, whereas it is our desire and the desire of the people of our Emirates to establish a Union between these Emirates, to promote a better life, more enduring stability and a higher international status for the Emirates and their people.” Ras Al Khaimah joined the Union on February 10, 1972. The main aim of the federation was to maintain the UAE’s independence and to safeguard its sovereignty. Shaikh Zayed, first president of the United Arab Emirates, along with
capital of AED 10 billion to examine and address the loans of citizens with limited income and settling their personal loans in coordination with the Central Bank and creditor banks in the state. He also ordered an increase of 20 percent of the allocation of social benefits to some cases that receive subsidies from the Ministry of Social Affairs. EXECUTIVE BUSINESS STRATEGIES: The United Arab Emirates adopted a new approach in the executive performance based on specific business strategies with clear goals and objectives in the framework of its commitment to keep up with the challenges and requirements of the new millennium. In this context, President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan launched new strategies to enhance political empowerment plans and programs, particularly the future strategy with setting its goals in the mobilization of resources and energies, its approach of cooperation and coordination between all that is federal and local, as well as updating the decision-making mechanisms and raising the efficiency of government entities and their effectiveness. His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched on February 28, 2010, the second round of federal government strategy (2011-2013). UAE TOPPED ARAB COUNTRIES IN UN’S WORLD HAPPINESS AND SATISFACTION SURVEY: The United Arab Emirates has topped the list of Arab countries and ranked 17 worldwide in the UN’s first ever world happiness and satisfaction survey, announced in April 2012. On this occasion, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed that UAE’s founding fathers had their eyes set on providing means for prosperity and happiness to all citizens. He added that the founding fathers’ approach had become a vision for the government and an action plan that impacted its policies and decision. He elaborated :”The development plans we approved, the initiatives we launched and the policies and laws enforced, have all but one goal; to bring about happiness to the citizens, their families and their children. What we have achieved so far is just an initial milestone that will follow by harder work and more accomplishments so we can become the world’s best”. DEEPENING THE CULTURE OF DEMOCRATIC PARTICIPATION: his brothers, the rulers of the other emirates, had succeeded in building a strong modern state with one of the highest GDPs per capita in the Arab world and a state-of-the-art infrastructure. As a ruler of the country, Shaikh Zayed maintained the traditional role of a father figure to his Emiratis and expatriates. Being a modern statesman with values and traits of a conventional tribal leader who was a very approachable and downto-earth president, Shaikh Zayed was discussing with his people their concerns and complex state policies. Shaikh Zayed encouraged positive and effective involvement from youngsters in the building process of the nation to help it thrive. During that time, Abu Dhabi’s capabilities were quite limited. From 1971 until he passed away on november 2,
The Federal National Council (FNC), which represents the legislative authority in the country, witnessed qualitative leaps since its inception in February 12, 1972, particularly with holding of a second election in September 24, 2011, where 20 members representing half the members of the Council including a woman, were elected. His Highness Shaikh Khalifa at the opening of the first Ordinary Session of the 15th Legislative Chapter of the Federal National Council on November 15, 2011, said: “Your convening today is a successful culmination for the second phase in our course to deepen the culture of participation and develop its practices which we have taken with full national will and we are determined to move forward to achieve the aspirations of our people in a homeland to share and be proud to live in and belonging to it because empowerment is the spirit of the Union. Shaikh Khalifa, highlighted the intention to move steadily towards achieving the purposes of the political experience, sustainable development and to expand political participation. FOREIGN POLICY: The underlying principles of the UAE’s foreign policy were established by the founding President of the Federation, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, focussing on balance and moderation. The solid strategic foundations of this policy are represented by a commitment to the Charter of the United Nations, respect for International Law and charters, and the establishment of relations with all countries based on mutual respect, noninterference in the internal affairs of other states and the pursuit, wherever possible, of peaceful resolutions of disputes as well as support for just causes and international security and stability. The UAE’s diplomacy has met with a good response from other countries and has produced strategic political, economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, educational and healthy partnerships with many countries in different continents of the world. This has enhanced the nation’s outstanding international status. In recent years, the UAE’s foreign policy has displayed farsightedness, with active steps being taken, both regionally and internationally, to build an extensive network of common interests with the rest of the world and to serve national development, the exchange of expertise and technology transfer 2004, Shaikh Zayed was the president of the UAE and he was given the titles “nation builder, UAE founder and Father Zayed”. Shaikh Zayed, in cooperation with the other rulers, implemented major reforms including modern education, health care, public housing, and general urban development to improve the living conditions and standards. One of Shaikh Zayed’s initiatives was to provide education for all UAE citizens which led to building schools and learning centres all over the country and teachers recruited from other Arab countries to educate the young generation. Within a few years, the country was able to meet all the necessary educational requirements for a modern nation-state. In a message delivered to the Emirati youth nearly 20 years ago, which is still
and other mechanisms which serve national interests and the economy. UAE AS A SAFE HAVEN FOR EXPATRIATES: The UAE hosts millions of expatriates from around two hundred nationalities from six continents. They and their families enjoy good living standards, security and stability as well as full rights governed by strict laws which regulate labour relations. They also enjoy freedom to worship and to perform their religious rituals freely and safely. The effective laws guarantee their right to transfer savings to their families in their home countries. Foreigners working in the UAE are estimated to have remitted AED 41.2 billion to their home countries in 2011, compared with AED 38.8 in 2010. In comments made on 29 October 2012, Minister of Labour Saqr Ghobash said: “ In the UAE, human rights in general, and workers’ rights in particular, are closely monitored by the leadership to preserve human rights and dignity in conformity with the UAE values and national legislation applied to citizens and residents without discrimination. Hence, the UAE has become a magnet for different nationalities.” THE UAE’S THREE ISLANDS: Based on its approach, which is founded on the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes, as well as on its interest in keeping tensions away from the region, strengthening confidence-building measures, resorting to the international legitimacy, the UAE continues its efforts to regain sovereignty over the three islands of Abu Musa, and Greater and Lesser Tunb, which were occupied by Iran on the eve of the establishment of the UAE Federation on 2 December 1971. On 22 September 2012, the UAE’s Foreign Minister H.H Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, in a statement before the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, expressed his regret at the continued Iranian occupation of the islands. FOREIGN AID: The UAE is at the forefront of international humanitarian work and development aid. This role is wellrecognised by the United Nations which has chosen the country as a major hub for its humanitarian worldwide efforts and operations. On 28 September 2012, H. H. Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in New York. g relevant today, Shaikh Zayed said: “What we have achieved, my dear young people of the Emirates, will not survive, unless you yourselves engage in further work and efforts, and sacrifices. “You should work hard to protect our national achievements, to foster and support the continued march of our Federation, and to make more achievements that contribute to the dignity and prestige of our country and to the welfare of our people. This cannot be achieved without positive and effective participation from all of you.” Celebrations on the 41st national Day within the UAE and abroad will start from november 25 up to December 3 2012, including a number of impressive and exciting events in various parts of the country. g
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PTCL EVO WiNGLE: ExPEriENCE ThE POWEr OF iNSTANT ShAriNG N the past decade the world has become a global village and instant sharing of information is gaining more and more importance. Keeping in mind the changing global trends PTCL has taken the mantle of the catalyst for change in transforming the communication experience of people of Pakistan The latest introduction by PTCL is 3G EVO Wingle “Pakistan’s first 3G USB modem with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot” 3G EVO Wingle is all out & about! The most talked about futuristic Wi-Fi tool that lets users effortlessly connect multiple Wi-Fi gadgets simultaneously at Hyper Speeds of up to 9.3 Mbps* in over 200 cities, and auto switch over to Evo 3.1 Mbps speeds in over 250 cities. It lets the users connect ’n’ share effortlessly through any external USB power adapter be it a laptop/ desktop, USB power socket, car charger or a car cigarette lighter.
FirST iMPrESSiON EVO Wingle is a great looking sleek device, roughly the size of a normal USB with exceptional built quality. The small and light-weight device comes in an elegant pearl-white colored exterior. The rounded edges at the top and bottom enhance the look further. The LED indicator panel lights up nicely with bright green and blue LED on connectivity.
uSEr ExPEriENCE ONE of the best features of EVO Wingle is the Hi-Link technology. The device does not need any driver to work. The device automatically establishes internet connectivity within 15 seconds simply by plugging the device in the USB port of any power source. This is an excellent feature as it eliminates the need to install drivers which is a somewhat cumbersome process.
3G & Wi-Fi EVO Wingle supports two-way wireless connectivity, supporting both 3G
and Wi-Fi. The device automatically establishes 3G internet connectivity via EV-DO Rev.B, simply by plugging the device in a USB power source, such as a USB port or external USB power adapter. If the device is inserted in a computer, it allows 5+1 users to connect - one user via the USB connection and 4 users via WiFi. The device supports the latest 802.11n protocol which supports maximum net data rate of 600 Mbits/s. The Wi-Fi working range is also exceptional, giving connectivity to 5 users over a distance of 15 to 20 meters. The range extends to beyond 80 meters when plugged into AC power.
BrOWSiNG & CONNECTiViTy EVO Wingle connects to the Internet using PTCL’s 3G EVO Nitro network that allows for download speeds up to 9.3 Mbps. Even heavy web pages load quickly, and I found the response time to load pages very fast. For websites such as Youtube, Metacafe, BBC News, CNN, Facebook etc which boast heavy video and graphics content, the browsing experience was without a doubt, wonderful! Further, upon using the 3G WI-Fi connectivity for torrents, the average download speeds experience were around 4.0 Mbps.
ViDEO STrEAMiNG THE video streaming experience as tested with 3 devices connected via the Wi-Fi was found to be excellent. Although the experience is totally dependent on the desired display resolution used for streaming if using YouTube or Metacafe, however video streaming using a Wi-Fi network was excellent. All videos streamed perfectly.
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MDM6600 USB Stick EVDO 800/1900MHZ CDMA2000 1X EV-DO REV B: DL 9.3Mbps/ UL 5.4Mbps WLAN: 802.11b/g/n interface USB 2.0 high speed Dimensions 90.6mm×28.6mm×12.6mm Weight < 50g receive Diversity Supported MicroSD card slot Supported up to 32GB External Antenna interface Supported OS Windows XP/SP3、Windows Vista SP1/SP2、Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.5、Mac OS X 10.6、Mac OS X 10.7 with latest upgrades
DAShBOArD & Wi-Fi SECuriTy EVO Wingle comes with a very cleanlooking dashboard, which automatically opens-up in the web-browser once the device is connected to the computer via USB port. The dashboard shows the 3G signal strength, the connection status; data download, upload statistics and connected Wi-Fi clients. Further the dashboard offers quick settings for setting-up your Wingle device. It allows to swiftly and easily setup the device SSID and security key password. Wingle offers various types of Wi-Fi security settings including, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK,
WPA/WPA2-PSK with AES, TKIP and AES/TKIP encryption methods. The dashboard also allows advance user settings such as WLAN MAC filtering, DHCP, Firewall switch, LAN IP Filter, Virtual Server, DMZ, SIP ALG Settings, UPnP and NAT settings.
PErFOrMANCE THE download and throughput speed of EVO Wingle is excellent. The device performance over Wi-Fi was also found to be excellent and uncompromised. There were no data drops or any speed disruptions even with Wi-Fi. 5 devices connected simultaneously. The Wi-Fi security was found easy to set-up and functioning per specification.
PrO & CONS PrOS: hi-Link Technology n Wi-Fi, 3G n Compact Size n rev.B9.3 Mpbs n Excellent Build Quality n CONS: No Built-in battery n
uSEr COMMENTS EVO Wingle features some very innovative and slick features such as the Hi-Link technology and the built-in Wi-Fi, which are state-of-the-art. I have found it to be a very practical and useful device. This is the technology for the future, and definitely a step in the right direction.
VErDiCT EVO Wingle is a sleek and innovative device, which performs its intended purpose in a perfect manner. The good: Built-in Wi-Fi and Hi-Link Technology is perhaps one of the best features, which eliminates the need to install drivers and provides seamless Wi-Fi internet connectivity to any Wi-Fi enabled device. The bad: Since the device does not come with an external power adapter or battery, the device will need external power source to function. The bottom line: EVO Wingle is an excellent device, which packs a built-in Wi-Fi router in the most compact casing and sleek design. g
united Arab Emirates: A profile HE United Arab Emirates (the UAE) is a federation of seven tiny independent states Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, al-Fujaira, Ras alKhaymah, al-Shariqah (Sharjah), and Umm al-Quwayn. The United Arab Emirates (the UAE) is a federation of seven tiny independent states - Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, al-Fujaira, Ras al-Khaymah, al-Shariqah (Sharjah), and Umm al-Quwayn. The UAE is a Muslim country which lies at the southeastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula bordering the Arabian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. It has a land size of 82,880 sq km. Once known as the Trucial States in the 19th century, the UAE is now considered a Middle East hub for business, media and a major tourist destination. In particular, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the two most prosperous states, are a model for rapid economic development and hugely popular with foreign investors from around the world because of their expanding leisure facilities and relaxed laws. The city of Abu Dhabi, located in the emirate of the same name, is the federal capital and the largest city in the country. Historical background The UAE was formed from a group of tribally organised shaikhdoms along the southern coast of the Gulf. The area was dominated by shaikhdoms who were embroiled in dynastic disputes for many centuries. The disputes were mainly over the domination of the harbours that used to generate huge profits. Throughout its history, the area now known as the UAE was abuzz with transit ports where ships coming from the Indian subcontinent resupplied before continuing their way to the crucial port of Basra in Iraq. Commercial ships also used to unload their commodities in order to transport them inland to areas in Arabia. As a centre of commercial sea traffic, attacks and counter-attacks by sea became commonplace and the area became known as the Pirate Coast as raiders based there harassed foreign shipping. From the 17th to the 19th century, British and other European naval ships patrolled the coast to protect merchant ships. With better and more sophisticated weaponry, the Trucial States conceded control over their defence and foreign affairs to the British, who were already in control of neighbouring Oman and Qatar. Before the discovery of oil in the 1950s, the UAE was largely undeveloped. Oil brought rapid growth and modernisation, and the country gained independence in 1971. However, independence did not spare the UAE from regional disputes. Aside from internal rivalries, there were border disputes with Saudi Arabia and Oman. Iran seized the islands of Abu Musa, Tunb al-Kubra (Greater Tunb), and Tunb al-Sughra (Lesser Tunb) in the Gulf, all of which had been claimed by the UAE. RAPID MODERNISATION: Regional threats of war and revolution did not harm the country's quest for development under the leadership of Shaikh Zayid bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who used oil revenues to establish and strengthen the business and tourism sectors as well as promote the UAE's regional security. Rapid modernisation, enormous strides in education, and the influx of a large foreign population have changed the face of society but have not altered its traditional political system. There are no political parties. There has been some slow movement toward democratisation, however, with limited elections for a new assembly, but the rulers hold power on the basis of their dynastic position and their legitimacy in a system of tribal consensus. g
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Israel approves new homes in West Bank tEL AvIv
HE Israeli government has approved the construction of 3,000 new homes in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, less than 24 hours after the UN voted for Palestine to be upgraded to a non-member observer state, according to Israeli media reports. The homes will be built both in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, but the government did not stipulate in which settlements. According to a report in Haaretz, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu also plans to “promote planning and construction” in the so-called E-1 area between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim, a major settlement with nearly 40,000 inhabitants. Hagit Ofran, who runs the Settlement Watch project at Peace Now, said the an-
nouncement would not mean immediate construction in the E-1 area. “There is no plan ready for implementation,” she said. “In order to build, they must approve plans.” The Obama administration has tried to discourage construction in E-1, which would cut off East Jerusalem from surrounding Arab towns and further carve up the West Bank, already riven by Israeli settlements and military checkpoints. The White House issued a brief statement on the announcement, which used largely the same language that the US has used for years in condemning Israeli settlement expansion. “We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements,” said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman. “We believe these actions are counterproductive and make it harder to resume direct negotiations or achieve a two-state solution.”
us denounces Israeli settlement plans TEL AVIV: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticised Israel’s decision to build 3,000 settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. “In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration - like previous administrations - has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Clinton said on Friday. Clinton was speaking at a forum in Washington hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. Avigdor Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, and Ehud Barak, defence minister, were in the audience when she made her remarks. In a wide-ranging speech also tackling the conflict in Syria and Iran’s suspect nuclear programme, Clinton highlighted the troubled Middle East peace process, calling on Israelis and Palestinians to get back to negotiations. The decision was made by Israel’s “security cabinet,” a forum of nine senior ministers led by Netanyahu. Israel’s government had threatened to approve further construction in the
“The most lasting solution to the stalemate in Gaza would be a comprehensive peace between Israel and all Palestinians, led by their legitimate representative, the Palestinian Authority,” Clinton said. Israel revealed the settlement plans in response to a historic vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday to recognise Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member observer state - one which the United States opposed. “This week’s vote should give all of us pause. All sides need to consider carefully the path ahead,” Clinton said. “We all need to work together to find a path forward in negotiations that can deliver on the goal of a two-state solution. That remains our goal. “If and when the parties are ready to enter into direct negotiations to solve the conflict, President [Barack] Obama will be a full partner to them.” AGenCieS
settlements as a possible response to Palestine’s bid for recognition. The prime minister’s office would not comment on whether the announcement was punishment for the UN vote.
Palestinian officials have anyway described it as a meaningless threat: Even before the bid, Netanyahu’s government has been approved thousands of new settler homes each year.
Twitter enables internetless posts in Syria DAMASCUS: Google and Twitter have reactivated a voice feature for Syrians to send out tweets during internet blackouts. Friday’s announcement of the reinstating of the voice-tweet programme marks the first use of the technology since authorities in Egypt shut down the internet for several days in 2011. “Those who might be lucky enough to have a voice connection can still use Speak2Tweet by simply leaving a voicemail,” David Torres, a New York-based Google developer said. Torres acknowledged that many Syrians may not be able to use the service because telecom networks have also been affected by recent communication blackouts. Correspondents for the AFP news service noted that Internet and telephone communications, including mobile phones, were cut in the capital since Thursday. The service allows people with a telephone connection to compose and send a 140-character tweet by speaking on their phones. Those able to dial out can leave messages on several phone numbers: +90 212 339 1447 or +30 21 1 198 2716 or +39 06 62207294 or +1 650 419 4196 , “and the service will tweet the message,” Torres said. “No Internet connection is required, and people can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.” Activists accused the government of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, of preparing a “massacre” when the telephone lines and Internet first went down on Thursday. Authorities explained the cut was due to “maintenance” work. Washington branded it as a desperate move on part of Damascus. AGenCieS
Boycott-hit voting under way in Kuwait KUWAIT: Voting is under way in Kuwait to pick a new parliament for the second time in 10 months amid sharp divisions between the ruling family-led government and an opposition boycotting the polls over a change to the electoral law. Polling opened at 8:00 am (0500 GMT) on Saturday and closes 12 hours later, with the first results expected after midnight (2100 GMT) as ballot papers in Kuwait are still counted manually. Opposition groups, ranging from hardline Islamists to Western-leaning liberals, have bitterly denounced a decree in October by Kuwait’s emir to change the balloting system. They claim it will make it easier for officials to influence the outcome. Opposition supporters, numbering in the tens of thousands, took to the streets of Kuwait City on Friday in a peaceful demonstration calling on voters to stay home during the election day. Friday’s protests were among several staged against the government for unilaterally amending the electoral law. In previous elections, voters were able to pick up to a maximum of four candidates; that number was reduced by the amendment to just one. Each of Kuwait’s five constituencies elects 10 legislators. Analysts see little hope the election, the fifth since mid2006, will bring political stability to the Gulf state which has seen sharp divisions between the ruling family-led government and the opposition. AGenCieS
MexiCO: A boy with a Mexican flag, stained with paint, lies down in a chalk outline representing the body of a crime victim during a protest. AgenCieS
rebels In dr Congo begIn wIthdrawal from goma gOMA AGenCieS
Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have begun to withdraw from the key city of Goma under a regionally brokered agreement. The M23 rebels were seen boarding trucks and heading out of the city, 11 days after seizing it from government troops backed by UN peacekeepers. The deal calls for the rebels to withdraw towards the town of Kibumba. The M23 rebels deserted from the army in April, with some 500,000 people fleeing their homes in ensuing unrest. The UK has suspended aid to Rwanda, amid concerns about the country’s role in the conflict. Both Rwanda and neighbouring Uganda strongly deny UN accusations that they are backing the M23. Reports on Saturday spoke of a number of flat-bed trucks carrying several hundred rebels out of Goma. Some 1,500 M23 fighters were reported to have occupied the city. M23 deputy spokesman Amani Kabasha told
Reuters: “The M23 is leaving Goma.” According to the withdrawal accord, mediated by Uganda, the rebels are to pull back to a 20km (13 mile) buffer zone around Goma. The accord had stipulated that the M23 would leave behind 100 soldiers to guard the airport in conjunction with a UN contingent and a government unit. However, Sy Koumbo, a spokesman for the UN in Congo, told Associated Press that the rebels had tried but failed to force their way into the airport to seize weapons on Friday. The rebels said recovering the materiel was part of the withdrawal process. More than 270 Congolese policemen have arrived in Goma’s port as part of the transition. The UN has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the region because of the recent fighting. Goma is the key city in an eastern border area that has seen years of conflict sparked by ethnic and political differences, and grievances over mineral resources. Some five million people died during the 1997-2003 DR Congo conflict, which drew in several regional countries, including both Rwanda and Uganda.
Congo plane crash kills at least three in brazzaville BRAZZAVILLE: A cargo plane has crashed in the Republic of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, killing at least three. However, there are some unconfirmed reports more than 30 may have died. The Russian-made Ilyushin 76 plane, coming from Pointe-Noire, was trying to land. The crew are all thought to have died, but the plane may have hit houses, killing more on the ground. Like many African countries, the Republic of Congo has a poor aviation safety record The crash is reported to have happened during bad weather, hampering rescue efforts. The plane was carrying cargo, but may also have been carrying people other than the crew. AGenCieS
Tunisia’s president calls for new cabinet tuNIS
Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has asked the nation’s Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali to appoint a new cabinet as protests over economic hardship continues to sweep the streets of the north African state. In a televised national address on Friday, President Moncef Marzouki said that the country’s coalition government had not “met the expectations of the people” and asked that a new one, smaller and
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specialised to deal with the unrest, be formed. The current government has about 80 members. The Tunisian president’s ability to bring change is minimal. The prime minister is the determining force in the power structure. Marzouki, from the centre-left Congress for the Republic, has clashed with Ennahdha’s Jebali, in the past. He said new elections should be held “as soon as possible,” before next summer. Calling the violence “unacceptable,” Marzouki said there should be a commission of en-
quiry. “The government must be changed to have a competent technocrat cabinet and not one based on political factions,” Marzouki said. “If the clashes continue and the government’s response is not adequate, there will be chaos and a dead-end,” he added. “Tunisia today has an opportunity that it must not miss to be a model because the world is watching us and we mustn’t disappoint,” Marzouki said. There was no immediate comment from the prime minister’s office. Friday also saw the fourth day of
protests, leaving more than 300 people injured including at least 17 blinded by birdshot, according to medical sources. Angry protesters vented their frustration at security forces, calling for their government to fulfill the promises of the country’s revolution. Forces responded by firing tear gas canisters to disperse crowds. Several Tunisian radio stations said the army had moved into Siliana. An official close to Ennahdha, the centre-right Islamist party of the prime minister, said the army will replace police in Siliani. The
official was not authorised to speak publicly and asked not to be named. No official announcement was made, but eye witnesses corroborated the information, saying that several army trucks and other vehicles moved in. The president expressed concern that the unrest in Siliana could spread to other regions in Tunisia’s long marginalised interior, where the lack of development and high unemployment helped trigger begin what became a nationwide uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Al, the former autocrat, in January 2011.
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PML-N to form new ‘administrative provinces’ if elected: Nawaz LAHORE
AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz will create new provinces on administrative grounds if it comes into power in the upcoming general elections, the party’s manifesto committee decide Saturday. The meeting of the committee was presided by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif. The top leadership of the party was in attendance, as well as economic, legal, social and cultural experts who presented their suggestions. Nawaz said that PML-N had ended the 60-year-old system of extortion in the name of revenue collection in its previous tenure in government. Moreover, he said that the resources to provide education and health to citizens could only be obtained after the economy is put on a fast track to success. The PML-N chief said that all possible avenues of energy generation would be used fully and that it was imperative to provide a safe environment for investment. He added that the new PML-N manifesto would not be based on slogans but on practical realities. He concluded the session by saying that after final consultations, the PML-N would present their final manifesto to public on Dec 30 at their Foundational Day.
ISLAMABAD: Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Babur Hizlan said on Saturday that the issue of Karkey Power Plant should be settled as soon as possible because prolonging the matter would have a negative impact on the Turkish investors in Pakistan. Expressing his concern for resolving the matter, the ambassador said that the ship is the largest investment of Turkey in Pakistan and carries state-of-the-art devices which are likely to be damaged with the passage of time. Addressing the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Saturday, the Turkish Ambassador said that the love between Pakistani and the Turkish people is exemplary and it is high time to transform these brotherly relations into bilateral economic and commercial ties. He underscored the importance of strengthening rail and air connectivity in order to further boost cooperation between the two countries. President ICCI Zafar Bakhtawari said that during the floods and the earthquakes, the Turkish government and its people have stood hand in hand with their Pakistani brothers. ICCI President said that the annual bilateral trade of $1.8 billion between Turkey and Pakistan should be increased up to $3 billion for the economic prosperity of the two countries. “Turkey, being the gateway to Europe, and Pakistan, being a gateway to Central and South Asia, are very important countries for their respective regions,” he said. He said that the dream having of railway track between Pakistan and Turkey via Iran should also be materialized as it would create a strong bond between the people of both the countries. Online
PMA doctors continue strike in Balochistan QUETTA: Doctors from the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter continued their strike for the 45th consecutive day on Saturday at government and private hospitals of despite recovery of Dr Saeed. Some doctors however, have resumed their duties. The patients who came from far-flung areas faced severe problems owing to the sustained strike; however, some doctors who parted ways with PMA were performing their duties in the emergency wards of hospitals. The payment of ransom money for the release of Dr Saeed, an ophthalmologist, is the justification by Balochistan PMA for continuing their strike. The Balochistan PMA President Dr Sultan Tareen said the doctors would continue the strike until the government pays up the money given as ransom to the abductors, insisting that the government played no role in getting the abducted doctor released. inp
uS appears to be receptive to Pakistan’s call for economic thrust in ties WASHINgtON SpeCiAl CORReSpOnDent
The US-Pakistan relationship, severely tested by the Afghan war and border security issues over the last two years, appears to be moving to a wide-ranging cooperative phase as officials this week discussed economic ties with a thrust on trade and investment. Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides co-chaired the US-Pakistan Economic and Finance Working Group, with Washington vowing to focus on Pakistan’s longstanding call for “trade not aid” as the driving force behind ties. Another indication of the Administration’s commitment to ties came as the White House voiced its opposition to a Congressional move to condition US assistance for Pakistan. “These certification requirements – some of which require the Secretary of Defense to certify Pakistani cooperation on issues outside of his purview – are proposed at a particularly sensitive time and would severely constrict DOD’s (Department of Defense’s ) ability to respond to emergent war-time coalition support requirements, putting at risk the success of our campaign
in Afghanistan,” the White House said in a policy statement in reaction to proposals to attach certification requirements to Pakistan assistance in the year. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already waived certification requirements for aid to Pakistan. The Administration’s firm stand on the need for continued US assistance for Pakistan comes as relations between the two sides crawl back from a “strategic pause” of around 18 months, during which the Abbottabad raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout and killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers damaged the ties seriously. Focused on meeting the 2014 military drawdown from Afghanistan in accordance with the NATO-set deadline, the Obama Administration is banking on Pakistan’s critical supply routes and its cooperation for success of the Afghan reconciliation process. Islamabad, on the other hand, seeks greater trade access to the US market and financial support for its mega projects like Diamer Basha dam, as indicated by Dr. Shaikh in a think tank appearance on Friday. At the outset of the Economic Dialogue at the State Department Dr. Shaikh and Nides both sounded confident to take forward the economic cooperation forward. Deputy Secretary Nides said the US-
Pakistan cooperation is not only about helping each other in national security, but also in economic growth. “We are going to continue with the idea of trade not aid that we have been working on for the last two years —- our theme for these talks is about the economic growth of the people of Pakistan,” Nides said, standing along side the finance minister. The Pakistani finance leader appreciated the longstanding bilateral trade and investment links, saying economic ties are vital to to the relationship. He said Deputy Secretary of State Nides played a major part in re-energizing the partnership. “We are looking forward to deepening our economic relationship —- the areas we want to focus are trade and investment, better utilization of external assistance —- we are trying to bring our businesses together to put this relationship on really strong foundations,” the finance minister noted. Islamabad and Washington began to repair the bilateral relations in July after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed apology over killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers on Salala border posts and Islamabad reopened its blocked supply routes that transport NATO supplies into landlocked Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman acknowledged after the meeting that Pakistan and US are moving to a broad spectrum of discussions at multiple levels. She said enhancing trade, investment opportunities is very important to the relationship. In Islamabad this week, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said this week in Islamabad that the US-Pakistan relationship had been fully restored. In a post-meeting statement, the State Department said both sides committed to broadening private sector ties between their two countries. Deputy Secretary Nides highlighted the US government’s many initiatives in this area – including a Pakistan investment conference in London hosted by the Office of the US Trade Representative in October, the launch of the Pakistan Private Investment Initiative, and a series of conferences and virtual meetings devoted to training and mentoring Pakistan’s entrepreneurs. In other meetings with Dr. Shaikh and his high-level delegation, senior State Department officials and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah also highlighted the positive results of ongoing civilian assistance programs in Pakistan, including significant contributions in sectors criti-
cal to economic growth – such as the addition of more than 400 MW of capacity to Pakistan’s power grid and the construction of over 650 km of roads to date. “Both sides agreed that Pakistan’s prosperity is predicated on energy sector reform; the United States welcomed Pakistan’s commitment to undertake the reforms needed to attract greater investment,” a statement said. The United States commended Pakistan’s recent efforts to expand economic cooperation with its neighbors. Both sides discussed ways to improve trade and transit with Afghanistan and the Central Asian republics, citing the importance of enhanced trade for the region’s stability and prosperity. The United States welcomed the Government of Pakistan’s plans to extend most-favored-nation status to India by the end of the year. Finance Minister Shaikh led a delegation of top economic managers including Minister of State Saleem Mandviwalla, Finance Secretary Wajid Rana, Governor State Bank Yasin Anwar and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Ali Arshad Hakim. The US delegation included senior representatives from the Department of State, USAID, the Office of the US Trade Representative, and the National Security Staff.
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Playing with powder keg Courts and political controversies
ssues that can best be settled through political dialogue are landing up in SC, thanks rigid stands taken by the political parties. Lack of flexibility on the part of the ruling coalition on the one hand and the nationalist parties on the other has already caused enough turmoil in Sindh. The SC has been approached to adjudicate on the issue of the controversial Sindh People’s Local Government law recently passed by the Sindh Assembly. With the province polarised as never before, whatever verdict the court might deliver, it is going to be criticised by large sections of population. The issue of hundreds of thousands of voters who have not been registered in Karachi despite their being residents of the city for over a decade should also have been resolved through talks between the parties concerned. Rigidity on the part of the MQM standing in the way, a petition on behalf of the aggrieved and duly endorsed by the leaders of PPP, PML-N, PTI and several other parties has been filed in the SC. That reports of the Black Day flashed by all major Sindhi papers on their front pages failed to find a place in many Karachi newspapers again underlines the gravity of the prevailing urban rural divide. While the Black Day was initially being observed against the new Local Bodies law, LHC verdict on KB dam was also included in the list of grievances by Sindh Bachayo Committee. The verdict has been strongly condemned by the nationalist parties and by the Sindhi media. Sindh information minister has, meanwhile, announced that the issue would be taken up in the Sindh Assembly session on December 6. The Supreme Court has directed the ECP to look into the possibility of undertaking the delimitation of Karachi’s constituencies. Any move in the direction amounts to entering a minefield. Many would agree with the idea of doing way with the gerrymandering of the city’s constituencies. Constituencies based on ethnic lines, it is argued, can only play a divisive role. While reportedly 13 political parties told the Secretary ECP that they supported the idea of delimitation, the MQM however adamantly opposed it. The courts move by apolitical standards. They are supposed to decide issues on the basis of merit determined by the facts presented before them. In the world of politics, however, facts often take the back seat while perceptions acquire a more relevant substantiality. Courts are of little help when large communities motivated by group interests take decisions they perceive to be crucial. What is required in situations of the type are not verdicts by courts but mediation by political parties which alone can arbitrate through persuasion and bargaining.
By Humayun gauhar
f you are wondering why I’m writing article after article about life after death, fret not. Neither am I so old or terminally ill to worry about such matters. It’s just that I’ve been so intellectually engrossed in the subject for decades that I cannot let go until I have either learned more or run out of steam – or find out for myself when the time comes, an inevitable event about which I am philosophical. As the lady sang: “Whatever will be will be.” So bear with me, for it might enrich your worldview. I’m in wonderment and want to explore. And I’m certainly not being apologetic about my personal quest that I’m sharing with you. I’ll tell you why I’m sharing it with you, for I’m sure all this will sound bizarre to some. I started writing much before I started publishing, sometimes in the ’70s. One day my late father Altaf Gauhar, God bless him, read one of my pieces and asked, “Why don’t you publish this? It’s not bad.” ‘Not bad’ from him was high praise indeed. Chuffed, I replied glibly: “I write just for myself, to analyse and clear my mind.” My old man lost it. “Just who do you think you are, young man? Knowledge is not anyone’s preserve. It is our God-ordained duty to share it. You will learn and understand more from the feedback you get.” And so it came to pass: Humayun Gauhar started publishing. I believe that the term ‘Near Death Experience’ is somewhat misleading. It should be ‘Clinical Death Experience’. Near death could be a near accident, like a near miss between two aircraft of which passengers are usually unaware or a near plane crash of which passengers are aware. Having said that, I have read of people who were in car accidents and their spirits left their bodies just before the crash became obvious. They survived and say that they saw everything from the outside. That is why people who think they have died say that we never had any experience. For example, the heart stopping while the brain is still functioning is not necessarily clinical death, especially if the patient is on a respirator or a ventilator or some kind of life support system. It is precisely because they haven’t clinically died that they have no experience. It is only when the brain stops functioning that people have an out-of-body experience. However, an out-of-body experience can happen to a healthy person too. Consider my good friend Mahfooz Mustafa, popularly
Justification lost Why legalese would, or won’t, make Wot our war
By Saad Rasool
ar is a serious business. So serious that kings, empires and nation states have, for many a century, grappled with the complexities and (more recently) legalities of declaring and conducting war. After a long trail of trial and error – which, in the process has claimed million of lives over the centuries – laws concerning the declaration of war as well as rules of engagement have emerged in the recent modern era. The decision to go to war, and therefore the declaration of it, is so grave in nature that
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most civilised democracies do not leave it to the realm of arbitrariness or individual prerogative. Instead, the power (and procedure) of declaring war in most modern democracies is envisaged in the constitution itself (the supreme law of the land). In Pakistan too, the authority to use military force in countering internal or external threats has been enshrined in the constitution. Specifically, Chapter 2 of Part xII of the Constitution deals with provisions relating to the “Armed Forces”. Starting from Article 243, the Constitution mandates that “the Federal Government shall have control and command of the Armed Forces” and that “the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces shall vest in the President.” As the Supreme Commander, the president has the authority to “raise and maintain” military forces, and “in consultation with the Prime Minister” appoint the chiefs of ground, air and naval forces. This, according to our constitutional framework, is the full extent to which an “army” can be raised and maintained in Pakistan, and Article 256 of the Constitution forbids the formation of any “private organisation capable of functioning as a military organisation”.
known as ‘Tuku’, whose spirit once left his body while he was lying in bed. He was floating just above it. He had not had pot or drink or drug of any kind – not that he has anyway, apart from the occasional tipple. He saw his body and wondered whose it was. When he realised that it was he, he got alarmed. He was at a loss to understand why he was lying prostrate in bed in his undies. Scared, he says he struggled to get back in. He managed; thank God, else life would have been the poorer for many of us. This can happen to anyone: Tuku is not the first to experience an out-of-body episode without something adverse happening to him or under any kind of influence. Mystics of the genuine kind do it regularly. Some say that we all have an astral body, which I believe is our spirit or something connected to it, that regularly leaves our bodies when we are asleep, intercourse with higher guiding spirits that everyone has, and then get back via an invisible umbilical cord as it were, to which it is attached. Next day we remember nothing except for perhaps a dream, for remembering being guided by higher spirits would defeat the purpose. The higher spirits guide our subconscious that guides our conscious minds while we are unaware about it. What Tuku had was neither a near- nor a clinical death experience. He may have been in that twilight zone, neither quite asleep nor quite awake but somewhere in between, and his spirit left his human body a bit too early. Of course, in this state he wouldn’t have experienced anything of the cosmos or the multiverse, but it did put the fear of God in him – I hope. At the end of my last article, ‘Life after life’ I mentioned an American neurosurgeon who had a fantastic after-death experience. His name is Dr Eben Alexander who was a ‘science skeptic’ before his clinical death. Such people take only a ‘materialistic’ view of the world. Now he has ‘turned’. I promised that I would write about his experience in this article that I would call ‘Luminosity’, but that can wait till next week because here I would like to tell you about a scientific explanation of the soul given by two quantum physicists, Dr Stuart Hameroff and Britain’s Sir Roger Penrose. Dr Hameroff is Professor Emeritus at the Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology and Director of the Centre of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. Their theory has appeared in the ‘Daily Mail’ written by Damien Gayle and has also been aired by a television science channel. The two scientists argue that, “the essence of our soul is contained inside structures called microtubules within brain cells…our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules…A neardeath experience happens when quantum substances which form the soul leave the nervous system and enter the universe at large…Consciousness is a programme for a quantum computer in the brain which can persist in the universe even after death…” The theory “holds that the essence of our soul is contained in structures called microtubules within the brain. The two scientists call their theory ‘Orchestrated Objective Reduction or Orch-OR’.”
Under this arrangement, the constitution lays down the broad strokes for how an external war, or internal conflict, can be entered into through the use of our armed forces. Article 245(1) of the constitution declares that the “Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the Federal Government defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so” [emphasis added]. And the “Federal Government”, per Article 90 of the constitution, consists of “the Prime Minister and the Federal Ministers” and acts through its “chief executive”, the prime minister. With the structure of the constitutional framework out of the way, it is necessary to analyse the spirit of these provisions. First, let us start by recognising that the constitution envisages two distinct areas concerning the use of armed forces: 1) “external aggression or threat of war”; and 2) “act in aid of civil power”. In terms of broad generalisation, the first of these two (external aggression) relates primarily to the possibility of military combat with some other nation (as was the case in 1948, 1965 and 1971), whereas the second part of Article 245(1) relates to a military action for internal unrest (as has unfortunately happened in Karachi and Balochistan, from time to time). But in either case, one thing is certain: the federal government (consisting of the prime minister and his cabinet) has to specifically pass “directions” to the armed forces for any possible action.
I am quoting at length from Gayle’s article not only because he has put it so well but also because it reduces my workload. “Thus it is held that our souls are more than the interaction of neurons in the brain. They are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time.” Hinduism and Buddhism also hold that “consciousness is an integral part of the universe”. So do most other religions/faiths, though in different ways. According to Dr Hameroff, “in a near-death experience the microtubules lose their quantum state, but the information within them is not destroyed. Instead it merely leaves the body and returns to the cosmos.” Dr Hameroff said in the Science Channel’s documentary, ‘Through the Wormhole’ that: “Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed; it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large.” Those of you who have read my two ‘Quest’ articles will remember the Sufi conundrum: why the need for separation between man and God since man’s spirit comes from God’s spirit and thus God is within man – “Then I blew My Spirit into him [Adam]” and “I am closer to you than your jugular” – the You and me debate or ‘mun-o-tu’ in Farsi’ between man and God. This is the basis of the mystical ‘Ana al Haq’ view: “I am the Truth” of which Mansur Al Hallaj was the most famous proponent and was martyred by the ruler of Iraq for it. The other was Sarmad. Remember too that I talked of the Sufi concept of ‘fana’ – annihilation and consummation at the same time, the drop falling into the river and dissipating and becoming one with the river while retaining its essential individuality. “Just as a drop of seawater carries within it the ocean,” as Shams of Tabriz said, or Iqbal, that “Each drop of the river has the depth of the river.” The river or ocean symbolises God, obviously, and the drop man. We will talk about all this some other time. “If the patient is resuscitated, revived,” continues Dr Hameroff, “this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says ‘I had a near-death experience’. If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as the soul.” Needless to say, scientists wedded to empiricism, limited and literal minded as they are in the larger scheme of things but which is important for their disciplines, have criticised this theory. They have to retain their credibility and worldview, their faith in the materialistic view of the universe. But Dr Hameroff believes that “research into quantum physics is beginning to validate Orch-OR, with quantum effects recently being shown to support many important biological processes, such as smell, bird navigation and photosynthesis.” The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applying this paradigm to the fluid and undefined “war on terror” in our tribal areas is a tricky exercise. To begin with, the conflict (and the enemy) resides within the geographical boundaries of Pakistan. And this, prima facie, would make the military intervention in this conflict an exercise of the armed forces “acting in aid of civilian power”. And, per Article 245(1) of the constitution, the federal government must provide specific “direction” in this regard, and even after that, the actions of the military forces will have to be “subject to the law”. This key phrase, “subject to the law”, has wide connotations in terms of the applicability of constitutional rights of the militants, the provisions of the Army Act, and also international accords and treaties signed (and ratified) by the state of Pakistan that govern the empire of human rights and conflict resolution. On the other hand, if the war on terror, specifically in the tribal belt, is an offensive against “external elements” jeopardising the stability of Pakistan (as has been claimed by numerous members of the Parliament, and the federal as well as provincial governments), then it is perhaps more appropriate to see this conflict, in terms of the first part of Article 245(1), as military action “against external aggression or threat of war”. In this case, the constitution seems to have purposefully left out the requirement of “subject to law”, making the ambit of armed forces’ activities significantly wider (once ‘directed’ as
such by the federal government). Also, if this is in fact a conflict against external aggression, then, as is customary in all wars, the area of conflict, the enemy forces, and (most importantly) the goal of the military operation must be specifically defined – lest this becomes an unending conflict, giving the military establishment an unfettered passport to disregard domestic as well as international laws. For now, despite having been embroiled in this conflict for over a decade, the government, as well as the people of Pakistan, has no real clarity about the nature of the conflict in our tribal areas, the enemy we are fighting, or the end-goal in terms of objectives. For all intents and purposes, this is a faceless enemy, in an unspecified region, fighting for a largely undefined goal. And we are at “war” with this enemy. The fault, in this regard, rests with the successive federal governments that have been at the helm of affairs since 2001. It is time that uncertainty – about a conflict that will decide the destiny of our children – ended, giving way to clarity as to the definition and object of this war. Not only is this the mandate of the constitution, but it is also in the larger interest of winning this elusive war against terror. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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farmer and consumer friendly policies
By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
griculture is the mainstay of the economies of majority of the countries including Pakistan. It provides employment opportunities for their workforce, produces raw materials for their industrial machines and above all grows food crops to ensure food security for their populations. In Pakistan, it accounts for about 21.2percent of GDP and employs about 43 percent of the labour force. Self-sufficiency in the production of food crops is the major concern of all the planners around the world not only to protect the consumers from the ill-effects of fluctuations in prices and supply of food items at the international level but also to make sure that the producers of these crops, the farmers, maintain their interest in the production of their crops through steps that guarantee reasonable prices for their produce. It has been observed that the third world and poor countries are more vulnerable to the changing international prices of food and their collateral fallout, particularly those countries which are food-deficient and have to import sufficient quantities of food for themselves. A study carried out by the FAO concludes that the only and the best way of protecting the consumers and farmers of the poor countries is to encourage and harness the production potential of staple crops in these countries. That essentially means that along with the measures aimed at increasing yield per acre and bringing more areas under cultivation of food crops, the prices of the staple crops must be maintained at such a level that the rise in the prices of the commercial crops does not prompt the farmers of the staple crops to switch over to those crops resulting in food shortages in the country and consequently importing food to meet the requirements, with all the accompanying disadvantages.
In Pakistan, wheat is a staple diet and constitutes 60 percent of the daily diet of the common man. It contains calories, proteins, certain vitamins and minerals which have a great nutritional value and therefore is the most important food crop in the world. Pakistan being an agricultural country is supposed to be self-sufficient in the production of wheat and not only that but also be in a position to have substantial surplus for export to other food-deficient countries. But a close look at the pattern of wheat production in the country reveals that barring a few years, the production of wheat has been much below the consumption level and Pakistan has been importing wheat to fulfill its needs. Apart from crop failures, droughts and weather related debilitating factors, unimaginative and faulty policies of the successive governments have also played a major role in our drift towards a food-deficient country occasionally. In 2008, when the present government assumed power, the country was importing 2.5 million tones of wheat. There was also a severe shortage of sugar in the country. With the snowballing of international food prices, the imported wheat was much expensive than the homegrown wheat and the consumers had to pay more for buying their food. That not only affected the consumers but also added an extra burden on the national exchequer. The agriculture sector as a whole was in a pretty bad shape and needed to be revived and supported in bringing about a turnaround in the production of food crops and improvement in the economic situation of the farmers. The government did exhibit commitment and concern over this precarious state of affairs. The former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, in his first address to the Parliament after being unanimously elected, announced a raise in the wheat procurement price for the farmers. This policy has been vigorously pursued since then and even last week the ECC raised this price from Rs 1050/- per 40 Kg to Rs 1200/- per 40 Kg. This was the fourth time since the inception of the present government that support price for wheat has been increased. These price increases have been made well before the sowing season. The latest raise in the procurement price of wheat was necessitated by a number of factors. The prices of the inputs for the crops had wit-
nessed tremendous increase during the last year eroding the net income accruing to the farmers. So it was imperative to offset this impact and also to provide incentives to the farmers to boost the production of wheat. A collateral advantage of this move will be that it would discourage the smuggling of wheat to the neighbouring countries where the prices of wheat are much higher than Pakistan. The continuation of this illegal practice by the unscrupulous elements could have created shortage of wheat in the country. Some might argue that the raising of the support price for the farmers would also raise the prices of food for the consumers who will have to bear the brunt of the support provided to the farmers. That impression is not correct and those entertaining this thought are not looking at the other variables and factors which are very relevant to the obtaining situation. The international prices of wheat are still much higher than the price of wheat after raising the support price. The consumers would have had to pay more for their food if it had to be imported. The policy of raising the support price of wheat for the farmers, besides the economic considerations is also relevant and indispensable from the political perspective. There is no denying the fact that the country indeed has witnessed a turnaround in the production of wheat as well as sugar during the last four years. The wheat production has increased from 22 million tones in 2008-2009 to 25 million tones in 2011-12 and is likely to touch the figure of 26 million tones in 2012-13. The ECC also approved export of 400,000 metric tones of sugar to other countries. So from a net importer it has become a net exporter of these commodities. Food security is the most preferred policy option for any country as it also helps in nudging the economic progress in a multiple ways. Food shortages can have serious repercussions like famines and riots with all the negative political ramifications. Politics aside, the conclusion one can safely draw is that the consumer and farmerfriendly policies of the present government over the last four years have not only protected the interests of the consumers and raised the level of food security but have also provided adequate incentives for the farmers to help the country to achieve those targets.
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our way of governance For the past so many days, the whole nation is going through a torturous situation by not getting CNG when it is willing to pay for it. The people are being used as a shuttle cock between SC, OGRA and the CNG Dealers’ Association. Now that the SC has ordered the OGRA to come up with pricing formula that gives relief to the public and also ensures a reasonable profit to the CNG dealers, I am surprised to find our worthy PM totally missing from this page. It seems that he is shunning to take up his responsibility of being the Chief Executive of the country. Is democracy again taking the best revenge from the public? It is my hunch, I may be wrong, but I feel that our PM, who is also facing the onslaught of the SC on the appointment of previous chairman OGRA and taking disastrous decisions about rental power plants, may be chickening out and intentionally be avoiding to take a decision so that he may not be held accountable in the future. There goes our good governance. MAJOR (retd) TALAAT KHURSHID Rawalpindi
the waziristan solution Malala Yusufzai, a young girl from Swat, was attacked by the Taliban of Fazlullah group from across the border in Nuristan, Afghanistan. This also led to pressure on Pakistan to undertake operations in North Waziristan. But this is a serious matter; operations are undertaken in order to bring relief. Any operation has to be undertaken after gathering reliable intelligence, with able assistance of local population and keeping in mind the tribal traditions. Secondly, there has to be a mechanism that ensures timely replacement by a pro-active civil dispensation as and when the army vacates the area. Army is ever since managing the civilian affairs as the federal and provincial governments are unable to take the charge. The political administrations can’t move without army’s escort. This did not happen even in worst operations during the British Raj. Challenges for army redouble as a large number of troops deployed on
eastern front have been move to western border, thus leaving the defence against India unbalanced. This situation has been exploited by neighbouring countries and an invisible foreign hand seems to be working behind fuelling insurgency in the troubled areas of FATA as well as Balochistan. Vacation of posts by NATOISAF forces on the other side of the border leaves the Durand Line vulnerable for Pakistan. This indicates towards the plot to keep Pakistan Army engaged on its western borders, so that continued engagement weakens the armed forces from within. So Pakistan has more at stake than what seems at the face value. The human angle has never been given any priority. People of FATA, who are loyal to Pakistan, are fed up of terrorism. The situation demands a strategy to be made afresh involving locals, all political parties and stakeholders, with an aim to win over the hearts and minds. Army must be relieved of the local administration burden. It can be redeployed in DI Khan. Development work must start with the cooperation of local tribes. Politically elected representatives and civil society organisations must rally people and show their presence by sharing their grief and treating them with dignity. Political parties must establish offices inside North and South Waziristan. Political government should hold negotiations with the tribes to redefine social contracts. No joint NATO-Pak Operations should be conducted. We should not overstretch army’s deployment in FATA and Swat. Political activities must be allowed in FATA, elections must be held across the tribal area, committees be formed to write a new social contract, the FCR needs to be re-written, FATA be declared a separate province, and development work be started a massive pace to bring the tribal people to mainstream. LT COL (retd) MUHAMMAD SHAHBAZ THUTTAL Lahore
Among the top 10 It has been reported in the media that the Washington-based World Justice Project (WJP) has released its 2012 Rule of Law Index, which finds Pakistan the seventh most corrupt and the top-most insecure nation out of a total of 97 countries assessed. The country also presents a dismal picture in the categories of human rights, civil and criminal justice, regulatory enforcement, check on government powers, regulatory enforcement and openness of the government. Some people may be dismayed over Pakistan’s ranking. Don’t despair. If our leaders keep working hard, Pakistan will climb the ladder of corrupt countries to be declared Numero Uno in the list. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
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12 Talaash: Aamir Khan all set to take you on a roller coaster ride
VE R the years, Aamir Khan has built a reputation for himself as an actor who can provide entertaining and message oriented films. After some initial films of his career, Aamir started doing films that helped him in evolving as an actor. From ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ to ‘Dhobi Ghat’, Aamir has done several films which were not commercial in usual sense but were full of possibilities. Later, they did well at the box office also. Now, the actor is returning to the silver screen with ‘Talaash’ where he is playing the role of inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat. He talked to CNNIBN about ‘Talaash’, “It’s not only a
suspense drama. It’s also a film about coming to terms with loss. Each of the three prime characters has lost someone or will lose in future.” Kareena Kapoor also threw some light on her character in the same interview, “I play the character of Rosie who is more like an escort. It’s a very sensitive character, I don’t think I have done anything like this. The subject is very sensitive as well; it’s one of its kind in a very long time in the genre of suspense and drama.” The film has been directed by Reema Kagti of ‘Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd.’ (2007) fame. She is coming up with ‘Talaash’ after five years of her first film, and she praises Aamir Khan for his involvement with the project. In an interview given to IANS, Reema Kagti says, “I would cut
off my arms to work with him again. Both of us are very obsessive about what we do. So we got along like a house on fire.” Rani Mukerji is playing the role of Roshni in the film. She also speaks about Aamir’s dedication towards his films in an interview given to PTI, “If people watch Aamir Khan film it is because he has created an image for himself. That is because of his singleminded focus for his work and his dedication. The kind of films he chooses to do have made an impact in peoples’ lives.” The promos of the film suggest that ‘Talaash’ is going to be a dark film with multi-layered narrative, thus it seems the audiences are going to ride an emotional roller-coaster in Aamir Khan’s ‘Talaash’. Katie Holmes at the opening-night after-party for her new Broadway play Dead Accounts.
Priyanka will always be close to my heart: SRK hOSE who felt that actor Shah Rukh didn’t support Priyanka Chopra when she was cornered by sections of Bollywood following their alleged affair, can take heart. At a recent event SRK not only defended Priyanka but admitted that she was treated unfairly. The actor was speaking to Cnn IBn recently when he said, “(I) Feel extremely sorry, for she (Priyanka) wasn’t shown the respect I show her, or other women. Priyanka Chopra is one of the closest friends that I have, she is very close to my heart, and always will be.” A fan of Priyanka who was present at the meet cut a CD of the interview and sent it to Priyanka, who is currently busy shooting for Zanjeer in hyderabad. “She was touched by the fan’s gesture,” said a source close to her. While saying that Priyanka was not shown respect, SRK may have been referring to a tweet by his friend, filmmaker Karan Johar, in which he
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had taken on Priyanka following an article, that quoted an anonymous friend of Priyanka’s saying that if women are insecure about their relationships with their husbands, they should sort it out with them. The article also mentioned a powerful producerdirector who was being unkind to PeeCee behind her back. “Using their hired PR machinery and hiding behind so called ‘friends’ to get news into tabloids is nothing but spineless and lame!!!” Karan had tweeted. however, later the two sorted their differences amicably. neWS DeSK
According to media reports Bollywood actor Manisha Koirala has reportedly been diagnosed with cancer. Currently, she was undergoing check-ups in Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital. Reportedly the 42-year-old fell unconscious and was hospitalized. “She was hospitalized yesterday (Wednesday). She is undergoing a few checkups. She is doing fine,” a news website quoted hospital sources as saying. Manisha, who comes from an influential family in Nepal, has starred in several films. She debuted with “Saudagar” in 1991, and recently made a comeback with Ram Gopal Varma’s “Bhoot Returns”. She is famously remembered for her roles in 1942: A Love Story and Khamoshi, She has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Reports also added that the actress, who was in Kathmandu redoing her house, had also suffered from food poisoning recently. According to reports, the actor unwell for the last few days and had mentioned it on a
Coldplay begin work on sixth album
OLDPLAY have begun work on their next album, dismissing reports that they would take a minimum of three years away from the music scene. Frontman Chris Martin had previously suggested the band would be going on a break, telling an audience in Australia recently that the group would be away for three years. However, in a new interview with the Daily Star, Martin clarified the situation and explained that he meant there would be no world tour for a number of years but that he is already hard at work on writing songs for the next Coldplay album. Explaining that he
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has been energised by the success of ‘Mylo xyloto’, Martin told the paper: ‘’I’ve been writing songs and I’m so fired up about the band’s future.” Martin goes on to add: ‘’I’m fortunate to do what I do and no way do I want to stop. This threeyear break idea only came about because I said at a gig in Australia that we might not be back there for three years. ‘’That’s probably true, but that’s just how a world tour works. No chance are we taking a three-year break.’’ Coldplay last spoke about their next album when they promised fans that the title of the album will be easier to pronounce than 2011 album ‘Mylo xyloto’. Chris Martin told Australian radio station
2dayfm: “The next one we’re releasing is much easier to pronounce.” When pushed by presenters Kyle and Jackie O to reveal if they had come up with a name for their sixth studio album, Martin said, “I can’t tell you that,” before turning to guitarist Jonny Buckland and asking, “Can I give a hint?” Buckland shook his head and said, “No”. Meanwhile, Coldplay released their new concert film Live 2012 earlier this month. The DVD, Blu-Ray and CD also features an ‘interactive live e-book’, described in the marketing blurb as “an in-depth and interactive audio-visual companion piece to Live 2012,” and set to feature photographs, videos, Chris Martin’s studio journal and more.
social networking platform. After this she fell unconscious and was immediately flown to Mumbai with her mother for further check-ups. About the diagnosis, a report quoting reliable sources said: “Manisha has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is undergoing treatment at Jaslok Hospital. Her family is by her side.”
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13 Brad Pitt says he grew up in Christian family where gays could not go to heaven
Witness: Lindsay Lohan started fight over ‘The Wanted’s’ Max George
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CTOR Brad Pitt, an outspoken supporter of gay marriage, says he grew up in a Christian family which believes gay men and lesbian could not reach heaven. The 48-year-old Pitt made his comments in an interview with People magazine to promote Killing Them Softly, his upcoming crime-thriller film. “I come from a Christian family, and [gay marriage] goes against Christian beliefs, as far as what’s going to get you into heaven or not,” he said. “My argument is, that you may be as you believe, and it may be true in the end – I don’t think so – but let your god make that call, and in the meantime we live in a country where everyone should be treated equally, so let’s treat everyone equally.” The actor’s positions are a sharp contrast to those of his mother, Jane Pitt. Jane Pitt criticized President Barack Obama’s support for marriage equality in announcing her support for his GOP rival, Mitt Romney. “I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon,” she wrote, referring to Romney. “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama – a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”
HE ‘Mean Girls’ actress spent an evening with The Wanted singer and his bandmates Jay McGuiness, 22, and Tom Parker, 24, at New York’s Avenue club after their Madison Square Garden concert with Justin Bieber on Wednesday night. Lindsay had set her sights on hooking up with Max, 24, and reportedly became “enraged” when she saw 28-year-old fortune teller Tiffany Mitchell talking to him. An onlooker told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The four of them - along with a friend of Lilo’s (Lindsay Lohan) - were
drinking before heading off to Avenue club together. “Come 4am, Lilo seemed quite drunk and you could see it was turning Max off. He then began talking to another woman, which is believed to have enraged Lindsay.” Lindsay, 26, is also reported to have called Tiffany a “f***ing gypsy” because of her profession. To which Tiffany’s husband responded by saying: “We are not gypsies. That has nothing to do with our religion ... it was a racist comment. “Just because your career went down the drain and your new movie sucks, you can’t go around beating people up.” As she was lead out of the club by police following the scuffle, Lindsay
was heard shouting: “Oh my God, I didn’t touch anyone. Are you kidding me?” The ‘Liz & Dick’ actress was taken into custody in the early hours of Thursday morning and booked for misdemeanour assault and she was also formally charged with lying to the police over her car accident in June just hours after the night club arrest. According to TMZ.com, Max ended up leaving the club with a different girl.
Wife, kids hated beard, says Affleck NEWS DESK Actor Ben Affleck says his wife actress Jennifer Garner and kids hated the beard he grew for his role in “Argo”. “My wife is a very polite and kind woman. She and the kids did not like the beard. It had an exposed wire vibe. It was hated in my home,” showbizspy.com quoted Affleck as saying. “Being at a place in my life and my career where I know what I’m trying to do, it’s different than being 26. “When you’re younger and have the early success that I had - it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliche - but I didn’t have anyone to share it with,” he added. The 40-year-old, who has daughters Violet, six, and Seraphina, three and nine-month-old son Samuel, says he wants to make his kids proud by h is f ilms. “I don’t mean I wanted someone to sit by the fire with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them. “I want to make the kinds of movies that my kids are proud of. I have higher standards, in a way, for them,” he said.
Ranbir Kapoor to star in Karan Johar’s period drama?
NEWS DESK News has been doing the rounds that Karan Johar has been planning a period drama. And from what we’ve heard, Ranbir Kapoor, who’s a part of Dharma Productions’s next, Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewani,
will play the lead role in the film. Surprisingly, Karan’s close friend Shah Rukh Khan, who is also a perennial feature in his films, isn’t likely to star in it. A source reveals, “Shah Rukh and Karan are very close. But as far as this film goes, there are chances that SRK may not be a
part of it. They’ve been working around the details of the project all this while, but it looks like SRK isn’t on board for this project at least.” While SRK may not be a part of the film, there’s another Khan who is likely to play the second lead. The source says, “Saif Ali Khan, in all likelihood, will be seen playing the second lead in this period drama. Rather than calling it the second lead, let’s term it as a well-fleshed-out cameo. The hero of the film is Ranbir.” As for Ranbir’s leading lady, the source says, “The film is still in its early stages, so there’s still plenty of time to think of who they want to cast.” The source further reveals that Saif’s co-star for the film will probably will be his wife, Kareena Kapoor. “Yes, discussions about having Kareena in the movie are on as well. They’ve all worked together in the past and are very close friends too. Both Saif and Kareena have packed schedules for the next year, but since their roles will be sort of extended cameos, they can manage to get some time out for the film.”
Kate Middleton returns to old school matching the uniform in a tartan Alexander McQueen coat
ATE Middleton is refusing to take a break this week as she added another engagement to her already-full calendar and spent today visiting her former prep school in Berkshire. And she paid homage to the school’s tartan uniform with her own take on the look, with a green Alexander McQueen coat. Young pupils at St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne stood in line to greet the Duchess of Cambridge and she appeared delighted to be chatting with them. Kate blended in perfectly with her blue and green tartan that matched the school uniform of a green blazer and tights and a kilt for female pupils. And the uniform wasn’t the only nostalgic part of Kate’s visit, her former Deputy Head teacher, Richard Hudson who still works at the school remembers the royal saying: ‘She [Kate Middleton] held our record for the high jump... for about 20 years she’s had that. She was very hard working, very polite and friendly, [and] very kind to the younger children.’ Kate spent nine years at the school and revealed today she was nicknamed Squeak after one of the guinea pigs resident there. She confessed to the moniker during a short speech and stressed how she’d ‘adored’ her time there. On opening a new Astroturf hockey pitch Kate gave her speech saying: ‘It is such a treat l to be back here at St Andrew’s. I absolutely loved my time here; they were some of my happiest years, which makes it so incredibly special to be here today. ‘In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when I had to leave, I told my mother that I was going to come back to be a teacher. While that didn’t quite happen, I was thrilled to have been asked back today on St. Andrew’s Day.’ And we’re pretty sure the school were thrilled to have her there! neWS DeSK
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IFFANIE DiDonato said everything she has ever wished for has come true: a handsome husband, loving friends and a new baby. But most of her childhood dreams play out in simple, everyday victories, like taking out the trash or driving. DiDonato, 32, was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. The condition left her with a “typical size” torso, but abnormally short arms and legs. By the time she was in middle school, she was around 3-foot-6. Growing up in Marlborough, Mass., DiDonato fantasized about being tall enough to grab something off the grocery store shelf, cook on the stove, take out the trash and drive a car, but almost everything was out of reach. But that all changed when DiDonato endured an excruciating and controversial series of limb-lengthening surgeries, which breaks bones and forces them to re-grow longer. It was a decision she made when she was very young, knowing that it would have risks and rewards with a lifetime of consequences. At age 8, DiDonato had her first surgery to lengthen her arms and gain four inches of height. “When I woke up, when it hurt so much, you freeze it, almost like if you scream it is going to hurt worse,” she said. “All you can do is kind of let the tears fall and deal with it and suck it up and let it ride.” When she was 15, DiDonato decided to have the surgery again. Ignoring the recommended maximum of four inches, she and her doctor decided not to put a cap on her growth. Her mother, who raised her to be a fierce fighter, said she supported her daughter’s decision. “It was all about independence,” Robin DiDonato said. “It was doing things on her own, brushing her own hair. My biggest fear was her being dependent on others for her care because, let’s face it, Gerry and I won’t be around forever.” Her father, Gerry DiDonato, said he told her she didn’t need to have the surgery, and it was torture to him to watch his daughter suffer. “It was very nerveracking,” he said. “She would cry it out. It was tough … it’s horrible.” But Robin never wavered. She said she didn’t let herself cry in front of her daughter, even during the most gut-wrenching days. “I was not going to because if I broke, maybe she would have too, maybe she would have stopped,” Robin said. “Who knows what she would have done. I think she needed me to be strong for her.” After her second sur-
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gery, Tiffanie DiDonato gained an unprecedented 10 inches of additional height, putting her at 4-foot10 — right on the cusp of little-person status. She kept a journal, which she said helped her get through the painful process.
“I was honest with myself, if I wanted to die, if I felt like that’s what I wanted to do, then I wrote it down,” she said. Her journal was turned into a memoir she defiantly titled “Dwarf.” In it, DiDonato chronicles her “no pain, no gain”
view of life and how surprisingly grateful she is for the experience. “If you go through a struggle, if you know what sacrifice is, and you have felt a little pain, it makes you that much braver,” she said. “It makes you a little bit more aware.” DiDonato is now married to Eric Gabrielse, a nearly-six-foot-tall Marine, and they recently welcomed a baby boy. “She’s so powerful and strong,” Gabrielse said of his wife. “Being in the military, you need somebody that one, can be independent, but two, can be extremely supportive and because everything she’s gone through, she’s been through her own battles, so she knows exactly how to support me through mine.” We first met DiDonato four years ago when she and Gabrielse were about to tie the knot. After her story aired, she caught flack for her lengthening surgeries from critics who said The Little People of America organization doesn’t support the risky procedures. Reza Garakani was also born with dwarfism and said he regrets that his father pushed him to have the lengthening surgery back in the ‘80s. He was 12. “I did not want to undergo the painful procedure which, in my mind, I was worried that, what if this fails,” he said. “For a few inches, I didn’t want to damage my life. I was happy with who I am.” Unlike DiDonato, Garakani said the surgery left him paralyzed. “Because of this procedure, I lost a major part of me,” he said. “Before I was just an average dwarf. I could run around, I could play sports, I could swim and do things. Now, I can’t do what I was able to do. I would have rather been three feet tall than be a few inches tall with all the complications.” Even DiDonato’s father, who still has mixed feelings about the surgery, said it may have taken a physical toll on his daughter. “Personally, I feel she lost a little mobility with the extreme lengthening,” he said. “I’ll always remember her with her little jeans on chasing a ball, but she feels good about herself and that’s the most important thing.” But DiDonato said she was well aware of the risks from the start and has no regrets. It seems to have paid off. Being a new mom and the wife of a Marine, she seems to personify the Marine’s fighting philosophy: Adapt and overcome. “Having a baby, every day I’m adapting and overcoming, but I kind of feel like that’s for every parent,” she said. “Every mom, every dad, you have to take the punches as they come.” neWS DeSK
Aspirin linked to lower risk of liver cancer Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS may help prevent serious liver disease including cancer, new study found. Aspirin users were 41 percent less likely to develop liver cancer and 45 percent less likely to die from chronic liver disease than non-users, according to study author Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe of the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., and colleagues. Other NSAIDs were also linked to a lower risk of death from chronic liver disease, but not with less liver cancer, according to the study of more than 300,000 middle-age and older adults. “These associations are prominent with the use of aspirin, and if confirmed, might open new vistas for chemoprevention of hepatocellular carcinoma and chronic liver disease,” the study authors wrote in the Dec. 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The findings were not unexpected based on prior results in colorectal and other cancer types, Dr. Boris Pasche, an oncologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in an interview with MedPage Today. “We are seeing a growing body of evidence suggesting that taking aspirin longterm prevents the development of several types of cancer” in populations taking the NSAID for cardiovascular event prevention,
he said. However, aside from being a possible additional benefit when indicated for cardioprotection, aspirin might not be either necessary or that useful for protecting the liver, according to other experts. For one thing, there are already good strategies that don’t raise bleeding risk the way NSAIDs do, Isra Levy and Dr. Carolyn Pim, both of the University of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health in Ontario, noted in an accompanying editorial. “In practice,” they wrote, “we know and understand the causes of most cases of chronic liver disease and primary liver cancer: viral infections, especially hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV), and alcohol. And we already have cheap, readily available interventions to pre-
vent a substantial majority of such diseases.” Furthermore, the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma is low enough in the general population that chemoprevention wouldn’t make sense when weighed against the bleeding risk, said Dr. Mary Ann Huang, a hepatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The higher-risk population for whom preventive strategies are needed — those with cirrhosis — likely wouldn’t be good candidates either because they are also at higher risk of bleeding, Huang told MedPage Today in an interview. Still the NIH-AARP study results may be good enough to warrant a prospective trial to see whether the benefit would outweigh the risk in that population, Pasche suggested. The joint Diet and Health study included 300,504 adults ages 50 to 71 years at enrollment who reported their NSAID use on a baseline questionnaire. The researchers suggested that the apparent advantage of NSAID use in the cohort may have been due to anti-inflammatory or other mechanisms. They acknowledged, though, that the lack of dose response and finding of only monthly links to non-aspirin NSAID use “suggests that the findings should be interpreted with some caution, because they may also reflect an unmeasured confounder.” neWS DeSK
North Korea finds ‘secret unicorn lair’
N an announcement Friday that seems better suited for a fairy tale, a North Korean state news agency reported that archaeologists recently reconfirmed the lair of a unicorn once ridden by an ancient Korean king. According to the Korean Central News Agency, the lair the mythical creature is located 200 meters (about 219 yards) from the Yongmyong Temple in Pyongyang. A rock that sits in front of the lair contains carvings that some believe date back to the period of the Koryo Kingdom (9181392), the outlet notes. The director of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, which discovered the lair, cited Korean history books as proof. Jo Hui Sung explained the history to the paper: The Sogyong (Pyongyang) chapter of the old book ‘Koryo History’ (geographical book), said: Ulmil Pavilion is on the top of Mt. Kumsu, with Yongmyong Temple, one of Pyongyang’s eight scenic spots, beneath it. The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn. The old book ‘Sinjungdonggukyojisungnam’ (Revised Handbook of Korean Geography) complied in the 16th century wrote that there is a lair west of Pubyok Pavilion in Mt. Kumsu. neWS DeSK
Facebook Powerball hoax goes viral
Facebook user named Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself holding what appears to be a winning Powerball ticket from Wednesday’s record $588 million lottery drawing to his feed, according to the Savannah Morning News. The post is reportedly a hoax. The public photo, which was shared at about 10 p.m. Thursday evening and hadreceived more than 450,000 shares by Friday afternoon, included the statement: Looks like I won’t be going to work EVER!!!! Share this photo and I will give a random person 1 million dollars! Citing the Powerball website, Gawker points out that the numbers on the ticket were “not in numerical order... [as] a real ticket would be” and called the image “poorly photoshopped.” neWS DeSK
Nintendo Power’s final issue pays homage to its humble beginnings
HIS is the end, Big N fans. Nintendo Power’s final issue is upon us and in a surprise tip of the hat, the magazine’s staff has decided to pay tribute to the famed cover that started it all. Framed in a similar manner to the inaugural issue from 1988, this last dance with all things officially Nintendo apes the Super Mario Bros. 2 clay-styled setup for a cover story on New Super Mario Bros. U. Look for it to hit newsstands one last time on December 11th, bringing the beloved decades-old publication full circle. neWS DeSK
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Stage set for wrestling at National Hockey Stadium Inoki, Punjab govt to establish freestyle wrestling academy at Lahore LAHORE StAff RepORt
ORLD known wrestler from Japan Antonio Inoki now Mouhammad Hussain in collaboration with the Punjab Government will be establishing first international freestyle wrestling academy at Lahore. This announcement was made by Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, chief organiser sports and Deputy Speaker Punjab and Inoki at a press conference here on Saturday. Usman Anwar, Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab was also present on the occasion along with 10 other Japanese wrestlers who would be taking part in the Sports and Peace Festival Wrestling tomorrow, Sunday at National stadium under lights.. Inoki said that he would deliver peace message from Pakistan through the successful holding of wrestling event. “By having world’s best grapllers in action in
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Lahore I will be promoting the freestyle game in Pakistan,” said Inoki. “The Pakistan wrestlers of full of talent and all they need is proper training. I will dig out the talent and provide them freestyle training to the selected wrestlers so that they would compete at international level,” he added. “I have been to Pakistan on four occasions during the period from 1976 to 1984. Now I was being asked not to visit Pakistan because of security threats but I have deep attachment with Pakistan so I said that I would like to see for myself that how much dangerous this country is,” he maintained. “But everything is good here and we are enjoying our stay “. He further stated that he has received great love and hostility from Pakistan people and also welcomed the Punjab government’s announcement of establishing a freestyle academy which he would fully patronize. Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan highlighted the vision of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif
which is a step forward in the revival of international sports in Pakistan. As part of the 60 years relations of Pakistan and Japan, Inoki is here with a team of 10 wrestlers to showcase the bright and positive image of the country. He is also accompanied by Japanese media and some of their family members. Rana Mashood also said that the academy would be established once its proper plan and layout is made. The visiting wrestlers would lock horns in a freestyle wrestling at the National Hockey Stadium on December 2 at 5 pm. Nasir Bholu, one of the great wrestler of his time and member of Bholu family would also be among the guests during the entire activity. Rana Mashood informed that Pakistan wrestler would be trained by under Inoki’s expertise and they would compete with Japanese wrestlers during their next visit. Earlier, Inoki and the team of 10 wrestlers visited the graves of Akram Pahlwan and Jhara
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NEWSDESK Kanpur's Green Park stadium could lose its right to host the third Test between India and Australia, starting March 14 next year as the BCCI is unhappy with the slow progress of the renovation work. The board has set a January 2013 deadline for the UPCA to complete the work. BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty and Cricket Operations Manager Suru Nayak on Saturday inspected the Green Park stadium and expressed their displeasure over the tardy nature of work being done by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). The UPCA officials, however, have managed to convince the two senior BCCI officials and assured them that the ongoing work would be completed before the first week of January. The BCCI delegation was received by UPCA General Manager Rohit Talwar and Anil Banodha, the deputy director of UP Sports Department. In his meeting with the two UPCA officials, Shetty cited a previous instance where the UPCA had informed the BCCI about their reluctance to host a game involving India as the spectators' stand was not constructed on time. Shetty said that UPCA has to take a final stand on the issue of construction of its own stadium and give a written submission to the cricket board in the month of January that they have completed the renovation work at the ground and are ready to host the third Test between India and Australia. Shetty, during his inspection of the stadium, was clearly unhappy with the players' dressing room and dining hall, which are in a dilapidated state and also discussed issues related to accommodation of match officials. There were also concerns related to the renovation of the pavilion block and spectators stands while a heap of debris could be seen lying unattended outside the stadium. Shetty said that another delegation of the BCCI will visit the city on January 9 and 10 to inspect the ongoing renovation work and a decision to allot the match to Kanpur or any other state would be taken after the two-day tour. He also informed that a delegation from the Cricket Australia will also visit the stadium to check its readiness for the third Test. Banodha assured the BCCI officials that the construction work would be completed by January 15 and the match will remain with the UPCA. Talwar, while interacting with the reporters, said that the report of these two officials will be of prime importance in deciding the fate of Green Park stadium for future international cricket matches. UPCA last played host to a Test match in November 2009 between India and Sri Lanka.
Pahlwan at Mohni Road. He offered fateha and prayed for the departed souls for eternal peace. Inoki also adopted 13 years old nephew of Jhara for freestyle wrestling training. He said that he will make Jhara’s
NEWSDESK England have arrived in Kolkata "on a massive high" after their famous series-leveling victory against India in Mumbai last week. Alastair Cook's tourists defied the expectations of many by responding to an opening defeat in Ahmedabad to win by 10 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium - and as the third Test of four looms at Eden Gardens, doubts are beginning to surround the home
team instead. Young opener Joe Root was beaten to a Test debut at the start of the series by Nick Compton, but is determined to keep himself ready to do his country proud should the chance arise after all. Either way, though, he is delighted to be part of a tour on which England may be about to make history by winning a series here for the first time since long before he was even born. "Obviously, we're on a massive high at the minute," said the
21-year-old Yorkshireman. "Everyone's in a really good place, and really looking forward to what's to come here in Kolkata." England's morale has never dipped - but after making good use of his few days away from the camp, by scoring a big hundred for the shadow Performance Programme tea, Root senses a growing confidence. "When I left the side, I think we were in day three (at Mumbai), so everyone's morale was pretty high when I left. "But to come back with a win under our belts is fantastic." As for his own preparation, in case he is needed in one of the last two Tests, Root has good reason to be happy so far. Having contributed so significantly to the EPP's victory at the DY Patil Stadium, he said: "Everyone needs time in the middle, especially when you've not been playing. "It's just to have the confidence that, if something does go wrong, if someone does go down, I've got a weight of runs behind me to stand me in good stead.
naphew one of the best freestyle wrestler of the world. In the morning Inoki and his team was accorded a warm reception at the Lahore airport and a large corps of journalist also covered his arrival.
PCB security team off to india to assess conditions LAHORE: Five members of the Pakistan Cricket Board security delegation has left for India to assess the conditions before Pakistan team land in India for a revival series. They are expected to inspect Eden Gardens, Kolkata which is hosting the second ODI between India and Pakistan, to be played on Jan 3, 2013. Pakistan is touring India for the first time since 2009 terror attacks at Mumbai, as cricket ties were stalled for the last few years as India and other countries haven't toured the nation citing security reasons. Cricket Association of Bengal Joint Secretary, Subir Ganguly also said that the 5-member team will visit Delhi first and arrive at Kolkata to inspect the venue on Sunday. "They will do the inspection and hold a meeting with us before flying to Bangalore (that will host the first T20I of the India-Pakistan series)," Ganguly said. Pakistan is scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is in India from Dec 2012 to Jan 2013. Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi are other venues that are hosting the ODIs and T20Is against Pakistan. Eden Gardens is hosting the third ODI between India and Pakistan after a gap of 8 years as Pakistan played their last ODI at Eden in Nov 2004. Interestingly, the first ODI played at Eden Gardensalso featured India and Pakistan in Feb 1987. StAff RepORt
South African quicks finally fire in Perth PERtH AGenCieS
South Africa's much celebrated pace attack finally fired on the second day of the third test against Australia on Saturday to wrest the momentum away from the hosts for the first time since the opening days of the series. The Proteas were forced to bat out the final day to save draws in both the Brisbane and Adelaide tests, setting up a Perth showdown with both the series and the top test ranking on the line. The bowling of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel had played a key role in the series triumph in England that earned them the number one spot in the rankings but on bat-friendly tracks, they had disappointed. On Saturday, they faced an Australia side charged with confidence after dismissing the tourists for 225 and resuming on 33 for two with high hopes of building a big first-innings lead. Instead, Steyn (4-40) terrorised the Australians in a brutal spell of fast bowling and took the wickets of opener David Warner, nightwatchman Nathan Lyon and skipper Michael Clarke at the cost of just four runs in the first 40 minutes. "He's the number one bowler in the world for a reason," said Philander, who chipped in with the dis-
SCOReBOARD SOUtH AfRiCA fiRSt inninGS 225 AUStRAliA fiRSt inninGS (OveRniGHt 33-2) D. Warner c de villiers b Steyn 13 e. Cowan c Kallis b Steyn 0 S. Watson lbw philander 10 n. lyon c du plessis b Steyn 7 R. ponting lbw philander 4 M. Clarke c de villiers b Steyn 5 M. Hussey c Smith b Morkel 12 M. Wade b peterson 68 J. Hastings c petersen b peterson 32 M. Johnson b peterson 7 M. Starc not out 0 extRAS (lb-5) 5 tOtAl (all out, 53.1 overs) 163 fOW: 1-3, 2-18, 3-34, 4-35, 5-43, 6-45, 7-100, 8-140, 9-162 BOWlinG: Steyn 16-4-40-4, philander 16-0-55-2, Morkel 13-6-19-1, peterson 8.1-0-44-3. SOUtH AfRiCA SeCOnD inninGS A. petersen c & b Johnson 23 G. Smith c lyon b Starc 84 H. Amla not out 99 J. Kallis not out 17 extRAS (b4, lb-2, w-1) 7 tOtAl (for two wickets, 38 overs) 230 fOW: 1-28 2-206 tO BAt: AB de villiers, f. du plessis, D. elgar, R.peterson, v. philander, D. Steyn, M. Morkel. BOWlinG: Starc 10-0-76-1, Watson 5-2-17-0, Johnson 7-0-35-1, Hastings 8-0-47-0, lyon 7-1-38-0, Hussey 1-0-11-0 (w-1).
missal of Ricky Ponting and ended up with figures of two for 55. "When you bowl on the other side from him it is special and just to bowl the new ball with him is special. The way he can deliver on big moments is unbelievable." Philander, a late bloomer in test cricket who now
ranks third in the ICC bowling rankings, said the conditions and the batting disappointment on Friday had helped transform the fortunes of the bowling unit. "The wicket has a bit more bounce and the guys have to play a bit more off the back foot, which is good for us because it's similar to the wickets we have back home," he added. "We knew we had to get 20 wickets to win this game, we didn't bat so well in the first innings which left us a few runs short. "The bowlers knew they had to step up and bowl them out cheaply. And obviously with Steyn this morning, it was a pleasure to be bowling from the other side." With a lead of 292 going into the third day, South Africa's number one ranking and their record of not having lost an away test series since 2006 look safe. Perhaps mindful that the Proteas chased down 414 to win the Perth test four years ago, Philander said they would aim to leave nothing to chance and he was not expecting to be bowling again any time soon. "There's plenty of time left in the test and we'd obviously like to get as many runs as possible," he concluded. "Tomorrow's a new day and will pose a lot of new challenges, but hopefully we can get another 200250 runs."
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National T20 Cup begins with win for six teams LAHORE StAff RepORt
ULTAN, Lahore, Eagles, Silkot, Karachi Dolphins, Bahawalpur and Lahore Lions registered win on the opening day of the National T20 Cup that rolled into action at three venues of the city. On the day six matches were played with two matches each at the Gaddafi Stadium, LCCA ground and Bagh-i-Jinnah and Multan got 10 wickets win over Quetta. Lahore Eagles defeated Hyderabad by 58 runs, Sialkot beat Islamabad by eight wickets, Karachi Dolphins moved past Peshawar by 40 runs, Bahawalpur edged ahead of Rawalpindi by 19 runs and Lahore Lions beat Karachi Zebras by seven wickets. MULTAN STEAMROL QUETTA: In the first match, Multan steamrolled Quetta by 10 wickets in their first Group A Faysal Bank T-20 Cup match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. After putting Quetta in, Multan's fast bowlers, Abdur Rauf and Mohammad Irfan, struck thrice in the first three overs to reduce Quetta to 16 for 3. The situation got worse for Quetta with the introduction of spin in the sixth over as leftarm spinner Zulfiqar Babar struck with this second ball. Babar continued his stranglehold as he picked up two more wickets off consecutive balls in his second over and finished with incredible figures of 4-2-3-2. Irfan, who came back to bowl the seventeenth over, cleaned up the tail as Quetta were bowled out for 72. In response, it took Multan's openers Zain Abbas and Sohaib Maqsood just 11 overs to overhaul the target. SCORES: Multan 72 for 0 (Abbas 40*, Maqsood 32*) beat Quetta 72 (Irfan 3-8, Babar 2-3) by 10 wickets LAHORE EAGLES SCORE COMFORTABLE 58-RUN WIN: Buoyed by opener Imran Farhat's second T20 century, Lahore Eagles scored a comfortable 58-run win over Hyderabad. Farhat, who remained unbeaten on 100 off 58 balls, launched an attack with his opening partner Taufeeq Umar, who scored 65, to bring up the team's 100 in the sixth over.
women players for iCC world Cup LAHORE: The women wing of Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday announced the names of thirty women players for ICC Women’s World Cup being played from January 26 in India. Following will attend, Sana mir, Bismah maroof, Syeda nain Fatima Abidi, mariam hassan Shah, nida rashid,rabiya Shah, Qanita Jalil,Asmavia iqbal Khokhar, masooma Junaid Farooqi,Javeria wadood, Syeda Batool Fatima naqvi,Almas Akram,Sania iqbal Khan,marina iqbal, Ayesha Qazi,Sidra Amin, zeba manzoor hussain, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Aliya riaz, Sidra nawaz, Sadia Yousaf, nahida Bibi, Sana Gulzar, Jaweria raufm , Kainat imtiaz, Aimen Anwer, namra imran, Komel Feroz, diana Baig and elizebath Barkat. StAff RepORt
Final of dimal Asia Pacific Polo Cup LAHORE: The final of Dimal Asia Pacific Polo Cup will be played between H.W Couture and Master Paints here tomorrow, Sunday at Lahore Polo Club. Following are the teams of the final, H.W Couture , Emran Akhtar, Bilal Hayat Hoon, Saqib Khan Khakwani and Omer Asjad Malhi. Master Paints, Sufi M Haroon, Shiraz Qureshi, Ahmad Zuabir and Shah Qubilai Alam. StAff RepORt
The two batsmen put up 168 runs for the opening stand which set-up the base for the team's 224-run total. Hyderabad remained on track till the halfway stage as opener Sharjeel Khan single-handedly fought on. Sharjeel remained unbeaten on 103, an innings laced with eight sixes and five boundaries, but didn't receive support from the rest of the cast. For Lahore, Asif Raza and Junaid Zia were both economical and picked up two wickets apiece. SCORES: Lahore Eagles 224 for 2 (Farhat 100*, Taufeeq 65) beat Hyderabad 166 for 5 (Sharjeel 103*, Asif Raza 2-18) by 58 runs SIALKOT GET COMMANDING EIGHT-WICKET WIN: Defending champions Sialkot completed a commanding eight-wicket win over Islamabad in their first match. Islamabad, who chose to bat, struggled to force the pace and lost regular wickets from the start. Fast bowler Umaid Asif was the pick of the bowlers, picking up three wickets for 21 runs while Navel-ul-Hasan picked up two as Islamabad were restricted to 122. In response, Imran Nazir scored a quick half-century and was out after taking the team only 19 short of the target in the thirteenth over. Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail, both stayed unbeaten on 21, and completed the chase without any further hiccup. SCORES: Sialkot 128 for 2 (Nazir 65) beat Islamabad 122 for 9 (Asif 3-21, Naved 2-14) by eight wickets AFRIDI LEADS DOLPHINS TO 40-RUN WIN: Shahid Afridi led Karachi Dolphins to a 40-run win against Peshawar with a half-century that lifted the team from a slump in the middle to a strong total of 164. Karachi Dolphins lost their first wicket off the first ball, but Shahzaib Hasan attacked with a flurry of boundary hits to score a quick 33 off 14 balls. But three wickets went down for six runs slowing the Dolphins down. But Afridi held one end together and stayed on the crease till the nineteenth over to ensure the team got to a decent total. Peshawar stumbled early in the chase when they were reduced to 20 for 4 in the fifth over, but a 68-run stand between Iftikhar Ahmed and Akbar Badshah resurrected hopes of a fight back. However, once Afridi removed the half-centurion
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Iftikhar, Peshawar collapsed and were all out for 124. SCORES: Karachi Dolphins 164 for 7 (Afridi 50, Waqar 2-28) beat Peshawar 124 (Iftikhar 57, Anwar 2-24) by 40 runs QUICK-FIRE ASLAM HELPS BAHAWALPUR TO WIN: Opener Imranullah Aslam's quick-fire 89 off 53 balls helped Bahawalpur beat Rawalpindi by 19 runs. Aslam attacked from the start by dispatching Yasir Arafat for five fours in the third over of the match. He went on to hit 12 boundaries and two sixes in total before falling in the nineteenth over and helped them post 173. Rawalpindi faltered at the start as they lost opener Awais Zia off the fourth ball for a duck. Naved Malik and Babar Naeem kept them in the hunt, with Malik scoring 51 from 22 balls, with nine fours and a six. But his dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse and Rawalpindi managed 154. Siddiq was the pick of the Bahawalpur bowlers finishing with figures of 3 for 22. SCORES: Bahawalpur 173 for 5 (Imranullah 89) beat Rawalpindi 154 for 9 (Naved Malik 51, Siddiq 322) by 19 runs HAFEEZ SCORES HALF-CENTURY TO HELP LAHORE LIONS WIN: Soon after being appointed the captain, Mohammad Hafeez scored a half-century to help Lahore Lions beat Karachi Zebras by seven wickets. Chasing 142, the strong Lions team was not put under any pressure at any stage and even though they lost their openers with the score on 60, Hafeez and Umar Akmal used their experience and remained in control. The two batsmen shared a 67-run stand which came off 47 balls. Hafeez was out after scoring 53, but Umar continued to attack and helped complete the chase with 11 balls to spare. Zebras, after chosing to bat, made a solid start and were placed at 98 for 2 after Fahad Iqbal's half-century. But three wickets went down for eight runs, slowing the the team down in the process. Aizaz Cheema was the most successful bowler with 2 for 21. SCORES: Lahore Lions 144 for 3 (Hafeez 53, Umar Akmal 43*) beat Karachi Zebras 141 for 6 (Fahad 59, Cheema 2-21) by seven wickets.
Holland dutch veteran team in Lahore LAHORE StAff RepORt
Holland Flying dutch veteran hockey team arrived in Lahore last morning on invitation of Dar Hockey Academy. On team arrival Dar Hockey Academy and Punjab government officials warmly welcomed the team. Flying dutch veteran team was the oldest hockey club of Holland. Holland ex international hockey players were also in that team. Team manager Rob Lathouwers told media that they were very happy to come here. ”This is different than our perception. Lahore is a beautiful city and in our team lot of international players which already visited Lahore”. he said that his team made preparations for this tour one month ago. Pakistani ambassador in Hague arranged a dinner in honor of our team which was a very positive and energetic sign. In Dutch team some famous names Boualander, Waterning. Grame burger and others. team came to play against Punjab veteran and two other
matches in their 9 day visit. Dar Hockey Academy President Olympic champion tuaqeer dar told the media that this is a big moment for Pakistan, team arrival is broke the ice. it is good positive sing for world hockey. Director Marketing Ab-
bass Ali babar told media that after arrival of this team a good positive sing shown to world hockey. On teams arrival dar hockey team players, officials, Sec Gen Arufan Zia, Director Finace Salman Afzal and all others was also present.
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Veteran cricketer, Mohamamd Yousaf has steppd down as captain of Lahore Lions in favour of Pakistan T-20 captain Mohammad Hafeez for the National T-20 tournament. “Yousaf has showed a big gesture and stepped down as captain on the pretext that Hafeez is the Pakistan captain and is the right choice to lead Lahore Lions in the national T20 tournament”,said Lahore City Cricket Association President Khawaja Nadim Ahmed here on Saturday. He said Yousaf had a meeting with Hafeez and he conveyed his feelings and decision to him (Hafeez) who praised the gesture of Yousaf. “Hafeez was not initially agreed on it but Yousaf made him realized that it is better if he leads the side as he has the honour of being the national captain of Pakistan in one day and T-20 formats”, he said. He rejected a questioner that Yousaf withdrew from the captaincy due to the pressure of Pakistan Cricket Board. “It has nothing to with PCB and this is the personal decision of Yousaf”, he added. LCCA president welcomed Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision for shifting T-20 tournament to Lahore owing to security situation in Karachi. “It is very wise decision of PCB chairman to have the tournament in Lahore where adequate facilities are available at the three centres, Gadaffi stadium ,LCCA and Bagh-e-Jinnah grounds, for holding the matches in a smooth manner “,he added. “Lahore was to hold the event last year but it was shifted to Karachi at the last moment, owing to the outbreak of the dengue epidemic in the province. That was a precautionary step, and Lahore didn’t make any protest”, he said. Now when the event has come back to Lahore, there has been a bit of an outcry from Karachi. Reacting to that, Khawaja Nadim said: “No one city should have monopoly over hosting national or international cricket. Rather it should be evenly spread all over the country, with all major cricketing centres getting their due share. And it can be said without any fear of contradiction that Lahore is and has been a major cricketing centre for well over a century. People in this city, like everywhere else in the country, too are quite keen on cricket and deserve the opportunity to watch it from the stands”. More than anything else, said Khawaja Nadim, this also provides all concerned in these parts to refresh and improve on cricket organization skills and be well versed in tackling with the security issues.
Tariq wins chief of Naval staff golf title LAHORE StAff RepORt
lAhore: Prize winners of the Chief of naval Staff Golf Championship held at the royal Palm Golf Course,with Admiral m,Asif Sandila,Chief of naval Staff.
Ace national golfer Tari Mehmood put up awesome performance to shatter the dreams of front runner Ghazanfar to win the title Chief of Naval Staff Amateur Golf Championship at thet the majestic Royal Palm Golf Course here on Saturday. The courage of a very experienced Tariq of Pakistan Navy,did wonders for him as he forcefully and gallantly stopped Ghazanfar's march to victory and through solid play wiped out the overnight deficit of eight strokes and then in a playoff with Ghazanfar he went on to birdie the first playoff hole and stamp his name on the Chief of Naval Staff Trophy. The chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony at Royal Palm was Admiral Muhammed Asif Sandila,Chief of Naval Staff,Pakistan Navy. While Tariq was composed and in control over the final eighteen holes and in particular the closing three holes,,the overnight leader and dominant one over
the past two rounds found his putting touch and feel rebel against him and he was made to look like a novice and a competitor in total disarray. Earlier in the morning Ghazanfar looked radiant and his march on the first hole reflected the walk of a proud winner but then Nature has its own ways of passing the final judgement and as the holes were played apparent was Tariq's superiority and by the end of the first nine holes the stroke deficit was down from eight to four strokes and on the back nine the slide for Ghazanfar picked up pace and on the last three holes Ghazanfar facilitated his rivals victory march by three putting the last three holes.The die had been cast and on the first playoff holeTariq looked brilliant and in a mood to kill and that is what he did bringing loud cheers from his fans and supporters and in the process capturing the trophy. The first to congratulate him were Col(r)Jameel Khalid and Commodore Akbar Naqi,the Chief Organisers of this event. the final positions were as follows; tariq mehmood (navy) 74+75+72=221; Ghazanfar mehmood (rawalpindi) 69+72+80=221; mo-
hammed rehman (royal Palm) 77+79+70=226; Salman Jehangir (Gymkhana) 81+75+77=233; imran Ahmed (Gymkhana) 74+80+80=234; waleed zubair (Gymkhana) 86+76+75=237; Sajid Khan (Arabian Sea) 85+76+76=237; Col rustam Chatta (Guj) 82+76+79=237. In the contest for net honors the top one was Hussain Hamid with a three days net score of 214,Waleed Zubair who ended at 216 was runners up net.Raza Ali Khan came third with a score of 217.The ladies gross winner was Ghazala Yasmin of Gujranwala Golf Club and the Seniors gross winner was Javed Khan of WAPDA. In the invitational category the top performer in gross section was Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Sadiq while Commodore Usman Tariq was the runner up.Net winner was Air Commodore Sohail Ahmed and net runners up was Air Vice Marshal Asad Lodhi.Asad I.A.Khan won the nearest to the pin prize. Commodore Akber Naqi the Station Commander of Pak Navy Lahore confirmed that this will be a regular event and was thankful to sponsors like Millat Tractors,MCB,Orient,Zong and Bata. Later the chief guest gave away the prizes and trophies to the notable winners.
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17 Sports Flintoff wins on boxing debut NEWSDESK
NDREW Flintoff, the former England allrounder, picked himself up off the canvas to score a points victory on his boxing debut against the unbeaten American Richard Dawson in Manchester. Flintoff has swapped the cricket square for the four-cornered ring, with his unlikely career move being filmed for a Sky TV documentary. He beat the count after being knocked to the canvas in the second round but his superior speed and work rate saw him awarded a narrow win by the judges. Cheered on by his old international team-mate Darren Gough, Flintoff looked assured behind his jab but
retired Judge otton to lead investigation into UCi doping scam NEWSDESK Former Court of Appeal judge Philip Otton will chair the three-member commission set up to investigate allegations made against the International Cycling Union (UCI) over the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, the UCI said on Friday. The retired judge, who has dealt with Formula One disputes at the International Court of Appeal, will work with Britain's 11-times Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes. The UCI said last month it would set up an independent commission to address issues and allegations which arose during the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) investigation into Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Team. The commission, assembled by the International Court of Arbitration for Sport president John Coates, will be independent from any other sports body, the UCI said. "The appointment of these three eminent figures demonstrates clearly that the UCI wants to get to the bottom of the Lance Armstrong affair and put cycling back on the right track," UCI president Pat McQuaid said in a statement. "As I have said previously, the Commission's report and recommendations are critical to restoring confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body," he added. "We will co-operate fully with the Commission and provide them with whatever they need to conduct their enquiry and we urge all other interested stakeholders to do the same. We will listen to and act on the Commission's recommendations." The commission is to hold a hearing in London in April and will submit its report to the UCI by June 1, 2013 or shortly afterwards. In the coming two weeks, the UCI will also announce details of a stakeholder consultation to look at the future of cycling and discuss how to bring in lasting improvements, as well as to tackle other issues of concern, the governing body said.
was extremely raw when going on the attack. However, after losing three-and-ahalf stone during training, he has yet to decide whether he will fight again. "I said at the start I knew I was starting at a novice level," Flintoff said. "You could see that, I am under no illusions and now I just want to take some time off. I want a rest, have a nice Christmas and not get up every day and go through what I have for the past five months. After Christmas I will decide what I will do next." Flintoff's decision to step into the boxing ring has been criticised as a publicity stunt in some quarters, however. Frank Maloney, one of the most well-known promoters in British boxing, was dismissive of
the bout and said Flintoff should not have been granted a licence by the British Boxing Board of Control. "Last night was a joke," Maloney told The Telegraph. "The American looked like he was under orders. Once he'd knocked Flintoff down he backed off. All this does is deflect the attention from real boxers who have spent years in the gym and in the amateur ranks before developing careers in professional boxing. "It was like watching two powder-puff punchers, and clearly Flintoff has no chin. If the Boxing Board allow Flintoff to continue boxing, they should be questioned over it. It was a novelty, and just a circus." In front of a spirited home crowd, Flintoff entered the MEN Arena wearing a Lancashire Lightning shirt
to the sound of Oasis' "Roll With It". The 34-year-old made a bright start, using his jab to good effect before sending the crowd wild with a big right against a cautious Dawson. However, Flintoff was sent to his knees after catching a right hand early in the second round, but he recovered well to keep himself in the fight. Flintoff took the fight to Dawson, who seemed content to play defence, and after Flintoff landed some decent shots in the final round, the former England captain was awarded a 39-38 victory. "As a personal achievement, I think this is the best. I've had to work so hard," Flintoff said. "The crowd made a massive difference tonight. I'll appreciate I was sloppy at times, but it was a humbling moment."
mAnCheSter: Andrew Flintoff celebrating his debut win in boxing against unbeaten American richard dawson. agenCIes
Beckham helping galaxy in Kaka bid
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David Beckham has been helping L.A. Galaxy in their bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Real Madrid as his replacement, the Major League Soccer club's owner said on Friday. Kaka recently expressed interest in a future move to MLS and on Friday Tim Leiweke, president of Galaxy's owners AEG, told SI.com they wanted to sign the 2007 World Player of the Year. "We're well aware of Kaka's interest in MLS, and we in turn have made it very clear to him that he's aware of our interest in him," said Leiweke. "We have a great relationship with Real Madrid, and just as we worked through a player with them six years ago (Beckham), I'm absolutely convinced we could find the right deal this time, too," he added on the Sports Illustrated website. In an earlier interview with the Galaxy's official podcast Leiweke said they wanted a player to boost the club's profile
in the Hispanic community and said Beckham, who played with Kaka at AC Milan, had taken a leading role in the bid. "The guy who introduced us to this player is David Beckham. David has done the yeoman's work on our behalf at introducing us, getting him comfortable, getting his family comfortable, talking about L.A. and the organization," Leiweke said. Beckham will play his final competitive game with the Galaxy in Saturday's MLS Cup final against Houston Dynamo. The 30-year-old Kaka has long been linked with an eventual move to MLS and his comments after the friendly in New Jersey earlier this month between Brazil and Colombia, indicating his desire for a move in the future, intensified speculation. BIG SHOES: Galaxy's Ireland striker Robbie Keane said he would be delighted to see the Brazilian take Beckham's spot. "We want as a team and an organisation to push on and be the best that we can. To attract players like Kaka, he will have big shoes to fill with David going," said Keane. "We welcome any top players, Kaka was voted one of the best players in the world only a few years ago. We'd welcome anyone with his stature and ability to the Galaxy but ultimately it is down to Tim Leiweke and (coach) Bruce Arena," he said. Beckham's involvement in the attempted deal for his replacement is another fascinating aspect of the former England midfielder's future plans. The 37-year-old has said he intends to have one more playing challenge after leaving Galaxy but will then return to the U.S. to take an ownership role although he has not indicated where that involvement would be or what form it would take. Beckham has an option to take an ownership share in a future expansion team in MLS but Leiweke suggested his involvement will be with the Galaxy. "David is going to continue to be a part of this organization going forward because there is no-one better to go out and get some of the best players in the world to come here than David," he said. Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber also noted that the Galaxy were keen to keep Beckham involved at their club. "I have heard that Tim Leiweke said that he would be interested to talk to David about how he might be involved in the Galaxy, this is all very real-time," he said. At his news conference on Thursday, Beckham mentioned a future role, in some form, as a recruiter of talent for MLS. "Just because I'm not playing here anymore after the weekend, my commitment stays the same. And I will do anything to keep these players coming over like Robbie Keane, like Thierry Henry, and anything I can do on that side of things I want to do," he said.
wembley goalscorer Cole dies at age 27 LONDON AGenCieS
Mitchell Cole, who scored in the first competitive club game at the new Wembley Stadium, has died at the age of 27. Cole, who found the net for Stevenage against Kidderminster in the 2007 FA Trophy final at Wembley, retired as a professional player last year because of a heart condition. "We are sad to hear former Southend, Stevenage and Oxford player Mitchell Cole has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends," the English Football League said on Twitter.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Comment MuHAMMAD Butt There will come a time in the not so distant future when Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will run out of managers to fire or at least most of the good ones. To give you an idea, the trigger happy Russian has terminated six in the last five years. Among them and not restricted to is the most successful manager in the club’s history (Mourinho), a World Cup winner (Scolari), Premiership and two time FA Cup winner (Ancelotti). Seeing the pattern, it is then no surprise that the latest to join this decorated list is the man who last year after taking over mid-season (another sacking) guided the club to not only an FA Cup triumph but also the elusive Champions League trophy. The Italian was never supposed to last this long though. The plan was for him to come in, steady the ship and be on his way in the summer. Abramovich’s best laid plans went out of the window as Roberto Di Matteo delivered where even the Special One had failed. Chelsea had won the right trophy but
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seemingly with the wrong manager. There was a feeling that Di Matteo would eventually be a victim of his own success and a summer shopping spree in excess of eighty million pounds only served to increase that notion. That the Italian was under pressure
was an understatement. He began well enough though with Chelsea sitting top of the Premier League in October but you always felt that he was a couple of results away from getting the sack. Those results came in November and ironically it was a failure in a Champions
League tie that proved to be the final straw. Chelsea had dropped to 3rd and not 13th in the league when RDM was shown the door and while he arguably may not have been the right manager in the long term, sacking him mid-season does not make much sense. What is even more puzzling is the man who has replaced him: Rafael Benitez. There are few managers who are as divisive as Benitez and for good measure. For all the positive qualities he brings to the table, there are some question marks around the Spaniard’s head. Benitez fell out with the boards at all three of his previous clubs for various reasons and even though this arrangement is temporary replacing the seemingly passive Italian with the rather vocal Spaniard is a recipe for fireworks and possible disaster. Rafa’s strong personality is not just restricted for the men in suits. He is likely to care little for reputations. There is the possibility that this may not go down well with the senior players at the club who enjoy a fair bit of clout and who have, if rumours are to be believed, influenced the sacking of more than one manager.
Thirdly and perhaps most crucially in the short term is how Benitez sets his teams out to play. It is believed that Roman Abramovich wants his team to play an attractive and fluid style of football. Why then would you replace the manager who was delivering on that front and replace him with someone who has a reputation for being a cautious manager? It was no surprise then that Chelsea recorded their first clean sheet in eleven games last weekend but failed to score at home for the first time this season. This was followed by another 0-0 score line midweek against Fulham. A decade later and worryingly for football fans in general and Chelsea fans specifically, Abramovich still lacks a coherent plan or vision for his toy. This is not to suggest that Benitez is a poor manager or that he is guaranteed to fail at Stamford Bridge. Far from it and you could quite easily argue that Rafael Benitez is a better manager than Di Matteo but that does not necessarily mean that he is the right manager for Chelsea. The fans have certainly not taken a fancy to the former Liverpool manager and it remains to be seen if favourable results do eventually placate the Chelsea faithful.
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west ham owners tell fans to report racist abuse LONDON AGenCieS
West Ham United's owners have written a letter to supporters telling them to report cases of racist abuse among Hammers fans following the anti-Semitic chants during their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. A small number of West Ham fans allegedly chanted "Viva Lazio" and "Can we stab you every week?" in relation to an attack on Tottenham fans in Rome ahead of a Europa League match with Lazio last week. There were also reports of fans chanting "Adolf Hitler, he's coming for you", and hissing, mimicking the gassing of Jews during the Holocaust. Tottenham have strong Jewish ties. West Ham's joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold published the letter on the club's website (www.whufc.com) ahead of their clash with Chelsea on Saturday. "Saturday's match with Chelsea promises to be thrilling affair and we know we can count on all of you to provide the customary passionate backing for the team that we have witnessed in every game since we arrived at the club," it said. "That is why we were disappointed to read about the actions of the small section of fans that let the club down during last Sunday's game at Tottenham Hotspur. "We were not only disappointed because they reflected badly on our club, but they misrepresented the tens of thousands of outstanding supporters who follow the team home and away throughout the season. "In the rare case that you do see or hear anything inappropriate, there are a number of ways you can report the matter." The club have already banned a season ticket holder in relation to the incidents at Spurs. Five fans were arrested during the game and two cautioned by police for "racially aggravated gesturing", the club said on Monday. Media reports said the gestures were Nazi salutes.
RAEME McDowell will take a 10-week break after the World Challenge ends on Sunday to recharge his batteries for a hectic 2013 campaign on both sides of the Atlantic. The globetrotting Northern Irishman competes regularly on the PGA and European tours and has decided to finish his 2013 U.S. schedule in August, earlier than usual, before switching his focus to the late-season flurry of events in Europe. "I'm probably going to have to play 14 (PGA Tour) events between February and August, as opposed to 15 between January and October," McDowell told reporters after firing a six-under-par 66 at Sherwood Country Club on Friday. "Our version of the playoffs (on the European Tour) makes the end of the year pretty full on. When the guys on this side of the pond are sort of hanging their clubs up for a couple of months, we're kind of putting the pedal down in Europe. "We have a lot of quality events around the world with golf as healthy as it is, but it makes it pretty difficult for a two-tour guy like me," added the Northern Irishman, a seven-time winner on the European Tour. "It's a lot of golf." The final six events on the 2013 European Tour will be staged in Portugal, Australia, China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship. McDowell, who will take a three-shot lead into Saturday's third round of the World Challenge as he seeks a first tournament victory in two years, relishes the prospect of a 10-week break before taking on his busy 2013 schedule. "I'm looking to the next 10 weeks off being a springboard to 2013," he smiled. "I would love to compete and play well this weekend, to put a little icing on what's been a mediocre year. "Despite the fact that I feel like I've played some decent golf this year, I really don't have a lot to show for myself, and this would be a nice way to finish. "Then these next 10 weeks are going to be very important to me to recharge and refocus and reset because I know I'm in a good place, both on and off the course, and I feel very positive about next season, regardless of what happens this weekend." McDowell, who has not triumphed anywhere since a golden 2010 campaign highlighted by his first major victory at the U.S. Open and capped by a playoff win over Tiger Woods at the World Challenge, has a lot going on in his private life at the moment. He announced his engagement to Kristin Stape in Dubai earlier this month and, with their wedding planned for late next year, will shortly be taking up a new residence in Florida. "December will be very much recharging and relaxing and moving into my new house in Orlando and spending some
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SUN CITY: Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie put on a masterclass in ball-striking to claim a one-stroke lead after the second round of the $5 million Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday. The Briton snatched three birdies on the back nine at the Gary Player Country Club to post a three-under-par 69 and a four-under tally of 140, one ahead of European Ryder Cup team mate Martin Kaymer of Germany (69). "I struggled a bit with the driver so I hit a lot of three woods off the tee," 1999 British Open winner Lawrie told reporters. "I also hit a lot of good shots with my irons. The greens though are a little slow and I felt I left a few putts out there." American Bill Haas (73), the joint overnight leader alongside Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, was in a tie for third place on 143 with Italian Francesco Molinari (71) and South Africans Louis Oosthuizen (72) and Charl Schwartzel (71). "The leaderboard is pretty packed," said Lawrie. "It's a case of so far so good for me but there is still a long way to go." Kaymer came out of the blocks fast as he fired three birdies in the opening seven holes. Back-to-back bogeys at the eighth and ninth halted his progress but he then picked up two more birdies coming home. "It was a very good round. I hit a lot of good tee shots and once you hit the fairways here you can score well," said Kaymer. "Unfortunately I hit it in the water at the ninth and made bogey there but three-under is a very good score on this golf course." Oosthuizen woke up feeling under the weather and a double-bogey six at the 17th did nothing for his mood. But a closing birdie at the last hole represented something of a pick-me-up. Defending champion Lee Westwood, the world number six, had a topsy-turvy round as he compiled a 73 containing two double bogeys to take seventh place on 144. Colsaerts made a nightmare start by carding sevens at the second and third holes and eventually ballooned to a 78 for 148. World number four Justin Rose, the highestranked player in the field, slumped to a 79 and was in 12th and last spot on 152. AGenCieS time with friends and family," McDowell said. "And January will be detoxing and practising and getting ready to do it all again, I suppose. It's been a long three years, four years (of competitive golf) for me and I'm look forward to some time off."
Former Finnish Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Jyrki Jarvilehto, who raced as JJ Lehto, has been released from all charges relating to a drunken boat accident in 2010 which killed his friend. The court of appeal in Turku on Friday said it was not clear whether Jarvilehto or his friend had been driving the boat when it hit a bridge support pillar in southern Finland. He was last year sentenced to two years and four months in jail by a district court, which said the victim's injuries indicated he was a passenger and Jarvilehto was the driver. Jarvilehto appealed the sentence, saying he was sitting in the back of the boat when the crash happened. The 46-year-old Finn drove in Formula One between 1989 and 1994. His best result was a third place in a Dallara Judd in the 1991 San Marion Grand Prix. Jarvilehto won the Le Man 24 Hours race in 1995 and 2005.
mardan mamat takes King's Cup lead NEWSDESK Singapore's Mardan Mamat has taken the outright third round lead with a sixunder-par 66 at the US$500,000 King's Cup on Saturday. Thailand's Thaworn Thaworn, a 15-time Asian Tour winner, signaled his intent of capturing his second Order of Merit crown by storming home with four birdies in his closing five holes to stay one back of Mardan with his three-day total of 16-under-par 200 at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club. Thailand's Pariya Junhasavadikul remained on course for his second Asian Tour win when he returned with a 66 to take third place while Spanish rookie Javi Colomo signed for a 65 to share fourth place with Thailand's Arnond Vongvanij, Piya Swangarunporn and defending champion Udorn Duangdecha on 202. It was the battle of the 45-year-olds as Mardan and Thaworn hogged the limelight at the King's Cup which is the third last event of the 2012 Asian Tour Schedule. Mardan knew that he had to remain calm after he could only manage to make the turn in one-under. Two birdies on the 10th and 11th holes soon restored that much-needed confidence for Singapore's number one golfer who then went on to birdie three of his last four holes.
Ferguson satisfied with United’s form NEWSDESK Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Manchester United's form this season. The Red Devils head to Reading on Saturday evening knowing victory will ensure they are top of the Barclays Premier League when they take on City in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on December 8. Some critics cannot quite believe it, nor that United have a seven-point advantage over thirdplaced Chelsea, given that their performances at times have been quite poor. They have gone behind on an incredible 13 occasions and Michael Carrick described Wednesday's win over West Ham as "far from a classic". However, Ferguson is not joining the criticism. "I don't think the form has been that bad to be honest," he said. "But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be. "We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right." And they could soon be boosted by the return of defender Nemanja Vidic. The United skipper has made just 13 appearances since straining a calf muscle at West Brom in August 2011, which started a chronic run of fitness problems. In Basle last December, Vidic ruptured cruciate knee ligaments, which ended his entire campaign. Then, just five matches into the new season, the 31-yearold experienced a tightness around the knee that required
him to undergo more surgery, and even raised fears about whether he would ever return to his best. However, Vidic has been more upbeat about his comeback, indicating at the weekend that he was ready to rejoin first-team training. And whilst the final decision has been left to the 31year-old, Ferguson is not ruling out the prospect of Vidic returning for Wednesday's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj at Old Trafford. "It would be nice to play him on Wednesday," said Ferguson. "I wouldn't be afraid of that. "He has returned to training and done all his work but he needs matches." Vidic will not be involved at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday evening, when Ferguson is hoping Wayne Rooney can increase his goals output from his current paltry tally of three. "Wayne is going through a period like all strikers do, he is not scoring," said
Ferguson. "He has missed bits of games and been off with tonsillitis, and Wayne is the type of player who can't miss games because of the frame he has got. "If he can contribute to the team's success, fine. But we would rather he scored more obviously." MANCINI UNCONCERNED BY TEVEZ FORM: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has no concerns about the form of influential striker Carlos Tevez. After the problems of last season, the Argentinian has been restored to prominence at the forefront of City's attack this term. He began the campaign with four goals in as many games but then hit a barren spell and has scored just three since. Two of them came against Aston Villa a fortnight ago but Tevez has had to settle for a place among the substitutes for the past three games. Mancini said: "No, I'm not disappointed about this form recently.”
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Mullah Nazir orders out Mehsud Taliban fighters PESHAWAR StAff RepORt
ULLAH Nazir, the main pro-government Taliban commander in South Waziristan, has ordered the Mehsud tribesmen and Mehsud Taliban fighters to evacuate the Ahmedzai Wazir area of the tribal agency, two days after a failed suicide attack targeting the powerful militant warlord. The announcement was made following a grand jirga of the Mullah Nazir group, a 120-member 2007 peace committee of the Ahmedzai Wazir clan, the elders of all nine Ahmedzai tribes and their sub-tribes at main Rustam Bazaar market of Wana, the main town of South Waziristan. Nazir was wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber exploded near his car at Rustam Bazaar, killing at least eight and injuring 17 others. It was unclear who was behind the attempt on the militant commander’s life, but Nazir has a long list of enemies. Announcements were made Saturday
on loudspeakers in Azam Warsak, Karikort, Wana and Toikhula bazaar by Nazir loyalists, warning Mehsud Taliban fighters to leave their area by Dec 5 or face action. The group also asked all Mehsud tribesmen, who had taken refuge in the area being displaced as a result of an earlier Pakistan Army operation to cleanse the area of anti-government militants. Nazir, an elder in the Wazir tribe, opposes Uzbek fighters and has had awkward relations with the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) faction, which is dominated by members of the rival Mehsud tribe and led by Hakeemullah Mehsud. Tribal affairs and militancy expert Rahimullah Yousufzai warned earlier that Thursday’s suicide attack could spark a new wave of bloodshed in the restive tribal belt. “It is difficult to say who could be behind the latest attack because Mullah Nazir has problems with Uzbeks, IMU and the TTP,” Yousufzai told news agency AFP. “The enmity with the TTP will rise further if Nazir’s group finds TTP’s involvement in the attack.”
Yemeni al Qaeda operative killed in south waziristan drone attack PESHAWAR: A US drone fired missiles at a vehicle in South Waziristan region on Saturday, killing at least one man suspected to be an al Qaeda-linked foreign militant, officials said. Officials said missiles from the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) hit the car of a Yemeni al Qaeda-linked fighter known as Abdul Rehman al-Zaman Yemeni in Shin Warsak area, about 10km west of Wana, the main town in restive South Waziristan agency. The vehicle was destroyed, killing the foreign militant, he confirmed. The Saturday’s announcements issued on mosque loudspeakers also warned local Ahmedzai Wazir tribesmen of dire consequences if they dared to provide shelter to Mehsuds — either fighters or the IDPs. Any local found guilty of giving shelter to
Mehsuds would be fined about Rs 1 to Rs 1.5 million and their houses will also be demolished, said the warning. Mehsud Taliban fighters hailing from the outlawed TTP have also previously been warned by the Mulllah Nazir group
area of the attack was very close to where a drone had fired missile on another vehicle on Thursday. Three people were killed and one injured in the attack, including an Arab national, sources had initially reported. However, another official today claimed an Arab national killed in the drone strike on Thursday was known as Sheikh Abdul Bari, an al Qaedalinked operative. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to the media. StAff RepORt not to use their soil for attacks, with tensions mounting over time between the two rival groups. Although no one has claimed responsibility for the attack on Nazir so far, many believe the TTP might be behind it.
12 soldiers among 18 buried in avalanches MuZAFFARABAD/RAWALPINDI Online
With the recovery of 16 dead bodies on Saturday, the death toll in the back-to-back avalanches at Sharda sector has crossed 18. Twelve soldiers are among the victims. At least 18 people went missing, including eight soldiers, after they were hit by an avalanche in the Kel sector of Neelum Valley on Friday. A rescue team of soldiers went on a mission to find their three colleagues buried underneath the snow. They had found two bodies, when another avalanche struck. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that the bodies of five soldiers, including an officer and four civilians had been recovered on Saturday. The search for the remaining missing persons is underway.
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CAiRO: tens of thousands of protesters gather in tahrir Square against a decree by president Mohamed Mursi granting himself broad powers that shield his decisions from judicial review.
Political crisis in Balochistan continues as speaker refuses to preside over assembly session QuEttA SHAHzADA zUlfiQAR
Balochistan Assembly Speaker Mohammad Aslam Bhootani on Saturday announced he would not preside over the forthcoming session to be held on Monday on grounds that a province whose constitutional status was in question could not call a session of the House. In a continuation of the political turmoil in Balochistan, Bhootani maintained his earlier stance when he had refused to convene the assembly’s session on the chief minister’s request
last month, following a Supreme Court (SC) order that termed the Balochistan government as unconstitutional for failing to fulfil its duties with regards to the law and order condition and establishment of the government’s writ. Bhootani claimed that after the SC interim order, the provincial government had lost its legal status and therefore he could not call to session an assembly that was unconstitutional in nature. Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi took a medical leave following Bhootani’s initial refusal to convene a session which left no route for Balochistan Chief Minister (CM)
Nawab Aslam Raisani to call a session of the House in order. Raisani, as a result, had to take a vote of confidence from the legislature to assert his legitimacy as chief minister of the province. Talking to media in a function, Bhootani said he had taken a principled stance after the SC’s October 12 interim order on Balochistan that had asked the federal government to take appropriate constitutional measures for improvement of the law and order situation in the province. He said his refusal was a continuation of his earlier stance and it was the governor who
had convened the session this time around, which the deputy speaker could moderate if he wanted to. He further said he had no personal grudges against the chief minister and his cabinet members and if the government had any objections against his stance, it could seek the opinion of the apex court which declared that the government had failed in maintaining law and order in the province. He said he would not budge an inch from his position under any circumstance, even if it led to his eventual removal as the speaker of the assembly.
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All the political parties on Saturday agreed on the name of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the post of caretaker prime minister. Justice Nisar’s name was proposed by the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N). Other names under consideration included Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid, former Supreme Court Bar Association president Asma Jahangir, and Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon. The government’s political allies and the opposition parties criticised the names of Asma Jahangir and Abdullah Haroon, arguing that the caretaker prime minister should be impartial as the elections depends on him. Some political parties opposed the Jahangir and Haroon because of their close ties with President Asif Ali Zardari. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have agreed upon the name of Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid. Justice (r) Nasir Aslam Zahid was one of the judges who had refused to take oath under the PCO in the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He is currently engaged with a private organisation working to free Pakistani prisoners from Indian jails. On the other hand, Chaudhry Nisar told a private TV channel that there was no agreement yet between the government and PMLN on the name for caretaker prime minister.