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Sunday, 4 August, 2013 Ramadan 25, 1434

As many as 36 people were killed and dozens injured in rain-related incidents as torrential downpours inundated Karachi and the country’s northwest on Saturday. The Pakistan Army was called out to support relief work in Karachi, where 16 people died. story on page 03

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Interpol suspects Qaeda behind pakistan jailbreaks

transit troubles! UK denies visa to salman

egypt police call on Morsi protesters to leave sit-in

another reference ready against pervaiz ashraf

The global police agency Interpol on Saturday said it suspected al Qaeda was involved in recent jailbreaks across nine countries, including Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. Interpol said in a statement that the jailbreaks "led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals" in the past month alone and issued a security alert. It has also asked its 190 member countries to help "determine whether any of these recent events are coordinated and linked". pag e 02

Actor Salman Khan, who is scheduled to shoot in the UK for his upcoming film ‘Kick’, has not been given visa. His father, Salim Khan, said the visa was denied because some papers related to the court cases against him relating to alleged hunting chinkara and blackbuck in Rajasthan during the shoot of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998 did not reach here in time. Salman was convicted in two cases and was handed sentence of five years in one case and a year in the other. pag e 12

An Egyptian police official called Saturday on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to abandon their protest sit-ins, saying it would pave the way for his Muslim Brotherhood to return to a normal role in the country’s political process. The nationally televised remarks by Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif came as authorities announced plans to break up the two main Cairo sit-ins by erecting cordons to prevent people from entering them. pag e 07

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has readied a corruption reference against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case, but the bureau is waiting to get a chief to file it in the accountability court. The corruption reference pertaining to Naudero II power plant case was finalised after recording final statement by the former prime minister who failed to justify his actions, said a NAB official. pag e 18


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IndIan drone vIolates PakIstan aIrsPace LAhoRe ONlINE

An unmanned Indian spy plane on Saturday violated Pakistan’s airspace near Sialkot, officials said. “The Indian remote piloted vehicle (RPV) entered Pakistani airspace in Sialkot sector,” security officials said, adding that the plane was forced back home after the Pakistan Air Force came into action. The Indian aircraft penetrated about 350 meters into Pakistani territory for approximately two minutes. A few months back an Indian Air Force fighter plane also violated Pakistan’s airspace. In recent days, both the nuclear armed neighbours have witnessed tension on the disputed Kashmir boundary.

JcP aPProves Judges for sHc, BHc ISLAMABAD ONlINE

Pakistan’s Judicial Commission on Saturday.approved the appointments of seven additional judges and three judges to the Sindh and Balochistan High Courts, respectively. The commission’s meeting was chaired by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry at the Supreme Court. The commission approved the appointment of Shaukat Memon, Mrs Ashraf Jehan, Hassan Feroz, Abdul Malik, Nazar Akbar, Abdul Ghaffar Junaid and Zafar Rajput as additional judges of the Sindh High Court. The commission also approved the appointments of Shakeel Ahmed, Mohammad Ejaz Swat and Kamran Malakhel as judges of the Balochistan High Court.

BenazIr aIrPort cleared after searcH oPeratIon ISLAMABAD ONlINE

Paramilitary troops on Saturday carried out a search operation at the Benazir International Airport amid security threats and cleared it at 6am. Security at the airport was put on high alert after receiving intelligence report of a possible terror attack. Rangers and army were called in and deployed at all entry and exit points, while the airport parking lot was also vacated. Heavy contingents of rangers sealed all the roads leading to the airport. The officials also stopped the passengers from going inside the airport. Entrance of private vehicles into the airport was also barred. The airport authorities termed the move as a routine search over fear of terrorists attack.

Indian consulate attacked in Jalalabad, nine killed JALALABAD AGENCIES

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NSURGENTS attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's eastern capital on Saturday, killing nine people and reinforcing fears that a bloody regional power struggle will be played out in the country once most foreign troops leave. Twenty-three people were wounded when checkpoint guards stopped three attackers in a car as they approached the consulate in Jalalbabad city, the office of the governor of Nangarhar province, Gul Agha Sherzai, said in a statement. Two attackers leapt from the car and a gunfight broke out, while the third detonated explosives. No Indian officials were killed, though the blast badly damaged a mosque and dozens of homes and small shops nearby. India condemned the attack and, without naming any country or group, blamed outside forces. "This attack has once again highlighted that the main threat to Afghanistan's security and stability stems from terrorism and the terror machine that continues to operate from beyond its borders," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have long vied for power and influence in Afghanistan. Many see their struggle intensifying after the departure of most international forces by the end of next year. Afghans fear the void left by the NATO-led foreign forces could lead to yet another round of bloody external interference in the impoverished and violence-racked country. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is seen as close to India and strongly op-

JALALABAD: An Afghan security personnel stands guard as rescue personnel clear the site of a suicide attack on the Indian consulate in the city on Saturday.

posed to the Taliban, who some say is supported by elements of the Pakistani state, in particular its powerful intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The Taliban, which spearheads armed opposition to Karzai's Westernbacked government, denied responsibility for Saturday's attack on the Indian mission close to Pakistan's border. Attacks on the Indian embassy in Kabul - there were two during 2008 and 2009 that together killed more than 50 people - led to accusations by Karzai that Pakistan was attempting to compromise India-Afghanistan relations. He gave no evidence for his assertion, and Pakistan denied it was true. Earlier on Saturday, India's Mail

Today reported that New Delhi's ambassador to Kabul was recently warned that the ISI had paid the Haqqani insurgent network - which is allied with the Taliban - to assassinate him. "It was a specific alert. A team of security officials was sent to Afghanistan for a security review and it has made some recommendations. Clearly the aim is to pin down our top diplomat so we back off from our work," a senior official told the daily. Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin declined to comment on the report, which was sourced to Indian officials who had seen communication intercepts. A Pakistani security official dubbed the report "nonsense". "Why would we

do such a thing when we are trying to improve economic ties with India?" he said. PAKISTAN CONDEMNS: Pakistan has strongly condemned the suicide attack in Jalalabad. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families,” a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Saturday. The statement added that the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad is located near the Indian mission. It added that the consular staff and other Pakistanis were reported safe. “Terrorism is the common enemy that countries in the region face. Collective endeavours would help effectively combat this scourge.”

Interpol suspects Qaeda behind recent Pakistan jailbreaks PARIS AGENCIES

The global police agency Interpol on Saturday said it suspected al Qaeda was involved in recent jailbreaks across nine countries, including Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. Interpol said in a statement that the jailbreaks "led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals" in the past month alone and issued a security alert. It has also asked its 190 member countries to help "determine whether any of these recent events are coordinated and linked" and to immediately convey any intelligence which could help prevent another attack. The Interpol alert comes the day after the United States

issued a worldwide travel warning and ordered that its embassies across the Islamic world be temporarily closed due to unspecified plans by al Qaeda to strike US interests in the Middle East or North Africa in August. Germany and Britain have also announced that their embassies in Yemen would be closed on Sunday and Monday for security reasons. Interpol, based in the central eastern city of France, noted that August is the anniversary of attacks in India, Russia and Indonesia. This week also marks the 15th anniversary of the US embassy bombings in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, that killed more than 200 mostly African citizens and injured thousands.

LocKed Up tIght! LAHORE: Prisons are not meant to be nice places but allowing inmates a certain amount of space is good practice, even in places where it is not a legal requirement. There are about 74, 944 prisoners currently detained in Pakistani prisons, almost 200 percent more than the holding capacities of the establishments. A graphic comparison of the total number of prisoners and the capacities of the countries’ jails mentioned is shown in the chart. STAFF REPORT


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S many as 36 people were killed and dozens injured in rain-related incidents as torrential downpours inundated Karachi and the country's northwest on Saturday. The Pakistan Army was called out to support relief work in Karachi, where 16 people died. Five persons, including three children, were electrocuted while a woman drowned after falling into an open manhole, officials said. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were also affected by rains, with 14 reported dead and 34 injured in separate incidents since yesterday. Six deaths were reported in Punjab. Four members of a family were killed in Parachinar when the wall of a house collapsed. Deaths were also reported in Peshawar and Chitral. Five women and a girl child were killed and several others injured across KP. In South Waziristan five people, including a woman, drowned in flashfloods triggered by heavy rains. The Met Office said 115mm of rain was recorded in Karachi. Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said an emergency had been declared in the city. An official of the Karachi Electricity Corporation said at least 400 feeders had

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tripped or been damaged by the rains which continued throughout the day. "Every time we get rains in Karachi, there is no power. When will these people ever learn?" said Fahad Ahmed, a resident of Karachi. Extensive property damage was reported from Pakistan's northern regions and residents in many areas were forced to leave homes inundated by rainwater. More mass displacement is expected as the level of several rivers continues to rise. Nearly 50,000 cusecs of water flowed into Warsak Dam on Friday, increasing its water level. Officials said they feared the flooding could reach Nowshera. KP DISTRICTS SENSITIVE: According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority, seven districts of KhyberPakhtunkhwa have been declared sensitive. PDMA chief Atifur Rehman said tents, water and food supplies had been sent to these areas, but "the situation is something to worry about". In the northern Chitral district, officials said rains had washed away about 60 houses and destroyed two bridges connecting the Kalash valley. Unofficially, however, the figure was as high as 120. At least 45 of these houses were in Bamboret valley. Four people were killed at Bagh in Azad Kashmir when their vehicle was swept off the road by flashfloods. Another man reportedly drowned in Bagh's Ghani-

SAMBRIAL: A motorcyclist makes effort to cross a flooded road on Saturday as monsoon rains triggered flashflood in Nullah Dek, inundating several villages in the area. INP

abad area. Seventeen more were reported injured across Azad Kashmir. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the National Disaster Management Authority to immediately coordinate relief efforts with the provincial government. In Balochistan’s districts Jhal Magsi, Naseerabad and Jaffarabad four people were killed and dozen others were injured. The floods damaged hundreds of houses

and inundated several villages. The Met Department has issued flood warning in northwest and eastern area of the province. The reports say Quetta, Kalat, Naushki, Harnai, Zhob, Ziarat, Mastung Jhal Magsi, Sibi, Naseerabad, Sanjavi, Mushakhel, Dera Allyar, Khuzdar and other areas received heavy rains that caused flashfloods that damaged hundreds of mud-houses and destroyed standing

KP CM approves wide-ranging educational reforms PeShAwAR ONlINE

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Parvez Khattak approved wide-ranging reforms package in the education department which provides for schooling of each and every child in the province to bring quality of education. He approved the packages during a briefing of working group on education sector reforms on Saturday On the occasion, the CM stressed to

bring each and every child of the province into the education net. He regretted that despite all claims and promises, still three million children were out of schools coupled with high rate of drop outs in the province. “We must launch a comprehensive and effective campaign to admit these children into schools whichever way it is possible”, he mentioned. The education working group presented recommendations including viable and practicable proposals for

provision of quality education in public sector education institutions, performancebased recognition, peaceful working conditions and environments for the teachers, teachers training, medium of instructions, quality text books and effective curricula. PTI chief Imran Khan, provincial ministers Mohammad Atif, Shahram Khan Tarakai, Habibur Rehman, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, MNAs, MPAs and other notables were present on the occasion.

corps besides perishing cattle. A body, identified as that of Ali Murad, a resident of Goth Akhundani, was recovered while two people were rescued by volunteers. Balochistan government’s spokesman Jan Buledi told reporters that rescue operations had been initiated in Jhal Magsi and the Irrigation secretary and the Provincial Disaster Management Authority DG had been moved there to supervise relief work.

sc to review cases against 19 institutions ISLAMABAD: A two-member bench of the Supreme Court chaired by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali would review cases against 19 official institutions. The institutions are said to have refused to allow the auditing of secret funds by the auditor general, and would thus deliberate their stance over the issue. In one of its earlier verdicts, the SC had already declared that no fund, however secret, was immune from its mandatory audit. “It is only the prerogative of AG to decide what funds to keep secret,” the bench ruled. ONlINE


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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif met King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz early on Saturday and exchanged views on the solutions to challenges facing Muslims and ways and means for bolstering cooperation between two countries in diverse fields. Sharif was accorded extraordinary protocol on his arrival in Saudi Arabia on a private visit. Makkah Governor Khalid Al Faisal received Nawaz. It is for the first time during that a key figure of royal family has received any Pakistani dignitary on his arrival. Earlier, Jeddah Governor Mashal Bin Majid had been discharging this obligation whose status is equivalent to mayor Jeddah. Foreign media said receiving Sharif by Khalid Al Faisal is being seen as a specific sign of former relations with royal family. The PM also met Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz in Makkah and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Sharif’s son Hussain

MAKKAH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with Saudi King Shah Abdullah. INP

Nawaz were also present. Sharif said both the countries had supported each other in trying times and the two countries are enjoying excellent ties in all the spheres. The relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are not only political but they are embedded in the hearts of people of the two countries, he remarked. The Saudi king congratulated Nawaz on becoming the prime minister for the third term. The meeting

was also attended by Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Advisor to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Advisor and Special Envoy of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, Prince Faisal bin Abdullah bin Mohammed, Minister of Education and Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. The PM expressed gratitude for

the sentiments and also thanked for a very warm welcome and hospitality extended to him during his private visit to Saudi Arabia. Nawaz said that the relations were not based on political expediency, rather the same were etched deep in the heart of every Pakistani and Saudi nationals. "We care about each other more in practice than in words," he remarked. This is the second foreign tour of Sharif after assumption of his office. He had flown to China during his

first offshore visit. Pakistani media showed wonder over his visit of China instead of Saudi Arabia. Traditionally, Pakistani rulers had been visiting Saudi Arabia during their first foreign visit earlier and China comes on second number. PML-N sources said Sharif had done so due to Ramadan. He was desirous to spend last 10 days of Ramadan in Makkah and Medina. Saudi media particularly highlighted Nawaz Sharif’s relations with royal family of Saudi Arabia.

idB to extend loan of euros 750m, trade facility of $150m ISLAMABAD ONlINE

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) agreed to extend a loan facility of Euros 750 million to Pakistan, with the release of the first tranche of this loan before August 15. IDB President Ahmed Muhammad Ali and the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar decided this in a meeting at Jeddah on Saturday. During the meeting the Ali assured Dar of the

IDB’s full cooperation and support for Pakistan. Furthermore, Ali informed Dar that the IDB was keen on working with Pakistan for the eradication of Polio in the country. Ali appreciated the reforms and liberalisation measures taken by Nawaz Sharif’s government for the revival and stabilisation of economy. Ali also agreed to extend the $150 million trade facility for the import of fertiliser and

petroleum products. Dar appreciated the IDB’s support to Pakistan and the personal interest taken by Ali. Ali praised the minister for his contribution towards the development and performance of the IDB when he was its chairman in 1998-99. Moreover, Dar appreciated the role being played by the IDB in helping Islamic countries and in promoting the Islamic mode of banking. Dar also invited Ali to visit Pakistan.

Punjab govt and Chinese firm ink five Mou’s LAhoRe ONlINE

A signing ceremony of five Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between the Punjab government and the renowned Chinese IRM Harbour Engineering Company for cooperation in the energy and infrastructure sectors was held on Saturday. Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif, China Harbour Engineering Company

Vice President Tang Qiaoliang, Provincial Ministers Sher Ali Khan and Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, energy and finance secretary’s, planning & development chairman and other officials concerned were present. Under the agreements the Chinese company would complete the projects of Ravi Lake City, LNG, Ring Road construction and new transmission lines from Gwadar to Punjab and generating 1200 MW electricity through coal.

another day In QUetta: a MUrder, a KIdnappIng and three InjUrIes QUETTA: On Saturday a trader was kidnapped, one person killed and three others injured in separate incidents in different areas of Balochistan. Police officials said that unidentified armed personnel opened indiscriminate fire on a man at Killa Abdullah Chaman’s National Highway. He sustained serious wounds and succumbed to his injuries while the assailants fled soon afterwards. In another incident Balochistan National PartyAwami (BNP-A)’s Muhammad Ismail Sheikh and two of his companions were injured in an armed attack in Khuzdar. The BNP-A leader was on his way home when unknown armed personnel opened fire on the vehicle he was travelling in. Moreover, a trader was kidnapped by unknown personnel in Quetta’s Satellite town. One Haji Ishaq Mughal was on his way to his shop when three unknown armed individuals took him on gun point and drove him away after bundling him into a car. STAFF REPORT

UK fIrM fILes $500M case agaInst naB LONDON/ISLAMABAD: A British company tasked by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to help unearth secret accounts and properties of Pakistanis in the United Kingdom (UK) filed a $500 million case on Saturday against the NAB on charges violating their agreement via non payment of its dues. Reports revealed that NAB deputy chairman stopped the payment of Rs 76 million to a foreign legal firm to defend the NAB. The Broadsheet Company filed the case in a UK court on the plea that the NAB did not fulfil its prestated agreements. They said that under the agreement reached in June 2000, the NAB made a payment of $1.5 million to the company, but it termed the payment as violation of the agreement and approached the British court. The NAB got the approval of the law and justice ministry to defend its case in Britain and has hired a legal firm to present its case. The finance ministry had accorded the approval of Rs 76 million to make payment to the legal firm, but the Deputy Chairman reportedly stopped this payment and directed to get another legal opinion from the law ministry. INP

opp will resist 18th amendment tooth and nail: shah ISLAMABAD NNI

KALLAT: A huge crack which appeared in the 1935 earthquake in Kali Muhammad Shahi reappeared after the rain on Saturday. ONlINE

Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said any attempt to change 18th amendment would be resisted tooth and nail to safeguard the interest of small provinces, minorities and downtrodden segments of the society. In a statement issued on Saturday, the PPP leader said the attempt would be resis-

ted by all the political parties even belonging to smaller provinces. He also deplored the statement of Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi hinting at changing the 18th amendment. Shah said in the 18th amendment provinces had been empowered to strengthen their roots in the federation and this had been done as per demand and spirit of the

constitution of Pakistan. “We shall not allow the present government to take back the powers and privileges given to provinces under 18th amendment,” the opposition leader warned. The PPP leader also warned the government not to touch the settled issues as the country could not afford to open a pandora box at this juncture of time. The secret of strong and secure Pakistan lies in the empower-

ment of provinces and deliverance of due rights to them irrespective of their size and stature in politico-economic arena of the country, he stressed. If someone wanted to establish a factory fueled by natural gas, he must go and establish the factory where there the source of energy was available in abundance but he should not take the share of others’ resources, he noted.


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UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the future roadmap has been prepared for the energy sector‚ which will be implemented speedily. He was presiding over a highlevel meeting of Punjab Energy Committee on Saturday. The CM also decided to set up a small energy secretariat for ensuring investment in energy projects, provision of facilities to the investors and rapid implementation on the projects. He said the energy secretariat would work in the Civil Secretariat and the CM office at the same time for effective mutual liaison. He said it was decided to immediately constitute a provincial energy commission in Punjab to formulate the rules and

Quaid-e-azaM Solar ParK to be launChed in a few dayS in CholiStan regulations and policy framework of the energy projects. The CM said with the establishment of the secretariat and the commission, matters of the energy sector would be disposed off smoothly and one-window facility would be provided to the investors for all energy projects. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz said after consulting the experts and all stakeholders the Punjab government had prepared a future roadmap for the energy sector which would be implemented without any delay to overcome the energy crisis and restore industrial and trade activities soon. The CM said the steps of the Punjab government in the right direction for solving the energy crisis would yield positive results. He expressed the hope that the energy projects would soon be given a practical shape.

National economy needs to be put on track: Rasheed LAhoRe STAFF REPORT

Federal Information Minister Pervez Rasheed said on Saturday that the government is allowing a subsidy of Rs 8 per unit on electricity bills to the people. “Thermal power projects are generating electricity at the rate of Rs 15 per unit and we are providing a subsidy of Rs 8 per unit to the people”, he said. Nawaz Sharif opposed electricity generation through thermal power projects in 1993, he said. “We voiced protest against thermal power projects from 1993 to 1996 in and outside the parliament but no heed was paid to our protest nor did anyone try to understand our stance, he said. The minister said the former government had bequeathed the present government with loans amounting to Rs 6,000 billion, including the circular debt of Rs 503 billion. “The national economy has to be corrected. It has been based on wrong foundations,” he said. The world powers made headway when a competitive environment was extended to them but in our country such an environment has not been created, he observed. There is no strategy to generate electricity from coal-based or hydel power projects, he said. “Since our governments are not allowed to complete their term but are thrown out of office, the governments which

completed their full term should be questioned why they did not allow these projects to materialise,” Rasheed said. The incidents of kidnapping of the sons of slain Salman Taseer and former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani which occurred during the previous government were deplorable, he said, adding that the present government was grieved over those incidents. “This way we have damaged our position and have also desecrated the sanctity of our borders,” Rasheed said. “Such incidents are taking place due to our wrong policies. The terrorists enter Pakistan by crossing over our borders and indulge in various criminal activities,” he said. He went on to add that other countries had such complaints with us and we also lodge complaints with them. He said the country would have to be freed from these criminals besides ensuring the restoration of Pakistan’s sovereignty. Eliminating these elements was on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) agenda, he said. Responding to a question he said the correct use of words was essential. Sometimes the word “shameful” becomes an abuse, he said, adding “I appeal to the educational institutions to impart courses to the people who do not know the meaning of their words.” On the issue of drone strikes he said Pakistan wanted to sort out all issues through dialogue.

Shahbaz termed the Energy Investment Conference as a good sign for the future of the energy sector. He said investors had been motivated through the conference to launch energy projects. He said the Punjab government was going to lay the foundation stone of Quaide-Azam Solar Park on a 7,500-acre land in Cholistan within a few days to facilitate local and foreign investors, adding that the infrastructure design of the park would be prepared immediately. He directed the energy committee to prepare a financial model with recommendations for all phases from the launching of the project to its completion. A team of Chinese engineers was arriving in Pakistan soon to start work on the Nandipur Power Project, he said. He said the country would be free of energy crisis by energy generation through alternate means adding that the Punjab government would try to complete the energy projects as soon as possible. The CM also ordered the constitution of a technical sub-committee, solar, coal and hydel sub-committee, biomass, biogas and bagasse sub-committee and a finance sub-committee for the provincial energy commission.

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32 more InsPectors, 156 wardens dePloyed In cIty LAHORE: Lahore Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Sohail Chaudhry on Saturday deployed 32 more inspectors and 156 traffic wardens at markets, bazaars and shopping malls to check the traffic flow during Ramadan. He directed officials to take stern action against those involved in stopping the smooth flow of traffic, wrong parking and encroachments. Fork lifters have been sent to busy and important markets to prevent traffic jams due to wrong parking. The CTO appealed to the citizens to park their vehicles in parking areas to avoid traffic jams. STAFF REPORT


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stePs afoot to rectIfy Power sector’s anomalIes: aBId sHer LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government is determined to curb electricity theft, curtail line losses, control mismanagement and corruption in the power sector to bridge the electricity demand and supply gap and ensure justified electricity distribution and tariff, said State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali in a media briefing after having meetings with the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL),Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), FESCO (Faisalabad) and Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) at the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) House on Saturday. The minister said, “Departmental corruption, favoritism in power distribution, mismanagement in the execution of power projects, electricity thefts of about 3,000 megawatts every year and line losses during the previous governments had marred the entire power system of the country, resulting in the loss of billions of rupees to the national exchequer.” He said despite the availability of funds new grid stations at Dubbar, Taju, Khuzdar and Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan which were to be completed by the NTDCL in 2011, had not yet been executed. The previous government had also not started work on stretching the transmission lines to connect the under-construction 970 MW Neelum-Jhehlum Hydropower Project (NJHP) to the national grid, he added. He said if the former prime minister had reduced or abolished his heavy discretionary funds the NJHP transmission line and Nandipur Project would have been completed already.” On the prime minister’s directive, Abid Sher Ali said he had directed the authorities concerned to complete the 350 MW grid station at Khuzdar by the end of this year to facilitate the power consumers in Balochistan. For the first time in the history of Pakistan the electricity generation was recorded at 16,170 MW two days ago, he said, adding that unfortunately it could not be utilised properly due to the obsolete power infrastructure. APP

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property dealer on Saturday was shot dead by his opponents in Defence-A area over an old enmity. The police have taken the body in custody and started investigation. According to details, Nadeem, a resident of Nishat Colony, had nursed enmity with property dealer Barkat Ali. Barkat’s son Ali Raza had killed Nadeem’s friend sometime ago and is currently serving a jail sentence.

On Saturday night, Barkat was in the area to meet someone. His rival group came to know about his presence and two motorcyclists opened fire on him. He died on the spot. Police said they have not received a complaint to register a case so far. Man tries to rape maid: A man tried to rape his maid in Shahdara Town police precincts on Saturday. According to details, her father reached the scene and saved his daughter. The girl’s father, Zulfiqar, said his two daughter -- Rida and Nida – were working at Malik Ejaz alias Heera’s house for the last one year. He said he went to Ejaz’s

house along with neighbor Javed when his daughter did not return from work. He said when they reached near the house they heard her cries. Zulfiqar said he saw that his daughter was being assaulted. He said Ejaz told him that Rida had stolen valuables but Rida denied the charge and said her employer had tried to rape her. Shahdara Town police have registered a case against Ejaz on the complaint of Zulfiqar. 110 polling stations declared sensitive: The district returning officer on Saturday sent polling scheme to the Provincial Election Commission for by-polls in one national and three provincial

LHC CJ seeks report on ‘custodial killing’ LAhoRe STAFF REPORT

The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice on Saturday directed the Lahore district and session judge to submit a report within three days regarding a probe by the judicial magistrate in the death of an accused in the custody of the Raiwind Police. The LHC Complaint Cell had taken notice of news published in a local newspaper regarding the killing of 42year-old Nadeem Ahmad due to physical torture by the Raiwind Police. The DSJ had reported that Nadeem and four other accused were arrested by Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI)

Muhammad Aslam for gambling and a sum of Rs 4,300 was also recovered from them. He said a criminal case was registered against them. During overnight custody, Nadeem got ill and was shifted to Civil Hospital Raiwind by the ASI. After check up he was referred to Jinnah Hospital, Lahore where he expired after a few hours. During his treatment at Jinnah Hospital, his relatives were also present there. The post mortem report revealed that there was no mark of violence on his body at the time of autopsy. Moreover a specimen had been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for analysis to determine the cause of death.

nePotIsm alleged In Ptv corPoratIon LAhoRe STAFF REPORT

assembly constituencies. According to the scheme, NA-129 has 20 polling stations, PP-124 has 24, PP-150 25 and PP-161 has 41 sensitive polling stations. All four returning officers have sent their polling schemes to the DRO. The DRO later sent them to the election commission. Two nominees of the PML-N, Hafiz Mian Nauman and Asad Ashraf, withdrew their papers and informed the returning officer. Hafiz Nauman had submitted papers for NA-129 and Asad was a contender for PP-142. Salman Rafique is running for PP-142 and Shazia Mubashar is a candidate for NA-129.

no rain in city before wednesday: Met office LAHORE: Hot and humid weather would prevail for the next two to three days and rain in Lahore was unlikely before Wednesday, the Met Office reported on Saturday. According to weather experts, a seasonal low lies over west Balochistan and the adjoining areas. Lahore would experience partly cloudy weather on Sunday and the temperature was likely to increase to 35C while the minimum temperature was expected to be 26C, the Met Office reported. On Saturday, the minimum temperature in Lahore remained 25-27C while the maximum temperature was 37C. In other parts of the country,

including Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), south Punjab, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas, the Met Office forecast widespread rain and thunderstorms. Isolated rain and thunderstorm was likely in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Heavy falls are expected in upper and south KP, lower Sindh and northeast Balochistan. The Met office forecast report said monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal were entering most parts of the country. During the last 24 hours, rain and thunderstorms occurred in scattered places of KP, Balochistan, Sindh, Punjab, GB, Kashmir and Islamabad. STAFF REPORT

Lahore now measles-free city! LAhoRe APP

Extended Programme for Immunisation (EPI) Director Dr Munir Hussain on Saturday declared the city “measles-free”. He said measles had almost been eradicated from the city as no case of measles was reported during the last three days. However in other parts of the province, the cases reported per day had

dropped from 80 to 90 to 13 to 22. According to health department officials, at least 192 deaths occurred in Punjab during the measles epidemic in the last seven months. They said 23,025 cases were reported out of which 5,864 were from Lahore. They appealed to parents to get children up to five years of age vaccinated against measles without delay and cooperate with the vaccinating teams.

Favoritism is allegedly rampant in the state-led Pakistan Television (PTV) Corporation where junior officers are being patronised, neglecting the seniors, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday. Sources alleged that the top brass in the PTV from the previous government was giving outof-turn privileges to junior officers to save their own skin. They said only a “selected few” were being kept in mind while preparing the annual progress report of the officials.According to details, a group of PTV officials has written a letter to Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed regarding the current situation.


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N Egyptian police official called Saturday on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi to abandon their protest sit-ins, saying it would pave the way for his Muslim Brotherhood to return to a normal role in the country’s political process. The nationally televised remarks by Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif came as authorities announced plans to break up the two main Cairo sit-ins by erecting cordons to prevent people from entering them. Morsi’s backers, including his Muslim Brotherhood group, have vowed to continue protesting until he’s reinstated. He was ousted in a military coup July 3 after several days of protests by millions who took to the street to demand his

ouster. Abdel-Latif promised the protesters they would be able to leave without being arrested if they had not committed any crimes. He offered protection and safe passage to those willing to leave the two main camps — a large one outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in eastern Cairo and a smaller one near Cairo University’s main campus in Giza. “If you believe you are bringing victory to the Brotherhood, it is your safe and secure departure that will allow the Brotherhood to go back to its role in the political process,” Abdel-Latif said. He said that Islamist leaders at the sitins are controlling information and “brainwashing” the protesters into thinking the sit-ins are in defense of Islam. The Interior Ministry said some of the sit-ins’ organizers were involved in “killings, torture and abductions.”

aL Qaeda Leader teLLs MorsI sUpporters deMocracy not the way ABU DHABI: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters to abandon democracy and seek to govern through the full implementation of Islamic law. In a 15-minute recording posted on Islamist websites on Saturday, Zawahri also criticised Islamists who had formed political parties in Egypt and supported the Egyptian military in ousting former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. “I give this piece of advice to whoever supported Morsi and I tell them first we have to admit that legitimacy doesn’t lie in elections and democracy but it lies in Sharia,” Zawahri said. “Sharia is not electing Morsi president of a republic, a president of a secular and nationalistic state,” he added. The recording, posted two days after US Secretary of State John Kerry gave his seal of approval to Egypt’s new leaders saying that they had restored democracy, also lashed out against US policy and the Egyptian army. “The crusaders, the secularists, the pro-US army and former Mubarak supporters and a few of those who are linked to the Islamists have worked with Gulf money and US planning to overthrow Mohamed Morsi’s government,” Zawahri said. More than 300 people have been killed in Egypt since the army removed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood from power on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule. The popular mood in Egypt had swung against the Brotherhood after Morsi was accused of trying to establish himself as a new dictator during his first year in office. Pro-Morsi supporters have been staging two main sit-ins in Cairo since his ouster asking to bring him back to power. “what has happened is the greatest evidence that taking democracy as a path to Islamic rule has failed,” Zawahri said. AGENCIES

Last weekend, the Interior Ministry said 11 bodies were found near both protest sites, with some showing signs of torture. The London-based rights group Amnesty International also said it had testimony of alleged killings and torture at the hands of Morsi supporters inside the sit-ins, including a witness who said he saw one man stabbed and another have his throat cut.

In a new allegation, Egypt’s state news agency reported Saturday that a 25 year-old worker was detained and violently beaten at one of the sit-ins. It quoted a security official as saying that the young man was found late Friday near a military factory south of Cairo with severe bruises and injuries. He told police he was abducted two days ago by pro-Morsi protesters who were partici-

pating in a march after he criticized them. There are fears of more bloodshed if the sit-ins are dispersed by force. Already more than 280 people have been killed in violence since Morsi’s ouster. The bloodiest incident took place last week, when more than 80 pro-Morsi supporters were killed in clashes with police near the sit-in at Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque.

Moroccans protest against pardon of spanish paedophile

LEIPZIG: A man looks at a section of a 360º panoramic picture of the historic battle of the nations in Leipzig. The monumental image created by Yadegar Asisi shows scenes from the 1813 battle between Napoleon's retreating army and troops from Austria, Prussia, Russia and Sweden. AGENCIES

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A Zimbabwean election commissioner has resigned, citing doubts about the integrity of results showing a big win for President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party but dismissed as a fraud-riddled farce by his main challenger. Mkhululi Nyathi said he quit the nine-member Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) over the way it managed the presidential and parliamentary vote held on Wednesday. His resignation is likely to add to the dispute over the election both inside and outside Zimbabwe. The vote, which looks certain to extend 89-year-old Mugabe’s 33-year rule in the southern African nation, passed off peacefully and received broad approval from African observers. Africa’s oldest leader, Mugabe has governed the former British colony, then known as Rhodesia, since independence in 1980. Mugabe’s main rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has denounced the July 31 election as a “huge farce”, alleging massive rigging by ZANUPF. Zimbabwe’s largest domestic observer group has also called the elections “seriously compromised” “While throughout the whole process I retained some measure of hope that the integrity of the whole process could be salvaged along the way, this was

not to be,” Nyathi said in a resignation letter seen by Reuters on Saturday. Contacted by telephone, Nyathi declined to discuss his concerns in detail. Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Friday it could take to the streets to challenge ZANU-PF’s claim of a landslide victory, made less than 24 hours after the polls had closed on Wednesday. Results for the parliamentary vote released so far by the ZEC show that ZANU-PF will have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to make constitutional changes. Zimbabwe state media is also reporting Mugabe is poised for a resounding win. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has until Monday to release the official results of the presidential vote. SERIOUS FLAWS ALLEGED: Tsvangirai has called on the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to investigate the vote, calling it “null and void” and “not credible”. But he faces an uphill struggle to convince the regional bodies, as their observers have already endorsed the election as free and peaceful, while acknowledging minor problems. Western observers were kept out by Harare, and independent domestic monitors have described the vote as deeply flawed by registration problems that may have disenfranchised up to a million people. This includes the lack of availability of an updated

voters’ roll, as required by law. SADC observers have urged Tsvangirai to accept the result. They expressed relief that the elections have so far avoided 0the kind of violence that marred a disputed vote in 2008. Then, 200 MDC supporters were killed by ZANUPF supporters. Western rejection of the regional African verdict on the election could stir tensions with the continent. But acceptance of Mugabe’s victory will be criticized in countries that say he is a despot guilty of rights abuses and ruining the economy. Britain, a sharp critic of Mugabe in the past, said it was concerned that Zimbabwe had not enacted important electoral reforms before the vote. The US government, which has imposed sanctions against Mugabe, said “a peaceful and orderly election day does not by itself guarantee a free and fair outcome”. The European Union, which relaxed some sanctions earlier this year after a new Zimbabwe constitution was approved in a referendum, has said it is too early to assess the election’s fairness and that it is waiting for the definitive results. Given the sanctions, the view from the West is key to the future of Zimbabwe’s economy, which is still struggling with the aftermath of a decade-long slump and hyperinflation that ended in 2009 when the worthless Zimbabwe dollar was scrapped.

RABAT: Riot police broke up a protest by hundreds of Moroccans late on friday against a royal pardon for a Spanish paedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping and filming children as young as four. In running clashes with the demonstrators, baton-wielding police prevented them from gathering in front of the Moroccan parliament in the centre of the capital Rabat, injuring several people including journalists. The convicted paedophile is among 48 jailed Spaniards who were pardoned by King Mohamed VI on Tuesday at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month. “We are here to know who is responsible for that pardon. It is a shame, they are selling our children,” Najia Adib, president of Don’t Touch My Children association, told Reuters moments after she and her teenage daughter had been surrounded by riot police who struck them with batons. The demonstration followed an online campaign by outraged activists. Protests were also reported in several other cities in the North African country. Protesters demanded that the royal pardon be revoked and the Spaniard be brought back to jail. The government said the man had been expelled to Spain. The Spanish foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday that the man was on Spanish territory and said his name was Daniel Galvan Vina. Earlier, victims’ families had provided a different spelling of his name. According to the official Moroccan list of prisoners released, as published by the Moroccan news website Lakome, Galvan is a nationalised Spaniard born in Iraq. The Spanish foreign Ministry would not confirm his place of birth. Hamid Krayri, a lawyer for families of the victims, said Galvan had been convicted 18 months ago by criminal courts in Kenitra, near Rabat, of raping and filming children aged between 4 and 15. “He is a retired Spaniard who owns two flats here in Kenitra,” Krayri, who is a member of Morocco’s Human Rights Association, told Reuters. He said he had filed a complaint against Galvan three years ago when activists showed him discs containing footage of the Spaniard and his victims. The royal palace made no immediate comment, but the Justice Ministry said in a statement on friday that the pardon had been issued based on Morocco’s national interests under the friendly relations between the two countries. “That person is banned in Morocco’s territory, he cannot return,” Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid told Reuters on Thursday. The king, like some other Middle Eastern rulers, often pardons prisoners on special occasions, such as Throne Day on July 30, but the decision to release the Spaniards at the request of the monarch of a former colonial power has riled many Moroccans. “It is a big mistake. We want the annulment of the king’s decision and apologies for the victim families and the Moroccan people,” Abdelali Hamieddine, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), the senior partner in Morocco’s coalition government, said during the protest. He said the government is not to blame because the pardon came from the royal palace. “This is proof that our justice is a toy,” said Hamza Mahfoud, one of the protest organisers. AGENCIES


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naudero II power project: reference ready against ex-pM pervaiz ashraf ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

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HE National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has readied a corruption reference against former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case, but the bureau is waiting to get a chief to file it in the accountability court. The corruption reference pertaining to Naudero II power plant case was finalised after recording final statement by the former prime minister who failed to justify his actions, said a NAB official. “But every reference has to be signed by the chairman of NAB before it can be filed before the accountability court,” said the official. The accountability bureau was without

chairman since its former head Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari was removed from his post by the Supreme Court last May. He added that references against other accused in the RPPs cases have already been filed in different accountability courts. The reference against Pervaiz Ashraf was pending as investigators probing the RPPs case were waiting for his defence statement. “Now a supplementary reference will be filed against the former prime minister,” said the bureau official. Ashraf was accused of approving the Naudero II power project as minister for water and power. The 50 MW Naudero II was ‘unsolicited’ and its approval was illegal, the NAB official added. The contract for the power project was granted to US company Walter. It was operational at the time of start of investiga-

tions however it was generating power below par. Investigations into the Naudero II project revealed that no separate machinery was purchased for the power project. “The machinery from Guddu barrage was shifted to Naudero II to run it for whatever energy it produced,” said the NAB investigator. He added that the power project was not as per the needs demonstrated by the government. Ashraf as water and power minister approved the project despite objections by the finance ministry. The ex-PM was summoned by NAB officials multiple times for questioning on the Naudero II power project case. Pervaiz maintained that he did nothing illegal in particular project as he was authorised as water and power minister to approve or reject the project. He asserted that he approved the Naudero II project by re-

maining within his rights as minister and after examining all merits and demerits of the project. NAB officials said the reference against the former prime minister was finalised only after he failed to defend the accusation against him otherwise the charges would have been dropped and the reference would not have been filed.

LOWER DIR: Men select Eid cards at a roadside stall on Saturday. INP

germany-based turk makes prayer mat that takes knee-strain out of praying BeRLIN AGENCIES

Army, houbara Foundation broadcast seeds over cholistan LAhoRe PRESS RElEASE

Pakistan Army and Houbara Foundation International Pakistan jointly broadcasted seeds of desert plants over the Cholistan Desert on Saturday. Wildlife habitats are being degraded the world over because of over-grazing and wood-cutting by local communities. Consequently, wild animals and birds are unable to find their favourite foods in sufficient quantities, resulting in their rapid decline and ecological imbalances. In 1998, Houbara Foundation International Pakistan undertook to reinforce the diminishing vegetation through aerial broadcast of seeds of desert plants in the Cholistan Desert, which is the prime wintering habitat of the Houbara Bustard. 124 kg seeds of houbara’s favourite food plants have been broadcasted bringing the total seeds broadcast over the last 16 years to over 1,500 kg. Monitoring of the habitat has been showing encouraging results and higher yields are expected as the work goes on.

A Turkish man living in Germany has invented a Muslim prayer mat that takes the strain off the knees which, he said Friday, he hoped to now sell worldwide. At first sight, the rug looks like other prayer mats, but it is designed with special cushioning for under the knees, feet and forehead, said Adnan Pirisan, 50, who himself suffered from painful joints. Apart from saying the padding is a special kind of foam that “doesn’t get damaged”, he declined during a telephone interview with AFP to reveal its composition. “Production secret,” he said. “I registered my patent in 2009 and since, we’ve been producing in three towns in Turkey. We sell about 3,000 rugs a year,” Pirisan, who arrived in Germany at the age of 10, said. Sales of the orthopaedic rug, which folds up into a cushion or small bag, are mostly made online but Pirisan’s company, Pirisec, also has sales points in Germany, Turkey, Kuwait and Dubai. But he said he had already sold his rugs, which come in standard (39.50 euros, $52), luxury and child categories, as far afield as Singapore and the United States. Pirisan has not ruled out aiming his product at other religions, telling the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he might look into it but not for purely business motives. “But because I would wish to make praying easier for everyone, be they Muslim, Protestant or Catholic,” the paper quoted him as saying.

Quake jolts cities of Punjab and kP ISLAMABAD ONlINE

Different cities in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were rattled by massive tremors overnight. The cities that felt the jolts of earthquake, which was measured 5.5 on Richter scale, include Lahore, Jhelum, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Mansehra, Battagram and Azad Kashmir. According to Meteorological Department, the epicentre was located in an area about 119 kilometres in south-east of Srinagar. The Met Department said the jolts were felt at 2:37am.


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TEHRAN: President Asif Ali Zardari being received by Dr Ali Najafi, senior adviser to president, on his arrival at Mehrabad International Airport on Saturday. INP

Probe ordered into Pakistani nationals with Indian voter-Ids, ration cards BALLIA INP

Indian city Ballia’s district administration ordered a probe owing to recent reports that some Pakistani nationals were availing facilities at par with the Indian nationals including getting voter-ID cards made under their names. "There is report of eight Pakistani nationals living in Ballia on longterm visas, and their visas have to be renewed every year. The district administration received a complaint that these Pakistanis got ration and voter-ID cards made under their names, and were availing facilities at par with Indian nationals," District Magistrate (DM) Sunil Kumar Srivastava told the media. The SDM’s concerned were asked to conduct an inquiry and to submit a detailed report, Kumar said, adding that their ration cards and ID cards would be cancelled if this was found to be true. According to local intelligence units, two Pakistani sisters have been living in Bihra Harpur village since the past four decades. There were also reports of several Pakistanis residing in Sikandarpur and Rasra, sources said.

3 illegal pak immigrants held in Birmingham raid iMMigration MiniSter SayS they are Carrying out oPerationS to StaMP out illegal worKerS BIRMINGhAM ONlINE

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HREE suspected illegal immigrants were arrested after officers swooped on a Birmingham restaurant. According to media reports, the trio were discovered hiding in store rooms of the Oodles ‘n’ Oodles restaurant at Star City and arrested. All three were Pakistani nationals in their 20s. The raid was part of a series of swoops from the

Home Office Immigration Enforcement teams across the country. The Birmingham Mail joined more than a dozen officers, who also visited the Big Fish chip shop on Coventry Road, Small Heath, where three staff members were all cleared as legal workers. Officers visited the Star City noodle bar in Nechells, where 12 staffers were questioned and three were taken into custody. Briefing officers ahead of two raids in Birmingham, Ian Ashenden, area director for the Immigration Enforcement Team, said, “This is the third day of action as part of Operation Compliance. “It’s intelligence-led and aims to track down, arrest and ultimately remove people who are working here in the UK illegally. “The discovery and seizure of documents is vital in this work, but we also use rapid identification checks, which are mobile

fingerprint scanners that can bring up the details of people we are questioning if we have them on record.” The three Birmingham men were joined by 59 others arrested in further raids in London, Durham, Manchester, Wales and Somerset. Immigration Minister Mark Harper said, “Yesterday’s operations highlight the routine work we are carrying out every day to stamp out illegal working. “We are sending a clear message to employers who choose to use illegal labour – we will find you and you will pay a heavy penalty. “We will not allow the growth of a shadow economy for illegal migrants.” The Immigration Bill, which will be introduced later this year, carries proposals to make life even tougher for unscrupulous businesses by beefing-up penalties for employing illegal workers.

Measles cases increased five times as they went up from 71 to 391 between December 2012 and January 2013 while 144 new cases were reported in February, a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report revealed. Rigorous vaccination and awareness campaigns across the country are required to prevent the spread of this contagious disease. FAFEN governance monitors visited 93, 94 and 88 District Health Offices (DHO’s) in December, January and February, respectively. The overall disease cases registered a seven percent drop in the quarter. In other viral diseases, hepatitis cases rose from 1467 to 1748 from December and January (19 percent higher). The number decreased to 1,215 in February. And though no probable poliomyelitis cases were recorded in December, the succeeding months reported six and three cases, respectively. 36, 26 and 30 cases of AIDS were registered in the three months, respectively. No case of dengue was recorded in the quarter but cases of malaria went up from 1,100 in December to 4,816 in February (338 percent increase). Moreover, 90 percent more snake bites were reported in February (611) than in December (321) and cases of dog bites also went up 27 percent. Scabies went up by three percent from December to January and experienced a slight increase of one percent in February. Furtherore, gastroenteritis cases increased by 39 percent while diarrhea and dysentery cases each went down by seven percent. Meningitis cases also dropped by 89 percent over the quarter. In bacterial diseases, tuberculosis and tetanus registered decreases of 38 and 50 percent, respectively. In all disease cases, respiratory tract infections (RTIs) registered an 11 percent drop in February compared to December. December reported 128 of maternal mortalities while January and February reported 115 and 102, respectively.

girl slits elder sister’s throat GUJRANwALA ONlINE

A girl slit her elder sister's throat over a cellular phone on Saturday. According to police, Shahnaz came to her parents' home with her seven children where her younger sister had a fight with her over loading of mobile phone balance. Iqra, the younger sister, slit her elder sister’s throat with a knife. Baghbanpura police arrested the girl, who said that she had no remorse over killing her sister.

Indian row over poverty and policy extends to harvard and columbia New DeLhI AGENCIES

Indian government figures showing that poverty has been cut by a third since 2004 has set off a row between the country's main political parties on whether the data is accurate, and a slanging match between two of the world's best-known economists on the implications for policy. The debate boils down to what path India should take in coming years as slower growth puts further poverty reduction at risk in the world's second-most populous nation. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backs growth-oriented reforms that would include a curb on public spending, while the ruling Congress party believes subsidies and a range of social welfare projects have lifted millions out of penury. Neither of these parties has a commanding lead in opinion polls ahead of general elections due by next May, so they will be competing fiercely for the votes of the poor. India's Planning Commission said last week that 138 million people - more than the combined population of Britain, Spain and Australia - had climbed out of poverty be-

tween fiscal 2004/05 (March-April) and 2011/12. That left the official number of poor among a population of 1.2 billion at 269 million. "The reduction of the poverty level across the country is a clear manifestation and endorsement of the pro-poor policies and the policy of inclusiveness of the UPA regime," said Bhakta Charan Das, a spokesman of Congress and its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition that has been in power since 2004. Critics say the numbers have been massaged to look good and any gains are pitiful compared to countries like China or Indonesia. Congress party policies, which include guaranteed employment for 100 days a year and plans to provide subsidized grain to 800 million people, are also a huge financial drain. India's budget deficit is already around 5 percent of GDP and is seen as a major contributor in drooping investor sentiment. "It is certainly an achievement," said Nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the reduction in poverty. "Is it a fantastic achievement? No, because the poverty line is low." A Harvard University professor of economics and a confidant of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sen is widely seen as a major influence on the Congress party's jobs and food programs.

Jagdish Bhagwati, professor of economics and law at Columbia University, says Sen is an apologist for Congress and its brand of welfare spending at the cost of reforms. "Sen is not simply wrong; he also poses a serious danger to economic policy in India," Bhagwati wrote in a newspaper column. "The UPA government is now poised to damage the economy, and to harm the poor ... because its near-paralysis on track I reforms has meant that revenue growth has slowed too, making it more difficult to finance the track II reforms on health, education and PDS (public distribution system) expansion for the poor. "At the same time, owing to electoral pressures and with the populist rationales provided by the likes of Sen, the expenditures on such track II policies are set to go up this year." Sen, Bhagwati and Prime Minister Singh all studied economics at Britain's Cambridge University in the 1950s. EMPOWERMENT, NOT ALLEVIATION: Many economists say the Congress party-led government has delayed decisions on opening up the insurance and pension sectors for foreign investment, tax and other reforms and that the inertia has squandered gains of high growth before the 2008 global crisis.

The BJP, which pursued high-growth policies when it was in power from 1998 to 2004, says the Planning Commission's figures on poverty are fixed, and aimed at giving Congress a pre-election boost. "The government only wants to showcase their achievements with artificial figures before elections," BJP spokesman Prakash Javedkar said. "So far as the BJP is concerned we want a decent living for the poor. We want their empowerment, not simply alleviation of poverty." According to the World Bank, about one in three Indians were poor, or living on less than $1.25 a day, in 2009-10 compared to 41.6 percent in 2004-2005. In absolute terms, its estimates show the number of poor dropped to 359 million from 419 million. The government, by contrast, says the number of poor dropped to 269 million in 2012 from 407 million in 2005. However, it uses about 5,000 rupees ($83) per month for a five-member family as its poverty line for urban areas, an amount critics say would barely cover food costs, let alone shelter, clothing and other necessities. Many international economists agree that India has reduced poverty, but it still has a long way to go. "Our analysis shows that while tar-

geted poverty-programs are important for reducing poverty, a good investment climate is very useful," said Rana Hasan, principal economist at the Asian Development Bank. "Good investment climate is not only good for business, it is also an important means for making growth more pro-poor in India." India's achievements, however, compare poorly with other Asian nations. In China, for instance, poverty levels fell to 12 percent in 2010 from 60 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank. Many of India's poor scoff at the idea that they are better off than they were in 2004. "In the past five years, nothing has changed in my life," says Nitai Karmakar, a resident of the eastern city of Kolkata. The 31year-old, who makes about $84 a month washing cars of residents in a housing colony, says he is not able to marry because he cannot feed another person. Palani, a security guard in the southern city of Chennai, says he takes care of his wife, two children and an 80-yearold mother on an income of $67 a month. "We just about manage our expenses and sometimes borrow to make ends meet," said the 49year-old. "But we cannot budget for times when kids fall sick and we unexpectedly end up spending on doctors' visits and medicines."


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S if the DIK jailbreak was not enough, terrorists are reportedly planning more daring attacks of the sort on high profile targets. Through jailbreaks they can get their accomplices released and set free criminals who can either join their ranks or indulge in lawlessness on their own to weaken the state. An audacious attack can spread panic in an already much demoralised police force, as happened in KP. It also provides the terrorists projection and bolsters the confidence of their extremist supporters. On Friday, the security was beefed up at Central Prison, Hyderabad after intelligence reports indicated that it was likely to be stormed by the terrorists. Early Saturday morning, Islamabad airport was sealed and cars were allowed only after a thorough search operation had been conducted. A day earlier five policeman had died in Karachi in targeted attacks. Sectarian terrorists killed a Shia leader and his son in South Punjab. While the government vacillates between holding talks with militants or fighting them, the latter continue to launch attacks with full clarity of purpose. Their aim is to bleed the law enforcement agencies, weaken the common man’s will to defy them and to liquidate the state. Despite a new government having taken over, there is no respite to the militants’ attacks. These have in fact become more frequent and deadlier. Since the recent elections the terrorists have launched two major attacks in Quetta, killed three elected members of KP and Sindh Assemblies, shot ten foreign trekkers including Chinese and Ukrainian nationals, and launched a full-fledged terrorist operation to free fellow militants from the DIK jail. The government has promised to formulate a national security policy after consultation with the leaders of the parliamentary parties who were to be invited to finalise the policy on July 12. Subsequently it was postponed till Imran Khan’s return from London. Now it is supposed to be held sometime after Eid. There is a need to put an end to vacillation and own the war against those who challenge the writ of the state. The entire coercive machinery at the disposal of the government has to be deployed to root out militancy once for all. This is the only way to safeguard the integrity of the country. Unless talks are conducted from a position of strength, these will only benefit the militants. The DIK incident proves that even when the law enforcement agencies are duly forewarned about an attack on a particular target along with its timing, they are found to be lacking the capacity to fight the well armed terrorists. Measures have to be taken to bolster the security of the jails and government and military installations, train the police to fight internal insurrection and provide it adequate weapons. What is more the task has to be undertaken without delay.

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P North the floods have already started. As monsoon rain and melting glaciers come together, the river begins to overflow from Pakistan’s Northern regions. If a strong flood warning system was in place, the Southern regions of the Indus River Basin should have been informed that floods are underway; but for those aware that the creation of the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities was an eyewash, only for them to be scaled down as soon as donor funding went out, would know that no such flood warning system is in place. So as torrential rains lash Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Azad Jamma Kashmir (AJK), the southern dwellers can only hope and pray that they shall be safe. Of course this is not to say that this is a justified thing to do. After massive floods in 2010 and 2011, both of which started in the North, there should have been a permanent flood monitoring and relief system in place. The fact that the Commissioner Peshawar is supervising the flood relief operations suggests no such work has been done. Immediate response appears to be the government’s response, despite a detailed Flood Inquiry Commission Report for the 2010 floods that pinned the blame and identified some ways to move forward. At least 13 people have died as local drains have flooded in Peshawar, Chitral, Charsaddah, Nowshera and AJK. Houses have been submerged as the venerable populations are being moved up. This is also a test for the new Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)-led KP government and its newly created Rescue 1122 service. For the broader purpose of Pakistan, the flood warning has been raised this time around. This should mean that the provincial governments, disaster management departments and the met office sit down and discuss the possibilities of a downstream flood. Whatever conclusion is reached should be made public and preparations should be made keeping such in mind. While the floods are not yet predicted to reach the levels of 2010 and 2011, it must be remembered that this is the same Indus River System, with an increased level of siltation and barely any additional embankments that could save residential populations in case of any overflow. The Irrigation Departments of each province remain some of the most mismanaged, and that is despite record flooding only two monsoons ago. Will the provincial governments respond to the flood warning up North and make necessary preparations to deal with any possible emergency? Or will they ignore the flood warning? If they ignore, it will be to their own peril and more to the peril of the people who live downstream. In the meanwhile, an emergency relief plan must be chalked out at a federal level for those affected in KP and AJK.

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O much happened the last week that media are in frenzy, Gotham agog – The Good (Kerry’s visit), The Bad (the controversies engendered by the president’s election) and The Ugly (the terrorist attack on DI Khan Jail). Add to it ‘The Confusing’ (the contempt notice to Imran Khan) and we cover the entire spectrum of possibilities, all while the country get hurtles towards perihelion – the point in orbit nearest to the sun where its gravity can either sling you into space and higher things or burn you to nothing. This week we will focus on ‘Bad’ and ‘Confusion’. The unnecessarily controversial presidential election, boycotted by the People’s Party and its allies and roundly criticized by most media, caused the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to resign the next day, adding credence to the suspicion that there was something nefarious afoot. Imran Khan said that the May 11 elections were also rigged with the involvement of the judiciary. He called it “shameful”. The Supreme Court (SC) charged him for contempt but he refused to apologize at the first hearing, his jetlagged lawyer saying that he had helped to restore the sacked judges and had targeted only the returning officers in the general elections and not the judiciary, which he held in high esteem. But as officers of lower courts, returning officers are part of the judiciary, as too are the Supreme and High Courts, so that argument is somewhat lame. The judiciary is everywhere: the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) comprises four retired provincial high court judges and is chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge, the caretaker prime minister was a judge, the Appellate Tribunals comprised Sessions Court judges given high court status and the court of final appeal is obviously the Supreme Court. The judiciary certainly is everywhere. The Supreme Court unwittingly started the mess when it allegedly went beyond its remit and ordered the ECP to bring forward the president’s election date from August 6 to July 30 and gave its own schedule on grounds of religiosity, not what is in the Quran, after the ECP had already refused to change the date. Having refused, why did the ECP tell those who wanted date change to take up the matter up with the SC? Was the assumption that it too would refuse and indirectly ratify its own refusal as it were? Stupid! But first we should know the law before holding forth on it. We have a National Judicial Policy 2009 (NJP) made by a National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC), then comprising its chairman the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), the chief justices of the four provincial high courts and the chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court. The chief justice of the Islamabad High Court has now been added. Under the heading ‘Independence of Judiciary’ Point 6 states, incorrect grammar and all in all quotations that follow notwithstanding: “In future the judiciary would avoid its involvement in the conduct

of elections, as it distracts the judicial officers from professional duty and complaints of corrupt practices tarnish the image of judiciary. “The reputation of judiciary is at stake during election due to involvement of vested interests groups, etc in corrupt practices. On the other hand, it also adversely affects the judicial functions of the courts. Even otherwise, the Conduct of General Elections Order 2002, Representation of the People Act, 1976 and Local Government Ordinance 2001 do not contain any provision which requires that the elections are to be held under the supervision of the judiciary. Therefore, in future, the judiciary should remain aloof from the process of election to focus on disposal of cases. However, in case of request from the government, the NJPMC would decide the extent to which and form of help to be extended to government in the conduct of elections. The judiciary will continue to extend support and cooperation in adjudication of election related disputes/complaints as provided under the law.” But far from remaining ‘aloof’ in the May 11 general elections the judiciary went beyond its policy to only “extend support and cooperation in adjudication of election related disputes/complaints as provided under the law.” It virtually conducted the elections. Was there some reversal of this ‘aloof’ policy later? According to its press release, the NJPMC met on November 17, 2012 “to consider the request of Election Commission of Pakistan regarding appointment of judicial officers as District Returning Officer and Returning Officer in the light of comments offered by the Elections Commission of Pakistan on the points raised by the Committee in its last meeting held on 03-11-12 at Lahore.” (I can’t find the minutes of that meeting). The meeting was briefed by the secretary ECP, Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan. The press release went on: “The Committee considered the replies furnished by the Election Commission of Pakistan and observed that though overall responsibility of holding election in a free and fair manner is the constitutional mandate [Article 218 (3) of the Election Commission of Pakistan to and to achieve this object the Election Commission needs institutional support/strength. Therefore, after deliberations, the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee agreed to relax the restriction in supreme national interest on involvement of judiciary in the election process only for one time during the forthcoming general elections and decided to provide services of adequate number of judicial officers to the Election Commission for their appointment as District Returning Officer and Returning Officer in the forthcoming general elections. The Committee observed that since the administration is the prime responsibility of judiciary; therefore, the judicial officers so appointed as District Returning Officer and Returning Officer should do their routine judicial work and should perform election duties in extra hours in morning and evening so that the litigant should not suffer.” How considerate. So the ECP asked for it. The Election Commission should have sought review of the SC order on grounds that it went against agreed procedure. Apparently the CEC wanted to but

was overruled by the majority. It was only a one-time “relaxation” in the “supreme national interest”; the policy didn’t change. This “supreme national interest” argument is disturbingly close to the much-reviled ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ – there was a coup “in supreme national interest…since [the defence of the country] is the prime responsibility of the [military].” In any case, what is in the “supreme national interest” and what is not is a value judgment. Is killing goats in the “supreme national interest” because unlike sheep they pull grass out by its roots and are denuding our grassland and causing soil erosion? When an inept executive discovered the presidential election fell too close to Eid ul Fitr, it asked the ECP to bring the date forward. The ECP too should have thought about it earlier. When it refused the chairman of the ruling PML-N petitioned the SC. Instead of throwing the petition out the SC accepted the request with alacrity without giving a hearing to the other candidates that due process demands. Worse, it did so on grounds of religiosity that could be called specious, not on obligatory duties in the Quran and gave a new election date and schedule. That is seen to be going beyond the SC’s remit. The boycott of the PPP and withdrawal of its candidate eroded the election’s credibility – we now have one more ‘incredible’ president again. Controversy started. The alleged rigging of the May 11 general elections raised its head again: it could not have happened without the involvement or negligence of the returning officers said Imran Khan. He called it “shameful”. The SC slapped a contempt charge on him. The contempt case apparently revolves around the word “shameful”. ‘Shame’ falls upon a person or institution; “shameful” also falls upon the observer and even the entire community. ‘Shame’ also means modesty, as in hiding one’s shame. Was the conduct of the May 11 election “shameful”? If rigging can be proved, it doesn’t matter in how many constituencies, then it certainly is shameful. It would be best to let the contempt case proceed and let Imran Khan prove rigging or, better still, hold a high-level credible inquiry to determine the truth in the allegation and put the matter to rest once and for all. Pakistan cannot afford this. The power and authority of the CEC has been diminished woefully by the stupid 18th and 20th amendments. Calls to revisit them have started. His is only one of five votes in the Commission where the majority view prevails. The CEC doesn’t even have the veto. In resigning, he more or less accused some of his fellow commissioners of bias. They should all resign. Now there’s another mess impending: without a chief election commissioner bye elections and local bodies elections cannot be held, which suits some chief ministers. Will the National Judicial Policy be ‘relaxed’ here too? I hope not. This is far from complete. Next week we will look at contempt of court and see what our constitution says about it.

The power and authority of the CEC has been diminished woefully by the stupid 18th and 20th amendments.

The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com


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H E N logic snaps, rational discourse stumbles. Why is it perfectly acceptable to applaud a Muslim nationalist, but denigrate a Hindu nationalist? Either both terms are right, or both wrong. Mahatma Gandhi gave “Muslim nationalism” institutional credibility when, in the fractured decade after the Khilafat movem J AkbAR ment, Muslims who believed in him formed the All-India Nationalist Muslim Party on 27 and 28 July 1929, with M.A Ansari at the helm. Our present vice president, Hamid Ansari, belongs to this family. Gandhi was father of an ideology that knit the groundwork of modern India. His moral compass was set on a firm axis: politics without religion was immoral. Among the first to be impressed by this proposition were the maulvis who later banded under Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind; their alliance would flower during the non-cooperation struggle. Hindu and Muslim are birth identities; they do not change, unless one becomes an atheist. But nationalism, a political concept, can vary. Gandhi did not. He believed that India must be a land where all faiths co-existed as equals, guided by sarvadharmasambhava. Gandhi’s nationalism was the antithesis of communalism. He was distressed to the point of agony by the slow drift within the Muslim elite towards separatism. This culminated in partition when Jinnah reduced “Muslim nationalism” to “Muslim nation”. It was a visible reduction, philosophically, intellectually, and finally, geographically. Gandhi promised Muslims honour and equality in a nation from Khyber to Chittagong; Jinnah’s prescription eventually reduced Pakistan to a sliver of land on either side of the Indus, wracked by fundamentalism and riven by insecurity. The difference between “Hindu nationalism” and “Hindu nation” is equally uncomplicated. If anyone wants to be a Hindu nationalist, offer a warm welcome; if the call is for a Hindu nation, point out that religion is ineffective as a basis for nationhood. Pakistan is a good example. Indeed, if religion worked as a glue, why on earth would there be 22 Arab nations? Hindu extremism existed in Gandhi’s time, but it never got much traction beyond the fringe; and it could not, ipso facto, seek secession. Gandhi would have been puzzled by any suggestion that Hinduism was an obstacle to secularism; his Hinduism was an inexhaustible well of brotherhood, just as his colleague Maulana Azad offered Islam as a superb rationale for inter-faith harmony. Both used a faith-influenced dialectic almost unconsciously. Hindu-majority India is not secular because Gandhi was secular; Gandhi was secular because India is secular. Gandhi was proud to be a Hindu. He promised Ram Rajya, not some variation of a fashionable western dictum, whether Marxist or Fabian. Ram Rajya was a metaphor for prosperity and equality, not subjugation. Gandhi did not shy away from caste. His tongue only partly in cheek, he told the Shafi faction of the Muslim League on 22 February 1931: “Brethren, I am a bania, and there is no limit to my greed. It had always been my dream and my heart’s desire to speak not only for 21 crores but for 30 crores of Indians.” He was answering the charge that he spoke only for Hindus. Nor did Gandhi’s disciple and heir, Jawaharlal Nehru, think that the prefix ‘Pandit’ would stain his status as a secular icon. Privately, Nehru was more agnostic than believer, but learnt from Gandhi that he could not sneer at, let alone abandon, his Brahmin identity. India is a land of the faithful. Those who today feel ‘Pandit’ might be an embarrassment have not seen Durga Puja in secular Calcutta. Strangely, those Muslim League stalwarts who were determined to parade every mark of their religious identity as a fundamental right, spread the canard that Gandhi’s Ram Rajya would enslave Muslims. We see variations all the time, among far lesser beings, as vocal networks control debate, and stoke a fear psychosis that suits those who think the Muslim vote is better sought through fear than development. The insidious power of hysteria sent Indian Muslims en masse towards the separatist Muslim League in the 1946 elections. Gandhi was reviled and taunted along the way. An important caveat is necessary, however. The 1946 franchise was restricted; only about 11 per cent had the right to vote: landowners, rate-payers, graduates; the elite. How would elections have gone if Gandhi’s masses, the poor – who often have better political judgement than those better off – had voted? Faith does not make us communal, human nature does. A politician has as much right to be a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian as any other citizen. Any doubt about an aspirant to power can be cleared by a simple question: is he committed to sarvadharmasambhava or not? If the answer is unclear, vote for someone else. Let those Indians who want to pray, do so; let those who want to watch television instead, switch on. Faith is a freedom. Let us celebrate this freedom with a smile, not a snarl.

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I am Babar sattar his loyalty swears allegiance to the empire of law, not to the seat of any judge

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have been raised on the idea that a man keeps his distance from friends when they are in high places, and never leaves the side of a friend who has been knocked to his knees by life. In fidelity to this ethos, the following is a howl from my wounded heart, in defence of my friend, Babar Sattar, whose intellect, audacity and honesty, has cost him the wrath of the mighty and the powerful! Let me emphasize at the very outset that I agree with, and endorse, every word written by Babar in his op-ed piece, “Hubris as Justice?”. And, as we customarily state in legal pleadings, ‘let the contents of that piece be read as an integral part of this article’. By that virtue, the fundamental principles of consistency and equality (in law) mandate that whatever is done unto him, be also done unto me. Anything else, in constitutional jargon, will be a violation of Article 25 of the Constitution (discrimination). Let me begin with a slight background for those who are unaware of all that has transpired: On Tuesday, Babar wrote an op-ed piece, which was critical of some of the jurisprudential trends emanating from the honorable Supreme Court. The article was published in Dawn, since The News International refused to publish this piece (as Babar’s weekly column), alleging that it was ‘unbalanced’. That same day, the contents of this article were highlighted (with praise!) in a programme on Geo TV. Thereafter, almost instantly, the content and context of this article became the topic of discussion across all tele- and social-media waves. As expected, soon enough, this piece caught the attention of the honorable judges of the apex court, who viewed it as a tremendous act of insubordination (by a former of the legal fraternity). Immediately, contempt notices were issued to the publisher as well as the media-giant that telecasted Babar’s opinion. The matter, soon enough, will be taken up for ‘dispassionate’ adjudication. To assess the degree of Babar’s ‘contempt’ (the factum of which seems to already be clear

to the honorable Court), it is important to take a closer look at the contents of his article. The piece, written in bold prose, starts by disagreeing with the judgment of the honorable Supreme Court in the matter pertaining to the presidential election schedule, and then goes on to identify four distinct themes that have emerged in the jurisprudence of apex court since the restoration of judges. First, Babar’s piece points out, is the manifest streak of the court, having been restored through a massmovement, to view itself as an institution that imbibes the will of the people and, as a consequence, sometimes surrenders to the temptation of appeasing the ‘populist’ sentiment. Second, the article highlights, is the trend of the Court (in comment and in judgment) to hoist the flag of morality as the new doctrine of social reform. Third, the piece points out, is the apex court’s symbiotic “demand-supply” relationship with the media, where both feed off each other, generating sensational headlines as well as suomotu action. And fourth, as a consequence of media-propelled suo-motu notices in the service of ‘moral’ and ‘populist’ causes, the honorable court intervenes in the domain of other institutions, dispensing with the slight inconvenience of impartial adjudication and due process of law that stands in its path. To this end, Babar points out that once a populist suo-motu has been taken for some alleged ‘mega-scam’ (based on newspaper reports), the honorable court seems only to be interested in arrests and recoveries, instead of first determining culpability and guilt. And this approach of the court leaves no room for other institutions (including investigation and prosecution) to afford fair trial to the individuals involved. In making his point, Babar points towards the recent proceedings in the EOBI case. True as it may be, quoting this example, in retrospect, was perhaps Babar’s folly. As it turns out, some time back (not presently) Babar served as a lawyer (not the legal advisor) to the EOBI. Taking this as prima facie motive, the honorable judges of the apex court, without affording Babar an opportunity of being heard, insinuated that Babar’s critique of the court is somehow related to the fact that the court has taken up the matter of EOBI. And surprising as it may be, this character assassination (for the lack of a better phrase) has been the honorable court’s retort to a young man who has dared to fall out of line. And, as if on cue, one particular media channel has advanced the court’s crusade in the days that followed. Who, with dispassionate intellect, can claim that Babar’s conclusions are without merit? Is it not true that countless individuals, including several legal experts, disagree with the standard of justice being meted out by the court? Have

the contours of Article 184 not been expanded to swallow other institutions? Can the NAB and FIA officials dare submit a report that is not to the liking of the bench? Did the line between the accused and the guilty not blur during the Haj Scam, Ephedrine case, or the NICL scam? Was the same standard applied when the accused was a certain doctor of judicial lineage? Can we really deny that the court has eyed populist sentiment, and invited media-headlines, as a regular feature of justice? Were journalists a permanent fixture of the courtrooms before? Has the phrase “we appeal to the chief justice” not become a regular part of our news-feed diction? Perhaps Babar should have started his article with Iqbal’s line “Khugar-e-hamd se thora sa gila bhi sun le” from his timeless poem Shikwa. It is unfortunate that, in the ongoing character-assassination of Babar (in the courtroom as well as on one particular TV channel), everyone has forgotten that Babar, not so long ago, was the staunchest supporter of the lawyer’s movement and the rule of law. And perhaps this exactly is Babar’s fault: he has been a staunch supporter of ‘Rule of Law’ – and not the ‘Rule of Judges’. His writing prowess and intellect has always defended the idea of constitutionalism – not the phrase of pater familias. And his loyalty swears allegiance to the empire of law. Not to the seat of any judge. And if this is the ‘crime’ for which he is being punished, then let us all partake in the noble honor of being called ‘guilty’ of the same. If the writings of a thirty-something-year-old can strike that secret chord of truth that invites the wrath of the pater familias, then let us all reach for our pens. If speaking truth to power is an act of contempt, then let us all drink from this fountain of insurrection. Let us join, in spirit, with the countless poets, scholars and heretics, throughout the checkered history of our nation, who have been incarcerated for voicing their conscience. Our solitary voices are often drowned in the chaos of society. Our individual frustrations often get buried under the weight of our helplessness. But our combined voice, our mutual faith, our shared dreams, and our collective passions are more powerful than any threat, in law or in fact, that can be hurled at us. And for this reason, above all, if any part of Babar’s voice has resonated with you, it is time to step forth and be counted. And in this spirit, let it be known to all that today, for this brief moment in time, I am Babar Sattar. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

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transit troubles! uk denies visa to salman khan

Women’s natural role is to be a pillar of the family — Grace Kelly

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CTOR Salman Khan, who is scheduled to shoot in the UK for his upcoming film ‘Kick’, has not been given visa. His father, Salim Khan, said the visa was denied because some papers related to the court cases against him relating to alleged hunting chinkara and blackbuck in Rajasthan during the shoot of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ in 1998 did not reach here in time. Salman was convicted in two cases and was handed sentence of five years in one case and a year in the other. He has appealed in the High Court against both the sentences. “The visa was denied to him because some papers from Jodhpur were not there...the papers had not come. All this has happened because of technical glitch,” Salim Khan told. He will again apply for the visa next week, Khan said. The actor is also being tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a hit-and-run case in Mumbai. COuRTESy TOI

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fTER Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani set the cash registers ringing at the box office, Ranbir Kapoor has reached a new high and so has his remuneration. According to sources, the actor who shot a 100-day schedule of Abhinav Kashyap’s Besharam for Rs 15 crore has charged the same amount from his close friend and debutante director Vicky Singh for a just a 42-day schedule of Roy. A source close to the film confirmed and said: “ Roy is a two hero film. It has Arjun Rampal alongside Ranbir. But yes, Ranbir has charged his regular fee of Rs 15 crore for the film.” we had earlier reported (Nov 17, 2011) that after the success of Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, the actor, who had signed Anurag Basu’s Barfi! and Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani for Rs eight crore, was planning to up his price to a whopping Rs 15 crore per film. At present, Ranbir also commands a percentage share of the profits his films make. NEWS dESk

lighter and holds it up to her signature blue wig, worn during her “California Gurls” era. As the wig burns up, the camera pans out to reveal Perry in full-on badass mode. The words appear onscreen in tiger print. Perry had one additional message for her Katy Cats, tweeting, “WE DON’T NEED NO WATER LET THE BABY BLUE BURN.” Little else is known about the song, but it’s rumored that Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Bonnie McKee have a hand in its creation. In fact, McKee may have inadvertently given MTV News a vital clue about the track last month. “I think it’s a little bit more grown up and it’s really interesting,” said McKee, who had worked with Katy on “California Gurls.” “I’m really excited for the world to hear it because she’s just... she’s taking a new approach. And I don’t want to say too much about it, but it’s definitely different. It’s definitely a little more mature than the ‘California Gurls’ of yesterday.” “Roar” drops one week before Lady Gaga will release her new single and video for “Applause.” Then, Prism drops October 22, just weeks before Gaga is slated to release her new album, ARTPOP, on November 11, setting the charts, and the world, up for the APOP-calypse. COuRTESy mTV

‘Baby’ singer Justin Beiber greets fans outside a recording studio.

eLephant vs oprah!

a gift from Krypton? talk show host describes how she henry cavill spotted was about to ‘wet her pants’ with mystery brunette S HE had a close and frightening call with one of nature’s largest creatures. Billionaire Oprah Winfrey revealed to her former talk show rival David Letterman that she was nearly trampled by an unhappy elephant while on Safari in Africa. The 59-year-old shared the hair-raising story on CBS’ Late Show on Thursday night with a home video shot on her iPhone. In the video, posted on the entrepreneur’s Facebook page on Saturday, an elephant can be seen approaching Winfrey’s safari truck. Clearly in an angry mood, the giant beast nearly tramples the Jeep as it belts out an elephant call - frightening everyone on the Serengeti tour. A guide can be heard advising the television star to ‘keep rolling’ as the massive creature runs up on them.

ENRY Cavill doesn’t let a breakup slow him down it seems. The hunky actor was spotted leaving London’s Bodo’s Schloss nightclub with a mystery brunette. The Brit arrived just before midnight and was seen sneaking out of the back entrance at around 3 a.m. Cavill caught a cab with his gal pal, which later dropped her off at her home in North London. So no sleepovers for Superman after all! A source tells E! News, “He had a really fun night there. It was his first time in the nightclub.” And it appears that he did in fact enjoy his evening outing, the source added that he “was drinking Jack Daniel’s and CocaCola” and was partying with a few locals in the popular bar. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, his ex Kaley Cuoco was back to her usual routine post-split as well. The Big Bang Theory star attended the Vatuelele Island

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Resort launch during TCAs week. The blond cutie sported an all-black look for the affair and appeared to be her usually smiley self. It was revealed in mid-July that the two had called it quits after only dating for a short period of time (we’re talking blink-and-you-may-miss-it short). A source confirmed exclusively to E! News at the time that after barely two weeks of dating, they had decided it best put a halt on their romantic relationship and just remain friends. Cavill split up with Haywire star Gina Carano earlier this year, while Cuoco briefly dated Pepper bassist Bret Bollinger after ending her engagement to Josh Resnik. She also revealed back in 2010 that she dated The Big Bang Theory costar and off-and-on onscreen boyfriend Johnny Galecki for two years. “It was a wonderful relationship, but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together,” Cuoco recalled. NEWS dESk

Oprah replies in a frightened tone: ‘I’m rolling.’ But the iconic business woman can then be heard exclaiming: ‘I’m gonna wet my pants. Oh my Jesus! Oh my Jesus. I think I just... my heart just dropped down to my knee caps.’ After watching the tense video Letterman was clearly impressed by the close encounter. Winfrey explained the circumstances of her run-in: ‘We had just gotten into the truck... and we saw some elephants over by the... doing their whole elephant water hole thing...and one was a little irritated, so I tweeted that out.’ Letterman replied: ‘You’re lucky to be alive.’ The narrow escape may have been due to her guide clapping loudly to distract the creature, but nonetheless the TV icon was grateful to be left unharmed. COuRTESy dm

Leann rimes talks rocky relationships on fashion police l EANN Rimes is no stranger to judgment. So, she’s come to the right place! “You know, they can take it down one road or another,” the singer explains to Joan Rivers & Co. on the latest episode of Fashion Police, airing tonight at 10 p.m. on E!, when Joan tells her that she thinks the press has treated her “abominably.” “You got together with a married man, blah blah blah...so did Angelina Jolie! And she’s become a [bleeping] goddess,” marvels Joan. Smiling, LeAnn agrees that the media hasn’t given her any free passes since she and now-hubby Eddie Cibrian got together, divorcing their respective spouses in the process. “They can take it down a negative road,” she says. “If they want you to be happy and they love you, they’ll take it down that road! So it’s amazing how much

control they have over people’s lives and the perception, you know...It’s just been quite an interesting four-and-a-half years.” Joan also wonders, fabulously bluntly, why LeAnn bothers to engage with people on Twitter. Or, more specifically, why Leann picks fights via Twitter? “I don’t pick fights!” LeAnn insists. “I do stand up for myself every once in a while. But can you imagine the stuff that I just let go?” NEWS dESk


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Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday — John Wayne

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Honest aims or ratings? what drives ramadan transmission

HE month of Ramzan is sacred for Muslims across the globe. In this month most of the Muslims actually become “practicing muslims”. Not only do they offer their prayers and observe fasts but also try to acquire some basic Islamic knowledge, particularly through the media. Now the media could avail this opportunity to spread the knowledge about Islamic values, morals and heritage, the TV channels could serve the people but alas, they choose to serve themselves. The media does not let any opportunity of earning some cash slip away, even in this month the Iftar and Sehri transmission is focused upon, particularly as it is that time of the day when the entire nation is glued to the TV screens to wait for the Azan. The transmission that should have been in accordance with the teachings of Islam and should have focused upon preserving the sanctity of Ramzan is solely focused on earning some cash. Last year a new channel offered, the very controversial Veena Malik to host their Ramzan transmission. After a public outcry, the idea was

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dropped. This year another channel offered the well known actress/model/host Noor Bukhari to host it’s Ramzan transmission, again there were complaints from the public as Noor was married to a Hindu Businessman for eight years and was settled in Dubai. She only came back to Pakistan after her marriage was on rocks. Whether it is through hiring widely controversial hosts, distributing cell phones, a free meal or parading around the families of victims of bomb blasts or target killings, nothing is off limits, there is nothing these people won’t do to win the race for higher TRPs. Now my question is this, if Face Book is full of people complaining about these shows, if the news papers are receiving complaints then obviously a considerable number of people are finding these shows to be inappropriate. Then how come they are not being banned ??? Why are they still on-air ??? Simple, the ratings are still high. We first watch the show then express our outrage and the next day again go back to watch the same show. If all those people complaining would boy-cot

these shows, I am sure our BANYAY channel owners would be forced to take notice as they do not care for anything other than their profits. If the people quit watching, then changes would have to be made. But the problem is,” jo jitna controversial hai wo utna he bikta hai “. An important point that encourages the inappropriate behavior of celebrity hosts ( who are racing for ratings ) is the blind hero worship from their fans. They know, they can get away with anything, there is no accountability for their actions. As soon as someone points out the absurdity of their behavior, the fans lash out. They won’t listen to reason, they will absolutely ignore logic and will show a complete disregard for the obvious facts that are infront of them. This is what doesn’t make any sense to me, the most annoying sentences in such cases are ” Paihlay apnay giray-baan main jhankoo, phir kisay doosray kay baray main baat karna “, ” Khud to kuch ker nahi saktay, jo ker rahay hain un ko kham-kha critisize ker rahay hain “. I am so sick of this senseless defensive attitude. It’s ok to appreciate some-

one but the other person also has a right to express his/her opinion, you don’t have to like it or agree to it but you can and should at least tolerate it. If someone points out a sin being committed, nobody cares about the sin or it’s consequences rather, their only concern is the speaker’s character assassination ? That person ends up being judged, no one bothers to listen to what he/she has to say. We are all only human and we can and do make mistakes, celebrities are no exemption in this regard. If they know that they are accountable for their behavior, if the producers and channel owners know that they will have to answer for their actions, then hopefully, we will see a positive change very soon. Lastly, in every case, its not just the media related people who should be held responsible for all this controversial stuff we are all protesting against, the masses should also accept some responsibility. If we stop watching, then they will have no one to cater this kind of shows to and will, hopefully stop producing this kind of controversial ramzan transmission. COuRTESy SHOWbIZSPICE.COm

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HERE has been a lot of talk surrounding the sex scenes between Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in The Canyons. So it comes as no surprise that the Paul Schrader film features a lot of nudity – in particular from the 27-yearold actress. And as the film was released in the US on Friday it didn’t take long for grabs of the topless star to find their way online. The erotic film, which was written by Brett Easton Ellis, features the actress, who has just completed her 90-day stint in rehab, taking a shower. Lindsay, who’s character Tara also takes part in a four-way sex scene with three porn stars in the film, famously made the film crew strip to their boxers while filming one of the scenes. Writing about the incident Stephen Rodrick, recalled: ‘Lohan dropped her robe. Schrader shouted action, and they filmed the scene in one 14-minute take. About halfway through, Lohan looked

directly into the camera and flashed a dirty, demented smile at Schrader.’ It isn’t of course the first time the famous red head has stripped - in the past she has posed for Playboy as well in the film Machete, which saw her skinning dipping. Speaking about working with Lindsay on the film, writer Brett recently said: ‘I have no idea what Lindsay’s leaning toward. All I know is she’s very street smart. She’s a very mixed up 20-something, but very knowledgeable about film and composition and lighting and hitting your mark. ‘When she did our first table read, she blew me away. She was late, she was a little scattered, we had nervous small talk, and then she turned it on immediately.’ He added: ‘I don’t see her as lost. I know a lot of 20-somethings and they’re all messed up. But when you’re out in the public, you’re magnified 100 percent, and I can understand how you’d go a little bit further. But she was ultimately very nice. NEWS dESk

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OTHING is what it seems in Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s gritty “2 Guns,” a film that puts undercover agents played by Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg against each other before letting them loose on those who did them wrong. Based on the Boom! Studios limited series of the same name by Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco, “2 Guns” seems primed to give moviegoers a latesummer palette cleanser following a season full of big-budget bombs. While critics seem divided on whether

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“[Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington are] two of the most reliable, relatable action heroes in American movies today. In ‘2 Guns’ the company they keep on screen is solid, thanks to Bill Paxton as a vicious CIA operative after the millions stolen from a New Mexico bank; Edward James Olmos as a drug lord, after the same; James Marsden, as a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, after the same.” — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune MARK WAHLbERG AND DENzEL WASHINGTON: “Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are great company. You’d

want to have a beer with them, trade war stories and laugh your ass off. But that’s a fantasy. The only way you get to hang with these two big guns is to see ‘2 Guns,’ and it’s not a fair trade-off. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur, who worked with Wahlberg on 2012’s ‘Contraband,’ knows how to move action along. He’s so good at it that you believe the tired old B-movie plot might actually spring to life and relevance. No such luck.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone PREDICTAbLy UNPREDICTAbLE: “The thing about the everyone-is-evil setting is that it kills the element of surprise. After the first few double-crosses go down, you twig to the fact that, ‘Oh, it’s that kind of movie,’ where the betrayals are not merely expected but inevitable... Double-cross is followed by triple-cross and on and on... through countless numerical iterations of betrayal. And with each easily anticipated twist comes gunplay.” — Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times FULL OF PERSONALITy: “A movie like this rises or falls by the chemistry of its leads, and Washington and Wahlberg, two of the most likable leading men in movies

today to begin with, are especially likable here. The roles are hardly the most challenging of their respective careers, but they invest them with a lot of personality and charm, from the way Wahlberg delivers an ill-timed quip to Washington’s constant fussing with [his character] Bobby’s array of designer hats.” — Scott Foundas, Variety Late-Summer Surprise “I don’t know if any movie starring two marquee heavyweights as consistently dependable as Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg can technically qualify as an under-the-radar stealth attack, but their new buddy crime caper, ‘2 Guns,’ caught me completely off guard in all the right ways. Washington and Wahlberg, two actors who can take themselves a bit too seriously at times, cut loose and seem to be having a blast swapping below-the-belt insults as a pair of undercover agents posing as drug dealers... All I will say is that after months of big-screen bloat and bombast, ‘2 Guns’ is a muchneeded reminder that the best summer surprises can come when you least expect them.” — Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly. NEWS dESk


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8 Germany invades Belgium in response to which, Britain declares war on Germany. 8 Denmark cedes the Danish West Indies to the United States for $25 million. 8 US launch 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft. 8 Anne frank is arrested by Nazis.

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the resurrection of a million year old comet! A graveyard of comets has been discovered in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, astronomers said friday, and the inactive comets are being dubbed “Lazarus” comets as they have the ability to spring back to life after millions of years of inactivity. Colombian scientists made the startling discovery of these so-called “Lazarus” comets, described in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and said they may hold the clue to these wanderers of the Solar System. The asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter contains millions of small celestial objects, ranging in size from 1 kilometre, 3,280 feet, to 800 kilometres, 497 miles. These chunks of ice and rock are often perceived as “falling stars,” but are now being seen as “Lazarus” comets, a nod to the biblical figure Lazarus who was resurrected by Jesus Christ several days after his death. “we found a graveyard of comets”, said Ignacio ferrín of the University of Anitoquia in Medellin, Colombia, according to the AfP. “Imagine all these asteroids going around the Sun for aeons, with no hint of activity. “we have found that some of these are not dead rocks after all, but are dormant comets that may yet come back to life if the energy that they receive from the Sun increases by a few per cent.” Comets are believed to originate on the edge of the planetary system and have stretched and oval-shaped orbit patterns around the sun. The trips are also believed to be only once every several thousand years. Shorter trips, only lasting a hundred centuries or so, are known to be similar to such sightings as Haley’s Comet. ferrín noted that these “Lazarus” comets can get reactivated when they pass relatively close to Jupiter, the biggest planet of the Solar System, and the shape of their orbits is tugged. This can decrease the distance between the comet and the Sun, resulting in a tiny rise in average temperature which in turn warms the subsurface ice and the gases it contains. NEWS dESk

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HIFTS in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place. The study is published in Science. Marshall Burke, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “This is a relationship we observe across time and across all major continents around the world. The relationship we find between these climate variables and conflict outcomes are often very large.” The researchers looked at 60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years. They report a “substantial” correla-

tion between climate and conflict. Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US. The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts, including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa. Mr Burke said: “We want to be careful, you don’t want to attribute any single event to climate in particular, but there are some really interesting results.” The researchers say they are now trying to understand why this causal relationship exists. “The literature offers a couple of different hints,” explained Mr Burke. “One of the main mechanisms that seems to be at play is changes in economic conditions. We know that climate affects economic conditions around the world, particularly agrarian parts of the world. “There is lots of evidence that changes in economic conditions affect people’s decisions about

whether or not to join a rebellion, for example.” But he said there could also be a physiological basis, because some studies suggest that heat causes people to be prone to aggression. “It is a major priority for future research to distinguish between what is going on in each particular situation.” The scientists say that with the current projected levels of climate change the world is likely to become a more violent place. They estimate that a 2C (3.6F) rise in global temperature could see personal crimes increase by about 15%, and group conflicts rise by more than 50% in some regions. Commenting on the research, Dr Stephan Harrison from the University of Exeter said it was a “timely study”. “What they have found is entirely plausible... For example, we already know that hotter and drier weather causes an increase in urban violence. Likewise, during cooler and wetter weather people tend to stay indoors, and the threat diminishes.” However, other researchers

yesterday the samosa, today the croissant! Syrian religious group bans delectable delight for being ‘un-islamic’ CoURTeSY DM A Syrian religious group have banned croissants because they symbolise western oppression. A Sharia committee issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, declaring croissants ‘haram’, which means they are forbidden in Islamic law. The group, which operates in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, said that they have ‘colonial’ significance. They claim that the pastry’s crescent shape celebrates European victory over Muslims, reported Al Arabiya. Islamic sharia committees have declared several strict fatwas in rebelcontrolled areas of Syria. Aleppo’s society usually adheres to moderate Islamic teachings. A fatwa was issued on Facebook prohibiting ‘Muslim women wearing makeup and tight clothes

that reveal physical features from going out.’ Another, issued by the Council of the United Judiciary, gave a year in jail for those not fasting during Ramadan. Member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition Samir Nashar said there are civil movements resisting the extremist tendencies of such committees. He also told Asharq al-Awsat that the FSA should unite its forces in Aleppo and work to prevent the expansion of these committees.

hungry bear StealS entire duMPSter! NewS DeSK Security cameras at the Edelweiss restaurant in Colorado Springs

picked up on an unusual scene on Wednesday evening. In the footage a bear can be seen reaching up and opening the lid of a

waste food bin, having a look inside and then pulling the wheelie container across the concrete car park and out of the view of the cameras. The owners of the restaurant posted the video of the bear’s raid on Facebook with the comment: “Intruder stealing the dumpster last night. WOW this must be the Mama.” But this wasn’t the last of the animal that the restaurant saw. The bear enjoyed its rubbish bin meal so much that it was filmed returning for more the next evening. Again it drags the bin from the car park for its tasty treat. Edelweiss employees have reportedly been told to keep a look out when they are taking rubbish out into the car park in case the bear makes another return.

have questioned whether climate breeds conflict. Work published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that this environmental factor was not to blame for civil war in Africa. Instead, Dr Halvard Buhaug, from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway, concluded that the conflict was linked to other factors such as high infant mortality, proximity to international borders and high local population density. Commenting on the latest research, he said: “I disagree with the sweeping conclusion (the authors) draw and believe that their strong statement about a general causal link between climate and conflict is unwarranted by the empirical analysis that they provide.” I was surprised to see not a single reference to a real-world conflict that plausibly would not have occurred in the absence of observed climatic extremes. If the authors wish to claim a strong causal link, providing some form of case validation is critical.”

us woman says alIens mutIlated Her cows A Missouri rancher who has found multiple cows mysteriously mutilated thinks aliens could have something to do with the disturbing deaths. Since December 2011, Lyn Mitchell of Mitchell County, Mo., has found three of her cows mutilated, according to NBC affiliate KSHB. Each animal had various body parts cut off, such as their tongues, ears, udders and reproductive organs. On July 9, she found a dead cow with a char mark outlining its body. One July 19, she found another with its heart exposed and teats cut off. She said the cuts looked surgically done and claimed she saw no blood despite the wounds. The local sheriff’s department and a veterinarian couldn’t provide answers — and so Mitchell isn’t ruling out extraterrestrials. “The more it happens, the more questions you get. And the more you learn, you find more and more things that make you ask more questions,” she told KSHB. CBS St. Louis’s KMOX notes that police are “not ruling out the possibility of aliens.” “we’re having to look at this from two sides,” Robert Hills, Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy, told the network. “Some people believe that there are aliens that are involved in this or the possibility of the occult going to the other end of the spectrum, we’ve talked to other people that say that just when cows die that’s what happens to their bodies.” “we know that there have been quite a few deaths of cattle this year in Missouri due to the ergot fungus that may have lead to these animals’ deaths,” he added. “we’re just not able to determine what the cause of death is at this point.”Discovery News raises the possibility that the cows were mutilated, not by aliens, but by natural predators like vultures, crows, maggots and blowflies. Carrion-eaters will often eat soft tissue first. And the site notes that “in many cases, what has been described by ranchers and others as cuts with ‘surgical’ precision turned out to be ordinary decomposition.” Mitchell is not the first to link cattle mutilations and aliens is nothing new, however. There’s even a History Channel special dedicated to the supposed phenomenon. NEWS dESk


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Bowlers gIve canada tHe early edge Canada’s bowlers, spearheaded by pacer Jeremy Gordon, gave the hosts an early advantage against UAE in the fourday Intercontinental Cup match in King City. After rain had completely washed out play on the opening day, the players had to wait for much of day two for the ground to be fit enough to play on. Eventually it began, and Canada, opting to field, got an early breakthrough as UAE opener HaroonIfthikar edged a delivery from Gordon back to the keeper Hamza Tariq. Paceman Henry Osinde dismissed the other opener Arshad Ali for two in the ninth over to leave the visitors struggling at 11 for 2. However, SwapnilPatil kept the innings afloat. Patil struck five fours during his innings of 43, and added 37 for the third wicket with left-hand batsman Khurram Khan. But Canada struck again later on, as Gordon removed Khurram for 21, and left-arm spinner Parth Desai got the wicket of Shaiman Anwar in the 24th over, to leave UAE precariously placed at 73 for 4 at the end of day two. SPORTS dESk

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EGSPINNER Amit Mishra’s six-wicket haul took India to a comprehensive one-day series whitewash in Zimbabwe as they beat the hosts by seven wickets in Saturday’s fifth one-day international in Bulawayo. Mishra’ figures of six for 48 saw Zimbabwe bowled out for just 163, and also took his wicket tally in the series to 18 - a new record for a five-match series. As they had for much of a one-sided series, India made light work of the Zimbabwean target, knocking off the runs in 34 overs to record their first whitewash away from home in a five-match contest. Although fast bowler Kyle Jarvis returned to the Zimbabwean line-up to claim two wickets in the first 11 overs of the Indian innings, Ajinkya Rahane made 50 after coming in for his first game of the tour and Ravindra Jadeja hit 48 not out to see India to another crushing win. Rahane batted steadily in his 66-ball

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knock before he was bowled by part-timer Malcolm Waller, while Jadeja started slowly before opening up to hit two sixes

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in the second half of his innings. Man of the series Mishra was the clear star of the show though, as he struck with

his very first delivery and then ran through the Zimbabwean lower order with embarrassing ease. Sean Williams was the only batsman to put up resistance for Zimbabwe, hitting 51 from 63 balls as he provided a partial recovery from 45 for four. With the hosts once again struggling with the lateral movement on offer to the bowlers up front, seamers Mohit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat and Shami Ahmed claimed a wicket apiece before left-arm spinner Jadeja forced Hamilton Masakadza to play on for 32. Although Williams gained reward for some sensible batting through the middle overs, he continued to lose partners at regular intervals as Malcolm Waller pulled Mishra’s first ball to mid-on. Mishra then trapped Elton Chigumbura lbw and had Tinotenda Mutombodzi caught at second slip in his sixth over, before getting rid of Williams in his seventh. With Natsai Mushangwe bowled and Brian Vitori undone by Mishra’s googly, the legspinner had bettered Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis’ record of 17 wickets in five matches at the 2008 Asia Cup.

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Michael Clarke has said he backed David Warner’s decision to review his dismissal from a thick outsideedge despite telling Warner he thought the ball had made contact with the bat. Australia’s use of the DRS has been poor throughout the series and that continued on the second day at Old Trafford, where Warner brought boos from the crowd when he walked to the crease and further jeers after his ill-judged referral. The edge off Graeme Swann was deflected off Matt Prior and snapped up at slip, not dissimilar to Stuart Broad’s controversial edge and non-walk at Trent Bridge. Clarke was at the non-

striker’s end when Jonathan Trott completed the catch to dismiss Warner, who had struck his pad with his bat at the same time as the bat hit the ball, apparently confusing his judgement. “My reaction was, yes, I thought Davey hit it,” Clarke said. “But in fairness to Davey, if you have a look at the replay, he actually hit his pad at the same time so he obviously didn’t feel the ball hit the bat. We had a little discussion in the middle. “Let’s just say we disagreed, but in saying that, I did say to Davey that I would back his judgement 100%. He was confident he didn’t hit it so it was worth a look and I’ve said before I think that’s the way DRS should be used. I think if the batter

feels that he didn’t hit the ball then his partner should back his judgement.” Acceding to the review could have been dangerous on Clarke’s part, because it left Australia at 365 for 5 with no referrals left, and a hefty first-innings score was

always going to be necessary on a good batting pitch. As it turned out, Australia didn’t need the DRS again, as Clarke compiled 187 - his highest score outside Australia and Brad Haddin and Mitchell Starc pushed the total to 527 for 7 before the declaration came.

It was also Clarke’s first Test century batting at No. 4, a position that he took up in this match after Phillip Hughes was dropped. Despite the success, Clarke said he was unsure if he would remain at second drop in the future or move back to his more usual position at No. 5. “I got a hundred at No. 4, what a miracle,” Clarke joked after play. “I don’t know, we’ll assess in the second innings let alone the next Test match. The number doesn’t bother me. I’ve been saying it for a while. It’s nice though to finally have a hundred batting at No. 4 but I’m not sure. “I didn’t feel that great yesterday or today at the crease. I felt there was enough in the wicket - I played and missed a hell of a lot and had a fair bit of luck. Don’t get

me wrong, I love the result. It’s better than getting zero, that’s for sure but I think I’ll be able to assess it more if we win the Test match.” Clarke’s runs, combined with valuable half-centuries from Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Haddin and Starc, have at least given Australia a chance of the victory they need to retain any hope of winning the Ashes. The bowlers began well, collecting two England wickets after Clarke declared in the final session, but he said it was important they maintained their patience over the next three days. “It’s not the type of wicket you can force too hard,” he said. “You have to build up pressure. The bowlers will have to be exceptionally consistent like they were this afternoon.


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OR a little more than two hours, England asserted the measure of control they required to secure this match, and the Ashes themselves. Though Australia’s bowlers had toiled manfully and persistently, finding life where their opposite numbers had not, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell stood firm, the former thrusting to a fine hundred, the latter caressing his way towards a third such score of the series. But right at the moment the tourists may have begun to flag, Ryan Harris found a way through the previously impassable Bell, tilting back his off stump and revitalising Australia. The wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Pietersen himself followed, leaving the Old Trafford Test finely balanced with two days remaining and maintaining Australia’s heartening revival as belatedly serious

Poa respects court order, restrains from holding its general council meeting LAHORE: The house was in order and all was set to hold the general council meeting of Pakistan Olympic Association but the POA-led by Lt Gen Arif Hasan decided not to hold it in the light of a order issued by Lahore High Court. “The meeting was summoned as per a direction of the Supreme Court but Lahore High Court issued a stay order against it and showing respect to the court orders we have decided not to hold the meeting and rather “adjourned“ it and its new dates will be announced in due course of time after getting the stay order vacated from the court “, said Arif Hasan while talking to media in the presence of 78 member house, out of a 120 house, here on Saturday at a local hotel. He said they will be submitting their point of view to the respective court on August 5 to get the stay order vacated as the Supreme Court had already given its direction to hold the meeting to discuss the issues of the national Olympic committee and to find their solution. “ The presence of majority of the affiliated units of the POA for the meeting endorses our claim that POA is the genuine body which is recognized by the international Olympic committee and Olympic Council of Asia “,he asserted. Gen Arif said facts were concealed for getting the stay order from the court and it was not even mentioned that the POA general council meeting is being held as a per a direction of the apex court. “ POA is a law abiding national organization and we will put the matter before the court to seek justice “,he said. To a question, he said, on the request of the national Olympic committee the common wealth games confederation based on its earlier expression of interest has agreed to send invitation to Pakistan Hockey federation for the participation in the next years Commonwealth games andAugust 16 is the dead line in this regard. “Now it depends on the PHf that it team’s participates in the Games or not, we are doing our best to ensure our teams participation which will be help it to expose its players to high quality exposure besides preparing the team for future mega events,” he added. STAFF REPORT

contenders for the urn. On a day of high quality and considerable intrigue, Harris, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle and Shane Watson all delivered searching spells. Pietersen and Bell can seldom have played better, their calculated attack on Nathan Lyon a critical passage on a pitch taking turn and bounce throughout. There were imponderables, too. Pietersen on 62 would have been out lbw had Michael Clarke assented to Watson’s opinion that his old-ball inswinger was bound for the

stumps. When Starc dismissed Pietersen lbw there was Hot Spot evidence of the merest nick. Starc’s contribution should not be underestimated, for his knack of taking wickets countered a tendency to lose his length and line at times. A mediocre delivery accounted for Alastair Cook thanks to a supreme leg-side diving catch by Brad Haddin, but Bairstow and Pietersen fell victim to a sublime spell of reverse movement as the evening drew in.

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Pakistan’s women cricket team returned home from Ireland after qualifying for ICC World T20, Local TV reports on Saturday. The team, which won 12 matches during their tour, was given warm welcome upon their arrival at the airport. While talking to media, Captain Sana Mir said the team was encouraged to beat England on its home ground. Mir said that the team would perform well in the world T20 event. The manager of the Pakistani women’s cricket team has backed the side, saying that it is ‘progressing well’ following the side’s sharing the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier title with Sri Lanka in Ireland.

The squad remained unbeaten in the event and booked their berth in next year’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh by reaching the final, which was washed out due to rain. The team also leveled their Twenty20 series with England besides defeating England Academy and Ireland earlier on the marathon tour. Defining the tour as ‘highly constructive’ for Pakistan, team manager Ayesha Ashar said the team’s performance in the qualifier was helped by their hard work, adding that reaching the finals without losing any game proved that the team is progressing well. Ashar further said that the Pakistani women cricketers have started entering slots of the top ten players according to the Twenty20 rankings, which placed all-rounder Bismah Marof at the sixth place and Sadia Yousuf at the fifth bowler position.

regIonal BodIes’ PresIdents to suPPort setHI LAHORE: former presidents of regional cricket bodies functioning across the country have decided to lend support to Caretaker Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, apparently ending a crisis in PCB which restricted its Chairman from taking important decisions pertaining to various issues. The on-going crisis started after the decision of the Islamabad High Court and raised questions upon the decisions taken by the Caretaker Chairman whereby Mr Sethi was declared as Caretaker and authorized only to take day to day decisions. former LCCA President Khawaja Nadeem and Major (R) Ahmad Nadim Saddal, who challenged the election of Zaka Asrhaf and former President, Abbottabad region, AamirNawab, former President, Sialkot region, Malik Zulfiqar and former President, Ch Muhammad Anwar are the vanguards at this initiative. “we look forward to support the caretaker chairman to effectively manage the affairs of PCB enabling him to break this impasse created by the pending legal proceedings. Cricket in Pakistan needs a strong Board to effectively manage the cricket at every level. we further unequivocally reject any or all allegations being levelled in the media against Najam Sethi with regard to being a tax defaulter or being involved in any wrong doing etc. from today onwards we stand behind Sethi and we have full confidence in his ability and intentions to take Pakistan Cricket to the higher levels” said Kh Nadeem Ahmed said on Saturday. STAFF REPORT

PromotIon of crIcket our collectIve aIm LAHORE: former President, Lahore City Cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed has called for continuation of efforts to achieve the collective aim of promotion of cricket in the city. He was speaking at an Iftarreception which he hosted in the honour of over one hundred clubs of three affiliated zones of LCCA, East west and North on friday night. Prominent among others were former manager, Pakistan Cricket team, Azhar Zaidi, Chairman, ad-hoc committee,LCCA, Aizad Syed, Mian Munir Ahmad, MPA, Nawab Mansoor Hayat and all the Zonal Presidents and officials. Kh Nadeem said if re-elected for the second successive term, he would continue his endeavour to work for the betterment of LCCA to maintain its status of a role model body besides unveiling ambitious activity programme for engaging clubs in competitive cricket. “Our past three years efforts focussed on the revival of cricket and we were able to lift the game out of doldrums and now the stage has come to set sight on achieving excellence which is only possible with the continuation of our polices and addition of more cricket activities for clubs”, he added. Nadeem, himself a former first class cricketer was of the view that the affiliated zones of LCCA were behind his success as they extended all out cooperation to implement his vision and plans for the revival of the game. “Today the presence of such a large number of clubs endorses my claim that we are together for a common cause of cricket and I am sure with their full support I will be able to win the elections to remain hand in hand with to strive further for LCCA cricket”, he added. STAFF REPORT

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan felt an improved and furnished bowler after he tour India last year and said that he feels comfortable bowling to any batsman on any condition. Irfan, who was sidelined for 18 months after making his Pakistan debut in England in 2010 in a solitary one-day match, made a comeback on the tour to India in December. “The Indian tour was a great learning curve for me. Bowling to quality batsmen and before full crowds helped me become a more confident person and bowler,” Irfan said after returning home from the West Indies. The nearly 7 feet tall left-arm pacer said that he had not looked back since the Indian tour. “For someone starting afresh, a tour to India can be a make or break one. For me, fortunately it was a good tour and I have not looked back since.” “After the Indian and South African tours, I

think I also became a more lethal bowler because of the 10 days I spent in the Wasim Akram camp in Karachi. He taught me there how to bowl the inswing and once as a left-arm pacer you learn to swing the ball both ways, it is easier to pick up wickets. “I have pace and bounce but with the ability to swing the ball both ways. I am always sure I can get wickets with the new ball no matter who the batsman is,” he said. The tall and lanky bowler whose fitness remains a source of debate even now said he was aware that he needed to work hard on his fitness more than other players. “But I don’t think it is a serious issue now I am spending lot of time on my fitness and my diet. Most importantly, I now have the right size shoes when I bowl so that also means I face no fitness problems while bowling.” Irfan, who has left a big impact in his appearances in two Tests, 19 ODIs and four T20 matches so far, said he wanted to representPakistan consistently for another four to five years.

LAHORE: The three segments Elba Ramadan Rose Bowl Golf Championship for 2013, concluded at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Golf Course yesterday. And the fortunate competitor who achieved spiritual and winning glory was an upcoming golfer, Abdul Islam. Although he played really well he was fortunate to be declared as the ultimate winner as four other contenders had under par scores similar to his and as per rules the count back rule had to be applied. Based on application of this rule he managed to edge past his score hugging rivals like Saeedul Haseeb, Khurram Mazhar, Abbas Chaudry and waqar Butt. Some of the other competitors could not make it to the top but succeeded in winning the subsidiary prizes at stake. Imran Amin won nearest to the pin prize while Haris Naseer lodged his drive to a distance of 274 yards to capture the longest drive. Asif Malik was amongst the honours too, with the best nine holes trophy falling in his hands. faisal Sayid got hold of the best nine holes gross prize by playing exceedingly well. STAFF REPORT


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fernando Torres remains central to returning manager Jose Mourinho's plans for Chelsea this season. Torres has never justified his £50million price tag since moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in January 2011, though he showed some improvement once reunited with interim boss Rafael Benitez last season. The Spain striker finished the campaign with 23 goals, though they were spread over 75 appearances in all competitions and surrounded by a remarkable number of missed chances, particularly in the one-on-one situations in which he was previously so deadly. Mourinho plans to keep faith with the Euro 2012 and Confederations Cup golden boot winner, though, and insists the team must learn to provide him with the best service. "I don't know if it's confidence," the Portuguese told several national newspapers. "I feel the guy is highly motivated, he works very hard. "I think some of the work we do with the team in terms of attack suits his qualities. we are here to support him. "Usually when he is clear, he scores that goal - but he has missed (recently). we know that this is Torres' game. when we see Torres with his back to goal, surrounded by two or three opponents, we know that he is not going to produce a piece of magic. SPORTS dESk

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del Potro moves Into dc semIs WASHINGTON : Juan Martin Del Potro showed no signs of fatigue as he moved past Kevin Anderson into the Citi Open semi-finals in washington. The Argentine top seed had to play twice a day previously, first beating Ryan Harrison and then Bernard Tomic to reach the quarter-finals, but despite a tough opening set against Anderson, he prevailed in straight sets 7-6(0) 6-3. Anderson too was on court twice on Thursday, finishing off James Duckworth before downing Mardy fish to set up his date with Del Potro, who went some way to proving his fitness since sustaining an injury at wimbledon. Del Potro will meet Tommy Haas for a place in the final after the German third seed saw off Bulgarian GrigorDimitrov 7-6(5) 7-6(3). In the other semi-final, home hope John Isner will play DimitryTursunov. Isner, seeded eighth, got past marcos baghdatis 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 while Russian tursunov downed marinkomatosevic 6-3 4-6 7-6(4). Citi open results Quarter-finals [1] [WC] J del Potro (ARg) beat [7] k Anderson (RSA) 7-6(0) 6-3 [3] t Haas (geR) beat [11] g dimitrov (buL) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) [8] J Isner (uSA) beat [16] m baghdatis (CYP) 67(5) 6-4 6-4 d tursunov (RuS) beat m matosevic (AuS) 6-3 4-6 7-6(4)

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Steven Gerrard has revealed he turned down a move to a Champions League side last season - and is urging Luis Suarez to do the same. Gerrard, who made his debut for the Anfield side in 1998, has insisted he was the subject of a bid from an unnamed European club last season which the Daily Telegraph reveals was Bayern Munich. Bayern went on to win the treble of Bundesliga, Championship League and German Cup while Liverpool finished seventh in the Premier League and without a trophy. Gerrard told several national newspapers: "I had a chance to leave last year. It was for a club in the Champions League, not a Premier League club, but I wasn't tempted. SPORTS dESk

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OP seed Victoria Azarenka eased into the semi-finals of the Southern California Open but AgnieszkaRadwanska was dumped out by Sam Stosur. Belarusian Azarenka, the world number three, swatted aside UrszulaRadwanska with a minimum of fuss 6-1 6-2 to reach the final four of the tournament in Carlsbad. There, she will meet Ana Ivanovic, who beat Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-7(1) 6-2 after storming away in the third set. In the bottom half of the draw, second-seeded Pole AgnieszkaRadwanska joined her sister on the scrapheap after falling 7-5 2-6 6-3 to Stosur. Stosur, the fifth seed, recovered from an early break down in the

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federer withdraws from montreal masters Roger federer has pulled out of next week’s Montreal Masters with a back problem. federer, 32, lost matches to world number 114 federico Delbonis and number 55 Daniel Brands in July, blaming the latter, more recent loss on “serious problems” with his back. He will not play in a prestigious tournament in Canada which features Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. He wrote on his facebook page on friday: "I am disappointed not to be playing in Montreal next week. S P O RT S d E S k

deciding set to oust the 2011 champion, who has problems against the Australian and has now lost their last three encounters. "I think today we had two very contrasting styles," Stosur said. "I was going for it and Aga makes you work really hard and gets every single ball back. She's had great success playing that way. That's the

beauty of tennis. You can have lots of different game styles. "I'm obviously very happy with today's win. To come to a tournament where you weren't expecting to play and decide at the last minute after being given a wild card, it's fantastic to have really made the most of that opportunity and now be in the semis."

world number one Inbee Park's hopes of a fourth successive major were dealt a blow when the South Korean shot a one-over-par 73 to finish eight shots off the lead after the second round of the women's British Open on friday. Park, aiming to become the first player of either gender to win four Majors in a calendar year, is two-under par for the tournament adrift of compatriot and leader Na Yeon Choi at St Andrews in Scotland. "A little bit of everything wasn't really working well out there today, but it was tough conditions," the 25-year-old, who has never won the tournament, was quoted as saying by the BBC. SPORTS dESk

tiger woods shoots brilliant 61, almost manages 59 SPoRTS DeSK Tiger Woods came close to shooting only the sixth 59 on the US PGA Tour with an electrifying display in Friday's second round at the WGCBridgestone Invitational before running out of steam with five holes to play. Needing two more birdies for the magical number which has never been lowered, Woods narrowly missed a nine-footer at the 15th and a six-footer at

the 17th on the way to a nineunder-par 61 at Firestone Country Club. His sizzling score equaled the course record, which he had previously tied in the second round in 2000, and gave him a commanding seven-shot lead with a 13under total of 127. Woods, who has triumphed a record seven times in the elite World Golf Championships (WGC) event at Firestone, is bidding to win his fifth title on the US Tour this year as he builds

momentum for next week's US PGA Championship. "I had a lot of control today from tee to green and obviously the way I putted, I felt I was in total control of my game," the American world number one said after totaling only 22 putts. "Obviously things like that don't happen every day, and it's fun when it all comes together and I was able to take advantage of it, especially on a golf course like this.

"This is not exactly an easy golf course. As you can see, six under is in second (place), so the guys aren't tearing this apart." Asked whether he was at all disappointed to fall short in his bid to fire his first 59, Woods replied: "Absolutely not, nope. 61 is pretty good. I'm not bummed. "Would it have been nice to shoot 59? Yeah. I certainly had the opportunity. I had two good chances at 15 and 17 to do it.


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New Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is confident Cescfabregas will not swap the Nou Camp for Old Trafford but admits the Spain international will decide his own future. The Liga champions have already rejected bids of £25million and £30million from Manchester United and Martino believes the former Arsenal midfielder will continue to fend off their advances to stay at Barca. "I would prefer him to stay with us and I dare say he will, but it's his decision," Martino said. "He is one of the best players in the squad. I think he will stay. But there's a part that he has to decide. "Cesc will decide the situation, but it has not occurred to me that I won't be able to count on him." fabregas was on the bench for friday's -0 thrashing of Brazilian side Santos at the Nou Camp but came on in the second half alongside new signing Neymar to score twice and set up Jean Marie Dongou for the final goal. SPORTS dESk

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year after athletics was at the heart of London 2012, the sport's biennial world championships is in danger of losing its lustre after a series of doping and injury withdrawals have robbed the Moscow event of much of its stardust. True, Usain Bolt is still on board flying the flag and will ensure massive interest but after Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell were ruled out through doping violations and reigning 100m champion Yohan Blake pulled out injured, it seems only a repeat of his false start in Daegu two years ago can prevent the Jamaican taking the title. Should Bolt fail again, the International Association of Athletics Federations faces the nightmare scenario of twice-banned doper Justin Gatlin being crowned world champion to cap off an horrific summer doping deluge that has again dragged the sport into the gutter. Olympic 1,500 metres champion AsliCakirAlptekin is one of dozens of Turkish athletes to fail recent tests while host nation Russia has more than 40 currently serving bans - as well as several more back in action having served their time for positives. Olympic champion and world 800 record holder David Rudisha will be watching from home as he nurses a

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alvarado to fIgHt ProvodnIkov In octoBer knee injury but, according to Kenya's former Olympic champion Kip Keino, several of the country's other leading athletes are also opting to sit out the championships to stay fresh for potentially more lucrative appearances in the Diamond League and city road races. Also missing will be Britain's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill who has failed to recover from an Achilles tendon injury, with Russian world champion Tatyana Chernova also out injured. All of which focuses the spotlight even more brightly on Bolt and the likes of American sprinter Allyson Felix, 20year-old 400 metres sensation Kirani James, Britain's double Olympic distance gold medallist Mo Farah and TiruneshDibaba, also seeking the

5,000/10,000 double. In 2009, Bolt matched his Beijing Olympic heroics and went even faster by winning the 100m and 200m in world records that still stand. Two years later in South Korea it all went horribly wrong when he falsestarted and was disqualified from the 100, opening the door for Blake. He roared back to take the 200 and relay golds and, providing he is fully fit, there seems little possibility of him missing out on another double and probable treble. Bolt warmed up with a comfortable 9.85 win at the London Diamond League last weekend, despite a dire start. "I think I was just race rusty," he said. "I think the rounds at the world championships should help out just to get my legs freer."

Aggrieved Atapuma climbs to Poland stage six SPoRTS DeSK Darwin Atapuma gained revenge and victory on stage six of the Tour of Poland to hand his Colombia team their first win of 2013. The Colombian’s squad complained that he was bullied out of Thursday’s break and he responded in style, winning the 192km stage from Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa to BukowinaTatrzanska. A breakaway stayed out for most of a stage featuring 10 Cat.1 climbs before being reeled in. Atapuma then launched an attack on the last of the hills, with Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale) joining him. Riblon won the double ascent up the Alped’Huez on the Tour de France this year as well as triumphing with a scintillating attack to claim stage two of the current race up the PassoPordoi in the Italian Dolomites. His effort in finishing second on Friday, two seconds behind Atapuma, earns the Frenchman the yellow jersey

with a 19-second lead over Jon IzaguirreInsausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who lost his one-second advantage by coming home seventh on the stage in the main group. Saxo-Tinkoff'sRafalMajka is another second back on GC in third after

recovering from a minor crash late in the stage. Saturday’s individual time trial will decide the winner of the 70th running of the Tour of Poland, with timetrial specialists Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellarafavourites on a lumpy 37km route.

Mike Alvarado will fight RuslanProvodnikov on October 19 at the first Bank Center in Alvarado's hometown of Denver. Alvarado and Provodnikov were each in fight of the year contenders in March. A one-time sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, Provodnikov and Timothy Bradley put on a spectacular bout on March 16 at the Stub Hub Center (Then known as the Home Depot Center) in Carson, Calif. Bradley won a narrow unanimous decision in a bout that had the fans on their feet throughout. Provodnikov knocked Bradley down in the 12th and had him hurt badly several other times. Two weeks later, Alvarado bested Brandon Rios at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in another fiercely contested match after losing the first fight between the two, voted by EurosportYahoo! as the bout of 2012. Top Rank president Todd duBoef was thrilled to be able to finalize the bout after tough negotiations with both sides. "what this fight shows is the value of putting on a great performance in the ring, win or lose," duBoef said. "Provodnikov had a great performance against Bradley, and though he was on the losing side, he's coming right back in a main event in a very significant fight. "Alvarado was on the losing side of a fight with Brandon Rios last year and we brought him back in the main event against Brandon earlier this year. “These are the kind of throwback, competitive bouts the fans want to see, and if you as a fighter fight that way, there is always going to be a demand for your services." Alvarado, who went on an eight-and-ahalf mile run in the mountains shortly after closing the deal, was eager to get to work. SPORTS dESk

FerrAri orders investigAtion into ForM SPoRTS DeSK Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has ordered a detailed investigation by his technical chiefs into why his team's race pace disappeared at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The team has usually been stronger in the races than in qualifying, and believed the key to delivering the championship was simply to secure better grid spots. In Hungary however the team struggled for the first time this year with its long-run form, leaving Fernando Alonso a frustrated fifth at the chequered flag. One theory in the change in competitive form is that the switch to 2012 construction Pirelli tyres hurt the F138 more than other cars. Domenicali thinks it is vital the team finds an explanation for what happened before the next race in Belgium, and

whether or not the new tyres are to blame. "We have seen that we have lost the gap that we had at the first few races," explained Domenicali. "During the races, the pace was clearly very strong; now in the conditions here [in Hungary] we have seen that we are not where we wanted to be on both tyres - soft and medium. "We need to understand if this is the case [that the new tyres hurt Ferrari] and how to react, because this will be the structure of tyres we have until the end of the season. "Then a lot will depend on the choice of compounds for the races at the end of the season. It is something we need to analyse carefully – as it seems Mercedes has solved the issue that it was suffering massively in the races." As well as the need to address on its tyre situation, Ferrari must also get its normal development work back on track,

after updates introduced at the British and German Grands Prix did not bring the step forward they were meant to. That meant the team had to revert to older specification parts in Hungary, meaning the car was essentially the same as it had been at the Spanish Grand Prix. Domenicali acknowledged that there was a need to bring more from the wind tunnel, but he still felt there were reasons to be positive. "After the very good race from the performance point in Germany and Silverstone, we have improved the car for qualifying – but we haven't for the race," he said. "We have done a programme to be ready for Spa, and hopefully we are able to manage it. "There is no reason to be feeling negative pressure. I am expecting a reaction from my technical group and this is what matters."


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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected repeated requests of JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman for a share in Balochistan cabinet, assuring him that he would be given two ministries in the federal cabinet and a share in committees, Pakistan Today has learnt. A three-member Balochistan cabinet had taken oath on June 19. The ministers are Sanaullah Zehri, Abdul Rahim Ziarat and Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani. Despite the lapse of around three months, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik has not been able to expand his cabinet due to differences among the major coalition partners as the lawmakers from Baloch and Pashtun ethnic groups

want a lion’s share on vital and sensitive ministries. The JUI-F has been in the Balochistan cabinet for over a decade now. Their MPAs had joined the Balochistan cabinet under the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in year 2002. The JUI-F again joined the cabinet of Nawab Aslam Raisani after 2008 election and remained a part until the government was removed in 2012 after it failed to curb attacks of Shias. “However, despite refusal Fazlur Rehman thinks that the Baloch and Pashtun nationalists would finally succumb due to their lack of experience, constant infighting and lack of decision-making qualities,” said a source in the JUI-F. A source in the government said Fazlur Rehman soon after joining the federal government had time and again approached Nawaz and requested to give a share in the Balochistan cabinet. The source added that the Baloch and Pashtun nationalists were pressing Nawaz to keep the JUI-F at bay. They also told the PM that the hardcore sectarian elements in the JUI-F were a major cause for the unrest in Balochistan. “Dr Abdul Malik has personally conveyed the prime minister to keep JUI-F chief restricted to the federal government

as his party was a major reason for unrest in Balochistan,” the source said, adding that Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai had endorsed the views expressed by Dr Malik. The source added that Dr Malik had shared a list of proposed cabinet members; however, certain issues had also been raised by the security establishment, due to which the matter had been further delayed. JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai said his party had resolved all differences with the PML-N leadership about the federal government and its two federal ministers would take oath after Eid. “Deliberations are on within the party to shortlist its nominees for the ministries being offered. We also have been offered chairmanship of some key standing committees, including the chairpersonship of foreign relations committee of the National Assembly,” he added. Asked about the formation of the Balochistan cabinet and the JUI-F’s bid to join it, Achakzai admitted that his party wanted to help the provincial government due to their lack of experience but the differences could not be resolved with the PML-N chief in this regard. “We think that there is no government

in Balochistan and the people of province are suffering due to bad governance. The chief minister can’t take any decision and rather looks toward the prime minister for crucial decisions due to his lack of experience and incapability,” he maintained. Achakzai said that his party did not want to join the government only for greed but wanted to extend a helping hand to the inexperienced colleagues. “Due to the incapability of Balochistan chief minister, Nawaz Sharif is calling the shots and the chief minister can’t take any decision,” he added. Asked whether ethnic conflicts were a

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ISLAMABAD: After sitting on the treasury benches in the National Assembly, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam fazl (JUI-f) has now decided to join the federal government. A private TV channel on Saturday reported that a federal ministry and a state ministry will be given to the party. Akram Durani’s name has been suggested for the ministership of transportation. The new ministers will take oath after Eid. Earlier, Maulana also met PM Nawaz Sharif and discussed political situation in the country. Both the leaders also discussed issues pertaining to the coalition government. The premier said all the political parties have to join hands to cope with the challenges faced by the country. ONlINE

cause for lingering on the cabinet formation, Achakzai said that there were many differences. “There is a split between the Baloch and Pashtun groups who want a major pie in the cabinet. Moreover, there is another division as nationalists do not want to allow anyone else to help them out,” he asserted. Achakzai claimed that his leadership thought that the nationalists would not be able to run the government and the prime minister finally would seek help from the JUI-F whose lawmakers were capable and experienced enough to rid the province of the issued of violence and governance.

us to close some embassies today for security reasons WASHINGTON: US embassies that would normally be open this Sunday - including those in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, Cairo - will be closed that day because of unspecified security concerns, the US State Department said on Thursday. “The Department of State has instructed certain US embassies and consulates to remain closed or to suspend operations on Sunday, August 4th,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at her daily briefing. “Security considerations have led us to take this precautionary step.” Harf declined to detail the “security considerations” or name the embassies and consulates that would be closed but a senior State Department official later told reporters they were those that would normally have been open on Sunday. A quick search of the State Department website showed that these included several US missions in the Muslim world, including the embassies in Abu Dhabi, Baghdad and Cairo. AGENCIES

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President Asif Ali Zardari accepted the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Fakhar-ud-Din G Ibrahim on Saturday before his visit to Tehran. After accepting the resignation, the president sent it to the prime minister for necessary action. The PM will forward it to the Cabinet division for issuance of notification after which the CEC would be as relived of his duties.

Pakistan, Iran need to work for stability of region: zardari TEHRAN: President Asif Zardari on Saturday said the people of Pakistan and Iran were tied together not only by deep historical, cultural and fraternal affinities but also shared common destinies. He said that the two countries needed to work hand in hand not only for the socio-economic betterment of their people and strengthening of their bilateral relations but also for the stability, peace and development of the region. This he said during his meeting with President-elect of Iran Hassan Rouhani at Presidential Palace. President Zardari arrived here on Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Hassan Rouhani as the 7th President of Islamic Republic of Iran. During one to one meeting of the two leaders, the president congratulated Hassan Rouhani on his victory in the presidential elections and said that his victory demonstrated the confidence of the people in his leadership qualities and his abilities to steer the great Iranian nation to a new era of peace and prosperity. Terming the occasion as historic, the president also congratulated the Iranian nation and observed that the peaceful conduct of elections and transfer of power speaks of the maturity of the Iranian democracy. The two leaders discussed host of issues of mutual interest ranging from bilateral relations to the overall regional situation and the challenges being faced by the region. Discussing bilateral relations, the President said that Pakistan highly values its brotherly relations with Iran which are rooted in deep historical, cultural and religious commonalities between the people of the two countries. APP

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LANDIKOTAL: Security personnel search a man as the Bara-Peshawar Highway in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency was reopened on Saturday after four years. INP

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Hassan Rouhani took office as Iran’s president on Saturday promising “constructive interaction with the world” after eight years under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked by diplomatic confrontation and damaging sanctions. The politically moderate 64-year-old cleric’s resounding victory at June’s election raised hopes of a negotiated end to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program and an easing of the sanctions that have hit the OPEC country’s oil exports. That could avert a possible new war in the Middle East. Both the United States and Israel have said all options - including military action - are open to stop Iran getting nuclear arms. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed Rouhani’s election win in a statement read out to political, religious and military grandees assembled at a Tehran religious site. Khamenei praised the “selection of a worthy individual who has more than three decades of service to the system of the Islamic Republic ... and who from the time of

the revolutionary struggle ... has resisted the enemies of the Islamic Revolution.” Symbolizing the handover of power, Khamenei took the presidential mandate from Ahmadinejad and handed the document to Rouhani. Khamenei then kissed Rouhani on the cheek and the new president kissed the leader on his shoulder, a sign of supplication. The start of Rouhani’s presidency puts an end to the Ahmadinejad era during which Iran grew more isolated and came under wide-ranging United Nations, US and European Union sanctions over its nuclear program. Rouhani faces enormous challenges, including inflation he put last month at 42 percent, unemployment, and political divisions between conservative, moderate and reformist factions. “Moderation does not mean deviating from principles and it is not conservatism in the face of change and development. Moderation ... is an active and patient approach in society in order to be distant from the abyss of extremism,” Rouhani said in a short speech after becoming president. “In the international arena we will

also take new steps to promote the Iranian nation towards securing national interests and removing sanctions. Although there are many limitations, the future is bright and promising,” he said. “The orientation of the government is Iran’s economic salvation, constructive interaction with the world, and a restoration of morality.” Rouhani’s first test is persuad-

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ing parliament to approve his list of proposed ministers, which he is expected to present on Sunday after he takes his oath of office in parliament. “Rouhani will certainly appoint more competent men and women to key economic ministries and institutions. He will also follow saner economic policies,” said Shaul Bakhash, an Iran historian at George Mason University in Virginia. “But the economic problems are staggering ... Above all, without a serious easing of sanctions, it is difficult to see how Rouhani can get the economy moving again.” CLEAN HANDS: Ahmadinejad defended his time in office, telling state television late on Friday his administration was the least corrupt in history, and blaming sanctions for economic problems. “We promised to have clean hands; I say with confidence that this government is the cleanest government,” Ahmadinejad said, according to the Mehr news agency. “The enemy has introduced heavy sanctions and the nation has faced problems. We have made our utmost effort but we couldn’t resolve all the pressures. This issue has been very difficult for us.”

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