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Opp to hold Senate session on street
Indian media claims ISI plotting Modi attack
Even a dog killed by US is a martyr: Fazl
CII conditionally okays test tube babies
AG rejects media report on Iqbal Z Ahmed
Opposition parties, except the MQM, on Tuesday announced that the Senate session on Wednesday (today) would be held on the street outside parliament against the interior minister’s attitude. All opposition parties, excluding the MQM, continued their boycott for the fourth consecutive day and the House observed a visible lack of quorum as it met only for just over one hour to take up few questions only. PAGE 03
The central government of India has rushed to tighten security around Gujarat CM Narendra Modi following an intelligence alert about an alleged ISI plot to use Khalistani terrorists to eliminate BJP’s premiership candidate, Indian media reported on Tuesday. On October 16, Modi was targeted by Indian Mujahideen (IM). The Indian media was again churning the rumor mills over an alleged fresh plot by the ISI. PAGE 04
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam (JUI-F), has said anyone killed by the United States, even a dog, is a martyr, a private TV channel reported. He said this when he was asked about the killing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) top terrorist Hakeemullah Mehsud who was killed by a US drone strike on November 1. PAGE 02
The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday declared human cloning and sex change un-Islamic while conditionally approved test tube babies. Addressing a press conference, CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Ali Sherani said the council had discussed various issues in its 193rd meeting. He said research, and new innovations were welcome as long as they were within Islamic limits. PAGE 04
The Associated Group has rejected an INP news agency story published by Pakistan Today on October 5 titled “NAB files reference against Iqbal Z. Ahmed”. According to a press release, the Associated Group said the story is premised on falsehoods and is defamatory. The statement says that Ahmed, chairman of AG, has never been a shareholder of Walters Power International Limited. PAGE 04
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ANYONE, EVEN A DOG, KILLED BY US IS MARTYR: FAZL g
JUI-F chief says he will do anything for country Urges govt and political parties to take drone attacks seriously ISLAMABAD MOniTORing DesK/Agencies
Fazlur Rehman, chief of his own faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), said on Tuesday that anyone killed by the United States, even a dog, is a martyr, a private TV channel reported. He said this when he was asked about the killing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) top terrorist Hakeemullah Mehsud who was killed by a US drone strike on November 1. He also said, “A lot of people still want peace negotiations and therefore the negotiations should not stop.” “JUI-F wants to move forward with the peace negotiations together with the other parties,” he added. “We will do anything for the country,” he said. Soon after speaking to the media, the JUI-F chief said during the National Assembly session, “Anyone killed by the US is a martyr, even if it is a dog.” He also said, “The terrorism in the country has weakened the economy and destroyed the peace of the country.” “A lot of parliamentarians have become martyrs because of terrorism,” he said, adding, “His own house has been attacked three times.” Talking about peace across the country, he said, “Punjab has relatively more peace than the rest of the provinces.” The cleric urged the government and political parties to take the issue of drone attack seriously. He said that Islam has nothing to do with extremism and terrorism as it abhors the bloodshed of innocent people. The cleric said the government should convene another All Parties Conference to find a way forward following the situation created by the recent drone attack. He praised the government’s efforts for peace process and said no hurdles should be created in the way. The cleric said that there was bloodshed in the last three decades which show that there is no government writ, adding that in this situation the country could not survive. He said that JUI-F understood that today the problem being faced by the country was not of a person but it was problem of the state. Fazl said that the government and all political parties should make an atmosphere in which all the forces should get united and take decision with consensus. The JUI-F chief said that peace was necessary for the survival of economy, adding that price hike was affecting the common man. He said, “We should strengthen the country and other institutions.” He said All Parties Conference (APC) had been convened in which all the stakeholders had given the mandate to the government to start dialogue with the Taliban. He urged all the political parties to support the government in the peace process.
sectariaN KilliNg marKs muharram’s begiNNiNg Six ASWJ and two MQM workers among 13 killed in Karachi violence g Karachi police chief says conspiracy is being hatched to fan Sunni-Shia clashes in city g Law enforcers arrest seven target killers, two extortionists g
S many as 13 people, including women, officebearers of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) and the MQM were killed in the city. According to a private TV channel, three activists of the ASWJ, Mufti Tariq, Mohammad Jan and Raza Gul and three supporters of the ASWJ Ayaz, Yar Muhammad and Ramzan were gunned down separately in DHA, Mehmoodabad and Korangi areas. Deceased Mufti Tariq was a religious scholar, while Mohammad Jan was the prayer leader at the
Muqaddas Masjid near Kala Pul. Raza Gul was a senior activist of the ASWJ. Tariq and Yar Mohammad were gunned down in the Mehmoodabad locality, Gul was shot dead in Korangi as were Ramzan and Ayaz, while Jan was gunned down in DHA. An unidentified body was recovered from Nasir Colony and has been transferred to Jinnah Hospital. Hussain was kidnapped, tortured and assassinated in Baldia Town. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. MQM workers Nadeem alias Tony was killed and another worker Farhan was injured in Orangi Town. The tortured bodies of a couple, identified as Raees and his wife Shehzadi, were
recovered from a water tank of a house in Faisal Mohalla in Orangi Town. The two were strangled. Abdul Razaq was assassinated in a shootout by unidentified men in Nasir Jump at Korangi. Bullet-riddled bodies of two women were recovered. The bodies were identified as mother and a daughter from a house close to the new Sabzi Mandi in the jurisdictions of Sohrab Goth police station. The bodies have been transferred to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Ahsan was killed in Ittehad Town. Separately, Rangers and police arrested 31 suspects during targeted operation in Karachi. In a separate development, police arrested three target killers after an encounter in Maripur area. Those arrested
Prime minister urges nation to unite against anti-Islam forces ISLAMABAD APP
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday urged the nation to forge unity among its ranks to foil nefarious designs of anti-Islam forces as the country is facing serious issues like terrorism, sectarianism and extremism. In his message on the advent of new Hijri year 1435 and the first month of the Islamic calendar Muharramul Harram, the prime minister urged the need of fostering the spirit of brotherhood, affection and religious tolerance. He said we have to devote all our energies for the progress and prosperity of the country and nation, irrespective of our personal class or regional prejudices and differences. Only
through this approach, we can reap benefits of the mundane world and the world hereafter, he added. Congratulating the nation on the advent of the month of Muharram, the prime minister said the holy month teaches the Muslims a lesson of brotherhood, love and tolerance and advised them to work for the welfare of humanity and mutual tolerance in line with the teachings of Islam. Nawaz observed that the holy month of Muharram has always been a month of respect and dignity as importance of deeds and blessings in this month increased manifold. He said that the holy month also required that they must review their past deeds and set a direction for the future by setting priorities for the welfare of nation, promotion of mutual affection and tolerance in the light of teachings of
Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), so as to put in place a true welfare society in the country under the real universal principles of Islam. We should follow the true spirit of Muharramul Harram which is sacrifice and religious tolerance and refrain from all kinds of prejudice and class differences, he added. He said the Muslims should keep themselves above from class, creed and political affiliations and promote the feelings of love and affection among themselves, adding. We should utilize all our energies for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. The prime minister also prayed, May Allah Almighty guide us to follow the philosophy of Muharramul Harram, and make Pakistan a cradle of peace and prosperity, Ameen.
Muharram begins today amid fears for security Section 144 imposed in Punjab, KP, GB and Balochistan g
LAHORE/PESHAWAR/KARACHI: With the Muharram beginning today, authorities in several parts of the country on Tuesday imposed Section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code for the next ten days for security reasons. Restrictions on pillion riding was also announced for specific days of Muharram in Punjab, with the provincial government imposing Section 144 of the CrPC for a month starting from Muharram, which begins today (Wednesday). The Punjab Home Department said the home secretary had imposed Section
144 CrPC to maintain law and order during Muharram throughout the province. Brandishing and display of firearms, distribution of hate material, wall chalking and propaganda speech have also been banned during Muharram and violators will be booked per law. In Punjab, around 15,700 police personnel will provide security to more than 600 mourning processions and 5,369 congregations in Lahore alone. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday and directed authorities to take all necessary steps for ensuring religious harmony during Muharram. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Peshawar deputy commissioner also imposed Section 144 for a period of 30 days.
Per the order, the government prohibited writing or distribution of objectionable pamphlets or posters, wall-chalking, especially around mosques and imambargahs, tinted glasses on private and public vehicles, displaying weapons, printing and or circulation of objectionable material, besides sale and use of fire crackers. Loudspeakers will also not be used for anything other than call to prayers or Friday sermons. A similar protocol was announced in Gilgit, Kohat and DI Khan. The Balochistan government also imposed Section 144 on account of Muharram. Under Section 144, it would be ban on every kind of objectionable publication during the religious month. Agencies
were identified as Anjum alias Sohail, Sharfuddin alias Sharfu and Ali alias Shabu. According to police, the arrested target killers were involved in killing of 30 people. Police also arrested two extortionists during raids in Orangi Town and Maripur. On the other hand, Rangers and police arrested four target killers during a joint operation in Sohrab Goth. Meanwhile, Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat said a “conspiracy is being hatched to fan Sunni-Shia clashes in the city” as gunmen shot dead five Sunnis a day after six Shias were killed. “We have identified the shooters and will arrest the killers within a couple of days,” Hayat told a delegation of local businessmen.
Kerry, Nawaz discuss PaK-us teNsioN oN PhoNe ISLAMABAD inP
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the tension in Pak-US relations that arose from the killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US missile strike. Some Pakistani politicians have demanded that transit routes through Pakistan, used to supply NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, be cut in response. Officials said in his telephonic conversation with the US secretary of state, the PM pointed out that the missile strike has sabotaged Pakistani government’s planned peace talks with the militants and that Washington must keep Islamabad’s sensitivities in view. John Kerry assured that his country respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity. He underscored the need of Pak-US relations and vowed to support Islamabad in the ‘war against terrorism’, officials said. Kerry added, “We are sensitive to the concerns of your country and we look forward to working very closely with the government of Pakistan.” “We intend to continue to work together with them (Pakistanis) through the strategic dialogue that we have established in order to work through these kinds of challenges,” he was quoted as saying. The United States on Monday admitted to “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Pakistan and hoped both the countries will continue working to repair their strained relationships.
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KHURSHID SHAH VOWS TO BACK GOVERNMENT ON CRITICAL ISSUES ISLAMABAD APP
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in a meeting with a Qatari delegation at the PM House. OnLine
Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah on Tuesday assured complete support to the government for resolving the critical issues being confronted by the country. Taking part in a motion moved by Science and Technology Minister Zahid Hamid, Shah said the dictators had brought the war of others in Pakistan and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led opposition wants to strengthen the country’s democratic institutions and does not want to give a tough time to the government. Referring to the All Parties Conference (APC), he said the opposition had given a mandate to the government for holding dialogue with the Taliban. The opposition does not want to play politics on the issues and let down the government, says Khurshid. He stressed that the opposition should be briefed about the details and updates of the prime minister’s visit to the United States. He blamed the government for being confused in properly tackling the drone issue.
OPP tO HOLD SeNAte SeSSION ON Street ISLAMABAD
PPOSITION parties, except the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), on Tuesday announced that the Senate session on Wednesday (today) would be held on the street outside parliament against the interior minister’s attitude. All opposition parties, excluding the MQM, continued their boycott for the fourth consecutive day and the
haKimullah was threat to us security: state dePartmeNt WASHINGTON inP
US State Department has said Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in drone strike in North Waziristan on Friday, was a threat to US security. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf during briefing on Monday said Hakimullah was responsible for a failed May 2010 attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square besides several key incidents. She said the US had a strong, ongoing dialogue with Pakistan “regarding all aspects of our bilateral relationship and we will continue these discussions as issues arise”. Asked about statements by some leaders in Pakistan on blocking Ground Lines of Communications (GLOCs) Harf said they had seen statements about potential impact on GLOC routes but pointed out that so far there was no disruption. She said during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent official visit, they held talks on a broad range of issues, including the GLOC routes – “obviously, they’re important to the US, NATO, and Pakistan”. “GLOCs are fully open and supplies are moving” she said. To another question, the deputy spokesperson said the US had a strong and long-term commitment to Pakistan and its people, and “we believe the relationship is an important one”. She said “That’s why, as President Obama said during Prime Minister Sharif’s visit, that our hope is that despite what inevitably will be some tensions and occasional misunderstandings between our two countries, the fundamental goodwill shared between our people and our governments will certainly continue.”
House observed a visible lack of quorum as it met only for just over one hour to take up few questions only. The session witnessed a delay of around two hours against the scheduled time of 10:30am after efforts to woo the opposition failed again. The members of JUI-F, PML-F, PkMAP and MQM attended the sitting. Meanwhile, PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan told reporters that the Wednesday’s session would be held on streets and not in the parliament house. Aitzaz said that the agenda has been prepared for the session
in which behaviour of the interior minister and the issue of drone attacks would be discussed. He advised Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan to seek apology for the facts and figures about the civilian casualties caused by the US drone strikes. He said that the facts and figures of civilian casualties shared by the interior minister in the Senate have come from the government side and the minister was not willing to take back the details. The senator said they would expose the government in the upcoming session. He said matters per-
SC INDICTS DEFENCE SECRETARY IN CONTEMPT OF COURT CASE Tells govt to hold LG polls by Nov 27 or Dec 7 ISLAMABAD Agencies
The Supreme Court on Tuesday indicted Defence Secretary Asif Yasin Malik for failure to comply with court orders of conducting local bodies’ elections in cantonment boards. Malik had committed before the SC during previous hearings that the local bodies’ elections in cantonment board areas would be held on or before September 15. The court had served him the contempt notice during the last proceedings for not fulfilling the commitment. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, decided to frame charges against the defence secretary, which would be heard during the next week. During the course of proceedings, Iftikhar Gilani, counsel for Malik, informed the bench that an intra-court appeal had been filed against the indictment. However, the bench rejected the plea saying that no bench could be formed as Gilani did not submit any application for the formation of a larger bench. The court also maintained that a fivemember bench would be formed to hear the intra-court appeal subject to the availability of judges and
adjourned the case till November 12. LG POLLS: Earlier, the SC denied the government’s request for allowing more time for holding local government polls and directed it to submit its reply within seven days for giving a final date in this regard. Expressing dismay over the federation’s requests for delay, the SC said it reflected the government’s lack of intention for holding the LG elections. The federation however dispelled the notion, saying the government was ready to hold LG polls and it had never showed any non-seriousness in this regard. Attorney General for Pakistan Munir A Malik appeared before the court and requested for showing ‘some restraint’ in this regard. However, the chief justice said the court had already showed ‘great restraint’ and did not give any date by itself for holding the elections. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that the court did not want to put extra burden on the government by giving dates on its own. The AG said the government wanted to make some amendments in the laws regarding the local bodies. Later, the bench in its order directed the federation to ensure holding of the LG elections in cantonment boards, ICT and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa like in other three provinces. The court also directed to choose either November 27 or December 7 as the date for election. The SC also directed all provincial advocate generals to submit their reports to the court within seven days.
taining to privatisation and the situation of FATA and Karachi would also be reviewed in the session. He said the government on one hand cooperated with the US in war on terror while on the other hand it shed tears over the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud. The Senate was informed that the government was acquiring 14 used aircraft to address the public issues on immediate basis. Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Minister Birjees Tahir told the House during question hour that four used aircraft would be acquired on lease from Turkey
for four months so that reservations of people especially those from Quetta could be resolved. He said another 10 used aircraft would be acquired on lease for two years. To a question‚ the minister said of 34‚ 23 PIA planes were operational while 11 were in workshops for maintenance. The House will meet today at 10:30am while the opposition parties, as they have announced, would stage their show outside the chamber, a move that may escalate tension between treasury and the opposition benches.
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CII OKAYS TEST TUBE BABIES, DECLARES SEX-CHANGE OPERATIONS‘UN-ISLAMIC’ ISLAMABAD
HE Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday declared human cloning and sex change un-Islamic while conditionally approved test tube babies. Addressing a press conference, CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Ali Sherani said the council had discussed various issues in its 193rd meeting. He said research, and new innovations were welcome as long as they were within Islamic limits. Sherani said gender change was un-Islamic for both males and females. “However, a person can be operated upon if they displayed characteristics of both sexes. The procedure should be done within Islamic injunctions.” The chairman said test
tube babies were allowed within certain conditions. He said gender selection was not prohibited in Islam as long as it stayed inside the limits of Sharia. Sherani added, though, that it must not become a common practice. The CII ruled that the use of secret recordings for court cases should not be part of a
general policy, but may be done in selected cases. “Evidence gained from secret recordings should be used only as support for other evidence, as secret recordings cannot be considered permissible by Sharia law,” he added. Sherani observed that the CII’s recommendations had not been presented in parliament and provincial assemblies, adding however that ever since he became chairman, the recommendations were being sent to parliament regularly. He informed that the council that the next meeting will take up issues relating Christian and Hindu marriage and divorce, the decision of the Federal Sharia Court regarding Zakat deduction, Sharia veil, status of installing statues in museums and public places and report on national and international agreements.
AG SAYS IQBAL Z Pak Army to continue relief AHMED HAS NO work until settlement CONNECTION of quake victims: COAS WITH NAUDERO Gen Nasser Janjua and RAWALPINDI briefed at the field POWER PROJECT headquarter of Pakistan APP
LAHORE PRess ReLeAse
The Associated Group has rejected an INP news agency story published by Pakistan Today on October 5 titled “NAB files reference against Iqbal Z. Ahmed”. According to a press release, the Associated Group said the story is premised on falsehoods and is defamatory. The statement says that Iqbal Z. Ahmed, chairman of Associated Group (AG), has never been a shareholder, director, partner, or office bearer of Walters Power International Limited (WPIL), which was responsible for setting up power generation capacity at Naudero, Sindh, under the previous government’s rental power policy. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has raised absolutely no demand for “$400,000” or any sum for that matter in relation to WPIL’s Naudero projects from Ahmed since he is not and has never been a shareholder, director, partner, or office bearer of WPIL. Allegations to the contrary are entirely, patently and verifiably false. Furthermore, the unfounded allegation that the former NAB chairman was asked not to file any “reference” against Ahmed belies the facts and is also verifiably false. Ahmed has provided unstinting cooperation to NAB in order to assist the organization in achieving its objective of accountability based on the principles of fairness and judiciousness and in strict accordance with the law.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Tuesday visited earthquake affected areas of Awaran district in Balochistan. He reiterated the resolve that Pakistan Army, in collaboration with the Government of Balochistan and concerned federal ministries, will continue the relief efforts despite attempts to disrupt relief work by the miscreants. The COAS also appreciated the resolve of the local population to withstand the hardships and sufferings caused by the unfortunate natural calamity. On his arrival, the COAS was received by Southern Command Commander Lt
Army’s formation undertaking the relief work, said an ISPR press release. Gen. Kayani appreciated the quick response by army units and Frontier Corps Balochistan in reaching the earthquake affected areas and providing relief despite all odds. A total of six battalions and eight helicopters have been employed for relief and rehabilitation work in the affected areas. The army troops have so far distributed around 6,000 tons of food items and 37,000 tents. The COAS assured the continued support of Pak Army to the people of Awaran and Balochistan government, till settlement of the affected population.
AWArAN: COAS General Ashfaq Kayani meets local delagations during a vist to this earth quake-hit town. nni
COURT MARTIAL AGAINST 3 PAF OFFICERS BEGINS ISLAmAbAd: A court martial against three Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officials has started for their negligence to prevent the terrorist attack on Minhas Airbase in Kamra in 2012, according to an Urdu website. Senior aircraftman Shawaiz Khan, senior technician Zafar Iqbal and Corporal Technician Mirza Waseem Iqbal were formally arrested recently in connection with August 16, 2012, terror attack. A military source earlier told an English newspaper that the officials were not facing court martial for their involvement in terror attack rather they were indicted over charges of negligence. The banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack.
KARACHI DIVIDED INTO SIX DISTRICTS ISLAmAbAd: The metropolitan city has been divided into six districts, according to notification issued here on Tuesday. The notification issued by Board of Revenue stated that Korangi has been made a new district, increasing the numbers to six, the stateowned TV reported. Karachi consisted of five districts which included South, West, East, Central, Malir and now Korangi district has been added to it.
INDIAN MEDIA CLAIMS ISI PLOTTING MODI ATTACK NEW DELHI OnLine
The central government of India has rushed to tighten security around Gujarat CM Narendra Modi following an intelligence alert about an alleged ISI plot to use Khalistani terrorists to eliminate BJP’s premiership candidate, Indian media reported on Tuesday. On October 16, Modi was targeted by Indian Mujahideen (IM). The Indian media was again churning the rumor mills over an alleged fresh plot by the ISI. Security around Modi has now been
ramped up by a three-layer cordon, a special security drill and advance security liaisioning (ASL) — requiring coordination of central and state forces — made mandatory for all his public engagements. As part of the stepped up security, Modi now has three layers of protection: one group to take on any attackers, a second to provide cover and a third to get him to safety. The Gujarat CM, who has been on the hit list of several jehadi outfits such as IM that hold him responsible for the 2002 Gujarat riots, already enjoys Z plus security of National Secu-
Pakistan test-fires Hatf IX (NASR) missile ISLAmAbAd: Pakistan on Tuesday conducted a successful test fire of shortrange surface to surface Hatf IX (NASR) missile. According to Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR), the test fire was conducted with successive launches of 4 x missiles (Salvo) from a state of the art multi tube launcher. NASR, with a range of 60 Kilometer and inflight maneuver capability, is a quick response system with shoot and scoot attributes. It contributes to the full spectrum deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif congratulated the
armed forces on the successful test fire of the short-range missile. In a statement, the prime minister said the nation is proud of its scientists and armed forces. He lauded army’s professionalism and competence. The test was witnessed by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Strategic Plans Division Director-General Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, NESCOM Chairman Irfan Burney, Army Strategic Forces Command Commander Lt Gen Tariq Nadeem Gilani and senior officers from the strategic forces including scientists and engineers. OnLine
Pakistan committed to building Diamer-Bhasha dam: Iqbal WASHINGTON APP
Describing Diamer-Bhasha dam as “critical” for the progress of Pakistan, Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday said the country would bring into use all available resources as well as international support to materialise the multi-billion dollar project. Iqbal, who outlined Islamabad’s development plans under the 2025 vision to a Washington audience of experts, later also stressed in a media interaction the need for Pakistan and all international partners to work in an environment of mutual trust to accomplish the goals of regional stability with 2014 transition in
Afghanistan. Addressing an event at the International Food Policy Research Institute, he said, “If we do not build this dam – which will take around nine years for its completion – we will face a dire water shortage crisis… our food security is dependent on this very project.” He appealed to the international community and international financial institutions to support the country in building this energy and water reservoir project, which domestically enjoys tremendous national consensus of all provinces. Earlier in his presentation, Iqbal underscored the criticality of the Diamer-Bhasha dam to the country’s development by likening it to the importance that Pakistan’s nuclear programme had to its defense and was pursued at
great financial cost. He said Diamer Bhasha dam will form lifeline of water supplies and energy for Pakistan. He said the US Congress had already endorsed financial support for initial work on the dam and expressed hope that with broader support from international partners a consortium would be established in near future to push the project. “We will complete this project at all costs, even if we do not much international support – just as we advanced our nuclear program – our future economy depends on this project.” Iqbal said he would urge the World Bank leaders in a meeting later on Tuesday to commit its backing for the energy and water reservoir project and added the country is also in talks with the Asian Development
Bank to that end. Speaking in the regional context in a media interaction, the minister said 2014 would mark a momentous transition for the region. “This transition could have far-reaching impact for Pakistan, the region and the world — it is supremely important for Pakistan that the region has stability post-2014 withdrawal of international forces.” “All stakeholders must proceed with mutual confidence in order to ensure regional stability post-2014 transition – we must avoid steps that hurt the mutual trust,” he said in response to a question in the context of US drone strike that took out militant leader Hakimullah Mehsud on the eve of Pakistan talks initiative aimed at addressing the question of extremism comprehensively.
rity Guard (NSG). The ASL, added to his security detail, will make sure that each time Modi travels outside Gujarat, there is a meeting among Gujarat Police officials, an NSG representative, IB station chief, DGP of the host state and other relevant agencies to ensure foolproof security. The entire route from the VIP’s arrival, meeting venue, number of people to be granted access will be discussed, scrutinized and sanitized by local police, as directed after the ASL meeting. Sources said this drill was not properly carried out during Modi’s Patna rally.
IHC ISSUES NOTICES IN PETITION FOR TRANSFER OF LAL MASJID CLERIC MURDER CASE ISLAmAbAd: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued notices to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, interior secretary, Islamabad IGP and SSP in former president Pervez Musharraf’s bail case. The notices were issued after Lal Masjid Shuhada foundation chief Haroon Rashid Ghazi submitted petition against verdict of additional and sessions court granting bail to Pervez Musharraf in Ghazi Abdul Rashid murder case. inP
FC KILLS 3 TERRORISTS, ARRESTS ONE SIbbI: At least three militants were killed in an armed encounter with the Frontier Corps (FC) in Sibbi on Tuesday. According to reports, unidentified men torched NATO containers in the Notal area near Sibbi and also injured the driver. The miscreants fled from the scene after the incident. On getting information, the FC personnel chased the militants and in an encounter at Jandan area, killed three militants and arrested one. OnLine
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Nawaz could have been aware of Kargil attack: Jaswant singh FoRmeR INdIAN mINISteR SAyS HIS ARmy INItIAlly dId Not HAve cleAR ASSeSSmeNt About NAtuRe ANd mAgNItude oF INcuRSIoN NEW DELHI inP
ORMER Indian external affairs minister Jaswant Singh believes Nawaz Sharif could have been aware of the Kargil episode in 1999 despite the insistence by the then Pakistan Prime Minister that he did not know about it. "I do not think a prime minister can remain unaware," Singh told PTI. He was responding when asked whether he believes Sharif's contention that he had no knowledge about the Pakistan army's aggression that led to a three-month conflict. About
the then Pakistan Army chief General (r) Pervez Musharraf claiming that Nawaz knew about the Kargil action, Singh responded, "So why should we enter that disputation? It is a pointless disputation... It is for Mian saheb himself to answer this question." Singh said he does not want to say that he disbelieves Sharif's contention "because then I am charging the prime minister of prevarication". Singh has written about the Kargil episode in his new book 'India At Risk'. He suggested that the aggression by the Pakistan Army was Musharraf's machinations aimed at scuttling the reconciliation effort attempted by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's bus ride to Lahore. "We had attempted to set a course and Musharraf altered that course. We are back to the same situation," he observed. Singh, who was part of the bus ride in February 1999, said Vajpayee's bold decision had caught the imagination globally. "(But) There were elements particularly in the Pak Army that had set its heart on to
bringing India down to its knees... that is what has happened and we had Kargil episode (that) eventually led to Musharraf taking over the country," he said. Terming the Kargil episode as a challenge to both India's diplomacy and military, Singh said the army initially did not have a clear assessment about the nature and magnitude of the incursion. It took about 10-12 days to have the actual picture about the developments there, he said. "The chief of army staff Gen VP Malik was out of the country (at that time). I asked the Deputy Chief. He said it is terrorists. I said they are causing mayhem. How long will you take to clear them. He said 10 days.... It took same time to assess (the actual situation)," the then Foreign Minister recalled. Singh has written in his book that "the United States knew fully well how the chain of events had started". He writes that then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called him on May 30, more than three weeks after the Kargil intrusion came to light, and "did hint at the possi-
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bility of a ceasefire, following which a withdrawal of troops would be possible". When asked about this, he said the US was concerned that the "Kargil contest" must not become nuclear. "That was the greatest concern in the western powers. That is in that context (that) Madeleine called. "She said she knew. It was the first confirmation that they had followed the events. Also first recognition by the US that Pakistan is in the wrong. The US has always had a kind of a peculiar relationship with our western neighbour. This indicated to me that the wind has turned," he noted. The ceasefire came around after about three months and the Pakistani troops had to go back after the then US president Bill Clinton put pressure on Pakistan. Singh was asked why India accepted the US intervention when its stated policy is against any third party mediation in IndiaPakistan affairs. "It was Pakistan which was pleading for ceasefire. We had cleared all peaks… they were withdrawing.... What is the leadership role, to avoid greater casualty.
We were not pressurised. We recognised that Pakistan had been pushed out of Kargil and that was it, the ceasefire," he replied. "Ceasefire was actually acceptance of their capitulation," the former minister said. Singh was also asked why India took so long to use air force against the Pakistan troops entrenched in bunkers, particularly when the ground troops were facing immensely difficult task to reach the peaks. "Yes. I was opposed to use of air force… The reason was psychological and tactical," he argued. He added that if even one fighter aircraft is lost in action, the visibility is much greater. And in this case, the task for air force was "virtually suicidal" as the fighter planes had to fly very close to the Line of Control (LoC) without crossing it. India lost two fighter planes in such missions initially but the pilots later mastered the art and the force was very effective in evicting the intruders. "We don't sufficiently recognise the martial merit that we achieved in Kargil," Singh rued. Talking about the Lahore bus ride undertaken by Vajpayee, he said it was a "very brave effort" which evoked high degree of sentiment and caught imagination globally. "(But) There was opposition in Pakistan from the beginning... (There were) Not only protests on the route, there were terrorist attacks in Jammu and Atalji did ask me 'yeh kya ho raha hai' (what is happening). I said, Atalji these are necessary manifestations of protests against brave effort to find reconciliation," he recalled.
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Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Tuesday that the drone strikes are a serious issue and the government should take steps to resolve it. Speaking in the National Assembly he said, though the Taliban had lost trust in dialogue, but they wanted to hold talks under pressure from different tribes. Sheikh Rashid said the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa would affect all the political parties across the country. There is a need to take all the stakeholders on board to make the dialogue process successful to restore peace in the country, he added.
ISLAMABAD: Chief of naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila presents a souvenir to Staff Brigadier General Abdullah Saleem Ali Abdullah, Commander of Yemeni Naval Forces and Coastal Defence.
In china's Xinjiang, poverty, exclusion are greater threat than faith URUMQI Agencies In the dirty backstreets of the Uighur old quarter of Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi in China’s far west, Abuduwahapu frowns when asked what he thinks is the root cause of the region’s festering problem with violence and unrest. “The Han Chinese don’t have faith, and the Uighurs do. So they don’t really understand each other,” he said, referring to Islam the Turkic-speaking Uighur people follow, in contrast to the official atheism of the ruling Communist Party. But for the teenage bread delivery boy, it’s not the faith that’s driving people to commit acts of violence, such as last week’s deadly car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – blamed by the government on Uighur extremists who want independence. “Some people there support independence and some do not. Mostly, those who support it are unsatisfied because they are poor,” said Abuduwahapu, who came to Urumqi two years ago from the heavily Uighur old Silk Road city of Kashgar in Xinjiang’s southwest, near the Pakistan and Afghan border.
“The Han are afraid of Uighers. They are afraid if we had guns, we would kill them,” he said, standing next to piles of smouldering garbage on plots of land where buildings have been demolished. China’s claims that it is fighting a militant insurgency in energy-rich Xinjiang – a vast area of deserts, mountains and forests geographically located in central Asia – are not new. A decade ago, China used the 9/11 attacks in the United States to justify getting tough with what it said were al Qaeda-backed extremists who wanted to bring similar carnage to Xinjiang. For many Chinese, the rather benign view of Xinjiang which existed in China pre-September 11, 2001 – as an exotic frontier with colourful minorities who love dancing and singing – has been replaced with suspicion. China says al Qaeda and others work with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, in Beijing’s eyes the foremost terror group in Xinjiang, and spraypaints warnings on walls against Hizb ut Tahrir, a supranational group that says its goal is to establish a pan-national Muslim state. The incident on Tiananmen Square has only added to China’s unease.
“The Han seem to be afraid of us. I don’t know why. They won’t tell us,” said a 22-year-old Uighur man who runs a shoe and clothing shop a stone’s throw from an armed police training ground in Urumqi. Security crackdown Since 2001 – a process that started arguably even before – China has conducted a sweeping security crackdown in Xinjiang, further repressing Uighur culture, religious tradition and language, rights groups say, despite strong government denials of offering the Uighurs anything but wide-ranging freedoms. Some Uighurs believe their only alternative may be to draw closer to Islam, and by doing so, further the distance between themselves and the Communist Party and the Han Chinese. While many Uighur women in Urumqi dress in much the same casual fashions as their Han counterparts, others have begun to wear full veils, something more common in Pakistan or Afghanistan than Xinjiang. “It’s only since the state has been repressing religious practices in Xinjiang so hard, that ironically it has caused Uighur Muslims to re-traditionalise at a very rapid rate now,” said Joanne Smith Finley, a lecturer in Chinese studies at Britain’s Newcastle
University who studies Xinjiang. The government has recognised the economic roots of some of the problems, and has poured money into development in the form of schools, hospitals and roads. To be sure, incomes have risen, especially in the countryside where many Uighurs live. Annual rural incomes averaged a little under 6,400 yuan a year in 2012, up some 15 percent on the previous year, though this is still 1,500 yuan less than the national average and more than 11,000 yuan less than Shanghai’s rural residents, the country’s richest. Discrimination against Uighurs in the job market – including employment advertisements saying “no Uighurs accepted” – is another issue, despite government attempts to end this. Ilham Tohti, an ethnic Uighur economist based in China and a longtime critic of Chinese policy toward Xinjiang, told Reuters he feared the Tiananmen incident would only lead to more repression and discrimination, further fanning the flames. “Whatever happens, this will have a long-term and far-reaching impact on Uighurs, and will cause great harm. It will only worsen the obstacles Uighurs face in Han-dominated society,” he said.
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BANGLADESH COURT SENTENCES 152 TO DEATH FOR 2009 MUTINY DHAKA
court in Dhaka awarded death to 152 including Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Deputy Assistant Director Towhidul Islam and life term to 160 including former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and ward-level Awami League leader Torab Ali for their role in the February 2009 carnage at then BDR headquarters.
Earlier on Tuesday, 813 people detained in the mutiny case were produced before the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in the capital. Besides, the 10 more accused who are on bail also appeared before the Court of Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s, Dhaka. Three others accused – Zohora Khatun, Abdus Salam and Runa Akhtar Bithi – who had also granted bail in the case could not appear before the court due to the ongoing 60-hour strike of the BNP-led
18-party opposition combine. Several contingents of security men guarded the detained accused including BNP leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu to the court around 10:00 in the morning. Judge Muhammad Akhtaruzzaman started reading out the verdict around 12:30pm. Security has been beefed up on the court premises and its adjacent areas following the pronouncement of the verdict. Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Director General Major General Aziz Ahmed and
nearly 20 persons from the victim army officials’ family came to the court to attend today’s trial. In the February 2009 mutiny, 74 people including 57 top and mid-ranking army officers were killed by the rebel BDR personnel. The border guard members also looted arms and ammunition from armouries during the 33-hour bloodbath at the Pilkhana headquarters of the erstwhile BDR (now Border Guard Bangladesh,
BGB,) on February 25-26. The killers later dumped the victims’ bodies in sewers and shallow graves, looted officers’ houses and held their family members hostage at gunpoint. A total of 850 people including 823 BDR jawans and 23 civilians were accused in the case. Among the accused are BNP leader Pintu, city ward unit Awami League leader Torab Ali and the then BDR deputy assistant director Mohammad Towhidul Islam. Of the accused, 813 are detained, 13 are on bail, 20 are on the run while four have died in custody. Earlier, the verdict was scheduled to be delivered on October 30. Judge Md Akhtaruzzaman deferred the date today for delivery of the verdict as he required some more time to prepare the judgement after reading around 10,000 pages containing depositions of 654 witnesses and their crossexaminations.
India launches first mission to Mars NEW DELHI Agencies
Afghan poppy booms in failure of $7 billion combat eﬀort WASHINGTON sPeciAL cORResPOnDenT
Despite a US investment of nearly seven billion dollars to combat poppy growth in Afghanistan since 2002, the country’s opium market is booming, propelled by steady demand and an insurgency that has assumed an increasingly hands-on role in the trade, The Washington Post reported Monday. The United States having lost its battle against the country’s narcotics industry is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, marking one of the starkest failures of the 2009 strategy the Obama administration pursued in an effort to turn around the war, a front-paged report said. The Post quotes law enforcement officials and counter-narcotics experts in its report, noting “as the war economy contracts, opium poppies, which are processed into heroin, are poised to play an ever larger role in the country’s economy and politics, undercutting two key US goals: fighting corruption and weakening the link between the insurgency and the drug trade”. This spring, the Afghan army opted for the first time in several years not to provide security to eradication teams in key regions,
forgoing a dangerous mission that has long embittered rural Afghans who depend on the crop for their livelihoods. In the end, experts say efforts over the past decade to rein in cultivation were stymied by entrenched insecurity in much of the country, poverty, and the ambivalence - and, at times, collusion - of the country’s ruling class. With a presidential election just months away, political will for anti-drug initiatives is weak among members of the Afghan elite, many of whom have become increasingly dependent on the proceeds of drugs as foreign funding dries up, said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, who heads the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Afghanistan. “Money is less and less available within the licit economy,” he said. “The real danger is the weakened resistance to corruption and to involvement in a distorted political economy, which weakens your resistance to collusion with the enemy.” The report says as US forces have withdrawn from Afghanistan - roughly 51,000 American troops are left, down from a peak of 100,000 - insurgents have fought particularly hard to reclaim lost ground in Helmand province, the center of
Afghanistan’s poppy industry, US military officials have said. In its latest progress report on Afghanistan to Congress, the Pentagon warned that the 2013 poppy harvest was expected to be “considerably” bigger than that of 2012, citing warmer early-season weather, the drawdown of NATO troops and the high price for poppies. The July report characterised the reach of counter narcotics efforts by the Afghan government and its foreign partners as “small but not insignificant.” The report noted that demand remains high, drugsmuggling networks remain resilient, and “insurgent penetration of that market is extensive and expanding”. The UNODC is scheduled to release its yearly Afghan opium survey report next week. Experts and Western diplomats in Kabul have said they expect the report to show a dramatic expansion of cultivation from 2012, when the agency estimated that 154,000 hectares of land was used to harvest poppy. US officials say they have established a competent, well-trained Afghan counternarcotics police agency and a special drug court to discourage the trade. But the long-
term sustainability of those efforts is uncertain as the West reassesses spending levels in Afghanistan after 2014, when the US combat mission is due to end, and continues to shift increasing responsibility for security to the Afghans. Haroon Rashid Sherzad, Afghanistan’s deputy counter narcotics minister, said getting at the root causes of its drug problem would take a generation and vastly expanded regional cooperation. Critics of the West’s counter-narcotics policies say that while some of those initiatives were well thought out, ultimately they were too little, too late. The office of the special inspector general for Afghanistan’s reconstruction noted in its latest quarterly report that drug interdictions have dropped as the US drawdown has gained steam. The DEA operations, the report added, will be largely constrained to Kabul; without the military, agents will have limited ability to move around the country safely. Drug trafficking is all but guaranteed to flourish unimpeded in Kandahar and Helmand, the southern provinces where the largest share of US troops were killed during the war, the auditing agency warned.
India launched its first rocket to Mars on Tuesday, aiming to put a satellite in orbit around the red planet at a lower cost than previous missions and potentially positioning the emerging Asian nation as a budget player in the global space race. The Mars Orbiter Mission blasted off from the southeastern coast with the satellite scheduled to start orbiting Mars by September, searching for methane and signs of minerals. “This is our modest beginning for our interplanetary mission,” said Deviprasad Karnik, spokesman for the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Only the United States, Europe, and Russia have sent probes that have orbited or landed on Mars. Probes to Mars have a high failure rate and a success will be a boost for national pride, especially after a similar mission by China failed to leave Earth's orbit in 2011. India's ties with its neighbour are marked as much by competition as cooperation. Government scientists deny any space race, but analysts say India has stepped up its programme because of concerns about China's civilian and military space technology. The probe's 4.5 billion rupee ($73 million) price tag is a fraction of the cost of NASA's MAVEN mission, also due to launch in November. Analysts say India could capture more of the $304 billion global space market with its low-cost technology. The Mars mission is considerably cheaper than some of India's more lavish spending schemes, including a $340 million plan to build the world's largest statue in the state of Gujarat, including surrounding infrastructure. Even so, it has drawn criticism in a country suffering from high levels of poverty, malnutrition and power shortages and experiencing its worst slowdown in growth in ten years. India has long argued that technology developed in its space programme has practical applications to everyday life. “For a country like India, it's not a luxury, it's a necessity,” said Susmita Mohanty, cofounder and chief executive of Earth2Orbit, India's first private space start-up. She argued that satellites have broad applications from television broadcasting to disaster management. India's space programme began 50 years ago and developed rapidly after Western powers imposed sanctions in response to a nuclear weapons test in 1974, spurring scientists to build advanced rocket technology. Five years ago, its Chandrayaan probe landed on the moon and found evidence of water. The relative prowess in space contrasts with poor results developing fighter jets by India's state-run companies. The Mars Orbiter Mission plans to search for methane in the Martian atmosphere, the chemical strongly tied to life on Earth. Recent measurements made by NASA's rover, Curiosity, show only trace amounts of it on Mars. India's mission will also study Martian surface features and mineral composition.
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UPREME Court (SC) has dismissed on merit petitions challenging the eligibility of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for contesting polls for his alleged involvement in attacking the apex court. Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that the election tribunals functioned under the law and would not have allowed any such person if SC had been attacked upon. He gave these remarks while presiding over a two-member SC bench on Tuesday. The petitioner Shahid Orakzai read out the decision of subordinate court in respect of Shahbaz’s eligibility case. Islamabad Police was directed to probe
a reply. Justice Nisar kept pondering over PetItIoNeR’S coNFuSINg the maintainability of the petition and questioned Orakzai under which ARgumeNtS, SIde principles he should hear the case. Orakzai tRAckINg ANNoy said that he was not given a right to appeal in 2002 from the high court and alleged judgeS that the case was left stranded to facilitate
into the case of alleged attack on SC by Shahbaz and his associates within four months. However, no report has been presented in this respect. Justice Nisar asked the petitioner if he had challenged Shahbaz’s nomination papers after they were accepted. The petitioner said that the returning officer had accepted the nomination papers prior to his objections. The court inquired from counsel to federation Attique Shah if he had filed the reply, to which the counsel replied in negative, adding that federation had not been made a respondent in the case. Attorney General Mustafa Ramday added to the argument saying that the federation had nothing to do with the attack on SC and thus was not liable to file
former president Pervez Musharraf. The justice explained that Musharraf had nothing to do with a case on Shahbaz’s eligibility and asked Orakzai if he had filed an appeal with the tribunal against the acceptance of nomination papers of the CM. Orakzai said that he had approached the election tribunal in this regard but had not touched the returning officer. He argued that busses of Punjab Tourism Department had been used in the attack on the court and thus
Shahbaz ‘had to be’ involved in the case. Annoyed over Orakzai’s inability to make a stable argument, Justice Nisar and Justice Ejaz repeatedly directed Orakzai to maintain his arguments in accordance with his petition and abstain from side tracking. Orakzai replied that there was no bar on filing petition under Article 225 of the Constitution. “You are stating three periods in your stance which include holding of elections ahead of electoral process and post polls problems. Election tribunals work only under the law. High courts too are custodian of SC. Had Shahbaz attacked the apex court, the high courts would not have allowed such a person to contest polls,” the bench concluded, rejecting the two petitions on merit and third for want of arguments.
deNgue games coNtiNue! Commissioner visits vegetable market to review cleanliness LAHORE
DA Vice Chairman Khawaja Ahmad Hassan and Lahore Division Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial visited vegetable market (Sabzi Mandi) Ravi Road to review the cleanliness and anti dengue activities. Khawaja Ahmad Hassan instructed the Market Committee secretary and administration to focus upon the cleanliness and to clean sewerage water. He said that there would be no concession upon any negligence in that regard. He also instructed the Ravi Town TMO and LWMC managers to make all arrangements for complete cleanliness. Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial said that Ravi Road vegetable market is a main and large market and he ordered complete dengue surveillance to kill larva. Commissioner also visited Chatha Park of Shahdara. rAFIQue juNIOr IN ACtION tOO: MPA Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that dengue is a curse and to elimi-
nate this curse, government machinery must be functional and dynamic at every moment. He said that every public representative was with the citizens to fight war against dengue. MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, MPA Ghazali Saleem Butt, Labour Secretary Captain (R) Mohammad Yousuf, Ravi Town administrator, RaviTown TMO and other officers also attended the meeting regarding review of anti dengue activities and also visited the UCs 8, 9, 14, 26 and 28 to examine the performance of dengue teams. Khawaja Imran Nazir said that dengue could be controlled through synchronised efforts only. Labour Secretary Muhammad Yousuf said that performance of all teams would be monitored on daily basis and officers would pay a surprise visit to check the performance of the field teams. DeNGue CONtrOL teAMS ACtIve: Anti-Dengue activity continued in all union councils of Data Gunj Bakhsh Town on Tuesday. Data Gunj Bakhsh Town administration, entomologists, officials of LWMC, PHA, Health and Education depart-
ments continued indoor & outdoor surveillance in their assigned areas and checked cleanliness arrangements in streets and mohallahs of the town. Anti-dengue teams also ensured the removing of stagnant water from the streets. Free treAtMeNt FOr DeNGue PAtIeNtS: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered free medical treatment of dengue affected patients shifted to private hospitals. Chairing a high level meeting held to review the arrangements and steps taken against outspread of dengue virus on Tuesday, Shahbaz said that anyone found involved in slackness towards duty in anti-dengue campaign would not be spared at any cost. He directed the authorities and health officials to spare no efforts for eradicating dreadful dengue and asked the elected representatives to personally visit the field for monitoring the anti-dengue campaign. Shahbaz said that Punjab government spent Rs 100 million for training of doctors, nurses and medical staff abroad to deal with dengue disease.
LHC in rage over govt’s failure in controlling dengue
4 ttP meN Nabbed, KidNaPPiNg bid foiled
LAHOre: Lahore High Court (LHC) while taking notice of deaths caused by dengue has said that the court can not become a silent observer over loss of human lives and has ordered the government of Punjab to submit its stance regarding arrangements regarding anti-dengue campaign. LHC Justice Khalid Mehmood Khan resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday when the counsel on the part of the petitioner was of the view that Punjab government diametrically failed to overcome the fatal disease as people are contracting dengue every other day. Commenting on the situation, the court said despite tall claims, the government of Punjab could not overcome dengue fever. The court also has directed the government of Punjab to submit its reply regarding measurements taken in order to overcome dengue on November 21. sTAFF RePORT
LAHOre: A plot to kidnap a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz MPA and a businessman was foiled on Tuesday. According to sources, Faisalabad Police arrested four important terrorist who were plotting to break TTP terrorist free from Faislabad Central Jail by kidnapping PML-N MPA Muhammad Nawaz and a local trader Shah Nawaz. Faislabad Police chief Dr Haider Ashraf confirmed the arrest of these terrorist. All of them belong to Qari Imran faction of TTP based in Miran Shah, South Waziristan. Sources talking to Pakistan Today disclosed that the prisoners they wanted to break free were Usman Ghani, Ilyas Hamza and Abdul Rehman who are accused of bombing the Lahore ISI office. RAnA HAiDeR
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UNJAB Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed that foolproof security arrangements would be ensured for Muharram and no effort be spared for maintaining religious harmony, brotherhood and law & order during Muharram. He was presiding over a meeting to review security arrangements for Muharram on Tuesday. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Colonel (r) Shuja Khanzada,
PaKistaN to beNefit from ‘the future of educatioN fuNd’ LAHORE sTAFF RePORT Pakistan will benefit from the ‘The Future of Fund’ to improve education, especially for girls, involving innovative ideas This was said by Federal State Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Minister Engineer Balighur Rehman on Tuesday. The 2013 WISE Summit held in Doha from October 29-31 launched the fund to provide financial assistance, as well as expertise and training, to stakeholders help them translate their ideas into action. Rehman who attended the summit said he would focus on reinventing education for life, which was the theme of the summit, so that education be transformed into a meaningful activity. He said he had met several delegates, including educationists, policymakers, learners, teachers and donors, at the summit. The delegates of the Islamic Development Bank, he said, also agreed to fund the education sector of Pakistan. ‘The Future of Education Fund’ was launched on Thursday by Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE, following three days of sharing, debating and networking. More than 10 delegates and 30 students, called WISE learners, represented Pakistan at the summit.
Haroon Sultan, chief secretary, inspector general of police, secretaries of Home, Auqaf, Information and Health departments, Lahore Division commissioner, CCPO and Lahore DCO besides senior officials of lawenforcement agencies were present in the meeting. Shahbaz directed to make better security arrangements this year than the previous years and the security plan evolved for this purpose be fully implemented. The CM added that the cabinet committee would hold meetings on daily basis to review security arrangements and the implementation of the security plan. He said that nation will
sTAFF RePORT Establishment of Mechanical Technology department with the financial and technical assistance of JICA (Japan) at 18 GCTs, across the province of the Punjab for introducing DAE in Mechanical Technology will be a step forward in the development of industry in Pakistan. Public and private sector would benefit from the availability of skilled manpower and hence better job opportunities for skilled youth of Pakistan would be generated. This was said by TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Ali while addressing a ceremony of the inaugura-
Rescue DG shapes out emergency plan for Muharram LAHORE APP
Shahbaz Sharif announced placing of his helicopter and aircraft at the disposal of the cabinet committee and said that they could use them for monitoring security arrangements during Muharram. The chief minister directed that all provincial ministers should personally monitor security measures in the districts assigned to them. He expressed the hope that an atmosphere of peace and law and order would prevail in the province during Muharram due to the efforts of security institutions and cooperation of ulema, elected representatives and the masses.
Bring down those drones! LAHORE sTAFF RePORT Applauding a demonstration of downing of drone during military exercises, Jamaate Islami Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan has called upon the government to show courage and shoot down the real drone as soon as it sneaks into Pakistan. Talking to different delegations at Mansoora on Tuesday, he said it was sheer cowardice and slavishness to place the country’s air space at the mercy of the enemy in spite of having the skill to take down the drone. Munawar Hasan said the nation had hoped that the PML-N leadership would show courage and a sense of national honour in respect of the US War on Terror but they had been disappointed. If the government did not change its policy, the masses would be believe the present government too was blindly following Pervez Musharraf’s policy and was a party to the killing of innocent citizens at the hand of the US. He said it would be better if the government itself announced stopping
the NATO supplies in order to save the country from chaos. The JI ameer said it was the duty of the entire nation to rise against US brutalities and oppression, and those who were giving their lives for this cause were the heroes of the nation. He said that prior to his martyrdom, Hakimullah Mehsud was in consultation with different Taliban groups for paving the way for dialogue and the Federal interior minister had also admitted that the talks between the government and the Taliban were about to begin when the US drone scuttled the entire process. The late TTP chief was martyred when he was striving to achieve a national objective, he added. The JI ameer said the only way to control terrorism and disorder was to begin the talks. Now it was for the rulers to adopt appropriate course for making the talks secure and fruitful.
bZu to Hold oRIeNtAtIoN SeSSIoNS LAHORE sTAFF RePORT Bahaduddin Zakariya University Lahore Campus Chairman Munir Ahmad Bhatti said that the management of the campus is elated to inform about the orientation for morning & evening classes of different disciplines on November7 and 8. He further said that we are proud to offer the students a platform to excel not only in the field of education but also in realm of intellectuals and reformers of Pakistan’s society. The chairman expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of faculty members and administrative staff at 5-Ahmad Block, Garden Town, Lahore on Tuesday. The Director Ghulam Abbas Sargana, Deputy Registrar Muhammad Hassan Laali and other senior officials attended the
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have to unite on a single platform to counter the challenges being faced by Pakistan and its practical demonstration will have to be given during Muharram. “Survival of the country demands that complete unity and solidarity be maintained against the enemy,” CM mentioned. Shahbaz added that Youm-e-Ashoor processions would be monitored through CCTV and these cameras be kept completely functional. He directed that a four tier security cordon be formed around majalis and processions and conclusion of the mourning processions within the fixed time be ensured.
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tion of a center of excellence established by JICA (Japan) at Government College of Technology Railway Road. The ceremony was attended by Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan Hiroshi Inomata, Second Secretary of Japan Embassy Shnichi Amada, Operations General Manager Hamid Ghani Anjum, TEVTA officers, principal, teachers and students of the college. TEVTA chairperson said that JICA of Japan has provided sufficient grant-in-aid for the construction of the center of excellence and establishment of Mechanical and Architecture department and provision of machinery and equipment to run DAE. in mechanical and architec-
meeting. Munir Ahmad Bhatti further said that the management shall organise orientation for evening classes on November 6 (tomorrow) whereas the same shall be organised for morning classes on November 7. The chairman also stressed upon the faculty members to ensure this platform may work as base of first flight for its students and sky must be their ultimate destination. He further said that although the students of modern era are dynamic with multiple God gifted qualities, but it is the prime responsibility of the teachers to polish and transform their hidden qualities into practical skills. The BZU Lahore Campus chairman further said that now we have provided the best learning atmosphere to students besides establishing a modern campus for their grooming, therefore, they must focus on their studies and excel for better future.
ture technologies at the center. He asked the Japanese ambassador to cooperate for development of an organised system of On-Job-Training for TEVTA trainees as well as job opportunities at Japanese companies in Pakistan. While addressing the ceremony, Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata appreciated the efforts of TEVTA management for successful completion of this project. He assured that Japan will continue to support TVET sector in future also. He promised the chairperson to talk with Japanese companies for on job training, internship and placement of TEVTA trainees. Japan Embassy delegation with TEVTA chairperson visited the Architecture and Mechanical Departments. During the visit, ambassador interacted with the male and female trainees and appreciated TEVTA for commitment to promote technical education and vocational training system in the Punjab.
The Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer on Tuesday reviewed all the arrangements regarding emergency services during Muharram that sets in from Wednesday. According to Rescue 1122, he directed all the district emergency officers (DEOs) to remain on high alert and ensure quick response of emergency ambulance, as well as rescue and fire services. “As many as 8500 rescuers would perform duties in different shifts in the Punjab during Muharram and three special monitoring teams under the supervision of Provincial Monitoring Cell (PMC) would monitor rescue activities round the clock,” he explained. Medical technicians and other rescue officials along with 24 ambulances, 11 fire tenders, two rescue vehicles, 5 specialised vehicles and 44 mobile posts would provide medical services to the processions, the DG added. Rescue service points would be set up at Imam Bargah Bhakewal Morr, Samanabad, Niaz Baig Village, Ali Raza Abad, Chungi Amar Sadhu, Kotha Pind, Nishtar Town, H-Block Model Town, Cavalry Ground, Nishat Colony/R.A Bazaar, A-Block Model Town, Batapur Attokey Awan, Adda Shabil Hando Village, Aziz Pully, Lalpul Mughalpura, Islampura, Rang Mahal Chowk, Bhaati Chowk, Imamia Colony Shahdra and Jafria Colony.
ctP sets uP testiNg camP LAHORE APP
City Traffic Police (CTP) on Monday set up a testing camp at Shah Alam Market to issue fresh driving licenses to traders. According to traffic police, Chief Traffic Officer Sohail Chaudhry said that City Traffic Police would set up testing camps at Bata Factory Multan Road today (Wednesday), Peco Road on Thursday and the camp would also be established at Jang Group on Saturday for issuing fresh licenses to the journalists.
NAto SuPPly too SeNSItIve AN ISSue FoR SARwAR LAHORE inP
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar has said that halting NATO supplies is a sensitive issue and one should avoid expressing his view point over it. He was talking to media person after inaugurating water filtration plant in School of Governor House Lahore on Tuesday. Sarwar said that provincial government has public mandate and federal government respect their mandate. He said that Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) led federal government believes in politics of reconciliation and will take all stakeholders along. The governor said that decision about halting NATO supply routes will be taken after consensus of all political parties.
UMT recognises high achievers LAHORE PRess ReLeAse
University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore held Dean’s and Rector’s Merit certificates distribution ceremony for students of Fall 2013 at its campus on Monday. UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad awarded certificates and souvenirs to students who had demonstrated exceptional academic performance during Fall 2013. Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad took this opportunity to congratulate and encourage the students, and urge them to excel more in their studies. He said that all students present today have shown that they are different from the crowd and have the potential to reach great heights. A total of 225 students from different schools of UMT qualified for Dean’s and Rector’s Merit certificates. About 182 students
received Dean’s Merit certificates while 43 exceptional students were presented with Rector’s Merit certificates. The ceremony was attended by Examinations Controller Imran Zahid and other high ranking officials of UMT.
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To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. –Anatole France
coMMenT wednesday, 6 november, 2013
calling a spade a spade
the us and Pakistan: an incompatible couple the uS needs Pakistan for Afghan pullout, and Pakistan needs uS funds
PtI needs to be realistic
H Nisar and Imran Khan have addressed the National Assembly, the cabinet has met to take important decisions and the KP assembly has passed a conditional resolution on blocking NATO supplies. Supported by the mainstream opposition maintains, the government maintains that it is committed to hold talks with the TTP. Imran Khan, however, has other priorities. Sharif considers the militants as ‘misguided and confused elements of society’, though he would not allow use of force ‘without first making every effort to bring them back to the mainstream.’ Imran Khan on the other hand exonerates the militants of the killing of nearly 40,000 civilians and 5,000 troops. He instead demands action that would destroy whatever bridges the government has built with the US or the EU. This could only please the militants who want Pakistan to paint itself into a corner by breaking ties with the civilized world, initiating hostilities with India and allowing Pakistan’s territory to be used as a launching pad for militant attacks inside China and elsewhere. One fails to understand how long Imran, whose speech did not contain a single word about barbarities committed by the militants, would continue to wear blinkers. A philosopher living in the clouds may look at those who commit crimes against humanity as ‘misguided and confused elements of society’. An elected government tasked with providing the security of life to its people by strict enforcement of laws however cannot afford to live in an ivory tower. The PMLN has concluded, albeit reluctantly, that the war the country is fighting is our own. But it is yet to call a criminal a criminal, show no sympathy for the ilk and ensure that all those involved in bombing and target killing or conducting attacks inside neighbouring countries are brought to book. Unless this is done the ongoing bloodshed and violence cannot be brought to an end. The KP government was about to take an extreme stand which besides being a violation of the constitution was highly unrealistic. The opposition in the KP Assembly has however provided the PTI an opportunity to save face. The decision to stop the NATO supplies in November 2011 was taken by the federal government. So was the subsequent decision to resume the supplies. Despite the widening of the scope of provincial autonomy issues impinging on national defence and foreign
Pml-N govt on a borrowing spree A trillion added to national debt in first quarter
HE figures are staggering – and unprecedented. The borrowing binge that the PML-N has gone for has added to the national debt stock by about Rs one trillion in only the first quarter – Rs10.9 billion a day – of its third stint in office. This spike by seven per cent – or 2.33 per cent for each month in office – has taken the total pile to a shade under Rs15 trillion. And this is without accounting for the debt acquired from the new IMF programme, which increases our indebtedness despite basically being a loan swap but with crippling, antigrowth conditionalities as add-ons. And since this borrowing is mostly short term and expensive, combined with the steep loss of rupee’s value, it acts as a force multiplier impact for the already acquired loans become higher in value – along with spawning inflationary trends that put the economy in further peril and the common man in increased jeopardy. Another huge impact of the government squeezing out the entire available liquidity from commercial banks and the State Bank is that the private sector does not get the cash flow, denying investment into setting up and refurbishing industrial units, which results in lower GDP, lesser agricultural growth etc. and in turn lesser taxation revenue, thus putting the entire economy into a vicious cycle. But this was bound to happen. When a government goes back on its electoral promises of breaking the begging bowl, refuses to take austerity measures that could save tens of billions and eliminates circular debt worth Rs500 billion without a care in the world about the veracity of the bills (about which there is serious suspicion that they were grossly inflated – charging the government for fuel not bought and electricity not produced), and without the slightest effort at seeking concessions for bulk payment. A consequence of this strange refusal for due diligence and eliminating rapacious practices of the IPPs is that the monster of circular debt has in a matter of months reached an unpaid Rs100 billion. In five years of similarly exceptional difficult times, the much-maligned PPP government had added Rs7 trillion to the national debt stock. The PML-N has acquired one-seventh of it in just three months. The irony is that the PML-N had condemned the ‘high level of borrowing’ while in opposition but has outdone its political rival once back in power. Stepping deep into this quicksand has financial implications far more horrendous than mere breaking of an electoral promise.
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HE United States and Pakistan are like an incompatible couple who can’t help bickering when together while well aware that divorce is not an option. The awkward joint appearance of US President Barrack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a press briefing after their White House meeting on 23 October, when they declined to take questions from reporters, aptly summed up the troubled relationship. This dysfunctional kinship, however, is moving towards a climax as the US withdraws forces and equipment from Afghanistan primarily through Pakistan. The bottom line is that the glue holding the two countries together consists of more negative than positive elements. Washington needs Islamabad in its ongoing war on Islamist terrorism – a desperate necessity at least until the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan. And cashstrapped Pakistan is humiliatingly dependent on handouts from Washington and US-sanctioned International Monetary Fund loans. This dependency exists against the background of mutual Pakistan-American mistrust at the popular level. A 2013 survey by the Pew Research Centre shows that only 11 percent of Pakistanis have a favourable view of America. An earlier survey by the Pew Centre and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace revealed that only 10 percent of Americans have a great or fair amount of trust in Pakistan. It also showed that 97 percent of Pakistanis familiar with US drone strikes held a negative view of them. Reflecting popular opinion, Sharif, appearing next to Obama, said, “The use of drones is not only a violation of our territorial integrity but they are also detrimental to our efforts to eliminate terrorism from our country.” His government was committed to bringing them to an end, he added. Obama left Sharif’s words – delivered at the brief briefing in a tone so soft that reporters strained to hear him – stand alone, and refrained from making any re-
lated statement of his own. Strikingly, the word “drone” was missing in their 2,500word joint statement. By contrast, the term “terrorism” appeared 13 times and “nuclear” 10 times – not in the context of parity with the US-India civil nuclear agreement that Sharif wanted, but in the context of “nuclear terrorism”. Well practiced in the art of politically expedient leaks, the Obama administration disarmed Sharif’s protest on the drones – on which he had secured all party backing in Pakistan’s National Assembly – by briefing Greg Miller and Bob Woodward of The Washington Post. On the day Sharif met Obama, The Post published their story. 0Citing hitherto classified documents of the US Central Intelligence Agency and Pakistan’s diplomatic memos, Miller and Woodward showed that, contrary to its vociferous denunciations of drone strikes for years, Pakistan’s government had clandestinely endorsed the campaign and received classified briefings on the attacks and casualty counts. However, over the years the campaign has widened. Initially it was directed at “high value” Al-Qaeda targets, and their number was limited. Between December 2007 and September 2008, during the presidency of George W Bush, there were only 15 such attacks. In contrast, their number rocketed to 117 in 2010 under Obama, when Asaf Ali Zardari of the Pakistan Peoples Party was his Pakistani counterpart. So far, according to Pakistan's Defence Ministry, since 2008 the United States has launched 317 drone strikes in Pakistan, resulting in 2,227 deaths, including 67 civilians. These attacks are set to continue despite the fact that the 18 October report by Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, concluded that they violate international law. With that died any chance of a peace agreement between the Pakistani government and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan – or TTP, the Movement of Taliban in Pakistan – an umbrella organisation of militant Pakistani jihadist groups. In mid-September, Sharif had secured all-party consensus in the National Assembly to negotiate peace with the TTP without conditions. TTP leaders then raised the stakes by insisting that the prime minister must first devise a policy that halts the US drone campaign against them in Pakistan’s tribal borderlands during the negotiations. In the Pentagon’s drawdown plans in Afghanistan, to be completed by December 2014, Pakistan looms large. It is required to remove or transport at least 1.4 million pieces of equipment, ranging from small arms to massive wheeled and tracked vehicles. Pakistan provides the cheapest and quickest land routes for this
purpose. On its part, Pakistan gains financially by charging transit fees while its private transport companies benefit from an estimated budget of up to $7 billion earmarked by the Pentagon for the pullout. The Obama administration’s logistical dependence on Pakistan has led it to overlook its intelligence finding about Islamabad’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s ties with the Haqqani network, based in North Waziristan Tribal Agency, which has attacked Western and Indian targets in Afghanistan. Ignoring Washington’s reported disapproval, Sharif’s government started releasing Afghan Taliban prisoners – including Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy leader of the Taliban – in September to facilitate what it called “reconciliation” in Afghanistan. As yet, however, there is no sign that Mullah Muhammad Omar, the supreme leader of the Afghan Taliban, widely believed to be under surreptitious Pakistani protection, is ready to negotiate with the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai whom he regularly denounces as an American puppet. Why do Sharif’s words echo Obama’s while his actions run counter to US interests? The answer lies in the dire state of Pakistan’s economy. Pakistan’s GDP expansion of 3 percent is barely keeping up with population growth. Its budget deficit at 9 percent of GDP is high whereas tax collection at 10 percent of the GDP is one of the lowest in the world. Facing economic crisis, Sharif’s newly installed government applied for a massive loan to the IMF. Thanks to Washington’s backing, a $6.7 billion loan was approved in early September to be paid over three years – despite the fact that Islamabad already owes the IMF nearly $5 billion from credit received in 2007. A few days after the Sharif-Obama meeting, the US agreed to release $322 million in Coalition Support Funds to Islamabad and announced plans to release nearly $1.6 billion to Pakistan in the current fiscal year. While the patchwork of compromise keeps Pakistan afloat and US drones hovering over the tribal badlands along the Afghan-Pakistan border, a denouement is expected in 2014, starting with the Afghan presidential poll in April and ending with the US pullout deadline of December. The US-Pakistani marriage may become even more fractious next year, testing its very survival. Dilip Hiro is the author of “Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia,” (Yale University Press, New Haven and London). His latest book is “A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East” (Interlink Publishing Group, Northampton, Massachusetts, and London).
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a threat to cattle farming The livestock sector is undergoing rapid changes in response to pressures from globalisation and rapidly growing demand for animal food products in developing countries. This sector is one of the organised and vibrant segments of agriculture industry of Pakistan having enormous contribution in GDP. One of the diseases affecting health and production of livestock is Blackleg. It is a bacterial disease affecting young thriving animals from 3 months to 2 years of age more commonly. Blackleg is the cause of severe financial losses to cattle raisers in many parts of the world including countries of south Asia especially tropical areas of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The disease appears in the form of lameness in one or more legs, a pronounced swelling with characteristic crepitating sound. For the most part major outbreaks are prevented by vaccination although outbreaks still occur occasionally in vaccinated herds of cattle incompletely vaccinated. Keeping in view the significance of this disease and its impact on cattle health and economics of the farmers the present study was designed to address the key features related to this particular disease which were never studied before. Seven hundred and fifty cows from six districts were selected randomly and sampling of disease suspected animals was done throughout the year.
The results showed that highest number of positive cases were observed in district Muzaffargarh (4.8%) and Bhakkar (4%) followed by Rahim Yar Khan (1.6%), Layyah (1.6%) and Nankana Sahib (0.8%) respectively. Similarly seasonal variation in the occurrence of this disease was one of the notable features in this study. Highest number of cases of this disease appeared in district Layyah (42.2%) and Muzaffargarh (44.4%) during the months of May to August while in district Rahim yar khan maximum number of cases appeared during the months of January to April (15.5%). This epidemiological investigation clearly indicated the risk population and the areas which need to be monitored for eradication of this disease. The results of this experiment were quite shocking indicating variable hemolytic ability to red blood cells of various species. Black quarter can be fatal to the dairy or meat farmers stock especially to the calves up to the age of one year. Therefore proper diagnostic approaches like PCR and precautionary measures if adopted can be helpful in avoiding huge economic loss. A well grown, disease free and healthy heifer is actually a good investment to produce more milk, increased production life with more calves thereby helping towards food security in the country. DR MUHAMMAD ASIF IDREES UVAS, Lahore
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A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way. –Mark Twain
wednesday, 6 november, 2013
religiously terrorised too many are demanding of blind faith
is the us indispensable for Pakistan’s defence? Not any longer
OMeR ZAHeeR MeeR
THER than ‘Can Pakistan survive sans aid?’, the other most common question or myth about the PakistanUS relations is the supposed indispensability of the US’s military assistance for the former. Having taken care of the first question in this space earlier, this becomes even more relevant to consider the growing public pressure in Pakistan to redefine Pak-USA ties while getting out of the American led war-on-terror. The generally propagated line is that Pakistan requires the state-of-the-art weapons and relevant spare parts from the US due to perceived threats from India to the existence and sovereignty of Pakistan, which has a reasonable basis due to the history and unresolved conflicts between the two nations. This notion is based on US’ state-of-the-art weapons providing Pakistan with credible defense against the Indian threat. While this is indeed true that most of Pakistan’s weaponry is US manufactured and believed to be state-of-the-art but there are some interesting considerations. First of all will it actually serve to defend our nation from foreign aggression, especially from India (the new strategic partner of USA), with most of them having features that could be remotely jammed by USA (e.g. F-16s)? Also of equal importance is the question that will we be able to get hold of the supply of spare-parts and ammunition in case of a conflict or will we be left high and dry? Even more relevant is the consideration of, if not this, than what other options do we have? Well the American weaponry provided under the SEATO and CENTO treaties in the 1950s and 1960s certainly did not serve the purpose of an effective defense in 1971, and in 1965 or for that matter in the battle of Rann of Kuch with American arms embargo pushing Pakistan to the edge of
the cliff when it needed those supplies the most. The US claimed the weapons were provided for use against the USSR alone (implying they were not to be used in the face of an Indian invasion which was effectively the biggest ally of USSR in South Asia at the time). Reliability is what went missing for Pakistan from then onwards. One could point out to the Pakistani victories in different battles specially the whipping of Indian forces in the Rann of Kuch and the astounding displays of our air force during the 1965 war but these Pakistani victories and holding off of enemy attacks were more due to the ultimate bravery and self sacrifice by the men fighting on the front than the weaponry which ran out of ammunition due to the American embargoes placed on Pakistan at the most crucial times during the various wars – rendering its armed forces effectively disabled in the face of existential threats to Pakistan. Moreover all our major strategic defense projects in the last few years involved China and not the US. To list a few, Pakistan and China worked jointly on projects such as: JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircrafts; the Nuclear Submarines Project and the civil-nuclear cooperation. Even more importantly, the successful development of the tactical nuclear weapons programme by Pakistan has effectively neutralized
The successful development of the tactical nuclear weapons programme by Pakistan has effectively neutralized the Indian ‘Cold-Start Doctrine’ and essentially closed the door on any external Indian aggression.
the Indian ‘Cold-Start Doctrine’ and essentially closed the door on any external Indian aggression. This has answered the biggest challenge of them all – effective defense against an all-out Indian aggression. What does this mean? It means that Pakistan is now one of the few countries in the world to possess the plutonium based high impact yet small range nuclear bombs which can wipe off an entire enemy brigade off the face of the planet or take off an entire enemy naval, army or air-force base without actually annihilating an entire city. This has answered the dilemma against using nuclear weapons for defense in the case of an all-out Indias aggression with the size of Indian forces at over three times that of Pakistan’s. The devastating impact of nuclear weapons on huge areas in most scenarios was expected to wipe out entire cities, a serious consideration against their use even in the case of being at the receiving end of a foreign aggression. However, with tactical nuclear weapons programme, India’s ‘Cold-Start Doctrine’ has effectively been stymied, allowing Pakistan to bomb an advancing enemy army within its own territory without causing large-scale devastation and international condemnation resulting in such a scenario. The best thing about the programme is that the high damage it can inflict is extremely prohibitive of any military misadventure against Pakistan. The question then is, whether we still really require the weapons from the US to protect us from an Indian aggression? The answer: not anymore. The above-mentioned development has not only closed the door of foreign aggressions but also provided an opportunity for Pakistan to revamp the security infrastructure and defense programmes. Pakistan should start self-reliant defense weapons development programmes with technology-transfer arrangements in partnership with interested friendly nations ready to deal as equals and not masters, i.e. China, some European States, Turkey, the Gulf states etc. In addition, we should move towards a leaner but highly effective military. The savings from this and switching to highly cost-effective locally produced weapons can then be diverted towards improving the lives of the masses. Omer Zaheer Meer is a leading Economist who is also a qualified Chartered Accountant, Financial Analyst and Anti-Money Laundering Expert. He can be reached on Twitter @OmerZaheerMeer, or on mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VER since General Ziaul Haq unilaterally decided that Pakistan’s majority religion was not exclusively the individual citizen’s business but that of the state, the past 35 years have spelt systematic encroachment and interference into matters of personal faith. It didn’t stop there, developing into assault on intellectual freedom, taking swipes at academia when departure from unnAjMA sADeque written ground rules was perceived, and a controlling tendency over public behaviour. Bhutto’s earlier marginalization of a minority that threatened no one simply buoyed aggressive attitudes. Zia’s time passed, but not before giving firm root to regressive elements bent on seizing political control. Eleven years and unlimited funds from within and abroad strengthened their base. Far from containing them, elected governments used them as props of convenience to shore up their own areas of weakness. Except for a handful that make repetitious rounds of TV channels, there are few informed enough to apply knowledge to people’s development. It is frequently contended that submission to Islam – as defined by some dominant group or other – would automatically solve all economic problems. This is simply not true. Islam provides guidelines for personal and overall life, not ready-made blueprints which would negate the purpose, integrity and effort of the individual towards self-realization in keeping with conscience and common sense. Expecting citizens to bow to any single set of beliefs cannot be justified, although some keep trying. Very few provide the balanced and universalist outlook that all can readily embrace. Too many are demanding of blind faith, and don’t acknowledge that there’s no fixed point when spiritual awareness begins and the process of religious experience is fulfilled. Some are indoctrinated from a very early age before children are capable of reasoning, so that beliefs handed down by family and community are internalized and taken as an unquestioned given. This does not apply to everyone. For many, while concepts of right and wrong are inducted early, formal religious instruction begins after children learn to read, although the age varies.
Expecting citizens to bow to any single set of beliefs cannot be justified, although some keep trying. Over the ages, the nature of spiritual experience continues to be highly varied. Some search out mentors, others from within themselves. Some begin and end as believers or unbelievers; or having once believed, experience disillusionment, see the light again later, and return. The human mind cannot be manipulated except against its own will. While initially the independent electronic media was invaluable in quickly informing urbanites on the most urgent public-interest and political issues, coverage never became comprehensive enough to cover broader concerns. Among them are universal human rights, and constitutional and personal rights – which sometime inconvenience corporate rights. Religion could have been used supportively, but wasn’t. Television includes many hours of religious focus. Some seriously try to address human problems, and answer religiously-oriented questions for the genuine seeker. Some seek interpretations in light of contemporary times: not always forthcoming. Some directly or indirectly downgrade women. Some hold a specific ideological bent, which is fine – unless it rejects other points of view and becomes a lightning rod for discord, especially if use of force is upheld. Along the way, many have completely stopped thinking for themselves and seek answers about the ‘rightness’ or ‘wrongness’ or ‘correctness’ of routine everyday acts. So much so, that some advisers stray way beyond principles of faith to rigidly recommend what individual behavior and practices should be. Viewers can of course choose programmes and speakers they feel comfortable with, but some can’t even decide on that, and end up confused. Whatever the case may be, Islam doesn’t enjoin faith being imposed perforce. It can be taught, but is subject to understanding and voluntary acceptance. That right is constantly being violated. Subtly and not-so-subtly, people are literally browbeaten into silence over what some ‘experts’ thrust on them. Since they cannot enter people’s heads, people’s submission is determined by making them unquestioningly parrot prescribed statements amounting to relentless psychological harassment. Again and again, many fail to understand the necessary neutral base of secularity – which does not mean lack of ethics or morals but may provide universally acceptable norms – enabling all beliefs to have equal standing. This is evident on panel discussions when people for whom religion is a private matter are thrown together with those having fixed, even fanatical, views. Since they have no common denominators to begin with, such debates degenerate into unseemly arguments, or the holier-than-thou proclaiming themselves victorious irrespective. Some anchors are guilty of intentionally planning and provoking uncalled-for and unseemly controversy to increase ratings. Matters have come to such a point that suo moto notice seems the only recourse, not only for freedom of information and expression, but also freedom of worship sans intimidation, not forced to choose to belong to one sect or the other. But how many can take that step? Even justice costs time and money. Najma Sadeque is a former journalist and currently director of The Green Economic Initiative at Shirkat Gah, a rights and advocacy group.
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ARTS wednesday, 6 november, 2013
srK briNgs starbucKs to red chillies office
Famous coffee shop Starbucks also opened its franchise in Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies building recently. Shah Rukh posted the picture of the same on Facebook saying "Starbucks in the house...eh not exactly but under the Red Chillies office in Khar. Too excited. Happy Diwali all." Sha Rukh Khan's new office is designed by Bollywood actorproducer Riteish Deshmukh. Very few know that Riteish Deshmukh is also an architect. The actor, who has always kept his interest in architecture alive by designing homes and offices for his friends, did the same for his Bollywood buddies Shah Rukh and Karan Johar. Shah Rukh Khan recently took to the micro blogging site to acknowledge Riteish's work and talent. Shah Rukh Khan tweeted, "Never said this but the red chillies office has been designed by the ever wonderful @reteishd.thanx my man and do come for some coffee soon." Responding to the comment, Riteish too expressed his happiness by tweeting, "Thank you @iamsrk for having faith in me to design the Red Chillies office, without even seeing any of my work." news DesK
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice — Bill Cosby
wb to honour sushmita, rani, bipasha, Konkona at Kolkata film festival
IVE Bollywood actresses of Bengali origin – Moushumi Chatterjee, Sushmita Sen, Rani Mukherjee, Bipasha Basu, Konkona Sen Sharma – would be felicitated by the West Bengal government at the closing ceremony of the Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). "The idea is to award 'Panch Kanya' (Five Women) from Bengal who have done well at the national level in Bollywood," KIFF director Jadav Mondal told reporters here today. The organisers of the state government-run festival have already got confirmation from Moushumi, Sushmita and Bipasha on their attending the gala event to be held on November 17 at the Science City auditorium here. "We are hopeful that Rani and Konkona will also soon confirm their presence," Mondal said. The inaugural session of the 19th edition of KIFF would be held at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in the presence of Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Mithun Chakraborty and Shahrukh Khan. Among others, Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore and directors Madhur Bhandarkar and Shoojit Sarkar would also be present at later stage of the festival on November 14. Late maverick filmmaker Rituparno
Ghosh's unreleased film 'Taak Jhaank' (Sunglass) would be screened for the first time and would be the inaugural film. To pay tribute to the director who passed away few months ago, eight of his films including Unishe April, Dahan, The Last Lear and Chitrangada
would also be screened at the KIFF. With 13 venues including the NandanRabindra Sadan complex, Inox City Centre 1 and Star Theatre, altogether 189 films would be shown in the eightday-long film carnival. Adding an international touch to
KIFF would be 24 delegates from abroad led by Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai who will also hold a masterclass for film students. The organisers also launched a mobile application which would give all the information related to screenings of films during the festival. news DesK
KISSING SCENES sUnny Leone's jeNNIFeR lAwReNce ARe no-show at Sachiin wItH ReAlly Hot: joSH HutcHeRSoN Joshi's Diwali party Canadian adult film star-turned Bollywood actress Sunny Leone she created quite a buzz by not showing up at her Jackpot producer-actor Sachiin Joshi's Diwali party on November 2. The hot and very happening Sunny Leone is certainly going places. And sometimes so much so that she is unable to keep pace with her schedules. A lot of the guests wondered why or how she could stay away from an event hosted by her producer-leading man so close to her film's release. While Sachiin Joshi maintained that Sunny Leone was busy shooting, friends of the actress say she was back in Mumbai after a gruelling shooting schedule of 'Tina & Lolo' in Panchgani. In fact, Karishma Tanna who co-stars with Sunny Leone in the girlie flick was at Sachiin's party and was heard calling Sunny Leone to ask if she would come to the party. Explaining her no-show, Sunny Leone's husband Daniel Weber said, "Sunny was not feeling well. She went to sleep early. She really wanted to attend Sachiin's party. But she has been shooting everyday for weeks and is exhausted." news DesK
Actor Josh calls the kissing scenes between him and co-star Jennifer Lawrence in upcoming movie 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' "really hot". "The kissing scenes are really hot," said Hutcherson who also gives a peek into the relationship of his character, Peeta Mellark and Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen. "Peeta and Katniss' relationship is not all good. But you get to see more of it, which I like a lot," he added. Besides Lawrence and Hutcherson, the movie also stars Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Woody Harrelson. The second part of the series will see return of Katniss and Peeta back to their district after winning the 74th Hunger Games series and beginning of the Victor's Tour. 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is set to release in India on November 29. news DesK
BIGG BOSS 7: ARMAAN CALLS SANGRAM 'LIAR' AND 'TWO-FACED' So far in 'Bigg Boss 7', wrestler Sangram Singh has come across as a clean-hearted and caring guy. But the recent incidents have not been in his favor and has been caught in a storm of allegations. Sangram has been caught redhanded many a times for changing his statements in order to continue to be in the good books of everybody. After Bigg Boss introduced the Rajneeti task, Sangram and Kamya were asked to be leaders and form their own political parties. They were also asked to deliver an opening speech basis which the housemates were asked to decide whether they wanted to support Sangram or Kamya. However, during the task contestants had the liberty to change their party if they were not satisfied with their leader. Armaan who was initially supporting Sangram's party decided to switch to the other party when he realized that he had been diplomatic while never taking a stand for anything. When Sangram tried to convince him to come back, Armaan told him that he is a big liar and a two-faced person who has never taken a stand for any of his friends. During the course of their conversation, Armaan also brought up the topic of nominations where he claimed that Sangram had tried to plot with him to vote against a few contestants. But Sangram denied this allegation and instead put all the blame on Armaan leading to a heated argument. Kamya and Gauahar tried to control the situation but the two hot-heads did not pay heed to them and continued fighting with each other. With the game of Bigg Boss getting intense with every passing day, the contestants are now no longer willing to mince words and stay diplomatic. news DesK
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OLLYWOOD superstar Aamir Khan threw a grand Diwali party along with his wife Kiran Rao. His children Ira and Junaid from his previous marriage joined Bollywood celebs including Imran Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma in the festivities. In Pics: Priyanka, Anushka celebrate Diwali with Aamir Khan's kids Ira, Junaid. However it was Aamir Khan's daughter Ira who stole the show at his Diwali bash this year. Despite the occasion being a rather star studded affair, all eyes were on Ira Khan who attended the event in a green saree coupled with bangles and short curly hair. Not adding a lot of jazz to her elegant look, the otherwise tomboyish girl left everyone stunned with her traditional attire. The 16-year-old attended the event with her brother Junaid but their mother Reema Dutt was missing from the event. The guest list also included Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan with her hubby Siddharth Roy Kapur and many other A-listers from the Bollywood fraternity. news DesK
hrithik roshan's 'Krrish 3' crosses rs 100 crore mark
Bollywood's superhero hero franchise 'Krrish 3' starring Hrithik Roshan has entered the coveted Rs 100 crore club on the fifth day of its release on Tuesday (November 5). Third film in the series, 'Krrish 3', has become the latest film to enter the Rs. 100 cr club collecting Rs. 108.71 cr. Interestingly the film, even created history by registering the highest collections ever on a single day, Monday Rs. 35.91 cr. Reaching the coveted Rs. 100 crore mark has become a must for every big film in Bollywood. In this exclusive report, we take a look at some of the biggest hits that have reached the Rs. 100 crore mark segregating them on the basis of the number of days taken to get there. Interestingly, Shah Rukh Khan's 'Chennai Express' still retains it spot as the fastest film to reach the 100 cr mark, in just 4 days. The film continues to climb up in its lifetime collections though. Salman Khan, who ruled the 100 cr club, continues to have 2 films in Top 5, namely 'Ek Tha Tiger' and 'Dabangg 2'. The most surprising entry to this club however is Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh's 'Grand Masti'. It is the first film ever from the adult comedy genre to have made it to the 100 club. news DesK
Jennifer lopez slams plastic surgery rumours
Singer Jennifer Lopez has denied allegations that she had plastic surgery. The rumours started when a UK doctor tweeted a split photo of Lopez, suggesting that she had some work done. The singer, 44, decided to clear the air through her Twitter page. Addressing the UK doctor, Lopez tweeted: "@DrAyoubi Sorry Sir, but I have never had plastic surgery of any kind. #fact." news DesK
National Award winning director for Himesh Reshammiya's next Himesh Reshammiya is back to facing the camera. While it is a known fact by now that his next film as an actor is titled 'The Xpose', the newest development is that it would be directed by Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, who recently won 4 National Awards for his Marathi film 'Mee Sindhutai Sapkal'. "Other than this, Mahadevan has been at the helm of another critically acclaimed film 'Red Alert - The War Within' (2009). Now with 'The Xpose', he and Himesh are looking at probing the decade of 60s which has never been explored before. In fact it would be entering a space that will be a revelation in Hindi cinema." Himesh and Ananth go back a long way as former has composed music for latter's Dil Maange More and Aksar (remember the chartbuster 'Jhalak Dikhla Jaa'?). As per sources, 'The Xpose' would be set as a musical thriller in the zone of films like Shammi Kapoor starrer 'Teesri Manzil' with a setting of the Hindi film industry of the 60s. HR Musik produced 'The Xpose' too would be high on music with Himesh and YoYo Honey Singh, who is also playing a negative part in the film and collaborating on the music. "The characters in that era were truly larger than life and the glamour
industry was going through the biggest change when the first sex symbol of the film industry was introduced in this era. The sudden death of a female star plunges the film in a cauldron of mystery," the source continues, "Himesh, who has lost 12 kgs, will play a character inspired by yesteryear actor Raajku-
mar, a suspended cop turned superstar." 'The Xpose' has Irrfan Khan making a special appearance as a character inspired by a real black marketer Alec D' Costa. Not just that as Himesh and Ananth have finalised 'Life of Pi' actor Adil Hussain to play a character on the lines of Don Vardha Rajan. news DesK
marriage is liberating: Keira Knightley
Actress Keira Knightley admits she loves being married as she found singledom exhausting. The 'Anna Karenina' star wed Klaxons musician James Righton earlier this year and says she finds marriage liberating, reported Hello Magazine. The 28-year-old also revealed that she finds her love life, whether a heartbreak or joy, as inspiration for her acting work. "It depends, but you can get some great stuff out of break-ups and grief. Then you can get some great stuff out of the other side, too. I don't think one is better than the other. I don't think you can forget heartbreak or any of the negative stuff. When you have experienced it, you can always use it," she said. news DesK
watch: Kareena, imran's 'dil duffer' in 'gori tere Pyaar mein'
With less than a month for the release of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan's 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein', the makers released a new song 'Dil Duffer' from the romantic-comedy film. The new song 'Dil Duffer' is a cute love song! In the backdrop of the song you can see loverboy Sriram portrayed by Imran Khan going ga-ga over environmentalist-cum-social worker Dia (Kareena Kapoor). 'Dil Duffer' lacks novelty and is like any other romantic track, however the number is pleasant to hear. The song is sung by Shruti Pathak and Nitesh Kadam, while the music is composed music director duo Vishal-Shekhar. The other songs of the film – village item song 'Chingam Chabake and wedding song 'Tooh' – are already topping the charts! The film which also stars Shraddha Kapoor in a pivotal role is produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Production. 'Gori tere Pyaar Mein' is all set to release on November 22. news DesK
google offers live video chats with experts through Helpouts service Google Inc is launching a service that lets consumers pay for live video chats with experts who can provide everything from step-by-step turkey cooking instructions to marriage counseling. The Google Helpouts service, introduced on Monday, features roughly 1,000 partners in fashion, fitness, computers and other topics, available for live, one-onone video consultations. The video sessions can be as short as a few minutes or can last several hours, depending on the topic, with pricing set by each individual provider. The video consultations represent an expansion of Google's traditional Web search service, which for years has answered consumers' questions by pointing people to the most appropriate Web page. While Google remains the world's No 1 Internet search engine, consumers are increasingly turning to social networks like Facebook Inc to get advice and recommendations from their friends about movies, restaurants and other topics. "Most of the world's useful information still resides in people's heads," Udi Manber, vice president of engineering at Google said at a small briefing with reporters in San Francisco on Monday. Helpouts "opens the door to that information as well." Manber said that Google will initially provide tight oversight of the Helpouts website, deciding which types of services can be offered on Helpouts. For providers of medical consultations, Google will conduct background checks to ensure that the provider has valid credentials. In addition to individual experts, large brands such
as Sephora, Weight Watchers and Rosetta Stone will also be offering video sessions on the Helpouts service. Google will take 20 per cent of the fee that the providers collect from consumers for the video chats, though Google is initially waving the transaction fee for
providers in the Health category. Consumers can leave reviews of the different video chat experts and Google will refund consumers who are not satisfied with their video consultation, the company said.
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Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat — Lou Brock
Pakistan confirms short s africa tour BATTING WORRIES REMAIN FOR BOTH SIDES
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ABu DHABI: What was orginally a five-match series, has suddenly mutated into something much more. On the eve of the third ODI, the South African and Pakistan boards between the two, starting mere days after this one ends. Three more ODIs and two more T20s will take the number of limited-overs matches played between the two teams to 12 in the space of a month. That probably means the pressure of the current series has been somewhat lifted because of the marathon contest it has become. That news is probably more welcomed by South Africa, whose limited-overs batsmen have failed to adapt to the UAE conditions, and look lost against Pakistan’s
This is probably the best time for Bangladesh to begin fixing their . They have lost six of their last seven matches, and went down to teams like Netherlands and Scotland in recent times. A fast improving team in the ODI format, Bangladesh have not yet adapted to the game’s shortest version. New Zealand, on the other hand, are a skilled team in this format and could use it to end their tour of Bangladesh positively, after failing to win a Test and losing the ODIs 0-3. Led by Kyle Mills, they performed a little better in the final one-dayer, scoring 307 for 5 but were let down by the bowlers. New Zealand are bolstered by Luke Ronchi in the middle order while Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham and Grant Elliott will be expected to pull weight as allrounders. Their pace attack has struggled and so has their solitary spinner in Nathan McCullum. The absence of more quality slow bowlers has been a weakness in these conditions. Bangladesh are in a happy position. They won the ODI series after drawing the Tests and would love to mark their authority in all formats, something they have never done against a higher-ranked side.
spinners. Though they will have back for the remainder of the tour, which should add some stability, their middle-order worries are likely to remain. With Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez all continuing to cause problems, one of AB de Villiers, JP Duminy or Faf du Plessis need to step up. A similar appraisal could be made of Pakistan’s line-up, who have also been faltering in the middle. and are yet to make meaningful contributions. In their case though, it is pace, rather than spin, that has got the better of them. Both bowling attacks continue to impress, marking a change from the usual high-scoring gluts that this format can produce. But even that novelty is likely to soon wear off as the teams are going to be playing against each other till the
LAHORE sTAFF RePORT
AKISTAN confirmed they would make a short tour of South Africa later this month, playing three Oneday Internationals and two Twenty 20 matches. “The series was arranged following the shortened tour by India to South Africa,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a statement. The Pakistan team is expected to arrive in South Africa on November 18 and open the tour with the Twenty20 matches, in Johannesburg on November 20 and in Cape Town on November 22. The one-day matches will be played in Cape Town (Nov 24), Port Elizabeth (Nov 27) and Centurion (Nov 30). Both teams are currently
playing a five-match one-day series in the United Arab Emirates, with the third match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The series is tied at 1-1 after South Africa won the first match in Sharjah by one run while Pakistan won the second match by 66 runs in Dubai. The preceding two-Test series was drawn 1-1. Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the upcoming tour was “fantastic news” for the Proteas and their fans. Lorgat said the tour would give the South Africans more cricket after India reduced their tour from three Tests and seven one-dayers to two Tests and three one-dayers. “With the Indian tour having unfortunately been curtailed, we needed to give our fans the opportunity to see the Proteas in action, and I’m
delighted that Pakistan accepted our offer to tour here,” the PCB statement quoted him as saying. His appointment as chief of Cricket South Africa had irked India because of a longstanding feud between him and the Indian cricket board. “It’s not been an easy period for South African cricket, but I want to thank our fans and commercial partners for their patience and support during this time,” added Lorgat. The PCB’s interim chairman Najam Sethi, restored on Monday by a Pakistani court, also expressed pleasure at the tour. “We are very happy to tour South Africa and to play against one of the best teams in the world,” he said in the statement. “The tour will be beneficial to both our boards and we are looking forward to build on our excellent relationship with Cricket South Africa.”
Malik, Razzaq return in Pakistan T20 squad LAHORE sTAFF RePORT
Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been recalled in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the two-match series against South Africa in the UAE. The selectors left out Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed and Zulfiqar Babar from the squad that featured in the T20s against Zimbabwe. Malik was part of the squad that played the solitary T20 match during the South Africa tour and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped from the team for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. In August, he played in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League and finished as the leading run-getter. Razzaq, 33, has been out of favour since the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka following his outburstagainst captain Mohammad Hafeez after which he was fined Rs. 1 lakh and sidelined from the
squad. Overall, Razzaq has played 30 T20s during which he has scored 383 runs at a strike rate of 119.68 and has taken 20 wickets. Saleem Jaffar, the PCB selector, told reporters: "Both Razzaq and Malik have the ability to strengthen team before the World T20 because of their experience and ability in this version and that is why they have been selected. "Razzaq is a useful cricketer and we felt he can play a good role in upcoming matches against the tough South African side. Although he is not in the same touch with his bowling, his batting can be very useful especially in Twenty20 and in conditions such as in UAE." With the return of the two experienced allrounders, the younger players, who had been given chances over the last five months, have been pushed out, with only Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin left in the team from the group. Umar Akmal, who was added to the one-day squad in the UAE after missing out on the
tour to Zimbabwe, has been added to the T20 squad and will take up the role of the wicketkeeper. Zulfiqar Babar was ruled out of selection because of the hand-injury he suffered during the recently concluded Test series. Jaffar said there were no PAkIsTAn sqUAd concerns about Akmal's m HAFeeZ (cAPt), NASIR jAmSHed, glovework and AHmed SHeHZAd, umAR AkmAl (wk), believes he can be a umAR AmIN, SHAHId AFRIdI, SoHAIb long-term option. mAqSood, Abdul RAZZAq, SoHAIl tANvIR, "We don't feel he is m IRFAN, juNAId kHAN, SAeed AjmAl, a part-time SHoAIb mAlIk, AbduR ReHmAN wicketkeeper IN: SHoAIb mAlIk, Abdul RAZZAq, particularly in umAR AkmAl, AbduR ReHmAN Twenty20. He is OUT: ASAd AlI, ANwAR AlI, HARIS looking comfortable SoHAIl, ZulFIqAR bAbAR, and happy in this role. SARFRAZ AHmed Our experience with him in ODIs is also positive. He can get a permanent role as a wicketkeeper in T20s."
end of the month. Team news Pakistan won the second match, but that does not mean their XI couldn’t do with some tinkering. ‘s continual failings at the top may prompt an experimentation with , while Wahab Riaz’s place in the team will also be questioned. Apart from two meaty sixes, his only role in the second ODI was to bowl two overs. With the spinners causing plenty of problems, Pakistan may choose to leave Riaz out and strengthen the batting instead. Pakistan: (likely) 1 Nasir Jamshed/Sohaib Maqsood, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan South Africa sent Colin Ingram home as soon as they could - he even managed to play in a domestic one-day match on Sunday - because they were assured of Hashim Amla’s return. Following the birth of his second child, Amla will return to the top of the order to partner Graeme Smith and add experience to a line-up which has looked fragile. Should South Africa want to make a change in the middle, their only option would be to bring in , who has batted higher up than his usual No.8 position in the past, for du Plessis. Steyn has also rejoined the squad, although it may be tricky to find a spot for him in an attack which has done very well in his absence. He may replace Morkel, in keeping with the policy of resting the quicks, or he may join Vernon Philander for drinks duty. South Africa: (likely) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 JP Duminy, 4 Faf du Plessis/Robin Peterson, 5 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Morne Morkel/Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir. Agencies
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Pain is what makes winning so great — Coach Carter
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LONGSDON TARGETS THE OPEN
ARREN Sammy and his men will take a look at the farewell euphoria in Kolkata and wonder if there’s some karmic connection between West Indies and Sachin Tendulkar. ‘When will he get his 100th international hundred?’ was the refrain the last time West Indies toured India in late 2011. Tendulkar came close twice in that three-Test series, making 76 in a successful chase in Delhi and falling six runs short of the mark to the disappointment of hometown Mumbai. That was only the second time a Test had been drawn with the scores level, India managing a single off the last ball of the game when two were needed. West Indies may have lost that 2011 series 0-2, but they had a 100-plus first-innings lead which they blew, and were a wicket away from a win at the end in Mumbai. It is important to revisit all this to remind ourselves that two teams played cricket exciting cricket - then, during that long clamour for the landmark. And, regardless of how or why this series came to be, two teams are going to play cricket now, during theretirement. West Indies may have one of the worst overseas records over the past decade or so, but they have batsmen such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Darren Bravo who have thrived in
Indian conditions in the past. They have bowlers of extreme pace in Kemar Roach and Tino Best. They have capable spinners in Shane Shillingford and Veerasammy Permaul. And they have a captain who is as unassuming as some of the young Indian stars aren’t. MS Dhoni and his men haven’t played any Tests since sweeping Australia 40 at home in March. They are about to embark on a succession of overseas tours starting with South Africa next month. They have an opener who, for all his world-conquering limitedovers form, is only one Test innings old. The other one hasn’t been among the runs recently. Their No. 5 could likely become No. 4 after this series; they have been
trying to find No. 6 since the end of 2008. Their fastbowling unit is so unpredictable they are considering a debutant when they have someone who has played as many as 51 Tests. There is a lot to think about for Dhoni, even against West Indies and even as the goodbye carnival carries on. FORm GuIdE: India WWWWD (last five games, most recent first) West Indies WWWWW TEAm nEWS: India (probable) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 M Vijay, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Rohit Sharma/Ajinkya Rahane/Amit Mishra, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Pragyan Ojha, 11
Stenson tries to play down wrist injury ahead of Turkish Airlines Open DUBAI
Massa rues Ferrari ‘mistake’ ABU DHABI Agencies
Felipe Massa was left frustrated by a “mistake” by Ferrari which he reckoned cost him a higher finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Brazilian eventually finished eighth at the Yas Marina Circuit but believed he could have made better progress in the closing stages had the Scuderia fitted his car with what he thought was the correct tyre. Massa’s F138 was fitted with the medium tyre after he stopped on lap 38. At that stage he was running fifth, directly ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso. Alonso himself stopped for the second and final time six laps
later. He rejoined ahead of Massa but his car was fitted was faster soft tyres, enabling the Spaniard to claim the fifth place at the chequered flag. Left trailing his team-mate for the first time in the race, Massa said that Ferrari, who had tried to run a one-stop strategy for both cars before changing their minds, had “made a mistake”. “I didn’t expect to use the medium in the last stint as well, I expected to use the soft,” he said. “I did 19 laps at the beginning and was the best car on the soft and then we decided to stop at the last moment the second time. I expected to see the soft tyres on the car and I saw the other one. “That was the mistake of my race. Without this problem, I would have easily finished in the top five.”
Cook stands by his record LONDON Agencies
Henrik Stenson has admitted he is playing through the pain of a wrist injury as he looks to protect his lead in the Race to Dubai standings. The Swede has been having regular treatment on the problem since winning the FedExCup play-offs, and he was unable to breach the top 30 at either the BMW Masters or last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions. But ahead of this week’s star-studded Turkish Airlines Open, the penultimate event in the European Tour Final Series, Stenson was keen to play down the severity of the injury. “It’s been bothering me a bit ... but during play it’s been all right,” said Stenson, who currently leads Graeme McDowell by just 145,000 euros in the race to be crowned European No 1. “It’s all about keeping it mobile, taking some pills every now and again and doing quite a lot of icing. “I’ve kept my hand in the ice bucket for quite some time. There’s always going to be some wear and tear over long-term golfing. “It wasn’t a thing that came on suddenly so that was a good thing. It wasn’t like I hit a shot and just all of a sudden I started feeling a lot of pain.” Stenson also admitted he has a wager of $1,000 with Ian Poulter over the Race to Dubai, and the Englishman will tee up in Antalya with a deficit of 542,000 euros to make up. “I had a bet with Poulter when he was some way behind and he still wants me to pay for a night out if he catches me,” Stenson added. “We were having a laugh at Lake Nona in Florida a couple of weeks ago. He said, ‘We
Umesh Yadav/Ishant Sharma/Mohammed Shami Even without missing Jadeja, West Indies are facing a similar predicament. In 2011, they played three specialist bowlers - two quicks and one spinner. This time, Sammy says one needs two spinners in India, which could mean a toss-up between Narsingh Deonarine and Veerasammy Permaul. West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Narsingh Deonarine/Veerasammy Permaul, 7 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Shane Shillingford, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Tino Best.
Charlie Longsdon is preparing an exciting team of young horses for next week’s The Open at Cheltenham. The most high-profile contender is the JP McManus-owned Pendra, out of top-class chaser Mariah Rollins, who jumped impeccably when making a winning chase debut over two miles at Carlisle on October 24. There are a couple of options for the Old Vic five-year-old, including the £32,000 Grade Two Racing Post Arkle Trial Novices’ Chase over two miles on the Sunday. Longsdon reported: “I was very happy with Pendra at Carlisle and he could run at The Open. He will certainly be entered for a couple of races there, but it is still early days with him and we will have a better idea later in the week. “We will be looking to step him up in trip at some point, but I need to discuss things with the J P (McManus) team. He is only 50/50 at this stage as there will
also be other options for him.” Killala Quay is unbeaten over hurdles since joining the Chipping Norton handler. The six-year-old captured a two and a half mile Aintree novices’ hurdle by 10 lengths in July and stayed on strongly to land a similar contest by six lengths at Chepstow in October. Longsdon said: “Killala Quay will go to Cheltenham for either the Grade Two Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (November 16) or the David Johnson Memorial Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (November 15). “He goes nicely at home and has done nothing wrong in two starts, so we will step him up and see how he gets on. “He has got an interesting pedigree as he is out of a five-furlong sprinter and apparently he was mistake. He was a good mistake though and seems to stay well. “Although he has been winning on good ground, he wants soft ground. He wouldn’t want it too slow, but definitely on the softer side.”
INJURY RULES OUT SNEDEKER SHANGHAI: Brandt Snedeker has pulled out of this weekend’s Australian PGA Championship with a knee problem. The American picked up the injury in China, just hours after competing in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Shanghai. PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn confirmed the world No 9’s absence when reporting he had failed to board his plane for the showpiece event on the Gold Coast. The 32-year-old had been one of the major draws at the A$1.25m tournament which begins at the Royal Pines Resort in Queensland on Thursday. Masters champion Adam Scott, playing for the first time on home soil since his Augusta triumph in April, is a short-priced favourite to land the title with American Ricky Fowler his only real rival in the markets. Agencies
have to have a bet, I’m going to chase you down’ “I’m going to try to make sure that doesn’t happen. It’s a tight race and most likely it’s still going to be an open story in Dubai. “The bet was a hundred bucks and he got 10-1 so it’s going to be bad for me if he wins.”
Alastair Cook admits there are times he could be a more imaginative leader, following the latest round of Shane Warne antagonism that caught the England captain's attention and even raised his blood pressure a touch. But Cook was content to defend his leadership based on a record of 13 Test matches without a defeat and series wins over India and Australia entering the return Ashes series down under. Warne has made some sport of baiting Cook for "negative" tactics on the field, in contrast to the more romantic inclinations of Australia's leader Michael Clarke. He kept up his criticisms throughout England's 3-0 series victory during the northern summer and raised them again while promoting the coming battle. Cook conceded his captaincy style was not always the most dynamic, but stated that the results he had achieved were a greater vindication than any favourable opinion. "It doesn't seem times have changed at all since last summer," Cook said, somewhat wearily. "It's old news, we had pretty good results in the summer as well. It's not surprising, being Australian, trying to get into the England camp, I think everyone can see that. It is what happens when England play Australia. It hasn't changed since the summer and we don't expect it to change over the next couple of months. "I've always said I'm trying to learn on the job from experience and there will be
times where I could be slightly more imaginative and think slightly differently if the situation arises," Cook said. "We've had a pretty good run so far as a Test side. In my first year as a Test captain we've won away in India which wasn't done for a long time, won a series against Australia and I think those are things we can be very proud of as a side. "I keep saying it, it's all about results. In sport it is pretty black and white. In cricket you can draw but most of the time in sport you win or lose and luckily at the moment with the players we've got we've done quite a lot of winning and that's what it's about, the now, how we are preparing for another big challenge, winning in Australia."
An international cricketer can often be judged by how he responds to public criticism, whether it be a question of how personally he takes it, what he proceeds to do on the pitch or whether or not he holds a grudge towards those who expressed or published it. Cook said it was impossible not to be affected by words as terse as Warne's, but that he was proud of how he had dealt with that element of a career in the public eye thus far, while also continuing to pay attention to the areas of captaincy that Warne cannot glimpse from the commentary box. "One of the skills you need as an international cricketer compared to being just a county player is having to deal with this situation," Cook said. "There is a lot more interest in what's going on and how you handle yourself is whether you make the grade or not and over a long period of time I think I have handled it pretty well. When someone makes a comment about you it does change your blood pressure slightly. No-one in the world can say it doesn't but I'm pretty confident and pretty skillful at being able to handle it because over the past seven years I have done it pretty well. "At the end of the day results are the most important things. That's how your judged pretty much as a captain. There's two sides of it, the man management side of it, back in the dressing room, back at the hotel, how you handle certain individuals, and there's what happens on the field as well. That's the very public bit of captaincy."
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AFAEL Nadal admits his return to the top of the world rankings after battling a serious knee injury is the greatest achievement of his illustrious career. Nadal has arrived in London for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals on the verge of capping a remarkable recovery by finishing the year at number one in the world. That would be an incredible effort given the 13-time Grand Slam champion was sidelined with potentially career-threatening knee tendinitis for seven months from mid2012 until early this year. The 27-year-old Spaniard, who has struggled with knee problems for much of his career, returned to win the French Open and then the US Open, as
well as Masters events in Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome, Montreal and Cincinnati before reclaiming number one spot last month. “It is the most difficult thing I did in my career. I’m 100 percent sure of that,” Nadal said. “After seven months of not even being able to practice tennis I came back and won from the beginning and was very soon able to have success in the best tournaments and against the best players. “Sure I had doubts if I would come back like this. The doubts I had were normal. They are part of life. “I have doubts before every match and much more when I am injured for seven months. “I didn’t know how the injury was going to improve or if I could get back on tour.” Nadal now needs to win two of his three Group A matches against David Ferrer, his opening opponent on Tuesday, Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka to guarantee top spot ahead
of world number two Novak Djokovic. But he is adamant that regaining his position as the sport’s preeminent force means less than the emotions he felt when he triumphed at the Grand Slams at Roland Garros and in New York. “For me the emotions were very high in a lot of moments during a lot of tournaments, those moments were more special than being number one,” he said. “I already finished two years at number one in the rankings, so if that happens again great. “But if not I don’t think it is going to affect my standing in the history of tennis. “I prefer being number one yes, but during the whole year I said a lot of times the number one is not a goal for me anymore. “It was a goal for me in 2008 because then I felt I had a great career and I would be sad if I played that good and never got number one. “Today the goal is to be healthy and competitive. It makes me happier to go to a good tournament
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed striker Fernando Torres will miss Champions League meeting with Schalke with a muscular injury. Torres picked up an injury in training on Monday and Mourinho said the Spaniard will miss Wednesday’s game and the Premier League match with West Brom this weekend. Torres scored twice in the 3-0 victory at Schalke two weeks ago. “Fernando we know has a muscular (leg)
injury,” Mourinho said. “We don’t know the dimension. Scan tomorrow. Out for tomorrow and the weekend (against West Brom). “After that it’s the international break and we will see how he recovers.” Mourinho hopes Chelsea can respond from Saturday’s defeat at Newcastle which ended a six-match winning run. He was angry following the Newcastle defeat, but insists he was exaggerating when he said he had made 11 wrong selections. “When you win and win and win sometimes players forget why they win and they think they win just
ARSENAL DUO UNABLE TO TRAIN LONDON: Jack Wilshere’s participation in Arsenal’s Champions League game against Borrusia Dortmund has been thrown into doubt after he was unable to train ahead of Wednesday’s Group F clash. Wilshere, whose last appearance for Arsenal was as a 69th minute substitute in the 2-0 away victory over Crystal Palace, is understood to be suffering from a problem with his left ankle that he picked up last week. Theo Walcott also missed the session despite widespread reports that he has stepped up his recovery in the last couple of days and could be available for Arsenal’s Super Sunday clash with Manchester United. The pair look set to be sidelined along with Mathieu Flamini for the match at the Westfalenstadion on Wednesday
night. However, defender Kieran Gibbs has given Arsene Wenger a timely boost ahead of the game, after taking a full part in Tuesday morning’s training session. Gibbs sustained a calf injury in Saturday’s 20 victory over Liverpool, forcing him to be replaced by Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen after 76 minutes. Robert Lewandowski scored a late volley to earn Jurgen Klopp’s side a 21 win at the Emirates a fortnight ago, a result that ended the Gunners’ perfect start and threw open Group F. Group F is finely poised with Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli all locked on six points in at the half way stage of qualifying. Agencies
and win it.” Nadal has never won the Tour Finals, losing his only final appearance to Roger Federer in 2010, and he has never hidden his discomfort at playing under lights on a fast court that doesn’t suit his style. After losing to Ferrer in the Paris Masters semi-finals on Saturday, Nadal is starting to feel the strain of such a gruelling year and he was quick to make defending champion Djokovic the favourite for the Tour Finals title. “For the moment I didn’t adapt very well to the hard courts. I played so-so last week in Paris, but it is the end of the season and a lot of the time that has been tough for me,” Nadal added. “I am a little bit more tired and these tournaments are sometimes not my best, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying my best in every match. “I tried to play with the right attitude in Paris. I think my attitude was better than my tennis though!”
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka marked his debut in the ATP World Tour Finals by defeating Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (0/7), 6-3 on Monday. Wawrinka has enjoyed the best year of his career and victory in his maiden appearance in the prestigious seasonending event at London’s O2 Arena was another feather in his cap. The 28-year-old, who hit 43 winners to 30 by Berdych, showed his class and composure after being blown away in the second set tie-break, recovering to win the opening match of the tournament in two hours and 25 minutes. Seventh seed Wawrinka will play world number one Rafael Nadal and Spain’s David Ferrer in his remaining Group A matches later this week. After spending most of his career in the long shadow cast by his more successful compatriot Roger Federer, Wawrinka is clearly relishing his moment in the spotlight. He will finish the campaign ranked in the world’s top 10 for the first time and his hard-fought win over Berdych continued a trend that started at the Australian Open in January when he pushed Novak Djokovic to five sets before losing an epic fourth round clash.
because they are good,” he said. “There are many other ingredients in football matches that make you a consistent winner. At halftime I was telling them they were competing more in training than that game. They were playing like the goal will arrive, we don’t need to push, we don’t need to be aggressive. “I’ve had lots of time to watch the game, to reflect about the game and I don’t change my opinion. “But I don’t want to see the changes I make tomorrow as somebody’s paying for the defeat against Newcastle, which is not the case. “It’s simply that I read the game and I read it once, twice, three times, try to analyse the way the people perform. And try to make changes not to punish people? Completely far from it, just to try to get the best team to win the game. “Schalke have a very good record away from home, both in the Bundesliga and in European competitions. They are a very good team with very good players.”
LONDON: Juan Martin del Potro made a winning start to his ATP World Tour Finals campaign as the Argentinean came from a set down to beat France’s Richard Gasquet 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 7-5. Del Potro had suffered a distressing journey to London after being robbed at Paris’s Gare du Nord railway station, an incident which cost him his passport and a rosary blessed by Pope Francis. The former US Open champion, who lost to Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the Paris Masters on Friday, spent two hours talking to French police and sorting out paperwork before boarding the Eurostar and heading to the O2 Arena. But the painful trip has proved worthwhile for fourth seed del Potro, who finally subdued a lively challenge from 27-year-old Gasquet in two hours and 23 minutes in the opening Group B clash. The victory was crucial for del Potro, who faces Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in his remaining group matches. “I’m so happy to qualify once again here. I have fantastic memories from Wimbledon and the Olympics and I always play well in London,” Del Potro said. “Richard has an unbelievable backhand and he is a good fighter, but in the end I played solid and won. “Hopefully I can beat Novak and Roger. It’s going to be really tough, but I
don’t have anything to lose against them.” Del Potro has claimed four titles this year and came desperately close to reaching the Wimbledon final, only for Djokovic to beat him in five sets in the semi-finals. The 25year-old arrived in London in good form, with two of his tournament victories coming in the last month in Tokyo and Basel, while he also beat Rafael Nadal to make the final of the Shanghai Masters. Gasquet was making his first appearance at the Tour Finals since 2007 after rising to ninth in the world rankings on the back of one of the better seasons in his mercurial career. With Wimbledon champion Andy Murray sidelined due to a back injury, Gasquet’s ranking was high enough to earn entry into a tournament usually reserved for the world’s top eight players. Possessing one of the most sublime one-handed backhands in the game has made Gasquet something of a treasure for tennis purists, but his talent has never quite produced the results his admirers hoped for until this year, when he made the semi-finals of the US Open. Fittingly for two in-form players, this was a high-quality encounter right from the opening 32-shot rally. Gasquet looked to have seized the momentum when he broke for a 5-3 lead in the first set, but del Potro broke back as the Frenchman served for the set. It needed a tie-break to settle the set and Gasquet took it, unloading one of his majestic backhands to secure a minibreak before a forehand clipped the net fortuitously to give the eighth seed a oneset lead. Del Potro has gone the distance plenty of time in the past, however, and he broke in the fourth game of the second set before easily levelling the match. Agencies
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