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The services of three retired generals of the Pakistan Army have been restored for their court martial for having been involved in National Logistics Cell (NLC) scam. In a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday, NAB officials briefed the body about the NLC scam involving corruption of billions of rupees. They said the NAB chairman has held three meetings with Chief of Army Staff about the matter. They said the army officers involved in the scandal were Lt General (r)

Khalid Munir, Lt General (r) Afzal Muzaffar and Major General (r) Zaheer Akhtar. NAB said the army had assured that would inquire into the cases of three generals involved in the scandal, while NAB would hold civilian inquiries. They said the GHQ was not cooperating in the case in the beginning, but NAB then warned them of forcibly taking into custody all relevant record under the NAB ordinance. “Now the GHQ has agreed to cooperate,” they said. They added that they had been informed that the three generals had been restored on service for court martial. Audit officials said they had

been informed that proceedings of court martial against three generals had already been initiated. PAC Chairman Nadeem Afal Gondal observed that these were delaying tactics and remarked that while action was taken immediately against post-office officials, there was a delay in cases of VIPs. The PAC asked the defense secretary to submit a report on progress in the case in fifteen days and asked NAB to provide the relevant record. NLC Director General Major General Junaid told the committee that the department had retrieved loan of Rs 9.5 billion and this year it earned a profit of Rs 6.5 billion. He said the

NLC was no more transporting goods of Afghan transit trade, which was a business of Rs 100 billion. He said if the government so desired, they could get the contract once again. Member of the Committee Hamid Yar Hiraj said smuggling had increased after the Afghan Transit trade contract was given to the private sector. Planning Commission Secretary Javed Malik informed the PAC that 191 projects would be completed during the current financial year and it was the effort of the government that no new project was launched until December so that work was completed on the ongoing projects.

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PESHAWAR: Residents clear debris from the remains of a collapsed house following floods in the provincial capital after heavy rain. Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Pakistan last month. afp | story on page 04

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People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012 to be enforced in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas

CJP says foreign hands active in Balochistan but security agencies oblivious to situation g Tells FC IG to admit his failure

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Thursday reached consensus over the provisions of the Sindh local government ordinance after hectic consultations spanning over three days, and Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan was expected to sign and promulgate the People’s Metropolitan Corporation Ordinance 2012 later in the night. The local government ordinance will be enforced in five districts of Sindh – Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpurkhas, where mayors would be appointed while all other cities and towns of Sindh will be managed under the district municipal corporation headed by a chairman of district councils. On Wednesday, the PPP leadership had failed to convince representatives from both Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PML-F) that the system will not be same as the one introduced by former president Pervez Musharraf. A major hurdle in negotiations between the PPP and MQM were the powers to be granted to nazims. staff report

QUETTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said foreign hands were busy deteriorating the law and order in Balochistan, but it appeared as if the agencies responsible for the province’s security were fast asleep. Hearing the Balochistan law and order case at the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry on Thursday, the CJP said the lawyers of Frontier Corps had claimed that foreign hands were involved in the deteriorating situation in Balochistan, “but are the security agencies sleeping?” “Why are the police, FC, Levies and the district administration acting like idols? Incompetent officers must be removed. The officials are taking full perks and privileges just for sitting in air-conditioned and decorated offices,” the CJP lamented. The three-member SC bench headed by the CJ expressed anger over the absence of interior secretary, however, Defense Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif Yaseen Malik and Frontier Corps IG Maj Gen Obaidullah Khattak were present in court.The chief justice asked the FC IG to submit a written reply in court regarding his failure.

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ORMAL talks between the country’s two major political parties – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) started on Thursday with both trying to put the cart before the horse by making demands to each other. Khursheed Shah led the talks from the PPP and was assisted by Law Minister Farooq H Naik and Naveed Qamar. Senator Ishaq Dar represented the PML-N in the meeting accompanied by Khawaja Asif and Pervez Rasheed. A source in the PML-N privy to the details told Pakistan Today that his party made two demands to the PPP delegation during the two-hour dialogue for making any advancement in the talks – that a cut date be announced for holding general elections in December or January as a confidence-building measure (CBM) and Arbab Ghulam Rahim be designated as leader of the opposition in Sindh. “On the other hand, the PPP delegation asked the PML-N to agree to its proposal of holding local government elections across country, including in Punjab, before general elections as its allied parties wanted to complete their constitutional term and hold elections on time – between March 18 and April 15 – while the PML-N should also agree on a consensus accountability law so that no future government could victimize politicians on pretext of accountability,” the source added. On holding of local bodies’ elections, the PML-N said the transparency of the LG polls could be questioned by any opposition party, therefore, it would be unwise to hold the polls before the general election. They said the Charter of Democracy signed with Benazir Bhutto emphasized that LG polls should be held on non-party basis as district and tehsil nazims could influence the general election and make them controversial. They said the consensus between both parties could be sabotaged by any controversy on the LG polls and this should be avoided. The source said the talks were held in a pleasant manner. Interestingly, both parties made utmost efforts to keep the talks a secret, however, the media got a clue of the meeting. “Syed Khursheed Shah reached the federal capital early on Thursday from Karachi and arrived at the Punjab House secretively. Continued on page 04


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Pakistan accepts infected Australian sheep Australian sheep infected with scabby mouth disease have made their way into Pakistan, Geo News reported on Thursday. Approximately 75,000 sheep departed from Australia on board the Fremantlebased Wellard Rural Exports ship Ocean Drover. Their destination was countries in the Middle East. 53,000 sheep were offloaded in Qatar and Oman, while the remaining 22,000 were to be transported to Bahrain. However when the Ocean Drover arrived in Bahrain on August 29 it was asked to leave its berth until matters were resolved. It was here that concerns were raised in regards to the sheep being infected with scabby mouth disease. The ship remained in the waters of Bahrain for 14 days and the sheep were not allowed to be unloaded. According to standard rules, the ship should have returned to Australia, however its next destination was a city which was not even part of its original route. The Ocean Drover docked in Port Qasim, Karachi on Tuesday night. The 22,000 sheep were offloaded and handed over to an unknown buyer. MonitoRing DESk

Police kills suspected terrorist PESHAWAR: Police on Thursday claimed to have foiled a terror bid by killing a militant and seizing 105 kilograms of explosive material in the Bara Sheikhan area of the provincial capital. According to police officials, a team of policemen stopped a pushcart vendor on suspicion, but he opened fire at them. In retaliatory firing, police shot him dead. Officials said that an accomplice of the cart vendor hurled a hand grenade at the police team, and managed to escape. The senior superintendent of police (SSP-Rural) told reporters that police had seized at least 105 kilograms of explosives from the pushcart. StAFF REPoRt

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Bodies of three suspected terrorists were found in Bhakkar, nearly 30 kilometers away from a nuclear plant in Garot, Khushab district on Thursday, who police claimed were killed when their suicide jackets exploded accidently but later reports claimed that the men had been shot at close range. According to police, the suspected terrorists were preparing suicide jackets in Chak 46-DB which detonated accidently, killing the men instantly. Bhakkar District Police Officer Saifullah Khatak said the police rushed to the spot and began investigations. He said the men were terrorists and were planning to attack the nuclear plant. He said the bodies were recovered from a deserted building which served as temporary residence for travelers.

Police officials suspected that the terrorists may have had more companions who had left the area before the police arrived as footprints of more than 12 people along with tracks of heavy vehicles could be seen at the site of the incident. Some media reports said that the police had arrived at the spot almost 11 hours after there were reports of a blast and had initially denied the reports. According to details, the terrorists were killed when three suicide jackets, each carrying 0.5 kg of explosives, went off. However, Geo News reported that contrary to police claims, the suspected militants had been shot and killed. Police have identified two of the terrorists as Mawia Tariq and Omar Irfan, both belonging to Mandi Bahauddin, and have shifted the bodies to DHQ Bhakkar for post mortem.

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awarding extension to the registrar term again and again. He said it was illegal of the SC to provide new terms of job to the registrar on the same post without following any rule and regulation. Gondal said the case would also be sent to NAB for investigation. The PAC also expressed annoyance over the slow investigation of the NLC scam and instructed the defense secretary to cooperate with NAB and present a detailed report to the committee within the next 15 days. It also asked for a list of illegal contracts allocated by the NLC. NLC Director General Junaid Rehmat informed the committee that the NLC had repaid Rs 9.5 billion it had borrowed and it had earned Rs 6 billion in the last eight months. The PAC advised the NLC DG to resolve the issue of illegal vehicles on a priority

basis. NLC officials told the committee that the NLC contract of Afghan transit trade transportation had been cancelled by the government in July 2011. They said Afghan transit trade transportation contract was worth Rs 100 billion. Committee member Raza Hayat Haraj supported the NLC official and said the contract should be awarded to the NLC again. “At present the transportation of Afghan transit trade is being done by private sector which has resulted in increase of smuggling,” he said. NAB officials briefed the committee regarding NLC scam and said the NAB chairman and the army chief had met three times over the issue. They said NAB was investigating civilians involved in the case while the General Headquarters (GHQ)

was investigating army officials involved in the case. Gondal said a lot of time was being wasted on the investigation of this case and delaying tactics were being used. Planning Commission Secretary Javed Malik informed the committee that 191 projects would be completed in the current fiscal years. He said 89 projects would be completed in December while 102 by June 2013. He added that the Planning Commission had instructed the National Highway Authority (NHA) to utilize the funds on big projects and complete them as soon as possible. The PAC chairman asked the Planning Commission to submit a report on all projects, appointments and foreign visits of planning commission officials and training expenditures to the committee.


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E M B E R S of the National Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution paying tributes to the armed forces of Pakistan, and recognizing their sacrifices. Members praised the role and the sacrifices of the armed forces during the 45th session of the National Assembly that opened with a delay of one hour under National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi. MNAs said all sectarian differences should be put aside for the sake of the country. They also criticized those greedy generals who had appeared in the power corridors illegally. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces brought prosperity to the nation as well as the country. Keeping in view the Defense Day, Malik said all political parties should put aside their political affiliations and motives, and should join hands for the sake of the country. Malik said a great conspiracy was under progress against the country, which would soon be uncovered, along with the elements behind it. The interior minister said he had written to the prime minister requesting him to summon an in-camera session of the House so that he might take the House on board over the issue. He said no one liked Pakistan holding the nuclear power and the main focus of anti-Pakistan forces was its nuclear program. About growing sectarianism in the country, Malik said there was no Shia-Sunni divide in reality, but only a few anti-state elements had deliberately promoted these to destroy national sovereignty. He warned that more serious strikes could be expected in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. “I salute all those soldiers who have made sacrifices for the sake of the country,” Malik concluded.

RAWALPinDi: President Asif Zardari, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the services Chiefs stand in honour of the national anthem during a reception at Joint Staff Headquarters Chaklala to commemorate Defence Day on thursday. Inp Defense Minister Naveed Qamar presented a resolution to express solidarity with the armed forces and to recognize their sacrifices made while defending the country. The resolution was passed by the members of the National Assembly with consensus. PML-N Chief Whip Shiekh Aftab Ahmed termed the day important when the armed forces defended the motherland bravely and destroyed the plans of the Indian army to conquer Lahore within two days in 1965. Syed Asif Hasnain of the MQM, and Zafar Ali Shah of the PPP praised the armed forces and acknowledged their sacrifices for the sake of the country. Praising the role of the armed forces in the war against terrorism, Shah highlighted that armed forces were accomplishing the difficult task while countering terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry NisarAli Khan on Thursday rejected the claims made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan that he had not been consulted over the names for caretaker prime minister. During an informal chat with reporters at the Parliament House, Nisar claimed that the PTI chief had been taken on board for presenting the names for the next caretaker prime minister. “PML-N leader Zahid Hamid sent the proposed names through a PTI leader to PTI chief Imran Khan,” Nisar said. He claimed that Imran was giving “false statements” before the public for political point scoring, and to misguide the general public. Nisar said that Imran had rejected the names proposed by the PML-N, and instead suggested names of his choice. In response to a question, Nisar said that the public would make fun of Imran Khan if the names suggested by the PTI chief were disclosed. StAFF REPoRt

Former Army Chief and President Pervez Musharraf, who had launched a deadly military operation against Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in Balochistan during his reign is still in favor of using force in the violence-hit province. Musharraf, now head of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), told his audience at the main campus of FAST University, in a video conference address on the eve of Defense Day, that the present Pakistan People’s Party led coalition government should use force to eradicate the separatist movement in Balochistan. Attributing lingering violence in the province to foreign hands, the former military chief claimed that the Baloch Liberation Army was playing in the hands of anti-Pakistan elements who wanted to destabilize the country. He suggested that if the government resorted to use of force for six months only, Balochistan would become a better place. The former president said that in his tenure, huge sums of money had been invested on the

long-neglected province as compared to Punjab, and yet no development was carried out there. On the subject of US drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas, he said that the government should try and negotiate, to stop the assault if it was not able to stop the same through use of force.

“We should be least concerned with other countries and should focus on threats on our borders,” Shah urged. Advocate Pervaiz Khan of the ANP stressed that the sacrifices made by the public in defending the country should also be remembered along with remembering the sacrifices made by the army. The ANP MNA said all the differences with the neighboring countries should be redressed in a peaceful manner as war never proved to be a sustainable solution to any problem. PML-N’s Qudsia Arshad declared the armed forces an asset of the country that had protected it whenever the need arose. Praising the role of the armed forces in stabilizing the country, Akhunzada Chittan said the army was engaging with the internal enemies of the state which was a difficult task.

ANF to interrogate ex-PM Gilani in Rs 7b drug case ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani will be included in the ongoing investigations by the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) in the Rs 7 billion Ephedrine drug scam. According to ANF sources, Gilani would be included in interrogation because of illegally appointing Zafar Iqbal Lak as Anti-Narcotics secretary. Gilani promoted Zafar Iqbal Lak from Grade 21 to 22 as antinarcotics secretary after the surfacing of the ephedrine scandal. Sources said that after becoming secretary, Lak tried to influence the investigations in a bid to protect former PM’s son Ali Musa Gilani, and kept on meddling in the ANF’s affairs. According to sources, the ANF, after formally nominating Zafar Iqbal as an accused in the case, has obtained the warrants for his arrest. inP

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At least six people were reported killed in rain related incidents, as the late monsoon spell continued to lash the country on Thursday. Three persons of a family died and two others got injured when a roof of a veranda collapsed due to heavy rain Peshawar on Thursday, police said. The incident occurred at Bana Marri when the family of Musharaf was trapped under the debris of veranda roof. As a result Hama, Farooq and Farhad, children of

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The PML-N also did not inform the media,” the source added. The talks lasted for two hours and both sides agreed to continue talks over other issues, the source added. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Shah said the agenda of the meeting was to convince the PML-N on the accountability bill. “We want every law to be unanimously approved,” Shah said. Ishaq Dar said the meeting only focused its discussion on the accountability law and no other issue, including the next caretaker set up and the commission on establishment of new provinces in Punjab came under discussion. He said discussion was held on the proposed accountability bill which would also be shared with the senior PML-N leadership to take their input. “We want to have a fair and robust accountability law to eliminate the draconian law introduced by a dictator,” Dar said, adding that the accountability bill was in National Assembly’s standing committee and they wanted to table it after evolving consensus. Law Minister Farooq H Naik said the accountability bill would be passed with consensus. He said the new bill would be drafted according to the aspirations of all stakeholders.

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Musharraf Khan, died while two others sustained critical injuries. On the other hand, the district administration and officials of Rescue 1122 started relief operations after water inundated low lying areas including, Budanay, Latifabad, Nodhia, Kohati and some villages situated on the main Warsak Road due to heavy downpour. In Azad Jammu and Kashmir, rescue teams recovered bodies of three more persons who were swept away by flashflood while crossing a stream in Machyara area of the region on Thursday. At least 17 people,

including two women and four children, were swept away by flood water due to heavy rains in Machyara, Naseerabad areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Wednesday. Rescue teams recovered four bodies on Wednesday while a search operation continued in which three more bodies were recovered on Thursday. The search for remaining 10 was in progress. Meanwhile, heavy rain lashed various parts of the country turning the weather pleasant, besides flooding several low lying areas and inundating streets and

houses. Per details, several cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan received heavy showers late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, turning the weather pleasant. However, the rain also created problems for people living in low lying areas as water entered their houses. Citizens of the affected areas criticized the authorities for lack of proper sewerage system. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) predicted more rains in upper parts of the country during the next 24 hours.

Malik constitutes team to probe rimsha Masih case ISLAMABAD APP

Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday constituted an investigative team headed by a senior police superintendent (SSP) to probe the Rimsha Masih case. A high level meeting was chaired by the interior minister in Islamabad to review the progress of investigation regarding Rimsa Masih, the 14year old Christian girl accused of blasphemy – a case that has prompted

worldwide concern. The investigation, headed by SSP Tahir Alam, will be supervised by a district magistrate. Alam will submit a daily progress report of the investigation to the magistrate. The interior minister on Thursday also directed the Chief Commissioner to take into confidence the Islamabad Ulema Council and share the investigation in a transparent manner. The young girl, belonging to a poor Islamabad suburb, has been in custody for nearly three weeks after she was ac-

cused of burning pages containing verses from the Quran. Last week, Khalid Jadoon, the imam who first gave police evidence against her, was arrested after his deputy accused him of adding pages from the holy book to the burnt papers taken from Rimsha. The girl, who is “uneducated” and has a mental age of less than 14 according to a medical report, will remain in a high-security prison until Friday at the earliest – by which time the minor will have spent 22 days in custody.

of 1965 and 1971 wars on the eve of Defense Day. Later, Col (r) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi of the MQM moved a motion to start a debate on the law and order. However, Kalsoom Perveen of the BNP-Awami protested and said the normal business of the House should have been suspended to debate the matter so that it could have been debated thoroughly. Kalsoom Perveen also staged a walkout from the House in protest later. She was joined by three other treasury members, including Wali Mohammad Badini and Abdul Nabi Bangash. Starting the debate on law and order, Mashhadi said the security apparatus had failed to counter ethnic cleansing of Shia Muslims and a specific community was being targeted under a planned move from Quetta to Gilgit-Baltistan. He alleged that state was failing to take action against criminals who had turned into a monster that was bred by General Ziaul Haq with the support of USA, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries to wage jihad against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Around four fumed and frustrated treasury members of the Upper House on Thursday staged walkout from the House against what they called “non-serious approach” of the government to debate the law and order in Balochistan, Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan. Later, the lawmakers’ frustration proved right as the House turned almost empty with only about a dozen members remained present during the debate – seven on the treasury and five on opposition benches. When the debate eventually began in Thursday’s Senate session, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and his deputy Imtiaz Safdar Warraich also left the House. Deputy Speaker Sabir Baloch, who chaired the session, made an effort to prove his loyalty to his government rather than his province, Balochistan, as he adjourned the proceedings until Friday when only two members had spoken on the issue. Harsh words were exchanged between treasury

members and the deputy speaker when the latter tried to facilitate Minister of State Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, who requested to take up a calling attention notice on priority so that he could leave for some urgent piece of work. However, when the chair delayed the debate on law and order and decided to take up the calling attention notice, four treasury members announced to walk out. No treasury member went to persuade the angry members to return. Speaking on a point of order, Interior Minister Rehman Malik asked the deputy chairman to hold an in-camera session so that he could share exclusive documents with parliamentarians for them to know the real enemy active in disturbing the law and order across country. “Please give me opportunity so that I can share with members of the House in an in-camera session exclusive documents that I cannot make public right now. It is their right to know who is involved in killing of Shia and other Muslims,” he added. He also urged the House to pay homage to the martyrs

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Government has dropped another energy bombshell on the people as NEPRA has hiked power tariff at the rate ranging between 0.99 paisas to Rs 1.14 per unit. The increased tariff will take effect from August. The raise in power tariff has been notified. As per NEPRA notification, increase in the tariff has been made for the month of August due to enhancement in the cost of production of electricity because public sector power thermal power plants were producing less electricity in proportion to consumption of furnace oil. This increased production cost up to Rs 21.37 per unit. The notification said the increase had been made due to increase in furnace oil prices. The increase has been allowed in the power tariff of Jamshoro Power Company and Northern Power Generation Company. Sources said the increase has been made in fuel adjustment surcharge.

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However, Khattak said he had never wasted even a single moment and performed his duties day in and day out. The CJP also asked the defense secretary to state whether he had failed or succeeded to tend to his duty. Justice Arif Khilji said almost 46 Shias were killed during the last six months in Balochistan. During the hearing, women from the Hazara Shia tribe presented facts and figures about the targeted killings of Hazaras from 1999 to 2012. They said their elders were still getting threatening calls, adding that 708 Hazara Shias had been murdered since 1999. The bench expressed its resentment over the number and called it an alarming situation. The chief justice asked the officials present what steps had they taken for the

security of Hazara people. “The government should tell who did what.” The CJP said the court had been hearing the matter for the last four days but the result had been zero, adding that no one was ready to take responsibility in the province. Calling Balochistan a volcano ready to explode, he told Khattak that the name of FC had repeatedly appeared in missing persons’ cases. He asked the FC IG if his organization had apprehended any foreign agent. Khattak responded that the FC was being defamed under a planned conspiracy and it was unfortunate for one institution to level allegations on the other. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said Balochistan was the soul of Pakistan and saving it was extremely imperative. The Supreme Court also directed the defense secretary, the chief secretary, the inspector general of police and the FC IG to submit a joint statement on the issue.

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The Pakistan government should urgently act to protect the minority Shia Muslim community in the country from sectarian attacks by militant groups, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. The government should hold accountable those responsible for ordering and participating in deadly attacks targeting Shias. HRW said while sectar-

ian violence is a longstanding problem in the country, attacks against ordinary Shias had increased dramatically in the recent years. In 2012, at least 320 Shias had been killed in targeted attacks. Over 100 have been killed in Balochistan, the majority from the Hazara community. “Deadly attacks on Shias across Pakistan are escalating,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW. “The government’s persistent failure to apprehend attackers or

prosecute the extremist groups organizing the attacks suggests that it is indifferent to this carnage.” HRW said attacks targeting Shias had taken place repeatedly over the last year in Balochistan, Karachi, predominantly Shia populated areas of Gilgit-Baltistan in the northern areas and in the Tribal Areas. The watchdog said Sunni militant groups such as the ostensibly banned Lashkar-e Jhangvi had operated with widespread im-

punity across Pakistan while law enforcement officials effectively turning a blind eye to the attacks against Shias. “Some Sunni extremist groups are known to be allies of the Pakistani military, its intelligence agencies, and affiliated paramilitaries, such as the Frontier Corps,” HRW said. It said while authorities claim to have arrested dozens of suspects in attacks against Shias since 2008, only a handful have been charged, and no one has been held ac-

countable for these attacks. “The August 31 arrest of Malik Ishaq, the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, in Lahore in a case filed against him for inciting violence against the Shia community on August 9 is an important development, coming after repeated failed attempts to bring him to justice,” HRW said. “The arrest of Malik Ishaq, who has been implicated in dozens of killings, is an important test for Pakistan’s criminal justice sys-

tem,” Adams said. “Sectarian violence won’t end until those responsible are brought to trial and justice.” HRW urged the federal government and relevant provincial governments to make all possible efforts to promptly apprehend and prosecute those responsible for recent attacks and other crimes targeting Shias. “Pakistan’s government cannot play the role of unconcerned bystander as Shias across Pakistan are slaughtered,” Adams said.


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Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report recently revealed that 20 police stations were not housed in proper buildings, even though alternatives were available. The report released on Thursday said that FAFEN monitors visited 171 police stations in 98 districts. They found up to 70 stations operating out of dilapidated buildings. Out of these, 27 were in Punjab, 19 in Sindh and seven in Balochistan. Fifty three police stations had unhygienic lockups. However, 159 had lavatories for staff and inmates; 167 had electricity; 159 had fans and 157 had telephones/wireless. As many as 169 police stations had vehicles but 11 did not have fuel to run them. On the other hand 42 were short of stationery and 43 did not have clean drinking water, the report said. The report revealed that up to 53 police stations had unhygienic prisons. However, 159 had lavatories for staff and inmates; 167 had electricity; 159 had fans and 157 had telephones/wireless. As many as 169 police stations had vehicles but 11 did not have the fuel to run them. On the other hand 42 were short of stationery and 43 did not have access to clean drinking water, The occupancy rate for male and female staff was satisfactory. For men, all the sanctioned posts at police stations monitored in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were filled. The figures for male occupancy were as follows: Balochistan (91 percent), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (88 percent), Sindh (82 percent) and Punjab (75 percent). Sindh (93 percent) had the highest occupancy rate for female staff; the rates were 83 percent for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab and 63 per-

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The Lahore High Court on Thursday reserved verdict on a petition challenging use of expressions “my Lord” and “Your Lordship” to address judges of superior courts. Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing the petition filed by Adovcate Malik Allah Yar Khan. The petitioner argued that the expressions “my Lord” and “Your Lordship” could only be used to address GOD. He added that addressing creation by the two terms was in violation of all Abrahamic religions. Referring to a presidential order promulgated in 1980 ordering using of Sir, Jinab-e-Wala or Janab-e-Aali to address judges he asked the court to issue directions pronouncing “ my Lord and Your Lordship” illegal. The court after hearing the arguments reserved its verdict on the matter.

Teacher tortures student for asking a question! MONITORINg DESK

cent in Balochistan. As for the enactment of access to information policy, copies of challans to courts were not accessible by the public in 65 police stations. Information related to FIRs was comparatively better – they were accessible in 102 police stations. Relevant data showed that 84 police stations had not received any request seeking information, indicating a possible lack of awareness about the policy. Moreover, 35 Station House Officers (SHOs) had no idea that such a policy existed although it was adopted by Punjab in 2006 and Sindh the following year. The report said that 68 police stations did not have separate registers to record requests seeking information, while 64 had no Information Access Of-

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ficers; 26 were without the draft of Access to Information Policy. Around 22 SHOs showed dissatisfaction when asked about government’s support. The reasons cited included lack of staff, insufficient logistical support (vehicles/mobile vans and fuel etc), shortage of stationery and scant funding). The reporting quarter saw 111 visits by government officials and elected representatives to the monitored police stations. However, 60 had been completely ignored. The District Police Officers (DPOs) made the most visits (67) followed by members’ of national and provincial assemblies (four visits each). Government/elected representatives including Regional Police Officers (RPO), a federal minister and leading area notables made 36 visits.

Qamar, a mathematics teacher at Imtiaz Public school tortured and injured Hassan Asghar, a student of class 9, on Thursday. According to reports, Qamar got enraged at Hassan when he asked a question from his assignment while he was talking to another student. After the incident, the teacher fled from the school premises and a complaint was registered by Hassan’s parents at the principal’s office.

42 feeders to be switched off from 7:30am to 12:30pm MONITORINg DESK LESCO has announced to switch off 42 feeders from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm to facilitate safety of Rapid Transit Bus Services workers. Mast Iqbal, RA Bazar, Amer Sadhu, Ferozpur Road, Model Town, PAF, Town Ship, Itteffaq Hospital, Bahar Colony, Liaqatabad, Tariq Road, Peco Road, Bund Road, Habib Steel, Iqra, WASA Tubewell, Ring Road, New Shahlamar, Shahlamar Steel, Umer Farooq, Lakhu Dara, Islam Steel, Defence Road, Saira, Mian Sharif Trust, Kot Sheikhan, SM Navena, Sukh Chayn and Orient feeders will be switched off at the announced timings on Friday.

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District administration has urged people to plant trees which were helpful to eliminate dengue mosquitoes in the lawns and gardens of their houses. Lemon Grass, Tulsi, Niaz Bo and Marigold plants are the suitable plants to eliminate dengue mosquitoes. Lahore DCO Noorul Amin Mengal also inaugurated the stalls of such plants at Town Hall on Thursday. Do (Forest) Abdul Jabbar and other Officers were also over there. City District Government Lahore set up these stalls of plants at 8 places of the city including Jail Road, Wapda Town, Mall Road, Nishter Town, Sabza Zar, Thokar Niaz Baig and Town Hall. People may get these plants till 15th September free of cost.

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Lahore 07 3 arrested in gulberg; cash & weapons seized LAHORE: Gulberg police arrested three members of a gang pronounced wanted by police stations across the city during a raid in Gulberg police station’s jurisdiction on Thursday According to sources, police recovered Rs 250,000 in cash, jewellery and fire arms during the raid. The nabbed are wanted in various police stations on charges of mobile snatching, purse snatching and physical assaults on police. A case has been registered against the arrested and police is conducting raids to arrest other members of the gang. StAFF REPoRt

LAHoRE: on the occasion of Dangue-Day 2012 celebrations, Chief operating officer tEVtA khalid Mahmood and other offices are participating in the walk, organised at tEVtA Secretariat.

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often complain of being sold substandard food items as well. People have demanded the authorities concerned to take action against the violators of the official rate list. Talking to reporters an official said that the administration takes stern action against those shopkeepers who are found involved in selling substandard items or overcharging. However a vendor at the park admitted to overcharge and said, “It is difficult for us to sell

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items at the open market rate as rents of the stalls are higher compared to markets rents.” The visitors have also complained about the entry fee being charged at the parking lot although the government has annulled charging of parking fee at public parks.

dco pays tribute to Sept 6 martyrs LAHORE: DCO Lahore Noorul Amin Mengal said that sacrifices rendered by martyrs of September 6, 1965 have not been forgotten by the nation and are marked in the collective conscious of the nation in golden words. He expressed these views while presiding over a ceremony to mark 47th defense day of Pakistan held at Town Hall on Thursday. Commodore Akbar Naqvi, Group Captain M.Z Faisal, MNA Pervaiz Malik, students, civil defense volunteers and people hailing from various segments of life participated in the event. The national flag was also hoisted at Town Hall by participants to mark the occasion. APP

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HE United Nations’ (UN) International Literacy Day will be observed on September 8 across the world including Pakistan to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy

issues. However, it does not seem that the Pakistan People’s Party led government will be able to meet its target of 85 percent literacy by 2015. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies. The theme of International Literacy Day 2012 is “Literacy and Peace”. This theme was adopted by the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) to demonstrate the multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people. Literacy contributes to peace as it brings people closer to attaining individual freedoms and better understanding the world, as well as preventing or resolving conflict. The connection between literacy and peace can be seen by the fact that in unstable democracies or in conflict-affected countries it is harder to establish or sustain a literate environment. In countries all over the world, including the United States and the United Kingdom, the day raises people’s awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred as a result of this increased awareness. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly with regard to technology and literature, which are promoted by various organizations including reading associations. According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on the day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world. The UN General Assembly proclaimed a 10year period beginning on January 1, 2003, as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The assembly

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Foreign News 09 58 dead after boat of illegal immigrants sinks off Turkey ANKARA AFP

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USSIAN President Vladimir Putin urged Western and Arab governments to review their policy on war-torn Syria on Thursday, as battles raged between rebels and army forces in several districts of Damascus. “Why should Russia be the only one reassessing its position? Perhaps our negotiating partners should reassess their position,” Putin told Russia Today television. “To us, the most important thing is to end the violence, to force all the sides in the conflict... to sit down at the negotiating table, determine the future and ensure the security of all the participants of the domestic political process,” he said. “Only then move on to these practical

steps about the internal organisation of the country itself.” Putin has previously rejected providing asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and insisted that it still viewed either him or his representatives as an integral part of the negotiating process. Moscow has stirred Western and Arab world anger by vetoing three UN Security Council resolutions that would have slapped sanctions on Assad during the nearly 18-month conflict. The interview comes amid efforts by Putin to repair a foreign policy image hurt by Russia’s refusal to back calls for Assad to go amid bloodshed since March 2011 that monitors say has claimed as many as 26,000 lives. The Russian foreign ministry, meanwhile, said it had full assurance that the chemical weapons stockpile amassed by the regime was safe and would not be

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Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, involved in a mafia extortion probe, has defended giving millions of euros (dollars) to an aide as merely “helping out a good friend in need,” Italian media reported Thursday. The ex-premier, who was questioned by a court on Wednesday as a witness in a case dating to the 1970s when he was allegedly blackmailed by the mafia, paid Marcello Dell’Utri over 40 million euros ($50 million) over the last decade. The billionaire is suspected of giving Dell’Utri hush money to stop him spilling details of alleged ties between Berlusconi and organised crime groups. “Dell’Utri is a brotherly friend, we’ve known each other for many years and he put my first football team together,” he told magistrates according to the Corriere della Sera daily, referring to football club AC Milan, which he owns. “He also has the enormous merit of having founded (Berlusconi’s advertising firm) Publitalia. Naturally I feel in his debt and there has always been a tacit understanding that I would acknowledge these merits,” he said. The three-hour questioning focused on the sale of a villa on Lake Como, which Berlusconi bought from Dell’Utri last

year for 21 million euros, though it had been valued at 9.5 million euros, Il Fatto Quotidiano newspaper said. The media magnate was also interrogated over other payments to the Italian senator, as well as another villa which Berlusconi gave Dell’Utri the money to buy, before paying for refurbishments which saw it sell at a vast mark-up. “It was a gift. It’s not the first time I’ve give a present to an ex-manager from my group,” Berlusconi said according to Il Fatto, insisting: “I’ve never felt threatened by Marcello, I feel only gratitude and respect for him.” Magistrates also quizzed the 75-yearold tycoon over Vittorio Mangano, a Sicilian mafioso who worked as a stable keeper at Berlusconi’s villa Arcore in the 1970s on Dell’Utri’s recommendation and who was later convicted for murder. The ex-premier is suspected of having been forced to hire Mangano to appease the mafia and ensure his family’s safety in a period rife with kidnappings. “Marcello recommended him as a stable keeper. He seemed a well-bred person, pleasant,” Berlusconi told the magistrates, according to the media reports. He denied paying protection money to the mafia via Dell’Utri, who has also strongly rejected the accusation he blackmailed his former boss.

used against Assad’s foes. “We are fully confident — and have the official assurance from Damascus — that this country’s government is taking all the necessary measures to guarantee the chemical arsenal’s safety,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. “We exclude the possibility of chemical arms being used for combat purposes,” Ryabkov told Interfax. On the ground, the two kidnapped brothers of a Syrian rebel commander were killed on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as battles raged between rebels and army forces in several districts of the capital. The men were kidnapped on Wednesday night at an army checkpoint, said the

Fifty-eight people drowned on Thursday after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized in waters off western Turkey, the Anatolia news agency reported, citing a local official. “The death toll from the accident is 58,” said Ardahan Totuk, acting governor of Izmir province. Forty-three bodies were recovered from the sea and 15 others were retrieved from the boat locker, he added. The official said one more immigrant was rescued alive, bringing the number of survivors to 46 including two crew members — the captain and his mate — who were detained. The boat hit the rocks after it left Ahmetbeyli on the western coast of Turkey close to Greek islands, Tahsin Kurtbeyoglu, a local official of Menderes district in Izmir province, told the private NTV television. The nationalities of the immigrants including children were not immediately available, he noted, but said most of them were from Arab countries. NTV said the survivors were from neighbouring Iraq and Syria.

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Britain-based monitoring group. They were found dead in the Qadam district of Damascus amid a sharp increase in reports of abductions across the country.

The United States looks set to continue to make arrests and control at least part of its controversial Bagram prison after formally handing over responsibility to Afghans next week, a report said Thursday. The prison, which has sometimes been called Afghanistan’s Guantanamo Bay, holds rebel fighters detained by US-led forces in their decade-long war against Taliban insurgents. Afghanistan and the United States signed an agreement for its transfer on March 9 and Kabul now says it expects to take over Bagram on Monday. But the Open Society Foundation set up by US billionaire George Soros has criticised a short, six-month transition that masked inconsistences, left open the fate of thirdcountry and new detainees, and risks rights abuses. “The United States also appears to want continued detention powers in Afghanistan beyond September 2012, something which all Afghan officials interviewed for this report have categorically rejected,” the report said.

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Bill Clinton told Americans on Wednesday that President Barack Obama had placed them on a path to renewed prosperity and deserved four more years to finish the job. Lending his signature dazzle to Obama’s re-election campaign, the twoterm former president told the Democratic convention that he believed “with all my heart” that the 44th president had led a remarkable, if incomplete, recovery. Addressing a split electorate less than nine weeks ahead of November’s election, Clinton said Obama had saved the economy from collapse and laid the foundation for the kind of growth seen during his own presidency in the 1990s. “No president — not me or any of my predecessors — no one could have fully repaired all the damage he found in just four years,” Clinton said. “He has laid the foundations for a new, modern successful economy of shared prosperity, and if you will renew the president’s contract, you will feel it. You will feel it.” “Folks, whether the American people believe what I said or not may be the whole election, I just want you to know that I believe it,” Clinton said, his voice faltering slightly. “With all my

heart I believe it.” After holding 15,000 of the Democratic faithful in Charlotte, North Carolina enthralled for over 45 minutes, Clinton was joined on stage by a smiling and energized Obama, leading to frenzied applause.

The Democratic standard bearers — estranged during Obama’s long 2008 primary battle with Hillary Clinton — then embraced on stage, symbolizing a renewed determination to defeat their Republican rivals in November. Obama will address the convention on Thursday at the same venue. The campaign canceled plans for the president to give his nomination speech in a vast outdoor American football stadium, in which they had hoped to recreate the celebratory atmosphere of his 2008 convention address. Officials said they could not risk thunder and lightning disrupting the event, Obama’s best unfiltered chance to take his case to voters before the November 6 election, and moved the big set piece inside. Setting the context for that address, Clinton, who was president between 1993 and 2001, offered a point-bypoint rebuttal of the policies of Obama’s rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “The most important question is, what kind of country do you want to live in?” he asked.

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the president’s balancing act getting out of balance

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in the age of cyber warfare of tech-savvy terrorists and outdated laws

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n a country where terrorists enjoy the support of technology savvy activists, the agencies of the state need to be a step ahead to be able to cope with the menace they pose. The militants fighting the army in Bajaur and Khyber agencies and the terrorists wreaking havoc in Karachi and Quetta make use of SMS messages, email and social media like Facebook to propagate their views, receive information and issue orders. The performance of Pakistan’s security agencies has somewhat improved over time which has posed limitation on the reach of the militant networks. As things stand, the army is unhappy over the release of suspected militants arrested by the security agencies. There are two reasons why some of those considered confirmed terrorists go scot-free. Either the investigation agencies fail to prepare a foolproof case or vital evidence considered sufficient to prove their guilt is considered inadmissible under the current law. The media has brought under focus the outdated methods adopted to probe some of the major incidents of terrorism. This shows that officials of the wing need training in modern techniques of investigation. Further, they have to be provided with proper instruments and state of the art laboratories. The complaint regarding the non-admissibility of emails, SMSs, phone calls and audio-visual recordings as evidence needs to be properly looked into. There is a national consensus over fighting militancy and terrorism with the full force of the state. Few would disagree that if this requires updating certain laws, the exercise needs to be undertaken on a priority basis. The cabinet has approved a bill which needs to be analysed from different angles. A recurring complaint against adding further stringent provisions in the anti-terrorism laws is that they tend to impinge upon individual privacy. This can happen in cases where instead of keeping their target limited to genuine suspects, lazy or unusually curious officials extend their net to all and sundry. This has to be prevented. In Pakistan’s particular context, stringent provisions meant to curb law breakers have often been misused against political opponents. The proposed bill needs to be analysed from this angle also. The new law must not shift focus from terrorism as this would amount to diversion of attention. The proposed law encompasses an extra wide range that includes offences under the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority Ordinance, Official Secrets Act, Security of Pakistan Act and, to crown it all, the nebulous, one-size-fits-all Prevention of Anti-National Activities Act. Could some of these matters be taken out of the purview of the proposed law to make it more targeted?

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he PPP is once again on the horns of a familiar dilemma. It is determined to retain its alliance with the MQM during the forthcoming elections. It simultaneously wants to ensure the loyalty of its Sindhi constituency. The issue that is creating problems is which of the two local bodies systems is to be enforced in Sindh. With the elections drawing near, both sides have become extraordinarily sensitive. Demands have been put up for local bodies polls both by the MQM and the Sindh chapter of the PPP. Zardari has promised that local bodies would be in place before the general elections. The population of Sindh meanwhile remains polarized. Last year, the decision by the Sindh government to reject the Musharraf era model and introduce the pre-1999 system led to the resignation of all MQM ministers from the both federal and Sindh cabinets. Governor Ishratul Ibad also quit his post and left for London. To placate the MQM and simultaneously retain the Sindhi vote bank, Babar Awan was sent to announce Zardari’s disingenuous formula: Musharraf model for the major urban centers and the old system for interior Sindh. This led to a situation Zardari had never expected. This announcement was considered by many Sindhis as the first step in a conspiracy aimed at dividing the province. Sindh was aflame. Nationalist parties and ANP reacted furiously. Smaller opposition groups joined them. The new front not only managed to close down business centers in the interior but also staged a large rally in Karachi which the MQM had never expected. Agitated nationalist activists led protest marches to the houses of the PPP ministers, calling them traitors. The Zardari formula had to be withdrawn. . Sindhis have a bitter experience of the devolution of power introduced by Perevez Musharraf. For them the experiment turned out be a double-edged sword harming the interests of those in the rural areas as well as those in the

urban centers. In rural Sindh, the 2001 local government system put the population at the mercy of the local elite. The common man was deprived of whatever little justice he could occasionally get from a supposedly professional and neutral bureaucracy. With the local wadera put in control of police, the people had no hope of justice. As numerous provincial departments were devolved to the district governments, thousands jobs were either sold out or handed over to cronies by the powerful men who controlled the system. Merit was no consideration. MQM which took over the city district governments in big urban centers like Karachi and Hyderabad treated the Sindhis as aliens. After the party took over Karachi city district government in 2005, it practiced widespread discrimination against both the Sindhis and Pushtuns. A number of old Sindhi Goths were declared unauthorised habitations and the residents forcibly evacuated. Sindhis living in Karachi for years were refused the domicile as their ID cards often bore an interior Sindh address. They were required to get an NCO from the CDG to be eligible to compete for a job. The number of Sindhi students in Karachi universities decreased. To be treated like this in the principal city of his own province by those who still called themselves Mohajirs was unbearable for the common Sindhi. With MQM joining hands with Pervez Musharraf, the military ruler had compensated the ethnic outfit with two extra measures that strengthened its hold over urban Sindh. One was the merger of the five district of Karachi into one mega administrative unit and the other the break up of population wise much smaller districts of the province to provide MQM an edge over the Sindhi and Pushtu speaking population. Keeping in view its unmanageable size, Karachi had been divided in 1996 into five districts, each with a municipal corporation of its own. The idea was to allow people from various ethnic backgrounds to manage their own affairs. Come 2001, Musharraf amalgamated the five towns into a single administrative unit having a population of about 15-18 million. While five towns of Karachi were merged together to form a single city district, four districts in the interior of the province with population ranging merely from 2 million to 600,000 were split up o create new districts in 2004. Later, in Hyderabad, the principal historical city of the province, four dominantly Sindhi speaking Taluqas were carved out and turned into separate dis-

tricts, which considerably increased the MQM’s stronghold on the city. This explains why the Sindhis strongly oppose the imposition of 2001 local government system. The Sindh chapter of the PPP, therefore, wants the revival of the old commissionerate system, restoration of five districts of Karachi and the withdrawal of certain functions assigned to the local governments under the former military dictator`s devolution of power system. Contrarily, the MQM wants empowered local governments, opposes the restoration of five districts of Karachi and the commissionerate system and demands that the police and land control be also handed over to the local governments. With a hold on police, the MQM hopes to be able to impose its will on other ethnic groups and straighten out political opponents. With revenue department at its disposal, the party hopes to raise billions that would fill its coffers through allotment or lease of costly land at the city government’s disposal. In July-August 2011 the PPP tried to find a middle way. It failed. Will Zardari be able to come up this time with a new plan that suits both the MQM and its opponents? Whatever has been suggested so far is a non-starter. For instance, the proposal to implement the Musharraf system in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur would be opposed by the critics on the ground that it lays the foundations of the division of Sindh into an MQM dominated urban part and an under developed rural hinterland handed over to the sons of the soil . This would be the realization of the slogan “Cities for us, jungles for them,” raised by some unruly supporters of the Mohajir province in Karachi early this year. What will Zardari do if he is fails to find a formula acceptable to both sides? It all depends on what suits him more politically. His electoral strategy depends on keeping his erstwhile allies in the fold, MQM being high on the list. Despite strong opposition from Sindh, Zardari still tends to take his Sindhi voters for granted. He poses as the natural heir of the mantle of Shaheed Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir. He believes that being the father of Bilawal adds further to his credentials in Sindh. Will the strategy work? Or will Zadari fall between the two tools as he tries to practice the impossible trick of keeping the irreconcilable sides together under his command? The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.

a nation of busybodies is minding one’s own business that difficult?

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ll hell broke loose on the very first day of my internship at a renowned TV channel. Emergency was declared in the office and everybody huddled together to form a counter strategy. The office had been bombarded, bombarded with news and the only casualties were famous tennis star and his wife who were most likely getting divorced. This was such an important news that next day’s show had to be revamped to make space for a new topic; divorce

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among young couples with a special focus on divorced celebrity couples. Jokes were passed on divorce, speculations were made to analyze the cause of divorce of this famous couple and the air was filled with anticipation that this show would generate high TRPs. Aghast as I was, I noticed that it was not only the media but also ordinary people who couldn’t help pass a judgment or two, choosing sides enthusiastically. The show was a perceived hit because the masses truly wanted to gain more insight into an issue which was supposedly a personal affair. Fast forward a few weeks and there were chaos everywhere yet again. Fret not as the matter was not related to national security or domestic terrorism but rather concerned with personal choices of three individuals who unfortunately happened to work for showbiz. That day, when I logged on to Facebook, I encountered a few shocked statuses enquiring why TV actress Naveen Waqar, both young and pretty, had decided to marry someone like Azfar Ali, also an actor. Still unable to fathom this commotion, I asked my friend if Azfar

was a bad guy (a criminal). People were outraged comprehending that he had indeed committed a crime by ending his 11 years old sacred commitment to marry another girl. How dare he! What did Naveen see in Azfar? Why did Azfar leave Salma his former wife? Never mind the mental disclaimer that this whole divorce/marriage episode was based on several opinionated comments, assumptions and nothing concrete. If only, things had ended after two days of grief but people had taken this news way harder than I thought. Celebrity couples anywhere are bound to gain certain amount of attention, no doubt. What surprised me was the fact that somehow this newly married couple had managed to deeply hurt the sentiments of people who are not even remotely related to them. It was one thing to react to the news but entirely another to wish them ill or attack their personal lives by awarding curses and bad-duas like this married couple will never see a day of happiness. The clear example of this absurdity is a special Facebook page with around 500 likes dedicated to getting justice for his

former wife Salma against the injustices committed by Azfar, probably inspired by a page ‘justice for Sialkot brothers’. Excuse me for asking this but did she demand justice? Fans cannot help relating Naveen’s bad girl/home breaker character in a famous drama Humsafar to a real life scenario. In addition to that, being the second wife, the blame automatically falls on her. One can easily come across tailored photos in support of this very wise argument. The same heartbroken fans are going to inexcusable lengths like using a photo of Azfar and Salma’s daughter to lure people towards the noble cause of hating Azfar. One photo reads: “Thousands of sleepless nights are waiting for me, what was my fault dad?” Given the opportunity, even Salma is most likely to thrash the person who came up with the idea of dragging in her child this way without her permission. The real issue is not this divorce or the surrounding theories but our constant need to discuss anyone and everyone. We go beyond being considerate for other people in a healthy manner and obsess about their

private lives heartily. Someone rightly said advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand. If we hear about any marriage which is on the verge of breaking up, we speculate about it as if our life depends on it. In short, our society at large suffers from a serious case of phaphay kutni syndrome which entails behaving like a bunch of old busybodies who have nothing better to do than uselessly obsessing over private affairs of other people. If you feel the urge to converse, focus on global warming, poverty, education, foreign policy and other related issues. If not, then discuss whether the world is really coming to an end on December 21, 2012. Divorce and marriage are decisions that are highly personal. The day someone needs your consent, advice or help in one of these matters, they will notify you, but till then, pay heed to Ann Lander’s free advice: “make someone happy today, mind your own business!” The writer is currently doing masters in Mass Communication and tweets @samantariq88


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the minority report President Asif Ali Zardari recently said that the government is fully conscious of the concerns of the minority communities about misuse of certain laws against them. The president, according to reports in newspapers the other day, said this while receiving the report of the fourmember parliamentary committee, which was constituted by him last month to look into the grievances of the Hindu community by visiting different districts in Sindh province. The report was presented by the committee’s head, Senator Maula Bux Chandio, to the president in Karachi. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and other members of the committee were also present on the occasion. President Zardari, as mentioned in the reports, then went on to express the hope that the religious leaders, parliamentarians and members of civil society would deliberate on this issue and recommend measures to prevent misuse of laws against the minorities in the country. Paying just lip service is not enough in this case. The lot of minorities in the country is worsening by the minute as many recent events show (Shia killings, Hindu migrations, the horrific Rimsha case). Religious leaders, parliamentarians and civil society members, in particular the human rights organizations working in different parts of the country, must do their bit to stem this tide of intolerance and violence in our society. They should address the concern of the minorities, individually and collectively, on priority basis and come up with feasible recommendations at the earliest possible. The minorities have as much rights as others living in Pakistan under the constitution and all are duty-bound to follow and respect the constitutional provisions in letter and spirit. This is all the more essential for ensuring religious harmony and solidarity within the country as it is facing numerous challenges from within and without which are threatening its security and very existence. ENAMUL HAQ QAZI Lahore

Pia’s recruiting binges PIA has the highest ratio of employees to aircraft in the whole aviation industry. Yet this loss-making, top-heavy airline, with half its fleet grounded for lack of funds to procure spare parts and inflicted with cancer of colossal pilferage, keeps being subjected to debilitating recruiting sprees: 2,590 more employees have been inducted since 2008 including over 200 pilots, amidst allegations that most of those employed bought their way in. The Minister for Defense has conceded in the Senate that 2590 more employees were recruited by this government. Amongst the 753 officers in this

top-heavy airline, whose accumulated losses are in excess of Rs 135 Billion and escalating by Rs 7 crore daily, include officers with fake degrees. Some of these officers are alleged to have submitted fake degrees from a controversial university of dubious repute (Al-Khair University) based in AJK. It is interesting to note that many of these degree-holders that include PIA contractual or regular employees based in Lahore, Islamabad, Multan and Karachi, simultaneously attended their official duties at their stations of posting etc, while attending classes in AJK located hundreds of miles apart.

why so much love for the indian actresses? I just read news in your last day's issue that Katrina Kaif who was asked to perform in Pakistan has rejected the offer of Dh 1.65 millions. Are our Pakistani people so fond of these Indian actresses that they offer huge amount of money just for one show? Are there no good looking actresses/models available in Pakistan to do the same for our public? It is high time that the government had a check on these frivolous expenses through the FBR, especially when more than 30 percent of our people are living below the poverty line. It is also recommended that the Indian movies should no more be allowed for exhibition in our cinema halls as they are vulgar and are spoiling our youth. Instead of spending such uncalled for foreign exchange, we should be encouraging our own movies and improve their quality. Alternatively, for the sake of healthy competition, our Censor Board should give NOC for any such import and that too only on barter basis. RASHID MAQSOOD Lahore

no nomination for ajmal The Pakistan Cricket Board is thinking very rightly to boycott the ICC awards over the issue of Saeed Ajmal’s omission from the nominees list. Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is one of the best bowlers of cricket currently and has performed spectacularly in the last year or so. Many former and current cricketers and well-respected analysts concur with this judgement and have sang his praises on many a forum. Former cricketer and commentator Tony Greig has recently said that Saeed Ajmal would be his first choice for any World X1. The qualifying period for the ICC award was from 4th August, 2011 to 6th August, 2012. Look at the players’ performance that have been selected for Test Cricketer of the Year for this period: Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has scored 1444 runs at an average of 60.16 in 14 Test matches. (Sri Lanka won only 3 Test matches during this period, lost 5 matches, 6 matches were drawn) Australian captain Michael Clarke has scored 1355 runs at an average of 58.91 in 14 Test matches. (Australia won 9 matches, lost 2 matches, 3 matches were drawn) South African opener Hashim Amla scored 915 runs at an average of 65.35 in 10 Test matches.

The recruitment process of pilots in PIA came under the microscope when an investigation was ordered by the ministry of defense in the 90s conducted by AVM Mushaf Ali Mir. The consequent report accused the then GM Central Control of gross irregularities. This gentleman was appointed as MD of PIA in 2008 by this government when over 2500 more recruitments were thrust upon this already over-staffed airline. The airline is suffering as it has no funds to spare for scheduled maintenance of its existing fleet of mostly new aircraft and few aged

(South Africa won 5 matches, lost 2 matches, 3 matches were drawn) South African fast bowler Vernon Philander who debuted in November 2011 has taken 56 wickets at an average of 16.57 in 9 Test matches. (South Africa won 5 matches, lost 2 matches, 3 matches were drawn) Now if we look at Saeed Ajmal’s record in the qualifying period, he has taken 72 wickets at an average of 24.29 in 12 test matches including 24 at 14.70 as Pakistan swept aside England, the then No 1 side in the world, 3-0 in January. (Pakistan won 7 matches, lost 1 match, 4 matches were drawn) This shows that Saeed Ajmal record is much better than South African bowler Vernon Philander. Saeed should have been selected in the short list of Test Cricketer of the Year and Vernon Philander could have been selected in the Emerging Player of the Year category as he made his debut in November 2011. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi

PPP and Pml-n in talks It has been acknowledged that PPP and PML-N are engaged in serious talks on the issues of interim setup and new provinces. It seems that this campaign is meant only to lay their hands on power. Pakistan faces critical issues such as price-hike, energy crisis and bad condition of law order situation. Due to these crises we are losing a lot. Industrialists are shifting industries to other countries. There are no incentives for businesses so the business community is totally disappointed by the performance of incumbent government. If shifting of industry continues we will lose revenue. Our national exchequer is also in a shaky condition. Despite this, politicians are not paying attention to these issues. How good it would be if both the parties engage in talks about resolving these issues. I appeal both parties for constituting the commission to resolve these critical issues. I think this is the real job of our politicians. TARIQ HUSSAIN KHAN Karachi

State and human rights

A political family headed by a sitting MNA has blocked Islamabad-Phulgran bridge built by the state at a whopping cost of 240 million rupees. So who is more powerful? The sate or a particular family with dubious connections? This is happening under the nose of the federal

aircraft. Although recruitments are based on a strength of 42 aircrafts, the stark reality is that never ever in past four years have more than 28 to 35 aircraft been serviceable. When merit is violated even for recruitment of pilots, accidents are bound to occur, irrespective of the fact whether these aircraft are old or new. PIA’s flight regularity is at its worst and its frequency slashed on international network, while the Hajj and Umra operations conducted in past 4 years have been a torture for these pilgrims. GULL ZAMAN Peshawar

government. In this situation, as a senior citizen, I feel unsafe and do not know how I can protect my fundamental rights to life, liberty, property and honor. My children are asking questions beyond my limited capacity to answer. Anybody with answers in the kingdom of Denmark? Mr Prime Minister, the onus of protecting our rights lies on your shoulders. As I am living in the area under question, I seek answers from you before I knock at other doors for relief to the public adversely affected by this highway robbery. BASHIR MALIK Islamabad

a different kind of ‘protocol’ I would like to share with your readers an incident with regards to VVIP Protocol and Security in Britain that I witnessed firsthand. Many years ago, I was with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Exeter, England for a study of the British police system. One day, my conducting officer regretted that there was some change in the briefing schedule as the concerned officer was with the prime minister in the officers’ mess. I was surprised at this information because all the senior officers were present in their offices and a junior officer was sitting with the prime minister. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, also known as the Iron Lady, had been travelling through Exeter. After a long journey, she wanted to have a break. Her security officer informed the police headquarters that the prime minister would like to have a cup of tea at the police officers’ mess, if it was not inconvenient for them (Mess Staff). The chief constable instructed the superintendent of the police special branch to receive the prime minister and escort her to the officers’ mess for tea. After relaxing for some time in the mess, the prime minister thanked the superintendent for the department’s hospitality and left for London. The prime minister’s cavalcade consisted of only two cars. When I inquired why the prime minister had not been received by the police chief himself, I was informed that, since it was not an official visit, there was no need for the police chief to receive the prime minister when he had important official business to take care of. Could something like this ever happen in Pakistan? ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

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6,000 boyfriends for emma watson?

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he 22-year-old actress has said that she gets upset with the link ups, and insists that she is no serial romancer. “It’s difficult on my dating life, because anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling US Glamour magazine. “So it just makes it look as if I’ve had, like, 6,000 boyfriends,” she said. She went to great pains not to be spotted with her boyfriend Will Adamowicz at the Coachella music festival earlier this year, but still hit the headlines when they were spotted kissing. “My friend got me tickets for my birthday, and what am I going to say? ‘No, I’m not going to go because I don’t want to be photographed?’” she said. “But it was a huge crowd, and I thought there was no way anyone could get pictures of me, but somehow they found me,” she added. CouRtESy Ht

Kareena Kapoor declared the sexiest lady in India

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he has been in Bollywood for over a decade now and has had a string of successful films to her credit. She is the undisputed queen of the Tinsel Town and has plump projects up her sleeves. Kareena Kapoor is reigning queen of millions of hearts for sure. The Kapoor girl, who is reportedly going to get married to beau Saif Ali Khan has been voted as the sexiest lady by Maxim magazine. expressing her happiness, Kareena while talking to a leading daily said, “It is always wonderful to feel sexy and hot. And when it comes from Maxim, which truly recognises hotness in a woman, then it is even better.” Kareena believes that being sexy doesn’t really mean having a great body alone. It is much beyond having a slim frame. She said, “hotness is about how a woman carries herself. It is not just about a thin waist and long legs. It is about the entire package. I am glad that you guys find me hot and I definitely take it as a big compliment.” We are sure Saif must be a proud man! neWs desk

Some of our actors are not just artistes but artists too. we look at some Bollywood stars who secretly nurse a passion for painting. Sridevi is making a comeback in Hindi films with Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut, english vinglish. Between shots, the actor would often be spotted with crayons, sketch pens and paper. “Sridevi loves to draw and paint. I’ve seen some really huge paintings made by her lining the walls of her home. They’re really good, but that’s not surprising because Sridevi is a perfectionist who excels in everything she takes up,” says Gauri. “The artworks range from abstracts to portraits. There’s a really huge one of Michael jackson, who’s her idol since she’s a dancer too.”Salman Khan Salman inherited his artistic abilities from his mother Salma and paints abstracts, religious imagery, couples and his dogs. In 2008, he gifted Ranbir Kapoor a painting of his grandfather Raj Kapoor on his game show, Dus Ka Dum, and presented Aamir one of him in his Ghajini (2008) avatar. He got an approving nod from the late MF Husain, also inspired Dabangg (2010) co-star Sonakshi Sinha to move beyond sketches and paint a woman.

Kangna splits from her British boyfriend After a year of dating discreetly, earlier this year, Kangna Ranaut came out in the open about her relationship with UK-based doctor Nicholas Lafferty. In June, Kangna was spotted in his company outside a Bandra cafe during his trip to Mumbai. The couple decided to part ways. The reason of conflict, their expectations from the future. Apparently, Nick wanted to take the relationship to the next level and Kangna wasn’t ready, professionally and personally, to take that plunge. Apparently, the 25year-old actress felt that she is now treading a path of steady growth and would like to achieve her goals first. Kangna didn’t confirm the news despite being messaged for comment. Courtesy toI

Bhagyashree For Salman’s Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) co-star, painting was a fun pastime that let her imagination take flight. She says, “I began when I was 13, with sketches of my favourite stars, Amitabh Bachchan, Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot and Michael Jackson.”

Aamir Khan Perfectionist Aamir took art lessons before playing Arun, the painter, in wife Kiran Rao’s directorial debut dhobi Ghat (2010). Salman was his inspiration“Salman’s a fantastic painter and has presented me with four beautiful paintings that are up on our walls. I tried to copy one of them.. a face… and realised I’d a really bad artist but a good imitator,” he laughs. “I gifted the canvas to Salman and it has pride of place in his living room. I guess, he didn’t want to break my heart.” Interestingly, Salman’s paintings lined the walls of Prateik’s shack in the film.

Ashok Kumar Ali Zafar The actor-singer has been painting since he was a child and has a degree in fine arts. At 18, he sold 20-minute charcoal portraits in a hotel lobby for R500 each to fund his music albums.“Some women wanted a painting like the one Leonardo diCaprio makes for Kate Winslet in Titanic, including my wife, whom I later painted,” he says. “Once I got busy with music, I stopped painting. I picked up the brush after seven years in 2010 when my father asked me to be a part of a national exhibition in Lahore,” says Zafar. The exhibition featuring over 100 Pakistani artistes was hosted by the alumni association of the College of Art and design for the rehabilitation of craftsmen affected by the devastating floods. More recently, Zafar painted London, Paris, New york (2012) co-star Aditi Rao Hydari during the film’s promotions.

He was a prolific painter who dabbled in charcoal, water-colour and oil. “I like to paint nudes, in the nude, in the privacy of my bathroom,” the veteran actor once admitted. He’s made 300-odd paintings, many of which he gifted away but on his birth centenary last year the Ashok Kumar Foundation organised an exhibition of his art that had a self-potrait of him playing the violin.

Deepika Padukone deepika Padukone always got an A grade in art when in school. And during Love Aaj Kal (2009), in which she played a fresco restoration artist, when she suddenly spotted canvasses and paint on the set, she made a couple of paintings.

the pregnant Duchess? Kate Middleton is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Prince William. The couple, who tied the knot April 29 last year, has reportedly been trying to conceive for some time and are overjoyed over their baby news. “Friends say Kate is convinced it’s happened, and while she and William are keeping the news close to the vest, they’re delirious with joy,” showbizspy.com quoted a source as saying. A formal announcement is expected.”It would be formally (announced) through the palace press office, but only after the royal gynecologist is absolutely convinced that Kate is in peak condition,” said the source. The news follows months of speculation that the couple has been eager to have a child, and in a previous interview William refused to confirm or deny reports of a pregnancy. “You won’t get anything out of me. Tight lipped. I am just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future,” he said. Courtesy toI

wHy THIS SLAppeD DI By SONAM KAPOOR! ‘THy wOMB’ different side of Muslim region

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IlIpINo director Brillante Mendoza told AFp at the Venice film festival on Thursday that he wanted to show a different side of the Muslim communities in a conflict-wracked part of the philippines. is new film “Sinapupunan” (“Thy Womb”), premiering in Venice and one of the 18 movies vying for the prestigious Golden lion award at the world’s oldest film festival, is set on the islands of Tawi-Tawi in the Mindanao region. It tells the story of a wife who cannot conceive and sets out with her husband to find a surrogate mother. he misinterpretation is that it’s a very violent place, very aggressive and very dangerous but it’s not,” Mendoza, whose last film “Captive” starring Isabelle huppert premiered in the philippines this week, said in an interview. afp

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The famous “Kolaveri di” crooner Dhanush K Raja and megastar Rajnikanth’s son-inlaw got one tight slap in full public view from actress Sonam Kapoor very recently, thus sending shock waves in the media circles all over the nation! However, when we got our ears on the real news, it just turned out that the ‘slap’ was supposed to be an integral part of their movie ‘Raanjhanaa’ which they were busy shooting on a crowded set in the holy city of Benaras. In the sequence, Sonam sported a young school girl look, comprising two hair braids, a check tunic and shirt while Dhanush wore ink blue coloured school boy pants and a white shirt. ‘Raanjhanaa’ is being touted as a promising film for Sonam as she has been stretching beyond her limits for her role in the movie! RANI MUKERjI GO ‘AIyyAA’! She is back! And in a charming, filmy, over the top avatar. Last seen as the no nonsense journalist in ‘No One Killed Journalist’ Rani Mukerji is now playing a Marathi mulgi in Sachin Kundalkar’s ‘Aiyyaa’. The first look of the film was released by the makers on Thursday. The film also marks the Bollywood debut of southern star Prithviraj who plays an alcoholic Surya in the film. By the looks of the first trailer, the film looks like a laugh riot with Rani taking on the role of an over the top Meenakshi with élan. Produced by Viacom 18 and Anurag Kashyap, the film is set for an October release. Have a look at the first trailer. Looks like a fun film! And welcome back Rani! neWs desk


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ZiZHou: More than 20kg of bees cover 27-year-old beekeeper Zhang Wei as he performs a ‘bee bearding’ stunt in Zizhou, China. His record is 83.5kg of bees on his body at the same time.

LA CuMbRE: gisela Marulanda, 23, who claims to be possessed by spirits, participates in an exorcism ritual performed by Hermes Cifuentes in La Cumbre, Valle, Colombia. Cifuentes, who is known as brother Hermes, says he has performed more than 35,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years.

What you can learn from Michael Clarke duncan

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ARLIER this year, Michael Clarke Duncan was keeping fit through a healthy competition with his The Finder costar Geoff Stults. “If you really flub a line, you have to drop and give 20 pushups,” Duncan told Men’s Health. “You’ve got to help a friend along.” The Green Mile star, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in the 1999 film, suffered a heart attack on July 13 of this year and “never fully recovered,” according to a written statement released by his publicist. He died Monday at Cedars-Siniai Medical Center in Los Angeles; he was 54 years old. At 6-foot-4 and a muscular 300-some pounds, Duncan embraced living in the moment. “I don’t regret what’s happened and I don’t worry about what I don’t have. I just do what’s in front of me,” Duncan told us in his interview with Men’s Health earlier this year. We don’t yet know what specifically led to Duncan’s death. But you can use his unfortunate fate as a chance to take control of your own life and safeguard your heart. As Duncan said, “My mother used to tell me, as long as I can remember, something that’s on my license plate now: YCDA—You Can Do Anything. And it’s true.” Heart disease is the #1 killer of men—and you can prevent it. One of the easiest ways is with regular exercise. That’s one of the reasons we’re so excited about Speed Shred, the new follow-along DVD series from Men’s Health. It eliminates all the guesswork, allowing you to stay in shape and strengthen your heart in only 30 minutes three days a week—in your living room! What could be simpler? Actually, any of these 15 easy ways to protect against heart attack and heart disease every day: 1. Drink two cups of coffee a day. People who did this had an 11 percent lower risk of heart failure than subjects who shunned java, according to a study of 140,000 people published this year from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Researchers credit the brew’s

Zimbabwe man fined for Mugabe death joke

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Zimbabwe court fined a man $150 (120 euro) for joking that President Robert Mugabe had died, a daily newspaper reported Thursday. Cleapas Manangazira, 34, was convicted for undermining the authority of the president in a court in central city Gweru. Manangazira joked to police about Mugabe’s death when the bus he was traveling in stopped at a tollgate on the road to Gweru, according to the privately-owned NewsDay. “Why are you police officers sitting here. Don’t you know the President is dead,” prosecutors quoted Manangazira as saying. “We are coming from putting a tombstone on Mugabe’s grave. Did you hear me people? Mugabe is dead.” Bus drivers tried to silence him but the man went on joking about the long-time ruler. Reports surface often on arrests for slandering Zimbabwe’s long-time president and breaching the strict public order law. Usually those found guilty receive light jail sentences or fines or are ordered to do community service. AFP

healthful antioxidants, which may reduce your risk of health conditions that lead to heart failure. Go for black brew or a splash of milk. 2. Ask your dad how your grandparents died—and when. Having a relative die of heart complications before age 60 doubles your own risk of premature heart disease, according to an August 2012 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. If that’s you, control what you can: Don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, and exercise regularly. 3. Eat vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits. In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who took a 500-milligram vitamin C supplement daily saw their blood pressure significantly drop after 2 weeks. How? Vitamin C may regulate blood levels of nitric oxide, which helps vessels maintain normal pressure, researchers believe. 4. Snack on cherries. People who ate two daily servings of the savory fruit had fewer markers of inflammation in their body, a small study in the Journal of Nutrition found. 5. Soak up the sun. A study published this year found that mice exposed to a light box were more protected from heart attack–induced tissue damage than mice that didn’t receive light therapy. The sun increases the number of heart-protective proteins in your body, explains lead researcher Tobias Eckle, Ph.D., professor at the University of Colorado Denver. 6. Spice up your food. When researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong studied the effects of capsaicinoids—compounds that lend flavor to chili peppers and jalapenos—in hamsters, rodents fed the spicy foods showed lower levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol than the animals that ate capsaicinoid-free meals. Capsaicionoids appear to block the gene that causes your arteries to contract, leading to relaxed muscles and better blood flow to the heart, researchers believe. 7. Shed your spare tire. Cutting your sodium intake alone won’t always do the trick: In a recent review of seven studies, people who lowered their salt intake were just as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as those who didn’t limit

sodium, according to research in the American Journal of Hypertension. Shedding pounds is a better solution: Getting in shape can yield as much as a 10- to 29-point drop in blood pressure. And regular aerobic exercise can make it fall another 10 points. 8. Eat a burger—just make sure it’s grass-fed. Grass-fed beef has a profile of healthy fats similar to fatty fish like salmon. It’s also loaded with heart-protective vitamin E 9. Keep a water bottle by your desk. Loma Linda University researchers found that drinking five or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day could help lower the risk of heart disease by up to 60 percent—exactly the same drop you get from stopping smoking, lowering your LDL cholesterol number, exercising, or losing a little weight. 10. Take a glass-half-full attitude. Optimists were 50 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to pessimists, according to a study in Psychological Bulletin. 11. Start your morning with grapefruit. Eating just one grapefruit each day can lower your total cholesterol and LDL levels by 8 and 11 percent, respectively, lowering your risk of heart disease. It will also provide you with more than 150 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C. 12. Swig cranberry juice. Men who drank 3 cups of the juice daily raised their levels of “good” HDL cholesterol by 10 percent. Researchers credit plant compounds called polyphenols for the results. Tip: Make sure the label says you’re drinking at least 27 percent cranberry juice, since the drink is often diluted. 13. Pick whole grains. In a study at Tulane University, researchers found that people who ate four or more servings of foods like whole grains, nuts, and beans a week had a 22 percent lower risk of developing heart disease (and 75 percent fewer camping companions) than those who ate the foods once a week or less. 14. Clean house. Just 2.5 per week of chores like mowing the lawn or carrying groceries can reduce unhealthy inflammation in your body, according to a study published this year in Circulation. 15. Schedule a checkup. Even if you’re in your 20s, you could benefit from a cardiovascular risk assessment. Your doctor takes a detailed inventory of all of your risk factors—your blood pressure, family history, cholesterol levels, and more—and uses a formula to give you an idea of your heart disease risk. If you’re at high risk, you and your doctor can work together to make lifesaving changes. nEWS DESk

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traffic officer directing vehicles on the busy streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, during the Democratic National Convention, decides to entertain drivers and pedestrians with his dance moves. The traffic officer was seen treating drivers to some of his favorite dance moves in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the congested streets around the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The policeman was reportedly part of a group of SWAT officers from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office who were appointed as temporary traffic marshals, specifically for the DNC. Several of his colleagues also entertained the crowds with their dance moves at other intersections, according to local Charlotte news reports. nEWS DESk

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Teen calls 911 twice to report dreams are reality Apparently, synthetic marijuana can make your dreams a reality. But for Florida teen Mark Welch, that reality was jail. Welch, 18, called 911 two times on Sunday, trying to convince a dispatcher that everything in his dream was happening for real, according to a Volusia County

Sheriff’s Office press release. A dispatcher tried to make sense of Welch’s babbling during the first call at around 7 p.m.: Dispatcher: What’s happening? Welch: Everything that happened today is actually in my dream, and I want to prove it to everybody. Dispatcher: What did you dream about that’s happening? Welch: It’s all on paper. I wrote it down. Officers were sent to Welch’s residence in Orange City, where the teen allegedly copped to smoking K2, synthetic marijuana. A deputy told him not to call 911 again unless he wanted to be arrested, Central Florida News 13 reported. The man’s parents hid their phone as a preventative measure, but Welch escaped to a neighbor’s house and dialed 911 again 40 minutes later. “The officer told me not to call back,” Welch said, “and he said if I called back, then y’all were going to take me to court. So, I’m calling back.” So, the deputies came back. Welch was arrested for misuse of the 911 system, a first-degree misdemeanor, the Sun-Sentinel reported. CouRtESy HuFFPoSt

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OU thought Barack and Mitt were fierce presidential candidates? Try Ahpun the polar bear andDenali the wolf. The Alaska Zoo, in what it acknowledges is shameless promotion and fundraising ploy, is conducting an election between Ahpun (ahPOON’) and Denali. The winner will claim zoo presidency, according to development director Eileen Floyd, who introduced the candidates Wednesday. The election is about who will best represent the Alaska Zoo for the next four years, she said. “I assure you this race is not about the color of their fur, their gender, or even a species issue,” Floyd said. Unlike the presidential race, vote totals will be updated daily on the zoo website. nEWS DESk

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Ajmal becomes No.1 ranked ODI bowler LAHORE StAFF REPoRt

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AKISTAN off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has moved up two places to replace teammate Mohammad Hafeez as the number-one ranked bowler in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. The latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings that were released on Thursday incorporate both the Pakistan-Australia and England-South Africa ODI series. Saeed was the highest wicket-taker in the series against Australia. He picked 10 wickets at an economy rate of 3.41 with an average of 9.9 in the series. His overall rating of 759 is his career-best. Meanwhile, Hafeez has slipped to second position in the bowlers' table. Hafeez achieved his career-best rating of 762 during the series, but finally ended at 747. However, Hafeez has moved up a place to second in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for all-rounders with a career-best rating of 413. South Africa paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who headed the bowlers' table before the two series began, is now ranked third.

Other bowlers dropping down the rankings include Morne Morkel in fifth (down by one), Steven Finn in sixth (down by one), Shahid Afridi in 19th (down by three), Tim Bresnan in 38th (down by six) and Sohail Tanvir in 56th (down by nine). South Africa paceman Dale Steyn has reentered the top 10 in the bowlers' table. He has moved up four places to 10th. Steyn's teammate Robin Peterson, who was the highest wicket-taker on either side in the series against England with seven wickets, has moved up 12 places to a careerbest 29th. Peterson's overall rating of 575 is his career-best. The other bowlers to make upward movements include Mitchell Johnson in 18th (up by one) Wayne Parnell in 44th (up by 16), Abdur Rehman in 61st (up by 12), Mitchell Starc in 76th (up by 55), Jade Dernbach

in 79th (up by 10), Ravi Bopara in 80th (up by 27) and James Pattinson in 87th (up by 47). South Africa's Hashim Amla, who was the highest run-getter on either side in the series against England with 335 runs, has consolidated his position as the number-one ranked batsman, followed by Virat Kohli in second position and AB de Villiers in third. Amla's overall rating of 901 is the highest of his career and is the eighth best in history. Jonathan Trott in fifth (up by two) and Michael Clarke in seventh (up by one) have also made gains in the top ten of the latest batting table. Michael Hussey, meanwhile, is now tenth in the table, moving up four places. The other batsmen to make upward movements include Eoin

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Morgan in 13th (up by five), Ian Bell in 32nd (up by five), Mohammad Hafeez in 42nd (up by one), Craig Kieswetter in 43rd (up by five), George Bailey in 49th (up by 21), Azhar Ali in 52nd (up by 21), Asad Shafiq in 55th (up by seven) and Nasir Jamshed in 78th (up by 35). Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal has re-entered the rankings at 78th. Reliance ICC ODI Championship (as of 6 Sept, after England-South Africa and Pakistan-Australia series) RANK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

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Former Pakistan players urge icc award boycott

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Andrew Flintoff made his name by smashing sixes and taking wickets during a memorable career as English cricket's premier all-rounder and he will get the chance to deliver some more knock-out blows after revealing his plan to become a professional boxer. Flintoff, who was forced to quit cricket due to a series of injuries, is set to fight in a heavyweight bout at Manchester's MEN Arena on November 30 and is being trained by former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan and McGuigan's son Shane in preparation for the bout.

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Former Pakistan players on Thursday urged a boycott of the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards ceremony over the omission of spinner Saeed Ajmal from the shortlist for Test player of the year. "Ajmal deserved to be on the shortlist and his omission is unjust." Former batsman Basit Ali urged the PCB not to accept the decision. "The decision to leave out Ajmal is inexplicable and Pakistan must not attend the ceremony," he said. Mohsin Khan, the former opener who coached the team that beat England this year, said the selection process should not come down to personal preferences. "This ICC process to shortlist players is clearly flawed because cricket is all about performance, not personal likes and dislikes. Better if the PCB boycotts the awards function," Khan said. "It will at least send out a strong message to the ICC. South Africa also did it in 2009 when their deserving players were ignored for the awards." The PCB said it was considering the option of boycotting the event. A final decision is expected within the next few days.

dubai: Pakistani captain mohammad hafeez (c) celebrates with teammate raza hasan (r) and Sohail tanveer (l) after they bowled australia out for just 89 during the first twenty20 international match between australia and Pakistan in the gulf emirate of dubai international cricket stadium. afp

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said he is confident his team will beat Australia in the Twenty20 series and go on to prosper at the World Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka. Pakistan trounced Australia by seven wickets in the first Twenty20 international on Wednesday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "Our win will help us in the World Twenty20, we need to carry the winning momentum on into the World Twenty20," said Hafeez of the World Twenty20 which starts on September 18. Pakistan's spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hasan Raza and Hafeez shared six wickets to bowl Australia out for their second lowest Twenty20 total of 89 before the modest target was achieved for the loss of three wickets. The second match will be played here on Friday. Hafeez denied he was surprised at Australia's capitulation. "It wasn't surprising because I am confident that my bowling will come good and this is a good sign for our team ahead of the big event where we want to do well," said Hafeez.

Cook says Pietersen row must be ‘resolved’ NOTTINgHAM AFP

England captain Alastair Cook has said the international future of Kevin Pietersen needs to be "resolved" in the next few weeks. Pietersen has been in England exile since being dropped following the second Test against his native South Africa in Leeds last month. Officials, already frustrated by rows over his desire to play less one-day cricket, were furious when it was revealed he'd sent "provocative" texts to South African players -- some allegedly critical of then captain Andrew Strauss. That meant the 32-year-old missed the final Test against the Proteas at Lord's and the subsequent one-day series, which ended in a 2-2 draw with one no-result after the tourists' seven-wicket win at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Pietersen will also miss England's defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this month, despite being man of the tournament when they won the 2010 edition in the Caribbean. Strauss announced his retirement last week, although he insisted his decision to quit wasn't prompted by the latest row involving Pietersen, his predecessor as England skipper. Cook, already leading the one-day side, was named as the new Test captain. He now has a role in deciding Pietersen's immediate international future ahead of the tour of India, starting in November. "I haven't really been thinking about it too much, with the one-day series on," Cook said of the Pietersen stand-off. "Over the next couple of weeks, it's certainly an issue which we as the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) will have to get resolved. "It is a situation which does need to get resolved. There is stuff which needs to be

talked about behind closed doors. That will happen." England, after Cook won the toss, were bowled out for just 182 on Wednesday as South Africa recovered from two straight losses at The Oval and Lord's. The Proteas' top order stumbled for the third match in a row when they slumped to 14 for three. But an unbroken stand of 172 between man-ofthe-series Hashim Amla (97 not out) and Proteas captain AB de Villiers (75 not out) saw South Africa home with more than 15 overs to spare. One consolation for England was that, despite this defeat, they remained top of the 50-over world

rankings having won 12 of their last 14 completed matches. Amla, who made a brilliant 150 in South Africa's 80-run win in the second ODI in Southampton, was named man-of the-match and series. That followed on from his corresponding award in the Proteas' 2-0 Test series win over England where he scored a South Africa record 311 not out at The Oval. Amla's combined tally for both series was a colossal 817 runs at 116.71 and there could be more to come in the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series starting on Saturday. "He's in some serious form," Cook said of Amla. "It was 14 for three; we knew we were one wicket away from causing a few nerves in the camp.


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Around 1.5 million show interest in first phase LAHORE StAFF REPoRt

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HE Neighbourhood and Village level of the Punjab Youth Festival concluded on Thursday with a record number of 1.5 million people and youth participated in different events throughout the province and 3,36,560 won their respective competitions. On the final day of the Neighbourhood and Village phase, hectic competitions were recorded with a total participation of members of the Sports and Youth Development Council in province was around 90,000 and out of those 20508 earned limelight. People from around 5678 blocks and localities from 1127 UCs took part in 429 events. And now the selection committee, under the supervision of a jury, would shortlist the top performers of different events to form teams to compete in the next level of the Festival, which is the Union Council level. The Union Council level, the second stage of the Festival, will roll into action on September 8 and will conclude on September 18. In Lahore’s Iqbal Town, cricket tape ball, badminton, billiard, athletics, arm wrestling and tug of war competitions were played. In

UC 100 Farooq-e-Azam XI, Jillani XI, Royal Fighter XI, Ghazi XI and Striker XI won the respective cricket matches. In badminton, Naveed, Jawad and Usman beat Khalid, Jamil and Muneeb respectively. In Billiard, Mohammad Atique, Mohammad Shakeel, Mohammad Umair, Rana Awais and Atif Chohan clinched their game. Meanwhile, Yasir Akram, Abbas Builder, Ali Zaffar were the winners of Arm Wrestling competitons. In Athletics, 100 m race,

Ibrahim Basit, Zeeshan Wahab and Shan Rafique were the winners of first three places in sequence while Jhang XI was the winning team of Tug of war against Rafique Tigers 20. In Shalimar Town, union council 47’s Mujahidabad won the cricket match. In tug of war, Block 5 of union council 47 won the activity. In Data Ganj Bakhsh union council 85, Akram X1 defeated Akbar X1, Malik X1 beat Jaferia X1 in cricket. In Arm Wrestling, union council 82’Anwar X1 was declared winner

and Nabeel X1 of union council 94 succeeded. In Ravi Town, 2 blocks from union council 29 participated in Arm Wrestling in which Hafiz Adeeb-ur-Rehman was declared successful. In Badminton, union council 30’s Umer Usmani beat Zaidi 2-0. In other districts of Lahore division including Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib around 3092 youngsters got involved in all the nine events of the first level. The competitions were held in athletics, arm

wrestling, badminton, volleyball, tug or war, billiard and cricket tape ball while the two general events included naat khani and qirat. In these competitions, 162 blocks of 50 UCs contested in 45 events. In all 1717 won their respective competitions. Rawalpindi had an involvement of more than 2000 people from 163 blocks of 115 UCs in 53 events and 733 won their matches while in Sargodha, competitions were held in 37 events with the participation of 5100 members of 84 S&YDCs and from among 205 blocks, 1697 members won their events. In Gujranwala, 8490 had clashed from 1057 blocks in 53 events and with the involvement of 142 UCs, around 2710 moved into the final selection round. Faisalaabd city had 11845’s participation in 40 events with 2439 declared winners and an overall of 15981 participated in whole of Faisalabad division where 186 UCs’ 1165 blocks had competitions in 47 events. Around 11650 participated in 62 events in Multan where 1125 blocks of 185 UCs showed interest on the final day with win coming 4170 youngsters’ way. And in Dera Ghazi Khan, 931 blocks of 144 S&YDCs took part in the competitions and a total of 14303 youngsters competed in 28 events while 2572 were the winners.

pakistan players lack physical component: gogi BILAL MUMTAz Q. How long have you been playing squash, and where? I have been playing squash since my early teenage years. I started playing in my hometown of Lahore, at the Pakistan Squash Racquets Association (PSRA) courts. My father coached and trained me at the club. I participated in local tournaments until I could make my name as a prominent junior player, having won the Irish, German and British Junior Opens. I also played in various tours for the Pakistan team in Australia in 1973, where I had the privilege of playing alongside Khalid Mir, the current squash head of the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, the 2nd biggest club of its kind in the US. On the tour I won 4 out of 5 matches. Later on, I went to England to make a living through squash. My expenses were covered through my playing in a myriad of tournaments per year, around 20-25 to be exact. Q. How come you played in so many tournaments in a year in England? The reason I played in so many tournaments was because there wasn’t much money in squash in those days. I needed to meet the expenses of living so I played in small events. Q. When did you go pro? I became a professional player in 1973. It all started when I participated in a Benson and Hedges series tour around Europe. Benson & Hedges then sponsored me. British Caledonian Airlines, a now defunct company, also sponsored me. But the sponsorship of PIA enabled me to travel free to any of the tournaments I decided to play. Air Marshall Nur Khan called me to the Ambassador Hotel and offered me the sponsorship of PIA. I was then given a lucrative contract at a time when the British Open Champion received only 500 pounds for prize money. Q. What made you start playing squash? I wanted to adopt squash as a reputable profession. Myself, like Jahangir Khan, Jansher Khan and Qamar Zaman, all came from underprivileged backgrounds, and since there wasn’t much money behind

squash in those days, none of us saw it as a hugely financial opportunity. I initially faced a lot of problems but now as the times have changed; squash facilities have become more accessible. Q. How long have you coached players for? I have been coaching for around 18 years now since I started the job in a prominent squash club in Kuwait, where the royal family sponsored my stay. However, when the war in Kuwait broke out, I was left in a tough situation and had to return come back. Besides being Punjab coach, I coached Pakistan team. Currently, I am the Punjab squash team coach. Q. Has anyone you coached turned out to be a prominent player? I’d consider Yasir Butt, Sohail Qaiser and Basit Ashfaq to be my greatest prodigies. Yasir has been a multiple national champion winning Pakistan Opens several times. Sohail ended up winning the Under-23 Junior World Squash Championship. Basit is a successful team squash player at the collegiate level, having played for Trinity College, based in Connecticut in the US. Q. Compare the level of squash from your playing days to nowadays. I’d say players in my time were more technical, whereas players these days have employed a more physical game. In our days, there more lets, and the point system during rallies was different (each player could only score points on their serve). But now-a-days Pakistani players are lacking that physical component to their game.

naveed sports coordinator for sheikhupura only LAHORE: The Punjab Sports Board has appointed former Olympian Naveed Alam coordinator sports for the Punjab Youth Festival for Sheikhupura district only. He is not the coordinator sports of the province and also not of hockey. He is part of a 19-member coordination committee which will ensure the proper conduct of the sports events in their respective areas and districts. Earlier, a news said that he was made coordinator of sports in Punjab which was based on miscommunication. StAFF REPoRt

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Pakistan’s former fast bowler and ex-captain Waqar Younis is not sure whether the Australian pace legend, Dennis Lillee will be a successful online coach. Lillee, who ran India's the MRF pace foundation in Chennai for 25 years before handing charge to compatriot Glenn McGrath earlier this week, said he wanted to continue sharing his knowledge with young cricketers. "He might or might not succeed as an on-line coach", Younis, who has been a Ten Sports commentator here for the Pakistan-Australia matches, said Waqar. "Lillee is a huge name in fast bowling coaching and may have decided to hire the latest technology and method but I don't know how far it would work. The game of cricket is played not played on laptops. I have played ample cricket, and learnt a lot from the ground and sitting out on the bench", the 41-year-old Waqar Younis added. Lillee may also use Skype for the paid online coaching service. The software that Lillee is likely to use will help him analyse problems faced by a bowler after receiving images of his run-up, bowling action and delivery stride. Every small detail of the image will be examined and an analysis made, which will then be sent back to the bowler. "The new man, Glenn McGrath is a good choice to head the MRF. One legend has replaced the other, I must say", Younis concluded.

Pha to conduct nbP gold cup LAHORE StAFF REPoRt

The NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament which is a national level event, will be organised by the Punjab Hockey Association on behalf of Pakistan Hockey Federation at National Hockey Stadium Lahore. The event will be played here from September 28 to October 7, in which top teams from all over Pakistan will participate. The Organising Secretary of the event will be Olympian Rana Mujahid Ali.

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loNdoN: Pakistan’s Haider Ali competes in the men's long jump F37/38 final during the athletics competition at the london 2012 Paralympic Games at the olympic stadium. aFP

gogi displays his class in asian Masters squash

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Muhammad Afzall and Muhammad Naveed won the defense day badminton championship here on Thursday at Railways Allam Iqbal institute hall. Pakistan Sportsmen Welfare Association organized the event on the occasion of defense day of Pakistan. Afzaal and Naveed beat Muhammad Atiq ur Rehman and Muhammad Tanveer 3-2 in the final match. Kamran Masood Khan and Waqar Ahmad defeated, Muhammad Usman & Mohsin Ali 3-1 for the third place. Chief Guest, known sports organizer, Malik Sarwar Mehmood gave away winner trophy and prizes to the winners.

Gogi Alauddin displayed his talent as a former World No. 2 at the 60 and above category by comprehensively beating Reddy in straight games of the Asian Master Squash Tournament on Thursday. Lalit Kumar hands India their only gold medal at this Masters by beating Pakistani Mohammad Hanif in the final for 55-59. Hassan Raza beats Indian Jaideep Singh in 4 games in a tightly contested match for the 50-54 category. Mohammad Fayyaz creates an upset by beating fellow Pakistani and former World Junior Champion Sohail Qaiser in straight games. (44-49) Sajjad Ahmed beats Abdul Rashid in the 40-44 category after having been taken out twice due to bleeding

above the eye because of an accidental stroke by the other player (for ten minute intervals each) , in straight games. Jahangir Khan Jr won the 35-39 category in the fifth game, after his opponent Zulfiqar Khan had to retire because of an injury. BRONzE: Munir Sait (India) (60 and above), Abdul Qayyum (Pak) (55-59), Ali Hasan Habib (Pak) (50-54), Rohit Thawani and Deepak Moolani - shared (45-49), Adnan Latif (Pak) (40-44), Saurabh Nayyar (Ind) (35-39) SILvER: Rajit Reddy (Ind) (60 and above), Mohammad Hanif (Pak) (55-59), Jaideep Singh (Ind) (50-54), Sohail Qaiser (Pak) (45-49), Abdul Rashid (Pak) (40-44), Zulfiqar Khan (Pak) (35-39) GOLD: Gogi Alauddin (Pak) (60 and above), Lalit Kumar (Ind) (55-59), Hassan Raza (Pak) (50-54), Mohammad Fayyaz (45-49), Sajjad Ahmed (40-44), Jahangir Khan Jr (35-39).

Winning World Cup is sole goal for Germany’s Lahm BERLIN AFP

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has said winning the next World Cup must be his team's sole aim when they start their Brazil 2014 qualifying campaign against minnows Faroe Islands on Friday. Germany play host in Hanover, but having suffered the disappointment of losing the Euro 2012 semi-final to Italy in June, Bayern Munich's Lahm says winning the World Cup can be his country's only goal. "After what has happened in the past, our goal can only be to become world champions in 2014," said Lahm, who will play at rightback for Germany against Faroe Islands with Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer on the left. "We can't stand here and say we want to reach the quarter-finals. No. We want to win the World Cup." Lahm admitted he was still bitter about his team's 2-1 defeat to the Azzurri which

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ended their bid to lift their first major title since 1996. "We were missing something. This was a really bitter defeat," he said. "I still believe that we had a great shot at the

title." Lahm admitted Germany's biggest obstacle to winning the next World Cup, presuming they qualify from Group C, is to break Spain's stranglehold having won both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 on top of their 2010 World Cup triumph. "We also have some bad luck that we currently have Spain, who are a team of the century, ahead of us," admitted Lahm. Germany host Faroe Island on Friday without Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos, who has a bruised hip, then face Austria in Vienna on Tuesday. "(Kroos) will not be available on Friday night," confirmed Germany's assistant coach Hansi Flick on Thursday with Kroos expected to train with the team on Saturday. Germany are without Bayern pair striker Mario Gomez and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who are recovering from injuries. Lazio's veteran Miroslav Klose is expected to start as the lone striker and is just four short of Gerd Mueller's 38-year-old record of 68 goals for his country.

Mourinho refuses to comment on glum Ronaldo MADRID: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he won't make any comment on forward Cristiano Ronaldo's surprise declaration that he's unhappy at the club. "I am not going to say anything about that", the Portuguese coach said when asked about his compatriot and star striker's troubles during an interview with sports daily AS published Thursday. "I am ready to talk about everything. I have answered in depth and sincerely. But don't ask me about Cristiano. You have to understand. Please don't insist," Mourinho said. The 27-year-old Ronaldo confessed to being "sad" when asked why he had not celebrated either of two goals he scored in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday. Ronaldo has still not explained why he is unhappy, saying only on Sunday that it was professional, not personal. "People know why," he was quoted as saying. The striker took to his Facebook page and Twitter on Tuesday to deny financial motives for his misery. "That I am feeling sad and have expressed this sadness has created a huge stir," Ronaldo said. "I am accused of wanting more money, but one day it will be shown that this is not the case." AFP


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Sports 18 Tearful Roddick bows out, Murray into semi-finals NEW YORK AFP

EARFUL Andy Roddick said goodbye to the US Open, New York and his career on Wednesday in an emotional Flushing Meadows fourth-round defeat to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro. The 30-year-old, the last American man to win a Grand Slam event when he claimed the US Open in 2003, had already said this would be the last tournament of a 12-year career which yielded 32 titles and $20 million in prize money. It also brought him the world number one spot as well as three heartbreaking Wimbledon runner-up finishes, before his prospects of a permanent place at the top table were swept away by Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. "I've loved every minute of it -- for the first time in my career I'm not sure what to say," said Roddick, who was in tears -as was model wife Brooklyn -- as he addressed the crowd after his 6-7 (7/1), 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-4 loss. "I appreciate your support along the way. I know I certainly haven't made it easy for you at times." Seventh-seeded Del Potro, the champion in 2009, booked a Thursday quarterfinal date with defending champion Novak Djokovic. "It was a really tough moment for me and for him. Last point of his life. The crowd was amazing," said Del Potro, who also defeated another former US Open winner, Marat Safin, in the Russian's last career match in Paris in 2009. British third seed Andy Murray reached a second successive US Open semi-final after Croatia's Marin Cilic squandered a set and 5-1 lead to lose their quarter-final 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-0.

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Maria Sharapova advanced to a grudge-match US Open semi-final against top seed Victoria Azarenka while Serena Williams booked a last-four berth for the fourth time in five years in overwhelming fashion. Russian third seed Sharapova reached the semi-finals for the first time since her 2006 US Open title run by rallying to defeat French 11th seed Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that began on Tuesday but was halted by rain. Sharapova, who improved to 12-0 in three-set matches this year, faces a Friday showdown against World No. 1 Azarenka who beat Sharapova 63, 6-0 in last January's Australian Open final. "Tough challenge," Sharapova said. "She beat me in Australia quite easily and I would love to get my revenge at a Grand Slam."

LAHORE The 12-day long Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Baseball Coaching Course concluded here at the Punjab Sports Board Academy here on Thursday. Arif Shahzad was the Course Director and taught the finer points about the game during the course. Who assisted Arif Shahzad were Syed Khawar Shah about Rules & Regulations, Musaddiq Hanif about Batting/Pitching and Usman Shahzad about Fielding as coordinators. During the course Resource Persons Miss Sumera Sattar Executive Member of POA (Women Sports Promotion), Mr. Painda A. Malik Secretary General Pakistan Gymnastic Federation (Olympic Movement), Dr. Meesaq Rizvi (Injuries/Doping) and Mr. Salman Iqbal Butt Secretary General Punjab Athletic Association (Nutrition) also delivered lectures to the participants. Overall 28 coaches belong to Punjab, Sindh, Baluchisan, K.P.K, Islamabad, Army, WAPDA, Police and different schools, colleges and universities attended the course. All the coaches also passed the written test which was taken at the end of the course. President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Arif Hasan was the chief guest and he awarded the certificates to the successful coaches. Miss Zaiba Manzoor from Punjab Women Baseball Association was declared as the best student of the course.

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Reigning Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are locked in a battle for the US Open title and the season's global bragging rights in women's tennis. All three will try to claim the $1.9 million top prize and their second major title of the year in Saturday night's championship match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where Williams has won three crowns and Sharapova took the 2006 title. "I really want it bad. I'm going to do absolutely everything I have to and give it all," Azarenka said. "First time being in US Open semi-finals is incredible feeling for me." World No. 1 Azarenka, the top seed from Belarus, will face Russian third seed Sharapova in one of Friday's semi-finals while US fourth seed Williams meets Italian 10th seed Sara Errani, the 2012 French Open runnerup in the other. Azarenka has ensured she will be atop the rankings next week no matter who wins and enjoyed a season that included her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. "Many people expected her to win a Grand Slam earlier than she did," Sharapova said of Azarenka. "She always had a solid game. She was always a little mentally fragile, felt like she would bang her racquet and yell. "But I think with age and maturing you learn so much by playing matches. You learn what helps you get motivated." No top seed has won a Grand Slam since Williams at Wimbledon in 2010 and no US Open women's top seed has won since Justine Henin in 2007.

Stage set for ‘Battle of the Blade Runners’ LONDON AFP

The eight fastest amputee sprinters line up on Thursday for the showpiece T44 100m final at the London Paralympics, amid predictions that all finallists could run under 11sec for the first time. The favourite for the title currently held by South Africa's Oscar Pistorius is Britain's Jonnie Peacock, who earlier this year lowered the single belowthe-knee leg amputee world record to 10.85sec. The 19-year-old fired a warning shot to his rivals on Thursday night, winning his heat and equalling the Paralympic record set eight years ago 11.08sec -- then warned that he would run faster. "It was a bad (head) wind, a big wind: 1.6m/sec. I'll be a bit quicker in the final," he told reporters at a cold and blustery Olympic Stadium in London. South Africa's Pistorius was second-fastest after running a season's best 11.18sec, with compatriot Arnu Fourie third quickest (11.29sec) followed by the United States' Richard Browne (11.33sec) and team-mate Blake Leeper (11.34sec). Jerome Singleton, silver medallist in Beijing, was slowest of the automatic qualifiers with 11.46sec. The two fastest loser spots went to Alan Oliveira of Brazil (11.56sec) and China's Lui Zhiming, whose

11.84sec was a new Asian record. Oliveira, 20, pulled off a shock victory over defending champion Pistorius in the 200m on Sunday but has played down his chances in the straight sprint, as has Pistorius. "It's not

really my event," Pistorius said last week. "As Jonnie (Peacock) and those guys focus on the 100, my focus is on the 400, on the complete opposite side of the spectrum when it comes to sprinting," he said.

US SPRINTER BACKS PISTORIUS BLADE RULE REvIEW: US sprinter Jerome Singleton on Wednesday backed calls by Oscar Pistorius for a review of runners' artificial running prostheses after the South African claimed he was at a disadvantage over blade length. The 26-year-old also said he believed that the time had come to end joint category races, to avoid allegations of unfairness between single and double-leg amputee runners. Speaking after securing a place in the T44 100m final in London, he told reporters: "All I know is that there is a maximum height (for running blades). "I think we need to come together and re-evaluate the formula and have an idea of the exact height for an athlete to run in or maybe have a variation in height of 1cm, so you know you're racing the same athlete in all competitions." Singleton, a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) intern, added: "As time changes science changes too, so we just have to make sure that it is fair to all competitors. "Right now it's like (comparing) apples to oranges not apples to apples." Singleton is a T44 single-leg amputee athlete, as is world record holder Jonnie Peacock of Britain, who also made the final. Pistorius and new Paralympic 200m champion Alan Oliveira of Brazil are double-leg amputees.

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uN experts arriving on Sept 10 to take up enforced disappearances gENEVA/ISLAMABAD AgEnCiES

The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances will undertake its first visit to Pakistan from 10-20 September at the invitation of the government. During the mission, the UN experts will gather information on cases of enforced disappearances pending before the Working Group. They will also study the measures adopted by the state to prevent and eradicate enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for the victims of enforced disappearances. The Working Group will visit various parts of the country and meet with state officials, both at the federal and provincial levels, as well as with representatives of civil society organizations, relatives of disappeared persons and representatives of relevant UN agencies. The Working Group will be represented by Olivier de Frouville, the Chair-Rapporteur, and by Osman El-Hajjé member. The independent experts will be accompanied by members of the Secretariat of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Working Group will hold a press conference at the end of the visit in Islamabad. A final report on the mission will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in 2013. The Working Group is comprised of five independent experts from all regions of the world. The Chair-Rapporteur is Olivier de Frouville (France) while the other members are Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Osman El-Hajjé (Lebanon), and Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa).

BHuBANeSwAR: A demonstrator is taken away by Indian riot policemen during a violent protest against India’s Odisha state government on Thursday.

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Govt shuts door on Save the Children’s foreign staff iSLAMAbAD: A man stands at the gate of Save the Children office on thursday. afp

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HE federal government has directed Save the Children, an international aid agency that allegedly helped Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the manhunt for former al Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden, to send all international staff back to their countries. “We received a phone call on Monday followed by an official letter from the Interior Ministry for sending foreign staff associated with our organization back to their home countries,” Save the Children spokesman Ghulam Qadir told Pakistan Today on Thursday. The spokesman said that government directed foreign staff of Save the Children to leave the country within two weeks. According to him, currently six foreigners were associated with the aid agency. The aid agency came under suspicion over the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. It is said that Save the Children, under supervision of Dr Shakeel Afridi, ran a fake vaccination program in Abbottabad that led to the tracing of al Qaeda chief Bin Laden. Dr Shakeel Afridi has been sentenced to 33 years imprisonment for treason. A source in the Interior Ministry told Pakistan Today that after the

Kp sports minister among 8 lawmakers with fake degrees ISLAMABAD StAFF REPoRt

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has received a report from several universities, according to which the degrees of eight parliamentarians have been found fake. Among them is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sports Minister Syed Aqil Shah. According to a private TV channel, Punjab University has declared that the degrees of eight parliamentarians were fake and not issued by it. According to the channel, the parliamentarians with fake degrees include Punjab Assembly members Samuel Kamran, Afghaan Farooq, PML-N’s Farah Deeba, Shumaila Rana, Naseer Akhtar, Mohabbat Khan Marri. The HEC has declared “doubtful” the degrees of another six members. Sources in the HEC said that 353 degrees had been verified out of 376.

ous donor nations. We will continue our work in Pakistan,” he added. Talking about Dr Afridi’s link with Save the Children, the spokesman said Dr Afridi had never been an employee of the aid agency, nor had he worked as consultant or contractor for Save the Children in Pakistan. “We have thoroughly investigated all of his allegations, which proved to be untrue and false,” Qadir said. However, he said the agency records showed the only connection he had with Save the Children was to participate in four brief health worker trainings Save the Children conducted in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Abbottabad operation, security agencies kept a close eye on the activities of Save the Children and checked its past record and after that it was decided to take action against this organization. Qadir, the spokesman, said Save the Children would continue to operate in Pakistan. He said currently more than 2,000 local workers were serving in the agency so there was no question of closing down operations in Pakistan. “We serve more than 7 million children and families across the country thanks to the dedication of our 2,000 Pakistani national staff members. Our work in Pakistan is funded by numer-

Sc freezes Information Ministry’s ‘secret funds’ QUETTA/ISLAMABAD AgEnCiES

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered to freeze the Information Ministry’s secret funds until September 12. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by journalists Hamid Mir and Absar Alam here at the SC’s Quetta Registry. The petitioners had requested the court to form a Media Accountability Commission. During the hearing, Justice Khilji asked if there was any established mechanism to provide advertisements to the media. Petitioner Hamid Mir said that the people holding power centers knew about the secret fund and its utilization.

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He added that back in 2002, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had too accused the then government of misusing the said fund. He further said that allocations for this fund were also part of the national budget. Justice Jawad S Khawja asked what the Information Ministry’s job was. On which, Absar Alam said the ministry did nothing more than pressurizing the media. The court adjourned the hearing until September 12 with orders to freeze the ministry’s secret fund until the next hearing. Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Information Ministry dismissed reports

appearing in a section of the media, alleging the existence of a Rs 4 billion “secret fund” at the disposal of the ministry. The spokesman said “some vested interests” were trying to mislead the public by depicting the whole budget of the ministry as secret fund. “In fact, the total budget allocated to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the financial year 201213 is Rs 5.57 billion, which funds a number of departments and allowances and covers other expenditure,” the spokesman said. “These departments include

Information and Broadcasting Division, Directorate of Publications, Newsreels and Documentaries, Press Information Department, Information Services Abroad and other expenditure of Information and Broadcasting Division, which includes grants of press clubs, news agencies, Press Council of Pakistan, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Institute of Regional Studies, Cultural Services and Planning and Monitoring Cell,” the spokesman said. He said that the budget allocated to the ministry was approved by the National Assembly as part of the Finance Bill. “It is published in the budget books as well. Hence, misconstruing it as secret is misleading and unfair,” the spokesman added.

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Haroon ready to call it a day ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon may relinquish his slot after the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly later this month, it has been reliably learnt. Haroon informed the government of his decision in July this year and since then he has been spending most of his time in Pakistan. According to diplomatic sources, Haroon’s resignation has not been accepted and he has been asked to continue at least until the UN General Assembly’s session after which a final decision about this important matter would be made. It is not the first time that Haroon has informed the government about his resignation. He had done so in the past as well but was asked by the Presidency to continue with his professional obligations. Haroon decided to resign in July, reportedly owing to his differences with the government over certain policy matters and interference in his duties by some top officials in the Foreign Office. One media report in July said Haroon wanted to support China and Russia over the UN resolution against Syria while the government wanted to support the resolution. Nonetheless, the Foreign Office rejected the reports about the resignation of Pakistan’s ambassador to United Nations back in July and said the ambassador was still working in the UN for Pakistan. A source said irrespective of what the Foreign Office said, Ambassador Haroon did not seem interested in his job anymore and wanted more time for himself and his family. He said despite Haroon’s desire to call it a day, the government and especially the president, would still want him to continue with his job as his performance had been rated good since he assumed his slot. When approached, another Pakistani diplomat said it was true that Ambassador Haroon had been in Pakistan for most of the time since July, when he decided to resign, but he would be in New York before the UN General Assembly’s session where President Asif Zardari would be representing Pakistan. Zardari would reach New York on September 24 and would be there until September 27. The president’s speech at the UN General Assembly is scheduled for September 25. “The president may discuss the matter of Ambassador Haroon’s resignation in person with him during his visit to New York and after that it would become clear whether he (Haroon) would continue or finally quit his office,” the diplomat said. About Haroon’s likely successor, he said it was a matter that would be looked into once a final decision was made about the current permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations. He said like the deputy prime minister’s slot, the PPP government had agreed to give the office of Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations to the PML-Q as well and Mushahid Hussain Syed was the top contender of his party in this regard. However, he said commitment was made by the PPP months ago and now it was not clear whether Mushahid or his party would still be interested in that office or not as there are only a few months left in the completion of the government’s tenure. sHaIQ HussaIn


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