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Sangeen Zadran was second-in-command of the feared Taliban group
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uS killS Haqqani netwOrk’S tOp cOmmander in nwa attack Sangeen Zadran was reportedly second-in-command of dreaded Haqqani Network PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
haqqani Network commander Sangeen Zadran was killed early on friday in a United States (US) drone attack on village Dargo Mandi in North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Reports from Miranshah, the NWA headquarter, revealed that militants from the network had established a compound in a house in the village. A US drone fired two missiles at the compound, destroying the house, killing six of its occupants and injuring seven others who are being treated in various hospitals. According to sources, Zadran, considered second in command of the network, after Sirajuddin haqqani, was present in the compound. it is believed that Zadran was the target of the attack. Sangeen was chief of operations of the network and was also engaged in resolving the rifts amongst different militant groups. he was also known as the shadow governor of the Taliban for Paktika province of Afghanistan. The US State Department had added Zadran to the list of specially designated global terrorists in August 2011. The coalition and Afghan forces had claimed in 2007 that they have killed Zadran in eastern Afghanistan. however, he had later appeared in a video to deny the claim. Zadran, blamed for a number of attacks in Afghanistan, had been the target of several US drone strikes. he once appeared with kidnapped US soldier Bowe Bergdahl in a Taliban video. Bergdahl, 24, was taken hostage by Taliban fighters in June 2009 after he left his military post in Paktika. The haqqani Network later handed him over to the Taliban, who wanted to exchange him with Taliban prisoners when the talks were to be held in Qatar in June. however, the talked ended in a deadlock after the closure of the Taliban office. in a recent video Zadran had invited Kurds and Turks to come to Afghanistan to participate in jihad. FO CONDEMNS ATTACK; While the US carries on with its drone strikes in Pakistan with impunity, the country’s foreign Office issued a customary statement condemning the attack in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan Agency. “The government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone strike that took place in Ghulam Khan tehsil of North Waziristan. These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pakistan has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes,” said the statement.
ISLAMABAD: A Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat supporter flashes the victory sign during a rally on Defence Day. ONLINE
STRONG BALOCHISTAN MEANS SAFER PAKISTAN Army chief says not a single army soldier involved in any anti-insurgency operation in province QUETTA
hief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on friday said that Pakistan’s defence lies in a strong and prosperous Balochistan. “it is not just coincidence that i’m celebrating the National Defence Day in the Sui town of Balochistan, but it is a matter of importance and honour which the Army keeps for Balochistan,” he said during a passing out parade of cadets in the Military College Sui (MCS) here. Gen Kayani dispelled the impression about the military operation in the province and said: “There is not a single army personnel involved in any operation in Balochistan.” he said that a thriving and s t r o n g Balochistan would guarantee the prosperity of the country, adding that all assistance would be
provided to the provincial government in order to achieve the goals of socioeconomic development and peace in the province. Pakistan Army is fully committed to extend all possible assistance to the provincial government to eradicate poverty and control lawlessness, he said. he recalled that as part of army’s steps for engaging youth of the province, a large number of Baloch youngsters have been recruited in the armed forces. “The ratio of recruitment from Balochistan in army has been 1.7 in 2007,” he said and added that it has been enhanced to 3.5 with the recruitment of some
12,000 soldiers and officials in army since 2010. Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on the occasion said that though it was passing through a critical juncture in time, it was the government’s resolve to steer the province out of the crises. “i appeal to all warring tribes and disgruntled Baloch who left Dera Bugti to set aside their differences and play their role for the development of the province,” he emphasised. Stressing the need for imparting quality education to the youth, Dr Malik said that the only key to success and way out of issues faced by the people of the province was providing them pen instead of weapons. he announced grants of Rs 10 million each for Military College Sui and other educational institutes of the Dera Bugti and Sui. Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, iG fC Major General ejaz Shahid, Commandant MCS Brigadier imranul haq, MPA Sarfarz Bugti, and Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob fateh Mohammad attended the ceremony among others. MPA Sarfaz Bugti and other speakers also address the gathering. earlier, the army chief distributed prizes among the students who got distinction.
SHO tOld tO regiSter cOmplaint againSt ‘OffenSive’ cOlumniSt LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge on friday directed the ShO concerned to record a complainant’s statement under Section-154 of the Pakistan Code of Criminal Procedure. The petitioner had sought the registration of a case against Nawa-i-Waqt columnist Ajmal Niazi for portraying Prophet Muhammad (PBUh) as secular in his columns and a book. The petitioner’s counsel, Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, submitted that Niazi, in his April 9 column Najam Sethi aur Khatoon Sahafi Aamnay Saamnay had stated that ‘no one was more secular than Prophet Muhammad (PBUh)’. The word secular, Chaudhry said, meant “laa deeni ya deen se khali” (nonreligious or devoid of religion). he said in his book Mandar Mein Mehrab, he had stated that “no one was more secular than God” and that history has not seen a person more secular [in his approach] than Prophet Muhammad (PBUh). Niazi’s June 1, 2003, column ‘Shaheed Bishop John Joseph nay haq k liey jan dee’ published in Din newspaper stated that the blasphemy law was irrelevant. he had declared the bishop a martyr for committing suicide to protest against the law. Chaudhry said that Niazi had hurt the sentiments of Muslims by calling God and Prophet Muhammad (PBUh) secular. his statements could be considered blasphemous, he said, adding that Niazi appeared to be working for an anti-islamic lobby that wanted to impose secularism on Pakistan. he submitted that his client had approached an ShO to file his complaint but had been rebuffed. he prayed the court to direct the ShO concerned to register a blasphemy case against Niazi. The judge ruled that since the complaint was about a cognizable offence, the ShO should fulfil his duty by recording the petitioner’s statement and proceed in accordance with law. STAFF REPORT
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PRIME MINISTER WANTS AN OBJECTIVE APC NAWAZ, INTERIOR MINISTER GIVE FINAL TOUCHES TO APC ARRANGEMENTS, NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY ISLAMABAD
RiMe Minister Nawaz Sharif on friday directed interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to give final touches to the government’s proposed national security policy to be presented in the all-parties conference scheduled for Monday, with an objective to evolve consensus among all political and institutional stakeholders over the government’s plan to hold talks with militant forces.
An official statement said that during the meeting, the interior minister apprised the prime minister about the overall law and order prevailing in the country, particularly in Karachi. however, a source in the government told Pakistan Today that the main focus of the meeting was to fine tune the government’s strategy in order to narrow down differences between political and military leadership over talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as politicians wanted to give dialogue a chance while the military leadership viewed that talks would provide a breather to the militants to regroup and join forces to go for fresh attacks on military and civilian targets across the country. “The military feels that time was ripe to unite the entire nation on a one-point agenda. They have shared their concerns about holding talks with the militants as
such efforts have only resulted in providing the miscreants breathers and time to regroup and launch fresh attacks. however, they have assured the government that the army will follow any decision by civilian leadership,” the source added. The interior minister also apprised the prime minister of contacts made with political leaders for the APC. Prime Minister Nawaz gave special directives to Nisar that all political parties should be offered representation in Monday’s conference that would discuss contours of the draft counterterrorism strategy. The conference will also seek views of political leaders on whether to go for dialogue or use state power to curb terrorism. Separately, Nisar also called on Jamiat Ulema-e-islam-fazl (JUi-f) chief fazlur Rehman and extended him an invitation to attend the multi-party moot. The interior minister already has in-
vited Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) chairman imran Khan, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr farooq Sattar, Jamaat-eislami (Ji) chief Syed Munawar hasan and leaders of other parties. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned PML-f chief Pir Sibgatullah Shah Rashidi and invited him to the APC. Both leaders also discussed the political situation prevalent in the country. KARACHi LAw AND ORDER: Nisar also briefed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the law and order in Karachi. The source said the interior minister informed the prime minister about legal hiccups regarding giving powers to Rangers for launching a targeted operation in Karachi. The source added that Nisar briefed the PM about the feedback by the task force
headed by Science and Technology Minister Zahid hamid, who is the legal wizard of the federal government. During the meeting, the prime minister reiterated the resolve of his government to take all-out measures for the restoration of peace in Karachi. The prime minister emphasised the need for enhancing coordination among law enforcement agencies through intelligence sharing and joint actions for effectively checking crime in the city. he directed the minister for interior to take stringent measures for the maintenance of peace and security in the country. The prime minister said improved coordination between intelligence bodies and law enforcement agencies was imperative to combating crime in the country’s financial capital, adding that his government would do its utmost to ensure peace in Karachi and would offer no leniency to criminals.
all partieS On Same page Over taliban talkS, SayS niSar ISLAMABAD ONLINE
interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has said all political parties were on the same page regarding talks with the Taliban. Talking to reporters in islamabad on friday after holding talks with Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e islam-fazl Maulana fazlur Rehman‚ he said all elected political parties had been invited to attend the all-parties conference on Monday. he said a positive outcome was expected from the conference. Nisar said all political parties were on the same page for holding talks with the Taliban and all allies would be taken on board regarding national policies. he said the situation of uncertainty would be ended so that confidence was restored in democracy and politics. Nisar said it was the essence of democracy that all allies and opposition parties were being taken on board regarding matters of national interests Speaking on the occasion‚ fazl said his party stood by the government for peace and stability in the country. he said it was imperative for peace and stability in country that dialogue was held with the Taliban and he was ready to play his role in this regard. he said use of power was no solution to any problem. fazl added that he fully supported the APC and would participate in the moot. The JUi-f chief said all political parties should be taken on board on national issues. earlier during the meeting‚ the interior minister formally invited the chief of JUi-f to attend the all-parties conference.
aSfandyar will nOt attend apc PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Asfandyar Wali Khan has rejected the government’s invitation to attend the All Parties Conference (APC) on terrorism scheduled to be held on September 9. According to Awami National Party (ANP) sources, Asfandyar told interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to contact ANP Acting President Senator haji Mohammad Adeel and invite him to represent the ANP in the APC. Later, the federal government approached Adeel and extended him the invitation. ANP leaders have confirmed that Asfandyar said he could not attend the APC as he had quit the party office. The party’s acting president and other senior leaders will attend the APC.
KARACHI: Pakistan Air Force cadets present Guard of Honor during the Change of Guard Ceremony at Mazar-e-Quaid on Defence Day. ONLINE
DEFENCE DAY: PRESIDENT, PM CALL FOR UNITY TO FIGHT TERRORISM
Unidentified gunmen killed seven people in Gujrat on friday. The deadly attack took place in Jasoki area in Gujrat when the gunmen, riding motorcycles, opened indiscriminate fire on a group of people, resulting in seven deaths. Another two people were injured. The dead and injured were taken to Aziz Bhatti Shaheed hospital. The assailants fled the scene after firing. Police surrounded the area and launched hunts for suspects.
Pakistan’s top civilian leadership on friday urged the nation to unite in order to fight the growing menace of terrorism and militancy. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his Defence Day address to the nation on friday, said that September 6 symbolised unity and sacrifice. The day is observed in Pakistan in memory of sacrifices given by Pakistani soldiers in the 1965 war when they bravely defended the country against an onslaught by the indian military. Sharif said that the sacrifices of Pakistan’s Army would always be remembered, declaring that the army’s resolve in the face of the current circumstances was inspirational. The prime minister stressed that as Pakistan currently faces multiple security challenges such as terrorism and external aggression, the entire nation stands united beside the armed forces. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari also called for a renewed resolve in fighting militants in order to defend the
Seven killed in SHOOting in gujrat
RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and services chiefs pose for a photograph on the occasion of Defence Day reception at Chaklala on Friday.
country from all sorts of external and internal threats. “Let us also pay homage to our sons and daughters who laid down their lives in the defence of the motherland. Their sacrifices will never go in vain,” President Zardari said in his message to the nation. President Zardari observed that that the need to embrace the spirit of national unity and courage, as displayed by the armed forces in the 1965
war, was even greater today, as the country confronted new and far more serious challenges from militants, extremists and fanatics. The president ended his speech by declaring that no other nation had paid such a heavy price in fighting militants and in safeguarding the rights of its people, to live in accordance with the democratic values for which Pakistan was created.
attack On car killS five in peSHawar MONITORING DESK five unidentified people were killed late friday when unknown gunmen attacked their car in Matni area of Peshawar, a private TV channel reported. The dead bodies have been shifted to Leady Reading hospital in Peshawar.
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PUTIN, OBAMA FAIL TO HEAL RIFT OVER SYRIA SAINT PETERSBURG AGENCIES
US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin failed friday to bridge their bitter divisions over US plans for military action against the Syrian regime, and Washington signalled that it has given up on securing Moscow’s support at the UN on the crisis. efforts to smooth over their split did not go beyond Putin’s welcome of Obama to the G20 summit he was hosting, with the White house launching a scathing criticism of Russian policy on the conflict in Syria. Putin and Obama spoke for about half an hour on the sidelines of the summit, but neither managed to change the other’s mind on Syria. “We spoke sitting down... it was a constructive, meaningful, cordial conversation. each of us kept with our own opinion,” Putin told reporters. his chief foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov also confirmed that the “contradictions remained” after the talks. Putin has emerged as one of the most implacable critics of military intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over an alleged chemical weapons attack on August 21, saying any such move without UN blessing would be an aggression. The Russian foreign ministry also friday strongly warned the United States against targeting Syria’s chemical arsenal in any attacks. On friday, the United States said it has come to terms with the fact that no deal could emerge despite repeated attempts at persuading Syria’s key ally Russia, and signalled that it would take punitive action against Assad’s regime without the UN Security Council’s backing. Obama expressed appre-
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SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian President Vladimir Putin walks past US President Barack Obama as he arrives to pose for the family photo during the G20 summit on Friday.
ciation for france, saying that he very much valued President francois hollande’s “commitment to a strong international response for these grievous acts”, even as Washington evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Beirut, raising the prospects of an imminent strike in Syria. “What we’ve repeatedly seen is Russia refusing to take action to... (hold) the Assad regime accountable and again seeking to work through different processes to avoid the core issues,” said Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications. “We can’t have an endless process at the UN Security Council that doesn’t lead to anything,” he said. Russia and China, both vetowielding permanent members of the Security Council, have on three occasions voted down resolutions that would have put pressure on Assad. Rhodes also slapped down Russian lawmakers’ plans to visit Washington to persuade Congress not to approve Obama’s plans for strikes against Syria, saying Russia has nothing more to contribute. “i don’t know that the Russians have anything to
add to the debate in the United States given that we know where Russia stands on this issue,” said Rhodes. During a dinner on Thursday, leaders, including Obama, presented their positions on the Syria crisis which only confirmed the extent of global divisions on the issue, participants said. “The differences of opinions of the leaders were confirmed during the dinner,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies. “Some states were defending the view that rushed measures should be taken, overlooking legitimate international institutions. Other states appealed not to devalue international law and not to forget that only the UN Security Council has the right to decide on using force,” he added. A high-ranking source close to the talks said there was a disappointing lack of ambition at the dinner on the Syria issue, noting that Putin as host was keen not to aggravate tensions further. UN chief Ban Ki-moon friday also warned that military strikes could spark further sectarian violence in the country which he said is suffering from a humanitarian crisis “unprecedented” in recent history.
“i must warn that ill-considered military action could cause serious and tragic consequences, and with an increased threat of further sectarian violence,” Ban said. The Syria crisis and prospect of military intervention has overshadowed the official agenda of the two-day summit of leaders of the world’s top economies and emerging markets to stimulate growth and battle tax avoidance. Several Western states share Putin’s opposition to military action and after the British parliament voted against strikes, france is the only power to have vowed it will join American intervention. french foreign Minister Laurent fabius told AfP that eU top diplomats should unanimously condemn the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons at their meeting in Vilnius. Obama is seeking backing from Congress for military action, putting back the timetable for strikes which had been anticipated even before the summit got underway. The US president held a bilateral meeting friday morning with President Xi Jinping of China, who like Russia vehemently opposes military action against Syria.
Sharp rise in British drone use in Afghanistan LONDON AGENCIES
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee on friday said that the allegations levied on the party in the missing containers case were false. Addressing the press, the MQM said that its claim was also supported by the US embassy who had said on September 5 that the media suggestions about stolen containers, including those containing weapons and ammunition, were incorrect. MQM leader Babar Ghauri, who was also present at the press conference, asserted that his picture was splashed all over the media in connection to the case. “it’s not only the MQM who is being falsely accused, but also the entire Muhajir community,” said Ghauri. MQM leader, haider Abbaz Rizvi said that he had official documents to prove that the party had nothing to do with the missing containers. Bringing the address to a close, he said that he expected the people show their support for the party.
ZARDARI SET TO STEP DOWN AS PRESIDENT
The British military fired nearly seven times as many missiles from unmanned drones in Afghanistan last year as it did five years earlier, according to official data released on friday. in 2012 British drones flew 892 missions over Afghanistan – firing missiles on 92 occasions – more than
10 percent of all sorties, junior defence minister Andrew Robathan said in a written statement to parliament. This compares to 2008 when the hi-tech unmanned Reaper aircraft flew 296 missions, firing weapons just five per cent of the time, on 14 occasions. Used to target suspected insurgents in Afghanistan, Britain’s Reaper drones are
capable of carrying laserguided hellfire missiles. heavy use of drones by the United States has been one of the most controversial aspects of its fight against al Qaeda and Taliban militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and beyond. Drone fire has killed top leaders from both islamist networks, but it has also been blamed for scores of civilian deaths.
ReSiDeNT Asif Ali Zardari steps down on Sunday having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years but facing criticism for leaving the economy and security in a shocking state. Never popular and always shrouded in controversy, Zardari—once jailed for 11 years for alleged corruption— relinquishes power for a new life likely to be split between Pakistan and Dubai. Six years after his wife, two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was murdered, he retires having presided over the only civilian government in Pakistan history to complete a full term in office and hand over to another at the ballot box. his successor is Mamnoon hussain, a businessman and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose low-key persona and lack of personal power base puts him in stark contrast to Zardari.
“Politicking, keeping diverse groups together, that’s one of his achievements,” political analyst hasan Askari told AfP of Zardari, 58, who had to deal with a fractious ruling coalition and a divided Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Another achievement was facing down a zealous judiciary. furious that judges sacked under military rule in 2007 were not immediately reinstated when Zardari took power, the courts pursued him. The Supreme Court convicted of contempt and sacked his first prime minister for refusing to ask Switzerland to reopen multi-million-dollar corruption cases against Zardari. “i have not seen any Supreme Court in the world trying to put its sitting president on trial in a foreign country,” said Askari. “he survived that. he’s a big survivor.” Allies praise the outgoing parliament for passing more legislation than any of its predecessors, including laws empowering women against domestic violence and sexual harassment. in 2010, Zardari relinquished much of his power to
China urges UN role on Syria after US says gives up BEIJING AGENCIES
China’s foreign Ministry urged a role for the UN Security Council in resolving the crisis in Syria on friday after the United States said it had given up trying to work with the council on Syria, accusing Russia of holding it hostage. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power’s remarks on Thursday left no doubt that Washington would not seek UN approval for a military strike on Syria in response to an August 21 chemical attack near Damascus. She said a draft resolution Britain submitted to the five permanent council members last week calling for a response to that attack was effectively dead. Asked about those comments, Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman hong Lei said the Security Council needed to be used. “China supports the important role that the UN Security Council plays in properly resolving the
Syria issue,” hong told a daily news briefing in Beijing. “We hope that relevant parties can continue communications and coordination and hold deep consultations so as to resolve the relevant issue in a peaceful way,” he added. China has called for a full and impartial investigation by UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria into the August 21 attack, and has warned against pre-judging the results. it has also said that whoever uses chemical weapons had to be held accountable.”China believes that a political solution is the only realistic way out on the Syria issue. Given the current circumstances, a political solution is of utmost importance,” hong said. “We also hope the international community can work together and push for the holding of an international conference on the Syria issue at an early date.” Russia and China have both vetoed previous Western efforts to impose UN penalties on Syrian President Bashar alAssad.
Taliban deny involvement in Banerjee’s killing KABUL AGENCIES
The Taliban on friday denied shooting dead indian writer Sushmita Banerjee, whose murder Afghan officials blamed on the insurgent militia fighting against the government for 12 years. The 49year-old was dragged out of her husband’s house by masked gunmen in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province late Wednesday and repeatedly shot. Police suggested her book, an account of her escape from the Taliban two decades ago that was
later turned into a hit film, may have been the reason she was killed. “Our investigation… indicates that the militants had grievances against her for something she had written or said in the past,” provincial police chief Dawlat Khan Zadran told AfP. But on friday a Taliban spokesperson denied any involvement. “We reject claims that
mujahideen were involved in the killing of the indian woman. it is a propaganda by government officials to defame the mujahideen,” Zabiullah Mujahid told AfP. The militant group, which has been waging a bloody insurgency against the Western-backed Kabul government since 2001, is often reluctant to claim the killings of women. Banerjee was married to local
businessperson Jaanbaz Khan and had recently moved back to live with him in Paktika, reportedly to run a health clinic for women there. her book “Kabuliwala’s Bengali Wife” was made into a Bollywood film in 2003. Sanjana Roy Choudhury, a publisher from hay house india, told AfP that Banerjee was courageous. “in trying to live a life with her husband there, this is the price she paid. it’s a brave voice that’s been quietened.” Bengali writer Samaresh Majumdar said she had risked her life by returning to Afghanistan. “it was akin to committing suicide.”
the prime minister, rolling back on decades of meddling by military rulers in an effort to institutionalise parliamentary democracy. But critics say he showed no leadership in the face of economic decline and spiralling insecurity, laying accusations of poor governance and rampant corruption at his door. “Continuity is a positive development in a country like Pakistan where political leaders don’t last long. Other than that there is no achievement you could really highlight,” said Askari. Prime Minister Sharif has inherited a surge in terrorist attacks. Shootings and bomb attacks are now a daily reality. Nothing has been done to eliminate the plethora of militant networks blamed for violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan and india. Religious violence has reached dizzying levels with the Shiite Muslim minority bearing the brunt. Meanwhile Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and its business hub, is suffering from record killings linked to political and ethnic tensions.
ZARDARI TO RETAKE PPP REINS ISLAMABAD ANwER AbbAS
After finding little relaxation from the tasks of Presidency, Asif Ali Zardari has decided to re-take the top slot in the Pakistan People’s Party with plans of reorganisation, especially in Punjab. Sources privy to the Pakistan People’s Party disclosed that after leaving the charge of Presidential Office, Zardari was taking command of his party with an ambition to reorganise the party and bring it back into politics. in this connection, Zardari has summoned a sitting of top party leadership in Bilawal house Lahore on September 8 that he would personally chair. President Zardari is giving his attention to the PPP in Punjab and plans to strengthen the party in the province, as his political opponent and sitting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently spent all his energies and resources to reorganise the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in Sindh. in this connection, Zardari is expected to announce some major decisions regarding the party leadership in Punjab by shuffling the party positions. The sources said that in the coming reshuffle in the PPP in Punjab, major roles were likely to be assigned to former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Nadeem Afzal Gondal, however, the new party structure is not likely to offer any strong position to Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the former prime minister. President Zardari would also replace his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s position, who is commanding the party as the chairperson, and would lead the party personally.
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infiltrated into Pakistani territory. Moreover, Nizami said that it was a good omen that all the institutions concerned were playing their he whole nation and constitutional roles. he said that the Pakistan’s army need to country’s independent judiciary, be on the same page to democratic government and fearless make certain the defence army were all carrying out their of the country and the responsibilities in a good manner, army’s involvement in ‘other affairs’ adding that before the existing would make the county weak. democratic government came into former information minister, Aiwanpower, the general elections were e-iqbal Complex chairman and held in a good manner and that the senior journalist Arif Nizami newly elected prime minister was expressed these views at a function trying to delicately tackle the jointly organised by the hashmat country’s major issues. furthermore, Memorial School and the Aiwan-eNizami said that on Thursday the iqbal on the 48th National Defence whole nation observed the current Day on friday. PM Nawaz Sharif bid farewell to The chief guest at the programme, outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari Nizami, said that Pakistan’s army in a very patient manner, adding that was defending its motherland this act would strengthen the courageously and with complete county’s democratic norms. professional skills. he said the however, he pointed out that country was currently the original test of the facing enormous PM’s wisdom would challenges including be on Monday during that of terrorism the All Parties and the Pakistan Conference (APC). Army was he said that he fighting for the was very country at three optimistic about different fronts; the country’s the eastern future. Nizami also front, western said that education front and against was the only way to the Afghan-based get the country out of terrorism, which all current crises, adding had that Pakistani children must be provided the opportunity to realise the importance of national days via such ceremonies. During the e h ying t function, children l l t a re pla try’s presented tableaus to a h t d a oun n highlight the e c om cerne les. C ocrati importance of d o n al ro em e o o r g c the day a s a d y n
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Arrest warrants for One Pound Fish man issued LAHORE STAFF REPORT
A local banking court on friday issued bailable arrest warrants for Shahid Nazir, the ‘One Pound fish’ famed, on a criminal complaint filed by a leasing company. The court ordered to produce Nazir before it on September29. Lahore iV Banking Court Judge Khalid Nawaz issued the order on a criminal complaint filed by the Orix Leasing Company in a recovery suit of Rs 6.6 million against Nazir. According to details, Nazir, being the owner of Rajpoot Goods Transport got a loan of Rs 6.6 million from the leasing company to purchase trailers in 2007. however, the leasing company filed a recovery suit after Nazir defaulted. Moreover, during the pendency of the case, Nazir made a deal with the company and agreed to pay Rs 1,034,000 through 11 cheques of Rs 94,000 each. however, the cheques were bogus and the company then filed the criminal complaint for action against Nazir. At the last hearing, the court issued notices to Nazir for appearance but he refused to receive them and also failed to appear in court yesterday. Taking a strict notice of the matter, the court issued bailable arrest warrants for Nazir and ordered the authorities concerned to produce him before it on September 29.
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and also recited Allama iqbal’s poetry. The Defence Day was observed with zeal and fervor to pay homage and tributes to the Shuhada and Ghazis who rendered the supreme sacrifice of their lives for defending their motherland. Numerous functions were held in city including a national flag hoisting ceremony at Jinnah hall, and the graceful change-of-guard ceremony at Allama iqbal’s mausoleum. The Punjab Rangers assumed the duty of guards at the Mazar-e-iqbal. Pakistan Army General Commanding Officer Major General Shahid Beg Mirza and the Baloch Regiment’s Brigadier Najeeb Aamir Malik laid wreaths at the Mazar-e-iqbal and offered fateha prayers. A ceremony was also held at the Lahore Ranger headquarters in which Punjab Rangers Deputy Director General Brigadier Mohammad Jamil laid wreaths on the monuments of the martyrs. The Defence Day was also celebrated in the Lahore Garrison. The day-long celebrations started with Quran Khawani, while special prayers after the fajr prayers were also offered for the sovereignty, solidarity and integrity of the country. A special ceremony was held at the grave
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that fulfilling the challenges faced by the country was difficult but not impossible, and that the nation required showing patriotism similar to that demonstrated in the 1965 war to achieve these tasks. Addressing a ceremony held in connection with the Defence Day, the CM said that our armed forces gave innumerable sacrifices in the 1965 war and that the nation would never forget them. “The nation gives tribute to its unnamed heroes while the services of Pak Air force’s MM Alam will be written and remembered in golden words,” he added. Shahbaz said that the armed forces were always ready to cope with natural disasters in addition to defending the country, adding that the army’s role in the recent flood relief activities was remarkable. “We have to win the war against bad governance and terrorism by adopting the patriotism of 1965,” he said. SHAHBAZ ViSiTS YADGAR-ESHUHADA: Shahbaz visited Batapur’s Yadgar-e-Shuhada on friday morning. he laid floral wreath and offered fateha prayers for the 1965 war martyrs. he also prayed for the solidarity‚ progress and prosperity of the country. Several Provincial Cabinet Members were also present at the occasion. STAFF REPORT of Nishan-e-haider recipient Major Shabbir Sharif (Shaheed) to pay homage to him and to commemorate his sacrifice for Pakistan. Major General Bilal Amber and family members of the martyr laid floral wreath and offered fateha prayers. Pakistanis belonging to different walks of life kept on visiting the grave throughout the day to pay their respect to the war hero. in the afternoon, a programme for 1965’s war veterans was held at Batapur’s Yadgar-eShuhada where Major General (Retd) Asif Akhtar and DiG Sikandar Shaheen graced the occasion as chief guests. g
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LIQUOR RECOVERED FROM PTI’S MANSHA SINDHU’S DERA LAHORE
he police, on a tip-off, raided sites in the area of Khana and recovered a large quantity of liquor from former MPA Mansha Sindhu’s Dera. The report said that the police arrested two criminals named Zaheer-ul-Din and Umer hayat and also recovered liquor from their possession. The police filed an fiR against the criminals for further investigation. The police said that the criminals were running a liquor factory for the past several years. OVER SPEEDiNG CLAiM THREE LiVES: Three individuals including a
minor died in a road accident in two different areas of the city on friday. As per details, an over-speeding motorbike banged into a footpath and one person consequently died. Two boys were riding a motorbike under the registration number LZW-1559 when they lost control and banged into a footpath on Band Road. One boy died on the spot while the other was severely injured and was shifted to the Mayo hospital by Rescue 1122 personnel. The report said that the boys had not been identified yet, adding that the injured boy was a 12-year-old and that the police were searching for his family members. A woman and her son died in another road accident in hadayara. The report
said that one Sakina and her six-monthold son were returning to their house when an over speeding car banged into them, consequently resulting in their death. The police reached the spot after a call by area’s residents and recovered evidence and filed an fiR against the unknown car drive in the hadayar police station for further investigation. The police also handed over the dead bodies to their family members after completing their initial inquiry. LOVER KiLLS wOMAN: As per details, a woman was murdered by her lover in South Cantt. The report said that Nishad Colony’s 20-year-old Sumara, a sister of three brothers, was married a few years ago but later got divorced due to family disputes. She returned to her
parents house where she got infatuated and got into an affair with a man named Asad. The report said that she went to meet him on friday and returned in an unconscious condition. her family members took her to the nearest hospital where she died. According the police sources, the girl was poisoned by her lover. The police filed an fiR against Asad and started searching for him. CAR LiFTERS ARRESTED: As per details, the Sandha Police raided a site on a tip-off and arrested five criminals involved in car snatching. The police recovered eight cars worth Rs 10 million from their possession and filed an fiR against the accused for further investigation.
mOre mOney fOr metrO: it HaS tO be made HaSSle free! LAHORE NNI
in a bid to make the Metro Bus Service hassle free and to make the Azadi Chowk signal free, a major project worth Rs 3.83 billion was planned. According to PC-1, the plan included the construction of three underpasses from Bhati Chowk to the Lahore Ring Road and also the construction of two overhead bridges for uturns on the road. The plan also envisaged two pedestrian bridges on either side of the Azadi Chowk. The land would be purchased using the massive amount of Rs 1 billion.The project would include the construction of roads from the Railway Station to Niazi Chowk and from Bhati Chowk to the Railway Station.
POWERS OF THE PRESS: The police was told to disperse the protestors of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat who were not granted permission to stage a rally at Nasir Bagh. But overpowering angry protestors is not an easy job for pot-bellies – especially when the media personnel are around and in command and are wooing cops with a fancy click/footage in the paper/television. The cops come up with a solution as dandy as their attire: they start arresting any and every passerby with a beard in suspicion of being a protestor. The cops in bathroom slippers, during their operation which included dancing to the tunes of the media men and posing for the camera in style, got their hands on an army soldier (shown in the picture) who was returning after offering Friday prayers. The soldier showed them his identity card and the gate pass, explaining he was not a protestor and had to return to the headquarters. However, the cops paid no heed and took him to the station. After all, you don’t get to have a fancy click everyday! MURTAZA ALI
PPP’S REMAINING CADRE TO HONOUR ZARDARI Zardari becoming the first tenure-completing president in country’s history LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Paying tribute to outgoing President Zardari, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) announced the holding of a welcome rally at the Lahore Airport on Sunday to receive Zardari. The PPP organised a special ceremony on friday to pay tribute to Zardari on becoming the country’s first president to complete his constitutional tenure. PPP Central Secretary Latif Khosa presided over the ceremony held at the Lahore Press Club and lauded the policy of reconciliation in politics by Zardari. The PPP was largely recognised as one of the county’s largest political parties, but a large defeat in the general elections due to the PPP government’s failure to overcome electricity and gas load shedding and high inflation resulted in the departure of most of the party’s cadre. even in the August 22 byelections, the PPP faced some trouble in the distribution of party tickets as there was a lack of candidates generally in Punjab, and especially in Lahore. Anyhow, in the seminar, a good number of workers as well as some known faces of the party including Shaukat Basra, Naveed Chaudhry, Zulfiqar Gondal, Rana Ashar, Zahid Zulfiqar, Napolean Qayyum
and Afnan Butt participated and showed their hope towards re-strengthening the party under Zardari’s leadership during his stay in Lahore. While addressing the charged PPP workers, Khosa said that PPP workers would continue in their struggle for strengthening democracy in Pakistan. Basra said that the PPP leadership had already given numerous sacrifices and it would continue its struggle in the future. he said that the party workers were united under the Bilawal Bhutto’s Chairmanship and that the party would attain good results in the next Punjab local government elections. Other speakers also praised the efforts of Zardari for strengthening
democracy in Pakistan when the country was facing several complex issues at both internal and external levels. On the occasion, it was also announced that the party leaders would decorate Lahore with banners, hoardings, and other decorations on Zardari’s arrival. Zardari will step down from the presidency on Saturday after receiving the country’s first presidential tenure-completion guard of honour. his already elected successor, Mamnoon hussain will take his oath in a special ceremony the following day. Zardari has planned to stay in Lahore soon after vacating the President’s house in islamabad on Sunday evening. he is aiming to revive Bhuttos’ party which was defeated in the May elections.
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234 dead, 1,129 INJURED IN FLOODS: NDMA
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif exchanges views with former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during a meeting on Friday. PPI
Sc directS punjab ig tO fOrm jOint inveStigatiOn team in miSSing perSOn caSe ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court on friday directed the Punjab inspector general (iG) to form a joint investigation team to recover Muddasir iqbal, who has been missing since 2011. These orders were passed by a threemember bench comprising Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed during the hearing of a petition filed by Muddasir’s mother for his recovery. The mother apprised the court that her son went missing since 2011 when he went out to fetch some food items and medicine for her but never returned. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar submitted the initial report and said no secret agency had claimed detaining Muddasir. The bench said police could trace Muddasir by focusing on the clues revealed by his mother. Later, the SC adjourned further proceedings for 10 days.
PARTICIPANTS OF A DEBATE ON KP’S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR SAY FEDERAL BOARD OF REVENUE, CUSTOMS, EXPORTS PROMOTION BUREAU AND OTHERS COMPLICATING THINGS FOR KP INDUSTRIALISTS PESHAWAR
eSPiTe the Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi)-led coalition government’s initiatives for the revival of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP)’s industrial sector, experts and industrialists have said that unless a policy was chalked according to the wishes and expectations of all stakeholders, no one could ensure industrialisation in the region. During a debate on the industrial sector of KP, KP Chamber of Commerce former vice president Zahidullah Shinwari said if the KP government wanted to revive the industrial sector, it should establish a body like the Punjab industrial estates Development and Management (PieDM) in the province. The debate was arranged by Pakistan Television (PTV) Peshawar center with Shams Mohmand as its moderator. The KP government was represented by industries
Director Zakaullah Khattak. The media was represented by Shamim Shahid of Pakistan Today. During the debate, discrepancies were noted in the data of the provincial government and industrialists. Zakaullah said around 2,300 industrial units were registered in the province out of which 480 were closed or dysfunctional. however, Shinwari said the total number of industrial units was 1,850 and 1,200 of them were closed or dead he said that ratio of closed and dead units was around 7o percent. Referring to the steps being taken by the PTi government in KP for reviving the industrial sector, Zakaullah said working groups had held meetings and in two months, its members would finalise the recommendations. he said so far, the government “plans to initiate united and coordinated efforts for the revival of the industrial sector”. During the debate, the Punjab government and the Sharif brothers came under severe criticism for banning the supply of wheat to KP and for the with-
drawal of incentives, especially SRO 517 pertaining to Gadoon industrial estate. it was said that the Sharif brothers were willing to supply wheat-flour to KP but did not allow the supply of wheat as it could be ground in KP mills. “The federal-government controlled functionaries like the federal Board of Revenue, customs, exports Promotion Bureau and others are making complications for the KP industrialists, entrepreneurs and exporters rather than resolving their miseries,” it was said. The participants urged the government, industrialists, investors and politicians to unite for the early revival of the industrial sector otherwise no one could combat the growing trends of unemployment and economic disorder in this region. They urged the government to ensure maximum benefits from consumer markets in Afghanistan, adding that it was only possible by ending violence and entering into an era of trust with the people of Afghanistan.
iSLAMABAD: According to the latest data issued by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a total of 234 people have so far died and 1,129 have sustained injuries in the recent flash floods in the country. According to the data, 23,652 tents have been distributed in Punjab, 3,440 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 10,185 in Sindh, 5,380 in Balochistan, and 177 in Azad Jammu Kashmir. A total of 57,834 tents have been distributed among flood-hit people by the NDMA and the provincial disaster management authorities so far. As many as 126,400 food packs have also been distributed among marooned people, including 108,100 in Punjab, 12,650 in KP, 1,500 in Sindh and 4,000 in Balochistan. Some 17,187 blankets have so far been distributed among the flood victims, of which 16,400 have been distributed in KP, 720 in Balochistan, and 67 in AJK. Similarly, 31,250 mosquito nets have been distributed in flood-hit areas, of which 10,000 in Punjab, 6,100 in Sindh and 7,150 in Balochistan. A total of 492 relief camps have been providing basic amenities of life to 12,077 marooned people of flood hit areas of the country. Moreover, 8,414 cattle heads have perished of which 15 died in Punjab, 95 in KP, 88 in Sindh, 8,135 in Balochistan and 81 cattle heads have perished in AJK. in Punjab, 88 people have been reported dead and 1,016 sustained injuries, 24 expired and 26 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 47 people have died and 43 injured in Sindh, 27 dead and 18 injured in Balochistan, 15 dead and 11 injured in fATA and 33 people have died and 15 sustained injuries in flash flooding in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). As many as 1,496,870 people have been affected in country due to flooding including 795,857 in Punjab, 584 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 505,959 in Sindh and 175,596 have been affected by floods in Balochistan. Standing crops on 1,457,299.25 acres of land have been affected in the country including 1,094,171 acres in Punjab, 535 acres of crops in KP, 246,500 acres in Sindh, 115,927 acres in Balochistan, and 76.25 acre of crops have been affected in fATA. As many as 7,693 villages including 2,482 in Punjab, 2 in KP, 2,920 in Sindh and 2,289 villages in Balochistan have been affected, with a total of 55,317 houses damaged partially and 21,133 completely due to the floods in the country. APP
kp gOvt banS pOlice tOrture PESHAWAR ONLINE
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government on Thursday banned the police from torturing prisoners to extract information or confession to crime during their judicial and physical remands. According to the government’s directives, stern action would be taken against police officials who defied the ban.
DECREASE IN MILITANTS ATTACK, IMPROVEMENT IN TARGET SELECTION: REPORT ISLAMABAD INP
The Conflict Monitoring Center (CMC) has observed a decrease in the number of militant attacks and deaths related to the ongoing insurgencies in Pakistan. however, over the past month, the militants have improved their target selection and carried out significant and successful operations. Per the CMC, there has been a gradual increase in the number of security forces actions against anti-state militants in KP and Balochistan. During the month of August, 185 people were killed in militant attacks and security forces’ anti-militants operations, including 74 militants, 59 civilians, 50 security forces personal and two pro-government ‘razakars’ whereas 288 people, including 171 civilians, 106 security forces personnel, six militants and five
‘razakars’ were wounded. The highest number of militant attacks, subsequent deaths and counter-insurgency operations was recorded in Balochistan, making it the most affected province of the country, followed by KP. According to the CMC, 135 people were killed in 49 insurgency related incidents in Balochistan, including 27 militant attacks and 22 security forces operations. The dead include 35 security forces personnel, 43 civilians and 57 militants. Balochistan became the deadliest province for the security forces as seventy percent of the security forces personnel killed and 76 percent of those injured during August were operating in the province. The militants carried out 27 actions in Balochistan, 16 in KP, 15 in federally Administered Tribal Areas (fATA), six in Sindh, and one each in islamabad and Gilgit, killing 138 people. A Pakistan Army
colonel and a senior superintendent of police (SSP) were killed in the Gilgit attack. These officers were investigating the Naga Parbat incident in which Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) militants had targeted foreign tourists. The forces have arrested 14 suspected militants of the TTP during search operations in the country’s northern areas. During August, the militants carried out two suicide attacks killing 35 people out of whom 30 were killed in Quetta when a suicide bomber blew himself up during the funeral of a slain police officer. The blast killed senior police officials, including Deputy inspector General (DiG) Police (Operations) fayyaz Sumbal, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) headquarters Shamsuddin and Superintendent Police (SP) Ali Mehr. Sixty people, mostly policemen, were also injured in the blast. The militants also used improvised ex-
plosive devices (ieDs) and conducted grenade attacks, rocket attacks, target killings and kidnappings. ieDs attacks and physical assaults constituted the majority of the militant attacks in August. Civilians continue to bear the consequences of the ongoing war-on-terror as 59 were killed and 171 wounded during the month of August. Unlike the security forces, civilian victims are not compensated by the government according to a set mechanism. in the previous month, 43 civilians were killed in Balochistan, 13 in Sindh, two in fATA and one in KP. Security forces beefed up their activities against the militants in Punjab and detained 412 suspects during a three-day-long search operation in Lahore. however, most of the detainees were released after their identities were obtained. As many as 267 suspects were arrested, including 142 from Balochistan, 14 from Gilgit, six from islamabad, two from
Sindh and 23 from fATA. The militants kidnapped four people during the month. The security forces conducted 64 actions against insurgents in different parts of the country, killing 47 militants. The forces conducted 23 such actions in KP and 22 in Balochistan. The forces also recovered an explosive-laden auto rickshaw from Quetta besides diffusing two bombs. in KP, four militants were killed in security forces operations while one was killed in Punjab and Sindh each. The focus of the security forces actions in KP was to trace and avert militant attacks in the province. The KP police and intelligence agencies foiled ten ieD attacks in the province. The Peshawar police also recovered 100 kilogrammes of explosives and averted a terror bid attack. The provincial capitals of all the four provinces of the country witnessed the highest number of insurgency-related actions.
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NEWS Saturday, 7 September, 2013
US to announce $160m for Pakistan Reading Project ISLAMABAD
he United States (US) will announce the launch of the Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) on international Literary Day to boost the reading skills of 3.2 million Pakistani children. The project will fund improvement in reading instruction and reading assessment in Pakistani public schools from grade one to grade five. The international Rescue Committee (iRC), which is partnering regional governments and Pakistani civil society organisations, will implement the $160 million project in an estimated 38,000 public schools over the next five years. The launch of this program on the international Literacy Day, observed annually on September 8, demonstrates the commitment of the US and its Pakistani partners to
improve reading and writing skills. After the agreement was signed between the US Agency for international Development (USAiD) and iRC, USAiD Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb said “The PRP will provide Pakistani children an opportunity to develop skills which are essential for success in higher education and in the workplace. Children who do not learn to read in the first few grades of school will struggle to keep up with classroom assignments in later grades.” iRC Chief of Party John Shumaker said, “The iRC is honored to work on such an important project which will help improve the quality of education for millions of Pakistani children.” The initiative is part of a comprehensive US education assistance programme which includes building or rehabilitating nearly 800 schools; launching new degree programs in education at 90 colleges and universities; providing scholarships to 12,000 students to study in Pakistan and operating the largest fulbright academic exchange program in the world.
peSHawar pOlice tHwart terrOr bid, Seize 5kg bOmb, arreSt SuSpect PESHAWAR APP
Police thwarted a terrorism attempt on friday by seizing explosives and arms from a coach in the limits of Badabar Police Station. According to details, the police had received a tip off about the smuggling of explosive devices from the tribal areas to Peshawar for terror attacks. The police spotted a suspected coach at a security checkpost and told the driver to stop. The driver tried to speed away and was chased by the police. Police sources say the accused, identified as Burad Ali, started firing at the police party. Ali was injured in retaliatory firing by the police and was shifted to hospital. Later, the flying coach was searched, leading to the recovery of a five kilogramme bomb, a revolver and others explosives. The Bomb Disposal Squad was called to diffuse the explosives. The police have cordoned off the area and started a search operation.
ecp wantS lb candidateS tO nOt uSe party SymbOlS ISLAMABAD ONLINE
The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) has directed all provinces to ensure that candidates participating in the local bodies elections not use party symbols during elections. Sources in the eCP said the decision was taken keeping in view the fact allotment of symbols would be confusing as more than one person from each party would be contesting and all would want that the party’s election symbol be allotted to them. They said this could also cause legal complications, therefore the provinces had been asked to ensure that party symbols are not used in the LB polls.
Hizb cOmmander killed in iHk, buried in lOwer dir PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
PESHAWAR: Activists of a local religious outfit shout slogans during a demonstration on the occasion of Defence Day on Friday. PPI
SIR CREEK ISSUE TECHNICALLY RESOLVED, POLITICAL DECISION AWAITED: EXPERTS ISLAMABAD INP
The decades old Sir Creek dispute between india and Pakistan had been technically resolved by relevant officials on both sides of the border and only a political decision by the governments of the two countries was needed to formally announce it, said security experts in a seminar on friday held at the institute of Policy Studies. The seminar was titled “Pakistan: Maritime challenges and opportunities” and was aimed at “promoting awareness through intellectual discourse and enabling policy makers to address different dimensions of the topic”, said senior iPS Associate Commander (r) Azhar Ahmad, who moderated the event. National Defense University (NDU)
Department of international Relations head Dr Muhammad Khan said the Sir Creek dispute of between Pakistan and india had been settled at the technical level, adding that only political will was now required to finalise the deal. Pakistan Navy and Defence Ministry representatives in the seminar also endorsed his opinion. former deputy chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Vice Admiral (r) iftikhar Rao, emphasised that Pakistan needed to update its maritime policy of 2002 and take into account the recent trends and developments. he said Pakistan’s maritime areas were spread over 295,000 square kilometers and thus had to be considered as the largest and richest ‘province’ of the country to tap its real potential. Underlining the significance of trade, mineral and strategic maritime
potential, he said the world’s 97 percent and Pakistan’s 95 percent trade takes place through sea. The Gwadar port needed to be equipped with necessary technology and infrastructure so that it becomes a starting point for an economic corridor towards China and to provide an ideal location for the necessary repair and maintenance of empty oil tankers entering the Gulf before reloading, he suggested. Rao said Pakistan should emerge as a shipbuilding country as the shipbuilding industry had proven to be a catalyst for industrialisation in many countries with a deep sea shore and abundant labor force. “The strategy has been approved and a policy board with the prime minister as its chairman has been notified since 2007 but real development is yet to be seen,” he said. he also stressed the need for diplomatic
efforts to counter india’s designs to dominate the indian Ocean. he revealed that the strategic islands of Nicobar and Andaman had 80 percent Muslim population at the time of the partition but the rule of Muslim-majority areas to become a part of Pakistan was not applied to them mainly because they were not claimed for by the political leadership of the indian Muslims. “Today, india has a three-star naval command based on these two islands through which it controls China’s maritime movement,” he said. NDU faculty of Contemporary Studies Dean Professor Dr Pervaiz iqbal Cheema chaired the seminar which was attended by a number of maritime and defense experts, armed forces officials, representatives of the concerned ministries and government departments and academics.
hizbul Mujahideen commander hakimullah belonging to Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was killed by indian armed forces in the disputed Kashmir area. Reports revealed on friday that hakimullah’s body was sent to his native village, Kamar Taal and he was buried in his ancestral graveyard. his funeral was attended by many people, including Jamaat islami (Ji) local leaders and workers. The hizbul Mujahideen is an affiliated body of the Ji Pakistan and is engaged in fighting against the indian troops in disputed Kashmir.
explOSiOn inSide peSHawar pOlice StatiOn injureS five PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
five people, including three police officials, were injured when an explosion took place in the hasht Nagri Police Station on friday. Police said that a motorcycle which was parked inside the station was laden with explosives. The motorcycle had been taken into police custody for having incomplete registration 15 minutes before it blew up. Soon after the blast, a fire broke out at the police station. Around 50 people were present at the site when the explosion occurred.
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The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists. –Ernest Hemingway
consensus is the key PML-N, PPP need each other in order to survive
COMMENT Saturday, 7 September, 2013
a nuanced rapport PML-N & PPP need peaceful coexistence
XCePT for the short-sighted and bigoted fringe, the rest of the country would welcome the compliments exchanged between Mian Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari at the luncheon given by the former. Mature attitude displayed by both Zardari and Nawaz Sharif allowed an elected government to complete its tenure for the first time in Pakistan’s history. A smooth and orderly transfer of power to those winning the elections at the centre and the provinces was also possible owing to the same maturity. The president also completed his term undisturbed and his last address to parliament, the sixth delivered by him, was heard with respect. The signal events are indicative of the strengthening of the system. earlier in yet another display of foresight, the PML-N declined the offer by the JUi-f to deprive the PTi, the top-scorer in KP, of the right to form government. The PML-N also agreed to have a chief minister from a nationalist party in Balochistan instead of foisting the PML-N aspirant on the province. Both acts would pay off in the days to come – to the PML-N and to our polity in the display of bonhomie there is pragmatism, for it is dictated by mutual dependence of the PPP and PML-N on each other. Both would need each other’s support in the weeks and months that follow. Nawaz Sharif knows that unless there is peace in Karachi, the largest city and the industrial hub of the country, his government will not be able to deliver. And to achieve that objective, it is imperative that he has the support of the PPP’s Sindh government. Also the PML-N government will need the PPP’s assistance in legislation that requires more than simple majority. With the PPP holding the office of the leader of opposition in National Assembly, it has to play a crucial role in the appointment of the CeC and chairman NAB. With the local government elections due later this year, the two have to be in agreement on the CeC – at the earliest. The failure to evolve a consensus on the new chairman NAB has led the SC putting the two parties on notice to arrive at a decision within a week. Again conscious that his party rules only one of the four provinces, Nawaz is desirous of seeking good relations with other provinces particularly Sindh, the largest federal unit after Punjab. Zardari on his part faces the uphill task of infusing a new life in the PPP after a devastating defeat. he can go about mobilising the demoralised party cadre only if he is not encumbered with cases in law courts that a hostile centre can burden him with. Zardari is also keen to secure the PPP government in Sindh where government leaders, no more supported by the MQM, fear the imposition of the governor’s rule. Old habit, it is said, die hard. One can only wish that the two parties realise the fact that contention and mutual dependence are often complementary and what is required is peaceful coexistence.
take the plunge The government needs to have a sound plan against terrorists
O talk or not to talk with the Taliban is just going to be the principal variable in the complex equation of counterterrorism the government is going to sort out in the upcoming All Parties Conference (APC). Aside from this, a comprehensive strategy to counter terror will be devised with major political parties on board. But the government needs to have a sound plan before trying to drive others to a point: deciding in principle on holding talks with the Taliban at the first place and, identifying groups which are willing to lay down arms for peaceful means. interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has reportedly contacted all major party leaders via telephone, including Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf Chairman imran Khan, Jamiat-Ulema islam fazl (JUi-f) chief fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-islami chief Munawar hasan. This, he claimed, was in an attempt to take any decision with the input of political parties. however, it is about time the government started behaving like governments do: owning up its responsibilities, choose a path and mould the public opinion to that end. The country has been bleeding for more than a decade now. Other political parties including the ANP, the JUi-f and former ruling PPP also convened APCs in the past over the same issue. Thousands of those who have been killed include armed forces personnel, police officers and innocent civilians. The spate of terror has shook the entire country with mosques, bus stations, markets, the military, naval and air force headquarters all having been targeted. There are certain political forces which are quite vocal about their support for the Taliban and have also termed this a conflict imposed upon us due to foreign presence in the neighbouring Afghanistan. The government should keep it clear that these voices will not change their stance overnight in one conference. Those having the people’s mandate should brace themselves up and carry on with tough decisions even amidst a couple of voices of dissent. More important than the government’s decision to talk with the Taliban is to identify which groups would sit on the negotiation table. Those challenging the writ of the government, killing its soldiers and civilians are the enemies of the state and should be dealt with an iron hand. The high-ups should finish the parleys at the earliest to go after those who do not accept the constitution, insist on armed struggle and are not ready for peace. The conference should evolve a clear-cut strategy and come up with a firm decision to take on the belligerent elements within the state. it should not be a confused mumbling at the end of the entire exercise of gathering all political heads under one roof. A lot of confusion still surrounds a recent government decision to give powers to Rangers in Karachi. The incumbent regime needs to change this impression and prove its mettle because taking the decision is just going to be the start.
f late a rare spirit of bonhomie has pervaded our body politic. This is a welcome change from the murky past. for now, old political rivals have buried the hatchet to avowedly cooperate for the greater good. hate filled rhetoric seems to have been relegated to history, at least for the time being. even Shahbaz Sharif, who while the PML-N was in the opposition, used to claim at the top of his voice that ‘Ali Baba and his forty thieves’, (meaning Zardari and his cohorts), will be dragged in the streets a la Al Tahrir Square is ominously quiet now. Nawaz Sharif waxed eloquent about the role both the PML-N and the PPP played for restoring democracy in the country at the farewell lunch he hosted in honour of the outgoing president. Zardari reciprocated in the same vein, assuring his host, PPP’s full support to complete his term in office. This backslapping is not merely for altruistic reasons. Both parties need each other in order to survive. in fact the mandate of May 11 general elections is such that without a spirit of cooperation on intractable issues confronting the country, neither they nor democracy can survive. Sharif’s critics have castigated him for being listless and lacklustre in the first three months of his rule. Some have even alleged that he has learnt no lessons while out of power. Nonetheless admittedly the biggest lesson that he has learnt is that polarisation and confrontation of the 1990s will not do. Nor without a spirit of accommodation and cooperation the country cannot be run on democratic lines. Zardari at the beginning of the PPP’s term – perhaps only half jokingly – had said in Punjabi: pehlay saadi waari phair thuadi waari (first it’s our turn, then it’s your turn). This statement formed the basis of allegations mostly levelled by the extra parliamentary opposition that there is a ‘muk mukaa’ (deal) between the Sharifs and Zardari not to undo each other. And for the same reason the PML-N remained a ‘friendly opposition’.
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however things were not always provincial government no operahunky-dory between the two politi- tion in Karachi can succeed. cal rivals. initially while the late Thankfully now it seems there is Salman Taseer was governor, the political will, previously lacking to PPP tried to take over Punjab and the clean up the mess created by crimgovernor’s rule was imposed. Shah- inals backed by political parties in baz Sharif has not forgiven the af- Karachi. The Rangers led campaign has ownership both at the provinfront even to this day. however, though verbal sparring cial and federal level. Despite the initial hiccups all the continued unabated, the PML-N in opposition fully cooperated with the stakeholders in the city are on board. PPP-led coalition to bring about The consensus amongst all political structural changes in the constitu- parties with the sole exception of the tion. Passing of the eighteenth and MQM not to use the military in nineteenth amendments, the Karachi is a sign of political maturity. Many times postponed multiBalochistan package and the mode of appointment of the judiciary were party conference to evolve a consensus on anti-terrorism policy is finally the hallmarks of this reciprocity. in a similar vein the PPP gov- taking place on Monday. And the ernment did not paint the political good news is that imran Khan, the opposition in a corner. it is no mean rejectionist PTi chief, has also achievement that for the first time agreed to participate. he had demanded a separate perhaps in Pakistan’s history there is not a single political prisoner in meeting with the prime minister and the COAS before the APC (all the country. This did not mean however that parties conference). his wish has the PML-N opposition gave a clean been granted. hopefully the moot will be able chit to the government. Both in the parliament and through the courts it to evolve a clear-cut policy to combat exposed the poor governance record terrorism rather than come up with and lack of transparency of the PPP a wishy-washy declaration merely to reach a modicum of consensus. led coalition. The Sharifs acting like the good The war on terror needs ownership, cop, bad cop duo, kept the federal unfortunately lacking till now. There was confusion worst congovernment under consistent pressure. Shahbaz Sharif’s attacks on founded by recent statements of the Zardari were hard hitting and focused. interior minister Nisar Ali Kahn On the other hand, Nawaz Sharif was whether the government has decided to talk to the Taliban or fight more nuanced in his utterances. On a more prosaic level both the them. he has now clarified that diSharifs and Zardari need each other. alogue with the Taliban was a preUnless the Sharifs behave Zardari ferred option but it will not shy could find his back against the wall away from “an all out war against the militants.” while in the opNo one can position. On the disagree that diother hand the alogue is the ulPML-N government needs co- On a more prosaic level both the timate solution. talks can operation of the Sharifs and Zardari need each But only be held PPP government in Sindh to sort other. Unless the Sharifs behave from a position of strength. Natout the enorZardari could find his back urally abject surmous Karachi render in the challenge. against the wall. The PML-N face of terrorism Similarly government needs cooperation cannot be the some of the key a p p o i n t m e n t s of the PPP government in Sindh goal of either the participants entail reaching a to sort out the enormous of the APC nor consensus with the military. the opposition, Karachi challenge. A multiand these inpronged strategy clude the NAB to militarily de(National Acfeat those who countability Bureau) chief and the Chief election want to dismantle the Pakistani state Commissioner. in any case, Zardari and dialogue with those who abjure will like to lie low till the present violence will have to be evolved. Perhaps this is the biggest exisCJP retires in December – lest a proactive judiciary gives him a run tential challenge for Nawaz Sharif: to bring terrorism under control for his money. Both parties have made a good without compromising the Pakistani start in Karachi. The chief minister state. if this is the agreed goal he Qaim Ali Shah extended full cour- needs full cooperation. even from tesy, protocol and cooperation to the those who doubt his capabilities and prime minister while he was there to intentions. execute a plan to sort out the mess in The writer is Editor, Pakistan the troubled metropolis. Without the cooperation of the Today.
K, so the prime minister likes his food. is that a crime? So does everybody; what’s the big deal? he’s just an average Joe, who goes around to the neighbourhood chaat shop, orders a plate of dahi bhallas (to go) and instructions on how to make them. That actually happened the other day. The shop: Fancy Dahi Bhallas. The neighbourhood: his very
own Model Town. The instructions: not too hot, please. That the way to his heart is through his stomach is a given now. We have a president who certainly seemed to have worked his magic through, coincidentally, dahi bhallas. And now we have the estranged MQM’s Babur Ghauri, who sent the premier some nihari and haleem as a peace overture. it’s good to be king.
LL went well at the farewell lunch by the prime minister to the outgoing president. The latter was effusive in his praise of the chief executive, who responded in kind and said he was particularly touched by young Asseffa Bhutto Zardari, who had presented him with a bouquet of flowers when he was administered his oath as the prime minister.
So lovey-dovey were NS and AAZ that some of the jiyalas present started wondering aloud whether they would even be allowed to do some oppositioning during the course of the five years or not. Yes. You. Will. Let the game begin!
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united States’ chemical amnesia Just the tip of USA’s chemical iceberg
the consensus hoax Nonsensical and all-too-apparent a ploy
eVeR before in our history has such a hoax – calling for the formulation of a ‘national consensus’ to defend against a bloodthirsty enemy – been played so cynically as the one being currently played on the altar of the people’s lives and the country’s existence. This hoax is of truly Armageddonion proportions, and at least to tens of thousands of those whose body and flesh were blown to bits by this primordial Taliban/Jihadi enemy, it must have felt revolting. The gallant chief of a brave army, in an epiphany of democratic upsurge, calls for the equally fearless civilian government to forge a ‘national consensus’ to fight the enemy. The Lion-spirited chief of the government quickly passes the buck to the valorous politicians for convening an APC for forging, what else, but a ‘national consensus’. The fundamental question: National consensus for what? is it for preventing our citizens – men, women and children of Pakistan – from being killed, blown to pieces, maimed, their properties, businesses and livelihood from being destroyed? is it for protecting the writ, the rule of law, the Constitution from being trashed? is it for having to fight in order to defend our territory, sovereignty and indeed the very existence of our country? if so, do we really need a national consensus? Or suppose if it is not forthcoming, then would it mean that the army will not fight and will not defend our people and our country because there’s no consensus? Seeking national consensus on public issues implies debate, discussion and choice. is the question of protecting the lives and properties of citizens against a relentless enemy a matter of debate and discussion? is the issue of fighting to defend the existence of the country and the nation, a question of yes or no choice? Can anyone in our country who is patriotic, who believes in Pakistan, who values life and who wishes to live freely and safely, be opposed to such noble goals. Do we need a national referendum or a parliamentary vote to tell us so? The national consensus to fight an enemy for defending our country and our people was established the day the Pakistan armed forces and the federal and provincial governments were formed, the day the army, air force, navy chiefs and officers in all three armed forces took oath, the day the head of our state and chief executive took their oaths of office. isn’t it strange that no such consensus was
called for when the army on its own plunged into the 1948, 1965, 1971 wars and the Balochistan (several times over since 1948), Kargil, the fATA operations? Why now? So let’s brush aside this nonsensical and alltoo-apparent ploy of first obtaining a national consensus to combat and defend against this Taliban/Jihadi enemy and go to the core behind this evasiveness by the army and its civilian accomplices. The bottom line: the establishment is perhaps refusing to fight this enemy on account of some erroneous conclusions. Surely the military brass must have conducted much internal analysis to develop various options and courses of action on how to deal with this enemy, which it now concedes an existential threat to the country. firstly, the military might have concluded that in this deadly assault on the nation, time is on their side, that the Talban/Jihadi enemy will eventually peter out, will run out of suicide bombers, bombing material, arms and money. This however flies in the face of facts. The enemy appears well stocked with adequate weaponry and motivated manpower. We must not overlook that its propaganda machinery, both online and door-to-door networking, is formidable in attracting support and resources to its cause and it shows no signs of cooling down. Secondly, the military might think that a fullscale war against this enemy would spill over into the cities and mainland, triggering a nationwide civil war that would engulf the whole country. This may be true to some extent, but in my opinion, the army is underestimating the resilience and patriotism of most of our people whether in urban or rural areas, and overestimating the popular appeal and operational strength of the militants. Thirdly, it’s possible that the military baulks at undertaking a full-blown offensive due substantial presence of the Taliban islamist sympathisers amongst its own ranks. even if it were true, this is an internal matter for it to resolve. Why should the nation be left undefended because of the army’s failure to produce a unified, efficient fighting force in nearly seven decades despite devouring the best of national resources? fourthly, the military might be inclined towards waiting for the Americans to depart from Afghanistan before decisive action against the Taliban. The Afghan Taliban then would be able to impose their writ in the weakened Afghanistan and establish a foothold there. To the army, the separated and thus weakened Pakistani Taliban and Jihadis would be easier to tackle and defeat. The problem with this strategy: it is based on assumptions that might not materialise. fifthly, there seems to be subliminal feeling in the establishment that it would be more prudent to preserve the army’s and country’s limited resources for a war against the country’s bigger enemy than to dissipate them in fighting a smaller enemy that might be containable. Again the underlying presumption that the country would be able to survive and remain intact until then is dubious at best. in my humble analysis, military’s strategy in opting, despite all its power and resources, against wholeheartedly fighting this enemy has been a huge mistake – militarily, economically and politically.
Militarily speaking, Taliban is an effective fighting force, but only in the field of hit and run warfare. in regular warfare it is very weak, bereft of required tools of modern conventional warfare, such as trained troops, air power, etc. for instance, the Pakistan army in battle formation was easily able to overrun and defeat the Taliban in Swat and in the South Waziristan. A few hundred US Special forces troops along with some motley tribesmen of the Northern Alliance were able to rout the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in under a month. About 80 per cent of attacks by Taliban involve the cowardly, inhuman use of brainwashed underage suicide bombers, civilian shields and hidden ieD’s, and if you take away these tactics, along with their safe sanctuaries in the fATA, they will have nothing significant left to sustain their campaign. Our army made a huge mistake in choosing to play the enemy’s game: in tit for tat, piecemeal operations rather than launching a fullscale conventional war, the weak point of this enemy. Sri Lanka would still be fighting a blood sapping guerrilla war with the Tamil terrorists if it hadn’t gone for an all-out offensive. The Pakistan government estimates that it has suffered an economic loss of about $ 60 billion in 10 years at the hands of this self-bred enemy. for a fraction of this, a decisive conventional offensive could have been undertaken to crush this enemy. Apart from the tens of thousands of our citizens and soldiers killed, economically and politically the country has taken a beating in this war. it has plummeted to the bottom of failed or failing states, like ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan etc, in the UN socio-human development index, a far cry when it was viewed as a future star in Asia. ever since the onslaught of terror attacks by the Taliban began the national economy has been inexorably collapsing, kept barley alive by an infusion of foreign remittances, the US aid and the iMf loans. it cannot even begin to revive as long as the Taliban are allowed to flourish. The country’s international image lies in tatters, looked down upon as a dangerous, antimodern, paranoid, psychotic place with whom few countries would venture to do business. During the last decade the world has watched in horror as this enemy has inflicted one horrendous attack after another. even if the establishment contends that it has stopped the Taliban advance, it’s no victory. A stalemate in this battlefield would be akin to defeat, because the country’s downward slide would continue unabated. Nothing short of a total elimination and subjugation of this enemy would be seen as victory, toward picking up the pieces – toward sanity, rebuilding and growth. As long as the people are unable to breathe freely, as long as the enemy stalks the land unvanquished, the country cannot hope to rise up. Our future is sealed until the nation can deliver the hammer-blow to the Taliban. The vise that grips our country with blood-soaked fingers must first be broken and shattered before we can even dream of a destiny with a bright future. The writer is a US-based corporate attorney, author, independent analyst and writer.
heRe are relatively gentler methods of mass killing, but they are not employed. This suggests something compellingly sadistic about those determining killing methods, not those ordered to use them. Perpetrators seldom admit to war crimes; false flag operations are now routine, planting fake evidence on others. The US President franklin Roosevelt had NAjMA SADEquE condemned the use of gas by ‘any civilised nation’. he however clarified, “US would reply in kind if the enemy dared to use such weapons first”. That obviously meant keeping poison gas in reserve in case of instant retaliation. In fact, during World War II, an American ship carried 2000 mustard bombs to Italy, something kept secret from the crew. it was bombed and sunk by the Germans, killing them all. The gas poisoned the waters and the harbour area, killing thousands of civilians as well, filling hospitals to overflowing. An American investigative writer recently narrated how his grandfather, a pharmacist who joined the military, was given a factory task he hated – filling shells with poison gas, used in World War ii. he wept telling his grandson about his experience. The Americans weren’t particularly secretive about their chemical warfare production in those times. They had some 250 sites in 40 US states, and three ‘territories’ for the purpose, according to a 2012 National Academy of Sciences report. To date, cleaning up the havoc caused onsite remains unfinished. Yet the US always claimed that poison gas was a despicable weapon only employed by equally despicable enemies such as the Nazis and Al-Qaeda, a blanket term for Arabs and other unfriendly Muslims. in 1981, dengue fever broke out in Cuba, not the low-hygiene kind of country where water-borne and other infectious diseases are easily spread. Castro blamed it on the CiA. it killed almost 200 people, about half of them children. it was not until 1988 that a Cuban exile leader admitted he’d brought the germs into Cuba. Then a dengue epidemic occurred in Nicaragua for the first time in its history, affecting 50,000 people and killing several dozen. it occurred during the peak of the CiA’s war against the Sandinista government. following low-level flights over Cuba by the US government spray planes, the island again suffered from a disease – this time of crops and vegetation. The UN headquarters being on the US soil is helpful; the latter can exert undue influence, and it successfully blocked a UN investigation into the matter. The very day that US Secretary of State In 1981, dengue fever broke out John Kerry condemned in Cuba, not the low-hygiene the chemical attack by the Syrian government kind of country where as “cowardly” and “ob- water-borne and other infectious scene”, was the selfdiseases are easily spread. same day declassified documents revealed how CiA and Saddam’s iraq had collaborated in chemical attacks against iran towards the end of the iran-iraq war. Donald Rumsfeld personally dealt with the chemical weapons sales. The highly-respected Foreign Policy journal said it was “tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched.” The US has no compunctions about using its own people as guinea pigs. Some experimental vaccines were given to more than 100,000 US troops in iraq. As the Gulf War ended, the US Army deliberately exploded an iraqi chemical weapons depot. But not till 1996 did it admit that over 20,000 US troops were exposed to VX and sarin nerve agents. One or both were certainly the cause of new, hitherto unknown diseases. in iraq 2004, apart from reducing fallujah to rubble, the US troops used white phosphorous chemical weapons, forcing 300,000 to flee. A participating marine, among others, told the story: “i heard the order… they were going to use white phosphorus… it in fact melts the flesh all the way down to the bone… i saw the burned bodies of women and children.” The Pentagon, of course, vehemently denied it. The smaller the population, the easier it is. With a five million population in 2000, Libya was a cinch. Syria waits helplessly. And who can forget Vietnam? from 1962 to 1974, the USA dumped over 75 million litres of the most poisonous chemicals over South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. herbicides and defoliants mixed with jet fuel, a hundred times more lethal than domestically sold products. The US first targeted food crop fields to starve and drive out rebels and rural populations, followed by defoliation of forests. in South Vietnam alone, 25 million acres of agricultural land was completely destroyed. Almost five million Vietnamese were exposed – including 400,000 were killed or maimed, a million with permanent health problems, half a million born with severe birth defects. Rates of miscarriage and stillbirths went through the roof among both women and livestock. All just the tip of USA’s chemical iceberg. Vietnam’s irreversible legacy continues into the fourth generation – victims living helpless, painful, dependant, meaningless lives. it endows euthanasia with new sacredness.
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lamar Odom checks into rehab!
amar Odom is getting help. Khloé Kardashian Odom's husband of nearly four years has checked into rehab, less than a week after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, sources tell E! News. Lamar was arrested at 3:54 a.m. on Friday after California Highway Patrol pulled him over for allegedly driving erratically while heading east on L.a.'s 101 Freeway. He was taken into custody and authorities later said that he refused to take a chemical sobriety test. The 33year-old NBa star was booked on misdemeanor charges of DUI and refusing to take a chemical test and released later that morning after posting bail. a court date is scheduled for Sept. 27. Lamar is not compelled to appear alongside his attorney because the charges are misdemeanors. "It only looks good for him to seek treatment," L.a. criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten, who is not involved with Lamar's case, told E! News last week, saying that he would recommend any client of his in the same situation to get help as soon as possible. "It looks like you are addressing [the issue] before the court, before you are being forced to," Slaten said. "It looks good to do it on your own." NEwS DESK
‘If you're gonna sing, sing loud’ — Travis Tritt
FROM DRAMAS TO MOVIES!TURKISH MOVIES TO LIGHT UP PAKISTANI CINEMAS
ROM ishq-e-Mamnoo to Muhabbat eik itefaq – a journey from the small screen to the Silver! After the telecast of numerous Turkish dramas dubbed in Urdu ranging from ishq-e-Memnoo to fatima Gul to Junoon Tere ishq Ka, viewers have had a fine flavor of the drama industry in Turkey. however, it is time to dub the silver screen hits of Turkey and so, ‘Ask Tesadüfleri Sever’ whose Urdu name is ‘Muhabbat eik itefaq’ is next as Pakistan’s ‘first-ever Turkish movie dubbed in Urdu to release not only in Pakistan but also in india and Bangladesh’. Ask Tesadüfleri Sever was released in february 2011. The total business of the movie hit a high score of 50 million USD and is one of the highest grossing Turkish films, with a first weekend hit of 1,779,485 USD, of the year. The story revolves around Deniz who is an aspiring actress and is in love with Buraq but her profession is what Buraq’s parents do not accede to. however, Deniz is an ambitious girl and refuses to give up her career at any cost.
Ozgur is a photographer who meets Deniz in an exhibition and they realize that they had met before. To put it more accurately, perhaps they had had a series of coincidences to connect them with each other spread from Ankara to istanbul over a span of more than 25 years. Deniz’s acting career entangled with her relationship with Buraq and then Ozgur falling for Deniz. This love triangle is an absolute treat to watch with a totally unpredictable and classic climax. Muhabbat
hail, Shazia Shahid, Shama, Naghnama Tahir, Umer Saud, Usama Bin hijazy, habiba and many others. Muhabbat eik itefaq is expected to release before eid ul Adha. The theatrical promo shall soon hit 18 cinemas across Pakistan including cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi. After Pakistan, the film is expected to release in india and Bangladesh later this year. A treat for those who wish to watch a ‘good’ movie in cinema and the pinch of Urdu is a bonus. NEwS DESK
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger gear up for duet! After the glorious Canadian day that was Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger's wedding celebration, the lovebirds are set to get emotional again on Lavigne's just-announced self-titled album, out November 5. Avril released the track list for her fifth studio album on Thursday (September 5), according to hollywood Reporter and it looks as if the newlyweds have a duet on the docket. "Let Me Go," judging solely by its title and Kroeger's penchant for gritty rock ballads, may just be a tear-jerking, slowtempoed song about losing the one you love. We'll see. The "Sk8er Boi" singer also appears to have a duet with Marilyn Manson, although we expect that to be exactly opposite of a heartwrenching ballad. Avril's album art debuted in August — a dark portrait with smeared smoky eye, hair pulled back from her washed-out face. The album
diana’s biopic gets ripped apart by critics
OrE than 16 years after Princess Diana died, the film ‘Diana’ has just had its world premiere in London’s Leicester Square. Starring Oscar nominee Naomi Watts as the late Princess of Wales, the movie focuses on Diana’s alleged romance with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. Watts explained how she portrayed such a famous woman: “Usually when you take on a character you work from the inside and then get to the outside and focus on the appearance and the walk and the voice and things like that, but in this case I did it in the reverse direction. Starting with the look and the voice, obviously being the most important one, and then getting into the interior life after.” Naveen andrews, who has appeared in the TV series ‘Lost’ and ‘The English Patient’, said he thinks his character, Khan, was a breath of fresh air for Diana: “ I think what was unusual about Dr. Hasnat Khan for Diana was that he didn’t really treat her like the icon that we all know her to be.” Directed by German film maker Oliver Hirschbiegel – who helmed the Hitler biopic ‘Downfall’ – the film is set during the last two years of Diana’s life. He said: “Love stories don’t come around that often, it seems a genre that’s not done any more but I am certain the audience wants that, but lets see it’s up to the audience.” Critics have been less than impressed with the film, with early reviews ranging from lukewarm to scathing. NEwS DESK
eik itefaq should be a Must-Watch. Credit must also be given to the production team in Pakistan including Sohail Productions where the entire post-production work has taken place from dubbing to mixing, effects, theatrical trailer and the final printing of the movie itself to be screened in the cinemas. The voice-over lot of artists including names like Muaz Raja for Ozgur, fatima Khan (yea that’s me) for Deniz, Riffat Abbas for Buraq, Tariq Rao, Mazhar, Areeba Sohail, Danial So-
already has two singles out, including "here's to Never Growing Up" (co-written by her husband) and "Rock N
Roll." it was co-produced by Lavigne, Kroeger, Martin Johnson and David hodges. NEwS DESK
A$AP ROCKY CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON FEMALE FAN
Benedict Cumberbatch at the Toronto Film Festival.
A$AP Rocky has been arrested with an assault charge after reportedly hitting a female fan at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Saturday.As Rocky walked through a crowd at this weekend's concert, dancing fans tugged at his clothes. The rapper turned to swat them away and made contact with a woman's face, TMZ reports. The young mother said she
suffered whiplash from the alleged hit, and after she filed a case with the District Attorney, Rocky, born Rakim Mayers, was charged with a misdemeanor. The DA office was not available when MTV News reached out. A$AP Rocky's camp has not responded to MTV News's request for comment by press time. COuRTESy MTV
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SCARLETT JOHANSSON GETS ENGAGED The Oscar-nominated actress is planning to tie the knot with Romain Dauriac, e! News confirmed Wednesday, noting that the proposal occurred about a month ago, he offered up a vintage Art Deco ring and they are both "very happy." Johansson's rep added, "They haven't chosen a date for the wedding." What a couple of under-the-radar types! Back in July, right around the time her rep said that she was "not engaged or close to being engaged," a source close to Johansson insisted that a diamond and ruby ring she was wearing was "simply a piece of jewelry." Meanwhile, Dauriac was on the red carpet with his Versaceclad, ring-flashing fiancée at the Venice film festival yesterday, where they attended the premiere of Johansson's latest movie, Under the Skin. The betrothed couple went public in November 2012, not long after Johansson ended a roughly year-long relationship with Nate Naylor. She and Ryan Reynolds divorced in July 2011 after almost three years of marriage. he tied the knot with Blake Lively last September. Johansson also let go of her one-bedroom bachelorette pad in hollywood in July for $470,000 after owning it for nearly a decade, perhaps an indicator that she was going to be in need of more space on a more permanent basis. it's all making sense now..But which came first, the ring or the real estate transaction? Johansson told elle UK in December that she "never" thought about marriage. "it's really not important to me," she said. "The only time i ever think about it is when people ask me, 'Would i get married again?' "i'm not having kids anytime soon," she added. "i'm in a nice relationship, i'm working a lot and, like i said, it's not important to me." Well, it's important to someone. Congratulations to the happy couple! COuRTESy EO
angelina waves to photographers in Sydney, australia.
kat celebrateS riSHi kapOOr’S birtHday
iLLiONS of barren patches of land, known as ‘fairy circles’, can be found across the Namib Desert in southern Africa. The mystery of how they got there, or why they stay there, has stumped scientists for decades. Theories have included grass-killing gas, termites and even UfOs while local myth holds that a fire-breathing dragon lives beneath the earth and burns the vegetation. But these strange patterns may in fact be the result of underground competition for resources among plants, according to new research by Michael Cramer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. fairy circles, which can be 2-12m in diameter, are found in the region’s arid grassland on sandy soils. A ring of vegetation that is taller than the grassland usually surrounds the barren patch. The theory states that the nutrientpoor soil and lack of rainfall causes increased competition between plants in the Namib Desert. The stronger types of grass soak up all the nutrients causing other plants in the area to die. This leaves a barren patch in the landscape which later becomes a reservoir for nutrients and water. ‘The consequent barren circle
may provide a resource-reservoir essential for the survival of the larger peripheral grasses,’ said the researchers, writing in the journal PLOS ONe. ‘it's a really good theory because it accounts for all the characteristics of fairy circles,’ florida State University biologist Walter Tschinkel, who was not involved in the study, told LiveScience. ‘No other proposed cause for fairy circles has ever done that.’ in April Norbert Jürgens from the University of hamburg claimed that a species of sand termite was responsible for the patterns.
he examined hundreds of fairy circles in more than 1,200 miles of the desert and found that the Psammotermes allocerus, or sand termite, was the only species consistently present. Mr Jürgens theory states that they eat plant roots before they can sprout through the desert soil creating a water trap - in a similar way that beavers create dams. Because of the lack of foliage, rainwater is not lost through transpiration (the evaporation of water from plants) and instead stays below the surface. NEwS DESK
Katrina and Ranbir may have faced the wrath of daddy dearest when pictures from their private Spanish holiday were leaked. But it seems that the issues are now water under the bridge! zoOm has always been the first to update you with the developments on the Kapoor Khandan and sources reveal this time, that the diva was spotted enjoying the company of Ranbir's parents! With Bollywood rife with rumours of an impending engagement, fans can't help but wonder what brought the Kapoor parents and Ranbir and Katrina under the same roof! Well, it appears that the four got together to celebrate Rishi's birthday! Rishi and Neetu may not have joined Kat on the dance floor, but they did include her in the guest list. Celebrated on the 4th September 2013, the party was held at Krishnaraj-commonly known as the Kapoor residence! Being a father, Rishi may have banned Katrina from entering his abode in the past to avoid a controversy, but it seems like she was the special invitee that night! COuRTESy TOI
WORLD’S LARGEST VOLCANO DISCOVERED
The volcano, located 1,000 miles east of Japan and dubbed the Tamu Massif, is the largest on earth as well as one of the biggest within the solar system. The sprawling structure covers 119,000 square miles, rising around 2.2 miles above the bottom of the sea floor and delving 18 miles into the crust of the earth. The volcano, which is not believed to be active, consists of a vast single rounded dome in the shape of a shield which was believed to have been formed 144 million years ago when it last erupted. The epic dimensions of the Tamu Massif almost match the Olympus Mons volcano on Mars, widely regarded the largest volcano ever recorded, according to scientists. it also eclipses hawaii's Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano on earth, which covers only 2,000 square miles, less than two per cent of the size of the
Tamu Massif. Until now, it was originally thought that the underwater formation, first discovered 20 years ago on an underwater plateau called the Shatsky Rise, consisted of a network of multiple volcanoes. however, a team of geologists assembled data to dispel this assumption and claim to prove that it is in fact not only a single volcano, but among the largest within the solar system. "We show that the Tamu Massif is a
single, immense volcano, constructed from massive lava flows that emanated from the volcano centre to form a broad, shieldlike shape," the scientists conclude in Nature Geoscience journal, which published the findings. "We suggest that the Tamu Massif could be the largest single volcano on earth and that it is comparable in size to the largest volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons on Mars." The study was
conducted by a team of geologists led by William Sager of the University of houston – the scientist who first discovered the Tamu Massif formation 20 years ago. The geologists made their discovery after drilling into the ocean floor in order to obtain data from rock samples and creating a chart of the seabed using deep-penetration seismic scanners from a survey ship. The possibility that there were ot er undiscovered super volcanoes lurking beneath the earth's oceans could not be dismissed, according to Dr Sager, who previously worked at Texas A&M University, after which it was originally named. "We don't have the data to see inside them and know their structure, but it would not surprise me to find out that there are more like Tamu out there," he said. NEwS DESK
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SPORTS Saturday, 7 September, 2013
You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball. – Bobby Knight
younis double-ton shuts out zimbabwe HARARE
pakistan to take part in doha shotgun event LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Six marksmen of Pakistan are to take part in the 2nd CiSM international Shotgun Tournament to be held at Doha, Qatar, from October 30 to November 2 under the auspices of international Military Sports Council. Sources informed ‘The News’ that the team would comprise Army’s Colonel fakhar and Brigadier Zafar and Navy’s Abdul Sattar, Asif Mehmood, Waheed Aalam, and Mubeen. They will take part in Skeet and Trap events. The team has been selected after trials held recently at Jhelum. All the competitions will be conducted in Lusail Shooting Complex, which is equipped with Laporte target throwing machines and electronic scoreboards. The competitions will be held in the following events: Trap (men) 125 targets (team and individual); Skeet (men) 125 targets (team and individual); Trap (women) 75 targets (team and individual); and Skeet (women) 75 targets (team and individual). Participants must be military personnel on active duty with the armed forces of their country.
Sarfraz hopes for more opportunities
eST victories do not come easy for an underdog striving to cause an upset, and Younis Khan capitalised on his reprieves to bury Zimbabwe’s chances with his fourth double-century. he set the hosts the challenge of making their highest total in the fourth innings, in a little over three sessions, on a wearing pitch, against an attack led by Saeed Ajmal. Battling for a draw, the more realistic objective, was demanding in itself. Zimbabwe had hope at the start of the day. Pakistan were 90 ahead and four down, and Tendai Chatara bowled Asad Shafiq in the first over. Another wicket in the next few overs would have exposed Pakistan’s tail just around when the second new ball was available. Younis, however, found reliable company in Adnan Akmal, whose career-best 64 was the larger contribution in their 118run partnership that swung the Test. Zimbabwe had an early opportunity too, but they were left wondering what could have been if only they had taken it. On 83, in the first halfhour, off the first ball of the 76th over bowled by hamilton Masakadza, Younis slashed and edged. Tino Mawoyo was not low enough at first slip and the ball scurried between his legs. There were no more chances in the first session. The new ball was given to Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, and though they were disciplined, the pitch was placid and there were no alarms barring the odd delivery that held its line to beat Akmal’s bat. Younis slowed down against the new ball, and he eventually brought up his century by flicking the last delivery of the 85th over to the boundary. he did not play another rash shot but soon began to score more briskly, while Akmal broke stretches of
SCOREbOARD PAKISTAN 1ST INNINGS 249 zIMbAbwE 1ST INNINGS 327 PAKISTAN 2nd INNINGS Khurram Manzoor lbw b Panyangara 5 Mohammad Hafeez c Mawoyo b Chatara 16 Azhar Ali lbw b Panyangara 0 younis Khan not out 200 Misbah-ul-Haq* c Sibanda b Sw Masakadza 52 Asad Shafiq b Chatara 15 Adnan Akmal run out (Sikandar Raza/Sw Masakadza/Panyangara) 64 Abdur Rehman lbw b utseya 9 Saeed Ajmal lbw b utseya 1 junaid Khan b utseya 8 Rahat Ali not out 35 EXTRAS (b 11, lb 1, w 2) 14 TOTAL (9 wickets dec; 149.3 overs) 419 FALL OF wICKETS 1-17 (Khurram Manzoor, 5.5 ov), 2-21
(Azhar Ali, 7.3 ov), 3-23 (Mohammad Hafeez, 10.2 ov), 4-139 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 58.6 ov), 5-169 (Asad Shafiq, 70.5 ov), 6-287 (Adnan Akmal, 116.5 ov), 7-309 (Abdur Rehman, 125.6 ov), 8313 (Saeed Ajmal, 129.6 ov), 9-331 (junaid Khan, 133.4 ov) bOwLING: TL Chatara 33-7-99-2, T Panyangara 30-14-422,P utseya 37.3-5-137-3,Sw Masakadza 34-4-100-1,H Masakadza 15-5-29-0 zIMbAbwE 2nd INNINGS TMK Mawoyo lbw b Saeed Ajmal 2 5 V Sibanda not out EXTRAS (b 1, lb 5) 6 TOTAL (1 wicket; 7.3 overs) 13 TO bAT H Masakadza*, Sikandar Raza, MN waller, R Mutumbami†, E Chigumbura, P utseya, Sw Masakadza, T Panyangara, TL Chatara FALL OF wICKETS 1-13 (Mawoyo, 7.3 ov) bOwLING: junaid Khan 3-2-3-0,Rahat Ali 2-1-4-0,Saeed Ajmal 1.3-1-0-1,Abdur Rehman 1-1-0-0
defence with the occasional boundary, including a reverse sweep. Zimbabwe did not go to pieces but the bite in their bowling was not as sharp and runscoring was largely risk-free. At the end of the first session, Pakistan were ahead by180 and Zimbabwe had only one wicket to show for their morning’s effort. After the break, Younis and Akmal remained content with blocking. The first ten overs post lunch produced only nine runs and during that time Younis, on 117, slashed at hamilton Masakadza once again, and once again
he was dropped, this time by Malcolm Waller at gully. Pakistan’s lead had not yet got out of hand, but Younis ensured it did. his last-wicket stand of 88 with Rahat had set Zimbabwe a target of 342. The day, which had begun so promisingly, got worse for Zimbabwe. Their openers survived seven of the remaining eight overs unscathed but Saeed Ajmal spun one into Tino Mawoyo’s pads, trapping him plumb in front. Ajmal now has eight wickets in the Test, and has nine more tomorrow from which he can swell his tally.
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the trip to Zimbabwe was a good learning experience, adding that he is looking forward to more opportunities to prove his potential. Sarfraz was recalled in the Pakistan team for two Twenty20 internationals and the three-match One-day international series after Umar Akmal, who suffered from a medical condition while playing in the Caribbean Premier League, was left behind. “i did not get much batting opportunities, but i tried to do my best behind the stumps,” he said on Thursday. “As it was my maiden trip to Zimbabwe, i learnt a great deal playing in new conditions and environments,” he added. Sarfraz said he was working hard to maintain top fitness and had started training and fitness under the guidance of his trainer in Karachi. he said he was looking forward to the series against South Africa played in United Arab emirates (UAe). “i will wait for my opportunities,” said Sarfraz, who has featured in 27 ODis for the country.
KPT crush PIA, WAPDA drub ZTBL LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Karachi Port Trust (KPT) inflicted a crushing 5-1 defeat on Pakistan international Airlines (PiA) in the Pakistan Premier football League on Thursday, while four-time champions WAPDA overwhelmed Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) 3-1. here at the KPT Stadium, KPT were too good for the lifeless PiA, who failed to show the resistance they are known for. in the 11th minute PiA conceded an own goal, but leveled it through international striker Shakir Lashari in the 27th minute. At the stroke of half time Mohammad bin Younis put KPT 2-1 ahead on a rebound. A minute after the start of the second half Naveed Ahmed added to the misery of PiA before international Junaid Qadir and Zafar Majeed hit one
each in the 56th and 61st minutes to seal a convincing victory for KPT. “The team played a combined game and capitalised on maximum chances,” KPT coach Mohammad Asif told ‘The News’. “We had the advantage because of the rhythm we had got in our first match against Navy the other day,” said Asif. The Pakistan football federation (Pff) is imposing a fine of Rs25,000 per match on KPT because they have failed to get the services of any AfC License B coach, a requirement of the event for the head coaches of teams. PiA coach Shamim Khan said keeper Sultan made silly mistakes. “it was a real upset. All the goals we conceded were because of the keeper’s mistakes,” said Shamim, a former international. he said as his experienced goalie Bilal Rafiq was not fully fit, he would
opt for 17-year-old gloveman Nouman in the next match. “We will have to take bold decisions if we are to improve our performance,” said the coach. PiA had lost to National Bank 1-0 in their previous show. At the Railways Stadium in Lahore, WAPDA won their second successive match when they tamed ZTBL, who lost their second game. WAPDA, who have got coach Khalid Butt back following a couple of years of poor showing, took the initiative through international midfielder Zulfiqar Shah in the 60th minute. But six minutes later Naeem iqbal brought the parity for ZTBL. WAPDA then hit two more goals through Adnan Shahid (79th minute) and Saadat Shah (90+3) to record a solid victory. WAPDA rose to six points from two outings, while ZTBL are yet to open their account after two games.
top hockey stars to feature in exhibition game LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Top hockey stars of past and present will feature in an exhibition match to be played between islah Xi and Dr. Shah Xi at 7pm on Saturday. To be played under floodlights and on the latest Blue synthetic surface, which is the first of its kind in Karachi and only the second anywhere in Pakistan, the match will mark the formal opening of the Olympian islahuddin-Dr. S.M.A. Shah hockey Academy that will function under the patronage of the Youth Affairs Wing of the provincial sports department, Government of Sindh. The two sides will have leading stars, including islahuddin, Shahnaz Shaikh, Samiullah, Kaleemullah, Manzoor-ulhassan, Akhtarul islam, Manzoor Junior, hanif Khan, hasan Sardar, Shahbaz Senior, Sohail Abbas, Ahmad Alam, Shahid Ali Khan, Jahangir Butt, Saeed Khan, Qamar Zia, iftikhar Syed, Waseem feroz, Qmar ibrahim, Ayaz Mehmood, Kamran Ashraf, farhat Khan, Masoodur Rahman, M. irfan, Nasir Ali, Pervez iqbal, Arif Bhopali, Khalid Paracha, faisal Waheed, Naseem Qureishi, Arif Siddiqui, Gulfaraz, farooq, Riazuddin and haseem Khan. The islah Xi will be led by Shahnaz Shaikh, while the Dr. Shah Xi will be led by Dr Junaid Shah, the son of the leading Orthopedic Surgeon whose services for sports at provincial and national levels are legendary. The exhibition match will be telecast live by Geo Super. The Academy, with most modern facilities on the premises, will soon announce trials for Under-12, Under-14 and Under-18 streams for both boys and girls from across the province of Sindh which will be supervised by leading Olympians who will pick up the probables for further training.
leading amateurs to feature in Sga cup LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Top amateurs of the country will feature in the Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Cup which tees off here at DhA Authority Country and Golf Club from friday. Brigadier (retd) Abdul Qayyum, DACGC’s secretary, said on Thursday that the threeday tournaments has attracted around 225 golfers for various events. “We have received a sizeable number of entries for various events and are looking forward to hosting a successful tournament,” said Qayyum. The events to be contested during the SGA Cup include amateurs, seniors, veterans, ladies, juniors and an invitational competition. A total of 100 amateur golfers from all over the country have confirmed their participation in the three-day SGA Cup. The SGA Cup is expected to produce some exciting results because of a strong field that is likely to give its best on a course that is regarded among the best in the country. in fact, Brig Qayyum believes that the DACGC course has evolved to become the best golfing facility in Pakistan. “i think we have the best course in the country,” he said. “The fairways are in top condition while the greens and the roughs are also in great shape,” he added.
Navy strengthen lead over Army in shooting event LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Navy enhanced their lead over Army with two gold medals on the fifth day of the 3rd Chief of the Naval Staff Open Shooting Championship at PN Shooting Range here on Thursday. in team category of 3 Position Rifle (men) event, Navy won gold, Army silver, and PAf bronze. in the individual category, Army’s Siddique Umer clinched gold, Navy’s Dawood Jan silver, and
Army’s Ameer bronze. in team category of the Air Pistol (men) event, PAf got gold, Army silver, and Navy bronze. in individual category, Navy’s Uzair claimed gold, PAf’s Kaleem silver, and Punjab’s M Younas bronze. By the end of the fifth day Navy had secured 35 medals (12 gold, 13 silver, ten bronze); Army had won 27 medals (10 gold, nine silver, eight bronze); PAf were third with 11 medals (three gold, four silver, four bronze); Sindh were fourth with six medals (two gold, one silver,
three bronze); and heC and Punjab had lifted one bronze medal each. federal Rifle Association have failed to win any medal. Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Baluchistan are not participating in this championship though the organisers stated in the initial announcement that their teams would participate. it has been learnt that the organisers did not provide accommodation and transportation to shooters, which resulted in the two teams’ deciding not to come.
“finding accommodation in Karachi amid security issues and transport to the shooting range along with weapons is quite risky, so we preferred not to take part in this championship,” said an athlete from KP. he said that it should be the responsibility of the hosts to provide outstation athletes with accommodation and transport facilities so that they could take part in events without any fear. “having to find accommodation and transportation and carry weapons prevent out-station
shooters from coming to Karachi,” he said. Organising Secretary Karamat ur Rahim said they provided out-station athletes with accommodation in Karsaz area. he said that both KPK and Balochistan teams committed to take part in the event but failed to turn up. “Two athletes from KP did not get flight to reach Karachi, while Balochistan athletes excused themselves from participation as they did not get enough practice for the championship,” added Karamat.
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I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
SPORTS Saturday, 7 September, 2013
vettOri, guptill miSS bangladeSH tOur
claSH waSHed Out pietersen can lead by example: morgan
New Zealand named two uncapped players friday in a 15-man Test squad for their upcoming Bangladesh tour but will be missing injured veterans Daniel Vettori and Martin Guptill. The selectors turned to spinner ish Sodhi and allrounder Corey Anderson for the two-Test series after the pair showed they could handle subcontinental conditions on New Zealand A’s current tour of india. Coach Mike hesson said their inclusion, along with specialist spinner Bruce Martin, gave New Zealand plenty of options for the Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka. “The Bangladesh tour is a good opportunity to introduce a promising spinner, and having two specialist spinners in the squad gives us the option to utilise wickets that are likely to turn,” he said. Opening batsman Guptill was ruled out with an ankle injury, while Vettori will miss the entire season after undergoing an operation on a recurring Achilles tendon problem that threatens to end his 16-year international career. Paceman Tim Southee was also left out after ankle surgery in July but could join the squad in Bangladesh if he recovers quickly enough. New Zealand play Tests against Bangladesh in Chittagong from October 9-13 and Dhaka from October 21-25. After that the Black Caps will name a squad to play three one-day internationals and a possible Twenty20 international, which is still awaiting approval from the international Cricket Council. Test squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter fulton, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, hamish Rutherford, ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.
he first match of the oneday series between england and Australia was abandoned without a ball being bowled as the rainfall in Leeds refused to relent. After several inspections by the umpires, usually accompanied by umbrellas, the game was called of shortly after 1.30pm,
more than three hours after the scheduled start time. The poor weather had been forecast and puddles were already forming on the outfield by the time the toss was due to be held. The teams had to be on the field by 3.22pm for a 20-over contest but prospects were looking bleak long before then. The second ODi will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday. england were due to field an experimental side, after resting five regular members of the ODi squad. After a disappointing
Champions Trophy and defeat in the Ashes, Australia secured their first international win of the tour during the subsequent T20 series and were aiming to beat england in an ODi for the first time in six attempts. This is the second consecutive headingley ODi that has been rained off, after last year’s West indies fixture was abandoned, and the third since 2009. Despite a largely dry summer, the first day of the New Zealand Test in May was also washed out.
Akmal cleared by neurologist LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been cleared by a neurologist with “no restriction on physical activity or exertion” after he suffered a seizure during the Caribbean Premier League last month. Akmal, 23, who was playing for Barbados Tridents in the CPL, suffered a seizure on a flight to Jamaica and had to spend a night in the hospital. The PCB
asked Akmal to return to Pakistan immediately for an extensive medical examination by neurologist, Dr Nadir Ali Syed. Syed confirmed that the seizure was triggered due to sleep deprivation. The doctor also confirmed that
Akmal did not need medication or any further medical tests at this time. The clean bill of health means that the
wicketkeeper-batsman is now available for national selection. The PCB said: “According to him (Nadir), it was a one-off incident, a relatively common occurrence and does not necessitate any restrictions on Mr. Akmal, other than ensuring at least 6-7 hours of sleep every night.” Akmal expressed his gratitude for the support he got from the board. “i am really grateful to the PCB, in particular Chairman Sethi Sahib, for being extremely caring and providing me every possible support including great personal care and counselling,” he said. Despite asserting to the board that he was fully fit for national selection, Akmal was declared “medically unfit” by the PCB. he was replaced by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour.
LONDON: england batsman eoin Morgan says Kevin Pietersen will have an important role to play in the one-day international series against Australia, which starts at headingley on friday. With Alastair Cook, ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann all rested after a successful Ashes campaign, Morgan will lead some unfamiliar faces into battle against the tourists. Given the lack of experience in the england line-up, Morgan has urged 33-year-old Surrey batsman Pietersen to lead the way. “Kev offers a hell of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman,” Morgan told a press conference. “As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence with which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that’s crucial. “When i first came into the team, he was one of the more senior players and he was a guy you could turn to and ask difficult questions or have no hesitation in turning to him for a positive option. “in that regard, i think he’s fantastic to have in the squad and back in for the one-day series.” Despite the absences of Bell and regular captain Cook, Morgan said that Pietersen was not guaranteed to open the batting against the Australians. “it’s certainly an option. Kev’s opened the batting for england before and done well,” he said. AGENCIES
Slc vice president ‘compelled’ to resign COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket vice president K Mathivanan has resigned after his months of discontent with the board culminated in being “compelled” to withdraw from a club cricket election. Mathivanan is the present Colts Cricket Club president, and was set to re-contest that position in an election on friday, but his withdrawal will now allow SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga to take the post uncontested. “i have had to step down from the election today for reasons that are out of my control. i can’t say anything about those reasons,” Mathivanan said. “Because i have not been happy at my job in Sri Lanka cricket for the last four or five months, i also stepped down from my role there. everyone knows what’s happening at SLC and i thought i must safeguard my reputation and just step down. “[Ranatunga] was supposed to contest me today, but after i stepped down, he is uncontested as usual.” AGENCIES
ZIMBABWE TESTS IDEAL PREPARATION FOR SA: YOUNIS HARARE AGENCIES
Younis Khan rated the quality of Zimbabwe’s bowlers so highly that he regards the twoTest series in harare as ideal preparation for Pakistan’s next challenge against the No.1 ranked Test team. Pakistan take on South Africa in the UAe after the Zimbabwe leg wraps up and Younis hopes the experience gained here can be put to good use on that assignment. “The Zimbabweans bowled so well, they made it difficult for us, it’s definitely good practice for us when we get back to Dubai,” Younis said. “Also, the wicket is very good so we can really get some time but they are making it tough for us to
score runs.” Although Zimbabwe’s attack did not profit as much as they did on the first day, when there was still something in the surface, as they tied Pakistan down to a scoring rate of 2.4. hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwe captain, was pleased with the effort on a pitch that was at its best for batting. “The guys bowled really well, they applied themselves, they stuck at it and that was good to see,” he said. having had Pakistan at 23 for 3, Zimbabwe may have hoped to limit them even further but Masakadza said Younis, in particular, made that tough. “he put us under pressure because he was not just looking to be there, he was also looking for run-scoring opportunities,” Masakadza said. “We had to set more defensive fields as well.” Younis
and Misbah-ul-haq shared a fourth-wicket stand of 116 to get Pakistan out of trouble but the old hands’ rescue act was not simply a cause for celebration. Their ongoing efforts to steady Pakistan points to an over-reliance on seniors and raises concerns about the next generation. Younis is hopeful they will improve with time. “Test cricket is all about patience and the young guys, sometimes they come from ODis and Twenty20s so they need to learn,” Younis said. “it’s for the senior players like myself and Misbah and [Mohammad] hafeez to help them and we are here to do that. The other thing is that we are not playing Test cricket regularly, the last time was almost six months ago. You need to play regularly to learn.” Pakistan’s call for
more Test cricket has been made on numerous occasions, especially by Misbah in South Africa in March. Younis has not played international cricket since then and most of the squad has been occupied with one-day competitions. That’s why, according to Younis, the trip to Zimbabwe is so important for them. “This is what we need and we are enjoying playing here,” he said. As much as the experience of it is worthwhile for Pakistan, getting the expected results is also important and Younis is confident they can beat Zimbabwe in the longest format as well as they did in the shorter ones. Asked what he thought was a defendable total, he said, “Anything,” before qualifying that to, “something like 200 or 300.
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I see great things in baseball. It’s our game - the American game. – Walt Whitman
SPORTS Saturday, 7 September, 2013
djOkOvic tO face wawrinka
in semis as murray falls NEW YORK
wAtCh it Live TENSPORTS PAK VS ZIM 1ST TEST DAY 5
TENSPORTS US OPEN 2013: MEN’S SEMI-FINAL / WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL
efeNDiNG champion Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open on Thursday as Stanislas Wawrinka pulled a shocker to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, a matchup with world number one Novak Djokovic. Swiss ninth seed Wawrinka stunned the Olympic and Wimbledon champion 6-4, 63, 6-2, to book a last-four date with Djokovic, the 2011 winner from Serbia who ousted Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. “i feel great. i’m really happy. it’s amazing for me to be in my first semi-final in a Slam,” Wawrinka said. “To beat him in three sets the way i was playing is good.” for only the second time in 146 Grand Slam matches, Murray failed to manage even one break point. “he played great. That was the hardest part about the match,” Murray said. “he just hit the ball extremely well. i didn’t create a break point chance. he served well. he hit a lot of lines and was going for big shots.” Reaching his seventh US Open semifinal in a row in hopes of a fourth trip in a row to the final, Djokovic lost his first set of the fortnight but reached his 14th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final, the second-longest all-time streak. “Definitely (i’m proud),” Djokovic said. “i’ve always been trying to play my best tennis at a Grand Slam and every Grand Slam offers something different.” Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, and french eighth seed Richard Gasquet, whose only prior last-four Slam run came in 2007 at Wimbledon, will meet in Saturday’s other semi-final. Wawrinka is only 2-12 versus Djokovic, including fourth-round losses at last year’s US Open and this year’s Australian Open, but reigning Australian Open champion Djokovic says he’ll forget about his 11-match win streak over the Swiss. “it’s going to be a very close match. i think there is no clear favorite,” Djokovic said. “he showed why he deserves to be in the top 10 in the world. i also feel good on the hardcourts and quite confident.” Wawrinka, deeper in a Slam for the first time than 17-time major champion compatriot Roger federer who bowed in the fourth round, used relentless pressure to wear down Murray.
aSif recOrdS cOnSOlatiOn victOry
NEW YORK AGENCIES
Victoria Azarenka prevented the first over30 women semi-final lineup in Grand Slam history, ripping Daniela hantuchova 6-2, 63 Wednesday to secure a US Open last-four match with italy’s flavia Pennetta. The 24-year-old second seed from Belarus took only 76 minutes to defeat the 48th-ranked Slovakian while 83rd-rated Pennetta reached her first Grand Slam last four by ousting 10th-seeded compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-1. World number one Serena Williams, seeking her 17th Grand Slam title and fifth US Open crown, will meet Chinese fifth seed Li Na, the 2011 french Open champion, in friday’s other semi-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams, Li or Pennetta would become the oldest US Open women’s champion by winning the title at age 31. Australian Margaret Court owns the mark,
having been 55 days beyond her 31st birthday when she captured the 1973 crown. Azarenka, who lost to Williams in last year’s final, has won the past two Australian Open titles and beat Williams in the final of a tuneup event in Cincinnati, making her a big threat to dethrone her on the New York hardcourts. hantuchova would have made this the first women’s Grand Slam final four in history with every participant over age 30 had she beaten Azarenka. After an exchange of breaks to open, Azarenka broke on a forehand winner for
a 2-1 lead and broke again in the seventh game for a 5-2 edge, then held with a forehand volley to claim the first set after 31 minutes. hantuchova broke Azarenka’s first service game of the second set for a 2-0 lead but Azarenka won the next five games to seize command. She handed the Slovak a break on a double fault in the eighth game but broke back to win. hantuchova, in her first US Open quarter-final since 2002, reached her only Grand Slam semi-final at the 2008 Australian Open. Pennetta is the fourth-worst-ranked US Open women’s semi-finalist ever but has not lost a set and has dropped only 25 games in five matches. She has split two matches with Azarenka, winning their most recent meeting at Dubai in 2011. Pennetta, who only avoided having to qualify for the US Open main draw after Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putinseva withdrew with a back injury, made a breakthrough triumph one year after missing the event for right wrist surgery.
IOC MEETS IN BUENOS AIRES TO DECIDE 2020 HOSTS SPORTS DESK The host city for the 2020 summer Olympics and Paralympics will be chosen in Buenos Aires this weekend. istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid are the contenders in a secret ballot that will be announced at 21:00 BST on Saturday. international Olympic Committee (iOC) members will also decide which one of squash, baseball/softball (joint bid) or wrestling will be added to the Olympic Games programme in 2020. A new iOC president will also be chosen to replace the outgoing Jacques Rogge. The three cities battling it out to win the vote in Argentina to stage the 2020 Games are all struggling to overcome negative aspects that could torpedo their bids. istanbul 2020 suffered a setback from political protests this summer - some at proposed Olympic venues - and also a series of doping scandals. The Madrid candidacy has struggled to deal with the issue of the Spanish economy, with high unemployment and workers having to endure pay cuts. The Spanish capital’s response has been to focus its bid on proposing a lowcost, austerity Olympics, using many existing venues and spending around a
quarter of the money that went on staging the London 2012 Games. Tokyo 2020 is considered slight favourite, but has also suffered a blow in recent weeks with fresh concerns over the leak of radioactive material from the fukushima nuclear plant. it has reacted by sending a letter to all iOC members seeking to allay fears about fukushima. Mike Lee, the head of Vero Communications who worked on the successful Olympic bids for London, Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Pyeongchang (winter - 2018), believes there is still all to play for. he said: “All the bid teams have been forced onto the defensive for a large part of this campaign because of a range of issues. “it does still feel that there is a lot to play for, and the final presentations and last two days of lobbying could be very important.” A decision will also be reached by iOC members on the addition of an extra sport for the 2020 Olympics. A space was freed when wrestling was originally dropped in february, though it was then allowed to reapply. it remains in the running after the iOC executive board voted for it following 30-minute presentations by each international federation. Baseball and softball were
dropped as individual sports after 2008 in Beijing, but are now back as a joint bid, while squash has never been played at the Olympics, although it is a Commonwealth Games sport. iOC president Jacques Rogge will step down on Tuesday after 12 years at the helm and a secret ballot will take place on the same day to decide from six candidates to replace the 71-year-old Belgian. The new president will face tough issues, including concerns over anti-gay legislation in Russia ahead of february’s Winter Games in Sochi and
before the 2016 Olympics in Rio. OLYMPiC HOSTS SiNCE 1972 1972: Munich, West Germany 1976: Montreal, Canada 1980: Moscow, Soviet Union 1984: Los Angeles, US 1988: Seoul, South Korea 1992: Barcelona, Spain 1996: Atlanta, US 2000: Sydney, Australia 2004: Athens, Greece 2008: Beijing, China 2012: London, UK 2016: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
LAHORE: World champion Mohammad Asif overwhelmed Steve Davis of england on the third and final day of round robin league matches of the 6-Red World Championship 2013 at the Montien Riverside hotel in Bangkok. According to the details made available by the Pakistan Billiards & Snooker Association (PBSA) here on Thursday, Asif finally registered a win in the competition by defeating the englishman 5-2 with the frame scores of 16-38, 39-27, 31-1, 30-40, 73-0, 5016, 45-1. But there was no change of luck for Mohammad Majid Ali. The young cueist was edged out by Ratchayothin Yotharak of Thailand after an eight-frame battle. Both Pakistani cueists are out of the competition, offering a staggering cash prize of six million baht. League matches concluded late Wednesday evening. Asif, who annexed the world crown last year, had the consolation of registering at least one victory in five outings. Majid, hailed as one of the most promising young cueists of the continent, lost all his five matches. Asif lost to Andrew Pagett of Wales, Barry hawkins of england, James Wattana of Thailand and Ricky Walden of england. Majid was overshadowed by the quintet of Ratchayothin Yotharak (Thailand), Alex Borg (Malta), Ken Doherty (ireland), Stephen McGuire (Scotland) and Matthew Stevens (Wales). A total of 48 top cueists of the world entered the round robin league phase of the tournament and 16 of them were knocked over before the knockout stage. The knockout stage began with the round of 32 on Thursday. STAFF REPORT
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LONDON: Gareth Bale put Tottenham under ‘intense’ pressure to secure his summer move to Real Madrid, according to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas. The Wales international finally completed a protracted switch to the Bernabeu over the weekend for a world-record fee of £85.3million. Spurs boss Villas-Boas conceded it was the will of the player which proved decisive. Speaking after a meeting of top coaches at UefA headquarters in Switzerland, the Portuguese told The Telegraph: “The pressure we were subjected to by the player has been intense. AGENCIES
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JUD’S ANTI-INDIA, ANTI-DRONE RALLY ATTRACTS THOUSANDS ISLAMABAD KASHIF AbbASI
RAWALPINDI: A large number of Jamaatud Dawa supporters participate in a Difa-e-Pakistan rally to mark the 48th Defence Day of Pakistan on Friday. INP
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egypt’s army-backed authorities have decided to annul the Muslim Brotherhood’s non-governmental organization, an official said on friday, widening a drive to neutralize the movement behind deposed islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The move applies to the non-governmental organization registered by the Brotherhood in March, and stems from accusations that it used its premises to store weapons and explosives. The decision has yet to be formally announced, the official said.. The army-backed government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the islamist group, which says it has a million members. Security forces have killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Morsi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against him. Although short of a ban, dissolving the NGO will strip the Brotherhood of a defense against challenges to its legality. egypt’s then army rulers formally dissolved the Brotherhood in 1954. Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Boraie has now decided to dissolve the Brotherhood’s NGO, ministry spokesman hany Mahana said. The move will be announced once the minister returned from an overseas trip.
Aziz and Khursheed to discuss Nawaz-Manmohan NY meeting NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD NNI
Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and indian external Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will meet on September 13 in Kyrgyzstan and try to schedule a meeting between their prime ministers in New York later this month. They meeting between Aziz and Khursheed will be held at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. They will discuss bilateral issues and proposed meeting of prime ministers of both the countries in New York expected to be held on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session later this month. According to sources in New Delhi, the meeting between Khurshid and Aziz was also aimed at reducing
tension between the two countries in the backdrop of a series of ceasefire violations. Both india and Pakistan have blamed each other for the violations and summoned each other’s envoys. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also expressed desire to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York later this month, but india has been maintaining that islamabad needs to address its concerns on ceasefire violations in which five of its soldiers were killed. Last week, Khurshid categorically said that a decision on possible talks between Singh and Sharif will be taken after assessing steps Pakistan takes to address their concerns on recent “unacceptable” incidents. “We are keeping quiet on this and watching. i realise that the time
is coming for the New York visit. So, obviously a call will be taken by the prime minister at an appropriate stage. But we will not hasten it as we do not want to jump the gun. i think when some major significant thing goes wrong, many things still remain right but you cannot neglect the major thing that has gone wrong. Decision has to be in the interest of the nation,” Khurshid had said. former Pakistan foreign secretary Shahryar Khan an former indian diplomat SK Lambah, the point men for Pakistan-india back-channel diplomacy, also met in Dubai last week to ease tensions and firm up a meeting between the premiers. Meanwhile, Special envoy of the Prime Minister on indian Affairs‚ Shehryar Khan‚ has said a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his indian counterpart Manmohan Singh was being planned in New
York later this month. in an interview to CNN‚ Shahryar said that during his recent visit to india he discussed with the indian authorities the meeting, which is almost certain to be held on the sideline of UN General Assembly session. he said the meeting was expected to be held on 29th of this month after both the leaders attended the UN General Assembly session. Aziz will represent Pakistan in SCO meeting which will discuss security issues in the region. Pakistan enjoys the observer status in the SCO and is seeking a full membership. The SCO’s policies and programmes are in consonance with Pakistan’s long term objectives of promoting peace and stability in the region‚ containing and eradicating the menace of terrorism from the region and working with members to build stronger and more productive relationship in the future.
MALALA AWARDED INT’L CHILDREN’S PEACE PRIZE THE HAGUE AGENCIES
Teen education activist Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head last year by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, vowed friday to intensify her struggle for “a world where everyone can go to school.” Speaking at a ceremony in The hague where she was awarded the 2013 international Children’s Peace Prize, Malala said last October’s attack on her had made her more determined than ever to continue her campaign. “i was just one target for their violence,” Malala said in her acceptance speech, referring to her near-fatal shooting when a Taliban
gunman’s bullet grazed her brain. “There are many others for whom we must continue… so that children all over the world can have a right to go to school,” she said to thunderous applause. Malala, 16, received her prize from the 2011 Nobel Peace laureate, Yemeni journalist and activist Tawakkol Karman, who told a humbled Malala “you are my hero.” “You cried: ‘No one can stop me or any girl from learning’,” Karman told Malala, speaking in Arabic in an address praising the Pakistani teen’s achievement. “The bullet aimed at your head at that moment was a milestone in the history of your country,” Karman said at the cere-
mony at the historic Knight’s hall near the Dutch parliament. After she was shot, Malala was given life-saving treatment in Britain where she now lives. her brave fight for survival and her speech at the United Nations in July have made her a leading contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But the response to her in Pakistan has been mixed, with many hailing her as a national heroine while others have criticised her for promoting a “Western” agenda. The international Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Dutch based KidsRights foundation, was launched in 2005 and set off by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev when he chaired the Summit
of Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome. it carries a cash value of 100,000 euros ($133,000) that is invested in projects relating to the winner’s
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cause. Last year’s winner was 13year-old Cris “Kesz” Valdez for his work with filipino street children while he himself was destitute.
eADeRS of various political and religious parties on friday warned the country’s political leadership not to renew trade ties with india unless the Kashmir issue was resolved. Addressing a Defence of Pakistan Rally organised by the Jammatud Dawa (JuD), the speakers urged Nawaz Sharif’s government to take up the Kashmir issue at international forums. They also demanded the government to take steps for stopping drone attacks, otherwise the Mujahidian would attack the drones. JuD Supreme Leader hafiz Saeed urged the government to evolve an aggressive policy against india, who had been violating the line of Control (LoC) and killing innocent Kashmiris. he said that drone attacks were a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and that these attacks should be stopped. iSi’s former Chief General (retired) hameed Gul, Ji Leader Liaqat Baloch, haifiz Abdul Rehman Makki and AJK’s former PM Sardar Attique also spoke at the occasion. The rally attracted a large number of people and thousands of Pakistanis actively participated in it. The attendants urged the government to evolve an aggressive policy against india and the US. The participants first gathered at the historic Liaqat Bagh where hafiz Saeed led the Juma Prayers. After offering their prayers, the rally’s participants proceeded towards islamabad via numerous types of transport vehicles. The rally’s worst traffic jam was witnessed at the Murree Road where participants occupied both lanes of the road, creating a severe problem for the motorists. And although the traffic was diverted to alternative routes, hundreds of vehicles remained stranded on roads including Rawal, iJP, Katchehry and Dhok Chiragh Din. A portion of the Murree road from faizabad to the Mareer Chowk was closed for traffic. islamabad also housed a traffic jam at a portion of the Jinnah Avenue. The participants gathered at the D-Chowk and observed the Defence Day. They were holding flags inscribed with islamic teachings and others in favour of Jihad. They chanted slogans against neighboring india for violating the LoC. People from various parts of Kashmir also came to participate in the rally and demanded the government not to give the Most favored Nation (MfN) status to india. Apart from the police, trained volunteers of the JuD also performed security duties. Volunteers wearing black uniforms formed a human chain, securing vehicles carrying leaders of the party. CCTV cameras were fixed on vehicles and the City Traffic Police’s Control Room estimated that over 6,000 vehicles including buses, cars and motorcycles transported thousands of participants to islamabad. Saeed said the country was not founded for sectarianism and provincial prejudice. “Sectarianism, target killings and the ongoing law and order situation has weakened the country’s basis,” he said. furthermore, he alleged that india was hatching conspiracies against the country by fanning antistate sentiments, adding that india was involved in the unrest in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi.
Published on Sep 6, 2013