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may also feel constrained at times on some foreign policy and national security decisions like assistance for foreign countries. Obama’s victory, built on an overwhelming backing by minorities, women, moderates, liberals and large Hispanic voters, signaled an encouraging support for Democrats, as they erupted in celebrations in chicago, Obama’s hometown. Continued on page 04
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arack Hussein Obama won another four years in the White House after a nail-biting and politically divisive american election and emerged more confident and determined on Wednesday morning to push his policies in the second term. But unofficial results by Wednesday morning indicated that Washington would
continue to be plagued by a continuing partisan political complexion. The second Obama administration would still have a divided capitol Hill as republicans retained their control of the House of representatives in a highly partisan environment. although, the Democrats held on to their majority in the Senate, Obama is expected to contend with stiff opposition to his ambitious domestic agenda on issues like fiscal fixes, taxation and immigration. He
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Govt writes to the Swiss, finally ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The federal government has dispatched the much sought-after letter to Swiss authorities seeking reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. The much-awaited letter was written and sent to Swiss authorities on Tuesday following Supreme Court orders in the National Reconciliation Ordinance implementation case. According to sources, a Foreign Ministry official confirmed that the Law Ministry had handed over the letter about three days ago. The sources said Pakistan’s envoy would present the letter to Swiss officials, adding that its receipt would be submitted in the apex court later.
The apex court had given the government a month’s time to write the letter to the Swiss authorities to withdraw a previous letter to the Swiss government by former attorney general Malik Qayyum, seeking closure of alleged graft cases against President Zardari. Allegations of corruption against President Zardari date back to the 1990s, when the president’s late wife, Benazir Bhutto, was the prime minister. Formal investigations were previously carried out by Swiss authorities into allegations of money laundering using Zardari’s Swiss bank accounts. The investigations ceased when the Pakistani government intervened in 2008.
The government had spent more than two years resisting court orders to write to authorities in Switzerland to ask them to reopen the multimillion dollar graft investigations, arguing that as the head of state, he enjoyed immunity from prosecution. Finally, the tussle between the judiciary and the PPP-led government came to an end following the latter’s decision to implement the orders. According to the state television, the letter was sent through the Foreign Office on November 5. “The letter was written to Swiss authorities in the light of Supreme Court orders,” an official said, adding that text of the letter was same as agreed between federal law minister and the apex court.
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36 others injured as suicide bomber strikes in historic Qissa Khawani Bazaar PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
At least eight people, including a superintendent of police and his two guards, were killed and more than 36 others injured in a suicide blast in Peshawar on Wednesday. According to AIG Shafqat Malik, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the vehicle of SP investigation Hilal Haider in the historic Qissa Khawani Bazaar, in Razik police precincts. As a result, Haider, two police guards and three passers-by were killed on the spot, while 30 others sustained injuries. The vehicle the police officer was riding was smashed into pieces, while the explosion
partially damaged four other vehicles and five shops in the vicinity as well. SP City Asif Iqbal told reporters at the site of attack that a suicide bomber struck the vehicle of Hilal Haider, adding that six to seven kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast. He said Haider had left his residence and was en-route to his office when the suicide bomber, who was on foot, struck. Rescue and security teams rushed to the site of attack and helped move the bodies and injured to Lady reading Hospital. Hospitals spokesman said 36 injured people had been received and the condition of six of them was critical. Iqbal said limbs and some other body parts of the suicide bomber had been recovered would be sent for forensic examination. He added that evidence had been gathered from the site of the blast and investigations were in progress.
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Elections cannot be delayed owing to errors in voter lists: CJ ISLAMABAD
HIEF Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heading a three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday said the next general elections could not be affected or delayed due to errors in the voter lists. The bench had resumed hearing of a petition moved by Jamat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawwar Hasan, clubbed with petitions of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chief Imran Khan and Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s late chairperson Benazir Bhutto regarding preparation of fresh electoral lists. The CJ said assistance of Army and the Frontier Corps (FC) could be sought in preparation of voter lists. The counsels of the petitioners told the Supreme Court that the Secretary of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had assured the court on July 7, 2011 that the lists of the voters were being prepared and voters would be registered according to their present residential addresses. The petitioners claimed that around one and a half million people were affected by errors in their residential addresses.
ECP Director General Sher Afzal told the apex court that following the court’s directions, authorised personnel were sent to visit people and verify their addresses. However, he said if someone was not present at their residence at the time of the
visit, their address was taken from the permanent address on their national identity card issued by Nadra. The CJ said absence of a person from his residence did not allow the ECP to use their permanent address. “Unless a resident asks for it, you have no right to change his address,” he said and drew Afzal’s attention to Article 219 read with relevant sections of electoral legal provisions. He said that the vote of people should be registered back to the constituency where it was listed initially. He also added that the vote should be in accordance with the 2008 election. Counsel of Jamaat-i-Islami, Rasheed A Rizvi, told the apex court that in Karachi alone around one and a half million people’s votes had been registered to their permanent addresses as mentioned on their identity card. Rizvi said that the provincial election commission was not cooperating with anyone. The CJ remarked that the task of completing voter lists was almost complete; however, the matter of errors in the addresses should be corrected on an emergency basis. The Supreme Court summoned a report from the ECP in this regard and adjourned the hearing till Thursday.
NATO oil tankers cross Torkham border after a year KHYBER AGENCY STAFF REPORT
After a year-long suspension of NATO oil tanker supplies, two oil tankers entered into Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing on Wednesday. According to details, strict security arrangements were made for the oil tankers on the road leading to Torkham crossing. NATO supplies had been suspended a year ago when US aircraft bombed the Salala checkpost in Mohmand Agency in November last year. After an apology by the United States, supplies
Pak-US relations strong despite ups and downs: Ambassador Olson ISLAMABAD APP
US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson said on Wednesday that Pak-US relationship was strong despite the ups and downs over the years. In an informal conversation with participants at the residence of the Deputy Chief of Mission for the US presidential election results watch, the new Ambassador said he looked forward to stronger ties between the two countries. Olson said, regardless of election results, US policy would continue to emphasise the importance of a close relationship with Pakistan. He said his country wanted a strong relationship with Pakistan, one that stood on the basis of mutual respect and interests. The ambassador acknowledged Pakistan’s key role in the war against terror and
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recognised that it had paid a very high price for its involvement. He said Pakistan also had an important role to play in Afghanistan and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in this regard. He further said the two countries were friends and that his department was looking forward for constructive cooperation between them in the war against terror. Olson described the tight race for the white house as a triumph of democracy. The ambassador labelled the upcoming general elections as Pakistan’s internal matter. However, he added that he looked forward to witnessing the transition from one democratic government to another and termed this as an important milestone in Pakistan’s history. He said he wished to meet as many Pakistanis as possible during his stay so as to better understand the people and improve people to people contacts between the two nations.
through Pakistani land routes were reopened in July but the supplies could not be resumed through Torkham border due to security issues, and differences between tanker owners and logistic companies over payment of dues. The political administration officials said necessary security arrangements had been made to make the tankers safe from possible attacks. The officials demanded fix timings be ensured for the movement of NATO supply tankers to avoid any attacks and secure the local civil population from losses.
FaISaLaBaD: a PPP worker hits a party colleague as fighting broke out between party supporters during a lunch hosted by Opposition Leader in Punjab assembly raja riaz on Wednesday. INP
Arsalan Iftikhar review petition: SC accedes to Malik Riaz objections ISLAMABAD: Acknowledging the objections raised by real estate tycoon Malik Riaz over the judicial bench, the Supreme Court on Wednesday declared that the review petition will be heard only when the two-member bench was made available for the purpose. At a previous hearing, the counsel for Malik Riaz, Zahid Hussain Bukhari requested the court against the constitution of a new bench as according to him, the same bench which had given the August 30 decision should hear this matter. The SC’s three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, heard the review petition filed by Riaz against Dr Shoaib Suddle Commission, which is probing the Arsalan Iftikhar-Malik Riaz case. The other members of the bench are Ejaz Afzal Khan and Ijaz Ahmad. The bench reserved its judgement over Bukhari’s objections put forward during Tuesday’s hearing. STAFF REPORT
15 public entities refuse to get audited ISLAMABAD OnlinE
Additional Auditor General Tanveer Ahmed on Wednesday disclosed that 15 public sector organisations were persistently refusing to get their accounts audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP). Talking to reporters at the Parliament House, Tanveer said the departments not yet audited included the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Pak-China Investment Company, Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), National Press Trust (NPT), Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Virtual University Lahore, Agri-Business Support Fund, Pakistan Welfare Trust Fund, Pakistan Medical Dental Counsel (PMDC), People’s Primary Health Initiative in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Wah Nobel Private Limited. He said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had also refused to get some of their accounts audited.
Earlier, while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Finance chaired by Senator Nasreen Jalil, Tanveer said that during the last financial year (FY) 2011-12, Rs 2.42 billion had been charged on the federal consolidated fund to meet the expenditure of the Auditor General of Pakistan, out of which Rs 1,862.164 million were related to employees. He said that during the audit year 2011-12, the AGP had certified the accounts of 194 entities of the federal, provincial and district governments, out of which 166 accounts pertained to district governments and nine self-accounting entities were also included in the certification process. He told the committee that the Field Audit Office had produced 331 audit reports based on the audit entities receiving funds from the federal, provincial and district budgets. “During the audit year 2011-12, the AGP carried out the audit of approximately 9,000 federal, provincial and district entities out of a total of 44,000 entities,” he said, adding that the audit outlays totalled up to Rs 4.474 trillion representing revenue receipts, disbursements and expenditure.
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Pakistan unveils domestically made drone aircrafts ISLAMABAD: Global Industrial and Defence Solution (DIGS) Director General (DG) on Wednesday announced that Pakistan had made drone aircrafts capable of surveillance and gathering information. Talking to media, Air Vice Marshall (r) Zubair said Pakistan-made drone aircrafts had a range of 17,000 feet and could fly for hours. “These unmanned aircrafts can be use in any kind of weather,” he said, adding that police and law enforcement authorities would be able to use it against militants. Pakistan had demanded United States to provide them with drone technology to target militants in Waziristanan area in North West Pakistan bordering Afghanistan- which is a safe haven for militants attacking NATO, Afghan and U.S forces in the neighbouring country. STAFF REPORT
AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday raised the stakes on bridging the trust deficit between the two countries by saying he will bring the 26/11 perpetrators to book. He held out the assurance that as prime minister he would ensure there was no terrorism originating from Pakistan. “India must understand the legal process takes time, but I will bring the Mumbai perpetrators to justice. We have to follow the rule of law,” he said in a freewheeling interview with Mail Today that touched upon Kashmir, Hafiz Saeed and the US. Khan is in India to attend the World Economic Forum meet in Gurgaon. India has repeatedly made the demand at the highest level on bringing the 26/11 masterminds to book - in April this year when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Asif Ali Zardari met in New Delhi and more recently during the non-aligned meet in Tehran in August. India regards this as a confidence-building measure. Khan was confident of winning the Pakistan polls. “I have created the only democratic party in Pakistan. We are now preparing for a democratic tsunami,” he said. On relationships with India, he said he was in favour of a new beginning. “All these years we have had a relationship which was detrimental to the entire subcontinent. We moved one step forward, two steps backward. Mumbai came, (and) we were back to square one,” said Khan, adding that the pillar of the relationship would be trust. Khan, who turns 60 on November 25, appeared to be making the right noises on relations with India. The question remains on whether the tenor of what he has said on his visit to India will change once he returns home or if he comes to power. He has been ambiguous in the past on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. On Tuesday, he was once again far from categorical on the issue, saying: “India puts too much emphasis on it. I will declare jihad to save Pakistan, will disarm all militant groups in Pakistan.” Then he bowled a bouncer, saying: “Even terror leaders can be transformed. I am sure they can be put into nation building, human beings can change. I will make them realise that militancy is not a solution.” Khan the prime ministerial aspirant spoke the language of a statesman, selling the idea of improved India-Pakistan relations with a mix of candour and obfuscation. He stressed the need for a strong leadership in both countries to take on vested interests “who want to make money on the conflict”. He said young people were tired of the continuing hostility between the two countries, adding that there can be no military solution on Kashmir and that he fancies himself to take the peace initiative. “It can be resolved. I will work on a road map by making people from India, Pakistan and Kashmiris look for a solution by sitting on a table.”
For good measure he added: “India is using troops in Kashmir. They are losing the battle of heart and minds. It’s like treating cancer with dispirin.” When asked about his ties with the ISI and the Pakistan army, he went on the offensive. “I will quit politics if anyone can prove I have taken one rupee from the ISI,” he thundered. Khan was at his candid best when talking about relations with the US. “I am not anti American but I am not an American stooge,” he said, adding: “My message to the new US President is to give peace a chance. We should convince the US that it is not in their interest that Pakistan should be run by an American stooge Asif Ali Zardari.” He repeated his opposition to US drone attacks in Pakistan. If elected prime minister he said he would “disengage with the US war to end the jihad narrative which has led to the birth of the suicide bomber”. He also spoke out against the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad because Osama-style executions created martyrs. TrIcky ISSue: It was impossible to let Khan go without getting him to speak on the Zardari family and the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. Asked about the Bilhina love story - the rumoured relationship between Bilawal Zardari, the Pakistan President’s son and the country’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar - he laughed the question away. “I don’t know what happened. Don’t ask me,” he said as he walked away to play a new innings as a speaker at a big-ticket international event.
PML-N trying new ways to survive in South Punjab MULTAN ShEiKh hAq nAwAz
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has come up with a new strategy for South Punjab to ensure its political survival in the region ahead of the upcoming election. Sources say the PML-N leadership, realising the importance of South Punjab in shaping the country’s political future, has decided to alter the course of its policies in order to maintain its grip on the Punjab province. Under the new strategy, all those politicians who had overwhelming public support in their constituencies, would be contacted and asked to join the PML-N. Such contacts request notable
politicians from other parties to enter at their own terms; however, such efforts have yielded no results so far. Party insiders say that most of the influential politicians are reluctant to answer the PML-N’s call, and are preferring to stay away and watch political armtwisting in the region ahead of the general elections. Sources say the politicians being contacted also have reservations over the Sharif brothers’ behaviour in future. The Sharifs, who have been regarded by many as self-conceited and inconsiderate, have estranged their political associates in the past, the most notable example being Makhdoom Javed Hashmi. This aspect of the Sharifs’ personalities leaves most of the politicians
apprehensive of the security of their political future. After losing Javed Hashmi, the PMLN has been reeling from a deep vacuum in its ranks, particularly when it comes to South Punjab. In order to suffice for the loss and to get a firm foothold in the upcoming polls, PML-N sources say the central leadership wants to net locally influential figures. Sources say the party’s central leadership had also tasked a team of experienced leaders with the job of countering rival parties’ statements and actions, and strengthening the PML-N’s own position by meeting targets set for the elections. In South Punjab, where the PML-N is viewed as an adversary to the idea of a
new province, the party is accelerating efforts to secure public support and woo influential politicians in the region. PML-N sources say the party leadership, after realising its past mistakes, reviewed its policies and resolved to adopt a new approach to attract public support. The recent inauguration of the Nawaz Sharif Agricultural University in Multan without the completion of necessary requirements is seen as a step taken in haste to achieve the objective. Besides, the PML-N leadership is also trying its best to assure local voters that it is not against the creation of a new province, and fully supports their demand. Local political circles believe that the slogan of a new South Punjab
province has changed the political trend in the region. The other two key parties – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) – have effectively banked on the demand for a new province in order to secure their political base in the region. Their promise of forming the South Punjab province “at all costs” in the future threatens the PMLN’s position. Local political circles believe that the PPP and the PML-Q had cornered the ruling party in Punjab by demanding a new province. If the PML-N does not win over local population, it may lose the support of a considerable population in the region, besides the eventual shrinking of its power base – the province of Punjab in its current entirety.
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Obama victory tweet 16 killed overnight in Karachi is most popular ever KARACHI
unabated violence continued to claim innocent lives as two more people were gunned down in the city raising the 24hour death toll to 16. According to details, unidentified armed assailants opened fire at two persons in Nishan-eHaider Chowk of Orangi Town injuring them severely and fled the scene. The injured identified as Jahangir and Raza Jan were rushed to Jinnah Hospital but both succumbed to wounds on the way. The twin murders spawned immense tension around the area followed by firing incident near ICI Bridge where a man was injured. Faraz Haider, who sustained injuries in a firing incident near Dakkhana Chowk area of Liaquatabad a day earlier, succumbed to his wounds at hospital. Tension continued in
message posted on Twitter in which Barack Obama celebrated his re-election has become the most popular ever after his followers retweeted it more than half a million times. Before his victory over Republican candidate Mitt Romney had been officially announced the president proclaimed victory by tweeting “Four More Years”. The tweet, which also featured a picture of Mr Obama embracing his wife Michelle, overtook a Justin Bieber song as the most retweeted message ever, according to BuzzFeed. Mr Obama also thanked his supporters, posting: “This happened because of you. Thank you.” The picture showing a relieved Mr Obama was also posted on his Facebook account and was shared tens of thousands of times by many of his 32 million fans on that network. Social networking sites have played a major role in the 2012 election as both campaign teams have used the sites to urge the public to get out and vote. Mr Obama’s team continued to to hammer home its message through the internet well into the dying hours of the election. Late on Tuesday afternoon, the president made an appearance on the social news site Reddit, which allows users to rank information posted according to whether they like it or not. However, Mr Romney only sent one tweet early on Tuesday evening to his 1.8 million followers, and said nothing thereafter. In January, Mr Obama’s campaign manager had hinted at the influence of social media, and how they would intend to exploit it in the election, saying: “Our efforts on the ground and on technology will make 2008
markets tumble following obama election NeWS DeSk: The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 1.8pc and the S&P 500 dropped 1.6pc this afternoon. The FTSE 100 is down 1.3 pc, while French, Spanish, Italian and German have all fallen. Republican contender Mitt Romney was seen by some financial analysts as the more businessfriendly candidate, while Douglas McWilliams, the head of the Centre for Economic Business Research, told Sky News before the election that the Dow Jones Industrial Average could spike by 500 points because his victory had not been priced in by the markets. Now the look prehistoric.” The 2012 election has been a record breaking event for Twitter. With more than 31 million election-related tweets on election night it was “the most tweeted about event in US political history,” said Twitter spokeswoman Rachel Horwitz. The conversation on Twitter hit a peak of 327,452
election has been decided, analysts are also looking ahead to the challenges posed by negotiations over the fiscal cliff, a collection of tax rises and spending cuts that are due to be implemented in the new year. Rating agency Fitch also said that Mr Obama needed to act quickly to avoid the cliff next year. Meanwhile, developments in Europe served to dampen investor sentiment. The European Commission today slashed its 2013 growth forecast for the European Union economy from 1pc to 0.1pc and confirmed that the 17nation bloc will slip into recession this year.
tweets per minute. Rob Johnson, campaign manager for Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry’s failed presidential run, said Twitter had changed the future of electioneering. He said Twitter “changed the dynamic this cycle and will continue to play a bigger role in years to come”. “We no longer click re-
fresh on websites or wait for the paper boy to throw the news on our porch,” Mr Johnson said. “We go to Twitter and learn the facts before others read it.” Social media sites were often the first place news broke during the election, as political reporters and campaign staff utilised sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
1 soldier killed, 14 injured in Kurram blast PARACHINAR AgEnciES
One security official was killed and another 14 were injured in a blast in Sadda Bazaar area of Kurram Agency on Wednesday. The blast also destroyed the vehicle of Political Moharrar Mira Jan. The slain soldier was identified as Khial Badshah. The injured were taken to Sadda Hospital. Security forces cordoned off the area and started investigations.
Crowds also gathered outside the White House in Washington to cheer success for the progressive ideals Obama symbolizes among liberal constituencies in the United States. In contrast with the idealism, he exulted in four years ago, Obama sounded more pragmatic in acknowledging the need for hard work in view of challenges to his domestic agenda At personal level, Obama’s victory also meant that he had defeated the possibility of going down in the history as one-time accidental president, who had made it to the White House on the basis of opposition to policies of his warrior predecessor George W Bush. On the foreign front, Obama faces a changed Middle Eastern landscape, where strongmen, who once helped Washington in carrying out its agenda, are gone amid popular discontent with US policies to the region over the past several decades. The
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festering Israeli-Palestinian question weighs heavily on the minds of Middle Eastern populations. But it is the Afghan war, which is likely to consume Obama’s attention in the next two years as he is expected to work to wind down the 11-year-old conflict in accordance with NATO-set timetable that sets 2014 as pullout date. Obama referred to the issue without naming Afghanistan, saying he wants to pass on a U.S. to the next generation that moves beyond this time of war confidently and shape peace in the world on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being. “We want to pass on a country that’s safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this - this world has ever known,” a visibly happy Obama said in his campaign headquarters in hometown Chicago. “But also a country that
moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being,” he added. Citing his fulfilment of pledges on the external front – including ending the Iraq war and elimination of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, experts say, Obama is expected to stay the course towards ending the Afghan war by 2014, with pullout of combat troops from the landlocked country and transfer of full security responsibility to the Afghans. “We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant’s daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag,” he noted. But under Obama, the US heavy dependence on drones against suspected alQaeda militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and in Yemen and Somalia, have tarnished America’s reputation and seriously undermined ties with
Islamabad. President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated Obama on his successful re-election bid. At the same time, on Wednesday, Al-Jazeera quoted foreign minister as reiterating Pakistan’s opposition to the drone operations on Pakistani soil. The drone strikes are seen as one of the underlying reasons in sharp decline in relations between the US and Pakistan, a key country in the region and the entire Muslim world. Meanwhile, the American public has also grown increasingly wary of the Afghan war, 11 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In Tuesday’s Obama carried the day with expected wins in traditional Democratic strongholds along both the East and West Coasts, with minorities, women, Hispanic populations and liberals voting overwhelmingly for him. Besides, Obama also carved out wins in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin in a near sweep of the battleground or swing states. He
people on Wednesday set three vehicles on fire in Sakhi Hassan area as sectarian tension gripped the city following Tuesday’s firing incidents. Officials said a truck was torched near Haroon shopping center in Shadman area, a bus near Five Star Chowrangi and a car in North Nazimabad soon after funerals of two people, who were killed in firing on Tuesday, were offered in city’s locality. Some enraged youths also pelted public vehicles with stones as police and Rangers contingents arrived in the area to control the situation. Earlier, hundreds of people in Buffer Zone area attended funeral prayer of three persons who were killed on Tuesday when armed men opened fire on funerals of Allama Agha Aftab Haider Jaffari. He was shot dead along with two associated in Sadar area on Tuesday morning. His death triggered protests and fueled sectarian tension in the city.
120 Rohingya Muslims drown as boat capsizes DHAKA inP
Around 120 people went missing when a boat carrying Rohingya refugees capsized on its way from Bangladesh to Malaysia early on Wednesday, coastguard officials said. Bangladesh Border Guard Commander Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Hasan said that the vessel went down southwest of Cox’s Bazaar district. “We have rescued 11 survivors in a joint rescue operation with the local fishermen,” Hasan said. He said the boat was carrying 137 passengers who were going to Malaysia illegally, ‘in a quest
for a better life’. Bangladeshi Border Guard personnel have kept a close watch on Teknaf wharf since June 2012, following violent clashes in neighbouring Burma. Bangladeshi border guards have been turning back boats carrying Rohingya Muslims who were trying to escape the recent violence in Burma. International agencies have asked Bangladesh to open its border to Rohingya Muslims who are trying to flee from sectarian violence which has caused destruction in Rakhine State in Burma this week. Bangladesh authorities however, have refused and are still turning back fleeing refugees.
taliban urge obama to pull out from afghanistan kABuL: Taliban have told the re-elected US president, Barack Obama, to admit defeat in Afghanistan and pull troops out of there. “Obama must by now know that they have lost the war in Afghanistan,” spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement posted on the Islamists website. “So, without further lying and delays, they should leave our sacred land and focus on their own country instead.” Accusing the Americans of committing war crimes, he added, “The American administration should stop acting like world policeman and focus on solving their own people’s problems, and don’t make the world hate Americans even more.” inP
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several areas including Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, Gulbahar, Sohrab Goth and Ancholi on second day over triple killings. The funeral prayers of deceased Wasim Haider, Faraz Haider and Qasim Ali were offered at ancestral graveyard. Firing incidents continued in different parts of the Karachi during which 12 persons were reported injured. Meanwhile, police and Rangers conducted raids and launched search operation during which several criminals were held and arms recovered from their possession. The citizens have expressed grave concerns over renewed spell of target killing which has forced them to move to other cities. They also criticized the law enforcement agencies, provincial and federal governments for failure to give protection to public lives and property. Meanwhile, infuriated
was also reportedly winning in Florida by Wednesday morning but the result in that state looked inconsequential. Obama had secured at least 303 electoral votes by Wednesday morning. According to US laws, a party must claim at least 270 electoral votes out of a total of 538 (made up of 435 House, 100 Senate and 3 Washington D.C. electors) to pick it president and vice president. Internally, Obama, whose Democratic party and rival Republicans engaged in a fierce and costly campaign, acknowledged political divisions but said he would strive for progress on key domestic issues. “But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America’s future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country, that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow.”
“We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Analysts point out that his re-election offers Obama, 51, a second opportunity that will quickly be tested, given the rapidly escalating fiscal showdown. His victory in Tuesday’s poll brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Republicans had vowed to repeal. The law promises to change significantly the way medical services are administrated nationwide. Recently, Obama and his aides have hinted that he would try to address unrealized promises of his first campaign like the immigration overhaul that has eluded presidents of both parties for decades. “But he will be venturing back into a Congressional environment similar to that of his first term, with the Senate under the control of Democrats and the House under the control of Republicans, whose leaders have hinted that they will be no less likely to challenge him than they
were during the last four years,” the New York Times commented on domestic challenges facing the reelected leader. Obama recognized the reality that the Democratic victory came in the backdrop of some stiff political challenges. “Tonight in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back,” Obama told his supporters early Wednesday. “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” Republican Mitt Romney, meanwhile, wished Obama success in his concession speech. “This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation,” a slightly hoarse Romney told his supporters in Boston. Romney said he and his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan (Wisonsin.), had left “everything on the field,” adding: “I so wish that I had been able to fulfil your hopes.”
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News 05 Patients irked as Balochistan doctors’ strike enters 22nd day QueTTA: Patients coming from remote areas for treatment in government hospitals in Balochistan have been facing many difficulties due to the doctors’ continuous strike by doctors across the province against the abduction of senior doctor Muhammad Saeed Khan. The doctors of all government hospitals have been boycotting and protesting for the last 22 days against Khan’s abduction. OPDs and general operation theatres in hospitals have been closed causing the patients a lot of trouble. The irked patients have requested the government and other authorities to resolve the matter or give them alternative facilities. The protesting doctors said they would continue protesting until the recovery of their colleague. They also took out rallies from hospitals in various parts of the province on Wednesday. inP
Nisar offers Rind PML-N membership
qUETTA: There’s no end to citizens’ misery as doctors across Balochistan continued to boycott work at government hospitals in protest against the abduction of a senior doctor. INP
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ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday met Leader of the Opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Yar Muhammad Rind and offered him to join the PML-N. Nisar arrived at Rind’s residence along with senior party members, including Khwaja Asif and Tariq Fazal Chaudhry. The PML-N leaders assured Rind of their complete support “in these difficult times”. The leaders discussed the overall political situation in the country and Balochistan in particular. Rind vowed to speak against the corrupt Balochistan government and thanked the Supreme Court for administering justice. nni
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Hazara killing must be dealt with strongly g Govt should focus on winning public support, not appeasing angry leaders ISLAMABAD
ORMER National Assembly Deputy Speaker Sardar Wazir Ahmed Jogezai on Wednesday declared the law and order situation in Balochistan worse than that of Swat and Malakand. Jogezai emphasised the need to deal strongly with those behind Hazara killings. Hazaras and their friends from other sects were being chased, followed and killed everywhere in the province which made the situation worse than Swat and Malakand, he said. In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today, Jogezai disclosed that Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Khan Raisani never considered himself a member of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and was exploiting the province in the name of the party. He said that four years ago during a meeting, Raisani personally told him that he was not a member of ruling PPP and did not owe the party anything.
Jogezai held PPP responsible for the problems being faced by Balochistan stating bad governance as the root of all issues. He believed that PPP should not have formed the provincial government. Instead, he said, they should have formed an opposition that provided positive criticism for the cause of the Baloch people. Jogezai rejected the existence of a strong demand or movement for separation in the province saying that the basic issue revolved around provincial autonomy. Jogezai stated that there was no need to appease the angry Baloch leadership for a return to normalcy. He wanted the government to focus on providing good governance instead, which would result in public popularity and automatically corner any separatist elements in the province. Once these elements get weaker, he said, they would definitely turn to the dialogue table. “All you need is good intentions, good brains, commitment, governance, supremacy of law and development works to attract people and earn maximum public support in Balochistan,”
Jogezai stated. Responding to a question in connection with missing persons, Jogezai confirmed that the government claims
regarding number of missing persons was correct, adding that those who claim the number to be in thousands were spreading lies to gain public support and pursue their own interests. The senior Baloch leader was of the view that unless change was introduced in the policies of the government -similar to the 80’s- no peace could be established within the country or abroad. He urged for ending the mindset that propagated regaining Kabul and brining back Mullah Omer’s regime in Afghanistan adding that this approach had played a big part in destroying the country. He suggested the government to take neighbouring countries including India, Iran and China on board regarding the Afghanistan issue and to convince them for joint efforts for developing Afghanistan. Jogezai stressed on the need for free quality education in the province to end the growing trends of extremism and sectarianism, adding that sooner or later, the government had to introduce measures for controlling extremism.
PeShAWAr: Election Commission of Pakistan has started scrutiny of the assets of 110 members of provincial assembly (MPA) hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The sources said that Election Commission has received declaration of assets from 110 out of the124 members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly. Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti turned out to be the poorest member of the assembly with no vehicle of his own. His wife however, has gold jewellery and property which she has inherited. Like most MPAs’, provincial ministers’ Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Zahir Shah have their own cars, houses and businesses. JUI (F) MPA Hafiz Akhtar Ali however, owns only one house whereas a woman MPA revealed that she owned only two tolas (over 20 grams) of gold. OnlinE
Pakistan, Qatar express resolve to strengthen relationship DOHA OnlinE
Pakistan and Qatar have expressed their resolve to intensify cooperation in the fields of trade and commerce‚ energy‚ agriculture‚ infrastructure and investment. An understanding was reached when Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani had a one-on-one meeting followed by talks between delegates in which the president was assisted by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar‚ Petroleum and Natural Resources Advisor Dr Asim Hussain and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Qatar Muhammad Sarfraz Ahmad Khanzada. The two sides discussed in detail current relations and agreed to upscale cooperation in various sectors for mutual advantage. President Asif Ali Zardari emphasised
the need to increase bilateral trade and hoped that the visit of business delegates may give boost to the trade between the two counties. He said Pakistan would appreciate Qatar’s support for holding a third round of negotiations on Pak- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Free Trade Agreement (FTA). He urged Qatar to lobby with other GCC countries to conclude the FTA as it would further concretize the ties between Pakistan and GCC countries. The president said that at present only three Qatari companies were operating in Pakistan and invited more companies to establish offices there. He said Pakistan will appreciate an early response to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), meant for financial assistance for the construction of national highway and motorway pending, from
Qatar’s side. He said Pakistan has a vibrant‚ stable and a mature financial market and many foreign banks are doing good business in the country. Welcoming Qatari banks to start operating in the country, he said that Qatari banks in Pakistan would act as a catalyst to further the bilateral economic cooperation. The president said Pakistan had started a number of projects in order to meet the energy demand and welcomed Qatar’s participation in the Neelum-Jehlum hydro-power project. He expressed delight over the signing of an agreement between Qatar Gas and two Pakistan-based gas companies. He said Pakistan’s petroleum exploration and production policy of 2012 was very enticing and invited Qatari petroleum and gas companies to take advantage of the new policy and invest in oil and gas exploration and production.
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Punjab govt, Yda see eye to eye finally New cadres, posts, pay structures approved while doctors promise to perform duty in rural areas for two years, not strike ever
UNJAB government and doctors associations on Wednesday put an end to a long saga of a struggle between doctors and the government over the service structure. Doctors associations, PMA, MTA and YDA presented 54 demands during different timings to the government and Punjab government has agreed upon charter of responsibility under which doctors will not take part in such activity which creates hurdle in the provision of basic treatment to the patients. In case of differences between doctors and Health Department, a high level committee will find a practicable solution of the problem. Two years service will be compulsory in rural areas for new doctors. Doctors having postgraduate degree will be posted in DHQ hospitals so that best medical facilities could be available to the people. However, it has been linked with the transfer policy. Doctors associations will also ensure implementation of the private practice law. In addition, keeping in view the reforms, health management cadre has been created for the administrative posts in Health Department. Approval has been given to the 25 percent promotion quota for medical officers from grade 17 to 18 as senior registrars while 50 percent promotion quota for the consultants from grade 17 to 18. Similarly, further reforms have been made in four tiers service structure for providing promotion opportunities to the doctors of general cadre after that, under new formula 3 percent quota for grade 20, 19 percent quota for grade 19, 36 percent for grade 18 and 42 percent for grade 17, has been approved. Moreover, approval has been given to the new posts for 1,400 doctors in grade 18, 1,100 in grade 19 while 200 in grade 20. Health Department will send promotion cases of doctors 6 times to promotion board. As many as 190 new vacancies will be created for senior registrars. Posts of paid house offi-
PA resumes its usual bickering Nothing worthwhile discussed in Punjab Assembly’s Wednesday session
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
After YDA, college teachers too announce strike Say if their demands, like the doctors’, are not met, they will not attend colleges, conduct examinations LAHORE After the doctors’ service structure issue was resolved by the Punjab government, Punjab Teachers’ Union also announced strike for their demands on Wednesday. According to reports, Punjab Teachers’ Union organised a meeting, chaired by the officials of the union and attended by members and many teachers from different
schools and colleges. In the meeting, it was agreed that if the government does not meet their demands, the teachers will observe a strike to make their demands heard. They alleged that the federal government had issued a notification and announced allowances for teachers but the Punjab government is deliberately not taking any notice of it. They argued that teachers of other provinces were getting their allowances but the teachers
from Punjab were receiving nothing. The teachers also said that they have been working for 15 to 20 years but are not getting promoted and their allowances for lectures was not reaching them. The union announced that if their demands were not fulfilled within a month they will start to protest, close schools, stop conducting examinations and will not perform their duties in the upcoming general elections.
cers have been increased as a result of which paid house jobs will be provided to all male and female students completing education from government medical colleges. Similarly, like all other cadres, approval to the service structure for dental cadre including non-practicing allowance has been given. In addi-
tion, it was agreed to send recommendations to the committee for further improving the system of writing ACRs, approval to the Rs 5,000 per month allowance for qualified FCPS medical officers, phased wise increase in the stipend for medical officers and post graduate trainees, approval to the index-
ation of health professional allowance under which allowances will increase at the same ratio with the salaries. Setting up of a committee for forming transparent transfer policy, establishment of a health services academy and setting up foolproof security system in the hospitals were also agreed.
Robber escapes prison, duty officer dismissed LAHORE RAnA hAidER
A robber managed to escape jail while imprisoned at Mozang Police Station, on Wednesday, which resulted in the dismissal of assistant duty officer and a constable. According to details, Shan alias Sunny was a drug addict and a thief. Two days ago, he had been imprisoned by Mozang Investigation Police for committing theft at the residence of a famous journalist. Police had obtained a two-day remand against the accused
for further investigation. However, the suspect managed to escape by removing prison bars. Following his escape, DIG Operations, in addition to the above mentioned personnel, dismissed the duty officer also after taking notice of the incident. A case has also been registered against the assistant duty officer and the constable. S t a t i o n Housing Officer (SHO) said the accused would be arrested soon while Investigation In-charge Ghulam Hussain Bhatti said teams had been assembled to ensure the re-arrest of the criminal.
Punjab Assembly on Wednesday witnessed vociferous scenes with both the treasury and opposition members hurling accusations and counter accusations against the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP). PPP members, referring to the Asghar Khan case, demanded that those who had received kickbacks should be hanged. The PML-N parliamentarians in return blamed that the thieves, referring to PPP leadership, were making noise and raised slogans “Bibi ham sharminda hain- teray katil zinda hain”. The ruckus started when the PPP’s Deputy Parliamentary leader Shaukat Basra wanted to discuss the Asghar Khan case. Speaker Rana Mohammad Iqbal ruled that the house should be allowed to complete its official business. The opposition protested over the observations of the speaker and sloganeering ensued. Shaukat Basra said that real faces of Sharif brothers had been exposed before the masses in the Asghar Khan case. He said that the nation would not forgive those who received money from the ISI. He said the PML-N leadership should clarify its position in the House. He demanded that just like Yusuf Raza Gilani and Rehman Malik, the cases of Sharif brothers should also be referred to the Election Commission. He also called for action against General Aslam Beg and Lt General Hameed Gul. This infuriated the PML-N members and they raised slogans against President Asif Ali Zardari. After failing to pacify the members from both sides, the speaker adjourned the house for half an hour. However, when the session started after the break, the hurling of accusations between both parties resumed. Provincial Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan questioned about the killers of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and who were indulging in corruption and plunder. He said Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif had always served the country and the nation and not a single case of corruption had been proved against them.
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Corruption, bad governance major obstacles in progress LAHORE S TA F F R E P O RT
Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that corruption and bad governance are major hurdles in progress and development of the country. Addressing the party leaders during a m e e t i n g
called by him for reviewing preparation for bypolls in which the monitoring committee presented a report to Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N chief said his party would eliminate corruption from the country after coming into power. He said that his party would once again bring the country on the road to progress and prosperity. He said that people would reject the corrupt and incompetent political parties in the upcoming general elections in the country, adding that the PML-N would bring revolutionary changes in the country. He said that the people of Pakistan would cast their vote in favour of PML-N based on their performance and their dedication to bring relief to the people who voted them in power.
LHC adjourns hearing to 21st in dual offices case LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a contempt of court petition filed against President Asif Zardari for not relinquishing the political office of PPP co-chairman to November 21. A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the case. The court forwarded the case to the single bench over the petition filed by Jamaat i Islami (JI) which had pleaded disqualification of the president. The chief justice of the LHC said that a full bench
cannot hear the case and it would be on the discretion of the single bench whether to allow the formation of a larger bench or not. Counsel for the president in the case, Wasim Sajjad, said that during a previous hearing, the court did not issue any order and instead, it just expressed its expectations. The counsel said that contempt of court proceedings could not be initiated on the basis of expectations. The court enquired of the president’s counsel as to why the court order pertaining to abandonment of political activities in the presidency has not been implemented yet.
4 kidnappers nabbed LAhOre: The police on Wednesday arrested four persons including a constable who kidnapped his nephew for ransom and a rickshaw driver who abducted a little girl and married her forcibly. According to details, at Supreme Court (SC) directives, the police conducted raids and arrested three accused including Ali Raza, a rickshaw driver who had kidnapped a 12-year-old girl Sonia Ataria from Hinjarwal area and married to her forcibly. Another case of abduction took place in Kahna area where a police constable Ajmal kidnapped his two-and-ahalf-years’ old nephew and demanded one million rupees as ransom. The local police arrested the uncle and recovered the child from his custody. The kidnapper in the preliminary interrogation revealed that he is a drug addict and to meet his financial need he kidnapped his nephew. STAFF REPORT
indian delegates ‘mesmerised’ by lahore LAhOre: Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal and his delegation on Wednesday visited Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, Gurdwara Dera Sahib and Samadhi Ranjeet Singh. Badal and his delegation were received by Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab, Zaeem Hussain Qadri. Badal and Indian delegation highly appreciated the beauty of Shishmahal. The Indian delegation was also taken on a tour of Badshahi Mosque. The members of the delegation appreciated the Islamic architecture of the mosque and also recorded their impressions in the visitors’ book. Later, Badal and his delegation went to Gurdwara Dera Sahib. The Indian delegation also saw Samadhi of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh and lauded the efforts of the government for the maintenance and conservation of historical places. S TA F F R E P O RT
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ESPITE the placing on Pakistan’s statute books of tougher laws against the practice of `swara’ or the “giving away” of a woman to a rival party to settle a dispute, the tradition continues. The women’s rights advocacy organization , which guides victims, describes `swara’ as a practice “where a girl is given as an offering to `settle’ a conflict or dispute.” The practice is most common in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) and the southern Punjab, where it is known as `vani’, but also takes place in other parts of the country, according to a report by IRIN. A `swara’ exchange can be used to settle murder, adultery (a crime under the law), kidnapping or another offence. In 2004, parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act under which amendments were made to the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the making `swara’ and similar practices a crime. Section 310A, which covers the matter, was inserted in the PPC and reads: “Whoever gives a female in marriage or otherwise `badal-e-sulah’ [in exchange for peace] shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment, which may extend to 10 years but shall not be less than three years.” The legislative action came about at least in part due to awareness on the issue being raised by an award-winning 2003 documentary entitled Swara: Bridge Over Troubled Waters made by Samar Minallah, an activist and documentary who at the time also filed a public interest litigation case before the Supreme Court of Pakistan against `swara’. The case is continuing. “Yes, the laws have helped but `swara’, `vani’ and similar practices still go on,” Minallah told IRIN. “Estimates based on newspaper reports indicate there are hundreds of cases each year. Of course, there are many others which do not get reported,” she said. She also said that tougher laws and arrests
made under them had “led to people disguising the handing over of a woman or girl. The deal is not announced within the community as a `swara’ or `vani’ marriage, though within the families concerned it is known that the woman has been given away as `swara’ and is treated accordingly,” Minallah said. SLAVeS: While `swara’ brides are wed to the men they are given to, these men are usually far older than the “brides”, who are often mere children. The girls are also usually treated extremely badly or “like slaves”, according to Minallah, in the home of their in-laws. There has since 2004 been a further toughening of the law. In December 2011 parliament passed a series of legislative measures aimed at improving the situation of women. One relevant clause states: “Forcing a woman into marriage for settling a dispute to be a nonbailable offence.” The superior courts in the country have also taken up the matter with the Peshawar High Court noting that existing laws included in the PPC were insufficient, and directing the KP government to enact a special law to deal with the issue. The court was hearing a case filed by a plaintiff from Upper Dir District who said his father and brother had been killed for refusing to hand over his minor sister as `swara’. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, which is hearing Minallah’s petition, has said laws against the practice need to be implemented effectively. Experts agree. Shaukat Salim, a lawyer and human rights activist based in Swat, told IRIN from Mingora, the principal city of the district: “Practices like `swara’ continue here, in Dir and elsewhere because it takes more than laws to change the way people behave. Much more awareness and the general empowerment of women are needed, if we are to see real change.” He said many people in rural KP were not even aware of the laws and acted as they had for centuries.
“hONOur kILLINGS”: Other “traditional” practices also harm women. According to the autonomous Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRPC), there were 943 “honour killings” in 2011. An “honour killing”, according to HRCP, involves the murder of a woman who is deemed to have let down her family, or “dishonoured” it in some way. This can involve an act such as alleged adultery, a marriage decided on by the woman herself or other trivial matters. Couples choosing to wed by choice frequently end up having to go on the run, as in a recent case reported in the media from Karachi in June this year. The kinds of threat women face was illustrated by a recent case from the remote Kohistan District of KP where four women were sentenced to death by a local `jirga’ (gathering of tribal elders) after being caught on video clapping as two men unrelated to them danced at a wedding. The matter was taken up by the Supreme Court, which sent out two fact-finding missions to the Pattan area in Kohistan. Farzana Bari, a women’s rights activist who formed a part of both missions told the media “she could not endorse” the identity of the women she had been shown. Many questions still remain over the matter. chILD MArrIAGeS: “Custom” or “tradition” also works against women in other ways. According to figures presented at a seminar in Karachi by the Family Planning Association of Pakistan, 30 percent of all marriages in the country are child marriages though the law bars the marriage of a girl under 16 or a boy under 18. Civil society organizations have been demanding major reforms to the law which dates back to 1929. “I was married when I was 11. I lost my childhood forever, but times must change and I will not allow my three daughters to be married off before they are adults,” said Sadiqa Bibi, a washerwoman and mother of five by the time she was 20.
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World congratulates Obama on victory WASHINGTON
HINESE leader Hu Jintao has joined other world leaders in congratulating US President Barack Obama on his re-election, noting “positive progress” in Sino-US relations the past four years, China’s foreign ministry has said. “President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao sent messages of congratulations to President Obama on his being reelected president of the United States,” Hong Lei, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Indonesians celebrated in Obama’s childhood home of Jakarta where a statue of a young “Barry” Obama, as he was called as a child, stands outside the school he attended in Jakarta. Students inside watched the election
results on TV and cheered when they learned Obama would remain in the White House for another four years. He lived with his mother and stepfather in the Indonesian capital from age six to 10. Other countries across Asia also closely watched the incoming results, some setting up polling booths and holding mock elections while throwing parties as returns came in. David Cameron, the British prime minister, posted his regards on Twitter: “Warm congratulations to my friend Barack Obama. Look forward to continuing to work together”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Obama, saying that the strategic alliance between their two countries was “stronger than ever”. “I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests that are vital for the security of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu, who has had a testy relationship
with the US leader, said in a short written statement. Netanyahu’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, who was a frequent visitor to Washington over the past four years, said in his own statement he had no doubt Obama will continue his policies, which “fundamentally support Israel’s security”. “It is possible to overcome any differences in positions that may arise,” Barak said. The Western-backed Palestinian Authority has been disappointed that Obama did not pressure Israel to make greater efforts to make peace with the Palestinians, including a freeze on all settlement construction. In the absence of negotiations, senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat urged the US president to reverse course and support Palestinian efforts to seek UN General Assembly recognition of an independent state of Palestine. “We have decided to take our cause to the United
Nations this month, and we hope that Obama will stand by us,” Erekat told Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency. Hamas, the political group that controls the Gaza Strip, issued their own statement. “There is a chance for Obama to change the Israeli-biased American policy and build a new moral one that ends the double standards in dealing with various Middle East issues, and help the Palestinians to regain their rights,” the statement said. “We heard moderate speech from Obama when he won the first time, but his policies contradicted with his speech. Now there is a good opportunity to implement what he promised without the Zionist lobby pressurising him,” Hamas said. A spokesman for the main Syrian opposition bloc, the Syrian National Council, expressed hope that the election victory would free Obama to do more to
support those trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. “We hope this victory for President Obama will make him free more to make the right decision to help freedom and dignity in Syria and all over the world,” SNC spokesman George Sabra said on the sidelines of an opposition conference on the Qatari capital of Doha. Sabra renewed the opposition’s appeal to the international community to supply rebel fighters with weapons. The Obama administration and its Western allies have ruled out military intervention in Syria. The US has also been cool to opposition rebels’ demands for weapons such as anti-aircraft missiles, out of concern that they could fall into the wrong hands. The US and other foreign backers of the Syrian uprising have urged the fractured, largely exile-based opposition to unite and include more representatives from inside Syria.
Syria rebels attack assad strongholds in damascus DAMASCUS AgEnciES
Syrian rebels have carried out fresh attacks on government facilities and strongholds in the capital, Damascus. Mortar shells landed in Mezzeh 86, an Alawite district near the presidential palace, and hit the prime minister’s offices and Mezzeh military airfield. Fierce shelling and air strikes by government forces were also reported in several areas, a day after rebel groups carried out a series of bomb attacks. Activists said the escalation might herald a concerted rebel campaign. Earlier, UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged newly re-elected US President Barack Obama to work with him to “do more” to end the conflict. He said the US and its allies should do more to “shape the opposition, outside Syria and inside Syria, and try to help them achieve their goal which is our goal - of a Syria without [President Bashar al-] Assad”. Mr Cameron made the plea after hearing “truly horrendous” stories of suffering from refugees at the Zaatari camp in northern Jordan. Meanwhile, a senior Turkish foreign ministry official told the Reuters news agency that Ankara would soon make an official request to Nato to deploy a Patriot surface-to-air defence missile system along the border with Syria.
chicAgO: Re-elected US President Barack Obama and his wife took to the stage for his victory speech after the election results. AgeNcIes
Bahrain revokes 31 opposition activists’ citizenship DAIH AgEnciES
Bahrain’s government has revoked the citizenship of 31 opposition activists for “undermining state security”. An interior ministry statement published by state media said Article 10 of the Citizenship Law permitted the “re-evaluation of nationality”. Those affected include Jawad and Jalal Fairuz, former MPs for the leading Shia movement, alWifaq, and Ali Mushaimaa, son of al-Haq’s imprisoned leader. Last week, the government banned all public gatherings and rallies. Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Al Khalifah said “repeated abuse” of the rights to freedom of speech and expression could no
longer be accepted. However, the UN said the restrictions “could aggravate the situation in the country” and urged the government “to lift them without delay”. There has been widespread unrest in Bahrain since demonstrators took to the streets of Manama in February 2011, demanding more democracy and an end to what they said was discrimination against the majority Shia Muslim community by the Sunni royal family. At least 60 people, including several police officers, have been killed, and thousands injured and jailed, since the uprising began in February 2011. The opposition puts the death toll at 80, a figure the authorities dispute. Matar Matar, a former MP and
leading member of al-Wifaq said that many of the activists whose citizenship was revoked on Wednesday had been acquitted by a military court last year after being charged with harming state security. The list also includes Said alShihabi, head of the Bahrain Freedom Movement, and three Shia clerics - Hussein Mirza, Khaled Mansour Sanad and Alawi Sharaf. Others named were currently living abroad, opposition sources said. The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) and the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) expressed their “grave concern”, saying in a joint statement that the authorities had not provided any evidence. “It is apparent that the action
taken by the Bahraini authorities to revoke the citizenships of 31 individuals is intended to punish them for expressing peaceful dissent and thereby intimidate others from exercising their right to freedom of expression,” the statement added. The interior ministry statement said it would implement the decision “in conformity with the kingdom’s commitments under international law” and that those affected would have the right of appeal. In a separate development on Tuesday, the authorities announced that four suspects had been arrested in connection with bombings in the capital, Manama, the previous day which killed two foreign workers and seriously injured another.
French gay marriage and adoption bill backed by cabinet PARIS AgEnciES
France’s Socialist government has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and allow gay couples to adopt. The bill, opposed by more than 1,000 mayors and the Catholic Church, will be debated by parliament in January. France already allows civil unions between same-sex couples, but it was a campaign pledge of President Francois Hollande to extend their rights. It is one of the most divisive issues he has faced, correspondents say. Mr Hollande told his cabinet that the bill would mean “progress not only for individuals but for the whole of society”. But at the weekend the head of the French Council of Bishops, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, described gay marriage as “the ultimate deceit”. And an opposition senator in the conservative UMP, Serge Dassault, said: “It’s the end of the family, the end of children’s development, the end of education - it’s an enormous danger to the nation.” More than 1,000 mayors have signed a petition against the proposed changes, there have been protests in 75 towns and cities, and one opposition politician has even suggested that legalising gay marriage could lead to polygamy, says the BBC’s Maddy Savage in Paris. Some in the government argue that the law should go even further by offering state funding for artificial insemination for gay couples. At present only married couples - not civil union partners - can adopt in France.
Greece faces shutdown amid massive strikes ATHENS AgEnciES
Public transport and media workers have opened a week of strikes in Greece, contesting fresh austerity measures needed for a lifeline from creditors which the government is due to introduce to parliament. The Athens metro was shut, and only one tram line was running on Monday, while Athens’ 14.000 taxi drivers halted services, severely disrupting traffic in the capital. The country was also hit by a media blackout as print, broadcast and electronic media journalists staged a 24-
hour strike. Service at hospitals was slow as only some employees turned up to work. The union of the public electricity company DEI meanwhile announced renewable 48-hour strikes from Monday evening, although it did not say whether this would lead to power cuts. The walkout is expected to intensify throughout the country on Tuesday and Wednesday as public union GSEE and private union Adedy have both called general strikes. Bus workers joined the stoppage on Tuesday, completing the public transport shutdown in Athens, while ferry lines to surrounding islands
will be cut for 48 hours. A three-hour work stoppage on Tuesday has also been announced by air traffic controllers. In addition, unions have planned demonstrations from Tuesday in the centre of Athens against the package of $23bn (18 billion euros) in cuts and other reforms to be put to a vote in parliament on Wednesday. The Greek daily Ta Nea noted that the “parliamentarians are faced with an unpleasant job”. The new savings plan includes salary and retirement cuts, reductions in civil servant staffing and further labour market deregulation. Implementing the austerity plan is a
precondition for Greece to qualify for a 31.5bn euro tranche of bailout funds from the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Without it, Greece risks bankruptcy in mid-November. On Sunday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras stressed the importance of approving the package, saying that the country could be forced out of the eurozone if parliament were to veto the measures. “We must save the country from catastrophe ... If we fail to save the euro nothing will make sense,” he said. The Dimar party, which has 16 deputies, has suggested it would vote
against the bill because of its objections to the proposed new labour market deregulation measures, while up to five socialist lawmakers could also defy Samaras. The dissenters would leave the government with a narrow majority, with just 154 to 159 seats in the 300-member assembly, the Greek press said on Sunday, while predicting that the measures would nevertheless go through. In an interview with Ethnos newspaper, Dimar party leader Fotis Kouvelis restated his opposition to the proposed labour reforms, accusing Samaras and the international creditors of trying to distance the party and bypassing it.
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a dramatic re-election Same Obama, same policies
efying history which indicated that no president had ever won a second term with 7.4 percent unemployment rate, Barak Obama won the presidential race with a decent margin. He also became the second Democratic President to be re-elected in nearly six decades. Former Massachusetts governor Romney was rejected as many saw him a rich plutocrat who was indifferent to middle class’ pain and the woes of the common man. What is more he showed unconcern about environment and displayed hostility to some of the social issues considered vital by many Americans like abortion and gay marriage. Obama’s more liberal policy on these issues as well as immigration won him the votes of African-Americans and Hispanics. Obama’s victory was an endorsement of the economic policies that stress job growth, health care reforms, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction as well as a rejection of a policy that left people totally at the mercy of the blind market forces. Obama and Romney had nearly similar views on issues of foreign policy. Whatever differences they displayed during the third and last public debate were less of substance than of style. The two seemed to align on matters like withdrawal from Afghanistan, the dangers of intervening in Syria and the employment of drones to fight terrorists. Each one tried to prove that he would pursue the same national goals more effectively and ensure America’s enduring economic and security goals abroad. Romney was supported by many Likud legislators publicly. One described Obama as “the most hostile president to Israel in recent decades”. Obama’s victory explodes the myth that none can win the presidential race in the US unless supported by Israel. It remains to be seen if Obama sticks to the commitments made to the Muslim world after his first election, particularly in his speech in Cairo where he promised to “not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for dignity, opportunity and a state of their own”. Again, will he enter into talks with Iran as he promised in his 2009 interview to Al-Arabiya? During the third debate Romney had congratulated Obama “on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership of Al-Qaeda”. There is thus a likelihood of the continuation of the bipartisan policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. Islamabad should be prepared for more drone attacks and more pressure for operation in Waziristan. The coming events are already casting their shadows. Afghanistan has welcomed the UN decision to impose sanctions on the Haqqani network. Kabul has also ruled out any peace agreement with the group. Pakistan needs to deal with the situation with realism.
By Adeel Amjad
he statement issued by COAS Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani should be considered as a serious realisation of previous mistakes and regarded as a fresh start for the protection and defence of the homeland. However, we Pakistanis are devoid of looking at things dispassionately and we believe that the world is geared at keeping us frustrated and we are continuously embarrassed about our existence. Honestly speaking, this tug of war between different constitutional pillars of the state is quite interesting and potentially threatening. On the one hand, the COAS is advising against monopoly of any individual or institution in outlining national interest, while on the other hand the CJP in his recent address has again outlined the canons of constitutional predominance and its supremacy over all other institutions and authorities. In short, addresses by both are a realisation of previous mistakes. The making or breaking of this nation now depends on this realisation. The longer our institutions keep working in their constitutionally provided roles, the easier it will be for this country to adapt to a stable path. The year 2013 is an important year for all the political parties of Pakistan as it could decide their fate. The five years of democratically elected PPP-led government have proved to be very significant in this context. People have lost hope due to continuous corruption, deterioration in law and order, external and internal security threats, inflation, political instability, judicial and political failures and so on. Despite all this they have carried on with their lives. They have stuck together in upholding the democratic norms in this country. It might be because most of the political parties that participated in 2008 elections have remained part of the federal or provincial governments at one time or another. The only real opposition was from the parties that boycotted the 2008 elections due to their own political or personal reasons. The real threat to the democratic system in Pakistan lies in the failure of the political
parties to control their complexes. The politicians in the past have been found vigorously preaching the men in uniform to remain in the game of politics. The decision in Asghar Khan case has thus not only outlined the role of different constitutional offices in Pakistan but it has also pointed out the real cancer that has destroyed the political system of the country. The military regimes in the past have been able to exploit political parties in obtaining their own objectives. But with time, politicians in Pakistan have matured and have nurtured themselves to adjust to all possibilities in the coming future. In a democratic system the real power lies in the hands of people who get to vote and thus decide about their representatives. Politicians being dependant on public have always found themselves tightly bound to public’s feelings. Interestingly, army and other institutions are also feeling themselves answerable to the public to gain support and sympathy. The acts of a few in the past have made the ones in the present more answerable. Similarly, the judiciary has chosen the path of judicial activism. The supremacy of all institutions in this context is at stake because none of them are in a habit of staying on their path. In the past, military has ruled the country while judiciary has provided necessary legal protection to them. The future of Pakistan, it seems, lies in the hands of these masters, or does it really?
Leaving aside all the corruption and other law and order problems, the real test of democratic forces in this country will now lie in the stance taken by different political parties of Pakistan. None of the political parties in Pakistan will challenge the words uttered by both CJP and COAS. However, the context of these statements will remain a topic of many a debate for a long time. The addresses of both COAS and CJP were not only aimed at their respective institutions but also at every citizen of Pakistan who has suffered due to this mistrust and insecurity between civil and military institutions. For a normal Pakistani with a humble living and ordinary background, the issues raised by both CJP and COAS are of little value and interest. What’s right or not is not mostly decided by the people of Pakistan. Whether the people have welcomed these men in uniform or not is a different question, these usurpers of powers have always used national interest as a keyword in obtaining power. The judiciary is not proud of its questionable history. Maybe, the thick walls of ego that existed in the past between different civil and military institutions of Pakistan have started crumbling down on their own. Continuity in the process is the way to become a true democracy. The writer can be email@example.com
Defining Quaid’s legacy The one that we distort to fit on everything By Ummar Ziauddin
ahathir Mohammad is not a Dalai Lama in Malaysia. Hindus and Chinese do have, and justifiably, serious reservations against his prolonged rule and current policies of his party. It is likely that Mahathir’s party might see a devastating upset in the forthcoming elections, something unheard of a decade ago. One thing is certain: Malaysians know truly well what Mahathir Mohammad stood for, unlike Quaid-e-Azam in Pakistan. We have a leader who seems to be one of the few absolutes in the universe. Incidentally, Jinnah of Pakistan is a leader of everyone across the spectrum: liberals and mullahs alike, and of moderates too. These qualifiers, we all know too well, are poorly defined. I do not intend to draw comparisons between the two leaders. Both triumphed in different time periods, each faced unique challenges and had different
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destinies. It is the attitude towards their legacies I wish to focus on. If you have ruled for over twenty two years and still carry enough weight to influence politics, it is impossible not to be controversial. Mahathir Mohammad is one such figure. Hang on, is he controversial? We don’t know that in Pakistan. He has always been portrayed as this exemplary leader who spearheaded the Malaysian growth. A role model for Pakistan. But there is always more to it, right? His children now represent the very class he stood up against, for his people. Chinese Malaysians would tell you, Mahathir’s policies were heavily biased in favour of Malaya Muslims. I suppose no one denies that they were the most impoverished of ethnicities. Perhaps, in principle, his policies could be justified. However, in spite of his affirmative policies, Malaysia remains backward. Hindus in Malaysia do not have the government or the generous Chinese tycoons to look out for them; so they are not well off either. Hence, there is this criticism. In spite of all his inconsistencies,
why was Mahathir portrayed in a flattering light in Pakistan, bracketed along with Mandela among the great contemporary leaders? One, he was the saviour of Muslim Malaya. We tend to bend over backwards for our Muslim brethren in countries we can’t locate on maps, while we lynch some of those out of favour in our own backyard. Then again, it is our internal affair and we are (read) sovereigns. Two, his story sits in nicely with the official narrative of Pakistan fed to an ordinary Pakistani. Please let us not trouble ourselves with the debate anymore: whether it was a country for Muslims or a country created in the name of Islam. I don’t see the distinction anyway and nor did an average person in 1947 that rallied behind sloganeering: Pakistan ka matlab kia, la ilaha ilal la. Someone, anyone, anywhere, who styles himself as a Muslim champion, becomes our Lama in Pakistan. Most of the problems we face today have no relation with Quaid’s vision of Pakistan. Their solution does not lie in his popular speeches
quoted invariably out of context in columns and talk shows. Though we still site Eid moons from matkas — we know why it is wrong; must we keep on looking at our present through the lens of 1947? The only difference between the Malaysians and the people of Pakistan is that they know what Mahathir’s legacy is, while some of them try and disassociate from it. On the other hand, we still sketch our leader’s legacy and often like the devil itself, we create one on policy matters when it is necessary. We refer to the speeches of the Quaid-e-Azam more than we refer to Hadith. His speeches practically envelope everything under the sun: today’s foreign policy, terrorism and terrorism post-9/11, identity conundrum of our age, secularism and model Islamic state at the same time, to name a few. We go so far in tracing his legacy, often or mostly from his popular speeches, we distort the very legacy we wish to elucidate. An ordinary citizen today does not really know what our Quaid stood for, and what he didn’t. No one disputes the greatness of
the Quaid-e-Azam. However, we do need to move on from what was his or his vision of Pakistan. One, we have sufficiently soiled. Our policymakers and intellectuals today must engage on a discourse of a revived vision which is more in line with today’s world and the issues thereof. Our discourse can also develop a long-hoped-for consensus on the Quaid’s legacy and may peter away some of the distortions. It is important, therefore, to engage. We may not be schizophrenic or bipolar but something about our attitude does remind me of an old joke. A woman comes across a man crawling under a street lamp. “I’ve lost my car keys,” he explains. The woman tries to help him find his keys. After a few minutes of searching, she asks, “Where exactly did you drop them?” “Down the street, next to my car,” says the man and gestures towards his idle car in the dark. Puzzled, she queries, “Then why aren’t you looking over there?” The man replies, “The light is better here.” The writer is an academic
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Sugarcane crushing season Nowadays, the sugarcane growers are seen desperate and disturbed in the sugarcane growing belt of Sindh, once known as Cuba of Sindh, including Thatto, Badin, Tando Muhammad Khan, Ghotki and also Mirpur Khas. Normally, the sugarcane crushing season used to begin on November 1 in the province but unfortunately, like past two consecutive years, this year too, mill owners of 36 sugar mills in the province, of which major ratio of the owners is in the corridors of power and politics, are using dilatory tactics and exploiting the inflation and disaster-hit growers and also trying to ravage and ruin the agricultural economy of the province with this devilish design to invest less and earn exorbitant profits. It is noticed that in this moment of manipulation and episode of exploitation of the growers, the sugarcane commissioner and other relevant authorities are in a deep slumber and there is none to take notice of this anti-grower and antieconomy behaviour of the sugar mill owners in the province. It is now time that the provincial government took concrete steps to protect the sugarcane growers and industry as well. I am confident if the growers and labourers are protected from the exploitation by the sugar mill owners and given enhanced rates, ensured timely payments, it would have a positive impact on the agriculture sector in the province. If otherwise, the rural economy will be massively damaged because the growers will not have resources, including money to purchase agri-inputs, in proper season to cultivate and such a situation will lead to “food insecurity” and inflation problem in the coming days in the province. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
media and our criminal justice system In modern democratic societies, media is considered an important pillar of the state, along with Parliament, Judiciary and Executive. The social scientists argue that the structure of a state is incomplete without the presence of an independent and free media. Media has gained this respectable position after a long struggle and efforts. In the subcontinent, the Muslim press played a significant role in the freedom movement. Though the press faced many challenges after the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, during the last couple of decades it has become a power to be reckoned with in this part of the world. The primary role of the media is to inform the people about their rights, obligations and how the organs of the state respect those rights. In Pakistan, the media has also assumed a unique role in our criminal justice sys-
upping the ante “25 Iraqis killed in bomb attacks. Will Israel attack on Iran?” (Nov 7), clashes among Afghan, Pakistan Taliban leave 4 dead. (Nov 6) For years now, we and our immediate western region, known for having ‘strong nerves’, are in a very sad shape without a break for a period more than the combined periods of World War First and Second. It appears that the governments of these countries are seeking a solution of the problem by doing the same things over and over again expecting better results. This requires new approach to first understand the problem. ‘The art of communication is to listen what has not been said’ by our friends. Z A KAZMI Karachi
act before pensioners expire The Supreme Court of Pakistan had graciously registered a case of enforcement of fundamental rights under article 184(3) of Constitution pertaining to old pensioners vide case No. 43650-P/2011. Comments of AGPR were obtained and my views on the same were required by the Supreme Court which were submitted on 26-04-2012. Since then six months have passed but it appears the AGPR is adopting dilatory tactics in submitting their replies to the Supreme Court. The case essentially contains application of Article-25(1) to old pensioners who have been denied incremental increase in the restored component of commuted pension at the age of 75 years equal to the non-commuted portion of pension. While some pensioners have been provided relief as a case in personam but the general application of same principle has been withhold from the rest of old pensioners. It is requested that the remaining old pensioners may be provided relief
tem. Worldwide, the courts, prosecution service and police are considered constituents of the criminal justice system. The police investigate the crime, the prosecution service prosecutes offenders and the courts try and adjudicate the cases brought before them. The media impartially and diligently reports occurrence of crime and trial of criminals to keep the taxpayers informed about the functioning of the criminal justice system. Here in Pakistan, the media has taken upon itself the role of trial also. We have seen parallel trial of high profile persons and cases in the media, especially on the electronic media. Prosecutors, defence lawyers, accused persons appear on TV talk shows to explain their respective cases being adjudicated in courts. Sometimes, the court proceedings are also discussed in these talk shows. This is a new development in the crim-
on the same basis that is doubling their pension 15 years after retirement at 60 years of age before they expire at the fag end of their life when they have little stamina or finances to pursue individual cases in the court. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
zardari’s generosity President Asif Ali Zardari has recently shown his generosity again towards the people of Sindh. As per press reports, the seats reserved for students of Sindh (except Karachi) in newly upgraded Jinnah Sindh Medical University of Karachi were 23. In other words, the average number of seats for the rest of 22 districts of Sindh comes only one seat per district. President Zardari showing his so-called generosity towards the people of Sindh has increased the number of seats from 1 to 2 per district. The people of Sindh are striving hard to lift restrictions on admissions of Sindhi students in Karachi institutes imposed on them during the govt of military dictator General (retd) Musharraf. The ruling PPP made huge promise during the last general elections to do away with such restrictions. Despite heavy protest demonstrations from students and others from time to time, the PPP govt has forgotten its said promise like others made towards people of Sindh in the past. The people of Sindh also protest on changing the name of the Sindh Medical University by Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad through an ordinance. MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL Karachi
mqm’s referendum The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced to conduct countrywide referendum on 14 November, 2012, in which the people of Pakistan will be asked to vote for the kind of Pakistan they want. And the choices are:
inal justice system in Pakistan. The position of politicians is unique; they participate in talk shows enthusiastically and also protest against the so-called media trial. Retired generals also participate in TV talk shows. A few days back, the viewers were astonished to see a former DG ISI being grilled by the anchor person on a private TV channel in Asghar Khan case. In the Hajj Corruption case, the accused minister was pleading innocent before the anchor person in a talk show. I do not know whether this new development in the criminal justice system of Pakistan is being debated at judicial and police academies or not. Undoubtedly, this is an interesting subject for academicians to apply their mind to. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
1) Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah 2) Pakistan of Taliban This announcement of MQM has not gone down well with the Taliban and they have now started to threaten MQM of dire consequences. The Taliban do not hesitate in killing innocent people. I think the MQM should reconsider its decision of conducting referendum. Who will be responsible if 5 or even 10 Taliban suicide bombers strike at any referendum camps resulting in loss of many innocent lives. As we all know and have witnessed, our law enforcement agencies, including Rangers, have completely failed to provide security of life and property to the people. The MQM has already expressed its fears of the presence of Taliban in Karachi. Taking the threat of Taliban in to consideration, I think the MQM should do away with the idea of conducting referendum in the best interest of people of Pakistan. M RAFIQUE ZAKARIA Karachi
Salvaging Pia Apropos to letters on PIA by Mukhtar Ahmad and Mumtaz Khan, the record financial losses, disruption of schedules and staggering additional Rs 100 billion losses during past four years is an indictment, if any is required, on the mediocrity, incompetence and lack of integrity and professional ethics of top executives appointed by this government, without regard to merit, experience, professional ethics or qualification. Commercial aviation is a specialised field, which requires services of best qualified team of professionals to cope challenges offered by a highly competitive market which offers choice of competitive fares, consumer friendly schedules and minimal pilferage by transparency in procurement. What could have been worse than the fact that even Umra and Hajj passengers were
fleeced by a nexus of few marketing executives and few travel agents who created a cartel of sorts. There should be no doubt that responsibility for PIA’s failures rests with none than its top executives who were at the helm when the losses occurred. Inspite of an assured loyal ethnic expatriate traffic, the national airline lost its market share by collective failure of its executives and a government which went on a loot sale of traffic rights to foreign airline without bilateral benefits to national airline. The highly controversial deal with THY was nothing but selling most expensive sole asset of PIA, which were its routes for peanuts. Almost half of PIA’s fleet was grounded because of lack of technical spares, a consequence of controversial selection of vendors for supply of spares. While PIA losses mounted and frequency of flights were slashed, the national airline against all commercial ethics further added to its already surplus employee strength by hiring more employees in violation of merit or transparency. It is only this year that Hajj operation has been conducted far better than in past four years, when it was a nightmare for pilgrims who paid the highest fare per kilometre on PIA’s international network. This offers some hope that PIA may rebound back. For this to occur it is essential that those responsible for its rot should have no role in the new management. There is neither shortage of educated, skilled manpower and qualified men or women in Pakistan, nor any compulsion to hand PIA over to lesser qualified men whose sole experience was irrelevant such as confined to their skills in clearing/forwarding industry. PIA is in a nose dive and requires expertise, integrity and competence to guide it out of a mess of its own making. ALI MALIK Ilinois, USA
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AMEESHA PATEL happy being single john Abraham studying to be a certified gym trainer
e told you how John Abraham, taking his craze for fitness a notch higher has been planning to start off his own chain of gymnasiums - JA Fitness with its flagship store in Worli, Mumbai. And now, we’ve learnt that the actor wants to go a step further and be professionally able to advise people on body building and fitness. And to be able to do that, he has enrolled for a three-month course in London that will certify him as a fitness professional. A source told TOI “John wants to be able to guide health enthusiasts and not just set up a normal gym. The course he is undertaking is an intensive one and will require him to be in London for three months.” According to the source, John’s experience in bodybuilding would not suffice when it comes to mentoring others. nEwS dESK
Naomi campbell denies organising elephant polo match
rITISH supermodel naomi Campbell, who is in Jodhpur to celebrate her boyfriend Vladislav Doronin’s 50th birthday, has denied reports that she is organising an elephant polo match. “These allegations are completely untrue. Miss Campbell has neither organised nor requested the organisation of any such elephant polo tournament ... ,” says an official statement. nEwS dESK
First poster: Salman Khan in ‘dabangg 2’
ALMAn Khan is currently shooting ‘Dabangg 2’ and the superstar is spotted on the set of the movie. His posed with a toddler with the look that he has donned for the film. He kept the original look of ‘Dabangg’ film and sports a sunglass and kept moustache. His looks and style almost resemble to the original movie. The poster shows Salman Khan as Chulbul Pandey showing his back with broken sunglass on his back. On the poster written ‘Here Comes Chulbul Pandey’. UTV Stars posted the fresh poster and tweeted with the caption: Chulbul Pandey is back in Dabangg 2! The movie is slated to release on December 21st 2012. The original ‘Dabangg’ was directed by Abhinav Kashyap and now the sequel has been directed and produced by Salman Khan’s brother Arbaaz Khan. Arbaaz Khan produced ‘Dabangg’ but with ‘Dabangg 2’, he has donned the director’s hat as Abhinav opted out of the film due to some differences with Arbaaz. Sonakshi Sinha who debuted with ‘Dabangg’ has been signed for the sequel and she will star opposite Salman Khan. Sonakshi received huge accolades for her performance and she has been tagged a ‘Desi Girl’ after the film release. Malaika Arora Khan who stirs the nation with ‘Munni Badnam Hui’ item song is expected to surprise her audience again. But Malaika is not reluctant to divulge any details. nEwS dESK
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ARRIAGE is the last thing on Ameesha Patel’s, mind right now as she claims to be enjoying her single status. “I am happy right now... happily single... and I am not thinking about marriage.” Excited about her forthcoming movies, Ameesha said, “I am really excited about my upcoming movies. Race 2 is releasing in January next year. Then there is a movie called Shortcut Romeo where I am starring opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh. I am also doing Bhaiyyaji Superhitt in the pipeline with Sunny Deol.” Talking about her chemistry with Sunny Deol, the 37-year-old admitted that she doesn’t know if the duo can rework the magic from their last super-hit film, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha. “I honestly don’t know if it will be like that (Gadar). Gadar set a huge benchmark in the Indian cinema. Having said that, I am sure it won’t be a disappointment. Sunny Deol is someone you can learn a lot from. It’s always good to work with him.” The actor also shared her love for the Capital. “I love Delhi for its amazing food, its culture and because I have a lot of friends here. I also love the butter chicken, kebabs and Thai food at Imperial Hotel. For shopping I like going to the Emporio mall,” Amisha said. nEwS dESK
Lindsay Lohan may face jail for lying about car accident Lindsay Lohan is set to be charged with the crime of lying to police after her car accident in June. According to TMZ.com, multiple witnesses are claiming that the Mean Girls star was driving her Porsche when it hit an 18-wheeler truck, even though she told the police that she was not. Law enforcement sources have reportedly told the website that the case will be filed as a misdemeanor, which could cause pretty huge problems for the actress, the Mirror reported. Although lots of Lohan’s court drama drew to a close earlier this year, she is still on probation over a jewellery theft case, with the terms stating that she must obey all laws at
all times. If the claims are true and Lohan did lie to the police, her probation may be violated and the judge could send her to jail. It has also been claimed that the actress was found with prescription pills in her purse and boot of her car following the accident on the Pacific Coast Highway, but she avoided drugs charges after her lawyer proved that the medication was properly prescribed by the doctor. nEwS dESK
Acting, not romance, is my forte: Shah rukh Khan He may be known the world over as the ultimate icon of romance but only five of his 75 films portray him as the romantic hero, says Shah Rukh Khan, who believes that projecting him as the lover boy is “oversimplification”. “Honestly, I think acting is my forte. I think this is oversimplification - five out of the 75 films that I have done have been romantic. They have done well, so have the other ones,” Shah Rukh told IANS in a group interview. He had made it big initially with grey roles in Baazigar and Darr, but was labelled king of romance following the stupendous success of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. He proved his versatility by featuring in actioners like Don 2 and issue-based films like My Name Is Khan, Chak De! India and Swades, but the tag stuck. His last love saga was the Aditya
Chopra directed Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. He returns to the genre after four years with the late Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan, which releases Nov 13 on Diwali. He will be seen wooing Katrina Kaif and Anushka Chopra in what he calls a modern love story. “Yashji wanted to make love stories. He said that we have had enough of these fighting films. I believed in him...... (with this film) he said he wanted to make a simple yet complicated film on human relations. It is a very modern interpretation (of love). (But) I think love remains the same,” Shah Rukh. This is Shah Rukh’s fourth film with Yash Chopra as director after Darr (1993), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Veer-Zaara (2004). His real life approach to romance is simple. “You should sit with who you love...you don’t need anything else...beach, candle, a car or anything. When you love someone, you don’t need anything else. The fact that you do need other things means that you don’t love that person,” said the actor who is happily married to Gauri. nEwS dESK
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13 Lata-hazarika had an aﬀair: Bhupen hazarika’s estranged wife rihanna, chris Brown to release duet
F it’s nobody’s business, then why are you singing about it? everyone’s favorite unhealthy couple has teamed up for a track on rihanna’s upcoming album Unapologetic, according to a track list that the singer posted to Instagram on Tuesday. rihanna and Chris Brown’s new track is called “nobodies Business.” The pair had previously collaborated on a remix of her song “Birthday Cake.” The track list revealed that rihanna also collaborated with eminem on a song for the new album. nEwS dESK
Barack re-election memes After Barack Obama was reelected as president of the United States, social media sites were flooded with hilarious photos noting the results. And because they were too funny to ignore, we decided to group them together so you can enjoy them, too! You’re welcome.
ARELY a year after his death, an unsavoury controversy has erupted around late singercomposer Bhupen Hazarika. In an interview with an Assamese TV channel, his estranged wife Priyamvada has claimed that Lata Mangeshkar “started a big affair with him”. Ottawa-based Priyamvada’s insinuations about a romantic relationship between her late husband and the songstress have angered not only the Mangeshkar family, but also Kalpana Lajmi - the filmmaker who had been Hazarika’s companion for 40 years. Both parties have now decided to take legal action. In the interview that was aired on Saturday, the octogenarian Priyamvada hinted that Lata was one of the reasons why she left her late husband 50 years ago. She even mentioned that the singer used to share one of the three bedrooms in their Tollygunge
SUicide cOMPLicAteS ‘tOP gUN’ PrOject Tony Scott is gone, but his blockbuster film “Top Gun” may yet provide him with one of his bigger movie moments. Since Mr. Scott committed suicide on Aug. 19, executives at Paramount Pictures have been quietly debating what to do with a 3-D version of “Top Gun,” the 1986 film that was directed by Mr. Scott and featured Tom Cruise as the Navy fighter pilot Maverick, a role that made him an international superstar. Completed earlier this year by Legend3D, which specializes in converting conventional 2-D film, the three-dimensional “Top Gun” had been seen as a way to whet the world’s appetite for a sequel that was being planned by Mr. Scott, Mr. Cruise and the producer Jerry Bruckheimer. But now the sequel has fallen apart. A n d Paramount and its partners are left with a 3D film that might be perceived by moviegoers as a tribute to a director whose death remains a mystery to many friends and associates. It might also become a final boxoffice triumph — but only if the studio can reach the audience without seeming insensitive or exploitative.
Paramount spotted the enormous potential in the conversion of older films when it joined in the release this year of a 3-D version of “Titanic,” with help from the film’s director, James Cameron, and the Stereo D company. Though familiar from endless showings in theaters and home-video formats since its debut in 1997, “Titanic” in its 3-D format had about $342 million in ticket sales around the world, with a conversion cost of only about $18 million. The response was driven partly by a powerful reception in China, where the film opened to $67 million in first-weekend business from a pool of 3D capable screens that is still growing. With its dizzying aerial action, motorcycle moments and those deeply rippled abs in the volleyball sequence, “Top Gun” — which had about $354 million in worldwide ticket sales, split evenly between domestic and international — seemed a natural candidate for conversion, especially with the potential for a sequel. Legend3D, which counts “Hugo” and “Alice in Wonderland” among its projects, undertook the work as part of an expansion aimed at strengthening ties with the major studios and extending the company’s reach in Asia and Europe. nEwS dESK
(Kolkata) flat whenever they’d be in the city. “He (Hazarika) told me one day, ‘Look Priyam, in India, if a musician wants to rise, his songs have to be sung by Lata Mangeshkar’. Later, when I asked him why he should be with a woman in the room the whole night, he said, ‘ketiaba koribo lage’ (sometimes you have to do it),” Priyamvada said in the interview. From one octogenarian to another, it has not gone down well. Lata Mangeshkar retorted, “I am quite shocked at the lengths people can go to. I’ve met this lady only once in my life. I don’t know what she is talking about. I am definitely taking legal action.” It has been learnt that even Lajmi has decided to do the same. Incidentally, fans of the late musician were aware of his affection for a ‘big artiste’ in Mumbai - thanks to his autobiography, in which he wrote how Priyamvada was in tears after seeing off the ‘big artiste’ at Kolkata airport. nEwS dESK
20,000 excited fans welcome Psy to Paris Psy continues to take the world by storm, beginning his European tour by arriving in Paris on a private jet and performing at a “Gangnam Style” flash mob that gathered 20,000 screaming fans on Monday. The flash mob, organized by a French Radio Music channel NJR, was held across from the Eiffel Tower. After his promotions in France, Psy will be heading off to the United Kingdom and Germany where he will give a speech at Oxford University and attend the MTV European Music Awards in Frankfurt, where he has been nominated for the Best Video Award. “Gangnam Style” has now reached more than 650 million views on YouTube, officially surpassing Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor” to become the second-most watched video in the site’s history, behind Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which currently stands at 796 million views. Psy fans must wait a little longer to see a new dance to replace the notorious invisible horse. His much anticipated follow-up single, initially scheduled to be released on Nov. 20, has reportedly been postponed until early next year. However, the immeasurable popularity of “Gangnam Style” wave still shows strong signs of not only winning over more Psy fans, but also sparking global attention on Korea. On Tuesday, the Culture Ministry announced that the singer would be awarded with the Okgwan Order of Cultural Merit, the fourthhighest honor, for his contribution to the spread Korean pop music on a global scale and in increasing the world’s interest and awareness of Korea. A recent survey conducted by the Korea Tourism Organization found that nine out of 10 foreigners expressed a desire to visit Korea after seeing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video. In the survey, 1,556 internationals from 77 countries were asked various questions regarding one of the most talked-about music videos this year. The survey concluded that 91.4 percent of the participants stated that they have thoughts about visiting Korea because of the music video. nEwS dESK
Matthew vaughn ‘in talks to direct new Star Wars movie’
I r e C TO r Matthew Vaughn is rumoured to be in talks to direct Star Wars episode VII, it has been reported. The British filmmaker, who also directed Layer Cake and X-Men: First Class, is claimed to already be in discussions with Lucasfilm in the wake of its recent £2.5bn buy-out by Disney. Collider’s Steve Weintraub stressed that it’s only a rumour at the moment, but wrote: “I’m hearing that Matthew Vaughn... is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm Star Wars: episode VII. My sources tell me this is the main reason he dropped out of the X-Men sequel.” Bryan Singer was recently announced to be taking the reins on the next X-Men movie. And Weintraub added: “now you have to ask yourself, why would Vaughn abruptly drop out of helming the X-Men sequel when the head of 20th Century Fox (Tom rothman) is leaving the studio? “After all, while rothman helped make some great movies over the past few years, he’s also known as a micro-manager that can rub some filmmakers the wrong way. “With rothman out, I imagine Vaughn would have had more creative control on the sequel and it would have been an easier film to make. “But if Lucasfilm offered Vaughn the keys to Star Wars, that’s something he’d likely jump ship for.” nEwS dESK
Whitney houston’s latest posthumous song ‘Never give Up’in the wild
HITney Houston may be gone, but her work lives on. “never Give Up,” a new song the legendary singer recorded right before her tragic death last February, has made its way online. And judging by its mournful, hip-hop-inflected sound about struggling to stay afloat in life, Houston fans will have another gem of a ditty to add to their collection. “never Give Up” will be featured on the diva’s forthcoming greatest-hits album, I Will Always Love you, hitting stores nov. 13, courtesy of rCA records. nEwS dESK
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Top 10 foods that prevent breast cancer T HE World Health Organisation (WHO) has predicted that by 2020 the number of breast cancer cases will jump to an alarming figure and one in every eight women would run the risk of developing the disease in her lifetime. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) too, concluded that over the last two decades there has been a steep rise in the statistics pertaining to women being diagnosed with breast cancer. So grave is the scenario that in India, breast cancer has been declared the most common form of cancer, almost surpassing cervical cancer as the deadliest of all cancers. Early detection and regular medical-checkups are compulsory, but at the same time it is important that our diet and the food we eat prepare us to fight malignant cancer cells at the onset. Tina Sapra, senior clinical nutritionist & coordinator with Fortis Memorial Research Institute and Dr Vandana Mathur, consulting nutritionist, Metropolis Healthcare, Mumbai, give us an insight into the top foods that can prevent breast cancer risk in women. The doctors discuss age groups most vulnerable to the disease and also inform us about the foods that should be avoided in daily diet to keep cancer cell growth in check. FLAxSeeD You can get flax either as whole seed, ground or flaxseed oil. The omega-3s, lignans and fibre found in flaxseed are found to form a protective shield against cancer cells responsible for causing breast cancer. Include flax to yogurt or a smoothie to create a richer and nutty flavour. You can add flaxseed oil to salad dressings too or integrate them into baked goods, such as cookies or muffins. BrAzIL NuTS Uniquely rich in selenium, fibre, and phytochemicals, Brazil nuts can help fight inflammation, improve the immune system and prevent tumour growth. And you do not need many of them—a palmful can do the trick. Enjoy them as any other nut either with fruits or asparagus (contains the anti-cancer component, chlorophyll).
Rich source of cancer-fighting compound called allium, garlic and its relatives (onion, leeks, scallions, and chives) are shown to slow tumour growth and prevent breast cancer risk among other forms of cancer such as colorectal and prostate cancers. Garlic and onions are found in a variety of foods including Italian, Spanish, Indian, Thai and Chinese dishes. Crush or swallow a piece of garlic every morning and that’s all it takes to live a cancer-free life!
pairs well with many foods like garlic, dark-green leafy vegetables, turmeric, peppers and broccoli. BrOccOLI & BrOccOLI SPrOuTS
As a cruciferous (belonging to the plant family Cruciferae) vegetable along with cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale; broccoli is rich in sulforophane and indoles, which are shown to regulate cell growth in multiple ways and help fight a range of cancers, including breast, bladder, lymphoma, prostate and lung cancer.
POMeGrANATe This is highly recommended for preventing breast cancer. It contains polyphenol- an ellagic acid with antioxidant properties that prevent cancer growth. Include this delicious fruit in your diet and discover effective health benefits. DArk-GreeN LeAFy VeGeTABLeS From kale, collards to spinach and Swiss chard, dark-green leafy vegetables probably are considered a “one stop shop” for all the best nutrients your body needs to fend off cancerous cells, i.e. fibre, vitamin B, phytochemicals, chlorophyll and more. It’s time to add some greens to your diet. SALMON A great source of omega-3s and vitamins B12 and D, salmon can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to regulate cell growth and prevent cancer. In fact, certain types of Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) are proven effective in cancer treatment. Steam it, bake it, grill it or saute it. This fish is a great option and
GreeN TeA Consumption on a regular basis has been linked to lower incidence of breast cancer. The phyto-chemicals in green tea can well take the credit for its health benefits. One to two cups of green tea daily can help you keep cancer at bay. PePPerS Pick a pepper, any pepper! Most have some phytochemical or nutrient that will help fight cancer. Chilli and jalapeno peppers have capsaicin (an active component of chilli peppers) that fight the growth rate of cancer cells. Green peppers are rich in chlorophyll which can bind cancercausing carcinogens found in the gut. Red peppers have both capsaicin and antioxidant carotenoids. Put them in a vegetable stir-fry or eat them with hummus. TurMerIc A spice commonly found in our country cancer-fighting compound called curcumin can inhibit many types of cancer cells, inc l u d i n g breast, gas-
trointestinal, lung, and skin cancer. A pinch of turmeric fights toughest of cancer-causing cells. Other breast-cancer-fightingfoods are WALNuTS
Abundant in omega-3-fatty acids, natural phytosterols and antioxidants, walnuts make for an ideal anti-breast cancer food. BerrIeS All berries are rich sources of antioxidants and phytochemicals which play a role in reducing oxidation and cancer cell formation in the body. Add some blueberries to your morning cereal, put a few raspberries in plain yogurt for a snack, or enjoy strawberries with a piece of dark chocolate for an evening snack. WhOLe GrAINS Rich in fibre, essential vitamins and minerals; choose whole grains such as quinoa, barley, oats, amaranth, brown rice, and whole wheat over their refined, white counterparts. Heat them in the morning with some milk and cinnamon and have it as a warm cereal, or make a side dish out of it by boiling and simmering it for half an hour for dinner.
Google gives its search results page a new look
ITH the view to make its search results pages more engaging, Google has come up with a new design. Now if you search about anything on Google, you will find a new simpler and cleaner design on the search results page. The new design apparently gives users a bit more breathing room and puts more focus on the answers that users look for, whether from web results or from a feature like the Knowledge Graph. The advanced tools that you are used to are still there. The search engine giant has shifted the tools menu to the top of the screen. Users just need to click on “Search tools” on the top to filter or drill down on results. Earlier, the advanced tools for reshuffling search results into specific categories, such as news, images, blogs and video would appear to the left of the search results. “We’ve been working on ways to create a consistent search experience across the wide variety of devices and screen sizes people use today. nEwS dESK
LeGuMeS Lentils and beans contain folate (folic acid), fibre and a host of nutrients that prevent cancer risk. Age-group(s) at the highest risk of breast cancer Tina Sapra explains that breast cancer is less common at a young age (30s), but younger women tend to have more aggressive breast cancers than older women. This may explain why survival rates are lower among younger women. According to the American Cancer Society, 95 per cent of new cases and 97 per cent of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 40 years or above. Say no to Alcohol (even moderate intake can up cancer risk) Refined carbohydrates (comprise flour and added sugar) Low-fat and low carb snacks (candies, cakes, chips, soda) Red meat (beef, pork, mutton), grilled meat creates compounds called heterocyclic amines linked to breast cancer risk Avoid foods that contain saturated and trans-fats (most likely to be found in fried foods). nEwS dESK
man-eating leopard kills 15 in nepal
ravenous leopard in Nepal may have killed and eaten at least 15 people over the past 15 months. On Saturday, the head of a 4-yearold boy was found in the forest near his home in the Baitadi district, CNN reports. The district’s police chief says he fears the boy is the latest victim of a leopard that may also be responsible for the deaths of 13 children and one 29-year-old woman. The spotted big cats do not usually eat humans, but once they start, it’s difficult to get them to stop, said Maheshwor Dhakal of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Kathmandu. “Since human blood has more salt than animal blood, once wild animals get the taste of salty blood they do not like other animals like deer,” he said. Dhakal also said that when the leopard’s victim is a child, typically the head is the only part of the body left behind, according to CNN. Because an adult human body is more difficult to eat, slightly more remains may be left behind. nEwS dESK
Ownership issues prevent Messenger-Skype merger in China Microsoft will have to overcome ownership hurdles if they hope to merge their Messenger and Skype services in China. Chinese news site Sina Tech reported Wednesday that while Microsoft owns Messenger and Skype, the two services are offered via joint ventures with local Chinese companies. Any plans to merge the two offerings and retire Messenger from China might complicate the structure of both companies, it said. In a blog post Wednesday, Microsoft-owned Skype said the instant messaging tool Messenger will be retired in the first quarter of 2013 but not in mainland China. However, the post did not explain why China was left out. In 2004, Skype launched a modified version of its software in China to comply with local regulations with help from TOM Online. A year later, the two companies entered a joint venture with TOM Online holding the majority 51 percent stake. However, in July this year, it was reported that TOM Online might lose its local operating rights for Skype as the Chinese company failed to renew its contract with the U.S. VoIP (voiceover-Internet-Protocol) service provider. As for Messenger, the instant messaging service is offered by Shanghai MSN Network Communications Technology Company, otherwise known locally as MSN China. MSN China is a joint venture between Microsoft and Shanghai Alliance Investment and was formed in May 2005. If Microsoft does decide to merge Messenger with Skype, it will have to make adjustments to the structure of both Chinese companies, Sina Tech reported. A separate report by Chinese tech news site tech.ifeng.com Wednesday cited Liu Zhenyu, general manager of MSN China, as saying there will be no layoffs at the company as the Skype-Messenger merger does not affect China. nEwS dESK
man steals lobsters for drug habit
Pennsylvania man could spend up to 25 years in prison for stealing lobsters he planned to sell to support his drug habit. Authorities say 47-year-old Charles Shumanis III repeatedly stole lobsters and meat from Allentownarea supermarkets, including a botched March 1 theft that included a parking lot car-jacking. Police say Shumanis stole meat and lobsters on two other occasions before he was confronted when he walked out of the store with $350 in lobsters. A Lehigh County judge on Monday recommended Shumanis serve time at a state prison able to help him deal with his drug and alcohol problems. Shumanis pleaded guilty in September to charges including retail theft and robbery of a motor vehicle.nEwS dESK
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Pakistan-India Champions Trophy match tickets sold out DUBAI
HE first allocation of tickets to see two of cricket's biggest rivals India and Pakistan – clash at Edgbaston in the ICC Champions Trophy sold out in just three hours after going on general sale. It is the first of the 15 matches in the tournament to have sold out its initial allocation of tickets. Additional tickets for this match may be released to the public via official outlets nearer the event, a release from the international governing body stated on Tuesday. The tickets were set on sale from Monday morning. The sub-continental rivals will meet at Edgbaston on June 15 next year. Warwickshire's home ground will host five
‘indo-Pak cricket to help improve ties’ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
games in total, as will the other two venues -- The Oval and Cardiff Wales Stadium. Tournament director Steve Elworthy said: "The ICC Champions Trophy is one of the biggest tournaments in world cricket, and with India
and Pakistan meeting in the group stage at Edgbaston, we've seen a huge demand for tickets in the first day of sales. "Any additional tickets that become available for this fixture will be sold via www.icc-cricket.com, so be sure to visit
Kapil Dev bats for India-Pakistan cricket AGRA AgEnciES
Pakistan former cricket captain Imran Khan has said that people of both Pakistan and India would come closer with the resumption of cricket relations between them. Speaking to media in Indian city of Gurgaon, Khan said that cricket series between Pakistan and India to be played by the end of this year would bring people close to each other. Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to its only World Cup victory in 1992, said that people of both Pakistan and India wanted better relations between both the countries and the upcoming series would help increase people to people contacts.
this site regularly for further information," he said. Fans are strongly urged not to purchase tickets through secondary resale websites. Tickets appearing on these sites have broken the terms and conditions, and action is being taken against the perpetrators, the release warned. Tickets for the remaining matches of the ICC Champions Trophy, including the final, can still be purchased at www.icc-cricket.com or via the ICC Champions Trophy Ticket Hotline -0844 249 2013, it added. Adult tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy range from 20 pounds to 60 pounds, while tickets for under-16s (providing they are accompanied by an adult) are priced at five pounds for the entire event. A new pricing structure has also seen the introduction of tickets for under-21s, which can be bought for between 10-25 pounds.
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev says the resumption of sub-continental cricket links is a "a good development", adding: "Please dont bring politics in sports." Interacting with media persons in the Taj city Tuesday at the 166th Anual Sports day of the prestigious St. Peter's College he said the Dec-Jan T20-ODI India-Paksitan series will help improve relations between the neighbours. The three One-dayers and two Twenty20 Internationals will see the arch-rivals clashing in a bilateral series after a five-year gap. The matches will be played in between England's NovemberJanuary series in India when the tourists return home for 15 days for the Christmas break, according to an agreement between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Kapil Dev said the Indian Test team for the England series will definitely miss V.V.S. Lakshman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, all of whom have retired in the recent past. "It will be very difficult to fill the gaps." At the same time, he was all praise for the new faces in the team. Addressing the sports meet, Kapil Dev counselled parents to let children choose their own careers. Parents should only be motivators, but should refrain from thrusting their own choices and expectations, he said.
A Dandia dance by more than a 1,000 students and Yoga exercises led by the principal, Father John Ferreira and a Yogacharya drew appreciation from the former Indian captain.
ajmal thrilled to play in australian big bash
Pakistan's wily off-spinner Saeed Ajmal said Wednesday he was thrilled at joining Adelaide Strikers for the Australian Big Bash Twenty20 league next month. He is one of three Pakistani players who have signed to play in Australia's Twenty20 event, along with flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi and dashing young batsman Umar Akmal. Ajmal is the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals, with 69 from 48 matches, seven ahead of Afridi, who is joining Sydney Thunder. He is also the world number on ODI bowler. "I am really excited about playing for the Adelaide Strikers and really happy that I will get the chance to show my talent in the BBL (Big Bash League)," Ajmal said. "I am very keen to meet up with the rest of the boys soon and play my best in the games that I am available, with the hope that Adelaide make the final stages and I can return to help win the competition." But the Pakistani trio's participation in the Big Bash will be interrupted by their country's hotly-anticipated limited-overs tour to India -- the arch-rivals' first full series in five years. Pakistan play two Twenty20 and three one-day internationals in India between December 25-January 6. Ajmal will be available for the Strikers' first match, against the Perth Scorchers on December 9, and is likely to return to play the remaining matches of the league after the India tour. The 35-year-old's foxy bowling guided Pakistan to the semi-final of the World Twenty20 held in Sri Lanka last month, where he snared nine wickets in six games. Akmal will play for Sydney Sixers and is expected to be available for the side's first three matches.
AUSTRALIA TARGETS THE TOP TWO PROTEAS, KALLIS AND KALLIS SYDNEY AgEnciES
Australia coach Mickey Arthur described him last week as the greatest cricketer ever, save for Don Bradman, so it came as no surprise yesterday when Jacques Kallis was identified as the South African player the Australians are targeting most this summer. Arthur is not given to hyperbole and, even if he were, it would be fully justified in the case of Kallis, who in the 125-year history of the game trails only Sachin Tendulkar (15,533), Ricky Ponting (13,346) and Rahul Dravid (13,288) in terms of Test runs scored and his at a higher average than all of them, 56.94. But that is only half the story. The South African all-rounder also ranks 29th on the list of all-time Test wicket-takers with 280 at 32.63 runs apiece. Small wonder his Proteas coach and former teammate Gary Kirsten counts him as two players, not one. If that is the case, then Australia has set itself the tar-
get of limiting the contributions of both Kallises in the three-Test series starting tomorrow at the Gabba. Historically, Australian teams have always sought to land a crippling psychological blow by undermining the confidence of the opposition captain and a good case could certainly be made for them to do so again in this series. Graeme Smith is not only the youngest Test captain in South African cricket history but the most successful and, uniquely, besting Australia on Australian soil in 200809. Yet it is not Smith the Australians are targeting, or the world No 1-ranked paceman Dale Steyn, but Kallis, Ponting revealed yesterday. "He's our No 1 opponent this week and we've got to find every way we can to break him down and make sure he doesn't have a major impact on the series," said Ponting. "That's our job this week. We can catch up and talk once the series is over and done with but, come Friday morning, it's going to be good old-fashioned hard, tough Test match cricket, the
way we love to play. That's what I think is making this series so exciting." Kallis, who is making what surely will be his last tour of Australia, is fairly phlegmatic about all the attention and gave a practised answer yesterday when asked about his new status as Australian Public Target No 1. "I don't know," he aw-shucked. "It's a new game of cricket. Anything could happen on the day. We've got a quality side that has performed over the last three or four years to get to No 1 so it means that probably everyone has c o n tributed a t
some period of time. It would obviously be nice to have a good series against these guys but, as much as it's a compliment, we've got 11 guys in our side who are match-winners." But there was genuine humility in his voice when he addressed the claim made by Arthur, his former South African coach that he now ranks second only to Bradman's Zeus in the pantheon of the cricketing gods. Given that Arthur's assessment, if vindicated across the decades, nudges the immortal Garfield Sobers down to No 3, it was an appropriate moment
to be humble and generous. "I've never been one that likes to compare players or eras, especially with the amount of cricket that we play in this era compared to yesteryear. Yesteryear's players would have some unbelievable achievements as well if they had had the opportunity to play as much as we have," said Kallis. "Obviously it's an honour to be compared to those guys but I have never been one that has played the game to worry too much about that kind of stuff." It is a serious shame that this series is being played out not over five Tests, which Kallis believes it deserves, but only three. "We've always said it would be nice to have a five-Test series against Oz but the schedule these days it's so tough to fit it in. "The two (Test) series we had in South Africa (last year) I thought was crazy . . . we need to find some time for the top sides playing against each other to maybe turn it into four or five-Test series.
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General council meeting of Pcf on 17th LAhOre: Union Cycling International (UCI) has recommended several changes in the constitution of PCF to ensure a flawless and legitimate constitution in adherence to UCI and IOC rules. “These recommendations are being reviewed and would be discussed in the PCF’s General Council meeting being held on November 17 “, said PCF Secretary Syed Azhar Ali Shah here on Wednesday. He said PCF is recognized by UCI and it will follow its direction in order to make changes in its constitution to ensure smooth working of the national cycling federation. He said confusion is being created by a former secretary of PCF, Idir Haider Khawaja who is claiming himself to be the President of PCF after conducting bogus and illegal elections of the body. “He (Khawaja) is in practice of making false claims in the press just to gain cheap publicity and to maintain his presence in the media from the very day when he lost his position in PCF’s election held on September 24, 2011”, he added. Munawar Baseer Ahmad is the elected President of Pakistan Cycling Federation and his election was duly confirmed by President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) himself (letter attached for verification), the PCF Secretary added who also said that PCF has never accepted POA’s Arbitration Committee as that was purely a biased and malafide action on the part of POA and that Islamabad High Court has also suspended the decisions of its Arbitration Committee. PCF Secretary reiterated that Union Cycling International (UCI) and Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) being the supreme bodies of international cycling have also warned Khawaja on his spurious claim. Both these world bodies have directed Khawaja to immediately stop misrepresenting PCF and to refrain from using Federation’s stationery, failing to which UCI would have no options but to impose sanction on him. STAFF REPORT
chaudhary sports beat eagles in veteran T-20 cricket LAhOre: Chaudhary Sports outplayed Golden Eagles by seven wickets in a match of the 3rdAmar Cables T-20 Veteran Cricket Tournament match at Model Town Green Cricket Ground here on Wednesday. Brief scores, Golden Eagles batted first reached 212/7 in 20 overs. Muhammad Zahir 74, Jamshaid Ali 55 & Asif Mehmood 29 runs were their top scorers. Chaudhary Sports bowling Waris Ali 3/28, Muhammad Sami 1/28, Chaudhary Shafqat Hussain 1/44 & Shahid Ali 1/26 wickets. Chaudhary Sports answered with 213/3 in 19.3 overs, thanks to man of the match Naseer Bhatti who scored unbeaten polished 121 followed Shal Ali 45, Muhammad Gulzar 19 & Muhammad Saleem 19 runs not out. Golden Eagles bowling Asif Mehmood 1/36, Romail Bashir 1/33 & Sajjad Akbar 1/36 wickets. Adnan Rasheed and Masood Khan were Umpires & Masood Ahmad acted as scorer. STAFF REPORT
lahore college club bows down to ravi club LAhOre: In the 4th U-19 Regional Inter-district Women Cricket Tournament, 2012 being organized by the representative Pakistan Cricket Board Women’s Wing Lahore Region, Ravi Club beat Lahore College by 78 runs. Lahore College Club won the toss and chose to field first and made 157/5 in 25 overs. Zara Iqbal 66 not out, Mahnoor Waheed 27,Mehak Asif 12. Madiha Javed,Afra Talib,Zubda Khan,Hamna Abbas and Unzila Yousaf took one wicket each Lahore College Club 79 All out in 25 overs. Zubda Khan 21 and Unzila Yousaf 14, Zubda Khan 21, Unzila Yousaf 14. Kanwal Francis 3, Zara Iqbal2, Farwa Babar, Saba Bhatti and Kainaat Hafeez took 1 wkt each. Zara Iqbal declared Women of the Match. STAFF REPORT
Dilshan ton gives sri Lanka 2-0 lead PALLEKELE
ARLY in the evening, BJ Watling missed his century by four runs but returned to the pavilion with a spring in his step after propelling New Zealand to a competitive total in difficult circumstances, with rain curtailing the game to 33 overs a side. Tillakaratne Dilshan not only passed three figures, but also ensured Sri Lanka passed the finish line without panic in a controlled chase. The two innings were statistically similar - in terms of strike-rate and number of boundaries hit - but the difference lay in the way they were paced. Watling came alive after he passed fifty, while Dilshan built his innings steadily and pushed on once his partnership with Angelo Mathews had all but ensured Sri Lanka to safety. New Zealand had scored 188, but the target was revised to 197. The chase began positively with Dilshan finding the gaps early on, but New Zealand hit back in the fifth over. After being caressed for two boundaries through the off side, Tim Southee bowled a bouncer and Upul Tharanga ducked and the ball deflected off his helmet for four. Southee exchanged words with the batsman but Tharanga barely had time to gather himself when he hooked the following ball - dug in short
again - awkwardly to fine leg. The challenge for the New Zealand bowlers was the heavy dew and their seamers did well to keep it tight and not let the likes of Kumar Sangakkara to get away. In the urge to find the boundary, Sangakkara chipped down the track to Kyle Mills and pulled straight to midwicket. It wasn't Mahela Jayawardene's night either, as his reverse sweep off Nathan McCullum found short third man, giving New Zealand an opening in the 15th over with Sri Lanka needing 124. The boundaries had dried up for the
hosts and the drought lasted eight overs before Mathews charged Southee and swatted him over mid-on. The required rate crept up to seven and beyond but Dilshan and Mathews ensured things didn't get out of hand, perhaps gaining a psychological edge watching the bowlers furiously wipe the ball trying to get rid of the dew. The fielders showed good commitment, sliding and diving with purpose but the bowlers couldn't sustain the pressure, giving away regular boundaries. Dilshan crashed one on the up and nearly cleaned up the bowler Trent Boult, before Mathews slapped two ordinary deliveries from Mills wide of point in a threeover period that produced a vital 30 runs. It was a matter of time before Dilshan produced his trademark lap shot, sending one off Jacob Oram to fine leg. Sri Lanka took their last Powerplay block of three overs in the end, when Dilshan muscled his way towards his century, reaching the landmark with a six over deep square leg. Sri Lanka were fortunate their innings wasn't constantly interrupted by the weather. Two lengthy rain interruptions - both exceeding 100 minutes each - couldn't have been easy for New Zealand as they looked to build after being put in to bat. After the second break, they had 19 remaining overs to get as many as they could, with the threat of rain at the back of their heads.
ScOREBOARd nEw zEAlAnd RJ nicol c Jayawardene b Malinga 7 BJ watling† not out 96 BB Mccullum lbw b Mathews 13 lRPl Taylor* run out (Mendis) 7 JdP Oram lbw b Mendis 2 JEc Franklin b Kulasekara 26 KS williamson c Mathews b Mendis 5 nl Mccullum not out 22 Extras 10 Total 188 did not bat Kd Mills, Tg Southee, TA Boult Fall of wickets 1-9 (nicol, 2.5 ov), 2-31 (BB Mccullum, 10.3 ov), 3-43 (Taylor, 14.4 ov), 4-49 (Oram, 16.3 ov), 5-105 (Franklin, 24.6 ov), 6-117 (williamson, 26.6 ov) BOwling Sl Malinga 7-0-40-1, KMdn Kulasekara 7-1-45-1, Ad Mathews 5-0-15-1, nlTc Perera 4-0-22-0, BMAJ Mendis 5-0-34-2, TM dilshan 2-0-9-0, hMRKB herath 3-0-20-0, SRi lAnKA 10 wU Tharanga c Oram b Southee 102 TM dilshan not out 15 Kc Sangakkara† c Taylor b Mills 5 dPMd Jayawardene* c Oram b nl Mccullum 54 Ad Mathews not out Extras 14 200 Total did not bat hdRl Thirimanne, BMAJ Mendis, nlTc Perera, KMdn Kulasekara, hMRKB herath, Sl Malinga Fall of wickets 1-30 (Tharanga, 4.5 ov), 2-65 (Sangakkara, 12.6 ov), 3-73 (Jayawardene, 14.5 ov) BOwling Kd Mills6.1-0-35-1, TA Boult5-0-29-0, Tg Southee7-0-50-1, JdP Oram7-1-43-0, nl Mccullum5-0-28-1, JEc Franklin1-0-8-0, Match details Toss Sri lanka, who chose to field Series Sri lanka led the 5-match series 2-0 Player of the match TM dilshan (Sri lanka) Umpires hdPK dharmasena and iJ gould (England) TV umpire REJ Martinesz Match referee AJ Pycroft (zimbabwe) Reserve umpire hMnc dhanasinghe
Punjab International sports festival begins
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan and on Wednesday rewrote another chapter in history of strengthening Pak-India Sports relations as Punjab Chief Minister, Mohamamd Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Punjab International sports festival amid festivity and colour as forty thousand spectators cheered the presence of twenty six foreign teams here at national hockey stadium. Indian Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was also a guest of honour at the inauguration of the 8 Day grand event and Dosti Cup for deaf and dumb teams. Chief Organiser of the Festival and Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Director General Sports Board and Youth Affairs Punjab Usman Anwar, the top officials of the province were present on the occasion. The Punjab Chief Minister while welcoming Punjab Deputy Chief Minister’s efforts said that he was so enthused by the initiatives of Mr Badal that he would personally go as Chief Guest in the third edition of ensuing World Cup Kabaddi to be held in Bathinda on December 15, 2012. He said that the ‘Joint Business Committee’ constituted by both Punjab’s would boost trade and commerce through Wagah border. Shahbaz Sharif said that 27 countries would vie for athletic (male) 8 events, athletics (female) 8 events, Badminton male and female, Football, Table Tennis male and female category in the sports festival which will bring closer people of differ-
ent nationalities besides portraying a better image of Pakistan. “Pakistan and India would test their talent in Hockey, Kabaddi, Tug of War and Wrestling “, he said adding that after every two years “Punjab Cup will be organized between the countries in bilateral basis.” “In Dosti Cup, deaf and dumb teams of India and Pakistan will clash in Cricket, Kabaddi, Wrestling, Badminton male and female, Table Tennis and Chess “,he said adding “ it was for the first time that a big contingent of 1381 players plus their coaches and managers have descended on the soil of Pakistan for these games. Punjab Chief Minister and the Indian Deputy Chief Minister took salute from the contingents of as many as 26 Countries who participated in march past in their country colours. Commander Akbar Naqi, Station Commander Navy and Iran’s Ambassador Mohammad Saeed Asadi were prominent among the participants. The Punjab International Sports Festival will give new dimension to the youth of the country. We are not talking about one city or a province but are talking about the whole of Pakistan,” said the CM. “The efforts of the youth will send a soft image of the country in the world and showcase the talent the youth of Pakistan possess,” he maintained. “This festival united the regional teams to one bound and improve the relations between the participating countries,” said Shahbaz Sharif. He said it was the need of hour to better relations through sports and trade and work for the betterment
of the region. “Take the example of European countries they were engaged in battles for long time and now they have common interest in sports and trade and that is why Europe has emerged as a force to reckon with at international level. “The Punjab International Sports Festival will give new dimension to the youth of the country. We are not talking about one city or a province but are talking about the whole of Pakistan,” said the CM. As Shahbaz Sharif termed it a golden day in IndoPak Sports relations Sukhbir Singh Badal described it a historic day in the history of India Speaking on the occasion, the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister said that he had been endervouring since last years to promote traditional games especially between India and Pakistan as he described sports as the most effective confidence building measure. Badal said that two World Cup Kabaddi Tournaments organized by Punjab Government has reiterated the resolve of people of both countries to regain the glory in traditional games of Asia and make collective efforts for that. He said that his five days visit to Pakistan was aimed at strengthening trade, commerce and sports relations between both countries and said that Dosti Cup would bring India and Pakistan together to hone their sports talent. “When I will go back to my country I will recommend my Government to organize such event which aims at promoting sports besides bringing closer people of different nationalities closer “,said the Indian Deputy CM.
Inter-schools, colleges games from 10th LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The 5th Inter Schools, Colleges Games will roll into action here at the various venues of the city after the colourful opening ceremony at the Railway Stadium Ghari Shahu on November 10. Talking to the reporters here at a press conference, Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) secretary and organising committee chairman Idris Haider Khawaja said the event would begin on November 10 after a grand opening ceremony in which students of various schools would present a beautiful aerobic show.
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif will be chief guest on the occasion while PbOA precedent Syed Shahid Ali will accompany him as a guest of honour. “Around 250 schools and colleges are taking part in the Games in which the 25 events will be held among the thousands of students. The games will help the students to groom well and make them busy in healthy activities rather wasting their times in using internet or watching TV,” PbOA secretary said. Khawaja Idris also announced a cash prize of Rs 5,000 each for the best player of every category and the best student can get his prize from PbOA of-
fice after having a letter attested by institutions’ principals. Speaking on the occasion, Tania Malik, who is organising secretary of the event, said: “We are thankful to Punjab Olympic Association president, secretary and sponsors who provided funds to hold the event for our youth who is curious to take part in various sports events and ready to exhibit their prowess at local, national and international levels.” “This time we have planned to give trophies, medals and prizes to every individual who performs well in his/her category and even we will also give school trophies to those schools and col-
leges whoso students will win maximum awards,” she added. Toa query, she replied: “There is a dire need of hiring coaches at school and colleges level and they should hire the services of former national players and retired army sports officer in order to promote sports at college and school level instead of fully focusing on aerobics and similar kind of activates which have less scope at national and international level.” The Games will conclude on November 14 and PML-N Leader Mian Nawaz Sharif will be chief guest at the concluding ceremony.
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17 Sports Tennis' aTP world Tour finals stay in london until 2015
SiNGaPore: rory mcilroy of Northern ireland plays a shot prior to the start of the barclays Singapore open at the Sentosa Golf club.
The ATP World Tour Finals will remain at London's O2 Arena until 2015 after a two-year extension was agreed. The season-ending event, which features the world's best eight singles players and doubles teams, has been held at the venue in Greenwich since 2009. "We are very happy to announce the extension of our commitment," Association of Tennis Professionals president Brad Drewett said.
Jaime alguersuari column: championship is Vettel’s to lose ABU DHABI AgEnciES
Sebastian Vettel produced an eye-catching performance in climbing up from a pit-lane start to finish on the podium in Abu Dhabi, but you have to say it was not exactly unpredictable. The Red Bull is so fast that Vettel was always going to recover pretty well from that position as long as he didn't make any massive mistakes, and the two safety cars were a big help for him. The first one closed the distance he had lost to the leading pack. And although he dropped to the back again after he wrecked his front wing on a marker board, that meant he had fresh tyres at the restart when everyone else's were wearing down. That made climbing back up through the field much easier. Had Vettel not been excluded from qualifying and started from third on the grid where he qualified, it would have been difficult for him to beat Lewis Hamilton's McLaren on outright pace.
andy murray takes inspiration from marathon runner NEWSDESK Jason Arday is a 27-year-old lecturer from Clapham who has set out to raise £1 million for charities – mostly Shelter – through his feats of endurance. Last weekend the TV programme Surprise, Surprise organised for him to meet his biggest sporting hero. And once Arday had spent 40 minutes chatting to Murray, the admiration clearly flowed both ways. “I met a guy a couple of days ago who I spent a bit of time with,” said Murray. “I was speaking to him about his marathons and he told me on the 20th day he fell – he had a fit, a seizure – and he got a hairline fracture in his leg and continued to do it. That was pretty cool speaking to someone like that.” Arday admits that he might have given up if it had not been for the publicity he had received before he set off, especially in London’s Metro newspaper, which prompted a wave of pledges from members of the public.
indian duo win to keep Tour finals bid alive LONDON: Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna defeated Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 5-7, 10/5 on Wednesday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals. The Indian fifth seeds had suffered a disappointing start to their campaign at London's O2 Arena when they were beaten 6-4, 6-7 (1/7) 12/10 by reigning Wimbledon doubles champions Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen on Tuesday. But Bhupathi and Bopanna had arrived in London in a rich vein of form after winning the Paris Masters doubles crown last week and they got back on track with victory over fourth seeded Lindstedt and Tecau in one hour and 22 minutes. AgEnciES
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Roberto Mancini says Man City's Champions League hopes over MANCHESTER AgEnciES
ANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini conceded the club's Champions League ambitions were effectively "finished" after a 2-2 home draw with Ajax. City have two points from four matches and must win their two remaining games to have any hope of going through. "Unfortunately we took only one point and now I think it is finished for the Champions League," said Mancini. The Italian confronted match officials at full-time after a late City effort was ruled out for offside. Sergio Aguero's sharp finish from Aleksandar Kolarov's cross three minutes from time appeared to have capped City's comeback from 2-0 down, only for the assistant referee's flag to deny them a winner. "It was a goal," said Mancini. "The referee and his staff were really poor. I said to the referee 'congratulations - it was a goal'. "I'm not the first or the last [to speak to the referee]. In football it can happen." After storming on to the pitch to remonstrate with referee Peter Rasmussen, Mancini appeared to lose his cool as a cameraman followed him on to the pitch at the final whistle. Mancini explained: "The cameraman went to film me and he followed me off the pitch. "It is not a film about me, it is the game. I told him it was finished." Despite his grievances with the offi-
cials, Mancini admitted that his own team's failings had contributed to their downfall. Sloppy marking at corners allowed Ajax captain Siem de Jong to put his team 2-0 up inside 17 minutes, before City pulled goals back through Yaya Toure and Aguero. "I think we scored three goals but the problem was we conceded two stupid goals from corners," said Mancini. "You can't concede two goals from
corners in a game like this. "We had many chances to score today, but probably this is not our moment in the Champions League. Perhaps Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid are better than us, maybe Ajax also." It is still mathematically possible for City to reach the knock-out phase if they beat Real at home and Dortmund away. They would also require the German side to beat Ajax, and the Dutch team to get at least a draw against Madrid at the
Bernabeu. Mancini added, tongue in cheek: "If we finish with eight points I think we can win the Champions League. If we win these two games I believe it will be our destiny to win the Champions League." European governing body UEFA have confirmed that Mancini will not face disciplinary action for his postmatch behaviour after it was not reported by Rasmussen or their match delegate at the Etihad Stadium.
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federer, ferrer win at World Tour finals LONDON
OGER Federer began his bid for a seventh ATP World Tour Finals title with a comfortable win over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic. With loud backing from a big following at London's O2 Arena, the defending champion eased to a 6-3 6-1 win. It was a record 40th victory in the season finale for the Swiss star, taking him past Ivan Lendl's 39 wins. In Tuesday's other Group B match, David Ferrer beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3 3-6 6-4. Federer, who will face Ferrer next, pulled out of last week's Paris Masters as a precaution ahead of London and said: "I'm happy with my performance today, no pain any more anywhere. "I'm happy with my level of play against Janko, who is obviously a good player. "Coming in knowing that I've played so well in past years, I expect myself to be at a solid level. I feel like I'm striking the ball well. I hope it's a sign of more to come but I don't want to get ahead of myself. "I'm happy the first one went so well and it takes some pressure off looking ahead in the next couple of
matches." Tipsarevic made his O2 debut last year as an alternate, stepping in to play two matches after Andy Murray withdrew, but this is the first time he has qualified by right. However, the battle to grab the final place in the eight-man event took its toll, and the Serb admitted on Monday that he was not feeling 100% after retiring during his last match in Paris. With that in mind, trying to beat Federer for the first time in six attempts, at an event the Swiss has won for the last two years, was always going to be a daunting task. "I think Roger was just too good," said Tipsarevic. "I have not been feeling great for the last couple of days but even in the previous matches that I played Roger, I wasn't having that much success. "But I'm feeling better day after day after day. The beauty about this tournament is that nothing is finished with one win or loss." A sweeping backhand winner gave Federer a break at the first opportunity and the 31-year-old was never threatened on serve as he wrapped up the set in half an hour. Tipsarevic attempted to hang on as the 17-time Grand Slam champion threatened early in the second, but
after saving two more break points, a netted forehand gave up the third. With cow bells ringing around the arena from the Swiss contingent, a forehand winner gave their man the double-break and he strolled through the remaining games to seal victory in just 68 minutes. Federer will play Ferrer on Thursday after the Spaniard extended his winning streak to 11 matches by beating Del Potro in two hours and 16 minutes. Apparently buoyed rather than tired by winning his first Masters title in Paris on Sunday, Ferrer outdid the more powerful Argentinian in terms of winners and created 12 break points to Del Potro's three. It looked as though Ferrer might have let it slip when four break points went begging in the second set, allowing Del Potro to level, and again when a 3-0 lead became 4-4 in the decider. However, the fourth seed was not to be denied and Del Potro faltered when serving to stay in it, firing long on the first match point to give Ferrer his 73rd victory of a career-best season. "I don't know the secret of my good form. It has been the best season of my career. Maybe it's because I didn't have a big injury," concluded Ferrer after his win.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he will fight to the end in title bid ABU DHABI AgEnciES
arsene wenger praises Theo walcott's display for arsenal ARSENAL AgEnciES
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger singled out Theo Walcott for praise following his return to the starting line-up in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Schalke. The forward, whose contract talks broke down in August, opened the scoring on his fourth start this season and a first in Europe since March. "He did well, very well," said Wenger. "He was one of our best players. "He had a positive attitude and was fresh as well. He was the only one you always felt could make a difference." Walcott was a doubt for the match through illness, but took his place on the right of midfield in the absence of Aaron Ramsey. He tapped Arsenal in front against the run of play and squandered a fine chance to secure all three points in injury time. Of his 12 previous appearances this season, nine had come as a substitute - despite an impressive return of seven goals. His previous starts were against Sunderland on the first day of the Premier League season, and Coventry and Reading in the League Cup. Reports suggested Wenger might have been punishing the 23-year-old for his refusal to sign a new deal - his current contract expires in May 2013 and he could negotiate a free transfer in January. Asked his opinion on the reasons for his limited starts, Walcott said "you'll have to ask the manager". Wenger has always maintained his selection decisions are made purely for footballing reasons. "He has been injured for a long time injured with England - and comes back now," said the Frenchman. "It was no coincidence he had the chance in the final minute. We know he is a great player."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he still believes he can win the title despite trailing Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel going into the final two races. Alonso gained only three points on Vettel in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull driver started from the pit lane to finish third, one place behind Alonso. "I'm confident," said the Spaniard 10 points adrift of Vettel with 50 still available. "We will fight to the end. "We are not fast enough, this is true and we know this." After a topsy-turvy season, Red Bull have moved their car on to another performance level since the Singapore Grand Prix at the end of September. Before Abu Dhabi, Vettel won consecutive races in Singapore, Japan, Korea and India, and the Red Bull was the fastest car again in the race in Abu Dhabi. Vettel started from the pit lane after being excluded from qualifying because there was not enough fuel in his car for the requisite one-litre sample. The Ferrari, meanwhile, continues to struggle for pace in qualifying and
while it is more competitive in the race it is still not as fast as the Red Bull. Alonso said: "It's a weak point, the performance that we have at the moment in our package, but we have some strong points which we will try to use." After India, the Spaniard said he was "100% confident" of winning the title, a position from which he rowed back a little
after Abu Dhabi. "We have two important races. We will try to finish in front of Sebastian," he said. "We know that maybe with pure pace we cannot do it; we need to use other points." Alonso believes Ferrari have the best team in terms of strategy and operation and he is hoping this will give him an advantage.
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rory mcilroy defends decision to miss wGc champions
Rory McIlroy has defended his decision to miss last week's WGC Champions tournament in China so he could watch his girlfriend play tennis in Bulgaria. Eyebrows were raised when the world number one, 23, skipped Shenzhen in favour of being with Caroline Wozniacki at the Tournament of Champions. "I think the criticism is fair. [Shenzhen] is a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones," he said. "It was a tough one to miss. But I can't play every week." The Northern Irishman added: "If I had played that, I would have finished the season having played in Turkey, after the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup stuff. It's just too much and one event had to miss out and that was it." World number two Tiger Woods also skipped the $7m (£4.35m) Chinese event, which was won by England's Ian Poulter. McIlroy beat American Woods in a lucrative 18-hole exhibition in Guangzhou the week before and will tee off in the Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who will slim down his schedule to 22 or 23 events next year, has had an impressive season and is on course to top both the PGA Tour and European Tour money lists. His fortune of $8,047,952 (£5,020,550) on the PGA Tour gives him a lead of $1,914,793 (£1,194,505) over Woods. On the European Tour, meanwhile, he has amassed 3,407,300 euros (£2,733,918) - 764,776 euros (£599,191) clear of Sweden's Peter Hanson. McIlroy said he needs to strike the right balance between playing, fulfilling media commitments and taking time off. "Managing time is a very important part of my life," he said. "I thought I did a little bit better this season than I did last year after I won the US Open in 2011. "People want more of you, they want you to do more things and you have to learn how to say 'no'.
Racist players 'should be sacked' according to new plan LONDON AgEnciES
Footballers guilty of racist abuse should be sacked by their clubs and banned for up to nine months, according to the body behind plans for a black players' union. The Society of Black Lawyers has put out a 10-point plan to tackle racism. It wants matches to be abandoned if there is racial abuse from fans. The organisation is also demanding referee Mark Clattenburg be suspended while claims he made racial comments to Chelsea players are investigated. In addition, the society has also warned the Football Association and Tottenham Hotspur that it will make a complaint to police unless action is taken against what it says is anti-Semitic abuse taking place at White Hart Lane. The document was published ahead of a meeting between the FA, Professional Footballers' Association, Premier
League and trustees of anti-racism body Kick It Out on Wednesday. The plan calls for: a minimum six to nine-month ban for racial abuse, rising to a five-year ban for a third offence any fines going directly to Kick It Out to fund grassroots anti-racism initiatives the creation of representative associations for black players, managers and coaches guidance for referees to send off players using racist abuse and the power to call off games where the crowd is using such abuse a 20% quota at all levels of the FA, PFA, clubs as well as football agents and referees racial abuse to be a matter of gross misconduct incorporated into players' contracts clubs to invest in the personal education of all players, including university or college education recording referees and assistants during matches to pick up any possible abuse by players. a system for reporting racial incidents to be set up with details of such incidents, both on and off the pitch, published each year The society is involved in talks to
create a Black Players' Association with some professionals, claiming the football authorities are not doing enough to represent them or to tackle racism in the sport. The PFA recently introduced its own six-point action plan but the society says this will prove "ineffective". The legal group says more needs to be done to engage with black players and adds that recent punishments for racist abuse given to Chelsea captain John Terry and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have left some black footballers disillusioned. Terry was banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the FA for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, while Suarez received an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra. The society described those sanctions as "a slap on the wrist", adding: "The FA itself must set a clear set of sanc-
tions against racist abuse on the field that reflects the seriousness of the offence." It also says it will report any anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham games to the Metropolitan Police unless the club and FA show they are acting. Peter Herbert, who chairs the group, said: "In discussions with members of the Jewish community, we were made aware that this practice is still continuing and it has to come to an end. "If neither Tottenham FC nor the FA are willing to take a stand then SBL will report the matter to the Metropolitan Police Service for investigation and, if necessary, prosecution. The report will be made if this behaviour does not cease by 20 November. We will have monitors in attendance to observe what occurs." Wednesday's meeting between Kick It Out and a selection of football's leading authorities is a scheduled get-together of the anti-racism charity's trustees.
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india dependent on Pakistan for central asia trade : ashraf g
PM says Pakistan looking for opportunities amidst increasing extremism, militancy, ethno-social schisms and intolerance in society KARACHI STAFF REPORT
NDIA’S need for energy and trade with central Asian countries is largely dependent on Pakistan, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Wednesday. Ashraf was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in Karachi. He said Pakistan had a crucial role in India’s efforts to acquire energy from Central Asia and peace and stability were essential for the socio-economic development of the region. “It is a matter of satisfaction that both India and Pakistan are moving forward in the right direction through the composite dialogue framework,” Ashraf said. Pakistan is part of a 1,735 kilometre-long
pipeline project commonly known as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. The prime minister also spoke about Pakistan’s foreign policies and the challenges faced by the country. “Pakistan is confronted with complex challenges. The external and internal threats to Pakistan range from socio-economic to politico-military spectrum. We are confronted with extremism, militancy and intolerance in the society,” he said. “Extremism, militancy, ethnosocial schisms and intolerance in the society has increased. In the midst of all these challenges, there lie opportunities,” the prime minister said. The IDEAS is a defence-related event held in Pakistan every two years. The first such exhibition was organised in 2000 by former president Pervez Musharraf. Since then,
more than 30,000 delegates and 250 exhibitors from across the globe have become part of the event. The prime minister said Pakistan had a large defence manufacturing, training and support infrastructure in place that was not only capable of meeting needs of the country’s armed forces, but also had the capacity to fulfil demands from other countries with exceptionally high quality products at mutually acceptable terms. Ashraf said the world’s economic centre of gravity was gradually shifting to Asia, more specifically to the Asia Pacific region. “Peace and stability are the major requirements for any nation that seeks economic prosperity and social justice,” added the PM. He condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“It is our belief that, world free of terrorists, is in the common interest of the international community. That is why we have assumed the lead role in global war on terror. We also believe that real victory against terrorists is only possible if, besides the ongoing military action, root causes of terrorism like foreign occupation, oppression, denial of fundamental rights, economic deprivation and injustice are also addressed.” Talking about IDEAS-2012, he said the five-day event was aimed at addressing major security issues and potential areas of cooperation between nations interested in securing and maintaining world peace. Thus, he said, IDEAS-2012 could be considered an ideal platform to discuss the importance of support services and equipment required by national and multinational forces for any intended action.
SC final authority to interpret constitution, says Nawaz LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Calling for harmony among all pillars of the state, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that any attempt to create rift in the army would be against national interests, while adding that the superior judiciary had the final authority to interpret the constitution. In a statement, Nawaz said that the army was a symbol of security and defence, and every patriotic Pakistani wanted to see it strong and united. He said the military under the leadership of General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had avoided any adventurism so far, and that
PEShAwAR: A police personnel looks at the damaged vehicle of a senior official after a suicide bombing killed 8 people on wednesday. ONLINe
the chief of army staff (COAS) had stressed about abiding the constitution in his latest statement. “Similarly, the independent judiciary is giving historic verdicts according to law and constitution without any fear or favour,” Nawaz said. He said the central point of the statements issued by the chief justice and the COAS was the supremacy of the constitution. “These statements are symbols of hope for a new Pakistan,” he added. Nawaz said that everyone, including politicians, judges and generals, had committed mistakes in the past, adding that it was a highly welcome sign that mistakes were being realised, reforms were being taken, and supremacy of the consti-
fazlullah in afghanistan; not uS priority target: report WASHINGTON SPEciAl cORRESPOndEnT
US officials have told The Washington Post that Fazlullah, the mastermind behind attack on Malala Yousafzai, is hiding in eastern Afghanistan but is not their priority target. The newspaper also reported that International Security Assistance Force advisors believe that the Afghan army is giving refuge to Pakistani Taliban on its soil in reaction to militants getting a sanctuary on the Pakistani side. A report in the paper said the Taliban leader, who sparked international outrage by ordering the attack on a Pakistani schoolgirl last month has escaped retribution by hiding in a section of eastern Afghanistan where U.S. forces are already spread
thin and focused on other targets, according to U.S. officials. US military and intelligence officials said that Mullah Fazlullah, the mastermind of the attack on 15year-old Malala Yousafzai, operates out a region adjoining Pakistan where several hundred US troops are stationed. “But they said finding Fazlullah is not a priority because he is not affiliated with al Qaeda or with insurgents targeting US and Afghan interests. “Our guys just aren’t tracking him,” a senior Special Operations official said. “He is viewed as an ‘otherside-of-the-border’ problem.” Asked if Fazlullah was a priority, a senior intelligence official responded, “Not with so many other potential targets” in Afghanistan. According to the report, Fa-
zlullah’s relative safety reflects a larger trend in the difficult terrain along both sides of the AfghanPakistan border. Plenty of attention has been focused on militants attacking US and Afghan troops from havens inside Pakistan. But officials said extremists from Pakistan also have managed to evade the Pakistani army and CIA drones by finding sanctuary in remote parts of Afghanistan. “The FATA is difficult [for insurgents] because there are drone strikes,” said a congressional staffer, using the acronym for semi-autonomous Federally Administered Tribal Areas on the Pakistan side of the border. “It’s easier to be in eastern Afghanistan where there’s no real presence” of US troops. Tom Collins, a spokesman for the International Security Assis-
tance Force in Kabul, said: “ISAF is maintaining steady pressure on insurgents throughout Afghanistan. Mullah Fazlullah, like many insurgents who are transitory, remains a person of interest. If we receive actionable intelligence that he is in Afghanistan, we will attempt to take him off the battlefield.” The newspaper noted that collecting accurate intelligence is the most difficult step in locating and attacking enemy forces. In Konar and Nuristan, the two provinces where Fazlullah is believed to be hiding, the problem is tougher because ISAF advisers believe the Afghan army is allowing the Pakistani Taliban to operate in retribution for Pakistan not doing enough to stop cross-border rocket attacks and armed infiltrators using Pakistan as a haven.
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tution being observed. He said the judiciary was playing an important role in dispensing justice according to the constitution. He lauded the role of lawyers, civil society, and the media for their role in restoring an independent judiciary targeted by a dictator. The PML-N chief said the superior judiciary had the final authority to interpret the constitution, and that it was its duty to award punishment to every criminal irrespective of his position, stature and name. He warned that any attempt to weaken the judiciary would be tantamount to the constitution’s violation, and would send the country into lawlessness.