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suicide bomber kills 7, injures over 10 in Hangu At least seven people were killed and more than 10 were injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Hangu while two bomb disposal squad personnel were killed when the improvised explosives device they were defusing went off in Swabi on Monday. Beside losses to precious lives both in Hangu and Swabi, at least three people fell victim to targeted killing in Peshawar and two in adjacent Khyber Agency also on Monday. page 02
pM’s national security meeting hits snags The prime minister’s July 12 call for holding a consultative meeting for carving out a national security policy suffered a major blow on Monday following the departure of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to London, as well as an official statement by Interior Ministry that said July 12 had been proposed but it was yet to be finalised as the date for the meeting. page 02
sC seeks lists of all detention centres in 24 hours story on page 04 The Supreme Court on Monday sought lists of detention centres and the detained missing persons across the country within 24 hours. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khwaja, resumed the hearing on Monday. The court also sought a detailed report of the recorded statements of Dr Imran Munir and others regarding the recovery of Amina Massod Janjua’s husband, Masood Janjua. page 18
Kse surges 0.84pc as Moody’s hails pakistan-IMF deal story on page 04 The Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) started the week on a strong bullish note on Monday as the main index closed above 22,300 levels following positive statement by international financial rating agency Moody’s Investors Service about the new Pakistan-IMF bailout deal. The benchmark KSE 100-Index surged by 0.84 percent or 187.38 points to close at 22,365.72 levels on Monday. page 16
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indian man suffers heart attack on flight, Pakistan allows emergency landing KARAcHI oNliNe
Pakistan facilitated the emergency landing of an international airline in Karachi after an Indian passenger on board suffered a heart-attack and needed emergency medical care. 75-year-old Vasan Bondol was onboard a Turkish Airline flight from Istanbul to Mumbai when he had an heart-attack. Following request by the flight captain, Pakistani authorities allowed the flight to land at the Karachi International Airport. Acting swiftly, the airport authorities rushed the Indian passenger to Agha Khan Hospital, Pakistani official sources said. Bondol’s son Jayant today approached the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for an emergency visa to visit his father in Karachi and to take care of him. “Responding fast we have given him the visa today itself so that he could visit his father and take care of him,” an official at the High Commission said in New Delhi.
South Punjab police fail to rescue nine colleagues from robbers’ captivity RAJANPUR iNP
Police of nine districts of Southern Punjab have apparently failed to recover nine cops held in captivity by robbers in Rojhan tehsil of Rajanpur district. While taking notice of the issue, senior officials called police of three districts and ordered them to launch an operation against the robbers for recovery of the security men in Kacha Jamal area. Police continued their operation for more than 16 hours and fired hundreds of bullets without planning and strategy and ultimately failed to recover their colleagues from the captivity of the robbers. The Dera Ghazi Khan DIG and DPO Rajanpur also have contacted tribal chieftains and influential political personalities for the recovery of abducted cops. The culprits had taken nine policemen hostage early on Sunday while they were on duty at Kacha Jamal checkpost.
PM’S naTional SecuriTy MeeTing hiTS SnagS INTERIOR MINISTRY CONTRADICTS OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF HOLDING MEETING ON THE 12TH
NACTA PREPARES DRAFT OF NATIONAL SECURITY POLICY, SHARES IT WITH STATE INSTITUTIONS
He prime minister’s July 12 call for holding a consultative meeting for carving out a national security policy suffered a major blow on Monday following the departure of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to London, as well as an official statement by Interior Ministry that said July 12 had been proposed but it was yet to be finalised as the date for the meeting. However, most of the in-house work has been completed. A well-paced source told Pakistan Today that National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) had formulated a draft of the national security policy and the government was sharing it with state institutions for feedback. “However, the draft policy has yet not been shared with political parties. It would most likely be shared with politicians by the prime minister during the high-level consultatitive meeting,” the source added. The controversy triggered with an of-
ficial handout issued by the Interior Ministry, stating that July 12 was not the final date for the consultative meeting of national leaders, rather it was mere a “proposed date”. A handout issued by the ministry said, “It has been clarified that so far the date of holding the consultative conference of the leaders of national political parties has not been finalised. Federal Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is still in the process of consulting all political leaders to be invited.” “After these consultations are over, the interior minister will get in touch with the prime minister to indicate the likely schedule of the meeting later this evening. It is reemphasised that the date of July 12, which is constantly being quoted by the media, is actually a proposed date while the final date for the meeting will be decided after due deliberation and consensus keeping in view the availability of the entire political leadership of Pakistan,” the statement added. In contrast, an official statement issued by Prime Minister’s House on July 3 had stated, “Prime Minister Muhammad
Nawaz Sharif has decided to convene a meeting of all heads of political parties represented in parliament on July 12, 2013.” IMRAN OFF TO UK: Meanwhile, Imran Khan dashed to United Kingdom on Monday on a two-week visit for medical check-up and to see his two sons, Suleman and Qasim, who are living with their mother Jemima Khan. Talking to Pakistan Today, PTI’s Secretary Information Dr Shireen Mazari confirmed official contacts between the government and her party, stating that the Punjab chief minister had contacted Khan about four days ago and contours of the meeting had been discussed. “Khan had informed Shahbaz about his trip which had been planned ahead of the government’s announced date for the meeting. Later, Nisar Ali Khan also called on late Sunday night but Khan was asleep by the time,” she said. Mazari added that Khan returned Nisar’s call on Monday morning, but the interior minister was busy somewhere else. Khan later flew to London. She said Khan’s absence would not have any bad effect on the significance of the moot, as the party had already devised its strategy. “We think that rhetoric and mere speeches (by politicians) would not serve the purpose. The country actually needs drafting of a policy to deal with the issue of (terrorism). No communication has been conveyed to the PTI about draft of
Suicide bomber kills 7, injures over 10 in Hangu TWO BOMB DISPOSAL SQUAD PERSONNEL KILLED WHILE DEFUSING IED IN SWABI
3 FALL VICTIM TO TARGETED KILLING IN PESHAWAR, 2 IN KHYBER AGENCY
PESHAWAR ShAMiM ShAhiD
At least seven people were killed and more than 10 were injured in a suicide bomb explosion in Hangu while two bomb disposal squad personnel were killed when the improvised explosives device they were defusing went off in Swabi on Monday. Beside losses to precious lives both in Hangu and Swabi, at least
three people fell victim to targeted killing in Peshawar and two in adjacent Khyber Agency also on Monday. Police official said a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, hit his explosives-laden two-wheeler into a car owned by Habib Ullah Khan Wazir in Dawaba Bazaar on Tora Warai Road. The collision resulted in an explosion, killing seven people and injuring more than 10. Wazir is chief of a peace committee established
against militants in the area. Dawaba Police SHO Rahim Khan told Pakistan Today that Wazir was seriously injured while his brother and bodyguard were killed on the spot. He said Wazir and the other injured had been admitted to hospital where condition of several of them had been stated to be critical. The SHO confirmed that militants had been trying to target Wazir since long. He had earlier survived two attempts on his life. Meanwhile, two personnel of the bomb disposal squad were killed while trying to defuse a bomb planted beside the boundary wall of a government school in Jamalabad Dara area of Swabi. Separately, at least five people fell victim to targeted killing in Peshawar and Khyber Agency. Two were shot dead in Parangsum checkpost of Khyber Agency by two assailants, who were later arrested by the Khasadar Force and handed over to officials of the law enforcement agencies. Agha Meerjani Police also found a bullet-riddled body of a youngster in Hazarkhwani area. Late on Sunday night, former assistant director of the Intelligence Bureau, Mohammad Mujahid, was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Sheikh Abad area of Peshawar.
the security policy,” she added. She said the PTI was clear in its proposal for the strategy. “If the APC is to be held, the PTI will place four demands. We are prepared for it,” she said, adding that the government would have to act upon the strategy as in the past, the government did not implement resolutions of the parliament. However, noted political analyst Dr Rasool Bakhsh Rais said dates did not matter in carving out national security policy. “A broader national consultation process is needed to evolve a national security policy which may take some time. Time and dates are not important in this regard,” he said, adding that the resolutions passed by parliament were only an expression of intent and not a policy. “The final document on security policy would be an outcome of sustained efforts and civil, military and intelligence institution would have to deliberate upon detailed policy and the modus operandi,” he added. Rais said all organs of the state would have to converge on the policy and no single institution could do it in isolation. “I think that the government is on the right path. It is thinking and evolving a mechanism,” he added. Rais added that a single meeting would also not be able to finalise the policy and rather more meetings would be needed to finalise the operational details by professionals.
Tauqir Sadiq likely To be broughT back Today ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
The fugitive former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman, Tauqir Sadiq, is likely to be brought back to Pakistan today (Tuesday). Sadiq, allegedly involved in Rs 82 billion scam, would be brought back to Pakistan by the NAB special team, which is in Dubai since the last few weeks. The NAB team has completed all legal formalities for taking the custody of the accused from Interpol. Sources in NAB said Sadiq was likely to be brought back on Tuesday (today). The former OGRA chief has been declared a proclaimed offender and is also a principal accused in a Rs 82 billion corruption case. After declaring his appointment as OGRA chief illegal on November 25, 2012, the Supreme Court ordered NAB to arrest him. However, the accused, who is a close relative of PPP senior leader Jahangir Badr, managed to leave Pakistan even though his name was on the exit-control list.
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Security apparatus ‘grossly incompetent’ LEAKED ABBOTTABAD COMMISSION REPORT SAYS BOTH THE GOVT AND MILITARY RESPONSIBLE FOR ‘GROSS INCOMPETENCE’, LEADING TO ‘COLLECTIVE FAILURES’ THAT ALLOWED BIN LADEN TO ESCAPE DETECTION, AND THE UNITED STATES TO PERPETRATE ‘AN ACT OF WAR’ NEWS DESK
ORe than two years after a raid by US forces on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Arab TV channel Al Jazeera on Monday released a leaked report by the subsequent Pakistani commission formed to probe the matter. The independent commission’s report, which had been formally handed over to the government earlier in the year, had not been released to the public. It bore a scathing assessment of the Pakistani government and the security structures. Perhaps aware of the implications of its findings, the Commission notes that it had “apprehensions that the Commission’s report would be ignored, or even suppressed”, and urged the government to release it to the public. The government, however, did not do so. The report was buried by the government and never made public, until Al Jazeera got hold of it and released it online. FINdINgs OF The RepORT: The Commission’s 336 page report is scathing, holding both the government and the military responsible for ‘gross incompetence’, leading to ‘collective failures’ that allowed Bin Laden to escape detection, and the United States to perpetrate ‘an act of war’. The Commission was charged with establishing whether the failures of the government and military were due to incompetence, or complicity. It was given overarching investigative powers, and, in the course of its inquiry, interviewed more than 201 witnesses – including members of Bin Laden’s own family, the chief of Pak-
istan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, and other senior provincial, federal and military officials. It also notes that the government’s intention in conducting the inquiry was likely aimed at ‘regime continuance, when the regime is desperate to distance itself from any responsibility for the national disaster that occurred on its watch’ and was likely to be ‘a reluctant response to an overwhelming public and parliamentary demand’. The Commission found that there had been a complete collapse of governance and law enforcement - a situation it termed ‘Government Implosion Syndrome’, both in the lack of intelligence on Bin Laden’s nineyear residence in Pakistan, and in the response to the US raid that killed him. It finds that ‘culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established’. On the presence of a CIA network in Pakistan tracking down Bin Laden, without the Pakistani establishment’s knowledge, the Commission finds “this [was] a case of nothing less than a collective and sustained dereliction of duty by the political, military and intelligence leadership of the country”. It also states that the US violation of Pakistani sovereignty, in carrying out the raid unilaterally, had been allowed to happen due to inaccurate and outdated threat assessments within the country’s defence and strategic policy establishments. “It is official or unofficial defence policy not to attempt to defend the country if threatened, or even attacked by a military superpower like the US?” the Commission asks of several top military officers. “From a Pakistani strategic doctrine point of view,” the report notes, while issuing findings on how the military had wholly
Wanted WaPda chief escapes capture MONITORING DESK Blacklisted former Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) chief Lieutenant General (r) Zahid Ali Akbar jumped through a legal loophole to escape arrest in Bosnia, a private TV channel reported on Monday. Lt Gen Akbar is wanted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for embezzling up to Rs 270 million. According to reports, General (r) Zahid Ali was caught by Interpol while attempting to cross the border into Bosnia. However, due to the absence of any extradition treaty or other agreement for the exchange of prisoners between the two countries, he could not be handed over to the Pakistani authorities. The NAB had placed the accused on their ‘wanted’ list after charging him for the embezzlement of up to Rs. 270 million during his tenure as WAPDA chairman.
rental power case to be heard after induction of nab chairman: cJP IsLAMABAd: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked that the rental power case would be heard after the appointment of chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of the rental power case on Monday. The court observed, “As the process of induction of new NAB chairman could not be completed and NAB is dealing with all the matters, therefore, we are adjourning the hearing.”The proceedings were later adjourned for an indefinite period. oNliNe
The fortified compound where the fugitive al Qaeda chief was hiding in Abbottabad failed to attract the attention of Pakistani security agencies. File Photo
focused its “peacetime deployment” of defence capabilities on the border with India, “the world stood still for almost a decade.” The report states that “the inability to spot the low flying helicopters over Abbottabad cantonment was a major failure.” The report reads that “no apparent attempt to take him alive was made. Four Pakistani citizens were also killed without any attempt to disarm or detain them. None apparently put up any resistance or fired at the raiders. The US raid was not a capture or kill mission. It was a kill mission.” Finally, through testimony from Bin Laden’s family and intelligence officials, it provides a fascinating, and richly detailed, account of Bin Laden’s time in Pakistan: his movements, his habits and his pattern of life. In concluding its report, the Commission finds that the country’s “political, military intelligence and bureaucratic leadership cannot be absolved of their responsibility for the state of governance,
policy planning and policy implementation that eventually rendered this national failure almost inevitable”, and calls on the country’s leadership to formally apologise to the people of Pakistan for “their dereliction of duty”. 2011 RAId: US special forces launched a raid deep into Pakistani territory on May 1, 2011 to capture or kill al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. US soldiers flew via helicopter to the Pakistani army garrison town of Abbottabad on US President Barack Obama, where he was hiding according to their intelligence. In the subsequent raid, Bin Laden and four others were killed, whilst several were wounded. Following the operation, that had been deliberately conducted without the knowledge of the Pakistani government or its military, a commission was set up in Pakistan to examine “how the US was able to execute a hostile military mission, which lasted around three hours, deep inside Pakistan”,
Pakistan’s Abbottabad report is serious, savage self-analysis MONITORING DESK There are five major elements that western intelligence analysts will immediately notice as they work their way through the 300-plus pages of the Abbottabad report – and several still-unanswered questions, according to an analysis by British newspaper The Guardian’s Pakistan correspondent Jason Burke. According to Burke, the first comprises some new details about the early days of Osama bin Laden’s life as a fugitive following the December 2001 fall of the Taliban regime that had sheltered him in Afghanistan since 1996. The al Qaeda leader is reported to have entered Pakistan in mid-2002, spending time, possibly, in Peshawar and in the restive tribal agencies on the border. Then he moved deeper into Pakistan, to the Swat Valley. He moved a month later to the town of Haripur, and finally in 2005, with wives, children and grandchildren in tow, to Abbottabad. But did any Pakistani officials – military or civilian – know he was there? This is the second crucial element, and one of the key questions the report’s authors, led by a retired Supreme Court judge, sought to answer. Their conclusion is that complacency, inefficiency and negligence at all levels allowed Bin Laden’s presence to pass undetected. This is predictable, critics will say,
from a commission appointed by the Pakistani government. But it is very close to the consensus of western intelligence officials since the raid. The report’s authors – and western spooks – do not rule out some kind of plausibly deniable assistance from rogue elements. This theory – cockup, not conspiracy – is a marginally more heartening conclusion than the idea that the Pakistani military or someone else consciously harboured the al Qaeda leader. However, element three will cause alarm. Officials in London, Washington and elsewhere will be concerned to read the views of Shuja Pasha, the head of the ISI, until last year, that the police and civilian intelligence services are neither trustworthy nor competent partners in fighting terrorism. There is further discouragement in Pasha’s admission that the ISI is aware of the location of “foreign miscreants” in major cities but that the targets are safe in what have become no-go areas for law enforcement authorities. This makes the sheer weakness of much of the government machinery in Pakistan very evident. Then there are Pakistan’s relations with the CIA and the west – element four. There are few surprises here, except perhaps the depth of Pakistani animosity. “American arrogance knows no limit,” Pasha told the authors. Their own views appear
much the same, if expressed in marginally more measured tones. Overall the report gives every indication that, when it comes to the “rollercoaster of US-Pakistan relations”, the current heart-stopping descent will not bottom out for some time. Finally, element five, there is the existence of the report at all. It appears, against most expectations, to be a serious, sober piece of work. It is no whitewash but a savage piece of self-analysis. even the ISI is explicitly criticised for overstepping its remit, for its mindset and for failing to properly monitor four phone numbers of suspected militants when given numbers by the CIA in 2010. These, it turned out, belonged to the crucial courier who later led the CIA to Bin Laden. No Pakistani government agency or institution comes out unscathed. The civilian and military leadership showed “breathtaking incompetence and irresponsibility”, the report says. In one section, repeated military interventions are criticised for creating a vicious circle that undermines the capacity of civilian institutions. Given the sensitivity of the issue and the political pressures on the authors, this is remarkable. It suggests that those optimists who, in the aftermath of a successful election and transition of power, believe that in some areas at least there is progress in Pakistan might just be right.
and how Pakistan’s “intelligence establishment apparently had no idea that an international fugitive of the renown or notoriety of [Osama bin Laden] was residing in [Abbottabad],” the report says. Page 197 of the report, which contains part of the testimony of Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, then director of the ISI, was missing from all copies of the report that Al Jazeera obtained from multiple sources, the news channel stated. The report also stated that President Asif Zardari, then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani did not record their statements before the commission. It is unclear what was contained on that page, but the contextual implication is that, among other things, it contains a list of seven demands made by the United States to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
bahria Town signed no pact with eobi, dha: Malik riaz IsLAMABAd: Realtor Malik Riaz said on Monday that he had signed no contract with the employees Old Age Benefits Institution (eOBI) and Defence Housing Authority (DHA). Talking to reporters in front of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) headquarters, Riaz said that he neither got loan from the government nor had an affiliation with any institution run by the government of Pakistan. He made it clear that Bahria Town has nothing to do with the eOIB and DHA. “Whenever I leave for england for treatment, different notices are issued to me,” he said, adding that he would present himself in court whenever summoned. oNliNe
Fia arrests ex-minister in eobi scam KARAChI: Former provincial minister Iqbal Daud Pakwala was arrested in the employees Old Age Benefit Institute (eOBI) corruption case on Monday. Pakwala was caretaker minister in the Sindh interim cabinet. The Federal Investigation Authority arrested him after the court refused to extend his bail. The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the FIA to complete inquiry into the alleged corruption of Rs 40 billion in the eOBI within 10 days and submit its report. Pakwala had been involved in 18 dubious transactions made to purchase properties on exorbitant prices. After the scam came to light, the CJP took a suo motu notice on a note sent by the court registrar, citing a TV programme. According to the note, the eOBI had caused a loss of Rs 40 billion to the exchequer by investing in private sector projects without the approval of its Board of Trustees. oNliNe
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imran leaves for uk amid growing concerns over his health ISLAMABAD APP
AKISTAN Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan left on a twoweek visit to the United Kingdom on early Monday for his medical checkup and some family engagements amid fears about his recovery from a spinal injury he suffered on May 7. Khan, who had a fall from a forklift before the general elections, is still nursing his injuries and would undergo medical checkup with a prominent expert in London. This would be first foreign visit by Khan after the rise of the PTI after the May 11 general elections.
PTI Information Secretary said Shireen Mazari contradicted reports that Khan would be holding meetings with British authorities seeking action against suspects allegedly involved in the murder of PTI leader Zahra Shahid Hussain. “I don’t know who is fuelling such rumours,” she said, adding that Khan’s visit had already been planned and it was strictly private in nature. However, she could not hide her concerns about Khan’s health. “He is not totally fit yet. He would visit a spine specialist there while some physiotherapists would also help in the rehabilitation process (for his back),” she asserted.
During his absence, PTI President Javed Hashmi would be looking after the party affairs while PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi would look after the affairs of the parliamentary party during Khan’s absence. A PTI source however said that though Khan had been treated by top medics in Lahore, the pace of his recovery was “very slow” and Khan and his aides were not satisfied with the treatment. “If needed, Khan may extend his stay in London,” the PTI source said, adding that he would also attend some fundraising functions for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Namal University. “Since it would be the holy
‘tHe MUMMy’ retUrns to ptI FAUZIA KASURI BACK IN PARTY FOLDS AFTER KHAN APPOINTS HER SPECIAL ADVISER ISLAMABAD
that she was also reconsidering her decision of contesting the by-election from NA-48 constituency in Islamabad, which had fallen vacant after her party colleague Makhdoom Javed Hashmi decided to retain his National Assembly seat from Multan. The PTI has already announced Asad Umar’s candidature from NA-48 and Fauzia had announced to contest the election against him as an independent candidate. Fauzia said that Imran Khan had contacted her personally and assured her that not only her concerns would be addressed, but the party
balochistan yet to receive fruits of democracy: Mengal ISLAMABAD NNi
Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akthar Mengal on Monday said Balochistan was yet to receive the fruits of democracy. Addressing a book launching ceremony, he said “jammers” had been placed over democracy in the troubled province. Mengal alleged that 65 people went missing and 13 mutilated bodies were found during the last 25 days. He said the only way forward for peace in Balochistan was the acceptance of sixpoint demand of Baloch people. “Only then can Baloch people trust the federation and come to the negotiating table,” he added. Appreciating the book titled “Balochistan: Azadi Sai Subai Bai-Ikhtiari Tak” written by eminent writer Ahmad Salim, Mengal said the writer had truly documented the history of Balochistan. He was of the view that Balochistan was repeatedly in-
vaded not only by military dictators but civilian democratic governments as well. Sardar Mengal called for the need to change biased “thought process” against Balochistan, particularly in Punjab, which was bent on capturing the resources and oppressing the dissenting voices. The Baloch sardar was of the view that instead of addressing root cause of Balochistan problem, the government was suggesting fancy projects for Balochistan to pacify the agitated people. He said the operation was still in progress in parts of Balochistan. “Abducting people and dumping mutilated bodies, while calling for negotiation, would not work anymore,” he added. He said the Baloch people “can only think of sitting at the negotiating table if their demands, as mentioned in my six points, are accepted”. Mengal demanded all military operations against the Baloch should immediately be suspended and asked for producing all missing persons before a court of law.
leadership would also ensure respect for the pioneers. The former women’s wing president said that she is rejoining the party as adviser to the chairman on foreign affairs and gender affairs. Meanwhile, TV reports said that brining Fauzia Kasuri back in the party was a joint effort of Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Insaf Students Federation’s President Farrukh Habib and Secretary Waqas Iftikhar Butt. PTI’s Ayesha Gulalai Wazir from South Waziristan had also offered Kasuri to take her NA seat instead of leaving the party.
boP to file complaint against chaudhrys IsLAMABAd: The Bank of Punjab (BoP) management has told the Supreme Court (SC) that they have worked out complaint against 20 people, including Chaudhry Pervaiz elahi, Chaudhry Moonis elahi and Chaudhry Wajahat Hussain which will soon be presented. A three-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry, took up BoP corruption case on Monday. The BoP counsel told the court a complaint has been evolved against 20 persons. Former Punjab chief minister Pervaiz elahi, his son Moonis elahi and cousin Wajahat Hussain are among the 20 people. Directors of colony group have also been included therein. The court has sought report from the BoP management on preparation of reference against these 20 persons and other matters. The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks. oNliNe
ptI Has notHIng to do WItH Met poLICe aCtIons: IMran Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Monday said that his party has nothing to do with the actions of Metropolitan police in the Imran Farooq murder probe, a private TV channel reported. In a statement issued from London, Imran Khan said his party has no connection whatsoever with the actions of Metropolitan police, which may lead to the arrest of anyone under any kind of charges. He said the Met police is an independent organisation, which is performing its functions by remaining within its domain. He said the purpose for his current visit to London is to get a checkup for his backbone from a surgeon. The PTI chief maintained that massive rigging was carried out in the general elections of May 11, snatching away seats from his party. He said the protest will continue till justice is done. “Democratic stability is not possible in Pakistan unless we get justice,” he added. MoNitoRiNg DeSK
Waris Mir, a writer par excellence ASMA JEHANGIR
Nicknamed ‘The Mother of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’, estranged leader of the women’s wing, Fauzia Kasuri on Monday returned to the party’s folds on Imran Khan’s assurance that her grievances would be addressed and founding leaders of the party would be given due respect in future. Talking to Pakistan Today, Fauzia Kasuri said that her issues with the party’s top leadership had been resolved by Imran Khan and now she would serve the party as the chairman’s special adviser. “I joined PTI because of its ideology and my return proves my loyalty with the party,” Fauzia said, adding
month of Ramadan, Khan would also attend some fund-raising functions already planned in the UK,” the source claimed. He added that the PTI chief would also meet certain officials of the British government and would officially submit his party’s complaint against some suspects involved in the murder of PTI leader Zahra Shah Hussain - a fact contradicted by the party’s information secretary. She also expressed her ignorance about fund-raisers for Khan, saying that due to the advent of holy Month of Ramadan, any such activity might have been arranged but she was unaware of it.
History shows that every wave of change, be it political, social, economic, humanistic or philosophical, has had its roots seeped in intellectual contemplation and this job is done by the brains of the society who ponder over wavelengths of time – past and future – for the sake of general masses. Prof Waris Mir is one such brain who performed the thinker’s job during the immensely suffocated era of Gen. Ziaul Haq’s martial law. ever since the sad demise of Waris Mir, much has been written about him and people shall continue to do so. If one begins to read through his writing from a critical appreciative point of view, it becomes evident that he was a fiery and blunt writer who knew not how to mince his words while expressing his opinion. Waris Mir had liberal, democratic and progressive views. To him, freedom of thought and expression equalled intellectual liberty in light of social responsibility. To celebrated French writer Honoré de Balzac, writing was more than a passionate expression of ideas – to him it was more ritualistic and spiritual. Therefore, before sitting at his writing desk, he used to adorn himself with the robes worn by catholic priests. Balzac’s rituality apart, any writer coming from any part of the world and believing in any religion, if understands the sanctity of his profession, he would indeed adorn his words and ideas with truth, credence and courage. In his endeavour to uphold the cause of democracy, human rights and freedom of thought and speech, Waris Mir, a top flight Urdu writer and analyst of his times (1938-1987), chose to take the road that most of his contemporary journalists did not dare to take, especially during the Zia Martial Law. ever since his sudden demise at the young age of 48 on July 9, 1987, a lot has been written to pay homage to Waris Mir. However, having known him personally, I can say with confidence that his words spelt simplicity and purity. He was a liberal writer who belonged to the progressive school of thought. Though he catered to all
kinds of audiences, however, his most avid readers impressed by his words were the youth and women. Since a truthful writer’s words are the true reflection of his personality and character, Prof Waris Mir’s writings portray him to be someone who is distressfully striving for the freedom of speech during a martial law regime that knew no better than to gag the press. Prof Waris Mir was a staunch believer of the basic human right of freedom of thought and expression. However, it is important to understand that to him, freedom of thought and expression did not have any meaning unless they were outlined with responsibility. In carefully chosen words in one of his columns in 1986, Waris Mir describes the difference between a progressive and backward nation: “Life itself is mobile and progressive... Sadly, in Pakistan, progressive thinking has been shoved into the realms of “Leftist” school of thought and whenever a writer tries to take things on a progressive note, he is labelled to be a Leftist.” According to Waris Mir, the progressive thinkers desire for a common man to fight for his rights, they want the masses to rid themselves of poverty, subjugation and illiteracy; they want the common man to have the moral strength to fight fearlessly for his rights – all of this and the expansion of a democratic culture coloured with creative thinking is what progressive writers want for the Pakistani society. Freedom of thought and elevation of humanity are two essential facets of a triumphant society and a prerequisite to these factors is complete freedom to intellectual pursuits, including reading, writing and researching. In one of his columns in 1987, Waris Mir writes: “The sure sign of a society that is alive with the spirit of human rights is that the intellectual of any such civilization, despite facing tremendous pressures and restrictions, somehow manages to let out a sigh or a sob to protest against limits defined by others. If such intellectuals fight against
barbed wires of censorship, if they are sincere to their objective, then no one can stop them from speaking out the truth.” When Prof Waris Mir fights verbal duels for the freedom of thought and expression, he is actually laying down the case for the freedom of media. He himself had to face censorship, threats, mental torture and vandalism under Gen. Zia regime. But he stood his ground firm against all odds, upholding his principled stance for democratic norms. When he wrote or spoke of freedom of thought, he underlined in bold the ideologies of enlightenment, pragmatism, creative thinking and courage of character. One may find scores of references in his writings of those intellectuals and thinkers of the yesteryears who were from the same school of thought as Waris Mir himself. He quotes references and extracts from those who dwelled upon the same issues, and who spoke against totalitarianism in their own times and kept the flame of intellect burning bright. He admired those writers and sought literary references from those writings which gave a logical, helpful and progressive tilt to social and political problems faced by every evolving society. This could be the reason why Mir’s columns read more like thoroughly researched essays in which he was seeking for literary support to educate and guide his readers not only according to his own thoughts pattern but also to intellectuals of yore. Prof Waris Mir started off in journalism during the reign of Gen Ayub Khan, which came to an abrupt end with his untimely demise in July 1987 during the Zia regime. However, he spent all his life fighting for truth, justice, democratic principles, freedom and liberty of thought, although he had to pay a heavy price for his endeavours. What Waris Mir wrote and how he wrote, makes him an icon par excellence who continues to live on through his writings. Waris Mir’s death anniversary falls on 9th July
nawaz completes ‘very successful’ China visit BEJING/GUANGZHOU AgeNcieS
Terming his visit to China “very successful”‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday lauded the warmth and hospitality which he and the members of his delegation received at each and every place they visited in the friendly country. Nawaz expressed these views at a banquet hosted by the governor of Guangdong, Zhu Xiaodan, in the honour of Prime Minister Nawaz and his delegation. Later, the Pakistani delegation left for Pakistan after completing the five-day official visit. At the airport, the Chinese deputy provincial governor, assistant foreign minister, and the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan saw the Nawaz-led team off.
During his visit, the prime minister had visited Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Nawaz said his meetings with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing had been very successful, adding that he also held a number of meetings with Chinese companies and invited them to invest in energy‚ infrastructure development and other sectors in Pakistan. During the meeting with the governor of Guangdong‚ both sides discussed the promotion of trade and cooperation in tourism. Xiaodan told the prime minister about the presence of a large number of Pakistani traders in the province, adding that 60 percent of the bilateral trade was
being carried out in his province. The governor‚ however, stressed the need for enhancement of the trade volume. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif‚ Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch‚ Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi‚ Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbass Jilani‚ Ambassador Masood Khalid and senior officials of the Chinese foreign ministry were also present. earlier in Beijing, Nawaz also discussed with the Chinese leadership how to address the country’s energy problem and development of infrastructure. The two countries also signed eight memorandums of understanding and agreements, including the Pakistan-China economic Corridor Accord.
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anarkali rising phoenix like from the ashes The Old Anarkali food street is abuzz with activity despite the recent bomb blast, a testament to the resilience of the citizens’ spirit
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lighT ShoWer coMbaTS hoT, huMid WeaTher LAhORe: Monday morning brought a light shower to the heat-stricken provincial capital, providing relief to the citizens from the hot and humid weather. According to the MeT Office, the current rain spell would continue till Wednesday. The weather in the city would remain cloudy as light rain is expected to continue. Further, the MeT office also predicted more rain in upper Punjab (Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Lahore divisions), Kohat, Peshawar, Kashmir, Hazara and parts of Kalat. A western disturbance would also be affecting the northern parts of the country. Further, a seasonal low lies over North Balochistan and adjoining areas, and Monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea are reaching the upper and eastern parts of Pakistan. StAFF RePoRt
SaFari Park lion breaTheS hiS laST LAhORe: A eight-year-old lion died in the city’s Safari Park on Monday. Sources privy to the lion’s death report that the lion died owing to a snake bite, however according to Dr Babar from the Lahore Zoo, the cause of death has not been identified yet. Dr Babar told Pakistan Today that the three member committee comprising of himself, Dr Azhar from Safari Park and Dr Zia Mughal from University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) had conducted the lion’s post mortem at UVAS. He said the report will be made available after two to three days. According to Safari Park Deputy Director Rana Shahbaz, the lion started bleeding from its mouth, dying soon after. According to sources, this was the second lion which died this year in the Safari Park. The park still houses 12 lions. StAFF RePoRt
WO police constables, as alert as the Punjab police force can be on a Monday, stand guard outside both gates of the Anarkali food street. A few shops remained shut, observing two days of mourning over the recent bomb blast, while the rest are abuzz with activity, a testament that life does indeed go on. At least five people were killed and 50 others injured in an explosion on Saturday at the Al-Bukhara restaurant in the Old Anarkali food street. Preliminary police inquiries suggested that a time device had been placed between the chairs near the restaurant, which created a one-foot deep crater when it exploded. The blast shocked Lahorites across the board, who had so far considered themselves immune to the frequent terrorist attacks that rock the nation. However, business has resumed as usual, and people are visiting the food street in large crowds, drawn by its
many culinary attractions. “This is a very famous tikki wala and it is many people’s favourite. This is nothing [pointing to the crowd], by 11, you will have to wait long hours to get a seat at the table,” said Mushtaq Ahmad a visitor at a restaurant told Pakistan Today. “People are afraid post the blast, but the taste of the tikki is amazing,” he added. While the area is known mostly for the various eateries it boasts, a patch towards the end houses shops selling traditional shoes and artifacts. Business seemed to be continuing normally in that part of the Old Anarkali as well. “People usually spend some time at our shop before going ahead to eat. Since it is just the first day after the blast, there may be fewer people going to the restaurants, but we have not observed any difference in the rush at our shops,” Manazir Ali, a shoe-seller told Pakistan Today. Nevertheless, it cannot be said that the Old Anarkali’s landscape remains completely unaltered: police officers can be seen instructing groups of shopowners about security measures and
more than one police van usually patrols the bustling food spot. Further, some of the shop owners have shut their restaurants to observe a two-day mourning period showing solidarity with those injured and killed. “After all those who died were humans and not animals; and the owner of Al-Bukhara Restaurant is our colleague, so we share his loss. That is why four of us have decided to suspend business till Tuesday,” said Chaudhry Mansha, a restaurant owner.
To a question, he said that people wee visiting the street as usual, and with the exception of these few shops, people were flocking to Old Anarkali to enjoy their food,with rarely a vacant table in sight. Thus, the resilience of Lahore’s spirit stands affirmed: Lahorites swarm the Old Anarkali undeterred by the recent blast or the sweltering heat, eager to sample the man delights the food street offers. The destroyed Al Bukhara Restaurant looks on gloomily, a green cloth covering its damaged façade.
‘People are scared but the taste of the tikki is amazing,’ says Mushtaq Ahmad, while eating at the food street.
Making raMadan aFFordable
As the holy month of the Muslims draws near, the Punjab government has announced a Rs 4b subsidy, mainly for flour, in addition to Ramadan bazaars selling daily items at discounted rates to ease the poor fasting Muslim’s burden
He Punjab government on Monday announced a subsidy of Rs 4 billion in Ramadan in a joint press conference. A majority of this amount would be used to subsidise flour. “We will give a subsidy of Rs 4 billion for different items such as flour and batter, while the sugar, poultry and ghee industry has been taken onboard for discounted rates in Ramadan,” said education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed. He further announced that the government planned to establish 350 Ramadan bazaars that would operate under the supervision of 1,381 magistrates. These magistrates would be responsible for
controlling the quantity and quality of items and for ensuring fair prices. The government would give a subsidy of Rs 100 per 20 kilogrammes of flour in the Ramadan bazaars, compared to the market rate of Rs 60 per 20 kilogrammes. Further, 1000 “Muhammadi Dastarkhwans” have been added to the government’s Ramadan Package to fulfill the requirements of the poor and deprived members of society. Moreover, the federal government has given a subsidy of Rs 2 billion for the Utility Stores which would be be included in the Ramadan package for the first time ever. “We are holding talks with Sugar mill owners and traders to facilitate the masses in Ramadan. Utility Stores would also set up their stalls in these bazaars to supply cheap daily use items,” Mashood told the media.
Additionally, Ramadan bazaars would also have a “green channel” with the Agriculture Department’s help to ensure that customers have access to fresh, good quality vegetables. Food Minister Bilal Yaseen also briefed the media about the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regime’s efforts of conducting visits all over the Punjab for ensuring the success of the Ramadan bazaars, adding that the government was acting to ensure price-control and check hoarding and artificial price hikes as well. “We are very satisfied with the arrangements so far and the people and the media would definitely appreciate our efforts,” Yaseen added. To a question on set prices for poultry and sugar, he said that the people could avail a discount of Rs 12 and Rs 8 on meat and chicken respectively during Ramadan.
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LAhore Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
lda ShuFFleS oFFicerS LAhORe: Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Additional Director General Mariam Kayani on Monday transferred LDA Town Planning Wing Recovery Directorate Assistant Director General Rehan Akbar Khawaja, posting him in the LDA estate Management (Avenue 1) Directorate. LDA Administration Directorate Assistant Director Omer Liaqat Randhawa is going to be posted in Khawaja’s place. Further, LDA Town Planning Assistant Director Rana Tahir has been suspended with immediate effect and has further been directed to mark his attendance in the LDA Administration Directorate. Meanwhile, the LDA has also ordered a one year extension in Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) Administration Director Muhammad Irfan’s deputation period. StAFF RePoRt
Survey being conducted for ensuring railway crossings’ safety LAhORe: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday said that a survey is being conducted to suggest measures for ensuring safety at manned and unmanned Railway crossings. Talking to the media persons‚ the Minister said that the provincial governments would also be taken onboard to ensure safety measures at the crossings. The Minister said that he directed that the sale of Railways scrap be banned, adding that the maximum efforts would be made to ensure that trains arrived punctually. Responding to a question regarding the Sheikhupura accident‚ the Minister said that he had received the report, according to which‚ the accident took place due to the rickshaw driver’s fault. StAFF RePoRt
Queen Mary College fee increased LAHORE oNliNe
The city’s Queen Mary College Board of Governors on Monday approved an increment in the annual tuition fee from Rs 6,000 to Rs 6,600 annually. The income gained through this enhancement would be utilised for recruiting new teachers and other staff when required on an emergency basis. While presiding over the Board of Governors’ meeting, Punjab education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan directed that formal rules for temporary hiring be formulated, adding that the principal would be bound to acquire the Board of Governors’ prior approval before recruiting additional staff in the college. Further, the minister directed the Higher education Department to identify grey areas in the college’s management and ensure that college funds were being utilised according to the Treasury Rules 1988. He also expressed his resolve to transform all the autonomous educational institutions into centers of excellence and ordered an annual performance audit of all the teachers at Queen Mary College. The college’s budget for the current financial year was also approved in the meeting, and retrospective approval was accorded to the expenditures incurred during the fiscal year 2012-13.
The meeting’s participants were told that the Punjab government has allocated Rs. 140 million and a separate Rs 5 million as grants to the college from the Provincial Consolidated Fund, in addition to Rs. 80 million collected from the students as the College Welfare Fund. MNA Shaista Pervaiz Malik, former MPA Ghazala Saad Rafique, educationists Dr. Khalid Hameed Sheikh, Perveen Awan and Dr. Saeed Ahmad Nagra participated in the meeting as well as public personalities like Aamir Khalid Sheikh and Reema Ayyaz. Junior officers of the Higher education and Finance Department were also present.
Shahbaz For loTS oF buSeS in Province LAhORe: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that a deal has been signed with China for launching Metro and Underground (UG) Bus Services in five cities of the province, while talking to the media in the Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou. He said that this deal with a Chinese public construction company would bring revolutionary changes in the provincial communications system. The Metro Bus and UG Bus Service deal has been signed for Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Rawalpindi, he added. Replying to a question, Shahbaz said that the resumption of the Nandipur Power Project was another achievement of the Punjab government, adding that their visit to China visit had paved the way for future projects of power, transport and infrastructure. iNP
govT Should uTiliSe iMF loan ProPerly: PeW LAhORe: The Pakistan economy Watch (PeW) on Monday said that securing IMF loan was not a success unless the government ensures proper utilisation of borrowed money to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. It observed that the real test of the government would be to best utilise the money and fulfil promises with the international lender to improve economy and boost credibility. PeW President Dr Murtaza Mughal said, “Pakistan was left with no option but to accept IMF conditions or face a default as the former government left Rs 14.3 trillion of domestic loans, Rs 500 billion of circular debt, external financing requirements of $ 11.5 billion and budget deficit at 9 percent.” Dr Mughal said that Pakistan would have been a developed country if half of the money borrowed in the past has been properly utilised. Taxing agricultural income to balance the taxation regime is not a favourable decision. Moreover, he said that many former governments ignored economical ways to secure energy and preferred costly western solutions which have resulted in an energy mix. The country is using 75 percent of costly fuels and only 25 percent of cheap solutions which has increased unit price to Rs14 per unit, where Rs 5 is given as subsidy. He warned that energy theft has touched Rs 250 billion which would register increase if the government continued to ignore the issue. The areas with high theft ratio should face more power cuts while the consumers of the regions with minimum theft should enjoy better power supply, he opined. Such a decision will reward honest consumers and push people to point towards power thieves which will improve overall situation, said Dr Mughal. NNi
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Turkey reoPenS iSTanbul Park aT hearT oF ProTeSTS ISTANBUL
U R K e Y reopened an Istanbul park at the heart of last month’s demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip erdogan and protest leaders called a rally there for Monday evening in defiance of the city governor. Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu announced the reopening three weeks after riot police expelled protesters from Gezi Park following a fortnight of frequently violent protests against plans to redevelop the area.
The protests rapidly mutated into nationwide demonstrations against erdogan, accused by critics after a decade in power of ruling in an increasingly authoritarian fashion. The unrest died down in late June, but on Saturday police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse protesters who sought to march on Taksim Square and the adjoining park. “We have seen with the visit carried out today that all our work has been completed,” Mutlu told reporters in the park, which has been spruced up with the planting of new trees, plants and lawns since the protesters were evicted on June 15. Soon after the opening, hundreds of
people young and old converged on the park, some strolling along its paths and many lounging on benches and newlylaid lawn under the shade of trees on a hot Istanbul afternoon. Small groups, both pro- and antigovernment, gathered to discuss the protests and simmering tensions were evident. “People became brothers here, and it will be very crowded tonight because we all missed that brotherhood. This park will always be the symbol of people’s unity, power and harmony,” university student Ozer Sari, 22, told Reuters. pROTesT MeeTINg pLANNed: Taksim Solidarity, combining political
and non-governmental groups opposed to the construction of a replica Ottoman era barracks on the site of the park, has called for its supporters to hold a public meeting there at 7 p.m. (12:00 p.m. eDT). Governor Mutlu warned against renewed demonstrations. “Blocking the parks, making them areas for demonstrations, preventing children, elderly and people from using these areas and turning this into a security problem - we would never ever allow that,” he said. Four people were killed and 7,500 wounded in last month’s police crackdown, according to the Turkish Medical Association.
aFghan SPieS arreST uS TranSlaTor For TorTure KABUL AgeNcieS
Afghanistan’s intelligence agency is holding an Afghan-American translator on suspicion of torturing and killing civilians while working for US special forces, officials said Monday. Zakrya Kandahari, who worked with the elite US troops in Wardak province bordering Kabul, was detained in May by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) following an order from President Hamid Karzai. “Zakrya Kandahari... a translator for American special forces in Nerkh district of Wardak, accused of multiple felonies, was arrested in a special operation,” the spy agency said in its first report on the case. Three guns, a laptop and several fake documents were found in his possession during the raid in the southern city of Kandahar, the NDS added in a statement. Jawid Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, told AFP that Kandahari was arrested 45 days ago while hiding in a friend’s house in the city and had been sent to Kabul. Karzai in February ordered US special forces to leave Wardak, a hotbed of Taliban insurgent activity. The Afghan government had accused Afghans working with US troops of torture and murder, and said it would tackle the alleged abuse which had triggered widespread outrage. A compromise deal was arranged in which US special forces left Nerkh district but not the rest of Wardak.
CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood supporters run for cover during clashes outside the elite Republican Guards base on Monday.
in syria’s homs HOMS Syrian troops fought with rebels in Homs on Monday in a battle seen as crucial to the government’s attempts to drive a wedge between opposition-held areas and establish links between the capital and President Bashar al-Assad’s coastal strongholds. Assad’s forces have been on the offensive in the central Syrian city for ten days, hitting rebel-held neighborhoods with air strikes, mortar bombs and tanks. Rebels control much of northern Syria but have been on the back foot against Assad’s army further south since it retook Qusair last month, a town near the border with Lebanon, where victory marked a change in the government’s fortunes. Homs, 140 km (90 miles) north of Damascus, lies at a strategic crossing
LONdON: The British and US spy programmes that allow intelligence agencies to gather, store and share data on millions of people have been challenged in a legal claim brought by privacy campaigners. Papers filed on Monday call for an immediate suspension of Britain’s use of material from the Prism programme, which is run by America’s National Security Agency. They also demand a temporary injunction to the Tempora programme, which allows Britain’s spy centre GCHQ to harvest millions of emails, phone calls and Skype conversations from the undersea cables that carry internet traffic in and out of the country. Lawyers acting for the UK charity Privacy International say the programme is not necessary or proportionate. They say the laws being used to justify mass data trawling are being abused by intelligence officials and ministers, and need to be urgently reviewed. Privacy International has submitted a claim to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which is supposed to review all complaints about the conduct of Britain’s spy agencies. The organisation hopes for a public hearing and early rulings because of the seriousness of the situation. The group was prompted into legal action by the US whistleblower edward Snowden and the leak of top secret papers he gave to the Guardian. This led to a series of stories about the extent of modern-day surveillance and the disclosure of activities that have provoked a worldwide debate about the behaviour of western intelligence agencies. AgeNcieS
Police STruggle To Probe quebec blaST; cauSe STill a MySTery
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nSa and gchq SPy PrograMMeS Face legal challenge
linking the capital with army bases in coastal regions controlled by Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam that has dominated majority Sunni Syria since the 1960s. Assad is trying to cement control of this belt of territory, in a move that could drive a wedge between rebel-held areas in the north and south of the country. At a time when the army has made gains on the battlefield, Syrian state media announced that new leaders had been appointed in the ruling Baath Party in a reshuffle that will be seen as an attempt by Assad to put a new face on the political organization that has dominated Syrian politics for more than four decades. “The Baath party must develop to strengthen a culture of dialogue ... and deepen interaction with citizens to overcome the negative effect of the crisis,” Assad was quoted as saying by state
media. In Istanbul, the newly elected head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters that the rebels’ military position was weak and proposed a truce for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on Tuesday, to stop fighting in Homs. There was no sign that the government in Damascus, with its forces now grinding out advances following setbacks earlier in the war, was ready to accept such a ceasefire. “hUMANITARIAN dIsAsTeR”: “We are staring at a real humanitarian disaster in Homs,” said Ahmad Jarba, who was elected at an opposition conference on Saturday. He said he expected advanced weapons supplied by Saudi Arabia, the main opposition backer, to reach rebel fighters soon and strengthen their position on the ground.
QUeBeC: Canadian police on Monday struggled to find the remains of people killed when a driverless crude oil train derailed and blew up in a small Quebec town over the weekend as questions grew over how the disaster had occurred. The five locomotives and 72 oil cars had been parked about eight miles from Lac-Megantic on Friday night. The brakes then somehow released and the train gathered pace as it rolled down a hill into the center of the town early on Saturday morning. It derailed and exploded into a gigantic fireball, flattening dozens of buildings and killing five people. Another 40 are missing and few residents hold out hope that they will be found alive. AgeNcieS
kerry’S WiFe in criTical condiTion in boSTon hoSPiTal BOsTON: Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of Secretary of State John Kerry, became ill with a serious medical condition during a vacation on Nantucket on Sunday and was flown to a hospital in Boston for emergency treatment, the State Department said. Heinz Kerry, 74, grew sick while staying at the family’s vacation home on the Massachusetts island and was in critical condition, according to a person close to the family, but no information was released about the nature of her ailment. An ambulance was summoned to the house around 3:30 p.m. and left shortly afterward for Nantucket Cottage Hospital. By Sunday evening, doctors had stabilized her but determined that her condition was too serious for the small facility on Nantucket and transported her to Massachusetts General Hospital on the mainland. Kerry, who had arrived on the island a few days earlier after a long overseas trip, accompanied her to Boston. Another person familiar with the situation said her condition was not a result of an accident but would not elaborate. “The family is grateful for the outpouring of support it has received and aware of the interest in her condition, but they ask for privacy at this time,” said Glen Johnson, a spokesman for Kerry. Heinz Kerry, an heiress to the H.J. Heinz ketchup fortune, became well known to many Americans during her husband’s unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2004. She was previously married to former Sen. John Heinz, R-Pa., who died in an airplane crash in 1991, and married Kerry, then a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, in 1995. In September 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she later disclosed it publicly and urged women to have regular mammograms, which caught her condition early. AgeNcieS
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Sc seeks lists of all detention centres within 24 hrs ISLAMABAD
He Supreme Court on Monday sought lists of detention centres and the detained missing persons across the country within 24 hours. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khwaja, resumed the hearing on Monday. The court also sought a detailed report of the recorded statements of Dr Imran Munir and others regarding the recovery of Amina Massod Janjua’s husband, Masood Janjua. Justice Khwaja said time had come when everyone had to get united under one umbrella for the implementation of the law and constitution. He said the agony and pain of the missing persons was unbearable and if they were not recovered, the heads of all detention centres would be summoned. On the issue of Masood Janjua’s
detention, Justice Khwaja remarked “when intelligence agency’s person is being found involved in such activities, what is the job of police, government and other security agencies to take action against that person”. The court also ordered Rawalpindi CPO Rao Iqbal Imran Munir to speed up the investigation into the case of Masood Janjua and submit a report today (Tuesday). “We want to recover missing persons at any cost,” Justice Khwaja remarked. “What kind of policy or legislation is being formulated to take action against enforced disappearance?” he asked the attorney general. The court sought report from Deputy Attorney General Ali Zai about 84 cases of detainees at various detention centres in the country. In his remarks, Justice Arif Hussain Khilji expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation into the missing persons’ cases. He said delaying tactics were being used to delay the issue.
sC assUred oF CoMpUterIsatIon oF revenUe reCord ISLAMABAD oNliNe
The Islamabad administration and Balochistan governments have told the Supreme Court that entire record of revenue would be computerised until January 30, 2014. A three-member bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, resumed the hearing of the case. The federal as well as provincial governments have submitted the report on the instructions of the Supreme Court in which it was told that Punjab and Sindh have computerised the revenue record. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government told the court that the computerisation of record of three cities has been completed, and soon the record of other cities would be put on computer. Islamabad administration told the court the process of computerization of record is underway, which would be completed by January 30, 2014. The Supreme Court has issued a seven-page detailed report regarding the computerization of the revenue record in which it was revealed that the corruption has been pointed out in Punjab’s record but after computerisation of record, people would get relief from the spiteful behaviour of patwraris The SC ordered to computerise the record of revenue departments in 2009.
Terrorists torch 3 naTo containers in quetta QUETTA iNP
Militants on Monday torched three NATO containers in the Western Bypass area of Quetta. According to the police, four terrorists on two motorcycles opened fire on the containers, forcing the drivers to abandon the vehicles. Police sources added that the terrorists set the containers on fire. Police said that the three containers were parked at the Hazarganji bus stand. “Roaring flames of fire and thick black smoke could be seen from quite far away,” witnesses said. The assailants escaped from the scene. Meanwhile, the containers gutted completely as fire-fighters reached late. No human loss was reported since the drivers managed to escape from the spot. Terrorists have intensified their attacks against NATO supplies recently. The incident has come just a day after the terrorists torched a container in the Dhadar area of Bolan District.
attack accused put under house arrest LAHORE oNliNe
The Punjab Home Department has ordered to put Zubair, accused in attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, under house arrest. According to media reports, the decision came after bail application of Zuabir was approved. The Home Department was of the view that Zubair was still in contact with terrorists and setting him free would revive those deadly connections.
deadlock emerges between Jui and anP PESHAWAR oNliNe
The Awami National Party (ANP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl have failed to reach a consensus on seat adjustment for byelections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. earlier, both the parties had made a formula on seat adjustment for the by-polls. Under this formula, the relinquished seat would be given to the party who had won it in the general elections. However, deadlock emerged between the two parties over PK-27, evacuated after independent MPA Imran Mohmand was killed in bomb attack. His brother Jamshed Mohmand is contesting on this seat and the ANP has decided to support him, however, JUI-F wanted to bring its candidate. ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour has sought time for the party’s final decision over the seat.
12 killed in dadu road accident DADU iNP
QUETTA: Security officials stand near a burnt NATO truck after unidentified gunmen torched three trucks in the Hazar Ganji area on Monday. PPi
At least 12 people, including women and children, were killed and 27 others injured when a passenger bus overturned on Monday. According to police, the Karachi-bound bus turned turtle due to over speeding on Indus Highway near Bhan Saeedabad area of Dadu District. The dead and injured were shifted to a nearby hospital. According to hospital sources, 10 injured people were in a critical condition.
oBL raid files purged from Pentagon computers, sent to CIA WASHINGTON oNliNe
The nation’s top special operations commander ordered military files about the Navy SeAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout to be purged from Defence Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public, US media reported. The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon’s inspector general, set off no alarms within the Obama administration even though it appears to have sidestepped federal rules and perhaps also the Freedom of Information Act. An acknowledgement by Adm William McRaven of his actions was quietly removed from the final version of an inspector general’s report published weeks ago. A spokesman for the admiral declined to comment. The CIA, noting that the bin Laden mission was overseen by then-CIA director Leon Panetta before he became defence secretary, said the SeALs were effectively assigned to work temporarily for the CIA, which has presidential authority to conduct covert operations. “Documents related to the raid were handled in a manner consistent with the fact that the operation was conducted under the
direction of the CIA director,” agency spokesman Preston Golson said in an emailed statement. “Records of a CIA operation such as the (bin Laden) raid, which were created during the conduct of the operation by persons acting under the authority of the CIA director, are CIA records.” Golson said it is “absolutely false” that records were moved to the CIA to avoid the legal requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. The records transfer was part of an effort by McRaven to protect the names of the personnel involved in the raid, according to the inspector general’s draft report. But secretly moving the records allowed the Pentagon to tell The Associated Press that it could not find any documents inside the Defence Department that AP had requested more than two years ago, and could represent a new strategy for the US government to shield even its most sensitive activities from public scrutiny. “Welcome to the shell game in place of open government,” said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a private research institute at George Washington University. “Guess which shell the records are under. If you guess the right shell, we might show them to you. It’s ridiculous.” McRaven’s directive sent the only copies of the military’s records about its
daring raid to the CIA, which has special authority to prevent the release of “operational files” in ways that could not effectively be challenged in federal court. The Defence Department can prevent the release of its own military files, too, citing risks to national security. But that can be contested in court, and a judge can compel the Pentagon to turn over non-sensitive portions of records. Under federal rules, transferring government records from one executive agency to another must be approved in writing by the National Archives and Records Administration. There are limited circumstances when prior approval is not required, such as when the records are moved between two components of the same executive department. The CIA and Special Operations Command are not part of the same department. The Archives was not aware of any request from the US Special Operations Command to transfer its records to the CIA, spokeswoman Miriam Kleiman said. She said it was the Archives’ understanding that the military records belonged to the CIA, so transferring them wouldn’t have required permission under US rules. Special Operations Command also is required to comply with rules established by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that dictate how long records must be re-
tained. Its July 2012 manual requires that records about military operations and planning are to be considered permanent and after 25 years, following a declassification review, transferred to the Archives. Also, the Federal Records Act would not permit agencies “to purge records just on a whim”, said Dan Metcalfe, who oversaw the US government’s compliance with the Freedom of Information Act as former director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy. “I don’t think there’s an exception allowing an agency to say, `Well, we didn’t destroy it. We just deleted it here after transmitting it over there.’ High-level officials ought to know better.” It was not immediately clear exactly which the Defence Department records were purged and transferred, when it happened or under what authority, if any, they were sent to the CIA. No government agencies the AP contacted would discuss details of the transfer. The timing may be significant: The Freedom of Information Act generally applies to records under an agency’s control when a request for them is received. The AP asked for files about the mission in more than 20 separate requests, mostly submitted in May 2011 – several were sent a day after Obama announced that the world’s most wanted terrorist had been
killed in a firefight. Obama has pledged to make his administration the most transparent in US history. The CIA did tell the AP it could not locate any emails from or to Panetta and two other top agency officials discussing the bin Laden mission. McRaven’s unusual order would have remained secret had it not been mentioned in a single sentence on the final page in the inspector general’s draft report that examined whether the Obama administration gave special access to Hollywood executives planning a film, “Zero Dark Thirty”, about the raid. The draft report was obtained and posted online last month by the Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group in Washington. McRaven, who oversaw the bin Laden raid, expressed concerns in the report about possible disclosure of the identities of the SeALs. The Pentagon “provided the operators and their families an inordinate level of security”, the report said. McRaven also directed that the names and photographs associated with the raid not be released. “This effort included purging the combatant command’s systems of all records related to the operation and providing these records to another government agency,” according to the draft report. The sentence was dropped from the report’s final version.
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MicroFinance iS eFFecTive in PoverTy reducTion: dar SBP ACTING GOVERNOR SAYS MICROFINANCE ESSENTIAL TO REACH MAJORITY OF UNBANKED POPULATION ISLAMABAD
INANCe Minister Ishaq Dar on Monday said poverty alleviation is one of the key objectives of the economic agenda of the PML-N government and microfinance is one of the
most effective instruments of poverty reduction. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the two-day Microfinance Summit 2013, arranged by the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), at a hotel, the minister said that the PPAF was established by the PML-N, which was a watershed in the microfinance movement in Pakistan. Over a short period, he said the PPAF had enabled small microfinance institutions to have access to supply of relatively cheap finances to millions of poor. “I note with satisfaction that the PPAF has gained more strength in these years and continues to play the leading role in cementing and solidifying the mi-
crofinance movement in Pakistan.” Dar said that the government would initiate more funds for the youth and unemployed through income support programme. He eulogised the role of the PPAF and PML-N in augmenting the microfinance sector of Pakistan and their contribution towards the larger movement aimed at financial inclusion in Pakistan, which have financed the entrepreneurial aspirations of many millions of people especially the economically active poor. He said that government has fuelled the growth of microfinance in Pakistan, realising its potential application as an effective tool for pro-poor growth and financial inclusion. He said that
Microfinance is a reality is Pakistan now. He said that the PML-N government has given new economic programme that aims at revival of growth and steering the country firmly towards the path of economic stability and prosperity. Minister said that poverty alleviation is one of the key point of economic agenda reflecting in the new government of Pakistan. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Deputy Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra provided insights into the ‘Roadmap for Financial Inclusion in Pakistan’ and stressed that microfinance was essential to reaching the majority of the unbanked population of the country. He said the SBP has been supportive of the sector in terms of policies and regulation.
‘no one becoMeS ProSelyTe eaSily’ IsLAMABAd: Justice Jawad S Khawaja has remarked faith is not such a weak thing that any person becomes proselyte easily. “The countries which claim to be highly developed countries are set to stem the flood of obscenity. US government is also taking steps in this context.” This matter has not come up for the first time. But the petitioner Muhammad Hanif says all TV programmes should be run as per his will otherwise all TV channels be set ablaze. In his sight, it is easy to become proselyte. But we say faith is not such a weak thing that any one becomes proselyte easily”, Justice Jawad gave these remarks while presiding over a 3member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of a petition seeking disposal of late Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad’s petition against obscene programmes on TV channels. Justice Khilji Arif remarked, “It is being said from JI now that it does not care for whatever is screened on TV. This is highly regrettable. Qazi Hussain Ahmad had not come to the SC for the sake of his person,” Petitioner Muhammad Hanif told the court that the JI does not want to contest this case with reference to obscenity further after the death of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. oNliNe
cJP excuses himself from Musharraf bail case ISLAMABAD oNliNe
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has excused himself from hearing the petition seeking cancellation of bail of former president Pervez Musharraf. The CJP said the case will be fixed before some other bench in the next week. It is likely that a three-member SC bench, headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja would hear it. A three-member bench of SC was to hear the case on Monday. The CJP is directly affected by the November 3, 2007 steps and per the Code of Conduct 4, judges cannot hear the case with reference to themselves or any of their relatives.
Sc bars ex-minister from contesting by-polls over controversial degree ISLAMABAD StAFF RePoRt
Hearing the fake degrees case, the Supreme Court on Monday halted former federal minister Liaqat Bhatti from taking part in byelections until his degree was verified by the HeC. The court also issued notice to PML-Q’s Samina Khawar Hayat, PTI’s Gulam Sarwar Khan and others, seeking record of their educational credentials. A three member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing in the case on Monday. Besides directing all educational institutions concerned to cooperate with the HeC, the bench also showed its dissatisfaction over HeC’s performance. In his remarks, the CJP said apparently the HeC was using delaying tactics regarding verification of lawmakers’ degrees, as it was not taking action against influential lawmakers. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry said the HeC should declare illegal the degrees of those former/sitting lawmakers who were not providing required educational credentials for verification. During the hearing, an opponent lawyer contended before the court that former lawmaker Liaqat Bhatti had contested three elections on the basis of three various degrees. Bhatti’s lawyers said his client never claimed to have FA/BA degree, rather he had a B.Com degree. To this, the court directed the HeC to get the degree/s of Bhatti verified within two weeks. Meanwhile, the court also issued notice to Mir Badsha Qaisarani, Samina Khawar Hayat, Shoukat Aziz Bhatti, Gulam Sarwar, Nadar Ali Magsi and others and adjourned the hearing until today. The court would hear some cases on today and a few the next week.
PESHAWAR: Relatives of a kidnapped worker of Gomal Zam Dam hold a demonstration outside the press club on Monday for his early recovery. oNliNe
Would love to see what Nawaz does for peace with India: Omar SRINAGAR iNP
Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said one indicator of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to improving ties with India can come from whether Pakistan buys 500MW of electricity from India or not. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” Omar said on Monday, emphasising he would love to see what Nawaz will do to improve ties with its neighbour. D e scribing as “heartening” some of the statements emanating from Islamabad after
Nawaz’s return to power, Omar said improved relationship between India and Pakistan benefited IHK which suffered when Indo-Pak ties turned sour. “I mean today Pakistan has villages where there is no electricity for 22 of 24 hours, cities where 10 hours you have power cuts. Whether the establishment and some other forces in Pakistan allow him to buy that electricity,
let’s see. Will he be able to give India the Most Favoured Nation status that also remains to be seen,” Omar was quoted as saying. “Because if you can’t move forward on areas in which Pakistan is going to benefit, how could we expect him to move forward in areas like Siachen, Sir Creek and the biggest question of all which is Kashmir,” he said. After Nawaz was voted back to power, Omar had said the PMLN leader h a d t h e track record of trying to improve relations between the two countries.
Monsoon rain spell to continue until Thursday ISLAMABAD APP
The present spell of monsoon rains has decreased the temperatures across the country and would continue in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan until Thursday with occasional gaps. The synoptic situation says that seasonal low was lying over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas. Monsoonal currents from Arabian Sea are continuously reaching into the upper and eastern parts of the country. A western disturbance was also affecting northern parts of the country. According to an official of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds is expected in Islamabad, upper Punjab, including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Lahore, Sargodha, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Malakand, Hazara and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. Rain-thundershower, associated with gusty winds, is also likely at isolated places of Faisalabad, Bannu and DI Khan division during the next 24 hours. Heavy rainfall is expected at few places of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeast Punjab and Kashmir. The official said it is expected that the rain would occur during the day times during the next few days. The weather would remain hot and humid in most parts of Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours.
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The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return. –Gore Vidal
The doosra strikes
CoMMenT Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
The china visit
One down with many more to go
Implementation at our end is the crucial part
URING his five-day visit to China, Nawaz Sharif met President Xi Jinping, Prime Miniser Li Keqiang and heads and chief executives of financial institutions and corporate sector. The visit provided an opportunity to both sides to spell out their views regarding the region and vital issues like terrorism. They resolved to promote policies aimed at advancing the cause of peace, cooperation and harmony in the region. This alone, it was implied, could ensure better livelihood for their peoples. The two sides affirmed their support for an Afghan-led peace and vowed to work with the regional countries and the international community to help Afghanistan achieve stability and security. Nawaz committed Pakistan to support China’s efforts in combating extremism, terrorism and separatism. The main item on Nawaz’s agenda was seeking Chinese investment in Pakistan’s energy sector. This was no easy task. In the past some of the power sector projects initiated with the Chinese help, like the 969 MW Neelum Jhelum project and 450 MW Nandipur project, could not be constructed on time due to negligence shown by the authorities in Pakistan. This sullied the country’s reputation. The visit has helped revive the two projects. It is not yet known if the PM succeeded in getting investment in any other energy sector project. Things have moved on the construction of Lahore-Karachi Motorway which Sharif wants to be completed in less than three years. Some of the projects being envisaged would take years before their foundation stones are laid. The bullet train costing $20 million per km is more of a pipedream than a practical proposal that can be implemented anytime in near future. One of the eight MoUs signed was to build the 2,000-kilometre road and rail link connecting the northwestern city of Kashgar to Gwadar port. The decisive factor in speeding up the project would be the urgency of the Chinese need for the economic corridor. Much more feasible would be to start with the upgrading and realigning of the 1,300km Karakoram highway running from Kashgar to Abbottabad. From Havelian the goods can be transferred to railways to be carried onward to Karachi, or sent to Gwadar. Another agreement is for a fiber-optic cable to be laid from the Chinese border to Rawalpindi. All these projects would require an end to militancy in the area through which the road and rail link and the cable have to pass. For this the government would have to pay urgent attention to eliminating the militant threat. Scores of MoUs have been signed between Pakistan and China in the past but only a small percentage was implemented. The PM has promised to set up a cell in his office to supervise the joint projects. Only time will tell whether the arrangement makes much of a difference!
Meeting the indian prime minister Tackle the easier issues now, leaving the complicated ones for later
He process of improving relations with India has been slower than expected. earlier this week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s envoy Shaharyar Khan was in Delhi to begin preparations for the agenda of the expected meeting between Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The word from the Indian foreign office is that the two shall meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September. Singh has previously skipped the UNGA meetings in 2012, but is expected to go this year. With the Indian government already undertaking preparations for the agenda of the meeting, it is still uncertain if Singh would visit Pakistan before the May 2014 general elections in India. The Nawaz Sharif-led PML-N government has taken the bold step of putting thorny issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek to Track-II diplomacy and work on soft matters such as people-to-people interaction and the economic ties via formal diplomatic channels. While the decision itself is bold and the hope is that the September meeting shall produce some success and ease relations between the two neighbours, ideally either Singh or Sharif should visit the alternate’s country. Observers are still divided over whether the Singh-Sharif meeting in the UNGA would result in the revival of the composite dialogue. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposition waiting to pounce, the Singh-Gandhi team is determined to avoid a defensive appearance in its foreign policy. The real importance of such a meeting will lie in how it is perceived by domestic actors on either side of the border, especially with PM Sharif trying to assert his stamp on foreign policy in the coming government. The PM’s advisor Sartaj Aziz speaking at Brunei said India must seize the initiative at its top level to improve relations as he renewed Nawaz Sharif’s invite for Singh to visit Pakistan. The Indian side has demanded ‘specific steps’ from Pakistan for forward movement in Indo-Pak relations. Specific steps are most certainly required on both sides of the fence. Sharif appears to be serious in fulfilling his election promise that he would pick up the threads from the peace process in 1999, when former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Lahore. During the Musharraf period, officials said progress on Kashmir was made through back channel diplomacy and a similar path shall be treaded now. There has been much to dispute between the two neighbours since 1999: the Kargil war, the Mumbai attacks and scuffles around the Line of Control. Nonetheless the PPP-led government of yore was able to stabilize relations by offering concessions and going ahead with easing of the visa process. The Sharif government takes on a much more stable relationship with India. The UNGA meeting shall be a good opportunity to continue on this much-needed path.
O the Doosra struck, taking its first victim, allowing Najam Sethi to pick up the glory without soiling his hands. Good riddance to Iqbal Qasim. I won’t say more. Let the man responsible set the new benchmark by appointing a superior successor and, strongly recommended, a three-man selection committee comprising Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas. What I can confirm is that after last week’s article I have received at least six phone calls asking me to promote the candidature of men ‘posthumously’ from the virtual ‘graveyard’ for appointment as PCB chief. Don’t get me wrong. I hold all of them in high esteem. But their time has gone. My point of view on this is crystal clear. There are plenty of young, vibrant, talented people out there, similar to the example I gave last week of Theo epstein, the Boston Red Sox manager, to lead Pakistan cricket. Let it be their time at the crease. Unless Sethi nails it first! The immediate comeback to the reply that the courts and the ICC appear, of late, to dictate the role is, “all will be managed; just put the name forward”. Wishful thinking or is there more to it than meets the eye? With Larkana and DG Khan having a place on the table of national cricket, I guess it’s open season! But then there is supposedly judicial wrath. Or is that also only for the (adjective deleted) ‘few’? Here comes the toe crusher! Sethi’s real chore is to hold an election within 90 days. The inability to hold an election regarded as having at least a semblance of propriety has historically been linked to the number of bogus clubs affiliated to regional, divisional and city associations. These phony clubs – the majority of which neither have a team nor participate in tournaments – are the electorate at that level. A number of feeble attempts to audit this in the past have been rendered unsuccessful – thwarted by the strong control of the mafia groups within the associations, in connivance with the former BCCP and now PCB crowd. These ‘elected’ associations form the PCB general body. So in this muddied terrain, even the inclusion of two, as presently or
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perhaps more, virtually non-existent city associations into the PCB body is conveniently doable. As such, an election with this format is quite meaningless. In fact when, as ordered by the court, the government through the Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) ministry or otherwise nominates names it violates the principle of the ICC ruling and disregards the democratic and independent process. The ICC ruling is clear, “no government interference” in cricket affairs. In a country where government is, or has been, for sixty-five years administering the game it’s like taking the lollipop away from a hysterical child. Damned difficult! Sethi has already stated his perception that Pakistan cricket is, “at its lowest ebb”. I readily endorse this and know the majority of cricket fans will eagerly validate this statement. It’s an important fact that the adjudicating court needs to be made aware of and deliberate upon. Nothing can be lower than crumbling foundations and fundamentals. Therefore the benefits from a “within 90 days” election in the current scenario would, to put it mildly, be nothing more than desultory. There is an option. Go back to the court, apprise it of the realities and seek guidance on whether it wishes to uphold its own decision or empowers the PCB or any other body to do a complete electoral audit prior to elections. Post audit, order elections at the level of the associations that will compose the electorate for the PCB. And subsequent to that hold independent elections based on the new constitution and in conformity with the ICC criteria. The best advice would be to get time and embark upon the absolutely essential cleansing process. And during the time needed to complete the process, make a significant beginning by reinforcing the foundations and rebuild the fundamentals as discussed in my article last week. A good start would have been to review the current squad for the West Indies tour, even on the eve of its departure. Multiple aspects need to be addressed. The cumulative ODI average of the top seven batsman of the side, excluding Umar Amin who has played an insignificant number, is 32.58. This average is only because Misbah and Nasir Jamshed average 43.50 and 40.50 respectively. Barring Umar Akmal, despite the erratic heroics, who averages 37.75, it is ludicrous that no other batsman averages over 30. Worthy of mention is that the self-proclaimed “star” Shahid Afridi has the lowest average of them all, 23.45. The T20squad’s cumulative average is 24.41, Afridi again the lowest at a pathetic 17.28. Misbah’sT20 average of 37.52, being a whopping 217 per cent higher than Afridi! And he is not even in the side. This is certainly no formidable batting side. What are the defining statistics
that bring Afridi in the team? It certainly can’t be merit, performance or inspirational talent. Can you, as a layman, think of anything other than emotional? So what is this ‘chamak’ that keeps players like him going long after the sell-by date? Is it the occasional flash in the pan or a word in the right ear? Imran Khan was seriously lucky he won the World Cup at the age of 40, a shadow of his original self. Inzamam-ul-Haq plodded on, again an ungainly sight in comparison to yore. Sachin Tendulkar, possibly the greatest cricketer ever, now cashing in on glory to hang on and reach the as yet unattainable record. These are glaring examples; one can name a lot more. Yet they still want to carry on. It’s about managing expectations. Perhaps it’s time the PCB intervened and managed them for them. Quickly send them home bedecked in roses. Pakistan’s bowlers have performed admirably under trying circumstances of late, bowled their hearts out in fact. We must salute their fervour and commitment. They’ve neither been given the runs to bowl at nor been provided support in the field. Fielding continues to be below par with only very occasional flashes of brilliance. There has to be a reason for this, because other teams are going from brilliant to the next level, India included. Someone at the helm needs to enlighten us. A coach’s job is heartbreaking especially when his charge repeatedly under performs and incessantly makes the same error giving opponents the opportunity to shake the team’s core. Remember it’s the individual on the field who makes the shot not the coach. He needs to imbibe the tutoring and play the right shot. The coach can mentor only during training sessions and in the dressing room. So let us look at the natural limitations in the technique of individuals, not blame just coaching. Surrendering to the player mafia and making frequent “dismissals” of coaches has already created a poor impression. If a player does not absorb training and coaching and it is observed that he is not likely to be in the near future, there is only one option. Show him the exit! Do it enough times and the point will be hammered home real fast. Here’s an opportunity to think out of the box. Muster the moral courage, grasp and run with it. Nothing is easy, there are obvious hurdles, but if the game can be built on similar lines as other successful cricketing nations and the current course altered, it will be an endeavour written in superlatives. Pakistan pioneered reverse swing and the Doosra. Here is the chance to really wield the bat. And the stick! Good luck. The writer can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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upper and lower riparian Sindh often complains of being the lower riparian at the mercy of the upper riparian Punjab. The terms upper and lower riparian apply only when the upper riparian controls the river flows, as in the case of India and Pakistan. In Pakistan river water distribution is centralised, it is the federal body IRSA which controls the release of water from the dams and the barrages, the provinces can only submit 10-day indents of their requirement to IRSA which prepares a ‘distribution plan’, depending upon the availability of
water, and instructs WAPDA to release water to the various canals accordingly. The provinces have no direct control over the supply to their canals. Theft of water does take place but that is on the canals within each province. No province can take the water of another province. Just as it does with the water stored at Mangla aand Tarbela dams, IRSA will distribute the 6.1 maf stored at Kalabagh dam as per the shares determined under the Water Accord of 1991, Sindh stands to get an increased share in all future dams by reducing Punjab’s share. The fear that Punjab will take more water from Kalabagh dam because the dam is in Punjab is without any basis. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. –Paulo Freire
Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
hurry is a dangerous thing in politics You can trip up...
T’S the old London bus principle. Nothing happens for a long time, then suddenly three turn up at the same time. No decision is made by government for more than four years, and then a dozen come along, tripping one another on their way towards public discourse. You have to wonder why. Congress has deM J AKbAR veloped an odd habit since 2009: it indicates its mind before it has made up its mind. Telangana was comatose on a back-burner when, quite out of the blue, Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced a solution was imminent. When passions advanced, government retreated. Last year Sushil Shinde switched on a green light, and turned it to amber in January this year. Now Digvijay Singh, general secretary in charge of party secrets, has told us a final solution is in plain sight. We should believe him. A general election is also in plain sight. If A.K. Antony is appointed General Manager, Repairs and Reconsideration, can elections be far away? First priority: send morality on holiday, and who better to do that than the most moral man in Cabinet. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is the property of a family which can, with some justification, be described as corrupt. Not only do they take money, they also get caught, which is silly in our liberal corruption environment. But for ten seats in the state, all sins are forgiven. Joining Congress is a baptism; it bathes the sinner with salvation. JMM was corrupt and communal as long as it was scratching for power in the company of BJP. Perhaps this is good politics. We shall know only after voters have returned a verdict. Antony has quickly extended a Congress hand again to DMK in Tamil Nadu, another state where it cannot survive without an ally. The DMK is in less of a hurry, and may not do so before election dates are announced. Congress is the only party that knows when, but if it is getting antsy, there has to be a reason. But hurry is dangerous in politics. You can trip up if you have not planned how to negotiate the various traps that always lie on a plotted route. You hold one end of a map up, beaming at cameras, and the other end collapses. Has this happened with the CBI’s charge-sheet in the Ishrat Jahan case, probably the final effort to derail Narendra Modi after more than a decade in which every twist of the legal process has been exhausted? The CBI proclaimed Ishrat Jahan innocent, but admitted that the three men shot alongside her by Gujarat police were terrorists. Perhaps CBI and government thought that everyone who mattered, including media, would treat this as the final word. Then, quite unexpectedly, things began to go a bit wrong. The Intelligence Bureau, which is headed by Syed Asif Ibrahim, an officer with a fine reputation, refused to kowtow. A tussle broke out between IB and CBI over Ishrat Jahan. Facts emerged, which had so far been kept out of public purview: principally, that David Headley, convicted for his role in the organisation of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, had named Ishrat during his interrogation by the premier Indian investigation agency, NIA. Instead of leading an offensive, the government might be forced to clean up its own mess. Hurry has affected the food security decision as well. This is definitely going to be the main plank of the Congress re-election campaign. Remarkably, however, the most vociferous opposition to this decision has come from parties that have always the propoor banner: the left. Prakash Karat, speaking for Communists, Mulayam Singh Yadav, speaking for himself, and Dinesh Trivedi, on behalf of Mamata Banerjee, dismissed the decision as nothing but an election gimmick. There is certainly no money in the current resource base of UPA government to implement this expensive programme. But Congress is more interAre we then looking at a ested in making this the central promise November general election? of its next manifesto, Congress has not taken a than implementation. If it wanted implefinal decision, but it is mentation, it would have issued the ordiclearing the way towards nance in the first six that possibility. weeks of UPA2, not in the last six. Are we then looking at a November general election? Congress has not taken a final decision, but it is clearing the way towards that possibility. It does not want to be subverted by events that may not be fully in its control, including the behaviour of the extended family that keeps UPA in power without much reward in return. Its haste is out of necessity, rather than will. Complicated problems like Telangana however do not promise easy dividends, even if you take a decision. Nor will all the Band-Aid eliminate memory of corruption, end inflation, stop the rupee implosion, or reverse the sag in the economy. The only prediction that can safely be made is that the next general election, whenever it is held, will be the most interesting since 2004. Hop on to the bus in any case; the ride will be bumpy but exhilarating.
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get Mansha! Mubasher Lucman’s hilarious attempts at playing Ahab to Mansha’s Moby Dick
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O you watch Mubasher Lucman’s show on ARY? Me neither. But the troubled souls who do watch it, testify that, of late, the Lahore-based anchor has his guns firmly set on an unlikely target: Mian Muhammad Mansha. In fact, one of the viewers (who was, bizarrely, keeping count) called me up and said Lucman has referenced Mansha in a whopping twenty-two programmes in the recent past. And, in signature Lucman fashion, he doesn’t let the facts get in his way. He always gives it a 110 percent. Nuances and accuracy are for wusses. Mansha is the Big Bad Villain behind everything. The Amrish Puri, if you will. The Kashmir earthquake, he’ll have you believe, was a result of Mansha’s machinations and so were the floods of ’11. He can now work Mansha in any conversation on any topic. In the aftermath of the elections,
when the PTI’s activists were protesting at the results of NA-125 in Lahore, Fauzia Kasuri says, on his show, that there is no respect for the poor in this country. Lucman’s reply: Yes, but Imran Khan doesn’t have money (!) but he is respected and Mansha has a lot of money but he isn’t. Now this is no defence for Mansha. Already rich, Mansha had hit the stratospheric filthy rich category during the privatisation drive of the ’90s. There was the iconic MCB deal. Then there was the Adamjee insurance deal. The privatisation drive of the said decade (or, for that matter, the Musharraf era) was fraught with shadiness. So, it is natural to suspect that some hanky-panky took place even if it didn’t. But the have-nots can begrudge him even his non-privatisation wealth, like the Nishat Group. It is, after all, the only luxury the non-elite have in this country. And there is nothing wrong with that, really. But Lucman presses the gas pedal all the way, blaming the Chinioti for things like the concept of interest in the first place. Yes, he had on his show a group of religious scholars denouncing interest, which Lucman segued into a denunciation of Mansha. So, what’s the story here? We know from the now infamous Malik Riaz tapes of Lucman and Mehr Bokhari that he isn’t the sort who would do something
like this because of the milk of human kindness. But whatever the reasons (ideological, financial or whathave-you) even the sharpest of Mansha-critics would find Lucman amusing. A tirade against IPPs is understandable (though debatable) but out of all those, singling out Mansha yet again makes little sense. It’s like attributing global warming to carbon emissions and then blaming it on Mansha alone for using a car instead of taking the bus to work. ********* Making fun of Muneeb Farooq’s subservience to Najam Sethi is a lazy thing to do now, almost akin to making fun of Meera’s english. The anchor has blossomed into an impressive force in his own right and more power to him. The television circuit needs more mature voices like his. But it is difficult to let Sethi’s first programme after his CM-stint slide. The programme contains nothing much; the second programme was more eventful and expect to see a write-up on that in this space in a day or two. But the first programme should be watched in this clip only from 00:38 to 01:06 only for the inadvertent appearance of sexual tension between the two. Just for laughs. (http://www.zemtv.com/2013/07/05/apas-ki-baatexclusive-interview-with-najam-sethi-5th-july-2013/)
iran’s new president
FTeR the Iranian presidential elections, Hassan Rouhani the reformist has been voted into power. He has to make decisions regarding foreign policy, relationships with the Islamic world and internal politics as Iran’s isolation cannot be phased out by having good terms only with a few countries. Though only time will decide how much power Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani will be able to maneuver, it is expected that he will have fewer teeth than expected. In the past, former President Muhammad Khatami came into power with lofty slogans of reforms but fell short of his commitments on foreign policy, internal politics
and fundamental rights for the Iranian people. The West locked horns with Iran after the 1979 Revolution. With its unique form of government, led by a sect-based Ulema council, many other Islamic countries have also cultivated feelings of animosity against Iran. Most are now observing both Iran and Saudi Arabia to neutralise their tensions as their thorny relations, due to difference in sects, has thrown Pakistan, another important Islamic country, in a quandary. The newly-elected president gives great importance to relations with Saudi Arabia. In his book National Security Strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, he has discussed Iran-Saudi Arabia relations and security issues. He mentioned his pleasant parleys with Saudi Crown Prince Nayeff Bin AbdulAziz al Saud. Both agreed that Saudi Arab and Iran must ink security accord. They also decided to form four committees. Saudi Arab resented Iran for running a nuclear programme and both planned to talk over this critical issue. But then the Ahmedinejad regime shelved these positive steps. But now the situation has again turned round and there is a chance to make it happen. The new president considers Iran’s nuclear programme as a basic right of the Iranian people. It will be his responsibility to assure the world that Iran does not harbour any aggressive plans
and its nuclear programme is peaceful and for civilian use only. To build consensus, open debate may be held inviting all the stakeholders. Pakistan, being Iran’s neighbour, is normally influenced by any developments in Iran. Their mutual relations are very important. Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, if completed, can beneficent both countries. Pakistan should also take action against the terrorist organistaion Jandullah. Pakistan should also take up the issue of some sectarian terrorist organisations receiving funds from Iran and Saudi Arabia with both countries. On the mutual trade side, Pakistan can facilitate Iran in meeting its food and medicine requirements while Pakistan can use some help in tackling its energy crisis. Hassan Rohani must develop consensus among his people and institutions to give freedom to opposition parties in Iran. Shah-e-Iran’s son and family members be allowed for homecoming and if they aspire to join politics, permission be given. Mujaheedin-e-Khalaq and its head Maryam Rajavi who is in exile should also be granted permission to return and join the politics. Whether the new president succeeds in achieving any of these lofty goals remains to be seen but let’s hope he doesn’t turn out to be yet another hardliner. The writer is a political activist and analyst based in Lahore.
The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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A arts Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Jack is back! Pirates of the caribbean 5 in the works
If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time — Billy Joel
bollywood takes another! Meesha shafi to star in Indian flick AKISTANI model, singer and actress Meesha Shafi, who made her movie debut in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, will now be seen in her first Bollywood venture. The actress is playing a character named Perizaad, best friend to Farhan Akhtar’s Milkha Singh in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. excited about her upcoming movie, Meesha says, “Our cultural heritage and stories are so deeply rooted that it is only natural to relate to the cinema being made here. Art is definitely a universal language and just as Bollywood has a huge audience in Pakistan, Pakistani music has a vast listenership in India.” Further, she adds, “Both countries are doing an immense service by bridging gaps and reaching out to the people. In fact I would say that Bollywood and Pakistan have an age-old relationship.” Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and ROMP Pictures, releases July 12.
RODuCER Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed the Disney franchise is due to set sail once more in a few months’ time following the appointment of Norwegian directors Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg. Bruckheimer said: “We hired two young directors who did a movie called Kon-Tiki. They just came to Hollywood last week, they’re just starting up. We plan to start filming end of this year or the beginning of next year.” Bruckheimer, who was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month – also hinted the film would explore brand new and “exciting” horizons. Asked what he believes fans are expecting, Bruckheimer said: “We don’t know what they want. (If I did) I’d be a genius and every movie would be a hit, (but) it doesn’t work that way. We try to go by our gut and figure out what’s exciting; where haven’t we travelled in the past?” Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow while Penelope Cruz, who played Angelica Teach in 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, could return for the fifth film after Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom departed following the third instalment in 2007. Meanwhile, early reviews of Depp’s new movie The Lone Ranger haven’t been too positive. couRteSy the SuN
Tatum loves his daughter
Orlando Bloom get into the swing of things at NYC’s Central park.
Harry styles idolises Jagger! ICK JAGGeR has had 50 years to perfect his own brand of dad dancing. The ROLLING STONeS frontman has managed to keep going even though his 70th birthday is just around the corner — much of which is down to his intense fitness regime. He has got himself a fan in ONe DIReCTION’s HARRY STYLeS — who is the spit of Mick as a lad. Harry got chatting to Torje eike — Mick’s longstanding trainer and physio — at the Stones’ show in Washington last month and now hopes to emulate Mick’s moves by taking up ballet. A source said: “Harry wants a career spanning decades like Mick’s and to have that he recognises that fitness, health and developing his body is the key. “He spoke to Torje about Jagger’s intense routine of kick-boxing, running, weights and, most importantly, ballet. “That’s the Achilles’ heel in Harry’s training. He can’t dance and neither can any of the 1D boys — their choreographer recognised early on that they shouldn’t dance on stage.” ever since One Direction appeared on The X Factor in 2010, it’s been clear that dancing is not their thing. ZAYN MALIK threw an almighty wobbly at the time and it set the tone for their future live shows. The lads have already thrown themselves into a fitness regime while away
on tour, working with personal trainer Mark Jarvis doing cardio, hitting the weights and using state-of-the-art gym equipment. But Mark’s boss Ramzy Khachik reckons learning to be more graceful will be good for the band. Ramzy said: “Nobody works harder than ballet dancers. “It’s all about grace, stance and strength. “Harry sees how supple Mick is, how he manages to stretch his body and do contortions. “It’s a brilliant art form and will get more grace into his movements — if you’re graceful you can get away with minimalistic moves, which is what their choreography is about.” It won’t be long before Harry can pull off Mick’s moves — dancing like a swarm of bees have flown up his top. couRteSy the SuN
boom boom to hit the silver screen C
HANNING Tatum is killing us with these adorable family photos. The White House Down actor arrived at LAX airport with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum on Sunday, donning gray sweatshorts and a long sleeved shirt, along with some seriously precious cargo—newborn daughter Everly! The new dad held his baby girl close in a sling while the couple made their way through airport security. Wife Jenna was nearby sporting sunglasses and a fedora as she held their dog, a Spitz named Meeka. This family is too cute! couRteSy eoNliNe
A Pakistani film inspired by the fairytale career of cricket star Shahid Afridi goes on release next month, a heartwarming tale of raw talent that producers believe will be a smash hit. Pakistan’s film industry has been on the skids for years, unable to compete with India’s Bollywood, but filmmakers hope the phenomenal popularity of one of the country’s bestloved cricketers will translate into takings at the box office. “Main houn Afridi” or “I am Afridi” is about a young boy who dreams of becoming as great as the
bIo-pIC on sHaHId aFrIdI to be LaUnCHed on eId cricket star and chronicles the ordeal he faces en route to playing like his idol. Producer Humayun Saeed, a top actor in Pakistan, initially persuaded Afridi to take the lead role, but the 33-year-old said it violated the traditions of his tribe on the Afghan border. “They offered me the role but my elders didn’t let me act as it is against our traditions but I happily give permission to use my name as this film will give a positive message,” Afridi told AFP. Saeed said the film, which
cost around $1 million to make, will be released in Pakistan for the Muslim festival Eid, as well as in the Gulf and in India. “It’s an underdog story which centers on the game of cricket. It’s all about wealthy versus poor, who both try to make a name in cricket but the passion of the poor wins the day,” Saeed told AFP. The star-studded cast includes Bollywood actor Javed Sheikh, Nadeem Baig, Shafqat Cheema, Saeed and Mahnoor Baloch. The lead is played by Noman Habib, a young boy from Karachi. India has had successes in recent years with films based on sports-related plot lines, like Iqbal, based on the real-life story of India’s World Cup winning paceman
Munaf Patel. Afridi, who enthrals crowds the world over by hitting big sixes, has so far played 27 Tests, 354 one-days and 59 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan in a career with fairytale beginnings. When he was just 16-years-old, Afridi was sent to Kenya as a replacement to play for Pakistan’s team. He became an instant hero when he hit a 37ball century in only his second one-day against Sri Lanka in 1996 — still a world record. Afridi also holds the record for hitting the most sixes in oneday international cricket with 308 in 354 matches. He was last week recalled to Pakistan’s team for a limited over series in the West Indies starting on July 14. AgeNcieS
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We all must live our lives always feeling, always thinking the moment has arrived — Tracy Chapman
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Mayer proCLaIMs Love For Katy perry J
OHN Mayer kicked off his Born & Raised Tour Saturday night in Milwaukee with love. Dedicating his romantic jam “A Face to Call Home” to girlfriend Katy Perry, sharing his feelings in front of a massive crowd (and the singer herself) how Katy stood by his side as he recovered from throat surgery. Mayer shared Katy is “more incredible than I ever thought,” adding that the “Wide Awake” singer would help him communicate when he didn’t have his voice while he was forced to take 10 months off for vocal rest. “She would order for me...and she would tell people, ‘it’s nice to meet you, he says’...When I was in Montana...with bad service... she was so patient as to continue to get to know me and love me.” He then ended his adorable soliloquy, “To Katy, who is my face to call home.” Swoon much?! couRteSy eoNliNe
Magic Mike: Mathew McConaughey with his pooch on Malibu beach.
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InFotaInMent Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Today (9th July)
8 Argentina declares independence from Spain. 8 South Sudan declares independence and becomes Africa's 54th state. 8 Voyager 2 flies past Jupiter. 8 Britain's Princess Elizabeth & Lt Philip Mountbatten get engaged. 8 Admiral Perry & US Navy visits Japan forcing it to sign trade treaty. 8 Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, enters the city.
doWn aFTer TWo MonTh voyage An airplane entirely powered by the sun touched down in New York City late on Saturday, completing the final leg of an epic journey across the united States that began over two months ago. The Solar Impulse, its four propellers driven by energy collected from 12,000 solar cells in its wings to charge batteries for night use, landed at John F. Kennedy Airport at 11:09 p.m. EDT, organizers said. The experimental aircraft had left Dulles International Airport outside Washington for its last leg more than 18 hours earlier, on a route that took it north over Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. The spindly aircraft had been expected to land in the early hours of Sunday, but the project team decided to shorten the flight after an 8-foot (2.5 meter) tear appeared on the underside of the left wing. The condition of the aircraft was declared sufficiently stable to continue, and pilot Andre Borschberg was not in danger, the organizers said." The Solar Impulse is the first solarpowered plane capable of operating day and night to fly across the united States. With the wingspan of a jumbo jet and the weight of a small car, the aircraft completed the first leg of the journey from San Francisco to Phoenix in early May and flew later that month from Phoenix to Dallas. From there it flew to St. Louis, stopped briefly in Cincinnati, then flew on to Washington, where is has remained since June 16. Intended to boost support for clean energy technologies, the project began in 2003 with a 10-year budget of $112 million (90 million Euros). It has involved engineers from Swiss escalator maker Schindler and research aid from Belgian chemicals group Solvay. couRteSy DAily MAil
One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic. –Joseph Stalin
no SPca here!
how china treats its animals
am the type of person who is really fond of animals; especially the furry kind. So when I discovered about the animal cruelty in China, I became hysterical. Over the past years, an estimate of 10 million animals in China are killed each year for various reasons. Some animals are used for their fur and often sold and shipped to other countries for use in clothing. And some animals are consumed by the citizens of China. Undercover investigators discovered that the animals are slowly tortured, beaten to death, or boiled alive. But even though the facts clearly show that this is pure animal cruelty, the president of China, Xi Jinping, isn't doing anything about it. Why? Because there is no law regarding animal protection. Citizens are to do
whatever they want with the animals that are caught or raised by them. Foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs and cats are brought in from different locations. They are placed in wooden cages that are located outside in the freezing cold or the blazing heat of the sun. The cages are then thrown around from place to place; workers not considering the fact that there's an animal inside of the small cramped crate. Many times, when an animal is misbehaving, it is pulled out of the cage and is beaten to death for punishment. It's sickening to know that there fur farms aren't getting any penalties for the wrongdoings that they are committing. China is the biggest animal farming nation. It is also the largest in fur farming. In a recent video, showed how the animals were being slaughtered. The creatures were hung by their legs or tails while a worker wok on cutting a part of the skin so that it would
be easier for them to be able to skin the animal more easily and more quickly. Some animals were hung by their throat while they're bled to death. Many different kinds of bloody animals were found dead or squealing as they were left hanging. Why isn't anybody doing anything about this? While the Chinese government is trying to standardize slaughtering procedures, small farms continue to use harsh methods to kill these helpless animals. What can we do to help these petrified creature? We can always minimize the use of fur clothing. We can also sign petitions online stating that animal abuse should be illegal. Some petitions are for reaching President Xi Jinping and asking him to do something about the matter. There are many ways to stop and prevent further cruelty towards animals. They are also living things like us. Animals can't stand up for themselves, so we should do it for them.
Underground Antarctic lake uni-motorcycle? Weird scooter awes sealed off for 15 million years American scientists believe that Antarctica's largest and deepest underground lake could contain thousands of different tiny organisms and even fish. Scientists say that the icy darkness of Lake Vostok, which has been cut off from the outside world for 15 million years under 3,700 metres of ice, provides a glimpse of the planet before the Ice Age. Research from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, suggests that the lake harbours plenty of life from bacteria to complex organisms. Not only had most scientists believed Lake Vostok completely inhospitable to life, some thought it might even be sterile After two years of computer analysis of DNA sequences from ice samples, the final results showed that Lake Vostok contains a diverse set of microbes, as well as some multicellular organisms. Over 3,500 DNA sequences were identified in samples of ice 'as clear as diamonds' extracted from the ice, of which 95 per cent were associated with types of bacteria. The remaining five per cent of the samples contained hints of more complex organisms called eukaryokes and two of them were linked to one-called organisms called archaea. Dr Scott Rogers, a Bowling Green State University professor of biological sciences and his team found sequences that are similar to types of fungi as well as water
fleas, arthropods and a mollusk. Interestingly come of the bacteria are generally found in fish guts, suggesting that there could be fish in the subterranean lake, according to the research published in the PLOS ONe journal. 'The bounds of what is habitable and what is not are changing,' said Dr Rogers. Lake Vostok is located 800 miles from the South Pole and 35 million years ago, when the climate was warmer, was thought to have been open to the air and surrounded by forests. The researchers said: 'At that time, the lake probably contained a complex network of organisms.' They think that the organisms were sealed in the lake, which is around a quarter of a mile deep, by the thick ice approximately 15 million years ago. They said: 'While the current conditions are different than earlier in history, the lake seems to have maintained a surprisingly diverse community of organisms. 'These organisms may have slowly adapted to the changing conditions in Lake Vostok during the past 15 to 35 million years when the lake converted from a terrestrial system to a subglacial system.' Several of the sequences are similar to organisms that live near deep sea thermal vents, leading researchers to believe that Lake Vostok might contain similar features in its icy depths. couRteSy SA
What do you get when you cross a Segway and a mobility scooter? The electric RYNO scooter that is apparently impossible to fall off. The one-wheeled, battery-powered scooter can travel at a speed of up to 25mph and can be parked anywhere, free of charge. It was designed by Portlandbased RYNO Motors specifically for commuters to help beat the traffic and avoid expensive parking charges. The RYNO works like a Segway - the driver must lean forward to accelerate and backward to decelerate. But unlike a Segway, the RYNO scooter is also fitted with self-balancing technology that means the scooter will automatically right itself if the driver leans too far to the left or right, or too far forwards and backwards. It weighs 57kg and can cope with slopes of up to 30 per cent gradient. The idea for the scooter came from the daughter of the firm's CEO Chris Hoffmann in 2009. She had seen a one-wheeled motorbike in a game she was playing and asked her Dad to make one for her to ride to school. Hoffman said: 'With a product like RYNO, a rider can slip behind a wall, cut up the alley, around behind the big oak tree, down though the park and emerge at a
destination long before anyone driving a car could ever get there. 'Plus a RYNO can be parked anywhere a bike can be parked, free of charge.' The designers also claim it can be taken on trains and driven through pedestrianised areas and shops in the same way mobility scooters can. Its inventors add: 'Or simply ride the RYNO through a lobby and up the elevator to your own apartment.' Although the RYNO reaches speeds of 25mph, it is regulated when being driven in cities and towns to 12.5mph. The RYNO's battery can be removed and be plugged into electricity sockets to charge. The company claims it takes around 90 minutes to fully charge the device. Hoffman continued: 'See what happens when you ride through the streets, it’s the same everywhere, people think they’re watching something out of a video game. 'Even though it takes less than an hour to learn to ride, onlookers think you have the skill of a circus performer.' The RYNO is set to go on sale from August 2013. The company hasn't released full specifications or price details but it is expected to cost around £2,250, according to figures released when the concept was launched in 2010. couRteSy DM
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For the last four or five years, it’s been very, very tough, very stressful, a lot of pressure. –Andy Murray
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sPorTs Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
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RAeMe Swann insists england’s players do not believe they are a “dominant force” in world cricket ahead of this year’s
SPORTS DESK: Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin hopes the visitors can make amends for two straight Ashes defeats with victory in this year’s series, which begins at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. The Baggy Green lost in England in 2009 and again in Australia two years ago - a first home loss Down under in 24 years but wicket-keeper Haddin believes the team are confident they can now leave years of “hurt” in the past by focusing on the present. He told Sky Sports News: “It hurts and that won’t go away. We’d love to make amends for that in this series and our progress over the last few weeks has been good. Now we’re just excited about one of the Tests being in a couple of days’ time. I think it’s important to live in the moment, there’s no point worrying what’s gone before.” Haddin added: “We can sit and talk about some great games in Australian cricket and English cricket, but it’s now about another exciting Test series in a couple of days’ time. “It’s a new campaign now. New dreams are made and new experiences are about to be had so it’s important we move forward and enjoy this for what it is.” Haddin would not, however, be drawn on what role David Warner might play in Nottingham. The batsman was suspended from Australia’s warm-up matches after punching England’s Joe Root in Birmingham last month. “I don’t know the team now,” he added. “I can speculate on a lot of things but I don’t know the team. I know the openers, and I know who’s batting seventh.
Ashes series. england, who sit third behind India and South Africa in the Test rankings, welcome Darren Lehmann’s Australia to Trent Bridge for Wednesday’s first Test with a view to keeping their grip on the urn for another two years. england became the best Test nation in the world in August 2011, but an Ashes victory would be key if they are to hold any hope of replacing South Africa at the top this year. Swann told Sky Sports News: “I don’t think we see ourselves as a dominant force. We climbed up to number one in the world, which was a feat we aimed to do and we were pleased with, but we didn’t stay there for long so we’re continually aiming to improve.”
He added: “We want to get back up there and until we are we won’t see ourselves as a dominant force. “I’m sure there’s 11 players in our dressing room and 11 in theirs that have been looking forward to this for a very long time. “I’ve just been at Trent Bridge, the best Test cricket ground in england, soaking up the sunshine and the preAshes atmosphere is very exciting.” Swann later managed to simultaneously initiate the mind games with Australia’s batsmen, while promising not to rely too heavily on sledging to rattle the opposition. “Any altercations we’ve had in the past are firmly in the past,” he added. “You don’t go out there looking to pick a fight or cause a rumpus, you go out there desperately hoping to do well yourself. “I think any tetchiness may come about because of hot weather or frustrated bowlers, and hopefully that will be on the Australian side as we come in for tea time on day one with 300 for nought.”
Ashes to be streamed on YouTube SPORTS DESK: The ECB has confirmed a deal to stream the Investec Ashes series live via YouTube for internet users on mainland Europe and in South America. Although the ECB has made initial forays into providing highlights and video packages on its YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/ecbcricket - this will be the first time a match has been broadcast live. The service will begin at 11am on Wednesday, with the start of the first Test at Trent Bridge. As well as live streaming, a one-minute highlights package of each session will be produced. “This is the ECB’s first venture into live streaming of cricket online, so is groundbreaking territory for us,” David Collier, the ECB’s chief executive, said. “We receive numerous requests from cricket fans in regions where there is no broadcast TV offering, and therefore we are delighted that many will be able to enjoy this Investec Ashes Series. “It is also important that we play a role in the expansion of the game to countries that do not traditionally play nor watch the sport.” Steve Nuttall, Senior Director YouTube, said: “Our partnership with the ECB expands the reach of the Investec Ashes Series to new countries and to YouTube’s younger, connected audience. We’re delighted to see more top quality cricket on YouTube.” The arrangement covers 53 countries, including the majority of Europe (although not Ireland) and everywhere in South America other than Guyana and French Guiana. The service will be geo-blocked, making it available only to internet users in regions where there is no broadcast offering.
SA say yes to home series new zealand shake with India, Australia up contract list SPORTS DESK
The traditional Boxing Day Test returns to South African shores for the 2013-14 season with India scheduled to play the first of three Tests in the home summer. CSA cancelled the fixture last season and opted to play three T20s against New Zealand over the festive period instead in the hope of attracting bigger in-stadium audiences. Although the matches were sell-outs, there was a public outcry about the lack of a Test match and with India visiting this season, the administrators have reinstalled the fixture and handed it back to its usual home, Kingsmead in Durban. But before they can get to that, India will play two T20s and seven ODIs between November 18 and December 15. The matches have been spread around the country with so-called smaller venues like east London and Bloemfontein playing host to ODIs. Newlands Stadium will also host a fifty-over match after not having one last season. After two warm-up matches, India will play three Tests, which are to be held in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg and will conclude the tour. Administrators
india Tour oF SouTh aFrica
18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Potchefstroom (Day/Night) 21 November: 1st T20 International, Johannesburg (Day/Night) 24 November: 2nd T20 International, Cape Town (Day) 27 November: 1st ODI, Durban (Day/Night) 30 November: 2nd ODI, Port Elizabeth (Day) 3 December: 3rd ODI, East London (Day/Night) 6 December: 4th ODI, Centurion (Day/Night) 8 December: 5th ODI, Johannesburg (Day) 12 December: 6th ODI, Bloemfontein (Day/Night) 15 December: 7th ODI, Cape Town (Day)
are hopeful Sachin Tendulkar will bring up another milestone during the second of those games. “The Indian players have always been very popular in South Africa and their maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, has currently played 198 Test matches,” Naasei Appiah, CSA acting CeO said. “It would be wonderful for his 200th Test match
18-19 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Paarl 22-23 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Pietermaritzburg 26-30 December: 1st Test, Durban 2-6 January: 2nd Test, Cape Town 15-19 January: 3rd Test, Johannesburg Australia tour of South Africa 5-8 February: Australia v SA Invitation XI, Potchefstroom 12-16 February: 1st Test, Centurion 20-24 February: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth 1-5 March: 3rd Test, Cape Town 9 March: 1st T20 International, Port Elizabeth (Day) 12 March: 2nd T20 International, Durban (Day/Night) 14 March: 3rd T20 International, Centurion (Day/Night)
to be in front of a packed New Year’s crowd at Newlands. The last time he played a Test match there his battle with Dale Steyn thrilled a global audience.” South Africa’s busy period continues with Australia visiting for three more Tests that take place between mid-February and early March.
SPORTS DESK New Zealand’s contract list has undergone a significant shake-up for 2013-14, with eight changes from last year’s group. Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Colin Munro and Hamish Rutherford have all been contracted for the first time, while Peter Fulton and Grant elliott have returned to the list after missing out for the past couple of seasons. James Franklin, Daniel Flynn, Andrew ellis, Tarun Nathula, Rob Nicol and Kruger van Wyk have all missed out from last year’s group of contracted players, along with Jacob Oram, who was replaced during the year by Neil Wagner. Also gone from the list are the newly-retired Chris Martin and the veteran Daniel Vettori, who turned down a contract due to uncertainty over his recovery from surgery on his Achilles tendon. There was no room for Andrew ellis, Luke Ronchi, Adam Milne, Ian Butler or Jeetan Patel. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said the 20 players who received deals were those most likely to feature for the team over the next 12 months, which includes tours of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies, along with home series against India and West Indies. “There’s still a strong core of experienced players who have been a part of the team’s progression over recent months,” Hesson said. “Some of the younger players such as Corey Anderson and Hamish Rutherford have also demanded a spot, after making strong starts to their international careers. “As always, some difficult decisions had to be made and a number of last year’s contracted players will be disappointed to have missed out. However, there’s nothing to say that they can’t force their way back into the team in the future through strong domestic performances.” Contracted players Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Grant elliott, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.
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I hope Jack can carry on working hard and continue his progression with the club. –Wayne Burnett
PAKISTAN NEED TO BE RESPONSIBLE: MISBAH LAHORE
fter a poor show at the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan cricket team left for the West Indies to play five One-day Internationals and two Twenty20s starting July 14. Pakistan’s 16-member team along with head coach Dav Whatmore, bowling coach Muhammad Akram and other supporting staff departed from the Jinnah International Airport Karachi on Sunday night. Pakistan ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq, talking to media before departure, said the West Indian team always gives tough time to visiting teams on their home turfs, “but we shall play a good cricket there”. “We could not do well in our last two series, this is the time we can perform and boost our morale. The whole team will have to take responsibility, one or two players cannot win matches,” said Misbah. earlier Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the 16-member squad for the tour of the West Indies by dropping some big names from the side. The PCB’s chief selector Iqbal Qasim claimed to have selected the best available team by making a blend of experienced players and youngsters for the tour. The selection committee retained Misbah as the skipper of the One-Day International (ODI) team and Muhammad Hafeez as the captain of Twenty20 side. After the team’s disappointing performance in the Champions Trophy in england last month, the PCB took bold steps and dropped senior players and gave chance to young blood. Former captain Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and opening batsman Imran Farhat could not impress the selectors and were ousted from the team. The country’s top star player Shahid Afridi, young batsman Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal and emerging wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan were included in the team.
Sohail PuTS hiS WeighT behind MiSbah aS caPTain LAHORE: Former Pakistani cricketer Aamir Sohail has said that Misbah-ulHaq is clearly the best person to lead the national team, with the Pakistan Cricket Board having no other better option. Sohail thought the lack of options was due to limited club cricket being played in Pakistan, and said that the country needed to improve its schools, colleges, universities and club cricket to get better players in the future. The former player also talked about the coaching staff associated with the team and said immediate changes were needed in the staff. Sohail added that the PCB should sit together and think about the changes, but hoped that the team would perform well against the West Indies. StAFF RePoRt
Pakistan will play five ODI matches against the West Indies starting from July 14 before the two Twenty20s slated for July 27 and July 28. Pakistan bowling coach Muhammad Akram said that getting used to Caribbean conditions by bowlers increase prospects of success. sCheduLe Thu Jul 11: 18:30 PKT Practice match at Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana Sun Jul 14: 18:30 PKT 1st ODI at Providence Stadium, Guyana Tue Jul 16: 18:30 PKT 2nd ODI at Providence Stadium, Guyana Fri Jul 19: 18:30 PKT 3rd ODI at Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia Sun Jul 21: 18:30 PKT 4th ODI Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia Wed Jul 24: 18:30 PKT 5th ODI Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia Sat Jul 27: 1st T20 at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent Sat Jul 28: 2nd T20 at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent
LAHORE: The captain of the Pakistani women’s cricket team, Sana Mir, has said their team has reached new heights. Quoted by with PakPassion, Sana said that few years ago, they never even managed to get into winning positions against the top teams, but they have now improved to the point that they can set the challenge of managing the pressure situations. The 27-year-old said that Pakistan Cricket Board has always assigned coaches to the Women’s team. She added if there is any financial support available for women’s sport in Pakistan, it will be given to women’s cricket. Asked about the challenges she had to face in her career, Mir replied that the biggest challenge was finding people to play cricket with. She added that there were no grass-roots girl’s cricket teams. And she usually ended up playing cricket with the boys because very few women were involved in sport. She said that there are still some issues around such sponsorship and equipment, but things are a lot better than they used to be. About being appointing as the captain of the team, Mir said it felt wonderful, adding that prior to her appointment as national captain, she was captain of the domestic side for two or three years. StAFF RePoRt
uShna loSeS VOLVO TOUR NIEUWSBLAD FINAL LAHORE StAFF RePoRt
National tennis champion Ushna Suhail lost to her Belgian opponent player Aerts evelien in the finals of Het Nieuwsblad Criterium Volvo Tour Tournament Yesterday. Playing at the Ten Hoeve Club courts in Antwerp, Belgium, Ushna was defeated by the host player in straight sets. The score being 1-6 and 3-6. The more experienced Belgian player did not allow Ushna to settle down and play her natural game from the start of the match. The Belgian mixed aggressive game with drop shots and net game to unsettle the Pakistabn’s national champion.
‘akram to be a caring, loving husband’
MUMBAI biPiN DANi
Imran Khan’s marriage with the foreigner (Jemina Khan) didn’t last long , but Wasim Akram’s new love with the Australian connection will be successful, according to his psychologist-friend, Maqbool “Max” Babri. Speaking exclusively to this scribe on Monday, Babri, who has also worked with the Pakistani cricketers, said: “It is a very exciting news that my dear friend Wasim Akram will be getting married again.” “He is probably more visible through Indian media than he is through Pakistani media. The good news about his proposal to Ms Shaniera Thompson is printed in the Pakistan print news in the celebrity section rather than
sports section”. “Ms Thompson will be very happy as Wasim as I know him is a very caring, loving and considerate person”. “It is interesting the both Waqar Younis and Wasim who were known to hunt for wickets as a pair have both found Australian connection in romance as well”. “Ms Thompson will be respected and loved by Pakistanis and Wasim’s fans. She will be exposed to overwhelming attention and exceptional hospitality while in Pakistan. I am sure she will also fall in love with Pakistan and our people”, Babri signed off. “Ms. Thompson is in england. She knew very little about cricket, but is learning”, the reporter, Nui Te Koha, who first broke news in Australian media, said exclusively from Melbourne.
PAKISTAN, INDIA IN SAME GROUP AT EMERGING CRICKET TOURNEY LAHORE StAFF RePoRt
Pakistan under-23 team along with India, Nepal and Afghanistan are drawn in Group A for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) emerging Team Cup 2013 scheduled to be held at Singapore from August 17-25. This is the first such age-group venture at the Asian level in the 50-over match. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka
and Bangladesh are fielding their Under23 squad while Nepal, Singapore and UAe are fielding their senior national team in the tournament. Participating nations are divided in two groups with the first and second placed teams from each group advancing to the semifinals of the event. If Group A have Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Nepal, the Group B includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAe and Singapore.
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FIxTures Aug 17 sAT: Singapore v Bangladesh U-23 at Kallang / Afghanistan v Nepal at SCC Aug 18 sun: India U-23 v Pakistan U-23 at Kallang / Bangladesh U-23 v Sri Lanka U-23 at SCC Aug 19 Mon: Singapore v UAE at Kallang / Afghanistan v Pakistan U23 at SCC Au g 2 0 T u e : S r i L a n k a U - 2 3 v
UA E a t K a l l a n g / I n d i a U - 2 3 v N ep al at SCC Aug 21 wed: Singapore v Sri Lanka U23 at Kallang / Nepal v Pakistan U-23 Aug 22 Thu: Afghanistan v India U23 at Kallang / Bangladesh U-23 v UAE at SCC Aug 23 FrI: SF1: A1 v B2 at Kallang / SF2: A2 v B1 at SCC Aug 25 sun: Final: Winner SF1 v Winner SF2.
Sangakkara liFTS Sri lanka To 219 PORT OF SPAIN: Kumar Sangakkara capitalised on some wayward bowling from West Indies to carry Sri Lanka to a challenging total on ‘day two’ of the ODI in Port of Spain. The pitch, bouncy and uneven on day one, eased out on the reserve day despite overnight and early morning rain. Sangakkara, having battled the conditions and the West Indies fast bowlers on day one, prospered on day two as Sri Lanka took 105 off the last ten overs. The game itself was first reduced to 45 overs after the delayed start on the reserve day, and another short shower forced a further four-over cut. West Indies have to chase a revised target of 230 in 41 overs to win the match. The match was scheduled to be played on July 7 but was moved to the reserve day due to heavy rain delays. At the time rain played spoilsport, Sri Lanka were at 60 for three in 19 overs after having been sent into bat by the West Indies. Lahiru Thirimanne was batting on 13 and Sangakkara was on 11. Kemar Roach had taken two wickets for 19 runs from his seven overs. The resumption of the match on Monday also was delayed by constant rain. Then when the sky seemed to clear up, the match was reduced to a 45-overs-a-side clash. Thirimanne could only 10 runs to his overnight score of 13 before being flummoxed by a Marlon Samuels delivery. Captain Angelo Mathews then added a crucial 46 runs along with Sangakkara for the fifth wicket. The heavens opened up yet again. When the play finally resumed another four overs were removed. AgeNcieS
ScoReboARD ScoReboARD Sri lanka (41 overs maximum) Wu tharanga c bravo b holder 7 DPMD Jayawardene c Smith b Roach 7 K Sangakkara not out 90 lD chandimal b Roach 2 hDRl thirimanne b Samuels 23 AD Mathews c Smith b Roach 30 bMAJ Mendis c charles b Roach 8 KMDN Kulasekara c bravo b holder 14 SMSM Senanayake c bravo b Pollard 7 extras (lb 4, w 24, nb 3) 31 total (8 wickets; 41 overs) 219 to bat Sl Malinga, RMS eranga Fall of wickets 1-19 (tharanga, 3.6 ov), 2-19 (Jayawardene, 4.1 ov), 3-29 (chandimal, 6.2 ov), 4-93 (thirimanne, 25.5 ov), 5139 (Mathews, 34.1 ov), 6-147 (Mendis, 34.6 ov), 7-201 (Kulasekara, 39.1 ov), 8-219 (Senanayake, 40.6 ov) bowling: KAJ Roach 8-2-27-4, Jo holder 8-0-50-2, DJg Sammy 9-2-24-0, tl best 6-0-42-0, MN Samuels 7-0-48-1, KA Pollard 3-0-24-1 toss West indies, who chose to field Player of the match tba umpires NJ llong (england) and JS Wilson tV umpire PJ Nero Match referee JJ crowe (New zealand) Reserve umpire N Duguid
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sPorTs Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
baig bowls hbl to victory KARACHI: Asad Baig’s four-wicket haul and twenty nine runs opening knock powered Habib Bank Limited (HBL) to beat the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) by comprehensive margin of fifty four runs at the Advance Telecom Ramadan T20 Cup’s pool A match played in the National Stadium, Karachi. Habib Bank captain Younus Khan guided the team with his impressive not out half century to a total of 162 with the loss of four wickets. Zulfiqar Baber was the most successful bowler for WAPDA, taking two wickets. Injury of Captain Rana Naveed- ul-Hasan during his bowling spell at the start of the match was a major setback for WAPDA. Opener Raffatullah started WAPDA’s chase positively, striking two fours but Sarmad Anwar struck both openers to leave WAPDA at 37 for 2 in the fourth over with Fahad Maqsood further dented hopes of opposition by taking third wicket of WAPDA in the next over on the same score. Sohaib Maqsood and Ayaz Tasawwar came together and added 56 runs, but Asad Baig who won the match for HBL took both the crucial wickets of Shoaib and Ayaz in the thirteenth over to leave WAPDA 94 for 5. Habib Bank Limited 162 for 4 (Younus 54*, Asad 4-12) beat Water and Power Development Authority 108 all out (Sohaib 40, Zulfiqar 2-27) by 54 Runs.
Shaan news Punjab Swimming chief LAHORE: The elections of Punjab Swimming Association were held on Monday in which Shaan Lashari who is an ex-captain of the Punjab water polo team was elected as its president. Tauqeer Shah was elected as secretary and Azam Latif as treasurer for the term of four years. The units of Lahore, Sahiwal, Gujrawala, Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan, Chinniot, Toba Tek Singh, Bhawalpur, Rawalpindi, Faislabad participated in the elections while observers of Pakistan Olympic Association, Pakistan Swimming Federation and Punjab Sports Board were also present on the occasion. On the same day, the elected body of the Punjab swimming association held an all Punjab age group championship at Model Town Club Lahore which was very successful and children and schools showed up from all over Punjab. StAFF RePoRt
new weightlifting officials elected LAHORE: The Pakistan Weightlifting Federation here yesterday elected its new office-bearers for the next term of four years. The elections were supervised by Chairman Election Commission of PWLF Zulfiqar Ali, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan. Rizwan ul Haq Butt, President Pakistan Rowing Federation attended these election meeting as a representative of Pakistan Olympic Association. In all 18 representative of the affiliated units attended this meeting. They include Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Baluchistan, WAPDA, Railways, HEC, Islamabad, AJ&K, FATA, Gilgit Baltistan, National Women Weightlifting Association, Pakistan Weightlifting Coaches Association, Pakistan Weightlifting Referee Association. The following office bearers were elected: Chairman: Mian Amer Mahmood, President: Mian Muhammad Aslam, Chief Executive Officer: Hafiz Imran Butt, Vice Presidents: Muhammad Javed Anwar, Muhammad Rashid Malik, Abdul Aziz Khan, Sheeraz Muhammad, Nafees Ahmed, Ms. Nuzhat Jabeen, General Secretary: mjad Amin Butt, Treasurer: Ali Aslam Chaudhry, Executive Members: Hafiz Salman Butt, Malik Mazhar ullah Khan, Muhammad Tanveer, Rashid Mahmood, Mushtaq Ahmed. StAFF RePoRt
neSTor and Mladenovic
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ANIeL Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic beat top seeds Bruno Soares and Lisa Raymond 5-7 6-2 8-6 to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles title on Sunday. Canadian Nestor and Frenchwoman Mladenovic, the eighth seeds who were runners-up at last month’s French Open, dropped the first set to the Brazilian and American pairing and saved two match points in the third set before claiming their first grand slam title together. Wimbledon singles champion Marion Bartoli, a close friend of Mladenovic’s, watched the match from the stands before heading off for the champions ball. It was the 40-year-old Nestor’s third grand slam mixed doubles title and he has also won eight major men’s doubles crowns, including two at the All england Club, and the 2000 Olympic gold medal. The 39-year-old Raymond has won four grand slam titles in women’s doubles and seven in mixed, including last year’s crown at Wimbledon in partnership with compatriot Mike Bryan who won the men’s doubles title with his brother Bob on Saturday.
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SPORTS DESK: Prime Minister David Cameron has backed Andy Murray to earn a knighthood after becoming Britain’s first male champion at Wimbledon for 77 years. Murray defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4 on Sunday to delight a country that has waited so long for a successor to Fred Perry. The world number two, who also holds the uS Open and Olympic titles, has quickly been installed as the 1/20 favourite to win the Sports Personality of the Year award but there is also speculation he could earn recognition in the New Year honours list. While Cameron has no influence over what is an independent process, the Conservative Prime Minster believes Murray is deserving of being knighted, saying on Monday: “Frankly, I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more.” Cameron, who watched Murray’s victory from the royal box at Wimbledon, added that the moment of sporting glory “lifted the spirits of the whole country”. He added: “It was a fantastic day for Andy Murray, for British tennis and for Britain … We were wondering yesterday morning, ‘Do we dare to dream that this is possible?’ and he proved absolutely that it was.”
SPORTS DESK: Novak Djokovic paid tribute to new Wimbledon champion Andy Murray - and believes their rivalry could be the future of tennis. Djokovic was beaten 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 as Murray ended a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles winner at the All England Club. Murray and Djokovic are now firmly established in the world’s top two and honours are even in four Grand Slam final clashes - with two wins a piece, following the Scot’s breakthrough Slam victory in New York last year. “I think Andy knows what he needs to do to win big matches now, after the Olympics, the uS Open and now Wimbledon,” said Djokovic. “Wins boost your confidence and you need that self-belief in important moments and he’s got that now. “I know it means a lot for him and the country. It’s the most important tennis tournament in the world and for him, as a British player, it couldn’t be more perfect. He had a huge motivation to win here. “The atmosphere was incredible for him, not so good for me but I expected that.” Djokovic had chances but the resilience of Murray proved decisive - though the Serb saved three Championship points before he finally surrendered as an expectant nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. “He was a better player in decisive moments,” added Djokovic. “I was up in the second and third sets and I allowed him to come back for no reason. “He was getting some incredible shots, he was all over the court and played fantastic tennis. “I should have played better in key moments but I didn’t stop fighting, it wasn’t my day and I didn’t play at the top of my abilities. “I wasn’t patient enough and my serve was not as good as it has been at this tournament but that is also because he is such a good returner. “I can’t be too disappointed with my whole tournament, you can’t win every time.”
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sPorTs Tuesday, 9 July, 2013
Sky Feel The heaT aS rivalS STrike back PARIS
Ne day after destroying the field in the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France, Team Sky were under the microscope on Sunday with only leader Chris Froome surviving the heat. Garmin-Sharp riders, soon followed by the Movistar and Saxo-Tinkoff teams, attacked relentlessly in the first of five climbs on the 168.5-km ninth stage in a bid to isolate Froome. The plan worked as the Briton was quickly without a team mate and left to fend off attacks on his own. “Since the beginning we saw that Sky were in difficulty,” Ireland’s stage winner Dan Martin, one of the early attackers, told a news conference. Although Froome eventually escaped unscathed in the overall standings, still leading Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by 1 minute 25 seconds, the moves knocked out Sky’s Belarussian Vasil Kiryienka, who was eliminated from the race after finishing outside the time limit. “It’s a huge thing,” said Froome. “He’s one of the big engines in our team, we’re going to miss him in the next couple of weeks.” Tour de France leader Chris Froome said he felt “in control” despite having what he called his toughest day on a bike
in stage nine. Kiryienka was one of the riders with the task of setting the tempo in the climbs, which he did perfectly on Saturday. Sky also had an early fright when Peter Kennaugh fell off his bike and into a ditch but the Briton recovered quickly. Australian Richie Porte, second overall at the start of the stage in St Girons, was rapidly dropped and, after almost making contact with the lead group again, cracked to finish 17 minutes and 59 seconds off the pace on
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SPORTS DESK: New French Open champion Graeme McDowell believes Le Golf National will deliver a thrilling Ryder Cup when it hosts the biennial team event in 2018. The Northern Irishman romped to a four-stroke victory on Sunday after chalking up only four bogeys all week at the demanding 7,331-yard, par-71 venue on the outskirts of Paris. “To me this is one of the best courses on the European Tour, it’s tough, well setup, but fair,” McDowell said after climbing from ninth to sixth in the world rankings.
the ninth stage. He is now outside the top 30 overall and has lost all hope of a podium finish in Paris, which was one of Team Sky’s tactical goals. “Definitely it’s always better to have two cards to play in that respect and having Richie in second place was a huge boost,” said Froome. “For me, that he was right there and could at any point put other riders under pressure was great. It leaves us a bit exposed.”
The Lahore City Cricket Association ground, one of the major cricket institutes of the metropolis, would soon have international standard floodlights to develop new culture of the game in the city. “The project has been approved by the Punjab Government and Rs 35 million will be spent to equip the ground with most modern lights”, said, former President LCCA, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed here on Monday. He said in his recent meeting with Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, MNA, he took up the matter of installing the lights at the LCCA ground and he assured that necessary measures are being taken to expedite the project. “Hamza also assured that the Punjab Government will
extend all out cooperation to install the lights within next four to five months”, he said. “Night cricket has become popular among people who like to watch the sport in their leisure time and that is the reason we are in the process to equip the arena with floodlights”, he asserted. He said Karachi is the only city of Pakistan which have three to four grounds where night cricket is being played and it has been observed that large gatherings turn up whenever night cricket matches are organized. “Our aim is to develop cricket and to equip LCCA ground with lights is a part of our endeavor to introduce a new culture of night cricket for clubs during summer and Ramadan”, said Nadeem.
sQuAsh FederATIon AwArds CAsh PrIzes To PLAyers ISLAMABAD APP
Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, who is also President Pakistan Squash Federation awarded cash prizes to the top Pakistani players at AHQ Islamabad for their outstanding performance in the recent international events. Nasir Iqbal and Mansoor Zaman were awarded with cash incentives for playing the final of PSF-POF International Squash Circuit-II at Wah; whereas, Syed Ali Mujtaba Bokhari was also given cash award for winning Gold Medal during recently concluded Asian Junior Individual Championship, 2013 at Jordan. The President, PSF appreciated the performance of Pakistani players and
expected that they would continue to work hard and would further excel in the game of Squash, said a PAF press release issued here on Monday. Speaking at the occasion, the President PSF highlighted PSF efforts for
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winning glories for the country and appreciated the efforts for bringing international Squash back to Pakistan. The President PSF showed his satisfaction over the efforts being put up for the revival of Squash in Pakistan.
He appreciated Pakistan squash team’s excellent performance in major events during the last two years that included Gold Medals in Asian Senior Team Championship, 2012 at Kuwait, Asian Masters, 2012 at Lahore, Asian Junior Team Championship, 2013 at Korea, Asian Senior Individual Championship, 2013 at Islamabad, Asian Junior Individual Squash Championship, 2013 at Jordan and Silver Medal in World Junior Team Championship, 2012 at Doha. He also acknowledged the representation of Pakistan in the Asian Squash Federation where, after a period of 08 years, Pakistan found its rightful place as Vice President during the year 2013 by beating an Indian opponent with a clear majority of votes. On the issue of the training camps, he stressed on PSF to focus on regular training camps for the players.
LAHORE: Islamabad Jinn’s beat Lahore Rams 25-3 to clinch the Servis Tyres Super 15s Premier League Domestic Championship held under lights at Islamabad. The League Revitalized this year to add structure to the domestic rugby. Arif Saeed. general sectary PRu said: “The establishment of this exciting competition is another step forward for rugby in Pakistan. It will help give certainty around how the game is played at domestic level. It will give real context to club rugby and will make talent identification easier as we seek to bolster the strength of our national side. “The Pakistan Rugby union is serious about improving the quality and popularity of the game here and we see this competition as another step along the way to making Pakistan a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.” Islamabad Forwards was the key to the Islamabad win with organized mobile and were able to dominate both the scrums and line outs. Lad by senior players Azmat Niazi and Sahir Aslam the Islamabad forward were able to wheel all the opposition scrums and were able to deny the Lahore Rams ball throughout the game. The Lahore Rams who were suffering from injury to some key players, Sair Riaz, Arslan Zahid and Babaer had to include some new boys with a lot of new caps. But all the players played with a lot of sprits with excellent tackling and great support throughout the match. The match was officiated by senior player and referee Yahya Bahtti. The final standing: Islamabad champions, Lahore second and DHA Club 3rd place. StAFF RePoRt
Pak players, coach to attend major baseball academy LAHORE: For the first time in the history of Pakistan baseball, two players and one coach have been invited by Major Baseball League uSA to get training to improve in their respective departments. “Players Muhammad Hamza (pitcher), Asad Pervaiz (batter/sort stopper) and National coach Musadaq Hanif will be attending the most beneficial training from August 1 – 22, at Chinese Taipei, said President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Shaukat Javed here on Monday. He said it is a big honour for Pakistan that its players and a coach, for the first time, will be learning the finer points of the game under the able guidance of world’s best professional experts. “The PFBB is endeavouring for the development of the game and we strongly believe that after getting high profile training our players and the coach will be able to contribute for the further betterment of baseball by spreading the knowledge they gained. Rick Dell, Director, Baseball Development, Asia Major League Baseball uSA invited the Pakistan players and the coach. He said: “it would be a great start in our relationship and an opportunity to grow the game in Pakistan”. StAFF RePoRt
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Muslim brotherhood calls for national uprising after army kills 51 cAIRO AgeNcieS
He political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood called for a national uprising in retaliation for an attack by egyptian security forces Monday that killed at least 51 anti-military protesters during morning prayers. The Freedom and Justice Party “calls on the great egyptian people to rise up against those who want to steal their revolution with tanks and armoured vehicles, even over the dead bodies of the people,” it said in a statement. The announcement was a chilling indication of how polarized and dangerous the nation has become in a power struggle between the armed forces and the supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood member who last week was deposed in a military coup.
It is not clear what led to the violence that also injured hundreds of people near the headquarters of the Republican Guard, where pro-Morsi supporters have staged a sit-in for days. Authorities said a “terrorist group” attempted to storm the headquarters, firing weapons, hurling Molotov cocktails and killing one soldier and two policemen. The Brotherhood called the attack a “horrible massacre” and said “this has never happened before in the history of the egyptian army.” Witnesses said demonstrators fled through tear gas and shotgun pellets, the dead and wounded ferried away by motorcycles, ambulances and in the arms of relatives. Some said the shooting started during prayers, others said gunfire broke out moments after the morning ritual. “While we prayed, they shot us,” said Fatma Alzomor, who wailed near the Rabaa Al Adawiya mosque, about two miles away
from the Republican Guard facility. “Witness, free world, what is happening. We are being sprayed with blood. You must hear me.” A man standing nearby told a journalist: “Write this: Today, freedom has been killed.” Images of the dead lying beneath sheets and national flags inflamed a nation already on the brink. The military coup that deposed Morsi last week infuriated his Brotherhood supporters, who have vowed not to leave the streets until the president, believed to be held by the Republican Guard, returns to office. “We were praying at 3:30am when we were surprised by gun fire and tear gas all around us,” said Mahmoud Mohammed, a lawyer who was shot in the arm. “We had women and children with us. The shooting went on for a long time. They didn’t give us a chance to retreat. They met us from every direction.” Men wearing hard hats and carrying
sticks, clubs and knives guarded the street leading to the mosque, where over the last week thousands of Morsi supporters have camped in tents. Boys carried shields; bandaged men curled in the shade; women wept from behind face veils, and the summer heat of a new day rose through the murmurs of clerics. The incident further jolted the nation’s political disarray. The military-installed president and disparate political parties have yet to agree on a prime minister. The killings also created a new danger for the military after the ultraconservative Salafis in the prominent Nour Party withdrew from negotiations for a coalition government. Nour was an adversary of the Brotherhood but now, under pressure from Islamists, may move closer to the group. Opposition figures who backed the coup were careful in how they worded
statements on Monday’s attack. “Violence begets violence and should be strongly condemned. Independent Investigation a must. Peaceful transition is only way,” Mohamed elBaradei, a Morsi foe and Nobel Peace Prize winner, said on his official Twitter account. The Brotherhood was shaken and enraged. After one year of controlling the government, it has reverted back to its old role as the opposition under growing pressure from a military determined to clip its influence, even as the economy tumbles, and crime and social unrest spread. “What happened today is a massacre,” essam erian, deputy leader of the Freedom and Justice Party, said outside the field hospital. “They [the military] brought this on themselves. To this chaos there is no exit unless Mohamed Morsi returns to office. There is no exit. ... Our blood will overcome their weapons.”
no load shedding during sehar, iftar and taraweeh: energy body
CAIRO: Soldiers stand guard near the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday.
Former chinese rail minister given suspended death sentence BeIJINg: A Chinese court on Monday gave former railways minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence for corruption and abuse of power, state media report. Liu was accused of accepting bribes totalling over 64m yuan ($10m) over 25 years. Prosecutors said he awarded government rail contracts in return for bribes. Liu is the most highprofile official to be tried and found guilty of corruption since Xi Jinping became China’s leader earlier this year. Xi has called for a crackdown on corruption, vowing to tackle it from the powerful “tigers” at the top to the “flies” at the bottom of the Communist Party. China’s railways ministry, once a powerful department, was disbanded in March. It had been criticised for a series of safety scandals, and faced allegations of fraud which were uncovered by government audits. Liu was convicted by a court in Beijing on Monday, state-run Xinhua news agency said. He was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, deprived of his political rights for life and jailed for 10 years, Xinhua said, quoting the court verdict. oNliNe
Mushahid for joint asian strategy to counter cyber threats ISLAMABAD tAyyAb huSSAiN
In wake of the growing threats of cyber security for the country, Senate Standing Committee on Defence Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Monday proposed a seven-point action plan, stating that Pakistan should coordinate with China, Turkey and Malaysia to jointly counter cyber threats posed by western nations. Addressing a seminar titled “Defending Cyber Security Strategy for Pakistan” held following startling revelations made by edward Snowden about spying on Pakistan and other world states by the American National Security Agency (NSA), Mushahid said the Senate body would be submitting bills with the Senate by eidul Fitr to plug gaps in cyber crimes prosecution. “Since last year, the Senate Committee on Defence and Defence Production had identified cyber warfare as a new, nonmilitary security threat to the country given its location and strategic role. Already in the region, there is an ongoing cyber war of words between the US and China and outright cyber warfare between Iran and the United States/Israel,” he added. He added that the country’s cyber security must have three fundamental elements — resist cyber attacks, cyber penetration and disruption. “Our cyber security must have three fundamental elements. Pakistan’s digital
infrastructure must have the ability to resist attacks, cyber penetration and disruption, defend against emerging cyber threats, whether state sponsored or otherwise, and ability to retaliate regionally, at least, the ability to recover quickly from cyber incidents, whether caused by cyber aggression, accident or natural disaster,” he said. “According to the revelation by edward Snowden, the American National Security Agency (NSA) was spying on Pakistan through internet and online communication systems with 13.5 billion pieces of email, phone and fax communications intercepted, making Pakistan the second highest country to be watched by the NSA after Iran. China is among the top 5,” Senator Mushahid said. “This cyber security threat can affect Pakistan’s national defence, security, intelligence, diplomacy, nuclear and missile programme, economy, energy, education, civil aviation as well as industrial and manufacturing units, both in the private and public sector. Therefore, cyber security is an issue of paramount importance for Pakistan’s stability and progress,” he added. He said even US President Obama had declared that the “cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we faces as a nation” and that “America’s prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cyber security”.
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elaborating the seven-point action plan agreed upon by the seminar’s participants, Mushahid said Pakistan’s digital infrastructure must have the ability to resist attacks, cyber penetration and disruption. “In this regard, as a result of today’s historic and landmark policy seminar, the Senate Defence Committee proposes the following Action Plan for a Cyber Secured Pakistan.” He said that under the office of the chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, an Inter-Services Cyber Command should be established to coordinate cyber security and cyber defence for the Pakistan Armed Forces. “Within the framework of SAARC, Pakistan should take the initiative to initiate talks among the member states, particularly India, to establish acceptable norms of behaviour in cyber security among the SAARC countries so that these countries were not engaged in cyber warfare against each other,” he added. Mushahid said relevant legislation to preserve, protect and promote Pakistan’s cyber security was required, drafting for which had already begun. “We will present bills in parliament for cyber security by eidul Fitr,” he said, adding that the cyber security threat should be accepted and recognised as a new, emerging national security threat by the government of Pakistan, and considered as important as other threats like terrorism and military aggression. Editor: Arif Nizami
IsLAMABAd: A meeting of the energy Committee was held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Monday to review the arrangements made to ensure that no load shedding was carried out during sehar, iftar and taraweeh timings in Ramadan. The meeting was informed that uninterrupted supply of electricity would be ensured throughout the country during Ramadan from 0230 hours to 0430 hours (sehar), 1830 hours to 2000 hours (iftar) and 2100 hours to 2230 hours for (taraweeh). In this connection a comprehensive plan, chalked out by the Ministry of Water and Power, was provided to the members of the energy Committee. Water and Power Secretary Anwar Ahmad Khan informed the meeting that extensive meetings had been held with power companies to ensure that instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were implemented in letter and spirit. Dar also informed the meeting that the executive Committee of National economic Council (eCNeC) in its meeting held on Thursday, July 4, approved four power projects having a total generation capacity of 3511MW of electricity. These include two nuclear energy projects in Karachi, Nandipur Combined Cycle Project in Punjab and Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. iNP
ramadan moon not sighted in Saudi arabia, uae The moon marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan was not sighted on Monday as a result of which the fasting month would now begin from July 10 in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in the region. A statement issued by Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Judicial Council, said that the crescent moon which marks the new lunar month was not sighted on Monday night and that Wednesday (July 10) would as a result be considered the first day of the dawn-to-dusk month of fasting. Moreover Pakistan’s Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee will meet at the Met Office in Karachi on July 9 to decide about the sighting or otherwise of the Ramadan moon. An announcement on Monday said that Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Munibur Rehman would chair the meeting. MoNitoRiNg DeSK