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Sunday, 10 November, 2013 Muharram 5, 1435 Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 133 16 Pages Lahore Edition


Shias targeted in Gujranwala, three killed .

As many as three people, including a Shia scholar, were shot dead in two separate firing incidents on imambargahs on Saturday.Unidentified terrorists entered the Imambargah Qasr-eAbu Talib in Mominpura and opened fire on people during morning prayers. PAGE 02

ECP unable to hold US Senate LB polls within panel approves stipulated time beefed-up The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has uploaded nomination papers on its website and appointed election officers to hold local bodies (LB) polls in Punjab and Sindh, but the fate of polls is still hanging in the balance as sources in ECP said the commission is unable to hold the elections within stipulated time. PAGE 03

oversight of drone attacks Bill would require US spy agencies to make public statistics on casualties in drone strikes STORY ON PAGE 04

Peace on LoC vital to engage with Pakistan: India India on Saturday reiterated the need for peace and tranquility on the Line of Control if India and Pakistan were to engage. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Akbaruddin told reporters that Pakistan’s Sartaj Aziz would be meeting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the sidelines of the November 11-12 AsiaEurope meeting. PAGE 03

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. –Robert Louis Stevenson



Sunday, 10 November, 2013


As many as three people, including a Shia scholar, were shot dead in two separate firing incidents on imambargahs on Saturday. According to details, unidentified terrorists entered the Imambargah Qasr-e-Abu Talib in Mominpura and opened fire on people during morning prayers, killing two, including a prayer leader named Yousuf. The other deceased was identified as Amanat Ali. At the same time, Imambargah Qasr-eZanibia in Shahrukh Colony was also targeted by terrorists in which prayer leader Syed Javed was gunned down. The assailants managed to flee from the scene after the incidents. Police and others law enforcement personnel reached the scenes, cordoned off the entire area and started search operation for hunting the culprits. Following the incidents, the residents of the areas took to the streets, placed bodies on GT Road and blocked it for several hours. The enraged protesters also burnt tyres and shouted slogans against the government. Shops, markets and other businesses were closed after the protests. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attacks. Sympathising with the bereaved families, Nawaz prayed that God give the departed souls with eternal peace and grant courage to their families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. The PM assured that the culprits would be arrested and brought to justice.

2 kIlled, 3 Injured In AttAcks on nAto contAIners JAMRUD: At least two persons were killed and three others were injured in separate attacks on NATO containers by militants in different localities of Khyber Agency on Saturday. According to details, militants opened fire and hurled hand grenades at NATO containers in Shahgai area of tehsil Jamrud and Sor Qamar areas of Khyber Agency. As a result of attacks, five people including drivers and cleaners were injured. Later, two drivers succumbed to their wounds. Several army vehicles laden on the containers were also damaged. The political administration shifted the injured to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) for treatment. The security forces cordoned off the areas after the attacks and launched a search operation which led to the arrest of six suspects. However, no militant group has yet claimed the responsibility. inP





HE Taliban have ruled out talks with the government, saying the chances of negotiations after the killing of their leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike were "below zero". Senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Ihsanullah Ihsan, in an interview to Newsweek Pakistan, claimed Mehsud's killing last week was a violation of Pashtun culture. "After this incident, there can be no peace talks. It would be too generous to say that the possibility of peace talks is zero; the chances are, in fact, below zero," he said. "You can't engage someone in peace talks and then attack his home and kill his father. Hakimullah Mehsud was our leader, our hearts are heavy and our anger will soon be felt by everyone," he said. Ihsan described Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's criticism of the drone strike that killed Mehsud as "shedding crocodile tears". He claimed the "ruse of peace talks" has been used to eliminate Taliban leaders one by one. "This is their strategy: they distract us from our security


priorities through offers of talk and then eliminate our leaders. We will not allow this to persist," he said. Asked about the interior minister's indignation over the drone strike, Ihsan said Khan was expressing guilt over his government's involvement in a "wrong act". "But his government should have been more positive and proactive from the start. When they are so incompetent that they can't defend their own country and they can't defend their initiative for peace talks, do they even deserve to govern? They are (American) slaves," he alleged. Asked if he was suggesting the Pakistan government was involved in drone attacks, Ihsan said he was "110 per cent" sure the country's security organisations were involved. "For every drone attack, about 80 per cent of the information and ground intelligence is provided by Pakistani security organisations," he said. "Then how come Chaudhry Nisar is shedding crocodile tears? Chaudhry Nisar is responsible for the security of Pakistan. It's his job, not the army's, to run the system. If the politicians are not in charge, how is it possible to talk with these helpless and incompetent creatures?" he said. "Our policies are not based on personalities. Whether

it's (army chief Gen Ashfaq) Kayani or (former premier Yousaf Raza) Gilani or anyone, we are fighting against the system and that will continue." Asked about Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan’s remarks declaring Mehsud a martyr, Ihsan said he was thankful to the JI chief and respects his views and feelings. The Taliban leader said that Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was the only good man in the current system.


Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has accused the United States of deliberately destroying any chance of meaningful peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban by killing the insurgency's leader in a drone strike a week ago. Commanders of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have since rejected talks with the government and threatened a wave of revenge attacks for the death of their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, on Nov 1. Khan told Reuters in an interview that the United States had scuttled negotiations at a time when the militants seemed to have become more open to them. “If there was a chance of peace talks, we should have grabbed it,” he said at his sprawling estate outside Islamabad ringed by hills and neatly maintained lawns. “The Americans basically could have taken out Hakimullah whenever they wanted. I think the timing was to sabotage the peace process.” “The Americans think that if there is fighting going on here our tribal belt, there is less chance of insurgents going over to the other side (Afghanistan) to fight the Americans at a time when they are withdrawing.”

FIA to quIz MushArrAF next week


Mehsud had been tentatively open to ceasefire talks with the government, but new Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah, whose men were behind the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last year, strongly opposes negotiations. “SLAVES OF AMERICA”: Khan said missiles fired by unmanned US aircraft in North Waziristan, a mountainous region where most militants are based, have only fuelled anti-American sentiment. He agrees with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the need for peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. “They (the Taliban) think ... we are the slaves of America, that the Pakistan government is taking money from the US and fighting its (America's) war and killing its own people,” Khan said. “Therefore they have declared jihad (holy war) against the Pakistan army and Pakistani security forces. The dialogue should (take place) to take that

narrative away.” The Taliban want to oust the government and impose Islamist rule in the nuclear-armed nation. Opponents of talks, including many in Pakistan's allpowerful army, believe the insurgency can only be defeated by force. But Khan disagrees: “We are bogged down in guerrilla warfare just as the British were bogged down for 80 years, in Waziristan, in the tribal areas, and they never succeeded,” he said in reference to British military failures in the 19th century. “We are not going to succeed because they (Taliban) are masters of guerrilla warfare.”


The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will quiz former president Pervez Musharraf next week on the charges of abrogating constitution by slapping emergency in the country on November 3, 2007. Media reports said an inquiry team of the FIA led by Additional Director General (ADG) Khalid Qureshi would visit the residence of Pervez Musharraf next week to investigate him on imposition of emergency. The FIA is avoiding to summon Musharraf to its headquarters due to security concerns. Sources said the FIA had also sent a letter to the interior secretary for not removing Pervez Musharraf’s name from the ECL so that he could not go abroad and the investigation into high treason case was not left incomplete. The FIA is highly concerned over non-provision of record by the ministry of defence so far on corps commanders’ conference held during Musharraf regime despite issuance of several letters.


Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. –Maria Montessori

punjAb govt Issues AMendMent to hold lb electIons on pArty bAsIs LAHORE: Two days after the Lahore High Court (LHC) passed an order directing the Punjab government to amend its laws on the upcoming local body elections, the Punjab Law Department issued a notification of an Amendment Ordinance that allowed local body elections to be contested on party basis. The court had on Thursday ordered the Punjab government to revisit its recently passed Punjab Local Government Act 2013 and make amendments so that local bodies’ election are held on political party basis, declaring Section 18 of the Act ‘void and ultra vires to the constitution’. Section 18 reads: “…election of members of all local governments shall be held on non-party basis, through secret ballot on the basis of adult franchise in such manner as may be prescribed.” While the division bench upheld the petitions filed against provisions of the Punjab Local Bodies Act 2013, it dismissed those challenging the power of the Punjab government to carry out delimitation before the elections. STAFF RePORT

pM to Attend coMMonweAlth suMMIt next week ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to leave for Colombo on November 14 to attend the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka, state media reported Saturday. On the sidelines of the Commonwealth meeting, the prime minister will hold bilateral meetings with other heads of states including the president of Sri Lanka on the promotion of bilateral trade. The theme of this year's meeting is "Growth with Equity". The secretary of foreign affairs will represent Pakistan in the ministerial level meeting to be held prior to the summit, the Foreign Office said. A meeting of Commonwealth Business Forum will also be held in Colombo. The Board of Investment (BOI) chairman Muhammad Zubair will attend the business forum. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries, the former colonies of the Britain. After every two years, Commonwealth leaders meet at CHOGM to discuss global and Commonwealth issues and to agree on collective policies and initiatives. The summit routinely discuss issues including international peace and security, democracy, good governance, sustainable development, debt management, education, environment, gender equality, health, human rights, information and communication technology, law, multilateral trade issues, small states and youth affairs. Online



Sunday, 10 November, 2013

ecp unable to hold lb polls within stipulated time ECP UPLOADS NOMINATION PAPERS ON ITS WEBSITE



HE Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has uploaded nomination papers on its website and appointed election officers to hold local bodies (LB) polls in Punjab and Sindh, but the fate of polls is still hanging in the balance as sources in ECP said the commission is unable to hold the elections within stipulated time. Sources in ECP told Pakistan Today on Saturday that the commission was in touch with various political parties and urged them to file a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) to seek more time to hold the polls, because it would be difficult for the ECP to hold free and fair elections in given time. Sources said that political parties, major stakeholders in the LB polls, have assured the commission that they would file a petition in the SC and take up this case at every appropriate forum to get more time. Earlier, on Thursday, ruling and opposition parties in the National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution, rejecting schedules giving by the ECP on the SC orders and called for a new time-frame. According to the schedule, the LB elections in Punjab and Balochistan would be held on December 7 and on November 27 in Sindh. Sources said the state-run printing corporations have already showed their inability to print over 500 million ballot papers within stipulated time. Political parties have shown reservations over printing of ballot papers from private printers, from where they can easily be leaked or stolen. Whereas, the ECP and political parties also have concerns about delimitation of constituencies as in some cases, this process is yet to be completed. They said that keeping all difficulties being faced by the ECP in preparation of holding

CHAMAN: Candidates for the upcoming local bodies elections submit their nomination papers to a returning officer on Saturday. inP

elections in specified time, political parties had passed a resolution. “This House resolves that conducting the LG elections in hasty and non-transparent manner will cast a doubt on the credibility not only of the process but also results. The ECP must ensure that proper procedures are followed and minimum required time must be allotted for free, fair and transparent LG elections,” read unanimously passed resolution. It also said that the state-run printing corporation had shown its inability to carry out its legal obligation to print millions of ballot papers in the given time. Printing of ballot papers from any private printing press may not be acceptable as it would make the transparency of election process questionable. Meanwhile, the ECP on Saturday uploaded nomination papers on its website. There are two-page nomination papers for those who want to contest elections against the seats of

General members, Women members, Peasant/Worker members, Youth members and for non-Muslim members. While, candidate for chairman and vice chairman slots, are supposed to file two-page joint nomination papers. In relatively simple nomination papers, candidates are simply asked about their name, CNIC number and name of the electoral roll, where they are registered as voters. Candidates can upload nomination papers from the ECP website. ( An ECP spokesman said that printing of the nomination papers was in progress. He said that as many as 5,000,000 papers are being printed for Punjab and 800,000 for Sindh. The ECP also issued names of district returning officers, returning officers and assistant returning officers in this regard. The district coordination officers (DCO) have been assigned duties of the district returning officers.


Pakistan has opposed the creation of new permanent seats in the UN Security Council, claiming it would go against inclusive decision-making at the world body. "There should be no new centres of privilege," Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Masood Khan told the 193member General Assembly during a two-day debate on Security Council reforms. Khan said that as a member of the Uniting for Consen-

sus ( UfC), Pakistan opposes the notion of new individual permanent seats because it runs counter to the avowed reform objectives of transparency, democratisation and inclusive decision-making. Pakistan advocates and supports a compromise proposal that will aggregate and reflect the interests of all members of the UN and regional organisations, he said. Khan said Pakistan would respect Africa's collective demand for the continent's enhanced role in the Security Council. He claimed the "Group of Four" countries (Brazil, India, Germany and Japan), who are pushing for permanent seats on the Council, were trying to foist their position on the membership. The G-4 have complained in the debate in the General Assembly about the slow pace of reform in the Security Council. They called on the President of the General Assembly to accelerate negotiations that could lead to a decision on permanent seats.

Uncertainty mars LB polls’ preparations PPP, PML-Q LEADERS SAY THEY HAVE NOT YET STARTED PREPARATIONS AS UNCERTAINTY LOOMS OVER POLLS LAHORE nADeeM SYeD Among the mainstream parties, the preparations for local bodies’ polls are yet to gain momentum due to lurking uncertainty over the future of polls. There is also a question mark on the intentions of the ruling parties whether they really mean business and serious in organising elections in their respective provinces which carries the spectre of sharing power with their opponents. The SC has instructed the ECP to hold elections at the dates given by the provinces. The ECP in its own turn has issued a schedule with Punjab and Sindh going to have polls on December 7 and November 27

respectively. But the unanimous resolution of the National Assembly for buying more time has left behind a big question for the main stakeholders if the elections are going to be held as per schedule or whether polls will be held at all in the future. Due to this uncertainty over the fate of the elections, preparations have not yet kicked off despite not much time left for the political leadership to complete a lengthy process. One reason for the non-serious attitude of the political leadership is the perception that elections will not be held anytime in near future. The ruling parties in Punjab and Sindh seem least interested in holding polls. Some leaders claim that the PML-N is trying to delay the polls and expect a bail-out through the ECP which once expressed its inability to hold elections in December due to logistical issues. But it appears their trick did not work as the SC is not ready to listen to their justification against the polls. These circles claim that in Punjab the PML-N is

fearful of the PTI as LB polls could open up a new front for the party. In Sindh, the PPP stands to lose Karachi to the MQM. But the resolution adopted by the National Assembly and reaction shown by all parties towards the schedule announced by the ECP is the latest spanner in the works to hold the election. It must be an awkward moment for both the SC and even the ECP with political leadership anticipating a sympathetic response from the former. Talking to Pakistan Today, PPP Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said that after the NA resolution there was uncertainty over the fate of the LB elections. Hence, little activity was being witnessed as far as the elections are concerned, Kaira said, adding that his party’s district organisations were engaged in the process, but overall the leadership is in a limbo. PML-Q leader Raja Basharat said that no preparations have started as there was uncertainty about the elections being held on time.


India on Saturday reiterated the need for peace and tranquility on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir if India and Pakistan were to engage. Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Akbaruddin told reporters that Sartaj Aziz, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign affairs adviser, would be meeting External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the sidelines of the November 11-12 Asia-Europe meeting. He said their talks would "take up the outcome of the last meeting – that for India and Pakistan to engage it is important, as a precondition that there should be peace and tranquillity on the Line of Control... And where to go forward based on their assessment on the situation elapsed." Aziz has also sought a meeting with the Indian prime minister during the visit. He is reportedly meeting Hurriyat leaders in Delhi. Sources in the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) told IANS in Srinagar that JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik has received an invitation to meet Aziz when the latter arrives in New Delhi Nov 10. Sources in the Hurriyat group headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also confirmed that the two leaders have received an invitation from Pakistan Deputy High Commissioner Mansoor Ahmad Khan to meet Aziz in New Delhi.

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Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other — Abraham Lincoln

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HE US Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected militants overseas, including American citizens. The committee voted in closed session earlier this week to approve legislative language that would require US spy agencies to make public statistics on how many people were killed or injured in missile strikes launched from US-operated drones. The committee also approved language intended to bolster scrutiny of secret spy agency deliberations over decisions about targeting US citizens or residents for lethal drone strikes overseas. The Obama adminis-

tration has been under heavy pressure from foreign governments, the United Nations and human rights groups to be more transparent and rigorous in accounting for the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. Though the committee did not release full details of its deliberations on the measures, sources familiar with the discussions said that some committee Republicans were opposed to the drone-related clauses in the bill, which would authorize intelligence activities for the current government fiscal year which began on October 1. Ultimately, according to a press release issued by Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Democrat who chairs the intelligence panel, the committee approved the bill by a vote of 13-2. The two senators who voted against it were Republicans, a congressional source said. The press release makes no mention of the language in the bill about drones. An official familiar with the matter said that this was because some Republicans argued that, since drone attacks are officially covert actions by the US government, it would be inappropriate to set rules for such operations in a public law. The Obama administration drastically

Rana Majeed likely to be new Sindh IG KARACHI AAMiR MAJeeD

Rana Altaf Majeed, a Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) official of grade 20 awaiting appointment since March 2010, is likely to be inducted as the Sindh inspector general (IG), it is learnt. The decision was taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Majeed is likely to assume his charge before just after Ashura. A source told Pakistan Today that Majeed was about to leave for the US for two weeks when he was told by the PM’s Secretariat about the appointment. He was also told that a formal announcement would be made anytime soon. “The intensity of this emergent induction can be gauged from the fact that when

Majeed insisted to go abroad before assuming charge of his office he was refused,” he maintained. Majeed is also said to be in the PPP leadership’s good books. In his last term, Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah requested former president Asif Zardari to appoint Majeed as the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) chairman to curb media criticism. He has also served as the PEMRA director general (Enforcement). During the last government, the PPP offered him to become Balochistan IG, Azad and Jammu Kashmir IG or the PEMRA chairman, but he refused. It is feared that his appointment would create differences between the PML-N and the PPP.

increased the number of drone strikes after it took office in 2009 but attacks have dropped off in the last year. Pakistan’s North Waziristan is the area of the most intensive US drone campaign in the world. The United States has also attacked militants in Yemen, Afghanistan and Somalia with drones. Last month, Pakistan told the United Nations that at least 400 civilians were among the approximately 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade. ANNUAL REPORT: The bill approved by the committee now must go before the full Senate. The House of Representatives would also have to approve the bill, and the president sign it, for it to become law. If the language approved by the committee becomes law, once a year the president would be obliged to issue a report setting out the total number of combatants killed or injured in US drone strikes abroad, as well as the number of “noncombatant civilians.” Exempted from the report would be any drone strikes that were launched in Afghanistan before the end of US combat operations there, which are due to conclude

at the end of next year, and any drone strikes conducted in a war explicitly authorized by Congress. An official familiar with the matter said that Feinstein had been trying, unsuccessfully, to persuade the administration of President Barack Obama to release such information voluntarily. Administration officials have maintained privately that the numbers of noncombatant civilians killed or injured in US drone strikes against militants have been relatively minimal - in the low dozens. By contrast, respected human rights groups have produced much larger totals. The bill also would require the director of national intelligence, when considering whether a US citizen or resident should be targeted for a drone strike overseas, to empower a so-called red team to conduct an “independent alternative analysis” of the intelligence that officials have put forward to justify the drone attack. A second official familiar with this issue said intelligence agencies already follow a secret procedure similar to this, but that the bill would give this procedure more weight.

Maldives tries again to vote for president after months of unrest MALE AGenCieS

Voters streamed into polling booths in the Maldives to choose a new president on Saturday in an election that tests the democratic credentials of an Indian Ocean island state known more for its luxury resorts than its recent political turmoil. The vote could mark the return of Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically elected leader who came to power in 2008 after 30 years of

one-man rule. He was ousted last year in circumstances his supporters say amounted to a coup. Whoever wins will face a rise in Islamist ideology, human rights abuses and a lack of investor confidence. The political crisis has hit tourism, a vital source of earnings, and the Maldives has faced fuel shortages because it is unable to pay suppliers on time amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves. The polls are the Maldives’ third attempt to elect a

new leader in as many months. A September 7 vote was annulled based on a secret police report which found vote rigging while an October poll was halted by police after a Supreme Court ruling. The delay has drawn criticism from international observers, including the United States. “I just hope the Supreme Court doesn’t interfere again tonight,” said 63-year old Ameena Ali, who voted at a polling booth in the centre of the capital, Male.

86 civilians, 23 policemen lost lives during terror attacks in october ISLAMABAD: Civilians and policemen remained major victim of terrorism across Pakistan last month, said a monthly security report of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS). The report said five militants were also killed and as many injured in the exchange of fire with army men. Civilians had major share in casualties as 86 of them lost their lives while 246 were injured, the report said, adding 23 policemen died and 36 were injured in terror attacks. The report said 21 military and paramilitary troops also fell in the line of duty in October. As many as 85 attacks were carried out by the Tehrik-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP), local Taliban and other militant groups of same category that killed 79 and injured another 180 people. The nationalist insurgent groups in Balochistan perpetrated 31 attacks claiming 47 lives and inflicting injuries on 145 others. Meanwhile six sectarianrelated attacks claimed the lives of nine people and injured another person. Security forces and law enforcement agencies were main target of the militants in 20 districts of Pakistan, mainly in KP, Fata, Balochistan and Karachi. AGenCieS

pIA senior officer arrested for threatening higher-ups KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) Senior Ticketing Officer Tariq Mehmood Khan for allegedly engaging in cybercrime. The acting chairman of PIA and the managing director were receiving threatening emails from an official PIA email address, which Khan had access to. The emails accused them of corruption and of filling positions in the company based on personal relationship over merit. FIA’s cybercrime division investigated the case and took Mehmood into custody, they also seized his laptop. STAFF RePORT



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deAd bodIes recovered LAHORE: Police recovered two unidentified dead bodies from a sewerage drain near Kacha Ravi Road, Shafiqabad area on Saturday. The recovery was made after a call made by the area people. The police moved the bodies to the morgue for post mortem and filed an FIR against unidentified murderers for further investigation. STAFF RePORT



LLAMA Iqbal’s major focus was on education and empowering the youth, and by following his concept of ‘khudi’ the nation can stand on its own feet, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar said on Saturday. Sarwar expressed these views at a ceremony organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of ‘The Poet of the East’, Allama Muhammad Iqbal at Aiwan-eIqbal. He highlighted the importance of education for progress in today’s world, saying Iqbal’s concept of ‘khudi’ is a foot in the right direction in today’s times. “No nation can have an independent foreign policy without economic independence which can be achieved only after educating our youth. Iqbal wanted to see ‘shaheen’ in the youth of Pakistan and his thoughts are quite pertinent in today’s time when we need it the most for the solution of our problems,” Sarwar added. He further pressed upon the country’s youth to give special attention to education, because “only through education can they put the country on the road to progress”. Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafique said Pakistan needs a free democracy and the political leaders should reflect national pride as well.

“Taliban’s medievalism is a temporary hurdle in the way to progress while our goal is not very far from our sight,” Rafique said. He said without Iqbal’s concept of “khudi’ the nation could never be set on the path to progress. He also highlighted the need to adopt Iqbal’s concept of ‘mard-e-momin’. He vowed that one day Pakistan will definitely achieve its place in the amity of nations according to the wishes and vision of Iqbal. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Javed Hashmi said Iqbal’s soul is in pain because of the country’s present situation. He said the third world war is being

fought in the country with all four provinces engulfed in the fire of terrorism. He further said despite the rising tide of terrorism no one can think of breaking the country. Hashmi said Iqbal had taught to remain united against every aggressor and enemy. He urged the people to stand united against the drone attacks and against the Taliban as well. He said it was right time to break the shackles for a new Pakistan according to the wishes of Iqbal. Addressing the ceremony, Aiwan-eIqbal Chairman and Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami said we should build Pakistan on lines which have been given

by Allama Iqbal. “Some people give their own interpretation to Iqbal’s teachings which is a bad practice. The spirit of teachings should be maintained,” he said. Orya Maqbool Jan said democracy is not the system which Iqbal advocated. He said Iqbal’s ‘Mard-e-Momin’ concept is needed, not democracy. The Muslims have their own separate identity and that should be maintained, he added. The Majlis-e-Iqbal has been conducting the event since 1938. Apart from the speakers, participants from different walks of life including political workers, students and journalists attended the ceremony.


A drunken police inspector ran his vehicle over a motorcyclist and injured three others on Saturday. Inspector Zubair Akhtar was driving his car violating the one-way road in Garhi Shahu area when he hit a motorcycle, injuring three people. People present on the spot caught Zubair, after which they found him to be drunk. Reports said Inspector Zubair was previously appointed in Gujaranwala Cantt and was infamous due to his activities there as well. The police locked up Zubair in Misri Shah Police Station and filed an FIR against the accused on the complaint of the victims. The Punjab inspector general took notice of the incident and ordered the Lahore CCPO to submit a report by today (Sunday).



LAHORE Sunday, 10 November, 2013

He who studies books alone will know how things ought to be, and he who studies men will know how they are. — Charles Caleb Colton



Pakistan People’s Party Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa on Saturday said that the decision of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold elections of Punjab local bodies on non-party basis, despite the judgment of the Lahore High Court (LHC), amounts to contempt of court. He maintained that the ECP could not proceed against the judgment as the LHC had adjudicated Section 18 of the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 as void and repugnant to the fundamental rights under Article 17 of the Constitution. He said after the judgment the law stood erased from the Statute Book to the extent of holding elections on non-party basis as a consequence and therefore the ECP’s plea

to hold elections on non-party basis till the amendment was brought in the existing law was not valid. The LHC judgment is selfexecutory and is not dependent on any other factor for its compliance, he added. He observed that the decision of the Punjab government to hold elections of the local bodies on non-party basis was based on their well founded apprehension of erosion of their political support base at the gross-roots due to the killing inflation and price hike during the last four months that was bleeding the people dry. The confused policies of the government have worsened the law and order situation to a dangerous level, he added. He was of the view that their promises made during the election campaign regarding load shedding, eradication of poverty and jobs to the unemployed had proved hallow and the credibility of the government had plummeted at the lowest ebb as a result. He lamented Shahbaz Sharif who had been focusing more on federal government and leaving the province of Punjab at the mercy of Hamza Shahbaz Sharif who had proved a bigger disaster in the eyes of the people.

Navy assumes guard duty at Mazar-e-Iqbal


A change of guard ceremony was held at the Mazar of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the great poet and philosopher, in an impressive manner on Saturday to mark his 136th birth anniversary. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Navy assumed guard duties at the Mazar-e-Iqbal. The ceremony started at 7:30am when the contingent of Pakistan Navy

assumed the duty outside the Mazar. Soon after Lahore Station Commander (Navy) Akbar Naqi inspected both the outgoing and incoming guards, the contingent of Pakistan Rangers, which performs guard duties at the shrine of Allama Iqbal round the year, also took positions alongside. The ceremonial guard mounting was followed by wreath laying at the Mazar of Allama Iqbal by the station commander.

MegA projects to MAke rAjAnpur ‘MInI lAhore’, sAys shAhbAz shArIF LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced to initiate projects worth billions of rupees to save Rajanpur from floods and to make it a “mini Lahore’. Addressing a public gathering on Saturday, Shahbaz Sharif said that Punjab government will start projects in Rajanpur to make it safe from floods during monsoon seasons. He said that Punjab government had allocated Rs 530 million for the flood-affected population of Rajanpur. However, the people who have not yet been provided relief will be compensated within four days, he assured. The chief minister said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab government completed projects of billions of rupees in Rajanpur district in the past as well. He lauded the patience of the flood-affected population of the district and said that people who were cooperating with the government despite losing their lifelong belongings. Such people will be rewarded and all resources utilised for their rehabilitation, he concluded. STAFF RePORT

INTENSIFY ANTI-DENGUE CAMPAIGN, ORDERS CM LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has expressed satisfaction over results achieved after the government’s stringent measures to eradicate dengue while chairing a meeting to review antidengue campaign in Punjab on Saturday. The chief minister directed to intensify the campaign to eradicate the dengue mosquito. He ordered the buildings where dengue larva is found be sealed and the owners arrested. He observed that the stringent measures taken by the government have produced good results and the number of dengue cases has reduced in the province. STAFF RePORT

Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. –Ronald Reagan

MIssIon shows concern over sAudI ‘AzAd’ vIsA ISLAMABAD TAHiR niAZ

Pakistan’s mission in Riyadh on Saturday expressed its concern over the Pakistani nationals continuously reaching Saudi Arabia for work on ‘Azad’ visas which renders them illegal for work. According to the sources in the ministry of foreign affairs, Pakistan’s mission in Riyadh has written a letter to the Bureau of Immigration and Overseas Employment stating that a request is being made to Saudi government to devise a scheme for enabling the ‘out of status’ Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia and to adjust their status or repatriated without incurring penalties. The letter also lamented that the practice of ‘Azad’ visas is still going on even at a time when the Pakistani government is striving for the settlement of illegal Pakistanis already there. The mission has recommended the bureau to verify work visas with Pak mission in Riyadh and Jeddah so that ‘Azad’ visa practice could be checked in future. According to the mission, close to 800,000 Pakistanis had been beneficiaries of the amnesty and 729,932 have successfully corrected their status by October 10 this year. The same matter was also pointed out by the prime minister secretariat in July this year and instructions were issued to the federal investigation authority (FIA) for making all efforts for curbing the matter, the sources concluded.




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HAIRMAN Senate Defence Committee and Pakistan-China Institute Senator Mushahid Hussain addressed a multilateral forum on 'Global Trends and China in the Next Decade' urging that key to future stability in Asia lies in resolution of lingering conflicts like Kashmir, Palestine and Korea wherein the United Nations mandate still exists as they remain on UN’s agenda. Referring to the future, he talked of conflicts amidst uncertainties on whether the US pivot to Asia would mean a reversion to a new Cold War based now on encirclement

and containment of what some erroneously call as the 'China threat'. He said rising Asia could not afford such a destabilising effort from any quarter. He said peace, security and stability are indivisible and until and unless the causes of such instability are tackled, and resolved according to the UN resolutions which remain relevant on Kashmir and Palestine, enduring peace would remain elusive. Senator Mushahid Hussain said after failure of land wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US had learnt its lesson and that was why Washington took a U-turn by backing off from attacking Syria and started talking to Iran to resolve issues with Tehran. While chairing the last session of the multilateral dialogue, which brought in around 50 top intellectuals, academics, think tank and opinion leaders and policy makers from around the world and China, the Pakistan-China Institute Chairman urged the international community to reject double standards on the nuclear issue and treat it without discrimination, adding: “nuclear bombs have no religion”. Pakistan, he added, went nuclear for security, while India initiated the nuclear arms race in South Asia for a quest for big power status.

2 chIldren dIe As toy boMb explodes GUJRAT inP

As many as two children died and another injured while playing with a toy bomb which exploded suddenly here on Saturday. According to details, the children found a toy bomb in fields in Kotla Arab Ali Khan area of Gujrat. They took the toy bomb home and started playing with it at their roof top. The bomb went off with big bang resulting in death of two children on the spot and injuring another.

securIty Forces Arrest 4 MIlItAnts QUETTA Online

Security forces in Quetta intercepted a car at Buleli check post and recovered bombs and other latest equipment on Saturday. According to FC spokesman, a car on its way from Kuchlak to Quetta was intercepted near Buleli check post and after a brief search, bombs and explosives including 20 IEDs, telescope, camera, walki talki sets, cell phones, satellite phones, laptops, chargers, memory cards and diaries were recovered. The forces arrested four suspects on the spot and shifted them to undisclosed location.

AWARAN: Earthquake-affected women sit outside their tent home on Saturday as the hapless people are facing hardships with the advent of winter season. Online

Pakistan to implement law to curb terrorism REPORT SAYS WHEN TERRORISM SUSPECTS DO GO BEFORE A JUDGE, THEY ARE OFTEN FREED ISLAMABAD Online After a decade of terrorist attacks, Pakistan is implementing a new legal framework to deal with its growing terrorism – what some are calling a local version of the US Patriot Act. The government says the measure will improve an anti-terrorism effort plagued by inefficiency and abuses. At times, security forces have swept up thousands of suspected terrorists without charge, outraging human rights activists. When

PM’S ADVISER SAYS LAW IS ‘DECLARED WAR AGAINST THOSE WHO CHALLENGE STATE’ terrorism suspects do go before a judge, however, they are often freed, dismaying Western officials, said a report published in The Washington Post. “This law is war, declared war, against those who challenge the state,” said Khawaja Zaheer, the senior justice adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “This law is intended to do what should have been done in 2001 or 2002,” in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But in a debate that mirrors the

controversy over the US Patriot Act, activists argue that the new measure will lead to widespread abuses. “People are already being detained, people are already being kept in internment camps, people are already involuntarily disappeared,” said IA Rehman, secretary general of the Human Rights Commission. “The only thing they want to do with this is give even more special powers to security forces to detain.” For years, Pakistan’s leaders have lurched between tough talk on terrorism and sympathetic outreach to some militant groups. This week Nawaz condemned a US drone strike that killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud days before planned talks between the group and the Pakistani government.

Still, with Nawaz facing pressure from Western governments to act, he has been quietly building a legal framework that could underpin a potential military offensive against the Taliban should talks fail. The new ordinance – handed down in mid-October and effective immediately pending a review by parliament – may first be put to the test in the economic hub of Karachi, where an offensive against criminal gangs and militant groups has netted about 5,000 arrests in the past three months. The ordinance formally defines an enemy combatant, clarifies the powers of the army to intervene in internal security, establishes new federal courts, offers additional protections to judges, and codifies the use of extended detention.

The measure draws on previous laws, but government officials say it is broader, legalizing detention tactics and other practices that military and intelligence officials have been suspected of using for years. By doing so, Nawaz Sharif’s government hopes to avoid clashes with an increasingly independent court system. “The organized mafia is roaming free due to [a] legal vacuum,” Nawaz wrote in a letter asking lawmakers to support the plan. Last year, there were more than 1,577 terrorist attacks in Pakistan, resulting in 2,050 deaths, according to the Pak Institute for Peace Studies. Another group, the South Asia Terrorism Portal, reported 3,007 civilian deaths in Pakistan last year linked to terrorism, and 2,745 through October of this year.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. –Jim Rohn

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NEWS Sunday, 10 November, 2013





WO companies supplying helicopters to the army have been blacklisted for allegedly leaking sensitive information to the United States, according to media reports on Saturday. The companies — Aerotron Private Ltd and Aerotron FZE (AF) — which had been supplying Bell and Sikorsky helicopters to the army for over 38 years were blacklisted on May 26 last year because of security reasons. The companies had challenged the ban in the Islamabad High Court in September last year. At the request of the military authorities, the IHC had held the proceedings in camera and recently reserved its judgment. In a joint reply submitted to the court through their counsel Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, the respondents — chief of general

staff, director general of the Military Intelligence, general officer commanding and director general of procurement (army) —

alleged that the companies had “passed on to an unauthorised person classified information pertaining to the Pakistan Army”.

The sensitive information had been provided to the US Office of Defence Representative in Pakistan by Azhar Wali Mohammad and Fahad Azhar. It said: “The petitioners (companies) had no reason to pass on that information to the US office.” The reply claimed that during a meeting with senior officials of the MI in Rawalpindi in Sept 2011, the companies’ owners admitted that they had passed on the information but insisted that it was not classified. According to them, it was available in the media and was essential for business purposes. “If the

petitioners are concerned about their fundamental rights and wanted their enforcement under the constitution of Pakistan, they should also be cognizant of their duty to remain loyal to the state under the provision of the same constitution,” the reply argued. The petitioners had challenged the May 26, 2012 letter by the director general procurement, informing them that their companies had been barred from any business deal with the army and defence organisations because of security reasons. They said their principal, Bell Helicopters Supply Centre in the Netherlands, had been informed on May 9. The army told the centre that it had severed its ties with the Aerotron companies on Oct 14, 2011, and requested it to stop communications with the companies and their representatives. During the hearing, the petitioners’ counsel, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, said that after the ban the companies served legal notice on the respondents but they neither responded nor pointed out any illegality on part of the petitioners. He argued that the reference to security concerns in the May 9 letter to the Bell Helicopters Supply Centre was ambiguous and insufficient to constitute a valid reason as required by law. Also it was written without informing or providing the companies an opportunity to show cause and being heard to rebut any alleged ground for the purported decision of blacklisting. “The executive and public functionaries under the constitution cannot take any unilateral decision or pass an adverse order without hearing the accused party,” the counsel argued.

3 MIlItAnts kIlled, Fc MAn MArtyred In MAnd QUETTA inP At least three militants were killed and two were injured in an exchange of fire with Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel after they attacked a convoy. An FC official was also martyred in firing by militants. According to FC spokesperson, extremists ambushed a convoy of the paramilitary troops in Mand area of Balochistan on Saturday resulting in the death of a jawan. The FC men retaliated and killed three militants, while two were injured. The paramilitary troops chased the attackers and recovered five lac rupee cash, two mines, two mobile sets, a pistol, shot gun and other arms from their hideout.

LAHORE: Shia mourners arrive at Karbala Gamay Shah to attend a majlis on Saturday. inP

BOOK CLAIMS INDIAN MOLE HELPED MUMBAI ATTACKERS NEW DELHI AGenCieS A new book on the Mumbai terror attacks has claimed that an Indian intelligence mole helped the Pakistani attackers carry out the November 2008 assault while Indian Home Ministry officials said they were not inclined to believe the sensational charge without a probe. In their book on the terror attacks on Mumbai, ‘The Siege: The Attack On The Taj’, authors Adrian Levy and Cathy ScottClark have claimed that an Indian citizen was a mole for the Inter Services Intelligence and passed on information to it that helped mount the audacious terror

attacks on Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Pakistan has denied the charge of any official complicity in the assault. Levy has been quoted by as saying the Indian government had not tried hard enough to find the ISI mole in the New Delhi establishment. According to the authors, David Coleman Headley, an American of Pakistani origin who was convicted in the United States for his role, was given “a condensed version of the Pakistani army’s two-year training course on surveillance and counterintelligence”. Levy told he believes that while the ISI’s source in India is unlikely to be from the army, it could be someone from

the Indian security establishment other than the army. In addition to the mole, the book also claims there were people in Mumbai codenamed ‘chuhas’ (mice) who supplemented information and added to the details Headley allegedly provided to the Lashkar-e-Taiba to plan the terror attacks. “The LeT claims there were 10 collaborators working in Mumbai,” says Levy. The Ram Pradhan Commission of Inquiry, set up to probe the terror attacks, failed in its duty when it did not examine the ‘local element’, Levy added. “The Pakistan side told me there exist Honey Bee and chuhas. The Indian side should have established their identity.”


Leadership comes in small acts as well as bold strokes. –Carly Fiorina


COMMENT Sunday, 10 November, 2013

sticking to parleys despite the ttp rebuke

Madhatters and fruitcakes Welcome to ‘Nuts in Wonderland’

But where is the plan B?


ESPITE the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid rejecting any possibility of talks with the government, the prime minister continues to be as sanguine as ever about the unrealistic prospect of establishing peace through dialogue. One simply fails to understand what inspires the optimism when past history of bargaining with the militants is replete with acts of treachery ad broken promises. The insistence on parleys creates a perception of weakness on the part of the government at a time when people expect it to act firmly to establish the writ of the state. With over 40,000 civilians and soldiers killed by the so called ‘confused and misled’ militants, how many more sacrifices are needed to remind the government of its responsibilities? One had hoped the PM would present his plan for peace before the National Assembly as well as an alternative if it failed to materialize. Nawaz Sharif has yet to speak out loud and clear in a tone befitting the head of the government. It is his duty to rouse the people to face the grim challenge bravely and to stand by them rather than get barricaded inside the PM’s house. It could cause panic if the PML-N leaders were to start complaining in public that they were receiving threats. Leaders in KP faced the terrorist challenge without showing any sign of weakness. Now that the leader of TTP shura threatens Punjab with ‘exemplary revenge’, leaders of the province should face the situation with wisdom, dignity and poise. Meanwhile a total reliance on talks and reconciliation could demoralize and degrade the LEAs performance. As demonstrated during the daring DIK jailbreak, few would stick out their necks if the leadership was seen to be suing the terrorists for peace – whatever the cost. It is unadvisable to keep the announcement of Gen Kayani’s successor pending till the last day. The explanation that the government does not want to undermine the authority of the present COAS is thoroughly senseless. The Pakistan Army is a disciplined force and there is no possibility of any newly-nominated general beginning to act as the COAS before the baton had been passed on to him. Keeping in view the grim challenges, it would have been appropriate if the incoming COAS knew several weeks in advance about the responsibility he was to be entrusted with to give him lead time for preparation. Now with two weeks and a bit remaining, there is no point in delaying it any further.

discontent in houses of parliament


PML-N must attend to the grouse

N a house dominated by the PML-N’s, there has been a closing of ranks between the PPP and the PTI, with Jamaat e Islami in tow. What has brought these otherwise divergent political forces close is the one serious grouse: making the PML-N, more specifically the prime minister, take the houses of parliament slightly more seriously than he and his cabinet have so far been. The point is too well known to be overstressed here, but similar is the complaint from the senate, with the majority of the upper house for the last one week abandoning the august chamber to hold their roadshow outside it as a mark of protest. There has been little attempt on the part of the treasury to resolve the issue with the protesting senators – most of whom are honourable people. Now the NA is up in arms and the two leading opposition parties are in consonance that the PM should make an appearance in the house to brief it on his United States visit as well as the talks that it is still pursuing with the TTP despite the latter’s publicly spurning it following the election of a sworn enemy of the state as its chieftain. The legislators are right. The track record of the PM and his cabinet in taking both houses of the parliament along is rather abysmal. In a parliamentary democracy the parliament is the sovereign. And here it is being treated as a mere accessory to land the high office, and then forgetting about it, only coming back to it at ceremonial occasions – such as the election of hand-picked non-entity as the head of the state. This is not the done thing. Even in a presidential form of government, such as the US, President Obama for instance has more interaction with the congressmen than the current PM’s with the parliamentarians. Here the PML-N would be well advised to take a leaf out of the PPP prime ministers’ book. In spite of their other shortcomings, both houses of parliament were never denied their frequent presence. This is rather bizarre that the forum with the greatest measure of sanctity in a democracy is being treated with such wanton disregard for a government that otherwise lays so much store in consensus. It is about time the PML-N’s leadership mended its fences with the parliamentarians or risk discrediting of the entire system in public perception.

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HEN you look at how the US and Pakistan are behaving towards each other you wouldn’t be wrong in coming to the conclusion that they are idiots not allies bent on a mutual destruction course. The onus for this madness lies more on the US than on Pakistan for it is by far the more powerful of the two while Pakistan has degraded itself so much that often it has no choice but to do things that should be against its better judgment if only our rulers had judgment. The US has made Pakistan so entirely dependent on it economically and militarily that Pakistan has lost the ability to differentiate between its interest and America’s self-interest. Today, both face cliffs of different kinds with chances increasing by the day that they will fall off them. To be sure, the people of the two countries were not so nutty until their nutty leaders drove them nuts. Even so, while the people are still clear about what they want, the leaders are confused. Poor sods, their political leaders live in some world other than their people. America wants to remould the world in its image to maintain control and hegemony and thwart rising China in its tracks. In the process it has indebted itself beyond the point of reprieve and trashed its dollar which, were it not for China’s self-interest, would be dead and buried by now as the global reserve currency. It will, one day if America doesn’t watch it. Pakistan wants to survive and at the same time acquire some substance to give meaning to its bombast. At the very least America wants Pakistan’s help for a painless drawdown of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Pakistan’s government want bailouts yet at the same time they want America to stop drone strikes that they are mostly party to. When drone strikes happen they shed crocodile tears and wail like impotent banshees howling about lost sovereignty while hypocritically not giving a fig about the sovereignty they have willing and wantonly handed over to half-human half-fiend terrorists of many nationalities that are a negation of Islam and murderers not just of people but of God’s Word. The terrorists have occupied large swathes of Pakistan and established states within our state from where they continue their killing sprees. What sovereignty? Truthfully, there is a terrorist cell in every neighbourhood, every nook and cranny of the country as well as in the homes of the rich and beautiful where possible terrorist sympathizers work as domestic servants. And they think that they are safe when they hire clapped out ‘guards’ from iffy security companies, dress them in dirty crumpled uniforms and give them fearsome weapons to ‘save’ them. Why would a poor man willingly lose his life and destroy his family for the paltry pay he gets? Why would he not join the ter-

rorists from whom they likely get more money thanks to the munificence of our brothers in faith who are fighting their own sectarian wars on our turf? Why would they not hate the rich occupants of the palatial homes they supposedly guard when they see their lavish lifestyles, daily consumption of food and alcohol that costs more than their salaries and feeding their dogs better? Wake up, my friends, for your last dying sight might be your ‘help’ slitting your throats. It would serve you right for supporting political leaders who don’t deserve any support. You asked for it, you got it. Frenchstyle revolution what or just honest-togoodness chaos and anarchy? Instead of launching a once and for all military operation to wipe out the terrorists we would treat them as ‘stakeholders’ and negotiate with them, thus giving them recognition and legitimizing the sovereignty we have so callously lost to them. A fine declaration of impotence and surrender this is, the resolution of our last All Parties Conclave of hypocrites. So pathetically confused is the Pakistani ruling class that its media and ‘analysts’ are confused between whether the droned terrorist leader Hakimullah Mehsud is a martyr or not, whether the ‘Khwarjee’ brothers of the Red Mosque are heroes or villains. Any wonder our leadership is so pathetic? After all, the real mandate this class gives them is to protect the inhuman status quo of which they all are the beneficiaries a while longer. So divided are they that our Senate sessions are now divided too, the opposition holding them on the road and the government and its allies in the hall. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the fruitcake that fathered the unrealistic devolution clauses to our constitution and turned Pakistan into a veritable confederation holding forth on Constitution Avenue taking himself very seriously. These nuts need a reality check. Was it not the branches and institutions of government working at cross-purposes enough that they had to mount this tamasha and make a mockery of themselves? Or is it the “beauty of democracy” that I have been missing all along – dysfunctional governments, increasing poverty, economy galloping towards collapse, untenable debt, no growth while hunger, illiteracy and hopelessness grow by the day, the Lucky Irani Circus that passes for our parliament in full swing? The monkeys have taken over the Big Top. So too the US Congress that is in gridlock over passage of the budget and raising the debt ceiling about which they have no option. The leaderships of both countries are making a

perfect sight of themselves. And you expect them to take the world and their own countries out of the morass they are mired in, they who have contributed so much to the morass in the first place? That is why I call the leaders of both countries fruitcakes, for fruitcakes are full of nuts of the dry kind. In killing Hakimullah Mehsud the US has unwittingly done Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif a favour by giving each of them a way out. Imran Khan’s failing provincial government can unconstitutionally create such a deadlock by blocking NATO supply routes in KPK that Nawaz Sharif’s federal government may have no option but to throw it out and impose the governor’s rule, thus making him a ‘Martyr of Democracy’ and blow dwindling life back into his waning popularity. And with the TTP having appointed a person as bloodthirsty as Mullah Fazlullah as its chief there should be no doubts that the so-called peace negotiations with the terrorists are a non-starter, or if they start at all for appearance’s sake they will collapse without a whimper. Then Sharif’s government, after having demonstrated its desire of “giving peace a chance”, will have the US to blame when the delusional talks fail because America droned Hakimullah Mehsud just as talks were supposedly getting underway. Is this is what they want us to see? However, if the US thinks that by getting rid of Hakimullah Mehsud it has increased the chances of an orderly drawdown it could be in for a rude shock for his successor is as bad, if not worse. By appointing Mullah Fazlullah in Hakimullah’s stead, the TTP has sent out a clear signal that it is spoiling for a fight. So let’s give it to them. This newspaper said in “The iron fist of Mullah Fazlullah” that “Mullah Fazlullah, the new TTP leader, is a ruthless fighter who is vehemently anti-state and unamenable to peace talks.” This is the man who took over the Swat valley and imposed his own misinterpretation of Sharia on it. This is the man who beheaded our soldiers and paraded their heads on the streets of Swat. This is the man whose ‘brave’ terrorists shot schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai. This is the man our fruitcakes would negotiate with. Have I got to be joking? Not a jot, the fruitcakes are deadly serious. Welcome to ‘Nuts in Wonderland’ where Mad Hatters serve fruitcakes at tea parties.

This is the man who took over the Swat valley and imposed his own misinterpretation of Sharia on it. This is the man who beheaded our soldiers and paraded their heads on the streets of Swat. This is the man whose ‘brave’ terrorists shot schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai. This is the man our fruitcakes would negotiate with. Have I got to be joking? Not a jot, the fruitcakes are deadly serious.

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In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. –Franklin D Roosevelt




Sunday, 10 November, 2013

capital gains, capital punishment Just the party Delhi needs in opposition


HE prima donna of political theatre is inevitably the capital city. A mayor’s election in London or Delhi — and Delhi’s chief minister is not much more, measured by power, than Mayor of London — gets as much buzz as a large state or province. And so a successful political capitalist like Britain’s Boris Johnson can carve a pedestal for his national profile. Closer home, Mrs Sheila Dikshit should have been, by any democratic norms, her M J AKBAR party’s candidate for prime minister in 2014 rather than making a tired bid for yet another term in an extended municipality. But Mrs Dikshit belongs to Congress, where every job is available except the one that really matters, so we are where we are. If Arvind Kejriwal had been determined to clean up corruption in Lucknow or Mumbai, he would have been the valiant unknown soldier of this raging war. Delhi has given his cause some much-needed media fillip. He emerged out of a spontaneous street movement in a capital aghast at the endless stories of corruption that rolled seamlessly from massive exploitation in the Commonwealth Games to exorbitant loot by ministers of the UPA government. Delhi, like any great metropolis, is a conglomeration of many dense, urban villages; and its citizens live within physical proximity of the ruling elite. People who cannot afford anything more than a bus ride roll past the most expensive bungalows in the world, occupied by politicians wrapped in luxury because they have been fortunate enough to get the people’s vote. There is no democratic capital in the world, absolutely none, which offers a more decadent lifestyle than Delhi does to its ministers and MPs. This grates upon the chap going to office in his bus, not least because he or she can do little about it. Arvind Kejriwal has shown the tenacity to attempt the next step, and manage the difficult transition from insurrection to institution. As he is finding out, the shift from theory to practice is not that easy. He can mobilise the anger vote because he was born in anger. But can he turn that into a solution-vote? When the screaming is done, and the battle is fought and won, Delhi needs a government that can bring down electricity prices without driving away the electricity company, and cut onion prices without destroying the established links of trade. It would help if Kejriwal were less strident, but that might be expecting too much. He has reached so far on a shrill note; it might have become a habit. Nor is a broom the instrument of a solution; it is only a weapon of anger. Whether he wins or loses, Kejriwal should probably ask for a pen as his next election symbol. One can see the contours of his troubles. He is being judged by higher standards, possibly because he demanded such standards from others. The BJP and Congress are expert at conventional politics because they created the conventions. His in-house opinion polling must have told Kejriwal that he was not getting sufficient traction in Muslim communities, and they could make the difference between third place and first. This is the only rational explanation for his rush towards the nearest mullah. This leap towards conventional vote-bank arbiters was a mistake, of course. Kejriwal still has time to do what he didn’t — appeal directly to Muslim youth, with the simple argument that corruption hurts every citizen, irrespective of caste or creed. Kejriwal rails often enough against middlemen. Why does he need them in an electoral contract? The turmoil in all three camps — BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi — during ticket distribution is testimony to the fact that Delhi remains an open election. While growls within BJP and Congress come largely from the top layer, Aam Aadmi has a problem inherent in any movement without a firm pyramid structure, at the cadre level, and among core supporters, who arrived spurred by idealism only to find that elections are wrapped in dust and worse. And there may not be enough time to reason with the young, and explain that you cannot abandon the practical in a search for the ideal. Kejriwal is hovering at the competitive edge, but conventional parties still command greater support because they generate more confidence in their ability to form a government. The graph of support, however, is not going to remain static. It will shift in one of three directions. Success will offer capital gains. Failure, alas, will demand capital punishment, particularly if you do not have the sustaining power of party structure and steady partisan loyalty. Aam Aadmi is more than a bubble, but it will not get density unless it does well in the elections. I do not know how well it might do as government, but it could just be the party that Delhi needs in the Assembly as opposition.


unshackling thought Should not be a thing of blasphemy



NE of the greatest tragedies of our modern-day society in Pakistan, and specifically that of our youth, is its ‘disconnection’ with the poetry of the ages! We no longer live in the embrace of passionate verses. The society no longer reads, or associates with, the love, pain and rebellion of transcendental poetry. Iqbal and Faiz have become nothing more than a chapter in the matriculation curriculum, or the name of an airport. Spending time with them, trying to understand their passion, has become the realm of a few outcasts – the blessed few who find themselves living solitary lives of interrupted dreams, in an otherwise crowded world. One of the gravest consequences of this severed societal bond with poetry is the resultant death of idealism, and absence of the belief that we – each one of us – have the ability (even destiny) to change the world. As Iqbal once famously put: Pare hai charkh-e-neeli-faam se manzil Musalmaa’n ki Sitaray jiss ki gard-e-raah ho’n, who karwaa’n tu hai Destiny of a Muslim lies beyond the grips of the Milky-Way The celestial stars are the dust beneath the feet of your caravan The unshackling of our thought, the breaking free of our desires, to embrace the full potential of our humanity, has all but disappeared from our collective consciousness. And as a result of this vanquished passion, our society has ignominiously surrendered to the forces if intolerance, extremism and even religious fanaticism. We have accepted life for what it is, instead of what it could be. Or perhaps as Iqbal would argue, what we could make it to be. The students in our universities no longer challenge the banning of subjects and aca-

Sadly, the generation that is in a position of demic discourse. Discussing ideas that challenge the social and cultural taboos – such as power at the moment – the generation that grew reform of blasphemy law, separation of reli- up in the shadows of Iqbal, and in the company gion and state, role of army in our political of Faiz – has not paid heed to the lessons of dispensation, the dream of an ideal democ- their poetry. And thus, it falls upon a new genracy and restructuring of our judicial dispen- eration, one that is just now coming of age, to sation – has become a perilous endeavor. answer the call of these great minds. It is upon Pushing the frontiers of thought beyond the us now to read the poetry of the past, apply it to gates of conventionality – in fields such as lit- our present, in order to better serve our future. erature, philosophy and development of Fiqh And this process cannot wait till tomorrow. It is time for students in our universities – has become the fabled memory of a forgotten past. The development and study of sci- today to break free of the dogmatic regulaences, untamed by the reigns of religion and tions placed upon their development of culture – in the fields of evolution, molecular thought. It is time they demanded to read litbiology, space exploration and the genesis of erature that has been withheld from the academic curriculums. It is time that we demand the ‘God particle’ – is a thing of blasphemy. And through this caging of human intel- our equality at the altar of intellect. Question lect, the status quo citadels of religious and the contours of Fiqh. Debate the merits of plurality. View the bupolitical power are perreaucrats as public serpetuating their monopoly vants. Demand that army on the development and exit the political diagrowth of society. logue. Question the conThe solution lies in duct of judges. And raise the poetic verses of intelThis challenging of our voices in support of lectual giants. As Faiz conventionality is not only reformation of our relisahib once famously said: Abb rasm-e-sitam necessary but also virtuous. gious thought. This challenging of hikmat-e-khasaan-e-zaLet us be reminded that conventionality is not only meen hai necessary but also virtuTa'eed-e-sitam maslipoetry teaches us that ous. Let us be reminded hat-e-muftae-dee’n hai Abb sadiyo’n ke isbeing young and idealistic that poetry teaches us that being young and idealistic raar-e-ata’at ko badalne Lazim hai, keh inkaar is a noble privilege. It allows is a noble (almost sanctimonious) privilege. It alka farma’n koi utrey us to not be anchored to the lows us to not be anchored The practice of injusgravity of experience, and to the gravity of experitice is the strategy of the ence, and instead, float in privileged And adherence to this instead, float in the ethereal the ethereal space of idealism. It was Iqbal himself, strategy serves the interspace of idealism. who once said: est of religious junta Khirad ko ghulami se To change this cenazaad kar turies-old obedience to Jawano’n ko peero’n this practice ka ustaad kar It is necessary that a Free the spirit of thought from the bounds new book of defiance descends (from the of slavery heavens) Allow the young to be the master of the old The first step, on this road to reconstrucPoetry has the insuppressible ability to tion of our intellectual and moral edifice, as Faiz Sahib points out, is to say a resounding lift us out of our darkness, propelling us into the light of actualization. It is the Dast-e-Esa ‘No’ to practices of the present. A ‘No’ to intellectual censorship. A ‘No’ (Hand of Jesus) that can bring to life our limto social taboos. A ‘No’ to cultural curtail- itless promise. It is in times like these that we ments. A ‘No’ to the bearded hegemony. A must live our poetry. ‘No’ to religious bigotry. A ‘No’ to sectarian Saad Rasool is a lawyer based in Lahore. superiorities. A ‘No’ to khaki bravados. A ‘No’ to bureaucratic incompetence. A ‘No’ to He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from hereditary political entitlement. A ‘No’ to leg- Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: or Twitter: islative discrimination. And a ‘No’ to the, @Ch_SaadRasool threat of contempt.

Aam Aadmi is more than a bubble, but it will not get density unless it does well in the elections. I do not know how well it might do as government, but it could just be the party that Delhi needs in the Assembly as opposition.

Mobashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Guardian. He has also served as Editorial Director of India Today.




Any kind of civil rights oppression is wrong. –Bryan Cranston

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Malala meets up with Priyanka in NY

Sunday, 10 November, 2013

beIber vIdeo shot by … prostItute?

So by now you might've heard about Justin Bieber's alleged shenanigans in a Brazilian brothel. The Biebs was reportedly photographed leaving a Rio de Janeiro brothel with two prostitutes last weekend, according to The New York Post. Now, some truly bizarre footage has emerged of a Brazilian woman filming the 19-year-old pop star in bed. Is it one of the prostitutes? Or a crazed fan who broke into his room? You've been warned: this is one of the creepiest videos you'll see on the web today — watch above. The mobile phone footage shows Justin fast asleep under the covers while the pretty brunette giggles and blows him a kiss. The user who posted the footage on YouTube has made their profile private, however, fans keep on reposting the clip for our collective viewing pleasure. Some users have assumed the video was posted by Gaby Del Campo, a model who tweeted just hours ago: "Thanks @justinbieber for the fresh dolla bills." Is it her in the video? You be the judge! However, blogger Perez Hilton seems to think it's a Brazilian bombshell named Tati Neves. Brazilian newspaper Extra reported that Justin's night out started after his concert in Sao Paulo. The star is said to have taken his private jet to Rio to party in different hotels with a van full of 30 girls, before eventually choosing two prostitutes to take to a private mansion. If you believe the reports. neWS DeSK


UBBING shoulders with Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and other luminaries, Priyanka Chopra was present at the Global Leadership Dinner hosted by the United Nations Foundation (UNF). The actor, who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has recently joined the UNF’s Girl Up campaign. The dinner took place at

the Gotham Hall in New York City. The event celebrated the work of UN supporters and inspirational leaders who have been working towards peace and prosperity. And Priyanka was joined by personalities such as Kathy Calvin, chief executive officer of the UNF, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan among others. When we spoke to Priyanka before she left for the event, the actor sounded extremely excited

about “supporting the UN in their endeavours to uplift the girl child”. On her return, she told us, “Being part of the United Nations charity dinner was amazing. I spent a lot of time with Queen Rania of Jordan and the lovely Jane Fonda. I also met the girls from Girl Up who work toward the education, health and safety of women across the world. The night dedicated to the girl child was truly awesome.” neWS DeSK

Hundreds brave the rain to be part of the Star Wars The inaugural auditions kicked off at 11am today but with eager hopefuls camping out from as early as 4.30am, many later stragglers were left hugely disappointed when the queue had to be closed by 9am. Twitter user

@catherinestobbs tweeted: ‘Sooo apparently people got turned away from the Star Wars auditions in Bristol by 9am! Eek!’, while an equally disappointed @KayleyMeta said: ‘Don’t bother going to the Star Wars auditions. Que was

nApoleon’s wIll $480,000 At pArIs AuctIon

close before it even started #starwars.’ But others were luckier, with @cn_spiller giving a taste of the atmosphere, writing: ‘Stood in the queue for the Star Wars auditions, there is about a couple of hundred people and it’s not even 8… Auditions start at 11…’ Today’s auditions – held at Bristol’s Arnolfini arts centre – are the first round in a series of open auditions Disney is holding for the next installment of the Star Wars franchise, which is set to be released on December 18 2015. Producers Lucasfilm revealed last week that they are auditioning for a ‘street smart’ girl in her late teens and a ‘smart capable’ man in his late teens or early 20s, according to the casting call. Both should also be ‘beautiful, smart and athletic’. neWS DeSK

Olivia Wilde grabs a late meaty lunch at BOA steak house in West Hollywood.

NEW CAR FOR CHARITABLE WAITRESS, COURTESY ELLEN DEGENERES This heartwarming video should brighten up your Friday! On yesterday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen DeGeneres surprised her favorite do-gooder waitress with a brand-new car! It all started the other week when DeGeneres had Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress at Ruby Tuesday in Concord, New Hampshire, on her show because she generously bought a meal for two furloughed officers during the government shutdown. Flash forward to this week. The talk show host called up Hoidahl at her work to surprise her with a big gift in honor of her charitable ways! "Hey Sarah, it's Ellen," DeGeneres said. "I'm just checking in. What ya doing?" "Hi! Oh my god, is it really you?" Hoidahl exclaimed before adding, "It's been crazy but it's been so much fun. Oh my god, I can't believe I'm talking to you." Hoidahl goes on to gush about all the support she's gotten from her work and all the well wishes people from all over the world have sent her in the wake of her good deed. DeGeneres continued, "We gave you a $10,000 tip and I heard a lot of that is going to go towards, or some of it is going to go towards a car that you and your mom share, right?" DeGeneres went on to surprise a sobbing and very happy Hoidahl with the keys to a brand new 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport! neWS DeSK

JIAH KHAN MIGHT HAVE BEEN MURDERED! A copy of Napoleon Bonaparte’s will, drawn up in 1821 when the former French emperor was living in exile, has been sold at auction for €357,000 ($480,000). The item went under the hammer at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Wednesday. It had been estimated fetch €80,000 to €120,000 by Artemisia Auctions, which organized the sale. The document was handwritten by Napoleon’s field assistant, the Count of Montholon, when the former emperor was in exile on the British island of Saint Helena. “I want my ashes to rest on the banks of the Seine among the French people I loved so much,” says one of its codicils, written April 16, 1821. Napoleon died on May 5 that year at age 51. In another amendment, he lists his possessions in Saint Helena, including furniture, jewelry, silverware, porcelain, weapons and books to be divided among his closest aides and his “good and dear mother.” neWS DeSK

The findings of a forensic report that Mumbai police have strangely ignored so far has raised a strong suspicion that actress Jiah Khan's death could be a case of murder. The Kalina Forensic Laboratory report of August 16, which Jiah's family has now asked the Juhu police team reinvestigating the case to take into account, says that fragments of human flesh were found under Jiah's fingernails and that her underwear had bloods stains, clear signs of struggle before her death. Jiah was found dead in her Juhu apartment on June 3 this year. According to the police, she hung herself from the ceiling fan in her room. Jiah's mother Rabia Khan, who has all along maintained that her daughter did not commit suicide, has now demanded that her body be exhumed and re-examined. In a letter written to Additional Commissioner of Police (west) Vishwas Nangre Patil, she has accused the police of turning a blind eye to the FSL report and "stage managing" the case. The Juhu police had arrested Jiah's boyfriend Sooraj for abetment a week after her death. He was released on July 2 after the Bombay High Court granted him bail. Rabia has also submitted independent opinion of Dr RK Sharma, former head of Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, AIIMS, on all the evidence submitted in the case. Dr Sharma's re-

port is scathing in its criticism of how the forensic analysis in the case was carried out and then interpreted by the cops. It notes in its final recommendation the "strong possibility" of Jiah death being "a homicidal hanging." Dr Sharma has expressed shock that the most important piece of evidence the human tissue and blood caught in Jiah's fingernails - was not only not properly investigated, but

also summarily destroyed later by the investigating team. According to Dr Sharma's interim report, the CFSL analysed the human tissue and blood only for ascertaining blood group, when they should put the sample through DNA testing to identify who they belonged to. Questioning the rationale behind destroying the samples, he says, "Why were samples destroyed when they yielded results for human tissue? It is a gross lapse on behalf of the laboratory." Dr Sharma, who is a defence witness in the Arushi murder case and has been routinely shredding to pieces CBI's evidence against the accused -- the girl's mother and father -- has also criticised the inordinate delay in forensic analysis of the evidence. "It took them 39 days to analyse the human tissue and blood for a plain blood group test, which takes just five minutes." Referring FSL report's finding that 300 ml alcohol was found in Jiah's stomach, Dr Sharma's report says that "if that amount of alcohol was found in her body, then she was clearly incapacitated and it is possible for an able-bodied person to hang an incapacitated person." Rabia's lawyer Dinesh Tiwari said he feels exhuming Jiah's body is crucial to getting to the bottom of the case. "If the police do not decide to exhume the body soon, we will file an application in the court for the same." neWS DeSK

I dream for a living. –Steven Spielberg

ARTS Sunday, 10 November, 2013

jenny MccArthy tAlks proposIng to boyFrIend



ANDSOME, debonair and talented. That’s how the people who’ve watched Fawad Khan in Pak teleserials or movies would describe him. Now, the actor is bound for Bollywood. Buzz is that Fawad Khan has been roped in as the leading man opposite Sonam Kapoor in the Hindi remake of the 1980 Hrishikesh Mukherjee film Khubsoorat. The film tells the breezy tale of an extrovert, feisty girl who brings about changes in the regimented atmosphere of a household controlled firmly by its overbearing matriarch. While Sonam Kapoor plays that motormouth, Fawad Khan will expectedly play the bachelor who falls for her. The story mostly revolves around Sonam’s character, no doubt,

but Fawad, too, will get to make his mark. Given his acting credentials, we hope him to have a winning start. To give you a little lowdown Fawad Khan: he has worked in tele-dramas like Humsafar, Dastaan, Ashk and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. He also played the character Sarmad in the popular Pak movie Khuda Kay Liye. He was also the titular hero in the movie ‘Armaan’. He won awards for both these roles. Now, with ‘Khubsoorat’, he has taken a leap. The shooting of ‘Khubsoorat’ has already begun in Bikaner, Rajasthan. The film is being directed by Shashanka Ghosh and produced by Sonam’s father Anil Kapoor. Catch more photos of Fawad Khan ahead and tell us if he’s got in him to make the grade in Bollywood. neWS DeSK

Matthew McConaughey keeps it casual in Santa Monica, Calif.

VENUS WAXES AND WANES LIKE THE MOON The brilliant planet Venus is now a beautiful evening "star" in the late-fall twilight, shining brightly in the southwest through the purple dusk. But did you know Venus has phases like the moon that are visible in telescopes? Weather permitting, Venus is the first planet night sky observers can spot, and it is even visible before sunset if you know just where to look in the southwest sky. The planet is gaining altitude in the twilight, boldly showing itself off after six months of hiding behind any inconvenient obstructions near the southwestern horizon. Venus is brightening too, since it is speeding toward Earth as it catches up to us in its faster, inner orbit around the sun. As Venus travels around the sun inside the Earth's orbit, it alternates regularly from evening to morning sky and back. It typically spends about 9 1/2 months as an "evening star" and about the

same length of time as a "morning star." Some ancient astronomers actually thought they were seeing two different celestial bodies. They named the morning star after Phosphorus, the harbinger of light, and the evening star for Hesperus, the son of Atlas. It was the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras who first realized that Phosphorus and Hesperus was one and the same object. To the ancients, such behavior was puzzling and was not really understood until the time of the famed 17th century astronomy Galileo Galilee. After moving to Pisa in the autumn of 1610, Galileo started observing Venus through his crude telescope. One evening he noticed that a small slice seemed to be missing from Venus' disk. After several more months, Venus appeared in the shape of a crescent — in other words, it seemed to display

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the same behavior as the phases of the moon. This was a major discovery, which ultimately helped to deliver a deathblow to the long-held concept of an Earth-centered universe. Venus wanders only a limited distance east or west of the sun, since, like Mercury, it is an "inferior" planet (orbiting the sun more closely than Earth does). Watching its movement is akin to watching an auto race from the grandstand: All the action takes place in front of you and it’s necessary to turn only a limited amount either way to see it at all. In contrast, for "superior" planets (those located in orbits beyond the Earth from the sun), viewers on Earth are like the pit crews inside the racetrack who must turn in all directions to follow the cars. When Venus is on the opposite side of the sun from the Earth, it appears full (or nearly so) and rather small because

it is far away. But because Venus moves with a greater velocity around the sun than the Earth, it gradually gets closer and looms progressively larger in apparent size. The angle of sunlight striking it as seen from our Earthly vantage point also appears to change as well. Ultimately, as Venus prepares to pass between the Earth and the sun it appears as a thinning crescent. And since at this point in its orbit it is nearly six times closer to us compared to when it was on the opposite side of the Sun, it appears much larger to us as well. Here then, is a schedule of how Venus’ appearance has — and will — change during the coming weeks and months. MAN BURIED ALIvE DIGS WAy OUt Of ‘EARLy GRAvE’: It's not every day you see someone climbing out of a grave. But for one woman in Brazil, who was visiting her family tomb, that's exactly what she was in for. According to local reports, the woman, who has not been identified, was at a cemetery in Sao Paulo's Ferraz de Vasconcelos when she heard some odd noises and saw some dirt moving near a grave. That's when she spotted a man, buried alive, trying to pull himself from the ground. "I was terrified to see a man who I thought was dead, trying to get out of the grave," the woman recalled later, according to local reports. The woman notified authorities, and emergency services arrived to dig out the rest of the man's body; he had already managed to free his head and arms from the ground. In a video broadcast on local station Record TV, the rescue team is seen pulling the partially buried man from the grave. It's not immediately clear how the man, who reportedly worked as a city hall employee, came to be buried alive, but it is believed he got into a fight in another part of the city and was badly beaten up in the altercation, the Daily Mail reported. After he was rescued from the grave, he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Though city officials confirmed the case, they did not disclose the condition of the man, Noticias R7 reports. neWS DeSK

Looks like Jenny McCarthy just might have met her perfect man. The View stunner, who seems happier than ever with boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg, couldn't help but gush over her beau during an appearance on Bethenny, where the blond beauty opened up about the possibility of marriage in her future and even gave her 43-year-old pal, who is in the midst of her divorce with husband Jason Hoppy, advice on meeting men. "So you have a boyfriend, Donnie Wahlberg. And you met him on my friend Andy Cohen's show," Bethenny says, revealing how the New Kids on the Block crooner and the 41-year-old star officially met. "Yes, yes. On the show when I first met him, I thought he was not available," Jenny says. "In my head I thought he was married." It wasn't until Wahlberg was a guest on her own show that McCarthy discovered he was available, and even after, she confessed it took a while for the Blue Bloods star to ask her out, causing her to question his sexual orientation (she later blamed her early suspicions on her "girl's ego"). "I thought he was cute, but I thought he was married," she explains. "When I hear married, I put up a wall. Otherwise I would have been like, 'What's up?' It wasn't until he was on my talk show, and right before I said, 'Does he have a girlfriend? So I know how to interview him,' and they said, 'No, he's single.'" The former Playmate of the Year continues, providing Bethenny with her own sage advice for meeting men. "Chelsea Handler gave me the best advice because she was single and single doing her show and I said, 'How do you meet guys you're working so much?' She said, 'You book them on the show.'" At which point, the former Real Housewives of New York star turns to her audience and says, "So, people, you've got to send my suggestions of who we should be booking on the show of male persuasion!" But that wasn't all McCarthy had to say about her man. The buxom blonde also dished on whether she sees herself tying the knot with Wahlberg in the future, admitting she was looking for romance at that point in her life. neWS DeSK

MutAnt rAts InvAde brItIsh pArlIAMent

The British government is reportedly spending the equivalent of more than $11,000 a month fighting mutant rats that have infested Parliament. According to the Daily Star, pest control experts at the House of Commons spent £7,000 (about $11,216) dealing with poison-resistant -- ergo, "mutant" -- rodents in a single month. That bill represents an increase of 15 percent from two years go. That's not all. The rats are apparently spreading across the UK. International Business Times reports that the mutants look like normal rats, but eat poison pellets intended to kill them "like feed." "Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place. It's only natural that their numbers are expanding," British Pest Control Association spokesman Richard Moseley told the Metro. Ain't evolution a rat bastard? Since poison doesn't work on the so-called "super rats," officials are turning to more traditional methods of pest control. neWS DeSK



SPORTS Sunday, 10 November, 2013

When you put on that jersey, the name on the front is more important then the name on the back. — Michael Jordan

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Pakistan's batting line-up worse than Bangladesh: Akhtar


bAIley MAkes 41 In Ashes AudItIon



AKISTAN national team is likely to have a new head coach in place of incumbent Dav Whatmore before its full series against Sri Lanka in the UAE starting December. The Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) interim management committee, Najam Sethi said the PCB was working on releasing the foreign coaches employed with the national team, including head coach Whatmore and fielding coach Julian Fountain. "The fate of the coaching staff could be decided in the next 10 to 15 days," Sethi told reporters in Abu Dhabi after Pakistan lost the One-Day International (ODI) series to South Africa. Australian Whatmore's two year contract ends in early next year and the Board has given broad hints that it was not interested in renewing his contract. Pakistan media has reported that Whatmore himself has been preparing to end his contract and he's apparently in discussions with Cricket South Africa (CSA) for a role there. Pakistan will tour South Africa for a short ODI series immediately after the two teams wrap up their current series in the UAE. Pakistan then play Sri Lanka in a full series next month, including three Tests. Sethi said that there was a possibility of a meeting with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan in Bangkok to discuss a Pakistan-India series. He also said that senior players would be utilised by the national team as long as they were fit and hinted that senior batsman Younis Khan could be a part of the ODI squad that will go to South Africa. Younis, who was dropped from the ODI squad since last playing in South Africa early this year, has himself said that he wanted to play limited-over cricket. Sethi also said that the team's target was the next T20 World Cup and the result of the current series was not his immediate concern.

SyDNEy: George Bailey missed out on the chance for a big score in his final Ashes audition but Joe Burns, Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk all scored unbeaten half-centuries as the match between Queensland and Tasmania finished in a draw at Allan Border Field. Queensland were set an unlikely 375 for victory and ended up on 0 for 168, with Lynn on 72 and Burns on 63, after opener Nathan Reardon retired hurt on 26 when he was struck on the eye socket by a Ben Hilfenhaus ball. For Lynn especially it was a continuation of a strong start to the Shield season - his scores in his first two matches of the summer have been 104, 61 not out, 81 and 72 not out. But Bailey was the batsman in this match considered the best chance for a call-up for the Gabba Test, and he had to settle for starts of 34 and 41. Bailey was caught behind off the bowling of Luke Feldman after Ed Cowan was lbw to Cameron Boyce for 56, failing to have added to his overnight score. Dunk finished unbeaten on 81 as Tasmania reached 5 for 270 before the declaration came, but an outright result was always unlikely given Queensland's big chase. AGenCieS


Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has described the current Pakistan batsmen as worse than their Bangladeshi counterparts after their pathetic show against South Africa in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series in the UAE. "I am saying this with certainty if Bangladeshi batsmen had been playing this series they would have won it 5-0. South Africa has not won this series they have been gifted it by our spineless batting," Akhtar said. Chasing 267 in the fourth ODI, Pakistan went from 228 for 5 to 231 for 8 and lost the fivematch series 1-3 with one match remaining. Pakistan had lost the first match by one run while chasing 184. They lost their last six wickets in the space of 34 balls for just 17 runs in that encounter. Akhtar said that even Bangladesh would have done a far better job against South Africa than the Pakistani batsmen, who have failed thrice in the series, to successfully chase down manageable totals in the series. Bangladesh recently whitewashed New Zealand in a three-match ODI series with their batsmen even chasing down totals of 300 plus.


New Zealand's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka is the last international cricket in the country for 12 months, but even so, the series has yet to attract widespread coverage, thanks in part to the big political event in Colombo. The Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting has displaced this series into the outstations, but as a weakened, weathered New Zealand seek to overcome substantial odds, perhaps they will be glad the spin-friendly Premadasa track is not on the itinerary. 

 They may also be buoyed by the track record of the Hambantota surface, where they will play their first match. Sri Lanka have not yet completely come to grips with conditions there, and as seam bowlers Adam Milne and Andrew Ellis may remember, the harder, faster attributes of that pitch can put the hosts at unease. Combine the unique surface with the unpredictability caused by the strong gusts that blow through the stadium most evenings, and Hambantota shapes as the most likely venue for an upset out of any Sri Lankan ODI ground. Without three of their top batsmen, though, New Zealand must feel their success in the series will likely rest on the efficacy of the attack. Sri Lanka's batting seems more settled, but Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne still haven't made the middle-order spots their own, and the second opener's position is up for grabs. Although it is often said early wickets

against Sri Lanka are more valuable than good starts against other teams, opponents often underestimate the difficulty of removing Sri Lanka's three senior batsmen from the crease. It is a rare match in which

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara all fail, but perhaps New Zealand will be happy at the thought that on the odd occasions when they do, Sri Lanka rarely manage a fighting total.

The other great challenge for the visitors will be that bugbear of all nonAsian teams in the subcontinent, a problem that is magnified in Sri Lanka. Ajantha Mendis excels against batsmen who have

not played him, and this New Zealand lineup is packed with fresh meat. Sachithra Senanayake possesses fewer variations, but nevertheless, requires decoding, and even Dilshan's offspin has grown increasingly menacing in recent series. Kusal Perera's poor run as opener ended with him being dropped in the West Indies, but he is in the reckoning again only he has to fight off a challenge from Dimuth Karunaratne, who has a far heftier List A and first-class record in the past few months. Karunaratne is the favourite to play in the first match, having opened for the Board XI in the practice matches this week. Sri Lanka (probable): 1 tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Lahiru thirimanne, 6 Dinesh Chandimal, 7 Angelo Mathews (capt), 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 thisara Perera/Sachithra Senanayake 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

New Zealand have several choices to make, and it is difficult to discern which direction they will swing. Andrew Ellis, Luke Ronchi and Neil Broome have not proved consistent at international level, but perhaps when so much inexperience abounds in the squad, they may force one or two younger players out of the XI, simply by the weight of their domestic records. New Zealand (probable): 1 Anton Devcich, 2 Hamish Rutherford, 3 Grant Elliott, 4 tom Latham, 5 Colin Munro/Andrew Ellis, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 James Neesham, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills (capt) 11 Adam Milne/ Mitchell McClenaghan

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SPORTS Sunday, 10 November, 2013

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching. –Anson Dorrance

bowden brought bAck For Ashes MELBOURNE



ILLY Bowden is to return to elite-level umpiring during the Ashes after being drafted in for the upcoming series in Australia. Bowden was dropped

from the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires in June but has been announced as one of the on-field umpires for the third Test in Perth and the TV umpire in Melbourne. Umpiring decisions had been a source of controversy during the Ashes series in England, particularly with regard to the officials' use of the Decision Review Sys-

tem. The fact that only four of the 12-man Elite Panel are not English or Australian put further strain on the four neutral umpires involved: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill. Hill, Bowden's fellow New Zealander, will be employed only in the third umpire's chair in Australia, which the ICC said was

a move aimed at introducing more consistency in the application of the DRS. "We felt that we needed to spread the appointments across five umpires for the five-Test series, rather than just the four that were used in the UK," the ICC's general manager of cricket operations, Geoff Allardice, said. "Billy Bowden is the most experienced umpire on the International Panel, and understands what is needed for the umpiring team to perform well in high-profile Test matches. "Appointing Tony Hill as TV umpire in three of the five matches is recognition that the role is becoming increasingly important in a DRS series. Having the same person in the chair more often should translate into more consistent decisions being made." A number of decision during the previous Ashes became flashpoints, with particular doubt cast over the reliability of the Hot Spot technology used as part of the DRS. Allardice met with the management of both teams between the third and fourth Tests to discuss flaws in the system, with the dismissals of Jonathan Trott at Lord's and Usman Khawaja at Old Trafford subjected to particular external scrutiny. Precise details of the DRS set-up to be used in Australia have yet to be confirmed. England travelled Down Under believing that Hot Spot would not be utilised in the series but talks have reportedly resumed between the host broadcaster, Channel Nine, and BBG Sports, the company which provides the technology, with the potential for Real Time Snicko - a more complex procedure for detecting edges - to be used in conjunction with thermal imaging.


Alexander Rossi will drive for Caterham during first practice at his home race in the United States next weekend. The 22-year-old was at the wheel of the CT03 on F1's last visit to North American at the Canadian GP in June and also drove the car at July's Young Driver Test at Silverstone. Rossi contested the contested the 2013 GP2 Championship with Caterham's junior team finishing ninth in the standings after taking his first victory in the series at the Abu Dhabi finale. "I very much look forward to the US Grand Prix week start-

ing," he said. "This is an important time in my career and the sport for America and another major step forward for me, to

drive FP1 in my home country, in front of my own friends, family, supporters and fans. It means a lot to me that the team is giving

dubuIsson dAzzles In turkey IStANBUL: Frenchman Victor Dubuisson shot a brilliant third round 63 to take a commanding five-shot lead at the Turkish Airlines Open. His flawless nine-under par round at the par 72 Montgomerie Maxx Royal took him to 21-under - five in front of Ian Poulter and six clear of world number one Tiger Woods, Race To Dubai leader Henrik Stenson, French compatriot Raphael Jacquelin and Spain's Alejandro Canizares. Dubuisson - one of the four joint overnight leaders alongside Poulter, Stenson and Justin Walters - made his move with birdies at the first four holes and added another at the par three eighth to reach the turn in just 30, giving him a two-shot lead. The 23-year-old, who has yet to win on the European Tour, made an excellent up and down to birdie the par five 13th before holing out from four feet after firing at the flag at the par three 14th. Now three clear, Dubuisson showed his aggressive intent by driving the short par four 15th green. A two-putt for his third birdie on the spin took him to 20-under and extended his lead to four and that became five after a four at the long 18th. AGenCieS

me this opportunity, while trusting me with the responsibility and I want thank everyone who's helped make this possible.

"It's obviously going to be a very busy week, but I'm totally prepared for it all. I have a full plate of media appearances before we even get to the track, the FOTA Fan Forum event downtown on Wednesday evening, and then a karting event straight after that. I will have a good chance to meet fans and tell the local Austin media all about our sport, but then on Friday morning it'll be time for the real work to begin on track. "I've already driven COTA several times, including in a classic Grand Prix car, so I know the layout well, but driving a current-season F1 car is a bit different altogether and on Grand Prix weekend it's a very important responsibility."

First game of world chess duel ends in draw CHENNAI: Reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India opened the defence of his crown against Norwegian sensation Magnus Carlsen with a tense draw in the first game in Chennai on Saturday. Both players agreed to draw after 16 moves each to remain even at the start of the big-money 12-game showpiece watched by a select gathering of 350 inside the main hall of a luxury hotel and by thousands on live television. Anand, 43, has been the game's undisputed champion since 2007, but experts predict the end of the road for the Indian against current world number one Carlsen, who is 21 years younger. The second game will be held on Sunday. All the games are taking place in Chennai -Anand's home town. With one point awarded for a win and half a point for a draw, the first man to reach 6.5 points will be declared the champion. If points are equal after the 12th game on November 26, the match will be decided by a sudden-death game on November 28. The total prize fund for the title clash is approximately $2.24 million, with the winner getting 60 percent and the loser taking home the rest. Russian grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, who lost to Anand in the 2008 title showdown, said the Indian will find it tough to retain the title against the aggressive Carlsen. Anand, who remains one of the most popular sports figures in cricket-mad India, and his opponent enjoyed a remarkably similar rise in their careers since they were talented teenagers. Anand became an international master at 15, was crowned Indian champion at 16, won the world junior title at 17 and became the country's first grandmaster at 18. Carlsen turned grandmaster at 13 and in 2010, aged 19, he became the youngest player in history to be ranked world number one. He won the Candidates Tournament this year to earn the right to challenge Anand. The Indian, who is based in Spain with his wife and young son, trails the challenger by a whopping 95 rating points and his world ranking has tumbled from number one to eight. AGenCieS


Adam Scott extended his lead to three shots after the third round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines. The Australian, playing on home soil for the first time since his Masters victory, carded a level-par round of 71 in tough conditions as the wind whipped up at the Gold Coast course. He finished the day on 10-under overall and that was enough to lead Rickie Fowler and David McKenzie by three. Scott, who is looking to complete Australia's major sweep after his previous wins in the Aussie Open and Masters, started poorly and dropped shots at the seventh and eighth. He set up eagle chances on the 12th and 15th but had to settle for birdies, the only shots he picked up during a testing Saturday. Fowler, who led by two shots after an opening 63, matched Scott's 71 but McKenzie dropped one stroke further off the pace with five bogeys and four birdies in an upand-down round of 72. "I think it was a grind for everyone, I didn't see too many good scores out there," Scott said.

"I think it was a grind for everyone, I didn't see too many good scores out there." –Adam Scott "The course was playing tricky, the wind gusting across the greens made it hard

to make a lot of putts. I certainly didn't have my eye in and when I forced it, I three putted. "So I figured it wasn't my day and tried to be a little better on the back nine, which I managed."

The important thing is not winning, it's making everyone else lose. –Stacy Aguilar




Sunday, 10 November, 2013

Arsenal vie for upper hand in united rivalry LONDON



ANCHESTER United and Arsenal will resume their historic rivalry at Old Trafford on Sunday with the London club holding the whip hand for the first time in several years. The two teams have enjoyed many

memorable tussles during the Premier League era, but it is usually United who have come out on top, and particularly when playing on home turf. Arsenal have not won at United in seven years and manager Arsene Wenger has enjoyed victory on only four of the 22 occasions that his side have visited the home of the 20-time English champions. The period between 1997 and 2005

rodgers sets trAnsFer plAns LONDON: Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he intends to sign players in January who can come straight in and improve the Liverpool team. Liverpool have made a strong start to the season and Rodgers is happy with the options already at his disposal, but he still believes the squad needs to be bolstered. The manager has identified the areas which he feels have to be strengthened and is convinced that the Reds are on the right track to compete with the best in the Premier League. "We need to bring in players for the team," Rodgers said on the club's official website. "We've got a squad and we've got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team. We did that last year and benefited from that. "We know what we need to improve and we know the areas we need to improve but it's all about timing and all about affordability and can we do it? I always hope that in each window we can improve the team and if we can do that we can rightly be up there." "We've got a squad and we've got enough cover but in the future the focus is on bringing in players that can come straight in and improve our team." – Brendan Rodgers AGenCieS

cavendish cools track talk Mark Cavendish has cooled talk of making a return to track cycling for the Rio 2016 Olympics by insisting his loyalties lie on the road. The 25-time Tour de France stage winner said in the wake of the London 2012 Games that he would like to make his comeback on the boards and challenge for a place in the men's team pursuit quartet in Brazil. He had already raced at a track meeting in Belgium in September in a bid to earn qualifying points for the 2014 track world championships and has been invited to train with the British track team over the winter. SPORTS DeSK

bore witness to several titanic encounters, but although Arsenal claimed three league titles and four FA Cups during that period, they have not lifted any silverware since edging United on penalties in the final of the 2005 FA Cup. Old Trafford has also been the scene of some chastening Arsenal defeats. They went down 6-1 in February 2001 and were humiliatingly routed 8-2 only two years ago. Now, though, the winds of change are sweeping through English football and they have borne Arsenal to the top of the table after a start to the season in which they appear to have accumulated belief and purpose with each passing week.

After beating Liverpool 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, Arsenal became the first English team to win at Borussia Dortmund in mid-week and they approach Sunday's game with an eightpoint lead over United. Wenger has characteristically attempted to downplay the expectations surrounding his team, but he says that the trip to Manchester is an opportunity for his players to demonstrate their appetite for a title tilt. Sunday's game will be the first time the sides have met with a manager other than Alex Ferguson in the United dug-out since Ron Atkinson saw his side lose 1-0 at Highbury in August 1986.

Melodic Rendezvous made up for missing last year's Cheltenham Festival when cutting down the well-backed Far West to win the Totepool Enter The Ten To Follow Elite Hurdle at Wincanton An eleventh-hour absentee from last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle through injury, the 9/2 winner was giving weight away to all of his rivals in this limited handicap and reported to be no better than '70% fit' by trainer Jeremy Scott for this first start of the season. But he travelled better than some of his rivals behind a decent pace set by Ahyaknowyerself and always looked to have Far West in his sights, even when that rival hit the front going strongly before the final flight. At the line, the winner had a length and three-quarters in hand of the 5/2 favourite, with Ahyaknowyerself keeping on for third ahead of Cotton Mill. "I was conscious that I was going well down the back straight, then we

conFIdence boost For Federer LONDON: Roger Federer's mini-resurgence will be put to the test when he faces Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday. Six-time champion Federer has only once failed to reach the last four in 11 previous appearances at the end-of-season event and never at London's O2 Arena. It says everything about the year Federer has had that Del Potro will go into the match as the favourite, but the odds are less weighted in the Argentinian's favour than they would have been a couple of weeks ago. Although Federer is still not completely sure about his game, his confidence has been boosted by a run to the final in his home town of Basle and then a semi-final appearance at the Paris Masters in the last fortnight. He played Del Potro in both events, losing in Basle but then winning their clash in Paris, the first time he had beaten the world number five in four matches. Federer said: "I think the win in Paris was big for me, because he did beat me three times indoors straight, the Basel finals twice, and also here last year. "Then I was already qualified, so those matches are hard to manage. But I tried, I fought, and he did better. AGenCieS


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slightly slipped coming round the bend, which didn't help, but he came back on the bridle straight away," winning rider Nick Scholfield told Racing UK. "I didn't want to get to Sam [Twiston-Davies, on Far West] too early and get into a battle but once I asked him, he went away. "It was a good performance off topweight. I've always loved him. They've always wondered if he was a soft-ground

specialist. He won the Tolworth on heavy, he won the Challow on heavy, but he's won that on good to soft and I think he'll be fine on better ground - he's got gears. "It will be a decision for Jeremy and the owners as to where they go next. He's jumped a fence before so we know that's not a problem but if we stay over hurdles there are options like Newcastlle and the Gerry Feilden for him."

MUMBAI: R Ashwin's hundred and a match haul of five wickets in the first Test against West Indies has lifted him to the top of the ICC's rankings for Test allrounders, the first time he has reached No. 1. Ashwin took the top spot from Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is 43 points behind the Indian offspinner, while South Africa's Jacques Kallis is third. Ashwin scored a career-best 124 during the Kolkata Test and was involved in a 280-run stand with Rohit Sharma, the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India in Tests. He followed up his two wickets in the first innings with a haul of 3 for 46 in 19 overs in the second to become only the Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in a Test twice. His hundred pushed him 18 places up the rankings for Test batsmen to the 45th position. He also moved up to sixth place in the bowler rankings, the only Indian bowler in the top 10. Ashwin has had a good run in Test cricket in 2013. In the four-Test series against Australia earlier this year, he finished as the leading wicket-taker with 29 wickets at an average of 20.10. He is sixth on the list of leading wicket-takers this year, with 34 wickets from five Tests at an average of 20.02. In 17 Tests since his debut in November 2011, Ashwin has scored 741 runs at an average of 41.11 and taken 97 wickets at an average of 28.07. AGenCieS


Rafael Nadal secured top spot in Group A at the ATP Tour World Finals with a victory over Tomas Berdych that also sent Stanislas Wawrinka into the semi-finals. Nadal had already qualified for the last four of the season-ending event at London's O2 Arena and his 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win against Berdych ensured a first place finish with a 100 percent record from his three group matches. Czech fifth seed Berdych could have gone through with a win, but instead he was eliminated and Swiss seventh seed Wawrinka progressed to the last four following his 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 6-1 victory over Spanish third seed David Ferrer earlier on Friday. Nadal's semi-final opponent on Sunday will be either old rival Roger Federer or Argentine fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro, depending on the winner of Saturday's Group B clash between those two. Wawrinka, playing in the Tour Finals for

the first time, will take on Group B winner Novak Djokovic in the other last four clash. "Stan came to the locker room and said good luck. I said I would try my best.

It's a good result for Stan. He's good friend of mine," said Nadal. "I wish Tomas a good holiday and good luck for the Davis Cup final (against Serbia).


Sunday, 10 November, 2013

bangladesh set for yet another shutdown in election row

‘super typhoon’ kIlls 1,200 In phIlIppInes




NE of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 1,000 people in one city alone and 200 in another province, the Red Cross estimated on Saturday, as reports of high casualties began to emerge. A day after Typhoon Haiyan churned through the Philippine archipelago in a straight line from east to west, rescue teams struggled to reach far-flung regions, hampered by washed out roads, many choked with debris and fallen trees. The death toll is expected to rise sharply from the fast-moving storm, whose circumference eclipsed the whole country and which late on Saturday was heading for Vietnam. Among the hardest hit was coastal Tacloban in central Leyte province, where preliminary estimates suggest more than 1,000 people were

killed, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, as water surges rushed through the city. “An estimated more than 1,000 bodies were seen floating in Tacloban as reported by our Red Cross teams,” she told Reuters. “In Samar, about 200 deaths. Validation is ongoing.” She expected a more exact number to emerge after a more precise counting of bodies on the ground in those regions. Witnesses said bodies covered in plastic were lying on the streets. Television footage shows cars piled atop each other. “The last time I saw something of this scale was in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami,” said Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, head of the UN Disaster Assessment Coordination Team sent to Tacloban, referring to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami. “This is destruction on a massive scale. There are cars thrown like tumbleweed and the streets are strewn with debris.” The category 5 “super typhoon” weakened to a category 4 on Saturday,

though forecasters said it could strengthen again over the South China Sea en route to Vietnam. Authorities in 15 provinces in Vietnam have started to call back boats and prepare for possible landslides. Nearly 300,000 people were moved to safer areas in two provinces alone – Da Nang and Quang Nam – according to the government’s website. The Philippines has yet to restore communications with officials in Tacloban, a city of about 220,000. A government official estimated at least 100 were killed and more than 100 wounded, but conceded the toll would likely rise sharply. The national disaster agency has yet to confirm the toll but broken power poles, trees, bent tin roofs and splintered houses littered the streets of the city about 580 km (360 miles) southeast of Manila. “IT wAS LIKE A TSUNAMI”: The airport was nearly destroyed as raging seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of the airport tower, levelling the ter-

minal and overturning nearby vehicles. “Almost all houses were destroyed, many are totally damaged. Only a few are left standing,” said Major Rey Balido, a spokesman for the national disaster agency. Local television network ABS-CBN showed images of looting in one of the city’s biggest malls, with residents carting away everything from appliances to suitcases and grocery items. Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, said water levels rose up to four metres (13 ft) in the airport. “It was like a tsunami. We escaped through the windows and I held on to a pole for about an hour as rain, seawater and wind swept through the airport. Some of my staff survived by clinging to trees. I prayed hard all throughout until the water subsided.” Across the country, about a million people took shelter in 37 provinces after President Benigno Aquino appealed to those in the typhoon’s path to leave vulnerable areas. “For casualties, we think it will be substantially more,” Aquino told reporters.

Iran and six powers remain divided in nuclear talks GENEVA AGenCieS

Iran and six world powers remain divided on the third day of negotiations on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, a senior Iranian negotiator said today, according to Iranian media. “There is greater agreement on some issues and less agreement on other issues,” deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told the ISNA news agency. Araqchi said that he expected this round of talks in Geneva would end later on Saturday. If other issues remain, they would

be carried over for further negotiations, he added. On Saturday, France warned of serious stumbling blocks to a long-sought deal over Iran’s nuclear programme. As the talks stretched on, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said there was no certainty they would succeed in nailing down an interim deal that would begin to defuse fears of a covert Iranian advance towards nuclear arms capability. “As I speak to you, I cannot say there is any certainty that we can conclude,” Fabius said on France Inter radio, stressing that France could not accept a

“sucker’s deal”. British foreign secretary William Hague said the talks have achieved “very good progress” but important issues remained unresolved and he did not know whether a deal could be clinched by the end of the day. “We are very conscious of the fact that real momentum has built up in these negotiations and there is now real concentration on these negotiations and so we have to do everything we can to seize the moment,” he told reporters. Among the sticking points, Fabius said, was a call for Iran

to halt operations at its Arak research reactor - a potential producer of bomb-grade plutonium - while the negotiating process goes on, as well as questions about Iran’s stock of uranium enriched to 20 percent of fissile purity. Both issues are at the heart of Western concerns that the Islamic Republic is stockpiling enriched uranium not for civilian nuclear power stations, as Tehran says, but rather potential fuel for atomic bombs. “We are for an agreement, that’s clear. But the agreement has got to be serious and credible.

The initial text made progress but not enough,” Fabius said. France has traditionally taken a tougher line on Iran than most other world powers and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Paris of being more intransigent in talks than Tehran’s longtime main adversary, the United States. The spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is coordinating negotiations with Iran on behalf of the six nations, said she continued “intense” talks and contacts on Saturday morning with the parties involved.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday announced another 84-hour nationwide strike, starting on Sunday, after police arrested BNP leaders, triggering violent protests across the country. The aim of the strike is to force the ruling Awami League to hold elections, due by January at the latest, under a non-partisan caretaker government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly refused. Instead, she has offered the formation of an all-party government to see through the elections with her staying in charge. The deadlock, nothing new in Bangladesh, has led to the deaths of at least 18 people during several violent protests and shutdowns. The mounting tension is a fresh threat to Bangladesh’s $22 billion garment export industry, the economic lifeblood of the impoverished country of 160 million, which has already been rocked by a string of deadly factory accidents this year. “To protest the arrests of our senior leaders, we were forced to extend the shutdown by another 12 hours to 84 hours,” said Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Joint Secretary General of the BNP. Police early on Saturday arrested at least five senior leaders of the BNP including opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia’s adviser and a special assistant. Police also raided the homes of other leaders. “They were arrested on specific allegations as they were instigating attacks on people and their properties,” said Shamsul Haqu Tuku, junior minister for home affairs. After the arrests, pro-BNP activists went on the rampage, torching vehicles and blocking the Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

load shedding ends for residential consumers ISLAMABAD Online

As winter sets in, the Water and Power Ministry has claimed that the residential consumers in Pakistan will not have to deal with the menace of load shedding. According to the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) spokesman, electricity demand in Pakistan is currently 11,000 MW, while 9,800 MW are being generated. The electricity shortfall has decreased to 1,200 MW which will lead to an end of load shedding for residential consumers. The spokesman added that hydel generation is contributing 3,740 MW and thermal generation is contributing 1,515 MW to the national grid. 4,545 MW are also being generated by the independent power projects (IPPs).

Afghanistan to release 80 percent of high-security detainees WASHINGTON inP

The Afghan government has moved to release 80 percent of the high-security detainees who were handed over this year by the US military and evaluated by an Afghan review panel, according to a US Defence Department report released on Friday. Many of the recommendations for release have been opposed by the US military on the grounds that the detainees, some of whom were apprehended in dangerous raids of insurgent redoubts, pose an ongo-

PENTAGON SAYS REVIEW PANEL HAS EXAMINED 461 DETAINEES AND RECOMMENDED PROSECUTION IN 77 CASES ing risk to Afghan security forces and government officials. US officials had hoped the Afghan review board would endorse continued incarceration, but it has decided instead to free most of the detainees whose

cases it has examined on the grounds that insufficient evidence was collected to prosecute them in court. The US military transferred authority for operating a high-security, American-built prison near Kabul to the Afghan government this year. The handover included 880 Afghan detainees accused of conducting insurgent attacks and other serious crimes. The review panel has examined 461 detainees and recommended prosecution in 77 cases, according to the report. The other detainees were recommended for release. Detentions have been a long-festering

source of tension in President Hamid Karzai’s relationship with the US. He and his advisers have maintained that US and NATO forces have swept up many innocent Afghans in their raids. The report, a semiannual Pentagon assessment of the war provided to Congress, also noted that the US military now has fewer than 40,000 troops in Afghanistan. The military has shuttered 290 of 349 bases in the country and reduced its stockpiles of materiel by about 45 percent, the report said. Afghan security forces now conduct 95

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percent of all conventional military operations in the country. The US drawdown and the growth of the Afghan army has been reflected in combat injuries and deaths: Afghan casualties have increased by 79 percent over the past six months, while US casualties have fallen by 59 percent, according to the report. The increase in Afghan casualties has helped to fuel a significant increase in the number of people leaving the Afghan security forces. One in three soldiers has quit or deserted over the past 12 months, the Pentagon found.

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