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Every institution bound to respect constitution: CJ Justice Chaudhry says everybody equal before law g SC can check unconstitutional steps through judicial review g
HieF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday said every institution of the state was bound to respect the constitution. Addressing the Abbottabad Bar, he said lawyers had proved that the constitution was supreme. He praised the incumbent parliament for not approving illegal steps taken by a dictator in the past. “Pakistan has become a civilised country today and the system should run under law and constitution. But the judiciary alone cannot impart justice without proper assistance of lawyers. Therefore, steps necessary for the smooth running of the system of administration of justice must be undertaken,” he urged. The CJ said in islam, justice was considered to be an attribute of Allah Almighty and a religious duty. “everybody is treated equal before the law, irrespective of his position in the society,” he added. Citing the lawyers’ movement for independence of judiciary, Justice Chaudhry said the movement had taken the country to such an exalted position that the whole world had never witnessed such glory before. He said the unprecedented struggle not only earned glory but also changed the image of the country in the world. “it was because of this that in May 2012, the international Council of Jurists conferred an
award on me in recognition of the contribution for the struggle of rule of law and administration of justice, which indeed was the recognition of the struggle of all you people – lawyers, citizens and of course the media,” he added. The CJ said “it is right of the people to get justice and the judges are striving hard to deliver justice to the best of their abilities”. in this regard, a National Judicial Policy was formulated in consultation with all stakeholders of the system of administration of justice to ensure the eradication of corruption, independence of judiciary and reduction of the backlog of cases, he added. The CJ said the judges of the superior as well as district judiciary were making untiring efforts to deal with the issue of pending cases. Justice Chaudhry observed that Pakistan was fortunate to have fundamental law, which enjoyed broad consensus of all regions, segments of society, political parties and groups. “This fundamental law which prescribed the main principles of administration also reflects the aspiration of the people of Pakistan.” He said the superior judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, was aware of the role assigned to it by the constitution to protect and safeguard the legal and fundamental rights of all citizens, besides checking acts of mal-governance, illegal, malafide, arbitrary or discriminatory exercise of power by authorities or institutions through the exercise of its power of judicial review.
ABBOTTABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry smiles before addressing members of the Abbotabad District Bar at Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa House on Saturday. Online
negative elements hampering democratic growth: PM KARACHI OnlIne
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday said democracy was flourishing and the nation had to ignore negative elements hampering its growth. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of FAW Al-Haj Automobile Assembling Plant in Karachi, Ashraf said there was no collision of any national institute and the government was about to complete its five-year democratic tenure. The prime minister reminded the audience that the nation had to dispel the impres-
sion of institutions being in quarrels with each other. Ashraf assured the government’s commitment to adopt all possible measures for the development of the automobile industry in the country. The PM expressed satisfaction that with the commissioning of the plant‚ 1,500 people had been given jobs and each one had to play his role for the development of the country. He expressed the hope that the motor plant would manufacture low-priced cars and the government was ready to provide them experimental opportunities. Ashraf said no country would touch the fruits
of development without the active participation of the private sector, adding that Pakistan had the full potential to fulfil the demands of the private sector. He said as the business flourished, the country would go towards progress and prosperity. Ashraf also asked for the adoption of latest technology in all industries to cope with international demands and manufacture fuel efficient vehicles. The PM said the nation was proud of its time tested friendship with China. He asked the labourers‚ technicians and those gifted with capabilities to step forward to serve their country.
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02 News foreign newS
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S the world prepared to mark “Malala Day” on Saturday to support the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, security fears in her hometown meant her schoolmates could not honour her in public. Taliban hitmen shot Malala Yousafzai on her school bus a month ago in Mingora in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley in a coldblooded murder attempt for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ right to go to school. Miraculously the 15-year-old survived and her courage has won the hearts of millions around the world, prompting the UN to declare Saturday a “global day of action” for her. People around the globe are expected to hold vigils and demonstrations honouring Malala and calling for the 32 million girls worldwide who are denied education to be allowed to go to school. But in Mingora, the threat of further Taliban reprisals casts a fearful shadow, and students at Malala’s Khushhal Public School were forced to honour her in private. “We held a special prayer for Malala today in our school assembly and also lit candles,” school principal Mariam Khalid told AFP. “We did not organise any open event because our school and its students still face a security threat.” Though their bid to kill Malala failed, the Taliban have said they will attack any woman who stands against them
and fears are so great that Khalid said even speaking to the media could put students’ lives in danger. Malala rose to prominence with a blog for the BBC charting life in Swat under the Taliban, whose bloody two-year reign of terror supposedly came to an end with an army operation in 2009. Despite the dangers, some children in Mingora were determined to speak out and pledged to follow Malala’s brave example. “Malala is a good friend of mine. She is brave and has honour and whoever attacked her did a terrible thing,” Asma Khan, 12, a student in Saroosh Academy, close to Malala’s school told AFP. “After the attack on her and her injuries, we have now more courage to study and now we will fulfil her mission to spread education everywhere.” Khan’s schoolmate Gul Para, 12, added: “Malala is the daughter of the nation and we are proud of her. “She has stood by us and for our education up to now and now it is time that we should stand by her and complete her mission”. Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Malala to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and on Friday UN special education envoy Gordon Brown handed a separate million-strong petition in support of Malala to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. islamabad on Friday also announced a UN-backed scheme to give poor families cash incentives to send their children to school in a bid to get three million more youngsters into education.
SWAT: Students offer prayers for the early recovery of teen education activist Malala Yousafzai on the eve of Malala Day on Saturday. Online
Speakers’ moot demands Nobel nomination for Malala PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar urged the international community to recognise the courageous efforts of Malala Yousafzai for promotion of education and peace in the country and name her along-with her three other fellows for ‘Noble Peace Award’. “it is time to take practical steps to root-up terrorism and militancy from Pashtuns’ soil and establish sustainable peace in the region,” key note speakers stressed while addressing a seminar titled on “Global Day of Action to Support Malala Yousafzai”. The programme was organised by nongovernmental organization (NGO) Citizens’ Rghts and Sustainable Development and was held at the Peshawar Pres Club. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for information Mian iftikhar Hussain eulogised the courage of Malala Yousafzai to raise voice for education and peace in
restive Malakand. “it is the foremost duty of the elected government and security forces to take proactive steps to purgeoff the menace of terrorism and militancy from this region.” He added that terrorists did not have any religion or creed, because targeting innocent people including women, children and religious places were cowardice acts to hide their failure. Hussain also claimed that after a successful military operation in Malakand division, the Taliban network had been completely dismantled. He also said more than 80 percent people were against the Taliban, as most of the innocent were affected in the merciless acts of terrorists. The government, he said, had tried to bring peace through dialogue and negotiation, but militants’ intentions were against sustainable peace in the region. STaff RePORT
Malala’s schoolgirl friend recalls terror of shooting A global “day of action” for girls’ education is under way, declared in the name of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner shot by the Taliban last month. The BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil spoke to a friend of Malala’s who was also injured in that attack. “it was mayhem,” recalls Kainat Riaz of the day when her friend Malala was shot while they were on on their school bus last month in Pakistan’s Swat valley. She says that her memories of that day are dominated by the sense of confusion and fear. Kainat received a bullet in her hand and Malala was shot in the head. ‘everyone was screaming’ “First we thought it was a joke, when he [the gunman] entered the bus and asked ‘where’s Malala, who is Malala?’ - but anyone can recognise her because we used to cover our faces but she never did. “The moment she said ‘i’m Malala’ he opened fire and with one bullet she was down,” she told the BBC World Service Outlook programme. “it was a very terrifying and scary situation when he opened fire. “When Malala went down he was still there and i got a bullet in my hand. “i was just holding my hand and after that nothing
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was making sense to us. it was happening so quickly. “everyone was screaming. People started crying. The driver realised what was happening so he didn’t stop and tried to make a getaway.” Showing considerable courage he drove the injured girls to hospital. Another friend of Kainat’s apart from Malala - was also shot and injured. Kainat remembers pleading to see her father on that terrible journey before she fainted. She does not recall what happened after that. The schoolgirl is now back home where she is recovering from her hand injury. Malala is now being treated at a hospital in the UK. Malala was widely known as a campaigner for girls’ education in Pakistan. in early 2009 she wrote an anonymous diary for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban, who had banned all girls in her area from attending school. ‘Nightmare’ Kainat’s father, Riaz , said he heard what happened from her mother and uncle and went straight to the hospital. “Her shawl and her trousers were covered in blood,” he said. “i was worried that she got shot in the stomach too. “One thing was going
through my mind. Will she survive? it was worse than a nightmare.” When Kainat woke up in hospital she was in a state of panic. She recalls crying for hours. “People in the hospital wanted me to stay for treatment but i was scared and wanted to go home,” Kainat said. “But i said ‘no!’ i want to be with my mom and dad and i just left.” She remembers being scared that the attacker may come for her in the hospital. “That’s exactly what was going on in my mind. i literally ran for my home,” she said. Back in her house, Kainat is still recovering. She says that despite the guards outside her family home she still does not feel completely safe. “i have not been out of the house. There’s something in my mind stopping me. i don’t feel free to go out. “My grandmothers both say ‘come stay with us’. it’s strange, i used to love going but i can’t go now, i’m still scared.” Back to school. One of the hardest things for Kainat now is not to think of what happened that day. “One my aunts was on the same bus and she visited me. i also spoke to
the other girl who was injured. “Whenever we talk we go over what happened. We remember it but our parents say just forget it. “When i remember it all, i cry. i cry and i can’t stop.” But despite all her fears, Kainat went back to school to receive warm welcomes from teachers and students. “i want to be a doctor. i can’t do that unless i go to school.” Her father, a teacher, believes that education is the only route for Kainat and her colleagues. “education is our destiny and we must make an effort to educate our girls even more than the boys,” he says. Speaking of her friend Malala, Kainat said that she shared what she wrote about girls’ education and other matters with her friends. “The interesting thing was that although she was scared she still [kept on] writing. “That gave us the courage not to be scared of anything. She made us powerful.” Kainat had one last message to her friend. “Malala please be happy,” Kainat pleads. “Have a speedy recovery; i’d like to see you healthy again. So, head up and stay strong. Come back so we can go to school together.” neWS DeSK
Supporters of Malala hand in petition for girls’ education
David Crone, 17, from Sunderland, will hand the document, which calls for every child to have the right to go to school, to the Pakistan High Commission in London. it is part of drive led by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now UN Special envoy for Global education. He has already presented a petition to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who has promised to deliver education for all. Saturday has been named as “Malala and the 32 million girls day”. it marks exactly one month since the 15-year-old girls’ education campaigner was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman as she travelled home from school with two classmates in north-west Pakistan. Malala is recovering at a hospital in Birmingham after being brought to the UK for treatment a week after the shooting. Youth representatives worldwide are handing in the “i am Malala” petition, which has already attracted more than one million signatures. Mr Brown said: “The president of Pakistan has agreed to work with the United Nations to ensure urgent delivery of education for all and to get Pakistan’s five million out-of-school children into education for the first time. “No bombs, bullets, threats or intimidation can deter the international community, working in partnership with Pakistan, to ensure we build the schools, train teachers, provide learning materials, and ensure that there is no discrimination against girls.” The latest Unesco figures show that 61 million children worldwide are not in school – 32 million of whom are girls – and that Pakistan has the second largest number of girls out of school in the world. neWS DeSK
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islami inquilab Party to replace Ji in coming mma sitting ISLAMABAD AnWeR ABBAS
QUeTTA: Hazara Shias burn tyres during a protest against the killings of their community members on Saturday. Online
Karzai pledges to ‘hunt’ for Malala’s attackers
TIP asks PM to cancel 2 ‘illegal’ contracts of PSO ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIn
NEW DELHI: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday promised to hunt for the Taliban attackers who shot Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai for speaking up for girls’ rights to education. The Pakistani Taliban has admitted shooting Malala in the head on a school bus a month ago to punish her for the “crime” of campaigning for girls’ rights to go to school in the militants’ former Pakistani stronghold of Swat. “Afghanistan will hunt for Malala’s attackers,” Karzai said in an interview with india’s CNN-iBN television network, aired as he began a four-day visit to the South Asian nation and as the world marked “Malala Day”. Miraculously the 15-year-old survived the shooting and her courage, which won the hearts of millions around the world, prompted the United Nations to declare Saturday a “global day of action” for her. Speaking about Malala, who is recovering in a British hospital, Karzai accused islamabad of having armed and trained the teenager’s assailants. “Terrorism is a snake and when you train a snake, you can’t expect it will only go in the neighbour’s house,” he said. “When the attack on Malala happened, this proved our point,” he added. “The earlier they (the Pakistanis) accept it and fight radicalism, the better for us, the better for Pakistan and the better for india,” Karzai said. aGenCieS
RANSPAReNCY international Pakistan (TiP) on Saturday asked Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to immediately cancel two “unsolicited and illegal” contracts awarded by PSO to M/s PNSC and M/s Baqri Traders and take measure against PSO officers and board of directors responsible for awarding of the contracts which were deemed to be mis-procurement, as pointed out to PSO by Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). in a letter written to Ayub Qazi, principal secretary to the prime minister, TiP Adviser Adil Gilani said the Contract of Affreightment (COA) was signed between PSO and Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) while a five-year contract worth $5 billion was inked by PSO with M/s Baqri Trading for blended oil.
Gilani said TiP had also drew the attention of the PM on October 8, 2012 to the alleged illegal COA signed between PSO and PNSC, and two reminders were sent on October 11, 2012 and October 22, 2012, which were not replied to by PSO. “PPRA has also questioned PSO on October 19, 2012 to submit its report on the allegation of illegal award of unsolicited contract to PNSC, and has also informed PSO that ‘unauthorised breach of any Rule of the Public Procurement Rules 2004 is amounting to mis-procurement’. “PSO has also failed to justify the alleged illegal award of contract to PPRA to date,” said Gilani. He said the allegation needed to be taken seriously by the prime minister as PSO was continuing the practice of awarding illegal contracts and it also awarded another unsolicited contract of $5 billion to M/s Baqri Trading for five years for so-called blended oil. “The SeCP has also objected to
PSO on the alleged illegal awarded contact to PNSC, vide letter dated November 5, 2012. PSO has been questioned on the alleged illegal contract between PSO and PNSC, and has asked for a reply, whether any unsolicited contracts were awarded by PSO, and their legal standing under the laws and regulations of Pakistan, applicable on PSO. SeCP has also asked PSO for compliance in relation with key factors identified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its RPP Judgment of March 30, 2012”. He said that the following factors were noted: Upholding competition among firms; promoting best value for money; encouraging more firms to bid on work; maintaining openness and transparency in the bidding process; executing contracts quickly; ensuring quality of goods and services and meeting other obligations required for federal procurement.
The islami inquilab Party led by Syed Haider Farooq Maududi is likely to replace Jamaat-e-islami (Ji) in the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The decision would be announced in the coming sitting of MMA, a reliable source told Pakistan Today. He said Haider Farooq Maududi, son of Ji founder Syed Abul Ala Maududi, had written a letter to the MMA Central General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri requesting the membership of MMA for his party. Maududi says in the letter that his father and founder of Jamaat-e-islami Syed Abul Ala Maududi was not satisfied with the Ji in account of its policies, discipline and performance during his last days and was willing to establish a new islamic political party called islamic inquilab Party (iiP). He maintained that his father asked him to establish the iiP to uncover the hypocrisy of Ji and the “Mansoora Bureaucracy”, following which he established iiP and got it registered under Political Act 2002 from the election Commission of Pakistan. Maududi requested the MMA leadership to grant iiP the membership of the alliance in place of the Ji. Another source said that following strong differences between the Ji and JUiF, the major player in the MMA, Maualana Fazlur Rehman, had decided to award MMA membership to the iiP in the coming sitting of the alliance.
Pml-n, taliban think similarly, alleges Kaira KARACHI: Federal information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said Malala Yousufzai was symbolic of the school of thought followed by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, adding that, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) followed the school of thought of the Taliban. Speaking at a press conference in Karachi, Kaira said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had also been accused of taking funds from Osama bin Laden. The minister added that in the wake of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Asghar Khan case, the government elected as a result of the 1990 elections had lost its legal standing. He said both governments headed by Benazir Bhutto were overthrown through bogus mandate. Kaira added that advertising campaigns using fake names had also been run against the PPP. The minister added that Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi was used during the campaign for the creation of the islami Jamhoori ittehad (iJi) and was later discarded in order to bring in Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister. STaff RePORT
TALIBAN’S PAKISTAN OR JINNAH’S PAKISTAN: MQM PUTS OFF REFERENDUM KARACHI STAFF RePORT
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee has announced that the public referendum which was announced to be held throughout the country on November 14 has been postponed in respect to Muslim holy month of Muharram. The decision to put off the referendum has been taken in a joint meeting of the Rabita Committee in London and Pakistan, said a statement issued by the MQM on Saturday. “Our co-ordination committee has decided to further extend the date of the referendum in respect of the month of Muharram,” said the statement after
the referendum was postponed for a second time. MQM chief Altaf Hussain has also endorsed the decision of the Rabita Committee, it added. The MQM body noted that party leaders, elected representatives and other office-bearers would be busy in meeting with religious scholars in order to ensure inter-faith harmony during the holy month. The unofficial nationwide “referendum” was to ask people whether they want their country to follow the ideology of the Taliban or the vision of the nation’s founder. The MQM, an ally of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), wanted the referendum to highlight people’s sentiments against the Taliban. The
party did not provide a future date for the poll, which had originally been scheduled for November 8 but was first delayed because of a defence products’ exhibition in Karachi. MQM has been openly critical of the Pakistani Taliban, and earlier this month the islamist militants threatened to attack the party. But MQM denied that the activity was being postponed due to the threats. “This is not true that the referendum is being delayed because of the recent threats,” Wasay Jalil, a spokesman for the party told AFP. The Taliban earned condemnation across the country last month when they tried to murder schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in the northwest-
ern area of Swat for promoting girls’ rights to education. Pakistan has been convulsed by islamist and sectarian violence in recent years, with more than 5,200 people killed since July 2007 in suicide attacks and bombings across the nuclear-armed nation. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, commonly referred to as “Quaid-e-Azam” or Great Leader, founded Pakistan as a homeland for Muslims in 1947 in the partition of British india. He is viewed by most Pakistanis as a tolerant leader who wanted a progressive modern islamic state with religious freedom for all sects and religions, something which is contrary to the Taliban’s ideology of islam
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04 BBC under fire again after false child sex abuse report LONDON AGenCIeS
RiTAiN’S public broadcaster, reeling from revelations that one of its former stars was a pedophile, was struggling to contain damage on Saturday after a flagship news program aired a mistaken allegation that an ex-politician sexually abused children. The BBC had already issued a full apology on Friday, but on Saturday its director general had to admit under questioning from his own journalists that he had not known in advance about the Newsnight report,
weeks after being accused of being too hands-off over the previous scandal on the same program. “in retrospect i wish this had been brought to my attention,” said George entwistle, who is also the BBC’s editor-in-chief, adding that he should not be expected to be familiar with the BBC’s entire news output. entwistle, in the job for only two months, said he would not resign. But criticism was growing that a 90-year-old institution affectionately known as “Auntie” was systematically incapable of addressing its failings. “i listened to the director general with increasing disbelief,” John
Whittingdale, chairman of parliament’s powerful media committee, told Reuters. “The level of failure of management at every level within the BBC, up to and including the director general, is just extraordinary.” The BBC and its bosses have been under huge pressure since a rival broadcaster revealed last month that the late Jimmy Savile, one of the most recognizable personalities on British television in the 1970s and 80s, was a prolific sex offender. EXPOSE WITHDRAWN: Suggestions have surfaced of a pedophile ring inside the broadcaster at the time and a BBC cover-up. To complicate matters for entwistle, News-
night pulled a planned expose of Savile shortly after his death last year, and the BBC went ahead with tribute shows. Having been widely criticized for not broadcasting that expose, which led to its editor stepping aside, Newsnight is now being lambasted for its November 2 report on sexual abuse at children’s care homes in North Wales during the 1970s. Steve Messham told Newsnight that a senior Conservative had raped him when Messham was a child in one of the homes. Newsnight did not identify the politician, but the name of Alistair McAlpine, Conservative Party treasurer from 1975 to 1990,
quickly appeared on the internet and social media sites. On Friday McAlpine went public to rigorously deny the allegations and threaten legal action. Hours later, Messham said he had misidentified McAlpine to Newsnight. The program admitted it had not approached McAlpine for a comment, or shown Messham a picture of McAlpine, before airing the report. Castigated for what he agreed was a slow response to the Savile disclosures, entwistle demanded a report on the incident by Sunday and suspended all Newsnight investigations. “if people made mistakes, and
they made bad mistakes, they will have to answer for them,” he told BBC TV. “if disciplinary action is necessary, it will be taken.” But critics said his explanation only raised more questions about whether the hierarchical management of the 22,000-strong organization, funded by an annual license fee levied on all TV viewers, was too unwieldy to handle crises. REPORT CLEARED: The erroneous Newsnight report had been cleared by senior managers and lawyers, and commentators queried why entwistle had been kept in the dark in the wake of the furor over Savile.
Obama wins florida in final vote count
17 Turkish troops killed in helicopter crash
President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razorthin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000. No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206. The Florida Secretary of State’s Office said that with almost 100 per cent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 per cent to 49.1 per cent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-per cent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it. There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding. it’s normal for election supervisors in Florida and other states to spend days after any election counting absentee, provisional, military and overseas ballots. Usually, though, the election has already been called on election night or soon after because the winner’s margin is beyond reach.
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SRInAGAR: Relatives of missing people stage a sit-in against Indian forces on Saturday.
KP doctors on strike against colleague’s abduction PESHAWAR OnlIne
Doctors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s government hospitals have gone on strike, closing down outdoor patient departments (OPDs) of four large hospitals against the abduction of Dr Abdul Aziz. The spokesman of Provincial
Doctors Association (PDA) said they will extend the ambit of their strike if Dr Abdul Aziz is not recovered. The PDA said that kidnapping of doctors has become a routine in the province but the government is not making any effort to stop this. Dr Abdul Aziz, a surgeon of Ayub Medical Complex, was abducted last
week from Swabi and police have been unable to trace his whereabouts. The on-strike hospitals include Khyber Teaching Hospital, Lady Reading Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Ayub Teaching Hospital, where all services except emergency wards, have been halted.
A Turkish military helicopter carrying soldiers on a mission against Kurdish rebels crashed because of bad weather on Saturday, killing all 17 troops onboard, officials said. Thirteen soldiers and four military crewmembers were killed in the crash in a mountainous part of Pervari district in Siirt province, in south-eastern Turkey, where the rebel Kurdistan Worker’s party is fighting for self-rule. President Abdullah Gul said the soldiers were on their way “to help their friends” in an operation against the rebels who have escalated attacks in recent months, adding the incident would not deter Turkey from its determination to fight the rebels. The provincial governor, Ahmet Aydin, blamed the crash on heavy fog and ruled out an attack by the rebel group. “The weather during the transportation (of troops) was bad. There was extreme rain. The helicopter crashed into rocks because of the fog,” Aydin said in televised statements. “The incident was the result of a crash and any kind of an attack is out of the question.” The Kurdish rebels have been fighting since the 1980s and they seek more rights for Kurds, including autonomy in the mostly Kurdish south-east. Turkey and its western allies categorise the rebels, known by the acronym PKK, as a terrorist group.
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News 05 The arrival of spring has reopened all accounts
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t is hard to fix the bungled up things. When extra-constitutional arrangements are made they create such convolutions which are difficult to untangle through legal discourses. They can best be resolved through a combination of the vision of the elected representatives and the uninterrupted continuity of the political process. When the matters take an ugly turn, the ball is again thrown back in the court of the people. But the question is, can one or two elections and the governments with truncated tenure come up to the expectations of the people? Surely, election means complete power and independence of action. in our country the elected representatives have rarely been allowed freedom of action. Those were indeed towering personalities who made their way through this maze to serve the masses and are now alive in their graves. After the martyrdom of Shaheed Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto when the people of Pakistan mandated the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttoâ€™s PPP to serve them, the politicians, the people with leadership experience, those who suffered the rigours of imprisonment and exile and a number of diehard PPP workers who had faced trials in the courts and media, responded to their call under the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari. The vision of the leadership assumes greater significance in the times of adversity. The leadership of PPP in deference to the mandate of the people adopted a sagacious but arduous path of rectifying the maladies through a broader national consensus. Through eighteenth amendment the aberrations introduced in the constitution by two dictators were removed. An extensive process of sifting the text of the constitution was undertaken and a decisive advancement was made in strengthening the federal units in line with the aspirations of the people. The election commission was given full autonomy and initial steps were taken to ensure transparent appointment of the judges. The constitution can be amended and recast with two third majority, but President Asif Ali Zardari following the footstep of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, accomplished this historic task with the support of all the parties. Perhaps it is a rare phenomenon in the history of democracy that a political party not having simple majority in both the houses
has introduced such far- reaching amendments in the constitution. Such achievements are only possible through exalted vision and sincerity of purpose. PPP has always espoused the sovereignty and ascendancy of the people. it is our perennial slogan that people are the source of all power. Bhutto Shaheed, Shaheed Bibi and workers of PPP have sacrificed their lives and endured hardships of incarceration to uphold peopleâ€™s right to rule. if today anybody dares to snatch this right from the people and using some self created logic tries to bestow it on any other entity or person, the people of Pakistan will fiercely resist the effort. A few days ago, President Asif Ali Zardari while enumerating the impediments in the way of democratic journey again emphasized the need for patience, tolerance and mutual respect. He said the next step in the journey of democracy is to hold transparent elections and transferring power to the new elected government and the Pakistani nation has taken long strides in this direction. He said some people still believed that the parliament was under attack. But during the transfer of power from non-elected entities to the elected institutions some amount of pain is inevitable. The President said that it were the last pangs of the dying system. in the backdrop of this scenario some statements were made on 6th November which are being given lot of importance by the media. The army chief addressing the military officers urged the state institutions to respect the democratic values and accepted the fact that mistakes have been made by all of us in the past and now we are engaged in the process of rectifying them. Since some of the generals were involved in disrupting the democratic process in the past, this statement of the COAS is a pleasant turning point because we can move forward by learning from our past mistakes. He also said that no individual or institution has the right to determine the national interest without creating consensus of opinion. it is a matter of principle that no person or institution is the ultimate authority. This prerogative lies with the people. The people and their elected representatives are the highest authority. The constitution has strictly defined the roles of all the institutions. The nation decides who will determine the national interest. it then sends its representatives in the parliament who run the affairs of the state. The judiciary has a separate role. it has no concern with matters pertaining to governance. Similarly the military and civil bureaucracy works under the elected government. They discharge their duties in line with the priorities fixed by the government and are answerable to it for their actions. The government is answerable to the people. in spite of these irrefutable realities the court issued instructions for the appointments of the heads of different departments and transfers of the bureaucrats. We must now understand that nobody has self-arrogated authority. All are answerable to the people who are the real rulers. Through their votes they can send the governments home or re-elect them. The ultimate decision rests with them. in the statement, reference has also been made of separating the acts of individuals from the institutions, strengthening of institutions, supremacy of law and institutions working within the ambit of the constitution. Sometime ago President Zardari had said that PPP was aware of the distinction between individuals and institutions. The founding father of PPP was martyred through a judicial verdict but we have not adopted the course of revenge, whereas those who sing praises for the court destroyed its sanctity. We had serious reservations over the deposition of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani but we implemented the decision. The PPP has repeatedly urged the need for legislature, executive and judiciary to work within their own demarcated territory. But we have seen people crossing the red-line off and on.
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War against dengue to continue till complete elimination: Shahbaz
UNJAB Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif said that dengue had been controlled effectively this year but the war against this fatal virus would continue till its complete eradication.
He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of international Dengue Conference at Aiwan-e-iqbal on Saturday. He said the worst virus of Pakistan’s history was faced with courage, commitment and determination and by the grace of the Almighty and help of the entire government machinery and political com-
panions, no death occurred due to dengue this year. Special Health Assistant Khawaja Salman Rafique, Perviaz Malik, members of provincial assembly, expert doctors from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and indonesia, secretaries of concerned departments, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, spray men, volunteers who took part in anti-dengue
campaign and concerned citizens were present on the occasion. Sharif said there were 21,000 dengue patients last year with a death toll of 252 while this year only 252 patients had been reported and no death occurred. Sharif appreciated the performance of all those who took part in anti-dengue campaigns including heads of all departments, staff, police, administration and
lCCi observes malala day
Pillion riding banned on muharram 9th, 10th LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCi) on Saturday observed Malala Day with a renewed pledge to work for the promotion of education of girls. in a message, the LCCi President Farooq iftikhar, Senior Vice President irfan iqbal Sheikh and Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said Malala Yousafzai represented Pakistan’s young women and she spoke out for all those who had been denied education in the past purely on the basis of their gender. They said Malala is the daughter and pride of the nation and her personal sacrifice for the promotion of education will not go in vain, adding that the entire country was proud of her courage. “Malala Yousafzai is now a global symbol of every girl’s right to education,” said LCCi President. The LCCi office-bearers said observance of Malala Day by the international community was a demonstration of the realisation that the entire world supported Pakistani women in their fight for their rights. LCCi understood, they said, that 5.1 million children were out of schools, 63 percent of which constituted girls. The officials vowed they would continue to strive for the betterment of this right for females.
information department. The CM also distributed commendatory certificates among the officers and officials of various departments who showed extraordinary performance during the campaign. Sri Lankan experts Fernando and Dr Tesira, Thai expert Dr Suchitra and Dr Wasim Akram also addressed the inaugural ceremony.
LCWU announces Malala scholarships LAHORE APP
To mark the UN international Malala Day on Saturday, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) announced “15 Malala Yousafzai scholarships” for girls hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Nothern Areas. LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Sabiha Mansoor
said the scholarships would be awarded on the request of the students’ council and 10 out of these would be awarded for the four-year BS degree while five scholarships would go to MS-PhD students. The scholarships, she said, would include hostel accommodation also. She said Yousafzai was a symbol for girls’ right to education and defiance against those who wished to impose their obscurantist agenda in the name of religion.
There will be ban on pillion riding in the city throughout Muharram 9th and 10th, Lahore CCPO Aslam Tarin said on Saturday. He told media that holidays of all security personnel had also been cancelled in view of the sensitivity of the month. Besides, he said, Section 144 of the Pakistan Penal Code will also be imposed in the city. He said a foolproof security plan had been chalked out under which around 3,000 police officials would perform their duties in various parts of the city while contingents of rangers and army would be on standby to meet any shortfalls in case of emergency. He confirmed that search operations were being carried out in the city while several suspects had also been taken into custody.
Malala pride of nation: cM LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said Malala Yousafzai is the daughter and pride of the nation. in a statement on Malala Day on Saturday, he said positive reports about her health were encouraging. He hoped she would recover soon and return to her homeland. APP
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Badr wants me to marry his son, claims Laila LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Film and stage actress Laila on Saturday claimed that Pakistan People’s Party Secretary General Jehangir Badr wanted to marry his son with her. Talking to reporters at the inauguration ceremony of a hotel where Badr was also present, Laila said that Badr had approached actress Meera’s mother with the marriage proposal, adding that she had yet to take a decision on this matter. “i want to get married only once that’s why i’m being careful in deciding on this proposal,” she said. She refused to reveal the nature of her relationship with Badr’s son Jahanzaib Badr. earlier, Laila tried to shake hands with Badr but the latter turned down the offer. in a bid to conceal the embarrassment, Laila told reporters that no father-in-law would shake hands with his future daughter-in-law. “A father-in-law gives his blessings with a pat on the head that’s why Mr Badr refused to shake hands with me,” she claimed.
Daanish schools to bring rich and poor on equal footing: Punjab education minister
Robbers on a rampage in city LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Robbers went on a rampage in the provincial capital on Saturday, depriving citizens of money and valuables worth millions of rupees in several hits. Carjackers snatched a hi-roof vehicle from Zain, a resident of Cantonment area while Anwar, a resident of Raiwind, was deprived of his car by armed criminals. Rasool had to depart with his rickshaw at Hamza Hospital, ichhra and Sajid Ali, a resident of Nawab Town was denied the right to register an FiR against those he suspected of stealing his motorcycle. Unidentified men robbed cloth worth Rs 0.6 million from Auriga Cloth House in Hanjerwal while two robbers snatched a motorbike and Rs 50,000 from Riaz, a resident of Quaid-e-Azam industrial Area. Houses of Sarfraz in Cantt
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Punjab Minister for education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman said the government was implementing a comprehensive programme for providing modern educational facilities to impoverished children and Daanish schools project was a revolutionary initiative of the provincial government which will minimise the divide between the rich and the poor by enabling children from poor families to acquire modern education. He said the government was working hard to achieve 88 percent literacy rate in the province till 2015 in its attempt to fulfil the international commitment under the millennium development goals. He said that 262,500 students between the ages of four and 15 were getting education under these informal basic education schools. While talking to various delegations, the minister said the network of Daanish schools would spread throughout the whole province.
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Four armed robbers managed to escape after they exchanged fire with police officials, following a robbery at a house in Rehmanpura, in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to police, four dacoits clad in police uniform robbed a house in Rehmanpura and were about to leave when the residents of the area called police. As soon as the police reached the site, the culprits opened fire and after a brief encounter managed to flee taking advantage of the darkness. Security forces cordoned off the area and started searching for the armed robbers. and Aslam in Baghbanpura were also raided by armed robbers. Meanwhile, Factory Area police arrested three drug dealers and recovered one and a half kilogrammes of heroin and a heavy quantity of liquor from
LAHORE: A list comprising 12 names was finalised for appointment as additional judges in Lahore High Court (LHC). LHC Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandial will accord approval to the names after taking formal interviews. These names will then formally be sent to the Judicial Commission by the end of this month for approval. The list includes Aamir Mehmood, Shams Mehmood Mirza, Abid Aziz Sheikh, Aalia Neelum and Maqsood Buttar from Lahore, Azhar Nafees from Rawalpindi, Mehmood Ashraf Khan from Multan, Mian Mansoor Ali and Shahid Bilal Hassan from Faisalabad and Punjab Additional Advocate General Jawad-ul-Hassan Jawad, Nazir Ahmad and Salim Khan. OnlIne
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uS must exit region for peace: liaquat baloch LAHORE InP
Pakistan Jamat-e-islami Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, on the occasion of Malala Day, demanded the United States (US) to end intervention in the region and pull out its forces for the sake of peace in the region. in a statement issued on Saturday, he deplored the deaths of hundreds of innocent people including women and children who had been killed in drone attacks on Pakistani soil. He said the drone strikes must be brought to an end and the international community must take notice of the outright violations of human rights and international laws. He further demanded that the US should avoid supporting india for initiating subversive activities in Pakistan and opined that the international community should play its role to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions. Baloch insisted that the government must take it on itself to recover the missing persons and set foot on the path of result oriented and peaceful dialogue for solving all politico-economic issues. He was of the opinion that the government should act upon the parliament resolutions in order to get rid of US intervention in Pakistan’s domestic affairs.
their possession. Nine members of the Bhai robber gang were arrested from Gulshan-e-Ravi and police recovered Rs 100,000 in cash, weapons, mobile phones and jewellery from their possession.
christian lawyers felicitated LAHORE: ijaz Farhat and Amer Taija were elected president and general secretary, respectively, of the Christian Lawyers Association of Pakistan on Saturday. Christian rights activists and PPP minorities leader Napolean Qayyum have congratulated them on their successful election and expressed the hope that they would use the forum for the betterment of the Christian community. PReSS ReleASe
house catches fire in Model town LAHORE APP
Furniture and other valuable items worth thousands of rupees were reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in a house, located at Q-Block Model Town, on Sunday. On being informed, the Rescue Fire Service reached the spot and controlled the fire after hectic efforts, said a Rescue 1122 spokesman. However, no loss of life was reported. The cause of fire was stated to be short circuiting.
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SAFMA holds moot to mark Malala Day LAHORE
OUTH Asian Media Free Association in collaboration with South Asian Women in Media arranged a conference to celebrate Malala Day on Saturday November 10. Students from LGS defence, St. Anthony’s, Bright School and different other schools were invited along with the chief guests. Chief guests included Beaconhouse National University Dean Salima Hashmi, Senior PPP leader Altaf Qureshi, Senior advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan S.M. Masood, PML-N MPA Amna Ulfat, Senior lawyer and human rights activist Abid Hassan Manto, PPP leader Yasmeen Rehman, Columnist Munnu Bhai, President SAWM Lahore Shahpara Salim and President SAWM Punjab Tayyaba Bukhari. The guests passionately talked about Malala Yousafzai and her struggle for freedom of education and equality for the masses in Pakistan. The guests said that Malala had raised the flag for freedom and equality because of which she was targeted by extremist elements. They said that now it our turn to stand up against those who have become a threat to our way of life and future. Saleema Hashmi said that Pakistan is one of those 10 unfortunate countries in the world which does not provide a proper education for girls and that it was very unfortunate that some of the country’s politicians have failed to admit the facts about the attack on Malala. Amna Ulfat talked about the importance of equality in education for girls. She said that we can only become a progressive society if we start
treating woman with equality. Other guests like S.M. Masood, Abid Hassan Manto and Yasmeen Rehman also echoed these sentiments and demanded that some serious, unified and decisive action must be taken against those extremist elements who are threatening the sovereignty. The guests also hoped that the United Nations and the international community help Pakistani organizations build more schools for girls.
LGS student Zainab Hameed Mehr, who was depicted as Malala recited a famous poem by an acclaimed poetess Kishwar Naheed and said that Malala has become a symbol of great strength and bravery for her and all her friends. Large majority of students, while talking to reporters, also said that Malala is a great inspiration to their entire generation. They said that Malala has their complete, unconditional support. All of them signed a petition in the end.
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Foreign News 09 China turns corner on economy as party chooses new leaders BEIJING
HiNA announced on Saturday that it is effectively turning the corner on the economy and likely to meet its growth target for the year, more good news for Communist Party policy makers meeting in Beijing to anoint new leaders for the next decade. The world’s second-biggest economy had halted a slowing trend, the chief of the economic planning agency said, adding that he was confident GDP growth would
exceed 7.5 percent in 2012 though at the same time warning against complacency. Zhang Ping, head of the National Development and Reform Commission, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 18th Party Congress at which outgoing President Hu Jintao said China should double its 2010 GDP and per capita income by 2020, as previous targets have implied. Hu said China’s development should be “much more balanced, coordinated and sustainable”. The party, which has constantly stressed the need for continued one-party rule, has in recent years tied its legitimacy to economic growth
and lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty. “Signs of stabilization in the economy were getting more obvious in October,” Zhang said. “We are fully confident that we can achieve the economic growth target for this year. in other words, we are able to maintain economic growth of above 7.5 percent. “But we dare not lower our vigilance. The foundation of the economic stabilization is not solid enough... Under the backdrop of a persistent global financial crisis as well as a new situation and problems in the economy, we must make preparations for dealing with difficulties
and challenges over the long term.” More than 2,200 delegates to the congress took a day off on Saturday, two days after Hu’s opening speech. They spent Friday holding public debates on the speech at which they read out bits they particularly liked. Reuters reporters heard no contrary opinion. Hu will hand over his post as party chief to anointed successor Vice President Xi Jinping. The congress ends on Wednesday, after which the party’s new Standing Committee, at the apex of power, will be unveiled. Only Xi and his deputy, Li Keqiang, are certain to be on what is likely to be a
seven-member committee, and about eight other candidates are vying for the other places. China’s economy strode further along the road of recovery from its slowest growth in three years, data for October showed on Friday, as infrastructure investment accelerated and output from factories ran at its fastest in five months. Data on Saturday showed the trade surplus ballooned to its biggest in 45 months in October as export growth darted to a five-month high above 11 percent, surpassing expectations and adding to other data that suggest a less urgent need for new economic stimulus measures.
at least 27 killed in gun battle between inmates, guards at Sri lanka prison COLOMBO AGenCIeS
Woman linked to Petraeus is a West Point graduate and lifelong high achiever NEWS DESK Paula Broadwell, whose affair with the nation’s C.i.A. director led to his resignation on Friday, was the valedictorian of her high school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a machine gun manufacturer. it may have been those qualities — and a string of achievements that began in her native North Dakota, where she was state student council president, an all-state basketball player and orchestra concertmistress — that drew the attention of David H. Petraeus, the nation’s top spy and a four-star general, as the two spent hours together for a biography of Mr. Petraeus that Ms. Broadwell co-wrote. Ms. Broadwell’s name burst into public view on Friday evening after Mr. Petraeus resigned abruptly amid an F.B.i. investigation that uncovered evi-
dence of their relationship. But Ms. Broadwell was hardly shy about her interactions with Mr. Petraeus as she promoted her book, “All in: The education of General David Petraeus,” in media appearances earlier this year. She had unusual access, she noted in promotional appearances, taping many of her interviews for her book while running six-minute miles with Mr. Petraeus in the thin mountain air of the Afghan capital. Ms. Broadwell said in an interview in February that Mr. Petraeus was enjoying his new civilian life at the C.i.A., where he became director in September 2011. “it was a huge growth period for him, because he realized he didn’t have to hide behind the shield of all those medals and stripes on his arm,” she said. Ms. Broadwell was 39 at the time. Her biography on the Penguin Speakers Bureau Web site says that she is a research associate at Harvard’s
Center for Public Leadership and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She received a master’s in public ad-
ministration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A self-described “soccer mom” and an ironman triathlete, Ms. Broadwell became a fixture on the Washington media scene after the publication of her book about Mr. Petraeus, who is 60. in a Twitter message this summer, she bragged about appearing on a panel at the Aspen institute, a policy group for deep thinkers. “Heading 2 @Aspeninstitute 4 the Security Forum tomorrow! Panel (media & terrorism) followed by a 1v1 run with Lance Armstrong,” she wrote. “Fired up!” On her Twitter account, she often commented on the qualities of leadership. “Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader. Tacitus,” she wrote. in another message, she said: “A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do and like it. Truman.”
A shootout between security forces and prisoners at a jail in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo has left at least 27 people dead today. it is believed the fighting began when police went to Welikoda prison to conduct a search and were attacked by inmates hurling stones. it appears inmates managed to overpower their guards and seize their weapons before taking over part of the jail. Police said they arrested five prisoners who had managed to escape and were searching for others. The clash led to a stand-off between police and inmates who were pictured on top of the roof holding rifles. Some other prisoners piled into a three-wheeled vehicle and began driving toward a main city road before security forces outside the prison opened fire. The vehicle stopped and three unmoving bodies could be seen, AP has reported. Dozens of security officers then entered the prison and volleys of gunfire rang out and prisoners could be heard screaming: ‘Stop shooting!’ Army troops were called in later to help control the situation, which had returned to normal by Saturday morning. ‘The prison is now totally under our control,’ said Sri Lanka’s Commissioner General of Prisons P.W. Kodippili. He said security forces had found the bodies of 11 other inmates inside the prison premises, and that the total number of deaths stood at 27.
Syria blasts kill, wound dozens of troops DAMASCUS AGenCIeS
An activist group says twin explosions in a southern Syrian city have killed and wounded dozens of security troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blasts Saturday in Daraa were caused by two suicide bombers who targeted regime forces in the city. The group, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, says “dozens” of regime forces were killed and wounded in the near simultaneous explosions. State-run news agency SANA says the explosions caused multiple casualties and heavy material damage but did not provide further details. The explosions were followed by clashes between regime forces and rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad.
EvIDENCE OF PETRAEUS’S AFFAIR wAS FOUND BY FBI WASHINGTON AGenCIeS
David H. Petraeus, the director of the Central intelligence Agency and one of America’s most decorated four-star generals, resigned on Friday after an FBi investigation uncovered evidence that he had been involved in an extramarital affair. Petraeus issued a statement acknowledging the affair after President Obama accepted his resignation and it was announced by the CiA. The disclosure ended a triumphant re-election week for the president with an unfolding scandal. Government officials said that the FBi
began an investigation into a “potential criminal matter” several months ago that was not focused on Petraeus. in the course of their inquiry into whether a computer used by Petraeus had been compromised, agents discovered evidence of the relationship as well as other security concerns. About two weeks ago, FBi agents met with Petraeus to discuss the investigation. Administration and Congressional officials identified the woman as Paula Broadwell, the co-author of a biography of Petraeus. Her book, “All in: The education of General David Petraeus,” was published this year. Ms. Broadwell could not be reached for comment. Senior members of Congress were
alerted to Petraeus’s impending resignation by intelligence officials about six hours before the CiA announced it. One Congressional official who was briefed on the matter said that Petraeus had been encouraged “to get out in front of the issue” and resign, and that he agreed. As for how the affair came to light, the Congressional official said that “it was portrayed to us that the FBi was investigating something else and came upon him. My impression is that the FBi stumbled across this.” The Federal Bureau of investigation did not inform the Senate and House intelligence Committees about the inquiry until this week, according to Congressional
officials, who noted that by law the panels — and especially their chairmen and ranking members — are supposed to be told about significant developments in the intelligence arena. The revelation of a secret inquiry into the head of the nation’s premier spy agency raised urgent questions about Petraeus’s 14-month tenure at the CiA and the decision by Obama to elevate him to head the agency after leading the country’s war effort in Afghanistan. White House officials said they did not know about the affair until this week, when Petraeus informed them. “After being married for over 37 years, i showed extremely poor
judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair,” Petraeus said in his statement, expressing regret for his abrupt departure. “Such behavior is unacceptable, both as a husband and as the leader of an organization such as ours. This afternoon, the president graciously accepted my resignation.” Petraeus’s admission and resignation represent a remarkable fall from grace for one of the most prominent figures in America’s modern military and intelligence community, a commander who helped lead the nation’s wartime activities in the decade after the Sept. 11 attacks and was credited with turning around the failing war effort in iraq.
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inglorious exit Another one bites the dust
ike a protagonist in a Greek tragedy Gen Petraeus also had in him what Aristotle calls hamartia, or tragic flaw. The most decorated soldier of his generation fell victim to the passion of love at a somewhat ripe age and lost everything. With a doctorate from Princeton, he belonged to a new generation of officers aptly referred to as scholar warriors. Petraeus brought a profound evolution in the country’s military thinking with the new doctrine of counterinsurgency. He was credited with turning around the failing war effort in iraq and was tasked with commanding the troops in Afghanistan after the removal of Gen McChrystal in 2010. As a pragmatist, he shifted from his earlier advocacy of counterinsurgency to counterterrorism in Afghanistan. Petraeus was chosen for the CiA job at a time when the US had already started to rely heavily on the Agency to avoid manpower losses which had become highly unpopular. The selection of an imaginative general to head Langley was in line with the new thinking. Under Petraeus there was to be a massive increase in Special Operations inside Afghanistan. He also looked after the expansion of the CiA’s drone campaign in Yemen and was pushing for the expansion of the Agency’s drone fleet. As Washington decided to lead from behind in the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime, the CiA was assigned an important role. Under the circumstances, it was no easy decision for Obama to accept Petraeus’ resignation. it is ironical that a general who emphasised the importance of character, often telling his charges that character meant doing the right thing when nobody was watching, was himself found involved in an extramarital affair. What goes to his credit is that he made a public confession and expressed regrets, unusual in many countries. interestingly, the affair was discovered by the FBi during investigation into a potential breach of security. That the FBi could hold a secret inquiry into the head of the nation’s premier spy agency and could access his email indicates the strength of the system which is based on institutional oversight. Can any agency in Pakistan dare to do this to the iSi chief? While the Petraeus affair has lessons for Pakistan, there should be no doubt about the continuation of the CiA controlled drone attacks. There being a bipartisan consensus on the policy, an end to the attacks remains predicated on Pakistan taking out the militants in North Waziristan. With TTP groups increasingly using Afghan territory to launch attacks inside Pakistan, with a nod from the government in Kabul, an understanding has to be reached between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan to cooperate with one another to get havens on both sides of the Durand Line cleared of militants.
By Humayun Gauhar
fter this article, most of you will think i’m mad – those who don’t already do so that is. Two watershed events of the last breathless week had to do with life before death: the US and Chinese presidents’ election and selection. Both could accelerate the swing of the pendulum of power from west to east – for better or for worse depends on the collective wisdom or lack of it of the two and many others, including Pakistan. i will write about it later, after i have fully absorbed them. Here i want to write about life after death. Man has always wondered about what happens after death on the earth planet, no matter how strong his faith in God the Supreme Creator and belief in the Hereafter. He has usually convinced himself that there is life after death in spirit form largely based on some faith, yet many still keep wondering whether there is because what the mind cannot fully comprehend it usually doubts to some extent. No one has ever returned to tell us conclusively what it is like, except for the few glimpses we have got from those who have died clinically – near death experience or NDe. i have read most of what has been written on NDes over the last 40 years and even met some people who had the experience. All have the same story to tell – except one whom i met personally. All have belonged to different parts of the world, died at different times and belonged to different faiths, and some none. They report that the moment died they floated up and saw their bodies but at first didn’t recognise themselves and wondered whose body it is. When realisation dawned that it is their own body they got utterly confused. They heard and saw what was going on – in a hospital doctors and nurses working feverishly to revive them, for example. They shout at them to tell them where they are, that they are fine, but the living can neither see them nor hear them. So they panic, but momentarily. Some see dead relatives come to meet them; some see those they don’t recognize. either way, those that come to see them are kindly but upset that they have come before their time and tell them to return. Others go further, through a tunnel, very fast, during which they see their entire life flash before their eyes but in every little detail. Remember, time is relative and is different in different dimensions. Comprehension too is relative and prob-
ably becomes much better when the mind is not encased in a brain with its physical limitations. Often they are accompanied by a benign, kindly being who sees their life’s ‘film’ with them without making any comment, critical or complimentary. At the end of the tunnel there is a bright, yellow light that is neither hot nor hurts the eyes. They are enveloped by the light and experience a peace so serene such as they have never known before nor can adequately explain in human language. They see more people. They are asked to go back because their work on the earth planet is not yet finished. They feel so much peace that they don’t want to return, but have to. Some opt to, especially if they have young children, but not many. Most return reluctantly. All have said later that they are not afraid of dying any more. i know a gentleman who had an NDe in the Cardiovascular institute of Karachi. in spirit form he started begging the doctors “don’t revive me, don’t revive me” and continued saying this even after he returned to his body. His wife who was standing there heard him and confirmed it to me. He told me that he experienced such peace that he didn’t want to return. Then there is a first cousin of my wife who was undergoing routine heart bypass surgery in Los Angeles. For some reason the doctors had mistakenly given him less anesthesia than he needed so he woke up midway through the operation, chest wide open. The pain was unbearable. He wiggled his toes but no one noticed. He died of trauma and his spirit went up to a corner of the operation theatre near the ceiling. They soon noticed that he had flat-lined and started working on him furiously. He heard and saw everything the doctors and nurses did. He met his dead parents and other relatives, who told him that he it was not yet time for him to come and must go back. A few days later he described his experience to his doctors and told them what they had said and done. They were stunned. They worried that they would be slapped with a malpractice suit. They were not because one cannot prove such an experience in a mundane human court of law. Then there was this Sri Lankan Christian who worked in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London who fell down a stairwell and died. Taken to hospital, the doctors revived him. i especially met him and his local pastor for dinner at my sister Naveed and brother-in-law Rumman’s house. His was the opposite experience. He said he went to ‘hell’. He begged and begged to return to make amends. Finally, he was allowed to. ever since he has been doing good works and helping people. “What was hell like,” i asked. “Horrible, terrible, i cannot describe it. i don’t have the words. i just felt awful, no peace at all.” “So can one say that hell is the absence of peace and heaven the presence perfect peace?” i asked. “Yes,” he said. “That is the best way to put it that i can think of.” i asked him what he had done to go to hell. “i was horrible, i did terrible things, so awful that i cannot tell you.
Now i have changed.” Amongst other things, i discerned that he had been giving loans like a loan shark and taking loans from loan sharks that he would lend on at higher interest rates. Bankers of the world beware, because they have all become legalised loan sharks and hell is not a nice place to be at. There are thousands of stories like this from all over the world. i once came close to death myself because i had been given a medicine to which i am allergic. i clearly saw my dead paternal grandparents sitting on chairs at my bedside, brows furrowed and looking somewhat worried. They said nothing. They were not the last people on my mind at the time, my living family was. it was not a hallucination. i stopped smoking once and lying down during withdrawal i thought the rug next to my bed was grass and started spitting on it, because i was salivating like mad. My son, then little, stopped me: “What are you doing, what are you doing?’ he asked. That is hallucination. The majority of doctors and scientists have always maintained that such experiences – though so similar over time, space and faith that no scientist worth his salt can ignore them – are inbuilt hallucinations that come from the cortex in the brain to comfort a dying person. But then how do they explain the accurate report a person gives about what they saw and heard when they died? even if the ears are the last to die and so hear everything, what about the eyes? How do they see everything? Hallucination? Doesn’t quite gel. How does one explain the following stories, all in the USA, all in hospitals? Most such stories come from those who have died in hospitals because it is easy to record them. A man died and when he returned he told his doctors that the hospital would soon become very busy, as there had been a terrible accident outside. They thought he was hallucinating. Sure enough, minutes later the dead and injured started coming to the hospital because there had indeed been a terrible accident outside. Two men died at about the same time on different floors in the same hospital and were revived. They met each other. each reported the other man’s death to their respective doctors after they returned to their bodies, gave the other man’s name and also the name of the other’s wife who was sitting outside. His doctors thought nothing of it until they exchanged stories with the team of doctors of the other man who had died clinically and had told them virtually the same story. Try that on for size. Some hallucination. Soon the scientists will tell us that life is a hallucination too. Make of it what you will. i am still wondering in wonderment. We will all soon find out anyway. There is so much more to tell that has recently happened, but i have run out of space. i will continue next week in ‘Life after Life’. Obama and Xi Jinping can wait. What a relief! The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
a nation in crisis Apprehensions of a US citizen about the US presidential elections
Washington Watch By Dr James J Zogby
wanted John Kerry to win in 2004, but i also remember hoping, at one point, that whatever the outcome, the election would be a decisive one. After the “hanging chads” debacle of 2000 and the partisan rancour that had preceded and then intensified following
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that contest, i just wasn’t sure that we could endure another election whose outcome and legitimacy were in doubt. This year, i fear, the situation had worsened. For four years, we have witnessed not only partisan obstruction and gridlock, but a persistent campaign to delegitimise the very person of the President — raising questions about his birth (and, therefore, his eligibility to hold the office) and his religion (and, therefore, whether he was lying about his Christian faith). The race baiting and venomous attacks against Barack Obama had been extreme and worrisome. We are a nation in crisis, so deeply divided that the situation can be likened, at times, to a civil war on simmer. Of course, we’ve had contention and partisanship before, but this is different. in the first place, the warring components of the electorate are more empowered. in the past elections, angry, white, middle aged, middle class voters have
been taken for a ride. They were the “Reagan Democrats” whose support the Republican Party would woo with hints of race-resentment or so-called “social issues”. They would court them for their votes, then let them down. With the advent of the “Tea Party”, however, this crowd is no longer going for a ride, they are now behind the wheel and flexing their muscles. After being courted and organised and even funded by the GOP, the Tea Party has in many instances turned on their patrons striking fear in the hearts of the Republican establishment. in the last two election cycles they defeated party stalwarts, helping to elect folks as angry, resentful, and as unwilling to compromise as they are. On the liberal side of US politics, there is intensity as well — emanating from the African American, Latino, women’s, and Gay-Lesbian communities, as well as organised labour. They fear
that the hard fought gains they have won during the past several decades may be at risk. As a result, they are demonstrating a willingness to fight not seen since the days of the civil rights movement. Added to this are elements on the left — like the “Occupy Movement” and several progressive online organising communities — that have declared their independence from the Democratic Party establishment. Both sides are organised independently from the leaderships of the two parties and are pressing their respective agendas, mirroring each other in intensity. Additionally, each side can tune in to (or log on to) their own national media fueling their rage and their mistrust of the other. And finally, listening to both sides it becomes clear that each has its own definition of being American that in many ways denies the legitimacy of the other. To blame the president for this state of affairs, as some have, is patently absurd. He
has been the victim and target, not the initiator, of this politics of division. With polls showing not only that the national race would be close, but that as many as five states may be so close as to require recounts, i was worried that there would be an even deeper crisis at the end of the election — whatever the outcome. instead of coming together, we would be pulled further apart. i worried, as well, that the next four years would witness even more rancour than the last four. And if the McConnell/Boehner model of “victor/vanquished” obstructionism became the new modus operandi of politics in Washington, the anger and the deep mistrust that had come to define our political landscape would continue to impede our ability to work together after the election to accomplish the nation’s business. The writer is President of the ArabAmerican Institute.
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referendum on quaid’s Pakistan it is surprising that those who are in power are talking of holding a referendum on whether the people want Quaid’s Pakistan, or some other distorted, convoluted version of it. Of course, the unfortunate people of this country yearn to live and breathe in the Pakistan envisioned by the Quaid and Allama iqbal. They are very clear that in the scheme of Quaid’s Pakistan, there would be no room for events such as illegal confinement of Chief Justice of Pakistan at Karachi Airport and the mayhem that followed it in Karachi, nor for criminals disguised as religious fanatics to spread terror, nor ethnic or sectarian killings that occur frequently, neither patronising organised crime by allowing extortion from traders, far exceeding the tax they pay to FBR. Quaid-e-Azam struggled for the creation of Pakistan so that the majority of its Muslim citizens could live in peace with men of other faith, free from fear and exploitation, enjoying equal opportunities without any discrimination. There was to be no room for politics of ethnicity, hatred or violence in Quaid’s Pakistan, nor was it created to replace the hegemony or exploitation by majority Hindu with tyranny of paid civil/uniformed bureaucracy, or greed dominated corruption of few politicians. Jinnah’s Pakistan was to be ruled by men/women who would live and die here, not those who have pledged loyalty to another country and have no stakes in this country. There is no confusion in the minds of masses, whose daily life has been made miserable by swindlers, who fear death each day, while robbers roam around free and target killers go on rampage, demanding extortion. The confusion, if any, is the minds of those who rule us by default, or by design, and their stinking feudal mindset. MALIK TARIQ ALI Illinois, USA
the statements This is with reference to the furoure created over the statements given by Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. it is merely a coincidence that both statements appeared on the same day, but for anyone to assume that the scripts of both the statements were written in advance is merely a wild speculation devoid of any plausible basis. in fact, COAS and CJP both read out their scripts at two separate venues at different times of the day. The contents of both speeches were different and in no way reactionary to one another, they were not even reactionary and any judgment based on confrontation theory is superfluous. Both the speeches emphasized the supremacy of constitution and also the rule of law. Seen in this context the army and the judiciary, both were advocating rules that spoke about integration of
the institutions and consolidation of the right system of methods of governance. it is very sad that a small segment of the print and electronic media as usual resorted to negatively criticizing the speeches with biased intent and evil designs to yet again attempt to create confrontation between two prestigious national institutions. Judiciary and army both are totally committed to safeguarding the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law and are not seeking mutual confrontation. Such malicious designs with anti-state agenda are detrimental to spirit of national harmony and smooth functioning of state. Under the prevailing situation such attempts are neither acceptable nor desirable. i think where the government erred was to allow NLC generals to be tried by the army. Once an army officer retires from service he puts off
Stopping drone attacks Four more years for Obama. What it means to us is four more years of drone attacks and killings of innocent people on the western border of Pakistan. Obama claims that his policies are worth another four years, so the one momentary chance of drone attacks being stopped has also diminished. A few changes he’s willing to make are in his country’s fiscal fixes, taxation and immigration. Keeping that in view, if Obama administration does not changes its policy towards Pakistan, why not Pakistan change its policy towards America? it’s a give and take relationship after all. The least our government can do is to stop these drone attacks that are creating a continuous unrest in the country. And for this, we Pakistanis, don’t need to wait for elections, it’s now or never. HUDA NASIR Islamabad
Security during muharram The month of Muharram is approaching fast during which certain special security measures have to be taken by the government. All imambargahs, places of majalis and certain roads on which Ashura processions will proceed all over the country will witness large gatherings. Hence, these places will become most vulnerable to terrorists. We have examples of imambargahs and Ashura processions being targeted by terrorists in the past. The attack in Karachi on December 28, 2009, targeting the Moharram 10 procession of mourners, in which over 40 innocent lives were lost and in excess of 100 peaceful citizens were injured in addition to looting and arson of private and public property, is an example. Following steps are suggested to avoid any tragedy: 1) The management of every imambargah should form a ‘watch’ committee of volunteers to
his uniform and for all practical purposes he is a reborn civilian and therefore answerable to the law like his civilian compatriots. it is on record whenever any general has staged a military coup it has been hailed by the majority of the political parties except the aggrieved political party and that is understandable. Majority of the politicians in one way or the other have served with dictators in the past and in some cases strengthened their hands to prolong their stay in power. Can this nation ever forget PML-Q’s support for Gen Musharraf when Ch Pervez ellahi openly said his party would vote 10 times for Gen Musharraf to be elected in uniform? The army should revisit its system and should adopt old system where no statements were ever made by COAS or iSPR except covering operations. There is no need to make any
monitor security. A team of young unarmed volunteers should be formed to carry out round-theclock watch and to carryout body search of all persons entering the imambargah and to observe any suspicious activity inside and around the imambargah and other large venues. 2) Imambargahs should be combed before and after a majlis is to be held to ensure that no suspicious objects are lying or concealed anywhere inside or close to the venue. Any suspicious item should warrant an immediate call to the police. 3) All entrances to the imambargah should remain locked except the main one which should be manned either by policemen or by volunteers. 4) All windows and openings of the imambargah should have iron grills, with a wire-mesh covering, so that no one is able to intrude or throw something like a hand grenade from outside. 5) in the larger and more prominent imambargahs, the government can consider installing CCTV surveillance cameras. 6) Rooftops and balconies of buildings on both side of procession route should be manned by police/Rangers. However, cellular phone services should not be suspended on 9th and 10th of Muharram in the name of security. Because suspension of cellular phone service not only causes inconvenience for its subscribers but it becomes a security and safety risk for the subscribers as they cannot call any emergency service like emergency police, fire brigade, bomb disposal squad and ambulance in the event of robbery, fire, road accident or some medical emergency in their house during the mobile phone suspension duration. it should be the responsibility of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the cellular companies to monitor the calls and messages of cell phones. it is pertinent to note that during Olympics in London this year despite apprehending threats of terrorist attack cellular phone services was suspended on a single day but otherwise security was kept very tight without
statement after every Corps Commanders’ conference as it ends up in a political sermon, and then we have unending talk shows on each and every sentence uttered by the army chief. The issues raised by both CJP and COAS are of little value and interest, what’s right or not should be left to the people of Pakistan. Whether the people have welcomed these men in uniform or not is an open secret. Both have used national interest as a keyword in retaining power. The judiciary is not proud of its past history but the process has started where both have started crumbling down on their own. This may strengthen democracy or take away the democracy, the ultimate decision lies with the institutions themselves that have started to accept reform as the slogan to move forward. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
disturbing the people. it is suggested that our honourable interior Minister Mr Rehman Malik should learn a lesson from the example of Dr Shah Sindh’s sports minister who worked all year to make foolproof security arrangements for the event of the international World Xi series with Dr ishrat-ulebad’s support with no violence or unpleasant incident taking place during the matches without asking the interior ministry to suspend cellular phone service. SQN LDR (retd) S AUSAF HUSAIN Karachi
Honouring malala Shooting a 14-year-old schoolgirl was the maximum which Taliban could have done as not being logically able to argue their case, they resort to violence. Then it was world’s turn to respond to Taliban, but with logic, reason and determination. it has now been announced that Pakistan government will provide cash stipend, with help from World Bank and other donors, to around three million poor families to encourage them to send their kids to primary schools. This was announced in the backdrop of UN sponsored Malala Day, Nov 10. Also tens of thousands of people across the world have signed an online petition to nominate Malala Yousafzai for Nobel Peace Prize. The Taliban need to understand that the world is getting united against their violence, sectarian hatred, narrow interpretation of religion, opposition to girls’ right to education and jobs. Tehy can’t set the clock backward to take Pakistan and Afghanistan to medieval times; it’s time to move forward to land on Mars and Venus, not to fight whether a girl can get education or step outside her home or not. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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He movie that changed the thought-process behind the way indian filmmakers created their films and allotted roles to their film’s female leads has been “Kahaani”, that released this year. A woman-centric film, which had no male lead, or an item-number to gather masses or even a cameo by a superstar to ensure the movie pulls through at the box-office was the Vidya Balan starrer “Kahaani”. The film gathered tremendous positive response from the film fraternity, the audiences and the critics. Vidya Balan carried the film on her shoulders and made the world take notice of her acting abilities. Now there is news that the film will have a part two which tentatively has been named “Kahaani 2”. What does not come as a surprise is that the leading lady is going to remain the sameVidya Balan. However, the filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh has asked her this time around to lose weight. Though she remains unruffled by the flak she receives due to her excess weight, finally she has been asked to shed all the flab, which she has gathered around in the past months, by her
I am quite like Aamir: Asin
Asin, 27, is culturally rooted in Kerala but is equally comfortable speaking Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil or english. even though she was born in a conservative Roman Catholic Christian family, she grew up in a cosmopolitan Navy public school in Cochin, which she calls mini-india. even though she scored over 90 per cent in her 10th board exams, she took up Humanities in the 11th, shocking her family who were confident she would take up science and get into the civil services. Being photogenic, she started modelling for ad campaigns and did her first Malayalam film at the age of 15. By the time she got to college, she had done five films in the South and had bagged her first Filmfare award. in a conversation with TOi, she opens up about her her similarities with Aamir Khan, why Akshay is her best co-star and why she would never date anyone from the industry. excerpts: How did you get to work in Ghajini? in 2005, Ghajini was the most popular regional film down South. Aamir wanted to see it and so a special screening was organised for him in Bombay. i was at that time shooting in Chennai when i got a call from Aamir complimenting me for my performance. i thought it was a prank call from someone else till my producer told me that it must be Aamir only as he had just finished seeing the trial in Bombay. i was thrilled getting such a compliment from one of the biggest superstars in our country. Later, i was approached to act in the Hindi remake of the film with Aamir as my co-star. it was a dream Bollywood debut for me. COURTeSY TOi
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director. The shoot of Kahaani will begin sometime soon, but before all of that she needs to be in shape. The reason behind such a demand by the director has been due to the hardcore action that the sequel to Kahaani will be infested with. This requires her to be lean, fit and shapelier. When Sujoy Ghosh was contacted, this is what he said, “i want to start shooting Kahaani 2 from May next year. Vidya needs to be very agile in the film.” Vidya had to gain weight for the film “The Dirty Picture”. She wanted to shed all the weight immediately after she finished shooting for the film but she could not as director Raj Kumar Gupta needed her to be of that weight for his film “Ghanchakkar”. However, with “Kahaani 2” needing her lo lose excess of fat she finally can do what she wants, that is, be lean and fit. Sujoy Ghosh too on the other hand, is confident that she will be able to go back to her original shape. He said, “Given the kind of person Vidya is who can both gain and lose weight easily, this shouldn’t be a tall task for her”. When Vidya was contacted regarding these developments she was not available for comments. neWS DeSK
Fifty shades of irony: ‘Bridget Jones’ sequel to be published Longtime 'Bridget Jones' fans are older now – the first story of the “wanton sex goddess” came out 16 years ago. But Helen Fielding’s signature character is set for a return as a new book in the series was announced for release this fall. Though no title for the new novel has been unveiled, and it's unclear whether Bridget’s ‘Mr Right’ Mark Darcy will stay or go, the story will focus on “a different phase in Bridget’s life,” according to an interview with Fielding earlier this year published in the Telegraph. “Resolution number one: Obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Number two:Wwill find nice sensible boyfriend and not continue to form romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional f**kwits or perverts,” Jones once promised. Fielding said that despite the sweeping success of the erotic saga 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, her new book would abstain from risqué scenes. “if ever i wrote a sex scene, i would send it to friends for feedback – different passages to different friends – and, hon-
estly, i’d never hear the end of it,” she explained. “i would always be hearing little references to it slipped into conversation – how embarrassing – so now i just don’t do it,” the 54-year-old novelist said. Fielding’s happy-golucky Bridget said she truly believed “happiness is possible… even when you're thirty-three and have a bottom the size of two bowling balls” – enthusiasm that won the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
The first two Bridget Jones sagas – 'Bridget Jones’s Diary' and 'The edge of Reason' – became bestselling hits, published in over 40 countries. The two novels have sold over 15 million copies across the globe, and were both adapted for the silver screen. The Telegraph quoted a publisher at Jonathan Cape, which acquired the rights to the novel, as saying that "great comic writers are as rare as hen’s teeth.” neWS DeSK
Katie Holmes, 33, says she fell for a diet of ice cream and boxed wine after filing divorce papers against her former husband tom Cruise.
AAMIR TRIES TO OUST AKSHAY The makers of Talaash have asked single screen owners to allow an uninterrupted twoweek run to their film, which in turn will affect Akshay's Khiladi 786. The Diwali battle between the makers of Son Of Sardar and Jab Tak Hai Jaan is hardly over, and a new set of filmmakers have already drawn out their swords.TOi has learnt that the producers of Aamir Khan starrer Talaash, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have asked single screen exhibitors to allow a twoweek run for their venture that
releases on November 30. This will affect Akshay Kumar's Khiladi 786 that hits the theatres a week later. According to a trade source, exhibitors aren't too pleased with the constant war between filmmakers over screening space. "First YRF asked single screen owners to give their Diwali release starring Shah Rukh Khan as many screens as Salman Khan's ek Tha Tiger. This put a lot of pressure on most exhibitors since ek Tha Tiger was a single big eid release and on Diwali there were
two big films. And now, the makers of Talaash are asking for a continuous two-week run. ideally, most theatre owners would like to decide on the film's second week run after assessing the response in the first week," said the source. When contacted, trade analyst Amod Mehra opined, "YRF started this trend. Hereafter no big film will be assured of a decent release. This sparks off a very unhealthy trend in the industry." Distributor Ramesh Sippy however, chose to differ. neWS DeSK
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13 MTv Awards set for some Gangnam Style Prisoners to treat Big B and SrK with dance
He video for Psy's Gangnam Style, which became a viral hit on YouTube, is chasing one of the top honours at Sunday's MTV europe Music Awards. His internet hit is up for the Best Video award, after being viewed more than 680 million times and receiving a recordbreaking 4.9 million 'likes' on Facebook since being released in mid-July. Rihanna is leading the nominations with nods in six categories including Best Song, Best Video and Best Female. The Barbadian RB singer is favourite for Best Song and Best Female, according to odds offered by bookmaker William Hill, while Gangnam Style is tipped to win Best Video. The satirical video featuring Psy's horse-riding dance has sparked a wave of copycat versions from eton schoolboys to Californian lifeguards. it even caught the attention of United Nations Secretary General Ban Kimoon. Psy will become the first South Korean artist to perform at the annual
awards, one of the pop industry's biggest nights outside the United States, when he takes the stage at Frankfurt's Festhalle venue. German model and presenter Heidi Klum will host the awards. She said she had been practising her Gangnam moves in case she gets called on to dance. 'My kids are obsessed with the song, even though it's Korean and they have no idea what he's talking about,' she said ahead of the event. Despite being billed as the europe Music Awards, the vast majority of nominees are traditionally North American, and 2012 is no exception. Other acts due to take the stage at the show include country singer Taylor Swift, 14-times Grammy winner Alicia Keys, The Killers and Carly Rae Jepsen. Following close behind Rihanna, with five nominations is Swift, while other top nominees include Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, with four each. Lady Gaga, who cleaned up last year with four prizes, is in the running for three awards. neWS DeSK
Mother protected me in i'm not having 47 weddings: Hollywood: Brooke Shields miley Cyrus
NEWS DESK Actress Brooke Shields says her late mother Teri Shields protected her from negative aspects of the entertainment industry. Teri, who was also the actress' manager, helped her in getting important assignments but was time and again accused of getting her daughter land up in provocative projects, but Brook thinks otherwise. "She protected me from so much of what is devastating about being in the entertainment industry the rejection, the jealousy, the being s**ewed-over," hollywoodreporter.com quoted her as saying. "The bubble she created around me was the biggest blessing she could have given me. The need to attack her is unnecessary," she added.
Miley Cyrus has slammed reports that she is having several weddings with her beau Liam Hemsworth, saying that she'll have just one, which people should remember throughout their lives. "There's some rumour going around that i'm having like 47 weddings - i'm not," the Mirror quote her as saying on ellen DeGeneres' talk show. "i'm having one wedding. That's my day and whatever i want on that day, it will be about me and that moment, that look of love. "That's the one day that that movie crap is real, that romance. That look is the time that you get that. i've been to probably 10, 20 weddings and i've seen that look probably five, six times. it's rare that people just stop to really look a person in the eye and know that this is your life together. neWS DeSK
Robert Pattinson dodges K-Stew reunion rumours After months of speculation over whether they are or aren't back together, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 co-stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are speaking out on the status of their relationship, whether they want to or not. earlier this week, K-Stew refused to confirm or deny their rumoured reunion on The Today Show - telling host Savannah Guthrie that she likes to "keep 'em guessing" when it comes to their romance. On Thursday (8th November), it was Pattinson's turn to be grilled by Guthrie, where she asked the 26year old if he had heard Stewart's an-
swer to the question Twihards across the world have been dying to know. "Keep 'em guessing?" he repeated after Guthrie informed him of Kristen's response. "i want to ask, because we get asked it all the time, everyone always asks, like for four years. Who is actually asking? is it in your contract?" She replied laughing: "Yes, it's in the fine print." it is the first time that R-Pattz has been asked or spoken about the status of his relationship with Stewart, and he was clearly taken aback. Guthrie, not backing down, then followed up asking if his success with the Twilight is a "high price to pay"
since "it is personal" for him now. Rob responded: "Doesn't have to be. it only becomes personal if you answer it. i could sit here and talk nonsense about paper hats and stuff, getting old, needing a nap." Stewart and Pattinson first met on the set of the first vampire flick back in 2008 and there has been speculation regarding their relationship ever since. The pair had never publicly addressed their romance until Kristen issued a public statement apologising to Pattinson for her "momentary indiscretion" after photos were released of her kissing Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in July.
group of 48 inmates serving life sentences at Kolkata's Presidency and alipore jail will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to entertain Bollywood superstars amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan today by group dancing. at the inauguration ceremony of the Kolkata international Film Festival (KiFF) at the netaji indoor Stadium, the prisoners will present four group dances which includes traditional folk dance 'Chhau', a peacock-style dance and an invocation to the Goddess Kali. Besides Khan and Big B, others from Bollywood like Katrina Kaif, anushka Sharma and Mithun Chakraborty are also expected to be present at the inauguration along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The eight-minute performance by the troupe will be an excerpt from Rabindranath Tagore's dance drama 'Valmiki Pratibha' and would be directed by dancer and choreographer alakananda Roy who has trained the inmates in a process of their gradual return to the mainstream. "all of them are very excited and feel honoured to be invited for this show. neWS DeSK
there'll never be a gay James Bond: Daniel craig
aniel Craig has come forward to put an end to all the speculations surrounding James Bond's sexuality, insisting there will never be a gay 007. The 44-year-old actor was forced to comment after the chemistry between him and Javier Bardem's character Raoul Silva sparked rumours about Bond's sexuality. The scene in question sees a flirtatious Silva stroke Bond's legs and chest as the spy sits tied up in a chair, with 007 ending the scene by asking his enemy, "What makes you think this is my first time?" However, asked if he could ever imagine a gay Bond, Craig said, "no." asked to explain why not, the 44-year-old actor said, "Because he's not gay." "and i don't think Javier's character is either - i think he'd f**k anything," the Daily Mail reported. But Craig's co-star naomie Harris, who plays Bond girl eve in the new movie 'Skyall,' is more open to the idea of Bond being gay. "i think everything is open. everything is open. Who knows?!" she said. neWS DeSK
A leaner, meaner Saif
oST actors go to great lengths to get the right look for their roles, often putting on and losing weight in a matter of months. This time it's actor Saif ali Khan, who has undergone a strenuous fitness regime for his next flick, Race 2. after the release of his last film, agent Vinod, the 42-year-old actor opted for a special diet, in order to get a leaner, rugged look that he is expected to carry in the sequel to the 2008 abbasMustan-directed film. The role also requires Saif to be in the pink of health and build stamina. To fulfill these requirements, Saif has been attending yoga classes and taking strenuous exercises. Talking about his new fitness regime, Saif says, "i have always been into working out and leading a healthy lifestyle, but this role required me to go extremes. Which is why, it was all the more important that i stick to this routine. i had to be my fittest best. it was not just about getting the six pack, but also building endurance." neWS DeSK
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Infotainment 14 HUNDREDS OF MARILYN MONROE PHOTOS SELL FOR £470,000
iDDeRS and spectators packed the Desa Unicum house in Warsaw, where 238 pictures by the late American fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene were up for sale. Only one remained unsold, among some 500 bidders. The auction house said in a statement that the 2.4 million zlotys obtained made it the nation’s biggest photo auction to date. Most of these pictures of Monroe were taken from 1953 to 1957 when Greene was her advisor and business partner. He made many of the prints during Monroe’s lifetime and they are highly valued by collectors. They include series of refined black-and-white studio photos and shots taken in natural surroundings, sometime in provocative poses, some in color. As the bidding began, a black-and-white photo of a reclining Monroe in black stockings sold for 50,000 zlotys (£10,000), and another of her in a ballerina’s dress sold for almost £12,500. The auction also offered Greene’s pictures of other stars, like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich and Liza Minnelli. A picture of Nelly Nyad in white veil was among the bestsellers, at some £8,700, the auction house said. The photos come from a collection of some 4,000 Greene pictures that Poland obtained from Chicago businessman Dino Matingas in the mid-1990s as the result of a complex communist-era embezzlement scandal linked to the buy-out of Poland’s state debt. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Polish government. Some of the images have never been published before, according to Marta Maciazek, the Polish official in charge of cleaning up the mess from the corruption affair. COURTeSY TeleGRaPH
Hollande makes 'friendly' mistake in note to Obama
UNTY French President Francois Hollande's attempt to sign a note congratulating Barack Obama for getting re-elected wound up lost in translation — and all over Twitter. in the great Gallic tradition of murdering the english language, Hollande ended the letter to the U.S. president in his own hand, writing: "Friendly, Francois Hollande." The mistake was a literal translation of the French "amicalement," instead of what probably should have been "kind regards." it went viral on Twitter, overshadowing the rest of the note, which fleetingly touched on topics such as the Middle east and the economy. According to local media, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was also weak in english. To excuse bad weather in January 2010, Sarkozy told U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, "Sorry for the time." neWS DeSK
Macedonian minister looking for certified geniuses
which side of the bed do you sleep on? 1 In 10 couples argue over this, says survey What a couple's sleep positions might say about their relationship has long been fodder for magazine articles and occasional research. Now a British hotel chain has put marketing dollars toward investigating how couples decide on those sleep positions in the first place. According to the findings, a lot of fighting is involved. The Premier inn hotel company surveyed 2,000 adults in the U.K. about their sleeping habits, The Daily Mail reported. They found that over 10 percent of couples argue about which side of the bed to sleep on, and that one in 20 men are unhappy with the outcome of those arguments. According to the Daily Mail, Claire Haigh of Premier inn said: "everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their sleeping styles but which side of the bed people sleep on seems to be fundamental to getting a good night’s sleep." She also said that the adults surveyed showed an even split between preferring the left or right side of the bed -but regardless of which side they chose,
most people had a clear preference. Some commonly cited reasons for preferring one side of the bed over the other were a better view of the television, being closer to children, being near a radiator, being close to personal belongings, being farther from outside noise and being closer to a larger amount of floor space. Jezebel's Laura Beck suggests that we take this study "with a huge-a** grain of
salt" and not assume that owning the side of the bed you want necessarily improves your sleep or wellbeing. After all, she writes, older Premier research "found that folks who sleep on the left side of the bed are happier in general. So, ditch the Zoloft and forget about leaving the house, all you have to do is get up on the right left side of the bed and it's alllll good."COURTeSY HUffPOST
mail carrier walks by dead man, thinking he's a mannequin The U.S. Postal Service is defending a mail carrier who stepped around a Denver man who collapsed and died near his front door. Dale Porch was dropped off at home last week after working the night shift for the Regional Transportation District but never made it inside. Family members say hours later, a mail carrier walked by the body to deliver the mail but did nothing to help. KMGH-TV reports the carrier has been temporarily taken off the route. The family says the carrier told them he thought the body was a mannequin, a decoration left over from Halloween. A Postal Service spokesman called it an unfortunate situation that probably would not have happened any other time of the year, reported the Associated Press. neWS DeSK
ACeDONiA'S health minister is looking for assistants — but they have to be certified geniuses. Nikola Todorov's ministry announced Thursday that it needs seven to 10 advisers, to consult once or twice a month for a daily fee of 3,000 to 5,000 denars (€50-80, $64-100). The announcement said successful candidates must possess an iQ score of at least 140, certified by the Mensa international iQ society. They also must have a university degree and speak at least two foreign languages. Macedonian public servants are not normally required to take iQ tests, but Todorov can be demanding. He recently angered state doctors by linking their salaries with the number of patients they treat. The average intelligence quotient is 90 to 110. Above 140, people are considered geniuses. neWS DeSK
US adventurer's bid to cross the Atlantic using helium balloons
ONATHAN Trappe, 38, plans to fly 2,500 miles across the pond next summer in a seven-foot lifeboat carried by the balloons. Mr Trappe has harnessed the huge public interest in his previous adventures to launch a $300,000 (£186,000) appeal to crowd-fund online the expensive helium and special UV resistant balloons he will need for his record-breaking flight. He has already invested $170,000 (£106,000) into the mission. The Atlantic crossing has presented a challenge to balloonists for decades. Five others have died attempting it, and none have achieved the crossing attached to cluster balloons. in 2010, Mr Trappe made global headlines when he flew from england to Belgium dangling from scores of helium balloons – just like the Disney character Carl Fredricksen from the film Up. The balloonist, from Raleigh, North Carolina, is learning to sail a lifeboat, in case he needs to ditch into the ocean during the mission. COURTeSY TeleGRAPH
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Ajmal rubbishes fresh fixing claims LAHORE
LAiMS made by a British journalist that the indoPak 2011 cricket World Cup semi-final may have been fixed were on Saturday dismissed by leading Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, who said this was being done to spoil the upcoming series. Ajmal, who played in that match in Mohali in March, described the claims as “useless” and said both the teams fought hard in that match. “i think these allegations are being made now to just spoil our coming tour to india. There is no substance to the story. i played in the semi final and i know how every player fought tooth and nail in it,” he said reacting to a fresh claims by a sportsbetting journalist that the match could have been fixed. “But if there is any truth in that the match was fixed how come even after such
a long time no one has been able to show any evidence. This issue is being raised again to derail our series in india,” the offspinner told the `Duniya` news channel. india and Pakistan are set to resume bilateral cricket ties after a gap of five years with a three-match ODi series and two Twenty20s in December-January. The journalist has written in yet to be launched book that he got a message from an indian bookie, who predicted the trend and pattern of the match, which india won. British Tabloid `Daily Mail` published extracts of the book in which the author raised doubts about the match merely because of the predictions of the bookie turned out to be fairly accurate. The iCC had also earlier rejected the allegations which had surfaced shortly after the match. The then iCC CeO Haroon Lorgat had said, “The iCC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match. it is indeed sad for spurious claims to be
a contract with Pakistan which stipulated that the team would lose the match by a margin of over 20 runs. The bookie had further said that india batting first would make 260 runs and their first three wickets would fall in 15 overs, while Pakistan would make 100 runs and then lose two quick wickets. Another claim made is that bookies had used Bollywood actresses in the fixing process. Hawkins, a sport betting journalist, spent months investigating corruption in cricket. His book ‘Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: Journey to the corrupt heart of cricket’s underworld’ will be published on November 15.
Sons want Dravid to bat like Gayle
PCb deliberates on afridi, Yousuf application LAHORE STAFF RePORT
former Pakistan chief selector undergoes successful surgery LAHORE
The Pakistan Cricket Board is deliberating on the application of Shahid Afridi ad Mohannad Yousuf. A spokesman of PCB wants to rebut a story attributed to him and published in a section of media today about stopping Mohammad Yousaf and Shahid Afridi to take part in the on-going President’s Trophy tournament. it is stated for the correction of records that the applications for both the players have been received by the PCB and cricket committee of PCB is deliberating on them. No decision in this regard has been taken yet. The decision in this regard is expected soon. it is pertinent to mention here that according to the rules, the last date for the submission of 20 player names by their respective departments to PCB was 24th September, 2012. Any request, thereafter, in relaxation of this rule, and any permission to include another name in the squad of a department has to be sought from the PCB.
After retiring from international cricket, former india captain Rahul Dravid might not have to deal with critics anymore, but he is continuing to face criticism from unexpected quarters - his two sons. The batting legend says his two sons ask him during their regular backyard sessions to bat less like himself and more like Chris Gayle, the ‘Gaylestorm’, referring to the West indian’s pyrotechnics in the middle. “i think that truly proves the saying that, in our country, everyone is a cricket critic,” Dravid said. Dravid said he was happy not to be spending all his time thinking and contemplating (about the challenges of cricket befacing him) in the last few months. “i now know the price of onions, tomatoes and sugar on a more or less weekly basis. i am an enthusiastic participant in parent-teacher meetings and in homework sessions, renewing my appreciation for simple routines of lives, rare luxuries during the humdrum life in professional cricket”, he said. Reminiscing his cricketing days, Dravid said cricket has made him a better, wellrounded person and given him a platform for both professional success and failure. “On the flip side, my aspiration was always to leave the game better than i found it. i tried my very best to live up to that standard by playing with integrity and pride. i feel i was able to achieve some of these goals on my own, in a very personal way,” he said. Dravid said cricket is one of the few unifying things, which has provided him the opportunity to come in contact with people of every background and every sort. “i have played in many corners of the country where no corporate job would have taken me to. My teammates were from so many different backgrounds. Today, the national team is largely composed of players from small towns and tier-2 cities. The game has truly democratised and captured this diversity. This has been fascinating for me to experience,” he said.
South africa’s Petersen to join Somerset in 2013 SOMERSET AGenCIeS
South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen has agreed to join Somerset for the first part of the 2013 season. The 31-year-old has played for two other english counties - essex and Glamorgan - and will remain at Taunton until the start of the T20 competition. “Somerset are a successful team in all forms of cricket and i look forward to becoming part of the setup,” the 31-yearold told the club website. “i hope that i can help Somerset win some trophies in 2013.” Petersen is currently making his 17th Test appearance for South Africa and was dismissed for 64 in the first innings of their first match against Australia in Brisbane, which began on Friday. He played all three matches of the recent series victory in england, making a Testbest of 182 at Headingley in August. The Port elizabeth-born batsman has also featured in 17 one-day games two T20 internationals for his country. Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender added: “He is an exceptional player and has an impressive record as a batsman, which he demonstrated during this summer’s series against england. “We look forward to welcoming him to Taunton in the spring.”
made which only serve to cause doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful iCC Cricket World Cups ever.” Meanwhile, the then PCB chief ijaz Butt said he would like to see the PCB take up the issue with the iCC. “i am no longer the Chairman and it is not right for me to say anything now but i think the current Chairman should take up this issue with the iCC,” Butt told PTi. “it is a fact that few weeks after the match was played they were lot of allegations made but nothing concrete came up from anywhere. Not even the iCC said anything about it,” he added. The current PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said he would not like to comment in the issue since he was not the chief at that time. earlier, a repot claimed that the semifinal between Pakistan and india of the Cricket World Cup 2011 was fixed. The claimed was made by British Journalist ed Hawkins in his new book. According to Hawkins, the bookie had
Former chief cricket selector of Pakistan, Salahuddin, has undergone a successful surgery here for the removal of multiple clots in the lower back and around the abdominal region. There were speculations in Pakistan regarding Salahuddin’s health but the former cricketer, who represented Pakistan in five Tests during the later half of the 1960’s, said he was fit and on his way to recovery. Salahuddin was on a personal visit to india when his health deteriorated and had to be taken to one of the city hospitals for the treatment. On advise of doctors at Apollo Hospitals, Salahuddin was operated for removal of two clots — one in the lower back region and the other one in the abdominal region. Surgery was performed by doctor A K Kriplani. “Congress MP Mohsina Kidwai is my sister and party’s national minority cell chief imran Kidwai is my first cousin. i had come here to attend a marriage ceremony and when my sister saw my condition she didn’t let me delay the surgery. it was a four hour-long surgery and i had 120 stitches,” Salahuddin reported to have said. The former chief selector, due to health reasons, has extended his stay in the country till third week of December. “There were lot of rumours floating in Pakistan regarding my ill health. Since i am not able to personally contact my well wishers, i want to assure them that i am fit and on my way to recovery,” he said.
Day two washed out at Gabba BRISBANE AGenCIeS
Heavy rain in Brisbane prevented any play on day two of the first Test between Australia and South Africa. After the opening day was brought to an end by bad light with South Africa on 255-2, conditions worsened and the covers were on all day at the Gabba. Play was finally abandoned soon after 16:00, and the Test will resume half an hour earlier than scheduled on Sunday. South Africa will be a batsman short after JP Duminy was ruled out for up to six months with ruptured Achilles.
in addition to his batting, with a Test average of 37.53 from his 16 matches, Duminy was also expected to play a key role with his off-spin after specialist spinner imran Tahir was dropped to allow for a fourth pace bowler. The 28-year-old, who has taken 12 Test wickets with a best of 3-29 against england in Durban in 2009, was kicking a rugby ball and running with team-mates in a warm-down after the opening day at the Gabba when he slipped and ruptured the tendon. The rupture was confirmed by an MRi scan and Duminy will return to South Africa as soon as possible after an operation on Saturday.
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Sports 16 PUNjAB INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FESTIvAL 2012
Pakistan thrash Nepal in baseball title hunt
AKiSTAN on Saturday ripped apart Nepal with 150 thrashing in Punjab international Sports Festival encounter here on Model Town ground before a big audience. Pakistan kept Nepal under persistent pressure throughout the play and rocked them with scoring goals one after the other. The home side demonstrated a higher level of skills in the game to enjoy all time supremacy over its rivals in the play and led the game 3-0 at the end of the first innings. Sumair Zawar was the pick of the home teams players and shone with three scores followed by two each from Asif Mushtaq, Usman Azim, Umair Bhatti , Zubair Nawaz, Zaheer Bashir as Ahsan Baig and shared one score apiece to dump their ever struggling opponents. Secretary, Pakistan Baseball Federation, Syed Khawar Shah was the chief guest on the occasion and he was introduced with both the teams before the start of the play. in the rugby match between Pakistan 15 a side and the World 15, the home side went down fighting with the visiting team beating the Pakistan side 22-19.
in international football Yemen hardly defeated Mongolia 1-0 as both the teams played an empty first half at Punjab stadium. Defensive tactics and longtime ball possession confined the game to the mid field most of the play. The match between two equally balanced teams failed to produce and sparkle or dazzling moves by either side for the disappointment a handful crowd. The second half produced some quality play as Yemen went all out to hunt a goal and their desperate efforts bore early in the half in 61st minute when Akram Ali showcased his talent with a swift shot which beat the onrushing goalkeeper. in international Ju jitsu Pakistan ended the day with two victories to maintain its fine run in the event.Asim Moeen and Mohammad Ali led their country to success in their respective bouts by exhibiting finer points of the game superior technique. Asim Moeen of Pakistan beat So sang Boem of South Korea, Yang Hyengju defeated Ajbekov of Kyrgyztan. Yasan Ali Nabizo of iran outplayed Siaf Khuder of iraq and Mohammed Ali of Pakistan beat Husain Mohammed of iraq. in international kabaddi, two matches were decided in which Pakistan (Punjab) and india fashioned out victories against their respective rivals. Pakistan Punjab defeated Afghanistan 73-40.
The winning teams main point getters were imtiaz Alam, M .Ashfaq, Khalid Bhatti, Akmal Dogar, Waqas Butt, Rana Naeem, Mohsin Naseer, Mansha, Neeem Jutt, Asif Mola, Waqas Gujjar, Arslan Aslam Dogar and Saifullah. in the second match: india beat Nepal 47-20.Pakistan Punjab defeated Afghanistan 73-40. The indian teams main scorers were: Sukhveer Singh,Gorlal Singh,Sukhder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Gagnandeep Singh, Malvinder Singh, Harjinder Singh, Guwinder Singh, Gurjeet Singh, Balraj Singh, Yadwinder Singh, Vilveer Singh, Gurjeet Singh and Balram Singh. FESTIvAL MARATHON POSTPONED; INDO-PAK KABADDI FINAL TODAY: The 17.5 kilometres marathon of the Punjab National Sports Festival and the 3-kilometre have been postponed and is being rescheduled. The events were postponed due to the Raiwind ijtima and the preoccupation in the conduct of the Punjab international Sports Festival events. The fresh date and time of marathon and fun race will be announced shortly. Meanwhile, the Pakistan and indian Punjab teams will lock horns in the final of Kabaddi on Sunday. The final will be held at 6 pm at the Punjab Stadium and entry to the stadium is open for general public.
PAKISTAN SWEEP DEAF AND DUMP DOSTI CUP: With a rousing display of skills and talent Pakistani deaf teams outshone their indian opponents to win the cricket, table tennis, badminton and chess titles of the Deaf and Dump Dosti Cup of the Punjab international sports festival here on Saturday at different venues. Pakistan special cricketers outplayed india by 29 runs in the last match to make a clean sweep in a three match series at iqbal park sports complex ground. Pakistan won the opening match by 29 runs followed by 40 runs success in the following match. in the third match reduced to 12overs-a side, Pakistani side elected to bat after winning the toss posted 124 runs for the loss of two wickets in allotted number of overs, thanks to brilliant batting display by Kashif 43 notout and Shfqat who was the second highest scorer with 42 runs. indian medium pacer Tirth got one wicket for 21 runs as Sandeep took one wicket for 19 runs. in reply indian side was restricted to 95 for 5 in 12 overs as man of the match pace bowler Mohammad Umer ripped apart their inning with deadly bowling finishing with foru for 11 runs in just two overs Home captain and spinner iqbal got one wicket for 10 runs.
Haryana fall short despite Dewan ton
Ganguly one of greatest cricketer: Shah Rukh
HARYANA: Rahul Dewan stood tall with an unbeaten hundred before Haryana folded up for 333 against england Xi at tea on the third day of their four-day practice match. Pacers Tim Bresnan and Stuart Meaker picked up three wickets apiece as Haryana ended 188 runs behind the visiting side. Rahul’s 320-ball 144 stood out in the Haryana scorecard, in which the only other knock of relevance came from number three Sunny Singh (55). Reduced to 256 for seven at lunch, Haryana managed to cross 300 after Chanderpal Saini contributed 35 runs, which included seven boundaries. He shared an important 60-run partnership with Rahul, frustrating the visiting bowlers for quite some time. in the pre-lunch session, responding to the visitors’ first innings total of 521, Haryana were done in by a middle-order collapse despite the strong start they made yesterday. Resuming at overnight 172 for four, the fall of wickets started pretty early for Haryana as Sandeep Singh departed after a 35-ball five, including a four. Amit Mishra (17) and Jayant Yadav (17) provided brief company to Rahul before falling to Stuart Meaker, who is in the team as cover for the injured Steven Finn. The regular fall of wickets, however, did little to affect Rahul’s morale as he held one end. AGenCIeS
MUMBAI: Shah Rukh Khan and Sourav Ganguly may not be the best of friends but the Bollywood actor considers the former india captain as one of the “greatest” cricketers of the country. “Beyond iPL and beyond the bits and pieces (written about) Sourav Ganguly without any argument is one of the greatest cricketers this country has ever produced. “We can never take that away from him by any discussion,” the KKR principal owner said during a promotional event on Saturday. “i love him yaar. He is the coolest cricketer ever produced. He is a hero for me. With him, we put up our team together. But due to situations and circumstances that happened unfortunately a couple of years ago he did not play for us,” he added. As there are speculations that the retired cricketer might make another comeback for the newly-owned team by Sun TV, Khan chose to avoid any more controversy wishing Ganguly all the best for future. “i will always respect him, love him like a brother. if he’s free, we would invite him to watch our matches, cheer the boys when KKR play at eden next year. i wish him all the best in any endeavour.” SRK also said he was looking forward to the sixth edition of the iPL. “i am always attached to the city of Kolkata. Be it because of iPL or anything else. it was a great last season having won the iPL V. Now we are looking forward to iPL 6. “We had a bad time in the Champions League T20 recently. The boys could not acclimatise to the conditions in South Africa,” said Khan. AGenCIeS
in table tennis Pak deaf players swept the indian side winning the title 3-0 winning their both the singles and double tie . However in the badminton , the indian players offered little resistance before home team overcome them 2-1, taking one single and one double match before losing their reverse single encounter. Deaf players continued to win laurels for their country , winning the chess title 2-1 . SPORTS FESTIvAL FOOTBALL EvENT: The national sports festival also continued on the sidelines of the international festival and the football event reached to final stage here on Saturday at Punjab stadium. Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Balochistan will meet in tomorrow, Sunday’s final after winning their respective matches. in the first semi-final: KPK beat Punjab 2-0. Gulfraz and Rafique were the scorers from winners in a one sided affair. in the second semi-final, Baluchistan defeated Fata 2-1. Mohammad .Hussain and Aminullah from Baluchistan scored one goal each. FATA received their only goal from Suleiman. in a classification match for the third position, Punjab scored a narrow Fata 32. Zainul islam, imran and Abdullilah produced one goal each while Nawab Gull and Usman were the scorers from FATA.
PCB to decide on players participation in foreign leagues LAHORE: The PCB cricket committee will meet here next week to take a policy decision on giving permission to players to take part in the foreign leagues but it has been decided that clearance will have to be taken for participating in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). “First and foremost is the participation of our players in foreign leagues. Because players have offers to play in the Australian Big Bash and BPL. But the board’s policy has been that players must give prominence to their domestic commitments above any foreign league and take permission from the board to go and play in any league,” a PCB was quoted by PTi. The comments have come at a time when some teams in the Big Bash tournament have announced the signing of Pakistani players namely Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and others. The source said the board would decide next week on the dates for the domestic T20 championship and after that it would be known whether there was a time slot for players to go and play in the Australian Big Bash. “Time is a problem but our players have contracts to play one or two games in the Big Bash so it shouldn’t be a major problem,” he said. However, for the BPL, the players will have to seek clearance from the board keeping in mind that there were payment-related issues between players and the franchises in its inaugural edition. STAFF RePORT
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17 Sports National Women Karate continues at Wapda complex LAHORE STAFF RePORT
On second day of “Shaheed Benazir Bhutto” 8th National Women Karate Championship at WAPDA Sports Complex, Lahore four gold medals were decided. Muhammad Qasim Khan, Member Power WAPDA was the Chief Guest on second day. On second day of championship in +68 kg category Huma Tabasum from Army won Gold medal, in -68 kg Kulsoom from WAPDA won gold medal, in -61kg Uzma Asghar from WAPDA won gold medal, in -55kg Razia Talib from Army won gold medal, in -50kg Benish Akbar from WAPDA won gold medal. Chief Guest Muhammad Qasim Khan, Member Power WAPDA admired the achievements of Pakistan Karate players at international Level and gave away the prizes to the winners. Closing ceremony will be held tomorrow at 3:00 pm. Lt. Gen. Retd. Syed Arif Hassan, President Pakistan Olympic Association will be the Chief Guest at closing ceremony.
Muhammaden beat Choudhry Sports LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Muhammaden beat Choudhry Sports third in the Amar Cables T-20 Watern Cricket 6 Third Amar Cables T-20 Watern Cricket Tournament match was played between Choudhry Sports and Lahore Mohammaden at Race Course Park Cricket Ground. in batting first, Choudhry Sports has made 137/5 Runs. Shahid Ali scored 60, Waris Ali 31 and Gulzar Ahmad made 13 runs. Lahore Muhammaden bowlers were Tariq Siddiqui 3/23, Mohtisham Rashid 1/32 and Saleem Malik 1/7 wickets respectively. in reply, Lahore Muhammaden chased the target in 18.1 overs with the loss of 4 wickets. Mohtasham Rashid played well and scored 60 runs. Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad scored 32, Ahmad Shahab scored 14 and Saleem Malik scored 17 not out. For Choudhry Sports bowling Shafqat Hussain 1/21, Naveed Yaqoob 1/15, Gulzar Ahmad 1/10 and Shahid Ali took 1/12 wickets. Umpires were Waleed Yaqoob and Sagheer Ahmad. Waqar Ali was the scored. At the end of the match Honorable Chief Guest, President of LRCA Khawaja Nadeem Ahmad presented Man of the Match to Mohtasham Rasheed for his outstanding performance. Choudhry Shafqat Hussain was also present in this event.
LONDON: Andy Murray of Great Britain returns a shot during his men's singles match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on day five of the ATP World Tour.
Bjorn holds slim Singapore Open lead SINGAPORE
He rain-hit event at Sentosa is determined not to be cut to 54 holes for the second year running after more thunderstorm delays, and the signs are looking good as they managed to play out the remainder of Friday’s second round on Saturday as well as a portion of the third round. Veteran Dane Bjorn shot an impressive four under 67 to grab a two-stroke lead after the morning’s play had ended and teed off his third round at 6pm local time in a group also consisting of frontrunners Wood and South Africa’s George Coetzee, who were both seven
under after round two. Bjorn had charged up the leaderboard early on Saturday with three birdies in four holes from the 11th, but could not replicate this blistering pace as the third round began later that day. The opening hole at the Serapong course is a relatively short par-four dogleg right, but a good tee shot is needed to avoid the fairway trap. Bjorn’s first shot off the first tee found the bunker. Once inside the sand trap, Bjorn landed his ball in the green side bunker. However, the Dane played a terrific safety shot to give himself an easy putt to save par which he converted. At the Par 3 second hole, it was time for englishman Wood to make an early move on Bjorn at the top of the leader-
board. His soft shot from the tee stuck to around three feet of the hole where he would make birdie - Bjorn would par. it was an entirely different situation for South African Coetzee. His tee shot wandered to the far right-hand edge of the green. His birdie attempt went well past the hole and he then bogeyed with a putt which missed to the left. He would respond in impressive fashion at the next hole. Serapong’s Par-four third hole is one of the toughest challenges at the US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open. “it’s a tricky tee shot and even if you get there, the tee shot away, you’re standing on a down slope. You want to try and land it soft on that green so it’s pretty tricky second shot it’s played from
elevation as well,” Bjorn said. “even when the ball is in the air, you’re not quite sure if you’ve got the right distance. it just makes for bogeys and certainly if you don’t get the tee shot away there, you’ll struggle.” From the gallery, you can’t make out where the players’ tee shots land without looking at the expression on the faces of the caddies. Nods of approvals from the men carrying the bags for Bjorn, Wood, and Coetzee indicated all three players had found the fairway and it proved to be accurate. With daylight fading, though, only Coetzee could make the most of his drive. He hit a brave second shot which dropped just below the hole and avoided the green side bunker.
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA vSLIvERPOOL
Making the fans feel short charged Comment
He standout fixture in the Barclays Premier League this week will take place at Stamford Bridge where a misfiring (in recent weeks) Chelsea side will take on the misfiring (in recent years) Liverpool team in a clash that is sure to whet the appetite of both sets of fans and neutrals alike. While both clubs have vastly different aspirations for the season, they are surprisingly linked by the common theme of problems in the attacking third. With the larger than life figure of Dider Drogba gone and an overhaul of the midfield which saw the arrival of talents like eden Hazard and Oscar, this was supposed to be the season where Fernando Torres was supposed to regain his goal scoring mojo. Unfortunately for all concerned, that has not transpired. Torres continues to look
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like a shadow of his predatory self and that is putting it both kindly and mildly. Torres’s four goals in ten matches is a decent return but when you pay the kind of money that Chelsea did for the forward and weigh in the fact that he is their only out and out striking option, one cannot fault the Chelsea fans for feeling short changed. Torres’s troubles have put extra pressure on the midfielders and thankfully for Chelsea, they have responded positively. The attacking trident of Hazard, Oscar and Mata is likely to scare the living daylights out of most defenders for the foreseeable future but more importantly, they are doing the business in the present as well especially Mata. The diminutive playmaker-with four goals and five assists-has stood out for obvious reasons but his all round play has been just as exceptional. Hazard has chipped in with a couple and even though Lampard’s powers have waned over the years, he can still find the back of the net as his three goals
have shown. The defenders have joined in the fun as well sharing six goals between them and in the process making sure that profligacy up top is not exposed. Whether such a model is sustainable over the course of the season is of course another matter and Robert Di Matteo despite being delighted to see all his players contributing will be secretly hoping and praying that Torres starts firing soon.
The reverse is true for Liverpool; in Suarez, they have the league’s second highest goal scorer despite the gazillion missed chances but beyond him there is absolutely nothing. Liverpool’s lack of strikers has been cited as the reason behind their profligacy in front of goal and while it is the most obvious factor, lack of goal scoring midfielders does not help either. The departure of Maxi, Bellamy and Kuyt has left
a large hole that has not been plugged effectively. There is arguably not a single player in the current Liverpool midfield who will reach double figures. Sterling and Shelvey may well go on to accomplish this feat for they are talented players but it is not likely to happen this season or even the next. The others i.e. Allen, Sahin and Suso bring a lot of qualities to the table but a consistent goal threat is not one of them. it is slightly puzzling then that Gerrard continues to be deployed in a deeper role. Gerrard may well be past his peak but he is still one of the most accomplished finishers at the club and a switch with Sahin who currently occupies the position behind the striker if you will, could alleviate some of the goal scoring problems that the Merseyside club is currently facing. Admittedly, the funds at Chelsea are far greater than at Anfield but the London club has shown what can be done in the face of limited striking options. Rodgers should perhaps take note and change tact.
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Sports 18 Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach ATP semis LONDON
Inter-schools, Colleges Games declared open LAHORE
NDY Murray swept aside any fears he might endure a nervewracking night by powering into the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals. The US Open champion, 25, only needed to win one set against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to qualify, but took both in a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) victory. That left the Briton second in Group A behind Novak Djokovic, who earlier beat Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-6 (86) . Murray will meet Roger Federer or Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday’s last four. After suffering an agonising - and confusing - exit in 2009, when he won two group matches but was eliminated on the tie-breaker of percentage of games won, Murray made sure there was no slip-up this time. Afterwards, the Scot revealed he had only realised what he needed to do to progress as a result of a conversation with coach ivan Lendl. “When we chatted before the match he just said, ‘Just focus on trying to win the match, don’t think about winning one set and concentrate on winning the match.’ So i didn’t know exactly what i needed to do, but obviously when he said that i kind of realised.” Murray added: “it didn’t really make a huge difference. Maybe the game i was serving for the first set probably would have been a little different. in some ways, it feels like you’re serving for the match when you know you’re through if you win that. “i was very focused from the start of the match, i got off to a good start. it didn’t make any difference at all.” He went into Friday’s match with a 6-1 record against Tsonga and quickly set about reasserting his authority, playing a brilliant opening game. Some typically quick-footed defence helped set up two break points, and the Scot converted the second
Ravi Club beat Ummah Club LAHORE STAFF RePORT
Ravi Club beat Ummah Club by 169 Runs in the 4th U-19 Regional inter0District Women Cricket Tournament, 2012 at Racecourse Park Cricket Ground-1 RAvI ClUB: Scored 216/All out in 25 overs. Mehak Asif 48, Zara Iqbal 42 not Out, Farwa Babar 27, and Mahnoor 38. eesha Khalid took 3-Wickets and Fatima Ahmed 1 Wicket UMMAH ClUB: Score 47/All out in 14.5 overs. Fatima Ahmad 11. Kanwal Francis took 4-Wickets, Saba Bhatti and Kainaat Hafeez took 2- wickets each. Zara Iqbal declared Women of the Match.
when he attacked the net with a vicious backhand slice. Tsonga’s explosive game was misfiring from the start and the unforced errors began to flow, a forehand into the net giving up the double-break as Murray surged into a 5-1 lead. There was a minor scare for the majority of the 17,000 spectators when the home favourite double-faulted on his second set point, but Tsonga duly obliged by firing long on the third, and Murray had secured his semi-final place after just 33 minutes. As well as Murray was playing, Tsonga was having a desperate time under the gaze of new coach Roger Rasheed. A double-fault gifted Murray another break at the start of the second set and the Frenchman narrowly escaped falling further behind in game three. With his hopes all but gone, Tsonga finally produced a burst of quality as he broke back to love for 4-4, winning an epic rally and infuriating Murray in the process. A spectacular leaping smash gave notice that the seventh seed was now feeling loose and he earned himself a set point at 6-5, only for the forehand to let him down once again. Murray was in no mood to extend his Friday evening any longer than necessary and took the initiative in the tiebreak, a clever slice when scrambling to the backhand side helping him change around with a 4-2 lead. Four match points arrived after one hour and 35 minutes, and the second was dispatched with a thumping ace. The British number one is through to the semi-finals for the second time in four visits to the O2, and will be desperate to finish the best year of his career, in which he also won Olympic gold, with a place in Monday’s final. He will first have to get past Federer, who qualified on Thursday, or Del Potro, who could yet lose out to David Ferrer when Group B is con-
cluded on Saturday. However, the Spaniard can finish no higher than second in the group and so would avoid Murray. MARRAY, FREDDIE NIELSEN DEFEATED IN FINAL gROUP MATCH: One singles match each day live; BBC Radio: every singles match live on 5 live sports extra; BBC Sport website: One singles match each day streamed online, live text commentary on every singles match Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen failed to maintain their 100% record at the ATP World Tour Finals but still made the semi-finals. The Wimbledon doubles champions lost 6-3 7-5 to Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau of Romania. However, the British-Danish pairing had already qualified after winning their opening two matches. They will learn their semi-final opponents when Group A is completed on Saturday. india’s Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhupathi earlier took the second qualifying place in Group B with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (5-7) 10-5 win over defending champions Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Lindstedt and Tecau had already seen their semi-final hopes disappear with two defeats ahead of Friday’s final group match, but they were looking for revenge after defeat in the Wimbledon final. A flashing backhand return winner from Lindstedt earned them a second break and with it the first set after half an hour. Marray and Nielsen edged ahead early in the second but could not hold on, and a match tie-break looked on the cards until Lindstedt came up with another piece of magic. Serving at 6-5, Marray was pegged back to deuce and with it a deciding point, which saw Lindstedt crack a forehand return down the line to take the win.
TEN SPORTS Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
Djokovic reaches ATP World Tour semi-finals LONDON STAFF RePORT
Novak Djokovic secured his place in the semi-finals and cleared the way for Andy Murray to join him at the ATP World Tour Finals. The world number one beat Tomas Berdych 6-2 7-6 (8-6), meaning Murray would qualify if he took a set off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday evening. Third seed Murray duly saw off Tsonga 6-2 7-6 (7-3) to reach the last four. Djokovic goes through as Group A winner, after Roger Federer qualified from Group B on Thursday. “i didn’t want to think about scenarios or calculations, i’ll leave that to other people,” said Djokovic. “i just try to do my job and win on the court. i played a really good match but i thought he served better towards the end of the second set. i was fortunate to come back and win in straight sets.” The Serb went in with a 10-1 record against Berdych, including a dramatic final set tie-break victory at the O2 Arena last year, and had beaten Tsonga and Murray in his opening two matches this week. However, the round-robin system meant he still faced the prospect of an early exit with a poor result against Berdych and he needed to be sharp from the off. Djokovic was exactly that, firing returns at Berdych’s toes and making 74% of his first serves as he raced through the opening set in 34 minutes. When he broke again in game three of the second there seemed little prospect of the muted afternoon crowd coming to life, but the top seed then handed back the initiative with a poor service game of his own.
Wta season: the year that was
Punjab Olympic Association (PbOA) president Syed Shahid Ali Shah, who is also iOC member in Pakistan, declared the Samsung 5th Punjab inter Schools, Colleges Games open here at the Railway Stadium on Saturday. Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Syed Arif Hassan, PbOA secretary idris Haider Khawaja, SVP iftikhar Ali Malik, organising secretary Tania Malik, sponsors Samsung’s high officials, students of schools and colleges, sports teachers and other sports dignitaries were also present on the occasion. in the colourful ceremony of the Games, the students of participating schools and colleges march-passed the chief guests and then the students exhibited their skills in aerobics and Turkish dance which were highly lauded by the spectators.
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S the curtain draws on the WTA tour in istanbul with the conclusion of the year-end Championships, let us revisit the events that have unfolded throughout the course of the year. Serena Williams clinched her third WTA Championships title, capping off a truly remarkable season. While there were some noteworthy performances by the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, the year, in all fairness, belonged to the 15 time Grand Slam champion. Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who had finished 2011 atop of the world rankings, could not recreate her previous year’s form. She conceded the number one spot to Belarusian Victoria Azarenka following the season’s first Slam. A new star was born in Melbourne, as the 22 year-old, 6feet tall Azarenka won her maiden Grand Slam title. it was an impressive two weeks for the youngster, who handily took care of three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open final. There was no looking back for Azarenka from here on in. She went on a remarkable 26-match winning streak, which saw her clinch four back-to-back tournaments, including Doha and indian Wells. The crafty Polish Radwanska cracked the top five for the first time in her career, with title wins in Dubai and Miami. Later, the european clay-court swing got underway in Stuttgart for the ladies and Sharapova, who had never really felt at home on the dirt, was an unlikely winner. The first half of the season was anything but spectacular for the American Serena Williams, who was still coming back after a year of injuries and medical
problems. She finally saw success on the green clay of Charleston, before running home with the title in Madrid, where she ousted both Sharapova and Azarenka. in the lead up to the season’s second Grand Slam, former world number one Sharapova clearly looked the in form player. Having previously compared her movement on red clay to that of a “cow on ice”, the blonde Russian seemed to finally come to terms with all the sliding required on the slow surface. Owing to her faster mobility on court, she had a successful clay-court season. Coming off a winner in Rome, Sharapova went on to complete her career Grand Slam with victory at the French Open. This made her only the 10th woman to achieve such a feat, but the sixth in the Open era. Paris saw a surprise finalist in the shape of the diminutive italian Sara errani. Her dream run to the final was very similar to that of her fellow compatriot Schiavone’s, at the same venue two years ago. There was a changing of the guard as Sharapova rose to the top of the world
rankings for the first time since 2008. Meanwhile, action switched to the grass court season with the start of the Wimbledon Championships at SW19. Serena, who had suffered a first round loss to Virginia Razzano at Roland Garros, was seeded sixth. But rankings can pretty much go out the window when Serena is at her best. She was tested in the first week, after which the American finally struck form on her way to her fifth Wimbledon and, over all, 14th Grand Slam title. Third seed Radwanska made her first Grand Slam final appearance but could not match the power of Williams. Serena continued her winning ways with another title on the hard courts of Stanford, and the Wimbledon champion picked up right where she had left off at the London Olympics. Throughout the course of the week at the All england Club, Serena was in a league of her own. The American was virtually untouchable, as she lost a total of just 17 games in six matches and did not lose a single set the entire tournament. With gold medals in
both the singles and doubles with sister Venus, Serena became the only tennis player, both male and female, to hold a career golden slam in singles and doubles; another remarkable feat to an already illustrious career. Azarenka, who had got her number one spot back from Sharapova after Wimbledon won the bronze medal, while Sharapova had to settle for silver. The tennis world bid adieu to fan favorite Kim Clijsters, who announced her second retirement following the year’s final Grand Slam. injuries and family life forced the former world number 1 and four time Grand Slam champion into calling it a day for one final time. At the end of August, the women got down to business at Flushing Meadows for the US Open. Defending champion Samantha Stosur, who has remained far from her best this year, fell to world number 1 Azarenka in the quarterfinals. The Belarusian made it all the way to the championship match, where she met three-time US Open champion Serena Williams. Williams had looked in ominous form throughout the fortnight and after a three-set tussle, she grabbed her 15th career Grand Slam title. Despite her number 1 ranking, in her post-match interview, Azarenka rightly admitted that Serena was the better player. During the Asian hard court swing and the indoor season, Azarenka tasted more success to firmly cement her world number one status and guarantee the year-end top spot. But Serena had the last laugh in istanbul, winning the WTA Championships for the third time, beating Sharapova in the final. it was a year that saw the rise of some new faces and the resurgence of past champions. With the women already into their off-season, it will be interesting to see what 2013 has in store for us.
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Karachi continues to bleed with 11 more deaths KARACHI STAFF RePORT
eASeLeSS shooting incidents in Karachi went out of control on Saturday as 11 more people fell prey to targeted killing in the metropolis in a span of a few hours, while several others were left injured in a series of violent incidents across the city. According to police and rescue sources, five people were gunned down and eight injured in a mere 30-minute period. Reports said unidentified gunmen fired at a
Police bust terrorist group after fierce gunbattle LAHORE RAnA HAIDeR
Law enforcement agencies arrested five suspected terrorists planning attacks in the city and recovered a huge quantity of weapons from their possession after a fierce shootout in the Defence area. According to Cantonment SP Maroof Wahla, police raided a house in Alfalah Town near Defence on a tip-off that a group of terrorists had taken refuge there and were planning attacks on high-profile personalities. Per reports, the suspected terrorists had leased the house six months ago from the owner, Zulfiqar, who is presently living in the United States. Police sources and area residents said that a huge contingent of police and intelligence personnel raided the house early on Saturday and a shootout ensued, which continued for more than two hours. The law enforcement agencies were later able to enter the house and take into custody five men, five women and two children. The police also seized a large quantity of weapons, including hand grenades and suicide jackets, from the house. The security personnel also seized hard drives, USBs and jihadi material along with some maps, including a blueprint of the house of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Defence. Area residents said that they had never noticed any suspicious activity in the house as the occupants had kept a very low profile and avoided interaction with neighbours. Police sources said the arrested suspected had been moved to an undisclosed location for interrogation. They said that the arrests were a major achievement of the Lahore police and would help in breaking the terrorists’ network in the province. The sources further said that the police believed that this was the same group of terrorists who had targeted an army camp in Gujrat and were also involved in the killing of 10 police recruits from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in ichhra some months ago.
hotel in Gulshan-e-iqbal Block 2, killing three people and injuring three others. DiG east Shahid Hayat said the victims were having tea at the hotel when the incident took place. The DiG said that identities of the corpses and injured were yet to be ascertained. earlier, two people were gunned down near Saifi College in North Nazimabad. Ali Akther was killed within the limits of ibrahim Haidri police station. Riots erupted in the area after Akther’s death and a mob torched a handcart and a cabin in the area. A heavy contingent of police was deployed in the
area after the incident. Separately, a man was shot dead and another injured when they offered resistance during a robbery in Korangi No 6. Four people were gunned down in Rakser Line area of Old Golimar. They were identified as Sadiq, Babar, Munawwar and Shahid. Police claimed the killings were related to an old gang rivalry. SiTe SP Akram Abro said preliminary investigation had revealed that a dispute was lingering on between two groups and the four people were shot dead in that connection. A man was also shot dead in Karimabad.
Obama urges immediate tax cut extension for middle class WASHINGTON AGenCIeS
US President Barack Obama urged Congress on Saturday to immediately extend a tax cut for middle-class Americans, arguing the move would give 98 per cent of families and 97 per cent of small businesses the
certainty that would lead to faster economic growth. “This is something we all agree on,” the President said in his weekly radio and internet address. “even as we negotiate a broader deficit reduction package, Congress should extend middle-class tax cuts right now. “it’s a step that would
give millions of families and 97 per cent of small businesses the peace of mind that will lead to new jobs and faster growth.” On Friday, Mr Obama invited top Republican and Democratic leaders to the White House next week for talks focused on averting the so-called fiscal cliff.
QUeTTA: An injured victim of a targeted attack on Hazara Shias is brought to the Civil Hospital for treatment on Saturday. Online
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Gunmen fire salvo at taxi cab with six Hazara Shias on board QUETTA STAFF RePORT
Unidentified gunmen shot dead four more people and wounded three others in the latest sectarian killing in the provincial capital on Saturday. According to police, six people from the Hazara Shia community were passing along Jinnah Road in a taxi when they were targeted by two gunmen waiting for them at a traffic signal. Two of
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the passengers were killed on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. The gunmen fled the crime scene on a motorcycle, police said. DiG investigation Hamid Shakeel said the assailants intercepted a yellow cab and opened indiscriminate fire on the people riding the vehicle. The Hazara Democratic Party condemned the incident and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. On Tuesday, gunmen had shot dead three Shias of the Hazara community in a similar attack in Quetta. Separately in Barkhan area of the city, a bank manager was killed in firing during a dacoity. The unidentified armed men escaped before the police and FC reached the site of the incident.