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SC says agencies involved in enforced disappearances SC interim order calls on Balochistan govt to compensate missing persons’ heirs Says provincial government failed to ensure law and order




KARACHI: A child raises her hands in prayer for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, next to her photograph on Friday. afp

Next 36 hours critical for Malala as attack mastermind is arrested ISLAMABAD TAYYAb HussAIn

Police on Friday arrested four suspected militants, including a woman and the alleged mastermind of the attack on Malala Yousafzai, as doctors said the next 36 to 48 hours were critical for the teenage education activist. Sources told Pakistan Today that the police had detained a large number of suspects in connection with the incident. While some have been freed, around 40 are still in police custody for interrogation, sources said. The suspects include Attaullah, the alleged master-

mind of the attack, they added. Police high-ups in Swat and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain seemed reluctant to make comments on the status of Attaullah. However, some police officers confirmed that Attaullah was amongst the arrested persons. On the other hand, a military spokesman said the next 36-48 hours were critical for the teenage terror victim. “According to neurosurgeons and intensive care specialists, Malala Yousafzai’s health is satisfactory but the next 36 to 48 hours are critical,” Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations, said

while briefing reporters at the Armed Forces’ Institute of Cardiology (AFIC). Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Malala’s father to enquire about the condition of his 14-yearold daughter. He prayed for Malala’s early recovery and said that the prayers of the whole nation were with her. In addition, a delegation of political parties led by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf visited the AFIC to sympathise with the brave teenage girl. Also, special prayers were held across the country for the early recovery of the young girl who has become an icon of education in Pakistan and across the world.



ASSInG an interim order in the Balochistan law and order case, the Supreme Court on Friday said the Balochistan government should compensate the heirs of the missing Baloch people. A three-member SC bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was hearing a petition filed by the Balochistan Bar Association concerning law and order in the province. After hearing the petition against violations of law and human rights at the SC Quetta Registry, the bench ruled that the provincial government had failed to establish law and order in the province, recover missing persons and end incidents of dumping of mutilated bodies and abduction for ransom and had lost its legitimacy to govern. The bench ordered the government to take constitutional steps to restore peace in the province. The chief justice said human rights were being routinely violated across Balochistan, adding that the Frontier Corps (FC) had also been ineffective in stemming the violence. The court said fingers were continually being pointed at the FC in the missing persons’ cases and evidence pointing to the involvement of intelligence agencies had also been presented. Earlier during the hearing, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said the judiciary’s past

decisions were now a part of history and the institution would no longer protect unlawful and unconstitutional measures. He said the government appeared to have no writ in Balochistan, as bodies with torture marks were being found across the province every other day, but the responsibility had not been affixed. The CJ said over 400 personnel of the FC had been killed in the unrest. Addressing Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah Kinrani, the chief justice said the law officer should tell the provincial government that it had a faulty approach. The judges endorsed the decision of the high court regarding banned outfits, adding that the government was facing corruption allegations and it should take measures in this regard. The CJ said the national Finance Commission (nFC) had given hefty sum for the province’s development, but it was unclear where the money had gone. Kinrani said Balochistan’s security situation had deteriorated after the killing of nationalist leader nawab Akbar Bugti. In a dialogue with the CID police DIG, the chief justice said the CID had been directed to operate across Balochistan, hoping that the institution would fulfil its responsibilities and produce satisfactory results. The bench said the federal and provincial government had not cooperated with the court despite assurances. It also barred agencies from issuing transit permits of illegal arms and vehicles. The case will now be taken up on October 31.

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PTI denies Imran refused to accompany PM on Malala visit LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary Shafqat Mehmood has rejected the government’s claim that PTI Chairman Imran Khan refused to pay Malala Yousufzai a visit. According to a private television channel, Federal Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira requested Imran Khan on behalf of Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf that they should visit injured Malala together. Imran Khan excused himself from accepting the invitation holding the stance that he had already inquired about Malala Yousafzai’s health by paying a visit to Peshawar. Khan stated that he had also met her family members. At this, Federal Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira proposed that if he did not want to go with the PM, let any other PTI leader to go with him in order to give a good message. Mehmood, while negating the government’s claim, stated that Khan was unable to accompany the PM since he was in Turkey for three days on the Turkish Prime Minister’s request. He further clarified that before leaving Khan had paid a special visit to Peshawar to meet Malala at the hospital where she was under treatment at the time. He met the family, offered assistance and prayed for her early recovery. Later in a press conference he denounced TTP for this cowardly attack on a young girl. onLIne

Get ready for another increase in POL, CNG prices! ISLAMABAD: The prices of petrol and compressed natural gas (CnG) are likely to rise again on October 15, media reports say. According to reports, the price of petrol is likely to increase by Rs 2.50 per litre, while the CnG rate will go up by Rs2.30 per kg. The price of kerosene oil would be increased by 70 paisas per litre, and that of HOBC by 30 paisa per litre, reports say. High speed diesel (HSD), which is mostly used by heavy vehicles, electricity generators and agricultural tube wells, is likely to be increased by Rs2.30 per litre. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and oil marketing companies have started working on the new prices, and a summary would be forwarded to the Finance Ministry tomorrow. The new prices will be in effect from October 15. onLIne

Spying devices hidden in Indian vegetables consignment LAHORE: Pakistan border security on Friday seized a vegetable consignment from India and recovered spying equipment during screening at the Wahga border. Security sources said the devices hidden were placed inside crates of tomatoes and included sound recorders and other equipment. The sources said that four men, transporting the consignment, had also been arrested and investigation was underway, adding that their nationalities could not be ascertained as yet. The devices have been sent off to experts for inspection. Inp

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IsLAMAbAD: prime Minister Raja pervaiz Ashraf prays for the speedy recovery of Malala Yousafzai on Friday.

Accusers, accused in blasphemy case go missing KARACHI AAMIR MAJeeD


n investigation into the incident of alleged blasphemy has taken a Uturn after the mysterious disappearance of the complainant Khursheed Alam and chief prayer leader of the local mosque, Qari Ghulam Qadir while the accused boy and his family have also gone into hiding, Pakistan Today has learnt. Ryan, 15, and his mother Robina Bryan, who served in Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) as a superintendent, left their house on Tuesday night after the teenager was charged with sending a blasphemous text message from his cell phone. Interestingly, both Alam and Qadir have left SSGCL Officers Colony, located at Main University Road, Gulshan-eIqbal. Pakistan Today tried to contact both the complainants on Friday, but neither of them could be traced. The scribe visited SSGCL Officers Colony but was stopped by the security guards. Barkat Ali, the head of SSGCL security, said that Qadir

had fallen ill and left the colony early in the morning with his son Saad Qadir and neither had returned as yet. When the security head was asked about Alam, he said that he left for Shikarpur for an official tour. Upon further questioning, the security head revealed that Alam served as Chief Manager Budget in SSGCL and had left for Shikarpur for some new projects of the company. The security head did not hesitate to state orders from SSGCL administration, whereby entry of media persons into the colony was prohibited. Despite repeated calls on his phone, Alam remained unreachable for comment. Earlier, Alam in his statement to police claimed that he had received a blasphemous text from the mobile number of Ryan on the evening of Oct 9. He told police that Ryan also sent the same text message on his friend Farooqi’s number. He said that he approached the prayer leader of the colony’s mosque, and along with Qari Muhammad Riaz and his son Saad Qadir, visited Robina’s house on the same night. He claimed in his statement that Ryan admitted that he

had forwarded this message to some Muslim friends without actually reading it. According to Alam, Ryan told him that he had received the message from his friend Samuel, but when he was asked to show Samuel’s message on his cell, he replied that he had deleted that SMS. “We came out of Robina’s house and decided to inform the high-ups next day and returned back to our houses,” reads Alam’s statement, adding that the visitors narrated the story to Assistant General Manager Transmission Mansoor Ahmed and Human Resource Coordinator Mian naeem, who advised them to be patient and wait for the company decision after consultation. A case (FIR no 432/2012) under Section 295-C (use of derogatory remarks, etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet) of the Pakistan Penal Code, Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 25 of the Telegraph Act was later registered at the Mobina Town police station. In this FIR, it was mentioned that the investigation of this case would be carried out by the Station Investigation Officer (SIO), however no one bearing that designa-

tion is posted in Mobina Town police station. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Bux, who was investigating the case, had no answer when queried regarding the whereabouts of Alam, “I had no idea that he has left for Shikarpur for an official tour,” he said, adding that he also had no knowledge about Molvi Sarwar. “I was asked for investigating the matter but that will start when an SIO is deputed,” he added. Senior police officials in Karachi have varying opinions regarding the case. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shahid Hayat asserted that the boy had confessed that he forwarded the message. Superintendent Police (SP) Gulshan Iqbal, Asim Qaimkhani, however, was of the view that the boy was just a teenager who forwarded the message without reading it. More interesting views came from officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity; one claimed that it was suspected the incident was the culmination of a quarrel between SSGC administration and Rubina, and that some officials in the administration wanted the family to leave the colony.

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ashraf vows to defeat mindset bent upon robbing country’s peace RAWALPINDI



RIME Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday visited Malala Yousafzai at the hospital, saying the attack on her life was not a crime against an individual but against humanity and “our core moral and social values”. The prime minister enquired after the health of the girl and met her family as well. He was told by the doctors that the next 36 hours were critical for Malala. PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar, AnP’s Haji Adeel and other ministers also enquired after Malala’s health along with the PM. Ashraf said they had come to the hospital to pay tribute to the bravery and courage of Malala, who along with her friends was subjected to a cowardly attack by senseless people. He said the nation stood united in condemning the brutality and degradation of those who perpetrated this crime and the poisoned mindset that sought to destroy the soul of the nation. “The extremists attacked Malala for what she stands for, because they were scared of the power of her vision,” the PM said. He said Malala had a simple message, “The right for girls to be edu-

cated”. Ashraf described Malala as a true Pakistani and the real face of Pakistan, vowing that they would not allow anyone to destroy the face of Pakistan. “She has created a movement across Pakistan. Our girls want to follow her footprints,” he remarked. The prime minister said he had often stated that we faced a threat from a bigoted and radicalised mindset that wanted to rob us of our cherished values of peace, pluralism, moderation, tolerance and passion for knowledge. The PM pledged to fight this mindset. He said it was this mindset that was behind the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto. “I will not allow the future of our children to be endangered by the militant mindset; the enemies of Pakistan will never be allowed to succeed. We will uproot this menace of extremism and militancy and will not surrender the soul of the nation,” Ashraf said. The prime minister said every Pakistani was praying for a complete recovery of Malala. He said she was receiving the best-possible care and being treated by best professionals in the country. WOn’t ALLOW tERRORIStS tO EnfORcE tHEIR AgEnDA: PM: Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf said on Friday that a handful of terrorists would not be allowed to enforce their agenda on the country.

Nationwide prayers held for Malala’s health KARACHI onLIne

nation observed Youm-e-Dua (Day of Prayer) on Friday for early recovery of Malala Yusufzai who was seriously injured in an assassination attempt in Swat. According to media reports, special prayers were offered during the morning assembly at all educational institutions for Malala and her two friends who were injured in Tuesday’s attack. A one minute silence was observed at noon-time in this regard. In Karachi special prayers were held for the early recovery of Malala after Friday prayers in the mosques. Rallies and processions were taken out slamming the atrocious attack on the innocent children that fatally injured Malala. In Lahore prayers were also held in schools and colleges for the early recovery of Malala while the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) organised a congregation, praying for Malala

Yousufzai’s health. The prayers were attended by the party office bearers from Punjab including the office-bearers of the PTI women wing. The attendees of the congregations took out a procession in Lahore’s Garden Town area after the prayers. The protestors shouted anti-US slogans alleging that American conspires were at play behind incidents of terrorism in Pakistan. The PTI rally demanded the arrest of Malala’s attackers and said that those killing innocent children were not Muslims rather the agents of anti-Islam forces. In Islamabad educational institutions also organized special prayers in their usual morning assembly. In Peshawar, one minute silence was observed in the schools, colleges and universities besides the government offices prayed for the health and happiness of Malala and other children injured in the incident. Prayers and rallies were also taken out in Faisalabad , Muzaffargarh, Khanewal, and Chichawatni.

Addressing a national conference on children’s rights, he condemned the attack on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai in which she and her two fellow students were injured. He said the attack on Malala was not against an individual, but an attempt to stifle our way of life. He said such incidents would not deter the government’s resolve to protect common values and the future of country’s children. “It gives me strength to note that the people from all walks of life and political spectrum have been unanimous in condemning this brutal act. This shows that the nation is united to preserve its values. Let us all pray for the speedy recovery of the young girls,” the PM said. He said the evil act exposes the hollowness of the extremists and the level they had sunk to. He said the nation was under threat from an extremist mindset which wanted to rob it of its peace‚ moderation‚ tolerance and patience. “We are fully aware of our international obligations in realizing the ideal of ensuring a world worthy for our children. We are determined to continue our endeavours at national, regional and global levels in line with our international obligations,” he said, adding that the government was taking measures to combat violence against children. He said October 11 had also been declared as the day of children’s rights

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politicians forget Malala a day after resolutions ISLAMABAD AnweR AbbAs

Despite official announcement by the federal and provincial governments to observe Friday as a Youm-e-Dua for the health of Malala Yousufzai, no prayers were held for her health and recovery at the Parliament House’s official mosque, despite presence of dozens of politicians. According to details, the federal and the provincial governments in three provinces had announced to observe Friday (yesterday) as Youm-e-Dua, to pray for the health of Malala. But at the national Assembly’s official mosque where a majority of parliamentarians from both Houses of the parliament offer Friday prayers, no prayer was said for an early recovery or health of Malala. Despite the presence of a large number of parliamentarians from almost all political parties at the Friday prayers, not a single politician reminded the prayer leader to pray for the early recovery of Malala. On Wednesday, the national Assembly as well as the Senate suspended their routine business to unanimously pass resolutions condemning the bid on the life of Malala and launched debates over the incident, however, it was disheartening to see the speed at which they forgot the girl.

fazl questions attempts to hype Malala attack ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Friday questioned motives behind hyping Taliban’s attack on Swat-based child rights campaigner Malala Yousufzai. “Why is the attack on Malala being exaggerated so much?” he remarked, adding that the attack was the result of government policies. He said that the blood of humanity was dripping from the hands of those condemning this incident. The attack was being used, he opined, adding that religious clerics were being asked to condemn it. “Malala is our daughter and we know how to respect our daughters,” he said. The JUI-F leader further said that Ulemas were doing politics courageously. nnI

Taliban sent hit squad after teenage activist NEWS DESK A spokesman for the Taliban’s Swat Valley chapter says its leadership decided already two months ago to kill a 14-year-old activist, who was shot and seriously wounded this week — and then sent out a hit squad to carry out the job. A spokesman, Sirajuddin Ahmad, says Malala Yousafzai was warned three times to stop her activities promoting “Western thinking,” but she did not. He said the last warning was conveyed a week ago. Ahmad said two of the attackers had expertise in shooting people in the head. The hit squad carefully examined the girl’s route from school to her home. The shooting of the teenage activist who spoke out in support of girls’ education and against Taliban atrocities has horrified many in Pakistan and abroad.

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04 News SC bails out high-profile ephedrine accused ISLAMABAD onLIne


HE Supreme Court on Friday extended the bails of two high-profile accused – former prime minister’s son Ali Musa Gilani and former health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin – in the Rs 7 billion Ephedrine quota scandal.

A three-member bench headed by Justice nasirul Mulk heard the pre-arrest bail petitions. The bench further ruled that the bails for the two accused would remain in effect until the court gives a verdict in the drug case. Earlier during the hearing, Ali Musa’s counsel Khalid Ranjha claimed that the allegations against his client could not be proved. In response, Justice

Tariq Pervez said the allegations against his client included use of political influence to influence ephedrine drug quota and making phone calls to certain individuals, as opposed to possessing the controlled substance. Ranjha replied that all public representatives make phone calls to address the issues of their constituents, while claiming that his

client had not made any objectionable phone calls in the matter. After Ranjha’s arguments, Anti-narcotics Force (AnF) lawyer Shahid Abbasi said it was under AnF’s jurisdiction to determine whether or not the drug was misused. He said that political clout had been used throughout to influence the drug quota, adding that the influence exerted by Tauqir

Ahmed Khan, personal secretary to Ali Musa, was on record. Later, the bench approved an extension in the bails of the two accused and adjourned the hearing. Talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court, Ali Musa expressed trust in the apex court and hoped that it would forward his case to a trial court, where he was confident of succeeding. He fur-

ther said that the extension in his bail had proved that the AnF could not succeed in its efforts to target him “politically”. Shahabuddin, who was serving as health minister while ephedrine quota was being misused, said there had been no evidence against him. “I have never been charged with corruption. God is on my side as I’m being honest,” he asserted.

2014 withdrawal from afghanistan is absolute; not to be conditions-based: Biden WASHINGTON speCIAL CoRResponDenT

With the mission to effectively weaken al-Qaeda in Afghanistan “almost” complete, the American forces are set to definitely leave the country by 2014 in accordance with agreement with international allies, U.S. Vice President declared in a political debate ahead of next month’s election. Appearing in a televised debate with his Republican rival Paul Ryan, the U.S. vice president made it clear that the pullback of the remaining American troops from Afghanistan in the next two years would not be linked to ground conditions in that country, still facing Taliban in-

surgency. The two politicians locked horns on several world hotspots including Libya and Syria, as President Barack Obama’s Democrat backers and Republican Mitt Romney’s supporters keenly followed the vice presidential debate, about four weeks from november 6 election. Biden, a political stalwart, strongly opposed 42-yearold Ryan, who implied that a Republican administration, emerging from november 6 election, might slow down the pace of the troop withdrawals over the next two years. “The fact is, we went there for one reason: to get those people who killed Americans, Al Qaida. We’ve decimated Al Qaida central. We have eliminated Osama bin Laden. That was our purpose,” Biden said, in the only

vice presidential debate of the 2012 election campaign, which was conducted by journalist Martha Raddatz of ABC news. “And, in fact, in the meantime, what we said we would do, we would help train the Afghan military. It’s their responsibility to take over their own security. That’s why with 49 of our allies in Afghanistan, we’ve agreed on a gradual drawdown so we’re out of there by the year 20 — in the year 2014.” Biden, a former seasoned lawmaker, was seen by the American media as a political attack dog , aggressively defending the Obama Administration’s foreign policy decisions. At several points Biden tried to laugh off his opponent in a dominating debate mode.

QueTTA: people pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai during Friday prayers. afp

Outrage in Pakistan over girl, but change unlikely ISLAMABAD AFp

Pakistan has united in revulsion over a Taliban attack on a schoolgirl, but few analysts believe anything will change in a country that has exploited Islamist extremism as an instrument of state policy. Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai remains in a critical condition in the country’s top military hospital three days after she was shot, as politicians, school children, Mus-

lims and Christians pray for her recovery. Pakistan is largely inured to horrific acts of violence. Mosques have been attacked. Ordinary people are slaughtered by suicide bombers. There are sectarian murders and political killings, and thousands of soldiers have died. But the plight of an exceptional young girl who won international recognition for campaigning for the right to an education has sickened millions. Activists say the shooting

should be a wake-up call to those who advocate appeasement or peace with the Taliban, but analysts say that would require a seismic shift in a country that has sponsored radical Islam for decades. Columnist Ayaz Amir called it the “culmination of years of playing with fire and manufacturing demons and Frankensteins (that) we should have had sense enough to understand would come to haunt us and become our worst nightmares”. Some

Dressing down for Pakistan’s power crisis ISLAMABAD AFp

Faced with an energy crisis of crippling dimensions, the government has rolled out a new strategy to curb consumption: telling civil servants to dress appropriately for the weather. Government officials are being directed to wrap up warm in winter and keep cool in summer in loose fitting shalwar kamis to save on heating and air conditioning bills, water and power ministry official Tanvir Alam told AFP. The new dress code circumvents the traditional bureaucratic fashion for suits and ties, which leave staff reaching for airconditioning remote controls in summer when temperatures top 45 degrees Celcius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). “This is first time the government

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has enforced a dress code for winter and summer. It is a step towards energy conservation,” Alam said. Peak demand for electricity is around 18,000 megawatts in summer, with a third of that coming from air-conditioning, but power companies only manage to supply 13,000 to 14,000 MW. The shortages lead to electricity cuts of up to eight hours in winter, and up to 18 hours a day in rural areas during the summer. Last winter there were also widespread gas shortages, with more expected this year. Alam said the dress code was being implemented on a pilot basis in the water and power ministry and the department that handles cabinet affairs, and will be applied across the board if successful. “It is working well, we are not even using fans today,” Alam said.

compare the shooting to a video of a 17-year-old girl being flogged, which contributed to unprecedented public support for the military operation that crushed a twoyear Taliban insurgency in the Swat valley in 2009. But few expect a comprehensive operation in north Waziristan, the entrenched bastion of the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, which some in Pakistani officialdom consider an asset for future influence in Afghanistan.

power protesters vent anger at church KARACHI sTAFF RepoRT

A violent mob pelted stones on a church during a protest against prolonged power outages in Ranchore Lines area. The St Francis Church and missionary school in nanakwara, Ranchore Line is located close to the old Haji camp. Residents of the area suffering power outages for the last three days took to the streets to vent their anger against KESC. The demonstrators gathered near Khyber Chowk where they set a few tyres alight, blocked traffic and raised slogans demanding that power to their area be restored. However, some members started pushing against the gates of the 75-year-old church. They breached the outer courtyard of the church and pelted the building’s façade with stones and damaged a vehicle parked within. Police and Rangers were called in to control the situation.

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News 05 Govt agreed to write Swiss letter after its reservations were addressed: Kaira ISLAMABAD App

CHAMAn: Citizens hold a protest rally against the deteriorating law and order and targeted killing incidents in balochistan on Friday. INp

Nation still suffering due to Musharraf’s coup: Nawaz LAHORE



AKISTAn Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) President nawaz Sharif on Friday said the nation was still suffering due to the steps taken on October 12, 1999 when former dictator Pervez Musharraf toppled his democratically elected government. In a statement issued on Friday on the occasion of Black Day being observed by PML-n against the 1999 coup, nawaz said the situation changed after Musharraf took over the administrative charge of the country and more unconstitutional steps during his eight years rule weakened Pakistan’s economy and stability. He said the world kept imposing its will on the enervated Pakistan, adding that the path of

unconstitutional adventures could have been stanched. The PML-n chief questioned whether the violators of the constitution had been tried. “Actual change will come through vote,” he added. Protest rallies and demonstrations were held across the country under the banner of PML-n against the October 12, 1999 coup. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Pervez Musharraf overthrew nawaz’s government in 1999 after then prime minister nawaz Sharif tried removing the sitting army chief. nawaz had replaced Musharraf with then Inter-Services Intelligence Director General Lieutenant General Ziauddin Butt as chief of army staff when Musharraf was en-route to Karachi from Sri Lanka.

MuLTAn: pML-n supporters burn an effigy of Gen pervez Musharraf during a protest on Friday. INp

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said the government agreed to write a letter to the Swiss authorities after its reservations were duly addressed. “The letter was finalised per the court’s directions and the issue is now over,” he told a private television channel. He said the president enjoyed immunity from prosecution under the constitution of Pakistan and international laws hence he could not be tried. Kaira said the federal government’s stance over writing the letter in the tenure of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was also correct. Criticising those political leaders who were supporting extremists for their vested interests, Kaira said the attack on Malala Yousufzai had drawn a line between extremist and progressive thinking in the society. Kaira said the leaders and workers of the PPP and the Awami national Party (AnP) had rendered unprecedented sacrifices in the war against terrorism. “It is unfortunate that leadership of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz just condemned the incident and did not say a word against the Taliban.”

Doctors resume work at government hospitals in Balochistan after 3-day strike QUETTA sTAFF RepoRT

Patients took a sigh of relief as doctors in out patient departments (OPDs) and operation theatres of government-run hospitals resumed activities on Friday, after three-day strike against targeted killing of two of their colleagues. The doctors had gone on a strike against the murder of two senior doctors in Khudzar and Mastung on a call of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan. All OPDs and operation theatres in government hospitals across the province remained closed creating problems for patients visiting hospitals from far-flung areas. Meanwhile, doctors across Balochistan have announced that they would hold protests and mourning against brutal murder of their colleagues in the next week.

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two women burnt to death in house fire MonIToRInG DesK

A house in Ravi Road area caught fire on friday, burning two women to death. the house was located on Mohni Road in Ravi Road area. According to reports, the three storey house went up in flames in seconds due to short circuiting, trapping 22-year-old Aashi and 24-year-old yasmeen. the two could not escape in time and unfortunately lost their lives. Rescues teams reached the spot and shifted the dead bodies to the city morgue.

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Police registering fake drug cases to comply with ccPO’s orders LAHORE



TATIOn House Officers (SHOs) of police stations across the city are registering fake cases to show their performance following orders of the local police chief to crack down on drug dealers in the provincial capital, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday. Sources said that CCPO Aslam Tareen had directed all 82 SHOs to register at least 10 cases each against narcotics peddlers. However, instead of targeting actual drug dealers in accordance with the orders, police officers have been harassing, detaining and registering cases against petty drug users or innocent citizens. All such cases are being registered under Sec-

tion C-9 of the Criminal Procedure Code. These arrests started occurring rapidly after the CCPO addressed a seminar on Oct 8 in which he detailed police efforts to hunt down drug dealers. According to statistics provided by Tareen, the police registered 4,233 cases against 4,368 suspected drug dealers and confiscated 115 kilogrammes of heroin, more than 25 kilogrammes opium, 590 kilogrammes of hashish and 28,412 bottles of alcohol in the last six months. On October 8, Ghalib Market police registered a case against a man named Iftikhar under Section C-9 for possessing 1,600 grammes of hashish for the purpose of selling. However, the judge did not allow further remand of the accused because the claimed confiscated hashish was not presented in court. According to the investigating officer, the raiding team did not

submit the confiscated hashish with him. On the other hand, Iftikhar told Pakistan Today that he had been wrongly implicated in the case. He said that on October 5, the police had caught him smoking hashish following which he was taken to the police station where he was detained for several hours before being freed after paying Rs 500 as a bribe. “I was standing outside a shop on October 8 alongside my niece when suddenly a few policemen came and took me to the station, where they registered this fake case,” said Iftikhar. He further asserted that he belonged to a respectable family and was not involved in drug peddling. Reports of such sham cases have appeared from Ravi Road police station also where two cases were registered on October 5, one of which was filed against a

woman. On Oct 7, the court did not allow remand in a case registered against four people by the nolakha Police Station for possession of three kilogrammes of hashish because the whereabouts of the confiscated drugs were unknown. Sources in the police said that most SHOs were making the arrests just to show their performance to the top bosses. “The fact is that most drug peddlers are hand in glove with the police. They can’t operate without police patronage and since it’s good money, the police also tries its best to save them. Consequently, innocent citizens or petty drug users are made scapegoats to fill official records,” he said. A police spokesman denied that they were only targeting drug users. “Indiscriminate action is being taken against drug peddlers.

PPP Accountability Bill safe corridor for looters: Shahbaz LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Friday blamed Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) of corrupting people instead of rounding them up by introducing Accountability Bill. Talking to the media, Shahbaz Sharif said that Accountability Bill is a green signal for thieves and plunderers. “The so-called Accountability Bill is as an edition of the national Reconciliation Ordinance (nRO), the blackest law in the history of Pakistan,” he added. Shahbaz warned that in case the Bill is adopted in the Parliament, Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) will quash it when it comes to power. He added that the bill is an attempt to push beyond accountability the irregularities committed during first four years of Musharraf-led government. These plunderers of national exchequer will not be able to save their skin from the masses’ accountability despite the likes of bills, he added.

CM offers prayer for Malala’s early recovery LAHORE: On the appeal of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a Youme-Dua was observed at government and non-government levels throughout Punjab, to pray for the early recovery of Malala Yousafzai. In this connection, a special prayer was held at Model Town. Shahbaz offered special prayers for the early recovery of Malalah. He said that she was the pride of our nation, and the whole nation was praying for her life. The prayer was also attended by Member national Assembly Pervaiz Malik, government officers and citizens. He hoped that the daughter of the nation would soon recover as the prayers of the entire nation were with her. sTAFF RepoRT

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Punjab Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that eradication of fundamentalism, terrorism and extremism was a prerequisite for peace and prosperity of the country. The minister expressed these views while praying for health and recovery of Malala Yousafzai at Government Girls High School, Chamrra Mandi Faizbagh. He said that terrorism was breeding due to rampant unemployment and poverty and he said added that extremism could be rooted out by drafting of quality and modern education curriculums in the country. Shuja said that Malala was a symbol of courage and valour and a role model for millions of secular Pakistanis who oppose the religious militant outfits operating in the country. Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Haji Allah Rakha and Executive Development Officer (EDO) Education Pervaiz Akhtar, School Administration and students participated in the ceremony.


The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Friday asked the federal government to file a response on the next hearing over a petition seeking construction of Kalabagh dam. The chief justice expressed concerns over the government’s procrastination in filing a reply on this issue concerning public welfare. He said the court had directed the federal government to submit a detailed reply explaining the hurdles in the construction of the dam. AK Dogar, counsel for the petitioner, said the present leadership of the country did not want the construction of the dam and resorted to giving unsatisfactory excuses. LHc SuMMOnS MPA RAnA ASIf In DuAL nAtIOnALIty cASE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday summoned Member Punjab Assembly Rana Asif in duality nationality case. Chief Justice LHC Umar Ata Bandial resumed the case hearing pertaining to the dual-nationality of the parliamentarian. The plaintiff’s counsel told court that dual-nationality of PML-n’s MPA Rana

Asif has been proved. He is a Canadian national as well, the lawyer added. The court was requested to suspend Rana Asif’s Punjab Assembly membership. Later, the court directed MPA Rana Asif to appear in the next hearing and adjourned the hearing till October 26. SOLutIOn Of SWISS LEttER ISSuE DISAPPOIntED cOnSPIRAtORS: Pakistan People’s Party Women Wing Lahore President Faiza Malik on Friday said that those elements who wanted to see confrontation between government and the judiciary were disappointed after the solution of Swiss letter issue. Talking to a women workers delegation in her office, she said the PPP was not like the PML-n which had attacked the Supreme Court as the PPP workers and leadership always respected the judiciary and its decisions. She said the PPP was always ready to contest elections and claimed that it will defeat its opponents in next elections. She said the PPP compromised on principles and would not do so in the future. Faiza said that writing a letter to the Swiss authorities was not unconstitutional as the court had accepted the immunity of President Asif Ali Zardari.

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Lahore 07 civil society condemns attack on malala LAHORE: Members of civil society, media and other walks of life on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning the attack on Malala Yousafzai. The resolution states: “We, members of the civil society, media and other walks of life strongly condemn and express our grief and anger on the murderous attack on Malala Yousafzai and consider it as an attack on the entire nation and humanity. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has accepted the responsibility for the attack. Through this attack they have delivered a message that they will never accept democratic values, freedom of expression and rights of women, especially their right to education. Their spokesman has also said that they will attack Malala Yousafzai again if she survives. We, as citizens, protest that no clear stance has been taken against terrorism. This has not only affected our way of life but also the future of the entire nation and its people are no longer secure. This monster (terrorism) is destroying our society. We demand of the federal and provincial governments and state institutions to take some decisive action against terrorists. We appeal to the people in general, and media and civil society in particular, that they do not comprise on terrorism, which Islam and other religions, our country’s laws or societal norms do not allow. pRess ReLeAse

Malala attack a conspiracy to deploy boots in NW: Munawar LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT


AMAAT e Islami Pakistan (JIP) Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan said that the lobby which orchestrated an attack on Malala Yousufzai was the same lobby that was pushing the Pakistani State to launch military operation in the north Waziristan. Addressing the Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, Munawar Hassan linked the attack on Malala to the forged video of Taliban lashing a woman in public at swat. He said like the lashing video was used as a pretext to initiate the military operation in Waziristan, Malala attack was orchestrated to prepare ground for another military action in the

Federally controlled agencies. He said that every human life was worth celebrating but questioned as to why Malala got hype in the western media unlike thousand killed in American drone strikes. The Ameer said that civil and military top brass decided to launch a military operation in Waziristan in a meeting held at GHQ on Thursday. He appealed the movers and shakers to take the citizens of Pakistan into confidence regarding the expected monetary cost of the operation and warned the army to not jump into another adventure without briefing the nation on the success of its decade long operations in the region. Munawar Hasan said that US and several other powers were fearful of Pakistan as it was created in the name of

Islam and said that the rulers of Pakistan had failed to realize that military operations would only increase the gulf between the rulers and the ruled. He said that all residents of the tribal areas were patriotic Pakistanis and their sincerity with Pakistan should not be gauged from the texts produced in western capitals. He said that Pakhtuns had already migrated thrice from their homes and villages and an operation in n.Waziristan would nullify all peace process and accords secured by the democratic government in the war on terror. Munawar Hassan pointed out that there had been a military operation in Karachi in the 1990’s but the elements against whom the operation was carried were sitting in the cabinet of the province.

Pti workers rally against attack on malala LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) on Friday organised a congregation, praying for Malala Yousufzai’s health after which protests were held against the attack on the 14year-old activist. The prayers were attended by the party office bearers from Punjab including the office-bearers of the PTI women wing. The attendees of the congregations took out a procession in Lahore’s Garden Town area after the prayers. The protestors shouted anti-US slogans alleging that American conspiracies were at play behind incidents of terrorism in Pakistan. The PTI rally demanded the arrest of Malala’s attackers and said that those killing innocent children were not Muslims rather the agents of anti-Islam forces. Inp

rOzee.PK prepares to hold Punjab Job fair 2012 LAHORE: ROZEE.PK, Pakistan’s leading online recruitment platform, in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board, is all set to host the Punjab Job Fair 2012. The Punjab Job Fair is being held as part of the Punjab national Youth Festival 2012. The fair will be held today (Saturday) at the Expo Centre. More than 50,000 jobseekers are expected to attend this fair from all over Pakistan. Employers from leading industries/sectors from across Pakistan will be present at the event and most will conduct on the spot interviews and tests. Punjab government’s selection of ROZEE.PK to host the Punjab Job Fair 2012 was based on ROZEE.PK’s strong leadership position in Pakistan’s talent acquisition market, large talent database and powerful filtering technology. Currently more than 50,000 employers use ROZEE.PK’s recruitment services. pRess ReLeAse

LAHoRe: citizens hold a candle light vigil to offer dua for Malala Yousafzai at Liberty Chowk. MURTaZa aLI

NIDA to set up six more institutions LAHORE

blood donated to hilal-e-ehmar LAHORE pRess ReLeAse

A blood donation camp was arranged at Abacus Consulting Shaheen Complex Egerton Road where several employees donated blood. Around 56 employees donated blood to Hilal-e-Ehmar Thalassemia Centre. The blood is used for thallaessemic patients and other poor and needy patients admitted at different city hospitals.

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master Paints street art enters multan, faisalabad LAHORE pRess ReLeAse

In collaboration with Punjab Youth Festival, Master Paints Industries Pvt Ltd is conducting Street Art Competition in Gujranwala, Multan and Faisalabad on October 14. The competition will be held amongst the students of the leading education institutes of the respective cities. The participants will bring in their art work from which the best will be selected for street art. The participants will have till evening to finish their work. The photographs of the street art will be sent over to a panel of artists, who will select the best images for the Street Art Competition. Medals will be distributed at the end of closing ceremony. Street Art is a CSR activity conducted to encourage art and promote message of peace and brotherhood amongst the nation.

said that students of five nIDA centres are being facilitated with the provision of instructors, market driven curricula and modern labs and instruction facilities. The nIDA is also steering many customized training programmes for notable industrial groups like First Women Bank Limited (FWBL), BBSYDP, Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Attock Refinery and Pak-Arab Fertilizers. Five advanced CAD/CAM training institutes of nIDA are currently working in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Sialkot and Quetta. The causal rudiment of nIDA is to help the industrial clusters of Pakistan overcome the dearth of ‘digitally empowered’ manpower.

‘Per capita eggs consumption in Pakistan is 50-60’ LAHORE: Pakistan Poultry Association (nZ) Chairman Dr Ghulam Mehboob on Friday said that per capita eggs consumption in Pakistan is 55-60 eggs against the requirement of 250-300. Speaking at a press conference, he said that per capita consumption of meat is only 5.5 KG whereas standard requirement is 25-28 kg meat. He said that Pakistan Poultry Association is celebrating World Egg Day by organizing seminars at different places to make the general public aware about the nutritional value of the egg and its importance in human diet. According to experts, the annual consumption of 300 eggs is necessary for human health. “We are producing 9,410 million table eggs and 953,000 metric ton chicken meat annually”, they said. He informed that poultry sector is one of the most organized branch of the agro-based sector of Pakistan. Poultry at present contributes 40% of the total meat consumption and generates employment and income for about fifteen hundred thousand people. App

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Number of older people increasing rapidly: UNPF report LAHORE



HE number of older people was growing faster than any other age group, said a new report. The report, titled ‘Ageing in the Twentyfirst Century: A Celebration and a Challenge’, was released by United nations Population Fund (UnPF) and HelpAge International to mark the International Day of older persons at a local hotel on Friday. Provincial Minister for Prisons Malik Iqbal Channar, adviser to Chief Minster Punjab for population welfare, social welfare, special education and women development Zakiya Shahnawaz were chief guests on the occasion. The new report revealed that by 2050, the older generation would be greater in number than the under 15-years-old. In just 10 years, the number of older persons would surpass one billion. Addressing the occasion, Channar said his department would play a role for the rights of older people and make efforts for policy development in this regard. Zakiya Shahnawaz stated that the tradition of respecting the elderly was something South Asian regions took pride in, noting that the trend was declining which she believed was not a good sign. She urged the media, civil society, politicians, and the government to play their respective roles to initiate legislation for the rights of older people in Pakistan. UnFPA representative Rabbi Royan said

that there had been a lack of preparedness in many countries of the region, including Pakistan, for meeting the challenges of population ageing. He was of the view that speed and scale of demographic change can very often catch nations off-guard. He said it was important that countries be prepared for the onset of population ageing and appropriate policies and measures

must be taken in this regard. Country Director HelpAge International Pakistan Ajeeba Aslam said that the phenomenon required urgent strategic action at national and regional levels, especially for developing countries such as Pakistan. A representative from South Asia Partnership Pakistan also spoke on the occasion.

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Foreign News 09 106 soldiers killed as Syrian rebels go on attack BEIRUT



YRIAn rebels killed 14 soldiers in an attack on an army post in Daraa province on Friday, a watchdog said, a day after the army suffered 92 losses, its highest daily total in the conflict. Six rebels were also killed in the attack on the army checkpoint at Khirba in the southern province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that fighting also raged in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo. The Britain-based watchdog said Thursday had marked one of the deadliest days since an anti-regime revolt erupted in March last year, with at least 240 people killed across Syria, including

the 92 soldiers, 67 rebels and 81 civilians. With an average of 20 deaths per day, the army has lost about 10,000 soldiers and had at least an equal number wounded in the conflict, a military hospital official told AFP. In August, the same source reported more than 8,000 deaths. Of the soldiers killed on Thursday, 36 died in fighting in Idlib province, where many of the fiercest clashes have taken place over the past three months. Regime warplanes on Friday attacked two buildings in the Idlib town of Maaret al-numan, where intense fighting has raged since rebels overran it on Tuesday after a fierce 48-hour gunbattle, the Observatory said. Fighting was ongoing on the periphery of Maaret al-numan, where troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are

still holding two key bases in Wadi Daif and Hamdiyeh, which they use to bombard the town. An AFP reporter said that the rebels, by gaining control of a stretch of highway near Maaret al-numan, were on Thursday able to cut off the route linking Damascus to Aleppo, choking the flow of troops to battlefields in the north. According to the Observatory, the rebels intercepted a radio distress call on Friday from the Wadi Daif base commander, who said: “If our planes do not clean out the areas around the base, I will surrender by the end of the day.” The radio communication came as warplanes were bombarding areas around Wadi Daif and Maaret al-numan. Despite ongoing violence on Friday, anti-regime demonstrations were held in

provinces across Syria after the weekly Muslim prayers. In the embattled city of Aleppo, where regime forces opened fire on protesters in the district of Halab alJadida, wounding a number of demonstrators, according to the Observatory. Similar demonstrations were also reported in Derbassiyeh, a town on the border with Turkey, and in Daraya, a town southwest of Damascus where 500 people were massacred in August. In Aleppo province, rebels took partial control of an air defence battalion of some 50 soldiers on the highway connecting Aleppo to Raqa province, further to the east and near the Kweris military airport, the Observatory said. Military airports have been a key target for the rebels as the army has increasingly deployed warplanes and helicopter

gunships to launch devastating strikes. In Aleppo city, regime forces pounded the districts of Haidariyeh in the northeast and Sukari and Fardoss in the southwest at dawn, as fierce fighting broke out in Sakhur, Suleiman al-Halabi and Sheikh Khodr in the northeast. More than 32,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict, according to the Observatory, which compiles its data from a network of activists, medics and lawyers on the ground. During the first 13 months of the revolt, an average of 24 people were killed per day, but in the past six months, with the total militarisation of the rebellion, the daily average has risen to 142. This figure does not include hundreds of unidentified bodies which have been found across the country or the pro-regime militiamen known as shabiha.

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KFAR QADDuM: A palestinian protester burns tyres as clashes broke out with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the expropriation of palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near the occupied west bank city of nablus. afp

Merkel on Nobel: euro represents union for peace BERLIn: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday hailed the choice of the crisishit European Union for the 2012 nobel Peace Prize, calling efforts to save the euro a drive to ensure peace on the continent. “I often say that the euro is more than a currency, and we should not forget that these weeks and months we spend working to strengthen the euro,” she told reporters. “The euro is more than a currency because at the end of the day it is about the original idea of a union of peace and of values.” She called the selection of the EU a “wonderful” decision. “With it, the committee honours the idea of European integration. After years of terrible bloodshed, horrible wars, murder and devastation, the Treaty of Rome laid the foundation stone for a European union of peace,” she said, referring to the 1958 pact that paved the way for the EU. “The last decades of peace in Europe — that is a long time for those of us living in the European Union. But for history, it is a blink of an eye. And that is why we must keep working for it.” She added: “I see the fact that the nobel committee honoured that idea also as an incentive and an obligation for me personally.” As chancellor of Europe’s top economy and the effective paymaster for its bailout funds for stricken eurozone countries, Merkel has emerged as the go-to leader during the three long years of financial turmoil. But her austerity-driven strategy has made her the arch-villain of the crisis in some parts of Europe. AFp

Pro and anti-Morsi protesters clash in Egypt CAIRO AFp

Clashes erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday as supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi tried to wrest control of the iconic square in rival rallies, an AFP journalist reported. The health ministry said at least 12 people were wounded as protesters showered stones at each other in some of the worst violence over the country’s new Islamist leader. The clashes started after Brotherhood supporters tore down a podium belonging to a group that was chanting anti-Morsi slogans, witnesses said. Morsi’s supporters, mainly his powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement, had called their rally to denounce this week’s acquittals of Hosni Mubarak-era officials. His opponents, a coalition of liberal and secular leaning groups, had previously called their own rally to denounce Islamist control over a body drafting the new constitution, and Morsi’s performance in office. “Down with the Supreme Guide’s

rule,” Morsi’s opponents chanted, referring to Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie. Confusion reigned in the large square, the nerve centre of protests that toppled Mubarak early last year, as fighting broke out in several areas of the central Cairo hub. Morsi barely scraped through to win an election in June that presented voters with an unpopular choice between an Islamist president or Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last premier. Opponents of Morsi include influential judges who were again infuriated by the president when he tried sacking the state prosecutor on Thursday after the acquittals of 24 former regime figures accused of organising attacks on protesters. The state prosecutor refused to step down and take Morsi’s offer of an ambassadorship in the Vatican, and an influential judges’ club described Morsi’s decree as an attack on judicial independence. After his election, Morsi had tried to reverse a court order that dissolved the Islamist-dominated parliament, sparking a backlash from the judiciary.

PRAguE: Iraq will buy 28 Czech-made L-159 training jets valued at $1 billion dollars (770 billions euros), Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra said Friday in Prague. “We’ve agreed to supply 28, L-159-type aircraft to the Iraqi air force,” Vondra told reporters on the last of a two-day visit to the Czech capital by Iraqi Prime Minister nuri al-Maliki. “Twenty-four of the planes will be new, while four will come from Czech army surplus stocks,” he added. Iraq has already struck a $12billion deal to buy 36 F-16 combat fighters from the United States, which are to be delivered from September 2014. The L-159 jets, which Prague has been trying to sell for years, are made by Aero Vodochody, the largest Czech aircraft producer controlled by the Czech-Slovak private equity group Penta. The jets meet nATO standards and can be armed. Around 80 percent of their components are foreign-made, notably in the United States. Aero Vodochody is also a sub-contractor for major arms makers including EADS, Saab and Sikorsky. The visit of the Iraqi government delegation to the nATO and EU country came on the heels of its three-day visit to Moscow, during which Russia announced signing more than $4.2 billion in arms contracts with Iraq. The deal made Russia the violence-torn Middle East nation’s largest weapons supplier after the United States. AFp

Western powers to ‘pay a price’ for sanctions: Iran tOKyO: Iran’s finance minister on Friday warned that the West would “pay a price” for sanctions on his country over its nuclear programme, while vowing to stem a severe currency crisis. Western powers have tightened economic sanctions against Tehran in recent years, sparking a drop in crucial oil exports and a collapse of its currency, pounding the economy and sending unemployment higher. On Friday, finance minister Shamseddin Hosseini echoed Tehran’s regular criticism of the sanctions, saying they were part of an “economic war” and warned that Western firms would suffer as Iran moves to trade with other nations. “The sanctions are not only affecting the Iranian economy but also other countries and foreign companies,” Hosseini told a press briefing in Tokyo, where he is attending International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings. “Turkey has now become our important trading partner in place of Germany, while China may grab the market share that Japan used to have,” he added. Hosseini also warned: “Those who imposed sanctions are to pay a price.” Talks between Iran and major powers on the nuclear impasse have stalled for years, as Tehran insists its atomic programme is for peaceful purposes while the West accuses it of working to develop nuclear weapons. AFp

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he militants’ leadership continues to call the shots. Making the maximum use of the security they are allowed to enjoy in Waziristan. They order the killing and abduction of people at will. Two days after targeting Malala Yousafzai, the militants kidnapped Brig (retd) Tahir Masood and killed his gunman in Islamabad. Both the attacks were conducted with a brazenness which was indicative of their disregard for the law enforcement agencies. The attack on Malala has not only grieved the entire nation but also created a will to confront the terrorists. The Senate and national Assembly have unanimously condemned the attack and demanded an exemplary punishment for those responsible. The ulema affiliated with the Sunni Ittehad Council have issued an edict declaring the Taliban as misguided and driven by ignorance. Civil society members have observed vigils while prayers have been offered in mosques, churches and temples for the school girl’s recovery. Hina Rabbani Khar told Cnn that the shooting was a “wake up call” and could present a “turning point” in the war between two futures for Pakistan. The media has with one voice expressed horror and condemned those behind it. Even the supporters of PTI whose leadership favors talks with Taliban have taken out processions to register their outrage against the dastardly attack. Owning the fight against extremism and terrorism was a step forward on the part of Gen Kayani. It would however lose its impact if not followed by the required moves in the direction. The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee meeting has also used strong words to express its resolve to fight the menace of terrorism and to render any sacrifice needed. In case the resolve remains unaccompanied by firm and timely action against the head and fountain of terrorism, it would only embolden the militant leadership and generate despondency and cynicism in the country. This would also strengthen the perception that the establishment is still running with the hares and hunting with the hounds. A three-pronged attack has to be launched against extremism and militancy. First, a major and all-embracing move has to be made to overhaul the school curriculum which encourages extremist tendencies. Secondly, a more efficient use has to be made of modern high tech surveillance systems, avowedly in the possession of the security agencies, to gain real time information regarding the militants’ plans in order to foil them. Thirdly, a surgical operation has to be launched in the agencies to cleanse them of militants of all hues and colors. Unless the steps are taken the authority of the state will continue to be eroded.

Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan

By Arif Nizami


he cowardly assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban has shocked the whole nation. Even the normally unflappable apologists of the militants have expressed their outrage. However the ‘T’ word still remains mostly absent from the narrative. The national Assembly and the Senate have passed unanimous resolutions condemning the dastardly attack. In a rare display of unity, the Parliament has unanimously resolved: “Until the establishment of peace in the great motherland, the rooting out of terrorists will continue.” Perhaps for the sake of unity the Taliban were not named. There are many in the parliament who are their apologists or simply too scared for their lives. Even after the dastardly attack, Imran Khan, the PTI leader, has maintained his stance that we should talk to the Taliban. In an interview with Cnn’s Christiane Amanpour, he advocated a non-military solution maintaining that use of force would not end terrorism. The same evening he visited Malala in the hospital and offered to send her abroad for treatment. Imran’s abortive long march to n Waziristan against drone attacks took place on the eve of the attack on Malala. Some supportive columnists in the vernacular press have even made the ludicrous assertion that US agents, to nullify the impact of Imran’s campaign against the drones, targeted Malala. It is worth examining the stance of Imran and his ilk that want to negotiate with the Taliban. The TTP, on the other hand, has made it quite clear why they targeted a 14-year-old girl in Swat. Ostensibly her only crime being that she openly defied their edict that girls should not receive education. Its spokesman brazenly accepted re-

sponsibility for the attack stating that “whosoever leads a campaign against Islam and sharia is ordered to be killed by sharia”. This narrow and self-serving interpretation of Islam that proscribes education for women is obviously not acceptable to a vast majority of Pakistanis. But how many amongst our polity are willing to walk the talk? Most political parties, including the ruling coalition, are taking the path of least resistance maintain an ambivalent stance. The Taliban have no illusions about the “infidels” who believe in a parliamentary democracy and its appended accruements. So what is there to negotiate for those who despite being part of the system vociferously advocate such a course? The delusional amongst us – and there are many – believe that the Taliban are a function of the US occupation of Afghanistan and drone attacks over Pakistan. Once the Americans go away and Pakistan severs its ties with Washington, everything will somehow reset to normal. It will be a honky dory place as it used to be before 9/11. The Taliban movement is a way of life supported by many amongst the religious zealots who believe that their narrow interpretation of sharia is the only way. A majority of Pakistanis, no matter how religious and anti-West, do not share their worldview. But at the same time are not willing to or are unable to stand up and be counted. As is evident from the cowardly attack on Malala and destruction of schools by the Taliban, universal education is not negotiable so far as they are concerned. neither is Sufistic Islam practised by majority of Muslims of the sub-continental variety – as distinct from the Saudi brand – acceptable to them. Obviously, a parliamentary democracy, or for that matter any kind of democracy, is anathema to the Taliban. They have a lot of apologists in the media, and the militants make good use of it. But again a free media is a function of democracy and has no place in the Taliban lexicon. As for drone attacks over the tribal areas, it is not the first time Pakistan has protested to the US that these successive and incremental attacks are a clear violation of its sovereignty and international law. As is now well known from WikiLeaks, these attacks are not without tactical approval – if not actual connivance – of our security establishment. Instead of taking the more difficult route of launching a putsch against the militants holed up in our badlands, we let the

American do the dirty job. Apart from a number of militants killed in these attacks, there is loss of innocent lives, euphemistically referred to as “collateral damage”. Imran has boasted that if and when he comes into power he will order the air force to shoot down the American drones. Easier said than done. The normally laconic General Kayani’s categorical statement after visiting Malala at the hospital that “we refuse to bow before terror, we will fight regardless of the cost… ” is reassuring only if words are followed by action. After top military body’s meeting on Thursday, chaired by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Shamim Wynne, attended by the COAS and the top brass, it is being speculated that some kind of action is being contemplated in n Waziristan. Gen Kayani’s meeting with President Zardari gave further impetus to these conjectures. Going by past record it seems difficult that the military will abandon its muchcherished strategic restraint. However, it is becoming clearer by the day that creeping extremism is eating through the very entrails of the state. It is an existential threat that can only be met through extraordinary measures. Perhaps the attack on an innocent schoolgirl would be a wake up call for our leadership, both khaki and civilian. Only a delusional mind can still harbour the notion that the Taliban, whether Pakistani or Afghan, can be our strategic asset. According to medical reports Malala has 50/50 chance of survival. God willing she will survive. But her bravery and that of her family should be beacon of light for our politicians. The military top brass and the parliament should be on the same page on the issue. Instead of merely passing resolutions and reiterating the resolve to root out terrorism and extremism, concerted efforts should be made to unite them with a minimum agenda of rooting out the menace through concrete steps. With general elections in the offing it is a forlorn hope that politicians will unite even on this issue. Especially those who consider extremist outfits and the right wing vote as their electoral asset are unlikely to play ball. Hopefully, sacrifices of those like Malala, who have the courage to stand up and be counted, might bring change before it is too late. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

a perversity called the accountability Bill “Good faith” corruption against the rest


he government has introduced the “national Accountability Commission Bill, 2012” in the parliament. It is tantamount to extending perversity to the limit – and then some beyond! Many are already dubbing it the dry-cleaned version of the nRO. There are three aspects to the bill that need to be looked into. The first is a technicality relating to whether a bill pending before the house could be withdrawn which had either been approved by the concerned committee or was being discussed by it. The second is about some clauses of the proposed bill which negate the concept of accountability and the third relates to the devious manner in which the chairman of the proposed commission will be nominated that is bound to hijack the entire process of accountability. While the technicality of rule 120 whether a pending bill could be withdrawn from the assembly which had been approved by the relevant house committee and a new one introduced remains a matter to be debated by the legal minds, there are two clauses in the proposed bill that need to be looked into closely. The first one relates to limiting the time period for initiating an enquiry or investigation into corruption or

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corrupt practices: “The commission shall not enquire or investigate into any complaint if the same is made after the expiry of a period of ten years from the date on which the offence mentioned in such complaint is alleged to have been committed”. In other words, crime and an investigation into it are being timebound: if one commits a crime no matter how serious, and it is not reported for a period of ten years, as may happen given the deep-set corruption in the entire society, he or she would not be held accountable for the said corruption committed. In other words, the criminal walks free without even being charged with the crime. By extension, should one envision that if a criminal who, after having committed a murder, succeeds in hiding the crime for a period of ten years, would walk a free person? Indeed, this is not an ennobling yardstick to go by! Then there is this weird clause relating to a crime having been committed in “good faith”. Under this clause, a person would enjoy immunity if he or she was found guilty of having committed wrongdoing in “good faith”. now, who will determine whether a crime had been committed in cold-blood or in “good faith”? This takes us directly to the third point - the one relating

to the appointment of the head of the proposed accountability commission to be called the chairman. The process is so formulated that, ultimately, it would become the prerogative of the prime minister to nominate the chairman of the proposed commission. The prime minister and the leader of the opposition would try to come to an understanding with regard to the person who should be appointed to the coveted position. If that does not happen in fourteen days, they will each propose two people for the post which shall be sent to the Standing Committee of national Assembly on Law and Justice for confirmation of one name within fourteen days. If that also does not happen, as is bound to in an environment that has been vitiated by a growing trust-deficit, the prime minister shall send a list of two persons to the committee for selecting one. If the members cannot choose one, the name listed at number one on the list shall be deemed to have been confirmed as the chairman of the proposed commission who shall then be authorised to determine which crime has been committed in cold blood and which in “good faith”. The nation can rest assured that most of the crimes, in any

case, are committed in “good faith”. Or, looking at it conversely, if a person is actually caught having committed a crime, which is a rare phenomenon in any case, will he or she not contend aggressively that it had actually been done in “good faith”? It will go even further: excuses like threat to national sovereignty and security would be dragged in as cogent reasons for having had to indulge in a small misdeed – like decamping with a few million, even a few billion from the state exchequer. That is extending the concept of “good faith” a bit too far which would, ultimately, and quite cynically, become the buzz word for corruption itself. So, one will have to invest time and effort to distinguish the “good faith” corruption from the rest. There is also an issue regarding the eligibility of the person who can be appointed the chairman of the proposed commission. The government favours a serving or a retired judge of the Supreme Court (SC) for the position, or even a person who is qualified to be a judge of the SC. There is widespread belief that such a person should at least be a serving judge of the SC because it is feared that a person who has retired from a position is more amenable to be manipulated. Obvi-

ously, it is not in the interest of the government to get an incorruptible person for this coveted position when it has so much and so many to hide from public exposure. Ultimately, it all boils down to intentions. In the presence of clauses relating to a crime being time-bound or done in “good faith”, there is little ambiguity left as to the government’s real motives in piloting this bill through the assembly. Like I said earlier, it is another name for that much-hated formulation called the nRO. Its sole purpose is to legitimise the void ab initio document by safeguarding the members of the ruling party from being tried for corruption. In other words, this would be the beginning of introducing the concept of finding a ‘legal’ rationale for corruption because sometimes, nay oftentimes, one is ‘forced’ to indulge in corruption in the act of rendering one’s duty to the state and to the people. Soon we’ll have a state where no one would be guilty of committing corruption because all corruption, if committed, would be in “good faith”. I call this intellectual perversity which, indeed, may have no remedy! The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at

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he PTI’s aborted peace rally to Waziristan was a comedy of errors. First, the rally was supposed to go to north Waziristan, where the drone strikes actually take place. Later, scratch that, going to South Waziristan because the north’s a bit turbulent. no, scratch that, because so is the South. So, we’ll go all the way to....Taank. Since the settled district of Taank has seen many, many rallies, even by the anti-Taliban AnP and PPP, one really does wonder what the Tsunami meant by this shebang being “unprecedented.” now the rally also included some of the high-maintenance followers of the PTI. Since there were no toilet facilities en route, there were bound to be complaints. Whereas avid hunter Imran Khan felt no qualms in taking to the fields to, you know, do his thing, but the others were aghast. A visit to the loo isn’t like one to dangerous badlands. When you have to go, you go.

************** The stage at the culmination point of the PTI rally was too small and cramped to accommodate many people. Plus, getting to the stage was also an ordeal. Javed Hashmi happened to be on the stage, where he was asked by Imran Khan to speak. now in the delicate ecosystem of the PTI, any engagement with Hashmi has to be balanced by one with archrival Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Realizing this, Khan called out to a visibly distressed SMQ “Qureshi sb, Where are you?” In his already sensitive composure, SMQ took even this to imply a snub. Something’s gotta give. ************** YRG is experiencing a case of postpremiership blues. Heard on a flight, talking with travelers was the former premier asking why, if the letter to the Swiss authorities had to be written after all, did he have to take the plunge? The Multan politician, who shifted from the PM house to the Presidency (not of his own accord) and then from the Presidency to the Islamabad Club (his own decision) took offence at his son Ali Musa Gilani being arrested from the vicinity. He is still accorded with almost all the protocol of a sitting premier, though, complete with a security cavalcade. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at

a day for Malala A day for all girls world over By Yasmeen Hassan


oday, on the first United nation’s International Day of the Girl Child, the world’s thoughts are with Malala Yousufzai, the 14 year-old Pakistani schoolgirl and activist who was shot Tuesday in the Swat Valley. Taliban gunmen have claimed responsibility for the attack, citing her campaigning for girl’s rights to education as an “obscenity”. Two additional schoolgirls were also injured in the attack. In 2008, the Taliban ordered the closure of all girls’ schools in the district of Swat in the then north-West Frontier Province of Pakistan (now Khyber Pukhtunkwa) and destroyed over a 100 girls’ schools in Swat. At that time, Equality now attempted to bring a class action on behalf of Swati girls to establish the right to education, but neither law enforcement, prosecutors nor lawyers were willing to take a stand in the face of personal threats from violent extremists. Malala Yousufzai, at the age of 10, refused to have her voice silenced and became a national icon of courage and hope. By the age of 11, she was awarded Pakistan’s first national Peace Prize. Four years later, she lays in a hospital bed in critical condition fighting for her life. There has been a global outpouring of sympathy and support. As one reader of a Pakistani paper commented, “Malala isn’t a name, it’s an ideology that can never be killed.” As the Global Director of Equality now, I have had the honor to work with courageous girls around the world, who have braved all odds to challenge their treatment and denial of rights so that the world can be a better place for other girls. The courage and determination of 13-year-old Mary, who took on the Zambian government for refusing to take action when her eighth grade teacher raped her; of 11-year old Wafa who defied Yemeni traditions and walked out of a child marriage; of 15-year-old Mariam, who brought her father who had raped her to justice despite the immense stigma against sexual violence in Pakistan; and 13-

year-old Makeda who continues to fight the Ethiopian government for mismanaging her case of rape, abduction and forced marriage are a few examples. These girls are teaching the world new ways of thinking about gender, discrimination and opportunity. It is our job to listen. Adolescent girls are disproportionately vulnerable to human rights abuses that can have severe and long-lasting consequences and impact their potential as women. In 2008, we created the Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund (AGLDF) to address the most common forms of gender-based violence, ensure legal systems protect girls and deter perpetrators from violating their rights. In collaboration with local partners, we have taken on cases of child marriage, female genital mutilation, sex tourism, rape and incest in the effort to elevate the voices of girls around the world and reshape the rule of law. By mounting international pressure on governments, enabling victims to access justice, providing girls with supportive environments to discuss gender violence and discrimination and establishing legal precedents to prevent and better address future violations of their rights, these girls have become inspirations in their homes, schools and communities. It is my hope that Malala’s struggle will be a watershed moment for women and girls’ rights in Pakistan. Going forward, the International Day of the Girl will be a day of advocacy and action, by and for girls, to highlight, foster discussion and advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. We all need to support and honor girls who have the courage to come forward and demand their rights so that they can become equal and active members of society. Today, we celebrate them and reinforce our commitment to make equality and justice a reality for all girls. Note: Girls’ names have been changed to protect their privacy. Yasmeen Hassan is a lawyer from Pakistan and Global Director of Equality Now, an international women’s rights organization with offices in New York, Nairobi and London.

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Karachi are also placed immediately with the same fervor and intent as the imposition of a ban on Mr Bilour from entry into UK. The British government must also freeze all bank accounts, if any, in the name of Mr Bilour or his family in the UK and those who incite violence causing deaths of thousands in other countries, especially those who are members of Common Wealth. IRFAN BUTT UK

deceptive ad campaign a time to confront the Europeans are known for their fair terrorists business practices or at least that is what they preach, but it is evident that that is definitely not true when they do business in other countries. A good example exists here in Pakistan where ethics seem to be different for them. The case in point is a promotional ad campaign of a telecom company that is deliberately misguiding its customers but I ask at the cost of what. The publicity campaign gives the impression that its customers can enjoy on-net telephone calls anywhere in Pakistan for free during 24 hours after subscribing to the offer for Rs 9.99 + tax, whereas in reality the total duration given within 24 hours is 150 minutes but that is not mentioned in TVCs and outside advertisements. Apart from this, november 1st onwards these 150 minutes will be reduced to 50 minutes which is not mentioned in their advertisements either. Disenchanted with this foul play I am porting out my number to another network but I would request the company to adopt fair business practices and stop cheating us customers. MUSTAFA KHURRAM Lahore

UK travel ban on bilour The British government’s decision to impose restrictions on travel of Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Railways to UK is a welcome decision. Bilour, a controversial man of illrepute, who is responsible for destruction of Pakistan Railways indulged in cheap popularity tactics when he placed head money on the man responsible for making an insulting film on the Prophet to please religious fanatics. While such a move is appropriate in accordance with British Law, it would also serve the interest of religious inter-faith harmony, if laws are enacted to ban hate speech, writings and films which hurt feelings of people belonging to other faiths. It would also be in the fitness of things, if political activities of men who incite violence in other countries such as target killings in

The meeting of the top brass of the country, who met under the chairmanship of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, following the despicable attack on Malala Yousafzai , and the ensuing ISPR release is indicative of the cusp of difficult choices that now squarely stare us in the face, demanding painful decisions. The incident has made the entire nation reflect on the state of drift whereby the cancer of extremism and terrorism has deeply invaded the body politic of the nation and has now begun to metastasize in different forms and size. At stake is the future of Pakistan and its habitants and it is obvious that now time is finally at hand to take on the challenge head on. The challenge to defeat terrorism has to be undertaken in an environment of national consensus and cohesion. The entire nation must come on board to provide political backing to the military instrument that forms the cutting edge of the national instrument to defeat the threat. Even as the Armed Forces and the affiliated intelligence agencies have to spearhead the campaign, a heavy responsibility falls on the shoulders of the Police, the Special Branch and the IB who have to spot and eliminate the infiltration of the terrorists in the civil society where they have mingled among the masses and established bases from where the terrorists organize their strike. The Legislation has to enact laws to eliminate the loopholes which enable the well-known terrorists to give a slip to the law enforcement agencies and escape justice when apprehended. Attack on Malala has made it manifest that for the sake of our coming generations and for getting rid of the crippling blackmail of a small band of maliciously indoctrinated terrorists the nation has to go to the war with them. It seems that the moment of truth has finally arrived and we have to run the gauntlet thrown by the terrorists with an iron will. GUL RAHMAN WAZIR Peshawar

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I don’t want my daughter hassled: Aishwariya


he media frenzy over her daughter Aaradhya notwithstanding, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan says she does not want the little girl to "get hassled". Aaradhya, born last November, has been clicked by shutterbugs on a few occasions -- most recently at grandfather Amitabh Bachchan's 70th birthday bash. "She was a part of the celebrations yesterday. I was on double duty as she was in and out of sleep. But that is ok, I have no complaints. I love her very much. I love to spend time with her," Aishwarya told reporters here, at an event. "I think it is the job of media to take pictures or bytes. But as a mother, as a family, we were just trying to be protective. She is too small and new to this world. I did not want her to get hassled. It was just a natural instinct of being protective," she said. news DesK

Charge sheet filed against Saif Ali Khan


ITh just a few days left for Saif Ali Khan to tie the knot with Kareena Kapoor, a charge sheet has been filed against Saif by the Colaba police station for assaulting NRI Iqbal Sharma at the Taj Mahal hotel earlier in February this year. Saif was allegedly arrested after Sharma had filed a complaint after the two got into a fight at the Wasabi restaurant at the Taj on February 22. he was later released on bail after providing a surety of Rs, 15, 000. While the incident took place in February, there was delay in filing a charge sheet as the celebrities involved in the brawl weren't available to give their statement, the Colaba police said. Saif will now be appearing in court when the hearing for the case is scheduled. Till then the actor is preparing for his d-day. news DesK

I’m voting Romney: Lindsay Lohan


INdSAy Lohan should have enough issues to focus on in her life (like, say, the blow up fight she had with her mom and subsequent fight she had with her dad) but she has another on her mind: Unemployment. The Liz & dick star stepped out at tonight's Mr Pink's Ginseng drink event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire and announced that she's putting her celebrity support behind Mitt Romney. "I just think employment is really important right now," LiLo explained when asked if she was keeping up with the election. "So, as of now, Mitt Romney. As of now." Shocking? Perhaps. But Lohan says "It's a long story." Also slightly shocking was the freshly red locks Lindsay debuted on the pink carpet. "It's actually the wrong color than it's supposed to be," she explained on what inspired the change in color. "But it's the color of my natural hair and it will get there." news DesK

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The whole world seems to be celebrating Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday. Not only his friends and family, but his fans too are cutting cakes on his behalf and sending him greetings from across the globe. Though the birthday boy is overwhelmed with all the love that’s pouring in, he admits that he’s a bit embarrassed by the hullabaloo. Still, we got him to share some personal birthday details with us. How special is this birthday with little Aradhya around this time? Birthdays are the same for me. Another year has gone by. Though Aaradhya’s presence is quite different… Any special birthday wish? I don’t have, nor have I ever, had any special wishes. I just carry on from year to year. There are so many ‘days’ specified these days — new Year’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day! I just look at it (my birthday) as another day and I hope and pray that I can keep all my commitments and carry on. Have you always celebrated birthdays? I have, as most people do. I spend my birthdays with my family. Sometimes there are occasions like last night’s celebrations and previously on my 50th and 60th birthdays, which I accede to because of my family. Otherwise, personally, it’s always been a normal day. What are the celebrations like at home? The family gets together, some people are invited and pleasantries are exchanged — the usual khaanapeena (eating and drinking) and all that. What is your most cherished birthday gift? My children — Abhishek and Shweta — and my grandchildren — navya naveli, Agastye and Aaradhya. They are most special. Do you cut a cake every year? I am not very fond of cake cutting. Personally, I don’t understand the logic behind cutting cakes, singing songs or blowing out candles! I guess it’s a tradition to market it as a ‘day’. CoURTesy HT

I did not cheat on Bipasha: John Abraham

For a long time, John Abraham has been in the news for several things — his production house, the success of Vicky Donor, cheating allegations by exgirlfriend Bipasha Basu and his current relationship with Priya Runchal. now, for the first time, John talks about his split with Bipasha, Priya and more. Your reaction on the allegations in your earlier relationship… I know that break-ups stir up a lot of emotions and I can empathise with that. I come from a family where credibility and honesty have always mattered. Cheating and dishonesty, in any form, is not in my DnA. It is unfortunate if my silence is mistaken as acceptance for things said about me. I have always maintained a dignified silence because that is how I am raised. I have a clear conscience. How would you describe your present relationship? Things are beautiful and simple, and that’s why I protect it so much. We have a true and deep connection and are focused on living our lives and planning for the future. Priya’s a private person and tends to not be overly concerned with my career. She likes to focus on her work, our relationship, families and friends. I appreciate that she is grounded and mature beyond her age because it’s very easy to get consumed by this business. Do your parents tell you to tie the knot soon? no, there’s not even an iota of pressure from mom and dad. In fact, they are very relaxed about it. My parents, otherwise too, have never forced anything on me. They have always left me to myself. Do you feel your personal life has made you a happier person? When you get a strong sense of support in your personal space, it percolates to your workspace. If I am disturbed personally, I am sure it would reflect in my working style — as a producer as well as an actor. I can state with confidence that my best work is yet to come. ‘My career begins on May 1’ What’s new from JA Entertainment? There are two films with superb scripts in the development stage. Also, we will soon venture into Marathi film production. We are excited about it. It will be commercial, yet credible. coming to your acting career, with films like Shootout at Wadala, Race 2 and Jaffna, do you feel you are in the most exciting phase of your career? Every actor goes through a purple patch in his life and I honestly think that my career begins with Shootout at Wadala on May 1. I can say that because I know what I have done in the film. But I give all the credit to Sanjay Gupta (director). CoURTesy HT

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13 TodAy’S hoTTeST PhoToS– hIT oR MISS? I admire Aamir Khan’s work for society: Tom Hanks


he hollywood star Tom hanks read about Bollywood actor Aamir Khan's work for the Indian society, and is mightily impressed. he says "giving back" (to the society) is tough. hanks, whose new film "Cloud Atlas" is releasing in Indian theatres oct 26, read about Aamir in the Sep 10 issue of the prestigious Time magazine, in which he was positioned as India's "first superstar-activist". "I really admire the work that Aamir Khan is doing (in India). Very few celebrities take the initiative of coming forward to change the society and he has done a remarkable job," hanks said in a statement. Aamir awakened several television viewers with his small screen debut, "Satyamev Jayate", a show through which he brought several social issues like female foeticide and dowry to the fore, backed by statistics. hanks feels it is all a part of giving back to the people, who give artists so much love. "It's the 'giving-back' that's tough. news DesK

Pattinson flirting with mystery woman


listen to your wife: Ritesh nine months down the wedding, actor Riteish Deshmukh shares the success mantra for a happy married life. “Learn to listen to the wife, yes it works,” says Riteish answering to a query on the adjustments that he made post getting married to longtime girlfriend and actor Genelia D’Souza in February. Genelia on a more serious note added, “To a large extent it is made to believe marriage will change your life … this will happen and that will happen. I mean we have been together with each other for so long and marriage has not changed anything … we are pretty much the same … barring little things that we would happily adjust with. Two individuals who adapt to each other without making it a big deal in that zone little adjustments happen but nothing dramatic and drastic.” Ritesh and Genelia were in Delhi recently for a Mercedes Benz promotional event, and seemed to be having fun in each other’s company. “Being together again at a professional level is an exciting thing,” says Riteish, who is right now looking forward to many more adventures in life. “I have never done bungee

jumping, so I want to do that … there is huge roller coaster on the terrace of some hotel in Las Vegas, and Genelia is more keen to try it out than I am,” he adds. Though they have come to terms with the little adjustments that one needs to make after marriage, ‘time management’ is still a problem. “One thing that I can’t manage well is time and my wife complains about it,” says Riteish. Two individuals who adapt to each other without making it a big deal in that zone little adjustments happen but nothing dramatic and drastic.” Ritesh and Genelia were in Delhi recently for a Mercedes Benz promotional event, and seemed to be having fun in each other’s company. “Being together again at a professional level is an exciting thing,” says Riteish, who is right now looking forward to many more adventures in life. On PROfESSIOnAL LIfE: I hope Grand Masti will be my last sequel, as it is my fourth consecutive sequel. Three of them have worked; hopefully this one will also do well — Ritesh MARAtHI On MInD: We are going to work as a team and produce Marathi films ... the first is coming out soon, and I plan to make my debut with my second production — Ritesh fILMS POSt SHAADI: I’m open to all kinds of roles. There were limitations when I wasn’t married, and there still are. That’s nothing to do with being married — Genelia News Desk

CToR Robert Pattinson has reportedly been seen flirting with an unkown woman. he was spotted at a New york City nightclub with the unidentified blonde, reports and the photographs obtained by the site show him flirting with her. The low-resolution images were reportedly taken Saturday night at the electric Room in Manhattan. Sources inside the venue claimed that Pattinson was with the woman for hours, at one point putting his arm around her, reports It has been reported that Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have reconciled, following the revelation that she had cheated on him earlier this year with "Snow White and The huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, who is married to model Liberty Ross. despite rumours of a reconciliation between the two, an insider has claimed that they will work separately to promote the final "Twilight" movie . news DesK

James Bond voted Hollywood’s most influential man


ICTIoNAL superspy James Bond has been named as hollywood's most influential man in a new online poll. The secret agent, currently portrayed by daniel Craig in the 007 franchise, beat the world's fastest man, olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, to the top of's survey, leaving the athlete trailing at number two, Contactmusic reported. According to the website editors, Ian Fleming's secret agent character "has always fit right in with the times", adding that "James Bond has been influencing men for six decades, and he's not done yet." Former U.S. President Bill Clinton secured third place, while Family Guy creator Seth MACFarlane and The dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the top five in fourth and fifth place, respectively. news DesK

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Faster than light travel now possible


CCORDInG to Einstein’s special theory of relativity, light traveling in a vacuum is the universal speed limit. But scientists love to try and break rules—and now a tweaked version of Einstein’s equations suggests that faster-thanlight travel might just be possible.

Out with the old... Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity was first published way back in 1905. It’s a theory built on Galileo’s suggestion that all uniform motion is relative—essentially that there can never be an absolute state of rest, because it’s always possible to view a problem from a different frame of reference and see a stationary object as moving. Einstein extended the theory well beyond Galileo’s, and one crucial upshot was that the speed of light is the same for all inertial observers, regardless of where they are or how they’re moving. In other words, the speed of light can’t be broken.

... in with the new? now, a team of scientists from the Univer-

Class photo goes horribly wrong

If the eyes are the window to the soul, what does it mean when a sixth grader has three of them? If nothing else, it could mean it’s time to hire a different photographer to take yearbook pictures. Tilda nörgaard, who, in real life, has two ordinary peepers, discovered the addition of a third eyeball in the middle of her forehead when she opened up her class album. At first, she could see the humor of having an extra eyeball, but soon got angry, according to her sister, Anna nörgaard. “First everyone was laughing, Tilde too, because we thought it was funny,” she told the Swedish website The “But then we noticed it made her sad and we realized it was actually quite bad that they never noticed the mistake.” A spokesman for Skolfoto norden, the photography company responsible for producing the class album had “no good explanation” for why employees were third eye blind. “When we went back and looked at the original picture, no one had their eyes closed. There wasn’t anything that might need correcting,” head of photography David nabb told The Local. nabb said the company sometimes retouches the images by digitally cutting and pasting an eye from another student in the picture., but that is only when the students have their eyes closed. That wasn’t the case in nörgaard’s photo. The company has offered nörgaard $225 in compensation and will issue corrected yearbooks where all students will have only two eyes each, UPI reported. news DesK

sity of Adelaide has published a host of formulae that extend Einstein’s work—and suggest that modified versions of his old equations predict that traveling beyond the speed of light is a theoretical possibility. The new work is based on all the same old principles used by Einstein, but they’re extended to include a hypothetical infinite velocity. Importantly, they’ve manged to extend the theory without recourse to exotic physics or imaginary masses, which is a favored trick among physicists trying to sneak through a faster-than-light argument. Instead, they’ve approached the problem as mathematicians. James Hill, one of the researchers, explained to Cosmos: “Essentially it sort of breaks the world up into two parts, we’ve got our Universe and then there is this place where everything is going faster than the speed of light and it could well be the key to understanding things like black holes and colliding galaxies.” In other words, the theory isn’t suddenly going to see a host of Earth-bound experiments revealing particles that zip through the air faster than light, nor will it produce a warp drive (at any rate, nASA is already working on that). It could, however, begin to explain some

of the complex physical phenomena we’re yet to get a proper grip on—such as dark energy and black holes—because conventional laws of physics begin to break down there anyway.

Testing the theory It’s worth remembering, though, that this is a new theory that hasn’t been tested. Compared to Einstein’s well-trodden work, which we know holds up to scrutiny, it’s a precocious newcomer that still needs to prove itself. Testing it out, though, may prove to be difficult. Speaking to Cosmos the theoretical physicist Craig Savage, who wasn’t involved with the research, explained that “the theory doesn’t say anything about the world as we know it.” That in itself will make it difficult to test. So physicists are faced with a new challenge: to work out if this theory is testable and then, if it is, to try and perform the experiments. “If the world it hypothesizes exists,” continues Savage, “then it seems to me the theory predicts some strange results for hypothetical faster-than-light physicists.” The future of physics could just have gotten very, very interesting. CouRTesY GIzMoDo

California man claims to be in touch with UFOs Anyone can submit a UFO sighting to the Mutual UFO network. Even if you claim to be telepathically communicating with what one photographic expert calls “a balloon,” this organization will take you seriously. On Friday, an unnamed California couple photographed and videotaped a boomerang-shaped UFO that appeared high above their Burbank home. “It was communicated to me, telepathically, that an orb had been released,” one of the witnesses said, according to the report. “It wasn’t until we reviewed our photos later that we actually saw the orb in a photo.” MUFOn typically withholds names of eyewitnesses until its investigation is complete. People who’ve seen UFOs often fear they’ll be derided for stepping forward. nevertheless, Marc Dantonio, MUFOn’s chief photo and video analyst, believes that the

witness was mistaken. “I examined the video, and this appears to me to be a balloon, floating on the wind and that has collapsed in half,” Dantonio told The Huffington Post in an email. “Viewing the video illustrates that it is flying at a very believable drift speed for upper level air currents. The video is not useful for anything else other than determining relative wind speed and drift speed,” said Dantonio, who also creates special model prototypes for government contractors. The husband was on the rooftop of their house, facing mountains north of Burbank when he first spotted the object. “I saw this white object in the sky. It was very apparent. At first I thought maybe an airplane, but it didn’t appear to be moving, so I called my wife. We grabbed our cameras and began to take video and photos of the object,” the witness wrote in his report to MUFOn. news DesK

Swiss rail firm agrees deal with Apple over clock app


EnEVA: Swiss national train operator SBB said Friday it had resolved a dispute with Apple after the tech giant used its famous clock design without permission on a new iPad and iPhone application. “For the use of the clock face on certain Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones, the parties have negotiated an arrangement that enables Apple to use the SBB station clock under a licence agreement,” SBB said in a statement on its website. The clock face which features a short second hand with a red ball at the end dates from 1944 and is still used in SBB’s stations. Both parties had agreed that the amount of the licensing fee and any further details about the arrangement “will remain confidential”, the statement continued. SBB contacted Apple in September after realising that the new clock application included with the latest iPad operating system, iOS 6, apparently reproduced the SBB clock design. At the time, the train operator said it was proud that the station clock face had been chosen “for 80 million iPads.” AFp

‘Voodoo lily’ stinks out New Zealand botanic garden


ELLIngtOn: A “grotesque” plant that mimics the smell of rotting flesh to attract flies has gone on display in Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. The dracunculus vulgaris, commonly known as the voodoo lily, began flowering on Thursday and will emit a strong stench of putrid meat for about a week, botanic gardens general manager David Sole said. “It’s quite pretty when the flower begins to emerge, then becomes more grotesque,” he said. “A spadix (spike) about 700mm (27.5 inches) grows, it’s a deep wine violet and smells like carrion.” Sole said the plant, native to the Aegean, originally belonged to a member of the public, who donated it to the botanic garden because of the overpowering odour. AFp

Politician offers drugs for votes


OW low can politics go when a Brazilian candidate is accused of helping voters get high? Carme Cristina Lima, 32, who was campaigning for councillor in Itacoatiara in northern Brazil. allegedly handed out cocaine in exchange for votes on Sunday, which was election day. Police officers reportedly became suspicious when they spotted a group surrounding Lima’s vehicle. As they investigated, the cops allegedly sniffed out hundreds of packets of cocaine attached to her leaflets,which included instructions on how to vote for her, Metro reported. Lima and an unnamed man who was with her allegedly tried to flee in the car. Police chief Daniel Ottoni told the Brazilian website TnOnline that the drug-doling duo reportedly threw a plastic bag filled with other small baggies out the window. Lima has since been charged with electoral corruption and drug dealing. If convicted under Brazilian law, she would be unable to serve as a public official for at least eight years, Gawker reported. There are many ways to drum up support. During this past election cycle, at least six candidates across Brazil adopted a variation of President Barack Obama’s name to convince voters of their political prowess, the Telegraph reported. news DesK

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PCB appoints observer for domestic matches LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT


HE Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed an observer to report on the performance of match officials, teams and ground staff during the ongoing President’s Trophy first-class tournament. For the first time, the Board has appointed the regional coaches on its payroll — most of them former Test or international players — to work as independent observers during the tournament. “My job is to basically independently observe the conditions of the ground and pitch, the behaviour and attitude of teams, performances of

Pak coach dav whatmore alive and kicking, says wife LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

Pakistan cricket team's head coach Dav Whatmore's wife has termed media reports of him suffering from ill health "absolutely baseless", adding that her husband was very much "alive and kicking". "Dav is very much alive and kicking and reports about him suffering from ill health are absolutely baseless. Reports appearing in a recent media section about Dav being advised rest by a physician is all rubbish and we all laughed it off. It was nothing but a joke," reports quoted Whatmore's wife Katheryn, as saying. "It was a small matter which was blown out of proportion. Dav had some rashes on his skin and it was just casually shown to our Pakistani skin specialist friend Dr Saeed Jaffer in USA who had come to Sri Lanka to watch the World Twenty20 games," she added.

players and how umpires and referees discharge their duties,” former Test spinner Tauseef Ahmed said while working as an independent observer during the Port Qasim Authority and State Bank match at the national stadium. The irony of Tauseef’s appointment is that he has again been appointed to monitor match referee Mohammad Illyas —— a man whom he replaced in the national team in a Test in 1979/80 at the same national stadium. Although the national selectors had picked Mohammad Illyas as the lone off-spinner in the squad that was to play the first Test against Australia in 1979/80, captain Javed Miandad and coach, Mushtaq Mohammad decided to blood the 20-year old rookie off break bowler,

PCB to cancel Pakistan a’s tour of Wi LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to cancel its 'A' team's series against the West Indies after the Caribbean side refused to tour Pakistan due to of security concerns and offered to play in the United Arab Emirates. According to reports quoting reliable sources in the board, the West Indies A team was due to play in Pakistan as part of a reciprocal tour. But the West Indians recently informed the PCB that they would not send their team to play in Pakistan due to security concerns and instead offered to play the series at any neutral venue namely the UAE. "But the PCB after giving careful consideration decided that either the West Indies A team play in Pakistan or the series should not be held at all," one of the sources said. "The thinking in the board is that if other Test playing nations even refuse to send their second string and under-19 teams to Pakistan and want to play at neutral Tauseef in the match. “Yes, it was hard on Illyas because I had not played any first class cricket than. I was just invited to bowl in the nets and suddenly I was told to report at the team hotel and two days later I was playing a Test,” Tauseef said.

venues it would not only mean increased expenses but also send out a very negative message to the outside world," he explained. The source said the PCB's Director General (cricket), Javed Miandad had informed the West Indies Cricket Board that Pakistan had hosted the Afghanistan team for an A series without any problems. no Test-playing nation has visited Pakistan since March, 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver and wounding some of the visiting players. The decision to not play the A series against West Indies in the UAE comes at a time when the PCB is trying to arrange a tri-nation series in Pakistan. "The board has also given clearance to the Sindh sports minister and a sports management company to invite a World XI to Karachi to play two T20 matches this month at the national stadium," the source said. sTAFF RepoRT

Illyas never recovered from the shock of coming so close to becoming a Test player and shortly afterwards bade goodbye to cricket. Sources in the board said that the decision to have independent observers in the tournament was taken by the PCB’s

a franchise league can do wonders for pakistan, feels Misbah LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s Test and One Day International (ODI) skipper believes that organizing a franchise league in the country will give exposure to the local players and will help them enhance their skills. Since the inception of franchise cricket in 2007-08 in shape of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL), revolutionary changes have been brought to the game. A number of cricket boards, following India’s footsteps, have started their own leagues since then, attracting players from all across the world. Apart from Australia, England and South Africa, some Asian countries like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh also hosted glamorous tournaments, which helped them raise the standard of their domestic sport. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also been trying to hold such an event but is yet to find a major breakthrough in the process. Zaka Ashraf, the Chair-

man PCB has expressed his intentions many times in past and recently consulted with Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram about a proposed Pakistan Premier League (PPL). Misbah strongly feels that a cashrich franchise-based tournament will be a huge success in the country as it will give an opportunity to the emerg-

ing players to display their skills. Playing alongside international stars, in the middle-order batsman’s opinion, will be a great experience for the domestic players. He urged the PCB to speed up the process and organize the event as soon as possible. “The PPL will help in developing the temperament and skills of players. It will also throw up some new talent. The exposure the players will get will help them acquire professionalism. It is very important for Pakistan to go for it,” no international cricket is being played in the country for almost three and a half years now, since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. Pakistan’s Test captain thinks that a franchise league will help bring international cricket in the country. “It is a big dilemma and it is time the cricketing world comes together to push for international cricket in Pakistan,” he added. Taking into account the financial situation of Pakistan’s domestic players, PPL will surely help them become true professionals.

Amir, Kell war of words is bad for both fighters LOnDOn: Former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan and current welterweight contender Kell Brook were involved in a heated face-to-face exchange that culminated with both men assuring they would knock the other out if an all-British showdown to materialize. The dispute over who got the better of whom when the two used to spar—while Khan was training for the Olympics and Brook was in the junior ranks—began the pointless exchange, which escalated as Khan (26-3, 18 KO) asserted that he is simply operating at a higher level than Brook (28-0, 18 KO): "I still think I'm a league above [Brook] but if I have to step back a league to knock him out, I might have to do that. I think he's bitter about the treatment he got in sparring." naturally, Brook promised that he would knock Khan out in what essentially amounts to smoke-blowing between two fighters who already have their next bouts scheduled. Interestingly, Khan did say he would fight Brook if the current WBA Inter-Continental and IBF International welterweight belt-holder would fight Timothy Bradley, a bout Brook and his team have already rejected, as reported by ESPn's Dan Rafael. All of this trash talk

and hypothetical proclamations have Khan and Brook diverting their respective focuses from important tasks at hand. Khan, of course, is preparing to embark on a comeback after a two-fight losing streak, while Brook is finally stepping up to fight an IBF elimination bout. Khan, who recently hired reigning Boxing Writers Association of American Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, needs to exclusively direct his focus on Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KO), the career lightweight handpicked as an opponent to help rebuild Khan's confidence after the former

WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion suffered a devastating fourth-round knockout loss to Danny Garcia. While some might suggest that Khan should easily steamroll the smaller Molina, Khan's focus is paramount because the bout offers him the chance to work on the new aspects of his craft that Hunter is likely to instill during their first training camp together. One can speculate about the areas where Hunter will help Khan improve, but if Hunter's star pupil Andre Ward is any indication, expect Khan to exhibit more poise, patience and a better adeptness at infighting against Molina. A measured approach, however, is most beneficial to Khan, and verbal sparring or emotional trash-talking with other fighters is not beneficial to his comeback. Given Khan's marketability and past championship success, expect him to be in notable fight which he will defeat Molina decisively. That said, at this juncture, Khan is a former champion and fighter who has not technically won a bout since July of 2011. Regardless of whether Brook started their war of words, Khan should adopt the reclusive mindset of a fighter on the mend, hone his craft with Hunter and be sure to make a statement against Molina.

Khan's punch resistance is somewhat exaggerated, though it is, of course, obvious that he can be hurt and knocked out. That said, Khan has stood up to Marco Maidana's onslaught, so Brook's assurance that he could knock Khan out, given his limited resume, seems like false bravado. Brook is a skilled and quality contender who desperately needs a genuinely meaningful and challenging fight. In Brook's last outing, he was desperately hanging on against the rugged, but limited, Carson Jones in a fight where Brook appeared to be cruising for the first six rounds. Jones deserves full credit for pushing Brook, but the fact that Brook struggled so mightily in that fight suggests that he has his own flaws to correct before calling out a former unified champion who has been operating at the world level since 2009. Considering that Brook has yet to fight a world-class opponent, he should withhold his criticism of Khan. Were the two ever to fight, little promotion would be required for the allBritish fight to sell out in the UK and likely get HBO coverage. As of now, Brook saying he could knock Khan out reflects poorly on him when one considers that both Brook and Khan have fights scheduled. –Courtesy ESPn

Director General (cricket), Javed Miandad after complaints about poor and biased performances by umpires and referees. “Basically the independent observer will now also fill in his report and give it to the board,” the source said.

not time for afridi to retire just yet’


Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan believes that all-rounder Shahid Afridi still has potential to contribute to the Pakistan cricket team on the field despite a recent dip in his form. Afridi’s absymal performance at the World Twenty20 during which he scored just 30 runs in five innings and took only four wickets in six matches attracted much criticism from former players and fans, however, Moin thinks Afridi can still play an important role for Pakistan. “Afridi can still serve the country,” the former wicketkeeper reported to have said. “He shouldn’t retire but should take some rest that will help him regain his form. “I also advise the same to Imran nazir who struggled in the tournament as well.” Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez also came to Afridi’s defense after the World T20, saying the allrounder was a match winner and an integral part of the team. “He is always a hardworker and I think he is trying to come out of it which is a positive sign for us as a team. So that’s the reason we have given him all the chancesm,” Hafeez said. Moin also applauded Hafeez’s captaincy, adding that Abdul Razzaq’s outburst against the captain was natural. The veteran all-rounder lashed out against Hafeez for dropping him for the semi-final of the World T20 against Sri Lanka. Razzaq said that he was very disappointed after being left out of the playing eleven in the crucial match on Thursday. He was replaced by left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir in the match that Pakistan lost by 16 runs, allowing Sri Lanka to enter the final of the ICC event. “Razzaq’s comments were not appropriate,” said Moin. “But he should have played in the World Twenty20. Razzaq’s reaction was natural as he knows he does have some time left in his career. Hafeez showed good signs of captaincy. He should be given more time but he will need to learn from his mistakes.” Moin criticised coach Dav Whatmore’s approach, pointing out that there had hardly been any improvements in the team since the Australian took over.

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Sports 16 deccan chargers’ owners agree sale NEW DELHI AFp

The owners of troubled Indian Premier League team Deccan Chargers announced Friday that they have agreed to sell the franchise to a real estate company, pulling the side back from the brink. Deccan Chronicle Holdings has authorised its board of directors "to sell, transfer/dispose of" the franchise to Mumbai-based Kamla Landmarc, the company said in a letter to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The decision is subject to approval by its shareholders, it added. Deccan Chronicle did not reveal how much the deal was worth but the Daily news & Analysis newspaper put the figure at around $190 million. Kamla Landmarc, which has commercial and residential properties in suburban Mumbai, is promoted by businessman Ramesh Jain. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns the IPL, had last month terminated the Deccan Chargers' licence for failure to comply with a deadline for overdue player fees. The owners filed a motion in court against the expulsion order and the matter is still pending. The BCCI was yet to respond to the latest move by the Hyderabad-based franchise. Deccan Chronicle, a media company that bought the team for $107 million before the inaugural IPL season in 2008, won the tournament in 2009 but finished second from bottom this season. Among the leading players signed up by the franchise are Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and Australian batsman Cameron White.


Sohail fifty leads Sialkot home JOHANNESBURG




T was a match of no consequence for either team, but Sialkot Stallions will leave South African shores with greater confidence, having put in an all-round performance against the English domestic champions. Two individual performances from youngsters on either side stood out - Haris Sohail's unbeaten 63 the highlight, as it was a match-winning knock. Glenn Maxwell scored a counter-attacking 42 when his team, Hampshire, needed runs, but a score of 143 wasn't imposing enough for Sialkot. A combined bowling effort by Sialkot kept Hampshire to that score, well short of what Trinidad and Tobago had managed earlier in the day, with only 31 runs scored in the last five overs. Hampshire lost early wickets in search of quick runs, scratched around for the first ten overs, surged in the middle overs thanks to an entertaining cameo from Maxwell but lost their way after his dismissal. It was a pitch that offered something for the spinners and seamers. Sarfraz Ahmed, the tall left-arm seamer with an unusual action, got a few to bounce off a good length to pose questions for the openers. Shoaib Malik got turn and bounce and those that skidded through weren't easy to put away either. Hampshire would have ideally liked one from the top order to bat through for the majority of the overs, but regular strikes stalled their progress. The runouts didn't help - they lost two of their top order off direct hits. Hampshire had only managed 59 off the first ten overs and it was up to their overseas picks to give the innings a push. Maxwell was harsh on the pull, con-

necting a few off the seamers and sending the ball several rows over the on side. He picked naved-ul-Hasan for consecutive sixes in an over which yielded 16, and added 56 with Shahid Afridi. However, Sialkot pulled things back with a quiet over by the seamer Bilawal Bhatti, whose skiddy pace kept Maxwell in check. Hampshire were 113 for 4 after 16 overs and in the search for quick runs, both Maxwell and Afridi fell off successive balls off Umaid Asif. The lower order though failed to push the score past 150. The Sialkot top order didn't look at ease against the Hampshire seamers, limping to 26 for 2 after the Powerplay. A couple of pressure-relieving boundaries by Sohail off the left-armer Chris Wood put Sialkot on the path to stability. It helped to have the experienced Malik

at the other end as they calmly pushed the singles in between. Sialkot were 62 for 3 after ten overs, just three ahead of Hampshire's at the same stage. Malik showed some aggressive intent, charging the left-arm spinner Liam Dawson and launching him for a six and four off consecutive deliveries. Crucially, Sialkot didn't let themselves get bogged down with a boundary drought - the pair ensured they picked up at least one boundary per over on an average. From the 11th to the start of the 18th over, when they were separated, they picked up ten boundaries. It also hurt Hampshire that their most experienced bowler, Afridi, couldn't effect the breakthroughs or stem the flow of runs. Sohail pounced on anything short and wide from Afridi, and by the time the spinner picked up a wicket - that of Malik - Sialkot were

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Lahore district dominate Divisional Level

HAMpsHIRe 11 MA Carberry c Hasan b Malik 18 JM Vince run out (Haris sohail) 14 JHK Adams lbw b Raza Hasan 7 sM ervine run out (sarfraz Ahmed) 42 GJ Maxwell c Haris sohail b umaid Asif 14 shahid Afridi c Ali Khan b umaid Asif LA Dawson c Haris sohail b bilawal bhatti 16 Cp wood not out 6 MD bates c Ali Khan b naved 0 DJ balcombe not out 0 15 eXTRAs (b 1, lb 2, w 12) 143 ToTAL (8 wkts; 20 overs; 87 mins) Did not bat DA Griffiths Fall of wickets 1-25 (Vince, 3.4 ov), 2-35 (Carberry, 4.2 ov), 352 (ervine, 8.2 ov), 4-64 (Adams, 10.4 ov), 5-120 (Maxwell, 16.4 ov), 6-120 (shahid Afridi, 16.5 ov), 7-138 (Dawson, 18.6 ov), 8-138 (bates, 19.3 ov) bowLInG: sarfraz Ahmed 3-0-17-0, umaid Asif 4-0-42-2, Raza Hasan 4-0-34-1, shoaib Malik 3-0-15-1, naved-ul-Hasan 4-0-23-1, bilawal bhatti 2-0-9-1. sIALKoT sTALLIons 0 Imran nazir b Dawson 15 shakeel Ansar b Griffiths 63 Haris sohail not out 3 shahid Yousuf c Maxwell b wood shoaib Malik st bates b shahid Afridi 39 Ali Khan not out 7 eXTRAs (lb 4, w 13) 17 ToTAL (4 wickets; 19.1 overs; 81 mins) 144 (7.51 runs per over) Did not bat naved-ul-Hasan, bilawal bhatti, Raza Hasan, sarfraz Ahmed, umaid Asif Fall of wickets 1-0 (Imran nazir, 0.4 ov), 2-24 (shakeel Ansar, 4.3 ov), 3-28 (shahid Yousuf, 6.5 ov), 4-124 (shoaib Malik, 17.1 ov) bowLInG: LA Dawson 2-0-14-1, DJ balcombe 3.1-0-23-0, DA Griffiths 4-0-26-1, sM ervine 3-1-25-0, Cp wood 3-0-26-1, shahid Afridi 4-0-26-1 Toss sialkot stallions, who chose to field points sialkot stallions 4, Hampshire 0 player of the match Haris sohail (sialkot stallions) umpires Asad Rauf (pakistan) and HDpK Dharmasena (sri Lanka) TV umpire M erasmus Match referee DC boon (Australia) Reserve umpire JD Cloete

well on course needing 20 off 17. Malik's 96-run association with Sohail had all but sealed the game. It was a pity though that the tournament format didn't allow Sialkot to build on the momentum.

ICC seriously supporting pakistan on resumption of international cricket LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT


Lahore athletes were leading the Divisional level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 and with the conclusion of the general public competitions all the attention has turned towards universities, colleges and school competitions. Lahore Division won the boxing competition of the general category. The event was participated by six clubs of the division in three weight classes and Ahled Ali of Ali Boxlin Club was his bout in 55 kgs class while Abdul Rehman of Tiger Club took his bout in 65 kgs category and Tariq Mahmood of Young Club got through in 75 kgs weight class to get win for Lahore district. In schools tug of war, Lahore prevailed over Sheikhupura in the final while they moved past Kasur and nankana Sahib, which stayed away from the event. In Lahore eight events were contested and 202 players took part in it and 60 won their matches. In university girls volleyball held at University of Veterinary Science, University of Lahore won the competition against LUMS in the final 25-8 and 255 while in boys volleyball, University of Central Punjab won the title with 54 points while Punjab University was second 22 points. Dr Shahid Abbas and Dr Mohammad Asif was the chief guests of the

event, participated by around 64 players. In swimming competitions held at FC College Pool, 100m butterfly, UCP’s nauman Azeem was the winner while PU’s Sanaullah and Rasin Ali of UET were second and third. In100 back stroke, GCU Hassan Kamran, Rohail Waqar UCP, Abdul Rehman Of LSC were second and third. In breaststroke 100 metres, Ghous Bilal UCP, Sanaullah PU and Mohammad Talha GCU were the winners of the first three positions In 100m freestyle, Sikandar Khan UCP, Basit Hasan GCU, Hamza PU took the first three positions. In 200m individual medley, Hasan Kamran GCU took first place and was followed by Sikandar Khan UCP and Raza Asif PU at second and third positions respectively. At the end of the day’s swimming events, Hassan Kamran was declared the best swimmer while Sikandar Khan was the second best. On the other hand University of Central Punjab was winner of kabaddi after they beat Punjab University in the final. In school qirat competition at all the nine divisions 173 took part and final is expected on Saturday. In painting and photography competition at Sahiwal 35 displayed their skills and 16 got through. On Friday, competitions were continued in all the parts of the province and Rawalpindi got 50 winners from the 148 players who apart from sports events also took

part in qirat, naat khani, milli naghma,, horse race, dog race, bull race, tippling and pigeon flying. In Sargodha Division, 607 players took part in different events, Gujranwala had 276 participants, Faisalabad got 64 participants win came 16 players way. Similarly, Sahiwal saw 44 winning from among 102 participants in five events, Multan had 68 players and 17 winners, in Bahawalpur around 226 players took part in eight events of mud wrestling, cricket, volleyball, athletics, badminton, hockey, kabaddi and football and 82 were the lucky ones and at Dera Ghazi Khan 65 were the triumphant off 260 competitors. Meanwhile, Lahore division has announced players for camp training for Punjab Youth Festival competition. The players include goal-keeper, Awais Lahore, Asama nankana, Shahzad Kasur, Waqar Ali Lahore. Full back, Hafiz Saeedul Hassan SKP, Abid Yahya Lahore, Mudassar Lahore, Irfan Malik Kasur, Khawar Hussain nankana. Half backs, Mohammad Waseem SKP, Safdar Lahore, Anil SKP, Faisal SKP, Ali Butt Lahore, Saleem nazim Lahore, Adnan Ali Lahore, Amer Ali Kasur, Asif Aslam Kasur. Forwards, Asif Ali, Bilal, Azhar Yaqoob, Tanveer, Adil, Amer Gujjar, Maloof Mustafa, Ali RAza, Asadur Rehman, Mohammad Afzal, Jahangir Ali, Abbas Ali, Abbas Hanif, Tahir Ali, Muneebur Rehman.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has said that International Cricket will soon return to Pakistan as International Cricket Council (ICC) is fully backing Pakistan on resumption of international cricket. “ICC fully supports Pakistan as far as return of international cricket is concerned and it (ICC) is very serious on this issue and we are confident that we will see international cricket activity in our own backyard in near future,” he said here on Friday after returning from Sri Lanka. He said as Chairman PCB his immediate responsibility is to ensure the return of international cricket in Pakistan and he is making strenuous efforts in league with ICC to address this most demanding issue. “We are playing our international cricket abroad for the last four years to fulfill our international commitments and it is positive sign that we are making gradual progress to see that international cricket will soon return to Pakistan,” he said. PCB Chief said he is always lobbying resumption of international cricket in Pakistan by taking into confidence the former greats of the game and he would also seek their input in this regard. He expressed his gratitude to ICC to support the case of Pakistan regarding return of international cricket and said PCB values their efforts and support. He expressed his satisfaction on the performance of Pak team in T-20 World Cricket Cup in which it reached the semi final. “Reaching semi final was an achievement on part of our team which gave good performance in the mega event but sadly could not reach the final”. “Victory and defeat go hand in hand but one thing is very clear that our team played better than many teams as we were above teams like England and South Africa in the Cup,” he said. “It was not only Pakistan team which lost in the Cup there were other teams which also lost in the event but our overall performance was up to the mark,” he added. To a question, he said, it was not the decision of captain Mohamamd Hafeez to exclude all rounder Abdul Razzaq from the team which played the semi final. “Team management decided the formation of the team with mutual consultation before the semi final and it is not wise to blame any one on the exclusion or selection,” he asserted.

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17 Sports armstrong doc ‘showed me how to dope’: former pro

cali: cyclists compete during the Uci cycling world cup women's Scratch race final at alcides nieto Patino Velodrome.. afp


Former cycling pro Leonardo Bertagnolli claimed that a doctor accused of overseeing Lance Armstrong's doping programme also advised him how to use performanceenhancing drugs, according to a legal document. The 34-year-old Italian, who quit the sport in June amid doping allegations, told prosecutors in Padua in 2011 that Michele Ferrari knew all the tricks to beat drug testers, from buying specialist fridges to using banned blood-boosting products. His deposition, made amid ongoing investigations into Ferrari's activities, was one of more than 1,000 pages of supporting testimony to the 202-page "reasoned decision" from the US AntiDoping Agency into why it banned Armstrong for life in August. It was published in full on Friday in Italian daily the Gazzeta dello Sport and will do little to improve the reputation of Armstrong or the notorious sports doctor he once labelled a friend. Bertagnolli said he first visited Ferrari in 2002 when "I had my first test with him at his home" but was refused the doctor's services. He returned in 2006 following a thyroid problem and, with "the backing of Liquigas" he agreed on "yearly fees of 12,000 euros to be paid in instalments" to Ferrari. Liquigas have denied sanctioning his visits to Ferrari. After suffering a heart problem, Bertagnolli attended a training camp in St Moritz in Switzerland at which Ferrari and other top cyclists were present. Bertagnolli claims it was at the upmarket ski resort that Ferrari told him how to use the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) successfully. "He told me to do it in small doses, 1000 units per day intravenously," he added. "I was taking Eprex (a brand name of EPO) and was advised to stop two to three days before the race."

New Zealand confirms Mike Tyson visa ban WELLINGTON AFp

antalYa: tiger woods of the United States stands during his match against mustafa Koc of turkey at the world Golf final on the Sultan course at the antalya club. afp

rose beats westwood to win world Golf final BELEK AFp

Justin Rose drew on memories of last month's Ryder Cup singles defeat of Phil Mickelson to also defeat fellow England golfer Lee Westwood by a stroke and capture the World Golf Final on Friday. The World no. 5 ranked Rose shot a round of a five-under par 66 to defeat Westwood who birdied the last hole in a score of 67 on the Sultan Course at the Antalya Club. Rose was never behind in his match starting with a first hole birdie and then to be three under par through nine holes and one ahead of Westwood. Rose then went two ahead with a birdie at 10 and while Westwood then birdied the 16th to get back to one behind Rose, the World no. 5 holed a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 17th, and a near similar length putt he holed at the same hole in the singles at Medinah to turn around his match against USA rival Mickelson. A day earlier, Rose had chipped in at the 17th to deny Tiger Woods a place in the final of the $US 5.2million event. "The 17th green has been really good to me this week as I holed my second shot there yesterday and, of course, the 17th at Medinah turned around my match against Phil," Rose said.

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The new Zealand government on Friday blocked former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson from entering the country for a second time in as many weeks. A visa allowing Tyson to attend a charity event in november was cancelled earlier this month after the show's sponsor, the Life Education Trust, withdrew its support for the ex-fighter's visit. Another charitable group, the Manukau Urban Maori Authority, then backed Tyson and lodged a second visa application. But Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said Friday that the bid had been unsuccessful. "This new application was not enough to get the application over the line and, as such, I have declined to grant Mr Tyson a new visa," she said in a statement. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for raping an 18-yearold woman. Under new Zealand law anyone sentenced to more than five

dangals in five Punjab cities in nov LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

years in jail is denied a visa, although this can be waived in certain circumstances. Anti-sexual violence group Stop Demand hailed the decision. "new Zealand might be a small country but today it has spoken with a loud

voice, in standing against sexual violence and denigration of women," founder Denise Ritchie said. Australia this week granted Tyson a visa but warned him he must behave while in the country on a speaking tour.

Ijaz Gull, advisor to chief minister Punjab on national style wrestling, has said that dangals in connection with the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 will be held in november in five cities of the province. The decision of holding the dangal was taken in a meeting of Ijaz Gull with Pakistan Wrestling Federation secretary Chudhary Mohammad Asghar on Friday. Ijaz informed that the dangals will be held at Lahore, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Gujranwala. He further said that the winner will be awarded Rs 100,000 while the runner-up would be given Rs 50,000. He said that the dangals are being arranged on the directives of Chief Minister MIan Shahbaz Sharif and the event carried total prize money of Rs 400,000.

Brazil hit Zico’s Iraq for six in a friendly match MALMO AFp

malmOe: brazil's naymar (l) vies with iraq's goalkeeper noor Sabri (r) during the international football friendly match at Swedbank Stadium. afp

Brazil knocked Iraq, coached by former Brazil great Zico, for six in the two countries' first ever full international meeting on Thursday. Chelsea midfielder Oscar gave the 2014 World Cup hosts a 2-0 lead going into the break in the friendly, with Real Madrid striker Kaka putting the South American giants further ahead shortly after the restart. Russian-based Hulk added Brazil's fourth just before the hour mark with Santos striker neymar and Lucas, set to join big-spending French side Paris Saint Germain in January, completing the 6-0 rout.

The Iraqis turned to Sweden to stage this game with world body FIFA refusing to allow them to play home matches following a chaotic match against Jordan in the city of Erbil, capital of the Iraqi region of Kurdistan. Iraq were keen to meet some topdrawer opponents as they gear up for their October 16 World Cup qualifier against Australia in Doha. Brazil fitted the bill nicely, particularly as they were otherwise free in an international week having already qualified as hosts for 2014. The auriverde won an August friendly 3-0 against Sweden in Malmo. They also lifted their first World Cup in 1958 at the Rasunda stadium in nearby Solna.

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300 weeks at No. 1 for proud Federer SHANGHAI AFp


WISS legend Roger Federer has consistently ripped up the record books during his glittering career but his latest landmark -- 300 weeks at number one -- is one of his proudest achievements. The 31year-old was forced to dig deep to reach his triple century, coming back from the brink of defeat to beat Davis Cup teammate Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday to make the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters. For a long time it appeared that Federer, overtaken by younger rivals Rafael nadal and novak Djokovic, would never return to top spot -- leaving him agonisingly short of Pete Sampras's record of total weeks at number one. Used to regularly picking up Grand Slam wins, Federer went nine majors without a title, fuelling speculation he was a fading force. But his Wimbledon triumph this year pulled him level with the American great on a record seven titles at the All England Club and catapulted him back to the top of the rankings. A week later he overtook Sampras's mark of 286 weeks. "It's obviously an amazing number. I never thought of something like this when I was a little kid, that's for sure," said a relieved Federer after his narrow escape against Wawrinka. "I was just hoping one day my dream was going to come true to play on the regular tour, play Wimbledon,

maybe become world number one at some stage. "So here I am at 300 weeks. It's pretty incredible. Probably one of my biggest accomplishments. I'm very proud of that record, no doubt about it." Federer first became world number one in February 2004. For a record 237 consecutive weeks, until August 2008, he was top dog, dominating the sport with seemingly effortless grace. Holder of a record 17 Grand Slam ti-

tles, the Swiss said he could still vividly recall the excitement of reaching the pinnacle for the first time. "It's not one of those moments that happens and then you forget. It took me a lot of great performances to get there," he said. "It was for me back then sort of the ultimate accomplishment next to winning Wimbledon. That all happened in a span of sort of nine months, which was so intense, huge relief in some ways, but a big satisfaction.

ShanGhai: roger federer of Switzerland returns against marin cilic of croatia during their quarterfinal match at the Shanghai masters. afp

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asia's first gay sports tournament begins in nepal KATHMANDU AFp

Hundreds of athletes Friday took part in Asia's first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the nepalese capital Kathmandu, organisers said. The three-day event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu kicked off with a football match between local teams. The tournament features basketball, volleyball, football, martial arts and tennis, said The Blue Diamond Society, nepal's leading gay rights group. "We are happy to be able to organise the games," said Sunil Pant, a former nepal parliamentarian. Some 300 local athletes had signed up for the games while 20 gay athletes arrived from countries including the United States, Russia, Japan, France and Bangladesh, Pant said. Gay Olympic diving gold champion Greg Louganis, who is attending the event, is the big draw. new Zealand and Australia host the "Asia-Pacific Outgames", another multi-sports gay event.

harry Potter? too long, says murray SHANGHAI AFp

Berdych books shanghai semi berth SHANGHAI AFp

hockey camp from 16th LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

The training camp of national junior probables preparing for participation in the 2nd Sultan Johor Junior Hockey Tournament – Johor, Malaysia from november 11 to 18, will be established at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi on October 16. The Pakistan Hockey Federation has invited probable players for the training camp, who will report to Rana Mujahid Ali, Camp Commandant on October 16 afternoon

THe pRobAbLes mazhar abbas (GK), Syed Kashif Shah, muhammad Khalid, aleem bilal, muhammad rizwan Junior, muhammad tousiq, tasawwar abbas, muhammad Kashif Javed, zohaib ashraf, muhammad Umair, muhammad irfan Junior, muhammad Umar bhutta, muhammad dilber, ali Shan, muhammad Suleman, hafiz rizwan ali, hafiz m. Umer Sardar, muhammad Jaffar, amjad ali, ammad Shakeel butt, muhammad bilal Khan, abdul Karim Khan, abdul fahad Khan, muhammad faisal qadir, muhammad Sohaib, muhammad Saleem, adnan Shakoor & ali haider. = 28 danish Kaleem and anjum Saeed will impart coaching instructions to the camp trainees. Syed asad abbas Shah is team doctor and Syed abu zar Umrao as Video analyst.

U-19 inter-district women cricket LAHORE sTAFF RepoRT

The 4th Regional Under-19 Inter-District Women Cricket Tournament is going to be held at Kinnaird College Cricket Ground in the last week of October. The players born after 1st October 1993 will be eligible to play. Any female cricketer/ clubs/schools/colleges interested to take part hae been asked to register their teams to Ms. nooshin Haneef, (Kinnaird College for Women) Representative Lahore Region PCB Women Wing by Monday (15th October 2012) at 10:30am.

ShanGhai: tomas berdych of the czech republic celebrates after defeating Jo-wilfried tsonga of france during their quarterfinal match at the Shanghai masters. afp

Tomas Berdych came out on top against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their Shanghai Masters quarter-final clash on Friday, a battle between two of the contenders to reach the ATP World Tour Finals. The Czech fourth seed won 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), grabbing a crucial break against the powerful Frenchman in the eighth game of the first set and edging the second set tie-break to set up a semi-final against novak Djokovic or Tommy Haas. "I think it was a really solid game and solid performance from beginning until the end. Yeah, I was feeling quite well on court," said Berdych, who next month is set to be part of the Czech team playing Spain in the Davis Cup final. "You know, I think the biggest difference

between me and Jo was I was able to take the small chances during even the first and especially the second set. It was not many of them, but I was able to keep it and convert it on my side." Fifth seed Tsonga had early chances to break in the second set but failed to capitalise and Berdych remained unbroken throughout the contest. With four berths still up for grabs at next month's elite eight-man showpiece in London, Berdych, 27, is sixth in the Race to London while Tsonga, also 27, is in eighth spot. Berdych said despite a busy end to the season, he would give his all to try to win the Davis Cup for the Czech Republic in Prague. "Even if there is just a small energy left in my body, I'm going to give it there, leave it there, try my best. Then after that there is the off-season, and I can rest."

World number three Andy Murray says he's not much of a reader despite hours to kill on the gruelling tennis tour, revealing he gave up halfway through his last book... Harry Potter. The Scot, whose US Open win last month gave Britain its first Grand Slam men's champion since the 1930s, was speaking after novak Djokovic professed a hankering for the delights of university life, saying he was a keen reader. "I don't read books. I mean, I go on the Internet a lot and read stuff online, but I don't read books. I haven't read a book since I was about 14, 15," said the 25-year-old Murray, defending champion at the Shanghai Masters. "I got halfway through the third Harry Potter book. It was the first one that was really, really big. It was like 600 pages. I stopped around 200. I haven't read a book since then." Multilingual world number two Djokovic, also 25, said earlier this week he had missed out on a normal education, adding that despite all the travel, chances to soak up new experiences were limited.

Murray fightback keeps record intact SHANGHAI AFp

Andy Murray maintained his perfect record at the Shanghai Masters Friday, recovering from a deficit against unseeded Radek Stepanek to set up an Olympic re-match against Roger Federer in the semifinals. The US Open champion, chasing a hat-trick of titles in the eastern Chinese city, was below par in losing the first set to the dangerous Czech, ranked 41, before finding his rhythm to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes. Federer had an easier time, beating Marin Cilic 63, 6-4 while second seed novak Djokovic cantered to a 6-3, 6-3 win over German veteran Tommy Haas and will meet Tomas Berdych in a semi-final line-up featuring the top four seeds. "It was quite a scrappy first couple of sets. Obviously the second set I managed to get a break, got a bit of momentum," said Murray. "For me, the beginning of the third set was what was most frustrating." "Then I just managed to turn it around in time," added the 25-year-old, who won in Shanghai in 2010 and 2011. "I played actually very well I thought the last 10, 15 minutes of the match." Stepanek, making frequent successful forays to the net, took the first set but Murray, showing his frustration at times, was able to force two breaks of serve to level the match despite being below par. The 33-year-old Stepanek interrupted Murray's charge, breaking again in the decider but the Scot hit

back immediately, winning 20 of the last 25 points to set up another clash with Federer. The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion beat Murray in the Wimbledon final but was demolished by the Scot in the Olympic final, who then went on to win his first major in new York. Federer, 31, guaranteed a record 300th week as world number one when the next rankings are published on Monday, saw off the challenge of 10th seed Cilic of Croatia with few problems. In-form second seed Djokovic, who has his eyes firmly fixed on dislodging Federer from the top of the rankings as he approaches the last few weeks of the season, was also impressive. "I feel good. I've been winning a lot of matches in the last period, so it's something that is always welcome when you want to have confidence, when you want to feel good about yourself on the court," said the Serbian, 25. "I try not to think about the long season that is behind me. There are still couple of big tournaments, including this one, where I want to do well." Djokovic will play fourth seed Tomas Berdych in the last four, who came out on top against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a battle between two of the contenders to reach next month's ATP World Tour Finals. The Czech grabbed a crucial break against the powerful Frenchman in the eighth game of the first set and edged the second set tie-break to win 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). With four berths still up for grabs at the elite eight-man showpiece in the UK's capital, Berdych, 27,

is sixth in the Race to London while Tsonga, also 27, is in eighth spot. Federer, Djokovic and Murray have already qualified for London, along with the injured Rafael nadal.

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IMF ‘ready’ for Pakistan loan bid



HE International Monetary Fund (IMF) would be “very happy” to sit down with Pakistan’s leaders if they sought a new multibillion-dollar loan, Masood Ahmed, the fund’s Middle East and Central Asia director said. “What we have said to them is that if they do decide they would like a new arrangement, the fund would be willing and ready to look at that,” he said in an exclusive interview with London-based Emerging Markets. “At the moment we are doing everything we can, but if Pakistan thinks it would help them to work with us on a new loan programme [and if] they come to us looking for support [on a new loan], that is something we could bring to our board.” Ahmed stressed the need to deal

with the issue of the country’s fast “deteriorating” foreign reserves, which have fallen in recent months from $18 billion to less than $15 billion. “I think that if [Pakistan’s leaders wanted to] come to the [IMF] to talk about their foreign reserves, that is a decision they would have to make themselves. But if they come to us, we would be happy to look at [their problems] with them.” Any new loan “would be dependent on ensuring that certain loan commitments are in place” beforehand. This would include a pressing need to push through essential structural economic reforms, and to seek ways to broaden Pakistan’s tax base to bridge a widening fiscal deficit. Only around $8 billion of the $11 billion loan package agreed with Islamabad in 2008 was extended to the government. The fund, concerned that much-needed reforms were being postponed or

scrapped by the troubled nation-state, pulled the last $3 billion in funding. Ahmed said there was no sign that US support for Pakistan – politically or, through the IMF, financially – was wavering, despite secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s recent warning that Pakistan had failed to deal with the twin issues of capital flight and tax avoidance by the super-rich. “I don’t get the sense that US support is dwindling,” Ahmed said. “But if you look at the kind of reforms that are needed in Pakistan, they are on the structural side. Beyond much-needed reforms in the energy sector, you need to look at raising the level of tax-to-GDP levels, which is among the lowest in the world.” Ahmed insisted that there had been no stalling over loan repayments by Islamabad. He said all debts had been settled, in full and on time, so far: the next loan re-

payments were slated for november and February. But he was downbeat over Pakistan’s economic prognosis. Inflation had slipped in recent months into the single digits, but it remained “higher than we would like”, he said. Then there was the troubled state of the wider economy. “[Pakistan has] a level of growth that is not generating enough jobs and inflation above the level that [would be deemed] desirable,” Ahmed said. “They have a fiscal deficit that’s too high, and that is driving macroeconomic imbalances.” Ahmed pointed to several urgent problems that Pakistan needed to redress in order to get the economy moving again. He highlighted the need to impose further fiscal restraint, to tighten monetary policy and, most pressingly, to impose much-needed structural reforms in areas like the energy industry, where he said power cuts had “led to all manner of hardships” for consumers.


Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that the government is seriously considering a military operation in the tribal badlands of north Waziristan. Speaking to reporters upon his arrival at the Karachi airport, the interior minister said that the tribal region of north Waziristan Agency is the hub of terrorists. Malik said that the entire nation was united against the “Zaliman”, an Urdu term meaning “oppressors” which he used to describe Taliban militants. Malik said that the terrorists had not just attacked 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, but had attacked the entire nation. He added that the government and military leadership will decide whether there is a need for an operation in north Waziristan. The US has long been calling on Pakistan to go after the deadliest Afghan insurgents, the Haqqani network, which is believed to be based in north Waziristan. Islamabad had voiced concerns when US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed that the Pakistani military was planning to start an operation against militants in north Waziristan, which invited strong criticism in Pakistan. Pakistan government and military has maintained that they will not be pushed into launching an operation in north Waziristan, and that troops will only be sent in once if and when the state feels the need.

Lawmakers call for aPC on dialogue with Balochs ISLAMABAD AnwAR AbbAs

The national Assembly on Friday unanimously passed two resolutions calling upon the government to constitute an All Parties Commission (APC) to reconcile with Baloch leadership and to review petroleum prices on a monthly basis. The session was moderated by Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi. Following the request by the Leader of Opposition Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan, the speaker suspended the rules of business. Both resolutions were tabled by Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz leader Zahid Hamid. The first resolution said that the APC shall establish communication lines with the estranged Baloch leaders and convey a desire of the House for political reconciliation in Balochistan. It noted the move would help improve the overall law and order situation in the province. It further added that the commission would submit its report within one month. Chaudhry nisar said the APC would supplement the efforts of the Parliamentary Committee already working for the resolution of problems faced by Balochistan. He said the commission should include members belonging to all parties including Jamaat-e-Islami‚ Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf and Baloch leaders. The second resolution, asking for a monthly review

taliban to target media organisations on malala coverage NEWS DESK Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud has issued special directions to his subordinate terrorists located in different cities of Pakistan to target national and international media organisations, BBC Urdu reported. A responsible official of the Interior Ministry told BBC Urdu on condition of anonymity that intelligence agencies have intercepted the telephonic conversation of Hakeemullah Mehsud with one of his sub-ordinate nadeem Abbas alias ‘Intiqami’ in which Mehsud was directing Abbas to attack media organisations. Mehsud directed his subordinate to target the offices of media organisations in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and in other cities of the country especially those media organisations and media personalities who were denouncing TTP after attack on child activist Malala Yousufzai.Interior Ministry has issued orders to beef up the security near the offices of media organisations in the country after tracing Mehsud’s call, the official informed. Interior Ministry has also issued directions to the religious scholars, who had publicly denounced the Taliban, to be cautious, the official informed. The government has issued directions to the authorities to deploy additional police troops in the areas where media offices are located and help of Frontier Constabulary (FC) could also be sought if needed, the interior ministry official added. Moreover, the official said that Chief Commissioner Islamabad and chief secretaries of the four provinces have been directed to hold meetings with media owners and address their security concerns. Earlier today, a spokesman for the Swat Taliban has threatened to kill Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai after a failed attempt to assassinate his daughter, said a report by Reuters.

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KARACHI: Arrested Indian fisherman look out from a lock-up at a police station on Friday. afp

NWa operation under serious consideration: rehman Malik


of oil prices stressed that the weekly review of prices had adverse impacts on the economy and the masses. The resolution also called upon the government to review the petroleum tax. During the Question Answer session, the members of the house were informed that a strategy had been devised to restructure Pakistan Railways. Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said that a strategy had been sent to Cabinet Committee on restructuring of public sector enterprises that awaited approval, adding that a new board had been constituted for the improvement of Pakistan Railways. Bilour stated that recently seven projects had been approved to help Pakistan Railways stand on its feet. These, he said, include procurement of 275 new locomotives and repair and rehabilitation of dysfunctional locomotives. He said currently Pakistan Railways had 494 locomotives out of which 357 were dysfunctional which badly affected the operations of the institution. He said contracts had been signed for the repair of these locomotives. To raise revenue, he said, private sector was being involved in different activities including the development of dry ports and commercial management of passenger trains. He told the house that three new dry Ports were being established in both the public and private sector out of which one had already been inaugurated at Prem nagar.

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He further said that two trains, Shalimar and Business Express had been outsourced and efforts were underway to outsource more trains. Responding to a question‚ Bilour said there was a proposal for the revival of Karachi Circular Railway with the assistance of Japan. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs nawabzada Malik Ammad Khan said that the House’s recommendations would continue to guide the future course of Pakistan’s relationship with the United States, one that stood on the basis of mutual respect and acknowledged Pakistan’s interests. Khan said that the US had recently signed an agreement for providing funding of 67 million dollars for the up-gradation of the Peshawar-Torkham Highway. Referring to drone attacks as illegal and violation of international laws‚ the minister for state said that Pakistan had forcefully raised the issue at international forums. He stated that recent cross border attacks from Afghanistan had also been rebutted and the issue was presented to Afghan authorities on several occasions. Khan further said that Pakistan had been able to establish good relations with all communities and leaders in Afghanistan. He added Pakistan had pledged over 300 million dollars for reconstruction and development in Afghanistan and had been working on various projects on health‚ education and infrastructure. The session was adjourned to meet again on Monday evening. Editor: Arif Nizami


The nobel Peace Prize was Friday awarded to the European Union, an institution wracked by the euro crisis but credited with bringing more than half a century of peace to a continent ripped apart by two world wars. “The union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe,” nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in Oslo. Reactions to the prize, which caught many by surprise at a time when the union of 27 states is beleaguered by a severe financial crisis, were divided, with equal measures of praise and criticism. For the men of the hour, European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, the award was “a tremendous honour”. “This prize is the strongest possible recognition of the deep political motives behind our Union: the unique effort by ever more European states to overcome war and divisions and to jointly shape a continent of peace and prosperity,” they said in a statement. The prize, they said, belonged to “all the 500 million citizens living in our union.” However, the Twittersphere was aflame with strong online reactions to the nobel Committee’s pick at a time when European solidarity is facing its most daunting challenge in decades amid deep rifts between a south drowning in debt and a wealthier north only reluctantly coming to the rescue. “Anti-austerity protests in Portugal, Spain, Greece, Italy & France, nationalism, Fascism, unemployment and poverty. Yeah EU deserves it!” @AnonOpGreece said on Twitter. Poland’s Lech Walesa, who won the 1983 nobel Peace Prize for leading the country’s anti-communist movement, said he was “unpleasantly surprised” by the choice, and British eurosceptics also reacted with dismay.

E-paper PakistanToday 13th October, 2012  
E-paper PakistanToday 13th October, 2012  

E-paper PakistanToday 13th October, 2012