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powerful suicide car bombing ripped through a market in Darra Adam Khel, killing at least 16 persons and injuring over 40 others on Saturday morning. The powerful blast also destroyed over 20 shops, eight vehicles and several houses in the surrounding areas. According to an official, the car bomber targeted the office of local peace lashkar (pro-government militia) situated in a commercial market. The official said the bomber detonated the explosives-laden vehicle in Firdos Market, a private gun manufacturing market in Darra Adam Khel around 35 kilometres southwest of Peshawar. Darra Adam Khel lies in Kohat region, and connects Peshawar with the southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the adjoining tribal areas. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain also said that the target of the attack was the local peace committee. Soon after the blast, local tribesmen and personnel of traditional Khasadar Force started rescue activities, and shifted the dead bodies and the injured victims to various hospitals. The official further said that most of the injured had been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar and Liaquat Memorial Hospital in Kohat. Dr Rahim Jan Afridi, medical superintendent at the LRH, confirmed that they had received seven dead bodies and 23 injured blast victims so far. Doctors at LRH said the condition of several injured victims, including children, was critical. Dr Alif Khan at Darra Adam Khel Civil Hospital said they
PEsHaWaR: Men help an injured blast victim at a hospital following a suicide bombing in Darra adam Khel on saturday. afp had received eight dead bodies. So far the official confirmed at least 16 deaths in the terror attack, while placing the number of injured persons at 40. But the tribesmen in Darra Adam Khel believe that the number of killed persons is much higher. According to local tribesmen, a curfew-like situation exists in the area and no one is allowed to enter. Soon after the explosion, heavy contingents of security forces rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. The troops have
also launched a search operation. According to local tribesmen, the peace lashkar was headed by a breakaway faction of former militants led by Momin, a rival of local Taliban commander Tariq Afridi. Momin’s father and other close relatives were included among the killed and injured. However, Momin was unhurt and stayed safe in the attack. A spokesman of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Darra Adam Khel chapter denied
his group’s involvement in the suicide attack. However, local officials allege that the attack was carried out by militants from Tariq Afridi’s group. Meanwhile, six persons were killed and four others injured as a result of clashes between armed groups in the Mamozai area of Upper Orakzai. Armed militant groups based in Hangu and Orakzai are already divided in two groups, and have been involved in deadly attacks against each other.
Another deadline passes: Abbottabad Commission still holding on to report ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain
Y et another deadline passed silently on Wednesday (October 11) as the judicial commission on Abbottabad operation failed to present its report to the prime minister despite the fact that almost all necessary procedures have been adopted and the report is ready for presentation, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably. The Ministry of Law and Justice had directed the commission headed by Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on September 11 to complete its report within a month’s time, but the deadline lapsed as former inspector-general (IG) of police Abbas Khan, a key member of the commission, is under treatment in the United States. Due to the former IG’s illness, the commission decided to delay the report, which had to be made public, for another week, a source privy to the development informed this scribe. However, the source added that the law ministry had turned a blind eye to the commission’s successive failures in meeting deadlines, and that no notice or reminder had been sent to the commission due to the clout of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal. “The report would be signed by all the members and sent to the prime minister who would take a final decision on whether or not to make the report public,” the source added. The source said that the over 700-page report, compiled on a 40-minute operation conducted by US special forces operatives on the alleged hideout of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, would finally be sent to the premier if Abbas Khan could not make it to return. Continued on page 04
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Siegel to testify in Benazir murder case ISLAMABAD: American journalist and friend of Benazir Bhutto, Mark Siegel, will travel to Pakistan next month and record his statement regarding the former prime minister’s assassination case. He has been dubbed as an important witness in the case. Siegel will record his statement before Anti-Terrorism Court. In his testimony to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Siegel said that prior to coming to Pakistan, Benazir had told him that she had received a call from the then president, Pervez Musharraf, who warned her and said she was deviating from the deal and that the government will not be responsible for her security in Pakistan. inP
ANP not consulted on new accountability bill: spokesman ISLAMABAD: Expressing reservations over the Accountability Bill presented by the government in the National Assembly, ruling coalition partner Awami National Party said on Saturday that it had not been taken into confidence before the bill’s presentation in the House. ANP spokesman Zahid Khan said his party had strong concerns over the new accountability bill moved by the government. He said the government had not consulted his party on the bill. Sources in the ANP said that a party meeting would soon be held to decide whether to support, oppose or remain out of the house during voting on the bill. Major opposition party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is strongly opposed to the bill, and Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has asked the ruling coalition partners – the ANP and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – to oppose the bill “if they really want an end to corruption in the country”. The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice is presently discussing the new Accountability Bill.Sources said that the government was trying to pass the bill from the National Assembly during the current session. inP
YDA announces ‘long march’ towards Lahore LAHORE: Punjab Young Doctors’ Association, in a meeting held in Multan on Saturday, announced a ‘long march’ to hold demonstrations in favour of their demands and against the Punjab government. It was decided that the doctors would march from Rahim Yar Khan and Rawalpindi to Lahore and would then stage a sit-in in front of the CM House on November 7. The meeting also decided that peaceful protests would be held all over Punjab from Monday, Oct 15 at the Children’s Hospital, followed by one in Rahim Yar Khan on Tuesday, in PIC on Wednesday, in Bhawalpur on Thursday, Mayo Hospital on Saturday, Faisalabad on Monday, October 22, Rawalpindi on Tuesday, October 23, Jinnah Hospital on Wednesday, Services and Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday, Gujranwala and Gujrat on Saturday and Lahore General Hospital and Sheikh Zayed Hospital on Monday, November 5. The meeting also decided that banners would be displayed and contact campaign with religious and political parties would be initiated. “We will fight till the end,” the YDA spokesman said on the occasion. sTaff REPoRT
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Three brothers held in Malala Yousafzai murder attempt
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DARRA ADAM KHEL: A policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide bombing on Saturday. afp
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Swat police arrested three brothers from a mosque in Nowshehra on Saturday in connection with the attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai. An official from Swat police informed that the three brothers belonged to Mingora, Swat, and were associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat Chapter. The official said that arrested persons included Abdul Haji, Irfan and Inaam. One of them was appointed as a ‘khateeb’ in a mosque at Akbar Pura, Nowshehra. Swat police confirmed the detention of some 25 persons, who are currently being interrogated. Meanwhile, protests continued against the attempted assassination of Malala. The third day of protests, arranged by Pakhtoonkhwa Civil Society Network, saw a large number of people visiting the camp at Aman Park, Peshawar. Rukhshanda Naaz, Shabina Ayaz, Idrees Kamal and Zar Ali Khan Musazai were amongst the attendees. The protesters have demanded that the government arrest the terrorists involved in the attack as soon as possible.
Kp govt supports pre-emptive strikes against militants PESHAWAR nni
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain on Saturday said the suicide blast in Darra Adam Khel and militants’ attacks in other areas were a reaction to the reports of an imminent military offensive in North Waziristan. The minister was speaking to the media after visiting Lady Reading Hospital, where dead and injured from the suicide blast were taken. He said the militants had been carrying out activities in Peshawar and adjacent areas in a bid to pressure the government against conducting the proposed military operation in North Waziristan. “Why shouldn’t we pre-empt their (terrorists) attacks by launching a full-scale operation against them,” he added. Taliban’s shooting on Malala Yousufzai has sparked a debate in the country whether to launch a military offensive in North Waziristan or not.
3 female students attacked by TTp PARACHINAR: Three university students received burn wounds when unknown extremists hurled acid at them as they returned home from college in Kohat. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility. As per details, the three girls were returning to Parachinar, after giving their masters exam in Kohat, when unidentified miscreants threw acid at their face, injuring them critically. Other passengers present in the vehicle also suffered minor burn wounds. The injured girls were shifted to Kurram Agency Headquarters Hospital. Local people, civil society and non governmental organizations (NGOs) working for women rights have condemned the attack and termed it as a cowardly act. They demanded the government and law enforcement agencies to arrest the culprits and award them exemplary punishment. Meanwhile, TTP spokesperson in Kurram Agency, Qari Muhavia, through a telephone call to the local journalists, has claimed responsibility for the incident. He was of the view that in TTP’s presence, no girl in the Agency could get education. inP
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US sees ‘silver lining’ in public reaction on Malala attack WASHINGTON sPECial CoRREsPonDEnT
S State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said that the degree to which the Pakistani people turned against Taliban after the attack on Malala Yousafzai helps their government to go after them (Taliban). She was asked during the briefing on Friday whether the condemnation across cross-sections of the Pakistani society against Taliban and militancy after the attack on Malala in Swat could be termed as a turning point in the fight against extremism in the country. She said this was indeed the silver lining of the tragic incident. She said this would help the Pakistani government in going after the extremists with popular support. “We have seen in the past that when the Taliban commit truly heinous and outrageous acts like this, it galvanises popular opinion against them, not only in major cities, but also in those towns and neighbourhoods where they plot and hide,” she stated while referring to other terrorist activities in Pakistan during the last few years. Nuland said that they had yet to hear from the Pakistani government about the US offer of treatment facilities for Malala Yousafzai. “We are obviously in contact with the government of Pakistan about what might be needed but I
UN secy general terms Malala role model for entire world NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban ki-moon wrote a letter to the parents of Malala Yousufzai in which he termed her a role model not only for Pakistanis but for the entire world. He handed over the letter to Pakistan’s representative to the United Nations (UN) Masood Khan during a meeting on Friday, who sent it to Malala’s parents through the Foreign Office. The secretary-general said that education was a fundamental right for all human beings. He further maintained that the UN was partnering with the people of Pakistan in their struggle to promote education. Ambassador Masood Khan said that the Pakistani leadership and the entire nation had condemned the abominable act of violence against Malala. The Pakistani envoy informed the secretary-general that the Pakistan government and all segments of civil society were committed to the promotion and protection of all human rights, including the right to education. onlinE don’t have anything to announce at this stage,” she said. She refused to answer a question about Imran Khan’s drive against drone attacks in Pakistan and his announce-
ment to take it to the next level in the US. “We respect the right of peaceful protests, but I am not going to comment at all on intelligence matters,” she remarked.
School oﬀers hope for children rescued from Taliban NEWS DESK To observe these boys studiously poring over their textbooks, or running around the sports field during games of football or basketball, it was hard to imagine that only a few months previously they had been living a very different existence, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. For the 180 or so boys attending this highly specialised school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are all veterans of the Taliban. Seized or bought from their families by Taliban fighters promising them a better life, they were plunged into a relentless cycle of indoctrination aimed at turning them into suicide bombers or fighters willing to sacrifice their lives attacking Nato forces in Afghanistan or taking part in the Taliban’s increasingly violent campaign against the Pakistani government. In one such case, the Taliban seized a seven-year-old boy who, after three years of indoctrination and training, was sent to Afghanistan to kill a policeman. His mission, thankfully, failed. On his return to Pakistan, he was found by his parents who, appalled at his exploits, surrendered him to the authorities in the hope they could help him to rebuild his life. The boy, now 11, is one of the lucky ones. Pakistani security officials estimate that hundreds, if not thousands, of children have been killed in the Taliban’s relentless campaign of terrorism. In one of the worst examples, a Pakistani boy was caught on a CCTV camera moments before he blew himself up outside a Sufi shrine in Lahore in 2010, killing 45 people and maiming another 175. Overall, it is estimated that more than 4,000 people have been killed by 200 attacks carried out by teenage Taliban suicide bombers.
As a result, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the head of the Pakistan army, ordered that a specialist school be set up to rehabilitate these teenage victims of the Taliban’s indoctrination programme. Called the Sabaoon School (Sabaoon in Pashto means the first light of dawn), it is located in the frontier town of Malakand, where, in 1897, the young Winston Churchill took part in his first military campaign with the British Army, as well as writing the occasional dispatch for The Daily Telegraph. Run on the same principles as any normal boarding school, with the children learning the same curriculum taught in other schools in the area, Sabaoon also boasts an team of child psychologists who work closely with the children to help them learn the error of their ways. “Our main task is to try to reverse the brainwashing they have suffered at the hands of the Taliban,” said Col Mohammed Islam, who runs the school, which receives funding from Unicef and the Pakistan government. “We are trying to break the myth of misplaced perceptions perpetrated by the terrorists.” This is no easy task, particularly as the school remains a prime target for the Taliban, which has pledged to kill anyone involved in the project. Its precise location is kept secret and the complex is protected by steel barricades and razor wire. Weapons are trained on visitors from the windows, roof, gatehouse and guard posts that occupy each corner. Despite these intense security precautions, the Taliban managed to murder one of the school’s founders, Dr Mohammed Farooq Khan, a Pakistani religious teacher and intellectual who publicly denounced the Taliban’s brain-washing techniques. By far the biggest difficulty the Sabaoon
staff face, though, is in trying to deal with the traumatic experiences many of the children have suffered. Speaking through an interpreter, one boy, aged about 13, related how he had been recruited by the Taliban after attending his local mosque in the Swat Valley three years ago. “There were guns in the mosque,” he explained to one of the psychologists, and he was encouraged to support the Taliban’s campaign to impose Sharia on Pakistan. On one occasion after joining the movement, the boy came across a group of Taliban fighters whipping a girl. “One of them came up and handed me the cane and ordered me to whip her, and I did,” he explained. “If I hadn’t done what they told me to do they
would have killed me. I tried to hit her gently, but they told me off and told me to hit her harder.” Another pupil explained how the Taliban forced him to become a suicide bomber. His family had handed him over to the Taliban because he had a drink problem, and was causing problems at home. “They beat me very badly with sticks and they showed me the way of suicide,” he explained. “They taught me it was the best way to fight.” Some of the children at the school were bought by the Taliban from their families for 25,000 rupees (about £160). “They come from poor families who have too many children and can’t afford to keep them,” explained one of the school’s psychologists. “They sell them to the Taliban thinking they
will be looked after, and it is only later that they discover what is going on.” One of the biggest challenges the school faces is to persuade parents to take their children back once they are deemed fit. “The families don’t want them because of the cost,” he said. Even so, Col Islam believes he is making good progress at helping the children to reject the Taliban’s ideology and make a better life for themselves. To date only three of those released from the school have rejoined the Taliban, which he believes is a major achievement given the scale and effectiveness of the organisation’s brainwashing techniques. “We find that once these children have been introduced to proper education they don’t want to stop learning,” said Col Islam.
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04 News Astronomers reveal diamond covered planet twice the size of Earth NEWS DESK A planet which really does twinkle like a diamond in the sky has been discovered by scientists - its surface is littered with the precious stones. The planet - called 55 Cancri e - has a radius double the size of Earth’s, and weighs eight times more. Whilst Earth’s surface is covered in water and granite, the new planet is thought to be covered in diamonds and graphite. A new study estimates that at least a third of the planet’s mass - the equivalent of the weight of three Earths - could be diamond. This is the first time astronomers have identified a
likely diamond planet around a sun-like star and unearthed its chemical make-up. ‘This is our first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry from Earth,’ said lead researcher Nikku Madhusudhan. ‘The surface of this planet is likely covered in graphite and diamond rather than water and granite.’ The diamond planet orbits at hyper speed - its year lasts just 18 hours, in contrast to Earth’s 365 days. But with a blazingly hot temperature of about 3,900F, researchers say it will not live on. It one of five planets orbiting a sun-like star, 55 Cancri, that is located 40 light
years from Earth yet visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. The planet was first observed orbiting its star last year, allowing astronomers to measure its radius for the first time. This new information, combined with the most recent estimate of its mass, allowed Madhusudhan and colleagues to determine its chemical make-up. Research suggests the planet has no water at all, and appears to be composed mainly of carbon (as graphite and diamond), iron, silicon carbide, and, possibly, some silicates. ‘By contrast, Earth’s interior is rich in oxygen, but extremely poor in carbon - less
than a part in thousand by mass,’ says co-author and Yale geophysicist Kanani Lee. The identification of a carbon-rich super-Earth means that distant rocky planets can no longer be assumed to have compositions similar to that of Earth. David Spergel, professor of astronomy and chair of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, said: ‘This ‘diamond-rich superEarth’ is likely just one example of the rich sets of discoveries that await us as we begin to explore planets around nearby stars.’ The paper reporting the findings has been accepted for publication in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.
SC verdict on Balochistan fuels anti-PPP rhetoric QUETTA sHaHzaDa zulfiqaR
AKISTAN’S Supreme Court’s (SC) order, declaring the Balochistan Government inept for curtailing the law and order crisis in Balochistan, has sparked an anti-Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) response from various political parties. The response predominantly revolves around the notion that PPP has lost a moral mandate to rule after the verdict, and should voluntarily step down. A Jamiat-e-Ulema-eIslam-Fazal (JUI-F) Provincial Minister, namely Maulana Abdul Wasay, avoided making a comment on the verdict and reiterated the government’s efforts for improving the crisis situation in the province. Moreover, he opined that the SC had not suggested any
action ‘against’ the Bolochistan government and had in fact elucidated options for the government to act upon. Balochistan National Party (BNP) President Dr Abdul Malik Baloch however asserted that his party had long been voicing concerns over the corrupt nature and ineptness of the sitting government in the province. He opined that now that the SC had endorsed the view, the provincial government ought to step down voluntarily, as it was devoid of any justification to continue. BNP Central Information Secretary Agha Hassan Baloch while elaborating upon the party president’s views stated that the order was timely and correct. He said that over 54 BNP activists had been killed, including Secretary General Habib Jalib. Agha further stated that despite the SC’s instructions to the federal government, BNP had little hope of any positive ac-
India shamed: Chances of a woman being raped doubled in past 20 years NEW DELHI onlinE
iDlib: syrian rebel fighters and civilians stand outside the destroyed buildings following an air strike by government forces in the town of Maaret al-numan on saturday. afp
Lawyers halt activities to protest against Malala attack KARACHI/LAHORE nni
The lawyers’ community observed a prayer day and halted all activities to show support for child activist Malala Yousufzai on Saturday. Lawyers from Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi Bar Association, District Bar Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum and Islamabad participated in the strike. The Karachi Bar and Supreme Court Bar postponed all hearings till Monday. Some important cases including Benazir’s murder case was also put on hold.
Hundreds of students protest for Malala in Quetta QUETTA Hundreds of students under the banner of Balochistan Private School Foundation (BPSF) on Saturday staged a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club against the brutal attack on peace activist Malala Yousufzai and her class mates in Swat.
The students carried posters of Malala, placards and banners inscribed with different slogans against the attack. Addressing the occasion, BPSF Chairman Jaffar Khan Kakar and other speakers including Mumtaz Khan Jadoon and Nazar Mohamamd Baraich said the attack on the girls was against the teachings of Islam. Religious extremism
was increasing in Pakistan and this attack was a manifestation of the phenomenon, they added. They stated that under no law could girls be deprived from their right of getting an education. Earlier, they prayed for a smooth and early recovery of Malala and called for immediate arrests of those involved in the attack.
Khyber Pukhtunkha lawyers on KP Bar Council’s call also went on strike to
protest against the cowardly attack on the 14-year-old. The lawyers wore black
bands to show sympathy and solidarity with the Malala’s cause.
From castration to death sentence, India has debated several measures to check rapists but did little to prevent the crime; the fastest growing among all violent offences in one of the largest democracies in the world, local media reported on Wednesday. The chances of an Indian woman being raped had almost doubled over the past two decades whereas the probability of conviction had declined by a third, according to data from the Indian National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The message was clear: India was a dangerous place for women. From the khapdominated Haryana to the progressive Bengal, rape was a grim reality in India with triggers as diverse as the socio-economic and cultural fabric of the country. Every 20 minutes, a woman was raped in India. Every third victim of rape was a child, according to 2011 figures from the NCRB. The accused was convicted in only one of every four cases where trial was stretched over several years. Even worse, deferment of rape cases in trial courts had increased from 78% to 83% over the past two decades.
Madhya Pradesh topped the list among the states with the highest number of reported rape cases last year. Haryana reported at least a dozen rapes in the past month - a spurt that prompted Congress President Sonia Gandhi to rush to Jind where a Dalit girl burnt herself to death after being gang-raped. The NCRB numbers captured only those cases that were reported to police but officials agreed that many rapes went unreported due to social stigma. “It is quite possible that the police, in some places, discourage victims from pressing charges,” said a senior police officer who did not want to be named. That, however, might be an understatement. It took the police days to register a case when another victim of rape in Haryana’s Jind district complained last month. She had been gang-raped and an MMS of the crime was in circulation. “The space for corruption for police is immense. Parents are pressured by the rapists’ family to settle. The police also make them feel nothing will come out of it,” said Jagmati Sangwan, director, women’s studies, MDU University, Rohtak. Investigators did not do a good job of collecting and preserving the evidence, she added.
Another deadline passes: Abbottabad commission still holding on to report Continued fRom page 01
The five-member commission, headed by the then senior-most judge of the apex court Javed Iqbal, was reconstituted on June 21, 2011, and was tasked with ascertaining facts
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about the alleged presence and bin Laden’s killing. The commission was mandated to investigate circumstances and facts about the US operation, determining the nature, background and causes of lapses made by the
authorities concerned, and making consequential recommendations. During the past one-and-a-halfyear, the commission held thorough investigations; examined witnesses and conducted field missions and its report is much
awaited. The commission has recorded the statements of the heads of military and civil intelligence agencies, the director-general military operations, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington, current and
former foreign ministers and secretaries, and wives and children of Osama and others. The report has been pending for the last couple of months, as the commission is still waiting for the statements of former prime minister Yousaf Raza
Gilani, who was requested to provide his statement five months ago, sources said. A request was also made to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to record his statement on this important matter, the source added.
tion, since in his view, ‘the provincial and federal were two sides of the same coin.’ In this regard, JUI-F minister Wasay conceded that the provincial government as well as the people of Balochistan had serious grievances against the federal government. Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awaami Party President Usman Kakar’s harangue was similar to BNP – narrating that his party had been voicing concern over the interference of state agencies in the province’s politics since three decades, which in turn accused his party of trying to defame them. He lamented the targeted killing of innocent people, stating that bullet-riddled bodies were found every now and then all over the province, and asserted that incidents of abduction were at there peak. He blamed the sitting government for its inability to resolve the crisis.
petrol prices to be slashed, other products may go up MONITORING DESK Despite passage of a resolution in the National Assembly regarding reviewing POL prices on monthly basis, Ogra and oil marketing companies, on the directives of the petroleum ministry, have forwarded a summary to amend the prices from October 15, DawnNews reported on Saturday. According to sources, price of petrol was recommended to be reduced by Rs 2.09 in the summary. Whereas prices of other petroleum products were advised to be increased by up to Rs 3.10. Summary suggested price increase in High speed diesel by Rs 3.10, kerosene oil by Rs 1.92, light diesel by Rs 1.23 and high octane by Rs 3.00. Moreover, with lowering of petrol price, prices of CNG are subsequently expected to be reduced by Rs 1.75 also. The petroleum and the finance ministries will take the final decision regarding price change after mutual consultations.
US oﬀers Stinger missiles to India NEW DELHI inP
The United States is offering 245 Stinger missiles to India as part of a weapons package for the Apache attack choppers being acquired by the Indian Air Force. “245 air-to-air Stinger missiles and 56 launchers are included in the weapons package for the Apache helicopters,” the Press Trust of India reported, quoting officials of Raytheon, which manufactures the missiles. “The Stinger compliments the advanced performance of the Apache by providing the IAF with the critical airto-air defence capability,” they said.
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multan: a demonstrator carries a burning uS flag as others shout slogans during a protest against drone attacks in the tribal areas on Saturday. AFP
Al Qaeda leadership in AfPak region being defeated: White House WASHINGTON onlinE
HITE House has said that Al Qaeda, operating from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, were being de-
feated. “A decade of war in Afghanistan has delivered severe blows to the senior leadership of al-Qaeda and has created the time and space to build up Afghan security forces,” White House Spokesman Jay Carney said during a briefing on Friday. “The president inherited a policy in 2008 that was wildly adrift, unfocused and under-resourced (pertaining to Afghan war). He made clear what America’s priorities should be and has delivered on a mission that has effectively gone after al-Qaeda-central in the Afghan-Pak region,” he recalled. “The President has been committed since 2008, and refocused attention on what was a neglected war in Afghanistan, refocused our mission on Al Qaeda, and decimating al-Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said. “However, the President had made clear that this was not a war without end,” Carney said adding that President Obama was committed to the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. ment and Afghan forces. “It is time to bring American forces
Qaeda chief urges more protests at anti-Islam film DUBAI: Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims to keep up their protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the United States, in a speech published on jihadist forums on Saturday. In the seven-minute audio, Zawahiri hailed “the honourable people... who stormed the US embassy in Benghazi and those who protested outside the US mission in Cairo where they replaced the US flag with that of Islam and jihad.” The amateurish film depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a thuggish deviant offended many Muslims and sparked anti-US protests in a number of countries that cost several lives and saw mobs set US missions, schools and businesses ablaze. On September 11, the anniversary of the Al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington, US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Libya’s second city of Benghazi. Zawahiri called on those who protested “to continue to counter the US-Crusader-Zionist attack on Islam and Muslims and urge other Muslims to follow suit.” He condemned the United States “whose laws allow attacks on the Muslim prophet and their holy book (the Koran), in the name of freedom of expression, while charging those who attack Jews with anti-Semitism.” Other affiliated groups such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have made similar statements on the film “Innocence of Muslims.” afP home, and to turn over, increasingly, the responsibility for Afghan security to the Afghans. He made it clear that the Afghan forces increasingly needed to take on that responsibility for security in the future. He said the purpose of setting a deadline for the withdrawal was to make it
boy dies as kite-string slits throat MULTAN: In an awful incident in Multan, a young boy was killed after a glass-coated kite-string slit his throat on Saturday. The victim, Muhammad Subhan, a resident of Jamil Colony, was going to a tuition center along with his brothers when a kite string accidentally slashed his neck. He was rushed to Nishtar Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The unfortunate incident left his parents in a state of shock. They demanded that the government take strict action against people involved in selling kites and killer strings. onlinE
Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a letter to Imran Khan has enquired from him what steps were being taken by the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf for wiping out terrorism and Khan was expected to reply after his return from the current Turkey tour, said a handout issued here by PTI. President Hamid Karzai said that a wave of shock and anger ran through the entire world over the gruesome Malala Yusufzai attack and added that he understood the thoughts and worries of Imran Khan over drones, but we should also think that what steps we were taking for the eradication of terrorism. Karzai further said that the responsibility of combating extremism and terrorism was ours. He said that he equally shared the worries of Imran Khan over war and extremism in the region and we should jointly make efforts for peace in the region and sustained progress.
Six militants killed in Orakzai PESHAWAR onlinE
At least six militants were killed and four others injured during clashes between two armed groups in Upper Orakzai Agency. According to the administration, the incident took place in Mamoonzai area where two groups of militants used heavy weaponry against each other. The sources said the clashes were still ongoing in the area.
clear to the government in Kabul, as it was made clear to the government in Baghdad, in Iraq, that they need to begin to take increasing responsibility for their own security so that when it comes to fighting and sometimes dying for the sake of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, they should be ready.
PML-N to resist accountability bill: Shahbaz OKARA onlinE
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that the current accountability bill was aimed at protecting looters, plunderers and usurpers and PML-N would put up stiff resistance against its passage. “The PPP government has presented an accountability bill through the back door rather than through consensus to cover up its corruption. This is not acceptable to us in any way. This bill has been framed to protect thieves, looters and usurpers wherein national interests have been sidelined fully. PML-N has always talked of principles and we will not allow this bill to be passed at any cost,” said
Nawaz while talking to media men in Muslim League House, after paying condolence to MPA Mian Yawar Zaman on the death of his mother. “Malala Yousufzai was an intelligent daughter of this nation who put her life at stake for upholding an ideology and embarked upon a sacred mission of promotion education,” he observed, adding that the brutal attack on her was tantamount to challenging the writ of the entire nation. “The time has come to deal with such forces sternly and utilise all our resources to root out such elements,” he remarked. “Pakistan’s future is very bright and its reflection lies in Malala Yousufzai,” he remarked. “The Government of Punjab has taken upon itself to transform Punjab into a literate province,” he claimed.
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Over Rs 3,150m approved for BRTS system LAHORE: Punjab government on Saturday approved the scheme of transport sector with an estimated cost of Rs 3156.632 million for construction of Metro Bus Transit System for Lahore-Ferozepur Road, erection of escalators and platform screen doors at MTS stations package-IX. Five development schemes of various sectors of the economy were also approved with the budget of Rs 4459.021 million in the 15th meeting of provincial development working party of current financial year 201213 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam. Secretary Planning and Development Arif Anwar Baloch, members of the Planning and Development Board and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting. sTaff REPoRT
PPP tables resolution against Shahbaz, Sanaullah in Pa LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday tabled a resolution in Punjab Assembly against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for using “indiscreet language” against Governor Sardar Latif Khosa. The resolution, tabled by PPP’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader in Punjab Assembly, Shaukat Basra, stated that both leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) use offensive words in their statements against the governor every now and then. The resolution stated that behaviour of the two leaders is not constitutional and acceptable for the PPP. Moreover, the resolution stated that the two PML-N leaders use insulting language against the provincial governor in their speeches also. sTaff REPoRT
Our policy is to eliminate crime, not criminals: Punjab police chief Haji Habib says presidential order forbidding carrying out of executions of convicted prisoners promoting criminal activities in province n
HE Punjab Police is determined to eliminate crime from the province but there’s no truth in claims that police stages encounters as a means to achieve the objective, Haji Habibur Rehman, the provincial police chief, said on Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today, Rehman said that his top priority was to strengthen a sense of trust between the police and the public, a motive that he believed had been achieved to a large extent. He said that there are more than 7,500 desperate criminals according to police and district records that were involved in heinous crimes such as murder, rape, kidnapping for ransom and robbery. Countering such criminals was a challenge for the department and the respective task forces were doing their jobs with utmost sincerity and dedication, he said. In response to a question, IG Rehman said that 450 criminals, who had been sentenced to death but had not been executed on account of a presidential order halting the execution orders, were a symbol of encouragement for other criminals. “Jails have become breeding grounds for young criminals because the deterrence of death penalty has been eliminated. These seasoned criminals became a source of inspiration for others wanting to pursue similar activities,” he said. The IG told Pakistan Today that special teams had been formulated that worked at the subdivision and district levels to counter the growth of such an environment inside and outside prisons. Giving a rough approximation, the police chief said that around 200 raids take place on a daily basis
in Punjab where the police comes face to face with criminals. On most occasions they open fire on the police to which retaliation becomes necessary resulting in encounters. He said that several police constables are injured and many have been killed in such operations. He maintained that this strategy had resulted in bringing down the crime graph in the province, citing the non occurrence of bank robberies as an example to support his stance. According to the IG, load shedding was amongst the primary reasons that have caused rapidity in criminal activity. He asserted that load shedding resulted in unemployment, especially amongst the youth. Such an environment, he believed, forced
people to resort to crime in order to meet the necessities of life. Criminals, he said, migrate in groups from villages to metropolitan areas; commit crimes in the city and return to their hometowns. This practice makes it difficult for the authorities to identify and keep track of outlaws, he added. Despite these hurdles, IG Rehman asserted that his department’s efforts have brought the crime rate down by 60 percent. Responding to another question, IG Punjab said that he did not agree with the allegation that the police always turned up late on crime scenes allowing the criminals to flee and arresting innocent people instead. He said the police was not functioning to reinforce criminals. If the allegation was true, no household in the province would have been safe, he asserted. Talking about measures to enhance police performance and minimise corruption, the IG said an exemplary police force demanded that appropriate facilities be given to the personnel, similar to those given to the motorway police. On a lighter note, IG Rehman talked about his career progression in the department stating that he joined the service in 1977 as Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). He served as District Police Officer (DPO) at Rahim Yar Khan, Toba Tek Singh and Pakpattan. He has also served as CCPO Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta and is at present, the 48th IG of Punjab. Talking about his student life, the IG said that he had been a simple natured boy who avoided mischief and concentrated on academics. He said he had always been amongst the top students at school and college level and was a passionate debater.
‘Malala’s attack being World Bank okays Rs 7.5 billion for used as a cover for computerisation of Waziristan operation’ land records
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Former chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Saturday said that the attack on Malala Yosafzai has no connection with TTP but it was conducted to create justification for military operation in Waziristan Agency. Talking to a private TV channel, Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that TTP spokesman Ahsan Ullah Ahsan is only a redolent character and government uses his so-called claims of terrorist attacks to put a veil on its failure to provide security to public lives and properties. He strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousafzai and termed it a cowardly act adding that female education is very important since a child grows up under the care of a mother whose education will directly affect the quality of life of the child. However, the former JI chief said that declaring US President Barack Obama as role model could not be Malala’s own thinking and she was taught to give the statement by NGOs and governmental officials to attain US attention and sympathies to get funds in the name of various development projects for human rights and girls education. Qazi Hus-
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sain Ahmed said that innocent Malala became the victim of a conspiracy being hatched at high levels and she was used to fulfil the nefarious designs of creating a justification for military action in tribal areas on the desire of US administration. He expressed surprise over condemnations at national and international level over attack on Malala and said every innocent girl and children being killed in US drone attacks in Waziristan Agency area Malala are just as precious. He further said that no one raised issue of killing innocent children in drone attacks and so-called military operations but international community, so-called human rights organisations and political leadership seem much concerned over Malala’s incident.
The World Bank on Saturday agreed for additional financing of Rs 7.5 billion for the financing of computerisation of land record and a contract signing in this regard is expected during next month. Representatives from the World Bank, during their previous mission, expressed their satisfaction over the progress and appreciated the professionalism of project staff, an official of Board of Revenue Punjab said. The project which initially started with financing of Rs 2.773 billion from the World Bank for computerization of land records of 18 districts of Punjab has been expanded to all 36 districts. According to a careful estimate, data of about 52 million land owners is being computerized. 25 Land Records Management and Information System (LRMIS) service centres have been established and land record of 545 villages was computerized. The implementation of the World Bank project (LRMIS) will not only secure records, improve service delivery but also stabilize and improve the economy and land market throughout Punjab. Progress on its implementation is continuously monitored by the government and the World Bank.
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Make or break anti-polio Dr Javaid Iqbal discusses campaign starts tomorrow Jinnah’s Pakistan LAHORE
ATIONAL anti-polio campaign would be observed in Punjab from October 15 to October 17, during which 17.65 million children, up to the age of 5 years, would be administered polio drops, along with Vitamin-A. Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique formally launched the 3-day campaign by administering polio vaccine and Vitamin-A doses to children at Allama Iqbal Medical College/Jinnah Hospital. The representatives of World Health Organization Dr Nima Abid, Dr Wanday, representative of UNICEF, Dr Rana Mushtaq, Director General Health Punjab Dr Nisar Cheema besides Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Prof. Mahmood Shaukat and other medical experts were also present on the occasion. Talking to media representatives, Khawaja Salman Rafique said that, unfortunately, Pakistan is included among those only three countries of the world, where polio diseases is prevalent, therefore, there is a need for launching vigorous campaign in all the four provinces for its complete eradication. He
said in Khayber Pakhtunkhaw province and its adjoining areas, owing to the war situation and other reasons, thousands of children remain deprived of polio drops every time, due to which polio virus is present all over the country. He said there has been marked improvement in polio coverage in Punjab, due to which only three polio cases have surfaced, while in the previous year these cases were 9. He said that in 2011, as many as 198 polio cases were reported throughout the country. The number has reduced up to 43 cases during current year. Khawaja Salman Rafique said the Punjab government has taken strenuous steps to ensure elimination of polio virus and, on the directive of Chief Minister Punjab, DCOs of all districts have been ordered to make strict vigilance of the polio campaign, while strict legal action would be taken against official showing negligence. In his briefing, Director General Health Dr Nisar Cheema added that 38398 mobile teams have been formulated to administered polio drops to 17.65 million children, from October 15 to October 17, during which polio drops would be administered to the children along with drops of Vitamin-A. He appealed to the parents to ensure polio vaccine drops to their children, so that the younger generation can be saved from permanent disability.
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A ceremony took place to launch the new works and website of Dr Javaid Iqbal at Aiwan-e-Iqbal, on Saturday. Addressing the attendees, Dr Iqbal discussed concepts of Islamic governance, Islamic states and secular states. He stated that Quaid-e-Azam had made clear that Pakistan would not be a theocratic state. However, he said that Jinnah wanted a system that was Islamic in nature because Islam encapsulated humanity, democracy, rights of minorities and upheld the sanctity of rule of law. Dr Iqbal stressed that Allama Iqbal’s vision supported Ijtihad based on consensus as opposed to one originating from individuals. At present Pakistan was neither an Islamic state nor a republic or a democracy, he opined. Jinnah’s Pakistan was dead and had been replaced by Bhutto’s Pakistan, he said. He further stated that hypocrisy and political interests were being furthered in the name of Islam. He encouraged Allama Iqbal’s disciples to come to the forefront to further his vision.
beHbud launches new store LAHORE: BEHBUD association of Pakistan on Saturday lunched a new store in Gulberg Arcade. The arcade was inaugurated by the wife of Former Principal Sectary to Nawaz Sharif, Farida Anwar Zahid. She is currently serving as the president for BEHBUD association for Lahore. At the inauguration, she said that BEHBUB is working in many major cities in Pakistan. She told the gathering that they are promoting home-based industry and professionally working to maintain the economic system in lower classes. She also added that the organization has 140 items on which they are working including health and education. Other officials asked the participants and people of Lahore to participate in this organization and contribute to the development. sTaff REPoRT
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HAZIA Begum, one of three girls injured in the attack on the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai says the Taliban had sought to silence a very influential schoolgirl, according to a report by IPS/ “Malala is a source of inspiration for all of the students in Swat,” Shazia Begum told IPS at the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar where she is being treated. “She encouraged us to get education when the Taliban banned it.” Malala, 14, who suffered gunshot injuries to her head in the attack in Swat Oct. 9 is recovering in hospital in Rawalpindi to which she was moved. She remains in serous condition. “Her articles on the BBC gave us hope and enhanced our love for education. It was because of her that thousands of girls attended schools despite Taliban’s opposition,” Shazia Begum told IPS. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told IPS that Malala had helped the government bring girls back to school when the Taliban were trying to slam the doors of education on them. Despite being on the hit list of Taliban she never missed going to school, and this encouraged female students in the violencewracked Swat, Hussain said. “Everyday Taliban hanged bodies of their opponents from electricity poles after executing them,” lawmaker Bushra Gohar told IPS. “The residents of Swat kept silent due to reprisals by Taliban but Malala proved a blessing not only for men but also for women.” Pakistan Tehreek-e-nsaf Chairman Imran Khan who visited the hospital Oct 10, said Malala was braver than all men. “When all the people went into hibernation due to
Taliban fear, she remained steadfast and served as beacon of hope for fellow students,” Khan said. Her outspoken criticism of militants had earned the wrath of the Taliban but she refused security, which speaks of her matchless bravery, he said. Threats to Malala’s life increased manifold when she received the National Peace Award in recognition of her services for education and peace in December 2011. She was also among the nominees for the International Children’s Peace Prize. She is the first Pakistani girl nominated for that award. Malila joined her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, an educationist and social activist, in supporting a peace deal in 2009. But instead of laying down arms, militants began to operate from the adjoining Buner district. Malila and her family were among those displaced in the violence. Malila wrote of her experiences in that period under the pen name Gul Makai. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain has announced a Rs 10 million rupee award for information leading to the arrest of individuals who attacked Malala Yousufzai. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had offered to bear all expenses for her treatment here or abroad. “We will trace the terrorist who shot Malala and will bring her attackers to justice. They will not survive for long,” he said. The Taliban militants, he said, had started attacking children, which was a sign of weakness and desperation. He said the government would provide security to her family because the terrorists could hit them any time. School students all over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have been moved by the attempt to kill Malala. A barrage of demonstrations have been condemning the
barbarism of the Taliban. “We are deeply shocked by the attack on Malala who is our sister. We would follow her in struggle against militancy and protection of schools,” Spogmay, a student of University Model School in told IPS. Holding a banner to condemn the incident during a protest demonstration, she said students would stand like a rock to safeguard their schools. Militants can attack the schools with bombs but they cannot weaken the students’ beliefs, she said. The Taliban have been targeting schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the adjacent Federally Administered Tribal Areas since 2008. “Those getting English and modern education in the schools are not Muslims. Girls education in not allowed in Islam, therefore, the Taliban wouldn’t allow these schools,” Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told reporters. Some attacks on school buildings have continued. “The schools are destroyed mostly during night. They plant explosives which damage the schools,” Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education minister Sardar Hussain Babak told IPS. Babak said that they will build 100 new schools for every one that the militants destroy. He said the government had allocated $460.4 million for promotion of education over the next two years. The government is particularly promoting education for girls, he said. “We are paying more attention to female education as they had been suffered at the hands of Taliban militants,” he said. About 200 schools damaged by the Taliban have been reconstructed in Swat while students from the rest manage in tents. On Friday, the schools across the country remain showed solidarity with Malala and offered prayers for her early recovery.
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UN envoy, German minister in Turkey for Syria talks DAMASCUS
EACE envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle were in Istanbul for talks with Turkish leaders on Saturday as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara over cargo seized from a Syrian passenger plane. Syria said it was ready to set up a joint committee to oversee security on the border as Turkey stepped up its warnings of reprisals for any further cross-border shelling like that which killed five of its nationals on October 3. With rebel fighters in control of large swathes of the border area, there have been a series of incidents of cross-border fire this month that have sparked retaliatory shelling by NATO member Turkey and UN concern about the potential for escalation. Turkey scrambled a fighter jet on Friday after a Syrian helicopter attacked the rebel-held town of Azmarin near the bor-
der, an official in Ankara told AFP. Westerwelle, whose visit to Turkey was hastily scheduled, called for calm and restraint ahead of his meeting with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. “It is important that no one pours oil on the fire. We are counting on moderation and de-escalation,” the German minister said. The Syrian foreign ministry said it had been discussing with Russian diplomats the idea of a joint committee to avoid misunderstandings at the border. The Russian proposal was for a “Syrian-Turkish security committee which would have the aim of establishing a mechanism for surveillance of the border while respecting national sovereignty,” a foreign ministry statement said. It recalled comments by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday in which he urged a “channel of direct communication” between the two governments. “Such a step will be the simplest way to eliminate any distorted explanations and interpretations,” Lavrov said at the
time. Russia, a traditional ally of Syria, backed a UN Security Council statement condemning the cross-border shelling but has angered the West by repeatedly blocking tougher UN action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Brahimi, the veteran Algerian diplomat who is envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League, arrived in Istanbul from talks in Saudi Arabia. The Damascus regime accuses both governments of arming the rebels who have been seeking to overthrow it. Turkey’s interception of Wednesday’s flight from Moscow to Damascus and its confiscation of its cargo of radar equipment sparked a new war of words between the Russian and US governments. Washington acknowledged that Moscow had broken no rules in allowing the cargo on board the flight but said that it was morally reprehensible for maintaining its alliance with Assad’s government. “We have no doubt that this was serious military equipment,” said State De-
Syria conflict death toll at least 33,000: NGO BEIRUT afP
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Israel hits Gaza after rocket strike GAZA CITY afP
The Israeli air force hit three targets in Gaza on Saturday, hours after a rocket fired from the territory exploded near a house in southern Israel, sources on both sides said. “Aircraft targeted a terror activity site in the northern Gaza Strip, and two terror activity sites in the central Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed,” a statement from the Israeli military said. “The sites were targeted in response to the rocket fire towards southern Israel.” Palestinian security officials said there were no casualties from the strikes, one of which hit an unmanned training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the ruling Hamas movement, south of Gaza City. They said that the other two hit open ground near the Nusseirat and Al-Bureij refugee camps in central Gaza, possibly used as rocket launch sites. On Friday night, Gaza militants fired a Grad rocket that exploded in the yard of a residential building in the southern Israeli town of Netivot. One person was taken for medical treatment suffering from shock, and the building was damaged by the rocket. The Mujahedeen Shura Council, a Salafist group, issued a statement saying it fired the rocket on Netivot.
There has been a flurry of tit-for-tat violence on the Gaza-Israel border in recent days. On Thursday, Israeli warplanes raided a training camp of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, several hours after Gaza militants fired two rockets into southern Israel. On Wednesday the Israeli air force struck targets in northern Gaza, also without causing casualties. The strikes came after rocket fire that was also claimed by the Mujahedeen Shura Council. Earlier in the week, the armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a barrage of fire at southern Israel a day after warplanes raided the southern city of Rafah, targeting two men the military said were global jihad activists. The two were critically wounded and one later died. Another eight people were wounded, among them five children. Monday’s rocket fire by Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants marked a rare show of force given that the two groups normally observe a de facto truce on rocket fire on Israel. The previous time Hamas militants fired on Israel was during a flareup in June when militant groups fired more than 150 rockets, wounding five people, and Israel hit back with air strikes that killed 15 Palestinians. According to the Israeli military, more than 480 rockets or mortar rounds have been fired at southern Israel from Gaza this year.
Violence in Syria has killed at least 33,082 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Saturday. Some 1,000 people have been killed in the past five days alone, the Britain-based watchdog said. “This is all-out war — there is no other way to describe the violence in Syria,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. At least 23,630 civilians have been killed, along with 8,211 soldiers and 1,241 army defectors who joined the insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. The Observatory’s civilian toll also includes non-military defectors who took up arms against the regime. “If the conflict ends and a full assessment is carried out on the ground, the toll may well turn out to be higher,” Abdel Rahman said. His group’s tallies do not count the many unidentified victims of the bloody conflict, nor do they include thousands of people missing and thought to be in detention. They also exclude thousands of proregime militiamen, Abdel Rahman said. The Observatory relies on a network of activists, lawyers and medics on the ground inside Syria for its information. Syria’s revolt began in March last year as proreform protests but morphed into an armed insurgency when demonstrations were brutally crushed. Most rebels, like the population, are Sunni Muslims in a country dominated by a minority regime of Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
partment spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “We have been saying for almost a year now, that no responsible country ought to be aiding and abetting the war machine of the Assad regime,” she said. “The policy’s still morally bankrupt.” Lavrov said the Syrian Air flight had been carrying a cargo of radar equipment which could have either civilian or military uses, but insisted Moscow had violated no laws. “This cargo is electrical technical equipment for radar stations. This is dual-purpose equipment but is not forbidden by any international conventions,” he said. On the ground, the Syrian military launched air strikes against rebel fighters around a key town on the main highway between Damascus and second city Aleppo which they captured earlier this week. The loss of Maaret al-Numan after two days of heavy fighting was a major blow for the military as it seeks to reinforce its beleaguered troops in the northern metropolis.
At least 12 rebel fighters were killed in air strikes south of the town late on Friday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Another 20 were wounded early Saturday as they attacked the nearby Wadi Deif base which remains in government hands, the Britain-based watchdog said. More than 33,000 people have now been killed since the uprising against Assad’s rule erupted in March last year, it added. Hundreds of thousands more have fled their homes. In Aleppo, nearly 30,000 people have found refuge in student accommodation in the relatively peaceful Furqan neighbourhood in the west of the city, a campus official told AFP on Saturday. Tens of thousands more are camped out in other public buildings. The UN estimates that more than 2.5 million people have been affected by the fighting. There are more than 348,000 Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries, but many more are unregistered.
Greeks indifferent to EU Nobel peace award ATHENS afP
A surprise decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU has been shrugged off in Greece, the union’s most indebted member facing a sixth year of recession and more austerity pain ordered by the bloc. Hours after the announcement, the Greek foreign ministry issued a somewhat bland statement, calling the award an “incitement” to Europe to continue in the footsteps of its “visionary creators”. Mainstream media buried the story in the inside pages on Saturday, focusing instead on the agonised negotiations between Greece and its EU-IMF creditors on a fresh round of austerity cuts needed to unlock access to badly-needed loans. But comments posted on social media were scathing, while more than seven in 10 people polled by the news portal in.gr said they disagreed with the decision. “I don’t understand why the EU merits a Nobel peace prize,” said Eleni, a 33-yearold communications manager. “When so many people are suffering under brutal cutbacks that will affect their lives for decades, such an award is hypocritical — maybe bankers should get it next year,” she told AFP. Twitter user Costas Liakopoulos tweeted: “A Nobel prize for inflexibility and conservatism will come next. An Old Continent indeed, we’re lucky not to be still at war.” “A Nobel peace award for the EU, whose countries waged war on Libya? It’s ridiculous,” said another user, Punisher13. Greece has benefited from millions of euros in support aid since joining the bloc in 1981 but opinion here has soured during the last three years after ballooning na-
tional debt led to tight budget supervision from Brussels and waves of spending cuts. While most of the anger is directed at Germany, the eurozone economic powerhouse that zealously guards fiscal orthodoxy and is seen here as the instigator of ever-tougher austerity, the EU’s image has also taken a hit. In a Eurobarometer poll in June, over sixty percent of Greeks said the euro was the most important element of European identity. Only 31 percent associated it with democracy and freedom. In response to another question, 45 percent said EU membership was a good thing for Greece, 35 percent were unclear and 19 percent were opposed. As many Greeks see it, fiscal monitoring imposed by the European Commission last decade failed to spot blatant government overspending that brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy in 2010. Alongside the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, the EU is also accused of ignoring evidence that the economic overhaul currently applied in the country is plunging the country into a deepening recession spiral. Since 2009, Greece has trimmed its deficit from 15.6 percent of output in 2009 to 9.0 percent in 2011 and is trying to reduce it to 4.2 percent this year. But this has been achieved at the cost of heavy sacrifices for pensioners and taxpayers who are paying the penalty of the state’s failure to crackdown on tax evasion and corruption. The government thought that extra cuts of 7.8 billion euros ($10 billion) this year would be enough to persuade its international creditors to unblock 31.5 billion euros in blocked loans.
2 coalition members killed in suicide attack: ISAF KANDAHAR afP
A suicide attack killed at least six people including two coalition forces members and four Afghan agents in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, ISAF and local officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Qari Yousif Ahmadi, after the blast that targeted a group of foreign soldiers and Afghan intelligence agents in Maruf district of
Kandahar province. ISAF said in a statement the attack also wounded several coalition civilian members and Afghan National Security Forces. “ISAF can confirm that one coalition forces service member and one coalition forces civilian, along with several ANSF service members, died today in southern Afghanistan,” ISAF spokesman Adam Wojack told AFP. “The injured personnel were evacuated to ISAF medical facilities for treatment,” he said.
The attacker was on foot and detonated his explosives-filled vest at a checkpoint close to an office of NDS, the Afghan intelligence agency, according to Kandahar provincial spokesman Jawed Faisal. “The foreign and Afghan officials were standing at the checkpoint when the attacker blew himself up. “The blast killed four NDS agents and wounded three others. There were some casualties among foreigners too.” he said. The Taliban said the attack killed six foreigners and several Afghan security forces.
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economic compulsions The only way is long term policies
hen economic policies are geared towards bolstering particular regimes the economy goes under and the common man suffers. To gain popularity, Musharraf pursued a consumption based growth policy ignoring long gestation power generation projects. On paper there was seven percent growth, there were millions of new mobile phone users, thousands of new motorbikes and cars on the roads, the later mostly financed through cheap bank loans. Despite gas being in shortage, gas connections were extended to small towns and promised to villages. It was a jobless growth, with hardly any trickledown effect. The policy led to an increasing gap between the richest and the poorest sections of society causing suffering, frustration and anger. The present government adopted the policy of reconciliation that required concessions to powerful groups. Despite a dire need to raise taxes, it declined to bring agricultural income under the tax net, implement the RGST, reform the petroleum sector taxation, privatize the white elephants among the public sector enterprises and resolve the issue of circular debt. It took a populist stand on power sector subsidy which now consumes Rs 140 crore a day. Despite many ministries having been devolved to the provinces, the size of the federal cabinet remains unwieldy to oblige a number of allies. The way demands of the MNAs for funds are being met indicates that fiscal indiscretion is likely to increase in months leading to the elections. The government borrowing, meanwhile, has continued on a high trajectory. In FY 2011-12, the borrowing for budgetary support hit a new peak of Rs 1.231 trillion, up by 75 percent, because of rising fiscal deficit. Thanks to Musharraf’s policies and the subsequent failure of the PPP government to remedy the situation, industrial units cannot work at full capacity due to gas and power shortages. Can Hafeez Sheikh attract Japanese investors when local industrialists are shifting to other countries? Populist policies, reckless borrowing and ruthless spending are bound to lead the country again to the parlor of the IMF. As the current fiscal year is likely to see three governments, the incumbent, the caretaker and the new government, the IMF would in all probability keep Islamabad waiting till a new administration is in place. Unlike fiscal year 2007-08, when there were few borrowers, this time conditions imposed on Pakistan would be as stringent as those on European borrowers. Unless the governments are willing to formulate policies keeping in view the long term interests of the country, there is going to be no end to the economic suffering of the people.
By Humayun Gauhar
he other day in London a friend first introduced me as a journalist and then said, “No, sorry, he’s a writer and publisher and editor – columnist too.” She turned to me and asked in exasperation, “How can one best describe you? You are also a businessman, a restaurateur, a chef and an educator. And dog breeder to boot.” “Gentleman at large,” I suggested unhelpfully. “A little bit of this, a little bit of that, whatever grabs my fancy. Everything I do is my hobby. I really enjoy life, despite its tribulations. I love to see history in the making and don’t get diverted by emotion or how it affects me personally. I’m like a spectator of a drama on a global scale. Some would call it a waste of time.” I got thinking about the word ‘journalist’. Oftentimes the obvious stares one in the face but one doesn’t see it. Obviously the word journalist comes from the word ‘journal’ – someone who writes a regular journal or diary of events and what one makes of them and what one witnesses and hears. Nothing more fancy. In that sense we are all journalists, whether we keep a formal diary or just talk about things. So I’ll write a journal this time about my visit to London to have my eyes checked at the Moorfields Eye Hospital. I don’t want to bore you with the details, but in a nutshell they said that whatever Dr Zeba was doing in Islamabad is perfect and they couldn’t add to or subtract from it in any way. So there: our doctors are as good as any and better than many. We often go running to London not just because sometimes up-to-date treatment for an ailment is not available in Pakistan but also because of our mental colonization, though getting a second opinion from an expert is no bad thing for it reinforces your confidence. In many ways, what’s happening in the UK is much like what’s happening in Pakistan: a woefully declining economy, a flat economic growth rate, acute joblessness, people being thrown out of work, prices sky high and ascending, gas prices going up and making people even more unhappy and a general air of doom and gloom. They are very disappointed that a television entertainer, general do-gooder and
bleeding heart, Jimmy Seville, now dead for a year, has turned out to be a pedophile. Women are emerging by the day to allege that Seville molested them when they were children. Worse, the BBC, that supposed epitome of journalistic norms and standards, apparently knew about it but said nothing for Seville was such a big money making star. Talk of standards in journalism that we try and copy. Our standards have deteriorated over the years too, but British standards in journalism is what one should try and avoid, not emulate. The scandals of the Murdoch papers, how they bugged people’s phones and their cheque book journalism are still ongoing. Actually, print journalism is changing and daily newspapers are fast becoming a thing of the past with television not far behind, what with news getting to people on their phones and tablet computers and what have you. Soon one won’t need a license to start a TV channel but just do programming on YouTube and the like. This is exactly what the maker of the blasphemous video did. God help us. I fear that like currency, the media too might turn out to be another tool of the devil spreading discord and disharmony. Then there’s the news that Lance Armstrong, the greatest ever cyclist, took performance enhancing drugs. Problem is that many others – some say everyone – also took performance enhancing drugs, so why single out just Armstrong? Why, because Armstrong got caught. Why, because just as failure has no friends too much success makes many enemies. The news from Pakistan that caught everyone’s attention was the shooting of the 14-year-old girl Malala Yousufzai by religious terrorists because she started a blog to inform girls when she was only eleven. She is still alive, but only just. It has become axiomatic to say that such people can’t be Muslims, but I’m afraid this is exactly what they are, Muslims by accident of birth, semi-literate but totally uneducated, their minds in the control of bigoted clerics. They know nothing about their faith and follow the dogma, rituals and self-serving interpretations of mullahs masquerading as scholars. Such people are Islam’s greatest enemies and Islam’s enemies are humanity’s enemies because they are enemies of God. When they go about killing and maiming in the name of God they commit blasphemy against God. The good news is that large chunks of Pakistani society has condemned this savagery, so one clutches on to straws and feels that there might be hope yet, just as one feels the same with society wondering about the riots against the blasphemous video a few weeks ago. The big news is the European Union getting the Nobel Peace Prize. It surprised many, not least for lack of imagination. However, if it can go to the likes to the Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat and lately the ridiculous Obama, why not the EU? It is a good project for it has kept the naturally
Malala’s pakistan “only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul”
By Saad Rasool
country consists of a landmass within a certain geographical boundary. A state consists of institutions, military might, economic policies and legal framework. A nation, however, consists of a lot more. A nation is the sum total of the hopes and dreams of each individual residing within it. Afraad ke haatho’n mein hai aqwaam ki taqdeer, har fard hai millat ke mudarrar ka sitara —Iqbal. It is an organism, which grows in triumph and shrinks during tribulations. And by
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virtue of being a living organism, it is susceptible to death. Last week, the nation of Pakistan was delivered a debilitating blow when a group of cowards stopped a van of schoolgirls in Sawat, identified one of them as Malala Yousafzai, and shot her in the head and neck – all in the name of their brand of religion and shariah. Each time that sequence of events is described, I cannot help but analogize how Malala’s story is a depiction of the story of Pakistan itself: Pakistan, like Malala, is young and struggling to educate itself; Pakistan, like Malala, is trying to survive, against all odds, in a war-torn region; Pakistan too has been targeted and shot in the head, not by any outsider, but instead by a group of her own people; and now, lying half-conscious in the intensive care unit with a bullet lodged in the head, Pakistan, like Malala, is also praying for a miracle to breathe life into her once again. And in this very analogy, lies the appeal of the Malala story, which has touched millions of hearts. Like all stories worth telling, this is a story of hope
in unrelenting circumstances and unflinching adversities. But moving away from the symbolism, it is hard to conceive of the malicious aforethought that has gone into the perpetration of this event. Just a few days after a ‘peace rally’, aimed at fostering seeds of dialogue with the ‘enemy within’, this barbaric act has jolted everyone back to reality. Remote-controlled drones are not the only threat to our statehood. The enemy within is real. It is ugly. It is inhumane. And it is beyond reason. It is not persuaded by rhetoric on crimes against humanity, or crimes against the state. It is committing crimes against its own God, and doing so with impunity. The aftermath of the Malala incidence has been disappointing for now. While, on the one hand, the passion and fervor with which our people have been praying for Malala’s health is praiseworthy. On the other hand, impotence of the state in countering this barbaric aggression, and bringing the perpetrators to justice, has been disappointing. We do not need ‘muzammat’ from the president, prime minister, the chief ministers,
warring Europeans from one another’s throats and prevented horrendous wars, as happened twice last century and many times earlier. There is a lot of concern about the Euro that seems terminal: its demise would badly impact the UK and US economies that already seem beyond good and evil anyway given that their respective indebtedness has gone beyond their GDPs. A fatherless common currency without a proper regulator (not that ‘proper’ regulators have been able to do much to prevent the criminality of banks) for such disparate economies that got even more disparate after the collapse of the USSR and its east European satellites was an enterprise in madness that had to go awry. Or perhaps it wasn’t such madness after all on the part of Germany at least for it has helped it establish a high degree of hegemony over the rest of Europe, especially those economies in trouble like Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and growing. Hegemony over Europe is something Germany tried but couldn’t do in two military enterprises last century. This time it tried economically – on the axiom that he who pays the piper calls the tune – but this is failing too and causing Germany grief as well. The most intelligent thing Britain did in a long while was not to join the Euro, but its imperial hangover is keeping the sterling prohibitively over-rated, which has caused it to lose exports and thus its manufacturing base. It is financial services, tourism and shop keeping, as Napoleon said, that keeps the British economy going on the face of it, but for how long? However, if you move around in the circles of the rich and famous you wouldn’t see the decline. High priced restaurants are full and tables are hard to come by. Going to such places makes you feel that nothing has changed; just as the lifestyles of the Pakistani rich with their Birkin bags and third-hand private planes makes one feel that all’s well with the world. “What is everyone bellyaching about?” you wonder. But ask the ordinary middle class Briton and like any middle class Pakistani he will have a litany of woes, the list increasing. Rich people go to private doctors or have medical insurance, but the majority depends on the National Health Service. The NHS is now a shadow of its former self. Food in the supermarkets is genetically modified and stuffed with chemicals and preservatives. Our children don’t know what real chicken tastes like. They stop you from smoking everywhere and a very good thing it is too, but the pollution in London or New York is like smoking a pack a day. If you jog it is more like smoking a carton. Everything said and done, London is the greatest place in the world after home, especially for young people, and may it remain so. One thing London has that home doesn’t – London is not an intellectual wasteland. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
the army chief and political party leaders. The time for condemnation, however strongly worded, has long been over. The nation is now in the ICU with a bullet lodged in the head. We need a surgery, and it needs to happen now. Any delay in this regard will result in permanent disability, even if we somehow manage to save our nation’s life. Options? There are primarily two. One is dialogue, while the other is use of force. Our own history, as well as international experience, bears testament to the idea that violence has never been a successful solution to political problems. And in this moment of passion, despite all temptation, we will do well to be advised of the lessons of history. However, the other option, that of initiating a dialogue of some sort with these wretched souls, is just not something I can stomach suggesting. Two main reasons for that: one, who wants to sit across a table and discuss terms with a faceless man who has just shot your daughter in the head because she wanted to go to school? And two, any initiation of dialogue with them might suggest that their tactics of terror are working, bringing our nation to its knees, and submitting us into accepting terms that are agreeable to them. And this, even if it miraculously solves all problems for now, will set an extremely dangerous precedent for future generations, demonstrating that terror and bar-
barianism (if done belligerently, targeting innocent children) is a workable model for imposing inhumane values within our nation. Malcolm X, the African American revolutionary, once said that each time he saw a black child lynched in America, the anger inside him demanded that he took some part of the ‘system’ (any part!) and broke it. I never really understood what that meant, or what kind of anger and helplessness would compel a man to such thoughts. Until now. Because each time Malala’s interviews are rerun on the television, or her photographs appear with ‘lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri’ playing in the background, I just want to take some part of the ultra-conservative system imposed in our tribal areas (any part) and break it. But then Robert Kennedy’s immortal words must be remembered, “Violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleaning of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.” May that most merciful Allah grant us the wisdom to navigate ourselves, through these violent times, and onto peaceful shores! Amen. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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my dream This letter is to express my concern regarding sad incidents of loss of innocent lives and damage to public and private property on 21 September, 2012 – the day Pakistanis protested in streets in the name of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The protest should have been to register our stance that freedom of expression does not mean crossing limits but what happened that day disgraced all of us. Like somebody said, the movie made in the USA was actually just a trailer, the actual movie was played on all channels of Pakistan on that day. The blasphemy was actually done by the socalled Muslims on the streets of Pakistan. Though, what is done is done but even now if the right minded Pakistanis and Muslims unite we can undo the great wrong done that day through kindness, goodness and welfare activity. We as a nation (not the government) should repay all the damages and along with additional compensation to those whose properties were damaged that day. If we can donate billions and get us out of floods and rains, why can’t we donate a few millions and undo the damages of 21 Sep, 2012? If we are able to do this, then perhaps we will be able to wash away the sin committed on that day. However, this is my vision and a dream only and dreams seldom come true. But maybe, just maybe, if you people are with me then perhaps we can undo a small portion and try to satisfy ourselves. Therefore, as a start, I suggest that we work as a welfare group and fulfill our responsibility towards our own people. CAPT (retd) SYED SHAHID HASSAN Islamabad
a brave act? The White House spokesperson correctly described the attack on Malala as cowardly. After a gap of one day America carried out a brave act by injuring four children in Upper Aurakzai in a drone strike. Before this, they have carried out numerous other brave acts in Afghanistan, like wiping out entire wedding parties. Well done, Uncle Sam, keep on carrying out more brave acts. Dawar Khilji Karachi
Surviving the transition According to a report by the International Crisis Group, ‘Afghanistan: The long hard road to the 2014 transition’, “Afghanistan is far from ready to assume responsibility for security when US and NATO forces withdraw in 2014.” This lack of preparedness by the Afghan makes it difficult to go through a shift of power through the electoral process as “a repeat of previous elections’ chaos and chicanery would trigger a constitutional crisis, lessening chances the present political dispensation can survive the transition.” Considering the current state of unrest in Afghanistan it is surely evident that the political structure is not strong enough to withhold the extra pressure that the transition would thrust upon it. “Plagued by factionalism and
corruption”, Afghanistan is sure to move towards a civil war as the incompetence of the current political system amply exemplifies its inability to maintain law and order needed for a smooth transitional phase where a new political setup may emerge to take charge of the Afghan affairs while the US/Allied forces withdraw by transferring security duties to the Afghan forces. Inherent corruption and rivalries between the state institutions, the established incompetency of the independent electoral commission and the electoral complaints commission has led to a further weakening of the system thus making it extremely fragile. The Karzai government seems to be looking for means of protracting its own presence which is being stated as yet another factor that may lead to further
food crisis Hunger stalks the land. Earlier during the year, the rates of malnutrition in northern Sindh were likened to those prevailing in Chad and Niger. Now, the World Bank has released a report pointing out that inflation in food prices is such that the country’s poorest families spend 70 percent or more of their total income on food alone. In all provinces, says the report, increases in wages have been considerably below those witnessed in the price of wheat. These facts merit serious attention. Such a massive chunk of the household income going on procuring food would have a disastrous domino effect on family welfare. Even among households that do not count among the country’s poorest, families have been forced to divert funds previously spent on education and healthcare towards grocery budgets. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people continue to fall below the poverty line. Consider the long-term effects on a population that is spending virtually all it has to keep body and soul together. Nutritional deficiencies — since prices limit food intake — and consequent ill health will become a reality for millions — perhaps for an entire generation, given how heavily the country’s population demographic is skewed towards the young. This will increase costs incurred by the state in the already strained public health sector. Then, an uneducated and ailing workforce is not a productive workforce. In the future, Pakistan could witness falling levels of income generation in terms of individuals and the state itself, with direct links to the current situation of hunger and malnutrition. Pakistan needs to do all it can to turn away from this grim trajectory. First, it is vital that food inflation be brought under control and social safety nets put in place. Second, as the World Bank suggests, Pakistan needs to increase its agricultural policymaking capacity — our spending on agricultural research is currently 30 percent below
instability. Karzai is found criticizing the US forces for not doing enough in curbing terrorism in the neighboring Pakistan while blaming Pakistan for aiding terrorism in the region. This hostility among the key stakeholders creates mistrust and leads to more instability in the already terror infected region. Answering back, Leon Panetta says “It would be helpful if the president, every once in a while, expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for Afghanistan, rather than criticizing them.” Pakistan too has been suffering for sharing a long and porous border with Afghanistan and keep on doing in case of a civil war as the fallouts are likely to be borne by it equally. Despite being aware that resolving the electoral administration
that of Bangladesh. Finally, the state can launch a public awareness campaign exhorting and teaching citizens to grow their own produce wherever possible, perhaps providing seeds at subsidized rates. Concerted efforts and political will could achieve significant results. RIZWAN KHAN Karachi
in a bind This is with reference to a letter regarding nonavailability of shock absorbers that appeared in the media recently. I totally sympathize with the writer as I am in the same spot. I had also recently bought an imported 660 cc used car called Mira. A couple of weeks back, I met an accident in which one of the headlights of my car was broken and the radiator was badly damaged. After searching in the market and in Shershah car junkyard, I found that the radiator is not available anywhere in Pakistan. On asking about other options, I was informed that the radiator could be imported from Dubai but it would cost me Rs 30,000. I am new junior executive in a company and was barely able to buy this reconditioned car. To have my car running again, I will either have to import the radiator from Dubai which I cannot afford or dump my car at a junkyard and lose my precious investment. SAMI-UR-REHMAN Islamabad
Open your eyes When in 2009 Pakistan Army decided to launch an operation in Swat to flush out the terrorists, they were vowing their resolve not to allow anyone to establish a state within state. Army was successful to an extent and terrorists were driven out of the
and related constitutional disputes is the only means to strengthen the system, Karzai seems too preoccupied with safeguarding his own office. The Afghan government would do its people a great favor to immediately announce a date for the presidential election and take all steps to ensure transparency during the process. Constitutional defects need to be rectified and the state institutions need to be re-aligned with each other. Security needs to be enhanced and rule of law needs to be reinforced throughout the country so that chances of rigging during elections are reduced. Surely, that is the minimum that the Karzai government do to play its role in the region instead of pointing towards others for not doing enough. LUBNA UMAR Islamabad
valley, though that now appears to be a tactical retreat. Attack on Malala Yousafzai, Oct 9, proves that all is not well in the valley. This unfortunate attack is an obvious outcome of an incomplete agenda as Taliban are not limited to Swat valley only. They are there all over the Pakistan; have already established their writ in the tribal areas and are now threatening rest of the country. Is attack on Malala good enough to open our eyes to the dangers country is facing? Vows, talks, speeches, editorials, articles are not adequate to stand in the way of barbarity and wickedness of the terrorists. Pakistan military, government, politicians, civil society and most importantly Taliban Apologists have to wake up. Taliban Apologists can no more justify their aggression as a reaction of drone attacks. They need to understand that drone is a product of Taliban; it’s not the other way around. Let Taliban seize their activities, stop cross-border and inside country terrorism, free the tribal areas population being hostage for last many years, kick out all the foreigners; drones attacks will stop the very next day. It is a fight against an ideology whose followers are determined to enforce it at gun point. Therefore, our response shall be two-fold —- use of state force to subside the terrorists’ strength, and then negate their twisted religious beliefs on ideological front. Time is running out for Pakistanis. Taliban are on the forefront to radicalize the entire population; if not stopped at this stage, will convert the country into an epicenter of terrorism in the world. Army can’t make a dent until they refuse to accept certain mosques and madrassas, which are breeding grounds for terrorists, as no-go areas for them. Post Malala attack, onus is on civilian government and army to act. And act not only in tribal areas but shall flush out Taliban from cities and towns all across the country. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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12 Critics verdict: Watch Aiyya just for Rani Matt damon: I blame my grey hair on my daughters
cToR Matt damon says his daughters are responsible for his grey hair. The 42-year-old, who raises Alexia, 14, Isabella, six, Gia, four and 23-month-old Stella with wife luciana, believes his grey hair are all down to parenthood and often teases his daughters about it, reported Us magazine. “I point out all of the grey and I say to my daughters, `you did this and you did this and you did this`. They really think it`s funny. They dyed the grey out for `we Bought a Zoo`, but I was like, `I like my grey hair`. I`m proud of it,” he said. Right now damon has his head shaved for an upcoming role but says it is not a problem as he has a “beanie”. nEWs DEsK
Sylvester Stallone to star in `Grudge Match
ollywood stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert de Niro are all set to come together for Peter Segal`s boxing comedy ‘Grudge Match’. The `Rocky` legend has signed up to play a retired fighter, who decides to re-enter the boxing ring and face off against de Niro`s alter-ego in the upcoming warner Bros action comedy, reported a website. “Stallone and de Niro are on board as they`re both fans of the director and have both sent themselves up in comedies in recent years. If they go head-to-head in the ring it will certainly be a little piece of Hollywood history,” a source said. Both stars are well known for portraying boxers in the past Sylvester, 66, has appeared in six ‘Rocky’ movies and 69-year-old de Niro won an oscar for his portrayal of Jake la Motta in ‘Raging Bull’. Rumours of the film have circulated since october 2010, but it has officially been given the go-ahead after the leading men successfully re-negotiated their roles. Segal will be directing and doug Ellin, creator of hit TV show `Entourage`, is currently working on a re-draft of the script. Kevin Hart, who starred in ‘Think like A Man’ and ‘The Five year Engagement’ this year, is on board to play the fight promoter who gets the retired boxers back in the ring for the ultimate face-off. The film is expected to being production in 2013. nEWs DEsK
Johansson flirts with lilo’s friend
ollywood actress Scarlett Johansson was spotted `completely flirting` with lindsay lohan`s artist friend domingo Zapata at a nightclub. The 27-year-old ‘Avengers Assemble’ actress was here dressed down in a T-shirt and glasses having plenty of fun with Zapata, reported a website. “Scarlett looked like she was completely flirting with domingo,” a source said. Johansson also hung out with actor Sam Rockwell, who arrived following a screening for his latest movie, ‘Seven Psychopaths’ but her low-key look confused many of the nightspot`s revellers. “I didn`t even recognise her,” an onlooker said. Johansson, who was married to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011, appeared to be enjoying without her advertising executive boyfriend Nate Taylor to the nightspot.nEWs DEsK
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IYYAA is a desi film at heart. The first half seems stretched. Many might find its loud, outré storytelling style somewhat difficult to comprehend. Rani is a complete natural and glides through her part with brilliance, feel critics. Sachin Kundalkar’s story is as crazy as it gets and he’s translated it beautifully on screen. The characters have been developed so finely that every time any two of them meet, there’s something interesting bound to happen. And for once, it just isn’t the routine runningaround-trees. He gives us a heroine who loves her Bollywood and wants to live it as well. On the other hand, we have an artist whose life is in stark contrast to his admirer,” writes Roshni Devi, Koimoi.com. “But even with all the expertise, you do get bored of Meenakshi chasing Surya after a while. While it’s really novel to see a heroine enamoured by the scent of her hero, the stalking gets repetitive after a while. Some of the detours in the screenplay seem unnecessary and needlessly lengthen the film,” says Devi. “On the flipside, it takes time to get the hang of things. Also, the first half seems stretched, with a few unnecessary sequences adding to the run time. But the second hour more than compensates for the deficiencies,” adds Adarsh. “Many might find its loud, outré storytelling style somewhat difficult to comprehend and digest, especially in the context of the film’s slice-of-life love story predicated on a willing suspension of disbelief. Aiyyaa, Sachin Kundalkar’s first Hindi film on the back of three critically applauded Marathi-language features, revels in flying against expectations with complete abandon,” says Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV. PERfORMANCES: “Rani Mukerji might have Agabai-ed, Aiyaa-ed and Issh-ed more than a dozen times on screen but the gal is wonderful! Rani lives it as Meenakshi with all the narcissism, over the top drama, unquestioning love and she does it beautifully throughout. Prithviraj gets very little to do as Surya but he
manages well,” says Devi. “Aiyyaa is what it is for varied reasons and one of them is Rani’s livewire act. A complete natural, Rani glides through her part with brilliance. An accomplished actor, who can handle the comic sequences with as much flourish as the emotional ones, Rani is absolutely ravishing. Prithviraj, who has several South Indian films to his credit, does a super job in his first Hindi outing. He has striking screen presence, has worked hard to get in shape, but most importantly, he is a damn confident actor,” feels Adarsh. “Rani’s a livewire as the madcap Meenakshi – her attempt to be part of the rising range of heroine-centric films - but after a point she seems to be trying too hard to impress with her histrionics. And you certainly feel so when she tries to pull off the Marathi accent. Though the reigning diva sounds believable when she’s speaking in Surya’s mother tongue (she learns the South Indian language to impress the handsome hunk). As mentioned earlier the supporting cast does a good job at making you laugh and sometimes cry as their acts get monotonous. And all those women think who think Bollywood always exploits the fairer-sex to heighten the hot-o-metre in movies, Aiyyaa is your film. South film actor Prithviraj’s the eye-candy in this plot. He’s mostly there to show-off his well-sculpted physique and lend oomph and sizzle to the wacky comedy. But sadly that’s all he does when he’s not throwing intense glances at Meenakshi,” feels Parekh. “Rani, though showing signs of ageing, does a good job and entertains through most parts of the film, when she is not trying too hard to entertain. Meenakshi is just an extension of Bubbly from Bunty aur Bubly. Although she is not as rebellious, she is bold and despite staying grounded, she dares to dream. Rani, singlehandedly carries the entire film with dramatic portrayals and amazing dance sequences,” says Sikka. DIRECTION: “Sachin Kundalkar has directed the movie very well though it lags in many parts. The visuals of the colours and the art have been done so masterfully that you want to give most of the credit to
Amalendu Choudary for the mesmerizing cinematography,” feels Devi. “Although the plot is innovative, but skeletal, what keeps the film going is Sachin Kundalkar’s ability to stumble upon humor in the most ordinary situations. In fact, a number of sequences merit a mention here, but that would ruin the fun. Sachin catches the pulse of the Maharashtrian backdrop and does immense justice to the written material,” says Adarsh. “Sachin Kundalkar starts out well, but while juggling between Marathi matrimonials and midnightmasala, his plot goes ‘wakda’ (read: digresses). After a few giggles, erotic gasps, and gaanas (Amit Trivedi), the story stretches pointlessly and loses its scent,” says Mukherjee. “The director had the potential of producing something way better with the kind of team he had at his disposal, however, he fails to do so,” feels Sikka. CONCLUSION: “Aiyyaa is quirkily different and is worth watching for all the characters. But the sniffing and chasing gets a bit annoying,” says Devi. “On the whole, there are reasons aplenty as to why Aiyyaa becomes a deserving watch. It’s arresting, amusing, entertaining and of course, thoroughly enjoyable, with Rani’s splendid act, refreshingly different plot, winsome songs, pleasant humor and terrific moments as its aces. Don’t miss it!” concludes Adarsh. “Aiyyaa is triumphant because its originality matches the director’s assured film-making. Kundalkar is a director with a confident, uninhibited stamp,” says Sharma. “Even with such a talented ensemble, this one turns into a cultural showpiece, and gets lost in translation. That’s the sad-partumm!” feels Mukherjee. “Aiyyaa takes time to warm up, slips into dull patches at times and occasionally teeters on the edge of a certain dissonance. But the subversive spirit that drives the absurdist core of Aiyyaa is well worth embracing,” says Chatterjee. “Though the film is limited by cheesy dialogues and prosaism, it proves to be an entertainer and a definite treat for every Rani Mukerji fan,” says Sikka. CouRTEsy HT
EMMA’S StAlkEr tError In woodS
OVIE beauty Emma Watson screamed in terror when she was confronted in woods by a stalker. The 22year-old Brit was filming in the US when the weirdo tried to hand her a letter. An insider said Emma recognised him as a man suspected of haunting her before. They added: “The man managed to slip on to the set with some visitors and then approached her. “She recognised him from hanging around outside her house and screamed. “He took off into the woods and was chased by security and a couple of the tough stunt guys who also happen to be martial arts fighters. “They caught up with him in the woods. “Police were called and he was removed by security. “It was really creepy. Emma was really shaken up and was given some time to compose herself.” Emma — Hermione
in the Harry Potter films and whose latest film is The Perks of Being a Wallflower — has been shooting biblical epic Noah in Oyster Bay, Long Island. It also stars Russell Crowe and Sir Anthony Hopkins and is due for release in spring 2014. The source said: “It’s been a really tough shoot for her. “The movie has been gruelling anyway and this left a very sinister feeling hanging over the set.” The man was not arrested or charged but was warned about trespassing. Emma was stalked by a man in his 20s when she was just 16. She was given a bodyguard after he gatecrashed lectures she was attending during the first year of her A Levels. Last year assigned a fulltime police protection officer and the FBI were alerted after receiving sinister letters from a stalker while studying at Brown University in Rhode Island. nEWs DEsK
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Justin timberlake is a hopeless romantic
INGER Justin Timberlake, who is engaged to actress Jessica Beil, is hopeless romantic, says his former N-Sync bandmate lance Bass. “I think Justin was ready to marry when he was 14. He`s always been a hopeless romantic and always in love. And he`s had amazing, amazing relationships and very long relationships. He`s never been one of those that dates a girl here and there...He`s a relationship guy,” usmagazine.com quoted Bass as saying. Bass praised Beil and said she is the perfect woman for his friend. He said: “well, to me, I just love that she`s a guy`s gal. She can get right in there and talk basketball, football and drink a beer with you, and that`s what he needs. He needs someone who can hang with the guys.” “And she has not aged a bit. My first acting job — I did 7th Heaven with her — and I look completely different.” nEWs DEsK
I’m miserable : kristen Stewart
N Actress Kristen Stewart admits she is “miserable” and never sure when she is happy. The 22-year-old, who recently split from her “Twilight” co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson after she was caught cheating with director Rupert Sanders, admits she occasionally finds happiness when she is pushing herself “to the limits”, but otherwise tends to be sad. “I’m a miserable. I’m not sure if I’m most happy when I’m comfortable and content or when I’m pushing myself to the limits. There are such different versions of happy. And I really appreciate both,” femaelfirst.co.uk quoted Stewart as saying. Now Kristen and Robert are together again but rumours are that R-Patz is secretly dating a mystery woman. CouRTEsy Toi
kJo’s letter is a priceless possession for me: Alia Bhatt N
EWCOMER Alia Bhatt, who features in Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan, is all set for the film’s release. The actress recalls KJo’s touching gesture, “Karan Johar had personally written a letter to all the three (Sidharth, Varun, Alia) that we received with a box of our film’s music cds. To me, he wrote, ‘You will always be the Shanaya of my life.’ Shanaya is my character in the film. It was an emotional and sweet message for me and I am grateful to Karan for that.
For me it’s a priceless possession.” The debutante is nervous as the film’s release date draws closer. “But the promotional schedules are keeping me so busy and occupied that I am not actually feeling it,” she says. On her experience of promoting SOTY, Alia says, “The event activities are fun. When we see a huge crowd, it surprises us because we don’t expect them to actually turn up for newcomers like us. But when they meet and interact with us, it is overwhelming. We are more happy to see them than they are to see us.” As for the audience,
Alia feels, “All those who want to relive their college days should go and watch the film. Also, we need their support.” When asked about her student days, Alia adds, “I was an average student and not interested in studies. I was more interested in the extracurricular activities and would actively participate in dramatics, sports and elocution competitions. The day I was leaving school, the last day, I felt I was leaving my family behind.” Student Of The Year, produced by Dharma Productions, releases October 19. CouRTEsy Toi
Humaima to compete with Vidya
NNE Humaima Mallick strong show in Bol has bagged her a nomination in the best actress category at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSAs), for which Vidya Balan is also in competition for her role in The dirty Picture. Bol is a superb piece of art by Shoaib Mansoor that shares a lot of emotions and dares the audience to take a deeper look into the Pakistani society. Humaima Malik is very strong in her character and she portrays the agony of her situation and her feelings for her mother without missing any note. Vidya played southern sex siren Silk Smitha in the Ekta Kapoor produced movie, which won her accolades. They are competing alongside names like Korean actress cho Min-soo (Pieta), Russian actress darya Ekamasova (once Upon a Time There lived a Simple woman) and Philippenes-based Nora Aunor (Thy womb), according to the official APSA website. India has other nominations too at the APSAs, scheduled in Brisbane Nov 23. Acclaimed filmmaker Anurag Kashyap stands a chance to win the prize for achievement in direction for his crime thriller Gangs of wasseypur, and Manoj Bajpayee is nominated in the best actor category for the same movie. sTaff REPoRT
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Infotainment 14 Surfing and instagram make for incredible photos Mystery giant eyeball may be squid’s
H, Instagram. The photo sharing that can’t be stopped. Its gauzy filters have moved far beyond brunch photos and whimsical shoe-shots to become a hit in all sorts of other subjects, sports included. Teams, athletes and fans from the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and pro soccer leagues have all flocked to the service to document and promote. But perhaps no sports translates to Instagram as well as surfing. Give it just a little thought, and it’s not hard to see why: Nature, waves and extreme situations are a pretty enticing recipe for photo success. For a deeper look, we recently caught up with Aaron Carrera, social
media editor at Surfer magazine. Surfer has 116,000 followers on Instagram — from what we can tell, easily the most popular account related to the sport. (Its Instagram handle is @surfer_magazine.) Carrera says the magazine has increasingly used Instagram over the past year to build its online community, promote the work of its all-star photographers and stay relevant to readers while they’re on the go. Lately they’ve even found success bringing fans back to their online store by posting occasional pictures of merchandise. “We have the world’s best surf photographers and they’re on board with what we’re doing socially — they understand it’s helping them as
Smaller iPad to be revealed october 23
Apple Inc. is set to reveal a smaller, cheaper version of the iPad at an event on Oct. 23, according to several reports published Friday. The reports from Bloomberg News, and the AllThingsD blog are based on unnamed sources “familiar with the plans.” Apple Inc. hasn’t said anything about a smaller tablet, a concept company founder Steve Jobs derided two years ago. But company-watchers have assumed for months that an “iPad mini” will appear before the holiday season. The screen is reportedly about half the size of the iPad’s, which measures 9.7 inches diagonally. Analysts speculate the starting price of the device could be about $299. With the device, Apple could close an opening in the tablet market for rivals like Amazon.com Inc., whose Kindle Fire is half the size of the iPad and starts at $199. Google Inc. and Barnes and Noble Inc. also sell tablets in the same size and price range. Apple’s event would occur three days before Microsoft Corp. releases Windows 8, the new version of its operating system. Microsoft will be releasing its “Surface” tablets with the software. Apple’s stock rose $1.61 on Friday to close at $629.71. aGEnCiEs
well as our brand,” Carrera tells Mashable. “We’re sharing photos fans can relate to and appreciate.” Shots from renowned and gorgeous surf spots around the world have become highly sharable for the magazine, routinely picking up more than 15,000 likes from the magazine’s followers. Zak Noyle is one photographer whose images are especially popular, and some of his work appears in the gallery above. Despite surfing’s unique status and his magazine’s advantageous position for Instagram engagment, Carrera looks to the more mainstream sports world for ideas as well. “I follow a lot of other magazines, like Sports Illustrated, to see what they’re doing,” he says. “I’m a
huge San Francisco Giants fan, too, so I like to see how they manage posting photos just of the team while also incorporating the marketing aspect of it too. They do a really good job of blending marketing and team content.” So what makes a surf photo pop on Instagram? Not totally unique to the sport, Carrera points to striking colors, unique angles and — of course — sunsets as reliable ingredients for success. But there’s still that ethereal bit of surfing magic that can’t be replicated. “Instagram just gives people a quick little getaway,” he says. “If they’re stuck in their cubicle, they can get this quick little escape to Bali and think about where they want to go surfing next.” nEWs DEsK
Dog with no snout taken to US for treatment A dog that earned hero status in the Philippines for losing its snout in a motorcycle crash and saving two girls in the process, has been brought to the United States for treatment. The dog, called Kabang, got its injuries when it walked into the path of a speeding motorcycle just as it was about to hit two young girls crossing a road last December in the Philippines, local media reported. Kabang, a mixed breed who resembles a German shepherd, got her head caught in the motorcycle’s front wheel. The crash ripped off her snout and upper jaw. A nurse from New York initiated an internet campaign that raised around $20,000 for Kabang to be taken to the US for reconstructive surgery. “Kabang was able to save the lives of two children. So now she needs our
help. It’s our turn to save her life,” vet Anton Lim said. After a send-off ceremony that included a motorcade with 300 dogs, a team of Filipino veterinarians brought Kabang to the United States early this week. Surgeons at the University of California Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital examined
HE huge, blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large sword fish, said Heather Bracken-Grissom, an assistant professor in the marine science program at Florida International University in Miami. A man found the eyeball while taking a morning stroll along Pompano Beach just north of Fort Lauderdale. He contacted state wildlife officials, who took possession of the softball-sized eyeball. As soon as pictures hit the Internet on Thursday, Bracken-Grissom said she started talking with her colleagues. “Any time something weird and crazy washes up on the beach, it’s definitely interesting,” she said. The professor and her colleagues concluded that the eyeball’s lens and pupil are similar in shape to that of a deep sea squid. She noted that a deep sea squid’s eyeball can be as large as a soccer ball and can easily become dislodged. The mystery likely won’t be solved until testing on the eyeball is completed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. “Something like this gets the public very excited about the mysterious realm of the ocean,” she said. aGEnCiEs
des Moines baby a numerologist’s delight
dream alignment for numerologists has come true in the delivery room of a Des Moines hospital. The Des Moines Register reports that Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians. So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-1112-13-14. Laila’s mother, 26-year-old Katie Deremiah, of Des Moines, says she had a feeling Thursday would be the day, even though the due date was Oct. 19. Laila’s father, 26-year-old Ryan Fitzgerald, told The Register that he would buy a lottery ticket as soon as he left the hospital. aGEnCiEs
the dog ahead of a procedure called maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. The doctors have no plans of making a prosthetic snout or replacing the dog’s jaw, US media reported the hospital as saying. Kabang is expected to be in the veterinary hospital for six weeks. CouRTEsy TT
World’s most expensive cocktail Famed cocktail bartender Salvatore Calabrese has broken the Guinness World Records mark for creating the most expensive cocktail in history. “I’m not only going to make the most expensive cocktail in the world but surely the world’s oldest cocktail,” Calabrese says in a video documenting the eponymous “Salvatore’s Legacy” at the Playboy Club London. He notes that the ingredients used have a combined age of more than 700 years: “730 years of history,” he says. “Truly a liquid history in a glass.” For the rest of us, sipping the concoction will cost a hefty $8,824. ShortList Magazine explains that the four ingredients used to make the cocktail are hundreds of years old: a 1778 Clos de Griffier vieux cognac, a 1770 Kummel liqueur, a circa 1860 Dubb orange Curacao and two dashes of Angostura bitters dating from around 1900. Calabrese surpassed the previous record holder, a high-end Old Fashioned made by the Skyview Bar in Dubai and worth a reported $6,054.30. aGEnCiEs
rubik’s Cube championships begin in Poland
UNDREDS of contestants have come to Poland to try and crack the fiendishly difficult Rubik’s Cube in the quickest time. Hundreds of contestants from 26 countries have flocked to Poland to show off their talents in the Rubik’s Cube European Championships. Competitors have to take part in a range of different Rubik’s Cube tasks, including solving the 2 x 2, 7 x 7 and 3 x 3 designs. Michal Pleskowicz, the 2011 world champion, gave some advice about how to be good at Rubik’s Cube. “The most important thing for doing cubes is to think fast and foresee following situations. Then, with time, you get the speed in your fingers,” he said. Pleskowicz’s average time for solving Rubik’s Cube is 8.65 seconds. CouRTEsy TT
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PCB to bring new faces after World T20 exit LAHORE sTaff REPoRT
HE Pakistan Cricket Board is considering moving beyond some of the senior players after the World T20 semifinal defeat and is now looking for option of replacements. According to reports, PCB is seriously mulling over dropping some of the senior players like Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Shoaib Malik for the forthcoming limited-over series against India. The two neighbouring countries are going to take on each other in a bilateral series for the
first time since the Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan’s tour of India will include three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and a couple of T20s. Pakistan qualified for the semi-finals of the recently-concluded ICC World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka, but failed to proceed in the event after being thrashed by the hosts in the allimportant fixture. Some of the former cricketers and media are not happy with the underperforming senior players and have been calling for their exclusion from the squad. According to a senior official in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), a high-level meeting is going to take place in Lahore very soon to decide the
PCB seeks unedited tapes of sting from India tV LAHORE: The inquiry committee of Pakistan Cricket Board as the reports suggested requested India TV to provide unedited tapes and transcripts of the sting operation conducted against two Pakistani umpires Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui, who have been suspended from officiating in domestic and international matches. In a letter sent to Rajat Sharma, chairman and editor-inchief, India TV, Barrister Salman Naseer, member, PCB inquiry committee has requested India TV to send its fate of some of the experienced players, who failed to help their team qualify for the final in Sri Lanka. “Pakistan cricket’s think-tank will sit down at the PCB headquarters here over the next two days in a bid to come out with a blueprint for success ahead of the national team’s groundbreaking tour of India,” the source said. “There is a big question mark on the performance of several senior players including former captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib
undercover reporters associated with the sting operation for interview in Lahore, or if not possible, the committee would be willing to visit New Delhi to interview the undercover reporters. The letter said, PCB has set up the inquiry committee to probe into the matter in an exhaustive manner and submit a detailed report of its findings. India TV has stated that it would be ready to provide all unedited tapes and transcripts of the sting operation to facilitate a free and fair probe. sTaff REPoRT
Malik.” There are a number of budding players coming through the ranks of domestic cricket in the country, having done exceedingly well in the Quaid-eAzam Trophy over the last couple of years. The selection committee, headed by the former left-arm spinner, Iqbal Qasim, wants to give opportunities to the fresh talent but it remains a mystery that they should be tried in such a
Deccan Chargers ejected from IpL
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Indian Premier League side Deccan Chargers has been expelled from the tournament, the cricket board said on Saturday, despite a last-ditch effort by the team owners to pull
it back from the brink. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the termination of the franchise stands after Deccan Chronicle Holdings, owners of the team, failed to meet a Friday deadline to submit $19 million as guarantee money. The BCCI now is free to decide whether to float a new tender to replace the IPL franchise belonging to the fi-
nancially strapped Deccan Chronicle, a media company, unless the team's owners opt to take the case to a higher court. The BCCI, which owns the popular IPL tournament, had terminated the Chargers last month over a series of violations including non-payment of player's fees, but the decision was challenged by the team owners in the Bombay High Court. The court appointed an arbitrator to hear the dispute and also asked the owners to pay up the guarantee money as a pre-condition of remaining in the tournament. The Deccan Chronicle, which bought the team for $107 million before the inaugural IPL in 2008, announced Friday it had agreed to sell the franchise to a Mumbai-based real estate company. The owners did not reveal how much the deal was worth but local media reports put the figure at around $190 million. But the Deccan Chronicle still failed to pay the guarantee money by the stipulated time and the court refused to extend the payment deadline. The franchise again approached the arbitrator who passed a "status quo order" late on Friday. The BCCI appealed the arbitrator's order on Saturday and the court ruled in favour of the BCCI. "The Honourable High Court was pleased to stay the order of the arbitrator after hearing both the parties. Thus, the termination of DC (Deccan Chargers) franchise stands," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement. 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. The Chargers won the tournament in 2009 but finished second-last this season. There was no immediate comment from the Deccan Chronicle, which has been facing a cash crunch due to large loans taken out by the media group.
Ban spot-fixers for life, says Muralitharan SINGAPORE REuTERs
Anyone involved in spot-fixing should be banned for life, former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said on Saturday, days after six umpires were provisionally suspended for allegedly agreeing to fix matches. Hindi-language India TV showed footage on Monday of what the news channel said was officials from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka negotiating deals with under-cover reporters to affect the outcome of matches. Pakistan's Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka's Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage were all seen agreeing to give favourable decisions in exchange for umpiring contracts and money. Shah and Ghauri have denied the charges. The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed the suspension on Wednesday ahead of investigations and Muralitharan, the leading wicket taker both in test and one-day internationals, said anyone found guilty deserved the severest punishment. "Definitely, people that do these things should be punished for life. They, at any level, should not be
tolerated," the 40-year-old said in an interview in Singapore on Saturday. "I think the ICC are doing the right thing... if they are found guilty, they will definitely be punished." The latest case of spot-fixing was another blot on the sport which suffered a wave of negative head-
lines when three Pakistani internationals were found guilty of spot-fixing during a test series in England two years ago. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in Britain for their roles in a gambling-inspired plot to bowl no-balls at pre-arranged times during a test match at London's Lord's Cricket Ground in August 2010. In May, another sting operation by India TV led to the Indian cricket board banning one uncapped player for life and handing out lesser punishments to four others for involvement in corruption in domestic cricket. Muralitharan, who took 800 test wickets in a glittering career to go with 534 from one-dayers, backed the ICC and said it was good that people were being caught and not allowed to get away with damaging the sport. "I think they (the ICC) are doing the right things but there are always bad eggs in everything," the off-spinner known more commonly as 'Murali' said. "In society there are good people and bad people and it has always been like that, but fortunately they get caught so that means cricket is getting cleaner and cleaner. "I think ICC are doing a lot of education (programmes for players). Cricket boards, match referees, management (are
also) educating, so there is enough education." While Muralitharan has retired from international cricket after nearly two decades of bamboozling batsmen, he continues to ply his trade in the lucrative world of Twenty20. He is contracted to play one more season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has signed up for a season with the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash which starts in December. "Definitely, IPL is one of the big tournaments in the world, Big Bash as well. I'm playing in the Big Bash, hopefully for the first time and hopefully I will do well in Australia. "One more year I will play for the Royal Challengers and we will see after (that). See how my form goes," he said of his future beyond those tournaments. Muralitharan's appearances down under could also bring the Sri Lankan up against sprint king Usain Bolt, with the multiple Olympic champion rumoured to be discussing dropping his running spikes for a brief spell in the tournament. "(I would) Love to meet him, he is one of the greatest sportsmen in the world, everyone loves him so hopefully we score so many runs and he chases the ball," Muralitharan laughed.
high-profile series or not. “The PCB think-tank has to decide their fate. Many believe that Pakistan should infuse young blood in the national team but others argue that dropping senior players for a high-pressure series against India might backfire,” he added. Majority of the Pakistan players are currently taking part in the President’s Trophy, looking to prove their form and fitness to the selectors.
ingram stings cobras in South african Series
Warriors middle-order batsman Colin Ingram provided the 80-run highlight Friday of a South African Cricket Series game with Cape Cobras. Ingram struck 10 fours off 168 deliveries in a 225-minute stand before being caught in the covers at Boland Park in Paarl as the visiting Warriors compiled 266, and a four-run first innings lead. Cobras were 24-0 at the close -- 20 runs ahead with all the second innings wickets intact -- and the stage is set for an exciting final two days between teams seeking a second victory of the young season. Cobra Rory Kleinveldt, promoted to the national team for a three-Test series in Australia next month, followed up a 36 that included three sixes by capturing three wickets for 51 runs with Vernon Philander (3-57) equally productive. Storms and torrential rain meant no play was possible for the second consecutive day between Dolphins and Knights at Pietermaritzburg Oval. SCORES: At Paarl Cape Cobras 262 (A. Gray 67, D. Vilas 45, R. Kleinveldt 36; J. Smuts 3-22, A. Birch 2-30, W. Parnell 2-30) and 24-0 v Warriors 266 (C. Ingram 80, A. Prince 53, S. Harmer 33 no; Kleinveldt 3-51, V. Philander 3-57) At Pietermaritzburg Dolphins v Knights -- no play because of waterlogged pitch Byes: Lions, Titans (holders)
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Sports 16 del Piero scores as Sydney lose before big crowd
CJ de Villiers, openers lead Titans to big win CENTURION CRiCinfo
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Italian maestro Alessandro Del Piero scored his first goal in the Australian A-league Saturday but it was not enough to prevent his Sydney FC from going down 3-2 to the Newcastle Jets in a charged match. Del Piero curled in a majestic free kick to open his A-League account in his second match in Australia but the Jets profited from slack Sydney defence with former England international Emile Heskey among their goalscorers. The presence of the 37-year-old Juventus legend generated a near-capacity 35,000 crowd in Sydney and he didn't disappoint with another classy display trying to lift his team after falling 2-1 behind at halftime. Del Piero equalised with a brilliantly-taken free kick in the 26th minute, dipping his set-piece over the defensive wall and into the net to a massive roar. "We are not happy, we fought back later but we have to do better for our next game," Del Piero said. "My goal was not enough and I want to score more goals for Sydney this season." But Sydney, 2-0 losers to Wellington Phoenix last week, were their own worst enemies with a shaky defence and former Beijing Guoan striker Ryan Griffiths netting in the 11th minute and providing the final ball for the Jets' other two goals. Heskey also opened his A-League account with a twisting volley off a Griffiths cross in the 41st minute before he was substituted seven minutes from the end.
ACQUES Rudolph and Henry Davids launched the Champions League Twenty20 in a blaze of boundaries and the Titans' fast bowlers used their knowledge of home conditions to ensure Perth Scorchers' chase never got going. While Rudolph and Davids feasted on the numerous length deliveries on offer on their way to an opening stand of 109 in 12.2 overs, Titans' quicks, led by Cornelius de Villiers, pegged Scorchers' top order back with several short-of-alength balls. After putting Titans in on a greentinged pitch and watching Rudolph and Davids hit boundaries at will, Scorchers did come back at the death to restrict the home team to 163 on a ground which is considered difficult to defend - Titans once made 222 here against Cape Cobras and lost. At one stage, the home side looked set to achieve a total in excess of 190, but the way their attack bowled to the pitch, the 163 that their openers set up for them was more than enough. It was Davids who had taken charge initially, stepping out to the Scorchers quicks, who were not exactly bothering him with pace, and lofting them over the infield. The introduction of the chinaman bowler Brad Hogg restricted the runs from one end for a while but Davids broke free with a flat pulled six off Ben Edmondston, before showing off his timing by flicking the bowler into the deep midwicket rope for another six. That stroke took Davids to 43 off 23 but he eased off after that, struggling to find the same fluency against the spin-
ners Hogg and Michael Beer. Davids managed only 11 of his next 14 deliveries before being bowled by Beer. The team run-rate didn't suffer,
though, as Rudolph had assumed charge even as Davids tapered off. Skipping away repeatedly to the leg side against the quicks, he was able to slice and stab
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them for boundaries over point. Rudolph took on Hogg in his final over, lofting him over extra cover for six and cutting him past point for four. He administered the same dose to Mitchell Marsh, taking three more fours in the 17th over, but Nathan Rimmington was to hit back for Scorchers. Bowling a mix of yorkers, full deliveries and slower ones, Rimmington conceded just five in two overs as a tiring Rudolph and incoming batsmen found it difficult to accelerate. Scorchers were not chasing too many, but Titans' fast bowlers did not give them the length to drive, and the pressure showed soon. Ethy Mbahalati began the squeeze, getting his first delivery, in the third over, to probably hit one of the many thin cracks on the pitch and rear up alarmingly from a good length past Shaun Marsh. Mbahalati kept it back of a length for the rest of the over, which went for just four. In the next over, Shaun Marsh chased a wide one from de Villiers and was caught at slip. Two balls later, Marcus North inside-edged an incoming shortish delivery onto his stumps. Herschelle Gibbs and Simon Katich hung around for a while, but managed only two boundaries in 47 deliveries between them, reflecting the discipline of the Titans' attack. Mitchell Marsh treated the sizeable Centurion crowd to some big hits on his way to an unbeaten fifty, but Scorchers had already lost the game when they came second-best at the start of both innings. SORES: Titans 163 for 4 (Rudolph 83*, Davids 54, Rimmington 2-20) beat Perth Scorchers 124 for 7 (M Marsh 52*, C de Villiers 3-16) by 39 runs.
afridi apologises but not retiring LAHORE sTaff REPoRT
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On the final day of the Divisional Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012, Lahore District was the clear winner in all the general, educational and technical categories on Saturday. In all 44 events were contested in nine divisions of the province and were participated by 1416 players and 418 earned their place in the next level of the festival. In Lahore, events of boxing, billiard, baseball, basketball, taekwondo, swimming, tug of war, table tennis and volleyball were completed while on the final day intervarsity athletics, school cricket and girls athletics were held in sports category while in non-sporting category, dress show was held at the Model Town degree college. In the Inter-varsity athletics, University of Central Punjab with four gold medals won the Divisional Level. In the female 800 metres race, Bisma Afzal of LCU was the winner. Danish Mahmood of UCP won the shot put event while Aiysha Riaz of
LCU took the gold medal. In boys javelin throw, Altaf Hussain of GCU took the gold medal. In 100 metres girls race, Seed Aaun of University of Central Punjab got to the top while Sharish Asghar of took the title with a clear margin of distance. In 800 metres race of girls, Bisman Afzal of Lahore College took the crown while in 400 metres race, Nighat of University of Lahore. In long jump, Nighat also showed her prowess while Mahwish of LCU was second. In males’ 200 metres race, Saeed Aaun got to limelight while in 400 metres Khurshid Khan of Punjab University had luck in his favour. Lahore district won the Fancy Dress show held at the Model Town Girls Degree College. Special prayers were offered for the early recovery of Malala Yousufzai. The event was participated by the winners of all the district of Lahore division. Well-known dress designers of the city, Anam Ikram, Adila Javed and Faiza Hameed acted as judges of the show. Saba Ikram of College of Home
Economics was declared the winner of the dress show while Aiysha Nadeem of Govt Girls College Sangla Hills was named second and Zainub of Sheikhupura College got the third position. The girls students of the hosts of the event presented the folk music and dance. In cricket, Qila Laxman Singh School defeated Kasur School by seven wickets. Arslan Butt was declared the man of the match by taking five wickets while Zahid of Lahore was named the best batsman of the event and Arslan was the beat bowler. In the sports and other general category events conducted by Higher Education Commission, 796 won their competitions of hockey, volleyball, badminton, tug of war, basketball, table tennis, mat wrestling, bodybuilding, weightlifting while science models and handicraft were also contested by a total of 1754 players and students. In other parts of the province interesting and close contests were witnessed among the districts of different divisions and on the final Rawalpindi
got involved in seven sports events six non-sports events with the participation of around 211 players from which 58 were the winners. At Gujranwala 95 won the place to compete in the Provincial level from among 218 players. Faisalabad had the involvement of 168 players and 58 were the winners. Sahiwal saw 63 winners from 281 participants and at Dera Ghazi Khan168 contested but win remained the bane of 42 people. In non-sporting events like qirat, healthy baby contest, essay writing, milli naghme, cooking, dress show, dress designing, stitching and family dressing there were around 304 were the competitors and 38 earned limelight while around 2437 were the participants in the competitions of school sector in the events of essay writing, milli naghme and dress show. With the conclusion of Divisional Level all the Festival activity now moves to the capital city of the province and competition in around 29 sectors and 256 events will be held from October 17 to 25.
Shaid Afridi has on Saturday apologied for not being able to come up to he expectation during the World T20 Cup in Sri Lanka but rejected suggestion of retiring from the game. Afridi told media on Saturday that he apologized to the nation for his bad performance and would try to give his best in the next matches. He said that he has no plan to retire from the international cricket so far. Shahid Afridi’s insipid performance has been a letdown for Pakistan in the World Twenty20. The former captain played a poor shot to be bowled out on the first delivery he faced against Rangana Herath with Pakistan struggling during their chase of 140 runs for a place in Sunday’s final. Afridi, who 16 years ago on the same day struck the fastest century in 50-over cricket against the same opponents, took the prized wicket of Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene on Thursday but has been cold with both bat and ball in the tournament.
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SHanGHai: novak djokovic of Serbia (l) shakes hands with tomas berdych of the czech republic after their semi-final match of the Shanghai masters tennis tournament. afp
Steve Cummings capped off a brilliant year for British cycling by taking the final stage of the Tour of Beijing on Saturday, but German Tony Martin reclaimed the title that he won last year. Cummings, who races for the BMC Racing Team, claimed victory on day five of cycling's last tour of the season by outsprinting Ryder Hesjedal (GarminSharp) in the final run-in. The 31-year-old suffered an injuryplagued start to a season which has seen compatriot Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France and Britain dominate in cycling at the London 2012 Olympics. But he had the strength to hold off a powerful challenge from Canadian racer Hesjedal. The pair finished 17 seconds in front of third placed Edvald Boasson Hagen. Norwegian Boasson Hagen's finish helped him seal third place in the overall standings in Beijing, behind Italian Francesco Gavazzi and champion Martin. Martin cemented his victory on the second day of racing on Wednesday, when he finished a huge 46 seconds in front after making a breathtaking dash for the finishing line.
final of adisseo cup Polo today LAHORE sTaff REPoRT
The final of The Adisseo Polo Cup will be played between Valvoline Motor Oil and Technimen here tomorrow, Sunday at Lahore Polo Club. “Thrilling competition is likely to be witnessed during the final “,said a spokesman of the LPC on Saturday. Following are the teams of the final, (Valvoline Motor Oil) , Nafees Barry, Qadeer Ashfaq, Ali Malik and Mir Shoaib Ahmad. (Technimen) Mir Huzaifa Ahmad, Faisal Shahzad, Hamza Mawaz Khan and Bilal Haider Agha. Vogue Furniture will meet Adisseo in the subsidiary final before the main final.
Defending champ Choi maintains Malaysia lead KUALA LUMPUR afP
Defending champion Choi Na-Yeon kept her lead Saturday at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, while fellow South Korean Park Inbee lit up the greens with a flawless 65 to move into contention. Choi, who won the tournament last year and has led from the opening day, finished with a 68 for a total score of 13-under 200 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club in Malaysia's capital. More than four hours play was lost due to a thunderstorm. But Choi managed to maintain her lead despite being tired out by the rain. "I don't really like being in the lead as there is more pressure. I prefer to play catch up and make my move in the last round," said Choi, who bagged her first Major when she
ummah club win LAHORE sTaff REPoRT
Ummah Cricket Club has won the match against Delhi Gymkhana Club by 61 runs in 30 overs match at the Township Cricket Ground. The win was possible with the 3rd consecutive half century from Syed Ahmed Aziz Bukhari 53 runs. First batting, Ummah Club made 234 runs for six wickets in 30 overs. Waseem Saleem 97 no, Syed Ahmed Aziz Bukhari 53. Delhi Gymkhana 174 runs for all in 25 over. Ali Raza 77 runs. Mahmood Ahmed and Syed Ahmed Aziz Bukhari got two wickets each.
triumphed at the US Women's Open earlier this year. "I was feeling the pressure a bit as it has been a long day, what with the four-hour delay and all. All day long it has been raining. It's tiring," she said. Choi had a lone bogey on the 10th hole. She started the day brilliantly, sinking a putt on the first hole to set the pace. She then had three more birdies on the fifth, 12th and 16th holes. But the day belonged to Park. With a three-day score of 11-under 202, the 24-year-old moved up from joint 12 to lie just two strokes behind Choi. Park had a hot putter on the back nine, returning to continue her round after the rain delay to reel off six birdies on the 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes. "I think I play much better in the rain... I much prefer the rain than the heat," said the jovial world number
six. "My putting on the front nine was very disappointing even though I had some chances for birdies. It picked up after the rain and I managed to sink a few of them." Australian veteran Karrie Webb is four strokes behind Choi and said her final birdie had given her a slight chance of catching her. "The putt on the last gets me that little bit closer," said the 38-year-old, who had five birdies and two bogeys to round off her day. "I feel great going into the final round and it all depends how well Choi plays tomorrow." World number one Yani Tseng of Taiwan had her first sub-par round of the tournament with a three-under 68, but is tied for 53rd with a threeday score of five-over 218. The $1.9 million tournament, which features a star-studded cast of LPGA golfers, ends Sunday.
Taking stock of the first quarter Comment MUHAMMAD BUTT
quarter of the Barclays Premier League season has passed. Well actually it has not; mathematically speaking, been covered even one-fifth of the journey but the international break after round seven provides us with an excellent opportunity to take stock of what has happened so far and what is likely to transpire over the coming months as the league gathers steam. We are still at an early stage but the league table is slowly but surely taking a familiar shape as the traditional front-runners start finding some sort of rhythm to their game. Despite some scratchy performances, both Manchester clubs are within touching distance of league leaders Chelsea. City’s troubles have stemmed from a lack of solidity at the back which has seen them
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keep only one clean sheet so far this season. Much of it can be attributed to a change in formation brought about by Mancini who has continually experimented with three at the back without much success. Why fix something that isn’t broke? is an often repeated cliché but on current evidence it is a more than valid question for Mancini to answer. Thankfully for United fans, their gaffer continues to be the driving force behind the team which sits in second place while still struggling in first gear. Van Persie and Kagawa have settled in quite nicely and Rooney is also finding some form but the concerns were always in the central midfield and defensive areas which were highlighted in the defeat against Spurs. The question is whether there
are other teams who like Spurs would be willing to take the game to United. Di Matteo’s Chelsea has however begun the season in fine fashion and are four points clear at the top. The lead albeit a small one will come in handy as Chelsea face stiffer opposition as compared to their early fixtures in the coming weeks. Hazard initially and Mata lately have been instrumental in the London club’s ascent to the top but RDM will be hoping Torres joins the party soon considering the numbers or lack thereof in the forward line. Arsenal, the other club from London aiming for a tilt at the title has made a solid start so far with the only major disappointment coming in
the shape of a home defeat to Chelsea. Their new acquisitions, Cazorla in particular, have acquitted themselves rather well and with Giroud finally getting his first goal in England as Wenger will be looking to ensure that the team stays in the title hunt, come the end of the season. European hopefuls Spurs and Liverpool have both started lives under new managers and while results slowly but surely picked up for AVB, Rodgers has been left frustrated by a misfiring Reds attacking line. The blueprint for Liverpool’s season so far has been to pass without much penetration like there is no tomorrow and then concede a silly goal at the back to gift the other team a share of the points. The fortunes of Everton, Liverpool’s neighbours and bitter rivals have been much better though. The Merseyside outfit are notoriously slow starters and normally hit their stride in the second half of the season but they currently occupy fifth spot and
it will be interesting to see if Moyes can ensure that their good form lasts the whole season. These are still early days but Newcastle in a way has been the disappointment of the season so far. The Toon faithful would have been hoping that their team would have built on the success of last season but results have been mixed so far and Papiss Cisse, who was on fire last season has failed to find the back of the net so far. Pardew - recipient of an eight year contract - is not the only manager under pressure though; QPR boss Mark Hughes invested quite heavily in the first team but finds his side at the bottom of the pile. Promoted sides Reading and Southampton are also hovering in and around the relegation zone and one would expect them to stay there with survival their only objective. West Ham, managed by the robust Big Sam though have had favourable results and are likely to finish around mid-table.
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OVAK Djokovic has criticised Australian teenager Bernard Tomic after he admitted he had not given 100 percent at the Shanghai Masters, but said he had the talent to become a top player. Nineteen-year-old Tomic said Tuesday he had tried only "85 percent" in his 6-4, 6-0 first round defeat to Germany's Florian Mayer, saying the pressures of the gruelling tennis tour were taking their toll. His Shanghai flop came just weeks after he was branded "disgraceful" by Davis Cup team captain Pat Rafter following his US Open defeat at the hands of Andy Roddick. US tennis great John McEnroe said Tomic seemed to give up during his 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 loss to Roddick in the second round at Flushing Meadows. "To be honest, I don't think it's a great answer. But he will learn," said the world number two, referring to the post-match comments Tomic made about not giving his all in Shanghai. "I'm sure that he loves this sport. I know him well, maybe more than other guys. I know he's talented. He truly loves the sport and has high ambitions. "It's good to be confident, but also be modest, be aware of your abilities and also try to have results before you start speaking in the media (about) different things." Tomic, who stands six feet five inches (196 centimetres) tall and turns 20 this month, reached last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals but has struggled in recent months, slipping from a career high of 27th to 43rd in the rankings. But Djokovic said his young rival had time on his side and the weapons to succeed, provided he worked hard and was dedicated despite the pressure of high expectations from a sport-hungry public in Australia. "It's always difficult at that age to try to figure out what you need to do
Australia's Samantha Stosur suffered a major shock Sunday when she was dumped out of the Japan Women's Open by Taiwan's Chang Kai-chen, who will meet Britain's Heather Watson in the final. Top seed Stosur, last year's US Open champion, went out in a 2hr 23min marathon against the little-known Taiwanese world number 134, who prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3) in Osaka to reach her first WTA title match. On Sunday she will face another final debutante in Watson, who edged out home favourite Misaki Doi 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 to emulate compatriot Laura Robson's feat in reaching the last day at the Guangzhou Open three weeks ago. Robson was the first British woman in 22 years to contest a WTA final, but she then lost to Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei. Britain is without a WTA singles title since Sara Gomer won the Northern California Open in 1988.
SHanGHai: andy murray of britain returns against roger federer of Switzerland during their semi-finals match at the Shanghai masters. afp in order to improve, in order to get better. He's still very young," said the five-times Grand Slam winner, 25. "But I believe that with time he's going to get necessary experience to understand himself better and the life
that he has." "He's also a tall guy, has a big serve," added the Serbian. "So he can be one of the top players. It's just a matter of obviously him believing in that and also working hard."
linz: Germany's Julia Goerges reacts after winning a point during the semi-final match against belgium's Kirsten flipkens as part of the linz wta tennis. afp
Chinese hope Liang Wenchong crept further into the lead with a three-under-par 68 in the third round of the Nanshan China Masters on Saturday, seeing off charges by Y.E. Yang and Aaron Townsend. The home favourite was at 10 under par after rounds of 68, 67 and 68 at the OneAsia $1 million event, two strokes in front of Australian Townsend. Korea's Yang was four shots off after he birdied the last to get into the final group. Liang, who led by one overnight, said he would would focus on his own game, but appeared reminded of Yang's 2009 feat at the PGA Championship where he came back from a two-shot final-round deficit against Tiger Woods to win by three, becoming become Asia's first Major winner. "The tournament is not finished yet and noone knows what will happen, but when I play it is only me," Liang said. Players have found scoring tough at the demanding Nanshan International Golf Club with its 6,539metre (7,151-yard) course, but Yang remained determined to fight on. "It's a little disappointing that I couldn't cut into the lead, but I've still got one day," he said. "Nothing is impossible. I'll try my hardest as it's definitely worth a shot. I'm not going to say it can't be done." Between him and Liang he still needs to get past Townsend. "I'm looking forward to the round tomorrow and playing with Liang again," the Australian said. "He played really good, and I'm really impressed. So to play with him and Yang tomorrow will be great."
lEaDinG sCoREs 203 - liang wenchong (cHn) 68-67-68 205 - aaron townsend (auS) 69-67-69 207 - Y. e. Yang (KOr) 71-68-68 210 - Garrett Sapp (uSa) 73-70-67, david mcKendrick (auS) 70-70-70, wang Jeung-hun (KOr) 69-71-70. 211 - mitchell brown (auS) 73-71-67, terry Pilkadaris (auS) 71-71-69, Scott laycock (auS) 70-71-70, Jamie arnold (auS) 69-70-72.
It’s all between Djokovic, Murray Comment SABA AZIZ S the business end of the ATP tour approaches, men’s tennis has reached its climax. With four remaining spots for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London still up for grabs, it is all or nothing for these top players. So when the Rolex Masters kicked off in Shanghai this week, there was a sense of great urgency as these men made that last stretch of the season for inclusion into the elite top 8. The Shanghai Rolex Masters has become a regular feature in the ATP calendar ever since it’s inclusion in 2009 and is one of the nine Masters 1000 tournaments in the year. Awarded ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the year for the past three years, on the basis of player voting, this week-long event never fails to impress. With its state of the art technology, a magnolia shaped stadium roof and enthralling atmosphere, the 2012 edition was yet another spectacle. Spain’s Rafael Nadal, who had been nursing a knee problem and was out of action since Wimbledon, was a notable absentee this week. Other top-ten talents who were forced to withdraw included the feisty Spaniard David Ferrer (stomach virus) and Argentine Juan Martin Del Petro (left wrist injury). Otherwise, all top players were seen in action. The first couple of days saw some interesting matchups. Towering American John Isner, who has an outside chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals, came back from the brink, saving 3 match points in his opening round against big serving South African Kevin Anderson. However, his luck ran out when he was outlasted by the wily veteran, Radek Stepanek in the next round. Another London hopeful, seventh seed Juan Monaco was upset by the talented lefty, Fernando Verdasco in the second round. Like Stepanek, Germany’s Tommy Haas was also a surprise quarterfinalist. Both these old timers, known for their great competitive spirit and an all court game, rolled back the years and enjoyed a good week in Shanghai. Along the way, they ousted
some quality players, Almagro, Tipsarevic, Hewitt and Gasquet to name a few. Fresh from Davis Cup duty, world number 1 and top seed Roger Federer, was playing in his first tournament since the US Open. With an incredible 300 weeks at No.1 in sight, the Swiss maestro had to dig deep to stave off an inspired challenge from his compatriot Wawrinka in the round of 16. This week has been anything but ordinary for Federer. The obvious reason being the career milestone of 300 weeks at the top of the world rankings, but the bizarre death threat directed to the Swiss by an anonymous Chinese blogger has also caught a lot of people’s attention. The Shanghai Masters organizers taking note of this, called for increased security, surrounding the
Swiss with a dozen dark-suited security guards throughout the course of the week. All eyes were on two-time defending champion Andy Murray who remains under public scrutiny for a customary post-maiden Grand Slam hangover. The Scot entered the round of 16 without hitting a ball, courtesy of a bye and a walkover. Aside from a few minor glitches in his quarterfinal against Stepanek, it had been all plain sailing for the Olympic gold medalist. He headed into Saturday’s clash with Federer with a 9-8 head to head record and got off to a quick start, breaking the Swiss in the opening game. Following a passage of some scintillating play, Murray proved far too solid for a sluggish Federer. Despite a short rain delay, he successfully held serve to close out the match in straight sets and qualify for Sunday’s final where he meets the second seed Novak Djokovic. Djokovic had come into Shanghai with already a title to his name last week in Beijing. The inform Serb has looked in sublime form this week with routine straight sets wins over all his opponents, including a convincing victory over fourth seed Czech Tomas Berdych in the semifinal. With the world number 1 spot in sight, perhaps the Serb has an added incentive to finish off the year in style after a less than spectacular season by his lofty standards. There was some Pakistani interest in the doubles draw as Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer, seeded sixth here were hoping to bolster their chances of qualifying for the year end championships with a strong showing. The Pak-Dutch duo bowed out at the quarterfinal stage of the event, but not without a fight. On the verge of victory with 2 match points in the super tie break, they fell at the hands of the British pair of Fleming and Hutchins 6-7(2)/6-4/10-12. With 3 more weeks left till the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Aisam and partner have considerable time to make amends and firmly cement their place in the top 8. As for the final today, my money is on Djokovic to run home with the title mainly due to the way he has been striking the ball this week. But with Murray having gotten the better of the Serb in their last 2 encounters, the Shanghai fans are in for a cracker of a final.
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Malala shows improvement but still on ventilator RAWALPINDI afP
A schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban showed signs of improvement by moving her limbs Saturday, the military said, though she remains unconscious and on a ventilator. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who campaigned for the right to an education, has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than $100,000 for the capture of her attackers. “The sedation given to Malala was reduced today so that neurosurgeons could do their clinical assessment and as a result of it Malala responded and moved her
hands and feet,” military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa said. “It is a positive development,” Bajwa told a press conference near Army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, close to the capital Islamabad, where Malala is being treated in a military hospital. “As per doctors, (the) condition of Malala is stable.” A team of specialist doctors are providing “constant care” to Malala and all “contingencies” were in place in case they decide to move her abroad for further treatment, the general said. “It is a case of serious head injury and the progress is very slow in it.” Two other girl students wounded with Malala were “also being taken care
of at places where they can get best treatment”, he said, without elaborating. Bajwa said that all available resources were being used to investigate the incident and some arrests had been made, but he declined to say how many people were currently in custody and how many had been let go. Asked whether the military might now consider launching an offensive against the Taliban in their tribal area stronghold of North Waziristan, on the Afghan border, Bajwa said: “Such decisions are not taken overnight.” A military statement earlier said: “(The) health condition of Malala continues to remain satisfactory. Her vitals are okay and she is still on ventilator.”
Afghan students pray for Malala’s recovery KABUL: Schools in Afghanistan opened Saturday with special prayers for the quick recovery of a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban, in a move officials said was to show solidarity with her. The Pakistani Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai, a teenage children’s rights activist, in the head on her school bus Tuesday, to avenge her campaigns for the right to an education in the militants’ former stronghold of Swat. The shooting of the 14-year-old activist was denounced around the world. “To show sympathy to Malala Yousafzai around 9.5 million students all over the country in 15,500 schools and education centres offered prayers for her quick recovery,” education ministry spokesman Amanullah Iman told AFP. “The students also expressed their solidarity to their sister (Malala)
because the attack on her was an attack on education,” he said. “Malala is just a girl and student like us, she shouldn’t have been shot,” Freshta, a 10 grade pupil told AFP. “Today we recited Quran and prayed for her recovery,” she said. The show of solidarity to Malala comes two days after armed men attacked a girls’ school in relatively peaceful Bamyan province in central Afghanistan, causing considerable damage but no injuries, official said. The Taliban government, removed from power by a US-led invasion in 2001, had enforced a strict ban on girls attending schools. There are fears that gains made by women and girls since the Taliban were ousted from power in a USled invasion in 2001 could be eroded when international troops pull out by 2014. afP
Satellite phone recovered from Dr afridi in peshawar jail MONITORING DESK
HERaT: afghan students pray for the early recovery of Pakistani child activist Malala yousafzai who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt on saturday. afp
UnSC approves military intervention in northern Mali UNITED NATIONS aPP
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution that paves the way for military intervention in Mali to retake the African country’s north from the control of militants. The resolution, sponsored by France, expressed alarm over the infiltration by “al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), affiliated groups and other extremist groups,” and condemned “the abuses of human rights committed in the north of Mali by armed rebels, terrorist and other extremist groups.” It called for a detailed plan for an operation to drive out the militants from African organizations within 45 days. The UN’s assistant secretary-general for human rights returned from Mali to tell reporters this week that “the population is suffering,” Ivan Simonovic said. The UN has so far refused to endorse requests for military intervention without details of a plan. Extremist groups and Tuareg rebels took control of the north after Mali’s president was overthrown in March. Both Mali’s government and the West African regional body Ecowas have made requests for authorisation for an international force to intervene, with Ecowas proposing a force of 3,000.
US tipped again for nobel Economics Prize, as Europe lags STOCKHOLM afP
Americans top the list of favourites for Monday’s Nobel Economics Prize, an award that increasingly rarely seems to go to a European. The European Union was handed this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, but it seems unlikely that the continent will be home to the winner of the economics prize, which wraps up this year’s Nobel season. Among the names mentioned in economic circles are Americans Robert Shiller, who studies behavioural finance and the erratic movement of markets, Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart, who specialise in public debt, and other topics that make the headlines less frequently, such as Paul Romer’s work on different types of growth. Of those topping a list compiled by the US Federal Reserve Bank of the world’s most quoted economics researchers, only a handful of names are European. Olivier Blanchard, a 63 year-old Frenchman who ranks eighth on the list, is seen as having little chance of winning the prize as he is currently the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, a role deemed too political by many
to make him a viable candidate. His compatriot Jean Tirole, from the Toulouse School of Economics, at number 11, is the highest placed out of those affiliated with a European university, but at 59 years of age he is considered too young. British Cypriot Christopher Pissarides, joint laureate in 2010 with two Americans, is the last European to have won, and the first academic from a European institution to be recognised since 1996. “I was myself shocked. I was not aware of it,” he wrote in an email to AFP. Before him, there was Norwegian Finn Kydland in 2004, whose entire academic career was in the United States. Asked about the list by AFP, he joked: “I believe I’m from the country with the highest number of economics Nobels per capita in the world. Why aren’t the Americans, for example, doing even nearly as well?” The past 10 years’ 20 laureates and co-laureates include 17 Americans, of whom two are Israeli-Americans. The Nobel jury’s deliberations are shrouded in mystery and kept secret for 50 years, so it is difficult to know how the committee is thinking. Unlike the other Nobel prizes which have been handed out since 1901, the Bank of Sweden’s prize for economic sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel — which
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wasn’t part of Alfred Nobel’s will that created the awards — was only given out for the first time in 1969. In its first 20 years, the prize was marked by European-American rivalry. But since 1990, the Americans have taken the lead. Today the economics prize is sometimes seen as a competition for a small group of American elite universities: Chicago, Columbia, Princeton, Harvard and MIT. The University of Zurich’s Bruno Frey, co-author of a 1993 study titled “American and European Economics and Economists”, argues that the “Europeans are imitating the Americans too much.” “In Europe we have too few original ideas, we’re constantly looking at what comes from the US. That doesn’t help get Nobel prizes,” he told AFP. Another theory is that the Americans have benefited from a Swedish fascination with the liberal theories of the University of Chicago. With 10 laureates, the university holds a record number of Nobel economics prizes. Olof Somell, who is responsible for the economy prize at Stockholm’s Nobel Museum, refuted that idea: “The members of the Nobel Committee are chosen to represent a broad spectrum of economic sciences.” Editor: Arif Nizami
The law enforcement agencies Saturday evening seized a ‘Thuraya’ satellite phone from Dr Shakeel Afridi, a surgeon allegedly recruited by the US intelligence to help find Osama bin Laden, in Central Jail Peshawar and have arrested four police commandos on guard at Dr Shakeel Afridi’s cell in the jail, a private news channel reported. The official intelligence sources said that the authorities have arrested four police commandos who were on duty; after interrogating, one of them, confessed that he had provided the satellite phone to Dr Shakeel Afridi. The sources said that Dr Shakeel Afrid had made more than 68 calls from the satellite phone set and most of these calls were long-distanced calls, but the authorities are assessing the satellite phone data to ascertain the country location. To a query, the sources said that after a controversial interview with Fox News, a US-based news channel, a few weeks back, the authorities had installed special equipment around Central Jail Peshawar to check Dr Afridi’s activities and had traced some calls from his jail cell, following which the authorities conducted investigation with the four policemen. One of the policemen, the sources said, admitted of his involvement in providing Dr Afridi the satellite phone. The sources said that it’s likely that the interview might have been conducted through the satellite phone but the authorities are assessing the facts. The jail authorities, on contact, did not give any detail about the incident.