Monday, 14 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 08, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 108 16 Pages Lahore Edition
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Mullah oMar rejects afghan-us pact, upcoMing polls
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iran refuses to ship out uranium stockpiles
Malala says she is no Western puppet
ishaq Dar eyes investment inflows
plaYing for peace!
Iran on Sunday rejected the West’s demand to send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week. Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme, due to start in Geneva on Tuesday, will be the first since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West to pave a way for lifting economic sanctions. page 04
Malala Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated her desire to enter Pakistani politics. The activist was shot in the head on her school van on October 9, 2012 for speaking out against the Taliban. She was flown for specialist care in Britain, where she has continued her education, while she has been feted and honoured in the West. page 03
Pakistan is poised to see robust surge in foreign investment following a series of economic reforms and measures that have boosted confidence of international institutions and entrepreneurs, Ishaq Dar said on Sunday. Senator Dar whose hectic schedule at the annual IMF-World Bank gatherings includes around 50 meetings with experts, business leaders, bankers and chiefs of international financial institutions expects investment in oil and gas exploration and construction of power projects. page 12
As many as 25,000 people gathered at Arbab Niaz Khan Stadium in Peshawar to witness a peace match between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peace XI and Pakistan Peace XI on Sunday. The event was organised by the PTI Sports and Culture Forum and Imran Khan was the chief guest. KPK Chief Minister Pervaiz Khatak and ‘Chacha Cricket’ were also among the attendees. Batting first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peace XI led by Inzamam ul Haq, scored 180 runs with a loss of 5 wickets. page 17
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence — Helen Keller
people voteD for DeMocracY in Balochistan: hrcp report says there is operational coordination between sectarian terrorist groups and Baloch insurgents g
hrcp recommends talks with Baloch insurgents within and outside country g
Monday, 14 October, 2013
two sisters raped by police officials in Ghotki MOnitORing DEsk Two orphan sisters aged 16 and 18 were allegedly gang-raped by three police officials, including the local Station house Officer (ShO) in Kahmara, district Ghotki on Sunday. The orphan sisters were allegedly raped for three days by the police officials, including ShO Abdullah Awan, while the victims also faced life threats in case they went public against the rapists. The ShO rejected the allegation, saying that the girls were taken to the police station for investigation purpose on kidnapping charges. The girls’ mother filed a case in a session court against the police officials after the incident. Taking notice of the incident, the session court ordered senior police officials to investigate the case on high priority and also to get the alleged officials medically tested from the DhQ hospital Mathelo. The Ghotki DPO said that the DSP concerned was investigating the case and if the police officials were found guilty, he will take strong action against them.
karachi blast leaves one dead, five injured A woman was killed and three people were injured in an explosion that took place in Landhi’s Muzaffarabad Colony in Karachi late on Sunday. Police officials said that the explosion which was caused by a cracker blast was motivated by an extortion case. Two women, one employee and three siblings were injured in the blast which occurred near Zain Medical Center in the area. One of the women succumbed to her injuries in the hospital. People at the medical center said they were receiving threats from extortionists. MONITORING DESK
he human Rights Commission of Pakistan (hRCP) on Sunday said that despite threats from insurgents people in Balochistan voted in May 11 elections. An hRCP report read that the people in the province gave the verdict on the manner in which they wanted to be governed. It was also a resounding vote for democracy and ending the bloodshed in the province. The coalition government that emerged after the polls appeared to have considerable goodwill and support from the people that would be vital in extricating Balochistan out of the challenges that have long hounded the province.
The report read further there was near unanimity among all interlocutors that hRCP met that formation of the new government was a sign of hope that the province’s problems would be addressed. however, the same interlocutors warned that they did not see many signs of a change in policy within the security and intelligence agencies as the kill-and-dump policy continue. The fact finding received conflicting reports that the pattern of terrorist attacks in the recent past indicated some operational coordination between sectarian terrorist groups and Baloch insurgents. The report said the law and order in Balochistan remained dismal. Citizens were living in perpetual fear. They had little security of life and indignity at the hands of the security forces is routine. Kidnapping for ransom remained unchecked and the citizens felt resigned to pay the money for the recovery of abducted relatives. The abductors were almost never traced. Religious minorities were particularly vulnerable. Civil society organisations had abandoned their work in the conflict-hit parts of the province. Women were particularly fearful and live
chief minister should have the powers to write the annual confidential report (ACR) regarding the performance of the Frontier Corps (FC) chief in Balochistan, and indeed of heads of all security agencies tasked with ensuring preservation of law and order in the province. The hRCP said it is convinced that the people of Balochistan fully support the restoration of peace and political stability in the province. Baloch insurgents must respect the wishes of the people and cease their attacks on innocent civilians. It asked the Baloch nationalists to denounce violence perpetuated and embrace the new realities that are being presented through the democratic process. The hRCP urges the government of Balochistan to appoint a human rights adviser to the chief minister with the mandate to improve the full range of human rights of the citizens of Balochistan. It further recommended that talks should be initiated with Baloch insurgents both within and outside the country without compromising on extending impunity for causing grave human rights violations by individuals among the insurgents.
Anti-Corruption Court arresteD target 11 more ministers to to tAke up referenCes killer taskeD to take oath today kill 2 politicians AgAinst ZArdAri todAy ISLAMABAD: An accountability court will hear corruption cases against Asif Ali Zardari today (Monday). Judge Muhammad Bashir Khan will hear the six corruption references against the former president. Bashir Khan has also initiated action on the references against the PPP co-chairman which have been transferred from four accountability courts of Rawalpindi. earlier, the court had ordered the NAB prosecutor general to inform the court about the presidential immunity of the accused before the trial began. The accountability court reopened corruption references against the former president which had been pending since long due to Asif Zardari’s
presidential immunity. The corruption references include Ursus tractors, Cotecna-SGS, Polo Ground, ARY Gold and assets references. The accountability court judge had also issued notices to the former president through NAB.All these cases were closed in 2008 after the promulgation of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and were re-opened in December 2009 after the Supreme Court annulled the said ordinance. In these over-a-decade old cases, almost all the accused were either acquitted or the references were abated to the extent due to their death. In most of the cases, Asif Ali Zardari has been left the sole accused. The accountability courts had decided that the proceedings against Zardari would be initiated once his presidential immunity expired. ONLINE
Where’s our Baradar? Afghan taliban ask pakistan Mullah BaraDar Met coMManDers of haqqani netWork in north Waziristan
in perpetual intimidation by extremist forces. Sectarian militant groups operated with impunity and consider reprisals against the state their right if action was taken against them by the law enforcement for carrying out terrorist activities. In its recommendations the hRCP called on security forces and intelligence agencies to operate within the ambit of the constitution and the law. There are credible reports of continued serious human rights violations, including enforced disappearance of people, arbitrary arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings. The hRCP said it is of the considered opinion that one of the biggest hurdles in normalisation of the situation in Balochistan is the abhorrent practice of enforced disappearance and dumping of bodies of victims of disappearance. hRCP calls upon the authorities to immediately ensure that all victims of disappearance are accounted for without delay. The commission also urges that all the recommendations made by the UN Working Group on forced or involuntary disappearances that had visited Pakistan in September 2012 should be implemented. It recommended that the Balochistan
PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban have urged Pakistan to clarify its position regarding the whereabouts of the movement’s former number 2, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Through a statement issued from an undisclosed place on Sunday, Afghan Taliban spokesmanon Zabihullah Mujahid said, “Pakistan must clarify its position about Abdul Ghani Baradar.” Two days back, Mujahid in another statement had alleged that
Baradar was still in the custody of Pakistan. Baradar’s release was formally announced by authorities on September 21. On the same day, officials also announced that he was shifted to a safer place in accordance with his wish. Sources told Pakistan Today that a few days back Baradar was shifted to Peshawar. Later, he visited North Waziristan Agency and held a meeting with top commanders of the haqqani
KARACHI: An arrested target killer from a political party in Karachi revealed that his leadership gave task to kill two politicians but failed, media reported on Sunday. The killer, who was arrested during ongoing targeted operation, told law enforcers that he was ordered by his top leadership to kill two politicians, report said. however, the name of political party, target killer and the leaders on hit-list were not disclosed. The killer also told the media that he was attacked twice after failing to accomplish the mission on given time. According to reports, several target killers and terrorists are in the city who are specialised in the attacks which provide impression to be done by law enforcement or intelligence agencies, the reports quoted sources as saying. ONLINE
Network. he was said to have exchanged views on peace process in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Taliban spokesman issued the statement after Baradar’s secret visit to North Waziristan. In January 2010, Baradar was arrested by security agencies in Karachi when he was planning to hold talks with Pakistan-based Afghan Taliban, especially the members of Quetta Shura. At that time, the Afghan government had not denounced his arrest, but accused Islamabad of creating obstacles in peace process in Afghanistan. It seems that this time the Afghan Taliban are not only divided regarding the peace process, but some of them are not happy with Pakistan. SHAMIM SHAHID
QUETTA: As many as 11 new ministers of the Balochistan cabinet are set to be administered oath at a ceremony in Quetta today (Monday). According to official sources, the government has decided in principle to expand the provincial cabinet which will be sworn in today at the Governor’s house. Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai will administer oath to the new ministers. Sources said that five ministers of the PML-N, three of the National Party and three from the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) will be inducted into the cabi-
net. PML-N’s Sanaullah Zehri, Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani of the National Party and Rahim Ziartwal (PKMAP) had already taken oath of their ministries a few months ago. Five advisors are yet to be named by the government. The new ministers are likely to be Mujib-ur-Rehman Muhammad hasni, Sardar Aslam Bizenjo, Rehmat Baloch, Akbar Askani, Nawabzada Changez Marri, Abdul Majid Abro, Sarfraz Domki, Jafar Mandokhel, Nawab Ayaz Jogezai, Sardar Raza Muhammad and Sardar Mustafa Tarin. INP
Once it gets to a point where it becomes a matter of life and death to occupy a position of leadership or not, with an eye on future opportunities, therein lies the danger — Kgalema Motlanthe
Monday, 14 October, 2013
Malala is a DraMa stageD BY the us: jaMsheD Dasti teen education activist says pakistanis supported her and are encouraging her to move forward LOnDOn AGENCIES
A L A L A Yousafzai hit back at claims that she has become a figure of the West, insisting she was proud to be a Pakistani. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban, claimed she retained the support of people in her homeland, and reiterated her desire to enter Pakistani politics. The activist was shot in the head on her school van on October 9, 2012 for speaking out against the Taliban. She was flown for specialist care in Britain, where she has continued her education, while she has been feted and honoured in the West. On
Thursday, she won the european Union’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize, while US President Barack Obama welcomed her to the White house on Friday. Asked in a BBC television interview broadcast on Sunday about some people in Pakistan thinking she was a “figure of the West” and “a Westerner now”, she said, “My father says that education is neither eastern or Western. education is education: it’s the right of everyone.” “The thing is that the people of Pakistan have supported me. They don’t think of me as Western. I am a daughter of Pakistan and I am proud that I am a Pakistani.” “On the day when I was shot, and on the next day, people raised the banners of ‘I am
Malala’. They did not say ‘I am Taliban’.” “They support me and they are encouraging me to move forward and to continue my campaign for girls’ education.” She highlighted the problem of education in the midst of the Syrian conflict. “We want to help every child in every country that we can,” she said. “We will start from Pakistan and Afghanistan and Syria now, especially because they are suffering the most and they are on the top that need our help. “Later on in my life I want to do politics and I want to become a leader and to bring the change in Pakistan.” “I want to be a politician in Pakistan because I don’t want to be a politician in a country which is already developed.”
pakistani diplomats get us nationality for children Report says Shaukat Haroon, Shamshad Ahmad, Ahmad Kamal, Dr Shami, Mansoor Sohail have obtained American nationality for children in spite of prohibition nEW YORk
born in New York. how that was possible, is not known. According to the source, the boy was born in the US in 1996 during the time his father haroon was working at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations in New York. Prior to being posted in New York as Pakistan’s Consul General, haroon reportedly applied for a diplomatic visa for his US-born child with the US embassy based in Islamabad. Whether the embassy or the foreign office was aware of his son being a US citizen is not known. Foreign country citizenships for diplomats’ children, though banned, have been obtained by several Pakistani diplomats in the past. Former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmad, who settled in the United States after retirement, has two sons who are US citizens as they were born in New York during their father’s posting at Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. Similarly, former ambas-
sador to the US, Ahmad Kamal did not return to Pakistan after his retirement. he stayed back in the United States with his son who was born there. Dr Shami was another individual who on his son’s birthday reportedly missed the UNSC session in which Kashmir resolution was deleted from the UNSC Agenda in 1996. he and his mission did not get Kashmir deletion news from United Nations Security Council for about five days as Shami was reportedly busy visiting the US immigration departments to get his sons naturalisation and citizenship certificate. Mansoor Sohail, the Ministry of Information official with the Pakistan Mission to UN, also got US citizenship for his three children while he remained at his New York posting for 11 years. The Online News Agency did not report any official statement or comments of the diplomats named in its report.
senators to file petition aGainst musharraf’s coup
47 ex-Militants freeD after receiving vocational training
Several Pakistan diplomats, who served in the United States, have obtained nationality for their newborn children in spite of ban by the Pakistan’s Foreign Office. According to sources, one such diplomat who recently flouted the rule happens to be no other person but the former consul general of New York. Shaukat haroon, a seasoned career diplomat, who was Pakistan’s consul general in New York for three years, had applied for and obtained US naturalisation for his newborn son, Muhammad bin haroon in 1996 when he was posted at the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. To keep the matter secret, it is alleged that haroon obtained the US citizenship of his son through immigration offices in the west coast. It is also alleged that he showed his son’s place of birth being Los Angeles even though he was
PESHAWAR: Senators have decided to file a petition against former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf for illegal dissolution of the Senate in the aftermath of coup on October 12, 1999. Several senators including Syed Aaqil Shah, have also decided to ‘stoke the embers’ and are consulting legal advisors over the issue, which could be put forth the Supreme Court after eidul Azha. The senators are also planning to demand compensation of blocked salaries, including allowances for three years, since a senate cannot be dissolved until its 6-year completion. The 1997-elections had inducted ANP’s Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Zahid Khan, Qazi
Muhammad Anwar, Ajmal Khattak (late), Mukhtair Ahmad Khan and Syed Aaqil Shah, PML-N’s Anwar Kamal Marwat (late), Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Javed Iqbal Abbasi, Malik Abdur Rauf, Nisar Ahmad Khan, Sar Anjam Khan and Sartaj Aziz, PPP’s Syed Masood Kausar, Waqar Ahmad Khan, IJI’s Bashir Ahmad Matta, and independents like Abbas Sarfraaz, Syed Qasim Ali Shah and Syed Muhammad Javed. More than half of these senators had long retired in 2003, yet had been ‘escorted home’ in 2000; while some like ANP’s Ilyas Ahmad Bilour and Zahid Khan are still senators, while Qazi Muhammad Anwar has joined PTI , and twoothers are MNAs.
KHAR: At least 47 exmilitants were freed after completing vocational training from Navi Sahar, an internment centre established by the Pakistan Army in Bajaur Agency. A ceremony in this regard was arranged at the premises of the institute where Bajaur Political Agent (PA) Syed Abdul Jabar Shah, Pakistan Army North Sector Commander Brigadier haider, Bajaur Scouts Commandant Colonel Ayub and other senior officials addressed the gathering to boost the morale of the rehabilitated former militants. This was the fourth batch of graduates to receive vocational training for carpentry and tailoring among other skills for 12 weeks. AGENCIES
the thing is that the people of pakistan have supported me. they don’t think of me as Western. i am a daughter of pakistan and i am proud that i am a pakistani”
– Malala Yousafzai
MULTAN: Member of National Assembly Jamshed Dasti said on Sunday that teen education activist Malala Yousafzai’s meteoric rise to fame was nothing more than a “drama” orchestrated by the United States to disrupt the government’s efforts to initiate peace talks with the Taliban. Dasti, an independent candidate reportedly pursuing membership in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, was talking to reporters about Malala’s nomination for the Nobel Prize during a press conference in Multan. he said the US never wanted Pakistan to negotiate with the Taliban, and was using Malala to defame the Taliban and Islam. Dasti concluded by saying the nation and the media should “stop this drama” and concern themselves with the real issues of Pakistan. The MNA’s words mirrored the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) sentiments when the young girl missed out on the Nobel Peace Prize. TTP central spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had said the 16year-old had done nothing to deserve the Nobel, which went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its work to rid the world of chemical arms. STAFF REPORT
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves — Dalai Lama
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kerrY, karzai reach tentative Deal, But uncertaintY looMs DRAFT INCLUDES US DEMAND FOR IMMUNITY FROM AFGHAN LAW TO US TROOPS WHO STAY ON IN COUNTRY kABUL
S Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President hamid Karzai have reached preliminary agreement on a bilateral security pact that now depends on the approval of Afghanistan’s tribal leaders. The pact, announced jointly by Kerry and Karzai late on Saturday after two days of talks in the capital, Kabul, would keep some US forces in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of next year. The draft includes a US demand to retain legal jurisdiction over its troops who stay on in Afghanistan, which would give
KARZAI SAYS IMMUNITY TO BE DECIDED BY LOYA JIRGA, NOT HIS GOVERNMENT them immunity from Afghan law. Karzai opposes that and said the question could not be decided by his government. Instead, a Loya Jirga, or an assembly of elders, leaders and other influential people, will consider the demand and decide whether to accept it. The United States is insisting it cannot agree to a deal unless it is granted the right to try in the United States its citizens who break the law in Afghanistan. “We need to say that if the issue of jurisdiction cannot be resolved, then unfortunately there cannot be a bilateral security agreement,” Kerry told a news conference. US officials said they wanted the pact finalized by the end of October and Kerry’s visit was seen as a last-ditch effort to push it through before the deadline. A senior US administration official said
SAYS KABUL WANTS TO AVOID ACTIONS LIKE THE RECENT US SNATCHING OF A SENIOR TTP COMMANDER the sides had agreed on language in the draft deal that covers the issue of immunity and “that can be put to his Loya Jirga for their consideration”. hundreds of people, and at times even more than 1,000, attend a Loya Jirga, which makes it difficult to predict how deliberations will unfold. however, in the past, they have voted in favor of keeping a US presence in Afghanistan and Western diplomats are optimistic the assembly will pass the deal - as long Karzai remains in favor of it. “The Loya Jirga here basically follows the advice of the president, and I think he will (agree to the pact),” said one senior diplomat. Karzai said the assembly would be held within a month. Karzai said the talks had focused on protecting Afghan sovereignty and that major differences had been re-
solved, including a US request to run independent counter-terrorism missions on Afghan territory. Such operations carried out by the United States have long infuriated the Afghan president, who had been demanding that the United States agrees to share intelligence instead. ZERO OPTION? Karzai said the recent US snatching of a senior Pakistani Taliban commander on Afghan soil was an example of the kind of action that Afghanistan wanted to avoid. “Our discussion today in particular has been focused on making sure that through the bilateral security agreement such violations are not repeated,” he said. On the US demand to retain legal jurisdiction over its troops, Kerry said US forces operated under the same standards wherever they were deployed. “We are not singling out Afghanistan,” he said. The Afghan government rejected an initial US proposal on immunity at the beginning of the year and it has been a sticking point ever since. The failure to reach a deal could prompt the United States to pull out all of its troops by the end of next year, an outcome known as
the “zero option”. It was considered almost unthinkable a few months ago, but US officials have since raised the possibility, with an implicit warning that Afghan security forces are not ready to fight the Taliban-led insurgency without their help. The collapse of similar talks between the United States and Iraq in 2011 - partly over the issue of immunity - led to the United States completely ending its forces’ mission there rather than maintaining a significant presence. US officials had said earlier that Kerry did not intend to close a deal on the Bilateral Security Agreement during the visit, but Washington is concerned that as campaigning intensifies for Afghanistan’s April election, it will be harder to broker a deal. The election is seen as the most crucial since the US-led overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, which brought Karzai to power. Security has been deteriorating recently, increasing worry about the country after Western forces leave. efforts to draw the Taliban into negotiations have come to nothing. The militants say they will fight on until all foreign forces leave and they dismiss Karzai as a US “puppet”.
afghan in uniforM shoots us solDier Mullah oMar rejects afghankABUL AGENCIES
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least one serviceman on Sunday, local officials and the NATO-led coalition said. The so-called “insider attack” in Paktika province is the fourth in less than a month and is likely to strain already tense ties between coalition
troops and their allies, with most foreign troops scheduled to withdraw by the end of next year. A Reuters tally shows Sunday’s incident was the tenth this year, and took the death toll of foreign personnel to 15. “A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at Americans in Sharana city, the provincial capital, near the governor’s office,” said an
Afghan official, adding that two soldiers had been hit by the gunfire. The NATO-led coalition confirmed one soldier had been shot by a man in security forces uniform, but did not comment on his nationality or whether the Afghan was wearing an army uniform. Insider attacks threaten to further undermine waning support for the war among Western nations sending
over 115 killed in india temple stampede
troops to Afghanistan. A similar flurry of attacks last year prompted the NATOled force to briefly suspend all joint activities and take steps to curb interaction between foreign and Afghan troops. That has cut down the number of incidents, but some soldiers say the measures have further eroded the hardwon trust painstakingly nurtured between the allies over more than 12 years of war.
iran rejects West’s DeManD to ship out uraniuM stockpiles DUBAi/ViEnnA AGENCIES
STAMPEDE TRIGGERED BY RUMOURS THAT A BRIDGE OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE MIGHT COLLAPSE BHOPAL AGENCIES
More than 115 people are now known to have died on Sunday in a stampede on a bridge outside a hindu temple in India, police said. “Sixty people are confirmed killed and the figure could reach over 130,” local Deputy Police Inspector General DK Arya told AFP. “The death toll has risen to 115 and 10 others are in a critical condition,” Deputy Police Inspector D.K. Arya told AFP after the tragedy in the Datia district of central Madhya Pradesh state. Police had earlier put the toll at 90. Arya said the stampede was triggered by rumours that it might collapse after
UP TO 400,000 DEVOTEES WERE PRESENT INSIDE OR OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE
being hit by a heavy vehicle. “There were rumours that the bridge could collapse after the tractor hit it,” he said. “Many people are feared to have fallen into the river and are unaccounted for.” Other police sources said that some 20,000 people were on the bridge over the River Sindh when the stampede broke out. Up to 400,000 devotees were already inside or around the temple in Datia district, which is around 350 kilometres north of the state capital Bhopal. NDTV, an Indian television network, cited sources at the scene as saying the situation was exacerbated by police charging at the crowds with heavy wooden sticks known as lathis. however
Arya insisted “there was no baton-charge”. hindus are celebrating the end of the Navaratri festival, dedicated to the worship of the hindu god Durga, which draws millions of worshippers to temples especially in northern India. India has a long history of deadly stampedes at religious festivals, with at 36 people trampled to death back in February as pilgrims headed home from the Kumbh Mela religious festival on the banks of the river Ganges. Some 102 hindu devotees were killed in a stampede in January 2011 in the state of Kerala while 224 pilgrims died in September 2008 as thousands of worshippers rushed to reach a 15th-century hill-top temple in Jodhpur.
Iran on Sunday rejected the West’s demand to send sensitive nuclear material out of the country but signalled flexibility on other aspects of its atomic activities that worry world powers, ahead of renewed negotiations this week. Talks about Iran’s nuclear programme, due to start in Geneva on Tuesday, will be the first since the election of Iranian President hassan Rouhani, who has tried to improve relations with the West to pave a way for lifting economic sanctions. Rouhani’s election in June to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has raised hopes of a negotiated solution to a decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme that could otherwise trigger a new war in the volatile Middle east. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi’s comments on Sunday may disappoint Western officials, who want Iran to ship out uranium enriched to a fissile concentration of 20 percent, a short technical step away from weapons-grade material. however, Araqchi, who will join the talks in Switzerland, was less hardline about other areas of uranium enrichment, which Tehran says is for peaceful nuclear fuel purposes but the West fears may be aimed at developing nuclear weapons capability.
us pact, upcoMing polls MOnitORing DEsk Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar on Sunday rejected the proposed USAfghan security, saying the Afghans would not accept it. Omar’s statement — cloaked as an “eid” message — came a day after President hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed on some parts of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). The agreement however left the issue of providing immunity to the US soldiers unresolved. “The invaders and their allies should understand that the strategic agreement will be accompanied by grave consequences for them,” said Omar in a message. President Karzai appointed former president Sibghatullah Mujaddadi to convene a “Loya Jirga” or grand assembly to discuss and give a formal approval to BSA which Omar opposed. “They might get these documents rubber stamped by a fake Loya Jirga but it will not be acceptable to the Afghans. Throughout the history, the real representatives and Loya Jirgas
of the country have never signed documents of slavery,” said the Taliban leader. Omar said those who sign the BSA do not represent the Loya Jirga
their decisions are not acceptable. the invaders should know that their limited bases will never be accepted. the current armed jihad will continue against them with more momentum
of the country. “Their decisions are not acceptable. The invaders should know that their limited bases will never be accepted. The current armed Jihad will continue against them with more momentum,” he went on to say. ‘Votes of people have no
human chain formed to protect islamabad church
ISLAMABAD: A human chain was formed around the Our Lady of Fatima Church here during the Sunday Mass in a show of solidarity with the Christians of Pakistan. The event was organised by Pakistan For All – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities. A small crowd gathered for the event, which saw the church’s pastor join the activists with clerics from the Shia and Sunni sects. Previously, similar human chains were formed outside the St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi and St Anthony’s Church in Lahore following the Peshawar church attacks on September 22 which killed hundreds of worshippers. STAFF REPORT
value’ The Taliban leader also rejected the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for April 2014, the year set by NATO troops for withdrawal. “The Afghan people can’t be enticed by the (current) conspiracy of misleading people under the name of elections in the shade of the occupation in the country. There are figures active in these elections who are catering only to personal interests and the interests of the invaders rather than the Islamic and national interests,” Omar said. he regretted that some of the leaders were “trying to distort Islam” in order to reach the corridor of power and to “please the non-believers”. “The people know that some foreign stooges are playing with their destiny. The votes of the people have no value in the elections nor will participation benefit. Therefore, the Islamic emirate rejects these elections and urge the people to avoid participation in them because this is only a drama being played by the invaders to attain their goals,” the Taliban leader said.
inDia seizes arMeD ‘anti-piracY’ ship CHENNAI: India has detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company and the 35 people on board for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters, the coast guard said on Sunday. Coast Guard Commandant Anand Kumar said the ship was stopped on Friday and was being held in the southern port of Tuticorin along with its 10 crew and 25 armed security guards until required documentation is submitted. The crew and security guards included British, estonian, Indian and Ukrainian nationals, Kumar said. The southern tip of India is close to major trading routes from Asia to europe. Many cargo ships now travel with armed guards to deter pirates. AGENCIES
Monday, 14 October, 2013
PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN
PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN
Federal Minister for Science and Technology
Federal Secretary for Science and Technology
pir Bakhsh jaMali
Dr. klaus Wucherer IEC President
terrY hill ISO President
Dr. haMaDoun i. toure ITU Secretary-General
Director General, PSQCA
International Standards practically provide powerful tools for tackling many of today's global challenges. This year, Pakistan celebrates the World Standards Day with the theme “International Standards Ensure Positive Change” that will focus on standards and bring confidence to government, businesses, and consumers, impacting reliability from farm to table, manufacturer to retailer and workplace to home. It will build confidence of people across geographical boundaries, which is inevitable for global peace and harmony. International Standards are used in various sectors of our daily life. They play a vital role in promoting quality, reliability and consistency of industries and provide major benefits not only to the global economy but also to the lives of people around the world.
I am pleased that Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has joined the International community to commemorate the International Standards Day on 14th October, 2013. This year’s theme “International Standards Ensure Positive Change”, indicates the ability of organizations to achieve objectives by implementing the international standards to develop products or services of optimal quality thus ensuring positive change, without applying extra effort. Standards help organizations meet their customers' needs while focusing and optimizing company processes. Regulators can use standards as a base for market and consumer-friendly regulations, while consumer protection is also important social benefit which is being made available to common man through these standards in terms of safety and quality.
Pakistan is celebrating World Standards Day on October 14 with the theme “International Standards Ensure Positive Change”, which is exemplifies the commitment on behalf of Government of Pakistan towards Standardization. International Standards bring technological, economic and societal benefits thus ensuring technological modernization and promoting social and environmental compliance practices that increase the health and safety of the world and its citizens. They are the basis upon which developing nations build their economies and compete in the global market. These standards help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services making industry more efficient, thereby removing barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, reliable and acceptable for health & environment.
World Standards Day is an annual celebration recognizing the collaborative efforts that go into the development of standards both at national level and international level. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of standardization to the global economy and human lives. Today on the occasion of World Standards Day, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) needs to ensure sustainable efforts regarding standards and their implementation within the industry of Pakistan. The roles of international standards in the dissemination / diffusion of technical knowledge have been realized by developed countries. To ensure continuous growth in developing countries like Pakistan, much effort is needed to create awareness in industry and consumers about the benefits of international standards.
“international standards ensure positive chanGe”
NTeRNATIONAL Organization of Standardization and Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority being member of ISO and national regulator and standardization body of Pakistan celebrates World Standard Day each year on 14th October. This day honours the efforts of the researcher and scientists who have developed thousands of national and international standards for International Organizational of Standardization (ISO), International technical Commission (IeC) and PSQCA. The objective of the World Standards Day is to raise awareness of industry, consumers and stakeholder to take standards as part and parcel of their activities. This year ISO has given World Standard Day a theme of “International Standards ensure Positive Change”. Positive change means doing the right things, taking right path & direction and in conformity assessment activity implementing right standards. The industry will adopt latest standard as a tool to meet the highest level of customer satisfaction. Implementing international standards has opened technical trade barrier between the countries and enhanced cooperation. Under the umbrella of PSQCA, Standardization has been recognized as the mode that brings a positive change and energy vitalizing to all stakeholders, PSQCA steps towards standards is providing the public with information on technical and organizational key features .Consensus on the technical and organizational solutions for products and services , and systems and processes under standardization has also been sought. Organizations and businesses are coming to terms with the concept that standards specify universally practiced requirements for production processes, and set the criteria of comparable and uniform quality of products and management systems. Pakistan is getting aligned to the fact that the understanding and incorporation of standards is of paramount importance for success. In the era of globalization internationally recognized standards are the driving force. The relations between the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) , the International electro technical Commission (IeC ), the International Telecommunication Union ( ITU) and CeN european promote ( european International Organization for Standardization ), the european Committee for electro technical Standardization (CeNeLeC ) and the european Telecommunications Standards Institute (eTSI) have been sought to set standards at all levels. Local bodies also work in connection with the mother international bodies to facilitate successful implementation and introduction of standards. PSQCA of Pakistan has been active since its inception; It is aware and receptive to the demand of the local scenario. At present it is working to introducing standards that are of great importance to the social uplifting of our society and industry. Standards related to healthcare, energy conservation and disaster management have been put in place to meeting the very purpose and management. The importance of standards is well established as they leave positive impact on all spheres of business activities and all the stakeholders. Standards supports the ability of businesses to innovate products, services and management by establishing parameters, objectives and benchmarks that are at par with accepted business practices and free market. They serve as a value chain link between the national and especially international industry. They are therefore of importance particular for the competitiveness of sustenance of industry on local scale as well as for exports. Standardization also whets the processes and the work force and is not only the mode of knowledge transfer, but is also the key for opening of markets. Indeed, standards promote innovation and positive competition. They do not block or restrict progress. On the contrary, they create room for innovation. experience clearly shows that the new technical standards often give impetus to useful change and technologies about help knowledge become applicable, relevant, transparent and accessible to all, As a result, standards facilitate positive competition and empower all with the means to assert their interests nationally and internationally. Moreover, standards create economic, political and social harmony, because they are designed in collaboration with companies and expertise in consensus with all sectors of society. Industry, government, academia and NGOs are taken on board for introduction and successful application of standards. The committees formed by PSQCA embody council of all sectors of society to contribute effectively to the process of standardization. Owing to this broad social consensus, standardization is widely accepted by all stakeholders to create a reliable basis for their application. These standards creates an attractive mix of flexibility and legal certainty ,and they are also updated and checked regularly to stay relevant to ever changing industrial practice . Standards are also a great help to the legislature and the administration to meet requirements of international market. They provide support for the technical and practical implementation of the legal requirements, which had long been the "new approach" in eU legislation and other international markets. Standards describe the state-of -the- art and articulate officials requirements to present your local national products in international markets. PSQCA ensures that standard enforced is nationally and internationally recognized. Under the capable management and leader ship of PSQCA no stone has been left unturned to enhancing the national and international competitiveness of Pakistani products .Support at all levels has been extended to companies to help them achieve transparency and technical requirements for inculcation of standards. Boiling it down, standardization creates the prerequisite for economic success and innovation. Standardizing the basic technology, processes and management set strong pillars for the short term as well as the long term growth and progress of industry and society.
Ghulam Umer Kazi, Secretary PSQCA
Each year on 14 October, the member countries of the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) celebrate World Standards Day. The professionals and experts volunteer their knowledge in public interest and come together to create standards and technical agreements. They share innovation with member countries thus providing business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change. This year theme “International Standards Ensure Positive Change”, suggests international standards are powerful tools that can open up global markets, create business environment, and spur economic growth. These standards help organizations capitalize their potential in the global marketplace.
Today the international community faces shifting global markets as well as a need to balance remedies to macro-economic challenges with the urgent call for a meaningful response to climate change. In this complex environment, international standards are powerful tools to lead positive change by detailing specifications that can open up global markets, create enabling business environments, spur economic growth and help mitigate and adapt to climate change. International standards represent the consensus view of the world's leading experts in industry sectors ranging from energy utilities and energy efficiency to transportation, management systems, climate change, healthcare, safety and information and communication technology (ICT). Volunteering their knowledge in service of the public interest, experts in these and many other subjects come together to create standards that share innovation with all the world's countries and so provide business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change. Standards support rapid economic growth in developing countries by outlining best practices that enable them to avoid "reinventing the wheel". Given the strong correlation between economic growth and urbanization, standards are becoming increasingly important in helping cities develop more intelligent and sustainable infrastructures, making them better places to live. International standards are ensuring that
products, services and environments become more accessible to persons with disabilities. Standards are also applied as tools to help reduce climate change by improving energy efficiency and decreasing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. Standards share best practices in renewable energy generation, provide cutting-edge requirements and processes for waste disposal and recycling, and tools to enhance efficiency and environmental sustainability across all industry sectors. International standards bodies such as IEC, ISO, and ITU provide cohesion to a myriad of national and regional standards; thereby harmonizing global best practices, eliminating technical barriers to trade, and fostering shared socio-economic advance. These benefits are ultimately all passed on to the consumer in the form of greater choice, increased quality and lower prices. Today, IEC, ISO and ITU are employing the time-tested benefits of standardization to broker global consensus on the best approaches to contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges. The principles underlying international standardization are today more relevant than ever. Standards continue to ensure positive change by removing barriers to communication and cooperation, and the work of IEC, ISO and ITU remains central to the development of standards that share knowledge among all the world's countries and so provide building blocks for global prosperity.
LAHORE Monday, 14 October, 2013
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. — George Washington
KY rocketing prices of commodities and burden of multiple expenses has made the purchase of a sacrificial animal a far reaching dream for the common man. Many faithful have intended to go for collective sacrifice this eid. With eid just around the corner, the sale of sacrificial animals is still low owing to high animal prices. The buyers after enquiring the prices just step out of the market. This year the prices of sacrificial animals have gone up at least by 50 to 70 percent as compared to last year. eid indeed has exposed the financial hardships of the majority belonging to the middle and lower middle class who are unable to buy a goat. Instead of putting checks on prices of animals, the authorities are harping on the tune that prices of livestock have increased in the international market. As per the findings of a succinct survey conducted by Pakistan Today on Sunday, the price of an average goat ranges between Rs 25,000 and Rs 40,000, which is too expensive for a person with an average earning. Similarly an average cow costs between Rs 50,000 to 250,000 – the reason why most of the buyers return from the market with empty hands. Thousands of people visiting different sacrificial
animal sale points in the city established by the district government in 7 areas including China Scheme D Block in Shalimar Town, Kacha Mandi Main Ferozepur Road in Gulberg Town, Animal Market Shahpur Kanjran, Model Bazaar harbanspura in Aziz Bhatti Town, LDA Avenue I Raiwind Road in Samanabad Town, Bismillah housing Scheme G T Road in
Wahga Town, and Saggian Pul near Police Station in the Data Ganj Buksh Town and Ravi Town were found reluctant to buy animals for being beyond their purchasing power. Some of the buyers who returned empty handed from Saggian Pul market told this scribe that they will either take a share in collective sacrifice being organised under different religious organisations, mosques, madarassas and social welfare organisations as per their pocket size or wait for the eid’s second day when the bakra prices plummet. herdsmen have attributed the high prices of animals to multiple taxes and charges (declared and hidden), besides heavy cost of feeding the animals for a year. “We have to pay Rs 300 for a drum of water (mainly for animals) besides other charges already paid to various people/group,” said Muzaffar Ali, who brought animals from Sahiwal. It has been revealed that this year the collective sacrificial has recorded unprecedented increase and besides madrassas, many social welfare organisations and even political parties are offering collective sacrifice. Different organisations involved in collective sacrifice have erected banners and posted posters on city walls inscribed with the rates of share, that are ranging between Rs 7,000 to Rs 8,500.
8,500 rescuers put on alert for eiD
BiD fareWell to Your goats, farhat! LAHORE: Pakistani test cricketer Imran Farhat lost his two goats worth Rs 100,000 from outside his house in Valencia Society later on Saturday night. The goats were tied outside his house when robbers took advantage and escaped with the animals. Imran refused a police inquiry into the matter. STAFF REPORT
BuilDing collapse kills tWo LAHORE: Two men died while one was injured when a double story building collapsed in Shadara on Sunday. As per details, three construction workers were working in the building when its roof caved in. The rescuers shifted the victims to a local hospital where two of them, one identified as Shahid, 55, died. CRIMINALS BUSTED: Gujarpura police arrested nine gamblers and two drugs dealers from China Scheme, Bogiwala in a crack down on Sunday. The police seized cash, mobile phones, 100 liters of liquor and other valuables from the men’s possession. In another raid, Mulgalpura police arrested eight gamblers and seized cash, mobile phones and other valuables. The police have registered FIRs against the criminals for further investigation. STAFF REPORT
Won’t rest until Dengue Does: Minister LAHORE: Punjab Minister for excise & Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said that government will uphold the campaign against dengue fever until its elimination. While addressing the participants of dengue awareness walk at Chowk Nakhuda on Sunday, the minister said that during last year elected representatives played a commendable role in promoting public awareness against dengue. he said that Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab, while increasing the health budget up to Rs 102 billion. Appreciating the role of clerics in anti-dengue campaign he said, “Ulema can successfully execute the awareness campaign in mosques especially during prayer hours to the society.” ONLINE
stock ‘em all for eid! LAHORE NASIR BUTT
City’s sunday bazaars, which are supposed to provide all essential kitchen items at control rates, presented the look of heated stock market with buyers on a hoarding spree despite escalating prices of commodities. Shortage of commodities LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has started construction of a new dual carriageway link road from also did not stop buyers from LOS Ferozepur Road to Multan Road ending near Samanabad banking on whatever that was available in the market. The Mor to reduce travelling to Motorway M-2 and Ring Road at price of potato further an estimated cost of Rs 1,846 million. The contract of road construction has been granted through open tender to a private escalated this week and reached at Rs 45 to 47 per kg construction company while LDA and National engineering and potato (store) at Rs 24 to Services of Pakistan (NeSPAK) will supervise the project. 26 but it was sold at Rs 42 per Under the project, the existing four kilometres long road alongside the Samanabad Nullah to Gulshan-e-Ravi would be rehabilitated and widened up to 60 feet consisting of three lanes from each side. The construction of the road would be completed within the next six months and it would help ease the traffic flow of more than 50,000 vehicles daily besides reducing travelling time from Ferozepur Road to Motorway M-2 Babu Sabu Interchange. In the first phase of the project, LDA has demolished illegal construction from the LOS side of the road while from Multan Road, Poonch house Colony, where dozens of illegal houses had been constructed, LDA will launch an operation during the current month. LDA officials commenting on the project said the operation against encroachments would be launched soon and construction would be completed within the stipulated time. APP
lDa starts Work on MotorWaY link roaD
kg. Onion price was further increased by Rs 5 per kg and was fixed at Rs 45 to 50 per kg while B-grade was sold at Rs 46 per kg and good quality at Rs 55 to 60 per kg. Tomato price rose by Rs 7 per kg and was fixed at Rs 56 to 60 per kg while lower quality was sold at Rs 60 per kg. Garlic (China) was increased by Rs 10 per kg and fixed at Rs 90 to 95 per kg and garlic (desi) at Rs 95 to 100 per kg with an increase of Rs 5 per kg while it was sold at Rs 120 per kg. Ginger (China) was further gained by Rs 10 per kg and fixed at Rs 180 to 185 per kg
and ginger (Burma) was fixed at Rs 80 to 85 per kg and sold at Rs 200 per kg. Spinach price was fixed at Rs 10 to 16 per kg and sold at Rs 20 per kg. Brinjal price was gained by Rs 5 per kg and fixed reached at Rs 10 to 12 per kg. Cabbage was fixed at Rs 25 to 30 per kg from Rs 35 to 40 per kg sold at Rs 40 per kg and cauliflower was at Rs 35 to 40 per kg and sold at Rs 50 per kg. The price of biter gourd (desi) was fixed at Rs 70 to 80 per kg and biter gourd (farm) at Rs 40 to 45 per kg while sold at Rs 80 per kg. Pumpkin rate rose Rs 10 per kg and was fixed at Rs 45 to 55 per kg and
sold at Rs 60 per kg. Luffa rate was fixed at Rs 45 to 50 per kg and sold at Rs 60 per kg. Rates of different variety of apple were fixed between Rs 50 and Rs 90 per kg while B grade was sold at Rs 60 to Rs 80 per kg in makeshift markets. Banana was fixed at Rs 40 to 50 per dozen and lower quality was sold at Rs 60 per dozen. Pomegranate desi was fixed at Rs 60 to 65 per kg and sold upto Rs 80 per kg and pomegranate (kandhari) at Rs 100 to 130 per kg and sold at Rs 150 per kg. Grapes (sundarkhani) rate was fixed at Rs 170 to 180 per kg sold at Rs 200 to 220 per kg and grapes (gola) at Rs 85 to 90 per kg sold at Rs 120 per kg. Grape fruit was fixed at Rs 8 to Rs 10 per piece and lower quality was sold at Rs 15 to Rs 20 per piece.
LAHORE: As many as 8,500 rescuers of Rescue 1122 will remain on high alert during eid holidays to provide emergency cover to the citizens. According to Rescue 1122 spokesman, Provincial Monitoring Cell briefed the Punjab emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer that emergency plans for eid have been finalised in all districts of Punjab. All districts have made plans for deployment of emergency ambulances, rescue and fire services at important mosques and eid-gahs. Rescue mobile posts of emergency paramedics shall also be deployed at important places of mass gatherings, it was briefed. Furthermore, district emergency officers have been directed to organise meetings with local mosque committees and ensure that local volunteers are available in case of any emergency. Meetings with management of hospitals have also been held to cope with any emergency. Provincial Monitoring Cell established at Rescue 1122 headquarters will remain operational round the clock to ensure effective implementation of district emergency plans. District Control Rooms will also be functional round the clock for the provision of effective emergency services to public and leaves of rescuers have been cancelled. In Lahore, the Rescue 1122 staff will remain on special duties in district control room, along with emergency rescue stations, 24 fully equipped emergency ambulances, 14 fire fighting vehicles, 4 rescue vehicles, 1 water rescue vehicle and a Disaster Rescue Team. APP
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, 14 October, 2013
Govt equips balochistan police with more weapons to combat terrorism
BANNU: Children donate money for the reconstruction of a bridge which was damaged by flood in the Karam River in the area of Kachkot Asad Khan on Sunday. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: The federal government on
pakistani Govt slow on key military appointments t MOnitORing DEsk
he Pakistani government has been slow in making key military leadership appointments. Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman of Pakistan Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, retired this week after 42 years in the military. his post has been assumed by the country's powerful military figure, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the army's chief of staff. But Kayani has already announced his retirement, set for November. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has yet to indicate who will fill both posts. Kayani is seen as the second most powerful man in the country. Michael Kofman of the Washington-based Institute for National Strategic Studies says Sharif's pick for the next military leader will need to align his vision for peace talks with the militant Taliban. "The chief of army staff at the end of the day oversees not only the military but still a large percentage of the national security policymaking in the country, and to an extent, foreign policy as well," said Kofman. Writer and analyst Ahmed Rashid says Sharif will choose the new military leaders carefully, given that the army
ousted him from power in 1999. But Rashid adds that silence from the prime minister's office is indicative of a government that has no clear national security policy. "I think what we are seeing is that this dithering and this lack of decision and decisive decision making by the government is playing in to the hands of the Taliban in the sense that they are trying to create propaganda value for themselves," said Rashid. Prime Minister Sharif says that the only way to resolve the years-long Taliban militancy in Pakistan is through negotiation. But the Taliban has a list of demands that includes the release of all Taliban prisoners, the withdrawal of the military from their northwest strongholds, the imposition of
sharia law and an end to US-conducted drone strikes Analysts say the government will be hard pressed to agree to the conditions. Meanwhile, multiple factions of the Taliban have kept up their bombing campaigns, leaving dozens of people dead and injured. Kofman, who said his views did not necessarily reflect those of The Institute for National Strategic Studies, says Pakistan has reached a pivotal point. "Pakistan's ahMeD rashiD military deployWRITER ment is almost at 40 percent which is very, very hard to sustain in the longterm, unrealistic, and I am sure there are many people wondering whether they
I think what we are seeing is that this dithering and this lack of decision and decisive decision making by the government is playing in to the hands of the Taliban in the sense that they are trying to create propaganda value for themselves.
will have to intensify operations, or whether they should be looking to cut a peace deal or make some other type of agreement," he said. So far, the Pakistani army has been unable to eliminate the Taliban. A recent on-camera interview with Pakistani Taliban leader hakimullah Mehsud showed him very at ease. his attitude, some analysts say, is that of a man who feels he is winning. Analyst Kofman: "That means for the Pakistan Taliban, that if this is the worst, that this is the best that the Pakistan army can do against them, then they should hold out, because if they are still alive, and if they still represent a real fighting force today, this is probably the most that the Pakistani army can do," he said. But other analysts argue the military is only hampered by a lack of political will on the part of the government. "I think there will come a time quite soon when the military will go to the prime minister and say, 'I am sorry, but this offer of talks with the Taliban has not worked,'" Rashid said. After several military coups and years of army rule, many Pakistanis are deeply proud of the current civilian rule. But privately, many believe the civilian leadership will only remain in charge as long as it is able to maintain stability.
Sunday equipped the Balochistan police with 3,000 machine guns as well as MP5s and their bullets. The security force was given 360,000 bullets for the machine guns and an additional 120,000 bullets for the MP5s. The decision to increase weapons held by Balochistan police was under discussion since the new government came to power. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani had met and decided that the army would provide as many weapons as possible without causing a dent in their own operations. The purpose of providing more ammunition is to help the Balochistan police with combating rising terrorism in the province. AGENCIES
sent from pakistan: france charges al Qaeda man PARISA French-Algerian man suspected of al Qaeda ties and deported from Pakistan earlier this week has been charged with terror offences, French judicial officials said. Intelligence officials believe Naamen Meziche was once connected to al Qaeda’s so-called ‘Hamburg cell’, which planned the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Deported on Tuesday, he was charged and remanded in custody in Paris on Friday for criminal conspiracy in relation with a terrorist enterprise, with a view to carrying out criminal acts, the source said. Meziche had been in Pakistani custody since being arrested in May 2012 in the southwest of the country along with three other suspected French jihadis, who were sent back to France in April and charged on the same count. Meziche left France in the early 1990s for Afghanistan, then for Germany where he is alleged to have come into close contact with the ‘Hamburg Cell’. AGENCIES
Balochistan gov geareD up to WeeD out corruption Mafia: WaDan PKMAP SAYS BALOCHISTAN GOVT WILL NOT ALLOCATE DEVELOPMENT FUNDS TO MPAS isLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
With the cabinet expansion taking place in Balochistan on Monday, the ruling coalition is all set to launch a major and phased drive against corruption under the guidance of Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch. In order to purge the government machinery of Balochistan of the corrupt mafia, the ruling coalition comprising mainly Baloch and Pashtun nationalists, has taken a major decision to launch a major cleansing operation. In an exclusive interview with PakistanToday, Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Vice President and Member of National Assembly from Quetta, Abdul Qahar Wadan said that after identifying the corrupt elements, a cleansing operation would be launched. “One thing is clear that the government
will not tolerate corrupt mafia and terrorists will also be wiped out from the province,” said Mr Qahar Wadan. “We would not doll out money to lawmakers of Balochistan in the name of “development funds” as was the practice under former chief minister Raisani. Rather, a transparent mechanism would be adopted to allocate development funds through public tenders for development projects across the province,” he added. The PkMAP leader said that the Balochistan government had taken the decision in line with the vision and commitment of Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch and other party leaders. he was of the view that the previous government of Sardar Aslam Raisani had set new records of misuse of public funds and corruption by giving all the lawmakers billions of rupees in the name of development funds which had badly affected the governance system and rampant corrupt practices had resulted in worst law and order situation whereas the people of Quetta had been left to target killers, sectarian outfits and extortion mafia gangs.
“The Balochistan government has decided to get rid of the previous regime's negative precedent of not implementing Public Sector Development Projects (PSDP) and rather bribing the lawmakers by giving billions of rupees in name of development funds. Now, it has been decided that the funds would be used under a transparent mechanism and no fund would be allocated to Balochistan Development Authority (BDA) which had been allocated 60 percent of the budget by previous government," he said and added that the people would soon witness the change which is taking place under the nationalist leadership. Qahar Wadan said that under the previ-
ous government, hasnain Construction Company had been allotted a contract to construct Quetta-Chaman Road. however, he alleged that the construction company paid bribes to the previous rulers and left the project halfway which helped the gangsters unleash an era of loot and plunder on the Quetta-Chaman highway. he said that the USAID had provided funding of Rs 9.5 billion to construct Quetta-Chaman highway which would be completed in record 1.5 years. he said Rs 5 billion have been released and work would be started soon. he added that his party would provide security to the contractors. "We have already provided security alongside Quetta-Chaman highway and no incident of abduction of people or vehicles is taking place now. Previous government itself was responsible for massive law and order situation but now times have changed and now the true servants of the people have taken over the reigns,” he added. Asked about creation of Saraiki province, Qahar, who has also served as deputy speaker Balochistan Assembly, said that his party in principle supported cre-
ation of a Saraiki province as this would be returning the Saraiki people their stolen identity and would be a timely step to heal their decades-old wounds. he said this step was also in line with the 1940 resolution which had promised returning identity to five major nations and not provinces. Calling for a new social contract in the country based on the 1940 resolution, Qahar Wadan said this step would enable the five major nations including Punjabis, Pashtoons, Saraikis, Baloch and Sindhis revive their cultural and historic identity with rights on their natural resources and revenues. Responding to a query, Qahar said that the time was right the military leadership stopped meddling into the civilian matters and only this could take the country out of multiple crises. "We are not against the armed forces, rather we fully support a professional army. however, my leadership feels that successive military takeovers have badly affected the confidence between military and civilian leadership. But if military stops intervention into civilian matters, things would improve," he concluded.
The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year. — John Foster Dulles
NEWS Monday, 14 October, 2013
us army plans 'iron man' armour for soldiers
MOnitORing DEsk The US Army is working to develop "revolutionary" smart armour that would give its troops "superhuman strength". It is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build the Iron Man-style suit. Other exoskeletons that allow soldiers to carry large loads much further have already been tested by the army. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (Talos) would have such a frame but would also have layers of smart materials fitted with sensors. The suit would also need to have wide-area networking and a wearable computer similar to Google Glass, the US Army said. Increase strength It should be made of smart material fitted with sensors to monitor body temperature, heart rate and hydration levels. The exoskeleton, which could be attached to arms and legs, would be likely to use hydraulics to greatly increase strength. "The requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armour suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armour, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that," said Lt Col Karl Borjes, a science adviser at the US Army's research, development and engineering command. "It's advanced armour. It's communications, antennas. It's cognitive performance. It's sensors, miniature-type circuits. That's all going to fit in here, too," he added. Magnetic field According to US Army Sgt Maj Chris Faris, "no one industry can build it". Instead the army is calling on research and development organisations, private industry as well as government labs and academia to support the project. The US Army said it was likely that scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would be involved in the design. An MIT team is currently developing liquid body armour - made from fluids that transform into a solid when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied. LARgE RoBot: In an interview with US news site NPR, MIT professor Gareth McKinley compared the futuristic armour to that seen in Hollywood films. "It sounds exactly like Iron Man," he said. "The other kind of things that you see in the movies... would be the kind of external suit that Sigourney Weaver wears in Aliens, where it's a large robot that amplifies the motions and lifting capability of a human." The aim is the get the Talos armour out in the field within three years.
kashmir rappers battle to be heard sRinAgAR
eING a hip hop artist in one of the most militarised and sensitive places on the planet is not easy, but MC Kash is determined to be heard from his home in the himalayas. The 23-year-old lives in Srinagar, the main city of Indian-administered Kashmir which has suffered 20 years of separatist insurgency and decades as a focus of fighting between India and Pakistan. Like many local Muslims, he chafes under restrictions imposed by an estimated 700,000 Indian security forces, with heavy-handed policing, human rights abuses and disappearances feeding his resentment. After his first song “I Protest” went viral in 2010, a year of huge and deadly demonstrations against Indian rule that saw 120 people shot dead, MC Kash saw the studio where he recorded it raided by police. he says he learned the lesson. “I have been shifting from this underground studio to that underground studio... After we finish recording we delete everything from the studio owner's computer. The studio owners know that if you record this guy the state's wrath will be upon you,” he told AFP. Performing isn't easy either. There are no public venues where performances can be independently staged and the ones owned by the government are tightly regulated by the authorities. “No matter what, they could raid my studio, they could raid my house, as long as I'm doing right to my people and my country,
After his first song “I Protest” went viral in 2010, a year of huge and deadly demonstrations against Indian rule that saw 120 people shot dead, MC Kash saw the studio where he recorded it raided by police. He says he learned the lesson as long as my conscience is satisfied, I'm glad and I'll keep doing it,” Kash, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, told AFP. 'INTIMIDATINg' ENQUIRIES: his popularity has inspired others to join in, like Shayan Nabi, a 23-year-old student whose gentle and calm personality gives way to anger when he gets in front of a mic. he grew up during the darkest days of the armed rebellion against Indian rule that began in 1989 but has petered out in recent years, with violence now at a twodecade low. he says he was a bystander until 2010 when he witnessed hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris take to the streets in the anti-India protests of that summer, which saw security forces firing live ammunition at crowds. “As news of youth dying came in
everyday I started reading history and writing songs to protest against what had been happening to my people,” Shayan said. “If two people outside Kashmir get to know about my music, what's happening here, they can connect to this place, they can at least raise their voices like I do,” says Shayan. Many Kashmiri rappers revealed to AFP that plain-clothes police officers visited their homes on several occasions making “intimidating” enquiries about them and asking them to report to police stations. Though modern-day rap has its roots in the United States, Kashmir has a long tradition of protest through poetry and music. Before 1947 when the former princely state was divided between India and Pakistan as the two countries won freedom from Britain, Kashmiri Muslim artists used rhyming spoken word called Laddi Shah to ridicule their hindu rulers. Inspector general of police, Abdul Gani Mir, denies that his officers are trying to muzzle dissent by keeping tabs on local rappers. “A lot of things do happen in the society and it is our mandate to verify things. If policemen visited their homes and tried to verify, there's no harm in that and it doesn't amount to harassment,” Mir told AFP. Khurram Pervez, a prominent human rights defender, says young Kashmiris are trying to fill a “resistance space” after Indian forces succeeded in largely crushing the armed rebellion in recent years. That young people are channelling their frustration into music instead of violence is a positive development, but Pervez is critical of “repressive tactics”
being used to silence artistic dissent. “The government is afraid of any such thing that brings people together here. Anything that binds people, whether it is music, art or writing,” says Pervez. “The government is scared that they will get the international community to attend to the violations here.” Last month in Srinagar, music was back in the headlines for the wrong reasons after the German embassy in New Delhi organised a performance by the 70member Bavarian Orchestra conducted by Indian-born maestro Zubin Mehta. The “peace concert,” intended to showcase the picturesque Kashmir's tourism potential, was attended by about 2,000 invitees but became embroiled in controversy after local separatists accused Germany of endorsing Indian sovereignty in Kashmir. It gave MC Kash a new subject and inspired his angry protest number “Orchestra of War (Beethoven Remix)”. “you selling peace? you stupid? in a land that's still disputed your vision's all polluted if you can't see the persecuted ... you selling peace we ain't buying it this is Orchestra of War.”
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chilD BriDes roBBeD of their future nEWs DEsk One year ago, Taliban gunmen in Pakistan boarded a school van and shot Malala Yousafzai, then 15, for speaking out for girls' education. Malala survived the tragedy, and her courageous story of a teenage girl who would not be silenced inspired tens of millions more in the fight for girls' rights. As Malala said in July during her historic address at the United Nations, "I raise up my voice -- not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard." And as the world marked International Day of the Girl on Friday, it is worth remembering all those young girls, the same age as Malala and some even younger, whose voices go unheard: the millions of child brides around the world robbed of their youth and their rights, including the chance at education. The world will never know the talent it loses to early forced marriages. Most of the world's child brides reside in Malala's home region of South Asia. In her native Pakistan, almost one-fourth of the country's girls find themselves in unions or marriages by age 18. India, Pakistan's neighbor to the east, has more child brides than any other country in the world, with 47% of all of the country's more than 600 million girls married before their 18th birthday. In Bangladesh, 66% of girls end up becoming child brides, the third-highest rate in the world. The tradition of child marriage, reinforced by poverty, instability and
a lack of resources, has proven hard to fight even in this era of globalization. education has proven to be one of the most potent weapons in the fight against child marriage. According to Girls Not Brides, a global partnership to end child marriage, a girl who receives seven or more years of schooling will marry an average of four years later. In Mozambique, around 60% of girls without an education are married by 18, compared with 10% who complete secondary schooling. That number drops to nearly zero for those who are
able to reach higher education. When a girl can become a student instead of a bride, her family benefits. A study in Pakistan measuring returns on education showed that extending a girl's schooling by one year led to a 13% to 18% increase in her wages. Data from a Population Reference Bureau study put that number at up to 20%. A baby born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5. And child vaccination rates quadruple when mothers are educated. When girls become brides, on the other hand, schooling is often not an option. even if husbands and their families permit the girl to go to school, the immediate push to have children makes girls much more likely to drop out. Pregnancy is the leading cause of death worldwide for girls ages 15 to 19. Child brides have precious few paths to earning an income and to contributing to their family's economic health, leaving girls ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty. Domestic violence and hIV transmission also increase dramatically when girls marry at a young age, further threatening both the girls and the well-being of their children. For every Malala you meet there are many more whose stories will never be known -- girls robbed of their chance to pursue their dreams and to go to school simply because they are girls. That is not just their loss; it is ours. Girls are a precious natural resource. And we don't have talent to waste.
In Pakistan, almost onefourth of the country's girls find themselves in unions or marriages by age 18. India has more child brides than any other country in the world, with 47% of all of the country's more than 600 million girls married before their 18th birthday
A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. –John Barrymore
COMMENT Monday, 14 October, 2013
the will of the people Supreme, but beware and be wary
he will of the people will never be overruled again in the country,” thus spake the PM Nawaz Sharif on the 14th anniversary of the coup that had thrown him out of the same plush, nay palatial, prime ministerial compound. The irony was not lost on the cognoscenti: he was back at the same spot and in the same exalted position from which he had been booted out, while the boot had been denied the bail the same day and shall squirm some more for the freedom delayed. Coming from the same lips: “We, the chosen representatives of people, will strive hard to strengthen democracy, and to establish rule of law.” There is a hint of smugness in the statement, while the moment and the memory dictated some humility. But, to be fair, he is not alone in grandstanding. Another who had a second coming, and is now close to superannuation, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry thundered: “Nobody could dare topple an elected government now or tame the judiciary… The lawyers’ movement had closed the doors on such an adventure”. Noble sentiments, but, again an irony, the world of caution, couched in words that were deliberate and sensible came from an unlikely quarter: General Kayani. But then those who have trampled democracy under their boots perhaps are more familiar with the failings of the politicians, for it allows them the window of opportunity to wield their swagger stick. Analyzing it correctly to a tee, Kayani said: “Clash of institutions weakens the country”, while imploring to his successor: “It is essential that military command keep playing its role” to strengthen democracy, “but it would only be possible with enhancing mutual trust between the state institutions.” Implicit in the words is the message: every institution needs to stay within its constitutionally defined jurisdiction, without an attempt at overreach. And it involves more than just the government and the armed forces, for judiciary too has variously been seen to be overstretching itself – a fact that is now creating fissures between bench and bar, as is evident from the LhCBA moving the supreme judicial council. An overconfident ZAB once said, he had ended Bonapartism from the army. Famous last words! So while the current prime minister may find reassurance in the echo of his own words – “The will of the people will never be overruled again” – he must stay advised that overconfidence would not do. In this day and age, nothing can strengthen democracy more than the people. And they would only come to the fore to save democracy and politicians from their nemesis if they are well served.
small steps The US and post-2014 Afghanistan
he US and Afghanistan have come to an understanding about security arrangements post the US drawdown by the end of next year. By signing a preliminary agreement on the issue, both sides have agreed to seriously look into the situation. With the US leaving these parts soon, it is of great import that such an agreement comes into force, thus protecting the country from falling into the hands of the Taliban or disintegrate with war lords ruling their areas of influence for the Afghan security forces lack capacity. The issue is not only affecting the endgame in Afghanistan, it will have a long term effect on the donors that provide most of its income, and also its neighbours. With millions of refugees already in Pakistan, another influx can be expected if the Afghan security forces are not able to hold their ground. The new agreement between the two countries is aimed at removing legal issues, allowing the US to operate its forces with immunity from local laws – a thorny issue that President hamid Karazai was opposed to. The US also wants to run counter-terrorism missions independent of the Kabul government, another subject on which the US and the Afghan president were of divergent opinion. however, before it is enforced, the new agreement needs approval from the Loya Jirga and Afghan Parliament. The US State Secretary John Kerry has held meetings with the Afghan president to convince him, but the decision has been delegated to the Afghan people with an intent to capitalize on it in the coming elections. Now that both sides have agreed to give in and have accepted to work on each other’s reservations, one can hope that a satisfactory solution can be found for the country’s post-2014 security situation. No one wants replication of Soviet withdrawal in the 1980s. But if the deal doesn’t come through, the US would be left with nothing but to pursue what is being called the ‘zero option’, under which it would have to withdraw all its forces from the country, thus leaving the Afghan government totally vulnerable to attacks from the Taliban. That indeed would be an alarming situation, one that the international community has been working on to avoid. One can only hope that better sense prevails and a suitable agreement is reached at to maintain the country’s integrity post-2014.
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the growing fear syndrome The absolute necessity to go for the one least likely to do the job “They came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I was not a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. And then they came for me and, by that time, no one was left to speak up”. –Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a Protestant Minister in Nazi Germany RACTICALLY everyone seems resigned to the inevitability of nothing significant happening in the country by way of improvement in governance, but few are willing to pinpoint the inherent ailment that incessantly thwarts the prospect of any such development. This is principally because of an intertwined chain of interests that moves from one beneficiary to the next. Besides other relatively insignificant issues, the bloated fear syndrome that the ruling political mafia is afflicted with is the determining factor that is gravely impacting the affairs of governance. This syndrome determines what is not to be done in preference to what should be done. The scourge manifests itself in ensuring that every person considered for appointment to a key position measures up successfully to the benchmark of being the one who is least likely to do the job that he/she is entrusted with. Take the case of appointing the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). There are innumerable pending cases against the ruling mafias, the Sharifs, the Zardaris, and the likes. The open and blatant defiance of the Supreme Court (SC) injunction by the previous government with regard to writing the letter to the Swiss authorities in the matter of Zardari’s illicit millions is a case in point: the PPP leadership preferred to sacrifice its prime minister at the altar of contempt of court, but did not budge till the matter was timebarred, leaving little prospect for the Swiss authorities to reopen the graft cases. Thus an individual’s gain was ensured in preference to national interest. The current incumbents have imbibed immeasurably from the experience of the previous five years and would be putting every bit of that to good use to ensure that their personal billions, accum u l a t e d RAOOF HASAN through years of misuse of the powers of their office, are not exposed to any risk. Consequently, their decisions would be solely guided by appointing weak people with tarnished backgrounds and impaired integrity to key positions so that they, like the Mamnoon hussain in the p r e s i d e n c y, would forever remain loyal to their personal dictates. So, expecting that the newly-appointed chairman NAB would pursue anything meaningful to recover the il-
licit billions from either the Sharifs or the country, would be guided by defending Zardaris and their minions would be noth- and advancing the stakes of the ruling faming more than wishful thinking. he may ily. Bhutto tried to do it by selecting Gentry a trick here and there, but he has been eral Zia ul haq - a relative non-entity in selected to do a job: protect the ruling cor- strict military terms - who was destined to rupt with regard to their ignominious past take him to the gallows. The Sharifs forced and look the other way if they amass more out Gen Jehangir Karamat over a trifle and of the same in the future. That he would do landed themselves up with Gen Musharraf without a blemish. So, his reported state- - another relative non-entity this time on ments that “all available resources will be account of ethnic considerations - who was put to use to wipe out corruption from na- to be their undoing a year later. They are haunted by these past tional institutions and for ensuring merit” and “to regain the confidence of masses, demons and would do every bit to ensure NAB needs to show performance and re- that the experience is not repeated. But open cases without differentiation of polit- that’s exactly what they cannot do. They ical affiliation or influence” should be are mistaken that by taking longer than they should, they can muster the courage treated as just that: mere statements. No wonder the country is tottering at to overcome this inherent fear or drive out number 13 on the latest failed states index the prospect of a repeat show consequent faring only slightly better than Somalia, upon following a flawed process. Leadership is determined by display of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Yemen, Afghanistan, haiti, Central courage and resolve under trying circumAfrican Republic, Zimbabwe, Iraq and stances. But, then, what leadership are we Cote d’Ivoire. Rest assured, those who talking about? Leadership that is the prodhave proudly assumed charge for a third uct of a rigged election as has been amply time and who have contributed immeasur- demonstrated by the NADRA report in ably to this harrowing spectacle, would NA-256 where thumb impressions examination of 84,748 votes cast was conducted suffer no shame. It is the same fear syndrome that out of which 57,642 could not be authendrives the palpable lack of decision-mak- ticated? That works out to a whopping 68 ing regarding the appointment of the next per cent. Additionally, 5,893 votes were Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee found to be duplicate, and another 1,950 (CJCSC) and the Chief of Army Staff were declared fake. What would be the le(COAS). The CJCSC has now been gone gitimacy of the May 11 election if a fair for a few days, but no successor has been and transparent evaluation was carried out announced. In the case of the COAS, the throughout the country which is the deincumbent is due to retire towards the end mand of some political parties also? This is a fake leadership ‘elected’ by of next month, but there are no signs of his conducting a rigged replacement yet. This, election. This enactper se, is in violation ment is the by-prodof the norms of anuct of a grand nouncing appointself-securing comments to key positions well in ad- It is not beyond the reckoning of promise among the political vance to avoid the these incorrigible sycophants to leading mafias that are deterprospect of unnecessary speculation. That recommend abolishing the post mined to safeguard is exactly what is hapof the COAS altogether and let their illicitly secured and positions pening: just about the prime minister assume the wealth for which they are everyone is pontificating regarding his charge. The country has already willing, even eager to a helping hand or her preference for suffered a ‘civilian’ martial law extend to the other. One still the positions, thus remembers the thuncreating a charged enadministrator, so why not a dering proclamations vironment which may the younger not prove to be con- ‘civilian’ Chief of Army Staff also? of brother to hang ducive for the workZardari in public for ing of those who are his corruption – a ultimately inducted to statement that was assume the duty. The factor that is contributing to a much castigated even from within his own delay in announcing the appointments is a party. Why? Because they knew that if any combination of the past experience and the such operation were to begin in earnest, it wish to select a person who would abide would inevitably lead to their necks. So, a by the princely proclamations without policy of co-habitation has been assiduquestion. In addition to his personal pro- ously formalised by the leading ruling clivities, this infatuation is further in- mafias that would protect the corrupt and censed by the coterie of army-bashers that their criminal associates. While the rulers enjoy ever increasing the prime minister is surrounded with. It is not beyond the reckoning of these incorri- prosperity, it is the poor who are grinded gible sycophants to recommend abolishing woefully more with every passing day. In the post of the COAS altogether and let the the name of fulfilling the IMF conditions prime minister assume the charge. After for securing a loan – another broken promall, in addition to being the prime minister, ise from the pre-election days – the PMLhe is also presiding over key ministries in- N government is inflicting people with one cluding the foreign and the defence. This draconian stroke after the other. Living is would add another feather to his cap. The becoming ever more difficult. So, it could country has already suffered a ‘civilian’ be that the militants - who are much enmartial law administrator, so why not a deared to the ruling mafias and their collaborators – do not have to bomb them out ‘civilian’ Chief of Army Staff also? There is much talk of merit in the se- any longer. They have been reduced to the lection of these individuals, but who deter- fringes of life in any case. That brings me to the telling part of mines it and what are the benchmarks to evaluate it? There is also this boo-boo of Rev. Martin Niemoeller’s saying: “...And going by the seniority: if that were the then they came for me and, by that time, case, why this unnecessary delay in an- no one was left to speak up”. This is the nouncing the appointments? Much that the continuing tragedy of the people of this ruling mafias may desire, the seniority list country: they don’t speak up, and when they do, it is either too late, or irrelevant. is not going to change. It’ll be none of the above. 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Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer. –Shunryu Suzuki
Monday, 14 October, 2013
a good beginning Skeptics are hard to please, though
N his reply to my letter, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said: “I look forward to a time when Pakistan and India will be able to shed the debilitating baggage of the past and focus more on the future, when opportunities, rather than challenges, define the relationship between two proud and sovereign nations.” his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is an evidence of his ardent desire to make up with India. hostility between India KULDIP NAyAR and Pakistan is so proverbial that any movement towards lessening it comes as a relief. The meeting between the two may not have spanned the distance between the two countries, yet it has broken the ice and it is a good beginning. The skeptics are hard to please, particularly when Nawaz Sharif did not assure Manmohan Singh on the terrorist training camps in Pakistan (they number around 30). The meeting is a step forward. Both prime ministers were under great pressure from their domestic lobbies of opposition. Still they stood the ground and met for an hour. Both should be complimented in preferring a dialogue to the cancellation of the meeting which would have damaged the prospects of peace. I have not been able to understand the logic of those who have opposed the meeting. Is there any other option? Both sides can defer the talks, but they have to engage themselves sooner or later. And the outcome of the meeting has been positive. Both prime ministers have rightly pinpointed the priority: To firm up the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC). The agreement reached in 2003 on the ceasefire has stood the test of time for a decade. It is unfortunate that the Taliban could penetrate in Jammu and Kashmir and kill five Indian soldiers. Now that the two prime ministers have directed their respective director generals of military operation (DGMOs) to meet and work out arrangements to ensure the ceasefire is not impaired. The two DGMOs should also find out why the violation took place in the first instance. True, the Taliban, not the Pakistan armed forces, did it. But how did the Taliban come to use the Pakistan territory to shoot their way into India? Some connivance by some is obvious. The Taliban menace, which has made practically every place in Pakistan unsafe, has to be met squarely. The Chief of Army Staff General Parvez Kayani has declared that the Pakistan army would stay in Swat, close to Northern Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border. At the same time, he has differed with Nawaz Sharif on talks with the Taliban. he should recognize the fact that the entire region has come to be threatened by the resurgence of Al-Qaeda, directing the Taliban. The situation may get aggravated when the Western troops withdraw from Afghanistan next year. Already the Al-Qaeda is recruiting young men and training them for strikes after the withdrawal of troops. I have my doubts about the capability of the Afghanistan army and the police, trained by America, to withstand the Al-Qaeda onslaught. I think that the Al-Qaeda’s ideology of fanaticism has not been properly spelled out before the Pakistani public. The country has had a taste of it when the Swat Valley was occupied by the Taliban for some time. The music shops were closed and so were the educational institutions for girls. The veil was compulsorily imposed and the general expectation was that women would stay indoors. And there was not even an iota of free expression allowed, much less the liberal thought. Madrasas and mosques in the region have become the breeding ground of the Taliban and their ideology of fundamentalism. I cannot understand why some Muslim countries are financing them. The outcast Libya is reportedly supplying them with arms. The Muslim countries seem to have forgotten the Arab Spring when the youth and liberal elements came on to the streets to confront the fundamentalists. At that time, every Muslim country began chanting the mantra of democracy. The fundamentalists were able to create division in the ranks of students and defeat the demand for democratic regimes. The Al-Qaida’s fundamentalist ideology can revive the spirit of Arab Spring. I wish Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif had discussed the resurgence of Al-Qaeda. Both India and Pakistan, particularly the latter, have to ponder over the vacuum created after the Western forces quit. If combating terrorism is a priority for the two countries, the Al-Qaeda and its instruments of tyranny, the Taliban, should be on top of their agenda. In fact, the Taliban in the shape of mujahideen are already operating in India. The situation is still under control. But the birth of hindu Taliban should be a point of concern for India. I wish the two countries would realize the gravity of the situation and discuss a joint action. New Delhi should be able to anticipate the situation it could face if Islamabad goes under or functions at the behest of the Taliban. even Kenya and Nigeria have not been able to escape the Al-Qaeda’s fury. Peshawar, the capital of the North Western Frontier Province, has been a target three times in the last week, killing roughly 200 people. Pakistan is still not coming hard on Lashkar-e-Taiba. hafiz Sayed, its chief, is leading prayers at the government-controlled Gaddafi Stadium and inciting people against India. Nawaz Sharif, when asked by Manmohan Singh about action against the terrorists who struck in Mumbai on 26/11, said that the case against them in the court would progress now that the Pakistan’s judicial commission had visited India. Against this backdrop, the diatribe by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi against the Congress and non-BJP governments was in a bad taste. he depended on a Pakistani anchor’s prankish remark that Nawaz Sharif compared Manmohan Singh to a ‘dehati (rural) woman’. As it turned out later, no such remark was made. Modi, aspiring to be the country’s prime minister, should be cautious in what he says. But then he gets lost in his demagogy.
reforming anti-terrorism laws Tomorrow might be too late
he empire of law is built upon principles of national justice, as well as ideals of substantive and procedural due process of law. It entails that the accused is the ‘favorite child of law’ – that he/she be treated as innocent until ‘proven’ guilty. And in the interest of protecting the security and person of every accused – from wrongful conviction and punishment under an (inevitably) imperfect justice system – vastly different standards have been established for the ‘prosecution’, as opposed to the ‘defence’, in criminal law. As per our domestic as well as international jurisprudence, the prosecution must establish their case ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, after which the defence need only demonstrate ‘on a balance of probabilities’ that the accused is innocent. And in this way, the embrace of the criminal justice system cuddles the accused, protecting it from punishment, to the fullest extent permissible. This standard of justice in criminal law – which ensures that personal freedom of an individual trumps the possible nefariousness of a stringent law – makes sense in regards to ‘regular’ offences. however, as is evident from the carnage of violence on the streets of Pakistan, and the subsequent lack of conviction of the culprits, it is perhaps time to employ a different standard for prosecution and conviction in regards to offences relating to terrorism. To this end, Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 1997 (which has barely ever resulted in meaningful conviction of suspected terrorists) must be reassessed to effectively counter the growing menace of violence. In its present form, the law, as applied by the Anti-Terrorism as well as the superior Courts, requires that the prosecution (through the investigation) meet stringent evidentiary requirements including, inter alia, eyewitness accounts, corroborating testimonies and specific recoveries (of
weapons) from the person of the accused. As can be expected, such evidence – specifically eyewitness accounts – are virtually impossible to gather for offences of terrorism (how do you find an eyewitness of a suicide attack?). And even when sufficient evidence and testimony is available for the prosecution of these heinous offences, convincing witnesses to publicly appear before courts of law, with ocular accounts, is impossible in a society where such witnesses can subsequently become the target of terrorism. To rectify some of the deficiencies of our Anti-Terrorism regime, after much deliberation by the federal and provincial governments on Thursday President Mamnoon hussain on the advice of the prime minister signed an ordinance that makes significant headway in the project of defeating terrorism through the power and prestige of law. This new ordinance makes numerous amendments to the ATA, specifically making the following major ‘improvements’: 1) it allows the security personnel to open preemptive fire upon suspected terrorists “after forming reasonable apprehension that death, grievous hurt or destruction of property may be caused” otherwise; 2) it permits security agencies to keep terrorist suspects in “preventive detention” for a period of up to 90 days, during which time the investigation (by police, or a joint investigation team) is to be completed; 3) it stipulates that the court seized of the matter shall conduct trial on a ‘day-to-day’ basis, and ‘decide case within seven days’, and adjournments shall be met with ‘exemplary costs’; 4) it attempts to ensure a ‘secure’ trial by making allowance for ‘screens’ to protect identity of participants, permitting trials through video-link or within the jail premises, instituting ‘witness protection programmes’, and blocking cell-phone signals in jail premises; 5) it introduces an incentive programme for investigation officers ‘who conduct successful investigations’; 6) it allows for cases and investigations to be transferred to different geographic areas in Pakistan, in an attempt to diffuse pressure of local militant outfits; and 7) it stipulates that electronic and forensic evidence alone (without the traditional eyewitness account) can be sufficient for the prosecution of terrorism offences. These are all bold measures (even though forged out of necessity of circumstances, instead of concerted political will of the governing parties). And as such, the government deserves credit for taking a first step towards reforming our anti-terrorism regime. But let us not mistake it for much more – this ordinance is just a first step. A more deliberate and comprehensive approach to revamping our counter-terrorism strategy will have to
follow soon, incorporating a vast area of reform including the police structure, the investigation process, anonymous testimony and a centralized intelligence coordination effort. More importantly, however, it is paramount to realize that structural and legislative reform is only the mechanical part of ensuring a stringent anti-terrorism regime. The substantive, and therefore more critical, part of prosecuting and convicting terrorism suspects entails a reform of the judicial philosophy surrounding terrorism cases. No matter how well or sensible the letter of the law might be, in practice it is the judicial application of the law that is either going to result in convictions or acquittals and in arrests or bails. As the nation clamours for peace and security, the judiciary must begin considering the idea that the traditional contours of criminal law – requiring insurmountable testimony – cannot be the modern standard for trying terrorists. That it is time that the principles of common law go through their next iteration of evolution to grapple with the appalling realities of mass targeted murder. That DNA samples, CCTV footage, forensic evidence, are not modern vices aimed at destroying the Islamic or common-law principles of evidence. That against a faceless enemy that answers plurality with violence, circumstantial evidence is sometimes all that the law enforcement agencies can produce (or that the society can muster the courage to voice). And if we, as a nation, are to win this fight against extremism through the light of laws, instead of the menace of our weapons, then judiciary will have to play the central role in upholding the spirit of our laws, above the technicalities of our drafting. The truth, let us not fool ourselves, is as simple as it is inescapable: how we address the issue of countering terrorism and extremism in our society will determine the destiny of Pakistan. This is the question for which history will judge our nation-state. It is the one thing – above all else – that we will have to answer to our children, and to their children, and to the generations after them. And in case we fail, no avalanche of excuses, couched in apologetic expressions of weak application of law or insufficient evidence, will justify our lack of resolve. The reformed Anti-Terrorism laws, along with a shifting of our prosecutorial and judicial philosophy, must happen today. Tomorrow might be too late. Saad Rasool is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com, or Twitter: @Ch_SaadRasool
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
arts Monday, 14 October, 2013
beiber assaults tour manaGer in south korea
Justin Bieber is facing accusations that he assaulted a DJ's tour manager at a club in South Korea. According to sources, the 19-year-old was at Eden in Seoul when he had an altercation with DJ Michael Woods and his tour manager, Alex Madden. Bieber then reportedly punched Madden in the face. The dispute began when the "Heartbreaker" singer asked Woods to play hip-hop music. "Story is @justbieber + his army of heavy security muscled in to the booth half way thru my set in S. Korea demanding hip hop.," Woods tweeted on Saturday, Oct. 12. "So when I told @justinbieber to f--k off and put some clothes on he took a cheap shot at my tour manager and fled behind a wall of security," he continued. Bieber's rep had no comment about the incident. The club promoter reportedly claims that no punch was thrown. According to reports, Bieber, who according to sources was acting "aggressive," mouthed off to Woods and Madden. He then asked one of his bodyguards to slap Madden but the bodyguard didn't obey, so Bieber then took matters into his own hands and approached the manager and said "Hey." When Madden looked, Bieber punched him in the face. Bieber ran away behind his bodyguards after the alleged punch and the bodyguard pushed Madden back so he couldn't go after the singer. A shirtless Bieber can be seen in photos at the DJ booth. It has not yet been decided if he will report the alleged assault to local police. The club reportedly backed Bieber and kicked Woods off his set after the fight. A rep for Woods is not commenting any further. Madden could not be reached for comment. NEWS DESK
X-files 3’s script in the works
Since "X-Files" was a massively popular show, 20th Century Fox decided to develop a movie based on the series. That movie went on to gross $190 million worldwide, which resulted in a sequel being greenlit. The sequel flopped, grossing only $68 million worldwide. So even though creator of the show, Chris Carter, initially envisioned a trilogy, it was clear that the franchise ran into some problems. Despite these issues, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson kept claiming that a third film would happen and that it would focus on the end of the world that would come at the end of 2012. "X-Files 3" didn't happen, but the two actors are once again spreading news that the project is far from dead. "I think Chris [Carter] is working on a script," said Duchovny. "Chris is shooting a pilot [for a different project] right now, so he might not be working on a script, but he claims to be working on a script." NEWS DESK
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice — Bill Cosby
rose mcGowan Gets hitched
OSe McGowan is officially off the market! The 40-year-old former Charmed star tied the knot with artist Davey Detail outdoors at the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles Saturday, e! News has confirmed. A source tells e! News, the ceremony was "enchanting and magical," adding that the couple wed in front of about 60 people--all close friends and immediate family of the bride and groom. The wedding took place on a lawn underneath a chuppah, with McGowan walking down
the aisle with her hair up, looking stunning in a Monique Lhullier gown. Detail, meanwhile, wore a black suit. McGowan gave a big hint that she might wear a dress from the famed designer on her big day, when she was spotted stopping by Monique Lhuillier's boutique the day before her nuptials. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails by the pool while the husband and wife duo posed for wedding pictures. McGowan and Detail will reportedly head to Tahiti for their honeymoon, according to Us Weekly, with the actress telling
the mag, "I've never been [to Tahiti]. I've always dreamed of having one of those little huts over the water." McGowan also gushed over her hubby at the time, telling the mag, "he's magic. he's made me a better woman. And I've made him a better man!" e! News was first to report that Detail popped the question to McGowan over the summer, after dating since last year. This is the first marriage for McGowan, who was previously engaged to Marilyn Manson in 2001 and split with Robert Rodriguez in 2009. Congrats to the couple! NEWS DESK
School of country! Swift’s latest venture Pop star Taylor Swift cut the ribbon at the opening of her new music school in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday (12Oct13). The Fifteen hitmaker launched the $4 million (£2.6 million) Taylor Swift education Center at the Country Music hall of Fame and Museum. The facility will have an instrument room and classroom to encourage would-be musicians to improve their skills. Speaking at the launch, Swift says, "I'm really excited about this music education centre and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today. It's really exciting that we can be here on a day when they're not only unveiling it, but they're starting to actively use it today. "We've been talking about different programs I can be involved in. I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I'm yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A (question and answer session) talking to students here and a songwriters discussion would be really fun to have at some point." The school opening kickstarted a great weekend for Swift - on Sunday (13Oct13), she is due to accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International. NEWS DESK
Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis take a walk with a pup on the set of the remake in New York City.
Bruce Willis hosts snl Don’t be alarmed if this week’s episode of SNL already feels like it’s going to be a bit of a letdown. The show’s 39th season premiere boasted six brand-new cast members, a new Weekend Update anchor, and Tina Fey. Last week’s Mileypalooza carried with it a feeling that anything was possible — and the football game that delayed the cold open for 27 minutes only stoked our anticipation. Tonight’s episode, by comparison, seems much less exciting. The host isn’t a seasoned vet known for bringing out the best in SNL‘s cast and crew or an unpredictable pop wild child. Instead, it’s Bruce Willis. Don’t get me wrong — I like Bruce Willis! But given his sleepy presence in this week’s promos, I have a feeling that John McClane won’t exactly bring a high amount of energy to Studio 8h this week. In fact, I’ve got a sneaky premonition that tonight’s show is going to be a lot like the one Robert De Niro hosted back in 2010 — an uneven affair built around a stony-faced straight man. I can almost guarantee we’ll see at least one sketch starring Willis as Movie Star Bruce Willis, and another where he’s dressed in a skirt. But hey, I’m no ed Glosser, Trivia Psychic; maybe Willis will end up delivering after all. And if nothing else, musical guest Katy Perry’s performances are guaranteed to be fun. Perry’s also hosted the show on her own before. That all but ensures she’ll end up pinch-hitting in a few sketches, which should automatically up the energy level. NEWS DESK
If you kill enough of them, they stop fighting — Curtis LeMay
ARTS Monday, 14 October, 2013
l’oreal bridal week: day trois!
he pioneering Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] and L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, presented the final day of the third consecutive PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 – a platform that endeavoured to define and present contemporary and traditional Pakistani Bridal fashion and make-up trends, fusing to create the ‘look’ for the bridal season 2013-2014! PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 highlighted the bridal collections of more than 17 designers that showcased the business of Pakistani bridal fashion, at Faletti’s hotel, Lahore. The final day of bridal week opened with early evening bridal showcases by Zara Shahjahan and SAAI by Sahar Atif followed by late evening shows with collections from Nomi Ansari, Asifa & Nabeel and Sana Safinaz with the evening’s finale presented by the coveted house of Kamiar Rokni. Make-up for Day-3 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 was done by the creative team at Maram & Aabroo, hair styling by TONI&GUY - Lahore with male models styled by Khawar Riaz. Indeed the success of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week has prompted private sector associates to engage the platform to launch new products, marketing campaigns and promotional activities. To that end, this year PFDC’s official bank, Bank Alfalah, were hosts to a custom-designed VIP lounge at PLBW. Leading global courier company Fedex - GSP
Pakistan Gerry’s International were PLBW’s official logistics partner and also hosted a lounge at the event. In addition to this, Fedex - GSP Pakistan Gerry’s International collaborated with PLBW participating designer Ali Xeeshan for a one-off piece which was displayed at the Fedex lounge. Diet Pepsi was the official beverage partner for PLBW. In celebration of its 26 years of publishing, Libas International Magazine Limited, premier lifestyle and fashion magazine that celebrates the achievements of the Asian Subcontinent, hosted the official black carpet at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week. Indeed, Libas encompasses the richness and versatility of Pakistani heritage and highlights its relevance in today's world. playing a pivotal role in promoting the enlightened side of Pakistan. L’Oréal Paris also created an exclusive make-up look in collaboration with PFDC member designer label the house of Kamiar Rokni on Day-3 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week in association with the participating Bridal Week style teams of Maram & Aabroo and Toni&Guy – Lahore. In addition to this, L’Oréal Paris hosted a customised Beauty lounge at PLBW where they exhibited a special edition PLBW Bridal MakeUp Kit, which could be used to recreate favourite make-up looks from PLBW 2013, and an essie Nail Bar where visitors experienced the brand’s acclaimed nail colour range firsthand. L’Oréal Paris also showcased their Revolutionary Revitalift LaserX3 product
charlie hunnam drops out of the ’50 shades of grey’ ﬂick The search for the perfect Christian Grey was thought over after "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie hunnam was picked to play the lead in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film, but now it appears hunnam is out.
"The filmmakers of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and Charlie hunnam have agreed to find another male lead given hunnam's immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey," Universal Pictures said in a statement, obtained by The hollywood Reporter. The 33-year-old actor was the second casting announcement for the steamy film adaptation of e.L. James' erotic trilogy, after James took to Twitter revealing that Dakota Johnson would play Anastasia Steele on September 2. "The gorgeous and talented Charlie hunnam will be Christian Grey," she wrote. Almost immediately the actors and producers faced severe backlash from devoted readers, many of which hoped for other stars like Robert Pattinson and Ryan Gosling to bring the book fantasy to life. Some superfans even went as far as creating and signing a petition to have hunnam and Johnson ousted — as seen in a Change.org effort that amassed over 80,000 signatures. Despite the hate, hunnam appeared ready and willing to take on the role. "As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it, because there was a tangible chemistry between us," the British actor previously told ThR. "It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it." NEWS DESK
range at PLBW and hosted a unique laser-installation where Bridal Week patrons were invited to experience complimentary product sampling. In continuation of the trend set at the debut PLBW by the brand, L’Oréal Paris also published and shared their signature newsletters on Day-3 of the event. Sehyr Saigol, Chairperson of the executive Committee of PFDC has said, “We are proud to see the platform become the definitive source of trends, styles, looks and wedding fashion that mould and define the upcoming Pakistani Bridal season. This year’s list of participating designers was among the strongest the platform has ever featured and in collaboration with our leading make-up & styling teams, helped propel PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 to be among our most successful showcases yet”. Musharaf hai, Managing Director L’Oréal Pakistan said, “We were delighted to collaborate for the 3rd round with the Pakistan Fashion Design Council on PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013. This platform co-joins L’Oréal Paris’ 100 Years of global expertise in Beauty, with the fashion, styling and design expertise of the PFDC. It is the L’Oreal Beauty Lens, which enables our prestigious brands like L’Oreal Paris to always set trends and pioneer innovations in the realm of beauty. This year, besides unveiling L’Oréal Paris’ exclusive make-up looks in association with our fashion industry’s leading designers, we introduced some newness through showcasing L’Oréal Professionnel’s Trend Show (the future is here!) and launching our revolutionary New Revitalift LaserX3, an amazing innovation in the realm of anti-ageing” The final day of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week was opened by Zara Shahjahan who made her PLBW debut with an exclusive women’s wear collection titled ‘True Love’. The collection took inspiration from the modern woman who remains close to her subcontinental ethnic roots. The outfits were designed on a variety of fabrics, including pure silks and nets that were embellished by sequins and crystals. The showcase commenced with outfits featuring prints before moving onto clothes that consist of gold infused with dark colours echoing femininity, elegance, and beauty. The second show of the day featured SAAI by Sahar Atif, who marked the label’s second participation at the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 platform with ‘Fasl-e-Nou’, a collection that revived the traditional aura of the bridal ensemble. Bringing together the classic Pakistani and traditional bridal styles, SAAI by Sahar Atif provided brides with classic timeless ensembles teamed with jewellery that makes every bride’s special event even more memorable. The bridal ensembles were designed on luxe textiles such as chiffons, zardozi, brocades, embroidered fabrics and featured flowing classical shararas, traditional angrakhas and kurtas that brought the collection together. For ‘Fasl-e-Nou’, Sahar Atif had chosen to play with a deeper colour palette, with rustic gold being the basis of all embroideries, which was entwined in the collection’s fabrics as well. The collection also featured hues of red, orange and magenta pink which moved into deep purples and midnight blues. NEWS DESK
josh marks commits suicide
'MasterChef' finalist Josh Marks was pronounced dead on Friday (Oct 11th) night in a suicide. The 26 year-olds body was found in Chicago's South Side at approximately 6.37pm with a fatal gunshot wound. According to People, the Chicago medical examiner's office said, "Joshua Marks suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide." The Chicago Tribune reported that authorities responded to a call that alerted them a body was discovered in the 9700 block of South Peoria Street in the Longwood Manor neighbourhood. The police found Marks body faced up on the pavement and bleeding from the head, a revolver was found near his body which Marks used to self-inflict the fatal injury. Police also reported there was 2 of the young man's relatives on the scene as well as an acquaintance and they told the authorities that Marks was suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. NEWS DESK
Space graveyard reveals remnants of Earth-like planet
The British astronomers reported in the Journal Science, that another planetary system which surrounds or orbits a star known as GD 61 may contain earth-like planets. The astronomers have located water and rocky surface together for the first time, which has encouraged the scientists to hunt for alien life in the system orbiting GD 61. Co-author Boris Gansicke of the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick said, "This planetary graveyard swirling around the embers of its parent star is a rich source of information about its former life". According to the researchers about 200 years ago, the star GD 61 lost its
power and started sucking the nearest planets with its extreme gravitational pull. And now this star is known as a white dwarf. It is also termed as a dying star that is surrounded by planetary remains or fragments. Professor Gansicke said that two ingredients, a rocky surface and water are keys in the hunt for habitable planets outside our solar system so it's very exciting to find them together for the first time outside our solar system. The scientists have used two telescopes in order to discover the findings namely, NASA's hubble and FUSe telescopes. WM Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea on hawaii also provided the necessary data. NEWS DESK
SPORTS Monday, 14 October, 2013
I come from a sports family and my husband is a rugby player. — Kirsty Gallacher
playinG for peace! Afridi scores 66 of just 19 balls, Imran envisions KP with cricket stadiums in all districts
S many as 25,000 people gathered at Arbab Niaz Khan Stadium in Peshawar to witness a peace match between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peace XI and Pakistan Peace XI on Sunday. The event was organised by the PTI Sports and Culture Forum and Imran Khan was the chief guest. KPK Chief Minister Pervaiz Khatak and ‘Chacha Cricket’ were also among the attendees. Batting first, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peace XI led by Inzamam ul haq, scored 180 runs with a loss of 5 wickets. Salim malik was the top scorer of the side with 50 of 27 balls. Shahid Afridi took two wickets. In reply, Pakistan Peace XI led by former spinner Abdul Qadir with the help of Afridi’s 66 of just 19 balls managed to achieve the total in the 19th over. Afridi hit 9 boundaries in his innings with one six smashing the glass wall of the commentary box. Chief guest Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, while speaking after the T20 Peace Cricket
PAKISTAN PEACE XI Abdul Qadir(Captain), Shahid Afridi, yasir Hameed, Kamran Akmal, Rana Naveed, Muhammad Irfan, Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmad, Nasir Jamshed, Anwar Ali, Wajahat Ullah Wasti, Rao Iftikhar, Moin Khan.
KPK PEACE XI: Inzam-ul-Haq(Captain), Imran Nazir, Ahmad Shahzad, Muhammad yousaf, Ijaz Ahmad, Salim Malik, younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Khalid Latif, Sohail Tanveer, Mushtaq Ahmad, Shoaib Akhtar, Umer Amin, Rashid Latif, Manzoor Elahi.
match, announced plans to build large stadiums in all districts of KhyberPakhtunkhwa (K-P). Imran Khan said that a talent hunt will be started for under 17s in K-P. he added that coaches will be hired to carry out the search in the seven agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to find strong players to play in the K-P cricket team. The Pakistan team will be made stronger by
the K-P team, said Imran, adding that Shoaib Akhtar was discovered during a talent hunt. No international cricket has been played in Pakistan since the terrorists attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. While the last time there was an international cricket match at the Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar was in 2006 between Pakistan and India. After almost 8 years when PTI government took the initiative to organize a T20 cricket match here in Peshawar, the cricket fans of the province felt on top of the world.
MisBah confiDent of top orDer Delivering ABU DHABi AGENCIES
Misbah-ul-haq is satisfied that Pakistan have done enough to strengthen their batting ahead of the Test series against South Africa. After dropping Mohammad hafeez, who failed to score more than 25 in last ten 10 Tests innings, Pakistan will have two inexperienced openers in Khurram Manzoor and one of the uncapped duo of Ahmed Shehzad or Shan Masood, but Misbah is certain the newlook top two can produce. "The conditions suit us, especially our batting. Our openers have very good records on these two grounds [Abu Dhabi and Dubai]," he said. "The team is in good shape and we will really give South Africa a hard time." This will be the first time since 2010 in the UAe, when the venue started being used as Pakistan's home, that they will not have a top two consisting of hafeez and Taufeeq Umar, who were successful in these conditions. In eight Tests against South Africa (2), Sri Lanka (3) and england (3), they had three century stands, three half-century partnerships and averaged 44.87. Individually, they had one big hundred - Taufeeq's 236 against Sri Lanka - and five half-centuries.
The lack of experience of that kind could be something for Pakistan to be concerned about, especially when considered in its context. Pakistan's younger batsmen have not performed up to expectations and have left a large amount of the work for the likes of Younis and Misbah, but the captain is backing the younger guys to come good this time. "We had a few concerns with the batting line-up but over the practice games most of the guys did well," he said. "We have good confidence going into this Test match, especially in the batting line-up. The runs scored by the openers is a big positive for us and a good sign for our team." Shehzad and Masood both scored halfcenturies for Pakistan A against the South African attack they will face in the Test series. Although the Sharjah pitch did not offer much in the way of seam or spin, they handled South African quick bowlers with impressive patience upfront and good technique later on, and took on the spinners in a way that underlined their ability against slower bowling. The rest of Pakistan A's line-up also profited in the practice game. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq scored 54 and 42 respectively. In the other warm-up fixture, Younis carried on from where he left off in Zimbabwe with a century in the Pakistans
game against the UAe, while Adnan Akmal scored 71 at the top - perhaps an indication he may be deployed in that capacity - and Abdur Rehman got a halfcentury as well. Manzoor had slightly less to feel comfortable about, after he was dismissed for 1. Misbah believed conditions which will be less hostile than what they faced in South Africa earlier this year will serve as motivation for the team to continue building on their commendable showing - given that they don't play at home - during his time as captain. "In my time as captain, this bunch of guys has really performed well. When I took over, we were under pressure because of what happened with the spot-fixing scandal, but this team really kicked off and the young guys played really well. Keeping in mind that we are not playing at home and not playing much cricket, still this team is playing really well." A lot of the younger generation have never played a match in Pakistan and the adjustment has been challenging for them. Misbah said they are slowly starting to see the UAe as an adopted home and getting used to thinking of it as their own. "We've been playing here for the last three years so it feels like playing at home," he said. "We want to prove to the world we are still a good team."
Gazi shines as test ends in draw CHittAgOng AGENCIES
even as the first Test meandered to a draw, Bangladesh had plenty of reasons to celebrate, not least among them Sohag Gazi's performance on the final day. A Test hat-trick, only the second by a Bangladesh bowler, gave him a singular place in cricket history - he became the first cricketer to score a hundred and take a hat-trick in a Test. That wasn't the only record he claimed. When Mushfiqur Rahim managed to latch on to a rebound off his chest, to get rid of BJ Watling off the third ball of the 85th over, Gazi became only the third player in this decade to score a hundred and take five wickets in a Test, after R Ashwin and Shakib Al hasan. having taken two wickets off successive balls in that over, Gazi then went on to complete a hat-trick, courtesy a one-handed catch at first slip by Shakib, who dived forward to catch the ball close to the ground. The early finish to the game on the fourth evening meant that the possibility of rain loomed over the final day, but the weather stayed clear. New Zealand, however, began the fifth day slowly. They were consolidating and, with Peter Fulton at the crease, they achieved that. Fulton kept the Bangladesh spinners at bay in his own way, with the bat coming down from his 1.98 metre frame and defending the ball low to the ground.
SCOREBOARD 469 NEW ZEALAND 1st INNINGS 501 BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS NEW ZEALAND 2ND INNINGS PG Fulton lbw b Sohag Gazi 59 KS Williamson c Anamul Haque b Sohag Gazi 74 LRPL Taylor not out 54 22 BB McCullum b Sohag Gazi 8 Corey J Anderson lbw b Sohag Gazi 0 BJ Watling c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Sohag Gazi 0 DAJ Bracewell c Shakib Al Hasan b Sohag Gazi IS Sodhi not out 22 EXTRAS (b 11, lb 4, nb 1) 16 TOTAL (7 wickets dec; 90 overs; 355 mins) 287 DID NOT BAT TA Boult, BP Martin FALL OF WICKETS 1-48 (Rutherford, 15.5 ov), 2-149 (Fulton, 56.6 ov), 3-200 (Williamson, 74.1 ov), 4-250 (McCullum, 82.5 ov), 5260 (Anderson, 84.2 ov), 6-260 (Watling, 84.3 ov), 7-260 (Bracewell, 84.4 ov) BOWLING: Abdur Razzak 32-5-116-0, Rubel Hossain 6-0-21-0, Sohag Gazi 26-4-77-6, Shakib Al Hasan 9-1-19-0, Nasir Hossain 94-20-1, Robiul Islam 4-1-9-0, Mominul Haque 4-0-10-0 BANGLADESH 2nd INNINGS 46 Tamim Iqbal c Williamson b Martin Anamul Haque c Anderson b Martin 18 Marshall Ayub lbw b Sodhi 31 Mominul Haque not out 22 Shakib Al Hasan not out 50 EXTRAS (b 2, nb 4) 6 TOTAL (3 wickets; 48.2 overs; 177 mins) 173 DID NOT BAT Mushfiqur Rahim*†, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Abdur Razzak, Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain FALL OF WICKETS 1-39 (Anamul Haque, 15.4 ov), 2-99 (Tamim Iqbal, 33.6 ov), 3-101 (Marshall Ayub, 34.6 ov) BOWLING: TA Boult 4-1-9-0, DAJ Bracewell 5-0-14-0, Corey J Anderson 2-2-0-0, KS Williamson 10-3-24-0, BP Martin 16-4-622, IS Sodhi 10.2-1-57-1, LRPL Taylor 1-0-5-0 Match details Toss New Zealand, who chose to bat Series 2-match series level 0-0 Test debuts Marshall Ayub (Bangladesh); Corey J Anderson and IS Sodhi (New Zealand) Player of the match Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh) Umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and S Ravi (India) TV umpire Enamul Haque Match referee J Srinath (India) Reserve umpire Sharfuddoula
Sport is my passion but I have a way to go. –Seal
SPORTS Monday, 14 October, 2013
india succumb to australia pace, battinG power PUnE
USTRALIA showed just why they have been so successful in ODIs in India, and just why India's usual template of chasing anything their profligate bowlers concede often comes short against the visitors. Their batsmen powered their side over 300 on a slow and, at times, uneven pitch. Their fast bowlers then extracted appreciable bite from the same pitch and used the short ball intelligently to finish the contest by the end of the batting Powerplay. Tellingly, India have never successfully chased 300-plus against Australia, and this was their 11th failed attempt, this time against a side lacking several first-choice players. The only time India looked relatively comfortable was during the 71-run thirdwicket partnership between Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, who was promoted to No 4 ahead of Yuvraj Singh. Shikhar Dhawan had gone early and Rohit Sharma had given away yet another start. The asking-rate was above seven an
yet another snub for sham poa and its few cohorts LAHoRE: After its failure to get accreditation employing underhand tactics – bypassing the genuine IOC-recognised Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) led by Lieutenant General (r) Syed Arif Hasan – from the Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Islamic Solidarity Sports Games 2013, the sham POA and its cohorts have also been snubbed by the Organizing Committee of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014. On October 10, 2013 the Pakistan Ski Federation Secretary General Air Cdre Mussarat Ali had approached the organising committee of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014 for accreditation. Smelling a rat owing to its disregard for the appropriate routing channel, the organising committee of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014 wrote to the authentic POA’s Khalid Mahmood the very next day, October 11, with copies to the IOC and OCA: “Please find below an email we received from Air Cdre Mussarat Ali, as well as, in attachment, the Dignitary Request Form sent to Sochi 2014. As it was not received through the agreed channel of communication, we will wait for your feedback to proceed.” The POA replied back the same day: “Thank you for your below email informing about the receipt of an email from Air Cdre Mussarat Ali… You are requested not to accept these documents as being violative of agreed channel of communication and initiated at the instance of illegal parallel body. Please tell them to follow the proper channel and route their request through the legitimate and genuine IOC and OCA recognised Pakistan Olympic Association headed by Arif Hasan. Thanks once again for keeping us abreast of the communication from illegal quarters.” On behalf of the organising committee of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014, Robert Atchison responded the same day, October 11: “In regards to the information that the illegal parallel body attempted to pass to Sochi 2014, we have deleted all information from our system. As it may still be important for you, the legitimate IOC and OCA recognized Pakistan Olympic Association, to invite your dignitaries, I have attached the accreditation mailing that we sent out several months ago…” “It should by now be clear to the counterfeit POA and its few cohorts that they may strut around in these parts and indulge in their illegalities, but they have no standing or status in places where law and legitimacy take precedence over illegality and illegitimacy, which unfortunately is not the case in this country”, said the POA spokesman. STAFF REPORT
over, but the duo was keeping up with it. Raina has never hidden his ambition of batting up the order, but that will have to be backed by a curbing of his urge to go for the glory swipe over midwicket, a stroke that serves him well while finishing an innings. he'd seemed to have weathered the inevitable early short-ball test to motor to 39 before he tried the shot against James Faulkner and mishit to third man. India were 137 for 2 when Raina fell; they would crumble to 232. Mitchell Johnson hadn't played the Rajkot T20 in which India chased 200plus. he took the first new ball tonight and delivered a searing spell of extreme pace, hitting speeds over 150kph regularly. he also took the key wicket of Yuvraj, the architect of the Rajkot win who came in at Raina's fall, setting him up with a couple of full deliveries before squaring him up with a shortish one and inducing a poke to the wicketkeeper. Kohli looked the most solid of the India batsmen and made the most runs for his side, playing with his usual limited-overs solidity. As he went past fifty, Kohli seemed to be hitting the cruise
mode that he gets in during big chases. his defence was as sure as his driving, but even he was set up smartly, this time by Shane Watson. Three successive short balls - the last of which Kohli went to pull and missed - were followed by a good length delivery. Kohli played across the line and was trapped in front. Ravindra Jadeja had raced through his overs to deliver a miserly analysis of 10-0-35-1, but faced with varied fast bowling under pressure, he again came across as a limited batsman. A mistimed slog to mid-on ended his misery. MS Dhoni, who had hung on grimly for a while, got the ball of the match from Clint McKay that pitched on good length and straightened past his defensive jab to uproot off stump. India were 196 for 7, and the Pune crowd had started exiting the stadium. They had come to see their batsmen dominate, but it was the opposition's that had set the tone in the afternoon. Australia captain George Bailey built on a century opening stand even as wickets fell around him, and his lower order finished strongly.
SA HAVE AN UPPER HAND IN TESTS s PERVEz QAisER The first Test match of the two-match series between South Africa and Pakistan will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi from Monday (October 14). This will be the 22nd between the two teams and third Test match in United Arab emirates. South Africa have won 11, lost three and draw seven in 21Test matches played against Pakistan. They have won nine, lost two and draw one in 12 Test matches at home while Proteas have won two, lost one and draw four in seven Test matches played in Pakistan. The only series played in United Arab emirates between the two teams in 2010 ended in a draw. Both Test matches of this series were ended. HIgHEST INNINgS TOTALS: South Africa made 620 for seven at Cape Town in 2002-03 which is their highest ever total against Pakistan. Pakistan recorded their highest total against South Africa in 1997-98 series by scoring 456 at Rawalpindi. Their highest against South Africa in South Africa is 338 which was made at Cape Town in 2012-13 LOWEST INNINgS TOTALS: Pakistan were bowled out for only 49 at Johannesburg in 2012-13 which is their lowest ever total against South Africa. Their lowest against South Africa at home is 92 runs at Faisalabad in 1997-98 . South Africa's lowest against Pakistan is 124 which was made at Port elizabeth in 2006-07 series. Their lowest against Pakistan in Pakistan is 214 at Faisalabad in 1997-98. HIgHEST MATCH AggREgATE: As many as 1374 runs were scored for the loss of 27
wickets in 419.1 overs at Abu Dhabi in 2010-1 which is the highest match aggregate between the two sides. LOWEST MATCH AggREgATE: Only 687 runs were scored for the loss of 35 wickets at Cape Town in 2007-08 which is the lowest match aggregate in a complete match between the two teams. HIgHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: Abraham de Villiers' unbeaten 278 at Abu Dhabi in 2010-11 is the highest individual score for South Africa against Pakistan. herschelle Gibbs who made 228 at Cape Town in 2002-03, holds the record of highest individual score for South Africa against Pakistan at home. Azhar Mehmood who made 136 at Johannesburg in 1997-98, holds the record of highest individual score for Pakistan. BEST BOWLINg IN AN INNINgS: Kyle Abbott's seven for 27 at Centurion in 2012-13 is best bowling performance for South Africa against Pakistan. Paul Adams' seven for 128 at Lahore in 2003-04 is the best bowling performancce in an innings for South Africa in Pakistan.Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed shared the record for Pakistan. Waqar Younis took six wickets for 78 runs at Port elizabeth in 1997-98 while Mushtaq claimed six wickets for 78 runs at Durban in the same series. BEST BOWLINg IN A MATCH: Dale Steyn holds the record of best bowling performance in a match for South Africa against Pakistan. he took 11 wickets for 60 runs at Johannesburg in 2012-13. The record of best bowling performance in a match for Pakistan is held by Waqar Younis. Waqar claimed 10 wickets for 133 runs at Port elizabeth in 1997-98 series.
SCOREBOARD AUSTRALIA PJ Hughes c Raina b Jadeja 47 53 5 0 88.67 AJ Finch c Kohli b yuvraj Singh 72 79 8 3 91.13 2 4 0 0 50.00 SR Watson c Jadeja b yuvraj Singh 85 82 10 0 103.65 GJ Bailey c Raina b Ashwin 7 13 0 0 53.84 AC Voges run out (yuvraj Singh) GJ Maxwell c RG Sharma b Vinay Kumar 31 23 1 3 134.78 BJ Haddin lbw b Ashwin 10 14 2 0 71.42 27 22 0 2 122.72 JP Faulkner c Vinay Kumar b I Sharma 9 6 2 0 150.00 MG Johnson not out 11 4 1 1 275.00 CJ McKay not out EXTRAS (lb 3) 3 TOTAL (8 wickets; 50 overs) 304 DID NOT BAT XJ Doherty FALL OF WICKETS 1-110 (Hughes, 18.2 ov), 2-113 (Watson, 19.1 ov), 3-146 (Finch, 27.1 ov), 4-172 (Voges, 31.6 ov), 5-214 (Maxwell, 37.6 ov), 6-231 (Haddin, 42.2 ov), 7-264 (Bailey, 46.3 ov), 8-293 (Faulkner, 49.2 ov) BOWLING: B Kumar 7-2-41-0, R Vinay Kumar 9-1-68-1, I Sharma 7-0-56-1, R Ashwin 10-0-55-2, RA Jadeja 10-0-35-1, V Kohli 1-0-12-0, yuvraj Singh 6-0-34-2 INDIA 7 S Dhawan c †Haddin b Faulkner 42 RG Sharma c Hughes b Watson V Kohli lbw b Watson 61 SK Raina c Doherty b Faulkner 39 7 yuvraj Singh c Hughes b Johnson 19 MS Dhoni b McKay 11 RA Jadeja c Bailey b Faulkner 5 R Ashwin c Watson b McKay B Kumar c Voges b Finch 18 11 R Vinay Kumar b Voges 1 I Sharma not out 11 EXTRAS (b 2, lb 4, w 5) TOTAL (all out; 49.4 overs) 232 FALL OF WICKETS 1-26 (Dhawan, 6.2 ov), 2-66 (RG Sharma, 13.5 ov), 3-137 (Raina, 27.2 ov), 4-147 (yuvraj Singh, 28.6 ov), 5-166 (Kohli, 34.4 ov), 6-192 (Jadeja, 39.3 ov), 7-196 (Dhoni, 40.4 ov), 8-200 (Ashwin, 42.1 ov), 9-230 (Vinay Kumar, 48.4 ov), 10-232 (Kumar, 49.4 ov) BOWLING: MG Johnson 10-0-38-1, CJ McKay 10-0-36-2, JP Faulkner 8-0-47-3, XJ Doherty 10-1-54-0, SR Watson 8-0-31-2, AC Voges 3-0-18-1, AJ Finch 0.40-2-1 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to bat Series Australia led the 7-match series 1-0 Player of the match GJ Bailey (Australia) Umpires RA Kettleborough (England) and VA Kulkarni TV umpire C Shamsuddin Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire Navdeep Singh
ponting reveals clarke doubts Ricky Ponting has revealed the doubts he harboured about Michael Clarke before his ascension to the Australian captaincy, saying his deputy did not contribute as much as desired and that for some time senior players "wondered if he'd lost a little of his sense of team". In an extract from his forthcoming autobiography At The Close Of Play, Ponting frames his relationship with Clarke against his own decision to give up the captaincy following Australia's defeat to India in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final in Ahmedabad. He is frank in describing how Clarke took a back seat to proceedings as vice-captain, despite being asked numerous times to take on more responsibility by Ponting and the former coach Tim Nielsen. SPORTS DESK
Bouhanni extends lead with stage three success Nacer Bouhanni won a second straight Tour of Beijing stage to extend his overall lead in the General Classification. The Frenchman of FDJ was a late bloomer in the sprint finish of stage three, but deftly capitalised on a gap to overtake Michael Matthews of OricaGreeneDGe and Alexei Tsatevich of Katusha. The win, which follows his stage victory the previous day when Bouhanni claimed the red jersey, extends his GC lead to 11 seconds over Australia’s Matthews. Omega Pharma-Quick Step’s Tony Martin almost threw a spanner into the works of the sprint teams late on when he moved into the lead at the final descent of the 176km stage, forcing the specialists to react. SPORTS DESK
StAgE tHREE RESULtS 1. Nacer Bouhanni (France / FDJ.fr) 4:08:15" 2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica) ST 3. Alexey Tsatevich (Russia / Katusha) 4. Elia Viviani (Italy / Cannondale) 5. Martin Kohler (Switzerland / BMC Racing) 6. Borut Bozic (Slovenia / Astana) 7. Tosh Van der Sande (Belgium / Lotto) 8. Jesus Herrada (Spain / Movistar) 9. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R) 10. Matti Breschel (Denmark / Saxo - Tinkoff) gENERAL CLASSIFICAStIoN AFtER tHREE StAgES 1. Nacer Bouhanni (France / FDJ.fr) 13:28:18" 2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica) +11" 3. Maxime Bouet (France / AG2R) 4. Alexey Tsatevich (Russia / Katusha) +16" 5. Nikolas Maes (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6. Matti Breschel (Denmark / Saxo - Tinkoff) +18" 7. Rui Costa (Portugal / Movistar) +19" 8. Benat Intxausti (Spain / Movistar) 9. Ryota Nishizono (Japan / Champion System) +20" 10. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy / Omega Pharma)
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federer splits with coach annacone Roger Federer has split from his American coach Paul Annacone with the struggling Swiss former world number one saying on Saturday that it was the best time to make a change. "After a terrific 3-1/2 years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives," the 32-year-old Federer said on his website. The announcement came two days after the world number seven was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters by France's Gael Monfils. Federer, winner of a record 17 grand slams, is battling to qualify for next month's end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals for the 12th consecutive year. He teamed up with Annacone, former long-time coach to multiple grand slam winner Pete Sampras, in August 2010. "When we started together we had a vision of a three-year plan to win another Grand Slam title and get back to the number #1 ranking. Along with many other goals and great memories, these two main goals were achieved," Federer said in a statement. SPORTS DESK
stosur rallies past bouchard to claim japan open title sHAngHAi
ORLD number two Novak Djokovic produced a magical display to overcome the ferocious hitting of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and successfully defend the Shanghai Masters title. The Serbian triumphed 6-1 3-6 7-6 (3) to complete a brilliant fortnight on the Chinese hard courts after he defended his China Open in Beijing last week. It was the 26-year-old's 20th consecutive win in China. After Del Potro defeated world number one Rafa Nadal in Saturday's semi-finals with some
schwartzel wins in china after late clarke slip Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel came from behind to win the Nanshan China Open by one shot on Sunday after a costly late slip by Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke. Clarke and China's Liang Wenchong started the final round of the $1 million OneAsia Tour event three clear of Schwartzel but the South African shot a brilliant final fourunder-par 68 for a nine-under total to pip the pair. It was a first title of the year for Schwartzel, who has now won on the US PGA, European, Sunshine, Asian and OneAsia circuits. "I never thought I was out of it, for any second. It's a matter of staying in there, hitting good golf shots and controlling your own destiny," the 2011 Masters champion told the OneAsia Tour. "I've played a lot of golf tournaments and done a lot of travelling in the past few months and it felt like I've been playing really good golf with no results, so it's nice to have something finally go your way." Clarke was level with Schwartzel at nineunder standing on the 17th tee but the 2011 British Open champion struck a wayward tee-shot and bogeyed the par three hole. The 45-year-old, who has not won since his sole major triumph, and defending champion Liang both failed to find a birdie on the last and finished with level par rounds of 72. SPORTS DESK
powerful hitting, Djokovic was eager to avoid giving the Argentine any room to find his rhythm in the early stages. The Serbian took command of the centre of the court, moving his taller opponent from side to side by taking the ball early and pressuring the Argentine's serve with some crisp, deep returns. Djokovic broke twice to race into a 50 lead before sixth seed Del Potro finally held for the first time to register a game. The Argentine's first serve percentage dropping to 56 percent as the pressure from Djokovic's brilliant returning told. Djokovic quickly wrapped up the set in 34 minutes but a rejuvenated Del Potro fought back gamely in the second, turning the tables on the Serbian with
some powerful hitting of his own. The 2009 US Open champion scored a crucial break early in the set thanks to some booming winners as he opened up a 3-0 lead with an improved serve also providing cheap points. Djokovic, though, had three chances to break back at 2-4 but the Argentine's monstrous forehand offered some clean winners as he crucially held before serving out for the set in the next game. Neither man gave an inch at the start of a tense third set where the hitting intensified as Del Potro sensed his first Masters title. Del Potro had break point on the Djokovic serve at 2-2 only for the Serb to come up with a huge ace and hold before it was the turn of the Argentine to feel the
heat. More pressure hitting from Djokovic fashioned two break point chances in the next game but Del Potro came up with more forehand winners to hold as the crowd rose in appreciation at the display of the two ATP Tour World finalists. Djokovic then had two match points at 6-5 only for Del Potro's forehand to once again dig him out of a hole as he somehow hung on to his serve and forced the tiebreaker. But the Serbian's renowned athletic steel finally came through though as Del Potro, who won last week in Japan, finally appeared to tire. A careless forehand was pushed wide setting up match point which Djokovic took on the first with a backhand winner down the line to seal his 15th Masters title.
TEEN THOMPSON WINS MALAYSIA EVENT kUALA LUMPUR AGENCIES
eighteen-year-old Lexi Thompson broke a host of records en route to claiming the Sime Darby LPGA Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. The American surged three shots clear on Saturday ahead of the final round, and her concluding four-day total of 19-under 265 saw her finish four shots ahead of China’s Shanshan Feng. Thompson set a new scoring record for the event with her four-round total and shot all four rounds in the 60s for the
first time in her career. She also tops her previous best of 271 which she shot on three separate occasions, most recently at the 2013 Marathon Classic. “Just a bunch of happiness right now, that's for sure,” said Thompson. “Words can't even describe the feeling I have right now. “It's sort of like a rerun from Navistar, just having that feeling walking up to the 18th green, embracing the fans and just knowing you have the win under your belt. “It means so much, especially to get it here in Malaysia.”
kang strolls to asian tour victory South Korean Kang Sung-hoon enjoyed a Sunday stroll when he eased to a five-shot victory at the Asian Tour's CJ Invitational in Yeoju, hosted by his compatriot KJ Choi. Kang's two-under-par round of 70 gave him a 12-under total for the $750,000 tournament and he was able to enjoy the last nine holes comfortably ahead of India's Jyoti Randhawa (67) and compatriot Kim Taehoon, who finished a distant joint second. "I felt very comfortable after nine holes. I was looking at the scores and I saw that I had a big lead so I was able to play it safe and try to give myself chances," Kang told the Asian Tour before hailing the host. "When I played on the U.S. PGA Tour, I lived very near to K.J. We had dinners together and he would give me a lot of advice. That's why it means a lot to me that I have won this event which he is hosting." SPORTS DESK
oSAKA: Australia's Sam Stosur fought back from a set down to claim the Japan Open for a second time on Sunday and deny Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard her first WTA title. The former US Open champion beat her 19-year-old opponent 3-6 7-5 6-2 in Osaka to clinch the hard court title, with her second of the year ensuring she has won more than once in a season for the first time. The Australian wore down Bouchard with some booming forehands into an open court after pushing the Canadian out wide with a clever kick serve. It was a fifth career title for the world number 20 and second in Osaka following a 2009 success. The fifth seeded Bouchard began her first WTA final confidently, breaking her 29-year-old opponent three times en route to taking the set 6-2. The second set looked to be heading for a tiebreak at 5-5 but third seed Stosur stepped up her game, breaking the Canadian as she won seven of the next eight points to seal it 7-5. Bouchard held serve to open the deciding set but Stosur again went on a run, claiming the next four games to open up a lead she would not relinquish to seal victory in two hours and 13 minutes. AGENCIES
kerber and ivanovic fly through semis in austria LINZ: Top seed Angelique Kerber thrashed Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets to set up a final with Ana Ivanovic at the Linz Open in Austria. Despite losing the pair’s only previous meeting at the 2013 US Open the German ruthlessly set about dispatching her opponent, breaking on six occasions for an easy 6-2 6-0 victory. ''Apart from the first set of my first match, everything is going very well this week,'' said Kerber, who was referring to her first round match against Monica Niculescu in which she lost the opening set to love. "I feel better with every round. Today I was more aggressive than in my previous matches." Ivanovic endured a slightly trickier encounter against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele – who shocked American Sloane Stephens on Friday – but emerged victorious 6-4 6-4 to earn her first final spot of the season. The Serb created numerous openings on Voegele’s serve and now has her sights set on claiming back the title she previously won in 2008 and 2010. AGENCIES
Monday, 14 October, 2013
two million muslims begin annual haj SAUDI HEALTH MINISTER SAYS NO CASE OF MERS VIRUS REPORTED AMONG PILGRIMS SO FAR MAkkAH AGENCIES
OMe two million Muslims poured out of the holy city of Makkah Sunday to begin the annual haj, their numbers reduced on fears of the MeRS virus. Saudi health Minister Abdullah Al-Rabia told reporters late Saturday that authorities had so far detected no cases among the pilgrims of the virus which has killed 60 people worldwide, 51 of them in Saudi Arabia. The pilgrims moved from Makkah to nearby Mina valley by road, by train or on foot, the men wearing ihram, the seamless two-piece white garment that rituals require, the women covered up
except for their faces and hands. In Mina, a small site with 45,000 fire-resistant tents that can accommodate two million people, they will pray and rest before moving on to Mount Arafat on Monday for the climax of the pilgrimage rituals. The recently constructed electric railway is scheduled to carry 400 000 of the pilgrims taking part in the world’s largest annual gathering. Saudi Arabia has deployed more than 100,000 troops to ensure the safety of the pilgrims and has warned it will tolerate no demonstrations or disturbances. Interior Ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki told a news conference on Saturday that the kingdom “will not allow any action that may subject the pilgrims’ safety to risk”. Authorities said more than 20,000 buses are ferrying the pilgrims to Mina using 58 tunnels under Makkah’s high mountains. But some pilgrims, like egyptian Mustafa Abu el-Wafa, decided to walk the 10-kilometre distance despite the heat and hu-
midity. “I am so excited that I finally managed to perform the hajj and come to the areas that the Prophet (Mohammed) had once been to,” Wafa said as he walked towards Mina. From Mina, pilgrims will head to nearby Mount Arafat, where they spend Monday in prayer until sunset. The oil-rich kingdom has also mobilised huge medical and civil defence resources to ensure the smooth movement of the pilgrims, around 1.4 million of whom come from abroad. That figure is sharply down on last year’s 1.75 million. Riyadh has imposed a 20-percent cut this year on the quota for pilgrims coming from abroad. It has also slashed the number of domestic pilgrims by half because of MeRS virus fears and reduced capacity resulting from multi-billiondollar construction work. The fact that the kingdom accounts for the overwhelming majority of MeRS cases reported around the world has raised concerns pilgrims could be infected and return to their homelands carrying the virus.
phailin hits 90 lakh people; 23 dead, lakhs of homes damaged gOPALPUR AGENCIES
Cyclone ‘Phailin’ on Sunday left a trail of destruction knocking down lakhs of homes affecting nearly 90 lakh people and destroying paddy crops worth about Rs 2,400 crore, but Odisha and Andhra Pradesh escaped from widespread loss of life. As the largest evacuation efforts in the country’s recent history helped keep casualties to the minimum, reports from the two states tonight said that 23 people died, all but two of them in Odisha. Most of the casualties were caused by wall collapse, uprooted trees and in floods. Communication links were vastly disrupted by the strong winds that went up to a speed of 220 kmph when the “very severe” cyclonic storm crossed the coast near Gopalpur last night and weakened before turning into a depression. Ganjam district in Odisha bore the brunt of the storm. According to IMD tonight, Phailin weakened further turning into “deep depression” with wind speed of 45-55 kmph and currently lay over northern Chhattisgarh, parts of Orissa and Jharkhand. A Panama-registered cargoship M V Bingo carrying iron ore was reported to have sunk in rough seas in the impact of the cyclone off the coast of West Bengal, but the crew were spotted in a lifeboat by a Coast Guard Dornier aircraft. Authorities in Odisha evacuated nearly nine lakh people, the largest in recent history, ahead of the storm to cyclone shelters and public buildings like schools to avoid a repeat of the monstrous 1999 super cyclone in which nearly 10,000 people were killed. “We are on the whole quite satisfied with the type of evacuation that was done,” Vice Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority M Shashidhar Reddy said. In Gopalpur, where the storm struck first, “almost 90-95 per cent people had been evacuated”.
HYDERABAD : Civil society activists on Sunday protest against rising religious intolerance in the country. INP
lawmakers hope senate leaders can break ﬁscal impasse as deadline looms REPUBLICAN SENATOR SAYS HE EXPECTS THE TWO SIDES TO REACH DEAL BY THURSDAY WAsHingtOn AGENCIES
Lawmakers voiced tentative optimism Sunday that fiscal crisis talks between Senate leaders would pave the way to a deal to avert a government default and reopen the government, but Democrats and Republicans remained far apart on details. As the clock ticked down to a Thursday deadline for raising the US debt ceiling, necessary to avoid a possible government default that would roil world financial markets, both Democratic and Republican sen-
ators said the fact their leaders were meeting represented progress. “It’s a breakthrough. hard to imagine, but it’s a breakthrough,” Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program. “The conversation that started yesterday between Senator (Mitch) McConnell - the Republican Senate leader - and Senator (harry) Reid I think has the promise of finding a solution,” he said. Reid, the Senate majority leader, and McConnell held an initial session on Saturday and agreed to meet again on Sunday. Saturday’s meeting, however, failed to dispel uncertainty about their ability to reach an agreement quickly to end a partial government shutdown and increase the nation’s borrowing authority. Durbin offered no concrete reason for optimism, stressing the dire consequences of failure and his hope that “sensible people prevail” in a crisis that
began with a partial government shutdown on October 1. “I don’t want to be overly optimistic, but there’s a lot at stake,” said the Illinois Democrat. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman said he also expected the two sides could reach a deal by Thursday. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senators Susan Collins, a Republican, and Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, agreed that a solution will be reached by Reid and McConnell before Thursday. Among the unresolved issues are the duration of the debt ceiling increase and the level of spending Congress will approve when it finally agrees on a bill to reopen the government. Democrats are attempting to use the negotiations to raise spending above the levels authorized by the “sequester” stringent across the board budget cuts that took effect in March, with more reductions set for January. Lawmakers are also scrambling to put hundreds of thousands of federal
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employees back to work after their failure to fund the government resulted in the partial shutdown. Washington’s debt ceiling drama played out as anxious global financial leaders gathered in the US capital for annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and Group of 20 major industrialized and emerging economies. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Saturday warned the United States was just “five days away from a very dangerous moment” unless politicians produce a plan to avoid default. “If this comes to pass, it could be a disastrous event for the developing world, and that will in turn greatly hurt developed economies as well,” he told reporters after a meeting of the bank’s Development Committee. Meanwhile, US stock investors, who were hoping to leave politics aside to focus on fundamentals, are likely to be more bearish on Monday amid expectations that talks to resolve the crisis will go down to the wire on Thursday.
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