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A Shia girl offers prayers on embers during a 9th Muharram mourning procession in Hyderabad on Thursday. PHOTO BY INP
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Naveed Qamar to jump in race for PAC chief
Sunni clerics avoiding debate challenge: TTP
Following the reluctance shown by the ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) to appoint Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, sister of PPP cochairman Asif Ali Zardari, as chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership is seriously mulling to name Syed Naveed Qamar for the slot, sources have told Pakistan Today. PAGE 03
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Thursday said it was still standing by its stance on the debate challenge given to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), saying the SIC was looking for excuses to escape. In a statement, TTP Mohmand Agency chief Umar Khalid Khurasani said the SIC was looking for a way to escape by saying that they wanted a direct debate with the TTP instead of video link. PAGE 04
Khalid Haqqani to be TTP’s functional chief STORY ON PAGE 02
Mehsud’s death plunges TTP into dangerous disarray Nasiruddin fell victim to tribal feud, TTP or ISI? STORIES ON PAGE 04
Pak, US companies to HOLIDAY NOTICE explore energy investments The offices of Pakistan An oil and gas trade mission led by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G Olson will explore and identify business opportunities in Pakistan's energy sector in a series of meetings with leading American entrepreneurs beginning Thursday. PAGE 12
Today will remain closed on Friday on account of Youm-e-Ashur therefore there will be no edition on Saturday (Nov 16).
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Friday, 15 November, 2013
Militants kill two Afghan policemen in Chaman
MOURN KARBALA MARTYRS
CHAMAN: Armed militants killed two Afghan police personnel near the PakAfghan border in Chaman on Thursday morning. Chaman Assistant Commissioner Ismail Ibrahim said that armed militants killed two personnel of Afghan police hailing from the Kandahar province. He said police discovered the dead bodies in the Boghra area of Chaman. A chit was also found with the bodies stating that “those working with Afghan forces would meet the same fate”, he said. A police official, who did not want to be named, said Afghan Taliban were behind the killings. STAFF REPORT
POLICE FOIL LJ ATTEMPT TO TARGET MAIN ASHURA PROCESSION IN KARACHI, KILL 6 TERRORISTS LJ’S NOTORIOUS MILITANT USMAN CHHOTU ARRESTED WITH AIDES FROM GUJRANWALA POLICE ARREST WOULD-BE SUICIDE BOMBER, AFGHAN HANDLER IN ISLAMABAD
Khalid Haqqani to be TTP’s functional chief
20-KILOGRAMME BOMB DEFUSED IN PESHAWAR, HUGE CACHE OF EXPLOSIVES SEIZED IN KURRUM AGENCY, EXPLOSIVES DEFUSED IN KOT ADDU
Notwithstanding the appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as the new chief of the banned organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Deputy Ameer of TTP Sheikh Khalid Haqqani is expected to lead operations in Pakistan as its functional head, said a report published in The News International on Thursday. In the wake of former TTP supreme leader Hakeemullah Mehsud’s death and the absence of new chief Fazlullah, who is currently in Afghanistan, Khalid Sheikh Haqqani would be calling the shots, the report stated. Haqqani hails from the Swabi district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Prior to joining the TTP, he was heading his own militant faction known as the Haqqani Taliban. He is touted to be a hardliner and a ruthless commander. Haqqani holds a track record of participating in three suicide operations and several terrorist attacks of which the most horrific remains the attack on the Frontier Corps Headquarters on May 13 2011, in the Shabqadar area of KP, in which 80 soldiers, recruits and civilians were killed. Haqqani also participated in a failed terror plot targeting Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan in Charsadda in 2008. He is said to be the mastermind behind the December 22, 2012 suicide bombing which resulted in the death of ANP leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour. MONITORING DESK
KARACHI/PESHAWAR/LAHORE AAMIR MAJEED, SHAMIM SHAHID, RANA HAIDER
shura, the tenth day of Muharram, will be observed with due sanctity and solemnity across the country today (Friday) amidst a high security alert to pay tributes to the sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala to uphold the banner of Islam. Thursday, the ninth of Muharram, passed safely as security forces and law enforcement agencies foiled several terrorist attempts to disrupt mourning processions in Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Kot Addu and some other areas. TERRORISM FOILED: The Karachi police foiled a major sectarian attack in which six terrorists belonging to the banned Sunni terror group, Lashkar-eJhangvi were killed while security personnel were able to seize explosives, suicide vests and weapons from their hideout. The terrorists were reportedly planning an attack on the main Ashura procession at Hussainian Imamian Imambargah in Kharadar. “We carried out an operation against
the terrorists on an intelligence tip-off,” Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam, who led the raiding team, said. A fierce gun battle broke out during the raid in Maripur town, in which three officers were wounded and six suspected militants were killed, he said. LeJ has claimed numerous deadly attacks on Shias, who make up around 20 percent of the 180 million population, including two devastating bombings in Quetta at the start of the year. The shootout in Maripura came after a series of small bomb attacks late on Wednesday targeting Shias in Karachi, which injured at least seven people. The killed terror suspects were identified as Gul Hasan, Muhammad Arif, Khalid Hussain, Maqbool Ahmed, Naveed Arif Chota and Ghulam Qadir. Chaudhry Aslam said Gul Hasan was involved in more than fifty cases of sectarian killings in Karachi. The suspected militants were also said to have been involved in attacks on Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqar and Imambargah Ali Raza among others, the SSP said. Two suicide jackets, five AK47 rifles, two TT pistols, two handgrenades and a huge quantity of ammunition were recovered during the operation. Meanwhile in Gujrawanwla,
security agencies were able to arrest Usman Chhotu, a key leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, and his aides from the Haideri Road area. They also seized weapons and explosives from the terrorists’ possession. Chhotu is wanted in several cases of sectarian attacks. BOMBS DEFUSED, SEIZED: In other parts of the country, law enforcement personnel were able to arrest a would-be suicide bomber and his Afghan handler besides defusing a 20-kilogramme bomb in Peshawar, a bomb in Kot Addu and explosives in Kurram Agency. According to reports from Islamabad, the would-be suicide bomber and his handler were conspiring to target an imambargah in Sector G-6 on Muharram 9 but security forces foiled the attack by arresting them in a raid on Wednesday night. Police also seized suicide jackets and other equipment from them. The alleged suicide bomber and the mastermind behind the attack were identified as Muhammad Saeed Abdullah and Matiullah. Matiullah is an Afghani citizen and was issued a Pakistani visa on October 20. He has made several visits to Pakistan but was deported when he was caught issuing fake visas. In Peshawar, police defused a
20 kilogramme remote-controlled bomb in the Achini Bala area in the outskirts of the city. The bomb was planted in the middle of a patch of the Ring Road. In Kot Addu, Punjab police officials found and defused explosives on the route of an Ashura procession. Miscreants had planted the bomb in the procession’s path close to an imambargah. In Kurram Agency of FATA, security forces foiled a major bid to target Shia processions by recovering a huge cache of explosives during a raid on a compound of a suspected terror mastermind. The security forces raided the compound of Qari Naeem, leader of a banned militant outfit located in Anudanad area of the tribal agency, and arrested two terrorists besides seizing a huge cache of arms and explosives. These included 55 IEDs, two RPGs, several kilograms of explosives, 15 landmines, 16 anti-tank mortals, five bombs and anti-aircraft guns and mortals. ALAM, TAZIA, ZULJINNAH PROCESSIONS: On Friday, Alam, Tazia and Zuljinnah processions will be taken out in all the major cities and towns of the country, which after passing through their traditional routes, will culminate after sunset after which Majalis-e-Sham-e-Ghariban will be held.
Cellular services will be blocked again today Services restored in various cities after 10pm on Muharram 9 g
LAHORE: Cellular networks were restored after 10pm on Thursday in various cities of Punjab and Sindh provinces after remaining blocked for over 18 hours in wake of stringent security measures for Youm-e-Ashur (Muharram 10). The cellphone services will again be blocked at 6am today
(Friday) until the end of the Ashura processions across the country. According to intelligence reports, the districts of Chakwal, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Jhang, Narowal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi, Layyah, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha, Bhakkar, Gujranwala, Lahore and Multan were deemed sensitive in wake of frequent targeting of Shias. Other districts where the services would remain suspended include Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot, and
Pakpattan. According to sources, security agencies informed the Interior Ministry that there was a potential threat that terrorists could target processions on Ashura processions. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had sent the list of cities to mobile phone companies. According to sources, mobile phone service would also remain shut in Karachi, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Sehwan, Nawabshah and Larkana in Sindh. In restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there will
be no mobile phone service in Dera Ismail Khan, Kohat, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and parts of Peshawar. In addition, mobile phone firms have been asked to block services in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Rahimyar Khan, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Pakpattan, Multan, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Jhang and Attock. The sources said the mobile phone service would also be blocked on routes of Muharram processions in
specific cities. Sindh and Balochistan had written letters to the federal government, requesting to close mobile phone services in Quetta and five cities of Sindh on Youm-e-Ashur. The Sindh regime had mailed requests for closure of mobile phone service on the 9th and 10th day of Muharram in Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Khairpur and Sukkur. The Balochistan government requested the federal regime, via mail Friday, to close the mobile phone service in Quetta. STAFF REPORT
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Friday, 15 November, 2013
NAVEED QAMAR TO JUMP IN RACE FOR PAC CHIEF RULING PARTY WARY OF GIVING PTI A CHANCE TO DRUM ABOUT SO-CALLED PPP-PML-N SECRET ALLIANCE ISLAMABAD
OLLOWING the reluctance shown by the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to appoint Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, sister of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, as chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leadership is seriously mulling to name Syed Naveed Qamar for the slot, sources have told Pakistan Today. Under the Charter of Democracy, the PPP government had chosen the leader of opposition as PAC’s chairman during its tenure. Now in opposition, the PPP is hoping it would be given the opportunity to run the accounts committee. However, the PML-N leadership has been reluctant to name Dr Azra as PAC chairperson fearing a public and media backlash, as the PAC is all set to scrutinise the spending of the former PPP government, which ruled the country from year 2008 to 2012.
PML-N RELUCTANT TO GIVE SLOT TO ZARDARI’S SISTER DR AZRA FAZAL PECHUHO Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his party have already raised their concerns over the nomination of Dr Azra as the PAC chairperson, arguing that how could the sister of the PPP cochairman uncover her own party’s wrongdoings. The members of the 25-member committee have already been named and out of the total figure, the PML-N has a lion’s share and its 10 leaders have been named its members. The PPP has got three members, while the PTI and MQM have two members each. The PPP already has made its made its intentions clear, as it has named Dr Azra Fazal, Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Syed Naveed Qamar Shah as members. A source in the PPP said the party’s top leadership was seriously mulling breaking the standoff with the PML-N, as it wanted to carry forward the reconciliatory process between the two parties. However, the source added that if the ruling party did not appoint the PPP nominee as PAC chairperson, it might result in violation of another clause of the Charter of Democracy (CoD),
under which both PPP and PML-N had agreed to empower leaders of the opposition in national and provincial assemblies to nominate the chairpersons of the PAC in Centre and in the provinces. The clause 15 of the COD reads, “15. The chairmen of public accounts committee in the national and provincial assemblies will be appointed by the leaders of opposition in the con-
cerned assemblies”. “The PML-N is ready to elect any nominee from the PPP but they are reluctant to accommodate a close relative of former president Asif Zardari. But on the other hand, leader of Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah has already named Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho as chairperson of the PAC in the Centre. However, the PML-N thinks this
PTI, QWP trade barbs after divorce QWP’S SIKANDAR SHERPAO SAYS PTI NEVER TOOK HIS PARTY IN CONFIDENCE OVER POLICY AND GOVERNANCE MATTERS PTI’S SHIREEN MAZARI SAYS SIKANDAR’S‘PERSONAL ATTACKS’UNCALLED FOR PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
The war of words between the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its erstwhile coalition partner, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) on Thursday heated up as both parties accused each other of involvement in corrupt and autocratic practices. In response to the expulsion of its two provincial ministers on corruption charges that ended the six-
month-long coalition of the QWP with the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, QWP’s provincial leader Sikandar Sherpao said the PTI had itself offered his party to join the provincial government. Following the dismissal of the two ministers, Sikandar also stepped down on Wednes-
PML-N won’t destabilise PTI govt in KP: Pervaiz Rashid ISLAMABAD INP
The PML-N will not become part of any effort to destabilise the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Thursday. Reacting on media reports that the PML-N was mulling establishing its government in KP with the help of other parties, the information minister said the PML-N chief had made it clear that the party which had been given mandate by the masses in KP had the right to rule the province. “The PML-N’s policy in this regard was very clear and no one should have any doubt,” he said. Rashid said recently the PML-N could have easily ousted the Azad Kashmir government but it did not do so. He said the PML-N wanted the PTI to continue its government in KP and serve the masses. He said the PML-N wanted to take all the political parties along on national issues. He said the party will not indulge in such matters which could damage national interest.
day evening as senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, saying his party had pulled out of the provincial government. Sikandar, who is the son of QWP chief Aftab Sherpao, said the PTI never consulted his party leadership over decisions related to politics and governance. He said his party had joined the provin-
cial coalition for the sake of merit but “merit was restricted to a few persons only”.He said that the QWP had asked the PTI to come up with a clear policy on corruption but Imran Khan’s party didn’t pay any heed. He alleged that the PTI was under political pressure and was trying to befool the people. The two QWP ministers expelled from the provincial cabinet are Bakht Baidar and Ibrar Hussain. The former held the ministry of industries, commerce and labour, while the latter was the provincial environment minister. A press release issued on Wednesday by the PTI’s media cell announced the end of its alliance with the QWP that has a 10-member parliamentary group in the KP assembly. Reacting to Sikandar’s salvo, PTI spokeswoman Shireen Mazari said her party terminated the alliance with QWP because of corruption of its ministers. Mazari said that the QWP leader was now making personnel attacks, which was against moral values.
Bilawal to be given PPP reins soon LAHORE NADEEM SYED
As the much awaited reorganisation in Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is on cards, the party is seriously considering to give a lead role to Bilawal Bhutto with full authority to pick his own team. Sources in the party disclosed that former president Asif Ali Zardari was ready to take a step back and share his authority with his heir apparent, Bilawal. There is also a thinking in the PPP that the party’s future is with young leaders and workers instead of tried and tested leadership tainted by corruption scams and bad governance in the last five years, resulting in the historic defeat for the PPP in the May general elections. PPP leaders suggest that there is an urgency among party leaders to initiate the process of reorganisation at the earliest. It is
believed that in the absence of an active and robust party organisation, it would not be possible to benefit from the political windfall accruing from the bungling of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership. It is feared that if the PPP did not play an active role backed by
a new-look party, it would be the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf that will benefit from the political mishandling of the PML-N government, as being witnessed for the last five months. The PPP leadership will like to re-brand the party through its reorganisation drive. As such, a younger lot will be introduced at key positions while the old guards of the party would have little room in the party in the future. It is learnt that in re-branding the party, Bilawal and his young team would be the new face of the party. Old guards, including former prime ministers from the PPP, several of their cabinet members and top party office-bearers will have little to do with the future politics of the party. It is strongly believed that In the presence of these old guards, it will be difficult to attract the youth now inclined towards the PTI.
may provide its adversaries, especially the PTI, to start drumming about the so-called secret alliance to save the looted money,” the source added. The source added that due to the same reason, the convening of the committee meeting had been delayed. The National Assembly (NA) secretariat has formally announced holding a meeting of its Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the first week of December. “But before the meeting, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and Leader of Opposition Syed Khurshid Shah would meet to resolve their differences in this regard and the final decision might be in favour of Naveed Qamar,” he added. COMPOSITION OF PAC: Out the total members, PML-N members include Raja Muhammad Javed Ikhlas, Malik Iqbal Mehdi Khan, Mian Abdul Manan, Junaid Anwaar Chaudhry, Chaudhry Asadur Rehman, Mahmood Bashir Virk, Pervaiz Malik, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, Rana Afzaal Hussain, Sardar Ashiq Gopang and Dr Darshan. The PTI members are Shafqat Mahmood and Dr Arif Alvi. Others include Sheikh Rashid Ahmed from the AML, Pervaiz Elahi from the PML–Q, Syed Kazim Ali Shah from the PML-F, Sohail Mansoor Khawaja and Abdul Rashid Godil of the MQM, Mahmood Khan Achakzai from PkMAP and Shahida Akhtar Ali from the JUIF. The minister for finance would be ex-officio member of the committee.
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Finance minister says Iranian minister has told him that Tehran is not in a position to fund the project
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has claimed that the government would not have abandoned the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project under the US pressure but it was actually Iran that had backed out of financing the project, despite an earlier promise. In talk show of a private TV channel on Wednesday, Dar said he had recently met the Iranian finance minister on the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF meetings in the US. “I told my Iranian counterpart that Iran had promised to provide $500 million for the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project but the Iranian finance minister responded in clear words that his government was suffering from economic crisis and they were not in a position to finance the project.” Dar said he even requested the US officials not to oppose the project because now the US was trying to improve its relations with Iran. He said Pakistan was still committed to the project but now the Iranians had backed out. He said he could not carry forward this project singlehandedly due to a shortage of finances. To another question, he said the Ministry of Finance was ready to provide all funds to the ECP for the coming local bodies elections. He said his ministry had informed the ECP in writing a few days ago that it would give Rs 6 billion to the ECP for the election. Dar also said a proposal was given to him on Wednesday afternoon to ban the export of tomatoes to control the prices but he refused to do so just because it would only help Punjab. He said these days Punjab was facing a shortage of tomatoes and that was why the prices were going up but the tomato crop of Sindh, KP and Balochistan was ready. “We do not want to minimise the profit of growers from three provinces just for the benefit of Punjab,” he said. INP
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NEWS Friday, 15 November, 2013
MEHSUD’S DEATH PLUNGES TTP INTO DANGEROUS DISARRAY
COLOMBO: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his wife Kulsoom Nawaz light a traditional oil lamp on their arrival in Colombo on Thursday. Nawaz will represent Pakistan at the 53-member Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning today (Friday). INP
Nawaz‚ Rajapaksa discuss bilateral ties COLOMBO: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and discussed the regional situation with him. The two leaders exchanged views on ways and means to consolidate bilateral relations in different fields and matters relating to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being held there. Nawaz Sharif arrived in Colombo on Thursday to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2013). The prime minister was greeted by Sri Lanka Freedom Party leader and cabinet minister Nimal Siripala de Silva at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The three-day Commonwealth summit will start today (Friday). The CHOGM is a biennial event wherein Commonwealth heads of government meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues. The CHOGM 2013 has a special theme: growth with equity-inclusive development. Other events like the Commonwealth Business Forum, the Commonwealth Peoples Forum and the Commonwealth Youth Forum are being held in conjunction with CHOGM 2013. INP
Train kills 7 elephants in West Bengal kOLkATA An official has said a passenger train has killed seven elephants and injured another 10 of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India. West Bengal State Forestry Minister Hiten Burman said Thursday that the train traveling at 80 kilometers per hour plowed into a herd of nearly 40 elephants in Chapramari forest in Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday evening. Burman says railway authorities have ignored requests from his department to have trains travel at slower speeds in the elephant corridor. Dozens of elephants have died in India in recent years after being struck while crossing railroad tracks that run through national parks and forests.INP
TTP says Sunni Ittehad clerics avoiding debate challenge ISLAMABAD INP
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Thursday said it was still standing by its stance on the debate challenge given to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), saying the SIC was looking for excuses to escape. In a statement, TTP Mohmand Agency chief Umar Khalid Khurasani said the SIC was looking for a way to escape by saying that they wanted a direct debate with the TTP instead of video link. He said the TTP representatives in Karachi and Lahore would not be able to make direct debate with the SIC due to its ongoing conflict with the government. The Taliban leader said they would not allow the SIC to escape from the debate and would answer all their questions. Khurasani said being in the state of war, the Taliban needed to be armed with
weapons. He clarified that the Taliban were not in a state of war with the whole nation but were battling against the “secular system and its patrons”. He said if the SIC was not ready to come to FATA for debate then the Taliban would also not come to the city area. He said the debate should either be held outside the country or the Taliban be given the guarantee of complete security for holding the debate in Pakistan. He said the judges suggested by the SIC were not acceptable, adding that the Ulema of Ittehad Tanzeemat Madaris should be the judges for the debate. He said the security guarantee should be given by those who had writ in the area of debate. He said the Taliban were ready to give a written guarantee but the SIC would also have to guarantee that in case of losing, the SIC would side with the Taliban in their struggle. He said the list of participants of the debate would
SIC wants clear decision on Taliban talks, military operation LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Sunni Ittehad Council has asked all political and religious leaders to compel the Taliban to stop suicide attacks or else take action against them. SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza said this in a letter written to different political leaders on Thursday. In the letter, the SIC chief appealed to the national leadership to realise the sensitivity of the circumstances and get united for peace, get rid of the Taliban and control the economic crisis. He said national unity was essential to quell conspiracies against peaceful Pakistan. He said it was a very sensitive time for the country and in such a situation the way of consciousness should be adopted. Raza demanded the leadership to get united to oust America from the region and for an end to proAmerican foreign policy. He also asked them to put pressure on the government for implementation of Islamic rule. The SIC chief also asked the leaders
to be careful in issuing irresponsible statements because the enemy would benefit from chaos in the country. “The leaders should also struggle to fail the elements trying to make the army’s fight against terrorism disputed.” Raza said the US wanted to make Muslims weak by drawing lines between them. He said they should compel the US to end drone strikes and the Taliban to end suicide attacks. The SIC leader also asked the leadership to convince the government to hold a five-day great debate to make an agenda to resolve all national problems. He said it was a trial of the government to drive the country out of the crises. He said in such a situation all religious and political leaders should get united by leaving their personal clashes aside and it was the time to get united otherwise the country would be facing a major tragedy. On the other hand, Ulema Board of Sunni Tehreek Pakistan has asked the government to initiate a decisive operation against the Taliban as they had denied dialogue.
be issued after the settlement of these matters. The SIC had accepted the challenge of debate offered by the Taliban. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid on Monday had challenged those clerics for a debate who were criticising the Taliban.The Taliban spokesman pledged that TTP would stop its activities in Pakistan if it failed in the debate. Accepting the challenge, SIC Chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza said he was ready for debate with the Taliban on any channel. The SIC accused the Taliban of indulging in armed rebellion against the Islamic state and urged them to accept the constitution. The statement further said the Taliban’s method of action was against the principles of Islamic jihad. However, the SIC had stated that the debate should be held directly, instead of a video link and the participants should be unarmed.
HE killing of one of Pakistan’s most wanted Islamic militants in a US drone strike has exposed centuries-old rivalries within the group he led, the Pakistani Taliban, making the insurgency ever more unpredictable and probably more violent. Hakimullah Mehsud’s death this month has set off a power struggle within the outfit’s ranks, which could further unnerve a region already on tenterhooks with most USled troops pulling out of neighbouring Afghanistan in 2014. When a tribal council declared Mullah Fazlullah as the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban last week, several furious commanders from a rival clan stood up and left. “When Fazlullah’s name was announced, they ... walked out saying, ‘The Taliban’s command is doomed’,” said one commander who attended the November 7 ‘Shura’ meeting in South Waziristan. Others at the Shura declared loyalty to the hardline new leader and stayed on to map out a plan to avenge Hakimullah’s death through a new campaign of bombings and shootings. “This is the start of our fight with the Pakistan government, an American puppet,” the Taliban official said. “Those who forced the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan are capable of breaking up Pakistan,” he added, alluding to senior commanders whose rite of passage into war started
with the rebellion against Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The Pakistani Taliban have always been divided, a loose alliance of militant bands united only by jihadist beliefs and their hatred of the government and all things Western. The group operates independently of its Taliban allies in Afghanistan, who are fighting US-backed forces there. But the death of Hakimullah, a member of the dominant Mehsud tribe, and the rise of Fazlullah, a Swat Valley native and hence an outsider in the eyes of tribesmen, changes the picture in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban. Under Hakimullah, the TTP had been open to the idea of peace talks with the Pakistani government, even though no meaningful negotiations had taken place. Fazlullah ruled out any talks and declared the start of a new campaign to attack government and security installations in Punjab, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political base. “Mehsuds are not only not happy with this appointment but there are reports of serious infighting among them that might come to the fore in the near future,” said Saifullah Mahsud, director of the Pakistani think tank FATA Research Center. “I think for now the anti-peace talks group among the TTP has prevailed and hence the appointment of Fazlullah,” said Mahsud, who compiles data based on information provided by his sources on the ground in the tribal Pashtun areas. AFgHAN LINkS: Fazlullah’s threat against Punjab has
unnerved Pakistan’s most prosperous and populous province, where attacks have so far been rare. Various militant groups, including the Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaishe-Mohammad, are based around Punjab and have been long tolerated or even sponsored by Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence establishment. Some of them were set up to fight Indian forces in disputed Kashmir, but they have turned on Pakistan in recent years thanks to the growing influence of the TTP and al Qaeda, and have become increasingly involved in Taliban affairs. “The situation is getting out of control and the ISI knows that,” said one Western diplomat in the capital Islamabad, referring to the Pakistani military’s powerful intelligence arm. As the dynamic within the militancy evolves, powerful Punjabi groups are also beginning to turn their heads westwards, with many seeing the pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan as a chance to expand their reach to tribal areas. During a recent meeting with Reuters in Mardan, a group of militants - who sat cross-legged on the floor of a mud-brick safe house sipping tea and eating biscuits - said the Afghan cause was close to their hearts “We want peace in Afghanistan under Mullah Omar’s leadership,” said Abdur Rehman, a militant with Jaish-e-Mohammad, a group usually focused on Kashmir, others nodding in agreement. Mullah Omar is the chief of the Afghan Taliban.
Nasiruddin Haqqani fell victim to tribal feud, TTP or ISI? Senior leader of the deadly Haqqani Network of Afghan militants and son of veteran jihadi commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, Nasiruddin Haqqani may have been a victim of a tribal feud within the large Zadran tribe, whose homeland in the southeastern Afghan provinces of Khost, Paktia, and Paktika is the key theatre for the Network’s operations, a report in Asia Times Online said on Thursday. According to the report, while Pakistani authorities appear to have few clues in the mysterious murder of Nasiruddin in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a source close to the Afghan Taliban, requesting anonymity out of fear of reprisals, said the feud began after the murder of an Afghan man in Islamabad two years ago. The source described the victim as the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, Haji Khalil Zadran, who had reportedly vowed to avenge his son’s killing. The New York Times recently reported that Zadran tribe members had previously broken ties with the Haqqanis
because of their association with Pakistan. In addition, Haqqani fighters have targeted tribal leaders and terrorized villagers. The tribe observes an ancient tradition of reprisal killings in family or clan disputes that can last for generations. PAkISTANI TALIBAN: The source close to the Afghan Taliban also singled out the Pakistani Taliban as another group that might have been behind Nasiruddin’s murder. He said that slain Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud had turned against the Haqqanis because of their long-standing alliance with Pakistan’s powerful military establishment. The source said Taliban insiders had told him that days before his death, Hakimullah Mehsud had vowed to take on the Haqqanis and Asmatullah Muawiya, leader of a Pakistani Taliban faction now sheltering with the Haqqanis in their North Waziristan stronghold. The source said that Mehsud had publicly chided the Haqqanis for their alleged ties with Pakistani intelligence
services. A senior Pakistani politician told the media outfit that the Haqqani sanctuary in North Waziristan was threatened by a deepening rift with Hafiz Gul Bahadar, a powerful Pakistani Taliban leader. The politician said that Bahadar and his supporters were unhappy with Nasiruddin’s brother Sirajuddin Haqqani because of his support for radical fighters from Punjab. Such fighters, dubbed Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan, are widely seen as insensitive to local sentiments in North Waziristan, whose Pashtun population strongly resents the decadelong insecurity in the region. The BBC reported that the Taliban factions and allied extremists are uneasy over the prospect of a power struggle after NATO’s withdrawal from neighbouring Afghanistan next year. A BBC report said that the Haqqanis are opposed by local militants from Waziristan over the former’s presumed ties to Pakistani intelligence services. But the Haqqanis now face additional pressure from the
Punjabi Taliban, who are said to have turned against the Haqqanis despite being initially hosted by them. INTELLIgENCE SERvICES?: For its part, the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan has accused the Inter-Services Intelligence of orchestrating Nasiruddin’s murder. The News reported that Nasiruddin’s assassination might herald the end of a decades-old alliance between the Haqqanis and the Pakistani intelligence services. The newspaper said Islamabad was unhappy with ties between the Haqqanis and the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan. In late 2010, Washington designated Nasiruddin a “global terrorist.” US Navy SEALs killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin near Islamabad in the garrison town of Abbottabad in May 2011. Scores of Pakistani, Afghan, Arab, and Central Asian militant leaders have died in suspected US drone strikes in North Waziristan and the adjacent tribal regions during the past few years.
You do not see the river of mourning because it lacks one tear of your own. –Antonio Porchia
LaHOrE: A large number of mourners attend the 9th Muharram procession at Islampura bazaar. Murtaza aLi
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9th MuharraM passed safely, eyes on ashura now 15,000 law enforcement personnel and intelligence sleuths deployed for security of Ashura processions LAHORE
O commemorate the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions in Karbla on 9th and 10th of Muharam every year, youm-e-Ashur is being observed as a mourning day across the Islamic world including Pakistan. The main youm-e-Ashur Zuljinnah procession in the provincial capital of Punjab was taken out from Nisar Haveli on Thursday evening amid ever-historic strict security measures along with thousands of mourners. Keeping in view the terror threats, the whole route of the proces-
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sion was sealed off completely to eliminate chances of any untoward incident. The Punjab government besides suspending cellular phone services in the city also advertised an alternate route for the commuters on media so that the citizens could be saved from inconvenience. The roads leading to the main Zuljinnah procession were sealed on Thursday afternoon and strict security was put in place to ensure the peaceful completion of Zuljinnah as well as other processions and gatherings being held during the Ashura days. The deployment of police and special branch men was also made at the top of residential buildings to keep a vigilant eye on any suspicious activity.
Thousands of people including men and women came out along with the Zuljinnah procession from Nisar Haveli while flagellating themselves. Today the Zuljinnah procession will start its traditional route from Mohalla Chehl bibian and after marching towards Imambargah Khawajgan, Imambargah Syed Wajid Ali Shah, Mubarik Haveli, Chowk Nawab Sahib, Koocha Qazi Khana, Imambargah Maulvi Feroze Ali, Koocha Miskeenan, Mohalla Pir Gillanian, Imambargah Syed Rajjab Ali Shah, Chau-Hatta Mufti baqir, Chowk Kotwali, Kashmiri bazaar, Sonehri Mosque, Dabbi bazaar, Gumti bazaar, Said Mittha bazaar, Tehsil bazaar, bazaar Hakimaan, Ucchi Mosque and bhatti
Chowk, it will finally reach Karbala Gamey Shah. During the procession, the faithful will offer Friday prayer at Rang Mahal Chowk near Sunehri Mosque. A large number of people set up stalls in the name of `Sabeels’ (distribution of charity milk and other drinks) for the participants of small and big processions. Despite strict directions by the city district government, a large number of people were found witnessing Zuljinnah procession from their rooftops and windows. Strict security measures were adopted by the district government to avoid any untoward incident. All the day, high-rank security officers and district administration paid visits to observe the arrange-
ments. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah also visited the traditional routes of Muharram on Thursday to review the security arrangements for Ashura. The minister assured the people of foolproof security during 9th and 10th of Muharram across the province. While talking to media persons, he said mobile phone service would be suspended till 6:00 pm in 13 sensitive cities for security reasons. Meanwhile, DCO Lahore Ahmed Javaid Qazi and IG police too visited the procession routes. Continuous monitoring of the procession was carried out from the main control room established at the DCO office through CCTV cameras round the clock. The authorities were also directed to ensure fixation of search lights on the whole route of the procession. As per the security sources, around 15,000 men of law enforcement and other intelligence agencies performed security duties on the route of the Zuljinnah procession. Earlier, over 36 Majalis-e-Aza were held in different parts of the city where a large number of people were witnessed. The second main procession of Muharram 9th was taken out from Pando Street Islampura. After returning from Khayabane-Zahra (Old Anarkali), it ended at Pando Street Islampura (Krishannagar) at 10pm. During the procession the participants offered zuhrain and magrabain prayers at Old Anarkali. The procession was attended by the thousands of men, women and children. Many a large number of other processions were also taken out from Mughalpura, Dharampura, Shalimar, Shadman, Chungi Amar Sadhu, Township, Gulshan-e-Ravi, Imamia Colony Shahdara and Jafferia colony. Following the reports of intelligence agencies, the city administration banned parking vehicles and even the carts near procession routes. The main Zuljinnah procession has to cover the distance of few kilometres and it will take over 24 hours to reach destination at Karbala Gamy Shah where Sham-e-Ghariban will be observed following the traditional passion and enthusiasm on Friday evening.
Middle age went by while I was mourning for my lost youth. â€“Mason Cooley
LAHORE Friday, 15 November, 2013
970th ghusal CereMony of ganj Bakhsh's shrine LAHORE APP
The 970th annual ghusal of the shrine of Al-Shaikh Al-Syed Ali Bin Usman AlHajveri known as Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh was held here on Thursday. The ceremony started with the recitation of Holy Quran while renowned Naat Khawan, Marghoob Hamdani, and others presented naat rasool-e-maqbool (SAWW). Later, ghusal of the shrine was performed with rose water and wreaths were laid besides a "chadar". Special prayers were offered for peace, stability and prosperity of the country. Religious Affairs Committee Data Darbar Chairman Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar was the chief guest. Provincial Food Minister Bilal Yaseen, Pervaiz Malik, Provincial Minister Atta Manika, Secretary Auquaf Dr Saqib Aziz, Pir Nazim Hussain and a large number of devotees were also present.
another patient dies of dengue LAHORE ONlINE
Another person died of dengue fever here on Thursday in the city bringing the death toll to 14 across the province. Mohammad Saleem, 49, resident of Garhi Shahu, was under treatment in Ganga Ram Hospital, and expired on Thursday The Punjab health department said 77 new dengue cases had been reported during the last 24 hours - 41 in Lahore and 33 in Rawalpindi.
terror Bid foiled: 5 suspeCted terrorists held LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The city police claimed to have foiled an attempt of terrorism on Thursday arresting five alleged terrorists with sophisticated arms. Following a tip off, the police said, the law-enforcers raided a house in Shahdara and arrested five terrorists who were planning to target Muharram processions in the city. Arms, explosive material and maps of different areas of Lahore were recovered from the suspected terrorists whom police shifted to an undisclosed location. A central control room has been set up in the DCO office Lahore to monitor security measures on 9th and 10th Muharram as mourning processions were taken out across the province to highlight the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (RA) and his family members rendered in Karbala.
indian sikh yatrees arriving today LAHORE ONlINE
A delegation of Sikh Yatrees will reach here today (Friday) to attend the birth celebrations of Baba Guru Nanak. According to Punjab Rangers spokesman, the Sikh pilgrims will reach Lahore via Wagah border from where they would proceed to Nankana Sahib to attend the celebrations. The delegation will remain in Pakistan till November 24.
LaHOrE: Traffic wardens issue tickets to motorcyclists for violating the pillion riding ban on Thursday. iNP
Anti-dengue campaign must continue during Muharram holidays: Shahbaz LAHORE STAFF REPORT
UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that anti-dengue campaign should continue during Yaum-e-Ashur holidays as well and efforts should be made for eradication of this scourge with a spirit of commitment and public service during this period. He said that elected representatives and government officers should review anti-dengue campaign and play an active role for maintenance of a peaceful atmosphere. He was presiding over a meeting to review anti-dengue arrangements at Commissioner Office Rawalpindi through video conference from Lahore. Provincial Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, members National and Provincial Assembly, ticket holders of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Commissioner Rawalpindi, DCO
Rawalpindi, concerned officials and the experts were present in the meeting at commissionerâ€™s office Rawalpindi, while Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, Kh Salman Rafique, member National and Provincial Assembly, chief secretary, provincial secretaries, senior officers and medical experts participated in the meeting at Lahore. The chief minister directed that reorganisation of the institute of public health be completed as early as possible and work should be started for the capacity-building of the staff of the institution without any delay. He said eradication of dengue was the challenge and all segments of the society should support the government in rooting out this menace. The chief minister said that due to timely measures taken by the government, dengue situation was improving, however,
there was no room for negligence or laxity in the efforts against dengue. He said there was a need for implementing anti-dengue regulations in letter and spirit besides taking stern action under the law against those not following these regulations. He directed that anti-dengue spray and fogging be continued and instructions regarding free medical facilities to the under-treatment dengue patients in private hospitals be fully implemented. He said senior professors should remain present at government hospitals for looking after the dengue patients during the night as well. He directed that special attention be paid to de-silting of Nullah Lai and containers be placed around the drain for collection of garbage. He said solid waste be immediately removed from open spaces. He said that strict legal action be taken without any discrimination against the quacks playing with the lives of citizens and an institutional mechanism be evolved
LaHOrE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah visits Ashura procession routes on Thursday. iNP
for this purpose. Instructions had been issued for immediate recruitment of necessary staff for continuing the campaign against dengue in an effective manner, he added. Maximum resources had been provided for the campaign against dengue therefore assembly members and government officers should work hard for success of anti-dengue campaign, he added.
CM direCts foolproof seCurity for proCessions LAHORE STAFF REPORT Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has stressed upon elected representatives and ulema to play an active role for maintaining an atmosphere of religious harmony and brotherhood on youm-e-Ashur. In a statement issued here on Thursday, he directed that foolproof security plan evolved for this purpose be fully implemented and no effort be spared to maintain a peaceful atmosphere on the occasion of youm-e-Ashur. Issuing instructions for further improving security arrangements on youm-eAshur, the chief minister directed police and administrative officers that additional police force be deployed at sensitive places and youm-e-Ashur processions be monitored through CCTV cameras. He further directed that senior police and administrative officers should remain present in the field and supervise security measures. He said local administration should ensure that no hurdle was created on the routes of mourning processions. He said that police should remain present at their place of duty till the end of youm-eAshur and departure of mourners and cabinet committee should keep a watchful eye on law and order situation and security arrangements.
Friday, 15 November, 2013
take guidance from imam hussain’s uprightness, says nawaz ISLAMABAD APP
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has said in the wake of the ongoing conflict between the right and falsehood, Muslims need to seek inspiration and guidance from the uprightness of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) to frustrate the evil designs of those damaging the true spirit of Islam. In his message on the Day of Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), the prime minister said the heart wrenching
incident of Karbala had no parallel in the history of mankind. He said by sacrificing his life along with his family, Imam Hussain (RA) proved that for a true Muslim, nothing was more important than the honour and dignity of Islam. He said the historic encounter between the forces of truth and falsehood made Islam an everlasting religion. “Though the Day of Ashura recounts a story of grief and anguish, it actually portrays the triumph of virtue over the vice,” Nawaz said. He said the steadfastness demonstrated by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) in the face of
cruelty and tyranny proved that uprightness always prevails and that any enemy could be defeated with the determination and absolute faith in God. He said the devious terrorists, who were subjecting innocent citizens to extreme brutality and were defaming Islam, “probably do not know that a nation with staunch followers of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) amongst its ranks can never be dispirited by them”. “Let us pledge today that we will utilise all our energies to preserve the honour and dignity of Islam, serve the nation and rid the country of all evils to develop it as a true Islamic welfare state,” Nawaz said.
the saCred Month of MuharraM
HE literal meaning of Muharram is “forbidden, sacred and worthy of reverence.” It is one of the four months about which Allah Ü states:
“Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred months.” [Al-Tawbah:36] These four sacred months were explained by Prophet Muhammad to be: Dhul-Qa‘dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Rajab. Prior to the advent of Islam, these months were considered sacred even by the Pagans of Arabia. It was forbidden to wage war and fight during these sacred months, which resulted in complete peace. Consequently, they performed Hajj during the first three months and ‘Umrah in the fourth. Muharram is the first month of the Islâmic Hijri calendar. TheHijri calendar is based on the Hijrah (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad. However, its actual application began in 17 A.H. during the caliphate of ‘Umar Faruq. He dispatched letters to his governors which did not bear any date. The governor of Yemen, Abu MusaAsh‘ari brought this concern before ‘Umar. He set up a small committee to resolve this issue wherein it was decided that the Hijri calendar will begin from the Hijrah of Muslims from Makkah to Madinah. Therefore 622 A.D. became 1 A.H. and since the decision to migrate was made at the end of the month of DhulHijjah, and the first moon to rise after this was that of Muharram, it became the first month of the Hijri calendar. [Fath al Bari ] The origin of the Hijri calendar serves as a great reminder of the sacrifices, devotion and love of those who migrated for Allah and His Messenger. THE BEgINNINg OF A NEw YEAR: Time is indeed a great blessing from AllahÜ, rolling diligently along its own set pattern and speed. It waits for no one and it passes us quickly. Time will come and go, as Allah has decreed, but what remains written in “Time” is how each person utilized that time. The beginning of each New Year makes the one gone by the past. At the same time the coming New Year brings with it new opportunities and the motivation to start afresh. This upcoming Muharram is a great blessing, it is a chance to reflect upon our blessing, it is a chance to reflect upon our former years and to plan on how to lead better and more purposeful lives for the future. Let us make the most of this great
blessing and enhance our lives by engaging in beneficial activities and righteous deeds. We can now hope to turn transient seconds into definite opportunities for securing reward in our favor, striving to make eternal success our destiny and saving ourselves from eternal ruin. JUNAID BAgHDADI SAID: “Assess each moment of life by evaluating how close you have come to AllahÜ, how far you have distanced yourself from Shaitan, how close you have come to Jannah and how far you have moved away from Jahannam.” Begin the New Year with a fresh resolution and a pristine motivation. Gear up for it physically and mentally, making a resolve to: n Strengthen your relationship with AllahÜ. n Return to your worships with renewed enthusiasm and diligence. n Improve upon serving your parents well and giving relatives their rights. n Refocus on the moral upbringing of your family and children. n Plan further learning and self-development. n Seek to participate in social works for the benefit of those less fortunate than yourselves in the society. HISTORICAL EvENTS n It is the month in which AllahÜgranted victory to Prophet Musa and his nation, BaniIsrail over Pharaoh. [Sahih Muslim] n The famous episode of the “Year of the Elephants” took place in this month in which Abraha, together with his army of elephants, attempted to destroy the Holy Ka‘bah. n ‘Umar was unable to survive his wounds from his assassination attempt and attained martyrdom on the 1stof Muharram, 23A.H. n The Prophet’s grandson, Hussain, along with his family members were martyred on the 10thof Muharram, 61 A.H. in the plain of Karbala. MUH}ARRAM AND FASTINg: The significance of fasting in Muharram can be best understood by the Hadith of the Holy Prophet :
“The most excellent fast after Ramadan is in Allah’s month, Muharram.” [Sahih Muslim] In light of this Hadith we must make the most of this important month. The Hadith does not mean that one has to fast the entire month but that each fast in Muharram holds more reward with Allah than voluntary fasts in any other month. FASTINg ON THE 10TH OF MUHARRAM: Fasting on any day of Muharram holds a reward with AllahÜ, but the 10th of Muharram, known as ‘Ashurah’
has more significance as compared to other days. ‘A’ISHAH NARRATES: “The people used to fast on ‘Ashura’ before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And no that day the Ka‘bah used to be covered with a cover. When Allah made the fasting of the month of Ramadan compulsory, Allah’s Messenger said: “Whoever wishes to fast (on the day of ‘Ashura’) may do so; and whoever wishes to leave it can do so.” [Sahih al-Bukari] Prophet Muhammad continued to fast on the day of ‘Ashura’ even after fasting in Ramadan was made obligatory. ‘ABDULLAH BIN ‘ABBAS NARRATES: “When Prophet Muhammad came to Madînah, he observed the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’ , so he asked them about it. They said, “It is a day of great importance. This day Prophet Musa and his nation were freed, Pharaoh and his nation were drowned and hence Prophet Musa fasted as a token of thanksgiving. Thereby, we follow him by keeping this fast.” To this the Prophet Muhammad said, “We are closer to Prophet Musa in association than you.” Hence, Prophet Muhammad himself fasted on this day and asked his companions to do the same. [Sahih Muslim] Regarding the fast of the Day of ‘Ashura’, Abu Qatadah narrates that Prophet Muhammad also said:
“I believe that Allah will forgive the sins of the past year in return of the fast of ‘Ashura’.” [Sahih} Muslim] ABU QATADA ALSO NARRATES:
“Prophet Muhammad was asked about the fast of ‘Ashura’ and he said, “It is an expiation for the sins of the past one year.” [Sahih} Muslim] FASTINg ON THE 9TH wITH THE 10TH OF MUHARRAM: Prophet Muhammad expressed his desire to fast on the 9 of Muharram along with the 10 in order to avoid resemblance with the Jews. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas narrates that Prophet Muhammad fasted on the day of ‘Ashura’ and recommended his Companions to do the same. To this the community replied, O Messenger of Allah, this is a day revered by the Jews and Christians. Prophet Muhammad replied, “Next year, InshaAllah, we will join it with the fast of the 9th.” However, the Prophet died before the next ‘Ashura’. Nevertheless, it is recommended to observe fast of the 9th along with the 10th of Muharram. In case the fast
of the 9th is missed, it can be made up by keeping a fast on the 11th ofMuharram instead. We learn from the Holy Qur’an itself as well as the authentic Sunnah that it is important for the Muslims to observe din at all times. Whether it is matters related to worship, beliefs, habits, lifestyle and traditions of any kind, the commands of the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah are paramount:
“Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah and whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah.” [Sahih} al-Bukhari] Observing the Sanctity of Muharram Regarding this sacred month AllahÜ has also said:
“Do not wrong yourselves in these months.” [al-Tawbah:36] This means that in this month we should strive to excel in righteous deeds, perform additional acts of worship i.e offer Nafl, give charity and remember Allah Ü. We should make a conscious effort to avoid displeasing and disobeying AllahÜ, we must be more careful to not indulge in any acts which are considered a sin or an innovation or discouraged in the Din. There are many opportunities to attain great reward during this month and we should strive our utmost to avail each of them. During the sacred months, fighting is prohibited and peace is guaranteed. When observing the sanctity and reverence of this month it is incumbent on us that we also, Avoid all types of quarrels, arguments, and disputes. Respect the life, wealth and honour of our fellow beings. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas narrates that Prophet Muhammad said the following during his Farewell Pilgrimage: “Your blood, wealth and honor are as sacred upon each other as the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours, in this city of yours.” [Sahih al-Bukhari] Is this message of our beloved Messenger not enough for us? Avoid hurting others by the tongue or by hand. Do not disrespect or revile any of the blessed companions of Prophet. Let go of all grudges and spread the message of peace and friendship by your words and actions. May AllahÜ grant us the ability to walk on the Right Path. Aameen.
NEWS Friday, 15 November, 2013
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing — George Bernard Shaw
harassment at workplaces: online complaint system launched ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
majority of the working women face harassment at workplaces due to which their productivity and participation in the mainstream economy is badly affected. Approximately 70 per cent of women who have faced sexual harassment did not want to file a complaint, specifically due to the complicated and inconvenient system. This was stated at the inauguration of an ‘online complaint system’ about harassment at workplaces. The system has been launched by the Federal Ombudsman Sec-
retariat (FOS) in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s gender equality for decent employment project funded by the Canadian government. The participants were informed that according to a survey conducted in publicprivate organisations, a majority of working women suffered sexual harassment at workplaces but they did not lodge complaints. In order to simplify the process, FOS with the support of the ILO established the grievance redressal system consisting of a website of online complaints both in English and Urdu, and an SMS tracking system. The chair of the event, Justice (r) Yasmeen Abbasi, on the occasion said the
unique initiative would facilitate in speeding up the process of launching complaint about the harassment at workplace and provide a greater outreach to the FOS in enabling the affected people. Regional Director ILO Asia-Pacific region Yoshiteru Uramoto said it was an excellent example of gender responsive public service delivery and developing institutional mechanisms. “I look forward that this system will become stronger and better over the years and contribute to a safe and decent working environment for women and men,” he said. ILO Country Director Francesco d’Ovidio expressed his concern on the work-
place harassment and emphasised the role of the government, employers, trade unions and the civil society to promote a zero tolerance for instances of harassment at workplaces. Deputy Director Communications FOS Shahrukh Abbasi said in the past women had to face a complicated system to lodge a complaint against work harassment. “Especially, in the provinces, the complainant had to go to the provincial capital to lodge a complaint which was almost impossible for them. Now the complainant can lodge the complaint directly on the website of FOS in both Urdu and English languages,” he said.
In order to simplify the process, FOS with the support of the ILO established the grievance redressal system consisting of a website of online complaints both in English and Urdu, and an SMS tracking system
Man who ‘endangered’ pia plane ‘idiot, not terrorist’, uk court told LONDON AGENCIES
QuEtta: Officials seal shops in route of the Ashura procession. INP
Indo-Pak border clashes disrupt village life DHAMALA AGENCIES
Clashes between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India are always unnerving, but for Tanveer Ahmed, the latest border flare-up is personal: It’s harming his marriage prospects. The 20-year-old Pakistani’s village, Dhamala, is just a few hundred meters from the barbed wire and watchtowers. He says he has approached three families in other towns with marriage proposals and all demurred. ‘’They said ‘We can’t take this risk. You could be killed at any time,’’’ said Ahmed. ‘’I think I will have to move away from this village.’’ The gunfire and mortar shelling along the border of disputed Kashmir that erupted in August and peaked again in late October is the worst in a decade, killing eight Indian army soldiers and a border guard, and five military personnel and six civilians on the Pakistan side. The Indians say they are trying to deter Pakistani militants crossing into Kashmir, where India has been fighting a decades-long insurgency. Pakistan says its soldiers are under strict orders to fire only if fired upon and accuse the Indians of firing into civilian areas. India says militants are trying to infil-
trate into the territory, and as the war in Afghanistan winds down, some worry that the militants who fought there are starting to shift to Kashmir. Pakistan says that from Oct 17 through Oct 25 Indian forces unleashed more than 8,500 mortar shells and more than 20,000 rounds of small-arms fire in one area which includes Ahmed’s village and others. Indian officials would not give figures but generally they say they are responding to incoming fire, and in ‘’equal measure.’’ On each side of the line are villages where people grow wheat, rice and corn amid the firefights. Indian forces are so close to Dhamala that villagers can see their watchtowers. During a visit by The Associated Press arranged by the Pakistani military to villages near the Pakistani city of Sialkot, Nazeer Ahmed told how Indian shelling woke him one night. He grabbed his children and was running to safety when a friend shouted that his neighbor had been wounded. He found the neighbor with his stomach ripped open by shrapnel. Families have been overnighting with relatives in villages farther from the border. Mothers keep their children indoors and men pray at home instead of in the mosque.
Families have been overnighting with relatives in villages farther from the border. Mothers keep their children indoors and men pray at home instead of in the mosque
Children are warned not to pick up stray objects in case they blow up. Villagers say they are used to the small-arms fire but the use of mortars is much more disturbing. They point to recently patched-up ceilings and brick houses that they say were hit by Indian mortar fire. They accuse the Indians of targeting civilian areas, and deny they are working with the Pakistani army. ‘’If they think the villagers are working with the army, they are foolish,’’ said
Muhammed Jamil in Charwa, a village roughly 800 meters from the border. On the Indian side, people reached by telephone from Srinagar, the capital of Indian-held Kashmir, give similar accounts of the hardships they are enduring. In the village of Garkhal, Sushma Devi, 24, said she was warming milk for her two kids on Oct 24 when she heard a blast. ‘’I thought our roof crumbled, she said. ‘’Then I saw four of our family members, including my husband, in blood all around me, crying for help. I too started crying. Then border guards came after a while and took them to the hospital.’’ In Pindi Chakran, 200 meters from the border, 40-year-old Rajinder Singh said people are afraid to work their fields. ‘’Border guards have a post in our village. Pakistani troops target them, but we are the victims. Our homes are damaged, villagers are hit and our cattle suffer. This time, we had to spend nights in a temporary shelter for a week,’’ he said. Things have calmed down in recent days, but no one knows for how long. ‘’Throughout my life I have seen the uncertainty,’’ said 60-year-old Asghar Ali from the Pakistani village of Charwa. ‘’No one can say how long this lull will last.’’
A man accused of sparking a security alert on a Pakistan International Airways plane acted like an “idiot” but did not make a serious bomb threat, a British court heard on Wednesday. Mohammed Safdar, 42, and his friend Tayyab Subhani, 30, were arrested in May after their flight from Lahore to Manchester in northwest England had to make an emergency diversion to London’s Stansted Airport. Britain scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept the flight. The British-born pair deny endangering the plane. A previous court hearing was told that the men had become aggressive towards airline stewards and had made false threats that the “crew and passengers would be killed and the aircraft blown up before landing”. But a passenger on the flight told the men’s trial in Chelmsford, southeast England, that although Safdar had acted like an “idiot”, he had not made a serious bomb threat and other travellers had not felt threatened. “I heard the men say jokingly between themselves ‘I bet they think there’s a bomb on the plane’,” Ferzana Rana told the court. “He was swearing in Urdu and a lot of the words and language were not something anybody would want to repeat.” Safdar twice told a steward “I’m going to kill you” in Urdu, she added. But asked if the steward had taken the remarks seriously, she said: “No, it was just an idiotic remark.” Once on the ground, many passengers expressed annoyance that the flight had been diverted over a “trivial incident”, Rana told the court. Subhani had encouraged Safdar but had not behaved in an abusive manner, she added. The men, from Lancashire in northwest England, claim the allegations are made up and that cabin crew encouraged passengers to corroborate their story. They had been returning from Safdar’s mother’s funeral in Pakistan. Prosecutors have stressed that the pair are not Islamic extremists or “terrorists” but that the crew was forced to take the threats seriously. “Such utterances, if made at ground level, may sometimes be capable of being ignored,” prosecutor Brian O’Neill told the court as the trial opened on Tuesday. “But when those threats are made in flight at 30,000 feet on a commercial jet, that’s not an option.” Once on the ground, the plane was surrounded by armed police under a full-scale bomb alert. The trial is expected to last five weeks.
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COMMENT Friday, 15 November, 2013
further polarising the society JI headed towards further isolation
on the wrong side of history Munawar Hasan, the JI and its extremist agenda
major reason behind Jamaat-e-Islami’s failure to capture popular imagination during its 72-year history is its disregard for the masses’ aspirations. Coming into existence a year after the historic Lahore Resolution when the Muslims all over undivided India were fighting for Pakistan, the party rejected the idea and ridiculed the All India Muslim League leadership for being unaware of the teachings of Islam. This was bound to create a wedge between the highly-motivated but moderate Muslim masses and the JI. Maudoodi was arrested in Oct 1948 under orders issued by the first prime minister of the country when he declared that the tribal invasion of Kashmir was not a jihad. The Jamaat posed as the party of the Swaliheen, or those on the right path, indirectly downgrading the common Muslims. Thus during Maudoodi’s lifetime the organisation remained a cadre party comprising a few hundred full members and a few thousand sympathisers. During the 1971 elections the party met with debacle in the West Pakistan while it was decimated in East Pakistan where its militant wings Al Shams and Al Badar supported the brutal military operation against the freedom seeking Bengalis. The JI’s ratings fell like stone when it collaborated with Gen Zia after the coup in 1977 and joined his cabinet. When journalists were whipped, Zia’s information minister was Mahmood Azam Farooqi, a JI leader. It goes to Maudoodi’s credit though that he had argued that only a state can declare jihad and no individual or group was authorised to wage a private jihad of its own. It is ironical therefore that Munawar Hassan should declare Hakimullah Mehsud, an outlaw with head money on him, a martyr. Once again Jamaat-e-Islami is on the wrong side of history. The people are fed up with the terrorist attacks and want an urgent end to these. With the militants under Fazlullah declaring war against the state there is need for a unified reaction. What JI is doing is to create dissensions and fissures in an already polarised society which can only help the terrorists. There is a need on the part of the army to reconsider its policy of using religion as a source of motivation for the troops. With the terrorists resorting to similar war cries the common soldier is bound to be confused. During the 1965 conflict the most popular war songs relied on patriotism as a potent source of motivation. It is time patriotism takes the central place in the thinking of the army.
hostage to hawks Pak-India relations
HE bilateral composite dialogue initiated in February 2004 remains suspended since the 2008 Mumbai incident. The conflagration on the Line of Control (LoC) is the worst ever since the 2003 accord had ensured that the guns there remained silenced. Even the cricket teams of the two nations have not had a two-way exchange since 2007. In the circumstances, the meeting between India’s external affairs minister and Pakistani prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs on the sidelines of the multilateral moot in New Delhi featuring foreign ministers of Asia and Europe was not expected to yield much. Sartaj Aziz’s meeting with his old mate, Indian PM Dr Manmohan Singh was the salient moment, but it too was dubbed as ‘deliberately understated’ and a ‘low-key affair’ by Indian media. The two PMs, Nawaz Sharif and Dr Singh, both seem truly keen on improving relations, yet hawks on both sides have dominated the narrative, stymieing whenever there was a possibility of genuine thaw holding the promise of forward movement. The vibes coming from New Delhi during Aziz’s visit were not all negative yet the acrimony was far too palpable to not to be felt – especially on the issue of Aziz’s meeting with Hurriyet leaders. The onus of restoring peace on the LoC and international border too was put on Pakistan, though the unprovoked firing cannot all be one-sided. It also cannot be ignored that the meeting of the DGMOs agreed on in the New York summit between the two PMs on September 29 has still to materialise – for which again Pakistan alone cannot be blamed. On this side of the border, there is growing realisation that India is not interested in a structured dialogue process at the time being owing to its own domestic political considerations – with elections looming, hawks in both the leading parties are having a go at Pakistan to fetch votes. Then the quite visibly assertive Indian army too is having a distinctly negative say on Pakistan. In the circumstances the prospects of Dr Manmohan Singh visiting Islamabad remain remote, though some reports suggest that conviction of suspects of the Mumbai terror attacks in this country might pave the way for that. Pakistan has far too much to offer to India in case of normalisation and resolution of some of the main issues, such as access to the Central Asian markets etc. Ratcheting down hostility with Pakistan thus is in India’s favour.
AMAAT-E-ISLAMI has finally come to Munawar Hassan’s rescue. It has refused to disown its chief’s double assertion: Hakimullah Mehsud was a martyr while the issue of the martyrdom of soldiers fighting Pakistan’s war against terrorism remains in question. Instead of being on the defensive, the JI has sought an apology from the army for what the party considers ‘overstepping its constitutional limits by directly addressing a political party.’ This coming from a party that has acted hands in glove with successive military rulers over a major part of this nation’s history is nothing short of a joke. The letter sent to the PM aims at requesting him to discipline the army for not following the ‘policies set by elected representatives of the people.’ Did Jamaat-e-Islami join Ziaul Haq’s cabinet because the dictator was following the policies formulated by the elected representatives? It should be amply clear now that the controversial stand taken Munawar by Hassan was not his personal opinion as was being given out earlier but a policy stand of the JI. The JI decision followed by the letter to the PM were aimed at providing political support to militant outfits who have killed upward of 40,0000 civilians and servicemen over the last few years, attacked mosques, imambargahs and churches, demolished hundreds of schools, destroyed the livelihood of the people and derailed the national economy. The Jamaat defends Mehsud, says Paracha, because the TTP chief was fighting against the US. During the Afghan war circa 1980 to 1989, when the JI workers fought at the American behest in Afghanistan, the party leadership was not shy of doing the US’ bidding. Did those its cadres killed too were martyrs then? The claim that Hakimullah was eliminated simply because he wanted to enter into dialogue with Pakistan is factually incorrect. The TTP chief’s death had nothing to do with Pakistan. The US put a $5 million bounty on Hakimullah’s head soon after he was found to be the mastermind behind the killing of seven CIA agents in December 2009 in Khost, the deadliest strike against the Agency in a quarter century. Hakimullah was subsequently targeted in January 2010, within 72 hours after the release of a confessional video
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of Jordanian doctor Khalil Abu-Mulal al Balawi. There was a report of Hakimullah’s being killed in a drone attack which was corroborated by the then interior minister Rehman Malik also. Hakimullah sustained severe injuries but survived and for nearly three years kept a low profile. It is for two reasons that the Jamaat taken a stand that is bound to make it unpopular in the country. First, to ingratiate itself with the militants in the hope that they would spare the party in KP and FATA – instead helping it reach to the corridors of power through violent means. This also indicates that the Jamaat has lost hope in ever coming to power through elections. Second, it is intended to pacify the admirers of the TTP within the Jamaat’s ranks as well as activists in its student wing, the IJT. Munawwar Hasan’s views have naturally drawn accolades from the TTP while they have elicited resentment from the common people. The views come as no surprise for those who know the party’s history. The JI is only one step behind the militants ensconced in the mountains. The party shares their ideals and methods, like the establishment of an Islamic state that enforced Sharia and waged jihad against the nonMuslims. The party has never categorically rejected employment of violent means for the achievement of its ends. The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba activists nurtured on the writings of Maudoodi and the novels of Nasim Hijazi look at the jihadi outfits with awe and respect. Through sheer use of force the Jamiat has tried to replicate the Waziristan experiment in the campuses of the educational institutions under their control. They idealise the militants whom they believe are doing what their own leadership only preaches but does not practice. This explains why the JI and IJ T activists have frequently provided shelter to Al Qaeda terrorists. This also explains the raison d’être behind the split in the party in 1995 which gave birth to the new group Tehrik-e-Islami. Eyebrows were raised when an Al Qaeda operative was arrested from the hostel room of an IJT activist in the Punjab University. As reported in The News on August 11, pictures of Aafia Siddiqui and other Al Qaeda luminaries were recovered from the room. An activist of IJT was also arrested in connection with the affair. Another report appearing in the Express Tribune exactly one month later on September 11 told about the arrest of six members of Al Qaeda’s suicide squad, their local handler and two of their technical col-
laborators. According to the report, “Investigators have also unearthed a workshop where members of the squad would test out their instruments of death and destruction. While their handler resided in the Punjab University hostel, the remaining members lived in different urban areas in Lahore.” A month later the identity of the man arrested from the hostel room of the IJT leader was finally established. A report appearing in The News on October 10 revealed, the man was “the mastermind of a suicide attack on the embassy of Denmark in Islamabad” in 2008. Further that “the suspect was arrested from the Punjab University hostel where a student Ahmed Sajjad Rathore was boarding” and “on the basis of information gathered from this fighter, 17 others have been arrested and the network of this group has been busted.” And where was Khalid Sheikh Muhamad, the mastermind of 9/11 with a head money of $25 million, arrested from? It was 18-A Nisar Road in the Westridge district of Rawalpindi and the house was owned by a Jamaat-e-Islami leader. In 1995 citing irreconcilable ideological differences a section of the youth formed a breakaway faction calling itself Tehreek-e-Islami (TI), and 16 members of Jamaat’s Majlis-eShoora, including provincial nazima Amira Ehsan, erstwhile JI MNA, joined the new faction. The TI was formed because it was supposed to be more radical than the JI, which had begun to be perceived as very mild and pro status-quo in its approach towards the development of the “true” Islamic state. Whatever the compulsions of the Jamaat, its stance will earn it no kudos. The people from all sections of society are fed up with the militants. The common man heaved a sigh of relief over Hakimllah’s death. The Jamaat is on the wrong side of history. It is now for the army leadership to consider if it is wise to motivate the soldiers through religion-based slogans. With the army jawans shouting Allah-o Akbar and the militants doing the same from the other side of the battle line, it is bound to confuse the man in uniform. An appeal to patriotism in some of the most moving and popular war songs of the 1965 war suggests a way out. While it is as difficult to put a new idea into a general’s head as it is to take out an old one, the situation requires that the army give it a thought.
During the Afghan war circa 1980 to 1989, when the JI workers fought at the American behest in Afghanistan, the party leadership was not shy of doing the US’ bidding. Did those its cadres killed too were martyrs then?
Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad is a political analyst and a former academic.
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price-hike Our country was already facing multiple economic, social and security related challenges and now the current phenomenon of unchecked price-hike has made life worse for its people. Pakistani people are facing serious problems of food insecurity and the price hike. Most of the people are living below poverty line. What adds to their agony is the recent inflation of food and other commodities in the past few years. The lower and middle class communities lack economic resources. They earn their bread and butter by putting in a lot of efforts. The growing rate of inflation is affecting their lives adversely. Provision of eatable goods takes priority, hence expenditure on family’s healthcare and education are forfeited to kitchen needs.
The prices of all commodities increased even more after the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) came in power. GST was increased, the prices of petrol, diesel, and eatables increased in a short time. Retail prices of most essential commodities, including sugar, rice, fruits, fresh milk, ghee, edible oil and vegetables have increased all over the country. A common man cannot even think of enjoying a good meal within his limited economic resources. Vegetable prices, especially those which enjoy good demand like onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and many others are available at unaffordable price range. It seems like surviving in such an expensive era is impossible. The government should take some concrete steps in order to provide relief to its citizens. SARAH DAUD Lahore
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Friday, 15 November, 2013
the islamic democracies On the rise despite containment
why israel murdered arafat Another covert assassination
T seems there are still plenty of parties who would prefer that Arafat’s death continues to be treated as a mystery rather than as an assassination. It is hard, however, to avoid drawing the logical conclusion from the finding last week by Swiss scientists that the Palestinian leader’s body contained high levels of a radioactive isotope, polonium210. An inconclusive and much more limited study by a Russian team published immediately after the Swiss announcement also suggests Arafat died from poisoning. It is time to state the obvious: Arafat was killed. And suspicion falls squarely on Israel. Israel alone had the means, track record, stated intention and motive. Without Israel’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, it may not be quite enough to secure a conviction in a court of law, but it should be evidence enough to convict Israel in the court of world opinion. Israel had access to polonium from its nuclear reactor in Dimona, and it has a long record of carrying out political assassinations, some ostentatious and others covert, often using hard-to-trace chemical agents. Most notoriously, Israel tried to quietly kill another Palestinian leader, Khaled Meshal of Hamas, in Jordan in 1997, injecting a poison into his ear. Meshal was saved only because the assassins were caught and Israel was forced to supply an antidote. Israeli leaders have been queuing up to deny there was ever any malign intent from Israel’s side towards Arafat. Silvan Shalom, the energy minister, claimed last week: “We never made a decision to harm him physically.” Shalom must be suffering from a memory lapse. There is plenty of evidence that Israel wanted Arafat – in the euphemism of that time – “removed”. In January 2002, Shaul Mofaz, Israel’s military chief of staff, was caught on a microphone whispering to Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, about Arafat: “We have to get rid of him.” With the Palestinian leader holed up for more than two years in his battered
compound in Ramallah, surrounded by Israeli tanks, the debate in the Israel government centred on whether he should be exiled or killed. In September 2003, when Shalom was foreign minister, the cabinet even issued a warning that Israel would “remove this obstacle in a manner, and at a time, of its choosing.” The then-deputy Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, clarified that killing Arafat was “one of the options”. What stayed Israel’s hand – and fuelled its equivocal tone – was Washington’s adamant opposition. In the wake of these threats, Colin Powell, the US secretary of state, warned that a move against Arafat would trigger “rage throughout the Arab world, the Muslim world and in many other parts of the world”. By April 2004, however, Sharon declared he was no longer obligated by his earlier commitment to President George Bush not to “harm Arafat physically”. “I am released from that pledge,” he observed. The White House too indicated a weakening of its stance: an unnamed spokesman responded feebly that the US “opposed any such action”. Unknown is whether Israel was able to carry out the assassination alone, or whether it needed to recruit a member or members of Arafat’s inner circle, with him inside his Ramallah compound, as accomplices to deliver the radioactive poison. So what about motive? How did Israel gain from “removing” Arafat? To understand Israel’s thinking, one needs to return to another debate raging at that time, among Palestinians. The Palestinian leadership was split into two camps, centred on Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, Arafat’s heir apparent. The pair had starkly divergent strategies for dealing with Israel. In Arafat’s view, Israel had reneged on commitments it made in the Oslo accords. He was therefore loath to invest exclusively in the peace process. He wanted a twin strategy: keeping open channels for talks while maintaining the option of armed resistance to pressure Israel. For this reason he kept a tight personal grip on the Palestinian security forces. Abbas, on the other hand, believed that armed resistance was a gift to Israel, delegitimizing the Palestinian struggle. He wanted to focus exclusively on negotiations and state-building, hoping to exert indirect pressure on Israel by proving to the international community that the Palestinians could be trusted with statehood. His priority was cooperating closely with the US and Israel in security matters. Israel and the US strongly preferred Abbas’s approach, even forcing Arafat for a time to reduce his own influence by appointing Abbas to a newly created post
of prime minister. Israel’s primary concern was that, however much of a prisoner they made Arafat, he would remain a unifying figure for Palestinians. By refusing to renounce armed struggle, Arafat managed to contain – if only just – the mounting tensions between his own Fatah movement and its chief rival, Hamas. With Arafat gone, and the conciliatory Abbas installed in his place, those tensions erupted violently into the open – as Israel surely knew they would. That culminated in a split that tore apart the Palestinian national movement and led to a territorial schism between the Fatahcontrolled West Bank and Hamas-ruled Gaza. In Israel’s oft-used terminology, Arafat was the head of the “infrastructure of terror”. But Israel’s preference for Abbas derived not from respect for him or from a belief that he could successfully persuade Palestinians to accept a peace deal. Sharon famously declared that Abbas was no more impressive than a “plucked chicken”. Israel’s interests in killing Arafat are evident when one considers what occurred after his death. Not only did the Palestinian national movement collapse, but the Palestinian leadership got drawn back into a series of futile peace talks, leaving Israel clear to concentrate on land grabs and settlement building. Contemplating the matter of whether Israel benefited from the loss of Arafat, Palestinian analyst Mouin Rabbani observed: “Hasn’t Abu Mazen’s [Abbas’] exemplary commitment to Oslo over the years, and maintenance of security cooperation with Israel through thick and thin, already settled this question?” Abbas’ strategy may be facing its ultimate test now, as the Palestinian negotiating team once again try to coax out of Israel the barest concessions on statehood at the risk of being blamed for the talks’ inevitable failure. The effort already looks deeply misguided. While the negotiations have secured for the Palestinians only a handful of ageing political prisoners, Israel has so far announced in return a massive expansion of the settlements and the threatened eviction of some 15,000 Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem. It is doubtless a trade-off Arafat would have rued. Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His new website is www.jonathan-cook.net. A version of this article first appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi.
N august 14, 1947 Pakistan emerged on the world map as the first Islamic democracy. The Quaid-e-Azam succeeded in liberating the Muslims of India both from British colonialism and Hindu domination. After Pakistan, Iran was the second democracy in the Ummah. When the elected representatives of the two nascent democracies started to assert their leadership in building their nations they had to be contained. The first prime ministers of both the countries were toppled. Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan was murdered while Dr Mossediq was imprisoned and tortured. Turkey remained in khaki DR FARID A MAlIK control until Recep Tayyip Erdogen was able to contain the generals and established representative democracy. Today the country has one of the strongest economies both in Europe and the Islamic block. In the 21st century all Islamic democracies are progressive and developing (Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, Bosnia, Bangladesh). Emerging democracies (Pakistan, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Yemen and Sudan) continue to struggle whereas the autocratic states remain retrogressive. By comparison, the Jewish democratic state was nurtured and supported by the West, and its leadership is tolerated and respected even when it defies international laws and is involved in abuse of human rights. There is strife and confusion in neighbouring countries like Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Tunisia where democracy bashing is done by their establishments usually through external support and manipulation. While the democratic system of Iran is criticised, the repressive autocratic regimes are supported by the Western democracies. Resurgence of Islam will certainly take place in the 21st century, and the West will not be able to derail this process any longer. The mode of resurgence is difficult to predict. The democratic route will be peaceful while the Taliban approach will result in bloodshed. The choice is between the ballot and the bullet but Ummah can no longer be contained by the Lawrences of Arabia and Afghanistan and their tailcoats. With its human and natural resources the Islamic world is poised to regain its rightful position in the comity of nations. Democratic transitions in the Islamic world have not been easy. Despite the fact that Pakistan started as a democratic state but when it was derailed by military intervention the recovery has been an uphill task. The Martial Law of October 1958 not only destroyed democracy it also diverted the fruits of hard labour of the founding fathers towards empire instead of nation building. The khaki reign of Ayub supported by 22 few families took control of financial resources of the people and clear divisions between the haves and have-nots emerged. The 1956 constitution was abrogated and a one man contraption was imposed in 1962. Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah challenged the dictator by contesting the presidential election in 1964. We the students took to the streets to topple the first Khaki usurper. In the words of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), ‘Pakistan is a grand laboratory where the workability of Islam has to be experimented’. This formed the basis of the 1973 constitution formulated by the freely elected and most able house ever. ZAB had to face the gallows while his daughter Benazir Bhutto was assassinated together with her two brothers, Shahnawaz in the 1980s and Murtaza in the 1990s. In Indonesia Dr Ahmed Sukrano’s daughter Sukrano Putri led the movement for democracy. She was elected President, on completion of her term elections were held in which she was not elected. There was smooth transition of power and democracy was established. Indonesia is a progressive constitutional democracy which has entered the ranks of the Asian Tigers together with Malaysia which is another Islamic democracy. Bangladesh is not far behind in progress. The revolution in Iran toppled the government of Raza Shah Pahalvi the Asian policeman for the West. The US Embassy in Tehran was a CIA fortress that controlled surveillance operations in the Middle East. Iran became a republic where elections are regularly held. In order to contain the spread of the democracy virus, Saddam Hussain the bully was directed to attack Iran. The war continued for eight years with a high human toll and as a result the spread of democracy was curtailed. In Algeria, the Islamists prevailed in the elections which were annulled and dictatorship was imposed. The same methods were adopted in Egypt where the Muslim Brotherhood came into power through the electoral process. The kingdom of Saudi Arabia always supported the Brotherhood but this time they sided with the tyrants. The struggle for democracy continues without the Saudi support which is a good sign. Islamic resurgence is round the corner. The Western democracies and the international Shylocks cannot contain this surge through war and manipulation. Ballot is certainly a better option than bullet but both courses are available. Pakistan and its insurgency is a test case. If the democratic order prevails in the first Islamic Republic and the country is cleansed of all the insurgents then the path to Islamic resurgence in the 21st century will be peaceful. The insurgents or Mujahideen as they were previously called can then go back to their respective countries to liberate them from the sharks and take back control of their natural resources. The future holds great promise both for Islam and its emerging democracies. Islamic Republics can one day form an effective trading block or an alliance to safeguard their mutual interest, another expanded RCD could be in the making but this time by genuinely elected leadership and not Western toadies.
Democratic transitions in the Islamic world have not been easy. Despite the fact that Pakistan started as a democratic state but when it was derailed by military intervention the recovery has been an uphill task.
Dr Farid A Malik is former chairman of the Pakistan Science Foundation, and can be reached at: email@example.com.
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ARTS Friday, 15 November, 2013
aleC Baldwin’s stalker jailed for a Month Evan Rachel Wood shares her big bangs theory at the "Meet The Actor: Charlie Countryman" event at the SoHo Apple Store.
Alec baldwin's alleged stalker, Genevieve Sabourin, has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for contempt of court with her repeated outbursts. The French-Canadian lady, who was crying hysterically at her recent trial, asked the Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum not to lock her up because her "dog was trapped in its cage and no one could take care of him," the New york Post reported. However, the judge ignored her pleas after she refused to pay heed to his countless warnings to behave, but allowed her to say her bit before being jailed. While saying her piece, Sabourin asserted that "professional charmer" baldwin had at one point promised to make her omelets "every morning for the rest of her life. NEWS DESK
Behold! the world’s first ever roBot suiCide
A rogue Roomba has made robot history. After hoovering up stray cereal on the kitchen counter one too many times, the fed-up bot committed suicide. At least that's the way the tale was told by several media outlets that jumped on the story.The little dirt-sucker, model 760, reportedly turned itself on, rolled onto a hot plate, and set itself ablaze in Kirchdorf, Austria. When firefighters arrived on the scene, all that was left of the little fellow was a pile of ash. Freaky. "Somehow it seems to have reactivated itself and made its way along the work surface where it pushed a cooking pot out of the way and basically that was the end of it," fireman Helmut Kniewasser told The Daily Mail. "I don't know about the allegations of a robot suicide but the homeowner is insistent that the device was switched off--it's a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hotplate." The little bot's final revenge? The blaze required the building to be evacuated, and the smoke damage to the apartment reportedly left homeowner Gernot Hackl and his family homeless. "Everything is black,"Hackl told Mirror News. "It's not possible to live here at the moment. I would never buy one again, you buy them to keep the place clean, not almost burn it down and ruin everything." NEWS DESK
‘pink star’ diaMond sells for $83 Million
plum-sized flawless diamond known as the Pink Star has been sold for a staggering USD 83 million at an auction here, a record price for a gemstone. Records came tumbling down as the 59.6-carat diamond described by Sotheby's auction house as "Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Pink Diamond" was bought by New york-based famous diamond cutter Isaac Wolf for USD 83,187,381. The diamond now holds the world auction record for a diamond, the world auction record for a pink diamond, the world auction record for any coloured diamond and the world auction record for any jewel, Sotheby's said in a statement. The gemstone, which has been renamed by Wolf as 'The Pink Dream', was sold yesterday for the whopping price which eclipsed the previous record of USD 46.2 million
established by Sotheby's Geneva for the magnificent 'Graff Pink' in 2010. The Pink diamond measures 1.06
inches by 0.81 inches and is set on a ring. This is not just any old big expensive diamond, but one of the rarest stones in the world. Most pink diamonds are less than five carats, the Pink Star is almost 60. Sotheby's played the theme tune from the "Pink Panther" movie in a tongue-in-cheek gesture after the winning bid was confirmed. According to the auctioneer, the Pink Star was mined by De beers in Africa in 1999, but it did not say which country. "It's really extraordinarily rare," Sotheby's auctioneer David bennett said. "Very, very few of these stones have ever appeared at auction," he said. It took two years to cut and polish the diamond, which was 132.5 carat in its rough state. Sotheby's has sold almost USD 200 million worth of jewellery in its current auction, a record for a single auction according to the company. NEWS DESK
100 MILLION-YEAR OLD WATER THRILLS SCIENTISTS IN CHESAPEAKE When scientists drilled deep into the center of a huge crater beneath the Chesapeake bay, they discovered ancient seawater that had been locked up in sediments since the early Cretaceous Period. The water, which is also twice as salty as the water in today's oceans, is thought to be more than 100 million years old. Researchers examined the saltiness, or salinity, of water retrieved from drilled cores deep under Chesapeake bay— a sprawling estuary bordered by Maryland and Virginia — and determined that the briny samples
dated back to when the North Atlantic was transitioning from being a closed basin to the wide, open ocean we see today. The findings offer a glimpse into the evolution of the North Atlantic Ocean, which formed approximately 130 million years ago, when the ancient supercontinent Pangaea began drifting apart, said study lead author Ward Sanford, a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Va. [The World's biggest Oceans and Seas] "This is really the first solid look at the North Atlantic at the time it was
opening, to see how that salinity was changing over time," Sanford told LiveScience. The new study began as an offshoot to a joint project by the USGS and the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program to bore deep below Chesapeake bay. Thirty-five million years ago, a nearly 2-mile-wide (3 kilometers) asteroid or comet slammed into the North Atlantic Ocean, leaving a giant pockmark beneath the shallow waters of the modern-day bay. Researchers were curious to investigate the crater, and Sanford was in charge of collecting samples of water as the team drilled deeper and deeper. "We didn't know what we'd get when we were sampling, but we encountered this section that was quite high in salinity," Sanford said. The researchers drilled to a total depth of nearly 5,800 feet (about 1,800 meters) beneath the seafloor, and found that salinity gradually increased with depth. The core samples were placed in centrifuges to extract water, which was then tested for chemical signatures, including dissolved levels of chloride, magnesium and bromide. based on its chemical makeup, the scientists determined that seawater in the Chesapeake bay crater had been trapped and remained undisturbed for 100 million to 145 million years. The new research offers a reasonable explanation for the high salinity
It's hard to believe that the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League is all gone. Shirley Mitchell, who played Lucy and Ethel's gossipy friend Marion Strong on I Love Lucy, has died. She was 94 and is believed to be the last surviving adult cast member from the classic 1950s sitcom. (Doris Singleton, who played Carolyn Appleby, just died last year.) The actress' sister-in-law, fellow thesp Nancy Olson, told The Hollywood Reporter that Mitchell died Monday of heart failure at her home in Westwood. Though Mitchell actually only appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy (replacing the original Marion, Margie Liszt), she truly played a key role even in absentia: During a fight with hubby Ricky, played by Desi Arnaz, Lucille ball's lead redhead joked that the only thing she regretted was when Marion Strong asked her to go on a blind date with a Cuban drummer and she said "yes." So thank you, Marion Strong. She was best known for Lucy— getting the all-girl orchestra together for "12th Street Rag," volunteering herself as emcee for their women's club beneift because she once hosted "Senior Shenanigans" at the Rappahannock School for Girls, asking Lucy how much she weighed when Lucy had promised to only tell the truth—but Mitchell also had a radio career and continued to act on the small screen for decades. Her credits included Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, The Odd Couple, Chico and the Man, Three's Company and The Fresh Prince of bel-Air. In 2012, she lent her voice to Cartoon Network's Mad, playing betty White. Mitchell attended the 5th Annual TV Awards in 2007 when ball, who passed away in 1989, was honored posthumously with the Legacy of Laughter Award. Her second husband, pop composer Jay Livingston, died in 2001. Survivors include son Scott and daughter brooke from her first marriage. NEWS DESK
found beneath the Chesapeake bay, and the changes in salinity over time, as the North Atlantic Ocean formed, said Raymond Schmitt, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass., who was not involved with the study. "They show the Cretaceous North Atlantic to be a small marginal sea located under the subtropical high," Schmitt told LiveScience in an email. "The highest open ocean salinities are found at about 25 North (and South) latitude(s), where dry subsiding air under the sunny subtropical high pressure system caused enhanced evaporation." As water evaporated from the ocean, it would have left the salt behind. The mass of continents surrounding the burgeoning North Atlantic would have kept less salty ocean water from mixing in. "With the South Atlantic closed off, there would not be enough connection with the rest of the world ocean to dilute the high salinity of this small basin," Schmitt explained. "And I do think that there is no way to raise the average salinity of the global ocean that much; it must have been a regional event." Sanford and his colleagues suggest that by the start of the late Cretaceous Period, roughly 100 million years ago, water in the widening North Atlantic Ocean was more diluted, with salinity levels that are similar to that of modern seawater. NEWS DESK
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. –Mahatma Gandhi
ARTS Friday, 15 November, 2013
Bad luCk BeiBer!
woMan ClaiMing to Be andy kaufMann’s daughter says he’s still alive
Singer accused of disrespecting Argentine flag
HINGS are continuing to go south for Justin bieber during the South American leg of his believe tour. The 19-year-old pop star outraged his Argentinean fans after a video surfaced which showed him disrespecting two national flags during his concert on Saturday, Nov. 9. In the clip, the "bad Day" singer—who was ill earlier that night—used his shoes and then a microphone stand to sweep them offstage. After the video went viral, bieber decided to address the incident via Twitter on Wednesday, Nov. 13. "Heard about what is going on with me down in Argentina and I'm shocked. I love Argentina and have had some of the best shows of my tour there," he told his nearly 47 million followers. "People throw stuff on my stage all show and I get it to the stage hands to get off so no one got hurt. That video I saw a bra and thought it was a shirt. I'm being told by my team it was a shirt but even if it was a flag I would never do anything to disrespect Argentina or the people of Argentina or the fans. I'm so sorry for anyone who took my actions the wrong way and I hope you can forgive this mistake." He continued, "So once again to the people of Argentina, I'm sorry if that was taken the
wrong way and I'm sorry for my mistake. I hope u can accept this. And I loved my time there performing for you and look forward to coming back. I gave my all and I know the fans did there too. Te amo. I would never do anything to disrespect my fans. I don't like having to defend myself but this time it was needed as I mean no disrespect." "So it is all love all around the world. Thanks," he concluded. "And to all the beliebers ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I love you and thank you for always standing by me. Much Love to Everyone. Thanks." Desecrating the flag in Argentina is a crime punishable by one to four years in prison. NEWS DESK
Robin Thicke rides a motorcyle for a video shoot.
DRIFTING ICEBERG EIGHT TIMES THE SIZE OF MANHATTAN
british scientists are tracking an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan in a groundbreaking bid to prevent a disaster. Experts are monitoring the massive iceberg - which broke off a glacier in Antarctica - following fears it could drift into world shipping lanes. The giant iceberg measures roughly 270 square miles (700 square km). The huge chunk of ice could survive for a year or more and the researchers hope to stop it becoming a hazard by predicting the path it will take. Icebreaks around this size split from glaciers on average every two years worldwide, but this is the first tracking attempt of its kind. Using satellite technology, it’s being funded by a 50,000 pound urgency grant from The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Expert Dr Robert Marsh, from Ocean and Earth Science at the University of
Southampton, Hamphire, is investigating as part of the project. He says the iceberg could cross into a ship’s path in the Southern Ocean. Dr Marsh said: 'The primary reason to monitor the iceberg is that it’s very large. 'An iceberg of this size could survive for a year or longer and it could drift a long way north in that time and end up in the vicinity of world shipping lanes in the Southern Ocean. 'There’s a lot of activity to and from the Antarctic Peninsula, and ships could potentially cross paths with this large iceberg, although it would be an unusual coincidence.' The team will use their results to more accurately model the paths of future large icebergs. These are likely to become more common as global warming encourages glacier calving - where ice breaks off of the end of a glacier. Investigators from Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, are tracking the iceberg using earth observation satellites TerraSAR-X from the German Space Agency (DLR). Principal investigator Professor Grant bigg says large amounts of freshwater from the melting iceberg could affect ocean currents. Prof bigg, of the University of Sheffield, said: 'If the iceberg stays around the Antarctic coast, it will melt slowly and eventually add a lot of freshwater that stays in that coastal current, altering the density and affecting the speed of the current. 'Similarly, if it moves north it will melt faster but it could alter the overturning rates of the current as it may create a cap of freshwater above the denser seawater. 'This glacier is not large enough to have a big impact, but it could have an effect. 'Particularly if these events become more common, there will be a build-up of freshwater which could have lasting effects.' NEWS DESK
Ever since Andy Kaufman died in 1984, rumors have swirled that he faked his own death and was secretly enjoying life out of the limelight. During this week’s annual Andy Kaufman Awards, a woman, who identified herself as the actor’s daughter, said he is still alive, leading conspiracy theorists into a frenzy. The woman spoke on stage alongside Kaufman’s brother, Michael, at the event held at a comedy club in New york City. She insisted that Kaufman was alive and that he planned on revealing himself at the event but backed out at the last minute. The woman claimed that Kaufman has been spending his time being a stay-at-home dad and her rambling ended when Kaufman’s brother embraced her and let her leave the stage quietly—asking that audience members not follow her out. The “Taxi” star had reportedly been open about plans to fake his own death, and during the awards Michael Kaufman said he wasn’t sure if the actor was still alive or not. It was reported that Andy Kaufman died of a rare form of lung cancer in 1984. NEWS DESK
hear ye ladies! jean dujardin separates froM wife
Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy have called it quits after four years of marriage. The Wolf of Wall Street actor made the breakup announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the Quai Des Orfevres 2014 Literary Prize event in Paris, France. The French film star—perhaps best known for his Oscarwinning role in 2011's The Artist—married the actress and producer on July 25, 2009. "It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make me out as depressed, an alcoholic, a womanizer," Dujardin reportedly told journalists. "This is no more, or less, than the story of a couple who are separating, like any other couple." Dujardin, 41, and Lamy, 42, have no children together. The Monuments Men actor has two sons, Simon and Jules, with ex-wife Gaelle Dujardin. Lamy and her ex-husband Thomas Jouannet are parents to daughter Chloé. In spite of his recently single status, Dujardin told reporters that he is "well and very happy" and continuing to focus on his movie career. NEWS DESK
India playing Pakistan at Eden Gardens, Kolkata with a passionate crowd and both nations at a standstill could have been the best farewell Tendulkar could have had," he added — Wasim Akram
you will Be Missed!
SPORTS Friday, 15 November, 2013
TENDULKAR WALKS OUT TO GUARD OF HONOUR
Former England batsman Paul Collingwood wrote: "Will never forget the roar when Sachin came walking out to bat in India, a true cricketing God #ThankYouSachin"
deafening roar greeted Sachin Tendulkar at his home ground as India's favourite son walked out to bat in his farewell test to a guard of honour from his opponents. Tendulkar's 200th test match, against West Indies, at the Wankhede Stadium will also be his last, as the 'Little Master' brings the curtain down on a glittering 24-year career at the age of 40. With his heavy bat - sporting a grip in the colours of the national flag - tucked under his arm, Tendulkar trotted out to bat at the fall of opener Murali Vijay, whose dismissal had sparked wild celebration among expectant fans in the stands. "A billion hearts are beating at the moment," Tendulkar's childhood idol and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said from the commentary box. The stadium, filled to its 32,000 capacity, erupted in joy as he swept West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford for a single to get off the mark in his innings, which could be his last as the visitors were shot out for a paltry score while batting. Tendulkar, who made his debut for India against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 as a curly haired 16-year-old, has most batting records in his kitbag, and enjoys unmatched adulation in cricketcrazy India. He has scored the most runs in tests and one-day international cricket and his 51 test centuries and 49 ODI hundreds are also records. but 'The God of cricket', as fans call him in India, has not been in prime form for the last few years, with his last test century coming against South Africa in January 2011.
Rolling Stones legend, and huge cricket fan, Mick Jagger wrote: "Saluting you @Sachin_RT on your last Test match. Thanks for all the wonderful cricket you've shown us over the last 25 years, we'll miss you"
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan got his wish when he wrote: "Come on @sachin_rt ... The viewing figures tomorrow could break all records... Please be Not Out over night... #Sachin #God."
The legend is still not out TENDULKAR 38* AFTER WEST INDIES FOLD FOR 182 MuMBAI AGENCIES
Rarely have fans of a team in as dominant a position as India were at the Wankhede Stadium felt this tense. In the first two sessions, West Indies had served up another dose of inept batting to roll over for 182, and then India's openers battered 77 at nearly a run-a-ball. That's when Shane Shillingford struck twice in an over, to the delirious cheers of the home fans, and brought Sachin Tendulkar to the batting crease, perhaps for the final time. The knowledge that one false stroke could mark the end of the career of India's best-loved cricketer made it a nervewracking experience, even for the lucky few who had managed to wrangle hard-tofind tickets. Whether Tendulkar felt a similar anxiety or not, he produced an innings of such composure that some fans wondered why he had announced his retirement. In about 100 minutes in the middle, he showed off some of his signature strokes including the classical
cover drive and the effortless punch down the ground. The day began with a series of tributes to Tendulkar - the BCCI president N Srinivasan handed him a memento, a painted portrait was presented to him, the West Indies side gave him a framed autographed shirt, the coin at the toss was specially minted in his likeness - and ended with fans euphoric over having watched him bat one more time. And, as has always been the case with Tendulkar, they were hoping for one more century from the man who already has 51 of them in Tests. West Indies were hoping for a century from at least one of their batsmen as well. Every Darren Sammy press conference is littered with talk about sensible batting, the need to shelve rash strokes and for the team to grind out overs. No one seems to be getting the message, least of all the captain himself, as for the third innings in a row this series, West Indies made a reasonable start before utterly collapsing. After being asked to bat by MS Dhoni - a decision that surprised the experts - West Indies had progressed to 93 for 2 at lunch, and having played out the traditionally difficult early hours and the new ball, should have been looking for a substantial score. Instead, they slid from 140 for 3 to 182 all out as India's spin pair of R Ashwin
and Pragyan Ojha ripped through the batting. It wasn't an easy surface to bat on, with Ashwin extracting bounce and turn in the first session itself, and the quick bowlers getting the ball to nip around. Still, it doesn't excuse a shocking batting display from the visitors though the fans absolutely loved it and the chants of 'We want Sachin' became deafening as the wickets tumbled. The spinners enjoyed a surprising amount of bounce and turn afforded by the first-day track, while the new-look opening pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami constantly attacked the stumps and had the ball swerving both ways. Though Chris Gayle was undone by a rearing delivery early, Kieran Powell survived a nervy start and a straightforward chance at slip and put together the only substantial partnership of the West Indies innings. Bravo had a torrid time against Bhuvneshwar, nearly lbw twice after not offering shots to successive deliveries. He decided the best way out was to attack, and produced a couple of gorgeous hits off Ashwin, but the bowler won their battle with a delivery that spun and bounced which had Bravo caught-behind. After lunch, there were a couple of rare sights. First, an Indian quick was operating with four slips and a gully as Shami tried to induce
Marlon Samuels to drive outside off. Samuels played a bunch of loose strokes, eventually nicking a flighted delivery from Ojha to slips. Then, in another surprise, Chanderpaul the man known more for his crease-occupation skills than his big hitting - came out looking to attack. He slammed his second ball for six over midwicket, and was always on the lookout for the quick single. He was dismissed by perhaps the ball of the innings from Bhuvneshwar, who got it to pitch around middle and zip across, forcing Chanderpaul to play, resulting in a nick to slips. That was followed by the worst shot of the innings. Sammy, already facing plenty of criticism over his place in the side, tried to slog across the line on his second delivery to hole out for a duck. After that, it was only a matter of time as Ashwin and Ojha made use of the helpful conditions to slice through West indies' brittle tail. The only blemish in the innings for India was the three regulation chances put down at slip. M Vijay made amends for one of those misses with a stroke-filled innings. Shikhar Dhawan continued to find international cricket easy, hitting boundaries at will as India's openers made the pitch and bowling look docile. Dhawan holed out attempting to sweep a ball from outside off and two balls later Vijay was caught at bat-pad - cue possibly the loudest cheer for a home team
Tweets of the Week: #Thank you Sachin SPOrtS DESK: With Sachin Tendulkar playing his 200th and final Test for India this week, Twitter was a buzz on Thursday as he took to the field in Mumbai against the West Indies, first as a fielder after India chose to bowl, and then with the bat. Here are some of the Tweets from around the world, celebrating the Little Master's many achievements.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, spotted in the cheap seats during the Ashes this year, said: "India transfixed by @sachin_rt's final test match. Today I sent him this pic of his 1st century in the UK #Tendulkar"
Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee wrote: "All the best to the little Master Sachin. A true legend of the game @sachin_rt Best Ever!"
Fellow veteran, Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene said: "@sachin_rt Great opponent, fantastic memories.no better role model. Enjoy ur last game! #sachintendulkar #BCCI"
SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS CH Gayle c Sharma b Mohammed Shami 11 KOA Powell c Dhawan b Ojha 48 DM Bravo c †Dhoni b Ashwin 29 MN Samuels c Vijay b Ojha 19 S Chanderpaul c Ashwin b Kumar 25 N Deonarine c Vijay b Ashwin 21 D Ramdin not out 12 DJG Sammy c Sharma b Ashwin 0 S Shillingford lbw b Ojha 0 Tl Best c Dhoni b Ojha 0 ST Gabriel c Dhoni b Ojha 1 EXTRAS (b 8, lb 8) 16 TOTAl (all out; 55.2 overs) 182 FAll OF WICKETS 1-25 (Gayle, 5.6 ov), 2-86 (Bravo, 24.4 ov), 397 (Powell, 30.1 ov), 4-140 (Samuels, 40.4 ov), 5-148 (Chanderpaul, 43.5 ov), 6-162 (Deonarine, 48.4 ov), 7-162 (Sammy, 48.6 ov), 8-162 (Shillingford, 49.6 ov), 9-172 (Best, 51.2 ov), 10-182 (Gabriel, 55.2 ov) BOWlING: B Kumar 17-2-45-1, Mohammed Shami 12-2-36-1, R Ashwin 15-2-45-3, PP Ojha 11.2-2-40-5 INDIA 1ST INNINGS M Vijay c Sammy b Shillingford 43 S Dhawan c Chanderpaul b Shillingford 33 CA Pujara not out 34 SR Tendulkar not out 38 EXTRAS (b 8, nb 1) 9 TOTAl (2 wickets; 34 overs) 157 TO BAT V Kohli, RG Sharma, MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, B Kumar, PP Ojha, Mohammed Shami FAll OF WICKETS 1-77 (Dhawan, 13.2 ov), 2-77 (Vijay, 13.4 ov) BOWlING: DJG Sammy 6-0-27-0, ST Gabriel 6-0-32-0, S Shillingford 12-1-46-2, Tl Best 5-0-27-0, MN Samuels 5-0-17-0 Match details Toss India, who chose to field Player of the match tba Umpires RA Kettleborough (England) and NJ llong (England) TV umpire VA Kulkarni Match referee AJ Pycroft (zimbabwe) Reserve umpire PG Pathak
losing a wicket, as Tendulkar walked out to a guard of honour and events of the first five hours of play were largely forgotten.
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KP has gone through training the last two days and done everything we asked of him. â€“Fingers crossed. Alastair Cook
pressure on pakistan to liven up Contest DuBAI (DSC)
F Wednesday set the tone for this four-match, two-country mini-series then we don't have much to look forward to in the next week. It was as one-sided an affair as you can get in the shortest format and both teams will hope for something more competitive as the UAE leg of their contest comes to an end. It will be up to Pakistan to make it more of a duel. Their batting collapses have become the source of serious concern as poor shot selection and lack of application continues to haunt them. They need someone to bat through, another few to bat with him, partnerships to form and more resistance put up. In short, they need more dedication and more fight. South Africa's bowlers have hardly been challenged so far and it would make a welcome change if they were. Their batting has improved consistently through the ODIs and although they didn't have to do much beyond the formalities on Wednesday, they will want to assert themselves even further before heading home, where batting is likely to be more difficult. Form guide (last five completed games most recent first) Pakistan LWWWW South Africa WLWWL Team news
Neither Ahmed Shehzad nor Sohaib Maqsood was successful at the top of the order so Mohammad Hafeez may consider returning there despite the prospect of having to face Steyn early on. Nasir Jamshed may also come into contention if Maqsood is dropped. The middle order should remain the same but Abdur Rehman could find himself out of the XI. Mohammad Irfan is due a break and may make way for Junaid Khan. Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt)/Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan/Mohammad Irfan South Africa have sent Morne Morkel and JP Duminy home to give the pair, who play in all formats, some rest ahead of the home summer. That may make room for Henry Davids to come back into the XI, with either Hashim Amla or Quinton de Kock moving down the order. The team management also indicated that AB de Villiers would need to have a break and if he sits out, David Wiese could come into contention. South Africa may also consider swapping spinners with Imran Tahir making way for Aaron Phangiso. South Africa: (likely) 1 Henry Davids, 2 Hashim Amla 3, Quinton de Kock (wk) 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 AB de Villiers/David Wiese, 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir/Aaron Phangiso.
NO CENTRAL CONTRACT FOR ZAHEER, SEHWAG SPORTS DESK Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh find themselves out of a central contract for the 2013-14 season, while Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh find themselves downgraded in the BCCI's retainer list, released on Thursday. Suresh Raina is the surprise inclusion among the five players in the highest grade; the others are captain MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, R Ashwin and Virat Kohli. The list also features five players who were not rewarded with a contract last year. They are Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Grade B), Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, Jaydev Unadkat and Mohit Sharma (all in Group C). While Zaheer and Sehwag featured in Grade A last year, Harbhajan was included in Grade B. They were axed because none of them is assured of a place in the team in any of the three formats. Their exclusion need not, however, be the end of their career, because BCCI rules say that any non-contracted player who features in any international match during the contract period is awarded a Grade C contract for the
SPORTS DESK A clinical performance in both departments put Habib Bank Limited over Khan Research Laboratories by seven wickets in Rawalpindi. The slide started early for Habib Bank as they chose to bat. They lost Imran Farhat off the first ball and fumbled to 40 for 5, with captain Younis Khan (69) holding the innings together. He forged a 64-run union with wicketkeeper Jamal Anwar but with only three batsmen reaching double figures, the innings folded for 162, with more than seven overs remaining. Medium-pacer Yasir Arafat was the most successful bowler with 3 for 35 off nine overs, but was ably supported by Rahat Ali and Ali Khan who picked up two wickets apiece. The opening partnership whittled away well over half the target as Zain Abbas (57) and Mohammad Yasin (78) eased to halfcenturies. Though they lost two wickets in between the 35th and 36th overs, the game
rest of the tenure. Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan and M Vijay have been upgraded from Grade C to B for their "exceptional" performance in the last contract cycle, while Rahane's demotion on the reverse route was due to the fact that he has failed to make most of his limited opportunities. Tendulkar's mention in Grade A may have raised quite a few eyebrows since the
veteran batsman is playing is making his last international appearance during India's second Test against the West Indies. However, since the annual retainers are awarded on a pro-rata basis, Tendulkar would be eligible for two months' compensation since the beginning of the retainer cycle in October. Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were also named in the top
category and were paid proportionately during the 2011-12 cycle. The list has been pruned from 37 last season to 25, the BCCI's rationale apparently being that many players had started taking an annual retainer for granted. "The list was extended last year in order to give fringe players the confidence. But now the Board feels only those who are in line of an India call-up should be awarded an annual retainer," a Board official said. The contracts, decided by a threemember committee of the BCCI comprising president (N Srinivasan), secretary (Sanjay Patel) and chairman of selectors (Sandeep Patil), run from October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014.
BCCI'S RETAINER lIST FOR 2013-14 Grade A (Rs 1 crore/USD 158,000 approx): Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Suresh Raina. Grade B (Rs 50 lakh/USD 79,000 approx): Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma. Grade C (Rs 25 lakh/USD 40,000 approx): Dinesh Karthik, Amit Mishra, Wriddhiman Saha, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Vinay Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohit Sharma.
FAWAD, AZAM SET UP BIG WIN FOR NBP was already in the bag. National Bank of Pakistan recovered from a horrid start to roll over State Bank by 77 runs. Fawad Alam's century led a recovery from 0 for 2 and Hammad Azam blasted 91 off 66 helped amass a match-winning total. Tabish Khan's successes in the first over proved anti-climatic as opener Sami Aslam and Alam compiled a brisk 165-run stand for the third wicket. Reprieve did not come when Aslam fell four runs short of a second List A century, but the incoming Pakistan Under-23 captain Azam blitzed 10 fours and five sixes to power his side to a daunting 313 in the allotted 45 overs. Alam remained unbeaten with 102, with 12 fours. Rameez Raja and Raheel Majeed made cautious fifties after losing a couple of early wickets, but with the required rate ever rising - it crossed eight before 20 overs - State Bank were always chasing the game. Both
batsmen perished attempting to accelerate, as they lost three wickets in three overs to sag on 177 for 7 by the 35th over. Gulraiz Sadaf remained unbeaten on a 28-ball 43, but his efforts came far too late and were not supported by the tail as State Bank was bowled out for 236. Steady contributions all through the batting order and a disciplined bowling effort, let by the captain Azhar Ali ensured Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited recorded a 71-run win over United Bank Limited in Faisalabad. Choosing to bat first, they enjoyed a prosperous opening stand which fetched 62 runs, but were hurt by two quick wickets. Though only Hussain Talat, who remained unbeaten, was the only batsman to cross fifty, SNGPL were not lacking in partnerships, one of which was accounted for 100 runs between Talat and Saleem Mughal, who made 43 off 49. For United Bank,
Tariq Haroon was the most successful bowler taking 2 for 30 off seven overs . Though United Bank began promisingly in their chase of the 254-run target, losing five wickets for 27 runs foiled the efforts of opener Abid Ali who stuck it out for 49 off 64 balls. He became one of Azhar's victims as the spinners picked up six wickets between them. Wicketkeeper Bismillah Khan did his best to keep United Bank in the hunt with his aggressive 42, but they fell well short of the target in the 38th over. Pakistan Television slumped to their third successive loss when they fell short of their target of 257 by 53 runs against Pakistan International Airlines in Islamabad. Their top and middle-order batsmen got starts but could not capitalise on them and an unbeaten fifty from No. 7 Zohaib Ahmed also went in vain. PIA were put in to bat and after losing
ross taylor to undergo rehab for knee niggle Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, will undergo treatment for a niggle in his knee over the following week. Taylor had aggravated an injury to his patella tendon after returning from the tour of bangladesh, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said in a release, but it is not serious and he could be fit in time for the Plunket Shield game that begins on November 26 following rehabilitation. Taylor and captain brendon McCullum had been rested for the tour to Sri Lanka to allow them to prepare for the home Test series against West Indies. McCullum also had to address a back issue, which kept him out of the final two games against bangladesh. He has begun "light training" this week, the NZC release said, and is likely to be ready to play the tour game against West Indies that starts on November 27. SPORTS DESK
watson joins aCa executive Shane Watson has replaced his former opening partner Simon Katich on the executive committee of the Australian Cricketers Association, meaning the allrounder will play a central role in articulating the views of current players in Australian cricket's increasingly fragmented and uncertain landscape. The election of Watson in a vote by all players came at the AGM of their union in Adelaide on Thursday, as discussions continued around the State of the Game Report currently being prepared by the ACA for submission to Cricket Australia in December. Katich left his role following his appointment to a welfare and development position at the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL club. "The inclusion of current cricketers particularly from within the Australian team - is crucial to the ACA having an engaged and representative Executive," the ACA president, Greg Dyer, said. SPORTS DESK
Shehzar Mohammad early, their next three batsmen laid the platform for a competitive score. Kamran Sajid and Fahad Iqbal scored 45 and 42 respectively and Faisal Iqbal scored 56. PTV struck back with four wickets within 35 runs, leaving PIA at 213 for 8, but Tahir Khan's 18-ball 35 charged them to 256. PTV had two strong partnerships - for the second and fourth wickets - but once they were 121 for 4, PIA's bowlers struck regularly to ensure PTV never came back in the game. Three of PTV's batsmen scored 23 and Mohammad Sami scored 43 apart from Ahmed's 52 not out, but all of those weren't enough to take them close to victory. A four-wicket haul by Sohail Khan bowled out Water and Power Development Authority out for 183, before half-centuries by Kamran Younis and Khalid Latif helped Port Qasim Authority to an easy eightwicket win. WAPDA were struggling at 55 for 6 before Saad Nasim resisted with 65. A 124-run stand between Younis and Latif had all but sealed the game for PQA.
I’ve lost lots of matches against Novak Djokovic and vice versa, but we’ve never had a problem. People have their opinions. It’s not my place to respond. –Rafael Nadal
Friday, 15 November, 2013
djokovic seeks second davis Cup triumph
INNING a second Davis Cup title with Serbia would cap a fantastic end to the season for Novak Djokovic and provide a springboard for restoring his supremacy on the ATP Tour,
the world number two said on Wednesday. Fresh from winning 22 straight matches and four tournaments after losing September's US Open final to Rafa Nadal, who also wrestled the number one spot away from Djokovic this season, the 26-year-old Serb is looking forward to this weekend's final against holders Czech Republic. "I haven't
serBia's tipsareviC out of davis Cup final Serbia's hopes of winning a second Davis Cup title suffered a blow on Thursday after their second-ranked singles player Janko Tipsarevic pulled out of the final against holders Czech Republic with a heel injury. World number two Novak Djokovic takes on Radek Stepanek in Friday's opening singles rubber after which Tipsarevic's replacement Dusan Lajovic clashes with world number seven Tomas berdych in belgrade's Kombank Arena. Djokovic takes on berdych and Lajovic meets Stepanek in Sunday's reverse singles. It will be the third meeting between the two nations in the last four seasons, with Serbia winning the 2010 semi-final 3-2 at the same venue en route their maiden title while the Czech Republic were 4-1 winners in the 2012 quarter-final. SPORTS DESK
Mathews' weather gamble backfires HaMBaNtOta: Angelo Mathews has admitted Sri Lanka did not consider the likelihood of rain when they chose their XI for the second ODI against New Zealand, nor did they vouch on weather hampering the team bowling second, at the toss. New Zealand have hoped to bowl first in both matches in Hambantota, reasoning that DuckworthLewis recalculations favour chasing sides. Despite the potency of Sri Lanka's ongoing monsoon, though, Mathews has wished to bat first on both occasions, focusing on the inclination of the venue's surface instead. The first match had been washed out after 54.2 overs, and last November's ODI series against New Zealand had also been severely affected by rain, with the team bowling first gaining a discernible advantage in those matches. Sri Lanka were doubly disadvantaged by the rain in the second match, as they contended with a wet ball that the spinners in particular found harder to grip, and a wet outfield that lubricated the ball's passage over it. AGENCIES
had much time to recuperate from winning the tour-ending ATP event in London but I can't complain because I have been in terrific form in the last 2-1/2 months," Djokovic told a news conference in the imposing Kombank Arena on Wednesday. "The winning streak has given me extra confidence to help my country repeat the 2010 feat, which has a very special place in our hearts. "Beating France in that final meant the world to every one of us on the Davis Cup team and there is no doubt that emulating the success would give me the impetus to achieve my personal goals in 2014, which is to return to the pinnacle and win as many grand slams as I can. With the backing of a 15,000-strong home crowd, Serbia are favourites to repeat their 2010 success, but face a difficult task against a well-balanced Czech team. The Serbs will be without Viktor Troicki, who is suspended for missing a blood test,
while Janko Tipsarevic is doubtful with a niggling foot injury. Tipsarevic faces a race against time to be fit for the opening singles on Friday as he tries to shake off a heel problem but Djokovic is confident Serbia have enough depth to see off the Czechs. "It would be another Davis Cup fairytale for us and I really think this competition is not getting as much credit as it deserves because it's the equivalent of the soccer World Cup as the only top-level team event. BOISTEROUS CROwD: Eager to erase the memories of a 3-2 semi-final defeat at the same venue in 2010, the Czechs are hopeful of becoming the first nation to retain their title after Spain enjoyed back-toback triumphs in 2008 and 2009. "Despite Serbia's problems, they are the favourites because of the home court advantage and we know that we will have to work extremely hard to come out on top," said the Czech world number seven Tomas Berdych.
Armstrong's urge to tell all is ‘a little late’: USADA SPORTS DESK Lance Armstrong's promise to come clean about doping is "a little late", the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday, accusing the disgraced cyclist of trying to use events to "gain advantage". Travis Tygart said Armstrong had been pushed into saying he would co-operate with a new inquiry into doping in cycling because of legal proceedings in the U.S. "He is going for a deposition in the United States in November where he is going to go under oath in a lawsuit and
stenson steady as MCilory produCes Mixed round in duBai Henrik Stenson was the best of those vying to win the European money list with a four-under 68 in Thursday's first round of the $8 million DP World Tour Championship, two shots behind surprise leader Alejandro Canizares. Stenson, England's Justin Rose and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell can clinch the Race to Dubai, formerly the European Order of Merit, with victory in the season finale. The Swede - the Race to Dubai leader - sunk three birdies in the opening seven holes and was steady on the back nine before three-putting on the final hole to end on 68. Rose finished twounder in a solid, if unspectacular, round as he dropped his first shot of the day on the 17th. McDowell rallied from three-over with successive birdies on holes 14 to 16 to end on par. England's Ian Poulter and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, who can also win the money list should they prevail in Dubai and Stenson finishes third or lower, scored 69 and 68 respectively. but the day belonged Spain's Canizares, 30. The world number 184 matched McDowell's birdie run from 14 to 16 and dropped just one shot all round to card 66. SPORTS DESK
have to answer questions and I think that he is now being forced essentially through that process (to come clean) and that he is trying to gain an advantage," Tygart told Reuters. "It's a little late but we are still hopeful he will come and answer everything we have to ask him under oath but until he decides to do that, it is entirely premature to determine or speculate on any sort of reduction (of his life ban)." Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, told the BBC this week that he would testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" if asked to appear at an inquiry. Tygart, attending the World Conference on Doping in Sport, said the American had been give chances to tell his side of the story but had declined. "We invited him to come in June 2012 at the same time as we invited other athletes guilty of doping. He was the only one of the 11 that refused our offer," he said. "We attempted to meet again in December and in January and February this year and so far he's refused to come in and be truthful and answer all the questions under oath just like all the other athletes have done, so at this point we are going forward. "We are hopeful that we'll get to the bottom of a deep culture of doping that took over the sport and give clean athletes final hope that they can compete successfully without having to use dangerous performance-enhancing drugs." Cycling's governing body said only the USADA could consider any reduction of Armstrong's life ban from the sport.
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inquiry can help to restore image: uCi chief Cycling has a difficult process of soulsearching to get through if it is to restore its reputation after years of doping scandals, new International Cycling Union (UCI) president brian Cookson said on Thursday. "Let's get all of the allegations out, find out more of the history, let's find out who was involved, what were the procedures, how did people manage to avoid tests for so long and yet be still using such serious substances and procedures," Cookson told Reuters in an interview. "I think there is a lot of work still to be done there. (I) think we've got to go through that process to restore our image and the reputation of our sport." The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had this week agreed the terms of an inquiry into doping in cycling, Cookson said, and details would be announced in the next few weeks. Cookson, who won a contentious election for the UCI presidency in September, told britain's Guardian newspaper on Wednesday that he wanted disgraced American Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping, to contribute to the inquiry. "I don't think it is proper to use the phrase 'truth and reconciliation' but what we are trying to do is similar to that," Cookson told Reuters in Johannesburg on the fringes of the World Conference on Doping in Sport. "There (are) a fair amount of details to be agreed. The important thing is that it will be genuinely independent and take evidence from whoever wants to come and talk to it and we'll be agreeing the final details of what can be offered by way of incentive to testify and what the powers of the commission will be. "We are really trying to look forward. We'll give it an appropriate name that will help focus people's understanding on reform, reconstruction and revalidation of our sport." Cookson said he planned to make the UCI'S drug testing more independent. SPORTS DESK
SCOTT UPSTAGED BY CULLEN AT AUSTRALIAN MASTERS SPORTS DESK Unheralded local player Nick Cullen upstaged defending champion Adam Scott by shooting a sparkling six-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Australian Masters on Thursday. The 29-year-old Cullen, ranked well outside the world's top 300, grabbed a share of the lead with compatriot Scott after a sublime chip-in for eagle on the par-four 11th, then left the US Masters champion in his wake by rolling in three more birdies on a chilly, blustery day at Royal Melbourne. Having long lived in the shadow of twin brother Dan, an elite cricketer who played a test match for Australia, Cullen was tickled to see his name at the top of the leaderboard above the headline act. "I think it's an amazing golf course and I'm really loving it here this week," the Adelaide professional told reporters after offsetting two bogeys with six birdies at the famed sandbelt course. Enjoying a rich vein of form, Scott teed off early and carded a solid four-under 67 to sit tied for second with German Maximilian Kieffer. The world number two caught fire with four straight birdies in the middle of his round, thrilling hundreds of fans that stuck by him through a drizzly morning, but he
marched straight to the practice range to bash a few dozen balls in frustration after his ball-striking wavered in the closing holes. "Sixty-seven around here is a good score," Scott said after a five-birdie round marred only by a solitary bogey on his second-last hole. "I felt like I left a couple out there but my game is in pretty good shape and four rounds like that might go a long way this week." Having won the Australian PGA Championship at a canter on Sunday, the 33year-old remains well-placed to sweep the country's three marquee tournaments, with
the national Open title in Sydney to come. Little-known Kieffer made a mockery of the adage that practice makes perfect as he joined Scott on four-under despite having never played the course's back nine. On his first trip Down Under to play the World Cup of Golf for Germany, the 23year-old missed out on a hit on the back nine in the lead-up due to jet-lag and poor weather, but relied on caddy Graeme Heinrich, a Melbourne man and publisher of golf course yardage books, to talk him through the layout.
Friday, 15 November, 2013
ashura attaCks in iraq kill 41 BAGHDAD AGENCIES
TTACKS against Shia Muslims, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 41 people in Iraq on Thursday, despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of worshippers, including tens of
SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 32 SHIA MOURNERS IN DIYALA PROVINCE thousands of foreign pilgrims, thronged the central shrine city of Karbala for the climax of Ashura, braving the repeated attacks by Sunni militants that have marred the festival in previous years.
A suicide bomber, who was disguised in a police uniform, struck in a Shiamajority area in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding 80, security and medical officials said. It was the third attack of the day to target Shia Muslims. Earlier, coordinated blasts in the town of Hafriyah, south of the capital, killed nine people, while twin bombings in the northern oil city of Kirkuk
wounded five. Shias from Iraq and around the world mark Ashura, which this year climaxes on Thursday, by setting up procession tents where food is distributed to passers-by and pilgrims can gather. Some two million will make the pilgrimage, often on foot, to the Iraqi city of Karbala, which is home to a shrine to Imam Hussein. On Thursday, black-clad pilgrims packed the shrines of Hussein and his
half-brother Abbas, listening over loudspeakers to the story of the battle in which Hussein was killed as volunteers distributed food and water. They will later carry out a ritual run to the shrine, striking their heads and shouting, “We sacrifice for you, O Hussein!” The commemorations, which also include a reenactment of the attack that killed Hussein, were due to wrap up after midday prayers.
turkish parliament lifts ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers ANKARA AGENCIES
The Turkish parliament has lifted a ban on women lawmakers wearing trousers in the assembly, shortly after a major government reform allowed them to don Islamic headscarves. The end to the trouser prohibition was approved late Wednesday when ruling party lawmakers backed a motion on it. The issue came to the fore after a female opposition lawmaker with a prosthetic leg and arm, Safak Pavey, complained in a parliamentary address last month about being forced to wear skirts in the chamber. In late October, four female lawmakers from the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) attended parliament wearing headscarves, breaking a long taboo in the staunchly secular country. The AKP has a comfortable majority in the 550-seat parliament with 327 deputies. There are a total of 79 female lawmakers.
LaHOrE: Mourners flagellate themselves during the 9th Muharram procession at Islampura onThursday. STAFF PHOTO
Baby named after egyptian general ‘denied treatment’ CAIRO AGENCIES
A doctor in Egypt has reportedly been disciplined after refusing to treat a baby named after the country’s army chief Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, it seems. Four-monthold Al-Sisi Osman Atyya was taken to a hospital in the city of Kafr al-Sheikh north of Cairo suffering from fever, but was refused treatment, the Egypt Independent reports. A senior doctor, said to be a supporter of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, “saw my son’s name on the form and frowningly said to my wife - take your son out”, the boy’s father claims. After a complaint, the doctor was questioned by the hospital’s legal affairs team and the local governor’s office. He was later moved to an administrative job. The baby was reportedly treated by another doctor. According to the Egypt Independent, the “unique” name came as a result of the boy’s father participating in pro-government demonstrations in Cairo at the time of his birth. “When I knew he was a boy, I named him Al-Sisi because I love General Sisi,” he told the paper. The general became Egypt’s deputy prime minister after ousting President Morsi in July 2013.
Aquino under pressure over typhoon aid as US carrier arrives MASS GRAVES DUG FOR VICTIMS OF SUPER TYPHOON, TOLL RISING TACLOBAN AGENCIES
Philippine President Benigno Aquino was under growing pressure on Thursday to speed up the distribution of food, water and medicine to desperate survivors of a super typhoon as a US aircraft carrier “strike group” arrived to get supplies moving. While international relief efforts have picked up, many petrol station owners whose businesses were spared have refused to reopen, leaving little fuel for trucks needed to move supplies and medical teams around the devastated areas nearly a week after Typhoon Haiyan struck. “There are still bodies on the road,” said Alfred Romualdez, mayor of Tacloban, a city of 220,000 people reduced to rubble in worst-hit Leyte province. “It’s scary. There is a request from a community to come and collect bodies. They say it’s five or 10. When
we get there, it’s 40.” The scarcity of trucks presents grim options. “The choice is to use the same truck either to distribute food or collect bodies,” he added. Outside Taclaban, burials began for about 300 bodies in a mass grave on Thursday. A larger grave will be dug for 1,000, city administrator Tecson John Lim told Reuters. The city government remains paralyzed, with just 70 workers compared to 2,500 normally, he added. Many were killed, injured, lost family or were simply too overcome with grief to work. The government was distributing 50,000 “food packs” containing 6 kg (13 lb) of rice and canned goods each day, but that covers just 3 percent of the 1.73 million families affected by the typhoon. The nuclear-powered USS George Washington aircraft carrier and four accompanying ships arrived off windswept eastern Samar province, carrying 5,000 crew and more than 80 aircraft, after what strike force commander Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery called a “high-speed transit” from Hong Kong. “One of the best capabilities the strike group brings is our 21 helicopters,”
Montgomery said in a statement. “These helicopters represent a good deal of lift to move emergency supplies around.” Japan was also planning to send up to 1,000 troops as well as naval vessels and aircraft, in what could be Tokyo’s biggest postwar military deployment. AQUINO IN SPOTLIgHT: Aquino has been on the defensive over his handling of the storm given warnings of its projected strength and the risk of a storm surge, and now the pace of relief efforts. He has said the death toll might have been higher had it not been for the evacuation of people and the readying of relief supplies, but survivors from worst-affected areas say they had little warning of a tsunami-like wall of water. The Philippines formally asked Washington for help on Saturday, a day after the storm slammed into cities and towns in the central Philippines, the US State Department said. Aquino has also stoked debate over the extent of the casualties, citing a much lower death toll than the 10,000 estimated by local authorities. Official confirmed deaths stood at 2,357 on Thursday, a figure aid workers expect to rise.
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pakistani was driving world’s largest truck bomb near pak-afghan border: report NEWS DESK A massive vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), also known as a truck bomb, was intercepted by Afghan security forces near the Pakistan-Afghan border in October, reported ABC News on Wednesday. The truck driver was allegedly a Pakistani and he set off a grenade in the cab of the truck. When later taken to a hospital, he detonated a suicide vest, killing himself, stated Afghan sources. The truck bomb was loaded with 61,500 pounds of explosives. In comparison, the truck bomb used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing – in which 168 people were killed – made use of 5,000 pounds of explosives. The bomb, discovered in Afghanistan on October 14, is ”larger in comparison to some others we have seen,” said Army Colonel Christopher Garver, a spokesperson for the US-led International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Joint Command in Kabul, to ABC News. Another source from the Defence Department stated it was the largest truck bomb ever known to be built. Some analysts are skeptical about the estimated weight of the explosives, but still acknowledge that the bomb, also known as the Gardez VBIED, is extraordinarily large.