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pakistan, India launch new visa agreement Regime to come into effect on Jan 15 NEW DELHI APP

Pakistan and India on Friday launched a new visa agreement to facilitate travel for people of both countries and to promote bilateral contacts. At a launching ceremony in the Indian capital, Pakistan Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Shinde termed the operationalisation historic and in the larger interest of people on both sides, especially the coming generations. The new visa regime would become operational from January 15, 2013. Malik, who is on a visit to Indian capital, said the new visa regime was an achievement of both the governments of India and Pakistan, which continued their efforts to achieve the goal. The minister said there were so many restrictions and formalities in the visa system, but “I appreciate leaderships of both the countries for their interest in new visa regime and to strengthen the bilateral ties.” He said he had come to India with a message of peace from President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and people of Pakistan as this was a way forward. “We should forget the past for the sake of coming generations as through joint efforts for peace we can bring stability and progress.” Malik said both countries were facing terrorism, adding that “we do not want incidents like, 9/11, Mumbai blast, Samjhota Express and Babri Mosque. We just want peace and we are concentrating on that”. Continued on Page 04



HE Supreme Court on Friday issued show-cause notice to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for using contemptuous and derogatory language against the judiciary and directed him to appear before the court to explain his position on January 7. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the notice under Article 204 read with Section 3 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, while hearing the Karachi law and order case. It asked the MQM chief to appear before the court and explain why contempt proceeding should not be initiated against him for criticising the judiciary. Following Supreme Court’s judgment on delimitation of constituencies in Karachi, Altaf criticised SC judges in a telephonic address to a party rally on November 30, calling remarks made by judges in the case unconstitutional and undemocratic. The MQM chief had said that the judges’ remarks in delimitation of new constituencies’ case amounted to contempt of the mandate given by the people of Karachi. On Friday, the chief justice said in his order that the MQM leader’s remarks following the delimitation order were not only contemptuous

but also advanced threat to the court and tried to undermine its authority. Excerpts of the speech were derogatory towards the judges, the chief justice said, adding that Hussain had targeted certain judges in his speech. The chief justice said he had read the text of the speech and found it to be offensive and threatening. The language used in the speech was tantamount to an attempt to obstruct justice, he said. The court directed PEMRA to submit the script of the relevant parts/portion of the speech. According to the order, in wake of law and order situation of Karachi the court issued a number of direction inter alia the delimitation of constituencies in the economic hub in the Watan Party case. The court noted that no review petition had been filed against the order. When the directions contained in the judgment were not implemented, the court constituted a bench for implementation of its judgment, the order said. Continued on Page 04

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Bench headed by CJp summons self-exiled mQm chief altaf Hussain on Jan 7 apex court says mQm chief ridiculed court, threatened judges in speech on Nov 30

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HeC body refers eD’s appointment issue to sC ISLAMABAD: In a bid to get an edge in the Supreme Court’s hearing set for coming Monday, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Leghari restrained the members of HEC’s governing body to take any step regarding alleged illegal extension given to Dr Sohail Naqvi. In its meeting held on Friday, rather than deciding on the lingering issue of Dr Sohail Naqvi’s appointment, the HEC’s governing body referred the case to the apex court. The HEC Chairman’s letter in which he had accepted Establishment Division’s notification had already been produced in the Supreme Court in the previous hearing. After the development, Dr Leghari changed his own decision of accepting Chaudhry Qamar Zaman as acting ED, arguing that he did not consult HEC members before accepting the government’s decision. And while chairing the HEC meeting on Friday, he left it to the Supreme Court to decide the matter. Meanwhile, hundreds of HEC employees who had gathered outside the meeting’s venue chanted slogans against Dr Leghari for “misguiding the members of the Commission and stopping them from accepting the prime minister’s order”. They demanded the HEC chairman resign as he was openly supporting illegal extension in the tenure of Dr Naqvi. STAFF RePORT

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LAHORE: Three Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) members of Punjab Assembly resigned from their memberships, owing to conflicts with the party leadership. According to reports, the three lawmakers are Jamil Shah, Nishat Ahmed Daha and Babar Hussain, and all of them have submitted their resignation letters with the Secretariat. All three members hail from Khanewal. OnlIne

8 injured in Quetta blast QUETTA: Eight persons including a Balochistan Constabulary official were injured in a bomb blast near Sariab Grid Station on Friday. According to police officials, explosives weighing 2 kilogrammes were attached to a bicycle parked at a roadside. The bomb went off when a commander of Balochistan Constabalury, Abdul Khalil, rode past the area on a vehicle. As a result seven persons and a constabulary guard received injuries and were shifted to Civil Hospital. The blast also damaged four rickshaws, two cars and two motorcycles. According to hospital sources, two of the injured are in critical condition. Police officials claim the commander of Balochistan Constabulary was the target of the explosion. STAFF RePORT

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SC bans new hirings in PIA London High Court orders PIA to pay £35,000 to travel agents LONDON: London High Court in a verdict against Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has ordered the carrier to pay £35,000 to travel agents as fuel surcharge commission within 21 days. The court also dismissed the appeal of the national flag carrier, in which PIA had contended that fuel surcharge was government tax on which it could not provide commission. The travel agents had pleaded in the court that PIA was not providing them commission on fuel surcharge. The court observed that fuel surcharge is not a government tax as claimed by PIA, therefore, commission on it should be provided to travel agents. OnlIne




UPREME Court of Pakistan on Friday banned fresh appointments in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) until the court decides the fate of a case on illegalities and irregularities in the national airline. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Jawad S Khawaja heard the case. The CJ observed that as per reports, the financial health of PIA

was deteriorating because approximately 450 staffers had been deployed on a single aircraft as compared to around 150 in other airlines. Keeping in view this excessive recruitment, the court banned any new appointments in the organisation. Meanwhile, counsel for PIA Raja Basheer Ahmad handed over a booklet to the CJ containing material reflecting the poor financial conditions of the airline. According to the booklet, in 2012, the PIA sustained losses of Rs 22.43 billion against Rs 19.29 billion in the previous year proving that losses were swelling every year.

During the proceeding, the CJ inquired about the number of employees working on a regular basis and those working on a contractual basis and asked the concerned authorities to present records on these statistics. Moreover, PML-N leader Marvi Memon said the PIA authorities should be asked why their flights got delayed routinely and requested the court to direct PIA to reform its structure without further delay. The CJ expressed his surprise on finding out that the airline had no concrete plans to replace old aircrafts with new ones. To this, PIA Chief Engineer informed the court that they were get-

‘Little movement’ by Pakistan in 26/11 case, says Indian FM NEW DELHI


presented to the court conducting the trial of LeT Operations Commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and six other Pakistanis charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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Says dual local government system in Sindh grave conspiracy against people of province HYDERABAD AGenCIeS

Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi— Pir Pagara—on Friday said his party supported a united Sindh and a united Pakistan. Addressing a public rally, he said his party wanted to see the nation and the country safe and prosperous. Pagara said he had joined the coalition government to solve the problems of people of Sindh. However, added that when the party felt that the government was not

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sincere, it was decided it was better to part ways with the coalition setup as it was a matter of principles. This was the first speech by Pagara to any political rally and so far the biggest public meeting of the PML-F against the newly-set up local government system in Sindh. Criticising the incumbent government, he said the sitting rulers had failed to give any relief to people of the country. “Corruption has reached its peak and everyday Rs 4 to 7 billion are being shifted aboard.” He said the PPP-led government had wreaked havoc with this country, adding

US presses Pakistan on bomb fertilizer WASHINGTON


Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday that presenting of evidence by Pakistan to a terrorist court was “little movement” as far as the accountability of those responsible for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks is concerned.Regarding Interior Minister Rehman Mailk’s visit to India, he said that India should have an open mind, and try to push things in the direction it wants. “There should not have great expectations given the constraints and limitations in the relationship between the two countries,” said Salman Khurshid as quoted by PTI. His comments came days after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented evidence regarding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in a Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). Photographs of Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps in Sindh and motorboats used by the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai were among evidence

ting eight aircrafts on lease under a new policy which he expressed would help improve the situation. The court summoned PIA chairman and Civil Aviation Authority director general (DG) to appear in person in the next hearing to give specifics on how they planned to resolve the organisation’s problems. The court also ordered the management to devise a strategy to ensure that flights do not get delayed so that inconvenience to passengers is avoided, who should be properly informed and managed if a flight gets delayed owing to any valid reason. Later, the court adjourned the hearing for two weeks.

that the government had even failed to provide shelter to the flood-affected people, who had become homeless in floods three years ago. Pagara said the dual local government system in Sindh was a grave conspiracy against the people of the province. “We categorically reject the controversial Sindh Peoples Local Government Act,” the PML-F chief said. Commenting on the law and order in Karachi, he said the rulers had failed to stop targeted killings in the city where 10 to 15 people were being gunned down everyday. Pagara said his party had no problems with the Urdu-speaking people, or people

of other provinces who had settled in Sindh. However, he added, “We want justice and honour.” “Sindhi youth is facing immense problems for pursuing their educational goals but the rulers have no programme to provide them guidance,” he said. Rashidi said, “The MQM has to live in Sindh and people of Sindh have to live with the MQM.” He said all people of the province, irrespective of what language they spoke, were Sindhis, adding that a political game was being played to compel the MQM for sitting on the opposition benches. The PML-F chief also criticised the controversial Kalabagh Dam.

The US has called on Pakistan to crack down on the production of a common fertilizer, saying it is being used to make bombs that have claimed the bulk of troop deaths in Afghanistan. As the long and tense relationship between US and Pakistan slightly improved, US officials credited Islamabad with taking the issue more seriously but said much more needed to be done by authorities and producers of the fertilizer. Calcium ammonium nitrate is responsible for more than 70 percent of roadside bombs against coalition forces in Afghanistan despite a ban by Kabul on the fertilizer, Lieutenant General Michael Barbero told a Senate hearing. Barbero, who heads a Defence Department unit that combats the bombs, said the Fatima Group, the Pakistani company that runs the factories, has been “less than cooperative” in discussions with the United States. Senator Bob Casey, who put up pictures of maimed US soldiers at the hearing, said Interior Minister Rehman Malik presented plans to prevent the bombs – known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs – during an October visit to the United States. “While I’m pleased that Pakistan has developed a very detailed and comprehensive set of plans to counter IEDs, let me be clear – it is time to finally and fully implement these plans,” Casey said. “IED incidents have risen in Afghanistan. The flow of chemicals coming from across the border has not diminished,” said Casey, a member of President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party from Pennsylvania. Casey said Pakistan had an interest in halting the fertilizer’s misuse. Citing the US embassy, he said IEDs had killed 2,395 people inside Pakistan in the past year. He called for restrictions on the sale of ammonium nitrate and a tracking system that charts the course of chemicals to distributors to buyers.

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altaf to file reply, not protest over Sc verdict KARACHI OnlIne

Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said he had no plan to protest against the Supreme Court’s judgment against his remarks, rather he would prefer to submit his reply in the apex court while living within the limits of the constitution. In a telephonic address to party workers on Friday, he reiterated that no power of the world could exterminate the MQM except almighty Allah. He made it clear that people had observed the end of those who used to level fake and fabricated allegations in the name of politics for their vested interests. He said he had great respect for national institutions, which is why he had decided to submit his reply with the court. However, he regretted that the courts had not taken notice of the killings of hundreds of MQM workers despite several petitions moved by the party seeking the judiciary’s attention. The Supreme Court on Friday issued a contempt of court notice to Altaf under Article 204 and Section 3 of the Contempt of Court law.

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N one of the biggest triumphs for a developing country in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Government of Balochistan and Dr Samar Mubarakmand have been given the green light to go through with their mining and smelting project, at the expense of Tethyan Copper Company (TCC). The foreign company’s pleas with regards to irreparable loss and urgency have also been snubbed in the ICSID Tribunal’s 45-page verdict. Following ICSID’s go ahead, Dr Samar and his team have been asked to keep the tribunal informed regarding the activities being carried out in Reko Diq. TCC had been vying for an 18-month stay order and wanted the international arbitration institution to freeze the provincial government’s work in the 99-square-kilometres area that included the H/4 deposit.

Baloch government’s rebuttal claimed that they had already been working on H/4, located at a distance of 12 kilometres from H/14 and H/15 – the two deposits for which TCC had earlier filed the feasibility report. The Mining Authority of Balochistan had also rejected TCC’s claims on a 99km zone that had 14 deposits citing the fact that the — — company had given a feasibility report of merely 6km that included only two deposits. Dr Samar had earlier shed light on the technical details of the project in front of the tribunal, highlighting early development work on the project as being in the interest of the people of Balochistan and Pakistan. The legal arguments on behalf of Pakistan were addressed by Cherie Blair QC, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Arthur Marriott QC, Mahnaz Malik, John Kingston, the Balochistan Advocate General also being present during the proceedings. The esteemed tribunal had renowned Judges and eminent scholars including the likes of Klaus Sachs, Lord Hoffman and Stanimir A

Alexandrov, and after five weeks worth of extensive deliberation the tribunal gave the historic verdict in Pakistan’s favour. Dr Samar Mubarakmand, while talking to Pakistan Today, underscored the monumental victory and praised the ICSID’s impartiality. “ICSID always decides things on merit, and having by far the stronger of the two cases, the edge was always with us.” Dr Samar said. He added, “We are hoping to begin the mining work within the next month or six weeks.” Dr Samar while criticizing TCC’s demands of an 18-month stay order saying, “Mining needs to commence as soon as possible; we can’t afford to further delay working on province’s economic prosperity. We now have the land and the needed manpower to begin the mining work.” Ahmer Bilal Soofi also highlighted Dr Samar’s contribution to fast-tracking the economic development of the Balochi people and hailed the tribune’s decision as “one of the biggest victories ever” for a developing country in the ICSID. “It was one of the

biggest cases ever presented in the international court, and winning the case at the expense of a foreign company is a massive achievement for the country” Ahmer said discussing the case with Pakistan Today. Citing TTC’s manoeuvres as a breach of national sovereignty he added, “We are a sovereign nation and hence the government should decide the fate of its opulent zones”. “TCC were never given any licenses regarding mining work in Reko Diq and no concession agreement had been executed. It was a straightforward case and justice was done with the final verdict,” he added. Commenting on TTC’s work in Reke Diq Ahmer said, “Despite two decades worth of exploration in the zones, and after having monopolised nearly a thousand kilometer TCC had only managed to file a feasibility report of merely 6km.” “They really had no case,” he exclaimed. A meeting for the Reko Diq Board of Governors is scheduled for Monday, Dec 17, which would determine the schedule of mining work in the area.

tHe mQm-JuDICIary aFFaIr NEWS DESK The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s self-exiled Chairman Altaf Hussain to appear in court on January 7 in a contempt of court hearing. Following is a look at previous interactions between the MQM and judiciary. ALTAf HUSSAIN CONTEMpT Of COURT CASE December 14, 2012: The SC issues a contempt of court notice to MQM chief Altaf Hussain and summoned him on January 7 along with the party’s deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar. The notice was issued during the hearing of the case regarding Karachi’s law and order situation. The court had been sent excerpts from a speech made by Hussain, which were said to have contained derogatory remarks against certain judges. December 5, 2012: The SC asks Election Commission to carry out door-todoor verification of voters with help from the army and the Frontier Corps. The court had earlier suggested that the ECP relaunch the verification process in Karachi to help identify unscrupulous and criminal elements responsible for the breakdown of law and order in the country’s largest city. However, the idea was opposed by the MQM who said the party would only support the move if it was carried out across the country. December 2, 2012: Altaf Hussain, speaking from London, hits out at the SC’s order and termed the apex court’s ruling regarding fresh delimitation of constituencies in Karachi as an attempt to ‘snatch his party’s mandate’, adding that the people of Karachi would never allow such ‘conspiracy’ to succeed. He said his party accepted fresh delimita-

tension grips parts of Karachi, Hyderabad KARACHI: Tension gripped different parts of Karachi, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas on Friday night bringing business activities to a halt. According to reports, unknown people resorted to aerial firing forcing the shopkeepers and traders to close their businesses. The shops, food centres, parks and petrol pumps were also forcibly closed. The affected areas in Karachi include Orangi Town, Baldia Town, Saeedabad, Maskan Chowrangi, Hasan Square, old city areas, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nagan Chowrangi Gulbhar, Sarjani Town, Shah Faisal Colony, Anda Morh, Hussainabad, Liaquatabad, Water Pump, North Karachi, Landhi, Korangi, Saddar and Tariq Road, Agra Taj and other areas of Lyari Town. A bus was torched by unknown people in Landhi. Situation remained the same in other cities of Sindh including Mirpurkhas, Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah and Kotri where business activities were closed after unidentified men fired in the air. STAFF RePORT

tion of constituencies but that measure would be “in contravention of law and the Delimitation of Constituencies Act, 1974” if it is done to stop a single party from having a monopoly. He also questioned why the same orders had not been issued in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the law and order situations were similar to that of Karachi. November 26, 2012: The SC issues a notice to the ECP stating that constituencies in Karachi should be delimited to include mixed population in order to avoid political polarisation and reduce ethnic strife. MAY 12 INCIDENTS May 2007: Over 50 people are killed and more than 100 vehicles torched dur-

ing the visit of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to Karachi who had arrived in the city to address a lawyers’ gathering on May 12. The City Courts police register an FIR against the Sindh government and the leaders of the MQM regarding the incidents during which 14 MQM workers were also killed. September 2007: MQM orders its workers and supporters, who had witnessed the incidents on May 12, to attend all future proceedings related to the May 12 case and furnish personal affidavits. October 2011: The Sindh High Court restored to its original position a constitutional petition seeking a judicial inquiry into the incidents of May 12 filed by civil rights campaigner Syed Iqbal Kazmi, who had previously withdrawn it in November 2007.

November 3, 2012: The Sindh High Court asked the lawyer of the petitioner who had filed a case regarding the May 12 incident to explain why the case, which had been earlier dismissed, should be reopened. MAjOR KALIMUDDIN CASE june 20, 1991: A Pakistan Army Major, Kalimuddin, went to Landhi in a jeep on a fact-finding mission when a group of 15-18 boys surrounded the vehicle and forced him and his subordinates to come out and beat them up after which they were taken to a building known as ‘white house’ where Kalimuddin and his subordinates were tortured and given electric shocks. They were freed after the police arrived at the scene.

1994: A special court convicted Ashfaque Chief, Javed Kazmi and Haji Jalal in 1994 and sentenced them to 30 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000 each. All others accused, including Altaf Hussain, were declared absconders and sentenced to 27 years in jail and a fine of Rs 30,000 each in absentia. 1998: The convicts challenged their conviction before the Sindh High Court and the case was found to have ‘almost no legal evidence’. Major Kalimuddin filed an appeal against the SHC decision in the Supreme Court and said there was enough evidence against the accused. 2007: The Sindh High Court dismissed the petition as withdrawn for non-prosecution as neither the petitioner nor the counsel was present.

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On the issue of Mumbai blasts, he said the perpetrators of the incident would be brought to justice, adding that the trial of seven accused continued in Pakistani courts. “I assure the Indian authorities that justice would prevail and through strong evidence those responsible for the incident would be brought to justice.” He said a Judicial Commission from Pakistan was required to come to India to cross examine the evidences. Malik said Pakistan had suffered a lot in terms of economy and human lives due to terrorism, as more than 40,000 innocent people had been killed. Sushil Kumar Shinde thanked Pakistani authorities for the cooperation and expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack would be brought to justice. Announcing the agreement, Shinde said the new visa regime had been operationalised from December 14, however, the visa on arrival will come into effect from January 15, 2013. HIGHLIGHTS Of THE NEW VISA REGIME: Places of visit have been increased from three to five while in exceptional cases, visitor visa for a year could be issued in the past. Now provision has been made for issuance of visa for up to two years in following cases: The persons above 65 years of age, national of one country married to national of the other country and children below 12 years accompanying parents. Visa on arrival could be granted at Attari/Wagah checkpost to persons more than 65 years of age for 45 days with single entry (effective from January 15, 2013). BUSINESS VISA: In business visa, exemption from police reporting has been granted to businessmen with an annual income above five million Pakistani rupees or equivalent or annual turnover above Rs 30 million or equivalent. TOURIST VISA: Per new regime, the Group Tourist Visa for 30 days might be issued for travel in groups, with not less than 10 members and not more than 50 members in each group, organised by approved tour operators/travel agents. This would be effective from March 15, 2013. New entry and exit from different designated immigration checkposts could be allowed, if indicated in application.

Egypt braces for divisive referendum, rival rallies staged CAIRO AGenCIeS


N the eve of a crucial referendum in Egypt over a contentious draft constitution, Islamists backing President Muhammed Mursi and the secular opposition held rival rallies and clashed while making last-ditch efforts to swing the vote in their favour. Nearly 51 million voters will participate in the two-stage vote over the Islamist draft constitution that may seal the fate of the

deeply polarised nation. Clashes erupted between opponents and supporters of the referendum on the draft constitution outside Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria. The clashes broke out with demonstrators on both sides throwing stones. Hundreds of anti-constitution protesters had gathered earlier outside the mosque. Alexandria is among the ten governorates, where the first stage of the public vote will take place tomorrow. The other nine are Cairo, Daqahlia, Sharqiya, Assiut, Sohag, Aswan, Gharbiya, North Sinai and South Sinai, state-run

and freedoms”. In particular, those planning to vote against the draft constitution want additional rights for workers and women. Pro-Mursi groups lined up on the main roads in Cairo, holding placards that say “Yes to the constitution.” Also, thousands of people gathered at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City in support of Mursi and the draft constitution. Meanwhile, Egypt’s Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has pleaded to Mursi to delay the upcoming vote to avoid the “specter of civil war.”

MENA news agency reported. While the second stage, to take place on December 22, will be held in the remaining 17 governorates. The National Salvation Front of opposition groups organised demonstrations at the presidential palace and in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square today, after deciding to call on followers to vote “no” in the referendum, rather than a boycott. The opposition fear the draft constitution “gives too much emphasis on Islamic law ... They would like to see more emphasis given on rights

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The bench conducted its hearing in Karachi law and order situation and on the last date of hearing passed an interim order for the delimitation of the constituencies. The order added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had been directed to locate the exact place from where the speech was orated and deliver the notice to Altaf Hussain through the foreign mission in London. A notice is also to be served to MQM chief through party convener Farooq Sattar, who has also been directed to appear on January 7. In a statement after issuance of the SC order, MQM chief Altaf Hussain said he would respond to the show-cause notice after consulting his close aides and legal advisers.


Mass shooting by an unidentified gunman at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut has left around 27 dead, including at least 18 children. The firing began in the school hall at around 9:35am three people went to investigate but were shot immediately. According to a witness, around 100 rounds were fired and 600 students were present in the school premises. A law enforcement source said that around 27 people had been killed, 18 of which were children, and several received gunshot wounds. The twenty year old gunman is reportedly from New Jersey.

SC reserves opinion in presidential reference case ISLAMABAD APP

The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its opinion on a presidential reference filed to seek guidelines regarding role of the referring authority in the appointment of judges of superior courts. It also reserved its decision on a petition moved by Nadeem Ahmed advocate seeking a direction for issuance of notification about appointment of the Islamabad High Court judges. A five-member bench comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Tariq Pervez, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed made the announcement to reserve their opinion after conclusion of arguments by the parties. Counsel for Nadeem Ahmed advocate Akram Shiekh concluded his arguments earlier, saying despite presence of Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi in the Judicial Commission meeting on Oc-

tober 22, the decision taken by the forum would remain effective. He said under Article 175-A, absence of any member from the commission proceedings would not render the decision invalid. Sheikh contended that due to a delay in the appointment of IHC judges, litigants of Islamabad were facing severe difficulties. Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir and Wasim Sajjad, counsel for the referring authority, also completed their arguments. They said the president enjoyed constitutional discretion and his role after the 18th and 19th Amendments had not been diminished to a ministerial one. They said by virtue of Article 48 (2), the president had to act in his discretion as he was empowered by various constitutional provisions. “Suppose the president noticed that the educational degree of a nominee judge appeared fake or he lacked the experience of standing in the bar, he could send back the matter for review,” they added.

Israel’s foreign minister resigns amid charges TEL AVIV AGenCIeS

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Friday he would resign, a day after the country’s Ministry of Justice said he would be charged with breach of trust and fraud. He said in a statement that he must resign from his position “in light of the circumstances of the case and details of the indictment.” Liberman maintains he has “not violated any laws.” His resignation comes five weeks ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for January 22. Liberman’s party, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party, Likud, have formed a coalition, and Liberman was considered a prime candidate for a top spot in the government if the coalition wins a majority in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. The charges of breach of trust and fraud relate to a case dating to 2009. Prosecutors said Liberman pushed to get the Israeli Ambassador to Belarus posted to another country after the diplomat allegedly handed over confidential information that included details of a secret police inquiry pertaining to Liberman.

Senate chairman, House leader caught in debate over officials’ absence ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HUSSAIn

Members of the Upper House on Friday witnessed an interesting debate between Senate Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bokhari and Leader of the House Jahangir Badr over responsibility for absence of senior bureaucrats and ministers in the Senate question hour. The Senate chairman and leader of the House kept shifting responsibility on each other for ensuring presence of ministers and senior bureaucrats to respond to questions asked by the members. Responding to a supplementary question by Abdul Haseeb Khan, Jahangir Badr informed the chair that he wanted to respond to the query but he

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had not been briefed by Cabinet Division officials. “The officials were asked to brief me for answering the questions but they did not appear for briefing. If they don’t come in the future, we will issue summons,” Badr said. Bokhari, however, intervened and said it was unfortunate to note that the officials of the ministry concerned did not appear for briefing. He asked Badr that since he was representing the prime minister in the House, he should arrange a meeting with the prime minister and request him to ensure proper briefing to him or any concerned minister enabling him to respond to the questions. “This is not an insult of the leader of the House if this is understood that

the officers are not answerable to this august House and the executive authority. Rather, this is disrespect to the entire House,” Badr added. Bokhari asked Badar why had he accepted responsibility for answering questions if he was not briefed. “Sir you are the custodian of the House. You should take responsibility and put your foot down. When Zahid Khan issued warrants of an officer, your secretariat had withheld the same. This might happen that I issue warrants of any federal secretary or equivalent, but am asked to stop the process,” Badr said. WALKOUT: The debate prompted a walkout by the Awami National Party (ANP) senators.

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Fake licences, crafty dealers: illegal arms trade booms in city Foreign manufactured assault rifles can be illegally obtained for rs 125,000




OLITICS and weapons have an intricate relationship in Pakistan. According to an estimate, there are around 20 million lethal weapons in Pakistan, with a population of 180 million. Pakistan is ranked seven in a list of 178 most heavily armed countries. In Punjab, people with influence control the supply of arms. Penetration of arms in Punjab’s society is clearly reflected in the rising crime rate in the province leaving the law enforcement authorities almost helpless. Several reports have cited this increase in the supply of weapons as the reason behind the rise of criminal gangs resulting in the loss of precious lives. The supply is rising unchecked because dealers sell weapons without ascertaining whether the buyer holds a legal permit. In most cases, these arms dealers are also in the business of providing licenses, even if the government has banned such issuance. Today, perhaps the only reason why Pakistan is one of the most heavily armed countries in

the world is the unchecked issuance of licenses for holding arms and the provision of weapons to personnel not holding government issued permits. In Lahore, there are more than 138 shops that have weapons worth hundreds of thousands available for sale. In recent operations, arms recovered by Punjab Police include 576 sharp edged weapons, 292,040 cartridges, 2,162 carbines, 79 grenades, 21,481 revolvers and pistols, 3,798 guns, 2,471 rifles and 755 Kalashnikovs. A total of 30,413 cases have been registered against illegal possession of weapons. Although, the government has issued a quota of 140 arms licenses for Lahore per year, the actual permits handed out are close to 1,700. Sources revealed that most of those running arms shops in Lahore belong from far flung areas of the country and readily meet orders of any kind within a few days by utilising their connections with high-ranking government officials. Although the official fee for an arms permit ranges between Rs 3,000 and Rs 3,500, these dealers charge close to Rs 20,000 for providing a license, even if the government has forbidden issuance. While talking to Pakistan Today on condition of anonymity,

some of these dealers said it was not their responsibility to check if a prospective buyer held a legal permit to possess weapons. They said it was the job of government officials who were also involved in the business and who gorged money from them also. They further said that they never reported cases of fake or illegal permits to the authorities and sold their products to anyone who was interested in buying. Reporting them would hamper our business, they said.

Jan Khan, an arms dealer, while talking to Pakistan Today said there were several dealers who brought in illegal weapons and sold them without any check which resulted in these arms ending up in the wrong hands. “No action has ever been taken against such elements. They commit treachery,” he stated. He said possessing arms was not necessarily a bad thing especially when used for defence and protection. “It becomes evil when it ends up in the wrong hands,” said Khan.

organ-ising legal donations LAHORE UMAIR AZIZ

The notoriety of illegal organ trade is affecting legal organ donation efforts, Pakistan Today has learnt. Previously, no law had existed on organ transplantation. The Supreme Court, taking notice, drafted a legislation according to which relatives of the deceased would be given top priority for organ transplants. Despite proper legislation, the stigma of illegal organ transplants is proving to be a hurdle as people are still not willing to donate organs of their deceased relatives. In order to cope with the dilemma, a comprehensive policy for the transplantation of human organs such as heart, liver and kidney, has been evolved by various heads of govern-

ment hospitals according to which human organs would be transplanted to the patients in need according to a prior testament by the deceased. The decision came in a high-level meeting presided over by Punjab Institute of Cardiology Chairman Board of Management, and Head of Human Organs Transplantation Program, Dr Jawad Sajid Khan. The meeting was attended by Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Principal Prof Dr Anjam Habib Vohra, Dr Khalid Mahmood, Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Chief Executive Dr Bilal Zakariyya. It was decided in the meeting that in case of clinical death of the patient having already given the testament, his or her organs would be transplanted to the patient in need. More-

over, a country-wide campaign supported by religious scholars, social organisations, media and dignitaries associated with health sector would also be launched regarding transplantation of human organs. Addressing the meeting, Dr Vohra said that human organs transplantation had been in practice in Europe and US. He said that after framing a proper policy, it would also be implemented in Pakistan. Talking to Pakistan today, Vohra further said the attitudes need to be changed. “In the West, people understand if a patient’s brainstem is dead, he or she should be taken off the ventilator and his organs may be donated to someone. However, here people don’t understand this and insist that the patient is living,” he said.

police catch prisoners Bus stands wither away as with cell phones govt funds other projects LAHORE


Superintendent Camp Jail Ejaz Asghar along with his team on Friday conducted a raid in cells and seized 34 mobile phones. According to details, the superintendent conducted a surprise raid and recovered 34 cell phones through screening and x-ray machines. Moreover, seven cell phones hidden in body parts of prisoners were also seized. Officials said that under-trial prisoners were removed from barracks and transferred to special cells as a punishment for keeping cell phones. Moreover, officials said that the prisoners were also barred from meeting with visitors.

LAHORE: Passengers on Friday continued to suffer as it was found that the General Bus Stand (Lorry Adda) lacks basic facilities like drinking water, toilets, seating arrangements and sheds. General Bus Stand is in a dilapidated condition and warrants immediate attention of the authority concerned, several passengers said. Narrowal, Narang, Shakargarh, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Shahkot, Faisalabd, Sahiwal, Sadiqabad and other terminals need more consideration of the authorities due to poor arrangements for drainage of rainwater. Thousands of passengers reach the stand every day. However, there are no waiting rooms or any other facility for them. The Lahore General Bus Stand at Badami Bagh has no water cooler, public toilets, shelters or seating

arrangements while garbage heaps are all around the area. All bus lanes are broken and hotels serve substandard food. During rains, these stands are flooded with filthy water as there is no proper drainage system and commuters have no option but to take shelter at shops along the roads. “We have to wait for long to park buses. There is very little space compared to the number of vehicles. It causes fights among drivers,” said Shahzad, a bus conductor. Admitting to the problems faced at General Bus Stand, a spokesman for the Transport Department said that an emergency meeting with all bus stand owners would soon be called. He asked citizens to be patient while the government takes action to address their problems. STAFF RePORT

Khan said that interested clients could illegally obtain a foreign manufactured AK-47 for around Rs 125,000 while a locally manufactured assault rifle could easily be procured between Rs 50,000 and 80,000. “Locally manufactured pistols are available between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 while prices of foreign handguns range from Rs 100,000 to Rs 300,000. You can even get these weapons delivered to the place of your choice, no questions asked,” he said.

Rai Zafar, a resident of Lahore, said possessing arms was necessary for his family’s protection. He was against those who held arms just for exhibition or to gain respect saying that mishandling often leads to untoward incidents. Chaudhry Aslam, another citizen, said there was a positive correlation between the rise in crime and the rise in supply of arms. “You never know when someone might pull out a gun over a small dispute. Rich or poor, one should be careful in dealing with everyone,” he said. He appealed to the government to check the increase in illegal weapons and to ensure a proper check on arms licences. Commenting on the issue, Lahore DIG Operations Rai Tahir said it was very difficult to stop illegal arms infiltration in Pakistan because most of these weapons were being sourced from the tribal areas of the country where law enforcement is almost non-existent. He further said that in Punjab, weapons manufacturing factories operating in civil areas must be eliminated. He called for more scrutiny at the Attock checkpost which was one of the major entry points into the province. The DIG said police had registered more than a 1,000 cases against criminals possessing illegal weapons most of whom have been put behind bars.

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HE technology in use determines the present and also the future of a society. No group or nation can claim a place among the prosperous if it does not exercise control over the latest knowledge and resultant technology. Like many other developing and underdeveloped countries, Pakistan has remained unable to transform its economy, society and state institutions according to the global economy. Therefore, we missed both post-modernisation and globalisation-based IT revolution, resulting in persistent tribal and feudal structures and a weak economy. The failure meant that the majority fell victim to ‘digital divide’, with multiple negative effects like millions of unskilled labours and many others in work force but unable to ensure optimum use of productivity in their respective organisations or fields. In this scenario, the PML-N government in Punjab decided to distribute laptops among students,

with a sole criterion of merit. The move is a natural outcome of the PMLN’s vision to equip the youth with state-of-the-art of knowledge and tools so that they can become part of the mainstream workforce and today’s globalised economy. Before going into further details, some words about the ‘habitual critics’, who are ‘not

unsurprisingly’ claim to represent liberal and progressive schools of thought in Pakistan. From the ‘secular PPP’ to the ‘indefinable changefamed’ PTI and power-hungry PML-Q, all of them are of the view that the venture is just a political stunt and wastage of resources. They also say that the distribution of laptops is ‘spontaneous reaction

to the tsunami fear’. Without wasting time on unfounded criticism, one may ask them some simple questions: What is their plan of action to bridge the digital divide? Did they ever think of updating the means of production and modifying the social relations in a manner that people are able to think and produce beyond the limited horizon of pseudo traditional societal affiliations? What is their proposed remedy to initiate a socioeconomic process culminating into a progressive and developed Pakistan with vibrant democratic polity? Why themes like social mobility are not on their agenda? These questions get more importance given their posture as if they are the lone torch-bearers of modernity and democracy, while the PML-N is something of a representative of pseudo anti-development conservative forces. People want clear answers as they are not going to be fooled by slogans-only manifestos. They understand who have always aligned with and acted on the behalf of traditional economic interests, revolving around ignorance and mental slavery.

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BnP says free and fair Trains delayed again elections necessary LAHORE STAFF RePORT

Balochistan National Party (BNP) Acting Chairman Dr Jahanzeb on Friday said that free and transparent elections are vital for the survival of the nation and political integration of Balochistan. Speaking at a seminar Challenges and Opportunities in Balochistan, the party leader said that levies in Balochistan should be transformed into a modern, educated and well-organised outfit and the armed forces entrusted with the responsibility of national security should remain confined to their constitutional mandate. Speakers at the seminar said that the electronic media should focus on the plight of the common man of Balochistan to create awareness and build understanding in the policy makers for taking effective measures. The BNP leader spoke on historical, economic, social, ethnic perspective of Balochistan. He was of the view that transparent elections should be held on time to elect a genuine leadership in a conducive environment. Referring to poor law and order situation in the province, he lamented that Baloch people had been factionalised into various groups and parties, some of which have embraced extremism. He further added that no one is safe from their target killing. He himself could not move without proper guard in the province Jahanzeb told the gathering that there are 65 to 81 tribal leaders who are selectively enthroned to power in the federal and provincial cabinet at will by the government of the time. He expressed strong reservations to the revenue-expenditure equation. He said Balochistan was almost half of Pakistan. The revenue generated by Balochistan from Sandak, Rekodek, Chamalan, Sui and Gwadar is not linked with the resources of the province, showing meager relative figures as compared to other provinces, thus finding plea that the province should have less share in the revenues on the basis of its less population i.e. 6.8 million.

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LAHORE: Despite release of funds and closure of several trains, Pakistan Railways were unable to control delay in train operations. According to Railway Inquiry, almost all trains including 9-Up Allama Iqbal, 7-Up Night Coach, 1-Up Khyber Mail Express, 13-Up Awam Express, 37-Up train and other passenger trains were behind schedule for hours. Railway sources said the situation could not improve for at least three months until repaired locomotives become operational. STAFF RePORT

An art exhibition based on conceptual works by artist Amin Rehman will be inaugurated at Alhamra Art Gallery today (Saturday). Talking to reporters, he said he was happy to display his works in Alhamra where he made efforts to set up an art gallery about thirty years ago. He said that in the current works he drew inspiration primarily from the motifs in historic Masjid Wazir Khan. According to the artist, the works are “texts” but these words spell out geopolitical concerns for this region marked by invasions and dominance of external forces. Amin has worked in encaustic for over 20 years. He defines it as natural material for inlaying text in the tile format. The text has the semblance of calligraphy but it is the contemporary language of terrorism, politics and situation in the region, he said. Hailing from Lahore, Amin has been working with artists since 1980s.

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RBAN studies scholar William Glover has likened Lahore in northern Pakistan to a palimpsest, a document that has been used again and again while preserving the marginal comments, scribbles, and doodles of generations of previous users. Glover makes this comparison while observing “an older city, partially hidden within a newer one, its presence hinted at by abrupt discontinuities of surface, by remnants of distinct but unrelated plans or by sudden appearances of … traces from the past.” Lahore had served as capital for many rulers: Ghaznavids, Mughals, Sikhs. Each left their own mark. When the British took over in the 1850s, they found it convenient to recycle the buildings of previous ages. So the railway headquarters or even an Anglican church could sprout in a palace or a royal tomb. Some writers have reported that when a road was dug up, skulls, bits of bone or pieces of jewelry would be exposed. I was quite excited to learn what I would turn up during my own visit to Lahore’s ancient Walled City. My excitement stemmed from my own fascination with walled cities. I suspect that this has a lot to do with my deep regret that Manila had lost much of its own enclosed precinct, Intramuros. Likewise, I have admittedly developed romantic illusions from watching movies like “Kingdom of Heaven,” which featured the spectacular assault on Jerusalem’s fortifications. If I were ever holed up and under attack, I would require no less dashing a defender than Orlando Bloom. There is something rather quixotic about the idea that stone and brick ramparts could protect the citizenry. This speaks of a less gruesome time before airplanes carried bombs, skyborne packages of death. I also like examining aerial views of enclosed urban communities because these remind me of drawings from Biology class of that most fundamental unit of life—the cell. VIBRANT ORGANISM: Walking through the streets of Lahore’s Old City, one does get the sense of being inside a vibrant, growing organism. Each lane is an artery filled with bustling bearers of information, nutrition, and debris. One floats along, carried as by a tumbling, churning stream. All around me I saw merchants going about their business. Here was a barber, giving a leisurely shave right on the sidewalk; there was a locksmith, a potter, a beggar. Here was a shrine, there a gym, a billiard hall. Someone was frying somosas or confectioning a narcotic chew. Weaving in and out of the ambulant crowds were pedicabs as fiercely and unapologetically decorated as a fiesta. Tissue upon tissue, I would find the fabric of the present stretched over the framework of the past. I saw time-worn walls supporting an exquisite balcony. A doorway whispered of Mughal comings and goings. Elsewhere, the sunburst over an entrance announced the global enlightenment of Art Deco. I saw shops selling shawls and carpets as well as strings of yarn intertwined with tiny round mirrors. These were to be used to adorn the hair of brides. Not having marital plans of my own, it occurred to me that these multihued strings would make wonderful curtain ties. Since all organisms must breathe, we found that even in the midst of the cosmopolitan tumult, there was room to exhale. Our guides brought us to a garden that could only be reached through a very narrow passage. This made the green enclave that lay beyond even

more welcoming. The garden surrounded what had once been a well which we could not find. The men that we asked seemed to know nothing about a water source. Or perhaps they just did not want to talk about it. And so we left the sanctuary of the hidden well that sparkled only in memory. Later on, we were shown a different kind of refuge—an abandoned bath house. Marveling at the magnificent ceilings, I tried to imagine gazing up at these while relaxing amidst clouds of stream. Such a civilized way to wash off the dirt of a long caravan journey! IMpOSSIBLY BRIGHT: Returning to the street, I noticed a stall that sold lengths of cloth freshly printed with impossibly bright designs. These turned out to be placemats which could be cut up and handed out to guests as needed. They reminded me of the plastic tablecloths sporting brilliant tableaux of fruits and flowers, available in all Philippine markets. Then it hit me: I should buy several yards of the material to dress up my holiday tables! Soon we were standing before one of the most magical buildings I had ever seen: the great mosque of Wazir Khan. Built in the 17th century, its broad expanses are garlanded with floridly tiled and painted medallions. The minarets, similarly festooned, rose, almost like the fitting culmination of all the activity of the streets. They were points of exclamation, expressions of gratitude for the vitality of the city. Inside, while contemplating the shimmering murals, someone commented that a study should be undertaken to determine if the flora being depicted still existed. Given this botanical bent, I spied what looked liked atis. Could this fruit, so familiar in my country, also exist here? On the way out, I saw a large box filled with prayer caps. An apt reminder that the tides have turned, I realized that the caps were made of plastic pretending to be embroidered. We were able to see the inside of a traditional townhouse or haveli. This had been converted into a study center by the local university. Abruptly, we were enveloped in a tranquility that seemed almost out of place. Sitting in the parlor, I decided to introduce a little game to fill in the suddenly quiet spaces. I called out a phrase and asked the person next to me to supply the rejoinder, stringing together an often amusing, disjointed tale.

UNfATHOMABLE HORRORS: Later on, still smiling because of our haphazardly knotted narrative, we were told another story: the haveli had once been owned by a family that had been forced to flee because of the unfathomable horrors of Partition. Perhaps this accounted for the silence. This was a home that had had the spirit wrenched from it. How could anyone have ever thought it possible to divide a nation with a pen? Navigating the alleys of the city again, I realized how fortunate I was that I had never been deprived of my most familiar surroundings. Imagine if the latticed windows, the curve of a pillar, the floral medallions which enriched one’s life were all erased. Imagine if one were to know the very breath of Lahore, only to lose it. While I was stopping to take a photo of an effusively bedecked pedicab, its lone passenger inside stepped out and elegantly saluted me. It was almost as if my insight into my own good luck were being affirmed. Taking a closer look at the outlandish pedicab decorations, it struck me that these were the same colors and patterns on the tablecloths, on the mosque. Yes, in a city as enduring as Lahore, the centuries have woven a fine net which binds everything, even as life continues to recreate itself with the interplay of all its parts. Who knew where the net ended and where it began? This was why the dome of the bathing pavilion matched that of Wazir Khan. In repose or in prayer, the spirit must seek out the Almighty. I would return from my visit renewed by the wisdom baked into every brick of the Walled City. I could, as well, now boast of curtain ties and tablecloths that would entertain my guests with the delights of a faraway land. Emerging from one of the many gates of the old quarter, I found myself in the section of the flower vendors. The scents and colors rekindled in my mind an unfinished saga I had written many years ago. It was a whimsical piece about the splendid capital of a fabled, invented kingdom. Amazingly, one of my chapters described this exact scene, this same profusion of petals and fragrances. Lahore had bestowed a parting gift: There are places where we have never travelled which dwell within us, inexplicably, joyfully, sheltered just beneath our skin.

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Russia denies ‘Syria regime falling’ remarks MOSCOW



USSIA has denied that its deputy foreign minister said that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was losing control of his country. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday Mikhail Bogdanov did not say that “an opposition victory can’t be excluded”. The statement said Bogdanov was simply citing the stance of the Syrian opposition while giving a speech on Thursday. “We would like to remark that he [Bogdanov] has made no statements or special interviews with journalists in the last days,” Alexander Lukashevich, the ministry spokesman said in a statement on Friday. Lukashevich confirmed that the

hearing with the Social Chamber, where Bogdanov’s comments were recorded, had taken place but said Bogdanov’s remarks focused on Moscow’s stance on the crisis. “Bogdanov reiterated Russia’s position there is no alternative to a political solution in Syria, based on the final communique of the Action Group which was approved by consensus at a ministerial meeting in Geneva,” the statement said. In what analysts said were the clearest sign that Moscow was preparing for possible defeat of its ally, Bogdanov said: “One must look the facts in the face. The regime and government in Syria is losing control ... Unfortunately, a victory of the Syrian opposition cannot be ruled out.” The US seized on Bogdanov’s comments, saying Russia is “waking up to the reality’’ and analysts viewed the

diplomat’s statement as Russia’s attempt to begin positioning itself for Assad’s eventual defeat. The comments came on the same day that NATO chief also said that he believed Assad’s regime was nearing “collapse”. Anders Fogh Rasmussen also condemned the alleged use by Assad’s forces of Scud missiles to attack rebels. “I think the regime in Damascus is approaching collapse,” he told reporters after a meeting with the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, at the military alliance’s headquarters in Brussels. “I think now it is only a question of time.” Rasmussen said the reported use of Scud missiles by the Syrian government showed “utter disregard” for the lives of Syrian people. Scud missiles “are weapons of terror,” said Riad Kahwaji, founder of the

Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA). Aaraba Idriss, former first lieutenant who defected 10 months ago, said members of his former battalion told him they fired five Scud missiles for the first time on Monday from their location in Nasiriyeh on the highway between Damascus and the central Syrian city of Homs, according to the AFP news agency. Idriss said the “Golan-1 missiles were either Russian-made or Russian modified” and had a range of up to 300km. Syria’s foreign ministry has denied using Scud missiles against rebels and called the statements “biased and conspiratorial rumours”. “It is known that Scuds are strategic, long-range missiles and are not suited for use against armed terrorist gangs,” the ministry said.

ex-policeman jailed over Politkovskaya murder Moscow AGenCIeS

A former Russian policeman has been sentenced to 11 years in a prison camp for his role in the 2006 death of an antiKremlin journalist. Friday’s sentencing of Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov by the Moscow city court came at the end of a plea bargain process that qualified him for a reduced sentence in exchange for his cooperation in the case. Pavlyuchenkov was accused of tracking Anna Politkovskaya so she could be assassinated and of giving the shooter the gun with which the journalist was killed. Having confessed his guilt, the defendant was ordered to pay $98,000 to the victim’s family. Politkovskaya’s family opposed the deal, which allowed Pavlyuchenkov to admit his guilt without testifying, on the grounds that it would not help find the masterminds of the killing. The alleged triggerman and four other defendants will be tried separately. Politkovskaya, a sharp critic of Kremlin policies in Chechnya, was gunned down in her apartment building on October 7, 2006. The ruling came on the same day as Moscow denied any involvement in the murder of another Kremlin critic and former spy in 2006. A British lawyer on Thursday told a preliminary hearing into Alexander Litvinenko’s poisoning that the Russian government was most likely involved in his death, which has soured relations between Moscow and London.

MADRID: A girl looks out from under a banner during a protest against the latest government spending cuts on education. agencIeS

children stabbed in attack at chinese school BEIjING AGenCIeS

At least 22 children and one adult have been injured in a knife attack outside a primary school in central China, police say. An officer said the attack, in the village of Chengping in Henan province, happened shortly before 8am on Friday, as students were arriving for classes. The attacker, believed to be 36-year-old villager Min Yingjun, is in police custody, said officials. A county hospital administrator said the man first attacked an

elderly woman, then students, before being subdued by security guards. Two students have since been transferred to “betterequipped” hospitals outside the county. China has witnessed a spate of school stabbings in recent years, leading to more security guards being deployed across the vast country. In March 2010, eight children were murdered in Nanping, Fujian province, by 41-year-old knifeman Zheng Minsheng. The attacker was executed a month later, hours before 33-year-old

Chen Kangbing injured 16 students and a teacher at Hongfu Primary School in Leizhou, Guangdong. In April 29 2010, 28 school children - mostly four-year-olds were stabbed alongside two teachers and a security guard in Taixing, Jiangsu. On April 30, Wang Yonglai committed suicide after using a hammer to attack preschool children in Weifang, Shandong. Further attacks in the months and years following have left 11 children and four adults dead, and several more injured.

North Koreans celebrate rocket launch PYONGYANG AGenCIeS

Hundreds of thousands of North Korean soldiers and civilians have packed Pyongyang’s main square to celebrate their nation’s successful launch of a longrange rocket. State television footage showed the crowd in Kim Il-sung Square standing in organised ranks on Friday as they cheered speeches by senior military, party and government officials hailing the success of Wednesday’s launch and praising the country’s young leader, Kim Jong-un. Many of the civilians were in warm coats, and the soldiers in olive-green overcoats and Russian-style trappers’ hats, as they pumped their fists and chanted “long live!”, the state TV’s hour-

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long broadcast showed, according to the AFP news agency. “This was achieved thanks to the Great Marshall Kim Jong-un’s endless loyalty, bravery and wisdom,” said Jang Chol, president of the State Academy of Sciences. Friday’s rally came hours after state media published a statement by Kim Jong-un ordering further “satellite launches”, despite the global outrage and UN condemnation triggered by Wednesday’s launch. North Korea says it placed a satellite in orbit for peaceful research, but critics say the launch amounted to a banned ballistic missile test that marked a major advance for the communist state’s nuclear weapons programme. The launch has been condemned by

neighbouring South Korea, the United States and the United Nations. The United Nations Security Council held emergency talks on Wednesday after the North, already under international sanctions for nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009, ignored pleas from friends and foes and went ahead with the launch. The launch has sparked fears among Western nations that nuclear-armed North Korea is now a step closer to firing intercontinental ballistic missiles across the planet. The UN Security Council has condemned the move and called for tougher sanctions. Condemning Wednesday’s launch, the US state department said Kim had the chance as new leader “to take his

country back into the 21st century” but instead was making the “wrong choices”. Unfazed by the criticism, North Korean state media said Kim, who is in his late 20s, had personally signed off on the rocket launch and had declared his regime’s “unshakable stand” that the programme will continue. Kim stressed the need “to launch satellites in the future... to develop the country’s science, technology and economy”, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as it gave new details of the launch. The “dear respected Marshal” visited mission control an hour before the rocket took off on Wednesday morning and praised the “ardent loyalty and patriotic devotion” of the technical team, KCNA said in the report early Friday.

Chavez’s status upgraded to ‘favourable’ CARACAS: Doctors have upgraded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s condition to favourable from stable after his latest cancer surgery in Cuba, according to the country’s vice-president. “In the last few hours his process of recovery has evolved from stable to favourable, which allows us to continue saying that there is a growing recovery in Comandante Hugo Chavez’s situation,” Nicolas Maduro told a rally of Socialist Party supporters on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said the 58-year-old president was recovering well two days after his operation, but that he had suffered “bleeding” that required “corrective measures”.“The patient is recovering progressively and favourably and his vital signs are normal,” he said. “This recovery process, nevertheless, will require a prudent period of time as a consequence of the complexity of the surgery performed,’’ Villegas added. Villegas expressed hope a day earlier about the president returning home for his January 10 swearing in for a new six year term, but said in a written message on a government website that if Chavez is not well enough by then “our people should be prepared to understand it’’. Chavez underwent his fourth cancerrelated operation in Havana after announcing that tests had found the illness had come back despite previous operations, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Chavez has kept secret some details about the cancer, including the type and location of the tumours that have been removed. The Venezuelan constitution says presidents should be sworn in before the National Assembly, and if that is not possible then before the Supreme Court. Former Supreme Court magistrate Roman Duque Corredor said a president cannot delegate the swearing-in to anyone else and cannot take the oath of office outside Venezuela. A president could still be sworn in even if temporarily incapacitated, but would need to be conscious and in Venezuela, Duque told the AP news agency. If a president-elect is declared incapacitated by legislators and is unable to be sworn in, the National Assembly president would temporarily take charge of the government and a new presidential vote must be held within 30 days. Chavez said on Saturday that if an election had to be held, Maduro should be elected as president. AGenCIeS

Hamas holds rare West Bank rally NABLUS: Thousands of Palestinians have attended a rare Hamas rally in the city of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank celebrating the 25th anniversary of the group’s founding and its recent “victory” over Israel in Gaza. The rally is the first time that the West Bank’s ruling Palestinian Authority (PA), which is dominated by Hamas rival Fatah, has allowed such a gathering since 2007. It comes as the two movements take tentative steps towards restarting a reconciliation process. “Our message is that Hamas is here, on the ground and in the heart of our people,” Hamas MP Hosni al-Burini told the AFP news agency. Yussef Iqtishaat, a teenager attending the rally with his family, was among those eagerly brandishing the movement’s flag. “It’s a great day thanks to the victory in Gaza,” he told AFP. In November, Hamas and other Palestinian factions fought an eight-day conflict with Israel that left 174 Palestinians and six Israelis dead and ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. Among those speaking at the Nablus rally was Amin Maqbul, the secretary-general of Fatah’s revolutionary council, who saluted the rival movement. “Hamas has given thousands of martyrs, prisoners and wounded for Palestine,” he said, adding that Fatah head and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would soon hold reconciliation talks with Hamas’s chief-in-exile. “There will soon be a meeting in Cairo between Abu Mazen [Abbas] and Khaled Meshaal to complete the reconciliation and this will be a historic day,” he assured the audience. The rally was a rare opportunity for Hamas to display its support in the West Bank, where the PA has clamped down on the rival group. AGenCIeS

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News 09

Justice (r) Rana Bhagwan Das retires from FPSC

Will act against Hafiz Saeed if we get proof, Kasab’s statement not enough: Malik NEW DELHI


ISLAMABAD: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) Chairman Justice (R) Rana Bhagwan Das retired from his post on Friday. According to reports, the authorities are mulling Lt Gen (R) Shafqaat Ahmed, who has served as the military secretary of former army chief and President General (R) Prevez Musharraf, as Bhagwan Das’s successor. Justice Bhagwan Das was a senior judge and a former acting chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (CJP). He remained the acting CJP during the 2007 judicial crisis in Pakistan and became the first Hindu and the second non-Muslim to serve as chief of the highest court in the country. OnlIne


NTERIOR Minister Rehman Malik, who reached New Delhi on Friday, said that he has come to India to take the peace process forward with the country. Malik condemned terrorism and said that Pakistan doesn’t want a repeat of attacks like 26/11 in India. He, however, said that Pakistan cannot act against Hafiz Saeed - the alleged mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks because it does not have evidence against him. Malik said that Ajmal Kasab’s statement was not enough for Pakistan to arrest Saeed. Kasab, the lone surviving gunman of the Mumbai terror attacks, was executed at a Pune jail on November 21. “On terrorism, Malik said non-state actors have played havoc with ties between India and Pakistan...We have categorically stated that Pakistan and India have to respect court orders (in Mumbai

attack cases),” said Rehman on his arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Malik said that Pakistan has also been a victim of terrorism and therefore

it understands the pain of the families of terror victims. “Pakistan has lost 40,000 innocent people to terrorism. I want to pay condolences to the families who suffered due to terrorism. India has also

suffered due to terrorism. Pakistan and India have to be friends,” insisted the minister. Talking about relationship between the two countries since the Mumbai terror attacks, Malik said it has improved with time. “Situation has changed for the last five years. Our achievement is that we have agreed for a new visa policy. This will help increasing interaction between the people of two countries,” he said. Malik described the visa accord as a gift from the leadership of both countries to future generations as peace and stability between the two sides would usher in a new era of progress and development. Malik claimed his visit to India was a “victory for peace and those who wanted to see an improvement in Pakistan-India relations”. He said that during his visit, he would give message to the world that Pakistan and India are peace-loving nations that believe in coexistence and want to live as peaceful neighbours.

Lahore-bound int’l flights escape mid-air collision ISLAMABAD: Two international flights fortunately escaped mid-air collision in Pakistani air space on Friday when the Radar Control System in Pakistan’s Pisni area was shut for maintenance, a report said on Friday According to sources, the incident occurred late on Thursday night when two Lahore-bound flights’ (241 and 622) internal Airbourne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) alarmed the pilots about the situation. The aeroplanes were flying at a height of 34,000 feet. Sources added that the incident occurred because the radar system in Pasni area was turned down for maintenance purpose while audio frequency system was unreachable due bad weather conditions. “Airport officials have been told several times that Pasni is a ‘dead-point’, its radar should be working around the clock. But Civil Aviation officials never heeded to it,” sources said. AGenCIeS

QUeTTA: A doctor attends to a patient on Friday as medical practitioners at government hospitals resumed their duties after more than a month of protests. OnLIne

Pakistan wants resolution of all outstanding water issues with India mfn status not yet given to india, na told g international arbitration decision on kishanganga Dam expected in six months g


The National Assembly was informed on Friday that Pakistan wanted resolution of all outstanding water issues with India. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Palwasha Khan told the House during the Question Hour that Islamabad had diligently been voicing concerns over the violation of the Indus Water Treaty committed by India. “All possible efforts have been made at diplomatic levels to impress upon India that it is in the interest of both nations that the water treaty be respected.” Responding to a supplementary question, the parliamentary secretary said India had resumed construction on Wullar Barrage Dam and Pakistan had raised this issue in the last secretary-level talks. She said Pakistan had also taken the Kishanganga Dam Project to the Court of Arbitration which is ex-

pected to give its decision in the next six months. About relations with Russia, she said there had been a marked improvement in bilateral ties over the recent years. She said Pak-Russia relations were now characterised by intensification of high-level visits, mutual trust, better understanding and convergence of views on important political and security issues including regional stability, combating terrorism and drug trafficking. Cooperation in the areas of energy, steel industry, science and technology, trade, investment, education, agriculture and infrastructure had given new impetus to the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. On a question about drone strikes in the Tribal Areas, Palwasha said Pakistan had a clear stance on it and considered them “violation of our territorial integrity and sovereignty. These attacks are against the international rules and regulations and are proving counter-productive

in the war against terrorism”. About the presence of foreign militants in the Tribal Areas, she said they also posed greater threat to the country’s security and sovereignty. She said about 8,715 Pakistani prisoners were languishing in foreign jails including 315 in Afghanistan and 403 in India. She said Interior Minister Rehman Malik was visiting India and he would raise the issue of the release of Pakistani prisoners. “A special cell for Overseas Pakistanis has been set up besides signing bilateral agreements with different countries for the release of prisoners languishing in foreign jails.” To a question, the parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs said Pakistan had strongly condemned the Israeli aggression on Palestinians in Gaza. She said Pakistan had not accepted Israel as a state and it still stood by its stance. Minister of State for Commerce Abbas Khan Afridi told the House

that free trade agreements had been signed with Malaysia, China and Indonesia to increase exports. “This will help Pakistan reduce its trade deficit.” He said a policy of enhanced trade with Asian and African countries was being pursued to explore new markets for Pakistani products. “Our exports to Asian countries have increased to $11.5 billion while exports to Africa have also shown a growing trend.” About trade with India, Afridi said MFN status had so far not been given to India but negotiations to this effect were underway. “Decisions in this regard will be taken by December 31.” Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah informed the House that compensation of Rs 150,000 was being provided to bereaved families of Pakistani workers who lost their lives abroad. He said he would recommend to the Ministry of Overseas to enhance this compensation to five hundred thousand rupees.

‘Protection wall’ around uS consulate in Peshawar demolished PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT

The under-construction “protection wall” around the United States Consulate in Peshawar was demolished by officials of the Peshawar Cantonment Board on Friday. “It was illegal… was encroachment, therefore, had to be demolished,” said one of the official. The wall, construction of which had begun a day ago on Khyber Road was being built to further tighten the security of the consulate. The official said the Cantonment Board was going to lift all barricades blocking roads and routes connecting to the US Consulate with the rest of the city. Over two dozen workers of the Peshawar Cantonment Board, equipped with construction and destruction tools, demolished the wall. “There is no resistance from the US Consulate,” the officer said, adding that earlier one US Consulate official came and questioned the workers about the demolition but “he was informed that all these barricades and protection walls being built without any permission had to be demolished”. The official said the destruction process took half an hour. However, the task proved to be a little hard as the material being used to build the wall was high quality. Before leaving the site, the officers said they would lift the remaining slabs and other barricades very shortly. So far no statement has been issued by the US Consulate in Peshawar. High-ups in the civilian administration were also tightlipped about the incident.

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10 Comment Winds of change Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

Is there a policy shift?

Arif Nizami Editor Lahore – Ph: 042-36375963-5 Fax: 042-32535230 Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9 Fax: 021-35381208 Islamabad – Ph: 051-2287414-6 Fax: 051-2287417 Web: Email:

looking for scapegoats The fault, dear politicians, lies not with the eC


ive years of uninterrupted democratic era and political parties still captive to infantile attitudes. For instance, they have failed to overcome the indulgence in self-righteousness. The elections are fair only if their candidate wins. In case he doesn’t, they are rigged. A judgment by a court is fair only if it favours them. An accountability body is judicious only if it persecutes the opponents and raises no accusing finger at anyone in their fold. It is time they learnt to concede defeat gracefully, if not congratulate the winning opponent. There was a universal consensus among observers that the recent by-elections in Punjab were in the main peaceful, free and fair. As happens in all elections, tempers ran high at places. There was however no report of rioting or serious injuries to anyone. There was aerial firing of a celebratory type at a couple of places which should not have taken place. The EC promptly directed the provincial government to register cases which was done. No written complaint was registered with the commission regarding any possible election malpractice. Despite this, the losing side continues to cast doubts through innuendo and insinuations on the performance of the ECP which is unfair. A prominent PML-Q leader groused that the commission remained a silent spectator over what he called the mismanagement of the polls. A PPP minister accused the PML-N of retaining its seats by using the government machinery. All this was in fact an attempt to shift the burden of defeat on someone else. What one expects from a complainant is that he would either present the incriminating evidence or concede the defeat. Instead, an attempt has been made to make a consensus EC controversial. Another dangerous tendency is to look towards the courts or the army to resolve problems outside their domain and then accuse and criticise both. One can understand the utility of employing the army in FATA, Balochistan or a handful of sensitive constituencies elsewhere. One may also concede the replacement of the police inside the polling booths with FC as the former is more likely to be amenable to local pressures. It is, however, beyond one’s comprehension why Wattoo should demand stationing an army soldier to guard every ballot box. During the elections, the country will have a neutral caretaker setup. With an independent and powerful EC also in place, a better arrangement was never made in the past. The political parties should establish mechanism to oversee the general elections so that they are able to come up with hard evidence, instead of allegations, regarding any possible election malpractice.

Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan

By Arif Nizami


he good news is that according to US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, Islamabad has signalled its willingness to deal with the safe havens in its badlands. It would have sounded too good to be true only a few weeks ago. But as the deadline for withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan draws nearer, efforts to find common ground between Islamabad, Kabul and Washington have been redoubled. Why the change of heart so late in the day? According to a senior US diplomat, with the endgame in sight Islamabad had not many options but to review its flawed security paradigm. The same can however be said of the US and Afghanistan revisiting their policies towards Pakistan. The pitch had been queered by the recent assassination attempt on Afghan intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid, which Hamid Karzai alleged, had been planned in Quetta. Afghan president’s bitterness was understandable as the intelligence chief is reportedly not only his trusted lieutenant but also like a son to him. To boot, he is a sworn enemy of the ISI. Apparently, President Asif Zardari at the trilateral moot in Ankara was able to convince the Afghan president that Islamabad was not behind the attack. Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul termed the assault as an attempt to derail the dialogue between the two countries, adding that as a result of the meeting both sides had renewed trust and were willing to work together. A stage is being set for talks with the Taliban. And this time Islamabad is playing ball. A number of Taliban leaders – senior Taliban leader Mullah Turabi being the latest – have been released. Obviously, this is a clear signal to the Taliban to join the peace talks. Contrary to the position a few months back, unmistakably the Pak-

istani military is playing ball now. Several emissaries of Karzai have met the Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani in recent weeks. The message is loud and clear: Islamabad wants to be part of the solution rather than the problem. Citing strategic and tactical restraints, till now the military has been reluctant to move against the militants holed up in North Waziristan. Now according to Panetta there has been a change of heart. There has been no official confirmation of the US defence secretary’s statement, who only a few months back had claimed that the Haqqani network was the veritable arm of the ISI. It is indeed ironical that we learn about a major policy shift in our strategic paradigm from US officials rather than our own! When there was need to show our iron fist to the US in the post-Salala incident in November 2011, the parliament was used to send a tough message. But later NATO supplies were resumed without a whimper. Similarly, neither the Pakistani media nor the lawmakers have been given any clue from their own policymakers on what is happening on the Pakistan, US, Afghan and the Taliban front. Obviously, there is a belated realisation on the part of our policymakers that the Al-Qaeda, the Afghan Taliban and the TTP are an existential threat to the Pakistani state. Apart from North Waziristan, their safe havens in Karachi and Quetta are major source of instability. The distinction between the good and bad or Afghan and the Punjabi Taliban is somewhat blurred when it comes to terrorist attacks within the country. There has already been a lot of time wasted in useless polemics. By the time the US withdraws from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, Islamabad should be poised to be in an advantageous position vis a vis its western neighbor. General Kayani has reiterated on different occasions that Pakistan, unlike the US, cannot wish away its neighbours. Hence it has to deal with Kabul even after the United States does the proverbial cut and run. But in order to walk the talk Pakistan has to – no matter how belatedly – play a pivotal role in starting meaningful negotiations between Kabul, Washington and the Taliban. Obviously there are inherent difficulties in achieving this elusive goal. Primarily, there is a huge trust deficit between Kabul and Islamabad on the one hand and between Islamabad and Washington on the other. Karzai and his US patrons have to do more in order to win

the trust of Islamabad instead of keeping on blaming Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan. Kabul and its patrons have to move against safe havens within Afghanistan that are used by the TTP to launch attacks against Pakistan. Despite claims to the contrary, the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan is a major impediment to peace. Only hours after Leon Panetta had boasted to the CNN in Kandahar that the US was well on its way to defeating Al-Qaeda, there was an attack on the US base killing at least one US soldier. Pakistan is in the process of announcing elections in the next three months. Nevertheless with the military calling the shots anyway, someone will always be in place to deal with the thorny strategic issues. However, the US administration has still to get its act together. President Obama relied more on the CIA’s lethal drone programme to eliminate Al-Qaeda and its cohorts in Pakistan’s tribal areas than on a coherent negotiating policy to prepare for the endgame. Perhaps the strategy was to beat the Taliban to pulp in order to force them to negotiate on Washington’s terms. Unfortunately, this game plan has been found to be utterly flawed. After 11 years and two months in Afghanistan, the ISAF has neither been able to usher in a stable government in Kabul nor in building a credible Afghan National Army or police to take over once the NATO forces leave. President Obama has yet to decide who will be his next secretary of state to succeed Hillary Clinton, who is set to leave soon to nurse her presidential ambitions for 2016. Thankfully, the US permanent representative at the UN Susan Rice has bowed out of the race, clearing the decks for Senator John Kerry to be the next secretary of state. Kerry is considered by Islamabad to be somewhat of a friend more in touch with the realities of the region. Another advantage that Kerry carries is that he is respected across the aisle in the US Congress. Hence he will be in a better position to sell the administration’s foreign policy initiatives. However, in the final analysis, Kerry will pursue hard-nosed US foreign policy goals, not Pakistan’s. Hence it is time our military and civilian leadership should tailor Pakistan’s strategic and foreign policy goals according to our own longterm national interests. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today

The antics of the foreign office An empire afflicted with shrinking intelligence


he one paragraph statement of the foreign ministry in Islamabad in the matter of the raid on MQM office defies logic. In response to a question about the operation conducted by Scotland Yard on the business address of MQM on Edgware Road in London, the FO spokesperson said: “It would be premature and wrong to draw any conclusion about the raid. We are confident that the investigation would eventually help clear all misgivings about MQM which is not only a coalition partner, but also represents secular forces in the country”. The FO interjection came after Scotland Yard confirmed the raid on the office of the MQM chief in connection with the ongoing investigation in the murder of Dr. Imran Farooq who was brutally eliminated when he was planning an independent political course and was in touch with some groups outside his own party which had angered its leadership. Since the publication of the report about the raid, the MQM’s response has vacillated from absolute denial to a reluctant but angry acceptance. The latter came about when London’s Metropolitan Police formally confirmed the raid leaving no option with the

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party to keep denying it. The question is why this palpable uneasiness on the part of the MQM and its leadership? If a raid had been conducted, why did the party leaders of all hues and shades deny it so vociferously in the beginning? Also, why is it that they relentlessly construed it as part of a vicious campaign to malign the party and its political standing? More importantly, what were the compulsions for the FO to come up with this unwarranted defence of a political party which is generally perceived as the architect of the culture of murder, extortion and kidnapping at a time when its top leadership is reportedly being investigated for the assassination of one of its own party members? If at all such a statement had to be issued to assuage the growing concerns of the MQM leadership in the wake of the ongoing criminal investigation, a more natural platform would have been the PPP. The pressure exerted on the FO and the latter’s spineless capitulation to issue the dictated statement is a small reflection of the malaise that afflicts the executive, the FO being no exception. Given the grandiose ambitions of the lady with a million purses who rules an empire afflicted with shrinking in-

telligence, this is only a small measure of the sordid compromises which the FO would be willing to make without the winking of an eye! But, it is not just the overriding ambition of the lady that we should be concerned about. It is what she has reduced the FO to during her tenure that deserves an honest comment. Was it for the FO to get involved in an embarrassing effort to retrieve the MQM from the political mess that it is gradually sinking into? Who is not aware of the countless murder and kidnapping cases registered across the length and breadth of Karachi against all its top leaders – the ones who lord over things sitting in Pakistan and the one who sits in London masterminding a vast mafia of criminal gangsters operating wantonly to maintain their ill-gotten power in Karachi and some other parts of the Sindh province? Was it appropriate for the FO to dub this band as a ‘secular force’ apparently in a bid to appeal to the liberal West to be lenient on the MQM in the midst of virtual talibanisation of the country? More, should this argument be construed as a mitigating component to conclude the investigation in the matter of the murder of

Dr. Farooq? And should this argument also be treated as a reason to let go off the leader of the party if he and his cohorts are indeed implicated in the heinous murder? Why did the FO get into all this? Whose instructions was it following? Who pushed the foreign minister to get embroiled in a matter that did not warrant a comment in the first place, or was she aware at all of what was happening back at the base? Was it the presidency calling the shots as usual using its multifarious avenues of influence to make the FO do something unprecedented in the annals of diplomacy? Is it the pressure of the elections showing in a desperate bid to keep the coalition intact, or is it a smart move with hindsight that MQM and its leadership may be ultimately indicted? These and countless other thoughts come to mind when one tries to decipher the gross manner in which various offices and institutions are being used to help the government keep the necessary numbers intact. But, an overriding perception is gradually taking shape that the MQM may have had its day. Whether its fall comes about through the unlikely event of the don in London being implicated in the murder of Dr. Farooq,

or contradictions within the party ranks lead to an implosion, the long-term future looks dicey for the MQM and its leadership. In spite of the political shenanigans of the PPP leadership, it would be the happiest among the MQM partners at this juncture. Having seen its hold on Sindh diluted considerably owing to the gains of the MQM particularly in the urban parts of the province, it makes for a wonderful strategy for the PPP to do everything to assuage its concerns in the open but play the Brutus behind closed doors to expedite the political demise of a party that was originally conceived by a dictator to eat into its vote bank. The strategy becomes even more meaningful given the challenges that the PPP is facing at the hands of the growing power of the nationalist parties of the province on the one hand and the visible gains that PML-N has made on the other. The only underside is that the advantage that the PPP may be planning to secure may actually fall in the lap of forces that are even more inimical to its domination of the province. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at

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who pays tax in Pakistan? According to reports, in Pakistan, only two million people pay taxes from a population of more than 180 million. It means only one percent population is in the tax net. This is not the correct position. There are two types of taxes; namely, direct taxes levied on incomes, profits, fees, wealth, property etc; and indirect taxes, which everybody, unobtrusively pays. These indirect taxes include duties on imports, raw materials, consumer goods and so-called luxury items like cigarettes and cell phones which low-income groups also use. It means that 100 percent of urban population pays taxes, direct and indirect. A large chunk of rural population also pays taxes of some kind. Even a low-paid construction worker and a beggar using a cell phone also pay tax to the government. So the reports about only two million people paying taxes are erroneous and misleading. All salaried persons, in private and public sectors, pay income tax, according to law. However, rich and influential people, mostly politicians and business tycoon, do not pay taxes. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

old pensioners’ case It hit me like a bolt from the blue to be reminded by a TV channel that Hon’ble Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is to retire in a year’s time on 12-12-2013. The reason being that the chief justice had graciously entertained a human rights case no 43650-P/2011 pertaining to old pensioners past 75 years of age who had been denied similar annual increases on the commuted portion of pension on restoration as allowed on the-non commuted portion of pension. Some persons have got a decision in their favour from the Apex Court but the rest of the old pensioners whose number runs into several thousands are running from pillar to post to individually follow their cases in superior courts, the last hope being vested in the Article 25(1) which enshrines equality of citizens before law. If some citizens are allowed increment on commuted portion of pension, others in the same boat may also be allowed similar treatment. One hopes that the chief justice decides this human right case during his tenure. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore

not honouring freedom pioneers While I have great regards and respect for Justice (retd) Khalil Ramday, the decision of committee headed by him to name roads in Lahore, has forgotten to honour memory of men who played a vital role in our freedom movement. I mean no disrespect to the men that this committee in its wisdom, or lack of it, has decided to honour by renaming roads and major crossings of Lahore. Perhaps Justice Ramday is unaware of the role played by Allama Iqbal and respect he had for Bhagat Singh, a man who fought and laid down his life to resist the occupation by British Raj, which many opportunists within the Muslim community are guilty of supporting and benefitted from this treachery. The resolution moved by Allama Iqbal, Malik Barkat Ali and two other non-Muslim lawyers in Lahore High Court Bar Association on 19 June, 1930, bears testimony to the heroic

role of Bhagat Singh. Justice Khalil Ramday and the Punjab government should be aware of unfortunate demolition of Masjed Shaheed Ganj on the night of 7 July, 1935, in Lahore, which was built in 1722 AD (1134 AH) and the unfortunate role played by few Muslim members of Punjab cabinet, headed by a coalition formed by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims members of former Unionist Party. There are roads in Pakistan named after these men who collaborated in this dastardly and cowardly act, but none is named after Malik Barkat Ali. The agitation to prevent this demolition and judicial fight to restore this mosque was led by Allama Iqbal and Malik Barkat Ali with the consent of Quaid-e-Azam Mohd Ali Jinnah. The fact is that Malik Barkat Ali, a very close associate of Allama Iqbal, was the sole representative elected to Punjab Legislature in 1937

the white elephant According to media reports, a Bench of the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Establishment Division to furnish a list of retired civil servants who have been re-employed by the government after their superannuation. In Pakistan, the age of superannuation stipulated in the Civil Servants Act 1973 is 60 years. It means that a civil servant who has completed 60 years of his recorded age cannot continue in the service of Pakistan, under Section 14 of the Civil Servants Act. However, this rule is blatantly violated in practice. Favourite retired civil servants and army officers are appointed in various organisations under the control of government generously, without any regard to established norms, rules and laws. The most sought after positions are in the Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission (PMIC), Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), provincial public service commissions, Federal Service Tribunal (FST), provincial services tribunals, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), regulatory authorities, National School of Public Policy, National Institutes of Management, Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC), Pakistan Steel Mills, Karachi Port Trust (KPT), Planning Commission of Pakistan, NAB, etc. It may be interesting to note that the Chairman NAB, Chairman PMIC and Secretary/Chief Executive of the BISP are in late seventies and eighties. They are holding positions concerned with the affairs of the federal government, thus in violation of the provisions of the law. There is no secret about it that these

general elections on Muslim League’s ticket and he alone bore flag of Muslim League on the floor of the House. He was again re-elected in 1945 and died on 5 April, 1946. On his death the Quaid paid him the following tribute: “I am deeply grieved to hear the very depressing and sad news of the sudden death of Malik Barkat Ali. He was from the very beginning a true and loyal member of the Muslim League, and on all occasions, he rendered the greatest service to Muslim India. His advice and staunch support on all occasions was of greatest value to the League and myself. Muslim India has lost in him a great man, and I have lost in him not only a colleague, a collaborator, but also a great friend. My deepest sympathies go out to his family in their bereavement for their irreparable loss.” MALIK TARIQ ALI Illinois, USA

appointments are made on political and personal considerations without regard to merit and law. Many federal secretaries manipulate prestigious and lucrative appointments after retirement. These appointments not only breed frustration in the civil services but are also against Article 25 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This is the context of the petition of Mr Khushdil Khan, who has been relocated from the Interior Division. If we want rule of law and good governance in the country, merit and only merit must prevail in appointments and promotions. There is also urgent need to evolve an oversight mechanism for monitoring crucial and strategic appointments in the government organisations. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

an interesting idea Recently, a news report was aired from a private news channel of Pakistan that in Indian city Rajkot a beauty parlour owner was offering free makeup of those women who would cast votes in the elections. All those women who had the mark of election ink on their hands were given this service. However, this beauty parlour owner is not supporting any political party in the election, she is only giving this free makeup service to attract more and more women to cast votes. The idea is a good one but I doubt that any beauty parlour in Pakistan will provide this type of free service. Maybe political parties should take advantage of this idea. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi

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een recently on a Lahore-bound flight from London was a tight-western-attired lady, who entered the business class with three bottles of Scotch. OK, if you insist on knowing, they were all Johnny Walker but that’s not the point. The lady gave one to a passenger sitting near the door, a gora, one to a person sitting in the middle of the plane and the last, she said, was for her. The gora insisted he didn’t want to drink but she insisted. Giving up, he asked for some water and ice, which the lady asked the attendants for. Now the latter, jolted out of their initial haze, told her there could be no alcohol on a PIA flight, only to be told sternly that she was a force to be reckoned with in Pakistan and that she would make sure they all lose their jobs. The poor things hadn’t a choice. Well, several passengers imbibed; nothing quite like free booze. The lady herself also helped herself. Just before the flight reached Lahore, she merely went into the washroom and came out in an abaaya, wearing a burqa. And, as she had promised, there was an impressive entourage waiting to receive her at the airport. **************

Sticks and stones


hahbaz Sharif is into coining names for his political nemesis. His Asif Baba and Chalees Chor for the President, though, wasn’t thought through well. Ali Baba was the hero in that particular fable. Some jiyalas have also responded by a mutation of their own of his Khadim-e-aala. They’ve taken to calling him Zaalim-e-Aala. Imran Khan has also come into the act by calling the Punjab chief minister Showbaz Sharif. Ah, the maturity of Pakistani politics. **************

Some are more equal


atest on the upcoming elections in the most populated club of Lahore! The incumbent bureaucrats group has thrown the book at their opponents in true bureaucratic style. Three members have been debarred to participate in the elections on technical grounds, while the fourth, who came running from London to participate in the elections, was aghast when told he had not paid his dues. It is another matter that a notice was never sent to him. Misbah-ur-Rehman, the perennial candidate for the post of chairman was told he could not run for a third term under new rules. Interestingly, rules were bent for an Islamabad based bureaucrat to enable him to participate in the elections. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at

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Vidya Balan is now Mrs Siddharth Roy Kapur A

third 'Dabangg' to be prequel: salman Khan


CTor Salman Khan, who is on a promotional spree for his forthcoming movie " dabangg 2", says the third instalment of the franchise will be a prequel to the first film. "we have our third film ready and it will go back and show how Chulbul Pandey becomes Chulbul Pandey. If the second one becomes a hit, we can go to the third one, which is actually the first one. So 'dabangg 3' will be a prequel," said Salman, who plays a corrupt, but kind-hearted cop in the movie. "dabangg", released in 2012, was directed by Abhinav Kashyap. It featured Salman and then debutant Sonakshi Sinha in the lead. Sonakshi also features in "dabangg 2". Asked if she will be seen in the prequel, he said: "There is a place for Sonakshi in 'dabangg 3' as well. She is there, her father is there, but we don't meet." For now, Salman is looking forward to "dabangg 2", which has been produced as well as directed by his younger brother Arbaaz. The film, featuring Prakash raj as the villain, releases dec 21. neWS DeSK

anushka sharma takes digs at Deepika padukone


CTreSS Anushka Sharma has taken potshots at deepika Padukone. “There is no comparison between deepika and me. Nothing links us. we do different kind of films. In fact she has done more films. I’ve been choosy. I have not picked up just about any role that came my way,” she said. Asked to give a word for her peers, Anushka said, “Stop throwing garbage at me since I don’t throw garbage at you,” she told Mumbai Mirror.

Katrina suffers injury while shooting ‘Dhoom 3’


ollywood actress Katrina Kaif has reportedly been injured while practicing for an action scene for her upcoming blockbuster ‘dhoom 3’. According to reports, the actress fell down and tore a ligament in her right hand and was in pain for few hours. despite her injury, the Bollywood starlet didn’t miss the cancer awareness event where she was invited as chief guest. She attended the event with a bandaged hand. This isn’t the first time she suffered an injury while shooting. during the shoot of “Mere Brother Ki dulhan” Kaif reportedly suffered a nose-bleed, and while shooting “de dhana dan” had an accident while performing an underwater stunt. Besides Katrina, the film stars Bollywood dons Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff and Australian newcomer Tabrett Bethell. The release date of the film has yet to be confirmed, though it is set for release in 2013. neWS DeSK

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CTRESS Vidya Balan and UTV head Siddharth Roy Kapur were married on the morning of December 14. The wedding took place at the Green Mile bungalow in Bandra, contrary to earlier reports of a temple wedding in Chembur. Priyanka Chopra tweeted: Congratulations to my friends Siddharth Roy Kapoor and Vidya Balan!They make such a beautiful couple..heres wishing them happiness forever! Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: My heart filled wishes to buddy Siddharth Roy Kapoor & Vidya Balan for the new phase of their lives together.Congratulations to the beautiful couple. According to reports, the wedding rituals went on for over an hour at the well-decorated venue in the presence of family members of the bride and groom. According to reports, the actress underwent three changes in costume during the wedding ceremony, including a mustard sari with a pink blouse, matching the groom's yellow kurta and pink turban. Vidya wore flowers in her hair and a big smile. After the wedding ceremony was over, the bride and the groom came out for a photo op and posed happily for the waiting cameras. By this time, Vidya was in a tomato red banarasi sari with gold jewellery and sindoor on her forehead. After their quiet wedding, the couple intends to send sweets to people from the industry. The couple's wedding celebrations kicked off on December 11 with a private sangeet that was attended by close family members of the bride and the groom. Vidya wore a kanjeevaram sari and heavy gold jewellery. Vidya's mehendi, held at her Khar residence in Mumbai on Dec 12, was also a private affair like her sangeet. Again, only close family and friends were invited for the ceremony. The only celebrity to be invited was veteran actress Rekha, a close friend of the much-younger Vidya.The bride-to-be was glowing in a sari designed by her favourite Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She wore it in Bengali style with floral ornaments. Despite the function being private, Vidya obliged the waiting cameras by coming out for a brief photo-op.Family presence at both the sangeet and mehendi included Vidya's parents Saraswathy and P R Balan. The actress' elder sister Priya and brother-in-law Kedar have been overseeing all arrangements. The couple have so far remained tight lipped about their wedding and post wedding plans though Vidya will reportedly take a sabbatical. The couple will reportedly be hosting a reception in Chennai. Tracking the Vidya-Siddharth love story

'midnight’s Children' finally cleared for release in 2013

tHe story so Far... December 2010:

Love blossomed between Siddharth and Vidya when the former's production company was working on No One Killed Jessica. The news of their romance leaked in the media even before the film hit the theatres. February 2011:

march 2011:

may 2012:

Though the lovebirds kept denying the many media reports, they were spotted in Goa relaxing on the Baga beach.

Vidya coined the term SRK for Sid, using the initials of her beau's name.

Siddharth and Vidya stepped out together for Karan Johar's 40th birthday bash

July 2012

November 2012:

Siddharth bought Vidya a Rs 14 crore sea facing flat on Juhu Vidya and Siddharth got busy Tara Road. The same month, he whisked her away to doing up their new abode to settle London to watch a tennis match at the Wimbledon stadium. down in after their marriage

jackie chan criticism sparks hong kong

Action hero Jackie Chan provoked a furious fight-back from Hong Kongers Thursday after reportedly suggesting in a Chinese magazine interview that protest in his native city should be restricted. The comments from the Hong Kong-born star unleashed a wave of criticism in the southern Chinese city, which prides itself on the upholding of civil liberties including the right to protest. "Hong Kong has become a city of protest. The

whole world used to say it was South Korea. It is now Hong Kong," the South China Morning Post quoted Chan as saying in an interview with Guangzhou-based Southern People Weekly magazine published Tuesday. "People scold China's leaders, or anything else they like, and protest against everything. The authorities should stipulate what issues people can protest over and on what issues it is not allowed." The Rush Hour star, known for his martial arts skills and daring stunt work, faced a counter-attack from Hong Kong politicians and academics, who said he was ignorant of the value of freedom cherished by the city's seven million people. The former British colony, which was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, maintains a semi-autonomous status with its own legal system and civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including the right to protest and free speech.

After months of uncertainty, the fate of Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children is finally sealed. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) cleared the movie, based on Salman Rushdie's 1980 novel Midnight's Children, on Wednesday. "We are relieved and excited at the thought of the film reaching the country's audience intact," said Deepa. The film, based on the controversial novel has been issued an 'A' certificate with minor cuts. Writer and spokesperson for CBFC, Anjum Rajabali, said, "The cuts were more on technical grounds, like the depiction of the map of India. The national emblem was also partially cut." Rajabali added, "The film is based on Rushdie's book, which was quite critical of the Emergency (declared in 1975). However, the adult audience is discerning enough to view it in its historical context. Moreover, the story evolves through the viewpoint of the protagonist, so it is subjective. It was important to respect the narrative integrity of the film." neWS DeSk

"This is disastrous," prodemocracy lawmaker Cyd Ho told AFP, branding the remarks "unacceptable" and noting that Chan had built his success in the movie industry where freedom of expression was essential. "He made his fame and wealth because Hong Kong is a free city in which he had the opportunity to climb up the social ladder. These opportunities should be available to all," Ho said. Political analyst Dixon Sing Ming from the University of Science and Technology told the Post the comments showed Chan was "almost detached from the daily lives of the people of Hong Kong". Calls by AFP to Chan's charitable foundation went unanswered Thursday. Chan was slammed in 2009 after he told a government and business leaders meeting in China that Chinese people "need to be controlled" and the country should be wary of allowing too many freedoms. neWS DeSk

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ICOLE KIDMAN had best call some dress designers. With her second Hollywood award nomination in two days - joining husband Keith Urban, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and composer Johnny Klimek as Australians up for Golden Globes - the Moulin Rouge star has emerged as an Oscar’s contender. Kidman was nominated for two Golden Globes, in fact - for her sex-crazed role in The Paperboy and for playing an adventurous journalist in the TV drama Hemingway & Gellhorn. Urban was nominated for best original song for For You from Act of Valor. Jackman is up for best actor in a comedy or musical for playing the reformed prisoner Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, while Watts was recognised for her role as a tsunami survivor in The Impossible. Klimek, whose films have included Swimming Upstream, Tomorrow , When the War Began and I, Frankenstein, was nominated for the Cloud Atlas score.

While the Golden Globes are a questionable pointer to the Oscars noted Hollywood commentator Nikki Finke called them ''a completely meaningless awards show from a scandal-riddled organisation'' Kidman's nomination at both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes for The Paperboy suggests she could join Jackman and possibly Watts at the Oscars. ''The most rewarding gift for me as a songwriter, is knowing that the song has somehow made a connection,'' Urban said. ''To wake up to this news, as well as to Nic's two nominations, is absolutely beautiful. What a way to start the day'' The Globes' best motion picture drama nominees are Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. The contenders for best motion picture comedy or musical are The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Silver Linings Playbook.

HrItHIK rosHaN

proFessor A few days ago, Hrithik Roshan delivered what was apparently an inspiring lecture at Subhash Ghai’s film school, Whistling Woods International. Now, if all goes well, the actor should be putting on his professor’s hat again sometime next year. Apparently, the management has invited him again, and he is believed to have said yes. “We have requested him to visit the school again, once the next session starts, and he has agreed. It’s not officially confirmed yet, since a lot will depend on his shooting schedule and availability. We would love to have him on campus, after he delivered such an awe-inspiring lecture,” says Meghna Puri-Ghai, president of the film school and daughter of Subhash Ghai. Hrithik’s interactive session was with a class of over 300 students. During this, he impressed not just the students, but also the faculty. “It was amazing to see Hrithik show techniques that an actor can use. By the end of the session, everyone was awestruck,” says Meghna. But it remains to be seen if Hrithik can take time off for another session, since he will be busy next year with Siddharth Anand’s Knight And Day remake (that also stars Katrina Kaif), besides wrapping up the final leg of his father Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish 3.


new JerSeY: katy Perry and John mayer at rolling Stones concert.

Ar rahman's latest soNam FrIeNDs star-struCK By single after 15 years FarHaN aKHtar India's Grammy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman is all set to release his solo single, after almost 15 years as reported by Indian media sources. As conspiracy theories do the rounds of the impending 'Mayan apocalypse' expected on December 21, the composer has decided to make a comeback with an "optimistic message" through his song themed around love, hope and joy. Rahman's last album "Vande Mataram" was released in 1997. After that, he composed background scores for various big blockbusters including Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionare". neWS DeSk

With this demand, he is the latest to join the league of Bollywood A-listers like Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Just ten films into show business and Ranbir Kapoor is already part of the league of Bollywood A-listers who demand a lion's share of the profit pie. Apparently, the young actor is claiming a whopping 70 per cent of the profit, placing him on par with stars the likes of Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, who are known to take home (after all these years) a similar percentage of the profit. And, buzz is, Ranbir's father Rishi has been instrumental in getting his son inducted into this elite club. Seems Rishi's newest condition is: "If you want to cast my son in your film, you have to make sure you give him 70 per cent of the film's profit share." We hear the Besharam deal was made on this condition which is why, initially, producers Viacom 18 withdrew as they weren't willing to relent. TOI had reported in August how Viacom 18 earlier withdrew support to Abhinav Kashyap because he wanted profit sharing

benefits not only for himself but for his entire crew. Apparently, the condition put forth by Rishi only added to Abhinav's demands. And the production house was forced to decline because they felt this was more in keeping with the Hollywood style of functioning. However, later everything fell into place and Viacom 18 agreed to produce the film. Trade analyst Amod Mehra feels it is the perception about Ranbir that works for him. "The boy has got good reviews for his performances and so in the younger crop, he is the superstar. It is obvious his dad wants to make the best of this situation. It is all about smart thinking and smart marketing of talent," Mehra said and added, "The stars of today are much smarter. We cannot run away from the truth that most movies run and are guaranteed to do well, if there is star power attached to them. So they might as well use it to their advantage." Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, "Most Alist stars like SRK, Salman, Aamir, Ajay, Saif, Akshay and now Ranbir ask for a percentage in the profit. neWS DeSk

For the last one month, Sonam Kapoor has been busy shooting for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (BMB) in Rajasthan and Delhi. In fact, when the trailer of the film released, Sonam and Farhan Akhtar were still busy wrapping up the final bits of the movie. And looks like the trailer did generate interest, as a source close to Sonam tells us that the actor was inundated with requests by her girlfriends and extended family to meet Farhan on the sets. The source says, “After seeing Farhan as Milkha Singh, Sonam has been flooded with requests. All her friends have become fans of Farhan and they wanted to meet him.” In fact, the source says, that Sonam even began teasing Farhan about this. “Sonam changed her display picture on one of the chat groups on her phone to a picture of Farhan from the film. Her phone didn’t stop ringing after that,” the source adds. neWS DeSk

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Infotainment 17 Tips to make your website more interesting


N the world of internet business today, lack of website visitors is one of the common problems that frustrate the overall effort of making money online. That is why most successful internet marketers commit a lot of their time and resources into finding solution to this problem. If you want to earn good income online as an internet information marketer, you must find the best ways to attract more visitors to your website. This is because nothing is more disturbing to an internet marketer than to have a website without having visitors viewing it. Moreover, experience has shown that it is easier to convert an interested visitor to your website into a buying or paying customer depending on whether you are selling a product or offering services, than to capture to a new visitor and convert him to a buyer of your product or services. Let us examine few ways of attracting more visitors to your website here.

The quality of the content of your website It is an indisputable fact that many online visitors will hardly spend much time on your website except the quality of the content of the website is very interesting and relevant to their need or the purpose that brought them to the webpage. That is when they will stay long enough on the website. The other type of visitor that will likely stay longer on your website is someone who arrives there on purpose such as through a search engine or on research project. Therefore it is very important to ensure that the quality of the content of your website is of high standard as it can be a key factor that can keep the interest of the visitor long on your website.

Make your website interesting and rich in information

main longer on your website on each visit and will easily be converted to a buying customer.

As an information marketer you must desire to attract more customers to your website to enable you build a mailing list. If this is your desire, then you must make your website interesting and rich in the information that will solve their immediate need. Most first time visitors who find the information on your website very useful and satisfying to their need will bookmark it and subsequently become repeating visitors. Such visitors easily get converted into buying customers. To enrich your website, you must do good research work on your niche and provide knowledgeable information that will be of immense benefit and value to your visitor. Use properly researched keywords that will easily be picked up by search engines among the most searched for in your niche. It will bring up your website quickly in your niche and may likely place your site on search engines first page. This is one of the many ways to attract more visitors to your website very easily.

Showcase your experience and personality through your website content

Discuss products benefit instead of hard selling to the buyer

Give it your personal touch of excellence

If you wish to sell a product on your website, and you want to attract more visitors to your site, get more involved in explaining how the product can be of benefit to them. List the advantages your product has over its competitors. Do not attempt to force your visitors to buy your product as this will definitely be resisted, rather give your visitors enough reason that will cause them to pick up their credit card and order your product. Avoid hard selling; instead take the customer through the rigorous process of providing them with the benefit of such a product or service. Through this way, every visitor that gets to your website will re-

To give first time visitors cause to repeat their visit, you must not only endeavor to make yourself available to answer questions from them but you must do so with humility, giving them your personal touch of excellence. This is the fastest way to make your website interactive and relevant to the needs of your visitors. No matter how important your product or service may be in solving the problems or satisfying the needs of your visitors, do not hesitate to give it your personal touch of perfection because it will also help to attract more visitors that can easily be converted to customers to your website. HASSAn AyUB

If there is anything every website visitor is interested in, it is how to know the person behind the website as well the product or service it may be selling. The only way for your visitors to ascertain who you are is to read between the lines of the website content. Your online visitors want to know you and be reassured that in buying from you rather than your competitors, they are not only satisfying your purpose of creating a product or service and setting up a website to market it, but they are also getting the benefit of your long standing experience in whatever field or niche of interest that you are presenting to them. Therefore do not just present your product or service at the front end to sell, showcase your experience and personality on your website. Give them a reason that will cause them to repeat their visit.

Doomsday phobia grows as world awaits December 21 With Dec. 21, 2012, quickly approaching, people around the world are grappling with doomsday phobia and fears of an impending apocalypse. Friday, Dec. 21 marks the end of the Mayan long-count calendar. On this day, doomsayers believe the world will end. Some fear a wayward planet called “Nibiru,” supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, will collide with the Earth. Oth-

ers point to a 2012 doomsday in Biblical prophecy, a cataclysm complete with fiery explosions, earthquakes and floods. Despite the fact that NASA has debunked such apocalyptic theories, many are still worried about the end of the days approaching. One in 10 people questioned in a worldwide survey said they think the world will end in 2012, according to Yahoo! News’ “Who Knew?”

In China, doomsday seeds were planted when the 3-D version of the 2009 Hollywood disaster film “2012” hit theaters just last month, according to Asia Times. Stories of doomsday phobia sprouted around the country. A senior engineer and wife of a university professor in Nanjing reportedly cashed in her savings to donate to poor children to make them happy “for the last few days,” Asia Times reported. A carpenter in Chongqing supposedly spent his earnings wining and dining, even though his wife had just given birth. In Xinjiang, a man allegedly spent his family’s savings to build an ark in hopes of survival. Going to the extreme is not unheard of. In May 2011, when Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping predicted the rapture, some devout followers sold all their possessions to help spread the doomsday message. In 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult committed mass suicide in Southern California believing they were called to follow the comet Hale-Bopp, according to Time magazine. For those with burning questions, NASA created a Google+ hangout on Nov. 28 to answer inquiries and calm worries about apocalyptic theories, noting, “Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, Dec. 21, 2012 won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice.” A wikiHow has also been created in an attempt to help those with doomsday phobia. The website highlights other supposed “doomsdays” throughout history, suggests having a healthy skepticism about end of days “news” and stop reading into the scaremongering too much. neWS DeSK

Wife swap beauty queen escapes prostitution charge


New York district attorney has dropped a prostitution charge against former reality TV star Alicia Guastaferro, but will still pursue remaining misdemeanor charges. According to the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office, the prostitution charge was dropped after further investigation revealed it was unmerited. “Continuing investigation indicated that the prostitution charge was not viable. We were not going to be able to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt,” Assistant District Attorney Robert Zickl told The Huffington Post. The D.A. still plans to pursue charges of possession of a controlled substance and criminal impersonation. Guastaferro, the teen beauty queen who appeared on the ABC reality TV show “Wife Swap,” was arrested Aug. 27, after she was found with a 54year-old Rochester-area attorney James D. Doyle, at a New York Thruway service area in Pembroke, 30 miles outside of Buffalo. State police said a concerned motorist contacted police to report a car being driven erratically before stopping at the travel plaza. When state troopers arrived, they found Doyle’s car illegally parked, with the engine running and the lights on. Doyle, according to a copy of the arrest report provided to The Huffington Post, was “slumped over the steering wheel passed out,” while Guastaferro was slumped over in the passenger seat. Doyle did not submit to a sobriety test and was arrested on a charge of DWI and other violations. neWS DeSK

man breaks into girlfriend’s home, glues refrigerator


Pennsylvania woman recently made a gluesome discovery inside her apartment, according to state police. The woman, an unidentified resident of Lykens, a borough about 35 miles northeast Harrisburg, contacted police on Nov. 12 and reported someone had broken into her Main Street apartment when she was not home. Worse yet, the perpetrator had glued shut her refrigerator door and a utensil drawer. Glue had also been poured on her computer keyboard, the woman alleged. Authorities soon focused their attention on the woman’s ex-boyfriend, 42-year-old Dennis Michael Homberg, of Elizabethville. Police have yet to reveal what, if any, evidence they found linking Homberg to the sticky situation. Nevertheless, he was charged Monday with burglary, trespassing, stalking and criminal mischief. Homberg is being held in the Dauphin County Prison, pending arraignment before the office of Magisterial District Judge Rebecca J. Margerum in Elizabethville, police said. neWS DeSK

iphone 5 launches in China, apple shifts focus away from us


PPLE chief executive Tim Cook said in October on the company’s fourth quarter earnings call that it expects the iPhone 5 to arrive in mainland China by December. In November, the iPhone 5 received regulatory approval for two versions of the iPhone 5 — a 3G/GSM version for China Unicom’s network, the second largest in the country; and a CDMA version for China Telecom’s network, the country’s third largest network. But it wasn’t that simple. Apple also needed to receive a network-access license. With the iPhone 5’s debut in China today, all the hurdles are clear and the company is home free to sell the long-awaited 4-inch smartphone in a country with a potential user base of more than 340 million, or around 25 percent of China’s evergrowing population. Cook said on the Q4 earnings call that Apple generated $23.8 billion in China, up by $10 billion year-on-year, representing a 78 percent rise from the same quarter a year ago. Interestingly, despite the massive increase in sales in the country, China only represents around 15 percent of Apple’s global revenue for the 2012 fiscal year. neWS DeSK

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BCB in second stage of planning for Pakistan tour DHAKA AGenCIeS


HE Bangladesh Cricket Board is in talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board about a short tour to the country next month. BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that the talks are now all about a suitable timeframe for the tour. "We can't go in December so we will speak to the PCB today, about whether we can fit in a small tour before the BPL," Hassan was quoted by ESPNcricinfo on Friday. Bangladesh's proposed tour to

Pakistan-india oDi in kolkata may start a couple of hours earlier


The second One Day International of the much-anticipated three-match series between India and Pakistan at the historic Eden Gardens on January 3 could start a few hours early to tackle the heavy dew factor, a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official revealed in a report. The day and night fixture between the arch rivals is originally scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm, but the organisers are contemplating over starting the match at 12 noon to counter the unfavourable wet conditions caused by heavy dew coupled with fog, late in the evening. This was revealed by the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) joint secretary Subir Ganguly, who also said that any decision in this regard will be taken only after seeking BCCI’s approval. "It's heavy dew couple with fog during this time of the year. We will seek the Board's permission to advance the Onedayer for a few hours so that the match gets over early before the dew falls," said Subir Ganguly, who was in Delhi to attend a marketing committee meeting of the Board. "The early start will also help the spectators to leave early, I am sure we will get the Board's nod," the CAB joint secretary added further. Pakistan cricket team is scheduled to tour India late this month to play two T20 Internationals and three One Day Internationals against the hosts, the first bilateral series between the subcontinental cricketing giants in five years. The other two ODIs of the series will be hosted by Chennai and Delhi, while Bangalore and Ahmedabad are the venues for the two T20 Internationals, to be played on December 25 and 27 respectively. The third one-dayer in Delhi, on January 6 is also expected to be advanced due to same reason. Cricketing relations between the two countries have been on hold since the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008, as the Indian government suspected involvement from across the border. However, the two boards agreed to resume the bilateral ties in July this year, when the BCCI president N Srinivasan invited Pakistan cricket team to tour India for a short limited overs series in December-January.

Pakistan hit a snag earlier this year when, on April 19, a Dhaka court order embargoed a series between the two scheduled for the end of April. In November, Hassan said that the BCB had made a "written commitment" to the PCB to go ahead with the tour. On Friday Hassan explained that they are now in the second phase of talks with the PCB because the first phase, which dealt with security issues, was satisfactory. "I have spoken to those who went for the security assessment and they are quite satisfied," he said. "If we can agree on a time, we will go next month."

He also said that the players and the support staff will be spoken to about the tour, but no one will be forced to go on the tour. "The last time when we discussed [touring Pakistan], we wanted to talk to the players and find out their opinion. We will also speak to foreign staff but it is highly likely that they won't go. That we can understand. We don't want to force them." Back in March, the ICC had introduced a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances" that allowed bilateral series to take place even if the ruling body

determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for these series. This would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials", a departure from the ICC's Standard Playing Conditions. Hassan said the dispensation will take effect if the ICC doesn't send its officials to conduct the matches. "They [ICC] are quite clear about it. They want us to decide if we want to go or not. We will submit a security plan to them, after which they will decide whether they will send their match officials or not. If they don't, we will have to appoint match officials."

ajmal to be a trump card mouth-watering during India tour: Whatmore clash in the



Offspinner Saeed Ajmal will be Pakistan's "trump card" during their short cricket tour of India this month, Coach Dav Whatmore said on Friday. The 35year-old Ajmal is ranked No. 1 in oneday internationals and Twenty20s, with 109 wickets in 71 ODIs and 69 wickets in 48 T20s. "Saeed Ajmal will always remain a trump card for us as we all know he's a wonderful bowler," Whatmore was quoted by a foreign news agency. "He's very much needed, and he will always remain a threat." Ajmal's doosra that turns away from the right-handers continues to baffle batsmen. But he's expected to have to share an extra workload in the one-dayers after enigmatic allrounder Shahid Afridi was dropped by the selectors due to poor form. Pakistan's short training camp was confined to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore due to rain on Friday. Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was expected to pass on batting advice before the team leaves for India on Dec. 22. "He's been a stalwart for Pakistan cricket and he's only recently retired so he's able to pass on some knowledge against contemporary

bowlers he has faced," Whatmore said. Inzamam has been appointed as a batting consultant on a series-to-series basis by the Pakistan Cricket Board. "He has faced the Indian bowlers so he is able to work with our players and discuss and let them know how he approached the same bowlers that we are going to approach." The series, the first between the neighbours in five years, features two T20s and three ODIs beginning at Bangalore on Dec. 25. Tours

between them were suspended when 166 people were killed in the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, which India blamed on Pakistan. Since then, they have met in tournaments, including the 2011 World Cup semifinals at the northern Indian city of Mohali. India beat Pakistan then, and went on to win the World Cup. Whatmore said no matter what type of pitches they met in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Calcutta and New Delhi, he just hoped they were conducive to good matches. "We've got five different venues, the pitches at those venues, I think, are slightly different," he said. "Inherently you have certain venues that will play in a certain way ... both sides have decent players of all conditions. But, you know, the conditions in India are fairly well known to our boys and it will be a good contest." Whatmore was appointed coach in March and soon after the former Australia test batsman guided Pakistan to victory against India in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. India got the better of Pakistan in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. "This will be the first time we'll play more than two or three times in a small series, it's an honour to be part of that," he said. "It will be an experience."

offing as Pakistan clash with india CHANDIGARH AGenCIeS

As it is in any sport, when India and Pakistan face-off in the finals of the Kabaddi World Cup sparks are certain to fly. Before, the Pakistani cricket team comes to India to play a three-match ODI series and two T20 internationals; the arch-rivals will renew their rivalry on the Kabaddi pitch in Ludhiana. Both teams are high on confidence having enjoyed an unbeaten run in the tournament and have brushed aside most of their rivals with consummate ease. Pakistan outplayed Canada in the first semifinal 53-27, while India defeated Iran 72-23 in the second. The final will provide India an opportunity to gain sweet revenge against Pakistan who had beaten them in the recently conducted Asian Kabaddi Championship in Pakistan. On the other hand, Pakistan is aspiring to win the crown for the first time on the Indian soil. With India and Pakistan meeting in the final, fireworks are expected as both countries are feeling confident and have prepared their teams well for the summit clash.

Hughes shines as Australia reach 299-4 HOBART



Phil Hughes made a solid 86 on his return to test cricket before Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey took up the running and steered Australia to 299 for four at close of play on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka on Friday. Hughes was the only batsmen to fall in the final session, lasting only a couple of overs after lunch before being bowled through the gate by Chanaka Welegedera, giving the Sri Lankan seamer his third wicket of the day. Clarke, who had made 70 not out, and Hussey, unbeaten on 37, batted through the remainder of the day and if the evidence of their prolific partnerships in the recent series against South Africa is anything to go by, will take some shifting. "Overall, 299 for four puts the ball in our court," said Hughes. "I thought we were outstanding today. It really gives us momentum going into tomorrow." Sri Lanka's bowlers, dubbed this week as the worst pace attack ever to tour Australia by former test bowler Rodney Hogg, made life uncomfortable for the batsmen at times but struggled for any real penetration under cloudy skies at Bellerive Oval. "I think we showed we can put Australia under pressure and hopefully the bowlers will be fresh in the morning and we can get them out for less than 100 additional runs," said Welegedera, who finished with 3-99 on his return after nine months out injured.

AUSTRAlIA WOn THe TOSS AnD CHOSe TO BAT AUSTRAlIA FIRST InnInGS D. Warner run out 57 e. Cowan c eranga b Welegedera 4 P. Hughes b Welegedera 86 S. Watson c M. Jayawardene b Welegedera 30 M.Clarke not out 70 M. Hussey not out 37 extras (b-1, lb-3, w-1, nb-10) 15 Total (for four wickets, 90 overs) 299 Fall of wickets: 1-18 2-97 3-183 4-198 To bat: M. Wade, P. Siddle, B. Hilfenhaus, M. Starc, n. lyon. Bowling: Kulasekara 22-2-51-0 (nb-5, w-1), Welegedera 20-199-3 (nb-3), eranga 16-3-52-0 (nb-2), Mathews 11-2-35-0, Dilshan 4-0-11-0, Herath 17-3-47-0. Sri lanka: T. Dilshan, D. Karunaratne, K. Sangakkara, M. Jayawardene, T. Samaraweera, A. Mathews, P. Jayawardene, n. Kulasekara, C. Welegedera, S. eranga, R. Herath. Series: Second test Dec. 26-30 Melbourne Cricket Ground Third test Jan. 3-7 Sydney Cricket Ground

Australia's Hughes grabs third lifeline with both hands HOBART: Having lived with a question mark over his name for the last three years, Australian batsman Phil Hughes was delighted to get some reward for the work he has done on his technique with 86 runs against Sri Lanka on Friday. Hughes was making his return to test cricket after a year in the wilderness at the same Hobart ground where his second spell in the longest form of the international game came to an end against New Zealand last December. The 24-year-old's knock was brought to an end when he was clean bowled by seamer Chanaka Welegedera but the lefthander helped Australia reach 299 for four at the close of play on the first day of the first test. "There were a couple of nerves, but overall I was quite calm," he told reporters. "There was more excitement

around me than anything. I was just happy to get out there and back in the colours again. "It was nice to get a few, it would have been nice to get three-figures and a few more, that's cricket. To get 80-odd was good for my confidence." At least Hughes could say that he was not caught out by a nick to the slips. Having previously been dropped when England's bowlers bounced him out of the 2009 Ashes series, Hughes fell victim to New Zealand paceman Chris Martin in four straight failed innings last year - all caught by Martin Guptill in the cordon. While the phrase "c Guptill b Martin" became permanently associated with his name, Hughes went off to work on his technique in domestic cricket before piling on the runs with new state South Australia. AGenCIeS

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Root, Anderson put hosts under pressure NAGPUR




EBUTANT Joe Root's 73 runs and three more wickets from James Anderson combined to put India under pressure on day two of the final Test. Twenty-one-yearold Root, a surprise inclusion for this match which England must at least draw to complete a series victory, rose to the occasion with a determined 229-ball knock in an England total of 330. Anderson (three for 24) has been reliable and often expert all tour - and after he induced an India wobble to 87 for four at stumps, the value of Root's fine effort was apparent. The young Yorkshireman's range of stroke, like everyone else's, was constrained by the limitations of a deathly slow Nagpur pitch. But he was increasingly assured, in a century stand with Matt Prior (57) for the sixth wicket and then one of 60 for the eighth with Graeme Swann (56). After Kevin Pietersen also made 73 on Thursday, Root could take much of the credit for ensuring England dug out a total of substance since stumbling first to 16 for two and then 139 for five. Prior beat Root to his half-century, defying the physics of this paceless surface to bag a trademark square-cut off Pragyan Ojha for his sixth four. There were only two boundaries in Root's 50,

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and four in all by the time he was done in a composed innings featuring compact defence against spin and the seam of Ishant Sharma - with the sweep his main outlet to slow bowlers. His and Prior's first task today was to negotiate another spell from Sharma, in these extreme conditions which have made India's solitary seamer a bigger threat than any of their four spinners. There were no scrapes against any of

the bowlers, though, until Prior succumbed to Ravichandran Ashwin. The off-spinner struck, from round the wicket, with a delivery that did not turn but snaked past Prior's defensive push on the angle to hit off stump. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sensibly turned straight back to Sharma (three for 49), to attack the new batsman, and that obvious switch worked when Tim Bresnan missed an inswinger to go for a second-ball duck.

enGlAnD 1ST InnInGS An Cook lbw b Sharma 1 nRD Compton c Dhoni b Sharma 3 IJl Trott b Jadeja 44 KP Pietersen c Ojha b Jadeja 73 IR Bell c Kohli b Chawla 1 73 Je Root c & b Chawla MJ Prior b Ashwin 57 0 TT Bresnan lbw b Sharma 56 GP Swann lbw b Chawla 4 JM Anderson c Pujara b Chawla 1 MS Panesar not out 17 eXTRAS (b 5, lb 12) 330 TOTAl (all out; 145.5 overs; 543 mins) Fall of wickets 1-3 (Compton, 4.2 ov), 2-16 (Cook, 10.3 ov), 3102 (Trott, 49.4 ov), 4-119 (Bell, 60.5 ov), 5-139 (Pietersen, 67.3 ov), 6-242 (Prior, 114.6 ov), 7-242 (Bresnan, 116.2 ov), 8302 (Root, 139.1 ov), 9-325 (Swann, 143.4 ov), 10-330 (Anderson, 145.5 ov) Bowling: I Sharma 28-9-49-3, PP Ojha 35-12-71-0, RA Jadeja 37-17-58-2, PP Chawla 21.5-1-69-4, R Ashwin-24-3-66-1 InDIA 1ST InnInGS: G Gambhir c Prior b Anderson 37 0 V Sehwag b Anderson 26 CA Pujara c Bell b Swann 2 SR Tendulkar b Anderson V Kohli not out 11 MS Dhoni not out 8 extras (b 1, lb 2) 3 Total (4 wickets; 41 overs) 87 To bat RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, PP Chawla, I Sharma, PP Ojha Fall of wickets 1-1 (Sehwag, 0.3 ov), 2-59 (Pujara, 22.3 ov), 364 (Tendulkar, 27.5 ov), 4-71 (Gambhir, 31.4 ov) Bowling: JM Anderson 9-2-24-3, TT Bresnan 10-1-25-0, MS Panesar 14-4-24, GP Swann 7-3-9-1, IJl Trott 1-0-2-0 Toss england, who chose to bat Test debuts Je Root (england); RA Jadeja (India) Player of the match tba Umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire S Ravi Match referee JJ Crowe (new Zealand) Reserve umpire CK nandan

‘Loss of Taylor will not affect team’ DURBAN AGenCIeS

New Zealand will not be distracted by the axing of former captain Ross Taylor ahead of their cricket tour of South Africa, new skipper Brendon McCullum said on Friday. "We can't control what has unfolded back home and, as players, our focus is very much on the cricket field and what we can control there," McCullum told a news conference. "What has happened behind the scenes over the last little while is, from a team perspective, now over and our focus is now moving forward." Taylor was stripped of the one-day and Twenty20 captaincy last week and rejected an offer to stay on as test captain while also making himself unavailable for the South Africa tour which includes

three T20 internationals, two tests and three one-day games. Former players criticised New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their handling of the situation and

ex-batsman and coach Mark Greatbatch called on the body's chairman Chris Moller to step down. Moller has issued a public apology to Taylor for the way that his sacking was handled. "There have obviously been some distractions going on back home over the last week or so," McCullum said on Friday. "We know about the monumental task in front of us and to take it on without some of our better players is disappointing but that is the way it has unfolded." Taylor is arguably New Zealand's best batsman at the moment and McCullum said he would be missed. "He is going to be a big loss; we have a number of big losses right throughout our team. It is one thing to long for those guys to be present but it is another thing to get on and deal with the resources you have got.

new franchise based t20 league to start in caribbean BARBADOS AGenCIeS

A new franchise-based Twenty20 league will begin play in the Caribbean next year the West Indies Cricket Board said on Thursday, filling the hole left by the collapse of Allen Stanford's tournament. The Stanford 20/20, held in 2006 and 2008, kick-started Caribbean interest in the shortest form of the game but since the collapse of the Texan's financial empire, leading to his imprisonment for fraud, there has been a lack of resources for players. The West Indies were crowned Twenty20 world champions this year and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has run a lower-key regional tournament to keep top players involved in the shortest format. But the new league promises to give Caribbean cricket a much needed financial boost too. The WICB said their agreement with Barbados and New York based merchant bank Verus International would ensure annual funding for new retainer contracts for regional players, above and beyond the 20 main squad members who are contracted. "This will bring a host of benefits to players and West Indies Cricket in general," WICB president Julian Hunte said. "A significant number of players at the regional level will benefit through greater financial stability both from playing in the league and from yearround retainer contracts while having an international platform on which to showcase their skills and talent. "Most importantly is that the league will bring a huge financial injection into the Caribbean and create significant job opportunities across the region in a wide cross section of sectors." The competition is expected to comprise up to six privately owned city-based teams. No details were immediately available on how those franchises would be created or any potential owners. Ajmal Khan, chairman and CEO of Verus said there was huge potential for the league. "We believe that the recently won World Twenty20 is a testament to the quality and excitement of West Indies cricket," he said. "We intend to utilize the Twenty20 league to further develop and strengthen West Indies cricket by expanding the global fan base as well as the number of West Indian cricketers under regional retainer contracts".


England's Twenty20 skipper Stuart Broad has been ruled out of the upcoming two T20 matches against India with a bruised left heel. Broad will return to the UK immediately to begin a period of rest and rehabilitation. James Harris, who is currently in Pune with the England Performance Programme, will replace Broad in the squad. The 22-year old is uncapped at international level. Eoin Morgan will captain the side in Broad's absence with the first match taking place in Pune on December 20. The second game will be held in Mumbai on December 22. Pacer Steven Finn will also return to the UK after a strained disc in his lower back ruled him out of the final Test here earlier today (Thursday). Finn is expected to be available for the ODI series against India beginning in January.

vinay kumar replaces injured balaji NAGPUR AGenCIeS

Pacer L Balaji was replaced by R Vinay Kumar in the Indian Twenty20 squad for the two matches against England after picking up a foot injury. "L Balaji has suffered a stress injury to his right big toe, and has been ruled out of the Airtel T20 International series against England, as a result," BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

Laying of blue Desso turf starts at NHS LAHORE STAFF RePORT

The laying of the Blue Desso Turf at the world’s largest National Hockey Stadium began here yesterday even in intermittent conditions that left the entire metropolis quite chilly is in full swing. The Dutch experts, who have specially flown to Pakistan from Holland to supervise the laying of the world’s finest plastic surface, kept working even in rainy conditions and after having been satisfied with the proper laying of the required shockpads, they have now started to lay the blue turf. The Punjab government sanctioned Rs 3.5 million for the turf after the Pakistan team won the Asian Games gold medal last year but due to some unscrupulous contractor’s nefarious acts delayed the laying of the turf. That delay forced the Sports Board Punjab to form a committee, which ultimately decided to cancel the tender of that company. The work was then handed over to TS Builders, which after some delay due to the holding of the Punjab Youth Festival’s national and international events, started the laying of the shockpads and the turf immediately after the stadium was handed over to them on December 3. The two Dutch experts first laid the shockpads, pasted them to the asphalt base, after it was repaired to the requirement. According to Mamoon Qureshi of

TS Builders, “We want to finish the work as soon as possible and that was why the workers are busy in laying the turf even in such a chilly weather.” “The Dutch installers, who have been brought specially for the laying of the turf are working with great commitment and no matter what the conditions

maybe we would continue work till it is finished,” he added. The work at the stadium is being carried out under the supervision of Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar. “We are ensuring proper laying of the turf and have also ensured transparency in the conduct of the entire

procedure,” said Usman. He further said that the work will be completed as soon as possible. “We have asked the company laying the turf to finish the work by the end of the month or by the first week of January and we are hopeful they (the company) would finish the work in time,” he maintained.

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PIa win nBP gold cup Hockey title LAHORE STAFF RePORT

Pakistan international airlines won the title of NBP Gold Cup hockey tournament beating National Bank of Pakistan 4-2 in the final here on Friday at the outer ground of the national stadium. In a classification match, Pakistan Customs beat Army 3-2 , to take the third place. President, Pakistan Hockey Federation, Qasim Zia was the chief guest on the occasion and gave away the prizes to the teams. Also present were Secretary, PHF, Mohammad Asif Bajwa, chief coach and manager of the team, Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary and organizing secretary of the tournament, Rana Mujahid, Iqbal Qasim, Senior Executive VicePresident/Incharge Sports Department, National Bank of Pakistanand a number of former Olympians. Airlines led the first half 2-1 against Bankers who failed to pose a serious threat to their opponents due to lack of coordination and necessary fire in their hitting

inside the circle. PIA gained control of the game by hitting their first goal in the very first minute when Mohammad Zuabir dominated in a mid field move.Airlines doubled the lead late in the session with Kashif Ali col-

lecting a goal off a penalty corner as bankers captain Akhtar Ali sounded the boards with a calculated shot, two minutes before the end of the first half. Airlines continued their onslaughts in the second half with speedy moves and coordination between both the flanks and their persistent efforts bore fruit in shape of two goals three minutes late in the play. Imran Abbas struck the 60thminute goal followed by 62nd minute by Inyatullah before Akhtar scored bankers and his second goal off a penalty stroke in the 52ndminutes. Customs wrapped up the first half 2-0 over Army after receiving second minute penalty corner goal from Waseem Abbas as Owais produced a short corner goal in the 33nrd minute. Customs added their third goal again through Owais who this time underlined his talent in a field attack in the 39th minute. Army scored their first goal in the 46th minute through Mohammad Safeer who made no mistake in a direct conversion drill off a short corner. Army made it 2-3 with the 51stminute field goal scored by Shahid Ali Khan.

Future of Pakistan Tennis and that man Kirsten SportS thiS Week ALI AKBAR


HE future of Pakistan tennis is Nofil Kaleem. This was stated by PTF officials the other day. The young fourteen year old has been playing the Asian Tennis Federation Under-14 circuit and has amassed enough points to become the top ranked Under-14 player on the Asian circuit. Nofil was followed closely in the rankings by Eric Alvarez of the Philippines with Chan Oh of Korea third. Nofil earned 1150 ranking points after playing in nine tournaments. Alvarez had 965 points in three tournaments with Oh getting 960 points in the one tournament he played. Pakistan’s Mohammad Ali Sahibzada was at 59th position with 230 points from two tournaments. Abdaal Haider another Pakistani had 189 points from three tournaments for 71stposition. This performance is certainly to be complimented. It is encouraging to see that young Nofil has committed himself to the sport. He is studying privately and spends morning and evening at the courts with his coach who also travels with Nofil wherever he goes. This is the right way to go about for making tennis a career and one wishes the youngster all the best. He is fortunate in having an exclusive sponsorship arrangement with a bank which enables him to travel, train and compete along with his coach. The PTF and especially President Kaleem Imam deserve credit for this initiative. It is hoped that this will set a precedent and other talented players will be afforded the same opportunity to realize their potential. Meanwhile Pakistan’s Davis Cup campaign will kick off in February with a tie against Sri Lanka. For this purpose, trials have been announced for early December.

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With Aisam Qureshi and Aqeel Khan automatically selected, Mohammad Abid, Heera Ashiq and Yasser Khan look to be the other players vying for the remaining two positions. Two of Pakistan’s best young players Samir Iftekhar and Abid Akbar are in the USA playing college tennis. Unfortunately, they cannot get away from their University commitments until December 25 and will miss the trials.

PTF OFFICe AnTICS The PTF must have a very good reason to exclude these players from the trials especially when they knew of the players’ availability window. These two players are playing a very high standard of tennis, beating world class players. Samir reached the finals of the NCAA regional qualifiers while Abid qualified among the top twenty doubles teams in American college tennis. At the NCAA Indoor Nationals, Abid defeated the team from the four-time national champion University of Southern California team as well as a top Columbia University team. Abid had played tournaments in Pakistan in the summer, comfortably defeating all the other youngsters and giving Aqeel Khan a tough time. Both players are twenty or twenty one and should be considered, along with Nofil, to have a future in Pakistan tennis if not a “present”! An ITF Coaching Course was held in Islamabad recently. About twenty coaches or would-be coaches attended. By all accounts it was a successful, happy ex-

perience for all. There were though some complaints of deserving people being ignored while inexperienced friends of the PTF office were accommodated. One of those left out was a former national champion of international coaching experience. Other players who had registered but were in the bad books of the PTF office, were ignored as well. The PTF high command has been alerted by this column of the presence in PTF of illegal, unqualified people who control everything. They try to keep the tennis level low just so that they are not overshadowed. They have made a career out of tennis politics and ingratiate the high command in many ways just to fulfill their own agenda. This is exactly what is happening again and could cause a lot of embarrassment for the high command as well as harm the cause of tennis.

VAlIAnT DU PleSSIS Australia missed a golden opportunity to win the second Test, where Faf du Plessis foiled them with a valiant rear guard action. The momentum and the whole series turned on that innings. Even though Australia made inroads into South Africa’s first innings in the Perth Test at the WACA, it was du Plessis again who dragged his side to a reasonable score. It was then all Dale Steyn, Morkel and co who bowled some superb spells on the responsive WACA track to reduce Australia to 160 odd. But the way South Africa ran away with the second innings, scoring at ODI rates, with Smith, Amla and De Villiers making light of the

Aussie bowlers, makes them deserved holders of the number one ranking. And behind this new found self belief there is that man again, Gary Kirsten. Kirsten has done for South Africa what he had done earlier for India, instilled self belief, the one facet that was lacking in the Proteas. He must surely be the most valuable coaching commodity on the cricketing circuit.

CAPTAIn COOK, InDIA’S neMeSIS India’s cricketers had been hoping for an easy outing against England and certainly, after winning the first Test easily, could have been forgiven the thought. But England, led by Captain Cook, have, like the South Africans, completely turned the momentum around. Having won the second Test, England dominated the third, as Monty Panesar again proved to be the star along with pacer James Anderson. But it is the inevitability of Cook’s batting that took all the fizz out of India. With hundreds in each Test, he has led from the front. Cook possesses a simple, basic, technique that makes batting look the easiest thing in the world. He combines that with a steady temperament so calm that it is difficult to tell whether he is batting on 1 or on 201. Surely, Cook is the class batting act of world cricket, along with, perhaps, Hashim Amla.

PAKISTAn ARe THIRD! Pakistan have shocked world number one Germany in the Champions’ Trophy, were given a thrashing in the semi by the Netherlands. But the win against Germany was an outstanding result, one that few expected. Shakeel Abbasi led the way after Germany had taken the lead. And then Pakistan beat arch-rival India to finish third. Not a bad effort Down Under. Hope it would be sustained by the greenshirts in the forthcoming events.

wenger has no rift with bould


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said this morning there was no rift between him and his assistant Steve Bould. Reports had surfaced of problems in the working relationship between Wenger and his backroom staff, as the Gunners' season hit a new low in midweek with the defeat to npower League Two side Bradford in the Capital One Cup. The Frenchman dismissed any notion of a problem, however. "We are a united staff team. We cannot control lies which are written," he said. "What is important for us now is the future, how we do in the Premier League, the Champions League and FA Cup, not whether we are out of the Capital One Cup or not. "We all look to the future. "I believe we have a strong squad and it is up to them to show I am right." Wenger hopes Arsenal will provide the required response when they head to struggling Reading on Monday night, aiming to close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League.

mancini expects Yaya to leave for anc LONDON AGenCIeS

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed he expects Yaya Toure to leave for the African Nations Cup in January. Mancini had been hoping the midfielder would opt against going to the tournament in South Africa. However, the City boss now concedes Toure will leave after the FA Cup tie with Watford on January 5. "It is difficult," said Mancini. "I think he will go to the African Nations Cup after the Watford game." Meanwhile, Mancini believes skipper Vincent Kompany has only a 'two percent' chance of being fit for Saturday's trip to Newcastle. Kompany picked up a groin injury against Manchester United last Sunday.

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Wimbledon announce record profits LONDON AGenCIeS


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HE Wimbledon Championships achieved a record profit of £37.753 million this year, the Lawn Tennis Association has announced. The surplus, which is invested back into British tennis through the LTA, marks a seven per cent rise from last year's margin of £35.174million. Confirmation of Wimbledon's financial success came in today's publication of the LTA's annual report and financial review. The combined income of the LTA and the Tennis Foundation stood at £65.634million for the year to September 30 2012, up from £63.153million in the previous 12 months. Their combined expenditure stood at £66.533million, a rise of £3.853million. A total of £12.3million was spent on the development of existing talent, with £17.4million going on encouraging participation levels through a range of projects. Business costs stood at £15.5million, including the upkeep of the National Tennis Centre at Roehampton. The LTA cites a Sport England survey in its report which points to growing numbers of active

players, with an 11% rise to 417,700 in the 16-plus age group. The LTA also claims growth from 51,900 to 58,400 in the number of juniors competing on a regular basis. In a joint statement, LTA president Peter Bretherton and chief executive Roger

Draper underlined the importance of success at world level, highlighting Andy Murray's career-best year, in strengthening the sport at its grass roots. They said: "When will we see such a collection of world class tour-

naments in one country again, from the AEGON Championships, through The Championships, Wimbledon, to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals? "Special mention must go to Andy Murray for his Olympic singles gold medal, and of course, for his grand slam singles triumph at the US Open - the first by a British male player in 76 years. "His success is born out of hard work and determination, and he is an inspiring role model for youngsters in tennis and across British sport. "We've also seen notable performances from Jonny Marray, the first British Wimbledon men's doubles champion for 76 years, and further Olympic and Paralympic medals from Laura Robson, Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley, Peter Norfolk and Andy Lapthorne. These inspiring results and events have led to a growth in interest in our sport." They added: "We've also been working with the Tennis Foundation (TF) to attract people from all ages, abilities and communities, by making tennis a more accessible and inclusive sport, as well as emphasising that it is a fun and affordable family sport, with fair play at the heart of all our competitions."

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watson wary of european courses NEW YORK AGenCIeS

Tom Watson has already identified one big reason why the American Ryder Cup side he will lead again in 2014 could find it difficult to win back the famous gold trophy. Watson, at the record age of 65 and after a gap of 21 years, was on Thursday put back in charge after the United States' run of seven defeats in the last nine matches. The five-time Open champion will lead the United States out on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles - only the second Scottish venue to host the contest, but a lay-out that has been staging European Tour events for the past 13 years. "I think the Europeans have done a masterful job of creating an element of winning simply by using the venues that they use," said Watson. "These players who play on the Ryder Cup teams have played in that tournament a number of times and playing in that tournament they have played that course under a variety of conditions.

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The Pakistan hockey team named for inaugural Champions Trophy Tournament has two changes and Muhammad Rizwan and Muhammad Umar Bhutta were omitted from the 18 member squad that played in the Melbourne Champions trophy . “Rizwan is not medically fit and Umar is lacking necessary form and due replacements have been made to strengthen the squad,” said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation here on Friday. Asian Champions Trophy will be played from December 20-27 in Doha. He said manager and chief coach of the team, Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary, with the approval of President PHF, Qasim Zia has announced squad. THe TeAM: imran Shah,imran butt,Syed kashif Shah,muhammad imran (capt), muhammad rizwan Senior,muhammad tousiq,fareed ahmed, rashid mahmood,muhammad waqas (vice-capt),Shafqat rasool, abdul haseem khan,ali Shan,muhammad ateeq,waseem ahmed, muhammad kashif ali,Shakeel abbasi,muhammad irfan and mohammad Salman hussain. “the players will assemble on December 16 at Johar hockey stadium and the team will for Doha on December 18,” he said. following are the officials of the team, akhtar rasool chaudhary - manager/head coach,abdul haneef khan,ajmal khan lodhi,ahmed alam (coaches) faiz-ur-rahman, (Physiotherapist),nadeem khan lodhi (video-analyst).

Ferrari should try to push limits, says alonso ST jOSE AGenCIeS

Fernando Alonso has challenged Ferrari to follow the lead of their rivals and push the boundaries of regulations in order to improve their car's performance for 2013. The Maranello team's design office have been accused of lacking innovation in the development of their recent challengers, and although they did attempt a more radical design with this year's F2012, the approach backfired when the car was over a second off the pace in the pre-season tests. Red Bull and their design guru Adrian Newey, in contrast, have been credited with pushing the design of their cars to the limit in recent years and Alonso says Ferrari also shouldn't be afraid to maximise the regulations to the full. "There were several incidents in which the other teams were at the limit, but not us. But this has always happened and always will," he was quoted as saying by Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport. "However, we too have to think within the confines of the rules while looking for some limits, some holes, like the other teams do in

order to improve our performances." Although Alonso admits what he considers to have been a "perfect" 2012 campaign on his side to be tough to repeat, he is confident Ferrari will start off next season in far better shape than they did this - even if he acknowledges immediately closing the gap to Red Bull will be difficult. "I'm very happy with my season. It was a perfect year and will be difficult to repeat, but 2013 should be even better," the Spaniard suggested. "Anyway, it will be impossible to begin worse than I did last season, although Red Bull will certainly be the favourites, at least at the beginning. They finished in dominating fashion and the rules will be more or less the same. In the final races they had six-eight tenths per lap over us. "We'll have to make up this gap in two months. It won't be easy, so there will be a lot of work to do. We'll have to work overtime in the winter but the starting point should be far better compared to last season. There's always room for improvement and things that you can develop." He also praised Sebastian Vettel as the season's "rightful champion" because "he earned more points than anyone. It's plain for everyone to see."

Reports that world number one Rory McIlroy did not play last week's Australian Open because he wanted a bigger appearance fee have been dismissed by officials. "I can confirm there was no agreement in place with Rory McIlroy or his management at any point for Rory to play in this year's Open," Golf Australia chief executive officer Stephen Pitt said in a statement. "In addition to not having any agreement in place, at no stage were Golf Australia or tournament organisers advised by Rory's management that his appearance costs had increased. This simply isn't true." World Sport Group chief operating officer Andrew Georgiou added: "We have a very good relationship with Rory and his management team and Rory has played in a number of our events. "At no stage had Rory or his management committed to play in Australia this year, so any commentary about appearance fees is totally irrelevant and clearly inaccurate."

PCB U16 One-day Cricket from Dec 24 LAHORE STAFF RePORT

The PCB U16 one-day cricket tournament will be played here from December 24 at Lahore and Islamabad. “In all 13 teams have been divided into two pools will feature in the event,” said a spokesman of Pakistan Cricket Board here on Friday. Pool A comprising Quetta, Karachi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Bahawalpur, Lahore and Multan, while Pool B has Abbottabad, Sialkot, Peshawar, FATA, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Bahawalpur region has been added as thirteen team in the tournament. Dates and venues of semi finals and Final of the tournament will be announced later,he added. The training camp of the selected players will be held from December 15-22 at their respective regions. FATA team’s camp would be held in Peshawar and Quetta team’s training camp will be held at NCA, Lahore. “The participating teams have been selected after completing talent

hunt activities at various districts across the country under the youth development program NCA, Youth Development Wing.

THe TeAMS: ABBOTTABAD: Sultan mehmood, hamza tufail, asim khan (abbottabad), mohammad ibrahim, bilal ahmed (Sawabi), mohammad mohsin khan (buneer), azam ali (Sawabi), aqib khan (topi), ahmad asfandyar, mansoor ali (mardan), ihsanullah (Sawabi), mohammad Uzair khan, Junaid khan, basit khan (mardan) and hamza Saeed ( mansehra) BAHAWAlPUR: mohammad hamza (rYk), mohammad Saleem, Sajid iqbal (bahawalpur), mohammad Sheryar (muzaffargarh), mohammad Umair, mohammad zubair, ali raza (bahawalpur), mohammad Danish raza (bahawalnagar), haider Jalil (rajanpur), ahmed raza Saeed, mohammad nadeem (bahawalnagar), Shiar muhammad (bahawalpur), hamza kaleem, kamran majeed and muhammad khan (rajanpur) FAISAlABAD: mohammad Salim, mohammad Usman khan, abdul Samad, mohsin hassan, mohammad bilal, asad raza, ahmed Saffi abdullah, Shan asghar (faisalabad), najam ud Din, Shabi-ul-hasan (Sargodha), mohammad waqas (kasur), Jahanzeb (Sargodha), hassan Shahid (faisalabad), mirza musaab henan (kasur)

and hasnat naveed (Sargodha) FATA: zakirullah, wajidullah, mohammad Shoaib (north waziristan), kamran Shah (South waziristan), amanullah (n. waziristan), Shafqatullah (S. waziristan), mohammad abbas (m agency), mohammad zubair, mohammad zaman (S waziristan), aqib (f r bannu), abdullah (U Dir), bilal ahmed (l Dir), mohammad Yunus (f r lucky), azam khan and Siraj (k agency) HyDeRABAD: Uzair Jafri, asad malik, khizar butt, mohammad faraz (hyderabad), mohammad imranr (Sukkur), nisar hussain (Sanghar), mohammad muzammil (mirpur khaas), nasir ali (larkana), ameer hamza (Shikarpur), mukhtiar ali (nawabshah), mohammad ashraf (Sukkar), Junaid ahmed (larkana), mohammad waqar (hyderabad), Sarfaraz ahmad (larkana) and ayaz ali (Dadu) ISlAMABAD: Sajawal riaz, ali imran, Sheryar khan, Saroosh hasan ali, S mohammad abbas raza, Sheryar khan afaqi, Samiullah, malik Sheryar khan,

Salman fayyaz, Syed ibrahim rabbani, arsam farooq, Syed ahmed abbas, Syed Dilawar Shah, mohammad ismail khan and hasan ali KARACHI: S m tahami, Saiur rehman, asad ali zaidi, hasan Shahab, raam ravi, hamza khan, bilal abbas, rabish ahmed, m Shan Siddique, karan Parkash, mohammad hasan khan, osama ali, anas hameed, Saif ali Ghori and Ghulam raza lAHORe: bilawal iqbal, mohsin ilyas, naeem ahmed khan, momin rizwan, ali zaryab asif, faisal ali, mohammad tayyab, khawaja mohammad wasif, mohammad Shahzeb, Salman Saleem, Umer farooq, mohammad ali rafey, ali haider, Shabbir ahmed and mohammad ahmed Shafiq MUlTAn: Saifur rehman, ahsan raza (multan), Shahzeb (burewala), mohammad rizwan (Sahiwal), ahmed Sultan (okara), Sabtain rizvi (khanewal), faraz khan, abuzar (multan), muneebur rehman (Sahiwal), mustaneed naqvi, Syed ali Pasha (multan), muzammal hussain (vehari), Ghulam haider (khanewal), zaif ismail (D G khan) and mo-

hammad Shahid (lodhran) PeSHAWAR: walid bin fareed, abdul Ghani, hamid mahmood, hasnat ahmed, mohammd zaheen, mohammad zahid (Peshawar), mohammad Usman (D i khan), waqas ahmed, Salman Shah, mohammad ijaz (Peshawar), abdul waheed, mohammd Yasin (D i khan), hammaduddin (Peshawar), amir Sohail (bannu) and hussain mujtaba khan (kohat) QUeTTA: Ghulam haider, abdul Ghafoor (quetta), mohammad imran (chaman), abdul nasir (quetta), osama razzak (lasbela), abdul nafey, Syed najibullah, nawab Yar khan (quetta), abid ali (D m Jamali), ahmer aziz (hub), imran khan (noshki), hayatullah (quetta), ramzan (loralai) fareed ahmed and hanan khan (quetta) RAWAlPInDI: zeeshan malik, nasir nawaz, masood Umer, hasnain butt, aamir Sohail, mohsin rashid, mohammad asif, nisar qureshi, hammad Pervez, ammad ali, haris nazir, Shahdab khan, imran khan, faizan ibrahim and Yasir Jan SIAlKOT: Saif badar (Sialkot), abdul rehman, ahmed iqbal khan (Gujranwala), zubair butt, anil mushtaq, waqas malik, ali zafar (Sialkot), ahsan bhatti (Gujranwala), Dawood masih, hamza Yousuf (Sialkot), , fateh khan ((Sheikhupura), Saqib ali (Gujranwala), Usman ali, mohammd zahid (Sialkot) and mohammad rizwan (Sheikhupura).

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NAB paper says Rs 12b-a-day corruption ‘tip of the iceberg’ g

Corruption index increased due to nexus between legislature and executive g Corruption figures still conservative, based on annual direct losses ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HUSSAIn


HE National Accountability Bureau on Friday issued its position paper on rampant corruption in the country, claiming malpractices of Rs 12 billion a day were only the “tip of an iceberg” of corruption, as leakages in almost 13 sectors had not been quantified by NAB. The announcement of the position paper’s release had set alarm bells ringing for government, garnering criticism from almost all quarters, and making several ruling Pakistan People’s Party ministers lament appointment of Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari as the NAB chairman. “The figures of corruption cater for assessment of direct

losses per day. It will increase if deterministic study of all sectors is done … The indirect losses not quantified (sector-wise) include agriculture sector which is 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) – which is untaxed. Moreover, revenue department, land grabbing and encroachments, loans/wilful defaults, over-staffing/ghost employment, wealth tax losses, like doctors, shopkeepers, lawyers, consultants, custom duties and duty drawbacks, energy losses (2 percent of GDP, approximately Rs 960 billion per year), mega projects delays and cost over runs, administrative costs, foreign exchange outflow, and banking sector,” said the NAB document. The paper says the corruption index has increased due to a

nexus between two pillars of the state – the legislature and the executive – who have formed a single pillar supporting corrupt practices in the country, leaving the country with two pillars of state instead of three. The corruption evaluation paper says the executive and legislature had joined hands back in 1980s and 1990s, which had aggravated the corruption and corruption was on the rise ever since. “The CPI (consumer price index) covering last 10-15 years has been constant for Pakistan varying between 23-27 percent,” says the NAB document. Elaborating the corruption figures of Rs 10-12 billion a day, the NAB document says the figures quoted by NAB are conservative and based on annual direct losses, as evident from the fact that average

acceptable world tax to GDP ratio is 17-20 percent. “Pakistan’s tax-to-GDP ratio is 9 percent. The total loss is Rs 2,500–3,000 billion. Moreover, the PAC assessment of corruption is Rs 300–350 billion. The losses in state enterprises due to incompetence and corruption amount to Rs 300– 350 billion. The NAB’s assessment of direct losses in mega projects (mis-procurements) is Rs 350 billion. This takes the tally to Rs 4,000–5,000 billion. Thus the average corruption per day is Rs 10–12 billion,” the paper added. The paper states that the corruption has increased in the country due to a nexus between incompetence and corruption that leads to low productivity - more profound in our situational context vis-à-vis the de-

veloped states. “Pakistan’s rating decrease must be seen in perspective of increase of countries. Perception evaluated countries increased from 120 to 200. TIP (Transparency International Pakistan) evaluation is to be seen in this context. The international corruption evaluation structures are based on direct leakage parameters and not indirect losses”. NAB called for a behaviour change in the society, stating that the acceptance of corruption as an attitude in Pakistan was widespread across the board, regardless of political divide and covered all sectors of society – public, private and even the individual. NAB said the accountability of corruption since 1980s was treated with “benign neglect”.

Punjab accounts for 65% of corruption: naB chairman ISLAMABAD OnlIne

QUeTTA: People look at a damaged rickshaw at the site of a bombing on Sariab Road on Friday. eight people were injured in the attack. InP

PAC to decide SC registrar’s ‘fate’ on tuesday g

PaC considering three options, including issuing summons for registrar g May contact Supreme Court on the issue or move reference with Na speaker ISLAMABAD AnWeR ABBAS

Expressing severe reservations over the Supreme Court registrar’s refusal to appear before the body, the Public Accounts Committee on Friday decided to take a final step after consultations in its meeting on Tuesday. The PAC met under the leadership of its chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal to review the situation after an announcement by the SC Court that its registrar will not appear before the body. Members of the committee said they did not want to degrade any institution or individual, but vowed to review the audit of the tax payers’ money, adding that the SC registrar had insulted the top accounts body of parliament. Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz members recommended forwarding the issue to the National Assembly

speaker, saying the matter should be resolved in a manner that avoided confrontation between institutions, as the country could not bear more destruction and political destabilisation. Committee Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal highlighted the fact that until 2004, the registrars of the SC kept appearing before the committee and this was not a new demand on behalf of the body. Gondal said the constitution permitted PAC to summon the SC registrar, saying if representatives of the Presidency, Election Commission of Pakistan and Prime Minister’s Secretariat could appear before the PAC, there was no harm in the registrar’s appearance. He said the SC had already given its verdict that the SC registrar did not happen to be a judge of the apex court. “PAC has sought the legal opinion by Ministry for Law and Justice, legal experts, Bar As-

sociations and lawmakers, following which all of them clarified that PAC could summon the SC registrar,” he added. Yasmin Rehman was of the view that legally and constitutionally, the SC registrar should appear before the PAC. “We have serious concerns on the announcement by the apex court in which it mentioned that the SC registrar would not appear before the committee.” Noor Alam Khan said if somebody did not appear before a forum, it reflected his or her guilt. “If the prime minister and members of the cabinet can appear before courts, why not the SC registrar,” Alam said. He suggested the body issue summons for the registrar and directions to the police to bring him in handcuffs, suggesting that committee should execute its powers and authorities. Upon this, PML-N’s Ayaz Sadiq urged avoiding any such move and

suggested moving a reference to the NA speaker. During the meeting, three options were reviewed by PAC, including issuance of summons for the SC registrar, directly approaching the Supreme Court on the issue or moving a reference with the NA speaker along with recommendations of the body. However, it was decided that the committee would hold another in-camera sitting on Tuesday in which the all three options would be reviewed again with conclusion of choosing any one. The PAC chairman said if the registrar appeared before the committee in its coming sitting on Tuesday, the PAC members would warmly welcome him and would ensure giving him the due respect. Earlier the audit objections in connection with National Assembly Secretariat, Senate Secretariat, DHA, FWO and the Supreme Court were reviewed.

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National Accountability Bureau Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari on Friday said Punjab province accounted for 65 percent of corruption being done in the country, requesting an early cabinet meeting to mull ways to end the scourge. In a telephonic call to Law Minister Farooq H Naik, the NAB chairman asked for an early meeting of the cabinet for elimination of corruption, a NAB spokesperson said. Bokhari also desired that representative of the Punjab government be asked to attend the meeting since Punjab represents majority of the country and shared 65 percent of responsibility, the spokesperson added.However, a spokesman for the Punjab government said the statement of the NAB chairman was unclear and ambiguous. He said the NAB chairman should clarify against whom he was levelling the charge. “Is he linking corruption with the ratio of population, referring to this evil at departmental or patwari level or accusing the Punjab government?” the spokesman said. He said Bokhari should elaborate why he had targeted Punjab and why was he silent on the federal and other provincial governments. He said the Punjab government strongly denied allegations of corruption against the province, the chief minister, his cabinet or the political leadership and considered such statements condemnable. The spokesman said statements of international institutions like the World Bank and Transparency International were enough to refute such charges. He said the Punjab government had introduced clear and well-coordinated Citizens Feedback System for elimination of corruption and this system was proving effective for the eradication of the menace in police, revenue, land record and other departments.

E-paper Pakistan Today 15th December, 2012  

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