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Wednesday, 16 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 10, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 110 16 Pages Lahore Edition
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level preparatory meeting on Tuesday to discuss the change of tone by chief of banned Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) and talks with the terrorist group, besides fine-tuning the agenda for Nawaz-Obama meeting due on October 23. STORY ON PAGE 02
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Pakistan fares better than India on hunger index
British Pakistani among 4 arrested in UK anti-terror raids
Khurram Manzoor ton breaks top-order drought
Nawaz dissolves PCB, takes over as patron-in-chief
Pakistan has fared much better than it arch rival India on the Global Hunger Index. Pakistan ranked 57th while India stood at 63rd position lagging behind China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The number of hungry people has dropped in India with its score on the Global Hunger Index improving to 63rd position in 2013. In 2012, India stood at 67th position on GHI. PAGE 06
Four terror suspects including a British Pakistani were arrested by the police in London raids as part of anti-terror operation, Daily Mail reported. The 29-year-old British Pakistani Naveed Baloch, a butcher who had recently returned from a visit to his wife in Pakistan, was arrested after police smashed down the door of his local authority flat in Peckham, south-east London, on the evening of October 13. PAGE 05
Usually, a couple of hours into a Pakistan Test innings, Younis Khan is in the middle trying to rescue the team after the top order has floundered. In Abu Dhabi, he was relaxing in the pavilion, fiddling around with a camera while chatting with Junaid Khan. He could afford to joke around as Pakistan's new opening pair, Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood, put on 135 runs. PAGE 17
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has dissolved the governing board of the PCB, and formed a five-member IMC to run cricket in the country. The PCB's acting chairman Najam Sethiâ€š former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed, former team manager Naved Cheema were appointed to the committee. PAGE 17
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You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it. –Norman Schwarzkopf
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2,000 men missing in Pakistan: HRCP
nawaz, kayani discuss taliban overtures, upcoming Us trip POLITICAL, MILITARY LEADERSHIPS TAKE UP TTP CHIEF’S CHANGE OF TONE, DEMANDS
ISLAMABAD: The independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) says some 2,000 men from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are missing after military operations took place there. According to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, the Pakistani rights organisation made the statement on Tuesday, a day after women in Swat held a protest demanding to know the fate of nearly 6,000 men from their area who they say have been missing since a military operation in 2009. The women blamed the military for the disappearance of the men and called on authorities to provide them with more information about their whereabouts. Military officials have admitted that some men are missing in Swat but said the figures cited by the protesters are too high. Online
naB seeks details of Cases against foRmeR offiCials ISLAMABAD: A special committee of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has sought the details of all cases filed against former senior officials and others. NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has formed this committee under the deputy chairman to early dispose of the delayed high-profile cases. Sources said the committee would view these cases in terms and after that would present its recommendations to the chairman. According to NAB spokesman, the committee comprises of additional prosecutor general, director general (DG) operations and two other DGs. The body will set out the cases, which have been delayed for last three years. The DGs of regional directorate have been also directed to conclude the cases early. Online
indian aRmy Claims aRResting 2 Pakistani ‘teRRoRists’ MUMBAI: Indian Army troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two armed terrorists, allegedly belonging to Pakistan, who were trying to cross the fence. According to the Mumbai Mirror newspaper, the two men were allegedly infiltrating into the Indian territory in the Tangdhar sector on the evening of October 12 when they were apprehended. The troops arrested them in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district. “One pistol, two magazines, ammunition and identity cards issued by Azad Jammu and Kashmir were among the various items recovered from the terrorists. The arrested militants have been handed over to the local police,” PRO Defence in Srinagar was quoted as saying. Online
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rime minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level preparatory meeting on Tuesday to discuss the change of tone by chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and talks with the terrorist group, besides fine-tuning the agenda for NawazObama meeting due on October 23. The significance of the meeting has doubled following an important announcement by TTP chief Hakimulllah mehsud the same day, who said neither the TTP nor the government should put preconditions for the dialogue process. in a statement issued from Waziristan, mehsud said there should be no pre-conditions for holding peace talks from either side. The TTP chief opined that it would
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN AFGHANISTAN, POST-US SCENARIO ALSO CONSIDERED
be foolish to present any condition before engaging in the proposed dialogue. "Neither the Taliban nor Pakistan government should put forth pre-conditions for the dialogue .... if the government wants the TTP to declare a ceasefire, it would first have to get the drone strikes stopped," the statement added. An official statement, however, said the prime minister was briefed on issues pertaining to national security. "The meeting also reviewed the overall security situation of the country," the handout added without giving further details. minister for interior Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to Pm on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, COAS General Ashfaq Kayani, Special Assistant to Pm Tariq Fatemi and Lt Gen Zaheerul islam, the iSi DG, attended the meeting, the statement added.
Sources, however, said the dialogue process with the TTP was discussed at length and the political and military leadership exchanged their notes over the subject. moreover, the situation in Afghanistan was also discussed and the leadership discussed the US withdrawal from Afghanistan due next year and the situation in post-US withdrawal scenario. "Also, the meeting also agreed to build a strong case for raising the issue of drones during the upcoming meeting of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif with US President Barack Obama scheduled to be held on October 23 - a major conditionality set by the TTP for holding talks with Pakistan government," the sources added. This would be the first official of Nawaz to the US during which the Pm would have his first meeting with President Obama. He is also scheduled to meet
19 injured in Quetta hand grenade attack PATROL VEHICLE OF BALOCHISTAN CONSTABULARY WAS THE TARGET QUETTA inP At least 19 people, including five personnel of Balochistan Constabulary, sustained injuries in a hand grenade attack on a patrol vehicle on Mastung Road in Hazarganji area on Tuesday. According to police sources, the vehicle of Balochistan Constabulary was patrolling sensitive areas per routine when some unidentified armed men on a motorbike hurled a hand grenade at the vehicle. The explosion injured 19 people, including five constabulary personnel, three children and 11 others present in the vicinity. The assailants managed to flee. The injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital (CMH) and Civil Hospital for treatment. The condition of those injured was said to be out of danger.
POLICE POWERS GRANTED TO FC FOR A MONTH IN BALOCHISTAN QUETTA: The Balochistan government has given police powers to the Frontier Corps (FC) for a month. The Balochistan Home Department issued notification to this effect on Tuesday. According to the notification, the FC will enjoy police powers until November 16. Police powers have been granted to the FC owing to deteriorating law and order in the province. Online Security forces reached the attack site and cordoned off the entire area. A search operation was subsequently conducted in the area as a probe into the incident went underway. Attacks on security forces are common in Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but underdeveloped province which has been targeted by terrorists for years. The province is also home to a local separatist insurgency.
other US officials. During his recent visit to the US in September to attend the United Nations Security Council meeting, US Secretary of State John Kerry had met Nawaz and extended a formal invitation on behalf of Obama. multiple sources told Pakistan Today that most of the matters to be discussed as agenda for prime minister's meeting with President Obama had already been settled during the recent visit to Pakistan by US Special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James F Dobbins. Dobbins completed his visit on monday and held a series of meetings to discuss US-Pakistani relations, regional security, and Afghanistan during his meetings with interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to Pm Sartaj Aziz and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani. During the preparatory meeting, the prime minister and his team took up issues pertaining to the recent developments regarding the dialogue process with the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The political and security leadership also discussed various options to deal with the situation. Pakistan-US strategic dialogue with the US also was reviewed and the developments by different working groups were also discussed. Besides the security aspect, Nawaz is likely to discuss economic cooperation between Pakistan and the US with Obama, while energy shortage will also feature in talks. “Pakistan is likely to press the US leadership for softening its stance over the iran-Pakistan (iP) gas pipeline,” a source said, adding that the prime minister would also seek US assistance in building major dams and assistance in civil nuclear energy. During the meeting with Nawaz last month, US Secretary of State Kerry had hoped that high-level interaction between the two sides would provide the necessary impetus to move towards a long term Pakistan-US engagement.
LOC VIOLATION: WOMAN INJURED BY UNPROVOKED INDIAN FIRING KOTLI: India on Tuesday again violated ceasefire protocol along the Line of Control (LoC) by opening unprovoked firing at civilian population in Nakyal Sector of Kotli district of Azad jammu and Kashmir, leaving a woman injured. Nakyal Assistant Commissioner Chaudhry Muhammad Ayub said a woman was injured when India troops opened unprovoked firing at Datot village. Pakistani troops responded to the unprovoked firing by Indian forces across the LoC and silenced enemy guns. According to military sources, Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing in Kotli’s Nakyal Sector along LoC in a blatant as well as repeated violation of ceasefire agreement between both countries. The sources further said that Pakistan's tit-for-tat retaliation forced the enemy to retreat to its bunkers. Pakistan and India agreed to a ceasefire along the LoC in November 2003, but both sides frequently trade allegations against each other for having violated the agreement. inP
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A mind at peace, a mind centered and not focused on harming others, is stronger than any physical force in the universe. –Wayne Dyer
PolitiCal leadeRs to sPend eid witH families ISLAMABAD Online
majority of political and religious personalities including federal and provincial ministers will celebrate eidul Azha in their native towns, while former president Pervez musharraf will spend his second eid in his Chak Shehzad ‘Sub-jail’ farmhouse. As per details, President mamnoon Hussain has celebrated his eid in Saudi Arabia after performing hajj, while Prime minister Nawaz Sharif will celebrate eid in raiwind along with his family. Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, Punjab Chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and Speaker of the National Assembly (NA) Sardar Ayaz Sadiq will celebrate eidul Azha in Lahore. Leader of the opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah, Sindh Governor Dr. ishratul ibad and Sindh Cm Qaim Ali Shah will be at Karachi on eid, while former president Asif Ali Zarrdari and PPP Chairman Bilwal Bhutto will celebrate eid in Dubai. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) iftikhar mohammad Chaudhry will celebrate the occasion of eid in islamabad, interior minister Chaudhry Nisar at murree, while Jamaat-e-islami (Ji) Chief munnawar Hassan will offer his eid prayers in mansoora, Lahore and will go to Karachi for sacrifice later on. Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) Chairman imran Khan will celebrate his eid in mianwali, Awami National Party (ANP) Chairman Afandyar Wali in Wali Bagh Charsaddah, and JUi-F Chief Fazalur rehman in Dera ismail Khan. Leaders of Pakistan muslim League (PmL-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervez elahi will celebrate eidul Azha in Gujrat.
20,000 Pakistani PilgRims find no tRansPoRt in mina
AFGHAN REFUGEES, OTHERS CELEBRATE EID IN PARTS OF KP, FATA A DAY AHEAD OF NATION ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR/MINA AGenCieS
iDUL Azha will be celebrated across Pakistan, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan today (Wednesday) with religious devotion and enthusiasm, however, people in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas celebrated eid on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of believers will throng mosques and open grounds to offer mass prayers across the country, following which animals will be sacrificed in accordance with the Sunnat-e-ibrahimi. Special prayers will be offered for the liberation of all occupied muslim territories, including indian-held Kashmir and Palestine. Prayers will also be offered for peace, progress and prosperity of Pakistan as well as the welfare and affluence of the nation. religious scholars from various schools of thought will deliver special sermons and lectures to highlight the significance of the day, and call upon muslims to follow the teachings of islam in letter and spirit. Strict security arrangements have been made across the country for the celebrations. Law enforcement agencies have beefed up security at public places, mosques, eidgahs and important buildings to thwart any untoward incident. Policemen in plain clothes as well as in uniform will perform duties at eid congregations for the security of the faithful. Four days of official eidul Azha holidays, from October 15 to 18, followed by two weekly holidays will provide people ample time to celebrate the festival with their relatives and dear ones.
KP, FATA: On Tuesday, Afghan refugees along with others living in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including parts of Peshawar, celebrated eidul Azha on Tuesday. The Afghan refugees offered eid prayers at five open places in the city and offered special prayers for the security and safety of the country. eid prayers were also offered in Abbottabad, mardan, Bannu and other districts of KP besides mohmand Agency, Khyber Agency and other tribal areas. HAJ COMPLETES: meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, hundreds of thousands of muslims converged on mina valley to join a symbolic stoning of the devil, the final
stage of the annual Haj pilgrimage. The occasion coincides with the first day of eidul Azha, the feast of sacrifice celebrated by muslims around the world. Although the numbers this year are down to less than half the 3.2 million who attended last year’s haj, the crowds of faithful managed to transform the mina valley, just outside makkah, into a vast sea of white as they flocked from all directions towards the place of stoning. An endless torrent of pilgrims, dressed in the ihram, a two-piece seamless white garment, cried “Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest) as they hurled pebbles they had collected overnight at nearby muzdalifah at concrete
PESHAWAR: Afghan refugees prepare to slaughter a sacrificial cow after offering Eidul Azha prayers at the Kacha Garhi camp on Tuesday. inP
MOBILE SERVICES NOT TO BE SUSPENDED ON EID: NISAR PUNJAB POLICE HAD SOUGHT SUSPENSION OF CELLULAR SERVICES ON FIRST DAY OF EIDUL AZHA ISLAMABAD Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday that cell phone services will not be suspended on Eid. In a statement, the interior minister said that he doesn’t want to inconvenience the general public by suspending cell phone services despite
pillars representing the devil. After pausing to say prayers, they then moved along the massive concrete structure constructed by Saudi authorities to avoid deadly incidents. Hundreds of police guarding the multistorey building struggled at times to keep the crowd under control but those performing the ritual reported a less chaotic experience than in past years. “The crowd this year was smaller and as a result the movement was smoother,” said Shiraz Khorshid from Pakistan. “my experience was very nice and arrangements were excellent at all facilities,” said Khorshid, a 35-year-old lecturer at a training institute in eastern Saudi Arabia.
eidUl azHa demands saCRifiCe, BRotHeRHood: Pm
nation to celebrate eid today!
KARACHI Around 20,000 Pakistani pilgrims had to walk to mina, a distance of around six kilometres from makkah’s Grand mosque, because their private haj service providers had failed to provide them with train tickets. According to a report in Arab media, the pilgrims said the service providers promised to arrange transportation for them by train, but failed to arrange tickets for them, describing their behaviour as negligent and irresponsible. Naveed Ahmed said the service providers charged him and other pilgrims in the group for the train service as part of the haj package. However, when they reached makkah, they were not given train tickets. Consequently, the pilgrims in this group were faced with the arduous task of walking to mina. Officials of the Pakistani ministry of religious Affairs said pilgrims facing transportation difficulties were not the ministry’s responsibility, as they (the pilgrims) had contracted private haj service providers who did not fall under the government’s haj scheme.
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the security concerns. His statement came shortly after Punjab Police sent an application to the Interior Ministry asking for the suspension of cell phone services on the morning of the first day of Eidul Azha. According to the request, a shutdown of cell phone services was sought from 6am to 11am.
“The suspension of mobile services reduces the likelihood of remotecontrolled explosions,” said an official. “It was suggested that the services be suspended at least till Eid prayers are offered to ensure security,” he added. The police said that if jammers are put in place outside mosques during the time of Eid prayers, it will help ensure security. Interior Minister Nisar had earlier said that mobile services might be suspended on Eid if the provincial governments demand it.
Earlier on Tuesday, a bomb planted in a microphone killed the governor of Afghan province Logar as he was giving a speech after Eid prayers.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has felicitated countrymen, expatriate Pakistanis and all Muslims of the world on the blessed occasion of Eidul Azha. He also congratulated those who performed Haj this year with the blessing of Allah. In his message on the occasion of Eidul Azha, the prime minister said, “This great day demands of us that we adopt sacrifice, benevolence and brotherhood as our national character and help establish such a tolerant and harmonious society in which its members are able to perform their duties in peace and tranquility.” He said the Eid is the manifestation of submission to the will of Allah in the footprints of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and bowing before Him as the greatest of all. “By observing this day, we pledge that will prefer obeying the commands of God over the dearest and nearest worldly belongings and will not hesitate to render any sacrifice in order to please Him.” He said the best way to combat the challenges posed to the country by extremism, sectarianism and terrorism is that we should make obedience to Allah and His Messenger (SAW) as our way of life and should promote the values of compassion; unity and brotherhood among ourselves and dedicate all our energies to the prosperity and well-being of the country. “This mannerism will not only lead us to success in this world but will also make us triumphant in the world hereafter. This should be the ultimate aim and object of our life,” he maintained. Online
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7.2-MAGNITUDE QUAKE KILLS 85 IN PHILIPPINES CIVIL DEFENCE SPOKESMAN SAYS COUNTRY’S OLDEST CHURCH IS BADLY DAMAGED MANILA AGenCieS
T least 85 people have been killed in the central Philippines after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake ripped through the area, destroying buildings and roads and triggering terrified stampedes. At least 15 people died in Cebu, according to the National Disaster Agency, with some killed when they became involved in a crush as people rushed out of homes and buildings, including hospitals, as aftershocks continued. most of the deaths were on the neighbouring island of Bohol, which is close to the epicentre of the quake, with 69 confirmed fatalities so far. Another person died in nearby Siquijor. Authorities said the death toll could yet rise, but lives may have been saved by the fact offices and schools were closed for a national holiday. rescue teams are still assessing damage to the worst affected area Bohol as roads have been made impassable and the power was cut. There have been no reports so
far of any foreign tourists being killed in the quake. The earthquake, which did not cause a tsunami, struck at 8:12am local time and was centred about 35 miles below Carmen town on Bohol island. Five people were killed when a fishing port collapsed in Cebu city, across the strait from Bohol, officials said. Two more people died and 19 were injured when the roof of a market in mandaue in Cebu province collapsed. A woman died after being hit on the head when the quake toppled a building. Photos from Cebu broadcast on TV stations showed a fallen concrete two-storey building, and reports said an eight-month-old baby and a second person were pulled out alive. “it's fortunate that many offices and schools are closed due to the holiday,” said Jade Ponce, the Cebu mayor's assistant. He said that patients were evacuated to basketball courts and other open spaces “but we'll move them back as soon as the buildings are declared safe”. There are said to have been at least four aftershocks measuring five on the richter scale.
Cebu province, about 350 miles south of manila, has a population of more than 2.6 million people. A university, a school and two shopping malls, public markets and many small buildings sustained damage in the quake. Several of those who died in Cebu were crushed to death in a stampede at a sports complex, where people had gathered to collect regular government cash handouts, according to the provincial disaster council chief, Neil Sanchez. He said two other people were killed when part of a school collapsed on a car they were parked in, while four others died at a fish market that crumbled. Nearby Bohol has 1.2 million
people and is popular among foreigners because of its beach and island resorts. Vilma Yorong, a Bohol provincial government employee, said she was in a village hall in maribojoc town when 'the lights suddenly went out and we felt the earthquake'. She said, “We ran out of the building, and outside, we hugged trees because the tremors were so strong. When the shaking stopped, i ran to the street and there i saw several injured people. Some were saying their church has collapsed.” She said that she and the others ran up a mountain fearing a tsunami would follow the quake. “minutes after the earthquake, people were pushing each other to
Defiant meter man gives Hillary parking ticket during UK speech LONDON AGenCieS A defiant London meter man nearly sparked an international incident Saturday when he issued a parking ticket to Hillary Clinton while she was at a UK event being honoured for diplomacy. The traffic cop even ignored the five angry, beefy security guards who jumped in to guard the former US secretary of state’s silver Mercedes as he wrote out the
citation, according to a lensman who captured the confrontation on camera. Clinton was inside London’s Chatham House to receive a prize for her ‘‘significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy’’ when a Westminster City Council warden put a “penalty notice” on the car that she’d arrived in, photographer Greg Brennan told the Daily Mail online. At the time, Hillary’s security detail was sitting in a van next to her parked car be-
cause it was raining – but they quickly got out to protest. Brennan said one of Clinton’s agents flashed his badge and angrily waved his arms, but the unflustered meter man just kept writing out the citation and put it on the car. Clinton’s camp could not immediately be reached for comment. US diplomats top the list of UK ticket scofflaws, racking up nearly $12 million in fines in the past 10 years, according to the Mail Online.
go up the hill,” she said. elmo Alinsunorin, a guard for a government tax office in Cebu, added: 'i was thrown to the ground by the strength of the quake. Broken glass rained on me, i thought i was going to die.' The Philippines' oldest church, Cebu's Basilica minore del Santo Nino, was badly damaged, according to a civil defence spokesman. it was first built in the 1500s by Spanish colonisers, although its current stone structure dates back to the 1700s. A church on Bohol that was first built in the early 1600s also collapsed, according to robert michael Poole, a British tourist who was visiting the area.
SENATORS HARRY REID AND MITCH MCCONNEL CONDUCT LOW-KEY TALKS TO RESOLVE IMPASSE WASHINGTON AGenCieS
With a potential debt default looming, Senate leaders are close to a deal to stave off a self-inflicted political calamity that would shred US credibility and rock the global economy. Signs of hope emerged on monday, three days before a deadline to raise the US gov-
ernment’s borrowing limit and as a partial federal government shutdown enters its third week. Senate majority Leader Harry reid and republican minority Leader mitch mcConnell conducted low-key talks aimed at saving the day. “i’m very optimistic we will reach an agreement that’s reasonable in nature this week to reopen the government, pay the nation’s bills and begin
long-term negotiations to put our country on sound fiscal footing,” reid said. At the conclusion of monday’s Senate session, he said that “we are not there yet, but tremendous progress” has been made, in words that eased tension on the markets. The Dow Jones industrial Average closed 0.42 percent higher at 15,301.26 while the broader S&P 500 rose 0.41 percent to 1,710.14. Asian markets broadly rose Tuesday, with Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul all up in early trading.
“it’s not like the US can’t afford to pay its bills; it’s more like its wife has just hidden its checkbook,” said CLSA AsiaPacific markets equity strategist Nicholas Smith. “most fund managers appear to be more frightened of being left behind if the market rips than of the apocalyptic scenario of failing to fix the debt ceiling on time,” he told Dow Jones Newswires. But the dollar slipped against the yen: the greenback bought 98.49 yen in Tokyo trade against 98.67 yen in New York on monday.
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BOMB ATTACK KILLS INFLUENTIAL AFGHAN GOVERNOR ARSALA JAMAL WAS ADDRESSING AN EID CONGREGATION AT A MOSQUE WHEN THE BOMB EXPLODED PUL-I-ALAM AGenCieS
Senate leaders nearing US debt ceiling deal
It's fortunate that many offices and schools are closed due to the holiday
A bomb attack on a mosque in Afghanistan killed the governor of a province south of Kabul, a friend of the country's president, on Tuesday as he was making an address on the first day of the muslim holiday of eidul Azha, officials said. Arsala Jamal was governor of Logar province, a strategically important province on the southern approaches to Kabul and home to one of Afghanistan's richest mines. He had previously been governor of violence-plagued Khost province on the Pakistani border and the killing of such a senior official will raise new fears for Afghanistan's security as for-
eign troops prepare to leave by the end of next year. "When the governor was giving a speech it detonated. He is martyred," said Jamal's spokesman, Din mohammad Darwish. He said one other person had been killed. No one claimed responsibility. Jamal was a close friend of President Hamid Karzai and served as his campaign manager during his successful bid for re-election in 2009. He had already survived at least one attempt on his life, when a suicide bomber in a car attacked him, killing his guards and a local official in 2007. Darwish said the bomb had been planted inside the mosque and detonated remotely. Police initially said a suicide bomber had been responsible.
A group supporting Afghanistan's administrative development said it suspected Jamal's work to get the Aynak copper mine in Logar province up and running was the reason he was killed. "Jamal... had done considerable work for the excavation of copper at the Aynak mine," the independent Directorate of Local Governance agency said in a statement. "These activities were not acceptable to the enemies of the country and that is why they martyred him on the first day of eidul Azha," it said. it did not elaborate on who it thought was behind the attack. Jamal spent part of his life in Canada, where his wife and two children continue to live. Taliban insurgents fighting to expel foreign forces have stepped up attacks on government targets ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014.
US SPY AGENCY COLLECTS MILLIONS OF EMAIL ADDRESS LISTS: REPORT WASHINGTON POST SAYS COLLECTION PROGRAM INTERCEPTS EMAIL ADDRESS BOOKS AND ‘BUDDY LISTS’ FROM INSTANT MESSAGING SERVICES WASHINGTON AGenCieS The US National Security Agency collects hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal email and instant messaging accounts around the world, including many from Americans, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
The collection program intercepts email address books and "buddy lists" from instant messaging services as they move across global data links, the newspaper said in an article posted on its website, citing senior intelligence officials and documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The Post said analyzing that data lets the NSA search for connections and map relationships among foreign intelligence targets. The data collection takes place outside the United States, but sweeps in the contacts of many Americans, the report said, citing two senior US intelligence
OFFICIAL SAYS NSA FOCUSED ON DISCOVERING AND DEVELOPING INTEL ON FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE TARGETS officials. A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA, said the agency is focused on discovering and developing intelligence about foreign intelligence targets. "We are not interested in personal information about ordinary Americans," he told the Post.
Snowden's revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of vast volumes of Internet traffic and phone records, have upset US allies from Germany to Brazil. Admirers call him a human rights champion and critics denounce him as a traitor. The 30-year-old is now living in a
secret location in Russia, beyond the reach of US authorities who want him on espionage charges because he leaked the details of top-secret electronic spying programs to the media. He traveled to Hong Kong in May and later, under pressure from China, flew to Moscow, where he has been granted a year's asylum.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that — Martin Luther King, Jr
turkey angers Us by offering attack choppers to Pakistan TURKEY LOBBYING HARD TO SELL T-129 ATTACK HELICOPTERS TO ISLAMABAD ANKARA Online
UrKeY is aggressively lobbying to give T-129 attack helicopters to Pakistan to replace its aging AH-1F fleet and is prepared to agree to generous terms with cashstrapped Pakistan to do so, according to Turkish media reports. The T-129 attack helicopter is a coproduction of the Turkish aerospace industries and a european consortium. However, the US could sink the deal and make a counter offer of helicopter gunships to Pakistan that could be too good to refuse. According to Defence News, Turkey
TURKISH OFFICIALS CONFIRM TALKS HAVE ‘MATURED TO A CERTAIN EXTENT’ made its latest push during Nawaz Sharif’s September 16-18 visit to Turkey for the third high level Cooperation Council meeting. He was given a demonstration of the T129’s capabilities and a potential deal was discussed. Turkish officials confirmed talks have “matured to a certain extent,” and Turkey remains committed to any possible deal, not only for financial benefits but also potential strategic gains. “We see that both countries are keen to cooperate,” said one senior procurement official in Ankara. “We have a longer-term vision over any deal. We do not aim to win just one foreign contract but also view spillover benefits for the local industry. The Pakistani market
may win international recognition for the T-129 and pave the way for future contracts.” A US industry source in Ankara said a US export licence for the T-129’s engine would be critical. “This may require complex deliberations in Washington, involving many industrial and political parameters,” he said. Nevertheless, Turkey hopes the T-129 will be an export success. in remarks carried by Turkish daily Today’s Zaman, Turkey’s procurement chief, murad Bayar, said on September 23 that the T129 attack helicopter “had strong export potential”. The T-129 has been going through acceptance tests before deliveries for the Turkish military. Officials expect the first delivery to be made within the next few weeks. “We may complete the delivery of the first nine helicopters by the end of the year,” Bayar said. “After these helicopters make their way into the Turkish inventory, i believe they will have strong chances for export.”
India to buy UAVs to monitor border with China and Pakistan ARMY HAS SPECIFIED THAT UAV SHOULD HAVE CAPABILITY TO TAKE-OFF AND LAND WITHOUT RUNWAY JAMMU Online
The indian Army’s Northern Command has issued a global tender for procuring latest miniature unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for gathering intelligence and carry out scouting of areas along border with Pakistan and China. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GoC-in-C) Northern Command has issued request for proposal (rFP) tender recently for procurement of 49 NK mini-UAVs for the army units deployed in Northern Command theatre in indian-held Kashmir (iHK), according to Outlook india. The bids are invited from Original equipment manufacturer (Oem) of the Defence Procurement manual 2009 or Permanent registered Authorised
Four terror suspects including a British Pakistani were arrested by the police in London raids as part of anti-terror operation, Daily Mail reported. The 29-year-old British Pakistani Naveed Baloch, a butcher who had recently returned from a visit to his wife in Pakistan, was arrested after police smashed down the door of his local authority flat in Peckham, south-east London, on the evening of October 13. Officers also searched six addresses across London as part of an operation to simultaneously detain a group of suspected terrorists. it was feared that an attack
One of the oldest archaeological sites in Pakistan and the world’s only surviving bronze age metropolis, moenjodaro might disappear in 20 years due to lack of proper planning. Public disinterest, lack of tourism, infrastructure and poor planning are the main causes that might lead to the destruction of the world’s oldest planned urban landscape. Jawad Aziz, a UNeSCO heritage expert, said that the need for action is vital because these ruins can crumble down any moment if no preventive measures are taken. Summer temperatures reaching 51 degrees Celsius, winter frosts, torrential monsoon rains and humid air all combine to leave the sun-dried clay bricks with a dusting of salt crystals that dries them out. Officials said that preservation work has been going on since the first excavation in 1924 and had been intensified when moenjodaro was made a World Heritage Site.
Distributors of Oem, a senior officer of electric and mechanical engineers (emA) Branch at Northern Command Headquarter, said. mini UAVs, which will serve as an electronic eye to troops in most sensitive northern theatre, for gathering intelligence and carrying out reconnaissance of areas along LoC with Pakistan and Sino-india border in Ladakh besides some specialised counterterrorist operations in iHK. As per its requirements, the army has specified that the mini UAVs should be complete in all aspects of electronic sensors, propulsion system, on-board camera, control mechanism, transreceivers, re-chargeable batteries and packing case. in the tender, the army has specified that the UAV should have the capability to takeoff and land without needing any kind of runway besides it should have an auto pilot on board with mission pre-programming capability to undertake autonomous operation and return on base on its own. The UAV would be less than 10 kg in weight and able to fly at the altitude of up to 1,000 metre from hand launch and safe landing without landing strip.
British Pakistani among four arrested in UK anti-terror raids NAVEED BALOCH, A BUTCHER, WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER HE RECENTLY RETURNED FROM A VISIT TO PAKISTAN
moenjodaro may disappear in 20 years: experts
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similar to the Kenyan mall massacre was being planned on British soil. The other three suspects were a 28-year-old British Azerbaijani, a 25-year-old British Turkish and a 25-year-old British Algerian. According to Scotland Yard, the detainees were held because of suspicion that they were involved in acts of terrorism and were being interrogated at a south London police station. “We believe they posed a threat to the public. That doesn’t necessarily mean an attack was imminent,” a police source had said. Baluch’s 30-year-old sister Gulsabah a saleswoman from Dulwich, had said she was shocked. She had stated, “He plays football every Sunday and supports Chelsea… He doesn’t go to the mosque and isn’t even religious so i’m shocked if this is true.” eyewitnesses had also emerged as the operation continued. The Evening Standard had reported the metropolitan Police was acting on intelligence that the men had access to firearms.
China to give two more nuclear reactors to Pakistan, India wary KANNUP-2 AND 3 PROJECT IS VALUED AT ABOUT $9.6 BILLION NEW DELHI Online
China is well on track to firm up the sale of two more nuclear reactors to Pakistan, raising serious concern in india which has conveyed its objections at both the political and official levels in China, as well as the Nuclear Suppliers Group in the last few months. The deal in question will constitute the first foreign sale of China’s indigenous 1,100mW nuclear reactor series called ACP 1000 which is set to be a major technological advance for Beijing,
according to The Financial express. The project, which is to be located off Karachi (KANNUP 2 and 3), is valued at about $9.6 billion. Although there has been talk of this in the past year, concern levels rose in New Delhi after reports that the China National Nuclear Corporation Ltd had signed some initial commercial contracts with Pakistani authorities. it is reliably learnt that india raised the matter with China in the last few months at high-level official meetings and even escalated it to a political level, pointing out to the incongruity of this prospective sale with China’s own international commitments as a NPT member as well as within the NSG, reported the paper. Further, sources said india had made it known to the Chinese side that any
The deal in question will constitute the first foreign sale of China’s indigenous 1,100MW nuclear reactor series called ACP 1000 which is set to be a major technological advance for Beijing
deepening of China’s nuclear cooperation with Pakistan had security implications for india given that
islamabad was not committed to separate its civilian programme from the military. Before taking it up with Beijing, the sources said New Delhi first red flagged the issue to its NSG interlocutors last year when nascent signs of such a conversation between China and Pakistan first emerged. However, it was only at this year’s NSG at Prague on June 13-14 that some of the members were learnt to have raised objections to China proceeding with another project with Pakistan. matters did pick up pace on the indian side in the following months as New Delhi brought it up in its official-level conversation with the US ahead of Prime minister manmohan Singh’s visit to Washington and then took it up at back-to-back meetings with China, the paper added.
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shaukat aziz, sherpao, azeem to be nominated in lal masjid case SF SPOKESMAN SAYS GHAZI’S SON TO NAME POLITICIANS AS SUSPECTS AFTER EID HOLIDAYS ISLAMABAD Online
OLiTiCAL stalwarts Aftab Sherpao and Tariq Azeem along with former prime minister Shaukat Aziz will be nominated as suspects in the murder case of prayer leader of Lal masjid, Abdul rasheed Ghazi. Shuhada Foundation spokesperson put forward the names of Sherpao and Azeem. An investigation will be made once a written request is submitted after the eid holidays. On October 10, former president Per-
vez musharraf was arrested for the charge of murdering Ghazi and his mother during the infamous 2007 operation. BACKgROUnD: On July 3, 2007, musharraf had ordered a military operation against the mosque for challenging the writ of the state. The military besieged the mosque for 12 days before assaulting the
compound, an attack in which hundreds of students were killed. The former chief cleric of Lal masjid was accused of using the mosque loudspeaker to instigate madrassa students to attack the rangers who were deployed outside the mosque in order to prevent Abdul Aziz and his associates at Lal masjid from continuing their campaign of
public intimidation that they had been carrying out since January of that year. Last year, an anti-terrorism court acquitted Aziz, and 16 other persons in a case on the killing of a rangers official. SF spokesman Hafiz ehtesham Ahmad said in a statement that Haroonur rashid, son of Abdul rashid Ghazi, would nominate
these people as accused in his statement and the SF had also given an application to the islamabad iG for preventing the former president from proceeding abroad and non-cooperation on the part of police. Ahmad voiced apprehension that the police was working in favour of musharraf and it would provide the former president a fullfledged opportunity in connection with acceptance of his bail plea. “The police is not ready to ascertain any evidence from us,” he added. Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi of the islamabad High Court in clear terms gave order for registration of case against musharraf on July 12 on the application filed by Haroon, but no case has been registered. The Aabpara Police SHO registered a case against musharraf under sections 302 and 109 due to the filing of contempt of court application by Haroon against the police. “Per directives of SP Jamil Hashmi, we along with Haroonur rashid Ghazi reached Aabpara police station to record our statement on October 14, against musharraf in the Lal masjid operation case, but the policeman deployed at the main gate of the police station did not allow us to enter,” the SF spokesman said. “The SHO moved out of the police station instead of recording out statement,” he said. He warned that if musharraf was granted bail in the case and he fled the country, the responsibility would rest with the five-member investigation team formed under DiG Khalid Khattak.
overseas kashmiris to enjoy right to vote soon: aJk CeC MIRPUR: Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) Chief election Commissioner (CeC) Justice muhammad munir Chaudhry on Tuesday said that the Kashmiri expatriates settled in various foreign countries will soon be given their due right to vote in the elections to (AJK) Legislative Assembly. He said that it has been principally decided to make a necessary amendment in the concerned law to facilitate the overseas Kashmiris of AJK and refugees of occupied areas in this regard. “The formal presidential ordinance by the AJK president to this direction will be issued soon,” the CeC added. The CeC said the overseas Kashmiris will be registered in their respective ancestral electoral constituencies in AJK as well as in various areas of Pakistan where they had been settled in the past before moving abroad. He disclosed that the voters lists are being computerised in AJK at the existing pattern of the computerised voters lists in Pakistan. The 49-member AJK Legislative Assembly is the lower house of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir parliament, which is elected for a five-year constitutional term through use of direct right to vote on adult franchise basis by the AJK citizens as well as the Pakistan-based Jammu and Kashmir refugees in the elections. APP
LAHORE: A fruit seller touches the feet of a traffic warden in a bid to appease him into letting the fruit-laden cart parked on Jain Mandir Road. inP
Pakistan fares better than India on hunger index PAKISTAN RANKS 57TH WHILE INDIA STANDS AT 63RD POSITION LAGGING BEHIND CHINA, BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA ISLAMABAD Online
Pakistan has fared much better than it arch rival india on the Global Hunger index. Pakistan ranked 57th while india stood at 63rd position lagging behind China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The number of hungry people has dropped in india with its score on the Global
Hunger index improving to 63rd position in 2013. in 2012, india stood at 67th position on GHi. According to the latest GHi, india still has “alarming levels” of hunger with highest prevalence of underweight in children under five at more than 40 percent. The GHi report has jointly been prepared by the international Food Policy research institute (iFPri) and NGOs Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide. On the GHi, China scored 6th position with moderate level of hunger, while Sri Lanka was at 43, Pakistan at 57 and Bangladesh at 58, having ‘serious’ levels of hunger. The report observed that South Asia has the maximum number of hungry people in the world followed by Sahara region, even as the global hunger is decreasing. “Social inequality and the low nutritional, educational, and social status of
women are major causes of child undernutrition in this (South Asian) region that have impeded improvements in the GHi score,” it said. As far as global hunger levels are concerned, the report said the world score on GHi has fallen by 34 percent this year from the 1990 level, but hunger levels still remain “serious” with 19 countries suffering from either alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger. The index identifies hunger levels across 120 developing countries and its scores are based on three equally weighted indicators: proportion of people undernourished, proportion of children under five underweight, and mortality rate of children under five. iFPri research fellow Derek Headey said, “Adopting a resilience lens is challenging. We need to build consensus on
what it means and on that basis adopt programmes and policies that bridge the relief and development sectors.” The report said there was a need to break down the institutional, financial and conceptual walls separating the worlds of development and humanitarian assistance within donor and UN agencies to achieve greater synergies in strategies and implementation plans. “Also, policies that undermine resilience must be revised. To foster resilience to under-nutrition, policies should be designed with the intention of improving nutrition outcomes and realising the right to adequate food,” it said. The report also suggested that the countries needed to develop national approaches to food and nutrition security that were resilient to shocks and stresses.
investment in nutrition key to better future: wfP ISLAMABAD: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day on October 16(today) by highlighting the power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies and the need to make it central for all development efforts. “Undernourished girls and boys face barriers in health, in school performance and later in the workplace, which limit their potential and their capacity to contribute to the societies in which they live,” said WFP executive Director ertharin Cousin. “Prioritising nutrition today is an investment in our collective global future. The investment must involve food, agriculture, health and education systems,” she said. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”. Some 842 million people today (more than one in eight people in the world) suffer from chronic hunger. Yet even more (around two billion) people lack the vitamins and minerals needed to live healthy lives. if the global community invests $ 1.2 billion per year for five years on reducing micronutrient deficiencies, the benefits in better health, fewer child deaths and increased earnings will generate gains worth $15.3 billion. Online
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iTHer he is being kicked upstairs or obliged by his political master, Punjab Chief Secretary Javed Aslam is appearing to be another Shahbaz Sharif’s lieutenant to join the federal government as the prime minister’s principal secretary, Pakistan Today has learnt. The bureaucratic circles say that Punjab chief minister is continuing to maintain his hold over the federal government with the new appointment from the Punjab government. Sources privy to the development disclosed that Javed Aslam was not inclined to accept the new responsibility offered to him after Nasir Khosa, the principal secretary who was made World Bank director before reaching superannuation. The secretariat sources say that Javed wanted to stay here in the Punjab and continue as chief secretary till his retirement. Another reason for his declining the offer in the first place was the perception among the bureaucrats that secretaryship to prime minister is nothing compared to Punjab chief secretaryship symbolically. Despite these reservations, Javed was the only candidate under consideration ever since
Nasir Khosa was named for his new assignment, sources confided in Pakistan Today. meanwhile, Javed became Punjab chief secretary soon after the PmL-N government started its new term after may elections. Sources disclosed that in the last five months of his service, his performance was below par, not to the satisfaction of Shahbaz Sharif. Hence the decision to kick him up was made, and yet keeping one of Shahbaz’s loyalists at the helm of Prime minister House. Javed Aslam is known in the bureaucratic circles for his close association with Sharifs. He among others was the architect of PmL-N’s development vision that has been included in the party’s manifesto as well.
14-yeaR-old RaPed, dUmPed neaR exPo CenteR LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The reports of alleged molestation of underage girls continue to pour in across the country with the latest being of another teenager who became the victim of sexual assault on monday night in the city. reportedly, a 14-year-old girl was found unconscious near expo Center in Johar Town where she was apparently dumped after being raped. The rescuers shifted her to Jinnah Hospital’s emergency room where an initial examination confirmed she was raped. According to hospital sources, at the moment, the girl was too traumatised to record her statement. “The police have kicked off an investigation and are waiting for the girl to speak so that they can take further action,” the sources added. According to the rescue 1122 sources, a report was received that a young girl is lying in unconscious state on a deserted road in Johar Town near expo Center. The rescue officials said the girl seemed to have been sexually assaulted. However, Johar Town Police Station is non-committal in this regard. Police said the girl’s statement will be taken as soon as she recovers. The girl is said to be aged between 14 and 15 years. The girl’s identity has not been established as yet. it must be mentioned that a few weeks back a minor girl was also ravished in Lahore and dumped outside Ganga ram Hospital.
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LAHORE RAnA HAiDeR
i spent my entire life nourishing my three kids who are now too busy to pay me a visit at this old home even on eid. i wish them luck and a prosperous future and sincerely hope for my early death. i think my children will bow down to the societal pressure and will visit me at my grave at least...” Saleem, 72, residing at Old Happy Home in Green Town, is just one of the many parents living in several old homes in the city, who yearn for a glimpse of their children on eid. “i don’t understand why people value the dead more than the ones alive. it has probably become a part of the social circus to visit graves on eid. No one wants to be marked absent by one’s relatives visiting the graveyard. The fear of being accounted as ‘uncivilized’ makes them all visit graveyards and shed crocodile tears. i am not as lucky as the graves but i won’t mind even if my children fake their love for me and visit me just once a year. A short lived glimpse would be enough. i miss them,” said Saleem Talking to Pakistan Today. While ‘faithful’ throng the
graveyards on eid in a bid to register either their love for their dear ones departed or for the accomplishment of a better social standing. You ask someone about the eid day routine and the list misses out a visit to the graveyard, one is promptly termed to be ‘heartless’, ‘irreligious’ and ‘uncivilized’ for missing out on an almost obligatory ‘humanitarian act’. Did you not miss your departed beloved the rest of the year? Why does it have to be just on eid? Have you done anything really meaningful to contribute in the name of the departed? – are questions which open avenues of debates on the very cultural, religious and emotional standing of the inhabitants of the metropolis. However, to miss out on your parents – alive and kicking – and not even meeting them on eid is something not understandable. “i tolerated torture, abuses and perpetual insult by my in-laws for ten years over my alleged failure to bear a child. God knows how many shrines i bowed my head down at and how many doctors i cried with to bring my son in this world. i brought him up with my blood; nurturing his every need, fulfilling his every desire. my dear
eidi: Cm aPPRoves yoUtH festival 2013 LAHORE:Punjab Chief minister muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, while congratulating the nation on the occasion of eidul Azha has said that this festival reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by Prophet ibrahim (AS) for earning the blessings of Allah Almighty. He said that by following this sacred tradition of Prophet ibrahim (AS), the muslims all over the world sacrifice animals on this eid. The chief minister said that islam gives the message of peace, sacrifice and helping destitute persons, therefore, people should not forget their poor and indigent brethren on eidul Azha and share eid joys with them as it is a religious and moral responsibility. CM APPROVES YOUTH FESTIVAL 2013: Punjab Chief minister muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has given approval to holding of Youth Festival 2013 which will start from the first week of December. He said that international matches of hockey, cricket and other sports should also be arranged during youth festival and renowned wrestlers associated with World Wrestling entertainment be invited. He was presiding over a meeting regarding holding of Youth Festival 2013 on Tuesday. Provincial minister for education and Sports rana mashhood Ahmad Khan, National Assembly member Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Sports secretary, Sports Board Punjab DG and concerned officers were present in the meeting. STAFF RePORT
CORRECTION OF FATHER'S NAME
Correct name of my father's is rana Abdul Sattar while it has been mentioned wrongly in multan Board record as Abdul Sattar. Board record may be corrected accordingly, i have passed annual Metric Examination 2009 under Roll no. 282904 from multan Board. muhammad Asif s/o rana Abdul Sattar chak # 1-A/14L kassowal TeHSiL CHiCHAWATNi DiSTriCT SAHiWAL.
I don’t understand why people value the dead more than the ones alive. It has probably become a part of the social circus to visit graves on Eid. No one wants to be marked absent by one’s relatives visiting the graveyard. The fear of being accounted as ‘uncivilized’ makes them all visit graveyards and shed crocodile tears. I am not as lucky as the graves but I won’t mind even if my children fake their love for me and visit me just once a year. A short lived glimpse would be enough. I miss them…” son now spends his day swaying to the fatal tune of heroin. He made me sell all our property and then kicked me out of my house for i was a burden on him. He is one corrupted lad who must have forgotten by now that he has a mother who is not dead but i can’t curse him still – after all he is my own flesh and blood,” says another abandoned mother Zeenat at the
old home. The old home’s administrator mir Anwar says that they witness such cases every day. People dump their elderly here saying that they cannot afford their living expenses. “most of the elderly are dumped here following a domestic dispute with the daughters-in-law. i don’t know why the newlyweds cannot tolerate the presence of an elderly at home.
They leave it all to us to take care of them. But there is only so much we can do…,” he said. SOME REJOICE: The gravediggers on the other hand spend the eid banking on fresh currency notes flowing off the hands of the rich, who leave no rupee unturned in maintaining their position in the society by registering their love for the
BewaRe! seasonal BUtCHeRs not seasoned enoUgH LAHORE nASiR BUTT
Like every year, this year too scores of labourers and daily wagers have entered the market under the guise of ‘seasonal butchers’ to earn money by slaughtering sacrificial animals. ‘Lahorites’ must be aware of such non-professional and seasonal butchers who could make ‘Qurbani’ a nightmare for the person hiring them rather a pleasant experience. This is the advise that must be paid full heed as many have experienced this issue last year, hence mind it that you may not be among those who were giving such advises to others. Like every year on eidul Azha, butchers are the most sought personalities on eid this year too but people had bitter experience with amateur butchers posing as professionals. While, many desperate people who failed in hiring the services of any professional butcher to get their sacrificial animals slaughtered had been hiring butchers on double and triple rates. On the other hand,
hundreds of butchers who run their shops in the city were unable to ‘facilitate’ thousands of people who were anxiously looking for an advance booking of their services on eid days. Hence many people remained unsuccessful in hiring the services of butchers and had to face hard times before finding anyone who bailed them out of that situation. The butchers were charging rs 2,000 to rs 4,000 for slaughtering of sheep and goat and rs 5,000 to rs 10,000 for a cow, bull and buffalo, while for camels the asking rates were rs 10,000 and more. rate for the second day is rs 15,00 to rs 2000 and rs 1200 to 1800 on the third day, while slaughtering a cow costs rs 3500 to rs 4,500 on second day; rs 2500 to rs 2,000 on the third day. But all rates are subjected to the health and size of the sacrificial animal. Their services included slaughtering of animal, peeling of skin without any cut and chopping the meat into pieces. interestingly there were many ‘enthusiasts’ who decided to
slaughter their animals on their own to avoid stony behaviour of those butchers who despite being offered lucrative charges were not willing to facilitate them. most of the butchers did their work in groups, as two persons will slaughter small animals, three persons for a cow and six persons will slaughter camels. At the same time, another sector of slaughtering business was at its peak and that was sale of knives and sharpening of the blades. extraordinary rush at the blacksmiths shop was seen and finding it a golden opportunity several other shop keepers started selling of knives and other slaughtering accessories. Gulam rasool, a young ironsmith, while talking to Pakistan Today said that he had no time to talk to anyone as he was too busy sharpening knives. He said that he was in the business for 21 years, adding that seasonal knives sharpeners destroy the blade of a knife that gives more pain to the animal at the time of slaughtering. He advised that knives must be get sharpened from a seasoned blacksmith.
BReatHing CliniC oPens at JinnaH HosPital JoURnalists donate LAHORE: master Celeste as part of its 50th Year Anniversary celebrations and “A Better Sleep initiate” has facilitated recently inaugurated Sleep-Disordered Breathing Clinic at Jinnah Hospital Pulmonology department with bedding facility for patients of Apnea. inaugurated by the hospital’s Chief executive Professor Dr mehmood Shaukat, the department, in collaboration with master Celeste and Phillips provides treatment for patients suffering from Apnea, a temporary cessation of breathing occurred during sleep. master memory Pillow, a technology designed by NASA absorbs pressure and heat, conforming neck support for comfortable and sound sleep, thus, helping patients of Apnea to sleep well. Laying emphasis on the importance of sleep and the usefulness of the product, Dr Shaukat said the hospital would ensure upkeep and maintenance of the facility to provide patients with long term benefits. Speaking at the occasion Dr Zafar Hussain iqbal, head of Pulmonology, said “most people having Apnea do not realize they suffer from this condition. it is common in people who are obese or have large neck or crowding of the upper airway. Jinnah Hospital is the first government hospital in Pakistan to introduce SleepDisordered Breathing Clinic, which would not have been possible without the joint collaboration of master Celeste and Phillips.” Committed to providing comfort and health care to customers since 1963, master through moltyfoam and Celeste, aims to create awareness of benefits of sleep for positive wellbeing. master Celeste managing Director Shahzad malik said “You spend one third of your lives on the mattress and a pillow you choose. PReSS ReleASe
at aRmy Relief CamP LAHORE: A group of senior journalists and column writers visited the army relief camp for earthquake victims at Fortress Stadium. The media persons besides expressing solidarity with the army for ongoing relief effort also deposited donations. Speaking to the media senior journalists Altaf Hassan Qureshi, Atta ur rehman, Qayyum Nizami, Jamil Athar and Tanveer Shahzad said they had specially come to compliment the ongoing relief effort by Pakistan Army and civil organisations for the earthquake hit brethren of Balochistan. They said that the nation cannot afford to leave the earthquake victims in lurch. They said that they can not afford to celebrate eid when their brothers were in anguish and pain. PReSS ReleASe
deceased. “We don’t beg. They just give us money for taking care of their relatives’ graves. it’s funny because they don’t visit the graveyard the entire year and just on eid day they suddenly throng the graveyard, flared up with this emotional drama and spend away thousands feeding the graveyard staff as eidi,” says a gravedigger Baba Siddique at ichhra.
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cOmment wednesday, 16 October, 2013
enhancing inexpensive power capacity
of Bangladesh and Balochistan A case of refusing to learn from history
Race against time
He PmL-N government faces the uphill task of overcoming power shortages through enhancing power generation. What is more, the cost of production has to be brought down to fulfill the promise to provide affordable power to consumers. The task has to be completed before 2017 as promised in the power policy though Shahbaz Sharif, who is actively associated with implementing the policy had vowed to end load shedding in two to three years. The desire to convert power generation facilities from oil to coal, which is much cheaper, is understandable. Work on the coal-fired Gaddani Power Park and the Port Qasim power plant has to be initiated in earnest at the earliest and constantly monitored to avoid delays. it is equally important to pursue the Pak iran gas pipeline project to help produce cheaper power. One wonders why the finance minister was apologetic in Washington on the issue by putting the responsibility for the project on the previous government, which according to him gave sovereign guarantees to iran that require damages in case of default. The government will have to overcome formidable problems to achieve selfsufficiency in power sector. The Gaddani Power Park with 10 power plants put together having the capacity to produce 6,600mW electricity carries the estimated tab of around $14 billion. Four of its 10 power plants are supposed to be installed by China provided Pakistan government sets up the first plant. The rest are to be offered to private sector. With the financial crunch faced by the country, the raising of funds for the project would be one problem, while luring domestic and foreign investors for the remaining five units another is another obstacle. A determined government will hopefully overcome both. One also hopes the Burj Power Corp would develop the first phase of the 500mW power plant on Port Qasim in time. The completion of the 1,000-mW CASA project is predicated on peace in Afghanistan and a reining in of the terrorist activity in Pakistan. As things stand the Pakistani Taliban remain a big threat to the project which is widely considered to be US sponsored. The finance minister is upbeat about his achievements during his latest visit to the US. Washington has opposed setting up of coal-fired plants in the past as well as the Pak-iran gas pipeline. One will have to wait and see if it has really changed its stance after talks with ishaq Dar.
maulana at it again Fazlur Rehman’s embarrassing diplomatic foray
AULANA Fazlur rehman is known for his penchant for power, political power that is. With his vast experience, he indeed is a force to reckon with. How he manages to stay in power, government after government is a trick all his own – switching alliances is the key for him, and principles be damned. Being swift at switches makes him an unpredictable and often embarrassing coalition partner. With his latest press briefing following a visit to Afghanistan, he has plumbed the depths. By putting the onus on the present dispensation to work with the Afghan government, the maulana has caused double embarrassment: to his present and previous partners. The wily maulana wasn’t satisfied with this statement alone, which makes the PmL-N led federal government appear lacking initiative or conviction to pursue the diplomatic course, he went a step further and thought his accomplishment over three-day visit trumped eight years of diplomatic efforts by the successive governments. His grandstanding though is damaging not only for his own credibility, which he seems not to care about too much, but also for his successive coalition partners. While it remains to be seen whether his claims are independently verifiable, it is indeed interesting, and worth looking into, that the Afghan president was quick in responding positively to a leader who openly supports the Taliban. His unverified claims also put the Nawaz government in a bit of a quandary. Going by maulana’s word, the Afghan government was ready to release Pakistani prisoners in its jails and it was up to the Pakistani government to seek resolution. His claim, “because of weak diplomacy of respective Pakistan governments the indian lobby had become strong and active in Afghanistan”, is damaging for the present government too. Again this is his word, and one does not know whether the gloating of a self-absorbed politician is twisting the facts and by how much, but one thing is obvious: the maulana has by far outdone himself. What mandate maulana had to conduct discussions on diplomatic issues is not clear, but it is quite obvious that post his parleys he acted in a totally undiplomatic manner. even if he was mandated to conduct these discussions, it would have been better if he had conveyed his accomplishment to his coalition partners in private before going public. By playing himself up, the maulana has indeed put his coalition partners in an embarrassing situation.
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N my piece last week i had merely touched upon the bogey of the ever convenient ‘foreign hand’ supposedly at work in Balochistan. However, the troubled province needs to be given a closer look. We as a nation seem incapable of learning from our own history and keep repeating the same mistakes. Take the question of separation of east Pakistan to emerge as the sovereign state of Bangladesh way back in 1971. So keen are we not even to recognize the consequences of our own collective doings that we create myths to deceive ourselves and our coming generations. Let’s start with the fundamental aspect of the conversion of the dwellers of the indus Valley that constitutes Pakistan to islam. The falsity here that we have been learning and teaching is that some conquerors from Arabia, Afghanistan or Central Asia converted the people forcefully to islam. How on earth is that possible? Nobody can be forced to convert to a different belief system from the one he truthfully believes in? religious conversion is always within, in the heart and soul. We shall revert to this aspect another day. For now, let’s take a look at another prevalent myth that Bangladesh was created by india. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We – those in the pre1971 West Pakistan – created Bangladesh through our persistent neglect of east Pakistan’s defence and development all through 1947 and 1971. Not only that, most of the West Pakistanis looked down upon the Bengali compatriots. To call some West Pakistani a Bengali was taken as something of an abuse. On top of it all was the initial folly of declaring Urdu as the national language, whereas the mother tongue of the majority of the national population that
belonged to east Pakistan was Bengali. We only reaped what we had sown. The indians merely took advantage of the situation and sent in their army. They would have been fools not to do that. Later, however, they came to regret helping create Bangladesh. There is this famous saying of mrs indira Gandhi that, after the creation of Bangladesh, india had had to contend with not just one but two Pakistans! After sweeping the 1970 elections in east Pakistan and coming to get a majority of seats in the constituent assembly that was to be formed, what exactly were Shaikh mujeeb-ur-rahman and his Awami League’s demands? That their ‘Six Points’ be accepted. The ‘Six Points’ called for greater provincial autonomy but not separation of east Pakistan. even that was not acceptable to Bhutto and the army. There then followed another chapter of national shame for Pakistan when our army committed unspeakable crimes against their compatriot east Pakistani men and women. As for defence, the people of east Pakistan felt totally vulnerable when no army was deployed there during the 1965 war with india. if india wanted to capture east Pakistan then, it could easily have done that. New Delhi did not take that step as it well knew that the brave Bengali muslims could not be held under subjugation. All these facts are necessary to recall in the context of the evolving situation in Balochistan. This province and most of its people too have remained neglected throughout the past 66 years of our nominally independent history. The consequences are now here for the world to see. in this context again, our enemies would be fools if they did not fish in the troubled waters of Pakistan’s largest and geostrategically highly important province. The parallels between Bangladesh and Balochistan are chillingly true. How and when did the current trouble start? The second insurgency movement in the province, as it is referred to, started in 1973 when the provincial government of Ataullah mengal was dismissed by the then Prime minister Bhutto. The movement was launched to get greater provincial autonomy and did not aim at separation. The people felt that if they did not resist their identity as a nationality would be destroyed. During the 1973 movement, intelligence agencies operating at the behest of the state started the illegal practice of abducting people. They would be described
as ‘missing persons’. At that time, their number was not large and only active members of the movement would be taken away to the Kulli Camp or other unidentified places. During the musharraf era, however, this practice became very common. Not just that, mutilated bodies of people – the ‘missing persons’ that is – would be found on roadsides and desolated areas. earlier, incidents of torture were well known, but it was only during musharraf’s years in power that killings started. in its report titled “Balochistan: Giving the people a chance” issued in Lahore last Sunday, the Human rights Commission of Pakistan (HrCP) has called upon the government to hold immediate talks with Baloch insurgents, both within and outside the country, without any impunity to individuals among them causing grave human rights violations. An earlier HrCP report stated that the government is powerless in Balochistan and “has failed to raise peoples’ issues and is subservient to the military.” it also stated that the situation in the province is so precarious that “even the courts had failed to ensure compliance with their orders.” Finally, let’s take a look at some social indicators. The overall literacy rate in Pakistan is 47 per cent, whereas it stands at 26.6 per cent in Balochistan. Similarly, the female literacy rate for the country is 33 per cent. Balochistan lags far behind with just 15 per cent. As for primary school enrolment, it is 68.3 per cent for the country and 49 per cent for Balochistan. Female enrolment for Pakistan is 49.2 per cent, but only 21 per cent for the province. Access to sanitation for the country is 18 per cent and a shamefully low seven per cent in the case of Balochistan. Village electrification for the country as a whole is 75 per cent but a pathetic 25 per cent in Balochistan. Only 20 per cent of population in the province has access to safe drinking water, while the figure for the entire country is 86 per cent. All this reflects not gross neglect, but through the military action, alienating the Balochis just as the Bengalis were through the 1950s and 1960s. may one remind the consequences to the powers that be? Ghani Jafar is a senior journalist and analyst whose latest book on Iran’s nuclear programme, ‘iran and the Bomb: Nuclear Club Busted’ has recently been published. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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senseless double taxation The government employees are underpaid and taxed throughout their service and then receive a meagre pension that does not support their living. Yet now their commutation and provident funds, which they invest in pensioners benefit schemes, have been brought under taxation through income support levy. This constitutes double taxation because income tax was deducted from them as they were being set aside during active service from the salary of the employees. Not only is such double taxation disallowed in most countries of the world but it is also an act of cruelty to the senile pensioners. As one of the writers has already pointed out in these columns, our present rulers, having stayed in the luxury of Saudi palaces for nine years, seem to have lost touch with harsh economic realities of the people of their homeland and thus no more possess the social welfare sense they once did. They have upgraded the taxation system to the level of advanced countries while our personal incomes match those of the poorest countries of the world. There is a dire need to take steps to drastically reduce government’s wasteful expenditures especially on the powerful but superfluous civil and security bureaucracies and ministries through radical revision of our internal and external policies, instead of impoverishing the already down to bedrock population through usurious taxation. i appeal to the government of Pakistan to withdraw all
taxes from pension income and old age benefit schemes. ABDUL JABBAR Muzaffargarh
Cost of ‘peacekeeping’ The toll has reached over 8,000 mark as the Haitian people are dying one after another by the cholera epidemic spread all over the country due to the human waste being thrown in the ‘potable’ river water by the UN peacekeepers (from Nepal). There is no end to deaths as more and more victims come in the row. The UN must have by now declared emergency and called the world community to come to their help but probably the Haitians are not so important. Secondly, this brings to the limelight the circumstances in which the peacekeepers live in or the locals who suffer at their hands. Only Pakistan army peacekeepers are said to have adhered to norms and traditions of non-interference and extending peace to the locals. Otherwise there are many complaints against other countries’ peacekeepers who are free to exploit locals in many ways. Such deployments also bring in social ills and other essentials, which the world community especially the world body must address on priority basis. Otherwise, such a noble cause of peacekeeping will turn into major troublemaking, which can ignite locals’ protests on a large scale. MARYA MUFTY Lahore
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get Pakistan out of this quagmire Impact of War on Terror on Pakistan’s economy
Such internal conflicts are not unique to Pakistan. There was similar friction between the FBi and the CiA prior to 9/11. Lawrence Wright in his book, ‘The looming tower: Al Qaeda and the road to 9/11’ traces how close the US came on several points to discover Bin Laden’s plan but failed due to the lack of intelligence sharing amongst governmental agencies. Following the attacks, the two agencies overcame their respective differences and the US government responded by quickly passing the Homeland Security Act in 2002 followed by the USA Patriot Act to consolidate counter-terrorism efforts. A legal framework was used to unite different governmental efforts into a common national goal. it is hard to imagine how many more lives our countrymen will need to lose and what other catastrophe will need to hit Pakistan before the country’s law enforcement agencies put aside their differences aside and start working towards a common goal. The government must put its operations in perspective, by providing a legal framework and a clear set of rules and guidelines on how the various law enforcement institutions need to respond as a constituent element of the larger national effort. With the decision of engaging in dialogue with the Taliban looming in sight, one must throw a note of caution. No matter which way the dialogue process goes, the government must not lose focus of developing a larger framework that is essential to contain the varying strands of violence that run throughout Pakistani territory. Progress, if any, which looks highly unlikely, on talks with the Taliban must not deter and detract us from the larger goal of putting in place a legal framework for the future. if Pakistan wants to succeed in fighting terrorism, or any future threat that emanates from its own territory, it needs to establish an effective legal system. An effective legal system would only exist where the law reflects not only the needs and aspirations of society but also the moral conscience of the nation. Once that is in place, the gap between law and reality will close, thus, making the enforcement of law easier and more efficient.
iSTOrY is evident that wars had been and will always be costly both economically and in terms of the loss of human lives. The western world and its allies are facing a unique war with no defined goals, targets, definite end-period and a faceless enemy making it much more costly and destructive. The USA-led War on Terror (WOT) and potential solutions as to its ‘end’ are the talk of the town these days, with different perspectives put forth by differing sections of OMeR ZAHeeR MeeR our society, however the economic impact and cost of this war for Pakistan’s economy is an area less frequented. Pakistan has been paying a very heavy economic price for the ongoing WOT. The economic costs have been high, including the direct costs due to heavier spending on defense, compensation for the affected, damage to the infrastructure, severely deteriorating law and order situation, extensive capital flight, lack of foreign investment, industry closures and resultant poor revenue generation for Government. indirect costs includes loss of economic activity from increased uncertainty, lower investment due to increase in perceived risk, opportunity costs, social disorder, lack of exports due to uncertain conditions and travel restrictions on Pakistani businessmen and the economic impact of the loss of men and women earning bread and butter for their families. Studies had been undertaken by government as well as non-governmental institutions to determine the cost of war on terror for Pakistan. While their estimates vary, they have all accepted that beside the irreparable loss of lives, a severe economic slowdown has engulfed Pakistan’s economy as a direct consequence of this war. What’s significant for the economists is the recent initial estimate by the government of Pakistan of the up to date losses suffered by Pakistan’s economy in the last 12 years to be $100 billion, approximately. On the other hand, just $15 billion had been paid to Pakistan through official channels (recovery rate of a mere 15 per cent). it is worth mentioning here that the Pak-American Business Council and some other private institutions’ loss estimates are much lower, though still material losses are put at between 40 to 60 per cent of the official figure. Pakistan received $10 billion from Coalition Support Fund (CSF) against explicit expenses incurred, $2.1 billion assistance from FmF (Foreign military Fund) to strengthen the military’s capacity against terrorists, economic assistance grants had been $1.5 billion while budgetary support of $1.2 billion too had been received. The amounts and purposes of the funds spent and distributed by USA directly through local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are unknown while debt worth $1.65 billion had also been written-off. The yearly official estimated losses to Pakistan’s economy as a direct consequence of participating in the USA led WOT are as below: Ø 2001-02: $2.669 billion Ø 2002-03: $2.749 billion Ø 2003-04: $2.932 billion Ø 2004-05: $3.410 billion Ø 2005-06: $4.670 billion Ø 2006-07: $4.670 billion Ø 2007-08: $6.940 billion Ø 2008-09: $9.180 billion Ø 2009-10: $13.560 billion Ø 2010-11: $17.830 billion The total till 2010-11 comes to a whopping $67.926 billion. The economic Survey of 2010-11 disclosed that the loss to Pakistan’s economy due to participating in WOT was approximately $68 billion till then. The government didn’t disclose the updated economic losses in the economic Survey of 2011-12. The latest official estimate as mentioned above is approximately $100 billion which is over 43 per cent of Pakistan’s GDP ($231.2 billion as per World Bank) and 164 per cent of the total foreign debt ($60.9 billion as of march 2013) An interesting observation to note is the rising rate of the losses in the financial year 2010-11. This shows the rising intensity of the war and the upward trending economic costs. moving forward this loss may rise at an even higher rate. Not only did the growth in Pakistan’s economy nosedive but the overall economy was also hit hard. To understand the severity of the economic losses, let us examine the fiscal year 2010-11. The exports dwindled to the tune of $2.90 billion, terrorism compensation amounted to $0.80 billion, infrastructure damage amounted to $1.72 billion, foreign investment declined by $2.10 billion, privatization projects worth $1.10 billion could not materialize, industrial output was negatively affected to the tune of $1.70 billion, tax collection declined by $2.10 billion, cost of uncertainty amounted to $2.90 billion, expenditure overruns by $1.60 billion and others expenses incurred were $0.90 billion, totaling $17.82 billion in just one year. Since accounts have been rebased to 2005-06, we’ll use comparative figures from 2006-07 to meaningfully appreciate the extent of the economic impact. Tourism industry has been destroyed. industrial sector is adversely affected as working hours were lost with increased uncertainty, terrorism and resulting migration. its growth rate of 7.7 per cent from 2006-07 fell to a mere 3.5 per cent in 2012-13 with the manufacturing sector amongst the hardest hit sub-sectors. The services sector also slumped to a growth rate of just 3.7 per cent in 2012-13 compared to 5.6 per cent in 2006-07. Agriculture growth rate at 3.3 per cent in 2012-13 almost regained the level of growth of 3.4 per cent from 2006-07. The massive potential of increasing this could not be realized though. Total investment has declined from 18.79 per cent of GDP in 2006-07 to 14.22 per cent of GDP in 2012-13. Post 9/11 Karachi, the economic lifeline of the country, faced a series of terrorist attacks which were repeated in Punjab and Balochistan. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa without doubt has been the worst affected. This further increased the risk perception of the country. economic growth slowed down to the point of stagnation growing at an average of 2.94 per cent since 2008-09. With all these staggering losses, there is still no end in sight to this war on terror ravaging the economic, social and political landscape of Pakistan. The quicker we get out of this quagmire the better it will be for Pakistan.
Bakhtawar Bilal Soofi, studying law at SOAS, may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @bbsoofi
Omer Zaheer Meer is an economist, a qualified chartered accountant, financial analyst and anti-money laundering expert. He can be reached on Twitter @OmerZaheerMeer
the failure of our legal system Fighting 21st century insurgency with a set of 20th century laws!
BAkHTAwAR BilAl SOOFi
S a legal system, Pakistan’s response to the war on terror has been nothing short of miserable. The inability of our state apparatus to adapt itself to the changing nature of this threat is highly lamentable. Antonio Cassese, the first president of the international Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, broke down an effective legal system into its three constituent elements: law making, law determination and law enforcement. Theoretically speaking, if a state falters at one point it can lead to a paralysis of the entire system. Unfortunately and not too surprisingly, Pakistan has faltered on all three. Consider law making. The country is entering the thirteenth year in its war on terror that has cost more than 43,000 lives and yet it still continues to lack an effective legal framework to govern the conflict. Pakistan’s law making has been characteristic of a sluggish legislature that has failed to pass new laws in response to the growing violence in the country. Take for instance, the primary law on evidence, which dates back to a Presidential Order of 1984. This for many years, albeit a few amendments, has been the primary basis upon which the state has tried to prosecute terrorists. While there have been reforms to a limited extent, the pace of these reforms has been extremely slow. So by the time the legislature responded by passing the Fair Trial Act in 2013, 40,000 people had already died in the conflict. Similarly, it was only during last month that Sindh became the first province in Pakistan to introduce a witness protection programme by passing the Sindh Witness Protection Bill 2013. Then again, like so many times, a witness protection programme was introduced this year when in fact it should have been in place at least a decade ago. Had that happened, the six witnesses in the Wali Khan Babar case who were systematically gunned down in a period of less than eleven months might still have been alive. Another incident that illustrates this point
is the federal government’s recent romance with the idea of granting the rangers more powers, which somewhat culminated in the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance 2013. One cannot help but repeat, that these are issues that should have been debated, let alone legislated upon, when violence in Karachi was still in its infancy. The fact that President mamnoon Hussain amended the Anti-Terrorism laws through a Presidential Order fairly recently, is reflective of how fatigued the legal system really is. The impact of this inefficiency falls on the judiciary. When cases are brought before the courts for determining and applying the law, the judiciary finds itself adjudicating upon a matter where the state is fighting a 21st century insurgency with a set of 20th century laws that were never intended to govern a conflict such as this. This obvious gap between law and reality make it difficult for the prosecution to establish culpability. Due to the absence of any protection for them, key witnesses to a criminal case either run away or refuse to give a testimony. Since there has been no law governing the gathering of intelligence until fairly recently, much of the evidence collected by the intelligence agencies over the past few years is inadmissible. This partly goes on to explain the large number of acquittals of high-profile terrorists in recent years. This inability of the legal system to punish those who violate the law is in other words a failure of the state to enforce its own law. As already pointed out, law enforcement requires the existence of a broad legal framework that overarches the entire governmental structure. Despite developments such as the recent Presidential Order, the country is still in need of a specific framework, tailor-made for this conflict, encompassing all those stages that constitute a successful law enforcement operation: intelligence gathering, arrest, investigation, prosecution and conviction. The legal framework needs to rest upon the foundations of a national counter-terrorism strategy. it, thus, needs to go beyond law enforcement and also cover inter-agency cooperation and the division of powers between them. Until and unless, such lines are not drawn we will continue to read, as we did in the Abbotabad Commission report, about the infighting between the iB, the mi and the iSi.
The country is entering the thirteenth year in its war on terror that has cost more than 43,000 lives and yet it still continues to lack an effective legal framework to govern the conflict.
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WATCH: RANVEER SINGH, DEEPIKA PADUKONE'S GOVINDA-STYLE DANCE IN 'ISHQYAUN DHISHQYAUN'
After a spree of Navratri songs – 'Nagada Sang Dhol' and 'Lahu Muh Lag Gaya', the makers of 'Ram-Leela' released a non festive song from the film – 'Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun'. 'RamLeela' lead actors Deepika Paukone and Ranveer Singh are seen having some fun Govinda-style. The song is in stark contrast to what we have been seeing in 'Ram-Leela'. Unlike its predecessors 'Ishqyaun Dhishqyaun' is neither traditional nor set in a grandeur back drop. It rather shows, Ram and Leela declaring the nature of the violent romance suiting the tag line of the film 'This time Love is at War'. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has given a break to the traditional Gujarati dances garba and dandiya and has focused on the Bollywood dance style. In The Indian Express music review, Sankhayan Ghosh said that 'Ishqyaun dhishqyaun suffers from 'unimaginative arrangement'. The vocals for the song are given by Udit Narayan's son Aditya, who also sang Ranveer Singh's introductory song 'Tattad Tattad'. The music for the film is given by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the lyrics are penned by Siddharth-Garima. 'Ram-Leela' also stars Richa Chadda, Supriya Pathak, Gulshan Devaiah, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Shweta Salve, Barkha Bisht Sengupta and Sharad Kelkar. The film is slated to release on November 15. newS DeSk
PaUl mCCaRtney Used songs to imPRess nanCy
Paul McCartney tested out the songs for his latest album 'New' on Nancy Shevell, now his wife, when they first started dating. The legendary Beatles musician wrote the tracks for his current record when he first started dating the US businesswoman in 2007, and used to play her his compositions down the phone, reported Contactmusic. "I started writing these new ones a couple of years ago when I was first going out with Nancy and I used to ring her up each morning, and I knew - because she was in New York and because of the time difference - I had a few hours to write something, so then I'd ring her up and say, 'Do you want to listen to a song?' It was a good motivation for me, it was like, 'Come on, get those done'," he said. The 71-year-old added Nancy, who he married in 2011, seemed impressed and didn't criticise any of his work. newS DeSk
Filmgoers are starved for new ideas, voices and visions. –Robert Redford
mUmBai PoliCe oRdeRs adnan sami to leave india
ENOWNED Pakistani singer Adnan Sami on Tuesday received formal notice from Mumbai Police ordering him to leave India after expiring of his visa. Adnan Sami, a Pakistani origin singer who is residing in India, is finding himself embroiled in another trouble just after being dragged into court by his ex-wife Sabah Galadari.
Famous musician and singer Adnan Sami has received legal notice from the Indian law enforcement agency which directed him to leave the country as his visa limit is over. Sami was also asked to report local police station before leaving the country. Sami had clarified before the local media that he possessed a Pakistani passport and was residing in India on the basis of a visa granted to him from time to time. He also said his visa was valid from September 26, 2012, till
October 6, 2013. Earlier, Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS), the affiliated group of MNS, had asked Sami for leaving India immediately as the singer is staying illegally and his visa duration is completed. MNCKS president Amey Khopkar requested the authorities for not granting him any extension on visa. He added, “We told Sami that our priority would be our artistes”, media reports said. The discussion on Sami’s visa was raised during an ongoing court case between Adnan Sami and his ex-wife Sabah Galadari, after Galadari’s lawyer raised the issue of the Pakistani singer’s illegal stay in India. Sami and Galadhari are in court over the possession of a duplex flat in Lokhandwala Complex, where the singer currently stays with his third wife. Usha Tanna, Sami’s lawyer, said, “The application for extension of visa is a normal process and he has been doing it for the last 20 years. These issues are being raised for the sake of publicity. The case in the family court is limited to a few issues and the visa issue is outside the ambit of the family court.”
wHy is sonU nigam angRy witH 'BesHaRam' PRodUCeR?
Now this piece of development did catch many unaware. Though occasionally one does see a disgruntled director or an actor getting frustrated with the way a producer treats his or her film, it is pronto brushed under the carpet. However, those associated with 'Sooper Se Ooper', a satire featuring Vir Das, has seen Sonu Nigam venting his anger. "On Saturday morning, he pulled up Reliance Entertainment, the corporate house backing the film, for giving a step-motherly treatment to the film," informs a source, "He felt totally dejected that after promoting some recent disasters like 'Besharam' and David so aggressively, Reliance just didn't seem interested in Sooper Se Ooper." newS DeSk
RARE MOSQUITO FOSSIL WITH 46-MILLION-YEAR-OLD ANIMAL BLOOD FOUND
avataR land to oPen at walt disney woRld in 2017
A rare 46-million-year-old mosquito fossil containing dried animal blood in its belly has been discovered for the first time in a Montana riverbed in the US. The insect's bloated abdomen carries traces of blood molecules dating back to 46 million years, researchers said. Although scientists have found fossils of suspected blood-sucking insects, the creatures' feeding habits have mostly been inferred from their anatomy or the presence of blood-borne parasites in their guts. A team led by Dale Greenwalt at the US National Museum of Natural History in Washington found that the fossilised mosquito contains molecules that provide strong evidence of blood-feeding among ancient the insects, 'nature.Com' reported. "The abdomen of a blood-engorged mosquito is like a balloon ready to burst. It is very fragile. The chances that it wouldn't have disintegrated prior to fossilisation were infinitesimally small," said Greenwalt. The insect was found not in amber, but in shale sediments from Montana. After 46 million years, any DNA would be long degraded, but other molecules can survive. Researchers showed that the insect's abdomen still contains large traces of iron and the organic molecule porphyrin - both constituents of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment found
An attraction based on Avatar will open at Walt Disney World in 2017. Details of the attraction, based on James Cameron's 3D blockbuster, were revealed at the D23 Expo Japan, reported Digital Spy. Walt Disney Imagineering, working in collaboration with Cameron, will bring Pandora to life with "floating mountains, bioluminescent rain forests and soaring Banshees". Images released by Disney also show a prominent Tree of Life from Avatar, seen in context of other parts of the theme park. The development is part of an extension of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Current work will also introduce new nighttime entertainment to the venue. newS DeSk
in vertebrate blood. These molecules were either rare or absent in the abdomen of a fossilised male mosquito - which does not suck blood - of the same age, found at the same location. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. newS DeSk
NEW MAP OF 6,000 CLOUDS SHOWS WHERE STARS ARE BORN Scientists have cataloged and mapped 6,194 early star-forming clouds in the biggest-ever survey of dense clumps in our Milky Way Galaxy. The survey by University of Arizona's Steward Observatory allows astronomers to better understand the earliest phases of star formation. The finding is a major step forward in astronomy because it allows astronomers to study the earliest phases of star formation when the gas and dust in the starforming clouds are just beginning to coalesce, before giving rise to clusters of stars, researchers said. "All the famous, major regions of star formation in our galaxy have been studied in great detail. But we know very little about what happens in those star-less clumps before proto-stars form, and where," said Yancy Shirley, who led the survey. The survey provides the first unbiased map of the
galaxy that shows where all those regions are throughout the galaxy, in different
galactic environments and at different evolutionary stages. This helps as-
tronomers better understand how the properties of these regions change as star formation progresses. "For the first time, we have seen this earliest phase of star formation, before a cluster actually forms, in large numbers in an unbiased way," said Shirley. The star formation rate in the Milky Way was higher in the past, and currently stars form on the order of about one solar mass per year. "In our survey there seem to be fewer regions that have not yet begun forming stars than those that have, which tells us the earlier phase must be shorter. If that phase lasted much longer, there should be many more of those," Shirley said. Because the dense accumulations of dust are impervious to light in the visible spectrum, astronomers can't observe them with telescopes detecting light in the visible spectrum such as the Hubble Space Telescope. newS DeSk
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On the stage, you have to find truth, even if you have to lose the audience. –Anthony Quinn
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Pakistani cultural activists hail restoration of Dilip Kumar’s home
AKISTANI cultural activists have supported the announcement made recently by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government that the birthplace of the cinema legend Dilip Kumar would be conserved soon and turned into a museum. Expressing satisfaction at the announcement, the writers and cultural activists, including Salahuddin, Mohammad Ibrahim Zia, Ali Awais and others said Peshawar had produced legends who excelled in respective fields. They said Peshawarites were proud of Dilip Kumar as he is the greatest thespian Peshawar has ever produced, a media report said. They hoped the provincial government, led by the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf, would go beyond announcements and take practical steps to conserve the birthplace of the acting legend without wasting any time. Arif Yusaf, a legislator of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf
and the provincial parliamentary secretary for culture, visited the Indian actor's home at Mohallah Khudadad in the his-
‘BHaag milkHa BHaag’, ‘Paan singH’ in iffi PanoRama
Bollywood biopics 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' and 'Paan Singh Tomar' are among the 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected for IFFI's Indian Panorama section. Tigmanshu Dhulia's National Award winning film, starring Irrfan, made it to the list by the virtue of a direct entry while a jury, headed by filmmaker-editor B Lenin selected other 25 entries. Similarly, Raja Shabir Khan's Kashmiri film 'Shepherds of Paradise' made the direct entry in the non-feature category while a jury, headed by Raja Sen, picked 15 films out of 130 entries. In the feature films category, the maximum number of films selected, 6 are in Malayalam, 5 in Bengali, 5 in Hindi, 3 in Marathi and 2 in English. One film each have been selected in Konkani, Kannada, Mising, Oriya and Tamil. Rituparno Ghosh's last film 'Satyanweshi' is also part of the Panorama. In the non features films category, the maximum number of films selected, 5 are in Hindi, 3 in Malayalam, 3 in English, 2 in Marathi, 2 in Kashmiri and 1 in Kudukh. The films that will be screened during the festival are 101 Chodyangal, Ajana Batas, Apur Panchali, Artist, Celluloid, Fandry, Jal, Listen Amaya, Satyanweshi, Ship of Theseus, Shutter and OMG among others. The nonfeature category includes films like A Dream Called America, Behind the Mist, Lights on a Door', Rangabhoomi are some of the names. newS DeSk
toric old quarters of Peshawar last week. The visit was arranged by the Cultural Heritage Council (CHC), a heritage or-
ganisation that has been pushing for the preservation of the homes of Bollywood stars in Peshawar. Yusaf sought technical proposals from CHC with ways and means to preserve the building. He also sought CHC's help to identify ways to give the building the status of a "protected national monument" under relevant laws. The lawmaker said he had made the visit to see for himself the state of the building. He said he felt reassured because the building was intact from a structural engineering point of view. With minor conservation work, it could be restored and turned into a living museum dedicated to all cinema artistes who originally belonged to Peshawar, Yusaf said. He acknowledged Dilip Kumar was a son of the soil and Peshawar was proud of the hero. The homes of Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in the city deserve to be conserved, he added. STAFF RePORT
riHanna bUys $22m viLLa in barbaDOs Singer Rihanna has splashed out USD 22 million on a villa in Barbados, so that she can spend more time with her family. The 25-year-old, who is currently on her Diamonds world tour, bought a palatial waterfront villa at One Sandy Lane, where Simon Cowell also owns a home, according to New York Post. Rihanna purchased the 10,000-square-foot pad just down the beach from the famous, five-star Sandy Lane Hotel. It had been on the market for USD 21.8 million. "Rihanna bought the house after renting it for her family last year," a source said. The source added that she planned to spend more time in Barbados with her mother, Monica Braithwaite, and grandfather, Lionel Braithwaite. She is also planning to buy a place in New York. newS DeSk
amitaBH down witH feveR, stomaCH infeCtion
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been busy shooting for his game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 7', is down with fever and stomach infection. But the actor tweeted that there is nothing to worry about. The actor, who turned 71 on October 11 , tweeted, "OK ....nothing to panic ... I am down with fever .. and stomach infection .. my time today regretfully shall be limited to this only." However, Big B did not let the ailment affect his work and did shoot an episode of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. And wrote: 'jab tak jeevan hai tab tak sunghursh hai (One has to struggle till the time he is alive). Big B tweeted, "At work !! #KBC .. still struggling with ailment .. nothing easily achieved in life ..' jab tak jeevan hai tab tak sunghursh hai' !!" Big B also mentioned about his ailment on his blog saying: "I am incapacitated … down with fever and a stomach infection .. I am afraid this is all that I can do today … need to rest to burn it all out and recover sufficiently to be at KBC tomorrow ..Nothing to worry as such." The actor had on his birthday told reporters that he would continue working till the time he can. "I will continue working till there is strength in my body," he had said. newS DeSk
Big films like 'Boss' ReaCH oUt to moRe PeoPle: aditi Rao
PHOTOGRAPHER NAMES ANGELINA JOLIE AS LONE MODERN BEAUTY ICON Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie is the only modern beauty who could compete with silver screen legends Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, according to celebrity photographer Terry O'neill. The Brit has captured the world's most iconic beauties during his prolific career and he insists the days of the movie siren are numbered because so few current stars possess the look, the elegance and the class of the greats. But according to him there is one actress who rises above the rest - "Tomb Raider" beauty Jolie, reported Contactmusic. "Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, all of them were stunning. Now, they all seem the same. The only one who really stands out is Angelina Jolie, a different class of girl altogether. She's a stunning, beautiful woman a rarity," said O'Neill. He also reveals the stunning stars he caught on camera all had one thing in common - none of them would accept they were beautiful. newS DeSk
For Aditi Rao Hydari, it has been a gradual rise to the big league. Seen earlier this year in 'Murder 3' as a feisty young woman with guts to match and a mind of her own, she is now enjoying her own place under the sun (and on the beach!) in 'Boss'. As the only female lead in this all-men affair (Akshay Kumar, Ronit Roy, Shiv Pandit), Aditi is ecstatic to be promoting the film across countries and then enjoying a huge arrival this Wednesday. "It is very exciting indeed," Aditi Rao Hydari is clearly beaming with joy here, considering the elaborate promotional drive of the film, "For every actor, it is a dream to be a part of a film which boasts of a big scale.” newS DeSk
‘DIAMOND RAIN’ FALLS ON SATURN AND JUPITER COURTESY BBC Diamonds big enough to be worn by Hollywood film stars could be raining down on Saturn and Jupiter, US scientists have calculated. New atmospheric data for the gas giants indicates that carbon is abundant in its dazzling crystal form, they say. Lightning storms turn methane into soot (carbon) which as it falls hardens into chunks of graphite and then diamond. These diamond "hail stones" eventually melt into a liquid sea in the planets' hot cores, they told a conference. The biggest diamonds would likely be about a centimetre in diameter "big enough to put on a ring, although of course they would be uncut," says Dr
Kevin Baines, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He added they would be of a size that the late film actress Elizabeth Taylor would have been "proud to wear". "The bottom line is that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn. "People ask me - how can you really tell? Because there's no way you can go and observe it. "It all boils down to the chemistry. And we think we're pretty certain." THUnDERSTORM ALLEyS: Baines presented his unpublished findings at the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Denver, Colorado, alongside his co-author Mona Delitsky,
from California Speciality Engineering. Uranus and Neptune have long been thought to harbour gemstones. But Saturn and Jupiter were not thought to have suitable atmospheres. Baines and Delitsky analysed the latest temperature and pressure predictions for the planets' interiors, as well as new data on how carbon behaves in different conditions. They concluded that stable crystals of diamond will "hail down over a huge region" of Saturn in particular. "It all begins in the upper atmosphere, in the thunderstorm alleys, where lightning turns methane into soot," said Baines. "As the soot falls, the pressure on it increases. And after about 1,000 miles it turns to graphite - the sheet-like form of
carbon you find in pencils." By a depth of 6,000km, these chunks of falling graphite toughen into diamonds - strong and unreactive. These continue to fall for another 30,000km - "about two-and-ahalf Earth-spans" says Baines. "Once you get down to those extreme depths, the pressure and temperature is so hellish, there's no way the diamonds could remain solid. "It's very uncertain what happens to carbon down there." One possibility is that a "sea" of liquid carbon could form. "Diamonds aren't forever on Saturn and Jupiter. But they are on Uranus and Neptune, which are colder at their cores," says Baines. ‘ROUGH DIAMOnD’: The findings are yet to be peer reviewed, but other planetary
experts contacted by BBC News said the possibility of diamond rain "cannot be dismissed". "The idea that there is a depth range within the atmospheres of Jupiter and (even more so) Saturn within which carbon would be stable as diamond does seem sensible," says Prof Raymond Jeanloz, one of the team who first predicted diamonds on Uranus and Neptune. "And given the large sizes of these planets, the amount of carbon (therefore diamond) that may be present is hardly negligible." However Dr Nadine Nettelmann, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said further work was needed to understand whether carbon can form diamonds in an atmosphere which is rich in hydrogen and helium - such as Saturn's.
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Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you. — Satchel Paige
nawaz dissolves PCB, takes over as patron-in-chief LAHORE
wednesday, 16 October, 2013
kolkata, mUmBai get west indies tests
MUMBAI: Eden Gardens in Kolkata and the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will host India's two Tests against West Indies in November, which will mark the end of Sachin Tendulkar's 24-year career. While Eden Gardens will host the first Test from November 6 to 10, Tendulkar's farewell Test will be played at his home ground from November 14 to 18. The decision was taken during the BCCI's tour programme and fixtures committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday. While the first two ODIs of the tour will be played at Kochi (November 21) and Visakhapatnam (November 24), either Baroda or Kanpur will stage the last match of the series on November 27. Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will host the visitors' preparations prior to the series, including a three-day game to be played from October 31 to November 2. Once Tendulkar had requested the BCCI to play his last competitive game at his home ground, the decision with regard to his farewell Test - also his 200th was a mere formality at the meeting of the committee headed by BCCI vicepresident Rajiv Shukla. As a result, the Cricket Association of Bengal, which had been promised Tendulkar's 200th before he announced his decision to retire after the Test, was awarded with Tendulkar's penultimate Test. The series against West Indies wasn't scheduled on the FTP. AGenCieS
He Prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has dissolved the governing board of the PCB, and formed a fivemember interim management committee (imC) to run cricket in the country. The PCB's acting chairman Najam Sethi‚ former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Zaheer Abbas and Haroon rasheed, former team manager Naved Cheema were appointed to the committee. The imC was directed by Sharif to elect one of its members as chairman, and the committee unanimously chose Sethi, who has been acting as caretaker chairman since July and will represent Pakistan at the iCC board meeting on October 18 and 19 in London. "The Patron of PCB, the Prime
minister of Pakistan, has been pleased to direct the following: 1. Paragraph Section 41 of PCB Constitution has been amended and under the said paragraphs the board has been superseded," the PCB said in a release. "An interim management Committee (imC) has been constituted to ensure that PCB remains enabled to continue to perform day-to-day domestic and
international functions for the promotion of the game and in line with the directions of the court." The dissolution was the outcome of an issue that began with the islamabad High Court's judgement on a constitutional writ petition challenging the election of the previous PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, who was then suspended and replaced temporarily by Sethi for a 90-day term. Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of Punjab, also ran into trouble with the courts, with another judgement severely curtailing his powers. The court had set a deadline of October 18 for the PCB to hold fresh elections for chairman but the PCB wasn't able to comply. The reason for the noncompliance was an incomplete electoral college of all regional associations and the refusal of the election Commission of Pakistan, an autonomous body, to hold the elections.
Trescothick hails 'life saving' PCA LONDON
Darren maddy, Alan mullally and matthew maynard, will cycle from Durham to London over five days from October 18. They will travel 441 miles and hope to raise £200,000.
marcus Trescothick has hailed the "life saving" impact of the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund as he prepares to undertake a marathon bike ride to raise money for the charity. The fund set up by the PCA, the players' union, aims to help cricketers and their dependants deal with times of hardship or upheaval and was a substantial help to Trescothick when he was in the grip of depression. "i need to give something back," Trescothick told eSPNcricinfo. "i've had use of the benevolent fund. The PCA helped me massively when i didn't know where to turn and for that i will always be grateful. if there is anything i can do to repay that, by putting a name to an event or creating awareness, i'm only too happy to try. "When i came back from india in 2006, i was struggling. i needed help and it was the PCA who were there for me. "i called richard Bevan, who was the PCA chief executive at the time, when i didn't know what to do or where to turn. He said 'give me an hour' and, within two hours, i had a knock on the door and there was a psychologist there to help me. That sort of instant service was an incredible help and whatever happens in the future, i'd like to continue my affiliation with the fund so i give something back." Trescothick is one of a host of cricketers taking part in the Big Bike ride to raise money for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom maynard Trust. The group of 62 riders, which includes Andrew Flintoff, Darren Gough, Jos Buttler,
MANZOOR TON BREAKS TOP-ORDER DROUGHT ABU DHABI AGenCieS
Usually, a couple of hours into a Pakistan Test innings, Younis Khan is in the middle trying to rescue the team after the top order has floundered. in Abu Dhabi, he was relaxing in the pavilion, fiddling around with a camera while chatting with Junaid Khan. He could afford to joke around as Pakistan's new opening pair, Khurram manzoor and Shan masood, put on 135 runs, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket since January 2012, back when they were making a mockery of england's No. 1 ranking. it is much too soon to talk of them making a mockery of the current No. 1 side in the world, but Pakistan's sixth opening combination in seven Tests put them on course for a healthy first-innings side. manzoor went on to his maiden Test century, the first by a Pakistan opener against South Africa in a decade, to heap the pressure on Graeme Smith's side. manzoor is only playing his 10th Test, spread over more than four years, but was already deemed the senior opener in the squad, after mohammad Hafeez was axed. He is fresh off twin half-centuries in his previous Test, and though he had a few
nervy moments early on, he didn't throw away his wicket. He was generally watchful against the quicks, wearing a blow on his ribs from Jacques Kallis, and only opened out just before lunch when the spinners came on, taking three boundaries in two overs. What stood out as much as his crisp strokeplay and concentration was his desire to get a big score. He regularly chided himself when he played a loose shot, even knocking his helmet with his bat several times after chasing a wide one from Vernon Philander and nearly nicking it when on 90. it was a bit of struggle for him around that time, scoring only one run in 24 deliveries. Just as the pressure was mounting on him, he broke free with consecutive boundaries off robin Peterson. The century arrived soon after with a push towards cover for two, celebrating in a chest-thumpingly exuberant manner. His combativeness was also on display late in the day, when a wicketless Dale Steyn charged in with the second new ball. When Steyn flung the ball at him after fielding it, manzoor didn't back down, snapping back at the world's No. 1 bowler. Later in the over when Steyn glared after a quick delivery, manzoor blew him a kiss.
england tour raises western australia depth concerns
england have asked Cricket Australia to ensure the Ashes tourists face adequate opposition in their tour matches, with players set to be drafted in from around the country to bolster a Western Australia state Xi for the tour opener in Perth. each of the three matches scheduled for england ahead of the first Test in Brisbane will clash with a Sheffield Shield round, and the first will take place while Australia's ODi team are still on duty in india. These circumstances will likely leave the WA squad for the three-day match at the WACA ground particularly weak. eSPNcricinfo understands that early discussions have taken place around the shape of that team, and players not chosen for Shield duty in some of the stronger states may be required to fly across the continent and don the Western Australia cap for a week. Some of the players likely to find themselves around the fringes of state sides making room for numerous international participants include Peter Handscomb and Scott Boland for Victoria, Scott Henry and Kurtis Patterson for New South Wales and Luke Feldman in Queensland. There is less eCB concern about the subsequent four-day encounter against a New South Wales side at the SCG given the state's deeper pool of talent, while the Australia A team to face the englishmen over four days in Hobart between the two state matches is expected to be stronger on batting than bowling, as was the case when they faced the South Africans in Sydney last year. Western Australia's struggles to cobble together a strong enough team highlight the lack of depth in the state, a decline over numerous years contrasting with talent stocks in the 1990s that were so strong as to push the likes of David Hussey and Stuart macGill to the eastern seaboard. The coach Justin Langer has already enlisted the services of his former Test team-mate Simon Katich as a senior pro in the domestic limited-overs competition, and may be attempting to convince the 38year-old to take part in more Warriors fixtures either in the Shield or against the englishmen.
SCOReBOARD SOUTH AFRiCA 249 PAkiSTAn 1st inninGS khurram Manzoor not out 131 Shan Masood lbw b Duminy 75 Azhar Ali c †de Villiers b Philander 11 Younis khan c Petersen b Morkel 1 Misbah-ul-Haq* not out 44 eXTRAS: (nb 1) 1 TOTAl: (3 wickets; 84 overs) 263 TO BAT: Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal†, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid khan, Mohammad irfan FAll OF wiCkeTS: 1-135 (Shan Masood, 43.6 ov), 2-173 (Azhar Ali, 57.3 ov), 3-178 (Younis khan, 60.4 ov) BOwlinG: Dw Steyn 16-4-55-0,VD Philander 14-4-31-1,M Morkel 15-4-23-1,JH kallis 9-1-28-0,RJ Peterson 18-1-79-0,JP Duminy 101-39-1,F du Plessis 2-0-8-0 MATCH DeTAilS TOSS South Africa, who chose to bat TeST DeBUTS Shan Masood and Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan) PlAYeR OF THe MATCH tba UMPiReS PR Reiffel (Australia) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV UMPiRe iJ Gould (england) MATCH ReFeRee DC Boon (Australia) ReSeRVe UMPiRe Shozab Raza (Pakistan)
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It's a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square. –Pete Rose
sPOrts wednesday, 16 October, 2013
A determined indian team will look to plug their batting and bowling loopholes as they go into the second cricket one-dayer against an upbeat Australia on Wednesday with concerns over the form of some of their key bowlers. Having been beaten comprehensively in the first match by 72 runs, mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men would quickly like to get their act together as gaining momentum will be key in this seven-match series. On the other hand, a win at the Sawai mansingh Stadium will give Australia a run-away lead, which will be a shot in the arm considering they came into the series as underdogs. For a team that is World No 1 in iCC ODi rankings, after a string of impressive performances in the Champions Trophy, West indies tri-series and Zimbabwe series, one defeat can be overlooked as an aberration. But the ‘men in Blue’ would like to ensure that the match in Pune was a one-off thing as they go out there to reassert their supremacy in the 50-over format. For that, the hosts would need to lift their performances by quite a few notches as they were below par in all departments during the first one-dayer. The indian pacers have been quite pedestrian during the opening encounter with both ishant Sharma and r Vinay Kumar being clob-
india likely to go all guns blazing in 2nd odi against australia bered by the trio of Aaron Finch, Bailey and Glenn maxwell — especially ishant, who has been disappointing in both, the Twenty20 international (T20i) and the first One-Day international (ODi). Pathetic figures of none for 52 in four overs in the T20 international followed by none for 56 in seven overs in the ODi have hurt india badly as Aussie batsmen assaulted the lanky Delhi pacer with a flurry of boundaries in both
Bangladesh beat west indies in 4th odi of Under-19 series
GUyAnA: Captain Hassan Miraz spun Bangladesh to their third victory over the West Indies and his all-round display gave the visitors a 3-1 lead in the seven-match Under-19 one-day series. Fifteen-year-old captain Miraz bowled the West Indies team for 143 with a five-wicket haul, and contributed 27 to the team's win. The Caribbean side earlier scrambled to compile a competitive total, but were bowled out for 143 after winning the toss and deciding to bat. The visitors cruised to victory riding on a half-century stand between Miraz and Nazmul Hossain Shanto to reach 144 for six. On Friday, they registered a lopsided 198-run win over the West Indies when the home side again collapsed against Bangladeshi spin. A 64-run stand between Marquino Mindley and Gudakesh Moti-Kanhai provided the brightest sparkle in the West Indies batting. Mindley top-scored with 39 and Moti-Kanhai made 28, but the procession of batsmen to the pavilion continued as Bangladesh spinners exploited the conditions of the wicket at the Everest Cricket Club Ground. Miraz completed an impressive all-round performance to finish with five for 17 while Jubair Hossain supported well with three for 25. The Bangladesh run chase suffered some early setbacks, including the loss of two wickets just before the lunch interval. However, a 69-run partnership between Miraz and Shanto carried them to three runs from victory. Their victory was slightly delayed by Ramaal Lewis, who was on the verge of a hat-trick after snapping up the wickets of the two leading run scorers off consecutive balls. Miraz was caught for 27, while Shanto was beaten by a ball which swung back onto his stumps. Ray Jordan and Lewis each picked two wickets for 24 runs. BRIEf ScORES: west indies 143 in 46.3 overs (Marquino Mindley 39; Hassan Miraz 5 for 17, Jubair Hossain 3 for 25) lost toBangladesh 144 for 6 in 39.4 overs (nazmul Hossain Shanto 60, Hassan Miraz 27; Ramaal lewis 2 for 24, Ray Jordan 2 for 24). AGenCieS
matches. He has looked out of sorts and failed to hit the right length as he delivered a lot of short balls. indian spinners have performed relatively well with both ravichandran Ashwin and ravindra Jadeja putting up a decent show in the two matches that they have played so far. With Yuvraj Singh bowling his slow left-armers effectively, the spin department is less of a concern for Dhoni at the moment. Skipper Dhoni is not known to
make too many changes and it is expected that ishant will retain his place in the playing Xi, which is likely to remain unchanged for tomorrow's match. The hard and bouncy 22-yard strip at the Sawai mansingh Stadium provides a lot of help for the pacers and can play a key role in determining the outcome of the match. Of the 11 ODi matches that india have played at this ground, the hosts have won seven, having lost on just four occasions.
During the recently-concluded Champions League T20, the strip here was appreciated by everyone for the kind of carry it had with rajasthan royals not losing a single game at home during that phase. But the track might just work to the advantage of the Australians as they have two players in all-rounder Shane Watson and left-arm seamer James Faulkner, who have played more matches than some of the indian players at this ground courtesy
Grosjean set to be retained SPORTS DESK Lotus Team Principal eric Boullier has hinted that romain Grosjean's future with the team is all but assured after his starring role in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. Starting fourth on the grid, Grosjean made the perfect getaway and held his nerve to lead red Bull pair mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel into the first corner. The Frenchman was gradually overhauled, first by eventual race winner Vettel and then by Webber, who started from pole but lost out to his team-mate after running a three-stop strategy. Grosjean, who two-stopped like Vettel, had no answer to what was another crushing red Bull display. Yet with teammate Kimi raikkonen forced to play a supporting role for once on a Sunday - the Finn finished a distant fifth, almost forty seconds behind - the 27-year-old made the most of the spotlight on the track where, following their collision in last year's race, Webber had famously branded him a "first-lap nutcase". Twelve months ago, there were calls for Grosjean to be sacked; now he's seen within Lotus as a potential team leader.
But first things first: what's the contract situation? "i need to get the written permission of my board but then we'll see," Boullier said. "romain already has a contract with us for next year. He just has options to be taken up, so we have to do it in a few days i think." Boullier was vague on the deadline for the option, stretching to "a couple of weeks". And yet, after a strong run of form reaching back to the start of the summer, surely it's now only a matter of when it will be exercised. There was already a feeling before Sunday's race that
the Grosjean jigsaw was taking shape nicely and his lightning start and confident early lead were the latest pieces to fit into place. "Yeah, it was probably one of the best," he said after the race. "When i dropped the clutch i said, 'Whoah, whoah, that's a good one, come on, come on go for it'. Amazing." Leading for the first half of the race, Grosjean's pace tailed off after he switched to the hard compound tyre at his first stop. Passed by Vettel on lap 41, Webber tried and failed several times before eventually getting past himself two laps from home.
simpson to take on coyle SPORTS DESK Tommy Coyle will now face former British champion John Simpson in Hull on November 2, after Gavin rees was forced to pull out of the fight through injury. rees's elbow injury has opened the door for Simpson to gatecrash the highly competitive domestic
lightweight division, after previously holding the Lonsdale belt at super-featherweight. Coyle is back in action after his fantastic performance against Derry mathews for the Commonwealth title at Craven Park Stadium in July, while Simpson enters the contest off the back of a cracking win over Choi Tseveenpurev in may,
a bout shortlisted for the Fight of the Year award by the British Boxing Board of Control. "We went from one war with Gavin to another with John and Tommy, and the fight fans know what to expect from these two," said promoter eddie Hearn. "i was disappointed for Gavin - he won't feature again until 2014 now." Coyle's clash with Simpson is part of a cracking line-up of action in Hull as Luke Campbell mBe fights for the third time as a pro and the second time in his hometown, with Lee Connolly taking on the Olympic Gold medal hero. Unbeaten Sheffield heavyweight richard Towers faces Australian Lucas Browne in an eliminator for the Commonwealth title, while Driffield lightweight Curtis Woodhouse returns after his Commonwealth title challenge. Three more Hull favourites are in action featherweight Samir mouneimne, light-welterweight Zak Collins and lightweight Joel Haigh.
iPL and CLT20. The Australian bowling attack was really impressive the other day as their pace troika came hard at the indian batsmen. While mitchell Johnson was fast and accurate bowling at a speed close to 150 kmph, Clint mckay and Faulkner time and again hit the right areas and also got the ball to swing. The pitch is likely to provide them an ideal platform to press hard on the indian batsmen who are known to be uncomfortable against fast bowling as well as disconcerting bounce. Save Virat Kohli, who topscored with 61, none of the other indian batsmen got a half-century as rohit Sharma and Suresh raina frittered away good starts having scored 42 and 39, respectively. Senior pro Yuvraj, who is in blazing form, would like to repeat his T20 international performance as his all-round show could be a big factor in deciding the outcome of the match. Dhoni, arguably one of india's finest limited overs batsman, would also like to make a significant contribution on the ground where he had scored his career-best knock of 183 in an ODi against Sri Lanka eight years back. However ravindra Jadeja will ideally be keen to score some runs as he struggled big time against fast and rising deliveries managing only 11 off 18 balls in the last match. Down 0-1 in the series, the indians will be expected to come out all guns blazing in what can be termed as an exciting contest on the cards.
Bailey backs Clarke's leadership skills
nEW DEHLI: Australia’s stand-in captain George Bailey on Tuesday backed Michael Clarke’s leadership skills after former skipper Ricky Ponting revealed his concerns in his upcoming book, ‘At Close of Play’. Ponting spoke of his concerns about Clarke's attitude towards responsibility while he was vice-captain. "I knew he was an excellent thinker on the game, but for a long time I was concerned that he wouldn't be able to handle the huge variety of 'little things' that go with being Australian captain." "It wasn't that he was disruptive or treacherous, and publicly he said all the right things, but he had never been one to get too involved in planning sessions or debriefs at the end of a day's play, or to volunteer to take on any of the captain's workload," Ponting wrote. AGenCieS
Price opts for trainer Booth British heavyweight champion David Price will be trained by Adam Booth in a bid to resurrect his career. Price lost twice to American Tony Thompson this year after storming through the domestic division with a series of early knockouts. However, veteran Thompson exposed the former Olympic bronze medallist's flaws, with the 30-year-old subsequently deciding to part with long-time trainer Franny Smith. "We did a few sessions together just to see how it would work, and he then agreed to train me. I was made up about that." David Price With Price's world title ambitions in tatters, the Liverpudlian giant has tasked Booth with the opportunity to help him rebuild. "To begin with I contacted a handful of world-class trainers and asked Adam if I could have a chat and perhaps get some advic," said Price, who remains British and Commonwealth champion. "When I first turned pro I was signed by Hayemaker and only left because of the television situation at the time. Adam pointed me in the right direction after that - and advised me to go with Frank Maloney - and I've always valued his opinion. "So, after a brief chat, I brought up the idea of him possibly training me and we decided to have a meeting. I assumed he wanted to see what kind of frame of mind I was in. SPORTS DeSk
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Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing. –Warren Spahn
wednesday, 16 October, 2013
feRgUson toUted foR aUssie JoB LONDON
Ormer manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been urged to come out of retirement and manage Australia in next year's World Cup by ex-red Devils goalkeeper mark Bosnich. The Socceroos are currently without a
manager after German coach Holger Osieck was sacked on Saturday following back-to-back 6-0 defeats against Brazil and France. And Bosnich - who played under Ferguson during two spells at United - believes Football Federation Australia should pull out all the stops to convince the 71-year-old to take charge of the side. "We've been throwing around a lot of names but there's one person that i haven't
Coleman issues Bale warning LOnDOn: Wales manager Chris Coleman fears it may take until 2014 for Gareth Bale to start producing his best form for Real Madrid. The 24-year-old forward has made just three appearances for the Bernabeu club since completing his world-record £86million move from Tottenham in August. Bale is currently sidelined with a back injury and, earlier this week, Real denied reports that the Welshman had suffered a slipped disc and required surgery. Coleman believes Bale's lack of a proper pre-season is a reason for his injury-troubled start to life at Real, and believes it will take some time for him to produce the sort of thrilling performances which were his trademark in the Premier League. "Anyone who plays top level professional football and you don't have a pre-season, if you expect to start any game, you are bonkers, crackers. It doesn't happen," he said. "If you think you can just pick up where you left off the season before, that doesn't happen either. It takes time. "It doesn't matter how good you are - and he's a super player and a super athlete. You can't just switch it on or off if you've missed all that pre-season. "You are always playing catch-up so I wouldn't be surprised if it's after Christmas before we see Gareth getting into it again. "I hope it's not serious but it may be some time before we see Gareth doing what he is capable of." "It may take him some time. He's in a new environment that he needs to get used to and he's playing catch-up all the time. AGenCieS
heard mentioned - even though i've got more reason than anyone not to suggest him," Bosnich, who endured a fractious relationship with Ferguson during his second spell at Old Trafford, told Triple m radio station. "i'm just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he's like - it is Sir Alex Ferguson. "That name hasn't been put about, but we need someone of that ilk. "He (Ferguson) would command a top whack, but in life, and especially in sport, you get what you pay for. if you want the very best, you're going to have to pay for the best." Ferguson retired from football management at the end of last season after spending 26 years in charge of United. He managed his native Scotland at the 1986 World Cup following Jock Stein's sudden death, but failed to progress from the g r o u p stages.
Forgotten Voice may need an alternative engagement in Australia after missing the cut for this weekend's Caulfield Cup. Nicky Henderson's gelding must run somewhere in order to increase his chance of getting a place in the emirates melbourne Cup and is now set to appear in next Wednesday's Geelong Cup. racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter and melbourne racing Club executives decided the Gai
watson out early again MOScOW: Heather Watson's poor run of form continued as she was knocked out in the first round of the Luxembourg Open by Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer. British No.3 Watson staged a recovery after losing the first set in just 24 minutes but Wickmayer came through 6-0 5-7 6-2 in one hour and 42 minutes. Watson's defeat stretched her recent record to just one win in nine matches, a run which has seen her slump out of the world's top 100. Also on Monday, seeds Lucie Safarova and Bojana Jovanovski safely negotiated their first-round assignments. Fifth-seeded Czech Safarova saw off Peng Shuai of China 7-5 6-4, while eighth-seeded Serb Jovanovski was a 6-4 6-3 winner against Italy's Francesca Schiavone. Monica Niculescu prevailed 7-5 6-4 in her all-Romanian battle with Alexandra Cadantu. The top three seeds Dane Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens of the United States and Germany's Sabine Lisicki - all start their campaigns on Tuesday. AGenCieS
sousa ousted by stakhovsky MOScOW: Sergiy Stakhovsky sent seventh seed Joao Sousa crashing out in the first round of the Kremlin Cup after recording a 6-4 6-3 victory in Moscow. The world No 98, who famously defeated Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year, needed just an hour and 17 minutes to defeat an opponent ranked 48 places above him. The Ukrainian went 4-1 down in the opening set but dominated the contest from there on top set up a second-round clash with Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-3. "I started a bit nervous and experienced certain problems in the beginning," Stakhovsky said. "But later in the first set I managed to bring my concentration back and dominated the play in the rest of the match." Elsewhere in the first round, Sixth seed Horacio Zaballos fought back from a set down to beat Ricardas Bernakis 1-6 6-3 6-4, while Russian teenager Karen Khachanov defeated Albert Ramos 6-2 3-6 6-4. AGenCieS
Waterhouse-trained Julienas was more worthy of the final spot at Caulfield after his second place in the metropolitan Handicap. "Both horses were equally qualified, but Julienas' performance to finish second in the metropolitan gave him the nod," Carpenter told The Age. Forgotten Voice, who won at royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood this summer, is first reserve for the Caulfield Cup. Leigh Jordon, racing Victoria international recruiter, said: "We have four days before the race and in past years
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newbury maiden on Hydrogen radar Hydrogen appears unlikely to run in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, with connections instead opting to stay low key this autumn. The Peter Chapple-Hyamtrained juvenile, who was the most expensive yearling sold anywhere in the world in 2012, has yet to race competitively after he suffered a setback earlier in the year. Hydrogen still holds an entry in the Group One in Yorkshire on Saturday week, but he is instead poised to run in a Newbury maiden. David Redvers, racing manager for his owners Qatar Racing Limited, told Sky Sports News Radio: "We should see him, all being well, in two weeks in a Newbury maiden. "I saw him do another piece of work the other morning under Jamie Spencer and he worked with a very fast lead-horse and went extremely well. "He looks a nice mile-and-a-half horse, which is what you'd expect on pedigree. SPORTS DeSk
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horses have dropped out for many and varied reasons and, with that in mind, there is always hope." Forgotten Voice's compatriot, Dandino, remains on target for the Caulfield Cup, which is Australia's second most prestigious handicap. marco Botti's charge has enjoyed a fine preparation for his trip to Australia, running well in defeat in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket and the Hardwicke Stakes at royal Ascot before landing the American St Leger under ryan moore.
SyDnEy: Australian Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson said she will train under new coach Antony DrinkwaterNewman after parting ways with long-term mentor Sharon Hannan. Drinkwater-Newman currently runs a junior training squad on Australia’s Gold Coast but previously was the strength and conditioning coach for the IAAF at a regional level and was an assistant coach to Hannan from 2006 to 2011. “I was excited by the fresh ideas that Antony has developed and I know that we work well together. Antony will be able to train beside me and that will be special.” Pearson, 27, said she expected to be in peak condition for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in early March, as well as the Australian domestic season next year. The athlete, who won gold at last year’s London Games in the 100m hurdles, announced last week she was splitting with Hannan, her coach for 14 years, to develop fresh ideas. AGenCieS
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Home favourite Svetlana Kuznetsova progressed to the second round of the Kremlin Cup with a 7-5 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko in moscow. Two-time grand slam winner Kuznetsova was pushed hard in the opening set but ultimately had too much for her Ukrainian opponent, who served six double faults. elsewhere in the first round, Alize Cornet saw off another Ukrainian - elina Svitolina - 7-5 6-3 to book her spot in round two of the russian tournament. "She's a very young player but very talented. i didn't expect to play this level today because i just came back from injury but surprisingly i played really good," Cornet said. "i think i was really solid especially in the most important moments and that's why i won." russia's Alisa Kleybanova needed three sets but eventually came through 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-4 against American Varvara Lepchenko.
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