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Taliban Terrorise Peshawar Taliban suicide attackers rain rockets on PaF base in Peshawar airport, kill five civilians g Security forces kill five terrorists in counter attack g
PESHAWAR SAJJAD ALI
everal militants launched a brazen rocket and gun attack on Bacha Khan airport in Peshawar on Saturday night, killing five people and injuring several others in a 30-minute duel with security forces. Five attackers were also killed in the attack that was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said the target was the air force base inside the airport, adding that 10 TTP members took part in the attack and used two explosives-laden vehicles. The military rushed reinforcements to University road as soon as explosions and rocket fire jolted the area and cordoned off the site as it tried to negotiate the salvo. Unofficial reports said the rockets were fired from the nearby Tribal areas. Pakistan air Force said a rocket damaged the outer wall of the airfield, situated near a residential area and military barracks. However, other reports said the boundary wall had in fact been razed when a bomber
NEW DELHI AgENCIES
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday and invited him to inaugurate a development project in Pakistan. Malik, who arrived in India on a three-day visit on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, said he had come to India with a message of love and peace. The two discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations and the newly-signed visa agreement. They also discussed various options for improving relations between the two countries. Malik was accompanied by Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir. The interior minister Malik said Pakistan wanted to start a new era of relations by forgetting past bitterness. Malik said his country wanted to work for peace between the two nations and in the entire region. He said both countries did not want incidents like the Mumbai attacks or Samjhauta Express happening ever again. PM Singh said India wanted to build favourable ties with its neighbours, including Pakistan. Malik invited the Indian prime minister to visit Pakistan and inaugurate a development project in his native village. India and Pakistan on Friday operationalised a new regime guaranteeing liberalised visa protocol.
rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into it. The Inter-Services Public relations said five terrorists had been killed in crossfire with security forces, adding that the assailants had an explosives-laden vehicle with them. It said the corpses of the terrorists would be cleared by the Bomb Disposal Squad before further formalities. The ISPr added that civilians had been killed as a result of the suicide bomber driving his vehicle into the boundary wall of the facility, but did not give an exact number. The statement added the security forces were fully alert and had regained control of the situation. "No terrorist has been able to penetrate inside (the airfield)," Group Captain Tariq Mahmood, a spokesman for Pakistan air Force, said in a statement. "Security forces were fully alert and are in control of the situation." Mahmood said there had been no casualties among PaF personnel or damages to equipment during the incident. a military official said three rockets had landed in a nearby residential area. Continued on page 04
Let’s bury the hatchet, Malik tells Singh
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Special Supplement PESHAWAR: An infant receives medical aid following a TTP attack on PAF airbase at Peshawar airport on Saturday. INP
Today’s edition contains a special supplement on the Fall of Dhaka. — Pages 06-07
Karachi, other Sindh cities come to a standstill Protests held across Karachi, Sindh following SC’s show-cause notice against MQM chief g SC CJ’s effigies torched in demonstrations in Karachi g Party dissociates itself from protests, Altaf urges peace g
KARACHI AAMIR MAJEED
An eerie uncertainty loomed over Karachi and other major cities of Sindh on Saturday as the country’s financial hub came to a grinding halt, five people, including policemen, got killed and several effigies of the Supreme Court chief justice got torched, all for particularly no reason at all. The apparent uneasiness in the city was ushered by the SC’s Friday decision in which it served a show-cause notice to Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain for committing contempt of court, however, MQM leaders steered clear of controversy by saying the party had nothing to do with the protests and that the people had staged demonstrations themselves to express their love for party chief Altaf Hussain. MQM spokesman Wasey Jalil told Pakistan Today that the public had protested at various places across Karachi and parts of Sindh province against the apex court’s orders. “MQM had nothing to do with the protests organised by the public in favour of MQM chief Altaf Hussain,”
the spokesman added. Meanwhile, Altaf issued a statement from London, saying he valued public sentiments emerging after the SC decision, but he would appeal to the public to keep their protests peaceful. He said it was legal and constitutional right of the people to carry out peaceful protests, appealing to “each and every worker and sympathiser of the MQM to restrain their emotions”. He said the people had defeated machinations against the MQM in the past and he was hopeful that they would frustrate these conspiracies today as well. Despite Altaf’s request and MQM’s dissociation, life in the metropolis came to standstill throughout the day. Shops, markets, fuelling stations and public transport remained shut for the day owing to a “show of power” by an “organised group”. The daylong closure caused a loss of Rs 3 billion, according to All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) chairman Atiq Mir, while Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) chairman Haroon Afzal put the figure at Rs 2.5 billion. Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) chair-
KARACHI: Smoke billows from tyres set on fire at Nagan Chowrangi in a demonstration in support of MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday. ONLINE man Irshad Bukhari said transporters decided to keep their vehicles off-road following threats by an “organised group”. The state machinery eventually came
to life in the evening with the Rangers restoring order. The Rangers carried out raids in various parts of the metropolis and rounded up 28 criminals involved in the
forceful closure of shops, markets and petrol pumps. Continued on page 04
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04 News Tales of heroism emerge from ‘evil’ school shooting
ATC summons six witnesses in Benazir murder case g
Mark Siegel also summoned RAWALPINDI KASHIF ABBASI
A President Barack Obama weeps as he addresses the American people following Friday’s school shooting tragedy. CONNECTICUT AgENCIES
Elementary school library clerk Mary Ann Jacob heard gunshots and shouted "Lockdown!" to a class of fourth graders. Then she discovered the classroom door wouldn't lock. Quickly, quietly she and other library staff got the 18 children down on the floor and crawled with them to a classroom storage closet. Hiding from the gunman who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, they barricaded themselves inside by shoving a file cabinet against the door. "We settled them down with paper and crayons," Jacob told reporters on Saturday. The gunfire suddenly ended and police came pounding at the door. But the library staff refused to open it until they slipped a badge under the door, Jacob said. In the aftermath of the massacre, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Friday said "evil" had descended upon the small community of Newtown. But
Hillary suﬀers concussion; recovering at home
WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fainted and suffered a concussion after becoming dehydrated because of a stomach virus, the State Department said Saturday. Clinton, 65, plans to leave her position soon after President Obama's second term inauguration. She had canceled a visit to Morocco earlier this week because she was feeling ill with a stomach virus. According to a State Department statement, the high-profile American diplomat is recovering at home now. “While suffering from a stomach virus, Secretary Clinton became dehydrated and fainted, sustaining a concussion,” the State Department said in a statement. “She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors. At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week.
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emerging a day after the carnage were tales of heroism by school staff members, including the six who died. There was first-grade teacher Vicki Leigh Soto, 27, who police said "put herself between the kids and the gunman's bullets" and whose body was found huddled with the students in a classroom closet, according to The Wall Street Journal. And there were selfless survivors like first-grade teacher Kaitlin Roig. She told ABC News she scrambled her class into a cramped bathroom, locked the door and "told the kids I love them" in case those were the last words they ever heard. A school custodian reportedly raced through the hallways echoing with gunfire to check that classroom doors were locked from the inside, the Newtown Bee newspaper said. On Friday morning fourth graders were in Jacob's library classroom when the intercom sputtered to life with what sounded like a struggle in the school office. "We heard some scuffling noises and stuff and I thought someone made a mistake," Jacob said. "So I called down there
and the secretary answered the phone and said ‘There's a shooting.'" Then Jacob heard "popping noises" that she realized was gunfire. "I shouted ‘Lockdown!' and I ran across the hall and told the other class it was a lockdown," Jacob said. She dashed back to her classroom and discovered that the door would not lock. Spying the storage closet in the room, Jacob and the rest of the library staff guided the children in a group-crawl to safety as the gunfire continued. "We tried to minimize it with the kids. Just tried to keep it calm and quiet," she said. The staff told the children it was an active shooter drill that they had practiced before. Later, Jacob said she found out that "the kids who died were in two first-grade classrooms." Panicked parents converged on a firehouse near the school on Friday afternoon, terrified by the thought that their children might be among the dead. "The teachers lined up, held up signs, the kids lined up behind them," Jacob said.
Taliban Terrorise Peshawar Continued from page 01
"We have repulsed the attack on the airport, everything is under control," the official added. An official of the health department said more than 40 people had been injured in the airport attack, adding that three of the dead were suspected militants. Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar Chief Executive Umar Ayub said an emergency had been declared in all
hospital and all surgeons had been called in. Defence Minister Naveed Qamar said the terrorists struck with proper planning and even had a backup team to support the assault. He said “many” suicide bombers launched the assault, but the forces had managed to avoid casualties and major damage. Prime minister’s spokesman said the situation was being monitored and Raja Pervez Ashraf had
praised the prompt response by the security forces in a critical situation. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour confirmed the attack but did not know of casualties. Provincial Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the airport had been completely secured and no major damage had been caused. All airports across the country have been put on red alert following the incidents.
N anti-terrorism court on Saturday summoned six witn e s s e s , including US journalist Mark Siegel, on January 5th in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Five years following Bhutto’s assassination, FIA has yet to submit a complete report on the twice elected prime minister’s murder case. While, FIA had included as many as 55 prosecution witnesses, it has recorded statements of only 17 witnesses so far. Mark Siegel, who has served as a lobbyist for Bhutto in the US had stated that he was with Ms Bhutto in London when former president Pervez Musharraf called and threatened her of dire consequences if she returned to Pakistan before the 2008 general elections. “Mark Siegel’s statement is very important. If he appears before the court it could
be a turning point in the case because he is an independent witness and holds records of important emails sent to him by Benazir Bhutto,” FIA Prosecutor General Chaudhry Zulfiqar told Pakistan Today. He said that Siegal in a statement recorded by FIA had claimed that former president Musharraf telephoned Benazir Bhutto in his presence and allegedly threatened her and told her that he would not be responsible for her security if she returned home before the elections. Two months before her death, Bhutto also sent an email to Siegel telling him if she were killed, Musharraf ought to be held responsible. In the email, Bhutto also told Siegel that Musharraf denied providing her with additional security following the October suicide attack on her in Karachi. Musharraf, who is FIA’s proclaimed offender in the case, has been living in self exile in London and Dubai for the past four years. So far no serious effort has been made from
Let’s bury the hatchet, Malik tells Singh Continued from page 01
In an interview with NDTV, Malik said India and Pakistan would have to learn from their troubled past and look towards the future. Malik said he had never compared the demolition of the Babri Mosque to Mumbai attacks, adding that his statement had been misunderstood. On the issue of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, he said Pakistan needed evidence against him which could stand in court. He said though Saeed had been arrested earlier, he had been released by courts and that the government respected the orders of the judiciary. The interior minister said Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing into the 26/11 attacks was likely to visit Pakistan in midJanuary, while a Pakistani judicial panel could visit India next week. "And yesterday we have worked out a way forward so that the (Pakistani) judicial commission may
come next week," Malik told NDTV. "Let the director general of Federal Investigation Agency and NIA sit together and resolve issues," he said. Shinde had raised the issue of NIA team's visit during his meeting with Malik on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in the Maldives in September. The NIA wishes to go to Pakistan to examine material evidence against key masterminds and accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that claimed 166 lives. Malik said Shinde had taken up matter of voice samples of the 26/11 handlers, which India hopes to match with the ones on tape giving directions during the 2008 attacks. The ministry said according to Pakistani law, voice samples "cannot be given unless the permission is given by accused himself". "We have moved the high court on the matter of (Lashkar-e-Tayyaba commander Zakiur Rehman) Lakhvi's voice sample and it is pending there," he said.
Mirwaiz urges india to create friendly environment for talks ISLAMABAD NNI
The All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq urged India to create a congenial atmosphere for talks with Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute. Talking to media at Srinagar airport on Saturday, before leaving for Lahore via New Delhi with his delegation, he said Pakistan should stress for inclusion of Kashmiri people in the dialogue process with India to make it meaningful and result-oriented. During the week-long tour, the APHC delegation will meet a cross section of people in Pakistan, particu-
larly political leaders and senior government functionaries to evolve a broader consensus on the issue of Kashmir. The delegation will also meet people from different walks of life and apprise them about the situation prevailing in occupied Kashmir. Other members of the delegation are Professor Abdul Ghani Butt‚ Abbas Ansari‚ Agha Syed Hassan ‚ Bilal Ghani Lone‚ Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Musaddiq Aadil. Another Hurriyat (M) executive member Shabir Ahmed Shah has applied for travel to Pakistan through LoC but has not been granted permission by Indian author-
ities as yet. The Hurriyat delegation also met officials of Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi including High Commissioner Salman Bashir, to finalise the itinerary for the
upcoming visit. Besides other engagements, the delegation will meet Pakistan’s Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar, Minister for Kashmir
Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Mian Manzoor Wattoo and Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir Chairman Moulana Fazlur Rehman. The APHC leaders will also visit Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Kashmir, to hold talks with the president, prime minister and other leaders of the region. Meanwhile, preparations are afoot in Pakistan to welcome the visiting leaders. Per schedule, they are expected to arrive in Lahore today at 6:10 in the evening and will later be flown to Islamabad where they will be received by leaders of Pakistan APHC chapter and government functionaries.
the government’s side to bring him back for his alleged involvement in Bhutto’s murder. Other summoned witnesses include SSP Yasin Farooq‚ SP Ashfaq Anwar‚ Professor Dr Musaddaq and Dr Abdul Rehman from Rescue 1122. Meanwhile, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed Interpol that former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf wanted to kill Bhutto because he considered her a threat to his tenure. The statement came after Interpol rejected Pakistan’s request to arrest Musharraf, saying it was moved under political pressure. FIA recently dispatched another letter to Interpol, requesting them to arrest Musharraf who is currently residing in London. The agency also attached some documents as evidence and Musharraf’s arrest warrants with the letter. The evidence dispatched with the letter on Thursday included a statement by Siegel and records of emails sent by Musharraf to Bhutto.
Karachi comes to a standstill Continued from page 01
But before that happened, at least five people, including two Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officials and an assistant subinspector (ASI), were killed across the port city. The body of CID official Sohail was recovered from Suparco Road, while the body of Khurram, another CID official, was found in Garden area. Both CID officials were kidnapped on Friday day and killed after torture. Police ASI Mohsin was targeted and killed by unidentified armed men in Banaras area. Another man identified as Anwar was killed in Orangi Town No 1, while a handcuffed, bullet-riddled body of a teenager was recovered from Kashti Chowk in Lyari. Several protest demonstrations were held in the city against the SC contempt of court orders against Altaf Hussain. Protests were reported at NIPA Chowrangi, Nagan Chowrangi, Five Star Chowrangi, Aysha Manzil, Liaquatabad, Gharibabad, Orangi No 5, Burnes Road, Guru Mandir, Nazimabad, Pak Colony, Bara Board, Landhi and Korangi. The protesters chanted slogans against the chief justice of Pakistan and in some areas, even set his effigies on fire to vent anger, demanding the apex court revoke the contempt orders. Apart from Karachi, demonstrations were held in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Nawabshah as well. Reports said armed men had forced the closure of shops, markets, petrol pumps and CNG stations as early as Friday night. The University of Karachi and Karachi Bar Council were also forced to postpone exams and elections, respectively, for later.
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Sana unable to digest 65% corruption charge on Punjab g
Law minister says PPP govt solely responsible for corruption in country LAHORE
ROVINCIAL Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah termed the statement by NAB chairman, holding Punjab responsible for 65 percent of unprecedented corruption taking place in the current government, the biggest lie in the history of Pakistan. In a statement on Saturday, Sanaullah said the NAB chief’s statement was extremely misleading. He said the NAB chairman had either given the statement under the pressure of his leadership which had set records of historical corruption or he was simply looking to please his masters just to perpetuate his unlawful appointment. He said it was evident that the PPP government was solely responsible for the matchless corruption being done in Pakistan. Posing a question to the NAB chief, he asked if the pockets of pilgrims were picked in Punjab and whether bil-
lions of rupees under that head were plundered in the province. “Did the Punjab government commit robberies in the NICL and the Bank of Punjab?” he questioned. He enquired if those who committed edacities in these institutions were not part of the federal government. Drawing attention towards destruction of national institutions like the steel mill, PIA and railways as a result of corruption, misappropriation worth billions of rupees in fertiliz-
One killed, 10 injured as roofs collapse LAHORE STAFF REPORT
One person was killed and 10 others were injured in two separate incidents when the roofs of their houses collapsed on Saturday. As per details, one person was killed and two others injured when the roof of a house situated in Yuhannabad collapsed. The deceased, Ashraf and the injured, Saima and Aziz were shifted to the nearest
Robber killed in shootout LAHORE STAFF REPORT
An alleged robber was killed in a police shootout late on Friday on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road in Faisal Town. According to details, Faisal Town police signaled a motorcyclist to stop, who instead opened fire on the police. The police also started firing in retaliation and killed the suspect, later identified as Yaqoob, while his accomplice Khurram managed to escape from the scene. A constable, Ifran, also got injured and was shifted to a local hospital. Model Town SP (Operations) claimed that the suspected criminals were involved in many robberies.
hospital by Rescue 1122. In another incident eight people, including women and children, were injured when the roof of a house situated in Nawankot collapsed due to rainfall. Rescue teams reached the spot and rescued the victims lying under the debris and shifted them to a local hospital. The names of the injured are Maryam, Sidra, Asma, Hafsa, Nasreen, Bulqees, Sawera and Raani.
ers, plundering of the Bait-ul-Mal funds meant for widows and corruption of billions of rupees in projects like the Safe City, he asked if all those were not a reflection of the black deeds of the federal government and enquired if any of those scandals were related to the Punjab government. He asked the NAB chairman to answer if the PPP government was not involved in embezzlements worth billions of rupees in the 3-G Spectrum project. Likewise,
he expressed the opinion that the NAB chairman might not be aware of the fact that embezzlements worth billions of rupees in the rental power plants were committed by the federal government and not by Punjab. Sanaullah pointed out that the Punjab government headed by Shahbaz Sharif was quoted to be an example of transparency and good governance at the international level. “Be it the World Bank or the Asian Development Bank, reports from Transparency International or the Department for International Development (DFID), all stand witness to the transparency in Punjab,” he stated. He asked why opponents of PML-N remained silent when the Punjab chief minister openly said he would step down from his office if any corruption against him, worth even a single penny, was proven. He opined that if the NAB chief had the courage and audacity to bring to justice the corrupt rulers sitting in the echelons of Islamabad, the majority of the rulers would have been behind bars today.
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06 special supplement
HE political regimes in Pakistan have never succeeded in providing good governance that is an essential requirement for peace and progress. The Pakistani vessel has rocked upon its fragile base to crack and break under its own weight since its inception. The first major blow came at the tender age of twenty four years when we lost a vital limb, the eastern wing of Pakistan. The eighteenth day of December brings back the agony and ignominy to all those who witnessed yet another separation within such a short span. History relating to 1971 is largely distorted that paints and highlights a picture of Pakistani brutality and cruelty that the innocent Bengalis has to suffer. This perception has been perpetuated for so long and so continuously that reality has been obscured and the inability of the Pakistanis to present a more accurate version is largely found missing from the 1971 war discourse. The Bangladeshi meta-narrative revolves predominantly around the inhuman treatment by the Pakistani army that not only demonises it as the ‘Other’ to highlight the Bengali gullibility, but also exploits it as a plausible reason for wanting to break away from the mother state. Impartial, authoritative and scholarly analysis of 1971 is very rare. Prof Bose, a Bengali belonging to the family of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, has done a remarkable job of investigating the charge of rape leveled against the Pakistan army and has provided ample evidence to dismantle the myth that had hitherto cast serious doubts upon the moral values of the Pakistan army. Pointing towards the fact that no such study has ever been conducted to bring the events of the conflict to the fore so far, Professor Bose, also asserts that the sheer number of Bangladeshi women raped
is placed in the millions, a fact to which the Hamoodur Rehman Commission Report also referred and declared as absurd. Similarly, in the book ‘war and succession’ by Richard Sisson and Leo E Rose argue that the disparate agenda of the two majority parties in the 1970’s election gave birth to the most vicious episode in Pakistan’s life. Among both the parties, Bhutto represented a region and had a national program, while Mujib represented the nation and had a regional program. Furthermore, the Bengalis suffered as a result of the operation launched by the Pakistani army after the authorities could not contain the agitation that the Bengalis had raised, the Indian claims of “genocide” are grossly exaggerated. According to the authors, Pakistan made several miscalculations: firstly, it was assumed that the agitating Bengalis in the East will submit quickly to armed force operation that was launched to bring the situation under control. This, however did not happen as they were bent upon having an independent Bangladesh. They fought back through the Mukti Bhani force that was increasing and had reached to a whopping 100,000 fighters backed by the Indians. Secondly, Pakistan had not envisaged that the conflict would protract to a level where things would go out of hand. Furthermore, it was naively believed that India would not intervene in the conflict that was Pakistan’s internal issue, but it did. Thirdly, that China would come to the rescue of Pakistan by sending its military, but it did not. Knowing that China would not interfere, India moved its six battalions to the Pakistani border from that along the Chinese one. Fourthly, a conflict on the western border did nothing to distract India that became successful in altering the line of control. This just goes to exemplify the fact that Pakistan’s greatest misfortune has been to have India as a neighbor that took on the role of an archrival right from its independence. The seeds of hate and deception had been sown way before partition starting right before the time when the national liberation movements to oust the foreign occupiers began. At every stage, the Muslim leaders of the sub-continent had been encountering such betrayal from their Hindu counterparts. Thus was born the two-Nation theory. This Indian unreliability has been our constant companions for the past six decades and episodes of it are still seen by the new generation for whom partition doesn’t mean much. When China attacked India in 1962, Pakistan did not attack India. It could easily have damaged its neighbor by inflicting a much deserved injury to India if it had wanted to. But Pakistan had exercised restraint by respecting territorial rights. US had sought assurance from Pakistan it will not attack India, while Pakistan was member of SEATO & CENTO, thus also respecting international laws. While in 1971, India’s role in the breakup is more than evident in more ways than one. The Bengalis, it was known had no military strength whatsoever, either to fight or to organize such a huge number of guerilla fighters , the Mukti Bahinis. They were clearly the off springs of the Indians who had been fully backing the Bengal Insurgency. Furthermore, the need to humiliate the Pakistanis and their armed forces was great, something that Dr Sarmila Bose in her book Dead Reckoning proves with facts gathered from eye witness accounts that the Jaysore massacre was engineered, and was conducted by Mukti Bahini, wearing army uniforms, thus tarnishing the image of the Punjabi dominated army. Accounts that emerge in relation to this tragedy that still remains a sore point for both Pakistan and Bangladesh are still unclear. Relations, despite a public apology issued by the former President of Pakistan, general Pervez Musharraf, nothing has changed. The publishing of Sheikh Mujib’s “the Unfinished memoirs” again brings to the fore a stereotypical account that has been propagated for very long. To believe that things were black and white, would be like living in a fools paradise. The fragmented thoughts of someone hardly serve as a means of answering significant questions. The usage of the word “unfinished” in the title is being termed by critics as what one would expect to find in the memoirs. Disjointed bits and pieces clubbed together. The worst part, however is that some elements of the Pakistani media would denounce the versions provided by those writing the Pakistani story in favor of those who could only see us as evil. This pollution of ideas is very lethal for us as a nation. We need to beware of such stereotyped images being created to undermine our strength. For that we must know what the reality is and that is something that we must find out by reading the story from an indigenous lens.
The role of rAW
in 1971 separation of Bengal
EADING Indian writers have opined that the role of Indian intelligence agency RAW was much more deep rooted, in the 1971 separation of East and West Pakistan, than the general conception, according to a recent research on how the Indian writers saw the
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1971 War. They also attributed the Pakistan Army for showing solid resistance in the war and countered the discourse which claimed that the Pakistani forces were mere pushovers in the battles that ensued. B Raman in his book ‘Role of RAW in Liberation of Bangladesh’ disclosed that
the role of RAW was critical. First, it was to provide intelligence to India’s policymakers and its armed forces. Second, to train the Bengali “freedom fighters” in the clandestine training camps, then to network with Bengali public servants from East Pakistan posted in West Pakistan and in Pakistan’s diplomatic mis-
General AA K Niazi surrenders Dhaka to Indian General Sam Manekshaw on December 16, 1971.
sions abroad. Third, to persuade them to cooperate with the “freedom-fighters” and to help in the freedom struggle by providing crucial intelligence and fourth, to mount a special operation in the CHT against sanctuaries and training camps of the Naga and Mizo hostiles; and fifth, to organise a psychological warfare (PSYWAR) campaign against the Pakistani rulers by disseminating reports about the massacres of the Bengalis in East Pakistan and the exodus of refugees. Rahman writes that involvement of RAW was multi-pronged and was the reason Indira Gandhi decided to assist the Bengali-speaking people of East Pakistan in their efforts to separate from Pakistan and achieve an independent state to be called Bangladesh. “This was in the wake of the widespread disturbances in East Pakistan in the beginning of 1971 following the refusal of the military regime of Pakistan headed by General Yahya Khan to honour the results of the December 1970 general elections in which the Awami League of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman won a majority in the Pakistan National Assembly,” says the writer. Another Indian writer Dr Sarmila Bose, niece of Netaji Bose- the great
Bharati nationalist- writes in her book that the courageous Pakistan Army stood on the eastern front. She writes that there is much for Pakistan to come to terms with following what happened in 1971. But the answers, she writes, do not lie in unthinking vilification of the fighting men who performed so well in the war against such heavy odds in the defence of national policy. Rather, in failing to honour them, the nation dishonours itself. Another Indian writer Maj Gen D K Palit in his book “The lightning Campaign” writes that one general misconception ought to be cleared which is the fact that there was nothing like a general collapse of the Pakistan Army. In many places as at Hilli, Jamalpur, Khulna and other strongholds, the enemy (Pakistan) put bitter resistance often having to be physically destroyed before the post could be captured. In certain cases such as Jessore and Mymesingh the enemy withdrew from their defences before the main assault could be put in, but by and large they fought hard. There were many defended towns still holding out when the surrender was announced as at Mainamati (Comilly), Khulna, Dinajpur, Saidpur and a portion of Sylhet.”
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THe lessons THaT sHould Be learnT from fall of dHaka
OMEHOW after over 4 decades, we have not learned much from the fall of Dhaka. A wing of Pakistan was severed while we were busy spinning “conspiracy theories”, much like we are at the present time. This scribe clearly remembers as a young child, what transpired to lead to our shameful surrender. Back then the mantra was the ‘Evil Indian’ conspiracy and today our boogey man happens to be “Evil Umreeka.” We fail to do an honest introspection of our failures and faults that led to the inevitable division. As someone once said, “history is a rear view mirror, which helps you focus on the windshield, in order to move forward.” The East Pakistanis, commonly referred to as Bengalis and/or Biharis were marginalised based on their language and color. There was a major disparity between the two wings. It was clear as day – perhaps not to the West Pakistanis – that their brethren were being shortchanged. Looking at it from the perspective of Quaid, who created this ‘United Pakistan’, he must have given this glaring difference a serious thought. The two wings of the Pakistan that was, were geographically apart, had two different languages and two entirely different cultures. Yet, the Quaid was hopeful that under his vision, the two wings will overcome all those differences. In his mind, he had envisioned a common theme of unity – unity of purpose based on a common faith and ability to prosper and move forward under the green flag. As some sage people say, at times gaining independence is much easier, than building a collective and cohesive nation. This is
in no shape or form an attempt to diminish the loss of thousands of lives that were lost to gain Pakistan. My ancestors migrated from Amritsar and I grew up on their accounts of sheer horror. The savagery and butchery demonstrated on both sides was beyond shameful. However, when it comes to the atrocities, we tend to portray ourselves as only victims. Rarely do we admit that there were similar accounts of killings from our side as well. We lay great tributes to the lost lives – and rightfully so – to gain Pakistan. But we also turn a blind eye to the ones lost for Bangladesh’s freedom, by dismissing it as an Indian conspiracy. By not admitting our major blunders we are being dishonest to ourselves and our history. If one looks closely at Pakistan today, they will see we are still as divided as we were perhaps 40 years ago. The ethnic, religious and linguistic segmentation is still there and we have not emerged as a united nation – a nation beyond petty differences. Yes, we pat ourselves on the back whenever everyone comes together as a nation in the face of a natural calamity. But just a grim reminder tells us that all nations do so on such occasions. What is absent in our fabric is respect for diversity and the understanding that diversity is actually the strength of any nation. It shouldn’t matter if one is Shia, Sunni, Ahmadi, Hindu or a Parsi, so long as they are a Pakistani is all that should matter. Some ill informed and overly misguided persons try to feed the false narrative that Pakistan was created to become the citadel of Islam and exists for Muslim inhabitants alone. Can we somehow learn from the past and create a different perspective? It is high time that we realize that our identities and ethnicities actually bond us together. Pakistan is as much mine as much as it is yours.
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Timeline: World’s deadliest mass shootings NEWS DESK
ome of the deadliest mass shootings that have taken place in the last three decades: December 14, 2012: A total of 27 people are killed at a primary school in Newtown, Connecticut, in the northeastern United States, after a gunman opened fire. Twenty children and six adults were killed at the school, and another adult was killed at a second location. The gunman was also killed. December 12, 2012: A gunman opens fire inside an Oregon shopping mall, killing at least two people before shooting himself to death. August 14, 2012: A gunman shoots and kills a police officer and a civilian near a university in the US state of Texas, police said. August 5, 2012: Army veteran Wade Michael Page kills five men and one woman and wounds three other people, including a police officer, before taking his own life at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin outside Milwaukee. July 20, 2012: At least 12 people are
killed when a gunman enters an Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre, releases a canister of gas and then opens fire during opening night of the Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. James Holmes, a 24year-old former graduate student at the University of Colorado, has been charged in the deaths. July 22, 2011: Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 in Norway in twin attacks: a bombing in downtown Oslo and a shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital. The self-styled antiMuslim fanatic admitted both attacks. January 8, 2011: A gunman kills six people and wounds 13 others, including thenUS Representative Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Doctors say Jared Lee Loughner, who has been charged in the deaths, suffers from schizophrenia. November 5, 2009: Thirteen soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen wounded when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and opened fire. Army psychiatrist Major
Nidal Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. April 30, 2009: Farda Gadyrov, 29, enters the prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in the capital, Baku, armed with an automatic pistol and clips. He kills 12 people before killing himself as police close in. March 10, 2009: Michael McLendon, 28, killed 10 people, including his mother, four other relatives, and the wife and child of a local sheriff’s deputy, across two rural Alabama counties. He then killed himself. September 23, 2008: Matti Saari, 22, walks into a vocational college in Kauhajoki, Finland, and opens fire, killing 10 people and burning their bodies with firebombs before shooting himself fatally in the head. November 7, 2007: After revealing plans for his attack in YouTube postings, 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen fires kills eight people at his high school in Tuusula, Finland. April 16, 2007: Seung-Hui Cho, 23, kills 32 people and himself on the Virginia
Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. April 26, 2002: Robert Steinhaeuser, 19, who had been expelled from school in Erfurt, Germany, kills 13 teachers, two former classmates and policeman, before committing suicide. April 20, 1999: Students Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, killing 12 classmates and a teacher and wounding 26 others before killing themselves in the school’s library. April 28, 1996: Martin Bryant, 29, bursts into cafeteria in seaside resort of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia, shooting 20 people to death. Driving away, he kills 15 others. He was captured and imprisoned. March 13, 1996: Thomas Hamilton, 43, kills 16 kindergarten children and their teacher in elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and then kills himself. October 16, 1991: A deadly shooting rampage took place in Killeen, Texas, as George Hennard opened fire at a Luby’s Cafeteria, killing 23 people before taking his own life. 20 others were wounded in the attack.
June 18, 1990: James Edward Pough shoots people at random in a General Motors Acceptance Corp. office in Jacksonville, Florida, killing 10 and wounding four, before killing himself. December 6, 1989: Marc Lepine, 25, bursts into Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college, shooting at women he encounters, killing nine and then himself. August 19, 1987: Michael Ryan, 27, kills 16 people in small market town of Hungerford, England, and then shoots himself dead after being cornered by police. August 20, 1986: Pat Sherrill, 44, a postal worker who was about to be fired, shoots 14 people at a post office in Edmond, Oklahoma. He then kills himself. July 18, 1984: James Oliver Huberty, an out-of-work security guard, kills 21 people in a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California. A police sharpshooter kills Huberty. July 12, 1976: Edward Charles Allaway, a custodian in the library of California State University, Fullerton, fatally shot seven fellow employees and wounded two others.
Migrants found dead oﬀ Greek coast AtheNS: At least 18 migrants have died and 11 are missing after their boat sank off the coast of Greece in the Aegean Sea, police have said. “Only one person was plucked out of the water and hospitalised while 11 bodies were found on a beach” near the town of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, a police spokesman told the AFP news agency on Saturday. Coast guard officials said the victims were trying to cross illegally into Greece when their boat capsized early Friday. The spokesman said that 11 people were still missing following the sinking on late Thursday. A 20-year-old man found alive on Friday told authorities there were 28 people on the crowded boat, including its Turkish owner. The man, who has been hospitalized, is the sole survivor found so far. A coast guard spokeswoman said the migrants were “of Asian origin’’ without specifying further. Coast guard vessels have been scouring the nearly calm seas east of Lesbos. Tens of thousands of undocumented migrants cross into Greece each year, most through land and sea coming from Turkey. AgENCIES
Dr Congo fighting ‘sees refugee numbers rise’ GOMA: Humanitarian workers have warned of a sharp rise in refugees in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of recent fighting. The charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told the BBC that there were now more than 800,000 displaced people in the province of North Kivu. That marks a sharp rise from the 500,000 estimated in the province before the latest violence. Last month it saw fighting between government forces and the M23 rebels. MSF said the refugees lacked shelter and other essential items, and had in some cases fled from one displacement camp to another over years of fighting. M23 rebels, made up of deserters from the Congolese army, had threatened to overthrow the government after taking the eastern city of Goma in a rebellion in November. The region has been plagued by violence for years. The fighting between the M23 rebel group and government troops has now died down, with both sides in neighbouring Uganda for peace talks. But correspondents say there is no guarantee that the conflict will finally end, allowing people to return to their homes. AgENCIES
WASHINgTON: A child protects candle from the wind during a vigil outside the White House in Washington, DC following the Connecticut elementary school shooting that left 20 children dead. AgENcIES
South Africa’s ANC tense ahead of leadership vote CAPE TOWN AgENCIES
The executive committee of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), was to meet for the last time ahead of the opening of the party’s leadership conference in Bloemfontein. The executive committee, meeting on Saturday, was expected to discuss the crucial issues of court rulings on Friday on two of its provincial constituencies. The vote for the incumbent country and party leader, Jacob Zuma, in the Free State Province constituency, where the leadership conference is being held, was ruled as invalid on Friday. David Mosiane Chika, a leader in a second constituency and an anti-Zuma member was
murdered on Friday morning, in what some party leaders believe was an assassination. The run-up to the ANC’s leadership election, which is likely to determine the leadership of the country as well, has been dogged by accusations of political assassinations, corruption and irregularities. The executive is expected to address these issues on Saturday, in an attempt to ease brewing tensions ahead of the conference. Nominations of party challengers have not yet been officially announced by the ANC, but country and party deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe announced on Thursday that he would challenge Zuma for the post of president, while also accepting a nomination to retain his position. Motlanthe faces a challenge for his post as
deputy from Cyril Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid union leader. Zuma has, however, been nominated by six of the country’s nine provinces. Only three regions have voted in favour of Motlanthe for president. At the previous ANC election, in 2007, Zuma ousted then-president Thabo Mbeki, creating rifts within the party. Some analysts are saying that this conference could be a fierce race for the top ANC positions and could divide the party, which is one of the biggest fears people have because its members are not unified, with the different factions within the party, said our correspondent. The ANC, which has run South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, still however retains strong support of most of South Africans.
rebels ‘seize Syrian army school’ in Aleppo DAMASCUS AgENCIES
Opposition fighters have announced that they took control of the Syrian army infantry school in the suburbs of Aleppo, after more than 20 days of fighting with government forces. The school is a located in the strategic Msalamiyyah town near the main road that connects Aleppo city with its northern suburbs. “The school was a military base for the regime. Tanks stationed there used to shell nearby towns in Aleppo,” an oppo-
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sition activist said. The school, which has a 3km-square campus, is around 10km away from the centre of Aleppo, Syria’s second city. Rebels have taken over several military installations across the country over the past few months. Sunday’s alleged takeover came amid reports of fighting around the air force intelligence branch in the Zahraa district of Aleppo city and around Mingh military airport in the outskirts of Aleppo. Meanwhile, near Damascus, activists said that fierce fighting was taking place on Saturday in the town of Daraya, as the
army sent in reinforcements and tried to storm the town. “This is the 28th day the criminal [President Bahsar] al-Assad forces have attempted to break into the town,” read a statement from activists in Daraya. Air and artillery bombardments have focused on Daraya and the nearby town of Mudamiyeh in recent weeks, raising fears of a major ground assault. “Daraya remains isolated from the outside world due to a communications and power cut for the past 37 days. With ongoing fuel cuts, there is an urgent need for supplies to be restored as winter sets
in,” they said. Daraya was the scene in August of the single worst massacre in Syria’s conflict, where hundreds were reported killed. Clashes also erupted in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in the south of the capital on Saturday between rebels and troops backed by pro-regime Palestinian fighters, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The towns of of Harasta, Erbeen and al-Zabani, in the outskirts of the capital, have witnessed heavy bombardment by government forces, activists said on Saturday. Damascus province is now a key bat-
tlefield, as regime forces battle to retake control of an 8km belt around the capital. And in the southern province of Daraa, rebels and troops clashed in the towns of Sheikh Maskin and Izraa, as villages and towns came under army shelling. More than 40,000 people have been killed since the uprising against Assad’s rule erupted in March 2011. The latest reports of violence came as NATO’s senior military commander confirmed that several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria, saying that they landed “fairly close” to the Turkish border.
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MURREE: A couple makes a snowman as the city received fresh snowfall on Saturday. INP
Nawaz keeps more security than queen of England: Imran WAZIRABAD
akistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said the security given to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif was many times more than the security apparatus protecting the queen of England, Elizabeth II. During a media session in Wazirabad, Khan said 1,260 security officials were deployed to secure the Sharifs family, whereas the PTI leadership did not even have basic security. The PTI chief said his party would never form an alliance with any status-quo political party that had taken Pakistan to the brink of destruction. He said Pakistan was losing up
to Rs 7 billion a day to corruption and the incumbent rulers were transferring the nation’s money into their foreign accounts. Khan said with the help of the country’s youth, he would defeat the PML-N, adding that success in bypolls did not mean the party would perform the same feat in the upcoming general election. He said rule of law should prevail and his party fully supported the judiciary. Commenting on the current political system, the PTI chief said the apparent failure of democracy did not mean that one started welcoming dictatorship. He said small groups could not stand in the way of PTI’s tsunami. Khan added that the rulers wanted to discredit the Supreme Court in order to conceal their corruption, which they had committed
rain and snowfall in northern Pakistan decreases mercury level all over ISLAMABAD INP
While intermittent rain and snowfall in northern Pakistan has decreased mercury level across the country, the increase in fog in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhawa is causing visibility problems for the drivers. According to the meteorological department two feet snow was recorded in Murree, Malam Jabba and Kalam, while one foot snow was recorded in Parachinar and Rawalakot in the last 24 hours. Due to snowfall the vehicular traffic remained suspended on most roads. The maximum amount of rainfall, 47 millimeter, was recorded in Kotli and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), whereas 44mm rain was recorded in Malam Jabba. Thandiyani, Nathiagali, Donga Gali, Changla Gali, Ayubia and surrounding hilly areas received heavy snowfall. Traffic police has advised tourists not to travel to hilly areas and particularly avoid traveling in late hours.
in the name of democracy and rule of law. Commenting on the law and order in Karachi, he said a handful of miscreants had taken the economic hub hostage for their vested interests. “The peace of the city may be restored when the main political parties and stakeholders show utmost sense of responsibility impressed by true passion of patriotism,” he said Khan added that the PTI would not back any status quo, rather it would launch its election campaign while keeping in view the very interest of the nation.
New province for South Punjab will be defining factor in elections: Gilani MULTAN SHEIKH HAQ NAWAz
Pakistan’s former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said the defining factor in the upcoming general elections would be support for formation of a new province for South Punjab. “Those supporting the formation of the new province would turn out to be victorious here,” he said, talking exclusively to Pakistan Today. Gilani said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was the only hurdle in the establishment of the new province, which reflected the wishes of the people of the region. He said if this demand of the people did not materiaise, he would launch a movement in favour of the province. He said the PMLN must understand the wishes of the people and work towards making them a reality. He insisted that he had sacrificed his premiership to garner practical support for the new province. The people of this area, he said, must be ready to show their commitment to this legitimate demand by casting their votes in favour of those who can actually make it happen. Gilani further said South Punjab was a key part of Punjab that was unfortunately being neglected by PML-N’s government which was disregarding development funds of the area. Gilani maintained that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) wanted to present the bill for a South Punjab province in the present legislature and was trying its best to achieve that goal. He indicated that the PPP would end the deprivations being faced by the region by establishing a new province here and the people of this region will fully support the party in the upcoming elections.
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Zainab goes to heaven The otherworldly experience
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Proving innocence MQM chief and Supreme Court
oters lists prepared in Karachi were found to be defective as no less than three million voters’ names were shifted to other towns against their wish. Again, all parties, with the exception of the MQM, who appeared before the SC demanded a fresh delimitation of the constituencies in the city. These constituencies, they claimed, were formed under Musharraf in violation of the universally accepted democratic principles to favour a certain party. The SC ordered both the rechecking of the voters lists and a new delimitation of the constituencies. The MQM, though, on its part, claims that the exercise of fresh delimitations should be carried out not just in Karachi, but across the country. When any law abiding aggrieved party considers a court judgment to be violative of the constitution or law, the normal way for it is to go into appeal. The MQM leader chose a way which one does not expect from someone heading a political party. In his telephonic address to party workers on 2 December, Altaf Hussain accused the judges of being involved in the practice (read, conspiracy) of annihilating the MQM. He also extended threats to them. As reported by a national English daily, he warned the judges to apologise for their remarks against the MQM or their “names will be wiped out”. He maintained that the Supreme Court’s decision will not improve the law and order situation but will rather worsen it. He demanded the removal of the SC judges who had ordered the delimitation threatening that “if the chief justice doesn’t take action then the case will go into the peoples’ court”. The remarks have led the SC to issue a contempt notice to Altaf Hussain. This is what the rule of law exactly demands. The MQM leader has said his party’s response in this regard would be in accordance with the law and the constitution. But the SC has not issued the notice to his party. What is required on the part of Altaf Hussain is to defend himself in the SC against the charge. The MQM being a part of the ruling coalition for nearly five years now, he cannot claim that he does not feel secure in Pakistan. This provides him an opportunity to return and personally face the court. Altaf Hussain has also called on his party men not to lodge any protest against the apex court’s directives. One wonders why an advice to the party was considered necessary. No such appeal was made by the PPP leadership when its leaders were called by the court, not once but several times, or even when the party’s first PM was sent home. A report meanwhile tells about unknown people resorting to aerial firing in MQM dominated Karachi and Hyderabad, causing the closure of markets. This should be a cause of worry for all. Even if these incidents were not related to the notice to Altaf Hussin, many would expect the MQM chief, whose party represents the two cities in two legislatures, to condemn them.
By Humayun Gauhar
ell, actually Zainab didn’t go to heaven but to the realm in between, just as Dr Eben Alexander and countless others did. But all of them got a glimpse of the afterlife. I still haven’t managed to get my hands on Dr Eben Alexander’s book, ‘Heaven is Real’, but when I do I will read it and share his thoughts with you, especially his scientific explanations about his clinical, or neardeath, experience. Mike Adams has also written about Alexander’s experience that I shall tell you about later. Here, let me tell you the story of my very good family friend and colleague-on-sabbatical, Zainab Omar. A few years ago this young lady had a clinical death experience. She had gone to Mecca for the small Muslim pilgrimage or ‘umrah’ where she contracted viral encephalitis that causes the brain to swell, unlike meningitis that swells only the membrane around the brain but can be equally lethal, especially with babies and children. However, it didn’t hit her there. It hit her in New York. A single parent, Zainab proceed from Mecca to New York with her son Adil (who is fast becoming a world famous rapper) and daughter Aman, who is studying in Atlantic College in Wales. One morning, she didn’t wake up. Rushed to a New York hospital, Zainab had flat-lined totally and her brain had shut down. She went into coma for two days. Then she had her incredible experience. The two-day coma felt like 21 days and nights to Zainab. Time, of course, is relative and is different in different places and dimensions – our “tomorrows and tomorrows” have a different pace in higher dimensions than their “petty pace” on the planet earth. Even on earth, the higher you go, the slower the time gets. For example, an atomic clock on the peak of Mount Everest would be slower than a similar one at sea level. Within our cosmos, time gets slower as you get nearer a black hole and stops completely when you cross the ‘event horizon’ after which there is no escaping from
its gravity. In fact, it’s an actual physical slowing down of time, not a notional one. For example, a person going towards a black hole would age slower than he would have on earth during the same earth time – when he is 80 here he could be only eight there. Beyond the event horizon and in the black hole, he would live forever. Problem is that he would vapourise long before he gets there. So don’t try it. Who wants to live forever, anyway? You have got to be nuts. The odd thing is that during the ‘nights’ in that other dimension Zainab also ‘slept’, but she remembers everything. However, like others with similar experiences she too finds human language inadequate to properly describe what she saw, heard, felt, experienced and understood. “I went through a spiraling, whirling tunnel of light going upwards, like a vortex,” Zainab tells me. “All along I was accompanied by a spiritual guide whom I couldn’t see but who spoke to me in a male voice. Dr Alexander was accompanied by a beautiful woman and guide whom he could see whereas Zainab was accompanied by a male guide whom she couldn’t see: woman guide for a man and a male guide for a woman, what? Whatever makes you feel more comfortable, I suppose. “It was like his words entered my brain,” says Zainab. The guide spoke to her throughout her 21 days and nights, which were only two days on earth. “My spiritual guide told me that I was in limbo, between dimensions, between realms.” Zainab was between the earth dimension and the dimension we go to when we die never to return. Muslims would interpret it as ‘Barzukh’, the in-between existence after death on earth and the Day of Judgment. Remember, the Day of Judgment could be longer or shorter or even instantaneous in that higher dimension than our 24 hours in an earth day, or even perpetually ongoing till the end of time and our universe. “The place is unlike any on earth,” continued Zainab. “Here we have three dimensions – height, length and width. That place is multi-dimensional. It is more vivid. There is more sensory awareness. The colours are much richer. It is very peaceful and there is the aura and essence of love everywhere. I wasn’t unhappy to be there, to have died. I had little memory of earth. There was total, beautiful peace, love and joy. Over there, I experienced greater understanding of what the whole thing is about. It was a cleansing and a renewal. I got rid of the mental conflicts and confusion I had on earth. Now I am only concerned with human relations, not of what others may or may not think of me, good or bad.” Just like S M Saleem, Zainab said, “I am not afraid of death anymore.” Zainab’s spiritual guide told her: “It is
not your time. You cannot transcend to the next place. You have to go back.” “I didn’t want to,” says Zainab. “But he insisted that I have to. “Keep walking,” he told her. Zainab started walking. “It was like white sand. There were no markings or signs to break the expanse of white sand, only the blue sky above. After walking for what felt like hours, I saw a black dot on the horizon. I went towards it. When I got nearer I recognised it as the Ka’aba.” The Ka’aba, which means ‘cube’ in Arabic, is a room in Mecca that is the focal point for Muslims towards which they pray. It is believed that it was first built by Adam and rebuilt by Abraham, whose footprint is there too. Later, it was rebuilt again by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Zainab being a Muslim, it was inevitable that she saw the symbol most potent for Muslims. People of other faiths see their own most potent symbols. The idea is to make people comfortable by showing them something that they can immediately relate to, so don’t read too much into the religious symbols that people with near-death experiences see. When Zainab got near the Ka’aba, she didn’t circumambulate it as Muslims normally do, for she was struck by two suras, or verses, from the Holy Quran that she saw against the sky, prayers given to mankind by God Almighty. They were not written on any background, like on drapes, but just positioned against the sky. I suppose the best way to describe it is skywriting. One verse was ‘An Naas’ and the other ‘Al Falak’. ‘Naas’ in Arabic means mankind or humanity and ‘Falak’ means sky or the heavens, but here it means ‘dawn’. An Naas says: “In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful. “Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of mankind; the King of mankind; the God of mankind. From the evil of the slinking whisperer; who whispers into the hearts of people, (be he) from among jinn (or) human beings’.” Al Falak: “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “Say: ‘I seek refuge with the Lord of the dawn; from the evil of what He has created; from the evil of darkness when it overspreads; from the evil of malignant witchcraft; and from the evil of the envier when he envies’.” As is evident, both Quranic verses are prayers against slander, envy, jealously, black magic and the evil eye. Zainab’s ‘problem’ is that she is very beautiful, so I’m not surprised that she attracted envy, jealously and the evil eye, if not black magic. O’, what a heavy burden beauty is to carry. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at email@example.com
Alternate reality The one more comforting
By Saad Rasool
am a lawyer by profession. The very nature of my professional commitments entails interacting with people who are either in trouble with the law, or are embroiled in a dispute with fellow citizens. And more often than not, at stake is the life, liberty or the property of the individuals concerned. As a result, being a lawyer, especially in Pakistan, by its very definition, requires interacting with the ‘problems’ in our society. Most of the time, when the phone rings, at the other end is someone who wants to be “saved” from one thing or another. And over time, as a lawyer, it is easy to become con-
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vinced that the entire world is nothing but a collection of distressed people. Thursday night, however, is my respite from this reality. Each Thursday, after the Isha prayers, I drive to a sanctum at the edge of the city. Leaving behind the murder trials, the kidnapping cases, the inheritance disputes, tax evasion claims and the defaulted bank loans, I drive out to the tomb of that 11th century Persian Sufi and scholar – Abul Hassan Ali Hajveri, or Daata Sahib. This final resting place of one of Islam’s greatest sufi saints, at the banks of the river Ravi, is more than simply a location on the map. It is a phenomenon. A sort of living and breathing sufi culture. A place that is 15 minutes, but a thousand lifetimes, away from the centre of the modern day metropolitan Lahore. The tomb, known as Daata Darbar, is surrounded by several tiers of police security and barricading – almost as a stark reminder to every visitor that we live in troubled and explosive times, the reach of which extends to places of mysticism and peace. Entering the gate, one is greeted by a large and expansive marble-courtyard, resonating with verses of 12th century poetry. And just like that, by
taking stepping into its domain, one seems to have left behind the humdrum of everyday modern life, into the realm of mystic inspiration. The three-piece suits are suddenly replaced with muddy-green choghas. The Parada bags give way to worn-out tasbeehs. And the political lynching on the TV talk shows, disappear from the memory, making room for renditions of Saif-ul-Malook and Heer Waris Shah. At the edge of the courtyard, on the far side, is the tomb of Daata Sb, flanked by devout followers and a heavy contingent of pigeons. You pay your respects there, and move further down towards the mosque built at the back. And this, for all intents and purposes, is where our everyday reality completes fades away. Each Thursday, in the courtyard of this mosque behind the tomb (but still within the Daata Darbar complex), a group of ‘walis’ sit in what they call is a ‘mehfil’. More accurately, it is a ‘mehfile-zikr’. This is a group of ordinary people, who sit (for the most part, quietly) around a ‘peer’, and recite the name of Allah. In some parts of the courtyard, the mehfil and its zikr, is done out loud. But whatever the methods, the end goal – of
achieving spiritual connection with the Creator – is the same. Now I’ll be the first one to accept that I do not completely understand what this means. But, asking those who do, I have discovered that ‘zikr’ is the act of reciting Allah’s name, without actually saying it out. As explained by a sufi that I met at Data Daarbar, the idea is to sit quietly, and focus on the beating of the heart. And over time, you will realise that ‘dil zikr karta hai’. If this sounds crazy to you, I understand. Initially, I did not believe it myself. The modern education and learning has taught us that such belief is a logical fallacy. But I have now come to discover that conceptions of the modern world stop at the shore of the spiritual domain. This is a function of faith, not logic. Much like the splitting of the moon, or that of the Red Sea. Those who have joined in for the ‘zikr’ seem lost to the world, in a sort of trance that no drug or substance abuse could ever bring on. I have never experienced it myself, despite trying. When I inquired as to why I do not feel the trance, I was told that purification of the heart takes meditation, and time.
After a few hours in this alternate reality, I usually leave from the same gate that I entered from. And next to that gate, each Thursday, I see the same (old) braided-hair man sitting, staring intently at the Darbar. After the first few visits, I decided to approach this man and ask him why he sits there each week. And, reluctantly, he told me that he had been coming to Daata Darbar every Thursday for the past 54 years. He claimed to have never missed any Thursday, regardless of the weather, or how sick or unwell he may have been over the years. In conversation, I asked him what time he leaves from there. The old man paused for a moment, smiled, and said, “jab Daata keh dein chaley jao”. Leaving Daata Darbar, each Thursday night, I get back into my air-conditioned automatic car, and drive home. On the drive back, before the everyday routine starts again from the following morning, I wonder – is Daata Durbar the alternate reality, or is it the one we are living in? The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Corruption continues to be a problem Of course, there have been cases of corruption since the genesis of this country, but on a relatively benign level. Unfortunately, corruption has become rampant in today’s Pakistan. Corruption is within the governments and that also in the society. It is an indisputable fact that wherever corruption is rampant, imperialism rules the roost. The so-called war on corruption has always been as a political instrument during the past successive regimes to unduly arrest officials who showed signs of political dissent. It is also a fact that these cases were not brought before the ordinary courts, and people were released after several months without due process of law. It is not known how far high-ranking party/government or establishment personnel are involved in the acts of corruption. Anti-corruption campaigns do exist, but the level of corruption has alarmingly increased in the country, in particular, in my home province Sindh where many ministers and government officers have become billionaires. Had there not been corruption in the province, the unprecedented schemes and projects which the incumbent government had launched in different parts of the province, the province’s every city would have become a “Paris”. The provincial government is reluctant to actively fight against this scourge. Corruption and greed among members of the ruling party in the provincial government calls for a renewed campaign against greed, and in favour of due process of law. In this scenario, it is only the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which have embarked on combating the menace of corruption from the country and make it a corruption free country. It really augurs well for the integrity of the country and also for investment and sustainable development in the country. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
Guilty unless proven innocent This refers to the article “The antics of the foreign office” published in Pakistan Today on 14 December. The writer seems to have concluded in his own judgment that the mere registration of FIRs in police stations is proof enough for anyone to be condemned. Is it not a fact that fake FIRs are registered as a routine in this country as an instrument of coercion? Have not FIRs been registered against all the leading politicians of the country about which it was also candidly admitted by leaders belonging to leading parties that they were fake? But perhaps when it comes
to the MQM the registration of the FIR is the ultimate proof. Has the writer ever bothered to investigate as to why almost all cases registered against the MQM workers and leaders have been thrown out by the courts? Why is it that no case has stood the test of evidence and scrutiny of law? Those who think that the MQM does not enjoy massive popular support “in Karachi and some other parts of Sindh” are living in a fool’s paradise. The MQM emerged on the political scene of the country riding on the crest wave of strong public support. It is the unwavering support of the
Ashamed The Dilkash Lahore Committee’s Chairman Justice (retd) Khalil Ramday informed December 11 his committee members that the minorities were the most important part of any society and the majority should respect them and their properties. After digesting this rosy worded sermon, the committee finalised to scrap a plan to name one of the Lahore’s newly renovated roundabout (Shadman Chowk) after a freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh, who was hanged by the then colonial power – Britain – at the same spot almost a century ago. Reason: A hastily formed group of religious extremists – Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool challenged the move in the Lahore High Court. Why they challenged the renaming plan: only because Bhagat was a non-Muslim. Very well aware of courts’ generally prevailing favouritism for religious elements, no one dares go against the whims of these extremists. It clearly shows how the nuisance value of some extremist groups is now ruling the country. It’s time for the Lahoreiites to come out and reject these elements; otherwise, be prepared to surrender for the expectedly upcoming demands to rename the buildings and other historical spots to OBL, Mullah Omar, Ajmal Kasab, Mumtaz Qadri, Naik Mohammed, Bait Ullah and Hakeem Ullah Mahsud – the list goes on. It’s very disappointing that liberal forces in Pakistan are on retreat against the onslaught of extremism. If we can’t pay respect to martyrs who played a major role irrespective of their religious faiths in getting the Brits out of the subcontinent, we should be ashamed of our narrow mindedness. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Please wake up I am a 23-year-old student from Pakistan. I am amongst thousands of the youth who have a strong desire to be heard and seen. I remember my childhood with fewer problems than we face now. People were generally happy and I hardly came across worried people. Even I saw the wrinkled faces with smiles and sharing their laughter with everyone. As the time passed, I realised that people of my country had started to accept the failures as destiny and appeared to be in deep sleep. It is said
people that has kept the MQM active on the political landscape in spite of many conspiracies to quell it. The fact is that the MQM’s mandate has never been accepted with open heart by anyone and such hateful analysis also point in the same direction. Situation in Karachi needs tactful handling. There is disturbance here and it cannot be denied but the situation in other areas of the country is even worse. Kidnappings, killings and terrorism are rampant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan but we have never seen such vitriolic comments about parties ruling there.
that sleep is a blessing as it makes you to forget everything for the time being. The governments have changed with time but a common greed, which relates to money and financial benefits, has been observed in all decision makers. Instead of helping people to come out of their problems and this deep sleep, how could the governments be so selfish and run the day to day affairs so ignorantly? The youth is determined to make a difference through votes and by joining mainstream politics. But apparently the youth are not been taken seriously and are not trusted by people at the helms of affairs. I request you all to use your power of vote and elect someone who can give us the meaning of our country. Do not believe in false promises by the leaders; rather make them answerable so that this election process becomes a platform for a change. The elected leader should be courageous enough to face the threats and should not sell our lives to save his life: a leader who gives a vision of unity and the one who thinks of the public before his own interest. We need someone who will wake us up from the slumber to take one step ahead of what others think we cannot do. RIDAH ZAFAR Rawalpindi
Ponting retires At the time when cricket is passing through critical stage of its history and losing its charm after match fixing and other scandals, another legend says good bye to cricket. According to media news, Australian batting great and captain Ricky Ponting has left cricket grounds for ever. Ponting announced his retirement from all types of cricket before series of South Africa. Ricky Ponting scored 13,000 runs in Test cricket, second highest after Sachin Tundulkar of India. Cricket observers consider him the second greatest batsman of Australian cricket history after Sir Donald Bradman. His remarkable performance has left behind former captain Steve Waugh and Allan Border. In his captaincy, Australia won two World Cups crowns. Ponting scored a remarkable century in the World Cup final against India. Although Ponting scored just eight runs in his last innings against South Africa in Perth, he is the only player after Sachin Tundulkar who scored above 13,000 runs in both type of cricket and he was a master in under
If the MQM had a guilty conscience it would have given support to the government in the passing of the NRO from the parliament. Our conscience is clear and we have nothing to hide and to be afraid of. A guilty conscience would have given full support to any law that would have closed cases against its workers and leaders. Innocent until proven guilty is the basic precept of the law across the world but perhaps in the MQM’s case it becomes “guilty unless proven innocent”. ENGR NASIR JAMAL MQM
pressure cricket. Ponting’s career was neat and clean, like his performance and despite long years of his career he was not involved in any scandal. Now after Pointing’s retirement, Australians will find it hard to find his alternate. KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Never again On December 16, 1971, at 09:00 am East Pakistan Time, Commander of Pakistan Forces in Eastern theatre surrendered to Indian Army and Mukti Bahini. East Pakistan became Bangladesh; Pakistani flag was removed from the last buildings inside Dhaka cantonment. The tragic and bloody end of East Pakistan technically marked the end of Pakistan in the east and end to the ideology in both parts. People of my generation never saw united Pakistan. All we were told about that debacle was the pack of lies through state produced material in the shape of textbooks. It is the biggest tragedy in our national history, yet nobody could be held responsible for. It is ever more tragic and heart aching that the people responsible got state funeral with full military honours. Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi passed away in 2004, demanding for court martial. Despite that he was indicted by Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission, it was his firm conviction that he followed the orders of his seniors like General Gul Hassan, General Hameed etc. The scale of the tragedy demanded thorough investigations but the Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission report was never made public. It was only in the year 2000 when this top secret document got published in India Today that Pakistan government under General Musharaf decided to publish it in December 2000. The lamentable aspect of the situation is that the right leaning forces, which actually dominate the corridors of power, have never really demanded for the accountability of those responsible. There has been a very strange kind of sense of relief in right wing parties on this tragedy who otherwise claim to be the guardians and custodians of geographical and ideological frontiers of Pakistan. Patriotism demands that the tragedy of East Pakistan should be understood and we must make sure that such an incident never repeats itself. MALIK ATIF MAHMOOD MAJOKA Melbourne, Australia
Sunday, 16 December, 2012
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12 I might be in court on my birthday:
CTOR Salman Khan, who gave Bollywood a blockbuster with "Ek Tha Tiger" this year and will hopefully repeat the success with the forthcoming release "Dabangg 2", says he might be in court on his 47th birthday Dec 27 in a 2007 hitand-run case. "On Dec 27, I am not doing anything. I am not very sure what I am doing that day. On my birthday, I myself might be in court," Salman told IANS. Salman, who has been summoned by a Jodhpur court to appear before it in February in connection with a 1998 poaching case, says he might have a date with the Mumbai court regarding the hit-and-run case. "I think they have asked me to come on Dec 27, but if the lawyers say I don't need to go, then I won't go and if the lawyers say, I have to then I will definitely go," he said. While many A-list actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan celebrate their birthdays in the presence of the media, Salman says it is something he will never do. "It will never happen. Woh fraudgiri mujhse nahi hogi (I can't do that fraud with anyone). I can't do that and I am telling this very frankly - When the media is standing outside my house, with OB vans and all, my mother will make sure that their party happens outside. "Not for any other reason, but if the media is there in the party, then the guests get very uncomfortable. So nobody will be able to have a good time and within five minutes, everybody would want to leave," he said.
it feels amazing to be shakti Kapoorâ€™s daughter: shraddha
HraDDHa Kapoor is two films (Teen Patti, luv Ka The end) old and her third is in the making. She says her dad has played an important role in her career. So how does it feel to be crime master Gogo's daughter? "It feels amazing! He is the most protective, caring father and always looks out for me to make the right decisions and be focused on my work. He has immense faith in me and is such a joy to have as a father. He is so funny and inspiring," she says. Currently shooting for aashiqui 2, Shraddha feels she still has a long way to go. "We're still in the midst of filming it and all I can say is it feels like I'm growing up a little during this process," she shares. She considers herself lucky to have shared screen space with actors like amitabh Bachchan, Sir Ben Kingsley and r Madhavan in the past. She feels that there is something that has stayed back with her through this experience, just by observing them and how passionate they are about their work. NEWS DESK
Geeta basra denies marrying harbhajan singh
eeTa Basra on her personal life and the item number she is doing in Zilla Ghaziabad actress Geeta Basra is back on screen with her new item number in the film Zilla Ghaziabad. The rustic song, choreographed by remo, is titled Ghaziabad ki rani Hoon Main. Geeta is accompanied by arshad Warsi and vivek Oberoi in the track. "It has been a long time since people saw me on screen, but this song is exactly what I needed. It is a fantastic, catchy number. arshad and vivek are terrific dancers and I had a blast shooting for the song." She further adds, "I shifted from the UK to India when I was very young because I wanted to make a career in Bollywood. There have been setbacks but this item song, I am sure will open up new doors for me." While we are talking about work, we can't help but ask her about cricketer Harbhajan Singh. "I have never denied that Bhajji is a very important person in my life, but right now, I am single and not ready to mingle. NEWS DESK
om Puri back to theatre after 25 years
F T e r twenty five years, veteran actor Om Puri will be back in the theatre world with the play Teri amrita. He will be in Delhi on December 18 to participate in the Punjabi Theatre Festival which starts from December 19. Puri will be seen playing the role of Zulfikar Haider in this play. The play, which is the Indian adaptation of a r Gurney's play love letter, will also have actress Divya Dutta (as amrita Nigam) opposite him. Confirming this, rawail Singh, one of the organizers of this festival said, "Yes, Om Puri is making a comeback in theatre with this play. I've been requesting him to do this play for the last one year. Now that he's agreed, we'll see him on stage on 19th." NEWS DESK
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VIDYA-SIDDHARTH mislead media about wedding NEWS DESK Vid-Sid mislead media about wedding at a Chembur temple. Instead they married at a shooting bungalow in Bandra After giving the paparazzi a hard time with the venue of the wedding, Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur tied the knot at Green Gift, a bungalow in Bandra. This bungalow is the same venue where Vidya has shot countless commercials with her mentor filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar. Amidst reports that a traditional South Indian wedding was to take place at a temple in Chembur, Vidya and Siddharth chose this bungalow in Bandra which they felt was more suited for the occasion and more private. A source close to the duo says, "Nobody, not even close family friends and relatives were told about the venue. They were just instructed to sit in the vehicle that comes to pick them up and proceed to the venue. All the guests arrived at around 7 am. A vadhiyar (priest) was summoned to carry out the wedding rituals and contrary to reports that it was a traditional South Indian wedding, it was a mix of Tamil and Punjabi rituals. Vidya wore a saree designed by Sabyasachi." The entire bungalow had been sealed for security reasons. Nearby buildings too had been sealed so that no images of the ceremony are leaked. Relatives had been requested to remain tightlipped and asked to click no pictures of the bride and groom. Only immediate members of both the families were present. There are also reports that a reception was being planned for their friends from the industry in the evening.
Ajay irks the Tiger by boarding SRK Express? NEWS DESK Ajay Devgn has always enjoyed exceptional support from Salman Khan in the industry and it was quite evident with the recent tussle at the box office between SRK's Jab Tak Hain Jaan and Ajay's Son Of Sardar. However, SRK was supportive of the stand taken by Ajay which Ajay graciously acknowledged. But will the budding understanding between SRK and Ajay change the course of Ajay-Salman friendship? Sources confirmed to zoOm that Ajay certainly is a part of SRK's next project Chennai Express and will have a 'dumdaar' role in the movie. However, if sources are to be believed, then Ajay has accepted the role because of his buddy Rohit Shetty. Ajay is known to be a level-headed person in the industry and it is surprising that he has agreed to do a movie with SRK - Salman's arch rival. The tinsel town dwellers have already chosen their camps wisely post the SRK - Salman fallout. Only time will tell how Salman will react to Ajay moving away from his camp.
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lizA MiNNelli to return to royal festival Hall for Cabaret-era tribute NEWS DESK American actress and singer Liza Minnelli is to perform at Royal Festival Hall in London for the first time in 40 years. Liza Minnelli will perform at Royal Festival Hall next year for the first time since 1973. The American actress and singer – often referred to as the 'Queen of Broadway' – will appear at the London venue as part of a celebration of Cabaret-era Berlin. Minnelli said she was always "excited" to perform in London: "I have so many friends and fans there I consider it my second home. And to be returning to the Royal Festival Hall after all this time is thrilling; I remember bringing Liza with a Z there in the early Seventies and having
such a swell time. So I can't wait to see all you guys again." The concert, which takes place in March, will see Minnelli perform songs from the musical Cabaret. Minnelli won an Oscar for best actress for her performance in the film version of Cabaret in 1972. The 66-year-old – who is the daughter of The Wizard of Oz star Judy Garland – will appear in London as part of the Southbank Centre's 'Berlin in the '20s and '30s' weekend, which will also include a screening of the film. Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre, said: "[Bob] Fosse's Cabaret is one of the most iconic, intimate depictions of Thirties Berlin and we are thrilled that the artist who so brilliantly gave life to the complex character of Sally Bowles can take part as we look back at this particular moment in history." Minnelli last appeared at Royal Festival Hall, on London's Southbank, in 1973, when she performed her solo show Liza with a Z. Earlier this year, Minnelli played a concert at Hampton Court Palace.
Happy Controversy: danish ali and ali Gul Pir on their first us comedy tour COURTESy TM Danish Ali and Ali Gul Pir are recently toured the East Coast as part of Very Live through Center Stage, an initiative of the US Department of State administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Jen Kwok caught up with them at the end of their trip (a few hours before they boarded the plane back to Pakistan) to get their reflections on small town USA and what it’s like to stand a mere ten feet from Robin Williams. Q: tell Me A hiGhliGht Of the triP fOr yOu GuyS. DANiSh Ali: I was scared about coming to America. You have these irrational fears in your head—“Oh, I’m Pakistani, what are people gonna think?” So the best story for me was going to a restaurant and ordering some drinks and the bartender’s like, “Where are you from?” And I’m like, “I’m from Pakistan.” And he’s like, “No, what table are you from. I just need to know who’s paying for this.” That happened early on in the tour. There’s a big disconnect between how nice you guys are and how you’re portrayed in the media. I joke about how you guys need to fire your PR agent (laughs). And I think it works both ways, for Pakistan as well. So that’s been really nice, the human interaction versus what you see on TV. Ali Gul Pir: I thought I would never get called by the State Department to perform in the US. But earlier this year, we got an email and they said, “You were selected,” and I was really excited. I’ve performed over eighty shows in Pakistan, but never outside Pakistan. It’s my first trip to the US as well. I was looking forward to the performing, as well as interacting with people. When we came over, Hurricane Sandy had just [hit]. So we saw, like, forty cars in the line for gas—and that’s what we have weekly [in Pakistan]. D: We’re like, “Oh it’s like we’re back home. Oh, and the electricity’s
out? It’s just like Pakistan!” Q: fOr uS, we’re like “whAt DO we DO?!” D: We could have brought our generator. We have a UPS—you probably don’t even know what a UPS is. Uninterrupted Power Supply—every Pakistan household has one. A: [The] next morning, we drove all the way to Hanover, which is a five-hour drive, but we stopped in Connecticut and different places. Q: SO yOu GuyS weNt thrOuGh All the SMAll tOwNS AS well. D: Yeah, just driving around. We stopped at Radio Shack for hours, trying to get our cell phones to work. When I got here, my Pakistani cell phone service sent me a message saying “Welcome to Armenia.” Q: It’s the Kardashians’ America. So it is kind of Armenia (laughs). D: I was worried what my roaming bill would be, if it were in Armenia. Q: DiD yOu GuyS feel PreSSureD thAt yOu hAD tO rePreSeNt yOur cOuNtry wheN yOu PerfOrMeD here? D: I’ve been doing stand-up comedy there for seven years, I have a TV show there and performed internationally before. So the comedy part comes naturally. It was mostly the “What-itwould-be-like?” thing. As a stand-up comedian, I got a test group together to try out my material, so that was fun. I have an hour-long set there that I’m used to doing, but here it’s like I’m a baby again, because those jokes don’t translate. I can’t go, “So what’s the deal with Karachi buses?” A: For me, the performance bit was the bit that I was worried about. The interaction, not so much. Because at the end of the day we’re all people. I didn’t feel like I’m gonna talk to someone and somebody’s gonna be like, “What are you—why are you talking to me?” There were some people, like in small towns, [where] this is how we were introduced:
“Two Pakistani comedians—if you don’t laugh, they’ll bomb you.” Q: he wAS JOkiNG, riGht? A: That’s the point. Some people are so careful about these things. And in some places, people are so innocent that they say [things] like, “Oh thank you, these Pakistani Indian comedians.” We didn’t take offense to that; we were like, okay, this is a person who doesn’t know the difference. Q: iS it A cOiNciDeNce thAt yOu twO Are bOth fAirly POliticAl, Or SOciAlly SAtiricAl? D: It’s not coincidence. It’s more incidence. It’s more that we live there, so we have to be. A: We have a legendary comedian called Umar Sharif, and he doesn’t focus on culture, he’s more of an observational comedian. He talks about relationships, the culture, rather than the society and its problems. Some Jon Stewarts there too. There’s a group of boys who pioneered that, doing a show called BNN—Banana News Network. It’s like The Onion. Everyone’s doing their own kind of comedy. At Dartmouth College, there were three different improv comedy groups. In Pakistan, there are four. And I’m counting the ones that weren’t there before. Blackfish was one of the first English-language improv groups. D: Actually I performed with Blackfish. I started a few years before you, so I see improv [a little differently]. It’s been ten years now, since Blackfish. And that troop has spawned a lot of troupes. It spawned the next troupe I was in. And it was sponsored by McDonald’s and we did a three-city tour of fifteen shows, all sold out. So, I think improv is now here to stay. A: But the majority of Pakistan, they don’t know what improv is. It’s new ground. Danish was part of a group that did improv in English, and then there was another
group he was part of that also did it in English. In our country, maybe 15 to 20 percent of the people watch English shows. My group was the first Urdu (which is our national language) improvisational comedy. I think whatever comedy you do, you should do it in your own language. Because if you don’t, the majority of the masses will not know what you’re doing. Q: becAuSe there’S thiS ADDitiONAl bArrier: “i hAve tO uNDerStAND eNGliSh AND i hAve tO uNDerStAND thAt they’re tryiNG tO DO thiS New cOMeDy Art fOrM. i DON’t uNDerStAND.” A: Exactly. Because the English-speaking people are like a bubble. They don’t represent the majority of the nation, who don’t watch English content. So that’s been my aim, to do whatever I do in Urdu. When I’m on the TV show and I get a call from a person who is a cab driver in a certain village in [another] part of Pakistan, it’s a big honor for me— because that means I’ve crossed that barrier. Because I have a rural background as well. D: Also, financially, it’s a better option. We started our show in English, but the new show we do is in Urdu. Because you reach the masses, and you’re paid according to that also. Q: DO yOu thiNk thAt there iS A bAlANce betweeN hOw yOu write wheN it’S fOr the eNGliSh-SPeAkiNG AuDieNce [AND wheN it'S fOr AN urDuSPeAkiNG AuDieNce]? D: When you’re doing an English show, your audience is broader, so you balance it. When you’re writing in Urdu, it’s local stuff—your knowledge base is stronger, and you can be a little sillier [because] you know the references. But, I don’t think your voice changes. A: I don’t write stuff in English when I work there. I work in Urdu. Everyone I know speaks it; it’s the language I speak
when I go out in the market. So that’s the language I do comedy. Q: whAt Are the Other ShOwS thAt yOu GuyS DiD [here]? DiD yOu DO ANy iN the city? A: UCB [Upright Citizens Brigade] East. D: Yeah, [that] was a lot of fun. I also performed at the Friars Club, which is really special to me. It was a small gathering. But those pictures on the walls, just enshrined—Robin Williams smiling next to Donald Trump and Jerry Lewis and Kirk Douglas and all these really old photos. [They] look like they were my age. Q: wheN they were StArtiNG Out. D: Yeah. Jerry Seinfeld! There was a photo there; he looked like [he was] my age. And they’re all kind of smiling at you while you’re onstage. And then performing to that crowd—stiff-collared, Friars Club, member-only. It was a tough gig, and they laughed. I’ll take that back home with me. Friars Club, where Jerry Seinfeld used to perform when he was young. Q: whO Are yOur iNflueNceS? D: For me, it’s those people that I saw at the Friars Club. My first stand-up comedian that I saw on the Internet was Robin Williams, when I was sixteen. And I saw Eddie Murphy—a funny clip from his “Delirious” act. He used to do it in red leather. That whole guard of American comedians—that was it, I was hooked. Q: ONe MOre QueStiON: Are there wOMeN whO DO cOMeDy [iN PAkiStAN]? A: There’s this Queen of Comedy, Bushra Ansari. There’s female comedians who’ve been around for a long time, and they’re still working, doing great work. Nobody should hate you for making people laugh. Nobody’s gonna discourage that. The only pressure a person faces is through family. Everybody expects you to be a banker or engineer or doctor. Nobody’s gonna be like, “Comedian, that’s the one.”
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Infotainment 14 People live ‘longer but sicker’ as chronic diseases rise
E O P L E around the world are living longer but with higher levels of sickness, according to the largest ever study of the global burden of disease. The Lancet analysis shows high blood pressure, smoking and drinking alcohol have become the highest risk factors for ill health. They replace child malnourishment, which topped the list in 1990. But some researchers have criticised the way the data was put together, and suggested it is based on poor evidence. The five-year project, involving almost 500 authors, found heart disease and stroke caused around one in four deaths - almost 13 million - worldwide in 2010. The burden of HIV/Aids remains high - accounting for 1.5 million deaths that year. While the age people can expect to live to has increased around the world, the gap in life expectancy between countries with the highest and lowest figures was broadly unchanged since 1970. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to have a high rate of early death. Prof Christopher Murray, from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, led the work. He said: “There’s been a progressive
shift from early death to chronic disability. “What ails you isn’t necessarily what kills you.” Diseases such as diabetes and lung cancer moved up the rankings, while diarrhoea and tuberculosis moved down. The researchers said deaths from diarrhoea have declined by 60% in the past 20 years, although some scientists feel the disease toll from poor sanitation has been underestimated. Prof Sandy Cairncross, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), said in an Lancet editorial: “The complexities of the task have been compounded by inadequate consultation. “Although the findings portray the work of numerous experts, the rankings made do not show the scientific consensus of all those involved.” He told the BBC that some “controversial judgement calls” had been made about the strength of evidence. However, the project was welcomed by the LSHTM’s director, Professor Peter Piot, who said the work showed how “surprisingly fast” the world’s health problems were changing. He said: “It also shows and recognises the fantastic progress that’s been made on the health issues which are part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Promising to cut deaths among mothers and infants, for example, has helped to concentrate minds and resources. “This is relevant to the current discussion about the new series of MDGs which will go beyond 2015. “I’m very concerned there’s a trend to talk about dropping the current MDGs and replacing them with something more vague such as ‘sustainable development’. NEWS DESK
Hubble Space Telescope achieves deepest cosmic view yet
Fortune found in dead man’s garage
FFICIALS in Carson City, Nev., shocked a California woman this week when they declared her the rightful heir to $7.4 million in gold bars and coins found stashed in the garage and property of a reclusive, mysterious cousin. City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover said it took a month’s worth of genealogical research to certify that Arlene Magdon was indeed the first cousin and only living relative of the late Walter Samasko Jr., UPI reports. Glover’s hunt for an heir began earlier this year after officials responding to reports of a foul smell at Samasko’s Nevada residence were surprised to find the man’s body, which had been lying lifeless for about a month. As the house was being cleaned for sale, officials made another unexpected find: gold bars and gold coins stored in boxes in the garage and in the house, some with mints from Mexico, England, Austria and South Africa that date to 1872, according to ABC News. Coins were in boxes marked “books.” Some coins were also wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in ammunition boxes. When news of the hidden windfall was released, several parties came forward claiming to be relatives of Samasko, according to the Las Vegas Sun. A man in Florida even wrote saying he was a secret agent with a severe head injury and who had just recently remembered he was related to Samasko. Magdon has kept a low profile, reports the Sun, but has hired a financial adviser, Glover said. A hearing is set for Tuesday to certify Magdon as the legitimate heir. After an estimated $800,000 in inheritance tax is subtracted, the money could be released to her sometime in 2013. NEWS DESK
Hubble astronomers have observed deeper into space than ever before. In doing so, they have identified six new galaxies of stars that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang itself. The study also updates a distance estimate for a seventh galaxy, placing it further back in time than any object previously identified. Called UDFj-39546284, this is seen when the cosmos was less than 3% of its current age. The new Hubble telescope investigation was led by Richard Ellis from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and colleagues at Edinburgh University, Jim Dunlop and Ross McLure. Its significance is that it gives us the clearest insight into how some of the earliest years of cosmic history unfolded. The data supports the notion that the first galaxies assembled their constituent stars in a smooth fashion - not in some sudden burst. “Of
course, the most distant object is interesting, but it’s the census - the seven objects - that gives us the first indication of the population of objects in the heart of this… era,” said Prof Ellis. “If you compare the number of galaxies that we see to the abundance of objects once the Universe had expanded a little bit, we describe a very smooth decline in the number of objects as we go back into cosmic history,” he told reporters. The new results stem from a project called UDF12 and centre on a tiny patch of sky in the Constellation Fornax (The Furnace). This is the location where Hubble has repeatedly stared since 2003, trying to build up a picture of objects whose separation from us is so great that their light arrives in dribs and drabs. Ellis’s and colleagues’ work adds more than 100 hours of observations to this extraordinary Ultra Deep Field imagery - one of Hubble’s greatest accomplishments. NEWS DESK
nasa ‘everest’ photo was indian mountain saser Muztagh
HE US space agency, NASA , has admitted it mistook a mountain in India for Mount Everest when it posted online a picture taken from space. NASA initially said the photo by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko - showed the world’s tallest summit. The image was quickly picked up by a number of media outlets, but Nasa removed it after a Nepalese expert spotted the error. Everest, which is 8,848m (29,028ft) high, straddles the Nepal-China border. “It is not Everest. It is Saser Muztagh, in the Karakoram Range of the Kashmir region of India,” a Nasa spokesman said in an email to the BBC. “The view is in mid-afternoon light looking north-eastward,” the spokesman added. Nasa said that Malenchenko had taken the picture from the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this month. The photo quickly spread on Twitter, triggering criticism from the Nepalese community. Journalist Kunda Dixit, an authority on the Himalayas, tweeted: “Sorry guys, but the tall peak with the shadow in the middle is not Mt Everest.” However, he himself first wrongly guessed that it was “Xixapangma in Tibet”. NEWS DESK
Traﬃc judge removed for lewd photo
Philadelphia traffic court judge was removed him from office by a judicial ethics panel for showing a female court clerk cellphone photos of his genitals. The Court of Judicial Discipline issued the one-sentence order Thursday in the case of Willie Singletary, who had been deemed to have engaged in judicial misconduct. Singletary’s lawyer, John Summers, called it “a one-time, accidental mistake” and said that Singletary resigned from the bench in February. He said Singletary is working, got married this year and is moving on with his life. “The court looked at all available sanctions, looked at past cases, and it selected removal,” Summers said. “Surely it knew that he had already resigned.” According to Summers, Singletary and the woman were showing each other content on their cellphones when, “for a matter of seconds,” she saw the photos in question. The board complaint said Singletary asked the woman, “Do you like it?” A pastor who founded a West Philadelphia church, Singletary won office despite having a suspended driver’s license because of $11,000 in trafficrelated fines, which he said he later paid. He was previously reprimanded for a 2007 video posted online that showed him suggesting to campaign donors at a biker rally in the city’s Malcolm X Park that they would find a “hookup” in his court. Campaign rules prohibit judge candidates from such solicitations, and Singletary apologized. “I was in preacher mode,” he said. “I do admit I chose a poor choice of words.” NEWS DESK
Circus claims vodka saved lives of elephants
IRCUS trainers claim two of their elephants were saved from the deadly Siberian cold by vodka. Emergency ministry spokesman Alexander Davydov said Friday that the elephants were in a trailer that caught fire Thursday outside the city of Novosibirsk, forcing trainers to take them out into the bitter cold before another truck arrived to deliver them to a warm gym at a local community college. The Komsomolskaya Pravda daily reported that trainer Leonid Labo had the animals, aged 45 and 48, drink 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of vodka diluted in warm water – and a veterinarian said later that only the tips of their ears were frostbitten. Although scientists say that alcohol can make humans feel warmer but actually lowers their core body temperature, Novosibisk zoo director Rostislav Shilo told the daily that the vodka saved the animals from frostbite and pneumonia, without harming or even intoxicating them. NEWS DESK
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PcB undecided on Pakistan players’ BPL participation LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board is yet to take a policy decision on whether to let its players compete in the Bangladesh Premier League early next year even though the deadline to issue No Objection Certificates for the event has passed. Although the deadline set by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for players to send NOCs of their respective boards passed two days back, the PCB has still not issued NOCs to any player. "We will soon take a policy decision on permitting players to play in the BPL as presently we are dealing with other more
Sri Ram Sene threatens to disrupt Pak-India T20 BELGAUM
Pakistan pacers will rattle India: Misbah, Hafeez
Right wing outfit Sri Ram Sene has threatened to disrupt the India-Pakistan T20 cricket match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on December 25, and asked the BJP government in Karnataka to refuse permission for the fixture. "We will disrupt the match", President of the outfit, Pramod Muthalik, told reporters at Karna on Saturday and claimed that 31 outfits in the state have come together and decided to oppose the fixture. "India has been making efforts to establish better relations with our neighbour but they have not yielded any results. Why support a country which nurtures terrorism", he said. The protesting groups have already bought 600 tickets and will purchase another 1,000 to disrupt the match, Muthalik added. The Ram Sene gained notoriety in January 24, 2009, when its members attacked girls in a pub in Mangalore, claiming they were violating traditional Hindu values. Muthalik later apologised for the attack, saying it was wrong, but said the attack was done to "save our mothers and daughters."
WICB wants PCB to reschedule upcoming series LAHORE STAFF REPORT
BCCI pushes second T20 International back by a day LAHORE STAFF REPORT
AKISTAN'S one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez believe that the pace bowlers picked for the much-anticipated series in India have the ability to rattle the strong batting line-up of the hosts. "I believe that the pacers selected in the squads have the potential to upset the Indians in their own backyard," Hafeez said. He said tall leftarm pacer Mohammad Irfan would be used as a "surprise package" in the Twenty20 series. "For the pace bowlers, it is a great opportunity to shine and establish themselves in the team because a series against India is always followed very closely by everyone," Misbah added. Hafeez will lead Pakistan in the two T20 matches while Misbah will be captaining the one-day squad for the three matches in India. The two squads feature several pace bowlers including Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali and Sohail
Tanvir. Four of the bowlers are leftarm pacers. "I am very confident and positive that we have the team to beat India and win both the series," Hafeez stated. Misbah conceded that matches against India are always high-pressure games for players from both sides. "But being professional players we are supposed to live and adjust to this unique pressure and I will be telling all the players to go and just play positively on the tour," Misbah added. Asked about the omission of experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq from both squads and that of flamboy-
ant all-rounder, Shahid Afridi from the ODI squad, Misbah said both had served Pakistan cricket well. "But people must remember that any decision related to dropping a senior player is not just because of the captain such decisions are taken collectively." Misbah said. Hafeez also insisted that there was no conspiracy behind the axing of Razzaq. "There is no doubt about the ability of Razzaq and his performances but the selectors selected the squads keeping in mind the conditions in India," he explained.
The second Twenty20 International between India and Pakistan, which was scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad on December 27, has been postponed by a day on the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB in its request to the BCCI asked for the Ahmedabad match to be re-scheduled, as the fifth death anniversary of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated in 2007, falls on that date. The game will now be played on December 28, the BCCI said in a press release. Pakistan will be touring India later this month for a limitedovers series comprising of two Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals. The tour will commence with a T20 match in Bangalore on December 25 while the three ODIs will take place in Chennai (December 30), Kolkata (January 3) and Delhi (Jan 6). This is the first time in five years that Pakistan will be visiting India for a bilateral cricket series. Ties between the two countries' were hit after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
aggression the only way to win against india: inzamam LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Keen on having a Test series against India in August next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its inability to accommodate a request from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to reschedule the Pakistan's team upcoming tour to the Caribbean nation. Reports quoting a source in the cricket board said that Pakistan, according to the FTP calendar, is scheduled to tour West Indies in July for a Test and oneday series. "The West Indies board, without informing the PCB, has now invited India and Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in July and wants the Pakistan team to tour in August," the source said. "Since the PCB is pretty hopeful of convincing the BCCI to slot in a bilateral series in August, it is unable to accept the change in dates to their tour to West Indies in July. Even in the FTP, the ICC and the Pakistan and Indian boards have kept the August month open in the hope that in case of improved relations they can schedule a series at that time," the source added. The source said the PCB, after receiving a request from the WICB, finds itself in an awkward position since the Caribbean board wants to reschedule the series by at least two to three weeks. "The PCB is also miffed because instead of having a one-day series involving Pakistan, the WICB decided to invite India and Sri Lanka."
miffed when the BCB, after first confirming a short tour to play two matches in Lahore in April this year, didn't come citing an order of the Dhaka High Court that issued an injunction against Bangladesh players coming here because of security concerns. Coincidentally, BCB President Nazmul Hassan told the 'Cricinfo' that his board is in talks with the PCB about a short tour to the country next month. "We can't go in December so we will speak to the PCB today, about whether we can fit in a small tour before the BPL," Hassan said. In November, Hassan had said that the BCB had made a "written commitment" to the PCB to go ahead with the tour.
important issues like the tour to India," a Board official said on condition of anonymity. The players auction for the next BPL season is also due to be held on December 19. In the inaugural season of the BPL, held in February this year, around 20 players from Pakistan represented the franchises and their presence ensured the standard of the league was lifted considerably. A well-placed PCB source confirmed that the Board was also waiting to see when the BCB would confirm dates for its outstanding tour to Pakistan. "The PCB is also concerned because of the pay disputes that arose between players and franchises this year," the source said. The PCB was
Pakistan’s former captain and now batting consultant of the national team, Inzamamul Haq believes that aggressive play in India is the only way of winning the series across the border. Addressing journalists for the first time after assuming the duties as batting consultant of the Pakistan team, Inzamam said: “Aggressive cricket by our players will be the key to success against India in both the formats of the game during the coming tour later this month.” He said that ‘consultancy’ is a new experience for him, he will make improvement in the batting side his first priority. The 42-year old cricketer said a discontinuity in the game creates problems for sportsmen. “Batting technique of our team is not good enough, it should be worked upon”. The more players will practice, the better they will play, he added. He observed that the squad has ‘match winner’ players, but stressed that they will have to ensure real teamwork. The former leading run-scorer hailed Pakistan Cricket Board’s initiative to hold the event. He described the Pakistan team a group talented cricketers in all departments of the game and urged the players to stick to a higher level of aggressive
cricket to overcome Indian opposition. “It would be my utmost effort to improve batting techniques of our players who must have aggressive cricket in their mind set,” he added. Inzamam said it is a new experience for him to associate with the team as a batting expert and he is confident to transform his experience to the players without any difficulty. “I played with most of the members of the present cricket team and I know their temperament and approach and there are some new players in the rank as well and I would be there to help them out in order to lift the overall performance of our batting line,” said the former middle order batsman. “This time I am in different role with the team and I am fully aware of the responsibility given to me and I am confident to deliver in right direction,” he said. Inzamam said if the team displays aggressive cricket then it would be able to overcome the pressure of playing against India because Pak-India matches are full of pressure for both the sides. “In T20 games batsmen do not rely much on their technique and their main focus is hitting more and more runs which is only possible when they are batting with sheer concentration and I would be helping them to remain focus during their batting,” said the former captain.
Inzamam said his main focus would be on improving the temperamental and technical aspects of the batting of the players. “There is dire need to work on these two important areas besides giving a match plan to the players to cope the opponents knowing their strength,” he said. The former test cricketer as a batting consultant he would be helping the players to play every match with a special planning besides the skills of each player in a more effective way. He praised the interest of Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board to support every player and to bring back international cricket to Pakistan. “He (chairman) is making all out efforts to ensure that Pakistan plays cricket on regular basis and international cricket returns to Pakistan and resumption of Pak-India cricket ties are part of the efforts of present regime of the PCB,” He said Pakistan cricketers lack in longer version of cricket because there is no regular cricket or test series in Pakistan and its (Pakistan) home series are being played at natural venues
which has restricted the batsmen from giving their best. “If they play on regular basis (test series) on their own grounds, they (players) will improve their batting skills and technique,” To a question, he said he was optimistic about Pakistan teams success during the tour of India.”
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last hour featuring four wickets helped England avoid an unwanted shut-out on day three of a finely-balanced final Test in Nagpur . The tourists had toiled for 75 wicketless overs as India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and centurion Virat Kohli closed them down with some ease, but both had gone by the time stumps was called, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla, giving England a greater belief that they can now secure at least the draw they need to win the series. That landscape switch came after Dhoni (99) and Kohli (103) had taken it upon themselves to radically alter the equation themselves. The fifth-wicket pair resumed on a highly-vulnerable 87, yet by stumps their stand of 198 had underpinned India 's 297 for eight in reply to 330 all out. England simply got nowhere for all but the final hour of the day, on a dead pitch which has proved an aid to stagnant cricket from the outset. Until the first ball after evening drinks, their bowlers - last previously successful nine overs before the close yesterday - appeared destined to draw a blank for the entire day, for the first time since Australia 's Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh tormented the home attack at Trent Bridge 23 years ago. Respite came at last when Graeme Swann had Kohli lbw pushing forward in defence - and among four late wickets for only 28 runs, Dhoni was run out by a di-
rect hit from Cook at mid-off as he tried to scamper his 100th run off Anderson (four for 68) in the penultimate over before stumps. Dhoni and Kohli were constrained, as were England 's batsmen and India 's top order before them, by the extreme conditions.
A perilous situation added to their dilemma too; yet they dug in, and then branched out, faultless application giving way to increasing fluency as India battled back into contention. Gradually, without compromising risk avoidance, they pushed the run rate above two-an-over as
England tired in their thankless task to try to induce a mistake. Dhoni, without a Test century for more than a year, raised eyebrows when he promoted himself to number six last night above debutant all-rounder Jadeja. Frontline batsman Kohli had a topscore of 20 in six previous innings in this series. But both excelled themselves here in critical circumstances.Kohli completed his 289-ball hundred with his 11th four, on the back foot past cover off Swann. Soon afterwards, the off-spinner finally got his revenge, as India nonetheless edged towards parity. It had taken more than half an hour for their first boundary off the middle this morning, a Kohli cover-drive off Tim Bresnan to bring up three figures. Before then, only Dhoni's edge past a vacant slip off James Anderson had counted four. Anderson beat the bat or found the edge a handful of times in his early spell, but there was nothing else from pace or spin to raise England 's hopes. Each batsman passed his 50 with a four, Kohli's fourth driven off Monty Panesar and Dhoni's seventh square-cut off Bresnan. They were rare shots in anger until after England took the second new ball. The century stand arrived in 53 overs as India had to emphasise caution over adventure before they could dare to hope for more. Runs eventually started to come more freely, however - Dhoni hoisted Swann over long-on for a six, and took toll of Bresnan in particular - and England 's initial optimism turned to frowns of frustration. The nearest they came to a breakthrough before tea were Bresnan's two lbw appeals, and a tough
SCOREBOARD ENgLAND 1ST INNINgS: 330 ALL OUT; 145.5 OvERS (IJL TROTT 44, KP PIETERSEN 73, JE ROOT 73, MJ PRIOR 57, gP SWANN 56, I SHARMA 3-49, RA JADEJA 2-37, PP CHAWLA 4-69, INDIA 1ST INNINgS g gAMBHIR C PRIOR B ANDERSON 37 v SEHWAg B ANDERSON 0 26 CA PUJARA C BELL B SWANN 2 SR TENDULKAR B ANDERSON v KOHLI LBW B SWANN 103 99 MS DHONI RUN OUT (COOK) RA JADEJA LBW B ANDERSON 12 R ASHWIN NOT OUT 7 PP CHAWLA B SWANN 1 10 ExTRAS (B 5, LB 5) TOTAL (8 WICKETS; 130.1 OvERS) 297 TO BAT I SHARMA, PP OJHA FALL OF WICKETS 1-1 (SEHWAg, 0.3 Ov), 2-59 (PUJARA, 22.3 Ov), 3-64 (TENDULKAR, 27.5 Ov), 4-71 (gAMBHIR, 31.4 Ov), 5269 (KOHLI, 116.1 Ov), 6-288 (JADEJA, 123.6 Ov), 7-295 (DHONI, 129.1 Ov), 8-297 (CHAWLA, 130.1 Ov) BOWLINg: JM ANDERSON 26-5-68-4, TT BRESNAN 26-5-690, MS PANESAR 46-15-67-0, gP SWANN 30.1-9-76-3¸IJL TROTT 1-0-2-0, JE ROOT 1-0-5-0 TOSS ENgLAND , WHO CHOSE TO BAT TEST DEBUTS JE ROOT ( ENgLAND ); RA JADEJA ( INDIA ) PLAyER OF THE MATCH TBA UMPIRES HDPK DHARMASENA ( SRI LANKA ) AND RJ TUCKER ( AUSTRALIA ) Tv UMPIRE S RAvI MATCH REFEREE JJ CROWE ( NEW zEALAND ) RESERvE UMPIRE CK NANDAN
one-handed return chance barely off the ground - all with Dhoni on 72 - as the Yorkshireman's search continued for a first Test wicket since August at Headingley. By stumps, he was wicketless in his last 74.4 overs at the highest level.
Khan can secure Australia attack takes charge after Hussey ton top billing: SCOREBOARD De la Hoya HOBART
Superstar promoter Oscar de la Hoya believes "people's champion" Amir Khan remains one of the biggest draws in boxing despite his current run of form. Khan tops the bill in America again this weekend, despite losing his last two fights, as he tries to get back to winning ways against unbeaten Carlos Molina in Los Angeles. The Briton expressed his gratitude to De la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and American television giant Showtime this week after they stuck by him, but the promoter insists such faith is justified because of Khan's fan-friendly style. "Amir Khan is still Amir Khan," the legendary former six-weight world champion told Press Association Sport. "He's a tremendous fighter and I've always said to people he is a fighter. "He fights with heart and passion, that's why people love watching him fight and why he generates huge numbers on big television networks. The guy fights till the end, whether he finishes on the short end or wins in spectacular fashion the way he did against Marcos Maidana and some of his other wins.
BORIA MAjUMDAR Shane Warne the man, the cricketer and finally the enigma that we have all tried to decode over the years has well and truly come alive in Haigh’s biography. Haigh, in his typical style, critical and free flowing at the same time, delves deep into what Warne meant for Australian cricket and in doing so talks as much about the period in question as about Warne himself. In fact, at many levels, the book is also a chronicle of Australian cricket history of almost a decade, the decade that belonged to Shane Keith Warne. Haigh, rightly, doesn’t follow chronology. He locates Warne in the long duree of Australian cricket history and tries to understand the legacy the man has left behind. In doing so he has beautifully brought to life the player and his craft, the impact he left on the opposition
Mike Hussey scored an unbeaten 115 to drive Australia towards an aggressive declaration at 450 for five before Sri Lanka were reduced to 87-4 at stumps on the second day of the first test on Saturday. More than two hours of play were lost to rain but the Australians made the most of what time they had on the picturesque Bellerive Oval to take firm control of the opening match in a three-test series. Dimuth Karunaratne was the first Sri Lankan to fall but it was the cheap wickets of the experienced duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene that would have delighted Australia more. Thilan Samaraweera was caught behind off the bowling of spinner Nathan Lyon for seven to bring an end to play and leave opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had made 50 not out, to resume on Sunday with Angelo Mathews. "I think we're in a fantastic position after getting a couple of those late wickets," Hussey told reporters. "You get Sangakarra, Jayawardene and Samaraweera out, they are guys that can make big scores and play in tough conditions.
"But we've still got a lot of hard work to do, they'll fight very hard the Sri Lankans, they won't be giving anything up easy." The day had started so well for the tourists when Australia, resuming on 299-4, lost Michael Clarke for 74 in the third over to break the latest in a run of prolific partnerships with Hussey that have produced 736 runs in the last four tests. Young paceman Shaminda Eranga induced the Australian captain into an edge which Sangakkara collected with
ease at second slip but it was the last wicket to fall in the hosts' innings. "We weren't really up to it today," Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford lamented. "I think the boys will be busy thinking about what went on today and hopefully we can come out and give it a real fight in the morning." Matthew Wade (68 not out) and Hussey proved just as obdurate in a 146run partnership and cut loose to pile up the runs when play finally resumed after lunch, racing towards the declaration 40 minutes before tea. Hussey reached his 19th test century in fortuitous circumstances when he was dropped at deep midwicket by Angelo Matthews and the ball bounced across the boundary rope for four. "When you are in the 90s, your mind does funny things," Hussey said. "I couldn't believe I picked him out. I've seen Angelo take some brilliant catches. Sometimes it just happens to be your day." The 37-year-old breathed a huge sign of relief before whipping off his helmet to celebrate his third century in his last four matches and a fifth in six tests against Sri Lanka . It was not his most fluent innings coming off 171 balls with most of his eight fours struck after he reached the half century - but gave him a tally of 877
shane warne, The eniGMa and finally the imprint he has left on the game of cricket. Haigh is best while describing the mundane. Something as simple and customary as Warne’s eight step run-up to the crease, which, in normal circumstances, may have been dismissed as routine comes alive in Haigh’s writing. Same this for taste, “These began to teem even as he walked back, starting each time with a rubbing of the right hand in the disturbed dirt of the popping crease - for grip, for feel, and for the reassurance, perhaps, of the ritual. It was a routine that hardly varied, one of those it is difficult to remember starting, and impossible to recall changing. And somehow, as in everything Warne did, it seemed to signify some-
thing larger: as dust and grit over time transmitted itself to Warne's clothing, he appeared to acquire an earthiness, an affinity with the conditions. No cricketer is so dependent on the turf on which the game is played as the spinner; it can make, break, enfang or defang him. So although Warne bowled better in a greater variety of eco systems than almost any other comparable player, his caress of the crease always felt like an act of propitiation of the cricket gods.” That there is still a craving for Warne to come back is according to Haigh the evidence of the man’s greatness. Warne’s ability to reinvent himself over time, his coming to terms with a spate of injuries and operations, his new-found art of getting the
batsman out more in the mind and finally his innate confidence and belief in what he was about to do make him sit atop the greats the game of cricket has ever seen. At one level, Australia , Haigh argues, had started taking Warne for granted. It was a part of ritual that Warne would come and bowl out the opposition on Day 4 and 5 of a Test match and give the Australians much to cheer about. There was hardly a deviation from this script for as long as he played- a true testament to the man’s ability and greatness. In fact, it was only after he left the scene that people were left to ponder what he meant for Australian cricket. With the victories drying up, the true legacy of Shane Warne can now be ascertained.
Australia first innings (overnight 299-4) 57 D. Warner run out 4 E. Cowan c Eranga b Welegedara P. Hughes b Welegedara 86 S. Watson c M. Jayawardene b Welegedara 30 M.Clarke c Sangakkara b Eranga 74 115 M. Hussey not out M. Wade not out 68 Extras (b-1, lb-3, w-1, nb-11) 16 Total (for five wickets dec, 131 overs) 450 Fall of wickets: 1-18 2-97 3-183 4-198 5-304 Did not bat: P. Siddle, B. Hilfenhaus, M. Starc, N. Lyon. Bowling: Kulasekara 32-2-80-0 (nb-5, w-1), Welegedara 261-130-3 (nb-4), Eranga 25-5-90-1 (nb-2), Mathews 15-3-41-0, Dilshan 7-0-30-0, Herath 26-4-75-0. Sri Lanka first innings D. Karunaratne c Wade b Hilfenhaus 14 T. Dilshan not out 50 K. Sangakkara c Hussey b Siddle 4 M. Jayawardene lbw Watson 12 7 T. Samaraweera c Wade b Lyon Extras 0 Total (for four wickets, 29.1 overs) 87 Fall of wickets: 1-25 2-42 3-70 4-87 To bat: A. Mathews, P. Jayawardene, N. Kulasekara, C. Welegedara, S. Eranga, R. Herath. Bowling: Starc 7-1-30-0, Hilfenhaus 9-3-18-1, Lyon 2.1-2-0-1, Siddle 6-1-23-1, Watson 5-1-16-1 Series: Second test Dec. 26-30 Melbourne Cricket ground Third test Jan. 3-7 Sydney Cricket ground
runs at an impressive average of 125.28 against the Sri Lankans. "Sometimes you just have teams that you seem to score runs against and there's other teams that you struggle against," Hussey added. "I don't know why, it just seems to happen."
In an otherwise excellent biography, I’d have loved to see more on the rivalry between Sachin and Warne, one that enthralled cricket watchers from across the globe for almost a decade. Shane Warne wiping the sweat of his brow at Sharjah in disbelief when Sachin took the attack to him remains a moment that world cricket will always cherish. Performers of the highest quality, they had the greatest respect for each other and had given cricket fans a duel they can never forget. Haigh, having watched both closely, could have delved a little more into this rivalry. Despite this, however, Warne is clearly yet another feather in Haigh’s already illustrious writing cap. With this biography he has once again staked a claim to being the best cricket writer in the business and his readers will surely be waiting for him to churn out the next addition to the Haigh oeuvre in the years to come.
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17 Sports Pakistan in Asia Deaf Cricket final LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Another two matches were played in 2nd Asia Deaf Cricket Cup 2012 on Saturday. In the first match, Pakistan beat Afghanistan by 10 wickets. Afghanistan won the toss and batted first and scored 48 runs in 22.2 overs. Adnan Ghani of Pakistan took 4 wickets and gave 18 runs in 5 overs. Nadeem had 2 wickets for 5 runs and Shakeel 2 for 10 runs. In reply Pakistan Deaf, openers completed the task in just 4.4 overs. Opner Nadeem made 27 runs and was not out. In the second match, India defeated Afghanistan by seven wickets. Nepal batting first made 51 runs losing all of their wickets. Manjeet took 3 wickets for 14 runs while Fahimuddin had 2 for 11 runs. In reply India completed the target in 6 overs with loss of 3 wickets. Imran Tasudak Sheikh made 37 runs and was not out. Today another two matches will be played between India vs Sri Lanka and Nepal vs Afghanistan . Pakistan has already qualified for final.
Mohsin Zafar leads in gymkhana golf LAHORE STAFF REPORT
At the end of the first round in the two rounds, 36 holes Lahore Gymkhana Club Championship, in progress at the Gymkhana Golf Course, Mohsen Zafar appears as the leader with an impressive looking score of gross 74. Other notable performers in the gross section are Sardar Murad Khan at a score of 76, young and youthful Waleed Zubair at 77, followed by three competitors Qasim Khan, Mahad Zafar and Sameer Iftikhar, all bracketed at a score of 79. Mohsen Zafar is fresh from his victory in the Governors Cup and now in this contest for the much sought after Gymkhana Club Title, he continues to show nerves and ability. Three birdies in the round yesterday reflected excellence and control over his fairway shots and though he suffered a double bogey setback on the 3rd hole, he recovered to complete the round through steady play."I had a good round on the opening day and my putting feel was there with
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me throughout the 18 holes. I look forward to doing better in the final go on Sunday". Sardar Murad Khan is an experienced competitor and his chances of putting up a determined fight in the final round is a live possibility. He is a golfer with an accomplished all round game and enough experience to apply himself to the winning track without encountering hiccups. As for Waleed Zubair, he is the young one, vibrant, oozing with talent and adequately charged up for a fling at the title. Such occasions provide an opportunity to talented ones like him to show what they are capable of.He just has to focus on his long shots to avoid any inaccurate drives and he can upset the experienced ones. At the conclusion of the first round, he had a noticeable smile of confidence on his face and though he did not make a statement, the smile said it all. More contenders in line are Ahad Nadeem at 80, Sultan Jawa, Taimur Shabbir and Mohsin Anwar at 81, Aftab Arshed at 82, and Nauman Hyder and DR Arshed Mehmood at 83.
A mixed bag SportS thiS Week MUHAMMAD BUTT
BOUT ten seconds into Immigrant Song, Robert Plant unleashes a howl so spectacularly painful that it appears to be coming from a man trapped in the depths of hell. One expected a similar cry to emanate on December 10 as the squads for the tour to India were announced with Afridi’s name inconspicuous by its absence from the ODI squad. But that never came and nor did any theories about this being a Hindu-Zionist conspiracy surfaced. Sure the ‘Lala Loyalists’ kicked up some fuss but there were no mass protests one would have anticipated with such a decision which tells its own story really. His stock-assuming he had one-has fallen quite drastically in the last year or so. A paltry bowling batting average of 15.16 and a quite abysmal bowling average of 43.13 in ODI’s in 2012 have meant that even the most ardent Afridi fan boy is struggling to come up with reasons for
his inclusion in the team. The Pathan is quite a lucky man for he has lasted this long with such mediocre career numbers making it useless to read too much into this snub. If however, it is a sign of things to come then it seems a step in the right direction even if nobody wants to claim responsibility for the decision. Definitely not a step in the right direction is the recalls for Younis Khan (ODI), Imran Farhat (ODI) and Shoaib Malik (T20I). Younis has by and large struggled in the shorter formats and one does not expect him to suddenly change gears at 35. Malik on the other hand does have plenty of gears up his sleeve and would be ideal for a middle order berth but his form has completely deserted him in the last couple of years making him a walking wicket. And then there is Farhat who is in many ways the Mohammad Sami of batting; good at domestic level, beyond pathetic at international level. Suffice to say, these three spots could and probably should have gone to someone else.
Asia fight back against Europe in Royal Trophy BRUNEI AgENCIES
Having criticised the selection committee, it is only fair that their better decisions be appreciated. As promised, the selectors have avoided massive tinkering which is a good thing since it brings stability which in turn translates into success. Junaid Khan has sensibly been inducted in both squads this time after bizarrely missing out on the World T20 campaign. Pakistan ’s strength historically has been its fast bowlers but the focus has shifted on to spinners in the recent past with Ajmal ‘spinheading’ the attack. The catch with India
though is that their batsmen traditionally play spin rather well especially in their own country. Keeping this in mind, the selectors have put faith in the fast bowlers that have impressed domestically. Wahab Riaz and Anwar Ali are included in the ODI squads while Muhammad Irfan and Asad Ali are part of the T20 team. The lack of quality fast bowlers has been a slight worry off late exacerbated with Gul not performing to his usual standards so one hopes that the ones selected do a good job if given a chance.
Murray pleased with US Open changes LONDON AgENCIES
Andy Murray hailed a victory for player power following confirmation that the finalists at next year's US Open will have a day off after their semi-finals. The change means the year's fourth and last grand slam will run into a third Monday, when the men's final will take place. The women's semi-finals will be played on the second Friday of the tournament, followed on Sunday by the final, while the men's last-four matches are scheduled for the Saturday, affording the winners a free day before their title match. It was also announced that prize money would rise by four million US dollars (£2.5million) to 29.5million dollars (£18.2million). The challenge of playing up to five sets on back-to-back days was an issue the players had taken up, and world number three Murray , who won his maiden grand slam in New York this year, is glad they have been listened to by the United States Tennis Association. Murray said on usopen.org: "I'm pleased that the USTA has modified the US Open schedule to include a day of rest between the semi-finals and final. "Together with the prize money increase, it's good that they've taken on board the players' concerns." Defending women's champion Serena Williams added: "Both the prize money increase and the addition of a day of rest are great for the players. These moves make the tournament stronger than it's ever been for all players." Explaining how the decision was reached, USTA chairman and president
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Jon Vegosen said: "We recognise the increased physicality required to compete at the highest level of the sport, and we have responded to the players' request for a scheduled day of rest between the singles
semi-finals and finals. "The record increase in US Open prize money and the changes in the next year's schedule are aimed at rewarding the players' talents and accommodating the rigours of the modern
professional game." The 2013 US Open will run from August 26 to September 9. uS OPeN 2013 chANGe PutS MeN'S fiNAl ON MONDAy: The U.S. Open tennis tournament has extended its schedule to a Monday men's finish next year after a fifth year of weather delays disrupted the event in September, the U.S. Tennis Association said on Friday. The new program will feature a Sunday women's final followed by the men's title match on Monday, and provide a day's rest between the semi-finals and finals for both the men and women, bringing the U.S. Open in line with the other grand slams. The change, which affects just the 2013 event pending a decision on the years going forward, will abolish the Open's controversial Super Saturday, that for nearly 30 years had the men's semi-finals and women's final scheduled on the same day. The USTA, which had been harshly criticized by players over the scheduling, also announced an addition of $4 million to the prize money pool for the year's final grand slam, bringing the total to $29.5 million. "Both the prize money increase and the addition of a day of rest are great for the players," Serena Williams, who won the 2012 women's crown for her fourth Open title, said in a statement. "These moves make the tournament stronger than it's ever been for all players." Men's champion Andy Murray, who claimed his maiden grand slam title at the National Tennis Center , also applauded the change.
Asia stormed back into contention at the Royal Trophy on Saturday by taking three points from the four fourball matches against Europe to close the deficit to just one ahead of the final day singles. Holders Europe have a slender 4 1/2-3 1/2 lead ahead of Sunday's eight singles matches at the Empire Country Club in Brunei with Jose Maria Olazabal's side needing four more points to win the annual contest loosely based on the Ryder Cup model. Asia have won the Royal Trophy only once, in 2009, with Europe winning the four other editions. A fifth win looked odds on after Olazabal's side had taken three-point lead from the opening foursomes but Asia had other ideas on the second day. India's Jeev Milkha Singh rolled in a fourfoot putt on the 18th as he and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand scored a fighting half in their match against Olazabal and Spanish compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez in the opening game of the day. Singh's putt also drew a welcome response from the crowd on his 41st birthday. "It was nice to hear the crowd singing happy birthday. They might not have bothered if I had missed on 18," the Indian said in a television interview. Jimenez and Olazabal, who was nursing what appeared to be a neck injury throughout the round, both narrowly missed makeable putts on the last to claim the win. Despite the pain, Olazabal, who grimaced after hitting shots and had his caddie help stretch out his shoulders and neck during the round, will lead off the singles against South Korean Bae Sangmoon on Sunday. South Korean Kim Kyung-tae then rolled in a four-footer on the 17th as he and compatriot Yang Yong-eun claimed a topsy-turvy 2&1 win over Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Swede Henrik Stenson. The Korean duo were five up through nine holes but the Europeans closed the deficit and trailed by only one with three to play before Kim's pinpoint approach to the par-four 17th set up a birdie and Asia's first win of the sixth edition. Bae could have added the second win for Asia shortly after but he missed his birdie effort on the 18th to half the match with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and German playing partner Marcel Siem. Bae and Chinese partner Wu Ashun would have had two putts for the win but European Ryder Cup winner Colsaerts rolled in a 14ft effort on the final green to set up the half.
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Sports 18 The FlyINg VeTerANS VISIT To lAhore
Pakistan’s 19 Dutch ambassadors in Holland T SPORTS DESK
Clinical City hold off Magpies comeback NEW CASTLE AgENCIES
Yaya Toure helped Manchester City stay in touch with Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United by sealing a hard-fought 3-1 win at Newcastle. The reigning champions looked to be coasting to victory at St James' Park after Sergio Aguero and Garcia gave them a 2-0 lead before the break.
HE Dar Hockey Academy , functioning in Lahore since 2006, is presently acknowledged as the best in the country. No Pakistani age group side since 2009 has left the country without an academy boy and this year Khalid Bhatti won the national senior colours. The academy colts have been touring Europe every year since 2010. During the earlier visits, they mainly played against the age group sides in Europe but this year the academy team had most of the fixtures against the Dutch, German and Belgian clubs which are in the top tiers of the domestic leagues of the three countries and achieved amazing results. During these trips, the youngsters mesmerised the European onlookers with the on field skills and captivated their hearts with the exemplary behavior both on and off the field thus enhancing Pakistan ’s image. In the post-match socializing, the academy president Taqueer Dar always tried to dispel the negative impression about his country and invited hosts to visit Pakistan . Many among the academy’s hosts expressed the desire to visit Pakistan but at the same time they had security concerns. This year, during the Dutch leg of the tour, Rob Lathouwers, one of the most distinguished international umpires, was a remarkable host to the academy team. Taqueer managed to convince Rob to bring a star-studded Dutch veterans’ side to Pakistan . Security was the main issue. Taqueer’s resourcefulness and untiring efforts bore fruit when Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif passed the directives to
provide maximum security to the Dutch visitors and their visit became a reality. The ‘Flying Dutch Veterans’ team reached Lahore on December 1 for a nineday tour and the local hospitality started before their departure from Holland. The Dutch contingent was feted to a dinner by the Pakistani ambassador in Holland , Ms Fauzia Sana a few days before they flew to Pakistan . She also waived off the visa fees of all the team members. The visiting side had five former internationals with remarkable credentials. Wouter van Pelt, Martin van Grimbergen, Gys Weterings, Rene Klaassen and Jan Schaltmann have 683 caps between them and represented Holland in Olympics as well as World Cups. Pelt, also the team captain, is one of the most decorated players in the history with two Olympic golds and a World Cup gold. Weterings scored one of the three Dutch goals when they beat Pakistan in the 1990 World Cup final in this very city of Lahore . The visiting side also included two former junior internationals. The Flying Dutch Veterans played three matches during their stay. They opened against the Aitchison College and most of the visitors played on the grass for the first time in 15 years and were struggling. However, the young Aitchisonians who held the experienced veterans to a 22 draw. The second fixture was on the synthetic turf of the recently-built stadium in Johar Town . The Flying Dutch Veterans enjoyed playing on the excellent surface against the young colts of the Dar Academy . The match itself turned out to be a great entertainer for the large crowd, with fortunes fluctuating. The tourists’ experience made the difference in the end as they came out victorious 5-4. The last tie
at the same venue against the Punjab Veterans was keenly-anticipated and it evoked a lot of nostalgia. The local veterans’ side fielded many greats of Pakistan hockey such as ManzoorUl Hassan, Shahid Ali Khan, Naeem Akhtar, Khawaja Junaid, Tahir Zaman, among others. The jam-packed stadium enjoyed a goal feast. The Flying Dutch Veterans’ superior fitness saw them through in the end as they came out 7-5 winners. The match was covered by several TV channels. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who was the chief guest, distributed souvenirs after the match and also presented a shield to the visitors on behalf of the Dar Academy. These fixtures were also part of the Punjab International Sports Festival conducted by Sports Board Punjab. The Flying Dutch Veterans during their stay here also visited a number of historic places such as the Lahore Fort, Badshahi Mosque, etc. The wonderful and varied collection at the city’s museum really fascinated them. The flag lowering ceremony at the Wagha Border was a unique experience for the guests. They had a good taste of the Pakistani culture when they visited the Peeru’s café for a dinner hosted by the acting Dutch Ambassador. They were regaled at dinners hosed at the food street, Lahore Gymkhana and the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club. No surprise when one member of the Flying Dutch Veterans said: “I had the time of my life”. Another remarked:”We were given a royal treatment throughout”. For any Pakistani, the comments of Rob Lathouwers, the chef de mission of the Flying Dutch Veterans, were the most satisfying: “ Pakistan now has 19 new ambassadors in Holland .”
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Schwartzel, Bourdy lead by four at Leopard Creek MPUMALANGA AgENCIES
Local hero Charl Schwartzel and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy fired rounds of 64 and 65 respectively on Friday to take a four-stroke lead over Darren Fichardt in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek. Former Masters champion Schwartzel has yet to record a bogey in the tournament so far and six birdies and an eagle on the parfive 18th hole catapulted him into a strong position at 13 under with Bourdy. "I got off to a great start this morning. The golf course was in great shape, the greens were nice and there was no wind," he told reporters. "It was there for the taking and luckily enough I took advantage early on. I made a couple around the turn and could have been a few more there, but we can't get too greedy." Despite posting the lowest round of the tournament, the 28-year-old said he felt his form was still well below his best which may be an ominous sign for Bourdy and the rest of the field. "When you're hitting it well you feel in control. The way I'm hitting it now it feels like I've got to dig a lot deeper to grind a score out," he said. "It's not as consistent as it normally is. I just hope to start striking it better and feel a bit more at ease when I'm out there. Early on it wasn't that great, but it feels like it's getting a little better.
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Egyptians vote on divisive constitution
US gunman wanted to kill as many people as possible g
Tearful Obama urges meaningful action WASHINGTON
GYPTIANS queued in long lines to vote on a constitution promoted by its Islamist backers as the way out of a political crisis and rejected by opponents as a recipe for further divisions in the Arab world's biggest nation. Soldiers joined police to secure the referendum on Saturday after deadly protests during the build up. Street brawls erupted again on Friday in Alexandria, Egypt's second city, but voting proceeded quietly there, with no reports of violence elsewhere. President Mohamed Mursi provoked angry demonstrations when he issued a decree last month expanding his powers and then fast-tracked the draft constitution through an assembly dominated by his Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies. At least eight people were killed in clashes last week outside the presidential palace. His liberal, secular and Christian opponents say the constitution is too Islamist and tramples on minority rights. Mursi's supporters say the charter is needed if progress is to be made towards democracy nearly two years after the fall of militarybacked strongman Hosni Mubarak. "The sheikhs (preachers) told us to say 'yes' and I have read the constitution and I liked it," said Adel Imam, a 53-year-old queuing to vote in a Cairo suburb. "The country will move on." Opposition politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on Twitter: "Adoption of (a) divisive draft constitution that violates
CAIRO: Egyptian soldiers guard a polling station in Shubra neighbourhood where voting on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists took place on Saturday. universal values and freedoms is a sure way to institutionalise instability and turmoil." Official results will not be announced until after a second round of voting next Saturday. But partial results and unofficial tallies are likely to emerge soon after the first round, giving some idea of the outcome. In order to pass, the constitution must be approved by more than 50 percent of voters who cast ballots. A little more than half of Egypt's electorate of 51 million are eligible to vote in the first round in Cairo and other cities. Rights groups reported some abuses, such as polling stations opening
late, officials telling people to vote "yes", bribery and intimidation. But Gamal Eid, head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, which is monitoring the vote, said nothing reported so far was serious enough to invalidate the referendum. "Until now, there is no talk of vote rigging," said Eid. Christians, making up about 10 percent of Egypt's 83 million people and who have long grumbled of discrimination, were among those waiting at a polling station in Alexandria to oppose the basic law. They fear Islamists, long repressed by Mubarak, will restrict social and other freedoms.
US authorities say it's clear that the gunman who claimed 26 lives including kids and teachers in a firing spree at an elementary school in Connecticut state Friday, was on a mission to kill as many people as possible, the CBS channel reported. In one of the deadliest shooting incidents in the United States, the 20-year-old assailant identified as Adam Lanza, took at least three guns and multiple clips of ammunition to target a defenseless elementary school and children as young as five. Another report, quoting police, said Lanza first apparently killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at the home they shared in Newtown. Then he drove in her car to Sandy Hook Elementary, the school at which Nancy Lanza taught kindergarten. The horrific tragedy shook the Newtown community. Citing police, the CBS said Adam Lanza, who was later found dead, was armed for a mass murder when he attacked a target he knew very well. He was carrying two lethal semi-automatic handguns: a Sig Sauer, the type of gun carried by Secret Service agents, and a Glock 9mm, a model used by many police officers and federal agents across the United States. Officials say Lanza headed directly for a specific section of the school and opened fire, killing students in two classrooms. It is not known how many rounds he fired, but both guns are capable of carrying high-capacity extended clips, which can hold up to 30 rounds. A tearful President Barack Obama told Americans “our hearts are broken today.” Wiping his eyes, he said, “Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease
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A note written by a child caught in Friday’s Connecticut school shooting. their pain.” Obama noted, sadly gun massacres occur all too often. “And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” Obama said. President Obama ordered flags flown at half-staff at federal installations and House Speaker John Boehner ordered flags over the U.S. Capitol to be lowered to half-staff because of the tragedy. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has expressed a sense of shock over the tragedy. Lanza died of a self-inflicted gunshot inside the school. But investigators suspect he may have intended to carry out a broader attack. The CBS said investigators believe that this shooting was the result of a conflict between he and his mother that was developing for a long time -killing her and then killing what she loved most -- her students.