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Friday, 17 august, 2012 Ramadan 28, 1433

25 Shias pulled off buses, Taliban raid on Kamra executed in Kohistan air base thwarted Passengers were traveling to Gilgit, other northern towns for Eid holidays

MANSEHRA: A man comforts a mourner at a hospital in Garhi Habibullah following the coldblooded killing of 25 Shias near Babusar Top on Thursday. afp



At least 25 members of the Shia community were killed when armed men intercepted four buses en route to Gilgit, lined the people up and opened indiscriminate fire on the passengers in Kohistan district on Thursday. The incident occurred near Babusar Top of Kohistan. All four buses were on way to Gilgit and other northern towns from the federal capital. Officials in Kohistan said the terrorists forced four passenger buses to a halt in the Thanda Pani area of Babusar Top on Thursday and dislodged the passengers off the vehicles. Twenty-five of the passengers, after being identified as Shias, were forced into a line and shot dead in cold blood. The exact identity of those killed could not be ascertained, but they were said to hail from various areas of GilgitBaltistan. The victims were on way home for Eid holidays. Officials in Dasu, headquarters of Kohistan, said the attackers were donning army uniforms. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the coldblooded killings. Locals said all four buses were owned by a single private transport company. They said due to frequent ambushing of passenger buses on the Silk Route, transporters had chosen to travel along the Naran-

Intense gun battle leaves nine attackers, soldier dead g Reconnaissance aircraft slightly damaged by RPG, base secured by security personnel g



Kaghan Road, but the terrorists, unfortunately, found a way to attack the buses on the alternate route as well. Just like in Balochistan, violent

acts against Shias in the Northern Areas are also in progress since the last several years. Continued on page 04


group of Taliban militants armed with Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and wearing military uniforms stormed the major Pakistan Air Force base ‘Minhas’ early on Thursday morning, sparking a deadly clash with the security forces that left a security official and nine militants dead. Kamra is around 60kms away from Islamabad and houses the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex that builds fighter jets, including the Mirage, and JF-17s fighter planes with Chinese assistance. Some western media reports also linked the ‘Minhas’ base to Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, but a PAF spokesman strongly denied the reports, saying no Pakistani base was used for the storage of nuclear weapons or in any way linked to the country’s nuclear program. A senior military official, asking not to be named, also rejected the reports that Kamra air complex housed nuclear weapons. “This is an absolutely absurd assumption…most western news reports about Pakistan are mere speculation completely devoid of facts. “The security forces’ immediate response to the attack is testament to the Pakistan Air Force’s preparedness. The heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated by the first layer of security… Our allies in the West should not doubt our resolve in fighting the menace of

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terrorism,” he said. As many as nine militants, some of them wearing explosives jackets, attacked the PAF base at around 2am. “They were armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades,” PAF spokesman Group Captain Tariq Mahmood said. He said at least one of the rockets hit a hangar that was holding some aircraft. The rocket pierced the hangar wall and shrapnel from the explosion damaged one of the aircraft inside. The spokesman did not mention the type of aircraft that was damaged in the attack, but another security official, Continued on page 04

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NA speaker forms incomplete commission for new provinces ISLAMABAD: After a two-and-a-half-month delay, National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mira on Thursday constituted an incomplete commission for the creation of new provinces in Punjab. The speaker, who is currently in the United States for a minor surgery, constituted the commission in pursuance of the message received from the president and authorization by the National Assembly on July 11, 2012. The president had actually sent the message on May 30. Despite the long delay, the speaker could gather names of only 12 members of the commission, while two members of the Punjab Assembly are yet to be nominated, according to a notification issued by the National Assembly Secretariat. “Two members of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab would be included as and when their nominations are received from the Speaker Provincial Assembly, Punjab,” added the notification. The commission comprises of Senators Farahatullah Babar, Sughra Imam, Mohammad Adeel, Kamil Ali Agha, Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, and MNAs Arif Aziz Sheikh, Jamshaid Ahmad Dasti, Ali Musa Gilani, Tehmina Daultana, Chaudhry Saud Majeed and Farooq Sattar. STAff REpoRT

Navy inducts Fast Attack Missile Craft ‘PNS Deshat’ KARACHI: Pakistan has inducted a Fast Attack Missile Craft built by a Chinese corporation. The vessel is equipped with modern technology. The Fast Attack Missile Craft “PNS Dehshat” was inducted during a ceremony attended by the Naval Chief Asif Sandila. Earlier in April, Pakistan acquired its first missile craft PNS Azmat from China. AGENciES

Eight kidnapped in South Waziristan PESHAWAR: Taliban believed to be involved in kidnapping on workers on Gomal Zam Dam site At least eight people, including employees working on the under-construction Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan, have been abducted by unknown persons on Thursday. Those abducted were traveling from Gomal Zam to Tank aboard two vehicles. The vehicles were ambushed by unknown armed persons when they reached Kot Murtaza, near Tank city. The abductees include a soldier of the security forces, a sub divisional officer (SDO) and a sub engineer working on the dam site. The armed, unidentified kidnappers have taken all eight abductees to an unknown location. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping but officials believe that there might be Taliban involvement in this act. Those who were abducted identified as SDO Shahid, Sub Engineer Sana Ullah, Driver Siraj, army soldier Mushtaq, Shujaat, Muneer and Liaqat. The security forces have embarked on search operation but the outcome of this operation is not yet known to the public. STAff REpoRT

Six bodies found in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Six dead bodies, stuffed in gunny bags, were recovered from various parts of the city on Thursday. According to police sources, two dead bodies were recovered from Sarband area near Ring Road. Police said that both the deceased were killed after torture. The victims were identified as Mawas-ud-Din and Arif Shah who belonged to Bazidkhel and Hangu areas. Two more dead bodies, stuffed in gunny bags, were recovered from Shahpur area of Chamkani. They were also killed after being subjected to torture. In a separate incident, two more bodies were found in Mithra area near Peshawar. The identity of the deceased was not ascertained yet. iNp

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WAGHA: Released Indian fishermen cross over the border at the India-Pakistan Wagha border checkpoint on Thursday. Pakistan released 55 Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture to mark independence day in India. AFP

OIC should support pakistan for peace in afghanistan: Zardari MAKKAH



resident Asif Ali Zardari has urged the Muslim heads of states and governments to support Pakistan in appealing all the groups in Afghanistan to join the reconciliation and peace process. Addressing the fourth extraordinary Islamic Summit in Makkah on Thursday‚ President Zardari said Pakistan had been seriously affected by the unrest in Afghanistan. Reiterating Pakistan’s support to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process‚ he said peace and stability in Afghanistan was vital for the peace and stability of Pakistan as well as of the region and the entire world. Commenting on other issues of major concern to the Muslim world‚ the president said that Muslim communities in different parts of the world continued to suffer denial of their human rights. He said that Kashmir issue continues to fester. Reiterating Pakistan’s commitment to a just and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute‚ in accordance with the UN Security Council

resolutions‚ he expressed the hope that Pakistan’s engagement with India would be result-oriented and purposeful. President Zardari said Pakistan fully supported the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state. President Zardari emphasized that unity and solidarity of Muslim Ummah was critical to achieving success and the Muslim world must use their collective strength to defend just Islamic causes. The president urged the Muslim world leaders to evolve a mechanism for developing a collective response to the challenges before the Muslim world. Calling for putting an immediate end to the bloodshed in Syria‚ the president said Pakistanwas deeply pained to see Syria bleed. He said that Pakistan desired that Syria must forge its own destiny in accordance with the aspirations of its people. He said that we must respect Syria’s sovereignty‚ unity and territorial integrity. Expressing concerns over the killing of Muslims in Myanmar‚ he said he has addressed a personal letter to the President of Myanmar urging him to take necessary steps to end the bloodshed.

Military action of no use in terror war: Imran KARACHI AGENciES

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has expressed grave concern over terrorist assault at Kamra Airbase, which is situated inside a highsecurity zone. Talking to reporters on Thursday, Khan said use of force and military action against terrorism was not a solution to the problem. To a question regarding potential North Waziristan operation, Khan said he believed the operation would fuel terrorism in the country. The PTI chairman said he was unable to understand why the decision to launch the operation had been made. He said there was huge difference even between the Pentagon and the US State Department over the war on terror. “How long would we keep fighting for the US for sake of money,” he said, adding that 40,000 Pakistanis had been killed in the war so far.

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Nobody needs to worry about our nukes, they’re safe: FO ISLAMABAD



AKISTAN has said that its nuclear assets are secure and nobody needs to worry about the safety of its nuclear installations. In a media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesman Muazzam Khan said that the command and control system of Pakistan’s nuclear assets was every effective. Responding to a question on the remarks by the US defense secretary that Pakistan’s nuclear assets could fall into the hands of extremists‚ the FO spokesman said the world should not have concerns about safety of Pakistan’s

nuclear assets. He said that elaborate measures were in place to secure them. The spokesman said that no foreign troops would be “allowed to conduct operation into our territory”. He said that it was a matter of Pakistan’s sovereignty, and “we have made it clear from the day one that fighting extremism and terrorism on our territory remains Pakistan’s responsibility.” To another question‚ the spokesman said that Pakistan and the United States were continuing engagement on various fronts, including economic‚ security and political. About cross-border incursions on Pakistan-Afghanistan border‚ he said the two countries were holding talks on the issue, and that Pakistan was also engaging ISAF to stop cross-border incursions.

US confident of Pakistan nuclear security WASHINGTON: The United States said Thursday it was confident of the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal after heavily armed militants stormed an air force base in clashes that left 10 people dead. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland offered condolences over the attack claimed by the Taliban. She said the United States had no reason to doubt Pakistan’s account that the Minhas base was free of nuclear weapons. “We have confidence that the government of Pakistan is well aware of the range of potential threats to its nuclear arsenal and has secured its nuclear arsenal accordingly,” Nuland told reporters. “We do talk about these issues and support Pakistani efforts to keep them secure — we have for quite a long, long time. And we don’t have any reason to be concerned at this moment,” she said. SpEciAl coRRESpoNdENT

India tunneling along pakistan and Chinese borders NEW DELHI

Seven-member bench cannot reverse full-court’s ruling: Naek ISLAMABAD: Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek said on Thursday that “the government has always tried its best for reconciliation, and it does not want confrontation between the institutions.” He was talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court (SC) after the hearing of the federal government’s review petition against the SC’s July 12 order in connection with the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) implementation case. Naek lauded the SC for hearing him appropriately and sufficiently. However, he was of the opinion that a seven-member bench cannot override the verdict delivered by a full-court bench ie 17-strong bench. “We will have to sit together to give positive musing to the national interest,” Naek remarked, adding the government would hold consultations over prime minister’s appearance before the court on August 27. iNp


India is finally kick-starting its plan to build as many as 18 tunnels along its borders with Pakistan and China, for faster troop mobility, as well as storage of critical war-fighting assets like missiles, without the threat of detection by enemy satellites and spy drones, Indian media reported on Thursday. While the preliminary work on seven tunnels is underway after requisite approvals, the construction of 11 more tunnels in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh is now on the drawing board after “a strong endorsement’’ by Indian Army, TNN news agency reported. With China resorting to ‘tunneling in a big way’ to store important military equipment, the Indian Army wants its tunnel construction plans in the mountains of J&K and north-east to be fast-tracked. “The tunnels will provide shelter to troops and ammunition, from both enemy shelling and

extreme weather. They can also be used for NBC (nuclear, chemical, biological) protection and establishing command and control centers,’’ said a top official. Actual construction work is underway only in one of the 18 proposed tunnels. But, this long-delayed 8.82km long horse-shoe shaped tunnel under the 13,400-feet Rohtang Pass, on the Manali-Sarchu-Leh axis, is unlikely to meet its completion deadline of February, 2015. Feasibility studies and preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) for three more tunnels at Zozila, Z-Morh and Razdhan Pass in J&K are in progress, while similar work is planned for Khardungla and Sadhana Pass in J&K and Theng in Sikkim. The other proposed tunnels include Rangpo in Sikkim and on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang axis in Arunachal Pradesh. The Army is anxious to have existing large gaps in border infrastructure in terms of all-weather roads, tunnels, strategic railway lines, ‘permanent defenses’, etc to get plugged as fast as

possible. China, for instance, can move around 30 divisions (each with over 15,000 soldiers) to the borders within 30 days to outnumber Indian forces by 3:1, after undertaking massive infrastructure development along the 4,057-km Line of Control, as reported by Times of India. An empowered committee under defense secretary Shashikant Sharma is scrutinizing DPRs for the proposed overall ‘capability development plan on the northern borders’’ worth Rs 2,61,550 million. While this is slated for completion by 2020-2021, there is an ongoing Rs 92,430 million project for ‘infrastructure development in the eastern theatre’’ by 2016-2017. The Indian Army hopes that the projects are not hit by huge time overruns, like the 73 all-weather roads earmarked for construction along the three sectors of LAC a decade ago. Defense minister A K Antony admitted in LS this week that only 16 of those roads have been finished till now, with another 26 slated for completion by 2013, and 19 more by 2016.

Got sick in Balochistan? You’re on your own! After OPDs, Quetta doctors include emergency wards in their strike against colleague’s abduction QUETTA App

The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) on Thursday announced to shut emergency services in hospitals across the provincial capital following a 15-day strike in Outpatient Departments (OPDs) against the abduction of a surgeon. Dr Ghulam Rasool Kakar, a surgeon at Balochistan Medical Complex (BMC), was kidnapped over two weeks ago by unidentified men. The doctors boycotted the OPDs since then, and also did not visit the hospitals’ wards to check the patients, increasing their plight manifold. Hundreds of patients hailing from far-flung areas come to government and private hospitals in Quetta for medical treatment. The OPDs have been close for the last 15 days after the doctors announced strike against Rasool’s kidnapping. A PMA meeting, led by its Balochistan president Dr Sultan Tareen, was held here on Thursday and decided to shut emergency services.

nwA operation to be Pakistan’s own decision: Peshawar corps commander PESHAWAR STAff REpoRT

Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani has made it clear that the government alone will make the decision regarding a military operation in North Waziristan and “no one can impose its own will from abroad in this respect”. “The armed forces are well aware of their responsibilities and are alert for all sorts of action in any part of the country,” was his reply to a query while talking to reporters on Thursday at an iftar dinner hosted by him in the honor of journalists and analysts. The corps commander expressed surprise over media reports regarding military operation in North Waziristan, saying “how is it possible for the armed forces to

accept a wish from abroad regarding our own internal issue or any other administrative matter”? Rabbani has time and again said the decision regarding military action would be made by the government and the nation. “After getting ownership of such a decision on the part of the government, the armed forces will go ahead with the task,” he said, adding that in this respect the nation needed to build a consensus as outcomes of such a consensus always remain symbolic. The Peshawar corps commander diverted then attentions the attendees’ attention towards the outcomes of the military action in Swat. “Swat became a success story when it was owned by the government and backed by the masses,” he said. Expressing satisfaction over law and

order in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, Rabbani said there existed normalcy in north of River Kabul and south of Peshawar. However, he conceded that there was unrest and problems in North Waziristan and a pocket of Khyber agency. He said that the military action against militants already concluded in both Orakzai and Kurram agencies, adding that besides Swat and other parts of Malakand division, there was peace in Bajaur and Mohmand. However, he said the armed forces would remain in these areas until the return of complete peace. “Unfortunately, Waziristan is linked with almost all of terrorist and violent acts taking place in any part of the country. On such grounds, the government and the armed forces have no option other than action.”

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04 News 11 killed as Black Hawk downed in afghanistan KANDAHAR Afp


NATO Black Hawk helicopter came down in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing seven American soldiers and four Afghans, the military said, as Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility. The four Afghans included three members of the security forces and a civilian interpreter, NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. “The cause of the crash is under investigation,” it said, adding that the helicopter was a UH60 Black Hawk. The statement gave no further details. Taliban

spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi told AFP: “Our mujahideen (holy warriors) shot down an ISAF helicopter in Chenarto area of Shah Wali Kot district in Kandahar province at around 11:00 am (0630 GMT).” He said a rocket-propelled grenade had been used against the helicopter. “The helicopter was destroyed and all the crew and soldiers inside were killed,” Ahmadi said. “The NATO helicopter was hit by a Taliban rocket in Khashir area of Chenarto village in Shah Wali Kot district this morning,” a local official who requested anonymity told AFP. The area had been cleared of Taliban in a push by NATO and Afghan forces in 2010, but the insurgents had become active in the district

again, district governor Obaidullah said. “Taliban have been active in Chenarto village since the beginning of this year. Afghan and foreign forces have had frequent clashes with the Taliban in this district since the beginning of this year,” said Obaidullah, who uses just one name. The ISAF statement did not use its normal phrasing for a simple helicopter crash, which includes the line that no enemy activity was reported in the area. Helicopter crashes are fairly frequent in Afghanistan, where the 130,000-strong NATO mission relies heavily on air transport. Last August, an American Chinook was shot down by the Taliban near Kabul, killing eight Afghans and 30

Americans, including 22 Navy SEALs from the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden in neighbouring Pakistan earlier that year. It was the deadliest single incident for American troops in 10 years of war in Afghanistan. On March 16, a Turkish helicopter crashed into a house on the outskirts of Kabul, killing 12 Turkish soldiers and two Afghan civilians. The deaths of the seven Americans come just a week after six others were killed by their local Afghan colleagues in so-called green-onblue attacks, eroding trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said last month that attacks in the second

quarter of this year were 11 percent higher than in the same period last year. The month of June alone saw the highest number of attacks in nearly two years, with more than 100 assaults a day across the country, including firefights and roadside bombings, the US-led coalition said. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the war, with more than 40 killed on Tuesday in a series of suicide attacks and homemade bomb blasts across the country in the bloodiest day for ordinary Afghans this year. NATO troops fighting the insurgency by Taliban Islamists are scheduled to leave Afghanistan gradually and hand over responsibility for national security to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

india to launch Mars mission: PM

KAMRA: pakistan Air force personnel check a car at the entrance of pAf Aeronautical complex after a militant attack earlier on Thursday. OnLIne

NEW DELHI: India plans to launch a space probe that will orbit Mars, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh confirmed on Wednesday after press reports that the mission was scheduled to begin late next year. The project would mark another step in the country’s ambitious space programme, which placed a probe on the moon three years ago and envisages its first manned mission in

2016. “Our spaceship will go near Mars and collect important scientific information,” Singh said in his annual Independence Day address, heralding the plan as “a huge step for us in the area of science and technology”. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is expected to launch the unmanned orbiter as early as November next year, the Press Trust of India news agency re-

Police officers Beard row halts trial of pass away Major accused of murder in tragic car accident NEWS DESK

Islamic summit will take Myanmar’s Rohingyas issue to Un MAKKAH Afp

The Islamic summit decided Thursday to take the issue of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingyas, displaced by deadly sectarian violence, to the United Nations. At a meeting in the holy city of Mecca the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned “the continued recourse to violence by the Myanmar authorities against the members of this minority and their refusal to recognize their right to citizenship.” “The summit has decided to bring this mat-

ter before the General Assembly of the United Nations,” it said in a final statement. The OIC announced on Saturday before the summit that it had received a green light from Myanmar to assist displaced Rohingya. It said Myanmar gave its agreement following talks in the capital Yangon on Friday between a delegation from the pan-Islamic body and President Thein Sein on the “deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state.” The delegation assured Thein Sein that Islamic humanitarian organizations were willing to provide aid to all residents of the strife-

torn state. Saudi King Abdullah decided Saturday to grant $50 million to the Rohingya, the country’s news agency SPA reported, describing them as victims of “several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement.” Violence between Buddhists and Rohingya has left scores dead, with official figures indicating that 80 people from both sides died in initial fighting in June. The entire state has been under emergency rule since early June with a heavy army and police presence.

ported earlier this month. According to one ISRO official, the cost of the mission has been estimated at four to five billion rupees ($70-90 million). The United States, Russia, Europe, Japan and China have all sent missions to Mars. The US robot Curiosity is currently on the surface of the “Red Planet” after landing last week to hunt for soil-based signs of life and send back data for a future human mission. afp


Five police personnel, including a Deputy Superintendent were killed and five others wounded in two separate road accidents in Khuzdar and Quetta, on Thursday. In the first incident, a vehicle of the Crime Branch was going to Lasbela from Quetta to investigate the abduction of a Hindu trader. The vehicle’s front wheel burst and the car flipped over at Baghbana, 45 KM away from Khuzdar. As a result, DSP Ehsan Noor, constables Jahangir, Mohammad Khan and Shahullah died on the spot while Safdar Abbass, Sakhi Muhammad, Zaheer Abbass and Zulfiqar Ali sustained serious wounds.

The trial of a US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree at an army base has been suspended while a court decides whether his beard should be removed, BBC reported on Thursday. Major Nidal Hasan’s lawyers say the beard is an expression of his Muslim faith, but army regulations state that soldiers must be clean shaven. It is also argued that the beard makes it hard for witnesses to identify him. Maj Hasan is accused of opening fire at Ford Hood army base in Texas in 2009. The shooting was the worst of its type at a US military base, and if convicted, Maj Hasan, 41, could face the death penalty. The trial has already been delayed several times Maj Hasan first appeared for a hearing at the central Texas

military complex with the beard in June. He had been due to enter a plea on Wednesday, with the court martial due to begin on Monday. But all proceedings have been put on hold while military appeal court judges consider what to do about his facial hair. Until now, the judge has not allowed Maj Hasan to stay in the courtroom, because being unshaven violates army regulations. He has been found in contempt of court, fined $1,000, and has had to watch proceedings on closed-circuit television from a nearby room. But the judge says he must be present during the court-martial, because if he is convicted, he may have grounds for appeal. Lawyers for Maj Hasan say he has had a premonition that his death is imminent and that he believes dying without a beard would be a sin.

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seeking anonymity, said it was a SAAB-2000 Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft that was being used for the reconnaissance missions. Group Captain Tariq said after the rocket barrage, the attackers scaled the wall surrounding the air base. The militants also cut the three-feet-high barbed wire fence before scaling the nine-foot-high wall of the base. The spokesman said the guards present inside the base opened fire on the militants that led to an intense gun battle. “In the initial exchange of fire, soldier Muhammad Asif was martyred,” he said. Mahmood said the security forces, backed by a team of Special Services Group (SSG) commandos, fought the militants for around two hours after which they were killed and the base was secured. In the brazen militant attack, nine militants were killed, while Base Com-

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mander Air Commodore Muhammad Azam, who was leading the team fighting the militants, was injured in the fight. The spokesman said eight militants were killed inside the base territory while the body of the ninth was found outside the base where he blew himself up. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility of the attack on PAF Minhas base, saying it was done to avenge the death of TTP leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan back in 2009. TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that the attack on the base was an act of revenge for the death of al Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. “The attack was carried out by four suicide bombers,” he said contesting the air force’s statement that nine militants took part in the assault. The security forces, including PAF and army personnel, completed a search operation in the area around noon on Thursday. “The se-

curity forces found and destroyed two IEDs,” Group Captain Tariq said. It was not the first such attack on a military installation by terrorists, as around six Taliban militants assaulted the Mehran naval base in Karachi in May 2011, killing around 10 people and destroying two surveillance planes. In 2009, militants dressed in military fatigues attacked the General Headquarters (GHQ) of Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi and took 30 people hostage. Army commandos were able to take out four militants after a 22-hour battle. The PAF Minhas had also come under attacks in the past. In 2009, a suicide bomber riding a bicycle blew himself up on a road leading to the base, killing seven people. In 2008, three rockets were fired at an area near the base, but no one was hurt. In 2007, a suicide car bomber injured five children on a PAF bus carrying them to school that was located near the Minhas

Base. Defence Minister Naveed Qamar said the death toll of the militants and the minimal damage caused to the base was a clear proof of the level of alertness and preparedness of the security forces. Talking to reporters, he said, “The base’s security was at alert to retaliate in case of a possible attack and they did their job well. The security forces challenged the militants on different parameters, in which one of our soldiers posted at the security tower was martyred,” he said. He said the militants had suicide vests strapped around them and they were carrying heavy weapons. “Moreover, they had attacked the base with an intention of a ‘do or die battle’. Nonetheless, with minimum damage caused to the base, with only one plane destroyed, the security forces were able to eliminate the terrorists,” he said. To a question on a possible intelligence failure that led to the attack, Qamar said such attacks could only be defended to a certain extent

and that the base was located in an urban residential area which always posed a threat of possible infiltration. He said it was not easy to move such big complexes that were built with massive investments, but still the idea of shifting the complex would be looked into. Top PAF commanders went into a huddle soon after they received the information about the terrorist attack. A high-level meeting chaired by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt discussed the attack in detail and formed a four-member inquiry committee led by Air Marshal Syed Athar Hussain Bukhari to probe the incident. In their separate statements, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf strongly condemned the terrorists attack at Kamra Air Force Base and expressed the government’s resolve not to be deterred by such dastardly acts. They said the government was determined to eliminate terrorism and stood firm on this stance.

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“Ten to 12 people wearing army uniforms stopped the buses and forced some people off the vehicles,” said Khalid Omarzai, administration chief in Mansehra. “After checking their papers, they opened fire and at least 20 people are reported to have been killed. This is initial information and the final toll may go up. They are all Shias,” he said. Earlier on February 28, gunmen in military fatigues hauled 18 Shia men off buses traveling from Rawalpindi to Gilgit in the northern district of Kohistan, shooting them dead in cold blood. On April 3, a Sunni Muslim mob dragged nine Shia Muslims from buses and also shot them dead in the town of Chilas, about 60 miles south of Gilgit.

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The AGP termed interaction with the bench positive and said that the government respected the judiciary and all the judges and was serious to resolve the issue. Upon Justice Khosa’s query, Law Minister Farooq H Naik came to the rostrum and said he had appeared before the bench to show commitment of his government to resolve the matter. He said nobody wanted to derail the democratic system and did not want clash between pillars of the state. He said neither did they want to drag on the matter nor employ delaying tactics, but the difficulty was that the decision could not be taken by one man. Naik requested the bench to club together both the review plea and the August 27 contempt matter, and put it for hearing in the first week of September. He said the outcome would be good for the whole nation. “Individuals don’t matter, institutions are important,” he added. Justice Khosa, however, informed the law minister that the bench was hearing the review plea against its July 12 order, while the other bench would take up contempt issue on August 27, so it would be difficult to club both the matters. Justice Khosa told him that if the person whom they had summoned for August 27 (prime minister) and for whom they had greater respect due to his office, if he appeared and gave a positive statement, they would certainly accommodate him. Justice Khosa remarked that in case of failure, the law would take its course and then the AGP would become irrelevant. He said there would be no problem if the respondent uttered two positive words. “From where did this notion come that appearing before the Supreme Court demeans someone’s stature. We have every respect for everyone. If an office holder appears before court, it enhances his stature and does not demean it,” he added. He stressed that every effort should be made to protect the dignity of institutions. The judge said the issue of contempt was not before them and if it was fixed then they could have made an adjustment. To the bench’s query, the AG replied that he was considering withdrawing the review petition. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan told him that he could raise all the points at the later stage and said the review plea would not create impediment in hearing of the main case. While Justice Khosa made it clear that it should not be taken as stay in the main case.

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key member of the Taliban has called for an end to the 10-year war in Afghanistan and for peace talks, demanding prisoner releases and an end to sanctions on rebel leaders to quicken the process. “All sides should stop fighting and solve all their differences through dialogue and negotiations,” wrote Mullah Agha Jan Motasim, who until 2009 headed the political committee and is still influential in some Taliban circles, in a statement sent to AFP. Motasim, who was finance minister in the 1996-2001 Taliban regime, welcomed “important preliminary steps” from all sides, such as the lifting of UN sanctions on former regime members, and said that as a result the Taliban were “inclined towards dialogue”.

But he called on the United Nations and United States to remove remaining Taliban names from the blacklist and demanded the immediate release from Guantanamo Bay of Taliban leaders. “We believe that such steps of international community would help in bringing peace and stability and would become a source of persuading leaders of Islamic Emirate,” he wrote. The United Nations removed Motasim’s name from the sanctions list on July 19, at the time describing him as a Taliban fund-raiser who travels frequently in the Gulf and who is related to Taliban commander-in-chief Mullah Omar. As with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, once described as the Taliban second in command, Motasim is considered a moderate voice within an increasingly divided movement. Both men were arrested in 2010 in Pakistan, but while Baradar is still in custody, Motasim was swiftly released.

After he was nearly killed by gunmen in Karachi, he moved to Turkey where he was treated. Earlier this year, Motasim accused members of a radical Taliban wing of having him removed from the leadership and organising the Karachi assassination attempt because they opposed his call for peace talks. In a recent statement, a Taliban spokesman said Motasim no longer had any leadership role in the rebellion and that his remarks did not reflect their position. But Motasim insists he is still part of Taliban and that only a direct decree from Mullah Omar can remove him. Contacts in recent years between the Taliban and the West designed to avert civil war after the bulk of NATO combat troops leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014 have yet to yield a concrete agreement or an end to fighting in the country.

Mullah Muatasim welcomes omission of name from ‘wanted’ list PESHAWAR SHAMiM SHAHid

Welcoming the omission of his name from the list of wanted men, former Taliban leader Mullah Muatasim Billah on Wednesday said such steps could bring peace back to and end hostilities in Afghanistan. “Afghans have been fed up by war, violence and hostilities in their motherland,” the former Taliban leader said in a detail statement published in a local Pashto newspaper. The UN has announced omitting the name of Muatasim Billah from the list of the wanted persons. Belonging to Panjwayee district of Qandahar province, Abdul Wasay, commonly known as Mullah Muatasim Agha Jan is considered amongst most confidential aides of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar Akhund. He became the finance minister when the Taliban established their rule after capturing Kabul in September 1996. With the collapse of the Taliban regime in November 2001 Billah went underground and resumed activities somewhere in 2003. He was named chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan political affairs committee and chief of the Quetta Shura. He had reportedly backed the reconciliation policy when late Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani became the chief of the peace mission.

Three killed in Quetta firing QUETTA App

Three men were killed in an incident of firing in the provincial capital on Thursday. “Unidentified armed motorcyclists opened fire on a vehicle in the Arbab Karam Khan Road area, leaving three men seriously injured,” police said, adding that the injured succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. Police sources told APP that apparently these were targeted killings. The police cordoned off the entire area and started a search operation. Further investigations are underway.

MAKKAH: president Asif Ali Zardari attends the fourth extraordinary summit of organization of islamic cooperation on Thursday. OnLIne

PHC demands complete report on drone strikes PESHAWAR AGENciES

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday rejected a report submitted by the political administration regarding drone strikes, declaring them incomplete, and directed North Waziristan Agency (NWA) Additional Political Agent to submit a complete report in court. A PHC bench headed by Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan (CJ) resumed the hearing of US drone attacks where Additional Political Agent NWA Zahiruddin submitted a report on the US drone attacks that were conducted till 2008. The PHC chief justice rejected the report on grounds that the report was incomplete as names and ages of those killed in drone attacks were not mentioned and an estimate of the damage incurred was not given in the report. The CJ directed the Additional Political Agent to submit a complete report on US drone attacks and mention estimates of damages incurred and names and ages of those killed in the attacks till 2008. The hearing of the case was adjourned till August 19.


The evening turban-tying class in the Sikhdominated Indian city of Amritsar is packed with pre-teen boys learning a centuries-old tradition — that religious leaders fear is under threat. Over the next 90 minutes, the instructors unfurl long strips of cloth in vibrant hues from indigo to burgundy, and proceed to knot, pleat and finally tie them carefully around the boys’ heads. The most visible symbol of Sikh pride and identity, the turban is an eight-metre (26-foot) piece of cloth, used by Sikh men to manage the long hair which their religion forbids them from cutting. But in India, young Sikh men are increasingly putting fashion before tradition — cutting their hair short and shunning the turban completely. It has also been abandoned by many members of the sizeable Sikh diaspora in countries like the United States, where Sikhs have been attacked over the mistaken belief that the turban marks them as Muslim extremists. Such a motive has been suggested for the recent killings at a Sikh temple in the US state of Wisconsin where a gunman — with alleged white supremacist links — gunned down six worshippers. Sikh boys are expected to tie and wear the turban by the time they reach adolescence, and 12-year-old Upneet Singh began attending the “turban clinic”, as the classes in Amritsar are popularly known, about two weeks ago.

“I go to a religious school where the turban is compulsory at my age, so I come here to learn how to tie it,” he says. It is so important that observant Sikhs in the Indian military wear them instead of helmets even in frontline combat situations. For religious leaders such as Avtar Singh, president of the trust that runs Sikhdom’s holiest shrine, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, forsaking the turban is tantamount to a rejection of the Sikh way of life. “The turban is the Sikh identity, it is a sign of our self-respect, our pride,” the bearded 71-year-old told AFP at his offices near the temple. “No Sikh is complete without his turban,” insisted Singh, who blames increasing exposure to western influences for undermining religious traditions among India’s 20 million-plus Sikhs. “We live in a very westernised environment. And these days, Sikh parents don’t teach their children enough about our history so they don’t adopt our customs,” he said. — Fashion or survival instinct? — Shop worker Manjinder Singh cut his hair for the first time seven years ago, when he was 15. “I cut it because it was more fashionable to keep it short. It’s more modern,” he told AFP, as he sat down for a trim at a local barber’s. “My parents weren’t pleased, but they just gave up trying to change my mind,” he said. If some Sikhs have willingly cast aside the turban for reasons of style, others have unwillingly done so out of a sense of self-preservation. The assassination of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 by her Sikh bodyguards triggered an anti-Sikh pogrom that

left thousands dead, and saw many Sikhs shave their beards and cut their hair to escape the violence. Jaswinder Singh, who was 15 at the time of the riots, said the experience was a personal turning point that reinforced his faith. “So many Sikhs died when I was young, it made me realise that I wanted to grow up and do something for my faith, for my community,” he told AFP. In 1997, when he began to notice young Sikhs frequenting hair salons, he knew he had found his cause, and in 2003 the Amritsar-based advocate established his “turban pride” movement, including regular tying clinics. According to Singh, fewer than half of all Sikh youths in Punjab state wear tur-

bans today, and he set up the clinic as part of a multi-pronged effort to bring them back into the religious fold. Singh says his classes, held six days a week, are often full and have been a major success, paving the way for around 50 similar clinics to be set up by other Sikhs in Punjab. — Poems and beauty contests — In addition, Singh organises turbantying competitions, turban-themed poetry readings, and a beauty contest called “Mr Singh International” open only to Sikhs who don the headgear. He also stages mass turban-tying ceremonies known as “dastar bandi”, traditionally held to mark male Sikhs’ coming of age.

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Punjab govt calls on all innovators to flex their grey cells Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurates Innovation Punjab website g Project aims to highlight innovation in Pakistan and to create the right policy environment to empower thousands more innovation heroes g




UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said that promotion of modern technology is essential for the rapid development of the country and the goal of progress and prosperity can be achieved by imparting modern knowledge to the young generation. The chief minister was addressing inaugural ceremony of Innovation Punjab website launched by Punjab Information Technology Board in collaboration with Google at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park. William Fritz Gerald of Google, Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umer Saif, Pakistan Software Housing Association President Jehan Ara and a large number of IT experts were also present at the occasion. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the Shahbaz said the purpose of the innovation policy is the provision of best services to citizens, ensuring their access to information, promotion of information technology for accelerating business activities and strengthen-

ing of economy. He said that he believes in socio-economic justice as it is essential for the development of a society. He said that socio-economic justice can be ensured through innovation and Punjab government has taken a positive step in this direction by launching innovation policy. He said that innovation policy will also help in empowerment of citizens, generation of job opportunities and strengthening

of economy. Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umer Saif, while addressing the ceremony, said that IT has assumed great importance in the present age and only those nations can move ahead which adopt this technology. He said that a positive change can be brought about in the lives of the people through the use of IT and the goal of progress and prosperity of the country can also be achieved. He said that innovation policy has been formulated with hard work and collaboration of Google. Furthermore, William Fritz Jerald announced that innovation policy has been evolved with the collaboration of Punjab Information Technology Board and its implementation will yield positive results. Earlier the chief minister formally inaugurated Punjab Website ( He also distributed shields among innovators.

Shahbaz warns against security lapse on eid LAHORE STAff REpoRT

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday ordered law enforcement authorities to strictly follow the security plan for ensuring safety of citizens on the occasion of Eid. Chairing a meeting with police officials to review the security arrangments, Shahbaz said that process of information sharing with the intelligence agencies should be improved further to avert any untoward incident on the occasion. He also ordered the authorities to beef up security at markets and shopping centers across Punjab.

doctor’s tragic mix-up ‘Prepare to pay the price of MONITORING DESK A family’s joy turned to grief and then shock when doctors handed over the dead body of newly-born girl to a couple on Thursday and informed them that they had had a stillborn baby boy, City42 reported. According to the channel, Ali Hassan, resident of Kot Khawja, took his wife to the emergency ward of Ganga Ram Hospital for her delivery. After the operation, the doctors handed announced that the lady had given birth to a stillborn

baby boy and handed over a dead body to the grieving family. However, when the family went home, they discovered that they had been given the dead body of a baby girl. The family returned to the hospital, demanding an explanation. However, the doctors did not answer Ali Hassan’s frantic queries. At doctors’ refusal to cooperate, Ali Hassan and his family staged a protest outside the hospital and blocked the road. The management of the hospital then announced that they will investigate the matter.

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DCO Mengal says it is under control LAHORE STAff REpoRT

Two patients were admitted to the Mayo Hospital on Thursday night while District Coordination Officer (DCO) Noorullah Mengal has said that the Punjab government has stepped up its efforts to control the spread of dengue virus across the province and that the situation is under control. Talking to a private TV channel, Mengal said that all resources and facilities are in place to launch

anti-dengue operations. He said that required spray and fumigation machines have been handed over to the concerned departments. He added negligence will not be tolerated in the efforts to contain dengue virus. Moreover, he said that in case any dengue case is detected, the town officer of the area will be held responsible. Despite these arrangements, 4 to 5 cases of dengue have been reported across the province, including a Chinese citizen who had arrived in Lahore via Bangladesh.

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Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan on Thursday said that the attack at the Karma air base is the reaction to the NATO supplies’ restoration and the planned military operation in North Waziristan after Eidul Fitr. Addressing an Independence Day program at Mansoora Mosque, he stressed upon the government to review its decisions and refrain from military operation in North Waziristan because it might lead to further backlash by the terrorists. While strongly condemning the attack, he said that this was the biggest incident after the attack on the GHQ and the

Mehran Air Base and added that all these are all linked to the War on Terror. He advised the rulers to pull out of this war immediately in larger interest of the country and the nation. Hasan added that Pakistan joining the US war had ruined this country completely. He added that Pakistan had already lost its forty thousand civilians and five thousand soldiers in this war. Furthermore, he said that US drones were violating Pakistan’s territory, killing dozens of innocent people in tribal areas. He said that JI had been trying to impress upon the rulers that military operation in North Waziristan would plunge the whole country into the flames of war and Washington would pressurize Is-

lamabad to carry out operation in the Punjab as well. He alleged that US, India and Israel wanted to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear facility and the recent statements made by the US defense secretary had made US intentions very clear to Pakistan. Hasan remarked that the country was facing a difficult situation and its solidarity was at stake. “The US is tightening its noose against Pakistan while the rulers have placed themselves completely in US control for a few dollars,” he said. He noted that instead of being concerned with Pakistan’s security, the rulers of the country are at loggerheads with the judiciary to save their looted wealth.

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Lahore 07 rescue 1122 finalizes plans to ensure a safe eid LAHORE


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‘Plundering and robbing is all that Pml-Q does’ LAHORE S TA f f R E p o RT

Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah on Thursday said that Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) is the party of looting and plundering and the people will not forget this any time soon. He said that PML-Q and its members indulged in huge corruption during their previous government in Punjab and have continued with this tradition of looting and plundering today. Commenting on the statements by members of PML-Q, Sanaullah said that by being Musharraf’s lackey and by consorting with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) the Chaudhary brothers have proved that their party members cannot remain politic a l l y a c t i v e

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without corruption. Sanullah added that Pervaiz Elahi’s government was known for its corruption and embezzlement in NICL and the misdeeds committed at Punjab Bank is a proof of that. He said that Lahore Ring Road and Lahore-Kasur Road are further proofs of looting and plundering by PML-Q. The minister said that PML-Q levelling accusations on the Punjab government for its welfare projects in the province is like pot calling the kettle black, for PML-Q had indulged in massive corruption during its own government. He warned of dire consequences to the party if they continued down their road of looting and plundering.

PmA questions security at hospitals

LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), while condemning the acid attacks on nurses at Mayo Hospital, said that Punjab government’s security arrangements at public hospitals has been put to question in the light of this sad incident. PMA Central Joint Secretary Dr Shahid Malik, in a press statement, also added that the negligent attitude of the

police and health department on the matter was unacceptable. PMA has demanded a high level enquiry probe in the matter and an immediate fix of the security lapse. PMA also demanded of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to install walk-through gates at all emergency wards, provide metal detectors and ban the entry of the unrelated people inside the hospitals.


S Eid fast approaches, Punjab government has stepped up its efforts to ensure the availability of emergency services across the provinces. Reviewing the arrangements, Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer announced that Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) emergency ambulance, rescue and fire services will be on emergency alert during Eid holidays in all the districts of Punjab. In a meeting held at the Provincial Monitoring Cell, Naseer was informed that all preparations for Eid have been finalized in all districts of the province in close coordination with district administration. He was informed that plans for deployment of emergency ambulances, rescue and fire services at important mosques and Eidgahs have been set in place. Rescue mobile posts of emergency paramedics shall also be deployed at important places

of mass gatherings. District emergency officers have also been directed to organize meetings with local mosque committees and ensure that local volunteers are available in case of any emergency. Meetings with management of hospitals have also been organized for better management of any untoward incident. The Provincial Monitoring Cell at Rescue 1122 Headquarters will remain operational to ensure effective implementation of District Emergency Plans. District control rooms would also be functional round the clock for provision of effective emergency services to the public and leaves of rescuers have been restricted in this regard. In Lahore, Rescue 1122 staff will remain on special duties in district control room, emergency rescue stations, whereas 24 ambulances, 13 fire vehicles, four rescue vehicles and a disaster rescue team will be available. Special mobile posts would also be established for providing medical cover at Eid gatherings.


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National Highways and Motorway (NHM) Police N-5 Central have arrested eight culprits involved in snatching of vehicles, transportation of liquor, carrying illegal weapons, theft, etc., besides reuniting two children with their parents during the last few days, an official statement said on Thursday. It also said that a huge amount of weapons and other snatched valuables had also been recovered from the miscreants’ possession.

NLC truck runs over two brothers returning for Eid MONITORING DESK An over speeded National Logistics Cell’s (NLC) truck ran over two brothers in Kamah village on Thursday, City42 reported. According to the private channel, a man named Muzaffar, resident of Kasur, was studying in a madrassah (religious institution). When he was returning to his house for Eid along with his brother Zubiar, an overspeeding NLC truck hit them to death. Witnesses said that two NLC trucks were racing with each other when a driver lost control and ran over the brothers. Locals held a protest and burnt the trucks. The drivers were handed over to the police.

lahore: Shab-e-qadr, 27th Ramadan-ul-Mubarak and independence day celebrations were held under the leadership of Hazrat Sakhi Sultan Baba Jani Sarkar Allah Walay in Bagh-e-Jinnah on Wednesday. pR

traffic plan announced for eid LAHORE App

City Traffic Police on Thursday announced a comprehensive a three-day traffic plan on Eid. It was announced that 13 DSPs, 118 inspectors and 2,890 traffic wardens will perform duty under the supervision of divisional officers. On the first day of Eid, 13 DSPs, 62 inspec-

tors and 1,581 traffic wardens will depute under the supervision of divisional officers for smooth flow of traffic. On the second and third day of Eid, 13 DSPs, 49 inspectors and 1,138 traffic wardens will be deputed while seven inspectors and 171 traffic wardens would be deputed for better parking arrangements outside parks, including Race Course Park, Lahore Zoo, Bagh-iJinnah, Jallo Park and Model Town Park.

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Commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1671 and completed in 1673, it is the second largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fifth largest mosque in the world. Capable of accommodating 5,000 worshippers in its main prayer hall and a further 95,000 in its courtyard and porticoes, it remained the largest mosque in the world from 1673 to 1986 (a period of 313 years), when overtaken in size by the completion of the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad


It is famous for its tile work. It has been described as ‘a mole on the cheek of Lahore’. It was built in seven years, starting around 1634–1635 AD, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. It was built by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari, a native of Chiniot, who rose to be the court physician to Shah Jahan and a governor of Lahore. The mosque is inside the Walled City and can be easily accessed from Delhi Gate.

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This complex is the oldest in the subcontinent and also serves as the final resting place of Sufi saint, Abul DAtA DArBAr Hassan Ali Hajvery. He is said to have lived on the site in the 11th century.It was originally built by the Ghaznavi king Sultan Zakiruddin Ibrahim in the late eleventh century, and has been expanded several times. The complex also came under terrorist attack when two suicide bombers blew themselves killing 50 and injuring over 200. The institute was founded JAMIA AShrAfIyA on 14, September 1947, a month after the Partition. Muhammad Hasan named the university for Deobandi scholar Ashraf Ali Thanwi. It was founded in a quadrangular threestoried building in Nila Gumbad Anarkali at the centre of the thickly populated area of Lahore. 120 kanals of land between Canal Road and Ferozepur Road were purchased on 28 March 1955 and construction of a new school building began with the laying of the foundation stone of a mosque.



It is located in the centre of Lahore. The founder of the mosque was Nawab Syed Bhikari Khan, son of Raushan-ud-Daula Turrabaz Khan, deputy governor of Lahore during the reign of Muhammad Shah. The Golden Mosque is situated in the Kashmiri Bazaar. It was built in 1753.


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Foreign News 09 army pummels aleppo as 34 killed in syria BEIRUT Afp


H E Syrian army pummelled districts across the embattled northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, leaving 18 civilians dead, while eight soldiers died in clashes with rebels, a watchdog said. The violence, which nationwide left 34 dead so far on Thursday, followed a bloody day in which at least 172 people were killed across Syria including in an air strike in the northern town of Aazaz, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Britain-based watchdog reported shelling in several rebel-held districts in the northeast of Aleppo, which has emerged as the key battleground in the conflict that has now entered its 18th month. Six civilians were killed in the rebel-held Shaar district, including two children and one woman, while another seven were killed in shelling on Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood, ac-

cording to the watchdog. And five people died in army shelling on Qadi Askar district, where at least five people were killed the day before, the Observatory said. In southwest Aleppo, the army bombarded the flashpoint districts of Salaheddin, which loyalist troops recaptured last week, and the neighbouring district of Saif al-Dawla, which the regime is trying to take back from the opposition. Clashes also broke out between the army and rebels in Salaheddin and Saif al-Dawla, while fighting in the centre of Aleppo left eight soldiers dead, the Observatory reported. In Damascus province, five civilians were killed in shelling while three others died in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, bringing Thursday’s initial toll to 26 civilians and eight soldiers killed. More than 23,000 people have died in Syria since the revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad broke out in March 2011, according to the Observatory, while the UN puts the toll at around 17,000.

China urges Syria to halt violence, accept mediation BEIJING Afp

China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi urged a visiting Syrian envoy on Thursday to implement a ceasefire and accept international mediation to end the violence wracking the country. “China urges the Syrian government and all concerned parties... to quickly implement a ceasefire to end the violence and start political dialogue,” Yang told Bouthaina Shaaban, according to a government statement. Yang added that China “hopes the Syrian government and the opposition can cooperate with international mediation efforts”, according to the

statement by China’s foreign ministry posted on its website. China has previously called for political dialogue and efforts by the United Nations (UN) to resolve the crisis in Syria. But China has joined Russia to repeatedly use their vetoes to scuttle UN Security Council resolutions aimed at tackling the deadly conflict, putting them at odds with fellow permanent members like the United States. Shaaban, who arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, said President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was willing to cooperate with international mediation efforts and raised the possibility of dialogue with the opposition.

loNdoN: The Metropolitan police holds a supporter of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on Thursday. afp

20 killed in pre-eid Iraq attacks

UK to refuse Assange safe passage


A wave of attacks across Iraq on Thursday killed at least 20 people, officials said, amid warnings of a potential escalation in violence to coincide with the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Officials reported more than a dozen explosions and shootings in 10 cities and towns nationwide that also left more than 100 people wounded, and which came a day after attacks killed 13 people. The latest unrest takes the overall death toll from violence this month to 165, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical sources. In the north Baghdad neighbourhood of Husseiniyah, a car bomb killed at least six people and wounded 26, according to an interior ministry official and a medical source. Meanwhile in the town of Daquq, north of Baghdad in Kirkuk province, a suicide attacker blew himself up at an anti-terrorism department’s compound, according to provincial police Brigadier General Sarhad Qader.

LONDON: Britain has told Ecuador that it would refuse WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange safe passage out of the country even if Quito grants him asylum, official notes showed Thursday. “We must be absolutely clear this means that, should we receive a request for safe passage for Mr Assange, after granting asylum, this would be refused,” Britain’s charge d’affaires told Ecuador’s government, a note of the meeting showed. Ecuador was due Thursday to announce its decision on Assange’s request for asylum. The Australian national took refuge in the embassy on June 19 having exhausted his legal options as he fights extradition to Sweden to face questioning over alleged sexual offences. Afp

In the province’s eponymous capital, meanwhile, at least four car bombs were set off across the city — including two at the offices of the state-owned North Oil Company. “I came to investigate one of the attacks near the company compound,” said police Colonel Abdullah Kadhim, head of Kirkuk city’s sniffer dog unit. “Suddenly, another bomb went off near me, and it damaged lots of cars and company property inside the parking lot.” Kadhim suffered wounds to his leg. Provincial health chief Sadiq Omar Rasul put the toll from the attacks in Daquq and Kirkuk city at eight dead and 56 wounded. Qader said the victims included six police killed in the Daquq attack. The violence in ethnically-mixed Kirkuk city was concentrated in its Kurdish-majority areas, and came on the anniversary of the founding of Iraq’s most powerful Kurdish party, the Kurdistan Democratic Party. The KDP’s current leader Massud Barzani was also born on the same day his father founded the party. In

thousands flee in India after religious attack rumors BANGALORE Afp

Thousands of Indians from the northeast of the country have fled southern cities after rumours they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic violence, officials said Thursday. Railway officials said they had put on extra trains from Bangalore to the northeastern state of Assam to accommodate a spike in demand after 6,000 tickets were sold since Wednesday evening. People arriving in Assam’s main city of Guwahati told local television they had taken last-minute decisions to flee Hyderabad and the southern state of Kerala. “We are investigating the source of these rumours and who is behind them,” Bangalore deputy commissioner of police Vincent S. D’Souza told AFP. “Mischief-mongers and vested interests are misusing social media, mobile and the Internet to spread these rumours and create panic in the people of the northeastern region,” he added. Three weeks of clashes in Assam between members of the local Bodo tribal community and Muslims have claimed 80 lives and displaced more than 400,000 people. The army was again called out Thursday to disperse an angry mob.

Police in the south said there were rumours that northeastern people, who look more East Asian or Tibetan than most Indians, would be attacked after the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on August 20. There have been reports of isolated assaults in the southern cities of Pune and Mysore targeting people who look like they are from the northeast, and a rally by Muslims in Mumbai on Saturday protesting against the Assam unrest turned violent. Two people were killed during the demonstration in Mumbai which came amid warnings from the police about anger in the Muslim community over the breakdown of law and order in parts of Assam. On Wednesday night, thousands crammed into the main station in Bangalore, an IT hub that is a popular place to study for northeastern students, with many buying tickets to Assam or destinations in nearby West Bengal, officials said. Violence flared again in Assam on Thursday, with the army and paramilitary troopers called out in the Nalbari and Kamrup districts after an angry mob of Muslim protesters torched a bus and burnt a road bridge. They were demonstrating against an overnight incident in which a group of Bodos set ablaze a car near Rangiya, 60 kilometres (40 miles) west of Guwahati, police said.

the same province, two roadside bombs near the home of a police captain in the town of Dibis killed his brother and wounded four others, including the captain himself, police and a doctor at nearby Kirkuk hospital said. Attacks also struck Al-Garma, Tuz Khurmatu, Mosul, Taji, Khales and Baquba, leaving five dead and dozens wounded. In Al-Garma, near the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah west of Baghdad, four policemen were killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a checkpoint, according to police Major Enes Mahmud and Dr Omar Dalli at Fallujah hospital. As emergency responders and civilians rushed to the scene, a roadside bomb exploded, wounding three others. Three roadside bombs exploded in Tuz Khurmatu near the home of a district chief, or mukhtar, killing his wife and leaving him and his three sons wounded, according to police and a local medic. Explosions in Mosul, Taji, Khales and on the outskirts of Baquba left 22 others wounded, security and medical officials said.

Israel ‘will disappear,’ Iran says ahead of rallies TEHRAN Afp

Israel is an artificial “outgrowth” in the Middle East that “will disappear,” Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said ahead of rallies on Friday against the Jewish state and supporting the Palestinians. The annual Quds Day marches were started in 1979 after the founding of the Islamic republic. The protests use the word Quds, derived from Arabic, to designate the city of Jerusalem. Khamenei, in a speech late Wednesday, said the “star of hope” that shined on Iran during its Islamic revolution, and in its 1980-1988 war with Iraq “will also shine for Palestine and its Islamic land will definitely be returned to the Palestinian nation.” He railed against Israel, saying: “This bogus and fake Zionist outgrowth will disappear off the landscape of geography.” Friday’s rallies, he said, would be “a blow to the enemies of Islam and Palestine” and added that Iran views supporting the Palestinian cause “a religious duty.”

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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

Arif Nizami

On the caretaker setup The electoral machinery is still on a learning curve…

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After the attack… Not our war?


he audacious attack at Minhas airbase was better handled by the security forces than the earlier ones at the GHQ and the Mehran Naval Base. All the nine attackers were eliminated within a few hours. Among the casualties was one soldier who died and the commander of the base who was injured while leading the operation against the attackers. An aircraft was also damaged. The fact that the militants succeeded in breaching the security parameters would however raise questions about the state of the alert at military bases. The incident has provided an opportunity to foreign critics to cast doubts about the security of the country’s nuclear arsenal. There is a need to review security arrangements at all military installations as militant leaders including Hakimullah Mehsud have announced their determination to target them. Pakistan’s civilians and military personnel continue to face attacks from the extremist militants. Last month Pakistan’s ambassador to US Sherry Rehman put the total number of those killed in such attacks at 42,000. In a move aimed at appeasing the militants, a section of politicians maintains that the attacks are motivated by the US presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s support for the US policy. The fact that the attacks continued even when the Nato supplies were stopped and relations with the US had strained gives a lie to the claim. The militant leaders have maintained they would continue the attacks as a part of their strategy to demolish the democratic system which they consider as un-Islamic and set up a system of their own choice by use of force including terrorist tactics. The militants openly maintain that they consider national states as opposed to Islam and want to break them up to create an internal caliphate. Some of the apologists for the Haqqani network maintain that the group has never attacked Pakistanis. But can a law abiding country allow a militant group to use its soil for attacks inside other countries? In its pursuit of establishing the writ of the state, the military is engaged in operations against the extremist insurgents in a number of FATA agencies. The strained relations with the US have resulted in the TTP setting up safe havens in Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan from where they continue to launch attacks. What is needed is a joining of hands with the international community to weed out the militants from their strongholds on both sides of the Pak Afghan border. This is by no means a cakewalk. The situation could deteriorate before it improves. But there is no other option to restore peace and bring stability to the country.

By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad


he talks about the caretaker setup between the government and opposition have been postponed till after Eid. In case the PPP and PML-N show enough political maturity, the matter would be settled by the prime minister and the leader of the opposition or the eight member parliamentary committee created for the purpose. If this fails to happen, the deadlock would have to be resolved by the Election Commission which would be an unhappy situation. This would reflect badly on the political forces showing that they continue to rely on unelected bodies for the resolution of political disputes. The only change this time would be that the controversy would be settled by the retired members of the judiciary sitting as members of the Election Commission instead of the serving judges in the Supreme Court. While the 20th constitutional amendment does not require consultation with parties outside the parliament for the formation of the caretaker setup, politics requires taking other mainstream parties also into confidence. Whether the PPP and PML-N like it or not, the PTI has emerged as an electoral force that none can afford to ignore or unnecessarily offend. In developing democracies, political rivalries often degenerate into no-holdsbarred struggles. A caretaker setup formed without consulting the PTI is likely to be interpreted as a conspiracy by the two parties aimed at queering the pitch for the PTI. Attempts have to be made to avoid creating the perception. Nothing should be done that makes the outcome of the elections controversial and thus leads to calls for agitation. In mature democracies, the elected governments continue as caretaker governments during elections without anybody suspecting any wrongdoing on their part. With election management bodies having sufficient independence and powers to ensure free and fair election, it does not matter who is running the government as the established norms and institutions are enough to guard against any possibility of interference by the government or a non

political actor. Non political caretaker setups are specific to developing democracies like Pakistan and Bangladesh where democratic culture has not yet sunk in. Widespread rigging with the help of the of state machinery by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in the vain attempt to gain a two thirds majority in 1977 election led to a movement that provided Zia a chance to stage the military coup. Among the consequences of the methods used by ZAB is the continuing distrust in the sitting government’s ability to hold fair elections. Distrust between the ruling party and opposition further deepened during the 1990s. Political rivalry degenerated into enmity. There is yet no change in the thinking. The ruling party is suspected of manipulating the election results to its own advantage. Despite the independence recently gained, the Election Commission is not seen to be strong or assertive enough to ensure the integrity of the elections. New caretaker setups were put in place during every election held after 1977. This hardly made any improvement as the president being the appointing authority of the caretaker setup, almost every election saw wide scale rigging. The 20th amendment has for the first time taken the power out of the hands of the President and introduced provisions which ensure the neutrality of the caretaker setup. When Zia dismissed the National Assembly, sent Junejo home and called for elections in 1988, he devised a caretaker setup under himself as president. After Zia’s departure from the political scene, the military establishment used the office of the president to secure election results of its own choice. The presence of a docile judiciary made the task easier. President Ghulam Ishaque Khan retained Zia’s caretaker setup which organized the 1988 elections. Such was the popularity of Benazir in 1988 that the establishment failed to stop her from winning the elections. The PPP was, however, deprived of a landslide victory because the ISI brought together the parties

opposed to the PPP on one platform. Four caretaker prime ministers were appointed by two presidents to oversee the four elections held during the 1990’s. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi who oversaw the 1990 elections was the leader of the opposition during Benazir’s first tenure and could hardly be considered impartial. Balakh Sher Mazari and Malik Meraj Khalid too were widely considered to be dancing to the tune of the establishment. With the exception of Moeen Qureshi, none was seen to be politically neutral. The caretaker setup can maintain a reputation for neutrality only if it confines itself to performing the day-to-day administrative jobs. It must not take any action that can in any way influence the election results or have good or bad impact on the fortunes of any of the competing parties. To maintain its neutrality, the writing of the letter to the Swiss authorities must be kept out of the caretaker setup’s purview. The task should be left to the next elected prime minister. Unless this is ensured, the caretakers will not promote confidence in one of the major parties taking part in elections. A peaceful transfer of power is essential to strengthen democracy. For this, there is a need to ensure that the elections are seen to be free and fair. Since 1977, the results of every election have been challenged by the losing side. With an independent Election Commission in place and a neutral caretaker setup expected to be installed by the end of the year, hopes have been aroused that the election results would be widely accepted this time. It will take a number of free and fair elections for the election machinery to become mature, strong and assertive. It will then command the confidence in its ability to hold free and fair elections even under a political government. The need for a nonpolitical caretaker setup would disappear. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.

Milk bottles and corner plots Analogizing an awkward india-iran relationship

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid


nternational Relations students, a group that this writer would want to consider himself a part of, have always been intrigued by the relationship between India and Iran. With most other major bilateral bonds, one could come up with obvious analogies, but that is particularly hard in the case of New Delhi and Tehran. Like for instance, you have the cheating spouses for US-Pak, rival lovers for the Russo-American, estranged brothers for Indo-Pak, aloof neighbors for Afghan-Pak, historically familial animosity for Franco-German, mafia foes for Sino-American and stepsiblings for the UK-EU bond but with Iran and India

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it’s not quite as straightforward. And now with Manmohan Singh all set to play footsie with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the tail-end of this month – a visit that is set to throw quite a few spanners into the works – it is becoming increasingly important to understand the Tehran-New Delhi liaison. If one were pressed to come up with an analogy, Tehran and New Delhi would be like those neighbors that live in adjacent streets and meet in occasional community gatherings where the best greeting they can offer each other is an awkward smile or two, with the former proclaimed to be a mad scientist and the latter being a blossoming industrialist. Even so, the latter does need the former owing to the array of buffaloes that the scientist has and the nutritionally deficient children at the industrialist’s place. The need for regular milk supply is what has kept this bond flourishing even in troubled times, and this despite that grouchy old uncle from downtown – the one that basically controls most of the town’s affairs – summoning his skewed rulebook to force community sanctions against the mad scientist’s milk business. For the record, the milk magnate isn’t really a mad scientist. His lab work pri-

marily caters to manufacturing medicines for his farm, but the grouchy uncle is adamant that what he’s really creating is drugs to destroy rival farms that lie in the immediate volatile neighborhood of the scientist. The industrialist couldn’t care less though; all he’s concerned about is the milk bottles, especially now that not many other town inhabitants are daring to go against the cantankerous old uncle and continue purchasing milk from the scientist. Also, intriguingly the uncle no longer has any issues with the industrialist’s milk dealings with the scientist since he has “significantly cut purchases” – although recent stats suggest otherwise. Even so, the milk isn’t the only factor that draws the industrialist towards the scientist. Ever since the industrialist’s separation from his brother ages ago, who now lives next door, the house in the corner – which is adjacent to the separated brother’s house – is what everyone in the town has eyes on. In fact, that particular plot has been the butt of lusting gazes throughout the course of the town’s history. Obviously because of its location, the commercial value of the place has regularly skyrocketed. Plus, its strategic placing and the fact that it links the street with the northern and central region of

the town through the scientist’s lane means that having increasing influence on the place and its inhabitants – that happen to be severely antisocial and conservative people – can be pivotal for one and all in the community and the town. Going via the scientist’s place is the only real route for the industrialist to reach the corner house, since traversing the brother’s lawn has not been an option ever since the family separated. Also, both brothers share an equal magnitude of paranoia with regards to one another – it probably runs in the blood. Nevertheless, it’s not particularly easy to influence the conservative people in the much hankered after house, something that the grouchy uncle has found out so painfully after throwing distorted rulebooks, a myriad of thugs and basically the proverbial kitchen’s sink vying to get a stranglehold over the place for the last 11 years, to no avail. And now with the NAM club – an organization that the industrialist helped found – meeting being hosted by the scientist, the industrialist is all set to visit his primary milk source this month for the first time since 2001. In fact the last time the industrialist was hosted by the scientist was before the twin antenna in-

cident on the grouchy uncle’s rooftop – that had gargantuan ramifications for the entire town. After the NAM rendezvous, both the scientist and the industrialist would have rounds of one-on-one meetings, something that everyone in the town has their eyes on. Considering that the industrialist is one of the major buyers of the scientist’s milk produce, the former’s influence on the latter is pretty obvious. This is why the grouchy uncle has been in the industrialist’s ears relentlessly of late, wanting him to exercise his influence over the contentious lab project. Bilaterally though, there’d be influencing the conservatives, community peace and milk bottles on the table as everyone eagerly awaits the culmination of this reunion. Now with the dreaded uncle and his chums hell bent upon isolating the scientist, the industrialist could end up being the scientist’s savior on the social front as well after partially rescuing the threatened milk business. If that happens, expect the uncle’s grouchiness to reach new heights as science and industry join hands to conjure a dramatic sting in the tale. The writer is a staff member and can be reached at

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trade for peace; peace for trade India’s decision to lift the ban on investments by Pakistani individuals and companies in India has been guardedly appreciated in the trading circles of Pakistan as a meaningful step. It is manifestly an effort towards providing an impetus and environment for promoting the barely moving Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) which seems to have lost steam in the wake of the Mumbai strike by terrorists in Nov 2008. India has used the incident to shackle the Indo-Pak dialogue effort to the issue of terrorism instead of tackling eight issues centered on the core issue of Kashmir. In an attempt to move forward, earlier in the year, Pakistan has shown inclination for considering to grant India with the status of the Most Favored Nation (MFN) concerning bilateral trade. Despite all this, it is unlikely that trade will pick up because the element of the lack of trust that has stymied the CDP invariably governs the trade relations as well. While Indian move is shrewd in attracting the flight of capital from Pakistan, the environment of distrust and uncertainty is thick enough to preclude any substantive initiative by Pakistani business community. Trade, theoretically, should provide strong incentives in breaking the ice which hold back India-Pakistan bilateral relations in a seeming perpetual state of limbo. For any meaningful advancement in trade relations, it is essential that visible progress is made related to an important component of the CDP. Siachen, being an exclusively military issue, to the exclusion of political angle due to non- involvement of human population, should be a good starter which can be followed up with resolution of Sir Creek. Unless the dialog under CDP picks up a meaningful direction and heads towards ultimate resolution of Kashmir Issue, trade relations between the two countries can never realize their true potential and promise. GUL REHMAN WAZIR Peshawar

mind your language Sheikh Rashid, former federal information minister of ex-military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf and head of his own tiny party Awami Muslim League in a public meeting held at Rawalpindi recently used highly objectionable and abusive

language against his political opponents, in the presence of Imran Khan, the chief of PTI. This is not the first time he has done this. In the past also, in a public meeting held in Lahore, he also used abusive language against Begum

the kamra breach This is with reference to the attack by the militants on the Kamra Air Base. The air force did well to fight the militants and stop them from causing any major damage to the air base. The fact that the militants could not penetrate the defense and were defeated sends a good message to the planners of these attacks on our armed forces: the message is simple ‘we are prepared no matter when and with what force you come’. Can we now as a nation decide who our real enemy is? Is it not time that we decided that this is our war and not a war thrust on us by the Americans? Unfortunately, the military strategy adopted by our armed forces has been too open ended. For the last ten years, the army has set no realistic goals and elaborate time limits for meeting the targets which could translate into comprehensive victory or defeat. In fact, the military led anti-terrorist campaign has only muddled through. All that the army can claim is that it has managed to ‘disrupt’ the Taliban which in military terms means degrading their capacity to launch organized attacks. Even this is not true, as the current attack on Kamra indicates: disrupting Taliban’s has only caused them to ‘scatter’. Now they have hideouts/ cells/networks all over the country and can plan and execute attacks at will. If we have to succeed in the war against terror the army has to review its military strategy to fight against the Taliban. It must include in its mission statement the appropriate and correct effect that is: ‘dismantle and destroy the Taliban as a force”. The state and the government must also support and provide the political will and legitimacy to our armed forces to redirect its strategy to combat militancy being proliferated by Taliban’s. Pakistan army cannot afford to allow the war on terror to amble along aimlessly and without clear cut purpose because the militants will not stop targeting its interests and with every attack and even partial success fingers will be raised on its professional abilities and incompetence, this the army cannot afford. Initiation of army operations in FATA (North Waziristan) may not guarantee victory in the war on terror(WOT) but the inability and unwillingness of the army to do this is surely a guarantee of failure. Destroying the safe heavens in FATA is central if the army is to make any headway in WOT. The Swat operation cost Pakistan army $2.5 billion. The Afghan war itself is costing US $50 billion an year. With all this money spent the results on ground are not as encouraging as the military planners of both US and Pakistan would like them to be. Pakistan army needs to seriously plan a counter terrorism effort, for this the Americans need to support our army and ensure it is not under resourced as it goes ahead to implement the plan. Nothing will work out unless the border will not be controlled. For

Nusrat Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto as reported by an English daily at that time. Sheikh Rashid who openly claims to have with GHQ and frequently appears in TV discussions programs, mostly, seems to be busy in creating

this US will have to come forward with an actionable plan on the Afghan side of the border that supports Pakistan army’s effort. Pakistan’s army has spent years diagnosing the correct way of fighting this war. Its politicians have been confused and divided in their opinion in whether to even call this their own war or not. The attacks like the one on Karma are only a reminder to the armed forces, the public and their elected representatives that this war is very much our own and we will not win it unless we don’t fight it. MUHAMMAD ALI EHSAN Karachi (II) The terrorists attacked the PAF base Kamra on August 16 at 2 am and our so called defense analysts as early on 6 am started calling it a security lapse. The analysts must first understand the geography of the targeted place. GT Road runs along the length of Kamra PAF Base for a distance of about 5 km at a distance of not than 75 meters. The road to Attock city bisects the domestic area and the base. Villages on the western and south western side are located as close as 50 meters away. Therefore the perimeter security can not be placed ahead of these places. The perimeter comprises watch towers at a distance of 100 to 200 meters and is manned by a single sentry. In this instance, only the other perimeter was breached and the second tier held the terrorists and thwarted their designs. The perimeter could only provide early warning and it did exactly that. The success of the measures taken is evident from the fact that within three hours the area was secured with minimum losses to men and material. I would request the so called defence analyst not to call every incident a security lapse from the very outset. They should at least be fair to the security personnel who lay down their lives defending precious assets of country. MAJOR (R) ABID HUSSAIN MALIK Rawalpindi (III) At least nine people have been killed in heavy clashes following the pre-dawn attack on Pakistan Air force base on Thursday by militants dressed in uniforms, armed with guns and rocket launchers. The gallant personnel of Pakistan Air Force and fearless SSG Commandoes of Pak Army completed the operation against the militants at Kamra air base wiping out every possibility of the militant’s presence in the base. Despite the fact that the attack on Kamra base is a matter of serious concern and indeed a severe security lapse, but still Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar rules out it being a security breach and failure of intelligence agencies and the security heads. It is disturbing that the militants entered the base carrying heavy weapons including RPGs, rocket propelled-grenades and wearing suicide vests. The point that amazes or shocks us is that still no

chaos in the country by instigating some groups. I wonder why some TV anchors, frequently invite him in their programs even though he heads a party that is politically irrelevant. MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL Karachi

resignation has been given after a severe security stumble which says a lot about our security heads. Recent years have seen many failures on the part of our intelligence apparatus but no head has resigned and owned up to the failure. Accountability of why this lapse occurred must be conducted and those whose incompetence led to this breach must be punished. The possible North Waziristan Operation must also be put in consideration as the attack comes amid speculation that Pakistan could launch an operation against the Haqqani network over consistent demand and commands by Washington. SYED HASSAM AHMED Lahore (IV) It is heartening to see the PAF rising to the occasion in defeating the terrorist attack that sought to do extensive damage to the assets placed on this sprawling airbase which is well known for its association for producing JF-Thunder Aircraft with Chinese assistance. The attackers who sought to specifically damage the valuable surveillance aircraft were foiled through the alert and quick response by the defenders of the base who were well prepared to deal with this contingency. It is a measure of the professionalism of the personnel at the base that all attackers were killed before they could do major damage to any aircraft. The officers led from the front; the base commander who got injured during the terrorist assault received his injury while at ground zero while fighting off the desperate attackers who wanted to wreak extensive damage. ZULQARNAIN HAIDER Rawalpindi (V) The Kamra attack should be seen in the light of Gen Kayani’s speech delivered to cadets in PMA Kakul on 14th August where he used some harsh language against militants and attacked their faith and declared such people as terrorists. After attack on Mehran Base in May 2011 it was expected that security of military installations will be beefed up and made absolutely fool proof to thwart future attempts by terrorists. But the fact that terrorists struck again with precision leaves behind many questions. We must admit that we are still very vulnerable on the ground to acts of terrorism. Kamra lays exposed from all directions; small boundary walls with concertina wires pose very little threat to a determined enemy. We become wiser after every such incident but fail to take adequate security measures. Inquiries held after each incident become meaningless when the areas are not properly secured. We have to change our strategy on security and take pains in ensuring that terrorists do not succeed in breaking security cordons anywhere in Pakistan. LT COL ( R) MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Karachi

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12 Katy’s friends worry about her dating ‘womanizer’ John


Aty Perry has her friends as well as exhusband russell Brand worried ever since she started dating John Mayer. the 27-yearold singer went to a late-night house party with new man, singer John Mayer, 34, recently. John has previously dated Jennifer Aniston, 43, Cameron Diaz, 39, Jennifer Love Hewitt, 32, Kim Kardashian, 31, and taylor swift, 22, amongst others. “John has a big reputation as a serial womaniser. if people thought her ex, russell Brand, was bad, John is notoriously a lot worse,” Contactmusic quoted an insider as telling the Daily star. NEWS dESK

Katrina gets ‘physical’ with a Khan


AtrinA being a Khan girl comes at its own price, a few compromises and a lil’ action. now, now, before your imagination runs wild, let us clarify that it’s not salman we’re referring to. it’s her fourth ‘Khan-counterpart’ Aamir, and Dhoom 3 that we’re talking about. this time, the pretty gal has to compromise on her designer outfits, and immaculate make-up and rough-it-up. in a recent interview, she told us, “i’m excited to start shooting but it’s a very ‘physical’ film, we’ve all gone through a lot of training. i’d rather wear a salwaar-kameez and dance in romantic songs, but i’m looking forward to this as well.” We agree, and prefer you in those lightromcoms. But surely, this Kat-woman-ish avatar will be worth all the hard-work! couRTESy Toi

Kristen Stewart dropped from Snow White sequel


risten stewart, who has already lost the man she loves, faces more humiliation as it has been confirmed that she won’t feature in the sequel to ‘snow White and the Huntsman.’ Universal studio is said to have devised a spin-off film where the narrative will focus on the huntsman, played by nice family man, Chris Hemsworth. According to the Hollywood reporter, the news comes just weeks after pictures of the young actress getting intimate with film’s married director rupert sanders emerged, the Daily Mail reported. the LA times quote the film’s makers Universal as saying that she still “could” have a role, but the film will not centre around the ‘twilight’ star’s performance. Writer David Keopp, who penned the original film, has left after being paid out of his contract to write the sequel. “According to sources, as the project is being transformed into something other than the movie that Koepp had been hired to write,” they wrote.there’s no official word as to whether englishman sanders, 41, will get another chance to direct or not, although industry sources seem to be erring towards an affirmative. sander’s heartbroken wife, Liberty ross is said to have banned him from ever working with the actress again, but obviously before the film’s new concept was revealed. “Liberty let it be known in no uncertain terms that rupert can’t direct the sequel to ‘snow White and the Huntsman,” a source told radar Online. NEWS dESK

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rOBert WANtS tO Meet KrISteN Actor Robert Pattinson is planning a faceto-face meeting with ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart to sort out their future as a couple after she cheated on him with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. The 26-year-old actor was left devastated after discovering that 22-year-old Stewart, his girlfriend of four years, had cheated on him. He has not spoken to her since he left the couple’s home here last month. “Rob needed time to deal with his huge shock and upset, but he’s agreed to face her. He’s

back in LA to promote his new film Cosmopolis,” quoted a source as saying. Now that he has all his friends around him, Pattinson has started feeling stronger. “He’s incredibly hurt, but he still cares about Kristen and is actually worried about how upset she has been. A reconciliation is not on the cards, but they both know they need to thrash things out,” added the source. Pattinson has been keeping a low profile at Reese Witherspoon’s estate in Ojai, California. Following the revelations, Stewart issued a statement saying how sorry she was and spoke about how much she loved Pattinson. newS DeSk

I learned how to offer namaaz: Tusshar


N B-Town, formula is king. If it works, repetition is a sureshot shortcut to success. But, Tusshar Kapoor, fresh off a hit (adult comedy Kyaa Superkool Hain Hum) is happy taking the long way around. He plays quite a different character (a gangster) in Shootout At Wadala. He says, “I don’t have any hangups about breaking images, but I’m okay with whatever the audience likes more. Besides, as an actor, I get to show my versatility. So I’m happy that directors are convinced I’m suitable for intense characters,” he states. Point out to him that after playing nice guys in comedies, he ventures to the other side playing an outlaw, and he explains, “Munir Sheikh, the character I play in Shootout At Wadala has grey shades. Unlike Dilip Buwa (his character in Shootout At Lokhandwala), Munir is more complex as a character. He’s a strategist with a sense of humour. The film is set between 1973 to 1983 and the character grows as the story progresses.” The actor believes that SAW is his most commercial gangster film. “Most gangster films are very niche; either they are docu-dramas or they’re

too dark. And, in the garb of making their movie realistic, directors end up making it not as realistic as they wanted to intially,” he points out. As a Muslim gangster, Tusshar is seen in Pathani suits and had to work on the physical aspects of his character as well. “Given the period it’s set in, I couldn’t be leanand-mean. “I had to look as tough as possible, so that required me to bulk up. As for the other aspects of the look, I worked on it with (director) Sanjay Gupta. Also, as I’m playing a Muslim guy, I had to learn how to offer namaaz, how certain words are pronounced and so on. The story is complex, and every time I shot after a break, I’d read the entire script again to get into the zone,” he reveals. And with Eid coming up, he has only best wishes for everyone. As he sums up, “I wish every one a great Eid and hope to match up to the expectations people have from me. I hope my work in SAW is equally appreciated.” COURTeSy TOI

Sylvestor Stallone unable to cope with son’s death Sylvester Stallone hopes that time will heal the deep sorrow he feels over the tragic death of his son Sage. In his first televised interview since the July 13 tragedy, the 66-year-old actor called Sage’s untimely passing a “reality of life.” “It’s tough, I mean, it’s very, very tough,” the New York Post quoted Stallone as saying on NBC’s show ‘Today.’ “But if you have good friends and your family’s support, it’s just something that’s a horrible situation. “But, you know, time hopefully will heal and you try to get through it. But it’s just something that’s a reality of life,” he said. Stallone said this while being interviewed along with several of his ‘Expendables 2’ co-stars. “It’s important to get back and try to start re-living your life. “Otherwise you can, you can go into a spiral,” he added. newS DeSk

Overload goes to hollywood Overload, completing its first “Decade Of Drumming” is going global with a one-off track “Dhol Bajay Ga” in Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”. The Hollywood film based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel stars Keifer Sutherland, Kate Hudson & Riz Ahmed and is due to open the prestigious Venice Film Festival on 23rd August 2012. Lydia Pilcher of Cine Mosaic, producers of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, paid Overload an undisclosed amount of money for the use of their track while discussing the possibility of future collaborations with Farhad Humayun in New York last week. The deal marks international recognition of the band’s ten years of music making. Overload prepares to play live at arenas across Japan & Singapore later this year. newS DeSk

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Charlie Sheen back on twitter


HArLie sheen, who had kissed twitter goodbye just a month back, returned to the social media site, on tuesday, to promote his father Martin sheen’s appearance on ‘Anger Management’. “it’s on! My pop guest stars thursday on Anger Management. Watch my dad show up as my dad 9:30p on FX. Best yet!!” the new york Post quoted him as tweeting. the 46-year-old actor included a photograph of him and Martin sharing some laughs and a couple of beers from the set of the FX show. the notoriously troubled actor had quit the popular site on July 13 with a typically bizarre post, “reach for the stars everyone. dogspeed cadre. c out.” NEWS dESK

SAlMAN rOArS, PrODuCerS CrOuCh The actor continued to have his way with Yash Raj, when he hosted several private screenings of Ek Tha Tiger and even a party, a first for the banner As far as Salman Khan is concerned, rules are meant to be broken. Or in the least, bent to meet his needs. And thus, the actor has so far made sure that he got his way with his producers, Yash Raj Films - be it parking his vanity van in the sacrosanct premises of the studio, or having his Ek Tha Tiger co-star Katrina’s dress altered for a song. Mirror has learnt, that Khan has managed to turn a few rules upside down even after the film shoot is over. He managed to hold two private screenings at the YRF studios for his friends and

family. And then parties in the premises till the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, in the history of Yash Raj, such screenings or aftermovie-parties are a first. Thus on Monday night, Salman along with brother Sohail Khan, father Salim Khan, sister Alvira Agnihotri and brother-in-law Atul Agnihotri were huddled in the screening theatre in YRF Studios. Of course, co-star Katrina Kaif, sister Arpita, her ex-beau Arjun Kapoor and certain other friends from the industry, including Rani Mukerji’s parents were also present. A source close to the star told Mirror, “Salman is really excited about Ek Tha Tiger. He believes that his fam-

ily and close friends will give him an honest opinion. And thus, he has arranged for not one but several screenings of the film. While a few shows will be held at Ketnav, the screening theatre in Bandra where most of Salman’s films are held, the majority of screenings will take place at the YRF Studios in Andheri.” Another source, who was present for the screening on Monday, added, “Malaika and Arbaaz were absent. Salman’s mother was also not there. So another screening will soon be held for sure. But the Monday screening was a success. The film started at 10 pm. But nobody left the studio compound before 4 am. newS DeSk

MJ relied on his chimp


Late singer Michael Jackson believed that his chimpanzee, Bubbles, had an instinct for being able to tell who in his family was only after his wealth. MJ is said to have barred siblings from his neverland ranch if the pet did not like them. “Bubbles often would be a gauge for Michael to decide who should stay and go,” Contactmusic quoted a former housekeeper as telling the sun newspaper. couRTESy HT

Richard burton’s secret diaries reveal raw passion for liz taylor

Legendary actor Richard Burton’s secret diaries paints a more intimate, gentle and thoughtful picture of his love for Elizabeth Taylor their life together and their two stormy marriages. The diaries cover his life from the age of 14 until just before his death in 1984 at the age of 58. He

describes Taylor as a “wildly exciting lover-mistress” who was “beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography.” The 450,000 handwritten words are recorded in pocket books, desk diaries and on loose paper, the Daily Express reported. Burton, who was married five times and had four

children, kept his diaries religiously. His never-before-seen thoughts and reflections tell of “watching his weight, watching his drinking, or watching other men watch his Elizabeth.” At other times he boasts of his achievements and talks of his unfulfilled potential. Burton was born the 12th of 13 children into a Welsh mining family. He met Taylor on the set of the film Cleopatra in 1963. The attraction was instant and they launched into a whirlwind romance, marrying a year later. They divorced in 1974 but wed again just a year later. That marriage only lasted a year. Entries from November 1968 read: “I have been inordinately lucky all my life but the greatest luck of all has been Elizabeth. “She has turned me into a model man but not a prig, she is a wildly exciting lovermistress, she is shy and witty, she is nobody’s fool. She is a brilliant actress, she is beautiful beyond the dreams of pornography, she can be

arrogant and wilful, she is clement and loving. “She is Sunday’s child, she can tolerate my impossibilities and my drunkenness, she is an ache in the stomach when I am away from her and she loves me. She is the prospectus that can never be entirely catalogued, an almanac for poor Richard. And I shall love her forever,” he wrote. Even after the pair’s second divorce the passion lived on. Burton, who compared marriage to Taylor with living on the edge of a volcano, wrote to her: “I love you, lovely woman. If anybody hurts you just send me a line saying something like ‘Need’ or ‘Necessary’ or just the one magic word ‘Elizabeth’ and I will be there faster than sound. You must know how much I love you. You must know of course how badly I treat you. But the fundamental and most vicious, swinish, murderous and unchangeable fact is that we totally misunderstand each other.”newS DeSk

rashida Jones apologizes for comments on John travolta


OP actress rashida Jones has issued an apology for the comments she made about John travolta during a recent interview. Jones implied in an interview on the Web site spinning Platters that travolta should come out of the closet, the Washington Post reported. “it’s time ... A movie star. Like John travolta? Come out! Come on. How many masseurs have to come forward? Let’s do this,” she had said. However, after her comment was picked up by multiple blogs, the ‘Parks and recreation’ star took to twitter and expressed her regret on Wednesday. “Made a thoughtless comment about John travolta.i sincerely apologize.nobody’s personal life is my business.rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) August 14, 2012,” she tweeted. NEWS dESK

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Infotainment 14 Questions you should not ask on a job interview “By asking if you get paid extra for working more, you’re showing your potential employer that you plan on doing the bare minimum,” Sathe said. “This question shows a lack of drive, which is a huge red flag for employers.”

F you’re planning to go on job interviews, you’ve probably been brushing up on your interview skills. Most people prepare by practicing their answers to likely questions, but the outcome may depend on the questions they themselves ask the job interviewer. Questions about the company or the job responsibilities are fine ?but experts say there are some questions you shouldn’t ask during your initial job interview. Here are 10 questions not to ask.


“How often do you give raises?”

“Is there public transportation nearby?” While asking about public transportation to and from the office might seem innocuous, career management and executive coach Bettina Seidman said it can turn off an employer. “Find it yourself,” Seidman said. “If you have to ask about trains and buses nearby, how will you work on complicated projects?”

let go — and many of us have — don’t tip your hand by asking how any poor performance on your part would be handled.” Instead, Kear suggests phrasing the question in a way that touches on the performance-evaluation process.

“Can I work from home?”

“What does the company do?”

Working from home may be possible for some jobs at some point, but Bruce Hurwitz, president and CEO of Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, said it will happen only after trust has been established. “Raising it during the interview process raises concerns that maybe the candidate has some home-related issues that they are hiding,” Hurwitz said. “Of course, it could simply be because of the commute, but the time to ask the question is after the employer knows they can trust your work ethic.”

“Is there a probationary period?” Jeff Kear, owner of Planning Pod, said asking about a potential probation period for new employees can raise all sorts of red flags. “It sounds like you’ve been fired in the past or somehow expect to perform poorly at some point,” Kear said. “Even if you have been fired or

Asking to hear about the company and what it does is a huge nono, according to Josh Tolan, CEO of Spark Hire, because the candidate should have come prepared, having thoroughly researched the business. “You should be able to ask questions about specific company programs or how they plan to address industry trends,” Tolan said. “Don’t ask a question which makes it obvious you’ve done zero research on the place you’d like to work.”

“Is there on-site child care?” Roxanne Hewertson, principal of the Highland Consulting Group, said asking if a company has on-site child care advertises the candidate’s family status, which can come back to bite the interviewee. “Since they can’t legally ask about your family, you could leave them with the impression that your

children’s child care is not just a consideration but a problem,” Hewertson said. “Once you have the job offer, you can ?and should ?feel free to ask about child care options, but not before.”

“Will you check my Facebook page?” Illinois and Maryland prohibit employers from asking for Facebook passwords, but not all states offer such protection. Rachel Dotson, content manager at ZipRecruiter, said you do not want to bring it up yourself. “Merely asking the question plants the seed in the hiring manager’s mind,” Dotson said. “Soon enough, she may find herself wondering what you have to hide.” It’s very similar to asking if the employer requiresdrug tests, according to Dotson. “The fact that you’re even asking says you’re guilty.”

“Do you pay for overtime?” Employers want people who are committed to the company and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done without expecting to be paid extra, so asking about overtime isn’t a good question during a job interview, according to Sanjay Sathe, co-founder and CEO of RiseSmart.

Attorney Edmond El Dabe said asking about eligibility for a raise is inappropriate because it puts the cart before horse. “This question indicates that the applicant is unhappy with the pay, which could mean that once they are hired, they could turn around and leave,” El Dabe said. “An employer wants to feel that the employee wants the job regardless of whether or not they will get a raise.”

“How often do employees get paid?” Asking how often employees are paid can imply that a job candidate is having financial problems, according to Susie Hall, president of the creative staffing firm Vitamin T. “Even if it’s true, it is not the best information to share at work,” Hall said. “Plus, you’ll appear to care more about what’s in it for you than about what you can bring to the company to make them successful.”

of married couples (out of 42,000 studied) had alliterative names. Allison was most likely to hook up with Andrew and Carrie with Chris. There are few things more important than death do you part, and names, at some level, worked their magic

on that. Work just might be the same. A 1994 article in The Psychologist stated that “Authors gravitate to the area of research which fits their surname.” Why? Well, it certainly breaks the ice at stale conferences, and assures that, when

someone is looking to collaborate with on their important study, the appropriate name will stand out. For example, the article cites a study in the British Journal of Urology

which was written by J W Splatt and D Weedon. Primarily, though, nominative determinism would be a numbers game. Any given person could have a thousand reasons why they wouldn’t wish to gravitate towards a profession that has a connection to their name. But the connection would, at least, get


OLICE say a man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks at a Nevada movie theater during a showing of “The Bourne Legacy.” Police in Sparks, Nev., say the 56-year-old man’s injuries are not life-threatening and no others were hurt. Authorities say the man had a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The man told officers the gun fell from his pocket Tuesday night as he was adjusting himself in the seat and that it discharged when it dropped to the floor. Authorities say the case will be sent to the city attorney for possible charges. The incident comes less than a month after a shooting at a suburban Denver theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured. NEWS dESK

“Do you offer flex time?” Caitlin Hofherr, owner of lifestyle management agency Alter Ego Concierge, said candidates questioning work/life balance is a common mistake she sees in interviews. “You’re being hired to make someone else’s life easier, not the other way around,” Hofherr said. “No one wants to be asked about hours or schedules; it alludes to clock watching.” Hofherr said it is great to want a successful work/life balance but noted it must be earned over time. NEWS dESK

Does your name influence the jobs you choose? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but would Usain Bolt, by any other name, be as fast? How much do our names determine what we do in life? We’ve taken a look at why a disproportionate number of those of you named Baker are probably bakers. Contrary to what Juliet has to say about it, a rose by any other name probably wouldn’t smell as sweet. There have been plenty of studies that show that the name given to a scent will affect how people feel about it. Butyric acid is the chief olfactory influence found in both vomit and parmesan cheese, and while the cheese is an acquired taste for some, it’s scent is far more popular than eau de vomit. People are influenced by a product’s labeling, its packaging, and what store it’s sold at. If roses didn’t get the kind of spin they do, they wouldn’t smell as sweet to anyone. Which is why the idea of nominative determinism - a phrase coined in a joking article in New Scientist - has a certain allure to it. Sure, we notice when, for example, a study about nitrates in groundwater is authored by someone named Laurie Drinkwater or a book about Polar regions is authored by Daniel Snowman, but can a name so completely change your life? Surely not, you think. But it’s possible. It’s not even unprecedented. Two psychologists noticed that, a nontrivial proportion

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their attention. Out of a thousand people who thought about the idea of writing because their name was, for example, Scribbler, one might actually find a profession that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. Draw that out among millions of Banks, Shoemakers, Parks, and Bakers and nominative determinism just might work. Aptronyms are cataloged lovingly on many websites. There are a few very good ones. There are three rather famous people named Bass. Two are Colin and Eric, both bass players, and one is George, a deep sea diver. There’s a Marc Breedlove, who conducted experiments to get female rats to display mounting behavior. And there’s a Ron Rumble, who is an acoustic and vibrational engineer and, I like to think, a member of the Jets from his first cigarette to his last dying day. These are all good, and worthy pursuits. But if it is an influence on the world, is nominative determinism keeping up with the world we live in? I think we need to update our names to keep up with the times. There are lots of Bakers in the world, but how many Engineers? Names like Martian, Moonwoman, Rocket, Singularity, and DarkMatter (love those hyphenates) need to be brought into circulation. If our names are our fates, let’s choose really good ones. couRTESy io9

South Africa plans elephant birth control


South African province home to thousands of elephants is planning a birth control campaign for the pachyderms to prevent a population explosion that could threaten plants and wildlife. Unlike other parts of Africa where elephant stocks have dwindled to dangerously low levels due to poaching and a loss of habitat, South Africa has seen its populations steadily grow through conservation, with the country pressed for room to house the massive animals with hefty diets. KwaZulu-Natal province, in the southeast, is looking to expand a project running for more than a decade where elephants populations have been controlled by injecting cows with a vaccine that triggers an immune system response to block sperm reception. “Slowing the growth rate will allow time to be gained to achieve other biodiversity objectives, such as land expansion, without having to cull the elephants,” said Catherine Hanekom, an ecologist for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. South Africa, which had just over 100 elephants nearly a century ago, now has more than 20,000, studies said. NEWS dESK

‘Mad snake disease’ may be caused by rodent virus


mysterious “mad snake disease” that causes pythons to tie themselves up in knots may be caused by a rodent virus, scientists believe. The fatal condition, called Inclusion Body Disease (IBD), strikes captive pythons and boa constrictors. Snakes with the disease start to display strange behavioural traits, such as “stargazing” - staring upwards for long periods of time. Other symptoms include appearing drunk and getting into a legless tangle. “They tie themselves in a knot and they can’t get out of it,” said US expert Professor Michael Buchmeier, from the University of California at Irvine. IBD gets its name from inclusions, or pockets of foreign material, found in the cells of affected animals. Although the disease is known to be highly infectious, its cause has been a mystery until now. A team led by Prof Buchmeier investigated an outbreak of IBD among snakes at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco. NEWS dESK

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Strict action against haider on the cards


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to take strict action against the discarded wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider for issuing unnecessary statements, it has been learnt. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is looking into the latest statement by Zulqarnain Haider and was not happy with him and will take strict action against him as he was told to refrain from making baseless statements, private TV channels reported on Wednesday. “The Pakistan Cricket Board had told him to refrain from making statements while pardoning him last year and some disciplinary action could be taken against him,” the source said. Kamran was picked in the Pakistan squad for Twenty20 World Cup and also for the series against Australia after the clearance of integrity committee and on last Monday the selectors had also included him in the one-day squad announced for the Australia series to be played in United Arab Emirates, in place of Sarfraz Ahmed.

bangladesh recall Reza for world t20 DHAKA Afp

london: 100m world champion jamaica's Yohan blake rings the bell on the first day of the third International test cricket match between England and South Africa at lord's cricket ground. afp SYDNEY



HE Sydney Sixers are hoping to lure Yohan Blake to play in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League after fellow sprint star Usain Bolt said he wanted to turn out for the Melbourne Stars. Like Bolt, Blake is from Jamaica and cricket-mad, and Sixers chief executive Stuart Clark said he was keen on setting up a showdown between the world's two fastest men on the cricket field. "For one he is a great athlete, and yes

he would be a marketer's dream, but from all reports he can actually play cricket and that's better than anything else," Clark told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. "If he can do what he says he can do, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, Yohan would be a marquee player for me to sign. I would definitely be considering it." Earlier this week, Shane Warne revealed he was leading a campaign to bring Bolt to Melbourne, with negotiations underway with the Melbourne Stars, the Australian former Test leg-spinner's club. Bolt played junior cricket before turning to the

track and has long voiced a love for the game. "He (Warne) contacted me and asked me about if I am serious and if I really want to do it, then he can put in a few words that should get it done," Bolt told Australian television. "So we will see if I get the time off. I will try." Cricket is hugely popular in the West Indies with Jamaica one of its strongest teams, producing greats such as Frank Worrell, Michael Holding, Courtney Walsh and Chris Gayle. According to the Telegraph, Blake has recently expressed his desire to play cricket, listing it as his first love above athletics. "I

will need to see some footage of him bowling, but he has been saying he can bowl 90 miles per hour (145 kph), very few people in the world can do that," said Clark. "Usain Bolt is a great showman and entertainer, but he can't play cricket as far as I'm aware, to the standard necessary. Yohan Blake can, it seems." The newspaper said Australian agent Tony Connelly was brokering the deal between Blake and the eight-team Big Bash, which was launched last year to attract a new youthful audience to cricket. The season gets underway on December 7 with the final on January 19.

Bangladesh's cricket selectors on Thursday recalled all-rounder Farhad Reza for the World Twenty20, starting in Sri Lanka next month. The 26-year-old, who played his last T20 international in November 2011 against Pakistan, replaced paceman Nazmul Hossain who was part of the T20 squad which toured Europe last month. BANGlAdESH'S WoRld TWENTy20 SquAd: mushfiqur Rahim (capt), mohammad mahmudullah, tamim Iqbal, junaid Siddique, jahurul Islam, mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al hasan, nasir hossain, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, mashrafe mortaza, Farhad Reza, Shafiul Islam, ziaur Rahman, Abul hasan.

pietersen waits on Twenty20 after text apology LONDON Afp


NGLAND batsman Kevin Pietersen will discover by Saturday if his apology for sending "provocative texts" to South African players has come in time to salvage his hopes of playing in the World Twenty20. Throughout months of escalating tension with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hierarchy, Pietersen has always expressed the wish to help England defend the trophy they won in the Caribbean two years ago when he was named man of the tournament. Saturday is the International Cricket Council deadline for teams to name their final squads for this year's edition, in Sri Lanka starting in September. Pietersen's apology, issued Wednesday, came too late to save his place in the team for the third and final Test against his native South Africa at Lord's starting on Thursday. Last weekend England dramatically dropped Pietersen from their squad for Lord's, even though he scored a brilliant 149 in the drawn second Test in Leeds. Pietersen was axed for failing to reveal the contents of those text messages, some of which were said to

contain criticisms of England captain Andrew Strauss. Eventually, Pietersen admitted Wednesday: "I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team. "The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts.

"I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension particularly with important games at stake." Throughout his tenure as captain Strauss, for whom Thursday's match represents his 100th Test and 50th as captain, has tried to keep Pietersen, his predecessor as skipper, on board. So it was no surprise to hear Strauss say Wednesday he felt "let down" by Pietersen. "I feel a little bit

let down by Kevin, if I'm honest," said Strauss. "But this isn't an issue between me and Kevin. It's a broader issue than that and it's very important that I act in the best interests of England cricket team. "It's not a personal thing. I've always got on very well with Kevin, which is why some of the stuff has been quite surprising to me." Strauss acknowledged Pietersen's apology by saying:

eCb chief salutes ‘outstanding’ ton-up Strauss LONDON: England captain Andrew Strauss was hailed as an "outstanding leader", as he became only the ninth England player to appear in 100 Tests when leading the side against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday. The match, also Strauss's 50th as England captain, was taking place on the Middlesex batsman's home ground, where he scored a hundred on Test debut against New Zealand back in 2004. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier said: "Nobody should be in any doubt whatsoever about the value of Andrew Strauss's contribution to the England team and the vital role he has played in taking our Test side to the top of the ICC's Test rankings. "His record of 21 Test hundreds (one shy of England's all-

time record) speaks volumes about his qualities as an opening batsman; he has been an integral member of three Asheswinning sides -- twice as captain -- and as well as being an outstanding leader and a consummate professional, is a superb ambassador for the sport as a whole. "It is fitting that Andrew should reach this momentous landmark on the ground where he has played so much cricket for both his county and his country and where he first announced himself as an international cricketer with a marvellous debut Test hundred against New Zealand in 2004," Collier added. The build-up to this Test has seen Strauss having to deal with the fall-out from the controversy surrounding England's decision to drop Kevin Pietersen

from the side for sending text messages to South African players, some of which were said to be critical of the left-handed opener. England, 1-0 down in this three-match series, must win the third Test at Lord's to prevent South Africa replacing them as the number one-ranked Test side. Afp ENGLAND PLAyERS TO HAVE APPEARED IN 100 TESTS: Alec Stewart 133 career Tests Graham Gooch 118 David Gower 117 Michael Atherton 115 Colin Cowdrey 114 Geoffrey Boycott 108 Ian Botham 102 Graham Thorpe 100 Andrew Strauss 100

"It's a step forward, it's a step in the right direction. But this issue hasn't just been about the text messages. "There's been a bit more of a broader issue about trust and mutual respect, and that issue I'm very keen to resolve. "If we're going to resolve those issues we need to do it face to face, away from the media spotlight and away from PR companies and press releases. "That's not helping any of us at this stage." Strauss no longer plays Twenty20 cricket and Pietersen will also have to mend some fences with England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad. The all-rounder said he'd no role in a parody Twitter account for Pietersen. The account - KP Genius - was set up by a friend of Broad, Richard Bailey, and had been thought to have contributed to the strained relations Pietersen felt within the England dressing room amid suggestions some of his team-mates were involved. But Broad insisted: "I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever. "As has been widely reported Mr Bailey is a friend of mine, but we had no conversations regarding this issue at all and I am pleased that he has now decided to close the parody account down."

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Pakistan, india to meet in U-19 world Cup quarters LAHORE STAff REpoRT


HE stage has been set for a mouth-watering India-Pakistan quarter-final clash on Monday in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 Cricket World Cup being held in Australia. India outplayed Papua New Guinea (PNG) by 107 runs to meet Pakistan, who beat New Zealand by five wickets, to remain unbeaten in their group. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe became the only two full-member nations that did not progress into the Super League stage. England defeated Nepal by 126 runs to set up a quarterfinal meeting with South Africa. New Zealand, who finished second in Group B, will play their quarter-final against the West Indies on Monday. The West Indies topped Group C after defeating Zimbabwe by six wickets. Bangladesh also qualified for the last eight after an easy win over Namibia by seven wickets. Bangladesh will now play defending champions and hosts Australia on Sunday. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, along with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, Nepal, PNG and Scotland will now compete in the Plate Championship from Sunday.

BRiEf ScoRES: England bt Nepal by 126 runs. England 274 for 7 in 50 overs (Ben Foakes 92, Ben Duckett 55, Alex Davies 45; Rahul Vishvakarma 3 for 62, Avinash Karn 2 for 60) Nepal 148 in 46 overs (Subash Khakurel 55, Hasim Ansari 35;

Shozair Ali 4 for 37, Reece Topley 3 for 10). Player of the match: Ben Foakes (England) Pakistan bt New Zealand by 5 wkts. New Zealand 152 for 8 in 50 overs (Henry Walsh 33; Ehsan Ali 2 for 21, Zia-ul-Haq 2 for 27, Mohammad Nawaz 2 for 32). Pakistan 153 for 5 in 31.2 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 40, Saad Ali 32; Theo van Woerkom 2 for 43). Player of the match: Mohammad Nawaz. India bt PNG by 107 runs. India 204

in 45.1 overs (Vijay Zol 72, Prashant Chopra 58, Smit Patel 30; Chand Soper 5 for 32, Toua Tom 2 for 26) PNG 97 in 31.5 overs (Charles Amini 28, Chris Kent 27; Ravikant Singh 5 for 21, Baba Aparajith 2 for 16, Kamal Passi 2 for 18). Player of the match: Ravikant Singh (India) West Indies bt Zimbabwe by six wickets. Zimbabwe 148 for 8 in 50 overs (Malcolm Lake 31, Nyasha Mayavo 30; Akeal Hosein 2 for 16, Justin Greaves 2

for 28, Jerome Jones 2 for 40) West Indies 150 for 4 in 35.1 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 70n.o, Kyle Mayers 30n,o; Kieran Geyle 2 for 28). Player of the match: Kraigg Brathwaite. Bangladesh bt Namibia by 7 wkts. Namibia 151 in 49.4 overs (Stephan Baard 40; Abu Jayed 3 for 29, Naeem Islam Jnr 2 for 19, Taskin Ahmed 2 for 29) Bangladesh 155 for 3 in, 37 overs (Liton Das 70n.o, Anamul Haque 32). Player of the match: Liton Das.

South africa rally after top order collapse LONDON



JP Duminy and Vernon Philander led South Africa's recovery from 54 for four to 262 for seven at stumps on the first day of the third Test against England at Lord's on Thursday. While the score, particularly the number of wickets lost, would have been uncomfortable for South Africa captain Graeme Smith, who won the toss and batted, the situation could have been so much worse. Fast bowler Steven Finn (three for 68) rocked the tourists with a pre-lunch burst of three for three in seven legitimate

SouTH AfRicA 1ST iNNiNGS G. Smith c prior b Anderson A. petersen c prior b finn H. Amla b finn J. Kallis c prior b finn AB de Villiers c cook b Anderson J. Rudolph b Swann Jp duminy c prior b Anderson V. philander not out d. Steyn not out Extras (b7, lb5, w1) Total (7 wkts, 87.4 overs, 376 mins)

14 22 13 3 27 42 61 46 21 13 262

deliveries on his Middlesex home ground while James Anderson took three for 57. But come the close Philander was 46 not

fall of wickets: 1-22 (Smith) 2-49 (petersen), 3-50 (Amla), 4-54 (Kallis), 5-105 (de Villiers), 6-163 (Rudolph), 7-235 (duminy) To bat: M Morkel, imran Tahir Bowling: Anderson 23-5-58-3; Broad 20-4-57-0; finn 16.4-268-3 (1w); Swann 22-6-53-1; Trott 6-1-14-0 England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair cook, Jonathan Trott, ian Bell, James Taylor, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt prior (wkt), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven finn, James Anderson Toss: South Africa, umpires: Simon Taufel (AuS) and Kumar dharmasena (SRi), TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AuS), Match referee: Jeff crowe (NZl)

out, having shared a seventh-wicket stand of 72 with Duminy, who gave it away on 61. S Africa, 1-0 up in this three-match series

and needing only to avoid defeat to replace England as the world's number one Test side, saw their powerful top order all out before lunch. Opener Smith had made scores of 259 and 107 in his two previous Lord's Tests. But a third century eluded him when Anderson, with his first ball from around the wicket, had the left-hander caught behind for 14 by wicket-keeper Prior although England had to review Sri Lankan umpire Dharmasena's initial not out decision. It was the first time in this series that Smith, who broke Allan Border's record for most Tests as captain by leading the Proteas for the 94th match, had failed to make a fifty.

Experienced Australian squad for world t20 SYDNEY Afp

Australia Thursday named an experienced squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, which selectors said had an explosive batting line-up and depth in the bowling department. George Bailey again captains the side, which is hoping to go one better than their runner-up finish to England in the 2010 final in the West Indies. The squad boasts plenty of experience with brothers Mike and Dave Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Hogg and Clint McKay. It also features ex-captain Cameron White, who will have the opportunity to re-establish himself at international level after strong performances in the Indian Premier League and England's domestic league. National selector John Inverarity said the 15-man squad was the same one scheduled to play against Pakistan in the UAE ahead of the World Twenty20 from September 18 to October 7. "A real strength of the squad is its flexibility and versatility. It's a wellbalanced side that will provide the captain, George Bailey, with plenty of options in both the batting line-up and bowling possibilities," he said. Australia's T20 campaign will start officially on September 19 in Colombo against Ireland, with the final scheduled for Sunday October 7. Australia squad: George Bailey (capt), Dan Christian, Patrick Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson (vc), Cameron White

PhF greets member PhF congress LAHORE STAff REpoRT

President, Pakistan Hockey Federation, Qasim Zia, Secretary, Muhammad Asif Bajwa,Secretary ,PHF Womens wing, Tanzeela Aamir Cheema, have congratulated Dr. Mrs. Bushra Mateen, Ex-President Punjab Women’s Hockey Association, Executive Member of PHF Women’s Council and Member PHF Congress on conferment of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan on August 14. “It is great honour for that Bushra Meten has gained such a high distinction in recognition of her services for the cause of hockey and education “,they said in a statement here on Thursday.

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17 Sports Djokovic, Federer, Murray power into third round



OUR-TIME champion Roger Federer crushed Alex Bogomolov, of Russia, 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday, leading the world's best players into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters. World number one Federer -- who has reached the semi-finals or better at 11 of the last 12 ATP events he has played -- was untouchable in his first outing since the Olympics, and will now face Australia's Bernard Tomic. Federer won the trophy here in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and is bidding for some personal Masters 1000 history as he chases a fifth title. The match lasted just an hour as Federer dominated, though he did need two match points and faced -- and saved -- his only break point of the match in the final moments of play. "It was a good match for me," said the 17-time grand slam champion. "I don't know his game that well, but we played a good match. The switch from grass to hardcourt is difficult. "This court is faster than Wimbledon and the bounce is really high. It may have gone quickly and there were hardly any rallies, but I was pleased to close it out." Second seed Novak Djokovic made

a scratchy start while Andy Murray motored through as the pair of seeds won their opening matches after first round byes. Djokovic did not even have the chance to hit on the showcase court after arriving in the midwest US from his post-Olympic title in Toronto at the weekend. The Serb defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, but he was not impressed with his form, dubbing the win "not a great performance," though he improves to a 9-0 record over Seppi, whom he struggled with at Roland Garros in a comeback from two sets down in the fourth round. "I didn't do anything special out there. I was just trying to get used to conditions, trying to keep the ball on the court and hit one more than my opponent," Djokovic said. "This happens in every first match, you have to get used to quite different conditions. I came in late from Canada and it feels a lot different here." Djokovic won in just under 90 minutes, a contest which included a 59-minute opening set in which the second seed needed four set points to take the lead. But the Serb stepped it up in the second as he ran out the winner with 21 winners against 22 unforced errors. Djokovic will line up in the third round against Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko, who beat Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 6-3. Murray, the Olympic gold medalist who played one match last week in Toronto and then quit with a sore knee, showed no sign of injury as he knocked out American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4, in just 83 minutes. "It felt fine," Murray said of his knee. "I moved well today. It was still giving me a little bit of trouble in practice for a couple of days before the tournament, but it felt much, much better. I'm hoping it won't be a problem." Federer's fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka upset fourth seed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1. Argentine sixth seed and former US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro knocked out Germany's Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-2, But Czech Radek Stepanek returned the favor with his defeat of Argentina's eighth seed Juan Monaco 7-6 (7/2), 6-1. Mardy Fish, the US 10th seed, beat Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-1. Croatian 12th seed Marin Cilic put out Jesse Levine 7-5, 7-6 (8/6) and Australian wild card Lleyton Hewitt went down to Serb Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-0 after not getting to bed until 3 a.m. in his Monday late-night opening win. In the women's second round, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska dispatched Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-4, 63. Fourth seed Petra Kvitova defeated German Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 while number six Caroline Wozniacki hammered Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-0.

MASON: Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a forehand against Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia during day five of the Western & Southern Open at lindner Family Tennis Center. afp

SA football boss charged with world cup fraud JOHANNESBURG Afp

Powerful South African football boss Bobby Motaung and two others appeared in court on Thursday for 2010 World Cup tender fraud amid claims of political assassinations to cover up the dirt, media reported. Motaung, the administrator of Soweto-based league Kaizer Chiefs, and his co-accused were granted bail of 50,000 rands ($6,000, 4,900 euro) each at Nelspruit Magistrates' Court in eastern province Mpumalanga, 702 Talk Radio reported.

Largest cricket ball put for GwR Punjab Sports, Youth Festival gaining popularity: Rana Mashhood LAHORE STAff REpoRT

Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has expressed his pleasure over the popularity the Punjab Sports Festival 2012 is gaining with each passing day and hoped that the mega event which opens on August 26 will prove a big success. Addressing a gathering of journalists at an Iftar dinner arranged by Sports Board Punjab, the chairman organizing committee of the Festival said that till date there has been more than 200,000 visits to SBP website and nearly 15000 people have registered to volunteer during the festival while there has been more than 70,000 likes on the PYF’s facebook page. The deputy speaker also introduced Amin of Lahore who is going to establish Guinness World Record with a largest cricket ball. Director General, Sports Board Punjab and Youth Affairs Usman

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lAhoRE: deputy Speaker Punjab Rana mashhood, director General SbP usman Anwar and mr Amin with the largest cricket ball which is going to be put for Guinness world Record. STaff RepORT Anwar was also present on the occasion. Amin informed that the ball is more than ten times bigger than the normal size of the cricket ball. “The cricket ball is of 9 inches diameter while the ball I have made for the GWR is of 96 inches circumference which is six inch circumference larger than the required demand of the Guinness

Book of World Record officials. He further informed that it weighs 42 kilograms and the cost of its make ranges to 250 normal size cricket balls and the same quantity of material used for that number of balls. Rana Mashood further said that some quarters have launched baseless propaganda against the coming sports festival to promote

their vested interest. He said such negative campaign will serve no purpose as the youth is taking great interest in Sports and Youth Festival. “We are organizing these events through a transparent way and we have formed various committees to have a proper check and balance system in all affairs of this grant event,” he said. He further added: “We had the similar procedure when we organized the sports festival in March last.” He said the Punjab Chief Minister ,Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif is taking keen interest in youth development and through his dynamic vision sports are being given new dimensions in the province. “We are in process of making new world records before and during the Sorts festival and these new marks are being recognized by the Guinness Book whose authorities have assured to send their teams to Pakistan to watch the happening these records to put them in their esteemed book.”

fergie expects Van persie to make debut at everton LONDON Afp

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Robin van Persie will complete his move to Old Trafford in time to make his debut in the club's opening match of the Premier League season at Everton. United have agreed a fee of around £22 million ($34 million, 28 million euros) to sign van Persie from Arsenal and the Dutch forward is due in Manchester on Thursday for a medical and discussions over his personal terms. Providing the medical and wage negotiations go smoothly, Ferguson is confident van Persie will pull on a United shirt for the first time at Goodison Park on Monday. "He is on his way up from London for a medical later this afternoon," Ferguson said on Thursday. "We hope that goes according to plan. His agent is in discussions with (United chief executive) David Gill right about now. "We hope all the things will be tied up, although sometimes medicals do take a bit longer. I am sure he will be available for Monday's game." Van Persie scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, winning both the players' and football writers' player of the year awards, and Ferguson expects the 29-year-old to provide a significent boost to United's bid to regain the Premier League title. United finished without a trophy last season for the first time since 2005 after Manchester City won the title with two goals in stoppage-time on the final day of the season. That painful near-miss still rankles with Ferguson and, after beating City in the race to sign van Persie, he can't wait to unleash an

attacking quartet that reminds him of the group that fired United to treble glory in 1999. Then it was Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who delivered the goals and Ferguson believes van Persie and Wayne Rooney, with support from Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernanez, can be equally deadly. "Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are two fantastic players and it will be great to have both of them," he said. "It gives us more strength and more combinations up front. "In 1999 I had Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the four best strikers in Europe. "We are going towards that now with Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin, Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa. "It is a fantastic collection of players and hopefully I pick the right combinations. "It is great to have a player of Robin van Persie's qualities to come into the squad. I am very pleased."

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Sports 18 federer expected Nadal uS Open withdrawal NEW YORK Afp



FedEx Cup playoff and Ryder Cup spots are on the line at the Wyndham Championship which begins Thursday at the Sedgefield Country Club course. American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love has just a few weeks left to finalize his roster while others in the field will be trying to improve their standing in the FedEx Cup playoff points race. "It is on your mind the whole time," said Jhonattan Vegas, who is No. 124 on the points list. The top 125 qualify for The Barclays tournament, the first playoff event. This is the sixth straight year the Wyndham Championship has served as the final PGA Tour tournament going into the start of the playoffs. Of the players ranked 120-130 on the list, only South Africa's Retief Goosen (127) is not teeing it up this week. "The playoffs really start this week for me," said American Brendan Steele, who is in 126th spot. Love will announce his four captain's picks for the Ryder Cup team on September 4. Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker are the lone players at the Wyndham who are under serious consideration for the team. Love played in a pro-am event Wednesday with NBA star Chris Paul, who won an Olympic gold medal on Sunday with the USA men's basketball team. "We talked about shooting free throws and playing under pressure. Things like that always help," Love said. "I've got to learn how to coach." Webb Simpson's big calendar year began here last August when he earned his first title on the tour, then went on to finish second in the FedEx Cup standings.


Former England striker Michael Owen said Wednesday he wouldn't take his children to watch a football match, contrasting the atmosphere at Premier League grounds with that of the London Olympics. The sporting spirit of fans and athletes during the Games threw a harsh light on the hostile environment common to many major English football fixtures as evidenced by Sunday's Charity Shield clash between Manchester City and Chelsea. "In my opinion, the whole culture of football must change if the Olympics is going to be the guiding light," Owen told his Twitters followers on Wednesday. "Football has lost touch with reality slightly but let's get it right, if you were playing at an away ground and went to


4th Independence day Sports Festival 2012 STAff REpoRT

equally sympathetic. "I'm disappointed for him, it's obviously tough. He's had trouble with his knees in the past. So I hope he can rest, doesn't come back too early, and gets them fixed so he can get back to playing his best tennis."

Owen says he won’t take kids to watch football LONDON



LITE players led by world number one Roger Federer at the Cincinnati Masters expressed their concern Wednesday that Rafael Nadal will be forced to miss the US Open due to left knee tendinitis. "It's not a surprise, because I wrote him and he told me it wasn't looking good at all," said top seeded Federer. "But obviously when it's official it's disappointing for tennis, there's no doubt about it. "I would love to have him in the draw. With 12 days before the Open you figure he might still have time to fix what he has to fix to get ready. "There is obviously the whole debate going on if he is going come back for this year. "I hope in hindsight this is a very smart decision by him. But it's obviously a big blow and disappointing news for the tennis world." Those sentiments were echoed by world ranked number two Novak Djokovic and fourthranked Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray. "He's a great competitor," Djokovic said. "I'm sure that if he was able to perform in the US Open he would come. So I wish him a quick recovery." Murray, who has been dealing with a knee problem of his own over the last week or so, was

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hug the spectators like Usain Bolt did, you would struggle to get out alive. "Not to mention the tirade of abuse every footballer gets once in ear shot of the crowd," added Owen, without a club since being released by Manchester United at the end of last season. "We are talking about a totally different audience and, like it or not, a football ground isn't the most pleasant of places in the world. I certainly wouldn't take my kids to watch a match. All I would say is that it's not a very fair comparison." However, Owen insisted the players were not solely to blame for football losing touch with its roots. "It's easy to lambast footballers but they are normal people," said the former Liverpool forward. "If they act like normal people and get treated like normal people then that would be a start. "The ironic thing is, if you show your human side and celebrate

with the fans you get a bollocking off the police and a yellow card off the ref!" Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, speaking on the eve of England's friendly away to Italy in Bern on Wednesday, stressed: "Football and the Olympics are different things. "The atmosphere at football is different completely. I enjoyed going to the Olympics and feeling that atmosphere, but in football, we're all born with our allegiances," he added. "It's almost a religion for the people who watch it, so we probably take ups and downs in different ways: the ups are great, the downs are different. That's the beauty of the game, to a point. "It's just one of those things where the Olympics is top of the agenda at the moment. It's a case of learning from that, but in a few months' time it will be back to normal. But let's hope we can learn a few lessons at the same time."

The 4th Independence Day Sports Festival was organized in the stadium of American Lycetuff Schools & Colleges, Raiwind Road, Lahore on Tuesday by Sports Promotion Society & Prof. Faisal Fayyaz (International Gymnast & Project Manager of PUCIT) was chief Organizer of this event who managed & controlled this overall event. This event was organized with the collaboration of Pakistan sports promoters (PSP), Punjab Aids Consortium (PAC), Pakistan Lions Youth Council (PLYC), sports promotion society (SPS) & Human Antinarcotics drugs society (HANDS Int’l). Inauguration ceremony was held at 8:00 AM while this moment Nadeem Afzal (Director, American Lycetuff) and Mian Umer Misbah-ur-Rehman (MPA-PPP), was chief guest. At this moment, a fabulous colorful March past & aerobics demonstration was presented due to celebration of indepence day. This event comprised of Football, Cricket, Basketball, Athletics events, Gymkhana events, gymnastics & karate Display. The Guest of Honor was Ms. Yasmin Rehman (MNA-PPP) and Rohail Asghar (MNA-PMLN). They distributed the prizes among the winners. M. Ali was declared the best Athlete of 4th independence day sports festival 2012 & special souvenir was given to Syed Taimoor ur Rahim, captain of Football Team. The efforts of Prof. Faisal Fayyaz were appreciated by students. Chief Guests stated at this time that the value of games & sports cannot be underestimated in a society. According to Faisal Fayyaz, in stable and arrange societies great importance was attached to physical culture. Sports teach young men the value of discipline and co-operation. So a sort of broad-mindedness is created in the player which is a precious virtue. This is the only tool to keep the young generation in discipline, healthy & safe. THE folloWiNG SpEciAl GuEST’S ATTENdEd THiS fuNcTioN: mr. nadeem Afzal (director, American lycetuff), col® Adeel, (Principal , dPS kasoor), Prof. mahmood Akbar Siddique(Principal, dPS lahore), ms. zahra nadeem, mr. Ahsan javed(Field officer, novartis Pharma), Prof. Painda A. malik, Prof. Arshia Faizan, Prof. khadim hussain(director Sports Gcu, lahore), Prof. bashir butt(President , Pakistan karate Federation), Prof. Sadia Faisal, Prof. Ali Iqtidar mirza, Prof. hamid Saeed(Registrar Fcc university), justice khawaja Farooq Saeed, dr. m. A Pasha(Pro- Vice chancellor & director of Imperial college of business Studies), dr. jS mirza(Advisor, comsats), dr. Shaheen Pasha, Prof. munawwar hussain, Prof. Azher naeem(director, ministry of It), Prof. Imran javed, Prof. qamar zaman, dr. Sadia niazi, Prof. Aasia niazi, Prof. Sidra naz, Prof. mubashara khan(International Phsiotherapist), umer javaid,

england trump Italy, Spain eases past puerto Rico PARIS Afp

England pulled off their first victory over Italy in 15 years in a friendly on Wednesday, while world champion Spain eased past Puerto Rico 2-1. Visiting South American giants Argentina and Brazil also notched up comfortable victories over Germany and Sweden. A stunning Jermain Defoe strike 10 minutes from time handed Roy Hodgson's England a 21 win, their first over the Italians since a 2-0 friendly victory in 1997. It may not, however, make up for the pain of June's Euro 2012 quarterfinal defeat on penalties to the same opponents. England had to come from behind, with Daniele De Rossi heading in to give the Euro 2012 runners-up a

15th-minute lead before Phil Jagielka equalised 12 minutes later with another header. But just when the match seemed to be petering out to a draw, Defoe finished off a counter-attack led by fellow substitute James Milner before sending a 20-yard shot arrowing into Salvatore Sirigu's top-left corner. "It was a spectacular goal, and a great way to win the game," said Hodgson. "It's something none of us who have watched him play for Tottenham over the years, and have seen the quality he has, are surprised about." In Bayamon, Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas scored goals in the opening half for world champion Spain, who beat Puerto Rico, stretching their unbeaten streak to 12 straight matches. It marked the first match for Spain since winning back-to-back European

Championship titles last month. Cazorla scored in the 42nd minute and Fabregas added a second goal in the 45th with a low volley. Marc Cintron scored 19 minutes into the second half for Puerto Rico as he beat Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina. In Frankfurt, Argentina, whose World Cup ambitions died in a four-goal thumping at German hands two years ago in South Africa, turned the tables with a 3-1 win, despite Lionel Messi mising a penalty. The hosts ended up with 10 men and were struggling once they lost inexperienced goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler after he upended the onrushing Jose Sosa. Germany's 20-year-old rookie Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Borussia Moenchengladbach took his place between the sticks -- then promptly saved a poor Messi penalty.

bERn: English defender joleon lescott (l) vies for the ball with Italian midfielder daniele de Rossi during a friendly football match between Italy and England. afp

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Bonhomie abounds as SC adjourns NRO review plea AG says federation making ‘genuine effort’ to make ‘meaningful progress’ in nRo implementation case

India to give longterm visas to pakistani Hindus NEW DELHI iNp



With the federation dropping a hint to the apex court about making a “genuine effort” to make “meaningful progress” in NRO implementation case, the Supreme Court on Thursday deferred for an indefinite period the proceedings into the federation’s review appeal against its order of July 12 regarding NRO implementation case on a request by Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Irfan Qadir. A five-judge special bench of Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed adjourned the proceedings accepting the requests of the AGP and the law minister. Contrary to the positive gestures expressed by the AGP on Thursday, the AGP on Wednesday had adopted a defiant posture before the court, hinting that the prime minister might not appear before the court on August 27 to respond to the show-cause notice issued by the five-member bench. The bench noted in its order that it was informed by the AGP that last evening, the prime minister, law minister and he himself had a meeting on the outstanding issue of a petition filed by Dr Mubashir Hassan and others against NRO and after detailed discussion, they had decided to seek time to make a “genuine effort in the matter for a meaningful progress”. When the proceedings started, Attorney General Irfan Qadir apprised the

bench that under the bench’s Wednesday observations, he had held a meeting with the PM, attended by the Law Minister Farooq H Naik. He contended that there was a “genuine desire” on part of the federal government to resolve the issue “once for all”. He said they had undertaken serious deliberation and it was decided to take all persons in loop who were not available yesterday. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa observed that an exaggeration of the para 178 of the NRO judgment had been made out whereas in fact, they had directed for revival of Pakistan’s status as damaged civil party and ignoring request of former attorney general Malik Qayyum which was declared illegal in the judgment. “We do not want anything more than what we have written. We did not add anything.” He told the AGP that there was difficulty for them as in the absence of commitment on part of the federation, they could not terminate the proceedings. He told the AGP that the federation could withdraw the review plea if he felt things were heading towards the “other direction”. Qadir pleaded the bench to defer proceedings on the issue as he would not be available on August 27 due to his participation in prosecutor generals meeting in Russia. Justice Khosa told him that the July 12 order was an independent matter which had created consequences. Continued on page 04


iSlAMABAd: chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad chaudhry and other Supreme court judges after a full court reference for Justice Shakirullah Jan on Thursday. afp

Judiciary’s position parallel to that of legislature: CJP ISLAMABAD oNliNE

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said that interpretation of laws was the judiciary’s calling whereas implementation of those laws was the executive’s responsibility. Addressing a full court reference on the occasion of Justice Shakirullah Jan’s retirement, the chief justice said that the judiciary was aware of the fundamental rights of the people and the authorities and rights of state institutions. He said that the judiciary held a position parallel to that of the legislature and of the execu-

tive. The chief justice rejected the perception that the judiciary was playing the role of the opposition, adding that all state institutions should respect the judiciary’s independence. He added that the existence of and respect for an independent judiciary was inevitable for the state. He stressed the notion that bar and bench together can bring major reforms in the legal and judicial system through mutual understanding and cooperation. According to the chief justice, such reforms can mitigate the common problems of backlog of cases, frivolous and protracted litigation, heavy costs and courts fees, non-appearance of lawyers and wit-

nesses and others. An impartial, independent and accountable judicial sector is crucial to the protection of basic human rights, fair resolution of disputes and the sustainable economic and political development, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry noted. He quoted a verse from the Holy Quran that appreciated the impartiality in the delivery of justice as a feature recognized by Islam. Chief Justice of Pakistan observed the judiciary is performing functions purely within the constitutional domain, adding that in any democratic setup Judiciary stands at the higher pedestal as compared to the other two organs of state, that is the executive and the legislature.

India on Thursday extended a helping hand to Pakistani Hindus who have arrived here on tourist/pilgrimage visas, saying New Delhi was willing to issue long-term visas to them if they applied under the norms. The announcement was made Thursday morning by Union Home Secretary RK Singh, after the government was taken by surprise by a large number of Pakistani Hindus declaring their wish to stay on the Indian soil after crossing over. “So far, no one has applied for long-term visa. Basically, we have norms for the long-term visa. If they apply under them, they will get it,” Singh said here. The government had earlier said that it would look into the issue. Hindus from Pakistan who are visiting India for pilgrimage were given visas like any other Pakistani nationals. The families, who had communicated their desire to stay through the media, have yet to approach the Indian government officially. A large number of Pakistani Hindu families have crossed over into India in recent days, and Interior Minister Rehman Malik had alleged that he suspected a “conspiracy” in the giving of visas to a large number of people. Mukesh Kumar Ahuja, a Pakistani Hindu, said: “Things are so bad for Hindus in Pakistan that we have decided that we will not return at all even though we have signed documents in Pakistan assuring authorities that we will return. We will request for asylum here. We have been forced to give up our established business there.”

OIC suspends Syria as divided Un debates mission n

organization says Muslim world can no longer accept govt that ‘massacres its people’ AAZAZ Afp

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspended Syria on Thursday, saying the Muslim world can no longer accept a government that “massacres its people”, further isolating the embattled regime. The move by the world’s biggest Muslim grouping came after dozens

of people, including women and children, were reported killed in an airstrike on a rebel bastion in northern Syria, while a bomb attack and a firefight rocked Damascus. UN investigators also said Syrian forces had committed crimes against humanity, including the Houla massacre in May that shocked the world, during an escalating conflict that has killed thousands and sent many more fleeing. Violence continues to rage in many parts of the country, including the northern battleground of Aleppo, with bitterly divided world powers in deadlock over how to end a conflict that could threaten the entire region. The UN Security Council meets to for-

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mally end its observer mission in Syria, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon struggles to persuade Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi to become the new international envoy on the conflict. An emergency OIC summit in the Saudi city of Makkah said it had agreed to suspend Syria because of “deep concern at the massacres and inhuman acts suffered by the Syrian people”. OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said the decision sent “a strong message from the Muslim world to the Syrian regime” of President Bashar al-Assad. “This world can no longer accept a regime that massacres its people using planes, tanks and heavy artillery.”

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The United States and the opposition Syrian National Council welcomed the move. “Today’s action underscores the Assad regime’s increasing international isolation and the widespread support for the Syrian people and their struggle for a democratic state that represents their aspirations and respects their human rights,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. A damning report by the UN Commission of Inquiry said government forces and their militia allies committed crimes against humanity including murder and torture, while the rebels had also carried out war crimes, but on a lesser scale.

e-paper pakistantoday 17th august, 2012  

e-paper pakistantoday 17th august, 2012