Thursday, 19 September, 2013
The rupee kept its historic downward journey against the dollar Wednesday on the back of ‘natural demand’ created by the Haj pilgrims. This negative trend in rupee-dollar parity also reflected on the Karachi stocks market which closed bearish at 22,930.06 points losing 136.44 points.
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sC to govt: if not security, give people their rights
ruling today on Dna admissibility in rape cases
Villagers bar girls from going to ‘co-ed’ schools
pM lures turkish entrepreneurs
Lyari gang leader Zafar Baloch gunned down
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the government should at least give fundamental rights to the people if it could not arrange security measures for them. “The Afghan people are running their business in an open way which is diametrically opposite to the law. There should be check on them for maintenance of law and order,” the CJP said while heading a three-member bench hearing Balochistan law and order case. pag e 06
Under pressure after severe criticism over its controversial ruling in May this year which discarded DNA as primary evidence in rape cases, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) began deliberations on Wednesday to review its earlier recommendations. The Council will give its final ruling on DNA admissibility on Thursday (today). The earlier recommendations of the CII said DNA could be used in rape cases only when four witnesses testified to the crime but the accused denied charges. pag e 02
Parents in four major villages of Gujrat district have stopped their daughters from going to schools against the government’s decision of merging primary schools of boys and girls, a media outfit reported on Wednesday. Girl students of classes 4 and 5 have been forbidden by their parents from attending schools following a unanimous decision by the village council (panchayat) to resist co-education even at the primary level. pag e 05
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged Turkish entrepreneurs to take advantage of lucrative investment opportunities in Pakistan and invest in different sectors. Speaking at PakTurkey business and investment forum in Istanbul on Wednesday‚ he said the Turkish entrepreneurs could invest in oil and gas housing and infrastructure. He assured them that a special cell would be set up at his office to facilitate the Turkish investors. pag e 12
People’s Amn Committee (PAC) leader Zafar Baloch was shot dead near Bazinjo Chowk in the port city late on Wednesday. Baloch was on his way home from Civil Hospital on a motorcycle with a bodyguard when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them, severely injuring him and his companions. “Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at Baloch’s motorcycle,” said a police official. Baloch was shifted to a hospital where it was revealed that he was shot multiple times in the chest. pag e 04
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. –Maya Angelou
Ruling today on dna admiSSibility in Rape caSeS
Thursday, 19 september, 2013
Sindh govt decideS to hold lg pollS on nov 27
cii member tahir ashrafi says lack of speeDy trials anD absence of strict implementation of laws hinDering justice to people
The Sindh government has decided to conduct local government (LG) elections on November 27, Advocate General SM Khalid Javed has said. The Supreme Court (SC) was informed of this decision during a hearing at the Quetta registry. According to media reports, many politics parties have not been taken into confidence yet but they will soon be informed of the decision. Earlier, the Sindh government had requested the SC to grant permission to conduct the LG elections in December due to the present unrest in Karachi, adding that the elections would require some legal amendments. However, the request was not accepted by the apex court’s larger bench at the SC Quetta registry.
Quetta DoCtor aBDuCteD, two MisCreants arresteD QUETTA ONLINE
A doctor was abducted from Quetta and two men who attacked a police official at a picket were arrested from the city on Wednesday. Per details, cardiologist Dr Munaf Tareen was kidnapped while he was going home from a private hospital at Pishin Stop. Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Syed Mubeen Ahmed said the pickets were erected at the city’s exits and entrances after the abduction. Some miscreants opened fire at the vehicle of Superintendent Police Bashir Barohi on Sariab Road, injuring a policeman. Two of the miscreants were also injured in retaliatory firing by the police. The injured have been shifted to Bolan Medical Complex. Police have registered cases against the two incidents and started investigations.
NDER pressure after severe criticism over its controversial ruling in May this year which discarded DNA as primary evidence in rape cases, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) began deliberations on Wednesday to review its earlier recommendations. The Council will give its final ruling on DNA admissibility on Thursday (today). The earlier recommendations of the CII said DNA could be used in rape cases only when four witnesses testified to the crime but the accused denied charges. In other words, DNA could be used only to supplement
council also DeciDes to amenD blasphemy laws, suggests Death penalty for false accusers primary evidence of four witnesses. The CII recommendations drew flak from civil society and legal circles who termed the recommendations against the law. In an apparent damage control exercise, the CII convened again on Wednesday to deliberate on the issue. “CII aims to provide the maximum facilitation to avail this opportunity of using DNA testing as primary evidence in rape cases. But the only hurdle in the way of giving justice to people is lack of speedy trials and absence of strict implementation of laws,” said CII senior member and head of the Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Ashrafi. His statement was supported by Allama Amin Shaheedi who said DNA is a vital tool
to identify rapists. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) had earlier blasted the Council for undermining the DNA evidence. In its latest statement, the HRCP stated that rape is on a sharp rise in the country and only in Lahore 113 cases of rape including 32 gang rape cases have been reported so far this year. The CII members also suggested amendments to the country’s blasphemy laws, proposing the death penalty for people convicted of making false accusations. “All the religious scholars agreed to put an end to the misuse of blasphemy laws,” Allama Tahir Ashrafi told news agency AFP. “Keeping in view the suggestions of human rights activists and civil society members, the Council of Ideology has decided to fix the same penalty for the person who falsely accuses of blasphemy as the accused,” he added. Ashrafi said the proposed amendment would ensure that “nobody dares to use religion to settle personal scores”. “The amendment will also silence critics of the blasphemy laws,” he added.
5 Pakistanis killed in Afghan army hit and run attack DeaD incluDe a levies personnel, a woman anD her two brothers ZHOB ONLINE
At least five Pakistanis were killed on Wednesday as Afghan forces opened fire in a border area of Balochistan. According to sources, the Afghan forces entered Pakistani territory on three vehicles and started unprovoked fire in the border town of Qamarddin near Zhob district. One Levies personnel and a woman and her two brothers were among those killed in the cross-border aggression whereas more than 20 people were injured. The deceased were identified as Fateh, Zahir Khan, Muhammad Ameen, Mir Dad. The injured have been shifted to Zhob hospi-
nawaZ to DeCiDe BaraDar's fate toDay ANKARA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is presently on an official visit to Turkey, has said that he would decide the time and procedure for the release of Taliban leader Mullah Ghani Baradar from prison when he returns to Pakistan on September 19 (today). Talking to journalists, the PM said the decision to set Mullah Baradar free was taken during Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent visit to Pakistan. “Pakistan has made it clear that Baradar would not be handed over to Afghanistan directly,” said Nawaz. According to sources, Baradar could be extradited to Turkey or Saudi Arabia. ONLINE
tal. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office summoned the Afghan envoy to register its protest over the killings. “The Afghan Charge d’ Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office and a strong protest was lodged over the indiscriminate firing on Wednesday by the Afghan Border Police near village Godwana, Zhob district, which resulted in the martyrdom of five innocent Pakistanis,” the Foreign Ministry said. The Foreign Ministry spokesman
said that serious concern of the Government of Pakistan was conveyed to the Afghan diplomat. “The Afghan government was asked to hold an enquiry into the incident, adhere to the border coordination and cooperation mechanisms, and prevent the recurrence of such incidents, which are detrimental to the friendly relations and undermine goodwill between the two brotherly countries,” the spokesman said in a statement.
India releases nine Pakistani prisoners LAHORE STAFF REPORT The Indian government on Wednesday released nine Pakistani prisoners, including a woman. The prisoners, who had been arrested for different charges including having expired visas, were handed over to Pakistan Rangers officials at Wagah Border. This is the first such response from across the border to Pakistan’s release of 364 Indian prisoners last month.
The prisoners include 340 fishermen and 24 crew members of Indian vessels. Edhi Foundation Lahore provided food, cold drinks, juices and biscuits to released prisoners at the border. Later, Rangers officials handed over four of the prisoners to Edhi Foundation, which shifted them to Edhi Home Gulberg. Pakistani authorities had announced last month that there were 485 Pakistani prisoners inside Indian jails as opposed to 386, which was stated by India.
inCiDents suCh as upper Dir attaCk shouLD not affeCt DiaLogue proCess: faZL TANK ONLINE
Some elements want to sabotage the dialogue process between the government and the Taliban and incidents such as the attack on security forces in Upper Dir recently should not be made a hurdle in the process, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman said on Wednesday. Talking to reporters, the JUI-F chief said both, the government and the Taliban, should keep an eye on the elements who were bent on sabotaging the dialogue process. “Goodwill gestures of the Taliban such as that of release of Gomal Zam Dam hostages should also be kept in mind,” Fazl said. He said politicians and military leadership had given the mandate of talks to the government and this mandate should be fulfilled. Fazl said it was unanimously decided in the APC that “we have to move the dialogue process with the Taliban forward with full confidence. No incident should hold the dialogue process hostage and we should move forward”. He said the media also needed to exercise some caution and should highlight positive activities of the Taliban. The JUI-F chief said the country was passing through a critical phase so “we need to move forward with a positive approach”. Accusing the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of partiality in the by-election in NA-25 Tank, the JUI-F chief claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government was interfering in the affairs of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and its officers were violating rule and regulations. He alleged that the ECP had failed in discharging its obligations. “The Election Commission is playing role of a silent spectator.”
Thursday, 19 september, 2013
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. –Albert Einstein
news Thursday, 19 september, 2013
achakzai throws spanner in the works of MQM-pMLn reconciliation pashtun leaDer DemanDs probe into may 12, 2007 killings ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
ASHTUN nationalist leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai, whose party Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party is an ally of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in federal and Balochistan governments, on Tuesday rubbed more salt into the already worsening relations between the PML-N government and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), demanding a thorough probe into the killings of May 12, 2007 and punishment for perpetrators. The move is being tipped by political pundits as a bid by the Pashtun nationalist leader to spoil a move made by the ruling party – PML-N – for brokering a deal with the MQM under which the arrested MQM leader Nadeem Hashmi had been released
says arounD 8,300 criminals releaseD from jails in karachi unDer nro and more releases were on the cards. Achakzai went on to claim that Karachi had been turned into a “den of terrorists”, adding that until target killers were not brought to justice, peace could not be restored in the port city. He regretted that (former) president Zardari’s government did not act against terrorists who had killed on streets of Karachi just to please the then dictator, while the PML-N government would have to act now. The remarks made by the Pashtun ethnic leader ignited resentment from MQM lawmakers who reacted strongly against Achakzai, and insisting he apologise for terming Karachiites as “terrorists”. Taking part in the debate over the address of former president Asif Zardari to the joint sitting of parliament, Achakzai said Pakistan could not be run fairly without
mQm DemanDs apology from achakzai for calling karachi city of terrorists bringing to justice the perpetrators of the mass killings of May 12, 2007. He said that he was ready to register an FIR of the incident in Karachi if the government could not do so. About the introduction of the infamous National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), Achakzai was of the view that due to the underhand deal, around 8,300 criminals had been released from jails in Karachi who were now killing people. He said since Pakistan came into being, corrupt people broke into the establishment and since then they were running the affairs of the country. “How such people could work for the interests of Pakistan,” he maintained. mQm resPoNds to aCHakZai: Responding to the remarks made by Achakzai, MQM’s lawmaker Sajid Ahmed sought an apology from the Pashtun leader for his remarks about Karachi, stating that
if he was saying Karachi was a city of terrorists, it meant all citizens of the port city were terrorists. He said their forefathers had migrated from India for Pakistan and for religion of Islam. “The MQM is product of sense of deprivation,” he added. He said the MQM had faced a number of allegations including ‘Mohajir Liberation Army, Jinnah Pur’, etc but its leadership successfully got the party away form all these blames. MQM leader Rashid Godil also reacted to Achakzai’s remarks and questioned why the Pashtun leader was aiming at dividing the country on linguistic basis. “Some people have MQM phobia,” he said, adding that his party strongly opposed the idea of giving representation to people on community or linguistic basis. PPP lawmaker Abdul Sattar Bachani lamented that the debate had been shifted to the blame-game over Karachi, while not a single word was uttered about presidential address. PPP’s Nafeesa Shah said the government should take steps to reopen YouTube, which had been blocked by the previous
Karachi has been turned into a den of terrorists. Until target killers are not brought to justice, peace cannot be restored in the port city MahMooD khan aChakZai government. Arifa Khalid proposed a committee be formed to investigate the reasons behind increasing incidents of sexual harassment in the country. Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed told the House that subscribers identity module (SIMs) of cellular phones of Afghan origin were being sold in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on a large scale, especially in the bordering areas. Sheikh Aftab Ahmad also took the House into confidence about giving MFN status to India, stating that despite cabinet’s nod, the process was yet to be completed as the Ministry of Commerce was consulting with other ministries and private sector stakeholders to assess and evaluate level playing field to be enjoyed by Pakistani exports to India.
Lyari gang leader Zafar Baloch gunned down baloch was heaDing home on a motorcycle when he was waylaiD by two assailants KARACHI STAFF REPORT
People’s Amn Committee (PAC) leader Zafar Baloch was shot dead near Bazinjo Chowk in the port city late on Wednesday. Baloch was on his way home from Civil Hospital on a motorcycle with a bodyguard when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them, severely injuring him and his companions. “Two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at Baloch’s motorcycle,” said a police official. The official spokesman of Uzair Baloch, chief of the notorious PAC, was shifted to a hospital where it was revealed that
security officials arrest 14 karachi target killers in raiDs in muree hotels he was shot multiple times in the chest. His bodyguard Muhammad Ali was also killed in the ambush. A senior police official said that the attack left one person injured. He has been shifted to a hospital, he added. Meanwhile, law and order situation in several Lyari areas was reported to be tense and businesses were closed down soon after the news of the two killings spread in the city. 14 target killers arrested from mUrree: In a related development, intelligence and police personnel arrested 14 target killers involved in the Karachi bloodshed during a crackdown at ho-
one dead as Bangladesh Jamaat-e-islami protest death penalty DHAKA AGENCIES
One person was killed in Bangladesh on Wednesday as violent protests erupted across the country after a court sentenced a senior Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader to death for mass murder, police said. A rickshaw driver died after being hit with stones during a protest in southern Bangladesh by supporters of JI. Elsewhere, brick-throwing demonstrators battled with police who retaliated with rubber bullets and tear gas, officers said. The violence comes as towns and cities shut down after JI called a nationwide strike to protest the death sentence handed on Tuesday to Abdul Quader Molla for crimes committed during the 1971 war. “The autorickshaw driver came under attack from Jamaat supporters at a place
called Talerchar this morning. He was hit by several stones,” said Anisur Rahman, police chief of the coastal district of Noakhali. “He was rushed to a hospital at Companyganj in Noakhali where the doctors declared him dead,” Rahman told AFP. The Supreme Court sentenced Molla to death, toughening the sentence originally handed down by the country’s war crimes tribunal, and rejecting an appeal for acquital by his defence lawyers. Molla, 65, the fourthhighest leader of Jamaat, had been given a life sentence in February by the International Crimes Tribunal. That sentence sparked deadly protests and riots by his supporters but also by secular activists on the other side who considered it too lenient. The tribunal has since January convicted six JI leaders of crimes related to the 1971 war.
un Chief to 'weLCoMe' singh-nawaZ Meeting NEW YORK ONLINE
UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed hope that India and Pakistan would discuss ways to address the tension at the Line of Control (LoC) during a possible meeting of prime ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif on the margins of the UN General Assembly here next week. The UN secretary general said he strongly welcomed a meeting between the two leaders and expressed hope that it would provide a platform to discuss issues like recent tension between the neighbours in the wake of incidents of firing along the LoC. “I would strongly welcome such a summit-level meeting between the two leaders on the margins of the General Assembly,” Ban told reporters when asked to comment on the possibility of a meeting between the leaders of the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
tels in Murree. The raids were conducted after security officials received a secret report. During the raids, 14 target killers including a key accused of Lyari gang war, were arrested. The detainees were identified as Shoaib, Idrees, Sajjad, Shahid Qadri, Khalid Mehmood, Danish, Muhammad Asim, Naeem, Imran, Maqsood, Aamir, Basharat and Muhammad Ahmed. Three of the detainees are from Murree and were facilitating the others. According to the police, the detainees were wanted by various police stations of Karachi in cases of extortion, robberies, targeted killings and other crimes. The detained target killers were shifted to some undisclosed location for further interrogation. A key accused of the Lyari gang war, Ameen Baleedi, and his accomplices were arrested from Lahore two days ago. According to the police, the target killers and extortion-
ists have started fleeing to others cities of Punjab after the Karachi operation against them was accelerated.
PeshAwAr docTors conTInue sTrIke kp government suspenDs chief executives of four health institutes PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
Employees of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Health Department, especially doctors, have raised hue and cry over the issue of service structure and demand that the KP government accept their proposals. A few days ago, the Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) had issued a charter of demand which particularly included the demand for a service structure for doctors. In response, KP Health Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai had invited the PDA office bearers for dialogue. Upon conclusion of the dialogue, the health minister had announced that all demands of the doctors were accepted in principle and efforts would be initiated for implementation of the proposals.
However, PDA office bearers have rejected the health minister’s claim. Alleging that the provincial government showed reluctance to accept their demands, the PDA gave the call for doctors to go on strike in all leading hospitals of Peshawar. Meanwhile, the KP government has announced removal of chief executives of two health institutions of Peshawar and one health institute in Abbottabad. The Mardan Medical Complex chief executive has also been suspended by the KP health minister during a surprise visit to the medical institute. However, Lady Reading Hospital chief executive still remains in office, allegedly on having links with a political party of the ruling coalition. The suspended chief executives are considered amongst
well-reputed doctors and their removal has created unrest amongst the doctor community. Earlier, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had also made a surprise visit to Mufti Mahmood Memorial Hospital, also known as Divisional Headquarter Hospital. During the CM’s visit, KP Revenue Minister Ali Amin Gandhapur and doctors exchanged hot words, following which the doctors refused to talk to the CM in the presence of the revenue minister and forced the minister to leave the hospital. Khattak had told the doctors, “I am an elected representative of the people and raiding hospitals and police stations is in accordance with the wishes of the common people,” adding that he did not wish to scare the doctors by conducting surprise visits to hospitals and his aim was to merely ensure due health coverage to the people and to resolve the problems faced by the common man.
senator ahMeD faiLs to reCite surah ikhLas ISLAMABAD: After Rehman Malik and Aitzaz Ahsan, another PPP lawmaker Senator Dr Karim Ahmed on Wednesday failed to recite correctly Surah Ikhlas. During a meeting of Senate’s Standing Committee on National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, body chairman Senator Zafar Ali Shah invited Dr Ahmed for recitation from the holy Quran at the start of the meeting. Senator Ahmed started reciting Surah Ikhlas but forgot when he reached in the middle. It is the third time any PPP parliamentarian recited the verse wrongly. INP
3 pia airhostesses helD in uk on british woman’s complaint KARACHI: The British police arrested three Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) airhostesses from a hotel in Manchester on Wednesday. Sources said the three airhostesses, whose identities were yet to be known, had reached England via PIA flight 721, adding that the three women were taken into custody following a complaint lodged by a British woman. A PIA spokesman also confirmed that the British police had arrested the airhostesses. INP
pti bags na-25 with 50,765 votes TANK: Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf’s Dawar Kundi was leading the NA-25 by-poll vote count with 50, 795 votes outpacing Asad Mahmood, the son of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam chief Fazlur Rehman, who scored 41, 311 votes, according to the unofficial result. ONLINE
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as the citizens of the metropolis continue to cry out against adulterated food items, a tug of war between punjab food authority and district oﬃcer (food) has ensued over the authority to check food adulteration
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dengue strikes again: 7 new cases reported LAHORE: Outspread of dengue virus across Punjab has gone out of control despite tall claims of the provincial government and health authorities as seven more dengue cases surfaced across the province on Wednesday. According to details, dengue virus was detected in seven patients in various hospitals of Punjab. Punjab Health Department spokesman said four dengue patients were admitted in Holy Family Hospital Rawalpindi, one in Mayo, Hameed Latif and Allied Hospitals each. The affected persons belong to Lahore, Muridke, Jhelum, Rahimyar Khan and Rawalpindi districts. The total number of dengue patients has reached to 156, with Lahore being the most affected most from the dreadful disease. STAFF REPORT
cop shot during ‘robbery’ LAHORE: Unidentified men shot dead a policeman upon resistance during a robbery attempt late on Tuesday night. According to details, Qillah Gujjar Singh Constable Muhammad Aslam was stopped by armed motorcyclists at Ichra Bridge while he was on his way to receive mails from the post office. Upon resistance, the robbers fired shots at him killing him on the spot and fled. The dead body was shifted to mortuary for postmortem. Police suspects the murder was not an outcome of resistance during robbery as Rs 72,000 were found in the pocket of Muhammad Aslam. The police question if it was robbery then why the dacoits didn’t take the money with them. It also remains a question as to why was the constable on his way to collect mail after post office hours. The police registering a case against unknown murderers and have started an investigation. ROBBERIES: A robbery took place at United Bank Limited Airport Branch on Tuesday. As per reports, the security guard made his way into the bank by breaking the roof of the bank and took Rs 3.8 million. The police cordoned off the area and registered an FIR against the guard. In another incident, two robbers forced their way into Imtiaz’s house, a resident of Shafiqabad. The robbers, posed as meter readers, tied up the family member and escaped with 14 tolas of gold and other valuables. FIRE: Six shops caught fire in the area of Shah Alam Market due to short circuit on Wednesday. Report said shops caught fire due to electricity fluctuation and the fire later spread burning valuables worth millions. The shop owner along with other businessmen protested against LESCO. STAFF REPORT
HE blame game and tug of war breaks out between district officer (food) and Punjab Food Authority (PFA) over raiding on the counterfeit, adulterated and fake food items. While the DO and its team is intensifying campaign against the adulterated food items, PFA being the claimant of the sole regulator on counterfeit, adulterated and fake food items has declared all raids made by DO on dens of fake food items illegal and unlawful, pitching the two watchdogs on food adulteration against each other in a authority establishing tug-of-war. Categorically declaring all the raids made by the DO on manufacturers of fake, counterfeit and adulterated food items illegal, PFA Spokesperson Shadab Gul told Pakistan Today that district government has no authority to conduct such raids. She said all the powers they had were withdrawn by the PFA director general and the check of eateries and food manufacturing units is solely under the jurisdiction of PFA food safety officers which have been placed in all towns of Lahore. On the other hand, Food District Officer Chaudhary Ayub talking to Pakistan Today said they are not violating the Punjab Food Authority Act 2011 nor are interfering into the functions of food safety officers. He said they were working under the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 and Pure Food Rules 1960 Ordinance which provides the district government, Punjab Police, district food controller and health executive district officer authority to check all such food adulterations, fake manufacturing of eatables that were harmful for public
health. He said under the devolution plan, the task of checking the quality of foodstuffs had been entrusted to the district government. Ayub said under the Section 141 and 142 of the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001 (Ordinance No XIII OF 200), they have the authority to check all such manufacturing units for the sake of ‘Public Health’. He said under fourth schedule of the Ordinance Clause (17) they have been given authority to check “adulteration of any eatable or drinkable or consumable item sold or supplied to the public.” He continued citing clauses of Punjab
all the raids made by the Do on manufacturers of fake, counterfeit and adulterated food items are illegal. District government has no authority to conduct such raids. their powers have been withdrawn by the pfa director general and the check of eateries and food manufacturing units is solely under the jurisdiction of pfa food safety oﬃcers spokesperson, pfa
Local Government Ordinance explaining the domain and range of his authority, saying that Clause (18) says, “Neglect in safe storage of eatable, drinkable and other consumable items sold or supplied to the public.” Likewise, Clause (19) says “Manufacturing, trading, storing or supplying any eatable or drinkable item and other items unsafe for human consumption or public health,” and Clause (20) says, “Contravention of the prohibition or attempt or abetment of any of the offences in this part,” he explained. He added that under the Eighth Schedule, “Neglect in safe storage of eatable, drinkable and other
consumable items sold or supplied to the public. A fine of Rs 500, Rs 3,000 and in case of large restaurants, hotels and shops, Health executive district officer can decide all the affairs.” When he was told that PFA spokesperson termed all raids carried out by DO illegal, he in a titfor-tat response to the statement of the PFA spokesperson said if they were carrying out illegal raids then what would they say about the Punjab Police raids on the fake, counterfeit and adulterated food stuff manufacturers. He said police registered cases against such culprits under Section 420, 272 and 273 and PFA must also challenge them for this. In such an ambiguous situation, the mafia involved in manufacturing of substandard, adulterated and counterfeit foodstuff took advantage of the dispute. Illegal factories are producing adulterated red chilies, garlic powder, wheat flour, gram powder and spices in different parts of the city while scores of shopkeepers and hoteliers are selling adulterated foodstuffs in the form of burgers and samosas and labeling harmful juices with trademarks of national and multinational companies. DistriCt offiCer (fooD) The ground reality shows food adulteration is more than ever in the city in the wake of this authority dispute over jurisdiction with regard to management of the food checking. What effect will the tug of war between the two regulators on pure food supply to consumers have on the food purity in the long run? Nobody knows, situation demands immediate intervention of provincial government to draw lines between the food checking jobs. FACTORY SEALED: City district officials along with DO Ayub Chaudary raided a factory in Babu Sabu and recovered fake bottles and other illegal material from the premises. The officials later sealed the factory and register a FIR against the owner of the factory.
we are not interfering into the functions of food safety oﬃcers. we are working under the punjab Local government ordinance 2001 and pure food rules 1960 ordinance which provides us authority to check all such food adulterations. under the devolution plan, the task of checking the quality of foodstuﬀs had been entrusted to the district government
LhC takes notiCe of LanDLorD raMDay’s son not worthy Chopping woMan’s nose of punJaB ag’s post? LAHORE STAFF REPORT Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday took suo motu notice of a landlord, who attempted to rape a female labourer and upon resistance, he chopped off her nose. Khanewal District and Sessions judge has been directed to probe into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the local police along with his own comments. A resident of village Chak No 18/HL was working in the fields where Rana Israr, the land owner, appeared and forcibly took her to his farm house and tried to molest her. Upon resistance, he chopped off her nose with a knife and fled. Victim woman was rushed to District Headquarters
Hospital Khanewal. According to news reports, victim said she was poor and running from pillar to post in search of justice. However, police has registered a case and was investigating.
LAHORE STAFF REPORT The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday asked a lawyer to advance arguments on maintainability of a petition challenging appointment of Mustafa Ramday, son of former Supreme Court Justice (r) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, as acting advocate general of Punjab. Lawyer Abdul Samad Khan, the petitioner’s counsel, submitted that under Article 140 of the Constitution only that person could be appointed as advocate general of a province who is eligible to become a judge of a high court. He said under the constitutional criteria
minimum age for a high court judge is 45 years whereas Ramday’s age was far less than required one. AGP’s office was a constitutional post and there was no constitutional provision to appoint acting AGP, the lawyer added. He said Ramday’s appointment was made on political basis in violation of merit because he was closely associated to Sharif family and had been appearing on their behalf in different courts. The petitioner requested the court nullify Mustafa Ramday’s appointment as acting AGP. After hearing the arguments, Justice Ijazul Ahsan directed the petitioner’s lawyer to advance more arguments on maintainability of the petition and adjourned hearing for indefinite period.
God, how patient are thy poor! These corporations and masters of manipulation in finance heaping up great fortunes by a system of legalised extortion, and then exacting from the contributors, to whom a little means so much, a double share to guard the treasure! –Robert La Folette
lAhore Thursday, 19 september, 2013
upa announces panel for pharma elections LAHORE: United Pharma Alliance (UPA) has unanimously announced its panels for central and zone executive committee for the coming election of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) for the year 2013-14 in a meeting at local hotel yesterday. The meeting was presided over by the Alliance Chairman Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman. The panels were proposed by UPA Senior Vice Chairman Khawaja Muahmmad Akram and seconded by Vice Chairman Mian Asad Shuja-ur-Rehman. UPA Chairman Mian Misbah-urRehman said all members of UPA will cast their votes for the victory of both UPA panels on the Election Day (20th September) at the office of PPMA. UPA Senior Vice Chairman Khawaja Muhammad Akram and Vice Chairman Asad Shujaur-Rehman in their addresses said present office bearers of PPMA did not exert for the welfare of Pharma Industry and we were facing difficulties at various levels. There are many issues unanswered and situation is grave. Due to this, United Pharma Alliance (UPA) decided to announce its candidates to participate in the PPMA Elections so that UPA, after victory, would contribute a lot for the welfare and promotion of Pharma Industry. United Pharma Alliance also announced its full support for the candidates of PIAF Founder Alliance for the coming elections of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. STAFF REPORT
ptb officials trained to work efficiently LAHORE: A training workshop for Pakistan Textbook Board (PTB) officials was arranged by GIZ and PTB on the topic of Procurement, Planning, Management, Monitoring and Control. The PTB Chairman Nawazish Ali said such workshops may arouse the hidden capabilities of the government employees to run the official matters smoothly and in a commendable way. He further said training of the employees was necessary to understand the quality of paper and the procedure of tender for printing of textbooks. PRESS RELEASE
punjab college students bag top positions in b com
STRIKING IT HARD: An elderly man repairs a cart wheel at his workshop in Gulshan Ravi. MUrtAZA ALI
bllF celebrates freedom from bonded labour LAHORE STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: In recently announced Punjab University Bachelor in Commerce results 2013, Noor-e-Sehr of Punjab College bagged top position securing 1164 marks while Punjab College’s another student secured top position in Bahauddin Zakariya University B Com results. PRESS RELEASE
ONDED Labour Liberation Front Pakistan (BLLF) in collaboration with Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) has organised a seminar and rally to pay tribute to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the historical decision in which bonded labour was prohibited on September 18 1988. BLLF celebrates this day every year as Freedom Day. Chief guest Punjab Minster for Labour and Human Resources Raja Ashfaq Sarwar while addressing the audience admitted that implementation on labour laws had been ignored widely. He said I take up the challenge of implementation of labour laws and total eradication of bonded labour system. “The workers are the backbone of nation and for their improvement there for Government is taking steps for implementation of labour policies so that the bonded labour could be
eliminated from Pakistan,” he further added. BLLF General Secretary Syeda Ghulam Fatima drew the attention of the government towards strength of the bonded labourers and advised to prefer this large community instead of a few offenders of labour and human rights. She indicated the elites and employers capture on government institutions, departments and policy makers. BLLF Program Manager Mahar Safdar Ali said organising seminar and
ltc accelerates campaign against illegal cng cylinders laHore: Lahore Transport Company (LTC) has accelerated the already commenced drive against illegally installed CNG Cylinders in wagons which are being plied on various routes of the city. During checking on different routes on Wednesday, it was revealed some of the cylinders were installed near dashboards of wagons without having any safety measures. Motor vehicle examiners not only removed these hazardous gas cylinders and kits rather enforcement wing of LTC impounded the vehicles on the infringement of public service vehicle laws. The whole operation was conducted under the supervision of LTC Chief Executive Officer Khawaja Haider Latif and Enforcement Manager Chaudhry Shafique Ahmad, Faisal Nisar and other officials were also present to monitor the campaign against illegally installed CNG Cylinders. LTC CEO said elements who were playing havoc with the lives of people would not be tolerated. He added LTC’s objective is to impart safe, affordable and efficient transport services to the citizens of Lahore; in this regard it is in the interest of transporters to voluntarily remove CNG cylinders from the passengers’ compartments, otherwise, strenuous action would be taken to enforce the directives. STAFF REPORT
rally means to pay tribute to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for the historical decision and to highlight the working environment at brick kilns, miserable conditions of the bonded labourers, and historical struggle of the BLLF Pakistan. He added that BLLF Pakistan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this historical decision as Freedom Day, and since last 24 years bonded labourers are celebrating this day every year very peace fully under the aegis of the BLLF.
police close to arresting child’s rapists LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The police are investigating the rape case of the five-year-old girl child using scientific methods and we would soon be able to arrest the culprits, Punjab IG Khan Baig said on Wednesday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first-ever Centralized Driving System at the office of Chief Traffic Officer, Baig said the Punjab Police was being equipped with modern technology and the Centralized Driving System was a part of the upgrade to facilitate the citizens. CTO Lahore informed the IGP that six driving booths are working in DHA, Arfa Karim Technology Park, Liberty Market, Thokar Niaz Baig, and North Cantonment besides another one at CTO Office. All the driving booths are interconnected with the main system at the CTO Office. The applicants can now get their duplicate licenses, renewed licenses and learner permits from the nearby booths in their residential locality rather than visiting the CTO. These driving booths are empowered to conduct driving tests of the applicants as well. The driving booths are working like one-window operation where all the issues of the applicants are being resolved.
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Thursday, 19 september, 2013
Women pRevented FRom voting duRing na-25 di Khan by-electionS MONITORING DESK Women voters were prevented from participating in the by-elections taking place in the Union Council Kari Shamuzi NA-25 on Wednesday, a private TV channel reported. There have been similar previous incidents in the past when women were prevented to vote. Not a single woman could cast her vote in NA-103 Hafizabad during the byelections in August. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, during his recent visit to DI Khan, convinced provincial law minister Israrullah Gandapur to withdraw his support for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidate Maulana Asad Mehmood in the by-polls for NA-25. Earlier the by-elections in the NA-25 constituency were postponed from August 22 due to security reasons. There were intelligence reports that terrorists could carry out attacks.
thRee Women Killed in the name oF honouR KOHAT INP
Three women were gunned down in the name of honour in Kohat’s Jowakai area on Wednesday. According to sources, the accused, Jahangir alleged that his maternal aunt and cousin assisted his wife, Sadia, in eloping with a man and in a fit of rahe he killed all three. The political administration arrested Jahangir along with a relative and registered a case against them.
teRRoRiStS Kill tWo ShiaS in Quetta QUETTA ONLINE
Terrorists gunned down two Shias on Double Road on Wednesday. According to media reports, unidentified terrorists riding motorcycles opened fire on two people hailing from the Hazara community. They died on the spot. On getting information, police reached on the scene and shifted the bodies to Quetta hospital. Later, the bodies were handed over to their heirs. The police cordoned off the area, but no arrests were made.
FAISALABAD: Public transport drivers parked their vehicles outside the office of the district coordination officer on Wednesday in protest against the removal of CNG cylinders from their vehicles. ONLINE
villageRS baR giRlS FRom going to ‘co-ed’ SchoolS MONITORING DESK
ARENTS in four major villages of Gujrat district have stopped their daughters from going to schools against the government’s decision of merging primary schools of boys and girls, a media outfit reported on Wednesday. Girl students of classes 4 and 5 have been forbidden by their parents from attending schools following a unanimous decision by the village council (panchayat) to resist co-education even at the primary level. In Union Council Machiwal’s Chokar Khurd village, the government had merged boys and girls primary schools. Students of nursery to class three in these schools had been merged into the girls primary school building, while boys and girls of classes 4 and 5 had been merged into the boys school, said the report. Following the merger decision, a meeting of village elders was called where it was decided that par-
ents would not send their daughters studying in classes 4 and 5 to a coeducation school. The decision was announced in mosques of the village and all parents had been abiding by the decision for last two weeks. A resident of the village whose daughter was a class 4 student told the media outfit that no girls were attending school and the matter had been reported to the district administration. He said an overwhelming majority of the villagers was religious and they did not accept co-education system in schools even at junior level. He said concerns of the villagers had been conveyed to the officials concerned of the education department and until the decision by the government was revoked, parents would not send their daughters to school. He said the villagers were not against girls getting education but co-education was not acceptable to them. The same issue had been reported to the district administration from villages in Tanda,
Kakrali and Sara-i-Alamgir where parents were not sending their daughters studying in classes 4 and 5 to schools due to the merger. Gujrat District Coordination Officer Asif Bilal Lodhi confirmed the reports and said he had already informed the competent authority of the province through a letter and was waiting for a response. He said if the district administration came up with a local arrangement by resuming the previous system of separate schools for boys and girls it would be a violation of the government policy. The DCO said the merger had also been done in the tribal belt of Punjab in Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajanpur, so people should understand the government’s constraints that led to such a decision. When asked if barring girls could have a negative impact on the Punjab government’s ongoing drive to enrol children into schools, the DCO said the campaign had so far been successful and according to set targets in the district.
If the district administration came up with a local arrangement by resuming the previous system of separate schools for boys and girls it would be a violation of the government policy asif BiLaL LoDhi gujrat District coorDination officer
Masses laud 100-day performance S RAHMAN Hundred days’ yardstick can never be sufficient to evaluate the performance of a sitting government nevertheless the Nawaz regime has embarked on a fast track with commitment to alleviate the people’s sufferings with proper prioritization and scientific-cumeconomic planning. With this well-calculated prioritization and speed with foremost attention being given to eradication of load-shedding and terrorism, the government has thus qualified for its performance evaluation even on very short-timed yardsticks say that of 100 days. In fact, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif had already completed their homework with farsightedness before coming into power that enabled them to start work on projects from day one for bringing massive reduction in loadshedding and taking on terrorism with
discretion and consensus. That is why it did not take the government many days to clear the Rs. 480 billion circular debt of the power sector besides reviving the badly stalemated Nandipur Hydel Project and accelerating the Neelum Jhelum hydro power project. Both will generate 1300 plus megawatts of electricity. In the latter project, the Prime Minister personally intervened and passed instructions for immediate initiation of work on the transmission or distribution system that would have otherwise taken additional two, three years after commissioning of the project. Even in the case of APC, it was preceded by lot of spadework and consensus-building endeavours not only among the political parties but also between the civilian rulers and armed services’ top brass. All these efforts might not be clearly visible to some myopic people but the fact is that all the good developments experienced in the last few weeks in the form of APC and power sector reforms,
were the outcome of incessant, intelligent work done by PMLN leadership and its team of ministers, experts and other functionaries. However, the masses as a whole do possess the ability to judge their leaders given their (of the public) much enhanced prudence that was exercised by the general public at the time of election of their representatives. It was this public prudence that brought PMLN into power and it is the same public wisdom that has now adjudged Nawaz Sharif government in the Centre and Shahbaz Sharif government in Punjab as gaining popularity and recognition among their people. Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) has drawn a candid picture of political leaders’ popularity among the masses with credible public opinion polls in its Public Verdict (Survey) on Performance of Governance and Democracy in First 100 Days of Federal and Provincial
Governments. Of course, this credibility factor is very important because a number of opinion polls conducted by some other setups have not proved credible in the past but for PILDAT surveys. As a matter of fact, PILDAT surveys are scientific and logical in approach and are conducted in a transparent manner besides being focused on most current and relevant issues about which common people are most of the times concerned. As for the instant survey, it has been brought to the fore by PILDAT on the International Day of Democracy that is observed every year on September 15. According to the survey, 62% people have given positive rating to governance by the Federal Government led by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Likewise, according to the public opinion given in the survey, the Punjab government got the best rating out of the four provincial governments while the Sindh government was given the
poorest rating. In this survey, citizens from all the provinces voted irrespective of their province of residence. The resultant findings show that 59% voted in favour of Shahbaz Sharif as the best performing Chief Minister, followed by Syed Qaim Ali Shah at 18%, Pervez Khattak at 9% and Dr. Abdul Malik at 4%. Some keen observers opine that Mian Shahbaz Sharif is most popular in Balochistan although it is usual with the provinces that the most popular heads of governments in their respective areas are their own elected CMs. And in other two provinces, namely Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister Punjab is a close second choice of public. Most encouraging aspect of this survey is that the people of Pakistan have demonstrated considerable maturity and understanding of issues including interinstitutional harmony and foreign policy that they think have been excellently handled by PM Nawaz Sharif.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. –William Shakespear
news Thursday, 19 september, 2013
26/11 tRial: paK panel gRanted viSaS to viSit india NEW DELHI ONLINE
India on Wednesday issued seven-day visas for the Pakistani judicial commission that will visit the country on September 21 to cross-examine the Mumbai terror attack witnesses and carry forward the much-delayed trial. "We have issued the visas today and the passports would be handed over today itself," a diplomatic source said. Sources said the eight-member commission had sought visas for 4-5 days but the High Commission has given them a seven-day visa. They added that visa had been given for Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and Amritsar. The commission members would be travelling to India through the Wagah border. The commission was earlier scheduled to leave for India on September 11 but the visit was postponed due to the 10-day Ganesh festival. The visit has been delayed thrice this month. While India had given a date for early September, the team could not leave due to cancellation of PIA flight. The next date fixed was September 7, which was again cancelled due to non-availability of flight. Finally, a new date was fixed for September 11 but India said due to Ganesh Chaturthi festival, courts would be closed in Mumbai. The visit to India to cross-examine witnesses is being undertaken to take forward the prosecution of the seven suspects, including Lashkar-e-Tayyaba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi. The witnesses are the magistrate who recorded LeT terrorist and lone surviving gunman Ajmal Kasab's confessional statement, the chief investigating officer and two doctors who conducted the autopsy of the terrorists who carried out the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. This would be the commission's second visit to India. A report submitted by the panel after its first visit in March 2012 was rejected by an anti-terrorism court as the commission's members were not allowed to crossexamine witnesses. The Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan was also a subject of discussion during the recent talks held between External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.
Sc to govt: iF not SecuRity, give people theiR RightS QUETTA ONLINE
HIEF Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the government should at least give fundamental rights to the people if it could not arrange security measures for them. “The Afghan people are running their business in an open way which is diametrically opposite to the law. There should be check on them for maintenance of law and order,” the CJP said while heading a three-member bench hearing Balochistan law and order case. The Quetta CCPO told the court that about 19 cases of abduction for ransom had been reported this year. “Approximately 90 percent of the groups involved in such activities have been rooted out and with the passage of time, security forces would exterminate all others as well. Senior counsel Ayyaz Zahoor told the court that his client, doctor Manaf, was abducted from a bus stop in Pishin,
but nobody tried to express any resistance in this regard. The chief justice also asked about the recovery of Dr Manaf, who was abducted the previous night. Police said the main areas of the city had been cordoned off and SP Bashir had deployed heavy contingents in order to trace the culprits involved in the abduction. Highlighting the poor management of forces, the chief justice said vehicles without number plates were being run across the city and arms dealers were free to roam with their weapons. “There is no check on them.” The chief justice also ordered the police to prepare a list with details of smuggled arms and ammunition. Balochistan interior secretary told the court that they had launched a special system of check and balance for betterment in law and order in the city. Upon this, the chief justice said, “Visit different areas of the city, including Liaqat Bazar and Sattellite Town and see what is going on there in the name of
sp esCapes Life BiD in Quetta QUETTA: Sariab superintendent of police (SP) narrowly escaped attack on his vehicle on Tuesday night while one attacker was killed by the official’s guards. According to police sources, SP Basheer Ahmed Brohi was ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Mian Ghundi area. One of his security guards was injured in the attack. The police also retaliated and injured two of the attackers. Other attackers managed to flee from the scene leaving behind the injured accomplices. The police arrested the injured attackers and rushed them to Bolan Medical Complex Hospital where one of them died. The second attacker was said to be in a critical condition. INP
so-called rules and regulations. Corruption and nepotism have become the hallmark of the day. No officer of police, FC and Customs is beyond corruption.” He directed the interior secretary to communicate with tribal chieftains for eradication of crimes from the province. Furthering his remarks, he said government officials were committing criminal negligence while rendering their services. “In the past days, only a police con-
stable used to have a control over the city but here, the situation has diametrically changed.” Concluding his remarks, the CJP said the federal government had focused its full attention in restoring peace of Karachi. “We want to resolve the issues in Balochistan at the local level, otherwise, forces would have to be called for restoration of peace and tranquility in the city, as the government’s writ is seldom seen in Quetta.”
noticeS iSSued in bugti muRdeR caSe
The Supreme Court (SC) has issued notices to the federation and Balochistan government in a case seeking to grant bail to former president Pervez Musharraf in Bugti murder case. A two-member bench, led by Justice Nasirul Mulk, heard the case. During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel argued that neither his client has any connection with Bugti murder case nor he committed the murder. He said that his client was under custody for last three months in the case, and therefore his plea for bail should be accepted. On this, the court said, “Court cannot give decision without hearing the argument of opponent party, federal and Balochistan government, notices will be issued to them and after that hearing will be conducted.” Later, the court issued notices to the federation and Balochistan government and sought reply in 15 days.
pml-n leadeR aRReSted With FoReign cuRRency at SialKot aiRpoRt SIALKOT: A Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader was arrested at Sialkot Airport for possessing foreign currency on Wednesday. According to details, when the airport custom officials searched Chaudhry Mubbashir’s, who was leaving for Dubai, luggage, they found 71,305 dirhams from the PML-N leader’s possession. The Airport Security Force (ASF) seized the foreign currency and arrested Mubbashir. INP
QUETTA: Afghan children line up at the juvenile jail after their arrest under the Foreign Act on Wednesday. INP
pia to be run on pattern of public-private partnership: rashid
PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
information minister says Decision aims at betterment of national flag carrier KARACHI APP
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is not being privatised but the change for betterment would be introduced on the public-private partnership basis and the interests of the employees would be protected. Information Minister Pervez Rashid said told this to the representatives of joint ad hoc committee of PIA employees who called on him at a hotel on Wednesday. The delegation was led by Sohail Baloch,
attacK on checKpoSt in nWa, 2 militantS Killed
PALPA president, and Shamim Akmal, central president of Air League. The minister said that the government desired to help streamline the affairs of the national flag carrier and for this a genuine approach was being adopted. He said that a managing director would be
appointed in the PIA who would not only share the profits in the organisation but also bear the losses, in case such a situation arises. Regarding the meeting, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has desired, "I (Rashid) convey his viewpoint about the national flag carrier."
Two militants were killed and a security force personnel was injured on Tuesday during an attack on a checkpost at Data Khel area of North Waziristan. According to sources, a group of militants attacked the security checkpost. The security personnel retaliated and the encounter continued for half an hour, during which two militants were killed whereas the others managed to flee. In a separate incident, a high intensity improvised explosive device (IED) went off on Wednesday in front of a Bannu Education Department official’s house. No loss of life or property was reported. Sources said unidentified militants planted the IED in front of Waheedullah’s house late on Tuesday night.
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coMMenT Thursday, 19 september, 2013
institutional decline all round systemic deﬁciencies need to be addressed
Red lines and green lights israel still angling for attacks on syria and iran
VER the last few decades the institutions in the country have been in a steady state of decline. This partly explains the intervention of the SC in matters that sometime are beyond its competence. The dastardly killing of a serving General Officer Commanding (GOC) by the terrorists raises questions whether those entrusted with his safety had conscientiously followed the standard operating procedures (SOPs) which require that the methods and means of travel of an officer holding the position are to be constantly reviewed and are subject to change even at the last moment. The interior minister has told the NA the other day that over the years some 100,000 foreigners have setup illegal slum settlements around Islamabad, and many of them were criminals. This indicates a gross and prolonged neglect on the part of the security agencies. While the TTP is collecting big money through extortion from the Islamabad business community, criminal elements from the police and the CDA are also reportedly involved in lower level exactions of the sort. If the report concerning security personnel having arrested two Al Qaeda sympathisers from the UET Lahore campus is true, this would show that the institutional malaise is not confined to the Punjab University alone. The unresolved case of the five-year girl subjected to gang rape is like giving birth to a new, difficult-to-answer question almost every day. A vital portion of the CCTV footage that could have provided crucial clues is reportedly missing. Another report tells of the victim having been kept at the police post for an hour despite her precarious condition. This speaks volumes about the police working. It is highly unfortunate that those in power have shown little willingness to face up to the deficiencies in the system. Those put in charge of various institutions react sharply whenever the media points out to the deficiencies in their departments. Everyone is in a state of denial. Everything on their watch, they claim, is under control. Whenever things can no longer be pushed under the rug, there is a tendency to find scapegoats. Conspiracy theories are fabricated to cover up personal and institutional failings, or the buck is pass on to the lowest denominator. Powers that must not be named, claimed Rehman Malik, were involved in the killings of the Hazara community and also in forced disappearances, the torture and the dumping of dead bodies in Quetta. Patriotism is invoked as rationale to support cover-ups. Those taking up the issue of acid attacks, increasing gang rapes, human rights violations or excesses committed on minorities are dubbed as elements that are out to damage the image of Pakistan to please their foreign masters. It’s time to stop masking the malaise. The government needs to face the reality. A country strengthens itself by cleansing itself. There is a dire need on the part of the government to improve the working of institutions and departments to avoid the failures that threaten to spell further and greater disaster.
gSp plus status for pakistan an economic opportunity that needs to be cashed-in
HE past few years haven’t been too good for the country not just for the general law and order situation but also for the industry in the country. Power outages, gas shortage and strikes, along with production side problems like rising cost of raw materials and untrained non-technical labour, have held industrial progress and growth hostage for some time. This was however aggravated with the European Union and the United States not offering preferential treatment to Pakistani exports. Already reeling under the effects of war on terror, Pakistan needs an economic boost to revive its industries and realise its potential as an economically viable country. In a move that should delight the Pakistani industrialists and the government, the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, Jesper Moller Sorensen, has said that the European Parliament is most likely to grant GSP Plus (Generalised Scheme of Preferences) status to Pakistan in its forthcoming meeting scheduled for December 2013. Islamabad has been pursuing the status for quite some time and now that it is being granted, Pakistan would be able to gain better and wider access to the EU markets. After attaining the GSP Plus, Pakistani exports to the European markets would get a considerable boost while the country could also work for the EU countries as a lucrative market having enormous investment potential due to low labour cost, rising middle class and a very large youth demographic. The move is supposed to create almost a million jobs in the country across the industrial sector. Though the GSP Plus status may have come on its own, the efforts of British lawmakers of Pakistani origin must be acknowledged for getting it fast-tracked. The incumbent Governor Punjab Ch Muhammad Sarwar’s statement that he would make efforts to get the bill granting the said status passed by the EU Parliament is a welcome one. All is not done yet, though. Pakistan has to prove that its exports are worth the status, that it has the potential to step up and rise beyond that by displaying willingness to adapt and enhance its industrial sector a few notches further to turn it into a dynamic, competent and competitive force in the international market. Pakistan has great potential in dairy, agriculture, sports and medical equipment, fruit, leather, fish and textile sectors, among others. But to make exports in these sectors amount to something, the government and the PCCI need to introduce standardisation. They also need to invest in necessary infrastructure that is required to ensure quality. The country also needs to improve and enforce factory laws relating to security of workers. Any neglect could lead to the cancellation of GSP Plus status as happened in the case of Bangladesh last year after factory fires there.
RESIDENT Barack Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted “red line” around Syria’s chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel. It was an Israeli general who claimed in April that Damascus had used chemical weapons, forcing Obama into an embarrassing demurral on his stated commitment to intervene should that happen. According to the Israeli media, it was also Israel that provided the intelligence that blamed the Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad, for the latest chemical weapons attack, near Damascus on August 21, triggering the clamour for a US military response. It is worth remembering that Obama’s supposed “dithering” on the question of military action has only been accentuated by Israel’s “daring” strikes on Syria – at least three since the start of the year. It looks as though Israel, while remaining largely mute about its interests in the civil war raging there, has been doing a great deal to pressure the White House into direct involvement in Syria. That momentum appears to have been halted, for the time being at least, by the deal agreed at the weekend by the US and Russia to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. To understand the respective views of the White House and Israel on attacking Syria, one needs to revisit the US-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago. Israel and its ideological twin in Washington, the neoconservatives, rallied to the cause of toppling Saddam Hussein, believing that it should be the prelude to an equally devastating blow against Iran. Israel was keen to see its two chief regional enemies weakened simultaneously. Saddam’s Iraq had been the chief sponsor of Palestinian resistance against Israel. Iran, meanwhile, had begun developing a civilian nuclear programme that Israel feared could pave the way to an Iranian bomb, ending Israel’s regional monopoly on nuclear weapons. The neocons carried out the first
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phase of the plan, destroying Iraq, but then ran up against domestic opposition that blocked implementation of the second stage: the break-up of Iran. The consequences are well known. As Iraq imploded into sectarian violence, Iran’s fortunes rose. Tehran strengthened its role as regional sponsor of resistance against Israel – or what became Washington’s new “axis of evil” – that included Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. Israel and the US both regard Syria as the geographical “keystone” of that axis, as Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, told the Jerusalem Post this week, and one that needs to be removed if Iran is to be isolated, weakened or attacked. But Israel and the US drew different lessons from Iraq. Washington is now wary of its ground forces becoming bogged down again, as well as fearful of reviving a cold war confrontation with Moscow. It prefers instead to rely on proxies to contain and exhaust the Syrian regime. Israel, on the other hand, understands the danger of manoeuvring its patron into a showdown with Damascus without ensuring this time that Iran is tied into the plan. Toppling Assad alone would simply add emboldened jihadists to the troubles on its doorstep. Given these assessments, Israel and the US have struggled to envision a realistic endgame that would satisfy them both. Obama fears setting the region, and possibly the world, ablaze with a direct attack on Iran; Israel is worried about stretching its patron’s patience by openly pushing it into another catastrophic venture to guarantee its regional hegemony. In his interview published yesterday by the Jerusalem Post, Michael Oren claimed that Israel had in fact been trying to oust Assad since the civil war erupted more than two years ago. He said Israel “always preferred the bad guys [jihadist groups] who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys [the Assad regime] who were backed by Iran.” That seems improbable. Although the Sunni jihadist groups, some with links to al-Qaeda, are not natural allies for either the Shia leaders of Iran or Hizbollah, they would be strongly hostile to Israel. Oren’s comments, however, do indicate the degree to which Israel’s strategic priorities are obsessively viewed through the prism of an attack on Iran. More likely, Israel has focused on using the civil war as a way to box Assad into his heartlands. That way, he becomes a less useful ally to Hizbollah, Iran and Russia, while the civil war keeps both his regime and the opposition weak. Israel would have preferred a US strike on Syria, a goal its lobbyists in Washington were briefly mobilised to
achieve. But the intention was not to remove Assad but to assert what Danny Ayalon, a former deputy Israeli foreign minister, referred to as “American and Israeli deterrence” – code for signalling to Tehran that it was being lined up as the next target. That threat now looks empty. As Silvan Shalom, a senior government minister, observed: “If it is impossible to do anything against little Syria, then certainly it’s not possible against big Iran.” But the new US-Russian deal to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons can probably be turned to Israel’s advantage, so long as Israel prevents attention shifting to its own likely stockpiles. In the short term, Israel has reason to fear Assad’s loss of control of his chemical weapons, with the danger that they pass either to the jihadists or to Hizbollah. The timetable for the weapons destruction should help to minimise those risks – in the words of one Israeli commentator, it is like Israel “winning the lottery”. But Israel also suspects that Damascus is likely to procrastinate on disarmament. In any case, efforts to locate and destroy its chemical weapons in the midst of a civil war will be lengthy and difficult. And that may provide Israel with a way back in. Soon, as Israeli analysts are already pointing out, Syria will be hosting international inspectors searching for WMD, not unlike the situation in Iraq shortly before the US-led invasion of 2003. Israel, it can safely be assumed, will quietly meddle, trying to persuade the West that Assad is not cooperating and that Hizbullah and Iran are implicated. In a vein Israel may mine later, a Syrian opposition leader, Selim Idris, claimed at the weekend that Damascus was seeking to conceal the extent of its stockpiles by passing them to Lebanon and Iraq. Obama is not the only one to have set a red line. Last year, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, drew one on a cartoon bomb at the United Nations as he warned that the world faced an imminent existential threat from an Iranian nuclear weapon. Israel still desperately wants its chief foe, Iran, crushed. And if it can find a way to lever the US into doing its dirty work, it will exploit the opening – regardless of whether such action ramps up the suffering in Syria. The writer won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His new website is www.jonathan-cook.net.
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Fighting terrorism Those responsible for killing Maj Gen Sanaullah in Upper Dir and the two uniformed policemen in Karachi challenged writ of state and must be taught a lesson. We need to learn some lessons on how others have reacted when they face threats of terrorism, far lesser in gravity than the above two incidents. Killing a uniformed officer in USA is considered a federal offence and all resources of the state are used to arrest the murderers, dead or alive, because this is a direct challenge to state and its authority. The whole of Boston was put under 72-hour curfew, and a house to house search was carried out to arrest the two bombers who planted a bomb during Boston marathon. It
would have delivered a strong message to criminals and terrorists in Karachi who were involved in killing two onduty police officers if half or even whole of this city were imposed under a curfew and a house to house search was launched to arrest the killers. Similarly, the full might of the state should be used to teach a lesson to those who have accepted responsibility for killing uniformed soldiers of Pakistan Army. The late General Sanaullah was visiting posts in what is part of Pakistan and only enemies of this country could have done this brutal act. We owe it to the brave sons of this country who have died with their boots on to punish their murderers, irrespective of their political affiliations or distorted ideological perceptions of religion. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. –John Ruskin
Thursday, 19 september, 2013
anatomy of hundred days slowly but steadily, the government seems to be coming back on to the right track
cia’s secret Drug trade goes on unchecked in afghanistan SHUMAILA RAJA
F one goes by the American measurement, the saying goes that they do not start a venture unless they are sure about its cost not going from their own kitty. The Afghan venture does not seemingly pay them as does Iraq’s but permitting poppy cultivation to the Afghan warlords and bigwigs favouring the US intervention was the bid to justify finances of their stay in that country. It is now an open secret, and everyone knows it, as to who runs the largest global business of narcotics smuggling and weapons trade. Dig down just a little of these areas and you’ll find the American CIA sitting behind the scenes, smiling broadly and exposing widely its ugly teeth. There are certain local aides in various countries, which also play as the front men. We all know as to who urged and supported the Afghans to restart growing poppy after the fall of Taliban regime. The American intelligence is known for continuously playing dirty games in the South American countries which are considered as heavens for production and trade of narcotics. No one can judge as the Americans fund Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics Force, coupled with diplomatic pressures, to stop drug trafficking in the country, but when it comes to ISAF and the government in Kabul, the story comes out far more different. The fact that poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has increased and its income is being utilised by terrorists to buy weapons surprises many in the world. Poppy cultivation is increasing in 28 of the country’s 32 provinces. Today, between 90 to 95 percent of the world’s supply of opium comes from Afghanistan. This is despite Mr Karzai laid out a comprehensive National Drug Control Strategy for Afghanistan based on four key priorities: (a) disrupting the drug trade by targeting traffickers and their backers; (b) strengthening and diversifying legal rural livelihood; (c) reducing the demand for illicit drugs and treatment of problems of drug users; (d) developing state institutions at the central and provincial levels. This is despite a NATO drive, as reported in a recent New York Times report, to disrupt Afghanistan’s drug trade. The reason being cited is that the NATO and ISAF member countries’ law at home does not allow the soldiers to carry out operations against the poppy cultivation, etc. The objections were raised despite an agreement that the alliance’s campaign in Afghanistan would be broadened to include attacks on narcotics facilities, traffickers, and middlemen and drug lords whose profits helped to finance insurgent groups.
American policymakers and military officers used to say that it was critical to choke off the drug money that sustained the insurgency, much as they were working with Pakistan to “halt the use of its tribal areas as a haven by the Taliban and other antigovernment forces just across the border from Afghanistan.” Twelve years after the rout of al-Qaeda and the fall of Taliban, disagreements over how aggressively NATO forces should have gone after the insurgency’s chief source of revenue are only the latest hurdle in a campaign that has been troubled by disputes between the United States and some of its allies about what role NATO soldiers should play in a mission cast as “security assistance.” The UN figures show that Afghan insurgents reap more than $100 million a year from the drug trade, although some estimates put the figure at five times as much. A NATO commander said profit from the narcotics trade “buys the bomb makers and the bombs, the bullets and the trigger-pullers that are killing our soldiers and marines and airmen, and we have to stop them.” Such efforts, if made by NATO and allies, failed to control poppy cultivation. Recent survey conducted jointly by the Afghan Ministry of Counter-Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes predicted an upsurge in the poppy cultivation area. The survey showed an increasing trend in the poppy cultivation in 13 provinces, especially Helmand, Ghor, Uruzgan, Zabul, Nangarhar, Leghman and Badakshan. Opium serves as “the main engine of economic growth” in Afghanistan but “there is little on the ground to suggest that practical steps have been taken to set off this menace,” said an Afghan journalist based in Peshawar. As the Peshawar-based Afghan journalist Eschmall Sardar reported in her article that NATO and EU officials had refused to lead a hand-on role in fighting the narco problem. “One reality is that ISAF has only some 52,000 troops on the ground: the Helmand province is home to a significant proportion of ISAF troops and yet still cultivates some 50% of the opium produced in Afghanistan.” The irony of current times is the ease with which the biggest culprits on globe could manipulate the facts and figures to paint a whole scenario based upon certain illusions and holograms. There is no denying the fact that the Indians and Afghans are deeply involved in destabilizing Pakistan, especially in the tribal areas, which is evident from a report that made startling disclosures as the three arrested terrorists Khurram Ishtiaq, Ghulam Mustafa and Shamim confessed that RAW was behind the
suicide attacks in Pakistan and it had funneled Rs680m through its links with Afghan secret agency. “The gang working under Qari Hussain, Farrukh Usman, Shahjee and Ustad Tayyab Baba admitted that they belonged to the group who had been deputed to “destabilize Pakistan”. The militants were caught red-handed possessing complete suicide kits with two jackets and 70 kg of explosive and detonators. But the most startling was the disclosure that the Indian RAW, in collaboration with CIA and allied countries’ intelligence agencies, was involved in drug trafficking in order to fund insurgency inside Pakistan. Veteran journalist Rahimullah recalls that the only era in which the poppy cultivation was stopped was that of Mullah Omar during the Taliban regime. “This seems untrue that the Taliban ‘insurgents’ today depend on a trade which they practically banned during their period of government.” In fact it is only being propagated that the Taliban are involved, while the fact of the matter is NATO and ISAF forces are directly are indirectly allowing this trade to flourish because this way they can win the hearts of the warlords who have provided them shield in their respective areas against the Taliban. The whole process of poppy cultivation, transportation, processing, and the like is more than a Taliban-alQaeda event; it is pervasive through much of the Afghan society, and divides the population from both ISAF and national governance. “It is not surprising, therefore, that some 60% to 70% of the Afghan parliament is occupied by former mujahideen, former Communists, drug barons, and warlords, who not only control both houses of parliament but, as a result, prevent the establishment of the central government’s writ across the country.” The Kabul government is hardly in a position to marginalize the members of parliament who play drug games from their respective constituencies. Undoubtedly, the drug menace of Afghanistan has indirectly got massive encouragement from the Americans themselves, who allowed the warlords to reestablish their hold in many parts of Afghanistan. The warlords restarted opium cultivation towards which the Americans turned a blind eye as they needed support to strengthen their installed regime in Kabul and to keep the Taliban at bay. As per AP report for the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, money comes from extortion, crime and drugs. Narco-dollar is their major funding source besides extortion and kidnapping. Shumaila Raja is a freelance journalist based in Rawalpindi. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
HE PML-N government has completed hundred days of its rule and seems keen to showcase its achievements during that period. The parties in the opposition, intellectuals and media are also equally interested in conducting a critical appraisal of the claims being made by the government. Though hundreds days are too short a period to expect tangible and substantial results from the policy initiatives of the government and give judgment on their success or otherwise, they surely could act as a touchstone for judging MALIk MUHAMMAD ASHRAF trend-setting impact of those actions. There could be a difference of opinion on how far the government has been able to surmount the inherited challenges and the likely repercussions or benefits of the policies put in place, but one thing that was beyond any reproach was the dedication, commitment and honesty of purpose with which the government has strived to grapple with those issues and its unswerving quest for plausible and long term solutions of those challenges. While the impact of the endeavours to restore normalcy in Karachi and Balochistan and the strategy evolved to deal with TTP would require longer periods to prove their impact, the efforts to tide over the energy crisis, rebuilding the economy and putting it on the path of sustained economic growth, have already started showing discernible and verifiable results. As promised by the government it successfully met the deadline of 60 days to retire the circular debt of Rs500 billion that led to the addition of 1700 MW of electricity to the system, easing the power outages to a great extent. As a consequence of prime minister’s visit to China, a commitment has been made by the Chinese power generating companies to invest US$ 6 billion in the energy sector projects in Pakistan during the next five years. The proposed building of the Economic Corridor and other mega projects also promise infinite economic benefits for Pakistan. Resolute efforts are underway to fast-track the installation of 10 coal based power plants at Gadani with a cumulative power generating capacity of 6,600 MW. Plans are also on the anvil to produce 10,000 MW of electricity in the next five years through coal based power projects and other renewable energy resources, designed to changing the energy production mix and producing cheaper electricity in the future. With a view to rebuild the economy and ensuring sustained growth process in the country, the government through its budget for 2013-14 launched initiatives to address structural imbalances, broadening the tax base, raising the GDP growth rate from three percent to seven percent, enhancing the investment to GDP ratio from the present 10 percent to 20 percent with greater emphasis on attracting foreign investment, reliance on export-led growth, promoting small and medium size industries, elimination of subsidies in phases and relying on targeted subsidies to save the poorer sections of the society and keeping inflation at a single digit. It was the result of these reforms that the government was able to successfully negotiate a bailout package of US$ 6.6 billion with the IMF which in itself is a proof of the confidence that the Fund has in the success of the economic policies of the government. The significance of clinching this deal lies in the fact that Pakistan badly needs an overall financing requirement from external sources to the tune of $11.5 billion during the current fiscal year. To meet these requirements, Pakistan is also contemplating to approach World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to raise $4.7 billion besides envisaging $4 billion through private investment and privatisation proceeds. Pakistan already owes a payment of US$ 3 billion to IMF this year from the previous loan and the new loan will mostly be utilised to pay for that. Economic experts believe that the IMF deal apart from saving Pakistan from default on its debts, would also help in stemming the confidence crisis, check capital outflows, improve foreign exchange reserves situation, ease pressure on exchange rates besides encouraging foreign investment. It would also encourage other international lending institutions to extend loan facilities to Pakistan. In fact the impact of this deal is already visible. Standard Chartered Bank has offered to raise Pakistan bonds in the international market and to provide credit line for a multi-million dollar Neelum Jhelum project. According to a State Bank report, foreign direct investment has increased by 100 percent during the last two months as compared to the corresponding months of the last year. Pakistan successfully arranged a two-day “US-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference” jointly organised by the US and Pakistan government in June in Dubai, which was attended by representatives of investment companies of Pakistani, US and United Arab Emirates with a view to identify new business opportunities in Pakistan that waited to be exploited. A substantive and immediate outcome of this initiative was that at the end of the conference, Pakistan Private Investment Initiative was launched which would set up two new private equity funds solely for further expanding Pakistan’s dynamic and fast-growing small and medium sized businesses and industrial concerns. The US will provide $24 million for each fund which will be equally matched by the contributions from Abraaj Group and JSPE. Initially the pooled funds will be in the vicinity of $100 million which are expected to grow manifold into hundreds of millions of dollars. Small and medium sized industries invariably are the backbone of the economy of any country owing to their size and the employment opportunities that they generate with minimal effort. The US and Japan owe their economic progress to the vital role played by the small and medium sized industries. Pakistan is also striving hard to find new markets for its products and seeking preferential treatment by the EU countries under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP). In the recent past, UK and some other European countries lobbied for WTO approved duty free access to EU markets for Pakistani products. During the visit of the Prime Minister of UK David Cameron to Pakistan in the last week of June, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif requested him to have Pakistan included in the GSP Plus, recently approved by the European Parliament on the recommendations of the European Commission. According to the Danish Ambassador in Pakistan, the European Parliament in its meeting scheduled for December was likely to grant GSP Plus status to Pakistan. All the foregoing developments surely constitute encouraging portents for the future economic progress of the country and testify to the fact that economy has been put on the right path. The writer is an academic.
I pick up a lot of stuff from them, but I don't think there's any great trick to acting. –Jason Statham
arts Thursday, 19 september, 2013
bRad pitt gatecRaSheS Wedding Actor Brad Pitt made the wedding reception of a young couple even more special by going and having drink during their celebrations. Bride Abi Lingwood was surprised when her husband Daniel told her that Pitt was having a drink at their bar. The reception was taking place in the same hotel where Pitt was staying, reports. “My husband said to me Brad Pitt was at the bar and you have got to come with me so he dragged me across the hotel. I thought he was joking,” Lingwood told the local newspaper Maidenhead Advertiser. The actor, who is shooting new World War II blockbuster “Fury” at the nearby Pinewood Studios, was spotted enjoying a drink at the bar of the Maidenhead hotel by Daniel. The couple even got a quick picture clicked with the actor. NEwS DESk
KatRina KaiF veRy Special paRt oF my liFe: RumouRed beau RanbiR KapooR Actor Ranbir Kapoor says Katrina Kaif holds a special place in his life but he does not want to end the mystery by talking about it in media. After the photographs showing Ranbir holidaying with Katrina went viral, the actor is no more in denial mode. "There is so much being said about my personal life. I don't want my life to become a reality show. yes, Katrina is a very special part of my life," Ranbir told PTI. The actor, who previously dated Deepika Padukone, said he has learnt from his experience to not talk about his personal life. "... when you are going to marry someone, of course I would love the world to know about the person I love," he said. The actor feels that there is a lot of judgement in the country about women and their relationships. "I think you have to protect that. I will try and protect the mystery of what I have in my personal life," he said. Ranbir has no problems with what is being said and written about him as he feels that's the part and parcel of the industry. "you can write anything about me... I may feel bad or good about it as you (media) have created me. I am a media created star. I can't have an opinion now. If I say something there will be 20 different articles and point of views which will again bring negativity in my life. As of now I am happy in my life professionally and personally," he said. NEwS DESk
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OLLyWOOD'S superhero franchise 'Krrish 3' starring Hrithik Roshan is all set to launch four animated telemovies featuring 'Kid Krrish' on kids channel Cartoon Network. Broadcasting major Turner said it has partnered production house Film Kraft and Toonz Animation to develop The animated movie, which will be aired on October 2. The remaining movies will be aired on the channel in the remaining part of the year. "Turner has consistently set benchmarks in the kids' genre and Pogo and Cartoon Network are leaders in the genre. We aim to do the same yet again with 'Kid Krrish'," Krishna Desai, Turner International India Senior Director & Network Head (Kids) South
Asia, told reporters here. Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, who is the protagonist in the live action movie 'Krrish', said 'Kid Krrish' will not only inspire children but also take them across the world on exciting adventures. 'Krrish 3' is expected to hit the silver screen in November this year. Launched in India in 1995, Cartoon Network reaches more than 33 million viewers. "Movies are an important part of the content at Cartoon Network, and we try and bring content that is both educating and entertaining. With kids one has to be careful of what is shown and a lot of research goes into getting the show in place," he added. Desai said the channel is also trying to commission more original local programming. NEwS DESk
SaiF ali Khan: action in 'bullett Raja' phySically demanding Actor Saif Ali Khan, who will be seen in a raw and rustic vatar in Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Bullett Raja', had to work a lot on his body for the film. Saif Ali Khan has been working out real hard for his look in the film. "I wasn't fit when I did the 'Race 2' run. I was okay, but I am way fitter now. If you are fit... your body language changes. you are more agile and the kind of action you do, particularly like in 'Bullett Raja', it's incredibly physically demanding," Saif said. "It's a great feeling when you are fit and looking good when they shoot you," he said. 'Bullett Raja', set in the backdrop of a mafia based in Uttar Pradesh, will be an action packed entertainer. Besides Saif, the film also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Shergill, Vidyut Jamwal, Gulshan Grover, Raj Babbar, Chunky Pandey and others. It releases this November. NEwS DESk
upa vs pasc: the ruckus over zinDa bhaag’s oscar recommenDation p AKISTANI cinema might have made a comeback, but the politics are very much the same. Soon after the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee (PASC) recommended Zinda Bhaag to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar consideration in the Foreign Language Film category over Josh, Chambaili andLamhe, naysayers took to social media to share their reservations. THE OPPOSITION The United Producers Association (UPA) — the body that earlier voiced concern over the airing of Turkish soaps — expressed its criticism via a press release on its Facebook page. The organisation, headed by film-maker Shahzad Nawaz whose Chambaili didn’t make the cut, has previously also questioned the formation of the PASC. Dr Framji Minwalla, a member of the Oscar committee, explains why the film was selected over others. “Some people believe films dealing with urgent social issues should be ranked higher than others, no matter how badly [they are] made, and that exceptional films with no social value should receive little public attention, while others think the social relevance of a film has absolutely no place in the consideration of cinematic excellence,” he says. “A smarter approach assesses how well the technical, narrative, aesthetic and social aspects work together to show us the world anew. In its own modest way, Zinda Bhaag has revealed a Pakistan we had not seen before and did so with technical surety, while also taking smart aesthetic and narrative risks.” Framji adds, “To hurl questions at the integrity of the
process because the work one prefers was not selected seems particularly arrogant, especially when those questions are designed to disqualify certain films from consideration. I have a question for Secretary General UPA Shahbaz Siddiqui: Do you want these films disqualified because your boss believes his submission [Chambaili] does not stand a chance when measured against a fair playing field? Instead of grandstanding, feeling victimised and getting other people to do his dirty work, perhaps the president of the UPA [Nawaz] should start planning to produce a better film next year.” UPA argues n Why was the official last date of submission set for August 25 by the PASC, when the international deadline is September 30? n To be eligible for this year’s Academy Awards, films must have been released in Pakistan for a run of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than October 1, 2012 and no later than September 30, 2013. With a scheduled release for September 20, how has it fulfilled these requirements? n Why could the committee not wait until September 30, the stipulated deadline for an entry’s release, to announce its decision to select the film? n Why has the press release been issued with a letterhead of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Films instead of the official Oscar Pakistan Committee when the forms available in Pakistan carried the Academy logo?
PASC HITS BACK n The physical copy and related material of the selected film must reach the Academy by October 1, thus the local submission and selection process must happen well before that. The committee set forth the deadline of August 25 to ensure there was ample time for the committee to verify that all submissions were viable, circulate the films internally, cast their ballot, inform the winning party and dispatch the film to Los Angeles in time for the official Academy submission date. n All films released before September 30 were entertained for selection, which is why Lamhaand Zinda Bhaag were not disqualified. n The rules set forth by the Academy state that the submitted film must be screened commercially for seven days in the country of release. Both Zinda Bhaag and Lamha are set to release this week, thereby fulfilling this requirement. Such practices are commonplace globally; the Indian film The Lunchbox for instance, is a forerunner for submission for the Academy Awards and is also set to be released on the September 20. PASC had already received verification from the film-makers of both Lamha and Zinda Bhaag, thereby ensuring that the films would in fact release before September 20. Similar announcements were also made in national newspapers, by the said film-makers thereby further validating the announced release dates. NEwS DESk
The more varied the characters, the better, as far as I'm concerned. –Tim Roth
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MoVe oVer srk, saLMan to haVe ‘koffee with karan’ B
OLLyWOOD actor Salman Khan is likely to have a cup of coffee with filmmaker Karan Johar in his upcoming talk show 'Koffee With Karan', which starts its fourth season this December. According to reports, Salman Khan, who has previously avoided the popular talk show, has agreed to feature on the show. The reports further state that Salman Khan may also be the first guest of the fourth season departing from Karan Johar's trend of multiple guests on the couch. The first two seasons saw Karan Johar's close friend and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan as the guest while season three started with
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was recently honoured at the Giants International 41st anniversary celebrations and awards function in Mumbai. After Amitabh Bachchan was recently felicitated for his social work, his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai was felicitated with Giants Award for her contribution to Indian Cinema. The 39-year-old actress has been in news recently for her stylish avatars at various photo shoots and appearances. And at the Giants International 41st anniversary celebrations and award function Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did it again. The actress was simple and stylish and managed to sweep the compliments yet again! Aishwarya opted for a Sabyasachi anarkali. With simple make up and minimal accessories, Aishwarya was a stunner as always. Aishwarya Rai has been a part of landmark films 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', 'Devdas', 'Jodha Akbar', 'Dhoom 2', 'Guru', 'Guzarish' among others. NEwS DESk
dilip KumaR Still in icu, undeR obSeRvation Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is recovering but continues to remain in the intensive care unit at a hospital here as he is still under observation. He was admitted to Lilavati hospital in suburban Bandra on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. "He (Dilip Kumar) is recovering. He is still in ICU and is under observation... but all is well. There is nothing to worry. He will have to be there in hospital for three more days," sources close to the actor told PTI today. The 90-year-old thespian had suffered a heart attack on Sunday. He had undergone a heart surgery 14 years ago. Dilip Kumar is known for his memorable performances in films like 'Mughale-Azam', 'Madhumati', 'Devdas', 'Ganga Jamuna', 'Kranti' and 'Karma'. He was crowned as the tragedy king of Bollywood for playing a doomed lover in films like 'Andaz', 'Baabul', 'Mela', 'Deedar' and 'Jogan' and others. His last film was 'Qila' in 1998. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994. NEwS DESk
the then newly married couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Salman Khan's growing bond with Karan Johar was visible on the dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.' Salman Khan had also hinted that it was because of Karan's close proximity to Shah Rukh Khan that the two could never work again post 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.' The talk show is known to have added fuel to various controversial celebrity fights such as Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Let's see what Karan Johar has in store for his audience this time with 'Dabangg' Salman Khan as the celebrity guest. NEwS DESk
healthy lifestyle changes may reverse cell ageing, stuDy reveals There are a number of things that lead to better health, exercise, healthy eating and meditation being some of the few. It seems as though these lifestyle changes may benefit people on even a cellular level, a new study shows. The study, published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, emphasizes that it’s never too late to start changing to a healthy lifestyle, and that those changes could even reverse cell aging by increasing the length of telomeres. Telomeres are the caps that protect the ends of chromosomes, similar to the plastic ends of shoelaces to stop them from fraying. Shorter telomeres have been linked with cell aging and increased risks of age-related diseases, such as like cancer and dementia. “We know from earlier studies that eating an unhealthy diet, smoking cigarettes, being under chronic emotional stress, loneliness and depression may shorten telomeres. But this is the first one we can actually increase the length of them,” said study re-
searcher Dean Ornish, M.D. according to the Huffington Post For the study, Ornish assigned 35 men with low-risk prostate cancer, who were not being treated for their cancers but were undergoing active surveillance, to one of two groups. One group of 10 men was instructed to make healthy lifestyle changes for five years, while the other group of 25 men was not instructed to make any changes. All of the study participants’ telomeres were measured at the start of the study. Researchers followed up with the men after the study period, and found that telomere length actually increased among the men who were assigned to undergo the lifestyle intervention, by an average of 10 percent. Meanwhile, telomere length decreased by an average of 3 percent among the men not assigned to a lifestyle intervention.They also found that the amount telomeres lengthened was linked with the degree to which the men implemented the healthy lifestyle changes, with those making more changes experiencing greater lengthening of their telomeres. NEwS DESk
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FTER the success of "Kai Po Che", filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor is busy working on "Fitoor", which he plans to start shooting early next year. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken's classics 'The Great Expectations' and will bring together Katrina Kaif and Sushant Singh Rajput for the first time on screen. "I am currently working on the script of 'Fitoor'. I am really excited about it and will start shooting early next year. I am blessed that Katrina and Sushant are equally excited about the film," Abhishek told PTI. The director will be working with Katrina for the first time,
while he had teamed up with Sushant after "Kai Po Che". On the pairing of these two actors, Abhishek said, "They best suit the characters involved in the movie. I don't know how they will evolve since it's too early to know but I am hoping it turns out to be good." 'The Great Expectations' is the story of Pip, an orphan boy, who falls in love with a wealthy but heartless girl named Estella. Abhishek's "Kai Po Che" is one of the contenders for India's official entry for the Oscars next year but the director is not willing to talk much about film's chances of getting nominated from India's side. "I really don't know what are the parameters for a movies selection to Oscars... I have full faith in the people taking the decision and may the best man win. There is a lot of effort gone into the film and as a filmmaker I am satisfied," he said. NEwS DESk
‘heRoine’ WaS KaReena’S beSt eveR Role oF heR caReeR: madhuR Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar feels that his last release 'Heroine' could not garner much attention due to the high expectations of people. The 2012 film revolved around the life of a once successful film actress, whose career is on the decline. The film had Kareena Kapoor as the protagonist along with actors Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Rakesh Bapat among others. "I don't know what went wrong with the film. It has done commercially better business. The film was made at moderate budget of Rs 21 crore and collected Rs 48 crore so everybody earned the money. I have no regret about making 'Heroine' rather I am happy I made it. I never shun my films I stick to it," Madhur said. "There were lots of expectations from people. It became so big that may be it worked against it. But at the end of the day I am happy with whatever response we have got. I think 'Heroine' was Kareena Kapoor's best ever role of her career," he added. Bhandarkar has made films like 'Chandni Bar', 'Page 3', 'Fashion', 'Corporate' and 'Traffic Signal'. The director said he has two-three realistic topics that he wants to explore. However, the director is not willing to share any details about the same. "I have few ideas in my mind, but right now nothing is concrete. I have registered few titles like 'Bharat Bandh', 'Calendar Girl', 'Money Politics'. The titles just intrigued me, so I registered. I had a title 'Jai Ho', which I gave to Sohail Khan for his next film with Salman Khan. These are typical Madhur Bhandarkar kind of films. I may make a film or not on such titles... not sure yet," he said. Madhur reveals a lot of people from the industry were upset with him for making 'Heroine'. NEwS DESk
sPorTs Thursday, 19 september, 2013
miSbah-ul-haQ getS bacKing FRom pcb inteRim chieF najam Sethi
LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) interim chief Najam Sethi backed Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq after former stars demanded his sacking in the wake of the embarrassing Test defeat against Zimbabwe. Pakistan were beaten by 24 runs in the second Test in Harare last week — their first loss at the hands of the cricketing minnows for 15 years — which left the two-match series tied 1-1. The visitors also lost a one-dayer but went on to win the three-match series 2-1. The losses prompted calls from former players to replace Misbah, 39, often faulted for his defensive approach and for his age. But the Sethi defended the captain. "I am satisfied with Misbah's captaincy," Sethi told reporters. "There has been no decision to change the team's captain." Sethi also played down the outcome of the tour. "If results are not up to the expectations then no earthquake has come," said Sethi, who was appointed interim chairman in July. His nomination came two months after Islamabad's High Court suspended Zaka Ashraf following complaints about his election as PCB chairman. The court however told Sethi not to make major decisions until a fresh PCB election in October this year, a restriction which meant he could not make team changes. "I have no powers and I wish the court gives a judgment on this," said Sethi, referring to the PCB's pending appeal against the court ruling. Sethi also said he was ready to revive full cricketing ties with arch-rival India, which have been largely stalled since the attacks on Mumbai in 2008. Pakistan played a limited-overs series in India in December-January. But prospects for stronger cricketing ties hinge on the political relationship, which is strained after deadly clashes in the disputed Kashmir region. "We wish to revive ties and for that I am ready to go to India and the ties will help us financially and politically," Sethi said. "Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given me a mandate to work for the revival of cricket between the two countries and he himself wants the countries to play each other." STAFF REPORT
gReenS cRuSh WhiteS in FRiendly match LAHORE: A friendly match was Was Played between Model Town Greens Cricket Academy V/s Model Town White Cricket Club, which Model Town Whites Cricket Club won the match by the loss of 1 wicket Model Town Greens Cricket Academy Batting First, given the target of 227 runs Ismail Khan 95 not out, Waris Khan73 and Rohail Ali36/2 and Aqib 40/1 Model Town Whites Cricket Club achieve the target by the loss of 1 wickets Saad 69, Naveed 22 and Waris Khan 17/2 Adnan Zafar 33/2 Bilal Dar 5/1. STAFF REPORT
Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world. — Babe Ruth
SunRiSeRS pRogReSS, faisalabaD knockeD out MOHALI
HIKHAR Dhawan continued his blazing form as he lead Sunrisers Hyderabad to the main round of Champions League T20 as they crushed Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves by seven wickets in their second qualifying round match. Indian cricket's latest batting sensation's love affair with Mohali continued as he smashed 59 off 50 balls to help Sunrisers cruise to the modest victory target of 128 in only 17.3 overs. Champions League T20: Sunrisers Hyderabad v/s Faisalabad Wolves: Match Updates Dhawan hit six fours and a six during his match-winning knock. With back to back victories, Sunrisers Hyderabad joined New Zealand's Otago Volts in the main draw while Faisalabad Wolves and Kandurata Maroons of Sri Lanka bowed out of the tournament. The last of the double headers in the qualifying round has thus been rendered inconsequential Dhawan, who has been in dream form, repeatedly pierced the off-side cordon starting with a cracking square cut. He also hit a frontfoot cover drive off pacer Samiullah Khan and a backfoot punch off Saeed Ajmal. A flurry of boundaries from Dhawan and ably complemented by Parthiv Patel (23) helped the Sunrisers to kill the competition by the end of Powerplay. It looked as if Dhawan started from where he left during his knock of 71 against Kandurata Maroons. At the end of six overs, Sunrisers were 51 for no loss and the match was all about the two openers matching each other stroke for stroke. A lot was expected off Ajmal but he looked out of sync and both the openers didn't have any problems in negotiating his bowling.
FAISALABAD wOLVES Ammar Mahmood c Mishra b Sammy 31 Ali waqas c Ashish Reddy b Mishra 16 Asif Ali lbw b kV Sharma 0 Misbah-ul-Haq* not out 56 Imran khalid c Perera b I Sharma 2 4 khurram Shehzad b Perera Mohammad Salman† not out 3 15 EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 6, w 4, nb 1) 127 TOTAL: (5 wickets; 20 overs) DID NOT BAT: Ehsan Adil, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali, Samiullah khan FALL OF wICkETS: 1-48 (Ali waqas, 7.2 ov), 2-50 (Asif Ali, 8.3 ov), 3-69 (Ammar Mahmood, 12.4 ov), 4-92 (Imran khalid, 15.1 ov), 5-101 (khurram Shehzad, 17.2 ov) Bowling: Dw Steyn 4-0-20-0,I Sharma 4-0-26-1,NLTC Perera 40-33-1,A Mishra 4-1-13-1,kV Sharma 2-0-11-1,DJG Sammy 2-0-14-1 SUNRISERS HyDERABAD 23 PA Patel† c khurram Shehzad b Ehsan Adil 59 S Dhawan* b Imran khalid JP Duminy not out 20 BB Samantray lbw b Imran khalid 0 DJG Sammy not out 14 EXTRAS: (lb 6, w 8, nb 1) 15 131 TOTAL: (3 wickets; 17.3 overs) DID NOT BAT NLTC Perera, A Ashish Reddy, kV Sharma, A Mishra, Dw Steyn, I Sharma FALL OF wICkETS 1-68 (Patel, 8.5 ov), 2-112 (Dhawan, 14.4 ov), 3-112 (Samantray, 14.6 ov) BOwLING: Samiullah khan 4-0-36-0,Asad Ali 3.3-0-270,Saeed Ajmal 4-0-25-0,Ehsan Adil 3-0-14-1,khurram Shehzad 1-0-9-0,Imran khalid 2-0-14-2 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Sunrisers Hyderabad, who chose to field POINTS Sunrisers Hyderabad 4, Faisalabad wolves 0 PLAyER OF THE MATCH A Mishra (Sunrisers Hyderabad) UMPIRES Rk Illingworth (England) and PR Reiffel (Australia) TV UMPIRE VA kulkarni Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Finally Wolves got a breakthrough when Patel couldn't execute a pull-shot perfectly off pacer Ehsan Adil's bowling. The delivery was short but Parthiv's pull went straight into the hands of Khurram Manzoor at mid-wicket. The opening pair put on 69 runs for the first wicket. But Dhawan didn't face too many problems as he completed his second successive half-century by stepping out to left-arm spinner Imran Khalid and dispatching him to the deep mid-wicket boundary. As if to celebrate the feat, Dhawan stepped out yet again to hit a six off the very next ball.
Khalid had the last laugh as a fast low delivery beat Dhawan to rattle the stumps. However the match as a contest was over by then. Earlier, a disciplined effort from Sunrisers bowlers saw them restrict the Wolves to a modest 127 for five in the stipulated 20 overs after being put into bat by Dhawan. Skipper Misbah ul-Haq again topscored for his side with an unbeaten knock of 56 off 40 balls. He hit a four and five sixes in the process. India leg-spinner Amit Mishra was easily the best bowler on view with economical figures of one for 13 from
four overs. He bowled as many as 17 dot balls in his 24 legal deliveries. Skipper Misbah did hit a few big sixes -- the first off leggie Karan over deep midwicket while the next big hit came off Mishra over long-on. The third six was off Sammy's bowling hit in the same region. The fourth was another hit over long-on which Sammy despite a huge leap failed to latch on to. The fifth six -- one where he whipped Perera over deep fine leg brought about his half-century. But lack of support from other batsmen meant that Wolves were short of par score on a batting friendly track.
Ten doeschate stars as otago make it two in two MOHALI AGENCIES
Ryan ten Doeschate's bruising 64 from 32 broke the back of a mediocre Kandurata Maroons total, and all but secured Otago Volts' place in the Champions League proper, while very nearly damning their opponents to the opposite fate. The match had been set up again by the discipline of the Otago's fast men, who kept Kandurata down to 154 for 9, despite the best efforts of Upul Tharanga, who hit 76 from 56. Ten Doeschate had not played the first match of the qualifiers, having not been released in time from Essex to come to India. The match was finely poised at 45 for 2, when he arrived at the crease, but within three overs, he had injected Volt's innings with the adrenaline that would not abate until the finish. Kandurata's spinners had prospered in the first ten overs, but legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi could extract little turn from the surface, and it was off his first three balls that the match pivoted. Ten Doeschate charged the first, striking it long and straight, before hanging back to wallop his second six, over mid on this time. The third six was swept flatter and squarer, and after that 20-run over, Otago needed only play sensibly to achieve the target. A short period of consolidation followed that burst, but the boundaries began again in earnest in the 15th over, with James Neesham joining in. A square boundary off Nuwan Kulasekara's third over gave ten Doeschate his fifty off 26 balls, and when he had departed after another lucrative over, Otago needed only 9 from 17 balls. Neesham needed only five of those.
In Kandurata's innings, Tharanga was starved of his early penchant for offside boundaries by a shrewd Otago strategy that prevented the kind of start he had achieved in their first match. McCullum placed a cover sweeper almost from the outset, and had his pace bowlers pitch it full and wide. If Tharanga flashed at the ball, he brought the two slips and catching infielders into play. If he played it along the ground, he would not muster enough power into the stroke to earn more than two. Kandurata hit only 25 in the Powerplay as a result, and it wasn't until Nathan McCullum's offspin was introduced that Tharanga's innings finally gained traction. Two balls disappeared long and straight during the eighth over, and Tharanga exacted as heavy a toll in McCullum's next over, which also went for 15. While he propelled the innings though, Otago made regular gains at the other end. Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne had both hit fifties in the first match, but were dismissed cheaply here, as short spells from Nick Beard and ten Doeschate crimped the scoring rate. Having been 132 for 4 after 17 overs, Kandurata might have felt they should have surged beyond 160, but a fine 18th over from Ian Butler, from which three wickets were gleaned, left Kandurata at a sub-par total. Butler finished with the best figures for the Volts, earning 3 for 21, with James McMillan having taken 1 for 17 from his three overs. This was Otago's 12th consecutive T20 win, joint as the third longest streak in the format and, more importantly, leaves them on the verge of qualifying to the main tournament.
SCOREBOARD kANDURATA MAROONS wU Tharanga c BB McCullum b Butler 76 DSNFG Jayasuriya b McMillan 13 kC Sangakkara† c ten Doeschate b Neesham 13 LHD Dilhara c Rutherford b ten Doeschate 15 HDRL Thirimanne* c BB McCullum b ten Doeschate 6 LPC Silva lbw b Butler 6 kS Lokuarachchi b Butler 0 kMDN kulasekara b wagner 14 SHT kandamby run out (wagner) 5 S Randiv not out 1 BAw Mendis not out 0 EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 2, w 2) 5 TOTAL: (9 wickets; 20 overs) 154 FALL OF wICkETS: 1-25 (Jayasuriya, 5.6 ov), 2-52 (Sangakkara, 8.3 ov), 3-99 (Dilhara, 12.4 ov), 4-112 (Thirimanne, 14.6 ov), 5-134 (Tharanga, 17.3 ov), 6-134 (Lokuarachchi, 17.4 ov), 7-135 (Silva, 17.6 ov), 8-146 (kandamby, 19.1 ov), 9-154 (kulasekara, 19.5 ov) BOwLING: IG Butler 4-0-21-3,JM McMillan 3-0-17-1,N wagner 4-0-28-1,NL McCullum 2-0-30-0,JDS Neesham 4-0-39-1,RN ten Doeschate 2-0-9-2,NB Beard 1-0-7-0
OTAGO NT Broom c kandamby b Dilhara 25 HD Rutherford c Dilhara b Randiv 20 BB McCullum* st †Sangakkara b Dilhara 8 RN ten Doeschate c kulasekara b Dilhara 64 JDS Neesham not out 32 NL McCullum not out 0 EXTRAS: (b 3, lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 8 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 18 overs) 157 DID NOT BAT: DC de Boorder†, IG Butler, N wagner, NB Beard, JM McMillan FALL OF wICkETS: 1-31 (Rutherford, 3.6 ov), 2-45 (BB McCullum, 7.4 ov), 3-89 (Broom, 12.1 ov), 4-146 (ten Doeschate, 17.1 ov) BOwLING: kMDN kulasekara 3-0-31-0,S Randiv 4-0-36-1,BAw Mendis 4-0-26-0,LHD Dilhara 4-0-20-3,kS Lokuarachchi 2-024-0,DSNFG Jayasuriya 1-0-15-0 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Otago, who chose to field POINTS Otago 4, kandurata Maroons 0 PLAyER OF THE MATCH RN ten Doeschate (Otago) UMPIRES VA kulkarni and PR Reiffel (Australia)
Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. — Joseph Chilton Pearce
sPorTs Thursday, 19 september, 2013
icc agReeS on dRS top-up aFteR 80 oveRS in each teSt inningS
LAHORE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday revealed the outcome of discussions on various issues during its Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai from September 16-17, announcing that the Decision Review System (DRS) referrals will be topped-up by two after 80 overs in an innings of a Test match, starting October 1, 2013. The ICC said in a release on its website, “The CEC reviewed the performance of the Decision Review System (DRS) during the Ashes series and received an update on a technology trial that was conducted during the Old Trafford Test. A paper prepared by Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following their series in England was also discussed.” “The CEC agreed that a Working Group be constituted to consider how the ICC should best use technology in umpire decision-making in the future. The considerations of the group will be wide ranging and include a review of the objectives and philosophies of using technology, the technologies, protocols and procedures as well as the role and training of television umpires,” it added. “It was also agreed that a trial will be conducted whereby a team’s referrals will be topped-up to two reviews after 80 overs of an innings. STAFF REPORT
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phF muSt Still tRy to enter cw games phf ignoreD ioc-backeD poa because it relies heavily on state-run pakistan sports boarD LAHORE
OME people in the hockey community are hoping against hope that Pakistan might still participate in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year if the authorities requested the world hockey bosses and the games management to give some more time. Sources said that after the failure to qualify for the World Cup, skipping the Commonwealth Games would be a big loss. Experts said the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) must try its best to make possible the participation of the Greenshirts as the event would be held next year. If sincere effort was made Pakistan could still enter the games, they said. Pakistan hockey authorities failed to submit their expression of interest for the games due to the conflict between two groups, both claiming to be the legitimate
Pakistan Olympic Association. One is AFTER THE FAILURE TO recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), while the QUALIFY FOR THE WORLD other is backed by the government. CUP, SKIPPING THE It showed no interest in sending an entry to the 2014 Commonwealth COMMONWEALTH GAMES Games. Former Olympian Samiullah WOULD BE A BIG LOSS said that it was the responsibility of the PHF to resolve the issue. He said that the PHF should have contacted the FIH preparation of Pakistan hockey team for directly for the Green-shirts’ participation. the Asian Games 2014. He further said that there was still Samiullah further said that all major hockey playing nations, including time and if the PHF really wanted to Australia and New Zealand, participate in serve hockey it should try to participate Another Olympian the tournament and it would be the best in the games.
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Afridi, who led Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2011, is said to be a top candidate to get the captaincy again of the ODI side for the forthcoming series against South Africa in the UAE after insiders hinted that the PCB had decided to relieve Misbah-ulHaq of the duties. Afridi said that after having played 17 years for the country he always considered it as a big honour to captain the national team. "I think the position we are facing right now is that all the senior players
need to contribute more and play a more decisive role in the South Africa series," he said. The all-rounder was removed as captain of the Twenty20 and ODI teams in 2011 after differences with PCB and has since then not been given a chance to lead the national side again. "In principle it has been decided that since there is little time before the South Africa series and the Test matches are to be played before the limited over games, Misbah and Dav Whatmore will continue as captain and head coach for the Tests but Afridi will be brought in as ODI captain while Mohammad Hafeez will continue to lead the T20 outfit," one source said. Pakistan is due to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 games against South Africa from mid-October. The source said that the selectors, who have been given a one month extension by the PCB, had met with the caretaker chairman of the board Najam Sethi on Tuesday in Lahore in which the South Africa series was discussed. "Basically the selectors agreed that Misbah should be given one final chance in Tests against South Africa but it was necessary to introduce a fresh approach to the ODI outfit and Afridi's name for the captaincy came under discussion," he said.
DaV whatMore faCes angry pakistani fans on return froM ZiMBaBwe LAHORE: Pakistan's head coach Dav Whatmore and cricketers faced the heat for the first time for the national team's disappointing performance in Zimbabwe when they returned home. In an unusual happening a few hundred angry cricket fans gathered outside the Lahore airport terminal and as soon as the players and coach came out they were booed. Some of the angry cricket fans were also carrying banners demanding the captain and coach to step down for the team's defeats in the ODI and Test match in Zimbabwe. Not surprisingly the players and coach hastened out of the terminal and were whisked away in waiting cars by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials without any interaction with the waiting media. "We wanted to express our disappointment because even after losing a Test to a weak team like Zimbabwe we see no remorse from the captain, coach, manager or players," one of the protesters told a television channel. STAFF REPORT
inDia-pakistan CriCket series wiLL iMproVe reLations former captain zaheer abbas feels restoration of bilateral cricket ties with inDia woulD prove to be beneficial for pakistan as presently inDia is in a stronger position in worlD cricket LAHORE STAFF REPORT
"I have always said that regular Indo-Pak cricket relations and ties also lead to improved relations at people to people and government levels," Abbas said. The former batting great, who has held key positions in Pakistan cricket, said he was happy to see Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif taking steps to encourage regular cricketing and sporting ties between the two nations. "At the moment the Indian
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afridi ready to captain pakistan again senior all-rounDer shahiD afriDi has once again expresseD his interest in captaining the pakistan cricket team
TOKYO: Badminton’s world number one, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, said Tuesday he has been selective about his competition schedule despite worries at home that he has been playing too much. “Indeed, I have been playing in so many tournaments,” the 30-year-old said in Tokyo on the eve of the $200,000 Japan Open, the eighth leg in the 12-round World Superseries. “But I have adjusted the number of tournaments I play,” he said through an interpreter, noting that he skipped the last Superseries event, the $250,000 China Masters in Changzhou last week. AGENCIES
mentioned that those presenting lame excuses of POA dispute were themselves to be blamed for Pakistan’s expulsion from the Commonwealth Games. They were themselves contesting the POA election and were now pretending to be innocent, he said. The PHF secretary Rana Mujahid could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Pakistan finished a poor sixth in the last Commonwealth Games held in India and their best-ever finish was a silver medal in the 2006 Games in Melbourne. POA President Arif Hasan on Tuesday said that elimination of Pakistan hockey team from the Commonwealth Games was a big setback for the national sport. “We provided every opportunity to the PHF to send the entry before the deadline but they didn’t pay any heed,” Arif said. PHF officials, who are playing a big role in the parallel POA body, showed no interest in sending an entry because they had to send it through Arif-led POA.
team is better than us and there is no doubt about it. If we play against India regularly it will benefit our players," he observed. Abbas said that the situation had changed over the years in international cricket and in Indo-Pak relations. "What is sad is that there have been instances in the past when India and Pakistan have not played each other for years after one or two series evven though Indo-Pak contests generate so much interest and revenues for the Boards and players," he said. The former skipper said that at the moment India is the hub of international
cricket. "The money is there. India has a big market for cricket and it is good to hear that Pakistan Cricket Board officials have held meetings with Indian Board (BCCI) officials," he said. But Abbas advised the PCB to also reap benefits from any future matches with India. "We should ensure that any understanding or agreement with the BCCI is also beneficial to us and it should not be like last December when we went to play in India and didn't get a single penny from it," he said. The former batsman also called on the PCB to appoint a batting coach for the national team as soon as possible and said in his opinion Javed Miandad should be the first choice for the job. "There is a definite need to have a batting coach with the current lot of players who really need to lay more stress on their game and apply themselves. The way we played on the recent tour of Zimbabwe our quality just didn't come through. It was
disappointing to lose a Test to a weak team," Abbas said. He also advised Misbah-ul-Haq to work on his captaincy and approach. "Our captains need to bring about the qualities that Imran Khan had. They need to be bold and set examples for other players. It is a captain's job to encourage young players and motivate other seniors," he said. "In our days we didn't have specialist coaches but we learnt from each other even though there I loved was professional playing against jealousy in the team. But in the India but end every unfortunately in player was trying to prove my career I got to with his play just a few performances that he is better than Test series others."
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. — Bobby Unser
Thursday, 19 september, 2013
Ronaldo ScoReS hat-tRicK, punishes galatasaray ronalDo celebrateD the signing of his new contract with maDriD in stunning fashion with his 23rD career hat-trick as the spanish giants hammereD galatasaray 6-1. ISTANBUL
HE Turkish champions had beaten Madrid on their visit to Istanbul in last season's quarterfinals and started the brighter of the two sides with Felipe Melo seeing a trio of efforts saved. However, the Spanish giants were rarely troubled after Isco had fired them into the lead 12 minutes before half-time as they cruised to victory in the second half thanks to two goals from Karim Benzema and three from Ronaldo. Umut Bulut's late strike was the
only consolation for the hosts. "We couldn't have started better. To start in this manner gives us a lot of confidence," Ronaldo told Spanish TVE afterwards. "We did our job against a very complicated opponent. Despite the result it was a difficult game. " Real boss Carlo Ancelotti made Gareth Bale wait to make his European debut with the nine-time winners as he started on the bench before coming on for the final half-hour. However, it wasn't a happy evening for captain Iker Casillas as he had to be withdrawn just 15 minutes into his first appearance for the club in eight months due to a rib injury. The Spanish In the international collided with ﬁrst few teammate Sergio Ramos after just 60 seconds as minutes they had good save," said he collected a routine their best chances. Ancelotti. "I have cross into the area and, spoken with him despite making one After our ﬁrst and he is not too flying save from Melo, goal we controlled worried so we hope was in some it is just a knock and discomfort as he came the game and he will be fine in a few off to be replaced by played well days." Diego Lopez. "He has been The game was turned unlucky because the got a decisively in Madrid's favour knock from Ramos. He showed in when Isco controlled Angel di Maria's the few minutes he was on the field he is in good condition and he made a very pass wonderfully before dispatching the
Man City start CL CaMpaign strongLy PILSEN: Three goals within ten second-half minutes handed Manchester City an easy 3-0 Champions League win over Czech title-holders Viktoria Pilsen in their opening Group D fixture here on Tuesday. Five minutes later, yaya Toure sent a superb curling shot from outside the box into the top corner of Kozacik's goal. Another five minutes passed and Aguero, a constant threat for the injury-plagued Pilsen defence, made it 3-0 with a low leftfooted strike. "It's very important to start the Champions League winning away," said City's Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini, who took charge before this season. "Winning away in the Champions League and scoring three goals, having at least three or four more clear chances to score and having a clean sheet again, that would give a lot of confidence to the players for the next games," he added. Dzeko said he hoped this result will allow City to find their true form in Europe. "The first half was tricky. We had chances to score then I scored in the second half and after that it was easier for us," he said. "I hope we'll see the real Manchester City because the last two years were disappointing for the fans and the club," he told Sky Sports. "The target is going into the second round but we know it's always difficult." Big-spending City, sitting fourth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, have never made it to the Champions League knockout phase in their two appearances to date. But they started this year's mission in style. Jesus Navas produced the first shot on goal in the seventh minute, tipped over the crossbar by a diving Kozacik. The Slovak keeper also stopped a Dzeko header from close range and then a low shot by Aguero just before halftime. Aguero beat Kozacik in the 26th minute, but his low shot hit the post and the keeper then stopped a powerful follow-up from Aleksandar Kolarov. It was the first time Pilsen had played a Champions League game in their home city, famous for its Pilsner beer, after being exiled to Prague for the 2011/2012 edition as their stadium had failed to meet UEFA requirements. AGENCIES
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ball into the net via the inside of the post just after the half hour mark, but Ancelotti admitted his side hadn't been at their best in the opening period. "The result makes the game look easy but it was anything but in the first-half. We had a lot of problems and had to survive a lot of pressure. "After the first goal by Isco it is true that things became easier, we were abe to use the counter-attack more and when Cristiano and Benzema have space they are very dangerous." Galatasaray should have levelled early in the second period when Burak Yilmaz somehow headed wide from Nourredine Amrabat's cross. However, within minutes the floodgates had opened as Di Maria slid in Benzema to slot home his third goal of the season. Ronaldo was the competition's top scorer last season with 12 and he finally got in on the act with two goals in little over three minutes just after the hour mark. The Portuguese fired high into the net from point-blank range from Isco's headed cut-back and then volleyed home after Fernando Muslera could only parry Sergio Ramos' header from Bale's free-kick. Ronaldo also played a key role in Madrid's fifth as he squared for Benzema to tap home his second of the evening from close range before Bulut restored some pride for the hosts with a deft finish of his own from Amrabat's cross. And, fittingly, it was Ronaldo who was to have the final say with an incredible individual effort in stoppage time as he weaved past three Galatasaray defenders before smashing the ball high past the helpless Muslera.
LAHORE: The 5th Syed Manzoor Hussain Memorial Golf tournament for senior golf professionls was held at the par 72, Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course yesterday.This championship was sponsored and arranged by his son Syed Shaghil Hussian,who came all the way from United States to be a part of the event,in memory of his late father who played golf for over fifty years. Participants in the golf competition included past golf professional champions like Ghulam Nabi,who dominated our golf scene in the eighties and nineties,Akbar Ali,a champion of seventies,M.Shafiq,former national champion and some known names like Manzoor Ahmed who has coached many notable police officials ,M.Ilyas and the two brothers,Akhter Ali and Asghar Ali. As for the competition itself M.Iqbal,the skiniest amongst the senior golf professionals showed his class and dominance by consistently producing shots of excellence during the competition and in the process compiling pars on 17 holes.His gross score of 73,helped him to prevail over his seasoned opponents and he earned a good amount that was allied to the first position.Others who did well are Iftikhar Ahmed(runners up) with a gross score of 75,followed by three others,Manzoor Ahmed,Asghar Ali and Akbar Ali who recorded similar score of gross 76.Some more good scores were produced by Hafeez Masih,Shaukat Ali and M.Shafiq. At the conclusion of the Syed Manzoor Hussian Memorial Golf Competition,the prizes were awarded to the winners by Syed Shagil Hussain,in a ceremony attended by Aameen Taqi Butt,Mian Waheed(former MNA),M.Iftikhar,Addional IG,Col Mazhar and golf professionals. STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Prize winners of Syed Manzoor Hussian Memorial Golf competition with Syed Shaghil Hussain. STAFF PHOTO
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In their first game back in the elite group of world tennis since 2008, Leon Smith's team will travel to across the pond in February. Andy Murray won both his singles and the doubles with Colin Fleming as the British defeated Croatia 4-1 in Umag last weekend. It will be the first time the two
countries have been drawn against each other since 1999, when the United States won 3-2, in a rivalry which began back in 1900 between the two nations. The Americans have featured in the World Group first round every year since 1989 and lost out to finalists Serbia in the quarter-finals this year. Jim Courier is likely to call upon the likes of John Isner, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison and the best doubles team in the world, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike. Should Britain get through, they will take on fourth seeds Argentina or Italy in the quarter-finals. Elsewhere in the draw Britain defending champions will take on and top seeds Czech were fourth seeds Republic drawn to host the Argentina or Netherlands while their final opponents Italy in the in November, Serbia, who are seeded quartersecond, will take on ﬁnals. Switzerland in a clash that offers the prospect of world No 1 Novak Djokovic against multiple grand-slam winner Roger Federer.
JereMy CharDy Crashes out in the first rounD LONDON: Chardy was the seventh seed at the event in Metz, but was convincingly beaten 6-3 7-6 (7/5) by the world number 239. His compatriot Edouard RogerVasselin fared better and, after thrashing Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-0 6-2, will now face another Frenchman, and top seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round. Two more home players progressed on Tuesday with Paul-Henri Mathieu coming through a last set tie-break to beat Holland's Igor Sijsling and Kenny De Schepper overcoming another Dutchman, Jesse Huta Galung, in straight sets. Eighth seed Florian Mayer of Germany was another to advance in straights as he saw off Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the loss of just five games. Elsewhere, Slovakia's Lukas Lacko beat Michael Berrer in three sets, while Tobias Kamke proved too strong for Marc Giquel. AGENCIES
home hope Jeremy chardy made an early exit at the Moselle open as he slipped to a surprise straight sets defeat against Marton Fucsovics of hungary
Thursday, 19 september, 2013
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