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AkISTAN and Afghanistan agreed on Thursday to resume regular talks on Afghanistan’s peace process, with Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf promising to help arrange meetings between Afghan and Taliban representatives. Following day-long talks in kabul, also involving Britain’s visiting Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Ashraf and Afghan President Hamid karzai said they had agreed to resume meetings of the two-track Peace Commission. The commission, which drew together political and military leaders from both neighbors, was suspended last year following the assassination of former Afghan president and peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani. Afghan officials accused Pakistani intelligence of being involved in the killing. “Pakistan is playing the role of facilitator ... If Pakistan can facilitate in any manner, we will do it,” Ashraf told reporters at karzai’s garden palace in kabul. “Let me assure you that Pakistan does not support any terrorists. It is not in our interest and we cannot afford it,” he said. Both leaders said Rabbani’s son Salahuddin Rabbani who replaced his father as head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, the body tasked with reaching out to the Taliban - would travel to Pakistan for talks soon. It would be his first visit since his appointment in April.“The peace process is the most important of pursuits for Afghanistan. It remains the highest priority,” Afghan President karzai said. British Prime Minister Cameron, who signed a deal with karzai to fund a new Afghan military academy dubbed “Sandhurst in the sand” following a visit to British troops in south-west Helmand province, said the Taliban could not wait out NATO. He also urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to join forces in the fight against insurgents in both countries, warning they must be “together in one single fight.” “The terrorists that are trying to wreck Afghanistan are by and large the same terrorists that are trying to wreck Pakistan. This is one fight that we all need to be

KABUL: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron shake hands before a meeting at the Presidential Palace on Thursday. afp engaged in,” Cameron said. Cameron warned the Taliban at a joint news conference with karzai earlier that the international community would continue to support the Afghan government after NATO troops pull out in 2014. “I think this sends a very clear message to

the Taliban, that you cannot wait this out until foreign forces leave in 2014, because we will be firm friends and supporters of Afghanistan long beyond then. So now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan.” karzai said the peace process was “the

most important goal that we pursue”, adding that Thursday’s talks were “to see how we could intensify the Pakistan role in the Afghan peace process”.Prime Minister Ashraf later met leaders of Afghan National Front and talked about issues relating to bilateral relations and

Parliament is supreme, says President Zardari KARACHI APP

President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said since parliament was elected by sovereign people of Pakistan and it was the voice of the masses, it had every right to continue legislating on all issues of public concern and welfare of the people. Addressing a gathering of ministers, senators, MNAs, MPAs and divisional and district office-bearers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House, he said it was the duty of everyone

to accord parliament every respect it was entitled to having been elected by the sovereign people of Pakistan. The president said being the real representatives of the people, the parliament reigned supreme in the democratic setup. He said the president was part of parliament under the constitution and he interacted and met parliamentarians, as parliamentarians were his constituents. He said that no law barred the president meeting his constituents. The president said that for the stability and smoothness of the system, it was necessary that every state institution respected the mandate of other institutions. Zardari said the Pakistan People’s Party had pursued politics of reconciliation and had always been taking along other political forces.

He said the PPP was not new to conspiracies of anti-democratic forces and was fighting them for last four decades. He said that the party, throughout its history, had successfully survived all sorts of propaganda and no conspiracies or propaganda could weaken or deter it from pursuing the people-oriented agenda. The president said those who wanted to restrict political forces would not succeed. He said that he had asked the Sindh chief minister to create more employment opportunities in the province on an urgent basis, as the people were asking for jobs. The president also advised ministers, legislators and officebearers of the PPP to maintain contact with the people and help address their issues.

peace and stability in Afghanistan. The Afghan National Front is an alliance of opposition parties in Afghanistan and is headed by brother of Ahmed Shah Masood, Ahmed Zia Masood. Ashraf said Pakistan was playing a prominent role for stabilizing Afghanistan.

US House slashes $650m military aid for Pakistan WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has voted to cut $ 650 million in military aid to Pakistan in the next fiscal year’s budget, beginning October 1, 2012. The legislative step is part of a whopping $608 billion American defense appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2013 and will have to be approved by Senate for it to become effective. The Capitol Hill move, coming weeks after a relative improvement in bilateral ties after the reopening of Pakistani supply routes, reflects the complexity of the relationship and House lawmakers’ mood. The issue was raised at the State Department briefing Thursday, where a spokesman said that since the legislative process was ongoing, he would not have any particular reaction to it. The spokesman said the Administration continues to consult Congress in general but had no specific comment on the particular legislative process. “We, obviously, continue to support our Pakistani counterparts in key areas like counterterrorism,” Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said, when asked about the Obama Administration’s position on the issue. The amendment to slash aid was proposed by Congressman Ted Poe, a Republican and was passed on the floor in a voice vote. Initially, Poe had proposed to cut down the US aid by $1.3 billion, but he withdrew that amendment and agreed upon half the amount. “Pakistan seems to be the Benedict Arnold nation in the list of countries that we call allies,” Congressman Poe alleged. Special correSpondent


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India, Pakistan take up modalities for cross-LoC CBMs ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT

Pakistan and India on Thursday held talks on kashmir-related confidence building measures (CBMs) with a focus on modalities to strengthen the existing trade and travel arrangements across the Line of Control (LoC). “In pursuance of the decision taken at the foreign secretary-level talks on July 4-5, 2012, a meeting of Pakistan-India Joint Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs was held in Islamabad on Thursday,” said a Foreign Office statement. The Pakistani delegation was headed by Zehra Akbari, director general (South Asia) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Indian side was led by Yk Sinha, joint secretary (PAI) Ministry of External Affairs.

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H E Supreme Court on Thursday called for no further action at the present stage into alleged money laundering case against Moonis Elahi in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam after an investigation report submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) could not establish any criminal proceeds

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Ex-militant among two found dead in Peshawar PESHAWAR STAff REPORT

Bullet-ridden bodies of two Afghan nationals, including a militant commander, were recovered from a graveyard in Tehkal Bala area of Peshawar on Thursday. Both bodies were packed in a gunny bag and the recovery is the first ever incident of the kind in Peshawar and khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Per details, dwellers of Tehkal Bala early on Thursday sighted two bags in the graveyard and informed police. University Town police took custody of the bodies and moved them to the police station, where they were identified as Afghan nationals associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. One of the dead was identified as Qari Haider Gul, while the second was yet to be named. Belonging to kot district of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Gul was living in Shah kaas area of Jamrud since long.

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The British police on Thursday charged four people, including a woman, for traveling to Pakistan for terror training, following their arrest in operations carried out earlier this month. Metropolitan Police charged three men from London with preparing for acts of terrorism and one woman with possession of a document likely to be of use to a terrorist. All four were produced at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The accused were identified as Richard Dart, 29, Imran Mahmood, 21, Jehangir Alam, 26, and 22-year-old Rukhsana Begum. The three men are accused of traveling to Pakistan for training in terrorism and then to commit acts of terrorism abroad. With the Olympic Games due to start in London on July 27, Britain’s security threat level is currently set at “substantial”, meaning officials believe there is a strong possibility of a terror attack.

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into his bank accounts. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry dictated its order after FIA Director Legal Azam khan presented a report furnished by the investigation team. However, the court directed him to submit a comprehensive report over the recovery of Rs 420 million from Mohsin Warraich. The bench resumed hearing of a suo motu case regarding embezzlement of billion of rupees in NICL. During the course of the proceedings, khan apprised the bench that the investigation team probing the money laundering allegations, could not establish anything illegal with Moonis’ two accounts, one in Pakistan and the other in United kingdom. He apprised the bench that Moonis had about ₤1.1 million in the Uk account whereas 90 million remittances took place through the PFG bank in the Uk. He also read out the contents of the report regarding correspondence with the Serious Organised Crimes Agency (SOCA) in the Uk and Interpol. The chief justice observed that the FIA should exercise extra care

Striking down contempt law will worsen crisis: AG ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir on Thursday said the judiciary was not above the law and constitution of Pakistan, adding that striking down the newly-enacted Contempt of Court Law 2012 would bring crisis in the country. Talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court, Qadir said parliament would consider the recommendations of the SC pertaining to the contempt law 2012, adding that no contempt of court law was present in the country before the newly-enacted law. “The SC may give some good recommendations pertaining to Contempt of Court Law 2012, but parliament is not bound to

implement the court’s recommendations, however, it may consider them,” Qadir said. He said dignity of the court did not increase by contempt of court litigations, though but wrong judgments by the court did fracture its dignity. Highlighting the jurisdiction of the apex judiciary, Qadir said the judiciary was not above the law and the court verdict would not be implemented if it were against the law and constitution of Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court served contempt notices on Cabinet Division and NAB in contempt case regarding former OGRA chairman. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the contempt case against former OGRA chairman Tauqeer Sadiq.

while proceeding in such like cases as the people had their private businesses and they could not go into it. He said by backing out of its stance before the SOCA for want of evidence, the FIA had caused damage to Moonis. About foreign remittances, he remarked that such transactions could not be questioned rather it should be encouraged to strengthen the country’s economy and referred to the Economic Reforms Act of 1998. While on recovery of Rs 420 million from Mohsin Warraich, khan said under an agreement between the NICL and Akram Warraich, Mohsin’s uncle, property worth the amount was mortgaged under five years term but the NICL refused to accept it in the trial court. The NICL wanted payment in cash and Akram paid cheques but the first one bounced upon which the FIR was lodged on June 20, he added. To a bench’s query, he replied that the agreement was not in accordance with laws. Expressing his displeasure, the chief justice questioned as to why the progress in the case was lingering on? He asked FIA Lahore Director Waqar Haider as to why he was not taking any action for recovery of the amount when there was no agreement between parties as pointed out by Azam khan. “Our interest should be that each and every penny of this amount is recovered as it belonged to the public and the country,” he added.

About cooperation from NAB over the issue, Azam said that they constantly continued correspondence with the Bureau. About extradition of Mohsin Warraich, the FIA officer told that he was still an absconder. The FIA had issued Red Warrants but the government of Pakistan had no extradition treaty with the Uk. The chief justice told him that by cancelling his passport, he would be automatically deported to Pakistan. Justice Jawwad S khawaja remarked that the efforts required for bringing Mohsin back were not made and questioned as to why the accused person was accommodated so much which was a matter of concern for them. The chief justice observed that the 803 kanals of land had not been mortgaged and reminded the FIA officials that by showering undue favours upon someone, they did bring harm unto themselves. Owais Ahmed, counsel for Mohsin Warraich, appeared and apprised the bench that he had talked to his client and he was willing to return back. The CJP told him that Warraich should surrender before law of the country and first return the amount. The bench also repeated notices to Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, former Establishment Division secretary and others in contempt issue regarding transfer of former additional director Zafar Ahmed Qureshi and adjourned hearing for three weeks.

Faha to take legal action against Facebook LONDON: Faha Makhdoom, the wife of tennis star Aisam-ulHaq, reportedly launched a legal action against social networking site Facebook after it failed to close a fake account that had been used to spread false news on her behalf. According to a private TV channel, Faha decided to contact her lawyers after a fake account published malicious rumours about the celebrity couple. Quoting Faha’s father, Dr Akmal Makhdoom, the report said that false accusations regarding the Qureshi family were being spread in Faha’s name on the said page. “Various fake accounts on her name were created as soon as she and Aisam got engaged. Faha personally approached Facebook several times to take action against these accounts but no notice was taken,” he said. “This site is being used to abuse our families and is causing distress to us all, especially our daughter.” Last week, Pakistani media reported that Aisam and his wife Faha had decided to end their marriage seven months after tying the knot on December 17, 2011. It had been reported that Aisam had sent divorce papers to Faha after the couple failed to develop an understanding. AGENCIES


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wanted economic revolution, adding that he took up revolutionary steps during his last term in power and would go for economic explosion this time round. He said democracy was being dealt a blow through chalking out contempt of court laws, adding that the law was made to hide corruption. “The PPP should not chalk out a law in haste only to protect a handful of people,” he said. “It should sit across a table with us and other parties and prepare a law through collective wisdom”. Commenting on NAB cases, Nawaz said the cases NAB wanted to open had no basis. He said “some people” did not want to see Pakistan progressing and called upon the government allies to part ways with the present regime in view of the manner in which it was dealing with the Supreme Court.

SRINAGAR: Indian police officials arrest Kashmiri senior separatist leader Mushtaqul Islam before he could address a press conference at a hotel on Thursday. afp

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Indian External Affairs Minister SM krishna on Thursday said he would visit Pakistan in the second week of September. Talking to reporters, krishna said his visit would further strengthen bilateral relations, a private news channel reported. The Indian minister added that the relations with Pakistan were improving, which would be improved with he resumption of cricketing ties.

ramadan moon sighted in Saudi Arabia MONItORINg DESK The moon for the holy month of Ramadan was sighted in Saudi Arabia and the kingdom will begin fasting today (Friday), Geo News reported on Thursday. Muslims in the UAE will also begin fasting today as the moon was sighted on Thursday evening, media reports said. However, official announcement from the UAE moon sighting committee was being awaited till the filing of this report. Pakistan’s Central Ruet-eHilal Committee will meet today to sight the Ramadan moon. The Muslims in the Philippines will begin fasting for the holy month of Ramadan from Saturday, after the moon was not sighted.

And now, dr Imran Khan!

HE families of three US citizens killed in drone strikes in Yemen last year – including al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaqi – have filed a civil lawsuit against top US officials. The family members argue that the US government’s killing of the three men “violated fundamental rights afforded to all US citizens, including the right not to be deprived of life without due process of law”. The suit was filed on Wednesday on behalf of Awlaqi and Samir

khan, killed in a drone strike on September 30, 2011, and Awlaqi’s 16-year-old son Abdulrahman, killed in a similar strike two weeks later. The four defendants named in the suit, filed in a US district court in the capital, are Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and two special operations commanders believed to have authorised the strikes. The family members, who joined with the American Civil Liberties Union to file the suit, claim the killing of Awlaqi was unjustified because he posed no imminent threat and because

the United States was not at war with Yemen. The lawsuit cites media reports that khan and the younger Awlaqi were not the intended targets of the strikes that killed them, accusing the US military of having failed to take measures to prevent harm to civilians. The plaintiffs do not specify the amount of compensation they are seeking, saying it should be determined at trial. US President Barack Obama defended the killing of the elder Awlaqi, saying he was actively plotting deadly attacks against Americans as head of exter-

nal operations for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The Yemen-based group is currently believed to be the global network’s most effective and lethal franchise, and Awlaqi — a charismatic preacher fluent in Arabic and English — was seen as a particularly effective global recruiter. US officials believe Awlaqi played a significant role in the attempt to bring down a US airliner over Detroit by an assailant with explosives sewn into his underwear on December 25, 2009. He was also believed to have coordinated the

thwarted 2010 plot to blow up cargo aircraft bound for the United States and had called for attacks against US and Arab governments. In 2010 a US judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Awlaqi’s father Nasser — the main plaintiff in the latest suit — which had sought to block the United States from targeting Awlaqi for assassination. The judge in that case said the targeting of Awlaqi raised a number of thorny legal questions but said the courts were not equipped to make real-time assessments of emerging national security threats.

NEWS DESK Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran khan will get a PhD from a premier physicians’ college in the United kingdom. Tweets from the official account of the PTI and other PTI leaders revealed the conferment of the degree on the cricketerturned-politician from the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

putin condemns attacks on Malaysian prime Muslim clerics in russia minister warns against KAzAN

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The Islamic leader of Russia’s main Muslim region of Tatarstan was wounded on Thursday, and another cleric was killed in rare attacks in an oil-rich republic often praised for its religious tolerance. The Mufti of Tatarstan, Ildus Faizov, was wounded in a car explosion while his former deputy, Valiulla Yakupov, was shot dead in the region’s main city of kazan, hours before Muslims prepared to begin observing Ramadan at sundown. Yakupov, 48, was shot on the porch of his apartment block and succumbed to wounds in his car, while Faizov was wounded when his vehicle exploded in another part of the city, the Investigative Committee informed. A murder case was registered, while the region’s leader linked the attacks to the clerics’ work to promote moderate Islam. Another

Muslim cleric Ravil Gainutdin said that those behind the attacks had intended to place a bomb under the foundation of “peace and order of the entire Russian Federation.” “I have to admit that a wave of violence has come to the Volga region too,” he said. The oil-producing region on the Volga River is touted by authorities as an example of peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Christians, in contrast to the troubled North Caucasus, where the kremlin has fought two wars against separatists in the past twenty years. Russia fears that the radical Islam of North Caucasus, whose rebels are calling for the creation of an Islamic state, could spread to its other historically Muslim regions like Tatarstan. President Putin

condemned the attacks in televised remarks at a meeting with parliament leaders, “This is a serious signal,” he said, “Being aware is not enough. There is a need to understand the situation, analyse it and take timely decisions. Taking into account this tragic event, we can say that no pre-emptive steps had been taken.”

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak hit back on Thursday at reform proponents, saying greater liberalism was a threat to the Muslim-majority country as it faces pivotal upcoming elections. Speaking to more than 10,000 Islamic leaders just days before Ramadan begins, Najib also said he supported human rights but “within the boundaries set by Islam”, in comments quoted by local media. “Pluralism, liberalism? All these ‘isms’ are against Islam and it is compulsory for us to fight these,” Najib said, according to news

portal the Malaysian Insider. Najib must call fresh elections by early next year and his government has come under pressure to reform an electoral system that critics and the political opposition say is biased in the long-ruling party’s favour. An April rally saw tens of thousands pour into the capital kuala Lumpur to demand electoral changes. It ended in chaos after police and protesters clashed openly in the streets of the capital. Police used tear gas and water cannons, and more than 500 people were arrested. The next polls are widely expected to be a close contest after the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition suffered its

worst-ever election showing against a resurgent opposition in 2008. Adopting a reformist mantle to woo back voters lost in 2008, Najib has embarked on a raft of reforms including repeal of the controversial Internal Security Act, which for decades had allowed indefinite detention without trial. He also last week announced plans to repeal the country’s Sedition Act, which has been similarly criticised for being used to curb dissent. But Najib faces a balancing act in that he also must appeal to conservative hardliners and Muslims, some of whom are opposed to an increasingly vocal gay rights movement.


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Six injured in blast targeting security vehicle PESHAWAR STAff REPORT

At least six people were injured and two vehicles were destroyed in a blast on the Peshawar Motorway Interchange on Thursday. The target of the IED blast was a security forces’ vehicle. However, the security forces’ vehicle had passed when the bomb went off, damaging two civilian cars and injuring some of the passengers. A number of passersby were also injured. Per details, unidentified saboteurs planted the explosives in a pressure-cooker and placed it on a cart parked on the roadside. So far police have confirmed injuries to six people. Soon after the explosion, police and volunteers from various organisations started rescue activities. A police official said the target of the terrorist attack was the security forces’ vehicle.

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KARACHI: Real estate tycoon Malik Riaz arrives at the Sindh High Court for pre-arrest bail on Thursday. online

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HE National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday snubbed real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and issued to him “the last warning” to appear before the joint investigation team on Friday (today) to record his statement and evidence with the investigators otherwise an ex-parte proceedings would be initiated. The NAB joint investigation team had summoned the real estate developer to personally appear and record his statement in Dr Arsalan graft case. The team will interview and examine Riaz on the details of his allegations leveled against Arsalan. A source told Pakistan Today that Riaz had earlier sought exemption from appearance before the investigation team on July 16 on the pretext that he had to appear before the SC the same morning in a contempt of court case. NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal also confirmed the warning issued to Riaz as an official handout was also issued in this regard.

“We had entertained his request due to his engagement at the apex court and July 19 had been fixed for his appearance. However, Malik Riaz again did not appear before the JIT and his staff informed that he had to leave for karachi to appear before Sindh High Court karachi to seek the court orders for protective custody. The counsel for Malik Riaz also submitted an application with the JIT and sought delaying his appearance until Monday, July 23,” said the source. The source said the joint investigation team took exception to the “non-cooperative behaviour” of Malik Riaz and issued him a “final” warning. “The JIT also decided not to entertain his plea for delaying its proceedings till Monday”. However, the source added that it was decided that another opportunity would be given to Riaz and he was asked to appear before the team today (Friday). “Malik Riaz has also been warned that it was final opportunity failing to which exparte proceedings would be initiated against him,” the source added. The joint investigation team had al-

Finance secretary responsible for Railway crisis: Bilour ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on Thursday demanded 400 new locomotives and offered to bear any punishment if he failed to overcome the ongoing crisis in the organisation. Speaking during a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Railways, Bilour held Waqar Masood khan, the finance secretary, responsible for the crisis. He said that khan had not provided funds approved by the cabinet. “I protested and threatened to resign as minister due to the non-provision of funds, but was still not given any,” he added. He told the committee that India has 8,300 locomotives while Pakistan has only 127 engines, adding that India had not invested in a motorway but had improved its railways. AGENCIES

sHC grants month-long protective bail to Malik Riaz KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday granted a month’s protective bail to real estate property tycoon Malik Riaz in a 1,400-kanal land corruption case. Earlier, an anti-Corruption court had issued arrest warrants for Riaz and his son, Ali in the case. A special anti-corruption court in Rawalpindi had issued warrants for the arrest of former Bahria Town owner on June 21 after his alleged involvement in the purchase of 1,401 kanal of land in Rawat using fake identities and forged documents. AGENCIES ready obtained relevant record from various agencies regarding Arsalan Iftikhar case. The information was collected under the provisions of National Accountability Ordinance 1999. Notices under section 19 were also issued to different banks and financial institutions for obtaining information and record on transactions and accounts respecting the beneficiaries. It might also examine the case from a money laundering perspective. According to Section 20, suspicious financial transactions

fall within the domain of NAB and make it mandatory for the banks to report such transactions. The JIT has reasons to suspect that transactions subject matter of present inquiry involve an international dimension necessitating probe of bank accounts in the UAE, the Uk and offshore banking systems. It has also finalised a procedure for recording statements of persons privy to the facts and circumstances of the case who are either not residents of Pakistan or are foreign nationals.

Electricity supply to various areas of Balochistan remained suspended due to a fault in the main transmission line. More than 40 feeders broke down suspending electricity supply to Quetta, Pasheen, Mastung, Sibi, Noshki, khuzdar, kalat, kharan, Zoab, Qilla Saif Ullah, Qilla Abdullah and other districts According to Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) the main transmission line of 200kV, coming from Sibi to Uch, developed a fault resulting in the suspension of electricity supply. Teams have been sent to repair the fault and electricity supply would be restored soon, the authorities said. Meanwhile, the people have been facing enormous problems due to load shedding for nearly 17 hours now. Temporary power was provided to some areas of Quetta from a private power house, however it tripped and power remained suspended. Several surgeries in local hospitals have also been delayed due to the power crisis.

Pir Pagara’s sister dies in Saudi road accident MADINA AGENCIES

Younger sister of Pir Sibghatullah Shah (Pir Pagara), Bibi Naila, died in a road accident in Madina on Wednesday night. Bibi Naila was in Saudi Arabia to perform Umra; her driver passed away in the accident as well. Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) Leader Pir Pagara, who is in London, has postponed all activities and would soon return to karachi.

Journalists move SC to form media accountability commission ISLAMABAD ONLINE

Two senior journalists on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking the formation of an accountability commission for the media which would also form a code of conduct. The petition prayed the Supreme Court to form a commission that would be responsible for inquiring about the source of income of TV channel owners, advertising agencies and anchorpersons. Both applicants said in their application that after the case of Malik Riaz and Arslan Iftikhar came to the surface, a prop-

aganda campaign was launched through SMSs as well as social media, in which baseless allegations were leveled against them that they were on payroll of Bahria Town’s Chief Executive Malik Riaz. Moreover, a list was also issued showing some journalists’ names who took out of turn financial advantages from Riaz by using unfair means just to malign them. They said in the application that access to the information was the basic right of everyone and for this, an independent media was imperative. The code of conduct of PEMRA was insufficient to manage the media and run the cable operators, they said.

Both journalists requested the court either to hold inquiry itself or to constitute a commission on the matter. They also demanded Malik Riaz be instructed that he should appear in the court along with documentary evidence and the list of those civil and military bureaucracy members, journalists and politicians who got benefits from him or his organization Bahria Town directly or indirectly. “The court should also instruct FBR to probe the assets and income of the media persons. In addition to this an impartial enquiry may be held for immersing the corruption of Rs 640 million in Anti Corruption Department Punjab,” they said.


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amaDan Contingency plan 2012, which was supposed to have been announced one week ago, was finally launched on thursday after several hiccups and many delays. ramadan Contingency plan is normally revealed a week before the month of ramadan. However, because of lack of coordination between officials in punjab and district governments there was a delay in the announcement. there were also several hiccups as there was difference of opinion among DCOs over security arrangements. ramadan Contingency plan involves coordination between 36 DCOs and commissioners for the arrangement ramadan Bazaars, ramadan free Dasterkhawans, price control magistrates, special security plans, cleanliness systems, adulteration drive, antiencroachment campaigns and establishment of parking lots. an official of chief minister secretariat told pakistan today that ramadan Contingency plan 2012 could not be showcased earlier because the government decided to announce it in several parts to hide its embarrassment over lack of coordination. However, Lahore DCO noorul amin mengal denied any delay and said that ramadan

Contingency plan 2012 was in action with full stream and its complete copy was available in DCO office. He said that 25 ramadan Bazaars, fair price shops and 250 dastarkhawans had been set up across the city. He said that CDGL special staff was all set to distribute Iftar packets among those travelling at the time of Iftar. the ramadan Contingency plan has also put into action foolproof security arrangements for the month of ramadan. Under the plan, police will ensure adequate security at all places of worship, mosques, imambarghas, graveyards, mazars and other congregational places. Security personnel will have special deputation at eid-ul-Fitr congregrations and during eid holidays.the plan reveals that public awareness drive will be launched to educate people about the security measures against terrorism and sabotage. mohallah muhafiz Committees have been activated to perform watch and ward duties at places of worship. Services of Qaumi razakars, civil defence razakars, chowkidars, lumberdars and nGOs will be utilised. Under the ramadan plan, around 8,500 cops of the Lahore police including personnel from the mujahid and tiger squads will be on duty around 4022 mosques and imambargahs during Sehar, Iftar and taravih timing. as many as 150 motorcycles and 48 automobiles

have been provided to the squads for extensive patrolling around the imambargahs and mosques to thwart any untoward incident. parking stands should be arranged at about 100 yards away from the mosques and imambargahs and a special checking of vehicles outside the mosques and Imambargahs. plan said that traffic police had also chalked out comprehensive traffic plan to maintain the flow of traffic during rush hours in the holy month of ramadan. the plan has also announced “Special ramdan drive” to check adulteration, hygiene conditions, price-hike and cleanliness in all the hotel, restaurants and eateries offering ramdan deals for Sehri and Iftar times in the city. the Lahore Waste management Company (LWmC) would keep ramdan model Bazars clean and waste free round the clock. more than 100 workers of LWmC had been deputed in two shifts to maintain exemplary cleanliness in these bazaars. LWmC had provided 100 bins and 60 wheelie bins in 25 model bazaars. LWmC mD Waseem ajmal said that expected amount of waste to be generated from 1188 shops in 25 model bazaars is around 11,880 tons everyday and the company will be collecting and transporting all waste in time so that in ramadan, the visitors are comfortable in a neat environment.

Expected to keep an eye on Ramadan Bazaars, gatherings, mosques, taraweeh prayers, free iftar dastarkhwans, LWMC and many others

LAHORE STAff REPORT

Two banks were robbed in separate incidents on Thursday in broad daylight. A security guard and his accomplices stole Rs 4.5 million from Allied Bank Ltd in Township area. According to the police, the heist took place right after a change of guards. The accused, Nijat Hussein and his accomplices held the security guards and staff at gunpoint and collected Rs 4.5 million in cash and escaped. The robbers were speaking in Pashto so the bank staff could not understand. The accused had been working at the bank as a security guard for a month and a half. In a separate incident, four robbers looted Rs 5.5 million in cash from a UBL bank at Ghazi Chowk. The police say that robbers entered the bank, held the security staff at gunpoint and proceeded to loot the bank.Both these incidents happened within three hours. The police registered separate cases and have started an investigation. Both the gang of robbers took the CCTV footage with them. “We have arrested the owner of the security company that provided the guard in the Allied Bank robbery and we will catch the other gang of robbers soon too,” Township ASP Fida Hussain said while talking to reporters. This incident comes as no surprise, since dacoits have been running loose all over the city in the past month. Just one week ago, robbers held the security staff at gunpoint UBL bank kot Lakhpat, and held customers and staff as hostages while they proceeded to rob the bank of Rs 1.7 million. While the footage of the criminals was found on CCTV cameras, there is no word over their arrest.

AG Office Union president shot dead LAHORE NNI

The president of Account General (AG) Office Union was shot dead in Islampura on Thursday. According to police, 55-yearold Bux Elahi was standing with his son near a petrol pump when unidentified gunmen opened fire on him. He died on the spot. Soon after the incident, his family members and colleagues gathered and staged a protest against the murder. They also protested at Mayo Hospital. The family of deceased said that he was receiving threats since last few days. It must be noted that the employees of the AG office union are on strike for an increase in their salaries.

Dear DeparteD Father of City 42 senior journalist Zahid chaudhry passed away on Thursday. His Namaz-e-Janaza will be offered today (Friday) at 9am in L-Block Ground, Wahdat Colony.


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Lahore 07 Who stays up after Sehri? We don’t! Public, officials rue ramadan office timings announced by Punjab govt

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‘A lot needs to be done to rid society of child labour’ LAHORE PRESS RELEASE

SPARC, an NGO, organised a focus group discussion on Thursday to review the child labour situation in Pakistan and formulate some concrete recommendations for eradicating the menace. Representatives from various government departments, civil society, NGOs and media people were invited to participate in the discussion. It was consensus among those participating in the debate that employment of children in work activities, ranging from light to hazardous forms of labour exists in a number of sectors with varying degrees of prevalence and that recent estimates indicate that around 12 million children are employed as child workers across the country. “This is a

serious cause of concern as underage employment undermines a child’s physical and emotional development together with his or her chances of a brighter future,” they observed. “Despite various measures taken by the government such as enactment of the Bonded Labour System (Abolition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and the Employment of Children (Amendment) Act 2011, there has been little improvement in the situation pertaining to child labour and bonded labour system,” they observed. “The current legislative setup to address child labour and bonded child labour needs to be revamped in light of various international commitments, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the ILO Conventions 138, 182, 105 and 29 regarding minimum age of employment,” they concluded.

Newly-built bus stops tell a miserable story LAHORE STAff REPORT

The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) had failed to maintain a public welfare project of placement of wooden benches especially at the bus stops along Jail Road, Shahra e Quaid-i-Azam and the adjoining roads, Pakistan Today learnt on Thursday. The project was meant to facilitate the bus travelers to wait in the shade. Before this, the passengers had to stand under the scorching sun and heavy rains waiting long for buses and other vehicles. But it’s an unfortunate fact that the CDGL had no plan to maintain the newly built bus stops. The sheer ignorance had caused serious damage to the facility as some criminal elements had broken wooden benches and also the sheds. When contacted, a CDGL official said there were complaints of damaged wooden benches at various bus stops and ensured that the same would be repaired soon.

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ISTORY is kept alive in Lahore. The Lahore Fort proclaims its lineage as the ancient dominion of legendary Luv, the son of Sri Ramchandra, the ideal Hindu king. The fort is a protected national monument, preserving, to some extent the Diwan e Aam, the Diwan e khas and the harems constructed by the Mughal Emperors who later occupied the fort at the height of their power. The fort houses evidence of the decadence of the Mughal Empire- some poetic manuscripts of the tragic last emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, along with priceless nineteenth century murals from the era of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Indeed Maharaja Ranjit Singh is highly regarded, we learnt, as a brave historical figure, whose Sikh empire dared the rising might of colonial Britain. We are taken to the tomb of Anarkali, the legendary court dancer, the dalliance with whom created a romantic image for Prince Salim, later the Emperor Jahangir. It is confounding that access to Anarkali’s tomb is restricted, since it is located within the official archives, in a government building. The Secretary of the Department of Archives is Bhullar, a Muslim Jat. Bhullar has that the typical Hail-fellow-well-met approach of the extrovert landed gentry. He enquires from us about the Bhullars in Eastern Punjab, with whom he claims kinship. Bhullar is delighted to learn his kindred are flourishing as progressive farmers, and also distinguishing themselves in the professions especially as police officers. I am highly impressed at the quality and management of the Grand Trunk Road, as it takes off from Lahore to reach Islamabad, Pakistan’s national capital that now dominates its twin city, the traditional Rawalpindi. The traffic on GT Road is extremely orderly, controlled as it is by a highly visible National Highway Patrol, whose members pounce enthusiastically on any traffic violators. Mehboob, my driver points out a

bank van that follows the police vehicle on the highway. The function of the bank van, he explains, is to deposit all traffic fines imposed by the patrol, insulating the offenders against exploitation by the police officials. A charming innovation to tackle a malady common in our country! The road traverses the three rivers of Punjab, Ravi, Chenab and Jhelum. A parallel superhighway between Lahore and Peshawar, commissioned recently could, in quality of construction, as also the fluidity of traffic movement, liken to any motorway in Europe. It scarcely seems the same country as typified by the good old Lahore behind us. If the town of Lahore is a study in contrasts, the city of Islamabad, perched on the edge of the state of Punjab, transports us to a fairy tale world. Modern architecture, stylish and innovative, has created a marvel of a city of immaculate streets, shaded drives, modern shopping malls and high-tech application, befitting a prestigious national capital. A showpiece for foreign visitors, Islamabad can be pictured as a grander Chandigarh transposed to an international stage. The most visible difference from Chandigarh is in respect of strict regulation of urban laws. Islamabad is situated at the base of a mountain range, as Chandigarh is, but the city has not so far succumbed to the pressures common to a developing economy in the Third World. Legislation is enforced, we find; encroachers on public land, and slums, are nonexistent. Islamabad is spread over an undulating area measuring 900 square kilometres, of which 220 square kilometres serves as parks, with 460 square km preserved in the original rural setting. The urbanised portion covers just 220 square km. Even as we gape breathlessly at this picture-postcard of a Utopia, the hotel porter brings us rudely down to earth. “What attractions could there be for Indian visitors?” he questions innocently, unimpressed with the regulation and compliance of urban laws. “Nothing special to see in Islamabad,” he avers. What excite him are cricketers from India and Hindi films. It is the fantasy of a

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foreign land brought alive by the medium of television that is for him the ultimate reality, not his own elite city. Truly, distance has leant enchantment to the view, at least to a young man like this. Casual conversation leads the locals frequently to launch a general diatribe against authority, represented by the politician, the petty civil servant, and amazingly, even the military. Governance is a major issue. Dissatisfaction with the quality of public service is articulated by the porter, the taxi-driver, the cloth retailer, the phonebooth attendant. The man in the street seems fairly apathetic to the form of administration at the very top, be it military rule or a variation of democracy. Most people are fascinated with the functioning of Indian democracy, to learn about an environment novel and alien to them. There is grudging admiration for the system of elections that are then in progress in India. They are somewhat reassured when we intone about similar visible ills of the system in India- the partisanship, the venality, the divisiveness of public figures. Pakistanis talk openly of the weekly charges- it’s called ‘hafta’ as in India levied by petty police constables. They gripe at a deteriorating system of education that has created numerous inefficient school boards whose writ, absurdly, is limited to single districts in the state of Punjab. There is great resentment among the traders as well as the farmers with regard to the latest decision of the government to regulate the movement of wheat grain district-wise . Hotly discussed is an initiative of the government of Pakistan to effect democratic decentralisation in administration. The powers of the Deputy Commissioners, heretofore regarded, as in India, as the eyes, ears and hands of the government, are to devolve upon elected nazims in the districts. How common, how tempting it is to rail at the establishment! I am transported back to an India of an imperfect polity, to a Punjab that derives its name from its original five waters, yet squabbles for its professed share in two and a half of these rivers.

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Foreign News 09 German MPs Hundreds flee as UN says to demand law protecting Syria violence spiraling circumcision Friday, 20 July, 2012

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UNDREDS of people were fleeing Damascus flashpoints on Thursday after the army warned of a violent clashes with rebels following a bomb blast that killed three security chiefs, witnesses said. Major General Robert Mood, head of the UN monitoring mission, meanwhile warned that Syria was not on track for peace and that the violence was spiralling, as President Bashar al-Assad appeared to have gone to ground. The military gave residents 48 hours to leave areas where clashes are taking place between security forces and rebels pushing their “Damascus Volcano” offensive. “These extremely violent clashes should continue in the next 48 hours to cleanse Damascus of terrorists by the time Ramadan begins” on Friday, a security source told AFP, referring to the Muslim holy fasting month. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory

for Human Rights watchdog said that in the western district of Mazzeh alone, hundreds of people were on the move, “fearing a largescale operation by regime troops.” Residents also fled the southern district of Tadamon and the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmuk, it said. The developments come a day after a bombing in the city killed three top security officials, including the defence minister and Assad’s brother-in-law, in a severe blow to the regime. “There is an escalation by the Syrian regime to avenge the operation that targeted the (security chiefs),” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory. “The rebels have also escalated (the violence) to reap the fruits of the attack, and to try to finish off the battle” for Damascus, he added. “Clashes and shelling have engulfed Syria, and they are taking place day and night.” The whereabouts of Assad are still not known and he has not commented on the bombing or appeared in public since the attack. However, he was cited by state media as appointing Fahd al-Freij defence min-

US in talks with Israel on Syria weapons

WASHINGTON: US defense officials have held talks with their Israeli counterparts over whether Israel might strike at Syria’s weapons facilities as its regime faces possible collapse, the New York Times reported. The Times on Wednesday cited officials as saying that the Pentagon is not advocating military action because it feels that such an attack would help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rally support against foreign intervention. US President Barack Obama’s national security advisor Thomas Donilon was in Israel over the weekend to discuss the growing crisis, the Times said. AfP ister to replace Daoud Rajha, who was among those killed when the National Security headquarters was targeted. State media have yet to distribute images of the aftermath, unlike on previous occasions when there have been attacks in the capital. The deaths on Wednesday of Rajha, Assad’s brother-in-law Assef Shawkat and General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime’s crisis cell, marked the first time in the 16-month revolt that Assad’s inner circle has been targeted. “The army has so far exercised re-

straint in its operations, but after the attack, it has decided to use all the weapons in its possession to finish the terrorists off,” the security source said. “The army has told residents to stay away from combat zones, as the terrorists are trying to use residents as human shields.” The Damascus blast came on one of the deadliest days in the conflict. At least 214 people — 124 civilians, 62 soldiers and 28 rebels died on Wednesday, the Britain-based Observatory said, revising an earlier toll. That figure did not include the three regime members.

38 dead, over 100 missing in Zanzibar ferry disaster zANzIBAR AfP

An official said Thursday there was no hope for more than a hundred people still missing a day after a ferry sank off the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar, with 38 bodies already recovered. The vessel, which was officially carrying at least 290 passengers and crew, including more than 30 children, went down in choppy waters off Zanzibar after leaving Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam around midday Wednesday. But there was now little hope of saving more people, Zanzibar police spokesman Mohamed Mhina said. “Search operations continue but it is now almost impossible survivors will be found...,” he told reporters. “The ship has completely sunk. There were 290 people on board,” said Mhina. “This tragedy affects all of us, and the pain and suffering of those affected is the pain and suffering that we feel,” Tanzanian President Jakaya kikwete said in a statement. “We pray that those injured have a speedy recovery,” he added. Officials said emergency workers had rescued more than 140 people so far, recovering 38 bodies, including at least two Europeans. It was the second such tragedy in less than a year: last September, more than 200 people died when a ferry sank. Mhina said that the conditions had hampered rescue operations, forcing a halt overnight. “The weather was very bad, there were big waves and strong wind,” he added. Tanzania’s police chief meanwhile arrived in Zanzibar to coordinate operations and launch an investigation. Mohamed Shein, president of the semiautonomous Zanzibar archipelago has already declared three days of mourning. On Wednesday, weeping relatives gathered on the quaysides in both Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, where survivors emerged soaking wet from rescue boats. Foreign tourists were seen wrapped in blankets. The archipelago is famed both for its whitesand beach resorts and for Stone Town, the old quarter of Zanzibar, which is a UNESCO heritage site and popular tourist destination. Officials said the ferry had been carrying 251 adults, 31 children and nine crew, according to the passenger list. At least 16 foreign tourists were on board, 14 of whom had been rescued.

BOUrGaS: an Israeli medic helps the survivor of a bomb attack to board an ambulance and prepare to go to the airport for a flight back to Israel on thursday. afp

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German MPs were to pass a crossparty motion on Thursday calling on the government to protect religious circumcision after a court ruling branding it a crime sparked outrage both at home and abroad. The resolution calls on Berlin to draw up legislation “in the autumn” that “ensures that the circumcision of boys carried out to medially professional standards and without undue pain is fundamentally permissible.” In a ruling published in June, a court in the western city of Cologne said circumcision was tantamount to grievous bodily harm, a verdict Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said risked making Germany a “laughing stock.” Diplomats admit that the ruling has proved “disastrous” to Germany’s international image, particularly in light of its Nazi past, following uproar from religious and political leaders in Israel as well as Muslim countries. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said ahead of the circumcision debate before the Bundestag lower house that he was glad that the parliament was taking “quick and decisive action”. “The resolution shows that we live in a tolerant and cosmopolitan country. No one in the world would understand it if Germany banned its Jewish citizens from having their boys circumcised,” added the minister. Protecting religious rites and traditions was part and parcel of ensuring religious tolerance, said Westerwelle. However, while parliament appeared relatively united on the issue, a survey suggested that the population at large was more divided. A YouGov poll for local news agency DPA said 45 percent of those asked were in favour of forbidding the rite of circumcision, with 42 percent opposed to a ban. One-third of those polled thought a nationwide ban would harm Germany’s image in the world and 55 percent disagreed.

Suicide attack on Israelis kills 6 in Bulgaria Nearly 60 killed BURgAS AfP

Bulgaria said Thursday a suicide bomber dressed as a tourist and with fake US ID was behind an attack on Israelis that killed six people and left three seriously injured. US President Barack Obama called the blast on a bus at Burgas airport on Wednesday, the deadliest against Israelis abroad since 2004, a “barbaric terrorist attack” as Israel blamed Iran and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. “The suicide bomber, wearing shorts and carrying a backpack, looked like any other tourist,” Bulgaria’s interior minister said as the government released video footage of the suspect, who also died in the blast. “He put his bag in the luggage compartment of the bus that blew up,” Tsvetan Tsvetanov told reporters. “His travel document was a fake driving licence from the (US) state of Michigan ... (His) identity has not yet been established.” The video shows the man as being white with very long blond hair — possibly a wig — and sunglasses and wandering around the airport. Tsvetanov said the man looked to be aged around 26. The author-

ities had his fingerprints and were testing for DNA, he added. The explosion ripped through the bus as around 50 Israeli tourists arriving from Tel Aviv on a plane carrying 154 people were loading their bags and boarding before travelling to a nearby Black Sea holiday and gambling resort. Five of the tourists died at the scene while the vehicle’s Bulgarian driver died in hospital, officials said, revising downwards an earlier toll of six killed plus the bomber. The attack also wounded some 30 people, three of them seriously. Witnesses described how panicked passengers jumped from bus windows and bodies lay strewn on the ground with their clothes torn off as ambulance sirens wailed and black smoke rose over the airport. “I was on the bus and we had just sat down when after a few seconds we heard a really loud explosion,” one Israeli tourist, Gal Malka, told Israeli army radio. “The whole bus went up in flames.” “We are facing a global wave of terror... the attack in Burgas was led by members of Hezbollah and sponsored by Iran,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak told public radio. “The Al-Qaeda and Islamic Jihad networks also operate glob-

ally,” he added, citing a long list of recent attacks or attempted attacks on Israelis around the world including in Thailand, India, Georgia, kenya and Cyprus. The US “will stand with our allies, and provide whatever assistance is necessary to identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack,” said Obama, who expressed his condolences to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli premier. There was no official reaction from Iran but state television there said Israel’s “ridiculous” accusations were “aimed at creating an anti-Iranian atmosphere” amid rising tensions over Tehran’s suspected nuclear weapons drive. The bombing, which struck on the 18th anniversary of an attack on a Jewish community centre in Argentina that killed 85 people, also drew strong condemnation from France, Britain, Russia and others. Except for three people transferred to the capital Sofia, the other injured were taken to Burgas airport on Thursday morning amid a heavy police presence, to be flown home to Israel, an AFP reporter at the scene said. They included a pregnant woman and a girl of around seven or eight years old who was carrying her flip-flop because her right foot was wrapped in bandages.

in Darfur tribal fighting KHARTOUM: Nearly 60 people have been killed this week in fighting between Arab tribes in Sudan’s conflictplagued Darfur region, the official SUNA news agency said on Thursday. Fierce clashes along the border between East Darfur state and South kordofan killed 35 Misseriya tribesmen and 23 from the rival Rezeigat tribe, South kordofan governor Ahmed Haroun was quoted as saying by SUNA, citing a preliminary assessment. Another 24 tribesmen from both sides were injured, he said, after officials from the two states met in the East Darfur town of Ed Daein. “We agreed to take some measures to control the situation in the area, and the local leaders are discussing procedures” to prevent a recurrence, Haroun said. In June 2010 more than 100 people were killed in two weeks of clashes between the groups. Non-Arabs in Darfur rebelled in 2003 against the Arab-dominated Sudanese government to secure a greater share of resources and power. In response, the government unleashed statebacked Janjaweed Arab militia in a conflict that shocked the world and led to allegations of genocide. After a 2006 peace agreement, which later collapsed, inter-Arab fighting became the single largest cause of violent death in the vast western region of Sudan, the Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based independent research project, said in a 2010 report. The United Nations says more than 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur, while the khartoum government put the death toll at 10,000. AfP


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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

Friday, 20 July, 2012

System out of doldrums? Not unless the politicians act together

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he PML(N) finds itself in an uncomfortable spot. It always has, ever since the 2008 elections. The challenge: how to balance its leader's newfound respect for the democratic process and the constitution with the political turf that it has henceforth occupied. This combination, that is, an anti-establishment, pro-democratic process League, is unchartered territory and it can be forgiven for teething pains. Nawaz Sharif's press conference where he was inclusive towards even those parties that were out of parliament, when seen in tandem with Chaudhry Nisar's allegations of the PTI being an establishment test-tube baby, communicates a mixed signal. The latter is also a textbook chutzpah, given how the League itself came out of that great incubator of Pakistani political parties. Consider also Mr Sharif's flippant statement the other day about how even ten prime ministers could be sacrificed at the altar of the rule of law. Now, yes, these are lofty ideals but he should bear in mind that the tables will turn, inevitably, if not this election, then the next or the one after that. Would he want the same treatment that he is advocating now? Is he absolutely certain he is advocating for elected prime ministers to be booted out by non-representative institutions because the country's greater good supposedly demands it? The League can't be faulted for being antsy. Its choice urban middle-class demographic is being encroached upon by the PTI, which accuses the League of being a friendly opposition when it is feeling relatively charitable, and the PPP’s B-team when it is not. The League could still have resisted delving into its past style of politics but the last straw was the NAB’s reopening of the Sharifs’ graft cases. Far be it from this space be used to cast aspersion on the Bureau but we do know who pulls the strings there. So does the League. The gloves, hawks within the party say, should come absolutely off now. Many have remarked how the toppling of his government and subsequent exile have, through a baptism of fire, made a real, democratic leader out of Sharif. And this just might be true. But it is going to be his behaviour during the fag end of the tenure of the sitting government - and his role in the peaceful transition of power, even if it is to the incumbents again - that is going to be the real test of that.

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ith a consensus among the political parties not to upset the apple cart, it should be possible to hold the elections on time leading to an orderly transfer of power. There are signs that the minimum required consensus has finally emerged among the major parties. This however does not suit the offstage players. Despite sharp rivalries and bitter differences there is a pleasant end to war cries and threats to drag the opponents in the streets. None is demanding early elections. None is issuing calls for march on Islamabad. If the consensus remains intact till the holding of the elections, this would show that the politicians are displaying an unusual sense of responsibility. The agreement between the government and the opposition on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner indicates that a modicum of confidence exists between the PPP and PML (N). That Imran khan has endorsed the appointment shows that he does not want to be seen as a spoiler. The maturity of the politicians would however be tested when it comes to an agreement on the caretaker set up. The PPP wants the nomination of the caretakers strictly in accordance with the constitutional provisions which envisage an understanding between the government and parliamentary opposition. The PTI chief, Imran khan, demands the opposition outside parliament also to be included in the consultation. Will it be possible to resolve the dispute so that there are no complaints of pre-poll rigging? A failure to create a consensus caretaker setup can lead the party losing the elections to challenge the results and take to the streets to undo them. There are already complaints by Imran khan that the PPP and PML(N) are ganging up against the PTI and would jointly create a caretaker set up that favours them against the PTI. Despite a heated debate going on between the PML-N and PTI, Nawaz Sharif has volunteered to take the opposition outside parliament into confidence over the nomination of the caretaker setup. It remains to be seen if he succeeds.

The removal of Gilani by the Supreme Court had led to widespread criticism. The removal was dubbed as a soft coup. It was maintained that the SC was following in the footsteps of the army. There were rumours about a Bangladesh-style model being in the offing. The CJ has categorically dismissed the scenarios, maintaining that the Bangladesh model has no legal or constitutional legitimacy. To stop any interference by the army in the system, the apex court has held that no ISI cell can operate in Pakistan. Further that any cell of the sort still operating must stop working immediately. The security agencies and the Balochisan FC have flouted the orders of the SC indicates that it would be unrealistic to wish off the political cell with a simple order. In fact the presence of the cell was denied in the past also when in fact it was still operating. The SC has declared illegal the use the national exchequer to overthrow governments. The taste of the pudding however is in the eating. The apex court still insists on the implementation of the NRO decision through the prime minister. Will Raja Pervaiz Ashraf be sent home like his predecessor when he declines to send the required letter to the Swiss authorities? Or will the court devise some other mechanism to get the letter dispatched? As long as the Damocles sword continues to hang over the head of

the prime minister, apprehensions will continue to persist regarding the future of the system despite the assurance by the CJ that it will continue. A lot of uncertainty remains about the intentions of the offstage players regarding the system. While the army remained the real decision maker during the entire tenure of the PPP government, it was for the first time that the ISI chief and the COAS had to pass through the unpleasant experience of presenting themselves before the Parliament and answering the questions of politicians. Parliamentary committees too started making their presence felt. While the Supreme Court failed to trace out hundreds of missing persons, its efforts to make the army personnel and the intelligence agencies answerable were something that those who matter were unused to. An orderly transfer of power and another elected parliament keen to assert its authority over policy making could limit the powers of the permanent rulers. This is by no means a welcome prospect for them. They would use differences in the ranks of the major parties to stop the strengthening of the democratic process. Unless the politicians move towards the elections with consensus there is a likelihood of the system being derailed. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.

a winter’s tale How will Dr Asim Hussain handle this winter?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

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r Asim Hussain is a dangerous man, in every sense of the term. There are few people in Asia that would personify ‘weapon of mass destruction’ as seamlessly as Pakistan government’s Adviser on Petroleum and Natural Resources does. He would stand upright facing the Senate with a triumphant expression, as though about to unravel a breakthrough in String Theory; his eyes still dreary after a contin-

uum of sleepless nights – courtesy nightmares featuring CNG kits disguised as 16th century demons – and then out of nowhere he would drop a bomb as nonchalantly as a butcher chopping away on his favourite mutton joint. Furthermore, not only is his butchery clandestinely brutal, the array of bombs that the man has at his disposal is perilous enough to scare the daylight out of the lion’s share of 180 million people. Even so, this latest dynamite specially designed for the frosty days, might just surpass all previous explosions. While the cabinet was busy exercising their little grey cells with regards to Ramadan in the latest meeting, Dr Asim was hell bent on extricating his TNT. And when the curtain was raised, what was unveiled was the CNG industry’s funeral shouldered in unison by Petroleum Ministry, the Finance Ministry and the current ruling party. Dr Asim has announced that gas supply to CNG stations all over the country, would be cut off completely this Novem-

ber and December, owing to the demands of gas management. The word ‘management’ here is of course euphemism for a shambolic circus, which has seen our government failing on a multitude of fronts as the demand-supply disparity of gas in our neck of the woods created a gaping hole cavernous enough to gulp the entire economy. While the IP (Iran-Pakistan) and TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline projects have failed to materialise – owing to an assortment of political animosity and failure in sifting pressing needs from trivial agendas – the LNG import bidding war has also been more of a lost cause. Uncle Sam twisted our arm on the pipeline front, exporters conjured up disappearing acts one by one on the LNG front; and all this while gas load shedding prevailed all over the country. It is hard to decide whether Dr Asim’s decision is more catastrophic or the rationale provided by the former petroleum minister. He clarified that since the gas availability this coming winter would be

akin to a parching reservoir, the government would have to cut off gas supply to either the CNG stations or the households – with the former being the obvious choice. And when asked about the possibility of catering to the needs of both the segments of society, Dr Asim glared defiantly – as if endeavouring to say “Oh, you’d like that, wouldn’t you?” sardonically – before claiming that the government unfortunately had “no other option.” It’s like sleeping through your lectures throughout the semester, only to get a rude awakening the night before the exam, where you realise that you have ‘no other option’ but to fail. And if there’s one thing that this government has succeeded in doing; it’s failing again and again. As things stand there are around 3.5 million vehicles – over one-fourth of total vehicles in the country – that are powered by CNG, making Pakistan the third largest country in terms of CNG vehicles. Pakistan is also at the apex of the ‘highest number of CNG filing stations’ list. But there are many other stakehold-

ers in the CNG sector, which are anxiously monitoring the events as the government gradually phases out CNG from Pakistan. A large chunk of CNG kits are locally manufactured and hence this phase-out would see thousands of jobs vanishing within the blink of an eye. And also, the countries that have made massive investments in the industry would be deterred away from future engagements, as Dr Asim trigger’s the timer on this ‘historic’ time bomb. Hence, with the countdown to CNG’s extinction instigated, it goes without saying that the latest sting in this winter’s tale would ensure that mercury rises on many a front this November and December. CNG is set to blast its way into mythology with one final bang, as Dr Asim and his chums leave gas stations bordering on haunted graveyards, and the legacy of a promising sector shredded to the stature of a cataclysm. The writer is a staff member and can be reached at khulduneshahid@gmail.com


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tibetan troubles

Editor’s mail

And the world conscience, mostly asleep

By Kuldip Nayar

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ne more monk burns himself at Lhasa. People have lost the count. Yet such fiery protests take place throughout Tibet, almost every other day. This is the way the monks are registering their defiance to Chinese communist culture. Yet Beijing is relentless in imposing its way of life on them, seen clinging to their Buddhist heritage fiercely. Self-immolation is considered the highest type of sacrifice in Buddhism, although their religious leader, the Dalai Lama, has advised them strongly against such a practice. He has said in a press interview that he understands their pain and feels guilty in criticising them. But if he doesn’t, he apprehends, there would be innumerable monks taking their lives. Against this backdrop, the world conscience remains dead. A few who protest in the West are silenced by their governments forcibly. The almighty Yuan has suppressed the expression of truth beneath the mercantile considerations. The emerging China is too powerful and too rich to be boycotted for the intangible value of religious freedom and human rights. The preachy West has told the Dalai Lama explicitly not to visit them because it realizes which side of the bread is buttered. The government in India is too scared to support the Tibetans’ cause. Even when its request to reopen its mission was rudely rejected, New Delhi did not even voice its protest. The Dalai Lama has said many a time that India “can do more” for his people but it prefers to keep its distance from them because of Beijing’s sensitivity. Yet the Tibetans have not given up the fight. Camp Hale at Colorado in the US was a long way from Tibet. What

joined the two was the training of some 2000 Tibetan warriors in the guerrilla warfare to fight the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China. The warriors failed to make any headway. Yet they have kept the powerful army on its pins all the time. Unfortunately, Beijing sees the hand of New Delhi behind Tibet’s independence struggle. China is more convinced about this after Foreign Minister S M krishna told it the other day that Tibet was like kashmir, “our core problem.” The Tibetans, however, continue to harbour the grievance against India for having accepted China’s suzerainty over Tibet after the British left India in 1947. Their complaint is that New Delhi never consulted them. The Dalai Lama, who took refuge in India in 1954 when he could not see the Communist shoes trampling upon the spiritual and traditional ways of his people, too believes that since New Delhi had no locus standi in Tibet, it had no right to accept China’s suzerainty without consulting his people. Suzerainty does not mean independence. It is government’s political control over a dependent state. What New Delhi transferred to China is over lordship, not sovereignty. Yet it is apparent that for the sake of India’s good relations with China, the Dalai Lama who became 77 this week has to face hard living conditions. Along with his people, he has been sent to stay rooted at Dharamshala, a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh. And the Tibetans have been warned many a time against having any contact with the outside world without New Delhi’s prior permission. Even local people have been told not to interact with them. The Dalai Lama too has restrictions on his movement and even pronouncements. Even otherwise, he speaks rarely. In an interview, he said, “meaningful autonomy is the only realistic solution.” He made the same offer some time ago, but Beijing rejected it. This time too he doesn’t expect China to change. The Dalai Lama has noted that even during the 1962 war of India against China, Jawaharlal Nehru did not utter a word about Tibet. Nor did he draw the world’s attention to the ethnic cleansing going on in Tibet at that time. On certain occa-

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sions, the Dalai Lama has felt “suffocated” and has raised protest over New Delhi’s attitude. No successor to Nehru, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has been any different even when Beijing is hauling thousands of Chinese to Tibet to settle them there so as to change the ethnic complexion of Tibet. A lonely Dalai Lama goes on pointing out that Beijing is sedulously destroying the centuries old culture of Buddhists in Tibet. On the other hand, the world has got attuned to the sufferings of Tibetans and does not even say anything about the daylight murder of the old culture and heritage. The purpose of Beijing is to squeeze out even the last bit of religious practices and rites which the Tibetans still defiantly follow. Washington may be willing to appeal to the world conscience to help save the Tibetan culture. But how far it is willing to jeopardize the trade and economic ties with China is the question. After all, President Barack Obama kept the Dalai Lama waiting to placate Beijing. Even when he met him, Obama looked like going over an exercise. Strong Chinese economy gives more comfort to the US citizens than a few drops of tears that the irking conscience of some may shed. When Beijing lays its claim on Arunachal Pradesh and when the visa for people of Jammu and kashmir is given on a separate paper, although stapled to the passport, New Delhi gives in more than it imagines. It should introspect whether it was correct in accepting China’s suzerainty over Tibet when Beijing is not prepared to take into account the sensitivities of either Tibet or India. Tibet today is like an occupied territory, without the people there having any say in governance. Lhasa is directly under Beijing’s control. Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama is thinking of retiring when he is needed the most. He should, in fact, go around the world and awaken its conscience to garner support against China’s brutalities. Beijing must let the Tibetans live the way they want to because that alone gives them their entity. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.

Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan. Fax: +92-42-36298302. E-mail: letters@pakistantoday.com.pk. Letters should be addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.

the new Police order Mr Azhar Hasan Nadeem, who has long experience of service in Punjab as a teacher, magistrate and policeman has touched sensitive issues of police control and operational independence in his letter published in a section of print media. There is no doubt that general public, politicians, bureaucracy and judiciary are not happy with the performance of our Police. There are many reasons for this state of affairs; historical, political, social, organizational, etc. Many critics blame the departmental hierarchy for police ineffectiveness in controlling crime, while others put the blame on politicians who abuse the Police for their own political and personal ends. This blame game leads one nowhere. After independence many commissions and committees were appointed by wellmeaning governments for police reforms. The last serious initiative was taken by General Pervez Musharraf who tasked Lt General Naqvi, Chairman National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB), to draft a new Police Law. General Naqvi, with intellectual input from selected senior police officers, prepared the Police Order 2002 to give an accountable and operationally independent police to the country. This law was not accepted by the powerful provincial bureaucracy, who wanted to keep the police under their thumb, mostly for ceremonial purposes. In the service there were also some officers who did not accept the law wholeheartedly because they were trained and groomed to work with magistracy in dealing with public disorder situations. On top of it, amendments introduced by the government of General Musharraf under pressure from interested quarters made the Police Order toothless in the domain of accountability. Though the Police Order 2002 led to expansion and promotions in the department, it did not produce desired results for the general public. Now Punjab bureaucracy wants to bring in a new Police Order. Other provinces will follow Punjab. According to Dr A H Nadeem, the proposed law will bring the police under complete bureaucratic control and the public will be again left high and dry. For the provincial bureaucracy, controlling police is more important than crime control and peace. Today the police is facing unique challenges: the present policing system is not geared to cope with terrorism and extrem-

ism. As a matter of fact, the administrative system has become irrelevant being obsolete, corrupt and inefficient. Under these circumstances the need for police reforms cannot be over-emphasised. However, these reforms should emerge through debates, discussions and research at public forums, think -tanks, media and assemblies. All stakeholders, including the judiciary, should be taken on board in the police reform process. The nation deserves and needs an efficient, effective, accountable and operationally independent police. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

Ben Ali’s pickings Former Tunisian president Zine elAbidine Ben Ali has decided to return the public money that he plundered during his rule of more than two decades. Returning swindled wealth needs a big heart and Ben Ali should be commended for it. It shows he is not a hardened criminal. Had he been one, he would have offered innumerable arguments with the help of his crooked and satanic lawyers. His lawyers too would have become billionaires by keeping him out of the reach of law. After all, what compelled Ali to return the wealth? Did he want to set an example for other corrupt Muslim rulers who deprived their countries by making neat holes in the state coffers and depositing the loot in Swiss banks? That places Ali on a higher moral ground than rest of the ruling pirates who haven’t budged so far. Muslim rulers’ avarice for wealth is unmatched in the world. Maybe other leaders should take a leaf out of Ben Ali’s book too and return their ill-gotten gains. DR A P SANGDIL Oslo, Norway

eradicating polio It is really sad to know that in the 21st century we have people in the country who are opposing polio eradication programs of the government despite the fact that Pakistan is one of the three polio-endemic countries in the world. Needless to say, polio is more devastating than any other disease for children as it makes them not only paralyze to live their whole life with but also let their families share their sufferings. It is surely a very important responsibility of parents not to let their children suffer, and must think logically that polio eradication campaign is not part of the war Pakistan is forced to reckon with. We need to provide our children with safe and healthy future which is not possible unless polio is completely eradicated from Pakistan. And for that we should support the government in its efforts, and must not create illogical fuss to put the lives of our children at stake. MUHAMMAD NAWAZ KHAWAJA Karachi


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A final goodbye Rajesh Khanna’s last words revealed

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iME is up’, ‘Pack up’ - these were the last words of the first superstar of indian cinema Rajesh Khanna before he breathed his last. this was stated by Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who visited Rajesh Khanna’s house on Wednesday to pay his tributes. “...As i sat at his home this (yesterday) afternoon, to pay my respects, soon after learning of his passing away, a close functionary of his, came up to me and told me in a choked voice what his last words were - ‘time ho gaya hai ! Pack Up!’, Bachchan, 69, posted on his blog. Bachchan, who worked with the legendary actor in his initial years of his career and starred in films like “Anand” and “Namak haram”, said the opportunity to share screen space with the legend was like a god’s own blessing to him. “i first saw him in a film magazine... his film Aradhana was my next meeting with him which my Mother took me along to see. Soon after that, i was being cast opposite him in Anand. this was like a miracle, god’s own blessing and one that gave me ‘reverse respect’. NEwS DESK

I am humbled that I am still considered a superstar: Amitabh

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EgAStAR Amitabh Bachchan, whose movie career is into its fifth decade, says he draws inspiration from young actors and is humbled that he is still considered an icon among them. the 69-year-old actor began his cinematic journey in 1969 with Saat hindustani and rose to superstardom with Zanjeer. With more than 180 films to his credit, Big B still continues to be active in his career, having inspired many over the years. “i am very humbled that people still consider me as their icon. it is fantastic to see young boys and girls erupting out of nowhere, who may be professionally trained or not trained but are doing a fantastic job,” Bachchan told Pti. “they are far more superior to what we were when we started off. i am so lucky to be living in the same era as these actors whom i have met and even had the opportunity to work with some,” he added. his career continues to scale new heights, the latest being his hollywood debut in Baz Luhrmann’s the great gatsby, a 3-D film adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name. COURTESy TOI

OLLYWOOD’S first superstar Rajesh khanna’s last rites were held this morning at Pawan Hans Crematorium in Mumbai’s Vile Parle area. Son-in-law Akshay kumar lit the funeral pyre, accompanied by his son Aarav. Mr khanna died at home in Mumbai on Wednesday (July 18, 2012). He was 69 and had been battling cancer. The cremation was a private affair and the assembled press were asked by Akshay kumar not to film the ceremony. Mr khanna’s body was taken to the cremation ground from his home on Bandra’s Carter Road in a glass casket to allow his fans, thousands of whom lined Mumbai’s roads braving the rain, to pay their last respects. Bollywood celebrities were largely absent from the funeral procession, with the sole exception of karan Johar. Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan arrived at the cremation ground later, and their presence caused a stampede of sorts. Yesterday, the Bachchans had rushed to Aashirwad, the khanna residence in Bandra, to pay their respects. They were joined by Shah Rukh khan, Salman khan, katrina kaif and others from the film fraternity. Akshay kumar and Mr khanna’s other son-in-law Sameer Saran oversaw funeral arrangements. Mr khanna’s estranged wife and veteran actress Dimple kapadia was accompanied by her

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october wedding for Saifeena!

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hEN it comes to marriage, mom has the last word. Even as actor Saif Ali Khan continues to deny an October 16 wedding to actor Kareena Kapoor as announced by his family, his mother, veteran actor Sharmila tagore, reportedly says the date is final no matter what Saif says. in an interview to Mid-Day that emerged tuesday, she insisted that her busy son will have to take out time from his shooting schedules as the date has been finalised by her once and for all, and there’s no getting away. She said it was a ’warning’ for him. She apparently also confirmed that the wedding will take place not in London as was earlier reported but either at their ancestral town, Pataudi, or in Mumbai, as wished by the bride’s father, yesteryear actor Randhir Kapoor. tagore went on to put to rest rumours about Kareena’s trousseau by re-iterating that the bride-tobe will wear Sharmila’s royal wedding dress and jewellery, which is being polished up for the occasion. Also, there will be no pressure from the mother-in-law for Kareena to convert to islam. COURTESy HT

younger daughter Rinkie. Elder daughter Twinkle, who is pregnant with her second child and has been advised by doctors to rest, was not in evidence. Ms kapadia separated from Mr khanna in 1984, after 11 years of marriage, but never actually divorced. Rajesh khanna borrowed a phrase from the film fraternity that served him so well for 25 years to say his final goodbye yesterday. His last words are reported to have been - “time up ho gaya, pack up.” Mr khanna’s final words were revealed online by no less a person than Amitabh Bachchan, the late actor’s co-star co-star in the films Anand and Namak Haraam. Mr Bachchan had rushed to Aashirwad, to be with the bereaved family and pay his last respects. NEwS DESK

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ith his chocolate-boy looks, most of the roles imran Khan would portray until now were in romantic comedies: from Jaane tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008) and i hate Luv Storys (2010) to Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011) and Ek Main Aur Ekk tu (2012). But now, at 29, the actor finally seems to be moving into a new phase in his career. his next few films will have him playing significantly different characters. in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A time in Mumbaai 2 (OUAtiM 2), imran plays a tapori (loafer), for which he has been interacting with people from the Mumbai’s underbelly. in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (MKBKM), he essays the role of a rustic boy from haryana. Even in tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan talkies, he will be seen as a small-town boy, a character that is diametrically opposite to his usual suave, urban roles. Ask him about this new direction in his career and imran replies, “You fit into certain kinds of roles when you are a certain age. i’ve always looked young for my age, but in the past couple of years, i’ve grown up a bit. So now directors see me in a different light. it has very little to do with my choices and more about the offers that are now coming my way.” And how will working with such critically acclaimed directors affect his professional life? “the benefit is immeasurable. in fact, i feel more secure than ever in my career now, since i know someone is watching over me. Earlier, i worked with debut directors, so i always wondered if the films would work.” these directors are also known to be perfectionists. And imran is prepared to put in the hard work required for the parts: he spent a month learning haryanavi before he started shooting for MKBKM. “Now, i’m comfortable with the language and i can even improvise when directed on set. As for OUAtiM 2, it’s not only set in a certain area, but is also a period film. We have to make both the characters and the era look believable.” is he expecting these movies to be as massy as Rowdy Rathore or Dabangg (2009)? “All these films are different. Vishal’s are rustic, but the content isn’t just for single screen audiences. he tells stories of the heartland, but makes them acceptable to everyone.” NEwS DESK


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iMMY Kimmel is moving from late night to prime time, as ABc announced today that the funnyman has been tapped to host this year’s 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards! Something tells us a preemptive apology to Matt Damon may be in order...So, what can we expect from this year’s show? Well, if his awards-show specials are anything to go on (and we certainly hope they are), then a star-studded pretaped comedy bit won’t go amiss during the festivities—and, from the sounds of things, some showbiz digs issued with just the right amount of deadpan delivery. “i hope to be able to do for the Emmys this year what Eddie Murphy did for the Oscars,” he said. his hiring marks a return to the grand tradition of late-night hosts taking on the hosting gigs. While Jimmy Fallon hosted the show back in 2010, last year’s ceremony was fronted by Jane Lynch. in any case, Kimmel will get to hone his ringmaster skills next month, when he hosts the White house correspondents Dinner. And he thought hollywood was a tough crowd. the Emmys will take place Sept. 23 at the Nokia theatre. NEwS DESK

Prince harry attends The Dark Knight Rises premiere

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hAt happens when English royalty and hollywood royalty unite? Well, you get quite the royal crowd at the London premiere of the Dark Knight Rises, of course! Britain’s beloved Prince harry attended the second of two premieres held in the capital last night. the 28-year-old prince joined hollywood’s A-listers, including the Dark Knight Rises stars christian Bale and Anne hathaway, at Odeon Leicester Square to catch a sneak peak at one of 2012’s most anticipated films. While catwoman may have drawn some attention to her gold, floor-length gucci gown, she didn’t necessarily steal the show—Prince harry was lookin’ just as sharp sporting a dark blue suit. All hail the prince—and his fashionable wardrobe! NEwS DESK

OME of Michael Jackson’s family are telling the executors of his estate to beat it. Siblings Janet, Jermaine, Rebbie, Tito and Randy fired off an angry letter to John Branca and John McClain, the two men overseeing the late king of Pop’s estate, accusing them of fraud when it comes to their brother’s will, saying “without question, it’s Fake, Flawed and Fraudulent.” “THIS HAS TO STOP NOW: NO MORE!!” Michael’s brothers and sisters wrote in the letter obtained by E! News. “Your heartless pursuit of wealth, fame and power is at the expense of our family, whose deepest de-

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sire is to give the world a gift of hope, love and unity through our music.” However, a statement sent from estate spokesman Jim Bates dismisses such a claim. “Any doubts about the validity of Michael’s will and his selection of executors were thoroughly and completely debunked two years ago when a challenge was rejected by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals and, finally, the California Supreme Court,” reads the statement, which reiterates that the only family members named in the will were Michael’s mother and his three children.

“We are saddened that false and defamatory accusations grounded in stale Internet conspiracy theories are now being made by certain member of Michael’s family whom he chose to leave out of his will,” the statement adds. “We are especially disheartened that they come at a time when remarkable progress has been made to secure the financial future of his children by turning around the Estate’s finances as well as during a time when so many of Michael’s fans, old and new, are enjoying his artistry through exciting projects.” E! News reached out to the siblings who signed the letter, but has yet to hear back from them. Michael’s daughter, Paris Jackson, tweeted this afternoon: “i will defend my beloved family member with all i have , even if it means from other family members...at this point i dont care what people call me or if they think i’m a bad person… if it means sticking up for my grandmother i will do it.” NEwS DESK

Tom Cruise reunited with Suri

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ctOR tom cruise met his six-year-old daughter Suri here for the first time since exwife Katie holmes filed for divorce. cruise, who came here tuesday morning, was spotted carrying Suri into the greenwich hotel where he’s staying. “he has been dying to see her,” starpulse quoted a source as saying. the father-daughter’s day began when the 50-year-old flew in from Los Angeles after wrapping the shoot for his film “Oblivion”. he picked up Suri from holmes’s apartment. According to tmz, both cruise and holmes did not see each other. he was reportedly only there for about five minutes. Part of their day together included him taking Suri to her gymnastics class at the chelsea Piers. it is reported that the father and daughter will spend several days together while he’s in town. the last time cruise was publicly seen with his daughter was while he and holmes were still married and the three were out for dinner in iceland. NEwS DESK


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Psychology behind our food cravings O you find yourself craving salty crisps halfway through the morning, dreaming of pizza late at night or desperately fighting the urge to hit the vending machine for a bar of chocolate at 4pm? there is nothing uncommon about insatiable food cravings but just why are they so powerful and what can we do to curb them?

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WHat IS It aBOUt CHOCOLate tHat makeS It SO IrreSIStIBLe? Chocolate is associated with undiluted pleasure and reward, so if you’ve been working too hard or suffering in any way, it’s a way to emotionally self-medicate. this is especially true for those who are experiencing relationship disappointments, as chocolate sooths those desires to be loved and accepted. Chocolate contains mood- and energy-altering feel-good chemicals, such as pea, which is the same chemical that your brain secretes when you’re newly in romantic love. this drug is very similar to the controlled substance, ecstacy, which turns mortal enemies into friends. So chocolate is truly a “love drug.” You can get the pleasure-center rush by inhaling the fragrance of nuts, including fresh coffee. eating raw almonds can also yield some of the textures, fats, and minerals that lead to chocolate cravings. mostly though, chocolate cravings can be lessened by taking steps to feel loved and emotionally fulfilled. For instance, spend time with good friends; take good care of your relationships; indulge yourself with gifts, pedicures, relaxation time, and positive self-talk; and create gentle

and positive work and home environments. WHat makeS US Want tO eat SaLtY SnaCkS anD FOODS - anD WHY? Our bodies seek a homeostasis of the bloodto-salt ratios in our bodies. If we stop eating salt, our bodies react by expelling water so we can maintain those same ratios. this mechanism is deadly accurate - if we completely eliminated sodium from our diets, eventually we would die of dehydration. We need salt for survival. most salty and savoury foods are crunchy, which is a texture we crave when we’re stressed, angry, or anxious. this innate animal-like desire to chew must be satisfied, which is one reason why people don’t stay on liquid diets for very long. avoid salt-free diets so that your body doesn’t need to crave it. and the best way to avoid crunchy junk food cravings is through reducing or managing the stress in your life. For example, daily cardiovascular exercise such as fast walking or jogging can increase your tolerance of a stressful job. Or learning to say

“no” to unreasonable demands upon your time can give you more time to relax and enjoy your life. If you still feel the need to crunch, choose healthful alternatives like celery or carrots with low-fat salad dressing or a handful of raw organic almonds. WHY DO We Crave SUGar anD WHat makeS It SO IrreSIStIBLe tO reSISt? preferences for sweets are often learned, because we were often rewarded for good behavior in childhood with a candy treat. If you experience overwhelming cravings for cookies, cakes, or pie, you may want to think back to childhood experiences where you may have been rewarded with these foods. this is not an attempt to blame the adults in your life. Instead, it’s a means of trying to understand your cravings in order to reduce or eliminate them. reward yourself with nonfood treats. Since some of our sugar cravings stem from the childhood message that “sweets equal rewards.” COUrteSY HUFFInGtOn pOSt

Taiwan teenager dies after playing computer game non-stop for 40 hours

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N 18-year-old collapsed and died at an internet café in Taiwan after playing an online computer game for 40 hours straight. The youth, identified only by his surname, Chuang, had reportedly gone without food for almost two days. He entered a private room at an internet café in Tainan, southern Taiwan at around lunchtime on July 13 and logged into the roleplaying game, Diablo 3. For two days he continued uninterrupted but on the morning of July 15, an attendant found him asleep at the computer and woke him up, according to a report in the local United Daily News broadsheet. After staggering a few steps Mr Chuang collapsed. He never regained consciousness and was pronouced dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital. Police are now investigating the cause of death. NEwS DESK

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A do we really need another social network? Fans of pop culture juggernaut Lady Gaga are in for a treat this week with the launch of new social network LittleMonsters.com, an online community thought up by Gaga’s manager Troy Carter. The site, which provides a platform for Gaga’s loyal devotees (nicknamed “little monsters”) to upload and share content, is invitation only at the moment - individuals can sign up for the chance to be sent a membership code. It remains to be seen whether this sign up model will cause the same stir with fans of Lady Gaga as it did with would-be members of Jk Rowling’s Pottermore site last year. Of course fan sites are nothing new, but the idea of a “social corridor” (a term coined by Backplane CEO Matt Michelson) dedicated to the career and fan base of one performer sets something of a precedent for topic-based social networking. I reviewed LittleMonsters.com for My Social Agency and compared it to Frankenstein’s monster because it appears to be a fusion of social media staples from around the web, with Facebook-inspired chat and notifications, and a similar layout to Pinterest, but little to no original features of its own. Which begs the question; is there any need for a new social network if it offers no more functionality than what is already out there? After all, it’s not as if Lady Gaga is in need of the exposure. With over 26.8 million Twitter followers at the time of writing (that’s 9 million more

than Barack Obama), not to mention 52.5 fans on Facebook and 2.8 million followers on Google+, one could argue that Gaga’s little monsters get more than enough of their idol, and an entirely new network is hardly a necessity. But Lady Gaga is not the only one playing this game. Last month, Conservative MP Louise Mensch announced the launch of her own micro-blogging site, Menshn.com, a politically focused alternative to Twitter. Initially only available to users in the US (which just so happens to be where the site’s funding originates), the goal of the project is to unite users in discussion of shared interests. However, what was put forward as a civilised forum, protected from un-moderated and abusive content, could easily be interpreted as something of a digital policed state. One of my Twitter followers (who rather

tellingly declined to be identified in this post) called the site a walled garden, going on to say: “I know one shouldn’t throw the word ‘fascist’ around lightly, but it looks suspiciously like attempted ‘control of discourse’”. The backlash on Twitter has been vehement and far from positive. Mensch was branded a “narcissist” and “attention-seeking troll”, while her business model was criticised for being ultimately “undeliverable”. Numerous mentions were also made of the London riots last year, during which Mensch called for Twitter to be called down, and it was suggested that she would be only too happy to shut down her own site in times of crisis. Mensch’s motivations are less than clear, to say the least. Is she hoping to simply reduce the risk of trolls in her new community? Or is

cyber-Darwinism her intention, does she wish to cultivate an elitist forum where only the most highly informed of politicos are entitled to offer their opinion? It is far too early to say whether niche social networks are a sustainable concept, so I am probably being a smidgeon Orwellian and dramatic. And naturally there are exceptions to the rule; for instance, social networks such as Gaydar.co.uk will only ever be accessible to people of a certain persuasion. But generally speaking, social media’s core appeal is the way in which it brings people together. Darting off to private corners of the internet reeks of self-enforced ghettoisation and in my mind can only serve to childishly exclude people who aren’t deemed committed or fanatical enough in any given area of interest. LittleMonsters.com may yet be able to justify its existence thanks to the passionate and fiercely loyal nature of Gaga’s fans. And love her or hate her, at least the Lady encourages individuality and freedom of expression. On the other hand, Louise Mensch could not be more reminiscent of the snooty girl we all knew at school who only allowed people to be her friends if they listened to the right music, wore the right clothes and agreed with every single thing she said. Unfortunately for Mensch, people soon grow out of that thrall and end up having plenty to say for themselves - especially online. COURTESy HUffINGTON POST

man in Adelaide has admitted hacking an internet service provider - in more ways than one. Bryce kingsley Quilley, from southern Australia, local news report, Quilley pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful modification of computer data, one aggravated count of threatening to damage property and one aggravated count of threatening to cause harm. He attempted to hack the servers of the ISP - and then threatened to burn down its offices and its owner with an axe. No details on why the man was so furious have been released - but anyone who’s had to battle with one of the big providers to sort out their WiFi could probably have a guess. The man is now on bail, and faces sentencing in August. NEwS DESK

US murder suspect steals passenger plane, crashes it, then kills himself

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RIAN Hedglin, 40, used a rug to scale the razor wire-topped security fence at the St. George Municipal Airport in Utah, USA overnight Tuesday and drove off with the SkyWest jet. But he clipped a wing on the terminal building and crashed into cars in a parking lot. The plane never left the ground. A police officer making rounds around 12:50am found a motorcycle with the engine running just outside the perimeter fence. As he searched the grounds for the owner, the officer came upon the idling plane and called SkyWest, Marc Mortenson, a spokesman for St George city said. Hedglin was found inside with a gunshot wound to his head. He had been a pilot for the airline since 2005 but had been on administrative leave since July 13, the same day police found the body of his ex-girlfriend, Colorado Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Christina Cornejo, 39, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. NEwS DESK


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Ponting set to be Australia’s most capped player SYDNEY

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ICkY Ponting could break Steve Waugh's record as Australia's most-capped Test cricketer in front of his home fans at Hobart after the international summer schedule was announced on Thursday. If the veteran batsman plays all three Tests against South Africa in November, he will be on track to create Australian cricket history in his home state of Tasmania in the first match of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka. The former captain, who was dumped from the one-day international squad in February, has so far played 165 Tests, three shy of Waugh, his predecessor as skipper. South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will play Down Under in the coming Australian summer, with the Gabba in Brisbane hosting its first Test against the Proteas in 49 years in the opening game on November 9. South Africa beat Australia 2-1 when they last toured in 2008-09, and drew 1-

Sana to lead Pakistan in Ireland and england tour LAHORE STAff REPORT

Sana Mir has been named captain while Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi has been made vice-captain for the tour of Ireland and England beginning from August 18 to 30. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) women wing on Thursday announced the national women team for the upcoming tour of Ireland and England. Pakistan Team will tour Ireland from August 18 to 30 to participate in a TriNation series including Pakistan, Ireland and Bangladesh where they will play three one days and Twenty- 20s each. Then Pakistan Women Team will tour England from August 30 to September 6 and will play seven T20 matches. Pakistan will play two T20s each against England, Under-19 team and against a local club there. However Pakistan will play the only T20 against West Indies. The Training Camp of Women Team and reserves will be held from July 20 to August 16 at Southend Club, karachi. Besides the captain and the vice-captain the selected players include Bismah Maroof, Javeria Wadood, Nida Rashid, Marina Iqbal, Batool Fatima (wicket- keeper), Qanita Jalil, Asmavia Iqbal, Rabiya Shah, Elizabeth khan, Sadia Yousaf, Nahida Bibi and Masooma Junaid. However the players kept in reserve comprise Mariam Hussan Shah, Sumaiya Siddiqui, kanwal Naz and Javeria Rauf.

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England's scheduled one-day international against Scotland in Edinburgh next month has been cancelled because of flooding at the Citylets Grange ground. Cricket Scotland announced on Thursday that the Grange has been so seriously affected by flooding they could not guarantee the venue would be ready to host the match on August 12. A large section of the playing area is under water, while some of the main wall around the ground have been destroyed as a result of flooding caused by heavy rain in recent weeks.

1 with Michael Clarke's team when they met in a dramatic two-match series last year in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Sri Lanka begin their first Test visit to Australia since 2007 in Hobart on December 18 before Melbourne hosts the Boxing Day Test and Sydney the New Year's Test to wrap up the series. The Tests will be followed by a pair of five-match, head-to-head one-day international series -- the first against Sri Lanka from January 11 and the second

against the West Indies from February 1. The series against the West Indies will feature an international being played in Australian capital Canberra for the first time. Three Twenty20s will take place -in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said that over the past 12 to 24 months some exciting new talent had emerged in the Australian ranks and the home series would be a tough test for them. "The Australian men's team has a chance to test themselves early in the summer against a very strong South African side," he said. "We're also fortunate to have Sri Lanka back again. They play a very entertaining and attacking style of cricket and have a passionate and vocal fan base around Australia."

TEST SERIES NOvEMBER 9-13: Australia v South Africa at Brisbane 22-26: Australia v South Africa at Adelaide 30-4: Australia v South Africa at Perth DECEMBER 14-18: Australia v Sri lanka at hobart 26-30: Australia v Sri lanka at melbourne JANUARy 3-7: Australia v Sri lanka at Sydney

ONE-DAyERS JANUARy 11: Australia v Sri lanka at melbourne 13: Australia v Sri lanka at Adelaide 18: Australia v Sri lanka at Brisbane 20: Australia v Sri lanka at Sydney 23: Australia v Sri lanka at hobart fEBRUARy 1: Australia v west Indies at Perth 3: Australia v west Indies at Perth 6: Australia v west Indies at Canberra 8: Australia v west Indies at Sydney 10: Australia v west Indies at melbourne

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JANUARy 26: Australia v Sri lanka at Sydney 28: Australia v Sri lanka at melbourne fEBRUARy 13: Australia v west Indies at Brisbane

disgraced Butt hails pak-india cricket revival LAHORE

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He would not be a part of it but Pakistan's disgraced former captain Salman Butt is delighted that bilateral cricket ties with India would be revived with the limited-overs series in December. Butt, who is serving a five-year ICC ban for spot-fixing and returned home recently after serving a jail sentence in the United kingdom, said he was happy to hear that India have invited Pakistan for a one-day and Twenty20 series in December. "It is indeed good news but given that we are playing a bilateral series after five years efforts should have been made to also have a Test in the series because the significance of a Test match is very different from onedayers or T20 matches," Butt said. The former Test opener said it was now up to the Pakistan Cricket

waqar wants Pak selectors to give a chance to young

Board to play their cards right and get a commitment from India to send the team here sometime next year. "Definitely a bilateral series is only possible because the governments support this concept now. But the PCB after sending its team to India should now try to get a commitment from the Indian board for a return tour next year," Butt said. "We have been deprived of international cricket at home for the last three years and I don't blame the PCB for this. Because it is the government's duty to guarantee security of touring teams and without their assurance no team will come to Pakistan including India," he added. Meanwhile, cricketer-turnedpolitician Imran khan has also hailed the revival of the bilateral ties insisting that Indo-Pak rivalry in cricket was good for the sport. "As a former player and politician I say any steps taken by both govern-

ments that can encourage more dialogues between both countries and increase people to people level contact is good for Indo-Pak relations," Imran said. India have also invited Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions for the Champions League to be held in South Africa this year. Imran said he had always said Indo-Pak cricket was good for the sport as it is one of the greatest rivalries. "When Pakistan and India play against each other it is good for the sport as millions follow the matches across the world and this is good advertisement for cricket," he said. "I always enjoyed the matches against India and this special tension as it brought out the best in the players of both sides. The team that keeps it nerves always wins in such contests," he said.

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Former Pakistani skipper Waqar Younis hopes that the selectors introduce youth into Pakistan's pace bowling line sooner rather than later. "There are several young fast bowlers pushing the likes of Mohammad Sami for a place. I don't want to single any youngsters out and put more pressure on them but the likes of Sami need to look over their shoulder," he said. "I think it's very important for the selectors to keep bringing youngsters through, particularly fast bowlers. I think it's time to introduce some young pace bowlers to the Pakistan team in all formats and for those quick bowlers to be given a chance," Waqar told Pakpassion.net. He said there is enough fast bowling talent there in Pakistan and the selectors should utilise the talent and give those youngsters an opportunity instead of ignoring them. "If the young quick bowlers in Pakistan are not given a chance by the selectors, it will be a huge loss," Waqar said. He further said that Junaid khan looked in good rhythm in the Test series. "It was great to see Junaid bowling so well against a powerful Sri Lankan batting line up." "The main reason why Junaid was successful and Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami struggled was that Junaid was bowling the right length for those wickets. "Junaid looked full of energy compared to Gul and Sami, he was using the angles well, using the crease well, bowling round the wicket, over the wicket, bowling with variety and skill, but as I say the length he was bowling was perfect and astute," Waqar said.

Refreshed India seek revival in new season HAMBANtOtA AfP

India will look to start the new season on a winning note when they clash with on-form Sri Lanka in a one-day series starting in Hambantota on Saturday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Indians have endured a horrid time over the last 12 months, trounced in both the Test and one-day series in England and Australia. The World Cup champions also failed to reach the Asia Cup final in Bangladesh in March. "It's the start of a new season for us. It's nice to start afresh on a positive note," Dhoni, the Indian captain, told reporters ahead of the five-match series. "There are certain areas we want to improve on, and it's a good time for us to test how much we have improved and how much more we can improve." Dhoni's men, who enjoyed a rare six-week break after the Indian Pre-

mier League, have a busy season ahead, hosting New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Australia. "I think it was a very good break and we wanted to make the most of it," said Dhoni. "The good thing is that the energy level is up." India will look for runs from their top order, which is without leading run-getter Sachin Tendulkar, who opted out of the tour to spend time with his family. The return of explosive opener Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer khan, after they both missed the Asia Cup due to injuries, will bolster the batting and bowling. Sri Lanka are determined to build on their recent success which saw them win both the Test and one-day home series against Pakistan under Mahela Jayawardene. "We have just finished a series against Pakistan successfully and it is important to continue with the good

work," the Sri Lankan captain said. "We have to work hard to reach the goals we want to attain. It's a good opportunity against India and we need to take the team forward." Sri Lanka have recalled veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who was rested for the last three one-dayers against Pakistan, and also named uncapped fast bowler Isuru Udana in their squad. Hambantota will also host the second one-dayer on July 24, while the last three matches will be played in Colombo (July 28 and 31) and Pallekele (August 4). The one-day series will be followed by a one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele on August 7. SqUADS, SCHeDULe fOR INDIA-SRI LANKA SeRIeS Rival squads and schedule for the limited-overs series between India and Sri Lanka starting in Hambantota on Saturday:

INDIA (fROM): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virat kohli (vice-capt), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer khan, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Irfan Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma. SRI LANKA (fROM): Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, kumar Sangakkara, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Chamara kapugedara, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana.

SCHEDULE: July 21: First one-dayer, Hambantota July 24: Second one-dayer, Hambantota July 28: Third one-dayer, Colombo July 31: Fourth one-dayer, Colombo Aug 4: Fifth one-dayer, Pallekele Aug 7: T20 international, Pallekele


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About 30 sports disciplines to be contested at Tehsil level LAHORE STAff REPORT

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HE Tehsil level competitions have been placed at number three in the flow chart of the Punjab Sports and Youth Festival 2012 with having 18 sports events for general public and 12 for secondary schools out of the total of 90 events to be contested among eight sectors of society. Director General Sports Board Punjab Usman Anwar said that a total amount of Rs 1,015,600 will be disbursed among the winners of different competitions and sports contests at Tehsil level, which will start after the Neighboourhood and village and Union Council levels conclude. The Punjab Sports and Youth Festival 2012 will roll into action right after Eid throughout the province with an aim to give healthy activity to people of all walks of life. Giving details of the Tehsil level competitions, Usman informed that the competitions have been divided into two sector, General Public and Education,

Cricket, politics should not be mixed: Bedi SRINAgAR AGENCIES

Former India cricket captain Bishen Singh Bedi today extended his support to the revival of Indo-Pak cricketing ties, saying the sport should not be mixed with politics. "We are living in free India, there are those who oppose, but I am of the view that there should be matches between India and Pakistan. Cricket is a separate thing from politics, the two should not be mixed.

which are further sub-divided in a group of five sectors for general public that includes individual, family, rural, team and sports while the education sector have three sub-sectors of Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools and Sports for Secondary Schools. He said that in general public sports competitions will be held in arm wrestling, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiard and snooker, chess, cricket (tape ball), football, tug of war, volleyball, bodybuilding, hockey, weightlifting, cricket (hardball), kabaddi, mat wrestling, mud wrestling and table tennis. Elaborating the sectors, Usman said that competitions like cooking, horticulture, mushaira, naatkhani, pets competitions, photography, qirat, songs/millinaghme/poetry etc, debates, dress designing/stitching, handicraft, painting, family dressing, kitchen gardening, healthy baby, drama/short film, street art, street art theatre will be held among general public while bull race, dog race, tippling/pigeon flying, bull cart race, donkey cart race, horse race, best agriculture and livestock pro-

duce are the events for rural sector, he added. Usman giving details of competitions for education sector informed that elementary schools students will compete in debate, essay writing, millinaghme, naatkhani, painting and qirat and similarly, the students of secondary school would contest in events like cooking, cultural models, debate, dress show, essay writing, handicraft, millinaghme, naatkhani, painting, qirat and science models. The real competitions of skills, he said, would be seen among the students in sports like arm wrestling, athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, cricket (both tape ball and hardball), football, hockey table tennis, tug of war and volleyball. The director general sports Punjab said that competitions in all these events will be held among the sports and youth development councils of each union council. Inter-union council matches and competitions will be held between the union councils of each tehsil while the matches and competitions will also be held between the participating teams and individuals at the same level of Tehsil Council.

Six countries confirm participation in asian Masters Squash LAHORE STAff REPORT

As many as six countries have confirmed their participation in Asian Masters Squash Championship to be held here from September 3. Addressing a press conference karamatullah Chaudhary said that the countries which sent their confirmation include India, Hong kong, Bahrain, Singapore, Nepal and Malaysia. Secretary PSA, Tariq Farooq Rana, DCO Lahore Noorul Amin Mangal and Vice President, PSA Sohail khan were also present on the occasion. karamatullah

said the PSA extended invitation to a number of countries and so far six have confirmed participation besides a number of former masters of the game have also confirmed their entry. “Hopefully some other countries will also confirm their participation in due course of time,” he added. karamatullah said the event will showcase a better image of Pakistan which was deprived of international squash in recent years owing to security threats. He said leading squash players of the world have confirmed their participation in this four-day meet in which veterans of the game will

show the glimpses of their glittering past. “Senior players who have given up the sport will once again be seen in action and it is going to be a thrilling event of its kind,” said the tournament director. The age categories of the competition are 3539, 40-44,45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 6569, 70-74, and above 76. “Jahangir khan, Jansher khan and Qamar Zaman will also feature in the event,” he said. DCO Lahore said the competition will help in resuming international squash in Pakistan and in future other foreign teams and players will be willing to visit Pakistan. The last date of receiving entries is August 3.

mFtA Futsal tournament concludes LAHORE STAff REPORT

Model Town Football Academy Futsal tournament concluded here on Thursday and prizes were given to winners of various age groups at MFTA ground. Nearly four hundred children drawn in different age groups participated in the week long football festival which aimed at imparting basic and secondary points of the game and to develop a passion of football among the emerging youth. Large gathering of parents attended the prize distribution ceremony and notable performers were awarded medals, trophies and souvenirs. The futsal competition continued for the whole week under lights and a keen competition was witnessed among the children which indicates their interest in taking up football as s sport in years to come, said Mian Rizwan Ali ,President, MFTA while speaking at the prize distribution ceremony. He highlighted the efforts of MFTA for football at grass root level and called for launching more efforts at early level to give football a new popularity in Pakistan. He said MFTA will organize a bigger tournament after Eid in which special focus will be laid on the participation of junior teams. Following are the names of winning teams in different age groups, (Boys) 3-5 years, MFTA Blues,4-6 years, Sparrow, 6-9 years, karachi, 1013, Islamabad, 14-16, Islamabad. (Girls) 8-15, Team A 1st, , Team B 2nd. Summer Camp winning team was also Sparrow in 4-6 years of age group while Lahore win the 6-9 years age group competition and Islamabad stood first in 10-16 years of age cetegroy.

Cook puts England on top against South Africa LONDON AfP

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott steered England into a strong position and by the close of the opening day the hosts were at 263 for three with Cook and Ian Bell holding the crease. The early loss of captain Andrew Strauss pushed England to the wall but Cook with his century steadied the sinking ship on the opening day of the first Test match against South Africa at the Oval on Thursday. With Cook on 69 not

out and Trott on 68, England had reached 158 for one at tea as they made a strong start to their bid to retain their place on top of the Test world rankings. The pair came together without a run on the board after Strauss was leg before wicket to Morne Morkel off the fourth ball of the match. But Cook and Trott were largely untroubled on an easy-paced pitch as they rebuilt the England innings with sensible batting, only playing the ball when it was necessary or when they could pick off loose deliveries. South Africa's highly-

rated pace attack was neutralised as a result and the tourists, who are seeking to overtake England as the number one ranked Test team, used spin bowlers for 12 of the 53 overs sent down before tea, including two by part-time off-spinner JP Duminy. Strauss's dismissal justified South Africa's decision to give the new ball to Morkel instead of Dale Steyn. It was the seventh time in nine matches that Strauss had fallen to the tall fast bowler. With Morkel bowling around the wicket to the left-hander, Strauss was

trapped on the crease by a ball angled in to him. Umpire Steve Davis turned down an appeal by the South Africans, who called for a review which showed the ball was hitting the inside of the leg stump. Rain delayed the start by 15 minutes and the floodlights were turned on 25 minutes after the start as heavy cloud rolled in. But the weather cleared and the afternoon session was played in sunlight. Cook reached his fifty off 98 balls with seven fours and a top-edged six against Dale Steyn, while Trott took 127 deliveries to reach the mark, hitting six fours.

SCOREBOARD ENGLAND, fIRST INNINGS AJ Strauss lbw b Morkel 0 114 AN Cook not out IJL Trott c de villiers b Morkel 71 KP Pietersen c de villiers b Kallis 42 IR Bell not out 10 Extras (b 2, lb 16, w 2, nb 10) 30 267 Total (3 wickets; 90 overs) fall of wickets: 1-0 (Strauss, 0.4 ov), 2-170 (Trott, 57.2 ov), 3251 (Pietersen, 79.4 ov) Bowling: M Morkel 18-2-44-2, vD Philander 16-2-48-0, Dw Steyn 21-5-62-0, JH Kallis 14-3-34-1, Imran Tahir 15-0-51-0, JP Duminy 6-1-10-0. Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS), Asad Rauf (PAK), Tv umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)


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The trials to select pahlwans for Tiger Lahore and Sitara Lahore concluded here on Thursday and from around 50 wrestlers participated in the trials. According to convenor wrestling to Chief MInister Punjab, Mohsin Arshad the two-day trials were held under the supervision of Lahore Wrestling Association and for Tiger Lahore kalu Shahpuria and Noori Pahlwans will compete while for the Sitara Lahore title competitions will be held between Sarwar and Shaukat pahlwans. He further said that the mass participation of young pahlwans in the tirals have proved that the game has returned at grass root level and the only requirement is to give them with maximum possible competitions to polish their skills in the traditional sport. "The puropse of holding maximum possible competitions from the Lahore Association platform is to develop the art of dasi wrestling,” said Mohsin after the trials.

PU cricketers training hard for Karachi tournament LAHORE STAff REPORT

Punjab University boys Cricket team is working hard at a training camp for taking part in Muhammad Ali Shah Cricket tournament being played from August 7 at karachi. “ Players are really working hard in two daily sessions under the watchful eyes of experienced coaches to get good results in the tournament “,said a spokesman of Punjab university sports department here on Thursday. For achieving better results in the event Punjab University team is playing the T/ 20 matches against different clubs and universities.

A cruel end to a marvelous career Comment DANYAL RASOOL

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N 1997, a scrawny, self-assured 20year old Mark Boucher flew to Pakistan to make his Test debut. He had only ever played 14 first class matches, but he declared he wasn’t short of confidence and “didn’t reckon conditions will be too tough.” Ever since, Boucher has been present in the South African dressing room, a blazing, aggressive batsman in front of the stumps, and a reliable, uncomplicated ‘keeper behind them. Boucher was never a favourite of the board and it wasn’t for lack of form or results. Just as many a cricketer had been stung by the whiplash of Boucher’s verbal, he was never one to worry about pleasing the selectors, and publicly put down their opinions if he believed they were devoid of credence. Lately, however his performances had come under increasing scrutiny, every dropped catch magnified and each dismissal amplified, and that prompted Boucher to take the hardest decision of his life. He announced he would retire after the challenge he cherished most, taking on England in their backyard. It was one he had accomplished successfully in 2008, scoring a gritty, unbeaten 45 in the final innings to chase down England’s 283, when most teams, and indeed players, would have quietly crawled back into their shell, easing to the safety of a draw. Boucher scoffed at such caution, and along with his talismanic skipper Graeme Smith, led South Africa to their first Test series win over England since readmission. The aesthetic symmetry would have pleased a statistician: his final Test

would have been his 150th (at Lords, no less), he would get the 56 runs required to become the highest scoring wicketkeeper in history and he would achieve the two dismissals he required to get up to 1000 dismissals in international cricket. This series would be the swansong of a marvelous career, and, if South Africa beat England, the culmination of their goal to become the number one side in Test cricket. It was so idyllic, so perfect and so appropriate. One day into the tour, Boucher was in hospital, having announced his retirement from the game. He had just had his

Boucher’s retina intact: doctors JOHANNeSBURG: The freak accident involving former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher left his eye less severely injured than initially thought, doctors said after he underwent a second operation on Thursday. "The important parts of the retina were intact, confirming previous findings," the medical team of a Cape Town clinic said in a statement. "The blood which accumulated due to the trauma was removed. There were no complications, no bleeding, and nothing else unexpected." The 35year-old's left eyeball was torn by a dislodged bail off an Imran Tahir delivery during a warm-up match prior to a three-Test series in England last Monday. Doctors had feared he would be left totally blind in the damaged eye, but the prognosis has improved over time. AfP

eyeball operated upon, with no idea if he would ever see out of his left eye again. A clearly moved South African team huddled around their captain, who read out Boucher’s statement to the world from Taunton’s cricket ground. Instead of going out in a blaze of glory, South Africa’s loyal servant would return home on “a road of uncertain recovery”. Instead of scampering around for an extra single or putting his body on the line behind the stumps, it was all he could do to muster the energy to get up from his bed and hop into a wheelchair as his teammates came over to see him in hospital.

“I’ll be watching you guys play,” he chirped in his unmistakeable demeanour, ‘one eye or another!’ He laughed, but no one else joined in. South Africa’s team manager, Mohammad Mosajee, later said that “a few tears were shed.” No one would doubt that for a moment. No one will argue that he wasn’t quite the best batsman of all wicket-keepers (kumar Sangakarra and Adam Gilchrist were indeed far superior in that department), but neither will anyone debate that he was the most consistent, or indeed that his wicket-keeping prowess surpassed that of any gloveman that cricket has seen. Awareness, anticipation and ability were qualities few ‘keepers could hope to combine, but Boucher did it for 15 years with consummate ease. As a wicketkeeper, you hardly ever noticed him, which is the greatest tribute you can pay to a ‘keeper. (Anyone ambiguous about that claim should cast their mind to kamran Akmal.) His was the sort of contribution South Africa will fully appreciate now that he’s no longer there to make it. Never one to crib and complain, he took his exclusion from the squad of the 2011 World Cup and subsequent ODI’s with quiet stoicism, although it couldn’t have been more evident than in their quarterfinal implosion against New Zealand that the man to steady the ship was helplessly looking on from South Africa. The man who had pioneered so many famous South African run chases, the man who knew how to calm the tail down and get the best out of them, never more famously than in that ODI against Australia, where he hit the winning runs as South Africa hunted down 434. Without their terrier, South Africa would have served up their special: gallant perform-

ances and heartbreak, as they did against the kiwis in last year’s World Cup. As Nasser Hussain so aptly said: “You always knew that if you had South Africa 150 for five, you still had to get past Boucher.” It would be unfair to infer that Boucher was an unlikeable, haughty character; the heartfelt tributes and wellwishes flowing in for him, including many from fellow players, suggest otherwise. He isn’t the sort of bloke to let that go unnoticed either, and he warmly thanked everyone, claiming that the world’s support for him had “brought me to my knees.” He implored his team to focus on their job in England, assuring them that he would pull through. He retires in circumstances unbecoming of the kind of cricketer, and more importantly, the type of character he was. South Africa’s realities changed in Surrey on Monday, with cricket suddenly put into perspective. kallis, Boucher’s best mate, said that South Africa would now play for him. It is an inescapable fact, however, that they will also play without him, and he is someone whose calmness and ability they will sorely miss. Someone you would want to go to war with, but never against. Whether Boucher recovers fully is exceedingly dubious, with the initial prognosis reportedly quite foreboding. It is realistic to say he may be left blinded in his left eye, which would incapacitate one of the most eagle-eyed sportsmen of his day. But instead of myopically remembering his career ending accident, Boucher’s admirable legacy demands we bear in mind his innumerable contributions to the game. And if you could bet on anyone pulling through such an ordeal, you would do well to put your money on Mark.


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United start world tour with narrow victory DURBAN AfP

Manchester United started a six-game pre-season world tour with a 1-0 win over AmaZulu before a capacity 50,000 crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium Wednesday. Federico Macheda scored the winner midway through the first half for the Red Devils, who came closest to increasing their lead just before time when another Italian, substitute Davide Petrucci, rattled the crossbar. It was a closer match than anticipated, with many South Africans believing mid-table Premiership side AmaZulu would be swept aside by the former European champions even though they lacked many first choices like Wayne Rooney. Political icon Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, was remembered before the kick-off with the teams wishing him a happy 94th birthday in song. "My players tired during the second half which was quite even," said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "I'm happy with the result and it was nice to give Nelson Mandela a birthday present of a United victory. "I gave a few young players a chance tonight and we

have high hopes for two or three of them. Jesse Lingard has got a lot of potential and Scott Wootton impressed in the heart of defence." United left new signing Shinji kagawa from Japan on the bench as they started with a mix of experienced stars like captain Rio Ferdinand and youngsters Robbie Brady, Frederic Veseli, Wootton and Lingard. The Red Devils were quick into their stride on a clear mid-winter evening in the Indian Ocean city and could have taken the lead inside two minutes had Javier Hernandez been sharper. Goalkeeper Tapuwa kapini failed to grasp a closerange Macheda shot and the ball fell invitingly for the Mexican in front of goal, but he failed to connect and the South Africans hastily cleared. United were dominant in the early stages against nervous opponents and the 2012 English Premier League runners-up to Manchester City would not have been flattered by a three-goal lead after 10 minutes. Machedo broke the deadlock on 20 minutes by finishing off good work from Paul Scholes and Dimitar Berbatov with a close-range shot that touched the hand of the AmaZulu goalkeeper and the foot of a defender before crossing the line.

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French sprinter hopes to be olympics master PARIS: Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre is hoping he can gatecrash the expected Jamaican and American hold over the sprints at the Olympics - so long as he doesn't go to sleep in the blocks! The 22-year-old two-time European 100 metres champion and 2010 200m victor has yet to decide whether he will compete in both sprint distances or focus solely on the 200m. However, he gave a pretty clear hint after running the third fastest time of the year in the event of 19.91 in the 200m at last weekend's London Diamond League meet. AfP

NDY Roddick was hoping Nicolas Mahut would be the first to flinch in a first-set tiebreaker. It didn't take long for Roddick to get his wish. "He missed a pretty easy to ball in the tiebreaker to make it 3-all," Roddick said. "From there, I played pretty solid." Roddick beat the Frenchman 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the second round of the Atlanta Open on Wednesday night after rain delayed the tournament 4½ hours. Roddick, who will play Michael Russell in the quarterfinals, broke Mahut in the ninth point of the tiebreaker and held serve to take a tough first set. "The first tiebreaker is so big," Roddick said. "There's not much between you, and whoever loses it has a long road (back). I was fortunate to get up on that one." Russell, at 34, is the oldest player in the main draw, but he outlasted No. 5 seed kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to reach his first ATP World Tour hard-court quarterfinals since February 2011. No. 8 seed Go Soeda of Japan beat Russia's Igor kunitsyn 6-1, 7-5. Their match began at 4 p.m., but when the rain hit 25 minutes later, the order of play was changed. Soeda and kunitsyn had to wait 7½ hours for Russell and Anderson to finish before their match could restart. Soeda led the first set 3-0 before play was stopped. The match, which lasted 1 hour, 31 minutes, ended at 1:28 a.m. No. 3 seed kei Nishikori of Japan held off Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4 in a match that ended at 1:47 a.m. Roddick's victory avenged a four-set loss to Mahut at the French Open on May 27. It was Roddick's earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament since 2007 and his first loss to Mahut in five career matches. "I thought about it a little bit, but the conditions are so different," Roddick said. "I'm not real comfortable on clay. I don't think that's a secret. Obviously coming back here on home turf on a surface I'm very comfortable on is just a different scenario." No. 1 seed John Isner and No. 2 seed Mardy Fish, Atlanta's two-time defending champion, will play their second-

AtlAntA: Andy roddick celebrates breaking nicolas mahut of France in the first set during the BB&t Atlanta open at Atlantic Station. afp round matches on Thursday. Though Roddick didn't have to wait nearly as long as some of the players to get on the court, the damp conditions were hardly to his liking. He and Mahut occasionally slipped as they tried to reach for shots. "I expressed my concern," Roddick said. "It was heard by the supervisor. He agreed with my sentiment and told me to play on." Russell and Anderson began their match at 4 p.m., but they had to wait nearly five hours before resuming. In the tiebreaker, Ander-

son held serve to take the 11th point and broke Russell to win the first set. Russell, though, held his composure to avenge a loss to Anderson in Atlanta last year. Isner will face Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium in the last singles match on Thursday. Fish will play Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in the second afternoon match. The other two matches will feature James Blake against Matthew Ebden of Australia and Steve Johnson against Jack Sock. Both were both wild-card entries.

Bartoli survives error-plagued opening match CARLSBAD: Top seed Marion Bartoli survived a struggle lasting for more than three hours, with the Frenchwoman overcoming a massive 18 double-faults to advanced at the WTA hardcourt event here on Wednesday. Bartoli defeated American Vania king 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in an error-plagued marathon match to reach the quarterfinals after a bye in the first round. "It's a very hard surface," Bartoli said. "Playing three hours is not really helping, but I think it was a great fight from both of us and we tried our best." Bartoli, who will not play in the London Olympics due to a longstanding dispute with the French federation, won a battle in which both women took lengthy injury breaks, with Bartoli going off court for treatment in the third set. AfP

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Australia's Adam Scott flirted with golfing history in the first round of the British Open at Royal Lytham on Thursday before settling for a six-under par 64 and the clubhouse lead. The 31-year-old from Adelaide, seen as one of the best players currently not to have won a major title, came to the last needing a birdie to become the first player in the long history of the majors to record a 62. Instead, a wayward drive into thick Lancashire rough resulted in a closing bogey and meant that Scott

was even deprived the satisfaction of joining the 25 other golfers who have recorded 63s in major golf. It was enough, however, to place him atop the leaderboard with the lowest first round ever fired in 11 Opens at Lytham and it matched the course record in Open play, the third-round 64 by Tom Lehman on his way to victory in 1996. "I just pulled my 2iron slightly off the tee. It's quite an awkward tee shot with no wind, even. And just got myself in a bit of trouble and tried to be smart and chip out and chip on, but didn't quite hit a good third shot and left myself too much work," Scott said of his bogey at the last.

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the choice of mexico City to host the 1968 Games was a controversial one because of the city’s high altitude - 2240m above sea level - which meant that air contained 30% less oxygen than at sea level. the mexico Games in 1968 led to records in events that were 400 meters or shorter, while the long distance events were the slowest ever recorded for a long time. mexican hurdler enriqueta Basilio became the first woman to light the olympic flame. the mexico Games was the first to conduct sex testing for women. eulalia rolinska of Poland and Gladys de Seminario of Peru were the first women to compete in the shooting events during these Games. when American Bob Beamon jumped the record 8.90m in the long jump event, it was beyond the limits of the measuring device in use at the pit, and a steel tape had to be used. Beamon in fact had added 55cm to the then existing world record. during these Games, the existing olympic record was beaten by seven men in the triple jump, and the world mark was improved on five occasions. the 100m sprint for men in these Games was unique because for the first time all the eight finalists were black! Americans tommie Smith and John Carlos, who had come first and third respectively in the 200m sprint, raised black-gloved, clenched fists during the medal ceremony when the anthem was played. For this action they were suspended and expelled from the olympic village. American Janice romary became the first woman to compete in consecutive Games in 1968. She also became the first woman to carry the flag for her country in a Games opening ceremony. In the 5.5m class yachting event, three Swedish brothers Ulf, Peter and Jorgen Sundelin crewed their boat wasa Iv to any easy victory, while four Pettersson brothers combined to win Sweden a silver medal in cycling’s team time trial. For the first time since 1928, India failed to reach the final of the men’s field hockey event. Japan who won a bronze medal in the soccer competition, were the first and only Asian team to win a medal and first non-european team to do so in 40 years.


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Russia, China veto Syria sanctions at UN

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USSIA and China on Thursday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would impose sanctions against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad if he does not end the use of heavy weapons. It was the third time in nine months that Russia and China have used their powers as permanent members of the council to block resolutions on Syria, and called into question the future of UN envoy kofi Annan’s peace mission. There were 11 votes in favour, Russia and China’s votes against with Pakistan and South Africa abstaining. “The United kingdom is appalled at the veto of Russia and China,” said Britain’s UN envoy Mark Lyall Grant, whose country took the lead in writing up the resolution. “The effect of their actions

is to protect a brutal regime. They have chosen to put their national interests ahead of the lives of millions of Syrians,” Lyall Grant told the council after the veto. “It is clear that Russia only aims to give more time to the Syrian regime to crush the opposition,” said France’s envoy Gerard Araud. He added that the Annan peace mission was now threatened. “Refusing Annan the means of pressure that he asked for is to threaten his mission,” Araud told the Council. The British text, backed by the United States, France, Germany and Portugal, called for non-military sanctions under Chapter VII of the UN Charter if Assad does not withdraw heavy weapons from Syrian cities in 10 days. Chapter VII of the charter permits the Security Council to impose sanctions and, should they fail, to pursue tougher action. However the sanctions were only a threat and would have needed a new resolution, western envoys stressed. The sanctions proposal was added to a resolution on renewing the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) whose 90-

day mandate ends on Friday.Without a resolution, the UN may have to hurriedly withdraw the nearly 300 unarmed observers now in Damascus. The UNSMIS operation has been suspended since June 16 because of the mounting violence. Russia had said it could not accept sanctions or any action under Chapter VII and has proposed a counter-resolution which would just renew the UNSMIS mandate. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama spoke by telephone about the resolution on Wednesday, but failed to overcome differences on UN action. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had accused western countries of using “blackmail” by linking the sanctions with the renewal of the UNSMIS mission. More than 17,000 people have been killed since an uprising against Assad began 16 months ago, activists say. The Security Council faces growing criticism over its failure to take action. UN chief Ban ki-moon and international envoy Annan had called on the Council to unite and take strong action on

Syria in the hours ahead of the vote. Ban said there was an “extreme urgency” for action to make government and opposition forces halt the violence. Annan said the council must take “decisive” action on the conflict. India’s ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri said it was “regrettable” that the council had not sent a united message to the Syrian leadership to back Annan. He said council powers had acted on their “national interests”. Pakistan, which abstained, said urgent action must be taken to make sure UNSMIS stays in Syria. JUSTIfICATION: Meanwhile, Russia accused Western nations of seeking to use a proposed UN Security Council on Syria to justify military intervention in the country. The resolution sought to “open the path to the pressure of sanctions and further to external military involvement in Syrian domestic affairs”, Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said after vetoing the resolu-

t i o n . “Their calculations to use the UN Security Council to further their plans to put their pressure on sovereign states will not pass,” Churkin said in acrimonious council debate on Syria after the veto. Churkin said the West had sought to “fan the flames of extremists, including terrorist groups”. He said the draft resolution, drawn up by Britain with backing from the United States, France, Germany and Portugal, was “biased”. Churkin said Russia would not put its own draft resolution on the UN Supervision Mission in Syria for a vote.

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GB IG suspended for defying court orders ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif, Sindh United Party Chairman Jalal Mahmood Shah and Mumtaz Bhutto shake hands after signing an electoral alliance on Thursday. online

GILaNI’s sCIoN wINs BaCK Na-151 Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son and former member of the Punjab Assembly, Abdul Qadir Gilani was on Thursday declared returned successful in the by-poll for NA-151, Multan constituency, a seat falling vacant after his father’s disqualification as PM on charges of committing contempt of court. Abdul Qadir had resigned from his provincial assembly seat to contest election from his father’s constituency on a Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ticket. According to unofficial results, Abdul Qadir bagged 64,628 votes, closely out-voting rival Shaukat Hayat Bosan who secured 60,532 votes. The ECP had earlier announced setting up 245 polling stations for 308,871 voters across the Multan constituency, of which 64 had been declared sensitive, and a public holiday had been declared in the city. Monitoring deSk

Nawaz vows ‘economic blasts’ once in power

Inspector General of Gilgit-Baltistan Police Hussain Asghar was suspended from service on Thursday for not appearing before the court in the Haj corruption case. A three-member Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S khwaja and Justice khilji Arif Hussain on Thursday resumed hearing in the case relating to allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the 2010 Haj arrangements. During the hearing, Attorney General Irfan Qadir produced the notification pertaining to Asghar’s suspension. The attorney general said the prime minister had been apprised of the court’s order regarding Asghar, upon which he ordered immediate action against the official. Subsequently, the bench adjourned the hearing until an unspecified date.

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Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said he would conduct “economic blasts” if he came into power, adding that all selfcentered people had gathered to share power in Islamabad. Talking to reporters, Nawaz said his government had earlier conducted nuclear blasts and now would conduct “economic blasts” if a chance were given to him. He welcomed PML-N’s alliance with Sindh United Front, saying this coalition would help bring a true leadership to power. Nawaz said PML-N would never support partition of Sindh, adding that if his party got into power, distribution of water among provinces would

be implemented in accordance with the 1991-formula. The former prime minister said his party did not believe in blame game, however, suggested that politics should be based on public interest. The PML-N president said he would not meet President Asif Ali Zardari through the backdoor. “Zardari’s Sindh card has lost credit,” he added. To a query regarding Rehman Malik’s statement, Nawaz said it was someone else’s turn to go to jail, adding that he would go to Saudi Arabia, but for Umrah. He said everybody knew who was behind launching defamation campaigns against him. To a query, Nawaz said like other Pakistanis, the people of Sindh also CoNtINuEd oN PagE 04

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During Wednesday’s hearing, the apex court had directed the government to suspend Hussain Asghar from service for not complying with apex court’s orders. The court had asked Attorney General Qadir to suspend Asghar and bring it to the notice of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf that despite apex court’s orders, Asghar had not reported back to FIA Headquarter. The AGP submitted that Imtiaz Inayat Elahi had been appointed the inquiry officer for departmental proceedings against Asghar for non-compliance with court orders. The chief justice questioned how was it possible that a government officer was continuously refusing to abide by the federal government’s order to report back, saying no comprise could be made on the prestige of the court. Justice Jawwad S khawaja said the matter was quite simple, for it did not pertain to a person, but to the rule of law, asking why could the government not ensure the supremacy of Section 10 of Civil Servants Act.


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