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Vol IV No 47 19 Pages
Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 Shawwal 13, 1434
security risk: By-polls called oﬀ in na-25 By-elections on four National Assembly (NA) and four provincial assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will be conducted on Thursday as the bypolls in NA-25 have been postponed due to the security situation. The law enforcement agencies have made arrangements to ensure security during the by-polls, which will be conducted in nine districts of the province. Armed troops are to be deployed at vulnerable polling stations. pag e 19
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thai pM aims to double trade volume Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on her maiden visit to Pakistan said that her country hopes to double its bilateral trade volume with Pakistan to over $2 billion by 2018. Shinawatra, who arrived in Pakistan for an official tour on Tuesday, addressed a joint press conference with Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. “We both recognise the vast potential in our bilateral relations,” said Shinawatra. pag e 04
punjab’s Lg system to render DCs toothless
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The newly-proposed district health and education authorities are likely to replace EDOs and leave the traditionally strong office of the deputy commissioner more “toothless” under the new local government system, Pakistan Today has learnt. The office of the DC, traditionally the epicentre of power in the district combining both executive and judicial powers, is being revived but with limited powers. pag e 04
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Kayani had doubts about ttp involvement in benazir’s death: un investigator
MusharraF charged over benazir Murder Former presidenT accused oF murder, criminal conspiracy To murder, FaciliTaTing murder and noT providing required securiTy To Former prime minisTer
Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani had expressed doubts about a claim by the regime of former president Pervez Musharraf that Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a UN investigator has said. Kayani indicated he had wondered whether slain TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud had organised the assassination, as was claimed by an Interior Ministry spokesman at a news conference a day after Benazir’s death on December 27, 2007. Musharraf’s government based its claim on an intercept of a conversation between Mehsud and another man that was provided by the InterServices Intelligence agency. Kayani said the press conference had been “premature”, adding, “It should not have been done.” “One cannot conclude culpability solely on a phone intercept,” Kayani has been quoted as saying by Chilean diplomat Heraldo Munoz, who headed a UN panel that investigated Benazir’s assassination. Kayani also considered the performance of the Rawalpindi police after the assassination to have been “amateur”, the diplomat writes in his new book “Getting Away With Murder”, excerpts from which were released on Monday. The army chief was referring to the hosing down of the crime scene within hours of Benazir being killed by a suicide bomber. “If in 24 hours you don’t completely secure the scene, then you lose the threads to solve a case,” Kayani told Munoz during a meeting in Rawalpindi on February 25, 2010.
30 paisas reduction approved in power tariff ISLAMABAD ONLiNE
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved decrease in the electricity tariff by 30 paisas per unit. According to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, the approval has been made on account of fuel adjustment charges for the month of July, and the consumers would get benefit in next month’s bill. National Electric Power Regulatory Authority said revision in reference tariff mechanism, and rise in hydropower generation were the main cause behind reduction in power tariff.
N an unprecedented move, the Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday charged ex-military chief and former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf for abetting the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The former military chief, who ruled the country for nearly a decade at the strength of his uniform, has been indicted in the high-profile murder case besides six other accused. He was accused of murder, criminal conspiracy to murder, facilitating the murders and not providing required security to the former prime minister that led to her
assassination. However, the four-star retired general denied all 11 charges mentioned in the eight-page charge sheet. Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a bomb-and-gun attack at a pubic rally on 27 December, 2007 in Rawalpindi. Besides Pervez Musharraf, four alleged militants and two police officers were also charge sheeted. Former police officers, then Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and Rawal Town SP Khurram Shehzad, were also present in the court when they were indicted. Amid tight security, police produced the accused before ATC Judge Haji Habibur Rehman. In security cover of Rangers, intelligence personnel and police
commandos, Musharraf was presented in the court. Chaudhry Azhar advocate, the FIA special prosecutor, represented the state in the court, while Musharraf was accompanying his lawyers’ team led by Ilyas Siddiqui. “There is no strong evidence against us, the case is politically motivated. We will follow legal course. Musharraf’s lovers should not be afraid over this development,” said Syeda Afshan Adil, one of Musharraf’s legal advisers. Talking to reporters outside the court building, she said indictment did not mean that Musharraf had been declared a killer. “Now the real trial of the case will start and we will follow legal procedure,” she added. After the refusal of Musharraf to accept the charges, the court invited witnesses for recording statement and adjourned the hearing for August 27. Earlier, a UN inquiry team in its probe held Musharraf responsible for not provid-
ing required security to Benazir that led to her killing. During the hearing on Tuesday, FIA prosecutor also said that despite requests, president Musharraf did not provide security to Benazir, for which she was entitled as a former prime minister. On the other hand, Musharraf had provided full security to former prime ministers Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Shaukat Aziz. Meanwhile, the same court also accepted Musharraf’s plea for giving him exemption from appearing before the court. In his application, the former military chief had requested that due to security threats, he could not appear before the court for hearings so he should be given exemption. Talking to reporters after the hearing, the public prosecutor said he (Musharraf) should be tried. If convicted, Musharraf can face a maximum sentence of death or life imprisonment, a prosecution lawyer said.
Floods continue to play havoc in punjab, sindh Three children killed in house collapse in kurram agency LAHORE/HYDERABAD aGENCiES
LAHORE: People cross a flooded road in Kala Shah Kaku on Tuesday. iNP
US imposes sanctions on KP madrassa PESHAWAR Shamim Shahid
The news regarding the imposition of a ban on Sheikh Aminullah and his madrassa has spread like wildfire throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa but no one has yet issued any reaction against the US government’s decision. The US government on Tuesday imposed restrictions on Maulvi Aminullah and his Jamia Taleem Ul Quran Wa Ahadith and Al-Qaeda’s Senior
Saudi Arabian Member Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai. However, a response on the US decision was not issued by either of the two or any of their aides. Situated in the heart of Peshawar, the Jamia Taleem Ul Quran Wa Hadith is run by Aminullah who originally belongs to Afghanistan but settled in Peshawar several decades earlier. Particularly after the 9/11 incident, Aminullah and his madrassa were charged of extending help to terrorists groups, including al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-
Tayyaba and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. However in 2009, Aminullah renamed the madrassa to Madrassa Tul Iqra and Roza Tul Atfal (madrassa for children). So far, Aminullah has not reacted to the US government’s action against him and his madrassa. Locals said that the madrassa was still operational however Aminullah and several of his relatives and aides have been ‘underground’ since the last several days.
With most of the rivers playing havoc in Punjab, 50 more villages in the province were inundated on Tuesday as floodwater threatened Multan district. Jehlum, Ravi, Chenab and Sutlej rivers were flowing in high flood. Reports said over 50 villages came under water in Jhang district, as floodwaters inundated hundreds of acres of agriculture land in the area. The local administration was moving people to safer places, issuing warning for them to evacuate homes. The army is also assisting the district administration in relief and rescue activities. Over 500 villages have been inundated in Multan, Jhang, Chiniot and Kamoke region owing to high flood in Chenab River. Meanwhile in Indus River, the high flood peak entered Guddu Barrage in Sindh. Local authorities claimed that all protective dykes had been fortified. Floodwaters have inundated thousands of acres of agriculture land in the Katcha areas of Sindh, inundating scores of villages in Kashmore, Kandhkot, Khairpur, Nawabshah and Dadu region, with people for Katcha areas leaving their homes for safer places due to rising flood waters. In Kurram Agency, three children were killed as the roof of a house came down following the spate of rains for the last few days. Sources said the death toll due to the recent rainfall rose to eight in Kurram Agency. Besides that, hundreds of mud houses have been destroyed in various parts of the agency, the sources added.
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india puts talKs with paKistan on hold until sept end NEW DELHI iNP
Hardening its stance over alleged border crossfire, India has decided to put talks with Pakistan “on freeze” and official meetings will not be held until September end, sources said on Monday. However, there is a possibility of a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York in September. And a call will be taken on how to proceed on dialogue process after that meeting, official sources said. They said India would not respond to the suggested dates for water secretary-level meeting, as well as dates for the joint commission, which were to be held in September. No dates for possible home secretary-level talks are being considered now, which were earlier proposed to be held in October, the sources added. The decision has been taken in the backdrop of the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control and incessant ceasefire violations over the past few days. With India’s government on the backfoot since the opposition has been critical during parliament session, New Delhi is keen to not be seen too be weak in response as far as relations with Pakistan are concerned. KhurshId downplays nawaz’s remarK on KashmIr: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday avoided commenting on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s remark that Kashmir is a ‘national issue’, saying priority should be given to peace and enforcement of cease-fire along the Line of Control (LoC). Khurshid said that he did not want to get engaged with Pakistan’s prime minister because the latter was addressing his own constituency and country. “It cannot be a matter of debate. But the priority is that we have to protect our interest on the Line of Control. Very unfortunate incidents have happened and are continuing to happen,” said Khurshid. “I think it’s important that priority should be given to peace and enforcement of ceasefire and maintenance of ceasefire along the Line of Control,” he added.
opp senators unleash Fury on nisar over islaMabad standoFF ISLAMABAD
HE opposition on Tuesday blasted the federal government’s “flawed strategy” to deal with the Sikandar drama staged in the federal capital last week and stressed the urgency for evolving a national counterterrorism policy. The opposition parliamentarians criticised the federal government during a debate on an adjournment motion moved by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Raza Rabbani about the Sikandar incident. They said it was astonishing how a lone gunman kept the entire capital hostage by brandishing his weapons and putting his demands before the government while the government “abdicated”
its writ. They said the incident had brought a bad name to the country and it would encourage militants to challenge the writ of the state even in the federal capital. Rabbani said PPP leader Zamurd Khan should be given a medal for his bravery, urging the government to rise above party bias. Initiating the debate, Rabbani put forth 17 questions about the incident and sought a response from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. “It appeared as if there was no federal government. Live coverage of the drama continued unabated for over five hours. The government must answer how the gunman entered the red zone and who was behind the whole operation,” he said. Rabbani also referred to contradictions in two public statements of the interior minister. He said that initially Nisar had
claimed that Sikandar was not a member of any terrorist outfit, saying he was insane and had acted out of anger. However, he added, later the minister claimed that Sikandar was linked with foreign hands and international mobsters. He questioned the delay of action against Sikandar when Nisar knew that he was linked to foreign agents. He asked why the phone calls made by the suspect were not traced. Rabbani claimed the incident had sent a very wrong message to the world and the chaos among the administration and the government had been exposed, defaming Pakistan internationally. Senator Rehman Malik said the talks offer by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was merely an effort to gain time. He said the country stood threatened as the Punjab Taliban had overpowered the
iMran proposes Four points to end terrorisM ISLAMABAD KaShiF aBBaSi
7 security officials for each sensitive polling station ISLAMABAD STaFF REPORT
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Tuesday announced that five security officials would be deployed at ‘normal’ polling stations whereas seven security officials in addition to army officials would be deployed at all polling stations declared ‘sensitive’. The ECP decided on Monday to go ahead and hold by-elections in all 42 constituencies on August 22, despite flooding and security threats but on Tuesday evening it decided to postpone “for a few days”, the polling in NA-25 Dera Ismail Khan due to security reasons.
TTP hierarchy. He claimed that these were the same forces who had broken Pakistan in 1971. Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Abdul Nabi Bangash said that from the Sikandar incident, it seemed as if the government was reluctant to protect its citizens from militants. He said the interior minister, cabinet members and even the prime minister was in Lahore. “The government should also move the capital to Lahore if all cabinet members and their meetings and the prime minister’s speech to the nation have to be held in Lahore,” he said. Senator Zahid Khan said the Islamabad incident was bizarre and the government should devise a clear strategy to deal with such incidents in the future. “We are ready to assist the government on all forums,” he added.
HYDERABAD: Army troops assigned by-election security duties head to their respective areas of deployment on Tuesday. ONLiNE
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday announced a four-point solution for eliminating terrorism in the country. Addressing a public gathering as part of elections campaign in G-9, Islamabad, the PTI chief said in order restore peace in the country, the government had to disassociate itself from American war on terror. He said the war against terrorism could not be won with the use of force, adding that if the government was sincere about the country’s future, it would have to dissociate itself from the US war on terror. Giving his four-point solution, he said first of all, the government should disassociate itself from ongoing war on terror and hold talks with the Taliban. He said, after initiating dialogue process with the Taliban, the government should compensate the victims of drone attacks. And at the end, he said, the government had the right to wage war against the Taliban who wanted to destabilise the country. The PTI chief said war was no solution to end ongoing terrorism, rather military operations and drone strikes were fuelling terrorism in the country. Addressing charged supporters, Khan said after by-elections, his party would put pressure on the PML-N government to raise the drone attacks issue with the United Nations. “Drone strikes are challenging our sovereignty....we will extend all kind of support to government for taking up drone strike issue with the UN,” he said.
PML-N favourite in Lahore as well as in other parts of Punjab LAHORE NadEEm SYEd
The campaign for the upcoming by-elections, though highly lacklustre with political rivals never making a conscious effort to challenge each other, came to end in Lahore on Tuesday night without seemingly creating any impact on 16 National and 26 provincial assembly seats that are to be contested on August 22. As the campaign drew to a close, the candidates in the field made last-ditch effort to appeal to their constituents without the backing of their top leadership which remained far-removed from the scene of action in most cases. The chances of any surprises are minimum, with the political pundits saying elections are overwhelmingly tilting in favour of the ruling classes everywhere though some tight contests, mostly for the National Assembly seats, are again expected between the PTI and the PML-N. Mostly the campaign by political parties was driven by the desire to maintain their hold over the constituencies they won in the
May 11 general elections. As such all the leaders involved in the campaign focused more on the constituencies where for them success was almost absolute or where they expected some face saving options. For example Imran Khan mainly appeared in the constituencies across the country where the PTI stands better chances to score a victory. Both the Sharif brothers remained away from the scene throughout the campaign making their scion, Hamza Shahbaz show his leadership qualities in the by-polls. However, the timing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first address to the nation proved to be a real bonus for the PML-N and its candidates. Some analysts believe that the timing, a day before the campaign closure, was not a mere coincidence and so could yield political dividends for the ruling party already set to win the elections up to the extent of Punjab. lahore: Political analysts say they have not seen any election taking place in the city despite a lot was at stake if one takes into account number of seats up for grabs in the historic city. Here one National assembly and three provincial assembly seats are being
contested by main political parties. The Lahoris have not seen top leaders nor there was much campaigning or activity associated with elections was witnessed. There was hardly any effort from PTI to challenge PML (N) in its heartland. Imran Khan concluded the campaign on Tuesday with a flurry of activity limited only to NA-129 where he made three public appearances and addressed the public, leaving all provincial assembly constituencies uncovered giving almost a walk-over to the rival PML-N. In NA-129, the PTI has a faint hope in the form of its candidate Mansha Sindhu, creating waves in the area but here too the PML-N is in a formidable position. In Lahore, the elections will be held in NA-129, PP-142, PP-150 and Pp-160. These seats have been vacated by PML-N candidates. Hence, the PML-N candidates are feeling quite comfortable in the absence of a joint strategy by the opposition. na-129: It is a two-way fight with the PTI making last ditch efforts to woo the constituents there. The seat has been vacated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. This
time the PML-N has awarded a ticket to Shazia Mubashir, wife of PML-N leader Mubashir Rana. PPP’s Muhammad Ashraf Bhatti is also in the field though lagging way behind. Imran Khan on Tuesday held three rallies and took a round of the constituency to bolster support for PTI. However, the PMLN’s position further improved recently when Yousaf Ghurki, a local influential joined the PML-N and pledged his support to Rana campaigning for his wife. pp-142: Here Khwaja Salman Rafique, brother of Saad Rafique got the party’s nomination. He is being challenged by PTI’s Waqar Ahmad. The PPP has tried Muhammad Idrees. pp-150: Here PML-N’s Mian Margoob is considered favourite. He is fighting against PTI’s Mehr Wajid Azeem. It also seems to be a one-sided match with the PTI never tried to challenge the PML-N candidate. The PPP with Asif Nagra is only a distant possibility. pp-160: Chaudhry Gulzar Gujjar from the PML-N is leading the race against his main rival Chaudhry Khalid Gujjar (PTI). The PPP here awarded ticket to Rana Akhtar. This seat
too has been vacated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who contested from two provincial seats in May 11 elections. Here too PML-N smells victory. The PTI is also all set to make public its white paper on rigging in the last elections. The PTI would substantiate its charges with proofs on rigging in the white paper. Sources say the party would gain limelight one more time before elections. Similarly, in Punjab 15 provincial and seven National Assembly seats are up for grabs, most of which have been vacated by PML-N leaders. However, as far as the National Assembly is concerned, NA-48 and NA-71 are the seats vacated by the PTI. Interesting contests are expected on both these seats. Political experts say the result of the by-elections is a foregone conclusion in favour of the PML-N being the ruling party with entire administrative machinery at its disposal. Again, the opposition hardly put together an effective strategy to challenge the ruling parties. There was a desire on the part of the TI to hold on to what-ever little gains they have made in the Punjab in the last general elections.
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thai pM aims to ‘double trade Muslim Brotherhood chief arrested in new blow to Morsi supporters volume with pak to $2b by 2018’ CAIRO
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HAILAND Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on her maiden visit to Pakistan said that her country hopes to double its bilateral trade volume with Pakistan to over $2 billion by 2018. Shinawatra, who arrived in Pakistan for an official tour on Tuesday, addressed a joint press conference with Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. “We both recognise the vast potential in our bilateral relations,” said Shinawatra. “On the economic front, we’re pleased that our trade volume increased to over $1 billion in 2011, and agree to double bilateral trade volume by 2018. This is why we have set up the Joint Trade Committee (JTC) and the Joint Business Council.” She further explained that the JTC would also discuss the feasibility of concluding the free-trade agreement between Thailand
nawaz says he had comprehensive discussion wiTh yingluckon wide range oF issues
and Pakistan in the near future. Shinwatra, who is the sister of former Thai prime minister and business tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra, also expressed a strong interest in cooperation in matters of defense and security. “On security and defense cooperation, we agree to further strengthen this cooperation through exchange of visits,
trainings and joint exercises.” Pakistan and Thailand also signed an agreement and two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for increasing cooperation in economic and diplomatic fields. The agreement exempted the visa requirement for visits by diplomatic staff, while the MoUs agreed to establish a Joint Business Council and a
Joint Trade Committee (JTC) to facilitate bilateral economic activity. The Thai prime minister said both countries saw huge benefits in a stronger mutual economic relationship, and the JTC was there to actualise it. The talks, Nawaz said, covered significant areas, including collaboration in the fields of trade‚ culture‚ infrastructure development‚ science and technology‚ defence‚ education and tourism. Regional as well as international issues of mutual interests also came under discussion. Nawaz said they have invited Thai businessmen to invest in Pakistan in various sectors, including infrastructure development‚ energy‚ water and power‚ food processing‚ packaging‚ gems and jewellery, tourism and hospitality. The bilateral visit of Thai Prime Minister in Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is the first of its kind in a decade.
punjab’s Lg system to render DCs toothless LAHORE UmaiR aziz
The newly-proposed district health and education authorities are likely to replace EDOs and leave the traditionally strong office of the deputy commissioner more “toothless” under the new local government system, Pakistan Today has learnt. The office of the DC, traditionally the epicentre of power in the district combining both executive and judicial powers, is being revived but with limited powers. The judicial powers were taken from the office under the Musharraf’s local government ordinance. Although the incumbent regime has decided to revive the nomenclature of the traditionally strong office, the judicial powers are not being revived. Moreover, the proposed local government act introduced district education and health authorities, which would have the powers to transfer and post officials up to grade 18 — the powers currently
lying with the DC. Insiders further reveal that the executive district officers (EDOs) of health and education were likely to be replaced by the health and education authorities in the districts. The move, which has been proposed by the government and already laid in the Punjab Assembly for debate, is most likely to get a smooth passage considering the majority of the PML-N. Insiders revealed that a chief executive officer (CEO) would be appointed in each authority with board of directors being the elected local representatives and technocrats. Officials said on condition of anonymity that the CEO coming from the private sector would be managing day-today affairs, while the board managing the rest of administration. “The role of the secretaries (health and education) will be only supervisory and to give policy guidelines, while no bureaucratic control from the DC will be there,” the official added. These authorities would be responsible
to manage the education and health up to the district level. However, senior officials from the administrative departments expressed their reservations over the proposed bill, terming it only an act of assembly, in which rules are yet to be framed. “The act only says there will be a CEO, but does not mention whether it will be from the private sector. Similarly, the powers of the DC and the authorities were something yet to be decided in the rules which were yet to be framed. All these powers already lie with the district officials, while an oversight of the department is already there. The new system [local government] will only distribute among locals the powers held by the EDOs,” the officials added. After the passage of the act, there would be a massive reshuffle in schools and hospitals in the districts, as the government anticipates human resource serving in their respective domicile districts. Officials refused to comment on the issue, saying the act was being debated in the Punjab Assembly.
Egypt’s government on Tuesday pressed its relentless campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, dealing a major new blow to the group by arresting its chief. The interior ministry said police picked up Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie near Rabaa al-Adawiya square, where more than 280 Morsi supporters were killed on Wednesday as police cleared their protest camp. It released a video of the 70-year-old, sitting impassively on a sofa, bottles of juice and water placed conspicuously in front of him. Badie’s detention comes as the Brotherhood reels from the roundup by the security forces of dozens of top members and the deaths of many more in re-
cent days. Despite its disarray, the Brotherhood moved quickly to name Mahmoud Ezzat, a deputy in the organisation, as interim supreme guide. Compared to Badie, Ezzat is a “hawk,” said Karim Bitar, research director at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations. Badie’s detention raises fears of new violence in Egypt, where nearly 900 people have died in days of clashes between security forces and supporters of Morsi. In the latest bloodshed, militants killed 25 police officials in the restive Sinai Peninsula on Monday, just hours after 37 Muslim Brotherhood prisoners died in police custody. Judicial sources meanwhile said fresh accusations had been levelled against Morsi, who has been detained at a secret location since his July 3 ouster by the army. And former president
Hosni Mubarak won conditional release in the third of four cases against him, but remained in detention on the last case. Ezzat has been jailed multiple times, and is often referred to as the organisation’s “iron man”, experts on the group say. “It could be a signal, showing we can respond to authoritarianism with more authoritarianism,” he said. “In any case, it’s a sign that this is not the time of the moderates in Egypt,” he added. Violence has rocked Egypt for days, polarising the country and drawing international opprobrium. On Monday morning, militants killed 25 riot police in two buses in the Sinai peninsula, in the deadliest such attack in decades. The interior ministry blamed the attack on “armed terrorist groups” and Egypt closed its border with the Palestinian Gaza strip, near where the attack occurred.
Un human rights chief questions legality of drone strikes UNITED NATIONS aGENCiES
The United Nations human rights chief has urged the United States and Israel to clarify the legal basis for the use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza. The Security Council met today to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the meeting that “the current lack of transparency surrounding their use creates an accountability vacuum and affects the ability of victims to seek redress.” Speaking by videoconference, Pillay said she was “seriously concerned about human rights implications for the protection of civilians of armed drone strikes carried out in the context of counter-terrorism and military operations including in Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza.” “I urge relevant states to clarify the legal basis for such strikes as well as the safeguards in place to ensure compliance with applicable international law,” Pillay said. A top Pakistani diplomat also called for an end to drones strikes as he backed the UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon’s stand that they must operate within international law. On his visit to Pakistan earlier this month, the UN Secretary-General had expressed concern over the loss of life caused by the armed UAVs and urged that they be used in accordance with international laws. “We believe that such strikes violate international humanitarian law and therefore should be stopped,” Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Masood Khan said during the Security Council’s open debate on Monday. “Negotiations in this regard must be intensified,” he said in the debate that coincided with World Humanitarian Day. “We endorse the Secretary General’s views that these principles also apply to the use of new technologies, including armed drones. We support High Commissioner Navi Pillay’s call made today for clarifying the legal basis of armed drones strikes.” The Pakistani envoy said that, even as the Council was meeting, wars and conflicts were unfolding, with the majority of their victims, civilians. “Despite established norms and laws, the abysmal state of civilians in armed conflicts had changed little,” he said, adding that it was imperative to translate strategy into action on the ground.
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Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few. — George Bernard Shaw
opposition won’t let lg bill through calls For all parTies conFerence, province-wide proTesTs on 23rd
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The Punjab Assembly (PA)’s combined opposition on Tuesday called for an All Parties Conference (APC) of all opposition political parties to devise a comprehensive strategy to counter the proposed Punjab Local Government (LG) Bill 2013. Talking to the media personnel outside the PA, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) backed opposition leader Mehmood-ur-
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Rasheed called for an APC of all the opposition parties in the PA in which the parliamentary leaders of the political parties concerned would participate. He said that the combined opposition had decided to launch a province-wide protest on August 23 against the proposed bill. He revealed that opposition parties including the PTI, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Pakistan Muslim League - Quaid (PML-Q) had already rejected the bill as it was against the Constitution. He said that members of the civil society would also participate in the protests as the bill was against the constitution, democratic norms and the real spirit of the LG system. Rashid said that the ruling party, Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), had gone back on a promise it made before coming into power, which was to introduce
pa lightens tax burden For Foreign investors LAHORE NaSiR BUTT
ITH a point of view to speed up foreign investment in the province as well as the provision of employment for the masses, the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Tuesday demanded the federal government to give a 2 percent concession in taxes to the province’s foreign investors. As Tuesday was the Private Members Day, the PA adopted two out of the three resolutions presented and pended the third one. Through the first resolution presented by Treasury Member Shiekh Alauddin, the federal government was asked to offer taxation concessions to foreign investors to encourage foreign investment in the province, which would in turn raise the province’s employment levels. The second resolution moved by Treasury legislator Chaudhary Iftikhar Ali Chachar demanded a Tehsil status for Okara’s Basirpur. Both the resolutions were unanimously approved. However, the assembly pended the third condemnation resolution till Wednesday. It was moved by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)’s Mian Aslam Iqbal against drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas. The resolution demanded the federal government communicate to the US government that drone attacks on Pakistani territory were not acceptable in any circumstances. The resolution’s contents included the stance that killing of innocent people by these spy planes strikes and other attacks were attacks on Pakistan’s independence and sovereignty. Moreover, it demanded the end of this chapter of relations between
Pakistan and the US and the commencement of a new era of relations based on mutual respect and equality. Though the resolution was not directly opposed, Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah was of the view that the submission of the resolution in the presence of another resolution on the same subject was useless. While opposing PTI’s resolution, Sana said that the federal government had already emphasised on drone attacks being against the country’s sovereignty, adding that the federal government had already discussed the matter with United Nations (UN) Chief Ban Ki-Moon during his visit to Pakistan. In response, Aslam said that the government needed to launch a worldwide campaign against these drone attacks and act as per the public’s aspirations. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Dr Waseem Akhtar seconded Aslam’s stance while another opposition leader Mian Mahmood Rashid said that the passing of the resolution would not weaken the federal government’s stance and would instead fortify the Pakistani stance. He said that if it was opposed the masses would realise that the PML-N was in favour of these drone attacks upon which Sana said that the PML-N was not opposing the resolution but wanted slight amendments to its wordings after which the latter would have no objections over it. Concluding the debate, Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal remarked that both parties should decide the matter themselves after which Sana said that the resolution would be tabled in the house after the amendment, on Wednesday. The session started one and a half hours later than its scheduled time at
11:30am. The question hour was about the Higher Education Department during which Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan could not properly answer to the queries made by the lawmakers. PPP’s Faiza Malik questioned the appointment of Lahore College University for Women’s vice chancellor saying that the selection procedure’s rules were violated. She claimed that SM Ali Rizvi was appointed the VC against the merit rules, adding that his wife was also appointed in the same university without following the merit policy. She insisted that action must be taken against the Education Department’s officials concerned, otherwise she would bring a privilege motion to the PA. Upon this Mashood said that the reply was correct and Malik had misunderstood the issue. However, when the matter turned against him, he assured Malik that action would be taken against those who had submitted a wrong reply in the PA. In response to PPP’s Qazi Saeed’s question, Mashood disclosed the presence of about 4,000 lecturer vacancies in the Education Department. The government wanted to fill the vacancies as soon as possible, he added. He told the PA that the government would announce its Education Policy within the next three months. To another question, he said that his department would send a service structure to the Finance Department and as soon as the latter replied, the former would announce the service structure for the lecturers. Upon completion of the agenda, the speaker adjourned the session till 10am on Wednesday. On Wednesday, a general discussion on the LG bill will be followed by an approval from the house.
democracy at the lower level. He said that they had recommended the PTI to take the case to court if the provincial government did not refrain from passing the LG bill and referred to it as the “dictator-era bill”. He added that a delay of one or two months in the elections was bearable but the LG system was against the Constitution and intolerable. Rashid said that the combined opposition held to the belief that the LG elections must be held on a party basis. “We will protest in and outside the House if the bill is passed without removing our reservations,” he added. In response to a question he said that new LG elections on a non-party basis would be a great injustice to the people of the province and was contrary to the Charter of Democracy. Furthermore, Rashid said that they
expected the provincial government to accept their demand of holding elections on partybasis as it was the demand of the province’s people. Rashid said that under the proposed LG system, all powers would be delegated to the Local Body Commission. Meanwhile, PPP Parliamentary Leader Qazi Ahmed Saeed said that the LG bill was against the constitution and the public’s aspirations. Instead of transferring powers to lower level, the Punjab Government wanted to keep all the authority which was unacceptable, he added. He said that the PPP would its raise voice against the LG bill not only in the PA but also outside the assembly. He said that the proposed bill was against the Article 140A of the constitution as no administrative, financial and political authority was given to the local bodies.
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And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. — Gilbert K. Chesterton
LAhore wednesday, 21 August, 2013
robbers sacK 6Kg oF gold, still on the loose lahore: The police have failed to arrest robbers who made away with gold worth Rs 27.5 million from Gawal Mandi. According to sources, a jeweler, Zeeshan, possessing 6kg of gold was travelling with his colleague, Kashif, when robbers held them on gunpoint near Nisbet Road. The accused took the jewelers to BRB Canal where they murdered Kashif and injured Zeeshan brutally before fleeing with the gold. Zeshan was later shifted to a hospital and the police filed an FIR against the accused on the Zeeshan’s request. Investigation’s Incharge Asghar Ali told Pakistan Today that the criminals would soon be apprehended. Jeweler Association Rang Mehal President Mahtab Khan told Pakistan Today that they would continue their shutter down strike till the police arrested the criminals, adding that DIG Rai Tahir had assured him that the criminals would be arrested. He said that the dacoits had information that Zeeshan was possessing gold and that it was now the police’s duty to arrest the criminals. Furthermore, he said that the criminals must have had a market-based contact who informed them of Zeeshan’s departure. Mahtab said that the police had demanded for a few days to arrest the criminals, and a protest aginst the police would begin if they were not true to their word. RaNa haidER
LAHORE: This man wants to sell his eyes as he does not want to see injustice anymore. Zulfiqar, a former government teacher and a father of three, has been struggling for justice for the last 22 years. He can often be seen protesting at nabha Road near the city’s high court. Almost two decades ago, he served in Government High School Ama Khas, Multan. He claims that on the behest of Late MPA Haji Boota, his school’s headmaster kicked him out of the school on a false allegation. He says that he had appealed to former chief minister Ghulam Haider Wyne against the injustice meted out to him by the headmaster but to no avail. “Whenever i manage to get orders for my reappointment i am either sidelined or am posted to a far flung school. They want me to bribe them for posting me back to my school in Multan but i cannot do that. i want my school back and after 22 years of injustice and inability to feed my three daughters, i have decided to sell my eyes. neither will i have eyes, not will i see injustice.” — mURTaza aLi
Teacher selling eyes with no hope in sight
rAKhiS Tied for SAfer SiSTerS
THE SiSTERLY KnOT: Hindu girls tying Rakhi to MPA Mohsin Latif. StAFF photo
lahore: The city’s Hindu community on Tuesday celebrated the Raksha Bandhan festival with immense religious fervor, enthusiasm and zeal. Several functions were arranged in different localities across the city but the biggest events were organised at Ravi Road’s Karishna Madir and Neela Gumbad’s Hari Mandir. Most of the celebrations took place in the houses of the city’s Hindus. A
ceremony under the banner of the Evacuee Property Trust Board (EPTB) at Karishna Madir was attended by Pakistan Hindu Welfare Council Chairman Dr Manohar Chand and other members of Hindu community. The colourful festival symbolises trust between sisters and brothers and reaffirms the bond between siblings. While the sisters pray for the lifelong well-being of their brothers, the
latter vow to help and protect the former. In Ehata, Hindu Sudhar Sabha President Mohan Lal Amarnath’s family and other Hindu families celebrated this festival at their homes, respectively. After pooja, the Hindu girls tied sacred threads on the wrists of their brothers. “Raksha Bandhan reminds us of the need to develop a sense of protection not only for our sisters but also for society,” Amarnath said. Seeta Ramesh, who recently shifted in Lahore after her marriage with Lahore’s Ramesh Kumar, was also happy after receiving a lot of gifts and chocolates from her brothers who are currenly residing in Nowshehra. “I love to celebrate this festival as I always receive lots of gifts, chocolates and money from my brothers,” 13-year-old Mohini Amar said. The Hindu Sudhar Sabha is a non-governmental and non-profit community development organisation working for the promotion of peace and coexistence in the society. Furthermore, it also takes part in different educational activities in different parts of Punjab. They always remain active in promoting harmony during religious festivals, including Dewali, Holi and Raksha Bandhan by inviting people belonging from other religions to witness their celebrations. STaFF REPORT
cops want things to be perfect for by-polls LAHORE
he security plan for the upcoming by-elections was scripted and included the appointment of 4,000 police officials to all sensitive polling stations and the decision to surround the polling stations with barriers. According to sources, 4,106 police personnel would be appointed to 638 polling stations while 2,072 police officials would supervise the 120 sensitive polling stations. Sharp wires about 100 meters from every sensitive polling station would additionally be laid to prevent the entry of vehicles, they added. Report said that Sadar Division 21, Iqbal Town Division 18, Civil Line Division 13, City Division 12 and Cantt Division 6’s polling stations were declared sensitive and
teachers stand up For their rights lahore: Punjab’s professors and lecturers are threatening to boycott educational activities at colleges from September 9 if their demands are not accepted. The Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association announced a sit in on September 10 from Nasir Bagh to the Civil Secretariat. They said that the teachers will protest in 526 colleges from 2nd to 9th September by wearing black armbands. Under the association’s banner, dozens of contract lecturers will stage a protest rally on Islamia College to lodge a protest against the Finance Department’s notification that would cost a salary loss between Rs 10,000 and 15,000 to contractual lecturers. They were demanding the withdrawal of a notification that will affect 18,000 lecturers. They also demanded the immediate issuance of a notification of the seats of 10 grade-21 professors. The protest was lead by Central President Dr Zahid, Hanif Abbassi, Amna Manto and Lahore Division President Iftikhar Ur Din . They tried to reach Punjab Assembly but were stopped by the police. STaFF REPORT
the police officials concerned were ordered to strictly supervise the arrangements and disallow the entry of any individual possessing arms, adding that action would be taken against the area’s Superintendent (SP) if such an event occurred. TraFFIC plan For By-eleCTIon: The city traffic police on Tuesday devised a comprehensive traffic plan to ensure the smooth flow of traffic on various city roads during August 22nd’s by-polls. Chief Traffic Officer Capt (retd) Sohail Chaudhry said that the traffic police would regulate traffic outside the polling stations, the election commission office, the returning officer’s office and other busy roads to facilitate the motorists. Moreover, Two SP’s, seven DSP’s, 51 Inspectors and 653 traffic wardens would perform their duties in this regard on August 22, he added.
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Those who do not love me do not deserve to live. — Muammar al-Gaddafi
wednesday, 21 August, 2013
Five Feared dead
aFTer asylum seeker boaT capsizes oFF chrisTmas island CHRISTMAS ISLAND
P to five asylum seekers are feared to have drowned when their boat capsized about 200 kilometres off Christmas Island earlier yesterday. Rescue crews pulled 106 survivors from the water after their boat was swamped. But the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) says reports from the survivors suggest “up to five people remain unaccounted for”. “After an extensive search of the area
for further survivors or bodies, none have been sighted,” it said in a statement. “It is therefore believed any people unaccounted for have gone down with part of the vessel.” The search has now been suspended. AMSA sent HMAS Parramatta and a Customs plane to the area after receiving a distress call on Tuesday. The boat was found upright but partly submerged. It is not known what nationality the asylum seekers are but they will be taken to Christmas Island for health and security checks. It is expected they will then be sent to Papua New Guinea for processing and resettlement, if found to be refugees.
Immigration Minister Tony Burke concedes there’s been a surge in asylum seeker boats in recent days. However, Mr Burke says there has been a general downward trend in the number of people arriving by boat since the Government’s Papua New Guinea plan was announced. “In the past few days, some of the smuggling operations have tried to put together a bit of a surge,” he said. But Mr Burke says the regional processing policy is prompting some people to want to return home. “We have a growing number of people who are working with the International Organisation of Migration for returns home -
a significantly growing number of people,” he said. “Now the numbers in the first few will be very small, and the number of people who are now going through the process of filling out paperwork to return home is becoming increasingly significant.” The latest rescue operation comes on the same day as Indonesia’s special conference on people smuggling ended. Delegates from 13 countries, including Australia, signed up to a non-binding list of measures to stop asylum seekers. The socalled “Jakarta Declaration” includes improving conditions in source countries and cracking down on people smuggling.
Mr Burke was at the conference but concedes that Australia’s PNG deal will not stop people getting on boats. “They’ll be some people who get on board a vessel and take the risk and there’ll be some people who drown in doing so,” he said. “But for everybody who makes it across to Australia they will find out that we were exactly serious about the implementation of our policy.“People will get their settlement claim heard. They will get if they have a valid refugee claim a durable outcome. That outcome though won’t be in Australia. It will at the moment be in either Papua New Guinea or in Nauru.”
divisive trial in China may start early, with secret session BEIJING aGENCiES
wrecked Fukushima storage
highly radioactive water TOKYO aGENCiES
Contaminated water with dangerously high levels of radiation is leaking from a storage tank at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the most serious setback to the cleanup of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The storage tank breach of about 300 metric tons of water is separate from contaminated water leaks reported in recent weeks, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said on Tuesday. The latest leak is so contaminated that a person standing half a meter (1 ft 8 inches) away would, within an hour, receive a radiation dose five times the average annual global limit for nuclear workers. After 10 hours, a worker in that proximity to the leak would develop radiation sickness with symptoms including nausea and a drop in white blood cells. “That is a huge amount of radiation. The situation is getting worse,” said Michiaki Furukawa, who is professor emeritus at Nagoya University and a nuclear chemist. The embattled utility Tokyo Electric has struggled to keep the Fukushima site under control since an earthquake and tsunami caused three reactor meltdowns in March 2011. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has classified the latest leak as a level 1 incident, the second lowest on an international scale for radiological releases, a spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday. It is the first time Japan has issued a socalled INES rating for Fukushima since the meltdowns. Following the quake and
tsunami, Fukushima was assigned the highest rating of 7, when it was hit by explosions after a loss of power and cooling. A Tokyo Electric official said workers who were monitoring storage tanks appeared to have failed to detect the leak of water, which pooled up around the tank. CrITICIsm: Tepco has been criticized for its failure to prepare for the disaster and been accused of covering up the extent of the problems at the plant. In recent months, the plant has been beset with power outages and other problems that have led outside experts to question whether Tepco is qualified to handle the clean up, which is unprecedented due to the amount of radioactive material on the site and its coastal location. The government said this month it will step up its involvement in the cleanup, following Tepco’s admission, after months of denial, that leaked contaminated water had previously reached the ocean. Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato told an emergency meeting of prefectural officials on Tuesday it was a “national emergency”, and that the local government would monitor the situation more strictly and seek additional steps as needed. Massive amounts of radioactive fluids are accumulating at the plant as Tepco floods reactor cores via an improvised system to keep melted uranium fuel rods cool and stable. The water in the cooling system then flows into basements and trenches that have been leaking since the disaster.
partner of snowden reporter greenwald begins legal action over uK detention LONDON aGENCiES
David Miranda, the partner of a journalist who has written reports based on leaks by Edward Snowden, has begun legal action to stop the British authorities inspecting data they seized from him, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Miranda’s lawyer Gwendolen Morgan said her client was seeking a judicial review of the legal basis for his detention at London’s Heathrow airport on Sunday under anti-terrorism laws and wanted assurances from the authorities that property seized from him would not be examined before this. “We’ve sought undertakings that there will be no inspection, copying, disclosure, transfer or interference in any other way with our client’s data pending determination of his judicial review,” Morgan told Reuters. “We’re waiting to hear back this afternoon from both the defendants. Failing that we will be left with no option but to issue urgent proceedings in the High Court tomorrow.” She said the “letter before action” had been sent to London’s police chief and the Home Secretary. It also demanded that they detail whether Miranda’s data had already been passed on to anyone else, and if so, who that was and why.
One of the charges against disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai relates to his flouting the authority of central leaders in Beijing, sources said, an allegation so sensitive that his trial could start one day sooner to hear it in secret. The charge is abuse of power, and the accusation is that Bo challenged and ignored the will and rules of the ruling Communist Party, the sources said. Bo is also accused of corruption and taking bribes, but that charge is likely to be heard on Thursday, when the trial is officially scheduled to begin, in a supposedly open session in the court in the eastern city of Jinan. The scandal surrounding Bo is the most divisive in decades in China and its leaders are keen to swiftly conclude the trial and prevent any ruptures within the Communist Party and society at large. Many Chinese still support Bo and his populist, leftleaning policies, and ascribe
his downfall to ideological differences and not any crime he committed. The charge of abuse of power involves Bo’s former police chief Wang Lijun, who is likely to give evidence against Bo, a source with ties to the leadership and a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. As police chief of Chongqing, where Bo was party chief until he was dramatically sacked early last year, Wang was known as the strong arm of the law, energetically carrying out Bo’s crackdown on crime and gangs. But he fled to the US consulate in the nearby city of Chengdu in February last year after confronting Bo with evidence that his wife, the glamorous lawyer Gu Kailai, was involved in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. After first helping Gu evade suspicion of poisoning Heywood, Wang hushed up evidence of the murder, according to the official account of Wang’s trial. Both Wang and Gu have been jailed for the crime. When Wang told Bo of his suspicions about Gu, he was “angrily rebuked and had his ears boxed”, according to the official account of the incident related by state media. Bo then sacked Wang, but he did not have the right to do so and thus abused his power, according to the sources.
army judge may hand down Manning’s WikiLeaks sentence today ForT meade: The judge in the court-martial of Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted of giving classified US files to WikiLeaks, said on Tuesday she would sentence him on Wednesday morning at the earliest. Judge Colonel Denise Lind gave her timetable for handing down a sentence in a brief court session as she began her deliberations on how long Manning should be in prison. Manning, a 25year-old private first class, faces up to 90 years behind bars for giving more than 700,000 classified files, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, a protransparency website. Manning, who was working as low-level intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2010 when he handed over the documents, was convicted in July on 20 counts including espionage and theft. He was found not guilty on the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, which had carried a possible sentence of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors on Monday argued for a minimum sentence of 60 years in prison. Defense lawyers have contended that Manning should get a lenient sentence, saying he was naive but well-intentioned. aGENCiES
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terrorism guns down polio vaccination in Fata PESHAWAR
ORE than 150,000 children below the age of five in certain trial agencies and frontier regions (FRs) of the country will not be vaccinated during the ongoing anti-polio campaign because of the security situation. Talking to Pakistan Today on Tuesday, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) official Shadaab Younas said, “Our target is to vaccinate 700,000 children in the Feder-
ally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA).” She said that though the vaccination drive was going on successfully in certain tribal agencies and regions, there was no access to some of the regions because of the law and order situation. A three-day polio vaccination drive was started on Monday and will end today. However, the teams would continue their assignment even after the conclusion of the drive, she said. The UNICEF official said there was no polio vaccination campaign in North Waziristan, Ahmadzai Wazir tribesmendominated areas of South Waziristan, Central Kurram Agency, Orakzai Agency
and the Frontier Regions of Bannu, Kohat and Peshawar, adding that around 150,000 children belonging to these areas would not be vaccinated. She said 14 cases were reported so far from FATA this year. She said the government and the administration of the tribal areas was engaged in contacting the Taliban but no progress had been made so far. polIo VaCCInaTIon drIVe: Health department officials will aim to vaccinate 5.184 million children in 16 out of 25 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
(KP) during the three-daylong antipolio drive which commenced on Monday. A health department official, Dr Taimur, told Pakistan Today that vaccination campaigns will be started in the remaining nine districts from August 26.The campaign was delayed in these districts due to the by-elections which are scheduled for August 22.
sc seeks record of federal ombudsman’s appointment ISLAMABAD aPP
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Printing Corporation of Pakistan (PCP) to produce original record about the appointment of Suleman Farooqi as the federal ombudsman. The three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Azmat Saeed, resumed the hearing of a case regarding the appointment of Farooqi. Petitioner Adil Gilani, who is also head of the Transparency International, presented the copy of record and alleged that the Law Department had tried to temper the original record. During the course of proceedings, Wasim Sajjad, counsel for Farooqi, apprised the court that he was unaware of Tuesday’s hearing as he had received a notice that the case was fixed for August 28. He said that his client was abroad and would appear in the court on August 28. Chaudhry said that according to the order sheet, hearing was fixed for today (Tuesday). There could be some sort of a clerical mistake, he added. The CJ observed that the bench’s composition would be changed on August 28 and fixed the matter on September 3. He directed Suleman Farooqi to appear in person on next date of hearing.
pti Mpa’s degree declared fake ISLAMABAD ONLiNE
The degree of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister Yousuf Ayub has been declared fake on Tuesday. Ayub was the candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) from PK-50 Haripur 2, and was elected as the member of provincial assembly. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) had sent his degree to the Punjab University for verification, following the instructions from the Election Commission of Pakistan tribunal. After the verification, the degree was declared fake.
LOWER DiR: Students of a government high school in Dapur Maidan study under the open sky on Tuesday as their school building was blown away by the Taliban five years ago. iNP
al Qaeda centre busted in lahore LAHORE STaFF REPORT
Officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid at a house in the Green Town area of the city and claimed to have busted an international al Qaeda communication centre. During the raid six alleged terrorists, including four women, were arrested as intelligence officials said al Qaeda was operating an illegal gateway exchange under the name of International Technical Hub from the residence. According to intelligence sources, ID and signals from Afghanistan and the tribal areas were received at this communication centre. Arms and ammunition were also seized during the raid following which the Green Town, Township and Kot Lakhpat areas were sealed. Meanwhile, the arrested alleged terrorists have been taken to an unidentified location for interrogation.
bodies of 2 baloch youths found in Karachi KARACHI
NAB stands crippled without chairman more Than 1,000 cases pending as enquiries puT on hold ISLAMABAD aLi JaWad
The absence of a chairman for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has forced the bureau to freeze further investigations of 1,200 corruption cases involving billion of rupees. Per details, more than a thousand cases of corruption charges against the Elixir Group, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), Capital Development Authority (CDA), Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Finance Ministry, Population Welfare Department (PWD), Security and Ex-
change Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the Housing Ministry and various housing societies which were received by the NAB from May 29 to August 15, are still pending. Sources revealed that the corruption complaints received by the NAB against the Elixir Group exceed 400 and there are 20 corruption charges against the SECP. Other departments, authorities and government functionaries are also charged with corruption but enquiries into their cases are pending till the appointment of a NAB chairman. Initial reports have been prepared by the NAB but no references can be filed in the accountability courts as the NAB chairman’s permission is required for filing the references. A NAB Executive Board Meeting (EBM) will be called after a chairman
is appointed. Former NAB chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari was removed by the Supreme Court (SC) on May 28 after his appointment was declared illegal. Talking to Pakistan Today, NAB Spokesman Ramzan Sajid said that the process of complaint verification of normal cases was going on as the NAB director generals were holding different cases but references could be sent to the accountability courts only after the permission and signatures of the chairman. Sources said it was expected that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would call on the opposition leader after Eidul Fitr to discuss the matter of the appointment of a chairman for NAB but nothing had happened so far although the SC has directed the present government many times to appoint a chairman soon.
ecp allows FaFen to observe by-polls ISLAMABAD aPP
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allowed the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) to observe by-elections in 16 National Assembly constituencies to be held on August 22. According to a statement, FAFEN will deploy more than 500 trained and non-partisan citizen observers on the occasion. FAFEN praised the ECP to allow citizen observation in keeping with its strategic plan that seeks to enhance electoral transparency. The ECP has sent letters to the provincial election commissioners instructing them to facilitate FAFEN observers across the country. FAFEN is now approaching district returning officers and returning officers to issue accreditation cards to FAFEN observers in pursuance of ECP directive. Using standardised checklist based on election laws and procedures and international best practices for elections, FAFEN observers will generate objective information on the quality of elections that will feed into research-based recommendations for improvement of future elections.
APC is a counter-productive exercise: SM Zafar LAHORE
Tortured bodies of two Baloch youths were found in the outskirts of Karachi on Tuesday. Police said the deceased were identified as Ramzan Baloch and Ghafoor Baloch, residents of Turbat. The bodies, which police said bore torture signs, were found from Northern Bypass in Surjani Town. Officials said the youths had been missing from their area for last few months.
The All Parties Conference (APC) may be a good forum to express condemnation of some inhuman, reprehensible, outrageous acts or situation like what is prevailing in the Indian-held Kashmir, India or Palestine, says a press release issued by PML Senator SM Zafar. It may also be called to express determination and a will of the nation to adopt
a particular course of action. Even a resolution of such desirable objects in an APC achieves less than desired, on account of its inner dynamics to reach at consensus, thus accommodating the minority view though less relevant and least effective. The national security is a complex, divergent and multi-dimensional problem and particularly so in Pakistan which is facing various forms of devastating and debilitating terrorism adversely affecting the security of the country. The spectrum
of the menace runs from anti-Pakistan propaganda and activity to ethnic, sectarian and mafia’s target-killing. In the situation in which Pakistan finds itself today, and the responsibility is of the government in power which has the mandate of the people to take a courageous decision to deal with the problems, formulating separate and self-contained course of action and strategy for different types of menace which is confronting the writ of the state in Baluchistan, Karachi
and KP wherein the actors of destruction have different agendas and different supporters. The laudable object of having everyone on the same page can be later achieved through strategic communication by a well meaning and determined government. The government has to take the bull by horn. The government should not let the APC be a cause of delay as the decision should be taken now and not in distant tomorrow.
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swedish women don headscarves to support assaulted Muslim lady NEWS DESK A ‘Hijab Outcry’ campaign broke out in Sweden as several women posted online photos of themselves wearing headscarves after a pregnant Muslim woman was allegedly attacked near Stockholm for wearing a headscarf on Saturday. According to BBC, the protesters include women hailing from various faiths and included prominent politicians and TV show hosts.On Saturday, a Muslim woman was assaulted in a Stockholm suburb where an attacker tore off her ‘hijab’ and hit her head against a car while hurling racist insults at her all the time. The police are investigating the matter. Meanwhile, a number of women are posting pictures of themselves wearing hijab on Twitter, Instagram and other social media websites under the hashtag #hijabuppropet. The campaigners demand the government to “ensure that Swedish Muslim women are guaranteed the right to… religious freedom”. The minister is expected to meet the campaigners on Tuesday.
india has only 7-8 conventional submarines NEW DELHI ONLiNE
If India goes to war on Tuesday; it will have just seven to eight aging conventional submarines to deploy against enemy forces, Indian media quoted officials as saying. This deeply blunts the country’s underwater combat edge against Pakistan, which already has five relatively new conventional submarines and is angling to get six more advanced vessels from China. Beijing, of course, is leagues ahead with 47 diesel-electric submarines and eight nuclear-powered ones. The INS Sindhurakshak disaster last week, which blew a big hole in the Indian Navy’s operational capabilities, has further compounded the problems. Indian Defence Minister AK Antony admitted in parliament on Monday that “extensive checks on weapon-related safety systems and audit of standard operating procedures (SOPs) on all operational submarines have been ordered’’. The minister also confirmed the “explosion” on board INS Sindhurakshak was due to the “possible ignition of armament’’ in the vessel’s forward section. TOI had last week reported that “inadvertent mishandling of ammunition’’ on the submarine, which was all set to leave on an extended patrol with a full weapons load of 18 cruise missiles and torpedoes, had emerged as the most probable reason behind the sinking of the over 2,500-tonne submarine. “The cause of ignition is, however, yet to be established. Visual and forensic examination would throw more light on the possible cause of ignition. This will be possible only after the submarine is afloat and de-watered,’’ said Antony. The minister, however, did not dwell upon the fact that the Navy is left with only 13 aging diesel-electric submarines – 11 of them over 20 years old – due to political and bureaucratic apathy in pushing long-delayed submarine construction projects under his watch. Four of the 13 submarines - nine kilo-class of Russian origin and four HDW of German-origin – are undergoing “a long refit’’ to extend their operational lives. “Two kilo-class or Sindhugosh series submarines are at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd at Visakhapatnam, while two HDW or Shishumar-class vessels are at the Mumbai naval dockyard for the long refits,” said a source.
Five die in chitral road accident CHITRAL
QUETTA: Frontier Corps personnel display the chemicals used in explosives which were recovered from militants during a raid on Tuesday. ONLiNE
security risk: by-polls called off in na-25 di Khan armed Troops To be deployed in hangu, peshawar, swabi, mardan, nowshera For by-polls PESHAWAR Shamim Shahid
Y-ELECTIONS on four National Assembly (NA) and four provincial assembly seats in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will be conducted on Thursday as the by-polls in NA-25 have been postponed due to the security situation. The law enforcement agencies have made arrangements to ensure security during the by-polls, which will be conducted in nine districts of the province. Armed troops are to be deployed at vulnerable polling stations. According to sources, on the eve of the by-elections, 1,700 policemen, four platoons of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and 600 army personnel will be deployed all over Hangu district, which is declared as a sensitive region. More than 3,000 personnel of the law enforcement agencies will be deployed on 255 sensitive polling stations throughout Peshawar. Military, paramilitary and police
Nawaz (PML-N) are supporting the ANP candidate whereas Omar Farooq Miankhel is being backed by the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and the Jamaat-eIslami(JI). From PK-27, independent candidate, Jamshed Mohmand, stands strong against JUI-F’s Zakaullah and JI’s Fazal Rabbani. Azam Durrani’s position is strong against PTI’s Adnan Malik on PK-70 Bannu. Shah Faisal, brother of assassinated KP Assembly member Farid Khan stands strong from PK-42. BY-POLLS CANCELLED IN NA-25 DERA ISMAIL KHAN: By-elections were called off in NA25 Dera Ismail (DI) Khan on Tuesday due to the security situation. Fazl’s son, Asad Mahmood was to contest PTI’s Dawar Kundi on the NA-25 seat. DI Khan was declared highly sensitive due to by-polls in the adjacent Lakki Marwat, Tank and Bannu districts where JUI-F’s Chairman Fazlur Rahman was making efforts to retain two NA seats and one provincial assembly seat. Fearing violence in DI Khan, the authorities had imposed a curfew and a ban on pillion riding in the district on Monday. The JUI-F’s position seemed stable in the constituency although the influential Saifullahs of Ghazni Khel and former deputy speaker of the NA, Faisal Karim Kundi had extended support to the PTI candidate.
QUETTA STaFF REPORT
The Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have foiled a major terror bid by seizing more than 100 tons explosives from Quetta, the capital of troubled Balochistan province on Tuesday night. Commandant FC, Colonel Maqbool told reporters that the forces seized a huge quantity of explosive material during a raid at a warehouse in New Addah area of Quetta. “Forces recovered 104,480 kilograms of explosive materials from the godown,” he informed. Maqbool said the explosive material include potassium chloride, aluminum chloride, improvised explosive devices, detonators, circuit wires and other arms and ammunition during the operation. He said the forces have picked up 10 suspected militants also during the operation that lasted for more than an hour. “All suspects have been shifted for interrogation,” Maqbool said. Senior FC and police officers are interrogating the suspects picked up by forces. “For the first time in the history of country, such huge quantity of explosives have been seized,” the FC commandant said, adding that the forces deserve to be appreciated for their efforts. He said the miscreants had made secret rooms and planted explosive materials in five rooms to carry out subversive activities in Quetta, plagued by sectarian violence and attacks by Baloch separatists. Maqbool said the same explosive material was used in Hazara town bombing on April 16, which had left more than 100 people dead. “These explosive materials could be used in suicide jackets as well,” he added. All explosives were shifted to an unknown location and the bomb disposal squad was called in to sweep the area. Extra FC troops were also called in the area to maintain the order.
govT benT on rigging by-PoLLS: KhAn pTi chieF demands deploymenT oF army aT all polling sTaTions
As many as five people lost their lives and four others injured on Tuesday when a jeep skidded off the road and fell into a deep ravine near Chitral. The jeep was going to Tirich from Chitral and had an incident in Mastuj. Five people were killed and four injured were shifted to Shahgiram hospital.
personnel will be deployed in Swabi, Mardan and Nowshehra districts for maintaining as well. Meanwhile, all three (JI) affiliated provincial ministers and almost all JI office holders are running the election campaign of a party candidate from PK-27 Mardan. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Awami National Party (ANP) leaders have made frequent complaints to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) but the ECP has not yet taken any action. From NA-1, former federal minister and ANP leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour is pitched against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Gul Badshah and former member of KP Assembly and activist of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Ibrahim Qasmi, who is contesting on a Muttahida Deeni Mahaz ticket. In Nowshera, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak’s nephew Dr Imran Khattak is contesting ANP’s Daud Khattak. Former federal Minister and JUI-F leader Ataur Rahman is contesting from NA-27, which was vacted by his brother, Fazlur Rahman. He is up against PTI’s Colonel (r) Amirullah Khan. From Mardan PK-23, former KP Assembly member Ahmad Bahadar is the ANP candidate. He is up against PTI’s Omar Farooq Miankhel. The JUIF, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-
security forces seize more than 100 tons explosives
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Tuesday alleged that the government was making all-out efforts to rig the upcoming by-elections. Addressing various rallies in NA-
129, Khan said the Punjab government was openly supporting PML-N’s candidates. He said the government had failed to stop the prevailing wave of violence, while other national issues including inflation were increasing day-by-day. Khan also said wherever he wished to go and address public gatherings for campaigning purposes, he was not allowed or hurdles were created, adding that the Punjab government was putting obstacles in the way of PTI’s rallies. However, he added the party would put try as hard as they could to win the elec-
tions. Addressing a public gathering in Pindi Bhattian, the PTI chairman said his party wanted a new Pakistan where there was justice‚ equality and respect for all. “We have introduced such a system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that justice will be given to the people at the village level and a self-accountability system will be introduced under which everyone will be answerable to the public.” army: Khan demanded deployment of the army not just at “sensitive” polling stations identified as such by the ECP but at all polling stations in the country on 22
August to ensure fair elections. “In terms of rigging, all polling stations across the country could be categorised as sensitive,” Khan said. The PTI chairman said the polling staff drawn from the provincial bureaucracies had failed to maintain the sanctity of the ballot in the May 11 general elections and therefore it was essential to have the army present at all the polling stations. He reiterated that the PTI would not tolerate a repetition of the irregularities and rigging that had marred the May 11 elections.
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Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable. –Coco Chanel
CoMMenT wednesday, 21 August, 2013
spinning verbal webs To a nation expecting something more definite
he King’s Speech it certainly was not. In the Oscar winning movie King George VI guided by an elocution expert overcomes an embarrassing stammer to address the wavering British people in the firm and commanding tone needed in the life and death struggle against the Nazis. The prime minister, Winston Churchill also put up a brave face and made inspiring speeches that bolstered shattered morale and kept the spirit of liberty alive among the populace in the blackest time in the island’s history. ‘He marshalled the English language and sent it into battle’. In fact, the hallmark of the great politicians is their ability to spread a ‘brilliant hopefulness’ in their contemporaries even in the face of overwhelming odds and apparently insurmountable challenges. Nawaz Sharif’s maiden speech in his third stint as the ‘first among equals’ clearly reflected the tenor of his times. He seemed overawed by the magnitude and complexity of the problems confronting the country and the inner confusion was apparent in the generalities, ambiguities and platitudes that epitomized his nearly one hour address. In fact, during most of his discourse, he was only stating the obvious, repeating the national narrative known to one and all. But it offered little in the way of concrete solutions, of spitting on the hands and coming to grips with the nitty-gritty and the nuts-and-bolts of the conundrum. It was all in the nature of a delicate high trapeze balancing act, of taking the safe middle path and indeed of using language to conceal rather than to communicate thought. His delivery too was wooden and cliché-ridden. The country’s foremost threat, militancy, was duly identified (as if one didn’t know) and an olive branch extended, but the general public was not enlightened as to the identity of the intended recipients. Talk to whom, indeed, but in the same breath, if such lures failed, there was also the stated resolve to use full force against the terrorists. Even the latter must be scratching their heads on this one. The collaboration with China on the Gwadar-Kashgar highway and undertaking of sizable energy projects must be lauded. But the metro for Karachi and other such massive public works now on the anvil do not directly address the urgent structural changes required to put the badly ailing economy on the path to recovery and growth. More vagueness was apparent in the utterances on Karachi, Balochistan, drone attacks, India, the post-war Afghanistan and the overall security situation. Kashmir, ‘the jugular vein’, says it all. We have been hearing it for ages. And about the promise to end load-shedding, besides launching several mega projects, it has not surprisingly been adjusted with the end of PM’s five-year tenure. Also, blaming it all on the previous regime simply will not do. The PML-N was ruling the roost in the Punjab when sectarian and banned outfits were operating with impunity in the province and elsewhere. Then his party was on-board through the NA and Senate committees. To be fair the prime minister is indeed in an unenviable situation, as the problems and issues facing us have been badly neglected, the state institutions are in utter disarray and apart from competence issues, the bureaucracy has been deeply politicized, rendering sound governance almost impossible. No wonder he usually looks a worried man, and often speaks his mind on the enormity of the challenges confronting him. They would test the best and brightest in his vocation. His crown is indeed one of thorns, but as the prime minister in these perilous times, he has to somehow turn it into a laurel wreath.
Musharraf indicted let justice take its course
AVING harboured hopes of a bright political future with the backing of a Facebooking multitude, since his rather tepid landing back home prior to the elections 2013, Gen Pervez Musharraf has had to face many a rude shock. First, the evaporation of the promise of a ‘huge’ fan base followed by relentless legal grilling is something that he perhaps had not anticipated. With a number of serious cases registered and being actively probed against him, the former commando is already incarcerated, albeit in his own home. As if things were not already bad enough, a Rawalpindi Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has now indicted him in the Benazir assassination case on three counts: murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder. The half a dozen other accused in the case include among others former Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Saud Aziz and the then SP Khurram Shahzad. The previous PPP dispensation had not made any headway into the investigation of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, one of the causes of alienation of some of its dedicated cadre though the assassinated twice former prime minister had nominated Gen Musharraf as one of his would-be assassins. So now this is one of the three major cases – the others being the Bugti murder case and the judges’ detention case – in which the former military dictator is under investigation. Since the very PML-N government that the now-retired general had ousted in a coup post which the Sharif family and the party leaders and workers were at the wrong end of the dictator’s ruthless stick, is back in office after a 13-year hiatus, there may be some doubts in some minds about the long arm of law dealing Musharraf equitably – especially when the higher judiciary too had to face the boot at his hands twice in 2007. Despite this sordid history, which does not really paint Musharraf in glorious colours in any way, the former coup-making general should be dealt with in a manner that is not just transparent but quite visibly unbiased. That does not mean that investigation should favour him just because he had occupied high office once, but nonetheless there should be no hint of apparent or hidden vindictiveness. The difference between dictatorship and democracy should be obvious by the absence of a witch hunt and law and justice should be allowed to take its own course.
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saying all the right things… but somehow they did not click
HE prime minister regaled us Monday evening with his much-awaited speech, a speech that had been postponed earlier because he wanted to make it when he had something more cogent to expound upon. In a rather rambling discourse on the situation prevailing in the country, the prime minister appeared to hark back to the halcyon days of his previous terms when he was master of all that he surveyed and could do exactly as he so wished. The populace at the time was delirious with a sense of well being and happiness only for usurpers to rudely upset the applecart. One also got the feeling that had there been continuity in his leadership as there has been in the Punjab since the 1980s, the nation would have reached untold heights in prosperity. One also sensed the onerousness of the task ahead after all the wrongs done in the previous five years by the incompetent and corrupt government of the PPP. They had done everything wrong. They did not even have power lines set up for the Neelum Valley power project, among many other complains. They had done everything wrong and left the PML-N with the distasteful task of setting everything right again as in the past. WAPDA, Railways, PIA had gone to the dogs. Mian Nawaz Sharif touched all the bases, saying all the right things. Power problem would be solved not in three but five years. The war on terror would be won by a nation united under him. The drone attack issue had been discussed with John Kerry and that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon agreed with his view. There was talk of motorways, communication links, the GwadarKashgar corridor. Kashmir, as usual was the jugular vein and would be sorted out. Terrorism, peaceful relations with neighbours India and Afghanistan. In a few years the people of the Gulf emirates would be
coming here looking for jobs as the PM had once famously stated in Doha many moons ago. Sharif said there should not be nepotism, corruption‚ maladministration and murder of merit and transparency and in case it happened the government would take notice of the situation. But something just did not click in Nawaz Sharif’s first address to the nation. What was missing was the motivation, the hope, the energy that a leader inspires in his followers. Without these leadership qualities, speeches are simply words – as flat as a week old bottle of soda. The problem with the speech was that we have heard these same statements ad nauseum every time a new leader comes to power, including, twice before, the PML-N. The sinking feeling was that the same file had been dusted off and with a few changes reflecting the current state of affairs, had been warmed up in a microwave oven to inflict on the toiling natives of this unfortunate country. Our leaders could do worse than to study the speeches of the great orators of the past, like Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Churchill, Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. These leaders, among many others, could galvanize their followers with the power and emotion of their oration, words that came from the depth of their conviction and were visibly evident. Without the emotion, the conviction, they are just words. One must make it abundantly clear at this juncture that the present government was not asked to come into power. It had done so after a bitterly fought, hideously costly campaign that was won with a thumping majority. Earlier, the PML-N had insisted on a change in the constitution where a prime minister could be elected into office more than twice. Now that Mian Nawaz Sharif has realized this long sought ambition, it is felt that it is high time that a strong, positive, motivational leadership be displayed which can lift up this country by the bootstraps and turn it into a vibrant, progressive and dynamic nation. The evidence so far has been quite to the contrary. The ministers assigned to the key ministries are the same old loyalists that we had heard on television the past five years. They have not been displaying even a fraction of the initiative that they used to display when they lambasted the government of the past five years. There is an all pervading sense of drift and lack of hope that is in stark contrast
to other more aggressive parties who are looking much more purposeful in spite of their own teething troubles. The recent incident where a man held Islamabad hostage for six hours live on international television while the government dithered and wrung its fingers. The man was many times seen walking around with the guns or lounging in his car. It would have been no problem for a sniper to take him out. So what if he was hit? The man knew he was playing with fire. This insipid response became so unnerving that finally a former lawmaker could take it no more and jumped the man, thus precipitating an end to the crisis. In a kneejerk response, the government people in talk shows tried to belittle the brave Zamurd Khan by spouting inanities like, he should lose weight. The government should be careful who they send into talk shows as the other parties are getting increasingly sharper and the treasury participants seem keener on scoring points with their bosses rather than argue the issues at hand. It has been ample time since their election victory for the PMLN government to show that they are leading from the front. Till now there seems precious little indication that they have the ability and the will to do just that. They must realise that people in power have to either lead, follow or get out of the way – especially now that there is not just the PPP opposing them. It is doubtful whether we have anyone at the present time with all the attributes of a great leader. There is a story attributed to Mahathir Mohammad. Malaysia used to have a serious problem with gold smuggling and they could do nothing to stop it. As a result, money and power was going into the hands of criminals. Mahathir altered the duties and tariffs on gold in such a way that smuggling it was not worth the effort. Very soon, the country became one of the biggest gold dealers in the region. Mahathir sought a positive solution and got a positive result. Another thing that a leader should be able to do is to impose his positive attitude on the people. From policies where people believe that if they worked hard within these policies, they can realize their life’s dreams – policies where the earning comes through positive activity rather than through graft and crony capitalism. This type of creative, out of the box thinking was, sadly not evident in the prime minister’s speech. It is about time his brain trust got down to some serious work and served a more palatable fare to the people.
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Family succession rules North Korea has revised the 10 fundamental principles of the ruling Workers’ Party to legitimise the hereditary succession of current leader Kim Jongun and his family. Pyongyang reportedly revised the principles in June the first time since April 1974 when the late Kim Jong-il became North Korea’s leader. The revised rules stipulate that North Korea and the Workers’ Party will be “kept alive forever by the Baekdu bloodline”. Baekdu Mountain is the highest on the Korean Peninsula and the ‘Baekdu bloodline’ refers to the Kim family. The country’s founder Kim Il-sung, called the Eternal President, died in 1994 and leadership passed to his son Kim Jong-il, the Eternal General Secretary of the Party. Current leader Kim Jong-un took power when his father died in late 2011. In addition to cementing the rule of the Kim
family in the 10 principles, Pyongyang also added a warning against the bourgeoisie, most likely in response to increasing foreign influences from South Korea and China. References to socialism and communism were also removed from the revised principles and replaced with “juche revolution”, a belief that is the essence of North Korean politics which declares the North Korean people as the masters of the country’s fate. Factionalism, regionalism and familism were also condemned in the changed principles. Observers of North Korea say the revisions are a sign that Kim Jong-un had yet to consolidate his power. Although North Korea has a constitution and the ruling party’s bylaws, the 10 principles have a more direct impact on the daily lives of North Koreans, who are required to pledge allegiance to the Kim family. AhMeD hABIB Lahore
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
wednesday, 21 August, 2013
in zia’s defence The man who gave pakistan its only logical identity
tacked, with at least 19 burned and others ransacked. Christian businesses have been looted and individuals have been attacked, as well. Not only Egyptian partisans are guilty of obfuscation and half-truths. There are those, like Senator John McCain, who point an accusing finger at President Obama calling Egypt his “colossal failure”, saying “we bear a large amount of responsibility for the bloodletting that’s taking place”, lamenting that “no one is listening to us”. McCain and others, therefore, call on the US to immediately cut aid to Egypt, assuming that this would rectify the situation. But these charges ring hollow to most Egyptians who still blame the US for supporting and emboldening the Brotherhood while they were in power. In reality, as President Obama has correctly noted, while the US has abiding national security interests in maintaining ties with Egypt, it has limited leverage in directing how the Egyptian military behaves in dealing with internal matters. In this context, the president’s statement was not as some critics have suggested “weak” or “passive” or “spineless”. It was honest. As for the calls to cut aid, these also ring hollow. The economic assistance to Egypt has already been cut. The largest portion of the US aid package is in the form of military equipment supplied by US companies for which contracts have already been signed. The real losers of breaking these contracts, therefore, will not be Egypt’s military, but the US suppliers. This fact, though not clear to the US public, is already understood by Egyptians who in polls tell us that they do not want the US aid because they feel that it is the US or Israel and not Egypt that is the main beneficiary of this assistance package. As President Obama noted, what is taking place in Egypt is deplorable and tragic. Momentous change is never easy and never takes a straight path toward its goal. The tragic events now taking place in Egypt are not, as some are suggesting, the end of Egypt’s movement toward democracy, it is the beginning. The process that began two-and-one-half years ago has hit a terrifying bump in the road. The consequences are horrific, but the vibrancy of Egypt’s civil society has demonstrated its ability to reassert itself before and will yet again. This is not the time for friends to cut and run. Rather it is critical that friends remain supportive of the Egyptian people and their aspirations for an inclusive democracy that can provide security and opportunity for all of its people.
LL “liberals” from our neck of the woods come together every August 17 in condemnation of a man who enforced Islam in a country that was created in the name of Islam. They also claim that said man not only singlehandedly dragged Pakistan into the multipronged predicament that the country finds itself in, his legacy is so overbearing that he continues to live on KUNWaR KhULdUNE Shahid despite being dead for a quarter of a century now. If it were up to them, the liberals would accuse the man of being guilty of causing every single problem that every man and his dog is facing in this country, but rather generously they choose to earmark one manoeuvre of his as the root of all evil: Islamisation of Pakistan. Ziaul Haq’s foreign policy was pretty much a continuation of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s diplomatic endeavours. The military intervention under him and the coup d’etat in 1977 was a continuation of the legacy of Iskander Mirza, Ayub Khan and Yahya Khan and the corollary of Pakistan’s status as an “armoured buffer” in a volatile region. His domestic policy and the dictatorial stranglehold over the country which led to political victimisation – courtesy Martial Law Regulation No 53 and Article 58 2(b) of the Constitution – and persecution of journalists and citizens, is a part and parcel of an authoritarian regime. Zia wasn’t the first military nut-head to pulverise democracy in Pakistan, and he wasn’t the last. Most of his schemes had precedents; most of his acts were either continuations from previous legacies or trendsetters for those that followed him and most of his steps bore the quintessence of the brand of government that he put on the table – barring one: Islamisation of Pakistan. And herein lies the bone of contention. Zia’s dictatorial manifestations put him among a group of five men, collectively castigated by the “champions of freedom”, but it’s the fact that he imposed Islam in the county that sets him apart for special chastisement as the villain-in-chief of Pakistan’s history. Yup, that’s right, the man who dumped Western democracy; conjured the Hudood Ordinance; enforced punishments for Zina and Qazf; propagated public lashings, amputation of limbs, and stoning to death; introduced Blasphemy laws; made women half in legal terms; forced women to cover their heads; prohibited them from dancing on TV and banned alcohol consumption – all in synchrony with the Quran and the Shariah – has been peddled as Pakistan’s ultimate bad guy. So it wasn’t Muhammad Ali Jinnah the man who used religion – or the religious identity of a particular community, depending which brand of history you read – for a separatist movement who laid the foundation of a religiously bigoted county. Nor was it Allama Iqbal whose Mard-e-Momin was an Islamist to the core or Liaquat Ali Khan whose Objectives Resolution pretty much was the funeral of religious minorities’ hopes in Pakistan. And of course it couldn’t have been Bhutto, the secular, liberal, socialist under whose premiership the Ahmadis were officially declared non-Muslims in 1974. It is Zia, whose religiosity seems to pinch the liberals the most. Zia, the man who put a full-stop to the ideological cherry picking that is the favourite vocation of our liberals, and helped sort out the contradictory mess that his predecessors had created to give Pakistan its only logical identity – that of a true Islamic state. Regardless of whether Pakistan’s identity traces its origin in the widely accepted Two-Nation theory or the lesser known secular consociationalism (propagated by the likes of Ayesha Jalal), the undisputable fact was that a separate country was created for the Muslims. Coming to terms with the fact that the founding fathers of Pakistan went through all that hassle to create a separate secular state might challenge the little grey cells of many individuals, considering that anyone with any inkling of political nous at that time would’ve figured out that India was always going to end up being a secular country. Even so, the commonsensical answer to the question of governance in a country created for Muslims would be according to the religion which earmarks them as a separate nation. And so, when the Pakistani nationalism was based on the religious identity of its inhabitants, it’s no rocket science to figure out that implementation of Islam and the Shariah was the natural way to go. Zia filtered the contradictions and put two and two together over 30 years after the creation of Pakistan. Let’s suppose that Jinnah did actually strive to create a secular state, and the ensuing massacre on both sides of the Indo-Pak divide was owing to the economic insecurities of the Muslims, it’s still Jinnah’s ostensible word against Allah’s unalterable word as Pakistan continues soul searching for its raison d’etre. Allah quite obviously asks for an Islamic state even if Jinnah might have wanted a secular one. And ladies and gentlemen, the man that that gave precedence to Allah’s unambiguous orders over Jinnah’s apparent desires is being dubbed the bad guy here. Unless you plan on challenging his ideology, there is no way in hell that you can condemn Zia. If you consider yourself a Muslim you shouldn’t frown upon Islamisation or criticise the implementation of political ordinances of Islam. And when you peddle the “Zia still lives on…” cliché, please take a moment to realise that by that logic Zia lived in the 8th century as well. His Islamisation process is strictly according to the legacy of the founding fathers of the ideology and the divine orders of Allah. Condemning Zia means condemning the ideological origins, Islamic law and history and pretty much every Muslim leader considered a million miles above any iota of criticism. Unless you’re willing to take a potshot at all of that, any criticism of Zia is merely pointless rhetoric.
The writer is President, Arab American Institute.
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tragedy and nonsense egypt’s military only made the country’s political crisis more virulent
Washington Watch dR JamES J zOGBY
NY honest assessment of the events unfolding across Egypt will recognize that they have all the aspects of a classic tragedy. The characters involved, each in their own way, have demonstrated that they have been unable to rise above their fatal flaws with the result being the horror we are now witnessing. What Egypt needs at this time is a clear-headed acknowledgment of what went wrong and what is the way forward. What it doesn’t need are the nonsense claims made by some partisans who wildly blame others while seeking to absolve themselves. What Egypt needed most out of its revolution was a national consensus that could establish a functioning government capable of creating order and providing employment and prosperity for its growing population. That’s what our polling has consistently showed. What it got instead was a group ill-suited to lead and a military that only knew one way to deal with a problem. The result is this tragedy that is now playing out across the country. In the first place, the Brotherhood could not governor build the much-needed consensus that Egypt needed in the post-Mubarak era. After winning a default election (since they were the only organized party in town) by the narrowest of margins, they focused their attention more on consolidating their hold over the reins of power instead of addressing Egypt’s needs. In the end, they made enemies not only of those whom they had defeated but those potential allies whose votes had enabled them to win, in the first place. The Brotherhood’s misreading of the public mood led to their isolation and ultimately to the massive demonstrations calling for their removal. Egypt’s military, too, became a victim of its own weakness. With the public calling for
action, they responded and overreacted, as militaries are wont to do – first by deposing and arresting President Morsi, and then by assuming that they could use overwhelming force to end the Brotherhood’s weeks-long sitins that had paralyzed entire neighbourhoods. By assuming that there could be a violent solution to what is at its core a political problem, Egypt’s military has now only deepened and made more virulent the country’s political crisis. The Brotherhoods “sit-ins” were not political acts, they were more hostile takeovers that set up a “state-within-the-state”. As such, more than protests, they became acts of provocation that only served to further aggravate an increasingly frustrated and hostile public, while defiantly goading the military to act. In reality then, it was the flawed instinct of both the Brotherhood and military that led to this tragedy. What is both disturbing and especially unhelpful are the half truths and/or nonsensical claims being made by some that only serve to obfuscate Egypt’s situation and the needs of its people. For example, in an editorial in The New York Times, a former minister in the Morsi government attempts to describe the situation in Egypt as follows: “this is a battle between those who envision a pluralistic Egypt in which the individual has dignity and power changes hands at the ballot box and those who support a militarized state in which government is imposed on the people by force”. While there may be some justification for the second half of this charge, our polling makes clear that the vast majority of Egyptians simply do not believe that the Morsi government ever envisioned “a pluralistic Egypt in which the individual has dignity”. What they saw taking place during the one year in which Morsi was in power was the exact opposite. The millions who signed petitions and who demonstrated calling for Morsi to step down were frightened that the president and his party were consolidating an absolutist and intolerant regime. What they hoped for was a real chance for a tolerant, pluralistic government. This majority opinion still holds true and is waiting in the wings for its aspirations to be realized. What Egyptians have seen both before and since the military action has only reinforced their fears about the Brotherhood’s intent. First, there was the incitement against Egypt’s small Shi’a Muslim community that resulted in the brutal hanging of several members of this group. And in recent days there has been the all-out assault on Egypt’s Christians. At last count 50 churches have been at-
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The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love – Jean de la Bruyere
ekta and i make a strong brother-sister ‘jodi’: tusshar
arts wednesday, 21 August, 2013
pakistan-origin comedian jeff Mirza accused of promoting racism by use of ‘paki’ word
Pakistani-born stand-up comedian has been has been questioned by the British police over accusations that he used the word ‘Paki’ during a show. The police acted after a fellow Pakistani took offence at Jeff Mirza’s show Meet Abu – Hamsta and Paki Bashir. According to the Daily Star, Mirza, 49, was quizzed at a police station in Edinburgh where, dressed as butcher “Paki Bashir”, he has been wowing festival crowds with his one-liners. The complaint claimed he was upset by a poster for the show, which attempts to “reclaim” the use of the racially offensive term. He was warned that he could be arrested and charged if he continued to use the poster, although he is continuing to do so, the report said. Mirza said that he could not be accused of racism against his own community? According to the report, his act centres on jokes about Pakistan and the wider Islamic world. His main character, Bashir, tells the audience he loves his family, and says of Pakistan: “We also have a thriving gay community and they are also known as clerics.” NEWS dESK
baby george ‘a little rascal’: prince william
RINCE William and his wife Catherine have released the first official photographs of their baby son George - and in a break with tradition they were taken by her father Michael Middleton. The intimate photographs were shot earlier this month in the garden of the Middletons’ family home in rural Bucklebury, west of London, and show the newborn prince lying peacefully in his mother’s arms. George, the third in line to the throne, is wrapped in a white blanket and is apparently asleep despite the bright sunshine. William, 31, stands to the left of his wife in both of the photographs, with an arm around her shoulders, and they are both smiling broadly.
Kate is wearing a long maroon dress and has her hair in waves over her shoulders, while William is in his familiar ‘off-duty’ clothes — jeans and a pale blue shirt with the top buttons undone. In one of the shots, the couple’s black cocker spaniel, Lupo, joins them while Tilly, a golden retriever belonging to the Middleton family, can be seen lying behind them. In his first interview since the birth, William said George was “a rascal” and admitted that the responsibility of being a father had changed him already. “He’s a little bit of a rascal, I’ll put it that way,” he told CNN in an interview shown Monday. “He either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger, I’m not sure, but he’s doing very well at the moment. “He wriggles around quite a lot,” he said. “And he doesn’t want to
go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem.” The fact that Kate’s father, and George’s grandfather, took the photographs is a radical departure for the royals, who have traditionally relied on professionals for the first official shots of new additions to the family. Little is known how much experience Michael Middleton - the British Airways flight dispatcher-turned-businessman - has behind the lens. Martin Keene, head of pictures at the Press Association agency which distributed the shots, said they were impressive. “Any photographer would have been pleased to have taken them,” he said, although some observers said both photographs were overexposed and one was slightly out of focus.
Will sanjay be out of jail on a 14-day parole? CTOR Sanjay Dutt has applied for a leave of furlough for the first time since his final incarceration. A source said that Dutt applied for a 14-day furlough under the jail manual rules that govern leave granted to a convicted prisoner. His application was made before the jail authorities at Yerwada prison on Monday. The leave manual stipulates such leave to ensure prisoners remain integrated with the society. Earlier, the actor, who has been incarcerated at the Yerwada jail since the last three months, had applied for 30-day parole to avail of medical treatment. Jail superintendent Yogesh Desai told TOI, “Around 20 days ago, Dutt applied for parole under the prescribed jail format. His parole application has been forwarded to the divisional commissioner, who will take a decision on the matter. The divisional commissioner decides on the application after seeking a report from the police station concerned. The prisoner’s behaviour is also considered while granting parole.” Desai said any convict can apply for parole at any point of time. Salman ‘hit-&-run’ case assigned to new court T he alleged hit-and-run case involving actor Salman Khan has been assigned to a new court and will now be heard on September 5. The case will be heard by judge D W Deshpande. On September 28, 2002, Salman Khan allegedly rammed his Land Cruiser into the American Express Bakery on Hill Road, Bandra, in the wee hours of morning. One person was killed and four were injured. COURTESY TOi
HE butter brand is known to have creative ads on current situations and issues. From politics, Bollywood to any other stream, it has touched all spaces. And now Amul has rooted for Deepika twice. Deepika Padukone who has got back to back success with Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Chennai Express seems to have become a favourite for Amul. For the first time Amul has made an actor trend twice in such a short time. With her success in both the movies, Amul has had a delight to do two ads on her characters in the movie. First with her in her sexy blue sari dancing on the beats of Batameez Dil and now on her box-office hit word Bokwaas. The shining diva has surely become utterly butterly delicious actress with her back to back boxoffice hits. COURTESY TOi
sridevi bonds big time with sisters-in-law
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N the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan Tuesday, actor Tusshar Kapoor says he makes a strong brother-sister pair with his elder sibling Ekta, a successful producer of films and TV shows. “It’s been 36 years that I am getting a Rakhi tied by Ekta. Every year we do the same thing. Since our childhood, even if we are not together on Raksha Bandhan, we celebrate the festival. She sends a rakhi to me wherever I am, and we talk over the phone,” the actor told reporters. “I think our brother-sister Jodi in the industry is very strong,” he added. Ekta and Tusshar are children of veteran actor Jeetendra and producer Shobha Kapoor. Ekta has produced films like “Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai”, “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum”, “Shor In The City” and “The Dirty Picture”, which starred her younger brother.
all is not well between ranbir and Katrina?
ATRINA Kaif and her alleged boy friend Ranbir Kapoor grabbed headlines after their holiday pictures were leaked. However, now it seems that all is not well between the two. According to reports, Rishi Kapoor is quite miffed with the recent rumours floating around about the couple. This time around when Katrina was visiting Ranbir post his trip to Colombo, she had to face the wrath of Kapoor daddy. The Barbie doll is avoiding Ranbir Kapoor to stay away from controversies. Kat had also written a letter to media expressing her displeasure. Now with Katrina’s restricted entry in Kapoor family and her conscious decisions to be away from the Kapoor boy is creating issues between the two. Will their relationship hit the rock before they go official about their status? COURTESY TOi
OLLYWOOD diva Sridevi gets along famously with her two sistersin-law, Sunita Kapoor and Maheep Kapoor. Apparently, whenever there is a family dinner, the brothers — Anil, Boney and Sanjay — do their own entertaining with friends Raj Kumar Santoshi, Pradeep (Tutu) Sharma, Indra Kumar and others. And Sri and her two sistersin-law do their own number in another section of the bungalow with good friends Padmini Kolhapure, Poonam Dhillon and Manila Santoshi. The children, too, are very close. Sri’s daughters Jhanvi and Khushi spend time with Maheep’s daughter Shanaya and the older ones like Arjun Kapoor keep company with Sonam and Rhea. COURTESY TOi
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every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product. – Edward Steichen
chinese dramas ‘missing’ from pakistani tv NEWS DESK
ELEVISION viewers in Pakistan can choose from a surprisingly wide variety of channels, ranging from conservative religious programs to US-style talent shows. News channels make headlines every day in fierce competition for more commercials and higher viewer ratings. Wherever there is a bomb blast, it seems there is a video camera. Leading broadcasters from outside the country are also trying to grab market share. CNBC, a leading US-based news channel, has even established an Urdu-language channel and hired local newscasters. Pakistani entertainment shows are also copying styles and templates from their US and European counterparts at a time when imported TV dramas are capturing public attention. TV dramas from Turkey, which are either dubbed or subtitled, are also very popular, said Hassan Immad Mohamedi, director of sports at the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, which runs the national broadcaster, Pakistan Television. Samina Parvez, director-general of the Pakistan
Broadcasting Corporation, said China and Pakistan have exchanged many television programs over the years. Documentaries, especially, have been shown about the Chinese civilization and culture, Parvez said. However, even leading broadcasters in the country admit there are few TV dramas from China shown on the country’s small screens. “Many times we have aired Chinese documentaries with subtitles. There are no
dubbed TV dramas, mainly documentaries,” Parvez said. Mohamedi suggested there is a great opportunity for Chinese TV dramas with their themes of family life. “As for the PTV home channel - our most popular home entertainment channel, its tag is family entertainment, so family dramas would be very, very interesting,” he said. More Chinese TV dramas are expected to be subtitled in English to attract potential viewers, said Xu Fangzhou, a professor of television studies at the Communication University of China in Beijing. “The language barrier should be removed. Yet Chinese dramas with English subtitles are far from enough,” Xu said. Rukhsana Hassan, an assistant professor of the Department of Chinese at the National University of Modern Languages in Islamabad, also complained about the lack of Chinese television programs on Pakistani television. “Currently, television stations in Pakistan have no specific programs introducing China,” she said. Hassan visited China for the first time in 1985 as a student at Beijing Language and Culture University, and her enthusiasm for Chinese popular culture has not diminished with time.
gaga asks fans to stop sending abusive tweets
ADY Gaga has asked her fans to stop sending online threats to her critics. The pop star said she would not condone “hateful or abusive language” directed towards others, adding “this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions”. Some of her fans had tweeted death threats to dance producer Deadmau5, who criticised Gaga’s video collaboration with artist Marina Abramovic. Meanwhile, One Direction have also said that some fans “cross the line” on social media. In a BBC interview, Harry Styles said: “Obviously there’s a line and some people cross it - but most people don’t.” His bandmate Niall Horan said he had always heeded the advice, “don’t tweet anything you don’t want your grandmother to hear”. ‘posITIVITy’: Writing on her blog, Lady Gaga told fans: “I know how angry you feel sometimes, and I know that when they say things about me you feel that they are saying them
about you as well. “Although pop culture and society have become more negative and critical of the artist over the years, by engaging in this negativity you are allowing it to spread. She continued: “I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward positivity, and to rec-
ognize that this behaviour is wrong. “The anonymous nature of social media has made it easy for many to vent their anger by bullying others with no recourse or accountability. But this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions.” Gaga’s comments came after a public row with gossip
Katie can’t wait to have more children
I never lie about my age, says sharon stone
CTRESS-PRODUCER Sharon Stone says women should accept signs of ageing instead of lying about their age. “I have never been a person who lies about their age. I’ve always thought that ageing is something we should grow into, not try to fight,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted Stone as saying. The 55-year-old star is a self-confessed gym addict and likes water sports too. “I do a lot of exercise because I enjoy it. I go to the gym, which is how I clear my mind when life gets overwhelming,” said Stone. “I love everything in the water - I love to be in a boat, and I’m just now learning how to paddleboard, which is really fun,” added the actress who has three children. “I dance a lot - when I’m in a hotel room, I push back the furniture to clear a big space, put the music on and dance and dance. Plus, I have three growing boys to run after, which keeps you fit in it,” said Stone. COURTESY TOi
ODEL Katie Price, who recently gave birth to her fourth child under emergency conditions, wants to have more children. This is Price’s first child with third husband Kieran Hayler. She was rushed to the hospital after complication arose during her vacation in Europe. “We’ve been through a nightmare, but it’s made me and Kieran so much stronger and we can’t wait to have another baby,” thesun.co.uk quoted Price as saying. Their new born son, Jett Riviera, had five weeks premature delivery after his heartbeat dropped dangerously. But it was the anticipation of having her child next to her that gave strength to Price during delivery. “The only thing that had got me through the nightmare was the thought of cradling my little boy. But he was only put near my face for seconds. I was really upset. I felt like punching someone,” she said. Price has 11-year-old son Harvey from her relationship with former football player Dwight Yorke. She also has son Junior, eight, and daughter Princess Tiaamii, six, with exhusband Peter Andre. COURTESY TOi
columnist Perez Hilton. The singer claimed Hilton was stalking her by trying to rent an apartment in the block where she lives in New York. The celebrity blogger vehemently denied this in a response on his website. He wrote: “I hope her fans stop sending me death threats, as the suggestion that I pose a danger to Lady Gaga is preposterous. If her fans want to send a message of support to Lady Gaga, they should buy her music.” One Direction singer Styles described his band’s fans as “passionate” - and said the positive result of social media was the “interaction” with them. “I never imagined when I was younger that anyone I listened to on the radio would answer me in a tweet,” Styles said. He added that he erred towards caution when using social media. “It’s common sense... in terms of the dangers, I think you just have to be aware and not share too much. Be clever with what you put out there.” COURTESY BBC
ArTS wednesday, 21 August, 2013
selena gomez sending flirty texts to hot union J Hunk george shelley?
T sounds like Selena is keeping her mind off Justin by texting with another hot singer, George Shelley! The British cutie actually admitted that they’re ‘messaging’ each other. Does Selena Gomez have a thing for George Shelley? George, one of the guys from the boy band Union J, admitted on Aug. 18, that he and Selena are talking to each other. Could this mean Selena has totally moved on from Justin Bieber and George will be her next boyfriend? Selena Gomez & George Shelley — Sending Flirty Texts To Each Other? George, 20, admitted not too long ago that he had a huge crush on Selena! “I’ve got an undying crush on her,” he said. “It’s the whole Disney thing. I love her.” To which Selena responded with a video telling George to call her! So when George was partying at the V Music Festival in England, Yahoo! asked him if he and Selena are in contact and he said: “We are still messaging!” This is huge news! But keep in mind that George spent the entire day flirting with Little Mix star Jesy Nelson. Selena’s Parents Tell Her To Stop Seeing Justin Bieber? We told you that the day after Selena’s birthday party on July 27, when Justin showed up with a rose and spent the whole night glued to her hip, her parents reportedly gave her an ultimatum. “They told her this was the last straw,” a friend told Life & Style. “They told her Justin was a really bad person. They said she has to rid him from her life, otherwise they can’t be a part of her life — her new baby sister included.” Perhaps Selena has given up on Justin and George is the one to take her mind off him? HollywoodLifers, sound off below and tell us if Selena and George should date! COURTESY hOLLYWOOdLiFE
Kate Middleton & Kim Kardashian:
new Mom 5 Minute Makeup routine
AVING a new baby and having to quickly adjust yourself into motherhood requires you to push your personal routines aside. Luckly, we have amazing products to share for all you new moms so that you can get ready in just five minutes! Being a new mom, it’s hard finding time to look good. New moms like Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian have to substitute their full-time work to full-time care for their newborns! Luckily, we have some fantastic beauty products that will make any mom look great in just five minutes! Minute Makeup — Our Quick & Easy Picks For Moms: You can hide your dark circles and fatigue with Miracle Skin Transformer’s Face SPF 20. With this, you can get a perfect complexion without having to apply multiple face products! Not only does this lightweight product provide you with an amazing complexion, it protects you from the sun with its SPF 20 so you don’t have to worry about burning when outside running errands for your newborn! This five-in-one skin enhancer is designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify, and protect your skin, all in one application, for a natural look! If you have the perfect mascara, there is no need to apply eyeliner — it saves you a lot of time and still makes you look fabulous! We suggest using Pür Minerals Big Blink Mascara. Unfortunately, hair loss is a common post-birth outcome that many new moms have to deal with. Not only does this mascara give you full, luxe lashes, this mascara also nourishes them and gives you stronger lashes that are less likely to fall out! It will make your eyes pop! The wand is clump resistant, making the application easy and quick! Having a bold lip is an easy look to pull off and easy finisher. Try Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick. This lipstick is filled with Vitamin E and rick emollients. The smooth, buttery sticks hydrates your lips, making them smoother and softer with every application, while still having a pop of colour! COURTESY hOLLYWOOdLiFE
Lovato’s alleged embarassing nude photos: will they be published?
OOR Demi! The ‘X Factor’ judge appears to be the latest victim of a nude photo leak. The alleged naked pics are reportedly being shopped around to various outlets. Multiple racy pics of Demi Lovato are reportedly being shopped around, a news outlet claims. The images, which the news outlet has allegedly been offered, show a dark-haired woman, who looks identical to the Made In The USA singer, in compromising positions, including nude in a bath tub and lying topless in bed. Demi Lovato Nude Photos — Naked Pics Of Disney Star Being Shopped Around The woman in the photos has the same tattoos as Demi, including 12 black birds on her right forearm, Radar Online reports. “These are Demi. The collection I have showed some nude, including face, some including parts of the body Demi is known for — tattoos, butt, chin. Then, I have pictures of her getting rowdy… I can guarantee you these photos are legitimately of Demi,” the provider of the photos told the site. Demi Lovato Naked Photo Scandal — Will They Be Published? If these photos were released, Fox would have an unfortunate situation on their hands. Not only is Demi, 20, one of the network’s most coveted judges on The X Factor, but the former Disney star recently signed on to star in multiple episodes of Glee in season five. And unfortunately for Demi, these photos don’t sound very kid-friendly. It’s unclear how these photos were obtained, whether they were leaked or if Demi is the victim of a cyber hacker, but for Demi’s sake, we hope they’re never released. COURTESY hOLLYWOOdLiFE
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InFotaInMent Wednesday, 21 August, 2013
today (21TH AUGUST)
8 Pakistan and India agree on the boundary pact between East Bengal and West Bengal. 8 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched. 8 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps. 8 British harbor strike ends. 8 Hawaii became the 50th state in the United States. 8 Fire in Al-Aksa-mosque in Jerusalem.
MicrosoFt's xbox one teaM courts indie developers Microsoft is offering free Xbox One development kits to approved video games makers to encourage small teams to make titles for its forthcoming console. It announced the move at the Gamescom trade fair in Cologne as part of its ID@Xbox self-publishing programme. The equivalent hardware for the Xbox 360 costs thousands of pounds. One expert said the move might help address a perception that Sony was more "indie-friendly". The PlayStation maker dedicated a large part of its presentation to independent developers at the E3 expo in June, while Microsoft only briefly mentioned the sector at the Los Angeles event. TRACK RECORD Although Microsoft said that in time it intended to make it possible for software writers to create games using retail versions of the Xbox One, at launch the facility will be limited to special development editions of the machine. To qualify, it said, developers must have a proven track record of shipping games on a console, PC or mobile devices. Teams which are approved will be given two of the development machines free of charge. The teams must also have their programs certified by Microsoft's managers before they become available to the public, but they will be free to set their own wholesale price to which the consolemaker will then add its own charge. 'RiGHT DiRECTiOn' Barry Meade of Fireproof Studios - a 14-person team that won Bafta's award for best British game earlier this year - had previously criticised Microsoft for "interminable bureaucracy, exorbitant fees and, let's be honest, frequent head-in-thesand arrogance". However, he gave a cautious welcome to the latest announcement. Prof Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University in Dundee, also welcomed the news. "The next generation of consoles is now looking very exciting for indie companies, with Microsoft's announcements today and Sony's work on bringing indie games to the Vita and building the PlayStation 4 to make it easily accessible to small development teams," he said. "There hasn't been a more exciting time for indie developers since the bedroom development scene of the 1980s and 1990s." COURTESY BBC
Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. –Oscar Wilde
cyber pearl harbor: why hasn’t a Mega attacK happened? despite many warnings, no major attack has taken place on the united states. so it is logical to ask why this hasn’t happened yet, and if it ever will.
OR the past few years, US officials have warned of a coming mega cyber attack against critical infrastructure, something akin to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The threat of a looming “Pearl Harbor” was reiterated last year by then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who painted a dark portrait of passenger trains sent careening off the tracks and poisoned water supplies, thanks to hackers. Press articles and opinion pieces followed suit with doom-laden headlines like The Gathering Cyber Storm, Is America Prepared for a Cyber Pearl Harbor? and The Looming Certainty of a Cyber Pearl Harbor. What form such an attack might take depends on who you talk to: many experts have pointed to physical destruction that could be wrought by a cyber attack, such as a virus programmed to take down the power grid, sinking whole cities into blackness. Or, the attack could be financial rather than physical, such as a coordinated intrusion on banks that brings the economy to a crashing halt, like what happened on a smaller scale in Estonia in 2007 (major banks have already staged drills against a possible attack). Yet for all the talk, and warnings, no attack of that magnitude has taken place on the United States, at least not yet. So it is logical to ask whether the rhetoric is being exaggerated. After all, if a determined enemy had the opportunity to carry out such an attack, why wouldn’t they have done so by now? Some officials are now beginning to tone down the warnings. “We judge that there is a remote chance of a major cyber attack against US critical infrastructure systems during the next two years that would result in longterm, wide-scale disruption of services, such as a regional
power outage,” James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, told the US Congress earlier this year. “It’s not in the realm of anything we’ve seen to date,” said James Caulfield of the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston earlier this week. “It would take as much effort to truck in a bomb.” Here are some reasons why a cyber Pearl Harbor hasn’t happened yet, and possibly never will: CyBer weapons don’T always worK When Stuxnet, a virus targeting Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities, was first revealed in 2010, it appeared to demonstrate that such attacks could actually destroy physical infrastructure, as opposed to simply disrupting or exploiting digital information and communication. The Stuxnet virus was specifically created to cause gas centrifuges used for enriching uranium to spin out of control and, in effect, self-destruct. While touted by many as proof
that cyber attacks could do vast damage, some have since questioned whether Stuxnet was really as successful as has been claimed. Earlier this year, Ivanka Barzashka, a research associate at the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London, published an analysis of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, arguing that even if Stuxnet destroyed some of Iran’s centrifuges, it had a negligible impact on the countries capabilities. “Clearly, Stuxnet had the potential to seriously damage Iranian centrifuges, although there are many technical limiting factors to the malware's success,” writes Barzashka. “Public evidence of the Stuxnet's impact is circumstantial and inconclusive.” In fact, she argues, the data available through the International Atomic Energy Agency demonstrates that Iran, notwithstanding the Stuxnet attacks, was able to increase its uranium enrichment, moving it potentially closer to a nuclear weapon.
arTiFicial Food: incredible or inedible? COURTESY BBC After the first lab-grown burger, what else might we be making a meal of decades from now? Science fiction offers some clues – some bland, others grisly. Pass the salt. And the pepper. And while you’re at it, the ketchup too. They said it politely, but these were among the reactions of the two expert “tasters” who earlier this month got the first taste of a potential food of the future – a burger grown in a laboratory. Funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, the five-year project took cells from organic cows, cultured them in a nutrient solution to develop muscle tissue, and then teased them into thin strands of meat. To make what was barely a quarter-pounder required tens of billions of lab-grown cells and nearly 20,000 of the cultured strands. Plus egg powder, beetroot juice, breadcrumbs, salt and saffron to add texture, flavour and colour to the otherwise white meat. And $330,000. The result? One taste tester said it was “close to meat, but not that juicy”. Another described it as “like an animal protein cake”. Commercial cultured meat is at least a decade away, and with the backing of billionaire Brin and others, issues of taste and feel should be solvable. We do not yet know whether it can ever be produced cheaply and in large quantities. However with an estimated billion people are clinically
obese, another billion seriously malnourished, and the global population expected to grow by two billion to nine billion by 2050, it is beyond dispute that the status quo is not sustainable. So do we have the appetite for change? And what might we be making a meal of decades or centuries from now? Perhaps science fiction can offer some clues. There are serious novels like Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx & Crake (along with its sort-of sequels The Year of the Flood and the about to be published MaddAddam) which offer chillingly detailed dystopian visions of near futures in which food is either blandly synthetic, badly genetically modified, or both. My favourite remains Harry Harrison’s 1966 Make Room! Make Room!, set in 1999 in a horribly over-populated and under-fed New York. Only the ultra-rich have access to meat or other fresh produce. The best that most in the apple-free Big Apple can dream of is a soylent steak made of soya and lentils. By the time the story was loosely adapted for the big screen in the 1973 film Soylent Green, [spoiler alert] high-energy wafers secretly made of human corpses were on the menu. Less intellectually nourishing sci-fi food staples include the entire meal in a pill (or dollop or slab of gunk), as featured in Lost in Space, Silent Running and The Fifth Element, in which Leeloo puts chicken
pills into a microwave and a second later pulls out a full roast with all the trimmings. Almost equally common are variations on Star Trek’s replicators which conjure up whatever you hanker after, with varying degrees of success. Both may seem less credible than edible, but there is some science to each. The idea of all-in-one food pills goes back to the 19th Century and has been the subject of much serious research. And although we’re a long way from a replicator, Nasa recently admitted that as part of a programme “to turn science fiction into fact” they are funding work to develop a 3D food printer. So if we do ever send astronauts to Mars they might be tucking into freshly printed pizza. Another dish frequently cooked up is a future in which we’ve embraced entirely nouvelle cuisine: something delicious, nutritious and entirely fictitious. I’m rather partial to Slurm, the disturbingly more-ish soda made from the secretions of giant extra-terrestrial slugs in Futurama. But perhaps the best example is spoo (so named because it’s oops backwards) in Babylon 5, which, although made from tiny alien worms, is supposedly as good as 23rd century eating gets. It may seem bonkers to pin our hopes of feeding all the world’s billions on some entirely new species, but that’s what some experts believe will be inevitable as conventional food sources run out. There may be plenty more fish in the sea, but not the ones we’re used to eating. As a result, less traditional species are expected to increasingly find their way into trawlers, supermarkets and restaurants. A recent report published UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation concludes that as the climate changes and waters warm there will be a global shift “from a fish to a jellyfish ocean”. Its author Ferdinando Boero, Professor of Zoology at Salento University, Italy, concludes: “If you cannot fight them... eat them”. So look out for jellyfish cookbooks. And keep the salt, pepper and ketchup handy. COURTESY BBC
bo obaMa gets a playMate! obaMas adopt another dog The White House announced that the first family adopted Sunny, a 'little sister' for First Dog Bo Obama, who will now have company when he visits Walter Reed and Children’s National Medical Center, inspects holiday decorations at the White House, and greeting guests during tours and the annual Easter Egg Roll. Bo has a new best friend in the White House. President Obama and his family took in a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny, an adorable addition who will serve as playmate and “little sister” to First Dog Bo, according to the White House’s official website. Sunny, named by Michelle Obama for her cheerful disposition, officially joined the family on Monday. The puppy was born in Michigan just last June. “We suspect Sunny will follow in Bo’s footsteps and keep the President company in the Oval Office, go for walks with the First Family after their 6:30 family dinner and even jump up on the First Lady’s lap from time to time!” reads a statement on the website introducing the pup. Pictures and video on the site show the furry pooch lounging on the South Lawn, romping side by side with Bo and happily wagging her giant tongue. The cute canine has a lot to live up to. Bo’s official responsibilities include visiting Walter Reed and Children’s National Medical Center, inspecting holiday decorations at the White House and greeting guests during tours and the Easter Egg Roll. But it can get lonely in the presidential dwelling. In October, the First Lady told reporters that she hosted a “doggie play date” because Bo “doesn’t have enough dog interaction.” In honor of the new doggie kin, the Obamas are making a donation to the Washington Humane Society, the website says. COURTESY NYdaiLYNEWS
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SPorTS wednesday, 21 August, 2013
i am fit to play: umar akmal
LAHORE: Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal upon his return to the country announced that he was fit to play despite reports stating otherwise. Akmal told reporters at the Lahore airport that he would be meeting the acting Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi and all facts would be revealed soon. “I have brought my medical reports and will show them to the chairman. I will hold a press conference and clear the situation.” The PCB has pulled the 23 year old batsman from the squad set to tour Zimbabwe and that he had been called back from the West Indies for fitness problems. “Umar has immediately been called back,” a PCB statement said. “He will undergo a complete medical examination to reassess the level of his fitness, meanwhile the national selection committee has proposed the name of Sarfraz as his replacement for Pakistan one-day and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.” Meanwhile a relative of Akmal also told the media that the batsman had suffered a seizure during a flight to Jamaica and spent a night in hospital. STaFF REPORT
Kallis sets sight on 2015 cwc
Jacques Kallis on Tuesday reiterated his intention to extend his ODI career and to be a part of the Castle Lager Proteas team in their quest to win the next edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australasia.“Playing for my country has always been both a huge honour and a privilege,” commented Kallis. “It remains my aspiration to be available for the 2015 edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup but, at the same time, I know as an allrounder approaching my 38th birthday, I will need to assess my future in the game season by season.” “At the moment I am feeling mentally and physically refreshed and I am looking forward to carry on playing for my country as long as possible.” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat commented: “Jacques is an extraordinary player who appreciates the ODI team building process that is currently under way. SPORTS dESK
Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.–Tiger Woods
aslaM, gohar secure trophy For paKistan a NOTTINGHAM
century from opener Sami Aslam, followed by an incisive spell of 4 for 25 from left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, helped Pakistan Under-19s lift the tri-nation tourmanent trophy with a comprehensive 192-run win over England Under-19s in the final at Trent Bridge. Aslam, the Man of the Match, struck 10 fours during his 121-ball 110, and put up a mammoth 163 runs for the third wicket with Shayan Jahangir, who scored 85 off 70 balls. The pair were dismissed in consecutive overs towards the end of the innings, but Kamran Ghulam smashed eight fours and two sixes during his unbeaten 32-ball 61 to take the visitors to 343 for 6 in 50 overs. The English bowlers were all expensive, Will Rhodes, the best of them, picking up 2 for 64. England, chasing nearly seven-anover, stumbled to 31 for 2 after the first 10 as openers Jonathan Tattersall and Harry Finch fell to left-arm seamer Mohammad Aftab. Ryan Higgins, with an unbeaten 70 was the only batsman to offer resistance as Pakistan kept up the pressure. A 42-run stand between Higgins and Will Rhodes sought to restore the chase but Gohar snuck through the latter’s defences to wrest the advantage back. He also accounted for Lewis McManus and Miles Hammond in the 26th over as England slipped to 116 for 6. Hussain Talat, with 3 for 18, was an able deputy, polishing off the lower order as he and Gohar set up a comfortable win that gave Pakistan the trophy.
tnt proved good for world cup’s preparation: sami aslam LAHORE: Pakistan Under-19 Captain Sami Aslam said the Tri-Nation Tournament (TNT) has proved as an ideal opportunity for the preparation of next year’s World Cup. Sami’s century helped Pakistan lift the tri-nation tournament trophy with a comprehensive 192-run win over hosts England in the final. However the 2014 U19 World Cup will be played for the first time in Dubai (UAE). It will be the first time that UAE will host an ICC event. The captain said it is good to have the opportunity to play in English conditions against two very tough opponents. “The U19 WC is next year and this tournament is the best opportunity for my team to prepare for that event,” he told in an interview to Pakpassion.net. Sami further said as young cricketers it’s an important part of our development to play in as many differing conditions. STaFF REPORT
Pakistan U-19 team’s fifth title in one-dayers S.PERvEz QAISER
dhoni praises Kohli, youngsters
23,2007 was the previous biggest win in the final of junior one day international tournament. Sami Aslam equalled the record of most hundreds in junior one day internantional cricket by making 110 in 153 minutes off 121 balls with 10 fours. It was his fifth hundred in 27 innings of 28 one dayers. India’s Unmukt Chand also scored the same number of hundreds in 21 innings of as many matches.
of one day international tournament. It was also Pakistan under-19’s second biggest win in one day internantionals after 277run win over Denmark at Boksburg on January 13,1998. Pakistan under-19 team’s previous biggest win in terms of runs against England under-19 team was 180 runs at Leicester on August 13,2012. India under-19 team’s 167 runs victory over England under-19 team at Kuala Lumpur on February
Pakistan under-19 team defeated England under-19 team by 192 run in the final to win the Tri-Nation tournamment at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Monday (August 19). It was Pakistan under-19 team’s fifth title in junior one day international cricket. Besides winning the Under-19 World Cup twice, in 2004 and 2006, Pakistan Under-19 team also won the TriNation Under-19 Tournament in Sri Lanka in 2008. They also shared the Under-19 Asia Cup with India Under-19 after the final match ended in a tie at Kuala Lumpur in 2012. Pakistan under-19 team’s 192run victory was their biggest against England under-19 team in junior one day internationals and biggest in terms of runs in the final
Pakistan Under-19 110 Sami aslam c Rhodes b Winslade 11 hussain Talat c duckett b Fisher imam-ul-haq c duckett b Fisher 19 85 Shayan Jahangir c duckett b Shaw 61 Kamran Ghulam not out 26 hasan Raza c Shaw b Rhodes 5 Farhan Nazir lbw b Rhodes zafar Gohar not out 7| 19 Extras (lb 2, w 14, nb 3) 343 Total did not bat Saifullah Khan†, zia-ul-haq, mohammad aftab Fall of wickets 1-24 (hussain Talat, 6.1 ov), 2-70 (imam-ulhaq, 14.6 ov), 3-233 (Shayan Jahangir, 38.4 ov), 4-239 (Sami aslam, 39.2 ov), 5-298 (hasan Raza, 44.1 ov), 6-323 (Farhan Nazir, 46.5 ov) Bowling: JR Winslade 10-0-71-1, J Shaw 10-1-56-1, md Fisher 9-0-75-2, Wmh Rhodes 10-0-64-2, K Carver 7-0-50-0, mah hammond 4-0-25-0 England Under-19s Ja Tattersall c zia-ul-haq b mohammad aftab 19 hz Finch c Saifullah Khan b mohammad aftab 5 RF higgins not out 70 2 Bm duckett b Kamran 14 Wmh Rhodes b Gohar 11 Ld mcmanus c Shayan b Gohar 4 mah hammond b Gohar 12 JR Winslade c Kamran b Talat J Shaw b Talat 0 md Fisher c Saifullah b Gohar 6 K Carver b Talat 0 Extras (lb 1, w 5, nb 2) 8 Total (all out; 33 overs) 151 Fall of wickets 1-18 (Finch, 5.3 ov), 2-28 (Tattersall, 9.2 ov), 3-32 (duckett, 10.2 ov), 4-74 (Rhodes, 17.2 ov), 5-111 (mcmanus, 25.2 ov), 6-116 (hammond, 25.6 ov), 7-143 (Winslade, 30.4 ov), 8-143 (Shaw, 30.6 ov), 9-150 (Fisher, 31.5 ov), 10-151 (Carver, 32.6 ov) Bowling: zia-ul-haq 5-0-13-0, mohammad aftab 7-0-31-2, Kamran Ghulam 5-0-31-1, zafar Gohar 7-1-25-4, Farhan Nazir 5-0-32-0, hussain Talat 4-0-18-3 Toss Pakistan Under-19s, who chose to bat Series Pakistan Under-19s won the 2013 England Under-19s Tri-Nation Tournament Player of the match Sami aslam (Pakistan Under-19s) Umpires G Sharp and P Willey
PAKiSTAn Under-19 TeAM’S TiTLeS in one-dAyerS yeAr
U-19 World Cup
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Unmukt Chand (India)
Sami Aslam (Pakistan)
Cameron Bancroft (Australia)
Quinton de Kock (S.Africa)
Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Brett Williams (Australia)
Gaurav Dhiman (India)
Babar Azam (Pakistan)
Anamul Haque (Bangladesh)
MS Dhoni, the India captain, said he was happy with the experience gained by the younger players in the series against Zimbabwe and on India A’s ongoing tour of South Africa. According to Dhoni, these performances will hold India in good stead when the team embarks on their tour of South Africa in late November. “The exposure the boys are getting in Zimbabwe and South Africa will help them in the long run,” Dhoni said. “It will help them when they take on a quality opposition like South Africa later this year. They have done really well and the experience will help them in adjusting to conditions better.” India swept Zimbabwe 5-0 in their ODI tour, while India A took the the one-day triseries, beating Australia A in the final. India A are also playing two unofficial Tests against South Africa A and have dominated the first game so far. Dhoni praised stand-in captain, Virat Kohli for his leadership during the Zimbabwe tour: “I think Virat did well in Zimbabwe. SPORTS dESK
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I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. –Rodney Dangerfield
wednesday, 21 August, 2013
asiF subMits written apology to pcb LAHORE STaFF REPORT
ISGRACED Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif took a step further towards his rehabilitation when he submitted a written apology to the board (PCB) and also agreed to cooperate with authorities on the spot-fixing issue. The 30-year old fast bowler, who is serving a seven year ban (two of them suspended) for spot-fixing, met with PCB officials and its anti-corruption unit on Monday in Lahore. A PCB official confirmed that Asif had given a written apology and consented to cooperate with all inquiries. “He also said that he is ready to undergo all education and rehabilitation programs set for him by the PCB and ICC in order to show his intent to reform,” the official said.
Asif had last week confessed for the first time about his involvement in spot-fixing during the infamous fourth Test against England at Lord’s in 2010.
aFghanistan beat paKistan 3-0 in ‘syMbolic’ Football clash LAHORE: Afghanistan’s footballers have triumphed over Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match, the first international game played in Kabul in a decade. Reports received here said that it was the first game between the two countries in the Afghan capital for 30 years and hopes were high it might also help ease political tensions. The match was billed as an indication of Afghanistan’s return to normality after decades of war. It ignited fierce patriotic passions on both sides and was broadcast live. The BBC’s Karen Allen in Kabul says the friendly was being seen as a deeply symbolic moment. At temperatures of over 30°C, thousands of football fans were packing the ground next to Kabul’s Ghazi stadium. They cheered on their team who ran out in red kits adorned with an anti-polio logo. Many fans had the Afghan flag painted on their faces. The crowd watched the match with discipline, with many saying that good relations between the two nations through sport was the most important thing. Thousands gathered in restaurants and coffee shops in Kabul or watched the action on TV sets displayed in shop windows at electronic stores in the city. Shopkeepers, vendors, students, office workers all took time out to cheer their team on. After Afghanistan’s third goal, the TV commentator could not contain his excitement: “I wish I had wings and could fly over the pitch. I am proud that I am an Afghan,” he said. “It shows that after a very difficult period we are returning to normality,” Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) Secretary General Sayed Aghazada told FIFA.com. “Afghan football has improved in terms of organisation and infrastructure, and we now believe that football can play an even bigger role in our country.” Pakistan Football Federation Secretary General Ahmad Yar Khan Lodhi said he expected the game would help deepen the relationship between the two countries. Pakistan head coach Zavisa Milosavljev told the BBC that his aim was to get international exposure for youth players and players “who don’t play continually”. “Pakistan also has problems,” he said. “We haven’t played a single match in Pakistan.” Football was not banned during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, but during their time in power they used the old Ghazi stadium in Kabul as a venue for executions, stonings and mutilations. STaFF REPORT
Asif, former skipper Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamir were all banned by the ICC in early 2011 after being found guilty of spot-fixing on the 2010 tour to England.
The trio later also served different jail sentences in the United Kingdom after being found guilty of cheating and corruption by a crown court. All three have now confessed to spot-fixing and apologised to the countrymen for bringing Pakistan cricket into disrepute. Asif told reporters he was very happy after the meeting. “It is a weight off my shoulders for now because I want to show everybody that I am ready to rehabilitate and undergo a change,” he said. “I have told the PCB I am read to cooperate with them in every way and also ready to attend any education or rehabilitation program they or the ICC outline for me.” Asif said he had taken these steps in a bid to get rid of the stigma surrounding him and also to work with the authorities to keep the game corruption free.
TEST CRICKET SHOULD NOT FEAR THE NIGHT Former India captain Rahul Dravid wants cricket administrators to approach the introduction of daynight Tests with an open mind to bolster the dwindling popularity of the longer format among spectators. The idea of floodlit Test cricket, possibly played with a pink, orange or yellow ball, in more spectator-friendly hours has found acceptance in a wide section of the cricketing fraternity in recent years. I know there have been concerns about the durability of the pink ball, but I have had some experience of it, having played for the MCC, and it seemed to hold up okay. While doubts still remain about its technical viability, the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year approved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to member boards to decide on the hours of play and the colour of the ball. Dravid highlighted the primacy of Test cricket and suggested ways for bolstering the acceptance of the longer format of the game across the world. “If it means playing day-night cricket, we must give it a try, keep an open mind,” Dravid, the third-
highest run-scorer in Test cricket, said. “The game’s traditions aren’t under threat if we play Test cricket under lights. “I know there have been concerns about the durability of the pink ball, but I have had some experience of it, having played for the MCC, and it seemed to hold up okay. “It could be an issue at places where dew sets in at certain times of the year, but scheduled at the right places at the right times, it could get test cricket what it needs most: some more people in the stands.” TesTIng TImes Dravid, who also scored more than 10,000 runs in the 50-over format, felt Test cricket should not be sacrificed at the altar of the popular shorter formats and should be ready to adapt with changing times. “Moving with the times does not mean embracing only T20 and trashing Test cricket,” Dravid, who retired from international cricket last year, added. “It means finding a way to retain the best form of the game in a contemporary environment. SPORTS dESK
ryder banned for six months after failing drug test New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been banned for six months after failing a drug test in March. He will be available to play again after October 19, once the retrospective penalty ends. Ryder underwent a routine drug test while playing a Ford Trophy match for Wellington on March 24. He tested positive for 1Phenylbutan-2-amine (PBA) and N, alpha-diethyl-benzeneethanamine (DEBEA), which are banned in sports. Ryder was informed of the result on April 12 and attended a hearing before the New Zealand Sports Tribunal earlier this month, where the ban was handed down. The batsman will not contest the decision of the tribunal. According to the Tribunal, Ryder “‘may not during the period of ineligibility participate in any capacity in a competition or activity authorised or organised by New Zealand Cricket or a cricket club or other member organisation’’. The mandatory punishment for a drug violation is a two-year ban, but Ryder was given a lighter sentence because he could establish that he did not use drugs to improve his performance. He was also able to attribute the source of the drugs to a dietary supplement that he was taking as part of a weight-loss programme. According to news reports, Ryder made some enquiries about the supplement on his own and decided to take it after concluding that it did not contain any banned substances. However, he did not contact Drug Free Sport, an anti-doping organisation, to check whether the product was on its list of banned substances. After he tested positive, he commissioned an independent forensic analysis, which confirmed the presence of the substances and traced them to the dietary supplement. SPORTS dESK
ThiS engLAnd TeAM iS ToUgh: broAd Administrators rarely receive credit for success. While they may be the first to blame after defeat, it tends to be the players who gain the plaudits after success. Administrators are usually the first to blame and the last to be praised. So it was notable that Stuart Broad, one of the heroes of England’s seriesclinching victory in Durham, should credit England’s selectors for their part in the side’s recent successes. Broad, who rated his performance at Durham as “probably the best I have bowled in a Test”, credited England’s continuity of selection policy as vital to developing the spirit that has enabled the side to cope with the inevitable setbacks they will encounter and engendering a resilience and toughness he described as “unpleasant” to play against and “unEnglish.” While there was a time when England discarded players like other teams discarded socks - 29 men represented England in the 1989 Ashes Broad felt that the shared experiences of recent times - the failures as well as the wins - had created a level of support and confidence in one another that helped cope with any challenges that arise. “When you have played a lot of cricket together and you are 30 for 3,
which we have been a few times in this series, there is no panic in the changing room,” Broad said. “We know someone
is going to step up. “That comes from awful experiences like in Jamaica when we got bowled out
for 50. Those journeys along the way help grow a belief because you have the experience of when you are in trouble of getting out of it. “We had a great moment after the Durham game. We sat around having a beer in the changing room in a circle chatting about everything that had happened in the series. On Sky they were showing highlights of the 2009 series and a lot of the guys involved had played 16 Tests or so. The same group is still here and now we have played 60 or 70 Tests. “We have some good experience in the changing room. Anyone who has an idea will stand up and speak their mind, which is a strong place to be. “The changing room expects a lot all the time. If we have had a bad two hours we are honest, and say let’s sharpen our game. “When guys have played more cricket together, you can take honest feedback a lot better. When you have played two or three Tests and someone says ‘that is not what is expected of you,’ you go into your shell a bit. Now you can say, ‘sorry, I am better than that,’ and bowl better. We are honest. There are times when there might be disagreements, but it is international sport and sometimes that is what you need. SPORTS dESK
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Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. 窶天ince Lombardi
SPorTS wednesday, 21 August, 2013
andy Murray not Feeling pressure ahead oF us open title deFence
Andy Murray says his Wimbledon success has taken the pressure off heading into next week's US Open. Murray won his maiden Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows last year and believes he has been able to prepare better for his title defence as he no longer has to answer questions about whether he'll ever win Wimbledon. "It's good because I was asked about Wimbledon literally every single time I went into a press conference," said the Scot. "It gets a bit tiring after a while so it's nice to not have to worry about that anymore. I can just concentrate on trying to achieve as much as I can on the court." S PO RT S d ES K
troicKi to get drug verdict within Four Months
slicK city turn on the STYLE FOR PELLEGRINI The Court of Arbitration for Sport is aiming to give a verdict in Serbian tennis player Victor Troicki's doping rules case "in around four months." CAS says Troicki has not asked for his 18-month ban to be frozen during the procedure, which could have cleared him to continue playing in events such as the US Open. The International Tennis Federation suspended Troicki last month for breaking anti-doping rules. He failed to provide a blood test after losing at the Monte Carlo Masters in April, citing illness. Troicki blamed an on-site doping control officer who he claims gave him misleading advice. An ITF tribunal declined to apply the standard two-year ban after accepting Troicki was stressed by illness and his fear of needles. CAS did not set an appeal hearing date. SP ORTS dES K
ANUEL Pellegrini's Manchester City revolution got off to the perfect start as 10-man Newcastle were crushed 4-0 at Eastlands. Pellegrini was hired by City's Abu Dhabi-based owners to revitalise a team that surrendered the Premier League title to Manchester United last season and the Chilean's new players responded by delivering a stylish victory in his first match in charge. With title rivals United and Chelsea both winning over the weekend, this was a must-win match for former Malaga boss Pellegrini, who handed starts to new signings Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. Spanish midfielder David Silva headed the opener in the sixth minute and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero
wenger under Fire ahead oF arsenal's euro crunch
germany's Klose set to retire after world cup BERLin: Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller's goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year's World Cup. "I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team," he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for Germany and scored 67 goals -- just one short of Germany's record scorer Mueller. The ex-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has claimed 14 of those goals at three World Cups, leaving him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil's Ronaldo. Klose could finish the 2014 World Cup with two personal records, but said his priority is winning the world title with the German team. "The title with the team has top priority," he said. aGENCiES
steered in the second in the 22nd minute. Newcastle's troubles continued when defender Steven Taylor was sent off just before half-time for catching Aguero with a forearm.
Yaya Toure's superb 50th minute free-kick made it three and Samir Nasri came off the bench to complete the demolition with a cool finish 15 minutes from full-time.
iSTAnBUL: Arsene Wenger admits vulnerable Arsenal must show some fight to avoid more misery in Wednesday's crucial Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce in Istanbul. Wenger's team suffered a dismal start to the Premier League campaign as Aston Villa romped to a surprise 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal's lacklustre display sparked a furious response from Gunners fans, who left Wenger in no doubt they blame him for failing to fulfil the club's pre-season promise to spend big on new signings. The Arsenal Supporters' Trust joined the chorus of disapproval on Monday when they called on the club to halt any contract talks with Wenger and focus instead on rebuilding the squad. After eight years without a trophy, Wenger and his players are already under intense pressure and failing to qualify for the lucrative Champions League group stages would be a disaster in the current climate of dissatisfaction. aGENCiES
Smith's perfect uppercut snatches british title from buckland SPORTS DESK Stephen 'Swifty' Smith (17-1) snatched the British super featherweight title in Cardiff on Satuday night, producing an absolute peach of an uppercut which put the champion Gary Buckland (27-3) out cold in the fifth round. On paper, this was an exciting clash and perhaps the first real benefit of a 'pact' between Hatton Promotions, Frank Warren and other promoters involved in subscription channel BoxNation. Buckland was fighting on home soil and making the third beltkeeping defence of his super featherweight title. The excitement didn't necessarily come across in a scrappy opening round, with Buckland industrious but inaccurate and Smith prone to hold. Smith staved off Buckland's pressure with good back foot movement, but
didn't look as if he'd have the power to cause the toughas-nails, come-forward Buckland any trouble early doors. Looks were deceiving. Smith sensed that he hurt Buckland early in the fourth with a well delivered right hand, but Buckland shook off the onslaught and set about pinning Smith down. The Welshman had sustained a cut to the eye. Smith's corner urged him to keep calm and stick to his boxing. In the fifth, Smith planted an exquisitely timed right uppercut that made Buckland fall instantly to the canvas, unconscious. The Liverpool fighter's celebrations were muted until he could see that Buckland had recovered from the shot. Smith said after the fight: "You've seen a performance tonight against the best in the division. Gary Buckland is as tough as they come. He's relentless and strong. He only needs one more to keep the belt and he's mandatory for
the European. He's a great kid. I'm not being disrespectful to him, but you've seen how I Ieft him." TalKIng aBouT The punCh ThaT TooK BuCKland ouT: "We worked on it all the time in the changing rooms. He (traner, Joe Gallagher) said don't do it right away, but after four rounds I wanted to start doing it. The first time i got it off, it ended the fight. All credit to the dedication of this man next to me." Trainer Joe Gallagher said: "Stephen had hurt him in the round earlier, and I told him no, your time will come. It's great when a shot works, and comes off. I'm so proud of him. With older brother Paul holding the British super middleweight strap, and younger brother Liam fighting Erick Ochieng for the light middleweight version on September 21, the Smith brothers could soon be holding the British title in three weight divisions.
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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second. –William James
SPorTS wednesday, 21 August, 2013
‘PM shows concern about foreign teams not visiting Pakistan’
MarQuez MaKes it Four wins in indianapolis inDiAnAPOLiS: Marc Marquez's amazing MotoGP rookie run continued Sunday with victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Honda rider's fourth win of his debut season. The 20-year-old Spaniard took over the lead on lap 13, diving under Jorge Lorenzo on turn two. Marquez led the rest of the way, finishing the 27-lap race in 44minutes, 52.463seconds. His countryman and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second, 3.495 back. Yamaha rider Lorenzo, the reigning world champion, was third, 5.704sec behind the winner. Marquez began his first MotoGP campaign last April with a third-place finish in the season-opener at Qatar. At the Circuit of the Americans race in Austin, Texas, later that month, he became the youngest rider in series history to win a pole and a race. aGENCiES
out that foreign teams are not visiting Pakistan, the Prime Minister has addressed a very important issue which was not given consideration in the past,” he added. The former LCCA Chief said he had close interaction with former Pakistan cricket captains and a number of former test stars and with their cooperation he could ensure the visit of a World XI comprising former and current test players, provided the PCB backed the move. “If such a high profile cricket team visits Pakistan in due course of time, I am optimistic it will help in motivating the cricket playing countries to send their teams to
Pakistan which has been forced to play its home series at neutral venues to fulfill its international cricket obligations,” he said. “The PM’s vision is very clear regarding restoration of sports events in Pakistan and it is hoped that under his dynamic leadership our sports arenas will have foreign teams in near future,” he asserted. “The Prime Minister is known for his cricket diplomacy which he initiated in the past to improve PakIndia relations and it is hoped that through his positive measures the deadlock on bilateral cricket series between the two countries will be broken in the near future,” he added.
CARBERRY SET FOR ENGLAND T20 DEBUT LONDON
Steven Finn. If selected in the opening match, on August 29, Carberry will make his England Twenty20 debut on his Hampshire home ground. "With only eight international T20 matches until the ICC World T20 next April, this series is an important chance for players to show they are capable of performing well at this level," said England national selector Geoff Miller after announcing the squad.
Michael Carberry is in line for a Twenty20 international debut against Australia after being included in England's 13-man squad announced Monday for two matches at the end of this month. Carberry, who won his lone Test cap against Bangladesh in 2010 but has yet to appear for England in any form of limited-overs international, impressed the selectors with an unbeaten century for Hampshire in their domestic Twenty20 quarter-final win over Lancashire. The 32-year-old left-handed opener was the only uncapped Twenty20 player in a squad missing rested star batsman Kevin Pietersen but set to be led by regular England T20 captain Stuart Broad. England's squad contains just two players who've featured in the
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ORMER President, Lahore City Cricket Association, Khawaja Nadeem Ahmed has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif ’s concerns are valid about foreign teams not visiting Pakistan owing to security threats and there is a dire need to restore international sports activities in Pakistan to enhance country’s image. “Take the example of cricket which is the game of the masses and unites the people of Pakistan but unfortunately since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus no cricket team has visited Pakistan which is unfortunate for our cricket,” he told said here on Tuesday. He said the Prime Minister’s concerns were authentic on sports arenas which give a deserted look in the absence of international teams . “All regional cricket bodies stand united to support the Prime Minister for brining back international cricket to Pakistan and we are ready to extend all out cooperation to the Pakistan Cricket Board in this regard”, he added. He said the Prime Minister takes great interest in sports and his efforts are known to every one for the cause of sports, specially for cricket in the country. “ By pointing
current Ashes Test series against Australia, in Broad and fast bowler
engLAnd SqUAd: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset, wkt), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales Nottinghamshire), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex) fixTUreS: Aug 29: 1st T20, Southampton Aug 31: 2nd T20, Chester-le-Street
LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket Board has constituted a selection committee to select the zonal teams for the upcoming Seniors Inter District Cricket Tournament 2013-14. Azhar Khan has been made the chairman of the committee while Mohammad Ilyas and Mohsin Kamal are its members. The selection committee has advised all the active and inactive cricket clubs of the LCCA to submit five fresh players nomination or list of those players who have already represented the zone or region during last year on the letter head of their club duly signed by president of the club latest by August 23 to Abid Hussain, Media Manager LRCA. The selection committee have also advised to clubs to duly mention age and category of player before his name. The date and venue for trials would be announced later. The U-19 players who are already playing district and regional U-19 would not be considered for trials. The players must come with original CNIC and letter duly signed by club president without which entry into trial will not be allowed, said an official of the LCCA. STaFF REPORT
peter sagan sprints to victory on stage one Peter Sagan got off to a winning start at the USA Pro Challenge by comfortably outsprinting Greg Van Avermaet in Aspen as Chris Froome lost time. Sagan (Cannondale) benefited from solid teamwork during the three laps of an undulating circuit, before latching on to Van Avermaet's wheel on the final corner and then passing the BMC rider with ease. The Slovakian champion went on to celebrate his victory with his now customary one-handed wheelie. That result ensured Sagan was also awarded with the race leader's yellow jersey, although a lack of bonus seconds means he sits level on time with 17 other riders. Froome (Team Sky) finished 4min 59sec down in 77th place as he continues to build back towards peak fitness in the wake of his Tour de France win last month. SPORTS dESK
strategy pays For Mowat at southern cape open SOUTHERN CAPE aGENCiES
Central Gauteng’s Callum Mowat stuck to a well-laid game plan in squally conditions at Plettenberg Bay Golf Club on Sunday to come from behind and claim his second title this season at the Southern Cape Open. The Modderfontein golfer employed patience, control and a trusty two-iron to make up an eight shot deficit to win by one shot from Gauteng North junior, overnight leader Tristen Strydom. The 21-year-old explained that his winning strategy was derived from his poor performance in the third round, which was played on Sunday morning “We woke up to a raging wind on Sunday,” he said. “It was blowing around 35km per hour at the course. On a lot of the holes into the wind, I hit driver and it cost me a lot of shots. I just couldn’t control the ball and I walked off with a 74. “Going into the final round that afternoon, the wind was still blowing a storm. I decided to leave the
driver in the bag and stick to the two-iron, even if it meant that I had to hit two-iron, two-iron to get on the green at some of the long par-fours. “The strategy paid off, because I had just two bogeys against four birdies while a lot of guys around me were dropping shots. I had much better control into the wind, so that was a great lesson in course management.” Mowat was two shots off the pace from first round leaders, Teagan Gauche and Matthew Spacey, after carding an opening 70 in milder conditions on Thursday. However, in the stronger wind on Friday, he came home in 75 blows to finish four shots behind Strydom (72-69) and SA No 1, Zander Lombard (69-72).In the third round, Strydom produced a 70 to pull five shots clear of local favourite Andrew Light, while Mowat lagged eight shots behind after his 74. The 16-year-old leader kept his advantage through the front nine and was five up with seven holes to play when a triple bogey at the 12th derailed his title charge. “I finished on one-over-par 289 and the scorer told
me it was between Tristen and I,” Mowat said. “So I followed on the live scoring as Tristen completed his round. He dropped a couple of shots after the 12th, but it looked like we were heading for a play-off right up until the 18th. “Then he missed the up-and-down chance to force the play-off. He signed for a 79 and I won by one shot. You never really want to win that way, but still, a win is a win. Mowat, who also won the North West Open in March and moved to fifth in the overall rankings with this victory, said he was actually far more impressed with his overall performance than his victory. “After we played the test against Scotland I identified two areas of my game what needed attention,” he explained. “Focus and negativity on the course was one aspect and the other was my short game. So I started working with the sport psychologist, Maretha Claassen, on positive thoughts and with Robbie Stewart over at Ebotse on improving my short game.
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